August 2013

Kansas City Here We Come (With a Three-Game Winning Streak)!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-10, 4.54) for the Sox, RHP Ervin Santana (8-6, 3.19) for K.C. Danks is 5-0 with a 2.74 ERA in 12 career starts against the Royals and 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in seven starts at Kauffman Stadium.

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

Quote of the Day

Robin on Addison Reed, who recorded saves 29, 30 and 31 last weekend as the Sox took three straight from the Twins after dropping the opener on Friday night:

“Everybody has a couple of hiccups here and there, but he has been able to bounce back. And that’s one of his biggest things, his ability to put it behind him and just look for today.” 

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Play of the Day

Alexei Ramirez has been on a roll lately and had quite a day on Sunday in the Sox’s 5-2 victory–he was a triple shy of a cycle and drove in three runs. Alexei also is among the American League leaders in hits, doubles (a career high 32) and stolen bases and has more hits (84) than any other A.L. player since June 10. Now batting .289 on the season, Ramirez is hitting .319 with three homers and 11 RBI since moving into the No. 3 hole in the lineup.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

 White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 3.70) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (12-9, 4.15) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…and, of course, you know that Adam Dunn has made a remarkable turnaround recently? Dan Hayes of csnchicago.com examines the slugger’s resurgence:

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/shift-against-sox-slugger-all-dunn

Sox Note of Note

Tyler Danish, the Sox’s No. 2 selection in this year’s June draft, has been promoted to Class A Kannapolis from Advanced Rookie Bristol. Danish, only 18, went 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA and a .165 average against in 13 games for Bristol. He threw 10 consecutive scoreless innings over his final five games. All this success is nothing new to Danish as he recorded a 0.00 ERA as senior at Durant High School in Brandon, FL.

Photo of the Day

With his two doubles, RBI and run scored on Sunday, Avisail Garcia is batting .375 with three doubles, a triple, five RBI and five runs scored during his current six-game hitting streak. 

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Sale, Big Bats Give Sox Second Straight…Santiago on Hill Today Looking for More

Sunday, August 18, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.37) for the Sox, RHP Samuel Deduno (7-6, 3.54) for Minnesota. Santiago is limiting righthanders to a .227 average, the third-lowest mark among American League lefties.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Garcia, RF; Keppinger, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
Dayan Viciedo’s three-run homer with two outs in the fourth inning, his 10th, gave the Sox a 5-3 lead and Alejandro De Aza’s two-out, two-run blast in the ninth, his 14th, provided some breathing room as we held on for our second straight against the Twins, 8-5…Adam Dunn, who went 3-4, Paul Konerko and Avisail Garcia all chipped in with an RBI apiece…Chris Sale won his third game in a row and ninth of the year, working seven innings and allowing three runs and striking out eight…Addison Reed came on for a 1-2-3 seven-pitch ninth and closed it out by striking out Joe Mauer for his 30th save.
 
Enjoy the Viciedo and De Aza homers:
 
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Former Sox star and broadcaster Tom “Wimpy” Paciorek, subbing for Steve Stone in the WGN-TV booth, commenting–tongue in cheek–on Robin’s consistently calm, cool and collected demeanor in the dugout during last night’s offensive outburst:
 
“Once again, Robin is working himself into a frenzy on the bench.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
Off-day…On Tuesday, White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-10, 4.54) for the Sox, RHP Ervin Santana (8-6, 3.19) for K.C.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that four of the five starters in the Sox rotation are 25-years-old or younger with Danks the “old man” at a spry 28? Sale and Jose Quintana are 24 while Santiago and Andre Rienzo are both 25.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Another All-Star effort.
 
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Sale’s Mission: Win Third Straight Start

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (6:10 p.m, CT, WGN). LHP Chris Sale (8-11, 2.73) for the Sox, LHP Andrew Albers (2-0, 0.00) for Minnesota. Chris is coming off two straight wins–against the Yankees on August 6, when he didn’t allow an earned run, and a complete game victory Monday vs. the Tigers in his last start. Sale ranks fifth in the American League in strikeouts (167) and ERA (2.73). He is 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA in 12 career games (four starts) vs. the Twins.

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

Roster Move

Reliever Ramon Troncoso has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and rookie righthander Jake Petricka has been promoted from Class AAA Charlotte. Petricka posted a 2-0 record with a 1.17 earned run average in 10 games for the Knights and was 3-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 21 games at Class AA Birmingham. It’s interesting to note that Petricka (who is called both Jake and Jacob) is from a Minneapolis suburb and will have plenty of support the next two days at Target Field as he reaches the major leagues for the first time.

Play(s) of the Day

Jeff Keppinger and Adam Dunn hit third-inning solo homers (click links below) to give the Sox a 4-1 lead and some breathing room for Jose Quintana. “Q” pitched another strong game in the Sox’s 5-2 victory, allowing just two runs and six hits along with seven strikeouts in winning his seventh game of the season….Dayan Viciedo, returning to the starting lineup after sitting out with a left thumb injury, went 2-4 with two RBI.

Quote of the Day

Robin on last night’s win:

“Quintana was good. He kind of gutted it out and went extra long for us tonight. But offensively our guys swung the bat. That’s good stuff.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.37) for the Sox, RHP Samuel Deduno (7-6, 3.54) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Paulie leads all active players with 50 home runs and 133 RBI vs. the Twins?

Photo of the Day

PK congratulates Adam last night after Dunn hit his 28th homer of the season and 434th of his career. It ties him for 41st on the all-time home run list with Andruw Jones and Juan Gonzalez.

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“Q” on Mound Tonight Looking to Even Series

Friday, August 16, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) at Target Field, Minneapolis. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.70) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (8-8, 4.59) for Minnesota.

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

Civil Rights Game/Beacon Awards Luncheon

Chicago White Sox players and coaches will be in attendance at Major League Baseball’s Beacon Awards Luncheon on Saturday, August 24 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

The luncheon, which is one of the weekend events surrounding the 2013 Civil Rights Game that night at U.S. Cellular Field between the Sox and Rangers, will pay tribute to former MLB All-Star Bo Jackson and music legend Aretha Franklin, as recipients of this year’s Beacon Awards.  Others scheduled to attend the Beacon Awards Luncheon include Hall of Famer Hank AaronWhite Sox legend and seven-time MLB All-Star Minnie Miñoso, Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins and MLB Educational Programming Consultant and the daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, Sharon Robinson. Proceeds from MLB’s Beacon Awards Luncheon will benefit the Chicago Urban League and La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130813&content_id=56858430&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Robin commenting on Adam Dunn going to the opposite field more often, resulting in considerably more success at the plate (via mlb.com).

“…It’s helped him. He’s knocking in some big runs for us going the other way. Now you’re starting to see teams straighten back up on him, which allows him to really get that ball back in the hole.”

Play of the Day

Andre Rienzo pitched a strong six innings, allowing just one earned run and four hits in the 4-3 loss to the Twins. Paulie singled, doubled and drove in a run.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (6:10 p.m, CT, WGN). LHP Chris Sale (8-11, 2.73) for the Sox, Andrew Albers (2-0, 0.00) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Sox starting pitchers rank second only to the first-place Tigers (3.41) among American League staffs with a 3.87 ERA?

Photo of the Day

Andre delivers another solid performance.

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Sox Hit the Road to Minnesota and K.C. After Winning Homestand

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game set and seven-game road trip that concludes with three in Kansas City. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 4.42) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (7-11, 2.77) for Minnesota.

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

Play(s) of the Day

Gordon Beckham (3), Alexei Ramirez (2), Adam Dunn (2), Avisail Garcia (2) and Jeff Keppinger (2) paced the Sox’s 14-hit attack in the 6-4 loss to the Tigers yesterday afternoon. Alexei, Avisail, Jeff and Conor Gillaspie each drove in a run…The Sox finished the homestand at 6-4, highlighted by a three-game sweep over the Yankees and taking two of three from the Tigers.

Quote of the Day

Tiger manager Jim Leyland, following the three-game series with the Sox (from Colleen Kane in the Trib): 

“…To me, the White Sox are showing what Major League Baseball’s all about. They have a lot of character. They’re playing their tails off. They fight tooth-and-nail against us every single game…That’s a credit to them and their manager.” 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.70) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (8-8, 4.59) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Adam Dunn, with two hits (and a walk) yesterday, is batting .310 since June 8?

Special Note: Boxing at the Ballpark Tomorrow Night

U.S. Cellular Field will host ESPN’s Friday Night Fights tomorrow evening. Headlining the seven-bout card is a scheduled 12-rounder between IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara and the former world champion Gabriel Campillo. It is the first time the Sox have hosted a boxing match since September 25, 1962, when Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in the first round to win the heavyweight title.

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Photo of the Day

Gordon continues to shine. With his three hits yesterday afternoon Beckham is now hitting .308, which would rank him seventh in the American League with the necessary plate appearances.

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Last Night a Walkoff, Today a Sweep?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series as the Sox go for the sweep. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-10, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.32) for Detroit.

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

Play(s) of the Day

Avi Garcia, displaying his exceptional speed, tripled in a pair of runs against his ex-mates in the fourth inning last evening and came around to score on an error to give the Sox a 3-1 advantage. Garcia, who reached base three times (adding a single and a walk), also scored the winning run on Alejandro De Aza’s walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th which gave us the 4-3 win. It was De Aza’s second game-winning hit of the homestand.

Here are the video highlights:

http://atmlb.com/1btvyTN

http://atmlb.com/1btOilU

Quote(s) of the Day

The Tigers’ Torii Hunter on the Sox and Garcia specifically (via @ChuckGarfien):

“Trust me they won’t be held down too long. Next year is going to be a totally different scene for the White Sox.”

“This guy (Garcia) wants to be the best. I definitely think he’s going to be one of the stars of the game.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game set. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 4.42) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (7-11, 2.77) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Jordan Danks, with two hits last night, is hitting .286 with a homer over his last 13 games since being recalled from Class AAA Charlotte?

Photo of the Day

The A-Team: Alejandro proudly heads to first while a happy Avi coasts home with the winning run.

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After a Good Win, White Sox Set Sights on Scherzer

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.43) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (17-1, 2.84) for Detroit. Santiago owns a 2.36 ERA with 24 strikeouts in nine career games (two starts) vs. the Tigers.

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

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Play(s) of the Day

This and that about Chris Sale: Chris recorded his fifth career complete game and fourth of the year in last night’s 6-2 victory over the Tigers…he is tied for the most complete games in the majors this season with the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright…it was his eighth win and team-leading 18th quality start, the latter number tied for fourth in the A.L…he now owns a 2.06 ERA at home in 2013, the second-lowest mark in the American League…he is holding lefthanded hitters to a .142 average in ’13, lowest among major-league starters…and he ranks fifth in the A.L. in ERA (2.73), strikeouts (167), WHIP (1.05) and strikeout/walk ratio (4.77).

The offensive attack: Gordon Beckham and Jeff Keppinger each had three hits in the Sox’s 14-hit attack last night with Gordon also driving in a run…Jordan Danks and Josh Phegley added two hits apiece with Josh collecting two RBI…Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez each drove in a run.

Quote of the Day

Phegley on Sale’s desire to finish last night’s game:

“I don’t think anybody was going to be able to take him out (in the ninth),” Phegley said. “If they’d have brought a reliever in, we’d have had two guys standing on the mound for sure.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-10, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.32) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that today is National Left-Handers Day? Here’s hoping it’s a good omen for Hector in his matchup tonight with righty Scherzer. 

Photo/Video of the Day

The best of Chris Sale:

http://atmlb.com/1d1JgyI

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It’s Tiger Time for Sale, Sox

Monday, August 12, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-11, 2.77) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (10-5, 3.50) for Detroit.

Chris ranks fourth in the A.L. with an average of 9.70 strikeouts per nine innings and fifth with 161 strikeouts. He is on pace to record 225 strikeouts, which would be the fifth-highest total in club history and the most since Hall of Famer Ed Walsh fanned 254 in 1912. Sale has struck out 10 or more batters nine times in 50 career starts and five times in 2013, one behind Juan Pizarro (1961) for the second highest single-season total in Sox annals.

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

Danks Brothers 

John and Jordan visited Comer Children’s Hospital today and answered questions from the youngsters.

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Coop’s Magic

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/16825/pitching-coach-cooper-gets-the-best-out-of-young-staff

Leury Garcia

The Sox officially acquired infielder Leury (lay-OOH-ree) Garcia from the Texas Rangers yesterday as the player to be named later in the Alex Rios deal. He has been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte.

Garcia, 22, was hitting .264 (51-193) with four home runs, 19 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 31 runs scored in 47 games this season with Class AAA Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League.  He made 42 appearances at shortstop and five in center field.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Garcia made the Rangers Opening Day roster and made nine starts at second base and two each at shortstop and third before being optioned to Round Rock on June 15.  Prior to the season, Garcia was named by Baseball America as the No. 20 Prospect, Fastest Baserunner and Best Infield Arm in the Rangers organization. He recorded 30-plus steals each season from 2010-12, including a career-high 51 in 2010.

A native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, Garcia is a career .261 (468-1,794) hitter with 13 home runs, 143 RBI, 258 runs scored and 155 stolen bases in 475 games over five minor-league seasons in the Rangers organization.  He has played in 400 games at shortstop, 58 at second base and 14 in center field.

His best season came in 2012 when he batted .292 (110-377) with 11 triples, 31 stolen bases and 55 runs scored in 100 games with Class AA Frisco.  

Quote of the Day

GM Hahn on L. Garcia:

“Speed may well be his best tool. He’s a plus-plus runner, plus arm and defensive player, switch-hitter, and has the positive of his versatility. Even if the bat doesn’t quite develop to reach his maximum upside, he has some value on the big league club. Then it would be about figuring out the best way to use it.”

Play(s) of the Day

Adam Dunn hit his 27th homer of the season and the 433rd of his career in yesterday’s 5-2 loss to the Twins…Conor Gillaspie smashed his 10th of the year…Dylan Axelrod pitched four scoreless innings in relief, allowing just three hits while striking out three.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.430) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (17-1, 2.84) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Avisail is the fourth Garcia to play for the White Sox? The first three were pitchers: Freddy (2004-06, 2009-10), Mike (1960) and Ramon (1991).

Photo of the Day

Leury could be the fifth player named Garcia to play for the Sox.

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White Sox Eye Series Split

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox look to split the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-3, 3.51) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (7-8, 4.84) for Minnesota. Quintana is 3-1 with a 2.58 ERA and 43 strikeouts over his last seven starts.

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

1983 Memories

It’s another retro Sunday honoring the ’83 “Winning Ugly” White Sox. Here’s former shortstop Jerry Dybzinski taking a look back at that remarkable season.

http://atmlb.com/14Fv2Dc

Quote(s) of the Day

There are major stories today on Robin in both the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times. The Trib story is written by Paul Sullivan and the Times piece is by Tyler Kepner. Take a look:

http://trib.in/1bmaqi7 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/sports/baseball/robin-ventura-losing-games-but-not-his-calm.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Play(s) of the Day

Alejandro De Aza’s leaping catch in front of the leftfield wall yesterday with two outs and nobody on in the ninth saved at least an extra-base hit and perhaps even prevented the Twins’ Oswaldo Arcia from hitting his fourth home run of the series. Most importantly, the dramatic grab preserved the Sox’s 5-4 lead, ending the game in victory…Jordan Danks ripped his second homer of the year in the second inning and scored the eventual winning run in the sixth on a Conor Gillaspie single…Avisail Garcia, making his first Sox start, led off the two-run, sixth inning rally with a single and ultimately scored…Beckham walked four times and scored a pair of runs.

Early this morning I slid into the lunch room in the clubhouse (full disclosure: to grab a half of a donut). The place was quiet and the MLB Network was playing on the television set. The highlights of yesterday’s win over the Twins were playing, ending with De Aza’s game-ending catch. With a smile I turned away and who was sitting in the very back of the room finishing breakfast? De Aza himself. With a big grin, he pumped his arm.

“I’m not sure if it was going to go out, but it was going to be close,” he said. “I had told (Addison) Reed earlier in the day that I would do something to help him!”

Enjoy De Aza’s heroics:

http://atmlb.com/14jfNbX

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-11, 2.77) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (10-5, 3.50) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that RHP Tyler Danish of Advanced Rookie Bristol, the Sox’s second-round pick in this year’s draft, has thrown 6.0 scoreless innings over his last three outings. Danish is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA, 18 strikeouts and a .169 average against in 11 appearances.

Photo of the Day

Jordan rounds third and heads for home after his second blast of the season.

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Garcia in Starting Lineup After Last Night’s Sox Debut

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 1.38) making his first home start for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (4-9, 5.23) for Minnesota.

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

Rienzo

Sale on FOX

Chris will be doing a live interview from the dugout during the top of the third inning on today’s telecast.

Quote(s) of the Day

Listen to GM Rick Hahn’s interview with Dan Bernstein on WSCR from last night and to Paulie’s appearance with Bruce Levine on ESPN 1000 this morning:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/show/670-the-score-interviews/

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/podcast/archive?id=3269205

@AvisailGarcia34 upon his arrival at the ballpark last night:

Play(s) of the Day

From last night’s doubleheader…

Game 1:  Alexei Ramirez blasted a two-run homer, singled and drove in four runs in the 7-5 loss to the Twins…Paul Konerko hit his ninth home run of the season and 431st of his career, tying Cal Ripken Jr. for 44th place on the all-time list.

Game 2:  Charlie Leesman was solid in his first major league start, going five-plus innings, allowing just one run (a solo homer) and four hits with eight strikeouts while getting a no-decision. Brought up as the 26th man on the roster for the doubleheader, Leesman was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after the game…Alexei hit his second homer of the twin bill to tie the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning…Blake Tekotte put the White Sox ahead 2-1 in the seventh with his first major-league home run and first RBI in a Sox uniform…Garcia made his Sox debut–he struck out as a pinch-hitter, was hit by a pitch and stranded on third in the 10th representing the potential tying run in the 3-2 loss.

The Ramirez and Tekotte homers in the nightcap:

http://atmlb.com/13N7OIp

http://atmlb.com/15lLpxK

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-3, 3.51) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (7-8, 4.84) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Alexei is the first Sox player to homer in each game of a doubleheader since Magglio Ordonez did it in April of 1999? By the way, Ramirez is batting .448 with a double, two home runs and seven RBI during his current seven-game hitting streak.

Photo of the Day

The future is now for the White Sox and No. 26.

Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox - Game Two

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