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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gavin Sheets doubled twice and drove in two runs, and the Chicago White Sox held on for a 5-3 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

Dylan Cease allowed one run in five innings for his third consecutive win. The major league leader in strikeouts per nine innings, Cease (7-3) had only four against San Francisco – his fewest since May 24 – and overcame LaMonte Wade Jr.

’s home run leading off the first to improve to 4-1 in seven road starts.

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“It wasn’t my sharpest and I wasn’t able to go deep because I didn’t execute well, I didn’t get ahead, but I kept us in there so it was good enough,” said Cease, who earlier in the day was named AL Pitcher of the Month for June. “It definitely could have been worse. Being able to keep us in it, get through five, it’s definitely good.”

Tanner Banks followed Cease with two scoreless innings. Joe Kelly retired three hitters and Kendall Graveman pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Tim Anderson added two hits for Chicago. Yoán Moncada and Leury García each drove in runs as the White Sox beat the Giants for the 10th time in 12 games.

“We put the ball in play, guys were aggressive running the bases and then we had a couple big swings by (Sheets),” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.

San Francisco scored a run in the ninth and had the tying runners on base with two outs before Graveman got Mike Yastrzemski to ground out.

After Anderson’s infield single leading off the fourth, Andrew Vaughn reached on a fielding error by Giants first baseman Brandon Belt. Sheets followed with a double off pitcher Logan Webb that went over the head of left fielder Joc Pederson, who initially broke in on the ball. Moncada followed with an RBI single past a drawn-in infield.

“The second time through we had a better game plan of how we wanted to attack (Webb) and try to get the ball in play,” Sheets said. “He’s got a ton of sink and a ton of movement so we just had to grind out some at-bats. Once we got that first at-bat off of him, our game plan changed a little bit and it was better.”

García, who delivered the game-winning hit in Friday’s 1-0 win, drove in a run with a fielder’s choice grounder in the sixth. A second run scored on the play when shortstop Donovan Walton’s throw sailed over the head of Webb, who was covering first base.

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Webb (7-3) allowed six hits and five runs (three earned) in six innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Wade homered on Cease’s second pitch of the game — on LaMonte Wade Jr. Bobblehead Day at Oracle Park. It’s the third career leadoff home run for Wade.

The Giants have lost nine of 12.

WHITE SOX ’PEN NEEDS RELIEF

Graveman picked up saves in back-to-back games for the first time this season, but will likely be on the shelf Sunday after pitching in consecutive high leverage situations. Same goes for Banks and Kelly, both of whom pitched on Friday. With closer Liam Hendriks not due back off the injured list until Monday, the White Sox will have to scramble to find someone to close Sunday’s game if a save situation comes up. “We’re going to have to win with a different bullpen, which is OK,” La Russa said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: OF Adam Engel (right hamstring strain) continues to do some running and has not suffered any setbacks.

UP NEXT

Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (4-4, 5.19 ERA) faces San Francisco on Sunday for the first time since 2017 when he allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings. Giolito has one victory in his previous six starts overall. RHP John Brebbia (3-1, 2.70), who has pitched primarily out of the bullpen this season, will make his second start for the Giants.

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Proposed Bulls Trade Brings Back Demolition Man & Son of Former All-Star

Getty Kenyon Martin Jr.

At some point, you’d have to think the Chicago Bulls will trade Coby White.

The team has an abundance of guards with Lonzo Ball (if healthy), Zach LaVine, Goran Dragic, Ayo Dosunmu, and Alex Caruso.

If Chicago is healthy (a big if), there just isn’t a ton of minutes available for White. The 22-year-old is too talented and valuable for the Bulls not to get something back for him. Early attempts to move White didn’t render attractive offers. Perhaps the Bulls could find a fit for him on a young team looking to clear as much salary as possible.

White can be a free agent after this season, though his deal has a team option following the 2022-23 campaign. The Houston Rockets might be the right fit for such a deal. Here is a proposed deal that works financially and makes sense for both teams.

  • Bulls Get: Kenyon Martin Jr., David Nwaba, and a 2024 second-round pick
  • Rockets Get: Coby White and second a 2025 second-round pick
What’s In it For the Bulls?

Martin would be the biggest potential get for the Bulls. The 21-year-old son of former NBA All-Star Kenyon Martin is a budding stretch-4 with impressive athleticism and a developing three-point shot.

Martin recently asked to be traded after the Rockets drafted Smith as he may see himself in a situation similar to White in Chicago. In Martin’s second NBA season, he played in 79 games (2 starts) he averaged 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and made just under 36% of his threes. Martin is a little smallish for the 4 spot at 6-foot-6, but that appears to be the style Chicago wants to go after for the power forward position.

There’s a chance Martin could be a solid fit to back up Patrick Williams. As of now, the Bulls don’t have a strong candidate to back up Williams. Derrick Jones (6-foot-5) is even smaller than Martin, and Javonte Green is even shorter at 6-foot-4.

Nwaba is a throw-in to make things work financially, but the ever-scrappy was a bit of a fan favorite during his first stint with the Bulls. He was affectionately referred to as “Demolition Man” by Bulls announcer Stacey King.

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The 29-year-old’ athleticism and strength allow him to defend and play bigger than his 6-foot-5 frame. Nwaba doesn’t back down from anyone, and he had arguably the best season of his career with the Bulls during the 2017-18 season. Nwaba played 70 games that year with 21 starts, averaging 7.9 points per contest.

If he could provide some minutes at either forward spot, toughness, and veteran leadership, Nwaba could be an excellent addition to the Bulls’ bench.

Both Martin and Nwaba are set to be free agents after the 2023-24 season.

What’s In It For The Rockets?

The Rockets have an extremely young core with Jabari Smith, Jalen Green, and perhaps Kevin Porter Jr. Like the Bulls, the Rockets have a lot of guards, but White would be arguably the most accomplished of the bunch. Still, he figures to be in a reserve role on this team.

The Rockets want to clear as much cap space as possible as they continue to rebuild. White coming off the books at the end of the season should be attractive to the Rockets. Houston could shed the additional salary owed to Martin (partially guaranteed) to Martin and Nwaba while getting a motivated White for a season without disturbing their rebuilding plans.

Houston could sign and trade White if he has a strong season to procure even more assets from the deal once everything is said and done.

This trade may not light the lamp for Bulls fans today, but it is the kind of realistic trade that could help fill out the roster while allowing Chicago to add a youthful, athletic player with some upside like Martin.

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