MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 27: (L-R) Alex Rios #51, Eduardo Escobar #38, Jordan Danks #7, Alexei Ramirez #10 and Alejandro De Aza #30 of the Chicago White Sox celebrate a win against the Minnesota Twins on June 27, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The White Sox defeated the Twins 12-5. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

White Sox Fall 4-2 In Series-Finale

Chicago struggled at the plate against Phil Hughes in the 4-2 loss

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White Sox, Cardinals Team Up For All-Star Final Vote

The Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals have made an unlikely pairing. The teams from neighboring states have reportedly joined social media forces in hopes of getting SP Jake Peavy and 3B David Freese to the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.

Peavy, who sports a 2.96 ERA, and Freese, who owns a strong .286/.336/.482 slash with 14 home runs, are both up for the MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Both teams are now encouraging fans to vote for both Peavy (in the AL) and Freese (in the NL) in a vote-sharing arrangement that should boost the chances both players. According to the latest accounts, Peavy is trailing Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish by a "slim margin."

The White Sox will have at least three representatives at the All-Star Game. SP Chris Sale, 1B Paul Konerko and DH Adam Dunn have already received their invitations and will play the American League.

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Forbes: White Sox Among The League's Best Spenders

According to a report from Tom Van Riper of Forbes.com, few teams have been better at improving their efficiency in the 2012 MLB season than the Chicago White Sox. Van Riper reports that the White Sox reduced their payroll by $30.9 million, yet have so far improved their winning percentage by 44 points, making them the fourth-most improved "moneyballers" from 2011 to 2012.

How have the first place White Sox managed to do that? According to Van Riper, the young guys have been key:

4) White Sox

Payroll: -$30.9 million; Winning Pct.: +.044 (.488 to .532)

Shed several big money veterans; getting a lot out of youngsters like Alejandro De Aza and Chris Sale.

Alejandro De Aza (who has a .774 OPS and 14 steals) and Chris Sale (9-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 2.58 FIP) both earn near the league minimum for the White Sox, yet have played pivotal roles the in the team's first half success.

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Philip Humber Injury: White Sox RHP Throws 52 Pitches In Rehap Start

Chicago White Sox starter Philip Humber is trying to work his way back from an elbow injury, and on Sunday he made a rehab start for triple-A Charlotte.

Related: John Danks Injury Update: No MRI For Pitcher, Will Resume Work Tuesday

The numbers weren't great, and there have been no reports yet as to how Humber's elbow reacted to the start.

Humber is 3-4 with a 6.01 ERA in 12 starts for the White Sox in 2012. He has 63 strikeouts and 31 walks in 67.3 innings pitched.

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Jesse Crain Injury: White Sox Reliever Improving; Decision On DL Stint Expected To Be Made Tuesday

Chicago White Sox reliever Jesse Crain hasn't been available over the last few days, but he also has not been placed on the disabled list. Crain made progress during a throwing session on Sunday and says he expects to have a decision one way or the other about the DL by Tuesday.

Crain said he will go to U.S. Cellular Field on Monday for treatment and will resume throwing on Tuesday.

"I threw a little bit off the mound with tennis shoes on to get an angle and it’s definitely an improvement from all week," Crain said. "So I’ll take that as a step forward."

Related: John Danks Injury Update: No MRI For Pitcher, Will Resume Work Tuesday

Crain has not pitched in a game since June 25.

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White Sox Vs. Yankees Score Update: Chicago Drops Series-Finale

After opening their series against the New York Yankees with an offensive barrage, the Chicago White Sox struggled to find their offensive groove. Following a shutout loss on Saturday, the White Sox again had issues at the plate, as they fell 4-2 in the Bronx.

The White Sox started the game brightly, with Kevin Youkilis and Alex Rios each driving in a run in the opening inning to peg Chicago to the early lead. However, that would be the only offense that the White Sox would manage off of Phil Hughes, as the Yankees starter pitched 8.0 innings to improve his record to 9-6.

Gavin Floyd really struggled with his consistency on the mound, allowing eight hits and walking five batters in just five innings. Eric Chavez and Robinson Cano each went deep off of Floyd, who saw his record fall to 6-8.

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John Danks Injury Update: No MRI For Pitcher, Will Resume Work Tuesday

Good news for the Chicago White Sox as John Danks recovers from a shoulder strain: Danks won't have an MRI on his shoulder and will be able to return to work on Tuesday.

Danks has been on the disabled list since May 20th, and hasn't pitched in a game since May 19th when he held the Chicago Cubs scoreless through six innings. If Danks is able to throw with no setbacks this week, he'll likely ready himself for a rehab stint sometime in the near future before returning to the first place White Sox.

On the season, Danks has posted a 5.70 ERA in nine starts.

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White Sox Vs. Yankees Preview: Gavin Floyd, Philip Hughes Face Off In Bronx

The Chicago White Sox's hope of sweeping the New York Yankees over four games at Yankee Stadium were squashed on Saturday after Hiroki Kuroda shut them out 4-0. Being held in the balance on Sunday is either a series victory or a split, the latter of which would register as a slight disappointment after Chicago took the first two games of the series.

Leading the way for the White Sox on Sunday will be Gavin Floyd, who hasn't given up an earned run in his last 13.1 innings across two starts. The caveat: those two starts came against the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins, just about the two worst teams in baseball. The Yankees at home, conversely, may be the toughest match up for any pitcher in the majors.

Opposing him will be Phil Hughes, who like Floyd has a habit of turning potential into an ERA that hovers around five. That said, Hughes was fantastic in June, posting a 2.67 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in five games.

Game time/date: Sunday, July 1, 1:05 p.m. CT

Location: Yankee Stadium, New York, N.Y.

TV: TBS

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White Sox Transactions: Chicago Re-Signs RHP Shane Lindsay To Minor League Deal

Australian reliever RHP Shane Lindsay has re-signed with the Chicago White Sox, MLB Trade Rumors is reporting. The 27-year-old played for the White Sox in 2011, spending much of the season in Double-A and Triple-A. He made his major league debut with the club as a September callup, pitching a scoreless inning on September 2, 2011 -- his first appearance in the majors.

Lindsay signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers following the 2011 season, but pitched in only 8 games with their Triple-A team before being released. He then signed with the Chicago Cubs, where he pitched in 4 minor league games and was released again in June.

According to PITCHF/x data, Lindsay throws a mid-90s fastball and occasionally mixes in a low-80s curve and high-80s slider.

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White Sox Vs. Yankees Score Update: Offense Struggles In 4-0 Shutout Loss

After an offensive explosion in the series-opener against the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox couldn't find an answer for Hiroki Kuroda, as they fell 4-0 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Following a 14-run barrage on Friday, the White Sox managed only three hits off the dazzling Kuroda. Kuroda struck out 11 batters and allowed only three hits in seven innings on the mound. Jake Peavy was very impressive on the mound as well for the White Sox. Peavy struck out 11 batters in eight innings, but allowed three home runs in the loss.

Curtis Granderson, DeWayne Wise and Robinson Cano each went deep for the Yankees. Wise had three hits out of the nine-spot in the lineup while Granderson and Cano each had two hits in the win.

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White Sox Vs. Yankees Lineups: Kevin Youkilis Hitting No. 2 On Saturday

The Chicago White Sox are on a four-game winning streak and have won seven of their last 10 games overall, so they will look to stay hot on Saturday against the New York Yankees and extend their AL Central lead over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Kevin Youkilis will bat No. 2 in the order against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.40 ERA), and former White Sox outfielder Dewayne Wise will hit ninth for New York against Jake Peavy (6-4, 2.84 ERA).

Here are the full lineups for both teams, via Baseball Press:

White Sox Vs. Yankees Lineups (6/30)
1. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF 1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
2. Kevin Youkilis (R) 3B 2. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
3. Adam Dunn (L) 1B 3. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B
4. Paul Konerko (R) DH 4. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
5. Alex Rios (R) RF 5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
6. Dayan Viciedo (R) LF 6. Nick Swisher (S) DH
7. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS 7. Raul Ibanez (L) RF
8. Tyler Flowers (R) C 8. Russell Martin (R) C
9. Gordon Beckham (R) 2B 9. Dewayne Wise (L) LF

Here is the TV schedule and first pitch time for Saturday:

Game 3 Date & Time: Saturday, June 30, 12:05 p.m. CT

TV: CSN-Chicago, MLB Network

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White Sox Vs. Yankees: Chicago Can Claim Series Win On Saturday

After snatching the first two games of their four-game set against the New York Yankees in dramatic fashion, the Chicago White Sox can earn an important series win by coming out on top on Saturday afternoon. That task falls to Jake Peavy (6-4, 2.84 ERA), who has posted an impressive 2.36 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 34.1 innings in June and will start opposite Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.40 ERA).

The Sox are on the brink of claiming MLB's best road record as well, which is a big boost for a team that owns a disappointing 19-21 home record.

Game 3 Date & Time: Saturday, June 30, 12:05 p.m. CT

TV: CSN-Chicago, MLB Network

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White Sox Vs. Yankees Final Score: White Sox Trounce Yankees, 14-7

The Chicago White Sox's first three batters went 2-16 on Friday night, but they were more than picked up by the rest of the lineup, which piled up 17 hits on their own in a 14-7 victory over the New York Yankees. Very rarely do the Yankees get out-slugged at home, but a run total in the teens is nothing new for this year's White Sox.

The White Sox saw homers from Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and two from A.J. Pierzynski as well as doubles from Ramirez, Alejandro De Aza, Dayan Viciedo and two from Gordon Beckham. They picked up ten more singles. They also walked four times. Things got so bad for the Yankees that outfielder Dewayne Wise was brought in to pick up the final two outs in relief.

Chicago starter Jose Quintana allowed six runs in six innings, but Chicago's bullpen was able to hold the Yankees to only one run as the White Sox pulled away.

The two teams will take the field again on Saturday at 12:05 p.m. CT.

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Kevin Youkilis Update: Youkilis Leaves Game With Upset Stomach

Chicago White Sox utility infielder Eduardo Escobar replaced Kevin Youkilis at third base after the top of the fifth inning of Friday night's game vs. the New York Yankees, but thankfully for White Sox fans there is nothing to worry about. Youkilis has battled injuries this season, but on Friday night he left thanks to a much more common occurrence: an upset stomach.

Youkilis left the game with the White Sox up 7-6. Youkillis didn't have a hit on the night, but he did drive in a run with a groundout in the third inning that scored second baseman Gordon Beckham.

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White Sox Vs. Yankees Score Update: Chicago Leads 7-6 In The 5th Inning

The pitching wasn't very effective for either the White Sox or the Yankees in the early stages of Friday night's game, and Chicago holds a 7-6 edge in the fifth inning.

Related: Jesse Crain Injury: White Sox Reliever Unavailable Friday Or Saturday; DL Stint Possible

The Yankees scored four runs in the first off the usually reliable Jose Quintana, but the White Sox responded with four runs of their own in the second off of New York starter Adam Warren, who was making his MLB debut. Chicago picked up two more runs in the third to claim a 6-4 lead and Warren's day was done.

New York got two runs in the fourth to even the score at 6-6, and then A.J. Pierzynski pushed Chicago back ahead with a solo home run in the top of the fifth. It was his second homer of the night.

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Jesse Crain Injury: White Sox Reliever Unavailable Friday Or Saturday; DL Stint Possible

Chicago White Sox reliever Jesse Crain will not be available to pitch on Friday or Saturday because of a shoulder injury. Crain has not been placed on the disabled list, though another DL stint is a possibility, reports Mark Gonzales.

Related: White Sox Vs. Yankees Lineups: Chicago Hopes To Take Advantage Of Battered New York Rotation

Crain spent time on the DL earlier in the season with a strained oblique; he returned from that stint on May 15.

Crain has a 2.38 ERA in 22-2/3 innings of work in 2012, with 28 strikeouts and nine walks.

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White Sox Vs. Yankees Lineups: Chicago Hopes To Take Advantage Of Battered New York Rotation

The Chicago White Sox (41-35) take on the New York Yankees (46-29) on Friday evening, hoping to build on their 3-2 comeback win on Thursday that snapped the Yankees' winning streak.

Facing one of the best offenses in the league, the White Sox will at least have the benefit of missing CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte -- both of whom just landed on the DL. So the South Siders will hope to take advantage of rookie right-hander SP Adam Warren who is making his major league debut Friday night.

Here is a look at the full lineups, courtesy of MLB Daily Lineups:

White Sox Lineup

  1. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
  2. Kevin Youkilis (R) 3B
  3. Adam Dunn (L) DH
  4. Paul Konerko (R) 1B
  5. Alex Rios (R) RF
  6. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
  7. Dayan Viciedo (R) LF
  8. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS
  9. Gordon Beckham (R) 2B

Yankees Lineup

  1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
  2. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
  3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B
  5. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
  6. Nick Swisher (S) RF
  7. Andruw Jones (R) DH
  8. Jayson Nix (R) LF
  9. Chris Stewart (R) C
  • Adam Warren (R) SP

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White Sox Vs. Yankees: Jose Quintana On The Mound For Friday

The Chicago White Sox pulled off an unexpected comeback in game one of their series against the New York Yankees on Thursday night, and for a follow-up they are going with their most unexpected success story from the pitching roation: Jose Quintana. The 23-year-old left has faced 97 consecutive batters without ceding a walk, and has allowed only six total runs over 43.1 innings in 2012. Over his last four starts (27.1 innings), Quintana only allowed three earned runs and walked just one batter over that span.

The Yankees will counter with Adam Warren, who will be making his MLB debut.

Game 2 Date & Time: Friday, June 29, 6:05 p.m. CT

TV: CSN-Chicago

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White Sox Vs. Yankees Final Score: Chicago Wins 4-3 On 9th-Inning Homer From Dayan Viciedo

The Chicago White Sox rode a three-run homer from Dayan Viciedo in the top of the ninth inning to a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday night. The White Sox were trailing for most of the game, but Viciedo proved to be the game's hero by crushing a homer to stun the Bronx crowd.

Down 3-1 entering the top of the ninth inning, Alex Rios led off with a single to put the wheels in motion. The Yankees then brought in Clay Rapada to replace Cody Eppley, a move that would prove to be poor when Rapada made a throwing error that prevented a fielder's choice from the next batter, A.J. Pierzynski.

Those two plays set up Viciedo's at-bat with two runners on and zero outs, a situation that caused Yankees manager Joe Girardi to bring in set-up man David Robertson. Viciedo promptly crushed a ball to left field for a three-run homer, giving the White Sox a one-run lead that would be held when Addison Reed closed out the game.

Viciedo was the big star of the night, but Alejandro De Aza also had a huge game with four hits, including his fifth home run of the season. Dylan Axelrod pitched seven inning for the White Sox, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four.

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White Sox Vs. Yankees Lineups: Dylan Axelrod On The Mound For Series Opener In New York

The Chicago White Sox begin a four-game series Thursday against a Yankees team that has been one of the hottest in baseball during the month of June. Full lineups for Thursday's opener are below.

White Sox:

1. Alejandro De Aza (CF)
2. Kevin Youkilis (3B)
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. Gordon Beckham (2B)
SP: Dylan Axelrod

Related: White Sox Vs. Yankees: Battle Of First Place Teams Begins On Thursday

Yankees:

1. Derek Jeter (SS)
2. Curtis Granderson (CF)
3. Alex Rodriguez (DH)
4. Robinson Cano (2B)
5. Mark Teixeira (1B)
6. Nick Swisher (RF)
7. Raul Ibanez (LF)
8. Eric Chavez (3B)
9. Chris Stewart (C)
SP: Ivan Nova

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White Sox Roster Update: Leyson Septimo Replaces Will Ohman On 25-Man Roster

The latest news out of the Chicago White Sox camp is that left-handed RP Leyson Septimo is replacing RP Will Ohman on the roster.

Septimo, a converted outfielder from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, signed with the White Sox as a minor league free agent in the 2011 offseason. He has since gone on to post two impressive seasons in relief, striking out almost a third of the batters he has faced, while walking only 13 percent.

The 34-year-old Ohman, on the other hand, struggled through his 26 and 2/3 innings in 2012. Though he has played a LOOGY role in the past -- and held left-handed batters to a .186/.250/.305 slash in 2012 -- the White Sox called on him to face 48 righties in the 2012 season, and his performance suffered.

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White Sox Vs. Yankees: Battle Of First Place Teams Begins On Thursday

The Chicago White Sox wrapped up their second-consecutive series win on Wednesday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins, but they jump right into an important four-game set against the dangerous New York Yankees on Thursday.

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