Sox Great Billy Pierce “Epitomized Class, Not Only as a Ballplayer, but as a Gentleman and Human Being…”

Friday, July 31, 2015

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Beloved Pierce Passes Away at 88

Billy Pierce, the classy, diminutive yet hard-throwing lefty who followed an elite career on the pitching mound with 46 years spent raising money to fight cancer, passed away this morning at 88 after a battle with gall bladder cancer.

“Generations of White Sox fans lost one of their heroes today,” said Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “It was an absolute privilege to consider Billy a friend. He epitomized class, not just as a ballplayer on those great Go-Go White Sox teams of the 1950s, but as a gentleman and human being who devoted so much of his life to helping others.”

Pierce spent 13 seasons with the Sox and was a seven-time All-Star. The first Sox pitcher to start an All-Star Game, his number 19 was retired in 1987.

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No. 19’s Career Chronicled

The baseball history books are filled with facts about Pierce’s extraordinary accomplishments. Here are a biography and statistical summary from Baseball-Reference.com, a bio from the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) and a story from SABR about Billy’s near perfect game in 1958.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Billy_Pierce

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/piercbi02.shtml

http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/9e29afb8

http://sabr.org/gamesproj/game/june-27-1958-billy-pierces-near-perfect-game

Pierce and his Commitment to Cancer Research

Billy worked tirelessly to raise money for cancer research. Here’s an insight into his generous spirit.

http://www.chicagobaseballmuseum.org/files/CBM-Billy-Pierce-20130528.pdf

What They’re Saying About Billy…

Former teammate Jim Landis: “He is the greatest pitcher I played behind in so many ways.”

Ex-teammate Jim McAnany: “Billy was a fiery competitor, but quiet about it. He let his pitching speak for itself.”

@TheBigHurt_35: RIP Billy Pierce!! A True White Sox Legend! We Will Miss You!

@scottmerkin: Very sad news about the passing of Billy Pierce, but what a life lived and what a great man. One of the more upbeat people I’ve ever met.

@MLBBruceLevine: Billy Pierce was class personified. He was a great pitcher and better human being. A privilege to call him a friend.

@ChuckGarfien: Billy Pierce loved the White Sox. The team and fans loved him back for decades.  Legendary player and person.

@robneyer: Terribly sorry to hear about passing of #WhiteSox legend Billy Pierce. I was lucky enough to write his @sabr bio.

@SouthSideSox: First Minnie Minoso, now Billy Pierce. This is a bad year.

@SoxNerd: Billy Pierce was one of the nicest men I have ever met.

Picture Perfect

Here’s a selection of photos that represent Pierce’s outstanding career: Billy holds a treasured memento; is honored with a group of his 1959 American League Champion teammates along with members of the 2005 World Series champs; His No. 19 included among the pantheon of retired Sox numbers; the ace left-hander getting ready to pitch to Ted Wlliams at old Comiskey Park; and shown on one of his many baseball cards.

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And Finally…

Billy remembered.

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Sox “To Do” List: Sweep Tribe (Check), Win Series in Boston (Check), Repeat Success at Home

Friday, July 31, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Rays. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (4-3, 4.09) for the Sox, RHP Nate Eovaldi (10-2, 4.27) for New York.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Abreu belted a two-run homer, his 17th of the season (click on link below), in the White Sox’ 8-2 loss to the Red Sox, which ended our seven-game winning streak. Abreu extended his hitting streak to 10 games and Adam Eaton collected a pair of hits giving him nine in the four-game series at Fenway Park.

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Quote of the Day

Here’s Robin singing the praises of Alexei Ramirez‘s recent defense, a big reason for the Sox surge (via @CSNHayes):

“He’s been sharp…He has been playing some fantastic defense for us. You get the guys in the middle of the field, him and (Carlos Sanchez), we’ve turned some double plays in recent weeks that helps you and helps your pitchers and he’s been right there. He’s been on time.”

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White Sox RBI Team Advances to World Series

The White Sox team competing in the Junior Baseball Division (Ages 13-15) of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program is one of eight clubs in its category that have advanced to the RBI World Series, which begins Wednesday, August 12. The event, which also includes Senior Baseball and Softball divisions, will be hosted by the Texas Rangers for the second consecutive year. The competition in the three divisions will be played on fields throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area with the championship games played at Globe Life Park, home of the Rangers, in Arlington, Tex.

A team from Chicago has represented the Junior Division in the World Series 11 of the last 14 years while the city has had a team in the Senior Division 12 of the last 14.

Sox Note of Note

The Sox have acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Pirates for a player to be named later. He’ll get playing time at Class AAA Charlotte with Micah Johnson on the disabled list with a hamstring issue.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (5-8, 4.97) for the Sox, TBA for New York.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 101 on July 29 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, the first-place White Sox overwhelmed the Orioles, 7-2, for win No. 66 on the season. Paul Konerko smashed a three-run homer (23), Carl Everett hit a two-run blast (15) and drove in three while Scott Podsednik stole his 52nd base of the year. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez improved his record to 8-3.

Photo of the Day

Hats, or in this case, helmets off to the Sox’ seven-game winning streak.

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Sale, Sox Aim for Perfect Road Trip and Fenway Sweep

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the four-game series and eight-game road trip as the Sox try to go 8-0 and reach the .500 mark at 50-50. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-5, 2.85) for our Sox, RHP Steven Wright (3-4, 4.78) for the Bosox.

Sale makes his 20th start of the season and 11th on the road. He is 7-4 with a 2.05 ERA and 144 strikeouts over his last 14 starts (12 quality). He leads the American League and ranks second in the majors with 170 strikeouts.

Chris earned the win in his last start on July 25 at Cleveland, allowing two runs on seven hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. He will be making his seventh career appearance and third start vs. the Red Sox. He is 1-0 with a 0.89 ERA liftetime and 0-0 with a 0.87 ERA at Fenway Park.

Last Night’s Highlights

Five players–Adam EatonMelky Cabrera and Carlos Sanchez with three and Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers with two–had multi-hit games while everybody in the lineup had at least one base hit as the White Sox defeated the Red Sox, 9-2, on 17 hits for their seventh straight victory….Eaton drove in a pair of runs, including his ninth home run that led off the game, while Cabrera, Sanchez, Ramirez (his fifth homer, a solo shot), Flowers, Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche drove in one apiece…During the current winning streak, the Sox have scored 54 runs, 28 in the three games vs. Boston…In the last 12 road games, the Sox are 11-1 and have outscored opponents 70-25…Jose Quintana tossed 6 2/3 strong innings for his sixth win, allowing a pair of runs on six hits.

Enjoy Q’s performance and the Eaton and Alexei home runs:

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Hitting, Hitting, Hitting

Cabrera now has seven straight multi-hit games and has an RBI in nine straight games–both the longest active streaks in MLB. He is 18-33 (.545) in his last seven games with eight doubles, two homers, 11 RBI and is batting .383 with 15 doubles, five homers, 25 RBI in his last 31 contests since June 21 (15 multi-hit efforts)…Sanchez, who has hit in 12 consecutive games, has raised his average in each of those contests and has gone from .181 to .236 during that span. He is batting .435 with two homers and three RBI during his career high hitting streak…Abreu has now hit safely in 13 straight road games, hitting .353 with three homers and 13 RBI. He has an nine-game hitting streak overall, batting .389 with a pair of homers and 11 RBI.

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

White Sox pitchers own a 2.50 ERA in the last eight games and a 2.60 in the last 25 since June 30, the second-lowest in baseball…Over those 25 games Sox pitchers have made 17 quality starts, recorded 207 strikeouts and the club has limited the opposition to three runs or less 17 times…Sox starters have allowed just 16 runs on 54 hits with three walks and 40 strikeouts in the last eight games. Starters have allowed two runs or less six times and the opposition has recorded five hits or less three times…Our relievers own a 1.65 ERA and 46 strikeouts over the last 17 games, including 11 scoreless contests, which is third-best in MLB since July 7…Sox relievers have allowed just three earned runs on 11 hits over their last 11 road games.

Quotes of the Day

Robin:

* “In a lot of ways this team was left for dead a week ago. Now we have some life and are playing good baseball.”

* Abreu (through an interpreter) on the Sox’ attitude toward moving up in the AL Central:

“From time to time we check the standings, but it’s not something where we put all of our attention. Our main focus and our attention is in the daily game. Try to do what we are best at every day. That’s the way you can win games and move up in the standings.”

Roster Move

Emilio Bonifacio has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and Leury Garcia has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte.

The Inspiring Story of ex-Sox pitcher Tom Fortugno

http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2526520-the-true-story-of-tim-fortugno-the-man-once-traded-for-a-bucket-of-baseballs?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming-league?is_shared=true

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Rays. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (4-3, 4.09) for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (4-8, 5.38) for New York.

Photos of the Day

It was two years ago today that the Sox started their retooling by trading Jake Peavy for Avi Garcia, top pitching prospect Frankie Montas and others in return.

The photos below show both Garcia and Montas literally on their first day with the Sox. Garcia had just arrived in the Sox dugout after the 2013 trade while Montas was brought up as the 26th man on the roster during the July 17 doubleheader with the Royals. (Montas photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune).

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Party Crashers

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the resurgent Sox go for their seventh straight victory. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-9, 3.56) for our Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-10, 5.51) for the Bosox.

Q is scheduled to make his 21st start of the season, 12th on the road and first against Boston. He threw his first career complete game and shutout in his last start on July 24 in Cleveland. He scattered seven singles, walked none and struck out eight. He is 1-0 with a 1.27 ERA over three career starts vs. the Red Sox.

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Last Night’s Highlights

On a festive night in Boston with the Red Sox and their fans celebrating the retirement of Pedro Martinez‘s No. 45, the White Sox spoiled the party with a 9-4 triumph for their sixth straight win. It came the night after scoring 10 runs in the victorious opener of the series…The Sox set the tone for the evening by getting out of the gate quickly in the first inning with five runs on RBI by Melky Cabrera, Avi Garcia, Geovany Soto (2) and Emilio Bonifacio (click on top link below)… Cabrera finished the night going 4-5 (a single, two doubles and a triple) in the Good Guys’ 14-hit effort, Soto added his seventh homer in the seventh (click on second link) and Jose Abreu, who singled and scored in the first, was 3-5 with a two-run homer and three RBI. Abreu’s homer in the sixth inning, his 16th, was granted after a review found that Boston’s Mookie Betts “didn’t have control of his body when he hit the fence and the ball popped out” (click on bottom link)…Jeff Samardzija won his eighth game of the year with eight strong innings of work. Shark has worked at least seven innings in his last 10 starts, the longest streak this year in MLB, and has worked seven-plus innings in 16 of his 21 outings.

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LaRoche a Feller Award Nominee

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the four-game series and eight-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-5, 2.85) for our Sox, RHP Steven Wright (3-4, 4.78) for Boston.

Photo of the Day

Hall of Famer Martinez has a chat with Alexei Ramirez last night before Pedro’s uniform number was retired.

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Consider the Drink Stirred

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox look to win their sixth straight. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (7-5, 3.91) for our Sox, LHP Wade Miley (8-8, 4.33) for the Bosox.

Shark is set to make his 21st start of the season, 12th on the road and first vs. Boston. Samardzija earned the win in his last start on July 23 at Cleveland, allowing one run on four hits over eight innings. He has worked at least seven innings in his last nine starts, the longest streak this year in MLB, and has worked seven-plus innings in 15 of his 20 outings.

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Last Night’s Highlights

The White Sox continued their winning ways in the opener of the four-game series vs. the Red Sox, 10-8, claiming their fifth straight win. We moved to 5-0 on the current eight-game road trip and have won nine of our last 10 road contests…Adam Eaton, who went 3-6 and was a homer shy of the cycle, and Tyler Saladino began the game with back-to-back triples and the Sox went on to take a 4-0 lead at the end of the first inning. The game see-sawed until Eaton’s double tied the score at 7-7 in the sixth, singles by Tyler Flowers (click on top link below) and Eaton (click on bottom link) in the seventh made it 9-7 and an RBI double by Flowers gave the Sox a three-run advantage at 10-7…Melky Cabrera, who now has a career-high five multiple hit games in a row, and Jose Abreu each had a pair of hits and a run batted in. J.B. Shuck added an RBI and Avi Garcia and Carlos Sanchez, who extended his hitting streak to 10, collected two hits apiece and each scored a run in the 15-hit attack. Matt Albers (1.2 IP), Zach Duke (0.2) and Jake Petricka (1.1) tossed scoreless ball in relief of John Danks and David Robertson pitched the ninth to earn his 22nd save.

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Quote of the Day ‏

Robin on Adam LaRoche taking a couple of days off to work on his swing:

“(He) can kind of work it out in the cage and have a couple of days knowing he can go in there and work on some stuff. He’s trying to figure it out. You continue to do that. He’ll be back in there to play. But for two days, he’s going go ease the mind and not be in there.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-9, 3.56) for our Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-10, 5.51) for Boston.

2005 Flashback        

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 98 on July 25 at Kansas City, the first-place White Sox exploded for 14 runs and 22 hits in a 14-6 victory over the Royals. A.J. Pierzynski (3-6, solo homer–his 14th–two RBI), Juan Uribe (3-5, solo homer–his ninth–two RBI), Jermaine Dye (3-6, four RBI), Scott Podsednik (3-6, 51st stolen base), Willie Harris (3-5, two RBI) and Aaron Rowand (3-6) led the potent offense. Freddy Garcia won his 10th game as the Sox chalked up win No. 65.

Photo of the Day

The Eaton and Saladino back-to-back triples to start the game represented the first time White Sox teammates accomplished the feat since shortstop Chico Carrasquel (pictured on the left) and Hall of Fame second baseman Nellie Fox (right) did it on June 15, 1954 (via ckamka).

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“Why Not Us? Why Can’t We Do It?”

Monday, July 27, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (5-8, 4.66) for our Sox, RHP Joe Kelly (2-6, 5.74) for the Bosox.

Danks is set to make his 19th start of the season and ninth on the road. He received a no-decision in his last start on July 22 vs. the Cardinals at home, allowing five hits over 6.2 scoreless innings with five strikeouts in the Sox’ 3-2 loss.

A Couple of Sox Named Carlos

Carlos Rodon followed the outstanding performances of his rotation predecessors with an outstanding mound effort of his own, Carlos Sanchez smashed his second career homer the day after belting his first and the White Sox completed the four-game sweep over the Indians, 2-1, outscoring the Tribe 26-5 in the series…Rodon, following the gems by Jeff Samardzija, Jose Quintana and Chris Sale, tossed 6 2/3 of shutout baseball, allowing just five hits and no walks along with nine strikeouts for his fourth win (click on top link below)…This was the fifth straight game that a Sox starter didn’t walk a batter, the first time it’s happened since 1972…In addition to the homer in the third inning to give the Sox a 1-0 lead (click on second link), Sanchez pounded out a pair of singles. He now has a season-high nine-game hitting streak, batting .424 during that span. In his past 16 contests, he has an impressive .368/389/.526 slash line in 59 plate appearances…Melky Cabrera drove in what turned out to be the deciding run with a seventh-inning single to give us a 2-0 advantage (click on third link)…Jake Petricka (0.2 IP), Zach Duke (0.2) and David Robertson (1.0) shut the door in relief of Rodon. Robertson recorded his 21st save of the season.

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And, oh, that defense!!

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Quotes of the Day

** Rodon on the suddenly resurgent White Sox: 

“Why not us? That’s the mentality we have to have...Why not us? Why can’t we do it?” 

** Sale talking about the Sox after his successful start on Saturday:

“We’re just putting it together. We had a six-run lead and we had guys diving for balls in the outfield, hustling down the line. This is what we’ve seen the whole time and know we can play like.”

Bonifacio Back

Emilio Bonifacio returned yesterday from his brief stint on the bereavement list and Leury Garcia was sent back to Class AAA Charlotte.

Erik Johnson “As Good as Anyone in Triple-A”

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/erik-johnson-has-been-good-anyone-triple

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (7-5, 3.91) for our Sox, RHP Wade Miley (8-8, 4.33) for Boston.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 97 on July 24 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox defeated the Red Sox, 6-4, for victory No. 64. Tadahito Iguchi went 3-4 with a two-run homer (No. 8) and Paul Konerko doubled in a pair of runs. Jose Contreras got credit for his sixth win and Dustin Hermanson recorded his 23rd save.

Photo of the Day

Sanchez and Tyler Saladino are the first White Sox teammates to hit their first two career homers in consecutive games in the same season.

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Hot in Cleveland

Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (12:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series as the Sox go for the sweep. Probable starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-3, 4.48) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (8-5, 3.78) for the Tribe.

Last Night’s Highlights

As not to feel left out in the wake of the Jeff Samardzija and Jose Quintana gems the previous two nights, Chris Sale (9-5) pitched one of his own, allowing just two runs on seven hits along with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work (click on top link below) as the Sox dominated the Indians, 10-3, for their third straight win…Perhaps even more significant was that the Sox poured it on offensively for the third straight game, scoring 10 runs on 16 hits (including five first-inning runs) and totaling 24 tallies so far in the series…Carlos Sanchez connected for his first major-league home run, a solo blast in the fourth inning (click on bottom link below)…Every player in the Sox starting lineup collected at least one base hit, led by Tyler Saladino and Melky Cabrera with three each and Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu and Sanchez with two apiece…Abreu had three RBI, Cabrera and Tyler Flowers each two …In his last 28 games, Cabrera is hitting .352 with 10 doubles, five homers and 21 runs batted in.

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And here’s the five-run first:

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Quote of the Day

Alexei Ramirez on his recent resurgence both offensively and defensively:

“I really appreciate all the coaches having my back and supporting me. I feel it’s been working out good with all of the support they’ve given me. We had a talk and a meeting in a friendly way, and they said continue to play hard, and that’s what I’m doing.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (5-8, 4.66) for our Sox, RHP Joe Kelly (2-6, 5.74) for Boston.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 95 on July 22 in Chicago, the first-place White Sox moved to 31 games over .500 at 63-32 with an 8-4 win over the Red Sox. Jon Garland won his 15th game against four losses, A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer (No. 13), Aaron Rowand, a solo shot for his seventh of the season and Juan Uribe collected three RBI.

Photos of the Day

Practice in the bullpen must make perfect–or pretty close to it–based on the performances of our starting pitchers in the last three games.

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Don’t Stop Now Boys!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

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Today’s News

Sale Looks to Match Shark, Q Outings

Jeff Samardzija‘s outstanding effort and a home run barrage won the first game of the four-game series in Cleveland, 8-1, on Thursday night. Jose Quintana tossed his own gem last night as the White Sox offense continued its assault along with outstanding defense in the 6-0 victory over the Tribe. Sox ace Chris Sale tries to make it three straight tonight in Game 3 vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (10-7, 3.94). It’ll be Sox-Indians at Progressive Field, 6:10 p.m. CT on WGN.

Last Night’s Highlights

Q was virtually untouchable, tossing his first career complete game shutout, allowing just seven hits along with eight strikeouts (click on link below)…Alexei Ramirez (3-4, two RBI), Melky Cabrera (2-5, two RBI) and Jose Abreu (a solo blast for his 15th homer) paced the offense…Ramirez, who smashed a three-run homer on Thursday evening, was just as valuable in the field last night, executing a couple of terrific plays at shortstop…The red-hot Alexei now has a .333/.363/.483 slash line with two homers, five extra base hits and eight RBI in July…In 96 career at bats vs. pitchers who have won a Cy Young Award, Abreu is hitting .323 with 10 HR and a .688 slugging percentage. His victim last night was last year’s “Cy,” Corey Kluber.

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Click on the first three links for a Ramirez “highlight package.” The fourth link is Cabrera’s two-run double and the bottom one is Abreu’s home run.

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Quotes of the Day

Sale on wanting to win (via @scottmerkin):

“I would love to be on a winning team, but I just want it to be here. I don’t want to go anywhere else….I don’t want to be in a different uniform just because they are good now.”

Robin on Carlos Sanchez‘s significant improvement at the plate:

“You have to be able to control the strike zone, swing at fastballs on the plate. He was chasing stuff, trying to impress instead of playing the game. Now he’s somewhat more relaxed when he goes to the plate and you see him have better at-bats. Late in games he’s been pretty good. His at-bats just look better and he’s more competitive now, going to the plate feeling like he can do something.”

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Sox Pitching Notes of Note

White Sox pitchers own a 2.43 ERA in the last 12 games and a 2.41 mark in the last 20 since June 30, among the lowest marks in baseball during that span…Over the last 20 games, Sox pitchers have made 14 quality starts and limited the opposition to three runs or less 14 times…Sox relievers own a 1.46 ERA over the last 13 games, including nine scoreless contests. The 1.46 ERA is second-lowest in the major leagues.

Moving On

The White Sox yesterday traded third baseman Conor Gillaspie to the Angels in exchange for cash considerations. Gillaspie was designated for assignment last week.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-3, 4.48) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (8-5, 3.78) for Cleveland.

Photo of the Day

Closer David Robertson is shown here being interviewed yesterday on the MLB Network.

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Shark Attacks, Homer-Happy Hitters Bust Loose 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-9, 3.83) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (5-10, 3.38) for the Tribe.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jeff Samardzija (7-5) was brilliant, coasting through eight innings while allowing a run on four hits, and the offense busted loose with four homers in the Sox’ 8-1 victory…Melky Cabrera  hit a solo shot from the left side and a two-run blast from right side (Nos. 5 & 6), Alexei Ramirez (4) went deep with a three-run clout and Adam Eaton (8) went solo…Cabrera joins Ken Henderson, Tim Raines, Brian Simmons, Jose Valentin and Nick Swisher as the White Sox players who have homered from both sides of the plate in a single game. And it’s the second time in Melky’s career that he’s had a lefty-righty homer combination in one contest.

Click on the links below to view Shark’s performance, the Cabrera homers, the Ramirez and Eaton long ones and a spectacular play by Alexei at short. Cabrera’s homers are also shown in gif form above.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=287000183

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http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=286562083  

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=286598583 

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=286585283

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the impressive early showing by Tyler Saladino:

“He just has instincts, and it’s coming through. He’s not taking it for granted. He’s not a first-round pick or expecting anything. He’s trying to take advantage, and you see it in the way he plays.”

Here’s Tyler, who drove in a run with a sac fly last night, signing for fans after last night’s win over the Indians.

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Sox Note of Note

Emilio Bonifacio was placed on the bereavement list and Leury Garcia was promoted from Class AAA Charlotte. Garcia, who singled in his one plate appearance last night, was hitting .301 with 27 stolen bases with the Knights.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-5, 2.86) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (3.94) for Cleveland.

Photo of the Day

Carson Fulmer, the Sox’ No. 1 pick in the June draft, made his Class A Winston-Salem debut last night a successful one. The righty gave up one hit and struck out three in two scoreless innings.

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Sox Head East, Tribe and Bosox Up Next

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and eight-game road trip that continues with four in Boston. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-5, 4.08) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (8-6, 4.03) for the Tribe.

Shark is scheduled to make his 20th start of the season and 11th on the road. He will be making his second career start against the Indians, earning the win after tossing six scoreless innings, allowing six hits, on April 22 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Last Night’s Highlights

John Danks pitched 6.2 innings of scoreless ball (click on top link below) and back-to-back RBI singles by Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera in the sixth inning broke a scoreless tie (click on second and third links below), but the Sox dropped the finale of the homestand to the Cardinals, 3-2. Danks allowed just five hits and struck out five. He now has a 2.25 ERA in July with three of those four starts scoreless outings.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=283352683

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http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=283285883

Quote of the Day

Sox catcher Geovany Soto has been named the White Sox recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award, given by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

Sox bullpen catcher Mark Salas on Soto: “A true gamer that comes to play hard every day.”

Here’s more on the award:

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150721&content_id=137837654&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Niall

One Direction’s Niall was in the house last night.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-9, 3.83) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (5-10, 3.38) for Cleveland.

Photos of the Day

Six years ago today.

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