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“Q” Looks to Even Series With Royals; Opening Weekend Festivities on the South Side Revealed

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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

Quintana is making his 2015 debut. A year ago, he went 9-11 with a stellar 3.32 ERA, struck out 178 and allowed just 10 home runs in 32 starts. He ranked among the American League lefty leaders in starts (T2nd), quality starts (T3rd, 31), innings pitched/200.1, 4th), strikeouts (4th) and ERA (5th). Jose leads the majors with 39 no decisions since 2012.

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Opening Weekend at U.S. Cellular Field

WHATThe Chicago White Sox announce promotional highlights, giveaways and ceremonial first pitches for the opening home series vs. Minnesota at 3:10 p.m. CT. Friday’s home opener is sold out except for a limited number of tickets in Standing Room Only sections and those remaining as part of season ticket plans. Tickets for the remaining games in the series against Minnesota are available at whitesox.com, the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office and all Ticketmaster locations.

Friday and Sunday’s games will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN-TV will broadcast Saturday’s game. All three games will air on WSCR-AM 670 The Score, the White Sox flagship radio station, and WRTO-AM 1200/Univision Radio, the White Sox Spanish-language radio affiliate.

WHEN: Friday, April 10, 3:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota

White Sox 2015 Magnetic Schedule presented by Miller Lite (all fans ages 21 and over)

Opening Day Ford Drive Around National Anthem by Sox fan Tim McIlrath, lead singer of Rise Against

Presentation of the flag by the Navy Recruiting District Chicago and the Naval Service Training Command Great Lakes

Flyover by U.S. Navy F-18 Hornets – “Strike Fighter Squadron Fifteen Valions” from Virginia Beach, Virginia

Ceremonial first pitch by 2005 World Series starting pitcher Jose Contreras caught by 2005 World Series teammate Joe Crede (both players shown above with their championship rings).

Minnie Minoso video tribute (top of the second inning)

Hero of the Game to honor Vietnam War Hero, Bronze Star and three-time Purple Heart recipient, Private First Class James Balcer of the U.S. Marine Corps

The Opening Day Ford Drive Around will kick off the season by introducing 2015 White Sox players and coaches as they arrive on field in Ford trucks and mustangs. Fans are advised to be in their seats by 2:25 p.m. CT for the opening ceremony.

Sox fan McIlrath, the lead singer for Rise Against, will perform the National Anthem. After 16 years and six albums, Rise Against has become one of the most successful and revered punk rock bands, selling six million albums globally. The Chicago-based band will kick off its summer 2015 headline tour at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on July 17.

2005 World Series Champion starting pitcher Contreras will throw out a ceremonial first pitch to 2005 World Series third baseman Crede in celebration of this year’s 10-year anniversary of their accomplishments. Contreras set career highs with 15 wins, 32 starts and 204 2/3 innings pitched during the 2005 season. Crede made his mark in the 2005 postseason run with a walk-off double against the Los Angeles Angels in the American League Championship series. He batted .294 with two home runs and three RBIs in the 2005 World Series.

Saturday, April 11, 1:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota

White Sox Welcome Mat (first 20,000 fans) Shark Cage (pitching rotation subject to change)

National Anthem by guest anthemist Grace Kinstler

Ceremonial first pitch by one of our valued season ticket holders

The Shark Cage is a new ballpark promotion in Sections 154 and 155 – a total of more than 930 seats. When Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to pitch, fans with tickets in these sections receive a Shark Cage cap and fin-shaped strikeout card, which can be picked up at the #SoxSocial Lounge before the end of the first inning. Shark Cage tickets are $20 for most games, with the exception of Family Sundays when the tickets are $15 and the Crosstown Cup games (all subject to availability). Please note that the pitching rotation is subject to change.

Sunday, April 12, 1:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota

Family Sunday, presented by The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital K Zone For Sale (pitching rotation subject to change)

National Anthem and “God Bless America” by White Sox anthemist Gina Glocksen, former American Idol finalist

Ceremonial first pitch by one of our valued season ticket holders

Family Sunday, presented by The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, offers tickets as low as $5 in the Upper Level and $15 in the Lower Level with $10 parking. Entertainment includes children’s running the bases postgame (weather permitting), face painters, balloonists, a caricature artist and magnet art.

The K Zone For Sale is a ballpark promotion launched last season in Sections 154 and 155 – a total of more than 930 seats. When Sox ace Chris Sale starts, fans with tickets in these sections receive a “K Zone For Sale” T-shirt and strikeout card, which can be picked up at the #SoxSocial Lounge before the end of the first inning. “K Zone For Sale” tickets are $20 for most games, with the exception of Family Sundays when the tickets are $15 and the Crosstown Cup games (all subject to availability). Please note that the pitching rotation is subject to change.

Quote of the Day

Adam LaRoche on the Opening Day loss:

“We were joking…before the game. This game probably will be analyzed more than any other game of the year. But that’s just baseball. It happens every year. Obviously not the way we wanted to start it up. The key is to shake that one off and come right back out Wednesday ready to go.”

A Different Kind of Opening Day

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/116848904/white-sox-first-baseman-adam-laroche-proudly-opens-baseball-complex-in-hometown

Meet David Robertson

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) at Kauffman Stadium in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez for Kansas City.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 2 of the ’05 campaign (April 6) the Sox notched their second straight victory over the Tribe, 4-3, in thrilling come-from-behind fashion. Down 3-0 heading into the ninth, Carl Everett singled, Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye hit back-to-back homers and Juan Uribe drove home Aaron Rowand, who doubled, for the game-winner.

Photo of the Day

To honor Major League Baseball on Opening Day, the historic Empire State Building in New York City rotated its lighting to reflect the colors of every big-league team. Most important to us, of course, was the tribute to our Sox.

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Sale ThisClose to Returning

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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Today’s News

Sale’s Force

Chris Sale, recovering from a fractured right foot, threw five innings and 72 pitches in a minor-league game yesterday at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Sox pitching coach Don Cooper indicated that Sale will join the team in Kansas City today and will throw a side session Friday in Chicago.

Unless there is an unexpected turn of events, Chris is targeted to make his first start this weekend at U.S. Cellular Field in the home-opening series against the Twins.

Tomorrow Night’s Game

Off Day today. Tomorrow night it will be the White Sox vs. Royals (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN) at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy for K.C.

Yesterday’s Highlights

In the season opener, Jose Abreu smashed homer No. 1, a 418-foot solo shot in the seventh inning (see Photo/Video of the Day), Micah Johnson singled for his first big-league hit and Melky Cabrera‘s first-inning single was the Sox’ first hit of the season in our loss to the Royals.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Sale’s progress:

“We are in a lot better position than we were…I’m not quite ready to exhale just yet until I see him back in between the lines. We are certainly getting a lot closer and Chris worked hard, Hermie (head athletic trainer Herm Schneider) worked hard. It’s good to have him on the precipice of returning this quickly.

“We’ll see how the weather cooperates here over the next couple of days and then make a determination once we get a full report on Sale’s health and where he’s at. In terms of the target date of having him back this weekend, this was the last hurdle. Based on everything I heard so far, it sounds like everything went well.”

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox roster includes 11 pitchers, four of whom are lefties, two catchers, eight infielders and four outfielders…The average age is 28.3 (28.1 for position players and 28.6 for pitchers) up from 27.8 in 2014. the starting rotation averages 28.3, compared to 28.9 for the bullpen…Adam LaRoche at 35 is the oldest player, infielder Carlos Sanchez, at 22, is the youngest and John Danks (2007-) is the longest tenured followed by Alexei Ramirez (2008-)…Sale, Nate Jones (Tommy John surgery), Jake Petricka (forearm strain) and Eric Surkamp (upper back strain) are on the disabled list…Johnson and Sanchez are the only rookies while Johnson, Matt Albers and Geovany Soto made the club as non-roster invitees to spring training.

Photo/Video of the Day

Abreu’s bomb.

It All Begins Today

Monday, April 6, 2015

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Today’s News

Opening Day

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (3:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the season opener. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura for K.C.

Sox Starting LineupAdam Eaton CF, Melky Cabrera LF, Jose Abreu 1B, Adam LaRoche DH, Avi Garcia RF, Alexei Ramirez SS, Conor Gillaspie 3B, Tyler Flowers C, Micah Johnson 2B

25-Man Roster

Pitchers (11): Samardzija, Jose QuintanaJohn DanksHector NoesiDavid RobertsonZach DukeZach PutnamMatt Albers, Dan JenningsJavy Guerra, Kyle Drabek

Catchers (2): Flowers, Geovany Soto

Infielders (8): Abreu, LaRoche, Ramirez, Gillaspie, Johnson, Gordon BeckhamEmilio Bonifacio, Carlos Sanchez.

Outfielders (4): Cabrera, Eaton, Garcia, J.B. Shuck

Disabled List:  Chris Sale (foot)Jake Petricka (right forearm) and Erik Surkamp (back strain) are all on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 27.

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Quotes of the Day

Skipper Robin Ventura on Samardzija making the Opening Day start (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“The football (background) that he has, and the athletic part of him, just attitude-wise and everything, it suits up well for him to be able to have an Opening Day (start). Guys will be excited with him. Personality-wise, he likes to go after it.”

For Hahn, Father Knows Best

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/father-knows-best-how-white-sox-gm-rick-hahn-proved-his-dad-right

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Wednesday, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Royals (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN) at Kauffman Stadium. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy for the Royals.

2005 Flashback

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

The Sox began their title run with a 1-0 Opening Day victory over Cleveland on April 4 at U.S. Cellular Field. Mark Buehrle pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and Shingo Takatsu pitched a perfect ninth for the save. Aaron Rowand drove in the lone run and Paul Konerko doubled and scored. Ironically, the Sox clinched the World Series by the same 1-0 score in Game 4 vs. the Astros.

Photo/Video of the Day

White Sox Ready to Roll

Saturday, April 4, 2015

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Today’s News

Opening Day on Monday

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (3:10 p.m., CT, CSN) on Monday in the season opener. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura for K.C. The club is idle today and tomorrow.

Yesterday’s Sox Moves

The Sox optioned RHP Erik Johnson to Class AAA Charlotte, outrighted RHP Maikel Cleto and LHP Onelki Garcia to Charlotte and Reassigned RHP Jairo Asencio, OF Engel Beltre, C George Kottaras and RHP Arcenio Leon to minor-league camp.

There are 28 players left in major-league camp with the 40-man roster now reduced to 37. There are 14 pitchers, two catchers, eight infielders and four outfielders.

Additionally, the Sox signed right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom to a minor-league contract.

Sox in Charlotte

In the photos below, General Manager Rick Hahn, Assistant GM Buddy Bell, Robin and Charlotte skipper Joel Skinner talk baseball at the Knights’ Leadoff Luncheon in Charlotte prior to last night’s White Sox-Knights exhibition and the Sox line up during pre-game introductions. The prospects defeated the varsity.

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Rodon is “Special”

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150403&content_id=116168746&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Happy Birthday, Hermie

Happiest of birthday wishes to Herm Schneider, the best athletic trainer in the business.

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Quote of the Day

Samardzija, talking about playing on the South Side:

“It’s all baseball here. It’s what the White Sox are known for, just a bunch of dirt-balls who love to play the game, and get down and dirty.”

Photo of the Day

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Sox in Charlotte Tonight, Open Season in K.C. on Monday

Friday, April 3, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Charlotte Knights, the Sox’ Class AAA affilate (5:05 p.m., CT), at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina. LHP John Danks, RHP David Robertson, LHP Zach Duke and RHP Zach Putnam are scheduled to be on the mound for their last outings before Opening Day on Monday vs. the Royals. The Sox are idle Saturday and Sunday.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Adam Eaton collected an RBI single and walked, Avi Garcia singled in a run and Micah Johnson singled, walked and scored as the Sox dropped their Cactus League finale to the Diamondbacks…Matt Albers and Dan Jennings each pitched two scoreless innings.

The Sale-Rodon Connection

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/115746540/phil-rogers-like-chris-sale-changeup-the-key-to-carlos-rodons-success

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Snubbed by Seattle, Watch Kenny Mayne of ESPN Fame Look for a New Team 

Hint: He didn’t do much better with the Sox.

Fun at the Ballpark

Here are some of this season’s hot promotional items and one of the delicacies you’ll find this summer at U.S. Cellular Field. What could be better than a Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year blanket and ribs in a batting helmet?

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White Sox Preview

Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton will preview the 2015 White Sox tonight at 9:00 p.m., CT, on Comcast Sports Net.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Brad Penny, who was a mentor to Carlos Rodon this spring. Both pitchers will start the season as teammates at Charlotte.

“He’s been through a lot of experiences, which is one of the reasons we brought him here. He’s been the phenom. He’s been hurt. He’s bounced back. He has a lot of knowledge that I think he can pass along, and Carlos was receptive enough to kind of pick guys’ brains and Brad was one of them. He got lucky that he got a guy a little long in the tooth to be here and pick his brain.”

Photo/Video of the Day

Enjoy this video tour of the impressive new Sox clubhouse.

Last Day in Arizona, Roster Down to 34

Thursday, April 2, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields, Scottsdale (2:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the Sox’ final Cactus League contest. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Rubby De La Rosa for Arizona.

Roster Moves

The Sox sent Brad Penny and Scott Carroll to minor-league camp, reducing the roster to 34. Robin Ventura says 25-man roster will be revealed tomorrow.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Sox vs. Mariners in Peoria:

Led by an unlikely hero and a cast of the usual suspects, the White Sox pounded out 22 hits in their 12-4 victory over Seattle…The surprise of the day was the performance of DH Jeremy Farrell, who spent time at Class AA Birmingham last season. Farrell made the most of his opportunity to play with the major leaguers, going 4-5, including a two-run homer, a double, a pair of singles and three runs scored…Joining the Sox farmhand in the onslaught were Carlos Sanchez (4-4, two RBI, a walk and a run scored), Avi Garcia (3-4, two-run homer, four RBI), Gordon Beckham (3-4, a double, two RBI, two runs scored), Melky Cabrera (2-4, double, two RBI, run scored) and Jose Abreu (2-4, double, two runs scored).

Here’s Avi’s homer and Melky’s two-run double:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/69972428/v59119083

http://atmlb.com/1xA1hSo

Sox vs. Padres at Camelback Ranch-Glendale: 

Adam Eaton went 2-3 with an RBI, Micah Johnson singled and doubled in three at bats and scored, Tyler Flowers continued his hot hitting with a 2-3 afternoon and Geovany Soto drove in a run in the Sox’ 8-2 loss to the Padres.

Pitching Rotation

Robin has confirmed that following Jeff Samarzija in the opener on Monday and Quintana on Wednesday, John Danks will pitch the finale of the three-game series in Kansas City a week from today. Hector Noesi will start the home opener a week from tomorrow.

Sale Sails

Chris Sale showed he’s on the way back from his fractured foot. He went six innings (90 pitches, 67 strikes) yesterday, allowing a run, two hits, no walks while striking out 13. Listen to Chris after his outing:

http://atmlb.com/1G5VkQ1

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Petricka on the Mend

Dealing with a forearm injury, Jake Petricka was able to play catch yesterday. And although he’s going to start the season on the DL, he said that he feels he’s “on the right track.”

Rodon to Start the Season in Charlotte

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-reassign-carlos-rodon-minor-league-camp

Good Pick

Former Mets GM Steve Phillips and ex-major leaguer Todd Hollandsworth agreed on at least one thing today during their MLB Radio Network show: Abreu is their choice for the 2015 American League MVP.

Looking Back at 2015 Spring Training

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/watch-get-behind-scenes-access-white-sox-camp

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/watch-white-sox-tyler-flowers-takes-gopro-behind-plate

Quote of the Day

Carlos Rodon won’t be starting the season in Chicago, but he made a huge impact on the mound–and with this great moment–during spring training.

@JenLada: Penny approached Rodon early in camp. Rodon said “Holy crap, you’re Brad Penny. I watched you throw 100 w/Marlins in 2003 WS.” Rodon was 10.

Two of the Greatest

Sox legends Luke Appling (1907) and Billy Pierce (1927). were both born on this date. Happy 88th Billy!

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Charlotte, the Sox’ Class AAA affilate (5:05 p.m., CT). Danks, David RobertsonZach Duke and Zach Putnam are scheduled to pitch their last outings before Opening Day Monday in K.C.

Photo/Video of the Day

A classic conversation between Bo Jackson and Adam LaRoche‘s son Drake.

No Fooling, Only Two Days and Three More Games Remaining in Arizona

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Today’s News

On the Move

Packing up in Glendale, shown in the photos above, can only mean that the regular season is just around the corner: In our case, Monday, April 6 in Kansas City.

This Afternoon’s Games

White Sox (SS) vs. Padres at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP James Shields for San Diego.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Shuck LF, Ramirez SS, LaRoche 1B, Flowers C, Gillaspie 3B, Beltre RF, Hayes DH, Johnson 2B.

White Sox (SS) vs. Mariners at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Brad Penny for the Sox, LHP James Paxton.

Sox Starting Lineup: Bonifacio CF, Cabrera LF, Abreu 1B, Garcia RF, Kottaras C, Beckham SS, Michalczewski 3B, Farrell DH, Sanchez 2B.

Sale Update

Chris Sale will start a minor-league game today. He is scheduled for 6.0 IP/90 pitches.

Opening Day Roster

Robin indicated that the entire 25-man roster will be revealed tomorrow.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Carlos Rodon continued his solid spring, ending his first White Sox camp with a strong 5.1 innings pitched. He allowed just a run, four hits, two walks and two strikeouts in the Sox’ 2-1 victory over the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. In all Rodon, was 2-0 and posted a 3.06 ERA with 21 strikeouts and only five walks in 17.2 IP… Jose Abreu has certainly given every indication that he’s going to pick up this season where he left off in 2014. As a result of going 4-4 yesterday–two doubles, two singles–with an RBI (click on link below) Jose is now hitting a major-league-leading .519 in Cactus League action…Geovany Soto was on fire yesterday, throwing out three baserunners to stifle L.A. rallies…J.B. Shuck (pictured below) singled, doubled and scored a run. He’s batting .370 in Cactus League play…Carlos Sanchez singled twice and scored…In his first appearance in a Sox uniform, Kyle Drabek pitched 1.1 scoreless innings while Jairo Asencio pitched scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v58493583

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Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Rodon:

“We’re talking about a kid who is 22, 23 years old, who was in the ACC a year ago at this time, has fewer than 25 professional innings, and yet here we are talking about the finishing elements of his development. That’s fantastic. We’re in a great position. Carlos is in a great position. …You’re not talking about talent. You’re not talking about ceiling. You’re not talking about mechanics or health or anything that’s going to be a factor in his long-term success–we’re talking about practice.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields, Scottsdale (2:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the final Cactus League contest. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Rubby De La Rosa for Arizona.

Friday in Charlotte

The plan is for John Danks, David Robertson, Zach Duke and Zach Putnam to pitch against the Class AAA Knights in Charlotte on Friday.

Photo of the Day

Make sure you pick up these scents from the new White Sox fragrance line.

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Rodon Makes Final Cactus League Start Today; Flowers Crushes Third Spring Homer

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon for the Sox, RHP Joel Weiland for L.A.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Tyler Flowers slammed his third home run of the spring and singled, Adam Eaton singled twice, walked and stole a base and Conor Gillaspie knocked out a pair of singles in the Sox’ 4-1 loss to the Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless seventh.

Flowers Blooming

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/focus-shifted-tyler-flowers-has-been-driving-ball

Roster Move

The Sox have reassigned RHP Chris Beck to minor-league camp.

GM Hahn: Petricka to Start Season on DL, But Should be Back Soon

Sox General Manager Rick Hahn said yesterday that reliever Jake Petricka, who hasn’t seen action since March 23 because of right forearm/elbow soreness, will begin the year on the disabled list. The good news is that an MRI has determined his arm is “clean” so it should be a short stint–he will be eligible to join the Sox as early as April 11.

Hahn:

“It did not make sense to try to rush and jam an outing or two in and force him on to the active roster. Hopefully it’s just a small setback. Again we prefer to err on the side of caution whenever possible.”

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Quote of the Day

Known as a player who is all business on the field, Melky Cabrera (pictured above) showed his lighter side recently when he playfully threw a wad of paper at Jose Abreu when last year’s AL Rookie of the Year was being interviewed in front of a camera. Melky’s explanation via the Sun-Times‘ Daryl Van Schouwen:

“I showed that my arm is good. I always try to mess with him because he’s a good guy and we have a very good relationship. It’s good to have an atmosphere where you can relax and that kind of stuff.”

Home Opener Sold Out

The April 10 home opener vs. the Twins is sold out, except for a limited number of standing room only tickets and those remaining as part of season-ticket plans. Fans interested in buying SRO tickets should visit the U.S. Cellular Box Office.

Idea of the Day: Ballpark Pass

http://atmlb.com/1Cquz4N

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox (SS) vs. Padres at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for us vs. TBA;  Sox (SS) vs. Mariners at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Brad Penny for the Sox vs. LHP James Paxton.

Photo of the Day

Fans take advantage of one of the last chances to get Robin‘s autograph in Glendale this spring.

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Countdown to Opening Day

Monday, March 30, 2015

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Today’s News

A Week From Today: Kansas City Here We Come

The White Sox are down to their last four days in Arizona, then head to Charlotte for an exhibition game against the Class AAA Knights on Friday. The Sox have Saturday and Sunday off before the opener in K.C. next Monday, April 6.

The remaining spring schedule is as follows.

Today: vs. Cleveland (Camelback Ranch-Glendale)

Tomorrow: at L.A. Dodgers (Camelback Ranch-Glendale)

Wednesday: vs. San Diego (SS) (Camelback Ranch-Glendale), vs. Seattle (SS) (at Peoria)

Thursday: at Arizona (Salt River Fields)

Friday: at Charlotte

Saturday: Off

Sunday: Off

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer for Cleveland.

Yesterday’s Highlights

A couple catchers–George Kottaras who was actually playing behind the plate and Tyler Flowers who was in the DH slot–led the White Sox offense in yesterday’s 4-1 win over the Indians at Goodyear. In the fourth inning, Flowers doubled in a run to tie the Tribe at 1-1 (click on top link below) and after a walk to J.B. Shuck, Kottaras doubled home both runners to give us a 3-1 lead (click on bottom link below)…In the fifth, Conor Gillaspie singled in Micah Johnson after the rookie collected his second base hit of the game…Sox pitching was outstanding. Scott Carroll went three innings, allowing one run, none earned, on two hits and a walk with a strikeout…David Robertson, who has been experiencing some soreness in his pitching arm, pitched a scoreless fourth and felt good after the game…Arcenio Leon pitched two perfect innings and Jace Fry, the Sox’ third-round pick in last year’s draft, threw three scoreless frames to earn the save.

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v57061183/?c_id=cws

http://atmlb.com/1F7oyLj

Best Wishes to Chris on Number 26

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Kyle Drabek’s Whirlwind

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/115427114/chicago-white-sox-get-first-look-at-kyle-drabek-as-he-throws-first-bullpen?tcid=tw_share

Final Four

There will be some good-natured ribbing this week among Sox staff leading up to Final Four Saturday. In one of the two semi-final games, Assistant Athletic Trainer Brian Ball‘s Kentucky Wildcats go up against the Wisconsin Badgers of Senior Executive Vice President Howard Pizer, Senior Director of of Media Relations Bob Beghtol and Director of Digital Communications Brad Boron. There will be more tension prior to the championship game a week from tonight if Senior Coordinator of Social Media Colleen Maxwell‘s Michigan State Spartans defeat Duke in the other semi-final and challenge either Kentucky or Wisconsin.

Quote of the Day

Jose Quintana‘s response was short and sweet after allowing just one earned run in six innings against the A’s on Saturday, giving him a 2.92 Cactus League ERA.

“I’m ready.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN).

Photo of the Day

Robertson after his performance: “I feel good. I feel like I’m throwing the ball better than I was earlier in camp. I just needed a little time to get the soreness out, have my body recoup and get ready for the next outing.”

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Alexei (RBI) and Jose (Batting Average) are Spring Leaders

Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Goodyear (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Scott Carroll for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.

Yesterday’s Highlights

As he has done all spring, Alexei Ramirez delivered the goods yesterday with a two-run double (click on link below) in the White Sox’ loss to Oakland at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. The two runs batted in gives Alexei a total of 17, which leads both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues…While Ramirez leads all major leaguers in RBI, Jose Abreu is the MLB pacesetter in batting average with a .479 mark as a result of going 2-5 against the A’s with a pair of singles…Geovany Soto and J.B Shuck each doubled in a run…Sox starter Jose Quintana was solid in six innings of work. He gave up just one earned run on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks…Zach Putnam pitched the ninth, his third straight scoreless outing.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v56371883/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

Roster Moves

The White Sox have optioned RHP Daniel Webb to Class AAA Charlotte and reassigned LHP Zach Phillips to minor-league camp. Sox now have 39 players in big-league camp–23 pitchers, three catchers, eight infielders and five outfielders.

Quote of the Day

Matt Snyder of CBS Sports.com on Eaton:

“He hit .300 with a .362 on-base percentage, 15 steals and AL-best 10 triples last season. That’s the work of a great leadoff man. It’s not just that, though. Watch him play. He’s intense, a hustler, a max-effort guy…Fun player.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer for Cleveland.

Noesi Keeping Things Loose

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/477140/white-sox-starter-hector-noesi-keeping-things-loose

Photos of the Day

As Snyder said, Eaton is a “fun player.”

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