An error on catcher Tyler Flowers during a ninth-inning play at the plate gave the Royals a 2-1 victory over the White Sox Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. Jose Quintana and his counterpart, James Shields, both gave up one run in seven innings.
When the White Sox last faced the Twins in June, the South Siders were swept away in four games during a rough eight-game losing streak. Both clubs will clash once again on Thursday night in the opener of another four-game meeting at Target Field, with Chicago turning an eye towards vaulting itself back into the division race.
Carlos Rodon's professional debut Tuesday night for the Arizona Rookie League White Sox featured one run allowed on two hits over one inning, and Chicago's top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft struck out one.
Mark Buehrle's perfect game at U.S. Cellular Field against the Rays on July 23, 2009, is termed by White Sox play-by-play television announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson as his all-time favorite game. Harrelson contributed the famous "Alexei … Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! History!" call on Jason Bartlett's grounder to shortstop Alexei Ramirez for out No. 27.
A better-rested Tyler Flowers explained the scenario that took him from U.S. Cellular Field Monday night to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in time to be with his wife, Nancy, for the birth of their second child and first son.
Dayan Viciedo was scratched from Wednesday's starting lineup against the Royals and James Shields with tightness in his lower left hamstring. Moises Sierra replaced Viciedo.
Left-hander Carlos Rodon, the White Sox third overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, made his professional debut Tuesday, throwing one inning in the Arizona Rookie League.
The Royals challenged an out call at first on Jarrod Dyson in the fifth inning on Tuesday night and that play was ruled to stand, while the White Sox successfully challenged an out call at second base involving Alexei Ramirez that was overturned.
If Tony La Russa ever had a motto, it's "no guts, no glory," which describes his managing career in a nutshell. They are words to live by and an apt inscription for his Hall of Fame plaque.
It was a little less than three weeks ago when White Sox starter John Danks stated that trade rumors involving his name before the July 31 non-waiver Deadline weren't going to occupy any part of his daily routine. That philosophy hasn't changed for the lefty.
Adam Eaton did not want to talk on Tuesday about a Chicago Sun-Times report that the White Sox leadoff man was playing with a broken middle finger on his non-throwing hand. He was more than happy to discuss his honor as the club's 2014 Heart and Hustle Award winner.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura held rookie first baseman Jose Abreu out of Tuesday's lineup due to back stiffness that he noticed while Abreu was playing on Monday against Kansas City.
White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf described his relationship with Hall of Fame inductee Tony La Russa as "becoming like brothers" over the years, adding that as great of a manager as La Russa is, "he's a better human being. Just a great person."
Scott Carroll exited amid a key four-run sixth inning after Adam Dunn's game-tying homer in the fourth and the White Sox dropped a 7-1 decision to the Royals on Tuesday night.
Tyler Flowers' drive down the left-field line originally looked as if it would stay fair for his sixth home run, but the ball curved around the foul pole and was ruled foul by third-base umpire Mike Muchlinski. That call was confirmed after a crew chief review.
Paul Konerko learned at any early age that baseball is a tough game, a tough business. It's the sort of wisdom Konerko can impart upon Gordon Beckham, his friend and teammate, who is dealing with perpetual trade rumblings for yet another year.
White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper missed his second straight game on Monday due to a bout with vertigo. Bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen will serve as the club's pitching coach in Cooper's absence.
White Sox assistant hitting coach Harold Baines, who finished his 22-year big-league career with 2,866 hits, 384 homers and 1,626 RBIs, credited Hall of Fame inductee Tony La Russa for making him a better player.
The White Sox's ongoing hope for Jared Mitchell, their supremely athletic top pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, is that he would take off once things finally came together for him offensively. Mitchell is hitting .300 with seven homers and 14 RBIs for Double-A Birmingham.
Chris Sale fired seven strong innings with eight strikeouts, while Adam Dunn delivered a decisive two-run single in the first to help the White Sox earn a 3-1 win over the Royals on Monday night.
The death of his brother, Taylor Hooton, is still rooted in Donald Hooton Jr.'s everyday life, but Donald manifests that sorrow into promise, having made it his mission to rid the use of appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs among the nation's youth.
Kirk Champion watched Carlos Rodon throw his first side session, featuring fastballs and changeups, with Class A Winston-Salem last week. And Champion liked what he saw from the White Sox top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and the No. 3 selection overall.
It took parts of six Minor League seasons, but Taylor Thompson's perseverance paid off Sunday in making his Major League debut during an 11-7 White Sox loss to the Astros at U.S. Cellular Field.
Robin Ventura truly appreciates the career numbers produced by former teammate Frank Thomas during his Hall of Fame career. The fact that 16 of those seasons came on the South Side of Chicago gives Thomas' induction next weekend an extra special feeling.
Matt Lindstrom threw another successful bullpen session Saturday, covering 30 pitches. The right-hander will throw another bullpen Monday and then throw live batting practice to Avisail Garcia next weekend when the White Sox are in Minneapolis.
The good news for White Sox starting pitcher John Danks is that he almost certainly won't have to face the Astros again during the 2014 season. Now for the bad news: the Astros left the veteran southpaw something to remember them by during an 11-7 Houston victory Sunday afternoon before 26,256 at U.S. Cellular Field.
After Hector Noesi worked six innings, the White Sox bullpen squashed the Astros' comeback bid in a 4-3 victory Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Tyler Flowers knocked in the game-winner with a fifth-inning double.
Managers Bo Porter and Robin Ventura successfully challenged three calls in the Astros-White Sox game Saturday night in Chicago.
There has been no timetable set for a rehab assignment, as Avisail Garcia continues to take batting practice and work out with the team.
Jose Abreu and manager Robin Ventura do not expect fatigue to be a factor during Abreu's rookie season with the White Sox.