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  • Carlos Sanchez trying to show Sox he’s second to none Aug 27, 2014 10:30 PM
    When the White Sox traded Gordon Beckham, top prospect Micah Johnson was the obvious candidate to take over at second base. But Johnson (hamstring) is out for the rest of the season, and that is giving Carlos Sanchez a shot to show he can play.

     
  • 3 things to change about the All-Star Game Jul 12, 2014 5:51 PM
    Major-league baseball's All-Star Game is still the best showcase event in pro sports, but White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor says a few tweaks could make the MidSummer Classic even better.

     
  • Different kind of parade coming for Sox Jun 29, 2013 1:44 AM
    As the White Sox played a marathon doubleheader against the Indians Friday at U.S. Cellular Field, speculation continued that GM Rick Hahn is preparing to trade off veteran players. “Sure it’s a possibility,” said pitcher Matt Thornton, who is in the final season of a two-year, $12 million contract that includes a club option for 2014. “But you’ve heard rumors for years, and they are not going to give players away just because we are struggling."

     
  • Help for Sox may be just a phone call away Jun 20, 2013 8:08 PM
    The White Sox are now 12 games under .500 for the first time since 2007. It looks like they'll be subtracting veteran players in advance of the July 31 trade deadline. Sox beat writer Scot Gregor looks at some minor leaguers who could be on their way to the South Side.

     
  • White Sox hoping patience pays off Jul 18, 2012 11:38 PM
    What happens when you have limited funds and find yourself right in the middle of the playoff chase heading into the dog days? You keep your fingers crossed and stay patient. That's what the White Sox are doing, not that they have much of a choice.

     
  • Youkilis doing it all for White Sox Jul 7, 2012 9:16 PM
    It was an interesting scene in the White Sox’ postgame clubhouse following Saturday’s 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field. Standing in front of his locker in the far end of the room, Kevin Youkilis was asked if he was trying to prove something to the Boston Red Sox, the team he helped win two World Series rings. Before being traded to the White Sox two weeks ago, Youkilis was buried deep in first-year manager Bobby Valentine’s doghouse. As he was bristling over the question, guess who was on a clubhouse TV screen located just past Youkilis’ left shoulder? Bobby V. Had Youkilis mocked Valentine and the Red Sox for trading him for utility man Brent Lillibridge, minor-league pitcher Zach Stewart, Boston fans probably would be in tears. Even worse, for the Red Sox, they picked up $5.5 million of the $7.6 million left on Youkilis’ contract. What a steal for the White Sox, and what were Valentine and rookie Boston general manager Ben Cherington thinking? Youkilis probably has some interesting thoughts, but he’s not at all interested in sharing them with the public. “I’m not … this has nothing to do with the Red Sox,” Youkilis snapped. “I play for the White Sox, and I’m here to play for the White Sox.” And that’s a very good thing — for the White Sox. “I like that the fresh start has been great for him,” relief pitcher Matt Thornton said. “He’s looking great for us, and we’re happy to have him here.” After coming over from the Red Sox on June 24, Youkilis’ first seven games with the White Sox were on the road. He was pretty good, going 5-for-22 and driving in 2 runs. But since arriving at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday, the 33-year-old third baseman has taken his game to a completely different level. “The games he’s played, they show for themselves,” said Sox starter Gavin Floyd, who was brilliant in Saturday’s win over Toronto. “Defensively, he’s been great, offensively, he’s been picking this team up, getting some big hits. “He just has great at-bats every time. He’s a good clubhouse guy, and we’re excited to have him, and he’s definitely a big plus to this team.” Youkilis’ 2-run homer to straightaway center field in the fifth inning off Jays starter Ricky Romero was the difference, and the 423-foot shot helped the surging White Sox win their fifth straight game. In his first five home games for the Sox, Youkilis is 8-for-19 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI. “It’s just going out there and playing the game,” Youkilis said. “And (manager) Robin (Ventura) does a good job making sure we go out there and just play the game. And guys in this locker room do a good job. We just try to play the game every day, and that’s what we’re doing.” Youkilis was immensely popular with Red Sox fans at Fenway Park for nine seasons, so he’s not letting all of the new “Youk” chants go to his bald head. “You can be popular one week and you can be the bomb the next,” he said. “This game’s crazy, and you’ve just got to keep grinding it out. You can’t get too high and you can’t get too low. You just try to stay in the middle.” Youkilis’ clutch home run was more than enough for Floyd, who pitched 7 innings, and Thornton, who finished the rest of the game for his second save. “He threw the ball great,” catcher A.J. Pierzynski said of Floyd. “He worked fast. He commanded all his pitches. There wasn’t a lot of dead time in between pitches and he was super aggressive, which is something we have been harping on him for a while about. “It was nice to see and to see him get the results he got.” sgregor@dailyherald.com

     
  • Bullpen still taking shape for White Sox Mar 18, 2012 7:21 PM
    White Sox general manager Kenny Williams cant afford to make too many more mistakes. He already is responsible for three highly paid and unproductive players on the 25-man roster: Jake Peavy, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios. If the trio flops again this season and the Sox fail to fire in the AL Central, Williams is likely out as GM.

     
  • Home anything but sweet for White Sox this season Sep 20, 2011 4:25 AM
    Home sweet home? U.S. Cellular Field has been a house of horrors for the White Sox this season, and many players are not mentally equipped to take the heat. As the season mercifully comes to a close for the White Sox, it's time to sift through the rubble and figure out what the heck happened to a team with a $128 million payroll and lofty expectations.

     
  • White Sox moods cast wide range Jan 23, 2011 8:19 PM
    Another SoxFest is in the books, and here’s a quick review as the sun starts staying out a little longer and spring training gradually approaches.

     
  • Sorting through another Guillen saga with Sox Oct 29, 2010 12:57 PM
    White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had one interesting thing to say to the Chicago Sun-Times before Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night in San Francisco.Before going to work as an analyst for FOX, Guillen confirmed the Florida Marlins had permission to talk to him about their managerial vacancy this season.

     
  • The ongoing Sox' soap opera: Is all this Ozzie stuff just talk? Feb 8, 2011 11:52 AM
    Here is what we know for sure about Ozzie Guillen's future with the White Sox - nothing. And how did we reach that conclusion?

     
  • Konerko, Hamilton a close race for AL's MVP honors Mar 3, 2011 5:46 PM
    News, notes and a nugget or two as the White Sox prepare to resume their playoff push Friday night at Boston:

     
  • Guillen deserves credit for his courage Aug 3, 2010 12:01 AM
    White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf often refers to outspoken manager Ozzie Guillen as the "Latino Jackie Mason."

     
  • Painful to watch Sox hitters keep swinging for the fences Apr 20, 2010 12:01 AM
    We're two weeks into the season, and the White Sox are playing like there are only two weeks left and they're about 50 games behind the Minnesota Twins.

     
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