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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The baseball season is a grind, a mental and physical marathon with a level of difficulty like no other in sports, according to White Sox captain Paul Konerko. First baseman Jose Abreu is  going to go the distance. Aside from a 15-day stint on the disabled list with a bum ankle, he has been in the lineup almost every day.  Because ‘‘the distance’’ in Cuba was 90 games, Abreu’s stamina in his first 162-game season has been a topic of discussion in September. Before the White Sox’ 4-3 loss Monday to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:52:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Spoilers or not, White Sox just want to win ]]> Lead story image

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The White Sox opened a three-game series Monday against the contending Royals and will finish the season with four games at home against them. They also have three games against the contending Tigers next week in Detroit, so playing the role of spoiler is there if the Sox want to embrace it. The way the Sox see it, though, it’s nice when they beat contenders, but nobody loses sleep if they don’t. ‘‘We’re just trying to win games; that’s the most important thing,’’ right fielder Avisail Garcia said. ‘‘Not because they’re fighting for the playoffs [but … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:42:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox suffer walkoff loss, edged by Royals 4-3 ]]> Lead story image

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Terrance Gore scored from second base on Lorenzo Cain’s chopper over the mound, and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 4-3 walkoff victory against the visiting White Sox Monday night. The Royals tied the game in the ninth when pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson stole third and scored on a wild pitch. Dyson was running for Mike Moustakas, who had doubled into the left-field corner against Jake Petricka. Left-hander John Danks pitched six scoreless innings but was denied in his bid for his first victory since July 25. It was a big victory for the Royals, who … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:51:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jose Abreu certainly in elite company ]]> Lead story image

When White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu drove in his 100th run last week, he moved into select company as only the fourth rookie in history to put up at least 30 home runs, 30 doubles and 100 RBI. The others make up a pretty amazing group. There’s Hall of Famer Ted Williams, with a .327 batting average, 1.045 OPS, 31 homers, 41 doubles and 145 RBI for the Red Sox in 1941. Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, a Hall certainty, had numbers of .329, 1.014, 37, 47 and 130 for the Cardinals in 2001. And the totals for Indians … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:42:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Twins spark memories for Paul Konerko ]]> Lead story image

Minnesota Twins All-Star Joe Mauer and his manager, Ron Gardenhire, fought classic on-field battles with the White Sox — and always with admiring respect for Sox captain Paul Konerko. “He was always an example to young players of how you should conduct yourself,” Mauer said. “I’ve had the unfortunate experience of seeing him rounding the bases on us many times,” Gardenhire said. “He’s that professional guy who handled himself on and off the field. He was the clutch hitter you hated to see come up in RBI situations. He had power, but he got to the point where he could … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:58:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox will make division contenders work for it ]]> Lead story image

The White Sox finished their homestand 5-2 despite a 6-4 loss Sunday to the Minnesota Twins that ended a four-game win streak. They’ll be in the thick of the American League Central playoff race in their final 13 games, beginning with the start of a nine-game road trip tonight in Kansas City. The Sox will play three against the Royals and end the trip with three in Detroit before finishing the season at home with four against the Royals. ‘‘There is an integrity that you have to the game that you play those to win,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘Do … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:57:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jose Abreu hits 35th HR, but White Sox fall to Twins 6-4 ]]> Lead story image

Rookie Trevor May struck out a season-high 10 in six innings and the Minnesota Twins overcame Jose Abreu’s 35th home run, beating the Chicago White Sox 6-4 Sunday to end a four-game losing streak. Trevor Plouffe and Jordan Schafer homered for the Twins. May (3-4) was staked to an early 4-0 lead, then hung on to win his third straight start. The 6-foot-5 right-hander walked none while allowing three runs and five hits in his seventh start and longest outing so far. Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 40 chances, despite giving up Abreu’s homer. Abreu … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:27:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox enjoying 1-2 punch of Chris Sale-Jose Quintana ]]> Lead story image

The White Sox are defying conventional wisdom by riding two left-handers at the top of their rotation. But conventional wisdom doesn’t really apply to a pair of left-handers that have been as good as Chris Sale and Jose Quintana this season. Sale is the undisputed No. 1, but Quintana quietly has become No. 1A behind the American League’s ERA leader. Quintana continued to do what he does best Saturday against the Twins: pitched seven strong innings and gave the Sox a chance to win. And this time, for a change, the left-hander actually came away the victor after a 5-1 … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:34:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Noesi could earn spot with team in 2015 ]]> Lead story image

The White Sox needed bullpen help when they took a flier on Hector Noesi and claimed him from the Rangers in April. What they got instead was a serviceable right-handed starter who has pitched himself into contention for a spot in the 2015 rotation. “You see where he started and now where he’s at,” Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He was only throwing four or five innings when we first got him. But he’s done enough to be in the equation.” Noesi, 27, is nearing the end of his one-year contract and will be eligible for arbitration after the season. … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:35:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox lefty Jose Quintana’s value shown in WAR stat ]]> Lead story image

Jose Quintana’s name hasn’t been tossed around with the game’s elite. That’s not surprising given Quintana is the second-best pitcher on a White Sox team that is 14 games under .500. But it’s mid-September and Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester, Chris Sale and David Price are the only left-handers in baseball with a better WAR than Quintana. WAR, or wins above replacement, is an all-encompassing metric designed to show how many more wins a player is worth to his team than an average bench player or minor league call-up. Quintana’s WAR of 4.7 —meaning he’s generated 4.7 more wins for the … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:13:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chris Sale keeps mowing down opponents, expanding vocabulary ]]> Lead story image

Chris Sale’s vocabulary is growing with each start. So is his case for a Cy Young Award, which, even if it does fall a tad short alongside Felix Hernandez’s, is remarkable considering he missed five weeks with a flexor muscle strain. Sale lowered his ERA to an American League-best 1.99 with eight scoreless innings in the White Sox’ 1-0 victory Thursday over the Oakland Athletics, leaving shortstop Marcus Semien (home run) and reliever Jake Petricka (13th save) to do the only other necessary work as the Sox took their third game in a four-game series against the slumping A’s. Sale … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:21:18 -0500