Jose, Jose and a Lockdown Pen

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game (Morning Start in Chicago)

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (11:10 a.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the sweep in the finale of the brief two-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer for the Tribe.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Quintana pitched six solid innings for his first win (6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 6 SO), Jose Abreu launched a long solo homer–his second of the season–and the bullpen trio of Dan Jennings,  Zach Duke (top photo below) and David Robertson (bottom photo below) was lights out, combining for three no-hit frames as the Sox won their third straight, 4-1, in Cleveland…Jennings came on in relief of Quintana in the seventh inning and struck out two while Duke and Robertson struck out the side in the eighth and ninth, respectively…It was Robertson’s second save…Tyler Flowers (2 for 4) and Avi Garcia each singled in a run and Adam LaRoche delivered another RBI with a groundout.

Here’s a look at Q’s performance, Abreu’s homer and the Flowers and Garcia RBI singles:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v73891883

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v73755383

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http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v73522683

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Coop on New Sox Closer: A Big Thumbs Up

http://chicago.suntimes.com/baseball/7/71/516730/new-white-sox-closer-gets-pitching-coach-don-cooper-fired

Just a Reminder

Today is Jackie Robinson Day. Among the activities planned to commemorate Robinson’s historic place in history: the White Sox, like all MLB players, will wear his No. 42.

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Thinking of Carrasco

It was a frightening sight last night when Indians’ starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco was hit in the face and knocked down by a Melky Cabrera batted ball in the first inning. We send Carrasco our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

“That’s beyond the baseball stuff,” Robin Ventura said, “You want to make sure the kid’s alright. Anytime you see someone get hit like that, it’s always scary.”

Quote of the Day

Robin on his own low-key demeanor (via Scot Gregor, Daily Herald):

“People act like you don’t care because you don’t stomp up and down. That’s not going to happen with me. There are times when you go out and argue and do things like that. But stomping up and down just to stomp up and down…it always reminds me about being a lawyer.

“If you’re a lawyer and you have the evidence, use the evidence. If you have the law, use the law. If you have nothing, just pound the table. I’m not going to pound the table. A lot of this job is what your convictions are and what you believe in. I believe I’m the right guy and we’ll move on.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit  (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, LHP David Price for the Tigers.

2005 Flashback

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

Juan Uribe‘s sac fly drove in A.J. Pierzynski to break a 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth inning and Dustin Hermanson shut down the Indians in the bottom half for his first save and the 5-4 win in Game No. 8. The first-place Sox moved to 6-2 on the year.

Photo of the Day

Mission accomplished.

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