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“Swing and Miss” Chris Back on Center Stage

Friday, June 19, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-3, 3.01) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (6-3, 4.37) for Texas.

When it comes to overwhelming hitters, it doesn’t get much better than what the Sox ace has accomplished:

* Sale has joined Hall-of-Famers Pedro Martinez (three times) and Randy Johnson (once) as the only pitchers since 1914 to strike out 12 or more batters in at least four straight starts. Martinez and Johnson share the record of five straight games with 12-plus strikeouts.

* Chris is the first major-league pitcher since former American League Cy Young winner David Price (from June 4 to June 25, 2014) to strike out 10 or more batters in five straight starts.

* His 51 strikeouts over his last four starts are a franchise record and the most in the majors since Johnson fanned 54 from August 15 to August 31, 2004 with Arizona. Sale is the only active major-leaguer to strike out 50 or more batters over a four-start stretch.

* Prior to 2013, Juan Pizarro (40 in 1961) and Javier Vazquez (42 in 2007) were the only White Sox pitchers to strike out 40-plus batters over a four-start span. Chris performed the feat once each in 2013 and 2014 and four times this season.

* Sale became the first pitcher since 1900 to record 10-plus strikeouts in four straight starts while increasing his total in each outing. He has whiffed 10-plus batters a franchise-record 24 times in 97 career starts, including six of his last seven. His 14 career games with 12 or more Ks also are a franchise record and the most in the big leagues since 2012.

* Chris’ average of 11.71 strikeouts in 2015 would break his own franchise record and is on pace to record 266 strikeouts.

* He reached 100 strikeouts in 12 starts and 78.1 innings pitched, both the fastest in Sox history, breaking his own marks of 14 starts set in 2013-14 and 89.1 in 2014.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jeff Samardzija went seven solid innings, allowing just a pair of runs with seven strikeouts (click on top link below) and Geovany Soto belted a solo homer, his fourth long one of the season (click on bottom link), but it wasn’t enough as the Sox dropped a close 3-2 decision to the Pirates.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/7988242/v176312383/pitcws-samardzija-fans-seven-over-seven-strong#

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v176219483/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

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Quote of the Day

Bench coach Mark Parent on Sale:

“The maturity of Sale from this year to last year is going through the roof…on and off the field. It seems like he has really matured in my opinion to that next level (with the) superstar-type guys.”

Roster Move

Scott Carroll has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte with Hector Noesi designated for assignment.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Carlos Rodon (2-1, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Nick Martinez (5-2, 2.76) for Texas.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 66 on June 17 at home against the Dodgers, Mark Buehrle tossed a complete game shutout in the Sox’ 6-0 victory. Buehrle, who scattered eight hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out six while improving his record to 8-1 on the season. Jermaine Dye hit his 13th homer, a solo shot, Frank Thomas belted his fifth, a two-run blast, and Scott Podsednik stole three bases (33. 34, 35) and scored twice as the Good Guys claimed win No. 44.

Photos of the Day

On Tuesday night, Klay Thompson won an NBA title as a member of the Golden State Warriors. Wednesday night, Klay’s brother, Sox outfield prospect Trayce, belted two homers for the Charlotte Knights, the Sox top minor-league affiliate. Those were pretty special early Father’s Day gifts for their dad–former NBA star Mychal, who was part of two NBA champion teams with the Lakers and is currently a broadcaster for L.A.

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Sox vs. Bucs IV

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Pirates at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the finale of the two-game home series and four-game home/road set. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-4, 4.84) for the Sox, RHP Gerrit Cole (10-2, 1.71) for the Bucs.

Shown above wearing his Sox/ND cap in anticipation of Notre Dame Day at the ballpark on Saturday, Shark will be looking for some early “luck of the Irish” when he takes the mound tonight.

Last Night’s Highlights

After struggling in the first inning, John Danks settled down the rest of way, pitching scoreless ball and allowing just two hits without a walk in innings 2-7 in the Sox’ 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh…Melky Cabrera doubled in a run and Avi Garcia singled him home in the two-run sixth…Zach Duke and David Robertson each tossed a perfect inning in the eighth and ninth, respectively.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn, talking to media before last night’s game about the current state of the White Sox:

“The frustration level is high, but the organization believes in this team.”

2005 Reunion Weekend

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/reunion_weekend.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20150617_47683706&adbid=611188981405847552&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

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Where Have You Gone, Lance Broadway?

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/130453648/lance-broadway-athlete-movie-star

ND Day

http://www.whitesox.com/irish

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-3, 3.01) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (6-3, 4.37) for Texas.

Photo/Video of the Day

Turnabout is Fair Play as Sox Host Pirates

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Pirates at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) coming on the heels of a two-game series between the clubs in Pittsburgh Monday and Tuesday. Tonight’s contest is the first of a two-game set and five-game homestand that continues with three this weekend against the Rangers. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-6, 5.16) for the Sox, LHP Jeff Locke (3-3, 4.90) for the Bucs.

Last Night’s Highlights 

Jose Quintana had another quality start, giving up three runs over six innings, in the 3-0 loss to the Pirates.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Pirates at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Probable Starters: RHP

Jeff Samardzija (4-4, 4.84) for the Sox, RHP Gerrit Cole (10-2, 1.71) for Pittsburgh.

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Quote of the Day

Reliever Daniel Webb (pictured above), who pitched a scoreless seventh inning last night, on improving his control from last year to this year (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“Everybody knows and I knew that I needed to quit walking people. It was kind of in my mind and I was going about it the wrong way. Instead of just saying, ‘Challenge a guy and throw a strike,’ I would say, ‘All right don’t throw a ball.’ So, I think that’s probably the biggest thing. My thought process of challenging hitters.”

Zach Putnam Wants You

Sox Offer Special Deal to Blackhawks Fans 

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/131032022/white-sox-make-special-offer-to-blackhawks-fans-on-thursday

Details for Hawks Parade 

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/06/16/chicago-blackhawks-parade-thursday-in-loop-rally-at-soldier-field/

Photo/Video of the Day

Charlotte right-hander Erik Johnson, who spent time with the White Sox last season, was outstanding last night against Pawtucket. The Sox prospect shut out the Pawsox for six innings, allowing no runs, three hits and three walks while striking out 11. The Knights won, 2-0. Here’s more on Johnson:

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150616&content_id=131114030&fext=.jsp&vkey=recap&sid=t494

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Counting on Q in the Road-Trip Finale

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Pirates at PNC Park, Pittsburgh (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) as we look to even the series after last night’s loss in the opener of the two-game set. It is also the finale of the five-game road swing. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-6, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Charlie Morton (4-0, 2.05) for the Bucs.

Q earned the win in his last start on June 10 vs. the Astros, allowing just one run on six hits in seven innings of work.

Quote of the Day

Conor Gillaspie on his limited playing time this season (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“The No. 1 goal here is to win. Whatever gives us the best chance, if that means sitting games, then I’m all right with it. So, you just try to always stay positive and keep working hard. Whatever they need: I stand true to that…”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Pirates at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the first of a two-game set and five-game homestand that continues with three this weekend against the Rangers. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-6, 5.16) for the Sox, LHP Jeff Locke (3-3, 4.90) for Pittsburgh.

Very Cool

Here’s an early look at the giveaway for Free T-shirt Monday on July 6–a tribute to the 2005 World Series champions.

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Photo of the Day

Congrats to the Blackhawks, Stanley Cup champs!

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Let the Rodon to Recovery Begin Tonight

Monday, June 15, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Pirates at PNC Park, Pittsburgh (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game series that concludes the five-game road trip. LHP Carlos Rodon (2-0, 2.66) for the Sox, LHP Francisco Liriano (3-5, 3.25) for the Bucs.

Rodon makes his 10th major-league appearance and seventh start with five of his six previous starts quality outings. He is the first White Sox rookie to allow one or no earned runs over six-plus innings in at least four straight starts since right-hander Bruce Howard went five in a row in 1964-65. Rodon is 1-0 with a 1.11 ERA and 23 strikeouts during that stretch.

Carlos recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings on June 4 at Texas. He became the youngest White Sox pitcher (22 years and 176 days) to strike out 10 or more batters since Jason Bere (22, 117) fanned 12 against the Angels in 1993.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Although he suffered the defeat in the Sox’ 2-1 loss to the Rays, Chris Sale was outstanding and certainly did enough to win. He went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, three hits and struck out at least 12 for the fourth straight game and had double-digit Ks for the fifth start in a row. How special is his strikeout streak? The pitchers with the most consecutive starts with 12 or more strikeouts since 1914 comprises a very short list–two Hall of Famers and Sale. They are Pedro Martinez (5 in 1999, 4 in 1998 and 2001), Randy Johnson (5, 1998) plus Chris.

And here’s more on the red-hot Sox ace: a video compiliation of his recent strikeout prowess and some commentary.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=165781183

http://t.co/Mvbshzhg0Z

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Quote of the Day

Coach Mark Parent, who managed the Sox in place of Robin Ventura this weekend, on the team’s offense:

“Sooner or later it’s got to change. We have to start getting some hits, we have to start chasing each other around the bases more. That’s what people are doing to us. We need to do it to them.”

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 62 on June 12 at San Diego, Aaron Rowand‘s three-run homer in the 10th inning broke a 5-5 deadlock as the first-place White Sox defeated the Padres, 8-5, to win their 42nd game of the season. Carl Everett and Joe Crede both hit solo blasts as the Sox pounded out 13 hits. Reliever Cliff Politte upped his record to 3-0.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Pirates at PNC Park (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-6, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Charlie Morton (4-0, 2.05) for Pittsburgh.

Photo of the Day

The response to this Jeopardy answer is, “What is Pittsburgh?”–home of the Pirates. The Sox aim, of course, is to prevent the “Jolly Roger” flag from being raised in the next two days.

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It’s Sale Day in St. Pete, Fulmer Day in Omaha

Sunday, June 14, 2015

   

Today’s News

Must-See TV for Sox Fans

A couple of White Sox-connected pitchers from Lakeland, Fla. will take center stage today with the opportunity for fans to see both of them perform on TV. Ace Chris Sale will be on the hill for the Sox vs. RHP Nathan Karns (3-3, 3.86) and the Rays in the finale of the three-game series from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg at 12:10 p.m. CT on WGN. Tonight, our No. 1 draft pick Carson Fulmer will make the start for defending champion Vanderbilt in the Commodores’ College World Series opener in Omaha vs. Cal State-Fullerton at 7:00 p.m. CT on ESPN 2.

Sale Stats

Sale is set to make his 12th start of the season, sixth on the road and first against the Rays. He is 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA, 39 strikeouts and a .152 opponents average over his last three starts. Chris extended his winning streak to three in his last start on June 8 vs. Houston after allowing just one run on five hits with 14 strikeouts over eight innings. He retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced and his 14 strikeouts matched the highest of his career. Sale also will attempt to become the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2001 to strike out 12 or more batters in four consecutive starts.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Conor Gillaspie hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer (click on link below) with Adam Eaton aboard (pinch-hit walk) in the top of the eighth inning to give the Sox a 4-3 lead, but the Rays rallied in the bottom of the eighth to win, 5-4…Jose Abreu went 2-3 with an RBI, Melky Cabrera singled in a run and Jeff Samardzija threw seven solid innings while striking out seven. 

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=163205783

  

Quotes of the Day

Three MLB scouts were asked by @scotgregor to give scouting reports on Sale. No surprise here.

Scout 1: 

“What’s great about Sale is he has exceptional stuff and exceptional ability to use his stuff. And he’s left-handed to boot. His delivery…who have you ever seen that has that delivery? You hear a lot about his mechanics possibly leading to health problems, but look what he’s done the last four, five years. I’d say he’s pretty doggone durable.”

Scout 2:

“He is definitelly one of the Top 5 starters in the game; the Top 1 on a lot of nights. I know (last Monday night) he was 98 (mph) on his 113th pitch. Then he threw another five or six that were 97.”

Scout 3:

“It’s an electric fastball, it’s an electric breaking ball, it’s an electric changeup. Everything.

For me, the only thing you’ve ever questioned is his durability because of the body. Other than that, it’s top rotation stuff. He’s a competitor and he throws strikes with all of his pitches. He’s really good. Really good.”

A Change in Melky’s Way

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150613&content_id=130394358&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Pirates at PNC Park, Pittsburgh (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a two-game series that concludes the five-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-0, 2.66) for the Sox, LHP Francisco Liriano (3-5, 3.25) for the Bucs.

Photo of the Day

With their 2-1 victory last night, the Blackhawks are a game away from winning the Stanley Cup. Jose Quintana and his teammates say, “Go Hawks.”

  

Shark’s Focus: Get Fifth Win and Even Series

Saturday, June 13, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-4, 4.93) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (7-4, 1.84) for Tampa Bay.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Abreu homered in his third straight game for the first time in his career–a two out, two-run shot for his 12th of the season in the seventh inning off the right field foul pole–in the White Sox’ 7-5 loss to the Rays…Alexei Ramirez added a pair of RBI, Adam Eaton had two hits and scored twice and righty reliever Junior Guerra made his Sox debut by pitching the seventh and eighth innings, allowing a lone run.

Abreu’s blast:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=160036283

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Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the Kap & Haugh show, talking about No. 1 draft pick Carson Fulmer and the possibility of the right-handed hurler out of Vanderbilt making a quick jump to the majors:

“Because of Chris Sale, because of Carlos Rodon and even to an extent, because of Gordon Beckham a few years prior to that, we’ve sort of gotten on this path where you take a guy in the draft and immediately people start talking about how he can help us in Chicago. And as much as we say, ‘You know well those are unique situations and that’s not the normal development path,’ we keep having guys such as Carlos and Chris and Gordon sort of defying the odds and making it to Chicago quickly.

“Carson is a guy we don’t want to put any specific expectations on in terms of his arrival. However, he does have the arsenal and the makeup that he could very conceivably handle an expedited development path…He’s a guy with considerable upside and the ability to capitalize on that fairly quickly.”

That’s Fulmer below after Vandy captured the 2014 College World Series championship. He will be on the mound as the Commodores begin their defense of the title tomorrow night vs. Cal State-Fullerton at 7:00 p.m. CT.  Sox fans can watch the talented righty as the game will be  televised on ESPN 2.

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More Draft News

The White Sox have signed 26 of their 38 selections and 14 of the first 15 in this week’s MLB draft. Among them: LHP Zack Erwin (No. 4) from Clemson, RHP Jordan Stephens (No. 5) out of Rice, Oklahoma high school infielder Corey Zangari (No. 6) and RHP Blake Hickman (No. 7), a Simeon, South Side, White Sox Amateur City Elite and University of Iowa product. Fulmer, as pointed out, is still competing and has not signed.

The Rise of Top Prospect Tim Anderson

http://www.chicagotribune.com/ct-tim-anderson-minors-white-sox-spt-0612-20150611-story.html

Sox in Tampa/St. Pete, So Are Blackhawks

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/130238600/white-sox-support-blackhawks-quest-for-stanley-cup

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-2, 3.04) for the Sox, RHP Nathan Karns (3-3, 3.86) for Tampa Bay.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 60 on June 10 in an interleague contest at San Diego, the first-place White Sox defeated the Padres, 4-2, for their fifth win in a row and 41st victory of the season. A.J. Pierzynski hit his ninth homer, a solo blast, and Joe Crede and starting pitcher Jon Garland each drove in a run. Garland (pictured below) earned his 10th win and Dustin Hermanson was credited with his 15th save.

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Photos of the Day

When in Florida…

Adam EatonDavid Robertson (top photo) and Zach Duke enjoy some time on the water.

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Friday Roundup: Sox Battle Rays, Sale’s Idol, Robin on Rodon and More…

Friday, June 12, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

Coming off of a three-game sweep over the Astros and a day off, the White Sox open a three-game series vs. the Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the first leg of a five-game road trip that concludes with Monday and Tuesday games in Pittsburgh. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 5.17) for the Sox, RHP Matt Andriese (0-1, 4.79) for Tampa Bay.

Chris Sale: “Randy Johnson was my man…That’s the guy who I wanted to be”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2015/06/11/chris-sale-white-sox-dominance-randy-johnson-hall–fame/71048698/

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Quote of the Day

Skipper Robin Ventura on rookie Carlos Rodon, who is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA:

“He has the bulldog mentality of just going out and gutting his way through it and just battling. I think that’s an impressive part of what we’re learning about him–the way he goes about it, how much he cares and how much he puts on his own shoulders.”

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Four Sox Prospects From Class A Winston-Salem Named Carolina League All-Stars

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150611&content_id=130012200&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t580&sid=t580

No Neck II

The Yankees have promoted a young outfielder named Mason Williams to the big-league club. White Sox fans of a certain age will remember Mason’s great uncle–the popular Walt “No Neck” Williams, who played for the Sox from 1967-72 and had a career-high .304 batting average in 1969.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-4, 4.93) vs. RHP Chris Archer (7-4, 1.84).

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 59 on June 8 at Colorado, the first-place Sox won their 40th game of the season to go 21 games over .500 in a lopsided 15-5 victory over the Rockies. The Sox scored six runs in the eighth inning, four more in the ninth and knocked out 22 hits. Joe Crede smashed a two-run homer, Frank Thomas connected with a solo shot, Carl Everett had three hits and three runs batted in, Jermaine Dye had three hits and two RBI, Juan Uribe had two hits and three RBI, Pablo Ozuna and Aaron Rowand each had three hits and Tadahito Iguchi drove in a pair. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez won his seventh of the season.

The 2005 World Series Anniversary Pack:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/anniversary_pack.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20150611_47378136&adbid=10154035449753298&adbpl=fb&adbpr=45484098297

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Photo of the Day

On this date 76 years ago, June 12, 1939, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, conducted its first Induction Ceremony with all living inaugural electees in attendance. Among them was legendary White Sox second baseman Eddie Collins, who was a fixture on the South Side from 1915-1926 and played a key role on the 1917 World Champs. He knocked out 2,007 hits and batted .331 with a .426 on-base percentage in his 12 seasons with the Sox.

Here is the classic photo of the first Hall of Fame class with Collins seated on the far left in the front row. The others in that row, left to right, are Babe Ruth, Connie Mack and Cy Young. In the back row, l. to r., are: Honus Wagner, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, George Sisler and Walter Johnson.

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How Sweep It Is!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Today’s News

Sox Take Three Straight From Astros, Rays Next After Day Off

Following this week’s sweep of the Astros, the White Sox will enjoy a day off and then open a three-game game series tomorrow night vs. the Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 5.17) for the Sox, TBA for Tampa Bay.

The weekend set with the Rays is the first leg of a five-game road trip that concludes with Monday and Tuesday games vs. the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Sox come home for a five-game homestand to face the Bucs again on Wednesday and Thursday and the Rangers for a three-game weekend series.

Last Night’s Highlights: LaRoche, Abreu Homer–and Soto, Too? Yes, Soto, Too!

Adam LaRoche belted a solo shot (No. 8) in the sixth inning to tie the score at 1-1 (click on top link below) and Geovany Soto‘s solo blast in the seventh (No. 3) put the White Sox ahead, 2-1 (click on second link), as we came from behind to defeat the Astros, 4-1, and complete the three-game sweep…Jose Abreu gave the Sox some insurance with a two-run homer in the eighth, his 11th (click on third link)…Jose Quintana, who gave up only a lone run in seven strong innings of work, was the beneficiary of the homers, earning his third victory of the season (click on fourth link)….Zach Putnam, in relief of Quintana, struck out the side in the eighth and  David Robertson came on to toss a scoreless ninth and record his 13th save, his third in as many nights…Additionally, J..B. Shuck knocked out a pair of hits and walked and Melky Cabrera robbed Houston’s Preston Tucker of a home run in the sixth (click on bottom link).

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=155379483

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=155467683

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=155773683

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=156516583

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=155442783

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Quote of the Day

Skipper Robin Ventura on Quintana:

“For pitching in the tough luck he’s had over his career, he has an amazing ability to be focused on what he can control. Attitude wise, he’s great. He continues to just grind and go out and pitch well…he stays optimistic and takes care of his business.”

Sox Note of Note

Robin will miss the Rays series this weekend to attend his daughter Madison’s college graduation. Bench coach Mark Parent will take over the managerial duties in Robin’s absence while former Sox infielder Vance Law, the Sox’ minor-league hitting coordinator, will serve as the bench coach.

Sox Draft Selections

With the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft concluded, here is the complete list of Sox’ draft picks (top link) and comments from GM Rick Hahn (bottom link).

http://www.mlb.com/mlb/events/draft/y2015/drafttracker.jsp#ft=team&fv=cws

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150610&content_id=129834446&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Abreu Talks About Sponsoring Cuban Little League Team

http://m.mlb.com/video/v152676183/?partnerId=as_cws_20150610_47297356&adbid=608679252817420288&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

Sox Players and Their Families Visit Shedd Aquarium

http://m.mlb.com/video/v154278783/?partnerId=as_cws_20150610_47296106&adbid=608676074105413632&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

Photo/Video of the Day

Two great Cuban-born athletes met before last night’s game–Abreu and Erislandy Lara, the WBA light-middleweight champion, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=155372583

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A Very Good Day At The Office (In More Ways Than One)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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Today’s News

A Happy Tuesday

From a big win on the field, to selecting a new group of White Sox players, to a top Sox prospect throwing a no-hitter, to a star player creating a program for special needs youngsters, yesterday was a very good day indeed.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.28) for the Sox, RHP Vincent Velasquez, making his big-league debutfor Houston.

Last Night’s Highlights

Carlos Rodon threw six shutout innings to raise his record to 2-0, Jose Abreu belted his 10th homer, a two-run shot that broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning, and Melky Cabrera delivered a two-run, bases-loaded double in the eighth as the White Sox held on to win their second in row vs. the Astros, 4-2, looking to complete the sweep tonight…Rodon gave up just four hits and a pair of walks while striking out five. He also showed great poise in getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning…The Astros put across two runs in the ninth, but closer David Robertson stopped the rally there for his 12th save. Zach Putnam (1.0 IP) and Jake Petricka (0.2) were perfect in relief.

Enjoy Abreu’s homer, Cabrera’s double and run-saving defensive plays in left by Cabrera and at third by Gordon Beckham.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=152869683

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Sox Notes of Note

Rodon extended his scoreless streak to 11 innings over his last two starts. He is 1-0 with a 1.11 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his last four starts, which have all been quality outings…Putnam extended his scoreless streak to four appearances (4.2 IP).

Sale Followup

After his spectacular performance on Monday night, Chris Sale joins Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax (1965) as the only pitchers in the modern era (since 1900) to go three straight starts with at least 12 strikeouts and one run or fewer allowed…Chris also is the first pitcher in 115 years to record at least 10 Ks in four straight starts and increase his strikeout total in each game…And the Sox ace is on a streak of four straight games with at least 20 swing-and-miss pitches, a feat not accomplished since 2002…Click on the links below to enjoy Sale’s dominance.

http://atmlb.com/1Kn56y3

http://deadspin.com/nobody-can-touch-chris-sale-right-now-1710097767?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_facebook&utm_source=deadspin_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

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Quote of the Day

Sale, following Monday night’s game, on Tyler Flowers‘ impact on his success:

“Everyone talks about this and me and all that and I’ll be 100 percent honest. None of it happens without him.”

More on Top Sox Draft Pick Carson Fulmer

http://www.southsidesox.com/2015/6/9/8752663/notes-from-the-carson-fulmer-conference-call?utm_campaign=southsidesox&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Draft Update

The White Sox made selections from the 4th to the 10th rounds yesterday during the second day of the MLB Amateur Draft. The Sox did not have picks in the second and third rounds.

The Picks:

Round 4 (112th choice overall): LHP Zack Erwin, Clemson

Round 5  (142nd overall): RHP Jordan Stephens, Rice

Round 6  (172nd overall): 1B Corey Zangari, Carl Albert H.S. (Okla.)

Round 7  (202nd overall):  RHP Blake Hickman, Iowa

Round 8  (232nd overall):  C Casey Schroeder, Coastal Carolina (S.C.)

Round 9  (262nd overall):  LHP Ryan Hinchley, Illinois (Chicago)

Round 10 (292nd overall): CF Jackson Glines, Michigan

Here’s more on the new White Sox:

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-mlb-draft-tracker-rounds-3-10

Hickman Selection Special

The choice of Hickman (pictured below) in the seventh round was a meaningful one for the Sox. Blake is a Simeon High grad and a product of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. Here’s a closer look at him:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/129538944/blake-hickman-goes-from-ace-to-white-sox-draftee

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/67565098/v150343183/?query=blake%2Bhickman&partnerId=as_cws_20150609_47246996&adbid=608371924998176768&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

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Four White Sox Prospects With Birmingham Named Southern League All-Stars…

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150609&content_id=129536316&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t247&sid=t247

One of those All-Stars is righty Frankie Montas (pictured below), the White Sox No. 2 prospect, who no-hit Tennessee, 2-0, yesterday in a seven-inning game.

And Two are Selected for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150609&content_id=129508416&fext=.jsp&vkey=pr_t487&sid=t487

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday night, it’s the White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and five-game road trip that continues with a pair in Pittsburgh. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 5.17) for the Sox, TBA for Tampa Bay.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 58 on June 7 at Colorado, the first-place White Sox nipped the Rockies, 2-1, to go 20 games over .500 at 39-19. Jermaine Dye and A.J. Pierzynski RBI singles in the fourth inning gave Sox pitching all the offense they needed as Jose Contreras (6.0 IP), Neal Cotts (2.0) and Dustin Hermanson (1.0, 14th save) shut down the Colorado hitters.

Fun ’05 fact: Houston reliever Chad Qualls doesn’t seem to have have haunting memories of giving up the World Series Game 2 Grand Slam to Paul Konerko. In town this week with the Astros, Qualls made a trip to the left field stands to see the blue seat that commemorates the historic homer.

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Photos of the Day

Abreu launched “Abreu’s Amigos” yesterday in partnership with Easter Seals. And a few of his Sox amigos–Alexei Ramirez, Melky Cabrera and Emilio Bonifacio–were there in full force.

“Abreu’s Amigos” is a community program with the Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago (ESMC) Theraputic School and Center for Autism Research. Passionate about supporting children with special needs, Abreu built the program with ESMC to focus on providing regular opportunities for these students to develop social skills in a recreational setting through clinics and field trips to the ballpark.

Abreu presented a $10,000 donation to ESMC before inviting students to participate in the baseball clinic on the White Sox Field at the school, which the team built in 2008 along wth making a $1 millon grant to ESMC. The players named above worked with the youngsters alongside Bulls/Sox Academy coaches.

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