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Brandon Allen Promoted to AAA Charlotte; Jordan Danks to the Birmingham DL

The injury to Danks is likely the hand/wrist injury he suffered on a HBP a few games back. Daniel Hudson, Christian Marrero and Lee Cruz promoted to Birmingham. Brian Omogrosso's promotion to Charlotte is also confirmed. Winston-Salem gets Tyler Kuhn, Justin Edwards and Seth Loman. Update on Kannapolis: Kenny Williams Jr. back off the DL. Luis Sierra and Murillo Gouvea join from extended spring training.

Mark Gonzales Buries the Lede

The Sox, meanwhile, are expected to announce sweeping changes in their farm system Monday.

Poreda Pushing For Promotion

Aaron Poreda hasn’t overwhelmed hitters in his first full pro season, but he throws hard, he throws strikes, and he’s pitched very well in the last month. That could lead to a big league promotion for the White Sox’ stretch run, but for now Poreda will have to settle for shutting down Southern League hitters, which he’s done quite well lately. Yesterday Poreda shut down a strong Huntsville lineup, going six innings and allowing just one run, which was unearned. Poreda walked two and struck out six, lowering his ERA with Birmingham to 3.17 in 76 2/3 innings with 21 walks and 62 strikeouts. Poreda, 21, began the year in high Class A Winston-Salem, where he had a 3.31 ERA in 73 1/3 innings with a 46-18 K-BB mark. In each of his last five starts, Poreda has not allowed more than three earned runs in one outing.

Sox Machine: First impressions of the first pick

jim on gordon beckham and the sox's AB music selections

Sox Machine: Cabrera's 'My Five': Official scorer in, Ozzie out

... Ultimately, that he placed a phone call doesn't particularly bother me. If he cares about his stats that much, then he must care about playing well. People said the same about Frank Thomas (who just turned 40, if you want to feel old), and his stats helped the Sox bunches. If Cabrera plays well, the Sox benefit from it now (in terms of wins) and in the future (in terms of compensation). At the same time, it's disappointing that Cabrera couldn't foresee complications, especially when he said he never had to take this matter into his own hands. It was obvious Cabrera likely wouldn't match his offensive output from last year, but when you add in his baserunning troubles and this controversy, he may have had a career year in brains as well. The lack of damage control on all sides ultimately could turn a non-issue into a harmful dispute. A stereotypical contract drive would make Cabrera desirable by other teams at the end of the year, meaning the Sox could offer arbitration without fear of him accepting it. But if the cold war and Cabrera's overall struggles continue, the Sox may want to cut ties swiftly and not offer Cabrera arbitration, meaning those two draft picks -- and the primary reason the Cabrera-for-Jon Garland trade made sense -- is out the window. Williams appeared to express remorse over failing to offer David Riske arbitration, so I'd hope he wouldn't be gunshy. But he's also incredibly stubborn when his core values are questioned, so I wouldn't count on anything yet. ...

Sox Machine: Mark Buehrle needs help

If you ignore the big three stats -- wins, losses and ERA -- Mark Buehrle is not having a bad year. Consider: No. 1: He's striking more guys out than ever before. He's averaging 6.19 strikeouts per nine innings, and he hasn't come close to 6.00 in his last three seasons. No. 2: He's getting a ton of ground balls. 52.5 percent of batted balls have been hit on the ground off Buehrle; his previous high was 49.4. No. 3: Line drive and home run rates are right around his career averages. He's actually giving up homers at a slightly lower rate, because he's not giving up nearly as many flies. No. 4: His fastball is still rebounding. He's averaging over 86 m.p.h. on his heater for the first time in a couple years. Really, the only thing out of whack is his walk rate, but not ridiculously so. As a result, his fielding-indepedent ERA is 3.89 (or 3.91, if you're looking at The Hardball Times), which is below his career average, which FanGraphs pegs at an even 4.00. ...

Sox Machine: Turning bad baseball into good works

I figured maybe some corporations could turn failure on the field into aid for those in need by sponsoring the less-than-stellar events we've come to know and despise. Here are a few examples in order of frequency: $5: "...and Uribe strikes out tomahawk swinging. And as you know, with every high fastball Juan swings at, Lenscrafters will donate $5 to White Sox charities. The next time you're thinking about eye-high fashion, think Lenscrafters." $10: "...the throw to first, and that's it for the Sox. No runs, ho hits, no errors, and with every 1-2-3 inning, Sylvan Learning Centers will donate $10 to White Sox charities." $20: "...that's ball four, and the fans aren't happy about that. I'll tell ya who's happy -- the fine folks at White Sox Charities thanks to Southwest Airlines, who will donate $20 for that late-inning walk. Southwest Airlines offers more nonstop flights from Midway to Charlotte, Birmingham and dozens of other U.S. destinations." $50: "...BA's down swinging on a low-and-away slider for strike three, and with that swing, Jared Galleria of Jewelry will donate $50 to White Sox charities. Jared reminds you that if you're thinking about going down on one knee for someone in your life, Jared offers the widest selection of rings..." $100: "...and this ballgame is over. A fine pitching performance by Javier Vazquez wasted, and with every outstanding effort that goes for naught, U-Haul will donate $100 to White Sox charities. If you're packing up on short notice, U-Haul has a variety of options..."

Shelby hits three homers in today's game, makes Carolina League history

Winston-Salem Warthogs designated hitter John Shelby found a great way to rest his legs in his second game back from a hamstring injury: he made sure he didn't have to run the bases. Shelby tied the Carolina League record with three homers -- his first three at the Class A Advanced level -- and knocked in a career-high five runs Saturday as the Warthogs topped the Wilmington Blue Rocks, 8-5, at Ernie Shore Field. "I'm battling back," Shelby said of the injury that sidelined him for two weeks. "I still feel a lot of soreness, but I'm determined to be in there. I just made sure I didn't have to run the bases."

Lucy dislocates kneecap

Charlotte catcher Donny Lucy suffered a dislocated right kneecap in the fourth inning. Lucy ended the inning with a deep fly to left field, but on the follow through of his swing his right left twisted oddly and Lucy went down immediately, grabbing his knee. Lucy stayed down at home plate for several minutes before being carted off the field

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