May 2013

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball: Mother’s Day Edition

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, ESPN). Starters: Chris Sale (3-2) for the Sox, C.J. Wilson (3-1) for the Halos.

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

Memories

Ron KIttle, the A.L. Rookie of the Year in 1983, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game as part of the on-going celebration of the ’83 “Winning Ugly” Sox. Here, Kitty reminisces about that championship season.

 
Robin Debriefs ESPN
 
Prior to tonight’s game, RV met with a small army of ESPN broadcasters, reporters and producers to talk about the team’s season to date and this evening’s starter Chris Sale. Among his comments, Ventura confirmed just how much losing Gordon Beckham has hurt the team’s defense.
 
Wells vs. Wilson
 
It’s no wonder why Sox outfielder Casper Wells is in the lineup tonight against C.J. Wilson. In his career, Wells has gone 4-9 (.444) with two doubles, two homers, two RBI and three walks (.583 OBP and 1.333 SLG).
 
White Sox Weekly
 
Listen to Chris Rongey interview White Sox VP/Assistant GM Buddy Bell.
 
Quote of the Day
 
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Play of the Day
 
Jose Quintana had another solid outing last night in the 3-2 loss to the Angels, working six 
innings and allowing two earned runs, five hits and a walk while striking out five. On top of that, Quintana executed a perfect pickoff play to surprise L.A. standout Mike Trout.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
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 the Twins.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that brothers John and Jordan Danks were both in the lineup this afternoon for the Class AAA Charlotte Knights vs. the visiting Pawtucket Red Sox? John, in another rehab stint, earned the victory with six innings of work, allowing two earned runs, seven hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Jordan, just optioned to the Knights by the Sox, certainly had his brother’s back with a pair of hits, three RBI and an outstanding catch in centerfield in the 6- 4 win.
 
Photo of the Day
 
A Mother’s Day surprise: Navy petty officer Amanda Page surprises her mother Ginny right before mom was set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before last night’s game. They hadn’t seen each other for more than 16 months. See more:  
 
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Sox Look to Give Robin his 100th Victory as Skipper

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Jerome Williams (1-1) for L.A.

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

Robin

A victory tonight will give RV his 100th win as manager of the Sox.

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Kitty

Ron Kittle, the 1983 American League Rookie of the Year, will be the next member of the ’83 “Winning Ugly” Sox to throw out the ceremonial first pitch during our season-long Sunday tribute to the A.L. West championship team. Kitty will do the honors tomorrow night before the nationally televised game vs. the Angels on ESPN.

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Good Works

The White Sox Volunteer Corps along with Sox players Alex Rios and Matt Thornton, pitching coach Don Cooper and broadcaster Darrin Jackson were out in full force today at the Park Manor Elementary School in Chicago. Here’s Alex, Matt and two volunteers doing their part to beautify the school.

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Quote of the Day

Sox GM Rick Hahn on the club’s early season performance. The bottom line? Keep the faith:

“We did feel going into the season that starting pitching was going to be one of our strengths and thus far it’s been tested, but it’s also been proven to be one of the strengths, which is nice…We have been disappointed the way things have started from an offensive standpoint and even defensively has been a little bit erratic and not up to the standards we set last year. That being said, we do have a fair amount of guys with some substantial track records behind them which gives you reason to believe that there will be some improvement back toward those career norms. We are talking about a team that last year was fourth in the league in runs scored and there’s no reason to believe that this permutation of that team with some improvements in some areas and a lot of the same personnel in others is going to wind up at the bottom of the league in runs scored. So we expect there to be a correction fairly soon, but thus far it’s been disappointing and it’s time to get going.

“…You always want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to try to push that magic button and make that move that’s going to solve whatever problem may be in front of you, whether it’s a health standpoint, or depth or the bench or as we just talked about, our  offense. You do have to try to let things unfold and give guys the chance to show their true colors and their true performance levels over an extended period of time. Obviously you don’t wait for that indefinitely and you don’t spend the whole summer just waiting around and hoping that things are going to get better. But this early on there’s still the expectation that guys are going to return to their previous norms.”

Play of the Day

Dayan Viciedo’s two-run double in last night’s 7-5 loss to the Angels, his first game back since returning from the DL.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, ESPN). Chris Sale (3-2) for the Sox, C.J. Wilson (3-2) for the Halos.

Did You Know…

…that White Sox starters own a fine 2.78 ERA during the last 20 games?

Photo/Video of the Day

In last night’s game, Alejandro De Aza gave the Sox an early lead with his second consecutive leadoff home run and his seventh homer of the season. 

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A Big Weekend Ahead

Friday, May 10, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-2) for the Sox, Barry Enright (0-1) for the Halos.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Ramirez, SS; Flowers, C.
 
Dayan Back With Sox
 
Before tonight’s game the White Sox reinstated Dayan Viciedo from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Jordan Danks to Class AAA Charlotte. Viciedo had been on a rehabilitation assignment at Charlotte where he made four starts.
 
Gordon Should Be Back Soon
 
Gordon Beckham told the media before the game that he hopes to begin a rehab assignment in 10 days and join the Sox in two weeks.
 
A Special Mother’s Day for Alexei
 
Sunday will mark the first Mother’s Day in five years that Alexei Ramirez has spent with his Mom. Here’s the heartwarming story.
 
 
Anniversary of the Loooooongest Game
 
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Yesterday marked the 29th anniversary of the longest game in baseball history, a 25-inning, two-day affair that started on May 8 (it was suspended after 17 innings with the score tied 3-3) and ended on May 9 as Harold Baines hit a game-winning home run for a wild, 7-6 victory over the Brewers at old Comiskey Park (celebration pictured above). 
For the record, Tom Seaver was the winning pitcher, Tom Paciorek (who played both leftfield and first base) went 5-9 with three RBI, Carlton Fisk went 3-11 with an RBI and, believe it or not, caught the entire game–and 24 of the 25 men on the Sox roster saw action.

Following the game, Harold cemented his reputation as a man of few, but powerful words.  When asked by a media member if he got all of the ball with his swing, Baines famously replied, in his matter-of-fact manner, “Evidently.”

That “evidently” response became one of the most famous ever uttered on the South Side.

Fast forward to this new 30-second video for White Sox Family Sundays and you’ll see Baines deliver the line with more excitement than longtime Harold watchers can ever remember. And keep your eyes and ears on Ron Kittle at the end of the spot for a good chuckle.  http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=26793781

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On to the Next Round

Congrats to the Blackhawks for their convincing 5-1 win over the Wild last night to win their first round playoff series. Go Hawks!

 
Quote of the Day
 
From Bears’ running back @Michaelbush29 late this afternoon on Twitter: Throwing the 1st pitch out for the @whitesox at U.S. Cellular Field today.
 
Play of the Day
 
It may have gotten a bit lost in the glow of the Sox’s satisfying 6-3 win over the Mets on Wednesday, but Dewayne Wise’s outstanding catch off the bat of Ike Davis in the second inning definitely deserves another look.
 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) vs. Jerome Williams (1-1) for L.A.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the White Sox have made a major-league best 900 quality starts since 2003, three more than the Angels?
 
Photo(s) of the Day
 
This weekend is going to be a giveaway bonanza for Sox fans. On Saturday a Paul Konerko bobblehead, presented by Pepsi, will be given to the first 20,000 fans. On Sunday, the first 10,000 ladies 14 and over will receive a stylish White Sox Mother’s Day tote.
 
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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.
 
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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. 
 
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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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Homecoming

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Mets at Citi Field, New York (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Hector Santiago (1-1) for the Sox, Matt Harvey (4-0) for the New Yorkers.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Flowers, C; Wise, CF; Santiago, P.
 
Livin’ the Dream
 
When Hector was growing up in Newark, NJ, he was a fan of the Mets. So, tonight will be very special for him as he faces his once-favorite major-league team. And he will have plenty of support in the stands. More than 100 family members and friends have bought tickets to be part of his memorable night.
 
Sox Meet Mets for First Time in New York
 
This is the first time since interleague play began in 1997 that the White Sox are playing the Mets in New York–and NY is the only N.L. team the Sox haven’t played on the road. The two clubs met once before, at U.S. Cellular Field in June of 2002 when the Sox took two of three.
 
Just for fun I looked up our starting lineup for the opener of that three-game series…Ray Durham, 2B; Jose Valentin, 3B; Frank Thomas, DH; Magglio Ordonez, RF; Paul Konerko, 1B; Carlos Lee, LF; Aaron Rowand, CF; Mark Johnson, C; Royce Clayton, SS. Gary Glover was the starting pitcher in the opening game. Todd Ritchie and Dan Wright started Games 2 and 3.
 
Robin No Stranger to Mets Fans
 
While RV broke in with the White Sox, spent 10 years in a Sox uniform and is a South Sider through and through, he also made an impact in his three seasons (1999-2001) with the Mets.
 
He hit 77 homers and drove in 265 runs while he was there with highs of 32 and 120 in ’99. He was also a member of an infield (along with John Olerud, Edgardo Alfonzo and Rey Ordonez) that Sports Illustrated speculated might have been the best defensive quartet ever. And he was the starting third baseman on the Mets team that won the 2000 National League pennant and played the Yankees in the World Series.
 
The Grand Slam Single
 
Robin, of course, is best known in Mets annals for his “grand slam single” that ended Game 5 of the 1999 National League Championship Series against the Braves at New York’s Shea Stadium. Here’s the story: With the score tied at 2-2, the Braves took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 15th inning. In the bottom of 15th, the Mets evened the score on a bases loaded walk, bringing up Ventura with the bags still loaded. Robin blasted a homer over the right-center field fence to win the game. But Todd Pratt, who was the runner on first, picked up RV in celebration between first and second and Robin never crossed the plate. So, in the record books, the grand slam-that-wasn’t stands as a game-winning single and one RBI for RV. Grand slam or no grand slam, it was still voted as the sixth most memorable moment in the history of Shea. Take a look:
 
 
When in New York…
 
Jake Peavy took advantage of being in the Big Apple and stopped by the MLB Fan Cave.
 
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Sox Moves
 
The White Sox have claimed switch-hitting first baseman Mike McDade off waivers from Cleveland and optioned him to Class AAA Charlotte. Gavin Floyd was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
 
Remark-a-Bull
 
Can’t say enough about the Bulls. Their recent run against the Nets and in Game 1 vs. the Heat has been a beautiful thing to watch and a credit to the Bulls franchise.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on his memories of playing for the Mets:
 
“For me it was a great time. We enjoyed it as a family, just being there. The Mets were very good to me. I’ll see a lot of faces I’m friends with and happy to see.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Good Times: While Jordan Danks hit the game-winning homer for the White Sox yesterday and big brother John is getting closer to returning to the Sox (he’s on the mound tonight for Charlotte in another rehab start), John’s fiancee Ashley Monroe and the Pistol Annies debuted their new album this morning on The Today Show.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Mets at Citi Field, New York (6:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jake Peavy (3-1) for the Sox, Jeremy Hefner (0-3) for the Mets.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Sox third base coach “Super Joe” McEwing was inducted this afternoon into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame? McEwing, a nine-year major leaguer, was a teammate of Robin’s with the Mets and like Ventura is happy to return this week to the town of their past glory. Joe was honored along with longtime Los Angeles Dodgers’ owner Peter O’Malley, 23-year major-leaguer Rusty Staub, baseball writer Bill Madden and sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy.
 
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Santiago: From 30th round draft pick to facing his favorite team from childhood.

 

Thanks Danks

Monday, May 6, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: White Sox 2, Royals 1 (11 innnings)

Highlights: Jordan Danks’ long solo homer in the 11th proved to be the game-winner in a very sweet victory…The Sox loaded the bases in the ninth on singles by Jeff Keppinger, Alex Rios and Adam Dunn and with two outs tied the score at 1-1 on an Alexei Ramirez single…After giving up a run in the first inning and throwing 57 pitches through two, Chris Sale settled down and was superb, going 7.1 innings. He gave up just six hits, didn’t allow a walk and struck out five. His pitch count ended up at 119, tying a career high…Matt Lindstrom (0.2), Matt Thornton (1.0), Jesse Crain (1.0) and Addison Reed (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in the final 3.2 innings. Reed got credit for his 11th save.

Surgery for Gavin

Gavin Floyd will undergo season-ending surgery tomorrow in New York City to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle in his elbow. Expected recovery time for the 30-year-old Floyd is approximately 14-19 months. Surgery will be performed by Dr. David Altchek.

Viciedo Update

Dayan, on the DL with a strained oblique, starts his 4 or 5 game rehab stint tonight with Class AAA Charlotte in Columbus, OH.

Family Field Day

White Sox fans have the opportunity to experience U.S. Cellular Field like the pros on Saturday, May 18 at Family Field Day. Our annual event provides fans the chance to play catch on the outfield grass, warm-up in the bullpens and visit the dugouts. Tickets for the event are $30 per adult and $12 per child with all proceeds benefitting White Sox Charities.

Additionally, we will be holding the Garage Sale in the Patio area from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. with free admission. The Garage Sale allows fans to shop for game-worn items including jerseys, game-used equipment, such as bats and gloves, along with other memorabilia. All sales from the Garage Sale benefit White Sox Charities.

Today we had the chance to catch up with long-time White Sox fan and Tinley Park native Shane Mosely. Shane has been attending Family Field Day for the last six years with his wife and son. This year, the couple has a newborn son that will experience U .S. Cellular Field for the first time at Family Field Day.

Upon chatting with Shane, he provided some insight about what drew him to the event and what keeps them coming back.

“Family Field Day is an atmosphere unparalleled by game days or other events” said Shane. “At Family Field Day, you have the opportunity to relax and explore U.S. Cellular Field surrounded by other families that are also passionate Sox fans.”

The event also allows a White Sox fan to experience the field from a player’s perspective, something that even the best seats don’t allow. Shane’s oldest son, now six, loves exploring the field—from the dugouts to the bullpen.

“He pretends to manage the team from the dugout; phone in calls and make base running signs. In the bullpen, he imagines himself warming up as a reliever.”

Family Field Day isn’t only for kids, though. Last year, the Mosley’s brought Shane’s father-in-law who, according to Shane, had more fun than anyone else there.

“He loved playing catch on the grass” said Shane. “He was able to feel like a ballplayer, even at his age”. 

Family Field Day has become a tradition for the Mosley’s and part of that tradition means stopping by the Garage Sale to purchase a game-used bat. Each year, they purchase a cracked bat—Shane noted they’re surprisingly affordable—as a memento of their experience.

“We’ve purchased something each year we’ve attended Family Field Day. It’s a perfect way to remember the event.”

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Play of the Day

Mr. Danks’ extra-inning blast, which proved to be the difference. It was Jordan’s second career home run and second game-winner. Last season, on August 10 against the A’s, he became the second player in franchise history to hit his first major-league homer on a game-ending blast (Dave Gallagher did it in 1988).

Quote of the Day

Jake Peavy on his health status after missing a start due to back problems:

“I think we’re all on point to go on Wednesday night (against the Mets). I’m super excited about that. Can’t thank our training staff, Herm (Schneider) and A.T. (Allen Thomas), enough–please give them the due respect. A few days ago I didn’t feel good at all…For me to feel the way I did and only to miss one start, I can’t thank them enough getting me back out there…Hopefully we can help turn this thing around and start getting in the win column more often.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule 

White Sox vs. Mets at Citi Field, New York (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Hector Santiago (1-1) for the Sox, Matt Harvey (4-0) for the Mets.

Did You Know…

…that nine of the Sox’s last 24 games against the Royals have gone into extra innings (including the last two)?

Photo of the Day

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Hero of the Day!

Sale Aims to be Stopper in Series Finale Tomorrow Afternoon

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: Royals 6, White Sox 5 (10 innings)

Highlights: Down 3-1, the Sox offense came alive in the seventh inning as Alejandro De Aza’s double scored Hector Gimenez and Dewayne Wise (who both singled)…De Aza, who moved to third on Jeff Keppinger’s groundout, scored on a wild pitch…Alex Rios accounted for the fourth run of the inning with his seventh homer of the season.

Congrats to Bulls

No Rose? No Deng? No Hinrich? No problem. The shorthanded Bulls, led by an inspired Joakim Noah, showed their grit last night by winning Game 7 of their first round series on the road in Brooklyn. Loved the headline in today’s Trib: Broadway Jo.

Next up–the World Champion Heat, beginning tomorrow night.

Play(s) of the Day

Rios’s homer, De Aza’s two-run double and Wise’s three-hit day.

Quote of the Day

Robin on the upcoming Sox pitching rotation, which includes a decision on the next start for Jake Peavy, who has been dealing with a back issue.

“(Chris) Sale’s going to go Monday so he’ll go on regular rest. Jake’s just pushed back at this point. It’s kind of wait and see how he’s doing. Hopefully it gets better by tomorrow, that’s when you start having to make decisions about Wednesday. Hector (Santiago) will go first day in New York (Tuesday). Everybody goes on their regular rest and figure out when Jake’s going to get better.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (3-2) for the Sox, James Shields (2-2) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…that 24 of the White Sox’s 29 games this season have been decided by three runs or less?

Photo of the Day

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No. 7 for Alex.

A Battle Royal

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox vs. Jeremy Guthrie (3-0) for K.C.

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

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Congratulations/Good Luck!

Congrats to the Blackhawks for going up two games to none in the Western Conference quarterfinals with a convincing 5-2 win last night over the Wild.

And good luck to the Bulls tonight in Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round series against the Nets in Brooklyn.

Quote of the Day

“Vote for the White Sox on your All-Star ballot,” says yours truly.

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Play of the Day

While the White Sox game was postponed, Sox catching prospect Josh Phegley went 3-5, with a pair of homers and four RBI last night in Class AAA Charlotte’s 10-2 victory at Toledo.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Wade Davis (2-2) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…that Conor Gillaspie is hitting .345 with three homers, five RBI and five walks in the last nine games? Adam Dunn has three home runs, six RBI and four runs scored over his last seven? Tyler Greene is hitting .304 with a triple, home run, two RBI and four runs scored in his six starts at second base? And Alejandro De Aza has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games with two homers, 13 RBI and nine runs scored?

Photo of the Day

Lefthanded pitcher Dickey Kerr, who won 53 games in four seasons with the White Sox and is best known for winning both of his starts as a rookie in the 1919 “Black Sox” World Series against Cincinnati, died 50 years ago today in Houston, TX.

Approximately 20 miles from Houston in Sugarland, TX, a statue of Kerr was unveiled last month at Constellation Field, home of the independent Atlantic League’s Sugarland Skeeters.

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Sox-Royals Postponed, Makeup Game Monday

Friday, May 3, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
Postponed due to inclement weather. Makeup game will be played Monday at 1:10 p.m, CT.
 
Feeling Better
 
Jake Peavy, who missed his start last night due to back issues, said that he’s feeling better. He”ll get more treatment today and is hoping to pitch on Monday.
 
Getting Closer
 
John Danks took another step toward the major leagues last night in a rehab start with Class AA Birmingham. He pitched seven solid innings against Chattanooga, giving up two runs on five hits, striking out one and walking one. His velocity was between 84-87 and he hit as high as 91 mph later in the game.
 
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Gillaspie Impresses the Captain
 
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
Tyler Flowers’ three-run homer, his fourth blast of the season, proved to be the difference in the White Sox’s 3-1 victory last night, giving the Sox the series win in Texas. Hector Santiago, in for Peavy, pitched a strong 5.1 innings, allowing just one run, two hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Matt Lindstrom, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed finished it off with 3.2 scoreless innings. Reed recorded his 10th save in as many attempts.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the Sox winning their first road series of the year:
 
“Nobody’s easy, but these guys (the Rangers) are tough. We scratched Jake tonight, Hector fills in on short rest and does a great job. It’s a good way to start a road trip, especially how bad the last one was. Not only were we losing, but losing people. 
 
“We’re still losing people, but at least we’re winning games.” 
 
Always taking things in stride, RV said the last sentence with a chuckle.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox vs. Jeremy Guthrie (3-0) for K.C.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Paul Konerko leads all active players with 142 RBI vs. the Royals and ranks second in homers with 42?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Tyler Flowers’ game-winning homer.

Santiago Replaces Peavy in Rubber Game of Series

Thursday, May 2, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: Hector Santiago (0-1) for the Sox, Justin Grimm (2-0) for Texas. Santiago, who was scheduled to start tomorrow night in Kansas City, replaces Jake Peavy who was scratched due to back spasms.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez,SS; Flowers, C; Wells, CF.
 
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Gavin
 
“The news isn’t always good and it’s just one of those you keep getting a different opinion to have all your bases covered because once you go there (alluding to surgery), it’s for a long time,” Robin said before the game today about the issue with Floyd’s elbow. “I think for him it’s the comfort of knowing he is doing the right thing and getting enough opinions from experts. It is ultimately his decision.”
 
Gavin indicated he would address the media following tonight’s game.
 
Scheduling Update
 
The Friday, April 19 home game vs. the Twins, which was postponed, will be played as part of a split doubleheader on Friday August 9–at 1:10 and 7:10 p.m., CT.  The postponed Tuesday, April 23 game vs. the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field has been moved to Friday, June 28, and will be part of a straight doubleheader starting at 4:10 p.m., CT.
 
The Sounds of Baseball
 
Peavy, Adam Dunn and numerous other major leaguers talk about the sounds they hear at the ballpark in this entertaining piece by ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian.
 
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
The pair of homers in the seventh inning last night–a solo blast by Conor Gillaspie, his third home of the year, and a two-run shot by Alejandro De Aza, his fifth–that backed Chris Sale’s outstanding outing in the 5-2 Sox win that evened the series at 1-1. Here are the Gillaspie and De Aza homers:
 

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Quote of the Day

 
RV on Sale’s ability to get out of further trouble in the second inning last night after allowing two runs with the bases still loaded and one out:
 
The one inning, it just seemed like there were people all over the place. For him to come out and only give up two to that lineup, he gutted through it. I think that was the first time you started noticing him work really hard as far as having to have command, having to get a strikeout…After that he was pretty good as far as being able to get ahead, keep (them) a little bit off balance. It’s a tough lineup to go through…”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox, Jeremy Guthrie (3-0) for Kansas City.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the White Sox have won 18 of its last 27 games vs. the American League West and are 66-43 (.606) since 2010, second only to the Yankees (.618) in winning percentage among A.L. teams?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Pitching seven strong innings, Sale won his third game of the season in last night’s Sox victory.

 

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