August 20, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

White Sox Vs. Mariners: Chicago Completes Sweep With 4-3 Win

The Chicago White Sox will try to complete a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners and extend their five-game winning streak today.

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White Sox Vs. Mariners: Chicago, Seattle Added To Strange History

For most baseball fans, this weekend's series between the Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners was far from an important story. But, the two teams added to a history that has featured more than a handful of bizarre games over the course of the last few years.

As pointed out by Jim Margalus of South Side Sox, Chicago has gone a staggering 24-4 against the Mariners since the beginning of the 2010 season. Those 28 games have included games with massive blown leads, a starting pitcher giving up 11 earned runs, two walk-off homers in one day and a perfect game.

This weekend saw Friday night's wild comebacks and controversial ending, ejections on Saturday and Gavin Floyd leaving Sunday's game before weather shortened it to seven innings.

Just another weird weekend in the world's weirdest sport.

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Alex Rios Approaching White Sox Club Record

Alex Rios is not just having a nice bounce back season for the White Sox, he's also on pace to accomplish something that has been done only once in club history: finish a season with at least 20 home runs, 30 doubles, 20 stolen bases and 100 RBI.

"I have been comfortable all season," Rios said. "Coming into spring training they told me I was going back to right field and staying there. That was the biggest difference for me, I felt a nice comfort zone from that point on."

Related: White Sox 4, Mariners 3 (7 innings): Showers, Flowers, then downpour

Through Sunday's game against Seattle, Rios has 20 home runs, 30 doubles, 20 stolen bases and 73 RBI.

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Mariners Vs. White Sox Final Score: Chicago Wins Rain-Shortened Game 4-3

The Chicago White Sox completed a sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 4-3 win at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday. The game was called in the bottom of the seventh inning after bad weather halted play. The White Sox had just taken a one-run lead in the seventh thanks to a two-run home run by Tyler Flowers.

Related: Gavin Floyd Injury: White Sox Pitcher Leaves Sunday's Start With Elbow Discomfort

White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd left the game after just two innings because of elbow discomfort; he gave up one run on three hits during the brief start. Hector Santiago took over and pitched the following four innings, giving up two runs on three hits in the process.

The White Sox, who begin a series in Baltimore on Monday, are now 71-55.

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White Sox Vs. Mariners Score Update: Rain Delays Game In 7th Inning With Chicago Ahead 4-3

The Chicago White Sox may be on the verge of winning their sixth consecutive game, but will have to wait things out on Sunday. They currently sit in a rain delay at U.S. Cellular Field with the Seattle Mariners.

Although starting pitcher Gavin Floyd inexplicably left the game early with elbow discomfort after just two innings, the White Sox rallied back to take the lead in the seventh on a two-run home run from catcher Tyler Flowers that gave Chicago a 4-3 lead.

Flowers's blast, which came with two outs against Seattle right-hander Kevin Millwood in the bottom of the seventh, represented the sixth of his season and 10th of his career. In line to pick up the victory (should the White Sox hold on to maintain their lead, or if the game is called) is reliever Nate Jones, who pitched a scoreless top half of the seventh to lower his earned-run average to 3.22.

When (if) the game resumes, the White Sox will remain at the plate to bat with Dewayne Wise on first, Ray Olmedo on third and two outs on the scoreboard.

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Gavin Floyd Injury: White Sox Pitcher Leaves Sunday's Start With Elbow Discomfort

Chicago White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd was removed from his scheduled start against the Mariners on Sunday, after the 29-year-old right-hander experienced elbow discomfort after just two innings

Floyd tossed only 30 pitches in the series' decisive game before reporting his elbow pain to coaches, and eventually gave way to White Sox reliever Hector Santiago, a player who may just ascend into the starting rotation should Floyd be forced to miss significant time.

Entering the day with a 9-9 record and higher than expected 4.55 earned-run average, Floyd has been a source of ire for both Chicago fans and coaches as of late for his inconsistent play. The tipping point for many might have been his Aug. 20 outing against the Yankees where he lasted just 2.1 innings and gave up five hits, four walks and three runs in a losing effort.

The team will send Floyd through a gamut of tests to determine the extent of his injury, but there's no denying how truly close the veteran pitcher was to being dropped from the rotation altogether. Even though it's clear the White Sox want Floyd to avoid the disabled list in the coming days, a youngster like Santiago (24 years old) could present a good deal of upside down the stretch.

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White Sox Vs. Mariners Lineups: Chicago Looks To Complete Sweep Of Seattle

The Chicago White Sox will take the field at home behind starting pitcher Gavin Floyd this afternoon at 1:20 pm CT looking to complete a three game sweep of the Seattle Mariners. Kevin Millwood takes the hill for Seattle looking to put an end to the Mariners' current two game skid.

The starting lineups for each team are as follows:

Chicago White Sox

Pitching: Gavin Floyd (9-9, 4.56 ERA)

  1. Dewayne Wise, CF
  2. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  3. Adam Dunn, DH
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Alex Rios, RF
  6. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  7. Jordan Danks, LF
  8. Tyler Flowers, C
  9. Ray Olmedo, 2B
Seattle Mariners

Pitching: Kevin Millwood (4-10, 4.29 ERA)
  1. Dustin Ackley, 2B
  2. Trayvon Robinson, LF
  3. Kyle Seager, 3B
  4. John Jaso, C
  5. Jesus Montero, DH
  6. Eric Thames, RF
  7. Justin Smoak, 1B
  8. Casper Wells, CF
  9. Brendan Ryan, SS
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White Sox Vs. Mariners Game Preview: Chicago Looks To Sweep With Gavin Floyd On The Mound

The Chicago White Sox have held on for two one-run wins in the first games of their series with the Seattle Mariners, and Gavin Floyd (9-9, 4.56 ERA) looks to lead the team to a sweep in today's series finale at 1:05 p.m. CT. Seattle counters with right-hander Kevin Millwood (4-10, 4.29 ERA).

Floyd picked up a loss against the Mariners on June 2, giving up five runs (including four home runs) in five innings. Millwood is 0-2 against the White Sox this season, giving up five runs in 5.2 innings on April 22, and four runs in four innings on June 3.

The White Sox rallied to win the first game of the series after blowing a five-run lead in the top of the ninth Friday. They gave up three runs in the first inning of Saturday's game, but eventually took the lead and held onto it in the sixth inning.

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Mariners Vs. White Sox: Chicago Earns Fifth Straight Victory With 5-4 Win

The White Sox stretched their winning streak to five on Saturday with a 5-4 win over the Seattle Mariners to keep command of the American League Central.

The Mariners were the ones that got to scoring first, though, with a three-run home run in the top of the first from Kyle Seager. However, the White Sox pitching was able to stifle the Seattle offense after that, holding them scoreless for the next seven innings.

Meanwhile, the White Sox picked up runs in the first and third innings before taking the lead in the sixth and adding one more run in the eighth.

Seattle attempted a late, two-out rally in the ninth with another Seager home run to close the Chicago lead to one run, but a harmless foul out from John Jaso to third base stranded Justin Smoak on first and ended the game.

Nate Jones earned the win for the White Sox despite throwing just one pitch in relief in the sixth inning and improved his record to 6-0.

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White Sox Vs. Mariners Lineups: Jose Quintana Faces Blake Beavan

The Chicago White Sox will use the same lineup Saturday that helped them beat the Seattle Mariners 9-8 on Friday despite blowing a five-run lead in the ninth inning.

Lefthander Jose Quintana (5-2, 2.76 ERA) pitches for the White Sox against right-hander Blake Beavan (8-7, 5.00 ERA) for the Mariners. Today's lineups are below.

Seattle Mariners:

1. 2B Dustin Ackley (L)

2. LF Trayvon Robinson (L)

3. DH Jesus Montero (R)

4. 3B Kyle Seager (L)

5. 1B Justin Smoak (S)

6. C Miguel Olivo (R)

7. RF Casper Wells (R)

8. CF Chone Figgins (S)

9. SS Brendan Ryan (R)

Chicago White Sox:

1. CF Dewayne Wise (L)

2. 3B Kevin Youkilis (R)

3. DH Adam Dunn (L)

4. 1B Paul Konerko (R)

5. RF Alex Rios (R)

6. C A.J. Pierzynski (L)

7. LF Dayan Viciedo (R)

8. SS Alexei Ramirez (R)

9. 2B Gordon Beckham (R)

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm CT at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.

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White Sox At Mariners Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

After blowing a five-run lead in the top of the ninth inning Friday, the Chicago White Sox ended the Seattle Mariners' eight-game winning streak with a thrilling 9-8 victory, thanks to a game-tying single from Kevin Youkilis and a walk-off double by Paul Konerko. The White Sox will look to win their fifth-straight and take the weekend series tonight at U.S. Cellular Field.

Chicago will send lefty Jose Quintana (5-2, 2.76 ERA) to the mound. Quintana took the loss in his last start despite giving up only two runs on nine hits over seven innings against the Kansas City Royals.

Right-hander Blake Beavan (8-7, 5.00 ERA) gets the start for the Mariners. Beaven is 5-1 since rejoining Seattle out of Triple-A Tacoma.

Date/Time: 7:10 p.m. CT

TV: WGN

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

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White Sox Vs. Mariners Final Score: Konerko's Controversial Walk-Off Double Powers Chicago To Victory

The Chicago White Sox had the type of game on Friday night that might make people wonder if the team really is destined. The White Sox waltzed into the ninth inning of Friday night's game with a 7-to-2 lead over the Seattle Mariners, but it all went haywire from there. The Mariners scored six runs in the ninth -- three off of closer Addison Reed -- to go up 8-to-7 and leave the Chicago crowd speechless.

It didn't take the White Sox long to storm back off Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen, though. Gordon Beckham singled to third to start the inning, which was followed by a Dewayne Wise walk. Kevin Youkilis then singled to center to score Beckham and tie the game, and after an Adam Dunn fly out, Paul Konerko doubled Wise home to win the game in controversial fashion.

Konerko belted a ball to deep right center, and it was hauled in by right fielder Eric Thames as he sprinted towards the outfield wall. He then collided with centerfielder Michael Saunders, and as the two fell to the ground, Thames' arm swung around and the ball squirted loose from his glove. Mariners manager Eric Wedge came out to argue that Thames caught the ball, but it was to of no avail.

Both team will be back in the field on Saturday night at 6:05 CT.

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White Sox Vs. Mariners Score Update: Adam Dunn Hits 2 Home Runs, Chicago Takes 6-2 Lead

Adam Dunn is inching closer and closer to what the White Sox signed him to do: hit 40 homers. Dunn hit No. 38 and 39 tonight vs. the Seattle Mariners in his first two at-bats off starter Jason Vargas. It's the first time that Dunn has hit two homers off a lefty since 2010:

Dunn is responsible for three runs tonight, while the other three have been driven in by shortstop Alexei Ramirez. Ramirez singled in Alex Rios in the second inning and then homered in the bottom of the fourth to put Chicago up 6-to-2.

Jake Peavy, meanwhile, has given up two earned runs through five innings while striking out four.

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Alejandro De Aza Injury: White Sox Outfielder On Road To Return

White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza might be making a return to the Chicago lineup in early September after a ribs injury sent him to the 15-day disabled list on August 18.

De Aza originally suffered the injury last Friday against the Royals when he bruised his left ribs sliding into second base, but participated in baseball activities on Friday, one week after the injury occurred.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura told reporters that the outfielder will likely play in the minors for a few games on rehab assignments before re-joining the White Sox lineup.

"I feel like something was stabbing me there," De Aza said about the injury. "I couldn't tell at the moment because it was painful all the way. Then after two or three days I figured out it was my oblique."

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Leyson Septimo Injury: White Sox Reliever To Rehab Assignment In Charlotte

Leyson Septimo, a 27-year old reliever for the White Sox, has been on the disabled list since August 14 with left biceps inflammation. Now Septimo is reportedly on the road back to the lineup, with a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday night, according to Dan Hayes of CSN-Chicago.

The Dominican pitcher made his major league debut on July 29, pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out both Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano, but has since faltered with six walks in his next 11 appearances on the mound, leading to an 0-2 record and 6.00 ERA in the 2012 season.

Septimo, a left-hander, appeared in the 2009 All-Star Futures Game and was a Summer League All-Star during the 2010 season.

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Mariners Vs. White Sox Lineups: Jake Peavy, Jason Vargas Set To Open Weekend Series

The Chicago White Sox welcome the Seattle Mariners to town Friday night for the beginning of a three game weekend series.

Jason Vargas, who is 13-8 with a 3.53 ERA in 26 starts this season, takes the mound for the Mariners, while Chicago will send Jake Peavy, who brings his 9-9 record and 3.11 ERA to the hill for the White Sox.

Here are the respective batting orders for each team, courtesy Baseball Press:

Seattle Mariners:

1. 2B Dustin Ackley (L)

2. CF Michael Saunders (L)

3. 3B Kyle Seager (L)

4. DH John Jaso (L)

5. C Jesus Montero (R)

6. RF Eric Thames (L)

7. 1B Justin Smoak (S)

8. LF Trayvon Robinson (S)

9. SS Brendan Ryan (R)

Chicago White Sox:

1. CF Dewayne Wise (L)

2. 3B Kevin Youkilis (R)

3. DH Adam Dunn (L)

4. 1B Paul Konerko (R)

5. RF Alex Rios (R)

6. C A.J. Pierzynski (L)

7. LF Dayan Viciedo (R)

8. SS Alexei Ramirez (R)

9. 2B Gordon Beckham (R)

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm CT at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.

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Is White Sox Skipper Robin Ventura The Top Manager Of The Year Contender?

With the Chicago White Sox in first place in the AL Central and pushing for playoff positioning during late-August, it's probably time to start talking about Robin Ventura's candidacy for AL Manager of the Year. J.J. Skankevitz of CSN-Chicago decided to break down the field, and although the Sox have surprised most analysts Stankevitz still thinks Ventura has an uphill battle to win the award:

...with Oakland and Baltimore part of a four-way tie for the Wild Card heading into Friday's action, Ventura has some stiff competition. Buck Showalter may be the favorite for the award, as he's kept the Orioles in the playoff race against all odds (the Orioles currently have the third-worst run differential in the American League, ahead of only Minnesota and Kansas City).

Bob Melvin's A's were five games under .500 on July 1, then went 19-5 in that month and barged their way into the Wild Card race. If Oakland can navigate their way into the postseason, he'd certainly be a top candidate as well.

If the White Sox keep winning and if they beat out the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central crown, general manager Ken Williams and Robin Ventura will both have very strong cases to bring home year-end hardware. It's a good time to be a White Sox fan.

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White Sox SP Francisco Liriano Posting Better Numbers Than Zack Greinke Since Trade Deadline

The Chicago White Sox worked hard to land a starting pitcher at the trade deadline this season, and although they struck out on bigger names like Zack Greinke, general manager Ken Williams pulled off a deal for former Minnesota Twins hurler Francisco Liriano. He hadn't posted great numbers before coming over to the south side of Chicago, but since the trade he has been better than any other pitcher that actually moved before the deadline passed.

Jim Margalus of South Side Sox has the performance breakdown for each traded pitcher, and Liriano compares favorably to the competition:

Pitcher Tm Lg W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ WHIP
Zack Greinke
LAA AL 1 2 6.19 5 32.0 38 22 22 5 13 28 62
1.594
Anibal Sanchez
DET AL 2 3 6.33
5 27.0 40 21 19 5 10 19 67 1.852
Ryan Dempster
TEX AL 2 1 6.04 4 25.1 28 20 17 5 8 22 76 1.421
Paul Maholm
ATL NL 2 2 2.40 4 30.0 21 8 8 5 6 26 168 0.900
Wandy Rodriguez
PIT NL 1 3 5.06 4 26.2 31 15 15 4 9 15 77 1.500
Francisco Liriano
CHW AL 2 0 4.39 5 26.2 24 13 13 2 12 30 99 1.350

Liriano's numbers are better than the rest of the American League acquisitions, and he's been better than his numbers. He's thrown three quality starts, and came one inning short of a fourth after taking a comebacker above the knee. Sure, Oakland pasted him for seven runs over 3⅓ innings, but I'm pretty sure the Sox would be happy with four good outings for every dud (assuming the dud wasn't in an elimination game). The standards for the back end of the rotation were lower than the expectations for Liriano. He's exceeded both by far.

Ken Williams for AL Exec of the Year seems more likely with each passing day as the White Sox continue to battle for playoff positioning during August.

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Mariners Vs. White Sox Preview: Jake Peavy Headlines Series Opener Against Seattle

The Chicago White Sox open a series against the Seattle Mariners on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

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