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First-Place Report

By virtue of yesterday’s thrilling 3-2 win over the Royals in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd of 34,526, the White Sox increased their lead over the Indians to 2.5 games in the American League Central. The Sox and the Tribe are set to begin a four-game series today on the South Side with a doubleheader.

Today’s Twin Bill

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field:

Game 1 (4:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (5-1, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Mike Clevinger (0-0, 6.75) for the Tribe.

Game 2 (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 7.20) for the Sox, RHP Cody Anderson (0-3. 7.99) for Cleveland.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera‘s bases-loaded single brought in the tying and winning runs in the fifth inning (click on top link below) and Todd Frazier belted his 13th homer, a solo shot in the fourth (click on bottom link), as the Sox prevailed…Carlos Rodon won his second game of the season with a quality start, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing just a pair of runs…The bullpen finished it off with 2.1 innings of perfect baseball thanks to Matt Albers (0.1 IP), Zach Duke (0.1), Nate Jones (0.2) and David Robertson (1.0), who earned his 11th save.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=726272383

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=726151483

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Quote of the Day

Following yesterday’s game, Melky said what all Sox fans were thinking about Sunday’s finale vs. the Royals:

“We needed to win this game.”

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are now 8-3 vs. the A.L. Central this season…The Sox boast a 2.27 ERA with eight quality starts vs. their division foes…Rodon owns a 5-1 record with a 1.94 ERA and 46 strikeouts in eight career starts (seven quality) vs. the Central…Jones has tossed nine consecutive scoreless outings (9.0 IP) at home. He has made 17 scoreless appearances vs the Royals (17.1 IP) since 2012…Cabrera has hit safely in 15 consecutive contests vs. Kansas City, which is the longest active streak in the majors vs. the world champions. Melky is also batting .338 with six doubles, one triple, 10 RBI, seven walks and nine runs scored in May…Adam Eaton owns a nine-game hitting streak (.342). He is batting .338 with three doubles, three triples, one homer and eight RBI over his last 16 games…Frazier collected his 11th multi-hit game of the season.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the third game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (9-0, 1.58) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (6-0, 3.56) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Homecoming Weekend was a treat for White Sox fans. Sox stars of the past who gathered on Sunday before the game were (pictured below, left to right): Jack McDowell, Lance Johnson, Donn Pall, Dan PasquaTim Raines, Roberto Hernandez, Mike Huff and Harold Baines. Raines is embracing his twin daughters while the other youngster in the picture is Hernandez’s grandson.

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Four Stars of the Past Come Home

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox hold a game-and-a-half lead over the second-place Indians in the A.L. Central.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 5.17) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (0-0, 2.57) for K.C.

The Saladino Show

Tyler Saladino put on a show at shortstop last night in the Sox’ 4-1 loss to the Royals. Take a look:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=717821183

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=718217583

Heroes Back in the Day

As part of Homecoming Weekend, the Sox welcomed back 1990s stars Tim Raines, Lance Johnson, Roberto Hernandez and Jack McDowell (pictured left to right in the photo above alongside Sox PA announcer Gene Honda). Below they are shown throwing out the ceremonial first pitches.

Quotes of the Day

Click on the link and watch Jason Benetti and Steve Stone interview McDowell and Johnson on the Sox telecast:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=718033083

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.73) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (4-2, 4.85) for K.C.

Photo of the Day

From one No. 1 to another.

Adam Eaton poses with “One Dog” Johnson, who proudly wore the number for the Sox in the late ’80s and ’90s. Eaton also showed his respect for Johnson by presenting him with a signed bat.

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Sale Reaches Nine Straight Wins in Brilliant Fashion…Sox Ready to Host Royals During Homecoming Weekend

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

With their 2-1 triumph last night, the White Sox (25-16) remain on top of the American League Central with a 2.5 game lead over the second-place Indians.

Homecoming: This Weekend’s Activities

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/homecoming_weekend.jsp

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-2, 1.54) for the Sox, RHP Dillion Gee (0-1, 3.12) for K.C.

Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale (9-0, 1.58) recorded his ninth straight victory to start the season, allowing just one run and four hits with no walks along with tying a season-high of nine strikeouts in the Sox’ win (click on both links below). It was Sale’s third complete game of the season and second in a row. He didn’t walk a batter for the fourth time in 2016 and has won 10 consecutive starts dating back to last season–the seventh longest streak in club history…Jerry Sands singled home Todd Frazier in the bottom of the second inning with the first Sox run and Alex Avila‘s sac fly scored Jimmy Rollins with the second run for a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh. That insurance run was good thing because Houston’s Evan Gattis made it a 2-1 game in the top of the eighth with a solo homer. Sale eased Sox fans’ fears by retiring the next three batters in the eighth and tossing a scoreless ninth.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=715395483

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=715914783

More Sale

–Chris is the second pitcher in White Sox history to win his first nine starts of the season, joining Eddie Cicotte (12-0, 1.07 in 1919).

–Chris became the first A.L. pitcher with a win in his first nine appearances (including relief) since the Tigers’ George Uhle in 1929.

–Sale is the first major-league pitcher since the Diamondbacks’ Brandon Webb in 2008 to start a season 9-0 through nine starts.

–The last Sox pitcher with three or more complete games in his first nine starts of a season was Jack McDowell in 1991 (also three). The last big-league pitcher with three or more complete games in his first nine starts of the season was Johnny Cueto in 2014 (three). The last A.L. pitcher with three or more complete games in his first nine starts of the season was Zack Greinke in 2009 (four).

–Chris passed Doc White and tied Hall of Famer Ted Lyons for eighth place among White Sox all-time strikeout leaders (1,073).

Read this about Sale from SI:

http://www.si.com/mlb/2016/05/19/chris-sale-white-sox-profile

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Quote of the Day

Eaton Proving People Wrong

Adam Eaton is hitting .365 with three doubles, three triples, one homer, eight RBI and 10 walks over the last 13 games.

Read more about the Sox right-fielder, who is having an All-Star type season:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-adam-eaton-success-haugh-spt-0520-20160519-column.html

Corey Ray: Pride of the South Side

http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/ray-of-light-corey-ray/

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 5.17) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (0-0, 2.57) for K.C.

Photo of the Day

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Sale’s Goal: Get Ninth Straight Win

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The first-place White Sox have a two-and-a-half-game lead over the second-place Indians in the American League Central.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (8-0, 1.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (4-3, 5.58) for Houston.

Sale is set to make his ninth start of the season. He has recorded 53 strikeouts and a .167 opponents average over his first eight starts.

Chris is baseball’s only eight-game winner and just the fourth White Sox starter to win each of his first eight starts of a season, joining Eddie Cicotte (12, 1919), John Whitehead (8, 1935) and Jon Garland (8, 2005).

The Sox ace earned the win in his last start on May 13 at vs. the Yankees in New York, tossing a complete game and allowing just one run on six hits with six strikeouts. He has gone 3-1 with a 0.56 and .165 opponents average lifetime vs. the Astros. He is 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA and .155 opponents average at U.S. Cellular Field.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Abreu went 2 for 4 with two RBI, Melky Cabrera went 2 for 4 and tripled in a run and Adam Eaton and Dioner Navarro each collected a pair of hits in the Sox’ 5-3 loss to the Astros.

Triple Your Pleasure

The Sox executed their second triple play of the season in the eighth inning of last night’s game. With men on first and second, Todd Frazier fielded a ground ball and tagged the third base bag. He quickly threw to Brett Lawrie for the second out at second base and Lawrie threw to Abreu for out No. 3.

The Sox are the first MLB team to turn two triple plays in a season since the 2007 Phillies. They have now engineered two triple plays in the following years: 1922, 1931, 1944, 2006 and 2016.

Enjoy:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=711484983

Quote of the Day

Jimmy Rollins on the Sox enduring a recent “bump in the road”:

“We don’t expect it to be a fairy tale. We don’t expect it to be easy. It never has. It never will be. So we have to stand strong until things turn around.”

Adam Eaton “Has Quietly Been One of Baseball’s Very Best Players”

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160518&content_id=178842940&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-2, 1.54) for the Sox, RHP Dillion Gee (0-1, 3.12) for K.C.

Play Ball!

The White Sox surprised two Tinley Park youth teams with a big-league experience on Saturday for the inaugural ‘PLAY BALL WEEKEND.’ The initiative is a league-wide effort by MLB and all 30 Clubs to engage young baseball fans and celebrate the continued support of youth participation in baseball and softball (see video above).

White Sox public address announcer Gene Honda, organist Lori Moreland, Southpaw, Mazda Pride Crew members and the retro racers provided pre-game and in-game entertainment at Guenzi Field.
Matt Windle, commissioner and director of fundraising and sponsorships for Tinley Park Youth Baseball, worked with White Sox staff to coordinate the event. The organization, which began in 1961, currently has 70 teams in the league.

“We had the opportunity to have the kids play a big league game,” Windle said. “It’s kind of neat being up there and keeping the surprise from the kids and watching everyone come around the corner from over the bridge. It’s certainly a unique opportunity for these kids.”

Honda announced each player’s name prior to the game, and the 11 and 12-year-olds lined up down their respective foul lines.

“These are perks that you never see around our field,” Windle added, pointing to the excitement surrounding the pregame ceremony. “This is a unique experience.”

Professor Ventura

Prior to Wednesday’s game, White Sox manager Robin Ventura spent time getting to know a group of business students from his alma mater, Oklahoma State University.

Ventura, joined by Sox TV broadcaster Jason Benetti, talked to the class about his professional career and even engaged in friendly debate about his favorite Chicago-style pizza.

“What restaurant has your favorite pizza in Chicago?” one student asked. “Lou Malnati’s,” Ventura said. Glancing at a disagreeing Benetti, he laughed and added, “I know, that makes you a little sensitive.”

Ventura talked about his college baseball career at OSU, explaining that the team lived in the dorm closest to the baseball field because they had to move the tarp when it rained.

“That dorm did not have air conditioning back then, either,” he said, prompting much laughter in the room.

Ventura fielded various questions from the class, which also attended last night’s game. Other conversation highlights:

Q: What was it like to be part of Bedlam, the heated rivalry between OSU and Oklahoma?

A: It was crazy back then. You got a lot of people, athlete-wise, who lived in the same quarters, so we would all just walk over together. At Oklahoma State, you feel like you’re the underdog. You fight a little harder and feel like you want to win more. I’ve always felt that and always had that.

Q: What is one of the hardest parts of your job as manager?

A: If you’re not playing a guy, they want to know why. You might have to send a guy to the minor leagues. You earn their trust and respect. It’s not an easy thing to do, but it is more meaningful if you do it face-to-face for all these guys that we have in our organization. You guys might go out working and the guy who’s up-front, being honest, is the guy you want to be working for.

Q: Who taught you to be up-front like that?

A: When I went to OSU, Gary Ward was the coach. He was a tough, honest, up-front guy.

Q: What is the biggest lesson you try to instill in your players in terms of character?

A: Your heart’s going to come out of your uniform because of the pressure. You want them to understand it’s better to play this game stress-free and anxiety-free.

Photo of the Day

Robin and Jason hold court with the students from OSU.
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Latos Looks to Even Series with Astros, “25 for 25” Campaign Launches Today

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox (24-15) remain at the top of the A.L. Central, three-and-a-half games ahead of the second-place Indians.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (5-0, 3.40) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (3-3, 4.22) for Houston.

Last Night’s Highlights

Despite tying the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning on a Tyler Saladino sac fly, the Sox dropped a heartbreaking 6-5, 11-inning decision to the Astros on a two-run homer by Houston DH Evan Gattis…In addition to Saladino’s extra-inning RBI, he doubled in a run, Jose Abreu belted a solo homer, his sixth of the season (click on link below), and Adam Eaton drove in a pair of runs with a single and a double…Pitching line for starter Carlos Rodon: six innings pitched, six hits, two earned runs, one intentional walk and seven Ks…David Robertson pitched a perfect ninth and tenth, striking out a pair.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=706839983

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn:

“We are prepared to make a move today if it presents itself,” adding that while talks have started, the timing of an actual deal may not sync with other clubs. “We want to maximize our chances of winning in October.”

“25 for 25” Campaign

As the Sox celebrate the 25th anniversary of U.S. Cellular Field this season, the club also is commemorating Chicago White Sox Charities’ (CWSC) 25 years of giving.

To that end, CWSC’s “25 for 25” fundraising initiative begins at Noon today and runs through Thursday at 1:00 p.m. The campaign is designed to help generate revenue to continue to support the Amateur City Elite (ACE) program and overall grant giving.

Our hope is that you will consider a donation of $25 or more in honor of 25 years of community impact. During each hour donors will have the opportunity to win some great prizes–ranging from autographed items to game-day experiences. Each hour a random winner will be selected with the final hour featuring 25 winners.

The Sox have set a goal of 2500 donors over the 25 hours and we need everyone’s help to make it a reality.

ACE alumni Corey Ray–a graduate of Simeon High School, current University of Louisville outfielder and 2016 MLB Draft hopeful–describes what the ACE program has done for him:

“I thank the White Sox for all of my accomplishments on and off the field. Because of the White Sox, I not only became a better baseball player, but I became a better student and a better man. I am currently playing for the University of Louisville on a baseball scholarship, a scholarship I owe solely to the White Sox Amateur City Elite.”

To make a donation: http://www.whitesox.com/sox25

Sox “Meshing Well”

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160516&content_id=178464706&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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Top Prospect Anderson Shines

Shortstop Tim Anderson (pictured above) not only is on MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week (click on link below), he also has been named the co-International League Player of the Week.

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160516&content_id=178443040&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

The Latest on No. 1 Pick Carson Fulmer

On Monday, Carson Fulmer tossed his second scoreless outing for Class AA Birmingham (five innings) in a 3-2 win.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (8-0, 1.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (4-3, 5.58) for Houston.

A Pair of Streaks

Joe DiMaggio‘s 56-game hitting streak, one of baseball’s most cherished records, has been back in the news recently as the baseball world celebrates the 75th anniversary of the remarkable feat.

While it wasn’t in the big leagues, Robin Ventura once hit in a record 58 consecutive games on the collegiate level at Oklahoma State. Robin talks about the experience:

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160515&content_id=178269494&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Photo of the Day

There’s even a monument to Robin outside of the Oklahoma State ballpark commemorating the streak and his other accomplishments as a Cowboy.

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Coming Home

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox (24-14) hold a five-game lead over the Indians in the A.L. Central despite yesterday’s loss to the Yankees in the rubber match of the three-game series.

Tuesday’s Game

Off Day on Monday. On Tuesday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and 10-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Royals and four vs. the Tribe. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.99) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-5, 5.58), the defending A.L. Cy Young Award winner, for Houston.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Adam Eaton drove in a pair of runs with his second homer of the season and a squeeze bunt, Avi Garcia went 3 for 4 with a run batted in and Melky Cabrera singled and doubled in a run in the Sox 7-5 loss to the Yankees…Austin Jackson singled in a run and Todd Frazier and Tyler Saladino each knocked out a pair of base hits…Before yesterday’s game, the Sox hadn’t made an error since April 30. The 12 games is the longest errorless streak in club history (Elias).

Eaton’s homer and perfect squeeze:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=699562983

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=699813783

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More Avi

Garcia is hitting .393 with five doubles, two homers, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored over his last 15 games. He has raised his average from .135 to .269 during that span.

Quote of the Day

@CST_soxvan: Jimmy Rollins, pretending not to recognize Adam Eaton with a trimmed beard. “James,” he said, extending a hand. “Pleasure to meet you.”

Wednesday’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (5-0, 3.40) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (3-3, 4.22) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

Sammy Ellis, a 22-game winner and an All-Star for the Reds in 1965 who later pitched (1969) and coached (1989-91) for the White Sox, passed away Friday at 75.

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Sox Seek Series Win Today In The Bronx

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox maintain their five-game lead over the Indians in the American League Central. The Sox’ 24-13 record (.649) is second only to the Orioles’ 23-12 (.657) in the A.L.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (12:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game road trip. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.11) for New York.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Quintana (5-2, 1.54) was on his game once again, allowing just two runs, five hits and a pair of walks along with five strikeouts in the Sox’ 2-1 loss to the Yankees. Jose now has an MLB-high eight starts this season with two or fewer earned runs allowed. He was previously tied with the Dodgers’ three-time N.L. Cy Young Award winner Clayton KershawTodd Frazier accounted for the Sox’ run with a fourth-inning solo homer, his 12th (click on link below):

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=694817583

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Quote of the Day

Watch as the MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds chats with the Toddfather:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=694611183

Eaton for the Defense

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160514&content_id=178099388&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Play Ball Weekend: The Sox Experience Comes to Tinley Park

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160514&content_id=178205480&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and nine-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Royals and three vs. the Tribe. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.99) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-5, 5.58), the defending A.L. Cy Young Award winner, for Houston.

Photo of the Day

A youngster learning from the master a day after Sale’s complete-game victory over the Yankees.

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Yankees No Match for Sox, 8-0 Sale

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox maintain their five-game lead over the Indians in the American League Central on the strength of Chris Sale‘s dominate performance and a potent offense in the Sox’ 7-1 victory last night over the Yankees. The Good Guys continue to boast the best record in the A.L. at 24-12.

The Sox have allowed 1 or 0 runs in 15 of their 36 games this season–the most times in franchise history through the first 36 games (@ckamka).

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY (12:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-1, 1.38) for the Sox, RHP Ivan Nova (1-1, 4.34) for New York.

Q makes his eighth start of the season and fifth on the road. He is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his last four starts and 7-1 with a 1.43 ERA over his last 12 dating back to 2015. He won his last start on May 8 vs. the Twins, allowing just one run on six hits over seven innings.

Jose ranks among the American League leaders in numerous categories, including ERA and runners per nine innings pitched.

Last Night’s Highlights

Sale pitched a complete-game for his eighth straight win without a defeat and the Sox offense scored three runs in the second inning and four more in the third to defeat the Bronx Bombers.

Sale lowered both his ERA and opponents average to 1.67, gave up a lone run (a solo homer to Chase Headley), allowed six hits and walked none with six strikeouts. He retired 18 of the last 20 batters he faced–15 in a row prior to the ninth inning. It was Sale’s second complete game of the year and he’s now 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA in his career vs. the Yanks. Chris is also the first White Sox pitcher with a complete game win at Yankee Stadium since Jim Abbott did it in the first game of a doubleheader on July 18, 1995.

The scoring:

In the top of the second, Brett Lawrie doubled and with one out Alex Avila doubled, scoring Lawrie. Austin Jackson walked and Adam Eaton hit an infield single, loading the bases. After the second out of the inning, Jose Abreu singled, driving in both Jackson and Eaton.

After two were out in the top of the third, Avila singled and Jackson walked. Eaton doubled home both runners and Jimmy Rollins followed with his second homer of the season, scoring Eaton in front of him (see photo below):

Here’s the happy recap:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=693408883

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More Sale

Sale joins Jon Garland (8-0, 2005), John Whitehead (8-0, 1935) and Eddie Cicotte (12-0, 1919) as the only pitchers in Sox history to win their first eight starts.

He also becomes the third pitcher since 2000 to win their first eight starts in a season, joining the Sox’ Garland (2005) and Arizona’s Brandon Webb (2008).

Furthermore, Sale, Pedro Martinez and Fernando Valenzuela are the only major-league pitchers to start 8-0 with a sub 2.00 ERA since 1969.

Roster Moves

Prior to last night’s game, the Sox purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Matt Purke from Class AAA Charlotte and requested waivers on left-hander John Danks for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release. Danks was designated for assignment on May 5.

Purke, who has gone 0-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 14 strikeouts over 10 appearances (one start) with the Knights, takes the roster spot of right-hander Scott Carroll, who was optioned to Charlotte on Thursday.

In another move, the Sox acquired righty Anthony Ranaudo in exchange for minor-league right-handed Matt Ball. Ranaudo was optioned to Charlotte.

Quote of the Day

Purke, who has battled injuries in five minor-league seasons, talks about realizing his dream of reaching the majors (via CST_soxvan).

“I didn’t see it coming. It’s what we play for and my dream of being a professional baseball player in the big leagues finally came true. It was a very exciting moment for me, my family and everyone who has been a part of this journey. It’s been a long one. It hasn’t been easy, it hasn’t been short and now it’s time to enjoy it.”

A Texas native, Purke told his family on Thursday. His wife, parents, brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew, his wife’s parents and other family and friends are in New York.

“They’re here for the weekend…It’s going to be fun. It’s been a crazy 24 hours.”

Anderson Sizzling

Top Sox prospect Tim Anderson, who is heating up in May, went 4 for 5 with four runs, a homer and a stolen base on Thursday night for Charlotte. Last night he went 3 for 4 with a solo homer and a pair of RBI. He’s batting .291 on the season.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (12:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game road trip. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.11) for New York.

Photo of the Day

Purke makes “The Show.”

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The Day Ron Kittle Played Cricket

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Friday, May 13, 2016

The White Sox welcomed the International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday for a sports demonstration, where 1983 American League Rookie of the Year Ron Kittle, an international cricket legend and U.S.A. cricket prospects took a swing at both cricket and baseball on the iconic green grass at U.S. Cellular Field. The demonstration was a kick-off event for the ICC’s four-day combine in Bolingbrook, Illinois, on May 12-15.

Megan Golden, the Sox’ coordinator of media services, was on hand and reports the following:

“I might need my sunglasses,” White Sox legend Ron Kittle told a few employees before hitting the diamond at U.S. Cellular Field yesterday. “Overcast skies can sometimes lead to a glare.”

Kittle wasn’t exactly in his comfort zone as he faced off with members of the International Cricket Council and it wasn’t only because of the glare. Cathryn Fitzpatrick, former Australian female national cricket coach and one-time world’s fastest pace bowler, and U.S.A. cricket prospects Fahad Babar and Ali Khan were eager to see how Kittle’s baseball skills translated to their sport.

“People say they are the same, but it’s actually a different game,” Khan said. “It looks easy, but it’s not. It’s two different games. If you see it technically, it’s totally different.”

For instance, In cricket, there is no foul territory. The average speed of a fast ball is 87 miles per hour. Each cricket match averages 10 “sixes,” which are the cricket equivalent of home runs. Fans who catch a six bare-handed are awarded big prizes.

Kittle began by warming up in shallow left field, catching soft fly balls hit by Babar and Khan. He then faced the left-field fence and took a few swings of his own with a cricket bat. His first attempt landed in the left-field bleachers and drew a loud applause from the cricketers.

The group then moved to the indoor batting cages. Kittle handed Khan a baseball bat and explained the proper way to swing. In cricket, the ball is bounced into the batsman, and the batsman must use a golf-like swing to make contact.

Kittle also tossed a few knuckleballs toward home plate.

“Yeah, that’s not good,” Kittle said, laughing, after Khan’s first swing. Given a few slight adjustments and a couple practice swings, Khan began making solid contact. Kittle added, “I want a glove for protection.”

Unlike baseball players, cricketers do not use gloves when they field the ball. According to the group, there are many broken hands due to bare-handed catches.

Fitzpatrick ended the demonstration by fearlessly challenging Kittle to try and hit the cricket ball with a baseball bat as she threw the ball as quickly as she could.

“That’s not good, is it?” she asked Kittle after her first bowl bounced in front of home plate. Kittle joked, “In cricket it is.”

“He did try and made a couple excuses,” Fitzpatrick joked. “I think he still did okay, to be honest. He managed to tap one of the cricket balls into the stands.”

Yankees Next for First-Place White Sox, Unbeaten Sale

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

Despite Wednesday’s loss, the White Sox maintained their five-game lead over the second-place Indians in the American League Central. The Sox still have the best record in the A.L. at 23-12.

Off Day Thursday, Sox vs. Yanks on Friday Night

The Sox are idle on Thursday. On Friday night, it will be the White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, N.Y. (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starting pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79) for the Sox, RHP Luis Severino (0-5, 6.12) for New York.

Sale is set to make his eighth start of the season. Along with his unblemished won-lost record, he has struck out 47 with a .165 opponents average. He is the only seven-game winner in baseball this season and the first Sox hurler to win each of his first seven starts since Jon Garland (8) accomplished the feat in 2005.

Chris earned the win in his last start on May 7 vs. the Twins, tossing seven innings and allowing just two runs on three hits with nine strikeouts. The Sox’ All-Star lefty has gone 3-1 with a 1.21 ERA and .161 opponents average lifetime vs. the Yankees.

Wednesday’s Highlights

Todd Frazier belted a solo homer (11) and Brett Lawrie (5) went deep with a two-run shot in the three-run fourth inning of the Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Rangers…Austin Jackson singled in a run and Dioner Navarro singled and had an RBI double. Tyler Saladino collected a pair of singles and an RBI…Frazier hit three homers, drove in 10 runs and scored five times in the Texas series. He has driven in 13 runs in his current five-game RBI streak (@ckamka).

The Frazier and Lawrie homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=683780283

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=683781283

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Quote of the Day

Robin on resting Frazier and the uber-energetic Lawrie:

“Fraze you want to give a day off, but he’s swinging well. Brett, I just don’t want him sitting by me.”

As fate would have it, Frazier did get some rest yesterday, but certainly not how he would have liked. After getting injured leaping into the stands chasing a foul ball, he left the game in the fourth inning and received five stitches for a lacerated lower lip. The good news is that Robin indicated Todd will be in the lineup on Friday.

Is Adam Eaton the Game’s Premier Right-fielder?

Take a look at this FanGraphs chart:

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Good Early Season Results

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/177335788/gm-rick-hahn-on-white-sox-start-to-season

Benetti Speaks

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/05/10/new-white-sox-announcer-calling-games-his-childhood-team

Cricket Meets Baseball at U.S. Cellular Field

The Chicago White Sox welcomed the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a sports demonstration Thursday at 10:00 a.m. The 1983 American League Rookie of the Year Ron Kittle, international cricket legends and USA cricket prospects took a swing at cricket and baseball on the iconic green grass at U.S. Cellular Field.

The demonstration was a kick-off event for ICC’s four-day combine in Bolingbrook, Illinois, on May 12-15. In addition to similarities between the two sports, the White Sox first home game was held at the home of the Chicago Wanderers Cricket Club, located a few blocks south of U.S. Cellular Field at 39th and Princeton. Former owner Charles Comiskey bought the site in 1900 for the team and built a wooden grandstand to seat 15,000 fans. The Sox played their last game at the park on June 27, 1910.

Saturday Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (12:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-1, 1.38) for the Sox, RHP Ivan Nova (1-1, 4.34) for New York.

Photo of the Day

Former All-Star reliever Dan Plesac–who grew up in Crown Point in Northwest Indiana–will join Hawk Harrelson in the TV booth during the weekend series at Yankee Stadium replacing Steve Stone. Plesac is currently an analyst with the MLB Network.

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