Jake Returns

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Today’s News
Tonight’s Game
White Sox vs. Mets at Citi Field, New York (6:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jake Peavy (3-1) for Sox, Jeremy Hefner (0-3) for the Mets. 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Gillaspie, 3B; Konerko, 1B; Wise, CF; Greene, 2B; Flowers, C; Peavy, P.
An Eventful Week for Jake
Not only is Peavy healthy and making his first start since missing a turn in the rotation due to back problems, he gave quite a performance on the guitar yesterday with a group of his friends at the MLB Fan Cave. 
For those of you interested in watching Jake and his buddies perform in person, you now have the chance–and it’s for a great cause, the Celebrities for Charity Foundation. Check out Jake’s “Ultimate Country Music and Baseball Raffle,” outlined in the link above, for the chance to win VIP tickets to this event.
Good News
Per Sox trainer Herm Schneider, Gavin Floyd’s surgery went well. The ligament and flexor were successfully repaired and according to the doctor it could not have gone better.
Super Joe a Hall of Famer
Here’s Sox third base coach Joe McEwing being inducted yesterday into the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame.  Though not in the picture, Robin and his coaches showed up to offer their support. 
A Queens Reunion
Robin, Joe and Daryl Boston all spent time in a Mets uniform and were familiar faces at Shea Stadium, which has of course given way to Citi Field. All three recall some of their experiences in the New York City borough of Queens.
Birmingham 16, Tennessee 0 
The score of last night’s game–won by the Sox’s Class AA affiliate–is unusual enough, but even rarer when you take into consideration that the game was called due to rain after five innings. Here’s the happy recap, highlighted by first baseman Andy Wilkins’ two-homer night:
Play of the Day
Alex Rios’s infield single that broke up Matt Harvey’s perfect game in the seventh inning of last night’s 1-0 loss to the Mets in 10 innings.
Quote of the Day
@HecSantiago53 tweeted this late last night: Thanks everyone for all the love and support. Tough night…tonight. Let’s come tomorrow and start an unstoppable run boys.
Tomorrow’s Schedule
Off-day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-2) for the Sox, Tommy Hanson (2-1) for the Halos.
Did You Know…
…that Matt Thornton hasn’t been scored upon in eight straight outings, spanning 4.1 innings pitched?
Photo of the Day
With more than 100 family and friends from the metro New York City area on hand to watch him pitch, many wearing Santiago jerseys and t-shirts, Hector certainly didn’t disappoint. On a night when Mets fans were laser-focused on Matt Harvey’s attempt at a perfect game, Santiago more than held his own with seven strong innings, allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out eight. Here is one of the legions of the supporters that turned out to see favorite son Hector perform last night against his favorite childhood team.

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