April 2013

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (7:05 p.., CT, CSN+). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Yu Darvish (4-1) for Texas. 

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Greene, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Gimenez, C; Wise, CF.

Casper Wells Joins Sox

On yesterday’s off-day the White Sox acquired righthanded-hitting outfielder Casper Wells from the Oakland A’s for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Leyson Septimo was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Wells, a four-year major leaguer who is a career .244 hitter with 25 homers and 80 RBI in 244 games, takes Blake Tekotte’s spot on the 25-man roster. Tekotte was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after Sunday’s game.

In addition to the A’s, Wells has seen action with the Tigers and Mariners. Here’s what was waiting for him in his locker in Arlington:

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Good Report

Dayan Viciedo, on the disabled list with a strained oblique, feels a lot better today. He took about 25 swings and didn’t have any pain.

Jordan Danks

Jordan was in the starting lineup tonight, but removed in favor of Dewayne Wise due to an inflamed bursa sac in his right knee. The lineup change was a precaution and Jordan is day-to-day.

Quote of the Day

Robin on managing with key players on the DL:

“Guys are playing hard. You try to make do and make sure everybody’s giving some constant effort. That’s all you can ask.”

Play of the Day

Paul Konerko, boasting a .500 batting average with runners in scoring position, is among the American League leaders–tied for fifth place with the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (7:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Chris Sale (2-2) for the Sox, Nick Tepesch (2-1) for Texas.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox were 6-3 against the Rangers last season and won five straight games against Texas in July, including a three-game sweep at U.S. Cellular Field, July 3-5?

Photo of the Day

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Jose goes for victory #3.

A Milestone Homer for Paulie and #SoxSocial Trends on Twitter

Sunday, April 29, 2013

Today’s News 

The Game:

The White Sox and Tampa Bay split their four-game series as the Rays came out on top today, 8-3. Paul Konerko smashed a two-run homer in the third inning, his fourth of the season and 426th of his career. PK is now tied with Hall of Famer Billy Williams for 45th on the all-time home run list…Dylan Axelrod had another quality start, giving up three runs and four hits in six innings of work.

#SoxSocial Day

Today was the first #SoxSocial Day and because we trended on Twitter, fans will get: a 20 percent discount at whitesox.com/shop if they use code: CWSTRENDING, a 20 percent discount at Chicago Sports Depot if they present this tweet:

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There’s also a special ticket deal for the May 24 game against Miami. Use the promo code: SOCIAL (both online and at the box office). The offer, good through April 29 at 6:00 p.m., CT, is $15 for outfield and bleacher seats (currently $26/$24) and $14 for upper box seats (currently $19).

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Gavin to DL; Heath Promoted

Before today’s game, the Sox placed Gavin Floyd on the 15-day DL with a flexor muscle strain in his right elbow and Deunte Heath was promoted from Class AAA Charlotte to replace him on the roster. Hector Santiago will replace Floyd in the rotation while Heath will be part of the bullpen mix.

Keppinger Update

According to Robin, Jeff Keppinger, who has missed the past three games with a back issue, should be ready to go on Tuesday in Texas.

Beckham Speaks

Gordon Beckham, on the DL with a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist, visited with Hawk and Steve today in the WGN booth during the top of the third inning. Beckham said he feels that he turned the corner last season and has gotten back to where he was in his rookie year. He added that it’s the first time he’s been on the DL, which has been a different experience, and he’s working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible. Gordon also said his job now is to be a good teammate by giving his support on the bench and in the clubhouse.

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A Step Closer to Chicago

John Danks will pitch for Class AA Birmingham vs. Chattanooga Thursday on a minor-league rehab assignment.

Spanky Remembers

Another Sunday, another celebration of the 1983 A.L. West Champion Sox. First baseman Mike “Spanky” Squires, a member of that club who wore the Sox uniform for 10 seasons, reminisces about that memorable campaign.

http://atmlb.com/YejWRY

Quote of the Day

Today, Hall of Famer Carlton “Pudge” Fisk, a star on the ’83 Sox, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and expressed how much he enjoys coming back to the ballpark:

“A good part about these Throwback Sundays is remembering the ’83 team with the uniforms and the guys, calling us back. I haven’t seen Thiggy (Bobby Thigpen) for a long time or Harold (Baines) or all these guys. Then once you see them it’s like you’ve been around them all these years. It’s really familiar and very satisfying to come here and be a part of the whole deal.”

Play of the Day

Paulie’s homer. Take a look:

http://atmlb.com/ZW0IMd  

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day. On Tuesday, White Sox vs. Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Yu Darvish (4-1) for Texas.

Did You Know…

…that Pudge played longer for the White Sox (13 seasons) than he did for the Boston Red Sox (11 seasons)?

Photo of the Day

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No. 426 for Paulie

#TWTW

Saturday, April 27, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Gavin Floyd (0-3) for the Sox, Matt Moore (4-0) for the Tampa Bay.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Greene, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Ramirez, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Flowers, C; Danks, CF.
 
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The Will To Win: White Sox Style
 
I think you had to be living in Australia or on a remote island to have have missed this week’s “battle” between Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and MLB Network’s Brian Kenny over the importance and value of sabermetrics. As an organizaiton, probably like most MLB organizations, we utilize both “new school” statistical analysis and “old school” scouting to collect data and opinions for GM Rick Hahn, Ken Williams, Robin Ventura and others to use before making a decision. For us, the whole debate is entertaining, as is Hawk’s creation of TWTW, which stands for The Will To Win. When you can measure that, he says, and factor that into statistical analysis, well, then you’ll be on to something.
 
Scott Merkin of whitesox.com caught up with Hahn yesterday.
 
“You’ll be happy to know that we’ve run the numbers, and we rank extraordinarily high on the TWTW metric right now,” Hahn told Merkin. “As you know, it has proven over the years to be a harbinger of good things to come. Hawk is great and just as people who may approach the game from a more objective standpoint want to have their voices heard and their opinions respected, I think given a man who has accomplished what he has in the game over seven different decades deserves the same respect and the opportunity to air his opinions.”
 
To that, Merkin tweeted an “Amen.”
 
Happy Ending
 
Around 6:00 p.m. last night, I wandered back toward Herm Schneider’s training room (because it does belong to Herm) and ran into Jake Peavy walking down the hall. Nornally, I am old school and don’t talk to that day’s starting pitcher, but I bumped into Jake so fast that I didn’t really have time to think.
 
“How’s it going?” I said as a greeting.
 
“I’ll tell you in three hours,” he replied.
 
It was indeed a happy ending as Jake got credit for this third win of the season in the 
5-4 Sox victory.
 
Bobblehead Harold
 
Tonight is Harold Baines bobblehead night. Take a look at Harold and his little buddy.
 
Pudge
 
With the Sox suited up in their 1983 replica uniforms, Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk–one of the standouts on the ’83 “Winning Ugly” White Sox–will be honored prior to tomorrow’s series finale.
 
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Play(s) of the Day
 
Give it to the G-men: Hector Gimenez, Tyler Greene and Conor Gillaspie, who each went deep in last night’s comeback win. It was Gimenez’s first major league homer, Greene’s 17th (his first in a Sox uniform) and Gillaspie’s third.
 
Here’s an interesting tidbit about the 30-year-old Gimenez, courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau. Over the last 60 years, the only other 30-something rookie to hit his first major-league home run for the White Sox was Tadahito Iguchi in 2005.
 
Hector’s memorable moment:
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the White Sox bench players, who were instrumental in last night’s victory–the Sox’s third straight win:
 
“There’s energy when guys get a shot and you put them in there. There always seems to be energy. That’s one thing that Hector Gimenez brings when he comes in there. He has energy and he’s ready to go no matter what. I think Tyler had that today, and also Jordan (Danks). It’s good when you have guys that get their shot and take advantage of it.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox, David Price (0-2) for Tampa Bay.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that San Diego State honored its former star pitcher Addison Reed last night by giving away Reed replica jersey shirts to the fans that attended the Aztecs’ game vs Fresno State? Reed, of course, responded in Chicago by recording his eighth save in as many opportunities.
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Two Wins in a Row is Good, Three Straight Would be Even Better

Friday, April 26, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jake Peavy (2-1) for the Sox, Roberto Hernandez (1-3) for Tampa Bay.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Greene, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS, Gimenez, C; Danks, CF.
 
Kyle Long: From Pitcher to Protector
 
Today, offensive lineman Kyle Long–son of Hall of Fame defensive lineman and broadcaster Howie and brother of Rams DL 
Chris–stands as the No. 1 draft pick of the Bears out of the University of Oregon. Five years ago, he was a lefthanded pitcher who reached 97 mph and was promising enough to be selected by the Sox in the 23rd round of the June draft. Instead of signing a pro contract, Kyle went to Florida State on a baseball scholarship and then ultimately turned to football.
 
“Sox Social Day” Set for Sunday
 
 
Sox Notes of Note
 
The White Sox rank second in the American League with a 3.20 ERA overall and a 2.38 mark at home…the bullpen leads the A.L. with a 2.04 ERA and a .180 opponents average…Nineteen of the White Sox’s 21 games this season have been decided by three runs or less…the Sox are tied with the A’s, Mariners and Rays starting staffs for the most quality starts in the A.L. (13)… outfielder Jared Mitchell, now playing for Class AA Birmingham, has been placed on the disabled list with a strained right oblique.
 
Play of the Day
 
Chris Sale’s seven-inning, seven-strikeout performance last night as he won for the second time this season in the Sox’s 5-2 win over the Rays, our second victory in a row.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Rays’ manager Joe Maddon on Sale:
 
“He’s tough. He’s got good stuff, he’s got that slider and changeup off the fast ball and a tough angle to work from. He pitched well…(Sale) is going to make a lot of teams look sluggish. He’s really good, he’s really good.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Gavin Floyd (0-3) for the Sox, Matt Moore (4-0) for Tampa Bay.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Jeff Keppinger, who is out of the lineup tonight with a back spasm, has had quite a productive week? He collected two hits in each of his last three games (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday), had an RBI and a run scored in each of the last two contests and drove in a pair of runs last Sunday.
 
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Photo/Video of the Day
 
Enjoy watching Adam Dunn’s fourth homer of the season, a two-run blast in the sixth inning of last night’s win.

Sale, Sox Plan to Keep Tampa at Bay

Thursday, April 25, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (1-2) for the Sox, Jeremy Hellickson (1-1) for Tampa Bay.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Flowers, C; Wise, CF.
 
Vote Early and Often
 
The 2013 All-Star ballot is now available. Go to http://atmlb.com/13vryxC and vote for all of your favorite Sox.
 
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A Special Day for a Special Boy
 
Yesterday, the White Sox had the pleasure of hosting Adam Sanchez, a nine-year-old Chicagoan.
 
In his short life, Adam has faced more than his share of adversity. Nearly four years ago, his uncle and godfather Alex Valadez, a Chicago police officer, was tragically killed in the line of duty. Then, the day before Thanksgiving in 2012 Adam was diagnosed with Stage 3 ependymoma, a form of brain cancer.
 
Adam’s road to recovery began on January 10 of this year with both chemotherapy and radiation treatments. He underwent 30 sessions of chemo and 33 sessions of radiation by the end of February, which completed his treatment. Despite the on-going treatments, he didn’t miss a single day of school and maintained a straight-A average.
 
Prior to the game, Adam mingled with Sox players in the clubhouse, received various autographs and met his favorite player, Adam Dunn (the youngster likes that they share the same name). He then moved to the field, where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Chris Sale. After making his throw, Adam proudly took off his Sox cap to show off his scar and waved to the crowd that filled U.S. Cellular Field with cheers. Here’s the moment captured on video:
 
Adam also met Paul Konerko, who upon talking with the boy offered to have Adam and his family enjoy the game from his suite. In addition to being joined by his family, hundreds of students from Adam’s school, St. Bede, were at the game. They received the tickets from Jim Zangrilli, a generous season-ticket holder who caught wind of Adam’s story and wanted to help.
 
Of course the day was made even better with the 3-2 win over the Indians.
 
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Nicest Guy in the World
 
I had a chance to watch some of yesterday’s game with former White Sox slugger Jim Thome, one of the nicest, most humble guys in the world.
 
After a quick hello, Jim plopped down next to me an inning or so later.
 
“Hey, do you remember that Black Out game?,” he asked innocently and earnestly about the 163rd game in 2008 vs. Minnesota that determined the A.L. Central title.
 
Remember!?!? Remember!?!? I pointed to the center field batter’s eye where Thome’s gigantic homer proved to be the difference in the 1-0 victory over the Twins to send the Sox to the postseason.
 
“That was pretty awesome, huh,” he said.
 
Yes, Jim. Pretty awesome.
 
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Beckham Update
 
Gordon said today that he is continuing to work out and stay in shape. His hope is to be back in the big leagues by the six-week mark of the recovery timetable.
 
What a Catch!
 
Take a look at Jared Mitchell’s spectacular catch last night for Class AA Birmingham vs. Huntsville: 
 
Congratulations
 
Congrats to the Chicago Blackhawks, who last night clinched the NHL’s President’s Cup, awarded to the team with the best regular season record. Word is the Blackhawks spent their pre-game lunch in Edmonton watching White Sox Baseball on WGN-TV.
 
Carmine Derrière
 
TWTW. “The will to win,” copyright 2013 Ken Harrelson.
 
“You can have all the will you want, you still have to hit that slider,” laughed one dugout sage. “You have to drive that runner in from second base with two out.”
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on Alex Rios, when asked if Alex is becoming an impact player:
 
“He was that guy last year. He’s just a good all-around player for us. He’s a good outfielder, he’s a good runner, can hit, hit for average, hit homers. He’s about as complete a guy as you can get.”
 
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Play of the Day
 
The terrific slide by Alexei Ramirez in yesterday’s game as he evaded the tag for the stolen base.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jake Peavy (2-1) for the Sox, Roberto Hernandez (1-3) for Tampa Bay.
 
Did You Know…
 
that the Sox have played a major-league high 11 one-run games so far this season?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Addison Reed, who shut the door on the Tribe in the ninth inning yesterday, is now 6 for 6 in save opportunities.

That’s More Like It

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final: Sox 3, Indians 2
 
Highlights:  Alex Rios’s two-run homer in the fifth, his sixth of the season, proved to be the difference in the game…Jose Quintana, now 2-0, got credit for the victory. He worked 5+ innings, allowing two runs and four hits. His consecutive scoreless innings streak reached a career high of 18.2 IP before he gave up a run in the sixth…Jeff Keppinger collected a pair of hits and an RBI…Adam Dunn drew three walks.
 
Two Guys Talking About the Weather
 
WGN meterologist Tom Skilling, at the ballpark talking to fans on Weather Day, spent some time chatting with Conor Gillaspie before the game in the Sox dugout. The subject of the conversation? Conor’s interest in becoming a meterologist.
 
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Supporting the Community in a BIG way
 
I’m proud to say that today we announced the Sox will be awarding charitable donations of $1.64 million for 2013.
 
Donations include $660,000 in grants to 29 Chicagoland non-profit groups through the White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. Additionally, Chicago White Sox Charities awarded grants totaling $119,500 to seven agencies providing services throughout the community.
 
White Sox Charities also made donations of nearly $861,000 to support the Sox’s urban baseball initiatives and to funding non-profit organizations such as City Year Chicago and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. 
 
This year’s grants, along with other charitable donations, moves the team’s total giving to more than $17 million since the inception of White Sox Charities in 1990.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on his decision to start newly promoted Blake Tekotte today in centerfield:
 
“Just to get him out there. He’s been here, he hasn’t really played a whole lot. I don’t like guys just coming up, sitting here without getting in there, getting their feet wet…Once you get him out there you ease their feelings and nerves, or whatever it is, on the field. Just get him out there and see what he can do.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Rios delivered the big blow, but let’s give it to the bullpen–Nate Jones, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed–for holding off the Tribe in the final four innings to preserve the victory. Reed recorded his sixth save. 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (1-2) for the Sox, Jeremy Hellickson (1-1) for Tampa Bay.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Sale struck out 15 Rays last May 28? It was the second highest total in Sox history (Jack Harshman K’d 16 in 1954) and a Tropicana Field record.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Check out Rios’s homer:

Sox-Tribe Postponed

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field has been postponed due to a forecast of rain throughout the evening. A makeup date and time will be announced at a later date. Fans should keep any game tickets and parking coupons for tonight’s game until a makeup date is determined. Any fans with tickets for tonight’s Dog Day festivities will be contacted by the Sox ticket office.
 
The Sox starting rotation moves back one day. Jose Quintana will go tomorrow against the Tribe and Chris Sale will face Tampa Bay on Thursday night.
 
Jose
 
In his last start on April 17 in Toronto, Quintana was credited with his first win of the season after throwing 6.2 scoreless innings in a 7-0 Sox victory. He allowed five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts while extending his consecutive scoreless streak to 13.2 innings. His career best is 16 straight, accomplished in June of last year.
 
Quintana will be making his fifth career appearance and third start against Cleveland (second at U.S. Cellular Field). He is 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA vs. the Indians.
 
All in the Family
 
When Gordon Beckham gets married in November, former White Sox first baseman and hitting coach Greg Walker (now with the Braves) will be one of the groomsmen. The story gets even more intriguing for Sox fans when you learn the identity of other members of the wedding party and the bride herself. http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/14486/beckham-to-enlist-greg-walkers-help
 
A Major Moment
 
Bears’ safety Major Wright not only attended his first major league game last night at U.S. Cellular Field, he also had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Watch him talk about his experience.
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Robin on Dylan Axelrod, who had another outstanding performance last night against the Indians. He gave up just one run and three hits with four strikeouts in six innings of work:
 
“He’s a smart pitcher. He gets in counts where hitters get aggressive and he’s able to go back and forth with them and change speeds and use both sides of the plate. He just knows how to pitch. He doesn’t need 95-97 mph to be able to do it.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Conor Gillaspie’s second inning solo homer last night, his first in a White Sox uniform and the second of his major league career. Conor’s first was an inside-the-parker vs. the Rockies in 2011 when he was a member of the Giants. Here’s last night’s blast.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable starters: Jose Quintana (1-0) for the Sox, Zach McAllister (1-2) for Cleveland. 
 
Did You Know…
 
…that after a rough start, Tyler Flowers is batting .417 with a double, a homer, four RBI and three walks in his last five games.
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Quintana looks to stifle the Tribe tomorrow afternoon.
 
 

 

Sox, Axelrod Take On Tribe

Monday, April 22, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox, Justin Masterson (3-1) for the Tribe.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Gimenez, C; Danks, CF.
 
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Pitching In
 
The White Sox rank fourth in the American League with a 3.40 ERA overall and are second in the A.L. with a 2.52 ERA at home.
 
Beckham Update
 
Gordon says he is feeling good physically and isn’t experiencing any pain in his surgically-repaired wrist. While he isn’t doing any baseball-related activity yet, he spent time today working out with trainer Herm Schneider and did some running with his Sox teammates.
 
Meeting of the Minds
 
John Danks met with Robin, Rick, Herm and Coop today. The plan is for John to go back to Arizona, make a start at extended spring training and then return to Chicago to continue his rehab.
 
#MAKEANIMPACT in the Community 
 
How about joining fellow White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks fans to raise money for local charities at our annual Home Team Charity Run? Choose either a 5k or 10k that starts and ends with a festival at U.S. Cellular Field. Sign up here: http://atmlb.com/17H3M56
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the Sox struggles: 
 
“You go through a rut and you’re just trying to get out of it. You just gotta keep your nose buried in and stay strong.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Gavin Floyd had his best outing of the season yesterday against the Twins. He worked six innings, allowing just one run and three hits while striking out six in the 5-3 defeat.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jose Quintana (1-0) for the Sox, Zach McAllister (1-2) for Cleveland.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Alejandro De Aza is a .359 hitter with 24 RBI and a .449 on-base percentage in 33 career games vs. the Indians? And that four of his 17 career homers have come against Cleveland?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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 Gavin enjoyed his best performance of 2013 against Minnesota.

Dunn Snaps Out of Slump With Long Homer

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Today’s News

Retro Sunday

The White Sox wore their 1983 vintage uniforms, as they will every Sunday home game this season, to celebrate the ’83 A.L. West champs. Today, Mike “Spanky” Squires and Jerry “Dibber” Dybzinski, members of that team, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to ’83 teammate Harold Baines. Here are Dibber (left) and Spanky during the pre-game ceremony.

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Spanky, who played 10 years in a Sox uniform, was a slick fielding first baseman who won a Gold Glove in 1981. Despite the fact he threw lefthanded he filled in as a catcher and third baseman as well. In 1980 he was the first left-handed catcher to play in the majors since Dale Long did it with the Cubs in 1958. In 1983, he became the first lefty-throwing third baseman in about a half-century. As the longest tenured player in the Sox organization at the time, Squires also received the honor of raising the ’83 A.L. West pennant above Comiskey Park.

Dibber was a member of the White Sox in 1983 and 1984 in a six-year major league career that also saw him play for the Indians and Pirates. In ’83 he started 127 games at shortstop for the Sox.

Harold Talks ’83

Baines, who in 1983 hit 20 homers, drove in 99 and batted .280 for the Sox in his fourth major league season, talks about that magical year:

http://atmlb.com/17EJypQ

Remembering Jackie

Today also was Jackie Robinson Day at U.S. Cellular Field, with the Sox acknowledging members of the club’s ACE (Amateur City Elite) youth baseball program who are heading off to play college baseball on scholarship next fall. Twelve members of this year’s team earned Division I college scholarships, while more than 40 kids have gotten athletic aid in collegiate baseball (and, more importantly, earn degrees) since the program began in 2007. Eight ACE alumni have been drafted by professional teams.

The Sox took the field along with young members of the Sox youth program who were wearing No. 42 in honor of Robinson.

A Year Ago Today

Last April 21, the Sox’s Philip Humber (now with the Astros) pitched the 21st perfect game in major league history with a 4-0 masterpiece against the Mariners in Seattle. It was the third perfecto in White Sox history, following Charlie Robertson (1922) and Mark Buehrle (2009), and the 18th no-hitter in Sox annals.

Quote of the Day

John Danks, still recovering from shoulder surgery, returned to Chicago this weekend from extended spring training. He talked about his status:

“I feel good. I was ready to get out of Arizona…I don’t want to be back until I know I can help the team. I don’t feel like I’m really far off. Hopefully sooner than later, I’ll be ready to be back….Hopefully everything will come back. I’ll have the same arm strength and I’ll be ready to pitch. I’ve missed being around the guys.”

Play of the Day

Adam Dunn broke out of his slump with a solo homer over the 400-foot sign in the seventh inning of today’s 5-3 loss to the Twins. It was his third of the season and 409th of his career.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S.Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox, Justin Masterson (3-1) for the Tribe.

Did You Know…

…that on this date in 1900 the White Sox (officially known then as the White Stockings) played their very first game in a small wooden ballpark located at 39th and Princeton? While the Sox lost that day, 5-4, to Milwaukee, they beat the Brewers the next day for their first victory and went on to win the ’00 pennant. The championship is usually ignored by historians because the American League was subject to the governance of the National League and didn’t have its independence as a major league until the following season. For the record, the Sox finished first in 1901 as well.

Photo/Video of the Day

Enjoy Dunn’s blast: atmlb.com/17FJ2YE

 

 

Another Close One…Peavy is Outstanding

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: Twins 2, Sox 1 (10 innings)

Highlights: Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings, giving up only a lone run and six hits while striking out nine…Alejandro De Aza hit a solo home run in the first inning…Paul Konerko had a pair of base hits.

Viciedo to DL

Before today’s game, the Sox placed Dayan Viciedo on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. OF Blake Tekotte has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Dayan on the 25-man roster.

Sweet Caroline

Our Sox honored the city of Boston and the Red Sox during today’s seventh-inning stretch with a Chicago-style rendition of “Sweet Caroline.” Take a look:

http://www.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=26445075&c_id=cws

Too Cold for Baseball

Last night was the sixth time in U.S. Cellular Field history that a game was called due to cold weather. Interestingly, the last three times–including last night–the opponent was the Twins.

April 26, 1996 (Seattle)

April 8, 1997 (Toronto)

April 17, 2000 (Seattle)

April 6, 2007 (Minnesota)

April 10, 2008 (Minnesota)

April 19, 2012 (Minnesota)

A makeup date and time will be announced at a later date. Fans should keep any game tickets and parking coupons for last night’s postponed game until a makeup date is determined.

#FoleyNight

Last night, the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated “Pat Foley Night” honoring the Emmy Award-winning play-by-play legend for his 30 years as a broadcaster for the team. Fellow broadcasters, Hawk and Stoney, sent Foley a congratulatory video which you can watch here: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=26401571

Quote of the Day

Pitching coach Don Cooper to Scott Merkin of mlb.com about missing the recent 10-game road trip due to a bout of diverticulitis:

“It makes me realize how many nice friends I (have) that were calling, texting, e-mailing. 

It makes me realize how much I miss being the coach, and I’ve come to the conclusion I want to be a Major League pitching coach as long as I’m physically able to do it…”

Play(s) of the Day

Peavy’s terrific outing and De Aza’s homer.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Gavin Floyd (0-3) for the Sox, Scott Diamond (0-1) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that new Sox outfielder Blake Tekotte was a member of the 2008 University of Miami team that played in the College World Series?

Photo of the Day

Peavy 01

Jake continues to excel.

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