Sox Enter Brave New World as Second Half Begins
Friday, July 19, 2013
White Sox vs. Braves at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-6, 4.31) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (6-7, 4.02) for Atlanta. Danks has a 2.22 ERA and a .196 opponents average at home this season with four quality starts.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Keppinger,1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Phegley, C.
Paul Konerko began his four-day rehab with the Class AA Birmingham Barons last night going 1-2 with a walk and a run-scoring single as the DH.
Walker to be Honored
Greg Walker will be the next member of the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox to be honored at a Sunday home game. In town as the hitting coach of the Braves, Walker will be feted this Sunday before the finale of the three-game series with Atlanta. He was a first baseman on the ’83 team as well, of course, as serving as the Sox hitting coach prior to joining the Braves.
The White Sox-Blue Jays game, postponed on June 12, has been rescheduled for Monday, September 23 (7:10 p.m., CT) at U.S. Cellular Field.
Minor League News & Notes
The White Sox have signed left-handed hitting first baseman Travis Ishikawa to a minor league contract. Ishikawa, 29, who has played for San Francisco, Milwaukee, Baltimore and the Yankees, will report to Class AAA Charlotte…Middle infielder Toby Thomas, playing at Advanced Rookie Bristol, had quite a week from July 8-14 and as a result he was named the Appalachian League’s Player of the Week. Thomas batted .423 with two home runs, three doubles, eight runs batted in, six runs scored and a stolen base. He raised his slugging percentage to a hefty .769.
Sox icon Minnie Minoso will receive another prestigious award to add to his vast collection. On Tuesday in New Orleans, Minnie will receive the Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence by the National Council of La Raza at the group’s annual conference awards gala.
The organization presents the award, named in honor of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, each year to an individual or organization in the sports industry.
First Lady Michelle Obama is the keynote speaker at the conference.
Fifth Annual Charities Week
Chicago White Sox Charities Week, our annual fundraising campaign, will be celebrated during the the upcoming homestand and runs from July 22-28. Charities Week engages fans attending games, as well as those following along from home. The first four Charities Weeks raised a combined total of more than $677,000.
Fans attending games during the week can participate in a number of unique fundraising activities.
Mr. Zero Returns
Shingo “Mr. Zero” Takatsu, the popular reliever who saved 19 games for the Sox in 2004 and eight more at the start of the 2005 championship season, will be at the ballpark tomorrow. He’ll throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs.
Sale Profiled in ESPN The Magazine
Play of the Day
Chris’s brilliant performance in the All-Star Game is still fresh in our minds. Take another look:
Quote of the Day
Sale, a top candidate himself, modestly commenting Tuesday night on Mariano Rivera winning the All-Star Game MVP (via Dan Hayes, CSNChicago.com).
“There’s no other MVP in this clubhouse other than (Rivera). He stole the show.”
White Sox vs. Braves at U.S. Cellular Field (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Just reinstated from the disabled list, RHP Jake Peavy (6-4, 4.30) is scheduled for the Sox, Paul Maholm (9-8, 3.98 for Atlanta.
Did You Know…
…that Chris Sale became the seventh White Sox pitcher to earn the win in the All-Star Game and first since Mark Buehrle in 2005? The others were Eddie Smith (1941), Early Wynn (1958), Ray Herbert (1962), Jack McDowell (1993), James Baldwin (2000). The seven All-Star wins are second only to the Giants (8) in major league history.
Photo(s) of the Day
PK the Baron.