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White Sox value development over acquisition

Rebuild in motion, Chicago will sell at Deadline only for long-term return
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox are not going to win it all in 2018, not with a 33-62 record coming out of the All-Star break as they start the second half Friday in Seattle. Then again, as part of their ongoing rebuild, the White Sox were not designed to win it all in '18.

This year is about talent development, with second baseman Yoan Moncada, shortstop Tim Anderson and pitchers Reynaldo Lopez, Jace Fry and even Lucas Giolito of late taking steps forward at the big league level, albeit on a less-than-linear path. Top prospects such as outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-handed starter Michael Kopech should be on their way to the White Sox in the second half.

CHICAGO -- The White Sox are not going to win it all in 2018, not with a 33-62 record coming out of the All-Star break as they start the second half Friday in Seattle. Then again, as part of their ongoing rebuild, the White Sox were not designed to win it all in '18.

This year is about talent development, with second baseman Yoan Moncada, shortstop Tim Anderson and pitchers Reynaldo Lopez, Jace Fry and even Lucas Giolito of late taking steps forward at the big league level, albeit on a less-than-linear path. Top prospects such as outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-handed starter Michael Kopech should be on their way to the White Sox in the second half.

Year 1 of the rebuild centered on talent acquisition, with players such as Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and Adam Eaton being moved. Although the focus has changed, the White Sox still could have trades to make over the coming weeks. Here's a look at where Chicago stands at the season's halfway point.

Current status: Seller
The White Sox will continue to evaluate what they have among their vast young talent and figure out what they might need. They could trade some of their young talent for other controllable young talent, but that sort of deal seems destined for moves made further along in the process. While talent acquisition isn't nearly the priority it was last year, the White Sox have veterans who could draw attention.

Video: KC@CWS: Soria K's Duda, records 14th save of season

What they are seeking
If the rebuild plays out as planned for the White Sox, they legitimately have every position covered with talent. So they aren't necessarily looking for players at any specific positions. The key is controllable talent to add to the strong critical mass already built.

What they have to offer
Jose Abreu, with one year of contractual control beyond 2018, would probably get the biggest individual return for the White Sox. But the American League All-Star starter at first base is extremely valuable to the team, and there's much doubt as to whether that high internal value will be matched by other teams' offers.

Video: KC@CWS: Abreu's 451-foot HR leaves bat at 110.6 mph

Right fielder Avisail Garcia, also with one year of control remaining after 2018, is putting together another solid season following his '17 All-Star breakout year, but he has battled right hamstring problems that have sent him to the disabled list twice. At 27, he also could be deemed part of the team's future core.

Veteran right-handed hurler James Shields provides a solid back-of-the-rotation option for contenders, with Shields working at least six innings in 14 of his past 16 starts. Closer Joakim Soria, who has allowed two earned runs over his past 21 2/3 innings, would serve as a late-inning relief option.

Video: CWS@HOU: Garcia belts a mammoth homer to left

Possible scenario
Abreu heading to the Rockies makes sense on paper for a team with previous interest in the White Sox first baseman and in prime National League West contention. Abreu alone would demand about three prospects, including at least one highly touted prospect, although again, Abreu doesn't seem likely to be moved at this point.

But the White Sox have been known for their creativity on the trade front -- note the three-team deal involving the Reds and Dodgers to bring Todd Frazier to Chicago in 2015, and the seven-player deal sending Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees and returning outfielder Blake Rutherford among others to Chicago last July 19. The White Sox best return might come from packaging a couple of their players.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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White Sox option Tilson to Triple-A

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The White Sox announced on Wednesday that they have optioned outfielder Charlie Tilson to Triple-A Charlotte.

Tilson, 25, batted .264 (28-for-106) with 11 RBIs and seven runs scored in 41 games with the White Sox after being recalled from Charlotte on May 24.

The White Sox announced on Wednesday that they have optioned outfielder Charlie Tilson to Triple-A Charlotte.

Tilson, 25, batted .264 (28-for-106) with 11 RBIs and seven runs scored in 41 games with the White Sox after being recalled from Charlotte on May 24.

The Sox will make a corresponding roster move prior to Friday's game at Seattle to open the second half.

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Abreu inspiring for White Sox with All-Star start

Slugger first Sox player since 1996 to win fan vote, start Midsummer Classic
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Jose Abreu played the first 5 1/2 innings in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, going 0-for-2 in the American League's 8-6 win over the National League, and his start marked a significant moment in White Sox history.

Abreu was the first White Sox position player since Frank Thomas in 1996 to not only start an All-Star Game, but to lead the fan voting at any point in that span. Not only that, but the South Side slugger led the fan vote at first base in every weekly update, despite going through a slump in June in which his batting average fell from .319 to .253.

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Jose Abreu played the first 5 1/2 innings in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, going 0-for-2 in the American League's 8-6 win over the National League, and his start marked a significant moment in White Sox history.

Abreu was the first White Sox position player since Frank Thomas in 1996 to not only start an All-Star Game, but to lead the fan voting at any point in that span. Not only that, but the South Side slugger led the fan vote at first base in every weekly update, despite going through a slump in June in which his batting average fell from .319 to .253.

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Abreu was the sixth White Sox player to start via fan election, joining Thomas, Carlton Fisk, Richie Zisk, Dick Allen and Luis Aparicio. Those six have combined to start 11 All-Star Games.

"I'm just grateful for this opportunity," Abreu said through an interpreter. "I want to give thanks to the White Sox organization and to my teammates that made this possible for me."

Abreu's start also exemplified his value to the White Sox franchise as a whole. Chicago is in Phase 2 of its rebuild, and its 2018 season has seen some tough times. After trading away several stars in the last 18 months, the Sox have played the young players they've acquired in return, hoping they can develop into key components of a future contender.

That's led to some growing pains, but Abreu has stayed positive. His 13 home runs are tied for second on the team with Tim Anderson, and his .441 slugging percentage ranks fourth (min. 100 at-bats) behind Avisail Garcia, Daniel Palka and Welington Castillo.

Abreu's veteran presence in the young White Sox clubhouse has provided a steadying force for the younger players, and his locker sits next to fellow countryman Yoan Moncada's locker.

What's most important to Abreu is setting an example for the younger players, and he thinks the All-Star Game is a good stage for that purpose.

"That's going to help as a motivation for them to see what you can do if you work hard and you do the things that you need to do to progress and to develop," Abreu said. "I hope that this can help them as a motivation."

Top prospects Eloy Jimenez and Michael Kopech are still around the corner, and others such as Luis Robert, Dane Dunning and Alec Hansen are further away from the big leagues, with anticipation building for their arrivals. With Abreu in the fifth year of his six-year, $68 million free-agent deal, his future with the club beyond 2019 remains uncertain.

But on Tuesday, with his wife and children in attendance, Abreu lived in the moment at his second career All-Star Game.

"We'll see what will happen next year," Abreu said. "The guys that will be here next year will do a good job, too."

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com.

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On record-setting night, AL outslugs NL

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WASHINGTON -- The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.

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WASHINGTON -- The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.

Video: 2018 All-Star Game sets new record with 10 home runs

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In the end, the two standout swats were the back-to-back solo shots hit by Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer -- off a Dodgers pitcher (Ross Stripling), no less -- in the top of the 10th inning of what became an 8-6 victory for the American League.

Video: 2018 ASG: Bregman wins MVP, gives car to his mother

Bregman was given the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet for his role in the AL's sixth straight win in the Midsummer Classic.

"I took a cutter down the middle of the first pitch and kind of went into battle mode and just was trying to put a line drive in play, and it left the yard," said Bregman. "It was crazy. It was a lot of fun."

But while the result reflects the AL's recent dominance in this summer showcase and, in a way, the Astros' standing as defending champs, the game itself was reflective of the homer-happy times we live in.

Video: 2018 ASG: AL bash 5 homers to earn extra-innings win

"It was like a regular-season game with the home runs accounting for pretty much everything," said Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ, who made a rare turn in the "closer" role by getting the save in the 10th. "Maybe a few less walks than normal, but pretty standard stuff. We were commenting in the bullpen that that's the way it's going these days."

The two teams combined for 10 homers, destroying the previous record of six that had last been reached in 1971 by some gentlemen named Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew and Roberto Clemente -- Hall of Famers, all.

Video: 2018 ASG: NL crush 5 home runs in Washington, D.C.

Maybe not all of the blasts on this night were hit by guys who are Cooperstown-bound. But Bregman, Springer, Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, Willson Contreras, Trevor Story, Jean Segura, Christian Yelich, Scooter Gennett and Joey Votto collectively put up a performance for the All-Star ages. All but one of the game's 14 runs was driven in by a long ball.

Video: 2018 ASG: Segura clobbers a go-ahead 3-run HR

"To kind of empty your tank and hit homers at this event is probably the best thing imaginable," said AL and Astros manager AJ Hinch. "Just to have that kind of emotion that comes with the home run. Especially when the big boys hit it, and especially when the Astros hit it."

Video: 2018 ASG: Hinch on Bregman, Springer in All-Star Game

The AL seemingly had the game in hand thanks to Segura's pinch-hit three-run homer off Josh Hader in the top of the eighth. But Gennett wowed the crowd and stunned the junior circuit by taking Mariners closer Edwin Diaz deep in the bottom of the ninth to tie it.

To extras it went, and it didn't take long for Bregman and Springer to summon the Fall Classic magic of old. The AL added another run on -- of all things -- a sacrifice fly from Michael Brantley. And though Votto's solo shot in the bottom of the 10th kept things interesting, Happ was able to close it out before any more dinger drama developed.

Video: 2018 ASG: Sale K's 1 in scoreless 1st inning

So this was a night for watching it fly and letting it fly. AL starter Chris Sale threw a fastball clocked by Statcast™ at 100.7 mph -- his fastest pitch since 2010. NL starter Max Scherzer threw his four fastest pitches of the season en route to striking out four in two innings of work.

Video: 2018 ASG: Scherzer fans 4 batters in ASG start

The All-Stars capitalized on their opportunity to showcase their skills in the nation's capital, and they let their personalities show, too, with in-game selfies and mic'd-up position players. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor felt so bad when he couldn't muscle a drive over the wall that he dropped down and did some pushups. It was that kind of night.

Video: 2018 ASG: Lindor hits the grass for some pushups

There was even some off-the-field drama developing, with reports swirling about Manny Machado possibly heading to the Dodgers as he played what might have been his last game in a Baltimore Orioles uniform. In an in-game interview with FOX Sports and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, Machado acknowledged the not-so-subtle storyline by saying, "If this is the last time, hopefully I treated them well, I did everything I could for the organization."

Video: 2018 ASG: Machado talks All-Star Game, trade rumors

The AL could be losing one of its signature stars. But it won a game that very much resembled a Derby.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gennett's game-tying homer might get lost to history, given the end result, but he still put himself in a pretty cool spot in the All-Star history books. When he hit his two-run, 396-foot blast off Diaz, Gennett became just the third player to hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of a Midsummer Classic, joining Ralph Kiner in 1950 and Fred McGriff in '94. That sent the All-Star Game into extras for a second consecutive year. The last time that had happened was 1966-67.

Video: 2018 ASG: Gennett hits game-tying HR in the 9th

SOUND SMART
This was the first game in MLB history -- regular season, postseason or All-Star -- in which five players homered for each team.

HE SAID IT
"In the beginning, it was, 'Is anybody going to get a hit other than a homer?' And at the end, it was, 'Are we going to have enough pitching to get out of this mess?'" -- Hinch

UP NEXT
Oh yes, they'll meet again. The 90th All-Star Game will take place on July 9, 2019, at Cleveland's Progressive Field, which last hosted the Midsummer Classic in 1997 (when it was still known as Jacobs Field). The AL will take an All-Star edge into that contest, having broken the all-time tie Tuesday by improving to 44-43-2 against the NL.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

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Play Ball holds clinic on South Side

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CHICAGO -- While White Sox players had Monday off for the All-Star break, the organization held a youth baseball clinic through its Amateur City Elite (ACE) program and Major League Baseball's Play Ball Initiative.

Coaches and players from the White Sox ACE teams ran the clinic for children ages 10 to 14 at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago's West Pullman neighborhood.

CHICAGO -- While White Sox players had Monday off for the All-Star break, the organization held a youth baseball clinic through its Amateur City Elite (ACE) program and Major League Baseball's Play Ball Initiative.

Coaches and players from the White Sox ACE teams ran the clinic for children ages 10 to 14 at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago's West Pullman neighborhood.

The participants were members of the center's summer programs for local youth, and they took part in hitting, fielding and throwing drills.

"It's all about sparking the interest in baseball, and that can lead to different possibilities and just basically engaging them at a young age to play baseball," said White Sox manager of youth baseball initiatives Anthony Olivo.

The White Sox ACE program was established in 2007 for inner-city youth who do not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in travel teams. The program services teams for more than 100 players ages 12 to 17, and the teams play around the country in tournaments against other youth teams, ACE coach Vince Davis said.

"These kids, they love the game," said Davis, who coaches the oldest ACE team. "I'm here to help them learn as much as they possibly can, and it's more of a being a great mentor as well, not just about baseball. Just about life as a whole. Some of these kids live in some rough areas, and this is like an outlet for them, so I love to be a part of it."

Davis said the program has had teenagers commit to play baseball in college, and currently has a few slated to play at Oklahoma, Duke and Eastern Kentucky.

Additionally, Alek Thomas, the D-backs' 2018 second-round Draft pick and son of White Sox director of strength and conditioning Allen Thomas, played on the ACE programs not long ago.

The field at the Kroc Center is where the ACE program is based, and Monday's clinic was all about letting the community know that "baseball is here," Olivo said.

"The kids that they're seeing in our ACE program are just like them," Olivo said. "They could be just like the kids that we have in our ACE program. It starts at a young age, and starts with [baseball] fundamentals."

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

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Tuesday's top prospect performers

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

To say Estevan Florial's rehab assignment is going well would be an understatement. The Yankees' No. 1 prospect (No. 37 overall) has been on fire at the plate and that continued as he posted his fifth straight multihit effort in the Rookie-Level GCL Yankees East's 3-1 loss to the Tigers West.

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

To say Estevan Florial's rehab assignment is going well would be an understatement. The Yankees' No. 1 prospect (No. 37 overall) has been on fire at the plate and that continued as he posted his fifth straight multihit effort in the Rookie-Level GCL Yankees East's 3-1 loss to the Tigers West.

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The 20-year-old, who missed the bulk of two months due to a broken hamate bone, showed off some extra-base pop as well as his 70-grade speed in a perfect 4-for-4 game at the plate. Florial doubled and tripled in the game, his fourth straight with at least one extra-base hit.

Florial, who was hitting .246 through 36 games with Class A Advanced Tampa prior to his injury, is hitting .548 (17-for-31) over nine games in the GCL and has recorded at least one hit in eight of those contests.

Other top prospect performances from Tuesday's action:

• Baseball's No. 1 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s (Blue Jays' No. 1) rehab assignment is also going quite well. After going 3-for-9 with a pair of doubles across three games with the Rookie-level GCL Blue Jays, Guerrero was bumped up to Class A Advanced Dunedin where he promptly came through with a two-run double in his first at-bat. Guerrero, who later added a singled and finished 2-for-4, will reportedly be promoted to Triple-A Buffalo once his rehab is complete.

• No. 22 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays' No. 3) was perfect through four innings in a rehab start with the Rookie-level GCL Rays. The lefty, who was placed on the DL after experiencing tightness in his right oblique, struck out seven of the 12 batters he faced.

• No. 66 overall prospect Alex Kirilloff (Twins' No. 3) hit his 15th homer of the season as part of a multihit effort for Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Kirilloff put the Miracle on the board in the first with an RBI double then showcased some pop with a solo homer in the sixth before finishing 2-for-4.

• No. 79 overall prospect Ryan Mountcastle (Orioles' No. 1) and DJ Stewart (Orioles' No. 10) each doubled and homered in their respective games. Mountcastle, playing for Double-A Bowie, finished 2-for-5 at the plate, while Stewart (Triple-A Norfolk), turned in a 2-for-4 effort.

Watch: Mountcastle goes yard

Cardinals No. 9 prospect Austin Gomber was nearly unhittable for Triple-A Memphis. The 24-year-old lefty yielded just one hit, a single in the fifth, as he cruised through five scoreless frames. Gomber threw 49 of his 80 pitches for strikes, issued two walks and struck out six. Through 12 appearances (11 starts), Gomber has posted a 3.42 ERA for the Redbirds.

Marlins No. 5 prospect Trevor Rogers picked up his first professional win in a quality start for Class A Greensboro. The lefty, a 2017 first-round pick, set a career high with eight strikeouts over six innings. Rogers threw 63 of his 93 pitches for strikes, yielded seven hits and surrendered a pair of runs.

Padres No. 12 prospect Jacob Nix bounced back from a sub-par start with six strong innings for Double-A San Antonio. Nix, who gave up one run and lowered his season ERA to 1.88, scattered five hits and walked two. The 22-year-old also threw 58 of his 88 pitches for strikes and racked up five strikeouts after failing to record any in his last start.

White Sox No. 21 prospect Evan Skoug did a little bit of everything for Class A Kannapolis. Skoug, who has struggled this year and is hitting .203 through 63 games, set a career high with four RBIs as he went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.

• Grayson Rodriguez, the Orioles first-round pick from the 2018 Draft, kept his professional ERA at 0.00 with another strong start in the GCL. Rodriguez struck out one over two innings and has totaled four strikeouts, while giving up three hits over five innings to begin his career.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

Abreu back on All-Star stage with veteran poise

White Sox first baseman voted into AL starting lineup by fans
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There's a certain cadence or rhythm to Jose Abreu's interviews, consistent in good times and in bad, much like the player himself.

He's filled with optimism. He's thankful, and he always takes pride in who he represents, ranging from his family to the Chicago White Sox.

There's a certain cadence or rhythm to Jose Abreu's interviews, consistent in good times and in bad, much like the player himself.

He's filled with optimism. He's thankful, and he always takes pride in who he represents, ranging from his family to the Chicago White Sox.

All of those themes were on display Monday in Washington, D.C., where the starting first baseman for the American League All-Star team answered waves of media questions the day before the game with a look of poise and a sense of belonging.

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Abreu became the first White Sox player to lead at any point in the balloting process since Frank Thomas won the fan election at first base in 1996. He also became the sixth White Sox player (11th time) to be fan-elected as a starter to the All-Star team, joining Thomas (1994-96), Carlton Fisk (1981-82), Richie Zisk (1977), Dick Allen (1972-74) and Luis Aparicio (1970).

Abreu's second appearance has a different feel than his 2014 All-Star debut, with his wife, Yusmary, and his sons, Dariel Eduardo and Josue Dariel, joining his parents by his side.

"It's good to be back. I'm very happy," said Abreu, who will be hitting eighth in manager AJ Hinch's AL lineup. "This one is even more special than the first one.

"I know the game more and everything that comes with it. I know I'm going to enjoy the game. I'll have my family here, which makes it very special."

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In '14, the eventual AL Rookie of the Year was new to the United States -- let alone the White Sox -- after coming from Cuba via a six-year, $68 million free-agent deal. Now in his fifth season with Chicago, Abreu has become one of the more respected middle-of-the-order hitters in baseball, a true leader for a rebuilding White Sox organization and a valued clubhouse presence.

The consistent daily work ethic exhibited by Abreu, 31, holds up as a great example for younger teammates. That approach hasn't changed in the face of a recent slump -- dropping Abreu's average from .319 on May 26 to .253 -- with 13 home runs, 27 doubles and 52 RBIs entering the All-Star break.

"I'm trying to let them know to have belief in yourself, have confidence in your approach, confidence in your routine, your work," Abreu said. "That's the way to overcome the difficulties, especially at this level."

"That's something that motivates you, something that lets you know that if you do things the right way, you're going to get rewarded," White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada said of Abreu through interpreter Billy Russo. "I feel really honored to share this team with him."

Chris Sale, who will be the AL starting pitcher in his third straight All-Star Game, shared a White Sox team with Abreu upon Abreu's arrival in '14. The two had a special moment reuniting before the media session.

"We talked about our families. How he was doing and how I was doing," Abreu said. "It was great to talk to him and express gratitude for everything he has done for me and being a good teammate."

Sale wanted to stay and win with the White Sox, but his trade to Boston before last season began the rebuild in earnest. Abreu feels the same White Sox loyalty, but with one more year of contractual control beyond '18, his future on the South Side is uncertain.

A trade certainly won't lessen his pride for where he started in the Majors. On Monday, Abreu sported a green-and-white bracelet on his left wrist showing the colors of Cienfuegos, his old team and hometown back in Cuba.

Representing Cuba at the All-Star Game also means a great deal to Abreu.

"They made me who I am," Abreu said of Cienfuegos. "They were my first club and will always be with me."

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Young Sox lead charge in big win over Royals

Moncada falls triple shy of cycle; Giolito twirls 6 1/3 scoreless innings
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CHICAGO -- Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito, two of the key cogs in the White Sox rebuild, had far from perfect pre-All-Star break results, much like the White Sox as a whole.

But the White Sox future looked pretty darn good in the present Sunday afternoon during a 10-1 victory over the Royals. That victory took the South Siders into the All-Star break with their first series win since June 26-28 at home against the Twins.

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CHICAGO -- Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito, two of the key cogs in the White Sox rebuild, had far from perfect pre-All-Star break results, much like the White Sox as a whole.

But the White Sox future looked pretty darn good in the present Sunday afternoon during a 10-1 victory over the Royals. That victory took the South Siders into the All-Star break with their first series win since June 26-28 at home against the Twins.

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"Today was one of those days where we put it all together," said Giolito, who improved to 6-8 with Sunday's victory. "I'm looking forward to more of those."

Video: KC@CWS: Giolito fans 6 over 6 1/3 scoreless innings

"It wasn't a very good first half in wins and losses, but I think that's part of the process," Moncada said through interpreter Billy Russo. "We're all trying to do our best. We improved during the first half, and I think in the second half we'll be much better."

Moncada is hitting .356 with four multi-hit efforts over his last 12 games. He fell a triple short of the cycle and reached base four times Sunday, meaning he reached base nine times over three games against the Royals this past weekend.

Moncada's solo home run against Enny Romero leading off the fifth started a five-run frame, and also marked his first hitting right-handed this season.

"I think it gives me a little more confidence. It's something good," said Moncada, who left early Saturday after being hit on the right knee by a Reynaldo Lopez pickoff throw. "That's just a part of all the work I put into trying to get better, to improve and become a better player.''

Giolito started out slow on the mound, needing 30 pitches to get through the first. But he adjusted quickly, allowing one hit over the next 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three without allowing a run, following a three-hit performance over 7 1/3 innings in his previous start against the Astros.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria basically chopped Giolito's first half into two halves, pointing out it took him maybe an inning or an inning-plus to find the groove as he improved, as opposed to three or four innings during earlier struggles.

Video: KC@CWS: Renteria talks dominating 10-1 victory

"First quarter of the season I guess, you could say I was kind of searching for things," said Giolito, who leads the American League with 60 walks. "I wasn't really throwing strikes, especially with my off-speed pitches. I was going out there throwing pretty much all heaters whereas now, I can find that rhythm, and if I do misfire a couple pitches in the same at-bat, I make the adjustment a lot better. It's just overall a lot better experience.

"To be walking that many batters and not doing a good job of putting my team in winning positions, it definitely weighed on me. ... Over the course of the first half, it's gotten better and better and better, so I'm just looking forward to the second half now."

Daniel Palka chipped in three hits, including a home run with a 114-mph exit velocity, per Statcast™, in the first. Everyone in the lineup but Adam Engel reached base at least once, and everyone but Engel and AL All-Star Jose Abreu had at least one hit during the team's third win in four games.

Video: KC@CWS: Palka belts a 2-run homer to right in the 1st

"I wouldn't say that the first half was bad because it's just a part of the process," said Abreu through Russo. "We have a lot of young players here with a lot of talent, and they need to learn, they need to improve, they need to show what they are capable of. I think in the first half, we did a little bit of that."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Hard-earned escape: Sunday's game might have looked a little bit different if Giolito didn't escape the first unscathed. Jorge Bonifacio was thrown out at the plate by a good distance on Salvador Perez's single to left, grabbed by Palka on the short hop and then relayed to third baseman Yolmer Sanchez. And with two runners on and two outs, Lucas Duda took a borderline 3-2 pitch for a called third strike.

Video: KC@CWS: Palka, Sanchez throw out Bonifacio at home

"You don't see that very often, quite honestly," Renteria said. "Palky does a great job of smothering the ball in right, keeping it in front of him. Makes a nice relay throw to Sanchy, and Sanchy gets it to the plate and it evolved into Bonifacio not having a chance. They did everything right."

SOUND SMART
Tim Anderson was 1-for-18 with five RBIs lifetime hitting with the bases loaded prior to his two-out, two-run double in the fifth.

Video: KC@CWS: Anderson plates Palka with an RBI double

WORLD CUP SALUTE
Abreu was the happiest player in the White Sox clubhouse over France's World Cup title win.

"I really like that team," Abreu said. "I still remember the first time that they won a World Cup. It was in '98 in France. I remember that team. It was a special moment. They won the championship on a Sunday, too. I remember that moment, and today's game for them was very special. I'm really happy for them."

Meanwhile, the White Sox players had a little fun with Moncada by taping "Neymar" over his nameplate. It was in humorous reference to Moncada's pronounced injury reaction Saturday, similar to Neymar's dives when he gets hit, although he returned with authority Sunday.

HE SAID IT
"Our mindset has to be: just improve. Be better. Be better and keep working. Come here every day to do our best." -- Abreu, on the team's second-half focus

UP NEXT
The White Sox begin post All-Star break action with a seven-game West Coast trip. It starts Friday night in Seattle with a 9:10 p.m. CT first pitch. Abreu, who will be coming off his second All-Star appearance, leads the Sox against Wade LeBlanc and the Mariners.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Basabe blasts 102.3-mph pitch for World Team

White Sox prospect hits 2-run homer 404 feet at Futures Game
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WASHINGTON -- Power in, power out.

And White Sox prospect Luis Alexander Basabe showed he has a power arm to boot.

WASHINGTON -- Power in, power out.

And White Sox prospect Luis Alexander Basabe showed he has a power arm to boot.

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:: 2018 Futures Game coverage ::

Basabe was the early star of Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park, turning on a 102.3-mph fastball from Reds top pitching prospect Hunter Greene for a tiebreaking, two-run home run in the third inning of the World team's 10-6 loss to the U.S. The homer left Basabe's bat at 104.8 mph, according to Statcast™, and traveled a projected 404 feet.

"I saw a guy hit a 102-mph fastball like it was nothing," said World manager David Ortiz. "That's fun to watch."

Had it been a Major League game, and not an exhibition pitting top prospects from the U.S. against another team comprised of players from the rest of the world, Greene's fastball would have been the firmest MLB pitch turned around for a home run since Rafael Devers took Aroldis Chapman deep last season on a 102.8-mph heater.

According to Statcast™, there has been only one other Major League homer off a pitch in excess of 102.3 mph since 2008: A Kurt Suzuki smash off a 102.6 mph Chapman fastball in 2016.

"I was nervous, but I exhaled and got it all out," Basabe said. "They told me the pitch was 102 [mph], but I just put the bat on the ball. I'm not surprised. I know I can hit it, but you have to do everything perfect."

Basabe knew he was going to see heat from Greene, the hard-throwing right-hander who is No. 18 on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects list. Fourteen of Greene's 27 pitches topped 100 mph.

"I just think, 'Be early and get the barrel on the ball,'" Basabe said.

"Tip my cap to that guy. He's a great ballplayer," Greene said. "That was pretty impressive."

The home run gave the World a 3-1 lead, two innings after Basabe showed he can throw hard himself. He scooped up Nathaniel Lowe's RBI single in the first inning and fired a 90.1 mph throw, per Statcast™, to second base to deny Lowe a double. Basabe's assist ended the inning.

A 21-year-old from Venezuela currently playing at Double-A Birmingham, Basabe came to the White Sox from the Red Sox as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Chris Sale to Boston. Other prospects in the deal, most notably Chicago second baseman Yoan Moncada, got higher billing, but that's just fine to Basabe.

"I like it," he said, "because they don't think too much of me, and then when I go to do my thing, they're going to be surprised."

Asked what he wants White Sox fans to know about him, Basabe smiled widely and said, "That I'm a good baseball player, and I like to be on the camera. That's all."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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How every team's players fared at Futures Game

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The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

:: 2018 Futures Game coverage ::

Below is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.

ANGELS
Jo Adell, OF, LAA No. 1 | MLB No. 36
Adell went 1-for-4, but it wasn't for a lack of contact, which has been a concern early in his career. Adell grounded out to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the first, then popped out twice and hit a sac fly.

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ASTROS
Yordan Alvarez, OF/1B, HOU No. 3 | MLB No. 51
Playing in his second straight Futures Game, Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk, and he drew widespread attention, both on the field and in the social realms, for his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame.

ATHLETICS
Jesus Luzardo, LHP, OAK No. 1 | MLB No. 20
Luzardo started for the World Team and pitched the first two innings, giving up three hits and an earned run in the first inning. Luzardo reached 97 mph on his four-seamer, while showing movement on many of his secondary pitches, particularly the two-seamer and slider. As he has over parts of his young career, Luzardo struggled with command. But scouting reports suggest that once Luzardo finds control, he possesses top-of-the-rotation stuff.

Video: WLD@USA: Luzardo strikes out Hiura, Jansen in the 2nd

BLUE JAYS
Bo Bichette, SS/2B, TOR No. 2 | MLB No. 7
Toronto's incredibly talented hitter finished 1-for-3 with a 102.2-mph ground-ball single off Bryan Mata in the third inning. He also got a bit of a surprise in the first inning, when Luzardo quick-pitched him into a flyout.

Danny Jansen, C, TOR No. 6
Jansen sparked a USA rally in the fourth by launching a changeup up and out for a 381-foot game-tying home run to left, which was quickly followed up by Ke'Bryan Hayes' tater to left-center. Toronto's top catching prospect finished 1-for-2 with two runs driven in.

Video: WLD@USA: Jansen clubs a two-run homer to left field

BRAVES
Kyle Wright, RHP, ATL No. 2 | MLB No. 25
Inheriting runners at first and third and no outs in the top of the eighth, Wright induced a flyout from Miguel Amaya and a double play from Andres Gimenez to escape the jam.

Touki Toussaint, RHP, ATL No. 10
A day after being promoted to the World Team roster as a late addition, Toussaint twirled the eighth inning, giving up a triple to Taylor Trammel -- which many, including Trammel, thought was headed to the bleachers before pegging into the center-field wall. Toussaint, who was recently promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett and led the Southern League (Double-A) in strikeouts at the time of his promotion, sat in the high-90s with his two-seamer, dropped 10 mph on his changeup and dropped another 10 mph on his curveball, which he threw just once.

BREWERS
Keston Hiura, 2B, MIL No. 1 | MLB No. 30
Hiura's hitting ability has helped his name come up often with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, but he struck out in each of his two plate appearances Sunday.

Luis Ortiz, RHP, MIL No. 4
Ortiz was the last player on either roster to enter the game, doing so with two outs in the top of the ninth against Yusniel Diaz, who had homered twice already. Ortiz threw one pitch, a 95.4-mph four-seamer, that induced a groundout to end the game.

Video: WLD@USA: Ortiz gets Diaz to ground out to end 9th

CARDINALS
Dakota Hudson, RHP, STL No. 3

Hudson made the most of his 11 pitches over a perfect sixth inning. His fastball never dropped below 96 mph, and his slider fooled Keibert Ruiz for a strikeout. That specific combination is why there might be a spot for him in the Cardinals' bullpen at some point.

Andrew Knizner, C, STL No. 5
Days after he was added to the Team USA roster as as an injury replacement for A's catcher Sean Murphy, Knizner entered in the sixth to catch for fellow Cards prospect Hudson. The 23-year-old Knizner, who is hitting .310/.376/.418 between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts.

Randy Arozarena, OF, STL. No. 7
Arozarena entered in the bottom of the seventh and got just one at-bat. He reached on a fielding error by USA first baseman and Mets prospect Peter Alonso.

CUBS
Miguel Amaya, C/1B, CHC No. 10
Amaya went 0-for-2 at the plate after starting at catcher for the World Team.

D-BACKS
Yoan Lopez, RHP, ARI No. 25
Lopez faced just one batter -- entering with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and the game tied at 5 -- striking out Ryan Mountcastle on three fastballs clocked at 96.4, 96.0 and 97.2 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Lopez gets Mountcastle swinging in the 5th

DODGERS
Keibert Ruiz, C, LAD No. 2 | MLB No. 44
Ruiz, whose name has been linked to Manny Machado trade rumors, left the game after getting clocked on his right hand by a foul ball. X-rays were negative, according to the Los Angeles Times. At the dish, Ruiz struck out in his lone at-bat during the sixth inning.

Yusniel Diaz, OF, LAD No. 4 | MLB No. 85
Diaz entered the game with just six homers over the entire season with Double-A Tulsa. He added another pair on Sunday -- a 409-foot blast in the fifth and a 408-foot shot in the seventh. Diaz became just the second player to homer twice in Futures Game history and was one of just five players to remain in the game from start to finish.

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

GIANTS
Shaun Anderson, RHP, SF No. 7
Anderson gave up a solo home run to Diaz in the seventh, but wound up being the winning pitcher after Team USA powered to a lead it wouldn't relinquish in the following frame. Anderson, who will be promoted to Triple-A Sacramento to start the second half, also gave up a hit to fellow Giants prospect Heliot Ramos just after surrendering the homer.

Heliot Ramos, OF, SF No. 1 | MLB No. 70
Ramos laced a single off fellow Giants prospect Anderson in the seventh in his lone at-bat. He didn't see any action in the field since he entered the game as the designated hitter.

INDIANS
Kieran Lovegrove, RHP
Lovegrove entered Sunday having faced 100 hitters this year without giving up a homer. That ended when Trammel -- the first batter Lovegrove faced -- launched a 438-foot laser to straightaway center. Over his brief appearance in the sixth inning, Lovegrove faced one more batter, recorded an out, then was pulled.

MARINERS
Kyle Lewis, OF, SEA No. 1 | MLB No. 58
Lewis went 0-for-1 with a flyout to right in his first at-bat, a walk and a run scored, courtesy of Hayes' deep fly to left in the fourth frame, and he didn't see any action in the field.

MARLINS
Jorge Guzman, RHP, MIA No. 3
Guzman, who many will identify as a key return in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, flashed his raw stuff to the three batters he faced, throwing 10 pitches -- all between 96.8 and 99.7 mph -- with one strikeout.

Tweet from @Marlins: Hitters have 99 problems and they're all miles per hour.Jorge Guzman was all 🔥 at the Futures Game. #JustGettinStarted pic.twitter.com/tw6iYWWnSm

METS
Andres Gimenez, SS, NYM No. 1 | MLB No. 68
Gimenez went 0-for-2 with a pair of groundouts, including an inning-ending double play in the eighth with runners on first and third.

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Peter Alonso, 1B, NYM No. 2 | MLB No. 69
Eager to join in the power party, Alonso gave Mets fans a glimpse of what could be to come when he launched a 415-foot homer to left. The deep fly was scorched at 113.6 mph and lifted at a 46-degree launch angle, according to Statcast™. Yoenis Cespedes is the only Mets player to hit a homer with a higher exit velocity this year.

Video: WLD@USA: Alonso's 415-foot home run down the line

NATIONALS
Carter Kieboom, SS, WSH No. 2 | MLB No. 62
Kieboom didn't quite have the homecoming he was hoping for, going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts, including one looking on a 78.6-mph curveball from Toussaint.

Luis Garcia, SS/2B, WSH No. 5
Garcia drew a walk in his lone plate appearance during the eighth inning, while also contributing three-plus innings at second base.

ORIOLES
Ryan Mountcastle, 3B, BAL No. 1 | MLB No. 80
Mountcastle, who could be a huge part of the post-Machado Orioles, went 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Lopez and a flyout against Guzman.

Alex Wells, LHP BAL No. 8
Wells faced only Buddy Reed and Knizner and got each out quickly, throwing just nine pitches. Reed nearly took Wells deep, flying out to the left-field wall, but Wells quickly bounced back to strike out Knizner on three called strikes in a row.

PADRES
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, SD No. 1 | MLB No. 3
Tatis laced a 102.3-mph heater from Hunter Greene for a 107.1-mph single to right, then swiped second during the next at-bat, putting his plus speed on display with a Sprint Speed of 28.4 feet per second, per Statcast™, well above the Major League average of 27.0.

Video: WLD@USA: Tatis Jr. rips a single off a 102-mph heater

Luis Urias, 2B/SS, SD No. 3 | MLB No. 29
Urias had an unfortunate run-in with a 100.4-mph fastball on his left elbow, though he was wearing a protective guard. Urias struck out in his other two plate appearances, and was pulled in the bottom of the fifth.

Buddy Reed, OF
Reed, who just this week was called up to Double-A San Antonio after clubbing 12 homers from Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore, narrowly missed a deep fly in the sixth, having lifted one 346 feet to the wall in left in a full count against Wells. However, Reed made up for it in the field in the following frame, robbing Tatis of what would've been his third hit with a running grab in right-center.

Video: WLD@USA: Reed on his mom, playing hockey

PHILLIES
Adonis Medina, RHP, PHI No. 2 | MLB No. 74
Medina's wild pitch in the seventh inning broke a 6-6 tie and gave Team USA a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The right-hander lost control of a two-seamer that landed in the dirt and allowed Adell to score from third. He also gave up a mammoth blast to Alonso, getting tagged for three runs in a third of an inning, but he did show glimpses of his nasty stuff on his two strikeouts.

Video: WLD@USA: Medina K's Kieboom swinging in the 7th

PIRATES
Mitch Keller, RHP, PIT No. 1 | MLB No. 12
Keller tossed a perfect first inning on eight pitches, striking out Luis Alexander Basabe to lead off the game, then inducing a pair of flyouts. Keller topped out on his four-seam fastball at 99.5 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Keller K's Basabe, retires the side in order

Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, PIT No. 3
Hayes, son of 14-year MLB veteran Charlie Hayes, launched a 405-foot homer deep to the left-field bleachers to complete back-to-back deep flies with Jansen, putting Team USA up by two in the fourth. Team USA manager Torii Hunter, being interviewed at the time of Hayes' homer was ecstatic.

Video: WLD@USA: Hunter cheers on Team USA at Futures Game

RANGERS
C.D. Pelham, LHP, TEX No. 19
Pelham walked the first batter he faced, narrowly missing ball four on an inside fastball at 97.9 mph, then got into more trouble when Arozarena reached on an error by first baseman Alonso, putting runners on the corners. That'd be it for Pelham after that, though Wright helped bail him out of the jam.

Leody Taveras, OF, TEX No. 1 | MLB No. 28
Taveras went 0-for-2 with a popup and a groundout, and finished the game after entering as the World Team's center fielder in the bottom of the sixth.

RAYS
Nate Lowe, 1B
Lowe laced an RBI single off Luzardo with two outs in the first that scored Brendan Rodgers to put Team USA up, 1-0, in the opening frame.

Video: WLD@USA: Lowe opens the scoring with an RBI single

Jesus Sanchez, OF, TB No. 4 | MLB No. 35
Sanchez went 0-for-3, grounding into a pair of double plays and flying out to center off a slider from Justus Sheffield in the second inning. His stat sheet won't show it, but Sanchez impressed with a fluid swing from the left side.

RED SOX
Bryan Mata, RHP, BOS No. 4
The 19-year-old, as he has much of this season, had to battle traffic and command, but he left after tossing a scoreless third inning. Mata sat at an impressive 95 mph on his two-seam fastball, and complemented his heat with varying speeds in the high-70s on his curve, though he got just one swing-and-miss on 31 pitches.

REDS
Hunter Greene, RHP, CIN No. 2 | MLB No. 18
The Reds' flamethrower maxed out the radar gun, throwing all 19 of his fastballs above 100 mph and averaging 101.3 mph. Heat alone wasn't enough to keep Basabe from homering and Tatis from following up with a single -- both off 102.3-mph pitches -- but the ease with which Greene delivered his triple-digit velocity was mighty impressive nonetheless.

Video: WLD@USA: Greene talks playing in Futures Game

Taylor Trammell, OF, CIN No. 3 | MLB No. 34
With raw athleticism that stood out during a 38-touchdown season as a high school football star in 2015, Trammell got the chance to put his tools on display. And he didn't disappoint. Cincinnati's No. 35 overall pick in '16, Trammell launched a 107.9-mph homer that traveled a projected 438 feet -- the deepest of the eight homers hit in the game.

Trammell nearly got hold of another one -- and thought he did, given his reaction -- with a fly ball off the center-field wall in the eighth inning, gesturing to the USA dugout as he rounded first, only to settle for a triple. He was named the Futures Game MVP.

Video: WLD@USA: Trammell clubs HR, wins Futures Game MVP

ROCKIES
Brendan Rodgers, SS, COL No. 1 | MLB No. 6
Rodgers roped a Statcast-projected 108.7-mph double into the left-center-field gap with two outs and in a full count, then scored during the ensuing at-bat by Lowe to put Team USA on board first. Rodgers chased an outside curveball from Mata in his second at-bat during the third inning for a strikeout.

Jesus Tinoco, RHP, COL No. 12
Tinoco induced a groundout to Double-A Hartford teammate Rodgers as part of a three-up, three-down, nine-pitch outing after entering in the bottom of the fourth. He began the day by retiring Bichette with a flyout to right.

ROYALS
Seuly Matias, OF, KC No. 3
Matias got the World Team on the board with a 100.7-mph solo homer off Yankees lefty Sheffield, then followed up with a single in the fifth to round out a 2-for-3 day.

Video: WLD@USA: Matias puts the World on the board with a HR

TIGERS
Matt Manning, RHP, DET No. 2 | MLB No. 47
Manning gave up two earned runs on four hits, including a homer to Diaz, while working the fourth and fifth innings. His fastball averaged 94.1 mph, and he complemented it with good variance on his curveball, which hovered in the high-70s.

Video: WLD@USA: Manning strikes out Urias in the 5th inning

Dawel Lugo, 2B, DET No. 12
Acquired last summer as part of the J.D. Martinez deal, Detroit's talented infielder scored a run and went 1-for-2 with a single off Sheffield.

TWINS 
Alex Kirilloff, OF, MIN No. 3 | MLB No. 67
Minnesota's top outfield prospect lined two singles -- one to left field and the other to right-center -- as part of a 2-for-3 day with a run scored. His second single came off Lewis Thorpe, his fellow up-and-comer in the Twins system.

Lewis Thorpe, LHP, MIN No. 11
Thorpe struggled to keep the ball in the park during his fourth-inning stint, surrendering homers to Jansen and Hayes as part of three hits and a walk surrendered in just two-thirds of an inning.

Video: WLD@USA: Thorpe K's Hiura swinging in the 4th inning

WHITE SOX
Dylan Cease, RHP, CWS No. 4 | MLB No. 40
Entering in the top of the ninth, Cease induced a groundout from Leodys Taveras then got Tatis to fly out to right before paving way for Ortiz's victory-sealing groundout.

Video: WLD@USA: Basabe homers off 102-mph pitch from Greene

Luis Alexander Basabe, OF, CWS No. 13
One of the most impressive plays of the entire game came in the top of the third, when Basabe timed Greene's 102.3-mph fastball and muscled it out for a 404-foot home run.

Tweet from @darenw: Luis Alexander Basabe just turned on a 102.3 MPH fastball for a home run... Would be fastest pitch in @mlb hit for a HR since Rafael Devers took Chapman deep last season on a 102.8 MPH pitch.

Basabe also nabbed a runner at second base with an accurate first-inning throw from center field.

YANKEES
Justus Sheffield, LHP, NYY No. 2 | MLB No. 39
Sheffield gave up a second-inning homer to Matias that tied the game at 1. Sheffield was also credited for another earned run for allowing his final batter, Lugo, reach on a single. Lugo then scored on Basabe's homer off Greene.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. MLB.com's Matt Kelly contributed to this story.