CHICAGO, IL - JULY 05: Kevin Youkilis #20 of the Chicago White Sox, Gordon Beckham #15 and Eduardo Escobar #38 celebrate their victory over the Texas Rangers on July 5, 2012 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago White Sox defeated the Texas Rangers 2-1. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Rangers Vs. White Sox: Chicago Completes Sweep Of Texas

The White Sox downed the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

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Rangers Vs. White Sox Final Score: Youkilis Homers, Quintana Ks, Chicago Wins 2-1

The Chicago White Sox (45-37) continued their winning ways on Thursday afternoon. A sudden Chicago storm ripped through U.S. Cellular Field, but RP Addison Reed (S, 12) beat the final three batters, sealing a 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers (50-33).

SP Jose Quintana (W, 4-1) twirled another gem, lasting 8.0 innings while striking out 8 batters, walking 1 and allowing only 1 run on 2 hits. Quintana outdueled SP Matt Harrison (L, 11-4), who drew the complete game loss. Harrison pitched 8.0 innings with 5 strikeouts, 2 walks and a crucial homer that gave the Sox the lead.

Kevin Youkilis, starting at first base for the day, led the White Sox offense. In the fourth inning, he drew the one-out walk that would lead to Chicago's first run. And then in the sixth inning, he clobbered a line drive over the right field wall, where it clattered around the Rangers bullpen for the game-deciding home run.

With the win, the White Sox advance to 45-37, 2.5 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians who play Thursday night at 6:07 p.m. CDT.

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Rangers Vs. White Sox Lineups: Kevin Youkilis Hits Third, Gordon Beckham Leads Off On Thursday

The Chicago White Sox have received some timely hits from newcomer Kevin Youkilis during their homestand against the Texas Rangers, and on Thursday Youk will hit in the No. 3 spot while Gordon Beckham will lead off. A.J. Pierzynski and Alejandro De Aza are out of the lineup and both likely have the day off.

Here are the lineups for both teams for Thursday's matinee, via Baseball Press:

Rangers vs. White Sox (7/5)
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B 1. Gordon Beckham (R) 2B
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS 2. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B
3. Josh Hamilton (L) LF 3. Kevin Youkilis (R) 1B
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B 4. Paul Konerko (R) DH
5. Michael Young (R) DH 5. Alex Rios (R) RF
6. Nelson Cruz (R) RF 6. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS
7. Brandon Snyder (R) 1B 7. Dayan Viciedo (R) LF
8. Yorvit Torrealba (R) C 8. Tyler Flowers (R) C
9. Craig Gentry (R) CF 9. Jordan Danks (L) CF

Matt Harrison will start for the Rangers. The White Sox will counter with Jose Quintana.

Game Date & Time: Thursday, July 5, 1:10 p.m. CT

TV: WGN

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MLB Trade Rumors 2012: White Sox Could Try To Acquire Reliever, According To Report

The Chicago White Sox have started the 2012 season better than nearly every analyst and expert had predicted, and it may turn the team into an unexpected buyer before the July 31 trade deadline. Chicago's 44-37 record entering play on July 5 puts them in first place in the AL Central with a surprising 4.5-game lead on the Detroit Tigers. The White Sox recently released relief pitcher Will Ohman and placed Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports has talked with rival MLB executives who think general manager Kenny Williams will be aggressive in acquiring a reliever heading up to the trade deadline.

Former closer Bobby Jenks was waived by the Boston Red Sox on July 3, but there may be better options that emerge on the trade market, so stay tuned.

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Rangers Vs. White Sox Preview: Jose Quintana Tries To Give Chicago The Sweep

The Chicago White Sox will have the chance to sweep one of the best teams in baseball on Thursday. A walkoff winner from Kevin Youkilis in the 10th inning on Tuesday followed a 17-run victory in the series opener for the South Siders, and now 23-year old starter Jose Quintana can complete Chicago's sweep of the mighty Texas Rangers in the finale of a three-game set at U.S. Cellular Field.

Quintana has been fantastic in his first seven starts for the South Siders. The young lefty enters at 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

Matt Harrison will start for the Rangers. Harrison is 11-3 with 3.16 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.

Game Date & Time: Thursday, July 5, 1:10 p.m. CT

TV: WGN

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Rangers Vs. White Sox Final Score: Kevin Youkilis Gives South Siders A Victory With Walkoff Hit

Kevin Youkilis delivered a game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field on Independence Day. Neither team scored after the third inning until Youkilis' walkoff hit gave the South Siders the victory. The White Sox move to 44-37 with the win, while Texas falls to 50-32.

The Sox scored all four of their regular runs in the second inning. Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez each ripped RBI singles in the inning and Gordon Beckham capped the frame by driving both in with a double to right.

Starter Dylan Axelrod was sound enough against the mighty Rangers lineup, allowing seven hits and four earned runs over 5.2 innings. The White Sox's bullpen held the Rangers scoreless from there.

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Rangers Vs. White Sox Score Update: Chicago, Texas Tied 4-4

The Chicago White Sox were trailing early, but they've come back against the Texas Rangers to tie the game at 4-4 through four innings of play on Wednesday night. The two teams have already traded leads once after the White Sox temporarily took the lead after two innings.

In the first inning, the Rangers piled on three runs as White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod allowed four consecutive hits to Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre, Michael Young and Nelson Cruz, including a two-run double by Young. Axelrod has already given up four runs on seven hits in just four innings on the mound.

The White Sox were able to take back the lead with four runs in the second inning, but that advantage didn't last long once Josh Hamilton got ahold of an Axelrod pitch in the third inning for a solo homer. Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo have each hit doubles for Chicago, both of which came in that second frame.

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Chicago White Sox Sign Dominican Shortstop Johan Cruz

The Chicago White Sox have signed 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Johan Cruz to a contract for an unspecified amount of money, as Ben Badler of Baseball America reports. He's a right-handed hitter out of Puerto Plata that measures at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds.

While he doesn't mention his bat, Badler notes that Cruz, "has stood out in the field with good hands, footwork and arm strength." The fact that his bat goes unmentioned probably doesn't reflect particularly well, but getting young players that can potentially stick at shortstop always has the possibility of panning out.

For a team that's generally lacking in the farm system, signing Cruz is a nice move for the White Sox.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit White Sox blog South Side Sox and Rangers blog Lone Star Ball. And for more general baseball coverage, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Chicago White Sox Place Jesse Crain On 15-Day Disabled List

The Chicago White Sox have placed relief pitcher Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list with a right posterior shoulder strain, according to Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago. In response to the move, which has been made retroactive to June 24, the White Sox have recalled Deunte Heath from Triple-A Charlotte.

Powers notes that White Sox manager Robin Ventura doesn't think Crain will be gone for particularly long. That's good news for the White Sox, considering that Crain has a 2.38 ERA with 28 strikeouts and nine walks over 22.2 innings before going down.

Heath, 26, has posted a 1.62 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 11 walks over 44.1 innings this season with Charlotte. Including Heath, the White Sox now have ten different rookie players on their active roster, including eight rookie pitchers.

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Rangers Vs. White Sox Preview: South Siders Try To Follow Up 19-Run Effort

What does a baseball team do for an encore after beating the squad with the best record in the majors 19-2 a day ago? That's the question the Chicago White Sox will try to answer when they meet up with the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday in the middle contest of a three-game set.

The South Siders hit three home runs in the first inning on Tuesday and finished with 21 hits. Starter and All-Star Chris Sale was fantastic. Wendesday's Chicago starter Dylan Axelrod hopes the offense saved some runs for him. Axelrod enters at 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a WHIP of 1.35. This will be the fourth start of the season for the 26-year old.

Texas will send out 29-year old righty Scott Feldman, who is 2-6 this season with a 6.13 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

Game Date & Time: Wednesday, July 4, 6:10 p.m. CT

TV: CSN, ESPN

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Rangers Vs. White Sox Final Score: South Siders Destroy Texas 19-2

The Texas Rangers entered Tuesday night the best record in baseball and the most runs scored in the major leagues, but it was the Chicago White Sox who provided the fireworks in the series opener at U.S. Cellular Field. The South Siders exploded for 21 hits during a jaw-dropping 19-2 victory. The win moves the Sox to 43-37, while the Rangers fall to 50-31.

Chicago hit three homers in the first inning when Kevin Youkilis, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios all went deep. By the second, when the Sox extended their lead to 7-0, the rout was officially on.

Youkilis finished 3-for-5 with four RBI and three runs. Dunn was 2-for-2 with two walks, three runs and two RBI. Rios added three hits and three RBI, while A.J. Pierzynski smacked Chicago's fourth and final homer in the fifth inning, his 15th of the season. Alexei Ramirez also had three hits and two RBI for Chicago.

The offensive outburst will steal headlines, but starter Chris Sale was also great. Sale went 7.1 innings, allowing just five hits and one earned run while striking out four.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit White Sox blog South Side Sox. And for more general baseball coverage, head over to Baseball Nation as well as MLB Daily Dish.

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Rangers Vs. White Sox Score Update: South Siders Lead Texas 7-0 In 5th Inning

The Texas Rangers have the best offense in the majors, but it's the Chicago White Sox who are throwing runs up on the board at an accelerated rate on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox lead 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth, a quick start spurred by three first inning homers from the South Siders.

After a single by Alejandro De Aza to start the bottom of the first, Kevin Youkilis went yard to put Chicago up 2-0. Adam Dunn would follow with his 25 homer of the year. After Paul Konerko flew out to the warning track, Alex Rios belted his 11th dinger of the season.

Youkilis, Dunn and Konerko each drove in one run in the second running to push the lead to where it currently stands.

Chris Sale is dealing, allowing only two hits while striking out four.

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White Sox News: Will Ohman Released By Chicago

White Sox reliever Will Ohman was designated for assignment last week and on Tuesday the club decided to release him.

Related: Rangers. Vs. White Sox Preview: Chicago Welcomes Baseball's Best Team To The Cell

Ohman's overall numbers in 2012 are pretty bad -- he has a 6.41 ERA in 26-2/3 innings -- but the left-handed reliever got good results against left-handed hitters; lefties hit just .186/.250/.305 against him. Right-handed hitters hit him to the tune of .286/.375/.595, though.

Ohman was in his second season with the White Sox, and prior to that he spent time with the Cubs, Dodgers, Braves, Orioles and Marlins.

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John Danks Injury Update: White Sox LHP Gets Injections And An Ultrasound On Tuesday

Injured White Sox starter John Danks' recovery continued Tuesday with some throwing, a couple of injections and an ultrasound.

Related: Rangers. Vs. White Sox Preview: Chicago Welcomes Baseball's Best Team To The Cell

Danks has not appeared in a game for the White Sox since May 19. In nine starts for the club in 2012, Danks is 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA. He has 30 strikeouts and 23 walks in 53-2/3 innings of work. There is no set date for a return to the White Sox.

Danks is one of two White Sox starters -- the other being Philip Humber -- currently on the disabled list.

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White Sox News: Chris Sale Likely To Be Scratched From Sunday Start

It appears Chris Sale will make his final start of the first half on Tuesday night, because the White Sox are likely to scratch him from his scheduled start on Sunday in order to get him some additional rest and give him an opportunity to play in the 2012 MLB All-Star game.

Related: Rangers. Vs. White Sox Preview: Chicago Welcomes Baseball's Best Team To The Cell

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Rangers. Vs. White Sox Lineups: Sale And Oswalt Face A Pair Of Dangerous Lineups

The Chicago White Sox (42-37) play host to the MLB's best record on Tuesday as they welcome the Texas Rangers (50-30) to U.S. Cellular Field. With LHP Chris Sale apposing RHP Roy Oswalt on the mound, one might expect a low-scoring game. But with the Rangers (most runs scored in the MLB) and the White Sox (fifth most runs scored in the AL), a slugfest could break out at any moment.

Here is a look at the full lineups, courtesy of Baseball Press:

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

Rangers Lineup

  1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
  2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
  3. Josh Hamilton (L) LF
  4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
  5. Michael Young (R) DH
  6. Nelson Cruz (R) RF
  7. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
  8. Yorvit Torrealba (R) C
  9. Craig Gentry (R) CF

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit White Sox blog South Side Sox. And for more general baseball coverage, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Rangers. Vs. White Sox Preview: Chicago Welcomes Baseball's Best Team To The Cell

The White Sox open a three-game series vs. the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

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