Jun 3, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at US Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Mariners Vs. White Sox: South Siders Take Rubber Match

The Chicago White Sox defeated the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

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Mariners Vs. White Sox Final Score: Chris Sale Dominates Seattle In Complete Game Victory

Chris Sale allowed only five hits and two earned runs while striking out eight in a complete game as the Chicago White Sox downed the Seattle Mariners 4-2 in the series rubber match on Sunday. Sale allowed a two-run homer to Miguel Olivo in the second inning, but the Mariners were unable to score after that. The Sox have now won 14 of their last 16 games.

The South Siders got off to a quick start, chasing Mariners starter Kevin Milwood after four innings. Alex Rios was the star for Chicago, driving in a run in the third and fourth innings.

With A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko sitting, the bench shined for the Sox. Eduardo Escobar came to the plate four times, and got on base all four times. Catcher Tyler Flowers went 2-for-4 with a run.

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Mariners Vs. White Sox Score Update: Chicago Leads 4-2 After 4 Innings

The Chicago White Sox are leading 4-2 over the Seattle Mariners through four innings on Sunday afternoon. The Mariners initially took the lead on a two-run homer by catcher Miguel Olivo in the second inning, but Chicago starter Chris Sale has been lights out otherwise.

Other than Olivo's homer, Sale has held Seattle to just one single and one walk, striking out five hitters over his first four innings. Seattle starter Kevin Millwood hasn't pitched nearly as well, giving up four runs on seven hits and five walks over just four innings.

The White Sox haven't gotten a single extra base hit yet, but they've already had 12 batters successfully get on base. Alex Rios, Adam Dunn, Brent Lillibridge and Eduardo Escobar have all reached base two times apiece.

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John Danks Injury: White Sox SP Says He's Ready To Face Live Hitters

After a bullpen session on Sunday, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks told ESPN Chicago's Chris Silva that he's only a few rehab starts away from his return. Danks has been on the disabled list retroactive to May 20 with a sore left shoulder.

Whether it be in a rehab start or get out on the mound I don’t know but I’m ready to get out there and face some hitters. That’s kind of the only time I can really gauge how I feel. Get some adrenaline going and have a hitter in there. Start thinking about getting him out rather than how I’m feeling every second.

Danks also added that he's unsure at the moment what the team's plans are for him. In his last appearance before hitting the DL, Danks pitched 6.1 shutout innings against the Chicago Cubs, easily his best performance in weeks. The lefty has struggled in 2012, posting a 5.70 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 23 walks over 53.2 innings.

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White Sox's Chris Sale Named AL Pitcher Of The Month For May

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale has been named the AL Pitcher of the Month for May 2012, as ESPN Chicago reports. He's the second consecutive White Sox pitcher to win the award after Jake Peavy snagged it last month.

In May, Sale went 4-1 with a 1.71 ERA, 35 strikeouts and nine walks over 31.2 innings of work. Giving up one or less runs in four of his five starts in the month, he's emerged as one of the best young pitchers in all of the American League.

Sale capped off his exceptional month with a monster performance against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 28. Pitching 7.1 innings, he put up a career-high 15 strikeouts while allowing just one run on three hits, garnering national attention for his big K total.

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White Sox Vs. Mariners Lineups: Konerko, De Aza Get Day Off On Sunday

Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura has decided to give a few of his key players the day off on Sunday vs. the Seattle Mariners. Lead-off hitter and centerfielder Alejandro De Aza, DH/1B Paul Konerko, who may be just about the best hitter in the American League right now, and C A.J. Pierzynski will get to take in today's game from the comfort of Chicago's dugout.

Here are today's lineups for both squads:

White Sox

  1. Brent Lillibridge, CF
  2. Gordon Beckham, 2B
  3. Adam Dunn, 1B
  4. Dayan Viciedo, DH
  5. Alex Rios, RF
  6. Kosuke Fukudome, LF
  7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  8. Tyler Flowers, C
  9. Eduardo Escobar, 3B

Mariners

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Chone Figgins, LF
  3. Jesus Montero, C
  4. Justin Smoak, 1B
  5. Dustin Ackley, 2B
  6. Miguel Olivo, DH
  7. Michael Saunders, CF
  8. Alex Liddi, 3B
  9. Brendan Ryan, SS

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Mariners Vs. White Sox Preview: Chris Sale Aims For Series Win In Rubber Match

The Chicago White Sox (30-23) are looking to bounce back from their 12-inning loss on Saturday. SP Chris Sale takes the mound on Sunday, opposing veteran SP Kevin Millwood and the Seattle Mariners (24-31).

Sale is off to a hot start in the 2012 MLB season. In his previous outing -- facing a battered Tampa Bay Rays lineup -- Sale struck out 15 batters through 7 and 1/3 innings. His 2.34 ERA and 2.47 FIP have anchored a White Sox rotation beset with injuries and under-performances.

On the other hand, Millwood has been adapting well to his new home in Seattle. The 16-year veteran has a 3.56 ERA and 3.47 FIP through his first 10 starts this season and has been particularly dominant against righties, allowing only a 3.11 FIP against right-handed batters.

Game Time: 2:10 p.m. CDT

Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL

Broadcast: CSC (TV), 670 AM WSCR (radio)

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Hawk Harrelson Rant: White Sox Announcer Apologizes To Umpire Mark Wegner

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago White Sox long-time announcer, Hawk Harrelson, apologized to umpire Mark Wegner after reconsidering his remarks during Wednesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.


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Harrelson says he apologized to Wegner via voicemail, but Harrelson did not apparently recant his stance on the ruling from Wegner:

"I just felt bad about it to a degree after I sat down and thought about it," Harrelson said Saturday after the Sox's 10-8 loss to the Mariners.

In the bottom of the fourth inning of Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Rays, SP Jose Quintana threw a pitch that went behind 2B Ben Zobrist. Wegner immediately ejected Quintana, producing Harrelson's ire, as the announcer went on to accuse the umpire of being unfit for major league duty.

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Mariners Vs. White Sox Final Score: Winning Streak Ends As Seattle Win 10-8 In Extras

The Chicago White Sox (30-23) could not keep their win streak rolling as the Seattle Mariners (24-31) scored their second-most runs of the season and outlasted the Sox 10-8.

The Sox sent SP Gavin Floyd to the mound, but the tall lefty gave up four home runs and five earned runs in just 5.0 IP against the Mariners lineup. The Mariners starter -- SP Hector Noesi -- didn't fare any better, though. The one-time New York Yankees prospect allowed three homers for six earned runs and left partway through the fifth inning.

Chicago appeared to have the game in hand entering the eighth up 7-5, but RP Jesse Crain allowed 3 ER to put the White Sox up 8-7. LF Dayan Viciedo homered to even the game back up in the bottom of the frame, but in the top of the 12th, hits from DH Jesus Montero, C John Jaso and LF Chone Figgins gave Seattle a 10-8 lead, good enough to beat the Sox and stop their win streak at 9.


Final - 6.2.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Seattle Mariners 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 10 15 1
Chicago White Sox 0 2 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 8 11 2
WP: Tom Wilhelmsen (2 - 1)
SV: Hisashi Iwakuma (2)
LP: Addison Reed (0 - 1)

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Mariners Vs. White Sox Lineups: South Siders Send Out Everyday Lineup For 10th Straight Win

The Chicago White Sox will go for their 10th straight as Gavin Floyd takes the mound against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday afternoon. Chicago will send out its everyday lineup, the same one manager Robin Ventura has rode for the majority of the streak. Seattle will send out 25-year old right-hander Hector Noesi to try to put a stop to Chicago's winning ways.

Here's a look at the Mariners' lineup:

1. RF Ichiro

2. 2B Dustin Ackley

3. 3B Kyle Seager

4. DH Jesus Montero

5. 1B Justin Smoak

6. C John Jaso

7. LF Mike Carp

8. CF Michael Saunders

9. SS Brendan Ryan

Here's the lineup the White Sox are sending out:

1. CF Alejandro De Aza

2. 2B Gordon Beckham

3. DH Adam Dunn

4. 1B Paul Konerko

5. RF Alex Rios

6. C A.J. Pierzynski

7. LF Dayan Viciedo

8. SS Alexei Ramirez

9. 3B Orlando Hudson

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Mariners Vs. White Sox Preview: South Siders Still Streaking, Going For 10 Straight

The Chicago White Sox have been on fire lately, and even Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez could not stop their winning streak on Friday night. The Sox launched three home runs -- two from Gordon Beckham and one from Adam Dunn -- to chase King Felix from the game, and then the bats saved the bullpen from a painful collapse by tacking on three runs to seal a 7-4 win. Chicago has now won nine consecutive games, and they have a chance to extend the winning streak to 10 games on Saturday afternoon.

Gavin Floyd (4-5, 5.02 ERA) is on the mound for the Sox, in opposition to Mariners starter Hector Noesi (2-6, 5.01 ERA). The last time Chicago faced Noesi (April 20 of this year), they blasted him for six runs on six hits and two walks over just 1.1 innings.

Here is the game time and broadcast information for Saturday's game:

Game date/time: Saturday, June 2, 3:10 p.m. CT

Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL

TV: WGN

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White Sox Vs. Mariners Final Score: Chicago Blasts Past King Felix, 7-4

If anyone could slow the blitzing Chicago White Sox and their currently seemingly unstoppable offense, you'd think it would be 2010 Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez, who led his Seattle Mariners into U.S. Cellular Field on Friday night. But Hernandez offered little resistance, giving up four earned runs in five innings before giving way to a bullpen that would eventually allow the Sox to take home a 7-4 victory.

Those four runs off Hernandez came all on homers, two by the resurgent Gordon Beckham and the other by Adam Dunn. Beckham put the Sox up 2-0 in the first with a homer to left field that scored Alejandro De Aza. Beckham would then homer again in the fifth to put Chicago up 3-0, and that was immediately followed by a solo shot from Dunn to right.

The White Sox would eventually relinquish that lead thanks to a two-run homer from Kyle Seager in the seventh and back-to-back RBI singles in the eighth by Seager and Justin Smoak. But the White Sox would take the lead back immediately in the bottom of the eighth on RBI singles by Alexei Ramirez and De Aza, the latter of which plated two runs.

Closer Addison Reed came in for the ninth and gave up a lead off double to Miguel Olivo before retiring the next three batters in order to secure his seventh save of the season.

The teams will take the field tomorrow afternoon at 3:10 p.m.

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John Danks Injury: White Sox LHP Not Sure If He'll Return To Rotation On Wednesday

Injured Chicago White Sox starter John Danks threw some pitches on Friday and says he's feeling better than he did earlier in the week.

Danks threw Friday for the first time since being put on the 15-day disabled list last Friday -- retroactive to May 20, with a left shoulder strain. Danks said he threw 20 pitches on the side Friday, all fastballs and changeups.

"It felt good, so I’m making progress," Danks said. "I haven’t been told a schedule or anything, but I’ll try to throw another side on Sunday. Hopefully I’ll feel up to throwing in some curveballs and some cutters, and then go from there.

"It’s another positive step for sure. It feels better even than it did in Tampa, so that’s a good thing."

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If he were to return to the Sox next week, he would start on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays. But Danks wasn't willing to guess at a specific timetable for his return, so his status is still up in the air. It's possible he'll need a rehab start first.

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Mariners Vs. White Sox Lineups: Alejandro De Aza Starts Friday As Promised

Alejandro took a baseball to the knee during Wednesday's game in Tampa, and on Thursday he insisted he wouldn't have to miss any time. True to form, he's in his usual spot in the White Sox lineup for Friday night's game against Seattle. The full lineups for both teams are below.

Chicago:

1. Alejandro De Aza (CF)
2. Gordon Beckham (2B)
3. Adam Dunn (DH)
4. Paul Konerko (1B)
5. Alex Rios (RF)
6. A.J. Pierzynski (C)
7. Dayan Viciedo (LF)
8. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
9. Orlando Hudson (3B)
SP: Jake Peavy

Related: Mariners Vs. White Sox Preview: South Siders Try For 9 Straight Wins

Seattle

1. Ichiro Suzuki (RF)
2. Dustin Ackley (2B)
3. Kyle Seager (3B)
4. Jesus Montero (DH)
5. Justin Smoak (1B)
6. Mike Carp (LF)
7. Miguel Olivo (C)
8. Michael Saunders (CF)
9. Brendan Ryan (SS)
SP: Felix Hernandez

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2012 MLB Attendance: White Sox Rank 27th Out Of 30

As has often been the case for the Chicago White Sox, the club is having a difficult time filling seats at U.S. Cellular Field.

"Our responsibility is to give fans a reason to come out," said Brooks Boyer, the Sox’ chief marketing officer. "That involves winning, a great value and a great experience at the ballpark."

The problem is that fans can have a delayed reaction to a winner. The Sox won it all in 2005, and saw the payoff with attendance that beat the American League averages for the next three seasons. Years of disappointing performance — just one playoff appearance since the World Series victory — took their toll, and the crowds have declined each year since 2008.

Related: Mariners Vs. White Sox Preview: South Siders Try For 9 Straight Wins

If the White Sox keep playing first-place baseball, though, they should start to see attendance improve as the year progresses.

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Mariners Vs. White Sox Preview: South Siders Try For 9 Straight Wins

The Chicago White Sox start a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

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