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Sunday in the Park with Q, a Top Pitching Prospect Excels and Phillies Up Next for Sox


Monday, August 22, 2016

Today’s News

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Quintana (10-9, 2.84) reached double digits in wins for the first time in his career with a brilliant performance for win No. 10 as the Sox posted a series victory over the A’s with a 4-2 triumph.

Q went 7.0+ innings, allowing just two runs, eight hits and a walk along with six strikeouts (click on top link below). Nate Jones tossed a scoreless eighth inning and David Robertson shut down Oakland in the ninth for his 32nd save.

Offensively, Jose Abreu smashed a solo blast, his 16th homer of the season and second in as many games (click on middle link). Todd Frazier singled twice, doubled, stole his 10th base and drove in a pair of runs (click on bottom link below). Tim Anderson also had a three-hit day with two singles and a double and Justin Morneau doubled in a run.        

Shuck for the Defense: Here are a couple of outstanding web gems executed yesterday by centerfielder J.B. Shuck.

Sox Notes of Note

Q is 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA, 10 walks and 37 strikeouts in seven starts (all quality) since the All-Star Break. He is 4-0 with a 1.65 ERA, 27 hits allowed, eight walks and 28 strikeouts in five starts vs. the American League West in 2016…Jones recorded his 25th hold of the season, tying him with Kelly Wunsch (2000) for the fourth most in a single season in franchise history…Adam Eaton is batting .361 with two home runs, six RBI and seven runs scored over his last nine games…Anderson has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, batting .327 with five doubles, two home runs, six RBI, five walks and 10 runs scored during that stretch. Tim recorded his fourth three-plus hit game of the season (21st multi-hit)…Omar Narvaez has hit safely in 10 of his 11 starts this season, going hitting .344 with one double, three RBI, seven walks and four runs scored during those games.

Quote of the Day

One Man’s Opinion: Eaton Deserves a Gold Glove

Hansen Blowing Them Away at Great Falls

RHP Alec Hansen, the Sox’ 2016 second-round draft pick from the University of Oklahoma, continues his mastery of Pioneer League hitters. Pitching for the Sox rookie affiliate in Great Falls, Montana, Hansen tossed six shutout innings yesterday, allowing just one hit while striking out 13. Read more:

Next Up

After today’s off day, the Sox host the Phillies in a brief two-game series tomorrow and Wednesday nights, then face the Mariners at home for four.

Sox vs. Phils:

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Jake Thompson (1-2, 8.79) for Philadelphia.

Wednesday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN)Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-15, 5.98) for the Sox, RHP Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.91) for the Phillies.

Photo of the Day

Anderson poses with members of the White Sox squad that won the Junior RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) World Series. The champs were honored yesterday at U.S. Cellular Field.



Whenever you come out to U.S. Cellular Field, be sure to tag your photos with #SoxGameDay for a chance to be featured on our video boards during the game. Each Sunday we’ll post some of our favorite selfies from the last week right here!

Go White Sox!

It’s 15 Wins for Sale, Abreu Grants his Son’s Wish, Sox Go for a Series Victory Today and More…


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (9-9, 2.85) for the Sox, RHP Zach Neal (2-2, 5.19) for the Athletics.

Q, who ranks fifth in the American League in ERA, will be making his 24th start and 10th at home. He is 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA over his last eight starts. In his last outing, on August 16 vs. the Indians, Quintana lost despite allowing just two runs on seven hits over six innings.

Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale tossed a masterpiece for his 15th win and the White Sox scored six runs in the first four innings for a 6-2 victory over the A’s to even the series.

Sale was in vintage form, allowing just three hits along with eight strikeouts–five in a row from the 6th to the 8th–in eight scoreless innings (click on top link below).

Everybody in the Sox lineup collected a hit with the exception of Justin MorneauJose Abreu homered (click on bottom link) and doubled, Melky Cabrera singled and doubled with a pair of RBI and Tim AndersonJason Coats and Carlos Sanchez each drove in a run.

The A’s scored a pair off of Nate Jones in the ninth, but David Robertson came on and stifled an Oakland rally for his 31st save.

Adam Eaton was his usual spectacular self in center field. Here are two of his gems, including a running catch that ended the game:

Jose Delivers for Dariel

When Abreu’s young son Dariel arrived in the U.S from Cuba for a visit with his Dad, his one “baseball” request was for the Sox slugger to hit a home run. With the youngster in the house last night, Jose did just that in the first inning with No. 15.


More Abreu

Abreu has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 August games, batting .368 with five doubles, four homers and 10 RBI during those contests. He is batting .378 with seven doubles, five home runs and 19 RBI over his last 34 games at U.S. Cellular Field.

Quote of the Day

Sale on the Sox’ frame of mind:

“Nobody in here has given up. We have too much pride in ourselves and what we do. When you look around this clubhouse, we have some pretty good guys, guys that compete. At the end of the day, that’s all you can ask for. Anything that happens after that, you can live with it.” 

Sox Notes of Note

Cabrera is batting .313 with 20 doubles, two triples, five homers and 32 RBI over his last 60 games…Eaton has recorded a hit in his last 12 contests against the Athletics (eight multi-hit games). He is batting .407 with three doubles, two triples and two RBI during that span…Coats is hitting .313 with a double, home run, three RBI and four runs scored over his last seven games…Avi Garcia, currently on the disabled list retroactive to August 7,  has started a rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte…First-round 2016 draft pick Zack Burdi continues to excel at Charlotte. In six innings with the Knights he has struck out 11…Also at Charlotte, outfield prospect Adam Engel hit a grand slam on Friday night and followed up with an inside-the-park homer last night…The Sox’ first pick in the June MLB draft, catcher Zack Collins, belted his fourth homer for High-Class A Winston-Salem last night.

Frazier’s Success Has its Roots in Little League

Sox Prospects Fire No-No at Rookie-Level Great Falls

Next Up

After tomorrow’s off day, the Sox host the Phillies in a brief two-game series, then face the Mariners at home for four.

Sox vs. Phils:

Tuesday (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.26) for the Sox, TBA for Philadelphia.

Wednesday (7:10p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-15, 5.98) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Hahn (2-4, 6.02) for the Phillies.

Sox Headed for Doggie History?

Photo of the Day

Home Cooking

Friday, August 19, 2016

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 three-game series and nine-game homestand that continues with two vs. the Phillies and four vs. the Mariners. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-14, 5.78) for the Sox, RHP Kendall Graveman (8-8, 4.37) for the A’s.

Last Night’s Highlights

In the 5-4 loss to the Tribe in the series and nine-game road trip finale, Carlos Rodon pitched six strong innings for the second straight start, giving up just two runs while striking out five and walking none (click on top link below)…Justin Morneau had a bases-clearing double (click on bottom link), driving in three in the first and Omar Narvaez singled in a run in the seventh.

And a Tim Anderson to Jose Abreu web gem:


Quote of the Day

Robin on Anderson navigating his rookie season, which currently finds him on an 11-game hitting streak (via Colleen Kane, Tribune):

“The one thing he has that a lot of great players have is the ability to have the confidence to fight through. He always had supreme confidence, and he should have it. It’s the hardest thing to have and to keep with you because the game can beat you down.”

Next Up

Sox vs. A’s:

Tomorrow (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-6, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Zach Neal (2-2, 5.19) for Oakland.

Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (9-9, 2.85) for the Sox, LHP Ross Detwiler (1-1, 4.15) for the Athletics.

Photo of the Day

Everybody loves the Toddfather, even on the road.


The Late, Late Show Starring Adam Eaton


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Adam Eaton‘s first career grand slam highlighted a five-run ninth inning as the White Sox dramatically came from behind to defeat the Indians, 10-7, in the middle game of the three-game series in Cleveland.

Trailing 7-5 heading into the ninth in what was a see-saw battle throughout, the Sox mounted a rally climaxed by Eaton’s blow.

With one out, Todd Frazier singled and moved to second on an error. J.B. Shuck reached first on an infield single and Tim Anderson walked, loading the bases. Dioner Navarro singled on a pop fly, driving in Frazier, and with the bags still full Eaton delivered the slam–his 11th homer of the season.

Anderson belted a two-run homer in the third, his seventh, to tie the score at 2-2, and Navarro, Shuck and Eaton each collected a pair of hits. In addition to his hit in the ninth, Frazier doubled in two runs in the fourth. The Sox pounded out 13 hits in all.

Jacob Turner earned his first win in relief with a scoreless eighth and David Robertson chalked up save No. 30 with a scoreless ninth.

The five-run ninth and Anderson’s homer:


Quote of the Day

Eaton on last night’s triumph:

“A good team win, really a boxing match from the beginning. It was really intriguing how they came out and scored a couple. We had our two-run homer to come back and vice versa in the third and the fourth. It was a long game, but definitely an intriguing game where I’m glad we got the last punch.”

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the three-game series and finale of the nine-game road trip. The Good Guys, 4-4 on the trip, look to make it a winning one with a victory tonight. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.32) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (11-4, 3.38) for the Tribe.

Rodon is making his 20th start of the season and 10th on the road. He recorded the win in his last start at Miami, allowing just one run and three hits in six innings in a 4-2 Sox win. Carlos is 3-0, 1.75 with 34 strikeouts in six career appearances (five starts) vs. the Indians.

Coming Home

After the nine-game road trip ends tonight, the White Sox return home tomorrow. A nine-game homestand begins with three vs. the A’s, followed by two with the Phillies and four with the Mariners.

Next up:

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-14, 5.78) for the Sox, RHP Kendall Graveman (8-8, 4.37) for the A’s.

Saturday (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-6, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Zach Neal (2-2, 5.19) for Oakland.

Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (9-9, 2.85) for the Sox, LHP Ross Detwiler (1-1, 4.15) for the Athletics.

Is Coaching in Tyler’s Future?

Prospect Watch

Alec Hansen:

Eddy Alvarez:

Photos of the Day

Hitting a grand slam while blowing a bubble–pretty impressive.


Eaton on Fire as Sox Leave South Beach with a Series Win


Monday, August 15, 2016

Today’s News

Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox yesterday dropped the finale of the Miami series in heartbreaking fashion, 5-4, but still left South Beach winning two of the three games.

It was quite a weekend for Adam Eaton. He delivered four hits on Friday night, walked three times on Saturday–as well as executing his major-league leading 17th outfield assist–and collected three more hits yesterday, including a homer (No. 10) to lead off the game (click on link below). In all, he reached base 10 times. He was 7-for-12 with the three walks and yesterday enjoyed his club-high 42nd multi-hit game.

Others who delivered yesterday were Tim Anderson, who belted a ninth-inning solo home run, his sixth, and Tyler Saladino, Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu who all had a pair of hits. Abreu singled, doubled and drove in two runs. Enjoy Anderson’s homer:


Next Up

After today’s off day, the White Sox face the American League Central-leading Indians in a three-game series at Progressive Field in Cleveland, the last leg of the nine-game road trip.

Tale of the tape:

Tomorrow (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (9-8, 2.85) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (12-8, 3.21) for the Tribe.

Wednesday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: TBA for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-6, 3.21) for the Indians.

Thursday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN)Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.32) for the Sox vs. TBA for Cleveland.

Quote of the Day

Photo of the Day

Tim is happy to do it, Dad is excited and the youngster will undoubtedly appreciate it down the road.


Sale Aims for 15th Win and Sox Sweep


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Marlins at Marlins Park, Miami (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the series as the Sox go for the three-game sweep. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-5, 3.16) for the Sox, RHP Tom Koehler (9-8, 3.83) for the Marlins.

Sale will make his 23rd start of the season, 14th on the road and first career vs. Miami. He received a no decision in his last start on August 9 vs. the Royals, allowing three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings.

Chris is 6-2 with a 2.54 ERA lifetime in interleague play.

Last Night’s Highlights

Trailing by a run, White Sox tied the score at 7-7 on a Justin Morneau pinch-hit double in the top of the eighth inning and scored the eventual winning run later in the frame on a strikeout/wild pitch as the Good Guys nipped the Marlins, 8-7, to win a close one for the second straight night.

The Sox got on the board early with a run in the first on a Jose Abreu RBI double and three in the second–two on an RBI double by Tyler Saladino and an RBI single by Dioner Navarro–to take a 4-0 advantage. The Marlins countered with one in the second and four in the third to take a 5-4 lead. The Sox tied it at 5-5 in the fourth on Jason Coats‘ first major-league home run (click on first link below), but the Marlins scored twice in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-5 lead. Tim Anderson singled (he also doubled in the second) and ultimately scored on a fielder’s choice in the sixth to narrow the lead to 7-6.

In the seventh, Coats singled and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Navarro walked, then Morneau doubled home Coats to tie the score (click on second link). With two outs, the Sox scored the game-winner as Melky Cabrera struck out swinging and Navarro scored as the wild pitch got away from Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto (click on third link).

Chris Beck, just called up to replace the injured Miguel Gonzalez on the 25-man rosterearned his first major-league win with 1.1 scoreless innings. Nate Jones retired the side 1-2-3 in the eighth and David Robertson recorded his 29th save with a scoreless ninth. With two out, Robertson gave up a single to Giancarlo Stanton in right field, but Adam Eaton gunned him down at second for his MLB-leading 17th outfield assist of the season to end the game (click on bottom link below). Eaton, who collected four hits on Friday night, also walked three times, scored twice and drove in a run.


Quote of the Day

Robertson’s comment to former Yankee teammate Ichiro, who recently surpassed the 3,000 hit mark with the Marlins:

“I told him I was glad that he got it before I got here so I didn’t have to face him with him at 2,999.”

Omar the Hit Maker

In his first seven games in the major leagues, catcher Omar Narvaez is batting .444 (8-18) with seven walks and a .600 on-base percentage.

Farm Report

RHP Zach Burdi, one of the White Sox two first-round selections (26th overall) in the 2016 draft, threw a scoreless inning Friday night in his first outing with Class AAA Charlotte. Then, last night, threw two scoreless innings for his first pro win vs. Durham.

–RHP Alec Hansen, the Sox’ second-round pick in June, allowed one unearned run on three hits with 10 strikeouts over six innings on Wednesday for Advanced Rookie Great Falls in a win vs. Ogden. Through Wednesday, n Hansen owns a 1.37 ERA with 53 strikeouts over eight starts between the Arizona League White Sox and Advanced Rookie Great Falls, allowing just 12 hits.

–RHP Spencer Adams, the Sox’ No. 3 prospect, last night tossed seven innings, allowing no earned runs, four hits and a pair of walks along with a strikeout. It was his first win for Birmingham.

–OF Alex Call (click on link):

Next Up

After tomorrow’s off day, the White Sox face the American League Central-leading Indians in a three-game series at Progressive Field in Cleveland, the last leg of the nine-game road trip.

Tale of the tape:

Tuesday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (9-8, 2.85) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (12-8, 3.21) for the Tribe.

Wednesday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: TBA for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-6, 3.21) for the Indians.

Thursday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.32) for the Sox vs.TBA for Cleveland.

Photo of the Day

Robertson has a laugh with Ichiro (photo courtesy of @CST_soxvan).



Miami Nice


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Miami-born Carlos Rodon won his third game of the season–giving up just one run and three hits in six innings–and Jose Abreu collected a pair of hits and an RBI with his son Dariel watching him play in person for the first time as the Sox moved past the Marlins in Miami, 4-2.

Adam Eaton enjoyed a four-hit night for the 10th time in his career with a run scored and Tyler SaladinoMelky Cabrera and Tim Anderson added an RBI apiece. Omar Narvaez singled, walked three times and scored.

Dan Jennings (0.1), Nate Jones (1.1) and David Robertson (1.0) held the Marlins scoreless in relief of Rodon while Robertson hurled a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts for his 28th save.

Here’s a glimpse at Rodon’s outstanding performance and Eaton’s hit parade:

Carlos Rodon


Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Marlins at Marlins Park (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-14, 5.43) for the Sox, LHP Adam Conley (8-6, 3.70) for the Marlins.

Quote of the Day

Abreu on having his son, who lives in Cuba, in the house (via

“The only thing he asked me is to just hit a homer. That’s the only thing that he asked me.

“To have my son here is very nice. Everybody knows how I am with my family. All of my family and I are very happy because we have him here. It was a special moment for us, and we’re trying to take advantage of all the time that we can spend together.

“I have to do everything I can to try to help this team win all three games. But he’s going to be happy either way. I’m a professional, and everybody knows that once we are on the field, we have to do our best to try to help this team win.

“Everybody has known that we have seven or eight months without seeing each other. But I’m happy he’s here and I’m happy that he can come tonight to see me play. Like I said before, I’m going to treat it as motivation and have to channel it the best way possible.”

Sox Notes of Note

Rodon tossed a career-high 122 pitches…Abreu’s slash line in August: .395/.435/.651 with three homers. Also has had multiple hits in five of 10 games…Brett Lawrie begins a rehab assignment today at Class AA Birmingham.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Marlins at Marlins Park (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-5, 3.16) for the Sox, RHP Tom Koehler (9-8, 3.83) for the Marlins.

Photo of the Day

Here’s Dariel Eduardo Abreu watching Dad Jose play last night in Miami.



Behind the Ballpark

Even the most loyal White Sox fans (likely) don’t know every corner of U.S. Cellular Field. To help celebrate 25 years in this stadium, we will be bringing you a behind the scenes look at some of the lesser-known and off-limits parts of the park. Check back each week for another look at the home of your White Sox!

Special Guests

The White Sox love hosting celebrities at the ballpark, and we enjoy giving them the chance to throw out a first pitch. Hundreds have come over the years, and here in the office we like to remember some of our favorites with pictures on the walls. Take a look at some of our past visitors:


Best known for his role as Dr. Frasier Crane on Cheers and Frasier, long-time actor Kelsey Grammer stopped by in 2011 for a first pitch.

Wookiee and Millennium Falcon co-pilot Chewbacca was here in 2013 for White Sox Star Wars Day! Don’t worry, Jedis, he’ll be back on August 27.

Chicago South Side native, the late Bernie Mac, was here in 2008. Here he is pictured with Ozzie Guillen.


Five months after his hit “Baby” was released from his debut album, then-rising star Justin Beiber came by the park to throw out a first pitch.

The Doobie Brothers stopped by in 2005 and graced fans with an on-field performance! We even got them to decorate their own home plate while they were here.

Chicago-native band Fall Out Boy came to U.S. Cellular Field in April 2006 for an on-field performance. Their breakthrough and second studio album, From Under the Cork Tree, was released less than a year before their U.S. Cellular Field appearance.

Chicago son Kanye West was here in 2007 with his late mother Donda. The three posed for a picture with Ozzie Guillen before the White Sox game against the Boston Red Sox.


2012 Olympic Gold Medal gymnast Jordan Weiber was here to show her American pride with Bill Guerin, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Another Olympic gymnast, Carly Patterson, stopped by the ballpark in 2009 to decorate her own home plate. It’s evident from her design that the Olympics and music are two things that matter greatly to her.

In 2006, the White Sox were honored to have players from the Negro Leagues at the stadium. Below you can see George Altman, Hank Presswood, Walt Owens, Sam Taylor, Al Spearman and Ernie Westfield prior to that day’s game.


First pitches aren’t reserved only for celebrities. In 2008, Mark Buehrle caught a [pre]historic first pitch from none other than a T-Rex!

It’s always great to see the variety of people coming out to the ballpark to show their Sox Pride over the years. Be sure to check back next week for another Behind the Ballpark look at the stadium!


Thursday Roundup: Sox Aim for Series Win, Inside Info on Fulmer, Anderson and Burdi Plus More…


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:15 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-6, 4.09) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (7-1, 2.98) for K.C.

Last Night’s Highlights

Although he settled for another no-decision in the 3-2, 14-inning loss to the Royals, Jose Quintana tossed a gem, allowing just one run, four hits and a walk along with seven strikeouts in 7.1 innings (click on link below).

J.B. Shuck accounted for the Sox’ first run with a third-inning homer, his fourth of the season (click on link below). K.C tied the game at  1-1 in the eighth, sending the contest to extra innings for the second straight night. In the 11th, Tim Anderson singled home the lead run to make it 2-1 in favor of the White Sox, but the Royals came right back with a run to tie the score in the bottom of the frame.

In the 13th, it looked like the Sox were doomed after Dan Jennings gave up a leadoff triple to Jared Dyson, but the lefty–who recorded his first career save on Tuesday night–dramatically struck out Drew Butera, Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar in order to prevent the winning run from scoring. Click on link:

The Royals eventually evened the series at one apiece with a two-out run in the bottom of the 14th to end the marathon.

Abreu collected three hits, raising his batting average to .280, Shuck singled in addition to his homer and Adam Eaton had a pair of singles.

Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Marlins at Marlins Park, Miami (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game interleague weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-8, 4.49) for the Sox, RHP Andrew Cashner (4-8, 4.96) for Miami.

Next Up

Saturday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-14, 5.43) for the Sox, LHP Adam Conley (8-6, 3.70) for the Royals.

Sunday (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-5, 3.16) for the Sox, RHP Jose Fernandez (12-6, 2.81) for the Marlins in a battle of aces.

Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox

The Big-League Maturation of Carson Fulmer 

Via Daryl Van Schouwen, Sun-Times:

Carson Fulmer’s high motor can run too hot, he admits. The good thing is he’s learning when to lay off the accelerator.

“The game can speed up for me sometimes and I have to slow it down,’’ the White Sox’ 2015 first-round draft pick said Wednesday. “That’s why I’ve had a little success lately. Take those two deep breaths after I throw a ball and I’m 2-0 in a count. Being able to control the game in that aspect and get myself back into good counts.

There are are times to reach for more and there are times to just get ahead and throw a strike. It’s part of the learning experience.’’

Fulmer, 22, (pictured above) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings against the Orioles Sunday, his third outing without allowing a run along with his first two. In between, Fulmer was scored on four straight times. In the scoreless outings he allowed no walks. In the others, he walked at least one.

“The more repetitions I get, I’m starting to figure it out a little,’’ Fulmer said. “It’s hard to come into the big leagues and have success right away. I’m taking some punches but I’m starting to punch right back.’’

For Fulmer, the No. 8 overall pick who was a College World Series hero at Vanderbilt, navigating his way through major league hitters is a whole new world.

“You face experienced hitters in pro ball, guys who have seen very good pitching for a long time,’’ he said. “They know tendencies, a pitcher’s strengths and you look at that and say, all I can do is throw strike one and be capable of throwing any of your pitches in any count.’’

Fulmer’s four plus-pitches make him an exciting commodity. Commanding them–he walked 60 batters in 110 minor league innings– is a work in progress. The Sox are bringing Fulmer along through the bullpen and will likely give him a couple of starts before the end of the season. Some say he profiles as a reliever, but the Sox didn’t use an eighth overall pick with a bullpen piece in mind.

“They’re throwing me in situations that I need to learn if I’m going to make that transition,’’ Fulmer said.

Tim the Speed Merchant

Learn More About First-Round Draft Pick Zack Burdi, Just Promoted to Charlotte

Photo of the Day

Sox players and coaches, including Rick Renteria, Anderson, Tyler Saladino and Daryl Boston visited the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in K.C. before last night’s game.