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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