Avi, Abreu and the Sox Look to Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple
Friday, August 22, 2014
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.
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)
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.
Tim Anderson, First-Round Pick in 2013, Promoted to Birmingham
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.”
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.