Sale, Sox Face Astros in White Sox Fans’ “Happy Place”– Minute Maid Park

Friday, June 14, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series. (I doubt I have to remind you that this is the same ballpark where the Sox clinched the 2005 World Series).

Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-4, 2.68) for the Sox, LHP Erik Bedard (1-3, 5.34) for Houston. Chris has a 1.85 ERA and 55 strikeouts over his last eight starts.

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

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Wise Move

Dewayne Wise, on the DL since June 2 with a strained right hamstring, is now at Class AAA Charlotte on a rehab assignment.

The Pen

The White Sox bullpen owns a 2.41 earned run average in June, lowering their ERA for the season from 4.23 to 3.84.

Very Well Dunn

Adam is 8-15 with four homers, seven RBI, seven runs scored and three walks in his last four games. He is tied for the A.L. lead with five home runs this month.

Sox Draft Picks in College World Series

Danny Hayes, a first baseman/outfielder from Oregon State selected by the Sox in the 13th round of the First-Year Player Draft, and outfielder Adam Engel from Louisville (19th round) will both be participating in the College World Series in Omaha, NE. Oregon State plays Mississippi State and Louisville faces off against Indiana tomorrow in the opening games of the CWS.

Sons of Texas

Jesse Crain (Houston), the Danks brothers (Austin) and Adam Dunn (The Woodlands) all live in Texas…Crain played at the University Houston…and Jeff Keppinger and Matt Lindstrom both played for the Astros.

Sox Hero Turned Astro Broadcaster

Geoff Blum spent five seasons playing for the Astros and is currently in the club’s radio booth. Blum, of course, has a whole different identity to White Sox fans after he hit the dramatic 14th inning solo homer for the Sox in Game 3 of the ’05 World Series that set the stage for the four-game sweep and Series championship literally hours later. Dan Hayes of csnchicago.com caught up with Blum on the eve of this weekend’s series in Houston.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox-talk/sox-series-hero-blum-finds-new-home-behind-astros-mic

The Blum homer:

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Quote of the Day

Paul Konerko, the lone Sox player still on the active roster from the ’05 champions, is quoted in the csnchicago.com story about Blum’s extra-inning blast:

“I felt like no one was going to score. Blummer had some pop, but it was a very dead game from like the ninth or 10th inning on. Just boom. It just happened really quickly. When he hit it, I don’t think anybody thought it was a homer. It was just a low liner that you were hoping would get down and all of a sudden it hit over the fence and you realize, ‘S***, we can win now.’ “

Play of the Day

A two-time American League All-Star during his playing days, Robin Ventura has been selected as a coach on this year’s A.L. squad for the Midsummer Classic by All-Star manager Jim Leyland of Detroit. Robin will be joined by Toronto Blue Jays’ manager John Gibbons and the regular coaching staff of the 2012 A.L. champion Tigers. The game will be played at New York’s Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16 and RV is no stranger to the New York City borough of Queens. He played for the Mets when they won the 2000 National League pennant and faced the Yankees in the World Series.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (6:15 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: LHP John Danks (1-1, 4.13) for the Sox and RHP Lucas Harrell (4-7, 4.52), who pitched on the South Side in 2010-11, for the Astros. 

Did You Know…

…that the White Sox have won three of the last four, scoring 23 runs and eight home runs during that span?

Photo of the Day

From @soxnerd on Twitter:  “Tonight will be the @WhiteSox first game in Houston since…Game 4 of the 2005 World Series AKA the greatest day in the history of the world.”

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