Rotation adjustment made for road trip

Danks pushed back to start against Royals

Rotation adjustment made for road trip

CHICAGO -- The White Sox made a slight adjustment to their starting rotation alignment for the upcoming Twins series, but it was not influenced by the Minor League callups expected to be made on Tuesday when rosters expand.

Manager Robin Ventura said Sunday morning that his team will use Chris Sale, Carlos Rodon and most likely Jeff Samardzija during the three-game set at Target Field. John Danks had been pitching after Rodon in the rotation, but with a trip to Kansas City following Minnesota in this six-game road trip, the switch makes sense.

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From the start, August a tough month for Samardzija

Right-hander struggles early, loses all six starts

From the start, August a tough month for Samardzija

CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija probably would like to forget August.

By allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings during Saturday night's 7-6 defeat to the Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field, the veteran right-hander lost for the sixth time in six starts this month. This rough showing comes on the heels of a July performance where he finished 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA.

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Samardzija finishes August 0-6 after loss to Seattle

Samardzija finishes August 0-6 after loss to Seattle

CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija lost for a sixth time in six August starts, as the Mariners scored three in the first and never relinquished the lead during a 7-6 victory over the White Sox on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The game was played under a fairly steady but light rain for most of the night, and the Mariners had to withstand a four-run rally from the White Sox with two outs in the eighth inning.

Kyle Seager's two-run homer put the Mariners on the board just two batters in, as the first four Mariners reached base. Samardzija was ahead at 1-2 on the first two hitters but couldn't put either one away. He finished with eight strikeouts and three walks to go with the five runs allowed over 5 2/3 innings.

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Innings total not an issue for Rodon

Rookie's biggest in-season improvement has been control

Innings total not an issue for Rodon

CHICAGO -- As Carlos Rodon works toward his next trip to the mound during the upcoming six-game White Sox road trip, the rookie southpaw sits at 112 2/3 innings over 19 starts and 22 appearances.

A common school of thought had the White Sox targeting somewhere around 150 innings for his first full season, which Rodon would surpass with seven more starts of just five innings each when factoring in his 10 innings with Triple-A Charlotte. Then again, the White Sox never gave an official innings limit and don't seem inclined to shut him down in September.

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Putnam goes on DL with groin injury; Webb activated

White Sox swap relievers to bolster bullpen

Putnam goes on DL with groin injury; Webb activated

CHICAGO -- Zach Putnam doesn't feel as if he'll be out of action for too long with a strained right groin.

But the White Sox need live arms, so they returned Daniel Webb from his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Charlotte and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday's contest with the Mariners and put Putnam on the DL retroactive to Thursday.

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Double play ends White Sox rally in seventh

Shuck hits into inning-ender with bases loaded

Double play ends White Sox rally in seventh

CHICAGO -- J.B. Shuck got the pitch he wanted from reliever Carson Smith during the seventh inning of Seattle's 2-0 victory over the White Sox on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

The veteran pinch-hitter, replacing Geovany Soto with the bases loaded and one out, made solid contact. But as has been the case for the White Sox during much of this disappointing 2015 campaign, Shuck's execution resulted in an inning-ending double play.

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Danks on short end of duel because of HRs

Danks on short end of duel because of HRs

CHICAGO -- Taijuan Walker limited the White Sox to three hits over 6 1/3 innings and the Seattle bullpen held the rest of the way during a 2-0 Mariners victory Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Walker exited on a 3-2 count to Adam LaRoche in the seventh with what was diagnosed as a cramp in his right hip flexor.

"I feel like we threw a lot of fastballs today," Walker said. "In and out, we were just locating, and that's what really helped us. It seemed like they were cheating on the fastball a little bit, so we tried to go more and more in, and get quick outs."

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Flowers emphasizes defensive improvements

Club sees positives in game calling, while hitting lags

Flowers emphasizes defensive improvements

CHICAGO -- Tyler Flowers doesn't believe he is a .220 hitter. The career .219 average over 1,334 plate appearances and three full seasons might suggest otherwise.

But the question to be answered by the White Sox moving forward is whether his lack of offensive consistency is offset enough by his strong handling of pitchers behind the plate. Through the past two seasons, the White Sox have answered that one in the affirmative.

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Thompson understands part-time role

Rookie outfielder to see most time against left-handers

Thompson understands part-time role

CHICAGO -- Even with 14 hits in his first 27 at-bats, don't look for Trayce Thompson to start campaigning for everyday playing time. Those increased at-bats would come against right-handed pitchers, with the right-handed hitter already posting 12 hits in 20 at-bats against southpaws.

"I don't have control over it, so I don't even worry about it, really. If I'm not in the lineup, then I'm not in the lineup," Thompson said. "I'll be ready to go in the game later if they need me. Just cheering these guys on.

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Rodon keeps rolling as Sox top Mariners

Rodon keeps rolling as Sox top Mariners

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon continued his strong stretch through August, allowing two runs across six-plus innings as the White Sox defeated the Mariners, 4-2, on Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Adam Eaton scored three runs and reached base four times while Avisail Garcia knocked him in twice.

Rodon struck out five and gave up just three hits, and didn't give up a run until the seventh inning when Franklin Gutierrez connected on his ninth home run of the season. Rodon has had fourth straight quality starts with a 1.61 ERA in that stretch.

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Eaton spark plug for Sox with key hits, hustle

CF goes 3-for-3, scores 3 runs in win over Mariners

Eaton spark plug for Sox with key hits, hustle

CHICAGO -- For one night, things worked out for the White Sox how it was drawn up in the offseason.

The table setters set the table, the middle-of-the-order guys drove in the runs, the starting pitching was solid and the bullpen closed the door.

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Sox don 'interesting' 1970s throwback uniforms

'I like 'em; business casual,' Ventura says of collared jerseys

Sox don 'interesting' 1970s throwback uniforms

CHICAGO -- When most teams wear throwback uniforms, the players barely notice anymore. The colors and designs may be different, but most of the replica uniforms are similar to what is worn today.

Then there's the throwback uniforms the White Sox wore for Thursday night's 4-2 win over the Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field. The duds, originally worn from 1976-81, grabbed the attention of the players as soon as they arrived at the ballpark.

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Sale sets career high with 227th strikeout

Left-hander needs 41 K's to break White Sox franchise record

Sale sets career high with 227th strikeout

CHICAGO -- With his fifth strikeout recorded during the White Sox 3-0 loss to Boston on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, Chris Sale set a single-season personal high with 227 punchouts.

Travis Shaw was the victim, swinging through a 91 mph Sale fastball for the first out of the fourth. Sale finished with seven K's, moving his total to 229 and pushing him within 41 of breaking Ed Walsh's single-season franchise mark of 269 set in 1908.

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Cooper hopes stint with Sox never ends

Cooper hopes stint with Sox never ends

CHICAGO -- Don Cooper has worked 28 seasons within the White Sox organization and has been the team's big league pitching coach since July 22, 2002.

If Cooper has his way, he'll be serving in this important capacity for many years to come and well beyond the end of his present contract after the 2016 season.

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Thompson's confidence gets big boost

Rookie shows he belongs in big leagues, just misses cycle

Thompson's confidence gets big boost

CHICAGO -- When Trayce Thompson arrived to the White Sox from Triple-A Charlotte on Aug. 3, first-base coach, mentor and friend Daryl Boston reinforced a point that the rookie already lived by and understood.

"My first day, DBo told me, 'It's all about confidence and knowing you can play here,'" said Thompson, following the White Sox 5-4 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, a comeback that was sparked by the right fielder. "I took that to heart, and I think that has helped me a lot."

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Boston, Thompson share special bond

Boston, Thompson share special bond

CHICAGO -- There's a special connection between Trayce Thompson and White Sox first base coach Daryl Boston that long predates Thompson's current short stint at the big league level.

Boston served as the White Sox Minor League outfield instructor from 2001-12 and remembers Thompson from his first days within the organization after being selected in the second round of the 2009 Draft.

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Sale sharp over 7, but bats fall silent in finale

Sale sharp over 7, but bats fall silent in finale

CHICAGO -- Rick Porcello, making his first start since July 29, threw seven shutout innings and Travis Shaw delivered the decisive two-run homer in the eighth to give the Red Sox a 3-0 victory Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The Red Sox claimed the road series -- after the White Sox had won three of four at Fenway -- with Shaw connecting off of reliever Nate Jones.

"It was a fastball in, I was actually looking in," said Shaw. "They've been pitching me in the whole series. I was looking for something in that I could drive. He left it kind of middle-in, and I was able to put a pretty good swing on it.

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Groin better, Putnam available in 'pen

Groin better, Putnam available in 'pen

CHICAGO -- Zach Putnam declared himself ready to go for Tuesday night's game after the reliever was shut down for four days after tweaking his right groin when warming up in the bullpen Friday in Seattle. He was scheduled to enter the game, but the right-hander decided it was the best for him and the team to get someone else in there.

"When you tweak a muscle like that, you run the risk of -- even though if you think you can get back out there -- if you do and it happens again, you're dealing with it for months rather than a couple of days," Putnam said. "So I think that was the thing, is just trying to get through the end of the season healthy. I had to sacrifice a few days here so I can get a bunch back on the back end."

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Rookie rules: Thompson powers White Sox

Rookie rules: Thompson powers White Sox

CHICAGO -- Rookie Trayce Thompson finished a home run short of the cycle and drove in three as the White Sox rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago ended a two-game losing streak and improved to 4-2 on the season against Boston.

Thompson tripled in the second off losing pitcher Wade Miley, singled home a run in the fourth and then delivered a game-winning two-run double off Miley in the seventh. The line shot rolled under Hanley Ramirez's glove in left, but Thompson was credited with both RBIs scoring Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia. The White Sox bullpen finished off the victory, with Zach Duke striking out the side in the eighth and David Robertson closing matters in the ninth with two more strikeouts..

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Duo get chance to work out with Sox

Duo get chance to work out with Sox

CHICAGO -- When Tommy Washington and Jordon "Jojo" Rogers showed up at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday afternoon, they thought a simple workout in front of perspective colleges was on the agenda.

But these two participants from the White Sox Amateur City Elite youth baseball program instead received a major surprise as part of the organization's seventh annual Serve Week, which was formerly known as Charities Week. Washington and Rogers had the chance to work out with White Sox players and do everything but take batting practice.

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Season of inconsistency perplexes White Sox

On the fringe of contention, club unable to sustain success

Season of inconsistency perplexes White Sox

CHICAGO -- The White Sox began a seven-game homestand against the Red Sox and Mariners on Monday night, and executive vice president Ken Williams could see his team ripping off six or seven wins in a row.

"At the same time, it's not going to surprise me if we go out and we play a lot less than the standards we want to play," Williams said before his club's 5-4 loss to Boston. "It's something that is going to require more in-depth thought and discussion than we've ever had, at least since I've been here.

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Samardzija unable to contain Boston's Castillo

Samardzija unable to contain Boston's Castillo

CHICAGO -- Rusney Castillo had three hits and five RBIs and Joe Kelly won his fifth straight start, allowing just two runs over 7 1/3 innings, as the Red Sox claimed a 5-4 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field in the opener of a three-game set. The White Sox won three of four at Fenway Park during the last week of July.

Kelly struck out four and walked one, giving up runs on Jose Abreu's first-inning homer and Melky Cabrera's sixth-inning groundout. Castillo did all of Boston's damage on offense, driving in a career-high five against White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija with a three-run homer in the second and a two-run double in the sixth.

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Ninth-inning encapsulates White Sox season

After missed opportunities, rally falls short

Ninth-inning encapsulates White Sox season

CHICAGO -- For some inexplicable reason, the 2015 White Sox seem to be at their best when their back is against the wall or when they are being counted out. That theory played out again in the ninth inning of Monday's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

But much like their disappointing 58-65 overall performance, leaving them on the outer limits of the American League postseason picture, the White Sox were just good enough to come up short against Boston closer Jean Machi.

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Williams deflects job speculation

EVP focused on getting White Sox into contention

Williams deflects job speculation

CHICAGO -- Ken Williams didn't really want to touch the topic of the potential for him to leave for another organization after the 2015 season prior to Monday night's series opener between the White Sox and Red Sox.

The White Sox executive vice president then proceeded to answer questions about his job situation and the current version of the team for the next 11 minutes.

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White Sox put up big inning, but can't close gap

White Sox put up big inning, but can't close gap

SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz hit a two-RBI double in the third and Robinson Cano launched a two-run homer in the fifth as the Mariners hung on avoid a White Sox sweep, 8-6, Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

Mariners starter Taijuan Walker held the White Sox to just one run over his first five innings, but exited after allowing four hits in what became a five-run sixth inning for Chicago. Walker earned his first win since July 31, but snapped a streak of five straight quality starts, allowing five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

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Five-run sixth keeps offensive surge going

White Sox fall short vs. Mariners, but keep things interesting

Five-run sixth keeps offensive surge going

SEATTLE -- In a matter of six batters in the sixth inning, a 7-1 laugher turned into a 7-6 nailbiter.

A five-run sixth wasn't enough to put the White Sox over the top in an 8-6 loss to the Mariners in the series finale at Safeco Field on Sunday, but a couple of big swings ended what had been a brilliant start by Taijuan Walker and put the White Sox in position to complete what would have been their fourth road sweep of the season.

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Rodon shows no sign of fatigue in rookie year

White Sox lefty impressing manager with grit and confidence

Rodon shows no sign of fatigue in rookie year

SEATTLE -- Carlos Rodon had thrown 6 2/3 innings and 111 pitches in the White Sox's 6-3 win over the Mariners on Saturday night when manager Robin Ventura came out of the third-base dugout to have a word.

Rodon had just gotten Kyle Seager to line to second for the second out of the inning, but stepping to the plate was Seattle's most dangerous hitter, Nelson Cruz.

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White Sox bats come alive in two late rallies

White Sox bats come alive in two late rallies

SEATTLE -- The White Sox scored five times in the final two innings -- including a trio of runs in the 10th -- to pull out a 6-3 victory over the Mariners on Saturday night at Safeco Field.

The White Sox crossed the plate on a bases-loaded walk, a passed ball and a fielder's choice in the 10th off Mariners relievers Danny Farquhar and Edgar Olmos in an inning where the only hit was a double by Jose Abreu to go along with three walks and an error.

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