May 2013

Sox vs. Sox, Day 2

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-1) for the Sox, Felix Doubront (3-1) for Boston.

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

Here’s Why Sports Business Journal/Daily Chose Jerry Reinsdorf to Receive its Lifetime Achievement Award:

http://m.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2013/05/20/Opinion/From-the-Executive-Editor.aspx?app_data=%7b%22pi%22%3a%2235762_1369163855_1532754011%22%2c%22pt%22%3a%22twitter%22%7d

FOX Baseball Guru Ken Rosenthal Focuses on Alex Rios

Rosenthal’s rundown on baseball happenings includes the Rios success story.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/atlanta-braves-in-market-for-left-handed-pitcher-alex-rios-mike-trout-blue-jays-joe-girardi-052013

#SoxSocial Lounge a Hit in Debut

As we mentioned in yesterday’s post, last night we opened the #SoxSocial Lounge, a special social media lounge for fans at U.S. Cellular Field. It’s the very first of its kind in Major League Baseball. And I’m happy to say it was “hopping” throughout the night.

Located behind Section 154, the Lounge is a great place for White Sox fans to connect with the team on and off the field. The Lounge features multiple TVs, many streaming Sox social media content, and others displaying the game telecast. The Lounge also has mobile phone charging stations and an atmosphere conducive to just sitting and relaxing.

Here’s a review from digital marketer, copywriter and Sox fan Anastasia Guletsky:

http://www.chicitysports.com/2013/05/21/welcome-to-the-soxsocial-lounge/

Be sure to stop by next time you’re at the ballpark. 

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Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities:  A Dedication

Robin Ventura, Addison Reed and Sox legend Billy Pierce will be among those on hand tomorrow morning at the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital as three infusion rooms on the oncology unit will be dedicated to Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities (CBCC) founder Marv Samuel, CBCC Chairman Pierce and CBCC members. Following the dedication the Sox will join patients in the White Sox Play Area and will make a special visit to a patient infusion area.

The dedication recognizes the White Sox and CBCC’s contribution of more than $1 million each during the Heroes for LIfe campaign to build the new hospital.

New Red Line Trip a “Breeze”

http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=chicagowhite-sox&id=15021&city=chicago

Simeon Public League Champs

A big shout out and congratulations to the Simeon High School Varsity Baseball team, which yesterday captured the Chicago Public League championship with a 20-9 win over Morgan Park.

An astounding 15 of the 18 starters in the title game are part of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. Several of those players have already signed letters of intent to play at the collegiate level at such programs as the University of Oregon, University of Louisville and Vanderbilt University.

Through the ACE program, the White Sox offer rising stars in the inner-city baseball community the opportunity to play baseball aainst other highly competitive groups on a traveling team. To learn more about the ACE team, visit whitesox.com/community. Congrats again to all those in the championship game.

Play of the Day

This Paul Konerko game-ending, perhaps game-saving, defensive gem in the 6-4 Sox win last night over previously unbeaten Jon Lester and the Red Sox.

http://atmlb.com/19Y6Gku 

Quote(s) of the Day

Robin on…

Adam Dunn’s resurgence at the plate:

“When he’s right, he can do a lot of damage…I don’t know mechanically exactly what it is, but when a guy knows he’s in the right position to hit, he’s more confident and it comes down to pitch selection. So he’s been a lot better, making a lot of solid contact, walking, doing all the things you normally see him do.”

Dylan Axelrod, who earned his second victory of the season last night:

“Axe is one of those guys (who doesn’t) light up the radar screen, but knows how to pitch, knows how to get through a lineup. He just limits guys…He’s going to go out and beat people.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m, CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (5-2) for the Sox, Clay Buchholz (6-0) for Boston.

Did You Know…

…that Alexei Ramirez is batting .385 with four RBI and eight runs scored in his last nine games with four multi-hit efforts?

Photo of the Day

Adam Dunn’s three-run homer, his 11th of the season, gave the Sox an early boost in last night’s victory.

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Sox vs. Sox and a Special Honor for the Chairman

Monday, May 20, 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 first of a three-game series. Starters: Dylan Axelrod (1-3) for the Sox, Jon Lester (6-0) for Boston.

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

The Chairman

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Over the years, I was often frustrated by how the public perception of White Sox and Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf didn’t match the man. If you asked most fans to describe him, the characteristics they would have listed were not even close to the person we saw every day at the ballpark. I always thought of it as one of my greatest professional failures … that Jerry’s perception was so far from reality.

Then, something happened. The White Sox won the 2005 World Series. Suddenly, everything was amplified. People read about Jerry’s flying Sox employees to the World Series, they read about his gracious distribution of World Series rings. They began to read and hear about all the community initiatives the Sox and Bulls had done (for years) at his direction.

And something changed. Fans began to see Jerry the way we all see him every day, whether in the hallway, at lunch or in his suite during a game. Ultimately, Jerry is a fan, and I don’t think anyone can ask for much else when it comes to being an owner of a sports team.

This week, many of us are flying to New York where Jerry will be honored Wednesday night by the Sports Business Journal with its fourth Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Don’t deify me,” was his order.

“OK, I’ll do my best,” I laughed.

There will be a video (he doesn’t want to see it in advance which is probably good for me!), an introduction and then a speech. And a lot of pride in a lifetime of being a fan because in the end, isn’t there a 12-year-old inside of all of us?

And for me, there will be a little smile because, finally, the public gets to see and understand the Jerry we all know and respect.

Here’s the link to the SBJ story:

http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2013/05/20/Events-and-Attractions/Reinsdorf.aspx?app_data=%7B%22pi%22%3A%2235762_1369058526_1727287230%22%2C%22pt%22%3A%22twitter%22%7D

#SoxSocial Lounge Makes its Debut Tonight

The first ever of its kind coincides with #SoxSocial No. 2.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130515&content_id=47605792&vkey=pr_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Speaking of Jerry, this is more of an anecdotal story than a conventional quote, but it seems a perfect time and place to share it.

http://www.chicagonow.com/dad-all-day/2013/05/jerry-reinsdorf-and-the-vomit-covered-suit-dad-learns-a-life-lesson/

Play of the Day

Alex Rios, enjoying an All-Star caliber season, has now hit safely in 14 consecutive games as a result of his run-scoring double in yesterday’s game vs. the Angels. In all, he’s hitting .301 with 10 homers, 25 RBI and an OPS of .921.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-1) for the Sox, Felix Doubront (3-1) for Boston.

Did You Know…

…that White Sox pitchers own a .220 opponents average overall at home, the lowest mark in the American League and third-lowest in the major leagues?

Photo of the Day

When thinking about the White Sox-Red Sox rivalry, how can any of us forget Game 3 of the 2005 American League Division Series against Boston. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez came on in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and no outs and got out of the inning in dramatic fashion without the Bosox scoring. The Sox won the game 5-3 for the three-game sweep and advanced to the A.L. Championship Series vs. the Angels. Shortly thereafter the Sox won the World Series and the El Duque image below is one of those depicted in bronze on the monument outside of the ballpark honoring our ’05 World Champs.

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Sox vs. Sox and a Special Honor for the Chairman

Monday, May 20, 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 first of a three-game series. Starters: Dylan Axelrod (1-3) for the Sox, Jon Lester (6-0) for Boston.

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

The Chairman

 

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Over the years, I was often frustrated by how the public perception of White Sox and Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf didn’t match the man. If you asked most fans to describe him, the characteristics they would have listed were not even close to the person we saw every day at the ballpark. I always thought of it as one of my greatest professional failures … that Jerry’s perception was so far from reality.

Then, something happened.  The White Sox won the 2005 World Series. Suddenly, everything was amplified. People read about Jerry’s flying Sox employees to the World Series, they read about his gracious distribution of World Series rings.  They began to read and hear about all the community initiatives the Sox and Bulls had done (for years) at his direction.

And something changed.  Fans began to see Jerry the way we all see him every day, whether in the hallway, at lunch or in his suite during a game. Ultimately, Jerry is a fan, and I don’t think anyone can ask for much else when it comes to being an owner of a sports team.

This week, many of us are flying to New York where Jerry will be honored Wednesday night by the Sports Business Journal with its fourth Lifetime Achievement Award. 

“Don’t deify me,” was his order.

“OK, I’ll do my best,” I laughed.

There will be a video (he doesn’t want to see it in advance which is probably good for me!), an introduction and then a speech. And a lot of pride in a lifetime of being a fan because in the end, isn’t there a 12-year-old inside of all of us?

And for me, there will be a little smile because, finally, the public gets to see and understand the Jerry we all know and respect.

Here’s the link to the SBJ story:

http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2013/05/20/Events-and-Attractions/Reinsdorf.aspx?app_data=%7B%22pi%22%3A%2235762_1369058526_1727287230%22%2C%22pt%22%3A%22twitter%22%7D

#SoxSocial Lounge Makes its Debut Tonight

The first ever of its kind coincides with #SoxSocial No. 2.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130515&content_id=47605792&vkey=pr_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Speaking of Jerry, this is more of an anecdotal story than a conventional quote, but it seems a perfect time and place to share it.

http://www.chicagonow.com/dad-all-day/2013/05/jerry-reinsdorf-and-the-vomit-covered-suit-dad-learns-a-life-lesson/

Play of the Day

Alex Rios, enjoying an All-Star caliber season, has now hit safely in 14 consecutive games as a result of his run-scoring double in yesterday’s game vs. the Angels. In all, he’s hitting .301 with 10 homers, 25 RBI and an OPS of .921.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-1) for the Sox, Felix Doubront (3-1) for Boston.

Did You Know…

…that White Sox pitchers own a .220 opponents average overall at home, the lowest mark in the American League and third-lowest in the major leagues?

Photo of the Day

When thinking about the White Sox-Red Sox rivalry, how can any of us forget Game 3 of the 2005 American League Division Series against Boston. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez came on in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and no outs and got out of the inning in dramatic fashion without the Bosox scoring. The Sox won the game 5-3 for the three-game sweep and advanced to the A.L. Championship Series vs. the Angels. Shortly thereafter the Sox won the World Series and the El Duque image below is one of those depicted in bronze on the monument outside of the ballpark honoring our ’05 World Champs.

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Coming Home…Red Sox Up Next

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final:  Angels 6, Sox 2
 
Beckham Ready for his Closeup?
 
In his first two games (yesterday and today) rehabbing with Class AAA Charlotte, Gordon Beckham went 5-9 with three runs scored and two runs batted in at Buffalo.
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Adam Dunn, who has had a hot bat in recent days, talked to the Sun-Times’ Daryl Van Schouwen about returning to the lineup today after leaving yesterday’s game with back spasms:
 
“Yesterday was pretty bad. Now it’s good, it’s fine. It’s nothing that I don’t think will be a long-term deal.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Today:  Alex Rios’s run-scoring double in the eighth inning that got the Sox on the board and extended his personal hitting streak to 14.
 
Yesterday: I posted before yesterday’s game so I didn’t get the chance to give props to Hector Gimenez, who went 4-5 with a three-run homer. 
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: Dylan Axelrod (1-3) for Sox, Jon Lester (6-0) for Boston.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that 34 of the White Sox’s 42 games this season have been decided by three runs or less.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Axelrod, who earned his first win last Wednesday with a gutty performance against the Twins, will challenge the undefeated Lester tomorrow night.
 
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On A Roll

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Hector Santiago (1-2) for the Sox, Joe Blanton (0-7) for L.A.

The Sox are now 4-1 on their seven-game road trip and looking for their fifth straight win.

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

Roster Move

RHP Deunte Heath was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after last night’s game and LHP Donnie Veal was recalled today to replace him on the 25-man roster. Veal pitched 8.0 scoreless innings over four games with the Knights after being optioned on May 1.

New Look

The Sox will be wearing camouflage caps today, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day vs. the Cubs to honor our troops. The jerseys also have a touch of camo in the script Chicago on the front and in the name and number on the back.

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Play of the Day

The Chris Sale Show: Chris won his fifth game of the season last night, tossing a three-hit shutout along with 12 strikeouts over 7.2 innings in the 3-0 Sox victory–his second masterpiece against the Angels in a week. Including last Sunday night’s gem, Sale worked 16.2 IP, allowing no runs, four hits, three walks, 19 K’s and held the Halos to four hits in 53 at bats in the two games. He now has a career 0.38 ERA vs. L.A. and improved to 10-0 lifetime against the A.L. West. Additionally, he has recorded 23 straight scoreless innings, the longest by a Sox starter since Mark Buehrle’s 24.2 IP in 2001.

Here’s a glimpse of Chris from last night’s outing: http://atmlb.com/Z2D0TH

Pitching In

Jesse Crain made his 16th consecutive scoreless appearance last night in relief of Sale and Addison Reed earned his 14th save.

Quote(s) of the Day

Robin on Sale:

“He’s good, we know that…This is probably the best two games that he’s had (as far as) velocity and control..He’s growing into being the guy and going out there and proving it. You go through a team a second time–their lineup is tough enough even going through it once–then you do it back-to-back in a week, it’s a feather in his cap. It just proves how good he is. He wants to get better, he wants to be in that elite group. He’s proving it.”

RV on Alex Rios having an All-Star caliber year. Alex has smashed go-ahead homers each of the last two nights, giving him a total of 10, and has now hit in 12 consecutive games:

“He (was outstanding) last year. This is nothing new for us as far as him doing a lot of different things…Power-wise, getting on base, stealing bases, playing the outfield…he has a lot of talent. We know it, I think other people are starting to see it.”

The skipper on Conor Gillaspie, who drove in the second Sox run of the game in the seventh with a clutch, two-out single and is now hitting .295:

“He just makes good contact, he has a pretty simple approach. It was a big hit for us.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (3:35 p.m. CT, CSN). Starters: Jake Peavy (5-1) for the Sox, Jason Vargas (2-3) for Los Angeles.

Did You Know…

…that the White Sox now lead the American League in ERA (3.41)?

Photo/Video of the Day

Adam Dunn has hit four homers in the last four games and 10 on the season. Here’s his ninth-inning solo shot last night.

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Sale, Sox Go For Fourth Straight Win

Friday, May 17, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 pm., CT, CSN). A rematch of last Sunday night’s starters: Chris Sale (4-2) for the Sox, C.J. Wilson (3-2) for the Angels.

Sale, of course, was dominant on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball in his last outing, pitching a complete game one-hitter in the 3-0 Sox victory. Over his last five starts, Chris has allowed two earned runs or less and worked 7.0-plus innings pitched. He also owns a 15.1 scoreless IP streak and has faced 61 consecutive batters without giving up a walk.

Furthermore, Sale is 9-0 with a 2.79 ERA lifetime vs. the American League West. The nine-game winning streak is the longest among active pitchers vs. the division.

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

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Jake in Spotlight

Jake Peavy, off to a great start with his 5-1 record and 2.96 ERA, was an in-studio guest this afternoon on the CBS Sports Network’s Jim Rome Show. Jake faces the Angels on Sunday.

Sports and Marketing Career Fair

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Play of the Day

Alex Rios’s homer in the fourth inning that broke a scoreless tie in the Sox’s 5-4 victory. The solo blast was estimated at 440 feet.

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Quote of the Day

Robin spoke about Adam Dunn’s offensive resurgence as the Sox slugger followed up his two-homer performance on Wednesday, going 2-4 with a double and an RBI last night:

“I think it’s his at bats…He hit a hard ball to left-center, the double, then knocking in the run. Those are important when you continue to add those day after day.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Hector Santiago (1-2) for the Sox, Joe Blanton (0-7) for the Halos.

Did You Know…

…that White Sox starting pitchers lead the American League in ERA (3.55) and are 10-6 with a 2.88 ERA and 17 quality starts over the last 26 games? During that 26-game span, the starters lead the league in ERA, opponents average (.219), opponents on-base percentage (.294), WHIP (1.07) and baserunners per 9.0 innings pitched (9.96).

Photo of the Day

Happy Birthday to former Sox star Carlos May, believed to be the only athlete in history to wear his birthday on the back of his uniform.

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Four-Game Set vs. Angels Up Next After Sox Take Series From Twins

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-1) for the Sox, Jerome Williams (2-1) for L.A.

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

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On Fire

Dayan Viciedo, who homered and drove in a pair of runs in yesterday’s 9-4 win over the Twins, is hitting .469 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in his last 10 games. He returned to the lineup on May 10 after a stint on the disabled list.

Rehab Report

Infielder Angel Sanchez, who has been on the DL with a lower back injury, has joined the rehabbing Gordon Beckham at Class AAA Charlotte. John Danks, on the DL since March 22, will be making his next start for Charlotte Saturday at Buffalo. It will be his fourth rehab start.

Quote of the Day

Adam Dunn to whitesox.com on his recent turnaround at the plate:

“I feel great. My body feels great. Everything feels like it’s supposed to…the last couple of days we tinkered with some things and I’ve hit some balls good. Hopefully it’s the start of something good.”

Play of the Day

Somewhat overlooked by Dunn’s pair of homers. Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to 10 games yesterday with a triple, two singles and three runs scored in yesterday’s victory. He is hitting .390 with two homers and seven RBI during the streak.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (4-2) for the Sox, C.J. Wilson (3-2) for the Halos.

Did You Know…

…that after a stretch of playing 15 of 18 games on the road, the Sox will play 17 of 23 games in Chicago (including two games at Wrigley Field) from May 20 to June 12? The home opponents will be the Red Sox, Marlins, Cubs, A’s and Blue Jays. The road foes will be the Cubs, A’s and Mariners.

Photo of the Day

One of the league’s top relievers this season, Jesse Crain heads into the Angels series with a 14-game scoreless streak over 13.1 innings. He has recorded an outstanding 1.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 18 innings.

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Bombs Away!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final:  White Sox 9, Twins 4
 
Highlights: I’m happy to say that there are many from this afternoon’s win…The Sox scored nine runs, their highest total this season, on 14 hits…Adam Dunn hit two home runs (his eighth and ninth), a double and drove in five…Dayan Viciedo blasted his fourth homer of the year, had a single and drove in two…Jeff Keppinger also knocked in a pair on two hits, including a double…Alex Rios collected a triple and two singles and reached base with two outs and nobody on before both of Dunn’s homers…Conor Gillaspie had a pair of singles and scored a run…Starter Dylan Axelrod got credit for his first victory of the season in a gutty 5.1 inning performance, escaping jam after jam…Matt Thornton, Nate Jones and Brian Omogrosso pitched scoreless relief…The Sox defense was flawless. 
 
Beckham Update
 
Gordon said he is leaving today for his rehab assignment in Charlotte. Looks like he won’t be in the lineup until Saturday.
 
The Bobblehead Chronicles
 
In the “enjoy it for what it’s worth” department, here’s one writer’s view of the bobblehead craze in baseball. 
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on having such an accomplished batsman as Harold Baines working with Sox hitters:
 
“There are guys that have knowledge, there are guys who use knowledge, but it seems like when it comes from (Harold) it’s validated a little more quickly. (There may be) doubts about things that are said, but when he says it, it’s validated.”
 
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Play(s) of the Day
 
The Adam bombs. Here’s one them, a two-run shot in the eighth inning: http:/atmlb.com/15NG8pm
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Jerome Williams (2-1) for L.A.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that former White Sox first baseman and broadcaster Tom Paciorek will join Hawk in the TV booth for theThursday-Sunday series in Anaheim? “Wimpy” will be subbing for Steve Stone, who has the series off. Paciorek, of course, worked with Harrelson on the TV broadcasts from 1990-1999.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
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Axelrod gets win No. 1.

Peavy vs. Twins Usually Equals Good Results

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jake Peavy (4-1) for the Sox, Kevin Correia (4-2) for Minnesota.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 2B; Wise, CF; Flowers, C; 
 
Jake/Minny Breakdown
 
Peavy has made five career starts at Target Field, going 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 36 strikeouts. All five were quality starts. Also, his ERA at Target Field is his lowest at any major-league ballpark (minimum of five starts). Overall vs. the Twins, Peavy is 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his last five starts and 6-3 with a 2.87 mark and 10 quality starts lifetime.
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Peavy on teammate Chris Sale (compliments of Mark Gonzales in today’s Trib):
 
“The one thing I admire the most about Chris is he doesn’t stop working, doesn’t stop looking for ways to get better…He’s a special kid. Health-wise, if everything holds up like we all hope, he’s going to be special around the South Side for a long time.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Batting 1-2 in the Sox lineup, Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez each collected three hits in last night’s loss.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (12:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-3) for the Sox, Mike Pelfrey (3-3) for Minnesota.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that White Sox starters rank third among American League teams in ERA (3.48), behind only the Tigers (3.24) and the Rangers (3.47)?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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White Sox Target Twins After Sale Gem

Monday, May 13, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Hector Santiago (1-1) for the Sox, Pedro Hernandez (1-0) for Minnesota.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Viciedo, DH; Dunn, 1B; Keppinger, 3B; Wells, LF; Flowers, C; Greene, 2B.

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Sale and History

As a result of his magnficent outing in last night’s 3-0 victory over the Angels, Sale is the 12th Sox pitcher to throw a shutout while allowing one hit with no walks or hit batters, and just the sixth since 1958 to equal those numbers when facing 27 or 28 hitters.

The five others since ’58 are: Billy Pierce (6/27/58, 3-0 vs. Washington), Gary Peters (7/15/63, 4-0 vs. Baltimore), LaMarr Hoyt (5/2/84, 3-0 vs. New York Yankees), Floyd Bannister (9/13/87, 2-0 at Seattle) and Zach Stewart (9/5/11, 4-0 at Minnesota).

Sale also joined St. Louis’ Shelby Miller, Boston’s Jon Lester and the New York Mets’ Matt Harvey who worked 9.0 scoreless innings and allowed no more than one batter to reach base via a hit, walk or HBP this month. This is the first time in the modern era (since 1900) that four pitchers have accomplished the feat in a single month.

Back to Reality

Last night, Chris was enjoying the fruits of his labor. This morning, he was off to the dentist to have an abscessed tooth pulled. Don’t worry, it won’t affect his next start.

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My Personal “Wow” Pitching Performances

Last night’s overpowering one-hitter by left-hander Chris Sale got me thinking about how lucky I have been during my 23 seasons with the White Sox and how many awesome pitching performances I have been fortunate enough to witness.  According to the record books, there have been two perfect games, two other no-hitters, five one-hitters and 10 outings with 13 or more strikeouts during my time with the Sox.

So, if you’ll allow me, here are my personal Top 10 White Sox pitching outings since 1991. Hopefully the list will bring back a lot of good memories for Sox fans:

10.  You can’t have a list without mentioning Jack McDowell, who threw a one-hitter at Milwaukee in July 1991.  Mr. Complete Game from 1991-93, Jack won the Cy Young Award in leading the Sox to the division title in 1993.

9.  Javier Vazquez struck out 13 to beat the Royals in 2007.  There were nights when he was unhittable.

8.  Jason Bere’s 14-strikeout performance on June 28, 1995 at Minnesota.  His second 14-strikeout effort in consecutive seasons.

7.  Alex Fernandez’s one-hitter on May 4, 1992 vs. Milwaukee.  He, too, was dealing.

6.  Sale’s 15-strikeout performance at Tampa Bay on May 28, 2012.  He fell just one strikeout short of Jack Harshman’s club record.  I sense Chris likes pitching in front of friends and family.

5.  Chris Sale last night.  Just electric.

4.  Mark Buehrle’s no-hitter vs. Texas in 2007.  First, we were amazed that a pitcher with stuff like Buehrle would throw a no-hitter, and then came that day in 2009!

3.  Philip Humber’s Perfect Game in Seattle last April.  Great guy.  Truly sorry it hasn’t gone better for Philip.

2.  Wilson Alvarez’s no-hitter in Baltimore on August 11, 1991.  It was an amazing story as he was just up from Class AA, his first White Sox start. I had just worked for the White Sox for 20 days and this was my first trip on the road with the team.  It also happened to be my first wedding anniversary (note to others: if you are going to work in baseball DON’T get married during the season). My wife and I spent the entire night in the hotel room answering phone calls from Venezuela.  We ate room service.

1.  Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game of July 23, 2009, of course.  Nothing comes close.

Honorable mention for me was a performance by an opponent, Bret Saberhagen of KC on August 26, 1991.  Moreso than the no-hitter by Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano, what I remember most from this game was just how dominating Saberhagen was.  You had a sense after just two innings–a little bit like you did with Sale last night–that there was a chance for something special.  And although we took the loss, you just had to be impressed by his performance that night.  I don’t think a pitch ever came up above the knees.  It was my second no-hitter in five weeks on the job and I thought, “Man, this is easy …”

On the Way Back

Gordon Beckham, recovering from a broken bone in his left wrist, took flips in the batting cage today and said he felt great. Of course, that makes all of us feel great. Can’t wait to get him healthy and back in the lineup.

Play of the Day

What else? Here’s Sale in action during last night’s virtuoso performance.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=27081555&topic_id=28033182&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Tuesday’s White Sox starter Jake Peavy stepped out into the Sox dugout on Sunday and immediately zipped up his jacket.

“Wow,” he said. “I just looked at the weather for Tuesday in Minneapolis, and it’s supposed to be 90 degrees. That’s like a 50-degree change. Crazy.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, WCIU). Starters: Jake Peavy (4-1) for the Sox, Kevin Correia (4-1) for Minnesota.

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Did You Know…

…that as a result of last night’s win, Robin became the 27th White Sox manager to collect at least 100 victories?

Photo/Video of the Day

Sale was last night’s headliner, but Alexei Ramirez’s clutch two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning got the Sox on the scoreboard in what had been a scoreless deadlock.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=27080573&topic_id=8879206&c_id=cws

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