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A Spring Training Saturday

Saturday, March 14, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Tempe (3:10 p.m., CT). Probable starters: RHP Brad Penny for the Sox, LHP Andrew Heaney for LA.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Abreu went 2-3 with a triple and Avi Garcia and Engel Beltre each singled in a run in the Sox’ 5-2 loss to the Rockies in Scottsdale. Abreu is now batting .450 in Cactus League play, Garcia .500…Starter Jose Quintana gave up just one hit in 2.2 IP while striking out three. His ERA now stands at 1.35.

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Hawkins Making an Impression

Courtney Hawkins (pictured above), the Sox No. 1 selection and 13th overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft, is enjoying an outstanding spring.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/courtney-hawkins-flourishing-outfield-role-white-sox

Meet Tyler Saladino

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/23118/saladino-is-back-and-back-in-future-plans

Quotes of the Day

Sox prospects talk about the privilege of learning from Jim Thome, the slugger-turned-special assistant to GM Rick Hahn (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com).

Third baseman Matt Davidson on Thome:

“He’s a great human being. Very positive and obviously has a ton of experience. He instills so much confidence and self-belief. That’s the basis of being a really good person, one, and baseball player, two.”

Outfielder Trayce Thompson:

“It blows your mind to think he has 600 home runs. He’s going to be a Hall of Famer. But he makes it very easy. He’s just a normal guy, very approachable.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, LHP Hector Santiago for LA.

Photo of the Day

Adam LaRoche in the weight room.

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There is Joy in Glendale, Even Though Mighty Ferrell Struck Out

Friday, March 13, 2015

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Today’s News

Crowd Pleaser

The Will Ferrell show came to Camelback Ranch-Glendale last night in dramatic fashion with the crowd enjoying the theatrics and enthusiastically cheering on the popular actor-comedian.

Ferrell, who gained fame on Saturday Night Live and movies like Anchorman, made the rounds at Phoenix-area spring training sites yesterday as he played for 10 teams (five games) in one day for charity and an HBO special. He landed on the CR-G field via helicopter, was immediately inserted in the Sox lineup in the ninth inning as the DH, struck out on a 2-2 pitch (see below) and then was traded to the Giants and entered the game as their catcher.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (3:10 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox.

Yesterday’s Highlights

SOX (Split Squad) VS. RANGERS AT SURPRISE

Courtney Hawkins went 2-3 with a double, RBI and run scored and is now hitting .467 in Cactus League play…Carlos Sanchez singled and drove in a pair of runs in the Sox’ 7-3 loss to Texas…Joe Savery pitched a perfect fifth inning.

SOX (Split Squad) VS. GIANTS AT CAMELBACK RANCH-GLENDALE

In non-Ferrell news, Alexei Ramirez drove in three runs with a single and a sac fly, Melky Cabrera singled twice and scored a pair of runs and Jose Abreu had a single and an RBI in the Sox’ 7-4 loss to the Giants…RHP Matt Albers pitched a scoreless seventh.

Quote of the Day

Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson gives some advice to Will.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Tempe (3:10 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Brad Penny.

Photo of the Day

Ferrell laughing in dugout with skipper Robin Ventura.

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No Joke! Will Ferrell to DH for Sox

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Today’s News

Stay Classy, White Sox Fans

Actor/comedian Will Ferrell will DH for the Sox today in the team’s 6:05 p.m., CT game against the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.  Ferrell is participating in a once-in-a-lifetime role for the lifelong baseball fan, as production begins on a new special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball, to air exclusively on HBO later this year.

Dedicating today’s project to the fight against cancer, Ferrell also is honoring the historic feat by Oakland’s Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field and maybe some off the field for 10 different teams in the same day.

Ferrell’s goal is to honor Campaneris while also helping organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, including Cancer for College.  Formed in 1993, Cancer for College is a charity that helps individuals adversely affected by cancer realize their dream of a college education.

An important part of the fund-raising efforts will be game-used memorabilia from Ferrell’s journey across the five ballparks that will be auctioned online later in the year on MLB.com with proceeds being donated to Cancer for College as well as Stand Up To Cancer, a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research.  MLB is the founding donor of Stand Up To Cancer.

Ferrell’s historic day will be chronicled in the exclusive HBO special which will air later this year and also feature major-league players, managers, coaches, executives and fans.  Fans can follow along live and on-demand throughout the day across MLB Network, MLB.comwhitesox.com and all the official social media accounts of MLB and the White Sox.

This Afternoon’s Games

White Sox (Split Squad) vs. Rangers at Surprise (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Frankie Montas. Others scheduled are RHP Chris Beck and RHP J.D. Martin.

White Sox (Split Squad) vs. Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (6:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Hector Noesi. Others scheduled to see action are: RHP David Robertson, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Erik Johnson.

Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox overcame a 3-0 first inning deficit and fought back to tie the Rangers 4-4 in a game called after nine innings, the club’s second come-from-behind tie in the last three days…Conor Gillaspie (in photo below) knotted up the game at 3-3 in the sixth with a double and Andy LaRoche knocked out his own two-base hit in the eighth to tie the contest at 4-4…Geovany Soto went 2-4 with an RBI…Logan Kensing (0.2 IP), Daniel Webb (1.0), Zach Duke (1.0), Javy Guerra (1.0), Dan Jennings (1.0) and Jake Petricka (1.0) each pitched scoreless ball…The Sox are now 3-3-2.

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Welcome to the White Sox, Michael Ynoa

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-see-big-potential-michael-ynoa

Quotes of the Day

The White Sox on Ferrell playing for the Sox:

Robin Ventura:

“Hopefully he’ll help us. It’s a good for Major League Baseball, raising some money for a good cause. For us, spring training is long days. Hopefully it’ll be a lot of fun. I think he’ll get on base for us. I might have to pinch run for him, though.”

Adam Eaton:

“I love new teammates! Welcome!!…Will Ferrell ? Hmm not sure how I feel about this… Gonna need to see some production.”

Micah Johnson:

“If the man is on base in front of me tomorrow I hope he’s ready to double steal.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale (3:10 p.m., CT).

Photo of the Day

Alexei and Jose: friends and teammates.

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It’s Rodon on the Bump vs. Rangers

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: LHP Carlos Rodon, RHP Javy Guerra, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Logan Kensing.

Rodon (pictured above) makes his second Cactus League start. In his first outing, vs. the Padres on March 6, he went two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out four.

Watch the game by clicking on this link:  http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8878818/v40434483

Yesterday’s Highlights

A day after his ninth-inning solo homer tied the game with the Diamondbacks, Micah Johnson went 4-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in the White Sox’ 6-2 win over the Royals in Surprise where the Sox pounded out 15 hits…Jose Abreu went 2-3 with a run batted in and run scored and Andy Wilkins, Alexei Ramirez, J.B. Shuck and Gordon Beckham each added an RBI…Zach Phillips (1.1 IP), Raul Fernandez (1.1), Scott Carroll (2.2) and Erik Surkamp (1.1) pitched scoreless ball in relief of highly touted prospect Tyler Danish, who gave up a pair of runs in 2.1 innings of work and got credit for the win…The White Sox are now 3-3-1 this spring.

Tune in Tonight

Sox starters Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija will be featured in an exclusive interview tonight in the latest edition of Inside Look, presented by Cadillac, at 9:00 p.m, CT on Comcast SportsNet.

And don’t forget, it’s the White Sox turn on the MLB Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” tonight, airing at 6:00 p.m., CT.

Abreu Adjusts to Fame

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/112081866/white-sox-slugger-jose-abreu-comfortable-on-field-not-yet-with-fame?tcid=tw_share

Robertson on Robertson

The new Sox closer (pictured below) on his first spring appearance.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-white-sox-david-robertson-20150309-story.html

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Trayce Thompson 

The young outfielder hopes to be the next in his family to shine at the highest level in sports. By the way, Trayce‘s brother Klay, in Phoenix with his Golden State Warriors, was in Surprise yesterday watching his bro on the baseball diamond.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/111919176/white-sox-prospect-trayce-thompson-honing-focus

Tyler Flowers: Pitch Framer

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/tyler-flowers-adds-his-value-pitch-framing-studies

Danks Builds Arm Strength

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/112089776/white-sox-left-hander-john-danks-uses-sim-game-to-build-arm-strength#

Hitting Coach Steverson on White Sox Hitters

Todd Steverson, shown here with veteran 1B/DH Adam LaRoche, discusses the Sox offense in the story below.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/111933180/white-sox-hitters-starting-to-get-

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Sox Notes of Note

Outfielder Michael Taylor, 29, announced his retirement yesterday. Taylor played in 11 games with the Sox in 2014 after being acquired from the A’s…Outfielder Engel Beltre will replace Taylor in major-league camp. Beltre signed with the Sox as a free agent in January after spending last year in the Rangers organization.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Emilio Bonifacio (via Colleen Kane at the Trib):

“(He has) energy, and he’s a smart player. You see him doing the small things–getting guys over, running the bases. He does a lot of things well. Having that kind of versatility, there’s not many people who can do that.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox (Split Squad) vs. Rangers at Surprise (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Frankie Montas.

White Sox (Split Squad) vs. Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (6:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Hector Noesi.

The start time of the second game was originally 2:05 p.m. CT, but was changed to accomodate MLB, which is working with HBO to film a special that day during Cactus League games. The production will be dedicated to the fight against cancer and will include a charitable component and awareness campaign.

Photo of the Day

Micah is certainly enjoying the spring in Glendale.

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“Adam Eaton Will Forever Be a Hero in His Eyes”

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Today’s News

An E-mail From a Sox Fan Titled “Biggest Little Sox Fan!”

Good morning,

I am a Chicago native that was born and raised a die-hard White Sox fan, but I now live in the Phoenix, AZ area. I have a 4 year old son, Colton (pictured above) who is also a huge Sox fan. We had the opportunity to attend opening day at Camelback Ranch on March 4th. My son started noticing the ballparks getting ready for spring training a few weeks ago and has been asking non-stop when baseball is starting. He is such a HUGE Sox fan, he even has a White Sox bedroom. That being said, I can’t say enough about how amazing your players are when it comes to interacting with your fans.

We arrived at the stadium 90 minutes early so we had time to grab some hot dogs and get to our seats in time for autographs. My son received autographs from Penny, Eaton, Ramirez and more. This made him so happy, he was even telling me that he’s lucky. And then his day got even better. In the middle of the 4th inning Adam Eaton was on his way off the field. While passing by he tossed a handful of bubble gum to the fans. He then stopped in front of my son and handed him the bat he used to play the game, saying it was for the little fan. At the moment my son was sort of stunned and speechless, but once Adam walked away and he realized what had happened he was so excited. All he’s talked about for the past 2 days is his White Sox bat. I had to explain to him why he can’t take it to school and I’m pretty sure he would sleep with it if I let him. I don’t know if this is something that happens often during games, but it meant more to my son than words could ever explain. Adam Eaton will forever be a hero in his eyes.

He loves baseball so much and being able to interact with players really made a lasting impression on him. We make 2-3 trips to Chicago during the summer and going to game day with his Grandpa is always the highlight of the trip. He was sad to leave after the spring training game and was already asking when we can go to the park with the shower (fan shower in the outfield concourse at U.S. Cellular Field). He is truly your biggest little fan.

I’ve attached a picture of my son with his new, most prized possession at opening day. Please pass along our immense gratitude to Adam Eaton if at all possible. We will be attending several more games during spring training (I would take the whole month of March off if I could) and look forward to cheering on the White Sox.

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This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Surprise (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: RHP Tyler Danish, LHP Erik Surkamp, RHP Scott Carroll, LHP Joe Savery, RHP Arcenio Leon, RHP Raul Fernandez, LHP Zach Phillips, RHP Nolan Sanburn.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Micah Johnson (pictured below) came to the rescue with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the White Sox came back to tie the Diamondbacks at 3-3 in a game called after nine at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Shortstop Juan Diaz also smashed a solo homer and outfielder Trayce Thompson drove in a run on a sac fly…In his Cactus League debut, David Robertson gave up a hit and struck out a batter in a scoreless third…Matt Albers and Jairo Asencio pitched a perfect six and seventh, respectively, and Maikel Cleto struck out the side in the ninth.

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White Sox Featured on MLB Network

The White Sox will be front and center on the “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m., CT.

Sox Notes of Note

Jesse Crain (pictured below) is getting closer to pitching in a game. He threw 30 pitches during live batting practice yesterday and will be out there again tomorrow or Thursday…John Danks will pitch a simulated game today and Hector Noesi is scheduled to pitch in a “B” game tomorrow…The Sox are putting a high priority on baserunning and basestealing this spring. Click on the link: http://chicago.suntimes.com/baseball/7/71/426857/white-sox-embracing-better-baserunning-stealing-bags

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Quote of the Day

Former Sox MVP Dick Allen on the passing of Minnie Minoso and the adulation Minnie is getting from his hometown fans.

“Goes to show all the baseball world of the true sincere loyalty of Chicago Sports Fans. The White Sox did retire his number 9…Well Deserved…a real player and even better human being…he had a love of baseball, The White Sox and a spirit of love for all human life. He loved Chicago almost as much as I do for what the city has done for me. Rest in Baseball Peace Minnie. Shame on the writers for not giving him his due in the The Hall. Nevertheless, he’s in mine. My friend Minnie Minoso.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m.). Probable pitching order: LHP Carlos Rodon, RHP Javy Guerra, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Logan Kensing.

Photo of the Day

Spring Training fun.

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Sox Bats Batter A’s

Monday, March 9, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: LHP Jose Quintana, RHP Brad Penny, LHP Zach Duke, LHP Onelki Garcia, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Zach Phillips, RHP Maikel Cleto.

Sox Starting Lineup: Emilio Bonifacio CF, Alexei Ramirez SS, Melky Cabrera LF, Adam LaRoche 1B, Avi Garcia RF, Conor Gillaspie 3B, Gordon Beckham DH, Tyler Flowers C, Carlos Sanchez 2B.

Yesterday’s Highlights

George Kottaras socked a solo homer (see link below), Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton both doubled in a pair of runs and Carlos Sanchez singled in two tallies in the White Sox’ 10-4 victory over the A’s…Courtney Hawkins, Rob Brantly and Tyler Saladino each added an RBI single, with the latter two going 2-3, and Trayce Thompson went 2-2 with a pair of singles. The Sox, who scored six runs in the fourth inning, had 12 hits in all…Jeff Samardzija made his first start in a Sox uniform (see video below) and got credit for the win. He pitched two scoreless, hitless innings before giving up two runs in his third and final frame…Jake Petricka, Javy Guerra and Dan Jennings each pitched a scoreless inning.

http://atmlb.com/1F0ZBCs

Samardzija Not Feeling the Pressure

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-jeff-samardzija-not-feeling-pressure

Robin: Shark’s a Competitor

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-white-sox-jeff-samardzija-20150308-story.html

Nate Jones Update

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/nate-jones-sticking-white-sox-recovery-plan

Quote of the Day

Avi Garcia (via @scottmerkin):

“The season is starting now. Not in April. You got to do everything right now. The season starts now.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Surprise (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: RHP Tyler Danish, LHP Erik Surkamp, RHP Scott Carroll, LHP Joe Savery, RHP Arcenio Leon, RHP Raul Fernandez, LHP Zach Phillips.

Photo of the Day

The subject, no doubt, is hitting as coach Todd Steverson, Adam LaRoche and Micah Johnson (left to right in foreground) share info around the cage.

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Shark Ready for Cactus League Debut

Sunday, March 8, 2015

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Today’s News

The Game

White Sox vs. A’s at Hohokam Stadium, Mesa (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: RHP Jeff Samardzija, RHP Javy Guerra, RHP Chris Beck, RHP J.D. Martin, LHP Joe Savery, LHP Dan Jennings, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Jake Petricka.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Avi Garcia went 2-3 and is now hitting .750 this spring, Leury Garcia went 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI, Geovany Soto doubled twice and drove in a run and Micah Johnson tripled in a run in the Sox’ 11-7 loss to the Mariners…Starter Hector Noesi pitched a perfect two innings.

Sale Making Progress

http://atmlb.com/1weDqHd

Eaton Talks White Sox

Here’s Adam Eaton talking to Casey Stern (with mic) and Jim Bowden on the MLB Radio Network.

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Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura on Noesi:

“A lot of people probably shortchange the kind of stuff he has. I think people are selling him short.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: LHP Jose Quintana, RHP Brad Penny, LHP Zach Duke, LHP Onelki Garcia, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Zach Phillips, RHP Maikel Cleto.

Minnie Tributes

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/110819666/phil-rogers-beloved-minnie-minoso-was-a-chicago-treasure

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/111539776/minnie-minoso-deserved-greater-appreciation?tcid=tw_share

Photos of the Day

A gallery of photos from yesterday’s Minnie Minoso memorial service and procession:

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Honoring Mr. White Sox

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Minnie’s son Charlie and wife Sharon

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Billy Pierce and Jerry Reinsdorf

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The Big Hurt

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Sox executive Howard Pizer with Charlie Minoso

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Representing Sox fans

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The procession by U.S. Cellular Field and the site of Old Comiskey Park

Farewell to Minnie

Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Today’s News

Our Friend and Hero

Holy Family Church in Chicago was the site of today’s memorial service for Minnie Minoso as the city and the game of baseball bid the Sox icon an emotional farewell.

Speakers at the service were Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County commissioner John Daley (on behalf of the Daley family), historian and author Dr. Adrian Burgos, friend of the family Zach Strauss, White Sox executive vice president Howard Pizer, former Sox teammate Billy Pierce and son Charlie Minoso (on behalf of the family). All expressed their love and admiration for Mr. White Sox.

Others attending the service included: Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Executive Vice President Ken Williams, Hall of Famers Frank Thomas and Billy Williams, former Sox Carlos May and Ron Kittle and ex-major leaguer Jose Cardenal.

There was a procession immediately following the service that passed U.S. Cellular Field and the home plate of Old Comiskey Park, located in the parking lot adjacent to the ballpark (pictured above).

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Zach Duke

The new Sox lefty reliever visits with Casey Stern (with the microphone) and Jim Bowden on the MLB Radio Network.

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Sox Notes of Note

Earlier this morning, the Sox played the Rockies in a “B” game at Camelback Ranch. RHP Erik Johnson started the game, allowing just one walk with three strikeouts over two innings of work…Jose Quintana will make his second start of the spring on Monday in Glendale vs. the Diamondbacks and closer David Robertson is set to see action as well…Highly-touted pitching prospect Tyler Danish is scheduled to start on Tuesday vs. the Royals in Surprise while John Danks will throw a simulated game the same day…Carlos Rodon will make his second start on Wednesday vs. the Rangers in Glendale.

Quote of the Day

Pierce, talking about Minnie at today’s memorial:

“I’ve known Minnie for more than 60 years and you’ll never have a better friend.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at HoHoKam Stadium, Mesa (3:05 p.m., CT). Pitching schedule: RHP Jeff Samardzija, RHP Javy Guerra, RHP Chris Beck, RHP J.D. Martin, LHP Joe Savery, LHP Onelki Garcia.

Photo of the Day

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Mr. White Sox: No. 9

Friday, March 6, 2015

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Today’s News

Celebrating the Life of a Legend

A public visitation for Minnie Minoso was held from Noon to 8:00 p.m., CT, today at Holy Family Church at 1080 Roosevelt Road. A memorial service will take place at Noon tomorrow at the church.

Speakers at the service will be Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County commissioner John Daley (on behalf of the Daley family), historian and author Dr. Adrian Burgos, friend of the family Zach Strauss, White Sox executive vice president Howard Pizer, former Sox teammate Billy Pierce and Charlie Minoso (on behalf of the family).

There will be a procession immediately following the service that will pass U.S. Cellular Field and the home plate of Old Comiskey Park, located in the parking lot adjacent to the ballpark.

In lieu of flowers the Minoso family has asked that donations be given to Chicago White Sox Charities.

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/23074/family-friends-fans-gather-for-minoso

Rodon Shines in Sox Debut vs. San Diego

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Plays of the Day

Top prospect Carlos Rodon (pictured below) struck out four in two scoreless innings today against the Padres, striking out the side in the first inning. The young left-hander threw 31 pitches, 21 for strikes…Veteran righty reliever Matt Albers, a non-roster invitee, came on in relief of Rodon and pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out a pair…Avi Garcia singled twice, stole a base and is now 4-5 (.800) with a walk in his first two Cactus League games…Maikel Cleto and Jairo Asencio each pitched a scoreless inning.

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A Determined Avi

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/dg8j6?utm_campaign=tsipad&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=teamstream

Crain Making Progress

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-jesse-crain-continues-climb-his-way-back

Quotes of the Day

*Rodon on his first spring performance:

“After that first pitch, I settled in and felt comfortable. … (Butterflies) went away real quick.”

*Former No. 1 draft pick Courtney Hawkins (pictured below)who homered for the Sox in yesterday’s game vs. the Dodgers, on his spring training approach:

“All I’m doing is going out every day and busting my butt to do what I need to do to make sure that my game is where it needs to be. And as far as the organization standpoint, whatever they feel like is best for the team, where I go, whatever happens, that’s up to them.” “My only job is to go out every day and play to the best of my ability. That’s what they got me here to do.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., CT). Hector Noesi makes his first spring start for the Sox. There is also a “B” game scheduled for tomorrow against the Rockies at Camelback Ranch (10:00 a.m., CT). Erik Johnson and Nolan Sanburn are among the pitchers who will see action.

Here’s Noesi and some of his buddies in the latest selfie from Sox camp.

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Photos of the Day

Both sides of the prayer card given to all attendees in honor of Minnie.

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Jose and Alexei Quick Out of the Gate, Hawkins Homers and Singles

Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Today’s News

Game 2

Dodgers       6  6  1

White Sox    1  5  2

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez each singled today and both are 3-5 in the first two contests…Promising outfield prospect Courtney Hawkins homered and singled this afternoon…Jake Petricka (1.0 IP), Javy Guerra (1.0) and Dan Jennings (1.1) pitched scoreless, hitless ball in relief.

Paulie 

Paul Konerko received a Lifetime Achievement Award last night during the 27th annual CSN Sports Awards and today happens to be his 39th birthday.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-paul-konerko-receives-lifetime-achievement-award

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Sodfather: Despite a Tough Winter, the Field Will Be Ready

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-sullivan-white-sox-weather-worries-spt-0305-20150304-story.html

Hawk Arrives

Hawk Harrelson is shown here joking with the skipper, GM and Jim Thome upon his arrival at Sox camp.

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Minoso Memorial Service Details

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/03/05/more-details-for-minnie-minoso-services-announced/

Sox Media Guide 

Four returning stars and four newcomers are featured on the cover of this year’s edition.

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Quotes of the Day

Adam LaRoche on Jose Abreu:

“He’s a workhorse. Every time I look up he’s hitting in the cage or doing something. You can tell he wants it. He wants to be good.” (courtesy of cst_soxvan)

CSNChicago’s Chuck Garfien:

Minnie Minoso is a noun, an adjective & a cure for a bad day…If there’s a HOF in heaven, that’s where Minnie is now.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres at Peoria (2:05 p.m., CT). Carlos Rodon is scheduled to start for the Sox.

Photo of the Day

A fitting addition to our uniforms honoring Mr. White Sox.

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