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White Sox select shortstop Anderson in first round

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The White Sox selected junior college shortstop Tim Anderson with the 17th pick in the draft on Thursday night. Anderson, from East Central (Miss.) J.C., was the second shortstop taken.

Anderson has very good speed, solid power, and has been compared to Brandon Phillips or a faster version of Orlando Hudson.

High schooler J.P. Crawford was taken by the Phillies with the 16th selection.

"I'm very shocked, so excited. I'm at a loss for words right now,'' Anderson said.

Anderson missed much of his high school baseball because of basketball. He was not drafted after his senior year of high school or after his first year in junior college.

"Dreams do come true, never give up,'' he said.

Troncoso, Heath join White Sox pitching staff

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In need of a replacement for the injured Jake Peavy and an additional fresh arm after Sunday's marathon game in Seattle, the White Sox recalled right-hander Deunte Heath from AAA Charlotte and purchased the contract of right-hander Ramon Troncoso from Charlotte.

Troncoso, 30, is 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA and eight saves for Charlotte. He pitched in 175 games in relief over parts of four seasons with the Dogers from 2008-11. In 2009 he was 5-4 with a 2.72 ERA and six saves.

Heath is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA at Charlotte. He gave up seven earned runs over 5 2/3 innings when he was up with the White Sox this season.

Peavy (6-4, 4.30 ERA) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a displaced rib. He will be shut down four to six weeks.

Right-handed reliever Brian Omogrosso, 29, was optioned to Charlotte. He was 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in 11 relief appearances since coming up from Charlotte on May 1.

Peavy out for 4-6 weeks with non-displaced rib fracture

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SEATTLE -- White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy has a non-displaced rib fracture on his left side, an MRI Wednesday morning revealed Wednesday morning.

Peavy will be shut down for 4-6 weeks. The only treatment for such an ailment is rest, and he will be evaluated throughout the healing process.

Peavy said the injury surfaced on Sunday while the team was in Oakland. He wouldn't back down from a start against the Mariners Tuesday, he said, with fellow Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez pitching for the Mariners and the Sox going through a seven-game losing streak.

Peavy left the game during the third inning. The Sox eventually lost 7-4, extending the streak to eight. X-rays taken Tuesday night did not reveal a fracture.

Peavy was sore enough to see a doctor Monday.

"He felt he could go through it,'' manager Robin Ventura said Wednesday before getting the results of the MRI. "I can't sit there and figure out the guy unless he gives you the information. He felt he could get through it. It's one of those where he started out and looked all right. By the time he got to the third, it looked like there was something going on.''

SEATTLE - Robin Ventura said last week that it can always get worse.

Joe McEwing knows that it can. The White Sox third base coach played for the 2005 Kansas City Royals team that lost 106 games, including 19 in a row.

Leave it to "Super Joe" to find the beauty in a 19-game skid. His glass is always half full.

"The beautiful part about it was nobody pointed fingers,'' McEwing said Wednesday before the Sox tried to stop an eight-game skid against the Mariners. "When you go through that and don't have a good clubhouse, a lot of individuals point fingers and it disrupts the club. But when we went through it we continued to grind through and battle.

"It's easy when everything is going good. You find out what people are about when you're struggling.''
The Sox clubhouse is like that, McEwing said. It's part makeup of its individuals, part following the manager's lead.

"Yes, he's the same guy every single day,'' McEwing said of Ventura. "He's the true definition of a leader, going about it the right way and the same way every day. You don't want anybody to see you sweat.

"Robin is a true pro. Sure, this is not easy, but he's been through it [as a player] and knows how hard it is to go through this. He's staying positive as can be and going about his business the same way. [The coaching staff gives] everybody the information and puts them in the best position to be successful. Go out there and compete.

While most of the media and fan base have written off the season, McEwing won't. Not on June 5.

"What you forget is we're still only [seven] games back and one good run from being right back in it. It's true,'' he said. "We have time. Go out there, hopefully play clean baseball and see where we're at.''

White Sox lose 8th in row; Peavy leaves with rib pain

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SEATTLE -- Sinking lower by the day in a slump that, with each loss brings them closer to a breakup, the White Sox suffered a double-edged blow in a 7-4 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field on Tuesday night.

Right-hander Jake Peavy, a valuable trade chip if and when general manager Rick Hahn decides it's time to raise the white flag and deal veterans for prospects, left in the third inning against the Mariners with pain in a rib on the left side of his chest area.

X-rays were negative. Before his team attempts to halt an eight-game losing streak against the Mariners on Wednesday, Peavy will be going for an MRI.

Peavy will almost certainly miss at least one start and could be facing time on the disabled list. The discomfort began on Sunday when the team was in Oakland, it was revealed after the game, and he went to a doctor on Monday. He said he knew warming up before the game that he wasn't going to be at his best.

"Tonight obviously with every pitch it got worse,'' Peavy said. "It's something that's pretty acute, pretty sharp. I couldn't physically do much from the start of the game. Try to gut through it and it's just frustrating.''

"Early on, you could see he was throwing but it didn't seem to have the zip that you normally see,'' manager Robin Ventura said.

Peavy said it hurts taking deep breaths and that he couldn't imagine being ready to make his next start.

"Just walking I can feel it,'' he said.

If Peavy, who gave up six runs on seven hits, isn't healthy or is deemed a health risk, he of course won't be worth as much to the Sox in a deal for younger players or prospects. This was the second abbreviated outing for Peavy following two 117-pitch efforts, including a complete game victory against the Miami Marlins on May 25.

Peavy's velocity topped out at 90 mph Tuesday, about three mph below normal. After Raul Ibanez, who had homered in the first inning, followed a double by Kendrys Morales with a double of his own, manager Robin Ventura visited Peavy. Trainer Herm Schneider joined in and escorted Peavy off the mound with the Sox trailing 6-2.

Peavy threw 69 pitches in a four-inning outing against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday, when he was tagged for six runs on eight hits.

Hernandez (7-4) gave up four runs, two on Adam Dunn's 13th homer in the second and Tyler Flowers' RBI double in the eighth.

A night after bench coach Mark Parent was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, manager Robin Ventura had three visits with the umpires about an appeal play at first, a replay review of Nick Franklin's homer that was changed to a double and a beef about catcher Tyler Flowers being interfered with on an attempted steal.

"I spent too much time on the field tonight,'' he said.

Peavy gave it the old college try knowing his team desperately needed a win and because Hernandez, like him a Cy Young winner, was pitching.

"It's hard for me when it's not my arm or something else,'' he said.

"When your team is losing this many in a row, you're going against Felix, this is what you live for as a competitor to go against their best guy. I was bumming out even before the start that I wasn't going to get a good crack at it and go out there feeling normal and go out there. at the same time I felt like was willing myself to go out there and make pitches, I wasn't able to do that.

"When you fight back from arm injuries and significant injuries you feel are part of the game, to have something like this flare up and not even sure how, it's frustrating and sickening. It brings tears to my eyes.''

White Sox, Cubs makeup date set for July 8

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The White Sox home game against the Cubs that was rained out at U.S. Cellular Field on May 28 has been rescheduled for July 8 at 7:10 p.m.

Game tickets and parking coupons from the postponed game will only be honored at the July 8 makeup game. The Cubs led the Sox 2-0 when the original game was rained out. The game will be played over from the beginning.

Tickets for the game are available at,, the U.S. Cellular Field box office and through Ticketmaster.

White Sox lose seventh in row

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SEATTLE -- Manager Robin Ventura said last week that "it can only get worse," and he was right.

Ventura's White Sox, mired in a season-long hitting slump that is bottoming out with three shutouts over the last seven games, lost 4-2 to the Seattle Mariners on Monday night for their season-high seventh loss.

Mariners lefty Joe Saunders (4-5), who entered the game with a 5.57 ERA, allowed a run on five hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five. Sox starter John Danks (0-2) took the loss. Even though the Mariners are 25-33 and having hitting problems of their own, it won't get easier for the Sox during the rest of the series. Former Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez (6-4, 2.38 ERA) pitches Tuesday and Hisashi Iwakuma (6-1, 2.13) pitches Wednesday.

"You never want to go on an extended losing streak,'' Danks said. "It's not for a lack of hard work or guys caring. It's just not working out. I wish I could have been the stopper tonight but we have our leader [Jake Peavy] going tomorrow. We'll see what happens.''

The Sox (24-31) had not led in a game for 56 innings before Dayan Viciedo and Jeff Keppinger teamed up to give them a 1-0 advantage in the second. Viciedo blooped a double in front of diving center fielder Michael Saunders and Keppinger singled him home.

The lead didn't last more than a few minutes, however, as Seattle tied it on an RBI single Jesus Sucre in the bottom of the second. Nick Franklin, who had singled and advanced to second on a passed ball by Sox catcherTyler Flowers, scored the tying run.

Danks got dinged up for three consecutive hits in the third, including an RBI double by Kendrys Morales and a two-run homer by Raul Ibanez to make it 4-1 Mariners. Ibanez connected on the 13th pitch of the at-bat for his 10th homer of the season.

After that, Danks retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced. Ventura said it was the best Danks has looked "as far as the ball coming out of his hand.''

"I got beat. That's the way it goes,'' Danks said.

"I feel like every time out I can win us a game if I have to and I can give my team a chance to win. There is some stuff I need to improve on but yeah, I feel like I'm making the right strides forward and it will all click one of these starts.''

The frustration is starting to show. Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko flipped their bats after strikeouts, and bench coach Mark Parent was ejected by plate umpire Dale Scott while Keppinger was batting in the seventh inning, apparently voicing displeasure over Scott's strike zone.

"I mean, he's the umpire,'' Konerko said. "What are you going to do?"

"When you go through something like this it makes it more frustrating because you're grinding harder and harder and if you don't see it the same way frustrations boil over,'' Ventura said.

The Sox had won eight games in a row in Seattle. Danks, who has made three starts this season after having shoulder surgery in August, had his streak of seven straight wins against the Mariners snapped.

Beckham to rejoin White Sox on Monday

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Second baseman Gordon Beckham will come off the disabled list and join the White Sox in Seattle on Monday. The Sox designated infielder Tyler Greene for assignment.

Beckham has been playing at AAA Charlotte, on a rehab assignment after having surgery to remove the hamate bone in his left wrist.

The Sox will make the move official on Monday.

Another shutout, another loss for White Sox

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Another shutout, and another loss for White Sox

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Getting shut out for the third time in the last six games, the struggling White Sox wasted a strong performance by ace left-hander Chris Sale on Sunday, falling to the Oakland A's 2-0 for their season-high sixth loss in a row.

Jarrod Parker (4-6) allowed two hits over 6 1/3 innings, and three Oakland relievers cleaned up as the A's completed a sweep that followed three Sox losses to the Cubs last week.

Sale (5-3, 2.44 ERA) gave up one run on four hits over six innings, walking one and striking out five. He threw 104 pitches and was replaced with the Sox trailing 1-0. A sacrifice fly by Luke Donaldson in the sixth inning halted Sale's scoreless innings streak at 28 innings, the longest by a Sox since Wilson Alvarez's run of 31 scoreless innings in 1993.

Closer Addison Reed, inactive since last Sunday with no leads to preserve, pitched the eighth inning for the Sox. The A's touched him for a run when Coco Crisp singled and, running on the pitch, scored from first on Jed Lowrie's single that was bobbled by center fielder Jordan Danks for an error.

Danks was called up Sunday to replace Dewayne Wise, who went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.

The Sox had three hits, a single by Alexei Ramirez in the first, a double off the center-field wall by Adam Dunn in the fourth and a leadoff single by Alejandro De Aza in the ninth.

The Sox open a three-game series against the Mariners in Seattle on Monday night.

Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs shut out the Sox on Monday and Bartolo Colon of the A's blanked them on Friday.

Who's in charge? Cooper, Parent to take turns

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OAKLAND, Calif. - There was some initial confusion about who would manage the White Sox when they host the A's on Thursday and Friday while Robin Ventura is absent to attend a daughter's graduation in California.

A Sox spokesman, after getting word from general manager Rick Hahn, said that third base coach Joe McEwing would manage on Friday and bench coach Mark Parent -- who will also miss Friday for his son's graduation - will run things on Thursday.

Before Sunday's game, Ventura said pitching coach Don Cooper will manage Friday.

The Sox quickly cleared it up by confirming that Cooper, who has a 1-1 record taking over for Ozzie Guillen at the end of 2011, will manage. But not before a stream of comparisons to former Secretary of State Alexander Haig "I'm in charge" references and wisecracks flowed.

"Friday is the dangerous day,'' Ventura said, having fun with the subject. "It's going to be Coop. That's dangerous.

"He was politicking to get over .500."

Parent was a AA manager in the Phillies farm system before joining the Sox staff last year.

"I think everyone will enjoy it,'' Ventura said. "I knew this was coming. Rick knew this was coming. Hopefully it goes well. I'm not worried with it being in their hands."

Jordan Danks up; Wise to DL with strained hamstring

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OAKLAND, Calif. - Jordan Danks has played with his brother John during spring training and has been up and down from the minor leagues with the White Sox, but never has he been on the major league team with John.

That changed Sunday when the Sox put outfielder Dewayne Wise on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 30) with a strained right hamstring and recalled Danks from AAA Charlotte. Danks is in the starting lineup Sunday for the Sox game against the A's (3:05, CSN). Lefty Chris Sale is starting against A's right-hander Jarrod Parker.

Wise, 35, has appeared in two games since May 18. He is hitting .234 with a home run, three RBI and six runs scored.

In nine games with the Sox this season, Danks was 3-for-15 with a home run and two RBI. He is hitting .299 with five home runs, 20 RBI and 25 runs scored over 33 games with Charlotte. He is considered to be one of the best defensive outfielders in the organization.

A's extend White Sox losing streak to five

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Josh Reddick's walk with the bases loaded against Hector Santiago lifted the Oakland A's to a 4-3 win against the White Sox on Saturday, extending the Sox losing streak to five games.

Santiago had escaped a bases loaded jam with no outs in the ninth by getting A's catcher Derek Norris to ground into a shortstop to home to first double play started by Alexei Ramirez. After pinch hitter Coco Crisp was walked intentionally, Eric Sogard struck out.

But the A's loaded the bases again in the 10th against the Sox lefty, who got Brandon Moss on a liner to second baseman Jeff Keppinger with one out and the bases loaded. Santiago (1-4) faced 11 batters and walked four -- two intentionally.

The A's had 16 hits against Sox pitchers. They left 18 runners on base.

The Sox had rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game in the seventh inning. A single by Jeff Keppinger, double by Hector Gimenez and a two-run single by Alejandro De Aza tied the score at 3. De Aza doubled and scored on a single by Adam Dunn in the third.

The A's nicked Sox starter Jose Quintana for three runs on Yeonis Cespedes' RBI double in the first, Chris Young's RBI single in the second and Nate Freiman's RBI triple in the fifth.

A single by Josh Donaldson, walk to Freiman and a bunt single by Josh Reddick loaded the bases against Santiago

No time to feel sorry four ourselves, Ventura says

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- There is no time for feeling sorry yourself and thinking things can't get worse, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Because they can.

"I think anytime you look at this you think 'It can't get any worse,' '' Ventura said before the Sox played the Oakland A's on Saturday afternoon, looking to break a four-game losing streak. "It can always get worse. You can run off 10 in a row like this if you aren't careful. That's one of the crazy things about the game. There's so many games. It's every day. You have to have the mental discipline to be able to put yesterday behind you and look at today optimistically with some sort of offensive production. It's gotta happen.''

Ventura expressed as much frustration as he has after the Sox were shut out by 40-year-old Bartolo Colon Friday night, saying the offense "stinks.'' Dylan Axelrod's stellar start was wasted, and the Sox fell to four games below .500.

Ventura wants his hitters to be proactive and make something happen.

"The more you sit around and think it's not going to happen, you run into stretches where it gets longer,'' he said. "Last year you might have had a stretch where it didn't go well but eventually you got out of it. You just don't want to go down the road of one, feeling sorry for yourself, or thinking you're not going to get out of it because then it will 10 or 15 games.''

Ventura has talked about possibly shuffling the batting order around, but aside from giving catcher Tyler Flowers a day off after a night game, he basically played the same lineup. He has hinted at moving Alexei Ramirez to the leadoff spot, which would move Alejandro De Aza down to the lower third -- unless the left-handed hitting De Aza bats second.

"I don't mind,'' De Aza said Saturday. "I don't mind hitting anywhere in the order. I understand.''

"We're not doing what we're supposed to do but it's not like we're not trying,'' Alex Rios said.

"We have to get out of this sooner or later. It's early, but we're two months into the season and we have to pick it up.''

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