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Jose Abreu posted by White Sox Fan

Born in Cuba in January 29, 1987, Jose Abreu is a first baseman MLB player with the Chicago White Sox. He played in one of the Cuban National Series teams before he defected to U.S.A. in August 2013. In Cuba, Abreu held the record for home runs in 2010-2011, and he was named MVP of the league. In the World Port Tournament of 2009, Abreu was backing Ariel Borrero who was holding at first base, and managed a score of 2 for 10. He was listed as an All-Star fielder in the final report of IBAF, but he was not used as a starter. However, when Cuba won the International Cup of 2010, Abreu was the starting first baseman.

After defecting from Cuba in August 2013, Abreu resided in Dominican Republic, and MLB granted him free agency. He joined the Chicago White Sox in October, signing a $68 million contract. The other Cuban players in the White Sox were Adrian Nieto, Dayan Viciedo, and Alexei Ramirez. In April 2014, Abreu played a major role in defeating Colorado Rookies 15-3, by scoring two home runs, which were the first in his MLB career. Later in the month, he also took his ninth home run against pitcher Grant Balfour of Tampa Bay Rays, which surpassed the previous rookie record of eight homers, and later in the month, extended the record to ten. The RBI rookie record was also broken by Abreu, when he made 31 RBIs in April.

In the middle of May 2014, Abreu injured his ankle, and he was put in the disabled list for 15 days. He returned in June and played against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and made a two-run home run in his second at bat, against Clayton Kershaw. For the month of April and July, Abreu had the rare distinction of being named both rookie and player of the month. 

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Richard Kagan

Sox Can't Drive In Runs, Division Lead Slipping posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago White Sox can't score a runner from third base and that might be a significant reason why this team appears to have lost whatever offense it had, and as games dwindle, so does their division lead.  The Sox only lead by 3 games with 15 to it's just a matter of time as the Tigers claw their way into a tight race. 

It says here that once the Tigers catch and pass the Sox, the Tigers will pull away and win by three or 4 games.  That means, in a stretch where things can go right or wrong. the Sox might be playing .250 baseball.  That just doens't cut it in crunch time.

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Sox lose to Tigers, 5-3 posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago White Sox had their chances but came up short against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night and fell 5-3.  The Sox had only 6 hits, 4 in the last two innings, but could only push across one run and that was the game.  Chicago hit 2 hR's off Doug Fister, including Gordon Beckham's 15th HR of the season but came up short when Miguel Cabera hit a blast that put the Tigers up 3-2.  Chicago could not muster a hit off Fister until he was removed and Benoit came in the 8th.  The Sox had a great shot to get back in the game with 3 straight singles, Alexei Ramirez driving in the third run.  So, with runners on first and 2nd and no outs, the Sox failed to capitilize and the top of the order could not get on base.  Rally over and essentially, the game over.  Detroit now trails Chicago by 2 games with 21 to play, and the noose just got a little tighter.

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Rios Rocks Out with GSlam, 2HR posted by Richard Kagan

Alex Rios hit a grand slam homer in the bottom of the first and then hit a 2 run HR later in the game to score all six White Sox runs, as the Sox took the series vs. the Twins, with a key 6-2 win.  The game gives the press something to consider when it casts votes for AL comeback player of the year.  Yes, Adam Dunn merits serious consideration.  But I am leaning toward Rios, who has a recent walk-off HR -- today's hits were big.  Rios, hitting .298 and has power numbers over .500, is having a great season.  He is hitting like the Sox hoped when they traded for him.  This is his best season with the White Sox.  The win puts Chicago 1 l/2 games over Detroit.  These two teams will face each other next week in a huge series that may go a long way toward determing the AL Central champ.Continue reading "Rios Rocks Out with GSlam, 2HR"

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Konerko leaves bases loaded in 2nd vs. Twins posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago White Sox already had 2 runs courtesy of a Gordon Beckham two run blast and were mounting a big to score more.  The Sox had the bases loaded with two outs and Paul Konerko, their all-star power guy, grounded into a force out to end the inning.  The Sox could have scored more.  It's nice to score some runs at home.  Especially after the grueling road trip that didn't seem to end.  The Sox came back to U.S. Cellular Field tied with the Detroit Tigers who swept the Sox at Comerica Park.  The White Sox play the Tigers 4 more games in Chicago.  If Chicago wants to make it post-season, they best start hitting the ball with regularity.  Leaving runners in scoring position doesn't win games.  It will catch up with you. 

Hopefully, the Sox their turn around their mojo.

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Richard Kagan

Verlander vs. Sale posted by Richard Kagan

It's a great matchup, Justin Verlander vs. Chris Sale-- the White Sox leading the Tigers by a mere one game and the game's two top pitchers going at it.  Being a Chicago baseball fan, one tends to be pessimistic, and my bet is that Verlander will be very hard to solve as the game goes on.  Somehow, the Tigers will find a way to break through on Sale.  Chicago's nightmarish road trip ends with the Sox slinking back to Chicago losing big time on this road trip.  Of course, the game is far from over.  Plenty of baseball to play but you can see the handwriting on the wall.  Verlander will likely outduel Sale in this one.  Because Chicago can't come up big time.  And they will find a way to lose.  That's the Chicago way, baseball-wise.  Where did Paul Konerko go?  He basically disappeared when a base-hit would score some runs.  Chicago has forgotten to hit. 

At least they are not getting embarrassed like earlier games in Detroit.

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ChiSox good, Detroit is better posted by Richard Kagan

I'll keep it simple.  The Chicago White Sox have hit a rough patch when the team needed to play .500 ball--or better yet, take two of three in the Motor City.  But it looks like that is not what appears to be the plan.  The Tigga's have a 2-0 early in the game, and ths doesn't bode well for Chicago.  Look at the record of Chicago playing Detroit on the road.  It looks like a scene from the Gladiators and the Sox are the guys gettling whacked.  Kevin Youkilis talked about this is just a the next 30 games..."you don't really feel the heat unitl the last few games of the season."  Well, if the Sox don't play better, the issue of the Leader in the Al Central may be wrapped up.  Who knows, the Sox may be in the running for a Wild Card bid.  But the team needs to get in another gear and soon. 

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Sox win Rain Shortened Game vs. Seattle, go 16 over .500 posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago White Sox are playing well at home, winning their 6th straight, and sweeping their homestand, 6-0 to move 16 games above .500.  The problem is Detriot is also playing well, and is just 2 1/2 games out.  The Tigers loom ahead on thiis upcoming road trip and The Sox need to take at least one game, preferably two, to stay in contention down the stretch.  Today, the Soix got a late 2 run HR from Tyson Flowers, the back-up catcher.  He has had key hits in the last several wins at home.  Today's blast was the biggest.  The Sox grabbed the lead late and the game was called, due to rain.  The downside is that Gavin Floyd, the starting righty, may have injured his pitching elbow and tests will determine the severity of the injury. 

Nothing like good home cooking to brighten the day as Chicago looks like a strong player in the AL as the season winds down.  They look good for one of the WC spots, if not the Division.  The Tigers have been the nemesis lately.  Can the Sox beat Detriot, can they beat Verlander, their ace pitcher?  If they can best him next week, that is a very good sign.  We will find out.

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ChiSox First in AL Central posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago White Sox are in an old-fashioned AL Central pennant race.  No pre-season prognisticator picked this.  But it's happening, at least until the Sox face the Tigers in key series before the end of the season.  These games will count big.  The White Sox had a 9 game homestand and went 6-3.  Now, if's off to Toronto.  Certainly, the Sox need a healthy Paul Konerko back in the lineup.  This is the grinding part of the year.  You can almost taste post-season, but there are about 45 games left in the season and all of them will be important.  The Sox are also in contention for wild-card placement.  The way to make the playoffs is to win the games that you play.  So, it will be a grind, and it starts now.Continue reading "ChiSox First in AL Central"

Richard Kagan

Sox Must Beat Tigers At Home posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago White Sox will face Detroit in August for a must win series at home.  They have to win those games.  Remember how the Tigers virtually eviscerated the Sox pitching and made a shambles of the team?  That has to happen when Sox plays Detroit.  The Sox must hammer Detroit back to Detroit.  Eventually there will be a showdown, and the Sox have to be ready.Continue reading "Sox Must Beat Tigers At Home"

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Baseball-Highlights from Thursday's MLB games (Reuters)

(Adds later games) May 19 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from Major League Baseball games on Thursday: White Sox 2, Astros 1 Chris Sale is more efficient this season, and it showed in the Chicago White Sox's 2-1 win to conclude a series against the Houston Astros. Sale (9-0) led the way by throwing his second consecutive complete game and earned his ninth straight win to start the season, becoming the first pitcher in the majors since Brandon Webb in 2008 to win his first nine starts. After throwing a complete game in 99 pitches for a win at the New York Yankees on May 13, Sale needed just 107 pitches to beat the Astros in nine innings. [read full article]

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Royals-White Sox Preview (The Associated Press)

Following back-to-back winning home series, the Kansas City Royals feel good about themselves as they try to end their struggles on the road. The Chicago White Sox hope halting their longest slide of the young season is the beginning of a run in the positive direction. Kansas City (20-20) has dropped 12 of 15 on the road but opens this six-game trip after going 4-2 against Atlanta and Boston at Kauffman Stadium. [read full article]

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Baseball-Highlights of Friday's MLB games (Reuters)

Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games: White Sox 7, Yankees 1 Chris Sale became the first eight-game winner in the majors when he tossed a six-hitter as the Chicago White Sox rolled to a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday. Sale (8-0) allowed one run and four hits in becoming the first Chicago starter to win his first eight starts since Jon Garland in 2005 and the fourth in team history. Cubs 9, Pirates 4 Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and David Ross all homered as Chicago (26-8) beat Pittsburgh in the opener of a three-game weekend series. [read full article]

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Astros-White Sox Preview (The Associated Press)

There's an easy explanation for why the Houston Astros rate among the season's early disappointments, though Dallas Keuchel's ongoing struggles are harder to explain. Keuchel attempts to halt a five-start winless streak Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox, who return home seeking to rebound from their first losing week of the season. Houston (15-24) enters this three-game series last in the AL West, in large part due to a floundering rotation that's produced a 5.09 ERA. [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Gerrit Cole disses Cubs after shutting them down (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.   Pitchers are going to have to bring their absolute best in order to shut down the Chicago Cubs lineup this season. Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole did just that during the club's narrow 2-1 win Sunday. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] Cole was fantastic during the start, giving up just three hits over eight innings. The Cubs lead the league in walks, but failed to draw one against Cole. He struck out seven during the outing.  Even then, it wasn't easy to come out ahead. Cole was matched by Cubs starter Jon Lester throughout most of the game. In fact, Lester took a no-hitter into the top of the seventh inning against Pittsburgh before Starling Marte hit a single with one out. Marte would come around to score later that inning on a Jung-Ho Kang double. Kang would strike again in the top of the ninth, knocking a solo home run against closer Hector Rondon. That run became crucial, as the Cubs mounted a comeback in the bottom of the inning.  Mark Melancon entered the game in the bottom of the ninth looking for the save, but ran into some trouble. A walk to Dexter Fowler and a single by Jason Heyward put men on first and third with no outs. Anthony Rizzo hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Fowler, but Melancon managed to get Ben Zobrist to ground out to end the game. While it might seem like a tough task to shut down the Cubs, Cole didn't seem too impressed with the team following the win. Gerrit Cole on the Cubs: "I don't really think they're the best team in baseball." — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) May 15, 2016 He may have been able to get away with that after today's performance, but the Cubs will have plenty of chances to prove him wrong over the course of the season. The two teams still play each other 13 times, and that doesn't include a possible meeting in October.  TOP PERFORMERS   Danny Valencia: Valencia was a one-man wrecking crew during the Oakland Athletics' 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Valencia collected three hits, all of which left the yard. His third and final home run wound up being the difference. With the game tied at six in the ninth inning, Valencia blasted a solo shot off Steve Geltz for the go-ahead run. He finished the game 3-for-5, with three runs scored and five RBI. Jose Fernandez: Fernandez turned in one of his finest starts of the season Sunday against the Washington Nationals. The Miami Marlins ace lasted seven innings, giving up just one run during the 5-1 win . He struck out 11 and walked three during the outing. He also helped his own cause, driving in two runs on a single during the sixth inning. [Elsewhere: Jose Bautista got punched in the jaw during a huge brawl with the Rangers ] Ian Desmond: Sunday's Toronto Blue Jays-Texas Rangers contest will be more known for huge brawl and the punch heard round the world , but before all of that, Ian Desmond's giant home run was the main story. With the Rangers down by two, Desmond delivered a three-run homer off reliever Jesse Chavez in the seventh inning. It was the biggest hit of the contest ... until Rougned Odor got to Jose Bautista. Desmond finished 2-for-4, with one run scored and 4 RBI in the 7-6 win. MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT   New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran only had one hit during the team's 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, but it was a big one. Beltran's sixth inning home run not only gave the Yankees a lead, but it also helped him reach a milestone. The blast was Beltran's 400th home run of his career.  With the hit, he joined an elite club: At least 400 homers, 75 triples, 1,000 walks and 300 stolen bases in a career: Carlos Beltran, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds. — Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) May 15, 2016 Beltran also had a sacrifice fly earlier in the contest. He finished 1-for-3, with two runs scored and three RBI in the win. THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD Twins 5, Indians 1: Tyler Duffey held Cleveland scoreless over seven innings and Eddie Rosario drove in three runs during the win. Tigers 6, Orioles 5: A back-and-forth game was decided in the top of the eighth when J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera decided to go back-to-back to give the Tigers the game-tying and game-winning runs. Red Sox 10, Astros 9: Xander Bogaerts and Ryan Hanigan provided most of the offense for Boston, driving in a combined seven runs during the victory. Reds 9, Phillies 4: Adam Morgan had a rough start, giving up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings. Eugenio Saurez contributed to that, clubbing a three-run shot in the fourth. Brewers 3, Padres 2: Chris Carter went 3-for-4, hitting a home run and a run-scoring double during the contest. Jonathan Lucroy went yard for his second straight game. Royals 4, Braves 2: The Braves mounted a late comeback against Wade Davis, but Kendrys Morales' two run shot in the thirteenth gave the Royals the win. Angels 3, Mariners 0: Hector Santiago allowed just two hits over eight scoreless innings against Seattle. He struck out five and walked one in the win. Rockies 4, Mets 3: Ryan Raburn's pinch-hit home run in the seventh proved to be the difference as the Rockies completed a sweep of the Mets. Giants 2, Diamondbacks 1: Arizona nearly rallied back in the ninth, but lost on a review after a safe call was overturned at first. Cardinals 5, Dodgers 2: Corey Seager hit two home runs, but that was all the Dodgers' offense could muster against Mike Leake. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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