KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 16: Starting pitcher Gavin Floyd #34 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during the game against the Kansas City Royals on May 16, 2010 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

White Sox Vs. Rangers: Chicago Falls 5-0

The White Sox were shut out by Texas on Sunday night.

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White Sox Vs. Rangers Final Score: Home Runs Propel Texas To 5-0 Win

Gavin Floyd gave up three home runs, Chicago's offense couldn't get started, and the White Sox dropped a 5-0 decision to the Texas Rangers on Sunday night. With the loss, the White Sox fell to 1-2 on the season, while Texas improved to 2-1.

Floyd pitched 5-2/3 innings, striking out three and walking two in the process. David Murphy got the scoring started with a solo shot off Floyd in the third inning; Adrian Beltre hit a two-run home run in the fourth; and Josh Hamilton hit a solo homer in the sixth.

That was all the offense Texas would need, as Chicago's offense couldn't make of anything happen. Gordon Beckham smacked a double and Eduardo Escobar legged out a triple, but that was it for extra base hits on the night.

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White Sox Vs. Rangers Preview: Sunday Rubber Match On Tap For Chicago-Texas

Alex Rios and Jake Peavy -- yes, you read that correctly -- powered the Chicago White Sox to their first win of the season last night, a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers keyed by a ninth inning homer from Rios to break the tie. The Sox broke camp with new manager Robin Ventura uncommitted to a closer, but Hector Santiago got the first chance of the year and nailed down the victory. Today in Texas, the White Sox and Rangers will meet again to determine the winner of season's first series.


Related: Opening Day 2012: How I'll Be Dealing With Chicago's Two Losing Baseball Teams

The pitching matchup should be a good one. Right-hander Gavin Floyd goes for a Chicago, opposed by Texas' 26-year old lefty Matt Harrison. Harrison has had Paul Konerko's number over the course of the captain's career, holding the Sox slugger to a 1-for-11 lifetime mark. Conversely, Texas star Josh Hamilton has killed Floyd, going 6-for-10 in his career.

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White Sox Vs. Rangers Final Score: Late Alex Rios Homer Gives Chicago 4-3 Win

The Chicago White Sox (1-1) and rookie manager Robin Ventura eked out their first of the season on Saturday, beating the Texas Rangers (1-1) in a 4-3 nail-biter.

SP Jake Peavy performed admirably in his first game of the season. After giving up three runs early the game, Peavey settled and managed to finish 6.0 innings with 5 strikeouts and only 1 walk. The duo of DH Adam Dunn (1 for 2 with 2 walks) and 1B Paul Konerko (2 for 4 with a double) both continued their hot start to the season, but the hero of the night turned out to be RF Alex Rios.

Rios appeared to be on track for an 0 for 3 night, but with CL Joe Nathan (L, 0-1) pitching in the top of the 9th inning, Rios clobbered a 93 mph fastball for a home run to center field. The blast pushed the White Sox to a 4-3 lead and gave RP Hector Santiago (S, 1) a chance for his first save of the season.


Final - 4.7.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago White Sox 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 5 0
Texas Rangers 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 2
WP: Matt Thornton (1 - 0)
SV: Hector Santiago (1)
LP: Joe Nathan (0 - 1)

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White Sox Vs. Rangers: Could Chicago's Mysterious Closer Situation Come Into Play On Saturday?

The Chicago White Sox dropped their season opener to the Texas Rangers despite six strong innings and six strikeouts from starter John Danks, but the hitters get an early chance to redeem themselves on Saturday night at The Ballpark At Arlington. Jake Peavy will take the mound for the White Sox, while Derek Holland gets the start for the Rangers.

One of the most interesting storylines of the early season is how manager Robin Ventura will manage the closer situation, and after Addison Reed and Matt Thornton pitched in the seventh and eighth innings on Friday, it might be down to Jesse Crain and Hector Santiago. Then again, perhaps the White Sox will go with a dynamic, optimized bullpen that could shift to accommodate the best matchup on the given day. Scott Merkin of MLB.com asked about the situation after the game, and Ventura left plenty of wiggle room in his explanation:

"At some point, it's not going to be the same guy all the time," Ventura said. "And not necessarily you think ahead as a bullpen committee, but a guy coming in the ninth, it will end up being different at some points of the season. Yeah, depending on how guys do versus certain teams and matchups. If we had Mariano Rivera, I'd be able to tell everyone I have a closer."

Date / Time: Saturday, April 7, 7:05 p.m. CT first pitch

Location: The Ballpark At Arlington, Arlington, Texas

Starting Pitchers: Jake Peavy (0-0) vs. Derek Holland (0-0)

TV: WGN

Radio: AM 670 The Score

Streaming: MLB.tv

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White Sox Opening Day 2012: Adam Dunn Ties Record With Homer

After putting up a 2011 season that was one of the worst for a regular in the history of baseball, Chicago White Sox first basemen Adam Dunn couldn't have asked for more than to a hit home run on Opening Day of 2012. Hit a home run he did, and it wasn't just an ordinary longball: the upper deck shot to right off Texas Rangers Colby Lewis brought Dunn into a tie for most opening day homers in MLB history.

It was Dunn's eighth opening day home run, tying him with Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr., which is some pretty good company. Even better may be the class of hitters who had hit seven opening day homers: Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Eddie Matthews.

In talking to reporters after the game, Dunn unsurprisingly downplayed the homer, which comes in no shock as he looks to quietly shake off an unfathomably bad 2011 season.

(via CSN)

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White Sox Vs. Rangers: Robin Ventura And Nolan Ryan Speak For 1st Time Since Famous Brawl

The Chicago White Sox are in Texas this weekend to play the Rangers, and that gave Robin Ventura and Nolan Ryan a chance to speak face-to-face for the first time since they got into a famous bench-clearing fight 19 years ago.

Ryan, the Hall of Fame pitcher who is the Texas Rangers president, went to the visitors’ clubhouse before Friday’s opener to wish good luck to Ventura before his managerial debut for the Chicago White Sox.

Related: White Sox Vs. Rangers: Chicago Drops Opener, 3-2

The video of the altercation between those two is still popular in Texas, but the Rangers do not plan on airing it while the White Sox are in town.

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White Sox Vs. Rangers: Chicago Drops Opener, 3-2

Chicago White Sox lefty John Danks struck out six through six innings of work in the team's season opener against the Texas Rangers, but Chicago's bats could not must more than two runs to help Danks's effort. The White Sox lost 3-2 in Texas.

Adam Dunn homered leading off the sixth inning. Alexi Ramirez roped a line drive single to right field with two outs that drove Alex Rios home. That tied the game. Texas answered in the bottom of the sixth when Michael Young singled Josh Hamilton home, and that was all the Rangers needed for the win.

Colby Lewis pitched six innings, allowing seven hits, two runs and one walk. He struck out nine to pick up his first win of the season. Both bullpens were nearly flawless, allowing just one hit between the two teams. Joe Nathan retired the side for his first save of the year and his first with the Rangers.

The White Sox are back in action on Saturday night for their second of three games in a season opening series with the Rangers.

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Opening Day 2012, White Sox Vs. Rangers: Lineup, Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Chicago White Sox have finally reached their 2012 Opening Day game, and although the Sox are slated for a rebuilding year, they'd love to get off to a fast start and turn this season into something a bit more exciting and special. Their first series comes against the two-time reigning American League champion Texas Rangers, so there is no grace period. The opening day starters are Colby Lewis for the Rangers and John Danks for the White Sox, and here is the lineup for the Chicago:

Date / Time: Friday, April 6, 1:05 p.m. CT first pitch

Location: The Ballpark At Arlington, Arlington, Texas

Starting Pitchers: Colby Lewis (0-0) vs. John Danks (0-0)

TV: CSN-Chicago, MLB Network

Radio: AM 670 The Score

Streaming: MLB.tv

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White Sox Sign Kip Wells To Minor League Deal, According To Report

The Chicago White Sox signed 34-year old pitcher Kip Wells to a minor league contract on Friday, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Wells was originally a first round draft pick (No. 16 overall) of the Chicago White Sox in the 1998 amateur draft, but he only spent three seasons of his 11-year MLB career with the team and he hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2009. As for whether he has anything left in the tank, Heyman also noted that Wells was hitting 93-94 m.p.h. on the radar gun during tryouts with the team.

Wells pitched more than 100 innings in a season only one time during his last four years in the MLB (162.2 innings pitched in 2007 with the St. Louis Cardinals), so if the Sox have any plans for him it would likely involve a bullpen job.

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Opening Day 2012, White Sox Vs. Rangers: Robin Ventura Still Mum On Closer Situation

While the starting pitchers have been announced for this weekend's series against the Texas Rangers, Robin Ventura still won't say who he's going to call on to close for the White Sox this season.

"They'll know before the game," Ventura said with a smirk Thursday before the White Sox's workout. "It's not like I'm asking them to hit or catch. They're just going to pitch. I think they'll be fine."

Related: Opening Day 2012: White Sox Vs. Texas Rangers Opening Series Pitching Matchups

There are some inexperienced candidates in the mix, so perhaps Ventura is trying to lessen the pressure on the younger guys. Pitching coach Don Cooper says the team is not planning on going with a closer-by-committee approach.

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Opening Day 2012: White Sox Vs. Texas Rangers Opening Series Pitching Matchups

The pitching matchups for the Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers opening series have been announced.

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