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Hot Sox Take American League’s Best Record On The Road

Monday, April 25, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that continues with four in Baltimore. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-0, 2.45 in two starts at Class AAA Charlotte) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (3-0, 4.13) for the Jays.

Gonzalez, just promoted from the Knights, has a career 3-2, 2.82 ERA at Rogers Centre. He has won 39 games in four big-league seasons with a 3.82 ERA, all with the Orioles.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Mat Latos joined Chris Sale in the 4-0 club with another outstanding performance, Dioner Navarro homered (1) and had a sac fly and Brett Lawrie singled and doubled with a run batted in as the Sox completed the three-game sweep with a 4-1 victory. The win, which finished a 5-2 homestand, gives the Good Guys the American League’s best record at 13-6 and keeps them a half-game ahead of the Royals in the A.L. Central…Latos tossed six innings, giving up just one run on seven hits. His ERA is now 0.74. Here’s Mat’s numbers through four starts this season: 0.74 ERA, 24.1 IP, 13 Hits, 13 K, 7 BB, 1 HR, 0.822 WHIP and 6-plus IP, 1 or 0 runs in all 4 starts (via @ckamka)…Zach Duke and Nate Jones pitched scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth, respectively, and David Robertson earned his seventh save by striking out the side in the ninth.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are the first A.L. team to post 13 wins and it’s their best 19-game start since 2006 (also 13-6)…The Sox have an A.L. best 2.28 ERA, the lowest for the franchise through 19 games since 1966 (2.02)…The Sox have now allowed 1 or 0 runs in 9 of 19 games this season, the most such games through the first 19 contests in team history (via @ckamka)…Over the last six games Sox starters have an ERA of 1.15…The Rangers came into the series leading the league with 70 runs. They scored four vs. White Sox in the three-game series…Lawrie is batting .347 with seven RBI, six runs scored, six doubles, six walks and one homer over his last 14 games. He recorded his sixth multi-hit game yesterday.

Chicago White Sox Photo Day

Quote of the Day

Alex Avila‘s hamstring injury, which forced the Sox to place him on the disabled list, has provided an opportunity for 27-year-old catcher Kevan Smith (pictured above) to reach the major leagues for the first time. Here’s Kevan’s reaction yesterday to being in “The Show.”

“It’s still an emotional roller coaster right now. I’m talking to buddies that I played (with) back in rookie ball and A-ball, and they’re like, this isn’t Kannapolis anymore, just making little jokes and stuff like that. It’s just kind of a dream becoming reality and I’m trying to soak everything in today and just get my bearings.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.80) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (1-2, 6.10) for the Jays.

Photo of the Day

True Sox Love.

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It…

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Sunday April 24, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (3-0, 0.49) for the Sox, LHP Derek Holland (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

Latos is set to make his fourth start of the season and second at home. He earned his third straight win in his last start on April 19 vs. the Angels, allowing just two hits over 6.1 scoreless innings.

Yesterday’s Highlights

When all was said and done, Jose Abreu‘s single with the bases loaded and one out in the 11th inning proved to be the difference as the Sox came away with a thrilling 4-3 walk-off victory over the Rangers at USCF. The Good Guys are now 12-6 and a half-game ahead of the Royals in the A.L. Central.

The Sox tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth on a Todd Frazier solo homer, his fifth, and Dioner Navarro singled home the lead run later in the inning. The Rangers tied it at 3-3 in the top of the ninth and the game headed into extra innings. Frazier came thisclose to another homer with two gone in the bottom of the frame–which would have ended the game–but Texas right fielder Nomar Mazara leaped over the wall to prevent the potential game-winner.

In the bottom of the 11th, Navarro walked, Austin Jackson was hit by a pitch and Adam Eaton walked, loading the bases. After Navarro was forced out at home on a ground ball, Abreu performed his heroics.

Carlos Rodon bounced back nicely from his last start, allowing just two runs, two hits and two walks along with seven strikeouts (a season-high). Matt Albers pitched a scoreless 11th and earned his first win of the season. He has now thrown 32 consecutive scoreless innings over his last 29 appearances dating back to last year. Melky Cabrera slammed his second homer, a solo blast, and singled twice. Jimmy Rollins had a pair of singles.

Here are the Frazier and Cabrera homers–and a fabulous play by Brett Lawrie behind second base:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=617062383

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Quote of the Day

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox walked-off for the first time this season and in the process won their first extra-inning game in their first try…The Sox are 3-0 when tied after the eighth inning and 4-1 in the second game of a series…Our starters own a 1.09 ERA over the last five games…Rodon has held lefties to a .185 average with no home runs and only 13 RBI in his career…Cabrera is 19 for 49 with two doubles, one triple, two homers and six RBI over the last 14 games…Frazier is 6-21 with three homers over his last six games.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that continues with four in Baltimore. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.80) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (3-0, 4.13) for the Jays.

Photo of the Day

Ecstasy.

“I’ve Never Seen That Before”

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.73) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (1-0, 4.00) for Texas.

Last Night’s Highlights

The quote in the headline above was Todd Frazier‘s emotional reaction as he celebrated with his teammates in the dugout after the Sox executed a mind-boggling 9-3-2-6-2-5 seventh-inning triple play (see video above and click on link below) en route to a 5-0 victory over the Rangers…Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.82) had another excellent outing, blanking Texas for seven innings, allowing just four hits and a pair of walks along with four strikeouts…Brett Lawrie doubled in a pair of runs after a two-out walk to Frazier and a Melky Cabrera double and Jerry Sands singled in Lawrie in a three-run sixth…Jose Abreu drove in a run on a sac fly in the third…Matt Albers came on in the eighth and extended his consecutive scoreless appearance streak to 28 (31 innings pitched)…Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless ninth.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=613559383

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the triple play:

“If anybody on the field deserves to have that happen for them, it’s Q,” referring of course to the long list of no-decisions that Quintana has endured.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are off to their best 17-game start since 2006 (12-5) and are 8-4 over the last 12 games…Last night’s triple play was the first by the Sox since September 18, 2006 in the first inning vs. the Tigers.

Oh, That Pitching

The Sox recorded their fourth shutout of the season, their most over the first 17 games of a season since 1947 (four)…We have held the opposition to one or no runs in eight of the 17 contests…The White Sox bullpen is 1-0 with a major-league best 1.55 ERA and 37 strikeouts over its first 16 games…Quintana is 4-1 with a 1.63 ERA and eight quality starts over his last nine dating back to September 5 of last year.

Quite a Night

While the Sox were executing one of the craziest triple plays in recent memory, there were some other pretty exciting moments in the organization last night (via @futuresox).

The Class AAA Charlotte Knights, down 4-1 entering the ninth, scored three runs to send the game into extra innings. Then, if that weren’t enough drama, first baseman Danny Hayes belted a walk-off grand slam in the 10th to give the Knights an 8-5 victory.

The high-Class A Winston-Salem Dash powered their way to a 13-8 win over host Salem on 20 hits. Leading the way was third baseman Gerson Montilla, who hit for the first Dash cycle since 2008.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (3-0, 0.49) for the Sox, LHP Derek Holland (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Somehow, Melky found himself promoting the upcoming NFL Draft that takes place in Chicago April 28-30.

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Q vs. Rangers in Tonight’s Series Opener

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 2.55) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (0-1, 3.44) for Texas.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera (No. 1) and Todd Frazier (4) each slammed a solo homer, but it wasn’t enough as the Sox dropped the series finale to the Angels, 3-2, for a split in the four-game series…John Danks had a quality start, giving up just two runs in six innings…Jake Petricka pitched two innings of scoreless relief.

The Cabrera and Frazier homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=608975283

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=609116783

Quote of the Day

Dioner Navarro on his friendship with Mat Latos (via CST_soxvan):

“He likes to talk a lot and I’m a really mellow guy, so I let him do all the talking.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.73) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (1-0, 4.00) for Texas.

Photos/Video of the Day

You’d be hard-pressed to find somebody who enjoys being a major leaguer more than the Toddfather. And click on link to watch him on the MLB Network.

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v608831983

First-Place Sox Looking for Third Straight Triumph and Series Win

David Robertson, Alex Avila

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series, in which the Sox have won two of the first three. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks (0-2, 7.94) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (1-0, 4.35) for L.A.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Chris Sale was once again dominant (click on top link below) and Tyler Saladino homered for the first time this season, a first-inning solo shot (click on middle link), as the Sox won their second game in a row with a 2-1 nail-biter over the Angels to improve their record to 10-5 on the season…David Robertson (1.1 IP) claimed his sixth save (click on bottom link) in as many tries and has converted 11 consecutive saves since September 19, 2015. He earned his first save of four outs or more since May 16 of last year.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=605176083

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All About Sale

Sale (4-0) tossed a stellar seven innings, allowing just one unearned run, two hits, no walks along with three strikeouts and lowered his ERA to a miniscule 1.80 in his 200th big-league appearance…He is also the first pitcher in the major leagues to reach four victories…Chris had his team season-high 16 scoreless inning streak snapped in the eighth…It was the third longest of his career and longest since May 23-June 8, 2015 (22.2 IP)…He has not allowed a walk in 21 consecutive innings…Sale is the first Sox pitcher since Mark Buehrle in 2005 to go seven innings in four straight starts to begin a season…He also has started the season 4-0 for the second time in his career (5-0 in 2014) and is 5-0 with a 1.39 ERA and 37 strikeouts lifetime vs the Angels.

Quote of the Day

Catcher Alex Avila, who caught Sale’s gem yesterday, on his talented batterymate:

“He’s always trying to get better, and I’m maybe trying to bring a little different perspective for him and see if he can make it a special season.”

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are enjoying their best 15-game start since 2006 and have a half-game lead over the Royals in the American League Central…The Sox bullpen is 1-0 with a 1.52 ERA and 35 strikeouts over its first 14 games of the season…Brett Lawrie walked a career-high three times yesterday, the most on the team this season…Adam Eaton (1), Todd Frazier (2) and Lawrie (1) each stole a base.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 2.55) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (0-1, 3.44).

Photo/Video of the Day

It’s all about recovery. Here’s Jerry Sands‘ perfect throw which cut down Mike Trout at second base in the ninth inning after the ball got by him at first base.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=605175783

 

Sale Takes Center Stage After Latos Blanks Halos

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the third game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 2.35) for the Sox, RHP Garrett Richards (0-2, 3.57) for L.A.

Sale is set to make his fourth start of the season. In his previous three outings, he struck out 23 with a .181 opponents average. He earned the win in his last start on April 15, tossing the second complete-game shutout of his career and striking out nine.

Chris is 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA, 41 strikeouts and a .158 opponents average in seven career games vs. the Angels. He has gone 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA, 14 strikeouts and a .111 opponents average in two starts vs. L.A. at USCF.

Last Night’s Highlights

Mat Latos continued his brilliant mound work, Todd Frazier and Jose Abreu each belted their third homers, Melky Cabrera tripled in a pair, Brett Lawrie collected an RBI single and the bullpen came through in stellar fashion as the Sox posted a 5-0 victory over the Angels…Latos is now 3-0 with an 0.49 ERA in his first three starts…Matt Albers, who came on and finished the seventh inning for Latos, extended his career-high scoreless appearance streak to 27 and consecutive innings pitched total to 30. Both are the longest active in baseball and his IP streak is the longest by a Sox player since Wilson Alvarez threw 31 in 1993…Nate Jones pitched a perfect eighth and ninth for his first career save…With the Sox up 2-0 in the seventh, Adam Eaton fired a perfect throw to Dioner Navarro and cut off Andrelton Simmons at the plate to preserve the shutout.

Enjoy the Frazier and Abreu homers, the Cabrera two-RBI triple and Eaton’s fantastic throw:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=601839183

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Whatta Bullpen!

The Sox bullpen is 1-0 with a 1.60 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 2016.

Quote of the Day

Frazier on getting to know Chicago:

“I got lost again. It’s unbelievable. I’m on my Google Maps every five minutes.”

Roster Moves

RHP Erik Johnson was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte and OF J.B. Shuck was optioned to the Knights. The Sox will go with 13 pitchers at least through the current homestand with Johnson working out of the pen.

Interested in a Career in Sports?

http://www.whitesox.com/job

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks (0-2, 7.94) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (1-0, 4.35) for L.A.

Photo/Video of the Day

Jerry Sands understands that boys will be boys.

“It’ll Be Good to Get Back Home”

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with three against the Rangers. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-1, 1.38) for the Sox, former Sox LHP Hector Santiago (0-0, 3.95) for L.A.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Quintana had a quality start, but it wasn’t enough as the White Sox fell to the Rays, 3-2, in the finale of the three-game series. The Sox ended their six-game road trip with a 4-2 mark and are tied with the Royals for first place in the A.L. Central…Q tossed six innings, allowing just two earned runs, seven hits, no walks with six strikeouts. He’s now 1-1 with a fine 2.55 ERA…Zach Duke and Matt Albers threw a scoreless seventh and eighth inning, respectively, in relief of Jose…Albers has now compiled 29.1 consecutive scoreless innings over 26 appearances dating back to 2015…Austin Jackson and Avi Garcia had RBI singles and Brett Lawrie singled and doubled.

Home Again

After a long stretch on the road dating back to spring training with only a couple of games at home, the Sox are understandably happy to be home for an extended stretch. Robin Ventura and Todd Frazier talk about home sweet home (via @CSNHayes):

Robin:

“It didn’t really feel like we were home at all. Only two games and the rainout when we were there. Everybody is looking to get home and have a stretch there.

“The new guys haven’t been able to establish anything. Hopefully they washed their clothes, and put them back in a suitcase. That’s all there was time to do.”

Todd:

“It’ll be good to get back home. Only been there for three days. Get acclimated to Chicago a little bit more and get back going and winning another series.”

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Quote of the Day

Don Cooper, who gave credit to fellow coaches Rick Renteria, Joe McEwing and Daryl Boston for working hard to enhance the defensive positioning, talked about the Sox’ improved defense and how it’s helped the pitchers:

“When a pitching staff is going good, the first thing you look at is the catchers…the next thing you look at is the defense behind the pitcher, which has been good.

“We are totally prepared to play every game. Research to make sure they’re set up in the best possible position against whoever is hitting against whatever pitcher we have out there. When you have the pitching defense lined up the way it’s been going, pitchers are more comfortable saying, ‘I’ll make you hit it.’ It makes pitchers more comfortable knowing the play can be made behind them.”

Down in Charlotte…

Miguel Gonzalez, recently acquired from the Orioles, tossed six solid innings for his first win and Matt Davidson slammed his third homer as the Sox’ Class AAA affiliate Charlotte Knights defeated the Durham Bulls, 2-1, on Sunday…Carlos Sanchez went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Tim Anderson and Jacob May each doubled.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the second game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (2-0, 0.75) for the Sox, RHP Matt Shoemaker (1-1, 6.00) for L.A.

Photo of the Day

Thor’s first Sox game.

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Sox Right on Q for a Series Win vs. Rays

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida (12:30 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the three-game series and finale of the six-game road trip in which we have gone 4-1 and are tied for first place at 8-3 with the Royals in the American League Central. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.31) for the Sox, LHP Matt Moore (0-0, 3.00) for Tampa Bay.

Q is 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA in his last 10 starts dating back to August 20 of last year.

Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox’ five-game winning streak came to an end last night with a 7-2 loss to the Rays….Brett Lawrie belted his first homer of the season, a two-run shot (click on link below) and singled…Adam Eaton collected a pair of singles to raise his batting average to .366.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=594693783

Quote of the Day

Cuban comedian Luis Silva (who plays a popular TV character named Panfilo) paid a visit to the ballpark in St. Pete last night and chatted with fellow Cuban Jose Abreu (pictured together below). Here’s what Silva said about Jose:

“Cuba has a population of 11 million and 11 million people are Abreu fans.”

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Sox By the Numbers Through 10 Games

–The White Sox’ 8-2 mark through 10 games matched the 1982, 1957, 1920, 1919 and 1917 Sox clubs for the best 10-game start in team history.

Chris Sale joined Wilbur Wood (1972-73), Jack McDowell (1993) and Mark Buehrle (2002) as the only Sox pitchers to win three games in the team’s first 10.

–The Sox’ 2.02 ERA was the club’s lowest through 10 games since 1972 (1.56) and the 10th-lowest mark in the majors since 1994. Over the past five seasons, it was the fifth-lowest ERA after 10, trailing only the Tigers in 2015 (1.82), Brewers in 2014 (1.86), Nationals in 2012 (1.99) and Cardinals in 2015 (2.00).

–With two shutouts, it marked the first time since 2003 that the Sox have held the opposition scoreless twice within the first 10 games.

Rightfielder Eaton Improves Defense

http://www.csnchicago.com/chicago-white-sox/adam-eatons-easy-transition-has-improved-white-sox-defense

Big Ten Bragging Rights

Rutgers product Todd Frazier, with the media and teammate J.B. Shuck present, wasn’t shy about announcing that his Scarlet Knights defeated Shuck’s Ohio State Buckeyes, 7-4, on Friday.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with three against the Rangers. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-1, 1.38) for the Sox, former Sox LHP Hector Santiago (0-0, 3.95) for L.A.

Photo of the Day

Shortstop and apparent soccer whiz Tyler Saladino went through his moves before last night’s game.

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A Lefty Unlike Any Other

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida (5:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks (0-1, 9.00) for the Sox, RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-0, 3.00), making his first start for Tampa Bay.

Danks will attempt to continue the Sox pitching excellence. Through 10 games our ERA is 2.02, best in the American League.

Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale was his dominant self and Melky Cabrera broke up a scoreless tie in the top of the ninth inning with an RBI single as the Sox won their fifth straight game and improved to 8-2 on the season with a 1-0 shutout win over the Rays…The Sox’ beginning-of-the-season streak equals their best 10-game start since 1982 and their 7-1 road mark is the best since 1973…Sale (3-0, 2.35) went the distance, allowing just two hits and no walks along with nine strikeouts in a brilliant complete game performance. It was his ninth career CG, his first shutout since 2013 and second in his career–and he did it in front of about 100 family and friends…Jimmy Rollins led off the ninth with a base hit, tagged up and moved to second on a Todd Frazier fly ball and scored with two outs on Cabrera’s hit. Rollins on getting into scoring position: “Those aren’t little things. That’s just winning baseball.”

Sale’s gem, Melky’s heroics and a terrific catch by Adam Eaton:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=591520083

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=592017283

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Quote of the Day

Sox Notes of Note (compliments of @ckamka and @SoxNerd):

–In the White Sox’ 17,964th game, Sale became the first lefty in team history to throw a 1-0 complete game road shutout in April. Righty Joel Horlen was the last Sox pitcher to do it, on April 22, 1967.

–Last night was the first White Sox 1-0 win with a run in the ninth since June 1, 1968 vs. the Twins at Comiskey Park.

–Last night was the Sox’ first 1-0 road win with a run in the ninth since August 3, 1953 at Washington.

A Plethora of Lefties=Soxcess

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160415&content_id=172468464&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field (12:0 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.31) for the Sox, LHP Matt Moore (0-0, 3.00) for Tampa Bay.

Photo of the Day

This Melky selfie must have been good luck as Cabrera brought home the game-winner just hours later.

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Mat Latos on Fast Sox Start: “It has been fantastic. Everybody is loose. Everybody wants to win. Everybody is pulling for everybody and it doesn’t get any better right now.”

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (2-0, 3.86) for the Sox, Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.86) for Tampa Bay.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Mat Latos (pictured above) made his second straight brilliant start as the White Sox won their fourth straight game and improved their record to 7-2 with a 3-1 victory over the Twins for the three-game series sweep…The Sox also are off to their best start since 1981 (8-1)…Latos (2-0, 0.75) allowed just a run, three hits and a lone walk along with three strikeouts…The bullpen once again was up to the challenge as Matt Albers (1.0 IP), Zach Duke (0.2), Nate Jones (0.1) and David Robertson (1-0) shut the door the rest of the way. It was Robertson’s fifth save in as many attempts and he hasn’t allowed a run…Offensively, Avi Garcia (pictured below scoring on Tyler Saladino‘s sac fly) slammed a solo homer (No. 2) and doubled, Jose Abreu singled in a run and Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera each collected a pair of hits.

The Latos and Albers highlights:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=590157483

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=590157483

The Avi homer:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=589702783

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Quote of the Day

More Latos: He talked about his own individual success after yesterday’s game:

“When I’m healthy and have a good slider, things tend to go really good. The last couple of outings I’ve had a good slider. I’m healthy and just going out there with a game plan and trying to stick to it.”

Pitching, Pitching , Pitching

–Latos is the first Sox pitcher with six innings pitched and three or fewer hits allowed in each of his first two starts of season since John Danks in 2009. Mat’s first two starts: 12 innings pitched, four hits, one run, six strikeouts, two walks, no homers.

–Albers (pictured below) now has recorded 28. 1 straight scoreless innings.

–The White Sox rotation through nine games: 2.75 ERA, 55.2 IP, 46 Hits, 50 K, 15 BB, 3 HR, 1.096 WHIP.

–The Sox top four starters ERAs after two starts each: Latos, 0.75; Carlos Rodon, 1.38; Jose Quintana, 2.31; Sale, 3.86.

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Frazier for the Defense

Todd Frazier has yet to hit his stride offensively, but his defense has been outstanding at third base. Here are a couple of examples from yesterday’s game–one ended the game.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=589822783

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=590046583

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field (5:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Danks (0-1, 9.00) for the Sox, TBA for Tampa Bay.

Photo of the Day

It’s Jackie Robinson Day and every major leaguer will wear Jackie’s No. 42. In the link below, Austin Jackson articulates his feelings about Robinson, who broke baseball’s color line in 1947.

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160414&content_id=172289288&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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