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Quintana Ready for Rangers

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.37) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (0-1, 5.06) for Texas.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Jor. Danks LF.

“Q”

Quintana is making his fourth start of the season. In his last outing, on April 13 vs. the Indians, he allowed just one run on five hits over six innings, struck out six and walked two while getting a no-decision. He has gone 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA lifetime against Texas.

The Streak Continues…

Alexei Ramirez‘s record hitting streak to start the season was extended last night to 17. Alexei singled in the fifth inning in the Sox’ loss to the Rangers. Ramirez owns a career-high 21-game hitting streak dating back to 2013, which is the 10th longest streak in White Sox history (non-single season). It’s also the longest since Carlos Lee‘s franchise-record 28 straight games in 2004.

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Paulino to DL, Rienzo Promoted, Veal Outrighted

RHP Felipe Paulino has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation and right-hander Andre Rienzo has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to take his place on the Sox roster. Rienzo made 10 starts for the Sox in 2013.

Lefty reliever Donnie Veal, who had been designated for assignment, was outrighted to the Knights.

Sox Notes of Note

Righty reliever Zach Putnam made his Sox debut vs. the Rangers last night, going 2.1 innings…Gordon Beckham made his sixth start in a row for Class AA Birmingham as his rehab for a strained left oblique is getting close to ending…Speaking of Birmingham, highly touted prospect Micah Johnson went 3-5 last night in the Barons’ 3-0 victory over Mobile. He’s now hitting .356 on the season…Adam Dunn (443) and Paul Konerko (434) rank third and fifth, respectively, among active players with home runs. Dunn is 38th all-time while Konerko is tied with Juan GonzalezAndruw Jones and David Ortiz for 42nd. Dunn needs six more homers to tie Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero for 36th place…the White Sox have made a major-league leading 980 quality starts since 2003, five more than the Angels..the Sox are among the American League leaders this season with 10, including four of the last five…nine of the Sox’ 17 games this season have been decided by two runs or less.

Hanson to Charlotte

Right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson, who signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on April 8, was assigned to Charlotte today and is scheduled to start for the Knights tomorrow. Since signing, Hanson has been in extended spring training at the Sox’ facility in Arizona.

Hanson, 27, spent four seasons with the Braves and last year with the Angels. He was 45-32 with a 3.61 ERA in 108 starts with Atlanta from 2009-12. Last season, Hanson appeared in 15 games (13 starts) for L.A. and went 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA in 73.0 innings pitched.

Quote of the Day

Chris Sale, asked if he did anything different after throwing a career-high 127 pitches Thursday night vs. the Red Sox:

“I jumped in the hot tub, did my shoulder program, worked out, ran, threw real light today (Friday). Just when stuff like that happens, you have a little bit more work to do in the four days in between your next one.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (2:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 6.35) for the Sox, LHP Robbie Ross Jr. (1-0, 1.00) for Texas. Johnson pitched an outstanding 6.2 innings, allowing just one run, three hits and two walks while striking out nine in his last start against Boston. While he didn’t earn the decision, the Sox won, 2-1.

Photo of the Day

The Texas Two Step?

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Alexei, Sox Roll into Texas 

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that concludes with four in Detroit. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 7.98) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 3B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo RF, Konerko DH, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers C, L. Garcia 2B.

High-Powered Offense

The Sox rank among the American League leaders in average (2nd, .267), OPS (2nd, .338), home runs (2nd, 20), runs per game (3rd, 5.44) and slugging percentage (3rd, .423).

Hotter Than Hot

Alexei Ramirez‘s hitting streak from the start of the season reached 16 last night and it is now the longest in Sox history (he’s pictured above with the record-breaking ball). He surpassed Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, who had a 15-game streak at the start of the 1996 season. Alexei leads the American League in average (.381) and hits (24) and ranks among the leaders in multi-hit games (T1st, 8), OPS (2nd, 1.061), slugging percentage (3rd, .635), RBI (T3rd, 14), on-base percentage (5th, .426), stolen bases (T8th, 3) and doubles (T10th, 4).

Here’s Alexei’s record-breaking base hit:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v32168165/?c_id=cws

Sale in the K Zone

Chris Sale was outstanding last night, allowing just one hit–a homer–and had a season-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings while throwing a career-high 127 pitches in the 3-1 loss to Boston. It gives Chris 11 double-digit career strikeout efforts and ties him with Billy Pierce for fifth most in franchise history. Sale has held left-handed batters hitless this season (0-20) and has limited left-handers to a .173 average in two-plus seasons as a starting pitcher. He has struck out 446 batters through his first 63 starts, which is the most in club history and third-most among active players behind only Yu Darvish (513) and Tim Lincecum (461).

Other Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers, with two hits last night, has hit safely in nine of his 13 games and has four multi-hit efforts. He’s hitting .395 overall and .667 against left-handed pitchers so far this season…Adam Eaton drove in the only Sox run last night with an infield hit and robbed David Ortiz of a home run with a spectacular catch. Here it is:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32160213/?partnerId=social_20140418_22183774

Quote of the Day

Eaton commenting after last night’s game:

“We’ll continue in Texas and we’ll continue to do the same thing we do. That’s compete on every pitch and put our best foot forward.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.37) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (0-1, 5.06) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Flowers blooming.

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Sale Takes On Lester and Red Sox in Rubber Game of Series

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN+) in the rubber game of the three-game series and last one on the homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 2.66) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 2.57) for Boston. Chris is looking to become the first White Sox starting pitcher to begin a season 4-0 since Jose Contreras (8-0) in 2006 and first to win his first four starts since Jon Garland (8) in 2005.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 3B, Viciedo RF, Dunn DH, Konerko 1B, Ramirez SS, De Aza, LF, Flowers C, L. Garcia 2B.

Plays of the Game

Alexei Ramirez smashed a two-run homer last night in the Sox’ 14-inning, 6-4 loss to the Red Sox. By virtue of his home run, Alexei extended his hitting streak to 15 games, tying Frank Thomas (1996) for the longest streak to begin a season in franchise history…Tyler Flowers entered the game in the 10th inning and collected a pair of singles, including the RBI base hit that knotted up the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th…rookie Adrian Nieto, who started the game behind the plate, collected a pair of hits for his first multi-hit game…John Danks was outstanding, earning his third straight quality start. He went six innings, allowing just one run, three hits and four walks.

Watch Flowers tie the score:

http://atmlb.com/1irtEbo

Sox Notes of Note

Prior to tonight’s game, the White Sox purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Zach Putnam from Class AAA Charlotte and designated left-hander Donnie Veal for assignment. Putnam, 26, has gone 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (6.0 IP) and 11 strikeouts in four relief appearances with Charlotte in 2014.  He allowed just one walk and was holding opponents to a .182 (4-22) average. He pitched in 15 major-league games, all in relief, for Cleveland (2011), Colorado (2012) and the Cubs (2013). He was signed as a free agent last November...left-handers Sale, Jose Quintana and Danks are a combined 5-0 with a 2.78 ERA, 50 strikeouts and 44 hits allowed in nine starts this season…Paul Konerko is in the starting lineup tonight as the Sox face only their third lefty of the season. Paulie needs just two hits for 2.300 in his career and four total bases to to tie Thomas (3.949) for the franchise record…Last night was the first time that two Sox catchers (Nieto and Flowers) had multi-hit efforts in the same game since John Romano and J.C. Martin did it in August of 1965…Following tonight’s game the Sox embark on a seven-game road trip to Texas (3 games) and Detroit (4).

Quote of the Day

John Danks on last night’s pitching performance by infielder-outfielder Leury Garcia, who pitched the 14th inning in his initial mound appearance:

“He’s got good stuff. I want him to teach me a sinker like that. He’s got a pretty good sinker. Surely it’s weird to be out there for the first time. I can only imagine having to play second base for the first time. It’s like a fish out of water, but I felt like he held his own. And like I said, I want him to teach me that sinker.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 7.98) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

Photo/Video of the Day

The man of the hour.

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Eaton on Twitter: “I don’t even have to say it…Well…I will. Whatta team!!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (1-0, 4.15) for our Sox, RHP Clay Buchholz (0-1, 6.97) for Boston. Our Sox have won four of the last five games against their Sox at USCF.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Erik Johnson pitched an outstanding 6.2 innings, allowing just one run, three hits and two walks while striking out nine in the Sox’ thrilling 2-1 victory over Boston last night–making it two straight walk-off wins…Johnson established career highs in strikeouts and IP…Daniel Webb got his first major league win by recording a key out in the ninth and received the traditional beer shower and game ball in the clubhouse after the game.

Enjoy watching Erik’s stellar performance:

http://atmlb.com/1qH0Uh6    

And, of course, here’s the dramatic ending as Marcus Semien steps into the box with Adam Eaton on first and Alexei Ramirez on second:

http://atmlb.com/1inV2a6

Watch and Listen to Three of Last Night’s Heroes

http://atmlb.com/1qJj1Dp

Sox Notes of Note

With his base hit last night Ramirez is just one shy of Frank Thomas‘ Sox record of 15 consecutive games with a hit to start the season…Adam Dunn hit his 443rd homer, passing Dave Kingman for 38th place on the all-time list, and his walk in the sixth inning put him past Rusty Staub for 49th all-time. Dunn reached base in all four plate appearances last night with the homer and three walks…he has reached base safely in all of his 11 games played…RHP Chris Beck pitched a complete-game (seven innings) three-hit shutout for the Class AA Birmingham Barons last night in the opener of a doubleheader on the road against the Mobile BayBears. The Barons won that first game 2-0 and the second game 5-2 to sweep the twin bill and extend their winning streak to five games.

Thanks for the Kind Words

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/white-sox-historic-offensive-improvement-jose-abreu-adam-eaton/

Jerry Reinsdorf and Ken Williams Talk About Jackie Robinson

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7112960/v32112941/?c_id=cws

Pink Out Night Set for May 10

http://atmlb.com/1qJmYbc

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Quote of the Day

Robin, talking about the Sox’ energy players (via@scott merkin):

“They have to be good players. I’ve seen a lot of energy players that couldn’t play. These guys can play.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN+) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 2.66) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 2.57) for Boston.

Photo of the Day

The Sox showed their support last night on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings:

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#GrindItOut White Sox Face Peavy, A.J. and World Series Champs in First of Three

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1. 9.58) for our Sox, ex-White Sox RHP Jake Peavy (0-0, 2.13) for Boston.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C.

Play of the Day

Alexei Ramirez‘s walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday gave the Sox a dramatic 4-3 victory and a series win over the Indians. With his season-opening hitting streak now at 13 games, Alexei needs only two more games to tie Frank Thomas‘ record of 15…Ramirez leads the American League in average (.420), OPS (1.143), slugging percentage (.680), on-base percentage (.463), hits (21) multi-hit games (8) and ranks among the leaders in RBI (T3rd, 12), stolen bases (T5th, 3) and doubles (T7th, 4). Enjoy Alexei in video and photos:

http://atmlb.com/1igc2z2

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox lead the majors in runs per game (6.15), top the American League in average (.284), OPS (.816), slugging percentage (.461) and on-base percentage (.356) and rank second with 16 home runs…The Sox recorded their third comeback win of the year on Sunday after being down one run to the Indians in the fourth inning…Jose Quintana, who didn’t factor in that decision, gave up only one run and five hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts while lowering his ERA to 2.37…Maikel Cleto extended his career-high six-game scoreless streak…Marcus Semien is the first Sox player with two go-ahead home runs in the eighth inning or later in the first 13 games of the season since Dick Allen did it in his MVP year in 1972…Adam Eaton has reached base safely 16 times in his last six games. He leads the big leagues with 14 runs scored and ranks among the AL leaders in times on base (T1st), multi-hit games (T2nd, 7), hits (T3rd, 17), on-base percentage (9th, .419) and average (10th, .327)…Conor Gillaspie has now hit in a career-high 11 games and has driven in five runs in the past three games…the Sox have inked reliever Frank Francisco to a minor-league contract and assigned him to play for Class AAA Charlotte. Francisco, 34, has recorded a 3.93 ERA and 73 saves in 387 games with the Rangers, Blue Jays and Mets…this series marks the return of former White Sox Jake Peavy and A.J. Pierzynski as well as ex-bullpen coach Juan Nieves…Due to conflicts with Blackhawks playoff schedule, Sox games on April 17 vs. Boston and April 23 at Detroit will air on CSN+ instead of CSN as originally scheduled…Today marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings and a moment of silence will be observed…Happy 29th Birthday to John Danks.

Avi Update

Avisail Garcia underwent successful surgery this morning at Rush Oak Park Hospital to repair a torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder. He will undergo approximately six months of rehabilitation and is expected to be available without restriction for the start of 2015 spring training. He suffered the injury attempting a diving catch in right field on April 9 at Colorado.

White Sox Hard at Work as June Draft Approaches

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/cws/white-sox-taking-time-to-prepare-for-draft?ymd=20140414&content_id=72047458

Captain Konerko

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/71691562/chicago-white-sox-paul-konerko-enjoying-remaining-baseball-career

Jackie Robinson Panel

A special panel discussion entitled “Jackie Robinson: A Catalyst for Change in American Society” was hosted today by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in honor of Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Dr. Carol Adams shared their views and perspective on Robinson as a change agent in baseball and society. The audience in the Conference and Learning Center at USCF was filled with student-athletes from Chicago area high schools. 

Every player in the major leagues will wear uniform No. 42 today in honor of the 67th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier.

Here’s Governor Quinn and Sox icon Minnie Minoso chatting at the Robinson Day panel discussion.

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Quote of the Day

Eaton’s tweet moments after Sunday’s dramatic win:

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (1-0, 4.15) for our Sox, RHP Clay Buchholz (0-1, 6.97) for Boston.

Photo of the Day

Young Sox Fan Meets Chris Sale: Priceless

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Eaton on Fire; Sox Need Victory Today to Take Series From Indians

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.77) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (1-1, 7.71) for Cleveland.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton hit his first homer of the season, doubled and drew a pair of walks in the Sox’ loss to the Indians yesterday afternoon. He’s had five straight multi-hit games…Alexei Ramirez singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 to begin the season. He’s now tied for the fourth-longest streak of its kind in White Sox history…Adam Dunn singled in a pair of runs, Alejandro De Aza went 2-4 with an RBI, Conor Gillaspie singled, walked twice, scored a run, drove in another and Jordan Danks added a hit and a ribbie.

More Eaton

Eaton leads the major leagues with 14 runs scored and 26 times on base and ranks among the American League leaders in multi-hit games (T1, 7), hits (3rd, 17), average (7th, .354) and on-base percentage (9th, .448).

Abreu: Making a Big Impression

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-jose-abreu-white-sox-haugh-spt-0413-20140413,0,5977198.column

Fun at the Ballpark

http://atmlb.com/1hLt9UN

Quote of the Day

Chris Sale on Eaton:

“I know I have a very biased opinion, but I think Adam Eaton is the most exciting player in baseball, in terms of every time he gets up to the plate, something is going to happen, whether it’s a close play, a bunt single, a double in the gap or a stolen base.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-Day. On Tuesday, White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1. 9.58) for the Sox, ex-Sox RHP Jake Peavy (0-0, 2.13) for Boston.

Photo of the Day

Counting on Quintana.

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Sox Set Sights on Three Straight vs. Tribe

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 6.52) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.22) for Cleveland.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, L.Garcia 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Nieto C, Jordan Danks RF.

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie singled and doubled and drove in four runs in the Sox’ 9-6 victory last night vs. the Tribe…The Adams–Eaton and Dunn–each singled and doubled, walked twice and drove in a run. The former scored three times, the latter twice…Red-hot Alexei Ramirez singled twice, scored once and drove in a run…Marcus Semien was 1-3 with two walks and two runs scored and Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo each was credited with an RBI…Chris Sale is now 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA on the season…Maikel Cleto pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

Here, Gillaspie drives in a pair with a sixth-inning double:

http://atmlb.com/1hI5bJW

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox lead the majors with 70 runs scored. By comparison, the Tigers and Royals, two of the Sox’ AL Central rivals, have 33 and 28, respectively…We are 4-1 at home, hitting .309 with nine home runs and 37 runs scored…Ramirez extended his 11-game hitting streak to begin the season and is hitting .429. The last Sox player to open the season with a hitting streak of 11 or more was Hall of Famer Frank Thomas in 2000 (11). Alexei ranks among the American League leaders in average (2nd), OPS (2nd, 1.133), slugging percentage (3rd, .667), RBI (T3rd, 10), doubles (T4th, 4) and on-base percentage (5th, .467)…Eaton, batting .333, has four straight multi-hit games and has scored a run in each one. He has hit safely in eight of the 11 games he’s played with six multi-hit efforts…Gillaspie’s four RBI was a career high and he has hit safely in a career-high nine games. He’s hitting .343 for the season…Jake Petricka recorded a career high with three strikeouts. He has thrown at least 2.0 IP in his first four appearances since being called up from Charlotte…Donnie Veal has made four straight scoreless appearances (3.1 IP).

Once a Slugger, Always a Slugger

During yesterday’s trip to Charlotte where Jim Thome threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the opening of the Class AAA Knights’ new ballpark, he couldn’t resist when he saw that the right-field line is 315 feet:

“Let’s have someone throw to me and let me hit,” he said.

Here’s Jim talking to the media before the game:

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Quote of the Day

Robin, on the state of the Sox offense, after last night’s triumph:

“Right now this lineup is definitely believing that they can come back or jump ahead, add on, come from behind and catch ‘em and go ahead. Right now that’s really the feeling that is there.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.77) for the Sox, Corey Kluber (1-1, 7.71) for Cleveland.

Photo of the Day

Big night for Mr. Gillaspie.

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Abreu Homers Lift Sox, Sale Goes for Third Win Tonight

Friday, April 11, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-0, 1.76) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-1, 6.35) for Cleveland. Chris will make his third start of the season, his second at home. In his last start, against the Royals, Sale allowed just four singles and struck out six over eight scoreless innings. He is 17-10 with a 2.71 ERA over 31 career starts at USCF.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu hit two homers and drove in three and Alexei Ramirez also went deep with three ribbies in the Sox’ 7-3 victory last night…Adam Eaton went 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI…John Danks got credit for the win, his first of the season, going six innings and allowing three runs with two walks and four strikeouts…Daniel Webb made his first scoreless appearance with two perfect innings and now leads all Sox relievers with 6.1 IP.

Enjoy Abreu’s two long ones, Ramirez’s tie-breaking double and Eaton’s RBI single:

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How About This?

Entering tonight’s game, the White Sox lead the major leagues in runs per game (6.10) and home runs (15) and rank second in average (.287), OPS (.820), slugging (.472) and on-base percentage (.348). Our six homers and 15 runs against the Rockies on Tuesday are both single-game highs in the majors this season.

Sox Notes of Note

The Sox broke a 14-game losing streak against the Indians with last night’s victory…Sox lefty starters have made quality starts in all six of their starts this season…John Danks earned his first career home win against Cleveland…Abreu hit his first career homer at U.S. Cellular Field and his second multi-homer game of the young season. He has four homers in his past three games and is the first Sox player to have two multi-homer games within his first 10 career games. The last major leaguer to do it was the Royals’ Mark Quinn in 1999. Jose has also driven in 14 runs in his first 10 games of the season, the most for the Sox since Ron Kittle in 1983 (14)…Ramirez hit homer No. 2 and recorded his ninth RBI after his two-run double in the fourth inning. His current hitting streak is at 10, collecting a hit in every game this year…Eaton had his third consecutive multi-hit game. He’s hitting .500 (6-12) over that span and .310 this season…Happy Birthday to Alejandro De Aza. The Sox outfielder is 30 today…the Sox have acquired outfielder Gorkys Hernandez from the Royals for cash considerations and assigned him to Class AAA Charlotte. Hernandez is 26 and has played 70 games in the major leagues for the Pirates and Marlins…Below, Abreu shows his support for friend and teammate Avi Garcia, who is unfortunately out for the season with an injured left shoulder.

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Thome and “Opening Knight”

I’m in Charlotte today with Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Jim Thome, who has the honor of throwing out the first pitch before tonight’s home opener between the Knights and the Norfolk Tides as our Class AAA affiliate opens up brand new BB&T ballpark in the city’s uptown. As I posted on Tuesday, Jim, who is now a special assistant to Rick Hahn, played in Charlotte in 1993 when it was an Indians affiliate, hit a league-best .332 with 25 home runs and 102 RBI on his way to winning the International League Most Valuable Player award. He helped the Knights win a franchise-record 86 games that year and win the first Governor’s Cup championship in team history. Here’s something that very few of us will ever experience–stepping on an elevator and discovering a life-sized photo of ourself. Maybe it doesn’t happen to most people, but it did happen to Jim today upon our arrival in Charlotte. And what did he do? He autographed the photo.

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Getting in Shape

Sox reliever Donnie Veal gets the students at Langford Community Academy moving today. Veal, Sox Director of Conditioning Allen Thomas and Southpaw were there to talk about the importance of nutrition and being active.

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The Big Hurt on “Jimmy Kimmel”…and a Tribute to the Hall of Famer at the Ballpark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzUCrjN8X6I

 

Quotes of the Day

From John Danks…

On last night’s win and the ’14 White Sox:

“Those guys did a great job. I put us in an early hole. They have no quit. This is a fun team to be on. The guys are gonna play until the last out. We saw that today. They didn’t hang their heads. They went to work.”

Relating a conversation he had with Sale about Abreu:

“We want to go thank Rick (Hahn) right now for signing him. He’s fun to watch, and it’s scary but he’s only going to get better.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CDT, WGN). Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 6.52) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.22) for Cleveland.

Photo of the Day

A lot of baseball people are taking notice of No. 79:  

And click on this link–it’s the stuff of legends and shades of Roy Hobbs in The Natural.

http://msn.foxsports.com/ohio/story/photo-jose-abreu-literally-destroyed-a-baseball-041114?cmpid=tsm:fscom:foxsports

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Sox Move Forward After Avi Garcia is Lost for the Season

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Say It Ain’t So

Avi Garcia will miss the remainder of the season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder suffered yesterday attempting to make a diving catch in the sixth inning against the Rockies. Garcia is scheduled to undergo surgery within the next week at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Replacing Garcia on the roster is OF Jordan Danks.

“It’s a lousy day,” Sox GM Rick Hahn said today, referring to Garcia’s injury. “One of the cruel realities of sports.” Hahn also revealed that Avi is crushed after hearing the bad news, but indicated that he’s still very much a part of the Sox future and should be ready for spring training next year.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (0-0, 3.68) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (0-0, 3.18) for the Tribe.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie singled in a pair of runs, Adam Eaton singled twice, scored a run and drove in another in yesterday’s loss to the Rockies…Jose Abreu followed up his big night on Tuesday with a single and a double and Tyler Flowers collected a single and an RBI…Maikel Cleto struck out three in 1.1 innings pitched.

Sox Notes of Note

According to Hahn, reliever Nate Jones, currently on the disabled list with a back issue, had an MRI and an epidural but is improving…Robin said today that with Garcia out, Dayan Viciedo will get the majority of time in the outfield over Jordan Danks.  

Quotes of the Day

From yesterday’s pre-game interview with Abreu, who has often spoken about the influence of his mother:

Q:  How often do you speak with your mother?

AbreuEvery day. I speak with her.  I just talk with her today a little bit ago.  She said congratulations on your performance last night.  I said no, thank you for allowing me to be here and to be able to do that.

Q:  Obviously we are all close to our mothers and we love our mothers. What is it about your relationship with your mother that is special to you?

AbreuIt is a beautiful thing. It is a beautiful relationship we have.  I do have a good relationship with my dad, as well.  Sometimes he does get jealous because, well, you know.  But I think my mom is only one in the world.  It is just the part where you can always talk to her and tell you how you feel, whether it’s good or whether it’s bad.  And she’s always there for you. That’s the part that really makes it special to me.

Q:  What is your father’s name?

Abreu: Jose Oriol Abreu

Q:  What is your mother’s name?

Abreu: Daisys Correa

Q:  What is the best piece of advice she gave you before you came here?

AbreuShe tells me the same thing all the time.  That is – to be a better person.  If you are a good person every day, then things are going to happen for you.

Q:  How far off is it until your parents might be able to watch you on the field, in person?

Abreu: Right now I don’t really know exactly when they will be coming. I left that in God’s hands. But the day that they are here will be an unbelievable day.  It will be one that we’re going to share together.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-0, 1.76) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-1, 6.35) for Cleveland.

Photo of the Day

Purchase a seat in Section 154 tomorrow night as Sale goes for win No. 3 and join the “K Zone For Sale.” Get to the game early and head to the Sox Social Lounge just behind Section 154 and show them your ticket to receive a free “K Zone For Sale” t-shirt and special K Card. These items must be picked up before the end of the first inning.

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Six Home Runs, Quintana Outing Give Sox Shot at Series Win

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in the finale of the three-game series in Denver (2:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Erik Johnson (0-1, 13.50) for the Sox, Juan Nicasio (1-0, 1.29) for Colorado.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Gillaspie 3B, A. Garcia RF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Johnson P.

Plays of the Day

Where do I start to describe the Sox’ convincing 15-3 victory last night over Colorado? Here goes: Jose Abreu hit the first homer of his career, a three-run blast after a 12-pitch at-bat in the seventh inning, then clouted No. 2 with a two-run shot in the eighth; Avi Garcia hit a pair of solo homers; Tyler Flowers went deep with a two-run shot and singled; Alexei Ramirez hit his first of the year after Garcia’s second round-tripper of the game in the eighth to add a back-to-back to the party…Adam Eaton reached base five times with two singles, a walk, he was hit by a pitch, got on base via an error and scored three times…A. Garcia, who added two singles, and Marcus Semien led the 19-hit attack with four each. Semien had three singles and a double, a walk, drove in two and scored twice….Dayan Viciedo had a pair of hits, two RBI, a walk and two runs scored…Jose Quintana had an excellent start–seven IP, five hits, two earned runs, two walks and four strikeouts–for his first win of the season.

Click on the links below for video of the six home runs. In order, Abreu’s first two career homers, Flowers, Garcia’s two blasts and Ramirez.

http://atmlb.com/1hZqtr7    

http://atmlb.com/1gJSOwY

http://atmlb.com/1hZbg9p  

http://atmlb.com/1gJyefW   

http://atmlb.com/1gJRNEX

http://atmlb.com/1gJOBct    

Jose’s Inspiration…and the Silent Treatment

http://bit.ly/1syY8wk

http://atmlb.com/1gLqdHn

Sox Notes of Note

The six homers in last night’s game is the most for the White Sox since June 24, 2009 vs. the Dodgers…It is also the first time two Sox players have hit two homers in the same game since Juan Uribe and Paul Konerko accomplished the feat on June 8, 2004 vs. the Phillies….Robin Ventura should feel very comfortable during this three-game series as Coors Field. In 24 games, 16 starts, he hit three homers, drove in 16, had 25 hits and walked 14 times. His batting average was .373, on-base percentage .476 and slugging percentage of .597. Maybe that had something to do with the 15-run explosion?…With Garcia (age 22) and Semien (23) each collecting four hits last night, here is the last time that teammates (both White Sox and MLB) 23-years-old and younger each had four-plus hits in a game. White Sox: April 20, 1980–Harold Baines (21) and Harry Chappas (22) each had four hits. MLB: September 19, 2000–Minnesota’s Luis Rivas (21) and Cristian Guzman (22) each had four hits as well.

Classic Call

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron‘s 715th homer, which broke Babe Ruth‘s long-standing career home run record. Here’s the great Vin Scully with the call. Enjoy!

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (0-0, 3.68) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (0-0, 3.18) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day 

Semien is the first Sox rookie with four or more hits in a game since Jerry Owens on September 22, 2007 vs. the Twins.

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