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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox say they have a strong pitch for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Just don’t expect them to sign both star sluggers.General manager Rick Hahn doused that idea Saturday <a title="Willie Mays Jersey" href=" removed link ">Willie Mays Jersey , saying the White Sox aren’t likely to get both premier free agents due to concerns about future payroll flexibility.“These are obviously not the last two free agents that we intend to add in the future,” Hahn said at the team’s annual fan convention. “Having two commitments of the magnitude they’re gonna require on the same roster probably limits your flexibility and might not be the strongest move for us long term.”The White Sox have six straight losing seasons. They went 62-100 last year — the most losses for them since the 1970 team dropped a franchise-record 106.What they’re selling is hope, that they’re poised to turn the corner. Adding a star in his prime at age 26, whether it’s Machado or Harper, could accelerate the rebuild. That’s been the pitch to the offseason’s two biggest free-agent prizes.“The main theme is essentially the chance to be part of something special over an extended period of time in a great city,” Hahn said. “That’s a big part of it. Now, we have to back that up in showing what we have coming and why we believe in this future and the resources behind it, the support we provide our players and the environment and culture that (manager Rick Renteria) has helped cultivate and where we are as an organization. But the gist of it is we’re getting poised to go on a long-term run here, and you’ve got a chance to be part of something special with a great organization.”Harper, the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 MVP, led Washington with 34 homers, 100 RBIs and 130 walks last season. He also tied for the team lead with 103 runs and made the All-Star team for the sixth time in his seven seasons.Machado is a four-time All-Star with 33 or more homers in each of the past four seasons. He hit .297 with 37 homers and 107 RBIs in 162 games, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers win their second straight pennant following a trade from Baltimore on July 18.Machado visited Guaranteed Rate Field in December, a meeting that included slugger Jose Abreu. Chicago acquired Machado’s brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso, in a trade with Cleveland <a title=" removed link " href=" removed link "> removed link , and signed their good friend Jon Jay.The White Sox also bolstered their pitching, adding starter Ivan Nova and relievers Alex Colome and Kelvin Herrera.Hahn said he would be “personally disappointed if we don’t convert” by signing Machado or Harper. Even if the two big prizes on the market go elsewhere, the White Sox believe they are in a better place because of their young players.Infielder Yoan Moncada and pitchers such as Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech — who will miss the season after having Tommy John surgery — have flashed potential in the majors. One of the game’s top hitting prospects, Eloy Jimenez, could debut early in the season. He pounded Double-A and Triple-A pitching last year.Dylan Cease might also join the rotation at some point. The 23-year-old right-hander dominated at Class A and Double-A last year, going a combined 12-2 with a 2.40 ERA and 160 strikeouts over 124 innings.“The minor league system has been doing a great job in trying to get these guys acclimated and ready to make the next step to the big leagues,” Renteria said. “We have now an organization in which competition is vibrant. And competition is good. You have these guys coming to camp this spring. Everybody’s gonna be able to put an eye on them, see what they can bring to the table. … Talent puts us in a really good place moving forward.”Notes: Nicky Delmonico fueled the crosstown rivalry when a boy asked during a kids question-and-answer session which team’s fans annoy him the most. “Cubs fans,” he replied as the crowd cheered. Fellow panelists Tim Anderson, Adam Engel and Yolmer Sanchez agreed. The Milwaukee Brewers are one win away from sweeping the National League Division Series after their4-0victory over the Colorado Rockies in Game 2 at Miller Park on Friday.After their dramatic 10th-inning walk-off in Game 1, the Brewers once again held Colorado's offense at bay. Jhoulys Chacin, starting on three days rest, tossed five shutout innings with three hits, three walks and three strikeouts.Mike Moustakas, who delivered the game-winning single Thursday, carried over his momentum to Game 2. The two-time All-Star went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Christian Yelich made an impact without recording a hit <a title="Barry Bonds Jersey" href=" removed link ">Barry Bonds Jersey , going 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.Meanwhile, offense remains a problem for the Rockies. They have scoredfour runs in three playoff games dating back to the NL Wild Card Game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.Brewers' Bullpen Receives Huge Boost with Jhoulys Chacin's Strong StartMilwaukee manager Craig Counsell went with a bullpen day in Game 1, using six pitchers in 10 innings, so going with Chacin on short rest had the potential to be a disaster.Instead, the former Rockies ace responded with his third straight start of allowing one or fewer runs over at least five innings. He did it Friday under all-new circumstances:Todd Rosiak Todd_RosiakPitching on three days rest for the first time in his career, Jhoulys Chacin threw 85 pitches. Thats the most hes thrown in a start since Aug. 31 (102).In recording the first 15 outs, Chacin allowed Counsell to set up the bullpen how he wanted over the final four innings. Corey Knebel only threw 12 pitches in the sixth after going for 1.2 innings in Game 1.The Rockies were able to get the tying run on third with one out in the top of the seventh. But Joakim Soria struck out Matt Holliday, and Josh Hader only threw two pitches before getting Charlie Blackmon to line out to end the threat.Jeremy Jeffress responded after blowing the save Thursday by allowing two runs in the ninth and had two scoreless innings to close out Game 2.The strength of Milwaukee's pitching staff is the bullpen, but that unit needs starters to eat some of the innings to avoid being taxed early in the playoffs. Chacin gave the Brewers what they needed.Now, the pitching staff gets a day off before trying to finish off the series Sunday. Rockies' Quiet Bats Must Take Advantage of Coors FieldThese aren't your parents' Rockies, who used to be built on a lineup that was capable of scoring 10 runs seemingly at the drop of a hat.Depth has been a significant problem throughout the 2018 campaign. The Rockies had the third-worst weighted on-base average (.289) and the second-worst weighted runs created plus (78) in road games this season, perFanGraphs.Going byBaseball Reference's OPS+, where 100 is average, only Blackmon (115), Trevor Story (127) and Nolan Arenado (133) were above that threshold. That trio is 3-for-23 with two RBI and nine strikeouts against the Brewers.Dave Althouse davealthouseThe Rockies offense in this series... rs95DldlJEMark Haas markhaastvThe #Rockies pitching staff deserves to be heading home with the series at least 1-1. The #Rockies offense deserves to be heading home down 0-2.The results through three playoff games away from Coors Field have been alarming. The Rockies have 21 hits in 32 innings, including one for extra bases in two games against the Brewers.Despite the dire results so far <a title="Madison Bumgarner Jersey" href=" removed link ">Madison Bumgarner Jersey , there is hope. The Colorado offense had an OPS 187 points higher at Coors Field (.852) than on the road (.665).The Brewers will be starting Miley in Game 3. The Rockies hit .272 removed link against southpaws and led MLB with 258 runs scored against them during the regular season.Milwaukee's Timely Hitting Has Rockies Searching for AnswersEven though the Brewers are celebrating a 2-0 series lead, their lineup isn't setting the scoreboard on fire.They did break through with three runs in the eighth inning of Game 2, nearly matching their total from the first 17 innings of the series (four).But baserunning blunders have cost Milwaukee additional runs.Ryan Braun was thrown out trying to score from second on a wild pitch in the first inning of Game 1.On Friday,Hernan Perez was thrown out at third after being caught in a rundown as he attempted a double steal in the bottom of the fourth inning, withRockies starter Tyler Anderson walking a tight rope to keep it a one-run deficit.Unlike the Rockies, though, the Brewers have been able to get timely hits that make up for those blunders. Moustakas and Yelich have carried the offense through the first two games.FOX Sports: MLB MLBONFOXMoose has just gone straight clutch mode for the #Postseason fCJUIg1UG8That duo has combined to go 5-for-13 with one home run, one double, four RBI, four runs scored and five walks. Erik Kratz broke open Game 2 with a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth to make it 4-0.The Rockies couldn't have asked for more from their pitching staff, yet their efforts have been for naught. Coors Field has been their great equalizer this year. German Marquez (14-11, 3.77 ERA) will attempt to keep the Rockies' season alive against Brewers left-hander Wade Miley (5-2, 2.57 ERA) as the series shifts to Coors Field for Game 3 on Sunday at 4:37 p.m. ET.

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