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Sox Set Sights on Three Straight vs. Tribe

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

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

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

Plays of the Day

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

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

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Sox Notes of Note

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

Once a Slugger, Always a Slugger

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

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

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

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Quote of the Day

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

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

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo of the Day

Big night for Mr. Gillaspie.

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Abreu Homers Lift Sox, Sale Goes for Third Win Tonight

Friday, April 11, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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

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

Plays of the Day

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

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

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How About This?

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

Sox Notes of Note

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

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Thome and “Opening Knight”

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

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Getting in Shape

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

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

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

 

Quotes of the Day

From John Danks…

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

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

Relating a conversation he had with Sale about Abreu:

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

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo of the Day

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

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

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

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Sox Move Forward After Avi Garcia is Lost for the Season

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Say It Ain’t So

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

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

Tonight’s Game

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

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

Plays of the Day

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

Sox Notes of Note

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

Quotes of the Day

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

Q:  How often do you speak with your mother?

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

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

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

Q:  What is your father’s name?

Abreu: Jose Oriol Abreu

Q:  What is your mother’s name?

Abreu: Daisys Correa

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

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

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

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

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo of the Day

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

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

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

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

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

Plays of the Day

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

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

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Jose’s Inspiration…and the Silent Treatment

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Sox Notes of Note

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

Classic Call

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

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo of the Day 

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

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“Q” Aims to Even Series With Rockies

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in Denver (7:40 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (0-0, 3.00) for the Sox, LHP Franklin Morales (0-0, 5.06) for Colorado. Quintana is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA in six career interleague starts.

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

Plays of the Day

Alexei Ramirez, who has hit safely in all seven games this season, doubled in a run in the seventh inning in the Sox’ 8-1 loss last night to Colorado…Adam Eaton made another outstanding catch, robbing Charlie Blackmon of extra bases and prevented a run from scoring in the bottom of the second with this running grab:

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Charlotte honors Thome

Jim Thome, who played for the Sox from 2006-09 and is now a special assistant to GM Rick Hahn, will throw out the first pitch Friday night when the Sox Class AAA affiliate Charlotte Knights open BB&T Ballpark in the city’s uptown. Thome, who played in Charlotte in 1993 when it was an Indians affiliate, hit a league-best .332 with 25 home runs and 102 RBI on his way to winning the International League Most Valuable Player award. He helped the Knights win a franchise-record 86 games that year and win the first Governor’s Cup championship in team history. 

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Celebrating Chris Sale

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/in-celebration-of-chris-sale/

An All-Access Look at Opening Day

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Take Advantage of White Sox Family Sundays; The First One is April 13

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Quote of the Day

Ramirez, a notorious slow starter, on his early season success (through interpreter Lino Diaz):

“It’s the confidence. It’s my seventh year in the league, and I feel like I’ve been around and I know how it goes. I’m able to have more fun and at the same time feel more comfortable.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo of the Day

Alexei is now hitting .440 with three doubles, five RBI, four runs, three walks and two stolen bases.

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Sox Sale into Denver on a Winning Note

Monday, April 7, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in Denver (7:40 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (0-0, 1.69) for the Sox, RHP Jordan Lyles (1-0, 7.20) for Colorado.

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

Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was at his All-Star best yesterday afternoon, improving his record to 2-0 in the White Sox’ 5-1 victory over the Royals. The Sox ace was masterful, shutting out the Royals for eight innings on four hits while walking just one and striking out six…Sale and K.C. starter James Shields were engaged in a good old-fashioned 0-0 pitchers duel through six innings before we broke through with a run in the seventh. Conor Gillaspie doubled, his second of the day, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Alexei Ramirez‘s single, the shortstop’s second hit of the game…the Sox added some much needed insurance in the ninth. Adam Dunn led off with a single and Dayan Viciedo walked. With one out and Avi Garcia batting, Leury Garcia (who ran for Dunn) stole third and scored on a bad throw by Royals’ catcher Salvador Perez.  Avi then walked and Alexei doubled, scoring Alejandro De Aza, who ran for Viciedo. Tyler Flowers’ single scored A. Garcia and Ramirez…Flowers is now hitting .500, Ramirez .455 and Gillaspie .429.

Here’s Chris talking about his outstanding performance:

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox will be playing their first night game of the season this evening…the Sox are 5-1 lifetime at Coors Field…they are 171-132 (.564) all-time in interleague play, the fourth best in the major leagues…Dunn is a career .289 hitter with 14 home runs and 36 RBI vs. the Rockies, including nine home runs in 30 games in Colorado…the Sox rank second in the American League in average (.278), are tied for second in runs per game (5.67), third in slugging percentage (.426) and OPS (.766) and fourth in on-base percentage…our pitchers have allowed just one home run so far this season, tied for the fewest in the majors.

Boston in Denver

Sox first base coach Daryl Boston played for Colorado in its inaugural season of 1993, hitting .261 with 14 homers and 40 RBI. He recorded a pair of multi-homer games and went 4-5 with three runs scored in the Rockies’ third home game vs. Montreal.

Tommy Hanson

The White Sox have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with 27-year-old RHP Tommy Hanson. Hanson will report to extended spring training in Glendale, Ariz. before joining Class AAA Charlotte. He has a 49-35 lifetime record with a 3.80 ERA over five big-league seasons with the Braves and Angels and won 10 or more games in each of his four seasons with Atlanta.

2014 #SoxSocial Media Days & Nights

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Quotes of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the Sox’ early season performance:

“We feel from an offensive standpoint that we’re going to grind out every at bat to the end. That we have the heart and grind to get back into games–things aren’t over when we’re down 3-1 in the sixth inning. It’s the same higher level of life and energy and competitiveness that we felt we saw in Glendale and it has carried over to the regular season.”

Hahn on Gordon Beckham‘s injury:

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field (7:40 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (0-0, 3.00) for the Sox, LHP Franklin Morales (0-0, 5.06) for Colorado.

Photo of the Day

Sox head to Denver after yesterday’s win…photo compliments of an Adam Eaton tweet.

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Sale, Sox Look for Sunday Success

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 3.68) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (0-0, 4.26) for K.C. Sale pitched 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts for the win on Opening Day.

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

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie collected two hits and an RBI, Adam Eaton singled and drove in a run and another run scored on a Paul Konerko sac fly as the Sox comeback fell just short in yesterday’s 4-3 loss to the Royals…Usually a slow starter, Alexei Ramirez‘s two hits elevated his season batting average to .444…John Danks, in his first start of the season, went seven solid innings, allowing three runs, five hits and four walks while striking out six. He wound up at 115 pitches…Adrian Nieto was impressive behind the plate as he threw out Jarrod Dyson at second in the eighth inning despite the Royal speedster’s big jump off of first.

Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers has been on base eight straight times–with seven consecutive hits and in his last at-bat reached base on an error…Konerko needs four total bases to tie Frank Thomas for the franchise record of 3,949…All five of the White Sox games this season have been decided by two runs or less…Twenty of the last 27 games between the Sox and Royals, dating back to 2012, also have been decided by two runs or less…Class AA Birmingham 2B Micah Johnson went 2-4 with a walk, stolen base and two runs scored in last night’s game vs. Montgomery. Johnson, the Sox’ No. 6 prospect as ranked by Baseball America, led the minor leagues with 84 stolen bases in 2013.

Quote of the Day

Danks, remaining positive despite yesterday’s Sox loss:

“It’s going to be a fun summer. We are going to play hard, and this team has a lot of fight. The ball is going to bounce our way.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in Denver (7:40 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (0-0, 1.69) for the Sox, RHP Jordan Lyles (1-0, 7.20) for Colorado.

Photo of the Day

The Sox, with four Cuban-born starters in yesterday’s game (Nieto, Ramirez, Jose Abreu and Dayan Viciedo), became the first team to start that many Cuban natives in the same lineup since Cleveland did it on April 8, 1969 (Opening Day) at Detroit. The Indians started CF Jose Cardenal, C Joe Azcue, SS Zoilo Versalles and RHP Luis Tiant. Here are the Cuban-born Sox posing together before today’s game.

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After a Superb Spring, John Danks Makes his First 2014 Start

Saturday, April 5, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen for K.C.  Danks sports a 6-0 lifetime record with a 2.47 ERA in 13 starts against the Royals. He is 4-0 with a 1.65 ERA in eight starts at Kauffman Stadium.

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

Plays of the Day

After going 4-4 on Thursday, Tyler Flowers singled twice and doubled yesterday–extending his consecutive hit streak to seven in the Sox’s 7-5 loss to the Royals. The streak ended in the eighth inning when he reached on an error, making it eight straight times he’s been on base. He’s now hitting an impressive .571. ..Magglio Ordonez (2001) is the Sox last player to reach seven hits in a row and no catcher in franchise history had ever done it before. For the record, the White Sox consecutive hit record is 10, shared by Frank Thomas (1997), Rip Radcliff (1938) and Harry McCurdy (1926)…Adam Eaton collected a pair of singles yesterday and drove in two…Jose Abreu and Conor Gillaspie each had sac fly RBIs and Avi Garcia drove in a run on an infield groundout.

Sox Notes of Note

Paul Konerko is making his first start of the young season, Adrian Nieto will be in a major-league starting lineup for the first time in his career and Dayan Viciedo will be starting for the first time in 2014…if you’re on the fence in terms of your rooting interest in the Final Four, you might want to go with Wisconsin. Badgers’ star Frank Kaminsky is a Sox fan through and through. And while I’m at it, best of luck to two huge Badger fans, Sox Senior Executive Vice President Howard Pizer and Director of Media Relations Bob Beghtol. On Wisconsin!…there’s no question that our players simply love these fleece blankets that will be given out to the first 20,000 fans on Saturday, April 12, before the afternoon game with the Indians.

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Quotes of the Day

Robin on the “fight” in this year’s team through the first four games. For instance, yesterday, when the Sox got down 3-1 and 7-2 and kept on battling:

“You have an offense that feels like they can come back. You are one hit away or that one inning way. Guys are still getting on base and they are still battling. You like that kind of effort.’’

Twins’ manager Ron Gardenhire commenting on Abreu, after watching the new Sox first baseman in the season-opening series:

“I’m glad I won’t see him for a while. The kid can really hit. We knew that coming in. We heard he was a really strong young man, and that’s why we were pitching around him. No disrespect to Mr. Dunn. The way the guy’s getting the barrel to the ball, you just try to limit the damage when he comes up in a lot of situations because he seems like he’s on. He hits pretty much everything. Even when he makes an out, he seems like he gets the barrel to it. He’s a strong young man. Looks like he really knows what he’s doing hitting.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 3.68) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (0-0, 4.26) for K.C. Sale pitched 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts for the win on Opening Day.

Photo of the Day

There’s hot and then there’s HOT. Tyler has been HOT.

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With a Series Win Under Their Belts, the Sox Test the Royals in K.C.

Friday, April 4, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City (3:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (pictured above) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie for K.C.

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

Plays of the Day

The Sox put together a nine run, 13-hit attack in yesterday’s tough 10-9 loss to the Twins…Jose Abreu went 2-4 with four RBI, including a double and a triple with the bases loaded (click on top link below for video)…Marcus Semien collected his first hit of the young season with an eighth inning homer that put the Sox ahead 9-8 (click on middle link)…Tyler Flowers pounded out four hits in as many at-bats, his career high…Adam Dunn smashed his second homer, a two-shot, and Alejandro De Aza hit a solo homer for his third of the young season…Adam Eaton tripled, scored a run and walked twice plus he made a spectacular catch in the sixth to prevent a run from scoring (click on bottom link).

http://atmlb.com/1jGnNiL

http://atmlb.com/1lsfIy7        

http://whitesox.tumblr.com/post/81617462809/well-look-at-that          

Sox Notes of Note

De Aza homered for the third time at U.S. Cellular Field after recording four home runs at home all last season. He became the first player to hit three homers in the first three games of the season in Sox history…Dunn’s homer was career No. 442, tying Dave Kingman for 38th place on the all-time home run list…Nate Jones has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip muscle strain. Jake Petricka has been recalled from Charlotte…three games in, the White Sox lead AL in OPS (.914), slugging (.549), are tied for lead in runs per game (7.0) and HRs (6) and rank second .311 average.

Farm Report

Top third-base prospect Matt Davidson went 3-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI and Jared Mitchell connected for a two-run home run in Class AAA Charlotte’s 3-0 season-opening victory last night in Norfolk…Class AA Birmingham clobbered host Montgomery, 9-2, in its opener last night. Second base prospect Micah Johnson went 2-4 with a two-run homer, a triple, a walk and two runs scored…Gordon Beckham (see below), on a rehab assignment, was the Barons’ DH.

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Quote of the Day

@CST_soxvan: Venezuelan Avi Garcia last played in cold like this in ’12 World Series in Detroit. What gets cold? ‘My hands, my nose, my eyes, everything’

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen for Kansas City.

Photo of the Day

Jose has gone 7-16 with two doubles, a triple, two runs scored and has hit safely in his first three big-league games.

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Quintana, Sox Go For Sweep After Dramatic Extra-Inning Triumph

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) as the Sox go for a three-game sweep of the season-opening series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana  vs. RHP Phil Hughes for Minnesota.

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

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Plays of the Day

Leury Garcia (pictured above)who laid down a bunt for a single on an 0-2 count to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning, eventually scored on a wild pitch to give the White Sox the exciting 7-6 win yesterday afternoon…Down 6-4 heading into the ninth, the Sox tied it up at 6-6 as pinch-hitter Paul Konerko, on the first pitch of his first at bat of the season, singled off the third base bag. With one out, pinch-hitter Dayan Viciedo singled, moving Adrian Nieto, who ran for Paulie, to second. L. Garcia then singled, scoring Nieto. Viciedo moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an Adam Eaton fielder’s choice…Adam Dunn slammed his first homer of the season and 441st of his career, a solo shot in the eighth…Alexei Ramirez doubled in a pair of runs and walked twice…Ronald Belisario pitched 1.1 innings of perfect ball and got credit for the win.

Here’s the game-winner:

http://atmlb.com/QGFF2F

PK Plays a Vital Role, Even Off the Bench

http://fw.to/WXkdAOL

Sox Notes of Note

According to a Christopher Kamka tweetintentional walks have been tracked in 1955. Jose Abreu is the first player during that span with a two intentional-walk game within his first two MLB games. It certainly shows how much respect Twins’ skipper Ron Gardenhire has for him already…Roger Bossard has had a very good week. First he works overtime for two-plus weeks to get the field in picture-perfect shape for Opening Day, and then his grooming of the foul lines aids Leury’s 0-2 bunt in its rolling battle to stay fair and starts the game-winning rally…the Sox have started the season 2-0 for the third time in the past four seasons…Maikel Cleto made his White Sox debut yesterday a successful one by retiring both batters he faced in a clutch situation and Daniel Webb threw a career-high 2.2 IP…Avi Garcia is hitting .315 with three homers and 18 RBI over his last 13 games…Dunn’s homer yesterday was the 11th home run of his career within his team’s first two games, joining Barry Bonds, Willie Mays and Eddie Mathews…Ramirez recorded his seventh career multi-steal game…Nieto made his major-league debut as a pinch-runner and scored his first career run.

It’s Never Too Late (or Early) to Celebrate Opening Day

http://www.chicagobaseballmuseum.org/files/CBM-Sox-Top-Openers-20140330.pdf

Who’s Autograph is That?

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/29/sports/baseball/in-an-era-of-squiggles-you-cant-tell-baseball-the-players-without-a-handwriting-analyst.html?hp&_r=0&referrer=

Quotes of the Day

Robin on yesterday’s thriller:

http://atmlb.com/OehSVz

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City (3:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first game of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie for K.C.

Photo/Video of the Day

Dunn’s homer:

http://atmlb.com/QGuQOd

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