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Todd Frazier has monster night in White Sox win over Rangers

Todd Frazier has monster night in White Sox win over Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- So much for Todd Frazier's sub-.100 slump over his previous nine games.

The Chicago slugger hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the 12th inning for his second homer of the game, powering the White Sox to an 8-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

Frazier, whose average had dropped to .194 because of a 3-for-35 slide, had four hits and a career-high six RBIs to help the White Sox win after the bullpen blew leads in the eighth and ninth innings despite a majors-leading 1.82 ERA coming in.

"It felt good. It felt really good," Frazier said. "With experience, you understand that it's going to come around. Just glad it came today and in extra innings."

Last year's All-Star home run derby winner in front of the home crowd in Cincinnati, Frazier hasn't stopped hitting long balls during his slow start. He has 10 since the offseason trade, two behind Robinson Cano's AL lead at the start of the day.

His go-ahead blast to left came off left-hander Cesar Ramos (0-2).

"We ran into a guy that got hot tonight," said Texas manager Jeff Banister, who was ejected in the ninth after arguing from the dugout following a pitch called a ball for closer Shawn Tolleson. "That was tough."

Dan Jennings (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th and 11th as the White Sox won their fourth straight in a series opener between teams coming off three-game sweeps. Jennings got an inning-ending double play from Mitch Moreland with the bases loaded in the 10th.

"Danny was on a tightrope there, gets a ground-ball double play," manager Robin Ventura said. "Great job by the defense. After that, he held 'em enough that our lineup comes around."

The AL Central-leading White Sox beat Texas for the sixth consecutive time going back to last season after a sweep in Chicago in April.

Chicago closer David Robertson had a shot a save and a win but couldn't get either one, allowing a tying double to Ian Desmond in the eighth and a tying single to Hanser Alberto in the ninth.

Avisail Garcia and Austin Jackson had three hits apiece and teamed up for a go-ahead play in the ninth before the Rangers pulled even for the second time. Garcia scored for a 4-3 lead on Jackson's suicide squeeze bunt that turned into a hit when nobody covered first for the Rangers.

Frazier's ninth homer gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the sixth. He had a run-scoring single for a 3-1 edge in the eighth.

Rougned Odor's team-leading seventh homer for Texas leading off the sixth ended Miguel Gonzalez's one-hit shutout, and his leadoff triple in the eighth sparked the game-tying rally.

After Adrian Beltre's single scored Odor, Robertson came on for a four-out save. He didn't even get the first one, allowing Desmond's double that scored pinch-runner Drew Stubbs.

Desmond's line drive fooled left fielder Jerry Sands, who had replaced Melky Cabrera after Cabrera was ejected by home plate umpire Laz Diaz for arguing a called third strike in the sixth.

Banister also was tossed by Diaz after a two-strike pitch from Tolleson was called a ball and Alex Avila followed with a singled when the White Sox took the lead in the ninth.

REPLACING DANKS

Gonzalez made the second Chicago start in the No. 5 spot that opened last week when the White Sox released John Danks, a 2003 first-round pick by Texas who spent 10 years with the White Sox after a trade.

Called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Charlotte, the 31-year-old right-hander retired 11 straight hitters from the first to the fifth. Gonzalez gave up three hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings in his second start of the season.

Erik Johnson got the first shot at replacing Danks last week, also getting called up from Charlotte before allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings of a 7-3 loss to Boston and going back to the minors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: Avila returned at catcher after missing two weeks with a right hamstring strain. He went 1 for 4 with two walks.

Rangers: RF Shin-Soo Choo (right calf strain) says he will spend four or five days in Arizona before a decision on a possible rehab assignment. He's been on the DL since April 10.

UP NEXT

White Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.36) allowed one run on five hits with 10 strikeouts in six innings in his only previous start at Texas in 2015. It was a no-decision.

Rangers: LHP Derek Holland (3-2, 5.40) makes his first start since allowing 11 hits and 11 runs in 2 2/3 innings at Toronto, raising his ERA from 2.48 through his first five appearances.

White Sox fans dreaming of Patrick Corbin: His free-agent destination might already be booked

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White Sox fans dreaming of Patrick Corbin: His free-agent destination might already be booked

For the biggest dreamers among the White Sox faithful, here's how this offseason might be playing out.

Rick Hahn said the team will make some additions to the pitching staff. So for those dreamers, it's a rush to the top of the list of free-agent starting pitchers, right? Why not hook one of the biggest fish in the pond?

The top of that list looks like this: Clayton Kershaw (should he choose to opt out of his deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and seek a new, more lucrative one), Dallas Keuchel and Patrick Corbin. Some might even have those last two names flipped, with Corbin, coming off an All-Star season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, second only to one of the best to ever throw a baseball.

The White Sox might not be capable of outbidding baseball's biggest spenders, and that's without even mentioning that they might simply not be looking to ink a hurler to a long-term contract. After all, that's what all those talented prospects are for, right? Assembling the rotation of the future? Carlos Rodon, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez are all already part of the 2019 staff. Michael Kopech, when he's done recovering from Tommy John surgery, will join them in 2020. And Dylan Cease was just named MLB Pipeline's minor league pitcher of the year. With all that in mind, any offseason additions to the rotation for 2019 might simply be one-year fill-ins.

But fans often like to dream big, and a lot of them have Corbin on their wish list.

That's not surprising when you look at his numbers. He threw 200 innings last season and struck out 246 batters while finishing with a 3.15 ERA, those last two numbers the best of his six-year big league career. He's 29 years old and a long-term deal would figure to have him in the starting rotation as the White Sox plan to shift from rebuilding mode to contention mode.

Just one problem: There's plenty of belief out there that Corbin's destination this winter has already been booked.

This has been a talking point for a while now, as the Yankees tried to bring Corbin to the Bronx via trade last offseason. They're expected to try to do so again, this time via free agency, as they've got a ton of money to spend. Corbin was quoted in the Nightengale story from April saying: "It would definitely be great to play there. I grew up a Yankee fan."

Sorry to burst your bubbles, White Sox fans. But don't blame me. Blame the Yankees, which seems to be becoming a frequent refrain. If Didi Gregorius' elbow injury means Manny Machado ends up in the Bronx this winter, too, White Sox fans might drop the Cubs as Public Enemy No. 1.

The White Sox have enough hurdles to clear in any pursuit of one of the game's top free agents: They have to compete with baseball's traditional big spenders, and they have to try and beat win-now pitches with a pitch of planned — though not yet arrived — long-term success. It's not like that hasn't been a winning battle before, though, as the rebuilding Cubs got Jon Lester to believe in their future and brought him in to help make their transition from rebuild to championship contention.

But throw in the hurdle of a history between a player and another team, and it makes it an even harder job.

The White Sox will be making some additions this offseason, though they might not be the ones fans are dreaming about. But not landing the winter's biggest fish doesn't mean the organization's biggest, most important dream of building a perennial contender on the South Side is going anywhere.

Top White Sox MiLB moments of 2018: Omar Vizquel's award-winning managerial debut

Top White Sox MiLB moments of 2018: Omar Vizquel's award-winning managerial debut

With the White Sox season over, we're looking back on the top 10 moments of the club's minor league season. We'll unveil one per day for 10 days, showcasing each moment in chronological order.

The moment: Omar Vizquel is named the Carolina League Manager of the Year, Sept. 13.

Vizquel became the third Winston-Salem Dash manager to be named Manager of the Year. The Dash went 84-54, the second-highest win total in franchise history and won the division title in both the first and second half.

Vizquel's season: As soon as Vizquel retired after the 2012 season, he went straight into coaching. First, he was an infield coach for the Angels in 2013. Then, he became the first base coach for the Tigers.

Vizquel remained there until taking the Dash job in the White Sox organization this season. Winston-Salem was an important post because seven of the top 10 and 16 of the top 30 prospects from MLB Pipeline's rankings spent some time there in 2018.

Vizquel was able to guide that talent to a whole bunch of winning. The Dash had the best record in the Carolina League in the regular season.

The playoffs did not go so well. The Dash got swept by the eventual league champion Buies Creek Astros in the first round.

Still, it was a successful managerial debut for Vizquel and the White Sox got to take advantage of his experience with a number of top prospects playing under him.

He may not manage the White Sox any time soon, but Vizquel's ties to the organization (two years playing with the team and now coaching in the organization) make him a possible candidate at some point in his managerial career.