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White Sox 50-50, as is their trade deadline approach

Despite crosstown success, South Siders are only one game better than last year Last year, the White Sox climbed to 49-50 with a rollicking 9-2 win over the Boston Red Sox -- with Jose Quintana on the mound, of all people. The victory was their seventh straight, and they had a good chance for eight and a .500 record with Chris Sale against a largely unknown Steven Wright in their 100th game of the season. Sale got nailed with a comebacker in the first inning to set the tone for a rough night. The White Sox lost 8-2 to fall to 49-51, Adam LaRoche pitched against the Yankees the next day, and...
South Side Sox Jul 26, 2016

Chris Sale apologizes to teammates and fans, doubles down against manager

The most tenured White Sox doesn't sound particularly remorseful for slashing uniforms in first interview after suspension Given some time to calm down after the decidedly un-calm actions of destroying throwback jerseys with a knife, Chris Sale sounded mostly reasonable in an interview with Scott Merkin. He said he wanted to remain with the White Sox, that his desire for winning grows stronger the longer he plays. He apologized to the fans who came to see him pitch, and the bullpen for taking on the workload when he was sent home. All sensible stuff... .. that will be largely ignored...
South Side Sox Jul 26, 2016

White Sox 5, Cubs 4: Third straight walk-off

Bottom of the order erases blown save, with Tyler Saladino delivering the KO Because David Robertson threw three times in 24 hours, and Nate Jones five times in six games, Matt Albers had a chance to earn his first save in his 438th career appearance. That didn’t happen. Albers blew the save, and so the Sox had to settle for a different anomaly: a third consecutive walk-off. After the White Sox’ best hitters — Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera -- delivered the first two, the bottom of the order picked up the slack (and Albers) tonight. J.B. Shuck greeted lefty Mike Montgomery with a firm...
South Side Sox Jul 25, 2016

Reaching the Apex - A Chicago Cubs preview

A look ahead at our crosstown rivals Last week, the day after the disaster of a baseball game that featured the White Sox losing a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth, I flipped on the Cubs game as I waited for the White Sox to start.  They were locked in a close battle with the Mets as Jake Arrieta and Noah Syndergaard (with some help from the bullpens) pitched to a 1-1 draw over eight innings. The Mets scored one in the top of the ninth that temporarily deflated a lively sellout crowd at Wrigley, but man, was the bottom of the ninth exciting. Jeurys Familia, the Mets' closer, didn't...
South Side Sox Jul 25, 2016

Maybe Chris Sale and the White Sox are made for each other

Uniform-cutting incident the latest of strange explosions for a team and player susceptible to them The White Sox’ decision to suspend Chris Sale five games for cutting up the team’s 1976 throwback uniforms seems more divisive among fans than it should be, although I understand why. At this point, the front office has little credibility with the larger fan base. Robin Ventura has none. The Condor is one of the few things that’s consistently enjoyable about following this franchise. When it comes to intraoffice squabbles, the non-players are operating from a deficit. But even with that...
South Side Sox Jul 25, 2016

White Sox Minor League Update: July 24-30

Scores, stats, and news from the White Sox farm system Jogging through Sunday's box scores... Indianapolis 2, Charlotte 1 Jason Coats went 1-for-4. Jake Peter, 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout. Montgomery 6, Birmingham 4 Eddy Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a triple. Courtney Hawkins, 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Trey Michalczewski, 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. Potomac 7, Winston-Salem 6 Zack Collins went 1-for-3 with a homer, walk and strikeout. Nick Basto, 1-for-5 with a triple. Delmarva 6, Kannapolis 3 Johan Cruz went 0-for-3 with a walk. Alex Call, 0-for-4 with a...
South Side Sox Jul 25, 2016

Podcast: Back to the drawing board

Our guest Scott Merkin provides additional insight from the clubhouse about Chris Sale and how the team can move forward. Man, do we have plenty to discuss this week on the podcast. Here is the rundown: A friend of the podcast, MLB.com's Scott Merkin stops by to share what he has learned about the incident surrounding Chris Sale. How will the team move forward and if trade rumors are impacting the clubhouse? Jim and I debate if Sale slashing uniforms is the dumbest thing we've heard of concerning the Sox. We spend a great deal of this week's show going to the drawing board. After all...
South Side Sox Jul 24, 2016

White Sox 5, Tigers 4: David Robertson gets greedy

Closer picks up his second win of the day, but only after blowing save by allowing three ninth-inning solo shots David Robertson could’ve earned a win and save in the same day for the second time in his White Sox career. That wasn’t enough for him. He had to gun for two victories. He did his part by giving up three solo homers in the ninth inning to erase a 4-1 lead. The White Sox did theirs by manufacturing a run off Bruce Rondon. Adam Eaton drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on Tim Anderson’s sacrifice bunt and coming around on Melky Cabrera’s single past Nick Castellanos. After...
South Side Sox Jul 24, 2016

White Sox suspend Chris Sale five days for cutting uniforms

Saturday start will be the only one missed; Anthony Ranaudo up to provide bullpen reinforcement After the White Sox sent Chris Sale home on Saturday for cutting up the 1976 throwback uniforms he did not want to wear, they levied additional punishment with a five-game suspension. Saturday’s dismissal counts as the first day, so he will be eligible to return as early as Thursday, which is the final game of the White Sox-Cubs series. It basically amounts to one missed start. The Sox recalled Anthony Ranaudo to take his place on the roster. While Ranaudo is a starter, he’ll likely be used...
Bless You Boys Jul 24, 2016

Detroit Tigers 3, Chicago White Sox 3: Game suspended for rain

Game 98 will resume Sunday at 2:10 ET. A night filled with oddities and delays, ended with another one Saturday night. A 3-3 game was postponed after the skies opened up in the bottom of the 8th inning. The initial delay for rain was the third of the game, but with forecasts predicting several more hours of rain until at least 2:00am EST, the decision was made to suspend play. The contest will resume tomorrow at 2:10 EST. The final game of the four-game series between the Tigers and White Sox will begin following the conclusion of Saturday night’s tie game. Anibal Sanchez will oppose...
South Side Sox Jul 23, 2016

Chris Sale scratched after cutting up throwback uniforms

After an hour of confusion, the silliest possible reason is the one that sticks, per all the reports The White Sox said Chris Sale was scratched from his start due to a "non-physical" incident, but you’d probably disagree if you were a 1976 throwback uniform. After an hour of speculation that went from illness to trade to God knows what, Tommy Stokke of Today’s Knuckleball broke the report that stuck. Not a joke: Source says Sale blowup was because he didn't want to wear throwbacks, so he cut the jerseys up so no one could wear them. — Tommy Stokke (@StokkeTommy) July 23,...
South Side Sox Jul 23, 2016

Chris Sale scratched from start due to "clubhouse incident," not trade

White Sox release vague, troubling statement after late decision Brace yourselves. Tonight could be a doozy. Chris Sale was scratched from his start against Detroit tonight, with Matt Albers replacing him. It took an eternity to find out why, and we still don’t actually really know the reason. Original reports of the flu didn’t materialize, and then were shot down. That increased the trade speculation, and that, too, was shot down by multiple reports shortly before White Sox released a statement of their own that says simultaneously so much and so little. CHICAGO – Chicago White Sox...
South Side Sox Jul 23, 2016

White Sox rumors: Chris Sale, Jose Quintana talk dominating discussions

Rangers and Red Sox reportedly most interested in star pitchers In his living autopsy of the 2016 season, Rick Hahn gave the impression that if he had to trade players off yet another sinking ship, he’d prefer to only move players outside the core. There are a number of such players available: *Bullpen: David Robertson has the greatest track record and the heaviest contract. Zach Duke could be in demand, considering he’s left-handed, exceeding his salary, and left-handed. Friday notwithstanding, Nate Jones has been sneaky good this year, and he has team options through 2020. *Infield:...
South Side Sox Jul 23, 2016

Tigers 7, White Sox 5: Carson Fulmer falters in first test

Rookie reliever struggles with control to take first loss For a brief moment, the White Sox looked poised to pull off an upset. They solved phenom rookie Michael Fulmer for five runs, three of them coming when Justin Morneau turned on an elevated cutter and deposited it into the Detroit bullpen for his first homer in a White Sox uniform and a 5-4 lead through five. The problem: The bullpen had to protect that one-run lead while covering 5⅔ innings after the Tigers wore out Jacob Turner. The effort broke down in the seventh, as Carson Fulmer struggled to find the strike zone in his first...
Bless You Boys Jul 22, 2016

Tigers 7, White Sox 5: Miguel Cabrera notches four hits, 1500th career RBI in win

Cabrera shines, Fulmer struggles as the Tigers grind out the victory. Michael Fulmer was not his sharpest on Friday night, struggling with his command and lasting only five innings. Thankfully, Miguel Cabrera had himself a night and the offense finally showed some life, propelling the Detroit Tigers to a 7-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox to take a 2-0 series lead. The Tigers had a chance to get on the board right away against Jacob Turner. The former Detroit No. 1 prospect loaded the bases with two outs, but got Justin Upton to strike out swinging. The White Sox struck in the bottom...

MLB trade rumors: The White Sox might trade Chris Sale, which would be awesome for the Tigers

It might make the Sox better in the future, but Tigers fans won’t miss Chris Sale one bit. At the moment, the MLB trade market looks roughly as exciting as the Detroit Tigers’ platoon in right field. There isn’t much talent to be found, and the players in the discussion are probably getting far more attention than they deserve (Tyler Collins did hit that one home run, though). Luckily, both of those topics are heating up quickly. On the trade front, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports dropped a doozy of a rumor when he reported that the Chicago White Sox are listening to offers for star...
South Side Sox Jul 22, 2016

White Sox admit the problem, but can they address it?

Tough decisions ahead for a brain trust that hasn't been good at them As the White Sox were coming out of the All-Star break, we discussed the biggest questions the team faced during the second half. The first was, "Will the White Sox add?" A first-half record of 45-43 put them in a delicate position: It seems like the front office is poised to add, but if the White Sox open the second half with six straight losses ... what might be the point? After opening the second half by losing five out of six ... there is none. So, as a homestand opened on Thursday, Rick Hahn came out to tell the...
South Side Sox Jul 22, 2016

Tigers 2, White Sox 1 (6½ innings): Even the weather is against them

Two solo shots off James Shields in the fifth decide abbreviated game There’s already a figurative rain cloud following the White Sox from city to city. There was a literal one tonight, and it was just as poorly timed as everything else this year. A storm forced this one to be called in the middle of the seventh. James Shields only had a one-run cushion to work with as the rain started closing in, but he ended up surrendering solo shots to Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera in the fifth, which ended up deciding the game. It’s the latest of hard luck for Shields. On a 90-degree evening with...
South Side Sox Jul 21, 2016

GameThread: Tigers at White Sox

Detroit is leading the season series, four games to two. TV: CSN Chicago Tonight's #SoxGameDay starters: pic.twitter.com/P6EaJjzcH1 — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 21, 2016 Ian Kinsler leads all MLB 2nd basemen in runs scored. He starts us off tonight vs. the White Sox. #Tigers lineup: pic.twitter.com/A4NR3m786T — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 21, 2016
South Side Sox Jul 21, 2016

White Sox GM confirms gloomy outlook

The front office has ruled out any short-term rental deals in hopes of making the postseason this year. The Chicago White Sox general manager, Rick Hahn, spoke with reporters before tonight's game against the Detroit Tigers. With a record of 46-48, ten games back of the American League Central leading Cleveland Indians and seven games back in the wild card race, most around baseball considered the Sox's chances of making the postseason toast. That sentiment was all but confirmed by Hahn. Hahn: "We’re mired in mediocrity & that’s not the goal, that’s not acceptable, that’s not...

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