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Tim Anderson records milestone as Jose Abreu inches closer to one with White Sox

Tim Anderson records milestone as Jose Abreu inches closer to one with White Sox

Here are some notables from the White Sox 10-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night at Comerica Park.

1. White Sox offense erupts again

With Saturday's win, the White Sox have won six of their last eight games. In those eight contests, they have outscored their opponents 69-26. 

2. Reynaldo Lopez battles cold and Tigers

Lopez didn't have his best stuff on Saturday. In fact, he struggled quite a bit — even though his numbers don't exactly show that.

In the second inning, he allowed a double, a walk, a triple and a sac fly to quickly cut the White Sox lead in half, 6-3, at that point. The 23-year-old right-hander finished with only one strikeout but managed to hold the Tigers to four runs in seven innings on seven hits and two walks. It was also his longest outing of the season.

After the game, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reported that Lopez was dealing with a cold and that Yolmer Sanchez guided him through his rough second inning.

"It was a constant battle for me because I wasn’t feeling good, and under the circumstances, it was a very good outing," Lopez said.

3. Tim Anderson records a milestone

Anderson had his first career four-hit game against the Tigers, going 4-for-5 with three singles, a double and two stolen bases. The White Sox shortstop has been on fire as of late.

In September, Anderson is batting .428 with four doubles, two homers and eight RBIs to go along with 13 runs and seven stolen bases. He also has nine multi-hit games in his last 12 outings and extended his hitting streak to eight games, as pointed out by Kane.

4. Jose Abreu approaching 100 RBIs

The White Sox first baseman tacked on two more RBIs in Saturday's win, bringing his season total to 97. Should he record three more, it would be his fourth straight season with at least 100-plus RBIs — and 25 home runs. Barring any injury in the final few weeks, it's pretty much a lock. Not only that, but Abreu needs 10 more RBIs to tie his season-high of 107, set in his rookie year in 2014.

OTHER NOTES

— The White Sox have won the season series against the Tigers (10-8) for the first time since 2008.

— Yoan Moncada went 2-for-6 and recorded two hits, two RBIs and a run in Saturday's win. He also extended his on-base streak to seven games, according to CSN stats guru Chris Kamka.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Machado Watch continues for White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Machado Watch continues for White Sox

Seth Gruen (Bleacher Report/”Big Ten Unfiltered” podcast), Chris Emma (670TheScore.com) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join Kap on the panel. Machado Watch continues. Will the Orioles actually trade him? Meanwhile, has Alex Cobb’s price tag become too high for the Cubs?

Vincent Goodwill joins Kap to talk Bulls and the guys discuss how much Mitch Trubisky needs to win to help his development.

White Sox reportedly not offering up top prospects for Manny Machado

White Sox reportedly not offering up top prospects for Manny Machado

The Manny Machado saga spins on, though it’s looking far less promising for White Sox fans who wanted to see the Baltimore Orioles’ superstar third baseman come to the South Side this winter.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale chronicled the latest happenings with Machado in an exhaustive Thursday report that heavily featured the White Sox, who apparently have not decided to blow up their rebuilding effort by dealing away multiple top prospects. That’s not happening, per Nightengale, who reported the White Sox didn’t include any of their highest rated guys in an offer that was at one point reported to be the best out there for Machado. Nightengale did still report the White Sox offer as “solid.”

In fact, as Nightengale continued, it seems the White Sox made their offer completely expecting to have Machado for just the 2018 season. Machado is slated to be one of the headliners of next winter’s crazy good free-agent class.

The catch comes, perhaps not surprisingly to those familiar with the Orioles’ reputation, from Baltimore owner Peter Angelos, who is dramatically concerned that the White Sox would acquire Machado simply to flip him elsewhere in a trade — specifically, Angelos worries, to the New York Yankees, the Orioles’ division rivals. Nightengale added that the White Sox have repeatedly assured the Orioles they won’t do such a thing, but Angelos doesn’t seem to be sold.

The big headline for the White Sox, though, from the whole thing is that all this buzz and speculation doesn’t seem to involve them pulling a 180 on what they’ve worked for more than a year to do: gather a ton of highly touted prospects and build a homegrown champion. Michael Kopech, who seemed to fit the Orioles’ wishes as a young controllable pitcher, has been said to be “untouchable.” And if none of the organization’s top prospects were included in the deal, as Nightengale said, it’d be logical to assume that Lucas Giolito wasn’t involved in the team’s trade proposal either.

The White Sox became the buzz of baseball on the final day of the Winter Meetings with reports flying all over the place that they were making the most aggressive push for Machado and that they had made the Orioles the best offer of any team. The initial, middle-of-the-night report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal listed Kopech and Giolito as potential trade chips.

But a trade seemed to make little sense for the South Siders, who would have to give up multiple of their precious prospects — players projected to be the future of the big league team and deliver perennial contention — for nothing more than one guaranteed season of Machado, who is expected to receive a huge payday once he hits the free-agent market. Even with Machado, the White Sox wouldn’t figure to be a championship contender in 2018. That’d be putting all the eggs into one basket, that one season in Chicago would somehow convince Machado to skip the free-agent frenzy and sign with the White Sox.

Simply put, it’d be an incredibly risky move.

But apparently those aren’t the dice Rick Hahn and his front office are ready to roll, which ought to ease the concerns of rebuild fans, even if it might disappoint those who wanted to see Machado come to Chicago.