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During torrid streak, Jose Abreu gets good news from family in Miami

During torrid streak, Jose Abreu gets good news from family in Miami

To say Jose Abreu is on fire right now might be an understatement.

A day after hitting for the cycle, Abreu hit two more home runs in Sunday's 8-1 win against the Giants. Abreu now has 31 home runs on the season and has his batting average above .300.

"This is as consistent an approach as I've seen in anybody in the big leagues," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said of Abreu. "He really, really continues to stay focused and in the zone.

"He's really enjoying his moment right now and I think the confidence he has and just the comfort level that he's showing just from being up here, I think every year you're up here you get a little bit more comfortable."

The fourth-year first baseman has decimated the Giants in the past two days. Abreu went 6-for-8 with three home runs and five extra base hits. With three RBIs in each of those games, Abreu is closing in another 100-RBI season. He has 90 and the White Sox have 20 games left on the schedule.

"I think that since the young kids started coming up, we are playing with more motivation, with joy, we are enjoying more of the game," Abreu said through a translator. "It's good when you can see these kind of results because we have been working hard everyday to get these results."

Abreu has now hit 30 or more home runs in three of his four seasons with the White Sox and is on track for a fourth straight 100-RBI year. The Cuban slugger maintained that the numbers aren't what he's going after.

"I am blessed to have the opportunity to play at this level to accomplish my dream and my mom's dream, too," Abreu said. "Whatever is going to happen at the end of the season is going to happen."

After sitting three straight games on Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, Abreu said he struggled to get back in a rhythm. Whatever he wants to call it, it appears he's feeling good again.

Abreu also got some good news from his family in Miami after being concerned for their safety with Hurricane Irma ripping through Florida this weekend.

"It's all about adjustments," Abreu said. "I lost my rhythm with the days that I was off and then I regained my rhythm again and I'm hitting the ball good. I feel very great at home plate, but all of that is also because of the work that I put in day in and day out in my routine. Also, with the support of my family that they just called me a few minutes ago to let me know that they are good in Miami. That the hurricane passed through their house and they are safe. That's something that made you feel comfortable and confident on yourself. I think that's why probably the results on the field have been going that way the last few days."

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.  

Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”

Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

The White Sox released this statement:

Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.