White Sox sign Fukudome to one-year deal


White Sox sign Fukudome to one-year deal

The White Sox signed former Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to a one-year, 1 million contract that includes a 3.5 million club option for 2013, the team announced Tuesday morning.

Fukudome, who will turn 35 in late April, posted a .340 OBP between the Cubs and Indians last year. He struggled mightily with Cleveland, though, as his OBP fell from .373 with the Cubs to .300 with the Indians as his walk rate plummeted from 13.3 percent in Chicago to 5.8 percent in Cleveland.

Defensively, Fukudome's range has taken a few steps back in recent years, contributing to an Ultimate Zone Rating of -16 since the start of 2010. But he still has one of the stronger arms in baseball, which is a point in his favor. He's experienced as a center fielder and a right fielder, too, so he'll be in the mix with Brent Lillibridge to be used as a late-inning defensive replacement for Dayan Viciedo.

Kosuke adds to our outfield depth and gives Robin another left-handed bat to mix into the lineup based on matchups, assistant GM Rick Hahn said. He can play center field and right and provides flexibility to our roster.

Fukudome's contract is for 500,000 in 2012 with a 500,000 buyout for the 2013 option.

The signing of Fukudome will have a direct impact on two players: Alex Rios and Jordan Danks. Check back with White Sox Talk later this afternoon for how those two players will be effected by this move.

Jose Abreu homers twice as White Sox beat Tigers for sixth straight win

Jose Abreu homers twice as White Sox beat Tigers for sixth straight win

DETROIT — Melky Cabrera led off the 10th inning with a solo homer off Justin Wilson, and Avisail Garcia added an RBI triple, lifting the White Sox to a 6-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

Jose Abreu homered twice in his return to the lineup.

The White Sox held onto a two-run lead in the 10th with David Robinson making the most of a chance to pitch a second inning after losing a two-run advantage in the ninth.

Wilson hadn't allowed a hit or a run in his first 11 appearances this season until Cabrera hit his first homer of the season.

Abreu, who played for the first time since leaving a game Wednesday with a hip injury, hit solo home runs to give the White Sox two-run leads in the third and eighth innings as he cleared the fences for the first time this season.

Late runs push White Sox past Tigers as winning streak hits five

Late runs push White Sox past Tigers as winning streak hits five

DETROIT — Geovany Soto broke open a tie game with a two-run single in the eighth inning, helping the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Friday night at Comerica Park.

Anthony Swarzak pitched two scoreless innings for the White Sox, who won their fifth straight.

Tigers reliever Alex Wilson allowed two hits and two unearned runs in the eighth. Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos committed two errors in the inning, and three in the game, leading to Soto's go-ahead hit.

Former Tigers pitcher Mike Pelfrey started for the White Sox and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out two.

Detroit got to Pelfrey early, jumping out to a 2-0 first-inning lead on Justin Upton's bases loaded, two-run single. The Tigers loaded the bases again that inning, but Jim Adduci grounded into a double play to end the threat.

The White Sox answered in the top of the second, getting back-to-back home runs from Todd Frazier and Avisail Garcia off Detroit starter Matt Boyd to tie the score at 2.

The White Sox took a 3-2 advantage in the third on Garcia's RBI single, and the Tigers tied it on Victor Martinez's RBI single in the fifth.

Melky Cabrera began the top of the eighth with a single, and Frazier reached base on Castellanos' first error of the inning. Garcia followed with a hard hit ball to third, which Castellanos could not handle, loading the bases.

After Wilson induced a double play, with the runner being forced out at home, Yolmer Sanchez received an intention walk to reload the bases. Soto then delivered the big hit.

Tim Anderson added a two-run homer in the ninth to extend the lead to 7-3.

Boyd pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits. He stuck out five and walked two.