May 2014

Sox Seek Second Straight in KC After Impressive Comeback

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters RHP Andre Rienzo (3-0, 4.20) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (2-2, 2.34) for KC.

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

Down 5-0 at the end of the first inning? It proved to be no problem for the Sox last night in the 7-6 comeback victory over the Royals as the combination of three homers and flawless bullpen work did the trick. Alexei Ramirez smashed his sixth homer of the season in the third inning, a three-run blast (click on top link below for video); Dayan Viciedo connected for this fourth of the year in the fourth, a solo shot (click on middle link) and Paul Konerko hit No. 2 with a man on in the fifth (click on bottom link) to give the Sox a lead they never relinquished. It was Paulie’s 436th career home run, good for 43rd place all-time…Zach Putnam, who earned his second win against no defeats, and Ronald Belisario each pitched a pair of scoreless, hitless innings. Scott Downs retired the only batter he faced in relief of an injured Matt Lindstrom, who started the ninth, and Jake Petricka closed it out for his first career save…Every hitter in the starting lineup collected a base hit in the 11-hit attack with Ramirez and Viciedo getting two apiece.

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Lindstrom to DL, Sox Purchase Contract of Javy Guerra

The White Sox placed right-handed pitcher Matt Lindstrom on the 15-day disabled list with a sublexing peroneal (outside) tendon in his left ankle suffered in the ninth inning of last night’s game and purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Javy Guerra from Class AAA Charlotte.

Guerra, 28, is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA and three saves in 14 relief appearances for Charlotte this season, limiting right-handed hitters to a .229 average. He was claimed by the Sox off waivers from the Dodgers at the end of March. He was 4-5 with a 2.90 ERA over parts of three seasons with LA, recording a 2.31 ERA with a team-high 21 saves in 23 chances as a rookie in 2011. He followed with a 2.60 ERA with eight saves in 2012.

Sox Notes of Note

Sox relievers have a 17 scoreless IP streak in the last five games. They have allowed just seven hits with 14 strikeouts. The bullpen owns a 2.07 ERA with 63 strikeouts since April 26, lowering the season ERA from 5.20 to 3.71 during that span. The 2.07 mark (since 4/26) is the lowest in the American League and second-lowest in the major leagues…Ramirez ranks among AL leaders in mult-hit games (1st, 18), hits (3rd, 57) and average (3rd, .322) and has played in an AL-leading 406 innings (out of a possible 410). Alexei also ranks among the AL leaders in batting average with two strikes (4th, .300), two outs (6th, .358) and runners in scoring position/two outs (T11th, .400)

Ready for his Closeup

Here’s Adam Eaton making an appearance this afternoon on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk.

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Quotes of the Day

Chris Sale on the White Sox’ rash of injuries:

We have to disinfect the clubhouse. We’re getting bit by the bug. Something’s going on. But you look around baseball and we’re doing a little better than most. You look around baseball–there’s freakish things happening around baseball for some reason, with pitchers and guys on field with obliques. Be thankful it’s not more.”

Pitching coach Don Cooper on Sale’s sideline session this afternoon and when he’ll be activated from the disabled list (via @CST_soxvan):

“It went well and next step is to decide when and where he does it (his next start).”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (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.

Photo of the Day

What a relief: Belisario recorded his seventh straight scoreless appearance last night and has a 0.92 ERA in his last 14 appearances and has not allowed an earned run in his last 12 games.

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A Royal Showdown

Monday, May 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and the last leg of the Sox’ nine-game road trip. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-3, 5.24) for the Sox, LHP Jason Vargas (4-1, 3.00) for KC. Carroll, a native of Liberty, Mo., will be pitching in front of numerous family members and friends. Liberty is approximately 20 miles north of Kansas City.

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

Play of the Day

Catcher Adrian Nieto went 3-3 with a double and two singles and drove in both Sox runs yesterday in the loss to the Astros. Nieto is now hitting .324 in a backup role.

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Sox Notes of Note

Chris Sale is in Kansas City today and is being evaluated by Robin, Coop and the Sox training staff. On the DL since April 22, Chris allowed just one infield hit with two walks and 11 strikeouts over four scoreless innings last Friday in his first rehab start with Class AAA Charlotte at Durham…Jose Abreu, on the DL with tendinitis in his left ankle, will wear a walking boot for the next several days and will be re-evaluated during the next homestand, which begins on Thursday.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Abreu being placed on the 15-day disabled list: 

“It just got to the point it was clear we were going to have to take a step back for the long-term benefit of his recovery and take whatever time is necessary to get this thing right, as opposed to going back and forth every few days and letting him try to fight through it. I know that Jose certainly would have wanted to fight through this and stay in the lineup. That’s how his makeup is, and it speaks to his competitiveness as well as the type of player he’s going to be for us for a long time…Ultimately we had to take the decision out of his hands and do what we feel is the more cautious and more prudent route toward getting him healthy for the long term.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters RHP Andre Rienzo (3-0, 4.20) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (2-2, 2.34) for KC.

Photo of the Day

No. 1 is back in action–and he’s a sight for sore eyes.

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A Series Win is There for the Taking 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10, CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. The Sox won on Friday night, the Astros were victorious yesterday afternoon. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-3, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Brad Peacock (0-4, 5.17) for Houston.

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

Plays of the Day

Give Hector Noesi credit. After a rocky first inning, when he gave up four runs to the Astros before an out was made, Noesi settled down and battled successfully the rest of the way. He gave up only one more run before leaving after six-plus innings in the 6-5 loss to the Astros…Gordon Beckham singled in a run, Alexei RamirezMoises Sierra and Alejandro De Aza each collected an RBI on a sac fly and Jose Abreu drove in a run on an infield groundout…Adam Dunn doubled and walked twice and Dayan Viciedo had a pair of singles, a walk and scored twice…Sierra made the defensive play of the game in the first inning, a diving catch in right field that prevented another pair of runs from crossing the plate.

Abreu on DL, Eaton Reinstated

Jose Abreu has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with posterior tibia tendonitis in his left ankle. Adam Eaton has been reinstated to the active roster.

Alexei

With Ramirez’s start at short today, his 836th game there with the White Sox, only Hall of Famer Luke Appling (2,218), Ozzie Guillen (1,724) and Luis Aparicio (1,508) have played more games at the position for the Sox.

Blackhawks Continue Their Quest for the Cup

Quotes of the Day

Two examples of the closeness and team-first aspect of this White Sox team. Regarding Eaton’s tweet, many of Abreu’s teammates call him “Oso”–Spanish for bear.

De Aza on Eaton, who is back in his familiar leadoff spot today (via Colleen Kane in the Trib).

“(He brings) a lot of energy. He’s the kind of guy you want to have on your team.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-3, 5.24) for the Sox, LHP Jason Vargas (4-1, 3.00) for K.C.

Photo of the Day

Gordon Beckham is red-hot. After going 2-5 yesterday with an RBI and run scored, he’s now hitting .340 with three home runs and seven RBI over his last 12 games. And he’s hit safely in 11 of those contests.

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A Good Friday

Saturday, May 17, 2014

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Today’s News

With the Sox victory in Houston and successful rehab stints from Chris Sale and Adam Eaton for Charlotte, it was a very good Friday.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Jarrod Cosart (2-3, 4.30) for Houston.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn‘s monster three-run, sixth-inning home run–his sixth of the year and 446th of his career (38th on the all-time list)–gave the Sox a 3-2 lead and propelled us to our second straight win on the road, 7-2, over the Astros…Conor Gillaspie singled and doubled in two runs and Gordon Beckham and Tyler Flowers each had an RBI…Dunn added a ninth-inning double to his homer…Jose Quintana earned his second win of the year, allowing just two runs, seven hits and a pair of walks along with five strikeouts in five innings of work.

The Dunn bomb:

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Rehab Report

Sale was in vintage form last night for the Charlotte Knights in his first rehab start for the Sox’ Class AAA affiliate. In the first game of a road doubleheader vs. the Durham Bulls, Sale pitched four scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts. He threw 68 pitches, 43 for strikes, gave up just one hit and walked two.

Eaton, playing center field, went 2-4 in Game 1 of the Charlotte vs. Durham twin bill and knocked in the go-ahead run in the seventh (and final) inning for the 2-1 Knights victory in his initial rehab appearance. He also stole a base. In Game 2, he batted twice without a hit as the DH in the Knights’ loss.

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LaRussa to Diamondbacks

Former Sox skipper Tony LaRussa, a 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame electee, has been hired to run the baseball operations of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Congratulations Tony!

Happy Birthday, Carlos May

Former White Sox All-Star Carlos May celebrates No. 66 today. You might remember that Carlos is the only professional athlete known to wear his birthday–May 17–on the back of his uniform.

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Everything Old is New Again

Julio Franco played in parts of 23 big-league seasons through age 49, including the 1994 campaign with the White Sox. Word is now out that the 55-year-old Franco will join the Fort Worth Cats in the independent United League as a player-coach for at least the first homestand of the season, which begins May 20.   

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Quotes of the Day  

Sale, on what’s next after last night’s outstanding performance:

“…The next few days, in between starts, (it’ll) be how my arm and my body react to getting back out there and going full bore every pitch. Obviously we’ll be communicating with (the Sox brass). Whatever they have for me, I’m game for.” 

Eaton on his own rehab after last night’s twin bill: 

“It was 100 percent. To go out there and run 100 percent and have confidence, that’s all it is really, is gaining the confidence back in the hamstring. It felt good overall so it was a good day at the ballpark.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-3, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Brad Peacock (0-4, 5.17) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

Jose Abreu, who was hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count just before Dunn launched his homer, congratulates his teammate. Dunn, a resident of Houston, certainly made his homecoming an eventful one.

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Sox Take on Astros, Sale and Eaton Take Next Steps Toward Return

Friday, May 16, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.81) for the Astros.

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

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox rank among the American League leaders in runs scored (T2nd, 205), homers (T2nd, 46), extra-base hits (3rd, 130), slugging percentage (4th, .416) and runs per game (5th, 4.88)…Sox rank second in the AL and third in the majors with a .278 average with runners in scoring position. Alexei Ramirez (5th, .404), Conor Gillaspie (19th, .348) and Tyler Flowers (T20th, .346) are in the league’s Top 25 in that category…Jose Abreu leads the major leagues with 15 home runs. 27 extra-base hits, 103 total bases and an 11.07 AB/HR ratio and ranks second with 41 RBI and a .620 slugging percentage. He is hitting .341 with five homers and 29 RBI with RISP…Tom “Wimpy” Paciorek joins Hawk Harrelson in the Sox TV booth for the Houston series as Steve Stone has the weekend off. Stone will return on Monday for the three-game series in Kansas City…ex-White Sox second baseman Chris Getz has retired at the age of 30. He was recently outrighted from Toronto to Class AAA Buffalo, but decided to call it a career after seven seasons with the Sox, Royals and Blue Jays. “I’ve enjoyed every minute that I’ve played and will always be passionate about the game,” Getz said upon announcing his retirement.

Sale, Eaton Will Try Again

Last night’s game between the Class AAA Charlotte Knights and Durham Bulls was postponed due to rain. So, Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, who were both set to begin their respective rehab stints with Charlotte, were delayed a day and will now take part in a doubleheader in Durham tonight, beginning at 6:00 p.m., ET. Sale will pitch the opener and Eaton is expected to play in both seven-innning games. He’ll be in the leadoff spot, playing center field in Game 1. 

Here’s Adam taking batting practice:

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Quote of the Day

From yesterday…

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Jarrod Cosart (2-3, 4.30) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

When in Durham…Sox media relations director Bob Beghtol, traveling with the Charlotte Knights while Sale and Eaton are on their rehab assignments, today took Adam and Knight players Micah Johnson, Erik Johnson and Jared Mitchell to historic Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke campus with the team in town to face the Bulls. Here’s Erik, Micah, Adam and Jared standing on the famed court beneath the championship banners.

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The 2014 White Sox: It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Plays of the Day

We learned once again yesterday that this year’s White Sox simply never give up.

Offensively, it was all about the number 1, 2 and 3 hitters in the batting order as the Sox staged a dramatic comeback to defeat the A’s, 4-2, in the series finale. Leadoff hitter Gordon Beckham homered on the first pitch of the game and added two singles. Batting in the No. 2 slot, Conor Gillaspie doubled and singled twice. And both Beckham and Gillaspie were on base in the eighth inning when Jose Abreu launched the three-run bomb, his major-league best 15th homer of the season, that gave the Sox a lead they never relinquished. In all, the threesome accounted for all of the Sox RBI and seven of their nine hits.

Pitching-wise, Andre Rienzo was outstanding, allowing only a pair of solo homers and two walks along with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched. Scott Downs (0.1 IP), Ron Belisario (1.1) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) closed it out with scoreless baseball. Belisario got credit for his second win of the season, Lindstrom chalked up his sixth save.

Enjoy the Beckham and Abreu homers:

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Sox Notes of Note

Abreu is the first Sox player and fourth in MLB history to hit 15-plus homers in their first 42 career games (also Wally Berger, Kevin Maas and Wally Joyner)…Beckham became the first White Sox player to homer on the first pitch since Ray Durham did it twice in 2000. 

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Sale, Eaton in Rehab Starts; Micah Gets First Triple-A Hit

Chris Sale is set to go for Class AAA Charlotte tonight in a rehab start at Durham. He will be joined by Adam Eaton, who hopes to be back with the Sox on Sunday if his rehab appearances the next couple of days go well. 

And click the link below to watch highly regarded prospect Micah Johnson double for his first hit with Charlotte since being promoted from Class AA Birmingham. He also singled and drove in a run in last night’s game vs. the Durham Bulls.

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Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on designating infielder Jeff Keppinger for assignment:

“We had a brief conversation this morning, he understood the rationale for it and we wished each other well. Basically this comes down to wanting to use the plate appearances at the big league level for some of the younger players that we have here right now. Conor certainly has stepped up and seized the primary role of third base. Obviously we want Gordon to play, as well as Marcus and Leury Garcia and we have some young players in Charlotte who are knocking on the door and may contribute at some point this year. The decision was made that now is the time to move on and focus more on some of the younger pieces that are going to be here for a while.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day today. Tomorrow, it will be the White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.81) for the Astros.

Photo of the Day

@ESPNStatsInfo: Jose Abreu is tied for the MLB lead with 5 HR of 430+ feet this season, including his HR (yesterday)

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Rienzo in Stopper Role for Today’s Series Finale with A’s

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum (2:35, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series with Oakland winning the first two. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (3-0, 4.56) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.54) for the Athletics.

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

Eaton Close to Returning

Adam Eaton will continue the last phase of his road back today after being on the 15-day disabled list since May 3. He will work out this morning in Oakland and then will take off for Durham, N.C., to play with Class AAA Charlotte on Thursday and Friday. He’ll then head to Norfolk, Va. with the Knights to play on Saturday. He’ll join the White Sox in Houston on Sunday if all goes well.

Keppinger Designated for Assignment

The White Sox returned infielder Jeff Keppinger from his injury rehabilitation assignment with Class AA Birmingham, reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list and designated him for assignment.

GM Rick Hahn on the decision: “We are focusing on the future as opposed to trying to justify a decision from the past.”

Groundskeeping 101

Here’s Roger Bossard, the Sodfather, addressing the crowd at today’s inaugural Turf Clinic at U.S. Cellular Field.

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“Wimpy” Houston-bound

Tom Paciorek will work with Hawk Harrelson in the TV booth this weekend in Houston with Steve Stone taking the series off. Some will remember that Wimpy played both baseball and football at the University of Houston.

Congrats to the Blackhawks

We congratulate our friends with the Blackhawks on their exciting OT victory last night over the Wild. The win gave the Hawks a 4-2 series win and they now advance to the Western Conference finals. Good luck from everyone in the White Sox organization!

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Quote of the Day

Rienzo on facing the A’s for the first time:

“I know they’ve got a tough team. It’s a team where you want to pitch to contact. I’m just trying to do that so if they get a hit, they get a hit. If not, then I’ll get an out. Something I’m working with Don Cooper on is trying to pitch to contact. I’m not trying to change anything, just going to do what I have to do and make it happen.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.81) for the Astros.

Photo of the Day

Sox infielder Marcus Semien is a native of the Bay Area and had about 30 friends and family attend last night’s game. Semien remembers that he was in the stands at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1997 when then-LA Dodger Paul Konerko played in his fourth major-league game. It was Semien’s seventh birthday. Little did Marcus know that all these years later he would be teammates with Paulie and even have the opportunity drive him in on a game-winning grand slam as pictured below. 

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Carroll, Sox Look to Even Series With A’s

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Today’s News

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-2, 3.63) for the Sox, LHP Drew Pomeranz (2-1, 1.45) for Oakland.

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu (No. 14) and Dayan Viciedo (3) homered (click on links below) and Alexei Ramirez and Paul Konerko each drove in a run last night, but a ninth-inning rally fell short as the Sox dropped a close 5-4 decision to the A’s…John Danks had another quality start, allowing three runs, six hits and a pair of walks along with five K’s in six innings of work.

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Leaders of the Pack

Abreu leads the major leagues in homers, extra-base hits (26) and total bases (98). He’s second with 38 RBI, a .620 slugging percentage and an 11.29 at bat/home run ratio. Ramirez’s .331 average is tied for second place in the AL batting race.

Sox Notes of Note

Chris Sale, who has been on the disabled list since April 22 with a left flexor strain, will make his first rehab start on Thursday with Class AAA Charlotte at Durham. His next scheduled throw day and location will be determined following Thursday’s start with the Knights…highly touted second base prospect Micah Johnson, who was leading the Southern League in hitting with a .329 average, has been promoted from Class AA Birmingham to Charlotte as has left-handed pitcher Nelvin Fuentes…righty reliever Maikel Cleto, who was designated for assignment on May 10, cleared waivers and has been outrighted to the Knights.

The Sodfather’s First Turf Clinic Set for Tomorrow

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First of its Kind

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Next #SoxSocial Night: June 1

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Quote of the Day

Here are Adam Dunn‘s comments after last night’s game, which saw the Sox score three runs in the ninth after being down 5-1:

“If we have one good thing we’ve done all year, it seems like no matter what the score is, we continue to battle. No matter how bad it might look for seven, eight innings, we know we’re capable of putting some runs together late.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum (2:35, CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (3-0, 4.56) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.54) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

Awaiting his return.

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White Sox Take the Show on the Road

Monday, May 12, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. (9:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-2, 4.93) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Chavez (2-1, 2.47) for the A’s.

Plays of the Day

Moises Sierra (pictured above), recently acquired on waivers from the Blue Jays, hit his first home run of the season and first in a White Sox uniform (click link below) in yesterday’s Sox’ loss to Arizona…Hector Noesi had a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings of work…Jake Petricka pitched a scoreless seventh.

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Toni Ginnetti

Heartfelt congratulations to long-time baseball writer/reporter Toni Ginnetti of the Sun-Times (pictured above) who announced her official retirement this week after covering her first White Sox game when Jim Fregosi was manager. Toni, as classy and professional a reporter as you will find, will continue to fill in from time to time, particularly on weekends. She was at the ballpark celebrating her retirement by working on Sunday and was feted by the Sox media relations staff with a scoreboard message and a special cake delivered to the press box.

The Great Hawk Harrelson

“Good morning, everyone,” the familiar voice boomed through the elevator as the door closed. Hawk Harrelson had hopped on just as the doors slid shut, joining me and a multi-generational family of Sox fans, running the gamut from a walker to baby strollers. 

Hawk said his hellos to all the kids and as the family got out at the 100 level of US Cellular Field, the patriarch asked if Hawk would pose for a group shot. “Of course!’ With that, Hawk jumped out into the entry way and posed for a couple of iPhone photos and signed an autograph. Meanwhile, the elevator operator held the door. When Hawk got back on, I told him just how lucky I am to ride the elevator with the great Hawk Harrelson. He let out a big laugh and grabbed me around the neck in a good-natured vice grip.

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Quote of the Day

Sox bench coach Mark Parent, who was the interim manager Saturday in Robin Ventura‘s absence, spoke to the media about the status of Adam Eaton, who has been on the DL since May 3:

“He’s going to go out to Oakland with us for a couple days, and then he’s going to head off to (Class AAA) Charlotte and then probably join us the last day in Houston (Sunday, May 18). Really excited to see him back. He adds a lot to our lineup, defensively and offensively and running the bases. Just overall energy in the game. He’s obviously had a really good year so we want to continue his progress.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-2, 3.63) for the Sox, LHP Drew Pomeranz (2-1, 1.45) for the A’s.

Photo/Video of the Day

Before Sunday’s game, several White Sox wives and one Sox mom–third base coach Joe McEwing’s mother (see photo below)–all threw out ceremonial first pitches to their spouses and son (click link below) The one exception was Dayan Viciedo‘s son (see photo below) decked out in a Sox uniform. He fired any baseball he could find to his laughing father.  Maybe he’ll be a pitcher when he grows up!  I wonder if Mrs. McEwing drinks Red Bull before each of her games?

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A Mother’s Day Rubber Match

Sunday, May 11, 2014
 
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Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series–the Sox won Friday and dropped a close one last night. Probable starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (0-2, 8.27) for the Sox, RHP Chase Anderson, who will be making his first big-league start, for Arizona.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu DH, Dunn 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Sierra RF, Flowers C.
 
Play of the Day
 
With his fifth-inning, two-run home run last night, his first homer of the season, Paul Konerko moved past Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones into sole possession of 43rd place on the all-time home run list. Take a look:
 
 
An Encouraging Word
 
Sox ace Chris Sale threw a simulated game yesterday. He felt fine and is scheduled to throw again in five days. Don Cooper said he looked great.
Heading West
 
After today’s game the Sox embark on a nine-game, 10-day road trip to Oakland (3 games), Houston (3) and Kansas City (3). We return home on Thursday, May 22, for a 10-game homestand, beginning with a four-game series with the Yankees and continuing with three vs. the Indians and three against the Padres.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Arizona closer Addison Reed on former Sox teammate Paulie (via @scottmerkin):
 
“Best guy you’ll ever meet. If there’s any little kid that wants someone to look up to, it’s definitely him.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. (9:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (3-2, 4.93) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Chavez (2-1, 2.47) for the A’s.
 
Photos of the Day
 
Here are the pink balloons that went up before last night’s #PinkOut game in honor of breast cancer awareness and Marcus Semien and Alexei Ramirez on the field with a pair of cancer survivors.
 
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