May 2014

Grand Opening

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S Cellular Field (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHPJose Quintana (1-2, 3.56) for the Sox, LHP Wade Miley (2-3, 5.14) for Arizona.

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

Plays of the Day

With our first nine batters set down in order by former White Sox righty Brandon McCarthy, we exploded in the fourth inning last night with seven of our nine runs and nine of our 15 hits in the 9-3 victory over Arizona in the series opener. The inning was highlighted by Alexei Ramirez‘s fifth homer of the year and sixth career grand slam (click on top link below), his first since 2009…Jose Abreu, who went 3-4, added to his major-league leading home run total in the seventh with his 13th (click on bottom link) and in the eighth Tyler Flowers connected with his second blast of the year. Both were solo shots…Alejandro De Aza went 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored…Andre Rienzo improved his record to 3-0, allowing three runs, four hits and a pair of walks along with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings…Zach Putnam (1.1 IP), Ron Belisario (1.0) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) closed it out in perfect form.

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Quirk of the Day

The Ramirez and Abreu homers both were hit on 3-0 counts.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox rank among the American League leaders in runs scored (1st, 193), runs per game (1st, 5.22), extra-base hits (2nd, 119), homers (3rd, 40) and slugging percentage (4th, .426)…the Sox have won five of the last six games and last night matched a season-high four consecutive games of 10 or more hits…the Sox also lead the American League with 18 double-digit hit games…we are hitting .338 with five homers and 27 runs scored over the last four games and batting .354 with RISP during that period…Sox relievers own a 1.57 ERA over the last 13 games and a 2.06 mark and .175 opponents average since April 20…Just a reminder: as we posted yesterday, Robin Ventura will miss tonight’s game to attend the graduation of his daughter, Rachel, from Oklahoma State. Bench coach Mark Parent will serve as interim manager.

Francisco Promoted, Cleto Designated for Assignment

Before tonight’s game, the Sox purchased the contract of right-hander Frank Francisco from Class AAA Charlotte and designated right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto for assignment.

Francisco, 34, is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (8.0 IP), one save and 12 strikeouts in six relief appearances with Charlotte this season after signing with the White Sox as a minor-league free agent on April 14.  His last five outings have been scoreless (7.0 IP) after allowing an unearned run in his season debut.  He is limiting opponents to a .154 average (4-26).

Francisco, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is 20-22 with a 3.93 ERA (167 ER/382.2 IP), 73 saves, 67 holds and 421 strikeouts in 387 appearances (all in relief) over nine major-league seasons with Texas (2004, 2006-10), Toronto (2011) and the New York Mets (2012-13).

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Francisco has averaged 9.90 strikeouts per 9.0 IP in his career, including a career-best 11.79 mark (83 SO/63.1 IP) with Texas in 2008.  He has limited opponents to a .233 average (337-1,449) during his career, including a .231 mark (175-759) vs. right-handers. 

He originally was signed by Boston as a non-drafted free agent on December 15, 1996 and was acquired by the White Sox in a trade with the Red Sox on July 31, 2002. He was traded to Texas in a deal involving Carl Everett on July 1, 2003.

White Sox Volunteer Corps at Work

Adam Eaton pitches in today at the Tilden Career Academy during the White Sox Volunteer Corps’ first day of service in 2014. Marcus Semien and Don Cooper also were on hand.

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Heartwarming Reunion

Talk about a memorable ceremonial first pitch. See what happened before last night’s game between our Charlotte affiliate and Buffalo.

http://t.co/qLWMPyo7fA

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A Berry Happy Birthday

Ken Berry, one of the finest defensive outfielders to ever wear a Sox uniform, is 73 today. Berry played for the Sox from 1962-70, was an All-Star in 1967 and won two gold gloves in a 14-year major-league career. Some also will remember him from his cameo in the movie, Eight Men Out, as he played the role of a leather-lunged fan.

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Quote of the Day

Jim Thome — who knows a long ball when he sees one — was in the ballpark last night when Abreu hit his bomb into the shrubbery in dead center field.

“He still has a way to go,” Thome deadpanned when the baseball operations suite erupted with Abreu’s 442-foot blow.

Sox fans will remember two of Thome’s mighty blasts that made it onto the main concourse in center field, one measured at 464 and the second, the monstrous 461 home run that sealed the 1-0 playoff-clinching win for the Sox in 2008.

“I love it,” Jimmy said, clapping his hands.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (0-2, 8.27) for the Sox and RHP Chase Anderson, who will be making his first career start, for Arizona.

Photo of the Day

Celebrating victory.

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It’s Sox vs. Snakes in First of Three

Friday, May 9, 2014 

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-0, 4.50) for the Sox, ex-Sox RHP Brandon McCarthy (1-5, 4.67) for Arizona.

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

Plays of the Day

Alexei Ramirez went 4-5 to raise his batting average to .338 and scored twice in last night’s loss to the Cubs…Conor Gillaspie went 2-4 with a walk and an RBI in his return to the lineup from the DL…Tyler Flowers drove in a pair of runs and scored another and Dayan Viciedo and Moises Sierra each had an RBI. It was the first ribbie for Sierra in a Sox uniform.

Governor Quinn and the View From the Upper Deck

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2014/05/09/watching-the-white-sox-cubs-game-with-governor-quinn

Sox Notes of Note

Alexei matched a career high with his four hits last night. His 15 multi-hit games this season are the second-most in the American League and tied for the third-most in baseball. He ranks among the AL leaders in batting average with two outs (2nd, .395), two strikes (6th, .298) and RISP/two outs (8th, .438)…Jose Abreu leads the majors with 12 homers, 24 extra-base hits and 86 total bases, ranks second wth 35 RBI and third with a .608 slugging percentage. He is hitting .308 with four homers and 25 RBI with RISP and has three multi-homer and seven multi-RBI games…Gordon Beckham is hitting .368 with two home runs and four RBI in his last four games…Matt Lindstrom owns a 0.57 ERA in 17 career games vs. the D-backs. The last 16 outings have been scoreless…Robin Ventura will miss tomorrow night’s game to attend the graduation of his daughter, Rachel, from Oklahoma State–he’ll be back for Sunday’s game. Bench coach Mark Parent will serve as interim manager.

Bring Out the Vote

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/allstar.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20140508_23434084

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Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

Happy Birthday to one-time White Sox star outfielder Floyd Robinson, who had three .300-plus seasons and a .287 batting average with 65 homers in seven campaigns (1960-66) on the South Side. Floyd is 78 today.

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Quote of the Day

Paul Konerko on the Sox’s depth:

“…If you look at our roster, the guys who have stepped in when guys have gone down — our pitching staff — we’ve had guys step in for guys that have done well and held the fort down. We have some pretty good depth on the roster that I think even now you can kind of insert people if guys need a rest or someone goes down.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S Cellular Field (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 3.56) for the Sox, LHP Wade Miley (2-3, 5.14) for Arizona.

Photo of the Day

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Sox Clinch Crosstown Cup, Go For Sweep and Fifth Straight Win Tonight

Thursday, May 8, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox look to sweep the four-game Crosstown Cup series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00) for the Cubs. Carroll makes this third start after two outstanding outings.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham‘s second homer in as many nights–a three run shot–and Paul Konerko‘s bases-clearing three-run double, one of a pair of two-baggers he had on the night, were the key blows as the Sox won their season-high fourth in a row and third straight vs. the Cubs, 8-3. As a result, we claim the 2014 Crosstown Cup and go one game over the .500 mark at 18-17…Jose Abreu doubled twice, singled and scored a run while Alexei Ramirez and Marcus Semien each got credit for an RBI…John Danks earned his third win of the season, allowing three runs, four hits and a lone walk while striking out eight…The bullpen was once again solid. Jake Petricka came on in relief of Danks and pitched two perfect innings. Maikel Cleto closed it out in the ninth.

Enjoy the Beckham homer and Paulie’s three-run double…

http://atmlb.com/Rt2w1t        

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…plus Ramirez’s dazzling ninth-inning catch that started a double play.

http://atmlb.com/1uDud7c

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Even More From Last Night

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32706915/?partnerId=as_cws_20140508_23489364

Sox Notes of Note

Every White Sox batter reached base in last night’s game…Sox relievers own a 0.48 ERA over the last 11 games and a 1.47 mark and a .180 opponents average since April 20. Relievers have thrown 18.1 consecutive scoreless IP over the last five games…Petricka extended his scoreless streak to six appearances (10 IP). The streak includes five straight hitless outings and he owns a 0.68 ERA and .149 opponents average over his last nine appearances.

All-Time White Sox Team vs. Cubs (During Interleague Play)

(Qualifier: Minimum 20 plate appearances; Numbers entering tonight)

C: A.J. Pierzynski – 45 games (.296/.365/.478; 8 HR, 29 RBI)

1B: Paul Konerko – 73 games (.299/.362/.602; 20 HR, 58 RBI)

2B: Ray Durham – 30 games (.364/.454/.496; 1 HR, 9 RBI)

3B: Gordon Beckham – 26 games (.348/.398/.598; 6 HR, 16 RBI)

SS: Alexei Ramirez – 36 games (.275/.303/.449; 5 HR, 17 RBI)

OF: Scott Podsednik – 20 games (.333/.435/.462; 1 HR, 6 RBI)

OF: Carlos Lee – 36 games (.326/.382/.574; 9 HR, 31 RBI)

OF: Magglio Ordonez – 32 games (.317/.406/.545; 5 HR, 25 RBI)

DH: Jermaine Dye – 27 games (.324/.384/.706; 11 HR, 21 RBI)

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura Talks Abreu:

On the slugger’s No. 79 jersey cracking the Top 10 in MLB sales:

“I got one. I got a real one, too, didn’t even have to buy it.”

Did he sign it?

“He will.”

On Jose’s Impact:

“…It’s fun for him, it’s fun for us to have a guy like him. Nobody knew about him last year and now all of a sudden he’s on our team. What makes it fun for us and being around him is that he’s just a good person. He’s a humble kid, he’s a great team person. I think that’s the thing for our guys–you root for him and you’re happy for all these accolades he’s getting and the attention. It’s not going to change him. Guys like to have fun with him because he’s such a good team person and you like to see stuff like this happen to people like him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-0, 4.50) for the Sox, ex-Sox Brandon McCarthy (1-5, 4.67) for the D-backs.

Photo of the Day

Carroll takes on the Cubs in Cup finale.

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Three Straight Wins and Back to .500

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Today’s News

“They’re scrapping and finding a way to do it, especially with all the injuries of guys going down, you just kind of have to find your way sometimes and scratch and claw and take what you can get. They’ve been doing that, which is good.”

                                                               –Robin Ventura‘s assessment of the 2014 Sox

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in Game 3 of the Crosstown Cup series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-2, 5.00) for the Sox, LHP Travis Wood (2-3, 3.35) for the North Siders.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham‘s eighth-inning solo home run (his first homer of the year), which followed base hits in his three previous at-bats, broke a 1-1 tie in the Sox’s 5-1 win last night over the Cubs…In the ninth, Tyler Flowers doubled in the third run and Jordan Danks, who came into the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth, doubled in two more…Newly acquired outfielder Moises Sierra, a late insertion in the starting lineup, doubled and singled three times in his first start for his new team…Hector Noesi pitched five outstanding innings, allowing just a run, four hits and a walk with six strikeouts…Zach Putnam pitched two perfect innings and got credit for the win, Scott Downs pitched a scoreless eighth and Daniel Webb closed it out in the ninth.

The Beckham homer:

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Gillaspie Returns

The Sox have returned third baseman Conor Gillaspie from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Class AAA Charlotte and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Jordan Danks to the Knights.

Gillaspie has been on the disabled list since April 26 (retroactive to April 22) with a left hand contusion. Before heading to the DL, he was hitting .302 with seven doubles, 12 RBI and eight runs scored in 16 games this season.

Cover Boy

Jose Abreu has added another distinction to his early season success–a Sports Illustrated regional cover (May 12 issue) and feature story. Here’s a sidebar to the main story and the cover itself.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20140507/jose-abreu-cuba-showcase-chicago-white-sox/

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More Jose

http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2052762-scott-millers-starting-9-white-sox-have-great-jump-on-future-with-jose-abreu

And here he is doing an interview with ESPN’s Pedro Gomez:

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Sox Notes of Note

Last night’s triumph was our third win in a row put us back at the .500 mark (17-17)…we are now 51-45 in the Crosstown Cup series and 26-21 at U.S. Cellular Field…the White Sox are way ahead of the pack with 33 ninth-inning runs. The Athletics and Rangers (21) and Diamondbacks and Mets (19) are next in line…with Beckham and Sierra each collecting four hits last night brought to mind the only other set of Sox teammates to record four hits in a game vs. the Cubs–A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios on June 11, 2010 in a 10-5 win at Wrigley Field…Sierra’s hits were a career-high and the most by a White Sox player in his first start with the team since Richie Zisk‘s first start on Opening Day,1977.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Noesi’s performance:

“He threw great. Even the last game he threw, he got through three and then that little bump with four, but he’s stretching it out where he’s throwing more pitches. He’s making that adjustment really on the fly. It’s impressive that he’s able to step in and give us that kind of effort.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game Crosstown Cup series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00) for the Cubs.

Photo of the Day

Representing the Cubs, Jeff Samardzija presented Paul Konerko with a No. 14 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard before last night’s game on the occasion of the Sox captain’s last trip to Wrigley.

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To Paraphrase Mr. Cub, “Let’s WIN Two” at Wrigley

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the second game of the Crosstown Cup series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-1, 7.20) for the Sox, RHP Edwin Jackson (2-2, 5.24) for the North Siders.

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

Plays of the Day

Marcus Semien‘s 12th inning double broke the 1-1 deadlock last night as the Sox drew first blood in their quest for the Crosstown Cup with a 3-1 victory over the Cubs (click on top link below)…Semien’s two-bagger scored Alexei Ramirez, who had just singled for the 1,000th hit of his career and stole second…Although he chalked up another no-decision, Jose Quintana (click on bottom link below) was brilliant in his pitchers’ duel with Jeff Samardjiza. “Q” went seven innings, giving up just one run, three hits and three walks while striking out three…the bullpen came through as well. Ronald Belisaro (2.0 IP), Jake Petricka (1.0), Scott Downs (0.2), Daniel Webb (0.1) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) held the Cub lineup scoreless the rest of the way. Webb, now 3-0, got the win while Lindstrom recorded his fifth save.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/video/v32637747

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v32636115/?c_id=cws

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Mr. Clutch

Semien’s game-winner was his fourth go-ahead hit in the seventh inning or later this season. The first three were all home runs and amounted to his only hit of the night. Semien is also hitting .438 with one homer and 11 RBI with runners in scoring position and two outs and .316, 11 RBI with two outs.

Sox Enjoy 50th Win over Crosstown Rivals

Last night’s win gave the Sox their 50th victory over the Cubs and now lead the series, 50-45.

Ninth-Inning Thunder

The Sox lead the major leagues with 30 ninth-inning runs this season, nine more than second-place Oakland.

Wearing His Sox Cap with Pride

Bears’ offensive lineman Kyle Long is shown here having fun at Chuck E. Cheese with a young friend who he reached out to after the youngster was a victim of bullying. It’s interesting to note that Long, once drafted by the Sox as a pitcher out of high school, still has an allegiance to our Sox.

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Quote of the Day

Alexei on his 1,000th major-league hit (via interpreter Lino Diaz)

“I’m very, very happy. That’s a good accomplishment. I couldn’t get to 1,000 hits in Cuba, and that was something I wanted to get to. It’s good that I got it here.”

Here’s Ramirez’s milestone hit:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v32637205/?c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-2, 5.00) for the Sox, LHP Travis Wood (2-3, 3.35) for the North Siders.

Photo of the Day

Sox fans celebrate last night’s win in enemy territory.

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It’s Sox vs. Cubs for the Crosstown Cup–and, Of Course, Bragging Rights

Monday, May 5, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (7:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of four games this week for the Crosstown Cup–tonight and tomorrow night at Wrigley and Wednesday night and Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-3, 1.98) for the Cubs. The South Siders lead the all-time series, 49-45, and are 26-21 at USCF. The Cubs won the series in 2013.

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

Plays of the Day

With one out and two on in the top of the ninth inning yesterday, and the Sox trailing 3-1, Dayan Viciedo crushed an opposite field three-run homer to give the Sox a 4-3 lead, which held up for the dramatic victory…Jose Abreu connected with home run No. 12 in the first inning…Zach Putnam went a perfect 1.1 IP to lower his ERA to 1.59, Ron Belisario pitched a scoreless seventh and Daniel Webb a scoreless eighth to earn his second victory against no losses…Matt Lindstrom came on in the ninth and got credit for his fourth save.

Enjoy the Viciedo and Abreu homers:

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We Never Give Up

Nine of the Sox’ 15 victories this season have been come-from-behind wins.

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Abreu Named American League Player and Rookie of the Month

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been named American League Player and Rookie of the Month for April, becoming the first AL player ever to receive both honors in his first month in the major leagues.

Abreu, 27, hit .270 with eight doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 32 RBI, 20 runs scored and nine walks over 29 games in March/April.  He led the major leagues in home runs, RBI, total bases (32) and extra-base hits (19), ranked fifth in slugging percentage (.617), tied for 7th in multihit games (11) and tied for 10th in runs scored (20).

Abreu set major-league rookie records in home runs, RBI, extra-base hits and total bases through April.  His 32 RBI tied Joe DiMaggio (1936), Ted Williams (1939) and Albert Pujols (2001) for the third-highest RBI total in major-league history by a player in his first 29 career games.  The 10 home runs tied Zeke Bonura (1934) for the franchise record in his first 29 contests.

He becomes the second player in major-league history to be named Player of the Month in his first month in the major leagues, joining former Cuban League teammate Yasiel Puig, who won National League honors with the Dodgers in June 2013.  Abreu also is the eighth player since 2001 (when the Rookie of the Month award was established) to win Player/Pitcher and Rookie honors in the same calendar month.

The native of Cienfuegos, Cuba is the ninth White Sox player (17th time) to be named AL Player of the Month (last Magglio Ordonez, July 2003) and fourth to win Rookie of the Month honors (last Gordon Beckham, July 2009).

Abreu’s other notable achievements included becoming the first player in history with four, four-plus RBI games in his first 29 career games, the first rookie since Kent Hrbek in 1982 to lead the majors in both home runs and RBI through April and the first White Sox player since Roy Sievers (1960) to lead the majors in those categories­ in any month.  He also was named the AL co-Player of the Week for April 21-27.

The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Abreu recorded three multihomer efforts, four games with four-plus RBI and a .375 average (12-32) with four homers and 24 RBI with RISP.  He hit a game-ending grand slam as part of his third multihomer game on 4/25 vs. Tampa Bay.  The walkoff slam was the first by a White Sox player since Robin Ventura on July 31, 1991 vs. Texas and the second by a rookie in April in baseball history (Elias).

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And in the Rookie of the Year Race…

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/video/mlb/20140429/tom-verducci-quick-pitch-leading-candidates-for-al-rookie-of-the-year.sportsillustrated/

The Time Hall of Famer Tom Seaver Won Two Games for the Sox in One Day

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/05/sports/baseball/seavers-double-duty-for-the-white-sox.html?_r=0

I’ll Have a Danish, Please

Tyler Danish (pictured below)the Sox’ No. 2 pick in last June’s draft, allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out five in the Kannapolis Intimidators’  3-1 victory over Hickory last night. Danish is now 3-0 with a South Atlantic League best 0.84 ERA.

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All the Best to the Sun-Times’ Toni Ginnetti

A well-deserved tribute.

http://www.robertfeder.com/2014/05/04/trailblazer-ginnetti-retires-as-sun-times-sportswriter/

Quote of the Day

Paulie on Sox vs. Cubs (via @scottmerkin):

“When you are playing Cubs/Sox series, it’s not exactly the playoffs but it’s not exactly regular season games either…It feels different.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-1, 7.20) for the Sox, RHP Edwin Jackson (2-2, 5.24) for the North Siders.

Photo of the Day

Sox look to bring the Cup back to the South Side like they did here in 2012.

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Unbeaten Rienzo on Mound in Series Finale

Sunday, May 4, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-0, 4.05) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (2-3, 4.14) for Cleveland.

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

Plays of the Day

Scott Carroll had his second straight outstanding outing last night. He went six innings, allowing just a pair of unearned runs, five hits and a walk as the Sox were defeated by the Tribe, 2-0. Carroll has given up only one earned run in his first two major-league starts, good for an impressive 0.68 ERA…Scott Downs (seventh inning) and Jake Petricka (eighth) each pitched a perfect inning…Adam Dunn singled and doubled, is hitting .279 with a .918 OPS and has reached base in 22 of his last 24 games. He is batting .313 with six doubles, three homers, eight RBI, seven runs scored and 15 walks in his last 17 games…Dayan Viciedo and Jordan Danks both made terrific catches in the outfield. 

Here’s Tank’s web gem:

http://atmlb.com/1n9J3Rd    

And all things considered, this might have been the real “Play of the Day”:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=83_coHJmmcM&autoplay=1

High on Sierra

Outfielder Moises Sierra, who was claimed off of waivers from Toronto, has been added to the 25-man roster. Sierra, 25, batted .290 with 13 doubles, a triple, a homer, 13 RBI and 11 runs scored over 35 games in 2013, but was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays after starting slowly this season. To make room for Sierra, LHP Frank De Los Santos was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte following last night’s game.

Outpatient Surgery for Jones

Nate Jones will undergo a mini discectomy tomorrow at Rush University Medical Center in an outpatient procedure. It is not expected to be season-ending.

It’s a Relief

White Sox relievers have a 1.96 ERA over the last 13 games, the lowest in the American League during that period.

Hot off the Press

From baseball writer Tyler Kepner in today’s The New York Times:

A Rookie in the Zone

The Chicago White Sox could tell early in spring training that their new Cuban first baseman, Jose Abreu, was serious about his job.

“He doesn’t want an ad on Fifth Avenue; he doesn’t want to be on the cover of a magazine for reasons other than baseball; he doesn’t want a fashion spread,” Manager Robin Ventura said last month. “He just wants to be known as a very good baseball player.”

Abreu has achieved that goal. He is not pitching sandwiches or sunglasses; he is simply mashing opposing pitchers. Abreu finished April as the major league leader in home runs (10), runs batted in (32) and total bases (71). All of those figures are major league rookie records for the month.

Quotes of the Day

Adam Eaton on being placed on the 15-day disabled list:

“My legs basically are what make me successful, so I have to take care of them. So take 15 days, and we’ll be excited…the 18th is the day we’ll be back.”

Gordon Beckham on the injury bug that has hit the Sox:

“You can’t quit. It’s not always going to go good. You’re not always going to be as healthy as you want to be, but the guys out there, we’ve got to find a way to get some wins until those guys get back.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (7:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of four games this week for the Crosstown Cup–tomorrow night and Tuesday night at Wrigley and Wednesday night and Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-3, 1.98) for the Cubs.

Photo of the Day

Sox add Sierra to outfield mix.

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Scott Carroll: Act II

Saturday, May 3, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (5:05, CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-0, 1.23) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (0-1, 4.84) for the Tribe. Carroll had a brilliant major-league debut on Sunday, allowing just one earned run and six hits over 7.1 innings pitched vs. the Rays.

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

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu stroked his major-league leading 11th homer of the season in last night’s loss to the Indians (he’s also tied for the MLB lead with 33 RBI and leads the AL in slugging percentage at .625 and extra-base hits with 20)…It’s the most home runs in team history through 30 games and the most by a major leaguer since the Mets’ Mike Jacobs hit 11 in 2005. Here’s an unusual stat for you. Abreu’s homer was calculated at 359 feet and had an apex of 160 feet, the highest apex of any home run this season…Adrian Nieto had a career-high three hits (two singles and a double) and his first big-league RBI, Alejandro De Aza had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI and Alexei Ramirez, who came into the game leading the AL in hitting, collected a pair of base hits, scored a run and is now leading the league at .356.

Sox Moves

Adam Eaton left last night’s game with a strained right hamstring and he has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Left-handed pitcher Frank De Los Santos was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, Nate Jones was moved to the 60-day DL and the Sox claimed outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers from Toronto…De Los Santos, 26, has made eight appearances in relief this season between Charlotte and Class AA Birmingham, going 1-0 with a 0.63 ERA and 10 strikeouts. He has limited opponents to a .184 average….Sierra, 25, batted .290 with 13 doubles, a triple, a homer, 13 RBI and 11 runs scored over 35 games in 2013, but he didn’t live up to expectations in 34 games this season and was designated for assignment.

Getting Better

Conor Gillaspie is leaving today for a rehab assignment at Charlotte and hopefully will be back with the Sox soon.

Prospect Report

In his first start at Charlotte since being optioned, Erik Johnson pitched six scoreless innings on the road vs. Buffalo last night, allowing just three hits and a walk with six strikeouts…good news, bad news for Birmingham. Micah Johnson knocked out three hits last night at home vs. Mobile, lifting his average to .364, and made a spectacular catch (click on link below). However, he and the Barons lost the longest game in time–five hours, 25 minutes (5-3, 17 innings)–in franchise history spanning back to 1885.

Quote of the Day

Sox catcher Tyler Flowers, who finished April with a .354 batting average, nine RBI, 11 runs scored and nine multi-hit games, talks about his success so far this season (compliments of Colleen Kane in the Trib).

“I feel like a different player, the whole works–catching, throwing, my stance, the swing, all of that. It feels good to be more productive. I think I showed that to the White Sox this spring; otherwise, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to be where I am right now. I guess other people see it too.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-0, 4.05) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (2-3, 4.14) for Cleveland.

Photo/Video of the Day

Number 11.

http://atmlb.com/1n74XUZ

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White Sox Hoping to Get Hot in Cleveland

Friday, May 2, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener 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. Danks owns a 2.70 ERA and a .229 opponents average over two road starts this season.

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

Happy Early Returns

Through April, the White Sox lead the American League in runs scored (154) and rank among the league leaders in runs per game (2nd, 5.31), average (2nd, .269), slugging percentage (2nd, .431), OPS (2nd, .764), home runs (3rd, 32) and doubles (3rd, 58)…the Sox have scored six-plus runs 12 times with 13 10-plus hit efforts, both tied for the second-most in the major leagues…the Sox lead MLB with 66 runs scored after the seventh inning…we are second in the American League with a .286 average with runners in scoring position, including a .308 mark over the last 10 games. Alexei Ramirez (4th, .438), Jose Abreu (T13th, .375) and Conor Gillaspie (15th, .368) all rank among the AL Top 20 in this category…Ramirez (.351) and Dayan Viciedo (.348) rank first and second among AL hitters in batting average…Ramirez ranks among the American League pacesetters in batting average with two strikes (1st, .378), two outs (2nd, .406) and RISP with two outs (8th, .455)…Jeff Keppinger is scheduled to start an injury rehab assignment tonight with Class AA Birmingham vs. Mobile. He has been on the DL recovering from right shoulder surgery…Felipe Paulino is scheduled to make his first rehab start tomorrow with Class AAA Charlotte at Buffalo. He’s been on the DL since April 19 with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Bleacher Report Weighs in on Abreu’s Great Start

According to Bleacher Report, here are the 10 best player debuts in April since 1947, the year MLB created the Rookie of the Year award. Jackie Robinson won that first year and now the award is named after him.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2046286-where-jose-abreus-debut-month-ranks-among-mlbs-best-ever

Adam Eaton’s “Center Field” Highlights

http://atmlb.com/1n6rktT

More Eaton: With McNeil and Spiegel on 670 The Score

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/?podcast_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.podtrac.com%2Fpts%2Fredirect.mp3%2Fnyc.podcast.play.it%2Fmedia%2Fd0%2Fd0%2Fd1%2Fd5%2Fd7%2FdS%2FdT%2F157ST_3.MP3%3Fauthtok%3D5562391692998713468_xK15D5RHLNFNdUp8dqtR35l3asM&podcast_name=Adam+Eaton+with+McNeil+and+Spiegel+5-1-14&podcast_artist=McNeil+and+Spiegel&station_id=391&tag=pages&dcid=CBS.CHI

Quote of the Day

It’s interesting to note that Minnie Minoso–the White Sox’ most prominent Cuban-born player and arguably the most popular figure in the history of the franchise–broke the Sox’ color barrier 63 years ago yesterday (May 1, 1951), becoming the team’s first black player. In his first plate appearance with the Sox Minnie hit a home run off of Vic Raschi of the Yankees.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (505 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-0, 1.23) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (0-1, 4.84) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

The #Soxarazzi winner is…

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Sox Links, News & Notes: Off-Day Edition

Thursday, May 1, 2014

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The Buzz Around a Man Named Abreu

It seems like everybody is taking notice of our talented slugger…

http://usat.ly/1kv9sFu

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/27118486-419/jose-abreu-was-not-going-to-escape-jerry-reinsdorf.html

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/jose-abreus-success-could-force-white-sox-alter-plan

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/19398/abreus-influence-on-sox-is-wide-reaching

http://www.gammonsdaily.com/video-peter-gammons-on-jose-abreu-dee-gordon-and-francisco-rodriguez/

…and here’s more,  “Must See” TV tonight on Comcast SportsNet: “Abreu’s April”

http://www.csnchicago.com/article/csn-present-special-jose-abreus-record-setting-month-april

The Allure of Adam Eaton

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-adam-eaton-playing-every-game-its-his-last?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Play of the Day

Watch Alexei Ramirez set the White Sox record for the most hits in the month of April as he collected his 40th yesterday in the Sox’ loss to the Tigers, surpassing Paul Konerko‘s 39 in 2002. Alexei has hit safely in 27 of his first 29 games this season, joining Buck Weaver (1920) as the only players in Sox history to accomplish the feat.

http://atmlb.com/1hXTfEw

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Quote of the Day

Food for Thought

A competitive eater takes on the three-pound challenge.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140430/lincoln-park/morning-report-competitive-eater-conquers-3-pound-sundae-at-cell

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener 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

WGN’s Tom Skilling and Southpaw during Weather Day festivities yesterday at the ballpark.

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