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OAKLAND — Both the A’s and White Sox were clad in 1968 throwback uniforms on Tuesday night at the Coliseum as the teams celebrated the 50th anniversary of baseball’ Custom Angels Jersey s arrival in Oakland.

The 1968 White Sox went 67-95, and not much went right for the 2018 incarnation of the club on this night, as Yoan Moncada‘s 2-for-4 night at the plate was about the only bright spot for Chicago in a 10-2 loss that secured a third consecutive series loss for the Sox.

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OAKLAND — Both the A’s and White Sox were clad in 1968 throwback uniforms on Tuesday night at the Coliseum as the teams celebrated the 50th anniversary of baseball’s arrival in Oakland.

The 1968 White Sox went 67-95, and not much went right for the 2018  Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale incarnation of the club on this night, as Yoan Moncada‘s 2-for-4 night at the plate was about the only bright spot for Chicago in a 10-2 loss that secured a third consecutive series loss for the Sox.

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Moncada’s two-run homer off A’s reliever Ryan Dull in the eighth inning accounted for Chicago’s only offense. He had walked and stolen second in the first — his second straight contest in which he reached base and swiped a bag to lead off the game — and added a double in the third.

More significantly, Moncada, who been 1-for-11 with eight strikeouts and no walks in his previous three games, worked three-ball counts in all five of his at-bats despite striking out twice.

“I’ve been seeing and recognizing pitches better,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “That’s important, because that’s going to help me get over this.”

Manager Rick Renteria had been steadfast in his confidence in leaving the 22-year-old in the leadoff spot as he continued to work out his early-season struggles, and the former No. 1 prospect rewarded his manager’s faith on Tuesday with what looked to be a step in the right direction.

“I have the right focus, and I’ve been working hard, and my offense is on the right path to get to where I want my offense to be,” Moncada said. “I’ve made some adjustments. There are still a few adjustments that I need to do, but I think right now, I’m feeling much better.”

Despite the lack of runs to show for it, the Sox did knock eight hits and had baserunners in every inning except the seventh, and Renteria was encouraged by the signs he saw from his entire lineup — not just Moncada.

“I think we had quite a few at-bats today that got a little deeper into counts by quite a few guys,” Renteria said. “Again, ultimately, we had some situations where we hit some balls pretty good right at some people. In general, for me, as much as we didn’t come out on top in this ballgame, I kind of liked the way we were playing the game.”

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For a second straight game, the Sox ruined an A’s shutout with a late homer, and this time, it was Moncada who did the damage with his homer to right field on a 3-2 changeup. Moncada’s homer traveled a Statcast-estimated 387 feet and left the bat at 111 mph.

“During a full count, I was just trying to hit the ball hard and get a good pitch to hit,” Moncada said. “I was fortunate enough to get that pitch, and I hit it hard.”

The homer scored Omar Narvaez, who had reached on a strike-three wild pitch one batter earlier. Dull proceeded to strike out Avisail Garcia, Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey ose Abreu and Matt Davidson for the first four-strikeout inning by an A’s reliever since 2012.

Video: CWS@OAK: Dull strikes out four in the 8th inning

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RISP woes continue: Good news: The Sox picked up their first hits with runners in scoring position since April 10. Bad news: They didn’t score anyone.

In the third inning, with Moncada on second after a one-out double, Garcia lined a single into left field, but Moncada was stopped at third. One pitch later, Abreu grounded into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

The Sox loaded the bases in the ninth with the game already out of hand, but Narvaez and Moncada struck out to end the game, leaving the Sox 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position on Tuesday.

Chicago is now 5-for-62 (.081) in such situations over its last eight games.

BULLPEN CONTINUES RESURGENCE
Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez was chased after allowing eight runs in three-plus innings in the shortest outing by a White Sox starter all season, but Chicago’s bullpen quietly continued its bounceback from a rough start to the year, as it allowed two runs in five innings of relief.

Video: CWS@OAK: Gonzalez strikes out Davis in the 3rd

Sox relievers now have a 3.51 ERA in their last eight games after posting a 8.55 ERA in the first six contests of the season.

After Hector Santiago got the Sox through the fifth inning, Renteria opted to give Joakim Soria, Bruce Rondon and Nate Jones an inning each to give them some game action after Chicago’s three-day break due to the inclement weather in Minnesota.

“They did a nice job,” Renteria said. “We hadn’t Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap  used the three horsemen in about five days. We’re glad we got them out there to get a little bit of work. We’ll be fine.”

Video: CWS@OAK: Soria K’s Olson to strand the bases loaded

UP NEXT
The Sox will wrap up what became a seven-day, four-game road trip Wednesday afternoon at 2:35 p.m. CT, as right-hander Carson Fulmer will look to regain his command after issuing six walks in 4 2/3 innings in his last start. Oakland will send righty Andrew Triggs to t Custom Angels Baseball Jersey he mound for his fourth start of the season.

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.


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OAKLAND — As a rebuilding team, the White Sox shouldn’t be surprised to experience some bumps in the road over the course of 162 games. But let’s face it: Losing is demoralizing, especially when a team has dropped seven of its last eight.

After his ninth-inning solo homer Monday night in Chicago’s 8-1 lo Custom Angels Jersey ss to Oakland, Jose Abreu told manager Rick Renteria that it was tough to celebrate a homer like that when his team was down.

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OAKLAND — As a rebuilding team, the White Sox shouldn’t be surprised to experience some bumps in the road over the course of 162 games. But let’s face it: Losing is demoralizing, especially when a team has dropped seven of its last eight.

After his ninth-inning solo homer Monday night in Chicago’s 8-1 loss to Oakland, Jose Abreu told manager Rick Renteria that it was tough to celebrate a homer like that when his team was down.

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“It’s not necessarily the homer that you’re celebrating,” Renteria told Abreu. “It’s  Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap the fact that you kept fighting. That you put together an at-bat that gave you an opportunity to drive the ball out of the ballpark. That’s what we’re celebrating, because e Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey verybody’s got to watch that. That’s what we learn from it.”

Following Monday night’s loss, in which the Sox committed a season-high four errors and went 0-for-9 with runners on base, Renteria emphasized the need for his team to really focus on every pitch, and for his hitters to keep driving the ball up the middle and to the oppo Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey site field until they get their timing back.

“Try not to do too much,” Renteria said. “Just try to stay to the middle of the diamond. Anything that puts you in position to try to barrel the baseball as much as possible. Trying to do too much can put you out of whack a lot more.”

Renteria likened his mentality to that of a prize fight — trying to win as many innings as possible, one “round” at a time.

“Yesterday is done. Today is the only thing we’re focused on and it’s trying to win as many rounds as possible today,” he said. “Hopefully it’ll be in front of a huge crowd.”

Sparks excited for full Coliseum crowd

Assistant hitting coach Greg Sparks, who spent 22 years in the A’s organization working primarily with Minor League hitters, remembers from Oakland’s playoff appearances just how loud the Coliseum can get when full. The A’s distributed 200,000 free tickets and are expected 70,000 to attend Tues Custom Angels Baseball Jersey day night’s celebration of 50 years of baseball in Oakland.

“The fans that do come, they’re true fans,” Sparks said before Tuesday’s game. “Tonight should be really fun with the stands full. I’ve been here for some playoff games where it was full, and I’ve been telling the guys here that you’ll never hear anything like it when this thing is full, what it sounds like. It’s so loud.”

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According to Renteria, the White Sox ran into backup ticket-holders in the Coliseum parking lot when they arrived at the stadium at 11:30 a.m. local time.

“I think [giving out free tickets] is a great idea. It’s really neat,” Sparks said. “Maybe it’ll happen more in different cities. … A chance to get in here free and do your thing and enjoy a baseball game? What a great idea.”

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.


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The Twins on Monday announced the makeup dates for this weekend’s three postponed games against the White Sox at Target Field.

Friday’s contest will be played on June 5 at 3:10 p.m. CT as part of a traditional doubleheader, and that will include Sunday’s scheduled Jackie Robin Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey son Day celebration, as well as a Brian Dozier and Byron Buxton T-Shirt giveaway to the first 10,000 fans.

The Twins on Monday announced the makeup dates for this weekend’s three postponed games against the White Sox at Target Field.

Friday’s contest will be played on June 5 at 3:10 p.m. CT as part of a traditional doubleheader, and that will include Sunday’s scheduled Jackie Robinson Day celebration, as well as a Brian Dozier and Byron Buxton T-Shirt giveaway to the first 10,000 fans.

Twins’ rainout policy

Saturday’s game is scheduled for Sept. 28 at 1:10 p.m. as part of a split doubleheader, with the nightcap at 7:10 p.m. The Twins’ Plaid Flap Cap giveaway will also be moved to the early game on Sept. 28.

And Sunday’s series finale will be made up on a mutual off-day for Chicago and Minnesota, Aug. 20 at 6:10 p.m.

Fans can exchange the value of their original tickets for tickets to a future Twins r Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap egular-season game in 2018. Tickets to the April 14-15 games can also be used as admission into the rescheduled games on Sept. 28 and Aug. 20, respectively. More information regarding the Twins’ rainout policy is available online at twinsbaseball.com, by phone at 612-33-TWINS or by visiting the Target Field Box Office during normal business hours

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.


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CHICAGO — The White Sox got in just one of their four games in Minnesota this weekend thanks to heavy snow. But their Minor League affiliates, all of whom play their games in warmer climates, have been rolling along. And several White Sox prospects have gotten off to a fast start.

The pitching trio of Michael Kopech, Dane Dunning and Dylan Cease, each having made two turns through the rotation, has combined for a 1.13 ERA in 32 innings. Opposing pitchers can’t get Micker Adolfo out at Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. And Joel B Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap ooker provided for two exciting walk-off wins.

CHICAGO — The White Sox got in just one of their four games in Minnesota this weekend thanks to heavy snow. But their Minor League affiliates, all of whom play their games in warmer climates, have been rolling along. And several White Sox prospects have gotten off to a fast start.

The pitching trio of Michael Kopech, Dane Dunning and Dylan Cease, each having made two turns through the rotation, has combined for a 1.13 ERA in 32 innings. Opposing pitchers can’t get Micker Adolfo out at Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. And Joel Booker provided for two exciting walk-off wins.

Here is a rundown of the White Sox standout Minor Leaguers:

Michael Kopech, P, Triple-A Charlotte
Acquired with Yoan Moncada as part of the Chris Sale trade, the White Sox No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline comes with high expectations. The flame-throwing righty started at Triple-A Charlotte this season after spending most of 2017 with Double-A Birmingham, and he’s already impressing.

In 10 innings over two starts, Kopech has given up just one run on seven hits while striking out 11 against four walks, good for a 0.90 ERA. Kopech racked up eight of the strikeouts in his first outing, but only went four innings due to a hig Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale h pitch count — 77. He was much more economical in his second start, needing 88 pitches over six frames.

Most project Kopech to arrive in the Majors sometime this season, barring injury. If he continues at a similar clip, he could force his way up sooner rather than later.

Dane Dunning, P, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem
Dunning was part of the prospect package in the Adam Eaton trade that also netted Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez — two-fifths of the White Sox current rotation. He’s not ready to join his fellow ex-Nationals, but he’s still finding success in the Carolina League.

Through Dunning’s first two starts (11 1/3 innings), opponents have a mere five hits and one run. Dunning twirled a gem his last time out vs. the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, giving up two hits, striking out eight and walking none in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. That’s good for a game score of 77, quite high for a Class A Advanced hurler.

Video: Top Prospects: Dane Dunning, RHP, White Sox

Dylan Cease, P, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem
Cease has been nearly as effec Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey tive as Dunning, his rotation mate. Acquired last summer with Eloy Jimenez as part of the Jose Quintana deal, Cease has held opponents to four hits and two earned runs in 10 2/3 innings. Cease, like Dunning, turned in a two-hit performance in his last outing against the Carolina Mudcats, tossing six scoreless frames.

Micker Adolfo, OF, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem
One of the White Sox few top prospects not acquired via trade, Adolfo is tearing up the Carolina League through the opening weeks. He owns an eight-game hit streak and has reached base safely in all 11 games. As a result, the team’s No. 10 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, has a .395/.435/.651 slash line with two home runs and 10 RBIs, which is good for a 1.086 OPS.

Joel Booker, OF, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem
Perhaps the most exciting plays of the opening week came from the largely under-the-radar Booker, a 22nd-round Draft pick out of Iowa in 2016.

Tweet from @WSDashBaseball: What a way to kick off the 2018 home slate!@whitesox prospect Joel Booker steals home in the 10th to lift the Dash to a walk-off win against the Carolina Mudcats. @SportsCenter #SCTop10📹: Matt Cassidy/@FutureSox pic.twitter.com/8Y95YLxaEj

Booker keyed two walk-off wins for Winston-Salem in the span of three days. Last Thursday, in the bottom of the 10th against the Mudcats, Booker enacted a straight steal of home to put the Dash on top, 3-2. Then, again in the 10th on Saturday, he successfully pulled off a suicide squeeze as Winston-Salem completed a five-run comeback to win, 6-5.

Booker also hit a home run earlier in the game, and is hitting .400/.471/.633 thus far.

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


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OAKLAND — The White Sox came to Oakland hoping they had left their ice-cold situational hitting behind in the snows of Minnesota.

But not even a trip to California did much to heat up the bats, as A’s starter Daniel Mengden all but silenced them in a 8-1 Chicago loss in Monday night’s series opener. The hitting struggles spoiled a third straight quality start from right-hander Reyn Custom Angels Jersey aldo Lopez, who allowed two runs and struck out 10 over six strong innings but took his second loss of the season.

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OAKLAND — The White Sox came to Oakland hoping they had left their ice-cold situational hitting behind in the snows of Minnesota.

But not even a trip to California did much to heat up the bats, as A’s starter Daniel Mengden all but silenced them in a 8-1 Chicago loss in Monday night’s series opener. The hitting struggles spoiled a third straight quality start from right-hander Reynaldo Lopez, who allowed two runs and struck out 10 over six strong innings but took his second loss of the season.

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“I think I’ve done a very good job,” Lopez said through an interpreter. “I just try to go deep into games, try to complete six innings, and keep the team in the game. I just try to give the team a chance to win some games, and at this point, I think I’m very happy with my job.”

Chicago’s lone run came on a Jose Abreu homer in the ninth that chased Mengden and spoiled what could have been the right-hander’s second career shutout. Adam Engel had a pair of singles and was the only White Sox hitter with multiple hits.

Video: CWS@OAK: Abreu drills a solo home run to center

Lopez’s 10 strikeouts were one shy of his career high set Aug. 18, 2016, when he was with the Nationals. He capped off his outing by striking out the side in the sixth.

 Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey After blowing his fastball by Matt Olson and Matt Chapman for a pair of K’s, he reared back for a Statcast-measured 97.5 mph fastball that Stephen Piscotty swung through on Lopez’s career-high 106th pitch of the night.

Video: CWS@OAK: Lopez strikes out Piscotty, side for 10th K

“Today, I felt really comfortable with my fastball from the beginning,” Lopez said. “I knew that their plan was to find my breaking pitches, and that’s why I was Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale  just hitting the strike zone with my fastball. I felt really, really good about that pitch today.”

He scattered only four hits in those six innings, but they were timely hits by the A’s: a solo homer by Olson in the fourth on a fastball that missed over the heart of the plate, and a two-out RBI double by Khris Davis in the fifth. Oakland tagged the Sox bullpen for six late insurance runs, aided by a season-high four Chicago errors.

Video: CWS@OAK: Davis rips RBI double off center-field wall

The slumping Yoan Moncada singled and stole second to lead off the game, but he was left stranded at third. It was a sign of things to come, as the White Sox went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-9 with runners on base.

Chicago looked to finally break through in the third inning, when Abreu sliced a sinking line drive to center with Engel on third, but a diving catch by Mark Canha — one of two highlight-reel catches by the A’s center fielder — kept the White Sox off the board.

The Sox are now 3-for-52 (.058) with runners in scoring position in their last seven games.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Canha robs Abreu: With the Sox already off to a 0-for-4 start with runners in scoring position, Abreu finally looked to snap Chicago out of its situational-hitting funk with two outs in the third, when he lined a 2-1 fastball into center field that seemed as if it would drop in and score Engel from third.

But Canha sprinted in and made a diving catch on the sinking liner to rob Abreu of an RBI single. The grab was rated three stars by Statcast™, which calculated that Canha had an opportunity time of 3.3 seconds to cover 41 feet. It was Chicago’s final at-bat of the game with a runner in scoring position.

“Those will start to fall,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “As long as the approaches and the contact that the guys make are what they should be, over the long haul, they’ll start to fall. Things will start to happen, and all you can do is continue to grind.”

Video: CWS@OAK: Canha robs Abreu of a hit, saves a run

Compounding errors: The Sox remained in striking distance entering the seventh, down just 2-0 thanks to Lopez’s strong outing, but three Chicago errors in the seventh inning allowed the A’s to tag relievers Luis Avilan and Danny Farquhar for three insurance runs as Oakland pulled away.

A leadoff walk to Jonathan Lucroy was followed by a fielding error by Abreu on a sacrifice-bunt attempt by Matt Joyce, putting runners on first and second with none out. After a single by Marcus Semien loaded the bases, things only got worse for the Sox when a grounder to short got past both shortstop Tim Anderson and left fielder Leury Garcia, plating two runs.

Video: CWS@OAK: Lucroy scores on Anderson’s error in 7th

“I continue to be very proud of our club and the way they go out and play the game,” Renteria said. “But today was a game that was sprinkled with a lot of little things that weren’t pretty.”

UP NEXT
Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (0-2, 8.68 ERA) and Chicago will be clad in baby-blue 1968 throwback uniforms Tuesday as the Sox and A’s celebrate the 50th anniversary of baseball’s arrival in Oakland with a free-admission game for fans. Trevor Cahill is slated to make his first start for the A’s since 2011.

“I think in today’s age, there’s so many things young kids and people could be doing, so it’s cool to have people come out for America’s pastime and enjoy a baseball game,” designated hitter Matt Davidson said.

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.


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OAKLAND — One would think that after three days of burying the White Sox in snow, Mother Nature would finally give the South Siders a break. But after their Sunday escape from the blizzard in Minnesota, of course the White Sox would wake up to a hailstorm in Oakland on Monday morning.

Fortunately, the weather cleared up in time for a clear — albeit rather chilly — series opener against the A’s on Monday night, and designated hitter Matt Davidson managed to keep a good sense of humor about it.

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OAKLAND — One would think that after three days of burying the White Sox in snow, Mother Nature would finally give the South Siders a break. But after their Sunday escape from the blizzard in Minnesota, of course the White Sox would wake up to a hailstorm in Oakland on Monday morning.

Fortunately, the weather cleared up in time for a clear — albeit rather chilly — series opener against the A’s on Monday night, and designated hitter Matt Davidson managed to keep a good sense of humor about it.

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“We’re probably Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap  bringing the weather with us with our plane wherever we go,” Davidson joked. “It just seems like that. Toronto was nice, obviously, because it was in a dome but even there, it was freezing outside. And now we bring it here. I don’t know what it is, but we’re ready for it to warm up.”

The Sox don’t feel that the extended time off will affect their on-field performance, as they maintained their routine of side sessions, conditioning and hitting through the break. And, as Davidson pointed out, a three-day break isn’t unheard of in baseball (take the All-Star Break, for instance).

The clubhouse consensus was just an acceptance of an unfortunate sit Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey uation that was out of everybody’s hands. There was also some hope that the time off would allow the lineup to hit the “reset” button after going 3-for-47 (.064) with runners in scoring posi Custom Angels Jersey tion in Chicago’s last six games.

“It feels like we’ve been gone for so long, so definitely, I feel like it’s almost a new start,” Davidson said. “I think it’ll be good for us.”

Smith to start rehab assignment

After Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey  a successful recovery period in extended spring camp, catcher Kevan Smith will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte as he continues to work his way back from a sprained left ankle that sent him to the 10-day disabled list March 28.

There is not yet a concrete timeline for Smith’s rehab assignment, and with Welington Castillo and Omar Narvaez already on the Major League roster, manager Rick Renteria does not expect Smith to join the White Sox following his recovery.

“Right now, he’s finishing up getting fully acclimated to playing again,” Renteria said. “He was feeling good, so right now, it’s just getting him healthy and letting him go out and play and seeing how things continue to evolve here.”

Castillo was in the White Sox lineup Monday for the f Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale irst time since April 10, when he departed in the sixth inning of a 6-5 loss to the Rays with right knee soreness.

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.


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MINNEAPOLIS — Earlier this week, White Sox director of amateur scouting Nick Hostetler and national crosschecker Mike Shirley attended a game in Wisconsin as part of continued preparation for the 2018 Draft, which runs from June 4-6.

There was no snow at this particular contest, which put the duo one up on the White Sox, who had three straight games postponed due to blizzard-like conditions at Target Field this weekend. But that fact served as the high poi Bart Starr Jersey nt weather-wise for Hostetler in Wisconsin.

MINNEAPOLIS — Earlier this week, White Sox director of amateur scouting Nick Hostetler and national crosschecker Mike Shirley attended a game in Wisconsin as part of continued preparation for the 2018 Draft, which runs from June 4-6.

There was no snow at this particular contest, which put the duo one up on the White Sox, who had three straight games postponed due to blizzard-like conditions at Target Field this weekend. But that fact served as the high point weather-wise for Hostetler in Wisconsin.

“It was 32 degrees and the wind was blowing hard in,” said Hostetler by phone from a warmer locale. “We luckily got Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness  the game in, but the amount of cancellations this year, even in the East, the Midwest.

“The West has been OK weather-wise, but it’s been terrible. We’ve racked up a whole lot of expense money in flight changes this year. It’s just been crazy.”

Even with the persistent inclement weather, the White Sox have narrowed down their first-round selection field at No. 4 overall to eight to 10 player possibilities. Hostetler and his hard-working crew feel comfortable the team’s initial pick will come from this group.

“Myself and our regional guys and our national guys are circling back on that group of eight to 10 and making sure we get as many looks as possible,” Hostetler said. “We are making sure we get [general manager] Rick [Hahn] and [executive vice president] Kenny [Williams] and [assistant general manager] Jeremy [Haber] and [special assistant to Hahn and Hall of Famer] Jim Thome in to see the right guys as we get closer.

“We are putting those lists together. Then we are making sure we have it in the order we want come June 4.”

Hostetler will stick to the overall plan set by Hahn back in 2015 by selecting players from an offensive standpoint who walk, get on base and have good strike zone judgement. For pitchers, the focus is on premium stuff so the White Sox can continue their strong tradition of pitching development.

Drafting for need won’t happen, aside from special circumstances.

“Once we get to a point that we feel the talent maybe is equal, then we will lean to a need at that point,” Hostetler said. “The talent is going to have to be equal and very rarely does that happen.”

In the interim, Hostetler will try to stay ahead of the harsh April weather as the White Sox work toward another important rebuild step in June.

“We try to [c Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Bart Starr Elite Team Color Jersey Green ope with the weather] Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969  as much as we can, but the only thing that’s probably wrong more than a baseball scout is a weatherman,” said Hostetler with a laugh. “It’s hard to follow that sometimes.

“But we’ll run from the weather as much as we can just to get away from it. We have so many limited days to see these guys, and if I get rained out or snowed out or something like that, that can set me back a week just in scheduling.”

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 Sunday.

The Iowa Cubs received strong offensive contributions from a pair of top prospects, as Mark Zagunis and David Bote each collected three hits, including a home run, while combining for five RBIs and five runs in a 9-4 win over Memphis.

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

The Iowa Cubs received strong offensive contributions from a pair of top prospects, as Mark Zagunis and David Bote each collected three hits, including a home run, while combining for five RBIs and five runs in a 9-4 win over Memphis.

Zagunis, the Cubs’ No. 13 prospect, singled in his first at-bat before connecting on a solo home run in the fourth inning. He would later add a two-run double to finish the game 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs. Zagunis’ double and homer were both firsts this season for the 25-year-old outfielder, and he improved his average from .130 to .214 with the multi-hit performance (also a first).

Bote (No. 14) also posted a pair of extra-base hits in his three-hit game. He launched his second solo home ru Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness n in as many days in the third inning, before pushing across a run in the ninth with a triple and finishing 3-for-5. The 25-year-old second baseman scuffled out of the gate, but has swung a hot bat of late, hitting .375 with two homers and five RBIs in his past four games.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday

• Making his 2018 debut, No. 26 overall prospect Sixto Sanchez (Phillies’ No. 1) allowed four earned runs on seven hits in four innings in a no-decision for Class A Advanced Clearwater. While the 19-year-old struggled with his control in the outing as he issued four walks and threw just 46 of his 83 pitches for strikes, he still managed to register six strikeouts and routinely hit triple digits with his fastball.

&#822 Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Bart Starr Elite Team Color Jersey Green 6; One night removed from hitting a game-tying home run in the eighth inning, No. 33 overall prospect Alex Verdugo (Dodgers’ No. 2) one-upped himself with a walk-off, three-run blast that powered Triple-A Oklahoma City past New Orleans, 8-6, in 10 innings. Making the feat all the more impressive was that the 21-year-old outfielder had entered the game in the top of the frame as part of a double switch. He’s hitting .324 on the season, with two homers, two doubles and eight runs in nine games.

Verdugo’s walk-off homer

No. 57 overall prospect Jesus Sanchez (Rays’ No. 4) homered for a second straight day, hitting a three-run shot that proved to be the difference in Class A Advanced Charlotte’s 9-6 win over Lakeland. He finished the game 2-for-5 at the dish and has now hit in four straight for the Stone Crabs, including three multi-hit games. Shortstop Lucius Fox (No. 7) stayed hot with a 3-for-6 performance, his sixth multi-hit performance in 10 games this season, while Josh Lowe (No. 11) went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

Yordan Alvarez‘s lone hit was a big one, as the Astros’ No. 4 prospect belted a three-run, walk-off home run in the 11th inning of Double-A Corpus Christi’s 10-7 win over Arkansas. The 20-year-old outfielder had struck out three times in his previous five at-bats before delivering the game-winning blast. Overall, Alvarez owns a .286 average through nine games, with two homers and 10 RBIs.

Alvarez hits walk-off

Astros No. 10 prospect Corbin Martin carried a no-hit bid into the fifth inning and went on to complete six scoreless innings as Class A Advanced Buies Creek blanked Salem, 5-0. The 2017 second-rounder earned his first career win with the performance, as Martin allowed two hits and three walks with six strikeouts. He is yet to allow an earned run in two starts, during which he’s permitted three hits while striking out 13 in 10 innings. At the plate, Ronnie Dawson (No. 15) paced the Astros’ offense by hitting his first home run, a third-inning solo shot, as part of a 3-for-5 day. The 22-year-old outfielder had just four hits in 33 at-bats (.121) heading into the game.

Braves No. 13 prospect Bryse Wilson extended his season-opening scoreless streak to 8 2/3 innings behind five dominant innings Sunday in Class A Advanced Florida’s win over Palm Beach. The 20-year-old righty allowed just one hit, generated six ground-ball outs and struck out five for a second straight start. Wilson’s five-inning, scoreless performance was the third in as many games for the Fire Frogs after Joey Wentz (No. 10) and Ian Anderson (No. 5, No. 51 overall) accomplished the feat on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Brewers No. 4 prospect Lucas Erceg, Corey Ray (No. 7) and Trent Grisham (No. 8) each tallied at least two hits and one run as Double-A Biloxi defeated Mississippi,  Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 7-4, in game one of a doubleheader. Ray recorded the lone extra-base hit of a the trio, hitting a double in a 2-for-4 effort out of the leadoff spot, while Erceg lifted his average to .389 by going 2-for-3. Grisham, meanwhile, paced the Shuckers’ lineup with two runs as he finished 2-for-3. Ray would later add two more hits in the nightcap, giving him multiple hits in four of his past five games.

• Make it three wins in as many starts for Brewers No. 10 prospect Freddy Peralta. Starting game one of Triple-A Colorado Springs’ double-dip, the 21-year-old worked six strong frames, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. He’s pitched to a 1.13 ERA in the early going this season, with 11 hits allowed and 20 strikeouts in 16 innings. Mauricio Dubon (No. 11) and Jacob Nottingham (No. 27) both entered the home-run column with solo shots to help lead the Sky Sox past Round Rock, 7-4.

Dodgers No. 6 prospect DJ Peters smashed a solo home run and a double as he collected three hits for the second time in four games for Double-A Tulsa. The long ball, a third-inning solo shot, was Peters’ third in 10 games this season. In 2017, the 6-foot-6, 225-pound outfielder hit 27 homers to finish third in the Class A Advanced California League.

Peters goes yard

Dodgers No. 15 prospect Connor Wong recorded a career-high five RBIs behind a pair of home runs, the latter of which, a three-run shot in the eighth inning, proved to be the game-winner for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga against Inland Empire. The 21-year-old second baseman, the Dodgers’ second-round pick last June, finished the game 3-for-4 with a double and three runs. He’s off to a red-hot start to begin his first full season, with a .361 average, five home runs, 11 RBIs and 13 runs through nine games.

Padres No. 12 prospect Esteury Ruiz hit a two-run home run off of No. 25 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays’ No. 3), though it wasn’t enough to keep Class A Fort Wayne from falling to Bowling Green, 5-3. It was the first home run in 2018 for the 19-year-old second baseman, who garnered MVP honors last season after pacing the Rookie-level Arizona league in average (.350), hits (72), doubles (20), triples (10) and total bases (124) last season.

Padres No. 13 prospect Eric Lauer matched his career high with 10 strikeouts as he posted six scoreless frames in Triple-A El Paso’s rout of Las Vegas. He permitted three hits and walked two in the performance while throwing 59 of his 97 pitches for strikes. The 22-year-old lefty has completed exactly six innings in each of his three starts this season, his first at the Triple-A level.

Lauer’s 10th strikeout

White Sox No. 10 prospect Micker Adolfo homered for a second straight day and was the lone Class A Advanced Winston-Salem player to collect multiple hits in a 6-3 loss against Carolina. The 21-year-old outfielder has opened the se Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 ason on a tear and the 2-for-3 performance improved his slash line to .395/.435/.651 through 11 games. He’s compiled seven extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in that span while striking out at an improved 17.4 percent clip.

White Sox No. 16 prospect Ian Clarkin posted his third career complete game as he pitched Double-A Birmingham past Montgomery, 2-1, in game one of a doubleheader. Throwing just 93 pitches (61 strikeouts) in the outing, the 23-year-old southpaw allowed one earned run as he scattered five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings. Zack Collins (No. 9) supported Clarkin with a solo home run, his first extra-base hit in eight games this season.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

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

Double-A San Antonio may have lost to Arkansas, 8-4, but two of the Padres’ top prospects helped illuminate the fact that San Diego has the best farm system in baseball.

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

Double-A San Antonio may have lost to Arkansas, 8-4, but two of the Padres’ top prospects helped illuminate the fact that San Diego has the best farm system in baseball.

No. 8 overall prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres’ No. 1), Josh Naylor (Padres’ No. 16) and Austin Allen (No. 29) each homered, with the Naylor and Tatis blasts coming back-to-back in the third inning.

Tatis Jr. hits first homer

Naylor, who hit two homers on Thursday and leads the Minors with six, came up first and went deep to center. Five pitches later, Tatis hit his first homer of the season out to left.

Josh Naylor’s sixth homer

While Naylor has been on fire and is hitting .467, Tatis has gotten off to a slower start with a .206 mark. The shortstop was hitless (0-for-12) over his first three games but has hits in four of his past five games, including two multi-hit efforts.

Allen, who went 2-for-4, is already halfway to his 2017 home run total. The catcher hit eight homers in 121 games last season and has four through just seven contests in 201 Bart Starr Jersey 8.

Other top prospect performances from Friday’s action:

• No. 13 overall prospect Bo Bichette (Blue Jays’ No. 2) extended his hitting streak to seven with an RBI triple in the third inning of Double-A New Hampshire’s loss to Hartford. Bichette finished 1-for-4, while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (No. 3 overall, Blue Jays’ No. 1) went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Bichette ropes RBI triple

• A pair of top-100 prospects helped lead Triple-A Durham to a win over Columbus as Willy Adames (No. 22 overall, Rays’ No. 2) and Jake Bauers (No. 64 overall, Rays’ No. 5) combined for five hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. Both players entered the game on cold streaks as Adames, who finished 2-for-3, had been held hitless in three straight, while Bauers wa http://www.aaronrodgersuniforms.com/Bart-Starr-Jersey s hitless in his past five before his 2-for-5 effort.

• No. 29 overall prospect Juan Soto (Nationals’ No. 2) hit three homers in 32 games a season ago, and he needed just nine games to surpass that total this year as he hit his fourth homer in the fifth inning of Class A Hagerstown’s loss to Greensboro.

• No. 48 overall prospect Justus Sheffield (Yankees’ No. 3) was stuck with a no-decision despite firing a gem for Double-A Trenton. The 22-year-old lefty threw 60 of his 96 pitches for strikes and was lights-out save for a solo homer in the fifth. Sheffield lasted 5 2/3 innings, struck out nine and gave up one run on one hit. Sheffield wasn’t the only Yankees prospect with a strong night on the mound as Nick Nelson (No. 27) set a career high with 12 strikeouts in five innings for Class A Charleston. Jonathan Loaisiga (No. 14) and Trevor Lane (No. 28) also combined to throw seven scoreless for Class A Advanced Tampa.

Sheffield picks up ninth K

• No. 61 overall prospect Dylan Cease (White Sox No. 5) cruised to his first w Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness in as Class A Advanced Winston-Salem topped Carolina, 8-1. Cease retired the first seven batters he faced and never looked back, giving up just two hits and two walks in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. The right-hander struck out five and threw 51 of his 79 pitches for strikes.

• No. 83 overall prospect Max Fried (Braves’ No. 7) gave up his first run of the season, but that was the extent of the damage allowed. Fried, pitching for Triple-A Gwinnett, threw 4 2/3 scoreless in his first start of the year with Double-A Mississippi and was bumped up a level before giving up one run over 5  Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Bart Starr Elite Team Color Jersey Green 2/3 innings. Braves No. 10 prospect Joey Wentz also put together a strong performance, striking out six and giving up just one hit in five scoreless innings for Class A Advanced Florida.

Royals No. 1 prospect Khalil Lee hit his second homer of the season for Class A Advanced Wilmington. Lee, batting .393 through eight games, went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

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• Pirates prospects Luis Escobar (No. 12) and Oneil Cruz (No. 14) helped lead Class A Advanced Bradenton and Class A West Virginia to wins with strong performances on the mound and at the plate. Escobar lowered his ERA to 0.82 as he fired six scoreless frames for the Marauders, while Cruz went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in his first career two-homer game.

Rangers No. 14 prospect Jonathan Hernandez was unhittable for Class A Advanced Down East. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits in his first start of the season, but he was even better the second time around as he notched six strikeouts across five hitless frames.

Phillies No. 18 prospect Dylan Cozens hit 67 homers over the past two seasons, and his power has shown up once again early in 2018. Cozens hit his first two homers of the season as part of a 3-for-5 night with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 23-year-old knocked a solo homer in the first inning and a two-run blast in the fifth of the IronPigs’ win over Louisville.

Giants No. 29 prospect Jordan Johnson did a little bit of everything for Double-A Richmond in a win over Reading. On the mound, Johnson spun six scoreless frames, striking out five, issuing one walk and yielding just three hits. The 24-year-old also helped himself on the other side of the ball, hitting a solo homer in the fifth as part of a 1-for-2 night at the plate.

Richmond hurler Johnson homers

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The White Sox were “swept” by the Twins this weekend at Target Field.

Of course, that sweep consisted of a 4-0 loss to Minnesota on Thursday night and then three consecutive postponements due to a spring blizzard not expected to end until early Monday morning. Sunday’s game was postponed before dinner Saturday night, with the rescheduled games to be announced at a later date.

MINNEAPOLIS — The White Sox were “swept” by the Twins this weekend at Target Field.

Of course, that sweep consisted of a 4-0 loss to Minnesota on Thursday night and then three consecutive postponements due to a spring blizzard not expected to end until early Monday morning. Sunday’s game was postponed before dinner Saturday night, with the rescheduled games to be announced at a later date.

“Well, you know, they didn’t miss on the forecast,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said on Saturday night. “Everybody knew it was coming.”

Renteria could not remember a stretch where three straight games were postponed due to this sort of severe inclement weathe http://www.aaronrodgersuniforms.com/Bart-Starr-Jersey r, although he did bring up a Minor League Opening Day when he was managing in Portland, Maine, where they brought in helicopters and tried to use fuel to burn away the snow and play the game. Those options certainly weren’t happening at the Major League level.

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Reynaldo Lopez was scheduled to start Friday night’s game for the White Sox, with Miguel Gonzalez set for Saturday’s start. The White Sox announced Gonzalez as their starter for Saturday early in the morning, only to have the game postponed one hour later.

With the team hopefully moving on to Oakland Sunday for night games Monday and Tuesday and a day game Wednesday, it will return to its regular rotation with Lopez, Gonzalez and Carson Fulmer facing the A’s in that order. The White Sox got their work in at the ballpark on Friday and Saturday, despite the weather, throwing necessary side sessions, hitting in the cages and doing their regular conditioning.

Renteria added Sunday will be used an off-day/travel day, with the team leaving from the hotel and not going to the ballpark.

“I’m sure they are doing everything they can to make sure that they can get in and out safely and we can get in and out safely,” Renteria said of flying out Sunday. “I’m not too concerned. Like I said, the storm was kind of forecast so it didn’t hit us by surprise.

“Honestly we couldn’t play in this. It’s as cold as all get out, and it wouldn’t be safe to do. That would be ridiculous. We got a blizzard in Minnesota and we’ll deal with it.”

Welington Castillo‘s return on Monday in Oakland becomes one benefit of the three days off. The team’s starting catcher, who has not played since April 10 due to right knee soreness, received extensive treatment and told Renteria he was ready to go Saturday.

Minnesota plays host to the White Sox from June 5-7 and Sept. 28-30, which are their last three games of the season. The two teams have a mutual off-day this Thursday, but the Twins are returning from Puerto Rico after a two-game set with the Indians and the White Sox will be returning from O Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Bart Starr Elite Team Color Jersey Green akland. They also have a mutual off-day on June 4, before that next series in Minnesota, and on June 25, Aug. 20, and on Sept. 6.

Some of the White Sox players tweeted pictures of the snow and sent live video via Instagram. But now the focus returns to actual baseball games.

“It’s freezing out there,” Renteria said. “Now it’s just let’s get on a plane and get to Oakland safely and get ready for that series.”

UP NEXT
After  Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 a lost, snowy weekend in which three of four games against the Twins were postponed at Target Field, the White Sox go west to take on the A’s with a first pitch of 9:05 p.m. CT Monday night. Lopez, who has not pitched since losing a 1-0 decision to Detroit on April 8, will get the White Sox start facing right-hander Daniel Mengden (1-2, 6.19 ERA). Catcher Castillo, bothered by a sore right knee and out of action since April 10, also is expected to return to the lineup.

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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