Sox prepared to hit the road again

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Sox prepared to hit the road again

The White Sox have been delighted to return home to a packed U.S. Cellular Field this week. After wrapping up a 10-game road trip Sunday, the Sox have played in front of sellout crowds the last two nights. But after Wednesday's day game against the Twins, the White Sox head right back out on the road for a pair of three-game series in Texas and Minnesota.

"That's just the way it goes," manager Robin Ventura said. "Nobody's really talking about it. You knew it was on the schedule, so we were prepared for it. It's a long stretch. It's a long stretch in July to be on the road most of the time."

In August, the Sox play 15 home games, six more than their July total at U.S. Cellular Field. Attendance has been up, and Ventura believes that's helped as his team has gone 7-1 at home this month.

"Guys are talking about it as far as the energy level of not only the guys on the field, but in big situations, big plays, it's a lot more fun to play when it's full instead of looking at a bunch of empty seats," Ventura said.

After stumbling back to Chicago on a five-game losing streak, the White Sox have been re-energized at home, scoring 18 runs in wins over Minnesota on Monday and Tuesday.

"These guys have had the ability to do that all year," Ventura said of his team's resiliency. "We've gone through little stretches, not as bad, but similar to what happened on the road trip. To come back and have the offense that we've had, that's the good stuff for what we have in the lineup."

White Sox officially announce signing of Luis Robert

White Sox officially announce signing of Luis Robert

The worst kept secret is finally out of the bag.

The White Sox officially announced the signing of free agent Cuban outfielder Luis Robert to a minor-league contract, which includes a $26-million signing bonus.

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“We are excited to add Luis — another young, extremely talented and impactful prospect — to the White Sox organization,” White Sox senior vice president/general manager Rick Hahn said. “Luis has the potential to be a dynamic, five-tool player at the major-league level, and we look forward to watching him develop in our system over coming seasons. Luis will immediately be viewed as one of the top prospects in baseball, and his signing adds to the growing depth of quality young players within our organization.”

The 19-year-old Robert played in 210 career games (including postseason) with Ciego de Ávila in the Cuban Serie Nacional and had a .315/.402/.467 slash line with 20 home runs, 92 RBI and 29 stolen bases.

Robert slides into the No. 2 spot on the White Sox Top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline.

Morning Update: White Sox beat Tigers; Cubs shutout in LA

Morning Update: White Sox beat Tigers; Cubs shutout in LA

Here are some of Friday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Preview: White Sox-Tigers doubleheader today on CSN

Preview: Charlotte Knights battle Buffalo Bisons tonight on CSN+

Avisail Garcia busts out of mini-slump in White Sox win

Jake Arrieta not at his sharpest in Cubs shutout loss to Dodgers

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Why Jim Callis thinks Luis Robert is going to have a gigantic impact on White Sox

The ‘friendly rivalry’ between Theo Epstein and Andrew Friedman with Cubs, Dodgers becoming NL superpowers

Red Sox ace Chris Sale doesn't have time to get emotional in return to Chicago

Cubs: Is Joe Maddon turning Kyle Schwarber into a platoon player?

White Sox prospect Lucas Giolito: No-hitter 'special' after early struggles