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White Sox lose a squeaker, 6-4

White Sox lose a squeaker, 6-4

Uh-oh: The loss is secondary to concern that Giolito has suffered a significant arm injury. | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Lucas Giolito arm injury in third inning casts a pall over the game CLEVELAND — A game that started out fine, got really ugly, and almost redeemed itself still ended in a 6-4 loss for the Chicago White Sox. Worse, the team awaits news of ace Lucas Giolito, who left midway through his third inning after an apparent arm injury. The White Sox struck fast and in surprising fashion against Cleveland ace Shane Bieber, as with two outs in the first Eloy Jiménez reached on...
Apr 1, 2020
No joke: Minor leaguers get paid

No joke: Minor leaguers get paid

Synchronicity: On the same day MLB agrees to pay minor leaguers ... we learn that A.J. Reed has retired. | Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via And the White Sox lose a former first-rounder Jeff Passan broke some news yesterday, something truly positive: Good news: All minor league players will be receiving $400 a week from Major League Baseball teams through at least May 31, source tells ESPN. They’ll receive medical benefits, too. Announcement by the league is expected soon.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 31, 2020 Why positive? Well, as Passan tries to explain in response to...
Mar 31, 2020
Herrera halts Cease’s masterpiece

Herrera halts Cease’s masterpiece

Disaster pen: It only took Kelvin Herrera four batters to erase Dylan Cease’s seven-inning gem. | Photo by Ron Jenkins/ White Sox lose late in Cleveland, 4-2 CLEVELAND — For seven innings, Dylan Cease spun a masterpiece. It took Kelvin Herrera just four batters to ruin it. Cleveland rallied for four runs in the eighth inning off of Herrera, squandering seven innings of two-hit, seven-K (five-walk) pitching from the young White Sox starter. Greg Allen doubled, Oscar Mercado singled him to third, Herrera balked a run in, José Ramírez singled and Francisco Lindor doubled to complete...
Mar 30, 2020
First-place White Sox crush Cleveland, 19-4

First-place White Sox crush Cleveland, 19-4

Easy day: After home runs in his first two at-bats, Encarnación could take his batting gloves off for the day, with four walks. | Photo by Ron Vesely/ Eloy has five hits; Encarnación two homers, four walks CLEVELAND — Despite a driving rain and chilly temps in the 40s, the White Sox swung hot bats all game long on Monday, demolishing Cleveland, 19-4. The White Sox were spurred by five hits, four runs and five RBIs from Eloy Jiménez (including a solo shot to lead off scoring in the first) and two homers (in his first two at-bats) and four walks from Edwin Encarnación. Chicago went...
Mar 30, 2020
SSS Podcast 8: Brad Balukjian and The Wax Pack

SSS Podcast 8: Brad Balukjian and The Wax Pack

Is this the face of a man who has 246,994 miles on his 2002 Honda Accord? Yes, yes it is. Tune in for a really fun talk about road trips, Carlton Fisk, life lessons and baseball cards! Brad Balukjian decided what the hell, I’m gonna open a pack of baseball cards from the first year I collected (1986), then track those players down to catch up with their lives, more than three decades later. He succeeded with almost all of the players in his pack — with a notable White Sox exception — and learned a lot about his cardboard heroes, and himself, along the way. This was a lot of fun,...
Mar 30, 2020
SSS Literary Supplement: The Wax Pack

SSS Literary Supplement: The Wax Pack

A more perfect subtitle, there’s never been: On the open road in search of baseball’s afterlife. Brad Balukjian’s debut book is a delightful romp through America — with a roadmap of 1986 Topps baseball cards I’m not by nature a reviewer of any sort, so this might be more brief than KP’s detailed dives into past tomes. But thankfully, we’re running a wonderful podcast side-by-side with this review to rescue me. While there’s not a big cliffhanger at the end, I’m hesitant to give too much away here. So let me extemporaneously describe this terrific book. First off — and...
Mar 29, 2020
López shines as White Sox take rubber game

López shines as White Sox take rubber game

Securing a spot: López smiles as he walked off the mound after whiffing Whit Merrifield with his 110th pitch of the game. | Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Madrigal’s first career homer helps secure a 2-1 win for the South Siders CHICAGO — Reynaldo López answered any questions about his readiness for the starting rotation with a resounding performance in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Kansas City. The star-crossed Chicago starter spun a stellar seven shutout innings, striking out eight Royals while yielding just three hits and two walks (78 game score). A beaming López rewarded manager Ricky...
Mar 28, 2020
Mazara’s sacrifice fly saves the day!

Mazara’s sacrifice fly saves the day!

Just enough: His 10th-inning fly ball wasn’t much, but it scored Adam Engel for the game-winner. | Photo by Ron Vesely/ A lost 4-0 lead is redeemed with Anderson’s homer, 10th-inning rally CHICAGO — Things got awfully blue in the seventh inning, as the Kansas City Royals melted a 4-0 lead and seemingly sent the Sox to a second straight loss. But a two-run bomb from Tim Anderson in the eighth erased the deficit, and a rally from the bench mob in the 10th won the game in dramatic fashion, 7-6. The Royals, who had announced Jakob Junis as today’s starter at the onset of the series,...
Mar 27, 2020
Further details on the shape of a 2020 season

Further details on the shape of a 2020 season

Power brokers: Reinsdorf, Manfred, and the rest of MLB ownership and brass have agreed to a basic 2020 framework — if there is to be a 2020 season. | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Regular season baseball could last to Halloween Yesterday, several prominent baseball writers brought us the initial framework of how a 2020 season would play out, particularly with regard to service time and the amateur draft: $170 million advanced to players over April and May, while baseball is idle. If the season is cancelled, players will keep the advance. If and when play resumes, player salaries will be...
Mar 26, 2020
Owners, players agree service time, draft rules

Owners, players agree service time, draft rules

Moving forward: Both owners and players have agreed to a basic structure for 2020. | Photo by Alejandra Villa Loarca/Newsday via Overall, everything’s still amorphous, but a few details have been hammered out. Hurrah! A series of tweets from Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken Rosenthal of the athletic breaks some significant news about how the 2020 MLB season will play out. First, owners have agreed to advance $170 million to players over April and May, while baseball is idle. If the season is cancelled, players will keep the advance. If and when play resumes, player salaries will be...
Mar 26, 2020
Rough sim start: White Sox cough away opener, 4-3

Rough sim start: White Sox cough away opener, 4-3

Final highlight: Eloy had hits in his first four at-bats in the OOTP opener at Sox Park. | Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Yoán Moncada throwing error is the difference Well, it was a rough one, as the White Sox dropped their home opener in front of a frosty-cold crowd at Sox Park. Chicago wasted a valiant effort from Lucas Giolito (six innings, four hits, two walks, one earned, six Ks) and four hits from Eloy Jiménez in a fall-from-ahead loss to the Royals, 4-3. Giolito had a rough first, as a Whit Merrifield single, Jorge Soler double and Hunter Dozier sac fly put K.C. up, 1-0. But...
Mar 25, 2020
OOTP final roster: White Sox

OOTP final roster: White Sox

Your starting second baseman: Is Nick Madrigal — in our OOTP season sim. | Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports Madrigal and Fulmer make the cut for our fantasy South Siders Yes, in lieu of actual baseball, SBN has partnered with Out of the Park baseball to simulate the 2020 season. I will be running the games, and thus have made the final roster decisions. Nick Madrigal will start the season with the White Sox, as the starting second baseman. Leury García will sub in at second and at all three outfield positions; depending on how Madrigal starts, García may also take on the toughest...
Mar 24, 2020
2020 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Wrap-Up

2020 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Wrap-Up

Under the wire: The final Top Prospect Vote winner? Newcomer Logan Glass. | Sean Williams/South Side Sox All 50 prospects are accounted for and preserved for prosperity Some 14,634 votes later, we have our final Top 50! As usual, it’s an arduous process, with it’s fair share of critics here (ChicagoTexan gets a shout-out) and elsewhere (folks embroiled in higher-minded game shows, puzzles, book clubs, social media tournaments and travelogues). But as the writer who shepherded this whole series, and has from the start, I appreciate your participation, which ultimately contributes to...
Mar 23, 2020
White Sox Truncated Spring All-Stars

White Sox Truncated Spring All-Stars

Former, present and future champion: Engel, once again, takes home Arizona MVP honors. | Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports Adam Engel and Yermín Mercedes earned the most MVP votes during a shortened Cactus League The Chicago White Sox got “only” 17 games in for this Cactus League season, good for a 10-7 record and a tie for fourth in Arizona (and a tie for eighth in all of baseball). We engaged an MVP vote for every spring game — in fact, for an imagined game (a runaway romp vs. Kansas City) as well. Based on 4,357 votes, here are our White Sox Truncated Spring All-Stars. Both Adam...
Mar 19, 2020
Chris Sale to undergo Tommy John surgery

Chris Sale to undergo Tommy John surgery

Worst news: Former White Sox ace Chris Sale is undergoing TJS. | Photo by Adam Glanzman/ After a troubled 2019 and painful spring, the ex-White Sox goes under the knife A bad spring for Boston just got worse. Chris Sale had just resumed his throwing program Monday after being shut down for two weeks when the pain resurfaced. He'll be out now until late 2021 or the start of the 2022 season for the #RedSox— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 19, 2020 The worst offseason in recent Boston sports memory continues... @RedSox ace Chris Sale will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss...