Tank Goes Deep, Tyler Two 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) as the Sox go for the sweep in the finale of the two-game series  Starters: LHP John Danks (9-9, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (0-3, 8.79) for Minnesota.

Sox Starting Lineups: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu DH, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Wilkins 1B, Phegley C, Semien 2B.

Plays of the Day

With the score tied 3-3 heading into the top of the 10th vs. the Twins last night, Dayan “Tank” Viciedo led off the inning with his 18th homer to give the Sox a 4-3 advantage. Paul Konerko then singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Moises Sierra. Two batters later, Tyler Flowers hammered his second two-run homer of the game and 12th home clout of the year, driving in Sierra ahead of him to give us the 6-3 lead we never relinquished…Jake Petricka retired the Twins in order in the bottom of the 10th for his 11th save and Daniel Webb got credit for his sixth victory in relief…Though he didn’t figure into the decision, Hector Noesi tossed another outstanding game. He gave up three runs, all in the first two frames, in seven innings of work while striking out five…Carlos Sanchez collected a double, a pair of singles and an RBI. He’s now batting .320.

White Sox Cap Among Top Sellers

Lids, the popular cap shop throughout the U.S. and Canada, has announced its top-selling caps. Our White Sox New Era Authentic Collection cap ranks No. 10 among ALL caps sold by Lids.

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White Sox Fans are Everywhere

A friend of mine teaches a sports management course at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He started classes yesterday and spotted one of his students wearing a White Sox t-shirt, a rarity since it’s usually Yankees, Mets or Phillies territory. After a short conversation between professor and student, it was revealed that the fashion statement was meant to impress my friend, who is a well-known Sox fan.

My friend the professor said he was tempted to tell the student, an Illinois native, that he earned his “A” and should go home and enjoy the rest of his semester–but thought better of it.

If only…

Quotes of the Day

Sox GM Rick Hahn on No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon (courtesy of Scott Merkin, whitesox.com)

“I realize it would have been fun to have him here because he’s an exciting player. I realize it would have been an element of the future that people want to see. But fundamentally, we are making these decisions about what’s best for his long-term development.

“He has responded to all the challenges we put in front of him. We are very pleased with how he finished up his first several weeks as a pro. We fully expect him to come to big-league camp next year and compete for a spot on the 2015 White Sox. That’s how far along he is in his development.”

Catcher Josh Phegley, just recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, weighed in on Rodon as well (via Scott Merkin):

“Nobody really sniffed the slider in any one of his starts. I was impressed with his changeup and sinker and everything. He seems to have a few pitches to go with it…Fastball command and stuff is a big hit for him. When he gets in a little bit of a rut, he errs on the side of trying harder. He’s a go-getter and you always want to see that. The effort level is always going to be there.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs Indians at Jacobs Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.11) for the Sox, LHP TJ House (2-3, 3.92) for the Tribe.

Photos/Videos of the Day

The real Tank and Tyler from last night’s win:

http://atmlb.com/1ujPjH9

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35908233

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