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The Spirit of ’05 and It’s Sale Sunday

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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Today’s News

Center Stage

Yesterday afternoon’s 2005 World Championship Reunion Weekend activities started with a family portrait in front of the “Championship Moments” monument in Champions Plaza (top photo above) and continued with the Parade of Champions as our heroes arrived from centerfield to the pre-game ceremony on the infield in classy Ford Mustang convertibles. Following the ceremony, the team gathered on the mound for another team picture (bottom photo above) with the songs “We are the Champions” and “Let’s Go White Sox” in the background. The festivities ended with Jon Garland throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to Chris Sale.

The Boys are Back in Town

The following are the members of the 2005 team who took part in yesterday’s ceremony. Each was introduced to the crowd by longtime Sox PA announcer Gene Honda and greeted with hugs all around:

Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Executive Vice President Ken Williams and coaches Harold Baines, Greg Walker, Art Kusyner, Don Cooper and Man Soo Lee were all introduced from the dugout. 

Manager Ozzie Guillen was the first to arrive in his car with the World Series Trophy in hand.

The players included Garland, Brian Anderson, Dustin Hermanson, Chris Widger, Willie Harris, Timo Perez, Pablo Ozuna, Geoff Blum, Cliff Politte, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, Frank Thomas, Carl Everett, Scott Podsednik, Bobby Jenks, Joe Crede, Aaron Rowand, Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko.

Rowand, Hernandez, Garland, Konerko, Podsednik, Dye and Guillen spoke during the ceremony and thanked their teammates and the fans. Some highlights:

* Paulie called three of the missing World Champs–Mark Buehrle, Juan Uribe and A.J. Pierzynski–overachievers for still playing. Buehrle’s a Blue Jay, of course, while Uribe and A.J. are with the Braves. Mark wasn’t missing entirely as he taped a message on the video board, ending it with, “Have one for me. Cheers.” And as if to say, ‘Don’t forget about me,’ Pierzynski broke up Jon Lester‘s no-hitter last night with an eighth-inning single against the Cubs lefty.

* Jermaine praised Ozzie for pushing the team to succeed.

* Ozzie called trainers Herm Schneider and Brian Ball, traveling secretary Ed Cassin and strength and conditioning guru Allen Thomas out of the dugout to join the group.

Picture Perfect

Click on the link below for a video of the ceremony–and enjoy the day in pictures. From top to bottom, that’s the group of ’05 Sox bench players (Harris, Blum, Perez, Widger and Ozuna); Blum re-enacting his game-winning homer in Game 3 of the World Series; Ozzie in his car with the World Series Trophy; Paulie in his ride; Crede in his Mustang; Everett and Thomas waving to the crowd; Podsednik high-stepping on the red carpet; Sale and Garland after the ceremonial first pitch.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v267480883

 

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Tonight at the Chicago Theatre: A Season to Remember

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/charities/season_to_remember.jsp

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game set as we look to even the series. Probable Starters: LHP Sale (8-4, 2.72) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-4, 4.65) for K.C.

All-Star Sale makes his 18th start of the season, eighth at home and second vs. Kansas City. He is 6-3 with a 1.76 ERA and 131 strikeouts over his last 12 starts. Chris earned the win in his last outing on July 11 vs. the Cubs, allowing one run on six hits over seven innings along with 10 strikeouts in the 5-1 victory. He recorded double-digit Ks for the 10th time this season.

Sale, named the American League Pitcher of the Month for June, ranks among the American League leaders in strikeouts (1st, 157), SO/9.0 IP (1st, 11.84), WHIP (1st, 0.95), SO/BB (1st, 6.83), average (3rd, .206), ERA (7th) and IP (11th, 119.1).

Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox scored a pair of runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the score at 6-6 but fell short in 13 innings, 7-6…One out away from a loss and down 6-4 in the ninth, Adam LaRoche singled, Alexei Ramirez walked and J.B. Shuck doubled to left, scoring the tying runs…Ramirez went 2-3 with a solo homer (No. 3), two RBI and the walk,  Melky Cabrera went 2-4 with a run batted in and Adam Eaton drove in another. Rookie Tyler Saladino, who had three hits in the Friday night doubleheader, had two more yesterday and made a couple of outstanding defensive plays at third base.

J.B.’s game-tying double and Alexei’s homer:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=267518183

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=267484883

Quote of the Day

Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, calling the 2005 champs a great bunch of guys, was asked if he felt that the Sox, winners of 99 games in the regular season, in first place from start to finish and 11-1 in the postseason, have been slighted.

“We weren’t the 1927 Yankees, but we were probably better than a lot of teams (that won). A championship is a championship. What more recognition do you need than winning the World Series Trophy?”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Cardinals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a two-game series. Probable starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-2, 3.80) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Martinez (10-3, 2.52) for St. Louis.

During the off day, many of the Sox players and front office execs will be participating in the Field of Greens Celebrity Golf Tournament at Harborside International Golf Course in Chicago. The tournament supports pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at local hospitals.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 90 on July 17 in Cleveland, the first-place White Sox completed a four-game sweep over the Tribe with a 4-0 triumph. Jon Garland won his 14th game with six shutout innings and Tadahito Iguchi (6) and A.J. Pierzynski (12) belted a solo shot and two-run clout, respectively. It was win No. 61 on the season.

Photos of the Day

More 2005 hero trading cards, completing the set of 15 (designed by Sox intern Jordan Doyle).

 

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That Championship Season

Saturday, July 18, 2015

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Today’s News

The Unbreakable Bond

There’s always a special connection among teammates and the bond is even greater with a championship team. When members of the 2005 White Sox gathered yesterday to meet the media before the second game of the doubleheader as part of 2005 World Championship Reunion Weekend, it was a sight to behold.

In between interviews, there was Frank Thomas greeting Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez with Timo Perez looking on (top photo below). Paulie reunited with Jermaine Dye and Jon Garland (second photo) and you saw Joe Crede deep in conversation with Geoff Blum, who soon walked away to speak to reporters (third photo). Konerko later embraced Ozzie and the two former Sox picked up where they left off (fourth photo).

It was the White Sox version of musical chairs as the groups changed frequently because the players wanted to make sure they didn’t miss anyone. Apart from those mentioned above, others on hand mingling included Scott Podsednik, Cliff Politte, Dustin Hermanson, Aaron Rowand, Chris WidgerWillie Harris and coaches Greg Walker, Harold BainesArt Kusyner and Man Soo Lee.

Crede and Rowand represented their teammates by throwing out the ceremonial first pitches (bottom photo below).

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Reunion Weekend Continues

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

And here’s what the first 20,000 fans 21 and over will get today–a replica of the ’05 championship ring. Check it out for yourself, pretty close to the real thing, isn’t it?

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Quotes of the Day

Members of the ’05 Champions reminisced:

* Blum talked about  his 14th inning, game-winning homer in Game 3 of the Series.

“People asking me about it never gets old. It was career-changing, it brought a new light to my career.”

* Garland on the 10th anniversary celebration:

“It’s good for us, good for the fans and good for this (current) team to see. When there’s a championship, it should be celebrated.”

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-9, 3.69) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-5, 5.36) for Kansas City.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Game 1: 

Geovany Soto and Adam Eaton hit solo homers and Jeff Samardzija went seven solid innings, the 11th time in his last 12 starts that he’s gone that long or more, in the Sox’ 4-2 loss to the Royals. Rookie Tyler Saladino collected a pair of singles, one on a bunt…Dan Jennings and Daniel Webb tossed scoreless, hitless baseball in the eighth and ninth, respectively.

Here are the Soto and Eaton homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=263620483

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Game 2:

John Danks continued his mastery of the Royals (now 9-1 lifetime), tossing six-plus innings of shutout ball for his fifth win, allowing four hits and four walks in the Sox’ 2-0 victory and split of the twin bill (click on top link below). In the second inning, Tyler Flowers drove home Avi Garcia, who tripled (click on center and bottom links) and Melky Cabrera scored on a wild pitch in the sixth….Zach Duke pitched 1.2 perfect innings and David Robertson chalked up his 20th save with a 1-2-3 ninth…The White Sox bullpen has now thrown 19.1 straight scoreless innings since July 5.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=265598983

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Game Program

The third game program of the season, adorned with a cover celebrating 2005, is available now. Make sure you pick up one or more.

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Sox Notes of Note

Highly touted pitching prospect Frankie Montas was called up as the Sox’ 26th player for yesterday’s doubleheader, but did not see action…Former Sox outfielder Brian Anderson, a member of the 2005 Sox, subbed for Bill Melton yesterday on CSN’s studio show…@HawkHarrelson and @stevestone are still going strong on Twitter, waiting for your questions.

This Mission was Possible

Rebecca Ferguson (pictured below), who is starring wth Tom Cruise in the upcoming Mission ImpossibleRogue Nation movie stopped by the #SoxSocial Lounge yesterday during Game 1 of the doubleheader.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-4, 2.72) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-4, 4.65) for K.C.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 89 on July 16 in Cleveland vs. the Tribe, the first-place White Sox won ther 60th game of the season, 7-5, highlighted by a parade of doubles. Paul Konerko (2), Joe Crede, Carl Everett and A.J. Pierzynski all delivered two-base hts. Konerko, Crede and Everett drove in a run apiece and A.J. got credit for a pair of RBI. Mark Buehrle improved his record to 11-3, allowing just two runs in seven innings of work.

Photos of the Day

More 2005 hero trading cards. The rest of the set will be posted tomorrow.

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Second Half Begins Amid Glory of 2005

Friday, July 17, 2015

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Today’s News

Twin Bill

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field in a day-night doubleheader today that kicks off a four-game weekend series. The first game begins at 1:10 p.m. CT on CSN, the nightcap at 7:10 p.m. CT on WGN. Game 1 Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-4, 4.02) for the Sox, RHP Edison Volquez (8-4, 3.31) for Kansas City. Game 2: LHP John Danks (4-8, 5.30) for the Sox, RHP Chris Young (7-5, 3.00) for KC.

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2005 World Championship Reunion Weekend

Today also marks the start of the 2005 World Championship Reunion Weekend. Read all about all the celebratory activities and take a fond look back. (Painting of celebration above courtesy of artist Stanley Silver).

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/reunion_weekend.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20150716_49281106&adbid=621779222340612097&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

Franchise Four

The winners of the fan vote for the White Sox “Franchise Four,” announced Tuesday night at the All-Star Game:

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Sale Stuff

Chris Sale was the only pitcher in the major leagues to induce 300+ swings and misses (318) in the first-half of the season…Check out the Sale photos below from the All-Star festivities. That’s Chris at the home run derby (top) waving to the fans during the Red Carpet event (center) and talking pitching with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, the man with whom he shares the major-league record of eight consective games with 10 or more strikeouts.

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Quote of the Day

Orioles All-Star Adam Jones on facing Sale:

“It’s not fun. I call him the praying mantis. He’s probably the nastiest pitcher in baseball, right-handed or left-handed.”

Music to Their Ears: Sox Walkup Songs

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/ct-cubs-white-sox-songs-20150715-photogallery.html

Sox Minor Notes of Note

Class AAA Charlotte’s Erik Johnson was the International League’s starting pitcher against the Pacific Coast League Wednesday night in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Omaha. He tossed two innings, allowing just a hit and a walk along with two strikeouts in the IL’s 4-3 victory. Click on the link below to read a fascnating story about Erik’s 2015 comeback…Johnson’s Charlotte teammates, OF Trayce Thompson and DH Matt Davidson, also were in the IL starting lineup while Zach Phillips came on in relief…The Knights’ Kyle Drabek, who began the season in the Sox bullpen, was selected as the IL’s Pitcher of the Week, for the week ending July 12. In a starting role, he tossed two six-inning gems last week. On Monday, July 6, he allowed just one unearned run on six hits in a 2-1 victory over Gwinnett and, five days later, he gave up one unearned run in a 10-2 triumph over Norfolk. Overall, he went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/mlb/charlotte-knights/article27243157.html

New Radio Deal

The White Sox, Bulls and Cumulus Media, Inc. jointly announced yesterday that WLS AM 890 has been named the teams’ new flagship radio station in a multi-year agreement.

White Sox games will air on WLS AM 890 beginning in 2016 while the Bulls games will move to the station beginning with the 2016-17 NBA season.

The agreement, which runs through 2021 with both teams, includes all Bulls preseason, regular and postseason games and all White Sox regular season and postseason games, select spring training games as well as weekly original programming.

In addition to live game broadcasts, spring training, preseason broadcasts, the agreement includes pre- and postgame programming and a weekly year-round show for each team that features highlghts, a preview of the week ahead as well as interviews with players, coaches and the Sox and Bulls front office.

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“Thank You, Barons!”

The Sox’ Class AA affiliate Birmingham Barons received this note from a Texas family that recently attended a Barons game. It says a lot about the team and the individuals in the White Sox organization.

Dear Barons,

My name is Dusty and my family and I live in Lubbock, Texas. We were recently traveling through Jackson, Tennessee, and decided to get tickets to Thursday evening’s game (between the Barons and Jackson Generals). We are not “fans” of the White Sox necessarily, but my wife and I love baseball, and wanted to take our children to enjoy a game while we were away from home. We purchased tickets through the Generals website, and arrived early to the ballpark to take in whatever action might be going on. We made our way to our seats behind the Barons’ dugout, and what happened next is the reason for my writing you.

A member of the Barons team (who, unknown to us at the time, is the Barons’ manager Julio Vinas) immediately saw our 7 year old daughter, and began speaking with her, welcoming her to the game. In fact, Mr. Vinas began joking with her about the hot dog she had in her hand, and he gave her a baseball, and it made her day. A few minutes later, our two sons (ages 13 and 11) took their sister to where some of the Barons players were stretching and warming up for the evening’s game. Tim Anderson and Courtney Hawkins came over and signed their baseball, and again, it made them very happy. After the top of the first inning, Mr. Vinas again saw my daughter as we were sitting behind the dugout, and again joked with her about buying him a hot dog. My wife and I wanted to say “thank you” in some some way, as well as to play along with the good-natured joke, so we bought a hot dog for Mr. Vinas and had our daughter give it to him between innings as he stood on the dugout steps. He was very kind, even a bit surprised and seemed embarrassed about the situation, but made sure to say “thank you!” several times to our daughter. An inning later, one of the players broke his bat, and Mr. Vinas gave that bat to our daughter, which absolutely made her day. She held that bat the rest of the game! Even more, the Barons catcher, Rob Brantly, tossed our son a ball as he returned to the dugout after an innng. We made quite a haul, to say the least.

I simply wanted to say “THANK YOU!” to your manager, Mr. Vinas, and to those players, who unknown to them, made our family’s night one that will be remembered for years to come. I can’t begin to express our gratitude for the kindness and class of the Barons organization that was displayed toward us, a family from Texas, that was visiting the ballpark that night. Please pass along our gratitude to Mr. Vinas, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Hawkins, and Mr. Brantly and please let them know that a family from Texas is now a permanent fan of the Birmingham Barons and we will be watching their hopeful rise to “The Show.”

Sincerely,

Dusty, Hope, DJ, Aiden, and Nora

Lubbock, Texas

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-9,  3.69) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-5, 5.36) for KC.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 87 on July 14 at Cleveland, the first-place White Sox edged the Indians, 1-0. Jose Contreras tossed seven innings, allowing just three hits and three walks along with seven strikeouts for his fifth win of the season and No. 58 for the Sox. Frank Thomas drove in the game’s only run in the first inning with a double that scored Tadahito Iguchi, who singled and stole second.

In Game 88 on July 15 at Cleveland against the Tribe, Jermaine Dye, Aaron Rowand (2) and Chris Widger all drove in runs in a four-run first inning and the first-place White Sox coasted to a 7-1 victory. Pablo Ozuna added to the offense with a 4-5 day. Freddy Garcia earned his ninth win of the season.

Photos of the Day

Here are a few ’05 hero trading cards. More to come tomorrow and Sunday.

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Looking Forward

Monday, July 13, 2015

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Today’s News

Sox Surge

The White Sox enter the All-Star break having won four straight series (Cardinals, Orioles, Blue Jays and Cubs), four of their last five games and nine of 12–looking to carry the momentum forward in the second half with scenes like the one above.

Quote of the Day

Robin on the team’s recent performance:

“We played well the last two weeks; we had a good run at it going into the break…we pitched well, we played defense and scored some runs.”

Royals Up Next After Break

After the Monday-Thursday break, the White Sox face the Royals in a four-game series beginning with a day-night doubleheader on Friday. The first game begins at 1:10 p.m. CT on CSN, the nightcap at 7:10 p.m. CT on WGN. Sox probables: RHP Jeff Samardzija in Game 1, LHP John Danks in Game 2.

Friday also marks the start of the 2005 World Championship Reunion Weekend:

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

Yesterday’s Highlights

Although he was tagged with the loss in the finale vs. the Cubs, Jose Quintana enjoyed his ninth consecutive quality outing. In 7.1 innings of work, he gave up three runs and struck out nine…Adam Eaton plated Carlos Sanchez on a safety squeeze in the sixth inning (click on link)…That’s Q below in the 1950s throwback road uni the Sox wore to honor Minnie Minoso.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=255619283

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Sale an All-Star Veteran

Chris Sale, who will be representing the Sox Tuesday night at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati, is already a four-time All-Star and very familiar with the surroundings. He is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three appearances (four innings pitched) and was the winning pitcher for the American League in 2013, pitching two perfect innings in the AL’s 3-0 triumph at New York’s Citi Field.

Here’s Chris tipping his cap during the introductions at the 2012 All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City (top photo); en route to his 2013 win in New York (center); and on the mound last year in the Midsummer Classic at Target Field in Minnesota.

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Photos of the Day

Jose Abreu and the Cubs’ Jorge Soler brought a youth team from Cuba to play in the United States. Here’s Abreu with the youngsters before yesterday’s game and in an emotional reunion with his Little League coach, who traveled to the U.S. with the team.

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Alive and Kicking

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (1:20 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and the last game before the All-Star break. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana 
(4-8, 3.69) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (9-5, 2.80) for the North Siders.
 
Sale, Early Runs Set Stage for 5-1 Saturday Win
 
Chris Sale was Chris Sale, Tyler Saladino delivered his first major-league hit and RBI in a two-run first inning and the White Sox defeated the Cubs yesterday for the second straight day. As a result of the 5-1 victory, the Sox won their fourth consecutive game, fourth straight series, have notched nine of the last 11 and look for a sweep at Wrigley today.

Sale (8-4) tossed seven-plus innings, allowing just a run, six hits and a walk while striking out 10. It was the 28th time in his career he recorded double digit Ks and has done it in nine of his last 10 games. He is now 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA in 18 interleague games (click on top link below)…The Sox got off to quick start in the first inning. Adam Eaton doubled to lead off the game and came home on Saladino’s triple (click on second link). Saladino scored on Jose Abreu‘s single, which extended Jose’s hitting streak to 13 (click on third link), giving us a 2-0 advantage…We added three more runs in the seventh. Melky Cabrera singled, Avi Garcia reached second on a throwing error by Kris Bryant and Cabrera moved to third. Alexei Ramirez drove home Cabrera with a single (click on fourth link) and another Tyler, Tyler Flowers, rose to the occasion by doubling home Garcia and Ramirez (click on bottom link) to make it 5-0. Sox pitching reached 30 consecutive scoreless innings (club record is 35) before the Cubs got on the board in the bottom of the seventh off of Sale…Jake Petricka (1.2 IP) and Zach Duke (0.1) finished the job with scoreless baseball in the final two frames.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=252039283

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Quotes of the Day
 
@CSNHayes: Saladino: “It’s the 1st thing I can actually say I’m speechless about. Whole thing, Lester, triple, 1st hit, RBI, about as cool as it gets.”

@CSNWhiteSox: #Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Chris Sale: “He’s the closest thing to Randy Johnson I think that we’ve seen in a long time.”

 
All-Star Break
 
After the MondayThursday break, the White Sox face the Royals in a four-game series beginning with a day-night doubleheader on Friday. Game 1 begins at 1:10 p.m. CT on CSN, the nightcap at 7:10 p.m. CT on WGN.

Friday also marks the start of 2005 World Championship Reunion Weekend:

 
On June 8, 2001, Carlos Lee belted a grand slam off of the Cubs’ Courtney Duncan with two outs in the 10th inning, leading the Sox to a 7-3 win. It was the first walk-off grand slam in interleague history.

Photo of the Day

 

Third-base coach Joe McEwing gave Saladino a big hug after the rookie tripled for his first hit and run batted in as a big-leaguer.

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Sale in Spotlight After Sox Draw First Blood

Saturday, July 11, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-4, 2.80) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (4-7, 3.48) for the North Siders.

Sale is making his 17th start of the season and ninth on the road. The four-time All-Star earned his seventh win on July 6, allowing two runs on six hits along with six strikeouts over nine innings in the Sox’ memorable 4-2 win over Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays.

Yesterday’s Highlights

White Sox pitching continued to shut down opposing hitters (24 consecutive scoreless innings and counting) in the 1-0 victory over the Cubs in the series opener…Carlos Rodon (6.0 IP), Jake Petricka (1.0), Zach Duke (1.0) and David Robertson (1.0) were superb and received all the support they needed from the bench as pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck‘s eighth-inning sac fly scored fellow pinch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio was hit by a pitch, stole second and moved to third on an Adam Eaton sac bunt…Petricka earned his third win, Robertson recorded save No. 19…The Sox defense clicked as well, executing five double plays: 4-6-3, 6-4-3, 9-2-6, 2-5 and 6-3 in addition to executing a number of other superior defensive efforts, including Carlos Sanchez’s diving catch on the last play of the game…With his fourth-inning single, Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games. It’s his fifth career streak of 10 or more games.

Rodon’s six Ks:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=247824583

Shuck’s RBI:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=247745283

Oh, those DPs:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=248160883

This game is ovah:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=247769083

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Saladino Makes Debut

Infielder Tyler Saladino (pictured below) made his major-league debut yesterday after being promoted from Class AAA Charlotte. In the starting lineup at third base, he went hitless but made a couple of outstanding defensive plays. Over his last 10 games with the Knights, Tyler had a .882 OPS with two homers and 13 RBI.

Saladino replaced Scott Carroll on the 25-man roster. Carroll was optioned to Charlotte on Thursday night.

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Quotes of the Day

@CST_soxvan: Saladino: ‘It’s a blessing for sure. It’s a dream I’ve been chasing my whole life and I just want to make the most of it. I’m ready to go.’

@ChuckGarfien: Tyler Saladino has arrived at the cramped Wrigley Field visiting clubhouse. Saladino: “I’m used to this.”

From the opponents camp…

Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Rodon:

“He’s good. When he gains fastball command, he’s gonna be really good. He’s a young man; he’s got a live fastball, he’s got a really good slider. Seems like pretty good composure. But when the fastball command shows up, it’s gonna be really good. It’s not unlike David Price. When David first began with the Rays, great fastball with command issues, but once he found that command, man, heads up.”

Jon Lester on Sale: “He’s fun to watch, wiry, asses and elbows going everywhere and he chucks the hell out of it.”

Jones to Rehab at Winston-Salem

The Sox announced that reliever Nate Jones will begin an injury rehabilitation assignment at Winston-Salem.

New Age Baseball Analytics

http://www.sporttechie.com/2015/07/09/sport-birthed-moneyball-generating-new-stats-via-player-tracking-technology/

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley (1:20 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and the last game before the All-Star break. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-8, 3.69) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (9-5, 2.80) for the Cubs.

Sox-Cubs Flashback

The White Sox recorded the biggest comeback in the series on June 28, 2002 at home when we rallied from an 8-0 deficit to defeat the Cubs, 13-9. The Cubs built that lead after three innings. The Sox began the comeback with one in the fourth and three in the fifth, which included Paul Konerko‘s two-run homer off of Kerry Wood, to narrow the gap to 8-4. The Good Guys added six more runs in the sixth capped by Konerko’s second homer, a two-run shot off of Joe Borowski, to give the Sox a 10-8 lead and put the game away with three more in the eighth.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/2001/20020628/recap/chncha.html

Photo of the Day

Mr. White Sox and Mr. Cub were honored before yesterday’s game.

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Sox vs. Cubs: The Rivalry Continues

Friday, July 10, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (3:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the first of two three-game series that will determine the winner of the Crosstown Cup. The second series will be at U.S. Cellular Field from August 14-16. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-2, 4.18) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.82) for the North Siders.

The Rivalry: Advantage Good Guys

The White Sox lead the all-time series, 52-46, going 27-22 at U.S. Cellular Field and 25-24 at Wrigley. The Sox won three of four games last season and have gone 15-11 over the last 26 overall (9-4 at the Cubs).

Shark Attack

Jeff Samardzija (6-4) was brilliant yesterday as he tossed a complete game, four-hit shutout against one of the most potent offenses in baseball (click on top link below) as the White Sox prevailed 2-0 to win three of four from the Blue Jays–their third straight series win. The Sox scored both of their runs in the sixth inning. Adam Eaton, Wednesday night’s hero, led off the sixth with a triple (click on middle click). With one out and Melky Cabrera at the plate, Eaton scored on a passed ball and moments later Cabrera cracked his fourth home run of the season (click on third link)…And take a look at this terrific defensive play from Carlos Sanchez to Adam LaRoche (click on bottom link).

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=244950683

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=244891683  

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=244897583  

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v244814283 

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Quote of the Day

An anonymous Chicagoan on the Sox-Cubs rivalry (via Bleacher Report):

“It’s about how you were raised and how you stick to those core values that you were brought up on concerning your baseball team…It’s about having hope when your team is losing and celebrating uncontrollably when your team is winning. It’s about sticking to your core values as a Sox or a Cubs fan and defending that against one another.”

No. 72 in the House

Sox Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk spent time in the #SoxSocial Lounge yesterday answering questions for our Facebook page. That’s Sox social media guru Colleen Maxwell working with Pudge.

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Another Sox First: Throwback Uniforms

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/757451/throwback-uniforms-started-white-sox-25-years-ago

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-4, 2.80) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (4-7, 3.48) for the Cubs.

What a Guy!

Chris received his official All-Star Game jersey before yesterday’s game and gave it to this young fan.

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2005 Hero Update

Jermaine Dye is one of the celebrities playing in this week’s Encompass Championship in Glenview and we talked with him about his golf passion. Dye earned the World Series MVP Award with the White Sox in 2005, batting .438 with one home run and three runs batted in. His RBI single provided the only run in the Sox’ 1-0 Game 4 victory over the Houston Astros, clinching the Series sweep. In 2006, Dye finished second in the American League in home runs with 44, third in slugging at .622, fifth in RBI with 120 and batted .315.

What’s your golf background, when did you get started? 

DYE:  Well, I first started playing golf when I was playing in Atlanta. I didn’t really grow up playing golf, I grew up watching golf.  My dad played, but I never really had time because I was playing football, basketball and baseball. But I always watched it, it was always on our TV.  And I first picked up a club in Atlanta my rookie year.  I went out with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Fred McGriff. Now that I’m retired, I try to take one day a week where I just go out and hit balls and practice a little bit. I just love the game. It’s a great game.

How’s your game at the moment and where do you play most of your golf? 

DYE:  “I live in San Diego and I play out of Del Mar Country Club.  My game, I’m around anywhere between a 5- and a 9-handicap depending if I don’t have a double bogey on a par 5 or a par 3. It’s all about making putts.  It’s a tough game. It’s hard to get your handicap down low. I’ve come to realize the secret to lower scores is the short game. You have to be able to get the ball up and down if you want to score. That’s the great thing about golf.  You have this little white ball sitting on the ground that’s not doing anything and you’ve got to go out there and hit it. It’s frustrating at times, but it’s fun at the same time.”

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What’s your No. 1 golf highlight? 

DYE:  “I’d probably just say my golf highlight is being able to play in the celebrity championship at Lake Tahoe two years ago. I play in these celebrity tournaments all the time, but it was nothing like seeing a bunch of people out watching, following you and the corporate tents and everything. Just the atmosphere was unbelievable. To be able to calm yourself down and relax and just go out there and play and have fun was a different experience. It was a different feeling, something that I hadn’t felt since my playing days. It was cool to feel that rush of adrenaline again. Knowing you had to make a key putt. That’s what it’s all about and that’s the feeling we all want, to be able to have that feeling of, ‘I need to make this putt right here to put myself in position to win.’ That’s probably my favorite highlight of my golf career thus far.”

What is the most important golf tip you’ve ever received?

DYE:  “Probably swing easy.  I mean, that’s probably the number one thing that I try to incorporate in my thinking before I address the ball is a nice, smooth swing. You don’t have to go at it hard. It’s all about tempo and rhythm. It’s the same thing in baseball. I’ve hit some of my farthest home runs by barely swinging. You really want to be tension free whether it’s baseball or golf. If you do that, you’ll be surprised how far you can hit the ball.”

Photo of the Day

The Sox celebrate after winning the 2014 Crosstown Cup.

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The Face of a Winner

Thursday, July 9, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game set as we go for the series win. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 4.33) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (3-9, 5.02) for Toronto.

Shark is set to make his 18th start of the season, seventh at home and second against the Blue Jays. He received his second consecutive no decision in his last start on July 4 vs. the Orioles, allowing just one run on three hits over 7.2 innings in the 3-2 Sox win.

Last Night’s Highlights

Adam Eaton emerged as the night’s biggest hero with his 11th-inning walk-off homer from the leadoff spot, giving the White Sox a dramatic 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Blue Jays…Huge credit also has to be given to the Sox bullpen–Scott Carroll (2.2 IP), Zach Duke (2.0), David Robertson (1.0) and Zach Putnam (1.0)–which shut out the tough Toronto lineup for 6.2 innings in relief of John Danks…In a 16-hit attack, Avi Garcia pounded out a season-high four hits with a run batted in; Eaton and Adam LaRoche collected two hits and two RBI apiece; Carlos Sanchez had two hits and an RBI; Jose Abreu and Tyler Flowers recorded two hits each and Melky Cabrera added a hit and a run batted in.

Enjoy Eaton’s game-winner and his comments after the game:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=243036483

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=244226883

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Quote of the Day

Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon on the Sox, as the two clubs get set to face each other this weekend.

“I look at their lineup and I know these guys. They’re good. They’re really good. I’ve seen it firsthand.”

Sox Notes of Note

Last night’s thriller represented the White Sox’ 23rd comeback win this season. The Sox are 8-2 in extra innings and 18-15 in one-run games…Eaton hit his sixth homer of the season, first walk-off and second career game-ending home run. It was the White Sox seventh walk-off hit and second walk-off roundtripper of the year (Gordon Beckham on June 21 vs. Texas was the first)…Abreu has hit safely in 10 consecutive games (.310), his second longest streak of the season (17)…Garcia has hit safely in nine of his last 10 (.436)…Cabrera (.400) and Alexei Ramirez (.435) both have seven-game streaks…Robertson has worked 13 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts in non-save situations.

Erik Johnson to Start Triple-A All-Star Game

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150708&content_id=135501794&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t494&sid=t494

#SoxSocial Day

http://mlb.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/soxsocial.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20150708_48847366&adbid=618855232877899776&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (3:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the opener of the first three-game series for the Crosstown Cup. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-2, 4.18) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.82) for the North Siders.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 83 on July 6, the first-place White Sox completed the home sweep of Tampa Bay with a 7-2 triumph. Jose Contreras notched his fourth victory of the season, Frank Thomas belted a three-run homer (No. 11) and Tad Iguchi, Carl Everett and Juan Uribe each added an RBI. With their 57th win of the year, the Sox went 31 games over the .500 mark.

Photo of the Day

Eaton is the first White Sox leadoff hitter to hit a walk-off home run since Scott Podsednik‘s legendary blow in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series (see photo below). That final score was 7-6 as well.

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Danks vs. Birds in July: One Down (Orioles), One to Go (Blue Jays)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (4-8, 4.95) for the Sox, RHP Drew Hutchison (8-2, 5.23) for Toronto.

Danks is scheduled to make his 15th start of the season, eighth at home and second vs. the Jays. He earned the win in his last start on July 3 vs. Baltimore, allowing only five hits over seven innings in the 1-0 victory.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Quintana followed up his terrific July 1 performance in the win against the Cardinals with another gem last evening in the Sox’ 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays. Q gave up just two runs, four hits and struck out eight in eight innings of work without walking a batter…Carlos Sanchez drove in the Sox run with a second-inning single.

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Quote of the Day

Robin on Adam Eaton:

“…his stuff is about going out and being a pain in the rear end to the other side, hustling, running into walls…”

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Sox Note of Note

Reliever Nate Jones, recovering from Tommy John surgery, is close to starting a minor-league rehab assignment.

“Abreu’s Amigos” Visit Their Hero

Youngsters from Jose Abreu‘s outreach program with Easter Seals, “Abreu’s Amigos,” visited with Jose at the ballpark last night.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 4.33) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (3-9, 5.02) for Toronto.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox championship season…

In Game 82 on July 5 at home, Frank Thomas‘ three-run homer in the eighth inning (No. 10) gave the first-place White Sox a 6-4, come-from-behind victory over Tampa Bay. Jermaine Dye added a solo shot, his 19th home run, as the Sox moved to 30 games over .500 at 56-26. Reliever Cliff Politte improved his record to a perfect 6-0 and Dustin Hermanson earned his 21st save.

Photo of the Day

Authenticated and ready to be sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

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A Sale-a-bration Fit for an All-Star

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Today’s News

Sox Rally as Sale Outlasts Buehrle in a Game That Lived Up to the Hype

With the White Sox down 2-1 last night heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, Gordon Beckham reached base on an error and two outs later, Adam Eaton singled, sending Beckham to third. Jose Abreu followed by singling home Beckham to even the score at 2-2 and Melky Cabrera drove home both Eaton and Abreu to give the Sox a 4-2 victory over Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays in the opener of the four-game series that evolved into a playoff-like atmosphere…Chris Sale was his usual dominating self, though his six strikeouts came up a bit short of the major-league record for the most consecutive games with double digit strikeouts. All Chris did was register his first complete game of the season and eighth in his career, allowing just two runs and six hits without walking a batter in winning his seventh game of the year…Buehrle also was outstanding–each of the four runs he gave up in his complete game performance were unearned.

Enjoy Melky’s clutch double and Sale talking about his complete-game win:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=234845583

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=234910483

Sale Joins Pierce in White Sox All-Star Stratosphere

Chris Sale once again has been selected as an American League All-Star with a good chance of being named the A.L. starter for the Tuesday, July 14 Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati. Sale joins left-handed hurler Billy Pierce from 1955-59 (pictured in bottom photo below) as the only pitchers in White Sox history to make at least four straight All-Star teams.

In his three previous All-Star appearances, Chris is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. He was the winning pitcher in the 2013 Game at New York’s Citi Field, tossing two scoreless innings in the A.L.’s 3-0 triumph.

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A Fast Game as Expected

With Sale and Buehrle on the mound, last night’s game was expected to be played at a crisp pace–and it was, 1 hour, 54 minutes. Buehrle is the poster boy for pitching quick games, Sale, in that same mold, obviously learned at the foot of the master.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.81) for the Sox, TBA for Toronto.

Q makes his 17th start of the season, eighth at home and first vs. Toronto. He’s made seven straight quality starts, going 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA and owns a 2.99 ERA over his last 13 outings dating back to April 24.

Jose won his last start on July 1 vs. the Cardinals, allowing one run on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in six innings.

Quintana is 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 30 strikeouts in six career starts against the Blue Jays–all of which have been quality.

Quote of the Day

Shark on teammate Sale:

“The dude is a beast. He’s built to pitch. If you look at him, he’s one solid muscle.” 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (4-8, 4.95) for the Sox, RHP Drew Hutchison (8-2, 5.23) for Toronto.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 81 on the Fourth of July at USCF, the first-place White Sox outslugged Tampa Bay, 10-8, for their 55th win of the season. Jermaine Dye paced the potent offense with a first-inning grand slam, his 18th homer of the year, and six RBI and Juan Uribe connected for his sixth home run, a solo shot, and drove in a pair. Luis Vizcaino (3-2) was the winner in relief and Dustin Hermanson earned his 20th save.

Photos of the Day

The White Sox will honor our late legend Minnie Minoso with Sox players wearing throwback jerseys this Sunday vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field and when the teams meet again on Friday, August 14 at U.S. Cellular Field. The commemorative jerseys are part of this year’s Crosstown Cup series against the Cubs, whose players also will wear jerseys from the same era honoring the late Ernie Banks.

The White Sox will wear 1950s road jerseys on Sunday, followed by the same vintage home jerseys on August 14 at U.S. Cellular Field. When the Sox play at home against the Cubs on the 14th, every player on the White Sox will wear Minoso’s No. 9. The Cubs will wear Banks’ No. 14 at Wrigley this Sunday.

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