Sox News and Notes on a Sunday Afternoon

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Today’s News

Wardrobe Malfunction

You can’t make this stuff up. Every player is responsible for bringing his jersey to away games. Today, starting pitcher Jake Peavy’s travel bag didn’t have a jersey when he arrived at Peoria’s ballpark just a few miles north of Glendale. So the former Cy Young Award winner tried to make do by using athletic tape to spell P-e-a-v-y on the back of a blank “54″ jersey. All turned out OK by first pitch, though, as Jake’s No. 44 arrived at the ballpark in Peoria by the time he took the mound.

Robin quipped, “Jake had an Alabama jersey with him, but we didn’t think it would be appropriate.”

Alexei Returns

Alexei Ramirez is back in camp and was in the starting lineup today after being away for a few days dealing with a personal matter.

Sizzling Spring Stats

Some outstanding offensive performances entering today’s game: Hector Gimenez was 5-7 (.714) with two RBI in three Cactus League games … Josh Bell was batting .556 (5-9) with a double, triple, home run, five RBI and four runs scored in six games … Jared Mitchell was hitting .417 (5-12) with a double, triple, home run and four RBI in five games … Alex Rios, who has left the team to play for Team Puerto Rico in the WBC, was hitting .456 (5-11) with two doubles, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored in four games.

Go Blackhawks!

The Blackhawks game (a 10:30 a.m. start here in the desert) was on television throughout the Sox complex (Nancy Nesnidal, assistant to GM Rick Hahn, is one of the biggest fans. Duncan Keith and Marian Hossa are two of her favorites). Nancy, of course, is now very happy as the Hawks beat the Red Wings in a shootout as they extended their unprecedented streak to 22 straight games with a point to open a season.

Friendly Fire

So one of the ways Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly runs camp is with an air horn to tell players when to rotate fields and drills. The thing blows throughout the morning and since our fields are so close to their practice fields, we can hear the horn all the time.

You can guess what comes next.

A couple of days ago, Robin Ventura and his coaching staff began to use their own air horn at completely random times simply to confuse the Dodger players and disrupt their practice.

I can’t divulge more, but stay tuned later this spring for the second wave …
Quote of the Day

Robin on the newly-acquired Conor Gillaspie, who has already hit two Cactus League homers: “He’s a very aggressive kid at the plate who wants to play hard.” Gillaspie collected an infield hit today in his only plate appearance and is now sporting a .357 average.

Play of the Day

In today’s 4-0 loss to the Padres, the Sox enjoyed some excellent pitching. Addison Reed and Matt Lindstrom each pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Nestor Molina gave up only a pair of hits in two innings of work…Peavy gave up three runs in three innings, but finished strong by retiring the last five batters he faced.

Sox Notes of Note

Vice Chairman Eddie Einhorn and Special Assistant to the Chairman Dennis Gilbert are in camp this week. Good to see them both…Today’s team meeting was one of the shortest in baseball history. Can’t really share the details.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). John Danks makes his first Cactus League appearance for the Sox vs. San Francisco’s Ryan Vogelsong…There’s also a “B” game against the Padres in Peoria (10:00 a.m.).

Did You Know…

…that Alex Rios was the only player in the American League and one of two in the major leagues (Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun) to hit .300 with 30 doubles, 25 homers, 90 RBI, 20 stolen bases and 300 total bases in 2012?

Photo of the Day

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John Danks, with Coop by his side, prepares for his first start.

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