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Seventh-Inning Homers Do the Trick in The Bronx

Saturday, September 26, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the third game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (7-13, 4.59) for the Sox, RHP Adam Warren (6-7, 3.46) for New York.

Last Night’s Highlights

Mike Olt (No. 4) and Gordon Beckham (6) blasted seventh-inning solo homers off of CC Sabathia to break a 2-2 tie and Carlos Rodon had another quality start for his ninth win of the season as the White Sox went on to top the Yanks, 5-2, in Game 2 of the four-game series.

Olt grew up a Yankee fan in Connecticut and put the Sox ahead with his family and friends watching from their seats (click on top link below) and Beckham gave us a little breathing room moments later (click on second link)…Rodon gave up just a pair of runs in six innings and now has posted a 1.81 ERA over his last eight starts. The outing is expected to be his last start of 2015.

The Sox got on the board in the second inning on an Alexei Ramirez RBI double and we added our second run in the third on an Avi Garcia single. Adam Eaton singled in the final run in the ninth …The Sox defense was outstanding, completing four double plays–and click on the bottom link to see Trayce Thompson‘s spectacular leaping catch, which saved at least one run…David Robertson, making his first appearance at Yankee Stadium in a visiting uniform after seven years in New York pinstripes, set his former mates down in order in the ninth for his 32nd save.

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Quote of the Day

Robertson on retiring former teammate Brett Gardner for the last out of the game:

Brett’s a good friend of mine and I’ve seen him grind out some at-bats and I feel like he was doing it right there to me. I wanted to strike him out and I’m sure he wanted to blast one out off me and instead we settled for a long flyout.

Click on link to watch Robertson’s perfect ninth:

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (12:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series and 11-game road trip as the Good Guys finish the season at home with three vs. the Royals and three against the Tigers beginning Tuesday night. Probable Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (3-0, 3.52) for the Sox, RHP Luis Severino for New York.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 155 on September 25 at home, the first-place White Sox defeated the Twins, 4-1, for their third straight victory and 94th of the season. Mark Buehrle won his 16th with a complete game performance, allowing just one run, four hits and no walks while striking out six. Paul Konerko hit his 38th home run, a two-run shot, and Aaron Rowand delivered an RBI triple.

Photos of the Day

Sox celebrate a Yankee Stadium win.

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Friday Roundup: Rodon Faces Yanks, Sale’s Milestones, A Look Back at Little Looie and a Trayce of Power

Friday, September 25, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (8-6, 3.78) for the Sox, CC Sabathia (5-9, 4.80) for New York.

Rodon makes his 26th appearance and 23rd start of the season. He is 4-2 with a 1.66 ERA and 45 strikeouts over his last seven starts, limiting opponents to a .193 average. Carlos won his last start on September 19 at Cleveland, allowing one run on six hits over 7.2 innings pitched.

Sale 1,000

With his fourth strikeout of the game–fanning former Sox minor-leaguer Chris Young in the third inning–Chris Sale recorded his 1,000th career K. With eight total strikeouts, he is now three away from breaking the all-time franchise record of 269, set by Hall of Famer Ed Walsh in 1908.

Quote of the Day

In addition to his milestone strikeout last night, Sale surpassed the 200-inning mark, reaching 201.2. Here was his reaction:

“You look at guys through history, 200 innings was the benchmark. That’s what you want to reach. I don’t think anything else really matters until there’s 200 innings pitched.”

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Luis Aparicio: 30 Years of Immortality

Starting today and continuing through Sunday, The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is hosting the 10th annual Baseball Film Festival in Cooperstown, NY. Films can be of any length and genre, but must have been released within the last five years and feature baseball as a primary or secondary theme.

One of the films is Luis Aparicio: 30 years of Immortality, featuring the man who became known to White Sox fans as Little Looie. The film examines the impact of Aparicio, who broke in with the Sox in 1956 and spent 10 of his 18 Hall of Fame seasons on the South Side. It also includes footage from the day that Venezuela heard the news that one of their favorite sons had achieved immortality in Cooperstown.

Click on the link below and enjoy the film:

https://youtu.be/HdHMi8rNvMU

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the third game of the four-game series. LHP John Danks (7-13, 4.59) for the Sox, RHP Adam Warren (6-7, 3.46) for New York.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 154 on September 24 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox routed the Twins, 8-1, for their 93rd win of the season. Jermaine Dye belted his 30th homer of the year, a three-run shot, Joe Crede blasted a solo home run, No. 21, with two RBI and Tadahito Iguchi went 4-4 with an RBI. Freddy Garcia won his 13th of the season, allowing just one run and four hits in eight innings of work.

Photos/Video of the Day

Trayce Thompson made his Yankee Stadium debut a positive one last night with his fifth homer, a solo shot (click on link below), and a walk with the bases loaded in the Sox’ 3-2 loss. Teammate Adam Eaton added three hits, walked and scored a run.

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White Sox Remember Yogi Berra as Team Opens Series vs. Yankees in New York

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-10, 3.47) for the Sox, RHP Michael Pineda (11-8, 4.10) for New York.

Sale will be making his 30th start of the season and 15th on the road. He needs 11 strikeouts to set a single-season franchise record with 270.

Yogi Berra 1925-2015

White Sox fans have sadly lost two of their franchise icons in 2015–Minnie Minoso and Billy Pierce.

Now, New York Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra–who won more World Series rings (10) than any major leaguer in history and later became a national treasure with his legendary Yogi-isms–has passed away at the age of 90.

Yogi made a positive impact with virtually everyone he met. Robin Ventura, David Robertson and Don Cooper all got to know Yogi well during their time with the Yankees. Hawk Harrelson played against him. Click on the link below for some of their thoughts:

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150923&content_id=151183786&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Quotes of the Day

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (8-6, 3.78) for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (5-9, 4.80) for New York.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 153 on September 23 at home vs. the Twins, Jermaine Dye belted a three-run homer, his 29th of the season, and went 3-4 in the White Sox’ 3-1 win over the Twins–our 92nd victory of the year…Jose Contreras improved his record to 14-7, tossing a complete game while allowing just one run on six hits with nine strikeouts.

Photo/Video of the Day

Melky Cabrera homered, doubled and singled and drove in three runs in yesterday’s loss to the Tigers. It was Melky’s 12th long one of the season and 100th of his career. Click on the link and take a look at his milestone home run, a two-run shot.

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Good Morning Motown, Meet Frankie Montas

Wednesday, September 23, 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 the Sox look to take three of four in the series that concludes today. Probable Starters: RHP Frankie Montas (0-0, 1.13), making his first big-league start, for the Sox vs. RHP Justin Verlander (3-8, 3.46) for Detroit.

Montas made his major-league debut on September 2 at Minnesota, working a scoreless eighth inning, and tossed an inning of scoreless relief in his last outing on September 20 at Cleveland. He owns a 1.50 ERA through four relief appearances vs. the American League Central, though he will be making his first appearance against the Tigers.

Frankie went 5-5 with a 2.97 ERA, 108 strikeouts and one complete game in 23 starts with Class AA Birmingham. He was a member of the Southern League midseason All-Star team as well as the World Team at the All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati.

Last Night’s Highlights

Tyler Saladino‘s one-out triple in the top of the ninth inning broke up a Tiger team no-hitter (click on top link below) and Adam Eaton followed with an RBI single (click on middle link) as the White Sox tied the game at 1-1. Detroit then scored the game-winner in the bottom of the 10th for the Tigers’ 2-1 victory…Jose Quintana had a brilliant outing while recording another no-decision, allowing just the one run in seven innings (click on bottom link). In his last four starts, Q is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 27 innings…Jake Petricka tossed 2.2 perfect frames.

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Quotes of the Day

Closer David Robertson and bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen on how a small suggestion paid dividends:

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-thigpens-small-suggestion-pays-big-dividends-robertson

Fan Appreciation Day: Sunday, October 4

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-10, 3.47) for the Sox, RHP Michael Pineda (11-8, 4.10) for New York.

Photo of the Day

The Sox won the 9,000th game in franchise history on Monday night. Here are some other club milestones:

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Twice as Nice

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Today’s News

Doubleheader Sweep in Motown

The White Sox swept the Tigers in yesterday’s day-night doubleheader.

Game 1:  Simply put, Jeff Samardzija was brilliant in the opener of the twin bill with a complete game, one-hit shutout (click on top link below) as the Sox defeated the Tigers, 2-0. The lone hit was Victor Martinez‘s bloop single in the fifth inning, which was the only Detroit baserunner all afternoon. It’s also interesting to note that Shark’s 88 pitches were the fewest in a nine-inning CG this season in all of baseball. He also struck out six in earning his 10th win of the year…Offensively for the Sox, Carlos Sanchez was a triple shy of the cycle. He scored both runs with a solo homer (No. 5) in the sixth inning (click on bottom link) and doubled and came home with the first Sox run on an Adam Eaton single in the third.

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Game 2: Erik Johnson recorded another quality start, Gordon Beckham belted a solo homer (No. 5), Jose Abreu doubled in his 96th run, Trayce Thompson doubled, tripled and scored plus Tyler Saladino tripled, scored and made a terrific leaping play at shortstop as the Sox completed the sweep, 3-2…In six innings of work, Johnson gave up a pair of runs and five hits while striking out nine to go 3-0…Nate Jones pitched a perfect seventh and eighth and David Robertson registered his 31st save with a scoreless ninth. He ended the game by striking out the dangerous Victor Martinez with the potential tying run on first base.

Enjoy the Beckham bomb, Saladino’s great grab and Robertson’s game-ending K.

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:08 p.m. CT, CSN) in the third game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (9-10, 3.45) for the Sox, LHP Daniel Norris (1-1, 4.68) for Detroit.

Q will make his 31st start of the season, 16th on the road and fifth against Detroit. He is 3-0 with a 2.72 and 33 strikeouts over his last six starts, five of which were quality. He received a no decision in his last start on September 17 vs. the A’s, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings. That marked his 23rd quality start of the season.

Quote of the Day

Shark on his near-perfecto:

“That’s what I’m all about–I don’t carry over starts into the next start. I’m a professonal and I go out there and do my job regardless of what happened the last time. This is a tough sport. Even when you’re at your beat, it can get to you. You always have to be even-keeled.

“I needed to go back to my last couple of starts and see why good pitches were getting tatooed…It was pretty obvious on a few things I was doing, especially for my fastball. For me it’s such a big pitch, that if they know it’s coming, it really takes an edge off what I’m doing.

“Hopefully we can continue to get better and keep watching film and make sure there are no other things in there, and if there are, we can clean them up.”

Abreu Honored

Abreu has been named the Co-American League Player of the Week (September 14-20) along with the Rangers’ Prince Fielder.

Abreu batted .458 with two homers, two doubles, nine RBI, a .552 OBP and a 1.343 OPS during that span.

Michalczewski, May Headed to AFL

Two top Sox prospects, third baseman Trey Michalczewski (pictured on left below) and outfielder Jacob May (pictured on right), have been added to the Glendale Desert Dogs roster in the Arizona Fall League.

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B.A. Behind the Mic

With Sox TV analyst Steve Stone observing the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur today and tomorrow, former Sox outfielder Brian Anderson will fill in and team up with Hawk Harrelson on the telecasts.

R.I.P Alex Monchak

Alex Monchak, who spent some 60 years in baseball and was on manager Chuck Tanner‘s White Sox coaching staff from 1971-75, passed away on September 12 at the age of 98.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Probable Starters: TBA for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (3-8, 3.46) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

Last night’s win in the nightcap was a big one.

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Rodon Rules, Sox Gear Up For Series Win

Sunday, September 20, 2015

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Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Carlos Rodon tossed 7.2 brilliant innings in winning his eighth game of the season. He allowed  just one run on a sacrifice fly, six hits and a lone walk along with four strikeouts (click on top link below) as the White Sox topped the Tribe, 4-3, in the middle game of the three-game set. The Sox also played the role of a spoiler as the Indians continue to make a run at an American League wild-card spot…In Rodon’s last seven starts, he has a 1.66 ERA and a .193 opponents average over 48.2 innings…Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, Micah Johnson and Rob Brantly each collected an RBI while Eaton delivered a two-hit game…David Robertson chalked up his 30th save and the game ended with the Sox closer picking off Cleveland’s Abraham Almonte, the potential tying run, at first base (click on bottom link).

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This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (7-12, 4.56) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (5-2, 2.70) for the Tribe.

Danks is set to make his 28th start of the season and 14th on the road. He posted a no-decision in his last start on September 14 vs. Oakland, allowing three runs on three hits over seven innings for another quality start.

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura on Rodon’s performance:

“The whole time he was in control, command-wise he was locating great. It’s impressive what he’s done.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit in a day-night doubleheader that begins a four-game series.

Game 1 (12:08 p.m. CT, CSN) — Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-13, 5.27) for the Sox, LHP Kyle Ryan (2-3, 5.32) for the Tigers.

Game 2 (6:08 p.m., CT, WPWR) — Probable Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (2-0, 3.71) for the Sox, LHP Randy Wolf (0-3, 6.48) for Detroit.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 148 on September 18 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, the first-place White Sox won their 90th win of the season with a narrow 2-1 victory over the Twins. Jose Contreras claimed his 13th triumph and Bobby Jenks recorded his third save. Scott Podsednik had a two-hit game and Aaron Rowand drove in a run.

Photo of the Day

DRob’s a little bit giddy after closing down the Indians with his pick-off move.

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Sox Counting on a Vintage Sale vs. Tribe

Friday, September 18, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and 11-game road trip that continues with four against both the Tigers and Yankees. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-9, 3.55) for the Sox, RHP Cody Anderson (4-3, 3.68) for the Tribe.

Sale will make his 29th start of the season, 14th on the road and fourth vs. Cleveland. Chris leads the American League and ranks second in the majors with 250 strikeouts. He needs four Ks to tie Hall of Famer Ed Walsh (1912) for the fourth-highest total in Sox single-season history with 254. He is 14 strikeouts away from 1,000 in his career.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Quintana pitched seven strong innings, allowing just a run on four hits along with six strikeouts (click on top link below), but the Sox dropped a 4-2 decision to the A’s in the finale of the four-game series…Quintana is 3-0 with a 2.72 ERA over his last six starts…Mike Olt belted his second home run in as many days (No. 3), a solo blast (click on bottom link), Melky Cabrera collected two hits with an RBI and Tyler Flowers had three hits…Matt Albers pitched a perfect eighth for his career-high 16th straight scoreless appearance (19.2 IP).

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Quote of the Day

Olt on becoming the first player to homer for the Sox and Cubs in the same season (on Wednesday night):

“It’s pretty cool. I’m surprised that it hasn’t happened. I guess not a lot of guys get traded over here from the Cubs or the opposite. It was definitely something I’ll be able to tell my kids about down the road.”

What You Don’t Know About Tyler Saladino

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White Sox Prospects Honored    

Shortstop Tim Anderson (left) and LHP Jordan Guerrero have been named MLB Pipeline’s White Sox Prospects of the Year.

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R.I.P. Milo Hamilton

Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster Milo Hamilton has passed away at the age of 88. Hamilton worked with longtime White Sox radio voice and fellow Hall of Famer Bob Elson on Sox games from 1962-65 on WCFL.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (7-6, 3.94) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (13-10, 3.62) for Cleveland.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 146 on September 16 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Joe Crede singled home Jermaine Dye with the eventual game-winner in the 10th inning as the first-place White Sox prevailed over the Twins, 2-1. Jon Garland tossed eight outstanding innings, allowing just a run and six hits with six strikeouts. Bobby Jenks, who pitched 1.1 perfect innings in relief, notched his first victory.

Photo of the Day

Boys will be boys–and Saladino is no different.

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Booming Bats Put Sox on Verge of Series Win

Thursday, September 17, 2015

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Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Carlos Sanchez (No. 4), Jose Abreu (29) and Mike Olt (2) all homered and the White Sox scored six runs in the fourth inning as we routed the A’s in Game 3 of the four-game series for a chance today to win the series…The Sanchez and Olt roundtrippers were two-run shots and Abreu’s blast was a solo homer. Abreu added another RBI, giving him 93 this season…Melky Cabrera added to the offensive output with a two-run double…Erik Johnson had a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings to go 2-0…Frankie Montas pitched two scoreless, hitless frames with two strikeouts and Scott Carroll, just recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, pitched the ninth.

Enjoy the Sanchez, Abreu and Olt home runs:

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This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the series and 10-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (9-10, 3.53) for the Sox, LHP Sean Nolin (1-1, 3.09) for Oakland.

Q will be making his 30th start of the season, 15th at home and first against Oakland. He is 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA and 31 strikeouts over his last six starts, five of which have been quality.

Jose earned the win in his last start on September 12 vs. the Twins, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out five and walking three over six innings. It was his 22nd quality start of the season.

Quote of the Day

In Wednesday’s post, we quoted Trayce Thompson about reaching the major leagues. Here’s Robin Ventura‘s take on the Sox rookie (via Colleen Kane, Tribune):

“His maturity, his progression, his experience in learning, it’s different. He’s a more mature kid. He has filled out, he’s stronger, more confident…It’s part of feeling confident enough to do it, having enough reps so when he gets up here it’s not a fluke that he’s a good player. How much he’s going to take (the opportunity) and go with it, that’s always going to be up to him. But is he a big-league player? Yeah, he’s a big-league player.”

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have won eight of their last 13 games…The Sox are 21-11 against the American League West this season…The nine runs represented a season-high at home…Abreu is hitting .377 with five home runs and 13 RBI over his last 13 games…Cabrera is batting .340 with eight RBI over his last 11 games at home…Adam Eaton is hitting .382 with 12 runs scored over his last 16 games…Olt became the first player to homer for the Sox and Cubs in the same season.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and 11-game road trip that continues with four against both the Tigers and Yankees. Probable Starters: Chris Sale (12-9, 3.55) for the Sox, RHP Cody Anderson (4-3, 3.68) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Tyler Saladino shows his love on a night that our “best friends” took over the ballpark.

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Erik Johnson Set to Battle A’s in Game 3 of Series

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the third game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-0, 3.27) for the Sox, RHP Cody Martin (2-4, 6.57) for Oakland.

Johnson is set to make his third start of the season, second at home and first vs. Oakland. In his last start on September 11 vs. the Twins he had a no decision, allowing just one run on four hits with six strikeouts in five innings of work.

Last Night’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez each belted his 10th homer of the season and Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton both had three-hit nights along with an RBI in the loss to the A’s…Reliever Matt Albers made his career-high 15th scoreless appearance (18.2 IP).

Here’s Melky’s two-run blast and Alexei’s solo homer:

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Sox Notes of Note

Cabrera is batting .333 with two homers and six RBI over his last 10 home games…Ramirez is hitting .371 with two homers and 16 runs scored over his last 15 contests…Abreu is batting .500 with seven RBI against the A’s this season…Eaton is hitting .378 with 14 RBI and 14 runs scored over his last 18 games…Mike Olt is batting .316 over his last five.

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Quote of the Day

Rookie Trayce Thompson on reaching the major leagues (via @CST_SoxVan):

“In the minor leagues, you try so hard to get here and once you get here it’s almost a relief and you just go play.”

In 26 games and 61 at bats, Trayce has certainly made the most of his call-up from Class AAA Charlotte with a slash line of .377/.424/.689.

Baseball’s Best Starting Pitcher? How About “Swing and Miss Chris?”

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150915&content_id=149509768&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and 10-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (9-10, 3.53) for the Sox, LHP Sean Nolin (1-1, 3.09) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

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All’s Well That Ends Well

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-12, 4.89) for the Sox, RHP Aaron Brooks (1-3, 7.62) for Oakland.

Last Night’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera‘s two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the 14th inning gave the White Sox an exciting 8-7 triumph in the series opener. It was a sweet win for sure, but the road to victory got a bit bumpy in a bizarre top of the ninth inning.

The Sox entered the ninth with a 7-3 advantage, but two A’s hits, a wild pitch, a dropped third strike, a catcher’s interference, a walk and a passed ball later, Oakland tied the score at 7-7.

The relief corps of Nate Jones (0.2 IP), Zach Duke (0.2), Jake Petricka (1.2) and winning pitcher Dan Jennings (2.0) was outstanding in the final five frames, holding the A’s scoreless until Melky’s clutch hit scored Geovany Soto. Soto, who singled to lead off the 14th, moved to second on an Adam Eaton sac bunt and slid in just ahead of Josh Reddick‘s accurate throw from rightfield with the game-winner.

If the game had ended in the ninth, the four-run third inning–featuring two-run homers by Jose Abreu (No. 28) and Trayce Thompson (4)–and a three-run fourth highlighted by an Abreu two-RBI single, would have been the lead along with John Danks‘ performance. The Sox lefty had another quality start, allowing three runs and three hits in seven innings.

With 28 homers and 90 RBI, Abreu is on his way to joining Albert Pujols as the only major leaguers to record 30-100 seasons in their first two years. Thompson, who left in the ninth inning with a left elbow strain and is day-to-day, is batting .436 with three home runs and 12 RBI at home this season.

The Sox pounded out 16 hits led by Cabrera’s four, Abreu’s three and two each by Eaton, Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers.

Enjoy the Melkman’s walk-off, the Abreu and Thompson homers and Dank’s solid start:

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are now an impressive 13-3 in extra innings and 20-10 against the American League West…Matt Albers, who pitched a perfect eighth inning with a pair of Ks, made his career-high 14th straight scoreless appearance (17.2 IP)…Ramirez is hitting .373 with 14 runs scored over his last 14 games…Eaton is hitting .362 in his last 17 games…Avi Garcia is batting .324 in his last 10.

Quote of the Day

Carlos Rodon will make his next start in Cleveland on Saturday. Here’s an interesting tidbit:

@ckamka: Rodon is youngest #WhiteSox pitcher with 6 straight quality starts since Mark Buehrle in 2001

Robertson is Sox Clemente Award Nominee

Congratulations to White Sox closer David Robertson who has been named one of the 30 club nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award. The award recognizes a player who best represents the game with positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

Fan voting will begin tomorrow, on Roberto Clemente Day, to help decide who succeeds the Sox’ Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins who shared the honor last season. The winner will be announced at the World Series.

David and his wife Erin created High Socks for Hope, a 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit Corporation, to help those affected by tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters. The charity was created after a tornado devasted Robertson’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2011.

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LaRoche Named Feller Finalist

Adam LaRoche has been named a finalist for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. The  award recognizes and honors those who support our service men.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the third game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-0, 3.27) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Chavez (7-15, 4.18) for Oakland.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 143 on September 13 at Kansas City, the first-place White Sox defeated the Royals, 6-4, for their 88th win of the season. Aaron Rowand went 4-4 with three doubles and an RBI and Scott Podsednik, Jermaine Dye, A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe each drove in a run. Jose Contreras won this 12th game of the season and Bobby Jenks recorded his second save.

Photo of the Day

The Bulls’ Doug McDermott threw out the ceremonial first pitch last evening on Sox-Bulls Night.

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