Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Jose Abreu hits 31st HR; White Sox pound Tigers 11-4 ]]> Lead story image

DETROIT — It’s good for Jose Abreu to have someone like Moises Sierra around. Abreu is an all-business, no-nonsense type who isn’t big on cars, jewelry or much of anything else besides baseball. A backup outfielder who keeps things loose in the dugout, the clubhouse and the field, Sierra is often responsible for the rare smiles Abreu flashes during games. “I try to do that with everybody,’’ Sierra said. “It’s good to keep us relaxed. With Jose, I do it a little more.’’ Abreu helped the Sox relax by going 3-for-4 with his major-league-leading 31st homer, a two-run double (his … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:05:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Matt Lindstrom throws in simulated game ]]> Lead story image

DETROIT — From his viewpoint on the sidelines, reliever Matt Lindstrom has seen a largely inexperienced White Sox bullpen take its lumps. For the guy who was supposed to take the lead as the closer, it has been tough to watch. “It’s been frustrating for me,’’ Lindstrom said Tuesday. “To get another chance to close at the start of the season, I was very excited. I wanted to take that job and run with it.’’ Lindstrom, 34, who had saved 45 games in his career, was OK in the role with six saves and a 3.32 ERA, but he never … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:31:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ John Danks to Yanks? Not so fast ]]> Lead story image

DETROIT — It’s one thing to count down the hours to the trade deadline with a stockpile of veterans that other teams really want. It’s another to be the White Sox, who have an assortment of serviceable vets with varying degrees of value — none of it off the charts —for teams needing a piece or two to make a run at the postseason. John Danks is proving to be a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter again, but his contract makes trading him difficult. Danks is not the hot commodity Jake Peavy was when general manager Rick Hahn cleared that big salary … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:11:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ What White Sox, Cubs are likely to do for rest of season ]]> Lead story image

The White Sox’ 51-55 record is right on the pace their 455 runs scored and 471 runs allowed suggest they should be on through the Pythagorean projection developed by Bill James. The Cubs have won a few games fewer than their data suggest. They were 42-61 through Sunday, and their 397 runs scored and 447 runs allowed pointed toward a 46-57 record. Does that mean the Sox can expect to stay on an even keel for the last two months and the Cubs can expect to improve a bit? Not necessarily. Rosters change, and so do other conditions. At, … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:23:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Reliever Ronald Belisario melts down in White Sox’ loss to Twins ]]> Lead story image

MINNEAPOLIS — Scott Carroll was taken out because of a blister, Ronald Belisario was taken aback over a bracelet and, just like that, a one-run lead disappeared for the White Sox in a 4-3 loss Sunday to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Sox led 2-1 before Belisario, who was called on to start the seventh inning when Carroll was forced to exit after only 78 pitches, walked Josh Willingham on four pitches after plate umpire Jeff Kellogg made him remove a bracelet from his left wrist. Trainer Herm Schneider was summoned to remove the bracelet, which Belisario wears … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:18:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Reliever Matt Lindstrom targets return in early August ]]> Lead story image

MINNEAPOLIS — Help for the bullpen should be on the way soon. Right-hander Matt Lindstrom said he expects to be ready when the White Sox visit Seattle for a four-game series that starts Aug. 7. Lindstrom, who opened the season as the closer before being sidelined by a torn sheath in his left ankle that required surgery, last pitched May 19. He is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game Tuesday in Detroit before going on a rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte. ‘‘I’m excited,’’ Lindstrom said Sunday. Lindstrom said he still has some mild discomfort around the area that … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:19:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Emotional Frank Thomas shows heartwarming side in Cooperstown ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: Once the tears started, they never really stopped. And seeing as how they started the moment Frank Thomas stepped to the podium Sunday, there was a very good chance he was going to be at flood stage three minutes into his Hall of Fame induction speech. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:18:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frank Thomas inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame ]]> Lead story image

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Frank Thomas, the most accomplished slugger in Chicago White Sox history, has been inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Nicknamed “The Big Hurt” for his bat prowess, Thomas won AL MVP awards in 1993 and 1994 and finished his 19-year career with a .301 batting average, 521 homers and 1,704 RBIs. He’s also the only player in major league history with seven straight seasons with a .300 average, 20 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 walks, and the first Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter. Thomas played 16 years for … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:01:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sale, Abreu have White Sox prepared to contend quicker ]]> Lead story image

MINNEAPOLIS — The more Chris Sale keeps doing the marvelous things he’s doing at 25 and the more Jose Abreu does his thing at 27, the more you wonder whether White Sox general manager Rick Hahn should consider moving his rebuilding plan along a bit faster. The Sox’ strategy for long-term success that began during their 99-loss debacle last season pegged 2015 or 2016 as the time to contend. With Sale, who improved to 10-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.88 by striking out 12 Minnesota Twins in eight innings in a 7-0 victory Saturday, and Abreu, the major-league home-run … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:30:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox’ Chris Sale shuts down Twins in victory ]]> Lead story image

Chris Sale tied a season high with 12 strikeouts in eight dominant innings, Alexei Ramirez hit his 10th homer, and the White Sox beat Minnesota 7-0 on Saturday night for their third straight win over the Twins. ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:28:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Avisail Garcia should return in September ]]> Lead story image

MINNEAPOLIS — Manager Robin Ventura gave his most definitive take Saturday on Avisail Garcia’s chances of playing for the White Sox again this season, saying he expects the prized 23-year-old right fielder to play by early September at the latest. “It’s pretty amazing his recovery time, how he looks and how healthy he looks,’’ Ventura said. “I think by September he’ll be playing again this year. Earlier than that, I don’t know, but I expect him now to play here. I wouldn’t have said that awhile ago just because of the prognosis of how long the recovery was going to … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:31:02 -0500