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Sox Seek Sweep After Late-Inning Magic Sinks Mariners

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep in the finale of the seven-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-10, 4.61) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (8-7, 4.60) for the M’s.

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Last Night’s Highlights

A two-run rally in the ninth tied the score at 3-3 and a three-run surge put the game out of reach in the 10th as the White Sox won their third game in a row, 6-3, with the chance to sweep the Mariners this afternoon and finish the seven-game road trip with a winning record.

The Sox entered the ninth down 3-1. Avi Garcia singled, J.B. Shuck, pinch-hitting for Trayce Thompson, walked. Alexei Ramirez singled, scoring Garcia with Shuck moving to second. Carlos Sanchez‘s sac bunt moved Shuck to third and Ramirez to second and Shuck scored the tying run as pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche grounded out.

Sox reliever Nate Jones escaped danger in the bottom of the ninth after walking the leadoff batter. But after a sac bunt, he struck out No. 2 hitter Kyle Seager and major-league home run leader Nelson Cruz to end the inning with the potential winning run at second.

In the 10th, the Sox scored their three runs on a walk, passed ball and forceout after a Tyler Saladino walk, Jose Abreu double and an intentional walk to Melky Cabrera loaded the bases with no outs.

Rookie Trayce Thompson (pictured above) cranked his second homer in the second inning to give the White Sox an early 1-0 lead (clink on link below) and he also singled, raising his batting average to .474. Carlos Rodon followed his first career complete game last Monday with another quality start–allowing three runs, six hits along with eight strikeouts in seven innings–after shutting out the Mariners for the first five frames.

Jones earned his first win of the season and closer David Robertson set down the Mariners 1-2-3 in the 10th for his 25th save. The Sox are now 11-3 in extra-inning games.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=401943283

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Quote of the Day

Carlos Sanchez (pictured above) on his significant improvement at the plate, which has included a career-high four RBI on Friday night and a 10th-inning RBI, a perfectly executed ninth-inning sacrifice bunt and his 20th double last night.

“It’s all about confidence. If you work hard every day, you can see the results sooner or later. My goal every day is it doesn’t matter if I go 0-4 because the next day I know I can do somethng good not just for me but for the team.”

A Dominican No-No for a Trio of White Sox Pitchers

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/143947364/white-sox-pitchers-combine-for-dsl-no-hitter

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four against the Mariners. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-9, 4.64) for the Sox, RHP Joe Kelly (6-6, 5.37) for Boston.

“Sox Serve Week” Also Begins Tomorrow 

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/144479416

Photo of the Day

Thompson and Sanchez, major contributors to last night’s win, are shown here before the game with Seattle mascot Mariner Moose in a rather unconventional pre-game activity.

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Sox Victory By The Numbers: Sale 14 Ks, Offense 11 Runs, 16 Hits

Saturday, August 22, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (8:10 CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-5, 4.42) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.67) for the M’s.

Rodon makes his 21st appearance and 18th start of the season. He is 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA over his last two starts. He recorded his first career complete game in his last start on August 17 at the Angels, allowing two runs on five hits over a career-high eight innings in a losing effort. He won his previous start on August 11 at home vs. the Angels, allowing four hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. The 11 strikeouts were the most by a Sox rookie since Jason Bere fanned 12 in 1993 vs. the Angels.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale got the best of King Felix Hernandez and took over the major-league lead in strikeouts while the offense exploded for 11 runs and 16 hits as the White Sox won their second in a row on their West Coast trip with an 11-4 victory over the Mariners.

Sale, who had a one-hitter through six, notched his 12th win of the season–allowing just three runs on four hits with a whopping 14 strikeouts in seven innings. It gives him 222, the most in baseball. It was the 30th time in his career (109 starts) that he struck out 10 or more and the 18th game where he fanned 12-plus, both franchise records. In his last two starts (14 innings) Sale has struck out 29 batters, having fanned 15 Cubs the start prior.

Every Sox starting position player recorded at least one base hit. Leading the hit parade were Tyler Saladino with three and Adam Eaton, Avi Garcia, Alexei Ramirez, Carlos Sanchez and Tyler Flowers with two each. Sanchez collected a career-high four RBI, Flowers three, Saladino two and Eaton and Jose Abreu one apiece. Jose has now driven in 27 runs in 29 games.

Here’s Sale’s brilliant performance and Sanchez’s two-out, two-run double off of King Felix in the sixth:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=397165383

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=395879283

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Quote of the Day

@CSNHayes on last night’s game: “The White Sox had six two-out hits, all from the sixth inning on with five accounting for runs.”

Sox Note of Note

Daniel Webb (back) began his rehab assignment last night at Class AAA Charlotte and earned the win with a perfect inning in the Knights’ 7-2 victory over Indianapolis.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and seven-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-10, 4.61) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (8-7, 4.60) for Seattle.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 121 on August 2 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox slammed four home runs off of future Hall-of-Famer Randy Johnson in a six-run fourth inning to defeat the Yankees, 6-2, and halt a seven-game losing streak. Tadahito Iguchi (No. 12), Aaron Rowand (11) and Paul Konerko (32) all belted solo homers and Chris Widger (4) launched a three-run shot. Jose Contreras earned his eighth victory as the Sox won their 75th game of the season.

Photo of the Day

The Sox offense is “picking up,” scoring 19 runs in the last two days with wins over the Angels and Mariners.

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Sox Unleash “Swing and Miss” Chris vs. Mariners and King Felix

Friday, August 21, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-7, 3.32) for the Sox, RHP Felix Hernandez (14-7, 3.65) for the M’s.

Sale will be making his 24th start of the season, 12th on the road and first vs. Seattle. He is 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA and 40 strikeouts in six career games (four starts) vs the Mariners with two complete games.

Chris is 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA over his last two starts. He struck out 15 batters last Sunday vs. the Cubs for the second time in his career, joining Hall-of-Famer Ed Walsh (twice) as the only Sox hurlers and Jake Peavy and Max Scherzer as the only active pitchers to accomplish the feat.

Sale is on pace to record a franchise-record 286 strikeouts, which would be the most in the major leagues since 2002 when Arizona’s Randy Johnson (334) and Curt Schilling (316) both eclipsed 300. Chris’ average of 11.90 strikeouts per nine innings would be the highest in club history.

The Sox’ four-time All-Star, who leads the American League and ranks second in the major leagues with 208 strikeouts, has joined Walsh (1910-12) as the only pitchers in White Sox history to fan 200-plus in three consecutive seasons. And he is attempting to join Walsh (1908, 1911) as the only Sox pitchers to lead the majors in strikeouts.

Sale recorded 10-plus strikeouts in eight straight starts from May 23-June 30, tying Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez for the longest streak in baseball history.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Sale became the fifth left-hander in big-league history to record at least five strikeouts with one or no hits allowed, joining Johnson (four), Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester and Warren Spahn (one each).

In his career, Sale has struck out 10 or more batters 28 times in 108 starts (25.9 percent) and 12 or more 17 times, both franchise records. His 17 games with 12-plus strikeouts all have come since 2012, nine more than any other pitcher during that span.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Abreu‘s two-run double capped a five-run fifth inning, Adam LaRoche belted a two-run homer and Jose Quintana delivered another quality start as the White Sox left Anaheim on a high note with an 8-2 victory over the Angels…Abreu, who drove in three runs on the night, has 26 RBI in his last 28 games…LaRoche’s home run was his 11th of the season and and he added a single to go 2-4…Q tossed six innings, allowing just two runs for his seventh win, and Nate Jones, Jake Petricka and Dan Jennings each pitched a scoreless, hitless inning of relief…Adam Eaton and Tyler Saladino each had two-hit games with an RBI and Carlos Sanchez singled in a run in the big fifth…Geovany Soto collected a single and a double.

Enjoy the Sox’ five-run fifth, LaRoche’s homer and Q’s strong performance:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=392568383

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=392712883

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=392740883

Shark Bite

Jeff Samardzija righted his own personal ship on Wednesday night despite the Sox’ 1-0 loss to the Angels. Shark allowed just one run in seven innings of work and recorded seven strikeouts. What was the difference from his previous couple of outings? Jeff explains via Scott Merkin of whitesox.com.

“I had my splitter (on Wednesday night) which has been the biggest issue for me in the past. The last two games, it has been there for me…For me, it’s about calming down and working my way through situations instead of pressing and trying to do too much. It usually means your front side flies open and the ball stays over the plate. I thought that was the biggest difference. I stayed under control and kept pitches down in the zone. I feel like my stuff has been exactly the same.”

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Quotes of the Day

Get to know the White Sox’ 2015 No. 1 draft pick Carson Fulmer (pictured above with Hall-of-Famer Jim Palmer), who is now pitching for the Class A Winston-Salem Dash. Carson participated in a Q&A yesterday with Dash fans on Twitter. Here are some of his answers:

Q: Do you prefer striking out a batter looking or swinging?

A: “Looking. You threw something that he wasn’t looking for, which is the ultimate feeling.”

Q: What emotions ran through your mind when you were assigned to pitch in your first professional game with the White Sox?

A: “I’ve been waiting my whole life to play professional baseball. I’m just glad to have the opportunity.”

Q: What is your favorite baseball memory?

A: “Being part of Vanderbilt’s first national championship.”

Q: What was your favorite team growing up?

A:  “I really didn’t have one. I just loved baseball. My favorite player was Nolan Ryan.”

Q: If you were a pancake in a stack of pancakes which would you be and why?

A: “The very bottom one because, regardless of what happens, I will be the most supportive pancake in the stack.”

Q: Do you enjoy playing with the Dash? What has the experience been like?

A: “Of course. They emphasize “team” here, which is a big part of what I stand for.”

Q: What’s the biggest difference in the atmospheres of college ball and minor league ball?

A: “Getting mentally and physically prepared. Instead of four games a week, it’s seven. But I’m enjoying every second of it.”

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A Very Special “Throwback Thursday”

The White Sox will honor a special era in team history by wearing the collared, blue and white V-neck jerseys first worn during the 1976 season when the team takes on the Mariners at 7:10 p.m. CT on Thursday, August 27 at U.S. Cellular Field. (original uniform specs above courtesy of @toddradom).

The ’76 Sox introduced one of baseball’s most innovative team looks–pull-over jerseys worn pajama style outside the trousers with accompanying navy shorts. It was the first and only time a baseball team has worn shorts in a major-league game. While the team will not sport the shorts on “Throwback Thursday,” they will wear the collared jerseys untucked with pants.

The Sox wore the jerseys from 1976-81, including three games with shorts. Among those who wore the collared jerseys in 1976 included Hall-of-Famer Goose Gossage and All-Stars Chet Lemon and Carlos May. Others who wore the uniform in later years were Hall-of-Famer Carlton Fisk, Sox great Harold Baines and current radio broadcasters Steve Stone and Ed Farmer.

Baines: “It was the most comfortable–not the prettiest–uniform I ever wore. No belt, length of pants didn’t matter; you just had to put on your socks to be ready. I’m just glad I didn’t have to wear the shorts.”

Stone: “These particular jerseys represent one of the most exciting years that the White Sox have had, which was the very offensive minded “South Side Hitmen of 1977. The jerseys bring back memories of many runs scored.”

Farmer: “This uniform was the ugliest I have worn, but it also was the most comfortable I have ever worn.”

In addition to the throwback uniforms, fans will see retro elements throughout the ballpark, including signage, video highlights and photos from the era the uniforms were worn. Fans can share their favorite moments by using the hashtag #SoxTBT.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Mariners at Safeco Field (9:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-5, 4.42) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.67) for Seattle.

Photos of the Day

Even Mr. White Sox Minnie Minoso suited up in the “Throwback Thursday” uniform as a coach from 1976-78 and 1980 and as a DH for a total of 10 at bats in ’76 and ’80. For the record, Minnie collected a single in 1976 off of Angels pitcher Sid Monge in this uniform. He was in his early 50s.

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Tuesday Roundup: Rodon’s First Complete Game, A Super Sale Stat and Sox Cap Confusion

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-9, 4.58) for the Sox, RHP Garrett Richards (11-9, 3.55) for LA.

Last Night’s Highlights

Carlos Rodon tossed a gem of a game, allowing just two runs (a pair of solo homers), four hits, three walks and five strikeouts in eight innings of work as the White Sox lost a tough 2-1 decision to the Angels. He is the first Sox rookie to throw a complete game since Zach Stewart in 2011 at Minnesota and the first rookie left-hander since Wilson Alvarez in 1991 vs. Cleveland…Avi Garcia singled and doubled as the DH and starting rightfielder Trayce Thompson singled and walked.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Rodon’s performance:

“This was probably his best stuff…After the first homer, how he reacted to it and responded was great. You’re kind of seeing him mature a bit…It’s a tough front part of that lineup to go through, and he did a pretty good job.”

MLB Stat of the Day

Chris Sale has fanned 32.8% of the batters he has faced in 2015.

California Dreamin’

Carlos Sanchez takes the opportunity to focus on his game plan during BP in Anaheim last night.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the third game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-8, 4.78) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (4-9, 4.60) for LA.

Photos of the Day

In the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” one of finest baseball movies of all-time, many baseball fans were distracted by the fact that the Sox’ outstanding outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson, a left-handed hitter from the South (top photo below) was portrayed by right-handed hitting Ray Liotta from New Jersey (second photo).

The latest film to take liberties with the facts is the recently released movie, “Straight Outta Compton,” which has been a huge hit so far at the box office. But observant White Sox fans will tell you that there is a flaw.

In the opening scene of the film, which is set in 1986, actor/rapper Easy-E is wearing the current Sox cap that didn’t surface until 1990 (third photo). For the sake of accuracy, the actor should have been wearing the cap in the bottom photo that the Sox wore from 1982- 86 and have been wearing occasionally the past couple of years as part of an alternate throwback uniform.

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Masterpiece Theatre

Monday, August 17, 2015

Today’s News

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Abreu (No. 22), Alexei Ramirez (8) and Melky Cabrera (8) each launched a solo homer to give the White Sox all the offense they needed. But it was Chris Sale who stole the show with a brilliant one-hit, 15-strikeout performance in front of a sellout home crowd of 39,475 as the Sox halted the Cubs’ winning streak at nine with a 3-1 victory. In the process, the Good Guys, who now lead the all-time North-South battle 54-49, retained the Crosstown Cup by virtue of tying the series at 3-3 and having won three of four games a year ago.

Enjoy Sale’s dominance and the Abreu, Ramirez and Cabrera home runs:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=377099383

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=376487883

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=376547183

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=376625683

Tale of the Tape

A recap of Sale Sunday:

–Withstanding the oppressive heat which got as high as 97 degrees, Sale tossed seven innings, allowing just one hit, a pair of walks and one hit batter along with tying his career-high of 15 strikeouts in earning his 11th win of the season. His no-hit bid ended after 5.1 innings.

–The Sox ace was one shy of Jack Harshman‘s single-game club strikeout record set in 1954 against the Red Sox. His previous 15-strikeout effort came against Tampa Bay in 2012, where ironically current Cubs skipper Joe Maddon was also the manager.

–Sale joins former Sox hurler Jake Peavy and Max Scherzer as the only active pitchers to strike out 15-plus batters twice in their careers.

–The four-time All-Star now has 29 double-digit strikeout efforts and 11 this season, extending his franchise records in both categories. It was also his 17th game of 12 or more strikeouts, which extends his club mark.

–Sale now has 200-plus Ks for the third consecutive season. He is the first White Sox pitcher to accomplish that feat since Hall of Famer Ed Walsh from 1910-12.

–The Sox’ All-Star lefty struck out the side in the first, fourth and seventh innings. He fanned Kris Bryant and Miguel Montero three times each and every Cubs hitter but Jonathan Herrera struck out at least once.

–Sale now owns a 3-0 record with a 1.20 ERA in four interleague starts this season.

Nate Jones came on in the eighth inning and picked up where Sale left off, setting down the Cubs 1-2-3 while striking out the side.

–Of the 34 batters encountered by Sox pitching (Sale, Jones and David Robertson who came on in the ninth to earn his 24th save),18 were strikeouts.

–Those 18 strikeouts by Sox pitching set a team record for a nine-inning game. It also ties the Cubs’ franchise record for most strikeouts by an offense in a nine-inning contest.

–The White Sox came within two of the major-league mark for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game.

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Sale Quotes of the Day

–Robin on Chris’ outing: “He was darn near unhittable.”

–The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo on Sale: “He’s violent. He’s good, really good. He’s fun to face since he’s the best…He’s the best in the biz, so yeah, hat’s off to him. He made us look silly.”

–Abreu on Sale: “We have to thank God because he’s with us.”

@CSNHayesJose Abreu asked a clubhouse attendant to get Chris Sale’s autograph on a ball. Abreu said it’s for his son.

–Chris on yesterday’s experience: “This was probably the best atmosphere I’ve ever pitched in…People in the K Zone are going crazy for me. It’s a fun, fun time.”

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game road trip that continues with three in Seattle. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-4, 4.61) for the Sox, LHP Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.53) for LA.

Rodon makes his 20th appearance and 17th start of the season. He won his last start on August 11 against these same Angels, allowing four hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. It represented the most Ks by a Sox rookie since Jason Bere fanned 12 in 1993 against, you guessed it, the Angels.

Carlos is the fourth rookie in Sox history to record 10 or more strikeouts at least twice in one season, joining Bere (twice in ’93), Gary Peters (twice in ’93) and Jack Harshman (three times in 1954).

Too Good Not to Pass Along

@scottmerkin: Saladino said when he was younger, he thought the coolest thing would be to be No. 1 on ESPN Top Plays. He hit that goal last night (posted yesterday, referring to Tyler Saladino‘s spectacular defense Saturday night).

Roster Move

Before yesterday’s game, the White Sox reinstated J.B. Shuck from the disabled list and designated Emilio Bonifacio for assignment.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-9, 4.58) for the Sox, RHP Garrett Richards (11-9, 3.55) for LA.

Photo of the Day

The Cup stays on the South Side.

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Sox Counting on Sale in Crosstown Cup Finale

Sunday, August 16, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series, six-game homestand and six-game interleague series for the Crosstown Cup. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-7, 3.47) for the Sox, RHP Dan Haren (8-7, 3.55) for the North Siders.

Sale will make his 23rd start of the season, 12th at home and second vs. the Cubs. He is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA lifetime vs. his crosstown opponents. He earned the win on July 11 at Wrigley Field.

Chris earned the victory in his last start on August 10 vs. the Angels, allowing two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts over 7.1 IP. He is tied for the American League lead and is third in MLB with 193 strikeouts.

Sale is on pace to record a franchise-record 277 strikeouts, which would be the highest total in baseball since Arizona’s Randy Johnson struck out 290 in 2004. His average of 11.55 strikeouts per nine innings would be the highest in club history.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Carlos Sanchez (groundout), Alexei Ramirez (double) and Jose Abreu (single) each recorded an RBI and Jose Quintana had a quality start, allowing just three runs in six innings, in the Sox’ 6-3 loss…Tyler Saladino‘s stunning defense at third base was responsible for all three Cub outs in the top of the second inning–two of which were back-to-back and extraordinary (see photo above and click on links below):

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=372508683   

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=372526283   

Quote of the Day

Robin on Saladino’s defense:

“He can play anywhere, Tyler has proven that. You put him anywhere on the field and he can play. That stuff doesn’t surprise us right now.”

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Anderson Red-Hot

Top Sox prospect and former No. 1 draft choice Tim Anderson (pictured above) went 1-3 last night for Class AA Birmingham and is now 13-22 (.591) in his last six games.

Anderson, who is only 21, leads the Southern League in runs scored (68), hits (140), stolen bases (45) and ranks among the leaders in total bases (2nd, 189) and average (3rd, .317).

Fulmer Perfect

Carson Fulmer, this year’s No. 1 draft pick, tossed three perfect innings with two strikeouts last night for the Class A Winston-Salem Dash vs. Salem.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game road trip that continues in Seattle. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-4, 4.61) for the Sox, LHP Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.53) for LA.

Photo of the Day

In addition to getting ready for his start tomorrow night in Anaheim, Rodon spent some time yesterday helping out the White Sox Volunteer Corps at the Elliott Donnelley Youth Center.

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Sox Roundup: Q Looks to Even Series, Minnie Honored and Guess Who’s Helping No. 1 Draft Pick Carson Fulmer?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (13-6, 2.38) for the Cubs.

Q is scheduled to make his 24th start of the season, 11th at home and second vs. the Cubs. He owns a 2.48 ERA during interleague play since 2012, which ranks him in the Top 10 among American League pitchers.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Adam Eaton smashed a two-run homer (see photo above and click on top link below), Avi Garcia doubled in two runs (click on middle link and top photo below) and Geovany Soto drove in another (click on bottom link) in the Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Cubs…Eaton, Tyler Saladino and Carlos Sanchez each had two-hit games and Melky Cabrera collected a hit and scored a run (see bottom photo below)…Zach Duke pitched two perfect innings (7th and 8th) with three strikeouts in relief of Jeff Samardzija and Zach Putnam tossed a scoreless ninth.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=368115883

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=368082083

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=368114683

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Quote of the Day

Here are a few memories of Minnie Minoso as the White Sox honored “Mr. White Sox” yesterday by having each player wear his No. 9 on a 1950s era uniform. The Sox also paid tribute to Sox pitching great Billy Pierce, who passed away on July 31. The club is wearing a No. 19 patch on their uniforms in his honor.

@ChuckGarfien: Minnie Minoso trivia:  His nickname for Adam Eaton was “tiny.”

Gordon Beckham (via @jjstankevitz): “I just always remember Minnie coming in and having a great attitude and being extremely positive no matter what we were doing on the field. He just came in with a smile, a lot of energy and would always say if we had a winning streak, that he’s worn the same clothes for as long as we’ve had the winning streak–except, he did wash his underwear, he said. It seemed like all the time, he’d come in and just say how are you, how are you doing, and I’d go, ‘Minnie how are you doing’ and he’d go, ‘I’m here.’ And he would always say that, that was his thing. ‘I’m here,’ meaning like, he’s alive, he’s living and it was a good day. Special guy.”

Robin Ventura (via Brian Sandalow, Sun-Times: “I think Minnie, historically of what he meant to the franchise is one thing, and I think that’s an important thing. But a lot of these guys knew him. When he was around, he was here pretty much daily. And I think the guy is more important for who we know. I know people understand his significance as far as when he came in the league and how important he was to the White Sox. But I think for these guys, it’s special to them because he was a part of the family and he was in here a lot. A real special guy, very upbeat and energetic to come in and talk to guys.”

Alexei Ramirez (via Sandalow): “It’s always going to be hard because Minnie was so special for us, for everybody here in the White Sox organization. It’s always going to be hard when you walk through the clubhouse and you can sometimes be reminded of some of the jokes that he made. It’s going to be hard, but that’s life.”

Jose Abreu (via Colleen Kane, Trib): “He was one of the greatest of all time for Cuba and for this team, and it’s going to be an honor (to wear No. 9). We’re going to try to represent in a good way this jersey and his name today. When I came to the U.S. and had the opportunity to meet him it was a special moment because all the background that my father told me about him…He was a great person, he was outstanding with me and it’s an honor when you’re able to be around a person as good as him.”

Here’s Minoso’s widow Sharon in top photo throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before yesterday’s game with Minnie’s sons looking on…And Alexei looking good in his ’50s garb.

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Roster Move

The White Sox sent infielder Leury Garcia to Class AAA Charlotte and reinstated Emilio Bonifacio from the 15-day DL. Bonifacio saw action last night as a pinch-runner.

Fulmer’s Mentor

Carson Fulmer, the White Sox’ No. 1 choice and eighth overall pick in the 2015 June draft, is now pitching for the Sox’ High-Class A affiliate in Winston-Salem (pictured below).

The promising Fulmer, a Vanderbilt product, has a fellow Commodore and star major league hurler giving him a helping hand. Click on the link below and discover who it is.

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150813&content_id=142949314&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (1:0 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series, six-game homestand and six game interleague series for the Crosstown Cup. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-7, 3.47) for the Sox, RHP Dan Haren (8-7, 3.55) for the Cubs.

Photo of the Day

Giving new meaning to the term, “Starting Nine.”

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Sweep Complete, Crosstown Showdown Starts Friday

Thursday, August 13, 2015

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Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights: Sox Walk-Off With Third Straight Win

Avi Garcia doubled home Jose Abreu with one out in the bottom of the 13th inning for the walk-off winner and the White Sox completed the three-game sweep over the Angels, 3-2 (click on top link below)…Matt Albers, the seventh Sox pitcher, improved his record to 2-0, tossing two scoreless innings…Starter John Danks was brilliant, allowing just one run and five hits in 7.1 innings (click on middle link)…Gordon Beckham‘s sac fly scored Trayce Thompson in the fifth inning and Alexei Ramirez‘s double drove home Tyler Saladino in the sixth…In the 10th inning, Leury Garcia came on as a defensive replacement in centerfield and saved a couple of potential runs, perhaps the game itself, with a spectacular running catch (click on bottom link).

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=363551383

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=363123983

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=362607583

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Friday Afternoon Game

After today’s off-day, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the first of a three-game weekend series with the Crosstown Cup at stake. The Sox won two of three from the North Siders at Wrigley Field July 10-12. Probable Starters: RHP and former Cub Jeff Samardzija (8-7, 4.62) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 3.73) for the Cubs.

The White Sox lead the all-time series, 54-47, and are 24-14 over the last 38 games.

For Those Attending the Sox-Cubs Series

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/142693662

Quote of the Day

Thompson (pictured below), now a bonfide major-leaguer, is still being referred to as “Klay’s brother,” especially since Klay’s Golden State Warriors just won the NBA title. It’s proven to be no problem for Trayce, however, who knocked out two more hits last night and has hit safely in four of his five games (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“I do my own thing, but people are going to refer to me as that until I make an All-Star team or until I win a championship. It is what it is. It doesn’t bother me.

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox collected their seventh walk-off win of the season, are 22-21 in one-run games and 10-3 in extra innings…The Sox are now 14-4 against the American League West…A. Garcia had his second walk-off hit and fourth game-ending play of the season…Tyler  Flowers is batting .280 over his last eight games…Ramirez stole his team-leading 15th base of the season…Saladino has reached base safely in 16 of his last 18 games…Sox relievers are 2-1 with a 1.27 ERA over the last seven games…Nate Jones has made three consecutive scoreless appearances.

Saturday Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (13-6, 2.38) for the Cubs.

Sunday Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series, six-game homestand and six-game interleague series for the Crosstown Cup. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-7, 3.47) for the Sox, RHP Dan Haren (8-7, 3.55) for the Cubs.

Star Power

The casts of the NBC hits “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Fire” were at the ballpark last night as part of Police and Fire Night. That’s Taylor Kinney of “Fire” below in the Sox road uni and maroon cap, Monica Raymund of “Fire” in the home jersey taking the SoxCellfie and Sophia Bush of “P.D” in the striped dress. Off to the left side of the photo in the throwback Sox jersey is Eamonn Walker of “Fire.” Just in case you’re not aware, Kinney is Lady Gaga‘s significant other.

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2005 Flashback

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

In Game 113 on August 10 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the first-place White Sox defeated the Yanks by the same score of 2-1 for the second straight day, this time in 10 innings. With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the 10th, Juan Uribe tripled off of future Hall-of-Famer Mariano Rivera and scored the eventual game winner on a Scott Podsednik fielder’s choice. Freddy Garcia pitched eight strong innings, allowing just the one run. He was relieved in the ninth by Neal Cotts, who earned his fourth win against no losses, and Dustin Hermanson retired the New Yorkers in the 10th for his 30th save. It was victory No. 74 for the Sox.

Are the Sox Adding a Third Catcher?

Or is that Jose Abreu just having some fun? I think you know the answer.

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Photo of the Day

The White Sox were part of history on Tuesday. For the first time in MLB history, all 15 home teams won on the same day. Before Tuesday, the closest the home teams have come was 12 wins more than a century ago, on May 23, 1914, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Before MLB expanded to 30 teams in 1998, opening up the opportunity for a 15-game schedule, there were 16 teams throughout most of baseball history–so the majority of that time eight games a day was routine. In 1914, there were four Federal League games along with the eight American and National League games.

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Rookie Mojo

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the sweep of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-9, 4.79) for us, LHP Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.45) for LA.

Last Night’s Highlights

In the 3-0 shutout of the Angels, rookie starter Carlos Rodon delivered seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits while striking out a career-high 11, and fellow rookie Trayce Thompson belted his first major-league home run, a solo shot, in the fifth inning. Thompson predictably got the silent treatment as he reached the dugout after his long blast (see bottom photo above and second link below).

Birthday boy Melky Cabrera doubled in a pair in the fourth inning and David Robertson came on in the ninth and registered his 23rd save.

In addition to Rodon’s career-high strikeout total, which included his 100th K, his seven innings of work also was his career best as he improved his record to 5-4 with his ninth quality start. The last White Sox rookie to have 10 or more strikeouts in a game was last night’s pitching opponent, Hector Santiago, who did it for the Sox in 2012…Rodon also became the fourth Sox rookie pitcher to collect multiple 10-plus strikeout games, the last being Jason Bere in 1993 (twice). The others were Gary Peters and Jack Harshman (three times).

In order, here are Rodon’s masterful performance, Thompson’s homer and Melky’s double.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=357637283

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=357345983

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=357235683

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Klay Couldn’t Be Prouder

@KCJHoop: Warriors’ star Klay Thompson called seeing brother Trayce make his major league debut with the White Sox “one of the best days of my life.” 

http://trib.in/1UBRlPJ

And last night’s homer just made him happier.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/baseball/7/71/870912/klay-thompson-congratulates-brother-trayce-first-big-league-home-run

Quote of the Day

Robin on Avi Garcia (via Daryl Van Schouwen, Sun-Times):

“Sometimes we forget how young he is. He’s been around a while, but he’s still young and going through it and he’s still learning. You see the talent he has and the potential that’s there when he hits something hard…It hasn’t happened right away. Everyone has their level of doing it and when they do and when they make some change and when they want to make changes…you have to believe in what the changes are. Everybody goes through that a little differently. I think for him it’s starting to click and there’s some clarity on how you’re going to do it, how he’s going to go about it, how guys are pitching him. I think it should be a fun thing to watch for him.”

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Offensive Boost

Heading into last night’s game and dating back to July 23, the White Sox led the majors in batting average (.293), slugging percentage (.502), OPS (.849), extra-base hits (76), doubles (44) and were second in runs per game (.589), on-base percentage (.347) and home runs (T28).

Chris Sale Featured in Rolling Stone

http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/features/chris-sale-is-not-ready-for-his-close-up-20150811

FanGraphs: Adam Eaton’s Power Surge

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/adam-eaton-is-up-to-something/

Sox Notes of Note

Emilio Bonifacio, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 29 with a left oblique strain, has been sent on an injury rehab assignment to Class AAA Charlotte…Sox outfield prospect Jacob May, playing for the Class AA Birmngham Barons, homered in the eighth inning of last night’s Southern League game vs. Pensacola to complete the cycle.

No. 19 Added to Sox Jersey

The White Sox have added a No. 19 patch to their uniforms (along with the No. 9 honoring Minnie Minoso) as a tribute to pitching legend Billy Pierce, who passed away on July 31.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it’ll be the White Sox vs. the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-7, 4.62) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 3.73) for the Cubs.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 112 on August 9 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the first-place White Sox defeated the Yankees, 2-1, for their 73rd win of the season. Jose Contreras tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, and Dustin Hermanson recorded his 29th save. Solo homers by Paul Konerko (No. 28) and Tadahito Iguchi (10) provided all the offense the Sox needed.

Photo/Video of the Day

Die-hard White Sox fans, friends for a half-century, get the surprise of their lives.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v356678883

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Back on Track

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (4-4, 5.00) for the Sox, former Sox LHP Hector Santiago (7-5, 2.78) for LA.

Last Night’s Highlights

Avi Garcia smashed a solo homer (No. 10) over the left field wall in the fourth inning and clubbed a three-run opposite field shot (11) in the sixth (click on top link below) as the White Sox got back on the winning side of the ledger with a 8-2 victory over the Angels in the series opener…In the third inning, Tyler Flowers hit a long blast over the 400-foot sign in centerfield (8) to give the Good Guys a 2-0 lead (click on second link)…Chris Sale returned to his All-Star form, winning his 10th game of the season by allowing just two runs and five hits while striking out seven in 7.1 innings of work (click on third link)…Nate Jones came on in relief of Sale and pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless ball…Melky CabreraAdam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez each collected a pair of hits and an RBI while Jose Abreu knocked out two hits with two runs scored…And check out yet another web gem by Alexei (click on bottom link).

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=356065083

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=355373983

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=355809783

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=355408983

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Quote of the Day

@ESPNStatsInfo: Mike Trout drew a 13-pitch walk against Sale in the 4th inning. It was the longest career plate appearance for both.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are 12-5 against the American League West in 2015, Sale is 3-0 with a 0.89 ERA against the AL West this season…Chris also is 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA against the Angels lifetime…The Sox are hitting .408 with 25 runs scored in the first inning over the last 16 games…Avi has homered four times in his last six…Melky is batting .408 with 12 doubles in his last 18 …Eaton is batting .377 with eight RBI over his last 18 contests…Abreu is hitting .344 over his last 17.

Managers Rank Sale No. 1 in American League

Baseball America polled MLB managers and compiled a list of the best players in baseball. Sale was named the best pitcher in the American League over the Astros’ Dallas Keuchel and the Rays’ Chris Archer. The managers also determined that Chris had the second-best changeup behind the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez and the third best slider (behind Archer and the Indians’ Corey Kluber).

Comiskey Park Brick to be Added to Tribune Tower

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-tribune-tower-wrigley-comiskey-bricks-0811-biz-20150810-story.html

Get to Know Sox Prospect Jacob May of the Birmingham Barons

http://birminghambarons.mlblogs.com/

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-9, 4.79) for the Sox, LHP Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.45) for LA.

Photo of the Day

Last Saturday, the White Sox participated in the Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic–the largest and oldest African-American parade and celebration in the United States. As a tribute to Sox great Minnie Minoso, Minnie’s son Charlie Minoso served as the grand marshal. Here are Charlie and his mom Sharon, Minnie’s widow, standing in front of the Sox float.

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