White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

Chris Sale re-joined the rotation after convincing Kenny Williams & Co. on Friday that it's the best spot for him. The Sox ultimately made the right decision here, even if Sale struggled in his return to starting on Saturday.

Friday saw Gavin Floyd put together another excellent outing, shutting out the Royals over 7 23 innings in a 5-0 win. But the Sox offense couldn't muster anything on Saturday and Sunday to support Sale and Philip Humber, the latter of whom was outstanding, in 5-0 and 9-1 losses to the Royals.

Adam Dunn matched his 2011 home run total on Friday, and along with Floyd is off to a great start. Unfortunately for the Sox, though, their efforts haven't helped out a team that's now failed to win their last six series (0-5-1). Looking ahead, Dunn could see some time in left field this weekend against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in an effort to keep his bat in the lineup.

Another player who's playing well -- outside of the hanging slider he threw to Eric Hosmer on Sunday -- is Nate Jones, who's settling into a groove in the Sox bullpen. For a rookie who's never pitched above Double-A before this season, his 1.76 ERA and 8.80 K9 are even more impressive.

And Jones' success could've given the White Sox a difficult decision to make when Jesse Crain re-joins the team, which is expected to be today. Instead, the best bet is to see Eric Stults be designated for assignment when Crain returns from a rehab stint in Charlotte.

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Report: Talks surrounding Chris Sale intensifying between White Sox, Nationals

The White Sox haven't wavered on their asking price for Chris Sale, and their patience may be paying off.

According to FOX's Ken Rosenthal, trade talks surrounding Sale are intensifying between the White Sox and Nationals that would likely include Washington's two top prospects in RHP Lucas Giolito and OF Victor Robles.

Despite the trade chatter heating up, a source told CSN's Chuck Garfien that the White Sox aren't close to a deal and continue to talk with other teams regarding the White Sox ace.

In an exclusive interview with CSN earlier on Monday, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said trading Sale would be 'very hard' on multiple levels, particularly being satisfied with the package coming back.

Perhaps it's only a matter a time before Sale gets traded, but the White Sox have made it clear they won't make a deal unless they're maximizing their return.