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Abreu ups RBI total to 96 in White Sox victory

Slugger drives in go-ahead run with one-out single in seventh

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CHICAGO -- To pitch to Jose Abreu or not to pitch to Jose Abreu?

That was the question facing the Indians and staff ace Corey Kluber during the White Sox 3-2 victory Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Actually, it's a question that has plagued White Sox opponents for much of this season. And it's not a shot at any other hitter in the White Sox lineup, as much as it's high praise for the odds-on American League Rookie of the Year favorite and AL Most Valuable Player candidate.

There were two scoring chances at U.S. Cellular Field where the Kluber-Abreu matchup ultimately decided the outcome. In the third, with Adam Eaton on third and two outs, the Indians (67-64) went after Abreu, and he singled home the tying run. Adam Dunn followed with a double to right-center that scored Abreu.

The situation was a bit trickier in the seventh.

With the game tied at 2 thanks to a Lonnie Chisenhall homer off of Hector Noesi (8-9) in the top of the frame, the White Sox (60-72) had runners on first and third with one out and Abreu at the plate.

They started the frame putting runners on second and third with a Carlos Sanchez single and an Eaton ground-rule double, but Alexei Ramirez's grounder to Chisenhall at third produced an out at the plate. That out was confirmed after White Sox manager Robin Ventura requested a crew-chief review to see if catcher Roberto Perez blocked the plate without the baseball.

Cleveland still could have elected to pitch around Abreu, loading the bases for Dunn or for right-handed-hitting pinch-hitter Paul Konerko if the Indians turned to left-handed reliever Marc Rezepczynski. Instead, Kluber (13-8) attacked Abreu with seven pitches outside of the zone. That seventh pitch, which would have been ball four, was poked back into center by Abreu to score the game-winning run.

"He didn't throw too much good, but I wanted to bring the guy in from third base, so I was as aggressive as I could be," said Abreu through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. "He left a pitch there and I was able to connect and get the ball through the middle."

"Even when you make some good pitches, sometimes good hitters are able to get their hits," said Kluber, who struck out eight over 6 1/3 innings. "He covers a lot of pitches, so you've just got to kind of mix it up on him."

Abreu's final connection, along with scoreless relief work from Javy Guerra and Zach Putnam (fourth save), ended the club's season-worst seven-game losing streak and four-game streak at home. They improved to 7-2 at home against the Indians, who made the playoffs last season thanks to a 17-2 record against the South Siders.

Noesi earned the victory, meaning the White Sox have a 12-10 record in games that the right-hander has started for them this season. He had very little room for error going against Kluber and made very few mistakes while allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings, striking out five and walking one.

"Well, you know he is good and I was not thinking about, 'Oh, he's going to do good,' you know?" said Noesi, who threw 99 pitches compared to 118 for Kluber. "And then I was just trying to go to my game and do my game."

"His offspeed stuff looked very good, he kept the ball down and he throws 95 [mph]," said Eaton of Noesi. "He knows how to pitch and him and [catcher Tyler Flowers] work really well together. It's really fun to play behind those guys."

As well as Noesi pitched, a victory might not have been possible without Abreu. The good feeling the White Sox have coming out of this season, regardless of their final record, also wouldn't be possible without the free agent from Cuba.

Three hits on Wednesday pushed Abreu's season average to .312. His two RBIs raised that total to 96. Although Abreu has just two homers in August, he has proven to be so much more than a power hitter.

Eaton compared Abreu's offensive game to Paul Goldschmidt, his former teammate in Arizona.

"My dad always said most good hitters are line-drive hitters. They just happen to go out," said Eaton of Abreu, who is now 6-for-13 against Kluber and is hitting .500 during a current seven-game hitting streak. "He sprays the ball all over the field. He's very disciplined at the plate, knows what he's doing, can hit to all fields with power and I'm lucky to be his teammate."

"I'm very happy because we just came out of a bad stretch there," Abreu said. "I was concentrating since yesterday on this pitcher because I knew he was going be tough. I dedicated a lot of time to preparing against him and was glad we got that win today."

It was a win decided by Abreu answering Kluber's challenge.

"Jose was great tonight," Ventura said. "He stayed through the middle of the field and came up with some big RBIs for us."

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Chicago holds parade for Jackie Robinson West

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CHICAGO -- Jackie Robinson West's run in the Little League World Series culminated Wednesday with a nearly four-hour parade that weaved through roughly 100 blocks of Chicago.

Fans flocked to the team's home field in the Morgan Park neighborhood before the South Side's storied squad embarked on trolleys to U.S. Cellular Field and then Millennium Park downtown.

Family, friends and fans -- including politicians and representatives from Major League Baseball -- gathered for what some said rivaled professional sports championship parades.

"This is the way Chicago celebrates a championship," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson moderated the event, which featured speeches from Theo Epstein, the Cubs' president of baseball operations, and Kenny Williams, the White Sox executive vice president.

Foes became friends through Jackie Robinson West's "common bond," as Harrelson referenced -- a testament to the unity that these 13 pre-teens embodied during their 25-day run to a U.S. championship.

"I never thought I'd get introduced by Hawk," Epstein told the crowd with a chuckle.

JRW isn't the first Illinois squad to surge through the Little League World Series, in fact it's the fourth in state history to reach the title game. Yet its story enthralled American audiences at new heights, yielding a 71 percent increase in television ratings during the U.S. championship.

Team leader Marquis Jackson rooted the unprecedented draw in the most frank manner.

"I think because we're African-American boys from the South Side," Jackson said. "There's so many people from the South Side, [and] it's just not about bad things. Something good can come from the South Side of Chicago. Period."

Morgan Park is a blue-collar neighborhood brimming with fresh-cut grass, brick houses, renowned rib restaurants and a state-of-the-art baseball facility.

Yet the grander South Side has made national news this summer for all the wrong reasons -- violence and murder have dominated headlines.

As of Tuesday, Chicago had endured 261 homicides, according to the Cook County Medical Examiners Office -- a majority of those on the South and West Sides.

It was the elephant in the room Wednesday, yet Williams tackled it head-on.

"People who are gathering and rallying," he told the crowd of 10,000, "are sending a message to put down the guns.

"Pick up a ball, a glove, a book, a paint stick, a science project. Put down the guns. We have cease fires going on over the Middle East. Nobody has said, 'Let's call for a cease fire in our communities.'"

Jackie Robinson West's rise has made the players role models in the White Sox and Cubs clubhouses. The latter featured the game during a three-hour rain delay on Saturday.

JRW's run to become the first all-African-American team to win a Little League World Series Championship was cut short by an 8-4 loss on Sunday to South Korea. Yet it grinned in defeat and crafted extravagant and congratulatory handshakes with their opposition.

"This team exemplifies what can happen when a strong community provides its children with support and opportunities to become positively engaged and achieve their dreams," Emanuel said.

All 13 hoisted their hands when asked if they wanted to someday play in the big leagues. Six of them -- Jackson, Ed Howard, Cameron Bufford, Brandon Green, Joshua Houston and Trey Hondras -- already are receiving first-hand guidance through the White Sox Amateur City Elite program.

ACE, in its eighth year, gathers 100-plus inner-city youth into a program to develop skills that might not be afforded the travel-team culture prevalent in youth baseball. It focuses as much on academics as athletics.

"This is my first year playing with them," Hondras said. "I had heard a lot of good things about it."

The team's pit stop at U.S. Cellular Field was welcomed by White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and select coaches and players. The White Sox then let the team bring the 2005 World Series trophy to the ceremony at Millennium Park.

"Hopefully, at least in the Chicago area and Illinois, maybe this pushes kids into our game instead of something else," said team captain Paul Konerko.

The White Sox will welcome JRW for a game this Saturday against the Tigers, and the Cubs will do the same during their next homestand, a six-game set starting on Monday.

JRW was founded in 1971 by Joe and Anna Haley, whose son, Bill Haley, is the current director. Bill said his parents' idea was not to win championships, but to make a significant impact on the lives of children through dedicated volunteers and parents.

"What these young boys have done the last six weeks shows that the core values that the league started with way back in 1971 still hold true," Haley said.

Epstein echoed: "People ask me all the time: 'How do we get kids playing baseball again? There aren't enough kids playing baseball. How do we get kids in the city playing baseball?' Well we just need to go to school on everything that Jackie Robinson West stands for and start duplicating that all around our city -- and every big city in the country."

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Konerko content with role during season's final month

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CHICAGO -- With September basically being viewed as Paul Konerko month on the South Side, the White Sox captain probably will get a few more at-bats outside of his regular 2014 starts against left-handed pitching.

Konerko remains aware of the possibility, but he doesn't want anything to change from the manner in which his part-time playing and full-time leadership role has been handled during his 16th and final season with the club.

"I'm here to do whatever [White Sox manager] Robin [Ventura] wants," Konerko said. "I'm just here to serve really. I have no expectations one way or the other. You want me to play, I'll play. You want me to sit for a week, I'll sit for a week.

"I'll do whatever I can to help. Whatever Robin wants to do or [general manager] Rick [Hahn] or the team, whatever they want to do, it's right. There's no discussion. It's impossible to offend me. It really is."

Ventura earned praise from Konerko for the way in which he handled the player this season, with Konerko adding that Ventura made the year more fun for him and is "good in my book forever." Konerko doesn't see any coaching or managing in his baseball future, although he smiled and added that he's already committed to one of his young son's teams this fall.

His commitments for the rest of the season will include playing in the season's final four games, from Sept. 25-28, at home against the Royals, according to Ventura's comments Wednesday.

"If they play me too much, I might demand a trade. I don't think that's going to be a problem," said Konerko. "Listen, this has all been good. The whole thing, there's no expectation on my part. I don't want anybody out there trying to make those guys feel uncomfortable."

"It's important to us to have him play quite a bit in that last weekend that we're home, if he can do it," Ventura said. "I don't know if we'll get all four out of him. We can get a few."

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Danks hopes to go deep against Indians in finale

Carrasco squares off against Danks in South Side finale

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White Sox starter John Danks will look for his first win since July 25, and second since the All-Star break in Thursday's series finale against the playoff-hopeful Indians.

Danks went 5-1 with a 3.12 ERA in seven starts to end the first half, but has since gone 1-2 with a 7.98 ERA, a .340 batting average against and 10 homers. He's reached seven innings just once during that span, the lone win in seven outings.

The lefty's struggles have forced the beleaguered White Sox bullpen into action early. Manager Robin Ventura was asked if the relievers were auditioning over the final month.

"We've gone over the bullpen -- when a guy comes in, it's pass or fail when you go out there," Ventura said. "It's very much a focal point. When guys go out there, you can either do the job and get cheered or don't do the job and probably got booed. It's a ruthless position out there."

Carlos Carrasco takes the hill for Cleveland in his fourth start since returning to the rotation. He lost his spot in April after posting a 6.95 ERA in his first four appearances.

Since his return, Carrasco has averaged six innings per start, and boasts a .050 ERA and .117 average against with two walks and 17 strikeouts.

Indians manager Terry Francona said of Carrasco's last outing: "Shoot, he gave up his first run. He's done a really good job. Even as he starts to tire, he pitches and executes pitches and follows the game plan. He's really been a bright spot."

The White Sox snapped a season-high seven-game skid with Wednesday's 3-2 win, while he Indians dropped to 6 1/2 games out of the American League Central's top spot and stayed 4 1/2 out of the second AL Wild Card.

Indians: Ramirez continues to impress
Jose Ramirez is upping his long-term stock with the Indians as season draws to an end.

Ramirez has settled at shortstop since arriving via a trade with Washington that included Asdrubal Cabrera, who used to occupy that post. In 20 games with the Indians, Ramirez is batting .303.

He was thought to be relegated to second base or a future utility player with the arrival of top prospect Francisco Lindor. But Ramirez, 21, looks like he will hold short the rest of the way.

"He's done a heck of a job at short," Francona said. We know he can play second. We've put him at third. But he's a pretty good shortstop. When we traded Cabby, there was a reason. And it wasn't because we didn't like [Cabrera]."

White Sox: Konerko could see more time, though other vets may be limited
Paul Konerko is exactly a month away from retirement, and will likely be called on in more occasions than his usual bench role. Ventura said he will likely play all four games against the Royals leading to season's end on Sept. 28.

Konerko embraced what he jokingly said would be a physical challenge.

"If they play me too much, I might demand a trade," the captain Konerko said. "I don't think that's going to be a problem. Listen, this has all been good. The whole thing, there's no expectation on my part. I don't want anybody out there trying to make those guys feel uncomfortable."

General manager Rick Hahn, however, indicated that the White Sox would likely call up young talent given their position at the bottom of the AL Central standings.

"I don't think there's going to be any surprises for anyone if in fact some younger players are here, perhaps eating into a little bit of playing time come September," Hahn said. "That's part of where we are. And part of the reason we are where we are is that perhaps some of the older players didn't get us to the level that we wanted to be at this year."

Worth noting
• The Indians have used 10 pitchers through the series' first two games.

• Three White Sox are among the top 10 in AL batting average -- Jose Abreu (.312), Conor Gillaspie (.307) and Adam Eaton (.305).

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Williams implores Chicago to denounce violence

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox will honor the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars for their U.S Little League championship accomplishments during a special pregame ceremony prior to the start of the 6:10 p.m. CT game agaisnt Detroit of a split doubleheader on Saturday. The White Sox will host team members, coaches and families for the game as guests of the team, and all fans attending the game are encouraged to wear gold in honor of the champions.

It was White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams who used this amazing success story to make an important life point loud, clear and effectively through his speech Wednesday during the rally at Millennium Park as the celebration culmination.

In fact, Williams spoke for five or six minutes but only needed four words to grab the attention of his audience.

"Put down the guns," Williams said to the approximately 10,000 in attendance.

"People who are gathering and rallying, they are sending a message to put down the guns," Williams said. "Pick up a ball, a glove, a book, a paint stick, a science project."

Williams thanked the "superstars" who didn't suit up for JRW, namely the leaders of community organizations, teachers, before-school programs, after-school programs and the in the middle programs.

"And the people in the neighborhood who haven't given up on the village mentality," Williams said. "It does take a village."

This important message, mixed in with some humor and congratulations for the way the players handled their success, did not go unnoticed.

"That's the biggest thing that you take away from this because with the violence that's going on, people can unite for a good cause," said White Sox director of youth baseball initiatives Kevin Coe of Williams' comments. "I mean, those viewing parties were like family reunions. Today was one big family reunion. So many people from the city of Chicago, all ethnicities, all genders, all ages were out to support this team of 12-year-old baseball players, and it shows we are capable of doing something positive in this city. We just need a leader to step up and do it."

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Kluber miffed by post-review denial of warmup pitches

Following short review of play at the plate, umps say no to request

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CHICAGO -- The Indians had no qualms about White Sox manager Robin Ventura requesting a crew-chief review on an out at the plate on Wednesday night. After all, the seventh-inning play was confirmed following a brief look at the instant-replay footage.

What bothered Cleveland was the fact that starting pitcher Corey Kluber was not allowed to throw a handful of warmup pitches after the review concluded. Both home-plate umpire Rob Drake and crew chief Joe West denied Kluber's request.

"That was disappointing," Indians manager Terry Francona said after the 3-2 loss to the White Sox. "At that point in the game, Klubes doesn't know how long they're going to be over there, so he doesn't want to keep throwing [during the review], because he was at a pretty high pitch count.

"I didn't think a couple of pitches would make the crowd go away. I thought some common sense would have prevailed a little bit."

The play in question came up with no outs and runners on second and third base for Chicago in the seventh inning. With the game stuck in a 2-2 tie, Kluber induced a chopper off the bat of Alexei Ramirez to Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who gloved the grounder and fired a strike to catcher Roberto Perez.

After receiving the ball -- with plenty of time to retire Carlos Sanchez at the plate -- Perez appeared to be blocking the runner's path. The rookie catcher quickly took a step in front of the dish before then stepping back toward Sanchez in order to apply the tag.

Sanchez was ruled out, but Ventura wanted the umpires to check to see if Perez provided a lane to the plate. If it was deemed through a review that the catcher blocked the plate unnecessarily, Sanchez would have been ruled safe, giving the White Sox the go-ahead run.

Managers still feel there is a lot of gray area involved in the rules involving plays at the plate.

"It's always up for interpretation," Ventura said. "So, hopefully, something gets done there."

Perez was surprised that the play was reviewed at all, considering the runner was still several steps from home when the catcher had the ball.

"Yeah, I was," Perez said. "I even asked the umpire, 'If I catch the ball first, can I go at him?' He said, 'Yeah, you can.' But, I gave him the lane. I was surprised they [reviewed] the play. That was the first time in my career that happened to me."

What happened next is what miffed Kluber.

The pitcher has been on the mound for a handful of replay reviews, including one that lasted a few minutes in the eighth inning of his Aug. 15 start against the Orioles. Given the unpredictability of the length of any given review, the pitcher has developed a routine in which he warms up after the conclusion of the delay.

"If it's one of those four- or five-minute replays," Kluber explained, "what's the point of throwing as soon as they go over there and put the headset on? I've had instances where I've been out there this year and they're standing out there for three, four, five minutes. Am I just supposed to figure out how long a replay is going to take? I'm not even sure why they looked at that play, to be honest."

When Wednesday's review wrapped up after a quick 48-second conference with the Replay Operations Center in New York, Kluber asked to throw a few warmup pitches. Drake informed the pitcher that he should have done that during the review. Kluber then checked with West, but the pitcher was instructed to take the mound in order to resume the game.

"I understand that replay is part of the game now," Kluber said. "Tonight, I don't get the whole making-up-rules-as-we-go thing. Every other time I've been out there for a replay, I've waited until they finish the replay and then have thrown a couple pitches. All of a sudden, tonight I'm told that you're only allowed to throw pitches while they're reviewing the play.

"If the umpires are making up stuff as we're going, then the system needs to be looked at, I think."

The next batter, Jose Abreu, delivered an RBI single that helped the White Sox to the win.

Kluber did not blame the replay situation for allowing that costly hit.

"No, it didn't affect me," Kluber said. "I just made a couple mistakes tonight."

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McEwing downplays managerial rumors

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CHICAGO -- Joe McEwing has heard the rumors attaching his name to the Arizona managerial position if Kirk Gibson is not retained past this season. That connection comes from McEwing being respected throughout the game and having strong ties to Arizona chief baseball officer Tony La Russa from the two years he played for him in St. Louis.

But McEwing stands as the third-base coach for the White Sox and isn't campaigning or looking for another job.

"I consider myself a loyal individual and my loyalty is here," McEwing told MLB.com prior to Wednesday's contest with the Indians. "The White Sox have given me an outstanding opportunity, to start coaching here and in the Minor League system, and [White Sox manager] Robin [Ventura] brought me in at the big league level and I couldn't be more thankful for that opportunity.

"People have talked about [Arizona]. But, you know, rumors are rumors and you can't control the rumors and my thoughts and focus are here. I'm trying to help us win here and continue an outstanding thing we've got going on here."

Shortly after being named the team's third-base coach in the 2011 offseason, McEwing interviewed for the Cardinals' managerial position vacated by La Russa. McEwing enjoyed the interview process, but the 41-year-old is in no rush to run his own team, even if it possibly meant working with La Russa.

"He's a tremendous baseball mind," said McEwing of La Russa. "He's an individual I learned a lot from as a player and he's where he belongs -- in baseball. Any part in this game that he's attached to, it's better for it: Whether it be on the field, in the Commissioner's Office, in the front office. The game is in a better spot because he's a tremendous baseball mind and an old-school mind."

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Rodon will start Saturday -- for Triple-A Charlotte

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CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon will be pitching this Saturday, but it will be start No. 3 for Triple-A Charlotte and not start No. 1 for the White Sox as part of a split home doubleheader against the Tigers.

General manager Rick Hahn made that point abundantly clear on Tuesday during his pregame media session.

"He's thrown like 20 innings as a pro," said Hahn of the White Sox top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the third pick overall and already the club's top prospect according to MLB.com. "I understand the thought behind the question, but we simply can't lose sight of the fact that he is in the infancy of his professional career.

"What he is doing right now, while impressive, is part of his development and any decision about his future, where his next start will or won't be, is based strictly on the long-term view of getting him to Chicago, ultimately to stay and contribute at the front end of our rotation for a long time. We aren't going to rush that process."

Rodon, 21, has thrown 19 2/3 between stops for Charlotte, Class A Winston-Salem and the Arizona Rookie League team. The southpaw has 31 strikeouts, 10 walks and 13 hits allowed.

Sunday's start featured Rodon fanning eight over four innings against Norfolk, and making an adjustment in between the second and third inning to help him climb as the afternoon progressed. As far as a September callup for Rodon, which remains a distinct possibility, all Hahn would commit to Tuesday was Rodon making his next start and then having "a conversation after that."

"This is a talented, talented young man," said Hahn of Rodon. "He's already made three stops with our affiliates within a month of being a pro. Although he is having success, he has moved very quickly. That makes his success even more impressive. It has been a very fine year for him."

"Good stuff, competes his butt off," said White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton, who was on an injury rehab assignment for Rodon's Sunday start. "As a college junior being signed, he's a lot more knowledgeable about the game than I was at that time. Fans should be very excited about the future."

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Petricka, White Sox burned by 10th-inning homer

Losing streak reaches 7 games as Tribe's Walters belts go-ahead shot

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox find themselves on a skid that just won't end.

The South Siders' season-high losing streak extended to seven after Tuesday's 8-6 defeat in 10 innings at the hands of the playoff-hopeful Indians. Reliever Jake Petricka allowed his second straight game-winning homer in extras dating back to Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Yankees.

The go-ahead long ball by Zach Walters came on a full-count duel that featured three fouls and seven pitches -- all fastballs.

"When you are not around the zone, you have to lay it in there," manager Robin Ventura said. "When guys at this level have a hitters' count and you throw a fastball, it doesn't matter how hard you throw."

Tuesday's clincher was preceded by a leadoff double from pinch-hitting Lonnie Chisenhall. Petricka had allowed just one homer all season before Sunday.

"I think it's location," Ventura said of the reliever's recent woes. "He has everything velocity wise and the stuff. I think he's been a bit erratic. When he was going well, he was pounding the zone and getting ahead early, being able to use his offspeed stuff."

Chicago was on the verge of a comeback, and showed offensive resilience -- particularly given the current skid. It had scored 16 runs in its previous six games entering Tuesday.

The White Sox overcame deficits twice, including a 3-0 margin before their first at-bat. Yet 35 of their 72 losses this year have come during games in which they led. And they fell to a season-high 13 games under .500.

"We jumped out early and we never once felt like we were down," Walters said. "These guys talk about being a brotherhood. They're so close. We never felt defeated or down."

In the fifth, Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run homer to put the White Sox ahead 5-4. In the seventh, Ramirez tied the game at 6 on a groundout that scored Tyler Flowers, who advanced to third on a sacrifice by Adam Eaton.

Eaton was playing in his first game since Aug. 8 after a stint on the 15-day disabled list (right oblique). The center fielder made an error in the sixth that gave the Indians a 6-5 lead, but he limited the damage, nailing Roberto Perez at home on the ensuing at-bat.

"I know baseball gods test you like that, they really do," said Eaton, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI and scored on Ramirez's homer. "I know people kind of think I'm crazy but it seems like every time something happens, it's going to come to you. One way or another, it's going to find you and test you again right away."

Jose Quintana picked up his 11th no-decision in 27 starts. He hasn't won at U.S. Cellular Field since May 26 against the Indians -- his only win at home.

"He has a little bit of an issue getting out of the first couple of innings," Ventura said. "If he's ever had anything, it's starting a game and getting into it. I don't necessarily have an answer for that. I don't think he's out of gas, but he's had some issues with that and battled through it after that."

Quintana had lost three straight starts heading into Tuesday, but assures that his health is fine.

"I think a lot of pitches in the first inning is the reason I get knocked out early in the game," said Quintana, who threw 32 pitches in the first. "But I feel frustrated with myself because you know I get pretty good support from the hitters tonight and when you get that, I feel bad for them."

Both teams dished out a combined 12 pitchers.

Indians starter T.J. House tossed 4 2/3 innings with five earned runs on seven hits. Manager Terry Francona went to the bullpen five times after, including two times in an inning on two occasions.

"It's kind of Spring Training-ish when that happens, where you don't really see the same guy twice or you maybe see one pitcher then a next and next," Eaton said. "But there's no excuse for it really. It's part of baseball sometimes and that's why they do it, because it makes it tough on us to see multiple pitchers in multiple innings and keep our mind in the game."

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White Sox AFL players officially assigned

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox will be represented by seven players as part of the Glendale Desert Dogs during the 2014 Arizona Fall League season. Those players are infielder Tim Anderson (No. 2 White Sox prospect per MLB.com), infielder Rangel Ravelo, catcher Kevan Smith, left-handed pitchers Scott Snodgress and Jefferson Olacio and right-handed pitchers Frank Montas and Chris Bassitt.

Anderson and Montas have battled through injuries this season, with Montas having trouble with both knees and Anderson on an 8-for-17 run with Double-A Birmingham after dealing with a fractured right wrist.

"They both missed time, so it's good to get them additional reps, especially Montas, who had two setbacks, one with each knee but is now knock-on-wood healthy," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn of Anderson and Montas. "But it's also about challenging them with a little bit of a higher level.

"Obviously the level of play in the Fall League over the years has been really prospect-laden and we feel that both those guys are ready for it from a performance standpoint. They also happen to have missed a little developmental time, so they're a perfect fit for that."

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Beckham praises Chicago, welcomes new chapter

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CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham spoke to the Chicago media for the first time since his Thursday trade to the Angels during a Tuesday evening conference call. The slick-fielding second baseman had praise for the White Sox and his parts of six years played in Chicago.

But immediately he could feel the change in Anaheim, where he is no longer stuck with the tag of the eighth pick overall from the 2008 First-Year Player Draft who couldn't live up to his rookie offensive success in '09.

"I really felt like I had some weight taken off my shoulders," Beckham said. "For whatever reason, I was struggling in Chicago. Fortunately for me, it's really given me a sense of clarity.

"It was always like, 'You might get traded, you might get traded.' And now I feel like there's a monkey-off-my-back kind of thing. All the baggage I had is no more. It's definitely a good feeling. It's definitely hard to leave the White Sox and everything they've meant to me and my family over the last six years. But I'm definitely excited and happy about where I'm at on a team that's contending."

Beckham hit .244 overall for the White Sox, but just .221 this season with a .598 OPS -- a far cry from his .270 average and .808 OPS as a rookie.

"Being up there so quick and not having much failure in the Minors, I had to learn kind of on the big stage how to fail and how to fail with grace," Beckham said. "It would have been easy for me to just make excuses and blame other people for my shortcomings. I'm glad I handled it like that and didn't blame anybody else.

"To come up in the big leagues and fail in front of a big league audience, it was definitely tough and it took a lot from me. But it made me a better person, and it made me a better player. Honestly, as much as some people probably wouldn't believe that, I learned how to play the game."

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White Sox option outfielder Danks; Eaton returns

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox optioned outfielder Jordan Danks to Triple-A Charlotte during Monday's off-day, and prior to Tuesday night's series opener against Cleveland at U.S. Cellular Field, the club reinstated center fielder and leadoff man Adam Eaton from the 15-day disabled list.

Eaton hit the DL on Aug. 9 with a strained right oblique. He had a brief injury rehab assignment on Saturday and Sunday with Charlotte, finishing 3-for-10 with two runs scored, one RBI and one stolen base. The White Sox have posted a 4-9 record during Eaton's absence.

Danks, 28, is hitting .190 with one double, two home runs, nine RBIs and eight runs scored in 33 games over two stints with the White Sox this season. He is 11-for-38 (.289) with one home run and four RBIs over 12 games since being recalled from Charlotte on Aug. 9. Known for his defensive talent, Danks posted a .276 average with 18 doubles, 16 homers and 56 RBIs over 88 games with the Knights, and he figures to return to the White Sox when rosters expand in September.

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U.S. Cellular part of Jackie Robinson West parade

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CHICAGO -- U.S. Cellular Field stands as one of six gathering points for fans during Wednesday's championship parade for the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, beginning at 9 a.m. CT at Jackie Robinson Park and making its way to Millennium Park for a rally at approximately 11 a.m.

Six of the JRW players also are part of the White Sox Amateur City Elite traveling baseball program: Marquis Jackson, Ed Howard, Cameron Bufford, Brandon Green, Joshua Houston, and Trey Hondras.

"Our ACE program continues to generate great stories and be a rousing success," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "This is another example of the White Sox outreach having a positive outcome.

"If this exposure leads to more kids getting drafted by other organizations, fantastic. More importantly, if it leads to more kids having educational opportunities, which was the original goal of the program, then even better. How quickly the program has grown in the last few years and how much success we have had is giving everyone great reason for pride and it sure looks like the future is even brighter."

Hahn praised JRW for bringing Chicago together to root for a common goal in baseball, "which doesn't happen around here too often," as well as the kids succeeding on the highest possible level. That greatness resulted in a celebration at Midway Airport upon their return Monday, leading up to Wednesday's parade.

"It is amazing. Yeah, especially this city," White Sox manage Robin Ventura said of the parade. "You could see it in some small towns somewhere, but to be able to do it here, it's hard to imagine that at that age to be able to do that. They did a great job.

"You're playing with your best friends that you grew up with. That's the special part of it. To be able to win the U.S. Championship is special as well."

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White Sox endure another walk-off loss in the Bronx

Sale gives up four unearned runs, grabs AL ERA lead; Garcia homers

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NEW YORK -- The White Sox tailspin continued on Sunday thanks to the usual suspects that cost them during a dreadful weekend in New York. Their defense committed a costly error, their starter surrendered one too many walks and the offense was unable to produce with men on base, which left the bullpen operating with a small margin for error.

Jake Petricka allowed a three-run, walk-off home run to pinch-hitter Brian McCann in the 10th to seal a 7-4 loss to the Yankees. Chicago was swept out of New York, running its losing streak to a season-high six games and 13th in the last 17.

"It's tough," Sunday's starter Chris Sale said. "We've had a bad stretch, but it's not for a lack of effort. No one in here is hanging their head. No one in here is giving up. It's just some unfortunate bounces sometimes don't go our way. As we approach the denouement of the season, we need to start stringing some things together and win some games."

The White Sox can take solace in the fact that they battled back after trailing by a run in the ninth.

Avisail Garcia hit a game-tying home run on the first pitch he saw from Yankees closer David Robertson. Garcia had struck out in his previous three at-bats, and was 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts during this series. Meanwhile, Robertson had converted 22 consecutive save opportunities.

"I'd been striking out, striking out, striking out and I was trying to make good contact to get on base and hit again," Garcia said.

Garcia's homer took Sale off the hook for a potential loss despite another strong outing. Sale cruised through the first 5 1/3 innings, while allowing just two hits..

Then Martin Prado hit a fly ball to left fielder Dayan Viciedo, who dropped it to ignite a four-run Yankees rally.

Mark Teixeira doubled home Prado, and Carlos Beltran walked. Sale regrouped momentarily by striking out Chase Headley, but walked Francisco Cervelli and hit Zelous Wheeler with the bases loaded to drive in a run. The next batter, Ichiro Suzuki, drove a two-run single into right field. That hit marked the first RBI Sale has allowed to a left-hander since Minnesota's Joe Mauer delivered on Aug. 17, 2013.

"I felt fine," said Sale, whose 2.03 ERA leads the American League. "I just wasn't able to capitalize when I needed to. Things kind of just unraveled for me in the sixth, just left pitches up to guys that will make you pay and that was that."

If Viciedo makes the catch, Sale would have had the second out on just his seventh pitch in the inning. Instead, Sale labored through a 28-pitch inning that saw him give back a 3-0 lead -- built on a home run by Alexei Ramirez to lead off the game and a two-run homer by Conor Gillaspie in the sixth -- and knocked him out of the game.

In six innings, Sale allowed four hits and walked three while striking out seven. He had not allowed a run while pitching on the road in 21 1/3 innings before the Yankees got the four runs in the sixth, although none of them were earned.

"Any time you're dropping stuff like that, those should be made," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "And you're always giving them opportunities, that's the biggest thing. Once you have them where you have them and you give a lineup like that opportunities they're going to make you pay for it."

The White Sox had a chance to take the lead in the top of the 10th, with runners on first and second and Jose Abreu at the plate, but he struck out looking against left-hander David Huff.

Petricka originally came into the game in the ninth inning to face Derek Jeter. The White Sox intentionally walked Stephen Drew to put runners on first and second with one out and Petricka responded by inducing a double play.

After striking out the first two batters in the 10th, Petricka allowed a double by Beltran. He intentionally walked Chase Headley, and the Yankees called on McCann to hit for Francisco Cervelli.

"It was down and in a little bit," Petricka said of the pitch. "I definitely probably shouldn't have thrown an inside changeup there, and I was just going for a strike in that situation, and it was just in the wrong spot."

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Konerko makes final appearance at Yankee Stadium

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NEW YORK -- The first baseball game Paul Konerko ever attended was at Yankee Stadium back when he was 6 years old.

So when he was informed about an hour before Sunday's game that the Yankees planned to honor him before the first pitch, it made for a special moment.

Yankees captain Derek Jeter presented Konerko, the White Sox captain, with a base autographed by the Yankees as the last of the 43,366 fans were filing into their seats.

"It's the highlight of the year for me so far," said Konerko, who was born in Providence, R.I. "[Yankee Stadium's] all I ever knew as a kid. The fact that I'm getting a gift for something I did on the field in all the time between that and now is mind-boggling. You just don't think about things like that."

Both Jeter and Konerko announced before the start of the year that 2014 would be their final seasons, but their retirement tours have been drastically different.

Jeter is still the everyday shortstop for New York, praised at the All-Star Game and honored at every park he visits for the final time. Konerko is no longer an everyday player for Chicago and his final season has been much more understated, which is on par for his entire career.

"Derek's has taken on a whole different way," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "His is just different than everybody else's. Not surprised."

The Cubs honored Konerko before his final game at Wrigley Field earlier this season, with the No. 14 off their vintage hand-operated scoreboard. He is expected to receive more recognition once the White Sox make their final trips to play teams in the American League Central.

"Players on the other teams do realize it," Ventura said. "You see the reaction he gets in BP and things like that. But I don't know if other teams do it as much if you're not within their division."

Konerko entered Sunday as a career .309 hitter against the Yankees with 23 homers and 65 RBIs (.327 average, 15 homers and 36 RBIs in the Bronx). However, in his final game, he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a 7-4, 10-inning setback.

Konerko knew he would be taking a reduced playing role before the start of the year, with pinch-hit appearances and starting usually only against lefties, and Ventura said Konerko has totally embraced it. As the veteran in the clubhouse, he has become one of the motivational guys for some of the White Sox younger players, which is especially important for a team in transition.

"He's done a lot," Ventura said. "It's different from when you're an everyday player and can let your play speak for itself. There's part of this that he lets that speak for itself, but it's more of conversations within the game, right after the game, than you'd normally have. I think he's stepped up and knows that's his responsibility."

The White Sox honored Jeter prior to his final game at U.S. Cellular Field earlier this season, and on Sunday the Yankees returned the favor.

"A classy move by them, you don't expect it, and to have Derek out there as the guy giving it to me, that's pretty cool," Konerko said. "For someone who tries not to pay attention to that stuff, because it's the Yankees and my childhood dealt with the Yankees and any game I went to was a Yankee game, all those things combined, off-the-field stuff, that's the highlight for me so far."

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Chicago rallies around Little League runner-ups

Jackie Robinson West falls to South Korea in championship game

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CHICAGO -- It was about three hours before the first pitch of Sunday's Little League World Series championship between South Korea and Jackie Robinson West, and White Sox director of youth baseball initiatives Kevin Coe sounded relaxed and content during a phone call from Williamsport, Pa.

Coe had no reason to be truly nervous, as he wasn't coaching either of these teams and he didn't have a son or a daughter in competition as South Korea pulled out an 8-4 victory. But in reality, Coe and the White Sox had six kids making history, six players who also take part in the White Sox innovative Amateur City Elite traveling baseball program.

ACE participants Marquis Jackson, Ed Howard, Cameron Bufford, Brandon Green, Joshua Houston and Trey Hondras made significant contributions on a team that quite possibly produced the city's greatest baseball impact at any level since the last time Chicago had a World Series winner, in 2005.

"I look at this as a White Sox team," said White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf as part of a recent interview on 120 Sports, referring to the six ACE players on Jackie Robinson West.

Reinsdorf of course acknowledged in that same interview the overall excitement for the Jackie Robinson name and because they hale from Chicago, along with the ACE connection. This group of composed young men coming from a Washington Heights area on the South Side belonged to the entire city.

People filled up a South Side watch party Sunday at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, where Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn once again were among those in attendance. In downtown Chicago, outside the venerable and elegant Chicago Theater -- where famous performers such as Bob Newhart and John Mellencamp have played previously to raucous crowds -- a watch party filled the streets, with fans hanging on every leaping catch in center or key hit from JRW. Parts of State St. were closed off to accommodate the crowd.

Stars had been born, even if the unassuming stars and their families didn't have a full comprehension of how big and important they had become.

"They are going to be shocked," said Coe, who arrived in Williamsport on Saturday. "Maybe years down the line, they will understand the magnitude. There are pictures online that will help them relive it, along with social media and technology.

"This one, they don't understand the fanfare and support of not just Chicago but political support and corporate support. What's funny about it, the parents that have been [in Williamsport] since Day 1, they don't have a clue how much the city is backing their kids and people who have never watched baseball are watching and hoping for them to win.

"I've told them it's similar to when the Bulls won, and they were like, 'No way,'" Coe said. "I said, 'Wait until you get back to see.' Winning cures everything."

Mayor Emanuel already announced that a parade will honor these champions Wednesday in Chicago, beginning on the South Side and ending in Millennium Park. Judging by the reaction on State Street Sunday, it simply will be a continued show of appreciation as part of this ongoing celebration.

This amazing run by JRW not only gives inner-city baseball a boost, but does the same for an entire city: South to North, East to West.

"Believe it or not, they are role models," said Kyle Kelly, a 45-year-old railroad worker from Englewood, who was joined by his wife and friends to watch JRW on Sunday. "Them little guys, everybody will know every last one of those teammates' names when they get home.

"Chicago needed something positive. These kids gave us something positive and it brought the city together. For other kids, they can look up to them and see what they accomplished, and they can set their goals to be high as well. I'm so proud of these kids. I can't wait for them to come home."

JRW departed Pennsylvania as champions even in defeat. Trailing South Korea by an 8-1 margin in their final at-bats, they scored three runs and put the tying run on deck before the final ground ball to second.

As Coe's early morning ease suggested, this game against South Korea was more icing on the cake than a necessity to prove excellence. Jackie Robinson West had won the U.S. title on Saturday, and in the process, the team had won over a whole city not to mention the baseball world.

There's also an extra sense of pride emanating from U.S. Cellular Field over their six special Little League heroes.

"Hopefully the exposure the kids have gotten encourages other kids from the inner city and really the city of Chicago to find a place to play baseball," Coe said. "Not just Jackie Robinson but all other leagues. Kids can find opportunities to occupy their time and parents can embrace such an activity."

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Chicago kids bring smiles, joy despite loss

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CHICAGO -- No tears.

Not a single one.

At least not of the variety that washed down the face of Josh Houston on Sunday, after he allowed a home run that might have sunk his team. And certainly not of those from the real-life losses that have been an epidemic in too many Chicago neighborhoods from gang-related crimes.

When South Korea's Jun Hyeok Yun fielded a grounder from Jackie Robinson West's Ed Howard and flipped the ball to second for the final out, a wild, improbable and triumphant three-week ride for Chicago's Little League champions had ended.

The United States champions lost to a team from Seoul by an 8-4 score on Sunday in Williamsport, Pa., in the Little League World Series Championship game. But if you thought these kids were defeated, you didn't see Marquis Jackson bounce out of the dugout with a smile on his face to congratulate the champs. Teammates like Brandon Green, Jaheim Benton and the irrepressible D.J. Butler -- the 4-foot-9, 77-pound center fielder known as "the voice of reason" -- weren't far behind.

Scoreboards always show winners and losers. But it's up to the people who play the games to determine whether the outcomes define them, and these kids were too smart to dwell on one game that got away.

That's life, or at least we say that all the time. But it's really just sports, and you learn that early in too many inner-city neighborhoods.

As proud as Chicagoans were of these 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds in victory -- after all, they had rallied from four runs down late in the regional final in Indianapolis and then won four elimination games before huge crowds at Lamade Stadium to claim the U.S. title -- it was just as satisfying to see how they carried themselves when the magic finally shifted to the other dugout.

While the kids from Seoul planted flags on the mound and posed before the championship banner, the ones representing the soul of Chicago hugged and congratulated each other in front of the first-base dugout. They would have been the first team comprised exclusively of African-Americans to win a Little League championship, and surely there's a movie treatment already in the works about their journey.

The kids and their coaches are headed home to a parade on Wednesday, and you shouldn't be surprised to see the city take a break from the daily busyness of business to celebrate along with these relentlessly positive ballplayers and their families.

Baseball parades are hardly everyday events in Chicago. The one for the 2005 White Sox marked the first championship for one of Chicago's Major League teams since 1917. The thirst for success never goes away, and the kids from Jackie Robinson West were showered with civic support as it played deeper and deeper into the Little League World Series.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn both attended a watch party on Saturday at the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center on 119th Street, between the neighborhoods of Morgan Park and West Pullman, which was built by the Salvation Army through a $1 million donation from the White Sox. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler donated $15,000 to the JRW Little League and sent along signed jerseys. Colorado Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins and players from the Cubs and White Sox made donations so some parents and family members could make the trip to central Pennsylvania to cheer their little men along.

Television ratings from the weekend won't become available until Monday, but it's possible that the American final on Saturday and Sunday's championship game may have been the most watched baseball games in Chicago this season. The Jackie Robinson West opener against a team from Lynwood, Wash., on Aug. 15 drew a 2.4 rating.

There's a universal appeal to watching Little League Baseball, which was nicely summed up by Michael Byung-Ju Kim, the father of one of the South Korean players. He called it "the innocence of youth combined with the thrill of sport,'' and that's about right.

For all of us, real life comes along quickly after Little League. It will for these kids, too. But you can't help but wonder where they're going from here.

While Chicago has long been considered a breeding ground for basketball stars, with Michael Jordan providing the inspiration and playgrounds offering the opportunity, this has been a decade of major progress on the baseball front.

All you have to do to see it is look at Curtis Granderson Field on the Illinois-Chicago campus, the sparkling new stadium that is surrounded by youth fields -- all the result of the Mets' star giving back to his alma mater -- or, a little more subtly, the Amateur City Elite program that was dreamed up by White Sox area scout Nathan Durst and funded by chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

It creates an opportunity for 100-plus kids from neighborhoods like those that that feed the Jackie Robinson West Little League team to get year-round coaching and the chance to play travel baseball and experience the showcase circuit. It sends a dozen or more of its alums off to play college baseball every year, and two of those guys went all the way to the College World Series this summer. Diminutive outfielder Ro Coleman played as a freshman on Vanderbilt's championship team, while Corey Ray helped Louisville advance to Omaha.

For dreamers like Durst and Kenny Fullman, the Chicago police officer who coaches baseball at Harlan Community Academy High School and like many others has worked tirelessly in the ACE program, it has to be a validation to watch Chicago kids -- their kids -- go toe to toe against the best teams in the world.

About half of the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars have participated in ACE, including slugger Trey Hondras; Howard, the slick-fielding shortstop whom Hall of Famer Barry Larkin nicknamed "Silk;'' Houston, who came through a big hit in Saturday's rally; and Jackson, the ebullient all-around player who always seemed to be in the middle of the action.

Fullman sees education as a big part of his program, saying there are "kids in this program [who] have never been out of their neighborhoods, unless we took them somewhere.''

They're going places now, that's for sure.

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Bronx tale ends in similar fashion for White Sox

Abreu drives in AL-leading 94th run; Carroll works six innings in loss

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NEW YORK -- Scott Carroll bounced back from his recent struggles with a solid if not spectacular start on Saturday, but the White Sox defense did not do him any favors.

Carlos Sanchez bobbled a potential double-play ground ball in the second inning, Alejandro De Aza lost a fly ball in the sun in left field during the fourth and catcher Adrian Nieto did not make an attempt to catch Avisail Garcia's throw to the plate on a sacrifice fly in the sixth because Nieto heard Carroll say, "Let it go," which was intended for first baseman Jose Abreu to let the ball travel to the plate.

The Yankees capitalized on each of those mistakes in a 5-3 victory over the White Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Chicago has now lost five consecutive games, matching a season high, and has dropped 12 of its last 16 to fall a season-worst 11 games under .500.

Carroll came into the game with a 6.91 ERA and record of 1-2 over his last five starts. He pitched well for stretches on Saturday, forcing the Yankees into weak groundouts with a sharp sinker, but could not fully overcome the defensive lapses behind him. Overall, he surrendered five runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings.

"Defensively, we put him in some [tough] situations," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We make some mistakes out there and with a lineup like this, they will grind you. He pitched fairly well, but you set him up with not making plays behind and then walking a couple guys."

While the White Sox defense made it more difficult than it should have been, Carroll was able to work his way out of most jams with minimal damage.

The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning, but Carroll induced a double play and a groundout to give up just one run. De Aza misplayed the fly ball to start the fourth and ignited a four-hit rally coupled with a pair of walks, but some bad baserunning by New York helped Carroll escape with just two runs.

Carlos Beltran led off the sixth inning with a solo home run to right field and Martin Prado scored on a sacrifice fly, aided by Nieto's blunder.

"That's what is weird and frustrating about baseball, but that's why we love it, because there are so many things that can happen," Carroll said. "That's what is frustrating is that this line isn't indicative of how well I can throw the ball. I'm just going to take the positives out of this, get back on track and get ready for the next start."

The White Sox took an early 1-0 lead with a pair of a doubles by Conor Gillaspie and Alexei Ramirez to start the second inning, before Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda struck out the side. Abreu drove in his 94th run, which leads the American League, in the fifth with a single that plated Alejandro De Aza.

But Kuroda (9-8) kept the White Sox hitters off balance through his six innings, yielding only five hits and two runs while fanning six.

"The fact that I was able to keep the game close to give my team a chance, I'm really proud of that," Kuroda said through an interpreter. "To get a win is the biggest thing for me today."

The Yankees had not scored more than four runs in more than two weeks before the White Sox arrived in the Bronx, a place they have not been able to figure out recently. Chicago has dropped seven consecutive games at Yankee Stadium.

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Eaton starts rehab assignment at Triple-A

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NEW YORK -- Adam Eaton will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday against Norfolk.

His rehab is not expected to be lengthy and Eaton could join the White Sox as early as the start of their next homestand on Tuesday.

"You're looking at the trainers that are down there, they're going to find out what he's feeling, how he's feeling. You go from there," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We're not going to be able to see him to be able to judge that. By what they say, you have a pretty good idea that when he comes back, he's going to be completely healthy."

Eaton has been on the disabled list with a strained right oblique since Aug. 9. He believes the initial injury happened on a swing on Aug. 8 against the Mariners, but a wall collision a few days prior while tracking down a home run is thought to be a contributing factor.

He bruised his lower back during that collision, adding to the litany of injuries he has experienced during his first season with the White Sox. Eaton has been limited to 94 games this season, missing time for the oblique and lower back, a broken middle finger and a right hamstring strain.

When he has been in the lineup, Eaton has been extremely productive. He ranks among the American League leaders in triples (seven), on-base percentage (.370) and batting average (.304) and is hitting .435 during his last 22 games, while anchoring the team's defense in center.

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White Sox proud of U.S. Little League champs

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NEW YORK -- By making it to the Little League World Series championship game on Sunday, Chicago's Jackie Robinson West has provided a spark to Chicago's baseball fan base during a disappointing season for both the White Sox and Cubs.

"It's a feel-good story to have those kids playing there," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You don't want to have it be too much for them, but on the other hand, you let it go. They're reacting to it great. You see the highlights and how they're doing, and they're fun to watch."

Jackie Robinson West, the first team made up entirely of African Americans to advance to both the U.S. championship game and world finals, dropped an 8-4 decision to South Korea on Sunday.

The White Sox have been able to catch glimpses of the action from Williamsport, Pa., but have usually been preparing or playing in games of their own at the same time. Ventura coached his son in Little League for a few years after retirement and has watched as many of Jackie Robinson West's games as he can.

"It's fun. Having done Little League, you understand the excitement of the kids, the parents, how special it is," Ventura said. "And Williamsport is a really neat opportunity for them. The setting is great. All of those teams from different countries, how they interact and get along. I think the sportsmanship is great."

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Consecutive plays reviewed in Yankees' favor

Beltran's homer confirmed; Prado awarded double after call overturned

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees were beneficiaries of back-to-back replay reviews in the sixth inning of Saturday afternoon's contest against the White Sox.

Carlos Beltran led off the inning with a solo home run off of Scott Carroll into the first row of seats in right field. That prompted a precautionary crew-chief review for fan interference, and after 53 seconds, the call was confirmed, good for Beltran's 15th home run.

Martin Prado followed the blast with a looper down the left-field line. He stretched for a double, sliding in head-first to second base but was called out. Manager Joe Girardi waited for the signal from bench coach Tony Pena and then issued a challenge.

After one minute and 27 seconds, the call was overturned, which proved to be important. Prado moved to third on a Chase Headley groundout and then scored when Stephen Drew sacrificed him home with a fly ball to right field, extending the Yankees lead to 5-2.

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Guerra returns to White Sox bullpen

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NEW YORK -- The White Sox activated reliever Javy Guerra from the bereavement list on Saturday after the right-hander missed six games.

Guerra arrived with the team in New York on Friday, but the White Sox wanted to give him an extra day to do some more throwing on the side.

He will replace left-hander Eric Surkamp, who was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Yankees. Surkamp allowed one run and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings in the defeat.

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Konerko hopes Beckham blossoms with Angels

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NEW YORK -- Paul Konerko had traveled ahead of the White Sox, so he was already in New York when he heard the news that second baseman Gordon Beckham had been traded to the Angels on Thursday.

Konerko exchanged a couple of texts with Beckham, to whom he was friend and mentor. Even though it felt like Beckham's days with the White Sox were numbered, this still came as a bit of a surprise.

"Usually when you get through July, you don't see it happening quite as much," Konerko said. "I think it was probably inevitable that he was going to be with another team next year anyway, so it's just kind of a jump-start to that for him. I look at it as a positive. Where he's at in his career right now, the way it had unfolded in the last couple of years, this can only be a good thing for him."

Beckham always carried the high expectations of being selected eighth overall by the White Sox in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, expectations that were only heightened by his stellar rookie campaign in 2009, when he batted .270 with 14 homers, 28 doubles and 63 RBIs and finished fifth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.

But after that season, Beckham never found his groove at the plate. In 101 games with the White Sox this season, he had a slash line of .221/.263/.336, with seven homers and 36 RBIs.

"It's always tough when a guy comes up right away, spent really no time in the Minor Leagues, and then he was pretty much doing everything he was in college on a Major League field," Konerko said. "It's easy to expect that's going to happen, that's going to keep happening. That's usually not the case."

The trade is expected to give the White Sox a chance to promote some of their talent in the Minors and give Beckham, who was in his sixth season with Chicago, a breath of fresh air that comes with a change of scenery

"Sometimes you play and let the baggage you have here, that consistently being with one team, your mind can play tricks on you where you're going up there trying to get 200 hits in one at-bat," manager Robin Ventura said. "Now, he's going to a place that's new. He can still be a good player. He's talented."

The White Sox are certainly going to miss Beckham's glove. He is regarded as one of the top defensive second baseman in the league, but Konerko added that he would miss having Beckham's personality around as well.

"He's a great person, great kid," Konerko said. "You want that guy to do well. You want him to succeed because he's going to do right by it."

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White Sox recall infield prospect Sanchez

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NEW YORK -- Carlos Sanchez is getting an opportunity to be the White Sox primary second baseman. The White Sox recalled Sanchez, the club's No. 10 prospect, from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday to replace Gordon Beckham, who was traded to the Angels on Thursday.

"This is an opportunity for him that a lot of guys would be excited about," manager Robin Ventura said. "I know he is and we'll see what happens from here on out. For a guy who has had a pretty impressive Minor League stretch, you give him the opportunity to let him go play. He has a lot of tools that are Major League ready."

Sanchez was hitting .293 with 19 doubles, 57 RBIs and 16 stolen bases at Triple-A while spending time at second base (64 games), shortstop (44) and third base (two).

He made his Major League debut with the White Sox on July 13, during a brief stint this season, but went 0-for-5 in a start at shortstop.

"That was a good experience for me," Sanchez said before going 3-for-4 with a run scored in Friday night's 4-3 loss. "What I tried to get away from that is just the small mistakes, whether it was in the field, preparation. I tried to learn from them and then this second time around I'm able to do those better."

Sanchez feels most comfortable playing second, the position at which he started on Friday night against the Yankees, and hitting second in the order. Marcus Semien will join Sanchez when rosters expand in September, so the duo will likely split time with Leury Garcia at second base for the rest of the season.

"[I am] somebody who gives 100 percent effort out on the field day in and day out in everything he has to do, whether it is offensively or defensively or on the bases," Sanchez said.

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Abreu's 33rd homer not enough for White Sox

Rookie hits three-run shot in first inning; Webb allows walk-off in ninth

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NEW YORK -- The White Sox bullpen has received a lot of criticism this season and at times for good reason. They arrived at Yankee Stadium on Friday with a 4.46 ERA, next to last in the American League.

And while it was reliever Daniel Webb who surrendered a walk-off single to Martin Prado in the ninth to give the Yankees a 4-3 victory on Friday, the White Sox offense should not be absolved of blame. After building a 3-0 advantage in the first inning, the White Sox could not push anything more across the plate.

"I think we've done that quite a bit," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "Where we get something early and then, for one reason or another, you don't get anything else. I think eventually it probably wears on the starter and the 'pen, too. But you've got to be able to add on, especially when you jump out real early."

Ichiro Suzuki started off the ninth inning with a single to center and was bunted to second base by Brett Gardner. But Webb (5-4) nearly worked his way out of it, forcing Derek Jeter to fly out to center field for the second out. Jacoby Ellsbury was intentionally walked to get to Mark Teixeira, but Webb walked him as well. That brought up Prado, who sent a bouncing single up the middle to bring the Yankees out of the dugout to celebrate.

The loss was the White Sox sixth consecutive defeat at Yankee Stadium and sent them to a season-worst 10 games under .500.

When the Yankees visited Chicago earlier this season, Jose Abreu was on the disabled list, so this was his first opportunity against New York. In the first inning, he introduced himself, as he so often has to the rest of the Major Leagues, with a home run.

This one was a three-run blast to the stands in left field, his 33rd of the season, off Yankees starter Shane Greene to put the Sox ahead, 3-0. Greene is having a solid rookie season and is coming off a career-high 10-strikeout game, but was not as sharp in this game. The White Sox collected nine hits off Greene, but managed just the three runs.

"The other day, we had an opportunity to knock the starter out early and we did it," White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn said. "Today, we had an opportunity to do the same but not only did we not do it, but he went [five] innings. That's definitely on us."

White Sox starter John Danks was hindered by the usual suspects during this nightmare season for him: too many walks (three) and a costly home run. Prado tagged Danks with a two-run homer in the third inning to cut the defect to 3-2.

It was the 24th homer Danks has allowed this season, the most in the American League.

"I'm still walking too many guys and giving up homers," Danks said. "That's what has gotten me in trouble in the past and continues to get me in trouble. It's frustrating, like I said, but it's part of it, and we'll do what we can to fix it."

In the fifth inning, Danks hit the first batter, Gardner, who scored on a double by Ellsbury to tie the game at 3. The Yankees had runners on second and third with no outs before Danks retired the next three batters to work his way out of the jam. He completed five innings and allowed six hits and three runs.

"Two or three leadoff walks to an inning, you can't do that," Danks said. "It was a battle. It's frustrating to feel as good as I did. I felt like I had pretty good stuff, to not be able to throw it over the plate consistently and get the early contact you're looking for. I really just shot myself in the foot, and that's the way things happen."

Chicago's next best chance to score came in the sixth inning, when Conor Gillaspie attempted to score from second base on a single by Alejandro De Aza, but was thrown out at the plate by a wide margin by Gardner.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura asked for a crew-chief review, arguing that Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli was blocking the plate and did not give Gillaspie a path to score. The call on the field was confirmed after a one-minute and four-second review.

Then the Yankees' bullpen, perhaps their biggest strength, shut the White Sox down over the final four innings, retiring the last seven batters.

"Today was one of our better days," said Yankees closer David Robertson. "We made a lot of quality pitches and got a lot of big outs."

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Shortstop Anderson debuts at Double-A

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Fully recovered from the broken wrist that sidelined him for nearly two months and fresh off a short rehab assignment in the Arizona League, shortstop Tim Anderson, the White Sox No. 2 prospect, made his debut with Double-A Birmingham on Friday. Though he collected three hits, it wasn't enough for a victory, as Birmingham fell, 3-2, to Mississippi.

Anderson, ranked No. 85 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects, broke his wrist in June while playing with Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. He returned to the field a week ago in Arizona with the Rookie White Sox before joining the Barons. He went 3-for-3 with a double and scored a run in his debut.

When he was placed on the disabled list in June, Anderson was hitting .297/.323/.472 with six home runs and 10 stolen bases in 68 games with Winston-Salem. At the time, he ranked eighth in the Carolina League in hitting.

Anderson's promotion to Double-A is something of a homecoming for the 21-year old. He grew up about an hour southwest of Birmingham in Tuscaloosa, Ala. After two years at East Central Community College in Mississippi, the White Sox made him the 17th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

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Replay confirms play at plate; Yanks nail runner

Gillaspie thrown out by Gardner with game tied in sixth inning

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NEW YORK -- The White Sox were once again on the wrong side of a play at the plate with the question of the catcher blocking the plate on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Conor Gillaspie attempted to score from second base on a single by Alejandro DeAza in the sixth inning of a 3-3 game, but was thrown out at the plate by a wide margin by Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura asked for a crew-chief review, arguing that Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli was blocking the plate and did not give Gillaspie a path to score. The call on the field was confirmed after a one-minute and four-second review.

Major League Baseball's Rule 7.13 stipulates that the catcher must provide a clear lane to the runner. The rule has caused some issues this season, with no one entirely sure how to interpret it. The White Sox were stung by the rule on Sunday, when the Blue Jays had a call overturned and scored a run after a review in the first inning.

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Abreu happy to see fellow Cuban Castillo in bigs

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NEW YORK -- Jose Abreu was excited to see fellow Cuban Rusney Castillo close to finalizing a seven-year, $72.5 million deal with the Red Sox.

"I am very happy for him, and I think all Cubans should be happy for him that he was able to get such a good contract," Abreu said.

The reported deal would eclipse Abreu's six-year, $68 million contract from this past offseason as the largest deal signed by an amateur player, but he did not seem to have an issue with his former teammate's new deal.

"We played together all throughout we were growing up and coming up on the national team," Abreu said. "I'll tell you, he's a guy who has a lot of tools. He's a five-tool player. As long as he stays mentally tough, he's going to be able to do some good things."

The Red Sox were in heavy pursuit for Abreu this past winter before losing out to the White Sox. His success in his first season likely helped Castillo's case for such a large contract.

Abreu also offered some advice to Castillo about making the adjustment to the Majors.

"My advice to him is to let people who know what they're doing help him," Abreu said. "Let them help him and just listen to them. As long as you do that and stay mentally tough, he should be fine."

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White Sox 2014 Draft plan starting to bear fruit

Progress of Rodon, Fry bodes well given current dearth of lefties in bullpen

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CHICAGO -- Doug Laumann looks at the current makeup of the White Sox bullpen and feels a sense of frustration.

That line seems to be an easy opening setup for a comedic shot at an injury-plagued unit that collectively has turned in a poor 2014 performance. But those feelings felt by the White Sox director of amateur scouting, who is in charge of the First-Year Player Draft for the team, strike a more personal chord.

"I get a little frustrated myself when we don't give [White Sox manager] Robin [Ventura] the opportunity to maybe have left-handers coming out of the bullpen," Laumann told MLB.com during a recent interview. "I take responsibility for that, to a certain degree. It's our job to provide those kinds of pieces that he needs to have."

Eric Surkamp currently stands as the White Sox lone left-hander in the bullpen. A starter for Triple-A Charlotte before joining the White Sox in-season, Surkamp wasn't exactly dominant during that opening big league relief run. He returned from Charlotte to the Majors on Saturday when Javy Guerra was placed on the bereavement list.

Before Surkamp was recalled, the White Sox went without a left-handed option. So in staying with this example, how did Laumann, assistant scouting director Nick Hostetler and their staff address this issue?

The answer to that question might not be truly known for three or four years. That's the way things play out when focusing on talent development from the Draft. But in the case of the White Sox 2014 selections, they made their picks following the best-player-available model -- as Carlos Rodon (first round) and Spencer Adams (second round) would indicate -- while also looking for the best fits as the Draft progressed.

A pitcher such as Jace Fry, taken in the third round and a southpaw who made 16 starts this past season for Oregon State, is currently working out of the bullpen for Great Falls in the Pioneer League. It's a way to manage the workload for a 21-year-old who threw 120 1/3 innings before joining the White Sox, and one whom the team still views as a future starter. But if he doesn't eventually fit that role?

"If not, he will certainly be a very, very valuable reliever," said Laumann of Fry. "We took three or four who most of them were starters in college, but for lack of a third pitch, maybe for durability, things of that nature, we felt if they only had to come out of the bullpen and be a lefty-on-lefty or a seventh-inning guy, that they would fit that role real nice.

"You know, we have a plan. Sometimes people don't always think we do. Sometimes you don't always see it. Our plan this year was we thought the pitching was going to be a dominant piece of the Draft, and that's kind of the way we played it -- with our first 10 picks, getting the seven pitchers and doing what we did. We got those guys in place and then we got some relief pieces along the way, some left-handers.

"It takes time," Laumann said. "But I have to admit, we took four or five lefties that we felt could be pieces for [Ventura] out of the bullpen sooner rather than later, and so far that has worked out pretty good."

Players such as Brian Clark out of Kent State (ninth round), Ben Brewster out of Maryland (15th round) and Aaron Bummer out of Nebraska (19th round) drew strong early praise from Laumann as part of this "left is right" pitching group. Of course, it would be hard to find a player, let alone a left-handed pitcher, who has been more impressive than Rodon since the Draft.

Rodon has moved from the Rookie-level Arizona League to Class A Winston-Salem to Charlotte, making his International League debut this past Tuesday. The southpaw from N.C. State figures to get a September callup with the White Sox, possibly working out of the bullpen in the short term.

"On our game reports [from Rodon's last start for Winston-Salem], he was 93-98 [mph], average was 95. Plus command," said Laumann of Rodon. "We know he's always had the plus slider, as some guys hung 70 grades on it. Actually, we had some guys there in attendance, along with staff, that gave him a 65/70 changeup. He always had a changeup. He didn't quite use it as much in college. He didn't really need to. He's progressed just kind of like we thought he would."

"We feel this guy is very close to being able to help us in the rotation -- whether that's the first part of '15, the second part of '15 or '16, we'll see," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "But this guy is coming, we believe, on a fairly quick path -- and not necessarily one that would require him to spend time in the bullpen."

Laumann humorously referred to Adams' 54 strikeouts and four walks over 39 2/3 innings in Arizona as "obnoxious." Adams has hit 93-95 mph on even his 50th or 60th pitch. As an 18-year-old out of high school, he's only going to get bigger and stronger.

The Draft wasn't solely based on pitching, with infielder and seventh-round selection Jake Peter already jumping from Great Falls to Winston-Salem, as an example.

Great post-Draft starts certainly don't guarantee long, successful Major League careers. But at least in the first few months, this White Sox Draft plan seems to be working.

"When I get asked these questions right after the Draft, obviously we are excited," Laumann said. "We think we've got the right guys. We've made good picks. Now it's two months later, and a lot of the guys are doing what we thought they would do."

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White Sox deal Beckham to Angels

Former No. 8 overall Draft pick spent six seasons in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham burst on to the scene for the White Sox in 2009, a little more than one year after the White Sox selected him eighth overall in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Beckham was a third baseman at the time, and finished fifth in American League Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .270 with 14 homers, 28 doubles and 63 RBIs. There was talk of the Georgia native becoming a perennial All-Star, a potential Most Valuable Player candidate and at the very least, a leader and consistent contributor for the White Sox.

Unfortunately for Beckham, that first year became his high point offensively. The 27-year-old was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Thursday for a player to be named or cash considerations, as he was mired in a 22-for-145 slump covering his past 36 games.

To Beckham's great credit, he remained one of the AL's steadiest second basemen defensively through the woes at the plate. He committed 10 errors but also topped AL second basemen with a 5.14 Range Factor.

Thursday's move was about giving big league time to younger White Sox players who are part of the reshaping core for the future, an explanation mentioned by general manager Rick Hahn during an evening conference call. But it also provides Beckham with a much-needed change of scenery, especially with Beckham not part of the team's future plans entering his final year of arbitration in 2015.

"Although we feel that Gordon was just fantastic as an individual, a great representative of the White Sox organization and somebody whose work ethic and desire to be the best certainly will be missed, it had gotten to the time where it was time to make a change," Hahn said. "Give somebody else an opportunity to be part of this next core.

"No one took to heart more greatly his struggles than Gordon. He was constantly searching to try to get better and do everything in his power, both on the field and off the field, to fulfill those expectations. Not necessarily those the fans or the club put on him or his teammates put on him, but really his own expectations."

Hahn mentioned that Carlos Sanchez, who was hitting .293 with six homers, 56 RBIs and 16 stolen bases for Triple-A Charlotte, will be recalled by the White Sox prior to their series opener Friday in New York. Marcus Semien will join Sanchez when rosters expand in September, meaning that the duo will split time with Leury Garcia at second base for the remainder of the '14 campaign.

Sanchez started one game at shortstop on July 13 in Cleveland, but is considered a better fit at second base. If all things stay as they are presently, Micah Johnson figures to be the clubhouse leader at second base moving into Spring Training next year.

The left-handed-hitting Johnson has been shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season with a strained left hamstring, an ongoing injury that Hahn believes affected his explosiveness and contributed to his stolen base total dropping from 84 in '13 to 22 in '14. Johnson is expected to be ready go and fully healthy by February in Arizona.

"We're happy form the standpoint that it does give the opportunity for some of our young players, a chance to perform and acclimate themselves at the big level prior to the 2015 season being underway," Hahn said. "Getting some of those growing pains out of the way is always beneficial, and as we figure this thing out the next six weeks, going into the offseason and getting into Spring Training once Micah joins us."

Moving Beckham provides the White Sox with a little bit of financial flexibility, per Hahn, possibly reallocating some of the funds to more pressing needs elsewhere on the field. Beckham was given plenty of chances to succeed, leaving the White Sox with 2,897 plate appearances over parts of six years, which was something he thanked Hahn for during their conversation Thursday.

Ultimately, this trade becomes a win-win situation. It's hard for the White Sox to figure why Beckham didn't hit. Maybe he overanalyzed the struggles once they began, trying to change too much, too frequently over the years. As Hahn pointed out, maybe Beckham failing for the first time at the big league level in a major market didn't give him the defense mechanism to adjust. But with Beckham featuring a current OPS of .598, it was time to make a move for both sides.

"This is a kid that truly wants to be great, and perhaps with the change of scenery he will be able to exhale a little bit and get back on track to fulfilling that potential and perform on the level we saw from him early on in his career," Hahn said. "I don't think that any of us are really in the position to explain what he was going through in his mind or what he felt.

"We just say the byproduct of the hard work, trying to pull himself out of the struggles when they occurred. He obviously has tremendous character, a great makeup guy, but it just didn't work for him. The big part of this game as we all know is mental and that can be extremely difficult to get past."

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