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First-Place Sox Report: 10 Runs, Dazzling Defense, Stingy Bullpen, 20 Wins

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Today’s News

Rolling

The White Sox, the first in the American League to 20 wins, improved to an A.L.-best 20-10 mark with last night’s 10-4 victory over the Twins in the opener of the three-game series. The Sox now have a four-game lead over the Indians in the A.L. Central, have won 10 of the last 14 and 12 of 17. The Good Guys have improved to 4-0 over Minnesota and 5-1 vs. the Central this season. The 10 runs scored tied a season-high and the Sox have now scored 28 runs in the seventh inning, most of any frame.

Last Night’s Highlights

En route to win No. 20, the White Sox pounded out 14 hits in producing double digit runs…Melky Cabrera went 4 for 5 with three singles, a double and three RBI…Adam Eaton tripled and singled and drove in two…Tyler Saladino singled twice with two RBI…Brett Lawrie had a two-hit night with an RBI…Jose Abreu belted his fifth homer, a solo shot (click on link below)…Mat Latos tossed five innings and improved to 5-0…Zach Putnam (1.0), Zach Duke (1.0), Nate Jones (1.0) and Scott Carroll (1.0) pitched perfect baseball the rest of the way.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=664574183

By the Numbers

White Sox pitching is 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a .164 opponents average vs. Minnesota this season…Sox starters have posted a 2.43 ERA and a .210 opponents average over the last 10 home games…Cabrera recorded his 12th multi-hit game last night and his first four-hit contest of the season. He’s batting .362 with two doubles, a triple, two homers, eight RBI and five walks in 13 games at home…Abreu has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. He is hitting .366 with two doubles, a triple, two homers and 12 RBI over that span…Eaton tripled for the second time this season. He recorded his 13th multi-hit game of the year and second against Minnesota, batting .314 with one homer and 19 RBI lifetime vs. the Twins…Lawrie extended his hitting streak vs. Minnesota to 16 games and is batting .355 during that span…Avi Garcia, with a single last night, now has a seven-game hitting streak, batting .458 with a double, triple, two homers and five RBI during that period.

Quote of the Day

Steve Stone on the CSN telecast last night after Eaton made an outstanding running catch in right field to rob the Twins’ Eduardo Nunez of extra bases in the second inning:

“Our little bearded Roberto Clemente.”

Stone, of course, was making a comparison to Pittsburgh Pirates’ Hall of Fame great Roberto Clemente, among other things well-known for his unparalleled defense in right. And Eaton has been terrific defensively all season. Here’s the play that prompted the comparison to Clemente and photos of both in action.

If Eaton’s catch weren’t enough…

Here are three more web gems by the Sox last night. Kudos to Saladino, Cabrera and Austin Jackson.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=664477583

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=664676983

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=664814683

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (6-0, 1.66) for the Sox, RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 3.15) for Minnesota.

Sale is set to make his seventh start of the season. Along with his perfect won-lost record, he has registered 38 strikeouts and a .171 opponents average over his six starts this season. He is the first Sox pitcher to win his first six starts since Jon Garland (8) in 2005.

Chris earned the win in his last start on May 1 vs. the Orioles in Baltimore, allowing a run on five hits over 5.1 innings pitched.

Sox Notes of Note

Carroll was recalled yesterday from Class AAA Charlotte, taking the roster spot of Erik Johnson who was optioned to the Knights after Thursday night’s game…Robin Ventura has confirmed that righty Miguel Gonzalez will be recalled from Charlotte and will start for the Sox vs. the Rangers on Monday night.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (4-1, 1.40) for the Sox, LHP Tyler Duffey (0-1, 1.74) for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

White Sox icon Harold Baines presented a bat and Sox jersey to the new Chicago Police Superintendent, Eddie Johnson.

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Maestro Lawrie Sets the Tone in Sox Clubhouse

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Today’s News

Brett Lawrie and “The Hum”

Brett Lawrie controls the beat for surging White Sox

More Lawrie: “He Makes Coffee Nervous”

Levine: Brett Lawrie Energizes White Sox

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (4-0, 1.84) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (1-0, 4.05) for Minnesota.

Last Night’s Highlights

Avi Garcia belted a solo homer (4), driving in his 10th run of season, and singled while the White Sox drew nine walks in the 7-3 loss to the Red Sox in the rubber game of the three-game series…Jimmy Rollins (3), Todd Frazier (2) and Adam Eaton (2) led the walk parade…Eaton also collected a pair of singles and scored a run…Melky Cabrera added two singles.

Avi’s homer:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=661389983

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Quote of the Day

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, who visited U.S. Cellular Field yesterday, on the notion of an all-Chicago World Series:

“If I told you that hadn’t crossed my mind, you’d say they need to get somebody else to do this job.”

Sox Notes of Note

Jake Petricka has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, Tommy Kahnle has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte…Alex Avila, who has been on the DL, begins a rehab assignment today at Charlotte.

Pre-Mother’s Day Special: Robin Eaton’s “Baby”

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160504&content_id=176170530&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Basto Carolina League Player of the Month

White Sox prospect Nick Basto, playing first base at High-A Winston-Salem, was named the Carolina League’s Player of the Month as a result of a spectacular April.

Leading all of Minor League Baseball with 39 hits, Basto finished April second in batting average with a .433 mark. He hit four homers, seven doubles and a triple with a staggering 1.147 OPS.

Basto ended the month with a nine-game hitting streak–recording a .538 batting average during that span with three long ones and eight RBI.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (6-0, 1.66) for the Sox, RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 3.15) for Minnesota.

Fans please note: the USCF parking lots will open three hours prior to the 6:10 p.m game time, with the ballpark gates opening two hours prior at 4:10 p.m.

Photo of the Day

Sale embraces Boston’s David Ortiz last night before the Red Sox slugger’s final regular season game at U.S. Cellular Field. Chris, on behalf of the White Sox, presented Ortiz with a humidor and cigars decorated with both Sox logos.

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Good News: Abreu’s Bat Heating Up

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Erik Johnson–making his first start–for the Sox, LHP Henry Owens (0-0, 4.82) for Boston.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Abreu continued his hot hitting with a two-run homer (4) in the first inning (click on link below) as the the Sox dropped the middle game of the series, 5-2, to the Red Sox…Jose now has an eight-game hitting streak (five multi-hit games), batting .438 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and 10 RBI and has raised his average from .176 to .255. He has driven in at least a run in the last five games and has hit in 13 straight contests against Boston (.440) with seven doubles, one triple, five homers and 15 RBI…Carlos Rodon had a quality start, allowing three runs and six hits along with six strikeouts in six innings…The Sox maintained the American League’s best record (19-9) and their four-game lead over the second-place Tigers in the A.L. Central.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=657953083

Winning Vibes

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/bob-nightengale/2016/05/04/mlb-white-sox-best-record-american-league-windy-city-world-series/83951756/

Quote of the Day

EVP Ken Williams on the first-place Sox:

“They are 25 unified guys that are coming to beat you every game.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (4-0, 1.84) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (1-0,4.05).

Photo of the Day

Soccer: White Sox style.

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GM Hahn: “This Could Well Be a Very Special Summer Here”

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Numbers

With last night’s 4-1 victory over Boston, the White Sox won their third in a row, moved to an American League-best 19-8 on the season and increased their lead in the A.L. Central to four games over the Tigers…The Sox boast their best record after 27 games since 2006 (also 19-8)…They have scored 52 of their 106 runs this season in the seventh inning or later…The Good Guys are 15-0 when scoring four or more runs and 15-2 when scoring first…Sox starting pitchers have allowed two runs or less in 17 of 27 games…Jose Quintana (4-1) earned his fourth win of the season last night and has won three straight…With nine saves, including his 1-2-3 ninth last night, David Robertson is tied for the league lead…Jose Abreu extended his current hitting streak to seven games and recorded his fifth multi-hit game. He is batting .423 with two doubles, a triple and eight RBI over that span…Adam Eaton has reached base two-plus times in 17 games this season and leads all of MLB in defensive runs saved (12). He was honored as ESPN’s Defensive Player of the Month for April. Read more:

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/70238/defensive-player-of-the-month-white-sox-outfielder-adam-eaton

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR/ESPN) in the second game of the three-game series and six-game homestand that continues on Friday vs. the Twins. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-3, 4.33) for the Sox, RHP Clay Buchholz (0-3, 6.51) for Boston.

Last Night’s Highlights

Quintana was nothing less than brilliant in his eight innings of work, allowing just one run, four hits and no walks along with five strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 1.40…Abreu tripled, doubled and drove in three, giving him 17 on the season.

Quotes of the Day

–GM Rick Hahn:

“This could well be a very special summer here.”

–Robertson on Sox success:

“You can’t just put your finger on one thing, it’s good pitching, it’s defense, it’s timely hitting. It’s everything you need, all the small things in a game that makes your games go good and make it easy to win ballgames.”

Danks Designated for Assignment

John Danks will officially be designated for assignment on Thursday after spending 10 years–his entire major-league career–with the Sox.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Erik Johnson (NR) for the Sox, LHP Henry Owens (0-0, 4.82) for Boston.

Photo of the Day

Here’s a pretty impressive stat: Quintana, Chris Sale and Mat Latos are a combined 14-1 with a 1.62 ERA.

Sale’s Team-First Credo: “…We have one win and loss record that matters, and it’s not mine”

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Today’s News

Heading Home

The White Sox finished their seven-game road trip to Toronto and Baltimore with a 5-2 mark, which included a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays and a split of the four-game set with the O’s. The Sox also finished their 19 games in 19 days stretch 13-6. The Good Guys are now 18-8, first in the majors to reach 18 wins, own the best record in the American League and are three games ahead of the second-place Tigers in the A.L. Central.

The Sox have allowed 1 or 0 runs in 12 of the club’s first 26 games. It’s the best through a team’s first 26 contests since the 1981 Dodgers (13) and ’81 Indians (12). It’s also the most through the first 26 games of the season in Sox history since 1963 (via @ckamka).

Omen?

The White Sox also won their 18th game on May 1 in 2005.

You Should Know That…

The Sox bullpen, with 3.1 scoreless innings pitched yesterday, has the lowest ERA in baseball at 1.60.

Tuesday’s Game

After today’s off day, it’ll be the White Sox vs. the Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Twins. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 1.47) for our Sox, RHP Steven Wright (2-2, 1.37) for Boston.

Q will be making his sixth start of the season. He has thrown 16 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to April 17 at Tampa Bay. He is 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA over his last 10 starts dating back to September 5 of last year. He won his last start on April 27 at Toronto, allowing just four hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts over six scoreless frames.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Brett Lawrie hit his fourth homer–his third in as many games–and the White Sox scored five times in the fifth inning to defeat the Orioles, 7-1 on 13 hits, and give Chris Sale his sixth victory without a loss…Brett, whose solo homer in the fourth gave the Sox a 1-0 advantage, also singled, doubled and walked, coming up just a triple shy of the cycle…Sale, whose ERA stayed at a superb 1.66, gave up a lone run in 5.1 innings along with six strikeouts…In the fifth, the Sox scored their runs on five hits, a walk and a pair of hit by pitches. Carlos Sanchez, Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera each drove in a run. Jerry Sands knocked in two…In the ninth with the bases loaded, Melky (who singled) scored on a Dioner Navarro sac fly…Cabrera collected three hits, Abreu, Sands and Austin Jackson knocked out two apiece…David Robertson, making his first appearance since coming back from the bereavement list, closed it out by retiring the side in the ninth.

Here are Lawrie’s homer and the five-run fifth:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=645948883

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=646566083

Quotes of the Day

Lawrie on the Sox:

“The confidence has been here since spring training. We feel that all of the time. We have built some camaraderie in here. We just have to continue to move forward with positivity and keep having fun.”

Photo/Video of the Day

He is undefeated and the first major-league pitcher to reach six victories in 2016. Here’s what Sale, the consummate team player, said about his accomplishment:

“6-0 doesn’t really mean anything. We have one win and loss record that matters, and it’s not mine.”

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=647053183

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With a Record April in the Books, May Begins with Sale

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Today’s News

Formula for Soxcess

Finishing April with a franchise-tying 17 victories, the White Sox continue to hold the best record in the American League with their 17-8 mark and lead the A.L. Central over the Tigers by three games. The Sox have scored 49 of their 95 runs (51.6 percent) in the seventh (25), eighth (10), ninth (13) and extra innings (1). That leads the league.

Today’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards (12:35 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and seven-game road trip, which finds the Sox 4-2 heading into the final game. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 1.66) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2, 3.91) for the O’s.

Sale is set to make his sixth start of the season and first against the Orioles. He has a .159 opponents average in his five starts this season.

Chris has joined Randy Johnson (42.1 IP in 2000 and 39 IP in 2002) and Jon Garland (39 IP) as the only pitchers in the last 20 years to win each his first five starts of a season while totaling at least 38 IP.

Sale earned the win in his last start on April 26 at Toronto, allowing a run on four hits over eight innings pitched. He walked two and struck out six.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Abreu singled home Adam Eaton with the game-winner in the top of the ninth inning (click on top link below) and the White Sox held on for a 8-7 see-saw win over the Orioles. In a game that went back and forth throughout, The Good Guys went ahead 7-5 in the the top of the eighth on a Carlos Sanchez double, an Abreu RBI single and a Todd Frazier two-run homer (click on bottom link), his seventh of the season. The O’s tied it up in the bottom of the frame, setting the stage for Abreu’s late heroics…Nate Jones, who retired a batter in the eighth and tossed a perfect ninth earned his second win without a loss…Brett Lawrie put the Sox ahead 3-1 in the fourth inning with his third homer.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=643787583

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=643603883

Quote of the Day

Abreu on the Sox’ habit of late-inning thunder:

“It doesn’t matter if we’re behind late in games because we have confidence in ourselves that we can go back and win.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday it’ll be the White Sox vs. the Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 1.47) for our Sox, RHP Steven Wright (2-2, 1.37) for Boston.

Photo/Video of the Day

Our man Eaton.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=643848683

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Rodon, Sox Look to Start New Streak vs. Birds

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. The O’s prevailed in Game 1 last night, snapping the Sox’ six-game winning streak. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.06) for the Sox, RHP Mike Wright (1-2, 6.23) for the O’s.

Rodon is set to make his fifth start of the season. He received a no-decision in his last start, tossing 6.2 innings, allowing only two runs on two hits with a season-high seven strikeouts.

Quote of the Day

Todd Frazier on the Sox’ terrific start:

“You know what it is? There’s no I’s on this team. Everybody is in the game for every inning. That’s tough to do.”

Robertson on Bereavement List

The Sox have placed closer David Robertson on the Bereavement List and recalled infielder Carlos Sanchez from Class AAA Charlotte. Under MLB rules, Robertson must remain on the list for a minimum of three days and not more than seven.

Sanchez is hitting .309 with four doubles, three homers, nine RBI, nine runs scored and six stolen bases over 20 games with Charlotte this season. He is currently tied for third in the International League in hits (25) and total bases (38).

Danish Delivers Complete Game Gem for Class AA Birmingham

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160428&content_id=175185752&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards (6:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the third game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers:
RHP Mat Latos (4-0, 0.74) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Gausman (0-1, 1.80) for the O’s.

Photo/Video of the Day

Homer No. 6 last night for the Toddfather.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=636427383

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Dioner and a Show

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Today’s News

On to Baltimore…

As our attention turns to Charm City, The White Sox have won six in a row, are coming off sweeps of Texas and Toronto–two 2015 playoff teams–while outscoring them 34-10. The Sox have registered a major-league high five shutouts in their first first 22 games and scored 23 runs in the seventh inning. The Good Guys’ 16 wins is the most in baseball and the 16-6 record (.727) is the best in the American League and leads the World Champion Royals by 3.5 games in the A.L. Central.

The White Sox now have allowed 1 or 0 runs in half (11 of 22) of their games this season, the best in Sox history through the first 22 games. The Sox’ 2.24 ERA through the first 22 is a franchise best since 1967 (2.21) and the bullpen has posted a 0.73 ERA in the last nine games.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks (0-3, 6.23) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0, 2.77) for the O’s.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Quintana was masterful and Dioner Navarro broke a scoreless tie in the seventh with a triple that scored Todd Frazier (single) and Brett Lawrie (walk) as the White Sox completed the three-game sweep over the Jays, 4-0…Austin Jackson followed Navarro’s triple with one of his own, scoring Dioner from third. Avi Garcia‘s single in the eighth brought home Jose Abreu with the final run…Quintana (3-1, 1.47) overpowered the Jays for six shutout innings, allowing only four hits and three walks while striking out 10…The bullpen once again was superb. Zach Duke, Nate Jones and David Robertson pitched perfect ball in the seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

Enjoy Q and Navarro’s two-run triple:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=633659083

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=633427183

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Quote of the Day

Navarro, after the Toronto sweep:

“We’re going to take this into the next series and keep rolling, man. We have a great shot at doing great things.”

Todd Frazier on “The Cycle”

Roster Moves

Before last night’s game, the Sox optioned right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez to Class AAA Charlotte and recalled righty Daniel Webb from Charlotte.

Webb is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA, two saves, five strikeouts and zero walks in seven relief appearances with the Knights in 2016. Lefties are hitting just .133.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.06) for the Sox, RHP Mike Wright (1-2, 6.23) for the O’s.

Photo of the Day

Rush hour traffic.

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Sale Gem, Booming Bats, Five Straight Wins, Best Record in the A.L.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Today’s News

What Matters Most

“Every day we come in here collectively and it’s all about winning. Nothing else. Not what he’s hitting or what his ERA is. Winning.”Chris Sale

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.82) for the Sox, RHP Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.50) for the Jays.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Sale went to 5-0 and 1.66, Avi Garcia (3), Dioner Navarro (2) and Adam Eaton (1) homered and the Sox knocked out 15 hits in the 10-1 victory over the Blue Jays. The Sox–establishing season highs in runs, hits and homers–have now won five in a row, seven of eight, improved to 15-6 and continue to have the best record in the American League.

Sale tossed eight innings, allowing a single run, four hits and a pair of walks with six strikeouts. What are people saying about Chris’ April? Please take a look:

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/70124/chris-sale-is-awesome-and-will-win-the-cy-young-award

The Sox’ 7-8-9 hitters (Garcia, Navarro and Austin Jackson) went 7-11 with four RBI, six runs scored and a pair of walks. Eaton added a pair of hits and two RBI, Jose Abreu singled and doubled with a run batted in and all nine starters had at least one hit.

Enjoy the show:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=630932183

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Quote of the Day

Robin on reliever Matt Albers and his defensive prowess:

“A few people have bunted on him thinking he can’t get off the mound. He believes he’s a cat.”

Roster Moves

Prior to last night’s game, the White Sox placed catcher Kevan Smith on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 24) with sacroiliac joint dysfunction and purchased the contract of catcher Hector Sanchez from Class AAA Charlotte. Sanchez appeared in 244 games with San Francisco from 2011-15, batting .240 with 33 doubles, 10 home runs and 87 RBI. He has thrown out 20 percent of attempted basestealers in his career. Sanchez was a member of the Giants 2012 World Series championship team, appearing in four postseason games.

Smith was recalled from the Knights prior to Sunday’s game vs. Texas. He was scheduled to make his major-league debut Monday night before being scratched from the starting lineup.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks (0-3, 6.23) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0, 2.77) for the O’s.

Photo of the Day

Team.

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Seventh Heaven

Chicago White Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Trailing 5-1 heading into the seventh inning, the White Sox put five runs on the board to take a 6-5 lead, added another in the top of the ninth and held on for an exciting, come-from-behind 7-5 triumph over the Blue Jays in Toronto. The Sox are now 14-6, have won four straight, six of seven and own the best record in the American League.

The Seventh: Melky Cabrera singled, Brett Lawrie grounded into a force out, Cabrera out at second. Avi Garcia singled, Lawrie to second. Dioner Navarro grounded out, Lawrie to third, Garcia to second. Austin Jackson walked. Brett Cecil replaced Marcus Stroman for the Jays. Adam Eaton singled, Lawrie scored, Garcia scored. Jackson went to second. Jimmy Rollins singled, scoring Jackson with Eaton moving to second. Jose Abreu, who drove in the first Sox run in the first inning with a groundout, walked. Eaton to third. Rollins to second. With former Sox righty Gavin Floyd on the mound for Toronto, Todd Frazier doubled, scoring Eaton and Rollins.

Check out the inning for yourself:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=626772783

It’s also important to note that the seventh inning has been quite productive so far this season for the Sox. They have scored 17 runs. Next is the third inning with nine (via @ckamka).

The Ninth: Rollins doubled, Abreu walked, Rollins stole third. Frazier lifted a sac fly scoring Rollins for the insurance run.

Rollins went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI; Eaton was 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI; Frazier 2 for 3, a walk, a double and three RBI; and Garcia went 2-4 with a run scored.

Zach Putnam (1.1 IP), Dan Jennings (0.1), Matt Albers (1.0), and David Robertson (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in relief of starter Miguel Gonzalez. Albers extended his scoreless-inning streak to 33 over his last 30 appearances dating back to last season. The appearance mark is a Sox record, breaking the previous standard of 29 set by Jesse Crain in 2013. Putnam earned the victory and Robertson got through the tough part of the Blue Jay lineup in the ninth for his eighth save.

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.80) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (1-2, 6.10) for the Jays.

Quote of the Day

Veteran Sox catcher Navarro on Sale:

“The guy’s a warrior. One of the toughest and craziest guys to catch. He’s really emotional. He’s really a go-getter. He goes after it hard all the time. He’s just so competitive, so intense.” (via Toronto Star)

Click on link below for more:

http://www.thestar.com/sports/bluejays/2016/04/25/white-sox-ace-chris-sale-a-warrior-says-dioner-navarro.html

Giving New Meaning to the Term Backstop

Kevan Smith, just called up from Class AAA Charlotte to replace the injured Alex Avila, was in the starting lineup and set to make his big-league debut last night. But he was scratched because of back spasms, leaving Navarro as the sole Sox catcher.

“Dioner’s the only guy I ever said, ‘Don’t run hard, don’t pull anything,'” Robin quipped.

Streaking

The Class AA Birmingham Barons’ INF-DH Nicky Delmonico belted solo homers in the fourth and sixth innings last night in the 7-6 loss at Chattanooga. The 23-year-old prospect, who began the season on the disabled list, is now hitting .444 during the Barons’ current 10-game road trip with seven runs, six doubles, three home runs, and nine RBI. Birmingham’s road swing ends tonight as they head home to face Pensacola on Thursday night.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.82) for the Sox, RHP Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.50) for the Jays.

Photo of the Day

Garcia’s BP last night obviously helped him as the Sox DH singled, doubled, scored and was right in the middle of the five-run seventh.

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