That ’70s Show

Friday, August 28, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-11, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (9-7, 4.73) for Seattle.

Last Night’s Highlights

The throwback uniforms evidently created some good karma last night. Avi Garcia drove in a pair of runs with a single and sac fly, Jose Abreu and Trayce Thompson each doubled in a run and Adam Eaton went 3-3 with a season-high three runs scored as the Sox defeated the Mariners, 4-2, in the series opener…Carlos Rodon went six-plus strong innings for his sixth win, allowing two runs, three hits and three walks with five strikeouts…Zach Duke narrowly escaped the seventh by retiring the side, including two Ks, by shutting the door with men on second and third and nobody out. Nate Jones pitched out of a jam with runners in scoring position in the eighth and David Robertson recorded save No. 27 by setting down the Mariners 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Thompson continues to be on fire. With two doubles last night he has 14 hits, seven of which are of the extra-base variety (four doubles, a triple and two homers), and is hitting a blistering .519…Eaton is now batting .313 with a .412 on-base percentage in the 39 games since the All-Star break…Rodon has had four straight quality starts with a 1.61 ERA and 29 strikeouts during that span.

Here are Avi’s first-inning RBI single, the run-scoring doubles by Abreu and Thompson in the third, and a look at Rodon’s outstanding performance:

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Quote of the Day

Tyler Saladino on Chris Sale:

“You’re watching one of the best pitchers in the game. He does his thing. If a guy gets on base against him…he has the ability to get right back after the next guy. It’s just awesome watching him out there.”

“Sox Serve Week”

The White Sox celebrate “Sox Serve Week”–its seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly known as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand that runs through Sunday. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.

On tap tonight:

White Sox Day at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital — White Sox team members will bring the ballpark atmosphere to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, giving patients the opportunity to win Sox prizes and participate in White Sox-themed games. The White Sox also will welcome a group of teenage oncology patients for a special field trip to U.S. Cellular Field for the game.

Ultimate White Sox Raffle — Fans have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets (available in Sections 135 and 535) to win a variety of prizes, including: a lineup exchange experience, an autographed Abreu bat and tickets to future White Sox games.

As part of “Sox Serve Week,” players, including Saladino, Adam LaRoche, Eaton and Duke, spent yesterday morning fishing with a group of young kids from the USO. The participants were children of military parents currently deployed. Here’s LaRoche giving some pointers to a young boy.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the third game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-10, 4.75) for the Sox, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (5-3, 4.29) for Seattle.

Photos of the Day

Saladino and Thompson have some pre-game fun with Eaton as a witness and the Sox have a fashion show, er, I mean a mound confab.

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