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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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“Swing and Miss” Chris Back on Center Stage

Friday, June 19, 2015

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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. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-3, 3.01) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (6-3, 4.37) for Texas.

When it comes to overwhelming hitters, it doesn’t get much better than what the Sox ace has accomplished:

* Sale has joined Hall-of-Famers Pedro Martinez (three times) and Randy Johnson (once) as the only pitchers since 1914 to strike out 12 or more batters in at least four straight starts. Martinez and Johnson share the record of five straight games with 12-plus strikeouts.

* Chris is the first major-league pitcher since former American League Cy Young winner David Price (from June 4 to June 25, 2014) to strike out 10 or more batters in five straight starts.

* His 51 strikeouts over his last four starts are a franchise record and the most in the majors since Johnson fanned 54 from August 15 to August 31, 2004 with Arizona. Sale is the only active major-leaguer to strike out 50 or more batters over a four-start stretch.

* Prior to 2013, Juan Pizarro (40 in 1961) and Javier Vazquez (42 in 2007) were the only White Sox pitchers to strike out 40-plus batters over a four-start span. Chris performed the feat once each in 2013 and 2014 and four times this season.

* Sale became the first pitcher since 1900 to record 10-plus strikeouts in four straight starts while increasing his total in each outing. He has whiffed 10-plus batters a franchise-record 24 times in 97 career starts, including six of his last seven. His 14 career games with 12 or more Ks also are a franchise record and the most in the big leagues since 2012.

* Chris’ average of 11.71 strikeouts in 2015 would break his own franchise record and is on pace to record 266 strikeouts.

* He reached 100 strikeouts in 12 starts and 78.1 innings pitched, both the fastest in Sox history, breaking his own marks of 14 starts set in 2013-14 and 89.1 in 2014.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jeff Samardzija went seven solid innings, allowing just a pair of runs with seven strikeouts (click on top link below) and Geovany Soto belted a solo homer, his fourth long one of the season (click on bottom link), but it wasn’t enough as the Sox dropped a close 3-2 decision to the Pirates.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/7988242/v176312383/pitcws-samardzija-fans-seven-over-seven-strong#

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v176219483/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

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Quote of the Day

Bench coach Mark Parent on Sale:

“The maturity of Sale from this year to last year is going through the roof…on and off the field. It seems like he has really matured in my opinion to that next level (with the) superstar-type guys.”

Roster Move

Scott Carroll has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte with Hector Noesi designated for assignment.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 66 on June 17 at home against the Dodgers, Mark Buehrle tossed a complete game shutout in the Sox’ 6-0 victory. Buehrle, who scattered eight hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out six while improving his record to 8-1 on the season. Jermaine Dye hit his 13th homer, a solo shot, Frank Thomas belted his fifth, a two-run blast, and Scott Podsednik stole three bases (33. 34, 35) and scored twice as the Good Guys claimed win No. 44.

Photos of the Day

On Tuesday night, Klay Thompson won an NBA title as a member of the Golden State Warriors. Wednesday night, Klay’s brother, Sox outfield prospect Trayce, belted two homers for the Charlotte Knights, the Sox top minor-league affiliate. Those were pretty special early Father’s Day gifts for their dad–former NBA star Mychal, who was part of two NBA champion teams with the Lakers and is currently a broadcaster for L.A.

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Sox vs. Bucs IV

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Pirates at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the finale of the two-game home series and four-game home/road set. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-4, 4.84) for the Sox, RHP Gerrit Cole (10-2, 1.71) for the Bucs.

Shown above wearing his Sox/ND cap in anticipation of Notre Dame Day at the ballpark on Saturday, Shark will be looking for some early “luck of the Irish” when he takes the mound tonight.

Last Night’s Highlights

After struggling in the first inning, John Danks settled down the rest of way, pitching scoreless ball and allowing just two hits without a walk in innings 2-7 in the Sox’ 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh…Melky Cabrera doubled in a run and Avi Garcia singled him home in the two-run sixth…Zach Duke and David Robertson each tossed a perfect inning in the eighth and ninth, respectively.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn, talking to media before last night’s game about the current state of the White Sox:

“The frustration level is high, but the organization believes in this team.”

2005 Reunion Weekend

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/reunion_weekend.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20150617_47683706&adbid=611188981405847552&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

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Where Have You Gone, Lance Broadway?

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/130453648/lance-broadway-athlete-movie-star

ND Day

http://www.whitesox.com/irish

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-3, 3.01) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (6-3, 4.37) for Texas.

Photo/Video of the Day

Turnabout is Fair Play as Sox Host Pirates

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Pirates at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) coming on the heels of a two-game series between the clubs in Pittsburgh Monday and Tuesday. Tonight’s contest is the first of a two-game set and five-game homestand that continues with three this weekend against the Rangers. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-6, 5.16) for the Sox, LHP Jeff Locke (3-3, 4.90) for the Bucs.

Last Night’s Highlights 

Jose Quintana had another quality start, giving up three runs over six innings, in the 3-0 loss to the Pirates.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Pirates at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Probable Starters: RHP

Jeff Samardzija (4-4, 4.84) for the Sox, RHP Gerrit Cole (10-2, 1.71) for Pittsburgh.

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Quote of the Day

Reliever Daniel Webb (pictured above), who pitched a scoreless seventh inning last night, on improving his control from last year to this year (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“Everybody knows and I knew that I needed to quit walking people. It was kind of in my mind and I was going about it the wrong way. Instead of just saying, ‘Challenge a guy and throw a strike,’ I would say, ‘All right don’t throw a ball.’ So, I think that’s probably the biggest thing. My thought process of challenging hitters.”

Zach Putnam Wants You

Sox Offer Special Deal to Blackhawks Fans 

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/131032022/white-sox-make-special-offer-to-blackhawks-fans-on-thursday

Details for Hawks Parade 

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/06/16/chicago-blackhawks-parade-thursday-in-loop-rally-at-soldier-field/

Photo/Video of the Day

Charlotte right-hander Erik Johnson, who spent time with the White Sox last season, was outstanding last night against Pawtucket. The Sox prospect shut out the Pawsox for six innings, allowing no runs, three hits and three walks while striking out 11. The Knights won, 2-0. Here’s more on Johnson:

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150616&content_id=131114030&fext=.jsp&vkey=recap&sid=t494

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Counting on Q in the Road-Trip Finale

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Pirates at PNC Park, Pittsburgh (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) as we look to even the series after last night’s loss in the opener of the two-game set. It is also the finale of the five-game road swing. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-6, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Charlie Morton (4-0, 2.05) for the Bucs.

Q earned the win in his last start on June 10 vs. the Astros, allowing just one run on six hits in seven innings of work.

Quote of the Day

Conor Gillaspie on his limited playing time this season (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“The No. 1 goal here is to win. Whatever gives us the best chance, if that means sitting games, then I’m all right with it. So, you just try to always stay positive and keep working hard. Whatever they need: I stand true to that…”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Pirates at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the first of a two-game set and five-game homestand that continues with three this weekend against the Rangers. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-6, 5.16) for the Sox, LHP Jeff Locke (3-3, 4.90) for Pittsburgh.

Very Cool

Here’s an early look at the giveaway for Free T-shirt Monday on July 6–a tribute to the 2005 World Series champions.

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Photo of the Day

Congrats to the Blackhawks, Stanley Cup champs!

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