White Sox-Royals game suspended in ninth due to rain

Tied tilt in Chicago will resume at 1:10 p.m. CT, followed by Saturday's scheduled game

White Sox-Royals game suspended in ninth due to rain

CHICAGO -- The White Sox-Royals game, played during a steady rain Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field, was suspended due to unplayable field conditions. The score was tied at 2 in the ninth, with White Sox closer David Robertson warming up and entering the game.

This contest will be resumed Saturday at 1:10 p.m. CT, which was the scheduled start time for Saturday's game. That matchup will now be played after the conclusion of the suspended game.

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

Abreu stays in game after rundown scare

First baseman appeared to be in pain on field after trying to tag Escobar, but OK after smelling salts

Abreu stays in game after rundown scare

CHICAGO -- White Sox fans eventually were able to exhale during the third inning of Friday night's contest against the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field after Jose Abreu went down to the ground in pain following a rundown play involving Alcides Escobar.

Jose Quintana picked off Escobar, who had singled home the first run of the game, but Abreu elected to chase down Escobar and missed the tag as he tumbled over the baserunner at second. Abreu at first looked as if he hurt his right wrist or shoulder as he writhed momentarily in pain on the ground. But White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider eventually gave smelling salts to Abreu, indicating that he simply might have had the wind knocked out of him.

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White Sox's Sale went to KC clubhouse; trouble averted

Day after benches-clearing incident, lefty and fellow Sox hurler Samardzija say they've moved on

White Sox's Sale went to KC clubhouse; trouble averted

CHICAGO -- White Sox left-hander Chris Sale went to the Royals' clubhouse Thursday night after the on-field fracas in the bottom of the seventh inning at U.S. Cellular Field had been settled, but cooler heads prevailed before anything escalated.

One source said that Alex Rios, a friend and former teammate of Sale with the White Sox who is now with the Royals, helped defuse the situation. Edinson Volquez, the Kansas City hurler who joined Sale as part of the five players ejected, said somebody told him that Sale was knocking on the clubhouse door during the eighth inning. Sale didn't confirm nor deny the reported action, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura all but acknowledged it took place.

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Could melee with rival be galvanizing force for Sox?

Could melee with rival be galvanizing force for Sox?

CHICAGO -- The White Sox hope the team that battles together soon will start winning consistently together.

Or to put it another way, the benches-clearing fracas in the seventh inning of the Royals' 3-2 victory in 13 innings Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field could end up serving as a galvanizing force for the White Sox. It was a wild tussle with Detroit in 2000 that fostered the same purpose for the eventual American League Central champions.

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Sox fall in extras after Sale, Ventura among 5 ejected in tussle

Sox fall in extras after Sale, Ventura among 5 ejected in tussle

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale allowed two runs over seven innings, striking out two and walking one during Thursday night's contest at U.S. Cellular Field between the White Sox and Royals. Yordano Ventura allowed five hits over seven innings, while striking out eight. But neither ace was around in the end for the Royals' 3-2 victory in 13 innings. Eric Hosmer doubled home the winning run off of Jake Petricka with two outs, as Jarrod Dyson barely beat the relay throw from Emilio Bonifacio.

Ventura and Sale were two of five players ejected as the offshoot of a bench-clearing fracas in the seventh that began when Adam Eaton grounded back to Ventura with two outs, and Ventura yelled at Eaton after Eaton first yelled something upon contact. Numerous punches were thrown, and Jeff Samardzija, Edinson Volquez and Lorenzo Cain also were ejected.

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John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tensions boil over in Royals-White Sox fracas

Tensions boil over in Royals-White Sox fracas

CHICAGO -- Bad blood between the White Sox and Royals that has simmered since the start of the season boiled over again on Thursday night during a benches-clearing incident in the bottom of the seventh of the Royals' 3-2 win in 13 innings at U.S. Cellular Field.

When the dust settled, outfielder Lorenzo Cain, pitcher Edinson Volquez and right-hander Yordano Ventura were ejected for the Royals, while pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale were ejected for the White Sox.

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Abreu, Ramirez excited at possible exhibition games in Cuba

Cuban natives eager to play in home country, visit families

Abreu, Ramirez excited at possible exhibition games in Cuba

CHICAGO -- Commissioner Rob Manfred has discussed exhibition baseball games being played in Cuba potentially as early as 2016. Alexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu, the White Sox All-Stars and Cuban natives, would love to be part of that possible exhibition.

"I wish that could happen. I wish that I can get an invitation to go to play there and come back to my country," said Ramirez through interpreter and White Sox Spanish language announcer Billy Russo. "I've lost eight years and you can't recover that time."

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Big Hurt leads White Sox Franchise Four balloting

Big Hurt leads White Sox Franchise Four balloting

CHICAGO -- Frank Thomas is considered the greatest hitter in White Sox history, not to mention becoming a first-ballot Hall of Famer last year. So it's easy to understand how the Big Hurt also checks in at No. 1 among the voting for the White Sox Franchise Four, a campaign that allows fans to vote for the most impactful players who best represent each Major League franchise.

Thomas holds a lead over Paul Konerko among the eight White Sox candidates. The late Minnie Minoso ranks third, followed by Harold Baines, per voting released on Wednesday.

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Petricka adjusting mechanics on fly after missing spring

White Sox reliever made 2015 debut Wednesday vs. Indians

Petricka adjusting mechanics on fly after missing spring

CHICAGO -- Jake Petricka has some mechanics issues to clean up that were noticeable during his 2015 debut in the ninth inning of Wednesday's victory over the Indians.

Those issues most certainly would have been fixed during Spring Training if not for the fact that Petricka was hampered by a right forearm strain, which meant a trip to the disabled list to start the season.

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Abreu's pop, Shark's savvy pace White Sox

Abreu's pop, Shark's savvy pace White Sox

CHICAGO -- An expected low-scoring battle between top-flight starters Jeff Samardzija and Corey Kluber turned into a 6-0 White Sox victory over the Indians on Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. By virtue of its four-run rally in the ninth inning Monday, Chicago picked up a second series victory this season. But the White Sox win in the finale wasn't as routine as the score would indicate.

Samardzija threw six scoreless innings to earn his first White Sox victory, but he needed 113 pitches to accomplish that. He pitched out of jams in the second, third and sixth innings. Kluber, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, allowed 13 hits over six-plus innings, but four of them came at the start of the seventh. He fanned six and walked one.

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All together now: Complete win for White Sox

In finale vs. Indians' ace, Chicago clicks on virtually all cylinders

All together now: Complete win for White Sox

CHICAGO -- The opposing starting pitchers for this most recent three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field read Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber, three of the best pitchers in the American League Central, let alone on the Indians.

So the White Sox had to be more than satisfied to claim the series win against that trio, culminating Wednesday afternoon in a 6-0 victory that marked the team's first shutout of the season. Jeff Samardzija set the tone with six gritty innings, but the uneven White Sox offense hung a career-worst 13 hits on Kluber to support their starter on a day when he had average stuff.

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Jonathan Mayo

Mayo uses Rodon's slider to create uber pitching prospect

Taking one tool from five Minor Leaguers, MLB Pipeline creates the ultimate hurler

Mayo uses Rodon's slider to create uber pitching prospect

Last week, the world was introduced to Carlex O'Galldor, the uber prospect created at MLBPipeline.com by taking the best individual tools from five prospects on Prospect Watch.

Now it's time to head back to the prospecting lab and create the ultimate pitching prospect. The concept is similar to last week's, but with pitches: Taking the best pitch, plus control, from five up-and-coming arms.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

On gameday, stay out of Shark's way

Teammate Eaton describes big right-hander's competitive spirit

On gameday, stay out of Shark's way

CHICAGO -- Adam Eaton already has learned a key trait belonging to Jeff Samardzija in their short time together as White Sox teammates.

On days he's starting, don't mess with the big right-hander.

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

Despite tough going for White Sox, Abreu stays confident

Amid 5-8 start, slugger maintains offseason goal of making postseason

Despite tough going for White Sox, Abreu stays confident

CHICAGO -- In an offseason interview with MLB.com, Jose Abreu talked about preparing for more than just the 162-game regular season. He had his sights firmly set on the postseason, with the exceptional moves made by general manager Rick Hahn serving as an extra driving force.

Abreu's optimism hasn't changed through 13 games, though the White Sox leader understands the team's overall approach to the game has to change due to a rough start.

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

Rodon unbowed after first-game jitters

Top White Sox prospect vows to adjust after control issues out of bullpen

Rodon unbowed after first-game jitters

CHICAGO -- There was one noticeable difference with Carlos Rodon on Wednesday morning, in comparison to his Major League debut Tuesday night in a 6-2 loss to the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.

The 22-year-old southpaw shaved his mustache.

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

White Sox relievers play "Know Your Teammate"

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White Sox relievers play

Jake Petricka and Zach Putnam are both White Sox relievers and, presumably, they hang out in the bullpen all the time. Not that you'd know it from their performance on this "Newlywed Game"-style show called "Know Your Teammate."

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Rodon debuts in White Sox loss to Indians

Rodon debuts in White Sox loss to Indians

CHICAGO -- Carlos Carrasco made his first appearance since getting hit with a Melky Cabrera line drive in the face one week ago a winning one, as the Indians topped the White Sox by a 6-2 margin Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Carrasco worked five innings and struck out eight, allowing four hits, including a Jose Abreu homer. Five of Carrasco's first six outs were strikeouts.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Command lacking in Rodon's big league debut

Lefty walks three, charged with two runs in 2 1/3

Command lacking in Rodon's big league debut

CHICAGO -- Somewhere during Carlos Rodon's wild Major League debut Tuesday night in Cleveland's 6-2 victory over the White Sox, catcher Tyler Flowers delivered an important message to the rookie left-hander.

"This is such a small thing, you're not going to remember this next week," said Flowers of his words of wisdom to Rodon. "Just try to forget about what has happened already. Just get out of this inning and move on."

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

Slow start Eaton at White Sox leadoff hitter

Disappointed at not being consistent catalyst

Slow start Eaton at White Sox leadoff hitter

CHICAGO -- Adam Eaton's extremely slow start has been complicated by the White Sox leadoff man pressing and trying to do too much with every at-bat. But that pressure Eaton is feeling has very little, if anything at all, to do with individual statistics.

"The reason I press is not individually. It's for a team and for a city," Eaton said on Tuesday. "I want to win for the city. I think they are all excited about us. We want to put some wins on the board. We want to get off to a good start.

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

Team success top priority in rotation's makeup

Danks, Noesi most likely to be affected by Rodon's arrival

Team success top priority in rotation's makeup

CHICAGO -- There is a delicate balance general manager Rick Hahn and the White Sox need to find between supporting the starters who currently occupy the fourth and fifth rotation spots, John Danks and Hector Noesi, and fostering top prospect Carlos Rodon's ascension to pitching every fifth day.

The White Sox certainly will move carefully and monitor Rodon's first-year innings by starting him in the bullpen for an undetermined amount of time. They also won't hesitate to make the move that best helps this team succeed as soon as they feel it's possible on all fronts.

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

White Sox write unexpected ending to thriller

Offense comes alive with four-run ninth

White Sox write unexpected ending to thriller

CHICAGO -- Robin Ventura had the media in mind when he sat down for his postgame press conference following a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Indians on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

"Rewriting for you guys?" said Ventura with a smile.

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Four-run ninth rescues White Sox against Indians

Four-run ninth rescues White Sox against Indians

CHICAGO -- The White Sox rallied for four runs with one out in the ninth off of Cleveland closer Cody Allen to claim an improbable 4-3 victory on Monday night.

Alexei Ramirez doubled home two runs on a smash to center that was playable for Mike Aviles, but the ball sailed over his head. Tyler Flowers followed with a single to left and Gordon Beckham singled home the tying run on the next pitch. Adam Eaton singled to load the bases and Melky Cabrera singled to left against a drawn-in outfield on a 3-2 fastball to bring in the game-winner. Seven straight hitters reached base against Allen after Adam LaRoche struck out.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rodon to get feet wet in 'pen before moving to rotation

Top prospect expected to follow similar paths of Buehrle, Sale

Rodon to get feet wet in 'pen before moving to rotation

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon was hanging out with his girlfriend and another good friend this past weekend, sitting on the couch watching YouTube videos, when a call came in from someone he didn't recognize via caller ID.

"That was it," said Rodon with a broad smile, addressing the media prior to Monday night's series opener between the White Sox and Cleveland at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Petricka back in the mix for reshuffled bullpen

White Sox right-hander activated from DL

Petricka back in the mix for reshuffled bullpen

CHICAGO -- There never was any worry on the part of Jake Petricka that the right-forearm strain sidelining him at the end of Spring Training was more than minor discomfort.

"It was a matter of getting rid of that soreness, and time wasn't on our side in spring and now we are here," said Petricka, who was recalled Monday from his injury rehabilitation assignment after two scoreless appearances with Triple-A Charlotte and activated from the disabled list.

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Focus for Hahn, Ventura remains in dugout

General manager supports manager, implements new review procedures

Focus for Hahn, Ventura remains in dugout

CHICAGO -- Rick Hahn needed exactly one word to answer a question Monday at U.S. Cellular Field as to whether he was happy with the job done by White Sox manager Robin Ventura.

"Absolutely," said Hahn.

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Phil Rogers

Rodon's rise can lift White Sox to new heights

Pitching prospect's potential mirrors early days of Kershaw, Bumgarner

Rodon's rise can lift White Sox to new heights

Carlos Rodon sticks his toe in the water tonight. He'll dive in soon, and if the splash is as big as it could be, the White Sox might become a serious threat to the Tigers and Royals in the American League Central.

So far, they have looked overmatched. But that's because the starting rotation that is expected to be their strength has an ERA of 5.29, which ranks 13th in the AL. Rodon's arrival could quickly turn that around, assuming that general manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura don't wait too long to move him into the rotation.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.