Sox vs. Twins for Four, SoxFest 2017 Set and Arizona Fall League Rosters Announced
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Beginning tonight, the Sox start a four-game series vs. the Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis in the last leg of the seven-game road trip. Here’s the tale of the tape:
Tonight (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (11-9, 2.77) for the Sox, RHP Ervin Santana (6-10, 3.54) for the Twins.
Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-8, 3.91) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (5-8, 5.17) for Minnesota.
Saturday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-16, 5.86) for the Sox, LHP Hector Santiago (10-8, 4.93) for Minny.
Sunday: (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Anthony Ranaudo (1-1, 8.76) for the Sox, LHP Andrew Albers (0-0, 6.97) for the Twins.
Jose Abreu (19) and Alex Avila (5) hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning (click on link below) and Chris Sale gave up just two runs in seven innings in the Sox’ tough 3-2 loss to the Tigers in the finale of the three-game series.
Abreu finished August with a .362/.414/.648 slash line with 17 runs scored, eight home runs and 18 RBI in 27 games. Jose extended his on-base streak to 27 games, his career best and the longest active streak in MLB.
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The White Sox have announced SoxFest 2017–sponsored by Guaranteed Rate, Comcast SportsNet, Beggars Pizza and WGN-TV–will be held January 27-29, 2017, at the Hilton Chicago. The 26th annual fan convention will include opportunities for fans to connect with former Sox stars and the current team through fun interactive spaces, popular autograph sessions, question-and-answer seminars and more.
SoxFest 2017 packages and passes will go on sale in September. Fans can sign up for a priority list and be the first to buy hotel packages and passes for the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year’s event included current and former White Sox players signing more than 16,000 autographs and posing for nearly 3,500 photos with fans. In addition to seminars and autograph sessions, both current and former team members played games against fans in the interactive space, surprised fans with unique experiences and more.
Eight Sox Prospects Headed to AFL
The Arizona Fall League, owned and operated by Major League Baseball, plays Monday-Saturday from mid-October through the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving in November in six Phoenix-area spring training stadiums.
Opening Day for the 2016 season is Tuesday, October 11. The league concludes with its annual championship game on Saturday, November 19 at Scottsdale Stadium. The 11th Fall Stars Game is scheduled for Saturday, November 5 at Surprise Stadium.
Game times are normally 12:35 p.m. and 6:35 p.m.
This season’s six venues are Camelback Ranch-Glendale (Glendale Desert Dogs), Peoria Sports Complex (Peoria Javelinas), Salt River Fields (Salt River Rafters), Scottsdale Stadium (Scottsdale Scorpions), Sloan Park (Mesa Solar Sox) and Surprise Stadium (Surprise Saguaros).
The White Sox Fall Leaguers will join prospects from the Dodgers, Cardinals, Nationals and Astros on the Glendale Desert Dogs. Here’s a list of the Sox heading to Arizona:
Brian Clark, LHP, Class AA Birmingham
Matt Cooper, RHP, Birmingham
Brad Goldberg, RHP, Class AAA Charlotte
Connor Walsh, RHP, Birmingham
Zack Collins, C, Winston-Salem, High-Class A
Danny Hayes, INF, Birmingham
Trey Michalczewski, INF, Birmingham
Courtney Hawkins, OF, Birmingham
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The Sox’ No. 1 draft pick, Collins will gain valuable experience in the Arizona Fall League as he attempts to rise through the organization.