“Q” and Sox Host Yankees in First of Three
Monday, August 5, 2013
White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62) for the Sox, LHP Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28) for New York. “Q” is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA with 38 strikeouts over his last six starts.
Sox Starting Lineup: Ramirez, SS; Keppinger, 3B; Rios, RF; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; Beckham, 2B; Viciedo, LF; Wells, CF; Phegley, C.
On the Bright Side
White Sox starters rank 4th in the American League with a 3.87 ERA. Their ERA has improved during the current losing streak.
Robin and the “Ryan Express”
Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the brawl between Robin Ventura and the Rangers’ Nolan Ryan on the mound in Texas. In addition to making me – once again – feel old, I chuckled about my perspective on that moment. I was traveling with the team on that trip and for some reason, I can’t quite remember why, I was asked to deliver an autographed Frank Thomas baseball to a young boy in the stands just over our dugout. So I waited until a good time in the game to head down to deliver the gift. The elevator at that old ballpark might have been the slowest ever – to go only one floor – and I recall walking down the stands looking for the right row and seat number. All of a sudden, the crowd roared, I looked up just in time to see Robin reach Ryan. The rest is photographic history. I dropped off the ball, said a quick hello and dashed back upstairs to the press box to catch footage of the pitch and its result.
Last Opening Day in Texas, Ryan stopped by our clubhouse to shake hands with Robin. My recollection of that meeting was that Nolan Ryan remains a big human being. Big.
Play(s) of the Day
Despite getting his second straight no-decision in yesterday’s 3-2, extra-inning loss, Andre Rienzo was impressive in his second big-league start No. 2. He went six innings, giving up only two runs on four hits…With yesterday’s mammoth 475-foot solo homer, Adam Dunn passed Cal Ripken Jr. for 43rd place on the all-time home run list with his 432nd. It was Adam’s 26th of the season and he added three singles for good measure. Furthermore, he is hitting .308 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI over the last 48 games and has raised his average from .156 to .226…Paul Konerko homered to tie the game at 2-2 in the ninth…And how about this catch by Gordon Beckham?
Quote of the Day
Outfielder Avisail Garcia on being traded to the Sox:
“I’m happy for the trade. This is a new opportunity for me to be here. I thank God for that. I’ve just got to keep playing hard and try to do something good for my team and help my team win games.”
White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-11, 2.92) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.38) for New York.
Did You Know…
…that Paulie’s homer was the 430th of his career, 45th against the Tigers, the 18th at Comerica Park and eighth of the season?
Photo/Video of the Day
Dunn’s bomb on video and Paulie going deep in finale of Detroit series: