CHICAGO -- The start made by Carlos Rodon during Boston's 5-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field marked the 29th of his career -- or basically close to one full season.
Every night on the mound becomes some sort of learning experience for the White Sox southpaw, but Rodon's lesson on this occasion is one he won't be able to employ for much longer.
CHICAGO -- Clay Buchholz locked in after a rough first inning Wednesday night and earned his first win of the year in a 5-2 Red Sox victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
David Ortiz fueled the Boston lineup with a home run and three RBIs, and Xander Bogaerts had three singles, a walk and one RBI as the Red Sox won for the fourth time in five games. Ortiz's homer gave the Red Sox the lead and tied Gary Sheffield for 25th all-time at 509 career home runs.
CHICAGO -- White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper enjoyed the decade's worth of work he put in with John Danks.
Cooper enjoyed Danks' company and conversation, and agreed with everything written and said concerning the left-hander being a great clubhouse presence. Now, Cooper is interested to see what the future holds, baseball-wise, for the 31-year-old.
CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana's scoreless-innings streak came to an end during the White Sox 4-1 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. But the southpaw still was impressive enough to pick up his fourth win against one loss by yielding the lone run over eight innings.
"We've been talking about this kid for a while," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Record-wise, everybody has looked at his no-decisions. He's just been outstanding. He shows a lot of heart, he has always had it, and this is a great lineup that he went through. He's up there with anybody in the league. To do that tonight, coming back home against pretty much the best offense in the American League right now. He continues to impress."
CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu exited an April 25 contest in Toronto with a .176 average after going hitless in three at-bats.
Flash forward to Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, and Abreu's average had jumped to .252 following a 4-1 White Sox victory over the Red Sox. That monumental climb resulted from five straight multi-hit efforts -- with a triple, double and three RBIs Tuesday -- not to mention six multi-hit performances over his seven-game hitting streak. He has 10 RBIs in his last 10 games.
CHICAGO -- The decade-long run of John Danks with the White Sox came to an end on Tuesday, when the team released the veteran southpaw, as announced by general manager Rick Hahn prior to the game against Boston.
Danks, who turned 31 in April, struggled through one of the worst months of his career by losing all four of his April starts and posting a 7.25 ERA. The veteran has long been considered a strong clubhouse influence and one of the more respected players on the roster, but with the team losing eight games in April and Danks starting four of them, the White Sox decided to make a change.
CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko seldom let you know anything was bothering him, but there was a day during the 2012 season when it was impossible to miss how badly he was hurting. That was the day the White Sox put John Danks on the disabled list with shoulder issues.
I asked Konerko if he thought Danks would be able to come back quickly. He said I was missing the point.
What has been the bigger surprise: Mat Latos' early success or Todd Frazier's slow start?
-- Collin, Crown Point, Ind.
Frazier has come through at key times during the season's first month -- see his go-ahead eighth-inning homer off of Baltimore's Darren O'Day and his game-tying eighth-inning homer off Texas' Sam Dyson as examples. And let's not forget contributions he's made through stellar defense at third, the likes of which not seen on the South Side since the days of Joe Crede.
By Brittany Ghiroli and Todd Karpovich
BALTIMORE -- Chris Sale became the Majors' first six-game winner, keeping his unbeaten record intact with 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball and aided by a five-run Chicago fifth as the White Sox earned a split of their four-game series with the Orioles with a 7-1 win on Sunday at Camden Yards.
"We've got one win-and-loss record that matters, and it's not mine, that's for sure," Sale said. "Just got to keep rolling. We're playing great baseball against good teams. We have some tough teams to face early on. The way we've handled it and the way we've played has been great."
Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Winning pair: Red Sox, White Sox impress
First-place clubs play 3-game set this week in Chicago
By Richard Justice
We're about to learn a bit more about both the 18-8 Chicago White Sox and the 15-10 Boston Red Sox -- two first-place teams, two teams awash in good vibes. That's what a three-game series beginning Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field represents.
Similar results, different styles. The White Sox have allowed the fewest runs in the American League. The Red Sox have scored the most.
CHICAGO -- Margaret Kupres was announced as the White Sox winner of the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl Contest. Every Major League team has a representative, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease.
Winners will be recognized on-field at Major League ballparks on Sunday for Mother's Day or on an alternative date for clubs that are away. The White Sox play host to the Twins on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field at 1:10 p.m. CT.
White Sox outfielder also makes stellar catch in 9th vs. Orioles
By Ben Standig
Special to MLB.com |
BALTIMORE -- The White Sox belted two homers in their 8-7 win over the Orioles on Saturday night. Yet it was Adam Eaton's purposeful bunt that started the winning rally in the ninth, while his glove work in the bottom of the frame preserved that narrative.
Chicago scored three runs in the eighth -- capped by Todd Frazier's go-ahead two-run homer -- only for Baltimore to tie the game in the bottom half on Chris Davis' two-run double. With two out in the top of the ninth, Eaton had no interest in taking real swings against Orioles closer Zach Britton. The two batters before him went down on strikes without offering any resistance to the hard-thrower.
BALTIMORE -- Eight days after pulling off a triple play, the White Sox were a replay challenge away from another in Saturday night's 8-7 win over the Orioles. When the call didn't go their way, manager Robin Ventura took his first ejection of the season.
With runners at first and second and none out against Chicago starter Mat Latos, Adam Jones hit a ground ball toward third base. Todd Frazier fielded the ball, stepped on the bag for one out and threw to second base for another.
BALTIMORE -- The American League East-leading Orioles used Nolan Reimold's three-run homer to record a 6-3 win over the White Sox on Friday night at Camden Yards.
Reimold's blast came off White Sox starter Carlos Rodon and was just the third extra-base hit surrendered by the lefty all season. Jonathan Schoop also drove in a pair of runs for the Orioles, who tagged Rodon with six runs (four earned) over seven innings.
Orioles capitalize with two big hits against otherwise sharp left-hander
By Jeff Seidel
Special to MLB.com |
BALTIMORE -- Left-hander Carlos Rodon gave the White Sox seven good innings Friday, but there were two pitches he'd like to have back. The second of thoses pitches resulted in a three-run homer hit by Nolan Reimold in the seventh that handed the Orioles a 6-3 victory over Chicago.
Overall, Rodon gave up six runs (four earned) on eight hits in those seven frames. A two-run single from Jonathan Schoop in an error-plagued fifth inning accounted for his other errant offering, as five Baltimore runs scored on those two fateful Rodon pitches.
BALTIMORE -- The White Sox placed pitcher Daniel Webb on the 15-day disabled list before Friday's game against the Orioles and recalled Tommy Kahnle from Triple-A Charlotte.
Webb was put on the DL with right elbow flexor inflammation. His first action of the year came in the White Sox 10-2 loss to the Orioles on Thursday in which he gave up two hits with three strikeouts in one inning.
By Kevin Dunleavy and Elliott Smith
Special to MLB.com |
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles found familiar Camden Yards the remedy for their offensive woes Thursday night, as Manny Machado hit a grand slam and Baltimore snapped the White Sox six-game winning streak with a 10-2 victory.
After scoring five runs in their previous four games -- all on the road -- the Orioles collected 15 hits. Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo blasted back-to-back home runs in the third inning, when Baltimore took the lead for good against losing pitcher John Danks (0-4).
Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Danish among top prospect performers Thursday
Pirates prospect continues to impress while Boston outfielder stays hot at the plate
By Mike Rosenbaum
With Jameson Taillon's impressive start to the 2016 season, you would never suspect that he hadn't pitched competitively since '13.
The Pirates' No. 4 prospect (No. 51 overall) improved to 2-0 on Thursday, firing seven innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Indianapolis in a win against Norfolk. Taillon scattered five hits and issued two walks in the outing, which was his longest of the season for the Indians.
BALTIMORE -- Almost one year ago to the day, the White Sox played a game unlike any other in the history of Major League Baseball, and for those who participated in it, it's a contest they'll never forget.
In the aftermath of riots in Baltimore surrounding the death of Freddie Gray and a city-wide curfew, MLB took the unusual step, after back-to-back postponements, of moving the April 29 game between the White Sox and Orioles from a night game to the afternoon, and it was played in front of an empty stadium.