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Redbirds Beware (of the Dreaded Sale K)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cardinals at Busch Stadium, St. Louis (7:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a two-game series and the last leg of the eight-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-4, 3.02) for the Sox, RHP Lance Lynn (5-4, 2.84) for the Cards.

Sale is scheduled to make his 15th start of the season and eighth on the road. He is 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 83 strikeouts lifetime during interleague play. He is making his first career appearance vs. the Cardinals.

Chris joins Hall of Famers Pedro Martinez (seven and eight), Randy Johnson (seven) and Nolan Ryan (seven) as the only pitchers since 1900 to strike out 10-plus in at least seven consecutive starts. Sale shares the MLB record of five straight starts of 12 or more strikeouts with Johnson and Martinez, accomplishing the feat from May 28-June 19.

The Sox ace is on pace to record a franchise-record 286 strikeouts, which would be the highest total in the major leagues since Johnson fanned 290 in 2004. He also has an average of 12.18 strikeouts per nine innings, which would be the highest for a starting pitcher since Johnson averaged 13.41 in 2001. Sale’s 129 strikeouts already are the fourth-highest total in Sox history before the break, just 13 behind the club record of 142 set by Wilbur Wood in 1973 and his 63 strikeouts in June are a club record for any month.

Sale has struck out 10 or more batters 26 times in 99 career starts, 12 or more 15 times and has recorded six games with 10-plus strikeouts and no walks.

Melky Heating Up

Melky Cabrera went 3-4 against the Tigers on Sunday, including a 450-foot home run off of Detroit ace David Price, and has five hits in his last 11 at bats plus a pair of walks. The homer was Cabrera’s longest since 2009 (click on link below):

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=206308983

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Quote of the Day

Adam Eaton on learning from his early-season struggles (via @CSNHayes):

“I’ve developed and learned a lot in the last month, two months and hopefully will start to get back to the way I need to play and the way I need to go about things. I think I’ve learned something new every day and hopefully can get back to where I need to be offensively and defensively.”

July 4th Weekend at the Ballpark

http://atmlb.com/1HsHf0M

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cardinals at Busch Stadium (7:15 p.m. CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP John Lackey (6-4, 3.35) for St. Louis.

Photo of the Day

As stated above, Sale is on pace to set the White Sox season strikeout mark. Who holds the record? That’s Hall of Famer Ed Walsh, who struck out 269 in 1908. Walsh also holds the second (258 in 1910), third (255 in 1911) and fourth (254 in 1912) highest season totals. Chris ranks fifth (226 in 2013).

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Sox, Shark Seek to Feast on Tigers

Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (12:08 p.m. CT, WGN) in the rubber match of what has turned out to be a three-game series because of yesterday’s rainout. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 4.53) for the Sox, LHP David Price (7-2, 2.42) for Detroit.

Shark is set to make his 16th start of the season, 10th on the road and fourth vs. Detroit. He earned the win in his last start on June 23 vs. the Twins, allowing just two runs on eight hits over seven innings.

Makeup Date

Yesterday’s postponed game has been rescheduled at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 21 as part of a split doubleheader.

Quote of the Day (non-verbal category):

According to reporters who witnessed it, Jose Abreu, after seeing he was hitting in the No. 2 hole yesterday, smiled, winked and gave a fist pump.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday, White Sox vs. Cardinals at Busch Stadium, St. Louis (7:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a two-series and the last leg of the road trip. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-4, 3.02) for the Sox, LHP Jaime Garcia (3-3, 1.69) for the Cards.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 75 on June 28 at Detroit, the first-place White Sox trimmed the Tigers, 2-1, behind Mark Buehrle‘s 10th victory, Jermaine Dye‘s 16th homer, Juan Uribe‘s triple and Scott Podsednik‘s sac fly. The Sox moved to 51-24 on the season.

Photo of the Day

After starting the last two games with home runs, Adam Eaton can be the first since the Orioles’ Brady Anderson in 1996 to lead off three straight games with a homer.

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Saturday Roundup:  A Three-Homer Night, a “Q”uality Start, Danks Looks to Tame Tigers Today

Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (3:08 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-8, 5.38) for the Sox, LHP Kyle Ryan (1-1, 3.91) for the Tigers.

Last Night’s Highlights

For the second straight day, Adam Eaton led off the game with a homer (No. 5) and Jose Abreu (13) and Tyler Flowers (5) also belted solo shots in the Sox’ 5-4 loss to the Tigers that evened the four-game series at a game apiece…Melky Cabrera added an RBI with his first triple of the season…Jose Quintana went six innings–allowing three runs–for a quality start, but got another no-decision.

The Eaton, Abreu and Flowers homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=200439083

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=200554183

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=200784183

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Quote of the Day

Robin on managing these Sox:

“You have to keep them together, keep them pointed in the right direction and there’s an element in here that you don’t want them to cave into it.

“You continue to compete and you have to be able to come out here. You practice right, you get the right mentality going and you go play. And there has to be that expectation there. There is a professionalism that goes with it and whether it’s going good or bad, you better come out ready to compete.

“I get my point across and these guys know that and there are moments that are louder than others. There’s moments that are more poignant than others. But in the end, this is professional baseball and there are standards that are there and I’m trying to make sure those are met. And when they’re not, it becomes a tougher conversation with guys. You’re upfront and they know what’s expected.”

Sox Note of Note

RHP Hector Noesi has been outrighted to Class AAA Charlotte after being designated for assignment.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 4.53) for the Sox, LHP David Price (7-2, 2.42) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

It was Tim Anderson bobblehead night in Birmingham last evening. The Sox’ No. 1 prospect is having an outstanding season at shortstop for the Class AA Barons and as we posted earlier this week was the MVP of the Southern League All-Star Game.

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Extra Special

Friday, June 26, 2015 blog post

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:08 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.92) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-7, 4.59) for Detroit.

Yesterday’s Highlights

A clutch three-run triple by Carlos Sanchez with two outs in the top of the 10th inning broke a 5-5 tie and proved to be the difference as the White Sox nipped the Tigers, 8-7, in the opener of the four-game series (click on top link below). David Robertson held the lead in the 10th to record his 15th save…Adam Eaton led off the game with his fourth homer (click on second link), Adam LaRoche doubled in a pair of runs (click on third link) and Avi Garcia and Tyler Flowers added an RBI apiece…Jake Petricka tossed two scoreless innings in relief of starter Carlos Rodon (Jake has a 2.21 ERA since May 2) and Zach Duke threw a scoreless ninth to send it into extras and earn his third win…The Sox benefited from a pair of outstanding double plays in the sixth and seventh off the bats of Miguel Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes that were started beautifully by Sanchez and Gordon Beckham, respectively.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=197357783

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=197045883

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=197142483

Fun Fact

@SoxNerd: …CarlosSanchez delivered the @whitesox first bases-loaded triple in extra innings since May 28, 1953 (ferris fain)

There’s No “I” in Team for Alexei

To Alexei Ramirez’s credit, the veteran shortstop remained a team-first player yesterday despite being held out of the starting lineup because of his recent struggles. Alexei was the first one off the bench to congratulate his teammates (he’s shown below greeting Eaton after the leadoff home run). As it turned out, the short breather may have helped as Ramirez pinch-hit for Conor Gillaspie in the eighth inning, doubled to left and stayed in the game at shortstop.

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Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura explains why he walked the Tigers’ Cabrera in the 10th inning yesterday, putting the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position:

“It’s risky, but you don’t tug on Superman’s cape too often. I’m not going to mess with him”

Montas in Futures Game

Top Sox pitching prospect Frankie Montas, now on the starting staff at Class AA Birmingham, has been named to the World Team for the 2015 Futures Game in Cincinnati at 2:00 p.m ET on July 12. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA and 48 Ks in 60 innings with the Barons this season. Montas also threw a seven-inning no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader earlier this season. He missed last year’s Futures Game because of a knee injury.

Double Duty Classic

http://atmlb.com/1JmC1UG

Now Batting for the White Sox, Will Ferrell

Watch HBO to see the hilarious Will Ferrell play for the Sox in a spring training game.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (3:08 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-8, 5.38) for the Sox, LHP Kyle Ryan (1-1, 3.91) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

You choose.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/mondays_poll.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20150625_48153776&adbid=10154079136488298&adbpl=fb&adbpr=45484098297

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Weekend in Motown Starts Today

Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (12:08 p.m. CT, WGN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-1, 3.75) for the Sox, RHP Alfredo Simon (7-4, 3.29) for Detroit.

Rodon makes his 12th major-league appearance and ninth start–six of which have been quality. He earned his third win in his last outing on June 20 vs. the Rangers, allowing just two runs on four hits over six innings.

Carlos has allowed one or no earned runs over six-plus innings in four straight starts, becoming the first White Sox rookie to accomplish that feat since Bruce Howard went five in a row in 1964-65.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Adam LaRoche blasted his ninth homer, a solo shot (click on link below) and collected a pair of doubles while Chris Sale struck out 10 in 6.2 innings as the Sox dropped the rubber match of the series to the Twins, 6-1. Sale is now just the fourth pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to strike out 10 or more in seven straight starts.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=194161683

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.92) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-7, 4.59) for Detroit.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 72 on June 24 at home against the Cubs, the White Sox bats and a fine pitching performance by Freddy Garcia gave the first-place Sox their eighth straight victory and 50th win of the season in a 12-2 triumph. Joe Crede belted a three-run homer (No. 10), A.J. Pierzynski had a two-run clout (11) and three RBI, Frank Thomas connected with a solo shot (7) and two runs batted in, Aaron Rowand went 3-5 with an RBI and Scott Podsednik stole his 37th and 38th bases of the season. Garcia (7-3) tossed seven strong innings, allowing a run on three hits with eight strikeouts.

Photo of the Day

Here’s an updated list of 2005 team members scheduled to attend Reunion Weekend July 17-19, including the latest additions–skipper Ozzie Guillen and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez. Plus, info about “A Season to Remember: A Night with the 2005 World Series Champions” at the Chicago Theatre.

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

http://whitesox.com/remember

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It’s Sale Day with a Series Win in Sight

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (12:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-3, 2.74) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (5-6, 4.47) for Minnesota.

Sale is set to make his 14th start of the season, seventh on the road and third vs. the Twins. He has joined Pedro Martinez (1999) and Randy Johnson (1998) as the only pitchers in MLB history to strike out 12-plus batters in five consecutive starts. He will set the record today with a 12-plus strikeout game.

Chris is 3-1 with a 0.72 ERA, 65 strikeouts and a .132 opponents average over his last five starts. He received a no-decision in his last start on June 19 despite striking out 14 over eight scoreless innings and allowing just two hits. He also became the first pitcher in Sox history with 14-plus strikeouts and zero walks.

The Sox ace is 7-3 wth a 3.29 ERA and 90 strikeouts lifetime vs the Twins and 4-2 with a 3.86 mark and 44 strikeouts at Target Field.

Last Night’s Highlights

It’s hard to beat strong starting pitching, scoreless bullpen work and a 15-hit attack complete with clutch hitting. That was the Sox’ formula last night in the 6-2 win over the Twins…Starter Jeff Samardzija tossed seven innings, giving up only two runs while striking out seven in winning his fifth game of the season…Zach Duke (0.1 IP) and Jake Petricka (1.2) came on to throw two scoreless frames with Petricka earning save No. 2…Jose Abreu went 4-5, Adam Eaton 3-5 with an RBI, Geovany Soto 2-4 and two runs batted in and Melky Cabrera 2-5 with an RBI. Gordon Beckham, who came in for Conor Gillaspie at third, doubled in a run in the ninth.

Here is a sampling of Shark’s performance and Cabrera’s two-out, go-ahead single in the seventh:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=192321583

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=191540383

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Quote of the Day

Posted yesterday:

@JonHeymanCBS: carson fulmer looked fantastic last nite for vandy. #chisox seem to know their college pitchers (i.e. sale, rodon)

College World Series Update

Vanderbilt and Virginia square off tonight in the rubber match of the best-of-three final series that will determine the 2015 College World Series champion (7:00 p.m. CT, ESPN). Carson Fulmer, the White Sox’ No. 1 draft pick, led the way for the Commodores in their Game 1 victory Monday night while the Cavaliers tied it up last night at one game apiece. Vandy, going for its second straight title, also boasts former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) product Ro Coleman.

Sox Note of Note

White Sox reliever Matt Albers tossed a 30-pitch simulated game yesterday. He joins Class AAA Charlotte on Friday to begin a rehab assignment.

Top Sox Prospect Tim Anderson MVP of Southern League All-Star Game–On His Birthday

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150624&content_id=132557358&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_l111&sid=l111

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Congrats to CSN’s Jen Lada, who is Heading to ESPN

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/ct-jen-lada-joining-espn-20150623-story.html

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (12:08 p.m. CT, WGN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-1, 3.75) for the Sox, RHP Alfredo Simon (7-4, 3.29) for Detroit.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 71 on June 22 at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox completed a three-game sweep over the Royals and won their seventh straight game, 5-1, to claim victory No. 49 of the season. Mark Buehrle moved to 9-1, allowing just one run and five hits along with six strikeouts, and Carl Everett belted his 10th homer, a three-run shot, to lead the offense.

Photos of the Day

Download these Sox-Mojis.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/promo/soxmojis?partnerId=as_cws_20150623_48027696&adbid=613378130909073409&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

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Sox No. 1 Pick Fulmer Shines for Vandy in College World Series

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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Today’s News

Ready to Take the Next Step

Carson Fulmer, the White Sox’ No. 1 selection (eighth overall) in the recent amateur draft, made his final college appearance a memorable one. The right-hander was dominant last night as he led his Vanderbilt Commodores to win one game of their second consecutive College World Series title with a 5-1 victory over Virginia.

Fulmer tossed 7.2 shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out eight.

The best-of-three series continues tonight. Click on the link to read more:

http://www.oregonlive.com/college-baseball/index.ssf/2015/06/carson_fulmer_vanderbilt_silen.html

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-4, 4.67) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-3, 2.97) for Minnesota.

Last Night’s Highlights

Adam LaRoche drove in a pair of runs and LaRoche, Jose AbreuAvi Garcia and Alexei Ramirez each collected two hits apiece in the loss to the Twins.

Charlotte’s Erik Johnson International League Pitcher of the Week

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150622&content_id=132216688&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t494&sid=t494

More Knights Notes

Lefty reliever Dan Jennings began a rehab assignment yesterday with Class AAA Charlotte and pitched two innings last night in the series opener at Syracuse. Sox third-base prospect Matt Davidson is having an outstanding power year for the Knights, leading the International League with 13 homers.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (12:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-3, 2.74) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (5-6, 4.47) for Minnesota.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 70 on June 21 at U.S. Cellular Field vs. the Royals, Jon Garland (12-2) pitched 8.1 innings, allowing a lone run on four hits as the White Sox won their sixth in a row, 5-1, for their 48th win of the season…Scott Podsednik went 3-4 with an RBI, Pablo Ozuna had two runs batted in and A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede added an RBI apiece.

Photo of the Day

Pretty impressive, White Sox fans!

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Beckham Completes Rare “Parents Daily Double”…Sox Target Twins Tonight

Monday, June 22, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and nine-game road trip that continues with four at Detroit and two at St. Louis. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-7, 5.16) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (3-1, 3.67) for Minnesota.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Look closely at the photo above. You’ll see that the picture on the left shows Gordon Beckham after his ninth-inning, walk-off single sunk the Reds, 4-3, on Mother’s Day, a game easily identified by the pink wrist bands signifying breast cancer awareness. The image on the right, with Beckham wearing blue wrist bands representing the prevent prostate cancer campaign, shows the Sox veteran yesterday after his game-ending homer defeated the Rangers, 3-2, in 11 innings on Father’s Day–completing the rare “parents daily double”…Gordon’s homer, his fourth of the season and first walk-off homer of his career, most likely wouldn’t have been the clincher if the Sox defense hadn’t executed two clutch double plays to end the 10th and 11th. The first was of the 4-6-3 variety, the second a 5-2-3 DP–and it was Beckham, a defensive replacement for Conor Gillaspie, who initiated the twin killing in the 11th…Melky Cabrera had the first five-hit game of his career with a double and four singles…Sox pitching was once again outstanding. Starter Jose Quintana tossed seven innings, allowing just two runs, five hits and a pair of walks while fanning five. Zach Duke, David Robertson, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka each pitched an inning of scoreless relief with Petricka earning his second win of the season…The Sox are now 11-4 vs. the American League West.

Here are Beckham’s walk-offs…

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8879206/v186393783

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=110029883

…and the two key double plays:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=186297383

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=186383583

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Quote of the Day

Beckham, talking after yesterday’s game about his homer and the Sox’ reality:

“I feel I haven’t been doing that much lately. So that was a big pick-me-up for me and a great win...We know we have to start kicking it into gear. I think everybody realizes that. You’re starting to see the offense come around a little bit. I feel like we’re having a lot better at-bats.”

Zach Putnam: Strikeout Machine

http://bit.ly/1IsBUkz

Selfie Sunday

Even Jeff Samardzija and some of his fellow pitchers got in on the fun yesterday.

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Quite a Father’s Day in Charlotte

The Charlotte Knights, the White Sox’ Class AAA affiliate, put it all together yesterday afternoon with strong pitching and an explosive offense in a 13-1 walloping of the Indianapolis Indians for their seventh victory in a row.

Erik Johnson continued his outstanding pitching, tossing eight shutout innings for his sixth win. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in 25 consecutive innings.

The Knights pounded out 18 hits and tied a franchise high for a single game with six homers–two each by Micah Johnson, Matt Davidson and George Kottaras, who belted a first-inning grand slam. Trayce Thompson went 2-5 with two RBI.

Kottaras has been red-hot with three homers and 11 RBI in his last two games.

Adam Eaton’s New Best Friends

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Probable Starters: RHP  Samardzija (4-4, 4.67) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-3, 2.97) for Minnesota.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 69 on June 20 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox won their fifth game in a row in an 11-8 slugfest over the Royals, pounding out 17 hits. Paul Konerko (No. 18) hit a three-run homer with four RBI, Frank Thomas (No. 6) and Jermaine Dye added solo homers and two RBI apiece and A.J. Pierzynski went 3-4 with two runs batted in to pace the attack. Neal Cotts (2-0) was the winner in relief and Dustin Hermanson registered his 17th save as the Sox claimed victory No. 47.

Photos of the Day

What a scene. The Stanley Cup, a visit from the Blackhawks and Sox players and their families on Father’s Day.

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Pitching Prevails In Sox Win, Rubber Match Of Series Today

Sunday, June 21, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series and finale of the five-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 4.03) for the Sox, RHP Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 3.16) for Texas.

Added to today’s ballpark experience, the Sox will welcome the Stanley Cup and members of the three-time NHL Champion Blackhawks. A special ceremony honoring the champs will punctuate the visit.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Pitching was the key as the Sox ended their eight-game losing streak with the 3-2 win over the Rangers…Starter Carlos Rodon (3-1) went six innings, allowing just two runs, four hits and three walks along with five strikeouts…The bullpen came on strong to pitch three perfect innings. Zach Putnam struck out the side 1-2-3 in the seventh, Zach Duke struck out two in the eighth and David Robertson set the middle of the Texas lineup down in order in the ninth for his 14th save…Adam LaRoche and Alexei Ramirez delivered an RBI apiece and Adam Eaton went 2-4 with a run scored.

The streak ends, Sox fans cheer:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v182236583

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Fun Fact

Rodon is 3-0 with 1.88 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 24 innings in his last four starts at home.

Quotes of the Day

* What makes Chris Sale so great? According to his catcher Tyler Flowers, it’s the inconsistency of his pitches. Just hear him out (via @davidjustCST):

“Sometimes it sinks. Sometimes it cuts. Sometimes it goes straight. He doesn’t really know what it’s gonna do. I don’t know what it’s gonna do. The hitter certainly doesn’t know what it’s gonna do.

“All of his pitches play off each other. He’s got some that are hard, some slow, some that fade, some that cut, a sweeping slider, a little misdirection, something breaking in on left-handers and another that breaks away on lefties.

“He’ll throw a fastball in there to certain guys at 88 with a heavy sink. Other guys he’ll throw it 98 and changeups at 78 or 90. And there’s no signs for that.”

* Here’s Flowers on the potential of Rodon (via @ESPNChiSox):

“The funny and scary thing is he can get a lot better. His stuff is that good where he’s able to get by with missing some spots here and there. If he can hone in the command, which has gotten a whole lot better, then we might have two Sales.”

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The LaRoches: A Father-Son Baseball Story

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-fathers-day-adam-laroche-white-sox-spt-0621-20150620-story.html

The Abreus: A Father and Son Bond Despite Being Miles Apart

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/131616274/though-apart-jose-abreu-and-son-have-close-bond

Hitting Coach Steverson on Sox Hitters

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/131859834/hitting-coach-todd-steverson-says-struggles-dont-define-offense?tcid=tw_share

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and nine-game road trip that continues with four at Detroit and two at St. Louis. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-7, 5.16) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (3-1, 3.67) for Minnesota.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 68 on June 19 at USCF, the White Sox came from behind to defeat the Dodgers for the second consecutive game, completed a three-game sweep over L.A. and won their fourth in a row. Down 3-2, Aaron Rowand singled in a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Sox a 4-3 win. Cliff Politte (5-0) earned the win in relief as he did the day before and Dustin Hermanson chalked up save No. 16 as the first-place South Siders improved to 46-22.

Photo of the Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the White Sox Dads!

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A History-Making Sale

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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Today’s News

Sale’s Report

Chris Sale tossed eight shutout innings, giving up just two hits without walking a batter in last night’s heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Texas. Striking out 14, Chris fanned every hitter in the lineup at least once and struck out the side in his final inning of work…In setting down the 14 Rangers batters he joined Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers since 1900 to strike out 12 or more in five straight starts…Sale also has whiffed 10-plus in six starts in a row, becoming the first pitcher to do so since Johnson in 2002…It was his 25th career game with 10 or more strikeouts, which extended his franchise record…The 14 strikeouts are tied for the second-most in his career (high is 15), accomplishing it three times…The Sox ace is the first pitcher in club annals to strike out at least 14-plus and issue no walks…In his last six starts he’s been magnificent: 45.1 IP, 75 Ks, 7 walks and a 1.19 ERA…Also, he has struck out at least one batter in 35 consecutive innings, the longest active streak in the big leagues…Click on the link below to see Sale’s latest virtuoso performance:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/28033182/v181094783

Apart from his excellence on the mound, Chris participated in a terrific defensive play with Jose Abreu in the fourth inning last night (click on the link below):

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v180850083/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-1, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Nick Martinez (5-2, 2.76) for Texas.

Quotes of the Day

Sale, showing he’s as much a leader as he is one of the most outstanding pitchers in baseball, talked to the media after last night’s tough loss:

“…You think I’m going to say something bad about one of my teammates? You’re dead wrong. We have a bunch of fighters in here. We have guys that come in here every single day and play as hard as they can, plain and simple. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.

“Tonight it didn’t and it hasn’t for a few games. But that doesn’t mean that we’re doing anything different or trying anything or going to point a finger at anybody. We’re a team, we’re family and we’re going to move forward. This is going to stop. We’re going to win a game. And from that point forward we’re going to win some games.”

Robin on the antidote to a team’s struggles on the field:

“You have to stay disciplined in the game and come in here with a positive attitude and ready to go. It’s easier said than done on some points, but you’re pros and you come in here and you expect to turn around and have a good effort. That’s required of everybody. There’s no exception to that.”

A Family Affair

Ninety current and former White Sox employees who worked at old Comiskey Park were welcomed to U.S. Cellular Field for a reunion prior to last night’s game against the Rangers.

Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Senior Executive Vice President Howard Pizer headed the welcoming committee that greeted employees past and present who worked in every conceivable baseball function, including operations, communications, marketing, sales, stadium operations, television and ticketing. While Sale was dominating the Rangers, co-workers and friends from a variety of White Sox front-office eras took photos with their smart phones and reminisced. The Bertucci Boys,” Bobby and Bruno, whose association with the team dates to the 1970s, hosted the wingding in their Patio in right-center field.

Names or faces of former employees in attendance most recognizable to fans included organist Nancy Faust, team photographer Tony Inzerillo, outfielder Ron Kittle, baseball operations exec Steve Noworyta, traveling secretary Glen Rosenbaum and first baseman Mike Squires. Noworyta currently serves as assistant director of player development for the Philadelphia Phillies and Squires is a scout for the Cincinnati Reds.

“The loyalty shown to Jerry and Howard by tonight’s turnout is a testament to their leadership and the culture they have maintained in the Sox front office,” offered Paul Jensen, White Sox “PR guy” from 1984-88 who later enjoyed a 15-year career with the NFL Arizona Cardinals. “It’s a great place to work and every person here tonight feels privileged for the opportunity.”

Also attending the event was Steve Schanwald, who cut his teeth in marketing with the White Sox. He is retiring later this month following a distinguished career as executive vice president with the Bulls.

Pictured below are the Chairman and Noworyta, Kittle and Schanwald, Faust and Rosenbaum:

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series and five-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 4.03) for the Sox, RHP Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 3.16) for Texas.

Added to tomorrow’s ballpark experience, the Sox will welcome the Stanley Cup and members of the three-time NHL Champion Blackhawks. A special pre-game ceremony honoring the champs will punctuate the visit.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 67 on June 18 at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox came back from a 3-1 deficit heading into the ninth inning to cap off one of the most dramatic wins of the season–a 5-3 triumph over the Dodgers. Tadahito Iguchi walked to lead off the ninth and moved to second on Frank Thomas‘ ground ball. After Paul Konerko flied out to center for the second out, Carl Everett singled home Iguchi to make it a 3-2 game. Willie Harris came in to run for Everett and proceeded to steal second. Harris then scored the tying run on Aaron Rowand‘s single and the Sox went home a winner on A.J. Pierzynski‘s two-run homer. Cliff Politte (4-0) earned the win in relief of Freddy Garcia, who tossed eight solid innings.

Photos of the Day

Tyler and Nancy Flowers launched the Flow’s Buds program yesterday morning in partnership with the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, which provides kids in crisis with the support and guidance they need to realize their own potential and to make positive decisions. Tyler and Nancy donated $20,000 to the Mercy Home and will donate $1,000 for every White Sox win. They also will provide baseball and softball equipment and bring the youngsters out to ballgames.

The event must have inspired Tyler, who hit his fourth home run of the season last night (shown below) for the lone Sox tally.

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