The Hits (and Homers) Keep On Coming For No. 79

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (5-6, 4.37) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (12-3, 3.37) for the Tigers.

Noesi has made eight quality starts since joining the White Sox and has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 4.99. He earned his second straight win on July 24 at Minnesota, allowing two earned runs in 7.2 innings of work.

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

Plays of the Day

Highlighted by a bases-loaded double by Alexei Ramirez that cleared the bases and back-to-back homers by Jose Abreu (No. 31, with a man on ) and Adam Dunn (16, solo), the Sox scored seven runs on eight hits in the seventh inning last night to coast to an 11-4 win over the Tigers…Abreu added a single and a double and drove in four to raise his batting average to .299. He now leads the major leagues in homers, RBI (83) and slugging percentage (.632) and is tied in total bases (230)…he is hitting .351 with 14 homers, 36 RBI and a 1.075 OPS in his last 42 games… Adam Eaton and Conor Gillaspie both had three-hit nights and Tyler Flowers collected a pair of hits with two runs scored…Dunn’s homer was the 456th of his career, tying him for 35th place all-time with David Ortiz of the Red Sox…Jose Quintana claimed his sixth victory with another fine performance, allowing just two runs in six innings.

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The Streak

Abreu extended his hitting streak to 18 and has now hit in 36 of 37 games. He is the second player in club history to amass two hitting streaks of 18 or more games in the same season. The other? Second baseman Eddie Collins (21 and 22) in 1920. By the way, Collins (pictured below) was in the very first Hall of Fame induction class with the likes of Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner and Cy Young. Since 1949, the only other rookie to record two such hitting streaks in a season is Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 (21 and 23).

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Rookie of the Year Race: One Man’s Opinion

http://www.si.com/mlb/2014/07/24/awards-watch-rookie-year-jose-abreu-billy-hamilton

Sox Notes of Note

No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon (shown below warming up today) made his Class A Winston-Salem debut this afternoon. He pitched one inning in relief, allowing two runs, a hit and two walks with three strikeouts. He threw 33 pitches, 19 of which were strikes…White Sox starters are 11-2 with a 2.55 ERA and .224 average in the last 19 road games…the Sox and Comcast SportsNet will host the “In the Zone with Hawk and Stone” game broadcast on Wednesday, August 6 as Chris Sale is scheduled to be on the mound vs. Texas at 1:10 p.m. Sox announcers Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone will broadcast the game from the “K Zone” in Section 154 (date is subject to change if there are any adjustments in the Sox rotation).

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In :60… Learn More About Adam Eaton

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/12427112/v34373237/?partnerId=as_cws_20140730_28783386

Quote of the Day

Robin on Abreu:

“For everyone who thought they’d pound him in and he wouldn’t pull anything, he’s using the right-field line and hitting homers to right. That’s the biggest thing he’s done from the start of the season. We’re over the fact it’s his first year. He comes every day, prepared, ready to work and it’s a very mature approach.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks (9-6, 4.40) for the Sox, LHP Drew Smyly (6-9, 3.77) for Detroit

Photos of the Day

Here’s a couple of Abreu heat maps that show that his hot zones are getting bigger and deeper all the time. (Thanks to @msimonespn, @ckamka and @darenw).

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