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Avisail Garcia’s walk-off single ends suspended White Sox game

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Avisail Garcia’s walk-off single ends suspended White Sox game

The White Sox mobbed Avisail Garcia only about 30 minutes before they’ll play again.

Garcia’s two-out walk-off single netted the White Sox a 3-2 win over Kansas City in the continuation of Friday’s suspended game, which was halted in the top of the ninth due to rain. With two out against Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera, Melky Cabrera walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jose Abreu was intentionally walked, setting up Garcia’s afternoon heroics and the White Sox first win over Kansas City this season.

"With the new speed-up rules and everything, you can get used to when you're on the winning end," manager Robin Ventura joked. "It's bizarre, any time you resume a game it's weird, it has a weird feeling. The guys are even starting the game I'm sure it's uncomfortable for them. But for us, it's good to get a win, get it started like that."

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David Robertson struck out the side in the top of the ninth inning, though Abreu's two-out error allowed Kendrys Morales to reach and ended the closer's streak of 18 consecutive batters retired. Robertson 20 pitches and said he'd be available in a save situation in Sunday's regularly-scheduled game, which will begin at 2:05 p.m.

"It's no different for me," Robertson said of his pregame routine. "I went out of the bullpen, threw my normal little warm-ups and just came in. The only thing different is standing in the dugout and coming out. It's like you're going out for a second inning."

Right-hander Daniel Webb was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte for the second game, as MLB’s rules allow for a 26th player to be used in a doubleheader situation. With the suspended game only needing one inning to conclude, Hector Noesi -- who could've been in the long-relief mix had the suspended game pushed into extra innings -- is in line to start Monday's game in Baltimore.

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Kansas City got its first two runs Friday on a third- and fifth-inning RBI singles by Alcides Escobar and Paulo Orlando, respectively. Tyler Flowers’ RBI groundout in the fourth and Melky Cabrera’s seventh-inning sacrifice fly tallied the White Sox two runs.

Jose Quintana turned in his best start of 2015 Friday night, throwing seven innings of two-run ball with five strikeouts, one walk and seven hits allowed.

Saturday's rained out White Sox-Royals game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader July 17 with the first game starting at 1:10 p.m. and the second at 7:10. Tickets and parking passes from Saturday's game will only be honored at the 1:10 p.m. game, and Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year blankets will be given out at the 1:10 p.m. game as well.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.