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Carson Fulmer: “It’s One of Those Moments That You Try to Cherish as Much as You Can”

Monday, July 18, 2016

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. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-3, 3.38) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 3.52).

Yesterday’s Highlights

The silver lining in yesterday’s 8-1 loss to the Angels was the much-anticipated major-league debut of right-hander Carson Fulmer. The Sox’ top draft choice in 2015 came on in the seventh inning, struck out the first batter he faced–who just happened to be future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols (see video above)–and tossed two scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.

Not to be outdone, catcher Omar Narvaez (No. 38 pictured below getting congratulations) scored the only Sox run on an Adam Eaton double after ripping a two base-hit to left field in his first major-league at bat (click on link below):


Quote of the Day

Fulmer on making his first big-league appearance…

“It’s one of those moments that you try to cherish as much as you can. It was definitely an opportunity I’ll never forget.”

…and facing the likes of Pujols:

“He’s one of the game’s best. But I’m just trying to stick to my approach like I always do and try not to necessarily think about who is in the box. Obviously you have a ton of respect for a guy like that…Seeing him step in the box, especially with my growing up watching him play, it was a special moment.”

2016 Draft Update

* First-round pick Zack Collins out of the University of Miami has two homers and eight RBI in three games with the High-A Winston-Salem Dash.

* Another first-rounder, Zach Burdi from Chicago and the University of Louisville, struck out two yesterday in a scoreless inning for Class AA Birmingham vs. Biloxi.

* Second-rounder Alec Hansen out of the University of Oklahoma made his debut at Rookie League Great Falls, tossing four scoreless innings and giving up just one hit and one walk along with eight strikeouts against Grand Junction. In 11 minor-league innings he has not given up a run, allowed only two hits and has struck out an impressive 19.

Thome Special Tonight

“Inside Look: Jim Thome” premieres tonight at 8:00 p.m. CT on Comcast SportsNet.

Next Up

Tomorrow: White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (9:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers — LHP Jose Quintana (7-8, 3.21) vs. LHP Wade Miley (6-6, 5.44).

Wednesday: White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (2:40 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers — RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.40) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86).

Photo of the Day

Fresh off his All-Star appearance, Sale goes for win No. 15 tonight.



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Sunday Roundup: Turner Makes Sox Debut in Series Finale vs. Angels, All-Stars to Face Mariners and More…


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Today’s News 

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (2:35 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Jacob Turner (pictured above), making his first start of the season for the Sox after being recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, vs. RHP Jered Weaver (7-7, 5.27) for L.A.

Last Night’s Highlights

James Shields couldn’t have been much better last night in the Sox’ tough 1-0 loss to the Angels. The Halos’ Yunel Escobar collected a leadoff triple in the first inning and scored what would be the game’s only run on a Mike Trout ground out. Shields didn’t allow another hit until he gave up a double to Ji-man Choi with one out in the eighth. In all, the Sox right-hander (pictured below) tossed a two-hit, complete game and in his last five starts he has recorded an impressive 2.43 ERA in 33.1 innings.


Quote of the Day

Former major-league scout Bernie Pleskoff defines recently recalled Carson Fulmer in one word:


Sanchez to Charlotte

After last night’s game, Carlos Sanchez was optioned to Charlotte.

Sox Prospect Adam Engel Up Close and Personal

Next Up

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle in a three-game series that will conclude a six-game road trip for the Sox.

Monday: (9:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers — LHP Chris Sale (14-3, 3.38) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 3.52).

Tuesday: (9:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers — LHP Jose Quintana (7-8, 3.21) vs.LHP Wade Miley (6-6, 5.44).

Wednesday: (2:40 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers — RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.40) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86).

Photo of the Day

The Sox will be counting on their All-Star aces in the first two games of the upcoming series in Seattle.



Shields Takes On Halos, Aims to Even Series


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium (8:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series after the Good Guys dropped Game 1 last night despite a solid performance by starter Miguel Gonzalez.

Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-3, 7.68) for the Sox, RHP Matt Shoemaker (4-9, 4.45) for L.A.

Shields executed his best start in a White Sox uniform last Sunday, allowing just a pair of runs on six hits. He has gone 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 13 strikeouts over his last four starts.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on newly promoted Carson Fulmer:

“For the forseeable future he will be used in the bullpen. He’s ready to contribute, to make an impact in an area of need.”


Tim Anderson’s Transition to ‘The Show’

Catching Up…

Although he didn’t pitch last night, David Robertson is good to go after sitting out a few games with a leg injury…Carlos Rodon will play catch today to test his injured wrist and may be looking at a rehab start…In the next few days, Austin Jackson will have a followup MRI to check on his injured knee…September is the earliest Matt Davidson will be back from a broken foot…Zach Putnam also will play catch today to test his injured arm…Alex Avila hit yesterday and said he feels good.

Top Pick Zack Collins a Smash in Dash Debut

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium (2:35 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: TBA for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (7-7, 5.27) for L.A.

All-Stars in Seattle

Chris Sale will be on the mound for the Sox on Tuesday in Seattle. Jose Quintana will face the Mariners on Wednesday.

Photo of the Day

Justin Morneau made his White Sox debut last night in a pinch-hitting role. Much more to come, of course, from the former American League MVP.



Fulmer, Morneau Join Sox for Second Half

Friday, July 15, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. the Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with three in Seattle as the Good Guys begin the traditional second half of the season. Starting Pitchers Miguel Gonzalez (2-4, 4.39) for the Sox, LHP Hector Santiago (6-4, 4.58) for the Halos.

Roster Bolstered

The White Sox’ top pitching prospect and last year’s first-round draft pick Carson Fulmer and former American League MVP Justin Morneau will be with the Sox as the second half commences in Anaheim.

The two additions replace RHP Chris Beck, who was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte before the All-Star break, and OF Jason Coats, who heads back to the Knights, on the 25-man roster.

Morneau, 35, agreed to terms with the White Sox on a one-year contract on June 9 and was placed on the disabled list to continue his recovery from offseason surgery to repair the primary flexor in his left elbow. He appeared in eight games with Charlotte and Birmingham on his rehab assignment.

Morneau, 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, is a career .282 hitter with 335 doubles, 241 home runs, 960 RBI and 756 runs scored in 1,487 games over 13 major-league seasons with Minnesota (2003- 13), Pittsburgh (2013) and Colorado (2014-15). From 2005-15, he ranked seventh in the majors among left-handed hitters in doubles (314) and RBI (886) and 13th with 218 homers.

Morneau batted .310 with 10 doubles, three homers and 15 RBI in 49 games with the Rockies in 2015 and led the National League with a .319 batting average in 2014.

Fulmer, 22, went 4-9 with a 4.76 ERA and 90 strikeouts over 17 starts with Class AA Birmingham this season. He ranks fourth in the Southern League in strikeouts per 9.0 IP (9.31) and sixth in strikeouts and limited left-handers to a .212 average. Over his last three starts, Fulmer was 1-1 with a 0.95 ERA and 22 strikeouts, including a streak of 15.0 consecutive scoreless IP from June 26-July 6.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Fulmer, who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 2 Prospect and possessing the Best Curveball in the White Sox organization, threw 1.0 scoreless IP for the United States at the All-Star Futures game last Sunday in San Diego.

Fulmer was selected by the Sox in the first round (eighth overall) of First-Year Player Draft out of Vanderbilt University. He is the first player from the 2015 draft to reach the major leagues.

Team Leaders at the All-Star Break

Home Runs: Todd Frazier, 25; RBI: Frazier, 57; Batting Average: Melky Cabrera, .297 (Tim Anderson is hitting .304, but doesn’t have enough plate appearances to qualify); Runs: Frazier, 51; Stolen Bases: Adam Eaton, 10; Wins: Chris Sale, 14; ERA: Jose Quintana, 3.21; Saves: David Robertson, 23; Strikeouts: Sale, 123; WHIP: Sale, 1:04.

Midseason Highlights

Quote of the Day

Robin, assessing the 45-43 Sox as they head into the second half (via Scott Merkin,

“It was good, then it was bad, then it started getting good again. It’s that simple–we were playing good baseball, then we didn’t play good baseball, and now we’re playing better baseball.

“For these guys, they put that out of their mind, and now you’re just, you’re continuing to go every day. Every day is a new day. Once you’ve lived through it, you can see that the sun comes up the next day and you get back after it.”

Sox Notes of Note

Belated birthday wishes to both Robin and Steve Stone, who celebrated yesterday…Former Sox slugger Jim Thome, a former Charlotte Knight in the Indians organization, has been inducted into the inaugural class of the Charlotte Baseball Roundtable of Honor along with his former hitting coach and manager Charlie Manuel.

Sox Fan Burdi Working his Way Up the Ladder

From the Farm: Great Falls’ Brady Conlan

Next Up

Tomorrow: White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium (8:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-3, 7.68) for the Sox, RHP Matt Shoemaker (4-9, 4.45) for L.A.

Sunday: White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium (2:35 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: TBA for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (7-7, 5.27) for L.A.

Photo of the Day

Buddies No More: Sale and Mike Trout were teammates on the victorious American League squad at the All-Star Game. This weekend they’ll be back rooting against each other.


Behind the Ballpark

Even the most loyal White Sox fans (likely) don’t know every corner of U.S. Cellular Field. To help celebrate 25 years in this stadium, we will be bringing you a behind the scenes look at some of the lesser-known and off-limits parts of the park. Check back each week for another look at the home of your White Sox!

Broadcast Booth


You know their names and voices, but have you seen where they sit? This week’s “Behind the Ballpark” takes you into the broadcast booth, which is located behind home plate on the Club (300) level, and is where you’ll find voices of the Sox Steve Stone, Jason Benetti, and Gene Honda during White Sox home games. Here’s a look at where these three get to watch the home team.

Gene Honda has been the White Sox public address announcer since 1985, and has been full-time with the Sox since 1991. He also serves as an announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks, DePaul University basketball, the NCAA Final Four, Big Ten Tournament and University of Illinois Illini Football (his alma mater). Occasionally you’ll spot him on the field pre-game interviewing special guests of the park, but most likely he’ll be up here in his seat.

Any fan who watches the Sox on television know the distinctive voices of Steve Stone and Jason Benetti. Stone was an MLB pitcher for five teams (including your Chicago White Sox), winning the American League Cy Young Award in 1980, and in 1983 he became the commentator for WGN’s broadcast of the Chicago Cubs alongside the famous Harry Caray. In 2008, Steve Stone was hired to be the color commentator for the White Sox beginning with their 2009 season, alongside Hawk Harrelson.

Benetti joined the White Sox broadcasting booth just this season and has a long history of sports broadcasting, beginning during his time as a student at Syracuse University. A life-long Southsider, Benetti said it was “truly a dream come true” to get to broadcast for the White Sox.

Here’s a look at the space they share at the ballpark:


Oh, and on a final note…Happy birthday, Steve Stone!


We hope you learned a little something this week – be sure to check back next Thursday for more scenes Behind the Ballpark!

Starter Sale and Q in Tonight’s All-Star Spotlight

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Today’s News

The Honor Goes to Sale

The Sox’ Chris Sale, with his impressive 14-3 record, has earned the honor of being chosen as the American League’s starting pitcher for tonight’s 87th All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego. The Giants’ Johnny Cueto gets the nod for the National League as the two leagues vie for home-field advantage in the World Series. Watch the game on FOX, beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT.

This is Sale’s fifth All-Star selection. He came on in relief in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 contests and has a 1-0 record with a 2.25 ERA in four innings pitched. He was chosen for the A.L. team last year, but didn’t see action.

When he takes the mound tonight, Sale will become the fifth White Sox hurler to start in the midsummer classic. He follows in the footsteps of Billy Pierce, who did it three times in 1953, 1955 and 1956, Early Wynn (1959), Esteban Loaiza (2003) and Mark Buehrle (2005).

Chris is pictured above at yesterday’s press conference announcing his starting role and shown participating in the three previous All-Star Games in which he appeared: The ’12 game in Kansas City (tipping his cap during player introductions); the ’13 contest at Citi Field in New York when he was the winning pitcher (in the visiting gray uniform); and the ’14 game in Minnesota (in cap with black logo and white background).

Sale Quotes of the Day

* On being named the A.L. starter: “What an honor. I can’t put it into words. I just want to go out there with some energy and get the game started on the right foot.”

* On stopping chewing tobacco the day Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn passed away: “He was a huge inspiration and I owe him a huge thank you.”

* On teammate Quintana being named an All-Star: “I can’t think of a more deserving person than Jose Quintana. Preparation, intensity, work ethic … couldn’t be happier for him.”

* On the greatest lesson he’s learned: “One word, compete. You’re going to be humbled in this game. Just keep your head up, keep competing and more times than not you’ll be able to sleep better at night knowing you gave your best.”

Watch Chris at yesterday’s presser and during his appearance with his young son on the MLB Network:


Quintana Scheduled to Pitch Fifth Inning

In addition to naming Sale as the A.L. starter, Yost indicated that he plans to pitch Chris’ Sox lefty teammate Jose Quintana in the fifth inning.

Jose on his All-Star selection: “I feel like I’m in a dream. I’m so happy to be here.”

A tribute to Q:

All-Star Starting Lineups

American League: Jose Altuve 2B (Astros), Mike Trout CF (Angels), Manny Machado 3B (Orioles), David Ortiz DH (Red Sox), Xander Bogaerts SS (Red Sox), Eric Hosmer 1B (Royals), Mookie Betts RF (Red Sox), Salvador Perez C (Royals), Jackie Bradley Jr. LF (Red Sox), Sale P (White Sox).

National League: Ben Zobrist 2B, Cubs, Bryce Harper RF (Nationals), Kris Bryant 3B (Cubs), Wil Myers DH (Padres), Buster Posey C (Giants), Anthony Rizzo 1B (Cubs), Marcell Ozuna CF (Marlins), Carlos Gonzalez LF (Rockies), Addison Russell SS (Cubs), Cueto P (Giants).


Runner-up Frazier Just Misses Derby Repeat

Todd Frazier, who loves competing in the Home Run Derby, was the runner-up in 2014 and earned the title a year ago. Last night, he came close to going back-to-back but came in second once again. He simply couldn’t quite match the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton who dazzled the crowd and the national TV audience with his prodigious clouts and defeated the Sox third baseman 20-13 in the final round.

Frazier reached the finals by besting Gonzalez and Adam Duvall of the Reds. Take a look:

And read more about the former Little League World Series champion turned big-league slugger.

Photos of the Day

The previous Sox All-Star starters: Lefties Pierce and Buehrle and right-handers Wynn and Loaiza.

Trio of White Sox Ready to Shine During All-Star Festivities


Monday, July 11, 2016

Today’s News

Sox Elite

First-time All-Star Jose Quintana joins five-time selection Chris Sale on the American League All-Star squad for tomorrow night’s 87th midsummer classic. Todd Frazier also will be participating in the All-Star festivities at Petco Park in San Diego as the defending champion in tonight’s Home Run Derby.

Yesterday, Q was named as a replacement for the Indians’ Danny Salazar. Jose ranks fourth in the American League with 117.2 innings pitched and sixth with a 3.21 ERA.

Watch Frazier defend his title tonight on ESPN (7:00 p.m. CT) and tune in to the All-Star Game tomorrow night on Fox (6:30 p.m. CT).

The Sox All-Star lefties in action:

Yesterday’s Highlights


James Shields executed his best start in a White Sox uniform, allowing just two solo homers on six hits and a pair of walks as the Sox dropped a 2-0 decision in the final game before the All-Star break. He has gone 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 13 strikeouts over his last four starts…In his first 28 major-league games, Tim Anderson has had multi-hit efforts in half of them. He singled twice yesterday and is batting .333 with five doubles, three homers, nine RBI, 12 runs scored and nine multi-hit efforts over his last 16 games…Jose Abreu collected three singles.

Quote of the Day

Daraka Shaheed, one of the two Sox scouts who discovered Quintana, on his first impressions of the unheralded lefty who became an All-Star:

“Tools can be similar a lot of times, and when it comes down to it, a lot of guys in the Major Leagues have similar talent. Quintana had some nice tools going forward, but the way he went about his job…thought he had growth and had potential to get better.”

Read more:

Team Leaders at the All-Star Break

Home Runs: Frazier, 25; RBI: Frazier, 57; Batting Average: Melky Cabrera, .297 (Anderson is hitting .304, but doesn’t have enough plate appearances to qualify); Runs: Frazier, 51; Stolen Bases: Adam Eaton, 10; Wins: Sale, 14; ERA: Quintana, 3.21; Saves: David Robertson, 23; Strikeouts: Sale, 123; WHIP: Sale, 1:04.

Roster Move

After yesterday’s game the Sox optioned RHP Chris Beck to Class AAA Charlotte. The club will make a corresponding move on Friday after the break.

Bright Future

Carson Fulmer, the Sox No. 1 pitching prospect currently at Class AA Birmingham, had an impressive outing at the All-Star Futures Game in San Diego yesterday. In one scoreless inning of work, the seventh, he struck out a pair.

Next Up

After the All-Star break, White Sox resume play on Friday vs. the Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with three in Seattle. Miguel Gonzalez and Shields will pitch Friday and Saturday, respectively, for the Sox. Next Sunday’s pitcher is TBA.

Photo of the Day

The Sox and one enthusiastic fan in particular celebrate Jose’s All-Star selection.


Whenever you come out to U.S. Cellular Field, be sure to tag your photos with #SoxGameDay for a chance to be featured on our video boards during the game. Each Sunday we’ll post some of our favorite selfies from the last week right here!


Go White Sox!

Sixth Straight Series Win There for the Taking After Jones Saves the Day


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Today’s News

Sox Vitals

The White Sox (45-42) have won five of their last seven games, eight of 12 and 12 of 18. The Sox are 9-5 over their last 14 games at U.S. Cellular Field. The Good Guys will be seeking their sixth straight series win in today’s matinee.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Braves (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the three-game series and final game before the All-Star break. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (4-9, 5.67) for the Sox, RHP Mike Foltynewicz (2-3, 4.29) for Atlanta.

Yesterday’s Highlights

With closer David Robertson sidelined with a strained left leg, Nate Jones came to the rescue in another White Sox nail-biter, pitching the final 1.1 innings and earning his third save in the Sox’ 5-4 victory over the Braves (click on top link below).

Todd Frazier homered–a two-run shot–for his 25th of the season and drove in another run with a double to lead the offense (click on middle and bottom links). Melky Cabrera had a pair of hits and an RBI, Jose Abreu drove in a run and Tim AndersonBrett Lawrie and J.B. Shuck each collected a pair of hits.

Jose Quintana won his seventh game of the season, going six solid innings. Zach Duke (1.1 IP) and Matt Albers (0.1) held Atlanta scoreless before Jones came on with two outs in the eighth.


Quote of the Day

Yesterday’s pitching matchup featuring Quintana and the Braves’ Julio Teheran was the first time two Colombian-born starting pitchers faced each other in a big-league game. Jose talked about it after the game:

“I felt excited for that. Teheran is my friend, and we have a good relationship. I enjoyed this game, and I take the win. A lot of Colombians were here for this game. That’s never happened. That’s good for my country. I think we have better baseball now. That’s good for us. I’m really proud for that.”

Sox Notes of Note

* Frazier hit a home run in back-to-back games for the sixth time this season. It comes at a good time as he’s getting ready for Tuesday night’s Home Run Derby in San Diego.

* Lawrie extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a second-inning single to tie a career-high. He is batting .381 with three doubles, one home run, five RBI, two walks and four runs scored during the streak.

* Cabrera is batting .413 with three doubles, two homers, eight RBI and seven runs scored over his last 11 games.

* Anderson is hitting .324 with five doubles, three home runs, nine RBI and eight multi-hit efforts over his last 15 games.

Next Up

After the All-Star break, White Sox resume play on Friday vs. the Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with three in Seattle. Quintana will make the first start for the Sox after the break.

Photo of the Day

With the 87th All-Star Game to be played Tuesday night in San Diego, it seems like an appropriate time to look back at the 50th anniversary of the midsummer classic that took place in 1983 where it all started in 1933–Comiskey Park.

To celebrate the occasion, MLB and the White Sox brought together arguably the greatest collection of baseball talent ever assembled. Quite a group to be sure with the Sox well-represented (identifications are included under the photo):




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