August 2013

It’s John Danks vs. Jake Peavy as Old Friends Face Off in Boston

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks (4-10, 4.15) for our Sox, former teammate RHP Jake Peavy (10-5, 3.99) their Sox. Danks has won his last two starts, posting a 1.29 ERA.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko,1B; A. Garcia, CF; Gillaspie, 3B; Jor. Danks, RF; Phegley, C

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September Call-ups

With the White Sox able to expand their roster on September 1, lefthanded pitcher Charlie Leesman and catcher Bryan Anderson will be promoted to the big club tomorrow. More promotions are expected during the series in New York, which begins on Monday.

Sox Starters

Our starting pitchers rank among the American League leaders in ERA (3rd, 3.86), strikeout/walk ratio (3rd, 2.89), strikeouts per nine innings (4th, 7.83) and quality starts (T4th, 77).

No. 2 Pick Danish Impressive Out of the Gate

Tyler Danish, the Sox’s second-round selection in this year’s June draft, threw two scoreless innings last night in his second appearance since being promoted to Class A Kannapolis. Danish, only 18, is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 15 games between Kannapolis and Advanced Rookie Great Falls. Over his last seven games he has thrown 14 consecutive scoreless innings. Danish’s success is nothing new. He recorded a 0.00 ERA in 94 innings pitched in his senior year at Durant High School in Brandon, FL.

Play(s) of the Day

Avisail Garcia, who came over to the Sox in the three-way deal that sent Peavy to Boston, continued his hot hitting last night. He singled and scored on a Dayan Viciedo base hit in the fifth inning and cranked a mammoth solo blast to center in the seventh, his second homer in as many games…Viciedo singled again in the seventh and scored on Alejandro De Aza’s triple in the 4-3 loss to the Red Sox…The bullpen corps of Jake Petricka (1.1) David Purcey (2.0) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0), in relief of Hector Santiago, held Boston scoreless in the final 4.1 innings to keep us in the game.

Quote of the Day

Peavy commenting on the White Sox’s bright future:

“You’ve got Chris Sale who is as good as anybody in the game at the top. You’ve got some big arms in the back of the bullpen. You acquired some good position players…That team’s going to be right in the thick of things. I can’t see a long rebuilding process there.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (12:35 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.21) for the Sox, LHP Felix Doubront (10-6, 3.74) for Boston.

Did You Know…

…that Avi Garcia is hitting .360 in his 20 games with the White Sox, .403 in his last 16 (the fourth highest average in the A.L. during that span) and .529 in his last four contests?

…that despite last night’s defeat, the Sox’s 10-3 record since August 16 is the best in the majors?

Photo/Video of the Day

Garcia’s monster shot and De Aza’s triple.

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It’s White vs. Red in Battle of Sox

Friday, August 30, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and the beginning of a 10-game road trip that includes the Yankees (three) and Orioles (four). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.25) for the White Sox, RHP Ryan Dempster (6-9, 4.77) for the Red Sox. Our Sox won two of three games from Boston in a home series in May. We have also won 10 of our last 12 games, 16 of our last 23, captured five consecutive series (Tigers, Twins, Royals, Rangers, Astros) and six straight road games.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Keppinger, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.

It All Starts with Pitching

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130829&content_id=58916434&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws&tcid=tw_article_58916434

Dazzling Debut

Having a breakout season in 2013,  Micah Johnson, batting leadoff and playing second base, collected three hits last night in his first game with Birmingham after stints at Class A Kannapolis and Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Read more about one of the Sox’s top prospects who leads all of the minor leagues in stolen bases.

http://atmilb.com/1cnVFM8

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Play(s) of the Day

It was a special night for the newly acquired Garcias–Avisail and Leury–on Wednesday night as the Sox defeated the Astros, 6-1. Avi went 3-4, highlighted by a three-run blast  (his first homer with the Sox), and is now hitting .397 in his last 15 games and .352 in 19 games since coming to Chicago. Leury, spelling Alexei Ramirez at shortstop, walked twice, scored twice, stole a base and drove in a run with a sac fly…It was also a vintage Chris Sale as he went eight-plus innings, allowing just one run and four hits while striking out 12. He claimed his 10th victory of the year, collected his 20th quality start, tied the franchise record with at least 12 strikeouts in a game for the sixth time in his career (along with Juan Pizarro and Ed Walsh) and set a Sox record for accomplishing it for the fourth time in 2013. Avi and Leury in action:

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Quote of the Day

Adam Dunn gives credit to hitting coach Jeff Manto for his recent success at the plate (courtesy of Manny Randhawa, mlb.com):

“I don’t think I’ve changed my approach very much. I  just think I’m getting pitched a little bit differently than I have. I’m able to get to some balls that for most of my career I wasn’t able to get to and I think that’s credit to Jeff, getting me all year long in a good hitting position. I think it’s just having a really good routine and having a really good hitting coach that won’t let me get away from what we’re trying to do. Sometimes it’s frustrating and sometimes I’ll yell at him and he’s really quick to yell right back and say, ‘We’re doing it.’ So, it’s good.”

 Tomorrow’s Schedule

 White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks (4-10, 4.15) for the Sox, former teammate RHP Jake Peavy (10-5, 3.99) for Boston.

 Did You Know…

 …that Jeff Keppinger is hitting .378 with two homers, five RBI and 10 runs scored over his last 15 games?

 Photo of the Day

 This is how Chris must look to opposing hitters.

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Fifth Consecutive Series Win is There for the Taking

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series and finale of the six-game homestand. A win tonight would give the Sox their fifth straight series win (Tigers, Twins, Royals and Rangers). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-12, 3.08) for the Sox, RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1, 1.60) for Houston. Chris has a 0.00 ERA in two career starts (16 innings pitched) against the Astros.

Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia, SS; Beckham, 2B; Keppinger, 3B; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, CF; Jor. Danks, RF; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.

Play(s) of the Day

Jordan Danks played the role of the hero in last night’s come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Astros. In addition to his eighth-inning, two-out single which scored a pair of runs that put the Sox ahead for good, he had two doubles to give him three hits in a game for the first time. In his career-high nine-game hitting streak, Jordan is batting .438 with four doubles, a homer, four RBI, four runs scored and two stolen bases…PK and Avi Garcia, who both singled during the eighth-inning comeback, had two hits and an RBI apiece while Alexei Ramirez, who also singled in the eighth, added a double in the sixth…Jose Quintana had another solid outing despite getting a no-decision, allowing three runs and eight hits along with eight strikeouts in 7.2 innings. Donnie Veal got credit for the win and Addison Reed chalked up his 36th save…For the record, the Sox bullpen has recorded an impressive 1.96 ERA over the last 16 games.

Quote of the Day

Leury Garcia, who last night made his first start (at second base) for the Sox and is in the lineup tonight at shortstop, defined his talents for reporters through an interpreter.

“I play the little game. I bunt the ball. I run. I put the ball in play. That’s my game.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and the beginning of a 10-game road trip that includes the Yankees (three) and Orioles (four). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.25) for the White Sox, RHP Ryan Dempster (6-9, 4.77) for the Red Sox.

Did You Know…

…that the White Sox are a major-league best 9-2 since August 16? The Sox have also won 15 of their last 22.

Photo/Video of the Day

Jordan Danks: Man of the Hour.

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“Q” Looks to Even Series with Astros

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36) making his first major-league start for Houston.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Jor. Danks, CF; Phegley, C; L. Garcia, 2B.
 
Sox Prospects Headed to Arizona Fall League
 
The Arizona Fall League, a proving ground for the game’s top prospects, today announced its rosters for the 2013 season, which begins on October 8 and extends through November 14.
Sox players include pitchers Charlie Leesman (Class AAA Charlotte with one start for the Sox), Stephen McCray (Charlotte), Chris Bassitt (Class AA Birmingham) and Kevin Vance (Birmingham) plus infielders Marcus Semien (Charlotte) and Micah Johnson (Class A Winston-Salem). They will be playing in the six-team league for the Glendale Desert Dogs along with prospects from the Dodgers, Marlins, Reds and Twins.

Birthday Boys
 
Happy Birthday to White Sox colleagues Jim Thome (43) and Buddy Bell (62) and former Sox catcher Ed Herrmann (67).

Jack Harshman
 
In yesterday’s post, I mentioned the passing of former Sox pitcher Jack Harshman. Today, Jim Margalus of South Side Sox took an in-depth look at Harshman, who he calls “one of his favorite old White Sox.” It’s a great read.
 
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Play(s) of the Day
 
Adam Dunn hit his 30th homer, a two-run blast, Jeff Keppinger went deep with a solo shot, his fourth, and Alejandro De Aza had a four-hit game with an RBI in last night’s 10-8 loss to the Astros. Keppinger, Paulie, Avi Garcia, and Josh Phegley each added a pair of hits to the 14-hit attack.
 
Quote of the Day
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-12, 3.08) for the Sox, RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1, 1.60) for Houston.

Did You Know…
 
…that Dunn is hitting .299 with 17 home runs and 48 RBI over his last 69 games and reached the 30 home run plateau last night for the ninth time in his career? Adam joins Thome (2006-08) as the only lefthanded hitters in franchise history to record consecutive seasons with 30 or more homers. Dunn hit 41 last season.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Number 30!

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Astros Next for Rejuvenated Sox

Monday, August 26, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 3.56) vs. LHP Brett Oberholtzer (3-1, 2.91) for Houston. Andre was credited with his first major-league win in his last start at Kansas City and in the process became the first Brazilian-born hurler to record a win in the big leagues.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; A. Garcia, RF; Keppinger, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.

A Scary Moment, But…

In the “that’s what I wanted to hear” department, two tests have determined that Avisail Garcia does not have a concussion after crashing into the wall on the Jeff Baker home run in the fourth inning yesterday. And as you see, he’s in the lineup tonight.

Sox Auctioneers

Watch Paulie and Gordon run the auction last night at the Children’s Home Aid Grand Slam Party at Rockit Bar & Grill.

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Play(s) of the Day

With yesterday’s 5-2 victory, the Sox took two of three from the Rangers and now have won four consecutive series, eight of their last nine games and 14 of their last 20…Jordan Danks came on in the fourth to replace the injured Avisail Garcia in right field and in the bottom of the inning promptly blasted a solo homer to give the Sox and older brother John a 3-2 lead…With the Sox up 4-2 in the seventh, Josh Phegley added a solo blast to give the Sox some insurance…Once again the pitching was excellent. Danks, in winning his second straight game and fourth of the season, went six innings allowing just two runs and eight hits with five strikeouts. The bullpen also rose to the occasion as Matt Lindstrom, Nate Jones and Addison Reed closed it out with a scoreless inning apiece. Reed chalked up his 35th save. 

The Danks and Phegley homers:

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Pitching Excellence

White Sox starting pitchers are 7-2 with a 3.21 ERA and 10 quality starts over the last 13 games. The bullpen owns a 1.51 ERA in the last 14 contests.

Quote of the Day

Jordan Danks on helping brother John get the win yesterday:

“Whenever I get into the game I want to do something cool, especially with John on the mound so I don’t have to hear about it later.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36) for Houston.

Did You Know…

…that Jordan Danks’ home run represents the first time a player has hit a home run in support of his pitching brother since catcher Billy Shantz accomplished it for brother Bobby on June 5, 1955 when they were teammates on the Kansas City A’s? 

Sox Note of Note

Lefthanded pitcher Jack Harshman, who won 48 games with a 3.33 ERA for the Sox from 1954-57, passed away on August 17 in Georgetown, Texas, at the age of 86. Primarily a starter in Chicago, he won 15 games in ’56 with a 3.10 earned run average and 14 in 1954 with a 2.95 ERA. Harshman started his pro career as a first baseman and ultimately was one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball. He hit 21 career homers and 65 RBI (he also played for the New York Giants, Orioles, Red Sox and Indians) and 12 and 37 for the Sox with a high of six and 19 in ’56. On July 25, 1954, he struck out 16 Boston hitters, including Hall of Famer Ted Williams, in a complete game for a 5-2 win–still the Sox record for strikeouts in a single game. In 1956, he was involved in a baseball rarity. Both he and Connie Johnson, his Baltimore counterpart, threw one-hit complete games. Harshman and the Sox picked up the win, 1-0.

Photo of the Day

Lindstrom is congratulated by coach Joe McEwing and Robin after pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning.

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Sox on Target to Win Fourth Consecutive Series

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. A Sox victory today will make it four straight series wins (Tigers, Twins and Royals). Starters: LHP John Danks (3-10, 4.22) for the Sox, RHP Matt Garza (3-1, 4.32) for Texas. In his last outing, Danks held K.C. scoreless for eight innings in the Sox’s 2-0 win.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Keppinger, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.

Wimpy on ’83

On another Sunday celebrating the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox, Tom Paciorek talks about the ’83 season.

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=30016579

Play(s) of the Day

Josh Phegley’s run-scoring single with two outs in the ninth last night gave the Sox a walkoff win as Avisail Garcia crossed the plate for the 3-2 triumph in the annual Civil Rights Game…Garcia, who singled with one out in the ninth, extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games. He’s batting .364 with a pair of doubles, a triple, five RBI and seven runs scored during the streak…Adam Dunn tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth inning with his 29th homer of the season. It was also his 435th career blast, breaking a tie with Juan Gonzalez and Andrew Jones for sole posession of 41st place all-time…Hector Santiago went a strong 6.1 innings while the bullpen–Matt Lindstrom (0.2), Donnie Veal (1.0) and Nate Jones (1.0)–closed it out. Jones got credit for the victory, his fourth of the year.

The Dunn homer and the Phegley walkoff:

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Quote of the Day

Phegley on his first career walkoff hit and accompanying celebration on the field (courtesy of Philip Hersh in today’s Trib):

“It’s awesome. It’s the best beating of your life. I know Beckham was in there giving me some good shots to the mid-section. As soon as you get that hit, you can’t feel anything for the next 10 minutes.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1.0, 3.56) vs. LHP Brett Oberholtzer (3-1, 2.91) for Houston.

Did You Know…

…that LIndstrom made his American League-leading 63rd appearance last night and extended his scoreless appearance streak to six games?

Photo of the Day

The “mob scene” after Josh’s game-winner. It’s interesting to note that Phegley is hitting .321 with runners in scoring position.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m.<x-apple-data-detectors://13>, CT, CSN/MLBN) in the seventh annual Civil Rights Game. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.27) for the Sox, RHP Yu Darvish (12-5, 2.68) for Texas. Santiago ranks third among American League lefty starters with a 3.16 ERA. He trails only Derek Holland of the Rangers (2.95) and teammate Chris Sale (3.08).

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Flowers, C.

Activities surrounding the game included the Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion yesterday and a youth baseball and softball clinic and MLB’s Beacon Awards luncheon where Bo Jackson and Aretha Franklin were honored today. Visiting dignitaries participating include Commissioner Bud Selig, Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Fergie Jenkins, former manager and MLB executive Joe Torre and Sox legends Minnie Minoso and Frank Thomas. The Big Hurt presented the Beacon Award  to Bo, his fellow Auburn Tiger.

Jackson during his acceptance speech at today’s luncheon: “In a million years, I didn’t think I would be here. And it took a lot of people to get me where I am.”

Commissioner Bud Selig: “We will never forget those who paved the road to equality both in baseball and in our society.”

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Play(s) of the Day

Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham each drove in a pair of runs in last night’s 11-5 loss to the Rangers…Former Texas infielder Leury Garcia, in his first at bat in a Sox uniform, collected a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning.

Quote of the Day

A.J. Pierzynski, making his first trip to U.S. Cellular Field since leaving the White Sox, on his fondness for the Sox organization (via @scottmerkin):

“I have nothing but respect and admiration for everyone here and it just continues to grow every time I’m here.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-10, 4.22) for the Sox, RHP Matt Garza (3-1, 4.32) for Texas.

Did You Know…

…that Viciedo has driven in runs in three consecutive games, five of his last eight and is hitting .333 with a double, two homers, 12 RBI and four runs scored over his last eight games?

Photo of the Day

Beacon Award recipient Jackson taking a curtain call during his days with the Sox.

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Happiness is Coming Home After Six Straight Wins on the Road

Friday, August 23, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) as the Sox shoot for their seventh victory in a row and nine wins in their last 10 in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand, which will see the Astros coming in for three beginning on Monday. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-11, 2.78) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (6-3, 3.48) for Texas. Chris ranks among the American League leaders in numerous categories, including: complete games (1st, 4), quality starts (T3rd, 19), ERA (5th, 2.78), strikeouts (5th, 175) and opponents average (6th, .228).

This weekend is also a homecoming for former Sox and current Rangers A.J. Pierzynski, Alex Rios, Neal Cotts and Jason Frasor.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; A. Garcia, RF; Keppinger, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.

Play(s) of the Day

The Sox fought back from a 3-0 deficit last night and came out on top, 4-3, on a 12th inning homer by Conor Gillaspie (No. 11) for a sweep of the Royals and a season-high sixth consecutive triumph…Starter Jose Quintana went seven solid innings, allowing three runs, four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts…The bullpen–Matt Lindstrom (0.2 innings), Donnie Veal (0.1), Nate Jones (2.0), David Purcey (0.1), Jake Petricka (0.2) and Addison Reed (1.0)–was superb, tossing five innings of scoreless baseball.  Petricka got credit for the win in his first major league appearance while Reed recorded his 34th save and extended his club record with his sixth straight team save.

Quote of the Day

Petricka (pictured below), who made his major-league debut in the 11th and induced Salvador Perez to hit into an inning-ending double play with one out and the winning run in scoring position, explained the situation (courtesy of MLB.com):

“…You don’t have time to think when the game-winning run is at second. You just have to throw strikes.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN/MLBN) in the seventh annual Civil Rights Game. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.27) for the Sox, RHP Yu Darvish (12-5, 2.68) for Texas. Activities surrounding the game included the Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion today and a youth baseball and softball clinic and MLB’s Beacon Awards luncheon, where Bo Jackson will be honored, tomorrow. Visiting dignitaries participating include Commissioner Bud Selig, Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Fergie Jenkins, former manager and MLB executive Joe Torre and Sox legends Minnie Minoso and Frank Thomas.

Here are some wise observations from today’s “roundtable” participants:

Ken Williams, Sox Executive Vice President

“If we don’t learn from the past…we’re not living with purpose. And everyone needs purpose.” 

“That’s one thing we try to do at the White Sox–bring groups of young people out to the park and celebrate them.”

To Thomas Tull, chief of Legendary Entertainment: “There’s no telling how many kids you affected by making (42 – The Jackie Robinson Story).”

“Allowing kids in RBI programs to play in Major League stadiums gives them a taste of their potential futures.”

“A lot of young men don’t grow up in situations that allow them to have hope.” 

Harold Reynolds, former major leaguer and MLB Network analyst

“Jerry Reinsdorf is constantly pushing the envelope in baseball.”

Wendy Lewis, Senior Vice President, Strategic and Diversity Alliances, MLB

“Within MLB, Jerry Reinsdorf led the conversation about being more strategic and doing more in their diversity approach.”

Did You Know…

…that Sox rookie pitchers Andre Rienzo and Petricka recorded their first major league victories on back-to-back nights–Rienzo on Wednesday, Petricka last night? It’s the first time that’s happened for the Sox since Fritz Ackley and Frank Kreutzer won their first big-league games on Sept. 27 and 28, 1963.

Remember When?

On this date in 1972, White Sox slugger Dick Allen became the fourth major-league player (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg and Alex Johnson are the others) to homer into Comiskey Park’s centerfield bleachers. The mammoth two-run clout, which came off of the Yankees’ Lindy McDaniel, clinched a 5-2 Sox win.

Photo of the Day

Conor delivers in the 12th.

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“New Look” White Sox Riding a Winning Wave

Thursday, April 22, 2013 

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for their sixth victory in a row and a three-game sweep of Kansas City in the final game of our seven-game road trip. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (8-8, 3.19) for K.C. “Q” is 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA over 12 starts on the road this season and overall has limited righthanded hitters to a .238 average, which ranks fourth in the American League just behind teammate Hector Santiago (third, .237) among lefty starters.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko,1B; A. Garcia, RF; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.

The White Sox and the Civil Rights Game

David Haugh has written a terrific piece that appears in today’s Trib. It is centered on Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams and our club’s close connection with the annual Civil Rights Game, which will be played at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday vs. Texas.

http://trib.in/13ScXvq

Sox icon Minnie Minoso will take part in the festivities surrounding the Civil Rights Game. Scott Merkin, via whitesox.com, writes about Minoso’s impact. 

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130822&content_id=57936194&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws&tcid=tw_article_57936194

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More on Minnie…

Minoso’s accomplishments seem to have been ignored in the publicity surrounding Ichiro’s 4,000th professional hit. Not so fast, says Scott Simkus on sabr.com.

http://sabr.org/latest/simkus-ichiro-suzuki-minnie-minoso-and-4000-career-professional-hits

Teammates Give Avisail Garcia Rave Reviews

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/22075661-574/sox-avisail-garcia-his-ceiling-is-off-the-charts.html

D.J. Hits the Half-Century Mark

Happy Birthday to former Sox player and current radio analyst Darrin Jackson, who celebrates his 50th birthday today.

Play(s) of the Day

We won our third straight series last night with the 5-2 triumph over the Royals, following series wins over the Tigers and Twins–all, of course, A.L. Central foes…Andre Rienzo became the first Brazilian-born pitcher to win a major league game and Dayan Viciedo backed him with a 3-for-4 night highlighted by a fourth-inning grand slam…Conor Gillaspie also had a three-hit night and scored a run…Avi Garcia extended his hitting streak to eight games by beating out a routine grounder to shortstop–another example of his exceptional speed. He’s batting .394 during his career-high streak.

Viciedo’s blast:

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Quote(s) of the Day

Robin talks about last night’s heroes:

On Rienzo: “Just a good, gutsy job by him. Any time a guy gets his first win it’s special.”

On Viciedo“Tank swung it great. I don’t know if we have seen him swing it like this. It’s nice to see. He’s probably making some changes and it works.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-11, 2.78) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (6-3, 3.48) for Texas.

Did You Know…

…that Addison Reed’s 33 saves are the most for a White Sox pitcher under the age of 25 and last night also became the first Sox pitcher to record a save in five consecutive team games? He’s the first major leaguer to save five straight team games since Francisco Rodriguez did it for the Angels in June/July of 2008.

Roster Move

Leury Garcia Joins Sox

Infielder Leury Garcia, acquired from Texas in the Alex Rios trade, has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte. He replaces Blake Tekotte (who was optioned yesterday to Charlotte) on the active roster. Garcia has combined to hit .265 with four triples, four home runs, 20 RBI, 15 stolen bases and 34 runs scored in 55 games this season between Charlotte and Class AAA Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League.  He has made 47 appearances at shortstop, six in center field and two at second base. His first name is pronounced Lay-OOH-ree.

Photo of the Day

Last night’s win gave the Sox a season-high five-game winning streak. Here’s what you might call a “victory party” after a win earlier in the streak:

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Sox by the Numbers: Four Wins in a Row, 10 Victories in the Last 15 Games

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the second game of a three-game set. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 3.70) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (12-9, 4.15) for K.C.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Garcia, RF; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.
 
Why We Love the White Sox…A Partial List
 
 
Bo
 
Bo Jackson, who will be honored with a Beacon Award during festivities surrounding the 2013 Civil Rights Game on Saturday, appeared on the Mully and Hanley Show today on 670 The Score.
 
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
Gordon Beckham’s first-inning solo homer last night proved to be all John Danks needed for his third win of the season and a 2-0 victory for the White Sox, who have now won four straight games and 10 of their last 15. Danks went eight scoreless innings against the Royals, scattering just seven hits and a walking one before giving way for Addison Reed, who chalked up his 32nd save and fourth in as many games…Avisail Garcia added three singles in four at bats and is now batting .341 in 11 games with the Sox. Avi also has hit in seven straight games and sports a .429 average during the streak.
 
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Gordon goes deep:  http://atmlb.com/14hunp6
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin commenting about Danks’ performance after the game:
 
“…Today was probably the best game he’s had all year long, continuing to throw strikes with all of his pitches. To go eight (innings) against a lineup like this that’s been tough on us, is pretty good….a great job by him.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (8-8, 3.19) for K.C.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Lady Luck had a bit to do with the White Sox scoring their second run in the second inning last night? With Paul Konerko on third, Royals’ starter Ervin Santana threw a pitch past catcher Salvador Perez–and it simply disappeared through an advertising sign to the amazement of both sides. The result was Paulie heading home to give the Sox a 2-0 lead they never relinquished.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Royals hitters were stifled by Danks’ stellar outing.
 
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