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Rondon, defense spoil Lopez's gem vs. Tigers

Renteria opts to replace starter after 7th; Detroit scores 3 on bullpen in 8th
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DETROIT -- Reynaldo Lopez said he was strong, and felt no signs of fatigue.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria thought otherwise.

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DETROIT -- Reynaldo Lopez said he was strong, and felt no signs of fatigue.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria thought otherwise.

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In the midst of another excellent start, one in which the 24-year-old righty held the Tigers to two runs on five hits Friday night in Detroit, Lopez didn't return to the mound for the eighth inning.

Instead, Renteria called upon ex-Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon to protect a two-run lead -- a decision that ultimately backfired in Chicago's 5-4 loss at Comerica Park.

"Lopez threw the ball great again. Another tremendous outing," Renteria said. "But he was out of gas after the seventh. He was done."

The switch proved costly as Rondon promptly gave up a leadoff double to Jose Iglesias before leaving a slider up to Leonys Martin, whose liner into right field plated Iglesias and put the tying run on base.

Martin's RBI single made it 4-3 and Nicholas Castellanos followed with an RBI double that scored Martin in a close play at the plate that prompted a review.

Trayce Thompson's throw home appeared to beat Martin, but the throw forced White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez slightly up the third-base line, allowing Martin to narrowly elude Narvaez's tag attempt. The call stood following a review that lasted slightly less than two minutes.

Video: CWS@DET: Martin scores game-tying run, call stands

Rondon mowed down Tigers hitters in Chicago in April in what was his first appearance against his former team. But the 27-year-old former closer was unable to mimic his success Friday. It marked Chicago's fifth consecutive loss to the Tigers, dating back to last season.

"I thought Bruce's velocity was good," Renteria said. "He just left a couple sliders in the middle of the plate."

A key figure in Chicago's rebuild, Lopez held Detroit hitless through three innings Friday night before Martin broke up the no-hit bid with a sharp grounder to right field. In all, Lopez allowed just two runs, needing 96 pitches to log seven innings.

"It was a long outing, but I was feeling good," Lopez said through an interpreter. "Sometimes, the manager makes a decision that you have to agree with."

Lopez has recorded eight quality starts in his last nine games dating to last September, and has done so in dominating fashion -- particularly against the Tigers. In two starts against Detroit this season, Lopez owns a 1.29 ERA, allowing just seven hits and striking out eight. Both of his starts, however, have resulted in losses.

"On my side, I felt happy with my outing," Lopez said. "We didn't get the win today, but that happens."

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
With the game tied at 4-4, White Sox reliever Jace Fry induced a soft pop-up off the bat of Jeimer Candelario with one out in the eighth inning, but Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu was unable to track down the should-be out, allowing Castellanos to score from third.

Video: CWS@DET: Candelario gives Tigers lead with RBI single

The bloop single provided what proved to be the game-winning run. The White Sox threatened in the ninth after Yolmer Sanchez led off with a single, but Tigers closer Shane Greene got Abreu to ground into a 6-4-3 double play before striking out Daniel Palka to preserve the win.

SOUND SMART
Lopez has now recorded eight quality starts in his last nine games dating to last September. The 24-year-old righty has allowed two or fewer earned runs in eight of his last 10 starts, and entered Friday ranked 10th in the American League with a 2.98 ERA. He lowered it to 2.93.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Castellanos found himself at the center of a pair of defensive highlights, including a highlight-reel catch in foul territory in the sixth inning in which he crashed into the right-field seats and proceeded to give an enthusiastic fan in the front row a high-five. The previous inning, Castellanos seemingly saved a run by throwing out Palka, who was attempting to stretch a single into a double.

"The first words out of my mouth were, 'Oh crap,'" Castellanos said, "because I knocked his beer everywhere, all over him and his wife or his girlfriend. He said, 'Well, did you at least catch it?' And I was like, yeah. And then he said, 'Yeah!' And then we high-fived. It was pretty cool, man."

Video: CWS@DET: Castellanos makes super catch near railing

HE SAID IT
"I don't know if either [Yoan Moncada] or [Jose Abreu] had a good beat. Abreu is usually really, really good on those fly balls, even the ones that go behind him, like that one. He seemed to get turned around quite a bit." -- Renteria, on Candelario's go-ahead RBI bloop single

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Castellanos' game-tying RBI double in the eighth inning scored Martin in a close play at the plate that led to a review. Thompson's throw home appeared to beat Martin, but the throw forced Narvaez slightly up the third-base line, allowing Martin to narrowly elude his attempted tag. The call stood following a review that lasted slightly less than two minutes.

Video: CWS@DET: Castellanos doubles in Martin, call stands

UP NEXT
The White Sox on Saturday will try to cool off Tigers starter Francisco Liriano, who is coming off a dominant start in which he allowed just one hit in eight scoreless innings. Chicago will counter with Hector Santiago, who has filled in capably for spot starts and now for the demoted Carson Fulmer. Santiago has allowed three or fewer runs in his last two starts. First pitch is set for 3:10 p.m. CT.

James Schmehl is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit.

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Rodon still on track after struck in head by liner

Left-hander receives staples after hit by comebacker during Minor League rehab start on Thursday
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DETROIT -- White Sox manager Rick Renteria isn't surprised left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon wanted to stay in the game after being hit in the forehead by a line drive Thursday night.

Rodon is a competitor, Renteria said Friday.

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DETROIT -- White Sox manager Rick Renteria isn't surprised left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon wanted to stay in the game after being hit in the forehead by a line drive Thursday night.

Rodon is a competitor, Renteria said Friday.

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Rodon was forced to exit his Minor League appearance early after being struck by a comebacker in the third inning of a rehab start at Triple-A Charlotte.

The 25-year-old lefty suffered a head laceration that required several staples, but he remains on track to make his next scheduled start for Charlotte, Renteria said.

"I couldn't tell you what he was going through at that moment, but the fact that he still wanted to remain in [the game] just shows you how he is," Renteria said. "He's a very strong competitor."

Rodon, who continues to work back from offseason shoulder surgery, fell to the ground but bounced up quickly before removing his hat and checking his forehead for blood.

He was met at the mound by a team trainer before being led back to the dugout.

"Obviously, it wouldn't have been the most prudent thing to [stay in the game] once you've been hit with a line drive," Renteria said. "You've got to make sure you check out, and make sure you're responding appropriately. But he was fine."

Prior to his exit, Rodon struck out six and allowed one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings against Triple-A Norfolk. He threw 40 pitches, including 29 for strikes.

"Carlos, once he gets out, he wants to continue to compete," Renteria said. "Fortunately for us, it wasn't anything more than that."

The ball, hit by Norfolk's D'Arby Myers, caromed off Rodon's head and into shallow left field, where Charlotte third baseman Jake Elmore made an impressive over-the-shoulder catch.

It was Rodon's second rehab outing, and first at Triple-A. He allowed one run on three hits in five innings pitched in his first rehab start with Class A Kannapolis last week.

"He's throwing very well. He feels very good, and he has command of the zone," Renteria said. "Everybody says he looks as relaxed as they've ever seen him. So that's good for us."

Other injuries
Matt Davidson can't quite seem to shake those back spasms.

Davidson was held out of Chicago's lineup for a third consecutive game due to lingering back stiffness. He remains day to day, Renteria said Friday.

Video: TEX@CWS: Davidson cranks 2-run double to left in 4th

"He's doing better, and we'll continue to see how he goes through the rest of his day as they're treating him," Renteria added. "Back spasms are tricky. You don't want to create or cause them to happen again. But he's starting to feel better again."

Renteria said Davidson, who has been receiving treatment since being scratched from Wednesday's lineup, is eager to get back. He's batting .243 with 11 homers through 42 games.

"Thankfully, we have a group of men that want to keep pushing, and we do have to stop them. That's actually a good thing. Not necessarily a bad thing," Renteria said. "But we have to be mindful of where they're at, and what they're doing, and make sure that we take care of them."

James Schmehl is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit.

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Control eludes Giolito in short start, as Sox fall

Chicago offense can't recover after right-hander allows 7 runs over 1 1/3 innings
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CHICAGO -- One night after routing the Orioles at Guaranteed Rate Field, the White Sox had the favor returned on Thursday.

Chicago starter Lucas Giolito recorded only four outs, his shortest start of the season, as Baltimore pounced on him for seven runs in a 9-3 White Sox loss. Giolito's ERA rose to 7.53 and he took sole possession of the American League lead for walks allowed (37) and the MLB lead for hit batsmen (10).

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CHICAGO -- One night after routing the Orioles at Guaranteed Rate Field, the White Sox had the favor returned on Thursday.

Chicago starter Lucas Giolito recorded only four outs, his shortest start of the season, as Baltimore pounced on him for seven runs in a 9-3 White Sox loss. Giolito's ERA rose to 7.53 and he took sole possession of the American League lead for walks allowed (37) and the MLB lead for hit batsmen (10).

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"I take what I do very seriously," Giolito said. "I work as hard as I can at it. So when I experience failure like this, it's kind of hard to deal with. All I can do is come back tomorrow, keep working on things and hopefully have a better one."

Things didn't start out poorly for Giolito, but it snowballed quickly as the first inning progressed. The White Sox got a break when Manny Machado was tagged out following an Adam Jones rundown between third and home, but Giolito issued three straight walks to force in the Orioles' first two runs. Giolito then gave up a Chance Sisco two-run single to put the White Sox down, 4-0, before they had a chance to bat.

Video: BAL@CWS: Machado tagged out by Narvaez after rundown

The second inning didn't get any better. Trey Mancini and Jones led off with consecutive home runs off Giolito, the third time this season the Orioles have gone deep back to back. Following a Machado flyout and Jonathan Schoop single, Giolito hit Chris Davis with a fastball and was removed from the game.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said that despite Giolito's low-key demeanor, the young righty has a very high intensity on the mound. Sometimes that can lead to issues bringing success from bullpen sessions into a game-like atmosphere.

Video: BAL@CWS: Mancini and Jones go back-to-back in the 2nd

"Back to the drawing board, go back and continue to work, see if we can make that jump where he continues to feel comfortable on the mound from the first inning," Renteria said. "He seems to be a guy that if he can get through that first inning comfortably, or even manage it with minimal damage, he seems to settle down and continues to move forward."

The White Sox are not considering sending Giolito to Triple-A Charlotte to re-adjust as they did with Carson Fulmer, Renteria said. Rather, Giolito has shown he can settle down after rough early innings, but he just hasn't done so consistently.

"He's just a young man who's got to continue to minimize the emotional aspect of crossing from preparation into the game and staying focused, relaxed and hammer the zone with strikes," Renteria said.

Video: BAL@CWS: Sanchez makes a smooth sliding play at third

"I'd agree, I feel good physically, my arm feels good, body feels good," Giolito added when asked if his struggles are more mental than physical. "I've been doing a lot of stuff in the gym to get some movement squared away. [I've] just [been] letting the game speed up and letting it get out of control."

Offensively, the White Sox were stymied all afternoon by Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy, who set down the first 10 Chicago hitters before plunking Yolmer Sanchez. Jose Rondon hit a three-run homer later in the fourth, but it was one of only two hits the White Sox managed off Bundy, who struck out a career-high 14 batters in his second career complete game.

Video: BAL@CWS: Bundy strikes out 14 in complete-game win

SOUND SMART
Jace Fry gave up his first hit of the season in the eighth inning, ending his 8 1/3-inning hitless streak to start the season. Fry is still working on a 12 2/3-inning scoreless streak that dates back to Sept. 26, 2017.

HE SAID IT
"With Gio, I expect that we would have a nice clean start from the beginning, but when he doesn't, I still feel like if he gets through it, he'll settle down and continue to hammer away at what he needs to do in order to get deeper into a ballgame, and that was a little different with Carson. With Carson, it was right from the get-go he was struggling, and he had a difficult time extending his outings after the third or fourth because it just kept getting too deep into his pitch count and not really hammering the strike zone as much." -- Renteria, on comparing the struggles of Giolito and Fulmer

Video: BAL@CWS: Renteria on Giolito, Castillo's suspension

UP NEXT
The White Sox travel to Detroit on Friday to begin a three-game set with their division rivals at 6:10 p.m. CT. Reynaldo Lopez (1-3, 2.98 ERA) takes the mound for Chicago, coming off the best start of his career. Lopez threw eight scoreless innings against Texas last Sunday, allowing just two hits and striking out eight. Mike Fiers (4-3, 4.57) goes for the Tigers.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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Castillo receives 80-game suspension

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CHICAGO -- White Sox catcher Welington Castillo received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Erythropoietin (EPO), a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball made the announcement Thursday morning.

Castillo, 31, issued the following statement through the Major League Baseball Players Association in regard to the suspension.

CHICAGO -- White Sox catcher Welington Castillo received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Erythropoietin (EPO), a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball made the announcement Thursday morning.

Castillo, 31, issued the following statement through the Major League Baseball Players Association in regard to the suspension.

"I was recently notified by Major League Baseball that I had tested positive for EPO, a substance that is prohibited under MLB's Joint Drug Agreement. The positive test resulted from an extremely poor decision that I, and I alone, made. I take full responsibility for my conduct. I have let many people down, including my family, my teammates, the White Sox organization and its fans, and from my heart, I apologize. Following my suspension, I look forward to rejoining my teammates and doing whatever I can to help the White Sox win."

The White Sox brought in Castillo via a two-year, $15 million free-agent deal, with an $8 million club option for 2020, as an integral part of the club's rebuild. He was set up to work with young pitchers such as Reynaldo Lopez, Lucas Giolito and Carson Fulmer, to name just a few, as well as young catchers such as Zack Collins and Seby Zavala.

Video: BAL@CWS: GM Hahn on Castillo's 80-game suspension

The presence of a reliable veteran behind the plate like Castillo, who is hitting .267 with six home runs and 15 RBIs with $7.5 million 2018 salary, enabled the White Sox to avoid rushing Collins and Zavala's development. According to general manager Rick Hahn, who spoke to the media Thursday, Castillo sought him out as well as manager Rick Renteria when he found out the news Wednesday night.

"He said it was a priority for him to apologize to his teammates, which he did earlier this morning," said Hahn, who referred to Castillo's apologies as "extremely heartfelt." "He certainly has stood up and accepted responsibility for his actions. It doesn't change the fact that it's disappointing."

"Obviously it's a little bit of a blow for us, a young man who knows he made a mistake, and I think he'll learn from it," Renteria said. "It doesn't change how I feel about him. This kid, I've had him before, and this too shall pass, as they say, and we'll move on."

Renteria's comments were echoed by Castillo's teammates. When Castillo returns in late August, he will be accepted back as part of the family. He's the first White Sox Major Leaguer to be suspended under the Joint Drug Agreement.

Video: TEX@CWS: Castillo crushes a solo smash to left

"It's a really difficult moment for all of us, our organization and for Weli," said White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu through interpreter Billy Russo. "I spoke with him in the morning and he was very … hurt. But we're human beings and we make mistakes. It's up to us to move forward and to learn from them. He has our support. It's a tough situation for all of us, our organization, for him and for me."

"We have a really good relationship," White Sox second baseman Yolmer Sanchez said. "He's my friend, and when he wants, I'll be here for him."

"I'm just going to support him as a family," said Omar Narvaez, the new White Sox starting catcher. "We all make mistakes."

Alfredo Gonzalez was added from Triple-A Charlotte to move into Narvaez's backup role. Kevan Smith (Triple-A Charlotte) and Zavala (Double-A Birmingham) represent future backstop options who are currently on the disabled list.

Video: MIN@CWS: Narvaez nabs Escobar trying to steal home

Hahn admitted to not enjoying much of Wednesday's 11-1 victory despite it being one of the most exciting White Sox games of the season. While Hahn and the White Sox have run the full range of emotions with the suspension, it ultimately might serve as an important cautionary tale for younger players.

"That's a very clear lesson to take away from this," Hahn said. "It's the importance of being fully aware of what you're doing and seeking out the right advice before you take any actions in the outside world about trying to help yourself.

"Players bear full responsibility for what they do regardless of intent or understanding of exactly what they are doing, which again makes it a very strong and effective program we support. But it's a reminder to everyone in that clubhouse and throughout the league to be diligent about what you are doing."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Chicago White Sox, Welington Castillo

Tilson joins White Sox after almost 2-year rehab

Outfield prospect called up after tearing left hamstring in MLB debut in August 2016
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox embark on a six-game road trip starting in Detroit on Friday, so it seems only fitting that outfielder Charlie Tilson rejoined the team from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday. Tilson replaced Leury Garcia, who was played on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee sprain.

It was Aug. 2, 2016, a few days after the White Sox acquired Tilson from the Cardinals, when the fleet-footed outfielder made his debut at Comerica Park and picked up his first Major League hit. Tilson received kudos from Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, only to tear his left hamstring chasing a fly ball in the fifth inning.

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox embark on a six-game road trip starting in Detroit on Friday, so it seems only fitting that outfielder Charlie Tilson rejoined the team from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday. Tilson replaced Leury Garcia, who was played on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee sprain.

It was Aug. 2, 2016, a few days after the White Sox acquired Tilson from the Cardinals, when the fleet-footed outfielder made his debut at Comerica Park and picked up his first Major League hit. Tilson received kudos from Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, only to tear his left hamstring chasing a fly ball in the fifth inning.

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Recovery from surgery on that particular injury was followed by a stress reaction in his right foot and a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his right ankle. Almost two years of setbacks never sapped Tilson's spirit or resolve.

Video: CWS@DET: Tilson injured tracking fly ball in the 5th

"My biggest strong suit was not losing hope," said Tilson, who started in left field Thursday. "I always envisioned this opportunity, the opportunity I've been working so hard for. The confidence is there, and I couldn't wait to get to this clubhouse. I'm extremely excited and pumped to get out there and help the team any way I can."

"He's pretty happy to be up right now, pretty happy to be home in front of hopefully what will be his hometown crowd," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "And we're looking forward to seeing him out there."

Tilson's brother and parents were in attendance Thursday. The 25-year-old left-handed hitter is a native of Winnetka, Ill. MLB Pipeline ranks Tilson as the No. 15 prospect in Chicago's system.

White Sox add Garneau
The White Sox claimed catcher Dustin Garneau off waivers from the Athletics and optioned him to Charlotte. The team also transferred right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez to the 60-day disabled list, keeping the 40-man roster at 40.

Garneau, 30, has appeared in 87 career games with the Rockies (2015-17) and Athletics (2017), hitting .192 with 17 doubles, five home runs, 23 RBIs and 24 walks. He has thrown out 41.4 percent (17-for-41) of attempted basestealers in his Major League career.

The move was necessitated by Welington Castillo's 80-day suspension for violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, announced Thursday. Omar Narvaez became the team's starting catcher while Alfredo Gonzalez was added from Triple-A Charlotte.

Video: LAA@OAK: Garneau catches Jones stealing second base

"I learned a lot from him, especially about calling games and things like that, but mostly the mental side of the game," said Gonzalez of Castillo through interpreter Billy Russo. "He helped me a lot with that during Spring Training.

"I'm very happy to be here even though the circumstances are not the best. I am sad for him, too."

Zavala in the mix
Kevan Smith would have been the choice to replace Castillo if not for the right-handed hitter being on Charlotte's disabled list with right ankle soreness. But one interesting note from the situation was general manager Rick Hahn including Seby Zavala in the callup mix.

Zavala, 24, also is on the disabled list with wrist issues for Double-A Birmingham. But the No. 21 White Sox prospect has 10 home runs and an .877 OPS for the Barons this season.

Video: MIL@CWS: Zavala crushes a three-run homer in the 2nd

"He made a real good impression in Spring Training on Ricky and the staff," Hahn said. "Obviously, he's gotten off to a real nice start in Birmingham, showed a lot of power even though he has been playing with a wrist issue for a while.

"Hard worker, calls a good game, solid catch-and-throw guy. As we talked about going back to the end of last season, despite there perhaps being some other higher profile catching prospects in the organization, Seby's doing everything in his power to make sure he's part of that conversation going forward."

Hahn also talked about Zack Collins, the team's top catching prospect and No. 9 prospect overall. But Hahn reiterated a prospect won't be rushed to the Majors because of a need at this time.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Cease throws well for Winston-Salem

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

Brendan McKay has a legitimate chance of becoming Major League Baseball's next two-way star. Right now, however, the Rays' No. 3 prospect is standing out more for his success on the mound.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

Brendan McKay has a legitimate chance of becoming Major League Baseball's next two-way star. Right now, however, the Rays' No. 3 prospect is standing out more for his success on the mound.

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McKay, MLB Pipeline's No. 24 overall prospect, tossed six scoreless innings on Thursday, leading Class A Advanced Charlotte in a shutout of Fort Myers, 1-0. Entering the game in the third inning in relief of rehabbing big leaguer Yonny Chirinos, McKay allowed three hits, hit one batter and struck out three as he improved to 2-0 in as many outings for the Stone Crabs.

McKay, 22, has now worked 23 2/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run dating back to his April 28 start with Class A Bowling Green. He's permitted just four hits while striking out 10 in 11 innings for Charlotte after posting a 1.09 ERA with 40 strikeouts and two walks over 24 2/3 frames (six starts) in the Midwest League.

Overall, McKay has pitched to a combined 0.76 ERA and 0.39 WHIP, with an equally impressive 50-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio and .101 opponents' average, in 35 2/3 innings (eight appearances/six starts) between the two levels.

At the plate, meanwhile, the left-handed-hitting first baseman has produced a .247/.434/.318 batting line, totaling four extra-base hits, 18 RBIs and more walks (30) than strikeouts (20) in 26 games.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Thursday

• No. 2 overall prospect (Blue Jays' No. 1) Vladimir Guerrero Jr's solo shot and Bo Bichette's (No. 11 overall, Blue Jays' No. 2) two-run homer accounted for all of Double-A New Hampshire's offense in a 4-3 loss against Reading. They both finished 2-for-4 at the plate, with Bichette also reaching once via a walk and recording his 10th stolen base in the contest. The 19-year-old Guerrero boosted his Minor League-best average to .427 with his third straight multihit performance, and he's now up to nine home runs and 46 RBIs through 42 games.

Guerrero Jr. hits another homer

• No. 17 overall prospect Alex Reyes (Cardinals' No. 1) struck out the side on three occasions and fanned nine consecutive batters -- breaking a 116-year Pacific Coast League record -- en route to racking up 13 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Memphis. He allowed one hit and one walk, throwing 52 of his 76 pitches for strikes in the outing. The 23-year-old righty has dominated while working his way back from 2017 Tommy John surgery, piling up 44 strikeouts and allowing just seven hits in 23 scoreless innings (four starts) across three levels.

Reyes notches 13th strikeout

• No. 56 overall prospect Dylan Cease (White Sox No. 5) completed a career-high 7 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, as he recorded his sixth win in nine starts for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. The 22-year-old right-hander issued two walks and struck out nine, sitting in the upper 90s and touching 99 mph against his final batter. He's pitched to a 2.83 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings this season.

Cease's ninth strikeout

• No. 57 overall prospect Jo Adell (Angels' No. 1) connected on his first California League home run, hitting a two-run shot as well as a double in his third game since joining Class A Advanced Inland Empire. The 19-year-old outfielder earned a quick promotion after hitting .326/.398/.611 with six homers, seven doubles and 29 RBIs in 25 games with Class A Burlington.

• No. 74 overall prospect Stephen Gonsalves (Twins' No. 3) posted his second straight scoreless start as Triple-A Rochester blanked Lehigh Valley, 2-0. He scattered four hits and four walks over five innings, striking out five and generating another six outs on the ground. Nick Gordon (No. 76 overall, Twins' No. 4), playing in his third Triple-A game, hit a pair of doubles and scored a run to pace the Red Wings offensively.

• After going 0-for-8 in his first two Triple-A games, Angels' No. 8 prospect Matt Thaiss erupted to hit a pair of solo homers and went 3-for-6 as Salt Lake outslugged Albuquerque, 16-11. The 23-year-old first baseman, a first-round pick in 2016, earned a promotion to the Minors' highest level after slashing .287/.352/.490 with six homers and 10 doubles in 40 games with Double-A Mobile.

Thaiss' second homer

Astros' No. 9 prospect Corbin Martin racked up a season-high nine strikeouts and allowed just two hits as he completed a career-best 7 2/3 scoreless frames in a no-decision for Double-A Corpus Christi against Springfield. He threw 88 pitches, 63 for strikes in the outing and generated eight ground-ball outs. The 2017 second-round pick has given up just two earned runs over his last 22 innings (three starts/four appearances) since allowing six earned runs on five hits and lasted just 1/3 innings in his Double-A debut.

Martin's ninth strikeout

• After striking out 18 batters over 9 2/3 innings in two big league starts, Brewers No. 9 prospect Freddy Peralta returned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and struck out eight over five scoreless innings to earn the win against Nashville. He permitted as many hits as walks (three), while throwing 57 of his 94 pitches for strikes. The 21-year-old righty is 6-1 in eight Triple-A starts, during which he's pitched to a 3.18 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.

• Starting for Springfield opposite of Corpus Christi's Martin, Cardinals' No. 19 prospect Jake Woodford took a no-decision despite completing eight scoreless frames during which he scattered six hits, walked two and struck out five. The 21-year-old righty owns a 3.98 ERA in 54 1/3 innings and has finished five innings in eight of his 10 starts, including six straight.

Marlins' No. 21 prospect Pablo Lopez allowed five hits and struck out five over six scoreless innings in another lights-out start for Double-A Jacksonville. The 22-year-old right-hander lowered his ERA from 0.28 to 0.24 with the performance, extending his lead over the field on the Southern League leaderboard. Lopez has not allowed an earned run in six of his seven turns this season, posting a 0.82 WHIP with 42 strikeouts and seven walks in 37 2/3 innings.

Mets' No. 1 prospect Andres Gimenez extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 3-for-3 performance that included a double in Class A Advanced St. Lucie's 4-2 win over Daytona. He also worked a walk, scored a pair of runs and stole three bases, giving him 15 steals on the season, second-most in the Florida State League. Overall, the 19-year-old shortstop owns a .287/.356/.441 batting line with 15 extra-base hits through 40 games in the pitcher-friendly league.

Red Sox No. 11 prospect Josh Ockimey hit a three-run homer and reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and two runs scored in Double-A Portland's 12-2 win over Hartford. It was the fifth home run and second straight two-hit game for the 22-year-old first baseman, who's slashing .255/.381/.445 through 32 games.

• Twins' No. 8 prospect Brent Rooker went deep twice for Double-A Chattanooga in his first career multihomer game. The 23-year-old first baseman hit a two-run blast in his first at-bat and added a solo shot in his third trip to the plate, finishing 2-for-5 with three RBIs. He's homered six times in 43 games this season after totaling 18 homers in 62 games across two levels during his pro debut.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Farquhar expected to throw out 1st pitch June 1

White Sox reliever recovering from brain hemorrhage
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CHICAGO -- The incredible recovery of Danny Farquhar will take another uplifting step forward on June 1, when the White Sox reliever is set to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before the club's Friday night game against the Brewers at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Farquhar, 31, sutained a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm after he pitched on April 20 against the Astros, and he then underwent surgery. Farquhar has visited the White Sox clubhouse twice since leaving RUSH University Medical Center, and he was cleared by his doctors to throw the first pitch.

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CHICAGO -- The incredible recovery of Danny Farquhar will take another uplifting step forward on June 1, when the White Sox reliever is set to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before the club's Friday night game against the Brewers at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Farquhar, 31, sutained a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm after he pitched on April 20 against the Astros, and he then underwent surgery. Farquhar has visited the White Sox clubhouse twice since leaving RUSH University Medical Center, and he was cleared by his doctors to throw the first pitch.

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"It just makes me smile," White Sox starting pitcher James Shields said. "He's just such a great dude. We are so happy everything is going smooth with him."

"That's pretty cool actually that we all get to see him," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He looks really good, and the fact that he's gonna be able to do that is truly a testament to all the people that took care of him, his fortitude, his willingness to fight through something which was a very difficult thing to fight through."

Farquhar's wife, Lexie, and his three children -- Madison, Landon and Liam -- will join Farquhar, as White Sox fans and the team welcome him back to the ballpark. The RUSH team, including doctors, nurses and staff who helped care for Farquhar during his recovery, will also be in attendance for the first pitch.

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In celebration of Farquhar's recovery and the Farquhar family, Chicago White Sox Charities will donate proceeds from all fundraising efforts that evening, including the Sox Split raffle, game auction and scoreboard message purchases, to the Joe Niekro Foundation, an organization committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of brain aneurysms. The organization was founded by Natalie Niekro, the daughter of right-handed pitcher Joe Niekro, who spent 21 seasons in Major League Baseball and passed away suddenly in 2006 as a result of a brain aneurysm.

Fans at home can support the fundraising effort by purchasing Sox Split raffle tickets online at whitesox.com/soxsplit.

Farquhar has been recovering at home in Chicago since his release from RUSH on May 7. Dr. Demetrius Lopes, Farquhar's neurosurgeon, expects Farquhar to be able to pitch again in the future, but he will not medically release Farquhar to pitch in a competitive game during the 2018 season, in order to allow the righty to fully recover from the hemorrhage.

"It's something you never want to see in baseball, let alone to one of your teammates," Shields said. "To be able to have him persevere through what he's gone through and be so positive. Really, he's so positive about everything and upbeat. It's going to be fun to watch."

"He's driving by himself and doing everything on his own, which is nice," White Sox starting pitcher Hector Santiago said. "It will be fun to see him out there with his family and be back on the field where the fans can cheer him on. I'm pretty sure it will be pretty loud when he gets ready to throw that first pitch."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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This White Sox prospect could be close to callup

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Prospects remain the lifeblood of Major League teams, and it's apparent in the American League Central with the White Sox, Royals and Tigers all in a rebuilding stage, while the contending Indians and Twins have prospects who are close to reaching the big leagues and could help down the stretch as they compete for the postseason.

The division boasts 18 players ranked among MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects, including eight from Chicago, five from Minnesota, three from Detroit and two from Cleveland. So it's clear that plenty of talent is going to make its way into the division in the near future.

Prospects remain the lifeblood of Major League teams, and it's apparent in the American League Central with the White Sox, Royals and Tigers all in a rebuilding stage, while the contending Indians and Twins have prospects who are close to reaching the big leagues and could help down the stretch as they compete for the postseason.

The division boasts 18 players ranked among MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects, including eight from Chicago, five from Minnesota, three from Detroit and two from Cleveland. So it's clear that plenty of talent is going to make its way into the division in the near future.

With that in mind, here's a look at five prospects -- one from each team -- who could make an impact in 2018.

Video: Top Prospects: Shane Bieber, RHP, Indians

Indians
Prospect: RHP Shane Bieber
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 8 (Indians)
Why you should keep an eye on him: Bieber excelled with Double-A Akron (1.32 ERA in four starts) and hasn't missed a beat since being promoted to Triple-A Columbus (1.16 ERA through five starts). Overall, the precision-based righty had a 1.23 ERA with 54 strikeouts against just three walks in 58 1/3 innings through his first nine outings.
ETA: Possibly later this season. Bieber was a blip on the organization's radar coming into 2018, but he has risen to the next-man-up region of the depth chart. If there were a setback in the MLB rotation, the righty now looks like a real possibility to be called.

Royals
Prospect: LHP Richard Lovelady
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 17 (Royals)
Why you should keep an eye on him: Lovelady is only 22 and is rising through the system at a quick rate. He has a plus fastball with late life and a slider that could be Major League-ready now. Lovelady is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 15 games at Triple-A Omaha this season.
ETA: Lovelady is not on the 40-man roster, but that could change when spots open up after the non-waiver Trade Deadline. There's a decent chance you'll see him at the big league level this season.

Tigers
Prospect: OF Christin Stewart
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 10 (Tigers)
Why you should keep an eye on him: The Tigers need impact bats for their rebuilding project, and Stewart is about as impactful of a bat as they have in their system. But the power-hitting left-handed batter has been hitting for average, too, in Triple-A Toledo.
ETA: Stewart could make his debut late in the 2018 season, possibly as a September callup.

Video: Top Prospects: Nick Gordon, SS, Twins

Twins
Prospect: SS Nick Gordon
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 4 (Twins), No. 30 (MLB)
Why you should keep an eye on him: After hitting .333/.381/.525 with 18 extra-base hits and seven stolen bases in 40 games at Double-A Chattanooga, Gordon was promoted to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. The son of former MLB closer Tom Gordon, he's also worked to improve his defense and is considered a capable shortstop.
ETA: Gordon could make his debut late this year, potentially as a September callup. Minnesota has a crowded middle infield with shortstop Eduardo Escobar and second baseman Brian Dozier, as well as shortstop Jorge Polanco set to return from his 80-game suspension in early July. But Dozier and Escobar are both impending free agents, so Gordon could establish himself as a regular next year.

Video: Eloy Jimenez on working hard, preparing for Majors

White Sox
Prospect: OF Eloy Jimenez
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 1 (White Sox), No. 3 (MLB)
Why you should keep an eye on him: Every rebuild has a cornerstone player or two, and the right-handed-hitting Jimenez appears to be that sort of presence for the White Sox. The Cubs may not have reached a third straight National League Championship Series in 2017 without acquiring lefty Jose Quintana at the Deadline, but in Jimenez, the White Sox received in return a potential offensive force for the next decade.
ETA: The White Sox certainly aren't rushing prospects, so he conceivably could spend the 2018 season in the Minors. But as general manager Rick Hahn has said, the good ones have a way of forcing the issue.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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White Sox hit 3 HRs; Covey gets 1st MLB win

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CHICAGO -- The first words White Sox manager Rick Renteria said to Dylan Covey following an 11-1 drubbing of the Orioles on Wednesday night were very simple and straight to the point.

"I told him, 'Great job,'" Renteria said. "He said, 'I've been working really hard.' And he has."

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CHICAGO -- The first words White Sox manager Rick Renteria said to Dylan Covey following an 11-1 drubbing of the Orioles on Wednesday night were very simple and straight to the point.

"I told him, 'Great job,'" Renteria said. "He said, 'I've been working really hard.' And he has."

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After beginning his Major League career with 13 winless starts, Covey picked up career win No. 1 without much nail biting. Covey, who came up from Triple-A Charlotte to replace Carson Fulmer in the South Siders' rotation, allowed one run over a career-high seven innings while striking out eight at Guaranteed Rate Field in front of his wife, dad and father-in-law. The White Sox improved to 5-2 on their current eight-game homestand.

Covey recorded eight losses and five no-decisions over his first 13 career starts. His streak of 13 consecutive winless starts to open his MLB career was the longest in White Sox history. The last MLB pitcher to open his career with 13 winless starts was Colorado's Jon Gray (2015-16), and the last with 14 or more was Minnesota's Liam Hendriks (17 between 2011-12).

As a Rule 5 pick last year, Covey was unfairly overmatched in 2017 with only six games of Double-A experience on his resume. The season was tough for the right-hander, but it helped set up his growth in '18.

"Obviously, I wasn't ready, I don't think," Covey said. "But I think that it taught me more than I could ever have learned at any level in Minor League baseball. Starting in Triple-A this year, I had that year of experience, and it helped me a lot. It helped me more than I can say. I'm happy with where I'm at now, and I'm super comfortable."

Video: BAL@CWS: Covey doused discussing 1st career win

"That was nice for him, his first career victory in pretty convincing fashion," Renteria said. "The ball had a lot of action, topping out at 96 [mph] today. Good angle, great movement on all his pitches. He threw a lot of strikes. Not a lot of hard contact."

Down 1-0 after two innings, the White Sox offense gave its full support to Covey with four in the third, two in the fourth and three in the fifth, with six runs charged to Orioles starter Alex Cobb. Yoan Moncada's three-run homer in the third gave the White Sox a lead they never wouldn't relinquish, while Adam Engel hit a two-run homer in the fifth, his first of the season, en route to a 4-for-4 game that matched his career-high in hits. He also set a career-high with three runs scored.

Video: BAL@CWS: Moncada blasts a 3-run dinger to center

"Just trying to get in a rhythm," Engel said. "The last couple days, I've been trying to feel a little bit of rhythm and less tension in the swing and trust in what I've been doing."

Video: BAL@CWS: Engel notches four hits in win vs. O's

Wednesday night marked the fourth time this season the White Sox have scored 10 or more runs, an offensive output that was capped by Jose Rondon's two-run homer in the seventh. It was Rondon's first Major League homer, capping off a night of firsts. The 24-year-old was a late inclusion in the White Sox lineup, with Matt Davidson being scratched due to back soreness.

"It was a very impressive game," Rondon said through interpreter Billy Russo. "It was a nice game for us. Dylan got his first victory and my first homer. We were having fun in the dugout for this game and it was good. I felt good.

"I've seen [Covey's] evolution. I played with him in Charlotte. Every outing was better and better and better for him. Today, he was good. Just to have an opportunity to see that with one of my teammates, you feel happy for him, because I know he has been working hard."

Video: BAL@CWS: Rondon slugs 2-run HR for 1st career dinger

SOUND SMART
Jose Abreu, who finished 2-for-5 and raised his average to .309, has 10 doubles, two homers and 13 RBIs over his last 15 games. He also has nine multi-hit games in that span.

Video: BAL@CWS: Abreu flares an RBI single to center field

HE SAID IT
"It's just a confidence builder, just confidence in what you're doing. We can work and everybody in the big leagues works, it's just a matter of working at the right things for different guys at different things, just confidence in what we're working on, what's gonna help you get more results." -- Engel, on his four hits raising his average to .212.

UP NEXT
Lucas Giolito wraps up the White Sox eight-game homestand with his first career start against Baltimore on Thursday with a 1:10 p.m. CT first pitch. Giolito earned his second consecutive win on Saturday against Texas, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings. He has struggled at home this season to the tune of a 10.19 ERA and .286 batting average against over four starts. Dylan Bundy will start for the Orioles.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Garcia exits with knee sprain after stolen base

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CHICAGO -- Leury Garcia left the White Sox 11-1 win over the Orioles on Wednesday at Guaranteed Rate Field in the fifth inning after stealing third base.

The White Sox announced Garcia exited the game with a left knee sprain. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

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CHICAGO -- Leury Garcia left the White Sox 11-1 win over the Orioles on Wednesday at Guaranteed Rate Field in the fifth inning after stealing third base.

The White Sox announced Garcia exited the game with a left knee sprain. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

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Garcia appeared to jam his foot into the base on the slide and had to be helped off the field and into the clubhouse. Trayce Thompson pinch-ran for Garcia during the White Sox three-run inning. Thompson scored on Adam Engel's two-run home run.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Palka putting in work to improve defensively

Davidson scratched from lineup Wednesday; Engel reflects on key walk
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CHICAGO -- Daniel Palka knows he needs to improve his defense. The White Sox outfielder won't shy away from that.

In order to do so, Palka has taken extra outfield reps before nearly every game this homestand with outfield coach Daryl Boston.

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CHICAGO -- Daniel Palka knows he needs to improve his defense. The White Sox outfielder won't shy away from that.

In order to do so, Palka has taken extra outfield reps before nearly every game this homestand with outfield coach Daryl Boston.

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"That's ultimately what's gonna keep me here, keep me at this level, being able to cover right and left field," Palka said. "It hasn't been great, so obviously that's why I'm working on it every day."

The drills begin well before the White Sox take batting practice and several hours before first pitch. Palka stands in right field while Boston hits from a tee at the edge of the infield dirt. Boston alternates between line drives, fly balls and grounders, giving Palka as many reps as possible.

Part of the challenge Palka said he faces is adapting to how the baseball travels in the Majors, because the balls themselves are different than in the Minors. In the big leagues, Palka said, the baseballs "have a little more life" than in the lower levels.

"Balls that you read off the bat as being right at you, sometimes, once they're in the air, would go a little bit further," Palka said. "You have to keep your feet moving just a little bit longer."

Palka has seen regular starts in right field, largely due to his .284/.304/.567 slash line entering Wednesday's game against the Orioles. With Avisail Garcia continuing to nurse a right hamstring strain and Nicky Delmonico sidelined with a broken right hand, White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Palka's bat will continue to earn him playing time.

"He's an individual who understands what he's capable of doing or not doing defensively," Renteria said. "It's going to be much easier for Palky to come in than go back right now. He is a work in progress defensively, and he's not afraid to work to try to improve."

Video: TEX@CWS: Palka plates two on triple to center in 3rd

Davidson scratched
Prior to Wednesday's game with the Orioles, the White Sox scratched Matt Davidson from the starting lineup with back stiffness. Jose Rondon replaced Davidson as the designated hitter, batting seventh.

Davidson entered the night hitting .243/.368/.521 on the season with 11 home runs, 28 RBIs and a career-high 27 walks.

Engel reflects on key walk
In Tuesday's comeback 3-2 win over Baltimore, Adam Engel drew a pivotal walk in the White Sox eighth-inning rally following two unsuccessful squeeze bunt attempts. Engel had fallen behind 0-2 in the count against Orioles reliever Mychal Givens, but he worked a seven-pitch walk.

Engel described the plate appearance as one of his best in a big situation, and he felt good after going hitless in his first three at-bats.

"I was watching film on him and knew that typically when he throws pitches in they're good ones to lay off of just because, 1, they're high velocity, and 2, he throws more strikes to the other side of the plate," Engel said. "If he hits his spot, he puts me in a tough spot. Throwing 97 mph up and in, as a hitter, that's really a tough pitch to get to."

Givens did not throw Engel an offspeed pitch in the eighth, and he missed high and inside on three of the four balls.

Anderson recharges
Tim Anderson appeared in the White Sox first 44 games this season before his first off-day, which came on Tuesday against the Orioles.

"I'll play all of 'em, that's the plan," Anderson said. "Well, I want to play all of them, but … the goal wasn't to play all of them, but play as many as I can, so I just want to be in that lineup in with the guys, pick 'em up and have fun."

The White Sox shortstop returned to the lineup on Wednesday against Baltimore, hitting eighth. Anderson added that he has been encouraged by his higher walk total this season, already setting a new career high with 14.

"I get excited about that more than anything because that tells me I'm learning. I'm figuring things out," Anderson said. "So I'm just going to continue to work and everything else will come together."

Worth noting
The White Sox signed outfielder Alex Presley to a Minor League contract Wednesday, him to Triple-A Charlotte.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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Sheets posts big game for Winston-Salem

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

Cubs fans were offered a promising glimpse of the future during Wednesday's Minor League contests. Four pitchers ranked in Chicago's Top 30 prospects -- Alex Lange (No. 5), Brendon Little (6), Trevor Clifton (27) and Duane Underwood Jr. (29) -- turned in strong performances for their respective teams.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

Cubs fans were offered a promising glimpse of the future during Wednesday's Minor League contests. Four pitchers ranked in Chicago's Top 30 prospects -- Alex Lange (No. 5), Brendon Little (6), Trevor Clifton (27) and Duane Underwood Jr. (29) -- turned in strong performances for their respective teams.

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Lange pitched six scoreless innings for Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach in its 5-0 win over Lynchburg. The right-hander held the Hillcats to just six hits, didn't issue a walk and struck out a career-best 10 batters.

Little bounced back from giving up five runs in his last start to toss seven scoreless frames for Class A South Bend, lowering his ERA to 4.50. He allowed three hits with no walks and struck out five vs. the Lansing Lugnuts. With Double-A Tennessee, Clifton pitched four scoreless innings and allowed two hits and two walks with three strikeouts before rain suspended play. And at Triple-A Iowa, Underwood held Round Rock to one run over six innings while striking out six.

Other top prospect performances from Wednesday's action:
• The Minors' hottest hitter, No. 2 overall prospect (Blue Jays' No. 1) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., continued his tear through the Eastern League. Guerrero went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a walk for Double-A New Hampshire, stretching his on-base streak to 31 games. His .425 batting average is also the best in the Minors.

The Jays' No. 19 prospect Cavan Biggio also impressed by going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs for Double-A New Hampshire. It marked his first three-hit game of 2018 and the 10th of his professional career.

Watch: Biggio rips 2-run double

• No. 32 overall prospect (Padres' No. 3) Luis Urias collected his third multi-hit game in the last four days, batting 3-for-5 with an RBI for Triple-A El Paso.

Watch: Urias doubles in a run

• In his return from the disabled list, No. 44 overall prospect (Yankees' No. 3) Justus Sheffield held his opponent without a run. The 22-year-old southpaw pitched four scoreless innings with three hits, a walk and five strikeouts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Astros' No. 24 prospect J.J. Matijevic went deep twice for Class A Advanced Buies Creek. He was 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers, giving him six long balls on the season as well as two multi-homer games. Ronnie Dawson (Houston's No. 14) also left the yard in that game as part of a four-RBI performance.

Braves' No. 18 prospect Drew Waters was a catalyst for Class A Rome on Wednesday, batting 3-for-3 with an RBI, two doubles, a triple, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base from the leadoff spot. His seven total bases tied his career-high.

Orioles' No. 15 prospect Zac Lowther held Hickory to one hit and three runs over six innings in a gem for Class A Delmarva. He struck out 10 batters, reaching double digits for the third time this season. It was his best performance