Rehearsal Over, Good Vibes Abound as Sox Regular Season Begins
April 3, 2016
The additions of Todd Frazier, Jimmy Rollins, Brett Lawrie, Austin Jackson, Alex Avila and Dioner Navarro (all pictured above) have infused a whole new level of leadership and talent to a formidable White Sox core–which includes Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, Avi Garcia, Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon and David Robertson.
Opening Day on Monday
White Sox vs. A’s at Oakland Coliseum (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Sale for the Sox, RHP Sonny Gray for the Athletics.
Chris is scheduled to make his third career Opening Day start. He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 15 strikeouts over his career OD outings.
The Sox are 60-55 overall on Opening Day and 32-32 when opening on the road. This year marks just the second time in the last 14 seasons the Sox will open against a non-division opponent and the fifth time in the last 12 seasons away from home.
The Sox will go to battle with the following roster:
Pitchers (12): Sale, LHP Quintana, LHP Rodon, RHP Mat Latos, LHP John Danks, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Robertson
Catchers (2): Avila, Navarro
Infielders (6): Abreu, Jerry Sands (also OF), Lawrie, Rollins, Frazier, Tyler Saladino
Outfielders (5): Cabrera, Jackson, Eaton, Garcia, J.B. Shuck
Quote of the Day
Sale on why he loves Opening Day:
“Just the energy, it’s the first day, it’s like the first day of school. Everybody loves the first day of school, and everybody loves the first day of most things. It’s exciting. The fans are really into it. Us as players, we really enjoy it. It’s a great day as a whole.”
Rollins is making his 15th consecutive Opening Day start, all at shortstop. He’s tied for the longest active streak of its kind with the Angels’ Albert Pujols. And at 37 he will become the oldest OD shortstop for the White Sox since Luke Appling (42) in 1949.
Final Spring Games
With today being an off day before things start for real, the White Sox (17-13-1) ended their spring schedule on a positive note, sweeping the two-game series from the Padres in San Diego.
In yesterday afternoon’s contest, the Sox entered the top of the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead. When the third out was made, we had scored seven times to take a 10-2 advantage. That’s the way it ended.
Garcia pounded out three hits, including a solo homer (No. 5) and two RBI (19). A trio of top prospects who were invited on the trip to SD to experience the big-league atmosphere–Jacob May, Trey Michalczewski (two doubles) and Tim Anderson–each collected a pair of hits as did Shuck. May and Michalczewski each drove in a run and Anderson plated a pair…Travis Ishikawa doubled in two runs and Sands and Hector Sanchez posted an RBI apiece…Danks gave up a pair of runs in five innings and earned the victory while Albers (2.0 IP), Jennings (1.0) and Brian Clark (1.0) pitched scoreless baseball.
In the first game on Friday night, Jose Abreu smashed a two-run homer, Todd Frazier tripled and scored and Melky Cabrera, Jerry Sands and J.B. Shuck each drove in a run in the Sox’ 5-3 win…Nate Jones, who pitched a perfect seventh, chalked up the the win in relief.
Saladino and Sands
Hawk Hits the Road
White Sox vs. A’s at the Oakland Coliseum (9:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of a four-game series to open the season. Quintana will make the start for The Good Guys. It’ll be LHP Rich Hill for the Athletics.
Photo of the Day
On Opening Day 35 years ago, former Red Sox Carlton Fisk made his return to Boston a special one. He belted a dramatic, three-run homer to give the White Sox a 5-3 victory over his ex-mates.