Twin Bill

Saturday, September 13, 2014

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Today’s News

Double Dip

It’s White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field in a straight doubleheader today, made necessary by last night’s postponement. The Sox are coming off of the four-game series with Oakland, having won three of the four contests and the final two.

Game 1 (CSN+) will begin at 3:10 p.m. CT. Game 2 (WGN) will start approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game but not before the regularly scheduled 6:10 p.m. CT first pitch (WGN).

First Game Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.37) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (15-9, 3.35) for Minnesota. “Q” is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA and 31 strikeouts over his last five starts vs. the Twins.

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

Second Game Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-10, 4.92) for the Sox, LHP Logan Darnell (0-2, 8.64) for Minny.

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Abreu Notes of Note

Heading into today’s doubleheader, Jose Abreu is among the American League leaders in the following categories. He is also the only AL player to rank in the Top 6 in batting average, home runs and RBI.

Slugging Percentage: 1st, .588 (major-league best as well)

OPS: 2nd, .972

Homers: 3rd, 33

RBI: T4th, 99

On-Base Percentage: T5th, .377

Batting Average: 6th, .317

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Eaton Notes of Note

Adam Eaton is hitting .361 in his last 38 games (16 multi-hit efforts) to raise his average from .265 to .297. Adam leads all AL leadoff hitters in on-base percentage with a .364 mark.

Second-Half Success

The White Sox rank third in the AL with a .259 batting average in the second half of the season. Here are the Sox’ individual second-half leaders:

Batting Average: Abreu (1st, .361), Eaton (2nd, .355)

On-Base Percentage: Abreu (1st, .437), Eaton (3rd, .414)

Slugging Percentage: Tyler Flowers (2nd, .577), Abreu (10th, .511)

OPS: Abreu (4th, .948), Flowers (6th, .929), Eaton (14th, .849)

For Starters…

Sox starting pitchers own a 1.99 ERA over the last seven games. Each start has been quality.

Quote of the Day

Former Dodgers General Manager Fred Claire posted the following yesterday on his Facebook page:

“It seems like just yesterday that the Dodgers drafted a young man from Arizona named Paul Konerko. I remember our key scout in this selection was Eddie Bane and Eddie gave Paul’s makeup and character the highest possible marks. He was right on target. The final season of Derek Jeter has captured national attention while Paul goes about his farewell season in his typical fashion–showing himself as a great leader and one of the most productive hitters of his time while expressing his thanks to the fans and to the team he served with such loyalty. I hope one day to see Paul as a Major League manager because he has so much to offer to an organization.”

Special Visitors

Avi Garcia, Jordan Danks and Southpaw paid a visit yesterday to Ronald McDonald House.

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Kazanas Named “Roland Hemond” Winner

Longtime baseball scout John Kazanas is the recipient of the 2014 Roland Hemond Award, for his act of heroism in helping a family in danger. He will be presented the award by White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf tomorrow in a special pregame ceremony at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox created the Roland Hemond Award in 2003 to honor those who show a tireless dedication to bettering the lives of those around them. The award is bestowed upon those who offer extraordinary personal sacrifice for the benefit of others.

Kazanas has been a White Sox scout for the past 25 years.   Earlier this year, Kazanas was traveling through the state of Arizona on his way to scout the Area Code Baseball Games tryouts when he witnessed a shocking automobile accident on a dangerous stretch of highway referred to as the “white cross highway”–a truck hauling a camper hit a van, sending it rolling multiple times down the highway. Rather than continuing on the road like other motorists, Kazanas stopped to help a woman and her three children out of the van.

In his career, Kazanas has scouted some of the most well-known players, including Sox captain Paul Konerko. In addition to this act of bravery and his baseball contributions to the White Sox, Kazanas has been a model citizen through his selfless service to others. As the award’s recipient, Kazanas will enjoy next year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati as a guest of the White Sox.

“This award celebrates the character and kindness of Roland Hemond, while at the same time showing our appreciation for the unselfish nature of people like John Kazanas,” said Reinsdorf. “John receiving this award embodies Roland’s spirit and honors his commitment and selfless service to the others.”

Volunteer Corps

The White Sox Volunteer Corps hard at work today near the ballpark for a Bike Build event.

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Country Strong

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood paid a visit to the ballpark yesterday. Brooks even took some BP. That’s Robin on the mound.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and seven-game homestand. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-8, 4.28) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (2-4, 8.38) for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

“Hey, that’s me.”

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