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CHICAGO — There’s little doubt Yoán Moncada has put up All-Star-worthy numbers during the first half of the 2019 season.

But the White Sox third baseman has no disappointment over not being selected to play this Tuesday for the American League in Cleveland.

“No, not really. I did all that I had to do,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “That was something I couldn’t control. It wasn’t on me. I had a very good first half. That’s what mattered for me. I’m very happy with it.”

Moncada, 24, struck out a Major League-leading 217 times and posted a .714 OPS during his first full season in the Majors in 2018. Although he knocked out 17 home runs, 32 doubles, and six triples, the young switch-hitter was determined to put in the work this offseason to improve.

That work has definitely paid dividends. Moncada closed out the first half slashing .308/.364/.544, with 18 doubles, 16 homers, 48 RBIs and 49 runs. Over his last 14 games, Moncada has featured a .385 average.

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.@ymoncada19 extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games this afternoon. His streak is the longest active hitting streak in Major League Baseball.

“I put my best effort in the first half. I worked hard. I was able to carry over all the work that I put in during the offseason,” Moncada said. “I worked a lot than to have a better season overall, not just the first half. And I’m very confident I’ll be able to carry this to the second half, too.

“I’ve said this before, and everything is part of the process. You need to keep learning every day because every day you learn something new. Every time you learn something new, you try to apply it the next day. That’s what I’ve been doing. I’m just trying to learn as much as I can every day.”

So what’s the next part of the process for Moncada? He has a couple of pretty basic but elite goals.

“Being an All-Star. We couldn’t do it this year. Maybe next year,” Moncada said. “And of course, be a champion.”

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Tim Anderson is putting his legs — and wallet — to good use on and off the field.

The 25-year-old White Sox shortstop is donating $500 each time he steals a base this season, with proceeds going to his anti-violence foundation, he announced in an Instagram post. Anderson leads Major League Baseball with 12 stolen bases.

“With EVERY stolen base I swipe this season, I personally pledge $500 to help steal away from senseless violence within our communities,” he wrote in the post Wednesday.

In conjunction with his donations, he started a pledgeit.org drive seeking $25,000. As of Thursday afternoon, it had raised $1,665.

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Chicago White Sox slugger Eloy Jiménez and pitcher Nate Jones have both been placed on the 10-day injured list, the team announced Sunday.

Jiménez, who has three home runs so far this season, was injured during Friday’s game when he sprained his ankle while jumping for a fly ball at Guaranteed Rate Field. The outfielder has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, and will miss at least 10 days due to the injury.

Jones, who has an 0-1 record and a 3.48 ERA in 13 games this season, was placed on the injured list with inflammation in his right elbow, according to the team.

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Everybody likes to ask the same question this time of year: How many wins?

In the days leading up to Opening Day, I and everyone else that pays attention to the White Sox have answered that question with best guesses and informed predictions. But all of them have one thing in common. No matter the number, the White Sox win total is not expected to be enough to clinch a postseason berth.

And the truth is that expectation exists because the White Sox are still in the thick of their rebuilding process. And these things take time. On the other side of town, the Cubs had five straight fifth-place finishes before their ascent in 2015. Down in Texas, the Houston Astros averaged 104 losses for four straight seasons before making the playoffs in 2015, then missed the postseason again in 2016 before their championship season in 2017.

Rebuilds take time.

So if the White Sox are most likely destined for another season of development at the major and minor league levels, what does success look like?

Well, for starters, the players in that White Sox clubhouse don’t want to hear about patience and another rebuilding season any more than any anxious member of the fan base. In the early days of spring training, the voices in the clubhouse were talking about focusing on the present as much as the future, about winning now.

“There’s a point in time where it’s s**t or get off the pot, man. I mean, there’s a point where you’ve got to make a turn,” Carlos Rodon, the team’s Opening Day starter here in Kansas City, told Our Chuck Garfien last month. “I’ve been on teams like this before, not in the big leagues, but during my younger baseball career, where they’re OK or weren’t good at all, and there’s a point where the team turned and we became great or just winners. We just came together and it just happened. It’s got to happen soon. We’ve got to start picking up some ground. This is about winning, and I get the whole ‘there’s a process to winning,’ and I agree a hundred percent with Rick (Hahn), but it’s time.”

“We’re about winning here,” starting pitcher Lucas Giolito said last month. “It’s not about trying to win. It’s not ‘Oh we’re feeling it out.’ It’s about winning now. That’s pretty much it. That’s the most fun, when you’re winning. That’s the mindset now. I’m all about it.”

“I want to win every day,” shortstop Tim Anderson said at Camelback Ranch in Arizona. “I’m not worried about the future, I’m worried about right now.”

And so success, for these players, looks like wins. And there’s reason to believe there will be a significant increase in those after the White Sox won just 62 games a season ago. Top-ranked prospect Eloy Jimenez has arrived from the minor leagues and should make a big impact in the middle of the order. Offseason additions in the bullpen (Alex Colome and Kelvin Herrera) and in the lineup (Jon Jay and Yonder Alonso) have undoubtedly made this roster better. Dylan Cease, the No. 3 prospect in the organization, should arrive before the season concludes, providing a summertime jolt to the starting rotation. If Rodon, Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez can find more consistency on that starting staff, if Anderson and Daniel Palka can improve their batting averages and on-base percentages after putting up some good power numbers last season, if the White Sox can take advantage of playing against the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers a combined 38 times.


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