Sale, Crain are White Sox’s Shining Stars; Happy Birthday, Beltin’ Bill Melton!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL (12:40 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-5, 4.38) for the Sox, LHP David Price (2-4, 4.65) for the Rays.

Sox Starting Lineup: Ramirez, SS; Beckham, 2B; Rios, RF; Keppinger,1B; Phegley, C; Viciedo, DH; Morel, 3B; Wells, LF; Tekotte, CF.

Our All-Stars

Chris Sale has been chosen to his second consecutive All-Star Game and while Jesse Crain has been selected to his first. Sale was picked by All-Star manager Jim Leyland, Crain by the players. Jesse is currently on the disabled list and won’t pitch, but will be able to participate in the festivities. Robin Ventura will join the two pitchers for the Midsummer Classic at Citi Field in New York on Tuesday, July 16. Robin, who played for both the Mets and Yankees, will be one of the A.L. coaches.

More Sale

Chris is the seventh pitcher in club history to be chosen to consecutive A.L. All-Star squads. The last Sox pitcher to be named to two straight was Mark Buehrle in 2005-06. In addition to Sale and Buehrle, the five others to do it are: Jack McDowell (1992-93), Wilbur Wood (1971-72), Juan Pizarro (1963-64), Billy Pierce (1955-59) and Edgar Smith (1941-42).

Play(s) of the Day

Sale was once again denied the victory in last night’s 3-0 defeat, but he was outstanding. In seven innings of work he gave up only two earned runs and six hits along with nine strikeouts. Chris lowered his ERA to 2.78…Gordon Beckham collected another two hits, raising his season batting average to .336. In his last 12 games, he’s hitting a whopping .409. In his last five, he is 9-18, an even .500, with a homer, three RBI and four multihit games.

Quote of the Day

@jesse crain on being named to his first All-Star team:

Very honored to be selected to the All Star team, and humbled to be picked by the players!! Not a bigger honor! Wish I could pitch.Thank You

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in a makeup game. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.50) for the Sox, RHP Matt Garza (4-1, 3.45) for the Cubs. The original game was postponed on May 28.

Did You Know…

…that infielder Jimmy Dykes, who later both managed and won more games than any other skipper in White Sox history, and outfielder Al Simmons, a future Hall of Famer, represented the Sox in the very first All-Star Game–in 1933 at Comiskey Park? Dykes, playing third base, collected two singles and scored a run while Simmons added a base hit in the A.L.’s 4-2 victory.

Photo(s) of the Day

Happy 68th Birthday to Bill Melton, the first White Sox home run champ (33 in 1971).

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