Pinch-hitter Joe Mauer drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
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Four teams -- the Rangers, Orioles, Marlins and Nationals -- had scouts on hand at Chris Sale's start on Thursday, but a deal still appears unlikely.
Expert picks: Chris Sale to stay put?
Three of five ESPN baseball experts polled see Sale as the shopped player that is most likely to not be moved ahead of the deadline. Trade deadline predictions (Insider)
In a city with a history of conflict, Chicago's north and south sides clashed again this week. But it was the debut of a new Chicagoan that gave Cubs fans a conflicted sense of wonder.
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Still think it's unlikely that Chris Sale gets dealt. But FWIW, the Rangers, Orioles, Marlins & Nationals all had scouts at his start Thursday
Sale getting worse as year goes on
Although he posted a quality start against the Cubs on Thursday, Chris Sale's ERA has continued to rise as the 2016 season has progressed.
White Sox ace Chris Sale said it was nice to return to the mound after his suspension, and he directed the spotlight toward his teammates for supporting him.
Chris Sale returned from his jersey-trashing suspension and threw six effective innings, but John Lackey outpitched him and Aroldis Chapman got the final four outs to save the Cubs' 3-1 victory.
Lineup: White Sox (50-51) at Cubs (60-40)
- 1. Adam Eaton, RF (L)
- 2. Tim Anderson, SS (R)
- 3. Melky Cabrera, LF (S)
- 4. Jose Abreu, 1B (R)
- 5. Todd Frazier, 3B (R)
- 6. J.B. Shuck, CF (L)
- 7. Dioner Navarro, C (S)
- 8. Salvador Sanchez, 2B (R)
- 9. Chris Sale, LHP Daily notes
The Chicago White Sox are reportedly receiving plenty of interest in Jose Quintana, who's believed to be available at the right price.
The White Sox are shopping closer David Robertson, and the Red Sox and Nationals could be potential matches in a deal, Buster Olney writes.
Jose Abreu unfazed by homer drought
Abreu hasn't hit a home run since June 23, but he isn't concerned about the lack of power. "The most important thing for me right now is to be comfortable at home plate and I am," Abreu said through a translator. "We have two more months, and I know the homers will be there." Chicago Sun-Times
Cooper on Sale: 'Forgive and move on'
White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is ready to welcome ace Chris Sale back from his suspension on Thursday with open arms. "With all of the time and conversations we've had with Chris, it's easy for me to forgive and move on," Cooper said. Chicago Tribune
White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier joins David Kaplan and Mark Lazerus. He discusses the Crosstown Classic, dealing with trade rumors and the White Sox clubhouse.
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