Chicago White Sox come up short despite late rally in 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees

NEW YORK — Chicago White Sox starter Mike Clevinger felt “really strong” in the first three innings of Friday’s outing against the New York Yankees.

“Hit a little wall in the fourth again,” Clevinger said. “That’s kind of been kryptonite.”

The Yankees scored twice in the inning against the right-hander and led the rest of the way, beating the Sox 4-2 in front of a sellout crowd of 46,025 at Yankee Stadium.

Clevinger allowed three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 4 2/3 innings in his third start of the season.

“This one came in a little bit stronger,” he said. “And just need to get past that wall around 50 pitches.”

His velocity was slightly up — averaging 93.4 mph with a max of 95.8 mph. But he’s looking to carry that longer in future outings. After going two-plus innings in his first start on May 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays , Clevinger has lasted 4 2/3 innings in each of the last two outings.

“I just want to be able to hold velocity, hold stuff,” Clevinger said. “Had it the first three (innings) and then watched it shrink down there in the fourth quite a bit and then in the fifth, kind of laboring again. Just trying to hold that.”

Clevinger surrendered a solo home run to Aaron Judge in the first inning. The 433-foot blast, which had an exit velocity of 114.4 mph, ended a consecutive scoreless streak for the Sox at 19 innings.

New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) tags out Chicago White Sox's Zach Remillard on a pickoff during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres tags out Chicago White Sox runner Zach Remillard on a pickoff during the fifth inning on Friday, May 17, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

The Sox tied it in the third inning on an RBI single by Andrew Vaughn, but the Yankees retook the lead with two runs in the fourth.

Judge walked and moved to second when Martín Maldonado couldn’t corral a Clevinger changeup, resulting in a passed ball.

Alex Verdugo drove Judge in with a double to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Verdugo scored when Giancarlo Stanton followed with another double.

Clevinger exited after allowing a two-out double to Juan Soto — and an intentional walk to Judge — in the fifth.

“I thought Clevinger threw the ball well for the first three innings,” manager Pedro Grifol said. “I thought he ran out of gas a little bit, but he kept pitching and made some good pitches. He’s building. He’s just getting stronger and stronger as we go.”

Clevinger is 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA in his three starts.

“He’s got definitely a lot in the tank for capacity to be filled,” Grifol said. “He was strong, his velocity was up early. And then he was able to dig a little deep there in that last inning and make some good pitches. But at that point, it was time to bring (Tanner Banks) in.

“If he gets Soto out, I’m sending him back out for at least one hitter (in the sixth). Just because I wanted him to get that up/down. We have to continue to build him. We’ve got to get him in a position where he can consistently give us five, six, seven innings like he’s capable of.”

Banks surrendered a solo home run to Stanton in the sixth, as the Yankees extended their lead to 4-1.

Vaughn collected another RBI single in the eighth, and Gavin Sheets followed with a pinch-hit double to give the Sox second and third with one out.

The Yankees went to left-hander Caleb Ferguson to face lefty Andrew Benintendi.

“I considered (right-handed hitter Korey) Lee,” Grifol said. “We talked about that early on before the game, but Ferguson is a reverse split for us. I like the matchup with (Benintendi) putting the ball in play.”

Ferguson struck out Benintendi and got Corey Julks to line out to right. Zach Remillard drew a two-out walk in the ninth, bringing up Tommy Pham — who had singles in the first and fifth and a double in the eighth. But Clay Holmes struck out Pham to end the game.

“We played good baseball, they just outplayed us,” Pham said. “We competed. That’s all you can ask for. Today they came out on the other side.”

The Sox went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Outs on the bases earlier in the game — like Julks getting tagged out trying to go from second to third on a grounder back to the mound in the fourth and Remillard getting picked off second an inning later — also stood out as the Sox fell short in the series opener.

“I feel like we’ve been playing good baseball,” Clevinger said. “Putting things together on both sides of the ball. Still some things we all need to iron out, me especially.”

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Andrew 8, Illiana Christian (Ind.) 0

Burlington Central 8, St. Charles North 5

Burlington Central (22-9): Elliot Alicea 3-run HR.

Cary-Grove 14, Grayslake North 0 (5 innings)

DePaul Prep 11, Antioch 3

Evergreen Park 6, Washington 1

Evergreen (25-10): Cadyn Kummer double, 2 RBIs. School record for most wins in a season.

Geneva 12, Jacobs 3

Geneva (22-8-1): Nate Stempowski 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.

Glenbrook North 8, Stevenson 1

Joliet Catholic 6, East Moline United 4

JCA (26-4): Keegan Farnaus 2-for-3, 2 RBIs.

Lake Forest 3, Crystal Lake South 2

Lake Zurich 11, Deerfield 5

Lake Zurich (16-11): Owen Strahl 4-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs.

Lakes 2, Grant 1

Lakes (17-12, 9-9 Northern Lake County): Owen Klosinski CG, H, 11 Ks. Ethan Jablonski GW RBI in bottom 7th.

Lincoln-Way Central 4, Lincoln-Way East 3

Naperville North 4, Oswego East 2

New Trier 2, Libertyville 1

Normal Community 11, Providence 1

Oak Forest 6, Oak Lawn 1

Tinley Park 7, Shepard 0

Tinley (19-12): Matt Wnukowski 6 IP, H, 12 Ks. Nolan Maciejewski 3-for-3, 2 doubles, 2 runs, RBI.

West Chicago 11, East Aurora 2

Wheaton St. Francis 5, Bartlett 2

Willowbrook 10, Lincoln-Way West 9 (10 innings)

Lincoln-Way West (26-4): Anthony Massa 5-for-6, 4 RBIs.


Homewood-Flossmoor 5, Hinsdale Central 3

H-F (16-16): Arthur Stamps 2-for-3, double, 2 runs, RBI.

St. Laurence 5, Brother Rice 1



North Shore 10, Rochelle Zell 0 (6 innings)


St. Edward 9, Ida Crown 0

St. Edward (13-19): Jack Cozzi CG, 11 Ks.


Sandburg d. Providence 21-25, 25-21, 25-21

Sandburg (22-12): Jeremiah Aro 20 kills.


Lockport d. St. Rita 25-17, 25-13

Lyons d. Lockport 24-26, 25-21, 18-16




St. Charles North 3, Batavia 0


Barrington 3, Dundee-Crown 0


Naperville North 2, Waubonsie Valley 1

Naperville North (13-5-4): Claire DeCook GW goal.


Geneva 1, Wheaton Warrenville South 0 (SO)


Huntley 1, Mundelein 0 (SO)


Homewood-Flossmoor 2, Lincoln-Way West 1 (SO)


Andrew 7, Joliet West 0

Lincoln-Way Central 2, Sandburg 0


Lockport 3, Oswego East 0

Lockport (24-0): Brinlee McNabb goal. Emma Czech 3 assists.


Lincoln-Way East 3, Marist 0


St. Charles East 4, South Elgin 3

St. Charles East (16-4-6): Anika Dodril GW goal. Mackenzie Loomis 3 goals.


Libertyville 2, Stevenson 0

Libertyville (13-4-1): Shea Krakowski goal. Sydney Krukonis goal.


Warren 8, Hampshire 1

Warren (13-7-1): Kimberly White 2 goals. Addison Stanciak 2 goals.


Plainfield North 3, Benet 1

Benet (16-4-1): Audrey Eiseman goal.



Crystal Lake Central 6, Wauconda 0


Burlington Central 7, Woodstock North 0


Lake Forest 1, Lakes 0 (SO)


Tinley Park 5, Washington 0


Providence 6, Marian Catholic 1


Evergreen Park 2, St. Laurence 1

Evergreen (10-8-2): Jade Rubalcava goal. First regional championship in school history.


Vernon Hills 1, Deerfield 0



Naperville North 9, Hersey 7

Evanston 5, Lincoln-Way East 4

Lyons 10, York 6

Stevenson 16, St. Ignatius 6


Burlington Central 9, Kaneland 1

Burlington Central (15-18): Danielle Durkcel 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs.

De La Salle 5, Marian Catholic 0

De La Salle (19-14): Analise Francios triple, 2 RBIs.

Dundee-Crown 16, Conant 5

Dundee-Crown (18-15): Jordyn Jeffs 4-for-5, double, 2 runs, 3 RBIs. McKayla Anderson 2-for-6, HR, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.

Glenbard North 12, Naperville North 3

Lake Zurich 7, Vernon Hills 6

Lake Zurich (15-11): Morgan Lesniewicz 3-for-4, double, 2 runs, RBI.

Lincoln-Way Central 4, Huntley 0

Lincoln-Way Central (29-4): Bella Dimitrijevic no-hitter, 17 Ks. Lucy Cameron HR, 3 RBIs.

Lincoln-Way West 7, Munster (Ind.) 6

Lincoln-Way West (19-9): Peyton Cusack GW single in bottom 7th. Reese Rourke HR, 3 RBIs.

Marist 4, Lake Central (Ind.) 3

Marist (29-3): Caroline O’Brien 3-for-4, 2 HRs, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.

Mundelein 6, Grant 3

Oak Forest 10, Oak Lawn 3

Providence 14, Bolingbrook 2 (5 innings)

Providence (20-8): Abby Johnson 2-for-4, triple, 3 runs, 2 RBIs.

Warren 1, Taft 0

St. Charles North 7, South Elgin 1

St. Charles North (19-6): Mackenzie Patterson 2-for-4, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.

Sycamore 11, Jacobs 0



Richmond-Burton 1, Aurora Central Catholic 0



Newark 4, St. Edward 0

Newark (24-4): Kodi Rizzo CG, H, 16 Ks.




Andrew 10, Stagg 4

Antioch 10, Round Lake 0 (5 innings)

Antioch (12-18, 6-11 Northern Lake County): Caiden Mentkowski 3-for-3, double, 3 RBIs.

Crete-Monee 14, Thornridge 0 (4 innings)

Grayslake Central 7, Wauconda 1

Grant 5, Lakes 3

Lake Zurich 4, Cary-Grove 0

Lake Zurich (15-11): Cole Kenyon CG, H, 10 Ks.

Lincoln-Way West 11, Bradley-Bourbonnais 0 (5 innings)

Lincoln-Way West (26-3, 6-2 SWSC Red): Jack Linko 2-for-3, double, HR, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.

McHenry 13, Stevenson 3 (5 innings)

Mundelein 6, Glenbrook North 3

Mundelein (21-7): Finn O’Malley triple, 2 RBIs.

Oak Lawn 11, Bremen 1 (5 innings)

Oak Lawn (13-14, 9-8 SSC Red): Ivan Gonzalez 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.

Oswego 3, Oswego East 2 (8 innings)

Plainfield North 1, Yorkville 0

Riverside-Brookfield 10, Streamwood 0

Streator 7, Plano 6

T.F. South 7, Evergreen Park 2

Warren 10, Zion-Benton 0 (5 innings)


Championship Bracket

Lockport 10, Lemont 0 (6 innings)

Lockport (19-12-1): Bryce Flood 2-for-3, double, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.

Sandburg 3, Montini 2 (11 innings)

Sandburg (19-10): Nick Morsovillo GW single in bottom 11th.

Consolation Bracket

Brother Rice 6, Maine South 5

Brother Rice (17-16): Ryan Hartz GW 2-run single in bottom 7th.

Mount Carmel 2, St. Rita 1


Waubonsie Valley 10, Naperville Central 2

Waubonsie (21-9): Shane Torres 2 RBIs.



Leo 22, Corliss 1 (4 innings)


Stillman Valley 7, Sandwich 4


Coal City 7, Beecher 6


North Boone 6, Aurora Central Catholic 4



Westminster Christian 2, Aurora Christian 1


Ida Crown 11, Elgin Academy 8


Serena 7, Yorkville Christian 3




Local winners: 110 hurdles: Kamil Koko, Marist, 14.67. 300 hurdles: Dylan McDonnell, Brother Rice, 40.15. Pole vault: T.J. Girzadas, Marist, 13-1.75. Triple jump: Tray Herron, Argo, 44-37.50.


Top local team: 2. West Aurora 96.

Local winners: 100: Kenneth Cooley, East Aurora, 10.57. 200: Cooley, East Aurora, 22.04. 800: Nathan Gehrmann, West Aurora, 1:58.18. 1,600: Austin Brown, Metea, 4:19. 110 hurdles: Sere Iranloye, West Aurora, 15.17. 300 hurdles: Thomas Woodard, Batavia, 40.56. 400 relay: Dundee-Crown, 41.59. 800 relay: Dundee-Crown, 1:27.87. 3,200 relay: Batavia, 7:58.16. Discus: Arnold Walker, East Aurora, 168-4.50. High jump: Kewon Marshall, West Aurora, 6-4.75. Pole vault: Nathan McLoughlin, St. Charles North, 15-1.50. Long jump: Ethan Zagore, South Elgin, 23-0.



Top team: Evergreen Park 138.5

Winners: 100: Luke Leverett, Providence, 10.96. 200: Kenyatta Hope, Evergreen, 22.90. 400: Tyrell Major, Evergreen, 50.96. 800: Cormontie Robinson, Thornridge, 2:01.72. 1,600: Nathan Ciarlette, Joliet Catholic, 4:34.52. 3,200: Rocco Cipolla, Evergreen, 9:56.29. 110 hurdles: Amauree Williams, Southland Prep, 14.78. 300 hurdles: Williams, Southland, 39.71. 400 relay: JCA, 42.96. 800 relay: Evergreen, 1:31.49. 1,600 relay: Southland, 3:27.22. 3,200 relay: JCA, 8:40.89. Shot put: Nate Magrini, JCA, 46-10.25. Discus: Eduardo Antunez, Evergreen, 154-3.50. High jump: Dimetri Bradley, Evergreen, 5-10.75. Pole vault: Roderick Shepard, Tinley, 9-10. Long jump: Tylan Landfair, Tinley, 21-6.25. Triple jump: Landfair, Tinley, 44-10.50.


Top team: De La Salle 119.

Local winners: 100: David Coffey, De La Salle, 10.95. 800: Hugo Rincon, Mount Carmel, 2:05.58. 110 hurdles: Josiah Jones, De La Salle, 16.18. 300 hurdles: Victor Friar, Mount Carmel, 43.15. 400 relay: De La Salle, 43.70. 800 relay: De La Salle, 1:31.62. Shot put: John Keller, De La Salle, 41-8.25. Long jump: Justin Phillips, St. Rita, 20-8. Triple jump: Ryan Talty, St. Rita, 42-1.50.


Homewood-Flossmoor d. Stagg 25-22, 18-25, 25-20

Lake Zurich d. Huntley 25-15, 25-16

Lincoln-Way Central d. Andrew 25-13, 25-17

Lincoln-Way East d. Bolingbrook 25-22, 25-21

Sandburg d. Lockport 25-22, 25-23



Lyons 10, New Trier 9 (2 OT)

Whitney Young co-op 19, Fremd 10

Naperville North 12, Lincoln-Way East 10

Stevenson 9, York 8


Andrew 17, Stagg 1 (4 innings)

Antioch 15, Round Lake 0  (4 innings)

Cary-Grove 12, Libertyville 2 (5 innings)

Dundee-Crown 3, Carmel 1

Dundee-Crown (17-15): McKayla Anderson CG, H, 13 Ks.

Evergreen Park 10, T.F. South 4

Grayslake Central 11, Wauconda 9

Grayslake Central (15-12, 7-5 Northern Lake County): Eliza Piggott HR, 3 RBIs.

Larkin 4, Elmwood Park 0

Lemont 7, Argo 4

Lemont (23-10, 18-1 SSC Blue): Raegan Duncan 3-for-3, double, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.

Lincoln-Way Central 10, Riverside-Brookfield 6 (8 innings)

Lincoln-Way Central (28-4): Alexis Youngren 2-for-4, HR, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.

Lincoln-Way West 10, Bradley-Bourbonnais 0 (5 innings)

Lincoln-Way West (18-9, 5-3 SWSC Red): Olivia Calderone 2-for-3, 2 HRs, 2 runs, 4 RBIs.

Lockport 5, Lincoln-Way East 3

Lockport (24-8, 8-0 SWSC Blue): Rheanna Slavicek 2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs.

Oak Lawn 11, Bremen 1

Oak Lawn (16-12, 8-8 SSC Red): Kamya Fiegl 3 RBIs.

St. Charles North 10, West Chicago 0 (6 innings)

St. Charles North (18-6): Maddie Hernandez 3-for-4, 3 runs.

Sandburg 9, Homewood-Flossmoor 0

Warren 10, Grayslake North 5

West Aurora 4, Plainfield South 2


Metea Valley 6, Naperville Central 2

Metea (16-12): Genevieve Gonzales double, triple, run, 2 RBIs.

Compiled by Josh Krockey.

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Renovation work continues at Montgomery Park

Renovations to Montgomery Park in Montgomery are one step closer to completion with the recent arrival of monuments for veterans and first responders to be placed at the site.

The upgrades to the park, at 301 N. River St. in downtown Montgomery, started in 2018 but were stalled by the pandemic. Work started again late last year and should be complete in time for visitors to enjoy during the annual Montgomery Festival, which is centered at the park and set to run this year from Aug. 16 to 18.

One of the memorials at the park will honor veterans and will fly the American, Illinois and village of Montgomery flags.

A few yards away will be a memorial for first responders and essential workers. Montgomery Village President Matt Brolley thinks that memorial is a well-timed tribute to local first responders and essential workers due to their work during the pandemic. The monument is the first of its kind in the region, officials said.

Village officials have said the design process for the monuments was a long one and was a collaborative process of many groups.

The village held focus groups and one-on-one interviews with several stakeholder groups, including veterans representing several military branches, first responders and other essential workers. Together these individuals contributed to the words and images to be depicted on the monuments being placed in Montgomery Park, officials have said.

Workers from Sure-Set Monument Service recently prepare to set one of two new monuments at Montgomery Park in Montgomery. The monuments, one of which will honor veterans and the other first responders and essential workers, are part of improvements being made to the park. (Judy Pochel / For The Beacon-News)
Workers from Sure-Set Monument Service recently prepare to set one of two new monuments at Montgomery Park in Montgomery. The monuments, one of which will honor veterans and the other first responders and essential workers, are part of improvements being made to the park. (Judy Pochel / For The Beacon-News)

State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, helped secure a $200,000 state grant to help pay for the improvements at the park.

In addition, a $10,000 ComEd Green Region Open Lands grant will help with shoreline restoration work that is part of the park renovation project.

The overall price of the renovations is $510,000 and was funded largely by funds from the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, village officials said.

The park itself is owned by the Fox Valley Park District. The village of Montgomery approved an intergovernmental agreement with the district for the renovation project.

Judy Pochel is a freelance reporter for The Beacon-News.

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Former OpenAI leader says safety has ‘taken a backseat to shiny products’ at the company

A former OpenAI leader who resigned from the company earlier this week said Friday that safety has “taken a backseat to shiny products” at the influential artificial intelligence company.

Jan Leike, who ran OpenAI’s “Superalignment” team alongside a company co-founder who also resigned this week, wrote in a series of posts on the social media platform X that he joined the San Francisco-based company because he thought it would be the best place to do AI research.

“However, I have been disagreeing with OpenAI leadership about the company’s core priorities for quite some time, until we finally reached a breaking point,” wrote Leike, whose last day was Thursday.

An AI researcher by training, Leike said he believes there should be more focus on preparing for the next generation of AI models, including on things like safety and analyzing the societal impacts of such technologies. He said building “smarter-than-human machines is an inherently dangerous endeavor” and that the company “is shouldering an enormous responsibility on behalf of all of humanity.”

“OpenAI must become a safety-first AGI company,” wrote Leike, using the abbreviated version of artificial general intelligence, a futuristic vision of machines that are as broadly smart as humans or at least can do many things as well as people can.

Open AI CEO Sam Altman wrote in a reply to Leike’s posts that he was “super appreciative” of Leike’s contributions to the company was “very sad to see him leave.”

Leike is “right we have a lot more to do; we are committed to doing it,” Altman said, pledging to write a longer post on the subject in the coming days.

The company also confirmed Friday that it had disbanded Leike’s Superalignment team, which was launched last year to focus on AI risks, and is integrating the team’s members across its research efforts.

Leike’s resignation came after OpenAI co-founder and chief scientist Ilya Sutskever said Tuesday that he was leaving the company after nearly a decade. Sutskever was one of four board members last fall who voted to push out Altman — only to quickly reinstate him. It was Sutskever who told Altman last November that he was being fired, but he later said he regretted doing so.

Sutskever said he is working on a new project that’s meaningful to him without offering additional details. He will be replaced by Jakub Pachocki as chief scientist. Altman called Pachocki “also easily one of the greatest minds of our generation” and said he is “very confident he will lead us to make rapid and safe progress towards our mission of ensuring that AGI benefits everyone.”

On Monday, OpenAI showed off the latest update to its artificial intelligence model, which can mimic human cadences in its verbal responses and can even try to detect people’s moods.

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‘Fully involved’ dumpster fire reported on construction site of The Clove, $150M redevelopment in Buffalo Grove

The Buffalo Grove Fire Department is investigating the cause of a blaze that broke out Friday afternoon on The Clove construction site in the northwest suburb.

The Clove is a sprawling $150 million redevelopment being built that is planned to include 297 luxury residences, retail and dining establishments, and park space.

According to a village news release, at around 2:30 p.m. Friday, firefighters were called to the site, in the 200 block of McHenry Road, on a report of “a large garbage trailer on fire.”

“Upon arrival, firefighters confirmed a large open top semi-truck dumpster was fully involved,” the release states.

The fire and smoke were directly affecting the seven-story residential building being constructed on the site, the release states. But, the fire department took measures to strike the fire “quickly” so it did not fully spread to the building.

The building was evacuated and no injuries were reported, authorities stated in the release.

The Clove is where the Buffalo Grove Town Center retail strip once stood. Kensington Development Partners purchased the 22-acre site in 2020 looking to create a modern central entertainment and residential district. After years of being plagued with vacancies, the Town Center was partially demolished in August 2022 to make way for the new $150 million mixed-use redevelopment project.

Several restaurants are already open at the location, and the planned 297-unit luxury residential building and green space are also part of the redevelopment plans.

Buffalo Grove officials told Pioneer Press in late 2023 that the construction project was on schedule, with a grocery store that is to anchor the site, anticipated to open this summer. The apartment building had expected to be completed before the close of 2026.

It was not immediately clear Friday how or if the fire may impact the construction timeline.

Village Manager Dane Bragg previously called The Clove “the largest redevelopment project in the history of Buffalo Grove.”

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