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Saturday Roundup: Counting on Q, the Toddfather’s Quest and More…

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Braves (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.06) for the Sox, RHP Julio Teheran (3-7, 2.72) for the Braves.

Last Night’s Highlights

It wasn’t the best of nights for the White Sox in an 11-8 loss to the Braves, but the Good Guys became the first team since 1979 to record three triple plays in a season (click on link below). The A’s and Red Sox both accomplished it that year…Todd Frazier (24) and Adam Eaton (5) each hit solo homers and drove in a pair of runs…Melky CabreraJ.B. Shuck and Jose Abreu each recorded an RBI.

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Frazier and Eaton go deep:

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Quote of the Day

Frazier, among the major-league leaders in homers, talks about defending his 2015 Home Run Derby title on Monday night in San Diego:

“You try to hit laser beams. I’ve been doing it my whole life. Little League we had a home run derby. High school, I came in second. I think it was a metal bat, it was 25-24. He went last so that’s why he beat me. I have a high school coach who busts my chops to this day.

“Minor Leagues, I came in second and then first time in the Major Leagues, I came in second again. Then I got my opportunity and won it. I love that stuff, man.”

Brackets in the first round were seeded based on 2016 home run totals through Wednesday’s games. Frazier, the No. 2 seed, will be paired against Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies and the Reds’ Adam Duvall and the Padres’ Wil Myers will face off on one side of the bracket. The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo goes against the Dodgers’ Corey Seager and it will be Robinson Cano of the Mariners vs. the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton on the other half.

This is Frazier’s third consecutive year competing in the Derby. Other Sox who have participated: Carlton Fisk (1985), Frank Thomas (1994-95), Paul Konerko (2002) and Jermaine Dye (2006). The Big Hurt’s 15 homers in ’05 earned him the crown.

Roster Moves

The Sox have placed Carlos Rodon on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 6) with a sprained left wrist. RHP Tommy Kahnle has been recalled from Charlotte.

Welcome Back

Former White Sox A.J. Pierzynski, Gordon Beckham, Tyler Flowers and Lucas Harrell are all in the house this weekend as members of the Braves. Interestingly, A.J. has as many ex-Sox teammates on the Braves that are presently on the White Sox. Only Chris Sale, Nate Jones and Quintana were Pierzynski’s mates in Chicago.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Braves (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and last 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.

Photo of the Day

Tap into your inner Greg Luzinski and be one of the first 20,000 fans on Saturday, July 23 to receive this classic 1970s, early ’80s jersey.

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!

The Blue Seats

In Game Two of the 2005 World Series, the White Sox were losing 4-2 in the bottom of the 7th with two outs. That’s when Paul Konerko stepped up to the plate, and belted out a grand slam to give the good guys a 6-4 lead. That ball landed in left field, section 159, row 7, seat 4. To commemorate that important hit, the blue seat that was in use during that game has been left in the exact location. Next time you are in that area of stands, be sure to stop and pay a visit to PK’s seat.

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Paulie’s grand slam wasn’t the only memorable hit of that night in October 2005. In the bottom of the 9th, the White Sox and Houston Astros were tied at 6, with the potential for a long night of extra innings ahead. Scott Podsednik had other plans, however, hitting a 2-1 fastball straight into the right field stands (Section 101, Row 1, Seat 13, to be exact). The walk-off home run gave the good guys a 7-6 victory that night, and a two-game lead in the series.

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Jim Thome’s Home Run Plaque

Most White Sox fans are familiar with the outfield PrivateBank Fan Deck, but have you ever looked closely at it? On June 4, 2008, Jim Thome became the first player to ever hit a ball onto the Fan Deck. We’ll just let the rest of his plaque speak for itself:

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If you want a refresher for what exactly his hit looked like, we’ve got you covered.

Take a stroll around the Fan Deck next time you’re out there to see if you can spot it!

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

High Fives

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Today’s News

Fives are Wild

The 5-0 White Sox victory over the Yankees and a fifth straight series win made it a memorable night at the ballpark last night. The Sox (44-41) have now won four of five, seven of 10 and 11 of their last 16 games.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Miguel Gonzalez (7.0 IP), Zach Duke (1.1) and David Robertson (0.2) combined on the shutout. Avi Garcia, J.B. Shuck (doubled in two) and Tim Anderson (doubled in a pair) collected RBI in a four-run second and Brett Lawrie drove in an insurance run in the sixth.

Gonzalez (pictured above on the right fist-bumping Tyler Saladino) earned his second win in a Sox uniform with his impressive performance. He blanked the New Yorkers on five hits, allowing just one walk while striking out three.

Miggy’s gem and the fourth-inning RBI.

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Quote of the Day

Chris Sale, shown above displaying his All-Star jersey, on the prospect of starting the All-Star Game:

“That would be awesome. It would be such a thrill.”

Run at Your Own Risk

He did it again. Adam Eaton garnered his major-league-leading 13th outfield assist of the season by throwing out Jacoby Ellsbury at second base in the third inning last night. Enjoy!

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=903248783

Sox Notes of Note

Catcher Omar Narvaez has been promoted from Charlotte to replace Alex Avila, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. It’s Omar’s first time in the big leagues…Lawrie, with a single, RBI and run scored last night, extended his hitting streak to nine games. He is batting .382 with three doubles, one homer, five RBI and four runs scored during that span…Shuck is hitting .324 with two doubles, one triple, three home runs, seven RBI and seven runs scored over his last 10 games.

Next Up

Off Day today.

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). White Sox vs. Braves at U.S. Cellular Field  in the opener of a three-game series that precedes the All-Star break. Starting Pitchers: LHP Sale (14-2, 2.93) for the Sox, RHP Matt Wisler (3-8, 4.16) for Atlanta.

Saturday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.06) for the Sox, RHP Joel De La Cruz (0-2, 5.25) for the Braves.

Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN)Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (4-9, 5.67) for the Sox, RHP Mike Foltynewicz (2-3, 4.29) for Atlanta.

Fulmer Update

Top Sox pitching prospect Carson Fulmer, who struck out 10 yesterday for Class AA Birmingham vs. Chattanooga, has 46 strikeouts in his last 35 innings. Also, in his last three starts (19 innings) he has allowed two earned runs, 10 hits and struck out 22,

Photo of the Day

The beauty of White Sox Baseball.

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Gonzalez and Sox Shoot for Fifth Straight Series Win; Sale a Five-Time All-Star; Burdi to Birmingham

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the rubber game of the three-game series as the Good Guys won Game 1, 8-2, on Monday and dropped last night’s game, 9-0. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-4, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Michael Pineda (3-7, 5.24) for the Yankees.

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Sale San Diego-Bound

White Sox ace Chris Sale was selected for his fifth straight All-Star Game, each year he’s been a starter. He is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his three previous appearances and is one of the favorites to be named the starter in San Diego next Tuesday night.

Quote of the Day

Next Up

Todd Frazier will be in San Diego next Monday night to defend his 2015 Home Run Derby crown.

Off Day Tomorrow.

Friday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). White Sox vs. Braves at U.S. Cellular Field  in the opener of a three-game series that precedes the All-Star break. Starting Pitchers: LHP Sale (14-2, 2.93) for the Sox, RHP Matt Wisler (3-8, 4.16) for Atlanta.

Saturday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.06) for the Sox, RHP Joel De La Cruz (0-2, 5.25) for Atlanta.

Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (4-9, 5.67) for the Sox, RHP Mike Foltynewicz (2-3, 4.29) for Atlanta.

Photo of the Day

Zack Burdi, the Sox’ second first-round selection (26th overall) has been promoted to Class AA Birmingham from High-A Winston-Salem.

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Can You Say Momentum?

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Today’s News

Heading in the Right Direction

With their 8-2 victory over the Yankees yesterday, the White Sox have won three games in a row, six of eight, 10 of 14 and are three games over .500 (43-40) for the first time since June 3. Also, the Sox have won seven consecutive games on the Fourth of July and are 100-77 (.565) all-time on the holiday.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.24) aims to keep the Sox’ momentum going vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (5-2, 3.35) for the Yanks.

Yesterday’s Highlights

James Shields won his second consecutive start, Tim Anderson (4) and Dioner Navarro (5) belted two-run homers and Todd Frazier reached base five times with three hits and an RBI to lead the Sox to the win yesterday in front of an enthusiastic holiday crowd of 30,955.

Shields, who gave up just two second-inning runs on five hits in six innings, is now 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA in his last three starts with the White Sox…Frazier doubled twice, singled, drew a pair of walks, collected a run batted in and scored en route to his perfect day…Brett Lawrie drove in a pair of runs with a single, Jose Abreu singled in a run and Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera (making his return from a wrist injury) each knocked out a pair of hits and with a run scored…The Good Guys pounded out 13 hits in all.

Enjoy Shields’ outstanding performance and the Anderson and Navarro homers:

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Quotes of the Day

Watch and listen to Frazier as he talks about Shields, Anderson and himself after yesterday’s game:

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Sox Notes of Note

* The White Sox have hit 23 home runs over their last 13 games (18 solo). Anderson’s third-inning two-run homer snapped a streak of 15 consecutive solo home runs by the White Sox, which tied the longest streak in club history (1965).

* With his homer and single, Anderson tied Gus Zernial (1949) for the most multi-hit games (12) by a White Sox player in his first 23 career games. Tim has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, batting .353 with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, one walk, 10 runs scored and seven multi-hit games during that span.

* Cabrera is hitting .419 with two doubles, one triple, two home runs, six RBI and five runs scored over his last seven games. He is hitting .350 with eight doubles, one triple, four home runs, 15 RBI and 11 runs scored over his last 21 contests. He registered his 28th multi-hit effort of the season yesterday afternoon.

* Lawrie extended his hitting streak to seven games with a seventh-inning RBI double. He is batting .379 with three doubles, one home run, four RBI and three runs scored during the streak.

* Frazier extended his hitting streak to six games with a fifth-inning double. He is batting .375 with three doubles, two home runs, three RBI and seven runs scored during the streak. He recorded his second three-plus hit game of the season yesterday.

* Abreu extended his hitting streak to seven games with an eighth-inning RBI single. He is hitting .310 with three doubles, three RBI and one run scored during his streak.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-4, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Michael Pineda (3-7, 5.24) for the Yankees.

Photo of the Day

Frazier on Shields tenacity: “He comes in there like a bulldog…”

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After Another Series Win, Rejuvenated Sox Host Yankees in Holiday Matinee

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox (42-40) vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Braves just before the All-Star break. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (1-2, 11.07) for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (5-5, 3.17) for New York.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.06) earned his first victory since May 8 as the Sox put together four runs of support–two in the third inning and a pair in the eighth–as the Sox triumphed over the Astros, 4-1, for our fourth straight series win.

Q was brilliant after giving up a leadoff homer to Houston’s George Springer. All in all, Quintana tossed seven innings and allowed just the one run on two hits and a pair of walks along with four strikeouts. Nate Jones pitched a perfect eighth with two Ks and David Robertson closed it out in the ninth for his 23rd save.

In the third inning, the offense went to work. J.B. Shuck walked and went to third on Tim Anderson‘s double. Adam Eaton drove in Shuck on a groundout for the Sox’ first run and Anderson scored on Jose Abreu‘s single, giving the Good Guys a 2-1 lead.

The one-run margin lasted until the eighth when the Sox scored two more. Alex Avila singled and was replaced Tyler Saladino, who stole second. Brett Lawrie then singled to score Saladino and Dioner Navarro drove in Lawrie with another single.

With a double and a single, Anderson collected his 11th multi-hit game in the 22 he’s played since arriving in the majors. He’s now batting an even .300.

Take a look at Q’s gem:

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Quote of the Day

Justin Morneau (pictured above) begins a rehab assignment today at Class AAA Charlotte. His reaction:

“It’s exciting. I’m sure I’ll be nervous to let it fly in a game, but it will be interesting.”

Next Up

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) — Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.24) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (5-2, 3.35) for the Yanks.

Wednesday (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) — Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-4, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Michael Pineda (3-7, 5.24) for the Yankees.

Photos of the Day

Today’s holiday garb:

#SoxCellfieSunday

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!

 

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Dioner for 14

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series as the Sox (41-40 at the halfway mark of the season) aim for their fourth straight series win. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-8, 3.18) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (5-5, 4.58) for Houston.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Dioner Navarro tripled in two runs in the second inning and doubled in two more in the fifth to back Chris Sale’s major-league best 14th win in a 7-6 victory over the Astros. Sale tossed seven-plus innings, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out nine and got stronger as the game went on until he exited in the seventh.

Leading 5-4 heading to the eighth, the Sox added an insurance run on J.B. Shuck‘s triple that plated Avi Garcia and yet another as Tim Anderson doubled home Shuck to give the Good Guys a 7-4 lead.

Earlier in the game, Shuck belted his third homer, a solo blast, and was among five Sox who collected a pair of hits apiece: Navarro, Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu and Brett Lawrie.

Nate Jones pitched a scoreless eighth and David Robertson converted his 12th consecutive save for No. 22 on the year.

Sale’s gem, Navarro’s heroics, Shuck’s homer and Anderson’s RBI:

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International Signings

The White Sox have agreed to terms with nine international free agents: outfielders Josue Guerrero, Luis Mieses, Anderson Comas and Anthony Coronado; right-handed pitchers Jenderson Carabello and Brayan Herrera, left-handed pitcher Hector Acosta; infielder Lenyn Sosa and catcher Kleyder Sanchez.

Guerrero, 16, is rated by Baseball America as the No. 33 International Prospect in 2016. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Guerrero is the younger brother of Gabby Guerrero, an outfielder in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, and nephew of 2004 American League MVP and nine-time All-Star Vladimir Guerrero. Josue, a right-handed hitter, is a native of Bani, Domincan Republic. He is shown below in the Sox jersey with Uncle Vlad on his immediate left.

“He is a very similar player to his uncle at this same age in terms of his physical makeup, his body, his swing, his tools,” said Marco Paddy, the Sox’ special assistant to the general manager for international operations. “I think, like several of these players, he has a chance to be a very special player.”

Mieses, 16, is rated by Baseball America as the No. 36 International Prospect. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder is a left-handed hitter from Santo Domingo Este, Dominican Republic.

“Luis is a very good, very athletic power outfielder who can really swing the bat. He is a natural hitter with a plus arm,” Paddy said.

Comas, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, is rated No. 37 by Baseball America. The 16-year-old outfielder is from Santo Domingo.

“Anderson is a big kid who is a very talented left-handed hitter,” Paddy added.

Coronado, 16, is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound outfielder from Caracas, Venezuela. He bats right-handed.

“Anthony is an impressive center fielder who has represented his country internationally on the Venezuelan National Team,” Paddy explained.

Caraballo, 16, is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound pitcher from Constanza, Dominican Republic.

Paddy notes, “This kid has a special arm. He is a power right-handed pitcher with three-plus pitches.”

Acosta, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, is a 17-year old pitcher from Santo Domingo.

“Hector is a left-handed pitcher who has a real feel for pitching,” Paddy said. “He can really spin it.”

Herrera, 17, is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound pitcher from Santo Domingo Este.

“Brayan is another big kid with a big, power arm and an impressive curve ball for his age,” Paddy commented.

Sosa, 6-foot, 180 pounds, is a 16-year old shortstop from Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar, Venezuela, who bats right-handed.

“He is an offensive shortstop who can hit, run, and plays the game with a really high level of energy,” according to Paddy.

Sanchez, 16, is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound catcher who bats right-handed. He is from Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela.

“He has impressed us after converting within the past year to catcher, where he has shown a plus arm,” Paddy noted.

The White Sox expect additional Latin American signings in the coming months.

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Quote of the Day

Paddy on the Sox’ international signings:

“This year’s 2016 White Sox signing class is very deep across a number of positions. This is a big, physical and athletic group of young men who have impressed us both on and off the field as we have gotten to know them. Every one of these young men is a tribute to his family, and we are excited to have them begin their careers with the White Sox.”

Frazier Wants to Defend HR Derby Crown

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/187349872/todd-frazier-wants-to-be-in-home-run-derby

Roster Moves

The White Sox have acquired catcher Alfredo Gonzalez from the Houston Astros and optioned him to Class AA Birmingham. To make room for Gonzalez on the 40-man roster, the Sox have transferred RHP Daniel Webb to the 60-day disabled list.

Sox Note of Note

J.B.’s home run yesterday tied the franchise record for most consecutive solo homers at 15. The last time it happened was in September of 1965.

Next Up

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field in a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues next weekend with three vs. the Braves just ahead of the All-Star break.

Tomorrow, 4th of July (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN): Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (1-2, 11.07) for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (5-5, 3.17) for New York.

Tuesday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.24) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (5-2, 3.35) for the Yanks.

Wednesday (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-4, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Michael Pineda (3-7, 5.24) for the Yankees.

Photo of the Day

Olympic hurdler? No. Just Eaton doing his best yesterday, as always, to score.

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Sale Poised to Win No. 14 and Even Series with Astros

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (13-2, 2.79) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (8-4, 3.36) for Houston.

Sale is set to make his 17th start of the season, ninth on the road and second against the Astros. He became the first pitcher in MLB to reach 13 wins this season and still leads the pack.

Chris recorded the win in his last start on June 26 vs. the Blue Jays. He allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts over eight innings in a 5-2 Sox win. He also was the winning pitcher in his last start against Houston on May 19, allowing just one run over nine innings with nine strikeouts. He has gone 4-1 with a 0.66 ERA and 56 strikeouts in five career starts against the Astros.

Last Night’s Highlights

Miguel Gonzalez allowed just one run and a pair of hits while striking out four in six innings before surrendering a two-run homer to Carlos Gomez in the seventh. Gonzalez finished the inning without allowing any more scoring, but Houston put two more runs on the board in the eighth for the 5-0 win. Miguel’s final line was seven innings pitched, two earned runs, two walks and the four Ks.

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Quote of the Day

Overheard last night in Houston by Daryl Van Shouwen of the Sun-Times:

Visitors dugout security guy to Sale: “You’re not pitching are you?”
Sale: “Tomorrow”
Security: (Dropping forehead on rail) “Noooo!!”

Respect.

Roster Moves

Prior to last night’s game, the Sox placed third baseman Matt Davidson on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right foot and recalled infielder Carlos Sanchez from Class AAA Charlotte. Davidson underwent surgery yesterday.

Fulmer Update

From this morning’s Baseball America Prospect Report, detailing Friday’s top activity:

Carson Fulmer, RHP, White Sox: For the second straight start, Fulmer went seven shutout innings and extended his scoreless streak to 14 in Double-A Birmingham’s 3-1, 13-inning loss to Biloxi (Brewers). Fulmer, the No. 8 pick in 2015, allowed just three hits and four walks and struck out five. He said the biggest factor in his recent run of success is commanding his pitches. Fulmer has two plus pitches in a fastball that sits 92-95 mph and a power curveball, but his quick delivery makes him prone to loss of command at times.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-8, 3.18) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (5-5, 4.58) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

Good Memories: This is October 26, 2005 at the very same Minute Maid Park.

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Oh Shucks! Sox Roll into Houston on a Winning Note

group Friday, July 1, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox (40-39) vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-3, 5.17) for the Sox, RHP Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.41) for Houston.

Yesterday’s Highlights

J.B. Shuck, who had a career-tying three-hit afternoon, singled in the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth as the Sox won their third straight series by taking the rubber match of the three-game set with the Twins, 6-5.

Tim Anderson had another multi-hit day with three singles plus a walk and Todd Frazier belted his 23rd homer of the season, a solo shot, to tie Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo for the major-league lead. Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu, Avi Garcia and Matt Davidson each drove in a run.

Nate Jones, who earned the save on Wednesday night, chalked up his fourth victory. Closer David Robertson registered his 21st save and converted his 11th in a row.

Shuck’s heroics and Frazier goes deep:

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Timmy Ballgame

Tim Anderson extended his hitting streak to seven games, batting .394 with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI during that span. He also recorded his 10th multi-hit game in the first 19 games of his major-league career and coaxed his first big-league walk. Reaching base four times was a season-high and he tied his season-high with the three hits.

If Tim’s offense wasn’t impressive enough, click on the link below to witness his spectacular play in the second inning of yesterday’s game:

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Quotes of the Day

Courtesy of CST_soxvan:

Anderson on getting razzed by Frazier after the rookie drew his first walk:

“He was like, ‘we got the bat, we got the pitcher, we got the umpire, we got everything.’ It was pretty funny.”

More Frazier on Anderson:

“With Timmy doing what he’s doing, it’s nice to watch. I was telling (bench coach) Rick Renteria in the dugout, he doesn’t change one bit whether he’s bad or good. That’s the sign of a really great athlete.’’

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox won their third consecutive series for the first time this season…The Sox have won seven of their last 10 games and finished the homestand, 4-2…The Sox’ No. 1 draft pick, Zack Collins from the University of Miami, was named the 2016 winner of the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s premier Division I college catcher.

Good News, Bad News

Good: After a long wait, Davidson was finally recalled from Class AAA Charlotte yesterday, started at DH and singled in a run. Bad: While running the bases Davidson fractured his right foot and will be further evaluated.

Sox Draftees Help Coastal Carolina to College World Series Title

Coastal Carolina completed its magical journey to the school’s first College World Series championship yesterday by defeating Arizona, 4-3, in Omaha.

Two Sox 2016 draft picks–third baseman Zach Remillard (10th round) and closer Mike Morrison (27th round)–played key roles in the Chanticleers’ run to the title.

Remainder of Series in Houston

Tomorrow (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (13-2, 2.79) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (8-4, 3.36) for the ‘Stros.

Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-8, 3.18) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (5-5, 4.58) for Houston.

Photo/Video of the Day

During the Toronto series, Mark Buehrle paid a visit to U.S. Cellular Field. Yesterday it was the captain, Paul Konerko, in the house and greeted enthusiastically by Sox fans.

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