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Tonight’s Mission: Even Series

Friday, April 24, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy for Kansas City.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Chris Sale gave up two runs in the first inning, but sailed through the next six frames as he shut down the Royals from the second through the seventh in last night’s tough 3-2, 13-inning  loss…Zach Duke, David Robertson, Zach Putnam and Dan Jennings each pitched a scoreless frame in relief of Sale. Jake Petricka pitched a perfect 12th before giving up the winning run in the 13th…Jose Abreu went 2-4 with an RBI and is now batting .305 with 13 RBI…The Sox also enjoyed an outstanding defensive game, highlighted by a few vintage plays by Alexei Ramirez, who also drove in his ninth run of the year.

Quote of the Day

Back in the day when their dad Dave was a coach with the Sox, a young Adam LaRoche and his brothers were fixtures around the clubhouse, much like Adam’s son Drake is today. Robin Ventura was the third baseman on those teams and has always liked the family atmosphere.

Asked what Adam was like back then, Robin quipped, “He didn’t have the beard. That’s new for him.”

Sox Notes of Note

Sox pitchers have registered a 1.59 ERA and 38 strikeouts over the last 11 games…Duke hasn’t allowed a hit in his last three appearances…Robertson has retired 16 straight batters, striking out 11 since April 9 in Kansas City…Jennings hasn’t given up a run in his last seven appearances…Abreu recorded his third straight multi-hit game…Micah Johnson has hit safely in each of his last six games, hitting .389, and Melky Cabrera extended his hit streak to six, batting .462 during that time.

Games in Cuba

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has talked about MLB playing exhibition games in Cuba as soon as next season. Abreu and Ramirez say they would jump at the chance. Here are their comments through an interpreter:

“In the near future I wish I can be able to go back and see my son and all my family there,” said Abreu.

Ramirez commented that, “I wish that could happen. I wish that I can get an invitation to go to play there and come back to my country. I’ve lost eight years and you can’t recover that time.”

This Blanket Can Be Yours

Be one of the first 20,000 attending tomorrow afternoon’s game and you can own this Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year blanket.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez for K.C.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 15 on April 20 at Comerica Park in Detroit, the first-place White Sox exploded for a 9-1 win over the Tigers to go 11-4 on the year. Joe Crede belted a three-run homer, Jermaine Dye a two-run blast, Scott Podsednik went 3-5 with two stolen bases and John Garland improved his record to 3-0, allowing just a run and five hits in eight innings.

Photo of the Day

Cover boy. Closer David Robertson is on the cover of Splash magazine.

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After Series Win, Sox and Sale Take on Royals

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+2/COZI) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura for K.C.

Chris is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA on the young season. He is set to make his third start and second at home. He earned his second straight win on April 18 at Detroit, allowing just two runs on four hits with six strikeouts in six innings.

See you tonight in the K Zone for Sale?

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/kzone.jsp

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Jeff Samardzija pitched six shutout innings for his first win in a White Sox uniform, Jose Abreu drove in three runs with his fifth homer (click on link below) and a two-run double and Melky Cabrera went 2-4 with an RBI and run scored in the Sox’ 6-0 victory over Corey Kluber and the Tribe to earn the series win…Adam Eaton, Adam LaRoche, Alexei Ramirez and Micah Johnson added two hits apiece in our 14-hit effort…In relief of the Shark, Dan Jennings, Zach Duke and Jake Petricka each pitched a scoreless inning.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v84200783/?adbid=590956469681434625&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137&partnerId=as_mlb_20150422_44451756&short_code=2up9i  

Big Hurt, Paulie, Minnie and Harold Lead in “Franchise Four” Voting

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/119643406/frank-thomas-leads-white-sox-franchise-four-balloting

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“Know Your Relievers” Starring Jake Petricka and Zach Putnam

http://mlb.com/cutfour/index.jsp#contentId=119829438

Quotes of the Day

The Shark Speaks:

** On yesterday’s outing:

“It feels great. It’s all about proving yourself to these guys. You get new teammates and you want to come out here and make sure you prove your worth to them and they want to go out there and play with you and be out there on tough days like that. They went out there and played great for me and (Geovany Soto) called a great game and got me through it.”

** From one star to another. Samardzija on Abreu:

“Everybody knows what type of hitter he is. It’s great to be on the team and see how he works and how he prepares. We’re expecting big things out of him and we’re going to ride him as far as we can. He’s amazing.”

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox relievers have gone 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA and 33 strikeouts over the last 10 games…Jennings has made six consecutive scoreless appearances (7.1 IP)…Abreu homered in consecutive games for the fifth time in his career. He is hitting .365 with 11 doubles, 13 homers and 31 RBI in the first inning since he arrived in 2014. Also, he has now hit a HR off of five former Cy Young Award winners (Kluber, Justin Verlander, David PriceClayton Kershaw and R.A. Dickey)…LaRoche is hitting .294 with three home runs, eight RBI, six runs scored and six walks over his last nine games…Johnson has hit safely in each of his last five games, going 6-14 (.429)…Eaton is batting .300 (exactly what he hit in 2014) in his last eight games…Cabrera has hit safely in five straight and eight of his last 10 for a .357 average.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy for Kansas City.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 14 on April 19, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings for his second win of the season and Paul Konerko unloaded his seventh homer as the White Sox won their second in a row, 3-1, over the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. The first-place Sox moved to 10-4 on the year.

Photo of the Day

According to @ckamka: After yesterday’s performance, Jeff Samardzija’s ERA is now 1.41 in 32.0 career innings at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Samardzija, Sox Seek Series Win in Today’s Matinee

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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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, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber for the Tribe.

The Shark will be making his fourth start of the season, second at home and first career appearance vs. Cleveland. He hurled a gem in his last start April 17 in Detroit despite receiving a no-decision. He allowed just one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts over eight innings.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Click on the link below to see Jose Abreu‘s first-inning homer, his fourth of the season, in last night’s loss to the Indians. Jose also singled in his ninth run of the year…The Sox’ No.1 and No. 2 hitters, Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera, also had a pair of base hits apiece…Carlos Rodon made his big-league debut, giving up a pair of runs in 2.1 innings pitched. He fanned Lonnie Chisenhall in the eighth inning for his first strikeout…Zach Duke pitched a scoreless ninth.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8879206/v82799883

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He Can’t Do Much Better Than This

Closer David Robertson has a 0.00 ERA, two saves and 10 strikeouts in five innings pitched.

Quotes of the Day

Veteran pitcher Brad Penny became a mentor to Rodon during spring training. Here’s a story featuring Penny’s glowing comments about the young lefty.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/rookie-and-vet-rodon-penny-share-special-friendship

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura for K.C.

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day. Here is an amazing photo of what Sox fans would say is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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2005 Flashback

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

In Game 13 on April 18 the White Sox began an eight-game winning streak with a 5-4 win over the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. Carl Everett smashed two homers and drove in three while Joe Crede delivered a two-run blast. Luis Vizcaino was the winning pitcher in relief and Shingo Takatsu recorded his fourth save. After the victory, the first-place Sox stood at 9-4.

Photo of the Day

Rodon made his way to the mound last night for his first major-league appearance.

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Holy Melkman, Robin!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m, CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.

Yesterday’s Highlights

With one out in the ninth, The Sox quickly erased a 3-0 deficit and a potentially unsettling loss into a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 walk-off victory over the Indians that had to put a huge smile on the face of skipper Robin Ventura. Here is how it unfolded: Avi Garcia doubled, Conor Gillaspie walked and each moved up a base on a wild pitch. Alexei Ramirez then sent a long double off the centerfield wall, scoring both Garcia and Gillaspie. Tyler Flowers followed with a single, sending Ramirez to third, and Gordon Beckham tied the score at 3-3 with another single. Flowers moved to third and Beckham to second on Adam Eaton’s single and Melky Cabrera drove in Flowers with the game-winning hit…David Robertson pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his first win in a Sox uniform.

The rally:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v82306483/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

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Rodon’s Arrival

** Carlos Rodon on being promoted to the Sox: “It’s a dream come true.”

** GM Rick Hahn: “(Rodon) makes us stronger, makes us better.”

** Carlos’ high school coach weighs in:  http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/carlos-rodon%E2%80%99s-high-school-coach-sees-white-sox-getting-great-pitcher-person/

** Phil Rogers of mlb.com on the Sox’ new lefty: http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/119388490

And here’s Rodon visiting with Sox coach Todd Steverson.

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Quotes of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, Corey Kluber for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

A welcome sight after the ninth-inning rally:

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Welcome to the White Sox, Carlos Rodon

Monday, April 20, 2015

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Today’s News

His Time Has Come

The much-anticipated arrival of Carlos Rodon, the White Sox’ No. 1 pick and third selection overall in the June 2014 amateur draft, has become a reality as the 22-year-old left-hander has been promoted to the Sox from Class AAA Charlotte. The photo above shows Rodon signing his Sox contract last July 11. Now he’s a big-leaguer and will begin his tenure in the bullpen.

Rodon is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 13 strikeouts in two starts with the Knights this season and has limited opponents to a .216 average. He struck out nine batters over five innings in his first start vs. Norfolk.

The North Carolina State product, who will wear No. 55 for the White Sox, entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 Prospect in the organization. He combined to go 0-0 with a 2.92 ERA and 38 strikeouts in nine games (six starts) over three stops last season in the Sox minor-league system.

To make room for Rodon and Jake Petricka, who has been activated from the disabled list, the Sox placed Javy Guerra on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation and designated Kyle Drabek for assignment.

More Rodon

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/57092/white-sox-adding-rodon-completes-chicagos-top-prospect-mania

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that concludes with four vs. the Royals. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer for the Tribe. 

Yesterday’s Highlights

Coming off his four-hit day on Saturday, Melky Cabrera added two more hits yesterday in the Sox loss…Jose Abreu tripled in a run (click on top link below) and Micah Johnson singled and stole his first major-league base (click on bottom link below).

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/69622576/v80382583

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/30813258/v80217583

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Quote of the Day

Reliever Zach Putnam (pictured above), who has been unscored upon in his last two outings, talking about the advantage of having David Robertson as a bullpen mate (via Scott Merkin at whitesox.com):

“I’m trying to have him impart some of that knowledge on me as I develop (the cutter) as a third pitch…It was almost surreal listening to him talk…He was like, ‘Mo (future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, who was Robertson’s teammate with the Yankees) holds his like this and does this with it, and I’m like, ‘I wish I had a camera to record all this so I have it for future reference.’ But I’m trying to learn from him whenever I can.”

Sanchez IL Player of the Week

Charlotte’s Carlos Sanchez has been named the International League Player of the Week (April 13-19). He hit a blistering .536 with six runs scored, four doubles, a stolen base and six RBI for the Knights. He is among the league leaders in hits, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Rodon should fit right in with the Sox pitching staff.

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Breakout

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) as we go for the series win today before heading home. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Shane Greene for Detroit.

Quintana (1-0, 4.09) makes his third start of the year. He earned his first win on April 14 vs. the Indians, giving up just one run on three hits in six innings.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Cabrera LF, Abreu 1B, LaRoche DH, Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Johnson 2B

Yesterday’s Highlights

White Sox 12 17 1
Tigers 3 7 0

The Sox broke out in a huge way at Comerica, led by the 2-3-4 hitters…No. 4 Adam LaRoche smashed a three-run homer in the third inning, his third HR of the season, and went 3-5 with four RBI…In a seven-run fourth, No. 3 Jose Abreu followed LaRoche’s example with a grand slam, his third HR of the year, and he also went 3-5…No. 2 Melky Cabrera set the table with a double and three singles, two runs scored and drove in a pair of runs to boot…Alexei Ramirez and Conor Gillaspie added a ribbie each and Micah Johnson reached base three times on an infield single and a pair of walks while scoring twice…Chris Sale earned the win with six strong innings of work, allowing just two runs, four hits and a lone walk along with six strikeouts. He’s now 2-0 after winning his first two decisions, with a 2.25 ERA…Zach Putnam pitched a perfect seventh.

Enjoy the LaRoche bomb and the seven-run fourth inning, which included Abreu’s slam:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v78671983

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/v78852883

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Quote of the Day

Sale on yesterday’s offensive outburst:

“These are the guys we knew we had the whole time. I don’t now what I did for Rochie (LaRoche), but every time I pitch he’s hitting homers. And we know what we have in Abreu. That home run was the difference maker. He opened the game up.

“It really takes all the pressure off. You still have to perform and get through it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen 12 runs before. It was impressive.

“After that tough loss (the day before) it’s nice to come here and get that deep breath, exhale a little bit and here we go.”

And here’s a look at Chris’ performance.

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v78937583

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that concludes with four vs. the Royals. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, LHP Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.

Farm Report

Carlos Sanchez continued his hot hitting last night in Class AAA Charlotte’s 6-2 win on the road at Gwinnett, the Knights’ fourth straight triumph. He pounded out a pair of doubles and a single with an RBI to raise his batting average to .485 and sizzling OPS to 1.106…Matt Davidson hit a two-run homer, Trayce Thompson singled and is now batting .385 with a .995 OPS and Erik Johnson (2-0) got credit for the win…Jake Petricka, on a rehab assignment, pitched a scoreless inning…Class AA affiliate Birmingham split a twin bill in Chattanooga last night, winning the opener 11-5 before dropping a 1-0 decision in the nightcap…In the first-game victory, Courtney Hawkins hit his third home run in four games and Tyler Danish was the winning pitcher.

Bulls Draw First Blood, Blackhawks Look to Take Lead

Congrats to our brother Bulls for their convincing win last night over the Bucks at the United Center in Game 1 of their best-of-seven NBA playoff series. Game 2 is set for Monday night at the UC. The Hawks aim to go up two games to one over the Predators in their best-of-seven NHL series at home this afternoon.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 11 on April 16 at U.S. Cellular Field, Paul Konerko‘s second and seventh inning solo homers proved to be the only offense needed in the Sox’ 2-1 victory over the Mariners. Mark Buehrle was at his best, throwing a complete game and giving up just one run on three hits with 12 strikeouts in winning his second game of the season. The first-place Sox moved to 8-3 on the season.

Photo of the Day

The Sox bonded before yesterday’s game (top photo) and it must have worked as a celebration ensued after the big win.

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Sale’s Goal: Tame the Tigers

Saturday, April 18, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (12:08 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers.

Sale (1-0, 1.50) is set to make his second start of the season. He earned the victory in his season debut on April 12 vs. the Twins after allowing just one run on five hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in six innings (98 pitches) of work.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Cabrera LF, Abreu DH, LaRoche 1B, Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Johnson 2B

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jeff Samardzija was the Sox star of the day. The Shark was masterful, allowing just a run, eight scattered hits, no walks and seven strikeouts in eight innings as the Sox dropped a heartbreaker to the Tigers, 2-1…Avi Garcia hit his first homer of the season, an opposite field solo blast off of Detroit ace David Price in the second inning (click on link below).

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v77090083/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

A Star On and Off the Field

Samardzija grew up in nearby Valparaiso, Ind. and the Sox right-hander has made a generous pledge to give back to his home community. Every public school student in Valpo–approximately 7,500 strong–will be given a ticket from the Shark to attend a Sox game.

Quote of the Day

Shark talks about yesterday’s outing:
“If I’m most proud of anything it was pitches with runners in scoring position. They like to run and we cut that out, which I was happy about. That was a key going into the game. We were battling there. To get a couple of ground balls here and there was huge.

“I always feel better the last 50 or 60 pitches of a game. (The Tigers are) a great team and I know from pitch 1 I had to have a great day to do what we wanted to do.”

Next Week’s Homestand

http://atmlb.com/1Ebuh5M

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers in Detroit (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and five-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Shane Greene for Detroit.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 10 on April 15 the first-place Sox’ record moved to 7-3 on the strength of Juan Uribe‘s two-run homer/four RBI night and Jermaine Dye‘s solo clout as the Sox posted a 6-4 victory at home over the Mariners. Jon Garland pitched seven innings for the win, Dustin Hermanson chalked up save No. 2.

Photo/Video of the Day

A Samardzija sampling:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v77217883

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Showdown in Motown

Friday, April 17, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, LHP David Price for the Tigers.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Cabrera LF, Abreu 1B, Garcia RF, LaRoche DH, Ramirez SS, Beckham 3B, Soto C, Bonifacio 2B

Meet Adam LaRoche

Petricka Starts Rehab on a Good Note

Jake Petricka made his first injury rehab appearance for Class AAA Charlotte last night and pitched a scoreless sixth inning in the Knights’ victory.

Mother/Son Night

http://mlb.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/groups/gsg/gsg.jsp?loc=mom

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New Melissa McCarthy Movie to be Filmed at U.S. Cellular Field

While the Sox are on the road in Milwaukee on May 12 and 13, popular comedic actress Melissa McCarthy, who was born just outside of Chicago in Plainfield, Illinois, will be at U.S. Cellular Field to shoot scenes for the upcoming movie, Michelle Darnell.

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Quote of the Day

Don Cooper on a recent conversation he had with Chris Sale (via CBS Chicago):

“We were talking, and I said, ‘You know, I got to tell you something. You’re the best pitcher I’ve ever been lucky enough to have, and I appreciate you. I’m not talking about…gameday. Certainly, I appreciate you in there.’ Here’s the things I appreciate most from him. One, he wants to be good, you know. He wants to be one of the top guys.

“I appreciated him for that, his desire and hunger to be good.

“As a pitching coach, he’s a dream.

“Our biggest job, my biggest job, is to keep this guy healthy because if he’s healthy, he’s got to go out there and do some special things, which we’ve all seen since he arrived here in Chicago.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers in Detroit (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers.

Photo of the Day

A quite formidable 1-2: Shark today, Sale tomorrow

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Off-Day News & Notes

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Today’s News

Alexei and the Numbers Game

It’s only mid-April and Alexei Ramirez has already distinguished himself as the league leader in uniform numbers worn. Both Hawk Harrelson on the Sox telecast and @ckamka on Twitter pointed out yesterday that Alexei has worn three different numbers this season, his own No. 10 and those of two baseball greats–No. 9 in the home opener to honor Minnie Minoso and No. 42 in tribute to Jackie Robinson.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Ramirez went 2-4 with an RBI, J.B. Shuck singled in a run, Conor Gillaspie doubled and scored and Adam LaRoche walked three times with a run scored in the 4-2 loss to the Indians in Cleveland. On the pitching side, Matt Albers (1.1 IP), Dan Jennings (1.0) and Zach Putnam (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in relief of starter John Danks.

A Minor No-No

James Dykstra (pictured below), the Sox’ sixth-round draft choice in 2013, threw a no-hitter for our Class A affiliate Winston-Salem yesterday in the Dash’s 1-0 triumph at Potomac in the first game of a twin bill.

The right-hander allowed just one baserunner via a walk, but immediately picked him off. He also didn’t allow a ball to reach the outfield.

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Micah Discusses African-Americans in Baseball

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/micah-johnson-mlb-has-platform-reach-african-american-youth

High Socks For Hope

If anyone is interested in learning more about David and Erin Robertson‘s High Socks for Hope charity that helps those affected by tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters,  check out the story below, go directly to the website, highsocksforhope.com, or the Twitter account @HighSocks4Hope.

One question: Now that David is playing on the South Side, shouldn’t it be spelled High Sox for Hope? Just saying…

http://www.sportsmanias.com/tweets/article/552ea9a4c2e8d698530000de

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox are idle today. Tomorrow, it’ll be the Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, LHP David Price for the Tigers.

Photo/Video of the Day

Yesterday was Jackie Robinson Day, but every day is a good day to learn about Robinson’s impact on baseball and society. Here’s Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, who grew up in Brooklyn as a fan of Jackie’s and the Dodgers:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v72574083/?partnerId=ed-9111716-791510073

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Jose, Jose and a Lockdown Pen

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game (Morning Start in Chicago)

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (11:10 a.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the sweep in the finale of the brief two-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer for the Tribe.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Quintana pitched six solid innings for his first win (6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 6 SO), Jose Abreu launched a long solo homer–his second of the season–and the bullpen trio of Dan Jennings,  Zach Duke (top photo below) and David Robertson (bottom photo below) was lights out, combining for three no-hit frames as the Sox won their third straight, 4-1, in Cleveland…Jennings came on in relief of Quintana in the seventh inning and struck out two while Duke and Robertson struck out the side in the eighth and ninth, respectively…It was Robertson’s second save…Tyler Flowers (2 for 4) and Avi Garcia each singled in a run and Adam LaRoche delivered another RBI with a groundout.

Here’s a look at Q’s performance, Abreu’s homer and the Flowers and Garcia RBI singles:

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Coop on New Sox Closer: A Big Thumbs Up

http://chicago.suntimes.com/baseball/7/71/516730/new-white-sox-closer-gets-pitching-coach-don-cooper-fired

Just a Reminder

Today is Jackie Robinson Day. Among the activities planned to commemorate Robinson’s historic place in history: the White Sox, like all MLB players, will wear his No. 42.

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Thinking of Carrasco

It was a frightening sight last night when Indians’ starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco was hit in the face and knocked down by a Melky Cabrera batted ball in the first inning. We send Carrasco our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

“That’s beyond the baseball stuff,” Robin Ventura said, “You want to make sure the kid’s alright. Anytime you see someone get hit like that, it’s always scary.”

Quote of the Day

Robin on his own low-key demeanor (via Scot Gregor, Daily Herald):

“People act like you don’t care because you don’t stomp up and down. That’s not going to happen with me. There are times when you go out and argue and do things like that. But stomping up and down just to stomp up and down…it always reminds me about being a lawyer.

“If you’re a lawyer and you have the evidence, use the evidence. If you have the law, use the law. If you have nothing, just pound the table. I’m not going to pound the table. A lot of this job is what your convictions are and what you believe in. I believe I’m the right guy and we’ll move on.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit  (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, LHP David Price for the Tigers.

2005 Flashback

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

Juan Uribe‘s sac fly drove in A.J. Pierzynski to break a 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth inning and Dustin Hermanson shut down the Indians in the bottom half for his first save and the 5-4 win in Game No. 8. The first-place Sox moved to 6-2 on the year.

Photo of the Day

Mission accomplished.

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