The Future is Now: Rodon Makes First Start in Game 2 of Twin Bill

Saturday, May 9, 2015

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Today’s News

A Saturday Twin Bill

Due to last night’s rainout, the White Sox and Reds will play a straight doubleheader today. The first game will start at 3:10 p.m. CT and the second contest will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener, but no earlier than 6:10 p.m. CT.

Game 1 Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 6.75) for the Sox, Johnny Cueto ( 2-3, 2.72 ) for the Reds. The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet.

Game 2 Probables: LHP Carlos Rodon (0-0, 2.84) for the Sox, RHP Jason Marquis (3-1, 5.22) for Cincinnati. The game will be televised on WGN.

A Milestone Moment

Today’s nightcap will be highlighted by Rodon’s first major-league start. Here’s an up-close- and-personal look at the rookie lefty with the special talent.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/123035750/phil-rogers-white-sox-prospect-carlos-rodon-cut-from-special-cloth

Quote of the Day

Rodon on getting more comfortable as a big-leaguer:

“Stepping up there for the first time, looking down, everything seemed so big. The last couple of times, it was just taking a breath, realizing I’ve done this for a while. Obviously, at this level it’s a little different, but it’s still baseball.”

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Postponed Again

Last night’s postponement was the fourth for the Sox this season–two rainouts and the two games postponed in Baltimore because of the civil unrest. In the photo above, Jose Abreu waits for the rain to stop long enough for the game to be played, but it never did and he’ll just have to wait until later today.

Sox Notes of Note

Fans with tickets for today’s regularly scheduled game may attend both games of the doubleheader…Fans with tickets from last night can exchange them for tickets of lesser or equal value for any future regular season home game…The Mother’s Day tote bag will be given today to the first 10,000 ladies 14 and up when the gates open at 2:10 p.m. CT…Aaron Rowand will be in the Sox TV booth for our series with the A’s next weekend while Steve Stone is away.

Hawkins Hits First Career Slam

Outfielder Courtney Hawkins, a top Sox prospect playing with the Class AA Birmingham Barons, went deep for his first career grand slam last night vs. Montgomery. See it here:

http://atmilb.com/1GUKLKZ

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Reds at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game interleague series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (1-3, 6.20) for the Sox, RHP Michael Lorenzen (1-1, 3.27) for Cincy.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 27 on May 4 vs. the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox won their fourth straight, 4-2, behind a two-run homer by A.J. Pierzynski and a solo blast by Joe Crede. Freddy Garcia earned his third victory and Dustin Hermanson chalked up his fourth save as the Sox’ record improved to 20-7.

Photo of the Day

Jeff Samardzija was in his hometown of Valparaiso, Ind. yesterday, making good on his commitment to give every public school student in the community a ticket to a Sox game. Great idea, Shark.

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