Countdown to Monday
Friday, March 29, 2013
White Sox vs. Milwaukee at Miller Park (7:05 p.m., CT). Hector Santiago is the starter for the Sox vs. Wily Peralta. Also scheduled to pitch for the Sox are Nate Jones, Jesse Crain, Matt Lindstrom, Donnie Veal and Matt Thornton.
Sox Lineup: De Aza, cf; Keppinger, 3b; Rios, rf; Dunn, dh; Konerko, lb; Viciedo, lf; Ramirez, ss; Flowers, c; Beckham, 2b.
The Sox were 13-13-3 in the Cactus League, the Brewers, 12-17-2
Cactus League Standouts
Chris Sale, the White Sox’s Opening Day starter, paced the Sox pitching staff in Arizona with a 4-0 record and a 3.86 ERA. Paul Konerko led the Sox with five homers and Dayan Viciedo was the team leader with 14 RBI and was tied for the lead in runs (11) and doubles (five). Reliever Brian Omogrosso finished with 12.1 scoreless innings in Cactus League play.
Opening Day Recommendations
On the Road with Southpaw
Southpaw was a big hit yesterday on his “getting ready for Opening Day” tour. The popular White Sox mascot and some of his Sox colleagues hopped on the Red Line near U.S. Cellular Field, rode north, got off at a few stops and passed out baseballs, key chains and shirts.
He had people on the train yelling “Go Sox,” asking about Opening Day, wondering how they could arrange for Southpaw to appear at birthday parties and the workers on the train were having a lot of fun with their celebrity rider. Twitter was also abuzz with Southpaw sightings.
And it’s important to note that Southpaw is not one of those high and mighty celebs. At one of the stops where workers were repainting garbage cans, our hero stopped and helped them out.
White Sox vs. Milwaukee at Miller Park (1:05 p.m., CT) in the final preseason game. Gavin Floyd will start for the Sox, Chris Narveson for the Brewers.There’s an off day on Sunday with the much-anticipated Opener on Monday.
Did You Know…
…that Robin Ventura made eight career Opening Day starts at third base for the Sox (1990-96, ’98)? His eight starts are the second most in team history behind Willie Kamm, who made nine straight from 1923-31.
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