“It’ll Be Good to Get Back Home”

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with three against the Rangers. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-1, 1.38) for the Sox, former Sox LHP Hector Santiago (0-0, 3.95) for L.A.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Quintana had a quality start, but it wasn’t enough as the White Sox fell to the Rays, 3-2, in the finale of the three-game series. The Sox ended their six-game road trip with a 4-2 mark and are tied with the Royals for first place in the A.L. Central…Q tossed six innings, allowing just two earned runs, seven hits, no walks with six strikeouts. He’s now 1-1 with a fine 2.55 ERA…Zach Duke and Matt Albers threw a scoreless seventh and eighth inning, respectively, in relief of Jose…Albers has now compiled 29.1 consecutive scoreless innings over 26 appearances dating back to 2015…Austin Jackson and Avi Garcia had RBI singles and Brett Lawrie singled and doubled.

Home Again

After a long stretch on the road dating back to spring training with only a couple of games at home, the Sox are understandably happy to be home for an extended stretch. Robin Ventura and Todd Frazier talk about home sweet home (via @CSNHayes):

Robin:

“It didn’t really feel like we were home at all. Only two games and the rainout when we were there. Everybody is looking to get home and have a stretch there.

“The new guys haven’t been able to establish anything. Hopefully they washed their clothes, and put them back in a suitcase. That’s all there was time to do.”

Todd:

“It’ll be good to get back home. Only been there for three days. Get acclimated to Chicago a little bit more and get back going and winning another series.”

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Quote of the Day

Don Cooper, who gave credit to fellow coaches Rick Renteria, Joe McEwing and Daryl Boston for working hard to enhance the defensive positioning, talked about the Sox’ improved defense and how it’s helped the pitchers:

“When a pitching staff is going good, the first thing you look at is the catchers…the next thing you look at is the defense behind the pitcher, which has been good.

“We are totally prepared to play every game. Research to make sure they’re set up in the best possible position against whoever is hitting against whatever pitcher we have out there. When you have the pitching defense lined up the way it’s been going, pitchers are more comfortable saying, ‘I’ll make you hit it.’ It makes pitchers more comfortable knowing the play can be made behind them.”

Down in Charlotte…

Miguel Gonzalez, recently acquired from the Orioles, tossed six solid innings for his first win and Matt Davidson slammed his third homer as the Sox’ Class AAA affiliate Charlotte Knights defeated the Durham Bulls, 2-1, on Sunday…Carlos Sanchez went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Tim Anderson and Jacob May each doubled.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the second game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (2-0, 0.75) for the Sox, RHP Matt Shoemaker (1-1, 6.00) for L.A.

Photo of the Day

Thor’s first Sox game.

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