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White Sox: Five Takeaways from Series Against Orioles

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Aug 7, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder J.B. Shuck (20) watches the home run off the bat of Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (not pictured) during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 7, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder J.B. Shuck (20) watches the home run off the bat of Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (not pictured) during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jose Abreu Has Solid Series

The 2014 AL Rookie of the Year hasn’t had a good season so far for the White Sox. With just 11 home runs before the team’s previous series against the Tigers, Abreu was looking like he wouldn’t finish with more than 20 home runs this season.

After the White Sox series against the Orioles, Abreu appears to be headed in the right direction offensively. Abreu hit two home runs against the Orioles in the series, although both home runs came in losses for the White Sox. The White Sox will need more offensive production from Abreu moving forward, and his game on Sunday provides a glimmer of hope for that.

On Sunday, Abreu collected three hits as he was a triple shy of his first major league cycle. Despite the White Sox losing 10-2 to the Orioles, Abreu was the lone positive offensively for the team. Abreu’s batting average has been steadily trending upward after a poor start to the season, and he’s hitting .275 with 14 home runs and 60 runs batted in. If he can keep up his recent hot stretch, he could find himself with 90 runs batted in by the end of the season.

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