Rodon tips cap to Ortiz after tough loss

White Sox young lefty surrenders Big Papi's 509th HR in quality start

Rodon tips cap to Ortiz after tough loss

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.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Abreu's early homer can't hold off Red Sox

Abreu's early homer can't hold off Red Sox

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.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002.

Cody Stavenhagen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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Danks has no hard feelings for White Sox

Veteran left-hander released Tuesday after 10 seasons with South Siders

Danks has no hard feelings for White Sox

CHICAGO -- John Danks is not done with baseball.

And despite being designated for assignment Tuesday by the only team he's known at the Major League level for the past decade, the affable 31-year-old certainly is not done with the White Sox.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Johnson gets call for rubber match with Red Sox

Johnson gets call for rubber match with Red Sox

White Sox right-hander Erik Johnson will make his season debut Thursday night in the rubber match of a three-game series with the Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Johnson will be recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to fill, at least temporarily, a rotation spot that opened when the White Sox released John Danks.

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Cody Stavenhagen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fulmer settling in at Double-A, won't be rushed

Hahn wants to see club's No. 1 prospect develop in Minors

Fulmer settling in at Double-A, won't be rushed

CHICAGO -- The first three starts at Double-A Birmingham this season for Carson Fulmer featured an uncharacteristic 10 walks and eight strikeouts over 12 2/3 innings.

Luckily for the White Sox No. 1 prospect per MLBPipeline.com, the team isn't basing the right-hander's outlook for the immediate future on that small sample.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cooper hopes fresh start helps Danks

'We tried everything twice,' pitching coach says of lefty

Cooper hopes fresh start helps Danks

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.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Quintana quiets Red Sox as Abreu stays hot

Quintana quiets Red Sox as Abreu stays hot

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."

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Abreu's bat sizzling after early fizzle

Slugger hits triple, double for 3 RBIs to extend hot streak

Abreu's bat sizzling after early fizzle

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.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Danks released, ending 10-year run with White Sox

Veteran lefty had solid seasons from 2008-10, but injuries led to struggles

Danks released, ending 10-year run with White Sox

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.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Rogers: White Sox season too magical to keep Danks

Struggling lefty DFA'd; he was responsible for half of club's losses

Rogers: White Sox season too magical to keep Danks

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.

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Phil Rogers is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox soar out of tough first month

Hahn thrilled by clubhouse energy in addition to W-L record

White Sox soar out of tough first month

CHICAGO -- The 18-8 White Sox record moving into the present homestand speaks as enough of a testament to the South Siders' impressive 2016 start.

Factor in one scheduled off-day during the entire month of April for the White Sox, not to mention 19 games in 19 days prior to Monday's break, and their accomplishment stands out even more.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Latos the White Sox biggest surprise?

Beat reporter Scott Merkin answers questions from fans

Inbox: Latos the White Sox biggest surprise?

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.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale in aisle 6: Sox lefty leads MLB in wins

Sale in aisle 6: Sox lefty leads MLB in wins

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."

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Lawrie sparks Sox to strong finish to road trip

Lawrie sparks Sox to strong finish to road trip

BALTIMORE -- As the Chicago White Sox were enduring a grueling stretch of 19 straight games, the team looked to Brett Lawrie for a burst of energy.

And the second baseman delivered in a big way.

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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.

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Richard Justice

Winning pair: Red Sox, White Sox impress

First-place clubs play 3-game set this week in Chicago

Winning pair: Red Sox, White Sox impress

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.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox to celebrate Honorary Bat Girl on Sunday

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.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox rally late for wild win over Orioles

White Sox rally late for wild win over Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Jose Abreu's RBI single in the ninth inning gave the White Sox an 8-7 win over the Orioles in a seesaw affair on Saturday night at a cold and rainy Camden Yards.

Abreu singled off reliever Vance Worley, who took over with one out and a runner on first base after Orioles closer Zach Britton exited with a left ankle sprain.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the White Sox on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eaton's fine bunt puts winning rally in motion

White Sox outfielder also makes stellar catch in 9th vs. Orioles

Eaton's fine bunt puts winning rally in motion

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.

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Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ventura ejected after arguing over slide rule

Ventura ejected after arguing over slide rule

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.

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Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Garcia isn't concerned with hamstring issue

Garcia isn't concerned with hamstring issue

BALTIMORE -- For now, White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has avoided a trip to the disabled list with a tweaked right hamstring. That prognosis may change depending on how he responds with a day off.

Garcia wasn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Orioles after injuring his hamstring running to first base in the final out of Friday's 6-3 loss.

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Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After clawing back, White Sox done in by late HR

After clawing back, White Sox done in by late HR

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.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the White Sox on Friday.

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Errant offerings spoil solid start from Rodon

Orioles capitalize with two big hits against otherwise sharp left-hander

Errant offerings spoil solid start from Rodon

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.

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Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox place Webb on DL; recall Kahnle

White Sox place Webb on DL; recall Kahnle

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.

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Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox silenced after Frazier's early homer

White Sox silenced after Frazier's early homer

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).

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Kevin Dunleavy is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Thursday.

Elliott Smith is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the White Sox on Thursday.

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Phil Rogers

White Sox coming together with strong April

With AL's best record, Chicago may be heading for special summer

White Sox coming together with strong April

There's no way to know if this will be Chicago's year in baseball. It's too early for any such pronouncements, but this has certainly been Chicago's month.

As April closes, the White Sox have joined the Cubs in being a front-runner to lead their league in victories.

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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

Danish among top prospect performers Thursday

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.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox recall game in empty Oriole Park

White Sox recall game in empty Oriole Park

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.

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Elliott Smith is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Washington metro area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.