White Sox write unexpected ending to thriller

Offense comes alive with four-run ninth

White Sox write unexpected ending to thriller

CHICAGO -- Robin Ventura had the media in mind when he sat down for his postgame press conference following a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Indians on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

"Rewriting for you guys?" said Ventura with a smile.

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Four-run ninth rescues White Sox against Indians

Four-run ninth rescues White Sox against Indians

CHICAGO -- The White Sox rallied for four runs with one out in the ninth off of Cleveland closer Cody Allen to claim an improbable 4-3 victory on Monday night.

Alexei Ramirez doubled home two runs on a smash to center that was playable for Mike Aviles, but the ball sailed over his head. Tyler Flowers followed with a single to left and Gordon Beckham singled home the tying run on the next pitch. Adam Eaton singled to load the bases and Melky Cabrera singled to left against a drawn-in outfield on a 3-2 fastball to bring in the game-winner. Seven straight hitters reached base against Allen after Adam LaRoche struck out.

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Rodon to get feet wet in 'pen before moving to rotation

Top prospect expected to follow similar paths of Buehrle, Sale

Rodon to get feet wet in 'pen before moving to rotation

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon was hanging out with his girlfriend and another good friend this past weekend, sitting on the couch watching YouTube videos, when a call came in from someone he didn't recognize via caller ID.

"That was it," said Rodon with a broad smile, addressing the media prior to Monday night's series opener between the White Sox and Cleveland at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Petricka back in the mix for reshuffled bullpen

White Sox right-hander activated from DL

Petricka back in the mix for reshuffled bullpen

CHICAGO -- There never was any worry on the part of Jake Petricka that the right-forearm strain sidelining him at the end of Spring Training was more than minor discomfort.

"It was a matter of getting rid of that soreness, and time wasn't on our side in spring and now we are here," said Petricka, who was recalled Monday from his injury rehabilitation assignment after two scoreless appearances with Triple-A Charlotte and activated from the disabled list.

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White Sox hope to build momentum with Noesi

White Sox hope to build momentum with Noesi

The White Sox and Indians have been slow out of the gate to start the season, so gaining momentum in this series could give either club the confidence it needs to turn things around.

After Monday's dramatic ninth-inning rally, the White Sox will send Hector Noesi to the hill for his second start. Cleveland will counter with Carlos Carrasco, who will return to the hill after being hit by a line drive by Chicago's Melky Cabrera in his last start.

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Focus for Hahn, Ventura remains in dugout

General manager supports manager, implements new review procedures

Focus for Hahn, Ventura remains in dugout

CHICAGO -- Rick Hahn needed exactly one word to answer a question Monday at U.S. Cellular Field as to whether he was happy with the job done by White Sox manager Robin Ventura.

"Absolutely," said Hahn.

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Phil Rogers

Rodon's rise can lift White Sox to new heights

Pitching prospect's potential mirrors early days of Kershaw, Bumgarner

Rodon's rise can lift White Sox to new heights

Carlos Rodon sticks his toe in the water tonight. He'll dive in soon, and if the splash is as big as it could be, the White Sox might become a serious threat to the Tigers and Royals in the American League Central.

So far, they have looked overmatched. But that's because the starting rotation that is expected to be their strength has an ERA of 5.29, which ranks 13th in the AL. Rodon's arrival could quickly turn that around, assuming that general manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura don't wait too long to move him into the rotation.

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Starting pitching key to White Sox turnaround

Club begins important homestand with 4-7 record

Starting pitching key to White Sox turnaround

DETROIT -- The White Sox have faced every challenger in the American League Central through the first 11 games of the season, and enter their seven-game homestand against the Indians and Royals with a 4-7 record courtesy of a 9-1 setback to the Tigers on Sunday afternoon.

They have a .238 average with just 38 runs scored -- 12 coming in Saturday's victory. They have a 4.82 ERA and just four quality starts, while winning just one of their first four series.

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Meet White Sox pitching phenom Carlos Rodon

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Meet White Sox pitching phenom Carlos Rodon

With all of the brouhaha surrounding the highly anticipated Major League debut of Kris Bryant, many of baseball's other exciting prospects might have gotten lost in the shuffle last week. 

In an effort to get back to the hype, we put 10 talented prospects on your radar, and one of them is set to make his MLB debut with the White Sox sometime this week. Ladies and gentlemen, meet pitcher Carlos Rodon:

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Jim Callis

Rodon's future lies in White Sox rotation

Lefty to debut top-notch stuff out of bullpen

Rodon's future lies in White Sox rotation

On Friday, one Chicago team called up a highly touted prospect taken near the top of the First-Year Player Draft. On Monday, the other did the same.

Three days after the Cubs promoted third baseman Kris Bryant, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 Draft, the White Sox summoned left-hander Carlos Rodon, the No. 3 overall choice last June. Rodon became the second player from the 2014 Draft to reach the big leagues. He follows fellow southpaw Brandon Finnegan of the Royals, who made history by becoming the first player to appear in the College World Series and the World Series in the same calendar year.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox, Quintana overpowered by Tigers in Motor City

White Sox, Quintana overpowered by Tigers in Motor City

DETROIT -- Yoenis Cespedes' power stroke all but ensured Jose Quintana of getting a decision in Sunday's 9-1 victory for the Tigers over the White Sox at Comerica Park. But it was not the one sought for by the man with a Major League-high 40 no-decisions since 2012.

Cespedes hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the first inning, and drove in a career-high six to spark a Tigers attack that featured every starter getting on base at least once. Cespedes is now 6-for-8 lifetime against Quintana, with four homers and nine RBIs.

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Rodon joins White Sox bullpen

Club's top prospect adds left-handed depth

Rodon joins White Sox bullpen

DETROIT -- Carlos Rodon joined the White Sox on Monday as the southpaw's contract was purchased from Triple-A Charlotte. He will initially work out of the bullpen.

The left-hander, who is the organization's No. 1 prospect and No. 15 overall, according to MLB.com, made a case to break camp with the team out of Arizona, after getting the chance to start during Spring Training because of Chris Sale's injury. But the team chose to send him to Triple-A Charlotte, where he worked on fastball command and his changeup over two starts.

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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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Anthony Castrovince

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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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.