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Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Today’s News

 

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (8-6, 3.99) for the Sox, RHP Jarred Cosart (9-6, 4.17) for Houston.

Danks is set to make his 20th start of the season and 10th at home. He is 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA over his last 10 starts and 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA wth 20 Ks over his last four. John is 4-2 with a 2.72 ERA over his nine starts at home in 2014. In his last outing, against Cleveland on July 13, Danks earned a no-decision. He went seven strong innings, allowing just one run, seven hits and two walks while striking out four.

 

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

 

Plays of the Day

Tyler Flowers went 3-3 with a pair of singles and a double and drove in two runs–including the go-ahead tally in the fifth inning–in the Sox’ 4-3 win over the Astros, our second straight one-run triumph vs. Houston…Alejandro De Aza singled and tripled with two runs scored, Conor Gillaspie added an RBI with a base hit and Adam Eaton collected three singles…Hector Noesi had a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings of work for his fourth win and was picked up nicely by the pen…Ronald Belisario pitched two scoreless innings, Jake Petricka got the first two outs in the ninth and Zach Putnam closed the door, getting the final out for his third save and second in as many nights.

Here is Flowers’ eventual game-winning RBI:

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Sox Notes of Note

The Sox are 5-1 in their last six games at home…Jose Abreu has hit safely in 28 of his last 29 games (.348) and last night extended his hitting streak to 10 games (.400)…Flowers is 6-9 with three RBI over his last three games…Eaton now owns a six-game hitting streak (.400) and last night recorded his sixth three-hit game of the season…Gillaspie is hitting .423 with four doubles, three homers, six RBI and eight runs scored over the last eight games.

 

Roster Moves

Following last night’s game the Sox optioned infielder Carlos Sanchez to Class AAA Charlotte. Prior to today’s game, we filled the roster spot by purchasing the contract of RHP Taylor Thompson from the Knights. Thompson is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA with six saves, 53 strikeouts and a .214 opponents average over 31 relief appearances with Charlotte this season. He will be making his big-league debut.

 

The Big Hurt’s Mom Proudly Heading to Cooperstown

With Frank Thomas‘ Hall of Fame induction a week from today, enjoy this piece about Frank, his mom and other family members.

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/07/17/3205151/frank-thomas-family-looks-forward.html

 

A Hero’s Return

Geoff Blum‘s home run in the 14th inning of Game 3 in the 2005 World Series, which gave the White Sox a victory in the longest World Series game ever played, certainly ranks among the most memorable moments in club history and is even memorialized on the “Championship Moments” monument outside of the ballpark. Geoff returned to Chicago this weekend as a member of the Houston TV announcing team. He talks about that moment in ’05 and what it has meant to him.

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Quote of the Day

Robin on why he chose Putnam to close out last night’s game:

“I like Put’s swing-and-missability with some lefties and that’s the reason.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-1, 2.08) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (5-8, 4.56) for KC.

 

Photo of the Day

Saving Grace: Two straight saves for Putnam.

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A Happy Return 

Sunday, July 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (3-6, 4.56) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (9-5, 3.20) for Houston.

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

 

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo tied it up at 2-2 with a two-run homer in the sixth inning (click on top link below) and Tyler Flowers doubled in the eventual game-winner in the seventh (click on bottom link) as the Sox came away with a 3-2 victory last night in our first game back from the All-Star break…starter Jose Quintana tossed five innings, allowing just the two runs on three hits and a pair of walks with eight strikeouts…the bullpen held up well as Daniel Webb (2.0), Ronald Belisaro (1.0) and Zach Putnam (1.0) closed it out with four scoreless innings. Putnam put the Astros down 1-2-3 with two Ks in the ninth for his second save and the four Sox hurlers retired the final 22 Houston batters.

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are 10-7 in their last 17 games…the Sox have hit 21 homers over the last 17 and homered in 13 of those games. We are 38-21 when hitting at least one home run this season…the Sox are 25-13 at home vs. the American League West since 2012…our starters own a 2.13 ERA, 68 Ks and a .187 opponents average over the last 11 games while the bullpen owns a 2.43 ERA over its last nine games at home…Jose Abreu is hitting .429 with four doubles, two homers and four RBI during his current nine-game hitting streak. He’s hit safely in 27 of his last 28 games overall. Entering today’s action, Jose was the major-league leader in both homers (29) and slugging percentage (.631) as well…Alejandro De Aza is hitting .346 since June 4. He’s a career .383 hitter vs. Houston…Adam Eaton has hit in five straight games and has reached base safely in 32 of his last 35 contests including 20 in a row from June 3-25. He leads the team and is tied for second in the AL with seven triples.

 

Quote of the Day

Robin on the Sox starting play after the All-Star break:

“Players feel refreshed and energized. You are looking for good things to happen.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (8-6, 3.99) for the Sox, RHP Jarred Cosart (9-6, 4.17) for Houston.

 

Photo of the Day

Everybody loves Paulie.

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Back to Work

Friday, July 18, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues against the Royals. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.24) for the Sox, RHP Scott Feldman (4-6, 4.33) for Houston.

Quintana ranks among the American League leaders in quality starts (T4th, 15), opponent slugging percentage (7th, .341) and opponent OPS (7th, .633). “Q” owns a 1.51 ERA since June 19, the third-lowest mark in the AL during that span, and has worked at least seven innings and allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last five starts.

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

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters own a 2.01 ERA, 60 strikeouts and a .189 opponents average over the last 10 games…Carlos Rodon, the Sox’ No. 1 draft pick in June, will make his professional debut next week in the Arizona Rookie League…the Sox have signed former major-league starter Chien-Ming Wang and assigned him to Class AAA Charlotte…RHP Dylan Axelrod has been traded to the Reds organization and RHP Deunte Heath was released and will play in Japan…in another move, the Sox claimed RHP Raul Fernandez off of waivers from the Rockies and assigned him to Class A Winston-Salem.

2014 Midseason Highlights

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v34581299/?c_id=cws

Get Your Paulie “Final Season” Bobblehead

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Happy Birthday

It’s No. 27 for Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie.

Free T-Shirt Mondays

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Brand New White Sox Magazine Available at Ballpark

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Bullseye

The newest Chicago Bulls, Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, will throw out the ceremonial first pitches at tonight’s game.

Robert Cotter: Unsung Hero

http://phillysportshistory.com/2011/05/12/every-kids-hero-robert-cotter/

Quote of the Day

In just a little more than a week, Sunday, July 27, Frank Thomas will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, a landmark day for Sox fans. Here’s part of what The Big Hurt said today on a conference call with reporters:

“I’m looking forward to the 27th. For me, it’s still a dream and I don’t think it will hit me until I get there next week…We’re going to have a great celebration, my family is ecstatic. I’m (expecting) a big crowd with three great players and three great managers being inducted. When I look out at that field, it will be very special and very touching.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (3-6, 4.56) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (9-5, 3.20) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

What happens when you’re a rookie and have a record-setting April? Your bat goes to Cooperstown.

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Coming Up ACEs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Today’s News

White Sox ACE Program Gets Its Due

ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine columnist Scoop Jackson extols the virtues of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) Program in the story below. The photo above shows White Sox Director of Youth Baseball Initiatives Kevin Coe and ACE products Corey Ray (Louisville) and Ro Coleman (Vanderbilt), who both played in this year’s College World Series. 

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/11223109/chicago-white-sox-ace-program-providing-division-baseball-opportunities-inner-city-kids?ex_cid=espnapi_public&partnerId=as_cws_20140716_27952466

#SocialSeries Correspondent

You have until Sunday to let us know why you should be the #White Sox #SocialSeries correspondent during our games vs. the Giants in San Francisco. Here are the details:

http://atmlb.com/1rowzoj

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Quote of the Day

Alexei Ramirez on replacing Derek Jeter at shortstop for the American League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game (through interpreter and Sox Director of PR Lou Hernandez):

“I was nervous when I was first told it was going to happen. To go out there and to take the place of someone who has been a baseball legend, I just took off my hat and showed him respect. It was a great moment.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule: The Season’s Second Half Begins

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues against the Royals. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.24) for the Sox, RHP Scott Feldman (4-6, 4.33) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

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Starry, Starry Night

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Today’s News

American League 5, National League 3, in the 85th All-Star Game

Chris Sale pitched the fourth inning for the AL, making his third straight All-Star appearance…Alexei Ramirez entered the game in the fourth as well, replacing Derek Jeter at shortstop in one of the game’s most emotional moments (pictured above). He collected a fifth-inning single in his first at bat and scored on a sac fly for the AL’s fifth run. Prior to the scoring play he also exhibited some alert baserunning by getting back safely to third base when a wild pitch bounced off the backstop and ricocheted back to the catcher. Alexei reached base again on an error in the seventh and stole second base…Jose Abreu took over at first base in the sixth inning, made a fine pickup of a ball in the dirt on his first chance and flied out in the eighth in his only plate appearance.

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The Sox All-Stars pose together before game time–the first Midsummer Classic for both Alexei and Jose.

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Caps and jerseys are ready for action. 

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Chris and his son Rylan enjoy Monday night’s Home Run Derby.

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Jose and Alexei serve as the “corner men” for fellow Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes at the Home Run Derby and they backed the winner as the A’s slugger won the event for the second straight year.

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A “Red Carpet Sale” during yesterday’s All-Star pre-game parade.

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Jose and Alexei enjoy the red carpet and greet the fans during the parade.

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Jose and Alexei during BP.

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The Cuban All-Star contingent: Ramirez, Abreu, Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman of the Reds and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers.

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Abreu celebrates with his victorious AL teammates.

White Sox All-Stars Ready to Shine in Tonight’s Midsummer Classic

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Star-Studded Sox

Our guys–Chris SaleAlexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu–met the media yesterday along with the other American and National League All-Stars in advance of tonight’s Midsummer Classic at Target Field in Minneapolis, which will be televised on FOX beginning at 6:30 p.m., CT.

Abreu on His Parents Attending the All-Star Game…

Listen to Jose talk about the excitement around his parents being in Minneapolis to see him play in the major leagues for the first time (with expert translation by my PR colleague Lou Hernandez).

Video: Jose Abreu on joy of parents seeing him in All Star Game

…And His Parents’ Joy in Their Own Words

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-jose-abreu-and-family-cant-wait-all-star-party

Here they are: Jose’s mom and dad, Jose and Daysi.

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White Sox a Major Player in MLB Cuban Pipeline

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2125637-inside-mlbs-cuban-pipeline-its-high-risk-high-reward?utm_campaign=tsipad&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=teamstream

Quote of the Day

Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer of the Tigers on Abreu, the MLB home-run leader at the break (via Dan Hayes, CSN Chicago):

“He’s a difference-maker. He’s such a quality at-bat. His power is unbelievable. He can take so many different pitches and just take you yard. You obviously respect what he can do. He’s changed the complexion of their lineup and allows some of their other players to do other things as well. When you have a guy like that in your lineup, anchoring it, in a way it’s kind of like what we have in Detroit with Miggy anchoring our lineup. He’s only getting better and unfortunately that’s a detriment to us.”

“Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” Debuts Thursday

Comcast SportsNet Chicago will present a special one-hour documentary, “Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas,” a little more than a week before the Sox legend is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 27. The special will be narrated by media personality and author Richard Roeper and will premiere Thursday at 6:30 p.m., CT, exclusively on CSN Chicago. The special will re-air at 10:00 p.m. the same night.

In addition, CSN Chicago currently has encore showings scheduled for Saturday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m., and on the day of the induction ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

“Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” covers everything from the slugger’s childhood  as a three-sport star in Columbus, Georgia, to his historic, record-breaking career with the White Sox. The documentary will feature exclusive, candid interviews with those who played major roles in his life and career, photos and video including exclusive, behind-the-scenes access of when Thomas received the official phone call telling him he was elected as well as Thomas’ exclusive tour of the Hall of Fame with CSN Chicago’s White Sox Pre/Postgame Live host Chuck Garfien. 

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Photos of All-Stars and Abreu’s parents courtesy of Chuck Garfien.

 

 

 

Sox All-Stars Head to Minneapolis, Teammates Take a Break Before Play Resumes on Friday

Sunday, July 13, 2014

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Today’s News

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham and Leury Garcia each had run-scoring singles in the eighth inning today to give the Sox a 2-1 lead, but the Indians came back with two in the bottom half of the inning to defeat the Sox, 3-2, in the rubber match of the three-game series…Conor Gillaspie, who singled twice and walked, began the Sox rally in the eighth with the second of his two base hits and scored our first run…Jose Abreu went 3-5 this afternoon, raising his batting average to .292 along with his 29 homers and 73 RBI…John Danks recorded another quality start, giving up one run on seven hits in seven innings of work.

Carlos Sanchez Makes Big-League Debut

Prior to today’s game, the White Sox recalled infielder Carlos Sanchez (pictured below) from Class AAA Charlotte. He took the spot on the active roster from Andre Rienzo, who was optioned to Charlotte following yesterday’s game, and gave the Sox another position player with Alexei Ramirez (back) and Adam Eaton (general soreness) sitting out with ailments. Sanchez, who made his big-league debut this afternoon as the starting shortstop, is hitting .291 with 13 doubles, six triples, five homers, 42 RBI and 48 runs with the Knights this season along with playing solid defense at both second base and short.

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More Abreu

From the Elias Sports Bureau: Jose Abreu’s fourth-inning two-run home run on Saturday didn’t just give the White Sox the lead for good in their 6-2 win at Cleveland; it was the Cuban rookie’s 50th major-league extra-base hit. Abreu reached the half-century mark in that category in just his 81st major-league contest. That’s the fewest games any player has needed to reach that milestone since Ted Williams did it in his 80th appearance in 1939.

More on Abreu’s first-half performance:

* Heading into today’s game, Jose was on pace to record 49 homers and 124 RBI. The 49 long ones would match the White Sox club record set by Albert Belle in 1998 and the major-league rookie record set by Mark McGwire in 1987.

* His 29 homers are third-most before the All-Star break in club history behind Frank Thomas (32, 1994) and Jim Thome (30, 2006). The homer total is also the second-highest total in Chicago history by a rookie behind Ron Kittle (35 in 1983).

* He has won the following American League honors: April Player, April Rookie, Co-Player of the Week (April 21-27) and June Rookie.

Micah in Minny

Here’s Sox prospect Micah Johnson enjoying the experience to the fullest before today’s All-Star Futures Game at Target Field.

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Happy Birthday

Best wishes to White Sox skipper Robin Ventura, who will be 47 tomorrow. Sharing Robin’s birthday is former Sox pitcher and current TV analyst Steve Stone, who will turn 67.

Quote of the Day

Sanchez on being called up to the majors:

“I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

All-Star break. The Sox resume play on Friday vs. the Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that concludes with three against the Royals.

Photo of the Day

The very first All-Star Game was played at Comiskey Park in 1933 and won by the American League, 4-2. Here is the star-studded AL squad posing before the game. The White Sox representatives were future Hall of Fame outfielder Al Simmons (top row, fifth from right) and third baseman and future Sox manager Jimmy Dykes (top row, second from right). Simmons started in center field and singled. Dykes singled twice and scored a run.

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Carroll on Mound For Sox With Sights on a Second Straight Gem

Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (2:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (3-5, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (3-4, 5.89) for the Tribe. Carroll was superb in his last outing, tossing 6.2 scoreless innings and allowing one hit in last Monday’s 4-0 victory over the Red Sox.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn belted his 14th homer of the season, 100th in a Sox uniform and the 454th of his career (click on link below) in last night’s loss to the Indians. Dunn needs eight more to tie Jose Canseco for 34th on the all-time home run list and 11 to equal Hall of Famer Dave Winfield for 33rd place…Adrian Nieto singled, doubled and drove in a run…Adam Eaton collected an RBI double.

http://atmlb.com/1r4U1cJ

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Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters own a 2.29 ERA, 53 strikeouts and a .187 opponents average over the last eight games…the Sox have hit 19 homers over the last 14 games and have gone deep in 11 of the 14 contests…we rank fifth in the American League with 28 multi-homer games…Jose Abreu is hitting .339 with 11 homers and a 1.061 OPS in his last 30 games…Conor Gillaspie is hitting .462 with five doubles and seven RBI over eight games vs. Cleveland this season.

Quote of the Day

A random quirk of scheduling has landed the Sox in Cleveland during one of the historic high points in the city’s sports history–LeBron James‘ “Coming Home” party. It was too much for our beat writers to ignore.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (12:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series and last game before the All-Star break. Starters: LHP John Danks (8-6, 4.15) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (3-4, 4.23) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

After watching the White Sox tomorrow afternoon, tune into the MLB TV Network or MLB Network Radio XM 89 at 4:00 p.m., ET, for the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game and take a close look at top Sox prospect Micah Johnson.

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Sox Add Another Piece to the Puzzle, No. 1 Pick Carlos Rodon

Friday, July 11, 2014

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Today’s News

An Important Sign(ing)

The White Sox have signed left-hander Carlos Rodon, their first-round pick (third overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, to a minor-league contract with a $6.582-million signing bonus.

According to GM Rick Hahn, Rodon (pictured above) will work out with high Class A Winston-Salem this week but won’t be active until he builds up his arm strength. More from Hahn:

“We’re thrilled to add Carlos to our organization today. We feel he fits best with our plan to turn things around and get this thing on track and get it on track quickly. We view him how the rest of the industry views him–as a premium front-end starter with the ability to help us in Chicago in the not-too-distant future.”

Rodon, a 21-year-old junior, was named First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014 after going 6-7 with a 2.01 ERA, three complete games, 117 strikeouts and a .229 opponents average over 14 starts with North Carolina State University. 

Rodon ranked among the Division I leaders in strikeouts (ninth) and strikeouts per 9.0 IP (10th, 10.67) and was named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award watch list for the third straight season. 

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Rodon entered the draft ranked by Baseball America as the No.1 college prospect and the No. 3 prospect overall and by MLB.com as the No. 2 overall prospect.

Following his sophomore season, Rodon was honored as the USA Baseball Player of the Year and was named a Second Team All-American by Louisville Slugger.  He went 25-10 with a 2.24 ERA, eight complete games, 436 strikeouts and a .201 opponent average over his three-year career at N.C. State. 

The left-hander is a two-time selection to USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team.  He tossed 6.2 scoreless IP and allowed just two hits with 11 strikeouts in a win over Cuba in the 2013 World Cup tournament.

Rodon was recommended by White Sox scout Abe Fernandez.

Tonight’s Game: Sox Shoot for Hot Finish Before the Break

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and the finale of the seven-game road trip leading up to the All-Star break. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (3-6, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber  (8-6, 2.86) for the Tribe.

Noesi will be making his 14th start with the White Sox since being acquired from Texas, has made six quality starts and has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 4.90 since arriving in Chicago. He earned his third win on July 6 vs. Seattle, one of his former teams, allowing five hits with two walks and five strikeouts over 6.2 scoreless innings. 

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

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie homered last night for the third straight game at Fenway Park, this time a two-run, ninth-inning pinch-hit blast that tied the game at 3-3 (click link below), but the Sox fell to the Red Sox, 4-3, in the 10th…Jose Abreu singled, doubled, walked and drove in a run, Adam Eaton singled three times, scored a run and made another spectacular catch (see Photo/Video of the Day) plus Alexei Ramirez singled twice, doubled and scored…Jose Quintana had a perfect game through five innings and tossed seven in all, allowing three runs, two hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven.

http://atmlb.com/1r0T98T

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Abreu’s Historic Season

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Sox Prospect’s Streak Continues

Birmingham’s Rangel Ravelo (pictured below) extended his Class AA Southern League-best hitting streak to 26 games last night with a single. The streak is one shy of the longest in the minor leagues this season and ranks third in team history. Ravelo is now hitting .323.

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White Sox Hall of Famer Nellie Fox 

Quotes of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (2:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (3-5, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (3-4, 5.89) for Cleveland.

Photo/Video of the Day

Another unbelievable play by Eaton:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/51231442/v34465269

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The Fans Have Spoken: Sale is an All-Star

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Final Vote

Thanks to the best fan base in baseball, Chris Sale has won the American League’s Final Vote and will join White Sox teammates Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez on the American League All-Star squad next Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

Chris is the fourth White Sox player to win the AL Final Vote, the most of any team, following in the footsteps of Scott Podsednik (2005), A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Paul Konerko (2011). 

And a big congratulations and thank you to all my extraordinary colleagues in the White Sox organization who have been working 24/7 since Sunday to make sure Chris was an All-Star for the third straight year.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.20) for the Sox, Jon Lester (9-7, 2.73) for Boston.

Quintana is 2-0 with a 0.94 ERA, 31 strikeouts and .188 opponent average in his last four starts, all of the quality variety. Jose currently owns a 15.2 scoreless innings streak and has allowed just one earned run over the last 25.2 innings. He is one of 13 American League pitchers since 2012 to work seven-plus scoreless innings at least eight times.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Sierra RF, Flowers C, L. Garcia 3B.

Plays of the Day

Sale was brilliant last night, allowing a run and four hits along with six strikeouts in 7.2 innings, but the bullpen couldn’t protect the Sox’ late lead in the 5-4 loss to the Red Sox…Abreu and Conor Gillaspie each went 2-4 with a homer–it was Jose’s major-league high 28th (tied) and Gillaspie’s third of the year and second in as many nights (click on links below)…Alejandro De Aza was a homer shy of the cycle.

http://atmlb.com/1r9xmcC

http://atmlb.com/1r9AWUf

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Sox Notes of Note

Abreu’s 28 homers, 48 extra-base hits and 192 total bases are the most by a first-year player before the All-Star break since the first All-Star Game was played in 1933. He also has 70 RBI, is slugging .627 with a .961 OPS…Sox starting pitchers own a 2.61 ERA in the last 16 games (since June 23). It’s the best mark in the AL and third-best in the majors…Sox first-base prospect Rangel Ravelo now owns a 25-game hitting streak for Class AA Birmingham, second longest streak in the minor leagues this season…Class AAA Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley has been named to the 2014 International League All-Star team. Phegley, who spent part of the 2013 season with the Sox, leads all IL catchers with 13 home runs this season. He joins teammate Tyler Saladino, previously elected as the IL’s starting shortstop, as the Charlotte representatives for the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 16 in Durham, NC.

Quotes of the Day

Everything (almost) you ever wanted to know about Chris Sale via @danhayesCSN:

* Most ice cream cones consumed in one day: 5 (twice).

* Number of tattoos: 2.

* Most calories consumed in a day (estimate from John Danks with help from trainer Allen Thomas: 5,000-6,000.

* Healthy foods he eats: “I’ve never seen him dig into a salad or eat broccoli,” said Tyler Flowers.

* Favorite movie: “I’m not really a movie guy.”

* Favorite saying: (with help from Flowers): “Was that a good pitch?” said after hanging a slider.

* Favorite baseball venues to visit: Yankee Stadium, Target Field.

* Go-to karaoke song (with assist from Flowers): “Man in the Mirror,” Michael Jackson.

* Most random fact about him (assist from Danks): “He’s really good at ping pong.”

* Favorite vacation spot (assist from Danks): “He always talks about Jamaica.”

* Number of remote-controlled cars owned: One because he gave the second to Daniel Webb.

* Favorite video game: “Putting me on the spot. Three-way tie between NHL, FIFA and Call of Duty (Zombie mode).”

* Favorite snack food: “Pretty much anything. Whatever I can get my hands on.” Said he “goes off” at Wendy’s.

* Sport he’s good at besides baseball (with an assist from Danks): “He’s a pretty good golfer.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and the finale of the seven-game road trip leading up to the All-Star break. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (3-6, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber  (8-6, 2.86) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

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