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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The names Jim Landis and Aaron Rowand often are mentioned when discussing the great center fielders in White Sox history.

So it only seems fitting the two developed a bond as they got to know each other over the years. Landis, w http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Minnesota-Twins-Jersey ho was considered one of the best defensive outfielders of his era, died Saturday. He was 83.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The names Jim Landis and Aaron Rowand often are mentioned when discus Custom Twins Jersey sing the great  Personalized Twins Jersey center fielders in White Sox history.

So it only seems fitting the two developed a bond as they got to know each other over the years. Landis, who was considered one of the best defensive outfielders of his era, died Saturday. He was 83.

“Just an awesome, awesome individual,” said Rowand, the White Sox Minor League outfield/baserunning instructor, of the late Mr. Landis. “He was such a great guy. He loved the White Sox organization and loved the city of Chicago.”

Video: NYY@CWS: Landis hits three-run home run in 10th

A Richmond, Calif., native, Landis passed away in Napa, Calif., not far from where he was born. He played for the White Sox for eight seasons from 1957-64, winning five consecutive Gold Gloves with Chicago from ’60-64 and was selected to the American L Men’s Authentic Customized Minnesota Twins Home White Baseball Jersey Cheap eague All-Star team in ’62.

In 1959, the White Sox advanced to the World Series, and Landis was a big contributor to the club. He hit .272 with five home runs, 26 doubl Customized Minnesota Twins Jersey es and 60 RBIs while finishing seventh in the American League Most Valuable Player Award voting. He batted .292 with six runs in six Men’s Authentic Custom Minnesota Twins Road Gray Stitched Baseball Jersey  games against the Dodgers in the Fall Classic that year.

In Game 3 of the World Series, Landis made an iconic catch on a fly ball hit by Jim Gilliam. In Game 5, he also had an important hit, moving Nellie Fox to third base, where Fox scored on a ground out to give the White Sox a 1-0 win in over Sandy Koufax and send the series back to Chicago.

Video: WS1959 Gm3: Landis lays out to rob Gilliam in the 1st

Signed by the White Sox as an amateur free agent in 1952, Landis topped all AL outfielders with a .993 fielding percentage in ’63 and finished his career with a .989 mark. He was one of 27 players named to the organization’s “Team of the Century” in 2000.

Landis also played for the Red Sox, Indians, Tigers, Astros and Athletics throughout his 11-year Major League career.

Rowand got to knew Landis, when Landis’ son, Craig, represented the White Sox outfielder. The trio played golf together, and Rowand would pick Jim’s mind on the art of playing center field.

“We talked about jumps and we talked about different hitters and positioning,” Rowand said. “We compared to how he did it then to how people do it now.

“It’s all pretty much the same. We talked quite a bit about playing center field and playing center field for the Chicago White Sox. He took a lot of pride in the fact that he got to play on the South Side. I got to see his Gold Gloves up where he lives. Really awesome guy, really awesome player. Left a mark in the history of this organization.”

According to Bob Vanderberg, who has written books about the White Sox, in a dugout chat one day in September 1959, two weeks or so after the Sox had picked up National League slugger Ted Kluszewski, Earl Torgeson — another former NL slugger — were comparing NL and AL players.

For two weeks, Torgeson had been telling Klu that Landis was a better defensive center fielder than Willie Mays. That day in the clubhouse, Klu stopped by for a quick word with Chicago baseball writer Jerome Holtzman and with Torgeson and said, “You were right about Mays and Landis.”

Landis’ best offensive season came in 1961, when he hit .283 with 22 home runs, 85 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. But Landis was best known for his glove work.

“You couldn’t be afraid of a fence,” Landis once said. “Sometimes they thought I was crazy, but I think the intent had a lot to do with it.

“I always felt this: There was no ball I couldn’t catch. That to me was real determination, and if you don’t have that, you’re not a good outfielder, first of all. You’ve got to have that feeling, and I just felt, ‘I’m gonna catch it.'”

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. Bob Vanderberg contributed to this report.

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White Sox general manager Rick Hahn seemingly can’t go more than a couple of weeks without trading for more prospects, but his deals aren’t the only avenue in which the White Sox have beefed up their farm system. They’ve also done well in the Draft, spending their la Women’s Personalized Minnesota Twins Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey st two first-round picks and their 2017 second-rounder on college sluggers.

Catcher Zack Collins (No. 10 overall, 2016), third baseman Jake Burger (No. 11, 2017) and first baseman Gavin Sheets (No. 49, 2017) all should fit in nicely at Guaranteed Rate Field, one of the most homer-friendly ballparks in the big leagues. For now, they’re together in Chicago’s four-week instructional league program in Glendale, Ariz., which ends this weekend.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn seemingly can’t go more than a couple of weeks without trading for more prospects, but his deals aren’t the only avenue in which the White Sox have beefed up their farm system. They’ve also done well in the Draft, spending their last two first-round picks and their 2017 second-rounder on college sluggers.

Catcher Zack Collins (No. 10 overall, 2016), third baseman Jake Burger (No. 11, 2017) and first baseman Gavin Sheets (No. 49, 2017) all should fit in nicely at Guaranteed Rate Field, one of the most homer-friendly ballparks in the big leagues. For now, they’re together in Chicago’s four-week instructional league program in Glendale, Ariz., which ends this weekend.

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After signing for $3,380,600 out of Miami last summer, Collins, ranked No. 7 on the White Sox Top 30 Prospects list struggled for much of his first full pro season, barely staying above the Mendoza Line in high Class A through the end of July. He did come on in the final month, batting .290/.462/.580 to finish at .224/.370/.445. He hit for power (19 homers) and showed patience (87 walks) like he always has,  Men’s Authentic Customized Minnesota Twins Home White Baseball Jersey Cheap but he’ll need to cut his strikeout rate (27 percent) and continue to polish his receiving behind the plate.

“Out here, we’ve mainly focused on offensive things with Zack,” White Sox farm director Chris Getz said. “We’re trying to get him in a sound position to hit, be balanced, make good decisions like he has. He’s using the whole field and pulling the ball more effectively. We feel good about where he is going into next season.”

Burger and Sheets spent most of their first pro summer together at Class A Kannapolis, helping the Intimidators reach the South Atlantic League championship series. The 2017 Missouri Valley Conference player of the year, Burger signed for $3.7 million out of Missouri State and hit .263/.336/.412 in his debut. Sheets, who led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 21 homers for Wake Forest, signed for $2 million and batted .279/.365/.397.

Video: Top Prospects: Jake Burger, 3B, White Sox

Getz said the White Sox are trying to get Burger and Sheets more experience rather than make any significant alterations in instructional league.

“Burger has very good contact ability, which bodes well for his power production,” Getz said. “He has very good bat speed, uses his legs well, hits a lot of balls hard to all fields. He has a lot of ingredients to be a productive Major League hitter.

“Sheets has a solid idea at the plate as well. He has a good plan and approach. His power is more middle to pull right now, and he’s learning to pull the ball more effectively. The looseness in his swing is encouraging.”

Burger was the best power hitter available in the 2017 Draft, which is what made him the first Missouri State  Customized Minnesota Twins Jersey hitter ever taken in the first round. Though he’s a burly 6-foot-2, 210-pounder, he’s far from one-dimensional. He surprisingly has aver http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Minnesota-Twins-Jersey age speed and though some evaluators questioned his ability to remain at the hot corner, Getz sees him as a definite third baseman.

“Anyone who saw him this season or in instructional league, those doubts would be erased,” Getz said. “He’s solid. It’s about learning to be more efficient in what he’s doing. He’s figuring that out. He’s making the play to the backhand side, he has the arm strength, he’s coming in on balls well. There’s no doubt in my mind that Burger will stay at third base.”

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“As a ballplayer, I always figured that I had a bat and all the pitcher had was a little ball, and as long as I kept swinging that bat, I’d be all right.”
— Hank Aaron, from his autobiography “I Had A Hammer”

Voting is underway through Friday to help decide who wins the 2017 Hank Aaron Awards, recognizing two Major League Baseball players who kept sw Customized Minnesota Twins Jersey inging on their way to the title of most outstanding offensive performance in each league.

“As a ballplayer, I always figured that I had a bat and all the pitcher had was a little ball, and as long as I kept swinging that bat, I’d be all right.”
— Hank Aaron, from his autobiography “I Had A Hammer”

Voting is underway through Friday to help decide who wins the 2017 Hank Aaron Awards, recognizing two Major League Baseball players who kept swinging on their way to the title of most outstanding offensive performance in each league.

American League nominees include: Mike Trout of the Angels, Jose Altuve of the Astros, Khris Davis of the Athletics, Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays, Jose Ramirez of the Indians, Nelson Cruz of the Mariners, Jonathan Schoop of the Oriole Women’s Personalized Minnesota Twins Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey s, Elvis Andrus of the Rangers, Logan Morrison of the Rays, Mookie Betts of the Red Sox, Eric Hosmer of the Royals, Nicholas Castellanos of the Tigers, Brian Dozier of the Twins, Jose Abreu of the White Sox and Aaron Judge of the Yankees.

National League finalists are: Freddie Freeman of the Braves, Travis Shaw of the Brewers, Tommy Pham of the Cardinals, Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs, Paul Goldschmidt of the D-backs, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers, Buster Posey of the Giants, Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins, Michael Conforto of the Mets, Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals, Jose Pirela of the Padres, Odubel Herrera of the Phillies, Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates, Joey Votto of the Reds and Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies.

Winners will be anno Personalized Twins Jersey unced during the 113th World Series.

“It is an honor that the awards, which distinguish the top offensive performers in baseball, have my name on it,” Aaron said at last year’s presentation to David Ortiz and Kris Bryant.

Video: Manfred presents Bryant, Ortiz with Hank Aaron Award

Aaron faithfully shows up for each year’s ceremony, adding to the weight of this honor.

Considering that more home runs (6,105) were hit this regular season than in any other, the obvious question is whether these awards — named for a slugger so synonymous with power — will go to two of the biggest bashers.

Or will other elements like on-base percentage, speed and clutch hits influence the vote? Will voters reward batting titles, or perhaps high rankings in Statcast™ exit velocity?

Fifteen finalists were named All-Stars this year, and overall the 30 finalists combined to have been named All-Stars 65 times. The group of nominees also features 19 players under the age of 30, with eight aged 25 or younger.

It is the eighth year in a row that fans have a say in the voting process. In addition, a special panel of Hall of Fame players, led by Aaron himself, will vote on the winners. The panel includes Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Craig Biggio, Ken Griffey Jr., Eddie Murray and Robin Yount. These Hall of Famers — who combined for 17,010 hits, 8,844 RBIs and 2,275 home runs — have all been personally selected by Aaron to lend their expertise.

Aaron’s career stats over 23 seasons bear repeating here, just in case they aren’t cited often enough: 3,771 hits (3rd), 755 homers (2nd), 142.6 WAR/position players (5th), 6,856 total bases (1st), 3,298 games (3rd), 2,174 runs (fourth), 2,297 RBIs (1st). He ave Custom Twins Jersey raged only 60 strikeouts a season, never hitting triple digits in any year.

There was also an element no statistic could measure: courage and resolve. In breaking Babe Ruth’s longstanding record of 714 home runs for the Braves in 1974, The Hammer withstood relentless racial taunts and death threats. His award carries on that legacy of strength.

Video: 4/8/74: Aaron Hits HR No. 715 to pass Babe Ruth

Six former Aaron Award winners are amongst the finalists. Here are the previous winners:

Bryant and Ortiz (2016); Donaldson and Bryce Harper (2015); Stanton and Trout (2014); Miguel Cabrera and Goldschmidt (2013); Cabrera and Posey (2012); Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp (2011); Bautista and Votto (2010); Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols (2009); Aramis Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis Men’s Authentic Customized Minnesota Twins Home White Baseball Jersey Cheap  (2008); Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder (2007); Jeter and Ryan Howard (2006); Ortiz and Andruw Jones (2005); M http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Minnesota-Twins-Jersey anny Ramirez and Barry Bonds (2004); Rodriguez and Pujols (2003); Rodriguez and Bonds (2001-02); Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton (2000) and Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa (1999).

The Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th anniversary of Aaron breaking Ruth’s all-time home run record. At that time, it was the first major award introduced by MLB in more than 25 years. Fan voting now is conducted exclusively on MLB.com and club sites.

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MESA, Ariz. —  Custom Twins Jersey Charlie Tilson took part in a White Sox game on Tuesday afternoon.

Yes, the game represented an Instructional League contest against the A’s at Fitch Park, played before a small crowd of teammates, scouts and maybe a few players’ family members. But for the outfielder who did not play at all during the 2017 season, the type of competition didn’t matter.

MESA, Ariz. — Charlie Tilson took part in a White Sox game on Tuesday afternoon.

Yes, the game represented an Instructional League contest against the A’s at Fitch Park, played before a small crowd of teammates, scouts and maybe a few players’ family members. But for the outfielder who did not play at all during the 2017 season, the type of competition didn’t matter.

“Regardless, it’s baseball,” said a smiling Tilson at Camelback Ranch, prior to making the 40-minute bus ride to Mesa. “You spend so much time in the cage and it’s tough to really simulate in-game competition.

“You know, laying off a couple of pitches, fouling a couple of pitches off, getting down two strikes, those type of things bring back familiar feelings you haven’t been in touch with for a while. That was the biggest most exciting takeaway fo Men’s Authentic Custom Minnesota Twins Road Gray Stitched Baseball Jersey r me: How much you miss it. How much fun it is to be out there competing. It was great.”

Tilson, the club’s No. 19 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, actually returned for the White Sox  Men’s Authentic Customized Minnesota Twins Home White Baseball Jersey Cheap on Monday at Goodyear. He played 5 1/3 innings in center and had three at-bats, much like he did on Tuesday. His next start should be on Thursday morning.

This comeback becomes a potential final tes Personalized Twins Jersey t for Tilson. The 24-year-old suffered a torn left hamstring chasing a fly ball in Detroit on Aug. 2, 2016 in his one and only game with the White Sox, leading to season-ending surgery. That unfortunate injury was followed by a stress reaction suffered in his right foot at the outset of Spring Training and then a stress fracture suffered in the navicular bone of his right ankle leading to Tilson wearing a protective boot.

Video: Tilson discusses his injury setback

Surgery was a possibility to fix the navicular problem as recently as July, and remains possible. Hence, the test portion of this Instructional League participation.

“That’s kind of part of my assignment out here,” Tilson said. “There’s still a little bit of healing potentially to go, but co http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Minnesota-Twins-Jersey mpletely not symptomatic so being out here, being able to test it out and see how it reacts, so far I’m feeling good about it.

“I would describe it as a test. There’s always [surgical] possibilities but I’m just trying to take it a day at a time and keep doing the things that are working for me. And just stay ready to play and I’m pretty confident that I’ll make it through this just fine.”

After this frustrating past season, Tilson admitted a need to listen to his body a little more even at such a young age. He worked with a nutritionist during the extended absence and dropped weight from an already fit 5-foot-11, 195-pound frame.

“He feels really good where he is at right now,” White Sox Minor League hitting coordinator Mike Gellinger said. “Obviously after all those injuries and stuff, your mind plays a big part. Can I pull this off again? Can I do it? But he’s in a go Customized Minnesota Twins Jersey od spot in his own brain.”

The ultimate plan for Tilson is competing for a White Sox roster spot at the start of Spring Training. As of Tuesday, he sees no real roadblock halting that plan.

“I’ve got more to gain,” Tilson said. “I should be all the more ready with a bigger appreciation for the opportunity.”

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 — Brandon Phillips, Luis Valbuena and Mike Trout launched second-inning home runs to back rookie Parker Bridwell as the Angels kept their flickering playoff hopes alive with a 9-3 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Angels remain five games behind the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot, though they drifted closer to elimination after Minnesota defeated the Indians, 8-6, to lower its magic number to one with five games left to play.

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CHICAGO — Brandon Phillips, Luis Valbuena and Mike Trout launched second-inning home runs to back rookie Parker Bridwell as the Angels kept their flickering playoff hopes alive with a 9-3 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Angels remain five games behind the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot, though they drifted closer to elimination after Minnesota defeated the Indians, 8-6, to lower its magic number t Personalized Twins Jersey o one with five games left to play.

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“We’re in it,” Bridwell said. “We’re not out yet. As long as we’ve still got a chance, we’ve got to be optimistic. I’m excited to see where it goes. Things kind of have to fall in place for us, but you never know.”

Jose Abreu homered in the first to give the White Sox an early 1-0 lead, but the Angels surged ahead after battering Chris Volstad for six runs in the second via Phillips’ two-run homer, Valbuena’s solo shot and Trout’s three-run blast. Abreu added a solo shot in the sixth for his 33rd overall, 11th career multi-homer game and fifth this season, as well as putting him in a tie for 15th with Sherm Lollar on the franchise’s career hom Custom Twins Jersey e run list at 124.

Video: LAA@CWS: Abreu hammers second home run of the night

“He continues to show why he’s one of the best in the game right now,” said White Sox manager Rick Renteria of Abreu. “He’s a very good hitter who has power. He continues to go out and give you great at-bats.”

Bridwell gave up three runs on five hits, including Abreu’s two solo shots, while walking two and striking out one over 6 2/3 innings. The Angels are now 16-3 in games started by the 26-year-old right-hander this season.

Video: LAA@CWS: Bridwell strikes out Brantly swinging

“I think what Bridwell did was really important,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He was pitch-efficient. He was pitching to contact. There were a couple walks there, but for the most part, he had contact on his terms. He got a lot of weak contact, and outside of Abreu, who obviously hit a couple balls that might still be going, he pitched a good game.”

Volstad, who pitched in place of Carson Fulmer on Tuesday, yielded six runs on six hits over five innings in his first start since Oct. 2, 2012. Volstad allowed six runs in the second but pitched four perfect innings around that rally.

Video: LAA@CWS: Volstad strikes out Upton looking in 1st

“It’s pretty interesting when you look at it like that,” Volstad said. “The second inning got away from me, a few bad pitches. I was just trying to give the team what I had out there tonight and build off those four other innings, working down, getting ground balls. So a lot of positives tonight.”

Yolmer Sanchez departed after three innings with a right knee contusion and was replaced at third base by Tyler Saladino. X-rays were negative, and the White Sox deemed Sanchez day to day.

Video: LAA@CWS: Sanchez fouls pitch off knee, leaves game

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Angels’ home run barrage: Entering Tuesday, the Angels had been struggling to generate offense, averaging only 2.8 runs per game over their recent 1-7 skid. But their bats came alive in the second, when they sent nine batters to the plate and scored six runs to seize a 6-1 lead. Albert Pujols led off the big inning with a single and scored after Phillips hammered an 0-1 changeup over the left-field fence. After Andrelton Simmons was thrown out at third trying to stretch a double into a triple, Luis Valbuena crushed a 3-2 sinker to center field for his 22nd homer of the season. Martin Maldonado then delivered a two-out single and Kole Calhoun walked to set up Trout’s three-run shot to center, his second homer in as many days.

Video: LAA@CWS: Trout rocks three-run homer to deep center

It marked only the second time the Angels have hit three home runs in an inning this season. They also accomplished the feat on Aug. 2 against the Phillies.

Pujols’ milestone RBI: Pujols capped the Angels’ big night at the plate with a two-run single in the seventh, which extended the Halos’ lead to 9-2. The hit gave Pujols 100 RBIs on the season and 1,917 for his career, tying him with Eddie Murray for eighth place on the all-time list, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Video: LAA@CWS: Pujols smacks two-run single to center

“That’s a tremendous milestone,” Scioscia said. “A lot of times people don’t see how hard Albert works to keep himself in the lineup, to keep going. He’s just a professional hitter, and obviously it’s a great milestone for him.”

Pujols has now recorded 100 RBIs in 14 seasons over his career, matching Alex Rodriguez for the most 100-RBI campaigns in Major League history.

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UPON FURTHER REVIEW
In the sixth, Avisail Garcia appeared to make a grab on Phillips’ fly ball to shallow right field, but the Angels challenged the call after replay showed that the ball hit the grass before Garcia could get his glove around it. The ruling was overturned, allowing Phillips to come away with a one-out single.

Video: LAA@CWS: Phillips cracks single following review

WHAT’S NEXT
Angels: Right-hander Garrett Richards (0-2, 1.50 ERA) will make his sixth start of the season on Wednesday as the Angels and White Sox meet for the third game of their four-game series at 5:10 p.m. PT at Guaranteed Rate Field. In nine career appearances against the White Sox, including three starts, Richards is 2-1 with a 3.62 ERA.

White Sox: Reynaldo Lopez (3-3, 4.54) makes his final start of the 2017 season Wednesday night with a 7:10 p.m. CT first pitch at home. Lopez has a 3-1 record and 3.55  Women’s Personalized Minnesota Twins Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey ERA over his past four starts, but has struck out only four in 25 1/3 innings during that time.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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CHICAGO — The White Sox enter the 2017 offseason in an interesting stage of their rebuild.

While they will continue to procure talent, they also have young standouts such as second baseman Yoan Moncada and right-handed hurlers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lope http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Minnesota-Twins-Jersey z already enjoying daily Major League life in the midst of their development phase.

CHICAGO — The White Sox enter the 2017 offseason in an interesting stage of their rebuild.

While they will continue to procure talent, they also have young standouts such as second baseman Yoan Moncada and right-handed hurlers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lo Men’s Authentic Customized Minnesota Twins Home White Baseball Jersey Cheap pez already enjoying daily Major League life in the midst of their development phase.

Could this team actually contend next season? It’s a possibility, albeit a bit remote. But that outside chance won’t influence general manager Rick Hahn’s decisions in an area such as free agency to deviate even slightly from the rebuilding plan.

• Season 1 of rebuild offers hope

“We’re not looking to build a club that’s gonna jump up in one year and contend for a Wild Card [berth] and then regress back,” Hahn said. “We’re looking [at things from] a long-term point of view. The Twins have a very bright future ahead of them — and their future probably got here earlier than they anticipated, by getting into the postse Personalized Twins Jersey ason as they did.

“But they’re also shooting for that next higher level, which is part of the reason you didn’t see them sell off their system in order to lock down what they were able to do this year. Our situation, again, [we’re] pleased that that’s even on people’s minds. But what we’re shooting f Custom Twins Jersey or is not a one-year fix. We’re shooting for something that’s going to be sustainable.”

Biggest Needs

Starting pitching: The White Sox appear set with Giolito, Lopez, veteran James Shields and possibly Carson Fulmer. Carlos Rodon remains a bit of an uncertainty, after starting and finishing the 2017 campaign on the disabled list with shoulder-area discomfort. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday, which will leave him sidelined for 6-8 months. Even with a fully healthy Rodon at the top of the rotation, the White Sox need veteran additions to fill out the gro Customized Minnesota Twins Jersey up and guard against overworking the younger hurlers as their innings gradually increase.

Video: CLE@CWS: Lopez tosses six strong innings vs. Indians

Possible fits: Miguel Gonzalez, Tyler Chatwood, Chris Tillman

Bullpen assistance: Hahn admitted the bullpen has been gutted during the rebuilding process, so look for this to be one of the areas of focus and one on which the White Sox might spend, if the price and fit are right. A number of relief options emerged internally — ranging from Juan Minaya, who closed at the end of ’17, to Danny Farquhar, Aaron Bummer, Jace Fry and Gregory Infante.

Video: CWS@CLE: Minaya secures White Sox win on ninth save

Nate Jones is expected to be ready by the start of Spring Training after season-ending right elbow surgery. Righty Zach Putnam is more likely to make an in-season comeback after Tommy John surgery.

Possible fits: Luke Gregerson, Bryan Shaw, Anthony Swarzak

Left-handed power: Moncada’s arrival to the big leagues, as well as the impressive first showing by Nicky Delmonico, gave the White Sox a little more balance from the left side (with Moncada being a switch-hitter). But the White Sox are short on left-handed hitting — both in the starting lineup and off the bench.

Video: CWS@HOU: Moncada belts a two-run home run to right

Possible fits: Lucas Duda, John Jaso, Mitch Moreland, Jarrod Dyson, Curtis Granderson, Jon Jay

Gray Areas

Catcher: MLBPipeline.com’s No. 7 White Sox prospect Zack Collins is moving toward the Majors. Kevan Smith and Omar Narvaez capably handled the position in 2017, with both developing their game-calling abilities and building a bond with the young hurlers. But the White Sox might want a veteran in the mix, as they had with Geovany Soto at the outset of ’17.

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Center Field: Adam Engel certainly possesses Major League capabilities defensively and showed extra-base potential in spurts offensively. But he didn’t make contact consistently enough. With the team’s No. 3 prospect Luis Robert still a few years away, a veteran could be a consideration.

Rodon’s health: General parameters were presented for Rodon’s recovery, but that comeback will be dependent on Rodon’s rehab and won’t be fully assessed until Spring Training. The left-hander’s health clearly stands as a big component in the rebuilding process as a rotation staple.

X-factors

Abreu, Garcia long term? Jose Abreu stands out as one of the game’s top middle-of-the-order bats and has become a consummate clubhouse leader. Avisail Garcia rewarded the organization’s patience and played like the five-tool talent he was envisioned as. The White Sox have two years of control over both players, so their decision is whether to extend them into the contending part of the rebuild or trade them to deepen their talent pool.

Video: SF@CWS: Avisail connects for a two-run jack to right

Player Development: Hahn and executive vice president Ken Williams have talked many times about good young players showing them when they are ready for the next challenge. The team is not considered to be in the prime contending phase for 2018. But the rise of talent — such as outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-handed pitcher Michael Kopech, the team’s No. 1 and 2 prospects, or even right-handed starter Alec Hansen, the team’s sixth-ranked prospect — might force the issue at some point in ’18.

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 — Anyone could get tired simply by looking at Jason Benetti’s schedule from this past week.

The White Sox play-by-play announcer for home television broadcasts, who will have all but 20 games in 2018 during Ken “Hawk” Harrelson’s final year behind the microphone, started his travels in New York on Wednesday night. He then went to Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday to prepare for the college football game he would be broadcasting Saturday between Florida State and North Carolina State.

CHICAGO — Anyone could get tired simply by looking at J Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Flex Base Alternate White Baseball Jersey ason Benetti’s schedule from this past week.

The White Sox play-by-play announcer for home television broadcasts, who will have all but 20 games in 2018 during Ken “Hawk” Harrelson’s final year behi Men’s Authentic Custom Milwaukee Brewers Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap nd the microphone, started http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Milwaukee-Brewers-Jersey  his travels in New York on Wednesday night. He then went to Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday to prepare for the college football game he would be broadcasting Saturday between Florida State and North Carolina State.

On Friday, Benetti was back in Chicago for the White Sox game against the Royals, and then Saturday he was in both Tallahassee and Chicago, joining the White Sox game in the second inning after the football game’s completion.

“The fun part is I left my suitcase in the Tallahassee hotel room Friday and just brought my backpack here to do the game,” said Benetti on Wednesday at Guaranteed Rate Field during a slig Personalized Brewers Jersey htly more sedate week. “The Customized Milwaukee Brewers Jersey n I reunited with my suitcase when I got to Tallahassee again that night.

“If I’m going to do this, I have to make sure there’s no drop-off. You have to do better than average for those couple of games than what you had planned. Nobody cares what my schedule was. You are watching the Sox game and you don’t really care. If we tell you, then you maybe you care and then it’s interesting or whatever.

“For Florida State or NC State, those fans don’t care. ‘He missed who was on that interception was because he’s tired,'” Benetti said. “Nobody is saying that and nobody cares. No excuses.”

Benetti’s one personal addition to this wild timeline was going to see the musical “Dear Evan Hansen” on Broadway with his friends last Wednesday.

“So I was in New York on Wednesday, which was really dumb of me to schedule it then, but I didn’t know I was going to have the game,” Benetti said. “It’s hard to get tickets for that show, so I went. But then I was like, now I have another early flight on Thursday. So not the best planning.”

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 — Lucas Giolito described his initial feeling as “bittersweet” upon hearing the White Sox were capping his 2017 season at 174 innings between Triple-A Charlotte and the Majors, a jump from 136 2/3 innings in ’16.

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CHICAGO — Lucas Giolito described his initial feeling as “bittersweet” upon hearing the White Sox were capping his 2017 season at 174 innings between Triple-A Charlotte and the Majors, a jump from 136 2/3 innings in ’16.

He was looking forward to making that final start Friday night at Progressive Field.

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“I wanted to take the ball against the I Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Flex Base Alternate White Baseball Jersey ndians. I want to pitch against the best,” a confident Giolito said Tuesday in the White Sox dugout. “But at the same time, I completely understand the process of everything. I’m pleased with where I’m at.

“Luckily, I was able to throw pretty deep into games over my starts here. So it http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Milwaukee-Brewers-Jersey ‘s understandable that 174 is where they wanted to cap me.”

The 2017 season became a positive reboot for Giolito, 23, who was acquired from the Nationals as part of the Adam Eaton deal. He not only overcame struggles featured at the end of his run in Washington but also tough times at the beginning of his 128 2/3 innings thrown for Charlotte.

Video: KC@CWS: Renteria discusses Giolito’s performance

Giolito posted a 2.38 ERA in seven starts and 45 1/3 innings for the White Sox, striking out 34 and walking 12. He’s coming out of this season with a much better feeling than he had last year at this time.

“A lot more confident, knowing that I had good numbers and I was able to pitch well up here,” Giolito said. “Put that in my back pocket going into next year and just come and attack hitters the same way and continue the development. There’s still so much to work on and improve.”

“There’s nothing left to prove this year. There’s nothing really to gain. I don’t think his first trip to the big leagues with us could have gone any better,” White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. “He’s throwing strikes with four pitches. He’s got angles, he can change speeds, he can ride the ball up in the zone. He’s done everything. He’s been great.”

Throwing 200 innings becomes the 2018 target for Giolito, who will begin his throwing program in mid-December.

Shields shut down

Veter Men’s Authentic Custom Milwaukee Brewers Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap an right-hander James Shields ended his 2017 season on a high note with a quality start and victor Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Stitched Home White Baseball Jersey y over the Angels on Monday. Shields will have PRP (platelet-rich plasma) shots in both knees to take care of tendinitis.

No starting pitcher has been announced by the White Sox for Friday’s series opener at Cleveland.

Video: LAA@CWS: Shields strikes out eight over seven innings

Cease coming along

Dylan Cease, the No. 5 White Sox prospect and No. 58 overall per MLBPipeline.com, was shut down before the start of the Class A Kannapolis South Atlantic League playoffs due to shoulder fatigue. But he continues working during White Sox instructional league action at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.

“He’s doing well,” said White Sox director of player development Chris Getz of Cease, who is playing catch and working through physical therapy stuff. “Our goal at the end of the instructional league is for him to feel good about where his arm is going into the offseason.

“Have a normal productive offseason and be ready for Spring Training. There is nothing showing for us to be worried about.”

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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Nicky D Milwaukee Brewers Custom Jersey elmonico HR ends Angels’ Wild chase

CHICAGO — The White Sox played the spoiler role on Wednesday night, as Nicky Delmonico blasted a two-run, walk-off home run off Blake Parker to lift Chicago to a 6-4 victory in 10 innings, eliminating the Angels from playoff contention.

With the game tied, 4-4, Avisail Garcia led off the bottom of the 10th with a double to left field, and Delmonico followed by crushing a 2-1 splitter to right for his ninth homer of the season. The Angels missed a chance to stave off elimination in the race for the second American League Wild Card spot for a second consecutive night, as the Twins fell to the Indians, 4-2, on Wednesday.

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CHICAGO — The White Sox played the spoiler role on Wednesday night, as Nicky Delmonico blasted a two-run, walk-off home run off Blake Parker to lift Chicago to a 6-4 victory in 10 innings, eliminating the Angels from playoff contention.

With the game tied, 4-4, Avisail Garcia led off the bottom of the 10th with a double to left field, and Delmonico followed by crushing a 2-1 splitter to right for his ninth homer of the season. The Angels missed a chance to stave off elimination in the race for the second American League Wild Card spot for a second consecutive night, as the Twins fell to the Indians, 4-2, on Wednesday.

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“There’s not a guy in that room that doesn’t feel it, because we felt that we were playing at a level that we could have reached o Custom Brewers Jersey ur goal, and unfortunately we didn’t quite get there,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “The Twins played well down the stretch, and they earned that game to get their foot in the door.”

Angels take pride in late-season elimination

Video: LAA@CWS: Scioscia on missing out on the postseason

It was Delmonico’s second walk-off homer he could remember, with his first coming as a junior at Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tenn., in 2010 to win a state title.

“It kind of felt something similar,” said Delmonico, who had three hits and was a triple short of the cycle. “Same pitch, too. It brought back memories.”

“I was just looking for something soft to get Avi over and I got something soft and I ended up elevating it. But all I was trying to was get him over.”

Video: LAA@CWS: Delmonico talks walk-off homer, gets doused

Reynaldo Lopez yielded four runs on five hits while walking two and striking out seven Customized Milwaukee Brewers Jersey  over six innings for the White Sox. Staked a 3-0 lead, Lopez surrendered a game-tying home run to Kole Calhoun in the fifth and an RBI single to Andrelton Simmons that briefly gave the Angels a 4-3 edge in the sixth.

Garrett Richards, who had been one of the Angels’ biggest bright spots in September and logged a 1.86 ERA in his first four starts since returning from injury,  http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Milwaukee-Brewers-Jersey couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning. He allowed three runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in his final outing of the season.

“It was one of those nights where I couldn’t really put it together,” Richards said. “Mechanically, just a little bit inconsistent. Body-wise, I felt great. Obviously my stuff wasn’t. It feels terrible to be the guy that the season ended with. My teammates deserve better than that, and I hold myself accountable.”

Video: LAA@CWS: Saladino crosses the plate on a wild pitch

Chicago right fielder Willy Garcia departed the game after eight innings with a left hamstring strain and is day to day, according to the White Sox.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
White Sox chase Richards: Richards dominated through three innings, but he unraveled in a three-run fourth. Jose Abreu led off the inning with a single and scored the first run of the game on Delmonico’s double to right-center field. Richards then walked Tyler Saladino and gave up a single to Omar Narvaez to load the bases with one out. Garcia brought in a run with an RBI groundout, and Delmonico scored from third on a wild pitch to push the lead to 3-0. After Adam Engel walked to extend the rally, Scioscia decided to lift Richards and bring in Yusmeiro Petit, who induced a flyout from Tim Anderson to end the inning.

Video: LAA@CWS: Delmonico rips an RBI double to right-center

Calhoun’s clutch home ru Men’s Authentic Custom Milwaukee Brewers Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap n: Lopez retired the first two batters he faced to start the fifth before C.J. Cron reached on a hit-by-pitch, which sparked a two-out rally for the Angels. Martin Maldonado followed with a single, and Calhoun then hammered a 1-0 changeup over the center-field fence to tie the game, 3-3. It was Calhoun’s 18th home run of the season and his first since Aug. 26.

“The homer was my mistake because I was dominating him with my fastball, and then I tried to throw him a changeup,” Lopez said through interpreter Billy Russo. “It was my mistake, and I take it because there is no reason for me to throw that pitch in that moment.”

Video: LAA@CWS: Calhoun belts a three-run homer to center

Angels’ costly miscues: The Angels took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but they cracked the door for the White Sox after Garcia reached on a one-out error by third baseman Luis Valbuena. Garcia advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches from Halos reliever Cam Bedrosian before scoring on Anderson’s single to tie the game, 4-4.

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QUOTABLE
“Obviously, the biggest moment was being called up. But to be able to do that is something you dream about in the backyard.” — Delmonico, on his walk-off homer

Video: LAA@CWS: Moncada dekes Young for a double play

WHAT’S NEXT
Angels: Right-hander Bud Norris (2-6, 4.42 ERA) will make his third spot start of the season in Thursday’s series finale against the White Sox at 5:10  Personalized Brewers Jersey p.m. PT at Guaranteed Rate Field. Norris will pitch in place of the injured Andrew Heaney and initiate a bullpen game for the Halos.

White Sox: Dylan Covey (0-7, 7.83) makes his 12th start in what looks to be final attempt of 2017 at picking up career win No. 1, facing the Angels on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. CT at Guaranteed Rate Field. Covey is coming off his first career quality start, hurled against the Royals at home Saturday. Preview >>

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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 — Tim Anderson has endured one of the toughest seasons of his life on a personal level, a situation the 24-year-old wouldn’t want to go through again, after the tragic loss of his friend Branden Moss back in early May.

But the White S Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Stitched Home White Baseball Jersey ox shortstop also understands these struggles from 2017 will make him a better player and person in the future.

CHICAGO — Tim Anderson has endured one of the toughest seasons of his life on a personal level, a situation the 24-year-old wouldn’t want to go through again, after the tragic loss of his friend Branden Moss back in early May.

But the White Sox shortstop also understands these struggles from 2017 will make him a better player and person in the future.

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“You have to keep going, man,” Anderson told MLB.com. “Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Things tend to happen. Everything happens for a reason. So you just have to keep pushing and know what the ultimate goal is to get better each and every day.”

“Nobody knows when you’re going through a difficult time how it’s going to truly impact you,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “Obviously, it was a significant time in his life in terms of the experience of a loss of a friend, a very, very close friend. And he got through it.”

Anderson praised Renteria for his direct help, mentioning a number of one-on-ones they had, simply to talk about life. Anderson also received help from the White Sox as a whole, his family and Moss’ family to deal with the loss of someone who was like a brother to him. But it was Anderson who was proactive in going through counseling to deal with the pain.

In being open about these tough times through the media and his Twitter account, Anderson and his personal struggles have resonated with others.

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“Just from feedback on Twitter, people reached out and said thanks for being honest and being you. It definitely impacts some people,” Anderson said. “I learned so much from this season, as in I feel like it made me a better Customized Milwaukee Brewers Jersey  person and a better player and a better teammate. It’s definitely one I will remember.”

“He’s reconnected with his teammates very well,” Renteria said. “But they all knew who he was. To me, it’s who he was … before this whole episode that occurred with him, and everybody’s starting to enjoy him again because he’s starting to see the light at the end of th Personalized Brewers Jersey e tunnel. As a teammate, as a friend and as a player, he’s starting to go out there and do what he’s been capable of doing.”

Over 49 games since Aug. 2, Anderson has produced a .312 average. His 17 homers and 55 RBIs overall are career highs, and Anderson had a career-best 15-game hitting streak and an 18-game errorless streak both end this past week.

Video: CWS@HOU: Anderson extends lead with a solo smash

This strong finish represents a big sign for Anderson, a staple of the White Sox rebuild who now can think of hitting future career ceilings after entering September with a .241 average.

“I definitely see myself as an All-Star, and there are many more goals I have in mind,” Anderson said. “I just think about this year, how if that’s struggling, I’m OK with it.

“When I’m not struggling, if you take the numbers now that I have with struggling and I’m not struggling, then the sky is the limit. I think about what we have a chance to do here, and I’m excited about it and definitely happy to be a part of it.”

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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