April 2014

Sox Looking to End Homestand in the Win Column

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the two-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-1, 11.74) making his first start for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (2-1, 2.45) for Detroit.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers C, Semien 3B.

Plays of the Day

The Sox scored all of their runs in the third inning last night as we fell to the Tigers in a close one, 4-3…with one out, Marcus Semien singled and scored on Adam Eaton‘s double. Gordon Beckham plated Eaton and with two outs Adam’s Dunn‘s double scored Beckham…Jose Quintana went six innings, allowing three runs while striking out 10 without walking a batter. His K total was one shy of his career high of 11…Jake Petricka pitched a scoreless seventh and while Ron Belisario gave up an unearned run that proved to be the game-winner, he was impressive in two innings of work.

Here are the Eaton, Beckham and Dunn RBI.

http://atmlb.com/1mWcdD2

http://atmlb.com/1mWcFRK

http://atmlb.com/1mWdRot

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Sox Notes of Note

Dunn has hit safely in five straight games and six of his last eight. He has reached base safely in 19 of his last 21 games and is hitting .321 with four doubles, three homers, eight RBI, seven runs and 13 walks in his last 14 games…Alexei Ramirez‘s 39 hits tie Paul Konerko (39, 2002) for the most in the month of April in team history and he has hit safely in 26 of 28 games…Alejandro De Aza, with his triple last night, has now hit safely in six of his last seven games…the Sox are hitting .295 with 63 runs scored over the last 10 games…fashion note: the Sox are wearing the ’83 throwback unis today.

Beckham: “Whether the future is now or later, I think we’re in a great position to do good things”

http://www.suntimes.com/m/27138560-773/optimism-prolific-offense-have-changed-white-sox-dynamic.html

Clubhouse Music

What!?!?

Walking through the Sox clubhouse Tuesday, I stopped in my tracks as the words “Let it go” floated through the air.

Is that Disney? Frozen?

“Gotta do something about that,” a clubhouse guy said, jumping up immediately.  “Audio’s set on the Top 40…”

A really good friend of mine, three-year-old Stella (see photo below) knows all the words to Frozen by heart.

Happy to note that it did not appear that any White Sox were singing along, although I couldn’t find Alexei.

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Quotes of the Day

The Tigers’ Torii Hunter, a perennial White Sox nemesis, on the 2014 Sox:

“These guys look good. They look powerful and scary at the plate.”

Paulie on the current Sox success:

“For me, deciding to come back for one more year, part of the story was this happening.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-1, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (0-3, 6.04) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Eaton on @Snapchat #Cellfies

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Sox Move Above .500, Challenge Verlander and Tigers Tonight

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a two-game series. After taking three of four from the Rays, the South Siders vault over the .500 mark at 14-13 and are only a game behind Detroit for the lead in the AL Central. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 3.90) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (3-1, 2.18) for Detroit.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers C, Semien 3B.

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Plays of the Day

Alejandro De Aza smashed a two-run homer, Adam Eaton singled, doubled, walked and drove in a pair of runs, Alexei Ramirez tripled in a run and scored on a clutch two-out double by Marcus Semien in the fourth and Jose Abreu notched RBI No. 32 in the Sox’s 7-3 win last night vs. the Rays…Andre Rienzo got credit for the win, his second of the season without a loss, allowing only two earned runs, five hits, three walks and four strikeouts in six innings of work….Zach Putnam pitched two scoreless innings and Matt Lindstrom came on in the ninth to close it out.          

De Aza goes deep with a man on to tie the score at 2-2 in the second inning last night.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/video/v32451633/?partnerId=as_mlb_20140429_22859734   

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are averaging a major-league best 5.56 runs per game…the bullpen has thrown eight scoreless innings over the last three games and owns a 2.31 ERA over the last 10…Abreu’s 32 RBI through April are tied with Albert Belle (twice) for the third-most RBI by a Sox player in a month. He also tied Smead Jolley’s Sox rookie record for RBI in a month (32, July, 1930)…Ramirez (.358) and Dayan Viciedo (.354) rank 1-2 in the American League in batting average…Ramirez’s 38 hits, including his first triple of the season last night, are the second most in the month of April in team history (39, Paul Konerko 2002). The Sox shortstop has hit safely in 25 of 27 games and is hitting .412 in 14 home games this season.

Statement from White Sox and Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Chicago Bulls President and COO Michael Reinsdorf on NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s Decision to Ban Los Angeles Clippers’ Owner Donald Sterling for Life

 “We completely support Commissioner Silver’s decision today regarding Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and praise him for his prompt investigation and action.  The Commissioner was correct to ban Mr. Sterling from all official NBA business, to levy the stiffest allowable fine, and we will support his recommendation to press for Mr. Sterling to relinquish his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise.  We believe Commissioner Silver’s decision reflects the best interests of the NBA and public civility.

“The league’s decision underscores the severity and reprehensible nature of the comments attributed to Donald Sterling.  These comments in no way reflect the attitude, values, and culture of the Bulls and White Sox organizations.  This behavior cannot be tolerated in any form.   

“Discrimination and prejudice of any kind have no place in sports or in our society.”

Happy 80th Birthday to Sox Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio

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Quote of the Day

Rienzo, who was called up to bolster the rotation with Chris Sale and Felipe Paulino on the DL:

“I don’t know how long I’ll be here, but every day I live the dream.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-1, 11.74) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (2-1, 2.45) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

Whether it’s facing opposing pitchers or enduring the elements, nothing seems to be stopping Abreu these days.

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Sox Seek Series Win After Abreu and Carroll Make it a Momentous Sunday

Monday, April 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series as the Sox (13-13) look to win the series and go over the .500 mark. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 6.52) for Tampa Bay.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers C, Semien 3B.

Plays of the Day

With his mom, dad, other family members and friends in the stands, Scott Carroll was brilliant yesterday in his major-league debut. Not only did he allow just two runs (one unearned), six hits and two walks along with three strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched, he got credit for his first victory and outdueled former Cy Young Award winner David Price in the Sox’ 9-2 win (In the photo above, Alexei Ramirez gives Scott a celebratory shower)…we broke into the scoring column with a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by Jose Abreu‘s two-run blast (he’s now got 10 homers and 31 RBI, leading the majors in both), four Tampa Bay errors and alert base running by Adam Eaton that enabled him to score while the Rays were napping…the Sox added four more in the seventh on an RBI double by Marcus Semien, a two-RBI single by Abreu and a run-scoring base hit by Ramirez…Eaton had a three-hit day, collecting three singles.

The Abreu homer:

http://atmlb.com/1mPS69P

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Abreu Notes of Note

With his home run yesterday, Abreu extended his major-league record homer total for rookies through April and set the RBI mark as well…his 10 homers in April are the most by a White Sox rookie in any month and most by a Sox player in the month of April since Paul Konerko‘s 11 in 2010…his 31 RBI this month are a franchise record, surpassing Konerko’s 28 in 2002…Jose tied Zeke Bonura (1934) for the franchise record for home runs through his first 26 games and his 31 RBI are the most by a Sox player through their first 26 games and are the most in any month since Frank Thomas‘ 31 in August of 2003…Abreu is the first player in MLB history to have four four-plus RBI games in his first 26 career contests…Jose has been named co-American League Player of the Week for April 21-27, along with Seattle’s Kyle Seager. During the week, he batted .310 with five home runs, an AL-high 14 RBI, eight runs scored, an .862 slugging percentage and is the first Sox player to win the honor since Alejandro De Aza last July 8-14.

Two Abreu Tributes

From deadspin.com

http://deadspin.com/jose-abreu-is-the-games-best-old-fashioned-slugger-1568773413

…and an excerpt from a column by Jonah Keri in Grantland.com

I’m going to start this Jose Abreu tribute by sharing a decidedly nonanalytical story.

On Friday night, I was sitting with Baseball Tonight analysts Eduardo Perez and Doug Glanville, watching the ninth inning of the Rays–White Sox game. Rays closer Grant Balfour began melting down, allowing a double, then two walks, then nearly getting into a fight with Paul Konerko. Perez started shouting at the TV, “Don’t let this get to Abreu! You’d better get out of this before getting to Abreu!” The next batter, Adam Eaton, hit what looked like a game-ending double play to second, but a slightly botched relay between Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar allowed Eaton to beat the ball by a hair. Rays manager Joe Maddon challenged the call, causing Perez to jump out of his chair. “You’re messing with Balfour’s timing now! Abreu’s going to go yard if he comes up, watch out!” Facing rookie Marcus Semien, with Abreu on deck, Balfour inexcusably started nibbling, throwing a 2-1 slider that missed the strike zone by a mile, and ultimately issuing the walk. Up strode Abreu, the 255-pound, 27-year-old rookie with light-tower power. “Game over right here!” yelled Perez. And he was right: On an 0-1 count, Balfour threw a fastball, middle-out and thigh-high. Abreu crushed it to deep right, into the Chicago night and over the wall.

The room exploded. Perez and Glanville played a combined 22 years and 1,869 games in the big leagues, enough to have seen it all. Yet they still high-fived and celebrated like one of them had just cranked the walk-off grand slam. They weren’t the only excited spectators: It’s a minor miracle that Hawk Harrelson didn’t have a coronary while calling the play, and the Spanish telecast’s “Sayonara, baby!” call was a delightful touch.

That’s the kind of impact Abreu is having. He’s got fans and former big leaguers alike predicting game-winning home runs five batters before he can even step to the plate. He’s turned a moribund White Sox team into a must-watch outfit every night. And so far, he’s making history.

More Jose

Listen to Buster Olney’s ESPN.com podcast which features–in part–Robin Ventura, Rick Hahn and sportswriter Jerry Crasnick talking about Abreu. The segment on Abreu starts at 8:46 and ends at 25:52.

http://bit.ly/1tVaYFV

And here’s Jose with his fellow Cuban teammates Adrian Nieto, Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo having some fun today before the game.

https://vine.co/v/Mvt0DK7wKVA

Carroll Notes of Note

With his successful start yesterday, Carroll (29.215) became the oldest player to make his White Sox debut since Ernesto Escarrega (32.120) in the second game of a doubleheader on April 26, 1982, vs. the Red Sox. Here are the last few players to make their MLB debut for the Sox at 29 years or older:

* Tadahito Iguchi (30 years, 121 days) on April 4, 2005 vs. Indians

* Shingo Takatsu (35.136) on April 9, 2004 vs. Yankees

* Mike Heathcott (29.104) on August 28, 1998 vs. Rangers

* Isidro Marquez (29.346) on April 26, 1995 vs. Brewers

* Dane Johnson (31.109) on May 30, 1994 vs. Yankees

Carroll’s 7.1 IP are the most for a Sox pitcher in his major-league debut since Gerry Janeski in 1970 vs. Milwaukee…he’s also the first Sox pitcher to earn the win in his major-league debut as a starter since Lucas Harrell in July of 2010 vs Oakland.

Teammate of the Week: Adam Dunn picked up the tab for Carroll’s celebration dinner at O’Toole’s last night. There were an estimated 35 friends and family in the Carroll party.

Potent Offense

From Ken Rosenthal, foxsports.com:

The White Sox’s pitching success took root in the late 1990s when Ken Williams was the farm director and Don Cooper the minor-league pitching coordinator.

The team developed not only a philosophy, but a continuity of instruction, teaching pitchers in the minors the same way it taught pitchers in the majors. The process became so consistent, the White Sox’s scouts came to understand Cooper’s preferred deliveries and pitch types as he ascended to the major-league job.

So, when general manager Rick Hahn sought a replacement for hitting coach Jeff Manto last offseason, his goal was to replicate the team’s pitching success on the hitting side. The hiring of Todd Steverson, a former major-league coach and minor-league manager with the Athletics and minor-league coach with the Cardinals, appears to be a positive step in that direction.

The White Sox are second in the majors in runs per game, and their offensive success is one of the season’s early surprises. Obviously, newcomers such as first baseman Jose Abreu and outfielder Adam Eaton are making an impact. But shortstop Alexei Ramirez and outfielder Dayan Viciedo have shown improvement under Steverson, and Avisail Garcia also was progressing before he required season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.

Steverson’s philosophy hardly is revolutionary – he preaches “selective aggressiveness,” urging hitters to lay off pitches they can’t handle and pounce on the ones they can. Still, if Steverson turns into a pitching version of Cooper, the White Sox will be even better positioned to re-emerge as a force.

One Day Left Before Our First #SoxSocial Night of the season! 

http://atmlb.com/1hIINk5

Sox Career Fair

http://atmlb.com/RJtD9m

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Congrats to the Blackhawks

Another “Sox Win, Hawks Win” day on Sunday. Our hockey brethren move on to the second round in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a convincing 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Quotes of the Day

Thoughts from an unforgettable day

Carroll:

“I’m on cloud nine right now. I knew I was capable of it, but it’s just awesome to finally get the opportunity and showcase my skills here at this level. It’s incredible. I put in all the hard work and just effort and stuff and to get to this level and succeed like I did, it was unbelievable. I’ve seen it so many times on TV and on movies and stuff, but to actually experience it and have that feeling myself, it was incredible.

“This has been a long road for my family and I. They’ve been through all this stuff with me ever since I was a kid, taking me to games as a Little Leaguer. For me to finally achieve my dream, my mom, she’s an angel, and she’s put in a lot of hard work taking care of me through two surgeries. It was pretty awesome.”

“I had to hide back some tears and fight through that.” (talking about his reaction to the standing ovation when he left the game).

Watch Scott being interviewed on the MLB Network:  

http://atmlb.com/1hIMPsP

Abreu:

“We’re all together. We are very happy. I feel like the whole team contributed. Just getting to know the process and the steps that Scott has had to take to get here, it’s a great thing and well deserved.”

Ventura:

The Sox record book shows that Robinwith 33 RBI in July of 1991, is second all-time for runs batted in a single month behind Harold Baines (36 in June of 1987). Robin was asked about Abreu, with 31 so far in April, approaching his total. With tongue firmly in cheek, he replied:

“Yeah, he’s not playing for the next five days.”

More from the skipper:  

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32444799

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 3.90) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (2-1, 2.45) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

Here’s Carroll’s Mom in tears after her son left yesterday’s game to a standing ovation (top) and Scott as he meets his family and friends after the game.

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Scott Carroll Set to Make Big-League Debut

Sunday, April 27, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (pictured above), making his first major league start, for the Sox and LHP David Price (3-1, 4.04) for Tampa Bay. Carroll is 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA in four starts this season with Class AAA Charlotte. He was a third-round selection of the Reds in 2007 and joined the Sox organization in 2012.

Carroll is a Missouri native who attended Missouri State, where he also played quarterback. Here, in this first person piece, Scott talks about his long road to the major leagues and, specifically, his Tommy John surgery.

http://www.chicagonow.com/future-sox/2014/02/prospect-perspective-pitcher-scott-carroll-on-the-tommy-john-process/

And he’s apparently a very funny guy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maJzUsUBjf0

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 3B, Abreu DH, Viciedo RF, Konerko 1B, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers C, Beckham 2B.

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham singled and doubled and Paul Konerko collected a pair of base hits last night in the Sox’ 4-0 loss to the Rays…Newcomer Hector Noesi, making his first appearance for his new team, pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Scott Downs threw two scoreless frames, his longest scoreless stint of the season, in relief of John Danks.

Sox Notes of Note

To make room for Carroll, the Sox optioned right-handed pitcher Erik Johnson to Class AAA Charlotte following last night’s game. Also, Avi Garcia has been transferred from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list…White Sox relievers are 1-0 with a 2.67 ERA over the last eight games…Dayan Viciedo (.368) and Alexei Ramirez (.343) rank first and fourth in the American League in batting average. Tyler Flowers is hitting .388, which would lead the league if he had the required plate appearances…Sox second-base prospect Micah Johnson is now at .360/.447/.528 for a .975 OPS at Class AA Birmingham. He went 3-4 last night vs. Chattanooga.

Quote of the Day

Noesi is happy he’s in Chicago with pitching coach Don Cooper after previous stints with the Yankees, Mariners and Rangers.

“I’ve been hearing a lot about him (Coop), he is good. So I’m going to trust him with my stuff.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 6.52) for Tampa Bay.

Photo of the Day

The White Sox Cuban connection then and now: Sox icon Minnie Minoso throws the ceremonial first pitch last night to his powerful countryman

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Hawk: “Our Kids Just Will Not Quit”

Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-0, 2.84) for the Sox, LHP Cesar Ramos (0-1, 4.91) for Tampa Bay. Danks owns a 1.46 ERA in his last two starts and all four of his starts this season have been quality.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 3B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo RF, Konerko DH, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Beckham 2B, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Last night’s dramatic 9-6 victory over the Rays is the kind of win that could turn a season around. Here’s how it unfolded: Down 4-1 after two innings, the Sox fought back to tie the score at 4-4. The Rays scored twice in the top of the ninth for a 6-4 lead with the Sox needing a rally to stage yet another comeback. And that’s exactly what happened–prompting Hawk Harrelson’s on-air exclamation above. After Alexei Ramirez flied out, Alejandro De Aza doubled, Tyler Flowers walked and was replaced at first by pinch-runner Leury Garcia. Batting for Gordon Beckham, Paul Konerko walked, loading the bases, and was removed from the game in favor pinch-runner Adrian Nieto. Adam Eaton then reached first on a fielder’s choice (which was challenged and upheld) and on the play De Aza scored as Nieto was forced at second. Marcus Semien drew a walk to once again load the bases. Then, on an 0-1 count with two outs and the game on the line, Jose Abreu went deep for an opposite field grand slam, his second homer of the game. All in all, he went 3-5 with six RBI. It is also indicative of the team effort that no less than nine different players had a hand in the ninth-inning rally. 

Oh, what a night!

http://atmlb.com/1mN2U8v

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All Things Abreu

Abreu currently is tied for the major league lead in homers (9) and RBI (27)…he is the first rookie in major-league history to hit nine home runs in April, moving past Albert Pujols (2001), Carlos Delgado (1994) and Kent Hrbek (1982) who all had eight…Jose’s 27 RBI through April are tied for the most by a rookie in MLB history (Pujols, 2001)…he hit his first career grand slam last night, enjoyed his third career multi-homer game and had a career-high six RBI…Abreu’s three multi-homer games–through his first 24 career contests–are the most in baseball history…his homer and RBI totals are the most ever for a Sox player through his first 24 games…according to @ckamka: on Tuesday, No. 79 homered in his 79th at bat.  (Photo illustration above is courtesy of @TheCover3).

Eyewitness to History

Abreu’s blast was the sixth walkoff grand slam at USCF. I’m happy to say that I’ve been here for all of them. Here are the other five.

Robin Ventura, July 31, 1991

Dave Martinez, June 3, 1995

Carlos Lee, June 8, 2001

Joe Crede, June 27, 2002

Alex Rios, September 10, 2011

Gillaspie to DL, Noesi Added to Roster

Conor Gillaspie has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left-hand contusion. RHP Hector Noesi, just picked up on waivers from the Rangers, has been added to the active roster.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox lead the American League in OPS (.774) and rank among the leaders in runs per game (2nd, 5.58), slugging percentage (2nd, .440), home runs (2nd, 30), average (2nd, .272) and doubles (T3rd, 46)…the Sox earned their fourth walkoff win this season and it was their 48th in U.S. Cellular Field history…Dayan Viciedo extended his hitting streak to seven games. He’s hitting .536 with four doubles, a home run and three RBI over that span…Ramirez has a six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 23 out of 24 games this season including 11 multi-hit games…Tyler Flowers recorded his eighth multi-hit game of the season in last night’s game. He also drove in a pair…In relief of Erik JohnsonJake Petricka went 2.2 scoreless innings, Zach Putnam had a career-high 2.2 scoreless frames and Ron Belisario has now made four consecutive scoreless appearances (6.0 IP)… Happy Birthday to World Champion White Sox, Joe Crede (36) and Geoff Blum (41). Here they are during the 2005 World Series parade. Blum is second from left, Crede is next to him in the Series cap.

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Last Night: Good All the Way Around

Sox win on a walkoff homer, Blackhawks edge the Blues in OT to go up three games to two and the Bulls beat the Wizards on the road.

Classic Footage From Back in the Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mPHqbJXDQI

Quotes of the Day

Eaton on Abreu’s heroics:

“Yeah, it’s impressive. The proof’s in the pudding, I believe. He works his butt off every day, he comes in here, does what he needs to do to get ready and he goes out there and puts everything out on the field. It’s amazing, you feel like the whole place could kind of feel it. When he got up, it was like ‘Uh-oh, something great’s going to happen.'”

Rays manager Joe Maddon commenting on Konerko’s strong reaction last night to Aussie Grant Balfour‘s verbal outburst after they faced each other in the ninth inning.

“I guess Paulie speaks Australian.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: TBA for the Sox, LHP David Price (3-1, 4.04) for Tampa Bay.

Photo of the Day

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Home Again

Friday, April 25, 2014


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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-1, 5.32) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (2-1, 3.65) for the Tampa Bay.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers C, Beckham 2B.

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn homered (No. 5 on the season, No. 445 in his career), doubled, scored twice and drove in a run in yesterday’s loss to the Tigers…Dayan Viciedo was a homer shy of the cycle with a single, double and triple and improved his league-leading batting average to .377…Alexei Ramirez drove in two runs with a single and sac fly and Tyler Flowers collected three singles…Jose Quintana had a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings of work.

Adam’s homer:

http://atmlb.com/1mJdeOP

 

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have claimed right-handed pitcher Hector Noesi off waivers from the Texas Rangers.

Noesi, 27, has appeared in 69 games (21 starts) over parts of four major-league seasons with the Yankees, Mariners and Rangers…Jose Abreu needs one more home run to tie Albert Pujols (2001), Carlos Delgado (1994) and Kent Hrbek (1982) for the all-time record among rookies in March/April with eight.

White Sox Volunteer Corps

Join our Volunteer Corps on May 10 and help us refurbish a local high school.

http://mlb.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/volunteer.jsp

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We Have Many Candidates, So Support Your White Sox

Balloting for the 85th All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, begins today. Fans can cast their votes for starters 25 times exclusively at at MLB.com and on whitesox.com.

RIP Connie Marrero, 1911-2014: Cuban Legend Was Oldest Living Major Leaguer

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/conrado-marrero-s-stint-in-mlb-doesn-t-tell-his-whole-story-042414

Quote of the Day

Gordon Beckham, talking about his struggles yesterday against the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner in his first game back from a rehab stint at Birmingham.

“There’s not a lot of Max Scherzers throwing around Double-A, I’ll tell you that…”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-0, 2.84) for the Sox, LHP Cesar Ramos (0-1, 4.91) for Tampa Bay.

Photo of the Day

How did young Sox fan Miguel Rodriguez get this baseball? Compliments of none other than GM Rick Hahn.

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Sox Aim To Take It To The Max For A Series Win

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. The Sox have won two of the first three. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 3.75) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (1-1, 2.33).

Sox Starting Lineup: Jor. Danks CF, Semien 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Beckham, 2B Flowers C, Quintana P.

Plays of the Day

Marcus Semien put the Sox ahead 6-4 in the seventh inning last night–a lead that happily held up–with the first grand slam home run of his career and third homer of the season (all three have given the Sox the lead in the seventh inning or later, a feat no other player has done this season). He also has a bases-loaded triple…for the second straight night, Jose Abreu blasted a first-inning homer over the center field wall at Comerica. The two-run shot last night, Jose’s seventh homer of the season, brought his RBI total to 21…Andre Rienzo went 6.1 innings and got credit for the win, shutting out the Tigers in five of those frames. All four of the Tigers’ runs came off of Rienzo in the fourth…In relief, Scott Downs struck out the only batter he faced, Ron Belisario pitched a perfect 1.1 innings (he has thrown five shutout innings in his past three outings) and Matt Lindstrom came on in the ninth to earn his third save.

Enjoy Semien’s grand slam and Abreu’s mammoth homer:

http://atmlb.com/1hqhJ8Z

http://atmlb.com/1mFGOEX   

Beckham is Back

The Sox returned second baseman Gordon Beckham from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Class AA Birmingham and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list.

Beckham takes the roster spot of left-handed pitcher Charlie Leesman, who was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte following last night’s game.  Gordon opened the season on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique and appeared in 12 games with Birmingham on his rehab assignment.

Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series (Friday through Monday). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-1, 5.32) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (2-1, 3.65) for the Rays.

Photo of the Day

Paulie collected career hits No. 2,300, 2,301 and 2,302 last night with a pair of singles and a double. In the process, the Sox captain became the all-time franchise leader with 3,950 total bases, one more than The Big Hurt.

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Rienzo Takes on Tigers in Motown

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Today’s News 

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00), making his first start of the season, for the Sox vs. LHP Drew Smyly (1-1, 4.00) for Detroit.

Sox Starting Lineup: Semien 3B, L. Garcia 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo RF, Konerko DH, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers, C, Jor. Danks CF.

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo went 4-4 and tied a career high with the four hits in last night’s Sox 8-6 loss to the Tigers, a game in which we rallied and had the tying run at the plate in the ninth in the person of Alexei RamirezJose Abreu went 2-3 with his sixth home run and 19th RBI…Ramirez singled twice and drove in a run…During the ninth inning rally, Paul Konerko collected an RBI single and Adam Dunn connected for a two-run homer, his fourth of the year.

Here’s Jose’s solo blast:

http://atmlb.com/1hmorNb

Sox Notes of Note

Viciedo and Ramirez rank 1-2 in batting average among all American League hitters. Dayan (.361) is hitting .429 in his last nine games and Alexei (.357) has hit safely in 20 of 21 games this season…Fellow Cuban Abreu is tied for second in the AL in both home runs and RBI and ranks third in slugging percentage (.580)–but that’s not all. Here are a few of his other accomplishments: Jose is the first player in Sox history to hit six homers in his first 21 games. His 14 RBI through 10 games were the most by a White Sox player since rookie Ron Kittle had 14 in 1983. Abreu is only the third player in major-league history with two multi-homer games and he’s the first rookie in franchise history with two four-plus RBI games within his first eight major-league contests. Additionally, Jose is the first major-league player with a two intentional-walk game (April 2) within his first two major league games since 1955.

The Sodfather’s Turf Clinic

http://atmlb.com/1hpAFok

Coop

In case you missed it…

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/69599862/chicago-white-sox-pitching-coach-don-cooper-is-one-of-the-best-in-the-business

Quote of the Day

Detroit ace Justin Verlander on facing Abreu for the first time:

“I was pretty impressed with him. Not many guys go to dead center here. I made a mistake and he made me pay.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 3.75) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (1-1, 2.33).

Photo of the Day

Tank is carrying a hot bat. So hot that he’s leading the league in hitting.

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Two Wins in a Row, Looking for Three

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, WCIU) as we go for our third straight win. Starters: LHP Charlie Leesman (0-0, 0.00) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (2-1, 2.08) for Detroit. Leesman (pictured above) has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Chris Sale in the rotation. Chris has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strain of the flexor mass muscle in his left arm.

Leesman is 0-2 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts this season at Class AAA Charlotte. He made one big league start, in 2013, giving up a run in five innings against the Twins. The left-hander also pitched seven games out of the Sox bullpen last season.

Sox Starting Lineup: Jor. Danks CF, Semien 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers C, L. Garcia 2B.

Plays of the Day

With John Danks pitching a superb 6.1 innings, allowing just a run on six hits, the Sox came from behind off of tough righty Anibal Sanchez with three runs in the seventh inning for the 3-1 victory last night. Conor Gillaspie doubled and Jose Abreu followed up with a ground-rule double, tying the score at 1-1…with one out, Dayan Viciedo doubled on a long fly ball to center field, scoring Abreu (click on link below for video)..Viciedo scored the third run on a Alexei Ramirez single…The Tigers challenged the Abreu double, but the call was upheld. The umpires reviewed Viciedo crossing the plate, where he was originally called out, and the call was overturned…Danks got credit for the win and is now 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA…Ronald Belisario pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and Matt Lindstrom retired Detroit in the ninth for his second save.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/video/v32267547/?partnerId=as_mlb_20140422_22400094

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are tied for third in the American League this season with 37 doubles, including nine in their last two games. Gillaspie (T3rd, 7), Abreu (T9, 6) and Viciedo (T9, 6) all rank among the AL Top 10…the Sox assigned RHP Frank Francisco to Charlotte after a stint in extended spring training. He was signed to a minor-league deal on April 14.

Quote of the Day

Sox GM Rick Hahn on Sale:

“The preliminary read is that his ligament looks excellent. We believe we are dealing with a flexor mass strain of the muscle of his left arm. Similar to what we dealt with coincidentally in Detroit two years ago as well as a little bit last year actually. So, at this point, we figured we are much better off having him miss the start here in Detroit and miss the start against Tampa Bay and then re-evaluate. Hopefully the recovery from this goes as smoothly as the last couple of times we’ve dealt with this and he’s able to take the ball when his 15 days are up.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00) for the Sox, LHP Drew Smyly (1-1, 4.00) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

There’s Abreu on the right waiting his turn during batting practice.

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Sox Turn It On In Texas Finale, Tigers Up Next

Monday, April 21, 2014

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Today’s News

The Danks Brothers

John pitches tonight against the Tigers in Detroit and Jordan is leading off and playing center field after homering yesterday in the Sox’ 16-2 victory over Texas.  

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Danks (1-0, 3.32) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 3.21) for the Tigers. John will be making his fourth start of the season. He received a no decision in his last start on April 16 vs. the Red Sox, making his third consecutive quality start. He allowed one run, three hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out three.

Sox Starting Lineup: Jor. Danks CF, Semien 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

The Sox pounded out 18 hits and scored seven runs in the ninth yesterday in the win over Texas. Jordan Danks (1st) and Jose Abreu (5th) each hit two-run homers, Abreu added two doubles and three RBI, Dayan Viciedo walloped a solo shot (1st), a two-base hit and a run-scoring single while Marcus Semien cranked a bases-clearing triple, had three singles and drove in four…and there was more–Tyler Flowers collected three singles and scored twice to up his batting average to .389, Alejandro De Aza knocked out a two-run single and Conor Gillaspie had a two-run double and a sac fly…Erik Johnson went five innings, giving up only one hit, while walking five along with a pair of strikeouts for his first win.

Enjoy some of the video highlights:

http://atmlb.com/1hfrmay    

http://atmlb.com/1msJhT4   

http://atmlb.com/1hfBcJu

http://atmlb.com/1hfC5Se

What a Difference a Year Makes

The White Sox have scored 106 runs. That’s the most in the American League and tied with the Rockies for the most in the major leagues. Their 5.58 runs per game is an MLB best.

Sox Marketing Guru Boyer Profiled in Trib

http://ow.ly/vZ97C

Has it Been 25 Years Already?

On this date in 1989 the baseball classic Field of Dreams was released.

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#Soxarazzi Contest

http://atmlb.com/1mwkIVm

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Quote of the Day

Texas manager Ron Washington commenting after yesterday’s game on the Sox’ blowout win: 

“Today was the White Sox day. They hit balls, they hit bags, they found holes. I think you’ve got to give them credit for putting the ball in play and making things happen.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 2.30) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (2-1, 2.08) for Detroit in a battle of aces.

Photo of the Day

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