Dodgers win 11th straight, spoil Moncada’s White Sox debut

CHICAGO (AP) Kike Hernandez had two home runs to lead the surging Los Angeles Dodgers to a 9-1 victory Wednesday night in a rain-shortened game, spoiling the Chicago White Sox debut of top prospect Yoan Moncada.

Hernandez broke out of a 1-for-23 slump with home runs in his first two at-bats, lifting the Dodgers to their 11th straight win and 31st victory in 35 games.

The game was called in the top of the eighth inning after a 37-minute delay.

Hernandez had solo home runs in the second and fourth innings, his second career multi-homer game.

Chicago starter Carlos Rodon (1-3) allowed home runs to his first batter, as Chris Taylor led the game off with one, and his last, as Corey Seager’s two-run homer in the fourth chased him.

Seager’s blast was his 44th as a shortstop, passing Rafael Furcal for most career homers from the position in franchise history.

Moncada, a second baseman acquired in December as the main piece in a trade with Boston for ace Chris Sale, batted sixth and was hitless in two at-bats. He drew a walk in his first plate appearance for the White Sox, then grounded out in the fourth inning and flied out in the sixth.

The White Sox sold about 5,000 tickets Wednesday partly in response to Moncada’s call-up from Triple-A Charlotte, according to the team.

After Taylor’s home run, Melky Cabrera answered with a solo shot in the bottom of the first to tie the score.

Rodon allowed three walks and struck out four.

Kenta Maeda (8-4) allowed one run and five hits in five innings, striking out three. Reliever Ross Stribling threw two scoreless innings, retiring the final six batters he faced.

Three straight doubles by Yaisiel Puig, Trayce Thompson and Taylor and RBI singles from Seager and Justin Turner in the four-run sixth inning closed the scoring for the Dodgers, who have won 14 of 15 games.

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confidently responded to a pre-game question about fellow National League teams making moves, as Arizona acquired OF J.D. Martinez on Tuesday and the Chicago Cubs traded for LHP Jose Quintana last week.

”We’re very aware of what’s going on around baseball. We still know we’re the best team,” Roberts said.

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Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (bruised left foot) pitched four innings of a simulated game on Wednesday. ”He looked really good,” Roberts said. Ryu is scheduled to pitch against Minnesota on Monday, serving as a sixth starter for one turn in the rotation.

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Dodgers: The Dodgers return home for four games with Atlanta starting Thursday when RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 3.38 ERA) opposes RHP Mike Foltynewicz (7-5, 3.84 ERA) of the Braves.

White Sox: Chicago will head to Kansas City for three games starting Friday as RHP James Shields (2-2, 5.10 ERA) faces his former team against RHP Ian Kennedy (3-6, 4.32 ERA).

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White Sox call up top prospect Moncada

After adding to their already impressive prospect pool in the very early hours of Wednesday morning, the Chicago White Sox decided it was time to call up the best of the best.

The club announced the promotion of top infield prospect Yoan Moncada following its blockbuster trade with the New York Yankees.

“We feel (Moncada) is ready for that next challenge that comes at the big-league level,” general manager Rick Hahn said, according to CBS Chicago.

With third baseman Todd Frazier now in New York, Moncada will have the opportunity to play either the hot corner or second base, where he’s started all 79 games in Triple-A this season.

He was acquired in the blockbuster deal that sent Chris Sale to Boston, and earned the right to a promotion after hitting .285/.381/.452 with 12 home runs, 36 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases across 79 games with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.

He appeared in eight major-league games in 2016 with the Red Sox, hitting .211/.250/.263.

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Yankees acquire Frazier, Robertson, Kahnle from White Sox in 7-player deal

As the clock struck midnight in New York on Tuesday, the Yankees pulled off a blockbuster deal and the Chicago White Sox strengthened an already magnificent prospect pool.

Following hours of speculation, the Yankees officially acquired Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox in exchange for Tyler Clippard and prospects Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin, and Tito Polo.

"We made the determination that bundling these three players together was the best way to maximize our return on any transaction," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said after the trade was made official, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

"We felt this trade with the Yankees brought back the most quality as opposed to spreading our assets across multiple deals."

Trade rumors began to swirl when Frazier was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup, though there was early speculation that the third baseman was involved in a deal with Boston, a club that showed steady interest in the veteran.

Instead, the Yankees swooped in to steal a player the Red Sox coveted, and added two solid pieces to a bullpen in need of support.

The trade reunites Robertson with New York, as the closer spent seven years in pinstripes before joining the White Sox as a free agent in 2015. He’ll earn $ 13 million next season before becoming a free agent in 2019. He’s performed to a 2.70 ERA this season with 13 saves and 47 strikeouts.

Kahnle, a Yankees draft pick from 2010, was Chicago’s most efficient and surprisingly valuable reliever this season. In 37 games, he’s racked up an impressive 60 strikeouts, placing him fourth in the league among qualified relievers with a K/9 rate of 15. The 27-year-old is under team control until 2021.

The reliever headed the other way, Clippard – a free agent at season’s end – has combined to a 4.95 ERA in 40 games this year.

As for the prospects headed to the White Sox, Blake Rutherford is ranked by MLB as the club’s third-best prospect and No. 30 among the top 100, Clarkin was a first-round pick in 2013 and is ranked the Yankees’ No. 19 prospect, and Polo, a 22-year-old outfielder, is hitting .307/.369/.455 combined across stints with the Yankees’ Single-A and Double-A affiliates.

Following the club’s flurry of moves dating back to the offseason, the White Sox now have 10 prospects ranked among MLB Pipeline’s top 100.

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Woke Black Minister Caps On Southern Baptists For Supporting Cheeto & White Supremacy

Lawrence Ware, a Black Southern Baptist minister and Oklahoma State University faculty member, has decided to leave the church’s convention in light of its support of President Donald Trump and white supremacy. Ware shared these thoughts in an open letter published exclusively by the New York Times.

From the Times:

As a black scholar of race and a minister who is committed to social justice, I can no longer be part of an organization that is complicit in the disturbing rise of the so-called alt-right, whose members support the abhorrent policies of Donald Trump and whose troubling racial history and current actions reveal a deep commitment to white supremacy.

Ware points to last month’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in where a Black Texas pastor introduced a resolution to denounce white supremacy that was not adopted by the church. The resolution was amended and passed, but only after pointed language was removed and later approved the 15 million member organization’s leadership.

Read the rest of Lawrence Ware’s open letter here.

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Philthy Rich – All White All Black (Feat. Cookie Money) (Official Music Video)

Philthy Rich is fresh off the release of his Neighborhood Supastar 4 album, and quickly issues an official music video for the Cookie Money-assisted song “All White All Black.”

Watch the Stewy Films-directed footage below and purchase a copy of Philthy’s LP on iTunes.

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Report: Braves offered top prospect to White Sox for Quintana

The Chicago Cubs may have landed Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox in a blockbuster five-player trade on Thursday, but they weren't the only team to make a serious bid.

Along with the Cubs, the Atlanta Braves also made a strong and serious run at Quintana, making an offer which included top prospect Ozzie Albies, according to sources of Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.

Atlanta is not done looking for major-league starting pitching, according to Passan, who reports their goal is to use organizational depth to find a frontline starter with good team control.

Sonny Gray and Chris Archer, who the Braves have shown past interest in, fit the bill, although Archer's team, the Tampa Bay Rays, is currently in position to make the postseason.

The 22-year-old Albies, who is the No. 7 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline, sits one spot ahead of Eloy Jimenez, the main piece the White Sox acquired from the Cubs.

Albies, who can play both second base and shortstop, is hitting .292/.336/.451 with seven home runs, 37 RBIs, 17 doubles, and 21 stolen bases at Triple-A Gwinnett.

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Ridiculous: Memphis Gang Calls For The Beatdown Of White People!

A group calling themselves the Memphis Flash Mob Cartel took to social media saying they’ll be at the Wolfchase Galleria mall beating down people because of the color of their skin.

It could be a hoax or it could really happen, but either way it’s getting a reaction.

Feelings of concern started to sweep social media.

“Very alarming to just be picking people out to do damage to them, that doesn’t make any sense,” Brenda Thompson said.

Thompson doesn’t understand why anyone would choose to cause more division in the city.

“I think it’s crazy like everything else in Memphis, does it mean white people I don’t understand, I don’t know.”

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White Sox GM left his kid unattended at FanFest to make Quintana trade

Duty calls.

For the general manager of the Chicago White Sox Rick Hahn that meant leaving his 11-year-old child unattended at All-Star Game FanFest to take a phone call that would prove pivotal in sending Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

“It actually was at the All-Star Game FanFest,” Hahn told MLB Network Radio. “I take my family every year as a tradition, which, when I started doing this as an assistant GM, it seemed like a good idea. Get away for a few days enjoy the environment.

“The last few years it’s probably not the smartest idea because I do spend a fair amount of time obviously working and sometimes you have to leave your 11-year-old unattended in the Miami Convention Center to take a call behind an exhibit which is what happened on Tuesday morning as Theo (Epstein) called.”

Of course, it all seems to have worked out in the end, with Hahn able to joke about the matter on the radio – especially now that the trade is official and the White Sox farm system is even more outstanding.

Picturing Hahn abandoning his child while hiding behind an exhibit is far from the romantic image of Billy Beane and some fictional version of Paul DePodesta trading for Ricardo Rincon.

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The White Sox farm system is stacked after striking gold yet again

For the first time in more than a decade, the Chicago White Sox pulled off a trade with the Chicago Cubs, sending ace southpaw Jose Quintana to the North Side in exchange for four prospects.

Among the farmhands the White Sox received in Thursday's deal were the Cubs' top two prospects – outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-hander Dylan Cease.

The latest deal, in conjunction with two blockbuster offseason trades made with the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals, means the White Sox now have nine of the top 100 prospects in baseball, according to MLB.com, which is tied for tops in the majors with Atlanta.

Here’s a closer look at the White Sox farm system, which is absolutely stacked:

Yoan Moncada, 2B, (MLB.com No. 1 overall)

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Moncada, baseball's top prospect, signed a record $ 31.5-million bonus with Boston in 2015, and was acquired by the White Sox as part of the package for Chris Sale in December. The 22-year-old Cuban infielder has played in the past two Futures Games (winning MVP last year), and is hitting .282/.380/.451 with 11 home runs, 33 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases at Triple-A Charlotte this season.

Eloy Jimenez, OF, (No. 8 overall)

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The most valuable piece the White Sox received in return for Quintana has 60-grade power, which includes the ability to destroy stadium lights. The 20-year-old Jimenez was signed out of the Dominican Republic for $ 2.8 million as the top-rated international prospect in 2013, and he's hit .271/.351/.490 with eight home runs at Single-A Advanced Myrtle Beach this season. He even has the potential to be better than Moncada, at least according to an AL scout.

Michael Kopech, P, (No. 11 overall)

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The other major piece acquired for Sale was Kopech, who throws some serious gas and blew a 101-mph fastball by Moncada at the latest Futures Game. The 21-year-old right-hander is striking out 11.6 hitters per nine at Double-A Birmingham, although his 53 walks in 78 1/3 innings is a bit alarming.

Luis Robert, OF, (No. 23 overall)

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Robert, who's considered the best prospect to come out of Cuba since Moncada, should give the White Sox another Latin player to feature in the South Side of Chicago. The 19-year-old signed for $ 26 million in May – the second-highest bonus for an international amateur behind Moncada's – and he's expected to bring lighting-fast bat speed and international tournament experience to the big leagues. Robert has appeared in 17 games for the Dominican Summer League White Sox thus far, getting on base at a .479 clip.

Lucas Giolito, P, (No. 28 overall)

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The main piece acquired from the Nationals in the Adam Eaton trade, Giolito was once listed as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, and even made a brief six-game cameo for Washington last season, when he struggled to a 6.75 ERA. The 22-year-old isn't pitching quite like he did last season at the Triple-A level, but has still struck out more than a batter per inning in 90 1/3 frames.

Also among the White Sox prospects in the MLB.com top 100 are:

PLAYER POSITION MLB.COM RANK
Reynaldo Lopez P 36
Carson Fulmer P 59
Dylan Cease P 63
Zack Collins C 68

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Issa White: Here’s What Happened When Sammy Sosa Showed Off His New Even Whiter Face

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Sammy Sosa Looks Pasty

We all knew Sammy Sosa was out here looking ghostly more and more as the days go on but this? This is a bit absurd. Sosa made an appearance on a video for the ESPYs and the internet immediately went into hysterics. Just take a look.

He looks…not great. But hey, you know us. We don’t say anything mean about anyone ever. We just leave it up to you guys! So let’s see what the internet said about his pasty face.

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