August 2014

Sox Aim For Series Split Amid Roster Changes

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and seven-game homestand. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (15-8, 3.06) for Detroit.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Sanchez 2B, Abreu DH, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Andy Wilkins 1B, Flowers C, L. Garcia SS.

Andy Wilkins, who is making his major-league debut today, has hit 30 homers, driven in 85 and batted .293 with an .896 OPS with Class AAA Charlotte in 127 games this season. He leads the International League in homers, extra-base hits (69) and total bases (274), ranks second in RBI and slugging percentage (.558) and is fourth in hits and runs scored.

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Plays of the Day

Game 1:

Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the first inning against defending American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Chris Sale and the Sox came back to take the first game of yesterday’s twin bill from the Tigers, 6-3…Settling down after the first, Sale pitched six shutout innings the rest of the way, allowing just three hits during that time, struck out a season-high 13 in all and K’d the side four times in seven innings while getting his 11th win (see top link below)…Adam Dunn smashed a two-run homer, his 20th of the season and 460th of his career (click on middle link below), in the four-run Sox third and Tyler Flowers belted No. 10, a solo shot in the fourth (click on bottom link below)…Jose Abreu went 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Adam Eaton collected two hits and scored a run…Alexei Ramirez doubled, drove in a run and scored twice…Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless eighth and Jake Petricka did likewise in the ninth, recording his 10th save.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35798623

http://atmlb.com/Y1xXUD 

http://atmlb.com/Y1zIRI  

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Game 2:

Dayan Viciedo blasted his 17th homer, a three-run shot, in the Sox loss to Detroit in the nightcap of the doubleheader (please click on link below)…Ramirez doubled twice and scored a run, Eaton singled, walked and scored and Abreu singled and walked twice.

http://atmlb.com/1B6bQKt   

Adam Dunn to Oakland

Prior to today’s game, the White Sox traded Dunn and cash considerations to Oakland in exchange for right-handed pitcher Nolan Sanburn.

Sanburn, 23, is 3-1 with a 3.28 ERA, six saves and 73 strikeouts in 42 relief appearances this season with Class A Stockton of the California League.  The 6-foot-0, 175-pound Sanburn has thrown 2.0 IP or more 21 times for Stockton.

He is 4-5 with a 2.93 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 65 games (nine starts) over three minor-league seasons.  Sanburn was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 10 Prospect in the A’s organization entering the 2014 season and the No. 10 Prospect by MLB.com entering the 2013 campaign. A native of Kokomo, Ind., Sanburn was selected by Oakland in the second round of the 2012 draft out of the University of Arkansas.

Alejandro De Aza to Baltimore

During last night’s game, the White Sox traded outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Baltimore in exchange for right-handed pitchers Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas.

Blackmar, 22, is 10-1 with a 3.18 ERA, 83 strikeouts and a .229 opponents average in 26 games (18 starts) with Class A Frederick of the Carolina League.  Over his last 10 games (all starts), the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Blackmar has gone 6-0 with a 2.09 ERA, allowing just 45 hits. A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, he is 21-13 with a 3.75 ERA in 74 games (36 starts) over four minor-league seasons since being selected by the Orioles in the 16th round of the 2011 draft.

Chalas, 22, has combined to go 3-4 with a 4.48 ERA in 30 relief appearances this season between Frederick and Class AAA Norfolk of the International League.  In two games since being promoted to Norfolk, the 6-foot-0, 170-pound Chalas is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA. Chalas, a native of Seibo, Dominican Republic, has gone 24-21 with a 3.73 ERA and 300 strikeouts in 115 games over five minor-league seasons since signing with the Orioles as a free agent on February 24, 2010.

Roster Moves

Before today’s game, the White Sox purchased the contracts of left-handed pitcher Scott Snodgress and first baseman Wilkins from Charlotte, and also returned Moises Sierra from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Charlotte and reinstated the outfielder from the 15-day disabled list.

Snodgress, 24, takes the roster spot of right-hander Chris Bassitt, who was optioned to Charlotte following last night’s game.  Wilkins, 25, takes the roster spot of Dunn, who was while Sierra replaces De Aza, who was traded to Baltimore last night.

Sox Notes of Note

With his K total yesterday, Sale now has 17 double-digit career strikeout games, tying him with Hall of Famer Ed Walsh for the most in franchise history. Walsh got to 17 in 288 starts, Chris in 81…Abreu is hitting .541 during his current 11-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games (.458). He finished the doubleheader with a .321 average for the season, good enough for fifth in the AL. He also is tied for the major-league lead and ranks first among AL run producers with 98 RBI…Eaton is batting .435 with seven runs scored during his six-game hitting streak and is now at .311 this year, tied for sixth among AL hitters…Carlos Sanchez has hit safely in seven of his eight games (.313) since joining the Sox from Charlotte on August 22.

On the Farm

Left-hander Carlos Rodon, the Sox’ top draft pick this past June, allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out seven in five innings for Charlotte last night vs. the Gwinnett Braves…Righty Francellis (Frank) Montas allowed just one run on one hit over five innings in his first start at Class AA Birmingham.

LaRussa in the House

Former Sox manager Tony LaRussa, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, was honored by the Sox last night and threw out a ceremonial first pitch. It was also LaRussa bobblehead night. Here is LaRussa embracing one of his former players and biggest stars, Harold Baines.

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Quote of the Day

Sale on the Sox grit in Game 1:

“What I really respect about this team and what was the [most fun] part was watching them come back. We get in a hole there early and our work ethic, our focus and our drive hasn’t attenuated one bit. We fought until the end against a great team and a great pitcher.”

For the record, Chris’ word of the start was attenuated. Translated, it means “weakened in force or effect.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game set and five-game road trip that concludes with a three-game weekend series in Cleveland. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-8, 4.30) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (0-1, 7.94) for Minnesota.

Photos/Videos of the Day

U.S Cellular Field was buzzing last night as the Sox honored the U.S. champion Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers. Here are two videos and a montage of photos illustrating the activities.

The photos: Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Executive Vice President Ken Williams presented JRW with a 20,000 check from Chicago White Sox Charities; the youngsters proudly displayed their Sox jerseys with their own individual numbers, signed by the 2014 White Sox; and all of the young men ran the bases and high-or-low-fived the Sox players en route to home plate.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35824059

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35803445

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A Double Dip and Then Some

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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Today’s News

An action-packed day and night of baseball is in store for Sox fans with a doubleheader, a classic pitching matchup in Game 1, the coming-out party for a promising Sox rookie pitcher in the nightcap, the return of a Hall of Fame manager, a special giveway and a ceremony to honor a hometown champion.

The Games

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field in a split doubleheader, made necessary by the June 10 postponement. Game 1 (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-3, 2.03) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (15-4, 3.13) for the Tigers. Game 2 (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) starters: RHP Chris Bassitt, making his major-league debut for the Sox, and LHP Kyle Ryan, also making his first MLB appearance, for Detroit.

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The All-Star Lefty

Sale, who will be facing defending American League Cy Young Award winner Scherzer, will be making his 22nd start of the season, 14th at home and second against the Tigers.

Chris ranks among the AL leaders in ERA (1st), WHIP (2nd, 0.93), strikeouts per nine innings (2nd, 10.46), opponents average (T2nd, .201) and complete games (T5th, 2).

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The Debut

Bassitt, an Ohio native and University of Akron product, will be making his big-league debut. With Class AA Birmingham, Bassitt compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.56 ERA, a .206 average against, 36 strikeouts and 14 walks in 34.2 innings (six starts). He will be the 26th man on the roster for the twin bill, but will remain with the Sox for the remainder of the season.

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The Hall of Famer

Former Sox manager Tony LaRussa, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, will be honored before tonight’s game and will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. He will also sign autographs and his HOF plaque will be displayed for all to see. And LaRussa bobbleheads will be given out to the first 20,000 fans.

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The Champions

The Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers, who captured the hearts of baseball fans everywhere on their way to winning the U.S. championship at the LL World Series, will be honored by the White Sox before Game 2 of the doubleheader.

The Sox will pay tribute to JRW with the following:

* A $20,000 donation from Chicago White Sox Charities

* A plaque honoring JRW will be installed at U.S. Cellular Field in time for next season

* All members of the team will receive Sox jerseys with their own numbers and signed by the 2014 White Sox

* A Sox backpack filled with back-to-school supplies

The White Sox also are encouraging fans to wear gold in honor of Jackie Robinson West.

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton each singled twice, doubled and drew a walk in last night’s loss to Detroit…Eaton also scored on Adam Dunn‘s sac fly…Ronald Belisario (2.0 IP), Matt LIndstrom (1.2) and Maikel Cleto (0.1) tossed four scoreless innings in relief of Scott Carroll.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Bassitt:

“You look at him, just size-wise (6-foot-5) and how it comes out of his hand, (he’s) an intriguing pitcher–just because of the way he throws. It was fun watching him in spring training. We were impressed with him then. Now you get a chance to see him up here against some good hitters.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and seven-game homestand. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (15-8, 3.06) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

After last night’s outstanding performances, Abreu (.316) ranks fifth among American League hitters in average and Eaton (.310) is tied for sixth. Conor Gillaspie (.302) is ninth.

Abreu is hitting .516 during his nine-game hittng streak and has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games. Eaton is batting .457 at home for the month of August.

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Sox Seek to Play Spoiler vs. Tigers

Friday, August 29, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-8, 5.05) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (11-11, 4.82) for Detroit.

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

Plays of the Day

John Danks pitched six solid innings, allowing two runs, five hits and a pair of walks while striking out five in last night’s loss to the Indians…With his 97th RBI, Jose Abreu tied Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton for the major-league lead…Alejandro De Aza made this outstanding catch:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35749627

And the Winner is…

Abreu received his July Player and Rookie of the Month awards from the skipper before last night’s game.

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Celebrating PK

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/konerko.jsp

We Can Feel the Love

http://atmlb.com/VRAqz4

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Quote of the Day

A humble Abreu talks about his team-first philosophy (via Dan Hayes of CSN):

“I don’t like to talk about myself. This is a team thing, but I’m very happy I’ve been able to hit for average and the results I’ve had individually. I’d like to have those as a team as well. The easy times, everybody wants them. The tough times really let you know who you are as a player and a team.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field in a split doubleheader made necessary by the June 10 postponement. Game 1 (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (15-4, 3.13) for the Tigers. Game 2 (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) starters: RHP Chris Bassitt, making his first major-league appearance, for the Sox and LHP Kyle Ryan, who is also making his big-league debut, for Detroit.

With Class AA Birmingham, Bassitt compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.56 ERA, a .206 average against, 36 strikeouts and 14 walks in 34.2 innings (six starts). He will be the 26th man on the roster for the twin bill, but will remain with the Sox for the remainder of the season.

In addition to the special nature of the doubleheader itself, there is going to be a great deal of excitement at the ballpark tomorrow. The K Zone should be rocking with Sale on the mound vs. defending AL Cy Young winner Scherzer in the matinee. In the nightcap, all eyes will be on Bassitt’s appearance and before Game 2 the youngsters from the Jackie Robinson West Little League will be honored and Tony LaRussa will be signing autographs and throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. Topping it off, the first 20,000 fans attending tomorrow night will receive a LaRussa bobblehead and the new Hall of Famer’s plaque will be on display.

More on JRW ceremony: The White Sox will pay tribute to the U.S. Little League champions with the following…

* A $20,000 donation from Chicago White Sox Charities

* A plaque honoring JRW will be installed at U.S. Cellular Field in time for next season

* All the members of the team will receive Sox jerseys with their own uniform numbers and signed by the 2014 White Sox

* A Sox backpack filled with back-to-school supplies

The White Sox also are encouraging fans to wear gold in honor of Jackie Robinson West.

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Photo of the Day

Matt Lindstrom, Scott CarrollAdam Eaton and Southpaw paid a visit yesterday to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.

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That’s More Like It

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-8, 4.96) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (5-4, 3.14) for Cleveland.

Plays of the Day

Hector Noesi tossed seven strong innings, Adam Eaton doubled, tripled and scored twice and Jose Abreu went 3-4 with two RBI in last night’s 3-2 win over the Tribe…Noesi won his eighth game of season, allowing just two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five…Abreu’s RBI single in the seventh that scored Eaton was the eventual game winner and gave him his American League-leading 96th run batted in…Additionally, Adam Dunn doubled in a run and Conor Gillaspie pounded out three singles in four at-bats…Jake Putnam came on in the ninth with the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base and got the last out for his fourth save.

Noesi’s fine outing, Eaton’s triple and Abreu’s two RBI:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35728767

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35721261

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35720959

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35726043

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox continue to have three players among the AL’s batting leaders: Abreu ranks fifth (.312), Gillaspie is eighth (.307) and Eaton 10th (.305)…Jose is hitting .500 during his current seven-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games (.422)…Conor has hit safely in all 12 games vs. Cleveland in 2014 for a .463 average…Adam E. is batting .430 in his last 24 games and has hit safely in 22 of his last 26 with eight doubles, two triples, 10 RBI and 17 runs scored…Noesi made his 11th quality start of the season last night and opponents are hitting just .212 against him…the Sox are now 22-20 in games decided by one run or less and moved to 7-2 at home against the Indians this season.

Sox to Welcome Jackie Robinson West All-Stars on Saturday Night

The White Sox will honor the U.S. Little League champion Jackie Robinson West All-Stars Saturday night during a special pregame ceremony prior to the start of the 6:10 p.m. contest vs. Detroit (the second game of the day/night doubleheader).

The Sox will host JRW members, coaches and family for the game as guests of the team, and all fans attending the game are encouraged to wear gold in honor of the champions.

On August 23, the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars became the first all African-American Little League team to win the U.S. championship.  The 11- and 12-year-old team from the Washington Heights neighborhood also were the first Chicago team to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series championship game since 1967.  It was the second appearance for the Jackie Robinson West Little League, which finished fifth in the 1983 Little League Baseball World Series.

JRW includes six players from the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. The ACE program has had 14 players drafted by professional teams, 85 participants in the program have received athletic aid to play collegiate baseball and two former players participated in the 2014 College World Series.

Quotes of the Day

Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the Sox honoring Jackie Robinson West:

“We could not be more proud of the achievements of the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars and how they represented the city of Chicago in Williamsport. It is our honor and privilege to bring them to the ballpark and continue to extend appreciation and support for these tremendous young men.”

Eaton on Abreu:

“My dad always said most good hitters are line-drive hitters. They just happen to go out. (Abreu) sprays the ball all over the field. He’s very disciplined at the plate, knows what he’s doing, can hit to all fields with power and I’m lucky to be his teammate.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-8, 5.05) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (11-11, 4.82) for Detroit.

Photo/Video of the Day

The final out.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35728791

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JRW Little Leaguers Enjoy a Big-League Celebration

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Today’s News

The Champs

From Jackie Robinson Park to U.S. Cellular Field to Millennium Park, Chicago showed its appreciation today to the youngsters from Jackie Robinson West, the U.S. Little League champions, with celebratory rallies and a parade.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.39) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (13-7, 2.46) for Cleveland.

Noesi is making his 22nd start and third vs. Cleveland. He has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 4.86 since joining the Sox and has worked at least seven innngs in three of his last four starts.

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

Plays of the Day

Alexei Ramirez belted his 13th homer, a two-run shot (click on link below), drove in three and scored twice in the Sox’ 10-inning loss last night to the Indians…In his return from the disabled list, Adam Eaton singled in a run and scored another and Jose Abreu reached base three times. He collected his 30th double, walked twice and scored a run.

http://atmlb.com/1nAjx3f

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Seven Sox Selected to Play in the Arizona Fall League

The Sox will be sending the following prospects to the Arizona Fall League: RHP Francellis Montas, LHP Jefferson Olacio, RHP Chris Bassitt, SS Tim Anderson, C Kevan Smith, LHP Scott Snodgress and INF/DH Rangel Ravelo. Prospects from the Sox, Orioles, Dodgers, Tigers and Brewers will play for the Glendale Desert Dogs.

Homestand Activities

http://atmlb.com/1nz6Shc

44 Years Ago Today…

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Quotes of the Day

Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams, speaking at today’s JRW rally in Millennium Park, had a profound message for today’s youth:

“Pick up a ball, a glove, a book, a paint stick, a science project. Put down the guns.” 

Hawk Harrelson, introducing the young men from Jackie Robinson West:

“This is America’s Team.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-8, 4.96) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (5-4, 3.14) for Cleveland.

Photos of the Day

The JRW players made a stop at U.S. Cellular today, got acquainted with the 2005 World Championship trophy and took the valuable hardware along with them on the trip to Millennium Park where the youngsters were presented with Sox jerseys.

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Sox Gear Up For Tribe and Tigers While Chicago Prepares for JRW Rally and Parade

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four vs. the Tigers starting on Friday night. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.25) for the Sox, LHP T.JHouse (2-3, 3.80) for the Tribe. “Q” is 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA in four career games (five starts) against the Tribe.

Eaton Returns

Adam Eaton has been activated from the disabled list and his rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte. Jordan Danks has been optioned to the Knights.

Eaton ranks among the American League leaders in triples (T2nd, 7), on-base percentage (T7th, .370) and average (9th, .304). He is batting .435 over his last 22 games.

In related news, outfielder Moises Sierra began his rehab assignment with Charlotte last night and went 2-5 with a run scored. He has been on the DL with a strained left oblique.

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Welcome Home, JRW!

Tomorrow’s celebratory welcome home rally and parade to honor the United States champion Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers will begin on the South Side and end at Millenium Park. The rally will commence at 9:00 a.m. at Jackie Robinson Park (10540 S. Morgan Park St.). The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m., will continue to Millenium Park and a second rally will begin there around 11:00 a.m. The regular Wednesday fireworks at Navy Pier this week also will be dedicated to the champions.

Beginning at 10 a.m., CSN will be on hand to describe all of the rally and parade activities with Chuck Garfien, Kip Lewis and Frank Thomas reporting.

Kevin Coe, the White Sox manager of youth baseball initiatives, talked about JRW’s spectacular run on Channel 32 (click on link below):

http://bit.ly/1BVbWWI

Make Way for the Champs

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An Encouraging Endorsement for 2015

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/91382356/these-mlb-teams-are-poised-to-be-bounce-back-in-2015?tcid=tw_share#!bKrCfr

Charlotte’s Wilkins, Phegley International League Postseason All-Stars

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140826&content_id=91494828&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t494&sid=t494

Volunteering

Pictured below, Southpaw and the White Sox Volunteer Corps teamed up with Chicago Cares to build planter boxes, bean bag sets and benches at Park Lawn Charity in Oak Park.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.39) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (13-7, 2.46) for Cleveland.

Photo/Video of the Day

JRW’s Trey Hondras (pictured below), who also is in the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program, talks about the phone call he and his teammates received from President Obama on Sunday (click on the link for video):

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/highschool/chi-jackie-robinson-west-hondras-on-game-and-president-video-20140825-premiumvideo.html

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Paulie Honored by Yankees, JRW Coming Home to Adoring Fans

Monday, August 25, 2014

Today’s News

From One Captain to Another

Just moments before taking the field yesterday in his final game at Yankee Stadium, Paul Konerko was presented with a gift from New York captain Derek Jeter–a base signed by the Yankee team. There was also a video tribute to PK.

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Little League U.S. Champion JRW Awaits Wednesday Parade

They may not have won the international championship at the Little League World Series, but the youngsters from Jackie Robinson West return to Chicago this week as conquering heroes after winning the U.S. title. They created more excitement than we ever could have imagined and captured the hearts of millions of fans everywhere. The City of Chicago will show its appreciation with a victory parade and fireworks scheduled for Wednesday.

Great job, JRW, congratulations from all of us at the White Sox!

Look Familiar?

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Plays of the Day

Despite his no-decision yesterday in the Sox’ 10-inning, walk-off loss, Chris Sale tossed six innings without allowing an earned run and lowered his ERA to 2.03, tops in the American League. He gave up just four hits while striking out seven…Conor Gillaspie hit a two-run homer, his sixth of the season, and Alexei Ramirez (No. 12) and Avi Garcia (No. 4) hit solo shots. Ramirez’s blast led off the game and Garcia’s tied the contest at 4-4 in the top of the ninth inning that sent the game into extras.

Here are the Gillaspie, Ramirez, and Garcia homers:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35632711

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35628985/cwsnyy-ramirez-leads-off-the-game-with-a-solo-shot#

http://atmlb.com/1nrapOy

Eaton Update

In two games with Charlotte on his rehab assignment, Adam Eaton has gone 3-10 with a double, an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.

Rodon Watch

The Sox’ No. 1 2014 draft pick Carlos Rodon (pictured below) made his second start for Class AAA Charlotte last night and was quite impressive. The 21-year-old lefty from North Carolina State tossed four innings, allowing just a run, a hit and a pair of walks along with eight strikeouts. He threw 73 pitches, 47 for strikes and fanned five of the last six batters he faced. In his two starts for Charlotte–over seven innings pitched–Rodon has given up two runs, two hits and has struck out 11.

Knights’ outfielder Michael Taylor weighed in on Carlos:

“(Rodon’s) been as advertised, and I think he’s got great stuff. To me, he looks a lot like (San Francisco Giants starter) Madison Bumgarner. I faced him in his first start in Double-A back in 2009, and they look similar – except (Rodon’s) probably got a better slider. That would be one heck of a major league pitcher if that’s who he ends up being.”

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Anderson Report

Shortstop Tim Anderson, the White Sox’ top draft choice in 2013, is 7-13 with two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored in his first three games with Class AA Birmingham.

Quote of the Day

Konerko on being honored by the Yankees:

“The first game I ever went to as a kid was at Yankee Stadium when I was six years old. The fact that I’m getting a gift for something I did on the field in all the time between that and now is mind-boggling.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Today is an off day, tomorrow it’ll be the White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four vs. the Tigers starting on Friday night. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.25) for the Sox, T.JHouse (2-3, 3.80) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

The young men of Jackie Robinson West gather around the phone to talk with President Obama after yesterday’s loss to Seoul, South Korea, in the final of the Little League World Series.

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Sale Takes On Bronx Bombers in Series Finale, JRW Best in U.S.

Sale Takes On Bronx Bombers in Series Finale, JRW Best in U.S.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY (12:05, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and brief three-game road trip. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-3, 2.12) for the Sox, LHP Chris Capuano (1-3, 4.35) for New York.

Sale is set to make his 21st start of the season, eighth on the road and second against the Yankees. He is 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA and 51 strikeouts on the road this season. He owns a 16 scoreless inning streak on the road and is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 39 strikeouts in his last five road outings.

The All-Star lefty ranks among the American League leaders in ERA (2nd, 2.12), winning percentage (2nd, .769), WHIP (2nd, 0.92), strikeouts per nine innings (3rd, 10.46), opponents OPS (3rd, .547), opponents average (4th, .202) and strikeouts (8th, 158). Sale is limiting left-handed hitters to a .135 average this season with just one extra-base hit.

Sox Starting Lineup: Ramirez SS, Sanchez 2B, Abreu 1B, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Konerko DH, Viciedo LF, Flowers C, Danks CF.

Hail to the Champions!

The young men of Jackie Robinson West captured the U.S. championship at the Little League World Series yesterday as a result of their hard-fought 7-5 come-from-behind victory over Las Vegas, the same previously unbeaten team that defeated them 13-2 earlier in the tournament.

The White Sox organization couldn’t be prouder of what these youngsters have accomplished and what they’ve meant to the South Side, the entire City of Chicago and fans of the underdog everywhere. A special shout-out to the JRW players who are members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program: Cameron BuffordBrandon GreenJoshua HoustonEd HowardMarquis Jackson and Trey Hondras.

JRW plays in the Little League international championship game this afternoon against Seoul, South Korea, at  2:00 p.m., CT, on ABC (Channel 7 in Chicago).

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI (his major-league leading 94th), Carlos Sanchez doubled and delivered his first MLB run batted in and Alexei Ramirez drove in another in yesterday’s loss to the Yankees–on the day former New York manager Joe Torre had his number retired and a plaque in his honor installed along with the other NYY legends in Monument Park. Matt Lindstrom pitched two scoreless innings in relief off of starter Scott Carroll.

The Eaton Report

In his first rehab game with Class AAA Charlotte, Adam Eaton went 2-5 with a double and a run scored in the Knights’ 11-inning victory over Norfolk last night.

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Rodon Back on the Mound

Our 2014 No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon makes his second start today with Charlotte vs. Norfolk. The young lefty threw three solid innings in his Knights debut.

Quote of the Day

Newcomer Carlos Sanchez on Carlos Sanchez (through an interpreter via the Sun-Times):

“Someone who gives 100 percent and effort out on the field day-in and day-out in everything he has to do whether it is offensively or ­defensively or on the bases, whatever. That’s what [the fans] will see.’’

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday, White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four vs. the Tigers starting on Friday night. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.25) for the Sox, T.J. House (2-3, 3.80) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Yankees’ Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, at Yankee Stadium for Joe Torre Day, visits with Sox trainer Herm Schneider and skipper Robin Ventura. Both Herm and Robin spent time in the Bronx, the former as the assistant trainer in the 1970s and the latter as a player during the 2002-03 seasons under Torre.

Robin to Yogi: “You never told me how hard managing is.”

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Carroll Gets Call to Even Series With Yanks, JRW Seeks U.S. Little League Crown

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY (12:05 p.m.,CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-7, 4.99) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (8-8, 3.97) for NY.

Carroll is making his 15th start of the season and 21st appearance. He earned the win in his last start on August 17 vs. Toronto. He will be making his second career appearance and first start against the Yankees. He pitched two innings of relief vs. New York on May 25.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Sanchez 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Ramirez SS, Jor. Danks CF, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu hit home run No. 33, a three-run shot, and collected RBIs 91, 92 and 93 in last night’s 4-3 loss to the Yankees (click on video below)….Abreu ranks second in the majors in HR and is tied for the lead in RBI…Newly promoted second baseman Carlos Sanchez singled three times in four at-bats. Sanchez became the first Sox player to record three hits in his first two career games since Craig Wilson and Brian Simmons in 1998. In the photo below, Sanchez congratulates Jose after scoring ahead of him on the homer in the first inning.

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JRW Little Leaguers Play for U.S. Championship Today

The youngsters from Jackie Robinson West, as a result of their 6-5 triumph Thursday night over the Taney Little League of Philadelphia, will face Las Vegas in the U.S. championship game of the Little League World Series today at 2:30 p.m., CT, on ABC (Channel 7 in Chicago). JRW will face the same Las Vegas team that prevailed when the two teams met earlier in the double-elimination tournament.

The White Sox take a great amount of pride in our fellow South Side team, which has six players who are members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program.

More JRW: Parties and a Parade Win or Lose

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Sox Notes of Note

Reliever Eric Surkamp has been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte to make room for fellow reliever Javy Guerra, who was on the bereavement list…after being out of action for approximately two months with a fractured right wrist, the Sox’ 2013 first-round draft pick Tim Anderson was outstanding last night in his debut with the Class AA Birmingham Barons. Anderson went 3-3 with a double, a sacrifice and a run scored.

Quote of the Day

Jackie Robinson’s widow, Rachel, wrote a note to JRW’s Pierce Jones after the team won its first game in the Little League World Series. Here it is:

Dear Pierce,

I have been following your tremendous march to the Little League World Series and am so proud of you and the entire Jackie Robinson West team. To have an African-American squad from Chicago, the first from the city to qualify for the Series since 1983, succeed and inspire other young men and women is so meaningful.

Thank you for upholding the legacy of my husband Jack, your namesake, through your hard work, dedication and excellent teamwork.

I congratulate you for winning the Great Lakes Championship and your first game in the Series. Please know that as you continue to play for the title, you give so many of us hope and inspiration.

Good luck with your upcoming games!

My very best wishes,

Rachel Robinson

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (12:05, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and brief three-game road trip. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-3, 2.12) for the Sox, LHP Chris Capuano (1-3, 4.35) for New York.

Photo of the Day

Be sure to pick up the latest White Sox Magazine, featuring a tribute to Paul Konerko.

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Avi, Abreu and the Sox Look to Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple

Friday, August 22, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, New York (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-8, 4.94) for the Sox, RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 2.91) for NY.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Sanchez 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Ramirez SS, Jor. Danks CF, Flowers C.

The Avi Factor

Even though it’s natural to do so, it’s not worth lamenting the fact that we weren’t able to watch Avi Garcia play all season. It is what it is.

At this point we should just be happy he came back much earlier than expected from his shoulder injury. And to top it off, he’s making a big impact. In the five games since his return from the disabled list and rehab assignment, Avi is hitting .313 with a double, a homer, three runs scored, six RBI and has played solid defensively in right field.

Garcia’s performance Wednesday night was an example of what he has added to the Sox cause. He hit a two-run homer and made a fine catch (click on links below). He also drove in another run with a sac fly.

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Sox Notes of Note

Jose Abreu leads the majors in slugging percentage (.594), ranks second in OPS (.955), RBI (90) and extra-base hits (62) and is tied for second in home runs (32). If that weren’t enough, he is 10th in the American League with a .304 batting average…Abreu’s teammates Conor Gillaspie and Adam Eaton, rank eighth and ninth in the AL, respectively…Eaton, who has been on the disabled list since August 9 with a strained right oblique, is set to begin a rehab assignment tomorrow with Class AAA Charlotte. He is batting .435 over his last 22 games and in addition to his standing in the batting race, he ranks among the AL leaders in triples (2nd, 7) and on-base percentage (10th, .370)

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Sanchez Promoted After Beckham Trade

Carlos Sanchez will join the White Sox for the three-game series in New York, replacing Gordon Beckham who was traded to the Angels on Thursday for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Sanchez, 22, is hitting .293 with 19 doubles, six triples, seven home runs, 57 RBI, 60 runs scored and 16 stolen bases in 110 games with Charlotte this season.  He has appeared in 64 games at second base, 44 at shortstop and two at third.  Sanchez, who entered the season as the third-youngest player in the International League, owns a .325 average vs. right-handers and a .333 mark with RISP/two outs. He is batting .302 with six doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI in the second half this season. 

The Maracay, Venezuela native made his major-league debut with the Sox on July 13 at Cleveland as the starting shortstop. He was optioned back to the Knights on July 19.

Sanchez is a career .284 hitter with 80 doubles, 18 triples, 10 home runs, 192 RBI, 270 runs scored and 74 stolen bases in 497 career games over six seasons in the White Sox system since 2009.

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Tim Anderson, First-Round Pick in 2013, Promoted to Birmingham

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South Siders in Little League U.S. Title Game

Jackie Robinson West, by virtue of its 6-5 victory last night over the Taney Little League of Philadelphia, has advanced to the U.S. championship game of the Little League World Series tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., CT, on ABC (Channel 7 in Chicago). JRW will face the same Las Vegas team that prevailed when the two teams met earlier in the double-elimination tournament.

We at the White Sox are particularly proud of our fellow South Side team, which has six players who are members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program.

Quotes of the Day

Orioles manager Buck Showalter, whose Orioles had a great deal of success against the White Sox this week, had high praise for Avi and the Sox in general:

“I’m glad he’s (Garcia) somebody else’s problem. They’re going to be a good club to be reckoned with. They’re in their process and they’ve got the pieces there when they get everybody healthy, so you just feel fortunate to catch them on a little different side of the season and get out of here.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (12:05 p.m.,CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-7, 4.99) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (8-8, 3.97) for the Yanks.

Photos of the Day

The Sox are having a whole lot of fun in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Earlier in the week we posted photos of Chris Sale and Scott Carroll participating. Today, we show Executive Vice President Ken Williams (top photo) and the foursome of trainer Herm Schneider and coaches Daryl Boston, Todd Steverson and Harold Baines after they survived the soaking.

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