Aaron Rowand’s Little Cousin James Makes Sox Debut Tonight
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
White Sox vs. Nationals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields, making his first start for the Sox, vs. RHP Matt Scherzer (6-4, 3.87) for Washington.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Shields has gone 129-104 with a 3.76 ERA (910 ER/2,180.0 IP) and 1,899 strikeouts in 330 career games (329 starts) over 11 major-league seasons with Tampa Bay (2006-12), Kansas City (2013-14) and the Padres (2015-16).
Since 2007, Shields leads all major-league pitchers in games started (308) and IP (2,055.1) and ranks among the leaders in quality starts (3rd, 31), opponents GIDP (3rd, 178), strikeouts (5th, 1,795), shutouts (T5th, 9), complete games (T6th, 21) and wins (8th, 123). He has recorded at least 10 victories, 200.0 IP and 160 strikeouts each season during that span. His streak of nine consecutive seasons with at least 200.0 IP is the longest active in the majors.
Shields, who was an American League All-Star with Tampa Bay in 2011, has made 11 career postseason starts, including three in the World Series. He owns a career record of 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA (24 ER/72.0 IP) in 11 career starts at U.S. Cellular Field.
Shields is signed through 2016 and holds a two-year player option for the 2017-18 seasons. If the player option is exercised, the club would hold an option for 2019.
A native of Newhall, Calif., James is the younger cousin of former White Sox outfielder Aaron Rowand, who was a key member of the 2005 World Champions. Shields originally was selected by Tampa Bay in the 16th round of the 2000 draft.
“Believe it or not, Jamie was the runt who wanted to play with us,” Rowand once told whitesox.com’s Scott Merkin about his little cousin. “We were always like, ‘You are too small. Get out of here.’ Now, he’s taller than all of us.”
Last Night’s Highlights
Todd Frazier connected with his 19th homer, a two-run shot, and continues to be one shy of the major-league lead. Jose Abreu singled in a run and drove in another with a sac fly and Austin Jackson and Melky Cabrera each pounded out a pair of hits in the Sox’ 10-5 loss.
Frazier’s home run:
Quote of the Day
Shields talked to the media upon his arrival in Chicago yesterday, expressed how happy he is to be here and spoke about Aaron (via CSNChicago.com):
“They got a lot of tradition here in Chicago and in the White Sox organization. My cousin actually played in the 2005 World Series, Aaron Rowand…So I got a lot of history myself in my own family here in the White Sox organization. So I’m excited to be apart of that.
“Aaron played a huge role. He (took) me out to Las Vegas and we worked out together for about seven years. And he showed me how to become a big leaguer and how to work. There wasn’t too many guys in the big leagues that worked harder than my cousin. One thing that he will do is he’ll run into any wall and he’s just a bulldog out there. He’s a professional. He goes about his business the right way, he taught me a lot in my career and I owe a lot to him.
“(Rowand) loves it here. Chicago is one of his favorite cities, obviously he won a World Series here. He said I’m gonna have a blast here and just enjoy the moment. And that’s what he said. Enjoy the moment, enjoy the crowd, enjoy the fans and enjoy the city and everything will be good.”
Outfielder Jerry Sands has been designated for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster for Shields. The Sox also optioned outfielder Jason Coats to Class AAA Charlotte and reinstated Melky Cabrera from the family emergency leave list.
Sox Hosted Players from the Amateur City Elite (ACE) Program
While Amateur City Elite product Corey Ray is one of the top players available in Thursday’s amateur draft, a group of current ACE members visited U.S. Cellular Field yesterday. Here’s Todd Frazier and Adam Eaton spending time with the youngsters.
White Sox vs. Nationals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 3.93) for the Sox, LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-4, 3.94) for the Nats.
Miguel replaces Carlos Rodon in the rotation. Rodon has had discomfort in his neck and although an MRI indicated he was clean, the Sox are having him skip this one start as a precaution.
Photos of the Day
Sox Serve Week highlights: The White Sox turned out for David Robertson‘s “High Socks for Hope” event on Monday and Sox front office personnel made breakfast and lunch for Matthew House earlier that day.