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Sox Host A’s in First of Four

Monday, September 14, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (7-12, 4.60) for the Sox, RHP Sonny Gray (13-7, 2.28) for Oakland.

Danks makes his 27th start of the season. He recorded a complete-game victory in his last start on September 4 at Kansas City, allowing one run on seven hits. He is 7-3 with a 2.40 ERA in 12 career starts vs. the A’s.

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Quote of the Day

Danks talked about his progress after 2012 shoulder surgery and looked ahead to next season (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“Really, every year I’ve started to feel a little better. This year took a bigger jump than I had to that point…the ultimate goal was to hopefully get my stuff back, the actual fastball and a little more bite on breaking balls. Then use that with the knowledge I gained from pitching with less stuff. I feel like going into next year and even with the second half this year, that started to emerge a little bit. I think this can only get better.”

Yesterday’s Highlights

Chris Sale had a tough day in the loss to the Twins, but with his three strikeouts he became the first White Sox pitcher since Hall of Famer Ed Walsh in 1912 (254) to reach 250 Ks in a single season…Top pitching prospect Frankie Montas came on in relief of Sale and tossed three innings, allowing a run on four hits with five strikeouts…Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam and Zach Duke each pitched a scoreless inning.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of  the four-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-12, 4.89) for the Sox, RHP Aaron Brooks (1-3, 7.62) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

2005 Flashback: The Sox visit Oprah after winning the World Series.

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Saturday Sox-plosion Sets Stage for Sale Sunday and Series Win

Sunday, September 13, 2015

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Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

On the strength of a seven-run fourth inning and six strong innings from Jose Quintana, the White Sox topped the Twins and nemesis Tommy Milone, 8-2, to even the series at 1-1 and put themselves in position to win two of three.

The seven-run inning tied a season high and the Sox pounded out 15 hits. Adam Eaton led the hit parade with three and Melky Cabrera, J.B. ShuckTrayce Thompson, Mike Olt and Carlos Sanchez each collected two hits–including a double apiece by J.B., Trayce and Carlos. Sanchez also drove in a pair of runs while Eaton, Cabrera, Shuck, Thompson and Alexei Ramirez each recorded an RBI.

Q, or El Machine as he’s known in the clubhouse according to Thompson, gave up just one earned run (two overall) on four hits with five strikeouts in the six frames–and both tallies came in the first inning. The bullpen held the Twins scoreless for the final three innings.

The seven-run fourth and Quintana’s performance:

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This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-8, 3.31) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (9-10, 3.87) for Minnesota.

Sale will be making his 28th start of the season, 15th at home and sixth vs. Minnesota. He is 3-1 with a 2.59 ERA and 61 strikeouts over his last six starts.

The Sox’ All-Star lefty leads the American League with 247 strikeouts and is second only in the major leagues to the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, who has fanned 259. Chris is now 23 Ks away from Hall of Famer Ed Walsh‘s single-season franchise record.

Quote of the Day

[tweet https://twitter.com/robbrantly/status/642792273210671105]

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (7-12, 4.60) for the Sox, RHP Sonny Gray (13-7, 2.28) for Oakland.

Photo/Video of the Day

Thirty-nine years ago yesterday, a 50-year-old Minnie Minoso recorded the final base hit of his illustrious career. Click on the link for more:

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Saturday Roundup: Q Looks to Stop Twins, Sox Honor Members of Military on 9/11 Anniversary and More…

Saturday, September 12, 2015

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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) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (8-10, 3.60) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (8-4, 3.54) for Minnesota.

Q will make his 29th start of the season, 14th at home and third vs. Minnesota. He is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 26 strikeouts over his last five starts and earned the win in his last outing on September 5 at Kansas City, tossing seven scoreless innings.

Last Night’s Highlights

Adam Eaton crushed a two-run homer over the centerfield wall (No. 13) to tie the game at 2-2 in the fifth inning, but the Sox dropped a 6-2 decision to the Twins in the series opener…Mike Olt reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk.

Here’s Eaton’s homer, another great catch by Avi Garcia in rightfield and a sensational play by Micah Johnson at second base.

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Quote of the Day

Former scout Bernie Pleskoff on Sox pitching prospect Frankie Montas, one of the players who joined the Sox as part of the September call-ups.

“…The debate about the ideal role for Montas has generated differences of opinions from scouts. Some say he is best suited as a back-end-of-the-bullpen pitcher because of his high-velocity fastball and his wipeout slider. Others feel he is best suited as a starter.

“The White Sox started Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon in the bullpen. Now they are prominent starters and the anchors of their rotation. I sense a similar path for Montas. If his command and control continue to develop, he will likely win a job in the 2016 rotation…”

Putnam Activated from DL

Zach Putnam was reinstated from the disabled list yesterday and came on in the ninth last night. The active roster is now at 32.

Sox Pay Tribute to Troops

On the 14th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the White Sox and the Volunteer Corps hosted members of the military yesterday at the ballpark for a USO Luncheon and honored our nation’s heroes on the field before the game. John Danks spoke to the troops at the luncheon and thanked them for their service.

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Danks as You’ve Never Seen Him Before

Having lost a friendly bet to Sox broadcaster and diehard Notre Dame fan Ed Farmer over the ND-Texas game a week ago today, Longhorn loyalist Danks made good on his obligation after the Domers’ convincing victory. During BP before last night’s game the Sox lefty dressed up as a leprechaun. By the way, is it just a coincidence that former Irish baseball and football standout Jeff Samardzija was seen in the vicinity as part of the prank?

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Now Batting for the White Sox, DH Will Ferrell

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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. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-8, 3.31) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (9-10, 3.87) for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

For Sox fans of a certain age, this is as fun a photo as you’ll be able to find. For younger fans, here are the rather diminutive Hall of Famers Luis Aparicio (left) and Nellie Fox (right) during the pennant-winning season of 1959 playfully comparing their strength with slugger Ted Kluszewski–whose ample muscles bulging out of his sleeveless jersey was his trademark.

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Coming Attraction: Erik Johnson, Sox Take On Twins Friday Night in First of Three

Thursday, September 10, 2015

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Today’s News

Friday Schedule

After today’s day off, it will be the White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-0, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Ervin Santana (4-4, 4.93) for Minnesota.

Johnson is set to make his second start of the season and first at home. He has gone  2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 26 strikeouts in five career home starts.

The 2015 International League Most Valuable Pitcher earned the win in his first start this season after being recalled from Class AAA Charlotte. He allowed three runs on five hits over six innings in the Sox’ 7-5 triumph over the Royals last Sunday.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Tyler Saladino (No. 4) and Jose Abreu (27) smashed back-to-back solo homers in the bottom of the sixth inning (click on top click below) and Trayce Thompson homered in the second (No. 3) and singled in a run in the ninth (click on bottom link) in the Sox’ 6-4 loss to the Indians in the series finale…Avi Garcia had another two-hit night with a single and double…Reliever Matt Albers extended his scoreless appearance streak to 12 games (15.2 IP).

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Sox Notes of Note

Abreu has now homered in back-to-back games for the 11th time in his career. Including his single last night, he is now batting .332 in the first inning lifetime…Thompson, hitting .408 overall, is batting .519 with two home runs and nine RBI at home…Garcia extended his hitting streak to six games, batting .435 during that span.

Quotes of the Day

Catcher Rob Brantly on catching Carlos Rodon Tuesday night for the first time in the majors (via Greg Garno, mlb.com): “Even when he was in a hitter’s count or a 3-2 he’d say, ‘I want the slider.’ and put it right where he wanted it. It was great. I saw all three today. I learned all three. There’s a hard one, it’s like a cutter. There’s one where he wants to throw it for a strike and there’s his putaway one, that one’s pretty dirty.”

@stevestoneTrayce Thompson is showing that right-handed pitchers don’t give him trouble. The more we see, the better he looks. Very exciting.

Charlotte Tops Minor League Baseball in Per Game Attendance for Second Straight Season

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150909&content_id=148300018&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t494&sid=t494

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Dash with the Win

The Winston-Salem Dash, the Sox’ Class A-Advanced affiliate, captured Game 1 of the best-of-three Carolina League Southern Division Championship Series last night, 4-2, over visiting Myrtle Beach, a Cubs farm club.

Carson Fulmer (pictured above), the Sox’ No. 1 draft pick in June, started for the Dash and allowed one run, two hits and a pair of walks. Heading into the game Fulmer worked three innings in each of his starts and had a 1.00 ERA in his last six outings with 19 Ks in 18 innings.

Sox third base prospect Trey Michalczewski hit a two-run homer in the first inning and on the very next pitch, first-base prospect Keon Barnum belted a solo shot to give W-S an early 3-0 lead.

Saturday Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (8-10, 3.60) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (8-4, 3.54) for Minnesota.

Also on Saturday night, watch Will Ferrell in a White Sox uniform:

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Photo of the Day

How Sox fans celebrated 100 years ago (via @go_goSox).

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Sox News & Notes on a Rubber Game Wednesday

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-11, 4.87) for the Sox, RHP Jeff Tomlin (4-1, 2.55) for the Tribe.

Last Night’s Highlights

Carlos Rodon posted victory No. 7, Rob Brantly belted a three-run homer and Jose Abreu went deep for the 26th time with a solo shot as the White Sox topped the Tribe, 7-4, to even the series…Rodon tossed seven strong innings, allowing a lone run on five hits and a walk along with eight strikeouts (click on top link below)…Brantley’s second-inning home run came after Avi Garcia and Trayce Thompson singled and gave the Sox an early 3-0 advantage (see photo above and second link). The lefty-hitting catcher, who was called up from Class AAA Charlotte on September 1, collected his first major-league hit since September 12, 2013…Abreu homered in the third (click on third link), singled in another run in the fifth inning, doubled and scored in the seventh, ending up a triple shy of the cycle…Thompson, Garcia and Alexei Ramirez all had two-hit nights while Trayce drove in a pair of runs (click on bottom link).

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Micah Recalled

The White Sox’ expanded September roster now numbers 31 as second baseman Micah Johnson was recalled yesterday from Class AAA Charlotte. Johnson, who began the season with the Sox, batted .270 with two doubles, three runs scored and three stolen bases in 27 games before being optioned to the Knights.

With Charlotte, Micah batted .315 with 17 doubles, three triples, eight homers, 36 RBI, 54 runs scored and 28 stolen bases in 78 games. He finished the AAA season tied for fifth in the International League in steals.

Here’s Micah playing a game of H-O-R-S-E with a portable hoop in centerfield against Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne before last night’s game. Sources report that Delle Donne, who was at the ballpark to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, was the clear-cut winner over Micah.

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Quote of the Day

Reliever Matt Albers, who is 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA in 28.2 innings (20 games), on how he deals with pressure situations (via @CSNHayes).

“I’m able to try not to let the game speed up. You can get the heart rate get going a little, overthrow right there, and when I do my ball stops sinking and starts getting hit hard…”

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SoxFest 2016

Mark your calendars. SoxFest 2016 will take place January 29-31 at the Hilton Chicago. Click on link for more info:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/148099830

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: TBA for the Sox, RHP Ervin Santana (4-4, 4.93) for Minnesota.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 38 on September 7, the first-place White Sox won their seventh straight and 87th of the season with a 1-0 victory over the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field. Paul Konerko provided all the offense the Sox needed with a two-out solo blast in the third inning, his 36th homer of the year. Jose Contreras picked up his 11th win, tossing 7.2 scoreless innings, and Dustin Hermanson recorded his 34th save.

Photo of the Day

Here’s your 2016 White Sox schedule, which is subject to change with times and broadcasts to be released at a later date. The Sox open the season April 4 at Oakland and Opening Day at home is April 8 vs. Cleveland. Click on link for more information.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/148077314

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White Sox Call on Rodon to Even Series with Tribe

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (6-6, 4.10) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (12-9, 3.53) for Cleveland.

Rodon makes his 24th appearance and 21st start of the season. He is 2-2 with a 1.85 ERA and 33 strikeouts over his last five starts. He is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 14 Ks in three career games–and two starts–against the Tribe.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Chris Sale (12-8) gave up three runs and seven hits along with eight strikeouts over seven innings of work in the Sox’ 3-2 loss to the Indians in the series opener. Chris now has an American League-leading 247 Ks, 23 away from Hall of Famer Ed Walsh‘s single-season franchise record…Avi Garcia singled and tripled and Carlos Sanchez and Tyler Flowers each delivered an RBI…Matt Albers (1.1 IP) and Dan Jennings (0.2) came on in relief and pitched scoreless ball in the final two frames.

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Quote of the Day

Jose Abreu on the Sox’ future:

“We don’t have to look for too much. I think we have the core group here. We have very talented players.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-11, 4.87) for the Sox, RHP Jeff Tomlin (4-1, 2.55) for the Tribe.

Ceremonial First Pitch

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2005 Flashback

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

In Game 136 on September 6 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox scored five runs in the first two innings and held on for a 6-5 win over the Royals, their sixth straight victory and 86th of the season. Paul Konerko (No. 35) and Juan Uribe (12) belted solo homers and Konerko had three RBI in all. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez won his ninth of the year and Dustin Hermanson earned his 33rd save.

Photo of the Day

Pick up the latest edition of White Sox Magazine with a terrific cover featuring our All-Star lefty.

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Streaking Sox 

Labor Day: Monday, September 7, 2015

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Today’s News

Yesterday’s Happy Highlights

The White Sox completed a three-game sweep over the Royals for their fourth straight victory. Red-hot Adam Eaton knocked out three hits including a home run and had a hand in the final two Sox runs; Erik Johnson was impressive in winning his first start of the season; Jose Abreu and Avi Garcia each delivered two RBIs and the back end of the bullpen shut the door for the 7-5 triumph.

The Sox jumped out to a 3-0 first-inning lead over KC’s  Johnny Cueto and enjoyed a 6-1 advantage when Eaton smashed his 12th homer of the season, a solo shot, in the sixth. Kansas City then rallied for two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to narrow the Sox lead to 6-5.

Zach Duke came on in the eighth and struck out the middle of the Royals order 1-2-3. In the top of the ninth, Eaton led off with a double, moved to third on an Alexei Ramirez grounder and scored on Jose Abreu‘s sac fly to give the Sox some insurance. David Robertson earned his 29th save by pitching a perfect bottom half of the inning.

Johnson had a quality start in his first outing after being recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, where he was the International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher. He tossed six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.

Third baseman Mike Olt, who was claimed off of waivers, made his Sox debut yesterday and collected a pair of singles. Melky Cabrera had a pair of hits and two walks and Ramirez, who is batting .500 in September with seven runs scored and six RBI, had a pair of base hits. Eaton is hitting .542 this month with eight RBI and four runs scored.

Enjoy the Eaton homer and highlights of Johnson’s performance:

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This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and 10-game homestand that continues with three against the Twins and four vs. the A’s. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-7, 3.29) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (10-11, 4.56) for the Tribe.

Sale will make his 27th start of the season, 15th at home and third vs. the Indians. He is 3-0 with a 3.24 ERA and 53 strikeouts over his last five starts and leads the American League and ranks second in the major leagues with 239 Ks.

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Quotes of the Day

–Johnson on his performance:

“I think it’s just the body of work that I’ve been producing this year and when you go out there and do exactly what I’ve been doing this year, it’s a pretty proud moment.”

–Olt, once one of baseball’s most promising prospects, on joining the Sox:

“I’ve had kind of a crazy career, and the one thing about it, everything happens for a reason. I’m excited to get another opportunity here and try to take advantage of it and just excited to get going.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (6-6, 4.10) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (12-9, 3.53) for Cleveland.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 136 on September 5 at Fenway Park in Boston, the first-place White Sox captured their fifth straight win and 85th of the season with a 5-3 triumph over Curt Schilling and the Red Sox. Brandon McCarthy tossed a seven-inning, three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts for his second career win and Paul Konerko (No. 34) and Juan Uribe (11) connected for solo homers. Uribe went 3-4 with two runs batted in on the day and Tadahito Iguchi and Timo Perez each added an RBI.

Photo of the Day

Catcher Rob Brantly, who played for both Charlotte and Class AA Birmingham this season, also made his Sox debut yesterday–and drove in a run with a sac fly in his second at bat.

@robbrantly: @whitesox Great Series in KC now back home to Chicago✈️✈️✈️✈️#soxwin #whitesox #mlb

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The Return of Erik Johnson and a Chance to Sweep the Royals

Sunday, September 6, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the sweep in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Probable Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (season debut) for the Sox, RHP Johnny Cueto (2-4, 4.21) for KC.

Between the 2013 and 2014 seasons Johnson (pictured above) made 10 starts with the White Sox and compiled a 4-3 record. He began the ’14 campaign in the Sox starting rotation then spent most of the year at Class AAA Charlotte without much success. He has rebounded nicely this season with the Knights registering an 11-8 record, a 2.37 ERA, 136 strikeouts and was named the International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher.

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Last Night’s Highlights

The White Sox won their third straight game and for the second night in a row dominated the defending American League champion and current AL Central Division-leading Royals. Friday night it was a 12-1 victory and last evening the Sox came away with a 6-1 triumph.

Like John Danks the night before, Jose Quintana executed a masterful Saturday performance. Winning his eighth game of the season, Q tossed seven shutout innngs, allowing seven hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out five (click on top link below).

Alexei Ramirez, 6-9 with five RBI in the first two games of the series, belted a three-run homer (No. 9) in the fourth inning to give the Sox a 3-0 advantage (click on second link). Geovany Soto added a solo homer (9) in the seventh (click on bottom link) and Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera both singled in insurance runs in the ninth.

The Sox collected 11 hits after knocking out 17 on Friday night. Ramirez, Avi Garcia and Gordon Beckham led the way with two apiece and everybody in the lineup but Trayce Thompson delivered a hit.

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Quote of the Day

Johnson is looking at his major-league return in matter-of-fact fashion.

“I have my routine and I have what I think I need to do in between each start to be ready and be that consistent guy. That’s what I’ve been focusing on, that’s what I’ve been doing.”

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are 17-11 on the road since June 30 with only the Yankees having a better mark (17-10) in the AL during that span…The Sox have also outscored their opponents 147-89 in the last 28 road games.

Sox Claim Mike Olt

The Sox have claimed infielder Mike Olt off waivers from the Cubs. He is expected to join the major-league roster soon.

@ChiTribKane: Ventura on Olt: “He’s a power bat, and we’ve been searching for that. … We are fairly intrigued by having him here and getting him going.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule: A Labor Day Matinee

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and 10-game homestand that continues with three against the Twins and four vs. the A’s. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-7, 3.29) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (10-11, 4.56) for the Tribe.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 135 on September 4 at U.S. Cellular Field, Jon Garland won his 17th game in a 2-0 complete game shutout over the Tigers. Tadahito Iguchi got the Sox on the board in the first with an RBI single and Paul Konerko connected for his 33rd homer, a solo shot, in the fourth for all the runs the White Sox needed.  It was the first-place Sox’ fourth straight win and 84th victory of the season.

Photo of the Day

Meet Olt, once one of baseball’s top prospects, who will begin his career anew with the White Sox.

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Sox Enjoy a Complete Game in More Ways Than One

Saturday, September 5, 2015

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Today’s News

Last Night’s Happy Highlights

White Sox 12, Royals 1. There was superb pitching, there was an explosive offense, there was tight defense. John Danks delivered a complete game and so did his teammates. Here’s how it all unfolded:

–Dankswho is now 10-2 with a 2.14 ERA lifetime vs. the Royals, tossed his second complete game of the season for his seventh win. He threw 8.1 innings of scoreless baseball before the Royals scored their run. Three of Danks’ victories in 2015 have come against KC.

–A total of 17 hits. Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez led the way with four each, both tying career-highs.

–Three homers. Three-run blasts by Tyler Flowers (No. 9)  and Eaton (11) and a 447-foot solo shot by Jose Abreu (25). The Eaton and Abreu clouts were back-to-back in a five-run eighth inning.

–In addition to Eaton and Flowers, Ramirez and Tyler Saladino had multiple RBI games with two apiece. Abreu, Flowers and Saladino collected two hits each.

Enjoy watching a condensed version of what might have been the most enjoyable Sox game of the season. In addition to the Danks performance and the offensive fireworks you’ll see outstanding defensive plays by Melky Cabrera and Trayce Thompson.

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game set. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.75) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (7-6, 4.11) for KC.

Quote of the Day

Danks on his success vs. the Royals, particularly in KC:

“I’ve always enjoyed coming here. This is one of my favorite cities we go to over the course of the summer. I don’t know. I’ve spent a lot of time in this ballpark. I guess there is a certain level of comfort there…”

Prospect Corey Zangari: Up Close and Personal

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150904&content_id=147317118&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (season debut) for the Sox, RHP Johnny Cueto (2-4, 4.21) for KC.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 134 on September 3 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox won their third straight and 83rd of the season with a 6-2 victory over the Tigers. Aaron Rowand belted his 12th homer, a solo shot, and drove in three runs while Jermaine Dye connected with a solo blast, his 27th long one of the year. Mark Buehrle improved his record to 15-7, allowing just one run over seven innings with eight strikeouts.

Photo of the Day

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J.B.’s Two-Run, Pinch-Hit Triple Sends Sox to KC on a High Note

Friday, September 4, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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 (6-12, 4.82) for the Sox, RHP Kris Medlen (3-0, 3.51) for KC.

Yesterday’s Results

J.B Shuck‘s two-run, pinch-hit triple in the seventh inning gave the White Sox a 5-4 lead (pictured above and click on the link below), Adam Eaton drove in an insurance run later in the frame with a sac fly and the bullpen held up its end of the bargain as the Sox beat the Twins, 6-4, in the series finale…Avi Garcia added a pair of RBI, Alexei Ramirez went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI and Jose Abreu collected two doubles and a single, raising his batting average to .292…Jeff Samardzija recorded his ninth win, tossing 6.1 innings, Nate Jones pitched 1.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and David Robertson came on in the ninth and retired the Twins 1-2-3 for his 28th save.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=445992383

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Quote of the Day

Tyler Flowers on the progress of rookie lefty Carlos Rodon, who has a fine 1.85 ERA in his last five starts:

“Now he’s actually pitching. There’s a game plan we’re able to execute. There are situations where we can throw secondary pitches in there for strikes. It’s even turned into where we’re getting guys out on a changeup, which is a pitch we couldn’t even throw in the vicinity in spring.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game set. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.75) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (7-6, 4.11) for Kansas City.

Quintana Makes a Dream Come True in This “Sox Story”

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=445899583

Winston-Salem Captures Carolina League Second-Half Championship; Fulmer Shines

Thanks to their win last night and Myrtle Beach’s loss the Winston-Salem Dash, the Sox’ high Class A affiliate, are the Carolina League Southern Division second-half champions. The Dash begin their playoff run on Wednesday vs. Myrtle Beach in a best-of-three series in Winston-Salem.

No. 1 draft pick Carson Fulmer (pictured below) had another terrific outing last night in the Dash’s 5-0 victory over Wilmington. The right-hander out of Vanderbilt started and tossed three scoreless innings, allowing just three hits with four strikeouts. His ERA is now an impressive 2.05.

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2005 Flashback

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

In Game 133 on September 2 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox took advantage of three homers to overwhelm the Tigers, 9-1, for win No. 82 on the season. Juan Uribe (No. 10) and Carl Everett (22) blasted three-run shots and Willie Harris connected with a solo blast, his first of the year. Freddy Garcia tossed seven innings, allowing just the one run on a pair of hits with seven Ks.

Photo of the Day

The Sox home clubhouse then and now.

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