Shields man­ag­ing to help Sox, self

Chicago Tribune - - CHICAGO SPORTS - By Phil Rogers Phil Rogers is a free­lance re­porter for the Chicago Tri­bune.

James Shields de­liv­ered length for the White Sox on Fri­day night, pitch­ing into the sev­enth in­ning for the third time in his last four starts.

It was the kind of out­ing he needs to re­peat af­ter the All-Star break if he is to be in play at the trade dead­line.

Man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria said be­fore Fri­day night’s 9-6 vic­tory over the Roy­als that teams are in­quir­ing about the start­ing pitcher. Gen­eral man­ager Rick Hahn had said the same thing Mon­day.

Shields is 4-10 with a 4.43 ERA in 126 in­nings. The Sox have an op­tion on his con­tract for 2019 but are un­likely to ex­er­cise it. He gave up eight runs in 52⁄3 in­nings in Hous­ton in his last start.

“One thing I’ve been re­ally happy about this sea­son is that every time I’ve had a bad game I’ve come back with a good game,” Shields said. “Hope­fully we can string to­gether some wins.”

About time: Jose Abreu’s home run off re­liever Heath Fillmyer in the sixth in­ning was his first since May 27. He has been stuck in one of the worst slumps of his ca­reer but went 2-for-5 against the Roy­als, hit­ting the ball hard all night.

When Abreu sin­gled in the fourth in­ning, Ren­te­ria and oth­ers in the Sox dugout yelled out to ask if Abreu wanted the ball. He ap­pre­ci­ated the hu­mor.

“That was a good mo­ment,” Abreu said. “I was happy. It was my first hit in a few games.

“Ricky is al­ways try­ing to make it fun to re­lax us (and) just make us be con­fi­dent and play the game with joy.”

Roll call: The Sox ex­pect a strong turnout Satur­day from their 1993 team, which will be honored for the 25-year an­niver­sary of its Amer­i­can League West ti­tle.

Among the play­ers and coaches ex­pected to at­tend are Frank Thomas, Tim Raines, Bo Jack­son, Jack McDow­ell, Ozzie Guil­lén, Wil­son Al­varez, Ja­son Bere, Craig Gre­bck, Mike Huff, Lance John­son, War­ren Newson, Dan Pasqua, Gene La­mont and Terry Bev­ing­ton.

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