Quintana Time

Sunday, August 30, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game set and seven-game homestand–with the Good Guys attempting to split the series with Seattle. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.63) for the Sox, LHP Mike Montgomery (4-6, 4.60) for the M’s.

Last Night’s Highlights

Tyler Saladino singled in two runs (click on link below) and Jose Abreu drove in another in a four-run eighth inning, Adam LaRoche and Tyler Flowers each added an RBI single and Avi Garcia had a three-hit night, as the Sox came up just short in the 7-6 loss to the Mariners.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=427298983

Quotes of the Day

Here’s Trayce Thompson‘s interview on MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk.”

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v423690283

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“Sox Serve Week”

The White Sox have celebrated “Sox Serve Week”–our seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly known as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand which ends today. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.

On tap today:

Kids Take the Field — Representatives from Chicago White Sox Charities grant recipients will take the field with White Sox players before the game.

Ultimate Experience Broadcast Auction presented by WGN-TV — During the game, fans have the opportunity to bid on a variety of unique experiences at U.S. Cellular Field in Section 135 or at whitesox.com/ultimate auction. Experiences include a sleepover in the clubhouse for eight guests, a video game challenge vs. White Sox players in the Sox clubhouse, the 2005 World Series trophy at a location of your choice for one hour and more. The bidding will take place until 3:00 p.m. today.

Members of the White Sox Volunteer Corps plus front office and team members, including Saladino, Thompson and coach Harold Baines spent part of yesterday participating in “Sox Serve Week.” They helped build a brand new playground for the Primo Center for Women and Children in the North Lawndale community. Tyler (pictured in the distance on the left in the white pinstriped jersey) and Trayce (in the 1980s throwback) are shown doing their part in the photo below.

Additionally, the White Sox wives put together baskets of things that were auctioned off yesterday as part of the week’s activities. Among the baskets auctioned off were those of Jeff SamardzijaAdam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, Carlos SanchezHawk Harrelson and Steve Stone and Jerry Reinsdorf.

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Roster Move

The White Sox have placed RHP Zach Putnam on the disabled list and reinstated RHP Daniel Webb from the DL.

Sox Land Five Carolina League All-Stars

The Winston-Salem Dash, the Sox’ high Class A affiliate, had a league-high five players named to the Carolina League year-end All-Star roster: RHP Matt Heidenreich, C Omar Narvaez, INFs Jake Peter and Trey Michalczewski and OF Adam Engel. Heidenreich also was named the league’s Pitcher of the Year.

2005 Flashback

Jermaine Dye was in the house last night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and celebrate his bobblehead night.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday night, it’ll be White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with three in Kansas City. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-7, 3.20) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Duffie (2-1, 4.29) for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

Saturday Roundup: Sox vs. M’s in Game 3, “Sox Serve Week” Continues, a Fulmer Update and More…

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the four-game series is now tied at one game apiece by virtue of Seattle’s 2-0 win last night. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-10, 4.75) for the Sox, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (5-3, 4.29) for Seattle.

Last Night’s Highlights

John Danks had a quality start, allowing just a pair of solo homers on seven hits with five strikeouts in six innings of work. Melky Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez each collected a pair of hits.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Adam Eaton, after the Sox leadoff man collected three hits and three runs scored on Thursday night:

“Him getting on and just creating havoc like that is very important for us. We’re always a better team when he’s there running around the bases.”

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“Sox Serve Week”

The White Sox celebrate “Sox Serve Week”–our seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly known as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand that runs through tomorrow. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.

On tap today:

KaBoom! Playground Build at Primo Center — The White Sox Volunteer Corps plus front office and team members will build a brand new playground for the Primo Center for Women and Children in the North Lawndale community.

Players’ Favorite Things — Fans will have the opportunity to bid on baskets with some of the current White Sox players’ favorite things, as put together by their wives. Bidding on the baskets–which will include some autographed items–will take place today from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Fans attending the game can place bids in person with the wives by visiting the Miller Lite Extra Base (near Section 157) or by phone at 312-674-5684.

As part of “Sox Serve Week,” White Sox players-including Avi Garcia, Jose Quintana and Carlos Sanchez–brought the ballpark atmosphere to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital yesterday, giving patients the opportunity to win prizes and participate in White Sox-themed games. The Sox also welcomed a group of teenage oncology patients to last night’s game.

Here are Quintana and Sanchez holding up a sign for a youngster in isolation at the hospital:

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Good News From Winston-Salem

The Sox’ No. 1 draft pick Carson Fulmer tossed three scoreless innings for the Class A Winston-Salem Dash last night vs. Frederick. He now has a 2.37 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 20 innings over eight starts.

“Faith Day” Observed Tomorrow

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-faith-day-white-sox-spt-0828-20150827-story.html

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series and seven-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Quintana (7-10, 3.63) for the Sox, LHP Mike Montgomery (4-6, 4.60) for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

Avi on Friday’s “Elvis Night.”

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That ’70s Show

Friday, August 28, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-11, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (9-7, 4.73) for Seattle.

Last Night’s Highlights

The throwback uniforms evidently created some good karma last night. Avi Garcia drove in a pair of runs with a single and sac fly, Jose Abreu and Trayce Thompson each doubled in a run and Adam Eaton went 3-3 with a season-high three runs scored as the Sox defeated the Mariners, 4-2, in the series opener…Carlos Rodon went six-plus strong innings for his sixth win, allowing two runs, three hits and three walks with five strikeouts…Zach Duke narrowly escaped the seventh by retiring the side, including two Ks, by shutting the door with men on second and third and nobody out. Nate Jones pitched out of a jam with runners in scoring position in the eighth and David Robertson recorded save No. 27 by setting down the Mariners 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Thompson continues to be on fire. With two doubles last night he has 14 hits, seven of which are of the extra-base variety (four doubles, a triple and two homers), and is hitting a blistering .519…Eaton is now batting .313 with a .412 on-base percentage in the 39 games since the All-Star break…Rodon has had four straight quality starts with a 1.61 ERA and 29 strikeouts during that span.

Here are Avi’s first-inning RBI single, the run-scoring doubles by Abreu and Thompson in the third, and a look at Rodon’s outstanding performance:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=418655183

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=418726983

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=418768783

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=419483283

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Quote of the Day

Tyler Saladino on Chris Sale:

“You’re watching one of the best pitchers in the game. He does his thing. If a guy gets on base against him…he has the ability to get right back after the next guy. It’s just awesome watching him out there.”

“Sox Serve Week”

The White Sox celebrate “Sox Serve Week”–its seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly known as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand that runs through Sunday. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.

On tap tonight:

White Sox Day at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital — White Sox team members will bring the ballpark atmosphere to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, giving patients the opportunity to win Sox prizes and participate in White Sox-themed games. The White Sox also will welcome a group of teenage oncology patients for a special field trip to U.S. Cellular Field for the game.

Ultimate White Sox Raffle — Fans have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets (available in Sections 135 and 535) to win a variety of prizes, including: a lineup exchange experience, an autographed Abreu bat and tickets to future White Sox games.

As part of “Sox Serve Week,” players, including Saladino, Adam LaRoche, Eaton and Duke, spent yesterday morning fishing with a group of young kids from the USO. The participants were children of military parents currently deployed. Here’s LaRoche giving some pointers to a young boy.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the third game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-10, 4.75) for the Sox, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (5-3, 4.29) for Seattle.

Photos of the Day

Saladino and Thompson have some pre-game fun with Eaton as a witness and the Sox have a fashion show, er, I mean a mound confab.

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Throwback Thursday: A Tribute to the South Side Hitmen

Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Today’s News

1977: You Had to Be There to Understand How Special It Was

The White Sox will honor a special era in team history tonight by wearing the collared blue and white V-neck jerseys first worn during the 1976 season.

The Sox wore the pull-over jerseys pajama style outside the navy trousers from 1976-81, but the uniforms are perhaps most identified with the 1977 South Side Hitmen. The ’77 team was one of the franchise’s most popular and exciting teams who battled the division-winning Royals and Twins for the American League West title, were in first place from the beginning of July to mid-August and ultimately finished in third place with 90 victories.

The Sox’ identity in ’77 was built on a potent offense. With the likes of Richie Zisk (30 HR, 101 RBI, .290), Oscar Gamble (31, 83, .297), Eric Soderholm (25, 67, .280), Chet Lemon (19, 67, .273) Jim Spencer (18, 69, .247) Jorge Orta (11, 84, .282), Lamar Johnson (18, 65, .302) and Ralph Garr (10, 54, .300) the Sox routinely drew enthusiastic crowds, prompted frequent curtain calls and popularized the singing of Na, Na, Hey, Hey…Goodbye.

That’s Spencer with the Hitmen T-shirt, Gamble, Zisk and Garr pictured above.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and a pair of walks along with seven strikeouts in the Sox’ 3-0 loss to the Red Sox in the series finale. The K total gives Sale 229 on the season, a career-high that also gives him the fifth highest total in White Sox history. Hall-of-Famer Ed Walsh is the only Sox pitcher to strike out more in a season and he did it four times: 269 in 1908, 258 in 1910, 255 in 1911 and 254 in 1912…Melky Cabrera collected a pair of singles and a double.

Enjoy another outstanding Sale performance:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v415725283

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-5, 4.22) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (4-6, 4.22) for Seattle.

Rodon makes his 22nd appearance and 19th start of the season. He is 1-1 with a 1.23 ERA over his last three starts. He posted a no decision in his last start on August 22 at Seattle, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings.

Quotes of the Day

Trayce Thompson (pictured below) on the advice he got from coach Daryl Boston when he arrived in Chicago: “My first day, DBo told me, ‘It’s all about confidence and knowing you can play here.’ I took that to heart, and I think that has helped me a lot.”

@scottmerkin: Interesting side note on Trayce Thompson: His best friend and more like a third brother is Colorado standout third baseman Nolan Arenado

Dad Mychal Thompson is Over the Moon

http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/mychal-thompson-gets-goose-bumps-about-son-trayce-playing-big-leagues

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“Sox Serve Week”

The White Sox celebrate “Sox Serve Week”–its seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly known as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand that runs through Sunday. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.

On tap for tonight:

Gone Fishing with Youth Served by the USO — White Sox players will spend the morning fishing at Northerly Island with a group of children whose parents are currently deployed in the U.S. military.

Ultimate Autograph Broadcast Auction presented by Comcast SportsNet –During the game, fans have the opportunity to bid on a variety of unique autographed items at U.S. Cellular Field in Section 135 or at whitesox.com/autographauction. Broadcasters Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone will feature items throughout the game broadcast on Comcast SportsNet. The bidding will end at 9:00 p.m. CT tonight.

As part of “Sox Serve Week” White Sox players welcomed Special Olympics athletes to the ballpark yesterday to participate in a Field of Dreams Clinic. Here’s Jose Abreu and Gordon Beckham giving some instruction to one of the youngsters who attended.

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Micah Johnson Off the DL

Second baseman Micah Johnson has been activated from the disabled list at Class AAA Charlotte.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-11, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (9-7, 4.73) for Seattle.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 126 on August 28 at Seattle, Jermaine Dye went 4-4 with a two-run homer and a pair of doubles and Carl Everett belted his 20th, a solo shot, to help give the first-place White Sox’ 4-3 triumph over the Mariners. It was the Sox’ fourth consecutive win and 79th of the season. Jose Contreras earned his ninth victory and Damaso Marte recorded his fourth save.

Photo of the Day

Alexei Ramirez shows that he’s a full-service shortstop.

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Sox Discovering Trayce Evidence of a Budding Star

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Rookie Trayce Thompson continued his sizzling assault on major-league pitching with a single, double, triple and three RBI. The seventh-inning double proved to be the knockout punch as it scored the tying and winning tallies as the White Sox prevailed 5-4 over the Red Sox to even the series at 1-1. Thompson, who was a home run shy of the coveted cycle, is now batting .522 with an astronomic 1.517 OPS in his first 11 games and 23 at bats in the big leagues…Melky Cabrera and Carlos Sanchez each added a pair of hits and an RBI.

Jake Petricka, who pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Jose Quintana, earned his fourth win, Zach Duke struck out the side 1-2-3 in the eighth and David Robertson came on in the ninth and set Boston down in order to register his 26th save.

Enjoy Thompson’s clutch two-run double:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=410874583

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the rubber game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-7, 3.34) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.81) for Boston.

Sale will be making his 25th start of the season, 13th at home and second vs. Boston. He is 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA and 36 strikeouts over his last three starts. He earned his third consecutive win in his last start on August 21 vs. Seattle, allowing three runs on four hits over seven innings while striking out 14.

Sale has struck out a club-record 29 batters over his last two starts, fanning the 14 against the Mariners after matching his career high with 15 on August 16 vs. the Cubs. He is the first pitcher in White Sox history to strike out 14 or more in consecutive starts and Chris’ 12 starts with 10-plus strikeouts this season are the most in the major leagues. In his career, he has struck out double-digit batters 30 times and 12-plus on 18 occasions.

The Sox’ four-time All-Star is tied with the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw for the major-league lead with 222 strikeouts. He is on pace to record a franchise-record 300, which would be the most in the major leagues since 2002 when Arizona’s Randy Johnson (334) and Curt Schilling (316) both eclipsed 300.

Chris’ average of 12.16 strikeouts per nine innings also would be a White Sox record and the highest in the majors since Hall-of-Famer Johnson’s 13.41 mark in 2001 and his 33.8 percent swings that miss are the highest since Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez‘s 35.8 average in 1999.  Sale recorded 10-plus strikeouts in eight straight starts from May 23-June 30, tying Martinez (1999) for the longest streak in baseball history.

Sale, who has joined Hall-of-Famer Ed Walsh (1910-12) as the only pitchers in Sox history to fan 200-plus in three consecutive seasons, is attempting to join Walsh (1908-11) as the only Sox pitchers to lead the majors in strikeouts.

Quotes of the Day

@KlayThompson: “I hate to admit it but Trayce might be the best overall athlete in the fam lol.”

Robin on Trayce: “I think he belongs here. He knows that.”

“Sox Serve Week” 

The White Sox celebrate “Sox Serve Week”–its seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly know as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand that runs through Sunday. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.

On tap for tonight:

Field of Dreams with Special Olympics Athletes — White Sox players will welcome Special Olympics athletes to U.S. Cellular Field to participate in a baseball clinic.

White Sox Car Raffle — White Sox fans who purchase a raffle ticket for the chance to win a White Sox-themed 2015 Mazda6 i Sport will have the added opportunity to win autographed memorabilia, promotional items and tickets to future White Sox fames. Car raffle tickets will be available in Section 135 and on the outfield concourse near centerfield.

Last night, two members of the White Sox Amateur Elite (ACE) program joined the Sox during their pre-game preparation as part of “Sox Serve Week.” Gaining wisdom from Harold Baines, getting some strength and conditioning tips from Sox fitness guru Allen Thomas, chatting wth Adam LaRoche and Gordon Beckham and playing catch with Jose Abreu. Not too shabby.

Here are the wide-eyed youngsters when they first set their sights on their big-league lockers and uniforms.

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Don’t Forget…

Tonight: An “Inside Look at the Real Harold Baines.”

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/inside-look-real-harold-baines

Erik the Great

RHP Erik Johnson continues to shine at Class AAA Charlotte. He won his 11th game of the season last night in the Knights’ 7-2 victory over Gwinnett, allowing just two runs in eight innings of work with seven Ks. Johnson is now second in the International League in wins and first in ERA (2.37) and strikeouts (136).

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-5, 4.22) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.29) for Seattle.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 125 on August 26 at Seattle, Tadahito Iguchi‘s two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning gave the first-place White Sox their third straight triumph, a dramatic 5-3 victory over the Mariners for their 78th win of the season. Brian Anderson clubbed two homers–a solo shot and a two-run blast–both off of Seattle ace King Felix Hernandez. Luis Vizcaino won his sixth game in relief and Dustin Hermanson registered save No. 32.

Photo of the Day

Three members of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, who are now playing with the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League, received the honor of participating in the ceremonial first pitch prior to last night’s game. They are, clockwise from top left, Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press.

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White Sox Sluggers Then and Now: Remembering Big Klu, Celebrating Abreu

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Today’s News

Sox Power Hitters Span Generations

When Jose Abreu displayed his raw power last night and smashed his team-leading 24th homer of the season and the 60th in his brief big-league career (click on link below), the timing brought to mind All-Star first baseman Ted Kluszewski–a White Sox slugger of a bygone era who was traded to the Sox 56 years ago today. It was a move that added a proven veteran bat to a pitching- and defensive-oriented club that was in the throes of the 1959 American League pennant race–a race the Sox eventually won by five games (read more under Photos of the Day).

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=406820683

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game set as the Sox look to even the series after a ninth-inning rally came up short in last night’s 5-4 loss. LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.60) for the Sox, LHP Wade Miley (10-9, 4.41) for Boston.

Q is scheduled to make his 26th start of the season, 12th at home and second vs. Boston. He earned the win in his last outing on August 20 at Angel Stadium after allowing two runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts over six innings. With the victory he extended his winning streak to three games.

Quintana is 2-0 with a 1.63 ERA, .167 opponents average and 0.76 WHIP over four career starts vs. Boston. He was the winning pitcher on July 29 at Fenway Park, allowing two runs in 6.1 innings.

Quote of the Day

Robin on rookie Carlos Rodon‘s progress.

“I think for any young guy the later you get into the year and him being in here, you’re always careful to watch it and see what the workload is and where he’s at. I think as of right now he’s only gotten better…I haven’t seen him slow down at all. I haven’t seen his velocity go down. With the command he’s now going out there featuring, it’s gotten better.”

“Sox Serve Week”: Tonight’s Activities

The White Sox celebrate “Sox Serve Week”–its seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly known as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand that runs through Sunday. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.

On tap for tonight:

Major Leaguers for a Day — Two White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program participants will become honorary members of the White Sox for a day. The ACE players will spend time in the clubhouse, stretch with the team, field fly balls during batting practice, exchange the game’s lineup card and receive tickets to the game.

Sox Serve Mini Bat Raffle — Fans have the opportunity to purchase a Sox Serve mini bat and be entered to win a variety of White Sox prizes. Bats are available for sale at U.S. Cellular Field in Sections 101 and 135. Bats will be sold for $10 each or three for $20.

One of last night’s themes was “Home Run for Life” as local youngsters battling cancer got the opportunity to be greeted by members of the White Sox.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-7, 3.34) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.81) for Boston.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 124 on August 25 in Minneapolis, Timo Perez singled in Geoff Blum with the eventual winning run in the top of the 10th inning as the first-place White Sox nipped the Twins, 2-1, for their 77th victory of the season. Jon Garland tossed 7.2 scoreless innings, Dustin Hermanson earned his first victory and Bobby Jenks recorded his first save.

Photos of the Day

On this day in 1959, the White Sox acquired four-time National League All-Star slugger Kluszewski from the Pirates with the hope they would get an offensive boost during the pennant chase. History shows that it was a brilliant decision.”Big Klu,” a Chicagoland native whose cut-off sleeves and bulging biceps were his trademarks, was a signficant factor down the stretch as the Sox won their first American League championship in 40 years and earned a trip to the World Series.

In 31 regular-season games with the Sox, Kluszewski batted .297 (just a tick below his lifetime average of .298) with a pair of homers, 10 RBI and a .351 on-base percentage. In the World Series against the Dodgers, he belted three home runs with 10 RBI in the six-game classic with a .391 batting average and a monstrous 1.266 OPS. Two of his Series homers came in the Sox’ 11-0 victory in Game 1 at Comiskey Park.

A 15-year major leaguer who also played for the Reds and Angels, Kluszewski later served as the hitting coach for the legendary Big Red Machine in Cincinnati–a team that included Pete Rose and Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez. Klu, who batted .326 and led the NL in homers (49) and RBI (141) in 1954 for Cincy, passed away in 1988 at the age of 63–the year after Abreu was born.

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Monday Roundup: Shark Faces Red Sox, “Sox Serve Week” Gets Underway, Sale’s Bid for 300 Ks and More…

Monday, August 24, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four against the Mariners. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-9, 4.64) for the Sox, RHP Joe Kelly (6-6, 5.37) for Boston.

“Sox Serve Week” Begins 

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/144479416

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Down 7-1 heading into the sixth inning, the White Sox put up a five-spot on the strength of two-run homers by Jose Abreu (No. 23) and Adam LaRoche (12) and an RBI double by Tyler Saladino to get within a run. The Sox couldn’t make it all the way back, however, and had to settle for a series win in Seattle, dropping the finale 8-6.

Here are the Abreu and LaRoche homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=403713583

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=403742483

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Quote of the Day

LaRoche, summing up the Sox season from a veteran player’s viewpoint (via @CSNHayes):

“These guys have been steady all year. From the players to the coaches, everybody affiliated with this team has stayed positive. There were some very frustrating times but you wouldn’t be able to tell in the clubhouse.”

Tight Games the Norm

Sixty-seven of the White Sox’ 122 games (55 percent) have been decided by two runs or less, including 12 of the last 19. The Sox’ 46 one-run games are the second-highest total in the major leagues behind the Cardinals (47).

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Something Fun to Talk About: Will Sale Reach 300 Strikeouts?

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/could-chris-sale-strike-out-300-batters-season

“Evidently” This is Must-See TV

@ChuckGarfien: One of the greatest hitters in White Sox history. “Inside Look: Harold Baines” Wednesday at 8pm on @CSNChicago. 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.60) for the Sox, LHP Wade Miley (10-9, 4.41) for Boston.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 123 on August 24 in Minneapolis, Carl Everett belted a first-inning two-run homer and drove in two more in the fifth with a single as the first-place White Sox claimed victory No. 76 of the season with a 6-4 win over the Twins. Mark Buehrle improved his record to 14-6, giving up a lone run on six hits in eight innings of work. Dustin Hermanson chalked up his 31st save.

Photo of the Day

Due to Bobby Jenks‘ dramatic arrival during the 2005 season and his outstanding performance through the postseason, Hermanson has pretty much become a forgotten hero of ’05. But before injuring his back and giving way to Jenks in September, the 12-year big-league veteran was outstanding, saving 34 games with a 2.04 ERA for the eventual World Champions.

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Sox Seek Sweep After Late-Inning Magic Sinks Mariners

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep in the finale of the seven-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-10, 4.61) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (8-7, 4.60) for the M’s.

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Last Night’s Highlights

A two-run rally in the ninth tied the score at 3-3 and a three-run surge put the game out of reach in the 10th as the White Sox won their third game in a row, 6-3, with the chance to sweep the Mariners this afternoon and finish the seven-game road trip with a winning record.

The Sox entered the ninth down 3-1. Avi Garcia singled, J.B. Shuck, pinch-hitting for Trayce Thompson, walked. Alexei Ramirez singled, scoring Garcia with Shuck moving to second. Carlos Sanchez‘s sac bunt moved Shuck to third and Ramirez to second and Shuck scored the tying run as pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche grounded out.

Sox reliever Nate Jones escaped danger in the bottom of the ninth after walking the leadoff batter. But after a sac bunt, he struck out No. 2 hitter Kyle Seager and major-league home run leader Nelson Cruz to end the inning with the potential winning run at second.

In the 10th, the Sox scored their three runs on a walk, passed ball and forceout after a Tyler Saladino walk, Jose Abreu double and an intentional walk to Melky Cabrera loaded the bases with no outs.

Rookie Trayce Thompson (pictured above) cranked his second homer in the second inning to give the White Sox an early 1-0 lead (clink on link below) and he also singled, raising his batting average to .474. Carlos Rodon followed his first career complete game last Monday with another quality start–allowing three runs, six hits along with eight strikeouts in seven innings–after shutting out the Mariners for the first five frames.

Jones earned his first win of the season and closer David Robertson set down the Mariners 1-2-3 in the 10th for his 25th save. The Sox are now 11-3 in extra-inning games.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=401943283

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Quote of the Day

Carlos Sanchez (pictured above) on his significant improvement at the plate, which has included a career-high four RBI on Friday night and a 10th-inning RBI, a perfectly executed ninth-inning sacrifice bunt and his 20th double last night.

“It’s all about confidence. If you work hard every day, you can see the results sooner or later. My goal every day is it doesn’t matter if I go 0-4 because the next day I know I can do somethng good not just for me but for the team.”

A Dominican No-No for a Trio of White Sox Pitchers

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/143947364/white-sox-pitchers-combine-for-dsl-no-hitter

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four against the Mariners. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-9, 4.64) for the Sox, RHP Joe Kelly (6-6, 5.37) for Boston.

“Sox Serve Week” Also Begins Tomorrow 

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/144479416

Photo of the Day

Thompson and Sanchez, major contributors to last night’s win, are shown here before the game with Seattle mascot Mariner Moose in a rather unconventional pre-game activity.

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Sox Victory By The Numbers: Sale 14 Ks, Offense 11 Runs, 16 Hits

Saturday, August 22, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (8:10 CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-5, 4.42) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.67) for the M’s.

Rodon makes his 21st appearance and 18th start of the season. He is 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA over his last two starts. He recorded his first career complete game in his last start on August 17 at the Angels, allowing two runs on five hits over a career-high eight innings in a losing effort. He won his previous start on August 11 at home vs. the Angels, allowing four hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. The 11 strikeouts were the most by a Sox rookie since Jason Bere fanned 12 in 1993 vs. the Angels.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale got the best of King Felix Hernandez and took over the major-league lead in strikeouts while the offense exploded for 11 runs and 16 hits as the White Sox won their second in a row on their West Coast trip with an 11-4 victory over the Mariners.

Sale, who had a one-hitter through six, notched his 12th win of the season–allowing just three runs on four hits with a whopping 14 strikeouts in seven innings. It gives him 222, the most in baseball. It was the 30th time in his career (109 starts) that he struck out 10 or more and the 18th game where he fanned 12-plus, both franchise records. In his last two starts (14 innings) Sale has struck out 29 batters, having fanned 15 Cubs the start prior.

Every Sox starting position player recorded at least one base hit. Leading the hit parade were Tyler Saladino with three and Adam Eaton, Avi Garcia, Alexei Ramirez, Carlos Sanchez and Tyler Flowers with two each. Sanchez collected a career-high four RBI, Flowers three, Saladino two and Eaton and Jose Abreu one apiece. Jose has now driven in 27 runs in 29 games.

Here’s Sale’s brilliant performance and Sanchez’s two-out, two-run double off of King Felix in the sixth:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=397165383

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=395879283

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Quote of the Day

@CSNHayes on last night’s game: “The White Sox had six two-out hits, all from the sixth inning on with five accounting for runs.”

Sox Note of Note

Daniel Webb (back) began his rehab assignment last night at Class AAA Charlotte and earned the win with a perfect inning in the Knights’ 7-2 victory over Indianapolis.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and seven-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-10, 4.61) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (8-7, 4.60) for Seattle.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 121 on August 2 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox slammed four home runs off of future Hall-of-Famer Randy Johnson in a six-run fourth inning to defeat the Yankees, 6-2, and halt a seven-game losing streak. Tadahito Iguchi (No. 12), Aaron Rowand (11) and Paul Konerko (32) all belted solo homers and Chris Widger (4) launched a three-run shot. Jose Contreras earned his eighth victory as the Sox won their 75th game of the season.

Photo of the Day

The Sox offense is “picking up,” scoring 19 runs in the last two days with wins over the Angels and Mariners.

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Sox Unleash “Swing and Miss” Chris vs. Mariners and King Felix

Friday, August 21, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-7, 3.32) for the Sox, RHP Felix Hernandez (14-7, 3.65) for the M’s.

Sale will be making his 24th start of the season, 12th on the road and first vs. Seattle. He is 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA and 40 strikeouts in six career games (four starts) vs the Mariners with two complete games.

Chris is 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA over his last two starts. He struck out 15 batters last Sunday vs. the Cubs for the second time in his career, joining Hall-of-Famer Ed Walsh (twice) as the only Sox hurlers and Jake Peavy and Max Scherzer as the only active pitchers to accomplish the feat.

Sale is on pace to record a franchise-record 286 strikeouts, which would be the most in the major leagues since 2002 when Arizona’s Randy Johnson (334) and Curt Schilling (316) both eclipsed 300. Chris’ average of 11.90 strikeouts per nine innings would be the highest in club history.

The Sox’ four-time All-Star, who leads the American League and ranks second in the major leagues with 208 strikeouts, has joined Walsh (1910-12) as the only pitchers in White Sox history to fan 200-plus in three consecutive seasons. And he is attempting to join Walsh (1908, 1911) as the only Sox pitchers to lead the majors in strikeouts.

Sale recorded 10-plus strikeouts in eight straight starts from May 23-June 30, tying Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez for the longest streak in baseball history.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Sale became the fifth left-hander in big-league history to record at least five strikeouts with one or no hits allowed, joining Johnson (four), Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester and Warren Spahn (one each).

In his career, Sale has struck out 10 or more batters 28 times in 108 starts (25.9 percent) and 12 or more 17 times, both franchise records. His 17 games with 12-plus strikeouts all have come since 2012, nine more than any other pitcher during that span.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Abreu‘s two-run double capped a five-run fifth inning, Adam LaRoche belted a two-run homer and Jose Quintana delivered another quality start as the White Sox left Anaheim on a high note with an 8-2 victory over the Angels…Abreu, who drove in three runs on the night, has 26 RBI in his last 28 games…LaRoche’s home run was his 11th of the season and and he added a single to go 2-4…Q tossed six innings, allowing just two runs for his seventh win, and Nate Jones, Jake Petricka and Dan Jennings each pitched a scoreless, hitless inning of relief…Adam Eaton and Tyler Saladino each had two-hit games with an RBI and Carlos Sanchez singled in a run in the big fifth…Geovany Soto collected a single and a double.

Enjoy the Sox’ five-run fifth, LaRoche’s homer and Q’s strong performance:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=392568383

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=392712883

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=392740883

Shark Bite

Jeff Samardzija righted his own personal ship on Wednesday night despite the Sox’ 1-0 loss to the Angels. Shark allowed just one run in seven innings of work and recorded seven strikeouts. What was the difference from his previous couple of outings? Jeff explains via Scott Merkin of whitesox.com.

“I had my splitter (on Wednesday night) which has been the biggest issue for me in the past. The last two games, it has been there for me…For me, it’s about calming down and working my way through situations instead of pressing and trying to do too much. It usually means your front side flies open and the ball stays over the plate. I thought that was the biggest difference. I stayed under control and kept pitches down in the zone. I feel like my stuff has been exactly the same.”

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Quotes of the Day

Get to know the White Sox’ 2015 No. 1 draft pick Carson Fulmer (pictured above with Hall-of-Famer Jim Palmer), who is now pitching for the Class A Winston-Salem Dash. Carson participated in a Q&A yesterday with Dash fans on Twitter. Here are some of his answers:

Q: Do you prefer striking out a batter looking or swinging?

A: “Looking. You threw something that he wasn’t looking for, which is the ultimate feeling.”

Q: What emotions ran through your mind when you were assigned to pitch in your first professional game with the White Sox?

A: “I’ve been waiting my whole life to play professional baseball. I’m just glad to have the opportunity.”

Q: What is your favorite baseball memory?

A: “Being part of Vanderbilt’s first national championship.”

Q: What was your favorite team growing up?

A:  “I really didn’t have one. I just loved baseball. My favorite player was Nolan Ryan.”

Q: If you were a pancake in a stack of pancakes which would you be and why?

A: “The very bottom one because, regardless of what happens, I will be the most supportive pancake in the stack.”

Q: Do you enjoy playing with the Dash? What has the experience been like?

A: “Of course. They emphasize “team” here, which is a big part of what I stand for.”

Q: What’s the biggest difference in the atmospheres of college ball and minor league ball?

A: “Getting mentally and physically prepared. Instead of four games a week, it’s seven. But I’m enjoying every second of it.”

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A Very Special “Throwback Thursday”

The White Sox will honor a special era in team history by wearing the collared, blue and white V-neck jerseys first worn during the 1976 season when the team takes on the Mariners at 7:10 p.m. CT on Thursday, August 27 at U.S. Cellular Field. (original uniform specs above courtesy of @toddradom).

The ’76 Sox introduced one of baseball’s most innovative team looks–pull-over jerseys worn pajama style outside the trousers with accompanying navy shorts. It was the first and only time a baseball team has worn shorts in a major-league game. While the team will not sport the shorts on “Throwback Thursday,” they will wear the collared jerseys untucked with pants.

The Sox wore the jerseys from 1976-81, including three games with shorts. Among those who wore the collared jerseys in 1976 included Hall-of-Famer Goose Gossage and All-Stars Chet Lemon and Carlos May. Others who wore the uniform in later years were Hall-of-Famer Carlton Fisk, Sox great Harold Baines and current radio broadcasters Steve Stone and Ed Farmer.

Baines: “It was the most comfortable–not the prettiest–uniform I ever wore. No belt, length of pants didn’t matter; you just had to put on your socks to be ready. I’m just glad I didn’t have to wear the shorts.”

Stone: “These particular jerseys represent one of the most exciting years that the White Sox have had, which was the very offensive minded “South Side Hitmen of 1977. The jerseys bring back memories of many runs scored.”

Farmer: “This uniform was the ugliest I have worn, but it also was the most comfortable I have ever worn.”

In addition to the throwback uniforms, fans will see retro elements throughout the ballpark, including signage, video highlights and photos from the era the uniforms were worn. Fans can share their favorite moments by using the hashtag #SoxTBT.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Mariners at Safeco Field (9:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-5, 4.42) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.67) for Seattle.

Photos of the Day

Even Mr. White Sox Minnie Minoso suited up in the “Throwback Thursday” uniform as a coach from 1976-78 and 1980 and as a DH for a total of 10 at bats in ’76 and ’80. For the record, Minnie collected a single in 1976 off of Angels pitcher Sid Monge in this uniform. He was in his early 50s.

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