White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Coming into Wednesday, Gavin Floyd had a 1.26 ERA and a 265 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last four starts. But he allowed a season-high seven runs, including five on home runs off the bats of scuffling Angels Albert Pujols and Vernon Wells, as Los Angeles beat the White Sox 7-2. Dayan Viciedo looked great, though, going 3-4 with a home run and a fantastic throw from left to nail Mike Trout at second.

Sad news as Kevin Hickey, who pitched for the Sox from 1981-1983 and joined the team's coaching staff in 2003, passed away at the age of 56. Chuck Garfien wrote about the life of a "classic underdog" while he, Bill Melton, Frank Thomas and Hawk Harrelson, as well as Ron Kittle and Don Cooper. remembered the life of Hickey:

Our thoughts are with the entire Hickey family and his friends.

The Angels' offensive outburst, led by Pujols and Wells, kinda threw a wrench in this comparison, but hey, the Sox had their offensive success here and there last season.

Chances you say "awwww man!" after reading this tweet from CSNChicago's stat guru Christopher Kamka: high.

Winning pitchers today: Mark Buehrle, Jose Contreras, Clayton Richard, Gio Gonzalez. Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 17, 2012
Garfien, Melton and Thomas previewed the first installment of the BP Crosstown Cup in the BMO-Harris Look Ahead:

Know your Chicago baseball? There's a casting call for a Comcast SportsNet trivia show this weekend. Check out the details here.

Around the division: Every member of Detroit's starting infield committed an error and Austin Jackson left with an injury as the Tigers lost to the Twins 11-7, Cleveland lit up Felix Hernandez in a 9-3 win over the Mariners and the Royals fell to Baltimore in 15 but promoted top prospects Jake Odorizzi and Wil Myers to Triple-A.

White Sox happy to retain, and drink beer from, Crosstown Cup

White Sox happy to retain, and drink beer from, Crosstown Cup

The White Sox had a little fun with the Crosstown Cup trophy after securing it for the third consecutive year.

Well, at least one player did for sure: Left fielder Melky Cabrera, according to first baseman Jose Abreu, drank some beer out of the trophy after the White Sox beat the Cubs, 3-0, Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. 

The White Sox retained the Crosstown Cup by virtue of winning the season series in 2014 (three wins, one loss), splitting in 2015 (three wins, three losses), and assuring themselves of at least a split in 2016 (two wins with two games to play). 

This isn’t like a college football rivalry trophy that gets passed between campuses every year. And baseball players generally aren't keen to over-emphasize four or six games over the course of a 162-game season. 

But the Crosstown Cup is still a trophy, and it’s one White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton appreciated receiving again. 

“Any time you win an award — I don’t care if my grandma gives me an award during checkers, I’m excited,” Eaton said. “I don’t really care. But if you play for anything there’s some extra emphasis there. I definitely do think guys take pride in it for sure. But more pride in it that our side of town is happy with us in that sense that we’ve taken the cup back. 

“You don’t want to put too much emphasis on any particular series. But at the same time, if it makes our fans happy that we got the cup back then that’s what we do.”

 

 

 

 

Report: White Sox make James Shields available for trade

Report: White Sox make James Shields available for trade

With the Aug. 1 trade deadline right around the corner, a new name has been added to the mix.

James Shields, who was acquired by the White Sox in early June, is reportedly available for trade, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, after the 34-year-old right-hander has pitched his way into the trade market with his latest hot streak.

The White Sox traded for Shields in an effort to strengthen their rotation and alleviate some pressure off a taxed bullpen, but with the team six games back for the division lead and the final wild card spot, it would be wise of the White Sox to take advantage of this pitcher's market and flip Shields for assets that can help them in the future.

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After a rough start in Chicago, Shields has turned in five quality starts in his last five outings, which included a stellar performance in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Cubs. He also owns a 1.71 ERA across his last six starts.

The biggest question will be, which team wants to take on Shields' contract?

He still has two years remaining on a four-year, $75 million deal he inked with the San Diego Padres in 2014. It's worth noting Shields has an opt-out clause after this season, and a club option to return in 2019.

White Sox likely will place 2B Brett Lawrie on disabled list

White Sox likely will place 2B Brett Lawrie on disabled list

The White Sox will "probably" place second baseman Brett Lawrie on the disabled list before Wednesday’s Crosstown game at Wrigley Field, manager Robin Ventura said.

Lawrie initially was diagnosed with a tight left hamstring July 21 against the Detroit Tigers, causing a firestorm of speculation he had been traded when he was removed from the game. He was initially considered day-to-day after undergoing an MRI on Friday, and manager Robin Ventura said before both Monday and Tuesday’s games against the Cubs he could’ve been available in an emergency. 

But Lawrie suffered a setback sometime Tuesday, and with two games under National League rules at Wrigley Field requiring more bench pieces, Ventura didn’t want to head to Clark and Addison short-handed. 

“It just seemed like he was going backwards today, during the game, of his knee,” Ventura said. “There's no way you can go over there and play the National League rules with nobody on the bench.”

[MORE: Shields picks up bullpen as White Sox top Cubs again]

Infielder Carlos Sanchez was removed from Triple-A Charlotte’s game Tuesday night and is expected to replace Lawrie on the White Sox roster. 

Lawrie is hitting .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs and 22 doubles over 94 games this season. 

Tyler Saladino has done well in his short stint in the starting lineup since Lawrie’s injury, going 4-15 with a walk. His walk-off single on Monday netted the White Sox their third win in what now is a four-game winning streak, the team’s first since May 6-9.