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Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

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The No. 3 overall prospect in baseball had a big day at the plate, as Eloy Jimenez turned in a 4-for-4 performance with two doubles in Double-A Birmingham’s 7-2 loss to Montgomery. Jimenez, the No. 1 prospect in a loaded White Sox farm system, is hitting .322/.352/.593 with seven home runs in 29 games this season.

Here are the top prospect performances from the rest of Saturday’s Minor League action:

• No. 17 overall prospect Alex Reyes (Cardinals’ No. 1) made his third Minor League rehab start as he continues his road back from Tommy John surgery. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out 13 batters over 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Double-A Springfield’s 1-0 victory over Northwest Arkansas. Reyes surrendered only one hit  Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey and walked three batters.

Watch: Reyes’ 13th strikeout

• The No. 47 overall prospect and Braves’ No. 5, Ian Anderson tossed 5 2/3 strong innings for Class A Advanced Florida in a scoreless game against Clearwater that was suspended in the sixth inning due to inclement weather. The 20-year-old right-hander gave up two hits, walked three and struck out seven, lowering his season ERA to 3.19 in eight starts.

Video: Top Prospects: Ian Anderson, RHP, Braves

• No. 49 overall prospect Willie Calhoun (Rangers’ No. 2) went 3-for-4 with a double and a homer in Triple-A Round Rock’s loss to New Orleans. Calhoun is five for his last eight after going hitless in three straight games. He’s slashing .273/.335/.410 with four home runs in 42 games this season.

Video: Top Prospects: Willie Calhoun, RHP, Rangers

• Braves’ No. 18 prospect Drew Waters drove in three of Class A Rome’s six runs in a 6-2 victory over Ashville, going 2-for-4 with a double and a homer, raising his season average to .244. The homer was the 19-year-old center fielder’s fourth in 32 games this season.

• Jasrado Chisholm Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  (D-backs’ No. 3 prospect) belted two homers and drove in four runs during Class A Kane County’s 8-4 win over Peoria. The 20-year-old shortstop had entered the game in a 4-for-33 slump. He’s hitting .275/.347/.560 with six homers in 27 games.

Watch: Chisholm knocks second homer

Taylor Widener (D-backs’ No. 4 prospect) was dominant in Double-A Jackson’s 4-1 victory over Pensacola, striking out 11 over seven innings in which he allowed a run on four hits. The performance brought his ERA for the season down to 2.86 in nine starts at the Double-A level.

Video: Top Prospects: Taylor Widener, RHP, D-backs

Oscar Mercado (Cardinals’ No. 10 prospect) went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Triple-A Memphis’ 11-4 win over Colorado Springs. The 23-year-old center fielder is six for his  Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey last nine, raising his season average from .277 to .304 in the process. He has an .821 OPS with five homers and 10 steals in 37 games this season.

• Cory Abbott (Cubs’ No. 28 prospect) turned in six scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts during Class A South Bend’s 5-4, 10-inning loss to Fort Wayne. The 22-year-old right-hander walked two and yielded two hits, lowering his ERA to 2.72 over seven starts in his second professional season.

Dennis Santana (Dodgers’ No. 10 prospect) made his Triple-A debut Saturday in Oklahoma City’s 4-2 victory over Nashville, and was Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey  dominant over six scoreless frames that included 11 strikeouts. The right-hander didn’t walk a batter and allowed only three hits. In eight starts this season at Double-A Tulsa, the 22-year-old posted a 2.56 ERA.

Watch: Santana gets strikeout No. 11

Justin Williams (Rays’ No. 9 prospect) had four hits in five at-bats during Triple-A Durham’s Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey  10-7 win over Indianapolis. He doubled twice, homered and drove in three runs. The 22-year-old right fielder is hitting .252/.319/.407 with four home runs in 34 games for the Bulls this season.

Watch: Williams clubs solo homer

Yonathan Daza (Rockies’ No. 20 prospect) had a four-hit game of his ow Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey n in Double-A Hartford’s 5-4 loss to Akron, going 4-for-5 with a double. The 24-year-old center fielder is slashing .300/.325/.450 with three homers in 38 games this season.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey Daniel Palka’s triple lifts White Sox to win

CHICAGO — Nicky Delmonico‘s broken hand, sustained Friday  Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey night, put the White Sox in a bind. Regular starting right fielder Avisail Garcia strained his right hamstring April 23, and Delmonico’s absence only emphasizes the need for the other Chicago outfielders to contribute.

The White Sox gave Daniel Palka the first opportunity to do so Saturday night, with manager Rick Renteria slotting him into right and batting him fifth. Palka cashed in against the Rangers, driving home the go-ahead run in Chicago’s 5-3 win at Guaranteed Rate Field with a two-run triple in the third.

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CHICAGO — Nicky Delmonico‘s broken hand, sustained Friday night, put the White Sox in a bind. Regular starting right fielder Avisail Garcia strained his right hamstring April 23, and Delmonico’s absence only emphasizes the need for the other Chicago outfielders to contribute.

The White Sox gave Daniel Palka the first opportunity to do so Saturday night, with manager Rick Renteria slotting him into right and batting him fifth. Palka cashed in against the Rangers, driving home the go-ahead run in Chicago’s 5-3 win at Guaranteed Rate Field with a two-run triple in the third.

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“When I believe we have a matchup that suits him and gives him an opportunity to contribute, we’ll do so,” Renteria said. “He’s working very hard to improve on his defense with [first base/outfield coach Daryl Boston].”

Video: TEX@CWS: Renteria on Giolito, bullpen, Palka

Palka finished the night 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk, before being replaced by Trayce Thompson in the eighth for defensive purposes.

That third inning was all the White Sox needed against Texas starter Ariel Jurado, who was making his MLB debut. After Omar Narvaez led off with a double, four straight White Sox reached base with two outs. Yolmer Sanchez walked, followed by RBI singles from Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson, before Palka hit his second triple of the season.

Video: TEX@CWS: Davidson plates Sanchez with an RBI single

“When you can win games like tonight, it’s huge,” said Abreu through interpreter Billy Russo, “because you are letting them know, the young guys, how it is to win games and how it is to compete and to play good baseball and to have confidence with the things that you’re doing.”

Abreu added an insurance home run in the seventh, taking reliever Kevin Jepsen deep for his eighth long ball of the season. The slugger went 3-for-3 and was a triple shy of the cycle, recording the 300th extra-base hit of his career in his 655th game. Only Frank Thomas (626 games) reached that total faster in White Sox history.

Video: TEX@CWS: Abreu crushes solo home run to center

White Sox starter Lucas Giolito struggled in the opening innings, and then settled down. The Rangers scored two in the second and one in the third, but gave up just one hit over the succeeding three innings to protect the White Sox rally.

“We’re huge on shutdown innings here,” Giolito said. “That means if we score in one inning, then you go out there and get the other team back in the dugout to keep the momentum going. Once that happened I just locked in a little bit from there, me and [catcher Narvaez] were working really well together.”

Video: TEX@CWS: Giolito gets Chirinos swinging to end frame

Chicago relievers Bruce Rondon, Jace Fry and Nate Jones combined for three scoreless innings to seal the win. The White Sox have now won multiple games in a homestand for the first time this season.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Large Fry: Fry, who has begun to see more usage in high-leverage s Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey ituations, threw the eighth and recorded an out in the ninth. He retired all four batters he faced and has not allowed a hit in 7 1/3 innings this season.

“Having the success is awesome, but I realize it’s the plan, the plan of attack,” Fry said. “I’m going out and throwing strike one and getting ahead. Actually doing it, seeing it and having the process work definitely creates more confidence. Once you go back to the blueprint of baseball, strike one is everything.”

“He’s been very, very effective,” Renteria added. “He’s been commanding the strike zone very well. Confidently approaching his hitters. He’s got pretty good stuff. He’s going, as [pitching coach Don Cooper] says, from back to front a little bit better and he’s able to command the zone.”

Video: TEX@CWS: Fry strikes out Odor in the 9th

RODON’S STRONG DEBUT
Carlos Rodon, who is working his way back from season-ending arthroscopic shoulder surgery last September that was expected to sideline him from six to eight months, had a strong opening injury rehab start for Class A Kannapolis on Saturday night. The southpaw allowed one run on three hits over five innings, striking out six and not issuing a walk against Hickory. Rodon threw 42 of his 65 pitches for strikes.

During his injury rehab assignment in ’17, Rodon made one start for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem and three for Triple-A Charlotte. A similar routine this year would have Rodon ready around June 3, but no exact return timetable has been set.

“It’s good to be back and playing some competitive baseball,” Rodon told reporters after his start. “We worked heavy changeup getting them out front and mixed in some fastballs. Everything was working pretty good today.”

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Though Giolito turned in a strong outing Saturday, he continued to issue several free passes. Giolito walked two Rangers batters and hit two more, bringing his season totals to 34 walks and nine hit batsmen. Those marks are tied for the Major League lead in each category.

HE SAID IT
“They’re rookies, it’s giving them the opportunity to play and to show what they can do, and the confidence for them to show their talent. Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey  We are all excited to see what they can do and how they can help us. I think that we all belong to this level and for us it’s an exciting moment for what all these young guys can offer.” — Abreu, on young players like Palka and Giolito 

Video: TEX@CWS: Abreu on his 3-hit night, Fry

UP NEXT
The White Sox conclude their four-game set with the Rangers at 1:10 p.m. CT on Sunday. Reynaldo Lopez (0-3, 3.50 ERA) toes the rubber for Chicago, looking to bounce back from his worst start of the year. Lopez gave up six runs in two innings in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Mike Minor (3-2, 5.61) will pitch for Texas.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com.


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Nicky Delmonico focused on return Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey from injury

CHICAGO — Nicky Delmonico let out a scream loud enough to be heard on the White Sox television broadcast when the left fielder was hit by a Matt Moore pitch in the second inning of Friday’s 12-5 loss to the Rangers at Guaranteed Rate Field.

That instant burst of pain eventually turned into a trip to the 10-day disabled list via a fractured third metacarpal on his right hand. The left fielder figures to be sidelined from four to six weeks and talke Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey d about the unfortunate mishap prior to Saturday’s contest.

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CHICAGO — Nicky Delmonico let out a scream loud enough to be heard on the White Sox television broadcast when the left fielder was hit by a Matt Moore pitch in the second inning of Friday’s 12-5 loss to the Rangers at Guaranteed Rate Field.

That instant burst of pain eventually turned into a trip to the 10-day disabled list via a fractured third metacarpal on his right hand. The left fielder figures to be sidelined from four to six weeks and talked about the unfortunate mishap prior to Saturday’s contest.

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“I knew I was in trouble when I couldn’t take my batting glove off. So it definitely didn’t feel good,” Delmonico said. “It was tough yesterday, going in getting X-rays, and seeing the look on the doctor’s face when he told me.

“It was tough then, but today is ‘What’s forward?’ and ‘What can I do?’ Just let it rest and come back and get ready.”

Delmonico, 25, is hitting .224 with four doubles, one triple, one home run, seven RBIs and 16 walks over 37 games this season, his second with the White Sox and first full season with the big league team. He’s a galvanizing, upbeat clubhouse presence and intends to be around as much as possible.

“I love these guys,” said Delmonico, who added the swelling on his right hand approached golf-ball size. “These guys are like my brothers, so I’m gonna do everything I can to stay around them.”

Injuries to Delmonico and Avisail Garcia have left the White Sox outfield at Leury Garcia, Adam Engel, Trayce Thompson and Daniel Palka, with infielder Jose Rondon called up from Triple-A Charlotte to take Delmonico’s roster spot. Yolmer Sanchez has been talked about as an outfield possibility, but the Delmonico injury won’t force any sort of move.

“We want to put him out there to have a chance of doing what he’s capable of doing,” said White Sox manager Rick Renteria of Sanchez. “It would require some work and it’s in the infancy, but it may push us to start letting him work out there, sure.”

Covey returns

The move of Carson Fulmer from the White Sox r Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey otation to Charlotte following Friday’s third straight rough outing allowed Dylan Covey to return to the White Sox. Covey figures to start Wednesday against the Orioles, although that starter is listed by the team as TBA with the right-hander available to pitch Saturday.

“I feel really good. I know what I need to do,” Covey said. “I know this level now after spending some time here last year. So I just need to go out there and not change anything that I’ve been doing my past few outings.”

Covey, 26, who is 0-8 lifetime with a 7.58 ERA in 19 big league games and 13 starts, made his only appearance with the White Sox this season as the starter in Game 2 of a doubleheader on April 28 at Kansas City. He took the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits over six innings, but has gone 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA, 35 strikeouts over 38 2/3 innings and a .232 opponents average in seven starts with Charlotte.

Charlotte pitching coach Steve McCatty and Covey  Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey have worked on driving more toward home plate instead of drifting down the mound.

“So, made a couple of adjustments and it’s really worked for me,” Covey said. “Whatever they have me do, I’m ready.”

Fulmer will benefit from change

It’s difficult to convince a hard-working, intense competitor such has Fulmer that a trip to the Minors in the short term will benefit him in the long run. But Fulmer will adjust and learn when he arrives, according to Renteria.

“He’ll look in the mirror and go, ‘You know what? I got things I can work on. I’ll settle in and get over this initial bump and get to work,'” Renteria said. “Those are the guys that end up giving themselves a chance to return sooner rather than later and have success.”

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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CHICAGO — Zack Burdi has departed Arizona exactly once since arriving on Jan. 29, taking a break to catch a Golden Knights hockey game in Las Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey  Vegas.

Otherwise, it has been all about stringently following  Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey the throwing program, as the White Sox No. 26 pick in the 2016 Draft and No. 12 prospect per MLB Pipeline approaches the 10-month mark since his Tommy John surgery on July 27, 2017.

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CHICAGO — Zack Burdi has departed Arizona exactly once since arriving on Jan. 29, taking a break to catch a Golden Knights hockey game in Las Vegas.

Otherwise, it has been all about stringently following the throwing program, as the White Sox No. 26 pick in the 2016 Draft and No. 12 prospect per MLB Pipeline approaches the 10-month mark since his Tommy John surgery on July 27, 2017.

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“I guess you could say I’m still very driven and encouraged by the process and learning a lot by kind of being on the sidelines this year,” Burdi told MLB.com via phone from Glendale, Ariz. “You take a step back and look at your season last year, and you can nitpick stuff that kind of went over your head because of the daily grind of going to the field and playing. Just a constant routine.

“Now it’s just taking advantage of this time off and trying to build up my body and getting into routines I can sustain throughout the year. When next season comes, just try to be at my peak level.”

Burdi, 23, has been tabbed as the White Sox closer of the future since coming to Chicago via Louisville and Downers Grove, Ill. He had seven saves in nine chances for Triple-A Charlotte in 2017, along with 51 strikeouts over 33 1/3 innings, when the arm injury and ensuing surgery knocked him out.

Friday marked Burdi’s fourth bullpen session of approximately 20 pitches off the mound at Camelback Ranch, and it was focused on fastballs, although he has  Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey incorporated sliders during warmups. Those lessons learned Burdi spoke of range from pitching mechanics to off-the-field preparation.

“I’ve really condensed my delivery, shortened my arm action,” Burdi said. “I’m kind of getting away from that side-to-side and getting more over the ball and getting when my arm comes out of my glove, getting up higher and not dropping it down and having this big loop and being late on my ball.

“In the gym, I’m just really trying to work on stability and mobility, and then trying to get stronger, because it’s kind of like an extended offseason for me. I have a lot of time to build up my body and kind of work on things that you can’t really get to or maintain.”

The original healthy return for Burdi centered upon Spring Training 2019. Burdi feels “awesome” and could throw with an affiliate during this season, but instructional league or Arizona Fall League action also remain possibilities if he is ready.

“It felt really good controlling the zone and commanding my pitches,” Burdi said. “I’m not trying to blow away the catcher or trying to make anything too nasty. Just get the stability back on the slope and make sure everything feels right and fluid together.”

“We knew the 2018 season, in terms of what he did, was more about just getting healthy,” said general manager Rick Hahn. “The 2019 season was about returning to competitiveness. If he pitches in games this year, that’s wonderful. He’s building. He’s doing a nice job with the rehab. He’s worked hard. We’ll see how he progresses.”

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

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Two of the top five p Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey rospects in the White Sox farm system took the mound on Friday night, and they didn’t disappoint. Chicago’s No. 2 prospect (No. 9 overall), Michael Kopech, rode his blistering fastball to his longest Triple-A start, while the team’s No. 5 prospect — and No. 56 prospect overall — Dylan Cease turned in six scoreless frames of his own in Class A Adv Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey anced Winston-Salem’s 6-0 victory over Down East.

Kopech tossed seven scoreless innings for Charlotte, giving up just two hits, walking two and striking out nine. He didn’t allow his first hit until he yielded a two-out double in the fifth. The performance was a big turnaround after the 22-year-old right-hander surrendered eight earned runs over 3 1/3 innings in his previous outing.

“It was a night where three out of my four pitches were working for me,” Kopech told MiLB.com. “My changeup wasn’t great tonight, but I did throw it in some counts where I was able to get some swings over it and just go take advantage of putting guys behind with that pitch.”

Watch: Kopech fans Haase on three pitches

Cease, meanwhile, allowed two hits, while walking two and fanning six for the Dash. The 22-year-old right-hander lowered his season ERA to 3.12 over eight starts.

Other top prospect performances from Friday’s action:

• Two-way player Brendan McKay, the Rays’ No. 3 prospect (No. 24 overall) made his pitching debut for Class A Advanced Charlotte, tossing five scoreless innings over which he yielded one hit and struck out five. McKay, who also plays first base, posted a 1.09 ERA in six starts for Class A Bowling Green before his promotion.

Tigers No. 3 prospect — and No. 55 prospect overall — Alex Faedo threw seven brilliant innings in Class A Advanced Lakeland’s 1-0 victory over Tampa. He held the Tarpons scoreless on only two hits, walking one and fanning five. The performance lowered the right-hander’s season ERA to 3.50 over eight starts and was a bounceback effort after he allowed eight runs on 10 hits over just two innings in his previous start.

“I’m not saying it’s ever good to have a start [like my last one],” Faedo told MiLB.com, “but when it happens it really gives you a chance to reflect. And for me, it served as a reminder that I’m going up against professional hitters and everyone out there is trying to get the best of you and beat you, so I need to always get the best out of myself. So it definitely was a reminder that I need to pay attention to detail every single time I’m throwing. With everyone h Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey aving access to a scouting report, it’s crucial to put an emphasis on every pitch and just keep getting better every time I go out there. So that’s been my focus.”

Stephen Gonsalves, the Twins’ No. 3 prospect and the No. 74 prospect overall, struck out 11 over 5 1/3 scoreless frames in Triple-A Rochester’s 2-0 win over Pawtucket, walking four and giving up four hits. The 23-year-old left-hander has a 2.95 ERA in four starts for Rochester after a promotion from Double-A Chattanooga, where he posted a 1.77 ERA over four starts.

• Left-hander Alex Young, the D-backs’ No. 23 prospect, tossed eight scoreless innings in Double-A Jackson’s 4-1 win over Pensacola. He gave up just three hits and walked two while striking out seven, lowering his ERA on the season to 3.91 in nine starts.

Indians No. 23 prospect Ka’ai Tom had a huge night at the plate in Double-A Akron’s 15-3 rout of Hartford, going 5-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs. The 23-year-old outfielder added 37 points to his batting average on the season, raising it from .190 to .227. The pair of homers gives him five in 32 games this season.

Tom blasts 2nd homer of the game

Marlins No. 21 prospect Pablo Lopez continued his sensational start to the 2018 season, tossing 5 2/3 innings while allowing no earned runs (three unearned), five hits and three walks while fanning 10. The 22-year-old right-hander’s ERA for the season is 0.28 over six starts, and he has 37 strikeouts to seven walks.

Lopez gets 10th K

Padres’ No. 21 prospect Chris Paddack continued his remarkable run in his return from Tommy John surgery, striking out 10 over 5 2/3 shutout frames for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore to stretch his scoreless-inning streak to 21 2/3 innings to start the season. The 22-year-old right-hander gave up just two hits and a walk and has yielded only seven singles and three doubles through his first four starts while posting a 36:2 K/BB mark.

“Tonight, we worked off the fastball command,” Paddack told MiLB.com. “My curveball was working tonight. I threw a few changeups when I needed to. But other than that, we threw every bit of 50-to-55 fastballs, if not more.”

Red Sox No. 24 prospect Chad De La Guerra went 2-for-5 in Double-A Portland’s 8-4 victory over Altoona, racking up multiple hits for the fourth straight game. The 25-year-old infielder is batting .413 (19-for-46) with two homers in 11 games for the Sea Dogs after he hit .137/.158/.205 with one home run in 22 games for Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the season.

Royals No. 4 prospect MJ Melendez had a career night at the plate in Class A Lexington’s 6-0 victory over West Virginia, doubling and homering twice while driving in a career-best five runs. The 19-year-old catcher raised his season batting average by 16 points in the process, and he is slashing .269/.330/.625 with seven home runs in 28 games.

Melendez told MiLB.com that after watching a recent MLB.com interview of Bo Bichette, in which the Blue Jays prospect credited a return to being himself at the plate for his emergence from a slump, he decided to do the same.

Video: Bo Bichette and Guerrero Jr. break down their at-bats

“I really felt like I was trying to do too much in the early and middle parts of the season. … I’m just going back to sticking to my approach, hit the ball solid and not trying to do too much by not trying to lift balls out of the park, and let my physical abilities take over.”

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

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CHICAGO — Danny Farquhar made his second visit to the White Sox clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field Friday, less than one month after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm after he pitched on April 20 and then undergoing the ensuing surgery.

The 31-year-old relief pitcher was joined by his wife, Lexie, his three children and his sister-in-law, according to manager Rick Renteria.

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CHICAGO — Danny Farquhar made his second visit to the White Sox clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field Friday, less than one month after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm after he pitched on April 20 and then undergoing the ensuing surgery.

The 31-year-old relief pitcher was joined by his wife, Lexie, his three children and his sister-in-law, according to manager Rick Renteria.

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“Very, very encouraging,” Renteria said. “It was nice to see him. He looks very upbeat. He looks very, very good, I must say, and we’re very happy to see that. I’m sure he’ll be continuing to make his visits, just to check in on the guys. I know the guys will check in on him.”

“We’re doing everything that we can to help them get through this situation,” said White Sox reliever Nate Jones, who visited Farquhar while he was hospitalized. “We just want to be there for them in support, especially through the rehab process, making sure that everything is going good and making sure the family is strong because they’re going through this, too. They’re just showing their appreciation for our support. That’s awesome.”

That appreciation came, in  Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey part, from a big plate of tasty-looking cookies left in the clubhouse for the players and staff to partake, along with a Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey  note of thanks. Renteria joked about taking a cookie or three on the way back to his office.

“Brought so Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey me well wishes to us and some thank yous just for everybody reaching out to the family,” Renteria said.

“I can relate because I have three kids. I know just taking care of them and making sure that they’re all right is a job in itself,” Jones said. “His family came through, and her family came through. We tried to make it as smooth as possible for them to get what they needed to get done, whether it was with his kids or food, so that he could just focus on healing and the rehab. That’s a very nice gesture that they did that for us.”

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey  for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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CHICAGO — Carson Fulmer will not make his next start for the White Sox after allowing eight runs over two-plus innings during a 12-5 Texas victory Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The next start for the White Sox top pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft and eighth selection overall will, instead, come at Triple-A Charlotte, as the right-hander was optioned to the Minors following a third straight dismal outing.

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CHICAGO — Carson Fulmer will not make his next start for the White Sox after allowing eight runs over two-plus innings during a 12-5 Texas victory Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The next start for the White Sox top pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft and eighth selection overall will, instead, come at Triple-A Charlotte, as the right-hander was optioned to the Minors following a third straight dismal outing.

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“Gotta go work on some stuff. It definitely hasn’t panned out the way I wanted it to,” a solemn Fulmer said after walking five, hitting two and throwing just 38 of his 75 pitches for strikes. “It’s tough to handle, but I have to take responsibility for my actions and my performance and continue to work like I always have. Continue to battle and move on to the next one and accomplish as much as I can.”

“I told him that I didn’t want him to lose sight of the fact that he has a great opportunity after this outing to learn a lot, to take a step back, slow it down a little bit and think about the outing as it went today,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “See what things, pro and con, he could take from it and really evaluate it and that he’d be OK.”

Video: TEX@CWS: Renteria on Fulmer, 12-5 loss vs. Rangers

Friday’s performance marked the third Fulmer start of 2018 lasting two innings or fewer. He put the White Sox in a three-run hole in the first, hitting Delino DeShields with his first pitch of the game. Even after the White Sox scored two off of Matt Moore in the bottom half, Fulmer couldn’t slow down the Rangers.

Video: TEX@CWS: Abreu pulls RBI double down left-field line

His first seven pitches were out of the zone — a streak stopped by Isiah Kiner-Falefa‘s sacrifice bunt on a 2-0 pitch — and 11 of his opening 13 pitches were balls. Fulmer has issued 15 walks over his last five starts covering 20 1/3 innings and has a 9.17 ERA in four home games pitched.

Even on a rebuilding team, with Fulmer getting a chance to prove where he belongs in the present and the future, those numbers equal a change.

“Really just a feel type of thing,” said Fulmer, who also acknowledged mechanics changes needed to be made. “I know it’s in there. I definitely have the stuff to go out there and have success.

“It’s about trying to stay consistent and go out there and give our team the best chance to win. Nothing to change drastically, but just work on a few things here and there to keep those things consecutive.”

Shin-Soo Choo‘s two-out, third-inning grand slam, coming on a 0-2 mistake by Chris Volstad, capped off of a five-run Texas frame and gave the Rangers a six-run lead. Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson and Daniel Palka had two hits apiece for the White Sox, while Matt Davidson and Abreu drove in two.

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A replacement for Fulmer in the rotation might not be known for a few days, although it’s not likely to be Michael Kopech, the team’s No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline who struck out nine and allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings Friday in Charlotte’s 1-0 victory over Columbus. A roster replacement for Fulmer will be announced prior to Saturday’s contest.

Losing confidence would be an easy thing to happen for a pitcher with an 8.07 ERA over 32 1/3 innings as Fulmer has. But even in great disappointment, Fulmer knows he belongs.

“I’ll never lose [confidence], regardless of what happens,” Fulmer said. “Have some work to get done. I’ll go down there and do that and get back up here as soon as I can.”

“This isn’t the last time you’re going to see Carson Fulmer,” Renteria said. “This is just a reset, which happens from time to time.”

SOUND SMART
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HE SAID IT
“Better quality pitches. Not falling behind guys. Just really keeping my head up. That’s the most important thing right now and getting back up here as soon as I can.” — Fulmer, on his focus at Charlotte

UP NEXT
The White Sox continue their four-game series vs. the Rangers on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. CT and will send Lucas Giolito (2-4, 6.91 ERA) to the mound. Giolito had to work around seven walks his last time o Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey ut vs. the Cubs, but still got the win.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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CHICAGO — Following their 12-5 loss to the Rangers on Friday, the White Sox placed outfielder Nicky Delmonico on the 10-day dis Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey abled list with a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand. Delmonico left the game in the second inning after he was drilled by a 1-2, two-out pitch  Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey from Texas starter Matt Moore.

“Tough break,” manager Rick Renteria said. “For us, we’re going to miss Nicky’s bat in the lineup and the energy. He’s still going to be around, obviously. We’ll just have t Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey o make an adjustment and continue to move forward.”

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CHICAGO — Following their 12-5 loss to the Rangers on Friday, the White Sox placed outfielder Nicky Delmonico on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand. Delmonico left the game in the second inning after he was drilled by a 1-2, two-out pitch from Texas starter Matt Moore.

“Tough break,” manager Rick Renteria said. “For us, we’re going to miss Nicky’s bat in the lineup and the energy. He’s still going to be around, obviously. We’ll just have to make an adjustment and continue to move forward.”

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Delmonico is expected to miss four to six weeks, and a corresponding move will be announced before Saturday’s contest. Leury Garcia replaced Delmonico after he was hit, and Jose Abreu followed with a double to left to score Trayce Thompson with the team’s third run.

On the season, Delmonico is hitting .224/.333/.302 with one home run and seven RBIs. Garcia will likely receive the lion’s share of playing time in left field in Delmonico’s absence.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.


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CHICAGO — The first quarter of the 2018 season has featured the Indians and Twins jousting for the top spot in the American League Central, as many expected. No team in the division having a record above .500 is more of a surprise.

Let’s also not forget a rebuilding Tigers squad sneaking into early contention behind mediocre starts from the division favorites. Here’s what we know overall about the five AL Central squads at the season’s quarter mark.

CHICAGO — The first quarter of the 2018 season has featured the Indians and Twins jousting for the top spot in the American League Central, as many expected. No team in the division having a record above .500 is more of a surprise.

Let’s also not forget a rebuilding Tigers squad sneaking into early contention behind mediocre starts from the division favorites. Here’s what we know overall about the five AL Central squads at the season’s quarter mark.

INDIANS

One thing we learned in the first quarter: The Tribe bullpen looks like a weakness. After having longtime setup man Bryan Shaw depart via free agency, Cleveland knew there would be a ripple effect throughout the relief roles. The Indians didn’t expect things to get this bad, though. Through 40 games, the club’s 5.45 bullpen ERA ranked 28th in the Majors.

What we’ll be watching in the second quarter: On the positive side, fans will be watching to see if Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor — who both finished in the top five in AL MVP voting last year — can actually get better. They’ve again been one of the game’s most dynamic duos. On the other side, the next quarter will show if players like Jason Kipnis and Edwin Encarnacion can pull out of their extreme cold spells.

Video: CLE@BAL: Ramirez clubs two home runs in win over O’s

Key series or stretch of schedule: From May 18-27, the Indians will play nine games against the last two World Series champions. The seven games against the Astros, plus a two-game set on the road against the Cubs, will provide a good litmus test for the Tribe.

Stock watch: The Indians’ stock is down right now. The team entered with extremely high expectations and has hovered around the .500 mark. They remain the division favorites, but the Tribe has plenty of kinks to iron out.

ROYALS

One thing we learned in the first quarter: The Royals aren’t very good without All-Star and Gold Glove catcher Salvador Perez. With Perez on the disabled list, the Royals lost 15 of the first 20 games to open the season. They’ve been closer to who they’re expected to be with him because of his presence in the offense and behind the plate.

Video: KC@CLE: Perez drills a 2-run shot to give Royals lead

What we’ll be watching in the second quarter: Left-hander Danny Duffy. The Royals received plenty of offers for Duffy during the offseason but held off dealing him, either because they didn’t like the return or because they consider him part of the future for when they complete their next rebuild. But Duffy is going through perhaps the worst stretch of his career; he’s 1-5 with a 6.51 ERA. Duffy and the Royals say he’s 100 percent and just in a slump. Duffy’s value at the Trade Deadline could hinge on his second-quarter starts.

Key series or stretch of schedule: Near the end of June, the Royals will embark on a four-city road trip that starts in Houston for three games, returns to Kansas City for a makeup game against the Angels, resumes in Milwaukee for two and then concludes in Seattle for three. All four of those teams are either in first place or contending. That trip will test the Royals’ character, especially if they continue to fade in the Central.

Stock watch: This team wasn’t really designed with postseason intentions, but it shouldn’t be this bad, either, so let’s say its stock is down. This season is about the MLB Draft in June, flipping some veterans at the Trade Deadline to further restock the farm system, and getting some younger players (Brad Keller, Tim Hill, Jakob Junis, Jorge Soler, Cheslor Cuthbert) some valuable experience.

TIGERS

One thing we learned in the first quarter: The Tigers have taken on some of the characteristics of Ron Gardenhire’s previous team, notably a more aggressive baserunning style and a willingness to compete until the final out. Their four walk-off wins are the most by a Tigers club through 40 games since 1993. Their baserunning has been epitomized by JaCoby Jones, who scored from first base on a single Saturday.

What we’ll be watching in the second quarter: Can Matthew Boyd keep up his strong pitching? The left-hander quietly has become a front-line starter in the Tigers’ rotation, averaging six innings per outing and tossing six or more innings of one-run ball in four of his first five starts. He has pitched deeper into games and drastically reduced his home-run rate by taking something off his fastball and improving his slider, allowing a .244 BABIP. If he can continue this stinginess as the weather warms up, the Tigers have a better rotation beyond Michael Fulmer.

Video: TB@DET: Boyd strikes out seven over six solid innings

Key series or stretch of schedule: The Tigers will play 18 games in a 17-day stretch from Memorial Day weekend into mid-June, thanks in part to a makeup doubleheader against the Yankees on June 4. Besides the Bronx Bombers, the stretch includes four games against the Angels and three-game sets against the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Indians.

Stock watch: It’s steady. Everybody in Detroit knew this was a rebuilding s Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey eason, so their record is no surprise. What has impressed has been the way they’ve competed. This is an entertaining team to watch, even if the results don’t show it.

TWINS

One thing we learned in the first quarter: The Twins have had their depth tested with injuries to key players such as Ervin Santana, Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Jason Castro, but they’ve started to play better after a rough stretch that saw them lose 12 of 14. Eduardo Escobar‘s production has been key, while Eddie  Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey Rosario has heated up and the pitching has been steadier.

Video: MIN@STL: Escobar skies a 2-run homer in the 7th

What we’ll be watching in the second quarter: Buxton returned from the disabled list but has been a bit rusty so far, as he skipped a rehab assignment because his defense is so important to the team. If he can get it going offensively, it would be a major boost to the lineup. Right-hander Lance Lynn also must get it going after struggling so far and must get his command back on track.

Key series or stretch of schedule: May 31-June 10. The Twins have an 11-game homestand to try to make up ground, including a four-game series against the Indians from May 31-June 3. They follow that with a four-game series against the White Sox that includes a doubleheader before hosting the Angels for a three-game set.

Stock watch: Up. In fact, they’ve won 8 of 12 games.

WHITE SOX

One thing we learned in the first quarter: Year 2 of the rebuild, tabbed as development-focused, has been the toughest part to date, as mentioned a few times previously by general manager Rick Hahn. There’s talent in place at the big league level, but there have been noticeable growing pains for top young pitchers such as Lucas Giolito, Carson Fulmer and even Reynaldo Lopez. The same held true for second baseman Yoan Moncada, who has steadied th Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey ings after a slow start and become one of the team’s more consistent offensive performers.

Video: Moncada hits leadoff homer in back-to-back games

What we’ll be watching in the second quarter: Does Michael Kopech arrive? The right-hander ranks No. 2 among White Sox prospects and No. 9 overall per MLB Pipeline, possessing elite stuff, but he has struggled with command over his last two starts. Hahn will not rush Kopech or outfielder Eloy Jimenez, who is currently crushing the ball for Double-A Birmingham and is the organization’s top prospect (No. 3 overall) or any other top prospect before that player checks off every box needed for promotion.

Key series or stretch of schedule: From May 28 to June 20, the White Sox play 20 of their 23 games against teams considered playoff contenders and three against a competitive Detroit team. That stretch includes 10 against the Indians and four against the Twins.

Stock watch: It would be easy to say it’s way down considering the White Sox have won two series all season, have the worst record in baseball and have simply not played good fundamental baseball. But perspective is also needed to understand this team is building more for the future than success in the present. So a qualified steady or slightly down might be a more accurate read, as it’s really about individual growth as opposed to team wins and losses.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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CHICAGO — Despite coming up short against Texas starter Doug Fister, the White Sox capitalized against the Rangers’ bullpen in a big way.

Fister held the White Sox scoreless through seven innings, but with two out and nobody on in the eighth, Yoan Moncada sparked a four-run rally to boost Chicago to a 4-2 win. The victory snapped the White Sox five-game losing streak at home and is just their fourth win at Guaranteed Rate Field this season.

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CHICAGO — Despite coming up short against Texas starter Do Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey ug Fister, the White Sox capitalized against the Rangers’ bullpen in a big way.

Fister held the White Sox scoreless through seven innings, but with two out and nobody on in the eighth, Yoan Moncada sparked a four-run rally to boost Chicago to a 4-2 win. The victory snapped the White Sox five-game losing streak at home and is just their fourth win at Guaranteed Rate Field this season.

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“I’m glad we are starting to get some breaks here and there,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “At the end, they were able to put a line together and keep battling and, with a couple of walks, continue to put some runs across the board. They put a really good fight together today.”

Following a ground-rule double, Moncada advanced to third on a passed ball with Yolmer Sanchez at the plate, and then scored when reliever Jose Leclerc threw away Sanchez’s comebacker. After an intentional walk to Jose Abreu, Leclerc unintentionally walked Nicky Delmonico and Matt Davidson to force in the tying run, and Welington Castillo drove in the go-ahead runs with a line-drive single.

Moncada originally thought he had an inside-the-park home run, dashing completely around the bases without a throw in from the outfield. But the ball had gotten stuck under the outfield fence and he was sent back to second. Moncada finished the night with three hits, raising his batting average to .270.

“I feel that right now, I’m recognizing the pitches better than I was doing before,” Moncada said through team interpreter Billy Russo. “That’s helping me to swing at better pitches and put the barrel on the ball.”

White Sox starter James Shields pitched his best game of the season, tossing 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball. His only run allowed came on a soft Shin-Soo Choo single that snuck through the shift and past a diving Tim Anderson.

Video: TEX@CWS: Shields limits Rangers to 1 run and K’s 8

“I felt pretty good out there, pounded the strike zone for the most part,” Shields said. “Had a few more walks than I wanted to, but the pitcher did a good job on the other side, I had to keep us in the game as long as I possibly can.”

Fister managed to pitch better, holding the White Sox off the scoreboard and getting several key outs on the bases. He picked off Moncada in the first and induced two double plays, including a play in the si Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey xth when the White Sox put on the hit-and-run.

The Rangers tacked on an insurance run in the eighth when Nomar Mazara tripled off reliever Luis Avilan, driving in Choo from first. It ultimately proved too little with Chicago’s late rally.

“It’s the best when you can win a game like tonight,” Moncada said. “We try to come here every day and go out there thinking that we have a shot that night to win the game. We always think that way. We try to play hard and try to do our best and win games.”

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Just looking, part 1: The White Sox best chance against Fister came in the third inning when Leury Garcia and Trayce Thompson reached base with one out for the top of the order. However, both Moncada and Sanchez struck out looking, preventing the White Sox from tying it up. Garcia and Thompson even conducted a double steal on the last pitch to Moncada. It was the only time Thursday night that the White Sox had multiple runners on in an inning prior to the eighth.

Just looking, part 2: Davidson has vastly improved his walk rate this season, and his eighth-inning walk showed how that has beared fruit. Davidson fell behind 0-2 to Leclerc, but Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey  worked the count back to draw the game-tying free pass.

Davidson said he likely would have struck out last year in a similar situation.

Video: TEX@CWS: Davidson ties the game in the 8th on a walk

“It’s what I’m trying to accomplish and it just shows you too how many at-bats you can throw away, I guess, if you swing at balls,” Davidson said. “I could easily have swung at that next pitch, the slider away, and it shows you just don’t need to swing as often as we think.”

SOUND SMART
Though Shields’ ERA is still fairly high at 4.88, he hasn’t received a lot of offensive support. The White Sox put up three runs or less while Shields pitches for his seventh consecutive start.

HE SAID IT

“We’ve been in a rut all season long and we haven’t been playing good baseball. It’s just the bottom line. We haven’t been playing good baseball, so we got to pick it up. We still have a long season to go.” — Shields, on the importance of Thursday’s win

UP NEXT
The White Sox continue their four-game set with the Rangers on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. CT and send Carson Fulmer (2-3, 6.23 ERA) to the mound for his eighth start. Fulmer has been largely inconsistent this season, showing some flashes of dominance. However, he’s given up 10 runs (nine earned) in his last two starts in a combined 5 1/3 innings.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com.


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