Eaton's HR all White Sox muster in 12-inning loss

Eaton's HR all White Sox muster in 12-inning loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Nolasco of the Twins and Jose Quintana of the White Sox started a pitcher's duel that lasted deep into the Minnesota night that ended when pinch-hitter Joe Mauer drew a bases-loaded walk in the 12th inning to give the Twins a 2-1 walk-off victory over the White Sox on Friday night at Target Field.

Eddie Rosario came home on the third straight walk issued by the Chicago bullpen to score the first run on either side since the sixth inning, giving the Twins just their second win of the season against the White Sox.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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White Sox listening to offers ahead of Deadline

Interest remains high for All-Stars Sale, Quintana

White Sox listening to offers ahead of Deadline

CHICAGO -- It's the final days before Major League Baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline on Monday, and as of Friday night, the roster remained the same for the White Sox.

Some expected the White Sox to make significant changes with the team "mired in mediocrity," per general manager Rick Hahn, and open to anything in terms of a potential change of direction. But even if the team moves from this contending while revamping mode into closer to a rebuild, it doesn't mean that rebuild has to take place before 3 p.m. CT on Monday.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morneau reflects on friendships in Minnesota

Former MVP with Twins singles in first at-bat back at Target Field

Morneau reflects on friendships in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- After playing 11 years with the Twins, earning four All-Star nods and being named the 2006 American League MVP along the way, Justin Morneau returned to Target Field on Friday as a member of the rival White Sox, starting at designated hitter and batting fifth against his former team.

It marked the first time Morneau played against the Twins at Target Field, as he previously played three games against Minnesota while with the Rockies in 2014, but it came at Coors Field. The last time he was at Target Field in front of Twins fans was the 2014 Home Run Derby, when he received a standing ovation from the crowd before being eliminated in the first round. And the last game he played with the Twins in Minnesota was on Aug. 29, 2013, just two days before he was traded to the Pirates.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Frazier scratched with flu-like symptoms

Lawrie continues recovery from left hamstring strain

Frazier scratched with flu-like symptoms

MINNEAPOLIS -- Todd Frazier was scratched from the starting lineup in Friday's 2-1, 12-inning loss to the Twins due to flu-like symptoms. Tyler Saladino moved from second base to third in Frazier's absence, while Carlos Sanchez took over at second.

The White Sox third baseman entered the game hitting .212 with 29 homers and 67 RBIs. Frazier's 29 homers lead the White Sox and are second in the Majors behind Baltimore's Mark Trumbo (30).

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gonzalez aims to keep run of quality starts going vs. Twins

Gonzalez aims to keep run of quality starts going vs. Twins

The Twins may be 2-8 against the White Sox this season and 10 1/2 games behind Chicago in the American League Central, but they've been playing better baseball of late. Minnesota owns an 12-8 record in its last 20 games, while Chicago has gone 7-13 heading into Saturday's game at Target Field.

Left-hander Tommy Milone (3-3) will take the mound to try and keep the Twins rolling in their first winning month of the season. He only lasted 4 2/3 innings on July 24 and allowed eight runs (four earned) in a loss to the Red Sox, but had won his previous three starts. He took a no-decision against the White Sox in a 3 1/3-inning start on June 30.

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Sale rejoins team with tough-luck loss

Ace lefty tosses 6 solid innings in return from suspension

Sale rejoins team with tough-luck loss

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale was a pitcher, make that a pretty good pitcher, Thursday night during a 3-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

If the five-time All-Star has his way, the mound is where the focus will remain for the remainder of the 2016 season.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fulmer atop White Sox prospects list

2016 Draft class joins rankings, top pick Collins at No. 2

Fulmer atop White Sox prospects list

CHICAGO -- The White Sox were thrilled with their 2016 Draft class, including three picks in the top 49. And apparently others have taken notice.

MLBPipeline.com's newest Top 100 prospects overall and the Top 30 for the White Sox, released on Thursday, show the newest selections made quite an impact.

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Offense lacking for White Sox in ace's return

Lackey bests Sale as crosstown series ends in split

Offense lacking for White Sox in ace's return

CHICAGO -- Aroldis Chapman got the final four outs for his first save with the Cubs, and John Lackey outdueled Chris Sale on Thursday night to end the intracity series in a split decision, with each team able to brag that they defended home turf.

Lackey picked up the win, his first since June 8, as the Cubs edged the White Sox, 3-1, at Wrigley Field to close the Interleague series against their crosstown rivals and spoil Sale's bid for his Major League-leading 15th win.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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A relentless Rizzo teased Navarro as only an ex-teammate could

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A relentless Rizzo teased Navarro as only an ex-teammate could

Catcher Dioner Navarro is a member of the White Sox. Back in 2013, Navarro was a member of the Cubs, appearing in 93 games. Anthony Rizzo's tenure with the Cubs began in 2012. Therefore, the two of them were teammates in 2013. (Thanks, math class!). 

That important context is pretty much all you need to know to fully appreciate what went down in Thursday's matchup of the two Chicago clubs at Wrigley Field, won by the Cubs, 3-1. It might also help to recall Rizzo's penchant for playful shoves with opposing catchers, too. 

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Ventura keeps focus on field, off trade winds

White Sox have flexibility to stand pat as Deadline nears

Ventura keeps focus on field, off trade winds

CHICAGO -- Robin Ventura doesn't want to see anyone from this White Sox team depart before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on Monday. And to be honest, the White Sox manager doesn't think anything is going to happen.

"We'll go from there," Ventura said during his pregame media session Thursday at Wrigley Field. "You have to put it out of your mind to the best of your ability and play, focus on today. There's nothing you can do about it.

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The 5 toughest 'buy or sell' dilemmas

Royals, Yankees, Mariners, White Sox, Rockies have decisions to make before Trade Deadline

The 5 toughest 'buy or sell' dilemmas

No general manager faces a tougher couple of days than Dayton Moore of the Royals. He has a team on the fringe of the postseason race and veteran players who might bring a bounty of young talent.

Buy or sell?

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Ranaudo the first AL pitcher to homer in 2016

Righty also the first White Sox hurler to go deep vs. Cubs in Interleague Play

Ranaudo the first AL pitcher to homer in 2016

CHICAGO -- Eight runs scored by the Cubs over the last three innings Wednesday night at Wrigley Field gave the North Siders their first victory in three games against the White Sox this season.

But in the 8-1 defeat, Anthony Ranaudo's White Sox debut stood as one of night's main stories.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Saladino, Sanchez to share 2B in Lawrie's absence

Saladino, Sanchez to share 2B in Lawrie's absence

CHICAGO -- Tyler Saladino started at second base again Wednesday, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura won't commit to Saladino being there most of the time in Brett Lawrie's absence. Lawrie was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 22) with a strained left hamstring. Infielder Carlos Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.

"It'll be a combination," Ventura said. "We could also have spots in there coming up on the road trip where Sally could play some third base, [Todd] Frazier would play first and [Jose] Abreu DH and [Avisail Garcia] to right, [Adam] Eaton to center. There are a couple of combinations there. If anybody went over to third, it would be Sal more than Sanchy."

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ranaudo flirts with no-no before Sox falter late

Ranaudo flirts with no-no before Sox falter late

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon's doorman won't have to take any grief from his White Sox friends, at least for one day. Kris Bryant hit a solo homer, Javier Baez smacked a tiebreaking two-run blast in the seventh and Addison Russell added his first career grand slam in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman had an impressive debut to lift the Cubs to an 8-1 Interleague victory over the White Sox on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

Anthony Ranaudo gave White Sox fans something to cheer about in the fifth when he collected his first career hit and home run off Cubs starter Jason Hammel. Ranaudo threw five no-hit innings, which Bryant ended with his blast with one out in the sixth.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Robertson, Frazier not worrying about trade noise

Both players would prefer to stay with White Sox, but understand the business

Robertson, Frazier not worrying about trade noise

CHICAGO -- David Robertson has established a nice home for his family in a Chicago neighborhood 20 minutes away from U.S. Cellular Field.

If the White Sox closer had a preference, they would stay in that home the rest of the 2016 season and for the remainder of his four-year, $46 million deal agreed upon with the team prior to the 2015 season. But as the veteran hurler well knows, he doesn't have a say.

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Shields providing Sox with quality assurance

After rough start with Chicago, veteran continues six-start surge with 7 2/3-inning gem vs. Cubs

Shields providing Sox with quality assurance

CHICAGO -- James Shields receives an A for his stellar pitching performance during the White Sox 3-0 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

But he earned an A+ for perspective after throwing 7 2/3 innings with 117 pitches against the National League Central leaders. After all, the same pitcher who has put together six straight quality starts and has a 1.71 ERA over those six trips to the mound allowed 21 runs on 24 hits over his first 8 2/3 innings for his new team.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adolfo among top prospect performers Tuesday

Rays' No. 13 prospect knocks in career-high five runs, Reds' No. 18 scores winning run and hits for cycle

Adolfo among top prospect performers Tuesday

Justin Williams tied his career high for homers in a season and set a career high for RBIs in a game. Not bad for a day's work.

Williams, the Rays' No. 13 prospect, went 3-for-4 with five RBIs Tuesday as he led Double-A Montgomery to a 10-5 win over Pensacola.

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

White Sox place Lawrie on disabled list

Second baseman has lingering tight hamstring; Sanchez called up

White Sox place Lawrie on disabled list

CHICAGO -- Bothered by a tight left hamstring, White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie was placed on the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game at Wrigley Field.

Lawrie hasn't played since leaving a game on Thursday against the Tigers. Infielder Carlos Sanchez, who was removed from Triple-A Charlotte's game Tuesday night, was called up to replace Lawrie.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shields shapes White Sox shutout of Cubs

Shields shapes White Sox shutout of Cubs

CHICAGO -- James Shields produced his sixth straight quality start and received a little offensive support from the White Sox, for a change, during a 3-0 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox swept the South Side portion of this four-game crosstown battle, doing so in front of 39,553 for their fourth straight victory, moving back to .500 at 50-50. The Cubs, who are 12-20 in their last 32 games, fell to 59-40.

Shields worked 7 2/3 brilliant innings, striking out five, walking four and allowing four hits. He had two jams to pitch out of in the second and the sixth, but otherwise, the Cubs never really pushed him. Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows Shields well, having managed him in Tampa Bay from 2006-12. He saw that Shields didn't want to come out of the game in the eighth.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Rodon returns to White Sox after rehab start

Ventura moving on from Sale situation; Williams happy for Hall of Famer Griffey

Rodon returns to White Sox after rehab start

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon returned to the White Sox on Tuesday after a one-start Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte in Louisville. The left-hander struck out three and walked two over 3 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits while testing a sprained left wrist that put him on the disabled list July 9.

"Felt good," Rodon said. "It was nice to see the guys down there --  a couple guys I saw in Spring Training, the manager, a few other guys. It was nice to visit. I felt good, yeah, back on track.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox could be both buyers and sellers

Club may find itself in position to trade big names, but get big haul for future in return

White Sox could be both buyers and sellers

CHICAGO -- The White Sox have a possibility of becoming buyers and sellers as Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

And the buying portion of that idea focuses well beyond helping the team win in 2016.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Saladino extends White Sox magic vs. Cubs

Saladino extends White Sox magic vs. Cubs

CHICAGO -- The White Sox won Round 1 of the 2016 Crosstown Cup in walk-off fashion, 5-4, Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. It was the third straight win overall for the South Siders, who lost a four-run lead but won it on Tyler Saladino's single to center to score J.B. Shuck, who singled to open the frame. It was also the White Sox third straight walk-off victory.

"It was just one of the those moments, really. Just trying to get a job done, really," Saladino said. "That's pretty much what everything is, but it was a lot of fun, a lot of energy there and it felt really good to get that done for the guys."

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Third straight walk-off fuels White Sox mojo

Ventura credits team's resiliency after win over Cubs

Third straight walk-off fuels White Sox mojo

CHICAGO -- Just when the White Sox looked pretty much out of postseason contention … OK, let's be honest. At eight games back of Cleveland in the American League Central and 6 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the AL's second Wild Card slot, the White Sox certainly have their fair share of work ahead.

They are more likely to be sellers than buyers with 63 games to play and the non-waiver Trade Deadline less than a week away.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale hopes to keep focus on winning

Ace apologizes to fans, teammates; wants to stay with White Sox

Sale hopes to keep focus on winning

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale doesn't want to be traded -- and doesn't believe he will be -- in the wake of Saturday night's pregame outburst that resulted in him being scratched from his start that evening and then suspended five games by the White Sox.

"I want to win a championship in Chicago. That's been my goal from Day 1," Sale told MLB.com Monday afternoon during a 30-minute interview, his first public comments since Saturday. "It has never changed. I only get more passionate about it because I know that it's not easy winning a championship. There's a lot that goes into it.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Melky robs Bryant of HR with riveting catch

White Sox outfielder climbs wall in 1st inning, then throws out Cubs star in 9th

Melky robs Bryant of HR with riveting catch

CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for the first highlight to arrive during a 5-4 walk-off victory for the White Sox over the Cubs in Monday's opener of the Crosstown Cup series, with two games at U.S. Cellular Field and two to follow at Wrigley Field.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit what looked to be his 26th home run of the season on the first pitch he saw from White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez with one out in the first inning. But Melky Cabrera slowly moved back toward the left-field wall, leaped and reached over the wall to take away a home run.

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Quintana's gem couldn't come at better time

Quintana's gem couldn't come at better time

CHICAGO -- It was the kind of performance that bolstered both sides of the debate about whether the White Sox should trade Jose Quintana.

The left-hander's 6 2/3 scoreless innings in Sunday's 5-4 win in the finale with the Tigers were also just what the White Sox needed in the finale of a rain-soaked, adversity-riddled four-game series against the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eaton leads way as White Sox show resiliency

Eaton leads way as White Sox show resiliency

CHICAGO -- His foot is sore from fouling a ball off it on Friday and he was plunked in the lower back with a fastball Saturday, but Adam Eaton still managed to be the catalyst the White Sox needed on Sunday.

After driving in the game-winning run with a walk-off single in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win in a game that was suspended by rain after eight innings on Saturday night, Eaton finished Sunday by going 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and scoring three runs, including the game-winner on a walk-off single by Melky Cabrera.

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox walk-off on Tigers twice in 4 hours

White Sox walk-off on Tigers twice in 4 hours

CHICAGO -- The White Sox began Sunday afternoon at risk of being swept in a four-game series against the Tigers. Instead, they ended the day with a series split thanks to two walk-off wins in a four-hour span. Melky Cabrera provided the latter with a single scoring Adam Eaton in the ninth, nullifying Detroit's three-homer rally in the top of the inning for a 5-4 White Sox win at U.S. Cellular Field.

"Baseball is funny like that," Eaton said. "It will beat you down, but then it will build you back up. It's a love-hate relationship, for sure. To have two walk-off wins, especially to get two wins off a great opponent like Detroit, and for them to be walk-offs, is huge for us."

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the White Sox on Sunday.

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