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Noesi, White Sox Eye Turnaround in the Emerald City

Saturday, August 9, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (8:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (6-8, 4.97) for the Sox, LHP James Paxton (2-0, 2.76) for Seattle.

Noesi has made nine quality starts since joining the White Sox from Texas and has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 4.97. He earned his third win in a span of four starts in his last outing on August 4 against the Rangers, allowing one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out six over seven innings. He was credited with his first complete game after the contest was called in the seventh due to rain.

Hector has gone 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA and 10 strikeouts lifetime vs. the Mariners. He earned the win in his last start against Seattle on July 6 at home, going 6.2 scoreless innings.

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo homered for the second time in as many nights, a solo shot, in last night’s 4-1 loss to Seattle. It was his 16th of the season…Ronald Belisario pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief of Jose Quintana, who gave up only two earned runs in 5.2 IP.  Zach Putnam, who came off of the disabled list earlier in the day, tossed a perfect eighth.

Charlotte Report

Avi Garcia went 2-3 with a double, walk and run scored yesterday for Class AAA Charlotte against Pawtucket. As both a DH and right fielder, he’s now hitting .500 (13-26) in seven games during his rehab assignment.

Catcher Josh Phegley has gone 9-12 with three doubles, three homers, 13 RBI and seven runs scored over his last three games with Charlotte. He ranks third in the International League with 20 home runs and 68 RBI. Phegley’s teammate, first baseman Andy Wilkins, leads the IL with 28 HR and 75 RBI.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-7, 4.93) for the Sox, TBA for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

Mike McCready, the lead guitarist for Pearl Jam, spent some time with Jose Abreu and Jose Quintana before playing the National Anthem last night at Safeco. 

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Quintana Looks to Halt Mariners

Friday, August 8, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.04) for the Sox, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (9-6, 2.94) for Seattle.

“Q” will be making his 24th start of the season and 14th on the road. Seven of his last nine starts have been quality and he is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 56 strikeouts during that span.

Jose didn’t factor in the decision in his last start vs. the Mariners on July 5 at home despite allowing only four hits and striking out a season-high-tying 10 over 7.2 scoreless innings.

Play of the Day

Dayan Viciedo belted his 15th homer of the season, a two-run shot, in last night’s loss to the Mariners (click on link below):

http://atmlb.com/X5HNUQ

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Putnam Activated

Zach Putnam will be back in the Sox bullpen tonight after being activated from the disabled list. Andre Rienzo was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after last night’s game to make room for Putnam on the 25-man roster.

Wimpy’s Back

Tom “Wimpy” Paciorek, who is filling in for Steve Stone on the TV broadcasts all weekend in Seattle, played for both the Sox (1982-85) and the Mariners (1978-81) in his 18-year major-league career.

Coop-less in Seattle (and San Francisco)

Don Cooper, still dealing with a bout of vertigo, will miss the entire west coast road trip.

Happy Birthday, Karko!

It’s birthday No. 51 for former catcher Ron Karkovice, who spent his entire 12-year major-league career with the White Sox.

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Memories

On this date in 1976, the Sox became the first major-league team to wear shorts during a game. For the record, we won 5-2 over the Royals in Game 1 of a twin bill and were 5-5 in stolen bases (via @ckamka). That’s former Sox outfielder Ralph Garr pictured below along with then-coach Minnie Minoso.

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Quote of the Day

Sox first base/outfield coach Daryl Boston on Adam Eaton‘s style of play:

“He’s fearless, man. In the past we didn’t have that and with this ball club we feel like we always have a chance when we have guys who play like that.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (8:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (6-8, 4.97) for the Sox, LHP James Paxton (2-0, 2.76) for Seattle.

Photo/Video of the Day

Enjoy the July of Abreu.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35160749/?partnerId=as_cws_20140807_29328166

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See You in September For “The Month of Konerko”

Thursday, August 7, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the opener of a four-game series and six-game road trip that concludes with two games in San Francisco next Tuesday and Wednesday. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.36) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (8-9, 4.19) for Seattle.

Sox to Honor Paulie

The White Sox will honor retiring captain Paul Konerko throughout the month of September with tributes and a special promotional calendar for fans for each of the month’s 11 home games.  

The month-long festivities include the creation of “Club Konerko” in Sections 158 and 159 (total of 1,176 seats).  “Club Konerko” includes the blue seat (Section 159, Row 7, Seat 4) where Konerko’s grand slam landed during Game 2 of the 2005 World Series.  Fans who purchase tickets in one of the two designated sections during the month of September will receive an exclusive Paul Konerko-themed collectible to be picked up at the Chicago Sports Depot before the game.

White Sox fans attending games in September also will have the opportunity to receive various Paul Konerko giveaway items in September.  Konerko will be the featured player for the final “Free T-Shirt Monday” giveaway when the White Sox face Oakland on September 8.  On Saturday, September 13 vs. Minnesota, the first 20,000 fans will receive a “Piece of Paulie” baseball card, a special trading card with a piece of a game-worn Paul Konerko uniform, presented by Wintrust Community Banks.  An online overview of the additional giveaways in the month of September, along with ticket information on Club Konerko, is available at whitesox.com/Konerko.

Paul Konerko has played 16 seasons with the White Sox.  The six-time American League All-Star is the White Sox franchise leader in total bases (4,003).  As of August 4, Konerko (432) was 16 homers behind Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas (448) for the franchise record, while ranking third in hits (2,286) and doubles (405).  The 38-year-old has seen 36,438 pitches at the plate throughout his major league career.

Tickets to all White Sox games are available online at whitesox.com, via phone at 866-SOX-GAME and in person at the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office.

All “Club Konerko” giveaways will be given to fans who purchase tickets in Sections 158 and 159, and must be picked up at Chicago Sports Depot before the 3rd inning of the game.  The full list of Paul Konerko giveaways includes:

Monday, September 8 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. – “Free T-Shirt Monday” giveaway featuring Paul Konerko (First 20,000 fans)

Tuesday, September 9 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko PK14 lapel pin

Wednesday, September 10 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. –Club Konerko key ring and Paul Konerko souvenir cup

Thursday, September 11 vs. Oakland at 1:10 p.m. – Club Konerko drawstring bag

Friday, September 12 vs. Minnesota at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko green PK14 golf towel

Saturday, September 13 vs. Minnesota at 6:10 p.m. – Paul Konerko game-worn uniform baseball cards, presented by Wintrust Community Banks (First 20,000 fans)

Sunday, September 14 vs. Minnesota at 1:10 p.m. – Club Konerko Paul Konerko wall cling

Thursday, September 25 vs. Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko commemorative Paul Konerko poster

Friday, September 26 vs. Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko PK14 baseball cap

Saturday, September 27 vs. Kansas City at 6:10 p.m. – Club Konerko Paul Konerko mask

Sunday, September 28 vs. Kansas City at 1:10 p.m. – Club Konerko Paul Konerko t-shirt

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The Paulie Effect

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/konerko-effect-veteran-blazing-trail-white-sox

Plays of the Day

In absorbing the loss in yesterday’s defeat at the hands of the Rangers. Chris Sale gave up just two runs, three hits and a pair of walks along with nine strikeouts. Now 10-2, Sale has recorded an impressive 2.08 ERA in his two losses this season…Dayan Viciedo connected for his 14th homer, a solo shot (click on link below), and Alexei Ramirez collected a double and two singles to raise his batting average to .292.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35129999

Eaton

Adam Eaton has a bruised back after colliding into the wall in yesterday’s game (click on link below). X-Rays were negative.

http://atmlb.com/X2jx60

ESPN’s Jason Stark: “Do We Talk Enough About Jose Abreu? I Don’t Think We Do”

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/11316089/baseball-august-history-watch

Farm Report

Avi Garcia singled, doubled and scored twice last night in Class AAA Charlotte’s victory over Gwinnett. Garcia is now batting .529 in five games during his rehab assignment…catcher Josh Phegley collected three hits, including a three-run homer, and drove in a season-high six runs in the Knights win. Phegley has been red-hot since appearing in the International League All-Star Game, batting .368 with five homers and 23 RBI in his last 17 games…1B Andy Wilkins hit his league-leading 27th homer and OF Michael Taylor went 3-3 with a pair of RBI…After two relief appearances, No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon (pictured below) made his first pro start this afternoon for Class A Winston-Salem against Potomac. He tossed three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three.

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Adam Dunn Makes a Youngster’s Day

http://atmlb.com/1mq57lE

Quote of the Day

Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the plan to honor Konerko in September:

“For our organization and for White Sox fans everywhere, Paul Konerko represents class, hard work and leadership. Paul always has played for the love of the game and the competition.  Honoring him during the final month of his career is only a small gesture of gratitude for a player who will go down as one of the greatest in White Sox history.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (9:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.04) for the Sox, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (9-6, 2.94) for Seattle.

Photos of the Day

Ken Perkins and Stanley the Penguin from the Shedd Aquarium threw out the ceremonial first pitch yesterday at U.S. Cellular. Here’s Eaton and Jake Petricka talking baseball with Stanley and John Danks signing a baseball for the popular penguin.

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It’s Sale vs. Rangers in Rubber Match of Series

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series as the Sox won Monday night and the Rangers last night. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-1, 2.09) for the Sox, RHP Nick Tepesch (3-7, 4.84) for Texas.

The Sox ace should have plenty of support from the K Zone today where Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone will be doing their TV broadcast.

Chris will be making his 18th start of the year and 12th at home. He is 5-0 with a 2.22 ERA and 61 strikeouts over his last eight starts. He received a no decision in his last start on August 1 vs. the Twins.

Sale ranks among the American League leaders in ERA (2nd), WHIP (2nd, 0.90), opponents average (3rd, .201), complete games (T3rd, 2), strikeouts per nine innings (4th, 10.01) and strikeouts (T10th, 129).

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

Sox Notes of Note

Avi Garcia went 3-5 with a solo home run and three runs scored in his rehab assignment last night with Class AAA Charlotte…Matt Lindstrom and Zach Putnam each tossed a scoreless inning for the Knights.

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura talks about his visit yesterday (with Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn) to the Family Life Center and the White Sox Infusion Center at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as part of the sixth White Sox Charities Week (via Scott Merkin, mlb.com):

“You get to understand what’s really important, from the perspective of where you’re at and what you’re doing when you see families that are going through, kids that are going through what they’re going through. It has always been an important visit for the White Sox to be able to go and do that and gain a little perspective of what you’re doing and what your problems are compared to what are real problems.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the opener of a four-game series and six-game road trip that concludes with two games in San Francisco next Tuesday and Wednesday. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.36) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (8-9, 4.19) for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

It was a strange sight, but there was Dunn on the mound in the ninth inning of last night’s loss.

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Sox Call 1-800-Flowers and Tyler Delivered

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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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). Starters: LHPJohn Danks (9-6, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (7-8, 5.98) for Texas.

Danks will be making his 23rd start of the season and 11th at home. He is 6-2 with a 3.78 ERA over his last 13 outings and 3-0 with a 4.85 ERA over his last seven. John is 4-2 with a 3.52 ERA over 10 starts at home this season.

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

Plays of the Day

Because of last night’s rain-shortened game, in which the Sox prevailed 5-3, Tyler Flowers lost his chance to hit for the cycle, missing only a double.The Sox catcher, in consecutive at-bats, missed a home run by thismuch in the third inning and settled for a triple, connected with a long solo homer in the fifth (his eighth of the year) and with the scored tied 3-3 drove in the two go-ahead runs in the sixth just before the game was delayed, then called, after the top of the seventh…fresh off being named both the American League Player and Rookie of the Month, Jose Abreu singled twice and drove in two runs, extending his major-league leading RBI total to 86…Adam Eaton collected two singles and two walks, raising his batting average to .309. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games (.490). He has reached base safely in 21 games, hitting .429 during that span…Hector Noesi got credit for his sixth win and went seven innings for the complete game.

Flowers’ great night:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35090875

Is it the Glasses?

Flowers recorded a season-high three RBI and has recorded two homers over his last four games. Since Tyler began wearing glasses instead of contact lenses, he has a .390/.438/.695 slash line.

Quote of the Day

Zilch,” was Flowers’ answer to how much his glasses have been the reason for his recent success. He added: “I don’t even notice them. I’m not an idiot–I’m going to keep wearing them. I’m doing well, so I’m going to stick with them.”

South Side Sox on Tyler’s Surge

http://sbnation.com/e/5733066

More Abreu Buzz

http://bit.ly/1kDxxxI

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are 8-1 in their last nine home games against the Rangers…we are hitting .338 with 68 runs scored over our last 11 games and have recorded 10 or more hits in four of our last five games (we knocked out 10 last night)…the Sox have won four of the last five against the AL West…reliever Zach Putnam, on the disabled list since July 24, begins his rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte.

A New Addition to the Ballpark

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Special Visit

As part of White Sox Charities Week, skipper Robin Ventura, Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn paid a visit today to the Family Life Center and hematology/oncology floor at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The three Sox and Southpaw spent time with patients and distributed White Sox gift bags.

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True Hero

The White Sox honored Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts as last night’s Hero of the Game. Pitts received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Obama on July 21.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-1, 2.09) for the Sox, RHP Ryan Tepesch (3-7, 4.84) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Remember, Comcast SportsNet goes “In the K Zone with Hawk & Stone” for tomorrow afternoon’s game with Sale on the mound.

Sox announcers Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone will broadcast the matinee from the “K Zone” in Section 154.

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What Else is New? Abreu AL Player and Rookie of the Month—Again

Monday, August 4, 2014

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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 series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (5-8, 5.21) for the Sox, RHP Nick Martinez (1-7, 5.08) for Texas.

Noesi will be making start No. 18 for the White Sox against his former teammates. He has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 5.21 since joining the club from Texas.

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

Jose

The remarkable Jose Abreu has been named both the American League Player of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month for July. He becomes the first rookie in MLB history to be selected Player of the Month twice in a season (also April) and the fourth chosen as Rookie of the Month three times or more (also April and June).

The Sox first baseman batted .374 with 11 doubles, six home runs, 19 RBI, a .432 on-base percentage and .667 slugging percentage in 25 games during July. He led the AL in average, doubles, slugging percentage OPS (1.099), extra-base hits (17) and total bases (66), while hitting safely in 24 of 25 games during the month.

He joins Frank Thomas (1994 and 1996) and Albert Belle (1998) as the only White Sox players to win Player of the Month honors twice in a season and is the only player in franchise history to be chosen Rookie of the Month more than once.

Despite missing 14 games while on the DL, Abreu leads the major leagues in home runs (31), RBI (84), slugging percentage (.627), at-bats per RBI (4.54) and ranks among the leaders in OPS (2nd, .988), extra-base hits (2nd, 60) and total bases (239). He also has compiled hitting streaks of 18 and 21 games, becoming the first rookie since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 to accomplish the feat and the second player in Sox history (Eddie Collins, 1920).

Serendipitous Event of the Day

Tonight is Jose Abreu t-shirt night at the ballpark.

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Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo hit his 13th homer of the season in the fourth inning, a two-run shot (click on link below), in yesterday’s loss to the Twins…Adam Eaton extended his hitting streak to 10 games (.468) and has reached base in 20 straight contests (.435)…Alexei Ramirez, who singled, doubled, collected an RBI and scored a run, has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games. He is batting .349 with three homers and 14 RBI during that span…Alejandro De Aza, with a pair of singles, recorded four consecutive multi-hit games for the first time this season. He’s hitting .571 with three runs scored during that period.

http://atmlb.com/WUZLt5

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Roster Moves 

The White Sox have purchased the contract of RHP Maikel Cleto from Class AAA Charlotte.  Cleto, 25, takes the roster spot of RHP Taylor Thompson, who was optioned to Charlotte following yesterday’s game.

Cleto, who made the Sox Opening Day roster, was 3-0 with a 5.91 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 22 relief appearances with the Knights this season.  He threw 7.2 scoreless innings over his last five outings, allowing just two hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts.

From the Farm

No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and last year’s No. 2 draft choice Tyler Danish struck out eight over six scoreless frames yesterday for Class A Winston-Salem against Lynchburg…outfielder Jared Mitchell, the No. 1 pick in 2009, returns to Charlotte after an impressive stint at Class AA Birmingham…Avi Garcia, who went 5-8 in his first two rehab games with the Knights, left with a bruised triceps after being hit by a pitch. He’s listed day-to-day.

Sox in the Community

Here’s Sox reliever Jake Petricka distributing lunches today in Pilsen for Chicago’s Food Bank.

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Quotes of the Day

Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson on Abreus routine (via Scott Merkin, mlb.com):

“His whole world is wrapped up in a solid, good thought process. He comes out, he walks the field, I’ve watched him walk the field before he comes in. Sometimes I’ll come in, I’ll walk down to the cage and he’s already hitting off a tee, which is great — whatever your mind needs to get prepared to go to competition, I’m all in.

“You look at where he came from in Cuba, and they don’t play every day, but they practice a lot. You can get a pretty good regimen or develop a very good routine where you don’t particularly play 100 some odd games every year down there. I’m pretty sure that’s where the work ethic came from on the get-go, and as a hitting guy, you’re happy the guy’s got one, a good one that makes him be where he needs to be.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (9-6, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (7-8, 5.98) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

On this date 29 years ago, future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver won his 300th game in a 4-1 White Sox victory over the Yankees in New York.

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Sox Right On “Q” For Another Series Win

Sunday, August 3, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.15) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (9-8, 3.94) for Minnesota.

“Q” is set to make his 23rd start of the season and 10th at home. Seven of his last eight starts have been quality and he is 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 51 Ks during that span.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton doubled three times, singled in a pair of runs and upped his batting average to .306 in last night’s loss to the Twins (click on top link below)…Gordon Beckham singled, doubled and drove in two runs and Alexei Ramirez smashed his 11th homer, a solo shot (click on bottom link below), singled and also drove in two…Jose Abreu walked twice, once intentionally, but his 21-game hitting streak was snapped…Scott Carroll rebounded from a tough start and went seven innings, getting a no decision.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35043817

http://atmlb.com/1uaJdIs      

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Sox Notes of Note

Per @ckamka, the White Sox are hitting .347/.386/.515 as a team over their last nine games, with 118 hits (13.1 per game)…Eaton has now now hit safely in nine straight games, hitting .488 during that time. He also recorded his fifth consecutive multi-hit game and he’s reached base in 19 games in a row, hitting .444 in that span. And he collected three doubles in a game for the first time in his career and had four hits in a game for the second time this season…Ramirez has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, hitting .333 with three homers and 13 RBI…Alejandro De Aza has registered three consecutive multi-hit games for the first time this season. He’s 6-10 in those games…playing for Class AAA Charlotte on a rehab assignment, Avi Garcia went 3-5 in the Knights’ win over Gwinnett last night and is 5-8 in his first two games…on Friday, Jordan Danks set the all-time Charlotte record for hits (440) with a home run.

Abreu Making an Impact–Off the Field

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-jose-abreu-gives-back-20140802-story.html

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Thome Feted With Statue

I was honored to be in Cleveland yesterday when the Indians unveiled a statue of Jim Thome, who spent 2006-2009 with the Sox and currently serves as a special assistant to GM Rick Hahn. Jim broke in with the Tribe in 1991 and spent 13 of his 22 major-league seasons with them.

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Quotes of the Day

Twins’ skipper Ron Gardenhire on pitching around Abreu (via @scottmerkin):

“Well, we’re thinking about trying to slip in a few more defenders in the outfield.”

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 series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (5-8, 5.21) for the Sox, RHP Nick Martinez (1-7, 5.08) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

The Big Hurt‘s Hall of Fame plaque took center stage before last night’s game.

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Winning

Saturday, August 2, 2014 

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.29) for the Sox, RHP Yohan Pino (1-3, 4.38) for Minnesota.

Carroll, making his 18th appearance and 12th start for the Sox, is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA over his last four starts.

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

Plays of the Day

On a night when Chris Sale wasn’t at his All-Star best, the White Sox as a team were. On the way to the exciting 10-8 victory last night, we came back twice and pounded out 17 hits…Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 21 with an RBI single in the fourth inning (click on top link below) and added two more singles along with a walk and a HBP…Adam Eaton, who had three hits and reached base five times on Thursday vs. the Tigers, collected two more hits last night and walked, lifting his batting average to .299…In all, every Sox starter recorded at least one hit: Abreu (3), Eaton (2), Gordon Beckham (1), Paul Konerko (2), Alexei Ramirez (2), Conor Gillaspie (1), Tyler Flowers (2), Alejandro De Aza (2) and Moses Sierra (2) with seven of the nine knocking out two or more…Ramirez and Flowers led the way with two RBI apiece while Tyler went deep for his seventh homer, a solo shot (click on bottom link below)…Javy Guerra got credit for his first win and Jake Petricka pitched the ninth, registering his seventh save of the season.

http://atmlb.com/1u8iwUC

http://atmlb.com/1u8kGUd

The Abreu Report

During his 21-game streak, the longest in the American League this year and longest White Sox streak since Carlos Lee’s club record 28 in 2004, Jose is hitting .411 and he has also hit safely in 39 of his last 40 games (.377). He has reached base in 10 straight plate appearances dating back to Thursday in Detroit. It’s the longest streak by a Sox player since Frank Thomas set the club record with 15 in 1997. Abreu continues to lead the major leagues in homers (31), RBI (84), slugging percentage (.639), total bases (239), is tied for the lead in extra-base hits (60) and is second in OPS (1.003). He’s now hitting .310 on the season.

Sox Notes of Note

Eaton (top photo below) extended his hitting streak to eight games, drove in a run and scored twice. He also has reached base safely in 18 straight contests, batting .421 with a .476 on-base percentage during that span…Flowers (bottom photo below) is 19-42 with two homers, four doubles and five RBI over his last 12 games…Sierra now has a career-high seven-game hitting streak (.440) and has recorded an RBI in back-to-back games for the first time this season…Gillaspie is hitting .352 with six doubles, three homers, nine RBI and 13 runs scored in his last 20 games and is batting .319 on the season…Konerko has reached base safely in his last six games. He’s hitting .339 in 25 games since June 1…the Sox are hitting .349 with 20 doubles, nine home runs and 54 runs scored in winning six their last eight games. During that stretch, we have scored 10-plus runs twice and collected 14 or more hits five times…Tonight is Thomas replica Hall of Fame plaque night–on the 24th anniversary of The Big Hurt’s major-league debut…Avi Garcia and Matt Lindstrom began their rehab assignments at Class AAA Charlotte last night. Garcia started the regularly scheduled game vs. Durham, going 2-4 with a run scored as the DH. Lindstrom tossed one inning (giving up a run) in the completion of the suspended game.

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Sox in the Community

Abreu took time out from his hitting streak today to give some tips to youngsters at a Special Olympics/Amateur City Elite baseball clinic (top photo) while White Sox catcher Adrian Nieto (center) and former Sox All-Star Carlos May (far right) joined our Volunteer Corps yesterday to help refresh the playground at Armour Square Park (bottom photo).

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Quote of the Day

Ever the team player, Sale exhibited some tongue-in-cheek humor along with praise for his teammates after last night’s win (via Scott Merkin, mlb.com):

“Just how we drew it up. It was a little bit of everybody. Everybody in the lineup got a hit today, which is awesome. Scoring runs early, scoring runs late and in between. This team never quit fighting, especially when I put us in a pretty good hole right there. We never quit battling and put some good at-bats together and some runs on the board.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.15) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (9-8, 3.94) for Minnesota.

Photo/Video of the Day

Olympic gymnastics gold medalist McKayla Maroney “flipped out” before throwing last night’s ceremonial first pitch (click on link) and bonded with a group of Sox fans shown in the photo below. Plus, Elvis was in the building on his special night.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35003559

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Sale, K Zone Ready to Roll

Friday, August 1, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that concludes with three against the Rangers. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-1, 1.88) for the Sox, LHP Logan Darnell (0-1, 7.88) for Minnesota.

Chris will be making his 17th start of the season and 11th at home. He is 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA and 54 strikeouts over his last seven starts and 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA and 70 strikeouts over his last eight home starts. He earned the win in his last outing on July 26 against these same Twins, allowing five hits and striking out 12 over eight scoreless innings. He is 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA lifetime against Minnesota and 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA at home. He is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA in two starts this season.

Sale ranks among the AL leaders in ERA (1st), opponents average (1st, 1.94), WHIP (1st, 0.86), complete games (T3rd, 2) and strikeouts per nine innngs (4th, 9.98).

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

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The Abreu Report

Jose Abreu leads the major leagues in home runs (31), RBI (83), slugging percentage (.636) and total bases (236) and currently has a 20-game hitting streak. Furthermore, he has hit safely in 38 of his last 39 games, hitting .365 with 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 32 RBI to raise his average from .260 to .305.

Tonight, as Abreu attempts to extend his hitting streak to 21 games and 39 out of his last 40, here’s an interesting note from @ckamka: Jose before his disabled list stint: 260/.312/.595, 15 HR, 42 RBI…And after: 343/.394/.672, 16 HR, 41 RBI.

Abreu also joins Nomar Garciaparra (1997) as the only players in MLB history to achieve a 20-game hit streak and 30 homers in their rookie season. And he’s only the third player in franchise history to accomplish the above feat in the same year (Carlos Lee and Albert Belle). Courtesy of ESPN.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox return home after a fine 5-2 road trip. The Sox took three of four from the Twins and two of three from the Tigers. We have won five of our last seven, eight of 13 and 17 of 29…Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 17 straight games. He’s hitting .417 with a .468 on-base percentage and raised his average from .265 to .296. He also owns a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .451 in his last 12 games…pitching coach Don Cooper rejoined the club today after missing the past 11 games with vertigo…Class AAA Charlotte first baseman Andy Wilkins, who won International League Batter of the Week two weeks in a row last month, has been named the IL Player of the Month for July. He hit 12 home runs and drove in 31 in 26 games.

Quote of the Day

A big thank you to Tom Paciorek for sitting in for Hawk Harrelson on the road trip and doing such a stellar job. You could probably do a hilarious Top 10 from all the Wimpyisms, but here’s a classic from yesterday’s win in Detroit.

As Paulie, not known for his speed on the basepaths, scored from second base on a single, Wimpy commented:

“Was that in real time or slow motion?”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.29) for the Sox, RHP Yohan Pino (1-3, 4.38) for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

Grover “Deacon” Jones, who in 1956 hit .409 with 26 homers and a .758 slugging percentage with the White Sox’ Midwest League affiliate in Dubuque, played first base in the majors for the Sox in parts of five seasons (1962-66). If it weren’t for a shoulder injury, there’s no telling how good he might have been. Following his playing career, he served as a minor-league scout, coach and manager in the Sox organization and is currently a special assistant to the president of the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League of Professonal Baseball.

Here is Deacon with former Sox GM Roland Hemond at this week’s SABR event in Houston and a montage that includes a photo and baseball card showing him during his playing career.

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Sox Back Home After 5-2 Road Trip

Thursday, July 31, 2014 

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

The Sox ended their seven-game road trip on a winning note this afternoon, defeating the Tigers, 7-4, on 16 hits. We finished the trip with a 5-2 record, winning three of four in Minnesota and two of three in Detroit.

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 20 games today and that wasn’t all. He singled in the first inning (see photo above and click on link below), had a pair of doubles and was intentionally walked twice. Remarkably, he’s now recorded a hit in 38 of his last 39 games…Adam Eaton was 3-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, Alexei Ramirez singled and doubled with a run batted in, Paul Konerko was 2-4, including a double, scored twice and got credit for an RBI when he was hit by a pitch…Moises Sierra pounded out three singles and a double, scored a run and drove in another.

Abreu, now hitting .305 with his league-leading 31 homers and and 83 RBI, and Eaton, who upped his average to .296, both reached base five times. The last time two Sox teammates accomplished the feat was in 2010 when Konerko and Alex Rios did it in an extra-inning game. The last time two White Sox did so in a nine-inning contest was May 1, 2006, when Scott Podsednik collected four hits and a walk and Rob Mackowiak had three hits and two walks.

Ronald Belisario (1.2 IP), Javy Guerra (1.1) and Jake Petricka (1.0) pitched scoreless baseball in relief starter John Danks, who went five innings. Petricka chalked up his sixth save.

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More Abreu

Abreu has nine three-hit games this season, including four during his 20-game streak (@ckamka)…Jose’s run is the first 20-or-more consecutive game streak for the White Sox in a single season since Carlos Lee hit safely 28 games in a row during the 2004 season (ESPN)…he is the first Sox player with multiple games with two intentional walks in a season since Frank Thomas in 2000 (@ckamka).

Sox Notes of Note

With his fourth-inning double, Paulie reached the 4,000 mark in total bases, extending his franchise record (click on link below)…after undergoing back surgery earlier this season, Sox reliever Nate Jones had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow…OF Avi Garcia and reliever Matt Lindstrom begin rehab stints tomorrow at Class AAA Charlotte…before A.J. Pierzynski left Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, he and HOF inductee The Big Hurt talked about how St. Louis would be a good place for the catcher to land. Well, it came true just as Frank said and A.J. took a bit of Frank with him as he’s now wearing No. 35 in tribute to his ex-Sox teammate…Thomas’ Hall of Fame plaque will be removed temporarily from the Cooperstown shrine and displayed at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday and Sunday. Tony LaRussa‘s plaque will be available for viewing at the ballpark August 30-September 1…Jordan Danks tied Joe Borchard‘s Class AAA Charlotte’s all-time hit record last night with his 439th base hit…LHP Scott Snodgress was promoted to Charlotte from Class AA Birmingham.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v34964915/?partnerId=as_mlb_20140731_28857896

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White Sox Charities Week Begins Tomorrow

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Quote of the Day

Sox GM Rick Hahn on Garcia and Lindstrom:

“Certainly Matt has the ability to help solidify the back end of the bullpen, and Avi would be a big piece in the lineup and as part of our future plans. We’ve missed them both throughout this stretch, and if and when they return to the active roster, we certainly think it’s going to be a nice shot in the arm.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that concludes with three against the Rangers. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-1, 1.88) for the Sox, LHP Logan Darnell (0-1, 7.88) for Minnesota.

Photo/Videos of the Day

Here are No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon‘s three strikeouts in his one-inning debut with Class A Winston-Salem yesterday afternoon.

http://atmilb.com/1u1qqPB

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