Flowers, Quintana Put Sox in Great Position to Win Series

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN) in the final game of the four-game series north of the border and the 10-game road trip. Starters: Chris Sale (1-1) for the Sox, R.A. Dickey (1-2) for the Jays.

Sox Starting Lineup: Wise, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Konerko, DH; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Ramirez, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Flowers, C.

The White Sox will be looking for their third straight win against the Blue Jays and their eighth victory of the year. A “w” will put us back at the .500 mark after the long road trip that started with three losses in D.C.

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Sox Notes of Note

Alex Rios, who homered last night, ranks among the American League leaders in home runs (T3rd, 5), slugging percentage (4th, .684), OPS (6th, 1.097), batting average (8th, .351) and stolen bases (T8th, 3). He has hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games dating back to last season and is a career .291 hitter with nine doubles, seven home runs and 16 RBI in 25 games vs Toronto, his former team…Dayan Viciedo is 6-12 with three doubles and two RBI in this series…The Sox bullpen leads the A.L. with a 1.77 ERA and a .181 opponents average.

Surprise

So I let Robin Ventura down.  Disappointed the skipper. 

All last season, I chided Ventura about the bare walls of his office.  No shelves.  No photos.  It didn’t look like the office of a major league manager, I told him.

So apparently, at some point, I was directed to solve this problem over the winter.  Robin swears it.  Mark Parent swears it (and when he says something to you, you REALLY pay attention). 

Arriving in U.S. Cellular Field for the workout before Opening Day, I took some abuse.

“Apparently, this whole thing is just temporary,” I was told.

“If you had signed that contract extension, there would be things hanging on the walls,” I answered back (in jest).

And so on this first road trip of the season, my staff and I contacted several sources for photos and images to decorate the manager’s office in time to surprise him when he arrives at the park tomorrow midday.

We called all around.  One call went to Sports Illustrated, where RV appeared on a September 1998 cover along with three other Mets in “The Best Infield Ever.”  Could we get a copy of the cover to frame?

Sure, they answered, we’ll get it right to you ASAP.

True to their word, a package arrived yesterday from Salt Lake City.  Inside was the cover, only it was the wrong cover …

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Somewhere in Bucharest, a young girl must have been really puzzled and disappointed to receive a shipment with a Mets cover in it!

SI enjoyed a laugh as much as we did and promised to send the correct cover overnight.

It was worth a chuckle, though. 

I was tempted to put the Nadia cover on Robin’s wall, right next to the framed Oklahoma Sooners football jersey …

Here’s the “real” Robin cover:

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Celebrating 1983

Mike Squires and Jerry Dybzinski, both members of the ’83 “Winning Ugly” White Sox who won the A.L. West, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Sunday’s game vs. Minnesota. The Sox, of course, will don 1983 replica uniforms as they will for every Sunday home game this season.

All You Need to Know About Your Favorite Team

A new White Sox browser theme design is now available for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. This easy download gives you direct access to Sox scores, breaking news and information plus exclusive offerings. http://atmlb.com/13hIZBD

Quote of the Day

The late Chicago TV critic Roger Ebert once said, “No good film is too long. No bad movie is short enough.” It seems that if you replaced “film” and “movie” with “baseball game” the line still works pretty well.

Play of the Day

Tyler Flowers’ three-run homer in the second inning last night off of J.A. Happ in the Sox’s 7-0 whitewash of the Jays. Take a look:  http://atmlb.com/11xM40r 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: Jake Peavy (2-1) for the Sox, Vance Worley (0-2) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that last night’s win over the Jays was the first shutout by White Sox pitching in Toronto since June 1, 2007?

Photo/Video of the Day

Jose Quintana was outstanding last night, pitching 6 2/3 shutout innings while giving up only five hits and striking out seven for his first win of the season. Here’s Jose in action: atmlb.com/11yG1Zt 

 

 

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