Reports of the White Sox' death were greatly exaggerated

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Two weeks ago Ozzie and Kenny were at each other’s throats and everyone was trying to figure out exactly when Mark Buehrle and A.J.Pierzynski would reach 10-5 status and be able to block the fire sale trades that seemed inevitable.

It’s amazing what a little winning can do to put the kibosh on all of that.

The White Sox won again last night, giving them their 11th win in 12 games. They’re now a game over .500 and a mere 4.5 games behind first place Minnesota. Instead of that fire sale, the White Sox are toying with the notion of adding people. Kenny Williams:

“This team has responded and showed some resiliency. Those efforts
should be commended and acknowledged in the form that, ‘Ok, they are
going to keep pushing, we have to see what the possibilities are out
there to help them out.  There’s a lot to weigh in and over the next number of weeks, this team
will show me more of either consistent play or more of the inconsistent
play that has been prevalent. To me, you keep pushing and trying to add
to the puzzle until you are forced not to.”

Those comments have to be read in light of Ozzie Guillen’s motivational spiel from a few weeks ago, which basically went “we need to win, fellas, so Kenny Williams doesn’t have a reason to trade anyone.”

Too early to say if the Sox will stick in it for long, but so far, Ozzie’s ploy is working.  

Video: J.D. Martinez hits league-tying 23rd home run

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The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.

In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.

The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.