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Two Straight Wins And A Sweep In Our Sights

Thursday, May 7, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series–the first two won by the Sox. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 5.28) for us,  RHP Kyle Lobstein (2-2, 3.91) for Detroit.

Last Night’s Highlights

With two out in the eighth inning and trailing by three runs, Micah Johnson and Adam Eaton singled, setting the stage for Melky Cabrera‘s dramatic three-run homer, his first long one of the year, that tied the score at 6-6.  Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche followed with singles and Avi Garcia drove in the game-winner with a clutch base-hit for the 7-6 lead and eventual second straight win over the Tigers. For those of you counting, that’s six straight hits with two outs…Conor Gillaspie belted his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the second inning. It was the first Sox homer since April 22…Johnson singled twice, doubled and scored twice…Eaton, Abreu and LaRoche each collected a pair of singles…Jake Petricka tossed two scoreless innings, Zach Putnam picked up his first victory after an inning of work and Dave Robertson tossed a scoreless ninth for his fifth save. He has yet to give up a run…Defensively, brilliant ninth-inning execution played a significant part in the win with the Sox holding on to the one-run lead. Instead of having runners on first and second with one out after a pair of singles, a 9 (Garcia)-6 (Alexei Ramirez)-3 (Abreu) relay doubled the runner at first for the second out before Robertson induced a ground ball out to end the game.

The Cabrera and Gillaspie homers plus Avi’s game-winner:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v104677583/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8879206/v104123483

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v104682883

And Don’t Forget…

The Sox have won the last two games in their 1983 throwback uniforms. Just saying…

Shark Bite

Jeff Samardzija has dropped his appeal of the five-game suspension resulting from his role during the April 23 brouhaha with the Royals. He began serving his suspension last night and is scheduled to rejoin the team Monday in Milwaukee.

Rodon Ready for First Big-League Start

With Shark out, Carlos Rodon is scheduled to make his first major-league start on Saturday night vs. the Reds.

Quote of the Day

Rodon:

“It should be fun, we’ll see how it goes…I obviously have never started at this level, but at other levels, every five days you know what your day is and you know your routine. I’m back on it. It’s the same thing, the same routine I’ve done in Triple-A and college and high school, it’s just a little better hitters.”

What Can’t Jose Do?

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Nate Jones Update

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-assess-nate-jones-rehab-week

Sox Notes of Note

The Sox are now 8-3 at home as a result of last night’s come-from-behind, 13-hit attack…Cabrera has hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games vs. Detroit, batting .410 with three homers and 16 RBI…Abreu is batting .439 with a homer and six RBI against the Tigers in 11 career home games…Johnson is hitting .326 over his last 15 games. He is fourth among American League rookies in hits with 17 and last night recorded the first three-hit game of his career.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 25 on May 1 at U.S. Cellular Field, Jon Garland blanked the Tigers 8-0 with a four-hit, complete-game shutout, improving his record to 5-0. Timo Perez (two-run homer) and Carl Everett each drove in three runs as the first-place White Sox raised their record to 18-7.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Reds at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game interleague series. Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 6.75) for the Sox, RHP Jason Marquis (3-1, 5.22) for Cincinnati.

Photo of the Day

Everybody in Chicago, I mean everybody, is rooting for the Bulls and Blackhawks.

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Throwback Unis (Plus a Little Pitching and Offense) Do The Trick

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-1, 5.32) for the Sox, RHP Alfredo Simon (4-1, 3.13) for Detroit.

Last Night’s Highlights

The White Sox turned to their 1983 vintage uniforms last night for the first time this season with the hope it would be good karma and help halt their five-game skid. And it worked like a charm in the 5-2 win over the Tigers…Conor Gillaspie had a pair of hits, tripling in a pair of runs in the four-run third inning (click on top link below)…Jose Abreu, Adam LaRoche and Avi Garcia added an RBI apiece…Jeff Samardzija (click on bottom link below) won his second game of the season with a strong seven-inning outing. He gave up two runs, seven hits and a lone walk along with seven strikeouts…Zach Duke pitched a perfect eighth inning and David Robertson was his usual unhittable self in the ninth as he recorded his fifth save. His ERA remains at 0.00.

http://atmlb.com/1F4TEqn   

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v103164983

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Quotes of the Day

Samardzija:

“Obviously we’re not going to hide behind anything. That was a terrible road trip for us, and we weren’t happy with the way it went. But it wasn’t the most normal road trip in the world with what happened in Baltimore and everything. So we just needed to regroup and understand that we have a great team here and we just need to go out and do what we do.”

Gillaspie:

“We worked the count and didn’t chase out of the zone, and that’s half the battle up here. It’s great to get a team win like that. It feels good.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 5.28) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Lobstein (2-2, 3.91) for Detroit.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox improved to 7-3 at home…Righty reliever Matt Albers underwent surgery last Thursday to insert a pin into the broken pinky finger on his pitching hand and is expected to be out of action six to eight weeks…Adam Eaton, back in the lineup last night, had a 103-degree fever for three days and lost 10 pounds…Duke extended his scoreless streak to seven games, Robertson extended his to 10…Abreu is batting .357 with a homer and six RBI against the Tigers in his career…Gillaspie is hitting .296 at home this season and collected his ninth career triple last night…Micah Johnson is tied for third in the majors with seven infield hits.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 24 on April 30, The first-place Sox scored three times in the seventh inning to defeat the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field, 4-3. Tadahito Iguchi drove in two runs with a pair of hits and Joe Crede and Scott Posednik had an RBI apiece. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez tossed seven solid innings for his third win. Dustin Hermanson recorded his third save.

Photo of the Day

Tonight: Sale, Sox go for two in a row.

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First Things First: Take Down The Tigers

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers 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 a Friday-Sunday interleague series vs. the Reds. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-2, 4.78) for the Sox, Shane Greene (3-1, 4.60) for Detroit.

The Avi Factor

Avi Garcia has hit safely in his last nine games, batting .417 with five multi-hit games during that span. He went 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI on Sunday vs. the Twins. He leads the Sox in batting average (.342) and on-base percentage (.381) and has reached base safely in 20 of his 21 games, the most on the Sox this season.

Quote of the Day

Rookie Micah Johnson on his effort to succeed in the big leagues (via Dan Hayes, CSNChicago.com:

“I try to get there as early as possible and put in as much work as I can so I feel prepared going into the game…so if I fail, I didn’t fail because I didn’t give it a shot. I failed that day because it’s baseball.”

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Carlos Sanchez International League Batter of the Week…Again

http://atmilb.com/1dId9sA

“PK Thanks Chicago” Nominated for Sports Emmy

The 35th annual Sports Emmy Awards Ceremony will be held tonight at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

It all goes well, mlb.com, the White Sox and 312 Media could walk away with an Emmy for the “PK Thanks Chicago” spot, Paul Konerko‘s official goodbye to the fans, in the “Outstanding New Approaches–Sports Programming–Short Format category.

The other nominees include: Captain’s Curtain Call focusing on Derek Jeter (FOXSports.com), NFL UP! (NFL Digital Media) and Putt Putt Perfection (grantland.com).

Here’s more information by the Trib‘s Ed Sherman: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-white-sox-paul-konerko-farewell-video-emmy-20150504-htmlstory.html

And in case you missed it last September, here’s our Emmy-nominated video…

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36552901

Fourth Annual White Sox Career Fair

http://atmlb.com/1IFZrT1

Steve Stone Among Three Honored With Ring Lardner Award

Last night at a dinner at the Union League Club of Chicago, former White Sox pitcher and current broadcaster Steve Stone, long-time Sox radio broadcaster Bob Elson and Chicago Tribune sportswriter and columnist Fred Mitchell were recipients of Ring Lardner Awards for Excellence in Sports Journalism. Proceeds will benefit the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs.

Stone has been a color commentator for Sox telecasts since 2009. Elson, who died in 1981, broadcast the Sox exclusively from 1946 to 1970 after doing Cubs and White Sox games beginning in 1929.

The Lardner awards have been given since 2002 and honor broadcasters and writers who “exemplify the wit and warmth of Ring Lardner’s writing.” Lardner was a legendary sportswriter, who once worked for the Trib.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-1, 5.32) for the Sox, RHP Alfredo Simon (4-1, 3.13) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

Honorary coach Samardzija viewed the Parade of  Athletes at the Opening Ceremonies of Chicago Special Olympics yesterday at Soldier Field.

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Sox Plan on Minny Turnaround Before Heading Home

Sunday, May 3, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and five-game road trip that began with the one game in Baltimore. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (1-2, 5.64) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (2-0, 2.25) for Minnesota.

Danks will be making his fifth start of the season, third on the road and first against the Twins. It will be his fifth straight start against an American League Central rival. John earned the win in his last start on April 26 vs. Kansas City, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out eight over six innings of work.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Avi Garcia, with a pair of hits and an RBI, extended his hitting streak to eight games and raised his batting average to .320 in yesterday’s loss to the Twins…Melky Cabrera collected three hits with a run scored and is now at .286 on the season…J.B. Shuck and Alexei Ramirez added a pair of hits apiece. Shuck and Micah Johnson each drove in a run.

Quote of the Day

Jeff Samardzija on his first season with the Sox, despite the slow start.

“These guys are great. The staff is awesome. It’s great here. I love the team. I love the feel of being here and how we go about every game.”

Sox Note of Note

Adam Eaton missed his second straight game yesterday due to the flu.

Sanchez En Fuego 

Read all about Carlos Sanchez (pictured in photo below) and his torrid streak at Charlotte.

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150502&content_id=122008300&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

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Upcoming Homestand Activities

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/121715650/white-sox-announce-upcoming-series-events

“Championship Giving” Campaign

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/121715650/white-sox-announce-upcoming-series-events

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday, it will be White Sox vs. Tigers 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 a Friday-Sunday interleague series vs. the Reds. Probable Starters: RHP Samardzija (1-2. 4.78) for the Sox, Shane Greene (3-1, 4.60) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

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Sox Seek Saturday Success For The Hec(tor) Of It

Saturday, May 2, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 5.23) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 18.00) for Minnesota.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Quintana pitched seven strong innings for the second start in a row, but was on the losing end of a 1-0 pitcher’s duel to the Twins. “Q” allowed just a run, six hits and a pair of walks along with six strikeouts…Zach Duke tossed a perfect eighth inning.

Quote of the Day

Micah Johnson on the help he’s been given by Robin Ventura, via Scott Merkin of whitesox.com:

“We’re out there probably five days a week taking ground balls early, and he’s standing there right next to me, talking to me pretty much every ground ball. He lets me play my game. If you get out sometimes, especially when you’re young, you’ll be like, ‘Oh man.’ But he’s right there, and he keeps instilling confidence in you quietly.”

A Minnie Tribute

Sixty-four years ago yesterday, the late Minnie Minoso became the first black player in White Sox history and also hit his first major-league homer in his first at bat in a Sox uniform. Last night, the Sox paid tribute to the historic anniversary by wearing wristbands in batting practice adorned with Minnie’s No. 9 and the word, “Gracias.” Here are Jose Abreu, David Robertson, Emilio Bonifacio and Avi Garcia joining in on the tribute.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and five-game road trip that began with the one game in Baltimore. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (1-2, 5.64) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (2-0, 2.25) for Minny.

Photo of the Day 

Don’t miss Selfie Sunday.   

http://atmlb.com/1JFGO2Z

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Sox To Honor Minoso’s Historic Debut

Friday, May 1, 2015

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Today’s News

Sixty-Four Years Ago Today

On May 1, 1951, Minnie Minoso became the first black player in White Sox history. All he did that day was step to the plate for the first time in a Sox uniform and hit a home run–his first in the major leagues–into the center-field bleachers at Comiskey Park against the Yankees. Minoso batted third and played third base during the Sox’ 8-3 victory.

Tonight in Minneapolis White Sox players will pay tribute to the anniversary of Minoso’s historic Sox debut. They will wear wristbands adorned with Minnie’s No. 9 and the word, “Gracias.” The Sox legend, of course, passed away on March 1, two months ago to the day.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 6.55) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (1-2, 4.84) for Minnesota.

“Q” will be making his fifth start of the season and first against the Twins. He posted a no-decision in his last start on April 24 vs. the Royals, allowing just two runs on seven hits over seven strong innings of work.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Alexei Ramirez, Melky Cabrera, Avi Garcia and Micah Johnson each collected a pair of hits while Cabrera and Joe Abreu drove in a run apiece in the loss to the Twins…Scott Carroll pitched three perfect innings a day after he tossed two scoreless in Baltimore on Wednesday…Dan Jennings pitched a perfect seventh inning.

Sox-cess Off the Field

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/121530918/white-sox-support-community-promote-youth-baseball

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 5.23) vs. TBA for Minny.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 20 on April 25, the Sox won their eighth in a row to go 16-4 on the season with a 6-0 victory against the A’s in Oakland. Jon Garland pitched a four-hit, complete game shutout for his fourth win without a defeat. Carl Everett, Paul Konerko and Chris Widger (two-run homer) each drove in a pair of runs. Pablo Ozuna stole two bases.

Photos of the Day

Sale Eyes Third Win in Series Opener vs. Twins

Thursday, April 30, 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 four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-0, 2.37) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (1-1, 4.91) for Minnesota.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Avi Garcia went 2-3 with a run scored and raised his batting average to .292 in the loss to the Orioles…Geovany Soto drove in a run…Scott Carroll pitched two scoreless innings and rookie Carlos Rodon retired the O’s in order on five pitches in the eighth.

The Closer

David Robertson is averaging 19.13 strikeouts per nine innings, the second best among major-league relievers behind the Nationals’ Rafael Martin (19.80). Robertson’s career average of 12.13 strikeouts per nine innings ranks third in major-league history among pitchers with at least 300 IP, trailing Carlos Marmol (12.33) and Rob Dibble (12.17)…He has struck out 17 of 29 batters faced this season and has fanned two or more batters in five consecutive outings.

Best Food in the Majors

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/28925516/dawns-dish-us-cellular-field

Quote of the Day

Robin on playing without fans in the stands yesterday in Baltimore:

“It was just a weird day. It was such a surreal experience that you get past it and get ready for tomorrow.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 6.55) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (1-2, 4.84) for Minny.

Matt Davidson’s Big Day

http://atmlb.com/1zryfp6

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 19 on April 24, the White Sox won their seventh straight with a 4-3 win over the Royals in Kansas City. Aaron Rowand and pinch-hitter Pablo Ozuna (No. 38 below) each drove in a run in the eighth, giving the Sox the lead. Shingo Takatsu retired K.C. 1-2-3 in the ninth for his sixth save. Neal Cotts got the win in relief as the first-place Sox improved to 15-4 on the season.

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Photo of the Day

All-Star Voting begins.

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2015/ballot.jsp?club=cws

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Hump Day Matinee

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

After Monday and Tuesday night postponements the White Sox and Orioles will play today starting at 1:05 p.m, CT, at Oriole Park, Camden Yards in Baltimore. Because of the circumstances the game will be played without any fans in the stands, but will be televised on WPWR. Probable starters are Jeff Samardzija for the Sox and Ubaldo Jimenez for the O’s.

Here is the official release from Major League Baseball outlining the details, including the makeup date for the two postponed games.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: Chris Sale for the Sox, TBA for Minnesota.

Rest of Sox Pitching Schedule In Minny

It will be Jose Quintana on Friday, Hector Noesi on Saturday and John Danks on Sunday vs. the Twins.

Tim Anderson Excelling at Birmingham

http://atmilb.com/1PTrz76

Photo of the Day

Sox take BP yesterday at Camden Yards.

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A Happy Bunch of Sox Look to Ground Orioles

Monday, April 27, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that continues with four in Minnesota. Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, Ubaldo Jimenez for the O’s.

Yesterday’s Highlights: Two For the Road

It took just 19 minutes for the Sox to win the suspended game from Friday night. In the bottom of the ninth inning, after David Robertson shut down the Royals in the top half of the frame, the Sox mounted a rally for the 3-2 victory. With two outs, Melky Cabrera walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and after Jose Abreu was intentionally walked, Avi Garcia delivered the game-winning single that scored Cabrera. It was Garcia’s first career walk-off hit…Robertson earned his second win.

On the strength of a five-run sixth inning, a quality start by John Danks, stellar bullpen work and a spectacular ninth-inning run-saving catch by Cabrera (see photo below) the White Sox defeated the Royals in the regularly scheduled game, 5-3, for a Sunday sweep and a series triumph…Conor Gillaspie‘s two-out, two-run single (click on link below) gave the Sox a 4-3 lead in the sixth after they had been stymied by K.C. starter Edinson Volquez for the first five frames and down 3-0…Abreu, Adam LaRoche and Tyler Flowers each added an RBI in the inning…Danks recorded his second straight quality start for his first win of the season and is now 8-1 lifetime against the Royals. He gave up three runs and five hits along with eight strikeouts in six innings of work…Jake Petricka, Zach Duke and Robertson pitched scoreless ball in relief with the latter adding his third save to his win earlier in the day.

http://atmlb.com/1JIuJGV

Quotes of the Day

Danks on Sunday’s “Soxcess”:

“We came to the ballpark to win two and we got it done.”

Duke on the recent Sox performance:

“Over the last five or six games we’ve played a really good brand of baseball. Early on you are kind of trying to feel each other out and see how you are going to figure out to win games. I feel like we are starting to do that and playing our style.”

Sox Notes of Note

Abreu extended his hitting streak to eight (.467) and is the fourth player to hit .300 with 40 HR, 120 RBI in their first 162 games (others are Rudy York, Chuck Klein and Ryan Braun)…Adam Eaton has reached base safely in his last nine games…Garcia has reached base in 15 of his last 16…The White Sox bullpen owns a 1.38 ERA over their last 13 games…Duke has not allowed a run in his last four appearances…Robertson converted his 50th career save and made his eighth scoreless appearance…Saturday’s game vs. Royals, which was postponed due to rain, has been rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader on Friday, July 17. The first game will begin at 1:10 p.m., CT, with the regularly scheduled contest starting at 7:10 p.m., CT…Saturday’s promotional giveaway–the “Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year” blanket presented by Beggar’s Pizza–will be given to the first 20,000 fans at the afternoon contest.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman for Baltimore.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 18 at Kansas City, Aaron Rowand singled in the eventual winning run in the 10th inning as the Sox nipped the Royals, 3-2, for their sixth straight win. Damaso Marte (2-0) was the winning pitcher in relief. The first-place Sox improved to 14-4.

Photos of the Day

Before yesterday’s game, Abreu received not one, not two, but three pieces of hardware–the Silver Slugger award for first basemen and both the Jackie Robinson and Gibby Rookie of the Year awards. Jose’s teammate Alexei Ramirez also picked up his Silver Slugger trophy for shortstops.

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Sunday Baseball With A Bonus

Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Today’s News

Back in Action

The conclusion of Friday night’s suspended game will precede the regularly scheduled White Sox-Royals contest this afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, beginning at 1:10 p.m., CT. Both games will be telecast on CSN. Probable starters for today’s regularly scheduled affair are LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez for Kansas City.

The game was suspended Friday night due to inclement weather after eight innings with the score tied at 2- 2. It was set to be made up yesterday, but both the suspended game and the regularly scheduled contest were postponed again due to the weather. A makeup date for the latter has not been determined.

Fans with tickets dated April 26 will be allowed to enter the ballpark to see both games. Tickets dated for April 24 will not be accepted for entry into the ballpark today. Fans with those tickets can bring their ticket to the U.S. Cellular Field box office and purchase a discounted outfield reserved seat for $10 for the April 26 game only.

Yesterday’s promotional “Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year blanket,” presented by Beggars Pizza, and the pre-game Girl Scout parade also will be rescheduled for a date later in the season.

Friday Night Highlights

In the suspended game, which will pick up today in the top of the ninth, Adam Eaton is 2-4 with a triple, Jose Abreu also is 2-4 and Tyler Flowers and Melky Cabrera have driven in the Sox’ runs. Jose Quintana pitched as well as he has all season, allowing just two runs, seven hits. a lone walk and five strikeouts in seven innings of work. Zach Putnam came on and tossed a scoreless eighth.

Quote of the Day

Sox fans everywhere had a tense moment in the third inning Friday night when Abreu fell over Alcides Escobar during a rundown. Abreu made the tag, but fell down holding his right shoulder. The good news is that he got up after a few minutes and was ready to play.

What was Robin‘s initial reaction?

“A heart attack”

IMG_2783Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, Ubaldo Jimenez for the O’s.

Sox Notes of Note

Samardzija and Chris Sale were suspended for five games as a result of their involvement in Thursday night’s on-field incident. Both will appeal the decision. GM Rick Hahn said he was happy the two pitchers took responsibility for their actions and expressed remorse…Matt Albers has been placed on the disabled list with a fractured finger on his throwing hand. Scott Carroll has been called up from Class AAA Charlotte to replace him on the 25-man roster…The Sox also designated lefty Eric Surkamp for assignment. He was pitching at Charlotte…Abreu and Alexei Ramirez will be given their 2014 Silver Slugger awards today with Jose receiving his Rookie of the Year award as well.

Congratulations to the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks defeated Nashville last night to win their opening Western Conference playoff series four games to two. They now move on to Round 2 to face either St. Louis or Minnesota.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 16 in Detroit on April 21, Scott Podsednik singled home A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede in the seventh inning to give the Sox a 4-3 lead they never relinquished. Mark Buehrle won his third game of the season and Shingo Takatsu earned his fifth save. The first-place Sox won their fourth in a row to improve to 12-4.

In Game 17 at Kansas City on April 22, the first-place Sox routed the Royals, 8-2, for their fifth straight, raising their record to 13-4. Crede and Juan Uribe each went 3-4. Uribe and Tad Iguchi drove in a pair of runs apiece and Podsednik collected two hits and stole three bases to give him nine steals on the season. Freddy Garcia went seven innings for his second win.

Photo of the Day

Bad weather didn’t stop these loyal White Sox fans from having a good time at the ballpark on Friday night.

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