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White Sox: Melky Cabrera's bat has heated up in June

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White Sox: Melky Cabrera's bat has heated up in June

MINNEAPOLIS — The hard work Melky Cabrera has put in the cage has finally begun to pay off for the veteran outfielder.

Cabrera had a career-high five hits in Sunday’s win over the Texas Rangers to raise his season slash line to .250/.288/.291 with one homer and 23 RBIs in 289 plate appearances. But Cabrera has done a number of things better in June, including falling into a little luck that wasn’t there earlier. Over his past 13 games, Cabrera is hitting .362/.404/.447 with four doubles and six RBIs.

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“He just looks more balanced,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Even the contact, the hard contact, he had the double yesterday right-handed, hasn’t been there consistently and yesterday was a sign of hopefully things to come for him.”

Like many of his teammates, Cabrera’s season hasn’t lived up to his standards.

He earned a three-year, $42-million contract after producing 54 extra-base hits in 2014 and finishing with a .351 on-base percentage and 73 RBIs for the Toronto Blue Jays. Cabrera has tried not to let his poor play affect his work in the cage with hitting coach Todd Steverson.

“You have to understand that this is a tough season, a long season and you have to keep the confidence,” Cabrera said through an interpreter. “Work hard, never give up and do the best you can every day. We have a lot of talent. It's just a matter of time. You can't fix all the little things in one specific moment.  If things are getting bad for you, the key for me is to keep working, keep your confidence and keep your mind tough.”

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Ventura said Cabrera has been able to separate his struggles at the plate from the field, where he has been the team’s best outfielder. One aspect Ventura has seen stark improvement of late is Cabrera’s hitting against left-handed pitching. After he started the season 4-for-50 versus southpaws, Cabrera is 7-for-14 with two doubles.

“You’ve seen it happen before where a guy starts and it hasn’t gone that well,” Ventura said. “There’s still some baseball left in this guy, the confidence he’s able to swing it from both sides.”

Daily White Sox prospects update: Eloy Jimenez homers, Seby Zavala goes to the DL

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Eloy Jimenez homers, Seby Zavala goes to the DL

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Double-A Birmingham

Eloy Jimenez hit his eighth home run of the season in a 7-3 loss. Zack Collins and Matt Rose each had a hit, a walk and a run scored. Ian Clarkin gave up five runs and walked five in his five innings. Seby Zavala, who leads the Southern League with 10 homers, went on the disabled list with a wrist injury.

Triple-A Charlotte

Jordan Stephens had a good second outing at the Triple-A level, allowing just one earned run in his 6.1 innings. He allowed five hits and walked two, striking out four batters. In his two starts with Charlotte, he's got a 2.19 ERA with three earned runs allowed in 12.1 innings. Charlie Tilson doubled in the 12-6 win. Thyago Vieira gave up two runs in his lone inning of work, and his ERA stands at 5.85 on the season.

Class A Winston-Salem

The bats seem to have gone a tad cold for the Dash, who suffered a 4-1 loss. The top five hitters in the lineup — Joel Booker, Alex Call, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo and Gavin Sheets — combined to go 2-for-18.

Class A Kannapolis

Lincoln Henzman gave up four earned runs in five innings, allowing a pair of home runs. Luis Gonzalez and Evan Skoug each had a hit in a 5-3 loss.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.

With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.

Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: