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Shark, Sox Seek to KO KC

Saturday, August 8, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-6, 4.36) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-7, 5.65) for KC.

Last Night’s Highlights

Trayce Thompson collected his first two major-league hits, Jose Abreu doubled in a run and Adam LaRoche homered in the Sox’ 3-2 loss to the Royals…Thompson beat out an infield hit in the sixth inning (click on top link and see photo below) for his first and scored on Abreu’s 65th RBI of the season (click on second link), which tied the score at 1-1. Trayce, who replaced Adam Eaton in the fifth after Eaton left the game with a jammed left shoulder while making a fine play in center (he’s listed day-to-day), also knocked out a ground-rule double in the eighth……LaRoche’s solo homer, his 10th, pulled the Sox within a run of the Royals in the ninth (click on bottom link)…John Danks had a quality start, giving up three runs and five hits in six innings, despite absorbing the loss.

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Quote of the Day

Avi Garcia, who has homered in two of his last three games and drew the walk-off walk in Wednesday’s win over the Rays, is on the case to improve his performance at the plate (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com).

“I’m working really hard with (hitting coach Todd) Steverson and the manager a little, too. Just trying to be focused and trying to swing at good pitches and trying to learn how they are going to throw to me.”

The Abreu Diaries

http://chicago.suntimes.com/baseball/7/71/861800/white-sox-slugger-jose-abreu-right-write-track

Mayberry Jr. Assigned to Charlotte

The White Sox have signed outfielder John Mayberry Jr. and assigned him to Class AAA Charlotte.

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150807&content_id=141726938&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t494&sid=t494

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series and brief road trip. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.50) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (5-5, 4.04) for Kansas City.

Photo/Video of the Day

Reliever Nate Jones, making a comeback after Tommy John surgery, made his 2015 debut last night with a perfect eighth inning, striking out a pair.

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Sox End Homestand on High Note, Royals Next After Day Off

Thursday, August 6, 2015

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Today’s News

Yesterday’s Highlights

Avi Garcia hit a three-run homer (No. 9) in a five-run first inning (click on top link below) and drew a walk-off walk with the bases loaded in the 10th (click on second link) as the White Sox concluded the three-game series and six-game homestand with a big 6-5 extra-inning win…With the score knotted up at 5-5 heading into the bottom of the 10th, Adam Eaton singled, stole second and moved to third on an error. After Tyler Saladino flied out, Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera both were intentionally walked, setting the stage for Garcia’s walk-off base on balls that scored Eaton…David Robertson pitched a perfect eighth and ninth and got credit for his fifth victory (click on bottom link).

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Next Game on Friday

After today’s day off, it’ll be White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-8, 4.80) for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez (10-6, 3.20) for K.C.

Danks is scheduled to make his 21st start of the season and 10th on the road. He earned the win in his last start on August 1 vs. the Yankees, allowing one run on three hits with four walks and eight strikeouts over 5.2 innings.

John will be making his 20th career start against the Royals. He is 9-1 with a 2.60 ERA in his career vs. Kansas City. He earned the win in his last start against K.C. at U.S. Cellular Field on July 17, allowing four hits with four walks over six scoreless innings pitched.

Saturday’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-6, 4.36) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-7, 5.65) for Kansas City.

Quote of the Day

Nate Jones (pictured below), back with the White Sox after Tommy John surgery and a rehab stint:

“I feel stronger because I think we cleaned up my mechanics a little bit. I got everything going towards the plate, and it makes a lot less stress on everything else on your body. I feel stronger and I feel better.”

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are now 9-3 in extra innings and 21-18 in one-run games…The Sox have hit home runs in a season-high nine consecutive contests…Robertson owns a 0.56 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 14 non-save situations…Avi’s walk-off bases-loaded walk was the first for the Sox since Juan Uribe did it in April of 2004. Garcia hit homers in back-to-back games for the first time since August 28 and August 30, 2013 vs. Houston and Boston, respectively. It was also his third game-ending play of the season…Eaton has reached base in 18 of his last 19 games with 20 runs scored and Saladino has hit safely in seven of his last eight games.

Sox Minor-Leaguer Eddy Alvarez: A Switch-Hitting Speedskater

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150805&content_id=141127848&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 107 on August 4 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox won their 70th game of the season, 5-4, over the Blue Jays. Aaron Rowand launched a three-run homer in a four-run first inning (No. 8) and Tadahito Iguchi belted a solo shot in the eighth (9) to break the 4-4 tie. Luis Vizcaino won his fifth game in relief and Dustin Hermanson registered his 25th save.

A New Face in the Booth

White Sox World Series hero Scott Podsednik will take on a new role this weekend in Kansas City. Pods will be subbing for Steve Stone on the Sox game telecasts.

Photo of the Day

Alexei Ramirez makes a new friend from the Shedd Aquarium.

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Rodon Gets Nod in Series and Homestand Finale

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (4-4, 4.84) for the Sox, RHP Erasmo Ramirez (8-4, 3.61) for Tampa Bay.

Last Night’s Highlights

Tyler Saladino and Avi Garcia each went 2-4 with a solo homer–No. 3 for Tyler and No. 8 for Avi (click on links to watch). That’s Tyler in the photo below, crossing the plate after going deep.

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Roster Move

The White Sox have placed reliever Daniel Webb on the 15-day disabled list with a mild back strain, returned reliever Nate Jones from his injury rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte and reinstated him from the 60-day disabled list.

Jones, 29, began the season on the DL while recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He appeared in three games at Class A Winston-Salem and six with Charlotte on a rehab assignment, compiling a 1.93 ERA.

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura, with his wry sense of humor, commenting yesterday on the 22nd anniversary of the night he rushed the mound and got into the much-ballyhooed tussle with Nolan Ryan:

“I don’t know if it’s a state holiday in Texas…Do people get the day off for it?”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday night it’ll be White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of the three-game series. Probable starters: LHP John Danks (6-8, 4.80) for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez (10-6, 3.20) for K.C.

Photo of the Day

Add another major leaguer to the Baseball Encyclopedia. Trayce Thompson made his big league debut last night and he (No. 28) sure seems to be enjoying his first time in “The Show.”

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Sox Fortunes Looking Up With Sale On The Hill

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-6, 3.20) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (9-8, 2.54) for Tampa Bay.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Abreu (No. 19) and Carlos Sanchez (3) each hit two-run homers (click on links below) in the heartbreaking 5-4 loss to the Rays. Abreu, who also doubled, extended his consecutive hitting streak to 14, his sixth career streak of 14 or more…Jose Quintana had another quality start, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk along with seven strikeouts in six innings.

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Abreu, Eaton Share Player of the Week Honors

Abreu and Adam Eaton have been named co-American League Players of the Week for the period of July 27-August 2. They are the first White Sox teammates to share the weekly award.

Abreu batted .400 with three doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI, seven runs scored, a .500 on-base and .880 slugging percentage to earn his second career weekly honor.

Eaton hit .517 with three doubles, a triple, a home run, four RBI, 10 runs scored and three stolen bases for his first career weekly honor. He led the AL in average, on-base percentage (.600) and runs scored.

Quotes of the Day

Trayce Thompson, son of former NBA star Mychal and brother of current Golden State Warrior Klay and former Cleveland Cavalier Mychel, talked about reaching the major leagues after seven years in the Sox system.

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Roomies Reunited

Thompson (right) and Tyler Saladino were roommates in Charlotte while playing for the Knights. Now the buddies are back together as big-leaguers.

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Sox Scouting Department Promotions

The White Sox have promoted Nick Hostetler to director of amateur scouting and Doug Laumann to senior advisor to scouting operations.

Hostetler replaces Laumann, who had served in that capacity since November, 2007. Hostetler worked as an area scout with the Sox (2002-04) and Atlanta Braves (2005-07) and as the Sox East Coast Crosschecker from 2008-11 before being promoted to assistant scouting director in 2012.

Alexei for the Defense

Nobody did it better in July than Alexei Ramirez.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/61198/julys-defensive-player-of-the-month-alexei-ramirez

Sweet Memories

Thirty years ago today, Hall of Famer Tom Seaver won his 300th game vs. the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

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Southpaw’s Best Friend

Watch this amazing video and read the letter below to Carrie Norwood of the White Sox.

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Carrie,

Sam has seen this video twice now and he has cried both times. He said he is so grateful for Southpaw and the White Sox and it was “the best day of his life!”

I can’t thank you, Southpaw, the White Sox and all the crew enough for this gift.

Life is good.

Thanks,

Elizabeth

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (4-4, 4.84) for the Sox, RHP Erasmo Ramirez (8-4, 3.61) for Tampa Bay.

Photos of the Day

Sale, Eaton and Ramirez bond with the youngsters yesterday at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

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Q Takes On Rays In First Of Three

Monday, August 3, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.52) for the Sox, RHP Nathan Karns (6-5, 3.52) for Tampa Bay.

Quintana is scheduled to make his 22nd start, ninth at home and first vs. the Rays. He is 4-4 with a 2.77 ERA and 68 strikeouts over his last 12 outings–11 of which have been quality. Q earned his second straight win on July 29 at Boston, allowing two runs on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts over 6.1 innings.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Alexei Ramirez (No. 7) and Geovany Soto (8) both went deep with solo homers in the seventh inning as the White Sox lost the rubber match of the three-game series to the Yankees. It was Alexei’s second homer in as many days…Jose Abreu extended his consecutive game hitting streak to 13 with a single and is batting .367 with four homers and 16 RBI during that period…Melky Cabrera collected a pair of hits and an RBI. He has now recorded 11 multi-hit efforts and has driven in at least one run 13 times over his last 15 games. Melky is batting .438 with nine doubles three homers and 18 RBI in his last 15 and is hitting .383 with 15 doubles, two triples, six homers and 30 RBI in his last 35 games…Adam Eaton singled, doubled, walked and scored a run. He owns an 11-game hitting streak, batting .488 during that span with four doubles, one triple, two homers and five RBI. He has reached base safely in 15 consecutive games, hitting .410 with three homers and seven RBI.

The Ramirez and Soto homers:

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Quote of the Day

Abreu (through a translator) on the red-hot Cabrera and his impact on the team:

“He’s a great player, but he’s a better teammate. He’s always happy. He’s always trying to find a way to keep the atmosphere loose and to keep everybody happy. His influence has been huge for us. That kind of personality is something that you need in a team, and we hope he can continue doing that, because that’s very important for us…He is the leader, because of his performance, because of his personality, because of how he is. That’s the key for him and he’s a huge, huge influence for us.”

Sox Recall Thompson

Outfielder Trayce Thompson, son of former NBA star Mychal, brother of both the Golden State Warriors Klay and former Cleveland Cavalier Mychel, has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte. He will wear No. 28.

The 24-year-old Thompson (pictured below) is hitting .260 with 23 doubles, four triples, 13 homers, 39 RBI, 53 runs scored, 23 walks and 11 stolen bases over 104 games with the Knights this season. He was named to the International League midseason All-Star team and ranks among the IL leaders in extra-base hits, games and total bases.

Thompson takes the roster spot of Scott Carroll, who was sent to Charlotte after yesterday’s game.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-6, 3.20) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (9-8, 2.54) for Tampa Bay.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 104 on August 1, the White Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore with a 6-3 victory–their 69th of the season–and extended their lead in the American League Central to 15 games. Mark Buehrle improved his record to 12-4, Dustin Hermanson recorded his 25th save, A.J. Pierzynski belted a solo homer (No. 16) and Pablo Ozuna doubled in a pair of runs.

Photo of the Day

In January, Avi Garcia met Nolan during a visit to Comer’s Children’s Hospital. Yesterday was Nolan’s turn to visit Avi at the ballpark. The bonus? He got to hang out with Sale and Shark as well.

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Saturday Night Fever

Sunday, August 2, 2015

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Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera smashed a three-run homer, John Danks held the Yankees at bay and Avi Garcia once again turned a home run into an out as the White Sox overpowered the American League East-leading New Yorkers, 8-2, in front of an excited home crowd of 34, 379.

With the Sox ahead 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth on a Jose Abreu RBI double and Alexei Ramirez‘s sixth homer (click on top link below), Adam Eaton led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Tyler Saladino drove Eaton home with a single and proceeded to steal second base. After Abreu was hit by a pitch, Cabrera’s long home run (No. 7) over the centerfield fence put the Sox up 6-1 (click on second link below)…The Good Guys scored two more in the bottom of the seventh on an Ramirez double and a wild pitch…Danks went 5.2 innings, allowing just the one run, three hits and four walks along with a season-high eight strikeouts for his sixth win (click on third link)…Garcia made a great catch off the bat of Yankee Didi Gregorius (click on fourth link and top photo below), reminiscent of his robbery of the Orioles’ Chris Davis on July 4 in almost the exact spot. Also not to be forgotten: a terrific defensive play by Eaton (click on fifth link and bottom photo) and a couple of gems by Carlos Sanchez at second base, including this one (click on sixth link)…Relievers Jake Petricka (0.2), Zach Duke (0.2) and Zach Putnam (2.0) finished the game in fine fashion.

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Shark on Mound This Afternoon as Sox Seek Series Win

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN/TBS) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-5, 3.82) for the Sox, RHP Ivan Nova (3-3, 3.38) for New York.

Shark is scheduled to make his 21st start of the season and 10th at home. He is 4-2 with a 2.86 ERA in nine home starts. Jeff earned the win in his last start on July 28 at Boston and has worked at least seven innings in his last 10 outings.

Samardzija will be making his second career start against the Yankees. He is 0-0 with a 1.08 ERA (1 ER/8.1 IP) in two career appearances. He allowed four hits in seven innings in his only previous start against New York on May 21, 2014.

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Transactions

In case you missed it, the White Sox placed J.B. Shuck on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled Scott Carroll from Class AAA Charlotte…The Sox have also signed familiar face Dayan Viciedo and assigned him to the Knights. He was most recently in the A’s organization.

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox relievers own a 2.27 ERA over the last 25 games since June 30…Eaton extended his hitting streak to 10 games, batting .439 during that span. He has reached base safely in all 15 games since the All-Star break and has scored a run in a career-high nine straight games…Cabrera is hitting .478 with 16 RBI and 12 runs scored over his last 11 games…Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games (.378) with 16 RBI and has driven in a run in six straight contests. Interestingly, he’s batting .332 with 41 career RBI in the first inning…Ramirez is batting .316 with six doubles, four homers, 10 RBI and eight runs scored over his last 14 games.

Quote of the Day

Danks, speaking after last night’s win, had good news for Sox fans:

Tonight’s the best stuff I’ve had in two years.”

A Good Read: The Incomparable Nancy Faust

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/sports/baseball/former-white-sox-organists-offbeat-approach-resonated-for-decades.html?mwrsm=Facebook

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game set. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.52) for the Sox, RHP Nathan Karns (6-5, 3.37) for Tampa Bay.

Star Quality 

Jon Seda (left) and Jason Beghe of NBC’s Chicago P.D. announced the starting lineups before last night’s game and took time for this #SoxCellfie.

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2005 Flashback

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

In Game 103 on July 31 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, the first-place White Sox won their third straight over the Orioles and 68th of the season with a 9-4 victory. Five Sox–Juan Uribe (3), Paul Konerko (2), Aaron Rowand (2), Jermaine Dye (2) and Joe Crede (2)–recorded multi-hit games while Dye (3) and Crede (2) had multi-RBI. Freddy Garcia was the winning pitcher, improving his record to 11-4.

Photo of the Day

Sox World Series hero Scott Podsednik, on his bobblehead night, threw out the ceremonial first pitch last evening with his young son by his side. The photo below shows the Podsedniks spending some time with the fans before the game and it appears that the younger Pods was fascinated with the bobblehead as well.

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Danks vs. Yanks

Saturday, August 1, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (5-8, 4.97) for the Sox, RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-0, 2.89) for New York.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Abreu hit his 18th homer, a two-run blast (click on top link below), while Adam LaRoche went 4-5 with an RBI (click on bottom link) as the White Sox dropped the opener of the three-game series to the Yankees. LaRoche, called upon to pitch in the ninth inning, also tossed a perfect frame with a strikeout (pictured below).

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Like Father, Like Son

Here’s Adam’s dad Dave LaRoche, a top reliever in the 1970s and ’80s, throwing his patented LaLob back in the day.

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Quotes of the Day

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Robin Ventura on the passing yesterday of Sox pitching great Billy Pierce:

@SenatorDurbin: @whitesox’s #Billy Pierce – a tremendous ballplayer who epitomized the spirit of the sport.  No. 19 will be missed.

Robin: “A class person. A sweetheart of a guy. We’re going to miss him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN/TBS) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-5, 3.82) for the Sox, RHP Ivan Nova (3-3, 3.38) for New York.

Keeping up with the Joneses

Nate Jones pitched a scoreless inning at Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday night and recorded his first strikeout in five innings there. He had one K in three innings pitched at Class A Winston-Salem. Nate boasts a 0.00 ERA overall.

Tim Anderson Goes Deep

How’s the Sox’ No. 1 prospect doing at Class AA Birmingham? Well, he’s batting .305 and take a look at this from Thursday night. He also tripled.

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2005 Flashback

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

In Game 102 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, the first-place White Sox scored four runs in the eighth inning to take an 8-6 lead and chalked up another run in the ninth for a 9-6 victory. A.J. Pierzynski (a three-run shot) and Jermaine Dye (a solo blast) accounted for the eighth inning runs with back-to-back homers. It was A.J.’s 15th of the season and Jermaine’s 21st. Joe Crede added his 15th round-tripper with nobody on and Tadahito Iguchi went 3-4 with a triple and two RBI. Neal Cotts won his third game in relief and the Sox recorded victory No. 67.

Photo/Video of the Day

Take a look at the Pierce tribute by Steve Stone on last night’s Sox telecast (click on link below) and the scoreboard salute that came along with a moment of silence before the game:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=316422983

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Sox Great Billy Pierce “Epitomized Class, Not Only as a Ballplayer, but as a Gentleman and Human Being…”

Friday, July 31, 2015

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Beloved Pierce Passes Away at 88

Billy Pierce, the classy, diminutive yet hard-throwing lefty who followed an elite career on the pitching mound with 46 years spent raising money to fight cancer, passed away this morning at 88 after a battle with gall bladder cancer.

“Generations of White Sox fans lost one of their heroes today,” said Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “It was an absolute privilege to consider Billy a friend. He epitomized class, not just as a ballplayer on those great Go-Go White Sox teams of the 1950s, but as a gentleman and human being who devoted so much of his life to helping others.”

Pierce spent 13 seasons with the Sox and was a seven-time All-Star. The first Sox pitcher to start an All-Star Game, his number 19 was retired in 1987.

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No. 19’s Career Chronicled

The baseball history books are filled with facts about Pierce’s extraordinary accomplishments. Here are a biography and statistical summary from Baseball-Reference.com, a bio from the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) and a story from SABR about Billy’s near perfect game in 1958.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Billy_Pierce

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/piercbi02.shtml

http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/9e29afb8

http://sabr.org/gamesproj/game/june-27-1958-billy-pierces-near-perfect-game

Pierce and his Commitment to Cancer Research

Billy worked tirelessly to raise money for cancer research. Here’s an insight into his generous spirit.

http://www.chicagobaseballmuseum.org/files/CBM-Billy-Pierce-20130528.pdf

What They’re Saying About Billy…

Former teammate Jim Landis: “He is the greatest pitcher I played behind in so many ways.”

Ex-teammate Jim McAnany: “Billy was a fiery competitor, but quiet about it. He let his pitching speak for itself.”

@TheBigHurt_35: RIP Billy Pierce!! A True White Sox Legend! We Will Miss You!

@scottmerkin: Very sad news about the passing of Billy Pierce, but what a life lived and what a great man. One of the more upbeat people I’ve ever met.

@MLBBruceLevine: Billy Pierce was class personified. He was a great pitcher and better human being. A privilege to call him a friend.

@ChuckGarfien: Billy Pierce loved the White Sox. The team and fans loved him back for decades.  Legendary player and person.

@robneyer: Terribly sorry to hear about passing of #WhiteSox legend Billy Pierce. I was lucky enough to write his @sabr bio.

@SouthSideSox: First Minnie Minoso, now Billy Pierce. This is a bad year.

@SoxNerd: Billy Pierce was one of the nicest men I have ever met.

Picture Perfect

Here’s a selection of photos that represent Pierce’s outstanding career: Billy holds a treasured memento; is honored with a group of his 1959 American League Champion teammates along with members of the 2005 World Series champs; His No. 19 included among the pantheon of retired Sox numbers; the ace left-hander getting ready to pitch to Ted Wlliams at old Comiskey Park; and shown on one of his many baseball cards.

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And Finally…

Billy remembered.

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Sox “To Do” List: Sweep Tribe (Check), Win Series in Boston (Check), Repeat Success at Home

Friday, July 31, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Rays. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (4-3, 4.09) for the Sox, RHP Nate Eovaldi (10-2, 4.27) for New York.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Abreu belted a two-run homer, his 17th of the season (click on link below), in the White Sox’ 8-2 loss to the Red Sox, which ended our seven-game winning streak. Abreu extended his hitting streak to 10 games and Adam Eaton collected a pair of hits giving him nine in the four-game series at Fenway Park.

http://atmlb.com/1I5MX5H

Quote of the Day

Here’s Robin singing the praises of Alexei Ramirez‘s recent defense, a big reason for the Sox surge (via @CSNHayes):

“He’s been sharp…He has been playing some fantastic defense for us. You get the guys in the middle of the field, him and (Carlos Sanchez), we’ve turned some double plays in recent weeks that helps you and helps your pitchers and he’s been right there. He’s been on time.”

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White Sox RBI Team Advances to World Series

The White Sox team competing in the Junior Baseball Division (Ages 13-15) of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program is one of eight clubs in its category that have advanced to the RBI World Series, which begins Wednesday, August 12. The event, which also includes Senior Baseball and Softball divisions, will be hosted by the Texas Rangers for the second consecutive year. The competition in the three divisions will be played on fields throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area with the championship games played at Globe Life Park, home of the Rangers, in Arlington, Tex.

A team from Chicago has represented the Junior Division in the World Series 11 of the last 14 years while the city has had a team in the Senior Division 12 of the last 14.

Sox Note of Note

The Sox have acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Pirates for a player to be named later. He’ll get playing time at Class AAA Charlotte with Micah Johnson on the disabled list with a hamstring issue.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (5-8, 4.97) for the Sox, TBA for New York.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 101 on July 29 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, the first-place White Sox overwhelmed the Orioles, 7-2, for win No. 66 on the season. Paul Konerko smashed a three-run homer (23), Carl Everett hit a two-run blast (15) and drove in three while Scott Podsednik stole his 52nd base of the year. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez improved his record to 8-3.

Photo of the Day

Hats, or in this case, helmets off to the Sox’ seven-game winning streak.

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Sale, Sox Aim for Perfect Road Trip and Fenway Sweep

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the four-game series and eight-game road trip as the Sox try to go 8-0 and reach the .500 mark at 50-50. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-5, 2.85) for our Sox, RHP Steven Wright (3-4, 4.78) for the Bosox.

Sale makes his 20th start of the season and 11th on the road. He is 7-4 with a 2.05 ERA and 144 strikeouts over his last 14 starts (12 quality). He leads the American League and ranks second in the majors with 170 strikeouts.

Chris earned the win in his last start on July 25 at Cleveland, allowing two runs on seven hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. He will be making his seventh career appearance and third start vs. the Red Sox. He is 1-0 with a 0.89 ERA liftetime and 0-0 with a 0.87 ERA at Fenway Park.

Last Night’s Highlights

Five players–Adam EatonMelky Cabrera and Carlos Sanchez with three and Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers with two–had multi-hit games while everybody in the lineup had at least one base hit as the White Sox defeated the Red Sox, 9-2, on 17 hits for their seventh straight victory….Eaton drove in a pair of runs, including his ninth home run that led off the game, while Cabrera, Sanchez, Ramirez (his fifth homer, a solo shot), Flowers, Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche drove in one apiece…During the current winning streak, the Sox have scored 54 runs, 28 in the three games vs. Boston…In the last 12 road games, the Sox are 11-1 and have outscored opponents 70-25…Jose Quintana tossed 6 2/3 strong innings for his sixth win, allowing a pair of runs on six hits.

Enjoy Q’s performance and the Eaton and Alexei home runs:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=309800183

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=309114083

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=309288283

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Hitting, Hitting, Hitting

Cabrera now has seven straight multi-hit games and has an RBI in nine straight games–both the longest active streaks in MLB. He is 18-33 (.545) in his last seven games with eight doubles, two homers, 11 RBI and is batting .383 with 15 doubles, five homers, 25 RBI in his last 31 contests since June 21 (15 multi-hit efforts)…Sanchez, who has hit in 12 consecutive games, has raised his average in each of those contests and has gone from .181 to .236 during that span. He is batting .435 with two homers and three RBI during his career high hitting streak…Abreu has now hit safely in 13 straight road games, hitting .353 with three homers and 13 RBI. He has an nine-game hitting streak overall, batting .389 with a pair of homers and 11 RBI.

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

White Sox pitchers own a 2.50 ERA in the last eight games and a 2.60 in the last 25 since June 30, the second-lowest in baseball…Over those 25 games Sox pitchers have made 17 quality starts, recorded 207 strikeouts and the club has limited the opposition to three runs or less 17 times…Sox starters have allowed just 16 runs on 54 hits with three walks and 40 strikeouts in the last eight games. Starters have allowed two runs or less six times and the opposition has recorded five hits or less three times…Our relievers own a 1.65 ERA and 46 strikeouts over the last 17 games, including 11 scoreless contests, which is third-best in MLB since July 7…Sox relievers have allowed just three earned runs on 11 hits over their last 11 road games.

Quotes of the Day

Robin:

* “In a lot of ways this team was left for dead a week ago. Now we have some life and are playing good baseball.”

* Abreu (through an interpreter) on the Sox’ attitude toward moving up in the AL Central:

“From time to time we check the standings, but it’s not something where we put all of our attention. Our main focus and our attention is in the daily game. Try to do what we are best at every day. That’s the way you can win games and move up in the standings.”

Roster Move

Emilio Bonifacio has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and Leury Garcia has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte.

The Inspiring Story of ex-Sox pitcher Tom Fortugno

http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2526520-the-true-story-of-tim-fortugno-the-man-once-traded-for-a-bucket-of-baseballs?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming-league?is_shared=true

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Rays. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (4-3, 4.09) for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (4-8, 5.38) for New York.

Photos of the Day

It was two years ago today that the Sox started their retooling by trading Jake Peavy for Avi Garcia, top pitching prospect Frankie Montas and others in return.

The photos below show both Garcia and Montas literally on their first day with the Sox. Garcia had just arrived in the Sox dugout after the 2013 trade while Montas was brought up as the 26th man on the roster during the July 17 doubleheader with the Royals. (Montas photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune).

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