White Sox to promote Ken Williams, name Rick Hahn GM

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USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported Thursday that the White Sox intend to promote Ken Williams to team president and Rick Hahn to general manager once the season concludes.

SI’s Jon Heyman confirmed the news.

The switch is not only a reward for Williams, but it’s also carrot to keep Hahn, the longtime assistant, around. The Harvard Law product has long been mentioned as a GM candidate elsewhere, and he’d probably have landed that position somewhere already if he weren’t so picky.

Williams is in his 12th year at the helm of the White Sox, making him the game’s fifth longest-tenured GM behind Brian Sabean (Giants), Billy Beane (A’s), Brian Cashman (Yankees) and Dan O’Dowd (Rockies). His White Sox will finish over .500 this year for the ninth time in his 12 seasons. They won the World Series in 2005.

Clayton Kershaw struggles with control, walks six Marlins

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.

Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.

The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.