Avisail exits with left groin tightness

Avisail exits with left groin tightness

DETROIT -- White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia exited Sunday's series finale at Comerica Park after the top of the fifth inning due to tightness in his left groin. Jacob May replaced Garcia in right, and Garcia is listed as day-to-day.

Garcia felt tightness in that same area during Saturday's contest but stayed in the entire game. He had an ice wrap on the left groin area after the 6-4 victory in 10 innings but said it was nothing serious. Before Garcia's second at-bat on Sunday, he was stretching in the on-deck circle and trying to get loose.

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Kahnle racking up impressive strikeout numbers

Reliever credits shortened leg kick for dominance

Kahnle racking up impressive strikeout numbers

DETROIT -- Based on the WWE-like championship belt often times hanging in his locker, White Sox reliever Tommy Kahnle repeatedly has delivered Stone Cold stunners to opposing hitters during the first month of the 2017 season.

For those less familiar with the professional wrestling vernacular, the right-hander has been utterly dominant and darn near unhittable.

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Melky homers in 10th as Sox win 6th straight

Melky homers in 10th as Sox win 6th straight

DETROIT -- The White Sox overcame a Tigers rally off their veteran closer to post their sixth straight win. Melky Cabrera's 10th-inning homer off Justin Wilson nullified Detroit's two-run ninth off David Robertson, sending Chicago to a 6-4 win Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.

The Tigers' fourth straight loss dropped them below .500 (11-12) for the first time this season.

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Abreu back in lineup, ends HR drought with pair

Abreu back in lineup, ends HR drought with pair

DETROIT -- Jose Abreu had lots of reasons to be thankful following a 6-4 White Sox victory over the Tigers in 10 innings on Saturday at Comerica Park.

We'll let the White Sox first baseman go through his postgame list.

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Moncada extends hitting streak to seven

Moncada extends hitting streak to seven

Gleyber Torres was 0-for-3 in his return from the disabled list on Friday, but the Yankees' top prospect promptly knocked off the rust and put his entire skillset on display Saturday.

Torres, the No. 2 overall prospect, led Double-A Trenton to a 7-4 win over Erie by going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, a stolen base and four RBIs.

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Avisail's speed helping his hot start at plate

Avisail's speed helping his hot start at plate

DETROIT -- Avisail Garcia has garnered early attention by pulverizing the baseball to the tune of a .638 slugging percentage and 1.068 OPS.

But his legs have aided a .388 batting average, with six infield hits leaving Garcia tied for third in that category among American League hitters.

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Shields says he's fine after throwing session

Shields says he's fine after throwing session

DETROIT -- James Shields felt good after throwing for the first time Saturday since being placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 18 with a strained right lat.

"Other than that, we'll see how it goes the next few days," said Shields, who played light catch for a total of about 40 throws. "Felt pretty decent."

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Renteria has first-place Sox believing

Renteria has first-place Sox believing

DETROIT -- The date on the calendar reads April 29, and 141 games remain on the White Sox schedule.

But by virtue of their 7-3 victory over the Tigers Friday night at Comerica Park, the White Sox sit alone atop the American League Central standings.

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Trio of HRs lift White Sox into 1st

Trio of HRs lift White Sox into 1st

DETROIT -- The White Sox took advantage of a pair of Nicholas Castellanos errors in the eighth inning and got a go-ahead, two-run single from Geovany Soto for their fifth straight win, a 7-3 victory over the Tigers on Friday night at Comerica Park.

The win moved the White Sox into first place in the American League Central. The Tigers have lost three in a row.

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White Sox great start can enhance rebuild

White Sox great start can enhance rebuild

DETROIT -- The White Sox solid 20-game start to the 2017 season should be considered a family affair as much as a strong team effort.

"We feel like family. That's the most important thing," White Sox starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez said. "We try to keep it loose in the clubhouse, in our trips. You see it. It's fun to be around all these guys. It's a good group."

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Inbox: Will prospects join White Sox rotation?

Beat reporter Scott Merkin answers fans' questions

Inbox: Will prospects join White Sox rotation?

CHICAGO -- Let's take a look at some of your inquiries in the White Sox Inbox. And thanks to all those who submitted questions in the Facebook Live portion.

Will Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Carson Fulmer, Michael Kopech, Dane Dunning and Zack Burdi be any better than our current four starters, plus Carlos Rodon, David Robertson and Nate Jones?
-- Gary, Chicago, @itsgary

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Backed by bats, Quintana deals a sweep

Backed by bats, Quintana deals a sweep

CHICAGO -- The five runs scored by the White Sox offense during Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field must have seemed like a season's worth of support for Jose Quintana, the South Siders' winning pitcher.

Entering the afternoon contest, the White Sox (11-9) had scored two runs in total over Quintana's four previous starts, all losses. So the southpaw made sure those five runs held up in completing the three-game sweep of their American League Central rival, marking a fourth straight White Sox victory, and sending the Royals (7-14) to their seventh straight loss.

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Melky gets bowled over while catching line drive

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Melky gets bowled over while catching line drive

Major League players manage to make catching fly balls look easy every single day. But, if you think about it, it can be a pretty terrifying endeavor: standing alone in the outfield, thousands of fans watching, while a small white sphere comes hurtling toward you out of the sky.

Which is why we should all appreciate the effort of Melky Cabrera during the White Sox 5-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday. Because if any of us were tasked with catching this Eric Hosmer line drive, we could only hope to do it this gracefully.

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Avi setting sail for White Sox

Avi setting sail for White Sox

CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia's great start to the season has reached such a lofty level now that when he finished 1-for-4 in the White Sox' 5-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday afternoon, his average tumbled -- all the way to .373.

But that one hit was a game-changer for the right fielder and the White Sox.

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Flores wins third straight for Kannapolis

Flores wins third straight for Kannapolis

Tyler Mahle's chances of throwing his second straight perfect game came undone just two batters into his start on Thursday. The Reds' No. 10 prospect still was plenty good, tossing six dominant frames to extend his scoreless innings streak to 19 2/3 for Double-A Pensacola.

Mahle needed just 88 pitches in his previous start to record the first nine-inning perfect game in the Southern League since 1970. He threw 94 (64 strikes) on Thursday, allowing four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts before departing with a 3-0 lead. The Blue Wahoos' bullpen would give back those runs in the subsequent frames, however, ultimately falling to Biloxi, 4-3, and costing Mahle an opportunity at his fifth win in as many starts.

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Abreu exits with right hip flexor strain

Abreu exits with right hip flexor strain

CHICAGO -- White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu left Wednesday afternoon's 5-2 victory over the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field in the fifth inning with what the team announced as a mild right hip flexor strain but Abreu listed as more of a groin issue.

With Alcides Escobar on first, Abreu tried to field Cheslor Cuthbert's slow roller to his right and his legs went out from under him and stretched awkwardly. Both runners were safe, and after being examined by the White Sox staff, Abreu departed. He had two doubles and an RBI in his two at-bats before exiting.

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Gentleman Jim joins MLB Network

Gentleman Jim joins MLB Network

CHICAGO -- Jim Thome never really thought about becoming a baseball analyst or a member of the media when he was putting together a Hall of Fame-caliber career over 22 seasons on the field.

But when the opportunity arose for Thome to join MLB Network as an on-air personality on a part-time basis, the affable slugger was excited for the challenge. Thome will be appearing as an analyst across the network's studio programming, making his debut on MLB Tonight on Monday, May 1 at 5 p.m. CT alongside former teammate Sean Casey and host Fran Charles.

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Leury goes to wall with 3-hit effort against KC

Leury goes to wall with 3-hit effort against KC

CHICAGO -- A collision with the center-field wall while hauling in a long drive off the bat of Brandon Moss in the seventh inning of a 10-5 White Sox victory over the Royals on Tuesday night wasn't about to take Leury Garcia out of action.

Not when the center fielder, who checks in at 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, was in the midst of his second straight three-hit game.

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White Sox bats enjoy successful 'run' vs. KC

White Sox bats enjoy successful 'run' vs. KC

CHICAGO -- After a 23-inning scoreless drought, including a two-game stretch where the White Sox had exactly one runner reach second base, the offense has come to life.

They knocked out 14 hits in an 10-5 win over the Royals on Tuesday night, marking their third straight victory. The Royals have lost six straight. Brandon Moss and Mike Moustakas homered in the ninth off of reliever Chris Beck to make the final a bit closer.

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Kopech, Fulmer strong in starts

Kopech, Fulmer strong in starts

Class A Advanced Florida's offense was shut out on Sunday for the first time this season. That was anything but the case on Tuesday, however, as the Fire Frogs erupted for 10 runs in the first inning before defeating Palm Beach, 22-2. Florida pounded out 18 hits including four home runs in the victory, with each starter collecting at least one hit and scoring one run.

Braves No. 7 prospect Ronald Acuna (No. 96 overall) established season highs with three hits and five RBIs, three of which came on his three-run triple in the first inning. The 19-year-old center fielder later added his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to center field in the eighth inning, to finish 3-for-5 at the plate.

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Source: White Sox to watch Robert's workout

Source: White Sox to watch Robert's workout

CHICAGO -- A Major League source confirmed to MLB.com that the White Sox will be traveling to the Dominican Republic this week to watch Luis Robert work out.

Executive vice president Ken Williams and general manager Rick Hahn will be in attendance to view the supremely talented 19-year-old outfielder from Cuba, who was declared a free agent by MLB on Thursday, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. Robert will be eligible to sign with a big league club on May 20.

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White Sox place Putnam on DL, recall Beck

White Sox place Putnam on DL, recall Beck

CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever Zach Putnam listed himself as the definition of day to day due to right elbow inflammation when talking to the media on Monday. But with the right-hander unavailable on Tuesday, the club decided to place him on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Saturday).

Right-handed reliever Chris Beck was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.

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Defense is White Sox secret weapon

South Siders' focus on positioning helping club exceed expectations

Defense is White Sox secret weapon

CHICAGO -- Tyler Saladino was talking to some White Sox coaches and players on Sunday, finalizing their plan for how to defend against the Indians with Derek Holland on the mound, when Joe McEwing offered some positive reinforcement.

McEwing, the White Sox bench coach and infield instructor, announced that the team had moved to the top of the Major League's rankings for defensive efficiency.

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White Sox score in bunches, as Miguel rolls

White Sox score in bunches, as Miguel rolls

CHICAGO -- Almost everybody for the White Sox hit and Miguel Gonzalez once again turned in a stellar mound effort, as Chicago cruised to a 12-1 victory over the Royals on Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in the three-game series opener.

Gonzalez followed his 8 1/3-inning effort at Yankee Stadium with eight innings and one unearned run allowed, striking out five and walking one. The right-hander gave up two hits but was inches away from carrying a potential no-hitter into the seventh on a couple of different levels.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Small ball, big results: Saladino lights spark

Struggling with K's, White Sox 2B sets up Melky with perfect bunt, adds 2-run 3B in 8-run 6th

Small ball, big results: Saladino lights spark

CHICAGO -- With the White Sox setting season highs for runs and hits (15), a sacrifice bunt in the fifth inning of a 12-1 victory over the Royals on Monday night could easily be overlooked.

But it was an important moment for Tyler Saladino, who laid down the bunt, and the team itself.

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In My Words: White Sox booth is Benetti's bliss

In My Words: White Sox booth is Benetti's bliss

This is my second year with the White Sox, and every day I still give thanks for being able to call the games of the team I grew up with. It's interesting because I studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse. And it was journalism with a capital "J," as in the first rule is to be objective.

Everyone who goes to Syracuse with an eye toward a career in sports broadcasting comes in with this rabid fandom. It's mostly students from the East Coast. So it's either you're a huge Yankees fan, or a huge Mets fan. I was a White Sox fan. However, at some point at Syracuse, being a fan goes under the surface. It is pounded into you: "Be objective."

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Jason Benetti is a television broadcaster for the White Sox. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bats roar to life against Tribe in series finale

Bats roar to life against Tribe in series finale

CHICAGO -- The White Sox offense accomplished more in the first inning of a 6-2 victory over the Indians Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field then they had in the previous two games combined.

That task wasn't a particularly tough one, considering the White Sox had been shut out in each of the past two contests, and sitting on a 23-inning scoreless streak until they scored three in the opening frame off of Danny Salazar.

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White Sox snap out of scoring slump vs. Tribe

White Sox snap out of scoring slump vs. Tribe

CHICAGO -- The matchup of Derek Holland against the Cleveland Indians seems to be a favorable one for the White Sox southpaw.

Holland limited the defending American League champions to one run in six innings on Sunday during a 6-2 White Sox victory at Guaranteed Rate Field. Holland improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 against the Indians this season, raising his career mark to 7-1 against Cleveland with a 2.27 ERA. Holland struck out six and walked three.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

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