Rios hits walk-off slam to push Sox past Indians

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Rios hits walk-off slam to push Sox past Indians

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011Posted: 6:51 p.m. Updated: 8:24 p.m.

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After faltering with the bases loaded all game, Alex Rios wouldn't let the Chicago White Sox come up empty again.Rios hit a game-ending grand slam in the 10th inning to lift Chicago to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.Rios' one out, first-pitch shot off Chris Perez (3-7) was Chicago's first game-ending home run this season and his first career grand slam."I assumed he was going to come (inside)," Rios said. "I guess I got the pitch and put a good swing on it. It worked."The blast came after the White Soxloaded the bases with one out for the fifth time in the game. In eachof the first four occasions, Chicago didn't score, leaving the basesfull.The White Sox squandered bases-fullsituations in the first, sixth, eighth and ninth, and stranded 15runners during the first nine innings before Rios snapped the streak inthe 10th."Sometimes you get in stretches whereyou have a hard time scoring runs," Rios said. "I felt like we had oneof those games today. We came through."Rios, one of Chicago's highest-paidplayers, struck out with the bases full in the first inning and hasstruggled to a .222 average this season, making Saturday's triumph thatmuch better."It was great," Rios said. "Webattled through the whole game. It was a long game and to do that, it'sgood. Any time you get a win, it's good."Chicago had plenty of baserunnersall day, with 10 hits and a season-high 11 walks but went just 3 for 15with runners in scoring position."That (summed up) the White Sox season right there," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The only thing we did good is we won."I'm glad we won, but it was tough.When you see that over and over and over, what's going on? You missed avery interesting Sunday paper if we lose this game."Alejandro De Aza doubled twice, walked and scored two runs for Chicago. Gordon Beckham had a double, two walks and two RBIs.Sergio Santos (4-4) threw a scoreless inning to get the win in relief. Santos combined with Chris Sale to strike out six straight batters during the late innings.Shelley Duncan doubled, homered and scored two runs for Cleveland. Matt LaPorta added a two-run double and Jim Thome singled twice.Indians starter Fausto Carmonaallowed six hits and three runs in 5 1-3 innings, lowering his ERA to9.14 ERA in four starts against the White Sox this season.Perez took the loss and wasn't too happy about the circumstances that led up to it, especially the walks."Very rarely you see major-leaguepitchers one through five have to struggle throwing strikes," Perezsaid. "We'll have our off-days here and there, but not our wholebullpen."Chicago's Phil Humber was sharp inhis six innings, holding Cleveland to two runs and striking out seven,but settled for a no-decision on Saturday after throwing just 73pitches."That's not my call," Humber said ofthe timing of his removal. "Obviously you want to be out there, but atthe same time (Guillen) has been around a long time. I'm never going toquestion the manager on that."I feel great. I feel like today was the best I've thrown in awhile."The Indians went ahead on LaPorta'stwo-run double in the fifth, snapping Humber's streak of 13 1-3scoreless innings. LaPorta was making his first start for the Indianssince Aug. 29, the day before he was sent down to Triple-A Columbus.Adam Dunn singled in the sixth,ending a string of 18 hitless at-bats, and started Chicago's rally. DeAza doubled off the center-field wall, sending Dunn to third andCarmona to the showers after 103 pitches.Chad Durbin replaced Carmona andwalked Brent Morel and Beckham, forcing in Dunn with the tying run.Juan Pierre singled in De Aza, giving Chicago a 3-2 lead.Duncan greeted reliever Jesse Crainwith a homer to left-center in the seventh, tying the score 3-all.Duncan has with five homers and 10 RBIs in seven games over the lastweek.But the hero was Rios, not a title he's been able to claim often this season."If you win it in that fashion, it makes it a little more fun," Rios said. "Every time you get a win, it's important."NOTES: First base umpire Ed Rapuanohad to leave the game in the fourth inning because of sore neck.Indians RHP Josh Tomlin (elbow) is doing "very well" with his throwingprogram and the team is leaning toward not shutting him down, managerManny Acta said. ... DH Travis Hafner (foot) ran the bases on Saturdaybut Acta said there is still no timetable on his return. 3B JackHannahan (calf strain) will rejoin the Indians in Texas, though Acta isnot sure when he'll return to game action. The Indians will send UbaldoJimenez to the mound for Sunday's series finale against Chicago rookieZach Stewart. Jimenez is 2-1 with a 5.56 ERA since he was acquired fromColorado on July 31. Stewart is coming off a one-hit shutout ofMinnesota on Sept. 5 in which he carried a perfect game into the eighthinning.Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This materialmay not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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.

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“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.

White Sox add pitcher Dylan Covey in Rule 5 draft

White Sox add pitcher Dylan Covey in Rule 5 draft

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The White Sox added another young pitcher on Thursday when they selected right-hander Dylan Covey in the Rule 5 draft.

Covey, formerly the No. 20 prospect in the Oakland A’s farm system, missed all but six starts of the 2016 regular season after he sustained an oblique injury. A fourth-round selection in 2013, Covey also made six starts in the Arizona Fall League, compiling a 4.74 ERA in 24 2/3 innings. He is the sixth pitcher added by the White Sox at the Winter Meetings this week, including five acquired in the trades for Chris Sale and Adam Eaton.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Covey, who must stay on the major league roster the entire season or would potentially be offered back to Oakland, can compete for a spot in the bullpen or even the team’s rotation.

“Interesting kid,” Hahn said. “Up to 95 with some sink. Four-pitch mix. Obviously, he’s not a finished product. But we think he has a chance to compete for a spot in our bullpen or possibly even in the rotation. Long term he has starter potential and we’ll just have to wait and see how he looks when he gets to Glendale. But interesting arm and we’re interested in adding as much talent as we can to the organization.”

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The White Sox added a bevy of prospects in the previous two days, including MLB.com’s top-ranked position player (Yoan Moncada) and pitcher (Lucas Giolito). The haul also includes talented pitchers Michael Kopech and Reynaldo Lopez, among others.

“It’s a weird feeling,” Hahn said. “Mixed emotions. You never like parting ways with stalwarts on this roster like Chris Sale and Adam Eaton. At the same time, we had a plan that we know is going to take some time and it’s nice to feel good about the first steps in that plan and the return which we received.”

Originally selected in the first round of the 2010 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, Covey opted for college after he was diagnosed with Diabetes. Covey played alongside Cubs star Kris Bryant for three seasons (2011-13) and White Sox farmhand Louie Lechich at the University of San Diego before Oakland drafted him in 2013.

Covey was limited to six regular season starts in 2016 at Double-A Midland after his oblique injury. He finished 2-1 with a 1.84 ERA in 29 1/3 innings.