July 2013

Garcia and Rienzo Give Sox a Glimpse of the Future

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.55) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.74) for the Tribe. Quintana is holding righthanded batters to a .232 average in 2013, the third-lowest mark among American League lefties.

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

White Sox Welcome Garcia, Three Other Prospects With Open Arms

By now you know that after last’s night’s game, we completed a three-team deal with the Tigers and Red Sox. We traded Jake Peavy and acquired 22-year-old top outfield prospect Avisail Garcia from Detroit as well as minor league infielder Cleulius Rondon and pitching prospects Francelis Montas and Jeffery Wendelken from Boston.

GM Rick Hahn shared his excitement about obtaining Garcia, whose first name is pronounced “ah-VEE-saah-EEL”:

“We truly feel this is a five-tool player, someone who is not only going to hit, hit for average, but hit for power, can run well and play above average defense. He’s still young and has a little bit of development ahead of him, but we feel we’ve acquired someone with a great deal of upside who will have a big impact on the South Side for many years to come.”

Garcia, who will be assigned to Class AAA Charlotte to get regular at bats, is hitting .380 with seven doubles, three triples, six homers, 27 RBI and 32 runs scored over 39 games with both Class AAA Toledo and Class A Lakeland (where he appeared in six games on a rehab assignment recovering from a bruised heel). Between the two stops, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound righthanded hitter, had a .424 on-base and .561 slugging percentage. He was Detroit’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2012 and entered the season as the No. 2 prospect in the Tigers organization. In his brief experience in the major leagues (53 games in 2012-13) he is hitting .269 with three homers and 13 RBI. He actually made his big-league debut last August vs. the Sox.

The switch-hitting Rondon, who is 19, is hitting .276 with Class A Lowell in the Boston system. From Venezuela, he has split time between shortstop and third base, playing primarily at short. 

Montas, 20, is from the Dominican Republic. He has 96 strikeouts over 19 games with Class A Greenville this season and has K’d 171 in 49 games over four seasons. 

Wendelken, 20, was a 13th round draft choice in 2012. Known as J.B., he is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA with 10 saves and 54 strikeouts over 27 appearances with Greenville this season. He is 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA, 12 saves and 82 strikeouts in 40 relief appearances in two seasons. 

Rondon, Montas and Wendelken all will report to Class A Kannapolis.

Avisail is Happy, Too

@AvisailGarcia34: I’m also looking fwd to my new journey in the @whitesox organization and I am very grateful for this opportunity.. #Chicago here we come!

Jordan Danks Recalled

Outfielder Jordan Danks has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Peavy on the 25-man roster.

Play of the Day

Andre Rienzo, who last night became the first native Brazilian to pitch in the major leagues, was impressive in his debut. In seven innings, he allowed just five hits while striking out six without giving up an earned run.

Quote of the Day

Robin commenting on Rienzo’s solid debut:

“The kid was good. For all the excitement he had of having his first start, he was great. The one inning there was a little blip (the fifth when three unearned runs scored and he was spiked at first base)…but coming back that next inning with energy and composure was big. He’s got a neat little personality, brings his own energy, gets everybody into it. It was fun seeing him pitch.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (11:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-10, 2.69) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (12-7, 3.42) for Cleveland.

Did You Know…

…that on this date in 1972, Dick Allen became the seventh player to hit two inside-the-park home runs in one game in an 8-1 White Sox victory over the Twins on the road at Metropolitan Stadium?

Photo of the Day

Our new “five-tool player”:

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The Sox’s Andre Rienzo to Make Big League Debut Tonight

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Andre Rienzo (0-0) for the Sox (Original starter Jake Peavy was pushed back until tomorrow), LHP Scott Kazmir (6-4, 3.96) for the Tribe. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Rienzo is 8-6 with a 4.06 ERA with three complete games, one shutout and 113 strikeouts over 20 starts with Class AAA Charlotte. The 25-year-old leads the International League in strikeouts, is tied for the league lead in complete games and is tied for second in strikeouts-per-nine-innings-pitched (9.00).

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

Roster Moves

To make room for Rienzo on the 25-man roster, outfielder Blake Tekotte was optioned to Charlotte.

Quote(s) of the Day

Jesse Crain, upon being traded yesterday to Tampa Bay, talked about his time in Chicago:

“Great teammates, great city. I had an organization that’s been amazing to me. They brought me in here for three years and treated me unbelievably. I think I got better over three years here, for sure.”

Catcher Josh Phegley on Rienzo, his battery mate at Charlotte:

“A bulldog and a perfectionist.”

Play of the Day

John Danks gave up just one earned run and a pair of hits in six innings of work in last night’s 3-2 loss to the Indians.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.55) for the Sox vs. RHP Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.74) for Cleveland.

Did You Know…

…that Rienzo will be the first White Sox player in history to wear uniform number 64?

Photo of the Day

The last time Rienzo took the mound he pitched a no-hitter for Charlotte. Tonight against the Indians he makes his major league debut and as a result becomes the second player from Brazil (Yan Gomes was the first) and the first Brazilian-born pitcher to reach “The Show.”

Because Rienzo and Cleveland’s Gomes are the only Brazilians in the majors, tonight’s game represents a significant news story in Brazil. As a result, ESPN Brazil will be broadcasting our game across the country with the network using the raw audio/video feed of WCIU’s broadcast featuring Hawk and Tom Paciorek, who is subbing for Steve Stone. There will be no subtitles.

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Road Trip: Four in Cleveland, Three in Detroit

Monday, July 29, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

 
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-8, 4.81) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (4-6, 3.57) for the Tribe.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Phegley, C.

Crain to Tampa Bay

 
The White Sox today traded reliever Jesse Crain and cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays for players to be named later or cash considerations.

“We cannot say enough about what Jesse has meant to our bullpen, and the positive impact he’s had on our young relievers,” said Sox GM Rick Hahn.

Play of the Day

 
Hector Santiago pitched a fine 6.2 innings, giving up just two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts in yesterday’s 12-inning loss to the Royals.

Quote of the Day

 
@SoxNerd: 2day in 1998: The @WhiteSox acquired pitcher JonGarland from the Cubs for reliever MattKarchner
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Jake Peavy (8-4, 4.28) for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir (6-4, 3.96) for the Tribe.

Did You Know…

…that Sox starters rank among the American League leaders in SO/BB ratio (3rd, 3.10), WHIP (4th, 1.23), opponents average (4th, 2.48), ERA (5th, 3.91) and SO/9 IP (5th, 7.86)?

Photo/Video of the Day

 
Adam Dunn’s solo shot off of lefty Bruce Chen yesterday was his 25th homer of the season and 431st of his career, tying Hall of Famer Cal Ripken for 43rd place on the all-time list.
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It’s Santiago for Sox in Series and Homestand Finale

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-6, 3.38) for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen (4-0, 1.97) for K.C.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn,1B; Konerko, DH; Keppinger, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B, Flowers, C.
 
LaRussa on 1983
 
On another retro Sunday, Tony LaRussa shares his memories from the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox.
 
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Play of the Day
 
Chris Sale’s complete game gem. He gave up just one run, seven hits and struck out seven last night in the 1-0 Sox loss.
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Here is the latest in a series of excerpts from Bob Vorwald’s excellent book, “What It Means To Be A White Sox.” Here’s former Sox first baseman and hitting coach Greg Walker talking about 1983:
 
“Nineteen eighty-three was a dream for me. It was my first full year in the big leagues, and I was surrounded by players I had grown up watching play, and all of a sudden I was on the same team with them. That team was one of the great chemistry teams ever assembled. It started with Tony (LaRussa) and the coaching staff and carried to the veterans like (Jerry) Koosman, (Carlton) Fisk and (Greg) Luzinski…Those guys are a big reason I’m coaching now. They passed it down the line to me, and I still feel obligated to pass on all those lessons they taught me.”
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-8, 4.81) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (4-6, 3.57) for the Tribe.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Class AA Birmingham infielder Marcus Semien has hit safely in 19 of his last 21 games? He is hitting .417 with seven home runs and 21 RBI during that span. Semien leads the Southern League in runs scored (87), total bases (182), walks (80) and on-base percentage (.416).
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
A great effort by Gordon Beckham!
 

Sale on Hill for Sox vs. Royals in Game 2 of Series

 Saturday, July 27, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-9, 2.81) for the Sox, RHP Wade Davis (4-9, 5.92) for Kansas City. Sale’s ERA and his 142 strikeouts both rank fifth among all American League pitchers. His 2.95 ERA since 2012 is the fourth-lowest in the league.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Keppinger, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Phegley, C.

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Quote of the Day
 
Jordyn Wieber, a member of the gold medal-winning US Women’s Gymnastics teams at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at last night’s game. She obviously loved the experience. Here’s what she tweeted:
 
@jordyn_wieber: Feeling like a pro with my cool jersey :) #1 #WhiteSox
 
…and take a look at her in full acrobatic mode: 
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
The fine seven-inning performance by Jose Quintana in last night’s loss. He gave up only two runs and six hits with five strikeouts…And Conor Gillaspie’s eighth-inning solo homer, his ninth of the season.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-6, 3.38) for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen (4-0, 1.97) for K.C.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Sale has five 10-plus strikeout games in 2013, tied for the second-most in the American League and third-most in the majors (Matt Harvey of the Mets and Yu Darvish of the Rangers lead their respective leagues with six)?
 
Photo of the Day
 
Quintana impressive in Friday night outing.
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After Victory Over Tigers, Sox Look to Continue Winning vs. Royals

Friday, July 26, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-2, 3.61) for the Sox, James Shields (4-7, 3.24) for K.C.

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

No-No for Rienzo

White Sox pitching prospect Andre Rienzo tossed a no-hitter for Class AAA Charlotte in the first game of Yesterday’s doubleheader against Indianapolis. Here’s more:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130726&content_id=54811306&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Civil Rights Game

Bo Jackson and Aretha Franklin will be honored with the MLB Beacon Awards at a luncheon and will be recognized in a pregame ceremony on the field during the day of the 2013 Civil Rights Game. The annual event will be played at U.S. Cellular Field between the Sox and Rangers on Saturday, August 24 (6:10 p.m., CT) and televised nationally on the MLB Network.

Play(s) of the Day

The Sox battery of Jake Peavy and Tyler Flowers stood out in yesterday’s 7-4 win over the Tigers. Peavy chalked up win No. 8 and Flowers drove in a pair of runs with his ninth homer and a double.

Quote of the Day

@SoxNerd: PeteWard, he of the monster 1963 rookie year & the greatest Canadian @whitesox player, is 76 2day. http://twitter.com/SoxNerd/status/360752796032700416/photo/1

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-9, (2.81) for the Sox, Wade Davis (4-9, 5.92) for Kansas City.

Did You Know…

that Alexei Ramirez set a new career high yesterday with his 21st stolen base of the season?

Photo of the Day

Flowers Goes Deep.

http://atmlb.com/15iPzdd

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It’s Cy Young Thursday as Jake Aims to Outduel Justin

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Jake  Peavy (7-4, 4.19) for the Sox, Justin Verlander (10-7, 3.69) for Detroit in a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners.

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

Quote of the Day

Jake on facing the Tigers:

“Obviously, they’re a good lineup. And you know that going in. It’ll be a fun time.”

Play(s) of the Day

Dayan Viciedo homered (No. 9) and singled twice, Alejandro De Aza doubled, singled twice and stole a base and Alexei Ramirez singled in a run in last night’s 6-2 loss to the Tigers. 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-2, 3.61) for the Sox, James Shields (4-7, 3.24) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…that Viciedo, who matched his season-high of three hits, is batting .419 with a double, four homers and seven RBI vs. Detroit this season?

Photo of the Day

Peavy Goes for Win No. 8.

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Danks vs. Sanchez in Game 3 of Series

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-7, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-7, 2.85) for Detroit.

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

Quote of the Day

@DylanAxelrod_33: Good times at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center with @JesseCrain today visiting the veterans and then the fish!

http://t.co/cmbwuGqCeg

Play of the Day

Paulie’s two-run, ninth-inning double in last night’s 6-2 loss.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHPJake Peavy (7-4, 4.19) for the Sox, Justin Verlander (10-7, 3.69) for Detroit in a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox hosted their Amateur City Elite team yesterday for a showing of the movie “42” and the ballgame as part of White Sox Charities Week.

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Photo of the Day

Danks looks to turn the tide against the Tigers.
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Sox vs. Tigers, Game 2

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (6-6, 4.80) for Detroit.

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

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Play(s) of the Day

Dayan Viciedo and Conor Gillaspie each hit their eighth homer of the season, both solo blasts, in last night’s 7-3 loss to the Tigers…Chris Sale was the hard-luck losing pitcher as he gave up only two unearned runs with 11 strikeouts in eight innings of work.

Quote of the Day

@chicagoside on Twitter: Garza schmarza. Braun schmaun. Paul Konerko is back.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-7, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-7, 2.85) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Sox pitching prospect Scott Snodgress came within two outs last night of the first Class AA Birmingham Barons’ no-hitter since 1995? The Chattanooga Lookouts’ Matt Wallach, the son of former major-leaguer Tim, broke up the no-no in the ninth with a line drive single to right. Snodgress got credit for his league-leading 10th win of the season in the Barons’ 7-0 win.

…that this is the fourth anniversary of one of the great moments in Sox history–Mark Buehrle’s perfect game against Tampa Bay? And a special tip of the cap to Dewayne Wise for “The Catch.”

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Photo/Video of the Day

The Viciedo and Gillaspie homers.

http://atmlb.com/13yODBs

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White Sox, Sale Go For Third Straight Win in All-Star Matchup

Monday, July 22, 2013 

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series and a battle of All-Star pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (6-8, 2.85) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (13-1, 3.19) for Detroit.

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

De Aza on a Roll

Alejandro De Aza is hitting .486 with four doubles, a triple, two homers, four RBI and 11 runs scored during his current nine-game hitting streak. He also has had five multihit games.

The Gang’s All Here

Team photo day.

https://vine.co/v/hKnztn00YWM

Quote of the Day

Casper Wells on robbing the Braves’ Reed Johnson of a game-tying homer in the eighth inning of yesterday’s 3-1 victory (from Fred Mitchell in the Trib):

“I saw the replay and I said, ‘Wow, that’s really special,’ I never did anything like that before, so I’m just happy I got to help the team out.”

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Play of the Day

Great news. PK is back in the lineup after a stay on the DL and a short rehab stint at Class AA Birmingham.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (6-6, 4.80) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that the last three series won by the Sox have been against two first-place teams (Detroit and Atlanta) and Baltimore, which is just 3.5 games behind Boston in the A.L. East?

Photo of the Day

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