Danks, Abreu, Konerko & Company Look to Leave St. Pete With a Series Win

Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (12:40 p.m., CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-11, 4.88) vs. RHP Nathan Karns (1-0, .000) for Tampa Bay.

Plays of the Day

Hector Noesi had a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings, despite taking the loss in the Rays’ 3-1 victory over the Sox last night…Jose Abreu singled in the first inning and walked and eventually scored on Marcus Semien‘s pinch-hit single in the ninth (click on link below):

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36450835

Abreu Watch

In the American League Triple Crown categories Jose is tied for third in homers (35) and RBI (104) and is sixth in batting average (.319). Abreu also leads all of the major leagues in OPS (.978) and Slugging Percentage (.592).


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Quote of the Day

One of Paul Konerko‘s most unusual career highlights happened on April 11, 2000, at the same Tropicana Field where the Sox are playing this weekend. Never known for his speed, Konerko smashed an Esteban Yan offering off the center field wall and kept running for an inside-the-park homer. Here are PK’s thoughts, via the Trib:

“It was kind of a blur. Well, I wasn’t a blur. But it happened quickly…Once I planned on scoring. If I’d waited to see what (third base coach Wallace Johnson) was going to do, I’d probably have problems. I kept running.”

Furthermore, Konerko finished the night with four hits and four RBI.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 5.29) for the Sox, LHP Kyle Lobstein (1-0, 3.58) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

PK was presented with an authentic Ted Williams bat from the Williams Museum, which is housed at Tropicana Field. The museum wanted to acknowledge Paul’s career and congratulate him on his retirement.

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Sox Eclipse Rays in Series Opener, Noesi Aims For Two in a Row

Saturday, September 20 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (8-9, 4.38) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (9-8, 3.54) for Tampa Bay.

Plays of the Day

An outstanding performance by Jose Quintana and a four-run fifth inning that erased a 3-0 deficit paved the way for the Sox’ 4-3 comeback victory last night over the Rays…Quintana won his ninth game of the season, allowing just one earned run in 7.1 innings of work. “Q” is now 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA in his last four starts…Avi Garcia drove in the tying and go-ahead runs and Alexei Ramirez (No. 70) and Jose Abreu (104) delivered an RBI each in the decisive fifth…Jake Petricka (0.2 IP), Eric Surkamp (0.1) and Zach Putnam (0.2) finished off the Rays with scoreless ball in relief of Quintana. Putnam got credit for his sixth save.

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JRW and ACE standout Jackson featured in New Jeter TV Spot

Jackie Robinson West and White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) star Marquis Jackson is one of several youth players featured in a new MLB TV spot honoring retiring Yankee shortstopDerek Jeter. The youngsters are shown emulating the familiar mannerisms and playing style of the future Hall of Famer.

Jackson can be seen at the 0:17 mark on the video below. Just click on the link:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36394899

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A Reminder…

Tonight at 9:30 p.m., CT (time is approximate following White Sox Postgame Live), Comcast SportsNet’s Chuck Garfien hosts an exclusive interview with Paul Konerko on Inside Look by Cadillac.

Join the White Sox Volunteer Corps

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Paint Nite

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Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Conor Gillaspie‘s solid season (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“You look at his numbers compared to third basemen across the league and he measures up against just about all of them from an offensive standpoint. Defensively, I think he’s improved as well. The kid works extremely hard, and it’s paying off for him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field (12:40 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-11, 4.88) vs. RHP Nathan Karns (1-0, .000) for Tampa Bay.

Photo/Video of the Day

Just days before Paulie plays his last game in a Sox uniform, he remembers the 2005 World Series parade.

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All About Paulie

Friday, September 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (8-10, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-3, 3.63) for Tampa Bay. And good news: Paulie is back.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu DH, Gillaspie 3B, A. Garcia RF, Konerko 1B, Taylor LF, Phegley C, Semien 2B.

Countdown to Konerko Night

The White Sox will honor retiring captain and franchise legend Paul Konerko with a special pregame tribute Saturday, September 27, when the team is scheduled to take on Kansas City at 6:10 p.m. The ceremony will be a memorable presentation with special guests and video tributes that celebrate Konerko’s career as a member of the White Sox, as well as his legacy off the field.  Fans are encouraged to arrive early.

During the ceremony, the White Sox will present Konerko with gifts that celebrate his career.  Special guests will be in attendance for the ceremony, including several of Konerko’s former teammates, friends and family.

A PK Tribute of a Different Kind

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2014/09/18/paul-konerko-retiring/15855943/

Quote of the Day

Konerko, summing up his career (from the USA Today story above):

“I came here with so much energy and intensity to do well, and I literally walk out of here with nothing left. I gave it everything I possibly could. And that feels good.”

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Inside Look with Paulie on Comcast SportsNet

Tomorrow night at 9:30 p.m., CT (time is approximate following White Sox Postgame Live), Comcast SportsNet’s Chuck Garfien hosts an exclusive interview with Paulie on Inside Look by Cadillac. CSN will re-air Inside Look with Paul Konerko on the following dates/times:

Saturday, September 27 at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 28 at Noon

Tuesday, September 30 at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, October 3 at 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 7 at 12:30 p.m.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (8-9, 4.38) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (9-8, 3.54) for Tampa Bay.

Photos of the Day

Alex Gordon and the Royals honored the Sox captain on Wednesday night with a video tribute, a check to the Bring Me Home Campaign, a chair from the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City, a framed photograph and a healthy supply of KC BBQ sauce.

And his teammates looked on and applauded their leader:

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Cy Sale?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the rubber match 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. Sale earned the win in his last start on September 11 against the A’s, allowing just two hits over eight innings while striking out nine and walking only a pair.

With less than two weeks remaining in the season, there’s been a great deal of buzz about Sale’s American League Cy Young Award candidacy–and rightly so. Chris leads the AL in ERA, opponents average (.198) and SO/9.0 IP (10.60), is tied for the league lead in WHIP (0.92) and is sixth in strikeouts (192).

Sale is attempting to become the first Sox pitcher to lead the league in ERA since Joel Horlen in 1967 (2.08). His 1.99 mark would be the lowest by a Sox pitcher since Wilbur Wood (1.91) in 1971. Sale’s .198 opponent batting average would be third-best in Sox history behind Hall of Famer Ed Walsh (.187 in 1910) and Horlen (.190 in 1964).

And click on link below to watch Chris with Chris Rose and Kevin Millar on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk. It’s a lot of fun.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36307125

Plays of the Day

With the White Sox trailing 5-4 heading into the seventh inning last night in KC, Conor Gillaspie tripled with the bases loaded to give the Sox a 7-5 lead that they never relinquished (click on top link below)…after knocking out three hits on Monday night, Adam Eaton pounded out four more in the Sox victory. He tripled, doubled, singled twice, scored two runs and raised his batting average to .303, which ranks eighth among AL hitters (click on bottom link below)…Jose Abreu (his 103rd), Alexei Ramirez, Josh Phegley and Carlos Sanchez each added an RBI. Eric Surkamp got credit for his second win with an inning of scoreless relief and Zach Putnam chalked up his fifth save by tossing a 1-2-3 ninth.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36323081

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Konerko is White Sox Clemente Nominee

Paulie has been named the White Sox nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, recognizing the MLB player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. Konerko will be honored at the ballpark on September 26.

Each of the 30 clubs nominates one team member in an effort to pay tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The winner will be selected by a panel of dignitaries and a fan vote, which will count as one vote in the total.

Quote of the Day

Abreu on PK:

“I look up to Paul and admire him for everything he has done. I’m very lucky and fortunate to have Paul as a teammate and see how he goes about his business day in and day out. Even though it’s his last season, I still see him working very hard. He is working as hard as he did from day one.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (6:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (8-10, 3.30) for the Sox, TBA for Tampa Bay.

Photos of the Day

White Sox pitching standouts Horlen, Wood and Walsh.

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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…

http://wapc.mlb.com/cutfour/2014/09/15/94765012/jose-abreu-wants-to-sing-the-star-spangled-banner-before-a-white-sox-game?cid=as_mlb_20140915_31641156

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.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36260171

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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.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36160441

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36156831

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.

http://mlb.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/groups/gsg/gsg.jsp?loc=chicagobulls&partnerId=as_cws_20140912_31503406

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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.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36141137

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36141137

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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.

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/6949059/chicago-white-sox-recall-their-9-11-memories

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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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