Putnam seeks advice from Robertson about cutter

Petricka could join White Sox early this week

Putnam seeks advice from Robertson about cutter

DETROIT -- David Robertson features one of the better cutters in the game today, according to Zach Putnam, Robertson's bullpen mate with the White Sox. And Robertson had a chance to learn about the cutter with the Yankees from Mariano Rivera, who all but perfected this particular pitch while recording 652 saves during his career.

So it only stands to reason that Putnam, who throws a cutter as well, would pick Robertson's brain about this particular pitch. That conversation took place Saturday afternoon during batting practice.

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Melky confident White Sox offense will be a force

Outfielder sees signs of slow starts fading

Melky confident White Sox offense will be a force

DETROIT -- Melky Cabrera has been part of a number of solid, balanced lineups over the course of his 11-year-career, including the 2009 Yankees, who won the World Series.

The veteran left fielder believes the 2015 White Sox stack up favorably with any of them.

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Abreu's slam highlights seven-run frame to lift White Sox

Abreu's slam highlights seven-run frame to lift White Sox

DETROIT -- Take Chris Sale and mix in the White Sox biggest offensive output of the 2015 season by a long shot and what do you have? A 12-3 victory for the South Siders on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park and a long day for the Tigers and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.

The trio of Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche combined to go 10-for-16 with three doubles, two homers, 10 RBIs and six runs scored. Cabrera tied a career-high with four hits, done for the 13th time overall by the left fielder, while LaRoche and Abreu went deep. Abreu launched his second career grand slam to key a seven-run fourth and end the afternoon for Sanchez.

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Largest offensive output displays White Sox potential

Melky, Abreu and LaRoche combine to go 10-for-16 with two HRs and 10 RBIs

Largest offensive output displays White Sox potential

DETROIT -- The White Sox certainly can't guarantee the high level of output produced Saturday afternoon during their 12-3 victory over the Tigers.

With only 25 runs scored in total the first nine games, the offense would take half of that scoring on a daily basis and be more than satisfied. But in the latest "it's too early to panic" installment for the White Sox, their outburst against Anibal Sanchez and friends proved the potency of this lineup.

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'Hybrid' Sale battles early, cruises with big lead

Lefty endures tough first inning, strikes out six over six innings in White Sox rout

'Hybrid' Sale battles early, cruises with big lead

DETROIT -- It would be easy to assume that Chris Sale turned in another masterful mound performance Saturday by simply glancing at the White Sox 12-3 victory over Detroit at Comerica Park.

In reality, the various levels of Sale as one of the game's top starting pitchers were on display in Motown.

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Aggressive mindset on defense helps Beckham's bat

White Sox have experienced right-handed hitter to use at second or third

Aggressive mindset on defense helps Beckham's bat

DETROIT -- If not for Gordon Beckham's stellar defense at third, Friday's outcome between the White Sox and Tigers might have been decided before the controversial ninth-inning play at Comerica Park.

Beckham threw a runner out at the plate on a slow roller to third, snagged a Miguel Cabrera smash on one hop to start an inning-ending double play and made a diving catch of an attempted sacrifice bunt. The man who made his name as one of the best defensive second basemen in the American League during his first stint with the White Sox from 2009-14 has been showing off his athleticism playing third this season.

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Ventura regrets not challenging close play at second

Ramirez ruled to have missed tag on Castellanos' double in ninth inning

Ventura regrets not challenging close play at second

DETROIT -- Robin Ventura admitted that "we all missed it" after watching a replay of the play at second leading off the bottom of the ninth inning of Friday's 2-1 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Nick Castellanos opened the frame with a line drive to right off of Zach Duke that Avisail Garcia couldn't quite corral, and then he tested Garcia's arm by trying to stretch his single into a double. Garcia's throw easily beat Castellanos, but second-base umpire Brian O'Nora ruled that shortstop Alexei Ramirez missed the tag.

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Samardzija battles, but White Sox take walk-off loss

Samardzija battles, but White Sox take walk-off loss

DETROIT -- A true pitchers' duel between Jeff Samardzija and David Price ended with a 2-1 Tigers victory over the White Sox when Jose Iglesias delivered a walk-off single against Chicago reliever Zach Duke at Comerica Park on Friday afternoon.

Nick Castellanos started the winning rally when Avisail Garcia couldn't hang on to Castellanos' sinking liner to right. Garcia fired the ball in to second as Castellanos tried to stretch his single into a double, but shortstop Alexei Ramirez missed the tag although the throw beat Castellanos to the bag. Alex Avila dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move pinch-runner Andrew Romine over to third, and then Iglesias laced a single into right-center field past the drawn-in infield.

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After slow start, Shark settles in with strong outing

After slow start, Shark settles in with strong outing

DETROIT -- Since allowing four runs to the Twins in the second inning of last Saturday's start at U.S. Cellular Field, Jeff Samardzija has been a different pitcher for the White Sox.

To be honest, Samardzija wasn't overly concerned about that somewhat struggling original version covering only eight innings.

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White Sox won't rush Rodon to big leagues

Cubs' move to bring up Bryant won't influence South Siders

White Sox won't rush Rodon to big leagues

DETROIT -- The aftershocks from Kris Bryant's promotion to the Cubs were felt across the Midwest on Friday afternoon, with the organization's top prospect called up to begin his Major League career.

The move involving the Cubs third baseman certainly won't influence the White Sox and the potential promotion of Carlos Rodon, the team's top prospect and currently part of Triple-A Charlotte's starting rotation.

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Sale-Martinez incident in rearview mirror

White Sox have no hard feelings, only care about beating division rivals

Sale-Martinez incident in rearview mirror

DETROIT -- If any residual hard feelings linger from last year's incident between Chris Sale and Victor Martinez on Sept. 24 at Comerica Park, the White Sox don't believe they will be on display this weekend in the teams' first meeting of 2015.

"We're here to play baseball. You guys can carry on what you want," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said, "but we're here to win a game."

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Bang-bang play at second looms large in rally

Ramirez claims he tagged Castellanos, but Ventura doesn't challenge call

Bang-bang play at second looms large in rally

DETROIT -- Safe or out? Challenge or don't challenge?

Those were the prevalent questions circling the bottom of the ninth of the Tigers' 2-1 walk-off victory over the White Sox on Friday at Comerica Park. Nick Castellanos opened the frame with a sinking line drive to right off reliever Zach Duke that Avisail Garcia couldn't quite corral.

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Petricka to make at least one more rehab appearance

Petricka to make at least one more rehab appearance

DETROIT -- Jake Petricka threw one scoreless inning in relief for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday night during the Knights' 7-6 win in 10 innings over Gwinnett. The right-hander, on an injury rehab assignment to test his right forearm strain, fanned one.

Don't look for Petricka to join the White Sox this weekend in Detroit, as he's scheduled to throw again Saturday for Charlotte.

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Ventura, White Sox aim to shake off slow start

Skipper undeterred as club looks to rebound after stumbling out of gate

Ventura, White Sox aim to shake off slow start

CLEVELAND -- This is a job Robin Ventura never asked for, bargained for, campaigned for. It's a job that fell into his lap one fall day in 2011, when he had zero managerial experience to his name, and his reaction to the offer was the same as a lot of people's reaction to the news that he had taken it:

"Are you guys crazy?"

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Petricka sent to Triple-A for rehab assignment

Petricka sent to Triple-A for rehab assignment

The White Sox have sent right-hander Jake Petricka to Triple-A Charlotte on a rehab assignment.

The 26-year-old has been on the disabled list since April 5 (retroactive to March 27) with a right forearm strain.

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White Sox thrilled with clubhouse makeover

Renovations include more space, updated training and weight rooms

White Sox thrilled with clubhouse makeover

CHICAGO -- The White Sox home opener last Friday was the first time many players and team personnel walked into the new home clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field, which underwent its first signification renovation since the ballpark opened in 1991.

White Sox senior vice president of communications Scott Reifert entered the new digs with some of the players, who all gave the remodel rave reviews.

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Danks downed by Indians as White Sox settle for split

Danks downed by Indians as White Sox settle for split

CLEVELAND -- Right-hander Trevor Bauer logged six strong innings, picking up his second win in as many starts and helping the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Cleveland.

"We had a rough homestand, but I think guys came out a little bit looser today," Bauer said. "We played pretty well."

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White Sox both provide and miss opportunities in loss

White Sox both provide and miss opportunities in loss

CLEVELAND -- In many ways, the White Sox were their own worst enemy in a 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday afternoon.

There were two errors committed in the field, one of which led to a run. Another play -- a dribbler to third base by Jerry Sands that Conor Gillaspie couldn't field cleanly -- was originally ruled an error but changed to an infield hit. That led to a run, too.

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Ventura: Recognizing Jackie 'great' thing for baseball

Ventura: Recognizing Jackie 'great' thing for baseball

CLEVELAND -- Players, managers and umpires across the league wore No. 42 on Wednesday, recognizing and honoring the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in his Major League debut -- April 15, 1947.

"I think it's a great thing for us to be able to do," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I think some kids lose track of who guys are that are important in our game. I would be shocked if they don't quite understand who Jackie Robinson is and his importance, but I think for everybody, it just reawakens you as to how far we've come.

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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White Sox new 'pen trio shuts down Indians

Jennings, Duke, Robertson combine for three no-hit innings

White Sox new 'pen trio shuts down Indians

CLEVELAND -- Something needed to be done about the White Sox bullpen.

It was a unit that posted a collective 4.38 ERA last season -- the third worst in the Major Leagues. It was a unit that walked more batters than any other in baseball.

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White Sox top Indians behind quality Quintana

White Sox top Indians behind quality Quintana

CLEVELAND -- Left-hander Jose Quintana spun six solid innings and Jose Abreu launched his second home run of the season, helping the White Sox claim a 4-1 victory over the Indians on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

The Indians had more on their mind than the loss column, though.

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Carrasco hit by liner, suffers jaw contusion

No signs of concussion for Indians righty, who returned to the ballpark after trip to hospital

Carrasco hit by liner, suffers jaw contusion

CLEVELAND -- Everyone inside Progressive Field held their breath on Tuesday as Indians starter Carlos Carrasco lay face down on the side of the mound. A line drive off the bat of White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera struck the pitcher on the right side of his face in the first inning, knocking Carrasco to the ground.

It was a frightening moment for Carrasco's team.

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White Sox struggling against running game

Ventura wants pitchers to make would-be basestealers feel more uncomfortable

White Sox struggling against running game

The White Sox opposition has been successful on nine of 10 stolen-base opportunities this season against catchers Tyler Flowers and Geovany Soto entering Tuesday. But blame for this total certainly doesn't fall entirely upon the catchers.

"That's always an ongoing process of being able to change your looks [as a pitcher]. I think that's important for us to hold the ball and make guys a little uncomfortable when they are on the bases," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You have to be able to change that up.

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LaRoche gives back, builds bonds with off-field endeavors

Youth baseball complex in hometown among veteran's many entrepreneurial ventures

LaRoche gives back, builds bonds with off-field endeavors

CHICAGO -- Travelers journeying to Fort Scott, Kan. -- population somewhere around 8,000 -- quickly receive notice that it's the original home of Gordon Parks.

Parks certainly deserves the recognition, as a renowned photographer, writer, musician and director of the iconic original "Shaft" film before his passing in 2006. But in the heart of this Midwestern city resides another "bad mother ... shut your mouth," in the person of Adam LaRoche.

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Humble Sale a true difference-maker

White Sox ace won't heap praise on himself, but Ventura, others will

Humble Sale a true difference-maker

CHICAGO -- There are few things that Chris Sale likes doing less than talking about himself in the context of great pitchers: present, past and future. Maybe seeing a bad movie or possibly paying taxes. Definitely missing most of Spring Training due to an avulsion fracture in his right foot sustained during an accident at his Arizona home on Feb. 27.

Whether Sale likes to discuss his continued excellence or not, the left-hander is a difference maker. One could argue that not having Sale available early on stood as a major factor in the White Sox 0-4 start, with no offense to any other top talent on the roster.

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