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J.B.’s Two-Run, Pinch-Hit Triple Sends Sox to KC on a High Note

Friday, September 4, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-12, 4.82) for the Sox, RHP Kris Medlen (3-0, 3.51) for KC.

Yesterday’s Results

J.B Shuck‘s two-run, pinch-hit triple in the seventh inning gave the White Sox a 5-4 lead (pictured above and click on the link below), Adam Eaton drove in an insurance run later in the frame with a sac fly and the bullpen held up its end of the bargain as the Sox beat the Twins, 6-4, in the series finale…Avi Garcia added a pair of RBI, Alexei Ramirez went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI and Jose Abreu collected two doubles and a single, raising his batting average to .292…Jeff Samardzija recorded his ninth win, tossing 6.1 innings, Nate Jones pitched 1.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and David Robertson came on in the ninth and retired the Twins 1-2-3 for his 28th save.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=445992383

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Quote of the Day

Tyler Flowers on the progress of rookie lefty Carlos Rodon, who has a fine 1.85 ERA in his last five starts:

“Now he’s actually pitching. There’s a game plan we’re able to execute. There are situations where we can throw secondary pitches in there for strikes. It’s even turned into where we’re getting guys out on a changeup, which is a pitch we couldn’t even throw in the vicinity in spring.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game set. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.75) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (7-6, 4.11) for Kansas City.

Quintana Makes a Dream Come True in This “Sox Story”

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=445899583

Winston-Salem Captures Carolina League Second-Half Championship; Fulmer Shines

Thanks to their win last night and Myrtle Beach’s loss the Winston-Salem Dash, the Sox’ high Class A affiliate, are the Carolina League Southern Division second-half champions. The Dash begin their playoff run on Wednesday vs. Myrtle Beach in a best-of-three series in Winston-Salem.

No. 1 draft pick Carson Fulmer (pictured below) had another terrific outing last night in the Dash’s 5-0 victory over Wilmington. The right-hander out of Vanderbilt started and tossed three scoreless innings, allowing just three hits with four strikeouts. His ERA is now an impressive 2.05.

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2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 133 on September 2 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox took advantage of three homers to overwhelm the Tigers, 9-1, for win No. 82 on the season. Juan Uribe (No. 10) and Carl Everett (22) blasted three-run shots and Willie Harris connected with a solo blast, his first of the year. Freddy Garcia tossed seven innings, allowing just the one run on a pair of hits with seven Ks.

Photo of the Day

The Sox home clubhouse then and now.

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White Sox “Kids” Win Arizona League Title, Montas Makes Big-League Debut

Thursday, September 3, 2015

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Today’s News

Rookie Success

The White Sox (shown above) won the rookie-level Arizona League championship last night at the Peoria Sports Complex by defeating the Mariners, 3-2. Read more…

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150903&content_id=147016578&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.85) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (9-9, 3.82) for Minnesota.

Last Night’s Highlights

Carlos Rodon (pictured below) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings in the Sox’ 3-0 loss to the Twins. In his last five starts, all quality, Rodon has a 1.85 ERA and a .186 opponents batting average in 34 innings pitched…Highly touted right-hander Frankie Montas, called up on Tuesday, made his major league debut a successful one. He began the inning striking out the tough Miguel Sano and ultimately pitched a perfect eighth, reaching 99 mph (click on link below).

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=444132383

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Quotes of the Day

Montas on his first MLB appearance:

“I was nervous. My legs were kind of shaking. I was like, ‘Oh, my God. I’m really here.’ I was thinking just try to throw the ball for a strike.”

GM Rick Hahn on September call-up Erik Johnson, who started the 2014 season with the Sox and was named the International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher this season:

“He’s already accomplished a great deal in 2015 and should head into the offseason with a great deal of confidence and the feeling that he’s very much back in the mix. You want him to do well here and have a good experience at the big-league level. But after what he has accomplished in the first five months, it’s a little bit secondary in terms of assessing his season.”

Anderson, May and Marrero Named Southern League All-Stars

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150902&content_id=146962800&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t247&sid=t247

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-12, 4.82) for the Sox, RHP Kris Medlen (3-0, 3.51) for KC.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 132 on September 1 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox pounded the Tigers, 12-3, for their 81st victory of the season. A.J. Pierzynski had a 3-3 day with a solo homer (No. 18), two doubles and three RBI, Jermaine Dye slammed his 26th home run, a solo shot, and Carl Everett went deep with a two-run blast, his 21st. Juan Uribe went 3-4 with two doubles and a pair of RBI. Jose Contreras tossed seven innings for his 10th win of the year.

Photo of the Day

Frankie Montas: A name–and face–to remember.

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Rodon Looks to Even Minny Series, September Call-Ups Arrive

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the second game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (6-5, 4.15) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (6-4, 3.86) for Minnesota.

Rodon makes his 23rd appearance and 20th start of the season. He is 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA and 29 strikeouts over his last four starts. He won his last start on August 27 vs. the Mariners, allowing two runs on three hits over six innings.

Last Night’s Highlights

Adam Eaton went 4-5 with two RBI, Avi Garcia smashed his 12th homer, a two-run shot, and Chris Sale struck out 10 in 6.1 innings as the White Sox comeback fell short in our 8-6 loss to the Twins in the series opener…It was the 13th time this year that Chris reached double-digit Ks and the first time that’s happened in baseball since Randy Johnson fanned 10-plus in 13 games in 2004. The Sox ace, who got a no decision last night, now is 31 strikeouts from breaking Hall of Famer Ed Walsh‘s single-season club mark of 269 (1908).

Avi’s homer and Sale’s 10 Ks:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=438463383

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=439470983

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September Call-Ups:

With the rosters able to expand in September, the White Sox recalled the following players: RHP Erik Johnson (pictured above)C Rob Brantly and INF Leury Garcia from Class AAA Charlotte and RHP Frankie Montas from Class AA Birmingham.

Johnson Named International League Most Valuable Pitcher

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150901&content_id=146667098&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t494&sid=t494

Quote of the Day

Robin on the September call-ups:

“Some of them have already been here…and if you have seen them you want to see where they’re at right now. If you haven’t seen them, you want to see them and where they’re at. September is for that. You want some depth, but mostly you want to see these guys up here and playing…(and) there might be (another) wave.”

To that last point, GM Rick Hahn said second baseman Micah Johnson and perhaps another player or two will be up after Charlotte’s season ends. Hahn indicated that he wanted Micah to play a bit more since he was recently activated from the disabled list.

Eight White Sox Selected to Play in Arizona Fall League

The White Sox have assigned eight players to the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League. The club plays its home games at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, the spring training home of the Sox and Dodgers, and is comprised of prospects from the White Sox, Dodgers, Astros, Philles and Pirates.

The Sox prospects include: RHPs Brandon Brennan, Robinson Leyer, Peter Tago and J.B. Wendelken; INFs Keon Barnum, Nicky Delmonico and Jake Peter; plus OF Courtney Hawkins (pictured below).

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Keeping Up With the Thompsons

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2557682-trayce-and-klay-thompson-so-competitive-as-kids-now-rivals-for-pro-spotlight?utm_campaign=tsipad&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=teamstream

Sox-Dodgers Fantasy Camp

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/146356722/dodgers-and-white-sox-to-hold-fantasy-camp?tcid=tw_share

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.85) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (9-9, 3.82) for Minnesota.

Photos of the Day

Here are the before and after photos of the KaBoom! playground built by the White Sox Volunteer Corps and members of the Sox on Saturday at the Primo Center for Women and Children in the North Lawndale community. Quite an accomplishment.

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Walk-Off Win Sunday, Off Day Monday, Sale’s Our Man Tuesday

Monday, August 31, 2015

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Today’s News

Sunday’s Highlights

Tyler Saladino singled home Alexei Ramirez with two outs in the bottom of the 11th as the White Sox walked off with a thrilling 6-5 come-from-behind, extra-inning triumph and a split of the four-game series (click on top link below)Melky Cabrera hit his ninth homer of the season, a seventh-inning solo shot that tied the score at 4-4 (click on bottom link) after the Sox trailed 3-0 and 4-1…Down 5-4 entering the ninth, Trayce Thompson singled, stole second and with two outs scored via a throwing error on a Carlos Sanchez infield grounder to tie the game at 5-5… Cabrera collected four hits on the day, Ramirez had three and Adam Eaton and Saladino each had two-hit games as the Sox totaled 14 in all…Saladino drove in a pair and Eaton and Jose Abreu (No. 80) each added an RBI…Matt Albers pitched two scoreless innings in relief of starter Jose Quintana and finished the month of August with 13.2 IP and 14 strikeouts without allowing an earned run…Nate Jones threw 1.1 perfect innings with three Ks and David Robertson tossed two unblemished innings with three strikeouts to earn his sixth victory…Sox pitchers fanned 19 batters yesterday, tying the club record…We are now an impressive 12-3 in extras this season, our most “overtime” wins in a season since 1996.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=431149483

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=430638283

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Tuesday’s Schedule

After Monday’s off day, it’ll be White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with three in Kansas City. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-7, 3.20) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Duffey (2-1, 4.29) for Minnesota.

Sale will make his 26th start of the season, 13th on the road and fifth vs. the Twins. He is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA and 43 strikeouts over his last four starts and leads the American League and ranks second in the major leagues with 229 strikeouts.

Chris received a no decision in his last start on August 26 vs. Boston, allowing just five hits over seven scoreless innings.

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Quote of the Day

Robin on Carlos Rodon (pictured above with a young fan):

“As far as his first year and how he’s getting through it, it’s been great. His progression has been fine, too.”

Wednesday’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the second game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Rodon (6-5, 4.15) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (6-4, 3.86) for Minnesota.

Quack, Quack

Willie Robertson of the hit show “Duck Dynasty” threw out the ceremonial first pitch yesterday to good friend Adam LaRoche. And both participated in the “Faith Day” program after the game.

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2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 130 on August 30 in the second game of a doubleheader at Texas, Jermaine Dye belted his 24th and 25 homers (a two-run shot, a three-run blast) and drove in six runs in an 8-0 whitewash of the Rangers. Brandon McCarthy pitched 7.2 innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits for his first major-league victory. Scott Podsednik stole his 55th base.

Photo of the Day

Thompson and Sanchez love #SelfieSunday.

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Quintana Time

Sunday, August 30, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game set and seven-game homestand–with the Good Guys attempting to split the series with Seattle. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.63) for the Sox, LHP Mike Montgomery (4-6, 4.60) for the M’s.

Last Night’s Highlights

Tyler Saladino singled in two runs (click on link below) and Jose Abreu drove in another in a four-run eighth inning, Adam LaRoche and Tyler Flowers each added an RBI single and Avi Garcia had a three-hit night, as the Sox came up just short in the 7-6 loss to the Mariners.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=427298983

Quotes of the Day

Here’s Trayce Thompson‘s interview on MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk.”

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v423690283

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“Sox Serve Week”

The White Sox have celebrated “Sox Serve Week”–our seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly known as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand which ends today. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.

On tap today:

Kids Take the Field — Representatives from Chicago White Sox Charities grant recipients will take the field with White Sox players before the game.

Ultimate Experience Broadcast Auction presented by WGN-TV — During the game, fans have the opportunity to bid on a variety of unique experiences at U.S. Cellular Field in Section 135 or at whitesox.com/ultimate auction. Experiences include a sleepover in the clubhouse for eight guests, a video game challenge vs. White Sox players in the Sox clubhouse, the 2005 World Series trophy at a location of your choice for one hour and more. The bidding will take place until 3:00 p.m. today.

Members of the White Sox Volunteer Corps plus front office and team members, including Saladino, Thompson and coach Harold Baines spent part of yesterday participating in “Sox Serve Week.” They helped build a brand new playground for the Primo Center for Women and Children in the North Lawndale community. Tyler (pictured in the distance on the left in the white pinstriped jersey) and Trayce (in the 1980s throwback) are shown doing their part in the photo below.

Additionally, the White Sox wives put together baskets of things that were auctioned off yesterday as part of the week’s activities. Among the baskets auctioned off were those of Jeff SamardzijaAdam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, Carlos SanchezHawk Harrelson and Steve Stone and Jerry Reinsdorf.

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Roster Move

The White Sox have placed RHP Zach Putnam on the disabled list and reinstated RHP Daniel Webb from the DL.

Sox Land Five Carolina League All-Stars

The Winston-Salem Dash, the Sox’ high Class A affiliate, had a league-high five players named to the Carolina League year-end All-Star roster: RHP Matt Heidenreich, C Omar Narvaez, INFs Jake Peter and Trey Michalczewski and OF Adam Engel. Heidenreich also was named the league’s Pitcher of the Year.

2005 Flashback

Jermaine Dye was in the house last night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and celebrate his bobblehead night.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday night, it’ll be White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with three in Kansas City. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-7, 3.20) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Duffie (2-1, 4.29) for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

Saturday Roundup: Sox vs. M’s in Game 3, “Sox Serve Week” Continues, a Fulmer Update and More…

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the four-game series is now tied at one game apiece by virtue of Seattle’s 2-0 win last night. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-10, 4.75) for the Sox, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (5-3, 4.29) for Seattle.

Last Night’s Highlights

John Danks had a quality start, allowing just a pair of solo homers on seven hits with five strikeouts in six innings of work. Melky Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez each collected a pair of hits.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Adam Eaton, after the Sox leadoff man collected three hits and three runs scored on Thursday night:

“Him getting on and just creating havoc like that is very important for us. We’re always a better team when he’s there running around the bases.”

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“Sox Serve Week”

The White Sox celebrate “Sox Serve Week”–our seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly known as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand that runs through tomorrow. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.

On tap today:

KaBoom! Playground Build at Primo Center — The White Sox Volunteer Corps plus front office and team members will build a brand new playground for the Primo Center for Women and Children in the North Lawndale community.

Players’ Favorite Things — Fans will have the opportunity to bid on baskets with some of the current White Sox players’ favorite things, as put together by their wives. Bidding on the baskets–which will include some autographed items–will take place today from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Fans attending the game can place bids in person with the wives by visiting the Miller Lite Extra Base (near Section 157) or by phone at 312-674-5684.

As part of “Sox Serve Week,” White Sox players-including Avi Garcia, Jose Quintana and Carlos Sanchez–brought the ballpark atmosphere to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital yesterday, giving patients the opportunity to win prizes and participate in White Sox-themed games. The Sox also welcomed a group of teenage oncology patients to last night’s game.

Here are Quintana and Sanchez holding up a sign for a youngster in isolation at the hospital:

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Good News From Winston-Salem

The Sox’ No. 1 draft pick Carson Fulmer tossed three scoreless innings for the Class A Winston-Salem Dash last night vs. Frederick. He now has a 2.37 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 20 innings over eight starts.

“Faith Day” Observed Tomorrow

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-faith-day-white-sox-spt-0828-20150827-story.html

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series and seven-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Quintana (7-10, 3.63) for the Sox, LHP Mike Montgomery (4-6, 4.60) for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

Avi on Friday’s “Elvis Night.”

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That ’70s Show

Friday, August 28, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-11, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (9-7, 4.73) for Seattle.

Last Night’s Highlights

The throwback uniforms evidently created some good karma last night. Avi Garcia drove in a pair of runs with a single and sac fly, Jose Abreu and Trayce Thompson each doubled in a run and Adam Eaton went 3-3 with a season-high three runs scored as the Sox defeated the Mariners, 4-2, in the series opener…Carlos Rodon went six-plus strong innings for his sixth win, allowing two runs, three hits and three walks with five strikeouts…Zach Duke narrowly escaped the seventh by retiring the side, including two Ks, by shutting the door with men on second and third and nobody out. Nate Jones pitched out of a jam with runners in scoring position in the eighth and David Robertson recorded save No. 27 by setting down the Mariners 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Thompson continues to be on fire. With two doubles last night he has 14 hits, seven of which are of the extra-base variety (four doubles, a triple and two homers), and is hitting a blistering .519…Eaton is now batting .313 with a .412 on-base percentage in the 39 games since the All-Star break…Rodon has had four straight quality starts with a 1.61 ERA and 29 strikeouts during that span.

Here are Avi’s first-inning RBI single, the run-scoring doubles by Abreu and Thompson in the third, and a look at Rodon’s outstanding performance:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=418655183

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=418726983

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=418768783

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=419483283

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Quote of the Day

Tyler Saladino on Chris Sale:

“You’re watching one of the best pitchers in the game. He does his thing. If a guy gets on base against him…he has the ability to get right back after the next guy. It’s just awesome watching him out there.”

“Sox Serve Week”

The White Sox celebrate “Sox Serve Week”–its seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly known as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand that runs through Sunday. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.

On tap tonight:

White Sox Day at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital — White Sox team members will bring the ballpark atmosphere to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, giving patients the opportunity to win Sox prizes and participate in White Sox-themed games. The White Sox also will welcome a group of teenage oncology patients for a special field trip to U.S. Cellular Field for the game.

Ultimate White Sox Raffle — Fans have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets (available in Sections 135 and 535) to win a variety of prizes, including: a lineup exchange experience, an autographed Abreu bat and tickets to future White Sox games.

As part of “Sox Serve Week,” players, including Saladino, Adam LaRoche, Eaton and Duke, spent yesterday morning fishing with a group of young kids from the USO. The participants were children of military parents currently deployed. Here’s LaRoche giving some pointers to a young boy.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the third game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-10, 4.75) for the Sox, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (5-3, 4.29) for Seattle.

Photos of the Day

Saladino and Thompson have some pre-game fun with Eaton as a witness and the Sox have a fashion show, er, I mean a mound confab.

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Throwback Thursday: A Tribute to the South Side Hitmen

Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Today’s News

1977: You Had to Be There to Understand How Special It Was

The White Sox will honor a special era in team history tonight by wearing the collared blue and white V-neck jerseys first worn during the 1976 season.

The Sox wore the pull-over jerseys pajama style outside the navy trousers from 1976-81, but the uniforms are perhaps most identified with the 1977 South Side Hitmen. The ’77 team was one of the franchise’s most popular and exciting teams who battled the division-winning Royals and Twins for the American League West title, were in first place from the beginning of July to mid-August and ultimately finished in third place with 90 victories.

The Sox’ identity in ’77 was built on a potent offense. With the likes of Richie Zisk (30 HR, 101 RBI, .290), Oscar Gamble (31, 83, .297), Eric Soderholm (25, 67, .280), Chet Lemon (19, 67, .273) Jim Spencer (18, 69, .247) Jorge Orta (11, 84, .282), Lamar Johnson (18, 65, .302) and Ralph Garr (10, 54, .300) the Sox routinely drew enthusiastic crowds, prompted frequent curtain calls and popularized the singing of Na, Na, Hey, Hey…Goodbye.

That’s Spencer with the Hitmen T-shirt, Gamble, Zisk and Garr pictured above.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and a pair of walks along with seven strikeouts in the Sox’ 3-0 loss to the Red Sox in the series finale. The K total gives Sale 229 on the season, a career-high that also gives him the fifth highest total in White Sox history. Hall-of-Famer Ed Walsh is the only Sox pitcher to strike out more in a season and he did it four times: 269 in 1908, 258 in 1910, 255 in 1911 and 254 in 1912…Melky Cabrera collected a pair of singles and a double.

Enjoy another outstanding Sale performance:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v415725283

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-5, 4.22) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (4-6, 4.22) for Seattle.

Rodon makes his 22nd appearance and 19th start of the season. He is 1-1 with a 1.23 ERA over his last three starts. He posted a no decision in his last start on August 22 at Seattle, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings.

Quotes of the Day

Trayce Thompson (pictured below) on the advice he got from coach Daryl Boston when he arrived in Chicago: “My first day, DBo told me, ‘It’s all about confidence and knowing you can play here.’ I took that to heart, and I think that has helped me a lot.”

@scottmerkin: Interesting side note on Trayce Thompson: His best friend and more like a third brother is Colorado standout third baseman Nolan Arenado

Dad Mychal Thompson is Over the Moon

http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/mychal-thompson-gets-goose-bumps-about-son-trayce-playing-big-leagues

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“Sox Serve Week”

The White Sox celebrate “Sox Serve Week”–its seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly known as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand that runs through Sunday. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.

On tap for tonight:

Gone Fishing with Youth Served by the USO — White Sox players will spend the morning fishing at Northerly Island with a group of children whose parents are currently deployed in the U.S. military.

Ultimate Autograph Broadcast Auction presented by Comcast SportsNet –During the game, fans have the opportunity to bid on a variety of unique autographed items at U.S. Cellular Field in Section 135 or at whitesox.com/autographauction. Broadcasters Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone will feature items throughout the game broadcast on Comcast SportsNet. The bidding will end at 9:00 p.m. CT tonight.

As part of “Sox Serve Week” White Sox players welcomed Special Olympics athletes to the ballpark yesterday to participate in a Field of Dreams Clinic. Here’s Jose Abreu and Gordon Beckham giving some instruction to one of the youngsters who attended.

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Micah Johnson Off the DL

Second baseman Micah Johnson has been activated from the disabled list at Class AAA Charlotte.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-11, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (9-7, 4.73) for Seattle.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 126 on August 28 at Seattle, Jermaine Dye went 4-4 with a two-run homer and a pair of doubles and Carl Everett belted his 20th, a solo shot, to help give the first-place White Sox’ 4-3 triumph over the Mariners. It was the Sox’ fourth consecutive win and 79th of the season. Jose Contreras earned his ninth victory and Damaso Marte recorded his fourth save.

Photo of the Day

Alexei Ramirez shows that he’s a full-service shortstop.

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Sox Discovering Trayce Evidence of a Budding Star

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Rookie Trayce Thompson continued his sizzling assault on major-league pitching with a single, double, triple and three RBI. The seventh-inning double proved to be the knockout punch as it scored the tying and winning tallies as the White Sox prevailed 5-4 over the Red Sox to even the series at 1-1. Thompson, who was a home run shy of the coveted cycle, is now batting .522 with an astronomic 1.517 OPS in his first 11 games and 23 at bats in the big leagues…Melky Cabrera and Carlos Sanchez each added a pair of hits and an RBI.

Jake Petricka, who pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Jose Quintana, earned his fourth win, Zach Duke struck out the side 1-2-3 in the eighth and David Robertson came on in the ninth and set Boston down in order to register his 26th save.

Enjoy Thompson’s clutch two-run double:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=410874583

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the rubber game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-7, 3.34) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.81) for Boston.

Sale will be making his 25th start of the season, 13th at home and second vs. Boston. He is 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA and 36 strikeouts over his last three starts. He earned his third consecutive win in his last start on August 21 vs. Seattle, allowing three runs on four hits over seven innings while striking out 14.

Sale has struck out a club-record 29 batters over his last two starts, fanning the 14 against the Mariners after matching his career high with 15 on August 16 vs. the Cubs. He is the first pitcher in White Sox history to strike out 14 or more in consecutive starts and Chris’ 12 starts with 10-plus strikeouts this season are the most in the major leagues. In his career, he has struck out double-digit batters 30 times and 12-plus on 18 occasions.

The Sox’ four-time All-Star is tied with the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw for the major-league lead with 222 strikeouts. He is on pace to record a franchise-record 300, which would be the most in the major leagues since 2002 when Arizona’s Randy Johnson (334) and Curt Schilling (316) both eclipsed 300.

Chris’ average of 12.16 strikeouts per nine innings also would be a White Sox record and the highest in the majors since Hall-of-Famer Johnson’s 13.41 mark in 2001 and his 33.8 percent swings that miss are the highest since Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez‘s 35.8 average in 1999.  Sale recorded 10-plus strikeouts in eight straight starts from May 23-June 30, tying Martinez (1999) for the longest streak in baseball history.

Sale, who has joined Hall-of-Famer Ed Walsh (1910-12) as the only pitchers in Sox history to fan 200-plus in three consecutive seasons, is attempting to join Walsh (1908-11) as the only Sox pitchers to lead the majors in strikeouts.

Quotes of the Day

@KlayThompson: “I hate to admit it but Trayce might be the best overall athlete in the fam lol.”

Robin on Trayce: “I think he belongs here. He knows that.”

“Sox Serve Week” 

The White Sox celebrate “Sox Serve Week”–its seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly know as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand that runs through Sunday. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.

On tap for tonight:

Field of Dreams with Special Olympics Athletes — White Sox players will welcome Special Olympics athletes to U.S. Cellular Field to participate in a baseball clinic.

White Sox Car Raffle — White Sox fans who purchase a raffle ticket for the chance to win a White Sox-themed 2015 Mazda6 i Sport will have the added opportunity to win autographed memorabilia, promotional items and tickets to future White Sox fames. Car raffle tickets will be available in Section 135 and on the outfield concourse near centerfield.

Last night, two members of the White Sox Amateur Elite (ACE) program joined the Sox during their pre-game preparation as part of “Sox Serve Week.” Gaining wisdom from Harold Baines, getting some strength and conditioning tips from Sox fitness guru Allen Thomas, chatting wth Adam LaRoche and Gordon Beckham and playing catch with Jose Abreu. Not too shabby.

Here are the wide-eyed youngsters when they first set their sights on their big-league lockers and uniforms.

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Don’t Forget…

Tonight: An “Inside Look at the Real Harold Baines.”

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/inside-look-real-harold-baines

Erik the Great

RHP Erik Johnson continues to shine at Class AAA Charlotte. He won his 11th game of the season last night in the Knights’ 7-2 victory over Gwinnett, allowing just two runs in eight innings of work with seven Ks. Johnson is now second in the International League in wins and first in ERA (2.37) and strikeouts (136).

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-5, 4.22) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.29) for Seattle.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 125 on August 26 at Seattle, Tadahito Iguchi‘s two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning gave the first-place White Sox their third straight triumph, a dramatic 5-3 victory over the Mariners for their 78th win of the season. Brian Anderson clubbed two homers–a solo shot and a two-run blast–both off of Seattle ace King Felix Hernandez. Luis Vizcaino won his sixth game in relief and Dustin Hermanson registered save No. 32.

Photo of the Day

Three members of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, who are now playing with the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League, received the honor of participating in the ceremonial first pitch prior to last night’s game. They are, clockwise from top left, Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press.

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White Sox Sluggers Then and Now: Remembering Big Klu, Celebrating Abreu

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Today’s News

Sox Power Hitters Span Generations

When Jose Abreu displayed his raw power last night and smashed his team-leading 24th homer of the season and the 60th in his brief big-league career (click on link below), the timing brought to mind All-Star first baseman Ted Kluszewski–a White Sox slugger of a bygone era who was traded to the Sox 56 years ago today. It was a move that added a proven veteran bat to a pitching- and defensive-oriented club that was in the throes of the 1959 American League pennant race–a race the Sox eventually won by five games (read more under Photos of the Day).

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=406820683

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game set as the Sox look to even the series after a ninth-inning rally came up short in last night’s 5-4 loss. LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.60) for the Sox, LHP Wade Miley (10-9, 4.41) for Boston.

Q is scheduled to make his 26th start of the season, 12th at home and second vs. Boston. He earned the win in his last outing on August 20 at Angel Stadium after allowing two runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts over six innings. With the victory he extended his winning streak to three games.

Quintana is 2-0 with a 1.63 ERA, .167 opponents average and 0.76 WHIP over four career starts vs. Boston. He was the winning pitcher on July 29 at Fenway Park, allowing two runs in 6.1 innings.

Quote of the Day

Robin on rookie Carlos Rodon‘s progress.

“I think for any young guy the later you get into the year and him being in here, you’re always careful to watch it and see what the workload is and where he’s at. I think as of right now he’s only gotten better…I haven’t seen him slow down at all. I haven’t seen his velocity go down. With the command he’s now going out there featuring, it’s gotten better.”

“Sox Serve Week”: Tonight’s Activities

The White Sox celebrate “Sox Serve Week”–its seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly known as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand that runs through Sunday. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.

On tap for tonight:

Major Leaguers for a Day — Two White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program participants will become honorary members of the White Sox for a day. The ACE players will spend time in the clubhouse, stretch with the team, field fly balls during batting practice, exchange the game’s lineup card and receive tickets to the game.

Sox Serve Mini Bat Raffle — Fans have the opportunity to purchase a Sox Serve mini bat and be entered to win a variety of White Sox prizes. Bats are available for sale at U.S. Cellular Field in Sections 101 and 135. Bats will be sold for $10 each or three for $20.

One of last night’s themes was “Home Run for Life” as local youngsters battling cancer got the opportunity to be greeted by members of the White Sox.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-7, 3.34) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.81) for Boston.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 124 on August 25 in Minneapolis, Timo Perez singled in Geoff Blum with the eventual winning run in the top of the 10th inning as the first-place White Sox nipped the Twins, 2-1, for their 77th victory of the season. Jon Garland tossed 7.2 scoreless innings, Dustin Hermanson earned his first victory and Bobby Jenks recorded his first save.

Photos of the Day

On this day in 1959, the White Sox acquired four-time National League All-Star slugger Kluszewski from the Pirates with the hope they would get an offensive boost during the pennant chase. History shows that it was a brilliant decision.”Big Klu,” a Chicagoland native whose cut-off sleeves and bulging biceps were his trademarks, was a signficant factor down the stretch as the Sox won their first American League championship in 40 years and earned a trip to the World Series.

In 31 regular-season games with the Sox, Kluszewski batted .297 (just a tick below his lifetime average of .298) with a pair of homers, 10 RBI and a .351 on-base percentage. In the World Series against the Dodgers, he belted three home runs with 10 RBI in the six-game classic with a .391 batting average and a monstrous 1.266 OPS. Two of his Series homers came in the Sox’ 11-0 victory in Game 1 at Comiskey Park.

A 15-year major leaguer who also played for the Reds and Angels, Kluszewski later served as the hitting coach for the legendary Big Red Machine in Cincinnati–a team that included Pete Rose and Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez. Klu, who batted .326 and led the NL in homers (49) and RBI (141) in 1954 for Cincy, passed away in 1988 at the age of 63–the year after Abreu was born.

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