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It’s “Quintana Time” in Rubber Match with KC

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.26) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (9-5, 3.70) for Kansas City.

Quintana ranks among the American League leaders in quality starts (T5th, 15), HR/9.0 IP (5th, 0.43), opponent slugging percentage (8th, .334) and opponent OPS (8th, .625). He is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA, 48 strikeouts and a .169 opponents average in his last six starts. He is tied for second in the AL with eight no decisions this season and leads MLB with 35 no decisions since 2012.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, De Aza LF, Flowers C, Sierra RF.

Play of the Day

Adam Dunn hit his 15th home run of the season and 455th of his career in last night’s loss to the Royals (click on link below for video). The Sox slugger is currently in 35th place on the all-time list.

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Sox Notes of Note

Congratulations to Tyler Flowers on the birth of his second child. Tyler left the ballpark right after Monday night’s game to be with his wife Nancy, who gave birth to son Brantley Cole…Hawk Harrelson will be in Cooperstown this weekend for the Hall of Fame inductions of Frank Thomas and Tony LaRussa.

It’s Just the Beginning

No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon made his professional debut last night with the Sox’ Arizona Rookie League team. The lefty hurler was clocked at 96 mph in his one inning of work, allowing a run and two hits while striking out one. It was his first time on the mound since May 16.

Quote of the Day

Adam Eaton has been named the White Sox winner of the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award, it was announced yesterday by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

One player from each of the 30 major-league clubs was selected for “his passion for the game of baseball and who best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.” Former players do the voting and the overall winner will be announced on November 18.

Here’s Adam talking about the honor: 

“I’m pumped. My wife and  talked about it today, and it’s my first big-league trophy, which is kind of cool. I’m honored. If you’re playing the right way and healthy, and doing what you should be doing, you should definitely compete for that trophy every year. I’m very pleased…You’ve got to play hard every day, and I’m blessed to have the opportunity, and I’m excited.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHPHector Noesi (4-6, 4.55) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (10-6, 4.05) for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

Five years ago today, Mark Buehrle pitched the 18th perfect game in MLB history.

http://atmlb.com/1A5XWbI

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Carroll Looks to Continue Winning Ways

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-5, 4.19) for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen (1-2, 6.46) for KC.

Carroll is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA over his last two starts. He tossed five scoreless innings on July 12 vs. Cleveland before leaving with lower back stiffness and allowed just one hit over 6.2 scoreless IP in his previous outing on July 7 at Boston.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Dunn DH, Konerko 1B, Beckham, 2B, Sierra RF, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was his usual brilliant self in his first start since the All-Star break in last night’s 3-1 win over the Royals. He allowed just a single run, seven hits and two walks along with eight strikeouts as he won his ninth game and lowered his ERA to 2.03…Chris is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his last three starts and is 7-1 with a 1.90 ERA at home this season…the bullpen did its part as well as Ronald Belisario pitched a scoreless eighth and Jake Petricka (shown below with Tyler Flowers after the final out) did likewise in the ninth while chalking up his fourth save…Adam Dunn drove in a pair of runs in the first innng with an opposite field single against the shift and Gordon Beckham brought home a run with a sixth inning sac fly…after getting on base four times on Sunday with two hits and two walks, Adam Eaton reached base three more times last night with two singles and a walk, lifting his batting average to .284…Jose Abreu‘s seventh-inning double extended his hitting streak to 11 games and he has now hit safely in 30 of his last 11 games.

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For Starters, This is Pretty Impressive

White Sox starters own a 3.18 ERA since June 23, the best mark in the American League and fourth-best in the MLB during that span.

Look Who Was Signing Today at Brookfield Zoo

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Quotes of the Day

Sale, who has always been a team-first guy, on his Cy Young Award candidacy:

“I don’t really pay too much attention to any of that. I have a job to do and I have to focus on doing that and winning games. We’re right in the hunt right now. These are the dog days, and you’ve got to bear down. Now is not the time to be thinking about yourself or some trophy or whatever.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.26) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (9-5, 3.70) for Kansas City.

Photo of the Day

What could be better than watching the Sox win while wearing your Adam Eaton t-shirt on “Free T-Shirt Monday?”

The remaining dates of the new promotion will be August 4 vs. Texas, featuring an Abreu t-shirt, August 18 vs. Baltimore, highlighting Sale, and September 8 vs. Oakland featuring Paul Konerko.

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All-Star Sale Takes On Royals

Monday, July 21, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-1, 2.08) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (5-8, 4.56) for KC.

Sale would rank among the American League leaders in virtually every category with the necessary innings pitched. He will be making his 15th start and 10th at home. He is 5-1 with a 1.93 ERA, 83 strikeouts and a .186 average over his last 11 starts. This is his first outing since his one-inning stint in last Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

Left-handed hitters are hitting just .118 against Chris this season, the lowest mark in the major leagues. Furthermore, lefties have connected on just one extra-base hit. That was Robinson Cano‘s double on July 4.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Gillaspie 3B, De Aza LF, Beckham 2B, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton reached base four times with two singles and a pair of walks, Jose Abreu singled twice and drove in his 74th run and Alexei Ramirez, Adam Dunn, Adrian Nieto and Alejandro De Aza each collected an RBI in yesterday’s loss to Houston…Taylor Thompson, just called up from Class AAA Charlotte, made his major-league debut a successful one. He tossed a scoreless 1.2 innings in relief, giving up just one hit and striking out two.

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The Abreu Report

Jose leads MLB with 29 homers and a .621 slugging percentage, ranks second in total bases (208), is tied for second in RBI (74) and is third in extra-base hits (51).

Wilkins is the International League’s Player of the Week

Charlotte first baseman Andy Wilkins has been named the International League’s Player of the Week for the period of July 14-20. Wilkins hit .647 with seven runs scored, one double, five home runs and eight RBI. He leads the league with 21 homers, total bases (182) and extra-base hits (45) on the season.

Class A Winston-Salem: An Inside Look

Winston-Salem is the White Sox’ High-Class A affiliate. Enjoy this piece, which includes observations from top Sox prospects Courtney Hawkins, Jacob May, Tim Anderson and Tyler Danish.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34676047/?partnerId=as_cws_20140721_28176756

Wild Pitches

A great time was had by all last night at the second annual “Wild Pitches” event, held to raise money for Chicago White Sox Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

One of the Good Guys

The Sun-Times‘ Rick Morrissey writes about long-time Chicago baseball writer Joe Goddard, one of the really good guys in the business.

http://bit.ly/1mwWZ1P

The Sox and Social Media

Thanks to Danny Ecker of Crain’s Chicago Business for this nice piece on our Social Media efforts.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140721/BLOGS04/140729996?template=mobile&X-IgnoreUserAgent=1

The White Sox Participate in the PLAY Campaign

The PLAY campaign made its annual stop at U.S. Cellular Field today as children with intellectual and developmental disabilities participated without segregation or restriction.

Created in 2004 by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) program was formed to raise awareness about children’s health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States. PLAY has conducted over 150 events inside all 30 major-league ballparks, reaching tens of thousands of America’s young people with positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle.

White Sox Head Athletic Trainer Herm Schneider was joined by Assistant Athletic Trainer Brian Ball as they educated youngsters from the Chicago area about the importance of activity and healthy nutrition. Sox pitcher Nate Jones and hitting coach Todd Steverson helped put the group of kids through a series of stations which emphasize a healthy and active lifestyle as well as conducting a discussion about the dangers associated with steroids.

Also teaming up with PLAY and the Sox was Don Hooton Jr. of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, an organization that educates children of all ages about the dangers associated with steroid abuse.

Quote of the Day

Sox fan Evelyn Berg celebrated her 104th birthday at the ballpark yesterday and made sure everyone knew it. God bless her!

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-5, 4.19) for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen (1-2, 6.46) for KC.

Photo of the Day      

A pair of American League All-Star Joses, Abreu and the Astros’ Jose Altuve, demonstrate that major leaguers come in all shapes and sizes.

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A Sweep is in our Sights

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Today’s News

 

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (8-6, 3.99) for the Sox, RHP Jarred Cosart (9-6, 4.17) for Houston.

Danks is set to make his 20th start of the season and 10th at home. He is 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA over his last 10 starts and 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA wth 20 Ks over his last four. John is 4-2 with a 2.72 ERA over his nine starts at home in 2014. In his last outing, against Cleveland on July 13, Danks earned a no-decision. He went seven strong innings, allowing just one run, seven hits and two walks while striking out four.

 

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Gillaspie 3B, De Aza LF, Beckham 2B, Nieto C.

 

Plays of the Day

Tyler Flowers went 3-3 with a pair of singles and a double and drove in two runs–including the go-ahead tally in the fifth inning–in the Sox’ 4-3 win over the Astros, our second straight one-run triumph vs. Houston…Alejandro De Aza singled and tripled with two runs scored, Conor Gillaspie added an RBI with a base hit and Adam Eaton collected three singles…Hector Noesi had a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings of work for his fourth win and was picked up nicely by the pen…Ronald Belisario pitched two scoreless innings, Jake Petricka got the first two outs in the ninth and Zach Putnam closed the door, getting the final out for his third save and second in as many nights.

Here is Flowers’ eventual game-winning RBI:

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Sox Notes of Note

The Sox are 5-1 in their last six games at home…Jose Abreu has hit safely in 28 of his last 29 games (.348) and last night extended his hitting streak to 10 games (.400)…Flowers is 6-9 with three RBI over his last three games…Eaton now owns a six-game hitting streak (.400) and last night recorded his sixth three-hit game of the season…Gillaspie is hitting .423 with four doubles, three homers, six RBI and eight runs scored over the last eight games.

 

Roster Moves

Following last night’s game the Sox optioned infielder Carlos Sanchez to Class AAA Charlotte. Prior to today’s game, we filled the roster spot by purchasing the contract of RHP Taylor Thompson from the Knights. Thompson is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA with six saves, 53 strikeouts and a .214 opponents average over 31 relief appearances with Charlotte this season. He will be making his big-league debut.

 

The Big Hurt’s Mom Proudly Heading to Cooperstown

With Frank Thomas‘ Hall of Fame induction a week from today, enjoy this piece about Frank, his mom and other family members.

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/07/17/3205151/frank-thomas-family-looks-forward.html

 

A Hero’s Return

Geoff Blum‘s home run in the 14th inning of Game 3 in the 2005 World Series, which gave the White Sox a victory in the longest World Series game ever played, certainly ranks among the most memorable moments in club history and is even memorialized on the “Championship Moments” monument outside of the ballpark. Geoff returned to Chicago this weekend as a member of the Houston TV announcing team. He talks about that moment in ’05 and what it has meant to him.

http://bit.ly/1u3PKIE

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Quote of the Day

Robin on why he chose Putnam to close out last night’s game:

“I like Put’s swing-and-missability with some lefties and that’s the reason.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-1, 2.08) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (5-8, 4.56) for KC.

 

Photo of the Day

Saving Grace: Two straight saves for Putnam.

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A Happy Return 

Sunday, July 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (3-6, 4.56) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (9-5, 3.20) for Houston.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Viciedo RF, Konerko DH, Gillaspie 3B, Beckham 2B, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

 

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo tied it up at 2-2 with a two-run homer in the sixth inning (click on top link below) and Tyler Flowers doubled in the eventual game-winner in the seventh (click on bottom link) as the Sox came away with a 3-2 victory last night in our first game back from the All-Star break…starter Jose Quintana tossed five innings, allowing just the two runs on three hits and a pair of walks with eight strikeouts…the bullpen held up well as Daniel Webb (2.0), Ronald Belisaro (1.0) and Zach Putnam (1.0) closed it out with four scoreless innings. Putnam put the Astros down 1-2-3 with two Ks in the ninth for his second save and the four Sox hurlers retired the final 22 Houston batters.

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are 10-7 in their last 17 games…the Sox have hit 21 homers over the last 17 and homered in 13 of those games. We are 38-21 when hitting at least one home run this season…the Sox are 25-13 at home vs. the American League West since 2012…our starters own a 2.13 ERA, 68 Ks and a .187 opponents average over the last 11 games while the bullpen owns a 2.43 ERA over its last nine games at home…Jose Abreu is hitting .429 with four doubles, two homers and four RBI during his current nine-game hitting streak. He’s hit safely in 27 of his last 28 games overall. Entering today’s action, Jose was the major-league leader in both homers (29) and slugging percentage (.631) as well…Alejandro De Aza is hitting .346 since June 4. He’s a career .383 hitter vs. Houston…Adam Eaton has hit in five straight games and has reached base safely in 32 of his last 35 contests including 20 in a row from June 3-25. He leads the team and is tied for second in the AL with seven triples.

 

Quote of the Day

Robin on the Sox starting play after the All-Star break:

“Players feel refreshed and energized. You are looking for good things to happen.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (8-6, 3.99) for the Sox, RHP Jarred Cosart (9-6, 4.17) for Houston.

 

Photo of the Day

Everybody loves Paulie.

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Back to Work

Friday, July 18, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues against the Royals. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.24) for the Sox, RHP Scott Feldman (4-6, 4.33) for Houston.

Quintana ranks among the American League leaders in quality starts (T4th, 15), opponent slugging percentage (7th, .341) and opponent OPS (7th, .633). “Q” owns a 1.51 ERA since June 19, the third-lowest mark in the AL during that span, and has worked at least seven innings and allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last five starts.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Gillaspie 3B, Beckham 2B, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters own a 2.01 ERA, 60 strikeouts and a .189 opponents average over the last 10 games…Carlos Rodon, the Sox’ No. 1 draft pick in June, will make his professional debut next week in the Arizona Rookie League…the Sox have signed former major-league starter Chien-Ming Wang and assigned him to Class AAA Charlotte…RHP Dylan Axelrod has been traded to the Reds organization and RHP Deunte Heath was released and will play in Japan…in another move, the Sox claimed RHP Raul Fernandez off of waivers from the Rockies and assigned him to Class A Winston-Salem.

2014 Midseason Highlights

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v34581299/?c_id=cws

Get Your Paulie “Final Season” Bobblehead

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/konerko_bobblehead.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20140718_28062336

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Happy Birthday

It’s No. 27 for Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie.

Free T-Shirt Mondays

https://m.facebook.com/notes/chicago-white-sox/white-sox-expand-promotional-schedule-with-free-t-shirt-mondays/10153008842568047?partnerId=as_cws_20140717_28010696

Brand New White Sox Magazine Available at Ballpark

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Bullseye

The newest Chicago Bulls, Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, will throw out the ceremonial first pitches at tonight’s game.

Robert Cotter: Unsung Hero

http://phillysportshistory.com/2011/05/12/every-kids-hero-robert-cotter/

Quote of the Day

In just a little more than a week, Sunday, July 27, Frank Thomas will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, a landmark day for Sox fans. Here’s part of what The Big Hurt said today on a conference call with reporters:

“I’m looking forward to the 27th. For me, it’s still a dream and I don’t think it will hit me until I get there next week…We’re going to have a great celebration, my family is ecstatic. I’m (expecting) a big crowd with three great players and three great managers being inducted. When I look out at that field, it will be very special and very touching.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (3-6, 4.56) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (9-5, 3.20) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

What happens when you’re a rookie and have a record-setting April? Your bat goes to Cooperstown.

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Coming Up ACEs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Today’s News

White Sox ACE Program Gets Its Due

ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine columnist Scoop Jackson extols the virtues of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) Program in the story below. The photo above shows White Sox Director of Youth Baseball Initiatives Kevin Coe and ACE products Corey Ray (Louisville) and Ro Coleman (Vanderbilt), who both played in this year’s College World Series. 

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/11223109/chicago-white-sox-ace-program-providing-division-baseball-opportunities-inner-city-kids?ex_cid=espnapi_public&partnerId=as_cws_20140716_27952466

#SocialSeries Correspondent

You have until Sunday to let us know why you should be the #White Sox #SocialSeries correspondent during our games vs. the Giants in San Francisco. Here are the details:

http://atmlb.com/1rowzoj

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Quote of the Day

Alexei Ramirez on replacing Derek Jeter at shortstop for the American League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game (through interpreter and Sox Director of PR Lou Hernandez):

“I was nervous when I was first told it was going to happen. To go out there and to take the place of someone who has been a baseball legend, I just took off my hat and showed him respect. It was a great moment.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule: The Season’s Second Half Begins

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues against the Royals. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.24) for the Sox, RHP Scott Feldman (4-6, 4.33) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

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Starry, Starry Night

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Today’s News

American League 5, National League 3, in the 85th All-Star Game

Chris Sale pitched the fourth inning for the AL, making his third straight All-Star appearance…Alexei Ramirez entered the game in the fourth as well, replacing Derek Jeter at shortstop in one of the game’s most emotional moments (pictured above). He collected a fifth-inning single in his first at bat and scored on a sac fly for the AL’s fifth run. Prior to the scoring play he also exhibited some alert baserunning by getting back safely to third base when a wild pitch bounced off the backstop and ricocheted back to the catcher. Alexei reached base again on an error in the seventh and stole second base…Jose Abreu took over at first base in the sixth inning, made a fine pickup of a ball in the dirt on his first chance and flied out in the eighth in his only plate appearance.

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The Sox All-Stars pose together before game time–the first Midsummer Classic for both Alexei and Jose.

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Caps and jerseys are ready for action. 

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Chris and his son Rylan enjoy Monday night’s Home Run Derby.

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Jose and Alexei serve as the “corner men” for fellow Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes at the Home Run Derby and they backed the winner as the A’s slugger won the event for the second straight year.

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A “Red Carpet Sale” during yesterday’s All-Star pre-game parade.

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Jose and Alexei enjoy the red carpet and greet the fans during the parade.

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Jose and Alexei during BP.

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The Cuban All-Star contingent: Ramirez, Abreu, Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman of the Reds and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers.

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Abreu celebrates with his victorious AL teammates.

White Sox All-Stars Ready to Shine in Tonight’s Midsummer Classic

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Star-Studded Sox

Our guys–Chris SaleAlexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu–met the media yesterday along with the other American and National League All-Stars in advance of tonight’s Midsummer Classic at Target Field in Minneapolis, which will be televised on FOX beginning at 6:30 p.m., CT.

Abreu on His Parents Attending the All-Star Game…

Listen to Jose talk about the excitement around his parents being in Minneapolis to see him play in the major leagues for the first time (with expert translation by my PR colleague Lou Hernandez).

Video: Jose Abreu on joy of parents seeing him in All Star Game

…And His Parents’ Joy in Their Own Words

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-jose-abreu-and-family-cant-wait-all-star-party

Here they are: Jose’s mom and dad, Jose and Daysi.

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White Sox a Major Player in MLB Cuban Pipeline

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2125637-inside-mlbs-cuban-pipeline-its-high-risk-high-reward?utm_campaign=tsipad&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=teamstream

Quote of the Day

Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer of the Tigers on Abreu, the MLB home-run leader at the break (via Dan Hayes, CSN Chicago):

“He’s a difference-maker. He’s such a quality at-bat. His power is unbelievable. He can take so many different pitches and just take you yard. You obviously respect what he can do. He’s changed the complexion of their lineup and allows some of their other players to do other things as well. When you have a guy like that in your lineup, anchoring it, in a way it’s kind of like what we have in Detroit with Miggy anchoring our lineup. He’s only getting better and unfortunately that’s a detriment to us.”

“Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” Debuts Thursday

Comcast SportsNet Chicago will present a special one-hour documentary, “Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas,” a little more than a week before the Sox legend is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 27. The special will be narrated by media personality and author Richard Roeper and will premiere Thursday at 6:30 p.m., CT, exclusively on CSN Chicago. The special will re-air at 10:00 p.m. the same night.

In addition, CSN Chicago currently has encore showings scheduled for Saturday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m., and on the day of the induction ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

“Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” covers everything from the slugger’s childhood  as a three-sport star in Columbus, Georgia, to his historic, record-breaking career with the White Sox. The documentary will feature exclusive, candid interviews with those who played major roles in his life and career, photos and video including exclusive, behind-the-scenes access of when Thomas received the official phone call telling him he was elected as well as Thomas’ exclusive tour of the Hall of Fame with CSN Chicago’s White Sox Pre/Postgame Live host Chuck Garfien. 

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Photos of All-Stars and Abreu’s parents courtesy of Chuck Garfien.

 

 

 

Sox All-Stars Head to Minneapolis, Teammates Take a Break Before Play Resumes on Friday

Sunday, July 13, 2014

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Today’s News

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham and Leury Garcia each had run-scoring singles in the eighth inning today to give the Sox a 2-1 lead, but the Indians came back with two in the bottom half of the inning to defeat the Sox, 3-2, in the rubber match of the three-game series…Conor Gillaspie, who singled twice and walked, began the Sox rally in the eighth with the second of his two base hits and scored our first run…Jose Abreu went 3-5 this afternoon, raising his batting average to .292 along with his 29 homers and 73 RBI…John Danks recorded another quality start, giving up one run on seven hits in seven innings of work.

Carlos Sanchez Makes Big-League Debut

Prior to today’s game, the White Sox recalled infielder Carlos Sanchez (pictured below) from Class AAA Charlotte. He took the spot on the active roster from Andre Rienzo, who was optioned to Charlotte following yesterday’s game, and gave the Sox another position player with Alexei Ramirez (back) and Adam Eaton (general soreness) sitting out with ailments. Sanchez, who made his big-league debut this afternoon as the starting shortstop, is hitting .291 with 13 doubles, six triples, five homers, 42 RBI and 48 runs with the Knights this season along with playing solid defense at both second base and short.

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More Abreu

From the Elias Sports Bureau: Jose Abreu’s fourth-inning two-run home run on Saturday didn’t just give the White Sox the lead for good in their 6-2 win at Cleveland; it was the Cuban rookie’s 50th major-league extra-base hit. Abreu reached the half-century mark in that category in just his 81st major-league contest. That’s the fewest games any player has needed to reach that milestone since Ted Williams did it in his 80th appearance in 1939.

More on Abreu’s first-half performance:

* Heading into today’s game, Jose was on pace to record 49 homers and 124 RBI. The 49 long ones would match the White Sox club record set by Albert Belle in 1998 and the major-league rookie record set by Mark McGwire in 1987.

* His 29 homers are third-most before the All-Star break in club history behind Frank Thomas (32, 1994) and Jim Thome (30, 2006). The homer total is also the second-highest total in Chicago history by a rookie behind Ron Kittle (35 in 1983).

* He has won the following American League honors: April Player, April Rookie, Co-Player of the Week (April 21-27) and June Rookie.

Micah in Minny

Here’s Sox prospect Micah Johnson enjoying the experience to the fullest before today’s All-Star Futures Game at Target Field.

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Happy Birthday

Best wishes to White Sox skipper Robin Ventura, who will be 47 tomorrow. Sharing Robin’s birthday is former Sox pitcher and current TV analyst Steve Stone, who will turn 67.

Quote of the Day

Sanchez on being called up to the majors:

“I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

All-Star break. The Sox resume play on Friday vs. the Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that concludes with three against the Royals.

Photo of the Day

The very first All-Star Game was played at Comiskey Park in 1933 and won by the American League, 4-2. Here is the star-studded AL squad posing before the game. The White Sox representatives were future Hall of Fame outfielder Al Simmons (top row, fifth from right) and third baseman and future Sox manager Jimmy Dykes (top row, second from right). Simmons started in center field and singled. Dykes singled twice and scored a run.

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