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White Sox, Santos agree to three-year $8.25 million contract

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White Sox Media Relations

The Chicago White Sox and right-handed pitcher Sergio Santos have agreed to terms on a three-year, $8.25-million contract with club options for 2015-17.

Santos, 28, became the eighth pitcher (16th time) in White Sox history to record 30 saves in 2011, going 4-5 with a 3.55 ERA (25 ER/63.1 IP) and 92 strikeouts in 63 relief appearances. He ranked among American League relief leaders in strikeouts (2nd), strikeouts per 9.0 IP (3rd, 13.07), opponents average (6th, .181), saves (8th) and save percentage (8th, 83.3).

Under the terms of the agreement, Santos will receive $1 million in 2012, $2.75 million in 2013 and $3.75 million in 2014. The White Sox hold a $6-million club option in 2015, an $8-million option in 2016 and an $8.75-million option in 2017. Santos was scheduled to be arbitration eligible following the 2012 season and eligible for free agency following the 2015 season.

Santos will receive a $750,000 buyout payment if any of the three club options are declined by the club.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder limited right-handed hitters to a .132 (15-114) average, and made a major-league record 25 straight scoreless appearances (26.2 IP) on the road to start the season from April 2-August 30.


Santos is 6-7 with a 3.29 ERA (42 ER/115.0 IP), 31 saves and 148 strikeouts in 119 relief appearances in two seasons with the White Sox (2010-11). His 11.58 strikeouts per 9.0 IP since 2010 is the fourth-best mark among AL relievers.

Sox, Harrelson agree to four-year extension

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From White Sox media relations

The White Sox have agreed to a four-year contract extension with television broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson. The new deal keeps Harrelson in the White Sox television booth through the 2015 season. His previous deal was scheduled to expire at the end of the 2011 campaign.

"The White Sox are thrilled to have Hawk back in the booth for the next four seasons," said Brooks Boyer, White Sox Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. "Hawk is deservingly recognized as one of the game's great broadcasters, and his overall passion for the White Sox has made him a very popular legend among our devoted fans."

Next season will mark Harrelson's 27th season as a White Sox broadcaster, his 22nd consecutive season in the broadcast booth and his fourth with color analyst Steve Stone. A Ford C. Frick Award nominee for excellence in broadcasting in 2007 and 2012, Harrelson also is a two-time Illinois Sportscaster of the Year and five-time Emmy Award winner.

"As millions of White Sox fans already know, Hawk's love and passion for this team is second to none, so we are extremely pleased to have one of the nation's most colorful baseball announcers continue his informative and entertaining work on Comcast SportsNet through 2015," said James J. Corno, president of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. "On a personal level, I've had the great pleasure of having Hawk as both a trusted business colleague and close friend for nearly three decades and there's no doubt in my mind he will one day have his place in Baseball's Hall of Fame."

"Hawk is truly one of Chicago's Very Own and we're excited that he will continue to bring his passion for White Sox baseball to our WGN-TV viewers," said Marty Wilke, general manager of WGN-TV.

Earlier this season, the broadcast level at U.S. Cellular Field was renamed the "Hawk Harrelson Broadcast Level" in his honor. In 2010, the White Sox celebrated "Hawk Harrelson Night" at U.S. Cellular Field to commemorate the legendary broadcaster's 25 years of announcing White Sox baseball.

Walker makes it official, resigns as hitting coach

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Greg Walker decided to bring his nine-year tenure as White Sox hitting coach to a close about a month ago, he said Wednesday.

Walker, tired and close to burnout stage, worked hard to the very end, rounding up Sox hitters for pregame work before their final game of the season Wednesday afternoon against the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field.

"Obviously, I'm gone,'' Walker told beat writers in former manager Ozzie Guillen's office before the game. "The decision was made earlier in the year. A lot of different things came into the decision process. I informed Jerry a month ago that my time was over. We talked about it, and it's just the right thing to do. It's time to go, so it's somebody else's turn. I always said there would be a day when I wouldn't be the hitting coach here. And that day is here."

Walker, who played on the Sox' 1983 division championship team, has not been on good terms with general manager Ken Williams the past few seasons and almost certainly would not have received a new contract. He is able to walk away on his own terms, citing personal and family matters. He remains close to chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

"I have no plans whatsoever,'' he said. "I have a dinner set up with Jerry sometime in the near future and we'll discuss some things. I don't know. I've pent a lot of my life learning this craft, which is very tough to do. So we'll see.''

Walker, who most recently clashed with Williams over the GM's public comments about second baseman Gordon Beckham's swing, said relinquishing his job "didnt have anything to do with the recent events. I was not going to be the hitting coach. That decision was already made.''

Reflecting on his time as a coach that included the 2005 World Series championship, Walker was emotional.

"Yeah, that was pretty cool wasn't it? If you told me I was going to be a hitting coach in a major market, arguably one of the toughest things to coach in sports and have some success ... we had some good times and tough times.''

Paul Konerko credits Walker with rebuilding his swing and said that Walker will always "be my guy.''

"It's tough to say in one interview what he's meant,'' Konerko said. "I trust him with every inch of my swing.''

"I just know when he showed up here, what I thought about hitting and where I was at as a hitter, it's not even close to what I am now as far as I go about it and how I work and what I'm able to do.He's gotten me to places as a hitter and a player that I would have never gotten to without him. I think that's the best thing I can say."

This season, $56 million slugger Adam Dunn, a prized free-agent, had one of the worst seasons ever by a major leaguer. Adam Rios and Beckham also struggled. The bottom line for the Sox is that their pitching was good enough to be a postseason team but their offense wasn't.

"Yeah, it's been a tough few years on all of us,'' Walker said. "Nobody involved in this organization involved the last three years has not been beat up. You have to go through tough times to make things happen. This organization is as relevant as it's ever been. When I first got here, I saw nothing but Cubs hats on Michigan Avenue. Now you walk down Michigan ave seeing Sox hats. My part in that, I am very proud of it.''

One last chance for Humber to be 10-game winner

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CLEVELAND -- Talk about a rough start. Philip Humber gave up home runs to former Cub Kosuke Fukudome and former Glenbrook North standout Jason Kipnis to open the game.

Then he retired 14 straight batters before getting nicked up again in the Indians' 11-2 win on Thursday night. Humber (9-9) allowed seven runs on eight hits in six innings. After standing out as the Sox' best starter before the All-Star break with an 8-5 record and a 3.52 ERA, Humber is 1-3 with a 5.51 ERA.

"It was weird,'' Humber said. "I've never had that happen to me the first two batters of the game going deep. And all of a sudden I was cruising. Then I get a two-out walk and a run scores and I don't know. I didn't feel I threw the ball as bad as the results but every time they needed a hit they got one.''

Had first baseman Dayan Viciedo been able to make a routine putout to finish a double play that cost him a run, and had reliever Addison Reed not allowed Humber's inherited runners to score, the outcome might have been different.

"It's frustrating. It's probably a good lesson for me learning to deal with adversity,'' he said of the game and his second half. "I obviously want to finish the season strong but at the same time I can't try too hard.''

Humber said he is learning lessons as he finishes his first full season in the majors.

"Especially now,'' he said. "Earlier in the year it was kind of a dream. I didn't even know how many starts I would get. I didn't know from one start to the next whether I would be in there or not. I was probably a lot more relaxed than I am right now.''

Humber, who made the team in spring training, will start the season finale on Wednesday, an afternoon game against the Royals.

"I have that last day so I'd like to be driving home with a smile on my face,'' he said. "But either way it's been a great year and I'm definitely thankful for what's happened this year and the opportunities I've had. I want to finish strong but I'm doing all I can, working hard and I have to roll with the punches I guess.''

Last days for Guillen? 'I don't want to think of it that way'

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CLEVELAND -- Mark Buehrle might be pitching his last game as White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday.

Ozzie Guillen might be managing his last.

"I don't want to think about it that way,'' Guillen said after the White Sox lost to the Cleveland Indians 11-2 on Thursday night, closing the road portion of their schedule with a 38-43 record. "When you are managing, you come every day to the ballpark and that could be your last day. Especially the way we played this year. But no, I come with the same approach. If I come back, I come back. If not, I don't. I don't lose sleep with that. That's more important thing for me. We think about it, yes, because I have family and I have to see what's going on.''

Guillen has a year left on his contract but he would like an extension that chairman Jerry Reinsdorf might not want to give considering the team's underwhelming performance in 2011. The Marlins have an opening in Miami that seems to have Guillen's name on it.

"Whatever happens it will be the best for the me and whoever,'' Guillen said Thursday. "Come back or not, that's what God got for me I guess. That's my destiny. I'm counting on being back, but it's a lot of things in the air. We have to get it done and see what happens.''

Guillen continues to accept his share of the blame for the team's record, which fell to 76-80.

"We not play the way we thought we were going to play,'' he said. "It's just something that did not click. When we pitch pretty good, we don't hit. When hit, we don't pitch. We can't combine everything. That's the reason we are where we are.

"But hey, what are we going to do about it. We have to play six or seven more games, whatever we have left out there. We have to show up with same enthusiasm and same attitude. Play well and perform well. Finish up and go home and hopefully get it next year.''


Trade rumors won't bother White Sox' Floyd

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CLEVELAND - Gavin Floyd was blindsided when the Philadelphia Phillies traded him to the White Sox for Freddy Garcia in 2006. It taught him to keep both eyes on the road and be ready for anything.

Depending on how the Sox plan for next year, Floyd could be a subject of trade rumors this off-season. As a proven starting pitcher who is under contract through 2012 (at $7 million) with a club option for 2013, he'll have trade value, and is one piece the Sox could move.

This time, he won't flinch if he hears his name come up. And he won't be shocked if anything comes of it.

"The funny thing is when I was traded, it was the last thing on my mind,'' Floyd said.

"I've been a part of trade talks the last two or three years.''

Floyd, who will take a 12-12 record and 4.46 ERA into his last start of the season against the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday, has a good working relationship with pitching coach Don Cooper, who got Floyd "back to the basics and having confidence in myself and my ability.''

The 28-year-old right-hander, and his wife had their first child last off-season. enjoys the team, loves Chicago and wants to stay.

"I plan on being here next year,'' he said. "If it happens, I know it's God's plan. When it does happen, you deal with it.''

Baby steps for White Sox' Dunn

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CLEVELAND - They're baby steps, and they're much too late, but they represent progress. And Adam Dunn will take it.

It sure beats crawling with your tail between your legs.

Dunn lined two opposite-field doubles in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader against the Indians on Tuesday, driving in a run with one of them. It was the first time this season that Dunn has had back-to-back multi-hit games. His approach is to forget about home runs "and just get hits.''

"Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't,'' Dunn said. "But I'm just trying to finish up as strong as I can, personally, and getting back to what I do."

Dunn repeated to reporters what he told the Sun-Times last week, that he doesn't want to talk about the season when it's over.

"This year is over,'' he said. "When this year is over, it's over - good, bad, anything - it's over.

"I don't know what Dr. Phil or anyone would say about it, but that's the way I'm going to go about it. It's been obviously a hard season, not for me, but my family and everyone that's associated with me. So I think everyone wants to put it behind them, too. So that's what we're going to do."

Batting fourth in Game 2, Dunn grounded out sharply, struck out for the 166th time this season and walked in his first three plate appearances.


Konerko has fifth 30-HR, 100-RBI season for White Sox

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Paul Konerko hit his team-high 30th home run in the White Sox 10-5 victory against the Royals on Sunday. With 103 RBI, Konerko reached the 30-100 mark for the fifth time in his career. Only Frank Thomas with eight has more as a White Sox.

"It's one of those things where there's a balance of that's your job to drive in runs and drive the ball,'' Konerko said of the achievement. "Last couple of years I've been trying to switch up goals and [see] what is good, for me that's showing up for 150-plus games. If I make those approach goals my goals, the byproduct will be the numbers.

"The good part is you get to a point in your career where the team has to play well and you have to personally play well for you to go home happy. I like that I've got to that point but the hard point is you go home unhappy a lot if you don't win. At a certain age when you are making a certain amount of money there is a lot more responsibility for you to get your team going and try to win. If all that isn't happening there is an unfulfilled feeling. You have to do well just so you can stay but then you get to a point where you have to have it all or not feel good about it.''

Manager Ozzie Guillen was happy for Guillen and especially impressed because Konerko did it without having a strong power hitting protecting him in the Sox lineup, although A.J. Pierzynski batted fourth behind him Sunday and hit two home runs. Pierzynski has eight homers this season. Konerko has 103 RBI.

"He can maybe be the only bright thing we have here this year, 30 home runs, 100-plus RBI, really no protection,'' Guillen said. "Very happy for him., I think I was pulling for that home run more than anything else. A lot of people think 'Well, 30 home runs, 100 RBI, you're still losing.' But it means a lot to him and it means a lot to me seeing one of my players have success and have a great year.''

Konerko has kept on going even though the Sox are out of the playoff race.

"All these games here, everybody, when you get knocked out even if it's not mathematical but the writing is on the wall it takes a few days to re-adjust and focus,'' he said. "Going back even to the Detroit series, everybody has made of point of being professional and doing whatever you do to get ready. Everybody has a different way but that's the main thing. Twelve days from now you go home and be proud of the fact you did it the same way the whole way and don't let up. It happens, teams made up of human beings and we're all guilty of getting untracked a little, especially when you get knocked out late in the year.''

The White Sox are off Monday before playing four games in three days in Cleveland.

Stewart, White Sox roughed up again

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KANSAS CITY - The White Sox tied a season low with their seventh consecutive loss on Saturday night. It was the latest in a bad run of poor starts by Sox starters.

Although he didn't vent, it was obvious that manager Ozzie Guillen was not happy afterward.

"It's not one thing people want to hear, but we'll get them tomorrow,'' he said. "We'll be back here. We'll try again tomorrow, and hopefully tomorrow works.''

The Royals, who won their seventh straight game, had 18 hits. The Sox (73-78) had six.

"When you give up 17, 18, 20 hits in one game, and you miss few opportunities to score early in the game and we can't, I don't think we deserve to have a better game," Guillen said.

Zach Stewart (2-5) was tagged for five runs on 11 hits in five innings.

"Warming up, I felt like I was hitting my spots,'' Stewart said. "My breaking stuff was working and my changeup was good. And that was the thing, overall my fastball was OK. I threw the majority of strikes with that. Breaking ball and changeup, I couldn't throw a strike with the curve and the changeup was erratic. ''

Stewart came within one hit of pitching a perfect game at Minnesota two starts ago. But the Royals are a better hitting team.

"When a team is hitting this well you need to have two or three pitches working,'' Stewart said.

Mark Buehrle and Philip Humber were roughed up in the first two games of the series. John Danks will try to prevent a Royals four-game sweep on Sunday afternoon.

"The past week? No. I think we got beat up pretty good for the past 1 ½ -two weeks,'' Guillen said. "It seems like every time we're down, they score six runs, a lot of hits. Our pitching staff has been pretty good all season long. I think right now they don't throw the ball the way they want to throw the ball.

Criticism of Mets manager, elimination light Guillen's fire

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An explanation of his latest Twitter adventure got White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen expanding on a 24-minute pregrame talk with reporters on Friday night.

Guillen came to the defense of Mets manager Terry Collins, who, like Guillen a few days earlier, had questioned his players' effort. What set Guillen off was MLB network analyst Harold Reynolds' criticism of Collins.

"Thas all job is easy to judge manager from the studio," Guillen tweeted Thursday night. And, "U don't know what happen" and "I know I play the game."

"I don't tweet because of me. I think it was pretty tough because one guy getting hammered because he make a comment.'' Guillen said.

"I know people getting paid to criticize people but when you call for somebody's head, that's a different thing.''
Guillen went on with a rambling talk about criticism of managers that sprayed to all fields, including his objection to his own team playing music after a loss to the Tigers this seek. Here's an example:

"Just say the players don't play good. They got swept. They left so many people on base. What does the manager have to say? And I keep saying that. Why we can't get mad? Why we can't say what's on our minds? Why people say, 'well, the players aren't going to play hard for him. They're going to hate him.' Well, at the end of the day, if the players don't play hard for you, you're going to get fired. When I made the comment, I wasn't pointing at people, I wasn't telling you guys, 'this guy, that guy.' But you look at our game, when we're done with the game, I don't say they quit. Well, I don't know what was on their mind. I didn't say quit. But after the game, I walk around and it's like 'well, let's go to Kansas City.' Then I walk to talk to you guys, and they had the music playing and having fun and we don't. That hurt. You have a little, little bit of common sense and what we say, don't just say the first thing you hear or why.''

After the Sox' loss to the Royals on Thursday, which mathematically eliminated them from the AL Central race, Guillen appeared to be more shaken by the loss than usual.

"It should hit everyone,'' he said when asked about it on Friday. "I'm done. It's over with. How do you prepare yourself for the next day? Do you want to come back to the ballpark tomorrow? We play for pride, to win, finish off strong, but when it's over, it's over. When referee counts 10, you can't get up anymore, it's done. Throw in the towel, take a shower, and go home. It's not a fight, this is baseball, unfortunately we have to play another 10-12 days. I'm the loser. I wish I could keep my quotes, how excited I was in spring training. Look at this ballclub, wow. Look at me now, what am I saying? Second place, third place, wow.

"If I don't have the passion and love for this organization, for baseball, bro I'd pick up my stuff and go. What else don't I have in baseball? Silver slugger? Everything else I have. Playoff experience, coach experience, manager experience, Gold Glove, Rookie of the Year, a lot of stuff. Championships, everything. There's nothing better than winning. I don't care what people say. Winning is the best thing. The accomplishment of what you went through, you don't care if the owner was mad at you in April, you don't care if you had a confrontation with a player, people don't care what I say in the paper, it's all beautiful. When you lose, all the stuff comes out, boom boom. This guy's fault, that guy's fault. Blame this guy and that guy. At the end of the day we're all here together, we're all pulling on the same rope.''

"Don't blame [chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] or [general manager] Kenny [Williams] or anybody else. I think they did a good job putting this team together. But whoever was wearing this uniform failed.''

White Sox' Guillen won't change lineup

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The White Sox were officially eliminated from contention in the AL Central on Thursday night.

But that won't change the look of the Sox lineup.

Manager Ozzie Guillen said he would continue to play the same basic lineup he has used in recent weeks.

"No, we're going to continue to play the guys who should be playing,'' said Guillen, after watching the Sox lose their fifth straight to fall to 73-76. "The kids [Alejandro De Aza, Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers] are playing right now. But no, we got to go through the season.

"Everyone knows it's a very disappointing season. Very inconsistent season, but we got to try to finish it as strong as we can. Regret, we should play better. I thought with the club we have, I thought we'd have a better season and have a better shot to win the division. But obviously, it's not going the way we want it to go.''

Guillen tipped his cap to the first-place Detroit Tigers, who are playing as well as anybody in baseball. They had won 12 straight before playing in Oakland on Thursday night.

"And the team we're chasing, they should be there,'' Guillen said. "They earned that spot. They played good enough to be where they are right now."

White Sox' Ramirez: When you don't want to be on ESPN

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez took exception to Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur trying to throw him out at first base on a single during the ninth inning of the Royals' 7-2 win on Thursday night.

Francouer came up firing on Ramirez's sharp single, and the play was close enough for first base umpire Greg Gibson to flatten his palms. Ramirez gestured at Francouer, who smiled and pointed back.

"I wasn't really upset with the play, Francoeur is just doing his job, and I got to do my job and get to first base,'' Ramirez said. "I'm aware of his highlights in getting guys out at first and I don't want to be on ESPN. So I told him that next time he's up, he better run hard because if it gets past me I'm still going after him.''


White Sox' Vizquel not ready to retire

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Future Hall of Famer Omar Vizquel knows he's probably nearing the end of the line in Chicago.

He hopes it's not the end in baseball, even though he's 44.

"I would love to have an opportunity to play another year,'' Vizquel, a three-time All-Star and 11-time Gold Glove shortstop, said Thursday. "I'm not expecting to play every day but I think I have the ability to play.''

That belief for Vizquel is reinforced when he looks around, not only at teammates but players on other teams, and doesn't see much life in their bodies.

"I feel 35,'' Vizquel said. "I look at players on this team who are around that age or less. You look at them playing ... the body language is not what you like to see. I don't think I have that kind of body language and I don't like to show it even if I'm tired. I feel great. I still have the passion, still have the legs.''

Vizquel is surprised and disappointed as anyone about the White Sox' poor start and overall performance.

"Who's to blame? You have to blame yourself as a player. You have to do something more. A couple guys are having great years, but we don't look good on the field, At all. Maybe for a series or two, but we never sustained anything.''

Had the Sox won this season, Vizquel's chances of playing as a 45-year-old for the Sox next season would have been better.

"When you don't win you have to make changes.,'' Vizquel said. "That's one of the reasons I doubt I will be here next year.''

Manager Ozzie Guillen, always a big fan of Vizquel's, said Vizquel can still contribute.

"Keeps himself in shape, takes care of himself,'' Guillen said. "Can he play for us next year? That's not up to me. He can play, yes, and he will help people through the season doing a lot of little things.''


White Sox announce 2012 schedule

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White Sox Media Relations
The White Sox have announced their 2012 regular-season schedule, with the season-opening series at Texas from Friday, April 6-Sunday, April 8. The club opens the season on the road for just the third time in the last eight seasons (also 2008 and 2011 in Cleveland).

Following a three-game series in Cleveland from April 9-11 and an off day, the White Sox celebrate Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday, April 13 vs. Detroit. After the seven-game homestand with the Tigers (April 13-15) and Baltimore (April 16-19), the White Sox embark on a six-game trip to Seattle (April 20-22) and Oakland (April 23-25).

The White Sox and the Chicago Cubs continue their interleague rivalry for the 16th straight season, with the Sox visiting Wrigley Field from May 18-20. The rematch takes place at U.S. Cellular Field on June 18-20. The White Sox lead the all-time regular season series vs. the Cubs, 45-39, after winning four of six games in 2011.

The series vs. the Cubs in May is the first interleague matchup for the Sox in 2012. The White Sox host the Houston Astros from June 8-10 before visiting the St. Louis Cardinals (June 12-14) and Los Angeles Dodgers (June 15-17). Chicago returns home to conclude interleague play against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 22-24.

The White Sox play the Boston Red Sox eight times in 2012, with a pair of four-game series (April 26-29 at U.S. Cellular Field and July 16-19 at Fenway Park). The Sox face the New York Yankees seven times, including a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field (August 20-22). The White Sox conclude the 2012 season with a three-game series at Cleveland from October 1-3.

The longest homestand of 2012 is 10 games, which occurs twice during the season (August 20-30 and September 3-13). The longest trip is 10 games (twice), taking place from July 13-22, following the All-Star Game in Kansas City. The Sox also take a nine-game, 10-day trip from September 14-23.

The White Sox will open the season on a Friday for the second consecutive season. Chicago's April 13 home opener will be its latest since 2004, when the Sox hosted Kansas City at U.S. Cellular Field, also on April 13.

The 2012 schedule is tentative and subject to change. Game times and a complete broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.

White Sox 2012 season tickets are available at whitesox.com or by calling

312-674-1000.

Chicago White Sox 2012 Regular-Season Schedule
Subject to Change

DATE OPPONENT

April 6 at Texas

April 7 at Texas

April 8 at Texas

April 9 at Cleveland

April 10 at Cleveland

April 11 at Cleveland

April 13 DETROIT

April 14 DETROIT

April 15 DETROIT

April 16 BALTIMORE

April 17 BALTIMORE

April 18 BALTIMORE

April 19 BALTIMORE

April 20 at Seattle

April 21 at Seattle

April 22 at Seattle

April 23 at Oakland

April 24 at Oakland

April 25 at Oakland

April 26 BOSTON

April 27 BOSTON

April 28 BOSTON

April 29 BOSTON

DATE OPPONENT

May 1 CLEVELAND

May 2 CLEVELAND

May 3 CLEVELAND

May 4 at Detroit

May 5 at Detroit

May 6 at Detroit

May 7 at Cleveland

May 8 at Cleveland

May 9 at Cleveland

May 11 KANSAS CITY

May 12 KANSAS CITY

May 13 KANSAS CITY

May 14 DETROIT

May 15 DETROIT

May 16 at Los Angeles Angels

May 17 at Los Angeles Angels

May 18 at Chicago Cubs

May 19 at Chicago Cubs

May 20 at Chicago Cubs

May 22 MINNESOTA

May 23 MINNESOTA

May 24 MINNESOTA

May 25 CLEVELAND

May 26 CLEVELAND

May 27 CLEVELAND

May 28 at Tampa Bay

May 29 at Tampa Bay

May 30 at Tampa Bay

DATE OPPONENT

June 1 SEATTLE

June 2 SEATTLE

June 3 SEATTLE

June 5 TORONTO

June 6 TORONTO

June 7 TORONTO

June 8 HOUSTON

June 9 HOUSTON

June 10 HOUSTON

June 12 at St. Louis

June 13 at St. Louis

June 14 at St. Louis

June 15 at Los Angeles Dodgers

June 16 at Los Angeles Dodgers

June 17 at Los Angeles Dodgers

June 18 CHICAGO CUBS

June 19 CHICAGO CUBS

June 20 CHICAGO CUBS

June 22 MILWAUKEE

June 23 MILWAUKEE

June 24 MILWAUKEE

June 25 at Minnesota

June 26 at Minnesota

June 27 at Minnesota

June 28 at New York Yankees

June 29 at New York Yankees

June 30 at New York Yankees

DATE OPPONENT

July 1 at New York Yankees

July 3 TEXAS

July 4 TEXAS

July 5 TEXAS

July 6 TORONTO

July 7 TORONTO

July 8 TORONTO

July 10 All-Star Game @ Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

July 13 at Kansas City

July 14 at Kansas City

July 15 at Kansas City

July 16 at Boston

July 17 at Boston

July 18 at Boston

July 19 at Boston

July 20 at Detroit

July 21 at Detroit

July 22 at Detroit

July 23 MINNESOTA

July 24 MINNESOTA

July 25 MINNESOTA

July 27 at Texas

July 28 at Texas

July 29 at Texas

July 30 at Minnesota

July 31 at Minnesota

DATE OPPONENT

August 1 at Minnesota
August 3 LOS ANGELES ANGELS

August 4 LOS ANGELES ANGELS

August 5 LOS ANGELES ANGELS

August 6 KANSAS CITY

August 7 KANSAS CITY

August 8 KANSAS CITY

August 10 OAKLAND

August 11 OAKLAND

August 12 OAKLAND

August 13 at Toronto

August 14 at Toronto

August 15 at Toronto

August 16 at Toronto

August 17 at Kansas City

August 18 at Kansas City

August 19 at Kansas City

August 20 NEW YORK YANKEES

August 21 NEW YORK YANKEES

August 22 NEW YORK YANKEES

August 24 SEATTLE

August 25 SEATTLE

August 26 SEATTLE

August 27 at Baltimore

August 28 at Baltimore

August 29 at Baltimore

August 30 at Baltimore

August 31 at Detroit

DATE OPPONENT

September 1 at Detroit

September 2 at Detroit

September 3 MINNESOTA

September 4 MINNESOTA

September 5 MINNESOTA

September 7 KANSAS CITY

September 8 KANSAS CITY

September 9 KANSAS CITY

September 10 DETROIT

September 11 DETROIT

September 12 DETROIT

September 13 DETROIT

September 14 at Minnesota

September 15 at Minnesota

September 16 at Minnesota

September 18 at Kansas City

September 19 at Kansas City

September 20 at Kansas City

September 21 at Los Angeles Angels

September 22 at Los Angeles Angels

September 23 at Los Angeles Angels

September 24 CLEVELAND

September 25 CLEVELAND

September 26 CLEVELAND

September 27 TAMPA BAY

September 28 TAMPA BAY

September 29 TAMPA BAY

September 30 TAMPA BAY

DATE OPPONENT

October 1 at Cleveland
October 2 at Cleveland

Ocotber 3 at Cleveland

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White Sox' Morel discovers the long ball

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Brent Morel's recent power surge - a pair of two-homer games in the last week and five in September after hitting two before that - comes as no great surprise to White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker.

The Sox believe Morel can be a 20-home run hitter but they don't want to pin expectations or numbers on him.

"Obviously the kid is strong enough to do it,'' Walker said. " He has the bat speed to do it but that's not something we want to put pressure on him about. Those things evolve. We're just letting him progress.''

Morel said the most important thing learned in his first full season is dealing with failure. The recent power "binge" he can't explain. Or doesn't care to.

"Just swinging at better pitches I guess, and not missing them when I swing,'' he said.

Walker has Morel using his lower half better, helping him to not pull off the ball. His swing has been "more direct" to the ball instead of "cutting across a lot of balls.''

Morel walked for the 11th and 12th time Tuesday night in his last 21 games, compared to four in his first 90. He taking more pitches early in the count, and consequently getting better pitches to hit.

"I think it's been OK,'' Morel said of his season to date. "Not how I drew it up but I feel like I learned a lot and am a lot better than I was even at the beginning of this year. I'm more confident in my abilities.''

White Sox Lillibridge suffers broken hand

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White Sox utility player Brent Lillibridge's season came to an abrupt end on Thursday night after he suffered a broken hand in the Sox' 8-1 win against the visiting Cleveland Indians.

Lillibridge was hit by a pitch from Indians reliever Josh Judy during in the seventh inning. He remained in the game and scored on Paul Konerko's grand slam that followed, but was removed after the inning.

X-rays revealed a fracture on the outer part of his right hand.

"It hurt bad and got checked out," Lillibridge said, fighting tears of disappointment after the game. "It's frustrating, but I'll be around as much as I can."

Lillibridge has played all three outfield positions, two infield spots and designated hitter. He started at five positions and batted .258 with 13 homers. He was a hero in New York, where he made game-saving catches in right field to preserve a victory against the Yankees.

"You feel terrible for Lillibridge,'' Konerko said. "He's having a great year, he's swinging the bat great. I guess the only good thing about it is it's toward the end here where we are not far away from the end of the year. But it would have been nice to see him finish up the year he's having.''

"I'm blessed, obviously,'' Lillibridge said. "I did so well and just wanted to finish. I really saw, being kind of out of it, to play more and do more damage. But it wasn't in the plans. I was very blessed with the season I've had and what I've done for the White Sox and I'll come back for next year. I'll be ready and competitive."


White Sox' Pierre gets 2,000th hit

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White Sox left fielder Juan Pierre collected his 2,000th career hit on Thursday night, a line drive to left field against Indians left-hander David Huff. He later added his 2001st.

Pierre is the 14th player to get his 2,000th in a Sox uniform. Paul Konerko did it on Aug. 23 in Anaheim, Calif. But the thing Pierre, who also leads active players with 552 stolen bases, is most proud of is his durability.

He played all 162 games in five straight seasons from 2003-07, misses two last season with the Sox and has missed four this year.

"As a baseball player, I didn't think anything of stolen bases and hits, just a guy who shows up every day to play,'' he said after accomplishing the hits milestone in the Sox' 8-1 victory. "That's why I always try to play 162 games if they let me. That's the one thing I concentrated on every day, just to be in there fighting and battling with the guys and being in there every day. For people to notice, it's pretty cool but I did it just to be a teammate.''

Three months ago, Pierre's name was dirt on talk shows and wherever Sox fans got together. He was slumping with the bat and in the field.

"Three months ago everybody was ready to choke my head off here but I still wanted to be in there every day,'' he said.

Manager Ozzie Guillen and teammates stood firmly behind him.

"It was unfair for sure,'' Sox captain Paul Konerko said. "But if there's one guy who can handle it, it's him. You won't get in there with him. You won't affect Juan's approach. He's not going to get rattled. He's as tough as anybody. I think real baseball people that look at what is the right thing to be looked at aren't saying it.

"The people who are kind of un-informed, sometimes it's one of those things where someone starts saying it and it turns into a snowball thing and everyone is just kind of saying it. But when you look at what is important to winning and people who know that, you just shake your head.

You know he's a good player and a winning player. Somjetimes there's a disconnect between what we as baseball players know is right and what the outside perception is. It's part of being a big leaguer but it happens a lot.''

Konerko said something half-jokingly to Pierre, who is the all-time active leader in bunt hits, to bunt for his 2,000th.

"I was like no, my ideal one would be in that six hole over there [through the left side of the infield] and it happened. I was relieved. Good accomplishment that hasn't sunk in yet.''

The ball was rolled to the Sox dugout, where teammate Alex Rios waved it at Pierre. Rios then lobbed a different ball into the first rows of the dugout. Pierre, standing on first, waved it off like "no big deal.''

Which isn't the case.

"I was trying to get it in Minnesota and fly under the radar like I usually do,'' Pierre said. "Yeah, it's a big milestone but I never put too much emphasis on it.

"But definitely just the work you put in, it's pretty cool to get the accomplishment. Other than that, I don't hold too much stock in it.''

White Sox' Axelrod has memorable MLB defut

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Called up on Monday from the minor leagues, right-hander Dylan Axelrod made his major league debut on Wednesday night in the White Sox' 5-4 loss to the Twins.

Axelrod pitched two scoreless innings in relief of losing pitcher John Danks, striking out two and walking one to keep the Sox within striking distance of Minnesota.

"It was just great getting out there for the first time and getting my feet wet and I had a great time doing it," Axelrod said.

"The first inning I was a little juiced up and excited. The second inning I felt good, felt normal the second inning."

Bullpen coach Juan Nieves kept the advice simple before Axelrod took the ball: Throw strikes. And the 26-year-old did just that, hitting the zone on 22 of his 36 pitches.

"Treat it like a normal game,'' Axelrod said. "I went out and pounded the zone and that's about all I can do."

For AAA Charlotte and AA Birmingham, Axelrod was 9-3 with a 2.69 ERA this season. Baseball America rated him as possessing the best control in the Sox farm system.

"It was fun getting that first strikeout [called on Chris Parmelee],'' Axelrod said. "The first out, [shortstop] Alexei [Ramirez] made a great play on. And B-Mo [Brent Morel] making a diving play to end the inning, just all a lot of highlights for me."

Axelrod's uncle is sports agent Barry Axelrod, who has rooted his nephew on through trying times. The 26-year-old was released by the San Diego Padres organization and found himself pitching in an independent minor league.

"I was very surprised," Guillen said. "He threw strikes. If you throw strikes, you can pitch for me.''

"It's a great chance for him coming all the way from where he came from to be in the big leagues. It's a nice thing to see, and he had a good game."

Tired Peavy staying in White Sox rotation: Oz

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MINNEAPOLIS - You wouldn't know it based on the 6 1/3 scoreless innings he pitched against the Twins on Tuesday night, but Jake Peavy is going on fumes as the season winds down.

Trailing the Tigers by 9 games after the Twins' 5-4 victory over the Sox and Detroit's win against Cleveland on Wednesday, the Sox have a virtually no chance of catching them. Considering that Peavy has pitched 112 innings in his first season following major surgery and his fatigue level, it might be wise to shut him down. But unless Guillen hears that Peavy can't go, he's figuring on keeping him in the rotation.

"No not yet,'' Guillen said Wednesday. "I think we should keep it the same way. Right now I don't think I'm going to throw in the towel. If they want to throw in the towel that's their problem. I think he will prepare himself for his next start. I don't think there should be any problem with that. I expect him to go out there for his next start.''

That would be Monday when the Tigers open a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Peavy would get five days rest with Zach Stewart and Philip Humber both staying in the rotation.

Peavy said Wednesday he planned to find out from Don Cooper what the pitching coach has in mind. Cooper indicated he was leaning toward having Peavy pitch.

"There's no doubt I feel worn down and tired,'' said Peavy, who is 7-7 with a 4.92 ERA.

Crede to attend SoxFest 2012

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From White Sox Media Relations

The White Sox have announced two-night SoxFest hotel packages at the Palmer House Hilton for SoxFest 2012, presented by Miller Lite and Pepsi, along with weekend passes to the event, will go on sale on Tuesday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. CST on whitesox.com.

SoxFest offers fans the opportunity to meet their favorite current and former White Sox players, attend question-and-answer sessions, participate in interactive baseball activities and visit the always-popular SoxFest Garage Sale. SoxFest 2012 will be held Friday, January 27, Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 2012. Joe Crede, third baseman for the 2005 World Champion White Sox, will be in attendance at this year's event.

The special SoxFest hotel rate is $316 (which includes tax) for a two-night stay. White Sox fans may purchase up to two rooms per reservation. Fans who purchase a two-night stay are eligible to also purchase up to four SoxFest weekend passes ($75/pass) per room reservation. SoxFest hotel packages and weekend passes will be available for purchase in the same transaction at whitesox.com. Weekend passes only are available for purchase by fans who book the two-night stay. Friday night of SoxFest will be open only to SoxFest hotel guests with weekend passes.


This is the sixth year the historic Palmer House Hilton will host the annual White Sox fan gathering, now in its 20th year.

For more information, fans should visit whitesox.com/soxfest or contact the SoxFest hotline at (312) 609-1915.

Santos bounces back, gets clean save

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Sergio Santos got back on the horse and got the save.

After giving up two home runs in a crushing defeat against the Tigers on Saturday, then getting pulled in the ninth on Monday as Chris Sale came in for the save, Santos pitched a 1-2-3 ninth in the White Sox' 3-0 victory against the Twins.

"After you have a couple rough ones it's good to have a clean one and put that in the past,'' Santos said.

"I try to take every situation as the same. Obviously it's easier to have a clean inning where you go in from the beginning because you have your routine that you're used to. It's nice to go out there and get some outs.''

The wins don't mean much any more, but the Sox will take them regardless. This was their third in a row against Minnesota.

"Absolutely,'' Santos said. "We got beat up pretty good in Detroit and to come out here against Minnesota who we don't usually play well against, it was good to put some runs up and pitch really well. We're playing really good baseball right now. Hopefully we can finish this year right.''

Santos has 29 saves in 34 opportunities.

Unfazed Humber bounces back with 7 scoreless innings

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MINNEAPOLIS -- That didn't take long.

It took five batters into his first game since getting clocked on the noggin for Philip Humber to be the target at Target Field. Jason Kubel bounced a hot shot off Humber's right thigh during the second inning of the White Sox' 2-1 win against the Minnesota Twins on Monday afternoon.

Leading off the third inning, Brian Dinkelman's single up the middle almost got Humber again. All this after he had been hit in the back during his AAA rehab start he made following his time on the disabled list - the result of Kosuke Fukudome's liner off his forehead on Aug. 18.

There were smiles, laughs and wisecracks from Sox teammates, but there was no fear from Humber, who kept his focus and went on the attack himself - pounding the strike zone for first-pitch strike after first pitch strike over seven scoreless innings.

"The way they hurt you is if you put guys on without them swinging the bats,'' Humber said. "So go right at them, and see what happens.''

Humber threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of the 27 batters he faced while retiring the first batter five times over his 100-pitch outing that included 71 strikes.

"Got a lot ground balls and good plays by our guys," he said.

For Humber, manager Ozzie Guillen and pitching coach Don Cooper, it was an encouraging performance considering the one-time first-round Mets draft pick and Sox reclamation project had been tailing off after a first half that put him in the All-Star Game conversation. He had allowed four runs in a five-inning rehab start last Tuesday for AAA Charlotte.

"I definitely don't take anything for granted,'' Humber said "And not just getting hit but with the success I had in the first half and then hitting a rough patch there. It was like, 'OK, am I ever going to pitch a good game again?' So you become more thankful for every chance you get."

Humber's collected manner, pitching in the town where Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson once warned him about his his skittish behavior on the hill, was a refreshing reminder of how far Humber (9-8, 3.45) has come this season. He is two-thirds of an inning shy of his minor-league high, has a very good chance to be a double-digit winner and a fixture in the Sox rotation next season and beyond.

"It's been a solid year but we've got work to do,'' Cooper said. "He's got starts left. If the season ended now I would say, 'boy it's been a great year for him.' But we're looking to enhance it.''

"I want to prove it every time I go out there,'' Humber said. "However many chances I have left, from here on out to the rest of my career, the way I look at it is everyone here has something to prove every time you go out there. That's the mindset I take."

After Sergio Santos allowed a run in the ninth in relief of Matt Thornton, Chris Sale got the final out for his sixth save as the Sox stopped a four-game losing streak in the first half of a day-night doubleheader.

"We needed Phil to come out the way he did today,'' Guillen said, "for the ballclub, bullpen and a doubleheader, we need this type of game to try to get it going and build some confidence.

"It seemed like he got it back after the time off and seemed he was stronger once again.''

Humber's teammates flinched when he got hit again. When they saw he was OK, "you couldn't help but laugh,'' Gavin Floyd said.

"He need a screen out there,'' Guillen said.

In the dugout, Humber held out his glove and said, 'anybody want this? I don't need it.' ''

The direct hit with AAA Charlotte was "just a ground ball in the back,'' he said. "I'm covering all my bases. The lower half, back, head. Hopefully I'll get a glove on them.''

White Sox' Stewart throws one-hitter vs. Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS - It would have been the eighth wonder of Zach Stewart's brief career. But it wasn't meant to be.
The 24-year-old White Sox right-hander, in his eighth major-league start, pitched seven perfect innings against the Minnesota Twins on Monday night that had 39,849 fans and the White Sox dugout buzzing at Target Field. He settled for one-hit complete game for a 4-0 victory that gave the Sox (70-69) a day-night doubleheader sweep. Stewart struck out nine and allowed no walks.
Stewart followed right-hander Philip Humber's stellar, seven-inning start in the Sox' 2-1 victory in Game 1 and left the Sox, after one long Labor Day of baseball, feeling a notch or two better about their starting rotation as they make plans for next season.
Stewart (2-3), acquired by the Sox before the trade deadline along with veteran reliever Jason Frasor from the Toronto Blue Jays in the three-team Edwin Jackson deal, had shown flashes of good things in his four starts since coming to Chicago.
In his previous two starts, however, he was 0-1 with 13 earned runs allowed over 10 2/3 innings. In Monday's nightcap, he struck out seven and walked none.
The gem by Stewart was shaping up as a possible payback of sorts for the Sox. Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano no-hit them on May 3 at U.S. Cellular Field, a 1-0 decision in which Jackson took the loss.
Stewart threw 114 pitches, 75 strikes.

Axelrod joins White Sox pitching staff

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MINNEAPOLIS - The White Sox purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Dylan Axelrod from Class AAA Charlotte on Monday.
Axelrod, a 26-year-old starter, was 9-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 26 games for AA Birmingham and AAA Charlotte this season.
The Sox will use him out of the bullpen, at least for now. He has no major-league experience and will wear uniform No. 39.
The Sox also transferred right-hander Tony Pena to the 60-day disabled list with right elbow tendinitis.

White Sox call up Lindsay, Reed, Escobar

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By White Sox media relations

DETROIT - Prior to tonight's game at Detroit, the Chicago White Sox returned catcher A.J. Pierzynski from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Class AAA Charlotte and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list. In addition, the White Sox purchased the contracts of right-handed pitchers Shane Lindsay and Addison Reed and recalled infielder Eduardo Escobar from the Knights.

Pierzynski, 34, went 2-10 (.200) with one RBI in three rehab games with the Knights. He was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his major-league career on August 16 (retroactive to August 13) with a fractured left wrist sustained on August 11 vs. Kansas City when he was hit by a Bruce Chen pitch in the third inning.

Lindsay, 26, combined to go 3-3 with a 2.18 ERA (17 ER/70.1 IP), four saves and 90 strikeouts in 50 relief outings with Class AA Birmingham and Charlotte in 2011. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder, who leads International League relievers with a .132 (28-212) opponents average, will become the first Australian-born player to appear with the Sox.

Reed, 22, leads all minor-league relievers with 111 strikeouts and went 2-1 with a 1.26 ERA (11 ER/78.1 IP) and five saves in 43 appearances between Class A Kannapolis, Class A Winston-Salem, Birmingham and Charlotte this season. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, who was selected in the third round of the 2010 draft, averaged 12.8 strikeouts per 9.0 IP and limited opponents to a .157 (43-274) average.

Escobar, 22, hit .266 (130-489) with 23 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 49 RBI in 137 games with the Knights in 2011. The 5-foot-10 switch-hitter made 107 appearances at shortstop and 30 at second base, and was named by Baseball America as the Best Defensive Infielder in the White Sox system entering the season.

Lindsay (No. 66), Reed (43) and Escobar (62) all have no prior major-league experience. The White Sox 40-man roster is now at 40 (29 active).

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