White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Another day, another win. This time, the Sox rallied for five runs against James Shields in the sixth and Dayan Viciedo added an eighth-inning home run to push the White Sox past Tampa Bay 7-2. And with Cleveland losing to Kansas City:

The White Sox are in first place. Chuck Garfien has a good rundown of how the Sox got here and how they aim to stay in contention for four more months.

Dayan Viciedo's been a big part of the recent hot streakturnaround, driving in 23 runs in May with eight home runs. After Tuesday's game, Frank Thomas broke down what Viciedo's been doing right:

And, of course, Paul Konerko's been extremely important, even if he's come back down to earth a bit in these last two games. On Tuesday afternoon, he was rewarded for his efforts with AL Player of the Week honors -- the second time he's won that award this year.

Yet with everything seemingly breaking in the White Sox favor, attendance remains an issue. We'll see what the numbers look like for the upcoming nine-game homestand against Seattle, Toronto and Houston, but there seems to be a pretty good movement among the fans to get other fans to head out to the park. Chicago Tribune Live had a good debate on the attendance issues:

Justin Verlander gave up five runs as Detroit fell to Boston 6-3. That has a few bits of significance: First, with a 23-26 record, the Tigers are only one game ahead of the White Sox pace through 49 games from last year; and second, it means Chris Sale now has the best ERA of any American League starter. His 15-strikeout Memorial Day performance ranks as the fifth-best start a White Sox pitcher has had against Tampa Bay, though.

Around the division: Grady Sizemore is frustrated as he tries to work his way back to Cleveland, Magglio Ordonez will announce his retirement and be honored Sunday in Detroit, the Tigers shipped Ryan Raburn off to Triple-A, Minnesota Josh Willingham dealt Oakland their seventh straight loss and Kevin Goldstein looks at the top 15 draft prospects.

Fast Break Morning Update: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Fast Break Morning Update: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Former White Sox OF Tim Raines elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame

Between Cubs' victory lap and Hall of Fame vote, Sammy Sosa barely staying in the picture

Bulls' continued inconsistencies 'an issue of focus'

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

Tim Raines shares thank you message after being elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Bulls Talk Podcast: What went wrong for the Bulls against the Mavericks?

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

Big Ten Talk Podcast: Picking contenders and pretenders in the Big Ten title race

Jerry Reinsdorf, Frank Thomas congratulate Tim Raines on Baseball Hall of Fame election

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly), David Schuster (670 The Score) and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.  Tim Raines finally gets the call from the Hall along with Jeff Bagwell and Pudge Rodriguez.  So when will Bonds and Clemens get in?  Why are Sammy Sosa’s vote totals dropping? The guys debate from former Cub David DeJesus joins the panel to talk Hall of Fame and the 2017 Cubs.

The Bulls lose to a bad Mavericks team. When will GarPax blow it up and start over?

Plus the guys discuss whether or not Antonio Brown will distract the Steelers and if the Falcons defense is the x-factor in the NFC title game.