Soto ends deadlock in 11th to complete rally

Soto ends deadlock in 11th to complete rally

HOUSTON -- Geovany Soto hit a two-run double off the right-field wall to break a tie in the 11th inning, and Adam LaRoche added an RBI single to lead the White Sox to a 6-3 win over the Astros in the series opener Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros scored twice in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead on a sacrifice fly by Chris Carter and a throwing error by first baseman Jose Abreu, but Gordon Beckham tied it in the eighth on a solo homer off reliever Chad Qualls.

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Abreu likely out Saturday with finger injury

White Sox slugger exits in 8th inning after commiting throwing error

Abreu likely out Saturday with finger injury

HOUSTON -- White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu left Friday night's game -- a 6-3 victory in 11 innings over the Astros -- with irritation in his right index finger and is considered day to day.

Geovany Soto replaced Abreu in the lineup for the bottom of the eighth inning, with starting catcher Tyler Flowers moving defensively from catcher to first base. Abreu went 2-for-4 with a run scored and committed a costly throwing error in the sixth.

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Flowers tumbles into dugout, caught by Ventura

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Flowers tumbles into dugout, caught by Ventura

"Flowers in the dugout" sounds kind of nice, doesn't it? Maybe someone decided to bring a little spring color into the game. Maybe some sunflower seeds took root and sprouted, turning the whole stadium into a van Gogh painting.

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Avisail close to return from knee inflammation

Ventura says outfielder available off bench in Houston series opener

Avisail close to return from knee inflammation

HOUSTON -- The White Sox remain hopeful Avisail Garcia could rejoin the lineup on Saturday, after the outfielder took batting practice and fielded balls before Friday night's game against the Astros.

Manager Robin Ventura even said Garcia could be available off the bench Friday, depending on how he responded to the pregame workout.

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White Sox aim for series win behind Quintana

White Sox aim for series win behind Quintana

The Astros and White Sox send left-handers to the mound Saturday for the second meeting in a three-game set at Minute Maid Park. It'll be a 3:10 p.m. CT start, with Houston looking to avoid dropping a home series while Chicago can snap a three-series losing streak.

The White Sox will run out Jose Quintana, whose last start wasn't indicative of his rock-steady season. He was shelled for seven runs (one unearned) on seven hits by a hot Twins lineup on Sunday, the first time he had allowed more than two runs in six starts. He has been prone to the big inning, which is something to watch against an Astros lineup brimming with power and taking advantage of the short porches in Minute Maid.

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White Sox to rely on Webb out of bullpen

Ventura says recent callup has 'got to be available' on busy road trip

White Sox to rely on Webb out of bullpen

HOUSTON -- Receiving a callup the day before a doubleheader isn't the most ideal way for a reliever to make his way back to the Majors.

For White Sox right-hander Daniel Webb, he had no idea if his return to the big leagues before Chicago's double dip in Baltimore would be anything resembling a permanent one.

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Beck hopes to build on debut, earn return trip

Right-hander headed back to Triple-A following first big league start

Beck hopes to build on debut, earn return trip

BALTIMORE -- Chris Beck will remember a couple of things from his first Major League start, but he learned one of them real quick. 
 
"They don't miss mistakes, that's for sure," Beck, the White Sox No. 12 prospect, according to MLB.com, said with a chuckle.  
 
Manny Machado gave the rookie that lesson when he hit a leadoff triple in a 6-3 loss to the Orioles in Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader, which the two teams split following a 3-2 White Sox victory in Game 1. Beck didn't get off to the start that he envisioned as he also allowed a Chris Davis ground-rule double and two runs in the first inning. 

Beck induces double play

 
After giving up a hit and a walk in the second, the right-hander allowed three hits and walk in the third inning for two more runs. Beck settled down a bit, giving up four hits after the third, and not one earned run for the rest of his outing. 
 
"I gave up a couple knocks here and there, but other than that, if I could erase that first two-run inning there, maybe it's a different story," he said, after giving up 10 hits, five runs (four earned), four walks and three strikeouts over six innings.
 
Be that as it may, Beck said he spent a few moments soaking in his first Major League start before he remembered he had a job to do. Beck's wife, high school baseball coach and father-in-law were in attendance to see him pitch.

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No sweat: Sale sizzles to stifle O's in Sox win

Ace fans 12 over 7 2/3 in steamy Baltimore, beats Orioles for first time in career

No sweat: Sale sizzles to stifle O's in Sox win

BALTIMORE -- Chris Sale admitted to reporters after his Thursday start that he has been terrible against the Orioles in his career.

The left-hander entered the first game of Thursday's doubleheader with an 0-2 record and 5.06 ERA lifetime against Baltimore. He left, however, with his first win against the club and a season-high 12 strikeouts in the White Sox 3-2 victory over the Orioles.

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White Sox hurt by miscues, can't bottle up O's

White Sox hurt by miscues, can't bottle up O's

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles tallied 13 hits and capitalized on some sloppy White Sox defense to pave the way for a 6-3 win and a doubleheader split at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Thursday night.

Baltimore scored five runs (four earned) over six innings off rookie starter Chris Beck, who was making his Major League debut.

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Dominant Sale sets up tight Game 1 victory

Dominant Sale sets up tight Game 1 victory

BALTIMORE -- Chicago ace Chris Sale was dominant, spoiling Orioles rookie Tyler Wilson's impressive first Major League start and striking out 12 in the White Sox 3-2 Game 1 win over Baltimore on Thursday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Sale went 7 2/3 scoreless innings, tallying a season high in strikeouts and holding the O's to just four singles. Baltimore didn't get on the board until Chris Davis' two-run homer -- his third in two games -- off reliever Zach Duke in the ninth.

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White Sox recall Webb for twin bill coverage

Righty serves as doubleheader 26th man for second time this season

White Sox recall Webb for twin bill coverage

BALTIMORE -- The White Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Daniel Webb from Triple-A Charlotte as the team's 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Both the White Sox and Orioles are allowed a 26th man for Thursday's games, which were makeups for the pair of games that were postponed due to civil unrest in Baltimore during the late April series.

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#TBT: A slugfest for the books in Detroit

Twelve homers hit in White Sox-Tigers game on May 28, 1995, a big league record

#TBT: A slugfest for the books in Detroit

A quick glance at the weather conditions in the box score paints a pretty grim picture of what was going on at Tiger Stadium on this particular day.

The field conditions were categorized as "soaked." The weather? Overcast and rain. And the winds were estimated to be blowing out to left field at 10 mph.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shark positions White Sox for timely win

Right-hander helps club end four-game slide

Shark positions White Sox for timely win

TORONTO -- Jeff Samardzija was all smiles after the White Sox pulled out a 5-3, 10-inning victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon. And with good reason.

The right-hander tossed seven strong innings without allowing an earned run while registering his third consecutive quality start to help the White Sox snap a four-game losing streak. As the club moves on to Baltimore for a doubleheader Thursday, Samardzija said the win in the series finale was timely.

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MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Pipeline Inbox: White Sox eyeing arm at No. 8?

Reporter Jim Callis answers prospect questions from fans

Pipeline Inbox: White Sox eyeing arm at No. 8?

The 2015 First-Year Player Draft may be 11 days away, but you don't have to wait that long for detailed discussion and video of the best players available. Jonathan Mayo and I spent Wednesday recording an hour-long MLB Network special that counts down the top 50 Draft prospects. It will air Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET.

If you can't last three more days without some Draft analysis, you've come to the right place. We're dedicating this installment of the Pipeline Inbox to Draft questions. I'll also try to get to more of your Draft queries via Twitter at @jimcallisMLB, so try me there as well.

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White Sox slip past Blue Jays in 10 innings

White Sox slip past Blue Jays in 10 innings

TORONTO -- Jose Abreu tripled and scored in the top of the 10th inning as the White Sox staved off a late Blue Jays comeback to snap a four-game losing skid with a 5-3 win at Rogers Centre on Wednesday.

Facing Roberto Osuna, Abreu, who was 3-for-5, knocked a three-bagger into the right-field corner to lead off the inning before he was brought home on an Adam Eaton single. Gordon Beckham added an RBI double later in the inning.

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Robertson loses Donaldson matchup, gets win

Closer allows ninth-inning homer to slugger for second straight game

Robertson loses Donaldson matchup, gets win

TORONTO -- It was like Groundhog Day for David Robertson, only with a slightly happier ending. Despite giving up a ninth-inning homer to Josh Donaldson for the second day in a row -- this time forcing extra innings -- Robertson picked himself up and came back out for bottom of the 10th to record the win as the White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with Wednesday's 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

"I'm not going to sit there and dwell on the fact," Robertson said of his second straight blown save. "You have bad games. This is the big leagues. You're going to make mistakes. Guys are going to hit home runs. You're going to have whole runs where you have two or three bad outings in a row. You just have to push those aside and move on to the next thing. It's over. It's already done. You can't change it."

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Abreu has big night at plate against Toronto

Abreu has big night at plate against Toronto

TORONTO -- Jose Abreu made his presence felt in the White Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

The heavy-hitting Cuban went yard against R.A. Dickey to drive home three runs, and even beat out a double play at a pivotal moment in the game.

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Robertson bemoans pitch that led to blown save

Robertson bemoans pitch that led to blown save

TORONTO -- David Robertson was called upon to pitch a four-out save against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, but he only ended up retiring one.

The White Sox closer recorded the final out of the eighth before coming back out in an attempt to shut the door in the ninth, only to allow a single and double before surrendering a walk-off homer to Josh Donaldson in the White Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Chicago has now dropped four in a row.

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White Sox fall late on walk-off home run

White Sox fall late on walk-off home run

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson stole the show on Tuesday night by going 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and five runs scored to lead the Blue Jays to a 10-9 victory over the White Sox at Rogers Centre.

Donaldson's historic night was capped in dramatic fashion by hitting a three-run homer off David Robertson in the bottom of the ninth inning. He became the first player in Toronto franchise history to have at least four hits, four RBIs and four runs scored in the same game.

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Abreu in top 5 at first in AL All-Star voting update

Abreu in top 5 at first in AL All-Star voting update

TORONTO -- Jose Abreu is vying for a starting spot on the American League roster for the 86th All-Star Game, to be played July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

The White Sox first baseman is currently fourth in voting among AL first baseman with 222,288 votes as of the most recent 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Balloting update. He trails Mark Teixeira (342,788), Eric Hosmer (1,101,738) and Miguel Cabrera (1,347,351).

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Danks called for balk, allows ground-rule double

Danks called for balk, allows ground-rule double

TORONTO -- John Danks was called for a balk for quick-pitching in the third inning on a Jose Bautista ground-rule double, which resulted in two Blue Jays runs.

The hit was allowed to stand because the ball fell in and bounced over the center-field wall, giving the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead in their eventual 10-9 win.

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Noesi tripped up by first-inning bump

Defense lets right-hander down in decisive rally

Noesi tripped up by first-inning bump

TORONTO -- Making his first start in more than two weeks, Hector Noesi took the mound on Monday against the Blue Jays looking to prove himself a bona fide starter. The right-hander made his case over seven innings, but was saddled with the loss as the White Sox fell to the Blue Jays, 6-0, in the series opener at Rogers Centre.

"I'm here to start. That's what I want to prove to anybody, that I can start," Noesi said after he allowed five earned runs on five hits, including two homers, to fall to 0-4 on the season.

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Noesi settles down, but rough first sets tone

Noesi settles down, but rough first sets tone

TORONTO -- Drew Hutchison picked up the second shutout of his career and Justin Smoak and Josh Donaldson homered in the Blue Jays' 6-0 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at Rogers Centre.

Hutchison cruised through most of his outing and faced one batter over the minimum during a stretch that began in the second inning and lasted until the final out. He allowed four hits, didn't walk a batter, struck out eight and threw 70 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

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Quintana finds rough going against Twins

Quintana finds rough going against Twins

CHICAGO -- A four-run fourth inning was more than enough support for starter Kyle Gibson, as the Twins defeated the White Sox on Sunday, 8-1. Gibson worked eight innings and struck out eight -- tying a career high -- without a walk to cruise to the win.

Second baseman Brian Dozier hit two home runs and drove in four runs to pace the Twins, and right fielder Eddie Rosario added two hits and two RBIs.

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White Sox still seeking return to norms

Offensive inconsistency stalling rise up standings

White Sox still seeking return to norms

CHICAGO -- The White Sox offense has been a strange mix of inconsistency for six weeks.

The South Siders rank 27th in pitches per plate appearance at 3.68, and sit last in total numbers of pitches seen at 5,426. Yet, the free-swinging group also sits last in extra-base hits with 88, making them one of three teams in the Majors entering play Sunday with fewer than 100.

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