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Chris Sale Defends Robin Ventura

May 30, 2016 1:19 PM

Three weeks ago, the White Sox had a six-game lead in the AL Central Division. They woke up Sunday in third place, listening to cries for manager Robin Ventura's head.

Ace Chris Sale wants that talk to stop.

"I don't think he gave up any runs," Sale said. "I don't think he made any errors, and he's in the dugout the whole time. It's on us to win games. I understand people -- I'll keep it that -- want to point fingers and find blame. But at the end of the day it falls on the players. We have to find a way to turn it around. We're going to keep fighting. It will turn. We have too much morale, chemistry and too much talent. Just a rough patch."

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Chris Sale First Pitcher Since 2008 To Start 9-0

May 20, 2016 7:03 AM

Chris Sale pitched a complete game four-hitter on Thursday night to become the first Major League pitcher since 2008 to win his first nine starts.

The Chicago White Sox edged the Houston Astros to snap their season-high four game losing streak.

"I just see him continuing to get better as the season goes along, as he goes through his career," Robin Ventura said. "He's confident. He's doing a lot of different things that he hasn't done in the past as far as just adding a little bit [to his pitches], taking a little off in the heat of the moment."

Sale walked none and struck out a season-high nine en route to his second straight complete game. No other pitcher has more than seven victories in the big leagues this season.

"Just keep doing more of the same," Sale said of the next step. "You got to stay on it, what you've done, where you've been, just try to better yourself. Any athlete that respects the game will tell you that."

Associated Press

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White Sox Exploring Early Trade Market

May 19, 2016 4:02 PM

The Chicago White Sox are ready to upgrade their Major League roster early if the opportunity presents itself, according to a report.

Rick Hahn appeared on WSCR's "Inside the Clubhouse" show this week and expressed an aggressive approach toward improving his roster. 

"We are prepared to make a big move today if it presents itself," the general manager said. "Our timing may not line up with the other 29 clubs just yet. It is a little early in the process. A lot of clubs don't make those moves until June or July. We are having conversations right now hoping it comes together more quickly than that."

Hahn acknowledged that it may take a few weeks for clubs to warm to the idea of trading players.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Trade Rumor

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White Sox 'Leave No Stone Unturned' In Hopes Of Improving Roster

May 17, 2016 6:33 AM

The Chicago White Sox were one of the finalists to sign Tim Lincecum, who ultimately joined the Los Angeles Angels.

'From a general standpoint, we're not going to leave any stone unturned when it comes to putting our roster in a better spot to compete going forward," Rick Hahn said about his interest in Lincecum. "Certainly, pitching depth is one of the areas the club -- probably like the other 29 clubs -- is going to be in the market for going forward."

The White Sox have the best record in the American League, entering Monday with a 24-14 record despite losing four of their last six games.

CBS Chicago

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Former MLB Pitcher Sammy Ellis Dies At 75

May 15, 2016 2:43 PM

Former major league pitcher Sammy Ellis, who became an All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds in 1965, has died. He was 75.

The funeral home handling the arrangements said Ellis died Friday in Temple Terrace, Florida. It didn't provide details on his death.

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Legal, Misc Rumor

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White Sox Acquire Anthony Ranaudo From Rangers

May 13, 2016 7:46 AM

The Chicago White Sox have acquired Anthony Ranaudo from the Texas Rangers just days after the right-hander walked five batters in one inning.

Texas received Minor League pitching prospect Matt Ball in the deal. He was assigned to Class A Hickory.

Chicago is sending Ranaudo to Triple-A Charlotte.

Ranaudo, 26, is 5-4 with a 6.33 ERA in 13 career appearances, including nine starts, with Boston and Texas.

Associated Press

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Report: Tim Lincecum Down To Angels, Giants, White Sox

May 12, 2016 6:24 PM

Tim Lincecum hasn't signed with a Major League club, but he has reportedly narrowed his list of potential destinations to three.

The Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox are most interested in Lincecum, but the right-hander has yet to make a decision.

David Adler/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor

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Todd Frazier Sought Extension Prior To Trade

Apr 26, 2016 9:31 AM

Todd Frazier sought a contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds prior to his trade to the Chicago White Sox, according to a report.

Jon Heyman reports that Frazier and his representatives at CAA "made many proposals" to the Reds about a long-term deal. One of the deals was in the seven-year, $100 million range.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor

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White Sox Place Adam Eaton On Paternity List

Apr 10, 2016 1:40 PM

The White Sox placed outfielder Adam Eaton on the paternity list Sunday and recalled right-handed pitcher Michael Ynoa from Double-A Birmingham.

The White Sox announced earlier Sunday that Eaton's wife, Katie, gave birth to the couple's first child -- a boy, Brayden, who weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Eaton left the team Saturday to be with his wife.

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White Sox, Chance The Rapper Near Ambassador Deal

Apr 7, 2016 9:12 AM

The Chicago White Sox are close to signing Chance The Rapper to an ambassador deal that will pay him to be part of club activities aimed at helping to market the team to a younger audience, according to sources.

Brooks Boyer, the team's senior vice president of sales and marketing, would not confirm any details of the pitch that was made to Chance, a 22-year-old Chicago native.

On Wednesday afternoon, the team revealed that Chance The Rapper designed three new White Sox hats that are limited to 2,000 and will be available at the team's home opener Friday.

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White Sox To Sign Miguel Gonzalez
Miguel Gonzalez was released by the Orioles late last week.

Eduardo A. Encina/Baltimore Sun

White Sox To Start Jimmy Rollins At Shortstop
Jimmy Rollins, 37, entered Wednesday batting .354 (17-for-48) this spring with four home runs and 13 RBIs.

Andrew Simon/MLB

White Sox Have No Plans To Trade Chris Sale
Rick Hahn has received a few calls about the team's ace as Opening Day nears.

Dan Hayes/CSN Chicago

Reinsdorf Declares LaRoche Saga Over
White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf says he has met with Adam LaRoche and the team.

Chris Sale: White Sox Were Lied To By Kenny Williams
Kenny Williams has told three different stories on why the decision was made to limit Drake LaRoche's access to the clubhouse, according to Chris Sale.


Adam LaRoche: Vice President Said Son Wasn't Welcome
Adam LaRoche issued a statement via Twitter on Friday regarding his decision to retire this week amid reports that the White Sox didn't son his teenage son around the club.


White Sox Considered Boycott To Support Adam LaRoche
Adam LaRoche, 36, walked away from a contract that would have paid him $13 million this season.

Karl Ravech/ESPN

Adam LaRoche Retired Because White Sox Didn't Allow Son In Clubhouse
Adam LaRoche decided to retire, leaving millions of dollars on the table, because the White Sox told him that his son was no longer welcome in the clubhouse.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Adam LaRoche Retires, Leaves $13M On Table
Rick Hahn said Adam LaRoche told his teammates in a clubhouse meeting and was asked to reconsider, which the GM characterized as a "personal decision."


White Sox Release Mike Olt
The 27-year-old has hit .168/.250/.330 with 16 home runs in 400 Major League plate appearances.

Colleen Kane/Chicago Tribune

Austin Jackson Agrees To One-Year, $5M Deal With White Sox
The addition of Austin Jackson gives the White Sox needed outfield depth.

Adam Eaton Apologizes For Tweet About Race During Oscars
Adam Eaton has apologized for a tweet he posted during Sunday's Academy Awards telecast.

Associated Press

White Sox Made Two-Year Offer To Dexter Fowler
The White Sox reportedly made a two-year contract offer to Dexter Fowler before he re-signed with the Cubs.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Rollins Signs Minor League Deal With White Sox
If added to the 40-man roster, Jimmy Rollins will receive a one-year, $2 million deal.

Associated Press

White Sox Not Longer Pursuing Ian Desmond
While the White Sox made an effort to sign Ian Desmond, USA Today reports that those efforts are unlikely to result in a contract agreement.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

White Sox Linked To Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond has lingered on the free agent market longer than expected.

Andrew Simon/MLB

White Sox Agree To Minors Deal With Travis Ishikawa
Travis Ishikawa had previously agreed to a similar deal with the Mariners, but it fell through.

Scott Merkin/MLB

White Sox Agree To Contract With Mat Latos
The White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with Mat Latos, according to a source.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

White Sox Seek Left-Handed Outfield Bat
A trade with the Dodgers for Andre Ethier has been mentioned as a possibility.

Phil Rogers/MLB

White Sox Exploring Trade For Andre Ethier
The White Sox are exploring a trade for Andre Ethier, but it's unclear if they'll find a match with the Dodgers.

Phil Rogers/MLB