Slumping LaRoche to sit out two games

DH struck out 11 times in four-game weekend series

Slumping LaRoche to sit out two games

BOSTON -- Adam LaRoche will sit for the first two games of a four-game Boston set, as the White Sox designated hitter tries to work his way out of a season-long slump that hit somewhat of a low point during the four-game weekend series in Cleveland.

The 35-year-old is hitting .212 with nine homers, 34 RBIs and a .347 slugging percentage. LaRoche also has fanned 108 times over 311 at-bats, including 11 times in Cleveland. He has not homered since June 24 in Minnesota, covering a stretch of 25 games.

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Samardzija deflects uncertainty ahead of start

Scheduled to face Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday

Samardzija deflects uncertainty ahead of start

BOSTON -- The White Sox schedule for Tuesday lists Jeff Samardzija as their starting pitcher, going against Boston's Wade Miley.

As far as the right-hander and White Sox manager Robin Ventura have been informed, Samardzija will be making that start at Fenway Park.

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Rodon helps White Sox finish 4-game sweep

Rodon helps White Sox finish 4-game sweep

CLEVELAND -- White Sox rookie Carlos Rodon produced perhaps the most impressive start of his young career, helping the White Sox complete their first four-game sweep on the road since 2007 with a 2-1 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon.

Indians right-hander Danny Salazar (8-6, 3.72 ERA) allowed two earned runs on six hits, three walks and a home run. He struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. Salazar has allowed just five earned runs in his last 25 1/3 innings, with a 24-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in that span.

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Limiting free passes key to White Sox run

Rotation has not allowed a walk in five straight games

Limiting free passes key to White Sox run

CLEVELAND -- The first rule of White Sox starting pitchers not allowing a walk over five straight games is you don't talk about White Sox starting pitchers not allowing a walk over five straight games. That point was made clear by a smiling manager Robin Ventura after his team completed a four-game road sweep of the Indians with a 2-1 victory Sunday.

"They've been fantastic," said Ventura of his front five, whose five straight walk-free games stand as the franchise's longest streak for starters since five straight in '72. "You have to have that to win multiple games in a row.

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Avisail yet to unleash power potential

Young outfielder adjusting to pitchers, expects HR total to increase

Avisail yet to unleash power potential

CLEVELAND -- When people outside the White Sox organization assess what the team needs to be competitive in the short term and in the bigger picture, sometimes a right fielder is included on that list.

That judgment seems a bit unfair toward current incumbent Avisail Garcia. The South Siders' featured acquisition from the three-team trade sending Jake Peavy to Boston and Jose Iglesias to Detroit in 2013 is hitting .268 with a .315 on-base percentage and just a .369 slugging percentage.

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Momentum brightens clubhouse atmosphere

Eaton sits out Sunday, but expected to play Monday

Momentum brightens clubhouse atmosphere

CLEVELAND -- Keep in mind that Chris Sale was talking about himself when making the following statement, recounting a recent conversation he had with his father and his wife. It could easily apply to the 2015 season for the suddenly resurgent White Sox, who completed a four-game sweep of the Indians with a 2-1 victory Sunday at Progressive Field.

"This season, it's kind of like a horse race. You put the blinders on and keep running," Sale said. "You don't want to turn around or see what's going on behind you.

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Hot streak gives White Sox plenty to ponder

Does recent run change Trade Deadline strategy?

Hot streak gives White Sox plenty to ponder

CLEVELAND -- Manager Robin Ventura was enjoying some celebratory broccoli as part of his dinner following a 10-3 White Sox victory over the Indians on Saturday night, when he was casually asked if his team was "still in it."

In it, as in, still part of the American League postseason picture.

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Five-run first puts Sale on cruise control

Five-run first puts Sale on cruise control

CLEVELAND -- The White Sox continued their strong play, defeating the Indians by more than six runs in a third consecutive game with a 10-3 victory at Progressive Field on Saturday night.

"We're just putting it together," White Sox winning pitcher Chris Sale said. "We had a six-run lead and we had guys diving for balls in the outfield, hustling down the line. This is what we've seen the whole time and know we can play like."

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Comparing Sale to Big Unit makes sense

Comparing Sale to Big Unit makes sense

CLEVELAND -- Chris Sale looks the part. He relishes the part. He even acts the part.

But it would be incorrect to call Sale the new Randy Johnson. After all, many of his numbers at this point in his career are even better than those of the Big Unit.

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E. Johnson a promising option if Shark dealt

Prospect has rebounded after difficult 2014 season

E. Johnson a promising option if Shark dealt

CLEVELAND -- As of Saturday, Jeff Samardzija remains on track to start for the White Sox on Tuesday night against Boston in Fenway Park.

That could change if the free-agent-to-be is traded, with rumors of interest from the Dodgers and Blue Jays emergin in the past week. But preparing for all possible situations at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline is nothing new for the White Sox and pitching coach Don Cooper.

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Meeting spurred Alexei's resurgence

Shortstop has elevated all facets of game in July

Meeting spurred Alexei's resurgence

CLEVELAND -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura did not go into detail about a private meeting with Alexei Ramirez in Detroit at the end of June. But based on Ramirez's July turnaround, hitting .333 with two homers and eight RBIs and playing great defense, what was said to the shortstop seemed to resonate.

"There won't be specifics, but sometimes life is tough," said Ventura on Saturday. "There are things that go on with guys, you don't really want to let it out. You have to live through, play through.

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Complete game breaks in Quintana's favor

Tosses first shutout with 7-hit gem over Indians

Complete game breaks in Quintana's favor

CLEVELAND -- The first complete game of Jose Quintana's career also just happened to be Quintana's first shutout. They came Friday night at Progressive Field during a 6-0 White Sox victory over the Indians.

Quintana entered the ninth with 104 pitches, but a talk with White Sox manager Robin Ventura between the eighth and ninth innings allowed the southpaw an opportunity to complete what he started.

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Backed by defense, Quintana outduels Kluber

Backed by defense, Quintana outduels Kluber

CLEVELAND -- Jose Quintana followed a strong pitching performance by teammate Jeff Samardzija with one of his own, going the distance for his first shutout in a 6-0 White Sox victory at Progressive Field on Friday night.

His opposition, Corey Kluber, held the White Sox to two runs through seven innings before his final frame did him in. Kluber's final line read six earned runs on eight hits, two walks and a homer. He struck out seven in seven-plus innings.

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Alexei adding value with slick glove, hot bat

White Sox shortstop putting on defensive clinic after struggling early

Alexei adding value with slick glove, hot bat

CLEVELAND -- The Alexei Ramirez on display for the past month certainly has some trade value to any team looking for a quality veteran shortstop or second-base upgrade before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Then again, the Ramirez hitting .333 during July with a .363 on-base percentage and a .483 slugging percentage, is a player that's pretty valuable to the White Sox.

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Sale wants to be South Side cornerstone

Lefty desires to remain with White Sox for entire career

Sale wants to be South Side cornerstone

CLEVELAND -- Chris Sale has his sights set on becoming Paul Konerko, Derek Jeter or Cal Ripken Jr.

No, the four-time All-Star and one of the game's most dominant pitchers does not want to suddenly become a position player and swing the bat. But in an interview Friday with MLB.com, Sale made it clear that he wants to mean as much to the White Sox organization as those other players did to the White Sox, Yankees and Orioles, respectively.

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Speculation rampant as Deadline approaches

Ventura, White Sox try to ignore rumors

Speculation rampant as Deadline approaches

CLEVELAND -- There aren't many topics that would surprise Robin Ventura during his daily pregame session with the media.

Hearing about a tweet from talk show legend Larry King involving his team might have done just that for the White Sox manager prior to Friday's game.

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White Sox instructor hit by line drive during BP

Sierra struck above right eye, taken to hospital

CLEVELAND -- White Sox pregame instructor Luis Sierra was struck by a line drive above the right eye during early batting practice Friday afternoon at Progressive Field. Sierra sustained two orbital fractures and a torn retina and will be staying overnight in a local hospital before having surgery on Saturday.

Sierra, who turned 28 on Thursday, played in the White Sox system from 2008-14. He joined the Major League staff prior to the 2015 season.

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As rumors swirl, Samardzija keeps his focus

Right-hander spins great outing as White Sox inch closer to Trade Deadline

As rumors swirl, Samardzija keeps his focus

CLEVELAND -- There are some who believe Jeff Samardzija increased his trade value via a stellar eight-inning performance during the White Sox 8-1 victory over the Indians Thursday night at Progressive Field.

Others look at Samardzija's line, featuring one run allowed on four hits, no walks and three strikeouts, and view the right-hander's 12th start in his last 13 appearances covering at least seven innings as another quality effort from a pitcher they want long term on the South Side.

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White Sox deal Gillaspie to Angels for cash

Third baseman, DFA'd Sunday, could boost Halos' infield after Freese injury

White Sox deal Gillaspie to Angels for cash

CLEVELAND -- The White Sox traded Conor Gillaspie to the Angels in exchange for cash considerations, the teams announced Friday.

Gillaspie, 28 was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Sunday to make room for right-handed reliever Matt Albers' reinstatement from the disabled list. The left-handed-hitting third baseman, who also can play first base, hit .237 with 11 doubles, one triple, three home runs and 15 RBIs over 58 games and 173 at-bats in his third season with the White Sox. He split time at third base earlier this year with Gordon Beckham, but the job has since gone to rookie Tyler Saladino.

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Offensive outburst a reminder of lineup's potency

White Sox launch four homers in rout of Indians on Thursday

Offensive outburst a reminder of lineup's potency

CLEVELAND -- Remember all those years the White Sox were considered too home run reliant as an offense? After hitting a season-high four as a team in an 8-1 victory over the Indians on Thursday at Progressive Field, the South Siders would long for that problem once again.

"Sometimes you wish you could get to that point," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of his team's long ball uprising against Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer and reliever Kyle Crockett. "For us, it was just a good night of guys getting on base, guys attacking hitter's counts, and they were hitting it hard. It was great."

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White Sox crack four homers to rout Tribe

White Sox crack four homers to rout Tribe

CLEVELAND -- If Jeff Samardzija pitched his final game with the White Sox on Thursday night, the right-hander went out on a high note. Facing swirling trade rumors, Samardzija handcuffed Cleveland over eight innings, guiding Chicago to an 8-1 win at Progressive Field.

Samardzija received plenty of help from the White Sox offense, which launched four home runs, including one from each side of the plate from Melky Cabrera. Alexei Ramirez and Adam Eaton also went deep for Chicago, which tagged Tribe starter Trevor Bauer for six runs on six hits (three homers) in his six-inning loss.

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Soto hitting his way to more playing time

Soto hitting his way to more playing time

CLEVELAND -- According to White Sox manager Robin Ventura, Tyler Flowers remains the team's starting catcher. But with four homers in his last 11 starts, Geovany Soto has earned more playing time behind the plate.

"Tyler is the starting catcher, so he gets most of the action, but Geo can creep in there and if he's swinging it, you need a little offense, you know, Geo can do that," Ventura said. "He's getting more time. He's played his way into that."

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Sanchez continues to improve on offense

Second baseman boasts .276 average in July, entering Thursday's game

Sanchez continues to improve on offense

CLEVELAND -- Carlos Sanchez entered Thursday's series opener against the Indians hitting .200, which is not an average he aspires to achieve or one that shows anywhere close to his capabilities.

But considering that the 23-year-old switch-hitter was batting .162 as recently as July 6 and .141 on June 20, it's a sign that Sanchez once again has found something that works for him at the plate.

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This time, Danks' stinginess goes unrewarded

Seeking his third July win in his third scoreless outing of the month, Sox lefty watches lead unravel

This time, Danks' stinginess goes unrewarded

CHICAGO -- For the third time in July on Wednesday, John Danks threw a scoreless outing. But he wasn't talking about that after the game, instead focusing on the White Sox 3-2 loss to the Cardinals, the team's fourth straight defeat.

The left-hander lasted 6 2/3 innings while allowing five hits and striking out five, in line for his third win of the month. But he was overshadowed when his bullpen allowed three runs in the eighth -- all scoring on Yadier Molina's triple off David Robertson.

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White Sox on short end of game of inches

Flowers called for critical catcher's interference; Robertson so close to avoiding danger

White Sox on short end of game of inches

CHICAGO -- White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers' reach was a few seconds too early and a few inches too far. Reliever David Robertson threw a 93-mph pitch that was just a few inches from a strikeout.

Yadier Molina and the Cardinals ultimately took advantage of it Wednesday night, as they went on to defeat Chicago, 3-2.

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Sox dealt stunning loss after Danks' hot start

Sox dealt stunning loss after Danks' hot start

CHICAGO -- Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina stunned the U.S. Cellular Field crowd on Wednesday when he delivered a two-out, two-strike, bases-clearing triple off David Robertson in the eighth to erase a two-run hole and lift the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the White Sox. With the win, St. Louis became the Majors' first 60-win team.

The triple was Molina's first since 2011 and accounted for the club's first hit with a runner in scoring position. After two batters reached against reliever Zach Duke with one out, White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers helped the Cardinals extend the inning by interfering on Jason Heyward's two-out swing. Robertson relieved and, five pitches later, Molina connected for his fifth game-winning RBI of the year.

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#TBT: Looking back at Buehrle's perfect game

Players, coaches reminisce about White Sox pitcher's famous feat

#TBT: Looking back at Buehrle's perfect game

CHICAGO -- There was a comment made by Mark Buehrle, shortly after throwing the second perfect game in White Sox franchise history, that perfectly summed up the surprise of the day's event, even for the left-hander.

"I don't know how to explain it," Buehrle told reporters back on July 23, 2009, six years ago today. "I never thought I'd throw a no-hitter, I never thought I'd throw a perfect game, I never thought I'd hit a home run. Never say never in this game, because crazy stuff can happen."

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Harrelson arrives to long drive contest in helicopter

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Harrelson arrives to long drive contest in helicopter

Hawk Harrelson fielded questions from fans on Wednesday and, after taking a question from AJ Pierzynski (yes, really), the White Sox broadcaster told a wild story about a long drive contest during his playing days. The video is above but the gist of it is that Hawk arrived to a long drive contest in Cleveland via helicopter, borrowed a driver from one of the other competitors, took a couple practice swings and drove a ball 350 yards. Here's what it looked like.

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