A Double Dip with a Trade Mixed in for Good Measure

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Today’s News

Doubleheader

White Sox vs. Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, in a split twin bill due to last night’s postponement.

Game 1 (2:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-5, 4.31) for the Sox, RHP Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) for Philadelphia.

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

Game 2 (6:15 p.m., CT): Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.49) for the Sox, LHP John Lannan (2-3, 4.23) for the Phillies.

Sox Starting Lineup: (TBA)

Play of the Day

Late last night, The Sox acquired outfielder Brandon Jacobs from the Red Sox for Matt Thornton and cash considerations.

Jacobs, 22, is hitting .247 with 25 doubles, 11 homers, 44 RBI, 46 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 84 games between Class A Salem (81 games) and Class AA Portland (3). He hit .421 with six doubles, two homers and 12 RBI in his last 11 games with Salem before being promoted. He is a career .265 hitter with 47 homers, 216 RBI and 61 stolen bases in five seasons in the Boston organization.

Jacobs (pictured below) is 6-foot-1, 225-pounds and was a 10th round pick in the 2009 June draft. He bats and throws right-handed and entered the season as the 11th-best prospect in the Red Sox system. He was drafted out of Parkview, Ga. high school.
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Quote(s) of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Jacobs:
“An athletic kid who projects to be a potential power bat and everyday corner outfielder down the road if everything clicks. He was the most impactful player available to us.”

Hahn on the 37-year-old Thornton, who ranks among the Sox’s all-time relief leaders in appearances (1st), holds (1st), strikeouts (2nd), wins (T3rd) and strikeouts (5th):

“I told him we appreciate everything he has done for the organization on and off the field.
Matt was the team’s most valuable reliever in our bullpen at times and provided excellence over an extended period of time.”

Rick on other moves:

“We remain active on a number of fronts, and we’re going to keep talking and see where it leads over the coming weeks.”

According to Hahn, LHP Donnie Veal has joined the Sox for today’s doubleheader, replacing Thornton on the active roster.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Phillies at Citizens Bank Park (12:35 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the series and the last game before the All-Star break. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-2, 3.67) for the Sox, LHP Cole Hamels (4-11, 4.17) for the Phils.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox are hitting .291 with runners in scoring position since June 1? It is the second-highest mark in the American League and third-highest in baseball during that span.

Photo of the Day

To commemorate the 2013 All-Star Game, to be played Tuesday night at Citi Field, there are 35 six-foot tall apple statues around New York City–inspired by the Mets’ iconic home run apple.

The White Sox version is located at Toys R Us in Times Square.

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