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Sale Seeks 15th Win, Buehrle Anniversary, Griffey to Hall and More…

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-3, 3.18) for the Sox, LHP Matt Boyd (1-2, 4.91) for Detroit.

Sale is making his 20th start of the season, 10th at home and third vs. the Tigers. The first in the majors to reach 14 victories, the Sox’ five-time All-Star is currently tied at that number with the Orioles’ Chris Tillman as he seeks No. 15 tonight.

Sale ranks among the American League leaders in many categories including wins (1st), innings pitched (1st, 133), opponents average (3rd, .216), strikeouts (5th, 129) and ERA (8th).

The Sox’ ace recorded a no decision in his last start on July 18 at Seattle despite allowing just one hit along with six K’s in eight innings of work.

Last Night’s Highlights

Justin Morneau connected with his first homer in a Sox uniform, a three-run blast (click on link below), and Jose Abreu went 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI in the Sox’ 7-5 loss to the Tigers…Melky Cabrera added two hits, including his 20th double of the season.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=957484683

Morneau is batting .385 with a double, homer and four RBI over his last five games…Abreu is batting .429 with two doubles, two homers and 11 RBI against Detroit this season. He has reached base safely in 40 of his last 42 games, batting .313 during that span…Cabrera extended his hitting streak to seven games, batting .414 during that time. He has reached base in 10 of his last 13 games against the Tigers, batting .353 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and eight RBI in those games.

Silver Lining

In addition to the outstanding seasons by Sale and Jose QuintanaTodd Frazier (28) is just one behind Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo for the big-league lead in homers…Adam Eaton leads all MLB outfielders with 14 assists and is also the leader (21) in DRS (defensive runs saved)…Since June 23, James Shields has the fifth lowest ERA (2.52) in the A.L.

On This Date in 2009…

Seven years ago today, July 23, 2009, Mark Buehrle pitched his perfect game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. We’ll never forget the gem and Dewayne Wise‘s ‘The Catch.’

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/mlb/news/buehrle_perfectgame/index.jsp

Quote of the Day

Buehrle:

“I never thought I’d throw a no-hitter (April 18, 2007 vs. Rangers), never thought I’d throw a perfect game and I never thought I’d hit a home run (June 13, 2009 at Milwaukee). Never say never in this game because crazy stuff can happen.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Quintana(8-8, 3.13) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-11, 6.60) for Detroit.

The Bo Bobblehead

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-bo-jackson-bobblehead-20160721-story.html

Photo/Video of the Day

Ken Griffey Jr., who played 41 games for the Sox at the end of the 2008 regular season and three games in the American League Division Series, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame tomorrow in Cooperstown.

Junior’s biggest contribution to the Sox was arguably his throw from center field in the fifth inning of the ‘Blackout Game,’ Game 163 vs. Minnesota to determine the ’08 American League Central title. In a play that will long be remembered by Sox fans, the Griffey to A.J. Pierzynski connection cut down the Twins’ Michael Cuddyer at the plate to preserve a John Danks‘ shutout. As it turned out, the throw was monumental. Jim Thome belted a solo homer in the seventh and the  game ended 1-0 White Sox as the Good Guys captured the division crown and went on to face the Rays in the A.L. Division Series.

Here’s the play:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/6479266/v3577847

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Behind the Ballpark

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

Throwback Thursday

1976 Team Color Shorts 8x10

In honor of this Saturday’s 1976 throwback game, we are taking a look at some of the 1970’s memorabilia we have here at the ballpark.

1976 Scorebook

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On August 8, 1976, the White Sox made history by stepping out for their game against the Kansas City Royals in shorts (as seen above). What was planned to be the series uniform only lasted one day, as the guys found it difficult (and painful) to slide with exposed legs. So how did that game go? Take a look for yourself at the scorecards we have from that day:

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1970s Jerseys

The Bard’s Room is the dining room for White Sox investors, guests, front office employees and members of the media during games. It is also home to old jerseys full of White Sox history, including those from 1971-1975 and 1976-1981, alongside the names of some of the most memorable players from that era.

1976 Pictures

Enjoy some other team photos that we’ve found as part of our #TBT tribute

And last but not least, here is a picture of the 1976 Bicentennial celebration at Comiskey Park, featuring HOFer Bill Veeck:

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Don’t forget – the first 20,000 fans to Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers will receive this 1976 replica jersey!

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We hope you enjoyed revisiting the 1970’s White Sox! Be sure to check back next Thursday for more scenes Behind the Ballpark.

 

Sox Homers Right on Q

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Quintana earned his eighth win, Brett Lawrie (12) and Melky Cabrera (9) belted solo homers and Todd Frazier (27) slammed a two-run shot as the Sox got back on the winning side of the ledger with a 6-1 victory over the Mariners.

Q allowed just one run on six hits and struck out seven in six strong innings. Zach Duke (1.0 IP), Nate Jones (1.1) and rookie Carson Fulmer (0.2) came on and pitched three innings of scoreless relief.

J.B. Shuck went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Dioner Navarro doubled in a run and Tim Anderson collected a pair of base hits.

Enjoy watching Q and the homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=947899883

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=946109083

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=946930083

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=947405283

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This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (2:40 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game road trip. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.40) for the Sox, RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86) for the M’s.

Gonzalez makes his 14th start, 10th on the road and fourth career vs. Seattle. He has a victory with a 2.25 ERA over his last three starts.

Quote of the Day

Shuck on last night’s win:

“We’ve been in, I think, all but one game so far since we’ve been back. So it’s good to finally get this one out of the way and kind of be able to relax again and hopefully get back on a roll.”

Sox Notes of Note

With his 27th homer last night, Frazier is one behind the MLB leader Mark Trumbo of the Orioles…the Sox have four of their own first-round picks on the current roster: Fulmer (2015), Carlos Rodon (2014), Anderson (2013) and Chris Sale (2010)…Anderson has hit safely in 23 of his 33 career games (15 multi-hit)…Anderson and Adam Eaton have combined to hit .293 with 15 doubles, three triples, seven homers, 22 RBI and 38 runs scored in 29 games since being moved to the top two spots in the lineup on June 13…The Good Guys have hit 31 home runs runs over the last 24 games since June 21.

Next Up

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and six-game homestand that continues with two vs. the Cubs next Monday and Tuesday.

Photo of the Day

Fulmer retired the final two batters last night and celebrated the win with batterymate Navarro.

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Tuesday Roundup: All-Star Q vs. M’s, Sox Junior RBI Team Heads to World Series, Double Duty Classic and More…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (7-8, 3.21) for the Sox, LHP Wade Miley (6-6, 5.44) for Seattle.

Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale gave up just one hit in eight scoreless innings, Todd Frazier belted his 26th homer, a two-run blast, and Tim Anderson smashed his his fifth long one, a solo shot, in the Sox’ 4-3 walkoff loss to the Mariners.

Sale’s gem and the Frazier and Anderson homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=943470683

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=942475883

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=942274083

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Sox Youth Squad Headed to RBI World Series

The White Sox Junior Baseball RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) youth team defeated its Kansas City Royals counterparts 13-0 in the Central Regional tournament to advance to the RBI World Series in Cincinnati, August 3-8.

Diego Munoz pitched four no-hit innings, Kendall Pettis hit an inside-the-park home run and Mike Bolton went 3-for-3.

Double Duty Classic Airs Live Today on CSN 

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/white-sox-charities/youth-baseball/double-duty-classic/

http://www.csnchicago.com/chicago-white-sox/ninth-annual-double-duty-classic-airs-tuesday-csn

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (2:40 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game road trip. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.40) for the Sox, RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86) for the M’s.

Photo of the Day

In Sunday’s post we included a feature on promising Sox outfield prospect Adam Engel. Good news for the former University of Louisville star–he has since been promoted from Class AA Birmingham to Class AAA Charlotte. In his Knights’ debut last night, Engel played center field, batted leadoff and went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

In case you missed the story:

http://www.wdrb.com/story/32460718/bozich-next-former-louisville-player-to-major-leagues-adam-engel

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Minor League Monday

Every other Monday, we will spotlight some of the top recent performances in the White Sox minor league system, and keep you up-to-date on the players you’ll want to know over the next few years.

Zack Collins – Catcher (High A Winston-Salem)

SEASON STATS:

Zack Collins, the White Sox 2016 first-round draft pick from the University of Miami, made his High-A debut this past weekend. On Friday, Collins’ bat was on fire, where he had three hits, along with the first home run of his professional career. Later in the weekend he had an impressive three-run home run along with a pair of walks. In all, Collins came out of this three-game series with two homers and eight RBIs for the Winston-Salem Dash. The 21-year-old catcher also visited the White Sox last month and took BP alongside some of the guys.

Zack Burdi – Pitcher (AA Birmingham)

SEASON STATS:

Zack Burdi, the second pick of the White Sox during the 2016 draft and a Chicagoland native, threw a scoreless inning for Class AA Birmingham against Biloxi striking out two. At the University of Louisville, the 21-year-old right-hander was throwing 95-99 MPH balls with unusually good control for someone with that speed. Burdi played four games with Winston-Salem (Class A Advanced) before being assigned to the Birmingham Barons (Class AA).

Adam Engel – Center Field (AAA Charlotte)

SEASON STATS:

Just today Adam Engel was promoted from AA Birmingham to AAA Charlotte. Engel was drafted by the White Sox in the 19th round of the 2013 draft. Last year’s Arizona Fall League MVP, he now leads the Southern League (AA) in triples, and ranks fourth in stolen bases and runs scored.

 

Carson Fulmer: “It’s One of Those Moments That You Try to Cherish as Much as You Can”

Monday, July 18, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-3, 3.38) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 3.52).

Yesterday’s Highlights

The silver lining in yesterday’s 8-1 loss to the Angels was the much-anticipated major-league debut of right-hander Carson Fulmer. The Sox’ top draft choice in 2015 came on in the seventh inning, struck out the first batter he faced–who just happened to be future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols (see video above)–and tossed two scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.

Not to be outdone, catcher Omar Narvaez (No. 38 pictured below getting congratulations) scored the only Sox run on an Adam Eaton double after ripping a two base-hit to left field in his first major-league at bat (click on link below):

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=937760483

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Quote of the Day

Fulmer on making his first big-league appearance…

“It’s one of those moments that you try to cherish as much as you can. It was definitely an opportunity I’ll never forget.”

…and facing the likes of Pujols:

“He’s one of the game’s best. But I’m just trying to stick to my approach like I always do and try not to necessarily think about who is in the box. Obviously you have a ton of respect for a guy like that…Seeing him step in the box, especially with my growing up watching him play, it was a special moment.”

2016 Draft Update

* First-round pick Zack Collins out of the University of Miami has two homers and eight RBI in three games with the High-A Winston-Salem Dash.

* Another first-rounder, Zach Burdi from Chicago and the University of Louisville, struck out two yesterday in a scoreless inning for Class AA Birmingham vs. Biloxi.

* Second-rounder Alec Hansen out of the University of Oklahoma made his debut at Rookie League Great Falls, tossing four scoreless innings and giving up just one hit and one walk along with eight strikeouts against Grand Junction. In 11 minor-league innings he has not given up a run, allowed only two hits and has struck out an impressive 19.

Thome Special Tonight

“Inside Look: Jim Thome” premieres tonight at 8:00 p.m. CT on Comcast SportsNet.

http://www.csnchicago.com/chicago-white-sox/why-jim-thome-owes-his-baseball-career-roy-hobbs

Next Up

Tomorrow: White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (9:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers — LHP Jose Quintana (7-8, 3.21) vs. LHP Wade Miley (6-6, 5.44).

Wednesday: White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (2:40 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers — RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.40) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86).

Photo of the Day

Fresh off his All-Star appearance, Sale goes for win No. 15 tonight.

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#SoxCellfieSunday

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

 

Go White Sox!

Sunday Roundup: Turner Makes Sox Debut in Series Finale vs. Angels, All-Stars to Face Mariners and More…

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Today’s News 

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (2:35 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Jacob Turner (pictured above), making his first start of the season for the Sox after being recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, vs. RHP Jered Weaver (7-7, 5.27) for L.A.

Last Night’s Highlights

James Shields couldn’t have been much better last night in the Sox’ tough 1-0 loss to the Angels. The Halos’ Yunel Escobar collected a leadoff triple in the first inning and scored what would be the game’s only run on a Mike Trout ground out. Shields didn’t allow another hit until he gave up a double to Ji-man Choi with one out in the eighth. In all, the Sox right-hander (pictured below) tossed a two-hit, complete game and in his last five starts he has recorded an impressive 2.43 ERA in 33.1 innings.

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Quote of the Day

Former major-league scout Bernie Pleskoff defines recently recalled Carson Fulmer in one word:

“Competitor.”

Sanchez to Charlotte

After last night’s game, Carlos Sanchez was optioned to Charlotte.

Sox Prospect Adam Engel Up Close and Personal

http://www.wdrb.com/story/32460718/bozich-next-former-louisville-player-to-major-leagues-adam-engel

Next Up

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle in a three-game series that will conclude a six-game road trip for the Sox.

Monday: (9:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers — LHP Chris Sale (14-3, 3.38) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 3.52).

Tuesday: (9:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers — LHP Jose Quintana (7-8, 3.21) vs.LHP Wade Miley (6-6, 5.44).

Wednesday: (2:40 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers — RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.40) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86).

Photo of the Day

The Sox will be counting on their All-Star aces in the first two games of the upcoming series in Seattle.

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Shields Takes On Halos, Aims to Even Series

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium (8:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series after the Good Guys dropped Game 1 last night despite a solid performance by starter Miguel Gonzalez.

Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-3, 7.68) for the Sox, RHP Matt Shoemaker (4-9, 4.45) for L.A.

Shields executed his best start in a White Sox uniform last Sunday, allowing just a pair of runs on six hits. He has gone 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 13 strikeouts over his last four starts.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on newly promoted Carson Fulmer:

“For the forseeable future he will be used in the bullpen. He’s ready to contribute, to make an impact in an area of need.”

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Tim Anderson’s Transition to ‘The Show’

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-white-sox-tim-anderson-spt-0717-20160716-story.html

Catching Up…

Although he didn’t pitch last night, David Robertson is good to go after sitting out a few games with a leg injury…Carlos Rodon will play catch today to test his injured wrist and may be looking at a rehab start…In the next few days, Austin Jackson will have a followup MRI to check on his injured knee…September is the earliest Matt Davidson will be back from a broken foot…Zach Putnam also will play catch today to test his injured arm…Alex Avila hit yesterday and said he feels good.

Top Pick Zack Collins a Smash in Dash Debut

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160715&content_id=189844284&fext=.jsp&vkey=recap&sid=t580

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium (2:35 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: TBA for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (7-7, 5.27) for L.A.

All-Stars in Seattle

Chris Sale will be on the mound for the Sox on Tuesday in Seattle. Jose Quintana will face the Mariners on Wednesday.

Photo of the Day

Justin Morneau made his White Sox debut last night in a pinch-hitting role. Much more to come, of course, from the former American League MVP.

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Fulmer, Morneau Join Sox for Second Half

Friday, July 15, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. the Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with three in Seattle as the Good Guys begin the traditional second half of the season. Starting Pitchers Miguel Gonzalez (2-4, 4.39) for the Sox, LHP Hector Santiago (6-4, 4.58) for the Halos.

Roster Bolstered

The White Sox’ top pitching prospect and last year’s first-round draft pick Carson Fulmer and former American League MVP Justin Morneau will be with the Sox as the second half commences in Anaheim.

The two additions replace RHP Chris Beck, who was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte before the All-Star break, and OF Jason Coats, who heads back to the Knights, on the 25-man roster.

Morneau, 35, agreed to terms with the White Sox on a one-year contract on June 9 and was placed on the disabled list to continue his recovery from offseason surgery to repair the primary flexor in his left elbow. He appeared in eight games with Charlotte and Birmingham on his rehab assignment.

Morneau, 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, is a career .282 hitter with 335 doubles, 241 home runs, 960 RBI and 756 runs scored in 1,487 games over 13 major-league seasons with Minnesota (2003- 13), Pittsburgh (2013) and Colorado (2014-15). From 2005-15, he ranked seventh in the majors among left-handed hitters in doubles (314) and RBI (886) and 13th with 218 homers.

Morneau batted .310 with 10 doubles, three homers and 15 RBI in 49 games with the Rockies in 2015 and led the National League with a .319 batting average in 2014.

Fulmer, 22, went 4-9 with a 4.76 ERA and 90 strikeouts over 17 starts with Class AA Birmingham this season. He ranks fourth in the Southern League in strikeouts per 9.0 IP (9.31) and sixth in strikeouts and limited left-handers to a .212 average. Over his last three starts, Fulmer was 1-1 with a 0.95 ERA and 22 strikeouts, including a streak of 15.0 consecutive scoreless IP from June 26-July 6.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Fulmer, who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 2 Prospect and possessing the Best Curveball in the White Sox organization, threw 1.0 scoreless IP for the United States at the All-Star Futures game last Sunday in San Diego.

Fulmer was selected by the Sox in the first round (eighth overall) of First-Year Player Draft out of Vanderbilt University. He is the first player from the 2015 draft to reach the major leagues.

Team Leaders at the All-Star Break

Home Runs: Todd Frazier, 25; RBI: Frazier, 57; Batting Average: Melky Cabrera, .297 (Tim Anderson is hitting .304, but doesn’t have enough plate appearances to qualify); Runs: Frazier, 51; Stolen Bases: Adam Eaton, 10; Wins: Chris Sale, 14; ERA: Jose Quintana, 3.21; Saves: David Robertson, 23; Strikeouts: Sale, 123; WHIP: Sale, 1:04.

Midseason Highlights

Quote of the Day

Robin, assessing the 45-43 Sox as they head into the second half (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“It was good, then it was bad, then it started getting good again. It’s that simple–we were playing good baseball, then we didn’t play good baseball, and now we’re playing better baseball.

“For these guys, they put that out of their mind, and now you’re just, you’re continuing to go every day. Every day is a new day. Once you’ve lived through it, you can see that the sun comes up the next day and you get back after it.”

Sox Notes of Note

Belated birthday wishes to both Robin and Steve Stone, who celebrated yesterday…Former Sox slugger Jim Thome, a former Charlotte Knight in the Indians organization, has been inducted into the inaugural class of the Charlotte Baseball Roundtable of Honor along with his former hitting coach and manager Charlie Manuel.

Sox Fan Burdi Working his Way Up the Ladder

http://www.wdrb.com/story/32448520/bozich-zack-burdi-louisvilles-resilient-closer-two-steps-from-the-white-sox

From the Farm: Great Falls’ Brady Conlan

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160714&content_id=189536270&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

Next Up

Tomorrow: White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium (8:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-3, 7.68) for the Sox, RHP Matt Shoemaker (4-9, 4.45) for L.A.

Sunday: White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium (2:35 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: TBA for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (7-7, 5.27) for L.A.

Photo of the Day

Buddies No More: Sale and Mike Trout were teammates on the victorious American League squad at the All-Star Game. This weekend they’ll be back rooting against each other.

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