June 2014

Sox Save Best for Last on 11-Game Trip…Angels in the House

Monday, June 30, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand after the Sox took the final three games of the four-game series in Toronto and the 11-game road trip. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.07) for the Sox, RHP Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76) for the Halos.

Noesi is making his 12th start since arriving in Chicago. He is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA over his last six outings and has worked seven innings or more three times during that span. During his time with the Sox he has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 5.07. He received a no-decision in his last start on June 25 in Baltimore despite allowing just two earned runs over 7.0 IP.

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

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana was on top of his game again yesterday, tossing seven shutout innings and allowing just three hits with seven strikeouts for his fifth win of the year in the Sox’ 4-0 whitewash of  Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays…Eric Surkamp (eighth inning) and Jake Petricka (ninth) finished off the club’s first shutout of 2014, each pitching a scoreless inning…Moises Sierra got revenge on his former Toronto mates with his second homer of the season (click on link below), a double and a fine catch in foul territory…Tyler Flowers singled in a pair of key insurance runs in the eighth…Jose Abreu singled in a run for his 64th RBI and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games, which is also the longest current streak in the big leagues.

http://atmlb.com/1pCHRIi

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Sox Duo Holding Steady

Abreu and Alexei Ramirez remain in second place at their respective positions in the updated American League All-Star voting. Jose trails only the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera at first base and Alexei is behind perennial All-Star starter Derek Jeter of the Yankees at shortstop.

The voting closes at 11:59 p.m., ET, on Thursday. Both AL and National League rosters will be revealed at 7:00 p.m., ET, Sunday evening on ESPN during a special selection show.

Still time to vote.

Sox Notes of Note

Abreu’s solid showing in the All-Star voting should come as no surprise even though the rookie has just come onto the scene. He leads the majors in slugging percentage (.625), home run ratio (10,88) and RBI ratio (4.25) and ranks among the leaders in home runs (T1st, 25), RBI (T3rd, 64), extra-base hits (T3rd, 43) and OPS (7th, .953)…Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 22 of his last 23 games and is batting .375 with a .462 on-base percentage over his last 15 games to raise his season average from .251 to .279…Sox starting pitchers have made six quality starts in the last seven games, posting a 2.80 ERA…Fifty-two of the White Sox’ 83 games this year have been decided by three runs or less, including 10 of their last 12.

Quote of the Day

Paul Konerko…

On facing Buehrle, his friend and long-time Sox teammate:

“It’s weird facing him. It’s weird just seeing him in a different uniform. It never looks right to me, but it’s part of the game. There are a lot of guys you wish wouldn’t move teams, but it happens. You go out there and try and do your job. It’s not necessarily something you look forward to or enjoy, but it’s a job and you have to go do it.”

On his decision to come back this season in a part-time role:

“From a team standpoint, it’s been great. Judging from where we were last year, we’re actually playing good baseball and competing. Personally, it’s probably been everything I thought it would be. Different, but no regrets on doing it.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m, CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (2-4, 4.76) for the Sox, Jered Weaver (8-6, 3.33) for LA.

Photo of the Day

Right on Q.

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With a Series Win in Our Sights, We Face an Old Friend

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (12:07 p.m., CT, WGN) as the Sox, winners of two of three and two straight so far in Toronto, go for the series win in the finale of the four-game series and 11-game road trip. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.69) for the Sox vs. former Sox All-Star LHP Mark Buehrle (10-4, 2.52) for the Jays.

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

Plays of the Day

Scoreless through six innings yesterday afternoon with only one hit off of rookie Marcus Stroman–an Adam Dunn double–the Sox stunned the Jays for three runs in the seventh on their way to the 4-3 triumph…with one out Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double, Dunn walked for the second time and Dayan Viciedo hit his eighth homer (and his second in as many nights) on the first pitch from reliever Jays’ Dustin McGowan to give the Sox a 3-2 advantage…pinch-hitter Alexei Ramirez drove in the fourth run an inning later with a single after Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham also singled…Chris Sale went seven innings, allowing two runs and four hits with a half-dozen strikeouts. He is now 7-1 with a 2.30 ERA…Zach Putnam tossed 1.1 innings for his first save.

The Viciedo homer:

http://atmlb.com/1pBb4TV

Saturday Afternoon Delight

In one of the most bizarre stats of the season, yesterday’s victory was our first on a Saturday in 2014.

Dunner

With his single, double and pair of walks yesterday, Dunn has now reached base four times in a game 73 times. That’s the fifth-most among current lefty hitters. He’s behind only Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi, David Ortiz and Joe Mauer.

Quote of the Day

Sale on Viciedo, the bullpen and yesterday’s big Sox win:

“Viciedo coming up with that big hit, our bullpen locking it down, that’s the dichotomy between good and bad baseball. When you’re going, good stuff happens. Luckily for myself, we had some fight in us, and Viciedo flat out won the game for us.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.07) for the Sox, RHP Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76) for the Halos.

Photo of the Day

Boys will be boys. The old “chewing gum on the cap” prank is played on the rehabbing Avi Garcia.

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Sale Seeks Saturday Success After Friday Power Surge

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (12:07 p.m, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-1, 2.27) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (4-2, 4.25) for Toronto.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C, L. Garcia SS. 
(Ramirez is out of starting lineup for the first time this season, having played in all 81 games. Robin wanted to get everyone a day off on the road trip).

Plays of the Day

 
The Sox rode the wave of four home runs and a strong performance by John Danks last night to defeat the Blue Jays, 5-4, in the second game of the four-game series. Jose Abreu connected with a pair of solo shots, his 24th and 25th of the season to tie for the major-league lead, Alexei Ramirez went deep with a two-run blast, his eighth, and Dayan Viciedo added his seventh with the bases empty…Danks got credit for his seventh win, allowing just two runs on five hits and a pair of walks in six innings pitched…Jake Petricka went 0.2 innings in the ninth for his second save of the year.
Here are the four homers in the order they were hit: Abreu and Viciedo in the 5th inning and Abreu again and Ramirez in the seventh:
 
Jose now owns a 12-game hitting streak, batting .367 with six home runs and 12 RBI during that span…he has also reached the 25-homer mark the fastest in MLB history and is the first rookie with 25 home runs before July 1 since Mark McGwire in 1987, according to the Elias Sports Bureau…Abreu joins the Braves’ Bob Horner as the only players with four multi-homer efforts in their first 67 games…these two gems from @ckamka: Jose’s numbers since returning from DL: .319/.364/.703 with 10 homers, 21 RBI in 23 games and the Sox first baseman has now homered off of four different former Cy Young Award winners (Justin Verlander,David PriceClayton Kershaw and R.A. Dickey).
 
Minor League Move
 
The White Sox have signed minor-league RHP Daniel McCutchen and assigned him Class AAA Charlotte. McCutchen, who has made 109 appearances in the major leagues, started the season with the Rangers.
Quote of the Day
 
Injury expert Will Carroll on Sox trainer Herm Schneider:

“Herm Schneider is a sorcerer. Anything that is probably the average, I would probably take the under on anything he gets his hands on.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (12:07 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series and 11-game road trip. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.69) for the Sox, LHP and former Sox standout Mark Buehrle (10-4, 2.52) for the Jays.
 
Photos of the Day
 
Holy Batsmen, Robin.
 
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Danks and Sox Look to Rebound

Friday, June 27, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (6-6, 4.34) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (6-6, 4.40) for the Jays.

Danks is 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA and a .227 opponents average over his last six starts.

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

 

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu extended his current hitting streak to a career-high 11 games with a single in last night’s loss to the Blue Jays…former Blue Jay Moises Sierra collected two hits–a single and a double–against his ex-mates.

 

Viciedo vs. Toronto

Dayan Viciedo is hitting .404 with five doubles, two homers and seven RBI in his last 13 games vs. the Blue Jays.

 

Quote of the Day

Josh Stowers (pictured below), who is a junior at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, was the MVP of Wednesday’s Double Duty Classic at U.S. Cellular Field, which brings together elite inner-city players from all over the country to celebrate the history of the Negro Leagues. Stowers, who is committed to play at Louisville, articulated a genuine understanding of that history:

“I can’t really imagine what they went through, because I don’t really experience it nowadays. I go to an integrated school and there’s no racism at all, but it just shows when they experienced racism, they really had to turn the other cheek. They couldn’t say anything back, and even if they didn’t really do anything, they would still get punished.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (12:07 p.m, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-1, 2.27) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (4-2, 4.25) for Toronto.

 

Photo of the Day

The All-Star cases for both Abreu and Alexei Ramirez–and a link for you to vote for them:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34063179/?partnerId=as_cws_20140627_26833706

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34062173/?partnerId=as_cws_20140627_26833576

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2014/ballot.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20140625_26708756

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Sox Seek Turnaround North of the Border

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (2-3, 4.30) for the Sox vs. LHP J.A. Happ (6-4, 4.87) for Toronto.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton reached base five times on a pair of singles, a double, triple and a walk and also stole a base while Jose Abreu smashed homer No. 23 (click top link below) in the White Sox’ 5-4, 12-inning loss to the O’s…Hector Noesi pitched his finest game in a Sox uniform, allowing just two runs in seven-plus innings work…Gordon Beckham made a brilliant, perhaps game-saving, play on the shortstop side of second base in the 10th inning (click on bottom link)

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v34036559/?partnerId=as_mlb_20140626_26726896

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v34047619/?partnerId=as_mlb_20140626_26733106

More Abreu

By virtue of his home run last night, Abreu has reached his 23rd career homer faster than anyone in baseball history. The fact that he did it in 65 games places him ahead of both the Mark McGwire of the A’s in 1987 and the Boston Braves’ Wally Berger in 1930, who both hit their 22nd through 65 games. If that weren’t enough, Abreu owns a 10-game hitting streak and is batting .357 with four home runs and 10 RBI during that span.

Sox Notes of Note

Eaton has now reached base safely in 20 straight games, including a current 12-game hitting streak…Alejandro De Aza is hitting .382 with six doubles in his last 18 games…Adam Dunn has four homers and 10 RBI in his last 17 contests…Conor Gillaspie is hitting .351 over his last 34 games…coach Harold Baines won’t be with the Sox in Toronto–for good reason. He’s attending the wedding of his daughter on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Roster Moves

LHP Scott Downs has been designated for assignment. Taking his spot on the active roster is LHP Eric Surkamp, named the International League Pitcher of the Week for Class AAA Charlotte after going 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 15 strikeouts in two starts from June 16-22.

Surkamp (pictured below) also leads the IL in strikeouts with 84 Ks in 14 games (11 starts) this year. He has averaged 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings over his last four starts, including a season-high of 12 on May 30 vs. Toledo. The newest Sox pitcher had seven starts in two big-league seasons with the Giants in 2011 and 2013.

Replacing Surkamp on the Charlotte roster is RHP Chris Beck, ranked as the ninth-best prospect in the White Sox system by Baseball America. Promoted from Class AA Birmingham, he makes his Class AAA debut tonight against the Louisville Bats.

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 Ro Coleman and Vandy Win College World Series

Congratulations to former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) star Ro Coleman, a member of the Vanderbilt baseball team that defeated Virginia, 3-2, last night to win the College World Series for the first time in the school’s history. And a special tip of the cap to Sox Director of Youth Initiatives Kevin Coe and his dedicated group of talented coaches for mentoring young men like Ro and Corey Ray, who reached the 2014 CWS with Louisville.

Another Team for Sox Fans to Root For…

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…And Yet Another

A group of Wounded Warriors made their way through U.S. Cellular Field today.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (6-6, 4.34) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (6-6, 4.40) for the Jays.

Photo of the Day

The Big Hurt‘s high school in Columbus, Ga. is certainly getting into that Hall of Fame spirit as their notable alum will be inducted July 27 in Cooperstown.

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Rubber Match in Baltimore

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.34) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8, 4.63) for the O’s.

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

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana was the right man for the job last night, allowing just one run on six hits with eight strikeouts for his fourth win of the season as the Sox snapped their five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Orioles…Gordon Beckham hit a first-inning solo homer, his seventh, and Conor Gillaspie (single and double), Alexei Ramirez (single and double) and Alejandro De Aza all collected a pair of hits while De Aza also drove in two runs. Ramirez also was responsible for one of the key plays of the game, making one of his patented slides to avoid the tag at home to score the Sox’ fourth run. Take a look at the play (via both video and photo) along with Beckham’s blast:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34001407 

http://atmlb.com/1nB5zPq   

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And He’s Just a Rookie

Jose Abreu leads the American League in slugging percentage (.607), home run ratio (1st, 11.45), RBI ratio (1st, 4.20) and ranks among the leaders in homers (3rd, 22), RBI (T3rd, 60), extra-base hits (T3rd, 39) and OPS (6th, .928). Jose also owns a nine-game hitting streak, batting .351 with three home runs and nine RBI during that span.

Eaton on a Tear

Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 19 consecutive games and has hit safely in a career-high 11 straight games, the second-longest active streak in the AL behind the Tigers’ J.D. Martinez (13). Eaton is hitting .372 with two doubles, two triples, seven walks, six runs scored and a .460 on-base percentage during the streak to raise his season average 22 points to .273.

Double Duty Classic

This afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, elite inner-city high school baseball players from across the country participated in the Double Duty Classic with the players dressed in uniforms honoring the Negro Leagues’ East-West All-Stars (see photo below). There was also a special forum hosted by ESPN and MLB analyst and former Sox outfielder and broadcaster Chris Singleton.

The sixth annual event is named after the legendary Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, a star with the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Leagues who lived to the age of 103. Of the six East-West All-Star Games in which he played, “Double Duty” pitched in three and was a catcher in the other three–thus the nickname which was given to him by famed writer Damon Runyon.

Radcliffe frequently attended games at U.S. Cellular Field and on occasion visited the Sox clubhouse. In the years leading up to his death, he made a tradition of tossing out the ceremonial first pitch on his July 7 birthday.

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Winner Take All

The University of Virginia evened the best-of-three College World Series championship final at one game apiece last night vs. former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) standout Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates. The two clubs go at it tonight (7:00 p.m., CT, ESPN) in Omaha to determine the 2014 CWS champion.

Quote of the Day

As we wrote in yesterday’s post, Micah Johnson was named to the U.S. team in the Futures Game to be played at Target Field in Minneapolis on the Sunday before the Tuesday, July 15 MLB All-Star Game. Here’s Micah’s reaction to being chosen:

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (2-3, 4.30), who replaces RHP Andre Rienzo in the rotation as Rienzo moves to the bullpen, for the Sox vs. J.A. Happ (6-4, 4.87) for Toronto.

Photo of the Day

While in Baltimore to play the Orioles, Sox pitchers Carroll, Daniel Webb and John Danks made a trip to nearby Walter Reed Medical Center to visit some of our troops.

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Abreu By the Numbers: 22 Homers, 60 RBI, Etc., Etc.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.87) for the Sox, Miguel Gonzalez (4-4, 4.41) for Baltimore.

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

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu smashed a solo homer, his 22nd, doubled in a run and drove in another last night–giving him 60 RBI on the season–in the Sox’ walk-off loss in Baltimore…Chris Sale, who left with the lead, gave up two runs in six innings.

More Abreu

Jose owns an eight-game hitting streak, batting .364 with three homers and nine RBI during that span. He also has nine games with three or more RBI, tying him with Oakland’s Brandon Moss and Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion for the most in the big leagues. His 39 extra-base hits is the most by a major leaguer through his first 63 games since the Reds’ Chris Sabo‘s 39 in 1988 (compliments of @ckamka). Abreu’s 22 homers are the most by a rookie before the All-Star break since Mark McGwire hit 33 for the A’s in 1987.

Jose, Alexei Maintain Standing in AL All-Star Voting

Abreu and Alexei Ramirez continue to rank second at their respective positions in the American League All-Star voting. Jose is behind the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera at first base and Alexei is No. 2 behind the Yankees’ Derek Jeter at shortstop.

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White Sox Prospects are “Future Stars”

Second baseman Micah Johnson will represent the United States and RHP Francellis Montas will be part of the World team in the All-Star Futures Game on July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Johnson, 25, is hitting a combined .308 with four home runs, 23 RBI, 30 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 61 games with Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte. He is hitting .462 over his last six games.

Montas, only 21, is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 51 strikeouts in nine starts with Class A Winston-Salem and has limited opponents to a .193 opponents average. He was one of four players acquired from Boston last season in the Jake Peavy trade.

Vandy One Game Away

With their victory in Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series over Virginia, former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) standout Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates are a game away from their first College World Series title. Game 2 is tonight at 7:00 p.m., CT, in Omaha and televised on ESPN.

Here’s Coleman’s remarkable story, written by whitesox.com‘s Scott Merkin in 2012:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121219&content_id=40754258&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Abreu talks about the Sox losing streak. The conclusion? It’s baseball.

“Bad times are part of (baseball) and I think what we have to do is we have to play together. We have to get united. Tough times are going to be there. That’s part of the game, it’s part of the spectacle, it’s part of everything you do in baseball. To be able to get out of it, you have to pull it together.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.34) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8, 4.63) for the O’s.

Photo of the Day

Here is Ro Coleman along with former ACE and Simeon Academy teammate Corey Ray–who also played in this year’s College World Series with Louisville–and proud Sox Director of Youth Baseball Initiatives Kevin Coe when the three reunited this month in Omaha.

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Sale, Sox Battle Birds in First of Three

Monday, June 23, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-1, 2.20) for the Sox, LHP Wei-Yun Chen (7-2, 3.78) for the O’s.

Sale, making his 11th start of the season and third on the road, is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA over his last seven starts. He earned the win in his last start on June 18 vs. the Giants, allowing three runs on eight hits along with seven strikeouts over six innings of work. Chris would rank among the American League leaders in virtually every category with the minimum innings pitched, but was on the disabled list for the first time in his career from April 18-May 21.

The Sox ace also has fanned 492 batters through his first 69 career starts, which is the most in White Sox history and third-most among active pitchers behind Yu Darvish of the Rangers (563) and Tim Lincecum of the Giants (506).

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham singled, doubled and drove in a pair of runs while Jose Abreu drove in RBIs No. 56 and 57 with a single in yesterday’s 6-5 loss to the Twins…Jake Petricka tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts in relief of starter John Danks.

The Beckham and Abreu RBIs:

http://atmlb.com/1mbwhQN

http://atmlb.com/1mbx581

Paulie the Leader in Current Chicago Sports Longevity

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140623/BLOGS04/140629970/which-current-pro-athletes-have-played-in-chicago-the-longest

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Sox Notes of Note

Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 17 straight games, the longest streak by a Sox left-handed batter since Juan Pierre (18) from July 5-July 29, 2011…Abreu is hitting .333 with four homers and 12 RBI in his last 12 games.

Ro(ad) to the Title

Former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) star Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates face the Virginia Cavaliers tonight (7:00 p.m., CT) in the opener of the best-of-three final series to determine the CWS champion. The entire series, which continues tomorrow night and Wednesday if necessary, will be televised on ESPN.

Good News from Charlotte

Class AAA Charlotte left-handed starter Eric Surkamp has been named the International League Pitcher of the Week for the period of June 16-22. He was 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his two starts during that span.

Quote of the Day

Robin after the tough weekend in Minnesota:

“You have to forget the bad stuff and think about the good stuff and go from there. Any time you want to sit there and pity yourself, you are going to get buried. Nobody cares. So you have to be able to pick yourself up off the mat and compete.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.87) for the Sox, Miguel Gonzalez (4-4, 4.41) for Baltimore.

Photo of the Day

Sale shooting for win No. 7.

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Johnny on the Spot

Sunday, June 22, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (6-5, 3.97) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (7-3, 3.09) for Minnesota.

Danks is making his 15th start of the season and seventh on the road. He is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA over his last three starts. In his last outing, against the Giants on June 17, he went 6.1 IP, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. It was his 11th quality start of the season.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham drove in two runs, Jose Abreu collected a pair hits and an RBI and Conor Gillaspie and Adam Eaton both tripled and scored in the Sox’ 4-3 loss to the Twins. Scott Carroll tossed 3.2 scoreless innings in relief of starter Andre Rienzo.

Sox Pride

White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) product Ro Coleman (second from left) joins in on the celebration last night as his Vanderbilt Commodores moved to the finals of the College World Series for the first time in their history. Vandy, which won on a walkoff bases-loaded infield single in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 4-3 win over Texas, now faces Virginia in the best-of-three series in Omaha beginning tomorrow night.

Coleman, a switch-hitting freshman outfielder, walked in his lone plate appearance last night. He hit a walkoff single in Vanderbilt’s 3-2 victory over Oregon in Regional play that sent the ‘Dores to the Super Regionals.

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Memories

Happy Birthday No. 36 to former White Sox infielder/outfielder Willie Harris, who scored the winning run on Jermaine Dye’s single in the decisive Game 4 of the 2005 World Series. Not only was it the winning tally, but the only run in our 1-0 triumph that completed the sweep and gave us the championship.

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Quote of the Day

Assistant General Manager Buddy Bell on Special Assistant to the GM Jim Thome, who recently spent time working with Sox third base prospect Matt Davidson at Class AAA Charlotte.

“Jimmy is really good at just making you feel better about yourself. Sometimes that’s all you really need. Just the energy Jimmy gives a player is more important than any mechanical change. Matty just got himself in a situation where like a lot of other Triple-A guys, they just want to get to the big leagues so bad that you start doing some things out of character on a mechanical basis…”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-1, 2.20) for the Sox, LHP Wei-Yun Chen (7-2, 3.78) for the O’s.

Photo of the Day

Gillaspie tripled in the first inning and scored on Abreu’s long single.

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Looking to Bounce Back 

Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-4, 5.67) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (3-8, 5.29) for Minny.
 
 
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Nieto C.
 
Plays of the Day
 
Gordon Beckham (No. 6) and Jose Abreu (21) each hit solo homers in the top of the first inning and the Sox tied the game at 4-4 in the ninth before giving up the game-winner on a walkoff hit in the bottom half of the frame in the tough 5-4 loss…we scored the two ninth-inning runs on a Paul Konerko pinch-hit single after Dayan Viciedo had tripled and a double by Adam Eaton, which scored Moises Sierra who was running for Paulie…Hector Noesi went seven innings, giving up four runs, six hits and two walks while striking out four.
 
Big Advantage
 
The Sox have 23 multi-homer games, ranking fourth in the American League. We are 18-5 in those efforts.
 

Do or Die

 
Former ACE star outfielder Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates face the University of Texas again this afternoon in the College World Series in Omaha. The winner advances to the best-of-three CWS finals.
 
With apologies to Texans John Danks and Adam Dunn, Go Vandy!
 
Today is Both White Sox Charities’ Family Field Day and Garage Sale 
 
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Quote of the Day
 
We all know that Chris Sale is one of the premier pitchers in MLB. It’s also nice to know he’s humble and a team player as he addresses the comparisons he gets to Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):
 
“It’s stuff for my parents, my grandmother, my friends to talk about. Being in here, you know some of these guys pretty well being around for a while, and this would not be a good locker room for someone to be arrogant or self-promoting if you will.
“There’s a lot of guys in here that keep you humble and make sure your head is screwed on straight. We talk to each other especially about pitching and baseball, but I wouldn’t say that I’m by any means calling the shots or steering the car.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Danks (6-5, 3.97) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (7-3, 3.09) for Minnesota.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Jose continues his assault on MLB pitchers. Despite his 15-day stint on the disabled list, he ranks third among all major leaguers in homers and is tied for seventh with his 54 RBI. Here’s a further analysis on Abreu’s past, present and future by fangraphs.com.
 
 
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