Sunday Roundup: Hawkins Sizzles, Two Special Kids, An Emotional Eaton and More…

Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Brewers at Maryvale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Matt Garza for the Brewers. Other Sox scheduled to pitch: RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Arcenio Leon.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Courtney Hawkins launched a one-out, two-run homer in the seventh inning, his third in Cactus League play, to tie the score at 4-4 and repeated the feat in the ninth to give the Sox a dramatic 6-4 come-from-behind win over the Royals at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Jose Abreu continued his outstanding spring with his sixth RBI in 11 games–a fifth-inning sac fly…He’s now hitting .484 in CL action…J.B. Shuck singled and doubled and is now batting .367…David Robertson pitched a perfect sixth and Carlos Rodon, Javy Guerra and Daniel Webb followed with a scoreless inning apiece.

Enjoy Hawkins’ walkoff blast:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v51501983/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

Robin on Hawkins

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/459882/hawkins-big-spring-white-sox-continues-tying-walk-homer

“Home Run For Life”

Before yesterday’s game, brothers Shaun and Malik Hamilton ran the bases and were greeted by players from both the Sox and Royals as part of “Home Run For Life,” a program that sponsors and works with children who have life-threatening illnesses (see photos below).

Shaun is currently battling severe Aplastic Anemia and is scheduled to undergo his second bone marrow transplant. Malik will once again be his hero donor.IMG_2498

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Sale’s Progress a Pleasant Surprise

http://chicago.suntimes.com/baseball/7/71/459479/chris-sale-pleasantly-surprised-progress

Hot Off the Presses

Jose Abreu is featured in the April issue of Chicago Magazine. It’s on newsstands now and online beginning tomorrow.

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Congrats to White Sox pitchers Rodon and Surkamp

You can’t blame proud North Carolina State products Rodon and Erik Surkamp if they are doing a little bit of celebrating today as their Wolfpack upset No. 1 seed Villanova last night to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Quote of the Day

Adam Eaton on signing his new contract:

“It almost brings a tear to my eye because I’ve been looked over my whole life. I say that I dreamed about it, but really I didn’t. When I was in high school, I dreamed about playing college baseball, Division II, Division III. When I was in college (Division I Miami of Ohio), I was just dreaming about putting on a professional uniform in Missoula, Montana. To sign a professional contract for five years in the big leagues, it’s absolutely crazy how far we’ve come.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross for San Diego. Other Sox scheduled to pitch: RHP David Robertson, RHP Frankie Montas, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Maikel Cleto.

Photo of the Day

The manager’s bracket picks.

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