White Sox fall despite Sale's 14-K gem

White Sox fall despite Sale's 14-K gem

CHICAGO -- Felix Hernandez is starting to look more like, well, Felix Hernandez these days. And it couldn't come at a better time for the Mariners as they rode their ace to a 3-1 victory over Chris Sale and the White Sox in a battle of two of the American League's top hurlers on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Hernandez allowed just a solo home run by Todd Frazier in the seventh over 7 1/3 innings, scattering eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts. The 30-year-old is 5-0 with a 3.46 ERA in eight starts since returning from a two-month stint on the disabled list with a strained calf.

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Sox acquire Turner from Toronto for Navarro

Trade should mean more time for rookie Narvaez behind plate

Sox acquire Turner from Toronto for Navarro

CHICAGO -- Dioner Navarro was texting with a player on the Toronto Blue Jays prior to Friday night's action when that particular player asked Navarro if he heard anything about the Blue Jays pursuing him again.

"When I was explaining the trade, he was typing in, 'Yeah, I just heard something,'" said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, who informed Navarro of his trade to the Blue Jays in exchange for left-handed pitcher Colton Turner in the home clubhouse during batting practice.

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Sale nearly makes history in hard-luck defeat

Lefty ace strikes out six straight during 14-K outing vs. Seattle

Sale nearly makes history in hard-luck defeat

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale was unhittable from the fifth inning through the final Seattle batter he faced on Friday night in his Major League-best fifth complete game this season.

Somehow, though, the White Sox ace suffered the loss in a 3-1 setback.

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Scouting, development shaping Hansen's dominance

Chicago's 8th-ranked prospect solid in Class A debut

Scouting, development shaping Hansen's dominance

CHICAGO -- Alec Hansen allowed three runs on five hits in five innings during his debut for Class A Kannapolis at home against Columbia Friday night. Hansen struck out six and walked two after dominating Pioneer League competition.

Actually, dominating might be too weak of a word in this case involving the White Sox second-round pick from the 2016 Draft -- 49th overall. The 21-year-old right-hander, Chicago's No. 8 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, fanned 59 and walked 12 over 36 2/3 innings for Great Falls, while holding the opposition to a .102 average.

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Quintana seeks career-high 11th win against Mariners

Quintana seeks career-high 11th win against Mariners

Now that Jose Quintana has double-digit victories in a single season for the first time in his career, what's next on the agenda for the All-Star?

He's simply focusing on one game at a time, which is Saturday night against Seattle, after reaching this personal milestone.

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White Sox rally past M's on Frazier's walk-off hit

White Sox rally past M's on Frazier's walk-off hit

CHICAGO -- As far as the Mariners are concerned, they can't change the name of U.S. Cellular Field soon enough. A day after the White Sox announced they'll be renaming the facility Guaranteed Rate Field for next season, Seattle's struggles on the South Side continued as Todd Frazier singled in Adam Eaton for a 7-6 walk-off win on Thursday night.

Frazier delivered his third RBI of the game with one out in the ninth inning off reliever Nick Vincent as the White Sox rallied from a 6-3 deficit over the final three frames.

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Frazier sets RISP issues aside with clutch hits

White Sox third baseman singles in tying, winning runs

Frazier sets RISP issues aside with clutch hits

CHICAGO -- Todd Frazier entered Thursday's series opener with the Mariners hitting .159 (17-for-107) with runners in scoring position this season.

It was a dismal statistic that the third baseman recently pointed to as the greatest blight on his first season in Chicago. So of course it was Frazier who emerged as the driving force in the South Siders' 7-6 walk-off comeback win at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Sox won't reveal direction until after season

GM Hahn says club's brass open to possible rebuild

Sox won't reveal direction until after season

CHICAGO -- To rebuild or not to rebuild? That is the question facing general manager Rick Hahn and the White Sox organization as they move through another season "mired in mediocrity" to quote a previous Hahn news conference. Hahn and company have a pretty good idea as to the answer, but the team's direction won't be divulged until after the current campaign is complete.

"By the time we make our first or second transaction, publicly it will be fairly clear as to our direction," said Hahn during a 15-minute pregame meeting with the media before Thursday's 7-6 win over the Mariners. "While we aren't going to say, 'Next on our list is this,' it will be obvious what we're trying to accomplish.

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Top Sox pick Burdi could be September callup

Flame-throwing righty turning heads at Triple-A

Top Sox pick Burdi could be September callup

CHICAGO -- Right-hander Zack Burdi, the 26th overall selection in the 2016 MLB Draft with the 100-mph fastball, is making it tough for the White Sox to overlook him among a handful of September callups. Burdi, who is at Triple-A Charlotte, has fanned 46 and walked 13 over 31 innings across four levels, while holding opponents to a .168 average.

"It's funny, one of the things we want Zack to work on is his consistency with his delivery out of the stretch," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "The only problem is he's not allowing any baserunners, so he's not really having a lot of opportunity to work on that.

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Shields' August struggles continue in loss to Phils

Shields' August struggles continue in loss to Phils

CHICAGO -- Jerad Eickhoff threw just 71 pitches over six quality innings on Wednesday during the Phillies' 5-2 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox three-game winning streak came to an end, as Eickhoff allowed two runs on four hits while striking out two and not issuing a walk.

Eickhoff faced the minimum through five innings, having given up a leadoff single to Adam Eaton in the fourth, which was erased on a Tim Anderson double-play grounder. But after giving up two runs on three hits in the sixth, the Phillies went to their bullpen.

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Home runs continue haunting veteran Shields

White Sox right-hander has allowed 22 dingers in 75 2/3 innings since trade

Home runs continue haunting veteran Shields

CHICAGO -- James Shields produced his best start of August during the Phillies' 5-3 victory over the White Sox Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

The veteran right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings in the Interleague contest, having allowed 27 earned runs in 14 innings during four previous trips to the mound this month. But once again, the home run ball came back to hurt him.

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Gonzalez throws successful bullpen Wednesday

Lawrie undergoes MRI on left knee and hip in Chicago

Gonzalez throws successful bullpen Wednesday

CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez threw a 30-pitch bullpen Wednesday and felt no pain in testing a strained right groin that has left him on the disabled list since Aug. 12. Gonzalez threw last Friday, as well, but felt a little soreness the day after, so Thursday will be key moving forward in the recovery.

"I didn't feel anything while I was throwing my bullpen, which was great," Gonzalez said. "I'm happy with the results that went out today. Come back and we'll see how it feels tomorrow but didn't feel anything today."

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Rodon unlocks backdoor in commanding win

Lefty fires 6 2/3 scoreless, credits catcher Narvaez with slider adjustment

Rodon unlocks backdoor in commanding win

CHICAGO -- The road to Major League pitching excellence has been traveled before by White Sox hurler Carlos Rodon.

Last year, Rodon featured a 1.81 ERA over 54 2/3 innings to close out the final eight starts of his rookie campaign. So the left-hander's current four-start stretch, including a tremendous performance during a 9-1 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, stands as another example of his front-of-the-rotation potential.

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U.S. Cellular to become Guaranteed Rate Field

White Sox announce 13-year naming rights agreement; change to take place Nov. 1

U.S. Cellular to become Guaranteed Rate Field

CHICAGO -- U.S. Cellular Field will become Guaranteed Rate Field as of Nov. 1, the White Sox announced on Wednesday.

The White Sox and Guaranteed Rate agreed on a 13-year naming rights agreement, changing the name of the White Sox home. The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which owns and operates the ballpark, approved the name change in a board meeting Wednesday.

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White Sox take part in PLAY Campaign

CHICAGO -- Rain prevented on-field activities, but it didn't douse the spirits Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Rather than running the bases, a contingent of youth players from the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) programs rotated through five educational stations set up on the main concourse instead, all part of the 2016 National PLAY Campaign's tour.

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White Sox roll past Phillies with Rodon at wheel

White Sox roll past Phillies with Rodon at wheel

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon has grown accustomed to winning ways. The southpaw went from May 23 to Aug. 11 without a victory, but factoring in his 6 2/3-inning shutout performance during a 9-1 trouncing of the Phillies on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox hurler has gone four straight starts without a setback.

In those four starts, Rodon has yielded four earned runs on 19 hits over 24 2/3 innings, with 21 strikeouts and six walks. He gave up three hits over 109 pitches against the Phillies.

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Top 3 draftees impressing White Sox early

Top 3 draftees impressing White Sox early

CHICAGO -- If the White Sox move in a rebuilding direction this offseason, their 2016 Draft class has shown early returns as the potential nucleus of such a youth movement.

Catcher Zack Collins (No. 10 overall), right-hander Zack Burdi (No. 26) and right-hander Alec Hansen (No. 49), the team's top three Draft picks in June, have had strong initial showings as part of the White Sox system.

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Lawrie back with club, not ready for action

Injury updates: Gonzalez progressing, Avisail returns

Lawrie back with club, not ready for action

CHICAGO -- Brett Lawrie was back in the White Sox clubhouse Tuesday but not ready to suit up for the team.

The second baseman returned from his rehab assignment with Double-A Birmingham, testing a strained left hamstring that had him sidelined since July 22 after having to leave early from his last two games.

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Garcia returns, White Sox option Coats

Garcia returns, White Sox option Coats

The White Sox activated right fielder Avisail Garcia from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday before their game against the Phillies at U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago optioned outfielder Jason Coats to Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move.

Garcia has been out since Aug. 6 due to a sprained right knee. Before the injury, the 25-year-old was batting .240 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 86 games for the White Sox this season.

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Collins among top prospect performers Tuesday

Top Mets prospects continue to show off talent at Double-A

Collins among top prospect performers Tuesday

Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith proved worthy of their elite prospect rankings as the duo led Double-A Binghamton to a 9-1 victory over Hartford on Tuesday night.

The duo, ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the Mets' system, combined to go 6-for-10 with five RBIs in just the latest of several good offensive games for both players.

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Young White Sox arms get chance down stretch

With club out of contention, 'opportunity is knocking' for developing pitchers

Young White Sox arms get chance down stretch

CHICAGO -- Chris Beck entered last Thursday's game in Cleveland during the seventh inning, with the White Sox protecting a one-run lead against the American League Central leaders.

Beck was making career appearance No. 9 out of the bullpen, leaving venerable White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper to view the moment in a slightly different manner.

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Quintana gets win No. 10 behind 3-run first

Quintana gets win No. 10 behind 3-run first

CHICAGO -- Unlucky No. 9 became well-deserved No. 10 for Jose Quintana as part of the White Sox 4-2 victory over the A's Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

Quintana had never surpassed nine wins in a single season, despite becoming one of the game's most consistent starters. But he reached that 10-win mark by allowing two runs on eight hits over seven-plus innings, while striking out six and walking one, also helping the White Sox capture the weekend series.

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Hansen on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Hansen on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The Yankees have gotten both younger and better in the past month. They traded their best hitter (Carlos Beltran) and two best relievers (Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller), then installed three rookies in their lineup and two more in their rotation. After playing .500 ball through July, New York is in the midst of its best month (11-8) of the season and has climbed within four games of a Wild Card berth.

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Arrival of son from Cuba sparks Abreu at plate

5-year-old Dariel joined his father in Chicago two weeks ago

Arrival of son from Cuba sparks Abreu at plate

CHICAGO -- Even before Jose Abreu's 5-year-old son, Dariel, joined him in the United States, he always asked for one thing from his father: a home run.

It was a point Dariel reinforced when he arrived from Cuba a couple of weeks ago. And in the first inning of Saturday's 6-2 victory over the A's, Abreu provided his son with this unique gift. He homered again during a 4-2 victory Sunday, marking the third time this season Abreu has homered in back-to-back games.

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Quintana excited to reach 10-win plateau

Left-handed All-Star had won nine games in each of last three seasons

Quintana excited to reach 10-win plateau

CHICAGO -- The only people with a greater postgame celebration than Jose Quintana following a 4-2 White Sox victory over Oakland Sunday probably would be White Sox fans and his teammates.

Quintana has worked four full seasons as a starter and a significant part of a fifth but had topped out at nine victories. Not reaching double-digit wins certainly isn't Quintana's fault, as his 58 no-decisions since 2012 and the White Sox 3.31 run-support average behind him this season would indicate.

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Hansen hurls 14 consecutive frames without a hit

White Sox No. 8 prospect strikes out career-high 13 for Rookie-level Great Falls

Hansen hurls 14 consecutive frames without a hit

Less than 24 hours after three hurlers for Rookie-level Great Falls tossed a combined no-hitter, it was right-hander Alec Hansen's turn to take a run at the feat.

Hansen, the White Sox No. 8 prospect, carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning on Sunday against Helena before allowing a one-out single. The knock snapped a streak of 14 hitless innings, as the right-hander fired five no-hit frames in his previous start and didn't allow a hit in the final 3 2/3 innings in his start on Aug. 10. It was the only hit he allowed in six scoreless frames, though Great Falls would drop the contest, 6-3.

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Abreu, Melky back Sale's 8 scoreless vs. A's

Abreu, Melky back Sale's 8 scoreless vs. A's

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale's personal winless streak ended at six Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox left-hander allowed three hits over eight scoreless innings, matching a season high of 120 pitches. He received plenty of run support and cruised to a 6-2 victory over the A's. The win evens the weekend series at one win apiece, after Oakland claimed a 9-0 decision in the series opener.

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Sale dominates to snap streak, win No. 15

White Sox All-Star throws eight scoreless in victory over A's

Sale dominates to snap streak, win No. 15

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale's pitch count sat at 110 after his seventh inning during the White Sox 6-2 victory over the A's on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

But with the White Sox ace getting an extra fifth day of rest before his next start against the Mariners, he didn't have to lobby manager Robin Ventura too much to pitch the eighth.

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