Sweep Complete, Crosstown Showdown Starts Friday

Thursday, August 13, 2015

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Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights: Sox Walk-Off With Third Straight Win

Avi Garcia doubled home Jose Abreu with one out in the bottom of the 13th inning for the walk-off winner and the White Sox completed the three-game sweep over the Angels, 3-2 (click on top link below)…Matt Albers, the seventh Sox pitcher, improved his record to 2-0, tossing two scoreless innings…Starter John Danks was brilliant, allowing just one run and five hits in 7.1 innings (click on middle link)…Gordon Beckham‘s sac fly scored Trayce Thompson in the fifth inning and Alexei Ramirez‘s double drove home Tyler Saladino in the sixth…In the 10th inning, Leury Garcia came on as a defensive replacement in centerfield and saved a couple of potential runs, perhaps the game itself, with a spectacular running catch (click on bottom link).

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Friday Afternoon Game

After today’s off-day, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the first of a three-game weekend series with the Crosstown Cup at stake. The Sox won two of three from the North Siders at Wrigley Field July 10-12. Probable Starters: RHP and former Cub Jeff Samardzija (8-7, 4.62) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 3.73) for the Cubs.

The White Sox lead the all-time series, 54-47, and are 24-14 over the last 38 games.

For Those Attending the Sox-Cubs Series

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/142693662

Quote of the Day

Thompson (pictured below), now a bonfide major-leaguer, is still being referred to as “Klay’s brother,” especially since Klay’s Golden State Warriors just won the NBA title. It’s proven to be no problem for Trayce, however, who knocked out two more hits last night and has hit safely in four of his five games (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“I do my own thing, but people are going to refer to me as that until I make an All-Star team or until I win a championship. It is what it is. It doesn’t bother me.

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox collected their seventh walk-off win of the season, are 22-21 in one-run games and 10-3 in extra innings…The Sox are now 14-4 against the American League West…A. Garcia had his second walk-off hit and fourth game-ending play of the season…Tyler  Flowers is batting .280 over his last eight games…Ramirez stole his team-leading 15th base of the season…Saladino has reached base safely in 16 of his last 18 games…Sox relievers are 2-1 with a 1.27 ERA over the last seven games…Nate Jones has made three consecutive scoreless appearances.

Saturday Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (13-6, 2.38) for the Cubs.

Sunday Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series, six-game homestand and six-game interleague series for the Crosstown Cup. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-7, 3.47) for the Sox, RHP Dan Haren (8-7, 3.55) for the Cubs.

Star Power

The casts of the NBC hits “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Fire” were at the ballpark last night as part of Police and Fire Night. That’s Taylor Kinney of “Fire” below in the Sox road uni and maroon cap, Monica Raymund of “Fire” in the home jersey taking the SoxCellfie and Sophia Bush of “P.D” in the striped dress. Off to the left side of the photo in the throwback Sox jersey is Eamonn Walker of “Fire.” Just in case you’re not aware, Kinney is Lady Gaga‘s significant other.

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2005 Flashback

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

In Game 113 on August 10 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the first-place White Sox defeated the Yanks by the same score of 2-1 for the second straight day, this time in 10 innings. With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the 10th, Juan Uribe tripled off of future Hall-of-Famer Mariano Rivera and scored the eventual game winner on a Scott Podsednik fielder’s choice. Freddy Garcia pitched eight strong innings, allowing just the one run. He was relieved in the ninth by Neal Cotts, who earned his fourth win against no losses, and Dustin Hermanson retired the New Yorkers in the 10th for his 30th save. It was victory No. 74 for the Sox.

Are the Sox Adding a Third Catcher?

Or is that Jose Abreu just having some fun? I think you know the answer.

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Photo of the Day

The White Sox were part of history on Tuesday. For the first time in MLB history, all 15 home teams won on the same day. Before Tuesday, the closest the home teams have come was 12 wins more than a century ago, on May 23, 1914, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Before MLB expanded to 30 teams in 1998, opening up the opportunity for a 15-game schedule, there were 16 teams throughout most of baseball history–so the majority of that time eight games a day was routine. In 1914, there were four Federal League games along with the eight American and National League games.

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