White Sox Fall 11-9 To Astros In Series-Finale

The White Sox got another impressive performance from the young lefty Chris Sale, while Adam Dunn and the Chicago lineup provided the fireworks.

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2012 MLB Power Rankings: White Sox Slip In CSN Chicago's Latest Ratings

CSN Chicago's Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz rank the Chicago White Sox 10th and 11th, respectively, in their latest MLB power rankings. The White Sox are 5-5 over their last 10 games and have lost two series in a row, though they are still in first in the American League Central.

Related: Astros 11, White Sox 9: Astros play home run derby with Humber

Stankevitz expresses some concern over the White Sox's starting rotation; with Philip Humber struggling, Gavin Floyd up-and-down and John Danks still out with an injury, there are definitely some problems in that area for the White Sox.

The team has a tough week ahead that includes interleague road trips to St. Louis and Los Angeles.

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White Sox 2012: Philip Humber Could Spend Some Time In The Bullpen

Since throwing a perfect game in Seattle on April 21st, Chicago White Sox starter Philip Humber has struggled quite a bit -- his ERA is north of seven. Sunday's start against Houston was the fifth time since the perfect game that he has allowed at least five earned runs in an outing. A big part of the problem has been his susceptibility to home runs; the three that Houston hit Sunday make 10 against Humber over his last nine starts.

The struggles have manager Robin Ventura talking about a possible move to the bullpen for Humber:

Humber will keep pitching, Ventura said, "whether that's starting or the bullpen, I don't know. But it has to get better."

Related: Astros 11, White Sox 9: Astros play home run derby with Humber

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Brent Morel Injury: White Sox 3B Hopes To Avoid Back Surgery

When Chicago White Sox third baseman Brent Morel began a rehab stint with triple-A Charlotte recently, it looked like he was making progress toward a return to the majors. Unfortunately, Morel's back injury only got worse during the stint with the Knights, and back surgery could be necessary. Morel, not surprisingly, would like to avoid that if possible.

‘‘I definitely don’t want to have surgery,’’ Morel said Sunday. ‘‘I’m going to do everything I can to not do that, and hopefully with some time off, I won’t have to.’’

But Morel said his back got progressively worse as he played in eight rehab games with Class AAA Charlotte. He took himself out of a game Thursday in Toledo and returned to Chicago.

Related: Astros 11, White Sox 9: Astros play home run derby with Humber

On Monday, Morel is going to see a spine specialist in Chicago.

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Astros Vs. White Sox Score Update: White Sox fall 11-9

There was no shortage of runs in Chicago on Sunday afternoon, but unfortunately, the White Sox couldn't quite score enough to keep up with the Houston Astros, as they fell 11-9 in the series-finale.

Philip Humber really struggled on the mound, allowing six hits and five earned runs in 5.1 innings. Humber did strike out nine batters, but saw his record fall to 2-4. The bullpen also had trouble slowing down the Astros, with Nate Jones Zach Stewart combining to allow five earned in runs in just 2.2 innings. Despite allowing five earned runs, Lucas Harrell earned the win for Houston.

The White Sox offense provided great run support, including home runs from Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko and Orlando Hudson. However, the Astros were also hitting the ball out of the park, with Jose Altuve, Justin Maxwell, J.D. Martinez and Brett Wallace all bashing home runs.

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Astros Vs. White Sox Score Update: Chicago Trails 9-4 Late

The Chicago White Sox are trailing 9-4 to the Houston Astros after seven innings of play on Sunday afternoon. Phil Humber once again struggled on the mound for the White Sox, his latest poor outing since throwing the 20th perfect game in MLB history.

Lasting just 5.1 innings, Humber allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits and two walks. He did manage to strike out nine hitters, but he made numerous mistakes in allowing three crucial home runs, a persisting problem for the right-hander.

The White Sox were leading 3-2 early in the game, but the Astros exploded for a combined seven runs over the fifth and sixth innings. Adam Dunn's resurgence continues, though, as he hit his 20th homer of the season in the sixth inning.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit White Sox blog South Side Sox. Also be sure to check out Astros blog Crawfish Boxes. For more from around Major League Baseball, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. White Sox Lineups: Tyler Flowers Starts Behind The Plate

Coming off one of their best offensive performances of the year, the Chicago White Sox are hoping that Phil Humber can come through with a quality performance after weeks of inconsistency. Humber hasn't won a start at U.S. Cellular Field since June 2011, a losing streak that spans 13 starts.

Since pitching a perfect game on April 21, Humber has been abysmal for Chicago, posting a 7.38 ERA with 34 strikeouts and 24 walks over his past eight starts. Hopefully he'll be able to find some rhythm against a Houston lineup that's struggled lately.

Here's the lineup for Chicago:

  1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  2. Gordon Beckham, 2B
  3. Adam Dunn, DH
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Alex Rios, RF
  6. Dayan Viciedo, LF
  7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  8. Tyler Flowers, C
  9. Orlando Hudson, 3B

And the lineup for Houston:

  1. Jose Altuve, 2B
  2. Brian Bixler, LF
  3. Jed Lowrie, SS
  4. J.D. Martinez, DH
  5. Brett Wallace, 1B
  6. Chris Johnson, 3B
  7. Brian Bogusevic, RF
  8. Justin Maxwell, CF
  9. Chris Snyder, C

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit White Sox blog South Side Sox. Also be sure to check out Astros blog Crawfish Boxes. For more from around Major League Baseball, head over to Baseball Nation.

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White Sox Vs. Astros Preview: Humber Looks To Get Back On Track Against Houston

The Chicago White Sox (33-26) prepare for their series finale against the Houston Astros (25-34), sending SP Philip Humber to the mound against SP Lucas Harrell.

Since pitching a perfect game on April 21 against Seattle, Humber has struggled mightily with his control. The 29-year-old righty has seen his ERA balloon to a 5.68 mark with a 4.91 FIP behind it. In his most recent start, Humber allowed 5 earned runs to Toronto on 4 walks, 2 homers and only 3 strikeouts.


Related: Chicago White Sox Pitching Coach Says 'Thanks' To The Critics

Opposing Humber will be former White Sox farmhand Lucas Harrell (4.70 ERA, 4.42 FIP), who has yet to translate his considerable minore league success into major league production.

Game Time: 1:10 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 6

Location: U.S. Cellular Field

Broadcast: CSN (television), WSCR 670 AM (radio)

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White Sox Vs. Astros: Chicago Pitching Coach Says 'Thanks' To The Critics

After the 10-1 White Sox win over the Houston Astros, pitching coach Don Cooper shared some insights with the media about the struggles of SP Philip Humber and SP Gavin Floyd, saying the team expects improvements from the two otherwise proven starters:

"(Humber) and Gavin obviously have had some rough stretches," Cooper said. "We are trying to bring out them of their inconsistency. We've seen them good before and we know what it looks like.

"Everyone likes to pick out our issues or our weak points or things we need to improve. We are well aware of them. Thanks to everyone for telling us."

The Chicago White Sox currently sit atop the AL Central by a game and a half, but they have received little help of late from Floyd (5.68 ERA, 4.91 FIP) and Humber (5.70 ERA, 4.95 FIP).

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White Sox Vs. Astros Final Score: Adam Dunn Grand Slam Powers Chicago To 10-1 Win

The Chicago White Sox (33-26) got another strong start from SP Chris Sale, and the duo of the 23-year-old lefty and the 32-year-old DH Adam Dunn powered the Sox to a 10-1 win of the Houston Astros (25-34).

Sale (W, 8-2) pitched 8.0 innings, allowing only 4 singles while striking out 7 and walking no batters. Meanwhile, the top of the order -- CF Alejandro De Aza, 2B Gordon Beckham, DH Adam Dunn and 1B Paul Konerko -- combined for 10 hits, 2 walks and 9 runs batted in.

The Sox, hitting in the bottom of the fifth, added five runs with four singles two walks, a sacrifice fly and a fortuitous throwing error from 3B Matt Downs. Dunn then added an insurance grand slam in eighth inning to give the Sox a 10-0 lead and a 10-1 final.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit White Sox blog South Side Sox. Also be sure to check out Astros blog Crawfish Boxes. For more from around Major League Baseball, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. White Sox Preview: Chris Sale Can Get Chicago Back On Track

The Chicago White Sox are 2-4 in their last six games and they started interleague play with an 8-3 loss to the Houston Astros, but lefty Chris Sale (7-2, 2.30 ERA) takes the mound on Saturday as the Sox try to get back on track. He has not given up more than three earned runs in any start this season, and over the last 23.1 innings he has allowed just three total runs while striking out 29 batters and walking just six.

The Astros have built their 25-33 record on home successes, so they are especially vulnerable on the road. Away from Minute Maid Park they are just 7-19 this season. Jordan Lyles (1-1, 4.97 ERA) will take the mound for Houston. Here is a bit on Lyles from the South Side Sox series preview:

Jordan Lyles hasn't been able to strike hitters out at a good rate above AA (excepting his small stint in AAA this year). You're going to have a hard time succeeding with a K/BB ratio under two, especially when you're prone to homeruns. Watching him match up with Chris Sale tomorrow will be interesting in a sad way. Lyles has a four-seamer and a sinker in the low-90s, a curveball, a cutter, and a changeup.

Game Time: Saturday, June 9, 7:10 p.m. CT

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

Broadcast: WGN

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White Sox Vs. Astros Final Score: Gavin Floyd's Struggles At Home Continue In Loss

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd has been an enigma in the 2012 season posting a 5.32 ERA despite talent (and peripherals) that would suggest otherwise. He's been especially poor at home, giving up 7 homers in 40 innings and posting a 5.63 ERA going into tonight's start vs. the Houston Astros. In that start, he did nothing to reverse his fortunes, taking the loss in an 8-3 Astros victory.

The longball stung Floyd again, with Brett Wallace and Jed Lowrie each hitting a homer, the latter of which put 4-1 in the fifth. That said, there were some encouraging signs for Floyd, most notably that he struck out nine batters in his six innings. The four earned runs he relinquished also only came on four hits.

The White Sox hitters got to Astros ace Wandy Rodriguez, scoring three runs on nine hits and knocking him out after just 5.1 innings. But the Houston bullpen was stellar, throwing 3.2 innings of shutout ball and only giving up three hits.

The two teams will take the field on Saturday at 3:10 p.m. CT.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit White Sox blog South Side Sox. For more from around Major League Baseball, head over to Baseball Nation.


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Brent Morel Injury: White Sox 3B Re-Injures Back In Rehab

Chicago White Sox third baseman Brent Morel aggravated his back injury during rehab, according to ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine. Morel has not appeared in a White Sox game since May 17.

Related: White Sox Vs. Astros Lineups: Konerko Back At 1st Base Against Houston

There is no word yet regarding how this latest setback might affect Morel's return to Chicago. Orlando Hudson has been filling in for Morel at third base and is hitting just .188/.291/.271, though he did deliver a walk-off single against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Morel was hitting .177/.225/.195 before being sidelined by the back injury.

The White Sox welcome the Astros to town this weekend.

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White Sox Vs. Astros Lineups: Konerko Back At 1st Base Against Houston

The Chicago White Sox (32-25) take on the Houston Astros (24-33) on Friday night, opening a three game set at US Cellular Field.

The White Sox will have 1B Paul Konerko back and manning the first bag. Konerko missed three games earlier in the week, but returned to a designated hitter role in Thursday's 4-3 win over Toronto. He has been a key component to the White Sox offense so far this season, hitting a .371/.451/.618 slash with 11 home runs.

Chicago enters the series with a 1.5 game lead atop the AL Central standings. Here is a look at the White Sox lineup, courtesy of the team's official Twitter account:

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White Sox Vs. Astros Preview: Chicago Hosts Struggling Houston Team

The White Sox are hosting the Astros this weekend in a third meeting between the teams since the 2005 World Series.

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