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SAN FRANCISCO — This 7-1 loss unraveled quickly for the White Sox and Jose Quintana, who was breezing along with a dominant two-hit performance through six innings. But two bloop singles and an overturned call on a routine out at home plate Wednesday afternoon changed everything. And you think manager Robin Ventura has no fire? After Giants manager Bruce Bochy challenged a relatively easy out call on catcher Tyler Flowers’ tag of pinch runner Gregor Blanco, a video-replay crew in New York ruled that Flowers’ left leg blocked Blanco’s path to home plate while first baseman Jose Abreu was making … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:39:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-White Sox righty Jake Peavy saw the star with Chris Sale ]]> Lead story image

SAN FRANCISCO — Jake Peavy was one of the first to tout Chris Sale as the next big thing, but as Peavy said Tuesday, “I wasn’t some prophet.” Sale’s talent was plain to see when he and Peavy were teammates during Sale’s first full season in 2011. What Peavy liked, and thought would set Sale apart, was his makeup. “He was always asking questions to everybody,’’ Peavy said before the Sox opened a two-game interleague series against the Giants at AT&T Park. “That’s how you grow as a young player. You can keep your mouth shut and sit back and … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:43:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Avisail Garcia could be back in less than a week ]]> Lead story image

SAN FRANCISCO — Avisail Garcia is getting better and more comfortable in his rehab stint at Class AAA Charlotte, so much so that he could be back with the White Sox in less than a week, general manager Rick Hahn suggested Tuesday. Garcia, who suffered a torn labrum trying to make a diving catch in Colorado on April 9, is 13-for-38, and manager Robin Ventura said Garcia would need 50 at-bats to be ready. “It has gone well, and hopefully we’re coming to an end of it in several days or a week or so,’’ Hahn said before the Sox … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:43:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox have responded to Todd Steverson’s hitting style ]]> Lead story image

SAN FRANCISCO — In his first season on the job, hitting coach Todd Steverson has overseen a White Sox lineup that ranks seventh among the 30 major-league teams in home runs, eighth in runs scored and OPS and 12th in on-base percentage. Those are strikingly better numbers than the Sox posted last season, when they ranked second-to-last in runs scored and 27th in on-base percentage in Jeff Manto’s second and final season on the job. In Manto’s defense, he didn’t have Jose Abreu in the middle of the lineup or Adam Eaton at the top. For a hitting coach, sometimes … ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:43:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sox manager Robin Ventura: Getting better all the time ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — In the more than 2 1/2 seasons since his hiring caught the baseball world by surprise, White Sox manager Robin Ventura has experienced everything from leading a division race for 117 days in his first year to a race to avoid 100 losses in his second. This season is somewhere in between, a mixed bag of improvement, disappointment, injuries and hope for the future. Through it all, Ventura is confident that he’s better at what he does than when he first began. “I would hope so,’’ Ventura said before the Sox’ 4-2 loss Sunday against the Seattle Mariners that … ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 02:16:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Weird second inning ruins Sox lefty John Danks’ outing ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — One funky inning, the second, cost John Danks in the White Sox’ 4-2 loss Sunday to the Mariners. He was better than he has been recently but not quite good enough to get the Sox a split of the four-game series. “I thought he threw the ball extremely well,’’ said catcher Tyler Flowers, who hit his ninth homer leading off the eighth inning. “It’s almost hard to believe everything that happened in that inning. It wasn’t that bad of a pitch to Austin Jackson; it maybe could’ve been a little more outside. But you kind of tip your … ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 02:17:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Minor star Jordan Danks longs to hit big time ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — Jordan Danks, Class AAA Charlotte Knights record holder, accomplished more than he cared to in the minor leagues. It’s time, again, to try to prove he belongs in the bigs. An injury to Adam Eaton will give Danks, who turned 28 this week, a more extended look than what he would’ve had as a September call-up. “This is a little bit different,’’ said Danks, who came up April  10 after Avisail Garcia tore his labrum but went back down May 7 after going 4-for-41 at the plate. “I kind of had a rough patch at the plate. It was the … ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 02:34:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox beat Mariners after putting Adam Eaton on DL ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — Timing is everything, and for the White Sox, losing Adam Eaton couldn’t have come at a worse time. The Sox have scored seven runs over their last five games, and while Jose Abreu is the driving force, it’s Eaton’s energetic style and, more importantly, production in the leadoff spot that makes the Sox’ lineup go — when it goes. But Eaton won’t be around to do that for at least another two weeks, possibly longer, after the Sox put him on the disabled list with a strained right oblique. Eaton described his frustration level with this injury, the … ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 02:34:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rookie Jake Petricka steps up for White Sox in closer’s role ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — For now, what Jake Petricka has got seems to be good enough. The 26-year-old rookie right-hander is closing games with two pitches, his fastball and changeup, and doing it well. Petricka, who owns a 2.05 ERA over 57 innings covering 48 appearances, has been effective of late especially, a period that for the most part coincides with his becoming the closer ­almost by default. So far, the 6-5 Petricka has gotten by with a 95-mph sinking fastball and change because of the movement on both pitches. The fastball is his bread-and-butter. “The speed and movement, that’s hard combo … ]]> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00:25:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Adam Eaton exits after first at-bat in White Sox’ loss ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — Center fielder Adam Eaton was back in the White Sox’ lineup Friday, but not for long. After grounding to third baseman Kyle Seager to lead off the game against the Seattle Mariners, Eaton lightly jogged about halfway down the line before stopping because of soreness in his rib cage. Leury Garcia took Eaton’s place in center in the Sox’ eventual 4-1 loss. “[Trainer] Herm [Schneider] threw it out there that it might be an oblique,” Eaton said. “We’re not real sure right now. That first or second swing something kind of gave way. Kind of a pain in … ]]> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00:45:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Another game to forget for Sox ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — Even with closer Addison Reed dealt away for third-base prospect Matt Davidson during the offseason, the White Sox felt good about their bullpen. Right-handers Nate Jones and Matt Lindstrom were back, veteran lefty Scott Downs was on the way and Ronald Belisario had a proven record of effectiveness with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pitching coach Don Cooper’s knack for developing closers gave general manager Rick Hahn confidence that one of the Sox’ young, unproven pitchers would emerge as a capable ninth-inning option this season or in time for next year, when the team should — according to plan … ]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:30:50 -0500