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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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