Chicago White Sox: Dylan Axelrod

White Sox set roster at Triple-A

April, 2, 2014
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox’s Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte set its 25-man roster on Wednesday in advance of the team’s season opener on Thursday.

The Knights will open a new downtown Charlotte ballpark on April 11.

Third baseman Matt Davidson, infielder Carlos Sanchez, outfielders Jared Mitchell and Jordan Danks, and pitchers Andre Rienzo and Dylan Axelrod highlight the squad.

The complete active roster:

Pitchers: (13) Axelrod, Mitchell Boggs, Scott Carroll, Javy Guerra, Deunte Heath, Ryan Kussmaul, Charlie Leesman, Jake Petricka, David Purcey, Zach Putnam, Rienzo, Eric Surkamp, Taylor Thompson.

Catchers: (2) Josh Phegley, Hector Gimenez.

Infielders: (6) Dan Black, Davidson, Alex Liddi, Sanchez, Tyler Saladino, Andy Wilkins.

Outfielders: (4) Danks, Mitchell, Denis Phipps, Blake Tekotte.

Phegley, Rienzo among latest moves

March, 19, 2014
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Roster moves are getting more significant now, although still not unexpected, as catcher Josh Phegley and right-hander Andre Rienzo were among those sent packing Wednesday from major league camp.

Phegley, Rienzo and left-hander Eric Surkamp all were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte, while right-handers Chris Beck and Cody Winiarski, along with infielder Andy Wilkins, were reassigned to minor league camp.

Phegley’s move comes just days after manager Robin Ventura said that Tyler Flowers would be the Opening Day catcher. Instead of using Phegley as the backup, the White Sox want him to get everyday at-bats in the minor leagues so that he can he can be ready if needed.

“I’m going to get my opportunities down the road; I know that, I believe in that,” Phegley told reporters in Arizona. “Today wasn’t a complete shock (after) I heard that Flowers was named the starter. In my heart I believe I’m a starting catcher. I need to get my at-bats and keep getting better. I’m 26 so I feel I have a long career ahead of me.”

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Axelrod chips away toward new role

March, 14, 2014
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If it’s a long reliever the Chicago White Sox need, Dylan Axelrod has already shown this spring that he could be the right man for the job.

The crafty right-hander, who was a non-roster invitee to spring training, fired three scoreless innings in a start against the Cleveland Indians on Friday and has given up just one run in eight innings over three Cactus League outings.

Before fading badly down the stretch last season, Axelrod was able to give the White Sox some solid innings. He made 20 starts, posting a solid 3.95 ERA over the first month in five outings. His ERA went up every month form there, though, until he posted an 11.32 ERA in four July outings.

He was essentially reduced to a mop-up relief role from there, although he did get two September starts.

Because he faded so significantly, the White Sox might be more comfortable using his skill set out of a long relief role. Axelrod is proving he is fresh again, putting together a spring that is as solid as the one he delivered last year.

One more reason the long-relief role makes sense for Axelrod is that it would allow guys such as Charlie Leesman, Andre Rienzo and Eric Surkamp to remain stretched out as starters at Triple-A Charlotte.

Manager Robin Ventura has already said the team sees the value of a long reliever. And if Felipe Paulino and Erik Johnson end up making the Opening Day rotation, Axelrod could end up getting a fair amount of work as those two settle into their roles. Paulino hasn’t pitched since 2012 because of injury, and Johnson is a rookie.

White Sox invite 21 to big league camp

January, 21, 2014
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CHICAGO -- With 25 days to go before pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Arizona, the Chicago White Sox announced 21 invitees to big league camp.

Dylan Axelrod, Brian Omogrosso and Hector Gimenez, all of whom played for the White Sox in 2013, will return this year on minor-league contracts.

Axelrod started the season strong as a member of the starting rotation, before fading badly later in the year. He went 4-11 in 2013 with a 5.68 ERA while making 20 starts among his 30 appearances. Omogrosso made 12 appearances with an ERA over 9.00, while Gimenez had two home runs and 10 RBIs in 68 at-bats.

Other players on minor-league contracts to be invited to big-league camp were pitchers Parker Frazier, Omar Poveda, Zach Putnam, David Purcey, Mauricio Robles, infielder Alex Liddi and outfielder Denis Phipps.

The invite list also included 11 prospects from the White Sox’s system. Pitching prospects were Chris Bassitt, Chris Beck, Cody Winiarski and Scott Snodgress. Invited infielders included Micah Johnson, Mike McDade and Andy Wilkins, along with outfielders Blake Tekotte and Keenyn Walker. Extra camp catchers included Miguel Gonzalez and Kevan Smith.

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Rapid Reaction: Indians 6, White Sox 5

July, 31, 2013
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CLEVELAND -- The Chicago White Sox's losing streak reached six games after a 6-5 defeat in 10 innings Wednesday to the Cleveland Indians.

How it happened: Poised for the victory after the White Sox scored two runs in the ninth inning, the Indians added two runs of their own to force extra innings and won it in the 10th on Carlos Santana's home run against Dylan Axelrod. The White Sox appeared unchanged after getting past the stresses of the trade deadline, giving up a first-inning run after a botched rundown and trailing 3-0 after five innings. They rallied with three runs and four hits in the sixth inning to tie it. Jeff Keppinger gave them a 5-3 lead in the ninth inning on a pinch-hit, two-run single. Addison Reed gave the two runs back in the bottom of the ninth.

What it means: The bullpen has had a rough time, especially in the current series, but the White Sox have pinned their future on starting pitching, and right now that continues to be one of the few positives. Jose Quintana fought his way through a less-than-efficient 109-pitch start by giving up three runs over five innings. Despite a five-game losing streak, White Sox starters had posted a 1.51 ERA and a .197 opponents' batting average in those games, showing that the biggest issues have been on offense.

Outside the box: Quintana continued to do what he does best: take the mound and end up with nothing to show for it. The left-hander, whose record stayed at 5-3, ended his night with his major league leading 14th no-decision of the season. Things had been on the rise with a 2-1 record and a 3.04 ERA and 21 strikeouts over his past four starts, a run that began after a stretch of seven consecutive no-decisions from June 1-July 4.

Off beat: The White Sox took the rundown play to new lows in the first inning. With the Indians' Nick Swisher at first base, White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham fielded a grounder. He kept Swisher frozen, threw to first base for the sure out and then the Sox had Swisher in a rundown. Quintana got involved by covering first base and not only fired a panicked quick throw to second base, but couldn't handle the return throw. One run scored on the play and Swisher ended up at third base when the ball went out of play.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (6-10, 2.69 ERA) to the mound Thursday in the finale of the four-game series. The Indians will counter with right-hander Justin Masterson (12-7, 3.42) in the 11:05 a.m. CT start from Progressive Field.

Starter options aplenty if Peavy goes

July, 28, 2013
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CHICAGO -- With a Jake Peavy trade looming, the Chicago White Sox have plenty of options for rotation replacements moving forward, especially when looking toward future years.

That’s right, the much-maligned farm system of the White Sox is actually gushing with starting pitching possibilities.

Dylan Axelrod figures to have the best shot of returning to the rotation if Peavy is moved before Wednesday’s non-waiver trade deadline, but no less than three other minor pitchers could be considered as well.

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Axelrod can't seem to figure out his woes

July, 10, 2013
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DETROIT -- Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod wishes he could pinpoint why he's having the problems he's having on the mound of late.

Because things haven't been good at all out there for him.

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AP Photo/Carlos OsorioDylan Axelrod has struggled since June 5 and has given up a team-high 18 home runs this season for the White Sox.
Since Axelrod tossed a shutout at Seattle on June 5, things have gone south in a hurry for the right-hander.

Over his past 29 innings of work, Axelrod has given up 29 earned runs and 53 hits in six starts.

His latest poor outing came in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, where he gave up seven runs and 11 hits.

"It's kind of frustrating when I look back and it's like it isn't going my way almost," Axelrod said after the game. "There are a few things I've put my finger on, but at the same time it's just frustrating just because I feel like I haven't changed that much from where I was so I just have to keep pressing on and it will turn around I think."

He has seen his ERA of 3.73 after his start against the Mariners balloon to 5.33 after the loss to the Tigers.

And all seven runs Axelrod gave up came with two outs.

"I feel like I've been getting the breaks that I was and I've been making decent pitches, it's just a few mistakes that have really cost me," Axelrod said. "Big hits here or there, and tonight, two outs, every run I gave up was with two outs. It could have easily been a different story."

The Tigers' middle part of the order -- Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez -- combined for 11 hits, five RBIs and six runs in Wednesday's win.

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Rapid Reaction: Tigers 8, White Sox 5

July, 10, 2013
7/10/13
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DETROIT -- Just one night after ending their seven-game losing streak to the Detroit Tigers, the Chicago White Sox were back to their same old losing ways against their AL Central rivals, dropping an 8-5 decision Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

How it happened: The Tigers scored all eight of their runs with two outs, scoring twice in the first, once in the second, twice in the third and then their final three times in the sixth. And after keeping Detroit's middle part of its order -- Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez -- in check in the series opener, that foursome combined for 11 hits, five RBIs and six runs in Wednesday's win. On Tuesday, they combined to drive in just two runs with four hits and scored two runs. The White Sox did have the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but closer Joaquin Benoit got Alexei Ramirez to ground out to end the game. Chicago's Conor Gillaspie and Gordon Beckham each hit solo homers.

What it means: White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod has been accustomed to giving up the long ball all season, and Wednesday was no different. Axelrod gave up a two-run shot to Fielder in the first inning. He now has given up at least one home run in each of his last six starts and a team-high 18 for the season, including 11 in his last six starts.

Outside the box: Axelrod also continues to give up earned runs at an alarming rate. After giving up seven earned runs Wednesday, the White Sox's starter has now given up 29 earned runs over his past six starts. He also gave up 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. It's the most hits he has given up in a game all season. His earned run average has ballooned to 5.33 since his start on June 5 when it was 3.73.

Off beat: Alex Rios is human after all. After tying an American League record with six hits in a nine-inning game Tuesday, the Tigers got Rios to ground out to shortstop in his first at-bat Wednesday. He followed that up with back-to-back strikeouts and then a groundout to second base to end his evening 0-for-4 at the plate.

Up next: Chicago wraps up its first three-game series of the season with Detroit by sending left-hander Chris Sale (5-8, 2.78 ERA) to the mound Thursday. The Tigers' scheduled starter is right-hander Anibal Sanchez (7-5, 2.70) in the 12:05 p.m. CST start time at Comerica Park.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 11, Tigers 4

July, 9, 2013
7/09/13
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DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox ended a four-game losing streak by beating the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers 11-4 on Tuesday night in the first of a three-game series at Comerica Park.

How it happened: The Sox sent 13 batters to the plate in the top of the eighth inning, scoring seven runs with nine hits to break a 1-all tie. The seven runs scored in the inning were the most by the White Sox this season. The nine hits also were a season high in an inning. In addition, the Sox strung together a season-high five hits to start the inning and hit a pair of homers. The 11 runs and 23 hits for the game also were season highs for Chicago. Alex Rios tied a franchise and AL record with six hits in the game. The last White Sox player to reach that milestone was Lance Johnson on Sept. 23, 1995. Dayan Viciedo had the first multihomer game of his career.

What it means: After seven consecutive no-decisions, Chicago starting pitcher Jose Quintana finally got a decision, a win, which was his first since May 21 against Boston. He went in leading the majors in no-decisions with 12 this season. The White Sox, who are now 5-19 over their past 24 road games this season, also ended a seven-game losing streak at Comerica Park. Dating to 2010, Chicago, which has 18 more games with the Tigers this season, is just 12-31 against Detroit.

Outside the box: A poor baserunning move happened in the top of the seventh when Alexei Ramirez lofted a foul popup between first and home plate and Alejandro De Aza made a dash for second base. Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder calmly made the catch in foul territory and backhanded a toss to Justin Verlander covering first for the inning-ending double play.

Offbeat: For a second straight night, the White Sox game was delayed at the start because of rain. Tuesday's delay of 38 minutes was nine minutes longer than the one Monday at U.S. Cellular Field against the Chicago Cubs.

Up next: Chicago will send right-hander Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.97 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the second game of a three-game series at Detroit. The Tigers' scheduled starter is right-hander Rick Porcello (5-6, 4.82) in the 6:05 p.m. CT start at Comerica Park.

Prospects a bright spot in Sox's loss

July, 5, 2013
7/05/13
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- On the one hand, the 8-3 loss by the Chicago White Sox to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday saw two prospects look impressive in their major league debuts. On the other, Sox starter Dylan Axelrod did little to prevent Chicago from losing for the seventh time in nine games.

Josh Phegley started at catcher and went 1-for-3 in his first big league game, while Simon Castro tossed three scoreless innings in relief.

"There's a silver lining to it because you get those guys in there and they do well, but it's just one of those you get beat up today," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Axelrod allowed five runs on nine hits over 1 2/3 innings, the shortest start of his career. The right-hander fell to 1-4 with a 5.32 ERA on the road this season.

"He was just in the middle, everything was elevated," Ventura said. "Nothing was down in the zone. When he's good, he's got people swinging and missing with the ball falling in the dirt."

Axelrod escaped the first inning unscathed after allowing two singles, but he was rocked in the second. He surrendered back-to-back homers in the frame -- a two-run homer to Jose Molina and a solo shot to Kelly Johnson -- then a run-scoring single to Evan Longoria later in the inning before being lifted following an RBI-double by Wil Myers.

"They're hot right now and when you leave balls up like I did to some of those guys, you pay for it," said Axelrod, who tossed 54 pitches, 36 for strikes. "I didn't feel like I was making horrible pitches, but obviously they weren't good enough."

The Rays have scored 28 total runs over their last 12 games.

It wasn't the type of performance the White Sox needed, especially considering the trade rumors surrounding the team.

As Ventura mentioned, though, the bright spot occurred with the team's two prospects.

Phegley's single up the middle against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson came after the 25-year-old catcher struck out swinging in his first at-bat. The Rays right-hander allowed one run on six hits over seven innings, improving to 6-1 with a 3.16 ERA over his last seven starts.

"He got me on the first at-bat with one of his change-ups, but I kind of timed up the fastball the next time I saw him," Phegley said. "He was upset about it, too, because I heard him say some stuff about it."

After Ramon Troncoso gave up two runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief and David Purcey allowed one run in one inning, Castro finished the game.

It was the first time Castro had pitched in a game in 10 days and it showed. The tall right-hander surrendered two consecutive singles to Luke Scott and Yunel Escobar before retiring the side.

"I was a bit nervous, of course," said Castro, who struck out four and walked two over his 51-pitch appearance. "Once I got the nerves out, I felt good. I made all my pitches.”

Rapid Reaction: Rays 8, White Sox 3

July, 5, 2013
7/05/13
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Chicago White Sox suffered an 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday to open a three-game set in St. Petersburg.

How it happened: Dylan Axelrod lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his shortest outing of the season as the right-hander allowed five runs and nine hits, including two home runs. Jose Molina tagged Axelrod for a two-run shot to left to start the scoring in the second inning and Kelly Johnson immediately followed with a solo homer to right. Later, Axelrod surrendered an RBI single to Evan Longoria and then a run-scoring double to rookie outfielder Wil Myers before being relieved. The 17 homers allowed by Axelrod are the most by a White Sox starter this season. Axelrod is just 1-4 with a 5.32 ERA over nine road starts this season.

What it means: Despite coming into Friday's contest winners of two of their last three games, the loss on Friday means the White Sox have lost seven of their past nine and 25 of 35. Trade talks involving Adam Dunn are sure to heat up even more now, considering Dunn's torrid pace over his last 24 games.

Outside the box: Two White Sox players made their Major League debuts on Friday with Josh Phegley starting at catcher and Simon Castro pitching three scoreless innings of relief. Phegley collected his first big league hit with a single off Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson in the fifth, finishing 1-for-3 for the night. Castro allowed two consecutive singles to open the sixth, but the tall right-hander settled down and retired nine of the final batters he faced.

Offbeat: The last time the White Sox had two players make their Major League debut in the same game occurred on Sept. 2, 2011 when Eduardo Escobar and Shane Lindsay appeared in a game together. It was the first time the White Sox had two players make their big league debuts before September call-ups since McKay Christensen and David Lundquist did so on April 6, 1999. … Alexei Ramirez had been the last major leaguer this season to have played every inning before being replaced after the sixth inning. Gordon Beckham made his first career appearance at shortstop when he moved from second to replace Ramirez in the seventh.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (5-7, 2.79 ERA) to the mound Saturday against Tampa Bay in Game 2. The Rays will counter with left-hander Matt Moore (11-3, 3.65) in the 6:15 p.m. CST time start from Tropicana Field.

Paul Konerko: Injuries not to blame

July, 4, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Despite a rash of injuries this season, captain Paul Konerko won’t make any excuses for the way the Chicago White Sox have played.

Konerko, who just landed on the disabled list Wednesday because of back tightness, suggested it was the team’s lackluster play for a 33-48 record at the halfway point and not the revolving door that has become the disabled list, with guys such as himself, Jake Peavy, Dayan Viciedo, Gordon Beckham, John Danks and Gavin Floyd spending time on it, just to name a few.

“Actually, I think we haven’t been that unlucky,” Konerko said, moments after also saying the regression in his back injury is probably worse than when it flared up in the first place. “We’ve had a couple injuries, but if you match us up against any team, I don’t think we’ve been any more injured.”

Indeed, teams like the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets might scoff at the White Sox’s injury “woes,” but with the way the White Sox were built at maximum salary and without a deep farm system, covering for injuries was going to be harder than it would be for others.

“We’ve had some guys nicked up here and there, and there was a little stretch early but -- Beck went down for a while, Viciedo went down for a while and I’m down here a little -- I think if you look at any other team, you’d find the same situations,” Konerko said.

Hector Santiago and Dylan Axelrod have had nice moments covering for injured White Sox starters and their combined ERA (in starts only) is a serviceable 4.10. The Beckham injury opened the door for Conor Gillaspie to prove himself.

But healthy and effective starters such as Danks and Peavy all season, not to mention Floyd, were what the White Sox were expecting. And with the improvements Beckham has shown, his offense for the entire season could have helped to make things at least a little better.

Ultimately, the White Sox will never know what would have happened with a healthy roster. At the rate their struggles mounted, it still might have not made a difference in a season that got off on the wrong track and still has yet to recover.

Now the White Sox are looking at unloading assets while going into a rebuilding mode of undetermined levels, something that manager Robin Ventura is prepared to handle even if it wasn’t what he hoped for this year.

Ventura was asked if he was ready to handle a managing situation that was more about teaching without the same emphasis on winning.

“I don’t know if there is ever less emphasis on winning, but I get what you’re saying as far as having younger guys and being more of a teaching thing,” Ventura said. “It’s part of the job. We do that here, it’s just that you’re dealing with guys who are probably more advanced with what you’re teaching them. All these guys, even the staff, they have been around and been in situations where they can do that. If that’s the challenge, then that’s what you do. But right now, you’re dealing with these guys.”

Sox better but still not good enough

June, 29, 2013
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CHICAGO – Buried beneath the rubble of Friday’s doubleheader debacle, the Chicago White Sox managed to dig themselves out a little bit on Saturday but still walked away with another defeat.

One day after the Indians scored a combined 28 runs in two games, White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod held the red-hot Cleveland Indians to three runs over six innings, using his crafty style of location and change of pace to do it.

It was Axelrod’s first quality start since May 31 at Oakland.

“I mean, they’re swinging it real well,” Axelrod said of the Indians. “It just came down to making pitches. I felt like if I executed, you can be as hot as you want, if you execute pitches things are going to happen in a pitcher’s favor. I really felt good about most every pitch I made today.”

“Most every” means there were some he would have taken back, like the cut fastball the Indians’ Jason Kipnis hit into the right-field seats to tie the game in the sixth inning. Axelrod also gave up a home run to Asdrubal Cabrera in the fourth inning.

Kipnis has reached base 11 times in the first three games of the series -- seven on hits and four on walks.

“He’s a really good fastball hitter, but right now he’s locked in,” Axelrod said. “You’ve just got to make real quality pitches, mix it up. He’s on the top of his game right now.”

The White Sox scored 18 runs themselves Friday but managed just three on Saturday. One came on a Tyler Flowers double in the second inning, while Conor Gillaspie and Dayan Viciedo had RBI hits in the fifth inning.

“They’re all tough,” manager Robin Ventura said about another defeat. “When you lose it like this and guys are doing their job, it seems a little better just because it’s a baseball game and you’re going to be on the losing end of some of them. After yesterday, it seemed like one of those where probably the offense was probably tired from both sides.”

The defeat dropped the White Sox to a season-low 14 games under .500 at 32-46.

The White Sox have surrendered leads in all three games of the current series, blowing a five-run lead in Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader and a three-run lead in Game 2. Their biggest lead Saturday was by two runs.

The White Sox fell to 12-18 in one-run games and lost for the 25th time when they held the lead at one point.

“It’s been like that,” Axelrod said. “All year, it’s been frustrating. It’s the little things. Like today, one pitch may have been the difference in the game. We’ve lost a lot of close games. It’s been real close to being, who knows … we could be the other way around if we had the little breaks going our way.”

Sox alter rotation after game is called

June, 12, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod was most affected by Wednesday's postponed game as he will now be moved out of the upcoming series at Houston against the Astros.

Axelrod, who struggled Monday night against the Toronto Blue Jays when he gave up six runs on eight hits over four innings, would have pitched Monday at Houston if the White Sox merely pushed back their rotation for a game.

Chris Sale was supposed to start Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, but the game was called off with the expectation of severe weather around game time and throughout the night.

Sale's next start will now be Friday at Houston in the opener of a four-game series. John Danks and Hector Santiago will be pushed back a day in the Astros series. Jose Quintana will now pitch Sunday at Houston, with Axelrod presumably getting pushed into Tuesday's series opener at Minnesota.

Despite his poor outing Monday, Axelrod has been a bright spot in the White Sox's rotation. He initially earned a starting spot out of spring training as a replacement for the injured Danks and has remained on the staff with the injury to Gavin Floyd.

Axelrod is 3-4 this season with a 4.26 ERA in 13 starts. His 74 innings already have surpassed what he previously pitched in the major leagues over the last two seasons in 18 appearances.

The most Axelrod has ever pitched in a season were the 169 1/3 innings he amassed over three different levels during the 2011 season.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 10, Blue Jays 6

June, 10, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox won their third consecutive game Monday by finishing off a 10-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field.

How it happened: The White Sox ended up on the right side of a slugfest as Adam Dunn's two home runs bested Jose Bautista's two. The White Sox’s 10 runs were a season high. Both starters struggled, as the White Sox’s Dylan Axelrod gave up six runs on eight hits over four innings, while the Blue Jays’ R.A. Dickey gave up seven runs on 10 hits over five innings. Jesse Crain pitched out of a jam in the eighth inning to deliver his 26th consecutive scoreless outing.

What it means: This time, the knuckleball was just what the White Sox’s offense needed. Their seven runs in the first four innings already were more than they had scored in all but two of their games. It was a huge departure from the last time the White Sox saw Dickey. On April 18 in Toronto, Dickey held the White Sox scoreless over six innings, and the Sox’s struggles continued when they scored just six runs combined over their next three games, all losses.

Outside the box: The White Sox measured Dunn’s first home run at 444 feet, but ESPN Stats & Information tracked it at 452 feet. Using that information, Dunn’s home run was his longest this season. He also has 23 home runs of 450 feet or more since the start of 2007, the most in baseball. His four hits on the night matched a career high.

Offbeat: The game went through a 1-hour, 10-minute delay in the bottom of the third inning because of fog. When the game resumed, Gordon Beckham lost track of the count and was picked off second base. The White Sox also had postponements and/or delays this season because of cold temperatures, rain and umpires getting stuck in traffic before an early April game at Washington.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.95 ERA) to the mound Tuesday against Toronto in the middle game of the three-game series. The Blue Jays will counter with right-hander Chien-Ming Wang (0-0, 0.00) in the 7:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.

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