South Side Showdown
Monday, June 9, 2014
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series against the AL Central leaders. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (1-4, 5.29) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-3, 3.69) for Detroit.
Noesi is 1-0 with a 2.33 ERA, 14 strikeouts and a .203 opponents average over his last three starts. Hector snapped his 14-game losing streak in his last outing on June 3 vs. the Dodgers, allowing one run on five hits over six innings of work. He has also allowed just one earned run in each of the last two outings (13.1 innings).
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
Conor Gillaspie and Adam Eaton each singled in a run, Dayan Viciedo singled and doubled and Gordon Beckham collected a pair of singles in yesterday’s loss to the Angels. Javy Guerra (1.2 IP) and Daniel Webb (2.0) pitched 3.2 scoreless innings in relief.
Good News, All-Star Wise
For the second week in a row, Alexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu are both second in the latest round of American League All-Star voting.
Ramirez is trailing Derek Jeter 1,376,054 to 1,212,362 at shortstop and Abreu, with 845,059, is second only to Miguel Cabrera‘s 1,477,420 votes.
Sox Notes of Note
White Sox starters own a 2.99 ERA over the last 18 games, the lowest in the American League…Adam Dunn needs one home run to tie Carl Yastrzemski for 35th place all-time with 452.
White Sox ACE Players in College World Series
Outfielders Corey Ray (Louisville) and Ro Coleman (Vanderbilt), products of the White Sox Amateur Elite progam who were teammates at Simeon Career Academy, will represent their schools in the College World Series in Omaha.
Ray, a freshman, went 2-3 with a stolen base and a run scored as Louisville defeated Kennesaw State on Saturday to advance to World Series for the second straight season.
Coleman, also a freshman, went 1-1 on Friday to help Vandy eliminate Stanford to advance to Omaha for the second time in four years.
A Fitting Tribute to Paulie
Former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Fred Claire posted the following commentary on his Facebook page along with a link to a story in the Los Angeles Times praising the Sox captain.
“Paul Konerko is a Hall of Fame person and has had a great Major League career. I recall his excitement after the Dodgers had drafted him and he has been a true professional from day one and every step of the way. For young players who want to know how to handle a career in the game my advice would be to follow the path of Paul Konerko on and off the field.”
Quote of the Day
Jose Abreu on his encounter over the weekend with future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols:
“He was taking BP and he stepped out of BP just to come out and say hello to me and talk to me which is incredible. That’s one of the reasons why we admire him so much, the kind of people he is, the kind of professional he is. We talk about a lot of things and I’m very thankful for the advice he gives me. He’s definitely a person all baseball players admire and he’s a role model for all of us.’’
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (4-5, 4.32) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (6-5, 4.19) for Detroit.
Photo of the Day
Looking for more: