Chris Sale returns to the mound Thursday night at Wrigley Field, facing a Cubs team he notched 15 strikeouts against over seven innings while allowing one Dexter Fowler single in a victory last Aug. 16.
But even with the excitement built in to this crosstown matchup, the focus will be more on Sale than possibly even the game result. Sale returns from a five-game suspension, handed down Saturday after Sale's dispute over wearing 1976 throwback jerseys resulted in insubordination, violation of team rules and destroying team equipment.
CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon's doorman won't have to take any grief from his White Sox friends, at least for one day. Kris Bryant hit a solo homer, Javier Baez smacked a tiebreaking two-run blast in the seventh and Addison Russell added his first career grand slam in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman had an impressive debut to lift the Cubs to an 8-1 Interleague victory over the White Sox on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.
Anthony Ranaudo gave White Sox fans something to cheer about in the fifth when he collected his first career hit and home run off Cubs starter Jason Hammel. Ranaudo threw five no-hit innings, which Bryant ended with his blast with one out in the sixth.
CHICAGO -- Tyler Saladino started at second base again Wednesday, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura won't commit to Saladino being there most of the time in Brett Lawrie's absence. Lawrie was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 22) with a strained left hamstring. Infielder Carlos Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
"It'll be a combination," Ventura said. "We could also have spots in there coming up on the road trip where Sally could play some third base, [Todd] Frazier would play first and [Jose] Abreu DH and [Avisail Garcia] to right, [Adam] Eaton to center. There are a couple of combinations there. If anybody went over to third, it would be Sal more than Sanchy."
CHICAGO -- David Robertson has established a nice home for his family in a Chicago neighborhood 20 minutes away from U.S. Cellular Field.
If the White Sox closer had a preference, they would stay in that home the rest of the 2016 season and for the remainder of his four-year, $46 million deal agreed upon with the team prior to the 2015 season. But as the veteran hurler well knows, he doesn't have a say.
CHICAGO -- James Shields receives an A for his stellar pitching performance during the White Sox 3-0 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
But he earned an A+ for perspective after throwing 7 2/3 innings with 117 pitches against the National League Central leaders. After all, the same pitcher who has put together six straight quality starts and has a 1.71 ERA over those six trips to the mound allowed 21 runs on 24 hits over his first 8 2/3 innings for his new team.
CHICAGO -- James Shields produced his sixth straight quality start and received a little offensive support from the White Sox, for a change, during a 3-0 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox swept the South Side portion of this four-game crosstown battle, doing so in front of 39,553 for their fourth straight victory, moving back to .500 at 50-50. The Cubs, who are 12-20 in their last 32 games, fell to 59-40.
Shields worked 7 2/3 brilliant innings, striking out five, walking four and allowing four hits. He had two jams to pitch out of in the second and the sixth, but otherwise, the Cubs never really pushed him. Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows Shields well, having managed him in Tampa Bay from 2006-12. He saw that Shields didn't want to come out of the game in the eighth.
CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon returned to the White Sox on Tuesday after a one-start Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte in Louisville. The left-hander struck out three and walked two over 3 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits while testing a sprained left wrist that put him on the disabled list July 9.
"Felt good," Rodon said. "It was nice to see the guys down there -- a couple guys I saw in Spring Training, the manager, a few other guys. It was nice to visit. I felt good, yeah, back on track.
CHICAGO -- The White Sox won Round 1 of the 2016 Crosstown Cup in walk-off fashion, 5-4, Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. It was the third straight win overall for the South Siders, who lost a four-run lead but won it on Tyler Saladino's single to center to score J.B. Shuck, who singled to open the frame. It was also the White Sox third straight walk-off victory.
"It was just one of the those moments, really. Just trying to get a job done, really," Saladino said. "That's pretty much what everything is, but it was a lot of fun, a lot of energy there and it felt really good to get that done for the guys."
CHICAGO -- Just when the White Sox looked pretty much out of postseason contention … OK, let's be honest. At eight games back of Cleveland in the American League Central and 6 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the AL's second Wild Card slot, the White Sox certainly have their fair share of work ahead.
They are more likely to be sellers than buyers with 63 games to play and the non-waiver Trade Deadline less than a week away.
CHICAGO -- Chris Sale doesn't want to be traded -- and doesn't believe he will be -- in the wake of Saturday night's pregame outburst that resulted in him being scratched from his start that evening and then suspended five games by the White Sox.
"I want to win a championship in Chicago. That's been my goal from Day 1," Sale told MLB.com Monday afternoon during a 30-minute interview, his first public comments since Saturday. "It has never changed. I only get more passionate about it because I know that it's not easy winning a championship. There's a lot that goes into it.
CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for the first highlight to arrive during a 5-4 walk-off victory for the White Sox over the Cubs in Monday's opener of the Crosstown Cup series, with two games at U.S. Cellular Field and two to follow at Wrigley Field.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit what looked to be his 26th home run of the season on the first pitch he saw from White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez with one out in the first inning. But Melky Cabrera slowly moved back toward the left-field wall, leaped and reached over the wall to take away a home run.
CHICAGO -- It was the kind of performance that bolstered both sides of the debate about whether the White Sox should trade Jose Quintana.
The left-hander's 6 2/3 scoreless innings in Sunday's 5-4 win in the finale with the Tigers were also just what the White Sox needed in the finale of a rain-soaked, adversity-riddled four-game series against the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.
CHICAGO -- His foot is sore from fouling a ball off it on Friday and he was plunked in the lower back with a fastball Saturday, but Adam Eaton still managed to be the catalyst the White Sox needed on Sunday.
After driving in the game-winning run with a walk-off single in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win in a game that was suspended by rain after eight innings on Saturday night, Eaton finished Sunday by going 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and scoring three runs, including the game-winner on a walk-off single by Melky Cabrera.
CHICAGO -- The White Sox began Sunday afternoon at risk of being swept in a four-game series against the Tigers. Instead, they ended the day with a series split thanks to two walk-off wins in a four-hour span. Melky Cabrera provided the latter with a single scoring Adam Eaton in the ninth, nullifying Detroit's three-homer rally in the top of the inning for a 5-4 White Sox win at U.S. Cellular Field.
"Baseball is funny like that," Eaton said. "It will beat you down, but then it will build you back up. It's a love-hate relationship, for sure. To have two walk-off wins, especially to get two wins off a great opponent like Detroit, and for them to be walk-offs, is huge for us."
White Sox get quick resolution on Eaton's walk-off
By Jason Beck and Brian Hedger
CHICAGO -- Neither a suspended game, a taxed bullpen or a suspension of starter Chris Sale could prevent the White Sox from tormenting the Tigers. Adam Eaton's two-out single in the ninth inning scored Avisail Garcia, earning Chicago a 4-3 win over Detroit Sunday afternoon in a game that started Saturday night.
White Sox closer David Robertson, who thwarted Detroit's eighth-inning threat before rain washed out Saturday night, came back to work the ninth on Sunday, stranding Ian Kinsler following his two-out bloop double. Garcia led off the bottom of the inning against lefty Justin Wilson with a chopper down the third-base line for a single, stole second when Jose Iglesias was late covering the bag, advanced on J.B. Shuck's groundout and scored on Eaton's grounder through the left side.
CHICAGO -- The White Sox have suspended pitcher Chris Sale for five days after concluding the club's investigation into a clubhouse incident prior to Saturday's game with the Detroit Tigers.
This suspension, announced by the team Sunday morning and based solely on Saturday's actions, began Saturday and runs through Wednesday. Sale would be eligible to start Thursday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, but general manager Rick Hahn said that slot currently will be listed as TBA.
Fulmer not shrinking from first taste of adversity
Manager Ventura ready to give White Sox top prospect another shot at earliest opportunity
By Brian Hedger
Special to MLB.com |
CHICAGO -- It was bound to happen at some point for White Sox top prospect Carson Fulmer, who is looking to rebound from his first rough relief outing.
After cruising through his first two Major League appearances, Fulmer's third was anything but a charm in a 7-5 loss to the Tigers on Friday night. Handed a 5-4 lead to protect in the seventh inning, Fulmer recorded just two outs and took his first career loss. Chicago's first-round pick in 2015, taken eighth overall, Fulmer allowed three runs and struggled to locate the strike zone. He threw 30 pitches, just 12 for strikes, and walked three.
The White Sox, who were already listening to trade offers for Chris Sale, could be more likely to deal him after the relationship between the star and his club appeared to come apart at the seams on Saturday after a peculiar incident that took place before Chicago's suspended game against Detroit.
CHICAGO -- It was a sight the White Sox had envisioned when they signed Justin Morneau in June, while the veteran slugger was still rehabbing from offseason elbow surgery.
Following a two-out, run-scoring double by Jose Abreu in the fifth inning of Chicago's 7-5 loss to the Tigers on Friday night, Morneau launched his first home run with the team into the Detroit bullpen at U.S. Cellular Field.
CHICAGO -- What began as a battle between two former Tigers top prospects and continued with two pitchers named Fulmer fell back on the usual Miguel Cabrera clutch hit. His two-run single in the seventh inning put Detroit ahead for good in a back-and-forth battle at U.S. Cellular Field, taking a 7-5 win over the White Sox Friday night.
Detroit had a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning, having battled former first-round pick Jacob Turner for 101 pitches over 3 1/3 nnings, before Justin Morneau's three-run homer powered a four-run fifth -- the largest inning off Tigers rookie starter Michael Fulmer this season -- to put Chicago in front. More >
CHICAGO -- Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera broke the Tigers out of their offensive funk with fifth-inning solo homers off James Shields, powering Mike Pelfrey to his third win in 19 starts with a rain-shortened 2-1 victory over the White Sox on Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field.
The game went into a delay in the middle of the seventh inning, and was called after two hours and five minutes of persistent storms.
After rough beginning to White Sox career, righty may be 'over the hump'
By Brian Hedger
Special to MLB.com |
CHICAGO -- It wasn't the outcome they needed, but there was another glimmer of good news on Thursday night for the White Sox, despite their rain-shortened 2-1 loss to the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.
James Shields took the loss, allowing two runs in six innings on a pair of solo home runs, but the veteran right-hander tossed another solid outing. Shields is now 2-3 with a 2.09 ERA in his past five starts, holding opponents to a .220 batting average. After struggling mightily following the June trade that brought him to Chicago, Shields now looks like the innings-eater the White Sox sought when they acquired him from the Padres.
CHICAGO -- After watching the White Sox dip below .500 again, general manager Rick Hahn is viewing the Aug. 1 Trade Deadline a lot differently than he did a couple of months ago.
Hahn said he will not pursue any short-term pieces who could help only this season, but everything else is on the table after the White Sox dropped five of six road games coming out of the All-Star break.