WHITE SOX HOST ASTROS, ROYALS FOR THE FIRST TIME

The White Sox haven’t played the Royals yet, but will see plenty of them coming up. Including this three-game set, the White Sox travel to Kansas City for a four-game series after the 10-game homestand.

WHITE SOX TRIPLE-A PROSPECT TIM ANDERSON EARNS BATTER OF WEEK HONORS

Staying patient could be hard for the White Sox if Anderson — named the International League batter of the week Monday after he .432 with three home runs and six RBIs in eight games — continues to perform like this.

“He certainly has the ability and the raw talent,” Hahn said. “At the same time, when we drafted this kid out of a junior college only a couple years removed from playing basketball primarily as opposed to baseball, we felt that he was going to be a level-to-level guy and spend if not a full season, close to a full season at each level. If we were to stick with that original plan then he’s slated for Charlotte this year. The good ones have a way of forcing that timeframe up a little bit and Tim’s certainly in our opinion is one of the good ones. So we’ll see what happens.”

Much like most of the Knights’ offense, Anderson got out to a slow start at Charlotte. His OPS currently stands at .672 even after a fantastic week in which he scored 12 runs, had five multi-hit games and homered in three straight games.

Anderson has a .761 career OPS, with 99 extra-base hits and 91 steals in 1,365 professional plate appearances. He spent all of the 2013 season at Single-A Kannapolis and the majority of 2014 at Single-A Winston-Salem. He received a late promotion in 2014 to Double-A Birmingham and stayed there for all of the 2015 season.

While Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones — in true Jerry Jones fashion — said earlier this month his team won’t put former Jaylon Smith on injured reserve, it looks clear the former Notre Dame star linebacker won’t play in 2016.

The issue with Smith is waiting for the peroneal nerve in his left knee to “wake up.” Once that happens — and the prevailing sense out of Dallas is that it will — Smith should be ready to return to the field, most likely sometime in 2017.

Ultimately, the Yankees scored four times against White Sox relievers in their final three times at bat.

Zach Duke surrendered a go-ahead, two-run shot to Carlos Beltran in the sixth, the 400th home run of the outfielder’s career putting the Yankees ahead 5-4. Chase Headley’s pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh off Matt Albers broke a 5-all tie. And Brian McCann added a critical insurance run with a solo homer off Nate Jones in the eighth.

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