Chicago White Sox: Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Royals 6, White Sox 4

September, 28, 2014
Sep 28
4:47
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CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko's career came to a close Sunday in the Chicago White Sox's 6-4 defeat to the Kansas City Royals.

How it happened: Konerko ended his 18-year career Sunday with an 0-for-3 performance. He played 16 of those seasons in a White Sox uniform. With standing ovations in his honor all day long, Konerko struck out twice and grounded out to third base during his final at-bat in the fifth inning. Konerko took his position at first base before the sixth inning started, but he was replaced by Andy Wilkins before a pitch was thrown, getting a standing ovation as he left the field one last time.

What it means: Although Jose Abreu played the majority of games at first base, Konerko’s departure officially passes the torch to the new slugging first baseman. Abreu’s numbers this season (.317 batting average, 36 home runs, 107 RBIs) are on par with what Konerko produced in his prime. Abreu already has one All-Star Game appearance to his credit. Konerko played in the All-Star Game six times.

Outside the box:
Konerko finished his career as the White Sox’s all-time leader in total bases at 4,010. He ranks second in home runs (432), RBIs (1,383), games (2,268) and extra-base hits (846). He is third in team history in hits (2,292) and doubles (406). Konerko is the White Sox’s leader in 20-homer seasons with 12, 30-homer seasons with seven and 100-RBI seasons with six. Konerko’s 10 grand slams are tied with Robin Ventura for the club record.

Off beat:
Konerko had a touching tribute of his own to deliver as he recognized his family in the dirt. During the first inning, Konerko scratched the names of his sons Nick and Owen on the skin part of the infield near first base. As the game proceeded he added a letter “J” for his wife Jen and a letter “A” for his daughter Amelia. He finished it off with a heart. The names easily could be read from the Konerko family suite above first base.

Final record: The White Sox finished 73-89 on the 2014 season, a 10-game improvement on last year’s 63-99 mark. The White Sox had consecutive losing seasons for the first time since they finished under. 500 for three consecutive years from 1997-99.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Royals 4

September, 27, 2014
Sep 27
10:20
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- In front of a sellout crowd that came to celebrate Paul Konerko’s career, the Chicago White Sox powered their way to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals in the second to last game of the season.

How it happened: Konerko went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts as the man of the hour, but others got into the swing of things for him. Josh Phegley hit two home runs and Jose Abreu added another in the victory. White Sox starter John Danks was solid in his final outing of the year, giving up two runs on five hits over seven innings. The bullpen bent but didn't break as Javy Guerra recorded the save.

What it means: A 30-minute pregame ceremony for Konerko seemed to put a charge into the White Sox. And a night after clinching a spot in the playoffs as at least a wild-card team, the Royals’ division chances took a blow. The Royals remained a game behind the Detroit Tigers for the American League Central top spot with one game to play.

Outside the box: Abreu’s power has diminished considerably over the last two months, but the rookie was able to deliver a dinger Saturday. His 36th home run of the season gave him the club rookie record all to himself. He entered the game tied with Ron Kittle for most home runs by a White Sox player in his rookie season.

Offbeat: The Royals had plenty at stake Saturday with the division lead still in question, but could not have been classier with the Konerko celebration. The Royals' dugout was packed for the pregame salute, something Konerko acknowledged in his farewell speech. And when Konerko was taken off the field in the seventh inning, the Royals’ Alex Gordon stayed far away from the batter’s box, leaving the stage all to Konerko as he walked off the field, then took his curtain call.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Chris Bassitt (1-1, 3.65 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the final game of the season. The Royals will counter with right-hander Yordano Ventura (14-10, 3.07) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Rapid Reaction: Royals 3, White Sox 1

September, 26, 2014
Sep 26
9:54
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CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox fell 3-1 on Friday as the Kansas City Royals wrapped up their first postseason berth since winning the 1985 World Series.

How it happened: The Royals got off to a quick start with three first-inning runs and made it stand up behind starter Jeremy Guthrie. White Sox starter Hector Noesi settled down, giving up just those three runs in six innings of work and allowing just three more hits the rest of the way. The White Sox were held to six hits. Guthrie gave up just four hits over his seven scoreless innings. Greg Holland closed it out with an 11-pitch ninth.

What it means: The victory sent the Royals to the playoffs for the first time in 29 seasons, ending the longest playoff drought in baseball. The Royals clinched a wild-card spot and moved to within a game of the Detroit Tigers' lead in the American League Central with two games to play. The Royals are also on top of the wild-card standings, a game up on the Oakland Athletics.

Outside the box: Paul Konerko, who is retiring after Sunday’s season finale, went 0-for-4 Friday while starting at first base. The veteran received standing ovations before each at-bat. He struck out in the second inning, hit a comebacker in the fourth, flied out to the edge of the warning track in the seventh and lined out to left in the ninth.

Off beat: White Sox reliever Maikel Cleto hasn’t had a season to remember, but he has been closing with a flourish. The right-hander struck out all three Royals batters he faced in the seventh inning, on 11 pitches. He has not only struck out the side in his past two outings, he now has 12 strikeouts over his past 6⅓ innings.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (10-11, 4.82 ERA) to the mound Saturday in the third game of the four-game series. The Royals will counter with left-hander Danny Duffy (9-11, 2.32) in the 6:40 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox will have an on-field ceremony to celebrate Konerko’s career at 6 p.m.

Rapid Reaction: Royals 6, White Sox 3

September, 25, 2014
Sep 25
10:18
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CHICAGO – In the opener of their final series of the season, the Chicago White Sox fell 6-3 on Thursday to the Kansas City Royals.

How it happened: The Royals scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning when the White Sox were unable to complete a double play, then added an insurance run later that inning and another in the ninth. Jose Quintana gave up five runs on 11 hits over 7⅓ innings in his final start of the season. Josh Phegley hit a two-run home run for the White Sox in the second inning, his first of the season.

What it means: The Royals, whose 28-year playoff drought is the longest in baseball, clinched at least a tie for the American League second wild card with the victory. Kansas City could officially wrap up a spot in the postseason with another victory during the four-game series or a Seattle Mariners defeat. The Royals did move to the top of the wild-card standings after another Oakland Athletics defeat, and now control their own destiny in the race to host Tuesday’s one-game showdown.

Outside the box: Quintana ends his season with a 9-11 record, but the true measure of his campaign is his 3.32 ERA. He also finished the season with 200⅓ innings, the second consecutive season he reached the 200 mark. He became just the fifth White Sox left-hander since 1991 to finish with 30 or more starts and 200 or more innings in multiple seasons. Mark Buehrle did it 11 times, while John Danks, Mike Sirotka and Wilson Alvarez each did it twice.

Off beat: Paul Konerko wasn’t in the starting lineup, but he still received a curtain call Thursday and it happened before the game even started. Fans were reacting to a Konerko farewell video played in the ballpark, in which the veteran team captain thanked the fans for all his memories. The three-minute clip was followed by a lengthy cheer from the crowd and brought Konerko to the top step of the dugout, where he waved his cap. Konerko is expected to start at first base in the final three games of the season.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Hector Noesi (8-11, 4.76 ERA) to the mound Friday in the second game of the series. The Royals will counter with right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (12-11, 4.28) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Rapid Reaction: Twins 6, White Sox 4

September, 14, 2014
Sep 14
3:54
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox failed to finish off the series sweep when they were defeated 6-4 on Sunday by the Minnesota Twins.

How it happened: White Sox starter Hector Noesi gave up two second-inning runs and the Twins were off and running. Noesi finished by allowing five runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. Jose Abreu and Conor Gillaspie had RBI singles for the White Sox, while Adrian Nieto hit his second home run. Abreu then hit a solo home run in the ninth inning, his 35th, giving him a home run in back-to-back games after not hitting one before that since Aug. 22. The 35 home runs tied Ron Kittle's White Sox rookie record set in 1983.

What it means: Despite the defeat, it was a successful homestand as the White Sox won five of the seven games, including three of four against the playoff-contending Oakland Athletics. Now come more contenders as the White Sox first travel to Kansas City for a three-game series that starts Monday. The Royals and Detroit Tigers are battling down the stretch for the American League Central title and the White Sox could have a say in how the division finishes with three games against Detroit before the season ends and seven against Kansas City.

Outside the box: The defeat officially ended the White Sox’s chances of winning the AL Central and also of earning the first wild card spot. They have an elimination number of one when it comes to the second wild card spot.

Off beat: it’s easy to bash Dayan Viciedo's defense and many have this season. To his credit, he made a nice sliding catch on the left-field foul line in the seventh inning. Viciedo’s start in left field came a day after he started at first base in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The White Sox could be interested in tapping into any defensive versatility he could offer next season, especially if they go a different route in left field, but still want to keep his bat in the lineup as much as possible. Abreu still figures to get the most time at first base.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (9-11, 5.05 ERA) to the mound Monday at Kansas City in the opener of a three-game series. The Royals will counter with right-hander James Shields (14-7, 3.13) in the 7:10 p.m. CST start from Kauffman Stadium.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 7, Twins 6

September, 13, 2014
Sep 13
9:59
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CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6 on Saturday evening to finish off a doubleheader sweep.

How it happened: Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run, game-ending home run, the fifth game-ending homer for the White Sox this season. The White Sox stormed all the way back from a 4-0 first-inning deficit. Avisail Garcia hit a three-run home run in the first inning, his fifth. Jose Abreu tied it in the fifth on his 34th home run. Both teams traded runs before Kurt Suzuki put the Twins ahead on an RBI double off Jake Petricka in the ninth inning. Both teams combined to strike out 45 times in the two games. White Sox pitchers had 29 strikeouts on the day.

What it means: Abreu’s home run and RBI droughts ended when the slugger went deep for the first time since Aug. 22 and knocked in his first run since Aug. 31. He went 18 games between home runs and nine between RBIs. It was the second 18-game homer drought for Abreu in the second half, which has fueled the talk that he is running on fumes physically during his first 162-game season. Saturday’s home run was counter to that thought, though, as he took the ball out to the right side of center field.

Outside the box: White Sox starter Scott Carroll left Saturday’s game after five innings because of a cracked fingernail on his pitching hand. It is unknown how long the issue could keep Carroll out of action, but the White Sox have been operating with six starters of late. If Carroll has to miss one or more outings, it could give rookie Chris Bassitt an extra starting opportunity down the stretch.

Off beat: It took three chances, but the White Sox have finally figured out this doubleheader concept. The White Sox were swept in a July 1 home doubleheader against the Los Angeles Angels, falling 8-4 in the first game and 7-5 in the second. On Aug. 30, they split a home twin bill with the Detroit Tigers, winning the first game 6-3, while losing the second game 8-4. Then came Saturday’s sweep, in which they won the first game 5-1 before taking the second 7-6.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Hector Noesi (8-9, 4.69 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the finale of the three-game series. The Twins will counter with right-hander Trevor May (2-4, 8.38) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Twins 1

September, 13, 2014
Sep 13
5:48
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox opened a doubleheader Saturday against the Minnesota Twins with a 5-1 victory.

How it happened: Jose Quintana was all business, striking out a career-best 13 batters, while giving up one run over seven innings. The White Sox got on the board in the third inning on Alexei Ramirez’s two-run home run, his 15th homer of the season. Andy Wilkins, Marcus Semien and Tyler Flowers added late RBIs. Jose Abreu had two doubles. The White Sox won their third consecutive home game, matching a season high.

What it means: The White Sox’s pitching staff continues to roll this month. Going back to Wednesday’s game against the Oakland Athletics, White Sox pitchers had delivered 21 consecutive scoreless innings, a run that was snapped in the eighth inning Saturday. White Sox starters have posted a 1.89 ERA over eight games. They have delivered a quality start in every one of those games.

Outside the box: Not necessarily known as a strikeout machine, Quintana flirted with one team strikeout record. Over the fifth and sixth innings, the left-hander struck out six consecutive batters. That was one off the team record set by Joe Cowley in 1986. After the Twins' Kennys Vargas grounded out to start the seventh inning, Quintana struck out the next two batters to give him a run of eight strikeouts over nine batters.

Off beat: Amazing how even a minimal amount of runs can look like a windfall when the pitching staff is delivering. The White Sox improved to 4-1 on the homestand with the victory in the first game of the doubleheader. The success sort of hides the fact that the offense came off a series victory against the A’s in which it batted .198 and was actually outscored 16-10. The five runs Saturday were exactly what the White Sox had scored combined in the final three games against the A’s, when they went 2-1.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Scott Carroll (5-10, 4.92 ERA) to the mound Saturday night in the second game of the doubleheader. The Twins will counter with left-hander Logan Darnell (0-2, 8.64) in the game from U.S. Cellular Field.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 1, A's 0

September, 11, 2014
Sep 11
3:31
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox earned a 1-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, winning three of the four games in the final series against an American League West opponent.

How it happened: Chris Sale had another dominating start Thursday, giving up just two hits over eight scoreless innings. Marcus Semien, getting the start at shortstop, broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a home run, his fourth of the season. A’s starter Scott Kazmir was sharp himself, giving up one run on four hits over eight innings. Jake Petricka pitched the ninth inning for his 13th save. There were seven total hits in the game that lasted 2 hours, 18 minutes.

What it means: Sale continues to help his Cy Young Award chances with the dominating outing against the playoff-contending A’s. Not helping his award cause is the fact that he spent time on the disabled list this season and his chief competition for the award is a pitcher for the Mariners Felix Hernandez who is battling to get his own team in the playoffs. Sale not only led the American League in ERA heading into the day, but also in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.63. He was second in the league in win percentage (.786) and WHIP (0.94).

Outside the box: Sale is trying to become the first White Sox pitcher to lead the AL in ERA since Joel Horlen, who had a 2.08 mark in 1967. His current ERA of 1.99 would be the lowest from a White Sox starter since Wilbur Wood in 1971 (1.91). He now needs eight strikeouts to join Ed Walsh (1907-08, 1910-12), Tom Bradley (1971-72) and Javier Vazquez (2007-08) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record back-to-back 200-strikeout seasons.

Off beat: If the White Sox look worn down as the season nears its conclusion, don’t blame the starting pitchers. With Sale’s outing, the starters now own a 1.99 ERA over the last seven games a run that started on Friday. All seven of those starts have been quality. The starters have now allowed two earned runs or less six times in that span.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.38 ERA) to the mound Friday against Minnesota in the opener of a three-game series. The Twins will counter with right-hander Phil Hughes (5-9, 3.55) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 2, A's 1

September, 10, 2014
Sep 10
10:28
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CHICAGO -- A late Chicago White Sox rally Wednesday gave them a 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

How it happened: Avisail Garcia hit a two-run single with two outs in the eighth inning to put the White Sox on top. White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt was solid in his second career start, giving up one run on five hits over six-plus innings. Former White Sox slugger Adam Dunn drove in the only run against Bassitt in the fourth inning. A’s starter Jeff Samardzija showed once again how he likes pitching at U.S. Cellular Field, giving up six hits over seven scoreless innings.

What it means: At least the White Sox are showing they can be a pest for teams trying to wrap up a playoff spot. They have won two of the first three games in the series against the contending A's. The White Sox still have road series against the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers before closing the season Sept. 25-28 at home against the Royals. Maybe they will have a say in how the American League Central is won after all.

Outside the box: More new faces on defense did not mean issues with the gloves like there were Tuesday. A night after the White Sox made five errors, three by third baseman Marcus Semien, they went error free Wednesday, even with Josh Phegley at catcher, Andy Wilkins at first base, Carlos Sanchez at second and Jordan Danks in left. Danks made an impressive diving catch in the seventh inning. The White Sox entered with 10 errors over their last seven games after committing just five in their previous 14 contests.

Offbeat: Didn’t it figure that Dunn’s first RBI against the White Sox after all his time playing for Chicago wouldn’t come on a home run, but on an opposite-field single. Like most teams had when Dunn played on the South Side, the White Sox went with a defensive shift in order to take away the right side of the field. So Dunn went with the pitch from Bassitt and dropped it over the head of third baseman Conor Gillaspie, who had shifted over in the general vicinity of shortstop.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (11-3, 2.09 ERA) to the mound Thursday in the finale of this four-game series. The A’s will counter with left-hander Scott Kazmir (14-7, 3.42) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Rapid Reaction: A's 11, White Sox 2

September, 9, 2014
Sep 9
10:30
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CHICAGO – A sloppy effort Tuesday left the Chicago White Sox with an 11-2 defeat by the Oakland Athletics.

How it happened: It was a rough night defensively, as the White Sox made four errors in the first five innings and five total in the game. Marcus Semien made three errors, Avisail Garcia made one and pitcher John Danks made the other. On the mound, Danks gave up four runs (two earned) on seven hits over six innings. A’s starter Jon Lester gave up two runs on seven hits over eight innings. Dayan Viciedo hit a home run -- his 20th of the season -- for the White Sox. Oakland's Josh Donaldson set a career high with five hits and added four RBIs.

What it means: When you aren’t in contention, September is for letting the kids work out the kinks, which is what Semien did Tuesday. He made all three of his errors at third base. His first was a throwing error in a two-run fourth inning for the A’s, then he made a fielding error in Oakland’s two-run fifth inning and another fielding error in the ninth. Defense has been an issue all season, as the White Sox entered the game with the sixth-most errors in the American League, at 92.

Outside the box: Make that six consecutive games without an RBI for Jose Abreu, who remains stuck at 99 for the season. Abreu has had only two other RBI droughts longer than this current run. He went eight consecutive games without an RBI in early August and also went eight games without one in April. He is trying to become the fourth White Sox rookie to collect 100 RBIs in a season and join Smead Jolley (114 in 1930), Zeke Bonura (110 in 1934) and Ron Kittle (100 in 1983).

Off-beat: Manager Robin Ventura figured to give Josh Phegley or Adrian Nieto a day to play catcher Tuesday, but Tyler Flowers was back behind the plate. Why the change of heart? “You're going to see those guys, but right now, [Flowers] hits two homers the night before, he probably deserves to be back," Ventura said. "I want him to keep this little roll going because you are still trying to win games.” Flowers hit the game-tying home run in the ninth inning Monday and the game-winning homer in the 12th. Flowers ended Tuesday 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Chris Bassitt (0-1, 7.36 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the third game of the four-game series. The A’s will counter with right-hander Jeff Samardzija (4-5, 3.70) in the 7:10 p.m. start at U.S. Cellular Field.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, A's 4 (12)

September, 8, 2014
Sep 8
10:52
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CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox rallied for a 5-4 victory in 12 innings Monday in the opener of a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics to end a four-game losing streak.

How it happened: Tyler Flowers made his mark in a big way, with a two-out home run in the ninth inning to tie it and another solo shot in the 12th to win it. Struggling on offense of late, the A’s used Sam Fuld's drag bunt on a squeeze to take a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning. White Sox starter Hector Noesi gave up three runs on four hits over 6⅓ innings. The White Sox scored on an error and a sacrifice fly to take a 2-0 lead in the opening inning without the aid of a hit. Conor Gillaspie hit his seventh home run, while Josh Reddick and Jed Lowrie went back-to-back for Oakland in the fifth. The White Sox won their 64th game, passing their victory total from a year ago.

What it means: While not a core building block for the future, Noesi continues to show that he could still have a role with the White Sox moving forward. The right-hander, claimed off waivers in late April, continues to keep Chicago in games. In five of his seven starts since the start of August, he has given up three earned runs or fewer five times and has not given up more than five runs in any of those outings.

Outside the box: The three runs Noesi gave up Monday was a nice enough outing, but it was almost double what the starting staff had given up the previous three games. White Sox starting pitchers had combined to give up four earned runs over 19 innings at Cleveland this past weekend. Even with Noesi’s outing against the A’s, the White Sox staff still has a 2.49 ERA over the past four games.

Off beat: Adam Dunn drew more cheers than boos when he came to the plate for the first time as a member of the A's, in the second inning. Dunn then managed to single into center field. In his next at-bat, he struck out against Noesi, with White Sox fans finally able to cheer a Dunn strikeout instead of boo one. Dunn struck out 720 times in nearly four seasons with the White Sox. He ended the night 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (9-10, 5.12 ERA) to the mound Tuesday in the second game of the four-game series. The A’s will counter with left-hander Jon Lester (13-10, 2.54) in the 7:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Tigers 2

August, 31, 2014
Aug 31
4:18
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox earned a 6-2 victory Sunday over the Detroit Tigers, ending the four-game series in a split.

How it happened: Adam Eaton, Carlos Sanchez, Avisail Garcia and Tyler Flowers each had two hits as the White Sox toppled the Tigers, who committed four errors. Tigers starter Rick Porcello wasn’t horrible, but he did give up 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings while dealing with all the extra outs he had to get. Of the six runs Porcello gave up, only three were earned. White Sox starter Jose Quintana gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings.

What it means: The trade of Adam Dunn early Sunday gave Andy Wilkins the chance to make his debut at first base. The MVP candidate in the International League, after hitting 30 home runs with 85 RBIs in 127 games at Charlotte, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his debut. On defense, he failed to handle a throw in the dirt from shortstop Leury Garcia, resulting in an infield single. Wilkins, who bats left-handed, is expected to take over the Dunn role over the final month of the season.

Outside the box: Jose Abreu recorded his 99th RBI, moving him one short of becoming the fourth White Sox rookie to hit the 100-mark in that category. Ron Kittle was the last, collecting 100 RBIs in 1983. With 32 doubles and 33 home runs already this season, Abreu is looking to become just the fourth rookie in major league history with 30 doubles, 30 home runs and 100 RBIs in his rookie season. The others were Hal Trosky (1934), Ted Williams (1939) and Albert Pujols (2001).

Off beat: It was the White Sox who had an unfamiliar defense of Wilkins at first base, Sanchez at second and Leury Garcia at shortstop, but it was the Tigers with all the fielding issues. Three of Detroit's season-high four errors were made in the first two innings, and it should have been four errors in the first two innings after left fielder J.D. Martinez dropped Adam Eaton's first-inning fly ball in left. It was scored a double. The Tigers aren’t one of the best fielding teams anyway, sitting 23rd in baseball with 87 errors at the start of the day.

Up next: The White Sox have an off day Monday and will open a brief two-game series at Minnesota on Tuesday when White Sox right-hander hector Noesi (8-9, 4.75 ERA) faces Twins left-hander Tommy Milone (6-4, 4.08), in a 7:10 p.m. CST start from Target Field.

Rapid Reaction: Tigers 8, White Sox 4

August, 30, 2014
Aug 30
9:34
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CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox fell 8-4 to the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of a day/night doubleheader as the teams were left with a split of the twin bill.

How it happened: In a battle of first-time major league starters, the Tigers’ Kyle Ryan got the better of the White Sox’s Chris Bassitt. Ryan didn’t give up a run on five hits over six innings, while Bassitt gave up five runs on seven hits over 6⅓ innings. Dayan Viciedo's three-run home run in the eighth inning closed the gap, but not enough for the White Sox. Jose Abreu managed to extend his hitting streak to 11 games with a sixth-inning single.

What it means: Bassitt stayed with the team after the game as Eric Surkamp was sent down. The right-hander wasn’t hit hard by any means, but his four walks did not help matters. Of the Tigers’ seven hits against Bassitt, only one went for extra bases. The White Sox will now decide if he gets more chances to start in September or if he works out of the bullpen.

Outside the box: The White Sox have won just once in three tries so far this weekend against the Tigers, but Abreu is doing his part. Despite a sore left leg, with discomfort below his hip, the rookie has managed to reach base in 10 of his 12 at-bats against Detroit in three games.

Off beat: Alejandro De Aza started the first game of the doubleheader in left field, but before the second game was completed he was a member of the Baltimore Orioles. He was dealt for minor league right-handed pitchers Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas. De Aza was not in the lineup for Game 2 and was notified of the trade in the fifth inning by general manager Rick Hahn.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.48 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the series finale. The Tigers will counter with right-hander Rick Porcello (15-8, 3.06) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Tigers 3

August, 30, 2014
Aug 30
3:06
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox rolled to a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the first game of Saturday’s day/night doubleheader.

How it happened: Chris Sale recovered nicely after giving up two home runs in the first inning to strike out a season high 13. The White Sox’s offense was there to pick up its starter scoring six runs against Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who gave up nine hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out 11. Adam Dunn and Tyler Flowers hit home runs off the right-hander. Jose Abreu had three hits for the second consecutive game and third time in his last four games.

What it means: Just when it looked like the strains of a long season were getting to Sale, he kicked it into high gear with his 13 strikeouts. Sale’s ERA rose slightly to 2.11 after giving up three runs over seven innings, but he still leads the American League. The Mariners’ Felix Hernandez is next in the ERA race at 2.23. Sale tied Ed Walsh’s White Sox record with his 17th double-digit strikeout game. Walsh set his mark in his 288th start, while Sale was in his 81st.

Outside the box: It’s just another blistering hot run at the plate for Abreu, who is on a 10-game hitting streak. Over those 10 games, Abreu is batting .528 (19-for-36). He was in the lineup for the first game of the doubleheader as the designated hitter after he appeared to experience leg discomfort Friday night. Manager Robin Ventura only would only say Abreu is “just tired” from the long season. Abreu's season batting average is up to .320.

Off beat: Adam Eaton found himself a little turned around in the third inning when he tried to steal third base. Eaton was off on the pitch and about to dive into third when Alexei Ramirez crushed a pitch into the outfield. Eaton got up, took one step toward home plate, started to go back to second and then saw the ball bounce into the stands for a ground-rule double allowing him to turn around and score easily.

Up next: In a ball of first-time major league starters, the White Sox will send right-hander Chris Bassitt to the mound in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Tigers left-hander Kyle Ryan in the 6:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Rapid Reaction: Tigers 7, White Sox 1

August, 29, 2014
Aug 29
10:40
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox fell 7-1 to the Detroit Tigers on Friday and have now dropped nine of their past 10 games.

How it happened: White Sox starter Scott Carroll got no help from his defense, and the Tigers piled on the right-hander for seven runs on 10 hits over five-plus innings. Carroll was forced to get five outs in the fourth inning after Jose Abreu made two errors and the Tigers scored five times. Adam Eaton had a hit in each of his first three trips to the plate against Tigers starter Justin Verlander. Abreu added three hits for the White Sox.

What it means: The dog days of August have held true to form as the White Sox have failed to muster much energy during the past month. Friday’s defeat gives them a 7-18 record in August, and there are still three games remaining before the calendar flips to September. The White Sox have scored three runs or fewer in 18 of their past 21 games and have just two multi-homer games over their past 27 contests.

Outside the box: The White Sox got a look at the Verlander of old Friday. The former Cy Young Award winner was 1-3 with a 5.51 ERA over his previous five starts against the White Sox, in which he allowed 44 hits. But in the 13 starts against Chicago before that, he was 12-1 with a 2.23 ERA and allowed 75 hits. He gave up one run on nine hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts on Friday.

Off beat: Talk over the past few days had been about Abreu and how his defense has steadily improved all year from shaky footwork in April to a steady hand in five short months. Then he went out and made the two errors Friday night. “More important than anything, I feel like I’m gaining confidence,” Abreu said about his defense through an interpreter before the game.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (10-3, 2.03 ERA) to the mound Saturday in the first game of a day/night doubleheader. The Tigers will counter with right-hander Max Scherzer (15-4, 3.13) in the 12:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field. In Game 2, the White Sox will send righty Chris Bassitt against Tigers left-hander Kyle Ryan in the 6:10 p.m. start. Both pitchers will be making their major league debuts.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.17 208 174
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .317
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208