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Paulie’s #14 Takes Its Rightful Place in White Sox Lore

Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Today’s News

A Special Day For a Special Player

A jubilant sellout crowd was on hand yesterday to honor White Sox favorite Paul Konerko and watch as one of the truly great players in franchise history had his #14 retired. When the moving tribute ended, Paulie became one of 10 Sox legends to earn the honor, joining Nellie Fox (2), Harold Baines (3), Luke Appling (4), Minnie Minoso (9), Luis Aparicio (11), Ted Lyons (16), Billy Pierce (19), Frank Thomas (35) and Carlton Fisk (72).

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This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series and finale of the seven-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-4, 4.13) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (3-3, 2.98) for Minnesota.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Chris Sale pitched a solid eight innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out 10, but it wasn’t enough as the Sox dropped a 4-3 decision to the Twins…Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez each went 2-4 with an RBI and Melky Cabrera drove in another…Here’s Chris at his best in yesterday’s game:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v128311483

Quote of the Day

Hank Konerko, Paul’s dad, on the Sox retiring his son’s #14 (via CSN’s Chuck Garfien):

“This is the greatest athletic honor in Paul’s life and I will never forget this tribute by the Sox.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and four-city, 11-game road trip that continues with games vs. the Orioles (2), Astros (3) and Rangers (3). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 5.60) for the Sox, RHP Drew Hutchison (3-2, 6.06) for the Jays.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 41 on May 18 at U.S. Cellular Field, Mark Buehrle pitched 7.1 innings of shutout ball for his seventh win of the season as the White Sox blanked the Rangers, 7-0. Konerko went 3-4 with a solo homer, his 10th, A.J. Pierzynski went deep with a two-run blast, his seventh, and Jermaine Dye doubled three times and drove in a pair of runs. The first-place Sox moved to 29-12 on the year.

Still Hitting After All These Years

One of the heroes of 2005, Sox centerfielder Aaron Rowand, was in action yesterday representing the White Sox at the annual Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown, N.Y. And how about this? He won the Bob Feller Player of the Game Award for his two-run homer and four RBI in the American League’s 7-5 victory over the National League. Here’s more:

http://tinyurl.com/lv3lq44

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Photos/Video of the Day

Enjoy more of the sights (and sounds via a link to the video below) from yesterday’s Konerko jersey retirement celebration at U.S. Cellular Field and even at the United Center last night. Photos from top to bottom: PK walks in from centerfield; Paulie at the podium; the Konerko family; the fans show their admiration an respect; Gordon Beckham reunites with Konerko’s son Nick; the replica statue giveaway; and Paulie even got his due during the Blackhawks double overtime triumph over the Ducks.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v128000683

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Retiring PK’s #14: A Moment To Remember

Saturday, May 23, 2015
 
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Today’s News

Paulie Joins the Pantheon of Sox Greats

Before today’s game with the Twins, Paul Konerko will join the nine other White Sox legends who have had their uniform numbers retired: Nellie Fox (2), Harold Baines (3), Luke Appling (4), Minnie Minoso (9), Luis Aparicio (11), Ted Lyons(16), Billy Pierce (19), Frank Thomas (35) and Carlton Fisk (72).

One of the most popular and productive players ever to wear a Sox uniform, Konerko ranks among the franchise leaders in numerous categories, including total bases (1st, 4,010), 20-HR seasons (1st, 12), home runs (2nd, 432), RBI (2nd, 1,383), extra base hits (2nd, 846), games (2nd, 2,268), hits (3rd, 2,292), doubles (3rd, 406), slugging percentage (3rd, .491), runs scored (4th, 1,141) and walks (4th, 904). His 16 seasons are tied with Thomas for the fifth longest tenure in club history.

The Sox celebrated “Paul Konerko Day” on September  27 last year, unveiling a statue depicting his celebration following his grand slam in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series. PK collected five home runs and 15 RBI in the ’05 postseason and won the American League Championship Series MVP as the Sox made their run to the World Series title.

A replica of the statue will be given out today to the first 20,000 fans.

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A Konerko Tribute

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/125943260/phil-rogers-paul-konerkos-everyman-style-made-him-a-white-sox-favorite

PK Media Session

Konerko held a press conference yesterday in anticipation of today’s ceremony and talked about a variety of subjects. Here’s a sampling:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v126001783

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/47150548/v126389183

This Afternoon’s Game

 
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-1, 4.36) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (2-3, 5.15) for Minnesota.

Sale is set to make his eighth start of 2015, fifth at home and third vs. the Twins. He owns a 1.69 ERA, and has 18 strikeouts and a .132 opponents average over his last two starts. He had a no decision in his last outing Monday vs. the Indians, allowing just one run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over eight innings pitched. Three of the four hits allowed were singles.

Chris is 7-2 with a 3.28 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 18 career games (10 starts) vs. Minnesota. He has gone 3-0 with a 2.56 mark and a .193 opponents average in his career vs. the Twins at home.

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Last Night’s Highlights
 
Samardzija, Soto & Shuck could very well be mistaken for the name of a law firm. But last night the three “S-men” paved the way for an exciting 3-2 White Sox win over the Twins…After giving up a pair of runs in the first inning, Jeff was virtually untouchable as he completed eight innings of work (click on top link below). The Shark set down 17 straight hitters and 21 of 22 en route to his fourth victory of the season, which included nine strikeouts..Geovany, who went 2-3, tied the game with a double down the third-base line in the fourth inning (click on bottom link below) and J.B., who started in right field in place of Avi Garcia, drove in the eventual winning run in the bottom of the eighth, scoring Gordon Beckham (who walked as a pinch-hitter) with a sac fly…David Robertson closed it out with save No. 9, setting down the heart of the Minnesota order in the ninth by striking out Torii Hunter, getting Joe Mauer on a routine groundout and fanning Trevor Plouffe to end the game…Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 17 games.
 
Quote of the Day
 
“You could ask Peyton Manning about work ethic. You could have Greg Maddux explain professionalism. You could seek out Mark Messier to teach leadership. You could engage Derek Jeter to understand class and poise. Or you could just sit down with Paul Konerko.” —Steve Rosenbloom, Chicago Tribune.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and seven-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-4, 4.13) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (3-3, 2.98) for Minny.
 
2005 Flashback

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

In Game 40 on May 17 at U.S. Cellular Field, Jon Garland pitched seven strong innings to improve his record to an unblemished 8-0 as the White Sox defeated the Rangers, 5-2. A.J. Pierzynski blasted a two-run homer, Tadahito Iguchi,Aaron Rowand and Konerko each drove in a run and Scott Podsednik collected a pair of hits, scored twice and stole his 24th base. Dustin Hermanson earned his ninth save as the first-place Sox stood at 28-12.

Photo of the Day

Counting on the “Great White (Sox) Shark”…

Friday, May 22, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (3-2, 4.58) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (3-4, 4.76) for Minnesota.

The Shark is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his three home starts this season and has gone seven-plus innings in each of those outings. Samardzija earned the win in his last start, May 17 at Oakland, allowing three runs on eight hits in eight innings of work.

Last Night’s Highlights

Tyler Flowers cranked a long two-run, ninth-inning homer (click on link below) in the Sox’ 5-2 loss to the Indians…Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 16 games, Adam Eaton‘s streak reached 10…Scott Carroll (2.2 IP) and Hector Noesi (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in relief of John Danks.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v125632083/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

Beware of the Abreu Hug!

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White Sox Jersey Day

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v125632083/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

Quote of the Day

Robin on the Sox’ chemistry:

“It’s a good group. They get along, they pull for each other, you like the way it’s heading.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series and Paul Konerko Day. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-1, 4.36) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (2-3, 5.15) for Minny.

Photo/Video of the Day

We’re a day away from retiring Konerko’s No. 14. Here’s why we love Paulie:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v124768083

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Danks, Abreu & Company Eye Series Split With Indians

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (1-3, 5.12) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (4-1, 4.06) for Cleveland.

Danks was outstanding in his last start, earning his second win in the Sox’ 4-3 victory over the A’s on Saturday. He gave up just two runs and three hits along with three walks while striking out six in seven innings. John is 1-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts at home this season.

Last Night’s Highlights

A ninth-inning rally fell just short as the Sox dropped a 4-3 decision to the Indians…Adam Eaton (No. 1) and Conor Gillaspie (2) each belted solo homers (click on links below) and Jose Abreu singled in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to 15…Eaton extended his hitting streak to nine games (.350 over that span) and Gillaspie is batting .333 over his last 10 …Carlos Rodon took the loss, but had a quality start as he gave up only a run and four hits along with five walks in six innings of work.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v123770983

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v124104383

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Eaton on MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk”

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v124104383

Quote of the Day

Jeff Samardzija on the recent success of the Sox’ starting rotation:

“It’s what we’re expecting out of ourselves. It’s not so much a rhythm, it’s getting back to what we expect every day we start. We know a lot goes with how we go, and as long as we get our offense back in the dugout we have a pretty good lineup to score some runs.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Probable Starters: RHP Samardzija  (3-2, 4.58) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (3-4, 4.76) for Minnesota.

Photos of the Day

If you’ll be attending Saturday’s game/the retirement of Paulie‘s No. 14, here are some tips to help you enjoy the experience to the max.

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Rodon Takes On Tribe In Game 3 Of Series

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the third game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 4.96) for the Sox, Shaun Marcum (0-0, 1.80) for the Tribe.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Quintana tossed seven strong innings, allowing just a pair of runs, in the Sox’ 3-1 loss to the Indians (click on top link below)…Avi Garcia drove in his 18th run of the season (click on bottom link below) and is hitting .429 with eight RBI over his last seven games…Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a ground-rule double. It’s the longest active streak in the American League…With a single, Tyler Flowers is now batting .316 over his last six games…Adam Eaton extended his hitting streak to six games with a single. He’s batting .361 during that span.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v122531783/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v122163983

“Once a Sox Man, Always a Sox Man”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-barack-obama-white-sox-cubs-twitter-20150520-column.html

Quote of the Day

The Wisconsin Badgers’ Frank Kaminsky, the college basketball player of the year from Chicago, is about to take his talents to the NBA. He took over the Sports Illustrated twitter feed (@SInow) yesterday and showed where his real loyalties lie when asked, “Who’s your dream team to play for?”:

@SInow: Chicago @whitesox  

More on Kaminsky and the Sox: http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2015/05/19/125331786/frank-kaminsky-wants-to-play-for-the-white-sox

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Yet Another Reason to Appreciate Chris Sale

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150518&content_id=125236274&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Meanwhile, Down in Birmingham

Sox prospects Jacob May (OF) and Tim Anderson (SS) are hitting .306 and .304, respectively, for the Class AA Barons. They have combined for 36 stolen bases in 39 games.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (1-3, 5.12) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (4-1, 4.06) for Cleveland.

Photos of the Day

What teammates do.

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Sanchez Walk-Off Creates “Extra” Excitement as Sox Win Sixth Straight

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game set. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-3, 4.39) for the Sox, Trevor Bauer (2-1, 3.67) for Cleveland.

Last Night’s Highlights

Carlos Sanchez singled home pinch-runner J.B. Shuck with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to give the White Sox a dramatic 2-1 walk-off win over the Indians for their sixth triumph in a row (click on top link below)…The Sox are also above .500 for the first time at 18-17, have won 10 of 13 and are 11-5 at home…Adam Eaton tripled in the bottom of the sixth inning (click on middle link below) and with two outs scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at 1-1 (click on bottom link below)…Chris Sale was outstanding in his “as good as advertised” showdown with 2014 Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, allowing just one run, four hits and a pair of walks along with seven strikeouts in eight innings of work…David Robertson came on in the ninth and retired the Tribe in order, Zach Duke did likewise in the 10th and came away with his second victory of the season.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v121350383/?adbid=10153949366918298&adbpl=fb&adbpr=45484098297&partnerId=as_cws_20150519_46033546&short_code=30mmq

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/69622576/v121194383

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/30813258/v121203383

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When Coleman Talks, Eaton Listens

No sooner than baserunning coach Vince Coleman asked Eaton to be more aggressive on the bases, Adam did it and did it in a dramatic way.

http://atmlb.com/1Egk3dP

Avi

Avi Garcia, who left the game in the 10th after drawing the walk that proved to be the game-winning run in the form of pinch-runner Shuck, ranks among the American League leaders in batting average (.338) and multi-hit efforts (15). Garcia has inflammation in his right knee and is listed day-to-day.

Here’s a Monday USA Today profile on Avi:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2015/05/18/avisail-garcia-white-sox-consistency-bo-jackson/27545679/

Streaking

Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 13 games last night, the fourth hitting streak of 12-plus games in his first two major-league seasons. He is the only player in baseball to record as many 12-plus streaks over the past two years. He registered streaks of 21, 18 and 14 in 2014.

Quote of the Day

Robin on second baseman Sanchez, last night’s hero.

“He’s a smart baseball player. He’s a heady player, just aware of a lot of things. People might get caught up in the defense part of him, but he also gives you a good at-bat. He’s been in our minor leagues and on our radar for a while, just being able to help you do a lot of different things.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the third game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 4.96) for the Sox, TBA for the Tribe.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 36 on May 13 vs. the Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox won their fourth straight, 5-3, and improved to 27-9. Paul Konerko collected two hits and two RBI, Scott Podsednik went 3-5 with two runs scored and stole his 18th base of the season and Tadahito Iguchi, Willie Harris and Carl Everett each drove in a run. Mark Buehrle went eight innings for his sixth win and Dustin Hermanson recorded his eighth save and his third in as many games.

And here’s a Buehrle ’05 World Series bonus:

http://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/articles/buehrle-at-minute-maid-where-he-got-his-ws-save/

The Book on Paulie as His No. 14 is Retired on Saturday

http://www.shermanreport.com/chicago-news-konerko-book-celebrates-career-with-white-sox/

#EmilyStrong

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-emily-beazley-succumbs-st-0520-20150519-story.html

Photo of the Day

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Sale and Streaking Sox Home Tonight to Face Kluber and Tribe

Monday, May 18, 2015

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Today’s News

On a Roll

The White Sox are home tonight after taking two of three from the Brewers and sweeping the A’s for a 5-1 road trip–winning five in a row after losing the first game in Milwaukee. We have also won nine of our last 12, four straight series and are now at .500 for the first time since the start of the season at 17-17.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with three against the Twins this weekend. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-1, 5.09) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (1-5, 4.27) for the Tribe.

Sale is set to make his seventh start of the season, the fourth at home and first vs. Cleveland. Chris earned his third victory on May 12 at Milwaukee, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk along with 11 strikeouts in six innings of work. He extended his own franchise record with his 19th double-digit strikeout performance.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jeff Samardzija was at his competitive best, allowing three runs in eight innings for his third win in the Sox’ 7-3 triumph over Oakland…Avi Garcia, who was 7-12 with a homer and six RBI in the series, went 3-5 with a two-run homer (click on top link below)…Alexei Ramirez went 2-4 with two RBI (click on bottom link below) and Jose Abreu and Gordon Beckham each added a ribbie.

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2015_05_17_chamlb_oakmlb_1&mode=video&content_id=120173483&tcid=vpp_copy_120173483

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2015_05_17_chamlb_oakmlb_1&mode=video&content_id=120057383&tcid=vpp_copy_120057383

Quotes of the Day

Abreu on Garcia:

“He’s a very, very talented player. He has five tools, and he has shown it.” 

Beckham on the Sox winning streak:

“The results are starting to get there so it’s not just us saying it that we have a good team. We’re starting to win some games. We’re starting to come together and I like where we’re headed.” 

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Garcia Talks About His Strong Start

Avi has a slash line of .346/.380/.492 with four home runs, 17 RBI and 20 runs scored in 33 games. He talks about his success.

http://trib.in/1e9ib1x

Sox Note of Note

The May 27 game in Toronto against the Blue Jays is now scheduled for 11:37 p.m. CT. The next day, the Sox play the makeup doubleheader in Baltimore, beginning at 12:05 p.m. CT.

Prospect Courtney Hawkins on Transition to Class AA Birmingham

http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=119137383&sid=t247

Ballpark Events During Cleveland Series

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/124574172/white-sox-announce-upcoming-series-events

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game set. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-3, 4.39) for the Sox, Trevor Bauer (2-1, 3.67) for Cleveland.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 35 on May 12 vs. the Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox won their third straight and improved to 26-9 on the season. Jon Garland raised his record to 7-0, tossing eight strong innings and Dustin Hermanson came on in the ninth to register his seventh save. A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe belted solo homers and Aaron Rowand doubled in a run.

Photos of the Day

Potent 1-2 punch: Shark yesterday, Sale tonight.

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Robin on Sox Surge: “This Is What They Thought They Would Be Like”

Sunday, May 17, 2015

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Today’s News

Heading in the Right Direction

The White Sox’ 4-3 triumph over the A’s last night gave us our fourth consecutive victory and eighth win in the last 11 contests. It was also the fourth straight series win and put us a victorious game away from .500 heading into this afternoon’s series and road trip finale. And for the second straight night the Sox pushed across the eventual game-winning run in the seventh inning for a one-run conquest.

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Today’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland (3:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game road trip as the Sox go for the sweep of the Athletics and a 5-1 record on the trip. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-2, 4.80) for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir (2-1, 2.78) for the Athletics.

Last Night’s Highlights

The White Sox exploded with a 13-hit attack…Melky Cabrera was 3-5 with an RBI and two runs scored…Avi Garcia went 3-3, including a double, plus a walk and two RBI…Jose Abreu singled, doubled, was hit by a pitch (his third HBP in the last two games) and drove in the Sox’ fourth run…Adam Eaton knocked out two hits and scored twice..John Danks enjoyed his second consecutive strong, seven-inning start, allowing just two runs, three hits and three walks along with six strikeouts for his second win…David Robertson came on with two out in the eighth and ended a threat, then set down the A’s 1-2-3 in the ninth for his eighth save.

RBI by Cabrera, Garcia and Abreu:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v118761283

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v118609983

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v118767983

Quote of the Day

Skipper Robin Ventura on the Sox:

“…They continue to believe, I think that’s the biggest thing with these guys. They’re becoming a confident group. It’s a good feeling…They’re not throwing parties in here. This is what they thought they would be like.”

Sox Note of Note

The single-admission doubleheader between the Sox and Orioles on May 28, made necessary by the two postponements due to the civil unrest in Baltimore on April 27-28, has been rescheduled. The twin bill will begin at 12:05 p.m. CT–it was previously set to begin at 3:05 p.m. CT.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with three against the Twins. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-1, 5.09) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (1-5, 4.27) for the Tribe.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 34 on May 11 at Tampa Bay, Paul Konerko doubled in a pair of runs in a four-run fifth inning as the White Sox defeated the then-Devil Rays, 5-2. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez earned his fifth win of the year and Dustin Hermanson chalked up save No. 6. The first-place Sox improved their record to 25-9.

Photo of the Day

Here’s our annual May 17 tribute to former Sox All-Star Carlos May, the only professional athlete to wear his birthday on the back of his uniform.

Happy Birthday, Carlos!

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Seventh Inning Rally And Perfect Relay = Third Win In A Row

Saturday, May 16, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland (8:07 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (1-3, 5.12) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Chavez (1-3, 2.56) for the Athletics.

Last Night’s Highlights

Trailing 6-2, the White Sox exploded for five runs after two outs in the seventh inning to take a 7-6 lead and held on for the victory…Adam LaRoche and Avi Garcia were the big hitting heroes in the seventh, each doubling in a pair of runs. Melky Cabrera added another…LaRoche had three ribbies on the night, Adam Eaton collected a single and a double, plated two runs and extended the inning prior to the scoring by hustling to beat out a grounder, preventing a double play…Jose Abreu knocked out a hit, was twice hit by a pitch and scored twice…Scott Carroll earned the win in relief, his first this season, and Zach Duke chalked up his first save in a Sox uniform.

The game ended in the ninth when the A’s’ Stephen Vogt got caught in a rundown between third base and home while trying to score the tying run on a Coco Crisp gapper. Vogt, who was on first base via a two-out walk, was waved home, but a brilliant relay from Eaton to Alexei Ramirez to Abreu to Gordon Beckham to Geovany Soto prevented him from scoring.

The five-run seventh (top link) and the perfect relay (bottom link):

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v117743983

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/11493214/v117759283

Quote of the Day

Eaton on the game-ending relay:

“Spring training at its finest right there. We can’t say that all that often, but we worked on that. It’s nice that it actually shows up in the game.”

Paulie Day

Just a reminder…Paul Konerko Day is a week from today (Saturday, May 23, 3:10 p.m., CT) as Paulie has his No. 14 retired. Here are some words of wisdom from the captain.

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Sanchez Recalled, Johnson to Charlotte

The White Sox have recalled second baseman Carlos Sanchez and optioned Micah Johnson to Class AAA Charlotte. The 22-year-old Sanchez is currently second in the International League this season in hits (45) and fifth in batting average with a .344 mark. He was named Batter of the Week twice.

Sanchez hit safely in 22 of the Knights’ first 29 games. On May 1 the Venezuelan native went 5-5 and was 9-9 after a 4-4 game the next day. Over those two days he reached base in 10 straight plate appearances and had four runs scored, three doubles, two homers and seven RBI. He homered both lefty and righty on May 2.

Carlos was in the starting lineup last night, batting ninth, and he singled in four at bats.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum (3:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-2, 4.80) for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir (2-1, 2.78) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

The hilarious Melissa McCarthy was at U.S. Cellular Field yesterday filming the upcoming movie, “Michelle Darnell.” Here she is in all of her Sox splendor.

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Sox Win Third Straight Series, Rodon Ready to Face A’s on Friday

Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Quintana pitched a stellar seven-plus innings and Avi Garcia (No. 3) and Adam LaRoche (No. 4) hit back-to-back homers (click on links below) in a three-run first inning as the White Sox won their third straight series, downing the Brewers, 4-2, in the rubber match of the three-game set…Quintana gave up just one run on four hits and a lone walk while striking out a season-high 10 batters for his second win…Jake Petricka came on in relief of Quintana with one on in the eighth, gave up a couple of hits, but induced a double play ball to end the inning…David Robertson pitched the ninth and earned his seventh save.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v113906983/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v113911183

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Garcia leads the White Sox this season in average (.322), hits (38), runs scored (18) and multi-hit games (13)…Avi has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 contests dating back to April 22 and ranks among the American League leaders in hits and average.

Quote of the Day

Robertson after last night’s game (via whitesox.com):

“The last two series have been really good for us. We’ve had a good atmosphere in the dugout, the guys have been playing really hard, the offense is coming through, the pitching is doing well. We’re just playing a lot better brand of baseball now.”

Robin on MLB Network

From yesterday…

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/7417714/v113651083

Sodfather and Son

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/western-springs/sports/ct-dws-baseball-nazareth-roger-bossard-tl-0514-20150512-story.html

Next Game

After today’s off day, it will be the White Sox vs. the A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series on Friday. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 2.92)–now in the starting rotation–for the Sox, RHP Jesse Hahn (1-3, 4.73) for the Athletics.

Photo of the Day

Rodon will be seeking his second major-league victory on Friday night after winning his first in his initial start last Saturday against the Reds. He allowed just two runs and four hits along with eight strikeouts in six innings of work.

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