Sunday Baseball With A Bonus
Back in Action
The conclusion of Friday night’s suspended game will precede the regularly scheduled White Sox-Royals contest this afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, beginning at 1:10 p.m., CT. Both games will be telecast on CSN. Probable starters for today’s regularly scheduled affair are LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez for Kansas City.
The game was suspended Friday night due to inclement weather after eight innings with the score tied at 2- 2. It was set to be made up yesterday, but both the suspended game and the regularly scheduled contest were postponed again due to the weather. A makeup date for the latter has not been determined.
Fans with tickets dated April 26 will be allowed to enter the ballpark to see both games. Tickets dated for April 24 will not be accepted for entry into the ballpark today. Fans with those tickets can bring their ticket to the U.S. Cellular Field box office and purchase a discounted outfield reserved seat for $10 for the April 26 game only.
Yesterday’s promotional “Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year blanket,” presented by Beggars Pizza, and the pre-game Girl Scout parade also will be rescheduled for a date later in the season.
Friday Night Highlights
In the suspended game, which will pick up today in the top of the ninth, Adam Eaton is 2-4 with a triple, Jose Abreu also is 2-4 and Tyler Flowers and Melky Cabrera have driven in the Sox’ runs. Jose Quintana pitched as well as he has all season, allowing just two runs, seven hits. a lone walk and five strikeouts in seven innings of work. Zach Putnam came on and tossed a scoreless eighth.
Quote of the Day
Sox fans everywhere had a tense moment in the third inning Friday night when Abreu fell over Alcides Escobar during a rundown. Abreu made the tag, but fell down holding his right shoulder. The good news is that he got up after a few minutes and was ready to play.
What was Robin‘s initial reaction?
“A heart attack”
White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, Ubaldo Jimenez for the O’s.
Sox Notes of Note
Samardzija and Chris Sale were suspended for five games as a result of their involvement in Thursday night’s on-field incident. Both will appeal the decision. GM Rick Hahn said he was happy the two pitchers took responsibility for their actions and expressed remorse…Matt Albers has been placed on the disabled list with a fractured finger on his throwing hand. Scott Carroll has been called up from Class AAA Charlotte to replace him on the 25-man roster…The Sox also designated lefty Eric Surkamp for assignment. He was pitching at Charlotte…Abreu and Alexei Ramirez will be given their 2014 Silver Slugger awards today with Jose receiving his Rookie of the Year award as well.
Congratulations to the Blackhawks
The Blackhawks defeated Nashville last night to win their opening Western Conference playoff series four games to two. They now move on to Round 2 to face either St. Louis or Minnesota.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 16 in Detroit on April 21, Scott Podsednik singled home A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede in the seventh inning to give the Sox a 4-3 lead they never relinquished. Mark Buehrle won his third game of the season and Shingo Takatsu earned his fifth save. The first-place Sox won their fourth in a row to improve to 12-4.
In Game 17 at Kansas City on April 22, the first-place Sox routed the Royals, 8-2, for their fifth straight, raising their record to 13-4. Crede and Juan Uribe each went 3-4. Uribe and Tad Iguchi drove in a pair of runs apiece and Podsednik collected two hits and stole three bases to give him nine steals on the season. Freddy Garcia went seven innings for his second win.
Photo of the Day
Bad weather didn’t stop these loyal White Sox fans from having a good time at the ballpark on Friday night.