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Sox Drawer: Please stop now boys!

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Sox Drawer: Please stop now boys!

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010
4:36 PM

By Chuck Garfien
CSNChicago.com

We interrupt this pennant race to bring you the following announcement:

The Minnesota Twins will eventually lose a baseball game. We dont know how, we dont know where, we dont know when, but at some point (hopefully in the near future) that thing known as a defeat will rear its ugly head and hit the Twins right between the eyes.We hope.

Yes, the White Sox number-one menace is at it again, doing its best to make life miserable for the South Siders. It just might be the Twins greatest strength. Hopefully it wont become the Sox greatest weakness.

After finishing one of their best weeks on the road in years, seven straight wins, most of them ranging from dramatic to improbable, closing the stretch by beating Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, Jonathan Papelbon, and Jose Valverde, the Sox looked up at the standings and noticed how much ground they had gained on Minnesota.

One measly game.

While the Sox were exhausting every ounce of their bodies and minds, scoring 24 runs after the 6th inning to keep their playoffs hopes alive, the Twins just went out and took six of seven from the Tigers and first-place Rangers, five of their wins decided by a single run, and one by a trigger-happy 3rd base umpire who called the Rangers Michael Young out for interference with two outs in the top of the 9th inning, ending a furious Texas rally.

But whos complaining? Me, I guess.

If the team Ozzie Guillen famously called the piranhas happen to be getting in the White Sox heads, the Twins are doing everything in their power to keep the Sox out of theirs.

Sunday while the Sox were mounting their late-inning comeback in Boston, someone operating the Target Field scoreboard decided to show highlights of the rally on the Jumbotron.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didnt like it one bit.

Scoreboard watching is one thing; having White Sox highlights during our game is a joke, Gardenhire told reporters. It brought everybody down. The crowd got deflated. We dont need that. This is our game. We dont care what the White Sox do until we play them. Theyve never done that, and I hope they never do it again.

And to be sure, Gardenhire spoke to the Twins front office about it. Monday, they showed highlights of the CardinalsBrewers game instead.

One week from tonight scoreboard watching wont be necessary. The White Sox and Twins will be sharing the same field for three games at U.S. Cellular Field, easily the biggest series of the season.

Will the Twins cool off by then? Anythings possible. But judging by history, not probable. Guillen knows it.

Its nice when the Twins lose, but the way things are going for themI expect to be close enough when we face them, said the White Sox manager. I dont expect anybody to go out there and do us a favor. In the meanwhile, we wish theyd lose. But we just have to continue to play the way we are and take it for the best.

Did the Yankees just copy the White Sox in their quest to sign Manny Machado?

Did the Yankees just copy the White Sox in their quest to sign Manny Machado?

"It's a copycat league," you'll often hear. And now the White Sox are getting copied. Kind of.

The White Sox raised a few eyebrows last weekend with their surprising trade for Yonder Alonso. Alonso, acquired from the Cleveland Indians, brings a ton of positives to the 2019 and 2020 White Sox. Their lineup needed a boost, and he gives it one. Their clubhouse needed some more veteran leadership, and he brings that. He allows Jose Abreu to take better care of his body and could have long-term benefit as a positive influence on young players.

But everyone looked past all that and noticed that he also happens to be Manny Machado's brother-in-law.

Machado is one of the two free-agent superstars the White Sox are pursuing, along with Bryce Harper, and the popular opinion on social media was that the South Siders brought in Alonso to help with their pitch to Machado. Heck, they announced the trade just two days before Monday's meeting with Machado.

Rick Hahn shot down all that, saying this was a baseball move, and the benefits of Alonso's arrival, independent of his relationship with Machado, are listed above.

But now the New York Yankees, just two days before their meeting with Machado, have gone and done something similar, hiring Carlos Beltran as a special advisor to general manager Brian Cashman. Why is it similar to the White Sox acquisition of Alonso? Machado's agent used to represent Beltran.

If it's not coming through, this all a bit joking, of course. Hahn had a laundry list of reasons the White Sox traded for Alonso, and Beltran has his own appeal to any team after his lengthy big league career and his recent role as a veteran leader with the Houston Astros during their championship season.

But the coincidences — or conspiracies, if you will — are a little fun to point out.

Alonso and Beltran are assets to their respective teams. But if they can help sway Machado, well that will go down as a nice added benefit.

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Top White Sox stories of 2018: Adam Engel's week of home-run robberies

Top White Sox stories of 2018: Adam Engel's week of home-run robberies

As the new year approaches, we're counting down the top White Sox stories from 2018.

Somewhat quietly, Adam Engel was a Gold Glove finalist in center field this fall.

But he had one week in August that was anything but quiet, and that week alone might have put him in the running for the annual fielding award.

In the span of seven days, Engel made a trio of jaw-dropping home-run robberies against the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians.

First, on Aug. 6, he stole one away from Yankees hitter Greg Bird.

He followed that up the very next night, with this robbery of a home run off the bat of Kyle Higashioka. This theft came right near the "The Catch" sign in center field and brought to memory Dewayne Wise, who made, under the circumstances, the best catch that Hawk Harrelson had ever seen.

White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez really appreciated that one.

"I just wanted to take off my glove," he said through a team translator that day, "and go out there and kiss him."

And if that wasn't enough, Engel stole the show (literally) in the Sunday afternoon game Aug. 12, this thievery of Indians slugger Yonder Alonso — now one of Engel's White Sox teammates — the best of the bunch.

While Engel's offensive production has been slow to come along, his defensive ability has never been questioned, and spectacular plays like this show how valuable his glove can be to the White Sox moving forward.

"That’s something I take a lot of pride in, show up every day and trying to help the team win in any way that I can," Engel said that Sunday. "Defensively, it’s something I know I can count on. Just make sure to try to work on that every day. Make sure I stay sharp, and offensively hopefully I can get it going."

A season's worth of high-quality defense got him the title of Gold Glove finalist, but this week in August surely brought his skill to the attention of the baseball world.

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