Sox Move Above .500, Challenge Verlander and Tigers Tonight
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.