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  • 10 Aug
    CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon was so disgusted with a start earlier in the season he tossed his glove into the stands. It got worse when he sprained his left wrist slipping on the dugout steps as he rushed out for the national anthem.After missing nearly a month, Rodon is starting to show why he was the third overall pick in the 2014 draft with hopes of joining fellow lefty starters Chris Sale and Jose Quintana atop the White Sox rotation.Rodon threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, Jose Abreu homered for a third straight game and Chicago beat the slumping Philadelphia Phillies 9-1 on Tuesday night.Its building up trying to get to Q and Sale, Rodon said. Those guys are very good, top-line starters. Of the left-handers in the game, theyre probably the two best. Id love to be like that.Rodon (4-8) allowed three hits and has a 1.46 ERA in his past four starts after missing most of July. His fastball was consistently at 96 mph and he even worked on a new backdoor slider.Everything he does has effort, and its strength, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. When he has it going on it looks really good. He doesnt need to get away from his strength and physicality is one of them. When he picks around and throws soft stuff hes not as effective.Abreu hit a two-run home run and Justin Morneau followed with a solo shot in the fifth off Jake Thompson (1-3), who gave up seven runs and eight hits in five innings.Adam Eaton tripled, singled and scored twice and Tim Anderson tripled, reached base three times and drove in a run as Chicago built a 9-0 lead in its third straight win.Freddy Galvis hit his 13th home run off Chris Beck in the seventh to end a 17-inning scoreless streak for the Phillies, who have dropped five of seven.Abreu hit 36 homers while winning AL Rookie of the Year in 2014 and 30 last year. Hes up to 17 as he heats up after struggling much of the season. Abreu has five homers and 11 RBI in his past 16 games despite a sore hamstring.This is as good as hes looked all year as far as not chasing stuff, Ventura said.The Phillies, playing on Chicagos South Side for the first time since 2004, managed five hits while Thompson allowed five extra-base hits and four walks in his fourth big league start.The right-hander has yet to pitch past the fifth inning and saw his ERA swell to 9.78. Thompson has walked 13 in 19 1/3 innings.He relies a lot on command, and he hasnt shown that, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. I attribute a lot of that to his youth and inexperience.TRAINERS ROOMPhillies: SS prospect J.P. Crawford (oblique) is back playing for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and is a September call-up candidate.White Sox: RF Avisail Garcia (knee) was activated off the 15-day DL and went 1 for 4 with a double. OF Jason Coats was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte, leaving nine players on the DL. . 2B Brett Lawrie (left hamstring) returned from his rehab assignment because of a setback and was scheduled for tests. . 2B Tyler Saladino (back) was available off the bench.NO HOWARDPhillies 1B Ryan Howard, hitting .107 vs. lefties, was out of the lineup. U.S. Cellular Field is the lone active major league park the former NL MVP hasnt played in.ASHER RETURNSPhillies RHP Alec Asher, serving an 80-game suspension for a positive drug test, gave up one run in one inning Tuesday in the start of a rehab assignment with the Class-A affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.TEBOWINGThe Phillies confirmed they will have a scout at Tim Tebows workout next Tuesday in Los Angeles.ROTATION CHANGE?Ventura said rookie RHP Carson Fulmer, sent to the minors to be stretched into a starter, could join the rotation soon. He allowed one run in four innings Tuesday night for Charlotte.UP NEXTWhite Sox RHP James Shields (5-15, 5.98 ERA) faces RHP Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.91) to close the series Wednesday night. Shields has a 17.36 ERA in four starts this month. Tom Jackson Jersey . -- The boos poured down on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the end of a horrible first half. Dennis Smith Womens Jersey . After slipping from the summit during the week, the Gunners overcame struggling Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlains second-half brace. . P.A. Parenteau scored early in the third period to help the Avs edge Toronto 2-1 on Tuesday night. Cory Sarich also scored for Colorado (3-0-0), which is off to its best ever start. Dre Mont Jones Jersey . 31, the CFL club announced Monday. The team also has yet to decide on the future of Doug Berry, who began the season as a consultant to the head coach but took over the offensive co-ordinators duties in July. Dennis Smith Broncos Jersey . The incident occurred at 19:56 of the second period of the Kings 4-2 road win over Edmonton on Sunday. Nolan punched Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu in the jaw in front of the Kings goal during a scrum. BORDEAUX, France -- Belgium captain Eden Hazard was a noticeable absentee from Tuesdays training session as his team prepared for its quarterfinal match against Wales at the European Championship.Coach Marc Wilmots said that Hazard, who inspired Belgium to its 4-0 victory over Hungary on Sunday, had a muscle problem.Eden felt a slight spasm in the quadriceps at halftime against Hungary, Wilmots said. He is now following an individual program ... and will be back again the day after tomorrow. He will be 100 percent, no problem.Defender Thomas Vermaelen was also absent but he is suspended for Fridays match.After a slow start to the tournament, Belgium is finally living up to its favorites tag. The manner in which it swept aside Hungary in the round of 16 has put the team firmly back to the top of the list of contenders.Belgium reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup two years ago, losing to Argentina, and is keen to go even further in this tournament.I dont want to belong to any category, we simply play each match to win it, Wilmots said. Weve had two quarterfinals in four years, thats already not bad. And now we have just one obsession, to reach the final.But between what you want and what you dream .dddddddddddd... Weve seen in the past few days that there is no easy match. Will France beat Iceland? Im not so sure. You have to be wary of everyone.First up for Belgium is Wales and star forward Gareth Bale, who has scored three goals in the tournament.He has a free role, we will have to play compact, Wilmots said. But its not just one player we have to worry about. Everyone knows his role well and his growth in power.Against Hungary, Belgium missed several chances before scoring a late flurry of goals.Wilmots made it clear that his players need to be more clinical, so they can be at ease quicker.Belgiums forwards have lightning pace, but Wilmots insists his side will not sit back and wait to hit Wales on the counterattack.Im going to watch some Wales matches this afternoon, Wilmots said. But from their past matches, Wales will sit back and wait for us with five defenders. We could also wait and see how they will react but thats not part of our philosophy.We have to be calm and patient. We have to take our game to Wales and try to pierce their defense. ' ' '