A strong relationship with pitching coach Jose Bautista allowed Michael Kopech to make a midseason adjustment he thinks is critical to his dominant stretch. The Double-A Birmingham pitcher said hes learned a ton about himself during a very good first season with the White Sox. The suggestion came courtesy of Bautista, whos in his ninth season as a White Sox coach.
ARLINGTON - Rangers manager Jeff Banister faces a difficult decision soon. A 12-6 win against Detroit on Wednesday at Globe Life Park kept the Rangers two games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the second wild-card spot in the American League. The Rangers swept the three-game series with the Tigers and open a four-game series on Thursday against the Chicago White Sox, who have the AL's worst record. The Rangers passed two teams on the wild-card ladder: Baltimore and Tampa Bay. They have to catch four more to get into the second spot. The Rangers have 43 games to do that. How often does Banister use starter Cole Hamels down the stretch to reach that goal? Hamels was not at his best in the win,
Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about Thursday night's controversial call.