Dunn, Quintana Provide Ray of Hope as Tampa Bay is Next for Sox
Friday, July 5, 2013
White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.57) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Hellickson (7-3, 4.90) for Tampa Bay.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Keppinger,1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Beckham, 2B; Phegley, C; Tekotte, CF.
Phegley, Tekotte Join Sox and in Lineup Tonight
The White Sox have recalled both catcher Josh Phegley and outfielder Blake Tekotte from Class AAA Charlotte. To make room on the active roster, catcher Hector Gimenez has been designated for assignment and outfielder Jordan Danks was optioned to Charlotte after yesterday’s game.
Phegley will be making his major-league debut tonight while Tekotte is in the Sox lineup for the first time since late April when he appeared in three games before being optioned to the Knights.
Phegley, 25, is hitting .316 with 18 doubles, 15 homers and 41 RBI in 61 games for the Knights.
The 5-foot-10, 220-pounder ranks among the International League leaders in slugging percentage (2nd, .597), OPS (3rd, .966) and average (6th) and has thrown out 40.7 percent (24-59) of attempted basestealers.
Phegley was selected to represent the U.S. Team at the All-Star Futures Game on July 14 at New York’s Citi Field and the IL at the Triple-A All-Star Game in Reno, Nev. on July 17. He won the MiLB Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2012 and has thrown out 46.3 percent (138-298) of attempted basestealers over five minor-league seasons. Phegley was chosen by the Sox as the 38th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Indiana University.
Tekotte, 26, is batting .249 with 26 doubles (which ranks him second in the International League), two triples, four home runs, 26 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 58 games this year with Charlotte. He was acquired last offseason from San Diego.
Coop was positive about Jake Peavy’s 53-pitch side session today in St. Pete. He is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Tuesday. Pitching before the All-Star break is not entirely out of the question.
Play(s) of the Day
Let’s start with Adam Dunn’s walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth yesterday afternoon, which gave the Sox a 3-2 victory and a series win over the Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field. Dunn’s blast was the ninth walk-off of his career–only David Ortiz (11) and Albert Pujols (10) have more among active players. He went 3-4 on the day with two RBI and is hitting .292 with a 1.077 OPS since June 4…And while Jose Quintana didn’t get credit for the win, he was brilliant. He pitched scoreless ball for seven innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out 11.
Quote of the Day
Robin commenting on Quintana after yesterday’s gem:
“He’s a tough kid…Today he was outstanding, being able to pound strikes, keep them off-balance and locate. (It’s) just his mentality, he’s a guy you like sending out there…It’s a good team over there (the Orioles). To be able to go through (that lineup) with a two-hitter is very impressive.”
White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (6:15 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-7, 2.79) for the Sox, LHP Matt Moore (11-3 3.65) for the Rays.
Did You Know…
…that Dunn’s home run yesterday, his 23rd of the season and 429th of his career, ties him for 44th place all time with teammate Paul Konerko? Adam and Paulie are now just two home runs away from tying Cal Ripken Jr. for the 43rd spot.
Photo of the Day
The celebration after Dunn’s Fourth of July Fireworks: