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Humber holds off Rangers, White Sox win fifth straight

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Humber holds off Rangers, White Sox win fifth straight

ARLINGTON, TEXAS -- When choosing which play to run, rarely is the one where three starters are missing from the lineup the one you selected.

The White Sox won anyway on Saturday night.

They continued their domination of the Texas Rangers this season and extended their current winning streak to five games with a 5-2 victory in front of 47,580 at Rangers Ballpark.

Philip Humber (5-5) bounced back from a difficult start in Detroit with six strong innings and Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko homered to lead the White Sox, who were without Alejandro De Aza, Alexei Ramirez and A.J. Pierzynski.

The South Siders also increased their lead in the American League Central to 2 12 games over the Detroit Tigers.

Five days after he allowed four home runs in three-plus innings in Detroit, Humber bounced back in a big way.

He didnt allow a hit until the fourth inning as he faced two over the minimum through three innings.

Once Humber did allow men on base, he found away out of too much trouble against the second-highest scoring offense in the majors. He started the fourth inning with a single and a walk but struck out David Murphy and got Michael Young to ground into a double play.

An inning later, Humber allowed a leadoff solo homer to Mike Napoli and Leonys Martin doubled. But Humber retired the next three hitters he faced to preserve a 5-1 lead.

Humber limited Texas -- which was minus a struggling Josh Hamilton -- to a run, four hits and two walks in six-plus innings.

The White Sox didnt appear to mind they were without a third of their regulars.

Dunn singled with one out in the fourth inning before Konerko launched a 416-foot drive to left off Rangers starter and All-Star Matt Harrison (12-6).

An inning later, Jordan Danks, who filled in for De Aza, singled and scored on an RBI double by Eduardo Escobar, who played for Ramirez. Escobar, who doubled again in the seventh, was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple but gave the Sox a 3-0 advantage.

Kevin Youkilis then walked against Harrison ahead of Dunns 407-foot home run to dead center, his 31st.

Dunns last three home runs have come against left-handed pitching and he has 11 homers against Southpaws this season after hitting 11 total in 2011.

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.