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Sale’s Team-First Credo: “…We have one win and loss record that matters, and it’s not mine”

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Today’s News

Heading Home

The White Sox finished their seven-game road trip to Toronto and Baltimore with a 5-2 mark, which included a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays and a split of the four-game set with the O’s. The Sox also finished their 19 games in 19 days stretch 13-6. The Good Guys are now 18-8, first in the majors to reach 18 wins, own the best record in the American League and are three games ahead of the second-place Tigers in the A.L. Central.

The Sox have allowed 1 or 0 runs in 12 of the club’s first 26 games. It’s the best through a team’s first 26 contests since the 1981 Dodgers (13) and ’81 Indians (12). It’s also the most through the first 26 games of the season in Sox history since 1963 (via @ckamka).

Omen?

The White Sox also won their 18th game on May 1 in 2005.

You Should Know That…

The Sox bullpen, with 3.1 scoreless innings pitched yesterday, has the lowest ERA in baseball at 1.60.

Tuesday’s Game

After today’s off day, it’ll be the White Sox vs. the Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Twins. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 1.47) for our Sox, RHP Steven Wright (2-2, 1.37) for Boston.

Q will be making his sixth start of the season. He has thrown 16 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to April 17 at Tampa Bay. He is 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA over his last 10 starts dating back to September 5 of last year. He won his last start on April 27 at Toronto, allowing just four hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts over six scoreless frames.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Brett Lawrie hit his fourth homer–his third in as many games–and the White Sox scored five times in the fifth inning to defeat the Orioles, 7-1 on 13 hits, and give Chris Sale his sixth victory without a loss…Brett, whose solo homer in the fourth gave the Sox a 1-0 advantage, also singled, doubled and walked, coming up just a triple shy of the cycle…Sale, whose ERA stayed at a superb 1.66, gave up a lone run in 5.1 innings along with six strikeouts…In the fifth, the Sox scored their runs on five hits, a walk and a pair of hit by pitches. Carlos Sanchez, Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera each drove in a run. Jerry Sands knocked in two…In the ninth with the bases loaded, Melky (who singled) scored on a Dioner Navarro sac fly…Cabrera collected three hits, Abreu, Sands and Austin Jackson knocked out two apiece…David Robertson, making his first appearance since coming back from the bereavement list, closed it out by retiring the side in the ninth.

Here are Lawrie’s homer and the five-run fifth:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=645948883

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=646566083

Quotes of the Day

Lawrie on the Sox:

“The confidence has been here since spring training. We feel that all of the time. We have built some camaraderie in here. We just have to continue to move forward with positivity and keep having fun.”

Photo/Video of the Day

He is undefeated and the first major-league pitcher to reach six victories in 2016. Here’s what Sale, the consummate team player, said about his accomplishment:

“6-0 doesn’t really mean anything. We have one win and loss record that matters, and it’s not mine.”

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=647053183

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With a Record April in the Books, May Begins with Sale

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Today’s News

Formula for Soxcess

Finishing April with a franchise-tying 17 victories, the White Sox continue to hold the best record in the American League with their 17-8 mark and lead the A.L. Central over the Tigers by three games. The Sox have scored 49 of their 95 runs (51.6 percent) in the seventh (25), eighth (10), ninth (13) and extra innings (1). That leads the league.

Today’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards (12:35 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and seven-game road trip, which finds the Sox 4-2 heading into the final game. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 1.66) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2, 3.91) for the O’s.

Sale is set to make his sixth start of the season and first against the Orioles. He has a .159 opponents average in his five starts this season.

Chris has joined Randy Johnson (42.1 IP in 2000 and 39 IP in 2002) and Jon Garland (39 IP) as the only pitchers in the last 20 years to win each his first five starts of a season while totaling at least 38 IP.

Sale earned the win in his last start on April 26 at Toronto, allowing a run on four hits over eight innings pitched. He walked two and struck out six.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Abreu singled home Adam Eaton with the game-winner in the top of the ninth inning (click on top link below) and the White Sox held on for a 8-7 see-saw win over the Orioles. In a game that went back and forth throughout, The Good Guys went ahead 7-5 in the the top of the eighth on a Carlos Sanchez double, an Abreu RBI single and a Todd Frazier two-run homer (click on bottom link), his seventh of the season. The O’s tied it up in the bottom of the frame, setting the stage for Abreu’s late heroics…Nate Jones, who retired a batter in the eighth and tossed a perfect ninth earned his second win without a loss…Brett Lawrie put the Sox ahead 3-1 in the fourth inning with his third homer.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=643787583

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=643603883

Quote of the Day

Abreu on the Sox’ habit of late-inning thunder:

“It doesn’t matter if we’re behind late in games because we have confidence in ourselves that we can go back and win.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday it’ll be the White Sox vs. the Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 1.47) for our Sox, RHP Steven Wright (2-2, 1.37) for Boston.

Photo/Video of the Day

Our man Eaton.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=643848683

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Rodon, Sox Look to Start New Streak vs. Birds

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. The O’s prevailed in Game 1 last night, snapping the Sox’ six-game winning streak. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.06) for the Sox, RHP Mike Wright (1-2, 6.23) for the O’s.

Rodon is set to make his fifth start of the season. He received a no-decision in his last start, tossing 6.2 innings, allowing only two runs on two hits with a season-high seven strikeouts.

Quote of the Day

Todd Frazier on the Sox’ terrific start:

“You know what it is? There’s no I’s on this team. Everybody is in the game for every inning. That’s tough to do.”

Robertson on Bereavement List

The Sox have placed closer David Robertson on the Bereavement List and recalled infielder Carlos Sanchez from Class AAA Charlotte. Under MLB rules, Robertson must remain on the list for a minimum of three days and not more than seven.

Sanchez is hitting .309 with four doubles, three homers, nine RBI, nine runs scored and six stolen bases over 20 games with Charlotte this season. He is currently tied for third in the International League in hits (25) and total bases (38).

Danish Delivers Complete Game Gem for Class AA Birmingham

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160428&content_id=175185752&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards (6:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the third game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers:
RHP Mat Latos (4-0, 0.74) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Gausman (0-1, 1.80) for the O’s.

Photo/Video of the Day

Homer No. 6 last night for the Toddfather.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=636427383

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Dioner and a Show

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Today’s News

On to Baltimore…

As our attention turns to Charm City, The White Sox have won six in a row, are coming off sweeps of Texas and Toronto–two 2015 playoff teams–while outscoring them 34-10. The Sox have registered a major-league high five shutouts in their first first 22 games and scored 23 runs in the seventh inning. The Good Guys’ 16 wins is the most in baseball and the 16-6 record (.727) is the best in the American League and leads the World Champion Royals by 3.5 games in the A.L. Central.

The White Sox now have allowed 1 or 0 runs in half (11 of 22) of their games this season, the best in Sox history through the first 22 games. The Sox’ 2.24 ERA through the first 22 is a franchise best since 1967 (2.21) and the bullpen has posted a 0.73 ERA in the last nine games.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks (0-3, 6.23) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0, 2.77) for the O’s.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Quintana was masterful and Dioner Navarro broke a scoreless tie in the seventh with a triple that scored Todd Frazier (single) and Brett Lawrie (walk) as the White Sox completed the three-game sweep over the Jays, 4-0…Austin Jackson followed Navarro’s triple with one of his own, scoring Dioner from third. Avi Garcia‘s single in the eighth brought home Jose Abreu with the final run…Quintana (3-1, 1.47) overpowered the Jays for six shutout innings, allowing only four hits and three walks while striking out 10…The bullpen once again was superb. Zach Duke, Nate Jones and David Robertson pitched perfect ball in the seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

Enjoy Q and Navarro’s two-run triple:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=633659083

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=633427183

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Quote of the Day

Navarro, after the Toronto sweep:

“We’re going to take this into the next series and keep rolling, man. We have a great shot at doing great things.”

Todd Frazier on “The Cycle”

Roster Moves

Before last night’s game, the Sox optioned right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez to Class AAA Charlotte and recalled righty Daniel Webb from Charlotte.

Webb is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA, two saves, five strikeouts and zero walks in seven relief appearances with the Knights in 2016. Lefties are hitting just .133.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.06) for the Sox, RHP Mike Wright (1-2, 6.23) for the O’s.

Photo of the Day

Rush hour traffic.

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Sale Gem, Booming Bats, Five Straight Wins, Best Record in the A.L.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Today’s News

What Matters Most

“Every day we come in here collectively and it’s all about winning. Nothing else. Not what he’s hitting or what his ERA is. Winning.”Chris Sale

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.82) for the Sox, RHP Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.50) for the Jays.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Sale went to 5-0 and 1.66, Avi Garcia (3), Dioner Navarro (2) and Adam Eaton (1) homered and the Sox knocked out 15 hits in the 10-1 victory over the Blue Jays. The Sox–establishing season highs in runs, hits and homers–have now won five in a row, seven of eight, improved to 15-6 and continue to have the best record in the American League.

Sale tossed eight innings, allowing a single run, four hits and a pair of walks with six strikeouts. What are people saying about Chris’ April? Please take a look:

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/70124/chris-sale-is-awesome-and-will-win-the-cy-young-award

The Sox’ 7-8-9 hitters (Garcia, Navarro and Austin Jackson) went 7-11 with four RBI, six runs scored and a pair of walks. Eaton added a pair of hits and two RBI, Jose Abreu singled and doubled with a run batted in and all nine starters had at least one hit.

Enjoy the show:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=630932183

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Quote of the Day

Robin on reliever Matt Albers and his defensive prowess:

“A few people have bunted on him thinking he can’t get off the mound. He believes he’s a cat.”

Roster Moves

Prior to last night’s game, the White Sox placed catcher Kevan Smith on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 24) with sacroiliac joint dysfunction and purchased the contract of catcher Hector Sanchez from Class AAA Charlotte. Sanchez appeared in 244 games with San Francisco from 2011-15, batting .240 with 33 doubles, 10 home runs and 87 RBI. He has thrown out 20 percent of attempted basestealers in his career. Sanchez was a member of the Giants 2012 World Series championship team, appearing in four postseason games.

Smith was recalled from the Knights prior to Sunday’s game vs. Texas. He was scheduled to make his major-league debut Monday night before being scratched from the starting lineup.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks (0-3, 6.23) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0, 2.77) for the O’s.

Photo of the Day

Team.

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Seventh Heaven

Chicago White Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Trailing 5-1 heading into the seventh inning, the White Sox put five runs on the board to take a 6-5 lead, added another in the top of the ninth and held on for an exciting, come-from-behind 7-5 triumph over the Blue Jays in Toronto. The Sox are now 14-6, have won four straight, six of seven and own the best record in the American League.

The Seventh: Melky Cabrera singled, Brett Lawrie grounded into a force out, Cabrera out at second. Avi Garcia singled, Lawrie to second. Dioner Navarro grounded out, Lawrie to third, Garcia to second. Austin Jackson walked. Brett Cecil replaced Marcus Stroman for the Jays. Adam Eaton singled, Lawrie scored, Garcia scored. Jackson went to second. Jimmy Rollins singled, scoring Jackson with Eaton moving to second. Jose Abreu, who drove in the first Sox run in the first inning with a groundout, walked. Eaton to third. Rollins to second. With former Sox righty Gavin Floyd on the mound for Toronto, Todd Frazier doubled, scoring Eaton and Rollins.

Check out the inning for yourself:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=626772783

It’s also important to note that the seventh inning has been quite productive so far this season for the Sox. They have scored 17 runs. Next is the third inning with nine (via @ckamka).

The Ninth: Rollins doubled, Abreu walked, Rollins stole third. Frazier lifted a sac fly scoring Rollins for the insurance run.

Rollins went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI; Eaton was 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI; Frazier 2 for 3, a walk, a double and three RBI; and Garcia went 2-4 with a run scored.

Zach Putnam (1.1 IP), Dan Jennings (0.1), Matt Albers (1.0), and David Robertson (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in relief of starter Miguel Gonzalez. Albers extended his scoreless-inning streak to 33 over his last 30 appearances dating back to last season. The appearance mark is a Sox record, breaking the previous standard of 29 set by Jesse Crain in 2013. Putnam earned the victory and Robertson got through the tough part of the Blue Jay lineup in the ninth for his eighth save.

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.80) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (1-2, 6.10) for the Jays.

Quote of the Day

Veteran Sox catcher Navarro on Sale:

“The guy’s a warrior. One of the toughest and craziest guys to catch. He’s really emotional. He’s really a go-getter. He goes after it hard all the time. He’s just so competitive, so intense.” (via Toronto Star)

Click on link below for more:

http://www.thestar.com/sports/bluejays/2016/04/25/white-sox-ace-chris-sale-a-warrior-says-dioner-navarro.html

Giving New Meaning to the Term Backstop

Kevan Smith, just called up from Class AAA Charlotte to replace the injured Alex Avila, was in the starting lineup and set to make his big-league debut last night. But he was scratched because of back spasms, leaving Navarro as the sole Sox catcher.

“Dioner’s the only guy I ever said, ‘Don’t run hard, don’t pull anything,'” Robin quipped.

Streaking

The Class AA Birmingham Barons’ INF-DH Nicky Delmonico belted solo homers in the fourth and sixth innings last night in the 7-6 loss at Chattanooga. The 23-year-old prospect, who began the season on the disabled list, is now hitting .444 during the Barons’ current 10-game road trip with seven runs, six doubles, three home runs, and nine RBI. Birmingham’s road swing ends tonight as they head home to face Pensacola on Thursday night.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.82) for the Sox, RHP Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.50) for the Jays.

Photo of the Day

Garcia’s BP last night obviously helped him as the Sox DH singled, doubled, scored and was right in the middle of the five-run seventh.

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Hot Sox Take American League’s Best Record On The Road

Monday, April 25, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that continues with four in Baltimore. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-0, 2.45 in two starts at Class AAA Charlotte) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (3-0, 4.13) for the Jays.

Gonzalez, just promoted from the Knights, has a career 3-2, 2.82 ERA at Rogers Centre. He has won 39 games in four big-league seasons with a 3.82 ERA, all with the Orioles.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Mat Latos joined Chris Sale in the 4-0 club with another outstanding performance, Dioner Navarro homered (1) and had a sac fly and Brett Lawrie singled and doubled with a run batted in as the Sox completed the three-game sweep with a 4-1 victory. The win, which finished a 5-2 homestand, gives the Good Guys the American League’s best record at 13-6 and keeps them a half-game ahead of the Royals in the A.L. Central…Latos tossed six innings, giving up just one run on seven hits. His ERA is now 0.74. Here’s Mat’s numbers through four starts this season: 0.74 ERA, 24.1 IP, 13 Hits, 13 K, 7 BB, 1 HR, 0.822 WHIP and 6-plus IP, 1 or 0 runs in all 4 starts (via @ckamka)…Zach Duke and Nate Jones pitched scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth, respectively, and David Robertson earned his seventh save by striking out the side in the ninth.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are the first A.L. team to post 13 wins and it’s their best 19-game start since 2006 (also 13-6)…The Sox have an A.L. best 2.28 ERA, the lowest for the franchise through 19 games since 1966 (2.02)…The Sox have now allowed 1 or 0 runs in 9 of 19 games this season, the most such games through the first 19 contests in team history (via @ckamka)…Over the last six games Sox starters have an ERA of 1.15…The Rangers came into the series leading the league with 70 runs. They scored four vs. White Sox in the three-game series…Lawrie is batting .347 with seven RBI, six runs scored, six doubles, six walks and one homer over his last 14 games. He recorded his sixth multi-hit game yesterday.

Chicago White Sox Photo Day

Quote of the Day

Alex Avila‘s hamstring injury, which forced the Sox to place him on the disabled list, has provided an opportunity for 27-year-old catcher Kevan Smith (pictured above) to reach the major leagues for the first time. Here’s Kevan’s reaction yesterday to being in “The Show.”

“It’s still an emotional roller coaster right now. I’m talking to buddies that I played (with) back in rookie ball and A-ball, and they’re like, this isn’t Kannapolis anymore, just making little jokes and stuff like that. It’s just kind of a dream becoming reality and I’m trying to soak everything in today and just get my bearings.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.80) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (1-2, 6.10) for the Jays.

Photo of the Day

True Sox Love.

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It…

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Sunday April 24, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (3-0, 0.49) for the Sox, LHP Derek Holland (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

Latos is set to make his fourth start of the season and second at home. He earned his third straight win in his last start on April 19 vs. the Angels, allowing just two hits over 6.1 scoreless innings.

Yesterday’s Highlights

When all was said and done, Jose Abreu‘s single with the bases loaded and one out in the 11th inning proved to be the difference as the Sox came away with a thrilling 4-3 walk-off victory over the Rangers at USCF. The Good Guys are now 12-6 and a half-game ahead of the Royals in the A.L. Central.

The Sox tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth on a Todd Frazier solo homer, his fifth, and Dioner Navarro singled home the lead run later in the inning. The Rangers tied it at 3-3 in the top of the ninth and the game headed into extra innings. Frazier came thisclose to another homer with two gone in the bottom of the frame–which would have ended the game–but Texas right fielder Nomar Mazara leaped over the wall to prevent the potential game-winner.

In the bottom of the 11th, Navarro walked, Austin Jackson was hit by a pitch and Adam Eaton walked, loading the bases. After Navarro was forced out at home on a ground ball, Abreu performed his heroics.

Carlos Rodon bounced back nicely from his last start, allowing just two runs, two hits and two walks along with seven strikeouts (a season-high). Matt Albers pitched a scoreless 11th and earned his first win of the season. He has now thrown 32 consecutive scoreless innings over his last 29 appearances dating back to last year. Melky Cabrera slammed his second homer, a solo blast, and singled twice. Jimmy Rollins had a pair of singles.

Here are the Frazier and Cabrera homers–and a fabulous play by Brett Lawrie behind second base:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=617062383

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=616719083

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=616782983

Quote of the Day

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox walked-off for the first time this season and in the process won their first extra-inning game in their first try…The Sox are 3-0 when tied after the eighth inning and 4-1 in the second game of a series…Our starters own a 1.09 ERA over the last five games…Rodon has held lefties to a .185 average with no home runs and only 13 RBI in his career…Cabrera is 19 for 49 with two doubles, one triple, two homers and six RBI over the last 14 games…Frazier is 6-21 with three homers over his last six games.

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 seven-game road trip that continues with four in Baltimore. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.80) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (3-0, 4.13) for the Jays.

Photo of the Day

Ecstasy.

“I’ve Never Seen That Before”

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.73) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (1-0, 4.00) for Texas.

Last Night’s Highlights

The quote in the headline above was Todd Frazier‘s emotional reaction as he celebrated with his teammates in the dugout after the Sox executed a mind-boggling 9-3-2-6-2-5 seventh-inning triple play (see video above and click on link below) en route to a 5-0 victory over the Rangers…Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.82) had another excellent outing, blanking Texas for seven innings, allowing just four hits and a pair of walks along with four strikeouts…Brett Lawrie doubled in a pair of runs after a two-out walk to Frazier and a Melky Cabrera double and Jerry Sands singled in Lawrie in a three-run sixth…Jose Abreu drove in a run on a sac fly in the third…Matt Albers came on in the eighth and extended his consecutive scoreless appearance streak to 28 (31 innings pitched)…Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless ninth.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=613559383

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the triple play:

“If anybody on the field deserves to have that happen for them, it’s Q,” referring of course to the long list of no-decisions that Quintana has endured.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are off to their best 17-game start since 2006 (12-5) and are 8-4 over the last 12 games…Last night’s triple play was the first by the Sox since September 18, 2006 in the first inning vs. the Tigers.

Oh, That Pitching

The Sox recorded their fourth shutout of the season, their most over the first 17 games of a season since 1947 (four)…We have held the opposition to one or no runs in eight of the 17 contests…The White Sox bullpen is 1-0 with a major-league best 1.55 ERA and 37 strikeouts over its first 16 games…Quintana is 4-1 with a 1.63 ERA and eight quality starts over his last nine dating back to September 5 of last year.

Quite a Night

While the Sox were executing one of the craziest triple plays in recent memory, there were some other pretty exciting moments in the organization last night (via @futuresox).

The Class AAA Charlotte Knights, down 4-1 entering the ninth, scored three runs to send the game into extra innings. Then, if that weren’t enough drama, first baseman Danny Hayes belted a walk-off grand slam in the 10th to give the Knights an 8-5 victory.

The high-Class A Winston-Salem Dash powered their way to a 13-8 win over host Salem on 20 hits. Leading the way was third baseman Gerson Montilla, who hit for the first Dash cycle since 2008.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (3-0, 0.49) for the Sox, LHP Derek Holland (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Somehow, Melky found himself promoting the upcoming NFL Draft that takes place in Chicago April 28-30.

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Q vs. Rangers in Tonight’s Series Opener

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 2.55) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (0-1, 3.44) for Texas.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera (No. 1) and Todd Frazier (4) each slammed a solo homer, but it wasn’t enough as the Sox dropped the series finale to the Angels, 3-2, for a split in the four-game series…John Danks had a quality start, giving up just two runs in six innings…Jake Petricka pitched two innings of scoreless relief.

The Cabrera and Frazier homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=608975283

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=609116783

Quote of the Day

Dioner Navarro on his friendship with Mat Latos (via CST_soxvan):

“He likes to talk a lot and I’m a really mellow guy, so I let him do all the talking.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.73) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (1-0, 4.00) for Texas.

Photos/Video of the Day

You’d be hard-pressed to find somebody who enjoys being a major leaguer more than the Toddfather. And click on link to watch him on the MLB Network.

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v608831983

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