June 2013

It’s Sale for the Sox in Series Finale

Sunday, June 30, 2013 

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-6, 2.75) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (9-6, 3.76) for the Tribe. 

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

Celebrating 1983

In the continuing celebration of the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox, starting pitcher Floyd Bannister, who won 16 games in ’83, and Dennis Lamp, who led the Sox that year with 15 saves, will be honored before today’s game.

And here’s Lamarr Hoyt, the ’83 A.L. Cy Young Award winner, talking about that special Sox season:

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Quote of the Day

On retro Sunday, here is the third in a series of quotes from the book, “What It Means to Be A White Sox,” by Bob Vorwald. Sox slugger Greg Luzinski, who hit 32 homers with 95 RBI for the ’83 Sox, talks about his legendary roof shots in old Comiskey Park:

“I hit three over the roof that year–and one of them on national TV–so that whole thing was really fun. It’s not something you’re trying to do, you just want to make good, hard contact and hit it on the sweet spot. That’s just displaying power, I guess.”

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Play of the Day

Dayan Viciedo matched his season high of three hits with a double and two singles and drove in a run in the Sox’s 4-3 loss. He also made two outstanding catches in leftfield.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day. On Tuesday, White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (1-5, 4.68) for the Sox, RHP Jason Hammel (7-4, 5.09) for the Orioles.

Did You Know…

…that Sale ranks second among A.L. leaders in opponents slugging percentage; third in opponents on-base percentage; third in baserunners per 9.0 IP; fourth in opponents average; fifth in ERA; and is tied for sixth in strikeouts?

Photo of the Day

Viciedo “had a day” on Saturday.

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Tribe Faces “Axe” in Matinee

Saturday, June 29, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.57) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.58) for Cleveland.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Keppinger, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.
 
Loooong Day Makes MLB History
 
Yesterday’s doubleheader, which took seven hours and 53 minutes was the longest twin bill (two nine-inning games) in the history of baseball. The start of Game 2 was delayed 25 minutes due to rain and there was a two-minute delay in the top of the eighth inning of the nightcap while the umpires reviewed a foul ball call.
 
The previous longest doubleheader was also in Chicago as the Rangers and White Sox played two in seven hours, 39 minutes in May of 1995.
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
Twin-Bill Highlights
 
Game 1:  Adam Dunn’s two-run homer, his 21st of the season and 427th lifetime, tied Mike Piazza for 45th place on the all-time home run list…Flowers’ three-run blast was No. 8 on the season… Jeff Keppinger (pictured below) hit his second homer of the year, a solo shot….and Gordon Beckham had a three-hit, two RBI game…The White Sox collected 13 hits in the 19-10 loss.
 
Game 2:  Keppinger went 3-4 in the cleanup spot, including a triple, and had two RBI. He went 6-8 with four RBI, two walks and two runs scored in the doubleheader…Alejandro De Aza went 3-5 with a double, two RBI, a career high four runs scored and stole two bases…Dunn drove in a pair of runs, giving him 52 on the season. He is now hitting .344 with two doubles, eight HR, 21 RBI and 15 runs scored in his last 18 games…Alexei Ramirez singled, doubled, scored and drove in a run. He’s now batting .352 in his last 16. The Sox pounded out 13 hits in the 9-8 defeat, matching their Game 1 total.
 
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Quote of the Day
 
As we honor the great Billy Pierce today, I’m reminded of a high compliment Yankee icon Joe DiMaggio once gave our friend Billy:
 
“That little so-and-so is a marvel. So little–and all that speed. He got me out on a fastball in the ninth that I’d have needed a telescope to see.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-6, 2.75) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (9-6, 3.76) for the Tribe.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Sox outfielder Casper Wells, who pitched in his collegiate days at Towson University, made his major-league pitching debut in Game 1? He hurled a scoreless ninth, striking out one and walking one as he hit 92 mph on the speed gun. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wells became the first player since the Twins’ Dan Gladden in August of 1989 at Cleveland to pitch in one game of a doubleheader and start the other game in the field.
 
Sox Notes of Note
 
As expected, third baseman Brent Morel was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after last night’s game. He was called up earlier in the week to replace Conor Gillaspie, who left on paternity leave. When Gillaspie returned on Friday, Morel stayed on as the 26th man for the doubleheader. RHP Brian Omogrosso was also optioned to Charlotte after the doubleheader and today was replaced on the active roster by RHP Simon (SEE-mone) Castro, who was recalled from the Knights. Castro was acquired from the Padres in the Carlos Quentin deal in December of 2011.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Dunn, pitcher Trevor Bauer and the umpire watch as Adam’s first-inning homer in Game 1 lands in the right-field stands.
 
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Sox Hope to Enjoy a Double Dose of Indian Summer

Friday, June 28, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Games

White Sox vs. Indians, Game 1, at U.S. Cellular Field (4:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first game of the doubleheader and opener of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.03) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (1-2, 2.76) for Cleveland.

White Sox vs, Indians, Game 2, at U.S. Cellular Field (Following Game 1, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.83) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-3, 7.78) for the Tribe.

The twin bill is a result of the April 23 postponement.

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

Gillaspie Back, Morel Stays for Today

Before today’s games, the Sox reinstated third baseman Conor Gillaspie from the Paternity Leave List.  3B Brent Morel, who was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Gillaspie on the active roster, will serve as the club’s 26th player for the doubleheader.

Paulie Update

Paul Konerko, who missed the two games with the Mets because of lower back tightness, is day-to-day. He is hitting .378 in his last 10 games.

Wounded Warriors Make a Visit

The fifth annual Wounded Warrior Project Chicago Soldier Ride stopped at the ballpark today. Former White Sox standout Carlos May, who himself had his thumb blown off while on Marine Reserve duty, greeted the Wounded Warriors.

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Tiger Woods?

No, it’s Harold Baines at yesterday’s White Sox Field of Greens golf outing.

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Quote(s) of the Day

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the Windy City ThunderBolts of the independent Frontier League last night retired the numbers of White Sox pitcher Dylan Axelrod, who starred for the Bolts in 2009, and Mike Kashirsky, now a Sox pre-game instructor and batting pitcher, who was a longtime player, coach and manager with the Windy City franchise.

Axe took to Twitter to thank the ThunderBolts and a couple of his teammates for their support:

@DylanAxelrod_33: Thank you to the entire @WCThunderBolts organization for a special night.  Very honored and humbled to have my #23 retired tonight!

@DylanAxelrod_33: Also great to be retired with former WC  bolt manager and current @whitesox bp man Ka$h.  Thanks to Jordan Danks and @Areed43 for comin out!

Play of the Day

White Sox great Billy Pierce will be honored tomorrow during a pre-game ceremony. Now 86, Pierce will be feted for his sterling career in a Sox uniform as the ace of the staff in the 1950s. Fans will be treated to a Pierce replica statue giveaway.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130627&content_id=51977994&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.57) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.58) for Cleveland.

Did You Know…

…that the White Sox pitching staff leads the American League with a 3.14 “home” ERA?

Photo of the Day

Quintana and Santiago–today’s doubleheader pitching duo.

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Friday Twin Bill Kicks Off Weekend Series with Tribe

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tomorrow’s Schedule

It’s the White Sox vs. Indians in a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field (1st game, 4:10, CT, 2nd game will follow, both on CSN). Probable starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.03) and LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.83) for the Sox, TBA for Cleveland. The twin bill is a result of the April 23 postponement.

Today’s News

Peavy’s Progress

Per trainer Herm Schneider, Jake played catch yesterday for roughly 10 minutes, at the three-week mark of his rib injury. He will continue to build up strength with the plan of having a side day at the four-week mark. According to Peavy it’s realistic to think he’ll be back around the All-Star break.

Congrats, Axe and Kash

Two members of the White Sox family, Dylan Axelrod and Mike Kashirsky, will have their uniform numbers retired tonight–by the Windy City ThunderBolts of the independent Frontier League. The ceremony will take place at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood before the Bolts’ regularly scheduled game vs. the Normal CornBelters.

Axe starred for the Thunderbolts in 2009 where he made the All-Star team and led the club to the playoffs. His No. 23 will be retired.

Kashirsky, a pre-game instructor and batting practice pitcher for the Sox, was a longtime player, coach and manager for the Cook County/Windy City franchise and is the all-time winningest skipper in the team’s history. The Bolts are retiring his No. 1.

Great Deal

Attention Blackhawk fans: Here’s an offer that’s pretty hard to pass up. The Sox are offering specially-priced $15 tickets to all fans who are wearing Blackhawks apparel at tomorrow night’s doubleheader with the Indians.

Tickets are available only at U.S. Cellular Field ticket windows and can be purchased only on Friday. Fans who will be attending the Hawks celebratory parade and rally and will return to U.S. Cellular Field for the twin bill, you can park in one of the ballpark lots for $20 and take the CTA. Lot A will be open at 6:00 a.m. and is accessible from Wentworth Avenue between 33rd and 35th Streets.

Quote of the Day

Robin, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, commented on the now infamous dropped pop-up in Tuesday night’s game with the Mets when Gordon Beckham collided with Conor Gillaspie.

“Gordon didn’t really drive through him. It was more like he wrapped him up. We need to work on Gordon’s tackling technique.”

You would think that Gordon, a product of the University of Georgia and the SEC, would have his technique down pat.

Play(s) of the Day

Nate Jones has recorded a 0.69 ERA over his last 10 appearances…Alexei Ramirez, with two hits last night, is hitting .361 with five doubles, four RBI, seven runs scored and five stolen bases over this last 14 games. He also ranks fourth in the American League with 18 stolen bases…John Danks retired the first nine batters he faced last night, extending his streak to 30 consecutive batters at home dating back to his last start on June 8 vs. Oakland. It’s the longest such streak by a Sox pitcher since Mark Buehrle retired 32 in a row in July/August of 2009. It’s the longest home streak in the majors since Felix Hernandez of the Mariners retired 36 in a row last July/August…Brent Morel, just recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, last night collected his first hit with the Sox since May of 2012.

Did You Know…

…that Chris Sale is already among the all-time best strikeout artists in White Sox history? With five 12+ strikeout games, Chris trails only Hall of Famer Ed Walsh and lefthander Juan Pizarro, who had six in their careers in Chicago. Sale also is tied with Walsh and righty Javier Vazquez with the most dozen or more strikeout games in a single season (3).

Photo of the Day

Nate is excelling in the ‘pen.

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Sox Looking for the Mini-Sweep

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mets at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the two-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (1-4, 5.40) for the Sox, RHP Shaun Marcum (0-9, 5.76) for the Mets.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, DH; Morel, 3B (See note below); Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.

Anti-Violence initiative

As I mentioned earlier this month, the Sox and Bulls have launched a series of public service announcement videos focusing on an anti-violence message and the teams’ partnership with Youth Guidance, a leading provider of school-based programs in Chicago Public and charter schools.

Today, White Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams and Bulls GM Gar Forman sent this letter to fans of both teams as the city’s public schools are being let out for the Summer this week.

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Quote of the Day

Strange things happen in the game of baseball. Case in point, last night, when Gordon Beckham inexplicably collided with Conor Gillaspie on a seemingly routine pop-up in front of the pitcher’s mound with two outs in the top of the ninth inning and the Sox ahead, 4-3. The ball, however, fell to the ground and instead of clinching the win, the Mets scored the tying run. As unfortunate as these plays are–and they are invariably going to happen to every team over the course of the season–what you like to see in these situations is that the player responsible doesn’t hide, faces the media after the game and is accountable for the miscue. Predictably, Gordon rose to the occasion.

“I ran in there and screwed it up, that’s what happened,”  Beckham explained. “Stupid play for me. You know, my heart was in the right spot trying to make the play, but my mind obviously wasn’t…I’m glad we won and it didn’t cost us the game…it’s unacceptable to do that and blow the save for Reed and don’t get Sale a win.”

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Play of the Day

Alexei Ramirez’s two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth in last night’s 5-4 win.  http://atmlb.com/19rBOhl

And though he didn’t get credit for the victory, you can’t overlook Chris Sale’s terrific performance–8 IP, 3 runs, only four hits, a pair of walks and a whopping 13 strikeouts. It is also interesting to note that Chris is the first pitcher to have two starts of 8+ IP and 13+ strikeouts and not receive a win in either start since Randy Johnson in 2004.

Did You Know…

…that Ramirez is one of only two players (Manny Machado of the Orioles) in the majors who has played every inning this season? Furthermore, Alexei leads all MLB shortstops in games (691) and innings played (6,103.2) since the start of the 2009 season.

Sox Notes of Note

* Before tonight’s game with the Mets, Conor Gillaspie was placed on the Paternity Leave List as he is expecting the birth of his first child. Replacing Gillaspie on the active roster is third baseman Brent Morel, who has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte.

Morel, who played parts of three seasons with the Sox in 2010-12, is batting .280 with 19 doubles, five homers, 40 RBI and a .373 on-base percentage with the Knights.

Gillaspie can be reinstated after one day, but can only be on for as many as three.

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* RHP Andre Rienzo and C Josh Phegley, both playing at Charlotte, have been named to the 2013 Futures Game, which takes place the Sunday before the July 16 Major League All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York. Phegley will play for the U.S. team, Rienzo, a native of Brazil, will represent the World team. Top outfield prospect Courtney Hawkins, at Class A Winston-Salem, is one of five still in the running for a spot on the U.S. squad. Fans can vote for him on whitesox.com until June 30 at 10:59 p.m., CT.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Indians in a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field (1st game, 4:10, CT, 2nd game will follow, both on CSN). The twinbill is a result of the April 23 postponement. Starters for both the Sox and Cleveland are TBA.

Photo of the Day

Alexei is mobbed by his teammates after his game-winning hit.

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It’s All-Star Sale vs. Rookie Wheeler in Marquee Pitching Matchup

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mets at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a two-game series and nine-game homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-6, 2.69) for the Sox, RHP Zack Wheeler (1-0, 0.00) for New York. Chris is 11-2 with a 2.02 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his last 16 home starts, dating back to May of 2012. The highly-touted Wheeler made his successful major-league debut last week, notching his first victory with six scoreless innings vs. the Braves.

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

Merkin on Courtney Hawkins

Scott Merkin of mlb.com takes a close look at the progress of the Sox’s No. 1 draft pick in 2012, outfielder Courtney Hawkins, shown below talking hitting with Sox slugger Adam Dunn.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130624&content_id=51632798&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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Play of the Day

With the Sox enjoying their off-day, a pair of other top Sox outfield prospects–Trayce Thompson and Keenyn Walker–were instrumental in Class AA Birmingham’s 14-2 pounding of Huntsville last night. Thompson belted three doubles, scored twice and drove in a run while Walker singled, doubled and scored three times.

Quote of the Day

Dunn, who on Sunday hit his 20th home run of the season and 426th of his career, talked to Mark Gonzales of the Trib about his recent offensive turnaround (he’s hitting .340 with seven home runs, 17 RBI, 13 runs scored and nine walks in his last 14 games):

“I feel more consistent now than I have ever. I’m not just saying that. I felt good all year, but the last couple weeks I’ve really felt like me, like what I’ve been trying to get for two years. It’s a pretty good feeling.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mets at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the two-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (1-4, 5.40) for the Sox, RHP Shaun Marcum (0-9, 5.76) for the Mets.

Did You Know…

…that while Dunn is now tied with Hall of Famer Billy Williams for 46th place on the all-time home run list, Paul Konerko is just two shy of Cal Ripken’s 431 and 43rd place?

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Sox Head Home, Meet the Mets on Tuesday

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: Royals 7, White Sox 6…Sox take two of three in the series.

Play of the Day

Adam Dunn’s two-run homer in the third inning (see Photo/Video of the Day) and two-run single in the first…Gordon Beckham’s two-run double in the seventh–take a look:

http://atmlb.com/11UJUW1

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Sox Notes of Note

* Adam Dunn is hitting .340 with seven home runs, 17 RBI, 13 runs scored and nine walks in his last 14 games.

* Paul Konerko is batting .435 with a homer and four RBI in his last five games.

* Jeff Keppinger is hitting .311 in his last 26 games.

* Gordon Beckham has compiled a .323 average with six doubles in his last 17 games.

Quote of the Day

Robin was asked if he and some of the other White Sox are following the Blackhawks, who as a result of last night’s 3-1 win over the Bruins are one game away from winning the Stanley Cup:

“There were a lot of guys watching last night. It’s great to see. You see the passion of playoff hockey…It’s great for the city. You want them to close it out.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day. On Tuesday, White Sox vs. Mets at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a two-game series and nine-game homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-6, 2.69) for the Sox, Zack Wheeler (1-0, 0.00) for New York. Chris is 11-2 with a 2.02 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his last 16 home starts, dating back to May of 2012.

Did You Know…

…that Addison Reed chalked up his 50th career save yesterday at age 24 and 177 days, becoming the second-youngest pitcher in Sox history to reach that standard? Only Terry Forster at 22 and 110 days was younger. Also, Reed accomplished the feat with the fewest opportunities (56). (From STATS LLC)

Photo/Video of the Day

A Dunn Deal. Here’s Adam’s two-run blast over the centerfield fence. It was his 426th career homer, tying him for 46th place on the all-time list with Hall of Famer Billy Williams.

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Happy Saturday…Sox Go For Sweep Tomorrow in K.C.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: White Sox 3, Royals 2

Play(s) of the Day

Alejandro De Aza’s ninth-inning sac fly produced the winning run…Jeff Keppinger went 3-3 with a walk and an RBI…Matt Lindstrom (1.2), Jesse Crain (1.0) and Addison Reed (1.0) pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief…Crain picked up his second victory and Reed his 21st save.

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Quote of the Day

Robin, when asked if he would have been a hitting coach had he not become a manager:

“…It’s not an easy job, I know that. Everybody’s got a different body and different way of trying to get themselves to hit…but I don’t know where I would have ended up (as a coach). I know it wouldn’t have been baserunning, I know it wouldn’t have been that,” he said with a chuckle.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (1:10, CT, WGN) as the Sox go for a three-game sweep in the final game of the 10-game road trip. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.39) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (2-6, 2.72) for K.C.

Sox Note of Note

Highly-touted Sox pitching prospect Erik Johnson has been promoted to Class AAA Charlotte from Class AA Birmingham. The righthander recorded an 8-2 record with a 2.23 ERA, three complete games and 74 strikeouts in 14 starts with the Barons.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox’s first-round draft pick, shortstop Tim Anderson, collected two hits, two RBI, scored three times and stole a base in Class A Kannapolis’s 12-2 win last night over Augusta? It was Anderson’s second game since joining the Intimidators.

Photo of the Day

De Aza comes through with the game-winner.

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Sox vs. Royals: The First of Three

Friday, June 21, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first game of a three-game series that will conclude the current 10-game road trip. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (2-5, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.72) for K.C.

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

Roster Moves

After yesterday’s game, the White Sox optioned RHP Deunte Heath to Class AAA Charlotte. Today, RHP Brian Omogrosso was recalled from the Knights and placed on the active roster.

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Lee Retires

Carlos Lee, who hit 152 homers, drove in 552 runs and compiled a .288 batting average with the White Sox from 1999-2004, retired yesterday on his 37th birthday.

NIcknamed El Caballo by Hawk Harrelson, Lee also played for the Brewers, Rangers, Astros and Marlins in his 14-year major-league career. Of course, he was involved in one of the most pivotal trades in Sox history when he was shipped to Milwaukee in the deal that brought Scott Podsednik and Luis Vizcaino to Chicago prior to the 2005 championship season.

Quote of the Day

@CaptainOmo (Omogrosso) on Twitter: Back Up with the Sox!! Hazzaaaa!! #goodtobeback

Play of the Day

Jesse Crain’s consecutive scoreless appearance record and the back-to-back homers by Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn were the main Sox highlights yesterday. But it also should be noted that Alexei Ramirez had a four-hit afternoon with a double and three singles and stole his 15th base.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Wade Davis (4-5, 5.18) for Kansas City.

Did You Know…

…that in 11.1 innings pitched against the Royals in his career, Santiago has a 0.00 ERA?

Photo of the Day

Hector looks to begin a Sox turnaround.

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Crain Makes History in Series Finale; PK, Dunn Go Back-to-Back

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: Twins 8, White Sox 4

Record-Setter

With his scoreless seventh inning this afternoon, Jesse Crain now holds the White Sox record with 28 consecutive scoreless appearances. He was tied with J.J. Putz.

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Play(s) of the Day

Back-to-back homers by Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn in the sixth inning of today’s matinee. Paulie’s two-run shot was his seventh of the season and 429th of his career. Adam’s solo blast was his 19th of the year and 425th lifetime. This was the second time the duo has gone back-to-back (it happened last April 23 at Oakland).

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first game of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (2-5, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.72) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…that White Sox second base prospect Micah Johnson, who leads the minor leagues with 54 stolen bases for Class A Kannapolis, won the “Star of Stars” award Monday night at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game? Johnson stole second and third base on consecutive pitches and scored a run for the North Division in a 2-1 win over the South. In addition to his stolen base total this season, Johnson is batting .339 with five homers, 36 RBI and 64 runs scored in 66 games for the Intimidators. He’s shown here accepting the award:

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Quote of the Day

Sox VP/Assistant GM Buddy Bell on Micah Johnson:

“He’s a very smart player, he’s a sponge for information, he’s a strong kid.”

Photo/Video of the Day

Opposing teams should know by now not to run on Mr. Viciedo. Watch Dayan gun down Ryan Doumit in the third inning of today’s game.

http://atmlb.com/15nLdyM

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