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Kuroda, Yankees blank White Sox

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees hit three solo home runs against Jake Peavy, who got his usual dose of poor run support in the White Sox' 4-0 loss on Saturday.

Curtis Granderson, Dewayne Wise and Robinson Cano homered, and Hiroki Kuroda struck out 11 Sox over seven innings. Peavy (6-5) struck out 11 and walked none.

The Yankees stopped the Sox' four-game winning streak.

Deserving Pierzynski doesn't like All-Star chances

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NEW YORK - A.J. Pierzynski is having an All-Star caliber season and said he's deserving, but the White Sox catcher is skeptical about his chances of making the team.

"It's the ultimate personal reward as a player to be voted as an All-Star, to go there and enjoy the game,'' Pierzynski said Saturday. "At the same time I know how it works. It's a popularity contest and I know I'm probably not going to win it and I'm not going to go.''

Pierzynski, who hit two homers in Friday's 14-7 win at Yankee Stadium, leads major league catchers with 45 RBI. He's second with 14 homers and fifth with a .285 batting average.

"I've had good first halfs before and not gone so I'm not going to put a whole lot of stock into it,'' said Pierzynski, who was an AL All-Star in 2002 and '06. "Or get my hopes up. I think I deserve it but if not it's OK. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. The biggest thing for me is my kids are old enough to understand. Last time I went my daughter wasn't even a year old. My son is five, daughter is seven, so that would be cool, they would enjoy it. But it's also nice to get home for four days and be able to relax and get away from the game for a while.''

The rosters for the All-Star Game will be announced Sunday. In addition to starting lineups, reserves and pitching staff, the five Final Vote candidates for the last spot on each team will be announced.

"I'd love to go but I know how it works. I know how the votes go. The fans vote, and they pick who they pick and the players get the second vote. As we know in every publication I usually don't win those players votes except for the other things. But it's fine.''

Pierzynski was voted the most hated player in baseball in a Men's Journal survey of 100 players that came out on June 13.

I've had some discussions with my wife and like I said I think I deserve it, but there are a lot of guys who are deserving who don't get to go.''


White Sox beat Yankees 14-7

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NEW YORK - Jose Quintana is human, after all.

The White Sox lineup? You could call it unhuman for roughing up rookie Adam Warren for six runs in the first three innings of the Sox' 14-7 victory against the Yankees on Friday night.

With his parents watching in the stands, Warren - a call-up for injured ace CC Sabathia and the first Yankee to make his debut as a starter in five seasons -- couldn't finish the third inning, so the timing for the rookie Quintana's first dud couldn't have been better.

A.J. Pierzynski hit two home runs and a single, Alexei Ramirez had four hits including a double and home run, and Paul Konerko had three hits including a home run as the Sox erupted for their second double-digit scoring night on this road trip. The Sox had 19 hits against Warren and four relievers - including former Sox outfielder Dewayne Wise for the last two outs -- giving them 48 hits over their last three games.

With two games left against the AL East-leading Yankees, the Sox are guaranteed a split of their four-game series after taking two of three from the Twins. The streaky Sox have won four in a row and six of seven after losing seven of their previous nine
Quintana had pitched 16 consecutive innings coming in and brought a too-good-to-last 1.25 ERA into the game. Derek Jeter led off the first with a double, Curtis Granderson followed with a homer, and Andruw Jones drove in two runs for a double to put Quintana in a 4-0 hole after one inning.
After watching the Sox lineup pounce on Warren for six runs over the second and third innings, Quintana bounced back with two scoreless innings before Jayson Nix tied the score at 6 with two-run double in the fourth.
Making his major league debut, Warren gave back a four-run lead in the second. Pierzynski led off with a homer, Gordon Beckham doubled in two runs and Kevin Youkilis - who left the game with an upset stomach - scored Beckham with a slow roller to third.

Omogrosso 7th rookie on White Sox pitching staff

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NEW YORK -- And then there were seven. Rookie pitchers now have the majority seats on the White Sox pitching staff with the callup of right-hander Brian Omogrosso from AAA Charlotte on Friday. Right-hander Brian Bruney went on the disabled list with left hip inflammation .

On Thursday, lefty Leyson Septimo stepped up from Charlotte after Will Ohman was designated for assignment.

"Oh, yeah, it's a pretty young bullpen that's for sure,'' said Omogrosso, 27, who has no major-league experience. "It's exciting to see the young guys here. We've got a first-place ballclub and everything like that. It's promising, that's for sure.''

The 6-4, 230-pound Omogrosso throws in the mid-to-upper 90s. He is 0-1 with two saves and a 4.09 ERA over 33 innings. He has 40 strikeouts and a .228 opponents average and has pitched better of late -- a 1.42 ERA over his last nine appearances.

"These guys come up, they're ready to compete,'' manager Robin Ventura said. "People make a lot of having rookies in here but it's what we have. That's how we're making do. I don't look at them necessarily when they go out there as rookies. They're players they're wearing our uniform and we want them to do well.''

Omogrosso will wear Zach Stewart's old number, 48.

Bruney, 30, earned the win in his only appearance this season on Sunday, when he pitched a scoreless inning.

Viciedo's 3-run homer in 9th lifts White Sox past Yanks

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NEW YORK - The rooks just keep on coming.

Left-hander Leyson Septimo's arrival from AAA Charlotte on Thursday brought the number of rookie pitchers on the White Sox to six, which is half the pitching staff.

While that much inexperience puts a lot on A.J. Pierzynski's plate, it has made catching as enjoyable as it's ever been for the 35-year-old veteran.

"Having these young guys around has re-energized me and given me a different perspective of what it was like as a young guy learning and seeing all these things for the first time,'' Pierzynski said.

Dylan Axelrod was the kid under Pierzynski's care on Thursday night, starting the first of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The lights of New York were shone bright, with both teams in first place in their respective divisions, and Axelrod more than held his own, giving up two runs over seven innings in the Sox' 4-3 come-from-behind victory highlighted by Dayan Viciedo's three-run homer in the ninth inning.

White Sox' Crain has tight shoulder

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NEW YORK -- White Sox reliever Jesse Crain left the team before its game against the New York Yankees on Thursday night to see a local doctor about tightness right shoulder. Crain returned before the game with a clean bill of health, a Sox spokesman said.

Crain had a brief conversation with pitching coach Don Cooper before the game and said he wasn't feeling at his best. Shortly after, he left in street clothes. He returned to Yankee Stadium but was not expected to be available to pitch Thursday under those circumstances.

Lefty Leyson Septimo fills Ohman's spot

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NEW YORK - The White Sox purchased the contract of left-hander Leyson Septimo from Class AAA Charlotte and designated left-handed pitcher Will Ohman for assignment on Thursday.

Septimo, 26, who has no major league experience, is 2-1 with a 1.48 ERA with one save for the Knights. He has held left-handed hitters to an .095 average against him with 16 strikeouts.

Septimo will wear uniform No. 52.

Ohman, 34, went 0-2 with a 6.41 ERA in 32 appearances. He was signed as a free agent on January 10, 2011.

White Sox' Will Ohman designated for assignment

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Following Wednesday's 12-5 win against the Minnesota Twins, the White Sox parted ways with left-hander Will Ohman.

The Sox will designate the veteran reliever for assignment on Thursday. If he clears waivers, he'll be given his unconditional release. The Sox did not make an announcement and are expected to make a corresponding roster move Thursday.

Ohman pitched the last two innings, allowing three runs on two hits and one walk. He also hit two batters.

In his second season with the Sox, Ohman had a 6.41 ERA. He shook hands with teammates and received well-wishes as the team prepared to leave for New York, where the Sox open a four-game series on Thursday night.

White Sox erupt for 21 hits in rout of Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS - It was more of the same from Chris Sale and Alex Rios, and - welcome back -- more of the Adam Dunn the White Sox have missed for a week or so.

Breaking an 0-for-24 slump and stopping a big run on strikeouts, Dunn launched a 410-foot opposite field homer to left against Nick Blackburn (4-5) and Rios followed with a homer in the Sox' four-run fifth inning that broke open their 12-5victory against the Minnesota Twins.

After scoring 13 runs in the last five games, the Sox got a dozen on 21 hits to take the rubber game of a series with a team that has troubled them for years.

By winning their second straight series, the Sox (40-35) reversed a troubling trend of five straight series losses. They leave the bright sun of Minnesota for the bright lights of New York, where they open a four-game series against the Yankees on Thursday night. It will match the first-place teams from the AL Central and AL East.

Kevin Youkilis had three hits including a double high off the right-center field wall and two RBI. Youkilis, batting third and playing first base to give Paul Konerko a day off, is 5-for-12 since general manager Ken Williams pulled off what - base on three games in Minnesota - could be one of the most significant trades in baseball this season.

Every Sox who batted got in the hit column. Dunn also hit two singles, including an infield nubber down the third-base line. All five balls he put in play were to the left of second base, a sure sign that he's trying to steer clear of pulling everything, a habit that coincided with his slump.

Alejandro De Aza had three singles after going hitless in the first two games of the series, and off-the-bench starters third baseman Eduardo Escobar, left fielder Jordan Danks and second baseman Orlando Hudson each had two singles. A.J. Pierzynski tripled off the top of the center field wall and had a sacrifice fly.

Rios had three hits -- his 10th homer, a double and a single. He drove in two runs.

The Sox hadn't had this much offense in Minneapolis since they had 17 runs on 23 hits at the Metrodome on May 23, 2004.

Sale (9-2, 2.27) was All-Star caliber yet again, leaving after 93 pitches over seven innings with two runs allowed on six hits. He struck out five and walked one.

Will Ohman gave up three runs in the last two innings.


White Sox' Konerko says he's turning a corner

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MINNEAPOLIS - Paul Konerko knows his swing like no one else, so take this from an expert: The worst appears to be over.

The .333 hitter was given a day off the day after a night game in which he went 0-for-3 to extend his recent slump to 1-for-17 over his last five games. As 0-for-3s go, it was a good one.

"Actually I feel good,'' Konerko said, calling Tuesday's sequence of at-bats his best in a long time. "But right now offensively we're not scoring a lot of runs so it's a good idea to shake things up. And New York [starting Thursday] is always a long four games, so it's a good idea.''

Second baseman Gordon Beckham and left fielder Dayan Viciedo also rested.

Konerko said the left wrist that caused him to miss two games has felt good for more than a week. His swings and at-bats have also been better.

"The last two or three days, I wouldn't change a thing,'' he said. "You go back a week ago, there were some at-bats I gave away, not being smart or swinging the bat well. Last couple of days really did everything I wanted to do.

"I hit some balls pretty decent, not home-run decent, but last night was my best game as far as everything going on. When you have five, six games of not swinging well, a lot of times it's a couple of games feeling better, having competitive at-bats, drawing walks where you work your way back. That's been happening the last three or four games.

"It's just a baseball season. Every year there are a couple times during the year where you have a couple weeks where there is not much going on. It always seems like the end of the world.''

The slump he has been in "makes sense in my head because the first two months there were nights I didn't have anything going for me and I walked out of there 2-for-4. Then you have games like last night when you feel really good and come out with nothing.

"The big question is what happens from here on out.''

Konerko walked and scored on Alex Rios' home run in the Sox' 3-2 win over Minnesota on Tuesday. He flied out three times, twice to left and once to center.

"When I'm putting balls in the air, that's one of the last pieces when it starts to happen,'' he said. "When I'm not going good I'm putting a lot of balls on the ground.

"A swing is a fragile thing. Just because you're starting to hit, it can turn, too, so you have to keep grinding. It's hard not to chase the result but we all do it. Things start to turn when you stop doing that and just chase the approach. When you're not getting hits, you walk up there with a goal to get a hit and you're done - it's not going to happen.''

White Sox pitching probables for Yankees

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WHITE SOX AT NEW YORK YANKEES

Thursday: 6:05 p.m., Ch. 9, 670-AM, 97.5 FM
Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 5.54) vs. Ivan Nova (9-2, 4.25)

Friday: 6:05 p.m, CSN, 670-AM, 97.5 FM
Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.25) vs. Freddy Garcia (1-2, 6.91)

Saturday: 12:05 p.m., CSN, 670-AM, 97.5 FM
Jake Peavy (6-4, 2.84) vs. Hideki Kuroda (7-7, 3.40)

Sunday: 1:05 p.m., Ch. 9, 670-AM, 97.5 FM
Gavin Floyd (6-7, 4.80) vs. Phil Hughes (8-6, 4.48)

Floyd, Rios lift White Sox past Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Gavin Floyd pitched seven scoreless innings, and Alex Rios drove in two runs with his 11th home run and scored another run on a bloop single by Alexei Ramirez as the White Sox held on for a 3-2 victory against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

Floyd went into the game with a 4-11 record and 6.29 lifetime ERA against the Twins, but he matched a season high with nine strikeouts without walking a batter. Floyd allowed five hits. In his previous start, Floyd (6-7) pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings to get a win against the Cubs.

Rios, who also made a nice running catch in right-center field, hit a 407-foot blast to left field against Liam Hendriks (0-5) with Paul Konerko (walk) on base in the fourth inning. Rios deflected an infield single off Hendriks in the seventh, stole second and scored on Ramirez' hit.

Ramirez, who tripled with two outs in the second, has 16 hits in his last 34 at-bats.

Matt Thornton pitched a scoreless eighth before Addison Reed, despite giving up two runs in the ninth, collected his 10th save. Jamey Carroll singled in two runs against Reed before Denard Span grounded out to end the game.

The Sox and Twins play the rubber game of their three-game series on Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. Chris Sale pitches for the Sox against the Twins' Nick Blackburn.

Youkilis and the President

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Youkilis was amused by the flap that resulted from President and White Sox fan Barack Obama's comment the touched a nerve in Red Sox nation at a fundraiser in Boston on Monday night. As the former popular Red Sox was playing his first game for the White Sox, Obama was booed when he told the crowd: "I want to say thank you for Youkilis."

Although some in the crowd thought they heard more chants of "Youuuk" than boos, Obama was caught a bit off guard.

"I didn't think I was going to get any boos out of here,'' Obama said. "I should not have brought up baseball. I understand. My mistake."

Youkilis said he and his family got a barrage of emails and texts about it Tuesday.

"It was pretty funny just to see that and the family got a good kick out of it,'' Youkilis said. "There are mass emails going around to the family. It's probably a better way to get mentioned by the President than other ways so it's a good thing.''

It was just one more unusual twist in an unusual time for Youkilis, who said he was settling down after a whirlwind 30-hour period which included the trade and his first game as a White Sox.

"Being here and going to the hotel and then coming to the field and having a normal 24 hours, it's a lot easier to concentrate on playing,'' he said. "Kind of trying to each day push it away because this is my new team. I can still keep in contact with those guys and stay friends with them but it's not my team any more. It's definitely a realization and it's good to be in first place rather than at the bottom.''

When the Sox play a four-game series against the Red Sox' arch rivals at Yankee Stadium beginning Thursday, Youkilis can be sure he'll hear more boos than "Youuuks."

"I told everyone I'll take all the yelling at and screaming at for the whole team for four days,'' he said. "They'll probably hound me and get on me pretty good. But I know definitely one thing: they don't hate me as much as they used to. Once I changed teams. It will be fun.''

Twins defeat White Sox 4-1

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Youkilis' White Sox debut was uneventful -- for the third baseman and his new team.

Acquired on Sunday from the Boston Red Sox, Youkilis singled in four at-bats in the Sox' 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins and left-hander Francisco Liriano (2-7). Liriano, who pitched a no-hitter at U.S. Cellular Field on May 3 last season, held the Sox to four hits over seven innings.

Jake Peavy (6-4) settled down after giving up three runs in the first two innings, finishing with four scoreless frames and exiting after 104 pitches. Peavy gave up a season-high 10 hits while walking one and striking out seven.

"Wasn't our night,'' Peavy said. "Other than [a diving stop by Gordon] Beckham play the ball just bounced their way. There's no other way to say it.''

It was the third consecutive game in which Peavy got little run support. He lost his previous two starts despite giving up two runs in 16 innings. The Sox had five hits. Adam Dunn was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and Paul Konerko was 0-for-3. Konerko has seven hits in his last 42 at-bats.

"Offensively, we just seem to be in a funk,'' manager Robin Ventura said. "You've got to work through it and eventually it will happen. You just hope it's tomorrow

"Guys are still going up there with a plan and doing it. It's just sometimes you hit them and they're either at them or just miss them. It's tough. It's not easy always to go up and hit. It's one of those that you continue to battle and eventually you get out of it."

Youkilis batted second as manager Robin Ventura moved Gordon Beckham down to ninth in the lineup. Youkilis grounded out twice and flied out before grounding a single through the middle of the infield in the eighth.

Alex Rios had a single and a double and scored on Alexei Ramirez's sacrifice fly to right in the seventh.

The first-place Sox (38-35) lost no ground to the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. The Indians lost to the Yankees 7-1.

The Sox traded utility man Brent Lillibridge and AAA right-hander Zach Stewart to the Red Sox for Youkilis and cash. They opened a seven-game road trip that includes four games against the Yankees.

Before the game, the Twins (30-42) placed closer Matt Capps on the disabled list with a sore shoulder. Right-hander Jared Burton pitched the ninth for his second save.


Youkilis: I'll play the game right

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MINNEAPOLIS - Aside from changing the color of his Sox, Kevin Youkilis said he expects to be the same player who's known for grinding out at-bats, playing hard and getting the uniform dirty.

He's even better known for being productive during his all-star and World Series years with the Boston Red Sox. Not so much this season, though, with a .225 batting average and four home runs in 41 games. So a change of color from Red to White is exactly what manager Robin Ventura hopes gets his new third baseman - whom the White Sox traded for Sunday to fill a gaping hole - performing at his best.

"Hopefully I can come to the White Sox and day in and day out, play the game hard, play the game the right way,'' Youkilis said before playing his first game with the Sox against the Twins on Monday night. "I can't guarantee anything with stats and all that. But I know one thing, that I'll come out and play the game right and give it my all and hopefully that's enough. But my stats, hopefully they'll end up on a higher note."

Youkilis started at third and batted second. Gordon Beckham moved from second to ninth in the order.

"Been there before,'' Youkilis said. "I've been to the World Series and playoffs in the 2 spot, so it's not unfamiliar territory to me. One thing I've done in my career is hit everywhere in the lineup. So it's just a spot in the batting order, and things can change in a week. You never know. I don't take too much emphasis on where I'm hitting. I just try to get good at-bats every time I go up to bat."

Youkilis was being phased out of the Red Sox plans, giving way to up-and-comer Will Middlebrooks, who was named American League Player of the Week on Monday. Trade rumors escalated in recent days, so the deal - as tough as it was to digest - wasn't a stunner.

"Probably the most emotional thing I've ever gone through on a baseball field,'' Youkilis said of his final game in Boston on Sunday. "It definitely was very surreal and like a ton of bricks when I got pinch-ran for. A great sendoff. The Red Sox fans were unbelievable . They've always been unbelievable to me. I can't thank them enough for all the great years I had there and the way they treated my family and friends. A lot of great memories.''

That said, he dons the Sox uniform with something to prove.

"I don't think it has as much to do with ... a lot of talk saying, 'you can't play baseball anymore,' '' Youkilis said. "I think I can. I think I can play at a high level and go out there. Talk is one thing, and I'll have to go out there and prove it by my actions."

"I think I started out very cold and hadn't been playing up to my capabilities. It was very frustrating. I wasn't happy with how I was producing. I wasn't playing good baseball. I wasn't consistent with playing time, moving back and forth and it wasn't the way I was accustomed to playing. I was excited just to come to Chicago and be able to play and get out there and try to have as much fun as possible.''

Jake Peavy will start against Minnesota tonight with a heavy heart following the death Sunday of his longtime mentor and friend, San Diego Padres coach Darrel Akerfelds. Akerfelds, who just turned 50, lost his 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday.
``He knew the percentages [against him] and what he was up against, but just the attitude he kept up,'' said Peavy, who held a fundraising raffle before the Cubs series to aid pancreatic cancer research.
``He was texting me from his deathbed, always encouraging me. He meant everything to me--a father, brother, mentor, friend. But he got to 50--his birthday was on the day we ended the raffle, and he was excited we did it in his honor.''

White Sox trade Lillibridge, Stewart for Youkilis, cash

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The White Sox acquired three-time all-star Kevin Youkilis and cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for infielder Brent Lillibridge and right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart on Sunday.

Youkilis, 33, is a career .286 hitter with 133 home runs, 239 doubles, 563 RBI and 594 runs scored over nine seasons with Boston. He is hitting .225 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 41 games this season. He was on the disabled list from May 2-21 with lower back tightness.

Lillibridge, 28, is hitting .175 with no home runs, two RBI and seven stolen bases in 48 games. A versatile player who can play all three outfield positions and all four infield spots, he batted .217 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI over three-plus seasons in Chicago. Lillibridge was due to bat for the Sox during the 10th inning of Sunday's game against the Brewers, but was lifted for pinch hitter Eduardo Escobar, who delivered the game-winning hit in a 1-0 Sox victory.

Stewart, 25, was sent to the AAA Charlotte on Tuesday after going 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA over 30 innings with the Sox. He was acquired from Toronto last July with pitcher Jason Frasor in the trade for pitcher Edwin Jackson and infielder Mark Teahen.

The Sox will receive about $5.5 million from the Red Sox to cover the majority of Youkilis' salary.

General manager Ken Williams signed veteran Orlando Hudson in late May as a stopgap measure to replace the injured Brent Morel at third, but Hudson has hit well below .200 and had his ups and downs transitioning from second base to third.

"We owe it to our fans and the men in that clubhouse in uniform to try to exhaust ourselves to be the best team we can possibly be," Williams said.

"He's a good teammate, plays hard,'' White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Youkilis. "He's a pro and I think he'll fit in just fine.''

The White Sox Sunday won a 1-0 walk-off game in the 10th inning against the Milwaukee Brewers as reports said Boston third baseman Kevin Youkilis is on his way to the South Side.
SI.com was reporting that the White Sox were the likely team acquiring Youkilis, with other reports saying the trade involves a pitcher and utility player going to the Red Sox.
Zack Stewart may be the White Sox pitcher involved. Brent Lillibridge may be the other player.
Youkilis, 33, is owed about $7 million on his $12 million salary for 2012.
Youkilis left Sunday's game against Atlanta for a pinch runner after hitting a triple in the seventh, the Fenway Park crowd cheering him as the scoreboard showed highlights of his career.
His brotherScott had been saying through Twitter that Chicago would be a good destination for the veteran infielder, who has lost playing time to rookie Will Middlebrooks.

Reports out of Boston say Kevin Youkilis may have played his last game with the Red Sox Sunday. After he tripled, he was taken out of the game and the scoreboard showed highlights of his career.

His brother has been suggesting through Twitter that Chicago would be a good destination for the third baseman.

The White Sox have had win streaks and slumps like the current June swoon. But Jake Peavy believes his team still is in ``a great position'' to contend for post-season play.
``We haven't played our best baseball lately, but we haven't played that badly either,'' he said Sunday. ``We've been in a lot of games where that haven't swung our way. We've been streaky, streakier than we probably want to be.
``Interleague play we've always done well in and we're not doing so well now. The bigger thing we have to focus on is today. We know we have a tough road trip coming up [starting Monday in Minnesota, then to New York to play the Yankees.] I think we're going to grind it out to the All Star break. We're in a great position that a lot of people didn't expect of us. We're happy to be in this position.''
Peavy and the Sox know there are trade rumors in the wind involving the possible acquisition of third baseman Kevin Youkilis from Boston.
``I think [Sox management] understands we've had some big injuries [including third baseman Brent Morel and starters John Danks and Philip Humber.] But we're still playing well. They [management] are no different than we are--they know we have a chance to win this thing.
``But we have to worry about what we have here. If there's change, we'll accept it.''
Peavy said he personally feels as healthy as he has in years. His ERA of 2.74 is seventh best in the American League.
``I know I've been through a lot in my time in Chicago [with a detached lat muscle], but I feel health is a non-issue now. Of course health is an issue for everyone who plays the game, but I feel as healthy as a Gavin Floyd or anyone. The body's a fragile thing, but I feel as well as I have in years.''

Ryan Braun extended his hitting streak to 17 games Saturday with an RBI single in the third for the Milwaukee Brewers. Braun also has a 27-game streak in interleague games. His 17-game streak is the longest current one in the majors.

Reports continued Saturday that the White Sox remain interested in Boston third baseman Kevin Youkilis and may be the leading contender for him. Youkilis has lost playing time to Will Middlebrooks, the reports say Boston manager Bobby Valentine has told Youkilis his playing time will be reduced.
The White Sox signed Orlando Hudson after he was released by San Diego as a stop-gap when Brent Morel went out with back problems. Morel's condition has since been diagnosed as more serious, requiring a lengthy rehab at best. Hudson, a career second baseman, has been adequate but is learning on the job. He is hitting only .160.
``You hear trade rumors and guys will about about stuff, but it's just like when you were a player,'' manager Robin Ventura said Saturday. ``You can't react to them unless they come true. There's no reason looking at them unless they become true.''


With two of their rotation arms on the disabled list, the White Sox will ``have to fight through it,'' catcher A.J. Pierzynski said Friday.
``You never want to see guys get hurt. You'd like to see a 25-man team all season, but that's never happened in baseball.
``We just have to fight through it and hope whoever taks his place can do as good a job as Phil has for the last year and a half.''
Humber went on the disabled list Friday with a right elbow flexor strain.

Former White Sox All-Star outfielder Jermaine Dye will "takeover" the team's Twitter account during Saturday's game against Milwaukee. The MVP of the 2005 World Series will provide his thoughts and insights on the official White Sox Twitter account (@WhiteSox or twitter.com/WhiteSox) throughout the game.

Dye was a two-time All-Star (2000 with Kansas City and 2006 with the White Sox) and the 2006 recipient of the Silver Slugger Award. He still ranks seventh in franchise history with 164 home runs.


The White Sox pitching woes grew worse Friday with the latest blow to the rotation the loss of Philip Humber to an elbow injury.
Humber told team officials several days ago of lingering discomfort he was experiencing in his elbow. An MRI revealed Humber, 29, has an elbow flexor strain, landing him on the 15-day disabled list for now.
Dylan Axelrod, who was recalled this week to take the place of injured John Danks, will take Humber's rotation spot for now. He will pitch Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
``It's hard to say when it happened because I have a high pain tolerance,'' Humber said Friday. ``It's something that's gotten gradually worse. I felt I had to say something.
``It's not what you want, but our training staff is good and we'll work and get back as quick as I can.
``The good news is I can play catch. Based on how I feel and how it goes, I'll get back on the mound, throw some side sessions, maybe a rehab assignment. I don't know when, but hopefully soon.''
Humber had struggled since his perfect game on April 21, his record 3-4 with a 6.01 ERA and 63 strikeouts in his 12 starts.
``You look at guys and how they talk about how they're feeling,'' manager Robin Ventura said. ``I don't like having guys go out there trying to fight their way through something. I'd rather they be 100 percent.''
Danks' place has been filled by Jose Quintana, who has excelled with a 2-1 record and 1.53 ERA in seven appearances, five of them starts.
Axelrod made three starts last season, going 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA. He made one start earlier this season against Detroit and is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in three total appearances. He was 5-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 11 starts at Class AAA Charlotte.
Humber said he could have tried to continue pitching, ``but at the same time when you're limited and you're not able to pitch to your full capabilities, not only for me but for the team, that's the best thing. They thought it was best to shut me down and get it right.''


Humber goes on disabled list; Fukudome DFA

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The White Sox starting rotation suffered another loss on Friday. Right-hander Philip Humber was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 17) with a right elbow flexor strain, and right-handed reliever Brian Bruney's contract was purchased from AAA Charlotte.

Dylan Axelrod will start in Humber's place in the rotation Saturday against the Brewers at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Sox also designated Kosuke Fukudome for assisgnment. He completed his injury rehabilitation assignment at Charlotte and was removed him from the DL, but Jordan Danks will stay on as an extra outfielder.

Bruney, 30, is 1-3 with a 1.85 ERA with 11 saves and 36 strikeouts in 23 games. He pitched five innings in his last outing, allowing one run.

Humber is 3-4 with a 6.01 ERA in 12 starts this season. Left-hander John Danks, the team's Opening Day starter, has been on the DL since May 20.


White Sox, Floyd avoid sweep against Cubs

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Gavin Floyd had his best outing in more than a month, and Gordon Beckham hit his ninth home run and tied a career high with four RBI as the White Sox avoided getting swept by the Cubs with a 7-0 victory Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Floyd (5-7, 5.20) pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out four before leaving to a standing ovation in the top of the seventh. He went into the game with a 1-4 record and 10.38 ERA over his previous six starts. In this one, he went to his curve more than usual -- about 30 times.

"He was able to locate better,'' catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "He seemed like he was working a little bit quicker and he just located the ball much better tonight than he had the last few starts. Hopefully it's a step in the right direction. He threw the ball great. Hopefully, in five days from now he'll continue to get better.''

The win stopped a three-game losing streak for the Sox (36-33), who had lost six of their last seven. The Sox, who trail the Cleveland Indians by a half game in the AL Central, have a day off Thursday before opening a weekend series at home against the Milwaukee Brewers.

"If they had asked us at the beginning of the season if we'd take being a half-game up or a half-game out at almost the end of June, I think we would've taken it,'' Beckham said. "We're playing the right way, we've had a tough week and a half, but tonight was a good start in the right direction.''

In the sixth, Floyd allowed a leadoff triple to Starlin Castro but he left Castro on third by striking out Bryan LaHair and Alfonso Soriano and getting Steve Clevenger to ground out.

Floyd said he had confidence he would get through the slump.

"It was frustrating but at the same time I felt like God gave me a peace about it,'' Floyd said. "I knew that things were gonna work out. Just keep on working hard, keep being diligent about that. Try to keep things the same and keep on pressing. I felt when I always feel like if things are going bad that they're always going to go well because I think everybody believes in our pitching staff and me. Just believe in myself that things would turn around.''

It was Floyd's third scoreless outing of the season. He has been prone to big innings, but not on this night.

"He's had some good starts before and as the game as gone on, it's kind of changed,'' Pierzynski said. "But as the game went it actually got better and better. It was good to see. He threw a lot of good pitches tonight. It's encouraging and it's definitely a step in the right direction.''

Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko hit consecutive RBI singles in the third against Cubs starter Randy Wells to give the Sox a 2-0 lead. Beckham blooped an RBI single to right in the fourth, and he hit his home run inside the right-field pole against left-hander Scott Maine in the sixth.

Beckham has 31 RBI this season.

"We needed that,'' Beckham said. "We've been doing a good job of not getting swept.''

Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Will Ohman combined to pitch 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. The shutout was the sixth this season by the Sox.

The Sox out-hit the Cubs 10-4. The Cubs won the first two games of the series 12-3 and 2-1. The Sox swept their three-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in May.

Cubs frustrate Peavy, White Sox again

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The White Sox lineup went silent against the Cubs.

Jake Peavy could not be quiet, expressing his frustration over another Sox loss to an inferior team.

A gutty, 125-pitch effort by Peavy went to waste as the Cubs made two runs in the third inning -- one earned -- hold up for a 2-1 victory. It was the second loss for the Sox (35-33) in two nights against the Cubs (24-44) at U.S. Cellular Field, and it knocked them out of first place in the American League Central.

The Sox were held to four hits, and they failed to cash in on seven walks by Cubs pitchers.

Peavy (6-3), who lowered his ERA to 2.74, retired 16 in one stretch after David DeJesus' two-run single. A throwing error by third baseman Orlando Hudson led to one Cubs run.

"We're just not playing good, fundamental baseball,'' said Peavy, who struck out five, walked one and allowed five hits.. "When you're going bad the little things will get you.''

Geovany Soto grounded to Hudson's right, but Hudson's sidearm throw across the infield pulled first baseman Paul Konerko off the base. Tony Campana glanced an infield single off Peavy, and after a pitch in the dirt skipped away from catcher Tyler Flowers allowing the runners to move into scoring position, DeJesus lined a two-run single to right.

"I [messed] it up,'' Hudson said. "I lost the game for the man, that's it. The man threw a hell of a game, I lost it for him. Point blank. Case closed. We lost. My bad. That's it."

"It's frustrating losing the series,'' Peavy said. "We lost three in a row now and if we want to be a first place team there's no excuse.''

"I don't mean any disrespect, but a team playing the way the Cubs have been playing, we got to beat those teams. Please don't take that out of context because the Cubs are a big league team and you got to show up every night because any team can beat anybody. But teams that we feel we should beat that aren't playing that well, we got to show up and take advantage of these opportunities. Detroit is coming. And we know Cleveland isn't going anywhere.''

The loss was the sixth in seven games for the Sox, who fell a half game behind the Indians in the AL Central. The Indians defeated the Reds on Tuesday night, knocking the Sox out of first for the first time since May 28. The Tigers are heating up, and they moved to withing a game and a half of the Sox.

"I don't think by any means, this team has lost any confidence,'' Peavy said. "This team has shown it can play with anybody on any given day. The bottom line is we've been a little too streaky."

The Sox scored a run in the second on Alexei Ramirez's ground-rule double that pushed Alex Rios across from third, but they could have had more. Cubs starter Travis Wood walked Flowers to load the bases with one out, but Hudson popped out to shortstop and Alejandro De Aza struck out.

The Sox had another good scoring chance in the eighth but came up empty after Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn walked with one out. Cubs reliever Manny Corpus came in and got Konerko on a fly to right and Rios on a grounder to first.

The Sox have lost seven of their last 10 at home.

"It bothers all of us,'' Peavy said. "We don't want to lose, especially in front of our fans. We want our fans to come out and support us. And you got to win and you got to win at home and have a good atmosphere. But we're fine. We got a long way to go. We got too many veterans in here that are going to grind it out and make sure this team's confidence stays high. And we got enough in here to do it. It's just a matter of fact of grinding it out and playing a tad bit better and coming out on the good side of things instead of like we are the past few."

Asked if he would like to encourage general manager Ken Williams to improve the team with a trade, Peavy did not hesitate.

"Of course. You can always get better,'' he said. "I love the team we do have. But if Kenny and Jerry [Reinsdorf] and those guys see fit, you can always take to add a player. That's something we'd all welcome. But at the same time, If that doesn't happen, we think we have enough here to beat the other teams in our division. We know it's not going to be easy. We don't mean that by any means. Detroit hasn't hit their stride, hasn't gotten hot, but they're starting to play good. And this Cleveland team isn't going anywhere."

A comeback player of the year candidate, Peavy battled to the end. DeJesus led off the Cubs ninth with a triple but Peavy left him there with a strong, determined effort to finish. The Sox went down in order, however, against Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol in the ninth.

"I did feel good tonight and was trying to be economical because of the injuries we've had,'' Peavy said. "The game plan from outset was to throw 120 pitches. Wish it had been different because that ninth would have meant something.''

A.J. Leads the Way

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Catcher A.J. Pierzynski leads major league catchers with 41 RBI and is tied for the lead with 12 homers. He is on pace to his a career high 29 home runs and 105 RBI if he continues at his current pace.
Pierzynski didn't start Tuesday against Cubs lefthander Travis Wood. ``Wood has been tough on lefthanders,'' manager Robin Ventura said. ``A.J. will be back in there [Wednesday.]''

Stewart sent down; Axelrod recalled

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The White Sox optioned right-hander Zach Stewart to AAA Charlotte and recalled right-hander Dylan Axelrod on Tuesday.

Axelrod, 26, has a 5-4 record and 3.18 ERA over 68 innings for the Knights. He struck out 66 in 11 starts. Axelrod was with the Sox from April 27-May 5, going 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in three appearances including one start.

He will assume Stewart's role as the long relief man and possibly an occasional starter, manager Robin Ventura said.

"He'll be the long guy, be in the bullpen,'' Ventura said. "For right now, that's where he'll be. Maybe a little bit down the road if something else happens he might be able to spot-start on occasion.''

Stewart made his first start of the season and was roughed up for four homers in the Sox' 12-3 loss to the Cubs on Monday.

Stewart is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in 18 games this season.

Danks plan: Rehab assignment in 3-4 weeks

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White Sox left-hander John Danks will begin a rehab assignment in three-to-four weeks if all goes as well as he recovers from a mild Grade 1 strain of the subscapularis muscle in his left shoulder.

Danks underwent two MRIs on Monday, one with dye. The tests, evaluated by team doctor Greg Nicholson, showed no tendon or ligament damage. The labrum is intact. The Sox also said the strain has shown improvement since his last MRI on May 23.

Team trainer Herm Schneider will start Danks on a rehabilitation and strengthening program starting Friday.

Danks had one rehab assignment for AAA Charlotte last Tuesday, pitching four innings. He experienced soreness in the following days.

Danks told reporters Monday he had a "Grade 1 tear."

"It's not thought to be anything real major,'' Danks said Monday night. "Just get some rest and get back it.

"It's frustrating because it feels good one day and then crap the next. It's good to know what we're dealing with.

"When you hear the word 'tear' it's kind of scary. But I don't think it's anything super major. It's just a bummer that it will take longer to get back than we first thought.''


Danks has Grade I tear in shoulder

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White Sox left-hander John Danks has a grade I tear in the subscapularis area of his pitching shoulder and will be out indefinitely.

Danks had an MRI done on Monday and met with Sox doctor Gregory Nicholson.

Danks said he was told that he will not need surgery.

"It's not thought to be anything real major,'' Danks said. "Just get some rest and get back it.

"It's frustrating because it feels good one day and then crap the next. It's good to know what we're dealing with.''

Danks said the MRI looked similar to the first one he had when he went on the disabled list May 20.

"When you hear the word 'tear' it's kind of scary. But I don't think it's anything super major

"It's just a bummer that it will take longer to get back than we first thought.''

Sox tagged for five homers in 12-3 loss to Cubs

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Zach Stewart got roughed up for four homers in his spot start on Monday night, and the Cubs tagged reliever Nate Jones with five consecutive hits including a homer in a six-run seventh inning, rolling to a 12-3 win against the White Sox before 33,215 fans at U.S. Cellular Field.

Before the smallest crowd to see a Cubs-Sox game, it was the largest margin of defeat this season for the Sox (35-32), who were coming off a 2-4 road trip in St. Louis and Los Angeles, lost for the first time in four games against the Cubs. The Sox lead over the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central was cut to a half game as they lost for the fifth time in six games.

For Chris Sale and Jake Peavy in particular, Stewart was inserted into the rotation to give an extra day of rest or two to the Sox starters.

"I've done it before. It's nothing that should have fazed me too much or anything,'' Stewart said. "A few opportunities that came about and I didn't make the pitch. They did what they were supposed to do with it.''

He retired eight of the first 10 Cubs he faced before Starlin Castro singled and Bryan LaHair homered with two outs in the third. Castro and Alfonso Soriano each hit two-run homers in the fifth, Soriano's traveling 440-feet to center field.

Stewart (1-2) has allowed 10 home runs in 30 innings pitched. Sox pitchers gave up 15 hits.

"He just couldn't' get that third out,'' manager Robin Ventura said. "They were swinging it. It was a night [the ball] was carrying, and [the Cubs] put it on the barrel a lot. Yesterday's [2-1 loss to the Dodgers in 10 innings is] the one that stings. Today, you just get beat. You can rally back and come back tomorrow.''

A.J. Pierzynski hit his 12th home run and Paul Konerko his 13th, a two-run shot in the sixth that cut the Sox deficit to 6-3 against Cubs starter Matt Garza. The Sox were held to six hits on a blustery night with wind gusts up to 41 mph blowing toward left field.

"I just made a few bad pitches and pitches I wouldn't want to make in those situations and they did their job,'' Stewart said.

"It's not too discouraging. Obviously you want to pull out a victory or a better start than that but it's one of those things that you take something from it, learn from it and hopefully do better in the next one.''

White Sox introduce first-round draft pick

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First-round draft choice Courtney Hawkins was introduced at U.S. Cellular Field, where he signed his contract and flashed part of his five-tool package while taking batting practice with the White Sox.

"I'm going to try to develop into the best baseball player I can be and hopefully get up here as soon as I can,'' said Hawkins, who will report to Advanced Rookie Bristol of the Appalachian League.

A power-hitting outfielder, Hawkins was the Sox' first high school first rounder since Kris Honel of Providence in 2001.

"He's got a rare combination of the five-tool player,'' general manager Ken Williams said. "He is that but ... he has little bit more polish than the norm.

"One of the things that convinced me that he could be our No. 1 pick when I went saw him in Corpus Christi (Texas) was that he had the ability to not just put a good swing on the ball, but the ability and knowhow to shorten his swing up, to widen his base with two strikes, to take a ball into right-center field and the awareness that's that what he needs to do and to compete at a higher level.

"That, combined with the instincts you see on the baseball field convinced us that he's not your typical high school five tool player. They never translate into ultimate success. We think they will translate into success and success very quickly.''

Hawkins, 18, batted .437 with 11 home runs his senior season. The 6-3, 220-pounder also had an 0.96 ERA with 57 strikeouts and one save over 36 innings as a pitcher.

Low fan turnout would hinder Williams' ability to deal

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White Sox general manager Ken Williams said his ability to make trades and add salary for a second-half pennant drive continues to depend on ticket sales, which have been lagging at U.S. Cellular Field even though the Sox are in first place.

"Yes,'' Williams said. "I don't want to expound. Then I get buried because I'm crying about money.''

Williams said that getting injured players John Danks and Brent Morel back wouldn't necessarily negate the need to make improvements.

"You always hope your guys are healthy because that gives you the greatest opportunity to put the best team on the field,'' he said. "Whether they're here or not we're still going to look at potential places where we can improve the club. But you have to be careful with that because once guys start to believe in themselves as a unit, they really around ... you've got to be careful to disrupt that chemistry. Right now, it's pretty good."

Danks saw a doctor Monday and had tests done on the shoulder that has kept him on the disabled list since he pitched against the Cubs on May 19. The Sox were awaiting the results.

The Sox went into Monday's home game against the Cubs leading the Indians by 1 1/2 games games in the American League Central. The Tigers were three games out.

"We gave away some games over the last week and a half and it's unfortunate because we could have put some distance between ourselves and clubs behind us,'' Williams said. "It is what it is and it's part of the grind and you're going to have these stretches. That's the bad news.

"The good news is we've been in every game and leading some of those games. We feel like we're a club that can grind it out and contend through the season.''

Dodgers stun White Sox in 10th

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LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Jose Quintana's eight scoreless innings went for naught after the Los Angeles Dodgers scored a run in the ninth inning against closer Addison Reed before scoring the winning run for a 2-1 walkoff victory in the 10th inning on Sunday.

Tony Gwynn tripled with one out, skipping a liner past left fielder Jordan Danks that went to the wall. Danks gambled by diving instead of make the safe play to keep the hit as a single. Dee Gordon's two-out single to left scored Gwynn. Matt Thornton (2-5) pitched the 10th for the Sox.

Dayan Viciedo singled in Brent Lillibridge from third with two outs in the sixth for the Sox' run.

Quintana (3-1) allowed five hits and no walks while striking out six. Dodgers lefty Chris Capuano struck out 12.

The Dodgers had a run taken away on an appeal play at third base in the sixth inning. Matt Treanor was ruled to have left third base too soon on Elian Herrera's fly to right fielder Alex Rios.

Juan Rivera's sacrifice fly against Reed scored Bobby Abreu with the tying run in the ninth.


White Sox alter rotation for Cubs series

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LOS ANGELES -- The White Sox altered their pitching probables for the upcoming series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, inserting Zach Stewart into the rotation to start Monday, pushing Jake Peavy back to Tuesday and Gavin Floyd to Wednesday.

With an off day Thursday, the move gives left-hander Chris Sale six days rest instead of four for his next start. The Sox are monitoring Sale's workload in his first season as a starter. He missed one start in May with a tender elbow. Sale would also get an extra day on a scheduled turn on July 3 following an off day on July 2.

Bullpen saves win for Humber, White Sox

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LOS ANGELES -- The White Sox and struggling right-hander Philip Humber, aided by four hitless relief innings from the bullpen, survived a six-hit Dodgers blitz in the third inning and held on for a 5-4 victory on Saturday night.

Humber (3-4) wasn't sharp, but he pitched well enough in five innings of work to win for the first time since he defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on May 29.

Humber left with a 5-4 lead and let Hector Santiago, Nate Jones, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed (eighth save) do the rest. The Dodgers did not have a hit after the third inning.

"They shut it down for four-plus,'' manager Robin Ventura said. "Those guys continue to come in and get the job done.''

Alex Rios, a night after hitting two homers and a double, tripled in a run and singled, and Alexei Ramirez drove in two runs with a bloop single for the Sox (35-30). Alejandro De Aza's fielder's choice grounder scored Ramirez from third and broke a 4-4 tie in the fourth.

The Sox staked Philip Humber to a 4-0 lead against right-hander Chad Billingsley before the Dodgers got all the runs back in the third.

Ramirez's bloop two-run single and Humber's line single to right in the second inning (the first hit of his career), and Rios' triple to deep center in the third made it 4-0 Sox. The Dodgers peppered Humber for six singles in the third, including consecutive RBI hits by Bobby Abreu, A.J. Ellis and James Loney.

De Aza got the lead back for the Sox in the fourth by making contact, and Humber responded with two consecutive scoreless innings to finish his night.

"As long as it's good enough to get a win for the team that's good enough for me,'' Humber said. "I felt like I pitched pretty well.''

Humber allowed nine hits after entering the game with a 1-4 record and 7.50 ERA in his nine starts since throwing his perfect game.

"Fortunately we scored some runs, and I got in on that myself.''

"Phil was not at his best but he came back and found a way through it,'' Ventura said. "It's there.''

Danks sees specialist in LA

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LOS ANGELES -- Still searching to find what's causing the soreness in his left shoulder, White Sox left-hander John Danks was examined by Angels orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum on Saturday, manager Robin Ventura said.

"They're still trying to figure it out,'' Ventura said. "There's no bad news. They're still trying to figure out what it is. You continue to wait and let the guys who know medically what he's going through and what it is.''

Danks has been on the disabled list since May 20 with a left shoulder strain.

He pitched four innings in a minor-league rehab outing on Tuesday but experienced soreness in the days following. He said Friday that he will meet with Sox team doctor Gregory Nicholson on Monday in Chicago. Yocum is based in Anaheim.

With Danks on the shelf and starters Gavin Floyd and Philip Humber struggling, the rotation has become the team's primary concern. Ventura

"If you're not winning games and they're not pitching as good as you feel they can, you're always looking at it,'' Ventura said. "[Humber and Floyd] are the best guys for us, that's the way I look at it. To fix it rather than look for somebody else to take it over. I believe the ability is there. We have to figure out a way to find it.''

Humber was staked to a 4-0 lead in the third inning in Saturday night's game against the Dodgers, but couldn't hold it. The Dodgers roughed him up for four runs on six hits in the bottom of the third.

Dodgers flatten Sale, White Sox

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LOS ANGELES -- Not being able to protect a 5-1 lead didn't sit well with Chris Sale.

"You get five runs off a guy like that, he's the best in the league,'' Sale said of the run support provided by the White Sox against Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium on Friday night. "I have to be better than that. That was a load of crap - that's exactly what that was.''

Sale, who was 5-0 in his previous five starts with an 0.98 ERA, couldn't finish the sixth inning, and the Dodgers rallied for a 7-6 victory. Sale tied a career high allowing seven hits and gave up a career high five runs. His four walks were also the most he has ever allowed.

The Sox, who have lost four times in the last five games, lost the lead and tied it on Alex Rios' homer in the eighth inning, his second homer of the night. But the Dodgers' James Loney scored the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth on a wild pitch by Matt Thornton (2-4) that skipped in the dirt away from catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Adam Dunn hit his major league leading 23rd homer in the first, a two-run shot against Kershaw, who, like Sale wasn't on top of his game in what was an anticipated duel between two of the game's top young lefties. Dunn has four homers against Kershaw in his career.

"Adam's home run loosened us up kind of quick,'' Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said.

But Sale walked Dee Gordon to start the Dodgers first and gave up an RBI double to Elian Herrara after that. He got into a better rhythm in the scoreless second, third and fourth innings but walked Jerry Hairston Jr. for the third time to lead off the sixth.The Dodgers went on to score five runs in the sixth inning.

A single by A.J. Ellis, an RBI double by Juan Uribe off third baseman Orlando Hudson's glove and a pinch-hit single by Ivan DeJesus Jr. kicked the inning into gear for LA.

After second baseman Gordon Beckham made a barehand catch of Gordon's popped-up bunt off Konerko's glove, manager Robin Ventura lifted Sale at 107 pitches for reliever Jesse Crain. Herrera doubled in two runs to tie the score at 5, and Juan Rivera scored Herrera with a single to put the Dodgers in front 6-5.

Dunn got Kershaw for his major-league leading 23rd homer in the first, a two-run shot on an 0-2 count. It was Dunn's eighth career hit in 12 at-bats against Kershaw and his fourth homer. Nine of Dunn's homers given the Sox the lead. This one was his eighth with two strikes and his seventh in the first inning.

When Rios added a solo blast in the fifth, it looked like the Sox had plenty for Sale. Nobody expected that Rios' next homer - his eighth this year - would be needed to tie it in the eighth against Ronald Belisario (2-0).

"I never really put it together,'' Sale said. "All over the place. Walked the first guy, a few after that. Just throwing the ball over the place. They got my pitch count up there and took advantage of that.''

"He wasn't as sharp as he's been,'' Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Sale. "He wasn't his best but he was still pretty good.''

The Sox (34-30) lead the Indians by a half game in the AL Central. The loss was the Sox' fourth in five games.


Danks to see team doctor Monday

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LOS ANGELES -- The soreness in John Danks' left shoulder didn't subside on Friday. The White Sox left-hander played catch instead of throwing a bullpen session, and when it was over, he and trainer Herm Schneider spoke on the phone with team doctor Gregory Nicholson. Danks will see Nicholson in Chicago on Monday.

"We're doing everything we know what to do to make it feel better but it's not getting there,'' Danks said. "We haven't gotten over that hump yet.''

The strength is where it needs to be in the shoulder, Danks said. The soreness is "enough to keep me from throwing,'' he said. "I've been sore before. It's just amplified.''

The Sox are in first place despite a rotation that has struggled after Chris Sale, Jake Peavy and Danks fill-in Jose Quintana. Danks, who signed a $65 million extension before the season, knows the Sox need him.

"It's tough. No one wants to be on the DL, especially when the team is playing well,'' he said. "No one wants to sit here and watch games. You want to help the team.''


White Sox, Floyd roughed up by Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS -- David Freese had a two-run homer and an RBI double against Gavin Floyd, who had his sixth straight poor outing, and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the White Sox 5-3 on Thursday night.

Adam Dunn, playing left field on a sore ankle, hit his 22nd home run of the season against Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (5-6). Dunn's line shot to center, with Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham on base with two-out singles, cut the Cardinals lead to 5-3 in the sixth. Dunn's RBI total climbed to 50 with the blast, eight more than he had in 2011. The home run tied Dunn with Josh Hamilton for the major league lead.

That was all the offense the Sox could muster against the Cardinals, who took two out of three after the Sox won the series opener on Tuesday.

Floyd (4-7) gave up five runs on eight hits. The Sox (34-29) are 5-8 in Floyd's starts.

"If you don't get the results it's tough, it's frustrating,'' Floyd said after the game. "It's one of those things where I'm going to keep on grinding, I'm going to try to win ballgames. No point in focusing on not getting results. I'm going to keep on battling and keep on fighting because I know this is going to turn around.''

Freese's homer was his 13th of the season.

"I was trying to go hard in,'' Floyd said. "I left it on the plate a little and he obviously made good contact with it.''

Setback for Danks? Lefty more sore than he expected

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ST. LOUIS -- John Danks' return to the starting rotation may have hit a bump. The White Sox left-hander, two days after making a rehab start for AAA Charlotte, felt more soreness than he expected while playing catch Thursday.

Danks hopes to go forward with his scheduled side session on Friday with the team in Los Angeles and a make determination about his next step after that.

"Hopefully I feel well enough to throw a side tomorrow,'' Danks said. "That's the plan.''

Danks, who last pitched for the Sox against the Cubs on May 19 before going on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain, said he expected to experience spring-training type soreness as he works his arm back into game shape.

"But I obviously didn't expect to feel quite this sore,'' he said. "I've never had this so I didn't know what to expect. I was hoping to bounce back a little better than I have.

"Hopefully I will be well enough to throw a side tomorrow and go from there. Who knows. If I can't throw a side then who knows.''

Danks was hoping to pitch against the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday, but that seems like something of a long shot now.

"I'm champing at the bit to get out there but if I cant give us a chance to win I'm not going to go out there because I can,'' he said. "I want to give us a chance to win. I'd be hurting myself and the team.''

Danks "amped it up and really pushed it the other day [in a four-inning outing for Charlotte in Columbus, Ohio], which is what I needed to do,'' he said. "I went out and played catch [Thursday] and it was sore.''

Manager Robin Ventura wasn't ruling out Danks returning against the Cubs.

"Not necessarily,'' he said. "You send him back out to get his feel after another one. I don't know if it does that. But you just watch it. I just want him to be as healthy as he possibly can be before he goes out there and that's the first thing.

"Everybody has that [normal buildup] soreness, but he's the one who knows whether it's that good one or it's the same thing creeping back up again. He won't pitch if it's one of those where he feels like he did before.''

Ventura says no to six-man ro'

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ST. LOUIS -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura said disabled left-hander John Danks might make one more minor-league rehab start, but it's possible Danks returns to the rotation as soon as the Cubs series at U.S. Cellular Field early next week.

With rookie lefty Jose Quintana providing consistently good starts since taking Danks' place in the rotation, Ventura was asked if the Sox would consider a six-man rotation when Danks returns - a ploy the Sox adopted last season to keep starters fresh.

"No, it would throw people off,'' Ventura said. "I would stay away from that.''

The possibility was raised because the Sox have discussed keeping left-hander Chris Sale fresh in his first season as a starter. Jake Peavy has dealt with injury issues but has been healthy this season, and Danks might be a concern because of his shoulder issue.

Cardinals, Lynn blank White Sox

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ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn improved to 10-2, striking out 13 along the way, and Carlos Beltran hit a home run against Jake Peavy in the third inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 1-0 victory against the White Sox before 40,045 fans at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night.

The loss stopped the Sox' road winning streak at eight.

The Sox threatened in the ninth against Cards closer Jason Motte. Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo singled to put runners at first and third, but Paul Konerko hit into a double play to end the game.

Dunn scratched from White Sox lineup

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ST. LOUIS -- Adam Dunn was a late scratch to the White Sox lineup Wednesday with a slightly sprained right ankle.

Slated to start in left field against the St. Louis Cardinals, Dunn was replaced by Dayan Viciedo on the field and in the No. 3 spot in the Sox lineup.

It wasn't immediately known how Dunn injured the ankle but a Sox spokesman said it wasn't related to any foul balls. Dunn played left field in the Sox' 6-1 victory on Tuesday night and was fairly active, including cutting off a ball in the gap and charging in to catch a fly ball. The only time he ran the bases was on his 436-foot home run, his 21st of the season.

He did not appear to be hurt on Tuesday night.

Dunn is the only Sox to appear in all 61 games. His 21 homers rank second in the major leagues and has him on pace to hit a franchise record 56.


Poll cites Pierzynski as "most hated" player

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A.J. Pierzynski is accustomed to boos, and, whenever polls come out about baseball's most unpopular players, having his name at or near the top of the list.

"It doesn't bother me,'' Pierzynski said in a recent interview on the subject of being booed on the road. "I actually find it humorous and it gives you a little extra incentive, if anything.''

The latest was a Men's Journal magazine poll of 100 players that identified the Sox catcher as the "most hated player.''

Pierzynski said Wednesday that he's "the easy answer" to such polls.

"I play as hard as I can and I'm not going to back down,'' he said. "If that upsets people, there's nothing I can do about that.''

Pierzynski, who is a fan favorite in Chicago, said he's made enemies in Anaheim because of the trapped third strike in the 2005 ALCS, in San Francisco and Minnesota because he played there, in Minnesota and Detroit because of the AL Central rivalries and Oakland because "I hit a home run in their moneyball year in the 2002 playoffs to kind of end their season.''

In New York and Boston, where fans are said to be more sophisticated, "they don't care,'' Pierzynski added.

Pierzynski's popularity among fans voting for the All-Star game is slightly on the rise. He climbed from fifth to fourth in the most recent tally, claiming 733,282 votes. Pierzynski leads all catchers in the majors with 11 homers 40 RBI.

Two other Sox-related nuggets popped up on the Men's Journal poll: Orlando Hudson was voted the biggest trash talker and former manager Ozzie Guillen the least respected manager.



Quintana impresses Konerko, Ventura

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ST. LOUIS - When Jose Quintana was called up to replace disabled John Danks 19 days ago, it was assumed he'd go back to AAA Charlotte when Danks came back from a sore shoulder.

Fifth starter Philip Humber's slump has opened a door for the rookie lefthander, however, and Quintana, who lowered his ERA to 1.98 with a run allowed over 5 1/3 innings despite giving up 10 Cardinals hits in his fourth start Tuesday night, is proving that he should stick around.

At the very least, Quintana is getting another start against the Dodgers Sunday. There may be more.

"He's proving he can pitch up here,'' manager Robin Ventura said after Quintana earned his second win against the Cardinals Tuesday. "Again, his maturity is one of those things that shows up first for us. He's got great stuff, but when he does what he's doing right now, he's making a strong case for staying around."

White Sox extend road winning streak to eight

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ST. LOUIS -- Adam Dunn hit his 21st home run and A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 including his 11th homer in a four-run eighth inning as the White Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 on Tuesday night, extending their winning streak on the road to eight games.

Rookie left-hander Jose Quintana (2-1), making a bid to stay in the starting rotation, allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings, scattering 10 hits but walking none while striking out four and getting the Cardinals to hit into two double plays. Quintana lowered his ERA to 1.98. Nate Jones, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed combined to work 4 2/3 innings of scoreless innings of relief.

Orlando Hudson hit a two-run triple in the second inning against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (5-7).
The Sox broke a tight game open in the eighth. Alejandro De Aza led off with a double and was singled in by Gordon Beckham, who was thrown out at second on the play. Dunn then hit a 436-foot homer against lefty Marc Rzepczynski. Pierzynski added a two-run homer to make it 6-1.

Paul Konerko had three singles for the Sox (34-27), who widened their lead in the American League Central to 1.5 games. The second-place Cleveland Indians lost 7-1 to the Cincinnati Reds.

List of signed White Sox draft picks

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Agreed to terms with the Sox, and their minor-league assignments:

Round Player Pos. Age Ht. Wt. School (Hometown) Club

1A Keon Barnum 1B 19 6-4 230 King High School (Temple Terrace, Fla.) Bristol

2 Chris Beck RHP 21 6-3 225 Georgia Southern University (Jefferson, Ga.) Great Falls

3 Joey DeMichele 2B 21 5-11 190 Arizona State University (Phoenix, Ariz.) Bristol

4 Brandon Brennan RHP 20 6-4 220 Orange Coast College (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) Great Falls

5 Nick Basto SS 18 6-2 200 Archbishop McCarthy High School (Davie, Fla.) Bristol

8 Zach Isler RHP 21 6-5 235 University of Cincinnati (Union, Ky.) Great Falls

9 Micah Johnson 2B 21 6-0 200 Indiana University (Indianapolis, Ind.) Great Falls

10 Brandon Hardin RHP 22 6-1 200 Delta State University (Pinckneyville, Ill.) Great Falls

14 Anthony Bucciferro RHP 22 6-3 200 Michigan State University (Joliet, Ill.) Bristol

16 Abe Ruiz 1B 22 6-3 225 Arizona State University (Pacific Grove, Calif.) Great Falls

18 Thomas McCarthy 3B 21 6-3 205 University of Kentucky (Corvallis, Ore.) Great Falls

19 Alex Williams 1B 22 6-6 255 Louisiana Tech University (Effie, La.) Bristol

20 Zachary Voight SS 21 6-0 190 New Mexico State University (Denton, Texas) Great Falls

21 Adam Lopez RHP 22 6-5 220 Virginia Military Institute (Fredericksburg Va.) Bristol

22 Cory McGinnis RHP 22 6-1 195 Auburn University at Montgomery (Allison Park, Pa.) Great Falls

23 Kale Kiser OF 22 5-10 185 University of Nebraska (Plano, Texas) Bristol

24 Eric Grabe 2B 22 5-11 195 University of Tampa (Ocala, Fla.) Bristol

25 Storm Throne RHP 21 6-7 230 Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa) Bristol

26 Zachary Toney LHP 23 6-3 230 Austin Peay State University (Biloxi, Miss.) Great Falls

27 Zachary Fisher C 20 6-2 195 New Mexico State University (Fontana, Calif.) Great Falls

28 James Hudelson RHP 22 6-4 200 Delta State University (Columbia, Mo.) Bristol

30 Jake Brown SS 22 5-11 185 Kansas State University (Russell, Kan.) Bristol

31 Corey Thompson 3B 22 6-3 210 East Carolina University (Apex, N.C.) Bristol

32 Steve Nikorak 3B 22 6-2 215 Temple University (Lakewood, N.J.) Bristol

White Sox' Danks allows three runs in rehab start

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ST. LOUIS -- White Sox lefthander John Danks allowed three runs -- one of which was earned -- in four innings in his rehab start for AAA Charlotte on Tuesday afternoon.

Danks gave up four hits and one walk while striking out one. He went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 20 after feeling discomfort in the back of his left shoulder.

"I heard he feels fine,'' manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday. "It's a step in the right direction, so keep going.''

Danks threw 61 pitches, 34 for strikes in his start against the Columbus Clippers in Columbus, Ohio.

Jose Quintana, who replaced Danks in the starting rotation, will face the Cardinals in St. Louis Tuesday night when the sox open a three-game series. Quintana is 1-1 with 2.05 ERA over five appearances and three starts. The Sox have not said whether Danks, their Opening Day starter who signed a $65 million extension during the offseason, will make another rehab start before returning to the team.

"I'd like him to have one more [start] to make sure, and not make it a nine-inning, knock-down, drag-out,'' Ventura said.

"It's more about how he's feeling.''

Hudson single in ninth lifts White Sox past Jays

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Orlando Hudson's two-out single in the ninth inning scored Dayan Viciedo from third to give the White Sox a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night.

Alex Rios knocked in the Sox' first run with a single in the first inning, scoring Adam Dunn. He belted his sixth home run of the season in the sixth, a two-run shot, to tie the score at 3.

Jake Peavy pitched six innings and gave up three runs -- two earned -- all in the second inning.

Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

Fukudome placed on DL; Jordan Danks called up

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The White Sox called up outfielder Jordan Danks from AAA Charlotte to replace Kosuke Fukudome, who is headed to the disabled list with a strained right oblique, the team announced Thursday.

Danks, 25, is considered one of the best defensive outfielders in the Sox system, and he's having a good year at the plate batting .302 with eight home runs, 15 doubles and 28 RBI. Danks is the younger brother of Sox pitcher John Danks, who is on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain but is expected back soon.

Fukudome, who is 7-for-41 (.171), was injured swinging a bat during Sunday's game against the Mariners.

Danks, the younger brother of White Sox pitcher John Danks, is hitting .302 (58-192) with 15 doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBI and 32 runs scored in 57 games. His OPS is .934, and he ranks fourth in the International League in on-base percentage (.419) and walks (40).

Danks' batting average over five minor-league seasons is .262. He will join the team for its game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

After saying Fukudome's injury was in his back and then a ribcage issue, the team clarified it for the first time Thursday by identifying his right oblique as the problem area.

White Sox lose second straight to Blue Jays

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Brandon Morrow held the White Sox to a pair of singles by A.J. Pierzynski, and Jose Bautista hit a 423-foot home run against rookie lefthander Jose Quintana as the Blue Jays defeated the White Sox 4-0 before 25,672 fans on Wednesday night.

The Sox, who were out-hit 13-2 by the Jays (30-26) lost to Toronto for the second straight time in their three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field, which wraps up Thursday night. The Sox (31-25) have dropped three of their last four games after winning nine in a row.

Quintana (1-1, 2.05) was good once again filling in for injured starter John Danks. He gave up two runs on nine hits with one strikeout and one walk over six innings. Danks, the Sox' Opening Day starter, threw a successful bullpen session on Wednesday and is expected to make a minor-league rehab start soon before returning to the rotation.

Rajai Davis hit a two-run homer against lefthander Hector Santiago in the ninth inning to increase Toronto's lead to 4-0. It was the sixth homer allowed by Santiago in 21 1/3 innings.

The Sox were without Paul Konerko, the American League's leading hitter with a .366 average. Konerko missed his second straight game after having a small, floating chip flushed out from his left wrist. Konerko said he hopes to return Thursday.

Morrow (7-3) pitched a complete game.

White Sox 2012 draft picks, scouting director's comments

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The Sox selected 29 college, 12 high school players. Nineteen pitchers, including four lefties; four outfielders, 14 infielders and four catchers. Below the list are comments from White Sox scouting director Doug Laumann.

Round Name Pos. Age Ht. Wt. School (Hometown)

1 Courtney Hawkins OF 18 6-3 220 Mary Carroll High School (Corpus Christi, Texas)

1A Keon Barnum 1B 19 6-4 230 King High School (Temple Terrace, Fla.)

2 Chris Beck RHP 21 6-3 225 Georgia Southern University (Jefferson, Ga.)

3 Joey DeMichele 2B 21 5-11 190 Arizona State University (Phoenix, Ariz.)

4 Brandon Brennan RHP 20 6-4 220 Orange Coast College (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)

5 Nick Basto SS 18 6-2 200 Archbishop McCarthy High School (Davie, Fla.)

6 Kyle Hansen RHP 21 6-8 210 St. John's University (Glen Cove, N.Y.)

7 Jose Barraza C 17 6-2 210 Sunnyside High School (Fresno, Calif.)

8 Zach Isler RHP 21 6-5 235 University of Cincinnati (Union, Ky.)

9 Micah Johnson 2B 21 6-0 200 Indiana University (Indianapolis, Ind.)

10 Brandon Hardin RHP 22 6-1 200 Delta State University (Pinckneyville, Ill.)

11 Eric Jaffe RHP 20 6-4 240 UCLA (Oakland, Calif.)

12 Zach Stoner C/1B 18 6-3 200 Boylan Catholic High School (Rockford, Ill.)

13 Derek Thompson LHP 19 6-4 185 John A. Logan College (Teutopolis, Ill.)

14 Anthony Bucciferro RHP 22 6-3 200 Michigan State University (Joliet, Ill.)

15 Jordan Guerrero LHP 18 6-3 165 Moorpark High School (Moorpark, Calif.)

16 Abe Ruiz 1B 22 6-3 225 Arizona State University (Pacific Grove, Calif.)

17 Sammy Ayala C 17 6-3 200 La Jolla Country Day High School (San Diego, Calif.)

18 Thomas McCarthy 3B 21 6-3 205 University of Kentucky (Corvallis, Ore.)

19 Alex Williams 1B 22 6-6 255 Louisiana Tech University (Effie, La.)

20 Zachary Voight SS 21 6-0 190 New Mexico State University (Denton, Texas)

21 Adam Lopez RHP 22 6-5 220 Virginia Military Institute (Fredericksburg Va.)

22 Cory McGinnis RHP 22 6-1 195 Auburn University at Montgomery (Allison Park, Pa.)

23 Kale Kiser OF 22 5-10 185 University of Nebraska (Plano, Texas)

24 Eric Grabe 2B 22 5-11 195 University of Tampa (Ocala, Fla.)

25 Storm Throne RHP 21 6-7 230 Morningside College (Sergeant Bluff, Iowa)

26 Zachary Toney LHP 23 6-3 230 Austin Peay State University (Biloxi, Miss.)

27 Zachary Fisher C 20 6-2 195 New Mexico State University (Fontana, Calif.)

28 James Hudelson RHP 22 6-4 200 Delta State University (Columbia, Mo.)

29 Jason Coats OF 22 6-2 200 Texas Christian University (Plano, Texas)

30 Jake Brown SS 22 5-11 185 Kansas State University (Russell, Kan.)

31 William Thompson 3B 22 6-3 210 East Carolina University (Apex, N.C.)

32 Steve Nikorak 3B 22 6-2 215 Temple University (Lakewood, N.J.)

33 Jon Savarise LHP 18 6-1 205 Adlai Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, Ill.)

34 Ryan Castellanos RHP 18 6-3 185 Archbishop McCarthy High School (Davie, Fla.)

35 Kyle Martin RHP 21 6-7 220 Texas A&M (Austin, Texas)

36 Mitch Patishall RHP 18 6-1 185 Pendleton Heights High School (Pendleton, Ind.)

37 Thurman Hall III OF 19 6-0 160 Western Texas College (Southfield, Mich.)

38 DeJohn Suber SS 18 6-0 175 Morgan Park High School (Chicago, Ill.)

39 Mitch Glasser 2B 22 5-10 180 Macalester College (Chicago, Ill.)

40 Sam Mason RHP 18 6-0 175 Beverly Hills High School (Beverly Hills, Calif.)

Konerko could miss 2 more games

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Paul Konerko will miss his second consecutive game Wednesday night after having a chip flushed from his left wrist on Tuesday. Konerko indicated he might not play Thursday but expects to be back by Friday at the latest. The Sox open a three-game series against the Astros on Friday.

Tyler Flowers will start at first base Wednesday against the Blue Jays for the first time this season. Konerko, who leads the American League with a .366 batting average, was a late scratch Tuesday after having the procedure done.

"It popped in on the off day [Monday],'' said Konerko, who had a similar procedure done last season in early June. "Then the race was on. This thing has been in there since the 2008 season. It's just one of those thing where, sometimes it would pop in there in the morning and I would somehow manipulate it out of there by the time I needed it. That's kind of how it always was. The last two years were the only two times where it ever got in the way of actually playing. ''

The Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:10 p.m., with rookie left-hander Jose Quintana opposing Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow.

Konerko said he will have surgery after the season to take care of it once and for all.

List of White Sox' first 16 draft picks

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White Sox first 16 selections in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft:

Round Name Pos. Age Ht. Wt. School (Hometown)

1 Courtney Hawkins OF 18 6-3 220 Mary Carroll High School (Corpus Christi, Texas)

1A Keon Barnum 1B 19 6-4 230 King High School (Temple Terrace, Fla.)

2 Chris Beck RHP 21 6-3 225 Georgia Southern University (Jefferson, Ga.)

3 Joey DeMichele 2B 21 5-11 190 Arizona State University (Phoenix, Ariz.)

4 Brandon Brennan RHP 20 6-4 220 Orange Coast College (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)

5 Nick Basto SS 18 6-2 200 Archbishop McCarthy High School (Davie, Fla.)

6 Kyle Hansen RHP 21 6-8 210 St. John's University (Glen Cove, N.Y.)

7 Jose Barraza C 17 6-2 210 Sunnyside High School (Fresno, Calif.)

8 Zach Isler RHP 21 6-5 235 University of Cincinnati (Union, Ky.)

9 Micah Johnson 2B 21 6-0 200 Indiana University (Indianapolis, Ind.)

10 Brandon Hardin RHP 22 6-1 200 Delta State University (Pinckneyville, Ill.)

11 Eric Jaffe RHP 20 6-4 240 UCLA (Oakland, Calif.)

12 Zach Stoner C/1B 18 6-3 200 Boylan Catholic High School (Rockford, Ill.)

13 Derek Thompson LHP 19 6-4 185 John A. Logan (Teutopolis, Ill.)

14 Anthony Bucciferro RHP 22 6-3 200 Michigan State University (Joliet, Ill.)

15 Jordan Guerrero LHP 18 6-3 165 Moorpark High School (Moorpark, Calif.)

Wrist procedure keeps Konerko out of lineup

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Paul Konerko was a late scratch from the White Sox lineup Tuesday night after having a small chip flushed in his left wrist before the game. Konerko, who had the same procedure done in early June last season, is expected back in the lineup Wednesday..

The Sox did not say before the game why the first baseman would not be playing against the Toronto Blue Jays. Konerko was given the day off Sunday and the team was off on Monday. He talked to reporters before the game and did not give any indication that anything was wrong. He did not speak to reporters after the game.

"They took care of it today and he should be available [Wednesday],'' manager Robin Ventura said.

Konerko is batting .366 with 11 home runs, 13 doubles and 33 RBI.

Brent Lillibridge replaced Konerko in the lineup and batted ninth. Dayan Viciedo moved into Konerko's cleanup spot.

Rookie left-hander Jose Quintana will get a third start in place of disabled lefty John Danks when the White Sox host the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field on Wedesday night.

Danks (left shoulder strain) is eligible to come off the list and take his turn, but he remains on the DL and will likely make a minor league rehab start or two before he returns to the Sox rotation. Because Quintana has pitched well and the team is on a hot streak, the Sox might not see no reason to rush Danks back -- their stated goal when they put him on the DL was to have him at full strength for the second half of the season. Danks received a $65 million contract extension over the offseaso and was the Opening Day starter.

Quintana is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA. He will be opposed by the Jays' Brandon Morrow.

Jays lefty Ricky Romero (6-1, 4.04) will face the Sox' Philip Humber (2-2, 5.37) in the series opener tonight at 7:10.

White Sox pick college pitchers, second baseman

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With their second-round pick in the amateur draft, the White Sox went back to the college ranks Tuesday for right-hander Chris Beck of Georgia Southern. They chose Arizona State second baseman Joey DeMichele with their third-round pick and right-hander Brandon Brennan from Orange Coast (Calif.) junior college in the fourth round.

Beck, a 6-3, 235-pound junior, was projected as high as a top-10 pick in some draft forecasts before the season but he dropped somewhat after posting a 6-7 record and 3.91 ERA.

A 35th-round pick out of high school by the Cleveland Indians in 2009, Beck's ERA as a freshman in college was 8.31. He made big strides as a sophomore, going 9-5 with a 3.23 ERA. His fastball is in the low-to-mid 90s range.

Beck was taken with the 76th pick overall, the 15th player chosen in the second round.

"He got so bulky it inhibited his delivery,'' scouting director Doug Laumann said. "We thought we had a chance to get a potential first-round talent at 76.''

"I just improved a little bit every year on everything, from my velocity to adding a couple more pitched and working on the ones I had," Beck recently told the Athens, Ga., Banner-Herald. "It wasn't rocket science just to do that, but I think it's more what I did off the field and the work I put in to prepare for what's about to come up. I think talent speaks for itself, but what gets your name called is the work you put in off the field."

The Sox selected high school outfielder Courtney Hawkins from Corpus Christi, Texas with the 13th overall pick on Monday before taking Tampa, Fla., high school first baseman Keon Barnum with the 48th overall pick in the supplemental round.

The Sox took Nicholas Basto, a high school shortstop from Miami, in the fifth round. Kyle Hansen, a 6-8 right-hander with low 90s fastball, was the Sox' sixth-round pick, from St. John's. Left-handed hitting high school catcher Jose Barazza from Fresno, Calif., was taken in the seventh round.

DeMichele also plays third base and hits from the left side. He is considered to be a good doubles hitter with a good eye whose results might overshadow his tools. He led the Sun Devlis in hitting this season.

Brennan (11-1) finished with a 1.25 earned-run average. The 6-4, 220-pound freshman pitched into 11th inning in his last game.

"We were very excited with the two kids we got yesterday [with the first two picks],'' Laumann said. "Today, we tried to play the board as best we could. Got a lot of middle infielders and young kids.''

White Sox pick HS first baseman in compensation round

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With the 48th selection in the first-year player draft, the White Sox selected power hitting first baseman Keon Barnum of King high school in Tampa, Fla. on Monday night.

Barnum bats left and throws left. Barnum was selected in Comp Round A -- their compensation for Mark Buehrle's signing with the Florida Marlins.

White Sox select prep OF Hawkins with 13th pick in draft

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General manager Ken Williams and manager Robin Ventura must have held their breath after the White Sox drafted power-hitting outfielder Courtney Hawkins of Corpus Christi, Texas, with the 13th selection of the first-year player draft on Monday night.

Minutes after the pick was made, they watched the 6-3, 220 pounder execute a back flip for MLB Network television cameras - shiny black dress shoes and all.

"Mr. Williams said no more back flips,'' Hawkins said.

It wasn't all that long ago, when Hawkins weighed 270 pounds as a 13 and 14-year-old, that such a stunt would not have been possible. But Hawkins' brother Tim, who plays football for Texas State, promised Courtney he would help him lose weight. By the time Hawkins was a sophomore, his weight was down to 185.

"I've been working my butt off to get where I am now,'' Hawkins said.

Hawkins is the first high school player taken by the Sox in the first round since right-handed pitcher Kris Honel of Providence in 2001.

Also an accomplished pitcher with a 90 mph fastball, Hawkins has an 0.83 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 25 innings this season. Hawkins, 18, is batting .437 with 11 homers, 39 RBI and 17 stolen bases for Carroll High School, which is participating in the Texas 5A state tournament.

"First and foremost, Courtney is a quality young man who we've followed for several years at various showcases, including our own Double Duty Classic," Sox scouting director Doug Laumann said. "We've had a lot of people in to see him, and he has developed into the type of player we expected. This pick may seem like we are going away from our tendency with a high school player, but this kid has too much potential for us to pass up. We are enormously excited."

"I'm excited. It's my dream,'' said Hawkins, who signed a letter of intent to play at Texas University.

"I see myself as a power guy who can run and hit,'' he said. "Overall, do everything. I'm not just a one-tool guy. I can do it all. I'm excited to play for the White Sox, get into their system and develop into a better player.''

In addition to the 13th pick, the Sox have the 48th pick in Comp Round A -- their compensation for Mark Buehrle's signing with the Florida Marlins.

The Sox' signing budget is set at $5,914,600 for their first 11 picks, with the 13th pick slotted at $2.475 million.


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