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DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox made plenty of noise near the non-waiver trade deadline last season. This year's deadline came and went without a whimper.

The Sox were neither in fire sale mode or playoff drive push and wound up doing nothing.

"I know people are making moves all over the place, but as I said earlier in the day, I expected to have these guys here today and tomorrow and that's what we've got," manager Robin Ventura said.

They would have been happy to unload John Danks' $15.75 million salary, but there wasn't even enough interest to prevent them from holding the left-hander out of his regularly-scheduled start on Thursday.

Danks was happy to stay put.

"This is where I'm comfortable," he said. "I've got a lot of friends here and I'm happy to be here."

While there are teams looking for left-handed bats, they couldn't drum up much interest in designated hitter Adam Dunn and his $15 million salary, either. It's still possible Dunn could clear waivers and be dealt if a contender is seeking a left-handed power bat down the stretch.

Beyond those contracts, the White Sox have a very reasonable payroll and plenty of players entering their prime. Only four of their players are making a base salary of more than $4.3 million and more than half of the 40-man roster is 26 years old or younger.

The mood around the clubhouse was quite different last season. The White Sox pulled off two deals a night before the trade deadline, swapping out veteran right-hander Jake Peavy and acquiring outfielder Avisail Garcia in a three-team deal. They also dealt right-handed reliever Jesse Crain to Tampa Bay.

There was also plenty of speculation around outfielder Alex Rios, who was dealt to Texas 10 days after the deadline for a player to be named, who turned out to be infielder Leury Garcia.


RECORD: 53-56

STREAK: Won one

NEXT: Twins (LHP Logan Darnell, 0-1, 7.88 ERA) at White Sox (LHP Chris Sale, 10-1, 1.88 ERA)


--1B Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 20 games with three hits Thursday. It is the longest in the American League this season and the longest by a White Sox player since Carlos Lee had a franchise-record 28-game streak from May 13-June 15, 2004. He hit in 38 of the last 39 games while raising his average to .305.

--LHP John Danks wound up with a no-decision after five shaky innings in Detroit on Thursday. Danks, who was seeking his third victory against the Tigers this season, gave up four runs and seven hits, including back-to-back home runs to Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez in the third inning. He also endured a wild streak the previous inning when he hit a batter and walked two others, which led to the first two Tigers runs.

--LHP Chris Sale faces Minnesota for the second time in a week on Friday and hopes to duplicate his last outing, when he tossed eight shutout innings and struck out 12. Sale was nearly unhittable in his four July starts, holding opponents to three earned runs with striking out 38 and walking just three. He has made 15 career appearances against the Twins, including seven starts, and has a 6-1 record with a 2.08 ERA. He leads the American League in ERA (1.88) and opponent's batting average (.194).

--OF Avisail Garcia will serve as a designated hitter when he begins his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. Garcia has been sidelined since April 9, when he suffered a torn left labrum while attempting a diving catch. Garcia will be eased into the outfield during his rehab, which is expected to last a few weeks. "Physically, he's as good as he's going to be," manager Robin Ventura said. "When he's ready, he'll be back up here playing but it's like spring training all over again. He has to spend enough time down there to feel comfortable."

--CF Adam Eaton had three hits, scored two runs and drove in two more Thursday. Eaton hit .441 on the team's seven-game road trip, sparking them to five victories. "He's been getting on base and doing a lot of extra stuff as far as being a pain on the bases and getting on base," manager Robin Ventura said. "This is exactly why we wanted him in the first place."

--DH Paul Konerko had two hits on Thursday, including a fourth-inning double that marked his 4,000th total base with the White Sox. He is the first player in franchise history and the 83rd player in major league history to achieve that feat. Konerko also had the go-ahead RBI in the seventh when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

--RHP Angel Sanchez was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Sanchez, 24, has pitched for three different organizations this season at the Double-A level. He has a 6.57 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 89 innings.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It ended on a good note. Guys were swing the bat today early on, putting the pressure on. When you have the bottom of the order swinging like that, you have a chance to score some runs." -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura after a win at Detroit on Thursday.



--RHP Zack Putnam (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list July 24.

--RHP Matt Lindstrom (subluxed left ankle tendon) went on the 15-day disabled list May 20. He underwent surgery May 23. He was playing catch without wearing a walking boot in late June. He threw a simulated game July 29. He will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Aug. 1. He hopes to be back with the White Sox on Aug. 7.

--RHP Felipe Paulino (right rotator cuff inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list April 19, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 20. He was throwing bullpen sessions in late April. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on May 3. Paulino was pulled from his rehab assignment May 27 due to shoulder soreness.

--RHP Nate Jones (nerve issue in back, torn right elbow ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list April 4, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 3. He underwent back surgery May 5. As of June 10, he was playing catch, throwing from about 70 feet. He was still doing light throwing in July when he sustained the elbow injury. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on July 29.

--OF Avisail Garcia (torn labrum in left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list April 10, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 27. He underwent surgery April 15. He started doing minimal baseball-related activities June 13, and he took on-field batting practice for the first time July 7. Garcia will begin a rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte on Aug. 1.


LHP Chris Sale

LHP Jose Quintana

LHP John Danks

RHP Scott Carroll

RHP Hector Noesi


RHP Jake Petricka

RHP Ronald Belisario

RHP Daniel Webb

RHP Andre Rienzo

RHP Javy Guerra

LHP Eric Surkamp

RHP Taylor Thompson


Tyler Flowers

Adrian Nieto


1B Jose Abreu

2B Gordon Beckham

SS Alexei Ramirez

3B Conor Gillaspie

INF Paul Konerko

INF Leury Garcia


LF Alejandro De Aza

CF Adam Eaton

RF Dayan Viciedo

DH Adam Dunn

OF Moises Sierra

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