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  • Peavy and White Sox power past Rays Apr 26, 2013 10:56 PM
    Jake Peavy pitched well into the seventh and the White Sox supported him with three homers to rally from a three-run deficit and beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Friday night.

  • Ramirez’s error costly for Sox Apr 20, 2013 6:39 PM
    Ryan Doumit doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on Alexei Ramirez's throwing error, and the Minnesota Twins beat the White Sox 2-1 on Saturday.

  • Quinn spokeswoman to lead agency that runs U.S. Cellular Field Nov 1, 2012 6:29 PM
    The small state agency that runs the home of the Chicago White Sox will be led by Gov. Pat Quinn's chief spokeswoman over the objections of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, board members decided Thursday. The board of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority cited "budget and communications expertise" in choosing Quinn's communications director, Kelly Kraft, who had the governor's backing. However, Emanuel had tried to block her appointment by publicly questioning her qualifications and experience. The governor later accused Emanuel and his allies of "character assassination."

  • Johnson’s 3 HRs lead White Sox past Indians 9-0 Oct 3, 2012 10:51 PM
    Dan Johnson doesn’t save himself for the season’s final game. It just looks that way. Johnson hit his first three homers of the year and his teammates hit two more as the White Sox routed the Cleveland Indians 9-0 on Wednesday night. “There’s not much of a greater feeling for me than watching a ball going over the fence as you jog to first,” said Johnson, who hit 28 homers in the minors this year before the White Sox purchased his contract on Sept. 1. Gavin Floyd (12-11) gave up three hits over seven innings. He struck out six, one short of getting 145 strikeouts for the fifth straight season despite being on the disabled list twice. Johnson twice connected for two-run homers off David Huff (3-1). His 424-foot shot in the second inning was his first in more than a year. His second made it 7-0 in the fifth, two batters after Paul Konerko hit his 26th. It was Johnson’s fifth career multihomer game and first time he hit three. He’s the first player to hit three in a game against Cleveland since Konerko in July 2009. Dayan Viciedo hit his 25th homer, third in three nights and sixth against Cleveland in the ninth, followed by Johnson’s third. Johnson had not hit a homer since his dramatic pinch-hit shot for Tampa Bay saved the Rays’ 2011 season on the final night. His two-out, two-strike solo drive in the ninth inning tied the score at 7. The Rays had trailed 7-0 and beat the New York Yankees 8-7 in 12 innings to make the playoffs. “When I hit my first one tonight, somebody said, `What is it about game 162 and you?”’ Johnson said. “To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about that. “When I went up in the ninth, A.J. (Pierzynski) told me that Longo (Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria) hit three tonight. I was not going to let him show me up.” Johnson hopes he can build on his performance next year, whether it is with the White Sox or another organization. “I always say, `Play every at-bat like it is your last,’ “ Johnson said. “I went out and gave it my best. I try to do that every day.” The Indians finished at 68-94, their third season of 90-plus losses in four years, though the young team played hard in the final week and went 3-3 for interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. “I gained a ton of experience in six days,” said Alomar, who will interview for the fulltime job on Thursday. “I’m kind of glad I got the opportunity to manage the team. This was a wonderful experience for myself.” Terry Francona, who guided Boston to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, will make his pitch to the club Friday He’s seeking to return to managing after being dismissed a year ago when the Red Sox folded and were edged out by Tampa Bay. “I can’t match Terry’s resume and only control what I can do,” Alomar said before the game. “I am confident I can do the job.” Chicago went 4-11 down the stretch to place second to Detroit after leading the AL Central by three games on Sept. 18. Robin Ventura’s 85 wins are the most for a first-year White Sox manager since Gene Lamont won 86 in 1992. Lamont is the Tigers’ third-base coach. Before the game, general manager Kenny Williams addressed the discouraging end to an otherwise good season. “We didn’t win enough games, so we’re going home,” Williams said. “I can’t say enough about these guys for their effort. I can be only so disappointed for not closing this thing out. All we had to do was take care of business on our last road trip. We’d be getting prepared for the playoffs. “You have to play your whole schedule. No excuses and none needed. They literally gave everything they could.” Floyd allowed only a two-out single by Lonnie Chisenhall in the first until Jason Kipnis lined a one-out single in the sixth. The right-hander is 4-1 the past two years and 8-4 in his career against Cleveland. Hector Gimenez bounced a two-out RBI single up the middle to make it 3-0 in the fifth. Huff gave up nine hits over 4 2-3 innings. Only three runs charged to him were earned. A throwing error by third baseman Chisenhall made Chicago’s entire four-run fifth unearned. NOTES: Konerko is due to have left wrist surgery Thursday. ... Cleveland RF Shin-Soo Choo extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games with an eighth-inning single. ... Chicago 1B Adam Dunn did not play, finishing with 222 strikeouts, one shy of the major-league record set by Mark Reynolds with Arizona in 2009. ... The Indians’ 110 stolen bases are their most since taking 113 in 2000. ... Cleveland scored 667 runs in 2012, down 37 from 2011. ... DH Travis Hafner went 1 for 4 and got a standing ovation in his final at-bat of what could have been his last game for Cleveland. The Indians likely will pay the oft-injured 35-year-old a $2.7 million buyout instead of picking up his $13 million option for 2013. ... Cleveland’s total home attendance of 1,603,596 was its second-lowest since 1992, not quite 213,000 ahead of 2010.

  • White Sox lose to Indians in 12 Oct 2, 2012 10:27 PM
    Jason Donald singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians over the White Sox 4-3 on Tuesday night. White Sox starter Jake Peavy took a one-hitter and a 3-1 lead into the ninth. Michael Brantley led off with a singl and pinch hitter Travis Hafner followed with a tying homer.

  • Slumping Sox fall to Rays, two games out of first Sep 29, 2012 8:07 PM
    Manager Robin Ventura offered a blunt assessment of his team's play Saturday in one of the most important games of the season. The White Sox managed just four hits and ace Chris Sale didn't get out of the fourth inning as the Tampa Bay Rays rolled to a 10-4 victory. "When he doesn't locate, I think that was the biggest thing for him today," Ventura said.

  • De Aza scratched from White Sox lineup Sep 29, 2012 3:42 PM
    White Sox leadoff hitter and center fielder Alejandro De Aza was scratched from the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays with flu-like symptoms. Alejandro, batting .281 with nine homers and 50 RBIs, was replaced by Dewayne Wise.

  • White Sox lose, fall out of AL Central lead Sep 26, 2012 11:28 PM
    The slumping Chicago White Sox fell out of the AL Central lead for the first time in two months, walking 12 batters and losing to the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Wednesday night. Chicago, which has lost seven of eight, had been in sole possession or tied at the top every day since July 24. But Detroit moved ahead by a game, beating Kansas City 5-4 with a week left in the regular season.

  • White Sox fall to Rays 3-2, now 2 behind Detroit Sep 28, 2012 12:03 AM
    Evan Longoria hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning and the surging Tampa Bay Rays won their eighth straight game Thursday night, handing the White Sox a 3-2 loss that hurts Chicago's playoff hopes. The Rays remained two games back in the race for the second AL wild card, while the White Sox fell two games behind Detroit in the AL Central after their eighth loss in nine games. Tampa Bay and Chicago have six games to go, including three more against each other. Detroit beat Kansas City 5-4 earlier Thursday. Longoria's 14th homer came on the eve of the anniversary of his dramatic shot that beat the Yankees on the final day last season and gave the Rays the AL wild card. Joel Peralta (2-6) pitched an inning for the win and Fernando Rodney finished for his club-record 46th save in 48 chances. After giving up a two-out single to Kevin Youkilis, Rodney struck out Adam Dunn on a 3-2 pitch to end the game. Brett Myers (3-4) gave up Longoria 's homer while pitching 1 2-3 innings. The right-hander has allowed a run in each of his last two outings after a run of six consecutive scoreless appearances. The sliding White Sox wasted a handful of opportunities to grab control of the game, continuing their recent struggles to hit with runners on base. A.J. Pierzynski led off the eighth with a single. Pinch-hitter Dewayne Wise then struck out after failing out to get down a bunt and pinch-runner Jordan Danks was ruled out on a double play on Alexei Ramirez's fly ball when he apparently failed to retouch second base on his way back to first. Chicago left 10 on base. The White Sox loaded the bases with no outs in both the fourth and fifth innings and scored just two runs. Paul Konerko hit into a double play with the bases loaded in the fifth, tying it at 2. Luke Scott started the fifth with a drive off Jake Peavy for his 14th homer, giving Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead. Ben Zobrist doubled to open the fourth, moved up on a fly ball and scored on Carlos Pena's sacrifice fly to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. Chicago tied it in the bottom half when James Shields walked two and gave up a single to Alex Rios to load the bases with no outs. One out later, Shields hit Dayan Viciedo with a pitch to force in a run, but he retired the next two batters to avert the big inning. Shields gave up six hits in 6 1-3 innings, throwing 117 pitches. He struck out six and walked four. Peavy went 7 1-3 innings, leaving after walking pinch-hitter Sam Fuld. He gave up four hits, struck out six and walked one. Tampa Bay had runners at the corners with two outs in the second when Peavy made a fake throw to first and was called for a balk by first base umpire Chad Fairchild. Jeff Keppinger was waved in from third before the umpires conferred and wiped out the balk call, sending the runners back to their bases. Rays manager Joe Maddon came out of the dugout for an explanation from home plate umpire Brian O'Nora before Peavy struck out Matt Joyce to end the inning. NOTES: The White Sox still have not named a starter for Sunday's series finale to oppose Rays ace David Price. Jeremy Hellickson (9-10) goes for Tampa Bay on Friday against Gavin Floyd (10-11) and Saturday it's Matt Moore (10-11) vs. Chicago's Chris Sale (17- 7). ... Rays C Jose Molina (right quad strain) missed a second straight game. Maddon said "he's doing better," but isn't sure when Molina will be able to return to action. ... Dan Johnson, who homered for Tampa Bay to tie the game with the Yankees on the final day last year, is now a reserve with the White Sox and lined out in the ninth Thursday night. "It's very strange that Danny's over there," Maddon said. "Great guy. He's a big part of Devil Ray/Ray history. ... I know how calm he is in big moments."

  • White Sox stumble with 4-3 loss to Indians Sep 25, 2012 9:45 PM
    For the first time in more than three weeks, the White Sox have company atop the AL Central. The White Sox gave Detroit an opening to tie for the division lead when Gordon Beckham hit into a game-ending forceout with the potential tying run on second base Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to the last-place Cleveland Indians. "We knew it wasn't going to be easy," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "(Detroit is) not going to go away. They'll keep playing hard."

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