White Sox push forward without Deadline deals

Long-term strategy takes precedence over short-term fit

White Sox push forward without Deadline deals

CHICAGO -- The White Sox did not make a move before Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline, but it sounds as if they probably could have. The White Sox did not enhance the team's postseason chance, but they also didn't mess with the chemistry developed during a 17-9 run ahead of Friday's series opener against the Yankees.

General manager Rick Hahn and executive vice president Ken Williams didn't subtract from the youthful base of this organization, meaning they didn't trade away top prospects such as shortstop Tim Anderson or pitcher Frankie Montas. Ultimately, they stayed true to their reshaping plan set fully in motion at the 2013 Trade Deadline.

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White Sox pitching legend Pierce dies at 88

Seven-time All-Star was prominent in community, cancer charity work in Chicago

White Sox pitching legend Pierce dies at 88

CHICAGO -- It took White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams basically one word to describe Billy Pierce, who passed away Friday morning at the age of 88 after a battle with gall bladder cancer.

"They're class," said Williams, actually referring to Pierce, Ernie Banks and Minnie Minoso, all iconic Chicago baseball figures who have passed away in the past year. "It's been a tough year for Chicago with regards to some of the legends of Chicago sports leaving us."

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Short of perfect, White Sox happy with trip

Seven-game winning streak ends with Sale's rough outing

Short of perfect, White Sox happy with trip

BOSTON -- For one breath-holding moment in the first inning of Boston's 8-2 victory over the White Sox Thursday night at Fenway Park, the South Siders' seven-game winning streak didn't really matter.

Not when Chris Sale, the White Sox ace and one of the best starters in the game, got hit flush with a Xander Bogaerts line drive off the outside of his left leg. Without Sale, any additions made by general manager Rick Hahn prior to Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline wouldn't have the same meaning.

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White Sox winning streak stalls at seven

White Sox winning streak stalls at seven

BOSTON -- Tired of getting belted around by the White Sox in their own ballpark, the Red Sox responded by delivering a sixth-inning knockout of ace Chris Sale en route to an 8-2 victory on Thursday night.

The White Sox had won the first three games of the series by an aggregate of 28-14, and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first in the finale.

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White Sox opened winning gateway in St. Louis

Pair of wins over Cardinals initiated turnaround

White Sox opened winning gateway in St. Louis

BOSTON -- It all began in St. Louis on June 30, and most of the White Sox didn't even know their turnaround had started.

The White Sox entered Busch Stadium with a 32-42 record, preparing for a two-game series against the team with Major League Baseball's best record. And all the White Sox did was claim the first game in 11 innings and watch Jose Quintana outlast the Cardinals and the rain the next day.

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White Sox get Sellers from Bucs

Minor League infielder played 17 games in bigs with Indians last season

White Sox get Sellers from Bucs

The White Sox have added Triple-A shortstop Justin Sellers in a trade with the Pirates for a player to be named or cash considerations.

After missing the first three months of the season with an Achilles injury, Sellers hit .288/.339/.308 in 52 at-bats in the Pirates' Minor League system. He has spent time at second and third base this season, to go along with shortstop.

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Melky spearheads White Sox winning ways

Melky spearheads White Sox winning ways

BOSTON -- White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera stands as a pretty solid representation of the team's 2015 season.

By the end of June, many people thought neither Cabrera nor the White Sox had a chance to come near their lofty preseason expectations. By the end of July, there aren't enough superlatives to cover the work of either side as the White Sox winning streak extended to seven games with a 9-2 victory vs. the Red Sox on Wednesday -- and Cabrera continued to knock the ball all over Fenway Park.

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Seven up: White Sox keep on rolling

Seven up: White Sox keep on rolling

BOSTON -- For the third straight night, the White Sox used a quick-strike attack as they pushed their winning streak to seven games with a 9-2 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park.

Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.81 ERA) was the Boston starter who got rocked early this time, giving up six runs in the first three innings. Chicago starter Jose Quintana meanwhile gave up just two runs over 6 1/3 frames to notch his sixth win.

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Melky Cabrera peers inside the Green Monster

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Melky Cabrera peers inside the Green Monster

The Green Monster looms large at Fenway Park. It's one of the eight wonders of the modern baseball world (definitely a thing, don't look it up). And, like any monster worth its salt, it has an air of mystery about it. Even if we know what's inside it -- a lot of signatures, apparently -- we still can't help but want to look for ourselves.  

During a pitching change in the seventh inning of the White Sox 9-2 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday evening, Melky Cabrera took his chance.

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Steverson pleased with offense's resurgence

Steverson pleased with offense's resurgence

BOSTON -- White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson knew his team's offensive struggles that lasted through the first three months of the 2015 campaign would not continue all season.

So he patiently waited, presiding over a talented group that continued to work hard, looking for a month full of production such as he's witnessing in July. But even with the team hitting .275 with 105 runs scored over the past 29 days, up from .227 with 80 runs scored during June, Steverson understands this outburst probably won't carry through from Boston to Game No. 162 and beyond.

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Left oblique strain lands Bonifacio on DL

Left oblique strain lands Bonifacio on DL

The White Sox have placed infielder Emilio Bonifacio on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and recalled infielder Leury Garcia from Triple-A Charlotte.

Bonifacio is hitting .169 this year in 45 games after signing as a free agent this winter.

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Red-hot White Sox aren't ready to watch standings

Red-hot White Sox aren't ready to watch standings

BOSTON -- The American League standings and the White Sox appear to have mended fences.

After underachieving for most of the 2015 season, the South Siders claimed their sixth straight victory Tuesday night by virtue of a 9-4 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Not only are the White Sox winning, but they are winning by a combined 45-17 margin during a stretch that has pushed them to 48-50 overall.

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White Sox back Shark for sixth straight win

White Sox back Shark for sixth straight win

BOSTON -- Melky Cabrera tallied four hits, Jose Abreu went deep and a solid Jeff Samardzija pitched into the ninth inning on Tuesday night as the surging White Sox cruised to a 9-4 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

"It's outstanding," said Samardzija of the White Sox sixth straight victory. "The way these guys have been playing behind us pitchers is impressive, not only the runs, but the defense has been outstanding. [Tyler] Saladino had some great plays for me out there. Even our video staff was getting in on the action having a great day, [Mike] Kashirsky showed up today finally. Only took him about 85 games."

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Abreu awarded homer on crazy play in Boston

Red Sox center fielder injured on wild pursuit of White Sox Abreu's drive

Abreu awarded homer on crazy play in Boston

BOSTON -- Few are the times a player goes over the outfield wall to make a catch, but Tuesday night provided baseball fans with an even rarer highlight: A home run that took a player out of the park with it.

What was nearly an amazing catch by Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts became a wild two-run blast for White Sox slugger Jose Abreu in a 9-4 Chicago win at Fenway Park. And had it not been for the replay review system Major League Baseball instituted last season, the near-catch might have gone down as Betts' best yet, even though it took him out of the game with a potential concussion.

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Samardzija rises above Trade Deadline buzz

Samardzija rises above Trade Deadline buzz

BOSTON -- Jeff Samardzija took the mound Tuesday night, for the White Sox, and put together another strong outing in the team's 9-4 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

There was some question as to whether Samardzija would even make this start for the South Siders, with his name coming up numerous times in rumors and speculation as Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. But once again, Samardzija didn't let the outside distractions get to him.

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White Sox rave about Pedro

White Sox rave about Pedro

BOSTON -- Among White Sox pitchers, Jeff Samardzija stands as the best hitter of that group. That level of talent still didn't prepare him for a lone career at-bat against Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who had his No. 45 retired by the Red Sox prior to Tuesday night's game.

Samardzija struck out, but should take solace in the fact that he was not alone in those Martinez-based struggles. Adam LaRoche was 4-for-23 in his career against Martinez, while Melky Cabrera was 1-for-5.

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LaRoche eager to join White Sox hit parade

LaRoche eager to join White Sox hit parade

BOSTON -- Adam LaRoche didn't know he was getting the day off Monday until he arrived at Fenway Park for the White Sox series opener with the Red Sox. The veteran designated hitter/first baseman, mired in a season-long slump, didn't argue with the decision made by manager Robin Ventura.

"I told Robin, 'I don't want it. But I know I need it,'" said LaRoche, who spoke on Day 2 of his two-day break from the starting lineup. "I've played long enough to where I know there's a time when you are just fighting against yourself every day. [Ventura] could sense it and he's been there, and that's why I think he said now is the time to take a day or two and kind of relax and try to reset.

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Bats alive from beginning to end in Boston

Six hitters come through with multiple hits

Bats alive from beginning to end in Boston

BOSTON -- The White Sox scored early Monday night. The White Sox scored often. The White Sox scored more than enough to offset a rare off-night for John Danks and claim a 10-8 victory over the Red Sox for their fifth straight win.

It's a trend that really began last Tuesday night at home against the Cardinals, when the White Sox rallied from a 7-0 deficit to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth. But this night at Fenway Park was a payback for the myriad times pitching has carried the South Siders this season without major contributions from the bats.

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LaRoche named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

LaRoche named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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White Sox win fifth straight at Fenway

White Sox win fifth straight at Fenway

BOSTON -- The White Sox came out swinging on Monday night at Fenway Park and never really stopped, notching a 10-8 victory over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series.

"Hopefully, this run is a thing, a sign of things to come, if you will," said White Sox starting pitcher John Danks, who did not factor in the decision. "It's going to be how we play the rest of the season and hopefully get back in it."

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Samardzija deflects uncertainty ahead of start

Scheduled to face Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday

Samardzija deflects uncertainty ahead of start

BOSTON -- The White Sox schedule for Tuesday lists Jeff Samardzija as their starting pitcher, going against Boston's Wade Miley.

As far as the right-hander and White Sox manager Robin Ventura have been informed, Samardzija will be making that start at Fenway Park.

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Rodon helps White Sox finish 4-game sweep

Rodon helps White Sox finish 4-game sweep

CLEVELAND -- White Sox rookie Carlos Rodon produced perhaps the most impressive start of his young career, helping the White Sox complete their first four-game sweep on the road since 2007 with a 2-1 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon.

Indians right-hander Danny Salazar (8-6, 3.72 ERA) allowed two earned runs on six hits, three walks and a home run. He struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. Salazar has allowed just five earned runs in his last 25 1/3 innings, with a 24-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in that span.

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Limiting free passes key to White Sox run

Rotation has not allowed a walk in five straight games

Limiting free passes key to White Sox run

CLEVELAND -- The first rule of White Sox starting pitchers not allowing a walk over five straight games is you don't talk about White Sox starting pitchers not allowing a walk over five straight games. That point was made clear by a smiling manager Robin Ventura after his team completed a four-game road sweep of the Indians with a 2-1 victory Sunday.

"They've been fantastic," said Ventura of his front five, whose five straight walk-free games stand as the franchise's longest streak for starters since five straight in '72. "You have to have that to win multiple games in a row.

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Avisail yet to unleash power potential

Young outfielder adjusting to pitchers, expects HR total to increase

Avisail yet to unleash power potential

CLEVELAND -- When people outside the White Sox organization assess what the team needs to be competitive in the short term and in the bigger picture, sometimes a right fielder is included on that list.

That judgment seems a bit unfair toward current incumbent Avisail Garcia. The South Siders' featured acquisition from the three-team trade sending Jake Peavy to Boston and Jose Iglesias to Detroit in 2013 is hitting .268 with a .315 on-base percentage and just a .369 slugging percentage.

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Momentum brightens clubhouse atmosphere

Eaton sits out Sunday, but expected to play Monday

Momentum brightens clubhouse atmosphere

CLEVELAND -- Keep in mind that Chris Sale was talking about himself when making the following statement, recounting a recent conversation he had with his father and his wife. It could easily apply to the 2015 season for the suddenly resurgent White Sox, who completed a four-game sweep of the Indians with a 2-1 victory Sunday at Progressive Field.

"This season, it's kind of like a horse race. You put the blinders on and keep running," Sale said. "You don't want to turn around or see what's going on behind you.

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Hot streak gives White Sox plenty to ponder

Does recent run change Trade Deadline strategy?

Hot streak gives White Sox plenty to ponder

CLEVELAND -- Manager Robin Ventura was enjoying some celebratory broccoli as part of his dinner following a 10-3 White Sox victory over the Indians on Saturday night, when he was casually asked if his team was "still in it."

In it, as in, still part of the American League postseason picture.

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Five-run first puts Sale on cruise control

Five-run first puts Sale on cruise control

CLEVELAND -- The White Sox continued their strong play, defeating the Indians by more than six runs in a third consecutive game with a 10-3 victory at Progressive Field on Saturday night.

"We're just putting it together," White Sox winning pitcher Chris Sale said. "We had a six-run lead and we had guys diving for balls in the outfield, hustling down the line. This is what we've seen the whole time and know we can play like."

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Anthony Castrovince

Comparing Sale to Big Unit makes sense

Comparing Sale to Big Unit makes sense

CLEVELAND -- Chris Sale looks the part. He relishes the part. He even acts the part.

But it would be incorrect to call Sale the new Randy Johnson. After all, many of his numbers at this point in his career are even better than those of the Big Unit.

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