CHICAGO, IL - JULY 08: Robin Ventura #23 manager of the Chicago White Sox argues a call with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning on July 8, 2012 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Blue Jays Vs. White Sox: South Siders Win Series, Lose Wild Slugfest On Sunday

The Chicago White Sox were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

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Phil Humber Injury: Pitcher Allows Two Hits Over Six Innings In Rehab Start

Chicago White Sox pitcher Phil Humber allowed just one run on two hits over six innings in a rehab start for Double-A Birmingham on Thursday, as Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Humber is expected to return to the White Sox rotation for Tuesday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

Over six innings against Tennessee, Humber didn't walk a single batter while striking out five. He got into a groove after allowing a pair of hits in the first inning, retiring the final 16 batters that he faced. Cubs prospect Junior Lake scored early after a first inning double, but Humber was lights out after that.

Humber has been on the disabled list since June 22 with a right elbow flexor strain, but he's been making steady progress in his recovery. Thursday's appearance with Birmingham was his third rehab start for the injury, as he previously made two starts for Triple-A Charlotte.

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White Sox News: Paul Konerko Thinks Ozzie Guillen's Departure Was For The Best

During a radio interview, White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said it was probably the best for all parties involved when Ozzie Guillen moved on to manage the Miami Marlins.

"I think it's kind of worked out best for everybody. I know he's happy where he's at. It's just tough when the guy managing the team played there and has such a history. Everybody is intertwined with everything. ... It is what it is. I think everybody agreed and him as well that it was at the end point. That's where it was and here we are now."

Related: White Sox News: Jake Peavy Hopes To Finish His Career In Chicago

Konerko went on to praise Robin Ventura, who had no managerial experience prior to taking the White Sox job.

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White Sox News: Jake Peavy Hopes To Finish His Career In Chicago

White Sox starter Jake Peavy is in the midst of an All-Star season, but his future with the team is uncertain since Chicago would have to pick up a hefty $22 million club option to retain him in 2013. Peavy hopes they can find a way to work something out for next season and beyond.

"I do love Chicago, and when the time comes and we do have that conversation – if we ever have it – with Kenny and with the rest of the staff, I will let them know that I want to stay if I can stay. I would love to end my career right here [in Chicago]. We’ll see.’’

Related: MLB All-Star Game 2012: Jake Peavy Is Headed To Kansas City For C.J. Wilson

Peavy is 7-5 with a 2.85 ERA in 17 starts this season.

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White Sox Transactions: Chicago Sends INF Ozzie Martinez To Dodgers

According to Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times, the Chicago White Sox have sent SS/2B Osvaldo Martinez -- or Ozzie Martinez -- to the Los Angeles Dodgers:

The 24-year-old infielder has struggled in his second season at the Triple-A level. In 230 plate appearances, Martinez owns a miserable .178/.221/.229 slash line with just 4 steals and no home runs.

In the 2011 minor league season, Martinez put up a .245/.296/.322 slash, but still earned a callup with the now-Miami Marlins. He appeared in 20 games for the Fish and registered only 3 singles -- no walks -- win 23 plate appearances.

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Kevin Youkilis Named AL Player Of The Week

White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis has been playing well since coming to Chicago in a trade from Boston, and on Monday he was named the American League player of the week.

Related: MLB All-Star Game 2012: Jake Peavy Is Headed To Kansas City For C.J. Wilson

Youkilis' production over the last week (six games):

In 13 games with the White Sox, Youkilis is hitting .347/.418/.571 with three home runs and 14 RBI. He had four home runs and 14 RBI in 43 games with the Red Sox.

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Chicago White Sox Option Pitcher Deunte Heath To Triple-A Charlotte

The Chicago White Sox made one minor move on Sunday before heading into the All-Star break. The team sent right-handed pitcher Deunte Heath to Triple-A Charlotte. Heath was called up by the White Sox on July 4, but never made a big league appearance. The 24-year old Crain was reliever Jesse Crain's injury replacement, and 46 strikeouts for the Charlotte Knicks over 42 innings prior to being recalled.

Jake Peavy, Chris Sale, Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn will represent the White Sox in the All-Star Game in Kansas City. The Sox had won five games in a row before falling to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday 11-9. The White Sox end the first half at 47-38 with a three game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the Central division.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Jake Peavy Is Headed To Kansas City For C.J. Wilson

White Sox starter Jake Peavy was beat out in the final vote for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game by Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, but Chicago's 31-year old workhorse is going to Kansas City regardless. Peavy will make the All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher C.J. Wilson.

Peavy is 7-5 with a 2.85 ERA and 0.99 this season. The righty has been plagued by injuries since the White Sox acquired him in 2010, but he's been very dependable for the Sox this season. Peavy has thrown 120 innings and thrown four complete games over his 17 starts in 2012.

Peavy will join Chris Sale, Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn in representing the White Sox in Kansas City.

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Blue Jays Vs. White Sox Final Score: 5-Game Winning Streak Ends As South Siders Fall 11-9

The Chicago White Sox won't be heading into the All-Star break on a six-game winning streak. The Toronto Blue Jays assured as much with an 11-9 victory on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field that was characterized by shoddy umpiring and a pair of struggling young starters.

White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod got killed, allowing six hits and seven earned runs over three innings. Axelrod helped Toronto build an 8-4 lead until the Sox started a comeback by scoring four runs in the bottom in the fifth. Alejandro De Aza made the final out in the ninth inning for Chicago with two runners on-base.

Chicago falls to 47-38 with the loss, while the Blue Jays get back to .500 at 43-43.

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Blue Jays Vs. White Sox Score Update: Chicago Trails 11-8 After Six Innings

The Chicago White Sox are trailing 11-8 to the Toronto Blue Jays through six innings in a high-scoring battle at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday afternoon. The White Sox have trailed the entire game after allowing four runs in the top of the first inning.

Making his sixth start of the season, Dylan Axelrod struggled badly for the White Sox, allowing seven runs over three innings. The Blue Jays have already hit four homers on the day, with Colby Rasmus, Edwin Encarnacion, Jeff Mathis and Kelly Johnson all going deep.

Alex Rios has been impressive playing against his former team, leading the White Sox with a double, a homer and 4 RBI so far. The White Sox have also gotten a two-run triple from Alexei Ramirez, plus Kevin Youkilis and Dayan Viciedo have two hits apiece.

For more news and updates from around the league, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer. And for a closer look at the numbers and analysis behind the game, visit the sabermetrics blog Beyond the Box Score or keep up to date with the league's transactions at MLB Daily Dish.

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White Sox Vs. Blue Jays Preview: Chicago Goes For Second Straight Sweep

Regardless of how today's game between the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays plays out, the White Sox have had one of their most successful first halves in recent memory. But a win today at U.S. Cellular would be the proverbial icing, as the White Sox would end the first half with a six-game winning streak.

White Sox star Chris Sale was slated to be on the mound today, but his start is being skipped, partly to rest him and partly so that he can throw an inning in next week's All-Star game. In his stead is Dylan Axelrod, the White Sox spot starter who has been up with the club since late June. In his last start on the fourth of July, Axelrod allowed four earned runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings to the Texas Rangers.

Toronto is countering with Brett Cecil, who is 2-1 on the season with a 5.64 ERA. If you wiped away Cecil's start on June 28 vs. the Los Angeles Angels in which he gave up eight earned runs in 5.1 innings, his stats would look much better than they do now. Of his four starts this season, two have qualified as quality starts.

Game time/date: Sunday, July 8, 1:10 p.m. CT

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

TV: WGN

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White Sox Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Kevin Youkilis Homer Gives Chicago 2-0 Win

The Chicago White Sox (48-37) reached 11 games over .500 as they bested the Toronto Blue Jays (42-44) in Saturday's 2-0 win.

3B Kevin Youkilis continued his scalding-hot hitting since joining the White Sox via trade. With SS Alexei Ramirez on second base, Youk clobbered a 1-1 pitched in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Sox the only runs of the game. SP Gavin Floyd (W, 7-8) earned the victory has he lasted 7.2 innings while striking out 3, walking 2 and allowing no runs. RP Matt Thornton (S, 2) faced the final four batters to close out the game.

SP Ricky Romero (L, 8-4) had another rough outing as he walked 3 batter, allowed the key home run and struck out only 2 in his 6.0 innings of work. The White Sox totaled only 4 hits against Toronto, three singles and Youk's homer, but the homer proved to be enough to give the Sox the win.


Final - 7.7.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Chicago White Sox 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 X 2 4 0
WP: Gavin Floyd (7 - 8)
SV: Matt Thornton (2)
LP: Ricky Romero (8 - 4)

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Blue Jays Vs. White Sox Lineups: Chicago Goes For 5th Straight Win On Saturday

The Chicago White Sox are looking to stay hot heading into the 2012 MLB All-Star break, and they are putting out one of their best lineups on Saturday in an effort to capture their fifth-straight win. Kevin Youkilis will hit in the No. 2 hole behind Alejandro De Aza, and Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko will follow from there against struggling Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero.

Meanwhile, Gavin Floyd will try to hold down Jose Bautista and the Toronto lineup. Here are the batting orders for both teams:

Blue Jays Lineup White Sox Lineup
1. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B 1. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
2. Colby Rasmus (L) CF 2. Kevin Youkilis (R) 3B
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF 3. Adam Dunn (L) DH
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH 4. Paul Konerko (R) 1B
5. Adam Lind (L) 1B 5. Alex Rios (R) RF
6. Yunel Escobar (R) SS 6. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
7. Rajai Davis (R) LF 7. Dayan Viciedo (R) LF
8. Omar Vizquel (S) 2B 8. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS
9. J.P. Arencibia (R) C 9. Orlando Hudson (S) 2B

Game Date & Time: Saturday, July 7, 3:10 p.m. CT

TV: CSN-Chicago

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Blue Jays Vs. White Sox: Chicago Hopes To Rough Up Ricky Romero On Saturday

The Chicago White Sox have won eight of their last 10 games and they are suddenly hot again, so Saturday's matchup against Toronto Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero looks like a recipe for Chicago's fifth-straight victory. Romero has allowed four or more earned runs in his last eight starts, but the most alarming trend that he has ceded 18 hits and 16 earned runs combined over his last two appearances (9.0 total innings).

On the flip side, White Sox starter Gavin Floyd has turned things around after a rough start to the season. He's only allowed a total of four earned runs over the course of his last three starts (18.2 innings).

Here is the TV broadcast schedule and first pitch for Saturday's game:

Game Date & Time: Saturday, July 7, 3:10 p.m. CT

TV: CSN-Chicago

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White Sox Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Chicago Secures 4-2 Victory

The Chicago White Sox have surged to the top of the AL Central largely by crushing the ball, but on Friday night they defeated the Tampa Blue Jays thanks to good old fashioned shutdown pitching. White Sox starter Jake Peavy went 7.1 innings, allowing only five hits and a single earned run while striking out seven. From there, Matt Thornton and Addison Reed combined to lock the game down, with the latter earning his 13th save of the season.

Chicago did their damage hitting-wise in the fifth inning, where they scored three runs off Toronto starter Aaron Laffey on singles by Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham and Kevin Youkilis. Toronto had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an Adam Lind homer, and added their second and final run on a Yunel Escobar sacrifice fly in the ninth.

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

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Blue Jays Vs. White Sox Lineups: Jake Peavy Looks To Solve Jose Bautista

The Chicago White Sox (45-37) take on the Toronto Blue Jays (42-41) on Friday evening, sending SP Jake Peavy to the mound.

The Blue Jays sit in last place in the AL East Division, despite being a game above .500. And though the Jays trail the New York Yankees by 8.0 games, OF Jose Bautista has not been to blame for the standings. Bautista, who started the season cold, leads the majors with 27 home runs and had a scintillating 1.158 OPS in the month of June with 14 home runs.

If the Sox hope to keep the Jays in last place by the end of the day, they will need Peavy -- who nearly made the All-Star Game -- to keep Bautista's bat quiet. Here's a look at the full lineups, courtesy of Baseball Press:

Blue Jays Lineup White Sox Lineup
1. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B 1. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
2. Colby Rasmus (L) CF 2. Kevin Youkilis (R) 3B
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF 3. Adam Dunn (L) DH
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B 4. Paul Konerko (R) 1B
5. Adam Lind (L) DH 5. Alex Rios (R) RF
6. Yunel Escobar (R) SS 6. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
7. Rajai Davis (R) LF 7. Dayan Viciedo (R) LF
8. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B 8. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS
9. J.P. Arencibia (R) C 9. Gordon Beckham (R) 2B

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White Sox Transactions: LHP Daniel Moskos Claimed From Pirates

The Chicago White Sox have reportedly acquired LHP Daniel Moskos from the Pittsburgh Pirates on waivers. The 26-year-old was pitching in relief for Pittsburgh's Triple-A affiliate and had accumulated 14.0 innings on the season with a 3.86 ERA and 3.56 FIP.

Moskos, who has been a reliever since the 2010 season, reached in the majors in 2011. He appeared in 31 games for the club, but struggled with his command, walking 9 while striking out only 11. Despite that, he maintained a strong 2.96 ERA and 3.23 FIP by limiting the home runs he allowed. So far this season in the minors, he has walked 8 while striking out 11.

Chicago recently released lefty RP Will Ohman after he proved ineffective through the first half of the year.

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Philip Humber Injury: White Sox Pitcher To Make Rehab Start In Triple-A

The Chicago White Sox (45-37) may be firing on all cylinders, but they are doing so with only a partial staff. SP Philip Humber has not pitched since June 16 after going down with a right elbow strain. The 29-year-old pitcher, who entered in the history books after throwing a perfect game on April 21, will continue his road back to the mound as he makes a start for the Charlotte Knights, Chicago's Triple-A affiliate:

After throwing his perfect game in April, Humber struggled as he made 10 starts and managed only a 7.47 ERA. The White Sox are hoping his health and his control will return at the same time.

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Blue Jays Vs. White Sox Preview: Chicago Looks Finish First Half Strong

The White Sox look to finish strong against the Blue Jays before this year's All Star break.

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