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White Sox rotation extends walk-less streak to five games

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White Sox rotation extends walk-less streak to five games

CLEVELAND -- Carlos Rodon became the fifth straight White Sox starting pitcher to not issue a walk in his start, something the team’s rotation hasn’t done since 1972.

Rodon struck out nine over 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 2-1 White Sox victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. Key to his success was that the left-hander didn’t walk anyone, something Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Jeff Samardzija and John Danks hadn’t done in the previous four games, either. The White Sox have won four straight games and completed their first four-game sweep since 2010.

“They’ve been fantastic,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “You have to have that to win multiple games in a row, you want your staff to pitch well and that’s part of it. Especially if you’re playing defense, you don’t want to walk anyone, you want to make them earn it. I think even today, Carlos made ‘em do that.”

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Of late, the White Sox defense has instilled confidence in the team’s pitchers after a horrendous start to the season. Rodon’s defense made two big plays behind him in the third inning to get the rookie out of his biggest jam. Jose Abreu started a rundown to catch Brandon Moss between third and home and Alexei Ramirez made a bare-hand stop and flip to start an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

On June 15, the White Sox ranked 29th of 30 with minus-43 Defensive Runs Saved, according to fangraphs.com. Headed into Sunday’s game, that total was down to minus-31, which moved them up to 28th.

“Abreu recognizes the runner moving with the baseball in sync, and he makes the throw. Great play,” Rodon said. “The defense played great. Great play by Alexei up the middle and a couple of other ones.”

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.