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 snaps HR drought, but White Sox still lose ]]> Lead story image

No one seemed to be panicking about Jose Abreu’s 0-for-August in home runs, but it was a significant drought for the star rookie who watched his American League lead disappear when the Orioles’ Nelson Cruz hit No. 32 at U.S. Cellular Field the night before. That dry spell finally came to an end during Abreu’s first at-bat in the White Sox’ 5-1 loss Tuesday to the Baltimore Orioles when he homered into the left-field seats against Chris Tillman for his first long ball since July 29, putting him in a tie for the major-league lead with Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton. … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:20:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Carlos Rodon makes debut for Class AAA Charlotte ]]> Lead story image

Carlos Rodon’s Class AAA debut for the Charlotte Knights was something of a mixed bag Tuesday. The left-hander out of North Carolina State pitched three innings, allowing one run, one hit and three walks against the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A club. He struck out three and exited after 55 pitches. The plan for Rodon, who was promoted from Class A Winston-Salem after a successful stint, was to pitch four innings or 60 pitches in his first start. The Sox haven’t said whether Rodon will be put on the 40-man roster and brought up in September, but indications are they hope to … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:21:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chris Sale gets the K’s, but O’s get ‘W’ ]]> Lead story image

Maybe next year, if general manager Rick Hahn can piece together a better bullpen than the one that has troubled his team all season long, perhaps the White Sox will win games like the one they lost Monday night. With ace left-hander Chris Sale pitching below his high standards but well enough to win with three runs allowed and eight strikeouts in six innings, the Sox were looking at a chance to slow down the American League East-leading Baltimore Orioles after Avisail Garcia’s two-out single in the ­seventh inning against Bud Norris got them within a run. But then the … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:22:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Adam Dunn ponders retirement ]]> Lead story image

This will be Adam Dunn’s last season with the White Sox, and, as he has been saying in recent days, it very well could be his last season, period. It’s not that Dunn has nothing left in the tank. He’s 34. But he has made $112 million in his career, a good chunk of it from the four-year, $56 million deal with the Sox that is up after this season. “I’m not a 22-year-old single guy anymore,’’ said Dunn, who’s married with three young children. “There are a lot of things that play into coming back and your decision.’’ Dunn … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:02:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Conor Gillaspie’s grand slam lifts White Sox past Blue Jays ]]> Lead story image

The what-if game always can be a subplot to a season, though White Sox manager Robin Ventura doesn’t like to participate. Trying to evaluate what the Sox would’ve been like with a healthy Avisail Garcia, Adam Eaton, Matt Lindstrom and Nate Jones all season is a fruitless venture. But learning how to deal with those unplanned circumstances is very much a part of his reality. ‘‘You remember seasons like this as a player,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘But as a manager, it’s important for these guys [to learn] that if somebody gets hurt, you keep playing. ‘‘You realize how important guys are, … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:21:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jordan Danks makes a play to stay with his 3-RBI day ]]> Lead story image

Outfielder Jordan Danks is trying to make the most of his latest stay and is hoping he finally can duplicate the hitting success he has had in the minors. The younger brother of pitcher John Danks has made a good showing in seven games since being recalled after Adam Eaton was hurt. He is hitting .350 (7-for-20) and drove in three runs Sunday with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly. ‘‘I’m not trying to do too much but definitely trying to be better than the first time I was up,’’ he said. Top draft pick getting close The Sox … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:21:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sox fans give Mark Buehrle a Cell of a welcome back ]]> Lead story image

Mark Buehrle was afraid White Sox fans might boo him if he pitched well in his first start at U.S. Cellular Field as a visitor. The 35-year-old did pitch well Saturday for the Blue Jays, but not well enough to draw the ire of the South Side faithful. Instead, Buehrle received a standing ovation before the game and, despite his fears, received another when he was relieved with one out and the lead in the sixth inning. The Blue Jays’ bullpen let him down shortly thereafter, and he didn’t factor in the decision in the Jays’ 6-3 victory. “I had … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:34:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ RF Garcia goes 2-for-4 in return ]]> Lead story image

Four months after tearing the labrum in his left shoulder and being told he’d miss the rest of the season, White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia returned and hit cleanup Saturday. Garcia, who had nothing left to prove on a rehab stint at Class AAA Charlotte, was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list before the game against the Blue Jays. He went 2-for-4 with a double, scored a run and drove in another. “I’ve been working hard, doing everything right to come back this year,” Garcia said. “Everything is well, so thank God for that. I feel great, and I’m … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:34:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quick start just what doctor ordered for Sox in 11-5 victory ]]> Lead story image

The tailspinning Toronto Blue Jays were a welcome sight for the White Sox on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field. After a run of eight games in which the Sox averaged just 1.6 runs, they put a pair of five-spots on the board and rolled to an 11-5 victory. ‘‘The offense was great tonight,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘To be able to bounce back and give up one in the first, just battle back, answer that, and put together a really great inning against a hot pitcher, it was good to see the offense do this tonight.’’ Much of the conversation … ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 02:12:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mark Buehrle hopes to be cheered in return to the Cell ]]>

A return to U.S. Cellular Field might be just what Toronto Blue Jays pitcher and former Sox ace Mark Buehrle needs. On Saturday, the fast-working left-hander will make his first start on the South Side since his 12-year run with the Sox ended in 2011. Fans will almost certainly give a warm reception to Buehrle, whose Sox highlights include a World Series in 2005, a perfect game in 2009 and four All-Star Game appearances. “It’s nice to come back where you played for so long and hopefully get cheered,” Buehrle said Friday. “I remember Frank [Thomas] got cheered. Then he … ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gordon Beckham’s White Sox tenure could be nearing its end ]]> Lead story image

There’s a month and a half to go in the season, and maybe for Gordon Beckham, as well. Not in baseball, but in a White Sox uniform, the only one the 27-year-old second baseman has worn since he was selected eighth overall in the 2008 draft. The Sox have several second-base prospects on the rise, cheaper alternatives in their system such as Carlos Sanchez, Micah Johnson and Marcus Semien, whose opportunities to step up will begin in September. Beckham’s glove has been typically good — exceptional, even — but his bat is on yet another descent after it showed flashes … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:58:18 -0500