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Frazier Ties for MLB Lead with 15th Homer; Melkman Delivers a Grand Slam

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox (27-22) maintain their half-game lead over the second-place Indians. The Royals (one game) and Tigers (two games) are right behind.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas Cty (1:15 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-4, 4.47) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (4-3, 4.81) for K.C.

Last Night’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera (grand slam) and Todd Frazier (solo shot) hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning (click on link below) to give the Sox a 5-1 lead, but the Royals rallied and prevailed, 7-5…Frazier is now tied with the Mets’ Yoenis Cepedes and the Orioles’ Mark Trumbo for the MLB lead with 15 home runs…Austin Jackson collected a pair of hits and scored…Miguel Gonzalez had a quality start, allowing three runs in 6.1 innings of work.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=744796983

Makeup Date

Thursday night’s rainout will be made up on September 19. It was previously an off day for both the Sox and Royals.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadum (1:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (9-1, 2.26) for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez (5-4, 3.67) for Kansas City.

After Thursday night’s postponement, Sale was projected to be moved back to pitch against the Mets on Monday. Chris is now scheduled for Sunday with Jose Quintana, Mat Latos and Gonzalez set to face the New Yorkers.

Photo of the Day

Melky’s slam was the third of his career. His last one was in 2011 for the Royals vs. the Indians.

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After Last Night’s Postponement, Sox Back in Action

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Today’s News

Three in K.C.

With last night’s postponement in Kansas City, the White Sox and Royals will now play a three-game series with the make-up date TBA. The Sox rotation will stay the same with everyone just moved back a day. Miguel Gonzalez (pictured above) will start tonight, Carlos Rodon tomorrow and Mat Latos Sunday in the series finale vs. the Royals. Chris Sale will pitch the opener vs. the Mets in New York Monday on Memorial Day.

First-Place Report

The Sox (27-21) maintain their half-game lead over the Indians in the American League Central.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of the series and what is now a nine-game road trip that continues with three vs. the Mets and three vs. the Tigers. Starting Pitchers: RHP Gonzalez 0-1, 4.57) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (0-0, 2.13) for K.C.

Quote of the Day

Jose Abreu on Robin and coach Todd Steverson telling him to slow down his approach to hitting:

“That’s the only way I know how to work, to work every day. It’s not in my nature to take a day off or do nothing. I like to work hard. That is the way I grew up as a player.’’

Tim Anderson Update

Read about prospect Tim Anderson‘s magnificent May at Class AAA Charlotte….

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160526&content_id=180461200&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&tcid=tw_article_180461200

…and watch him in action:

http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=742643183&topic_id=&sid=t494&tcid=vpp_copy_742643183&v=3

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals (1:15 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Rodon (2-4, 4.47) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (4-3, 4.81) for K.C.

Sunday’s Finale

White Sox vs. Royals (1:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Latos (6-1, 4.06) for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez (5-4, 3.67) for Kansas City.

Photo of the Day

Last night in K.C. (via CST_soxvan):

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“Time to go on a run”

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Thursday, May 26,2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox hold a half-game lead over the second place Indians in the American League Central.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and 10-game road trip that continues with three vs. the Mets and three vs. the Tigers. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 4.57) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (0-0, 2.13) for K.C.

Sox Notes of Note

Melky Cabrera, who hit a two-run eighth inning homer in yesterday’s 4-3 loss to the Tribe in the series finale, has hit all three of his homers at home this season…Avi Garcia, who had a pair of singles yesterday, recorded his 10th multi-hit game of the year and is hitting .329 with five doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored over his last 21 games…Austin Jackson also had two singles yesterday. He is batting .333 with four doubles and six RBI in 2016 and now has seven multi-hit efforts.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals (7:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-4, 4.47) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (4-3, 4.81) for K.C.

Saturday’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals (1:15 p.m. CT, WGN) in the third game of the series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (6-1, 4.06) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (4-3, 3.38) for Kansas City.

Sunday’s Finale

White Sox vs. Royals (1:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (9-1, 2.26) for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez (5-4, 3.67) for K.C.

Photo of the Day

Abreu is heating up. In the last two games against the Indians, he went 6 for 8 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.

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Q, Sox Look to Stop Tribe Before Leaving on Long Road Trip

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox (27-20) lead the second-place Tribe by 1.5 games in the American League Central.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series and 10-game homestand. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 1.98) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (3-5, 4.10) for Cleveland.

Last Night’s Highlights

Adam Eaton hit his third homer of the season in the 6-2 loss to the Indians…Jose Abreu went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles…Brett Lawrie doubled in run…The bullpen–Zach Putnam (1.2 IP), Tommy Kahnle (1.0), Matt Purke (2.0) and Dan Jennings (1.0)–tossed 5.2 innings of scoreless ball.

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Kudos for Sale and Quintana

Despite absorbing his first loss of the season last night, there’s no question that Chris Sale is enjoying a special year and continues to be one of the game’s premier pitchers. And right there with him is Quintana, giving the Sox a potent 1-2 punch.

Click on the top link below for an outstanding piece on Chris’ success and the bottom link for a look at the formidable Sox pitching duo. Both stories were written before last night’s game:

http://es.pn/1sO2hl0

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160523&content_id=179869604&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and 10-game road trip that continues with three vs. the Mets and three vs. the Tigers. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 4.57) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (0-0, 2.13) for K.C.

Photo of the Day

Here’s Abreu enjoying his Easterseals visit before last night’s game.

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Sale Seeks 10th Straight Win Tonight

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox (27-19) got out to an early lead in the first game of last night’s doubleheader vs. the Indians and held on for an exciting 7-6 victory. The Sox dropped the nightcap, 5-1, for a split of the twin bill. The Good Guys continue to lead the second-place Tribe by 2.5 games in the American League Central.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the third game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (9-0, 1.58) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (6-0, 3.56) for the Tribe.

Sale will be shooting for his 10th win in his 10th start of the season. Apart from leading major leagues in victories and sporting a sterling ERA, Chris has recorded 62 strikeouts and a .163 opponents average.

The Sox ace has won 10 consecutive starts dating back to 2015, the seventh longest streak in team history. He earned the win in his last start on May 19 vs. the Astros, tossing his third complete game of 2016. He became the second White Sox pitcher to win his first nine starts at the start of the season. Eddie Cicotte (12, 1919) was the first.

Sale also passed Doc White and tied Hall of Famer Ted Lyons for eighth place among White Sox all-time strikeout leaders (1,073).

Cy Sale?

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/179241612/chris-sale-could-win-the-al-cy-young-award

Last Night’s Highlights

Game 1:

Todd Frazier, the A.L.’s leading home run hitter, belted his 14th, a solo shot in the first inning, to get the White Sox on the board first. Frazier also singled and walked twice in the Sox win…Brett Lawrie went deep for a three-run homer in the fifth and was on base all five plate appearances with the homer, a single and three walks–and even stole a base…Austin Jackson went 3 for 3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored…Jimmy Rollins added an RBI single…Mat Latos improved his record to 6-1 with a quality start, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings of work. David Robertson protected the Sox’ one-run lead in the ninth, retiring the Tribe with two strikeouts for his 12th save.

The Frazier and Lawrie homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=729881083

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=730012483

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Game 2:

Melky Cabrera collected a pair of singles and an RBI and Frazier, who reached base four times in the first game, singled, doubled and scored in the loss to the Indians. Matt Purke, in relief of Erik Johnson, tossed 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.

Quote of the Day

Lawrie described his three-run homer in Game 1:

“I saw a bunch of pitches. I took a good amount of sliders and curveballs, and that allowed me, when I got to 3-2, to get a fastball, and I didn’t miss it.”

Sox Notes of Note

Frazier is hitting .351 with seven home runs, 16 RBI, 14 runs scored and 10 walks over his last 13 games. He is hitting .428 with two homers and three RBI in four contests against the Indians this season…Cabrera recorded his 19th multi-hit game of the year in Game 1. He is hitting .346 with 11 RBI and eight runs scored in May…Jackson is batting .461 with a double, triple and three RBI over his last five games…Avi Garcia is hitting .333 with five doubles, two homers, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored over his last 19 games.

Incredible, But True

The Indians played the 18,000th game in franchise history in Game 1 last night and the White Sox played their 18,000th game in Game 2.
No kidding.

South Side Memories

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-skrbina-2005-world-series-cell-white-sox-20160521-column.html

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series and 10-game homestand. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 1.98) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (3-5, 4.10) for Cleveland.

Photo of the Day

First-game fireworks.

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Showdown

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First-Place Report

By virtue of yesterday’s thrilling 3-2 win over the Royals in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd of 34,526, the White Sox increased their lead over the Indians to 2.5 games in the American League Central. The Sox and the Tribe are set to begin a four-game series today on the South Side with a doubleheader.

Today’s Twin Bill

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field:

Game 1 (4:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (5-1, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Mike Clevinger (0-0, 6.75) for the Tribe.

Game 2 (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 7.20) for the Sox, RHP Cody Anderson (0-3. 7.99) for Cleveland.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera‘s bases-loaded single brought in the tying and winning runs in the fifth inning (click on top link below) and Todd Frazier belted his 13th homer, a solo shot in the fourth (click on bottom link), as the Sox prevailed…Carlos Rodon won his second game of the season with a quality start, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing just a pair of runs…The bullpen finished it off with 2.1 innings of perfect baseball thanks to Matt Albers (0.1 IP), Zach Duke (0.1), Nate Jones (0.2) and David Robertson (1.0), who earned his 11th save.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=726272383

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=726151483

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Quote of the Day

Following yesterday’s game, Melky said what all Sox fans were thinking about Sunday’s finale vs. the Royals:

“We needed to win this game.”

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are now 8-3 vs. the A.L. Central this season…The Sox boast a 2.27 ERA with eight quality starts vs. their division foes…Rodon owns a 5-1 record with a 1.94 ERA and 46 strikeouts in eight career starts (seven quality) vs. the Central…Jones has tossed nine consecutive scoreless outings (9.0 IP) at home. He has made 17 scoreless appearances vs the Royals (17.1 IP) since 2012…Cabrera has hit safely in 15 consecutive contests vs. Kansas City, which is the longest active streak in the majors vs. the world champions. Melky is also batting .338 with six doubles, one triple, 10 RBI, seven walks and nine runs scored in May…Adam Eaton owns a nine-game hitting streak (.342). He is batting .338 with three doubles, three triples, one homer and eight RBI over his last 16 games…Frazier collected his 11th multi-hit game of the season.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the third game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (9-0, 1.58) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (6-0, 3.56) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Homecoming Weekend was a treat for White Sox fans. Sox stars of the past who gathered on Sunday before the game were (pictured below, left to right): Jack McDowell, Lance Johnson, Donn Pall, Dan PasquaTim Raines, Roberto Hernandez, Mike Huff and Harold Baines. Raines is embracing his twin daughters while the other youngster in the picture is Hernandez’s grandson.

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Four Stars of the Past Come Home

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox hold a game-and-a-half lead over the second-place Indians in the A.L. Central.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 5.17) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (0-0, 2.57) for K.C.

The Saladino Show

Tyler Saladino put on a show at shortstop last night in the Sox’ 4-1 loss to the Royals. Take a look:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=717821183

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=718217583

Heroes Back in the Day

As part of Homecoming Weekend, the Sox welcomed back 1990s stars Tim Raines, Lance Johnson, Roberto Hernandez and Jack McDowell (pictured left to right in the photo above alongside Sox PA announcer Gene Honda). Below they are shown throwing out the ceremonial first pitches.

Quotes of the Day

Click on the link and watch Jason Benetti and Steve Stone interview McDowell and Johnson on the Sox telecast:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=718033083

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.73) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (4-2, 4.85) for K.C.

Photo of the Day

From one No. 1 to another.

Adam Eaton poses with “One Dog” Johnson, who proudly wore the number for the Sox in the late ’80s and ’90s. Eaton also showed his respect for Johnson by presenting him with a signed bat.

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Sale Reaches Nine Straight Wins in Brilliant Fashion…Sox Ready to Host Royals During Homecoming Weekend

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

With their 2-1 triumph last night, the White Sox (25-16) remain on top of the American League Central with a 2.5 game lead over the second-place Indians.

Homecoming: This Weekend’s Activities

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/homecoming_weekend.jsp

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-2, 1.54) for the Sox, RHP Dillion Gee (0-1, 3.12) for K.C.

Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale (9-0, 1.58) recorded his ninth straight victory to start the season, allowing just one run and four hits with no walks along with tying a season-high of nine strikeouts in the Sox’ win (click on both links below). It was Sale’s third complete game of the season and second in a row. He didn’t walk a batter for the fourth time in 2016 and has won 10 consecutive starts dating back to last season–the seventh longest streak in club history…Jerry Sands singled home Todd Frazier in the bottom of the second inning with the first Sox run and Alex Avila‘s sac fly scored Jimmy Rollins with the second run for a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh. That insurance run was good thing because Houston’s Evan Gattis made it a 2-1 game in the top of the eighth with a solo homer. Sale eased Sox fans’ fears by retiring the next three batters in the eighth and tossing a scoreless ninth.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=715395483

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=715914783

More Sale

–Chris is the second pitcher in White Sox history to win his first nine starts of the season, joining Eddie Cicotte (12-0, 1.07 in 1919).

–Chris became the first A.L. pitcher with a win in his first nine appearances (including relief) since the Tigers’ George Uhle in 1929.

–Sale is the first major-league pitcher since the Diamondbacks’ Brandon Webb in 2008 to start a season 9-0 through nine starts.

–The last Sox pitcher with three or more complete games in his first nine starts of a season was Jack McDowell in 1991 (also three). The last big-league pitcher with three or more complete games in his first nine starts of the season was Johnny Cueto in 2014 (three). The last A.L. pitcher with three or more complete games in his first nine starts of the season was Zack Greinke in 2009 (four).

–Chris passed Doc White and tied Hall of Famer Ted Lyons for eighth place among White Sox all-time strikeout leaders (1,073).

Read this about Sale from SI:

http://www.si.com/mlb/2016/05/19/chris-sale-white-sox-profile

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Quote of the Day

Eaton Proving People Wrong

Adam Eaton is hitting .365 with three doubles, three triples, one homer, eight RBI and 10 walks over the last 13 games.

Read more about the Sox right-fielder, who is having an All-Star type season:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-adam-eaton-success-haugh-spt-0520-20160519-column.html

Corey Ray: Pride of the South Side

http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/ray-of-light-corey-ray/

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 5.17) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (0-0, 2.57) for K.C.

Photo of the Day

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Sale’s Goal: Get Ninth Straight Win

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The first-place White Sox have a two-and-a-half-game lead over the second-place Indians in the American League Central.

Tonight’s Game

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.

Sale is set to make his ninth start of the season. He has recorded 53 strikeouts and a .167 opponents average over his first eight starts.

Chris is baseball’s only eight-game winner and just the fourth White Sox starter to win each of his first eight starts of a season, joining Eddie Cicotte (12, 1919), John Whitehead (8, 1935) and Jon Garland (8, 2005).

The Sox ace earned the win in his last start on May 13 at vs. the Yankees in New York, tossing a complete game and allowing just one run on six hits with six strikeouts. He has gone 3-1 with a 0.56 and .165 opponents average lifetime vs. the Astros. He is 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA and .155 opponents average at U.S. Cellular Field.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Abreu went 2 for 4 with two RBI, Melky Cabrera went 2 for 4 and tripled in a run and Adam Eaton and Dioner Navarro each collected a pair of hits in the Sox’ 5-3 loss to the Astros.

Triple Your Pleasure

The Sox executed their second triple play of the season in the eighth inning of last night’s game. With men on first and second, Todd Frazier fielded a ground ball and tagged the third base bag. He quickly threw to Brett Lawrie for the second out at second base and Lawrie threw to Abreu for out No. 3.

The Sox are the first MLB team to turn two triple plays in a season since the 2007 Phillies. They have now engineered two triple plays in the following years: 1922, 1931, 1944, 2006 and 2016.

Enjoy:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=711484983

Quote of the Day

Jimmy Rollins on the Sox enduring a recent “bump in the road”:

“We don’t expect it to be a fairy tale. We don’t expect it to be easy. It never has. It never will be. So we have to stand strong until things turn around.”

Adam Eaton “Has Quietly Been One of Baseball’s Very Best Players”

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160518&content_id=178842940&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-2, 1.54) for the Sox, RHP Dillion Gee (0-1, 3.12) for K.C.

Play Ball!

The White Sox surprised two Tinley Park youth teams with a big-league experience on Saturday for the inaugural ‘PLAY BALL WEEKEND.’ The initiative is a league-wide effort by MLB and all 30 Clubs to engage young baseball fans and celebrate the continued support of youth participation in baseball and softball (see video above).

White Sox public address announcer Gene Honda, organist Lori Moreland, Southpaw, Mazda Pride Crew members and the retro racers provided pre-game and in-game entertainment at Guenzi Field.
Matt Windle, commissioner and director of fundraising and sponsorships for Tinley Park Youth Baseball, worked with White Sox staff to coordinate the event. The organization, which began in 1961, currently has 70 teams in the league.

“We had the opportunity to have the kids play a big league game,” Windle said. “It’s kind of neat being up there and keeping the surprise from the kids and watching everyone come around the corner from over the bridge. It’s certainly a unique opportunity for these kids.”

Honda announced each player’s name prior to the game, and the 11 and 12-year-olds lined up down their respective foul lines.

“These are perks that you never see around our field,” Windle added, pointing to the excitement surrounding the pregame ceremony. “This is a unique experience.”

Professor Ventura

Prior to Wednesday’s game, White Sox manager Robin Ventura spent time getting to know a group of business students from his alma mater, Oklahoma State University.

Ventura, joined by Sox TV broadcaster Jason Benetti, talked to the class about his professional career and even engaged in friendly debate about his favorite Chicago-style pizza.

“What restaurant has your favorite pizza in Chicago?” one student asked. “Lou Malnati’s,” Ventura said. Glancing at a disagreeing Benetti, he laughed and added, “I know, that makes you a little sensitive.”

Ventura talked about his college baseball career at OSU, explaining that the team lived in the dorm closest to the baseball field because they had to move the tarp when it rained.

“That dorm did not have air conditioning back then, either,” he said, prompting much laughter in the room.

Ventura fielded various questions from the class, which also attended last night’s game. Other conversation highlights:

Q: What was it like to be part of Bedlam, the heated rivalry between OSU and Oklahoma?

A: It was crazy back then. You got a lot of people, athlete-wise, who lived in the same quarters, so we would all just walk over together. At Oklahoma State, you feel like you’re the underdog. You fight a little harder and feel like you want to win more. I’ve always felt that and always had that.

Q: What is one of the hardest parts of your job as manager?

A: If you’re not playing a guy, they want to know why. You might have to send a guy to the minor leagues. You earn their trust and respect. It’s not an easy thing to do, but it is more meaningful if you do it face-to-face for all these guys that we have in our organization. You guys might go out working and the guy who’s up-front, being honest, is the guy you want to be working for.

Q: Who taught you to be up-front like that?

A: When I went to OSU, Gary Ward was the coach. He was a tough, honest, up-front guy.

Q: What is the biggest lesson you try to instill in your players in terms of character?

A: Your heart’s going to come out of your uniform because of the pressure. You want them to understand it’s better to play this game stress-free and anxiety-free.

Photo of the Day

Robin and Jason hold court with the students from OSU.
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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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