Beware of the Shark

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series and homestand. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey for Minnesota.

The Shark Cage is a new ballpark promotion in Sections 154 and 155–a total of more than 930 seats. When Samardzija is scheduled to pitch, fans with tickets in these sections receive a Shark Cage cap and fin-shaped strikeout card, which can be picked up at the #SoxSocial Lounge before the end of the first inning. Shark Cage tickets are $20 for most games, with the exception of Family Sundays when the tickets are $15 and the Crosstown Cup games (all subject to availability). Please note that the pitching rotation is always subject to change.

Home Opener Festivities

In the following photos, skipper Robin Ventura met the throng of media; Adam Eaton arrived in style; the “Melkman” fan club made its debut; National Anthem singer and White Sox fan Tom McIlrath of the band Rise Against signed in the #SoxSocial Lounge; and in a celebration of the Sox’ close connection with Cuban baseball, Jose Contreras had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, former Sox teammate Alexei Ramirez caught it and also honored his fellow countryman, friend and hero Minnie Minoso by wearing Minnie’s retired No. 9 jersey.

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Quotes of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Chris Sale‘s first start of the season on Sunday:

“It’s a nice shot in the arm to be whole and feel like the rotation is how we envisioned it when we started the season. Certainly early in camp there was that shock, or concern, that it wasn’t going to quite work out that way any time soon. Over the next few weeks, we knew this was very likely going to be the day which got guys excited.”

Ramirez on honoring Minnie by wearing his No. 9:

“My relation with Minnie was beyond the field. When I heard the news about his death, I thought that I had to do something to give him my tribute. And I kept in communication with the family and I asked them to wear his number today and they accepted. For me, it’s an honor.”

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 homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Sale for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes for Minnesota.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the White Sox’ championship season…

Carl Everett homered and drove in three, Paul Konerko went deep and Jon Garland earned his first victory of the season in Game No. 5 of the year (April 9) with an 8-5 triumph over the Twins in Minnesota. It was the Sox’ fourth win in five games to start the year.

Photo/Video of the Day

Two young LaRochesDrake (wearing cap) and Mo–interviewed their dad and his teammates as they arrived on the “Red Carpet” for the home opener. Click on the video and enjoy!

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