White Sox Send Bassitt to the Hill in Game 2 vs. Royals

September 16, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 4.73) vs RHP Liam Hendricks (1-2, 5.06) for KC.

Bassitt (pictured above) is set to make his third start and fourth career appearance. He had a strong outing his last time out on September 10 vs. the A’s, his second career start. He allowed just one run and five hits over six innings while getting a no decision in a 2-1 Sox victory.

Plays of the Day

John Danks tossed six shutout innings and extended his unbeaten streak vs. the Royals to 15 games in last night’s tough 4-3 loss to KC…the Sox knocked out 13 hits with eight hitters adding to the total…Adam Eaton led the way with three, including a double, and scored twice. Alexei Ramirez had a pair of singles with a run scored, Jose Abreu singled twice as did Avi Garcia, who drove in a run, and Conor Gillaspie also collected an RBI single.

Abreu

Jose is the only American League player to rank in the Top 5 in batting average (3rd, 323), home runs (3rd, 35) and RBI (T3rd,102). He is trying to become the first rookie in history to finish in the Top 5 of the Triple Crown categories and the fifth player in Sox history, joining Joe Jackson (1920), Dick Allen (1972), Frank Thomas (1994) and Albert Belle (1998).

The last rookie to finish in the Top 10 of all three Triple Crown categories was the Dodgers’ Mike Piazza in 1993 while the Twins’ Tony Oliva (1964) was the last AL rookie to do so.

When Abreu hit his 35th homer on Sunday to tie Ron Kittle‘s White Sox rookie record (his 102 RBI are third-most by a Sox rookie) he became just the 10th rookie in baseball history to hit 35 homers in a season. He is tied for sixth all-time with Kittle (1983), Piazza (1993), Hal Trosky (1934) and Rudy York (1937). Jose’s 35 homers are the most by a player in his rookie season since St. Louis’ Albert Pujols hit 37 in 2001.

For the record, Abreu also leads the entire major leagues in OPS (.986) and Slugging Percentage (.602).

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Quote of the Day

Highly respected baseball writer and broadcaster Peter Gammons on Abreu and the Rookie of the Year award.

“…With a possible exception of the pitching of Chris Sale, the biggest story to come out of the Windy City this summer was the bat of Cuban defector, Jose Abreu. On Sunday, Abreu tied the White Sox rookie record for home runs, in a season that has been labeled a significant down year for power. Moreover, Abreu has straight up produced regardless of the home run numbers. With a .322/.384/.604 slashline (through Sunday), Abreu finds himself ranked atop the major hitting categories (MLB: AVG 3rd, OBP 9th, SLG 1st, RBI 5th, HR 4th). Abreu should run away with the vote…”

Jose Can You See…

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Flat Cap Night

This White Sox Irish Flat Cap (presented by Miller Lite) will be given away to the first 20,000 fans 21 and over on September 25 in the opener of the final series of the season.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-3, 1.99) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (12-9, 3.25) for KC.

Photo of the Day

Memories. A night game at Comiskey Park 24 years ago in 1990, the venerable ballpark’s final season.

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Spoiler Alert

Monday, September 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and nine-game, 10-day road trip–the last trip of the season before the final four-game homestand against these same Royals. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-11, 5.05) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (14-7, 3.13) for KC.

With seven games remaining against KC, the Sox are well-positioned to derail the Royals’ playoff hopes. KC is currently 1.5 games behind the Tigers for the American League Central lead and are clinging to the second wild card spot.

Plays of the Day

In yesterday’s loss to the Twins, Jose Abreu led off the ninth inning with home run No. 35, a solo shot, and in the process tied Ron Kittle‘s Sox rookie home run record set in 1983 (click on top photo below). Jose also collected an RBI single, bringing his runs batted in total to 102…Rookie Adrian Nieto hit his second major-league homer and first at home (click on bottom link below)…Conor Gillaspie singled in a run and Alexei Ramirez doubled and scored.

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More Abreu

Abreu homered in back-to-back games for the fourth time this season and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games (.345). Among all AL hitters he ranks first in OPS (.988) and Slugging Percentage (.604), is tied for second in RBI, is third in homers, tied for third in batting average (.322), is fourth in on-base percentage (.384) and tied for seventh in doubles (35).

According to @ckamka, Jose is also the fourth player in White Sox history with 35 doubles and 35 homers in a single season. The others? Frank Thomas (1993, ’97, ’00, ’03), Albert Belle (1998) and Magglio Ordonez (’02).

Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 4.72) vs TBA for KC.

Photo of the Day

Richard Dotson, who won 22 games for the 1983 American League West champion “Winning Ugly” White Sox, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before yesterday’s game. Here, Dot chats with current Sox ace Chris Sale.

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Saturday Magic Gives Sox Shot at Series Sweep

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep vs. Minnesota in the finale of the seven-game homestand after winning both ends of yesterday’s doubleheader. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-9, 4.69) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (2-4, 8.38) for Minny.

Noesi is scheduled to make his 30th appearance and 25th start of the season. He is 3-1 with a 3.47 ERA over his last seven starts. Though he had a quality start in his last outing (September 8 vs. Oakland), allowing three runs and four hits in 6.1 innings pitched, he didn’t factor in the decision.

He is 2-0 with a 3.66 ERA in six career appearances against the Twins. He didn’t get the decision in his last start against Minnesota on September 2 when he gave up three runs in seven innings.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Gillaspie 3B, A. Garcia RF, Wilkins DH, Viciedo LF, Sanchez 2B, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Game 1:

Jose Quintana was at his absolute best in the opener of yesterday’s twin bill (click on top link below) besting Minnesota’s 15-game winner Phil Hughes in the 5-1 Sox win, our third straight triumph. “Q” recorded his eighth victory, tossing seven-plus innings and allowing just a run, three hits and a pair of walks while striking out a career-high 13–at one point fanning six in a row and eight of nine…Alexei Ramirez hit his 15th homer, a two-run shot (click on middle link below), doubled and scored twice…Andy WilkinsMarcus Semien and Tyler Flowers each drove in a run. Wilkins’ RBI single (click on bottom link below) was his first major-league run batted in, Semien’s came when he doubled in a pinch-hitting role and Flowers got credit for an RBI when he was hit by a pitch…Jose Abreu reached base three times. He doubled twice, was hit by a pitch and scored a run.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36220273

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Game 2:

Dayan Viciedo smashed his 21st homer, a two-run shot, in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Sox to a come-from-behind 7-6 walk-off victory, a sweep of the twin bill and a season-tying fourth straight win (click top link below)….Avi Garcia went deep (No. 5) with a three-run blast (click middle link below) and Abreu hit his 34th homer, a solo clout that also was his 100th RBI (click on bottom link below)…after reaching base three times in Game 1, Abreu did so four times in Game 2 as he also singled and walked twice while scoring three times. His second walk was the result of battling through a 14-pitch at-bat against Twins’ closer Glen Perkins and represented the tying run ahead of Tank’s game-winner in the ninth…Conor Gillaspie tied the game at 5-5 with a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh…Michael Taylor singled twice and walked and Semien singled, doubled and scored a run.

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Sox Notes of Note

In Game 1, White Sox pitchers–Quintana, Zach Putnam (2) and Javy Guerra (2)–recorded a season-high 17 strikeouts…Guerra tossed his fourth straight scoreless appearance (4.1 IP)…In Game 2, Abreu became the fourth Sox rookie in history to drive in 100 or more runs n a season…Jose joins Smead Jolley (114, 1930), Zeke Bonura (110, 1934) and Ron Kittle (100, 1983)…Abreu is also only the fourth rookie in MLB history to record 30 doubles, 30 homers and 100 RBI. Hal Trosky (1934), Ted Williams (1939) and Albert Pujols (2001) are the others to accomplish the feat.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Abreu (via Doug Padilla, ESPNChicago.com):

“Just the at-bat Jose had in the last inning, I think that’s indicative of who he is and what he brings to the table. It was a great at-bat leading off an inning against a great closer that he just keeps wearing him out to where he gets a walk. Those are the kinds of things you need to do to win games. He’s that type of player and it sets the tone for that inning…In the end you know he’s the guy you want to put your buck on.”

Bulls Night

Sox fans enjoyed Chicago Bulls Night at the ballpark last night and Bulls’ standout Tony Snell threw out the ceremonial first pitch to catcher Adrian Nieto.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and nine-game, 10-day road trip, the last trip of the season before the final homestand. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-11, 5.05) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (14-7, 3.13) for KC.

Photo of the Day

The big day will be here before you know it.

And, by the way, Paulie took swings in the batting cage yesterday. He felt normal soreness in his hand, but has no doubt that if he doesn’t play in Kansas City this week he will definitely be ready to play against Tampa Bay next weekend (photo courtesy of @scottmerkin).

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Twin Bill

Saturday, September 13, 2014

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Today’s News

Double Dip

It’s White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field in a straight doubleheader today, made necessary by last night’s postponement. The Sox are coming off of the four-game series with Oakland, having won three of the four contests and the final two.

Game 1 (CSN+) will begin at 3:10 p.m. CT. Game 2 (WGN) will start approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game but not before the regularly scheduled 6:10 p.m. CT first pitch (WGN).

First Game Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.37) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (15-9, 3.35) for Minnesota. “Q” is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA and 31 strikeouts over his last five starts vs. the Twins.

Sox Game 1 Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu DH, Gillaspie 3B, A. Garcia RF, Jor. Danks LF, Flowers C, Wilkins 1B, Sanchez 2B.

Second Game Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-10, 4.92) for the Sox, LHP Logan Darnell (0-2, 8.64) for Minny.

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Abreu Notes of Note

Heading into today’s doubleheader, Jose Abreu is among the American League leaders in the following categories. He is also the only AL player to rank in the Top 6 in batting average, home runs and RBI.

Slugging Percentage: 1st, .588 (major-league best as well)

OPS: 2nd, .972

Homers: 3rd, 33

RBI: T4th, 99

On-Base Percentage: T5th, .377

Batting Average: 6th, .317

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Eaton Notes of Note

Adam Eaton is hitting .361 in his last 38 games (16 multi-hit efforts) to raise his average from .265 to .297. Adam leads all AL leadoff hitters in on-base percentage with a .364 mark.

Second-Half Success

The White Sox rank third in the AL with a .259 batting average in the second half of the season. Here are the Sox’ individual second-half leaders:

Batting Average: Abreu (1st, .361), Eaton (2nd, .355)

On-Base Percentage: Abreu (1st, .437), Eaton (3rd, .414)

Slugging Percentage: Tyler Flowers (2nd, .577), Abreu (10th, .511)

OPS: Abreu (4th, .948), Flowers (6th, .929), Eaton (14th, .849)

For Starters…

Sox starting pitchers own a 1.99 ERA over the last seven games. Each start has been quality.

Quote of the Day

Former Dodgers General Manager Fred Claire posted the following yesterday on his Facebook page:

“It seems like just yesterday that the Dodgers drafted a young man from Arizona named Paul Konerko. I remember our key scout in this selection was Eddie Bane and Eddie gave Paul’s makeup and character the highest possible marks. He was right on target. The final season of Derek Jeter has captured national attention while Paul goes about his farewell season in his typical fashion–showing himself as a great leader and one of the most productive hitters of his time while expressing his thanks to the fans and to the team he served with such loyalty. I hope one day to see Paul as a Major League manager because he has so much to offer to an organization.”

Special Visitors

Avi Garcia, Jordan Danks and Southpaw paid a visit yesterday to Ronald McDonald House.

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Kazanas Named “Roland Hemond” Winner

Longtime baseball scout John Kazanas is the recipient of the 2014 Roland Hemond Award, for his act of heroism in helping a family in danger. He will be presented the award by White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf tomorrow in a special pregame ceremony at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox created the Roland Hemond Award in 2003 to honor those who show a tireless dedication to bettering the lives of those around them. The award is bestowed upon those who offer extraordinary personal sacrifice for the benefit of others.

Kazanas has been a White Sox scout for the past 25 years.   Earlier this year, Kazanas was traveling through the state of Arizona on his way to scout the Area Code Baseball Games tryouts when he witnessed a shocking automobile accident on a dangerous stretch of highway referred to as the “white cross highway”–a truck hauling a camper hit a van, sending it rolling multiple times down the highway. Rather than continuing on the road like other motorists, Kazanas stopped to help a woman and her three children out of the van.

In his career, Kazanas has scouted some of the most well-known players, including Sox captain Paul Konerko. In addition to this act of bravery and his baseball contributions to the White Sox, Kazanas has been a model citizen through his selfless service to others. As the award’s recipient, Kazanas will enjoy next year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati as a guest of the White Sox.

“This award celebrates the character and kindness of Roland Hemond, while at the same time showing our appreciation for the unselfish nature of people like John Kazanas,” said Reinsdorf. “John receiving this award embodies Roland’s spirit and honors his commitment and selfless service to the others.”

Volunteer Corps

The White Sox Volunteer Corps hard at work today near the ballpark for a Bike Build event.

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Country Strong

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood paid a visit to the ballpark yesterday. Brooks even took some BP. That’s Robin on the mound.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and seven-game homestand. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-8, 4.28) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (2-4, 8.38) for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

“Hey, that’s me.”

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Sox Take Three of Four From A’s, Minny Series Up Next

Friday, September 12, 2014

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Today’s News

Game Postponed

Tonight’s series opener of a three-game series between the Sox and the Twins has been postponed due to a forecast of rain throughout the evening and rescheduled for tomorrow as part of a straight doubleheader beginning at 3:10 p.m., CT.

The second game of the twin bill will begin approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game but not before the regularly scheduled 6:10 p.m. CT first pitch.

Jose Quintana will start the first game for the Sox. Scott Carroll will go in Game 2.

Comcast SportsNet Chicago Plus will broadcast the opener, while WGN will televise the nightcap as originally scheduled.

Tonight’s White Sox Miller Lite Irish flat cap promotional giveaway has been moved to Thursday, September 25 vs. the Royals. Tomorrow’s Paul Konerko promotional game-worn uniform baseball card, presented by Wintrust Community Trust Bank, will be given to the first 20,000 fans beginning when the gates to the park open at 2:10 p.m., CT.

Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was in his usual Cy Young Award form (click on top link below) and Marcus Semien‘s sixth-inning homer proved to be the difference as the Sox defeated the A’s 1-0 yesterday to take three of four in the series…Sale lowered his American League-leading ERA to 1.99 by tossing eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out nine for his 12th win against just three losses…Semien’s blast (click on bottom link below) was his fourth homer of the season…Jake Petricka came on in the ninth and recorded his 13th save.

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Headline of the Day

From mlb.com after yesterday’s game: 

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Band of Brothers

Hector Noesi, Quintana, Alexei Ramirez and Leury Garcia smile for the camera.

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Center of Attention

Joakim Noah, who threw out the ceremonial pitch before yesterday’s game, chats it up with young Sox–and presumably Bulls–fans in the photo below.

And don’t forget that it’s Chicago Bulls Night tomorrow at U.S. Cellular.

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Quote of the Day

Sale on his miniscule ERA, now under the 2.00 mark:

“It’s cool. I’ve said it a million times. I’m not a numbers guy. I don’t care about any of that stuff — the strikeouts, the ERA, whatever it is. There’s one stat that matters. It’s wins.”

Photo of the Day

The Sox and Cubs front offices played a couple of friendly games of slow-pitch softball last night. I’m happy to report we won both contests. Here are the winners!

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Sale, Sox Seek Series Win

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox look to take three of four from Oakland. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.09) for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir (14-7, 3.42) for the A’s.

Sale leads the American League in ERA, SO/9.0 IP (10.63), ranks second in winning percentage (.789) and WHIP (0.94), third in opponents average (.204) and opponents OPS (.558), fourth in SO/BB ratio (5.72) and sixth in strikeouts (183). He is set to make his 24th start of the season, 15th at home and first against the Athletics.

In his last start, on September 5 at Cleveland, the Sox’ All-Star lefty allowed one run on five hits while striking out five and walking only one over six innings, but didn’t factor in the decision. He tossed five scoreless innings after allowing a first-inning run.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Sanchez 2B, Abreu 1B, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo DH, Taylor LF, Flowers C, Semien SS.

Plays of the Day

Down 1-0 to Jeff Samardzija and the A’s through seven-and-a-half innings last night, the White Sox rallied and scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth on an Avi Garcia two-out, bases-loaded single off of reliever Luke Gregerson and held on for the 2-1 victory (click on top link below)..rookie starter Chris Bassitt was outstanding in his second big-league start. He tossed six innings, allowing just one run, five hits and two walks while striking out five (click on bottom link below)…Eric Surkamp (1.0 IP), Zach Putnam (1.0) and Jake Petricka (1.0) blanked Oakland in relief of Bassitt. Putnam got credit for his fifth win and Petricka chalked up his 12th save.

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are 24-22 in games decided by one run…Sox starting pitchers own a 2.41 ERA over the last six games and all have been quality…Petricka recorded his fifth consecutive save. He owns a 1.76 ERA in 15 save opportunities…With two more hits last night, Adam Eaton is hitting .421 in his last 20 home games and batting .378 in his last 37 games overall…with his double last night, Jose Abreu hit safely in his 100th game this season. He leads the league with a .356 average since June 9…Garcia has 13 RBI in his last 13 games.

Remembering September 11, 2001

Thirteen years ago today, the White Sox were getting ready to begin a series with the Yankees in New York.

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A Wish Come True

Seven-year-old Mason Earley had his Make-a-Wish granted to meet Abreu before last night’s game. Add Sale, Eaton and Alexei Ramirez to the mix and it was quite a day for Mason. Sale gave the youngster his gloves and sunglasses and told him to “wear them proud.”

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A PK Tribute

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/sports/baseball/for-paul-konerko-a-steady-white-sox-presence-16-years-of-earning-his-keep-is-an-ample-farewell.html

Quote of the Day

Paulie on his injured hand and the prospect of him getting back in the lineup:

“I haven’t done anything aggressive yet. I’ll pick up a bat in two days and take some swings. If that feels good, we will move on from there. I’d like to get out there this weekend but if that doesn’t work, I plan to get out there for the road trip.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.37) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (15-9, 3.35) for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

The Sox partnered with the USO of Illinois to serve lunch yesterday for members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Rookie Bassitt Takes On A’s and Samardzija

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 7.36) for the Sox, RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-5, 3.70) for Oakland.

Quote of the Day

Bassitt (pictured above) on his transition from the minor leagues to the majors:

“It’s more coming here and realizing what you need to work on. There are a lot of things I got away with in Double-A just because I overmatched a lot of people.”

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo belted his 20th homer of the season, a solo shot off of Jon Lester, in last night’s loss to the A’s (click on link below). This is the second time Tank has hit 20-plus homers in his career (25 in 2012)…Avi Garcia collected a pair of singles and has now recorded three multi-hit efforts over his last seven games. He’s hitting .321 during that span.

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Hawk’s Random Act of Kindness

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SoxFest 2015

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/community/soxfest_2015.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20140909_31292586

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.09) for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir (14-7, 3.42) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

In case you missed it from Monday night’s Bark at the Park: This dog is serious about watching his/her Sox.

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Tyler’s Night to Remember

Tuesday, September 9,  2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (9-10, 5.12) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (13-10, 2.54) for Oakland. Danks is 6-2 with a 2.33 ERA in 10 career starts against the Athletics.

Plays of the Day

With two strikes, two outs, nobody on base and the Sox trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning last night, Tyler Flowers tied the game at 4-4 in dramatic fashion with his 13th home run of the season. Then, in the 12th, Tyler added to his heroics by smashing No. 14, a solo walk-off blast with one out to give the Sox a thrilling 5-4 triumph over the A’s (click on top link below)…Hector Noesi had a quality start, giving up three runs and four hits in 6.1 innings…Conor Gillaspie connected for his seventh homer, a solo clout (click on middle link)…Michael Taylor came in the game to play left field in extra innings after pinch-hitting in the ninth. He prevented the potential go-ahead run from getting on base, maybe even an inside-the-park homer if the ball had gotten by him, with a diving catch off the bat of Coco Crisp in the top of the 10th (click on bottom link)…Daniel Webb (1.0 IP), Ronald Belisario (1.2), Javy Guerra (2.0) pitched scoreless relief with Guerra winning his second game of the season.

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Sox Notes of Note

Flowers’ extra-inning home run was his first career game-ending homer and the fourth by a White Sox player this season…on September 2, he had his first career multi-homer game and just six days later he did it again…Tyler became the first player in the majors to hit a game-tying home run in the ninth and a game-ender in extra innings since Paul Goldschmidt in August of last year. Flowers is the first Sox player to accomplish the feat since Joe Crede did it in August of 2002…Last night’s victory marked the Sox’ 31st comeback win and it exceeded the Sox win total from last year (64)…Webb recorded his fifth straight scoreless appearance (5.2 IP)…for those of you who keep stats of all kinds, there were 819 dogs in the house last night for Bark in the Park Night.

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Looking Ahead to a Successful 2015

Excerpts from a White Sox analysis by Jonah Keri of Grantland.com: 

“Thanks to the offseason acquisitions of Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton, a helpless White Sox offense now has two vital pieces: an on-base machine at the top of the lineup, and an MVP-caliber slugger in the middle. The Sox also have Chris Sale, who’s one of the best left-handers in the game and who’s signed to one of the league’s most attractive contracts; Jose Quintana, who’s arguably the most underrated pitcher in baseball; and Alexei Ramirez, a quality shortstop who’s signed through 2015, with an option year in 2016.

“…If (No. 1 draft pick Carlos) Rodon can perform the way management hopes, the White Sox will employ the best trio of lefty starters in the game…the foundation is in place for Chicago to assemble one of the best and youngest rotations in the majors.

“…Offensively, the White Sox have improved considerably over the team that lost 99 games and finished last in the AL in runs scored last season. Eaton, Ramirez, and Abreu held down the top three spots in the order this year, and we should expect the same next season. The Sox are also high on Avisail Garcia, the 23-year-old slugger acquired in last year’s three-way deadline deal for Jake Peavy; Garcia has struck out nearly five times more often than he’s walked so far in his brief major league career, but scouts like his power potential. Flip through the rest of this year’s lineup and there are more talented twentysomething players with upside, namely third baseman Conor Gillaspie, who’s hitting a smidge below .300 with doubles power, and 22-year-old Carlos Sanchez and 23-year-old Marcus Semien, who figure to compete for the second base job next year.

“Best of all, Chicago’s young, affordable corps allows the team to do some major shopping this winter, if GM Rick Hahn & Co. think this team is ready to contend. Money can buy that midtier veteran starting pitcher (Brandon McCarthy? Jason Hammel? Brett Anderson, if the Rockies decline his option?). It can upgrade the bullpen without breaking the bank (Pat Neshek? Luke Gregerson?). And it can give the Abreu-and-Eaton-led lineup the lift it needs to form a top-five AL offense (Russell Martin? Melky Cabrera? Nelson Cruz?). With $46 million committed for next season and an exponentially brighter outlook now than they had a year ago, the White Sox could be one of the biggest sleeper teams entering 2015.”

A Parting Gift

Adam Dunn, back in town with the A’s, received this “going away” gift from ex-mates John Danks and Chris Sale–a golf cart adorned with the logo and colors of Dunn’s beloved Texas Longhorns.

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Congrats to Gene Honda

Last night was Gene Honda’s milestone 2,000th game as the White Sox Public Address Announcer. Quite an accomplishment.

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Upcoming Series Activities

https://m.facebook.com/notes/chicago-white-sox/white-sox-announce-upcoming-series-activities/10153154499913047?partnerId=as_cws_20140908_31237956

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on improving the team in the offseason:

“We’ll have to decide based on the options available to us whether it makes sense to invest heavily in one or two targets or try to spread it around between a half dozen or so. I don’t think anything is going to be precluded from us in terms of opportunities. It’s going to be a matter of allocating the resources most effectively when the time comes.

“We’ve known this was going to be a multiyear process for us from the start. Obviously we were pleased with some of the things we were able to do in the first year, but at the same time it’s readily apparent there are still other items that need to be addressed.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 7.36) for the Sox, RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-5, 3.70) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

Show us your PK memories for a shot to be featured in a video:

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Sox Welcome A’s For Four

Monday, September 8, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand that concludes with three vs. the Twins starting on Friday night. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-9, 4.70) for the Sox, RHP Sonny Gray (13-8, 3.25) for Oakland.

Noesi is set to make his 24th start and 29th appearance of the season and is 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA over his last six starts. He recorded a no-decision in his last outing on September 2 vs. the Twins, allowing three runs on nine hits in seven innings of work.

Hector is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in eight career appearances (one start) against the A’s.

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Plays of the Day

Scott Carroll was outstanding in yesterday’s 2-0 Sox loss to the Indians. He tossed seven innings (he gave up a single in the eighth before exiting), allowing just two runs on seven hits with a lone walk (click on top link below)…Andy Wilkins doubled in the fifth inning for his first major-league hit (click on bottom link below).

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36047171

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36032707

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Quote of the Day

Wilkins on getting his chance in the major leagues (via Colleen Kane in the Trib):

“The game’s still the same, but guys are obviously a lot sharper up here. I believe I’m capable of doing well at this level. I know it’s not quite as amped up as it is during the season, but I’ve hit off big-league pitchers in spring training. Obviously it’s different, but I’m just going to adjust, and with time, getting more ABs will help that process.”

White Sox 2015 Regular Season Schedule

http://atmlb.com/1qxgHkQ

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Abreu Looking to Lead in 2015

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-report-white-sox-indians-spt-0908-20140908-story.html

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (9-10, 5.12) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (13-10, 2.54) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

The September of Konerko begins and it’s free t-shirt Monday for the first 20,000 fans attending tonight’s game.

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PK: “I’ll Finish on the Field”

Sunday, September 7, 2014

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Today’s News

Did We Expect Anything Different From the Captain?

Paul Konerko on playing again before the end of the season after fracturing his left hand:

“I’ll finish on the field, one way or another. I don’t care if I go up there and take three pitches and strike out, I’ll finish on the field.”

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (12:05, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and five-game road trip. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-9, 5.07) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (6-4, 2.94) for Cleveland.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Sanchez 2B, Abreu DH, Gillaspie 3B, Ramirez SS, Wilkins 1B, Viciedo RF, Jor. Danks LF, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana had a strong outing last night in the Sox’ 3-1 loss to Corey Kluber and the Indians. Recording another no-decision, he tossed six innings, allowing just one run–a solo homer–seven hits and a lone walk while striking out seven.

Eaton

Adam Eaton is hitting .398 in his last 33 games to raise his season average to .306. During that stretch, Eaton has recorded 16 multi-hit efforts, including seven games with three or more hits. Adam also leads the American League since the All-Star break with a .395 average, ranks second in on-base percentage (.450) and fourth in OPS (.946).

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Sox Notes of Note

Jake Petricka is not with the Sox in Cleveland. He is with his wife Ellen, who just gave birth to their daughter. Jake should be back with the Sox on Monday in Chicago…After missing most of the season with his shoulder injury, Avi Garcia will play winter ball in his native Venezuela to continue his development.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand that concludes with three vs. the Twins next weekend. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-9, 4.70) for the Sox, RHP Sonny Gray (13-8, 3.25) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

Another appreciative rival is heard from. The Indians present Konerko, an avid guitarist, with this custom beauty before last night’s game.

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