Danks and Buehrle: The Best of Frenemies
Saturday, August 16, 2014
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: John Danks (9-8, 4.96) for the Sox, friend and ex-teammate Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.31) for the Jays. The two lefty hurlers were teammates on the South Side for five seasons (2007-11).
During Mark’s time with the Sox, from 2000-11, he was 161-119, a four-time All-Star, pitched both a perfect game and no-hitter and set a franchise record with nine Opening Day starts.
Danks on Buehrle, who will be making his first start as a visitor at U.S. Cellular: “The guy has meant so much to this organization and brought fans a championship. I’m glad he’s pitching here, and I hope we knock him out of the game in the second inning…Sure, he’s one of my favorites. That doesn’t stop me from wanting to beat him…”
Sox Starting Lineup: Ramirez SS, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, A. Garcia RF, Viciedo LF, Konerko DH, Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C, Jor. Danks CF.
And Avi is Back!
Avi Garcia, who suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder on April 9 at Colorado and was expected to miss the rest of the season, has been activated by the White Sox after a successful rehab stint at Class AAA Charlotte. Garcia, who hit .340 with a .377 on-base percentage along with a homer, three doubles and three RBI in 13 games for the Knights, replaces Moises Sierra on the 25-man roster. Sierra was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.
Lefty Eric Surkamp has been recalled from Charlotte to replace Javy Guerra, who was placed on the bereavement list. LHP Charlie Leesman, who was with the Knights, was designated for assignment.
Plays of the Day
The Sox scored five times in both the first and fifth innings, pounded out 17 hits and seven players had multi-hit efforts in last night’s 11-5 win over the Blue Jays…Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn led the way with Abreu going 3-5 with three RBI (he now has a major-league leading 89) and two runs scored and Dunn 3-5 with a pair of runs batted in…Alejandro De Aza, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, Conor Gillaspie and Jordan Danks each had two hits. Viciedo drove in two runs, De Aza, Gillaspie and Danks one apiece and Ramirez scored three times…Hector Noesi won his seventh game and is now 4-1 in the second half of the season (six starts)…Guerra was impressive in two perfect innings of work in relief of Noesi and escaped an inherited bases-loaded, no-out jam in the sixth by inducing a double play and allowing just one run to score. Javy owns a 1.13 ERA over nine appearances when tossing more than an inning.
Enjoy watching the Sox’ two five-run outbursts:
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox improved to 13-10 against the American League East with last night’s win, including six of their last eight…the Sox have won four straight games against Toronto and 11 of the last 16…we scored 11 or more runs without recording a home run for the first time since August 1, 2009 vs. the Yankees (14 runs)…the Sox set a season high with six consecutive hits in the fifth inning. The previous high was five, accomplished on three occasions…Abreu has hit safely in 46 of his last 52 games (.350)…Gillaspie hit his 29th double of the season, the second-most by a Sox third baseman since Joe Crede in 2006…Jordan Danks had his second multi-hit effort since joining the club last week….Dunn has five RBI over his last three games.
JRW Takes On Las Vegas Tomorrow Afternoon
The youngsters from the Jackie Robinson West Little League, representing the Great Lakes region, face Las Vegas, Nev. from the West tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. CT (ABC, Channel 7 in Chicago) in the second game for each in the double elimination Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Both teams won their openers on Thursday by 12-2 scores in shortened games (five innings) due to their large 10-run leads.
Just a Reminder…Frank Thomas Hall of Fame Special Airs Tonight
And, of course, tonight is also Big Hurt Bobblehead Night at the ballpark.
Wishing Minnie Well
Sox icon Minnie Minoso is feeling fine after falling off of his boat yesterday. He was pulled from the water and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital for tests.
On This Date in History
For every day on the calendar there are, of course, memorable historical moments. August 16 just happens to posess a few more intriguing events than most for those enamored with sports and pop culture. In 1948 the great Babe Ruth died, in 1977 Elvis Presley passed away and in 1954 the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published.
On August 16, 1904 in White Sox history, RHP Frank Owen, a three-time 20-game winner for the White Sox from ’04-’06, outdueled the legendary Cy Young and collected two hits of him in the Sox’ 6-0 trumph against Boston at our former home at the 39th St. Grounds.
Quote of the Day
Jose Abreu hasn’t hit a homer in August, but still is tied for the major-league lead at 31 and continues to demonstrate his disciplined approach to hitting. Here’s Robin‘s take (via whitesox.com):
“You’re looking at the professional side of his hitting. He does have all the power and I think everybody goes through a stretch where you don’t quite have that feeling to hit homers. To be able to do it like that, it’s a good message throughout our lineup of how you’re trying to attack somebody and stay through the middle.”
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m, CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-7, 4.81) for the Sox, RHP Scott Hutchison (8-10, 4.60) for Toronto.
Photo of the Day
Alexei Ramirez and Adrian Nieto are shown here enjoying their time this afternoon at Festival Cubano, an annual grassroots event that celebrates all aspects of Cuban culture.