What Else is New? Abreu AL Player and Rookie of the Month—Again
Monday, August 4, 2014
White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (5-8, 5.21) for the Sox, RHP Nick Martinez (1-7, 5.08) for Texas.
Noesi will be making start No. 18 for the White Sox against his former teammates. He has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 5.21 since joining the club from Texas.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Gillaspie 3B, Beckham 2B, De Aza LF, Flowers C.
The remarkable Jose Abreu has been named both the American League Player of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month for July. He becomes the first rookie in MLB history to be selected Player of the Month twice in a season (also April) and the fourth chosen as Rookie of the Month three times or more (also April and June).
The Sox first baseman batted .374 with 11 doubles, six home runs, 19 RBI, a .432 on-base percentage and .667 slugging percentage in 25 games during July. He led the AL in average, doubles, slugging percentage OPS (1.099), extra-base hits (17) and total bases (66), while hitting safely in 24 of 25 games during the month.
He joins Frank Thomas (1994 and 1996) and Albert Belle (1998) as the only White Sox players to win Player of the Month honors twice in a season and is the only player in franchise history to be chosen Rookie of the Month more than once.
Despite missing 14 games while on the DL, Abreu leads the major leagues in home runs (31), RBI (84), slugging percentage (.627), at-bats per RBI (4.54) and ranks among the leaders in OPS (2nd, .988), extra-base hits (2nd, 60) and total bases (239). He also has compiled hitting streaks of 18 and 21 games, becoming the first rookie since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 to accomplish the feat and the second player in Sox history (Eddie Collins, 1920).
Serendipitous Event of the Day
Tonight is Jose Abreu t-shirt night at the ballpark.
Plays of the Day
Dayan Viciedo hit his 13th homer of the season in the fourth inning, a two-run shot (click on link below), in yesterday’s loss to the Twins…Adam Eaton extended his hitting streak to 10 games (.468) and has reached base in 20 straight contests (.435)…Alexei Ramirez, who singled, doubled, collected an RBI and scored a run, has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games. He is batting .349 with three homers and 14 RBI during that span…Alejandro De Aza, with a pair of singles, recorded four consecutive multi-hit games for the first time this season. He’s hitting .571 with three runs scored during that period.
The White Sox have purchased the contract of RHP Maikel Cleto from Class AAA Charlotte. Cleto, 25, takes the roster spot of RHP Taylor Thompson, who was optioned to Charlotte following yesterday’s game.
Cleto, who made the Sox Opening Day roster, was 3-0 with a 5.91 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 22 relief appearances with the Knights this season. He threw 7.2 scoreless innings over his last five outings, allowing just two hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts.
From the Farm
No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and last year’s No. 2 draft choice Tyler Danish struck out eight over six scoreless frames yesterday for Class A Winston-Salem against Lynchburg…outfielder Jared Mitchell, the No. 1 pick in 2009, returns to Charlotte after an impressive stint at Class AA Birmingham…Avi Garcia, who went 5-8 in his first two rehab games with the Knights, left with a bruised triceps after being hit by a pitch. He’s listed day-to-day.
Sox in the Community
Here’s Sox reliever Jake Petricka distributing lunches today in Pilsen for Chicago’s Food Bank.
Quotes of the Day
Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson on Abreu‘s routine (via Scott Merkin, mlb.com):
“His whole world is wrapped up in a solid, good thought process. He comes out, he walks the field, I’ve watched him walk the field before he comes in. Sometimes I’ll come in, I’ll walk down to the cage and he’s already hitting off a tee, which is great — whatever your mind needs to get prepared to go to competition, I’m all in.
“You look at where he came from in Cuba, and they don’t play every day, but they practice a lot. You can get a pretty good regimen or develop a very good routine where you don’t particularly play 100 some odd games every year down there. I’m pretty sure that’s where the work ethic came from on the get-go, and as a hitting guy, you’re happy the guy’s got one, a good one that makes him be where he needs to be.”
White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (9-6, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (7-8, 5.98) for Texas.
Photo of the Day
On this date 29 years ago, future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver won his 300th game in a 4-1 White Sox victory over the Yankees in New York.