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White Sox Agree to Contract Extension with Adam Eaton

White Sox Agree to Contract Extension with Adam Eaton

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Chicago White Sox are doing all they can to lock up their core players, the latest being outfielder Adam Eaton.

The team announced they've agreed on a five-year, $23.5 extension with the speedy outfielder.

"We have a kid here who we think is going to be an essential part of our success over the next couple of years and is a rare piece in this game, a top of the order player who plays in the middle of the diamond, plays a premium position and brings you plus offense and the ability to get on base and run," general manager Rick Hahn said. "It's an important piece to any successful club and we're happy that we can work out something that extends his stay in a White Sox uniform to potentially seven years."

Eaton came over to the White Sox from the Arizona Diamondbacks via trade last offseason.

In 123 games for Chicago last season, Eaton hit .300 with 76 runs scored and 15 stolen bases.

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Minoso, Chicago’s 1st Black MLB Player Dies

Minoso, Chicago’s 1st Black MLB Player Dies

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) --  Minnie Minoso, Chicago's 1st African-American Major League Baseball player has passed away.  

Minoso established himself in his first at-bat in the majors in 1951 by hitting a two-run home run.

"We have lost our dear friend and a great man," White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said in a release. "Many tears are falling."

The medical examiner's office did not offer details right away, however, there is some question about his age, but the White Sox say he was 90.

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Chris Sale Out At Least 3 Weeks

Chris Sale Out At Least 3 Weeks

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale suffered a foot injury in an accident at his home and he is expected to miss at least three weeks of preparation time for the regular season.

Sale was diagnosed with an avulsion fracture to the side of his right foot, however, Sale declined to comment on how the injury happened.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Sale landed awkwardly when he got off the back of his truck unloading items.  His status for Opening Day won't be determined until a later date.

Sale finished third in the American league Cy Young Award voting last year, going 12-4 with a 2.17 ERA.

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Report: White Sox Sign OF/INF Emilio Bonifacio

Report: White Sox Sign OF/INF Emilio Bonifacio

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago White Sox and veteran utilityman Emilio Bonifacio agreed to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $4 million, according to ESPN.

Bonifacio will earn $3 million guaranteed this season. The deal includes a club option for the 2016 season worth $4 million and a buyout at $1 million.

In 110 games with the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs last season, Bonifacio batted .259 with three homers and 24 RBIs. He also had 26 stolen bases and scored 47 runs.

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White Sox Land Samardzija and Robertson

White Sox Land Samardzija and Robertson

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO, Il) -- The Chicago White Sox brought their pots and pans to MLB's Hot Stove.

The White Sox traded for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and signed free agent closer David Robertson to the up-and-coming team. Samardzija owned a 2.99 ERA last season as a member of both the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics.

Samardzija was acquired from the Athletics in exchange for infielder Marcus Semien and pitcher Chris Bassit, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Robertson, a free agent from the New York Yankees, signed with the White Sox for a four-year, $46 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

The White Sox will now boast a formidable rotation including ace Chris Sale, Samardzija, and 25-year-old left-hander Jose Quintana, who posted a 3.32 ERA last season. Robertson will resume his role as a closer to shore up a bullpen that put up a poor 4.28 ERA last season.

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Jimmy Rollins and Paul Konerko both Win the Roberto Clemente Award

Jimmy Rollins and Paul Konerko both Win the Roberto Clemente Award

Major League Baseball(SAN FRANCISCO) -- One of the biggest honors Major League Baseball gives out has nothing to do with their accomplishments on the field, but off it. This year, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and recently-retired Chicago White Sox first baseman/designated hitter Paul Konerko become the first two to share the Roberto Clemente Award.

The award is given to those who best represent the game off-the-field thorugh charitable work. It is named after the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder who died in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972, while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

"Jennifer and I are truly humbled to receive an award named after such a special player and person," Konerko said in a statement released through Major League Baseball. "It's also a great honor to share this award with Jimmy Rollins, who is someone I have always respected for his approach to the game. This award caps off what has been a special final season for me."

"I did that for a number of years, and then Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania for two years before ultimately last year making a transition to something I can have or we can have a more direct effect with the community and the area," Rollins said. "Something that was larger than what we had been previously doing. I like to eat, personally. I like good food, and I tell my mom, `Don't hold back the good food. I don't care what it costs, let's go get it."

Konerko just wrapped an 18-year career, 16 with the White Sox. Rollins has spent his entire 15-year career with the Phillies.

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Royals Clinch First Postseason Berth Since 1985

Royals Clinch First Postseason Berth Since 1985

Zoonar/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- For the first time in 29 years, the Kansas City Royals are heading to the playoffs. Kansas City clinched their first postseason berth since 1985 with a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night, ending the longest playoff drought in any of the four major North American sports.

Jeremy Guthrie (13-11) tossed seven scoreless innings for the Royals (88-72), who scored three times in the first inning. Norichika Aoki tripled, scoring Alcides Escobar, while a pair of RBI singles from Lorenzo Cain and Billy Butler added to the advantage.

It the White Sox (72-88) until the eighth inning before finally scoring, getting an RBI single from Alexei Ramirez. In the bottom of the ninth, Greg Holland retired the side in order, getting Michael Taylor to pop up to secure the win. The last time Kansas City was in the postseason, George Brett led the squad to a World Series title over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Royals are still in contention for the AL Central division crown. The Detroit Tigers sit just one game ahead in the standings with two contests left in the regular season.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Chicago Bears 27 (2-1) – New York Jets 19 (1-2) 

MLB: New York Yankees 5 (81-75) – Baltimore Orioles 0 (93-63)

Kansas City Royals 2 (85-71) – Cleveland Indians 0 (82-75)

Toronto Blue Jays 14 (79-77) – Seattle Mariners 4 (83-73)

Chicago White Sox 2 (72-84) – Detroit Tigers 0 (86-70)

Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (85-71) – Atlanta Braves 0 (76-80)

Texas Rangers 4 (63-93) – Houston Astros 3 (69-88)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (63-94) – Minnesota Twins 2 (66-90) 

St. Louis Cardinals 8 (88-69) – Chicago Cubs 0 (69-88) 

Oakland Athletics 8 (86-70) – Los Angeles Angels 4 (96-61)

San Diego Padres 1 (75-81) – Colorado Rockies 0 (65-92)

San Francisco Giants 5 (85-71) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (89-68) -13 Innings


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White Sox Sweep Twins on Viciedo Walk-Off

White Sox Sweep Twins on Viciedo Walk-Off

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- A less than impressive season for Chicago saw a bright spot on Saturday. The White Sox swept a doubleheader with the Minnesota Twins at home, winning Game 1, 5-1, before a walk-off homer in Game 2 notched a 7-6 victory.

Jose Quintana paced the White Sox (68-80) in the opener with 13 strikeouts while Alexei Ramirez homered in the third to open the scoring. His 15th long ball of the year gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the third inning before the team tacked on three more in the eighth. Meanwhile, Quintana (8-10) walked just two batters in seven innings of work.

The nightcap was a little more stressful for the White Sox as Minnesota (62-86) opened up a 4-0 lead in the first inning. After Trevoe Plouffe's RBI single started the scoring, Oswaldo Arcia slammed a three-run shot off Logan Darnell.

Chicago did battle back though, Avisail Garcia's three-run blast in the bottom of the first made it a one run game before rookie Jose Abreu tied things up with his 34th homer of the year. The White Sox rallied again in the seventh, tying the game on a Conor Gillaspie single, before the Twins took the lead in the ninth.

Kurt Suzuki doubled off Jake Petricka to give Minnesota a 6-5 lead, and seemingly the win. However, Abreu worked a 15-pitch walk from closer Glen Perkins, starting a rally. Pinch runner Jordan Danks was retired on a fielder's choice from Garcia, but Dayan Vicideo launched a walk-off, two-run homer to left for the victory.

Chicago has now won four straight games for just the second time all season, the first since May 4-7.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Week 2: Baltimore Ravens 26 (1-1) – Pittsburgh Steelers 6 (1-1)

MLB: Cleveland Indians 8 (75-69) – Minnesota Twins 2 (62-83) Game One

Cleveland Indians 2 (76-69) – Minnesota Twins 0 (62-84) Game Two

Cincinnati Reds 1 (70-77) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (80-67)

Chicago White Sox 1 (66-80) – Oakland Athletics 0 (81-65)

San Francisco Giants 6 (81-65) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-87)

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (77-69) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (67-79)

New York Yankees 5 (75-69) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (70-77)

Washington Nationals 6 (83-62) – New York Mets 2 (71-76)

Los Angeles Angels 7 (91-55) – Texas Rangers 3 (54-92)

Boston Red Sox 6 (64-83) – Kansas City Royals 3 (80-65)

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (76-71) – Miami Marlins 2 (71-74)


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White Sox DH Paul Konerko Plans to Return Next Week

White Sox DH Paul Konerko Plans to Return Next Week

Leon Halip/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- In the midst of the final weeks of his professional career, Chicago White Sox DH Paul Konerko hopes to return to the team's lineup next week.

The 38-year-old Konerko has been out of action since Sept. 2 with a broken bone in his left hand when he was tagged out by Minnesota Twins outfielder Danny Santana.

Konerko said he might take some swings on Friday, and thinks that he could rejoin the team next week for a nine-game road trip.

Now in his 18th and final season in Major League Baseball, Konerko's farewell tour has been plagued with injuries. He's appeared in just 74 games this season, which will be his lowest mark since 1998.

Konerko is in his 16th season with the White Sox as he joined the club back in 1999, and has been a team staple ever since.

The team captain, Konerko has hit .281 with 432 home runs and 1,383 RBIs, and helped the team win the World Series back in 2005.

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Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn From White Sox

Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn From White Sox

Brian Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oakland Athletics acquired power-hitter Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn and cash considerations Sunday.According to ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney, the A's will pay Dunn approximately half of the remaining $2.5 million that is owed to him this season. The 34-year-old Dunn can help an Athletics' team that has ranked 20th in runs scored since trading away slugger Yoenis Cespedes on July 31.Dunn is playing in his 15th major league season. During that time he's compiled a .237 batting average, 460 home runs, 1,158 RBIs and a .365 on-base percentage.

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Angels Acquire Second Baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox

Angels Acquire Second Baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Gordon Beckham-era is over in Chicago as the White Sox have traded the second baseman to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later.

"This trade, quite frankly, was more about creating an opportunity for some of our young players to come up here, get some playing time and become part of this next core of White Sox players that we have put together over the last several months and are going to continue to work on over the next several months," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said.

Beckham was the eighth overall pick by the White Sox back in 2008 and much was expected of him once he made his MLB debut back in 2009. Even though he'd been the team's primary second baseman since being called up, he never quite lived up the lofty expectations placed on him.

In 739 games with the White Sox, Beckham hit just .244 with 61 home runs and a .306 on base percentage.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/6/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/6/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB:  San Diego Padres 5 (52-61) – Minnesota Twins 4 (51-61) 10 Innings

Texas Rangers 3 (45-69) – Chicago White Sox 1 (55-60)

Tampa Bay Rays 7 (55-59) – Oakland Athletics 3 (69-44)

Seattle Mariners 7 (59-54) – Atlanta Braves 3 (58-56)

New York Yankees 5 (59-54) – Detroit Tigers 1 (62-49)

Philadelphia Phillies 10 (51-63) – Houston Astros 3 (47-67)

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (60-53) – Miami Marlins 3 (55-58)

Washington Nationals 7 (61-51) – New York Mets 1 (54-60)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (61-54) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (64-49)

Cincinnati Reds 8 (58-56) – Cleveland Indians 3 (57-57)

San Francisco Giants 7 (62-52) - Milwaukee Brewers 4 (62-52)

Colorado Rockies 13 (45-68) - Chicago Cubs 4 (48-64)

Boston Red Sox 2 (50-63) - St. Louis Cardinals 1 (60-52)

Kansas City Royals 4 (59-53) - Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (49-65)

Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (65-50) - Los Angeles Angels 1 (67-46)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: San Francisco Giants 4 (61-51) – New York Mets 3 (53-59)

Baltimore Orioles 7 (63-48) – Washington Nationals 3 (60-50)

Cleveland Indians 7 (57-55) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (56-56)

New York Yankees 2 (58-53) – Detroit Tigers 1 (61-48) 

Chicago White Sox 5 (55-58) - Texas Rangers 3 (43-69) - 7 Innings

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (67-44) - Los Angeles Dodgers 0 (63-50)

Oakland Athletics 3 (68-43) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (54-58) 10 Innings

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/21/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Boston Red Sox 14 (47-52) - Toronto Blue Jays 1 (51-49)

Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (56-45) - Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (52-47)

San Francisco Giants 7 (55-44) - Philadelphia Phillies 4 (43-56)

Texas Rangers 4 (40-59) - New York Yankees 2 (50-48)

Miami Marlins 3 (46-52) - Atlanta Braves 1 (54-45) - 10 Innings

Chicago White Sox 3 (48-52) - Kansas City Royals 1 (48-50)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (55-45) - Cincinnati Reds 2 (51-48)

Minnesota Twins 4 (45-53) - Cleveland Indians 3 (50-49)

Washington Nationals 7 (54-43) - Colorado Rockies 2 (40-59) 

Detroit Tigers 4 (55-41) - Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (43-56)

Seattle Mariners 5 (53-46) - New York Mets 2 (46-53)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (54-44) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (59-39)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/19/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Golf – British Open Championship – Third Round:

1.  Rory McIlroy -16  (4-under for the day)

2. Rickie Fowler  -10  (4-under for the day)

T3. Sergio Garcia -9 (3-under for the day)

T3. Dustin Johnson -9  (1-under for the day)

5.  Victor Dubuisson -8 (4-under for the day)

MLB: New York Yankees 7(49-47) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-46)

 Toronto Blue Jays 4 (50-48) - Texas Rangers 1 (39-58)

Cleveland Indians 6 (49-47) - Detroit Tigers 2 (53-40) Game 1

Cleveland Indians 5 (50-47) - Detroit Tigers 2 (53-41) Game 2

St. Louis Cardinals 4 (54-45) - Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (54-44)

Boston Red Sox 2 (45-52) - Kansas City Royals 1 (48-48)

Philadelphia Phillies 2 (43-54) - Atlanta Braves 1 (53-44)

San Francisco Giants 5 (54-43) - Miami Marlins 3 (44-52)

Tampa Bay Rays 5 (46-53) - Minnesota Twins 1 (44-52)

Washington Nationals 8 ( 52-43) - Milwaukee Brewers 3 (54-44)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (51-46) - Colorado Rockies 2 (40-57) 11 Innings

Chicago White Sox 4 (47-51) - Houston Astros 3 (40-58)

Arizona Diamondbacks 9 (42-56) - Chicago Cubs 3 (40-56)

San Diego Padres 6 (42-55) - New York Mets 0 (46-51)

Seattle Mariners 3 (52-45) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (58-38) 12 Innings

NASCAR: Chase Elliott wins EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Motor Speedway

WNBA All-Star Game: East 125 - West 124

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Abreu Launches MLB-Best 29th Homer in Win

Abreu Launches MLB-Best 29th Homer in Win(Major League BaseballCLEVELAND) -- Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu continues to dazzle. On Saturday, the first baseman launched his 29th home run of the season, the most in the MLB so far this year. "He's good," said White Sox manager Robin Ventur...

Sale, Rizzo Win MLB Final Vote

Sale, Rizzo Win MLB Final Vote

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- On Thursday, MLB's fan base spoke, electing Chris Sale and Anthony Rizzo as the Final Vote winners for the 2014 All-Star Game.

It is the 13th season in which the social media/Internet voting method has taken place to decide the final member for both the American League and National League teams.

Sale, an ace on the Chicago White Sox staff, received 6.7 million votes to earn his third All-Star spot. The lefty is 8-1 on the year with a 2.08 earned run average and has been the most dominant pitcher on the White Sox staff.

The 8.8 million votes cast for Rizzo gave the Chicago Cubs first baseman his first ever All-Star appearance. Rizzo his currently hitting .277 for the Cubs and is tied for second in the NL with 20 home runs. He joins shortstop Starlin Castro on the NL roster.

Meanwhile, Erik Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will replace Kansas City's Alex Gordon on the AL squad. Gordon received an injection on Thursday to help combat a sprained right wrist.

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Red Sox Walk-Off for Second Straight Night

Red Sox Walk-Off for Second Straight Night

iStockphoto(BOSTON) -- For the second consecutive night, the Boston Red Sox walked-off against the Chicago White Sox in an afternoon affair at Fenway Park on Thursday.

Mike Carp's pinch-hit single in the bottom of the tenth scored Daniel Nava to give Boston (41-51) the win.

For Carp, it was a grateful return to the lineup after missing more than a month with a broken right foot. After being placed on the disabled list back on June 2, Carp was activated Monday before delivering a game-winner on Thursday.

"Some of the nights, I almost had to turn the TV off in those situations because you can't be there to help," said Carp. "It's tough being on the DL with a boot on my foot."

The Red Sox trailed 1-0 early but scored three runs in the sixth against Jose Quintana to take the lead.

Chicago (44-49) tied things up in the ninth when Koji Uehara gave up a two-run homer to Conor Gillaspie, forcing extra innings. 

Nava led off the bottom of the tenth with a pinch-hit walk before being advanced to second on Mookie Betts' sacrifice bunt. Stephen Drew was intentionally walked to set up the double play, but Carp singled to left field for the winning run.

It is the eighth time this season that Boston has won in walk-off fashion.

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