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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