Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Ramirez scores on error in 9th; White Sox win 2-1 ]]> Lead story image

Alexei Ramirez scored from second base on shortstop Andrew Bogaerts’ throwing error, and the White Sox (8-6) defeated the Red Sox 2-1 for their second walk-off victory in as many games Tuesday night at frigid U.S. Cellular Field. Ramirez, who extended his hitting streak to 14 with a single in the ninth, went to second on a walk by Chris Capuano to Adam Eaton. Bogaerts fielded Marcus Semien’s grounder moving to his left but bounced a throw to Carp, who couldn’t catch it cleanly. Sox rookie right-hander Erik Johnson and Red Sox veteran Jake Peavy left the game in a … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:23:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Avisail Garcia has surgery, faces six months of rehab ]]> Lead story image

A team of surgeons performed surgery Tuesday morning on Avisail Garcia, repairing a torn labrum and avulsion fracture on the 22-year-old White Sox right fielder’s left shoulder. Garcia will remain with the Sox in Chicago during his six-month rehabilitation process and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training in 2015 without restrictions. “Everything went well, and they’re very pleased,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘But he’s got a long road ahead.’’ Garcia was injured on a diving catch April 9 in Denver. No guarantees for Lindstrom Matt Lindstrom is 1-for-3 in save opportunities since being named the … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:27:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Red Sox happy to help their city after tragedy ]]>

The Boston Red Sox’ unexpected run to a World Series title provided some therapy for a city that was sent reeling by the Boston Marathon tragedy a year ago. If you’re a baseball player in Boston, what was there to do? For the Red Sox, all they really could do was what they knew best — play baseball — and for six months after the bombing, they did it in a manner that probably gave some fragile minds and souls some needed breathing space during a worrisome time. “We were really proud that we could be a part of it, … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:27:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jackie Robinson inspires White Sox ]]> Lead story image

White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson knows what Jackie  Robinson meant to African Americans like him. But a look around any baseball clubhouse today reminds him about what Robinson meant to the game. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:43:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox sign RHP Frank Francisco, assign him to AAA Charlotte ]]>

The White Sox signed veteran right-handed reliever Frank Francisco on Monday and assigned him to AAA Charlotte. Francisco, 34, has a career 3.94 ERA and 73 saves over nine seasons with the Mets, Rangers and Blue Jays. He last pitched for the Mets in 2013, appearing in eight games after recovering from elbow surgery. In 2012, he had 23 saves and a hefty 5.53 ERA for New York. The Sox bullpen has been a weak spot through 13 games, ranking last in the American League with a 6.93 ERA and tied for the AL lead in walks with 26. … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:04:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quintana happy Alexei Ramirez was able to smack walk-off HR ]]> Lead story image

One dominant left-hander in a rotation is a plus for any team. Two dominant lefties is a luxury, and for some $59 million, the White Sox have All-Star Chris Sale, 25, and potential All-Star Jose Quintana, 25, in the fold until 2018. ‘‘The first thing is, they’re really good,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘The fact that they’re left-handers is just the way they throw. You appreciate that, but they’re just good first.’’ For everything Sale already has become for the Sox, Quintana is the promise for more. In his first full season last year, he led the Sox in starts … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:24:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ MLB replay challenges are time-consuming ]]> Lead story image

Through the first two weeks, baseball has had more than 80 replay challenges — far more than the four or five per week officials anticipated when the system was adopted. The Sox have been involved in five challenges, the longest taking more than four minutes, 40 seconds and the shortest 22 seconds. But the process adds additional time beyond the actual review as managers await advice from video assistants before deciding to challenge. The Sox lost a challenge Saturday when Indians manager Terry Francona asked for a review of a pickoff call at first in the first inning. The call … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:04:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jose Abreu’s early success for White Sox only hiking expectations ]]> Lead story image

Manager Robin Ventura was asked before Friday’s game whether he’d seen a White Sox player burst onto the scene the way Jose Abreu has. He paused for an instant and smirked. ‘‘Yeah, they had Frank Thomas here. He was pretty good,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘He made the Hall of Fame and everything. So, he’s pretty good.’’ True, Thomas was pretty good — the two MVP awards and 521 home runs prove that. But Ventura probably forgot that in Thomas’ first 10 games in 1990, he hit no homers, drove in four runs and batted only .273. Abreu has blown by that … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:35:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Felipe Paulino gets a warning from Robin Ventura that he has to step it up ]]> Lead story image

Felipe Paulino’s spot in the rotation is safe for now. But he’ll need to show improvement soon. Paulino had his second consecutive tough outing, allowing six runs and six hits and three walks along with three homers in five innings, but the offense got him a no-decision. It wasn’t able to do the same for Ronald Belisario (1-1), who took the loss in the White Sox’s 12-6 defeat Saturday to the Cleveland Indians after he was charged for two runs in the seventh. “I [threw] too many pitches,” Paulino said. “I have to figure it out.” Manager Robin Ventura wasn’t … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:35:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Saturday’s result: Indians 12, Sox 6 ]]> Lead story image

The White Sox have shown they can hit. But that offense can’t always overcome bad starting pitching and an unreliable bullpen. Saturday proved that. Felipe Paulino had his second straight tough outing, allowing six runs and six hits and three walks along with three homers but the offense got him a no-decision. It wasn’t able to do the same for Ronald Belisario, who took the loss in the White Sox’s 12-6 loss Saturday to the Indians. With the game tied 6-6 in the seventh, Belisario (1-1) allowed a Nick Swisher single and walked Carlos Santana, before Scott Downs walked Michael … ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:15:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox’ bats bail out Chris Sale in victory ]]> Lead story image

In the past, a five-inning outing in which he allowed three runs probably would mean a loss for Chris Sale. It didn’t Friday night. Sale (3-0) lasted only five innings, allowing three runs (all in the fifth) and six hits while striking out five. That qualifies as the worst of Sale’s three starts, but it was enough in a 9-6 victory against the Cleveland Indians, thanks to the White Sox’ potent attack. The Sox got a career-high four RBI from Conor Gillaspie and two hits apiece from Adam Dunn, Adam Eaton, Gillaspie and Alexei Ramirez, who extended his season-opening hitting … ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:14:52 -0500