Avisail jumps into highlight reels, robs HR

Snares game-tying shot from Davis in ninth inning

Avisail jumps into highlight reels, robs HR

CHICAGO -- David Robertson didn't keep the baseball used to strike out Matt Wieters and close out a 3-2 White Sox victory over the Orioles on Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

Yes, it was Robertson's 18th save as White Sox closer, and he keeps a baseball from each one. But on this afternoon, the ball went to right fielder Avisail Garcia.

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White Sox slip past O's for fourth straight win

White Sox slip past O's for fourth straight win

CHICAGO -- PInch-hitter J.B. Shuck doubled off reliever Darren O'Day to bring home Gordon Beckham with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the White Sox held on for a 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won their fourth straight, while the Orioles have lost five of six.

That advantage was preserved in the ninth when Avisail Garcia made a leaping catch over the right-field wall to take away a Chris Davis homer.

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Eaton brothers share special July 4th moment

Center fielder, Air Force captain on field together during pregame fesitivities

Eaton brothers share special July 4th moment

CHICAGO -- Adam Eaton knew that his brother, Zachary, was in town and coming to Saturday afternoon's White Sox contest with the Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox center fielder had no idea his brother, who also is a captain in the United States Air Force, would be one of the honored military men to take the field prior to the first pitch as part of the organization's Fourth of July celebration. In fact, there was Zachary in center as Eaton ran out to his position.

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All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Jenks 'fortunate' to have played in big leagues

Ranks second in White Sox history with 173 saves

Jenks 'fortunate' to have played in big leagues

CHICAGO -- Bobby Jenks now has a bobblehead, given away by the White Sox to fans attending Saturday's Fourth of July contest against the Orioles at U.S Cellular Field.

He has a lifetime of memories from seven seasons pitching in the Major Leagues, including the greatest moment of closing out the 2005 World Series championship for the White Sox. But at 34 years old, Jenks' baseball days are behind him.

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All-Star experience a fond memory for Abreu

First baseman selected as a rookie in 2014

All-Star experience a fond memory for Abreu

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu will remember his first All-Star Game appearance as the last one made by Yankees legend Derek Jeter.

He finished 0-for-1 as a rookie in the 2014 Midsummer Classic at Target Field, but took away greater memories than connecting on an extra-base hit or making a slick play in the field. One of those memories involved a brief chat with Jeter in the clubhouse.

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Rodon closes series, eyes sweep of Orioles

Rodon closes series, eyes sweep of Orioles

Carlos Rodon and Miguel Gonzalez will square off in Sunday's White Sox-Orioles finale at U.S. Cellular Field, with Rodon taking the place of Chris Sale and Gonzalez tabbed instead of Bud Norris, who was moved to the bullpen.

Rodon makes his first start since June 25 at Detroit, when he allowed four runs on eight hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over five innings. The White Sox, who have won four straight, are being careful with Rodon's first-year innings, so they have given him this break twice since moving him into the rotation.

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Danks backs up comments with strong outing

Disappointed in season performance, lefty tosses 7 shutout innings

Danks backs up comments with strong outing

CHICAGO -- The seven scoreless innings thrown by John Danks during the White Sox 1-0 victory over Baltimore Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field marked the southpaw's first start since June 22 at Minnesota.

With an 0-4 record and 6.85 ERA over four June starts, coupled with last Saturday's postponement in Detroit, the veteran understands why he was bypassed.

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White Sox sign first-round pick Fulmer

Right-hander makes donation to ACE baseball program

White Sox sign first-round pick Fulmer

CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for Carson Fulmer to fit in with the White Sox organization. And the right-hander has yet to even throw for them, unless his ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday's game between the White Sox and Orioles counts.

The White Sox top pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft agreed to a Minor League contract Friday with a $3,470,600 signing bonus, which is slot value for the No. 8 pick. Upon agreeing to the deal, the 21-year-old made a $10,000 donation to Chicago White Sox Charities that will be designated to support five players in the White Sox Amateur City Elite youth baseball program.

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Abreu's HR all Danks needs against Orioles

Abreu's HR all Danks needs against Orioles

CHICAGO -- John Danks ended a personal four-game losing streak and extended the White Sox winning streak to three straight in pitching the South Siders to a 1-0 victory over the Orioles before 27,384 Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Danks worked seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits, two walks and striking out five, before giving way to Jake Petricka in the eighth and David Robertson in the ninth, with Robertson striking out the side for his 17th save.

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Hahn: White Sox have no room for error

GM points to July as determining direction of club

Hahn: White Sox have no room for error

CHICAGO -- Let's play a little good news, bad news for the 2015 White Sox.

Good news: They enter this weekend on a two-game winning streak over the team with the best record in baseball, the Cardinals, and sit 6 1/2 games out of an American League Wild Card.

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White Sox make international splash

Reyes, Tatis Jr., Nova and Vasquez sign with club

White Sox make international splash

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC -- The White Sox introduced the future Thursday, unveiling four Dominican prospects during the first day of the international signing period.

Top international prospects signing breakdown

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Sale given extra day of rest, will face Buehrle

Left-hander will open series against Blue Jays on Monday

Sale given extra day of rest, will face Buehrle

CHICAGO -- The pitching matchup between Mark Buehrle and Chris Sale for Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field became all but official, with White Sox manager Robin Ventura announcing Friday that Sale would start the Blue Jays' series opener and Carlos Rodon would pitch Sunday against the Orioles.

"We didn't do it because of that, but you now notice it. It could be a quick game," Ventura said of Buehrle and Sale matching up on the mound. "This isn't anything to do with [Sale] health-wise.

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Sale grabs AL's top pitcher honor for June

White Sox left-hander fanned 75 in month, extended double-digit K streak

Sale grabs AL's top pitcher honor for June

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale was named the American League Pitcher of the Month on Thursday, which should come as no surprise considering Sale's performance during June was one of the best months for a White Sox pitcher in franchise history.

The left-hander struck out 75 over 44 1/3 innings covering six starts in June, allowing 28 hits, eight walks and nine earned runs, finishing with a 2-2 record and an 1.83 ERA for the month. His 75 strikeouts stand as the most by any pitcher in any month since Nolan Ryan set the modern era record with 87 in June 1977 (STATS LLCS). Sale's 12 strikeouts against the Cardinals over eight innings on Tuesday extended his streak of double-digit-strikeout efforts to eight straight, which puts him with Pedro Martinez as the only hurlers in Major League history to fan 10-plus in eight consecutive games.

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Tatis Jr. among White Sox finds on int'l market

Club signs former big league infielder's son, shortstop Reyes, two others

Tatis Jr. among White Sox finds on int'l market

The White Sox are adding a slick-fielding son of a former Major League player and power-hitting outfielder to their system.

The White Sox signed shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., ranked No. 27 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, for $825,000, and outfielder Franklin Reyes, ranked No. 30., for $1.5 million.

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White Sox show signs in two wins vs. Cards

White Sox show signs in two wins vs. Cards

ST. LOUIS -- These words came from White Sox hurler John Danks, approximately three hours before Chris Sale took the mound Tuesday night for the start of a short Interleague stop at Busch Stadium.

"For all we know, today is the turnaround and we'll get on a roll," Danks said.

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White Sox not deterred by delays, top Cards

White Sox not deterred by delays, top Cards

ST. LOUIS -- After wading through a rain-delayed start and two subsequent in-game weather stoppages, the White Sox completed their two-game stop at Busch Stadium with a 7-1 victory on Wednesday to secure back-to-back wins over the Cardinals.

Melky Cabrera's leadoff homer off Cards starter John Lackey in the sixth broke a 1-1 tie and helped lift the White Sox to consecutive road wins for the first time since May. The Cardinals, on the other hand, suffered back-to-back home losses for just the second time all year.

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Sale could face Buehrle if Sox shuffle rotation

Sale could face Buehrle if Sox shuffle rotation

ST. LOUIS -- Nothing has been officially announced, but Monday's series opener between the Blue Jays and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field could feature a mound matchup between Mark Buehrle and Chris Sale.

Buehrle pitched 12 years for the White Sox, won a World Series with the team in 2005 and was a valued teammate of Sale. He beat the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon for win No. 9, moving the southpaw closer to his 15th straight season with at least 200 innings pitched, 30 starts and double-digit victories. With the Blue Jays having no off-days this week, Buehrle would be on his regular turn Monday.

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Chicago panel offers lessons for on and off field

White Sox executive Williams joined by Wilbon, Baldwin and draftee Hickman

Chicago panel offers lessons for on and off field

CHICAGO -- Wednesday afternoon's forum from the eighth annual Double Duty Classic focused less on the history of the game for African-Americans than looking ahead at it.

Before taking the field in an afternoon showcase, inner-city high school players from across the country came to U.S. Cellular Field as part of a forum to provide insight and celebrate the history of the game.

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Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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ACE program not short on success stories

With life on streets a threat, White Sox keeping young ballplayers focused

ACE program not short on success stories

CHICAGO -- Not all days are created equal.

For Lorenzo Elion III, who heads into his senior season at Simeon Career Academy, one of the biggest came along six years ago, when he was 11. It was his tryout for a spot in the White Sox Amateur City Elite baseball program, which seemed like a long shot. After all, he had started playing baseball only within the last year.

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Players value Double Duty Classic experience

Players value Double Duty Classic experience

CHICAGO -- Not only did Najee Gaskins get the chance to do something most players never do -- play on U.S. Cellular Field with other elite players from across the country in the Double Duty Classic -- but he also led the East team to a 7-2 victory on Wednesday.

Still, his favorite part of the event wasn't the game or even the advice he received in the forum to begin the day. It was the chance to teach groups of younger athletes how to play the game of baseball, having grown up playing it for much of his life.

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Abreu more patient as pitchers adjust

Abreu more patient as pitchers adjust

ST. LOUIS -- The raw results, offensively, might be a tick less impressive for Jose Abreu in 2015 compared to his breakout rookie campaign of 2014. But the White Sox first baseman feels as if he's in a better place offensively.

One change made by Abreu is that he's swinging less at first pitches. Per MLB Network Gameday notes, the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner swung at 37.1 percent of first pitches last season in comparison to 18.9 percent this season. The league average is 28.8 percent in 2015.

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White Sox lookback, Part 2: WS Game 1

South Siders take advantage of Astros starting Clemens to open 2005 Fall Classic

White Sox lookback, Part 2: WS Game 1

CHICAGO -- The White Sox will be honoring the 10-year-anniversary of the team's 2005 World Series championship during the weekend of July 17-19 at U.S. Cellular Field. And this latest celebration presents a chance to look back at key moments from that postseason run, with a special focus on the World Series, with the words coming primarily from the participants themselves.

Here is Part 2 of this multipart championship oral history series.

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After the glory: Paulie relishes second act

After the glory: Paulie relishes second act

Something was noticeably missing from White Sox Spring Training this year when the full squad reported to Camelback Ranch on Feb. 24. Make that someone, an important piece of the White Sox organization for close to the past two decades.

Paul Konerko was nowhere to be found at the complex for the first time in memory with his 16-year run on the South Side coming to an end last Sept. 28 via his retirement following the 2014 season's final game. The captain's familiar clubhouse spot was occupied by Adam LaRoche, a free-agent signee, as part of general manager Rick Hahn's offseason push to regain the sort of playoff contention present for so many years during Konerko's career.

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Sale away: Ace's road show ties Pedro

White Sox ace joins Martinez with eighth straight 10-plus-K effort

Sale away: Ace's road show ties Pedro

ST. LOUIS -- Chris Sale, the pitcher, made history during the White Sox 2-1 victory over the Cardinals in 11 innings Tuesday night at Busch Stadium by joining Pedro Martinez as the only hurlers in Major League history to strike out 10-plus in eight straight games.

Sale, the accomplished pitcher, wanted to talk more about Chris Sale, the baseball athlete, following the White Sox third win on this eight-game road trip.

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Flowers sends Sox past Cards on Sale's night

Flowers sends Sox past Cards on Sale's night

ST. LOUIS -- The White Sox capped a history-making night by starter Chris Sale with an 11-inning, 2-1 win to open a two-game set against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Tuesday. Tyler Flowers' two-out solo homer off reliever Miguel Socolovich in the deciding frame snapped a string of seven scoreless innings by the White Sox offense and put an end to St. Louis' six-game winning streak.

The loss was just the second suffered by the Cardinals at home this month and spoiled their quest for the first 10-game winning streak at Busch Stadium III.

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Flowers helps Sox continue extra-inning magic

Flowers helps Sox continue extra-inning magic

ST. LOUIS -- The White Sox closed out June with a 10-16 record, marking their third straight month at .500 or below, via a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals in 11 innings Tuesday at Busch Stadium.

They have a 33-42 record overall and sit last in the American League Central, falling a pretty good shouting distance away from playoff contention. Yet, somehow, this is an extra-inning wonder as a group.

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