May 2014

Rienzo, Teammates Ready to Even Series With Padres

Saturday, May 31, 2014

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Today’s News

Today’s Game

White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. RHP Andre Rienzo (4-1, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross (5-4, 2.97) for San Diego.

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

Plays of the Day

Despite getting the loss in last night’s defeat, John Danks had another strong outing. He gave up only two runs, eight hits and a lone walk along with four strikeouts in seven innings pitched…Reminiscent of Mark Buehrle‘s “Play of the Year” (at least) on Opening Day, 2010, here’s Gordon Beckham‘s amazing play in the third inning last night, which very well could have halted a big Padres inning.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33296577/?cid=mlb

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters now own a 2.21 ERA and a .197 opponents average in our last 10 games…Danks’ eight quality starts marked the 1,000th quality start by the Sox since 2003. John has a 1.20 ERA over his last two starts and owns a 3.02 ERA in six starts at home…Daniel Webb owns a 1.29 ERA over his last 12 games.

Old Friends

It was great to say hello to two former White Sox before last night’s game. Carlos Quentin was outside of our clubhouse before batting practice, while I caught up with Jose Valentin, now the Padres’ first base coach, as San Diego took the field for BP. I still laugh about Jose’s chest tap, imitating Sammy Sosa, that day at Wrigley Field.

The Draft: A Look Back

The First-Year Player Draft is just days away, beginning on Thursday, June 5.  Here’s a review of some of the Sox’ most successful picks.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/white-sox-have-benefited-from-casting-wide-draft-net?ymd=20140529&content_id=77342514&vkey=news_cws

Sox and the (Second) City

Gordon and Robin Ventura pose with the cast of Second City and sportscasters/comedians, the Sklar Brothers (pictured on the right).

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Blackhawks Still Very Much Alive!

The crowd gathers at the Chisox Bar & Grill following last night’s Sox game to watch the Blackhawks force a Game 7 with the Kings tomorrow night at the UC. Go Hawks!

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The Adventures of Jose Abreu 

Jose Abreu took part in a simulated game before today’s game as he prepares for a possible Monday return from the disabled list for a sore left ankle.  Abreu faced live pitching in the form of two minor league right-handers brought up to throw in game conditions to him.  I’m certain one kid’s heart sank when he drilled Abreu just above the elbow in his second at-bat.  Jose shook it off and took several more at-bats, lining a couple of singles and hitting at least two doubles to the wall … and most importantly, legging them out and running fine.  He will repeat the drill tomorrow, hopefully without the HBP.

Think how this kid had to feel.  Probably his first time on a big league mound.  Silent ballpark on a Saturday morning.  Everyone watching.  And … BAM!

The young man shook hands with Abreu and said a few words after the simulated game.  Well, that was probably a day he will never forget.

Quote of the Day

Chris Sale on the “K Zone for Sale,” which will be in full force for his start tomorrow:

“It’s cool. It’s fun to have the excitement of that in the ballpark and hearing those guys go crazy every time there’s a strikeout. It’s fun to have people in the stands. Every time you get more people in the stands, it creates more energy and more excitement in the ballpark.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP Sale (4-0, 1.73) for the Sox, LHP Eric Stults (2-5, 4.92) for San Diego.

Photo of the Day

POTUS tries on a 2005 White Sox World Series ring during his recent trip to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown:

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Hot Sox Get Back to Work

Friday, May 30, 2014
 
Today’s News
 
After the three-game sweep over the Indians and a well-deserved day off, the Sox are back at it tonight. Before we look ahead, it’s definitely worth re-living Wednesday’s dramatic 3-2 win. Here’s Leury Garcia en route to scoring the winning run on Moises Sierra’s game-ending single in the ninth followed by Sierra getting mobbed by his teammates in celebration.
 
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Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and the last leg of the 10-game homestand. The Sox are 5-2 through the first seven games. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (3-6, 3.59) for San Diego.
 
While Danks got a no-decision in his last start vs. the Yankees at USCF, he threw eight scoreless innings allowing just three hits, striking out four, walking none. It was his seventh quality start of the season. The Sox lefty is 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four starts at home this year.
 
The Sox lead the all-time series against the Padres, 4-2. We have gone 2-1 at both USCF and Petco Park.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo RF, Dunn 1B, Ramirez SS, Semien DH, De Aza LF, Nieto C.
 
The K-Zone for Sale Returns on Sunday
 
The K-Zone for Sale will be alive and well Sunday as Chris Sale makes his next start against the Padres. Chris is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA, 43 strikeouts and a .138 opponents average over six starts this season.
 
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Sox Notes of Note
 
The White Sox recorded their sixth game-ending hit (third non-homer) and 17th comeback win of the season. We lead the majors with those six wins and our three walk-off homers…we have won seven of our last 10 games and are now 8-4 at home against the American League Central.
 
How about Conor?
 
Conor Gillaspie has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games (since May 12) and 31 of 34 overall. He’s hitting .415 with five doubles, a triple and five RBI since that date and his batting average leads the majors. Gillaspie’s .352 average for the season would lead the American League and rank second in baseball if he had the necessary plate appearances. Conor is also hitting .439 in the seventh inning or later, .400 in May and .397 with runners on base.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the Sox team effort after Wednesday night’s big victory over the Tribe, highlighted by Hector Noesi’s outstanding pitching performance and Sierra’s walk-off base hit.
 
“To win games, you like to talk about different people every night because it takes the whole roster to be able to do it. With the injuries and things that happened to us early, waiver claims are doing that. We went out and you start getting guys and bringing them in, these guys have been a good fit so far.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-1, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross (5-4. 2.97) for San Diego.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Here’s Gordon Beckham stretching out to rob the Indians’ Michael Brantley of a hit in the first inning of Wednesday night’s triumph. He grabbed the ball and made a strong throw to first that beat Brantley to the bag.
 
 
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Sox, Noesi Go For The Sweep

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) as we look to complete a three-game sweep and go above the .500 mark. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 6.82) for the Sox, RHP T.J. House (0-1, 6.43) for the Tribe. 

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

Plays of the Day

Only the elements could stop Chris Sale last night as the Sox ace pitched three scoreless, hitless innings with four strikeouts before the long rain delay. When the game resumed, Sale didn’t return but his teammates provided enough support for the Sox to emerge with the 2-1 victory…Scott Carroll (pictured below), who earned his second win of the season and first in relief, came to the rescue of Sale and went three scoreless innings. Jake Petricka added two of his own and Ronald Belisario chalked up his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth…Three hot Sox hitters continued to roll. Gordon Beckham cranked a solo homer, his fourth, and a double, Conor Gillaspie singled, walked twice and drove in a run and Alexei Ramirez had a pair of hits.

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Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters own a 2.28 ERA with 45 strikeouts and a .187 opponents average over the last eight games with six of the starts “quality.The ERA is the lowest in the American League and second-lowest in the majors during that span behind the Cardinals (1.78) and Giants (2.27). Starters have given up three earned runs or less in each of the eight outings and walked two or less seven times….The Sox hitters rank fourth in the AL with 56 home runs. We are 22-9 when hitting at least one homer, 13-3 when recording a multi-homer game and among the homer leaders in the following categories: two outs (T1st, 21), RISP (T1st, 18), seventh inning or later (T2nd, 20) and RISP/two outs (T3rd, 8)…Gillaspie is hitting .355 overall, .425 in the seventh inning or later, .410 this month and .393 with runners on base.

The MVP Case For Alexei

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/27691453-419/alexei-ramirez-has-been-mvp-caliber-in-2014.html#.U4ZCALS9KSN

Sale’s Pitch: It’s All About Sox Fans’ Energy

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33211349/sale-thrives-off-energy-from-south-side-crowd/?partnerId=as_cws_20140528_24843976

A.C.E. Players of the Month

Sox infielder Marcus Semien is shown here before last night’s game honoring the White Sox A.C.E. Program’s April Players of the Month.

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Quotes of the Day

Here’s an excerpt from Scott Merkin‘s mlb.com story on last night’s game, which ended around 1:00 a.m. today.

As questions were being asked of the White Sox ace, Adam Dunn strode toward his locker and couldn’t pass up the chance to take a humorous shot at his teammate making his second start since coming off of a five-week stint on the disabled list for a flexor muscle strain in his left arm.

“Look at this,” said Dunn of Sale’s postgame interview session. “He threw three innings.”

“And he did it yesterday,” added John Danks with a laugh.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in a three-game weekend series and the last leg of the 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (3-6, 3.59) for San Diego.

Photo/Video of the Day

The Beckham blast and “bubble gum” home run trot. Gordon also extended his hitting streak to eight games and is hitting .394 over that period.

http://atmlb.com/1mCK1D9

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Chris Sale = Must-See Baseball

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Today’s News

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.89) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (2-3, 5.32) for Cleveland.

Chris was masterful against the Yankees last Thursday in his first start since returning from the disabled list. He pitched six scoreless innings, allowed just one hit and struck out 10. In his last two starts he owns a 0.69 ERA with 20 strikeouts and a .049 opponents average.

Tonight’s Game

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

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo connected with a three-run homer, his fifth blast of the season (click link below), Conor Gillaspie went 4-4 with three doubles and an RBI and Alexei Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza each added an RBI in the Sox’ 6-2 victory over the Indians yesterday…Jose Quintana got credit for the win, his third of the year, allowing just two runs, five hits and a pair of walks while striking out five. Jake Petricka (1.0 IP), Zach Putnam (0.2) and Scott Downs (1.1) finished it off with three scoreless frames. Downs earned his first save.

http://atmlb.com/1mu3OnY

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Abreu Loses Boot and Resumes Baseball Activity

No longer in a walking boot, Jose Abreu took 25-30 ground balls, threw for 10 minutes and hit off a tee in the indoor batting cages before yesterday’s game and worked out again today. Barring any setbacks he should be back in the lineup the first day he’s eligible to come off of the DL–Monday, June 2 when the Sox will be in Los Angeles playing the Dodgers. 

More Abreu: Jose is third among first baseman, behind only Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols, in the first AL All-Star voting results.

All-Star Alexei?

Speaking of All-Star voting, Ramirez is a strong second behind Derek Jeter among AL shortstops. It’s no wonder he’s getting that kind of support. He ranks at the top of the league in the following key offensive categories: average (.320), homers (7), RBIs (36), slugging percentage (.483), OPS (.838) and hits (65).

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have won seven of their last 12 games and now lead the season series against the Indians, five games to three…Sox starters own a 2.86 ERA with 41 strikeouts and a .200 average over the last seven games…Quintana has never lost to Cleveland (3-0 in nine appearances, seven starts). He has a 2.68 ERA against the Tribe…Gillaspie set a career high yesterday with his four hits. His previous high was three. He’s hitting .529 against Cleveland this season and .350 overall…Ramirez is hitting .376 with three doubles, two triples, five home runs and 22 RBI at home this season.

Catch of the Day

It has to be this grab by Eileen Depesa as Tyler Flowers‘ bat flew into the stands during yesterday’s game. Take a look and give her a save for keeping it away from the baby in the row behind her.

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Bears in the House

The Bears will take center stage the next two nights for the ceremonial first pitch. Charles “Peanut” Tillman will do the honors tonight and Kyle Long tomorrow night.

Quote of the Day

Lino Diaz, the White Sox’ director of cultural development and interpreter, on Abreu’s workout yesterday:

“He got all the work he needed to do and felt no pain at all. He’s feeling really good.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 6.82) for the Sox, RHP T.J. House (0-1, 6.43) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Happy 46th Birthday to The Big Hurt, HOF 2014. Here he is on top of the world (figuratively and almost literally) on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York a day after he experienced the thrill of being elected to the Hall of Fame.

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Sox vs. Tribe in Holiday Matinee

Memorial Day: Monday, May 26, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in a Memorial Day matinee. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (3-2, 2.91) for the Tribe.

“Q” is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in six career starts against the Indians and 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA in four career starts at USCF.

 

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

 

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie and Alexei Ramirez each had a pair of hits–with Conor driving in a run–in the Sox’ loss to the Yankees yesterday in the finale of the four-game series. Gillaspie is now hitting .333, Ramirez .323. The Sox 3B has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and 28 of 31 this season. He is hitting .333 against right-handers and 10 of his 16 RBI have come with two outs.

 

Pretty Cool

Here are two gifts Derek Jeter received from the White Sox yesterday (in addition to a check made out to the Yankee captain’s foundation) before his last regular season game at U.S. Cellular Field. The bench was made by Ron Kittle, the other memento consists of clay from the shortstop area of both old Comiskey Park and U.S. Cellular Field and includes names of some of the greats who played there.

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Something to Tell the Grandkids

Scott Carroll strikes out Jeter in the Yankee’s final at-bat in Chicago.

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Quote of the Day

Robin on all the Jeter hoopla:

“He’s not dying, he’s just retiring. It’s weird. I’m sure it’s uncomfortable for him going through all of it, but he’s a great player.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.89) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (2-3, 5.32) for Cleveland.

 

Photo of the Day

White Sox fan favorite Aaron Rowand, a vital piece in the Sox’ run to the 2005 World Series title, poses in front of a locker bearing his name at the Baseball Hall of Fame over the weekend. Something tells me that the former Sox center fielder realized it was Hall of Famer Hank Aaron‘s locker and not his own.

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Rienzo Looks to be “Andre the Giant” in Matchup With Tanaka

Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Having won the first two games and lost yesterday’s extra-inning affair, the Sox need a win to take the series from the Bronx Bombers and also are looking to clinch their third straight home series win. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-0, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-1, 2.39) for New York.

Rienzo earned the win in his last start at Kansas City, giving up just two runs on five hits over six innings pitched. He walked a pair and struck out a career-high eight. The White Sox are 6-0 in 2014 in Rienzo’s starts. The Sox streak of six team wins behind Andre is tied for the longest such streak in baseball this season.

 

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

 

Plays of the Day

John Danks was masterful in yesterday’s heartbreaking defeat. In eight innings of work, he didn’t allow a run, gave up only three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four…Dayan ViciedoAdam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez drove in the Sox runs and Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham collected three hits apiece. With his performance yesterday and three hits Friday night, Adam raised his BA to .292. Gordon is right behind him at .291.

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More Eaton and Beckham

Eaton is 8-14 (.571) in the Yankee series and 11-32 (.344) in the six games since returning from the disabled list. Beckham is hitting .417 over his six-game hitting streak and is batting .390 in his last 10 games and .350 in his last 19. He’s hitting .482 against left-handed pitchers.

 

For Starters

White Sox starters own a 2.18 ERA with 29 strikeouts and a .177 average in the last six games.

 

Sox Note of Note

RHP Frank Francisco has declined an outright assignment to Class AAA Charlotte and declared for free agency…C Hector Gimenez, who was playing in Charlotte, has been traded to the Blue Jays.

 

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura talks about Tyler Flowers improvement this season. The Sox catcher is batting .312 with an on-base percentage of .371.

“Flow has been a big part of us being where we’re at. He’s taking the ball the other way, he’s balanced, strikeouts are down. He’s hit a couple of big homers for us. He’s had a nice little stretch here while playing a very demanding position. He’s in a nice spot.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in a Memorial Day matinee. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (3-2, 2.91) for the Tribe.

 

Photo of the Day

Eaton and Beckham: Energy and production at the top of the Sox lineup:

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A Dunner Stunner

Saturday, May 24, 2014

 

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 5.64) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (1-1, 5.82) for New York. Danks is limiting opponents to a .220 average at home.

And don’t forget, it’s Chris Sale Bobblehead Day.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Viciedo RF, Dunn 1B, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Semien 3B, Nieto C, L. Garcia LF.

 

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn‘s ninth-inning, two-run walk-off homer last night gave the White Sox a dramatic 6-5 win over the Yankees…Alexei Ramirez had another outstanding game, going 3-4 highlighted a two-run homer, his seventh…Adam Eaton added three singles for his 11th multi-hit game and his second consecutive since returning from the DL…starter Hector Noesi had a quality start, allowing three runs and four hits in six innings…Daniel Webb went 1.1 IP and improved his record to 4-0.

Here’s Adam’s 448th career homer, which is just one behind Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guererro for 36th place on the all-time list. It also was his eighth of the season and the 10th walk-off homer of his career.

http://atmlb.com/1vVoISe

 

Sox Notes of Note

Reaching the .500 mark at 25-25, the White Sox recorded their 15th comeback win of the season last night, the third of the walk-off variety, and won for the third time when trailing after eight innings…the victory, the second over New York in as many days, was the Sox’ eighth straight triumph at home over the Bronx Bombers…we are 14-8 this year vs. teams at or above .500 and lead MLB this season with three game-ending home runs.

 

See You in the Ninth

The Sox lead the major leagues with 40 runs scored in the ninth inning–the Indians are a distant second with 25…we rank among the majors’ ninth-inning leaders in home runs (T1st, 6), hits (2nd, 47), slugging percentage (2nd, .479), on-base percentage (2nd, .374 and average (2nd, .288).

 

The Ultimate Sox Fan

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/article_5e1a3183-5c55-5259-8ee2-f333f4074427.html

 

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Jose Abreu met with the media before last night’s game. He will be in a walking boot for a couple more days and is hoping to begin baseball activities on Monday.

 

Quote of the Day

Here’s part of what Abreu told the media, through an interpreter:

“We have a saying in Spanish, it’s hard to see the bulls from far away. You want to be down there with them. It’s very difficult but we’re dealing with it the best we can. We’re just trying to do everything we can to get back to the field as soon as possible…I wish my team could win every time I’m not there. It is a difficult time.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-0, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-1, 2.39) for New York.

 

Photo of the Day

Alexei continues to deliver.

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Simply Brilliant

Friday, May 23, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game 

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 7.31) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.61) for New York. The Sox have won seven straight home games against the Yankees. 

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

 

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton, Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn drove in the Sox runs in last night’s 3-2 win over the Yankees. But in the end it was all about Chris Sale. He was simply brilliant in his first game back from more than a month on the disabled list. In six innings of work the only blemish was a lone single and he struck out 10. He’s now 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA…Zach Putnam and Daniel Webb pitched perfect baseball in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, and Ronald Belisario came on in the ninth and got credit for his second save.

 

For Sale

Chris is the second pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to allow one hit with 10-plus strikeouts in consecutive starts. The Mets’ R.A. Dickey accomplished the feat in 2012. Last night’s performance was Sale’s 12th game of 10 strikeouts or more. He is now tied with Alex Fernandez for the fourth most in franchise history. It took Fernandez to accomplish the feat in 197 starts, Sale has done it in 64…he has yet to allow a hit to a left-handed hitter this season (0-23)…Sale is the first White Sox lefty starter to begin a season 4-0 since Mark Buehrle (5-0) in 2009…and as a result of his gem last night, he joins Gary Peters (1963) and Floyd Bannister (1987) as the only Sox pitchers since 1914 to have 10 Ks, no walks and no more than one hit allowed in a single game.

 

Former Teammates Reunited

Robin Ventura and Derek Jeter, who were Yankee teammates in 2002-03, greet each other warmly before last night’s game. The White Sox will honor the retiring Jeter on Sunday with a video and gifts. Fellow captain Paul Konerko will do the presenting on behalf of the Sox.

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And While Sale was Clicking in Chicago… 

High Class A Winston-Salem’s Francellis “Frank” Montas (pictured below)acquired by the White Sox from the Red Sox in last summer’s Jake Peavy trade, had a no-hitter into the seventh inning last night in the Dash’s 6-3 victory and series win over the Salem Red Sox.

Montas (2-0) was dominant throughout his start, striking out eight batters in his first six innings of work. Montas pitched eight innings, allowing one run, two hits and one walk while striking out 11.

As a result of his performance, he was named “Pitcher of the Day” today by Baseball America‘s Prospect Report.

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Swoopes as in Hoops

Hoops legend Sheryl Swoopes will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.

 

Quotes of the Day

 Sale commenting on carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning while on a strict pitch count in his first start back from the DL: 

“I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to give up a hit in my life. I knew I was done after that sixth, and Robin said the same thing. He goes, ‘You picked a bad night to do something like that.'”

 

Former MLB GM Jim Bowden, now with the MLB Radio Network, on Sale:

“He has to go into the category of Kershaw, Scherzer, Fernandez. When healthy he’s amazing.” 

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule 

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 5.64) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (1-1, 5.82) for New York. And don’t forget, it’s Chris Sale bobblehead day.

 

Photo of the Day

Here’s how President Obama signed the guest book on his visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday.

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What is Happiness? The Return of Chris Sale

Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series and the beginning of a 10-game, 11-day homestand that will continue with three vs. the Indians and three vs. the Padres. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 2.30) for the Sox, RHP David Phelps (1-0, 3.33) for New York. 

Fresh off the disabled list, Chris will be making his first start since April 17 when he had a no-decision vs. the Red Sox, allowing just one run on one hit with 10 Ks in seven innings of work. He had 29 strikeouts in his four starts this season, limiting opponents to a .168 batting average with left-handers going 0-20. 

Sale has made three career starts vs. the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA, 25 strikeouts and a .163 opponents average. He is the first pitcher in team history to allow two earned runs or less over seven or more innings pitched in each of his first three career starts against New York. The last Sox pitcher with three consecutive such starts at any point was Mark Buehrle from May of 2002 to April 2004.

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

Play of the Day

Although he was tagged with the loss in last night’s 3-1 defeat in Kansas City, Jose Quintana had a strong outing. In 7.1 innings pitched he gave up just three runs, eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have won six straight games over the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field, their longest home winning streak against New York since May 7, 1989-June 29, 1990…Gordon Beckham is hitting .367 in his last seven games and .333 in his last 16…Conor Gillaspie (pictured below) has an eight-game hitting streak, batting .433 during that span, and has hit safely in 26 of 28 games this season…Matt Lindstrom will have surgery tomorrow to repair a tear in the sheath of his left ankle. Recovery time is approximately three months…Frank Francisco has been designated for assignment to make room for Sale on the 25-man roster.

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White Sox and the Long Ball

The White Sox rank second in the American League with 52 home runs so far this season. The Sox are 19-9 when hitting at least one homer and 12-3 when recording a multi-homer game. We are also among the MLB homer leaders in the following categories: with two outs (T1st, 19), RISP (2nd, 17), seventh inning or later (T2nd, 19) and RISP/two outs (T3rd, 7).

Presidential Shout-Out

During his visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, today, President Barack Obama made it a point to acknowledge his favorite team on multiple occasions. In his opening remarks, after receiving a standing ovation, he observed that there’s got to be some White Sox fans in the audience. He also mentioned that he was there to check out the Hall in advance of Frank Thomas‘ July induction and said that while touring the museum exhibits he basked in the glory of the 2005 World Series championship mementos. He also saw the Sox jacket he wore while throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

On Sale 

The new edition of White Sox Magazine, with Chris on the cover, is available now at the ballpark for $4.00.

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Quote of the Day

While Derek Jeter will be making his final appearances on the South Side this weekend and honored by the White Sox on Sunday, he had this to say about Paul Konerko, his captain counterpart with the Sox:

“Paulie, he’s a great guy. I’ve enjoyed competing against him. He’s the captain of the White Sox, he’s a guy who’s had a lot of success and plays the game the right way. I’ve enjoyed getting to know him throughout the years. He’s had a lot of success against us. Paulie is someone that I think White Sox fans will always remember…”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 7.31) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.61) for New York.

Photo of the Day

The Sale bobblehead seen below will join the pantheon of White Sox bobblehead heroes on Saturday and will be given to the first 20,000 fans attending that day’s game with the Yankees.

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White Sox on Verge of Sweep, Winning Road Trip and Reaching .500; Sale Back Tomorrow

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Today’s News

Good News of the Day

Chris Sale is ready to go. He’ll be activated from the disabled list and will start tomorrow night against the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field. Sale, who is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA, will be making his first appearance since April 17.

To welcome Chris back the Sox have expanded the “K Zone For Sale” to include Section 155 for all future Sale starts. “K Zone For Sale” is a new ballpark promotion this season in sections 154 and 

155–for a total of more than 930 seats.  When Sale starts at home, fans with tickets in these sections will receive a free K-Zone t-shirt and strikeout card, which can be picked up at the #SoxSocial Lounge before the end of the first inning. “K Zone For Sale” tickets are $20 for most games, with the exception of Family Sundays, when the tickets are $15 (subject to availability).

And don’t forget Sale Bobblehead Night on Saturday!

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-3, 4.76) for KC.

This is the finale of the three-game series with the Royals and the nine-game,10-day road trip. The Sox currently stand at 4-4 on the trip, having won the last two games in KC by the identical 7-6 score. They are 23-24 on the season.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckman and Conor Gillaspie each pounded out three hits, Tyler Flowers homered for the third time this season (click on top click below) and Beckham and Dayan Viciedo each drove in a run. But the big blow in the Sox victory last night was Adam Dunn‘s long three-run, eighth inning homer, his seventh of the year (click on bottom link)…on the pitching side, Andre Rienzo remained unbeaten (4-0), allowing just two runs, five hits and a pair of walks along with eight strikeouts in six innings of work. The Sox are 6-0 in Rienzo’s starts this season…with closer Matt Lindstrom on the DL, Ronald Belisario came on in the ninth and chalked up his first save in a White Sox uniform.

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Dunner

Dunn’s homer was the 447th of his career. He ranks 38th on the all-time home run list, two behind Vladimir Guerrero and Jeff Bagwell who are tied for 36th place.

Meet New Sox Reliever Javy Guerra

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-hope-javy-guerra-can-rediscover-old-form

Eaton on the MLB Network

Check out Adam Eaton‘s appearance yesterday on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk.

http://atmlb.com/1oRYqyd

#SoxSocial Lounge Upcoming Guests

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Quote of the Day

Dunn praising Rienzo after last night’s win:

“He had some really good stuff today. He’s kept us in pretty much every ballgame…When he has three or four pitches working like he did tonight, he’s tough.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Sale for the Sox, RHP David Phelps (1-0, 3.33) for New York.

Photo of the Day

Gillaspie is almost lost in a wave of congratulations in the Sox dugout last night after he smashed a first-inning triple and scored our first run on a Viciedo single. After his three-hit night, Gillaspie is now batting a robust .347.

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