March 2013

Robin: John Danks Needs More Time to Build Up Arm Strength

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Today’s News

Danks 

After today’s game, Robin Ventura confirmed that John Danks likely will make a few minor league starts and then begin the season on the DL. The skipper said there simply isn’t enough separation between his fastball and changeup and the only way to build up the necessary arm strength is to pitch.

Dylan Axelrod will be put on a schedule to take Danks’ spot in the rotation and Hector Santiago will remain in the bullpen because of his versatility.

Robin also said that Dayan Viciedo could have played today and should be in the lineup tomorrow.

42

White Sox executives, staff and players will attend a private screening tonight for the new Jackie Robinson movie, “42,” which opens nationally in theaters on April 12.  Along with Ken Williams and Harold Baines, Jerry Reinsdorf is scheduled to attend.  Reinsdorf, who grew up in Brooklyn as a Dodgers fan, attended one of Robinson’s very first games at Ebbets Field in 1949, an exhibition game against the Yankees played just before Opening Day.  It will be interesting to hear his thoughts on tonight’s movie.

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The Beauty and the General Manager

Happy Birthday to Sox GM Rick Hahn. As it turns out, Hahn shares his birthday with former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and successful entrepreneur Kathy Ireland. Before you ask what Kathy has to do with the White Sox, remember that she threw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Sox game in 1989.

More Good Food

Already known for the quality and variety of their ballpark food, the Sox will expand their offerings at the Cell this season on the 100 and 500 levels. Among the new additions will include Bull’s BBQ, created by former Sox star Greg Luzinski and featuring sweet BBQ pork; the Comiskey Burger, a double or triple cheeseburger topped with “Chitown Pico,” a relish salsa made with all the Chicago Dog ingredients; the Walking Taco, consisting of a bag of Fritos served with nacho cheese, chili and a fork; and a host of new beer offerings. There will also be new items for fans on the Club Level, Diamond Suites and the Stadium Club.

Say hello to the Comiskey Burger…

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Gammons Sighting

The MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, a visitor to Sox camp today, was seen watching BP.

Quote of the Day

Adam Dunn on playing left field in today’s game: He said he felt comfortable, happy that he didn’t air mail the throw to home plate, happy that it was Rod Barajas running instead of Michael Johnson and happy that he didn’t have many balls hit to him since his glove still isn’t quite broken in.  He also said he assumes he that he will only play LF in interleague games.

Play of the Day

Jordan Danks continues to sizzle. With his homer and single today in the 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks he is 12-17 (.706) with three doubles, two homers and nine RBI over his last six games.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Brewers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., Chicago time). Chris Sale will start for the Sox and Mike Fiers will do likewise for Milwaukee.

Did You Know…

…that entering today’s game, Paul Konerko was tied for second in the Cactus League in home runs (5) and ranks sixth in slugging percentage (.744), Adam Dunn was tied for third in walks (8) while Ramon Troncoso led the CL in games (10)?

Photo(s) of the Day

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Happy Birthday Rick…and Kathy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alejandro De Aza Will Return to White Sox as a WBC Champion

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Today’s News

De Aza’s Team Dominican Republic Defeats Rios’s Team Puerto Rico in Finale

White Sox starting outfielders Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios were in opposing dugouts at tonight’s World Baseball Classic championship game in San Francisco. In the end, De Aza and the Dominicans prevailed, 3-0, to go through the tournament undefeated and win their first WBC title.

De Aza beat out a bunt single in the fifth inning and scored the DR’s third run. Rios walked twice in four plate appearances.

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Sox Moves

Before today’s game vs. the Reds in Goodyear, the White Sox made five roster moves.

  • Optioned RHP Deunte Heath and INF Brent Morel to Class AAA Charlotte;
  • Reassigned LHP Daniel Moskos, INF Carlos Sanchez and RHP Zach Stewart to minor-league camp.

With the moves, the White Sox have 36 players remaining in major-league camp: 18 pitchers, three catchers, nine infielders and six outfielders.

Off-Day Progress

With the Sox having the day off in Cactus League play, Jake Peavy threw 97 pitches over 6.0 innings Tuesday without issuing a walk in a “B” game against Dodgers’ minor leaguers in Glendale. Nate Jones threw between 30-35 pitches over 2.0 innings.

Quote(s) of the Day

Coop’s assessment of Peavy and Jones: “It was a great workout for Jake and we got a lot of work in. He worked on all his pitches and his fastball was really good. He will have the next four days off and pitch next in five days against the Dodgers (March 23). It was a good and productive day of work for Nate. All of his pitches looked very good. He will pitch again in two days.”

Play of the Day

Adam Dunn’s three-run first inning home run, his third homer of the spring, in the Sox’s 10-6 loss to the Reds.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., Chicago time). Gavin Floyd is the scheduled starter for the Sox, ex-Sox Brandon McCarthy will start for Arizona.

Did You Know…

…that Jordan Danks is 10-14 (.714) with three doubles, a homer and eight RBI over his last five games?

Photo of the Day

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Jeff Keppinger went 2-2 with two walks and two runs scored in today’s game vs. the Reds. He’s now hitting .462 this spring.

Crain, Keppinger on the Mend and Sale Talks About Opening Day Start: “It’s Going to be Awesome”

St. Patrick’s Day: Sunday, March 17, 2013

Today’s News

Green Caps

The White Sox today wore green caps to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day. Beginning March 25, the autographed caps will be auctioned on whitesox.com with proceeds benefitting Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago.

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And if you missed Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the White Sox today, you have another chance on September 14 at U.S. Cellular Field when the Sox celebrate Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day.

The first 20,000 fans 21 & older will walk away with the hat pictured below thanks to Miller Lite.

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Crain Back in Action

Here’s Jesse Crain, green cap and all, back on the mound this morning in a “B” game, as he recovers from a strained adductor. Crain said the outing went well.

“Health-wise, this was definitely a step forward and I’m very close,” he said. “The other day I’d probably give myself 80 percent, I felt out there today I was about 90–I was just a little tenative mentally to get over the ball…I’m just worried about feeling good and not wanting to think about my leg when I’m out there…From two days ago it was a huge jump. I’m excited about it and hopefully in a day or two I’ll get back out there again and be even closer.” He also added that based on today’s outing he feels confident he’ll be ready for Opening Day.

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Keppinger

Jeff talked to the writers this morning. He made it clear that his shoulder, which has kept him out of the lineup at times this spring, is now a non-issue and he’s ready to go. He was in the lineup today at DH.

Quote of the Day

Chris Sale on his Opening Day start and how quickly he’s reached this point in his career:

“I’m really excited about it, it’s an honor. I called my Dad the other day and I said, ‘When am I going to wake up?, when’s the wake-up call coming?’ It’s been a lot to take in, but I’m certainly appreciative of everything. I know what’s gone on doesn’t happen to a lot of people.

“I’m definitely going to have to collect myself, that’s for sure–stay focused and take a lot of deep breaths. The last couple Opening Days I’ve been like a kid in a candy shop. It’s one of those days that’s fun, the excitement, the energy’s around…Being a part of that now could be overwhelming and I’ll do everything I can to collect my thoughts and stay on an even plane.

“It’s going to be awesome (to open the season at home). My knees are shaking right now just thinking about it. Going up there and having our fans for Day 1–you know the Cell is going to be electric. Our fans will be screaming their heads off, going nuts, against a division rival.”

Play of the Day

Jordan Danks continued his recent surge, going 2-2 with a walk in the Sox’s 10-0 loss to the Royals at Surprise.
Danks is now hitting .333 this spring.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day for the White Sox in the Cactus League. Jake Peavy and Nate Jones will pitch in a simulated game vs. the Dodgers’ minor leaguers at Noon (Chicago time) in Glendale. On Tuesday, it will be the Sox vs the Reds at Goodyear (3:05 p.m., Chicago time). John Danks is scheduled to start vs. Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey.

Did You Know…

…that, with today being St. Patrick’s Day, only one player with the last name Green has worn a White Sox uniform? And that was outfielder Danny Green, who played for the Sox from 1902-05.

Photo of the Day

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

It’s Official: Chris Sale will be the Opening Day Starter

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Today’s News

Lefties Rule for Sox on Opening Day

After today’s game, Robin Ventura named Chris Sale as the Opening Day starter on April 1 vs. the Royals at the Cell. The decision means lefties will have started each of the past six Opening Days for the Sox (Danks, 2012, Buehrle 2008-11) and 14 of last 15 (the only righty was Jose Contreras in 2007).

“(Sale) will be the Opening Day starter. We feel very confident with him going forward and giving him the ball for the first game,” said Ventura, who then explained why the announcement wasn’t made earlier in the spring. “(We wanted) him to get his work in and get ready to go. (This is now) something for him to get motivated the last two weeks and get out there and go. He’s ready to do that.”

What a Difference Three Years Make

Just for fun, I looked up April 1, 2010 to see what Sale was doing then. Couldn’t tell you.

But on April 2, 2010, just three years ago, he started Game 1 of a doubleheader for Florida Gulf Coast University against Mercer. Sale earned the victory in the 9-1 FGC win, striking out 14 over 8.0 IP, allowing just one unearned run on four hits and one walk. With the win, he improved to 4-0 on the season.

Three years later, he starts Opening Day in a Major League ballpark. Here’s how Sale looked as a Florida Gulf Coast Eagle:

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More Sale and a Sox Victory

Sale got credit for today’s 11-5 win over the A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, working six innings. He got strong offensive support from the likes of Hector Gimenez (2-3, three RBI); Conor Gillaspie (2-3, two RBI); Jordan Danks (2-4, two RBI); Steve Tolleson (Triple, RBI, two runs scored); Jim Gallagher (1-1, RBI); Bryan Anderson (2-2, RBI); and Tyler Saladino 1-1, RBI). The Sox pounded out 17 hits after collecting 15 against the Cubs on Friday and scored 26 runs in the two games.

Quote of the Day

Robin, commenting on Dayan Viciedo’s monster day on Friday, highlighted by a grand slam homer to right-center: “He’s special when he’s hitting the ball (to the opposite field)…he’s strong enough to take it over there and put up some big numbers.”

Play of the Day

Back-to-back triples by Gimenez and Tolleson in the Sox’s four-run third inning.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

St. Patrick’s Day in Surprise: White Sox vs. Royals (3:05 p.m., Chicago time). It’ll be Zach Stewart starting for the Sox vs. the Royals’ Luis Mendoza. Jose Quintana, Hector Santiago and Jesse Crain are scheduled to pitch in a B-game at Camelback Ranch (Noon, Chicago time).

Did You Know…

…that as a result of his outstanding game at the plate today Gimenez has reached base safely in seven of his last nine games, going 11-20 (.550) with six RBI. He’s batting .500 overall this spring.

Photo of the Day

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Red-hot Sox catcher Hector Gimenez.

Booming Bats

Friday, March 15, 2013

Today’s News

Sox Offense Explodes: 15 Runs, 15 Hits, 8 Bases on Balls

Dayan Viciedo smashed a grand slam, doubled and drove in six runs, Jordan Danks hit a two-run homer and a pair of doubles with five ribbies and Dewayne Wise added his third homer of the spring as the Sox crushed the Cubs, 15-3, this afternoon at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

Starter Gavin Floyd was also very impressive, pitching 5 1/3 innings while allowing just one run and four hits along with five strikeouts.

Here are Viciedo and Danks ready to attack in today’s game:

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The “Other” Danks Brother

Prior to today’s game, Jordan’s brother John took calls from @whitesox Twitter fans on the #SoxPhone.

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Roster Moves

Following today’s game, the White Sox made four roster moves: RHP Andre Rienzo and Jhan Marinez, C Josh Phegley and OF Jared Mitchell were optioned to Class AAA Charlotte.

With the moves, the Sox have 41 players remaining in major-league camp: 21 pitchers, three catchers, 11 infielders and six outfielders.

Quote of the Day

Talking with Hawk and Steve in the WGN-TV booth this afternoon, GM Rick Hahn said: “The biggest move of the offseason was signing Jake Peavy, which was essential for us to compete with anybody from a pitching standpoint.”

Play of the Day

Jordan Danks’ second inning homer, which gave the Sox the early lead they never relinquished.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., Chicago time). Chris Sale will start for the Sox vs. Jarrod Parker for Oakland.

Did You Know…

…that entering today’s game Paul Konerko led the Cactus League in slugging percentage (.839), was tied for the lead in home runs (5) and ranked eighth in average (.355) and total bases (26)? And he continued his hotting hitting this afternoon with a perfect day–a single, double, a walk with a run scored.

Photo of the Day

Baines Statue

Happy 54th birthday to the great Harold Baines.

Alex Delivers, Alexei Laughs and “Off-Day” Fun on the Golf Course

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Today’s News

Rios to the Rescue

In Wednesday night’s WBC elimination game between Puerto Rico and Italy, Alex Rios was a key factor in PR’s 4-3 win. He singled in the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run on Sox minor leaguer Andy Gonzalez’s infield single. Let’s hope Alex celebrates like this frequently in 2013.

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Alexei’s Passion

Apparently, a certain White Sox shortstop from Cuba has a certain passion for more than just baseball.

Try the canned air horn.

A grinning Alexei Ramirez can often be heard well before he’s seen in camp over the past few days, sneaking up on unsuspecting teammates and startling them with a burst of an air phone.

Then he laughs.

In the shower.

Alexei laughs.

In the clubhouse.

Alexei laughs.

Echoing down the hallway.

Alexei’s laughter following right behind.

Where Can You Find the Sox on an Off-Day?

For many players and coaches, it’s on the golf course. Two White Sox foursomes tackled TPC Scottsdale on the off-day Tuesday. Here manager Robin Ventura lines up a putt, while director of team travel Ed Cassin, an unidentified golfer in a white floppy hat, coach Daryl Boston and caddie look on. “Unidentified” was latter pegged as bench coach Mark Parent. For more off-day action, see Photo(s) of the Day.

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Congratulations are in Order

Darius Day (below on the left) and Rahman Williams (right), both Chicago White Sox ACE participants, have verbally committed to  play baseball in college. Day, who attends Simeon Career Academy, will be heading to the University of Arizona. Williams, who attends Morgan Park Academy, will attend the University of Michigan. Both will enroll in the fall of 2014.

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Quote of the Day

Bobby Thigpen: “You took a photo of me golfing? Worst round of my life.” The photo in question is below.

Play of the Day

Dewayne Wise homered, his second of the spring, Blake Tekotte tripled and drove in two runs and Jordan Danks went 2-2 with an RBI in the Sox’s 12-4 loss to the Angels in Tempe.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Gavin Floyd will start for the Sox while the Cubs starter is TBA.

Did You Know…

…that while the College of Cardinals selected the first Pope Francis, the first Francis to play for the White Sox was Chicagoan Francis (Frank) Roth in 1906 (compliments of @soxnerd on Twitter)

Photo(s) of the Day

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Here are bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen (top) and third base coach Joe McEwing on the famous Par 3 at the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale. Can you hear the roar?

Jake Hosted the Troops During the Day and was Honored at Night

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Today’s News

A Fun Day for Sox Players and Soldiers Alike

On Monday, Jake Peavy hosted 10 United States Marines and Navy Corpsman from Camp Pendleton and the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego, California. All of these servicemen have been awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat. The special guests were offered the opportunity to make the trip to Arizona by Strikeouts For Troops, an organization founded by San Francisco Giants’ pitcher, Barry Zito, and supported by professional baseball players throughout MLB, including Peavy.

The troops took a complete tour of Camelback Ranch, visiting the practice fields, training room, weight room (where they kidded Jake that he could spend a little more time) and the clubhouse, where Jake introduced them to the rest of the team to take photos and gather autographs. The troops were later hosted at a dinner in their honor at Frasher’s Steakhouse where Jake performed with Barry Zito and other friends. There was a pact made at the ballpark that before the evening was over the troops would all get on stage with Jake and perform the Unchained Melodies scene from the movie Top Gun. Here are the soldiers both posing with our players in the Sox clubhouse and at the evening event where Peavy was presented with the Joe Zito Patriot Award, named after Barry’s Dad.

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“Q” on Schedule

While the Sox had an off-day from Cactus League action on Tuesday, Jose Quintana threw five innings (75 pitches) in a simulated game against minor league hitters. Coop said he worked on all of his pitches, everything went well and he remains on pace.

Play(s) of the Day

Alexei Ramirez had a pair of hits in today’s 5-2 Sox loss to the Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale to raise his spring average to .409. Dewayne Wise singled twice and drove in a run. Daniel Moskos, David Purcey and Jeff Gray each pitched a scoreless inning for the Sox.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Tempe (3:05 p.m., Chicago time). The Sox’s John Danks will face L.A.’s Jason Vargas.

Did You Know…

…that Gordon Beckham has hit safely in his last five games, going 6-16 (.375) with a homer and three RBI.

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More Peavy: Jake went four-plus innings (81 pitches) today in a minor league game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sale On

Monday, March 11, 2013

Today’s News

White Sox 3, Rockies 1

Chris Sale was in fine regular season form this afternoon. In his first five innings of work against Colorado at Camelback Ranch-Glendale he gave up only one hit (a single to Sox nemesis Mike Cuddyer) while striking out a pair. He gave up a solo homer and a single to start the sixth before Nate Jones came on in relief to close out the inning. Erik Johnson pitched two scoreless innings–the seventh and eighth–and Ramon Troncoso pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

The White Sox scored their runs on a second-inning homer by Paulie, his fifth of the spring, an RBI single by Beckham in the third and a run-scoring double by Drew Garcia in the eighth. Once again the Sox were in double figures in the hit department with 10.

The Sox are now 8-5-2 this spring.

Roster Moves

Following today’s game, the Sox made the following 10 roster moves:

* Optioned RHP Simon Castro and LHP Santos Rodriguez to Class AAA Charlotte.

* Optioned RHP Nestor Molina to Class AA Birmingham.

* Reassigned OF Stefan Gartrell, RHP Erik Johnson, INF Seth Loman, INF Marcus Semien, LHP Scott Snodgress, OF Trayce Thompson and OF Keenyn Walker to minor-league camp.

* With the moves, the White Sox have 45 players remaining in major-league camp: 23 pitchers, four catchers, 11 infielders and seven outfielders.

Happy Trainer

The happiest guy in White Sox camp at 7:00 a.m. today was Sox trainer and native of The Netherlands, Herm Schneider.

As I came into the training room to run on the treadmill, I flicked on the television to Cuba vs.The Netherlands, ninth-inning, bases loaded.

With me, Hermie and Robin Ventura watching, The Netherlands scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly to center field and advanced to the semi-finals of the World Baseball Classic.

“Go Dutch!” Schneider cheered with a big smile on his face.

Hawkins Revealed

Interesting piece by Scott Merkin on whitesox.com. It’s a closeup look at the Sox’s 2012 No.1 draft pick, outfielder Courtney Hawkins, and his motivation to get to the big leagues as quickly as possible.

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Quote of the Day

There’s no specific quote to report, but you can rest assured that there were some priceless observations during this morning’s conversation on the back fields between Hawk Harrelson (pictured below on the left) and Art “Cave” Kusnyer.

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Play of the Day

Sale’s outstanding performance.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day. On Wednesday, White Sox vs. Indians at Camelback Ranch (3:05 p.m., Chicago time). Scheduled starters are the Sox’s Andre Rienzo, who is back from pitching for Brazil in the WBC, and the Tribe’s Ubaldo Jimenez.

Did You Know…

…that reliever Brian Omogrosso hasn’t allowed an earned run in 7 2/3 innings in six appearances and teammate Nestor Molina hasn’t allowed a run in four innings of work?

Photo of the Day

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Captain Konerko signed for his fans–then went out and smashed a homer against the Rockies.

A Split-Squad Sunday

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Today’s News

Sox Recap

Sox 11, Mariners 7 at Peoria: Leading the 11-run, 17-hit attack were Stefan Gartrell with a three-run home run; Gordon Beckham and Brent Morel who both slugged two-out solo homers; Dayan Viciedo who had a double, two singles and an RBI; Seth Loman who collected three singles and two runs batted in and Jared Mitchell who added a double and a single with an RBI. Dylan Axelrod got credit for the victory, working three innings while allowing just a run and a hit.

Reds 7, Sox 3 at Camelback Ranch-Glendale: Conor Gillaspie singled and tripled with a run scored and upped his spring batting average to .364. Alexei Ramirez went 2-2 with a run scored and is now hitting .368.

The Birthday Advantage

On March 5, his 37th birthday, PK went 3-3 with an RBI. Now Dayan, celebrating birthday No. 24 today, also went 3-3 with an RBI. We can only hope we have a lot of September and October birthdays this season.

How it Looked on a Beautiful Arizona Day

The scenes this afternoon at Cameback Ranch (top, during game action) and Peoria Stadium (during the National Anthem).

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Health Report

Jesse Crain, who is recovering from a strained right adductor, said his bullpen session this morning went well and he expects to throw again on Wednesday, most likely another bullpen…Jeff Keppinger was scratched from today’s lineup with slight shoulder irritation. Could DH tomorrow, but won’t play in the field/throw until Wednesday.

Quote of the Day

Bill Melton, on today’s whitesox.com Sox-Reds webcast, talking about how head Sox trainer Herm Schneider and his assistant Brian Ball put injured players through strenuous paces to get them back on the field quickly: “When you go into Herm’s training room, you’ll walk away in tears.”

Play(s) of the Day

In Peoria, Gartrell’s three-run homer in the Sox’s five-run first inning. At Camelback Ranch-Glendale, it’s Gillaspie with the two hits and run scored.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Colorado at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., Chicago time). Chris Sale will start for the Sox, Chris Volstad for the Rockies.

Did You Know…

…that with a base hit (plus an RBI) vs. the Reds today, Hector Gimenez is batting a sizzling .583 this spring.

Photo of the Day

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Happy 24th birthday to No. 24

PK on a Roll…to Say the Least

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Today’s News

Hotter than Hot

If you find a player anywhere hotter than Paulie, let me know. Before he lined out in the third inning of today’s 11-9 loss to the Diamondbacks, Konerko (who singled in his first plate appearance and scored) had a hit in seven straight at-bats. He was back at it again in the fifth by smashing a three-run homer and is now a blistering 9-12 with three home runs, seven RBI and six runs scored over his last four games. He’s hitting .409 overall this spring.

Rivera

Mariano Rivera’s announcement today that the 2013 will be his final season in the majors brought back my memory of his very first appearance against the Chicago White Sox on July 4, 1995 at then New Comiskey Park.

The 25-year-old Rivera had started three games for the Yankees earlier that season and had been sent down with a 10.25 ERA (imagine!) and was battling injuries.

He was called up to start that day against the Sox, and wow!

Rivera allowed just two hits and struck out 11 over 8.0 IP as the Yankees won, 4-1. Frank Thomas had both hits. Lance Johnson (0-4), Robin Ventura (0-4), Warren Newson (0-4, four strikeouts) and Ray Durham (0-4) were notables in the Sox lineup. Alex Fernandez, who went 8.2 IP, took the loss.

Always made me wonder what his career would have been like if he had remained a starter.

GM Insight

Friday morning, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn joined Rangers GM Jon Daniels and Jed Hoyer, GM of the Cubs, on a special panel hosted by MLB Network’s Brian Kenny at the SABR Analytics Conference at the downtown Phoenix Sheraton.

Among Hahn’s comments …

“We all need to find a way to enjoy the wins as much as the losses hurt,” he said of the pain and suffering often felt by baseball front offices. “If we can’t enjoy this unique opportunity, then we’re doing something wrong.”

Hahn expressed that the most important part of a GM’s job is to create the right environment for decision making, where everyone in an organization – scouts, analytic experts and manager/coaches/staff – can debate their own, and each other’s, perspectives in order to reach the correct decision. “It’s ultimately about communicating,” Hahn said.

All three GMs said one of their first habits each day is to search the web for news and information. They cited MLB.com, team websites, ESPN.com, Hardball Times, SI.com, CBS.com, Fangraphs, RotoWorld, Baseball Prospectus and fan blogs about other teams as their frequent sources on the news, injuries and needs for other teams. “It’s about looking for opportunities,” Daniels said.

Hahn added that he enjoyed visiting the popular SouthSideSox blog.

“I like to see how they approach our decisions,” he said. “It’s interesting to read analysis by people who really care about the organization and are interested in our success.”

I was disappointed no one mentioned this blog … (actually, I would be more worried if one of them did!).

Faster than a Speeding Bullet

Reliever Nate Jones hit 100 mph on the speed gun during his fourth inning stint this afternoon.

Quote of the Day

During the second inning of Friday’s rain-halted game, the literally red phone rang in the White Sox dugout.

“You’ve got about 20 minutes until it really starts raining,” manager Robin Ventura was told.

“So you really want us to put our foot down and try?” he wise-cracked back.

The Sox went on to score three times in the inning, so apparently Ventura was, indeed, holding back.

I’m thinking that we call Friday’s result a Sox victory …

Play of the Day

Konerko, of course, hands down. But let’s give kudos to non-roster invitee Josh Bell, the DH, who hit a two-run homer in the second inning this afternoon off of Brandon McCarthy. Bell is now batting .500 this spring with a pair of home runs and seven RBI. Alexei Ramirez singled, doubled and drove in two runs in the White Sox’s 13-hit attack.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

A split-squad Sunday, both games at 3:05 p.m., Chicago time: White Sox vs. Reds at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Gavin Floyd will start for the Sox vs. Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto. White Sox vs. Mariners at Peoria. Starters will be Dylan Axelrod for the Sox and Andrew Carraway for Seattle.

Sox Lineups: Against the Reds: Wise, lf, C. Sanchez, 2b, Dunn, lb, Konerko, DH, Bell, 3b, Ramirez,ss, Flowers, c, Tekotte, cf, Thompson, rf. Versus the Mariners: Mitchell, rf; Beckham, 2b, Keppinger, 3b, Gillaspie, 1b, Viciedo, lf, Morel, dh, Jordan Danks, cf, Phegley, c, A. Sanchez, ss.

Did You Know…

…that with his two singles today, newly-acquired infielder Jeff Keppinger is 7-14 in his last five games and batting .476 this spring?

Photo of the Day

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The Captain is Cruising.

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