White Sox Look to Ground Birds — Again
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
White Sox vs Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Scott Feldman (7-6, 3.46 in a Cubs uniform) for Baltimore.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, DH; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.
Before tonight’s game the Sox placed both Paul Konerko (lower back strain) and Jesse Crain (right shoulder strain) on the 15-day disabled list. Third baseman Brent Morel, who was with the Sox briefly last week, and LHP David Purcey were recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. Morel is hitting .283 with five homers, 20 doubles and 40 RBI for the Knights. Purcey has a 3.03 ERA, three saves and 43 strikeouts in 26 relief appearances this season with Charlotte, Lefty hitters are hitting only .146 against him.
Robin said both Konerko and Crain should be back after the All-Star Game.
According to Coop, Jake Peavy threw all of his pitches from both the windup and the stretch in a light to medium bullpen session yesterday. There were no problems and Jake will likely throw again on Friday at Tropicana Field during the White Sox-Rays series.
The Cup is in the House
The Sox will welcome the Stanley Cup and Blackhawks Patrick Sharp and Brandon Bollig tonight for an on-field ceremony prior to the start of Sox-O’s.
Sox Minor League All-Stars
Charlotte’s Purcey and catcher Josh Phegley (pictured below) have been selected to the Class AAA All-Star Game in Reno, NV on July 17….Six Class AA Birmingham Barons have been chosen to the Southern League North Division All-Star squad: C Michael Blanke, DH Dan Black, INF Marcus Semien, RHPs Ryan Kussmaul and Nick McCully and LHP Scott Snodgress. The players will represent the Barons in Jacksonville, FL, also on July 17.
Play(s) of the Day
* John Danks got credit for his second victory of the season last night in the Sox’s 5-2 win–7 IP, 2 ER, 6 hits, a walk and 4 strikeouts.
* Conor Gillaspie put the Sox ahead to stay in the sixth inning with a solo blast, his sixth homer of the year.
* Adam Dunn hit his 22nd home run of the season and career homer No. 428 last night, a two-run shot that extended the Sox lead in the seventh inning to 5-1. Adam is now in sole posession of 45th place on the all-time list, passing Mike Piazza. He is one shy of Konerko.
Quote of the Day
Slugger Jim Thome, now a special assistant to Sox GM Rick Hahn, on the itch to keep playing:
“That never leaves. Once that is in you a long time it makes leaving it really tough. I miss digging my back foot in and competing. I think what this will do will give me a chance to go down and see some minor league guys and give a piece of advice that leads to success, which would be the biggest accomplishment of all. Giving back to young players who want that advice will be rewarding.”
White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.97) for the Sox, LHP Zach Britton (2-2, 4.50) for the O’s.
Did You Know…
…that the Sox’s keystone combo continues to make a significant impact on the club’s offense. With two more hits last night, Alexei Ramirez extended his hitting streak to eight games and has a hit in 17 of his last 19. He is batting .349 with seven doubles, five RBI, six stolen bases and nine runs scored over the 19 games. Gordon Beckham recorded his ninth multi-hit game of 2013 last night with three singles and added an RBI. He is now hitting .385 with two doubles, three RBI, a walk, a stolen base and three runs scored on this homestand.
Photo of the Day
Dunn’s homer gave the Sox some much-needed breathing room in last night’s victory.