It’s “Quintana Time” in Rubber Match with KC

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.26) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (9-5, 3.70) for Kansas City.

Quintana ranks among the American League leaders in quality starts (T5th, 15), HR/9.0 IP (5th, 0.43), opponent slugging percentage (8th, .334) and opponent OPS (8th, .625). He is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA, 48 strikeouts and a .169 opponents average in his last six starts. He is tied for second in the AL with eight no decisions this season and leads MLB with 35 no decisions since 2012.

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

Play of the Day

Adam Dunn hit his 15th home run of the season and 455th of his career in last night’s loss to the Royals (click on link below for video). The Sox slugger is currently in 35th place on the all-time list.

http://atmlb.com/1txCurN

Sox Notes of Note

Congratulations to Tyler Flowers on the birth of his second child. Tyler left the ballpark right after Monday night’s game to be with his wife Nancy, who gave birth to son Brantley Cole…Hawk Harrelson will be in Cooperstown this weekend for the Hall of Fame inductions of Frank Thomas and Tony LaRussa.

It’s Just the Beginning

No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon made his professional debut last night with the Sox’ Arizona Rookie League team. The lefty hurler was clocked at 96 mph in his one inning of work, allowing a run and two hits while striking out one. It was his first time on the mound since May 16.

Quote of the Day

Adam Eaton has been named the White Sox winner of the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award, it was announced yesterday by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

One player from each of the 30 major-league clubs was selected for “his passion for the game of baseball and who best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.” Former players do the voting and the overall winner will be announced on November 18.

Here’s Adam talking about the honor: 

“I’m pumped. My wife and  talked about it today, and it’s my first big-league trophy, which is kind of cool. I’m honored. If you’re playing the right way and healthy, and doing what you should be doing, you should definitely compete for that trophy every year. I’m very pleased…You’ve got to play hard every day, and I’m blessed to have the opportunity, and I’m excited.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHPHector Noesi (4-6, 4.55) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (10-6, 4.05) for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

Five years ago today, Mark Buehrle pitched the 18th perfect game in MLB history.

http://atmlb.com/1A5XWbI

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