Double play ends White Sox rally in seventh

Shuck hits into inning-ender with bases loaded

Double play ends White Sox rally in seventh

CHICAGO -- J.B. Shuck got the pitch he wanted from reliever Carson Smith during the seventh inning of Seattle's 2-0 victory over the White Sox on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

The veteran pinch-hitter, replacing Geovany Soto with the bases loaded and one out, made solid contact. But as has been the case for the White Sox during much of this disappointing 2015 campaign, Shuck's execution resulted in an inning-ending double play.

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Danks on short end of duel because of HRs

Danks on short end of duel because of HRs

CHICAGO -- Taijuan Walker limited the White Sox to three hits over 6 1/3 innings and the Seattle bullpen held the rest of the way during a 2-0 Mariners victory Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Walker exited on a 3-2 count to Adam LaRoche in the seventh with what was diagnosed as a cramp in his right hip flexor.

"I feel like we threw a lot of fastballs today," Walker said. "In and out, we were just locating, and that's what really helped us. It seemed like they were cheating on the fastball a little bit, so we tried to go more and more in, and get quick outs."

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Flowers emphasizes defensive improvements

Club sees positives in game calling, while hitting lags

Flowers emphasizes defensive improvements

CHICAGO -- Tyler Flowers doesn't believe he is a .220 hitter. The career .219 average over 1,334 plate appearances and three full seasons might suggest otherwise.

But the question to be answered by the White Sox moving forward is whether his lack of offensive consistency is offset enough by his strong handling of pitchers behind the plate. Through the past two seasons, the White Sox have answered that one in the affirmative.

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Thompson understands part-time role

Rookie outfielder to see most time against left-handers

Thompson understands part-time role

CHICAGO -- Even with 14 hits in his first 27 at-bats, don't look for Trayce Thompson to start campaigning for everyday playing time. Those increased at-bats would come against right-handed pitchers, with the right-handed hitter already posting 12 hits in 20 at-bats against southpaws.

"I don't have control over it, so I don't even worry about it, really. If I'm not in the lineup, then I'm not in the lineup," Thompson said. "I'll be ready to go in the game later if they need me. Just cheering these guys on.

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Samardzija tries to end winless streak against Mariners

Samardzija tries to end winless streak against Mariners

Already in the midst of one of his longest slumps, Jeff Samardzija aims to avoid a winless August when he faces the Mariners on Saturday night on Chicago's South Side. The right-hander has lost five straight starts in the month, and could finish a month without a win for the first time since April 2014.

Samardzija has allowed 28 earned runs in as many innings during the month, tossing only one quality start in that time. And he won't get an easy matchup as the Mariners will send Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound.

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Rodon keeps rolling as Sox top Mariners

Rodon keeps rolling as Sox top Mariners

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon continued his strong stretch through August, allowing two runs across six-plus innings as the White Sox defeated the Mariners, 4-2, on Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Adam Eaton scored three runs and reached base four times while Avisail Garcia knocked him in twice.

Rodon struck out five and gave up just three hits, and didn't give up a run until the seventh inning when Franklin Gutierrez connected on his ninth home run of the season. Rodon has had fourth straight quality starts with a 1.61 ERA in that stretch.

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Eaton spark plug for Sox with key hits, hustle

CF goes 3-for-3, scores 3 runs in win over Mariners

Eaton spark plug for Sox with key hits, hustle

CHICAGO -- For one night, things worked out for the White Sox how it was drawn up in the offseason.

The table setters set the table, the middle-of-the-order guys drove in the runs, the starting pitching was solid and the bullpen closed the door.

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Sox don 'interesting' 1970s throwback uniforms

'I like 'em; business casual,' Ventura says of collared jerseys

Sox don 'interesting' 1970s throwback uniforms

CHICAGO -- When most teams wear throwback uniforms, the players barely notice anymore. The colors and designs may be different, but most of the replica uniforms are similar to what is worn today.

Then there's the throwback uniforms the White Sox wore for Thursday night's 4-2 win over the Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field. The duds, originally worn from 1976-81, grabbed the attention of the players as soon as they arrived at the ballpark.

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Sale sets career high with 227th strikeout

Left-hander needs 41 K's to break White Sox franchise record

Sale sets career high with 227th strikeout

CHICAGO -- With his fifth strikeout recorded during the White Sox 3-0 loss to Boston on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, Chris Sale set a single-season personal high with 227 punchouts.

Travis Shaw was the victim, swinging through a 91 mph Sale fastball for the first out of the fourth. Sale finished with seven K's, moving his total to 229 and pushing him within 41 of breaking Ed Walsh's single-season franchise mark of 269 set in 1908.

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Cooper hopes stint with Sox never ends

Cooper hopes stint with Sox never ends

CHICAGO -- Don Cooper has worked 28 seasons within the White Sox organization and has been the team's big league pitching coach since July 22, 2002.

If Cooper has his way, he'll be serving in this important capacity for many years to come and well beyond the end of his present contract after the 2016 season.

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Thompson's confidence gets big boost

Rookie shows he belongs in big leagues, just misses cycle

Thompson's confidence gets big boost

CHICAGO -- When Trayce Thompson arrived to the White Sox from Triple-A Charlotte on Aug. 3, first-base coach, mentor and friend Daryl Boston reinforced a point that the rookie already lived by and understood.

"My first day, DBo told me, 'It's all about confidence and knowing you can play here,'" said Thompson, following the White Sox 5-4 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, a comeback that was sparked by the right fielder. "I took that to heart, and I think that has helped me a lot."

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Boston, Thompson share special bond

Boston, Thompson share special bond

CHICAGO -- There's a special connection between Trayce Thompson and White Sox first base coach Daryl Boston that long predates Thompson's current short stint at the big league level.

Boston served as the White Sox Minor League outfield instructor from 2001-12 and remembers Thompson from his first days within the organization after being selected in the second round of the 2009 Draft.

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Sale sharp over 7, but bats fall silent in finale

Sale sharp over 7, but bats fall silent in finale

CHICAGO -- Rick Porcello, making his first start since July 29, threw seven shutout innings and Travis Shaw delivered the decisive two-run homer in the eighth to give the Red Sox a 3-0 victory Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The Red Sox claimed the road series -- after the White Sox had won three of four at Fenway -- with Shaw connecting off of reliever Nate Jones.

"It was a fastball in, I was actually looking in," said Shaw. "They've been pitching me in the whole series. I was looking for something in that I could drive. He left it kind of middle-in, and I was able to put a pretty good swing on it.

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Groin better, Putnam available in 'pen

Groin better, Putnam available in 'pen

CHICAGO -- Zach Putnam declared himself ready to go for Tuesday night's game after the reliever was shut down for four days after tweaking his right groin when warming up in the bullpen Friday in Seattle. He was scheduled to enter the game, but the right-hander decided it was the best for him and the team to get someone else in there.

"When you tweak a muscle like that, you run the risk of -- even though if you think you can get back out there -- if you do and it happens again, you're dealing with it for months rather than a couple of days," Putnam said. "So I think that was the thing, is just trying to get through the end of the season healthy. I had to sacrifice a few days here so I can get a bunch back on the back end."

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Rookie rules: Thompson powers White Sox

Rookie rules: Thompson powers White Sox

CHICAGO -- Rookie Trayce Thompson finished a home run short of the cycle and drove in three as the White Sox rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago ended a two-game losing streak and improved to 4-2 on the season against Boston.

Thompson tripled in the second off losing pitcher Wade Miley, singled home a run in the fourth and then delivered a game-winning two-run double off Miley in the seventh. The line shot rolled under Hanley Ramirez's glove in left, but Thompson was credited with both RBIs scoring Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia. The White Sox bullpen finished off the victory, with Zach Duke striking out the side in the eighth and David Robertson closing matters in the ninth with two more strikeouts..

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Duo get chance to work out with Sox

Duo get chance to work out with Sox

CHICAGO -- When Tommy Washington and Jordon "Jojo" Rogers showed up at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday afternoon, they thought a simple workout in front of perspective colleges was on the agenda.

But these two participants from the White Sox Amateur City Elite youth baseball program instead received a major surprise as part of the organization's seventh annual Serve Week, which was formerly known as Charities Week. Washington and Rogers had the chance to work out with White Sox players and do everything but take batting practice.

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Season of inconsistency perplexes White Sox

On the fringe of contention, club unable to sustain success

Season of inconsistency perplexes White Sox

CHICAGO -- The White Sox began a seven-game homestand against the Red Sox and Mariners on Monday night, and executive vice president Ken Williams could see his team ripping off six or seven wins in a row.

"At the same time, it's not going to surprise me if we go out and we play a lot less than the standards we want to play," Williams said before his club's 5-4 loss to Boston. "It's something that is going to require more in-depth thought and discussion than we've ever had, at least since I've been here.

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Samardzija unable to contain Boston's Castillo

Samardzija unable to contain Boston's Castillo

CHICAGO -- Rusney Castillo had three hits and five RBIs and Joe Kelly won his fifth straight start, allowing just two runs over 7 1/3 innings, as the Red Sox claimed a 5-4 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field in the opener of a three-game set. The White Sox won three of four at Fenway Park during the last week of July.

Kelly struck out four and walked one, giving up runs on Jose Abreu's first-inning homer and Melky Cabrera's sixth-inning groundout. Castillo did all of Boston's damage on offense, driving in a career-high five against White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija with a three-run homer in the second and a two-run double in the sixth.

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Ninth-inning encapsulates White Sox season

After missed opportunities, rally falls short

Ninth-inning encapsulates White Sox season

CHICAGO -- For some inexplicable reason, the 2015 White Sox seem to be at their best when their back is against the wall or when they are being counted out. That theory played out again in the ninth inning of Monday's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

But much like their disappointing 58-65 overall performance, leaving them on the outer limits of the American League postseason picture, the White Sox were just good enough to come up short against Boston closer Jean Machi.

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Williams deflects job speculation

EVP focused on getting White Sox into contention

Williams deflects job speculation

CHICAGO -- Ken Williams didn't really want to touch the topic of the potential for him to leave for another organization after the 2015 season prior to Monday night's series opener between the White Sox and Red Sox.

The White Sox executive vice president then proceeded to answer questions about his job situation and the current version of the team for the next 11 minutes.

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White Sox put up big inning, but can't close gap

White Sox put up big inning, but can't close gap

SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz hit a two-RBI double in the third and Robinson Cano launched a two-run homer in the fifth as the Mariners hung on avoid a White Sox sweep, 8-6, Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

Mariners starter Taijuan Walker held the White Sox to just one run over his first five innings, but exited after allowing four hits in what became a five-run sixth inning for Chicago. Walker earned his first win since July 31, but snapped a streak of five straight quality starts, allowing five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

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Five-run sixth keeps offensive surge going

White Sox fall short vs. Mariners, but keep things interesting

Five-run sixth keeps offensive surge going

SEATTLE -- In a matter of six batters in the sixth inning, a 7-1 laugher turned into a 7-6 nailbiter.

A five-run sixth wasn't enough to put the White Sox over the top in an 8-6 loss to the Mariners in the series finale at Safeco Field on Sunday, but a couple of big swings ended what had been a brilliant start by Taijuan Walker and put the White Sox in position to complete what would have been their fourth road sweep of the season.

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Rodon shows no sign of fatigue in rookie year

White Sox lefty impressing manager with grit and confidence

Rodon shows no sign of fatigue in rookie year

SEATTLE -- Carlos Rodon had thrown 6 2/3 innings and 111 pitches in the White Sox's 6-3 win over the Mariners on Saturday night when manager Robin Ventura came out of the third-base dugout to have a word.

Rodon had just gotten Kyle Seager to line to second for the second out of the inning, but stepping to the plate was Seattle's most dangerous hitter, Nelson Cruz.

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White Sox bats come alive in two late rallies

White Sox bats come alive in two late rallies

SEATTLE -- The White Sox scored five times in the final two innings -- including a trio of runs in the 10th -- to pull out a 6-3 victory over the Mariners on Saturday night at Safeco Field.

The White Sox crossed the plate on a bases-loaded walk, a passed ball and a fielder's choice in the 10th off Mariners relievers Danny Farquhar and Edgar Olmos in an inning where the only hit was a double by Jose Abreu to go along with three walks and an error.

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South Siders boost extra-innings record

Garcia credits club's confidence late in games for victory

South Siders boost extra-innings record

SEATTLE -- Avisail Garcia is just 24 years old, but after the White Sox's 6-3, come-from-behind win in 10 innings against the Mariners on Saturday night, his manager described a player who had grown up, one who is gaining a strong understanding of how to come through in close-and-late situations.

The White Sox sent 14 hitters to the plate between the ninth and 10th innings, turning a 3-1 ninth-inning deficit into their third straight victory. On Saturday they rode the confidence of players like Garcia, who led off the ninth with a single to center and walked with the bases loaded in the 10th to score the go-ahead run.

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White Sox eager to keep offense clicking

Third win in a row boosts club's confidence

White Sox eager to keep offense clicking

SEATTLE -- Entering Saturday's 6-3 victory over the Mariners, the White Sox offense had been clicking.

Chicago posted 11 runs against the Mariners on Friday night, giving the club 19 runs between Thursday and Friday. In the seven games prior to Thursday night's 8-2 win over the Angels, the White Sox scored just 18 runs.

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Sale fans 14, gets plenty of support in rout

Sale fans 14, gets plenty of support in rout

SEATTLE -- The story of Friday night's game at Safeco Field was always going to be about the electric matchup between White Sox starter Chris Sale and Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. And while Chicago's 11-4 victory wasn't a taut pitching duel, there was more than enough intrigue taking place on the mound.

Sale earned the win with seven innings of three-run ball and struck out 14 batters, giving him 29 punchouts in his last 14 innings and 222 for the season, the current Major League lead. He had a one-hitter going until the seventh, when he gave up crisp singles to Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano and a three-run home run to Mark Trumbo.

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Sanchez racks up career-high four-RBI night

White Sox second baseman leads prolific offense to support Sale

Sanchez racks up career-high four-RBI night

SEATTLE -- Carlos Sanchez was intent on giving the White Sox something extra Friday night, notching a career-high four RBIs in an 11-4 win over the Mariners.

With two outs in the fourth inning, he gave his electric starting pitcher, Chris Sale, some extra insurance, doubling past right fielder Nelson Cruz. He even tried to take an extra base in the process, but was nailed at third after a strong throw from Robinson Cano. Still, Sanchez added two more runs against Hernandez to give Chicago an early 4-0 lead.

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