Paul Konerko returned to the White Sox lineup and went 2-3 with a walk, but it was Orlando Hudson's walk-off single that netted the White Sox a 4-3 win to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays. Alex Rios added a two-run homer in support of Jake Peavy, who walked five in six innings but only gave up three runs, two of which were earned.
Jordan Danks made his major-league debut as a pinch-runner late in the game for Konerko and was promptly doubled off first on a tough-luck liner (it wasn't his fault). John's brother was added to the 40 and 25-man rosters prior to Thursday's game as Kosuke Fukudome was placed on the disabled list.
Here's a nugget: When A.J. Pierzynski was called about being dealt away from Minnesota in November of 2003, he thought he was getting traded to the Cubs. Great stuff in this piece from Chuck Garfien.
Chris Kamka takes on anyone who still is focusing on Adam Dunn's strikeouts and batting average -- which, really, if you're thinking about Dunn's batting average, you're really missing the point -- and looks at Dunn's offensive success in general this season.
David Kaplan looked back at the White Sox draft and previewed the upcoming interleague slate:
Around the division: Detroit beat Cleveland 7-5 to keep the White Sox 1 12 games ahead of the Indians, DL'd Tigers starter Doug Fister is slowly improving, Kansas City moved quickly to sign first-round pick Kyle Zimmer and "Jeff Mansihp."
It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.
Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:
Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.