Friday Roundup: Sox Battle Rays, Sale’s Idol, Robin on Rodon and More…

Friday, June 12, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

Coming off of a three-game sweep over the Astros and a day off, the White Sox open a three-game series vs. the Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the first leg of a five-game road trip that concludes with Monday and Tuesday games in Pittsburgh. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 5.17) for the Sox, RHP Matt Andriese (0-1, 4.79) for Tampa Bay.

Chris Sale: “Randy Johnson was my man…That’s the guy who I wanted to be”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2015/06/11/chris-sale-white-sox-dominance-randy-johnson-hall–fame/71048698/

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Quote of the Day

Skipper Robin Ventura on rookie Carlos Rodon, who is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA:

“He has the bulldog mentality of just going out and gutting his way through it and just battling. I think that’s an impressive part of what we’re learning about him–the way he goes about it, how much he cares and how much he puts on his own shoulders.”

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Four Sox Prospects From Class A Winston-Salem Named Carolina League All-Stars

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150611&content_id=130012200&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t580&sid=t580

No Neck II

The Yankees have promoted a young outfielder named Mason Williams to the big-league club. White Sox fans of a certain age will remember Mason’s great uncle–the popular Walt “No Neck” Williams, who played for the Sox from 1967-72 and had a career-high .304 batting average in 1969.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-4, 4.93) vs. RHP Chris Archer (7-4, 1.84).

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 59 on June 8 at Colorado, the first-place Sox won their 40th game of the season to go 21 games over .500 in a lopsided 15-5 victory over the Rockies. The Sox scored six runs in the eighth inning, four more in the ninth and knocked out 22 hits. Joe Crede smashed a two-run homer, Frank Thomas connected with a solo shot, Carl Everett had three hits and three runs batted in, Jermaine Dye had three hits and two RBI, Juan Uribe had two hits and three RBI, Pablo Ozuna and Aaron Rowand each had three hits and Tadahito Iguchi drove in a pair. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez won his seventh of the season.

The 2005 World Series Anniversary Pack:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/anniversary_pack.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20150611_47378136&adbid=10154035449753298&adbpl=fb&adbpr=45484098297

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Photo of the Day

On this date 76 years ago, June 12, 1939, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, conducted its first Induction Ceremony with all living inaugural electees in attendance. Among them was legendary White Sox second baseman Eddie Collins, who was a fixture on the South Side from 1915-1926 and played a key role on the 1917 World Champs. He knocked out 2,007 hits and batted .331 with a .426 on-base percentage in his 12 seasons with the Sox.

Here is the classic photo of the first Hall of Fame class with Collins seated on the far left in the front row. The others in that row, left to right, are Babe Ruth, Connie Mack and Cy Young. In the back row, l. to r., are: Honus Wagner, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, George Sisler and Walter Johnson.

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