(CBS) Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died in an ATV accident in Tennessee on Saturday, according to multiple reports. Webb was 28. Webb was a member of the White Sox from 2013 to 2016. He appeared in 94 games, registering a 4.50 ERA across those four seasons. He was released by the White Sox in November 2016. “Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of (Saturday night’s) terrible accident,” the White Sox said in a statement. “He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with (Saturday’s) tragic news.”
CHICAGO (CBS) — A day after an injured Schaumburg man announced he was suing the Cubs and Major League Baseball for not having enough netting at Wrigley Field, the City Council Finance Committee has backed a resolution urging both the Cubs and the White Sox to put up more safety barriers. Ald. Patrick Thompson (11th), whose ward includes Guaranteed Rate Field, the home of the White Sox, was among the aldermen who voted for the resolution. “In my conversation with the White Sox, they’re already in plans to expand their netting at Guaranteed Rate Field. The resolution is just to call attention to that and make sure that both the Sox and the Cubs – and hopefully then other cities – will look at us as a leader in terms of making sure we have safety,” Thompson said. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), whose ward includes Wrigley Field, said he supports more netting at ballparks, but he raised liability concerns. “In terms of the liability issue, I kind of fell off on that part of it, because I’m not exactly schooled on exactly what we should be doing when an accident happens inside of a private place – a stadium,” he said. The resolution would not require the Cubs or White Sox to make any changes at their stadiums, but would only publicly encourage them to install more protection for fans to prevent others being hit by foul balls or wayward bats.
CHICAGO (CBS) — The chairman of the Chicago City Council Finance Committee wants both the Chicago Cubs and White Sox to exceed the standards set by Major League Baseball: for safety netting at ballparks. The Cubs have already said they plan to extend safety netting at least 30 feet. The White Sox have yet to say anything publicly. A statement from the office of Ald. Ed Burke, 14th, the chairman of the council finance committee says the Chicago Cubs and White Sox have pledged to extend protective netting by opening day 2018. Last month a young girl was injured by a line drive at Yankee Stadium. The statement quotes Burke saying with gross revenues of nearly $10 billion in 2016, Major League Baseball can afford to make this investment in ensuring the safety of its fans. Burke’s resolution also calls on the Cubs and White Sox to reconsider policies that hold them harmless from liability.
(CBS) The White Sox outrighted five players Wednesday, trimming their 40-man roster to 33. Chicago outrighted catcher Rob Brantly, right-hander Brad Goldberg, right-hander Chris Volstad, left-hander David Holmberg and outfielder Rymer Liriano to Triple-A Charlotte. Brantly, Volstad, Holmberg and Liriano will become minor-league free agents. Goldberg will remain with the White Sox organization as a non-roster player.
(CBS) The deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas late Sunday night hit home for the White Sox. Christiana Duarte, the 22-year-old sister of White Sox prospect Mikey Duarte, was among those killed at the Route 91 Harvest festival, according to the Daily Breeze. The White Sox didn’t confirm her death but did tell the Chicago Tribune that they’ve been in contact with the Duarte family to offer support and any resources. Ariel Romero, Mikey Duarte’s girlfriend, was also injured, according to the Daily Breeze. The 23-year-old Mikey Duarte was selected by the White Sox in the 23rd round of the amateur draft last June and played for their rookie ball team. Duarte attended UC Irvine, and his sister was from Torrance, Calif., according to the report.
(CBS) With the 2017 season in the books for the White Sox, general manager Rick Hahn reflected by saying that he believes the organization’s rebuild is ahead of schedule. “We probably are a little ahead of where you could’ve reasonably projected us to be and certainly where you would project a normal rebuild,” Hahn said on Hit and Run with Barry Rozner and Joe Ostrowski on 670 The Score. “And by normal rebuild, I mean one in which the big league roster when you start is somewhat barren in terms of talent and you need to build to build this thing out through the draft and internationally and to a lesser extent via trade. We knew when we entered this the normal time frame that these things tend to take, but we were also cautiously optimistic given some of the premium talent we had up in Chicago that we would be able to via trade sort of move this thing along more quickly. As you look at it today, it seems we’ve been able to do that. But the player development side of this is important, and that’s going to be what’s at the forefront over the next 12 or 18 months or the next phase of this process.” One of the prospects who has impressed Hahn and White Sox officials is 21-year-old right-hander Michael Kopech, who spent most of the summer at Double-A Birmingham, where he compiled an 8-7 record and 2.87 ERA with 155 strikeouts in 119 1/3 innings. He then made three starts at Triple-A Charlotte to end his season, registering a 3.00 ERA. Kopech will have the chance to compete for a rotation spot in spring training next season, amateur scouting director Nick Hostetler said in late August, but Hahn emphasized that wasn’t the expectation. He’s expecting Kopech to join the team later in the 2018 season. “Is it possible? Yes,” Hahn said when asked about the possibility of Kopech being on the White Sox next July. “That’s simply because of how talented he is and as people have probably gotten tired of hearing me say, the good ones sort of have a way of forcing the issue on you. “We’re going to have realistic developmental goals for Michael Kopech next year, but it’s not going to shock me if again, he’s able to change our time horizon on those things given the talent he has.” Listen to Hahn’s full interview below. He also addresses what prospects surprised him in 2017, how the White Sox will know when add big names via free agency to a young core and much more.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jay Bruce had a two-run single, Josh Tomlin pitched into the sixth inning and the Cleveland Indians got their AL-best 102nd victory, beating the Chicago White Sox, 3-1, on Sunday in their regular-season finale. Cleveland will next play an AL Division Series against the winner of the wild-card game between the Yankees and Twins. The 102 victories were the second most in franchise history behind the 1954 team’s 111. Jose Ramirez went 2-for-2, including his AL-high 56th double, and Carlos Santana had a sacrifice fly for the Indians, who are seeking a second straight World Series appearance. Bruce’s two RBIs in the first inning gave him 100 for the second time in his career. Cleveland won 33 of its final 37 games dating to Aug. 24, when it began an AL-record 22-game winning streak. The White Sox went 67-95 in their first year under manager Rick Renteria, posting their worst record since 2013. Tomlin (10-9) tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, striking out six and giving the club five pitchers with double-digit victories. The right-hander is penciled in as the Indians’ fourth starter in the playoffs. Cody Allen worked a perfect ninth for his 30th save. Chris Volstad (1-2) walked Francisco Lindor, Jason Kipnis and Ramirez to begin his day — all scored — before settling into a groove. He allowed three runs over six innings in his second start in the majors since 2012. Rob Brantly hit a leadoff homer in the fifth to pull the White Sox within 3-1, but they only managed one hit in the final four frames against six relievers. TRAINER’S ROOM Indians: Michael Brantley, who returned from a sprained right ankle to pinch hit Saturday night, was hitless in two at-bats. He missed 50 games before returning. UP NEXT The Indians await the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card game. Game 1 of the best-of-five Division Series is Thursday at Progressive Field. Cleveland will have home-field advantage over every potential playoff foe, except for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who led the majors in wins. (© 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.)
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley spent seven weeks on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle. He only needed one at-bat to show the Indians that he was prepared for the postseason. The All-Star outfielder had a pinch-hit single in the fifth inning on Saturday night, earning a standing ovation from his teammates and a sellout crowd during Cleveland’s 2-1 loss to the White Sox. Brantley battled Chicago rookie Carson Fulmer for 10 pitches before sharply driving the ball to right field in his first action since Aug. 8. The 30-year-old had missed the previous 50 games but was activated earlier in the day. “All things considered, it seems almost miraculous to me that he was able to have the kind of at-bat that he had,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “His level of concentration, then to fire a hit in there, that was really something. “Depending on how he feels tomorrow, we’ll walk through everything again, but I thought he was moving pretty well.” AL Central champion Cleveland locked up the best record in the AL before it stepped onto the field when Houston lost to Boston. It will play the winner of the wild-card game between the Yankees and Twins in a Division Series. The Dodgers won later Saturday to ensure they would edge Cleveland for the best record in the major leagues. The Indians will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs unless they face Los Angeles in the World Series. Brantley’s return was effective and timely as the Indians plan on announcing their playoff roster following their regular-season finale Sunday. Brantley did not make himself available to the media. “It was like Michael didn’t miss a beat, which was incredible,” Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis said. “It was awesome. I was up on the railing the whole time because I know how hard he’s worked to be ready for the postseason. He wasn’t going to miss it.” Fulmer (3-1) allowed one run in five innings for Chicago, while Juan Minaya worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save. Catcher Kevan Smith drove in both White Sox runs with a single in the fourth off Indians ace Corey Kluber and a double in the fifth against Mike Clevinger (12-6). Kluber worked five innings of one-run ball to lower his ERA to an AL-best 2.25. He struck out three and threw 81 pitches in his final postseason tuneup. Kluber finished the season with an 18-4 record and 265 strikeouts, making a strong case for a second AL Cy Young Award while Boston’s Chris Sale faltered down the stretch. “When you go against Kluber, you’re facing the best, so it’s a positive no matter how you do,” Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. “He is a barometer that shows you where you’re at. So are the Indians.” BAD MEMORIES Indians RHP Trevor Bauer infamously sliced open his right pinkie finger while repairing a drone on the eve of the 2016 playoffs. After winning his career-high 17th game Friday over the White Sox, the hi-tech junkie said he plans on building a new model soon. “Let’s hope he does it after the season,” Francona said sternly. “Hopefully, we’ll stay away from all drone-related issues.” TRAINER’S ROOM White Sox: LF Nicky Delmonico (left shoulder strain), who was injured Friday while diving for a ball, was sent back to Chicago for additional tests. Indians: C Yan Gomes (right hand) was hit by a pitch in the fifth, but remained in the game. His right wrist was broken by a pitch last September. UP NEXT White Sox: RHP Chris Volstad allowed six runs over five innings in a 9-3 loss to the Angels on Sept. 26. It was his first start in the majors since 2012 with the Cubs. Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin wraps up the regular season by making his 26th start. He is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in three appearances against the White Sox this year. (© 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.)
CLEVELAND (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion had a three-run double, and Jay Bruce and Jose Ramirez drove in two runs apiece, leading the AL Central champion Indians to a 10-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Cleveland maintained its one-game lead — and owns the tiebreaker — over Houston for the best record in the AL with two games remaining. The top seed will play the winner of the wild-card game between the Yankees and Twins in the Division Series. The Indians’ 101 victories are the second most in franchise history and set a record for wins by an AL Central team. Trevor Bauer (17-9) allowed one run over six innings, striking out seven, to win for the ninth time in his last 10 decisions. Cleveland built a 10-0 lead after three innings, aided by six walks from Mike Pelfrey (3-12) and an error by shortstop Tim Anderson. Pelfrey allowed a career-high 10 runs, seven earned, in 2 2/3 innings. (© 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.)
CHICAGO (AP) — Rob Brantly hit the game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Tim Anderson hustled home for the go-ahead run as the Chicago White Sox rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. Anderson scored from first base on a single by Rymer Liriano, as the throw from left fielder Ben Revere went to second base and Anderson alertly headed home, scoring easily on reliever Jesse Chavez (7-11). Carlos Perez homered for the Angels, who used seven pitchers and sat stars Mike Trout and Justin Upton one night after being eliminated from playoff contention. Gregory Infante (2-1) earned the win in relief, throwing a scoreless eighth inning. Juan Minaya earned his eighth save with a perfect ninth inning for the White Sox, who won for the 12th time in 19 games. Rookie right-hander Dylan Covey threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and four hits for the White Sox, who closed the home season at Guaranteed Rate Field. For the Angels, Eric Young Jr. drove in Kaleb Cowart with a ground-rule double in the fifth inning to open the scoring. The next batter was Perez, who hit his first home run of the season to make it 3-0. Yolmer Sanchez, who had three hits, had a two-run single in the bottom half of the inning after Liriano moved to third base on two passed balls by Perez after walking. Right-hander Bud Norris, the Angels’ closer earlier this season, started and threw three scoreless innings. C.J. Cron added a sacrifice fly for the Angels. NUMBERS GAME The Angels need to win their final three games this weekend to clinch a .500-or-better record for the 13th time in 18 seasons under manager Mike Scioscia. TRAINER’S ROOM Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker (strained right forearm) has been stretched out to 100 feet in his throwing regimen, Scioscia said. . LHP Andrew Heaney (inflamed left shoulder) will not pitch the rest of the season as a precautionary measure. He was set to pitch Thursday but was scratched earlier this week. Heaney underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2016 and started five games this season. “There’s no doubt that his elbow is fine,” Scioscia said. “He’s over the shoulder and the little discomfort he had. He already has shown what you’re looking for, so there’s really no need for him to go out there and just prove that he’s over that little shoulder discomfort.” White Sox: Starter Carlos Rodon had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder and could miss the beginning of next season, general manager Rick Hahn said. Hahn said Thursday the left-hander should miss six to eight months after the surgery, which revealed significant bursitis, which was removed in Wednesday’s surgery. Rodon, 24, missed nearly the first three months of the season with shoulder and biceps problems and went 2-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 12 starts before returning to the disabled list on Sept. 8. “We’ll know more about the specifics of the timing when Carlos completes his rehab and begins throwing in spring training,” Hahn said. UP NEXT Angels: Los Angeles will return home to close the season with three games against Seattle. LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-6, 4.48 ERA) of the Angels will face LHP Marco Gonzales (1-1, 5.51). White Sox: The White Sox will close the season with a weekend series at Cleveland, who will start RHP Trevor Bauer (16-9, 4.28). Manager Rick Renteria said the White Sox would announce Friday’s starter after Thursday’s game. (© 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.)