Latos Looks to Even Series with Astros, “25 for 25” Campaign Launches Today

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox (24-15) remain at the top of the A.L. Central, three-and-a-half games ahead of the second-place Indians.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (5-0, 3.40) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (3-3, 4.22) for Houston.

Last Night’s Highlights

Despite tying the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning on a Tyler Saladino sac fly, the Sox dropped a heartbreaking 6-5, 11-inning decision to the Astros on a two-run homer by Houston DH Evan Gattis…In addition to Saladino’s extra-inning RBI, he doubled in a run, Jose Abreu belted a solo homer, his sixth of the season (click on link below), and Adam Eaton drove in a pair of runs with a single and a double…Pitching line for starter Carlos Rodon: six innings pitched, six hits, two earned runs, one intentional walk and seven Ks…David Robertson pitched a perfect ninth and tenth, striking out a pair.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=706839983

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn:

“We are prepared to make a move today if it presents itself,” adding that while talks have started, the timing of an actual deal may not sync with other clubs. “We want to maximize our chances of winning in October.”

“25 for 25” Campaign

As the Sox celebrate the 25th anniversary of U.S. Cellular Field this season, the club also is commemorating Chicago White Sox Charities’ (CWSC) 25 years of giving.

To that end, CWSC’s “25 for 25” fundraising initiative begins at Noon today and runs through Thursday at 1:00 p.m. The campaign is designed to help generate revenue to continue to support the Amateur City Elite (ACE) program and overall grant giving.

Our hope is that you will consider a donation of $25 or more in honor of 25 years of community impact. During each hour donors will have the opportunity to win some great prizes–ranging from autographed items to game-day experiences. Each hour a random winner will be selected with the final hour featuring 25 winners.

The Sox have set a goal of 2500 donors over the 25 hours and we need everyone’s help to make it a reality.

ACE alumni Corey Ray–a graduate of Simeon High School, current University of Louisville outfielder and 2016 MLB Draft hopeful–describes what the ACE program has done for him:

“I thank the White Sox for all of my accomplishments on and off the field. Because of the White Sox, I not only became a better baseball player, but I became a better student and a better man. I am currently playing for the University of Louisville on a baseball scholarship, a scholarship I owe solely to the White Sox Amateur City Elite.”

To make a donation: http://www.whitesox.com/sox25

Sox “Meshing Well”

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160516&content_id=178464706&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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Top Prospect Anderson Shines

Shortstop Tim Anderson (pictured above) not only is on MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week (click on link below), he also has been named the co-International League Player of the Week.

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160516&content_id=178443040&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

The Latest on No. 1 Pick Carson Fulmer

On Monday, Carson Fulmer tossed his second scoreless outing for Class AA Birmingham (five innings) in a 3-2 win.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (8-0, 1.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (4-3, 5.58) for Houston.

A Pair of Streaks

Joe DiMaggio‘s 56-game hitting streak, one of baseball’s most cherished records, has been back in the news recently as the baseball world celebrates the 75th anniversary of the remarkable feat.

While it wasn’t in the big leagues, Robin Ventura once hit in a record 58 consecutive games on the collegiate level at Oklahoma State. Robin talks about the experience:

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160515&content_id=178269494&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Photo of the Day

There’s even a monument to Robin outside of the Oklahoma State ballpark commemorating the streak and his other accomplishments as a Cowboy.

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