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White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is one of three finalists for the American League Cy Young Award, one of the most prestigious individual awards in baseball. First baseman Jose Abreu was named one of three finalists for the AL Rookie of the Year Award and appears to be the overwhelming favorite to win the honor named after Jackie Robinson. Whether the Sox get more than runner-up recognition, which teammates Alexei Ramirez and Adam Eaton had to settle for when the AL Gold Glove Awards were announced Tuesday, will be revealed Monday (Rookie of the Year) and next Wednesday (Cy Young). … ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:42:22 -0600 <![CDATA[ Jose Abreu named Players Choice AL Outstanding rookie ]]> Lead story image

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been named the Players Choice American League Outstanding Rookie, the second rookie award for the Cuban slugger who was named Sporting News Rookie of the Year last month. The Baseball Writers Association of America will announce the Jackie Robinson Rookies of the Year next Monday. Abreu, who played his first season in the majors after starring in Cuba, is an overwhelming favorite to win the AL honor. The Players Choice Awards are presented by the Major League Baseball Players Association and voted on by players from each league. Abreu, 27, is expected to … ]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 21:09:12 -0600 <![CDATA[ White Sox’ Jose Abreu only choice for AL Rookie of Year ]]> Lead story image

There shouldn’t be much doubt when the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announces the winner of its American League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday. By the numbers, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu towered over first-year players in both leagues. Among rookies with at least 300 plate appearances, Abreu’s .964 OPS was 140 points higher than the runner-up, Twins center fielder-shortstop Danny Santana. By rWAR, the version of wins above replacement, it’s Abreu 5.5, Astros right-hander Collin McHugh 4.2 and Santana 3.9. By’s fWAR, it’s Abreu 5.3, Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier 3.8, McHugh 3.3 and Santana … ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:23:39 -0600 <![CDATA[ MVP Bumgarner carries Giants to World Series title; earns 5-inning save in Game 7 ]]> Lead story image

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The San Francisco Giants had the Kansas City Royals right where they wanted – leading them by a run in Game 7 of the World Series, with series MVP Madison Bumgarner warming up in the bullpen. Nearly untouchable and certainly unflinching in two stellar starts in Games 1 and 5, Bumgarner pitched on two days rest in relief and showed Royals manager Ned Yost that he can pitch in relief, too, tossing five scoreless innings to close out the Giants 3-2 win in Game 7 Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium. “Bumgarner’s a great starting pitcher,’’ Yost said … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:09:31 -0600 <![CDATA[ Royals have become big part of AL Central revival ]]> Lead story image

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When we last saw the White Sox, they were losing three of four games at home to the Kansas City Royals to close the 2014 season. Retiring captain Paul Konerko paused during a farewell speech that weekend to wish the Sox’ American League Central rivals well. ‘‘You guys can do it,’’ he said. ‘‘Represent.’’ Did they ever. The Royals qualified for the postseason for the first time in 29 years, then won eight consecutive playoff games to reach the World Series, which they lost in seven games to the San Francisco Giants and extraordinary left-hander Madison … ]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 09:33:46 -0600 <![CDATA[ Young Royals lefty Brandon Finnegan has friend in White Sox prospect Carlos Rodon ]]> Lead story image

While No. 3 overall draft pick Carlos Rodon was pitching in the minor leagues, No. 17 pick Brandon Finnegan was helping the Kansas City Royals get to the World Series. For all the talk about Rodon making a fast-track contribution to the Sox in 2014, it was Finnegan — another 21-year-old left-hander — who would make major-league contributions and major headlines. Rodon, Finnegan’s roommate with Team USA, was left with nothing to do baseball-wise but to cheer while watching his pal pitch on the postseason stage. Sox general manager Rick Hahn had said Rodon wasn’t quite ready for the majors, … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:48:22 -0600 <![CDATA[ Royals force Game 7, hammer Giants 10-0 in World Series ]]> Lead story image

KANSAS CITY, Mo -- There will be a Game 7. There was little doubt of that early on Tuesday after the Kansas City Royals scored seven runs in the second inning, knocking out former White Sox Jake Peavy en route to a 10-0 blowout victory over the San Francisco Giants in Game 6 of the World Series. Yordano Ventura pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball, and Mike Moustakas doubled and homered. Lorenzo Cain drove in three runs and Eric Hosmer had two RBI for the Royals. Veteran right-handers Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals and Tim Hudson of the Giants … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:21:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ Jose Canseco shoots own hand while cleaning gun ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS — Former major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home. Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Reddon says the former Oakland Athletics outfielder told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand. He was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. Canseco is a right-handed batter who hit 462 career home runs and was a six-time All-Star. He also played for Texas, … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:09:34 -0600 <![CDATA[ Royals chase Peavy in Game 2, use five-run 6th to even World Series ]]> Lead story image

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals got to Jake Peavy — and everyone else from the Giants bullpen that manager Bruce Bochy threw at them — for five tiebreaking runs in the sixth inning, and Kansas City evened the World Series at a game apiece with a 7-2 victory Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium. A night after getting shut down by Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in a 7-1 loss, the Royals quickly fell behind in Game 2 on Gregor Blanco’s leadoff home run agains flamethrower Yordano Ventura. But Ventura held steady and took the Royals into the sixth inning tied at … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:34:36 -0600 <![CDATA[ Giants pounce on Shields, Royals, take Game 1 of World Series 7-1 ]]> Lead story image

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Giants went on the attack early against James Shields, and Madison Bumgarner took care of the rest, holding the Kansas City Royals to one run on three hits over seven innings in San Francisco’s 7-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night. A home run by Salvador Perez with two outs in the seventh inning halted Bumgarner’s World Series scoreless innings streak at 21 and also stopped his postseason scoreless streak on the road at 32 2/3 innings, a major league record. The Perez homer was otherwise harmless, making it 7-1. Bumgarner … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:38:13 -0600 <![CDATA[ Jose Abreu wins Rookie of the Year honor ]]> Lead story image

Jose Abreu was named American League Rookie of the Year by Sporting News on Monday, an expected honor for the 27-year-old White Sox first baseman who batted .317 with 36 homers while leading all of baseball in slugging percentage. ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:55:11 -0600