Rodon frustrated but 'close to normal' in rehab

White Sox lefty has spent season recovering from biceps bursitis

Rodon frustrated but 'close to normal' in rehab

PHOENIX -- Recovering from biceps bursitis has not exactly gone as Carlos Rodon envisioned when he went on the disabled list prior to the start of the 2017 season.

"I didn't think much of it," said the White Sox southpaw, addressing the media for the first time since the end of Spring Training at Chase Field Monday after throwing a simulated game hours earlier. "I thought it would be three or four weeks in April, come back, make a couple rehab starts and be ready the first of May.

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White Sox can't solve Greinke in opening loss

White Sox can't solve Greinke in opening loss

PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke continued his recent run of success, allowing one run over 8 2/3 innings as the D-backs beat the White Sox, 5-1, on Monday night at Chase Field.

Greinke (6-2) won his fourth straight start and his fifth straight decision as he puts together a bounceback season following a disappointing 2016. The right-hander struck out a season-high 12, the 27th double-digit strikeout game of his career and his third this year.

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Moncada in Chicago for checkup on thumb

MLB's top prospect hitting .331 with Triple-A Charlotte

Moncada in Chicago for checkup on thumb

PHOENIX -- Yoan Moncada was in Chicago Monday, and news quickly traveled across social media in the morning.

But the top-rated prospect in baseball, per MLBPipeline.com, was not looking for a new residence in preparation for a White Sox callup from Triple-A Charlotte. He was in town for a followup on his bruised left thumb that put him on the disabled list.

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Gonzalez sees positives despite 5th straight L

White Sox righty stung by pair of homers in Arizona

Gonzalez sees positives despite 5th straight L

PHOENIX -- The final pitching line for Miguel Gonzalez from the White Sox 5-1 loss to the D-backs on Monday night at Chase Field wasn't exactly ideal for the right-hander.

But his performance over five-plus innings stood out as much closer to his early-season excellence as opposed to his recent struggles.

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Covey seeks first win vs. Corbin, D-backs

Covey seeks first win vs. Corbin, D-backs

Dylan Covey will be making an eighth attempt at career victory No. 1 on Tuesday, when the White Sox rookie takes the mound opposite the D-backs' Patrick Corbin at Chase Field.

Covey gave up four runs on five hits over six innings in his last start against the Mariners, finishing with a no-decision. He struck out a career-high nine Padres in his previous start.

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In My Words: Kahnle confident in consistency

In My Words: Kahnle confident in consistency

If you talk to a lot of players, they'll say sometimes it only takes one thing to get you going in this game. You make the adjustment and then, boom, there it is. That happened to me this year.

Everyone always has told me I have a lot of stuff. I had the velo, but I just didn't have the consistency. This past year, I worked on my leg kick and timing to get the ball down, and I had some good results. But I didn't have it this spring. My command was spotty from outing to outing.

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Tommy Kahnle is a relief pitcher for the White Sox. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox offense backs stellar Holland

White Sox offense backs stellar Holland

SEATTLE -- Tim Anderson provided the offensive punch and Derek Holland threw eight innings of one-run ball Sunday as the White Sox rolled to an 8-1 victory over the Mariners in their second straight runaway win at Safeco Field.

The White Sox won the last three games of the four-game series, including a combined 24-2 margin over the final two days, as they improved to 20-22 on the year. Anderson went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Holland allowed six hits, including Nelson Cruz's 11th home run of the season in the seventh.

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Another fast first: White Sox plate 5 early

Another fast first: White Sox plate 5 early

SEATTLE -- Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria was quick to pour water on the idea that there might be a pattern of his team putting up bunches of runs in the first inning. Coincidence? Maybe. But as long as it leads to wins, he'll take it.

The White Sox scored five first-inning runs to defeat the Seattle Mariners, 8-1, on Sunday to win their third straight game. That rally in the first inning marked the team's biggest output in the opening frame this season.

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Lopez fires six strong for Charlotte

Lopez fires six strong for Charlotte

Scott Kingery has found his power stroke.

The Phillies' No. 11 prospect hit a pair of solo homers, in the seventh and ninth innings, as part of a 4-for-5 day, but it was not enough for Double-A Reading as the Fightin Phils fell 8-7 to New Hampshire.

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Healthy Leury returns to White Sox lineup

Healthy Leury returns to White Sox lineup

SEATTLE -- Center fielder Leury Garcia was back in the White Sox lineup and batting leadoff Sunday, two days after getting hit on the elbow by a pitch from the Mariners' Sam Gaviglio.

He had been day to day in the meantime, expressing confidence that he could probably return if needed, but the White Sox brought him back with caution, using him as a late-game substitution. A batting-practice session Friday was probably the final indication that he was ready.

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Cuba's Robert finalizing deal with White Sox

Outfielder ranked No. 1 among international amateur players

Cuba's Robert finalizing deal with White Sox

The White Sox are finalizing a deal with Cuban free-agent outfielder Luis Robert, according to an industry source. The club has not confirmed the information.

The deal is expected to be worth more than $25 million, and likely in the $26-27 million range, according to the source, and it will be the second-highest bonus for an international amateur under the current signing guidelines. Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada set the record when he signed for $31.5 million with the Red Sox in 2015.

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Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gar-see ya! Avisail hits two HRs as Sox roll

Gar-see ya! Avisail hits two HRs as Sox roll

SEATTLE -- Avisail Garcia continued his red-hot start to the season with two home runs and a career-best four hits and six RBIs on Saturday as the White Sox rolled to a 16-1 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field.

Garcia also doubled twice in his 4-for-5 night as the 25-year-old right fielder moved into the American League batting lead with a .357 average. The White Sox racked up their most runs and hits (19) of the season in the one-sided affair and improved to 19-22 with their second straight win.

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Pelfrey gets plenty of support in first victory

Pelfrey gets plenty of support in first victory

SEATTLE -- As his White Sox teammates kept posting runs on the Safeco Field scoreboard, Mike Pelfrey kept posting zeros.

The 33-year-old right-hander had his best outing of the season, opening with five shutout frames before surrendering a run in the sixth in a gem of a performance in Chicago's 16-1 victory over the Mariners on Saturday night.

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Frazier's creative attempt to avoid out

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Frazier's creative attempt to avoid out

The White Sox wasted no time getting runs on the board on Saturday night against the Mariners. They led 4-0 before Yovani Gallardo even recorded an out, and by the middle of the fifth, they were up by double digits.

They might have ended up with more runs in that first inning, though, had it not been for Todd Frazier. Gallardo had just allowed a three-run homer to Avisail Garcia and was still looking for the game's first out. It didn't seem like it would come when Frazier smacked a hit toward right-center field. However, he decided to go for two, and a quick relay from Jarrod Dyson to Jean Segura meant that the late-arriving Frazier was toast.

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Robert adds to Cuban presence on White Sox

Chicago looking to build championship team around young talent

Robert adds to Cuban presence on White Sox

CHICAGO -- One day during Spring Training in 2005, I interviewed Orlando Hernandez and Jose Contreras in a back room at the White Sox facility in Arizona.

We talked about their careers and the shared history of pitchers from Cuba, in particular the success that men like Camilo Pascual, Luis Tiant and the two Hernandez half-brothers, El Duque and Livan, had experienced in big situations. This was the first team that had two Cuban pitchers on the same roster since the Senators of the late 1950s, and I asked them what it meant for one team to have two on the same staff.

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Abreu says White Sox a great fit for Robert

Abreu says White Sox a great fit for Robert

SEATTLE -- White Sox slugger Jose Abreu hasn't talked to Cuban outfielder Luis Robert yet, but that could happen, assuming the the White Sox slugger can find the time to reach out.

Robert, a Cuban free agent, was reportedly finalizing a deal Saturday to sign with the White Sox, expected to be worth more than $25 million. It would add to a White Sox collection of young Cuban stars such as the former All-Star Abreu and top prospect Yoan Moncada -- not to mention add to a history that included Cuban legend Minnie Minoso. The deal hasn't been confirmed by the club.

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Pursuit of Robert next phase of Sox rebuild

Pursuit of Robert next phase of Sox rebuild

CHICAGO -- Luis Robert possesses five-tool talent.

Actually, it's six-tool talent -- if you count the ability to captivate an entire fan base while waiting for his decision in picking a Major League team. Most of those fans only know him through seeing his exploits on video.

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White Sox get 2 international bonus pool slots

Minor League pitcher Katz heads to Orioles in swap

The White Sox acquired two international bonus pool slots from the Orioles on Saturday in exchange for Minor League pitcher Alex Katz. The two slots Chicago acquired -- the 45th and 75th slots, respectively -- were valued at $756,300 total.

Katz has an 0-1 record and 4.40 ERA over 10 games with Class A Advanced Kannapolis in 2017. The right-hander, whom the White Sox selected in the 27th round of the 2015 MLB Draft, is 0-4 with a 3.09 ERA and 114 strikeouts over three Minor League seasons.

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White Sox win in 10 behind Cabrera, Quintana

White Sox win in 10 behind Cabrera, Quintana

SEATTLE -- Melky Cabrera's RBI double in the top of the 10th lifted the White Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Mariners on Friday, as Chicago snapped a seven-game road losing streak while holding Seattle to one hit on the night.

Mariners reliever Tony Zych hit Kevan Smith with a pitch to lead off the 10th and pinch-runner Leury Garcia was sacrificed to second before Cabrera delivered the two-out game-winner for the White Sox, who improved to 18-22.

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Quintana returns to top form vs. Mariners

Quintana returns to top form vs. Mariners

SEATTLE -- White Sox manager Rick Renteria isn't worried about Jose Quintana. The lefty's outing in a 2-1 victory over the Mariners in 10 innings on Friday night showcased why.

The White Sox got sparse run support, but a maestro performance by Quintana kept the White Sox in the contest long enough to win it in extra innings.

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Kopech fans eight in gem for Birmingham

Kopech fans eight in gem for Birmingham

Nationals No. 1 prospect (No. 5 overall) Victor Robles had a 20th birthday to remember on Friday, going 4-for-5 with a triple and a two-run homer in Class A Advanced Potomac's 11-7 loss to Lynchburg. Robles raised his season average by 28 points with the performance to .283.

"We got off to a rough start tonight and got down a bunch, but he goes out and hits an opposite-field homer and then the triple," Potomac manager Tripp Keister told MiLB.com. "When he hit it, you really didn't think he'd get three out of it, but he's so fast and does so many things that make you say, 'Wow.'"

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Down early, White Sox show fight in loss

Down early, White Sox show fight in loss

SEATTLE -- The White Sox lost another tough game on Thursday night. It was their fourth consecutive loss, their seventh straight defeat on the road, and their 10th loss in their last 12 games.

This one ended in excruciating fashion, too. The Mariners were up, 4-0, the White Sox chipped away at the lead and tied the game on back-to-back solo home runs by Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson in the eighth, and then things went awry once again in the ninth. The Mariners won, 5-4, in the bottom of the final inning on a flare single by pinch-hitter Guillermo Heredia.

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Homers not enough as Sox fall in opener

Homers not enough as Sox fall in opener

SEATTLE -- Pinch-hitter Guillermo Heredia drove home Jarrod Dyson with a walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Mariners topped the White Sox, 5-4, in Thursday's series opener at Safeco Field.

The speedy Dyson gave Heredia a chance by avoiding what looked like an inning-ending double play on a grounder to third by Carlos Ruiz with one out. Dyson beat the throw to second, with Ruiz still thrown out at first for the second out. Reliever Dan Jennings then intentionally walked Jean Segura before Heredia singled to right for the win.

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Avisail showing no signs of slowing down

White Sox slugger off to a career-best start at the plate

Avisail showing no signs of slowing down

SEATTLE -- Avisail Garcia is emerging as a serious middle-of-the-order threat this season. He entered Thursday night's series opener against. the Mariners at Safeco Field with a .348/.395/.553 line, six home runs, 28 RBIs, seven doubles and 23 runs this season.

Garcia's 49 hits ranked fourth in the American League.

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Swarzak's scoreless streak ends at 19 1/3

Swarzak's scoreless streak ends at 19 1/3

The numbers put up by Anthony Swarzak through his first 15 appearances this season would have been considered outstanding for even the best video gamers in the world.

But as the veteran White Sox right-hander discovered during the Angels' 12-8 victory Wednesday night in Anaheim, even the best of runs come to a temporary halt.

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White Sox watch Angels pull away in finale

White Sox watch Angels pull away in finale

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout did it again.

The reigning American League MVP homered for the fifth time in his last six games as the Angels completed a sweep of the White Sox with a 12-8 win on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium.

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White Sox creating winning culture in Minors

Something special is brewing with Triple-A Knights

White Sox creating winning culture in Minors

INDIANAPOLIS -- Seven media members traveled three hours across I-65 to Victory Field last Monday to get a look at the Charlotte Knights.

It's a fairly safe guess, although not completely official, that seven media members in total haven't followed the White Sox Triple-A affiliate on the road over the last two or three years combined. And that journey doesn't include those reporters who have made the trip to Charlotte itself to check out the plethora of top prospects among the Knights' roster.

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Kahnle takes high road after Hawkins' barb

Kahnle takes high road after Hawkins' barb

ANAHEIM -- It came out of nowhere, so what exactly was Tommy Kahnle's supposed to say? The White Sox reliever took the high road Wednesday when asked about former Major League pitcher LaTroy Hawkins saying he was "one of the worst teammates I've ever had."

Kahnle tried to shrug it off. Getting into a war of words with his former Rockies teammate was not on the agenda.

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Steve Dilbeck is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the White Sox on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox stung by extra-inning letdown

White Sox stung by extra-inning letdown

Rebuilding or not, the White Sox 7-6 loss to the Angels in 11 innings Tuesday night stood as a strange setback for Rick Renteria's crew.

"It's a crazy game," White Sox closer David Robertson told reporters, after suffering the loss by allowing two runs in the bottom of the 11th inning during his second inning of work. "I mean, I'm smiling about it now, but I'm furious that we lost. Looking back on it, a lot of weird things went on."

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White Sox drop nail-biter to Angels in 11th

White Sox drop nail-biter to Angels in 11th

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols had three RBIs, including a walk-off single in the 11th, to pass Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski on the all-time list and lead the Angels to a 7-6 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.

"It feels great," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "There were a lot of turns in this game. There were a lot of things we didn't do too well, and it almost go to us. But for the most part, these guys kept going and squeaked out a win."

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