July 15, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder Alex Rios (51) doubles against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

White Sox Vs. Tigers: Chicago Loses Fifth Straight Game, 6-4

The White Sox sit 1.5 games behind the Tigers in the standings after losing their fifth straight game on Sunday.

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White Sox Roster 2012: Chicago Options Donnie Veal To Triple-A

The Chicago White Sox optioned relief pitcher Donnie Veal to Triple-A Charlotte after Sunday afternoon's game against the Detroit Tigers, according to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. Veal appeared in just one game with the team during his short stint in Chicago, as he's spent most of the year pitching in Charlotte's bullpen.

Once considered a top prospect in the Chicago Cubs farm system, Veal has bounced around pro baseball for years without really establishing himself anywhere. He appeared in some games with the Pittsburgh Pirates back in 2009, but he struggled badly and didn't return to the majors until this year.

Over 29 games with Charlotte this year, Veal has posted a 2.09 ERA with 53 strikeouts and 21 walks in 43.1 innings. Given his success in the minors, it wouldn't be surprising if the lefty got another shot in the big leagues pretty soon.

As Hayes writes, the move frees up a roster spot for starting pitcher Gavin Floyd, who is returning from the disabled list soon.

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White Sox Vs. Tigers Final Score: Chicago Loses 6-4

Phil Humber dug the Chicago White Sox into a hole that they couldn't climb out of on Sunday afternoon, losing 6-4 to the Detroit Tigers after falling behind early. Humber lasted just three innings, allowing four different home runs before manager Robin Ventura decided to make a change.

The White Sox actually led 1-0 after Alex Rios hit an RBI single in the top of the first inning, but Humber quickly gave up that lead by allowing a two-run homer to Quintin Berry, the second hitter that he faced. In the end, Humber allowed six runs over three innings, striking out zero hitter while serving up four home runs.

The bullpen managed to tighten things up from there, but the Sox offense couldn't muster enough firepower to complete the comeback. Rios and Kevin Youkilis each hit home runs, but Tigers reliever Octavio Dotel came in and retired five straight hitters (including four on strikeouts) late in the game to put down the hammer.

It's the fifth consecutive loss for the White Sox, who now sit 1.5 games out of first place in the American League Central division.

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White Sox Roster 2012: Chicago Demotes Dylan Axelrod To Triple-A

The Chicago White Sox have optioned pitcher Dylan Axelrod to Triple-A after acquiring Brett Myers from the Houston Astros on Saturday, as ESPN Chicago reports. The 26-year-old has appeared in ten games with the White Sox this year, including six starts.

Over 38 innings with Chicago in 2012, Axelrod has posted a 5.63 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 12 walks. Home runs have proved to be a major issue for Axelrod, though, as he allowed seven bombs during his stint with the team.

With the addition of Myers to the bullpen and the improving health of Gavin Floyd, Axelrod can return to the minors to tinker with his approach.

Axelrod has fared much better in the minors this year, posting a 3.18 ERA with 66 strikeouts and 18 walks over 68 innings as a starter in Triple-A Charlotte's rotation.

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White Sox Vs. Tigers Preview: Humber, White Sox Aim To Avoid Sweep

The Chicago White Sox fell out of first place on Saturday after a 7-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers, but they can save a bit of face with a victory over Detroit on Sunday. A win over the Tigers would put the White Sox a half game over Detroit in the A.L. Central, which would at least allow them to exit the weekend where they were when it began.

On the mound for the White Sox will be Philip Humber, who will be making his second start since returning from the disabled list. His first start came this past Tuesday in Fenway Park, where he held the Boston Red Sox to only two earned runs in six innings. Humber has only faced the Tigers once as a member of the White Sox, but he has been significantly better away from home this season.

Chicago will be facing Tigers rookie Jacob Turner, who is still seeking his first career major league win. Turner made his second start of the season on Tuesday vs. the Los Angeles Angels and got shelled, giving up seven earned runs in two innings. In 19.2 career innings in the majors, Turner's ERA is 9.15.

Game date/time: Sunday, July 22, 12:05 p.m. CT

Location: Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich.

TV: CSN

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White Sox Vs. Tigers Score Update: Chicago Falls 7-1

After a flurry of roster moves to bolster the team before the game, the Chicago White Sox came out and delivered a flat performance in a 7-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. With the loss, the White Sox fell a 1/2 game behind Detroit in the AL Central Division.

The White Sox bats had no answer for Rick Porcello, who was dominant on the mound in the win. Porcello pitched 8.0 innings and allowed only one earned run to pick up his 7th win of the season. Porcello allowed only five hits, and no Chicago batter was able to record multiple hits in the loss.

Chris Sale didn't have his best stuff in the loss, allowing five earned runs in seven innings. Sale was dominant through the first four innings, but then struggled in the 5th and 6th, giving up five runs. Austin Jackson drove in four runs to help the Tigers cruise to the win.

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Brett Myers Update: Veteran Pitcher Excited For Chicago

With the chance to go from a struggling team to a potential playoff squad, Brett Myers has every right to be excited about his trade to the Chicago White Sox. Myers, who was dealt for pitchers Matt Heidenreich and Blair Walters, told Brian McTaggart that he is looking forward to the chance to compete for a championship:

"They’re in first place," he said. "I’m pumped about that and to play for a team that’s fighting for a championship. That’s why I play the game, to win championships."

The White Sox gave up two talented young pitchers in the trade. Heidenreich, who was a 4th round pick, compiled a 9-4 record in the minors this season. Walters is 4-6 this season in 18 starts at the minor-league level. This deal also makes sense financially for the White Sox, who according to Jon Heyman of CBS, are only responsible for part of his contact:

@jonheymancbs: only responsible for $1M of myers' deal this year. also received $ toward '13 salary or buyout.

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White Sox Roster Update: Chicago Acquires Brett Myers

With an AL Central division title a realistic possibility heading toward the trade deadline, the Chicago White Sox are doing all they can to make the push for the playoffs. The White Sox took the opportunity to boost their bullpen, as they have dealt for Brett Myers from the Houston Astros:

@WhiteSox: have acquired RHP Brett Myers & cash considerations from the in exchange 4 2 minor league pitchers & a player to be named

Myers has been excellent as the closer for the Astros, recording 19 saves in 21 chances this season. His save percentage ranks third in the NL, while his 19 saves are good for 6th in the NL. Myers spent the first eight years of his career in Philadelphia and has spent the past 2.5 seasons with the Astros. Myers also has experience as a starter, compiling an 89-79 record.

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Gavin Floyd Injury: Pitcher Set To Return On Monday

After receiving the good news that Jesse Crain would return to the bullpen this weekend, the White Sox received another boost to their pitching staff, as Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that Gavin Floyd will return to the starting rotation on Monday:

@scottmerkin: Floyd gets the start Monday. Crain back today

Floyd has struggled with consistency this year, recording a 7-8 record with a 4.54 ERA. Floyd was placed on the disabled list on July 17, retroactive to July 8. This was the first trip to the DL for Floyd, who is battling elbow tendinitis. Prior to his trip to the DL, Floyd delivered an excellent performance in a win against the Toronto Blue Jays. Floyd pitched 7.2 shutout innings and allowed only four hits in a 2-0 win.

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White Sox Roster Update: Jesse Crain Set To Return

Prior to a shoulder strain in mid-June, Jesse Crain was having a tremendous season coming out of the bullpen for the Chicago White Sox. Crain, who hasn't pitched since June 16, will make his return to the team according to Adam Hoge of CBSSports:

: Jesse Crain is back. Brian Omogrosso optioned to Charlotte.

Crain has appeared in 24 games this season and has a 2.38 ERA in 22.2 innings pitched. Crain has thrown two simulated games since the injury and appears ready to return to the bullpen. Omogrosso has made five appearances this season for Chicago, allowing three earned runs in 6.1 innings pitched. In his last three appearances, he pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball.

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White Sox Vs. Tigers Preview: Chris Sale Starts On Saturday Afternoon

The Chicago White Sox suffered a disappointing loss in the opener of their weekend series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday night, but their best starting pitcher takes the mound on Saturday as they try to hold on to first-place in the AL Central. The Tigers have climbed to within 0.5 games of the division lead, so the Sox need a win to stay on top of the race. It's merely a symbolic milestone at this point in the season, but Chicago is certainly glad the task goes to Chris Sale, the most successful pitcher on the staff in 2012.

Sale has posted an impressive 11-2 record and a sterling 2.11 ERA so far in 2012, but he did struggle in his only appearance against the Tigers earlier this year (he allowed three runs and five hits over five innings). The Tigers will counter with sinker ball pitcher Rick Porcello (6-5, 4.66 ERA).

TV: FOX (click for regional coverage map)

Game Time: 3:05 p.m. CT

Location: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan

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White Sox Vs. Tigers Final Score: Detroit Takes Game 1 Of Series

The Chicago White Sox scored two runs off of Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander on Friday night, and while that's better than a lot of teams muster, it wasn't enough to get the win. The Tigers defeated the White Sox 4-2 in the first game of their crucial inter-division weekend series.

The White Sox took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when center fielder Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer to right field. The Tigers, though, would come back in the bottom of the inning to put three runs on the board off of Chicago starter Jake Peavy. Those runs came on a single from Miguel Cabrera, a single from Prince Fielder and a double from Delmon Young.

The Tigers added their insurance fourth run in the bottom of the seventh on an Austin Jackson single. Verlander would go for eight innings before giving way to closer Jose Valverde, who wrapped up the game without allowing a hit.

The two teams will be back on the field on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. CT.

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Brent Morel Injury Update: Morel Has Not Set Date For Return

Chicago White Sox third baseman Brent Morel has been on the disabled list since May 18 with a back strain. On Friday night he made his return to game action as a DH in Single-A Winston Salem, but he declined to set a date for his return to the Chicago White Sox.

Morel just started hitting in batting practice this week, and he will ease his way into playing third base in rehab after spending time at DH. As for his return to the majors, the White Sox's acquisition of third baseman Kevin Youkilis likely means that Morel is permanently out of the starting lineup in Chicago. That dilemma, though, is still a bit of a ways away.

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White Sox Vs. Tigers Lineups: Kevin Youkilis Returns For Start Of Detroit Series

Kevin Youkilis is back in the White Sox lineup and starting at third base after sitting out the team's game on Thursday with a tight hamstring. Jake Peavy is on the mound for Chicago against Detroit's Justin Verlander.

Chicago:

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

Related: White Sox Vs.Tigers Preview: Marquee Pitching Matchup Set For Friday Night

Detroit:

1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
2. Quintin Berry (L) LF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Delmon Young (R) DH
6. Brennan Boesch (L) RF
7. Alex Avila (L) C
8. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
9. Ramon Santiago (S) 2B

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Gavin Floyd Injury: White Sox Starter Says He's Ready To Return

Chicago White Sox starter Gavin Floyd says he's recovered from the tendinitis that had been plaguing him and could start on Monday. Pitching coach Don Cooper says the team still has to discuss the situation, though.

Related: White Sox Vs.Tigers Preview: Marquee Pitching Matchup Set For Friday Night

Floyd was placed on the disabled list on July 17, retroactive to July 8. The White Sox got Philip Humber back on the 17th, and if Floyd does make his return early next week, that'll leave John Danks as the only injured man missing from the rotation.

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White Sox Vs.Tigers Preview: Marquee Pitching Matchup Set For Friday Night

The Chicago White Sox open a three-game weekend series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

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