White Sox reeling after fifth straight loss

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White Sox reeling after fifth straight loss

DETROIT -- The White Sox really wanted a victory in Sunday afternoons finale. Philip Humber didnt give them much of an opportunity.
The Detroit Tigers completed a thorough three-game whooping of the White Sox as they bashed four home runs in a 6-4 victory in front of 41,281 at Comerica Park.
Miguel Cabrera blasted two homers off Humber as the Tigers completed the sweep of the visiting White Sox, who have lost five straight and dropped 1 12 games off the pace in the American League Central.
Before Sundays finale, pitcher Jake Peavy tweeted that the White Sox could use a victory. Second baseman Gordon Beckham retweeted the message.
The White Sox then jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Alex Rios two-out RBI blooper to right.
But for a third straight day, the Tigers roared right back.
Humber (4-5) got ahead of Austin Jackson with two straight strikes and just missed a called strike on the third pitch. Jackson battled back and walked on 10 pitches and Quintin Berry followed with an opposite-field, two-run homer.
Three pitches later, Cabrera ripped one 426 feet into the bullpen in left-center for a 3-1 lead.
Two innings later, Humber left another pitch up and away to Cabrera, who deposited it 457 feet away in center field for a 4-1 lead. Detroit got to Humber once more when Brennan Boesch hit a two-run homer in the third with two outs to put his team ahead by five.
Humber allowed six earned runs and seven hits in three innings.
After slumping most of the trip, the White Sox began to show signs of life offensively against Tigers pitcher Jacob Turner (1-1). Paul Konerko ripped a one-out single past Cabrera in the sixth inning and Rios lined a two-run homer to left to make it 6-3.
An inning later, Kevin Youkiils ended an 0-for-14 spell with a solo home run off reliever Phil Coke.
The White Sox got no closer, however, as Octavio Dotel struck out four of the five batters he faced. Joaquin Benoit then pitched a scoreless ninth to earn a save.
Hector Santiago was highly effective in relief of Humber.
The left-hander delivered 3 13 scoreless innings as he struck out four. Nate Jones and Donnie Veal combined with Santiago to deliver five shutout innings.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score) and David Schuster (670 The Score) joined David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel for Thursday's show.

Baseball’s winter meetings are over. Could Rick Hahn have done more this week? Plus which closer will have a better season- current Cubs closer Wade Davis or former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman?

How much upheaval will there be on the Bears’ coaching staff this offseason? Plus are the Bulls in slump or are we finally seeing the real team show up?

Listen to this episode of the SportsTalk Live podcast here:

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The White Sox have a pair of relievers to dangle and have become increasingly busier with two of three free-agent closers off the board.

Prior to leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was asked if a pool of relievers including closer David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones had drawn much interest.

Having already traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, it’s believed the White Sox are willing to part with most anyone if the price is right. It sounds as if that possibility has improved after the Yankees’ late night signing of Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday, two days after the San Francisco Giants signed Mark Melancon. With only Kenley Jansen still left in free agency and due a big salary, Robertson, who has two years and $25 million left on his deal, could solve several teams’ relief needs. Jones is also a draw with potentially five years left on his current team-friendly deal, which includes two club options and one mutual option for 2021.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

“We’ve had a lot of interesting conversations on a number of different fronts involving are players,” Hahn said. “And yes, we still have reliever pieces and starting pieces that are appealing to various teams throughout the league. I don’t think anything is going to happen between now and the time I go pick up my bags and head to the airport. But still thoroughly engaged, deeply engaged on a number of different fronts.”

Despite adding five pitchers and two position players through their first two moves, the White Sox still have a long list of desires. That list potentially includes a long-term starting catcher and another big bat among others.