May 9, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (44) delivers in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Indians Vs. White Sox: South Siders Win Back-To-Back Games

The Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians on 8-1 on Wednesday.

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Chris Sale Injury: White Sox Pitching Coach Says Righty 'Is Healthy'

The Chicago White Sox LHP Chris Sale has been struggling with elbow soreness in recent days, and the White Sox have elected to reconsider Sale as a reliever. On Thursday, the 23-year-old goes in for an MRI on his elbow, but the team's pitching coach, Don Cooper, appears confident the young pitcher will be healthy, fine and pitching:

"Chris Sale is healthy. Chris Sale is fine. Chris Sale is going to be pitching."

Sale has thrown 33 innings in 2012, spread over 5 starts and 1 bullpen appearance with a 2.73 ERA and 2.83 FIP. Though the MRI results were good, the team is content with leaving him in relief:

"As of this minute, as of this second, as I’m sitting here talking, he’s in the ‘pen. He pitched in the ‘pen last night. That’s it. That’s where he is right now."

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Chris Sale Injury: Thursday's MRI May Determine White Sox Pitcher's Future As A Starter

The Chicago White Sox don't seem to have a coherent plan for pitcher Chris Sale anymore. The 23-year-old lefty will undergo an MRI on his left elbow after experiencing soreness in five starts as an MLB starter. This "elbow tenderness" first prompted a move to the bullpen and an announcement that Sale would take over the job as closer, but pitching coach Don Cooper has left the door open for Sale to return to the rotation. As Cooper told Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune: "If and when we sit down and talk, if we decide he goes back out to start, he goes out to start. If not, he's in the pen...We got (him) some work as a starter, and he did well."

Manager Robin Ventura might be somewhere in the same book, but he's certainly not on the same page as Cooper. When asked about Sale possibly returning to the rotation, he said ""I'm not saying it can't (happen), but I would be surprised if it did." The lanky left-hander has unquestionably succeeded in his role as a starter -- going 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA with 29 strikeouts and eight walks over 32 innings -- but there have always been questions about how his elbow would hold up with such a violent delivery. Sale's pitching motion take the shape of a so-called "inverted W," which puts an immense amount of stress on the elbow and often causes issues with the ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow joint.

Sale didn't seem to excited about his move back to the bullpen, and it showed during his last appearance against the Indians, but even he is willing to take a wait-and-see approach with Thursday's MRI. Perhaps the most worrisome aspect of the situation is that the White Sox haven't presented a reasonable and consistent plan for where to go from here.

Jim Margalus of South Side Sox summed up the strange vibe around the entire situation very nicely:

If the Sox have a plan, here's what it looks like from their actions alone:

  1. Let Sale prepare as a starter all offseason and spring.
  2. Offer unwavering support regardless of spring numbers or performances.
  3. Bail on the plan at the first sign of irregular soreness, regardless of Sale's sentiments, and name him closer in an attempt to also solve ninth-inning issues.
  4. Announce a new plan to the media via multiple people throwing out contradictory statements.
  5. Reconsider Sale's sentiments after the news is received well by precisely nobody.
  6. Waffle.
  7. Get waffles.
I'm not sure about Step 7, but it's the only one that makes sense. Waffles are an anytime food.

Stay tuned for the results of the MRI, because it might have a big impact on the future of the White Sox.

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White Sox Vs. Indians Final Score: Jake Peavy, Adam Dunn Lift Chicago To Victory

After losing six of seven games coming into Tuesday night, the Chicago White Sox have now secured back-to-back victories. On Wednesday night at Progressive Field, the South Siders used to six-run fourth inning to power to a 8-1 win over the division-leading Cleveland Indians. The victory pushes Chicago to 15-17 on the season, while the Indians fall to 17-13.

Starter Jake Peavy was again masterful for Chicago. Peavy, who exited the game with a 1.89 ERA on the season, pitched seven innings for Chicago, giving up just one earned run while striking out five. The win improves Peavy's record to 4-1 on the season.

The lone home run of the game came in the first inning off the bat of Adam Dunn. Dunn's two-run blast was his team-best 10th of the season. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez was the other star for Chicago. Ramirez finished the day 3-for-4 with a run and one RBI.

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White Sox Vs. Indians Score Update: Chicago Leads 2-0 Early After Adam Dunn Homer

The Chicago White Sox are leading 2-0 over the Cleveland Indians through three innings on Wednesday night thanks to a two-run homer by Adam Dunn in the first inning. Having lost 11 of their past 15 games, the White Sox are looking to get back on track with a second consecutive win on Wednesday.

In that first inning homer, Dunn managed to reach ten homers already on the 2012 season. That's just one less than the 11 homers he hit during his historically terrible 2011 campaign, reflecting how far he's come since having arguably one of the worst seasons ever.

Jake Peavy is once again dealing on the mound, pitching three scoreless innings so far. He's given up three hits, all singles, and struck out three hitters while walking nobody.

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White Sox Vs. Indians: Spring Rain Delays Game

Wednesday's game between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians has been delayed by rainy weather, as the Indians announced. The game was scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. EST in Progressive Field, but impending rain has pressured the team to push back the game start.

The White Sox are trotting out Jake Peavy tonight, who has been lights out lately since getting healthy, while the Indians have Jeanmar Gomez going on the mound. Let's hope that the rain will pass soon and we can all get on to enjoying some nice May baseball.

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White Sox Vs. Indians: Brent Morel Scratched, Eduardo Escobar Starting At Third Base

Chicago White Sox third baseman Brent Morel has been scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Indians, as the team announced. Back-up infielder Eduardo Escobar is starting in Morel's place, playing third base and batting ninth for the Pale Hose.

Morel has struggled badly this season, hitting just .172 with a terrible .206 on-base percentage and zero homers through 93 plate appearances. It's unclear how much the back injury has been impacting his ability to perform, but he's now got a .231/.272/.343 line through 571 career PA's.

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White Sox Vs. Indians Lineups: Full Slate Of Starters Going Against Cleveland

With the Cleveland Indians in town on Wednesday night, the Chicago White Sox will be trotting out essentially their complete starting lineup at U.S. Cellular Field. They'll be doing so with the hope of getting a second consecutive win for the first time since May 1.

After starting the season with a 10-6 record, the White Sox have struggled badly in losing 11 of their past 15 games. They lost both parts of a series opening double-header on Monday before getting a win on Tuesday.

Here's the full White Sox lineup for tonight's game, via their Twitter feed:

CF Alejandro De Aza
2B Gordon Beckham
DH Adam Dunn
1B Paul Konerko
C A.J. Pierzynski
RF Alex Rios
SS Alexei Ramirez
LF Dayan Viciedo
3B Brent Morel

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Chris Sale Injury: White Sox Pitcher To Undergo MRI On Left Elbow

Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale is going to have an MRI on his left elbow after experiencing soreness during his first extended stint as an MLB starter, as ESPN Chicago reports. The White Sox are moving Sale to the closer role after he experienced tenderness in his elbow while starting, but now there's a chance he may get shut down.

Speaking with ESPN's Jim Bowden, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said that Sale is dealing with soreness in his elbow, so the team is having him undergo an MRI before they determine his long-term status. Sale has said that he still wants to be a starter in the long-term, but we've seen guys before that simply can't handle the workload.

One thing that wasn't never really in question was Sale's ability to succeed as a starter. In five starts for the White Sox this season, he posted a 2.81 ERA with 29 strikeouts and eight walks over 32 innings.

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White Sox Vs. Indians Preview: Chicago Eyes Winning Streak With Jake Peavy On The Mound

The Chicago White Sox have only won two consecutive games one time over the last 16 games -- April 29 and May 1 vs. the Boston Red Sox -- but they get another chance to start a winning streak on Wednesday night against the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe swept Monday's day-night double-header, but the Sox responded with a 5-3 win in extra innings on Tuesday thanks to a strong performance to John Danks.

On Wedneday, staff ace Jake Peavy (3-1, 1.99 ERA) takes the mound opposite 24-year-old Indians starter Jeanmar Gomez (2-1, 2.82 ERA). Peavy has been nothing short of spectacular so far this year. He has yet to give up more than three runs in an appearance and limits opposing hitters to a .177 batting average, but most of his games have been tight due to poor run support. Will the White Sox hitters turn this one into a comfortable win and a series split with Cleveland?

Here's some information to help you find the broadcast on Wednesday:

Game Date & Time: Wednesday, May 9, 6:05 p.m. CT

Location: Progressive Field; Cleveland, OH

TV: CSN-Chicago

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White Sox Vs. Indians Final Score: Chicago Wins In 10 Innings

The Chicago White Sox took a 3-0 lead into the eighth inning on Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians, but a three-run eighth for the Tribe sent the game to extra innings. In the 10th, Alex Rios tripled to drive in a run and shortstop Alexei Ramirez grounded out to drive in Rios as the White Sox earned a 5-3 victory in Cleveland. The victory was much needed for Chicago, who entered as losers of six of their last seven.

Starter John Danks was brilliant for the Sox, going seven innings and allowing just five hits and two runs. Converted starter Chris Sale blew the save for Chicago. Addison Reed would nail down the save in the 10th.

Rios had three hits on the night for Chicago. Paul Konerko and center fielder Alejandro De Aza each added two its in the win.

The victory improves the Sox to 14-17. Cleveland falls to 17-12.

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Jesse Crain Injury: Reliever Could Be Back With White Sox Next Week

Injured Chicago White Sox reliever Jesse Crain is going to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday, and if everything goes as planned he could return to the Sox as early as next week.

Related: White Sox Vs. Indians Lineups: Beckham Hitting 2nd With Morel At 9th

Crain, who has not appeared in a game for the White Sox since April 20, has a 2.57 ERA in seven innings of work this season; he has 10 strikeouts and one walk. He figures to be an important part of Chicago's bullpen when he returns, just as he was during the 2011 season.

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White Sox Vs. Indians Lineups: Beckham Hitting 2nd With Morel At 9th

For the second straight game, the Chicago White Sox will bat 2B Gordon Beckham No. 2 and drop the struggling 3B Brent Morel to No. 9:

Both Beckham and Morel have struggled through the early part of the season. Beckahm is currently hitting a career-low .279 weighted on-base average (wOBA) with 2 home runs. Morel, meanwhile, has a .195 wOBA -- worst among the team's starters -- with no home runs and 3 stolen bases.

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White Sox Vs. Indians Preview: South Siders Look To End Losing Ways

The Chicago White Sox lost both games of a doubleheader to the Cleveland Indians on Monday, which means the South Siders have now dropped six of their last seven games. On Tuesday night in Cleveland, the Sox will turn to John Danks to get the team back on track.

Danks is off to another slow start for Chicago, entering at 2-4 on the season with a 6.51 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.

Cleveland is slated to send out 27-year old righty Justin Masterson. Masteron enters at 1-2 with a 5.20 ERA. His lone win came against the White Sox on May 3.

Game Date & Time: Tuesday, May 8, 6:05 p.m. CT

Location: Progressive Field; Cleveland, Ohio

TV: Comcast SportsNet

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White Sox Vs. Indians Final Score: South Siders Fall Again In Game 2 Of Doubleheader

After a length rain delay in Game 2 of their doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians on Monday night, the Chicago White Sox tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI single by Alex Rios. In the bottom half of the inning, Cleveland left fielder Shelley Duncan doubled to left to score Asdrubal Cabrera and give the Indians a 3-2 win. The Tribe also defeated the Sox 8-6 earlier in the day.

In his first start for the White Sox, Eric Stults went six innings and allowed four hits and two runs while striking out four. Matt Thornton earns the loss for Chicago.

The South Siders now stand at 13-17, while Cleveland improves to 17-11.

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White Sox Vs. Indians Score Update: Chicago Trails 2-1 Through 5 Innings

Eric Stults got off to a solid start on the mound for the White Sox but ran into trouble in the bottom of the fifth inning and gave up a pair of runs to the Indians. This came after the White Sox scored a run in the top of the inning, and with rain showers threatening the game, has the potential to prove decisive.

Related: Promotions for White Sox prospects Jake Petricka and Nestor Molina

With two out in the fifth, Stults walked catcher Lou Marson, who then stole second. Michael Brantley singled to score Marson and advanced to second on the throw from the outfield. Brantley then scored on a single by Jason Kipnis.

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White Sox Vs. Indians Game 2 Lineups: A.J. Pierzynski And Paul Konerko Won't Start

The lineups for the second game of Monday's doubleheader between the White Sox and Indians have been announced. Tyler Flowers is in for A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate, Paul Konerko has been given the night off and Brent Morel will start at third after sitting during the first game.

Related: Indians 8, White Sox 6: Quintana too good, too late

The first pitch is scheduled for approximately 6:05 p.m. CT.

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Indians Vs. White Sox Final Score: Humber Struggles As Chicago Loses 8-6

The latest numbers from STATS encapsulate the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians game into a single, tidy tweet:

The White Sox (13-16) dropped three games under .500 following their 8-6 loss to the Indians (16-11). SP Philip Humber (L, 1-2) lasted only 2 and 1/3 innings while allowing 9 hits, 2 walks and 8 earned runs. He struck out only one batter before turning the game over to SP Jose Quintana, who pitched dominantly in his MLB debut.

The 23-year-old Quintana lasted 5 and 2/3 innings to finish the game for the White Sox, as he allowed only one to the Indians lineup -- a triple off the bat of DH Travis Hafner -- while striking out 3 and walking 2.

Meanwhile, the Sox managed to cull 6 runs off the Indians pitching staff, but SP Zach McAllister (W, 1-0) and Nick Hagadone (S, 1) managed to limit the damage enough to seal the Indians' 8-6 win.

The Sox will finished their doubleheader Monday night at 6:05 p.m. CDT if the weather holds.

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White Sox Vs. Indian Lineups: Rain Delay Hits First Game Of Doubleheader

The skies in Cleveland have voted against an on-time start for the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians game. Weather.com currently forecasts scattered thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The White Sox and Indians are slated for a double header on Monday, but the weather has forced a change in plans.

With a break in the clouds, the teams are prepared for about a 12:40 p.m. CDT start.

When action resumes, the White Sox will be sending LHP Philip Humber to the mound against RHP Justin Masterson. Humber has struggled since throwing his perfect game, walking 9 batters and striking out only 11 over his last two starts.

Here's a look at today's lineups for the first game of the double header:

  1. De Aza, CF
  2. Lillibridge, 3B
  3. Dunn, A, DH
  4. Konerko, 1B
  5. Pierzynski, C
  6. Rios, RF
  7. Ramirez, Al, SS
  8. Fukudome, LF
  9. Beckham, 2B

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White Sox Vs. Indians: Chicago Gets Four Game Series Started With Doubleheader

The Chicago White Sox will try and creep back towards .500 during their four game set with the Cleveland Indians.

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