Sale feels good, but not getting results

White Sox ace allows seven runs for second straight start

Sale feels good, but not getting results

CHICAGO -- When Chris Sale took the mound last Thursday at Fenway Park, he had a chance to push the White Sox winning streak to eight and their season record to .500. The four-time All-Star didn't record an out in the sixth, allowing seven runs on 12 hits.

On Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, Sale had a chance to deliver a win against a Rays squad who the White Sox are looking up at in the American League Wild Card race. The ace yielded seven runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings, and the Rays cruised behind Chris Archer to an 11-3 victory.

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Sale struggles for 2nd straight start in loss

Sale struggles for 2nd straight start in loss

CHICAGO -- Chris Archer allowed two runs over seven innings and the Rays hit a season-high four home runs en route to an 11-3 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Tampa Bay has won three consecutive games.

"Great win," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We needed a win like that. After the last two that have been a little intense late in ballgames, it was nice to separate a ballgame."

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Sanchez more confident in swing, approach

White Sox second baseman has displayed some pop lately

Sanchez more confident in swing, approach

CHICAGO -- Over Carlos Sanchez's first 88 games and 291 at-bats in the Majors, the White Sox switch-hitting second baseman did not hit any home runs. He has three homers in the last 10 games, covering 41 at-bats, entering Tuesday.

And the energetic 23-year-old has warned some of his better known power-hitting teammates that he's slowly but surely chasing them down.

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White Sox strive for more consistency

Chicago attempting to contend for postseason spot while relying on young players

White Sox strive for more consistency

CHICAGO -- The story of the 2015 White Sox would be defined as consistent inconsistency.

They sweep three straight from the American League West-leading Astros, only to lose eight straight. They win seven in a row on the road over the Indians and Red Sox, only to lose five of six following Tuesday's 11-3 setback to the Rays at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Rodon seeks bounce-back effort vs. Rays

Rodon seeks bounce-back effort vs. Rays

The Rays know a thing or two about working with a young team, balancing winning with developing youth. But it's a new feeling for the White Sox, who are hanging on to four rookies but still fighting for a postseason berth.

They continue that task on Wednesday, when rookie Carlos Rodon takes the mound in the series finale against Tampa Bay, which is going for a sweep. Rodon enters after mixed results in his last two outings. Two starts ago, Rodon threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, but he allowed a career-high eight runs in three innings against the Yankees his last time out.

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Bullpen allows Rays to rally late in opener

Bullpen allows Rays to rally late in opener

CHICAGO -- Mikie Mahtook's two-out single in the ninth off of David Robertson scored Logan Forsythe with the game-winning run in a 5-4 Rays victory over the White Sox on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Robertson had appeared to get out of trouble when he struck out James Loney with runners on first and third and one out, but Mahtook connected on a hanging curve.

The White Sox had the tying run thrown out at the plate in the ninth, when Kevin Kiermaier nailed Alexei Ramirez on Adam LaRoche's single to center with nobody out. Catcher Curt Casali made a short-hop catch of Kiermaier's throw and was able to tag Ramirez as he tried to jump out of the way.

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Ill-fated send home costs White Sox in ninth

Third-base coach McEwing takes blame for Alexei being thrown out by Kiermaier

Ill-fated send home costs White Sox in ninth

CHICAGO -- Joe McEwing has sent thousands of runners home safely over his four seasons as White Sox third-base coach without much fanfare.

But it was his ill-fated decision to send Alexei Ramirez in the ninth inning of the Rays' 5-4 victory Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field that earned McEwing unwanted notice. Ramirez tried to score from second on Adam LaRoche's broken-bat single to center, but he was nailed by Kevin Kiermaier's throw, catcher Curt Casali's short-hop grab and McEwing's decision not to hold Ramirez with nobody out in a one-run game.

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Abreu, Eaton named AL Co-Players of the Week

Marks first time White Sox teammates share a weekly award

Abreu, Eaton named AL Co-Players of the Week

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton were glad to share the American League Players of the Week Award for the period of July 27-Aug. 2. It was representative of the White Sox turnaround offensively as a team.

But in the opinion of Eaton and Abreu, Melky Cabrera should have been included in the honor as well.

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Prospect Thompson called up by White Sox

Outfielder's brothers, father have experience playing in the NBA

Prospect Thompson called up by White Sox

CHICAGO -- When Trayce Thompson suited up for his first Major League game with the White Sox, a 5-4 loss on Monday night against the Rays, the 24-year-old's parents and two brothers were in the U.S. Cellular Field stands.

It's not uncommon for a proud family to be in attendance for such an important event, but the Thompsons are a bit different than your ordinary family. Klay Thompson is an All-Star for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Mychel Thompson played for the Cavaliers during the 2011-12 season.

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White Sox promote pair of scouting department vets

White Sox promote pair of scouting department vets

CHICAGO -- Nick Hostetler has been promoted to director of amateur scouting and Doug Laumann to senior advisor to scouting operations, the White Sox announced on Monday.

Hostetler, 37, replaces Laumann, who had served in that capacity since November 2007. Hostetler worked as an area scout with the White Sox (2002-04) and Atlanta Braves (2005-07) and as the White Sox East Coast crosschecker from 2008-11 before being promoted to assistant scouting director in 2012.

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White Sox at critical juncture to keep hope alive

Have dropped three of four after 7-game winning streak

White Sox at critical juncture to keep hope alive

CHICAGO -- The White Sox returned home to U.S. Cellular Field with a clubhouse full of momentum coming off a 7-1 road trip, not to mention a weekend series against the Yankees that would draw over 30,000 each day at U.S. Cellular Field.

Facing the American League East leaders was a good test for the South Siders, who played good baseball during their seven-game winning streak but also did so against two last-place teams in Cleveland and Boston. So losing two out of three to the Yankees, including Sunday's 12-3 setback in front of their third sellout of the season, wouldn't exactly be considered a failure.

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Samardzija knocked around by Yankees

Samardzija knocked around by Yankees

CHICAGO -- Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira homered and Ivan Nova allowed one run over six innings as the Yankees defeated the White Sox, 12-3, on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. New York outscored the White Sox, 27-17, in the three-game series, taking two of three.

Ellsbury led off with a home run on the second pitch of the game before the Yankees blew the game open with a five-run fourth and a three-run fifth. Stephen Drew supplied four RBIs, while Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Ellsbury each added two RBIs. White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija threw fewer than five innings for the first time this season, giving up nine runs over 4 2/3.

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Soto hits 100th big league home run

Reaches milestone with solo shot in seventh inning

Soto hits 100th big league home run

CHICAGO -- Lost in the shuffle of a second big Yankees' victory over the White Sox -- 12-3 on Sunday -- in three games was Geovany Soto's 100th career home run.

That particular towering drive came in the seventh off Chasen Shreve, landing in the left-field stands at U.S. Cellular Field two batters after Alexei Ramirez homered in the third game of the last five he has played. Soto's eight homers over 127 at-bats put him behind only Jose Abreu (18 in 385), Adam Eaton (nine in 387) and Adam LaRoche (nine in 330) on the 2015 White Sox roster.

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Rejuvenated offense signals turnaround

Contributions throughout lineup key to recent stretch

Rejuvenated offense signals turnaround

CHICAGO -- There's been a lot of talk about hand signals around the White Sox lately. It's as if it's another language spoken only between White Sox players when they reach base.

Not even manager Robin Ventura fully understands what they all mean. Some are a simple rubbing of the head, other's mimic rocking a baby, but whatever they are, it's happening more often recently.

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Vintage Danks defuses Yankees

Vintage Danks defuses Yankees

CHICAGO -- There has been something different about John Danks since the All-Star break. Something bigger than his 2.78 ERA over four second-half starts.

At almost three years to the date of his arthroscopic shoulder surgery, Danks' stuff is starting to improve. That fact became evident during an 8-2 victory over the Yankees Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field, where Danks matched a season high with eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings, holding New York to one run on three hits.

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White Sox get back on track against Yankees

White Sox get back on track against Yankees

CHICAGO -- Melky Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez both homered and John Danks tied a season high with eight strikeouts as the White Sox defeated the Yankees, 8-2, on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field, snapping a six-game losing streak vs. New York and tying the three-game weekend series.

The White Sox, who got an RBI double from Jose Abreu in the first inning and a solo shot from Ramirez in the second, grabbed a 6-1 lead on Cabrera's three-run homer in the four-run fifth. It was the eighth time in the last 10 games that Chicago has scored at least six runs.

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Avi sails! Garcia robs another homer

Avi sails! Garcia robs another homer

CHICAGO -- The .264 average, seven homers and 33 RBIs through 348 at-bats don't exactly represent Avisail Garcia's ideal offensive output during his first full season in the Majors.

And while his defense hasn't been letter perfect, he has helped the White Sox with some big plays in right field. One of those came during Saturday night's 8-2 victory over the Yankees, a score that might not have been so one-sided without Garcia.

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Samardzija remains focused post-Deadline

Samardzija remains focused post-Deadline

CHICAGO -- Pitching stood as the sole focus for Jeff Samardzija before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, even with the free-agent-to-be being mentioned in a number of rumors.

And with the Deadline passing without the White Sox making any moves and without Samardzija and his wife having to pack up and move for the third in a year, the focus won't change for the right-hander.

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White Sox pitching legend Pierce dies at 88

Seven-time All-Star was prominent in community, cancer charity work in Chicago

White Sox pitching legend Pierce dies at 88

CHICAGO -- It took White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams basically one word to describe Billy Pierce, who passed away Friday morning at the age of 88 after a battle with gall bladder cancer.

"They're class," said Williams, actually referring to Pierce, Ernie Banks and Minnie Minoso, all iconic Chicago baseball figures who have passed away in the past year. "It's been a tough year for Chicago with regards to some of the legends of Chicago sports leaving us."

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LaRoche works scoreless 9th in pitching debut

Records strikeout, pays homage to father

LaRoche works scoreless 9th in pitching debut

CHICAGO -- The question was an easy one for Adam LaRoche, coming after the Yankees' 13-6 victory over the White Sox before 30,359 at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday night.

Did he want to talk about his Major League pitching debut, throwing a perfect inning in the ninth, or the four hits that show the designated hitter could be getting back on track with the bat?

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Rodon finds tough going against Yankees

Rodon finds tough going against Yankees

CHICAGO -- Mark Teixeira hit two home runs with six RBIs, including a grand slam, as the Yankees continued their offensive tear in a 13-6 victory over the White Sox on Friday night.

The Yankees tagged rookie left-hander Carlos Rodon for eight runs in three-plus innings, scoring once in the first and five times in the second. They scored five more in the fourth inning and once in the sixth off Chicago's bullpen.

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White Sox push forward without Deadline deals

Long-term strategy takes precedence over short-term fit

White Sox push forward without Deadline deals

CHICAGO -- The White Sox did not make a move before Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline, but it sounds as if they probably could have. The White Sox did not enhance the team's postseason chance, but they also didn't mess with the chemistry developed during a 17-9 run ahead of Friday's series opener against the Yankees.

General manager Rick Hahn and executive vice president Ken Williams didn't subtract from the youthful base of this organization, meaning they didn't trade away top prospects such as shortstop Tim Anderson or pitcher Frankie Montas. Ultimately, they stayed true to their reshaping plan set fully in motion at the 2013 Trade Deadline.

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Dual threat: LaRoche goes 4-for-4, pitches an inning

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Dual threat: LaRoche goes 4-for-4, pitches an inning

In days of yore, when mustaches were required attire and pegging someone was considered a legitimate strategy, ballplayers were Renaissance men -- athletes who could pitch and hit in equal measure. But while there still exist a few luminaries who shine in all aspects of the game, increasingly rare is the true do-it-all guy. On Friday night, however, a hero stepped forward to remind us that the divide between hitters and pitchers can occasionally be transcended: Adam LaRoche was his name, and throwing eephuses is his game.

Having already picked up three hits (he'd add a fourth later), the White Sox first baseman was called upon to throw the final inning of Chicago's game against the Yankees. Jokes were made, the thought of a position player pitching sneered at. Oh, how wrong we were.

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Short of perfect, White Sox happy with trip

Seven-game winning streak ends with Sale's rough outing

Short of perfect, White Sox happy with trip

BOSTON -- For one breath-holding moment in the first inning of Boston's 8-2 victory over the White Sox Thursday night at Fenway Park, the South Siders' seven-game winning streak didn't really matter.

Not when Chris Sale, the White Sox ace and one of the best starters in the game, got hit flush with a Xander Bogaerts line drive off the outside of his left leg. Without Sale, any additions made by general manager Rick Hahn prior to Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline wouldn't have the same meaning.

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White Sox winning streak stalls at seven

White Sox winning streak stalls at seven

BOSTON -- Tired of getting belted around by the White Sox in their own ballpark, the Red Sox responded by delivering a sixth-inning knockout of ace Chris Sale en route to an 8-2 victory on Thursday night.

The White Sox had won the first three games of the series by an aggregate of 28-14, and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first in the finale.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and listen to his podcast. Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox opened winning gateway in St. Louis

Pair of wins over Cardinals initiated turnaround

White Sox opened winning gateway in St. Louis

BOSTON -- It all began in St. Louis on June 30, and most of the White Sox didn't even know their turnaround had started.

The White Sox entered Busch Stadium with a 32-42 record, preparing for a two-game series against the team with Major League Baseball's best record. And all the White Sox did was claim the first game in 11 innings and watch Jose Quintana outlast the Cardinals and the rain the next day.

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White Sox get Sellers from Bucs

Minor League infielder played 17 games in bigs with Indians last season

White Sox get Sellers from Bucs

The White Sox have added Triple-A shortstop Justin Sellers in a trade with the Pirates for a player to be named or cash considerations.

After missing the first three months of the season with an Achilles injury, Sellers hit .288/.339/.308 in 52 at-bats in the Pirates' Minor League system. He has spent time at second and third base this season, to go along with shortstop.

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Melky spearheads White Sox winning ways

Melky spearheads White Sox winning ways

BOSTON -- White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera stands as a pretty solid representation of the team's 2015 season.

By the end of June, many people thought neither Cabrera nor the White Sox had a chance to come near their lofty preseason expectations. By the end of July, there aren't enough superlatives to cover the work of either side as the White Sox winning streak extended to seven games with a 9-2 victory vs. the Red Sox on Wednesday -- and Cabrera continued to knock the ball all over Fenway Park.

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