May 2013

It’s Axelrod vs. Colon as Sox Visit A’s

Friday, May 31, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland (9:07 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (3-3) for the Sox, former Sox hurler Bartolo Colon (5-2) for the A’s.

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

Memorable Trip

Members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program, who were playing in a national Memorial Day tournament in Kansas City, visited the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum there over the holiday weekend.

Here are “Five Questions” with Kevin Coe, White Sox Manager of Youth Baseball Initiatives, focusing on the K.C. trip and the ACE program in general:

What exactly is the ACE program for people who are new to the concept?

ACE gives kids from the inner city, kids who might normally not be able to afford the high costs of travel sports, the opportunity to play competitive travel baseball.  They wear White Sox uniforms and we provide the funding, practice facilities and coaching staffs.  We teach them the right way to play and we begin at a very early age, with seven teams and 105 kids in the program.  Now in its fifth year, we’ve had eight players drafted and more importantly, 52 receive college scholarships for baseball.  Last year, 12 kids from our oldest team received scholarships to play baseball AND get an education.  This year, we already have kids committed to schools like Arizona and Michigan.

At what point in the season are the White Sox ACE teams?

High School playoffs are just starting in Illinois, so our high school ACE teams are beginning practice for summer league this weekend.  In fact, today is the first day of practice for some teams … weather permitting.  Our U13 and U14 teams are at the midpoint of their 60 (or so) game seasons.  Those are the kids who went to Kansas City and toured the Negro League Museum.

How did the Kansas City trip come about?

There is always a very good Memorial Day tournament in Kansas City featuring teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa.  Since we were going there, we contacted Bob Kendrick, president of the Museum, and he was kind enough to give the kids a personal tour.  It was life-changing for some of the kids.  It was the first time for some to hear stories about players like Satchel Paige warming up by throwing pitches over a gum wrapper or Cool Papa Bell, who was so fast he could flip the light switch and still get into bed under the covers before the room was dark.

You mentioned the draft.  Do you expect kids from this year’s ACE teams to be drafted next week?

Absolutely.  I would expect players like Corey Ray, Marshawn Taylor and Ronell Coleman to be drafted.  All three have the option to go to college, but I imagine all three will receive a call on draft day.

What are you most proud of?

I grew up in Chicago, went to Simeon and then played baseball in college before having the chance to play professionally in the minor leagues.  I’m most proud to be able to come back to my own community and help kids imagine, dream and achieve their goals.  Nothing is better.

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 Did Your First Sox Game #MakeAnImpact On You?

 Here’s a look at our newest commercial:  http://atmlb.com/115soOb 

 “Road to Return”

I’m sure that you’ll enjoy the first two segments of a four-part series, “Road to Return,” focusing on John Danks’ shoulder surgery, rehab and return to the Sox. I’ll post the final two parts when they are available.

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Quote of the Day

Future Hall of Fame Manager Tony La Russa, who managed the Sox from 1979-86:

“I always pulled for the White Sox. I enjoyed their World Series win in 2005 almost as much as they did. Every time I’ve come back, I’ve always felt the closeness. Once the game is played and over, you can’t lose the feelings you have, the respect and the affection. I’ve always felt it and I’ve always given it back.”

 (This is the first in a series of quotes and anecdotes from former Sox that I will share with you over the course of the season from the book, What It Means to Be A White Sox, by Bob Vorwald).

Play of the Day

Axelrod, aiming to win his fourth straight start vs. the A’s tonight, obviously will not be hitting on this road trip to Oakland and Seattle.  But Ax does hold the distinction of being the only Sox pitcher to have collected a hit in interleague play this year. He singled in two at bats against the Nationals in D.C. on April 11–and even scored a run.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum (3:07 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jose Quintana (3-2) for the Sox vs. Dan Strally (3-2) for Oakland.

Did You Know…

…that Gordon Beckham, continuing his rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte, went 3-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in last night’s Charlotte’s 8-4 victory over Toledo?

Photo of the Day

Mr. Peavy is 32 today!

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On to the West Coast…Three in Oakland and Three in Seattle

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: Cubs 8, Sox 3

PK Comes Out on Top in “Shoot the Puck” Contest

Paulie bested Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs in the Shoot the Puck competition between the second and third periods of last night’s dramatic Hawks victory. Konerko, a former center/right winger youth hockey player, made two of five.

On his last effort, he thought about airing one out.

“But there were people down there and I didn’t want to hurt anyone.”

Both teams had large contingents of players at the game.

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Quote of the Day

Hawk Harrelson missed the two games at Wrigley Field with a sore throat. Hope he’s back Friday in Oakland.

Speaking of Hawk, he has taken to calling Jesse Crain, “Jesse Stones,” for his airtight work out of the bullpen this year.

Someone approached Jesse and asked if he had heard Hawk call him that.

“No, I’m usually on the mound at that point,” Crain answered with a shrug.

Play(s) of the Day

Konerko doubled, singled and drove in a pair of runs in today’s game. PK now owns a .311 batting average with seven homers and 26 RBI in 34 career games at Wrigley Field…Alejandro De Aza singled twice, walked twice, scored and drove in a run.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland (9:07 p.m., CT, WGN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: Dylan Axelrod (3-3) for the Sox, former Sox hurler Bartolo Colon (5-2) for the A’s.

Did You Know…

…that Axelrod, who won his third straight start last Sunday against the Marlins, will be facing the A’s for the first time in his career? 

Photo of the Day

Ax looks to extend his winning streak in Oakland.

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Sox Counting on Peavy to Break Through Against Cubs in Tomorrow’s Finale

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: Cubs 9, Sox 3

Sox Notes of Note

Chris Sale, whose start last night was halted by the postponement, told the media today that he will stay on his regular rest this weekend at Oakland, which means a Sunday start…According to Robin, Gordon Beckham is scheduled to take batting practice today and will hopefully play tomorrow for Class AAA Charlotte. The current thinking is that Beckham won’t rejoin the Sox until our next homestand, which begins June 6 vs. the A’s.

Go Hawks

Several members of the White Sox are heading to Game 7 of the NHL playoffs between the Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings tonight at the United Center. Rumor has avid hockey fan (and former player) Paul Konerko sitting on the glass for this showdown.

Looks Matter

“How do I look,” asked first base coach Daryl Boston as he stepped up out of the Sox dugout pregame, showing the back of his head and neck to fellow coach Harold Baines and interested onlookers.

Boston rubbed his cleanly (and apparently recently) shaved head.

“No one’s laughing, so I must have done OK,” he said, smiling.

Wrigley Memories

“Kid, I don’t feel so good, you’re playing left today,” Cardinals outfielder George Hendrick said to rookie catcher (and current Sox bullpen catcher) Mark Salas before a 1984 game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

“Kid, you can play the outfield, can’t you?” asked manager Whitey Herzog of Salas.

“Sure.”

Salas immediately starting looking around for an outfielder’s glove he could use.

“Here, you can use mine,” Hendrick said.

So out to left field trots Salas in a game that became an instant classic, a 12-11 Cubs win in 11 innings behind HOFer Ryne Sandberg.

“Fly ball over my head,” Salas re-counts. “I go back and BOOM! I’m doused with a warm beer. All down my back and pants.”

“What did you do, shower? Did you change your uniform or just wear it?” I asked.

“Wore it.”

Grand Slam

It dawned on me as I drove past Soldier Field this morning, taking my daughter to school. How many other people managed the Chicago Sports Grand Slam, all before 1:00 p.m.? In addition to Soldier Field, I stopped at U.S. Cellular, ran past the United Center to pick up Blackhawks tickets for the players and then made it to Wrigley Field for batting practice. Pretty good day for making the rounds, I’d say.

Play(s) of the Day

Tyler Flowers doubled, singled and drove in a run. Jeff Keppinger had a three-hit day.

Quote of the Day

Robin on the recent death of Dr. Lewis Yocum, a pioneer in the field of sports medicine (via mlb.com):

“He was always somebody everybody went to for one thing or another,” said Ventura who saw Dr. Yocum for a shoulder injury while he was a player. “I don’t know how they do it for the Hall of Fame stuff, but if you’re looking at people who affected the game, he affected the game.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (1:20 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jake Peavy (6-2) for the Sox, Travis Wood (4-3) for the Cubs.

Did You Know…

…that Alex Rios, the Orioles’ Adam Jones and the Angels’ Mike Trout are the only players in the American League with at least 10 homers and eight steals?

Photo of the Day

We made a lot of White Sox fans happy outside of Wrigley Field today with some pretty cool giveaways. Here are a few of those smiling faithful. And follow us on Twitter (@whitesox) to find out how you can participate in our giveaways throughout the season.

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White Sox vs. Cubs, Game 2

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the second of the four-game Crosstown Cup Series. Starters: Chris Sale (5-2) for the Sox, former South Sider Edwin Jackson (1-7) for the Cubs.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Greene, 2B; Flowers, C.
 
Good to Have Him Back
 
Sale, who missed his last start due to tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, has a 23 scoreless inning streak–the longest by a Sox pitcher since reliever J.J. Putz in 2010 (27) and the longest by a starter since Mark Buehrle in 2001 (24.2). He is also on a four-game winning streak with a 1.18 ERA and .153 opponents average in his last five starts. 
 
Go Blackhawks!
 
Good luck to the Blackhawks as they face the Red Wings tomorrow night in Game 7 at the United Center. A win and they advance to the NHL Western Conference Final against the Kings or Sharks, who play Game 7 in their series tonight.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Our Twitter campaign asking fans to send birthday wishes to Frank Thomas yesterday seems to have worked well. @TheBigHurt_35 tweeted back: “I just checked my Twitter Page!! So Thankful for all of you in my life!! #LOVE 
 
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Play of the Day
 
For the second day in a row, Dayan Viciedo nailed a runner at the plate. Last night against the Cubs he cut down former Sox outfielder Ryan Sweeney attempting to score from second in the seventh inning.
 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (1:20 p.m., CT, WGN) in the third game of the Crosstown Cup Series. Starters: John Danks (0-0) for the Sox, Scott Feldman (4-4) for the Cubs.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Conor Gillaspie, hitting .292 on the season, is 6-14 (.429) in his last four games? This, of course, includes his walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning last Saturday night that gave the Sox a 2-1 victory over the Marlins.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Sale goes for win No. 6 tonight as the Sox look to even up the series and get back to the .500 mark.
 
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Sox vs. Cubs: A Memorial Day Treat

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Monday, May 27, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the first of a four-game series, two on the South Side and the final two on the North Side. Starters: Jose Quintana (3-1) for the Sox, Jeff Samardzjia (2-6) for the Cubs.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 2B; Flowers, C.
 
The Crosstown Cup Series
 
This is the first time in the series history that the Sox and Cubs will play on four consecutive days. The Sox lead the all-time series 49-41. They are 26-19 at home, 23-22 on the road, have won eight of the last 11, 15 of 21 and were winners of four of six in 2012.
 
Memorial Day Festivities
 
The Sox celebration of Memorial Day began yesterday with a pregame parade of members of the military, friends and family…Army paratrooper Al Mampre threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Chris Sale. Mampre was a member of the 101st Airborne Company in World War II, memorialized in the book and TV series Band of Brothers. There also was a National Moment of Remembrance and eight servicemen were honored on the field alongside each Sox player on the field.
 
Today, there will be a National Moment of Remembrance, followed by a video. Also, members of the U.S. Armed Forces will throw the ceremonial first pitches and Challenger, the Bald Eagle, will fly across the pitcher’s mound during the national anthem.
 
Camo Caps and Jerseys
 
The Sox and the other 29 major league clubs are wearing camouflage caps and jerseys today as they did on Armed Forces Day to honor our troops who are serving around the world and those who served in the past. The jerseys have a touch of camo in the word Sox on the front and in the name and number on the back.
 
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Happy No. 45 to No. 35
 
Happy Birthday to Sox legend Frank Thomas, celebrating his 45th birthday today.
 
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Play of the Day

Adam Dunn homered, Alejandro De Aza doubled twice and drove in two and the bullpen was flawless in yesterday’s 5-3 win over the Marlins. But let’s give kudos to Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo, who each cut down a runner at the plate to prevent a pair of runs. Here’s Rios in the act:

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Quote of the Day
 
Dylan Axelrod, the winning pitcher yesterday against the Marlins, on the recent Sox surge as they have won three straight games, five of the last six, 10 of the last 14 and three of their last four series (via @ScottMerkin):
 
“Being .500 we feel like now the only way is up. Good things are happening.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (5-2) for the Sox, Edwin Jackson (1-7) for the Cubs.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that 13 major leaguers have played for the White Sox and Cubs in the same season?: INF Sammy Strang (1902), P Emmett O’Neill (1946), OF Lloyd Merriman (1955), P Turk Lown (1958), C Earl Averill (1960), INF/OF Jimmy Stewart (1967), P Bob Miller (1970), P Phil Regan (1972), P Steve Renko (1977), P Lynn McGlothen (1981), P Bill Long (1990), P Matt Karchner (1998) and C Josh Paul (2003).
 
Photo of the Day
 
There aren’t many American Leaguers who deserve an All-Star nod more than Alex. Please give him your support and send him to the Midsummer Classic in New York.
 
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Sox Reach .500 Mark, Cubs On Deck

Sunday, May 26, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final: White Sox 5, Marlins 3
 
Highlights: The Sox completed the three-game sweep of Miami this afternoon and moved to 24-24…Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer, his 12th blast of the season and 418th of his career; Alejandro De Aza collected a pair of doubles and two RBI; and Alex Rios delivered a run-scoring single for an insurance run in the eighth inning…Dylan Axelrod earned his third victory in 5.1 IP and Matt Lindstrom, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed pitched scoreless ball the rest of the way. Reed chalked up his 17th save, just one behind league leader Mariano Rivera of the Yankees…Defensively, Rios and Dayan Viciedo each threw out a man at the plate.
 
Memories of ’83
 
Floyd Bannister (pictured below), one of the stalwarts of the 1983 White Sox pitching staff, talks about that year’s American League West champion Sox:  http://atmlb.com/139m3nP
 
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A Must For Sox Fans
 
Chicago sports media columnist Ed Sherman, a lifelong White Sox fan and the man behind the popular website, the Sherman Report, reviews a book that he says should be on every Sox fan’s bookshelf.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on reaching the .500 mark:
 
“You have to get there first. Once you’re there…you just continue to come in with the expectation that you’re going to play hard and you’re going to win a game.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Props to the bullpen for their 3.2 innings of yeoman’s work.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the first game of a four-game series, two on the South Side and the final two on the North Side. Starters: Jose Quintana (3-1) for the Sox, Jeff Samardzjia (2-6) for the Cubs.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Crain, who struck out the side in the eighth inning today, has now made 20 straight scoreless outings? His ERA is now a miniscule 0.78.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Dunn’s opposite field homer put the Sox on the scoreboard in the first inning. 
 
 
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Sox Sending Out Positive Vibes

Saturday, May 25, 2013
 
Today’s News

Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs, Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:15 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Jake Peavy (5-2) for the Sox, Ricky Nolasco (3-5) for Miami.

Sox Starting lineup:  De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo,LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 3B; Gimenez, C.
 
Streaking
 
Alex Rios extended his career-high hitting streak to 18 last night with a sixth-inning single. It’s also the longest streak in the American League this season…Jesse Crain’s scoreless outing streak reached 19 (17.1 IP) in his league-leading 25th appearance.
 
Roster Move
 
Prior to tonight’s game, the Sox reinstated infielder Angel Sanchez from the disabled list and outrighted him to Class AAA Charlotte.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Chris Sale on friend and teammate John Danks (per whitesox.com), who returned to action last night after more than a year’s absence:
 
He’s one of the best in the business. You don’t come across people like him very often, especially the situation he’s in and kind of what he is, a very down-to-earth, great guy and one of my best friends.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Jeff Keppinger’s 11th-inning walk-off single with the bases loaded that brought in pinch-runner Tyler Greene with the winning run in the Sox’s 4-3 win last night. Keppinger is batting .400 with eight RBI during his current six-game hitting streak.
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: Dylan Axelrod (2-3) for the Sox, Alex Sanabia (3-6) for Miami.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Paul Konerko, who is hitting .314 in his last nine games, collected his first back-to-back multi-hit game with three singles (plus an RBI) last night. He homered and singled on Wednesday  night against the Red Sox before the Thursday off-day.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
The successful comeback of John Danks: 6+ innings, 3 runs, 4 hits, no walks and five strikeouts.
 

 

Danks on Center Stage

Friday, May 24, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: John Danks, making his first appearance of the season, for the Sox and Tom Koehler (0-2) for Miami.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 2B; Gimenez, C
 
Danks’ Return
 
John will be making his first start in more than a year after being sidelined with a shoulder injury and ultimately undergoing surgery last August. Danks’ last outing, on May 19, 2012, was against the Cubs at Wrigley Field as he earned the victory in a 7-4 Sox win. He pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out four.
 
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Beckham Update
 
Gordon Beckham is having some discomfort in his wrist and will sit out until Wednesday when he is expected to resume activity. He’s rehabbing with Class AAA Charlotte.
 
Sox Day on WGN
 
It was White Sox Day on WGN-TV yesterday. Here’s a sampling of the segments, highlighted by some sage advice from the “Sodfather.”
 
 
Herm
 
Jeff Passan of yahoo.com echoes what all of us at the White Sox have known for years–trainer Herm Schneider is something special.
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Alex Rios on his 17-game hitting streak, currently the longest in the majors (via the Sun-Times’ Daryl Van Schouwen):
 
“I don’t want to think about it; I just want to be consistent and have a good approach at the plate. If I get a hit, I get a hit. Sometimes you hit the ball hard and don’t get one. And you have to be OK with that.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Since we’re in the midst of a season-long celebration of the 1983 “Winning Ugly” A.L. West champs and yesterday was an off-day for the 2013 White Sox, let’s relive a memorable Sox win that happened 30 years ago today at Comiskey Park:
 
The Sox got off to a quick start with eight runs in the first inning and went on to crush the Red Sox, 12-4, at Comiskey Park. Greg Luzinski (pictured below), Carlton Fisk, Ron Kittle, Jerry Hairston and Lorenzo Gray all homered in the victory. A couple of interesting side notes…It was the fifth consecutive game in which Luzinski homered and it was Gray’s first and only major league home run.
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Jake Peavy (5-2) for the Sox, Ricky Nolasco (3-5) for Miami.
 
Did You Know…
 
that White Sox starters, whose 3.45 ERA ranks first in the American League, also are tied with the Tigers and Mariners for the most quality starts (27) this season? Furthermore, the Sox have the most quality starts in the major leagues (907) since 2003.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Enjoy this video tribute to Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, which was shown at the Sports Business Awards on Wednesday as Jerry was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
 

The Return of John Danks and a Fitting Tribute to the Chairman

Thursday, May 23, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Danks: “It’s Like Christmas Day”
 
After last night’s game Robin announced that John Danks, who is coming off four minor-league rehab outings, has been reinstated from the disabled list and will make his first start of 2013 against Miami Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. 
 
Danks, who made nine starts in 2012 before having shoulder surgery last August, said he was excited and might have some butterflies because it’s been so long since he last appeared in the major leagues. He said his return is so special that it feels like Christmas Day.
 
To make room on the 25-man roster, the Sox optioned LHP Donnie Veal to Class AAA Charlotte.
 
A Special Time
 
It was an honor to be in New York last night to see Jerry Reinsdorf receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Sports Business Awards and to see the Sox and Bulls Chairman looking so proud with his son Michael, daughter-in-law Nancy and his grandchildren right beside him. 
 
Here are a few of the evening’s highlights and a link to a story by Richard Justice of mlb.com:
 
–Jerry joked during his speech that he thought so much of his daughter-in-law that if she ever decided to leave Michael, he was going with Nancy. The line, like many, drew laughs from the audience.
 
–It seemed strange to sit at a table with Sox GM Rick Hahn watching our game with the Red Sox on the MLB At-Bat app as the awards program was going on.
 
–Bulls GM Gar Forman asked jokingly if anyone had taken away Jerry’s phone for the night so that he wouldn’t be on it.
 
–The high point might have been a five-minute and 30-second video tribute done by MLB Productions’ Gary Waksman that featured interviews with Tony LaRussa, David Stern, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Paul Konerko and Bud Selig. It was narrated by Kenny Williams (if the day job doesn’t work out, Williams might have a future in voiceovers.).
 
–After the ceremony, several White Sox staffers headed to a nearby sports bar where the establishment was kind enough to throw the last two innings of our game onto one of the televisions. Alas, a great night couldn’t quite deliver a perfect ending.
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin, having some fun with reporters when asked what he expects from John Danks’ start on Friday:
 
“A perfect game…27 strikeouts and a perfect game. (A no-hitter) would be acceptable.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Hector Santiago’s solid six-inning performance against the Red Sox last night after only three days of rest and a bullpen session the day before. He gave up just two runs and three hits while striking out nine and walking four.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: John Danks (0-0) for the Sox, Tom Koehler (0-2) for Miami.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Alex Rios’s sixth-inning single last night extended his hitting streak to 17 games, the longest in the major leagues this season? During the streak, Rios is batting .388 with seven doubles, a triple, four home runs, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored, including seven multi-hit games. The last Sox player to hit safely in as many games was Carlos Lee (28 games) in 2004.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Here’s Jerry pictured with his family at last night’s event.
 
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How Sweep It Would Be

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the final game of a three-game series–the first two won by our Sox. Starters: Hector Santiago (1-2) for the Sox, Clay Buchholz (6-0) for Boston. 
 
Santiago replaces Chris Sale, who is being held out of the rotation for precautionary reasons after experiencing shoulder tendinitis. Chris fully intends to make his next start.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 2B; Flowers, C.
 
The Streaks Continue
 
Alex Rios, with a single and run-scoring double last night, extended his consecutive game hitting streak to a career-high 16 games. Jesse Crain has now made 18 straight scoreless outings. He entered last night’s game in the seventh inning, relieving Jose Quintana with the bases loaded and one out and the Sox leading 2-0. All he did was strike out Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew to kill the rally.
 
Web Gem
 
Casper Wells makes this terrific catch despite the soggy conditions in the eighth inning of last night’s game. 
 
 
The Big Hurt to Represent Sox at June Draft
 
Frank Thomas will represent the Sox at the First-Year Player Draft on June 6. Frank will join other baseball notables who will be representing all 30 major-league teams. Joining Frank will be Kevin Coe, the White Sox manager of youth baseball initiatives.
 
 
What do movie stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner have in common with Adam Dunn?
 
 
White Sox Volunteer Corps
 
Join our Volunteer Corps on Friday at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
 
 
White Sox Day 
 
Tomorrow is “White Sox Day” on WGN, beginning with the WGN Morning News. Here’s the full schedule:
 
 
Play of the Day
 
Jeff Keppinger’s two-run fifth inning homer, his first blast of the season, in the 3-1 Sox victory.
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on Jose Quintana, who held the formidable Red Sox lineup hitless last night through 6.1 innings and earned his third win of the season:
 
“He’s a battler…Great job of going through that lineup a few times, not easy at all to do that…You know he’s always going to battle. That’s one thing you never question. He also has the talent and stuff to do it.”
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
Off-day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: TBA for the Sox, Tom Koehler (0-2) for Miami. 
 
Did You Know…
 
...that Addison Reed ranks second in the A.L. with 16 saves and is only one behind the great Mariano Rivera?
 
Photo of the Day
 
Ventura, Reed and Southpaw visited the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital today.
 
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