Yoan gone: Moncada hits homer No. 1

Top prospect's solo shot off Arrieta projected at 417 feet

Yoan gone: Moncada hits homer No. 1

CHICAGO -- During Yoan Moncada's first week with the White Sox, the No. 1 prospect in baseball per MLBPipeline.com, has picked up his first walk, first triple and first RBI.

A first home run can be added as of Wednesday night, with the second baseman going deep against Jake Arrieta in the seventh inning of an 8-3 loss to the Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field. Moncada connected on a 0-2 curve from the Cubs' right-hander, who had yielded one run on one hit until that point.

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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 send Avisail to DL for thumb strain

All-Star outfielder hoping for minimum 10-day stint

White Sox send Avisail to DL for thumb strain

CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia will be placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a ligament strain in his right thumb.

The injury was revealed through an MRI on Wednesday after the All-Star right fielder came to the team with continued discomfort in that area.

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Moncada, Hanson HRs not enough vs. Cubs

Moncada, Hanson HRs not enough vs. Cubs

CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta has thrown two no-hitters, both on the road. Ten miles from Wrigley Field, he flirted with another, but settled for first place in the National League Central.

Anthony Rizzo (3-for-4) drove in four runs and Addison Russell added a solo homer, while Arrieta gave up two hits, including Yoan Moncada's first MLB home run, to lift the Cubs to an 8-3 Interleague victory Wednesday night over the crosstown-rival White Sox.

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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.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the White Sox on Wednesday.

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White Sox gave Moncada the silent treatment

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White Sox gave Moncada the silent treatment

The baseball world has been patiently waiting for Yoan Moncada to hit his first Major League career home run. Well, there is no longer any anticipation, because the 22-year-old accomplished that feat on Wednesday night.

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Trades, callups intersecting for White Sox

Deals help clear path for Moncada, other top prospects

Trades, callups intersecting for White Sox

CHICAGO -- The White Sox have traded five players from their Major League roster since the All-Star break.

Gone are staff ace Jose Quintana, closer David Robertson, third baseman Todd Frazier, hard-throwing right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle and fellow late-innings force Anthony Swarzak, who officially was moved to Milwaukee on Wednesday for Minor League outfielder Ryan Cordell. The so-called major deals seem to have been accomplished, but general manager Rick Hahn remains open for business.

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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.

Pelfrey, Lester square off in Crosstown finale

Pelfrey, Lester square off in Crosstown finale

Even as the Cubs basked in the glow of their first World Series championship in 108 years, their Chicago rivals still held something over them last season -- the Crosstown Cup, which the White Sox have held since 2014.

The White Sox and Cubs close out the 2017 series on Thursday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. The Cubs took a 2-1 series lead on Wednesday, after splitting two games at Wrigley Field. If the two sides split, the South Siders will again retain bragging rights over the defending World Series champions.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Phil Rogers

Unheralded Sox trio making most of opportunity

Davidson, Engel, Hanson look to prove they're part of Chicago's future

Unheralded Sox trio making most of opportunity

CHICAGO -- They aren't candidates for the cover of MLB Pipeline, at least not lately.

That's OK with Matt Davidson, Adam Engel, Alen Hanson and the rest of the advance guard of the White Sox rebuilding program.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Despite 11 K's in 4 IP, Rodon looks to go deeper

Lefty matches career high, but needs 98 pitches to get through 4th

Despite 11 K's in 4 IP, Rodon looks to go deeper

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon matched a career high with 11 strikeouts against the Cubs on Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The White Sox southpaw also struck out the side in the first, second and fourth. Sounds like a pretty good starting point for a victory in the battle for the Crosstown Cup.

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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.

No. 1 Moncada among 8 Sox on Top 100 list

No. 1 Moncada among 8 Sox on Top 100 list

CHICAGO -- The White Sox and Braves are locked in a heated competition, but that doesn't mean they will ultimately end up facing off in the postseason -- at least, not yet.

The two teams sit tied atop MLBPipeline.com's midseason Top 100 Prospects list with 527 Prospect Points each. Atlanta holds an edge with nine players in the Top 100, while the rebuilding White Sox rank second with eight.

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White Sox deal Swarzak to Brewers for prospect

Outfielder Cordell was ranked No. 17 in Milwaukee system

White Sox deal Swarzak to Brewers for prospect

CHICAGO -- Anthony Swarzak's first career save, recorded Monday against the Cubs, was his last appearance with the White Sox, as the veteran right-hander was traded to Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Swarzak, 31, was a non-roster invitee to White Sox Spring Training, but he had been one of the team's most consistent relievers this season. He has a 2.23 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 13 walks over 48 1/3 innings.
 

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Giolito spins a gem for Charlotte

Giolito spins a gem for Charlotte

Shane Bieber has passed every test the Indians have thrown his way this season, a trend that continued Tuesday with his scoreless debut for Double-A Akron.

Starting for Akron in game one of a doubleheader against Binghamton, Bieber, the Indians' No. 13 prospect, limited opposing hitters to five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He found the zone with 65 of his 94 pitches, striking out five and walking one, and generated another nine outs on the ground.

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

Rodon contributes with arm, bat, but Sox fall

Rodon contributes with arm, bat, but Sox fall

CHICAGO -- There were plenty of punchouts, some bruises and at least one heated exchange on Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field in Game 2 of the intracity Cubs vs. White Sox series. Willson Contreras provided the feel-good moment pregame, then he delivered a three-run homer plus an RBI single to spark a 7-2 Cubs victory and even the Interleague series at one win apiece.

Before the game, Contreras met with Daniel Rodriguez, a young boy with Down syndrome, and gave him batting gloves, a helmet and a jersey. Then in the first inning, Contreras smashed a 417-foot homer with two on and one out to give John Lackey all the cushion he needed.
 

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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.

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.

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MLB.com Columnist

Paul Hagen

Allen's life expertly examined by Kashatus

Allen's life expertly examined by Kashatus

In December 2014, Dick Allen missed being elected to the Hall of Fame by one Veterans Committee vote. To his supporters, it was bittersweet result. To come so close and miss was disappointing. But it also was an impressive showing for a candidate who had never come close to the required 75 percent during his 15 years of eligibility for the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot.

Allen's case has been championed for several years now by a vocal group of passionate supporters. And the latest public manifestation of that backing is "Dick Allen: The Life and Times of a Baseball Immortal."

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Paul Hagen, a reporter for MLB.com, won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in 2013 for a lifetime of excellence in baseball writing. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox ride Gonzalez, HRs to down Chi-Town rivals

Sox ride Gonzalez, HRs to down Chi-Town rivals

CHICAGO -- This year's Cubs vs. White Sox series means more than bragging rights for one side's fan base. The Cubs are trying to regain control of the National League Central, and they began the day tied for first place with the Brewers. But the White Sox spoiled their bid to open some ground in the division, posting a 3-1 Interleague win over their crosstown rivals on Monday afternoon.

"Whoever we're playing doesn't matter -- we're just trying to get wins," the Cubs' Jon Jay said.

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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.

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.

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Young trio enjoys 1st taste of rivalry with Cubs

Smith, Engel, Davidson contribute to White Sox series-opening win at Wrigley

Young trio enjoys 1st taste of rivalry with Cubs

CHICAGO -- As soon as Kevan Smith woke up Monday morning, even before he made his way to Wrigley Field and helped the White Sox claim a 3-1 victory over the Cubs, he had an idea this day was going to be special.

"Oh, geez, one to remember," said the catcher, who had two hits and guided Miguel Gonzalez over 7 1/3 innings of one-run baseball in helping the White Sox end a nine-game losing streak.

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Prospect Burdi to have Tommy John surgery

Prospect Burdi to have Tommy John surgery

CHICAGO -- Right-handed reliever Zack Burdi will have Tommy John surgery at some point this week, according to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn.

The White Sox No. 11 prospect per MLBPipeline.com was diagnosed with a UCL tear, as announced by Hahn the first day after the All-Star break, but he was going to get a second opinion before surgery.

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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.

In My Words: Moncada, White Sox perfect fit

In My Words: Moncada, White Sox perfect fit

This has been one of the best years of my life. This year, I have experienced a lot of emotions and happiness. This year, I've learned a ton, and I've developed as a person and as a professional.

A few days ago, I lived the biggest experience of this year. It was when I made my debut with the White Sox. That was something impressive. I never thought that many people would go to the ballpark to see my debut in Chicago. When I went to home plate for the first time, all the fans stood up and gave me an ovation. That gave me goosebumps. I really appreciate that gesture from the people of Chicago, because that made that special moment even more special and exciting.

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Yoan Moncada is a second baseman for the Chicago White Sox. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gonzalez video chats with Captain America

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Gonzalez video chats with Captain America

On Sunday, the White Sox found themselves playing the Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Marvel Super Hero Day which the Royals won, 5-4. What White Sox starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez showed is that Super Hero Day wasn't just for the fans; they are heroes to the players as well.

In the above photo, Gonzalez joined Captain America for a live video chat with his daughter back at home. Though the purpose of the call was nominally for the benefit of his daughter, let the record reflect that Gonzalez had a blast with Captain America.

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Jonathan Mayo

Kopech leads Pipeline Team of the Week

Kopech leads Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week's Prospect Team of the Week contains some familiar faces and some new faces in new places.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moncada adjusting with promotion to Majors

Second baseman, Anderson could form thrilling double-play combo for many years

Moncada adjusting with promotion to Majors

CHICAGO -- Yoan Moncada, the top prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, is up. Who's coming next?

Moncada made his White Sox debut against the Dodgers, drawing a nine-pitch walk in what would be an 0-for-2 night. He's opened his Chicago career by going 1-for-13 with four RBIs entering Monday's series opener against the Cubs, but he still provides the immense promise of a brighter future for the franchise.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox 4-run frame isn't enough vs. Royals

White Sox 4-run frame isn't enough vs. Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Brandon Moss hit a go-ahead double in the ninth to give the Royals a 5-4 walk-off win and a three-game sweep of the White Sox on Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. It was the Royals' fourth walk-off win in eight days and second in this series.

With the win, the Royals remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Indians in the American League Central. The White Sox lost their ninth straight game. Since losing seven of eight, the Royals have won five in a row.

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Wilson Alexander is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Royals on Sunday.

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.

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Holland paid tribute to Sister Frances on mound

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Holland paid tribute to Sister Frances on mound

She was known to every Rangers fan, broadcaster and player --  always banging her drum from her seat behind home plate. She was Sister Frances Evans, a nun and Texas superfan, who passed away at the age of 90 on Friday

Though he's now a White Sox, and was pitching in Kansas City on Sunday, Derek Holland remembered his time with her fondly from the eight years that he was with the Rangers

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Jimenez collects five hits for Dash

Jimenez collects five hits for Dash

Max Schrock took full advantage of Double-A Midland's doubleheader, collecting a total of five hits and six RBIs in the two wins over Corpus Christi on Sunday.

The Athletics No. 18 prospect got off to a fast start in the first game, a 12-2 Midland win, as he doubled in the first, singled in the third and fifth and capped his perfect day with a two-run homer in the sixth.

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

Melky isn't concerned about bruised left toe

White Sox outfielder expects to play Monday against Cubs

Melky isn't concerned about bruised left toe

KANSAS CITY -- White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera exited Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Royals with a bruised left big toe.

Cabrera fouled a Travis Wood pitch off of his foot in the first inning and went to the ground quickly in noticeable pain. Cabrera stayed in the game until Alen Hanson pinch-hit for him during a four-run fifth.

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Melky looking for longer stay with White Sox

Veteran outfielder may draw interest as Trade Deadline nears

Melky looking for longer stay with White Sox

KANSAS CITY -- Outfielder Melky Cabrera has 67 games remaining during his time with the White Sox or so it appears.

That time frame represents what's left on Cabrera's three-year, $42-million deal agreed upon with the team prior to the 2015 season. With the White Sox currently in full-fledged rebuild, Cabrera's stay in Chicago could wind up shorter if a contending team pursues the valuable veteran before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31 or even in August.

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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.

Engel credits batting practice for 3-star catch

Engel credits batting practice for 3-star catch

KANSAS CITY -- The catch that White Sox center fielder Adam Engel made to take away extra bases from Eric Hosmer in the sixth inning of Saturday night's 7-2 loss to the Royals was made possible by Engel's batting practice work.

"You get reads in batting practice. I would say that's probably the biggest thing that helps most outfielders," said Engel, who saved a run with Lorenzo Cain on first and none out, only to have the Royals hit three home runs in the inning off reliever David Holmberg.

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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.

Prospect Lopez pushing to join White Sox

Right-hander piling up impressive numbers at Triple-A

Prospect Lopez pushing to join White Sox

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Reynaldo Lopez soon might force the White Sox hand on a promotion to the Major League club just as second baseman Yoan Moncada did before him with Triple-A Charlotte.

Factoring in the one run allowed on two hits over six hits on Friday, Lopez has posted a 1.71 ERA with 39 strikeouts over his last 31 2/3 innings for the Knights. The 35th-ranked prospect overall by MLBPipeline.com, acquired as part of the Adam Eaton deal with the Nationals, has a 1.80 ERA with 25 strikeouts and five walks over four July starts.

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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.

Statcast of the Day: Moncada's 1st White Sox hit

MLB's top prospect triples, finishes with 4 RBIs

Statcast of the Day: Moncada's 1st White Sox hit

KANSAS CITY -- White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada did a week's worth of work in three innings during Friday night's 7-6 loss in 10 innings to the Royals in only his second Major League game with the South Siders.

Ranked as the No. 1 prospect overall by MLBPipeline.com, Moncada, who finished 0-for-2 with a walk in his debut on Wednesday against the Dodgers, grounded out in the second off of Royals starter Ian Kennedy to score Avisail Garcia with his first RBI and second of his career.

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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 craft plan for sustained success

Club stockpiles top prospects as part of rebuilding effort

White Sox craft plan for sustained success

KANSAS CITY -- It was exactly one year ago when Rick Hahn uttered the phrase "mired in mediocrity" to describe the state of the White Sox, with the team standing at 46-49 and 10 1/2 games out in the American League Central.

Since that time, the general manager has moved Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Adam Eaton, Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson and Zach Duke as part of the rebuild, receiving 16 prospects in return, including Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Dane Dunning and Eloy Jimenez to name a few.

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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.