Smooth sailing for Sale in MLB-best 13th win

Smooth sailing for Sale in MLB-best 13th win

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale pitched like an ace when the White Sox desperately needed him.

With the team sitting one game below .500, fading further behind American League Central-leading Cleveland and facing an overused back end of the bullpen, Sale used 99 pitches to cover eight strong innings in a 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. Sale became MLB's first 13-game winner this season, improving to 13-2, and matched his win total from last year.

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Blue Jays 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.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sales pitch: Ventura calls ace best in the AL

White Sox manager raves about 13-game winner following latest victory

Sales pitch: Ventura calls ace best in the AL

CHICAGO -- Robin Ventura was listening to a reporter's question following a 5-2 White Sox victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday, when the manager interrupted before he could finish.

This particular inquiry dealt with Chris Sale's stature among American League starting pitchers.

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

Morneau takes BP for 1st time since surgery

Slugger won't make White Sox debut until after All-Star break

Morneau takes BP for 1st time since surgery

CHICAGO -- Justin Morneau took 25 swings on the field Saturday during White Sox batting practice, marking the first time he had done so during the ongoing rehab program in relation to offseason surgery to repair the primary flexor in his left elbow.

Morneau already had hit Sunday when he met with the media, so he bounced back well from Saturday's test.

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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.

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5 reasons not to count out the White Sox

Young shortstop Anderson, Abreu resurgence bode well for second half

5 reasons not to count out the White Sox

CHICAGO -- Remember when the book on Francisco Lindor was that he was a magician in the field and a smart baserunner, but suspect as a hitter?

Well, as the Indians' star shortstop continues to force his way into the Most Valuable Player conversation in his first full season in the Major Leagues, the White Sox have welcomed their own shortstop of the future, erstwhile point guard Tim Anderson.

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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.

Fulmer, Hawkins among top prospect performers Sunday

Rays No. 9 prospect allows two hits in six scoreless frames in Triple-A debut

Fulmer, Hawkins among top prospect performers Sunday

Jacob Faria took the next step toward reaching the Major Leagues on Sunday with an impressive debut for Triple-A Durham.

The Rays' No. 9 prospect fired six innings of two-hit ball as the Bulls fell to Lehigh Valley, 3-2, in 10 innings. He walked one, struck out six and generated seven ground-ball outs, throwing 52 of his 82 pitches for strikes.

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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.

Quintana aims to shake off June struggles

Quintana aims to shake off June struggles

The Twins will look to improve on their 5-19 division record when they take on the White Sox on Tuesday to open a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.

Minnesota will turn to right-hander Kyle Gibson on five days' rest following Monday's scheduled off-day. Gibson is still searching for his first win of the season. He finished with a no-decision in his last outing, in which he allowed five runs (four earned) in six innings against the Phillies.

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Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Heavy usage taking a toll on White Sox bullpen

Heavy usage taking a toll on White Sox bullpen

CHICAGO -- Michael Ynoa or Matt Purke would have closed for the White Sox on Saturday if they had a lead in the ninth inning against the Blue Jays.

Zach Duke had a better chance of pinch-hitting as opposed to pitching in that contest, with catchers Alex Avila and Dioner Navarro both part of the starting lineup. Those comments from Robin Ventura were made prior to Sunday's series finale, and they certainly weren't a sign of questionable managing on Ventura's part.

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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 hit 7 HRs in loss, tie MLB record

Third time in history a club has been defeated while hitting that many homers

White Sox hit 7 HRs in loss, tie MLB record

CHICAGO -- The White Sox hit seven home runs during Saturday's game against the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field, and made dubious history in the process.

Those seven long balls, all amazingly of the solo variety, were not enough to prevent a 10-8 loss. The White Sox matched a single-game club record for home runs, set on April 23, 1955, but also joined the Tigers (May 28, 1995, against the White Sox and Aug. 8, 2004, against the Red Sox) as the only teams in Major League history to lose a game when hitting seven home runs.

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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 put on power show, but fall to Jays

White Sox put on power show, but fall to Jays

CHICAGO -- Edwin Encarnacion drove in four runs and Devon Travis added two hits and two RBIs, as the Blue Jays survived a franchise-record-tying seven White Sox home runs -- all solo shots -- to claim a 10-8 victory Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field and even this three-game set. It was the third time in history a team hit seven home runs in a loss (also the Tigers of 1995 and 2004).

"I don't think I've ever been part of a game like that, that many home runs, but they were all solos," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We came out early [and scored], they kept chipping away. A couple of our old teammates [were] doing some damage against us, too. It's a nice win, but it was a crazy day. It's a nice hitting park, especially when it heats up. It didn't feel good until that final out was made."

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Blue Jays on Saturday.

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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First-rounder Collins takes BP with White Sox

No. 10 overall selection in 2016 Draft ready to begin pro career

First-rounder Collins takes BP with White Sox

CHICAGO -- At some point, possibly the not too distant future, Zack Collins will likely be taking batting practice as part of the White Sox big league team.

On Saturday morning, the team's top pick in the 2016 Draft (10th overall) was swinging as a highly regarded prospect in the organization.

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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.

Lawrie hits inside-the-park and over-the-fence HRs

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Lawrie hits inside-the-park and over-the-fence HRs

You know that feeling when you're at the ice cream store and you can't decide if you want your standard vanilla or that trendy unpronounceable fruit flavor, so you just get both? Picture that and you'll know what Brett Lawrie's Saturday was like … except instead of ice cream, think home runs. 

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White Sox hold on after big hit from Frazier

White Sox hold on after big hit from Frazier

CHICAGO -- The White Sox hadn't hit in 12 opportunities with runners in scoring position during Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field. Todd Frazier's futility streak extended deeper than one night.

But it was Frazier who came through with a single to left off of Jesse Chavez with two outs in the seventh to score Tim Anderson and give the White Sox a 3-2 victory. The White Sox have won four of their last five games, all coming against the American League East.

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Blue Jays on Friday.

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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White Sox sign top Draft pick Collins

White Sox sign top Draft pick Collins

CHICAGO -- The White Sox have signed catcher Zack Collins, their first-round pick and the No. 10 overall selection in the 2016 Draft, to a Minor League contract with a $3,380,600 million signing bonus. That bonus equaled the set slot value.

Collins, 21, is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award after batting .363 with 10 doubles, 16 home runs, 59 RBIs, 54 runs scored, one stolen base, 78 walks, a .544 on-base percentage and a .668 slugging percentage in 62 games for the University of Miami this season. He ranked among Division I leaders in walks (first), on-base percentage (second) and home runs (T24th).

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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.

Final frame of Blue Jays-White Sox a wild one

Gibbons ejected, Toronto loads the bases, but Chicago escapes with a win

Final frame of Blue Jays-White Sox a wild one

CHICAGO -- There was a quiet moment during the crazy ninth inning of a 3-2 White Sox victory over the Blue Jays Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field when White Sox first baseman Todd Frazier and Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson had a brief chance to chat.

"I was telling Donaldson at first, 'That's why we play this game, how fun is this?' And he's like, 'You're right,'" said Frazier with a broad smile after his team's fourth win in five games. "It seems like you've seen everything in baseball until the next day.

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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. Brian Hedger contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Low average, but big production for Frazier

White Sox first baseman delivers go-ahead hit in win vs. Blue Jays

Low average, but big production for Frazier

CHICAGO -- Todd Frazier had just three hits in 30 at-bats when hitting with runners in scoring position and two outs this season. He also had four hits in his last 38 at-bats overall entering the seventh inning of Friday night's series opener between the White Sox and Blue Jays.

But there was the White Sox first baseman on this night delivering with a key two-out single in the seventh off of Jesse Chavez to score Tim Anderson from third and give the South Siders a 3-2 victory. It was a good feeling for the struggling veteran.

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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.

Hahn hopes White Sox positioned as buyers

GM says goal is 'to look to add' before Aug. 1 Trade Deadline

Hahn hopes White Sox positioned as buyers

CHICAGO -- Rick Hahn readily admits that calls have come into the White Sox front office from other Major League teams in pursuit of players from the South Side.

"And I say, 'We like our players too,'" said the general manager with a laugh when talking to the media Friday afternoon.

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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.

Surgery a possibility for reliever Putnam

White Sox exploring all possible treatment options for right-hander

Surgery a possibility for reliever Putnam

CHICAGO -- Zach Putnam had a second opinion concerning the ulnar neuritis in his right elbow that placed the White Sox reliever on the disabled list Tuesday. General manager Rick Hahn said the second opinion didn't tell them anything different from the first, and that surgery was one of the options being examined.

"It's possible. But again, we are exploring all the options," Hahn said. "We want to make sure we have all the possibilities laid out before us. It's just one of the things we are considering."

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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.

Minor leg soreness keeps Abreu out of lineup

Minor leg soreness keeps Abreu out of lineup

CHICAGO -- If manager Robin Ventura had his way, Jose Abreu would never be out of the White Sox lineup.

After all, it's difficult to sit the top offensive force in an attack that has been inconsistent throughout the 2016 season. But the first baseman needed to nurse some bumps and bruises and take a break in Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago won, 3-2.

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

Shields shows improvement in steady start

Shields shows improvement in steady start

BOSTON -- All eyes were on James Shields on Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park, wondering if the veteran right-hander could shake off his struggles in three starts since being acquired by the White Sox and give the team a chance to win.

While the White Sox lost, 8-7, in extra innings, squandering an opportunity to sweep the Red Sox in Boston for the first time since 1927, Shields was much improved, allowing five hits and three runs while whiffing five over five-plus innings. The most important, and encouraging, aspect of Shields' outing was his ability to get ahead in the count.

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

White Sox let see-saw finale slip away

White Sox let see-saw finale slip away

BOSTON -- Needing one more hero in a game where they'd already called on several, the Red Sox had just the man they wanted at the plate with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning.

And as he has done repeatedly this season, Xander Bogaerts delivered. The Boston shortstop, who leads American League shortstops in the most recent round of All-Star balloting, hit a walk-off single to score Mookie Betts as the Red Sox won a back-and-forth affair, 8-7. They avoided a four-game sweep against the White Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday.

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Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.

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Dioner Navarro reminded Xander Bogaerts that even intentional walks are no time to relax

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Dioner Navarro reminded Xander Bogaerts that even intentional walks are no time to relax

There are precious few moments to relax during a baseball game -- even between pitches, there are baserunners, proper defensive positioning and the occasional stray cat to think about. The intentional walk, though, was different. It was a welcome reprieve, a few seconds during which everyone could safely take a breath and just watch the batter take his base.

We say "was," though, because during Wednesday's 8-6 win over the Red Sox, White Sox catcher Dioner Navarro shattered Xander Bogaerts' illusion of safety on the basepaths.

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Hawkins, Stephens among top prospect performers Thursday

Top Twins prospect dominant over eight scoreless; Yankees' No. 2 continues to show off power

Hawkins, Stephens among top prospect performers Thursday

Jose Berrios was absolutely dominant in Triple-A Rochester's 2-0 win over Columbus. Berrios (Twins' No. 1) is the No. 15 overall prospect, and after his electric outing, it's very clear why he's so highly regarded.

The 22-year-old needed just 88 pitches, 60 strikes, to throw eight scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out nine.

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

Melky's big night at dish carries White Sox

Melky's big night at dish carries White Sox

BOSTON -- The White Sox rallied in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, riding homers by Melky Cabrera and Brett Lawrie in the eighth inning against Koji Uehara en route to an 8-6 victory over the Red Sox.

"There was something different about the last couple of days," said White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier. "The energy was there, the focus was there. We went down two runs and we came back. Then another two runs, and nothing changed."

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston and covered the White Sox on Tuesday.

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Sale on a dozen! Ace first to 12 wins

Sale on a dozen! Ace first to 12 wins

BOSTON -- Chris Sale mowed through the Red Sox with a dazzling performance, leading the White Sox to a 3-1 victory in the second game of a four-game series on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

The lefty ace demonstrated why he is one of the best in the game, carving up the Boston bats to the tune of four hits allowed and one run over seven innings. Sale walked one and struck out nine en route to his Major League-leading 12th victory.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston and covered the White Sox on Tuesday.

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Smooth Sale-ing: Lefty dominates

Smooth Sale-ing: Lefty dominates

BOSTON -- Left-hander Chris Sale led the White Sox to their second consecutive 3-1 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday, becoming the first pitcher to 12 wins in the process.

Sale cruised through his first two innings, tossing only 22 pitches, before the Sox scratched out a run in the third on two singles and a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts. Sale got out of the inning when Hanley Ramirez swung through an 83-mph slider with the bases loaded for strike three, allowing just one run.

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Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston and covered the White Sox on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Melky needs your help in ASG voting

White Sox veteran currently sits 14th out of the top 15 AL outfielders

Melky needs your help in ASG voting

CHICAGO -- Melky Cabrera continues to be the lone White Sox representative in the 2016 American League All-Star voting, with the top five among position players and top 15 among outfielders released on Tuesday.

Cabrera ranks 14th among outfielders with 436,974 votes. The top three in the outfield are currently Mike Trout, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts.

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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.