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Sox vs. Mariners in First of Four


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

The White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series that will conclude a nine-game homestand. Starting Pitchers: RHP Anthony Ranaudo (1-1, 9.42) for the Sox, TBA for Seattle.

Last Night’s Highlights

Dioner Navarro hit a two-run homer (click on link below) and Avi Garcia collected a pair of singles and an RBI in the 5-3 home loss to the Phillies in the finale of the two-game series. Jose Abreu singled to extend his on-base streak and continued his hot hitting in the month of August (see Quotes of the Day for details).

And for the defense, a couple of terrific plays–one by Todd Frazier, another by Adam Eaton.

Quotes of the Day

New Naming Rights

The White Sox and Guaranteed Rate, the Chicago-based national mortgage lender, have signed a 13-year naming rights agreement for the team’s home ballpark in Chicago, which will be named Guaranteed Rate Field beginning November 1, 2016.


Next Up

Sox vs. Mariners:

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (15-6, 3.15) for the Sox, RHP Felix Hernandez (8-4, 3.26) for the Mariners.

Saturday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (10-9, 2.84) for the Sox, TBA for Seattle.

Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (4-8, 4.02) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (4-8, 4.14) for the Mariners.

Photo of the Day

During their visit to Lurie Children’s Hospital yesterday, Frazier, Robin Ventura and Carlos Rodon enjoyed learning about Nicholas’ dinosaur connection.


Sox Seek Fourth Straight Win; Trio of 2016 Draft Picks Continue to Shine

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Phillies at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox look for the two-game sweep and their fourth straight win. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-15, 5.98) for the Sox, RHP Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.91) for the Phillies.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Carlos Rodon continued his impressive work on the mound and Jose Abreu and Justin Morneau smacked back-to-back homers as the Sox routed the Phillies, 9-1, in the opener of the series.

Rodon delivered his fourth straight outstanding start for his fourth win of the season. He blanked the Phils on three hits over 6.2 innings while striking out four and walking only one. In his last four outings, Carlos is 2-0 and has given up only four earned runs on 19 hits in 24.1 innings with 21 strikeouts and six walks.

Abreu went 2-3 with three RBI which included a two-run blast in the fifth inning, his 17th long one of the year and third in as many games. Next batter up, Morneau hit a solo shot, his fifth of the season. Adam Eaton and Tim Anderson each singled and tripled with Anderson driving in a pair. Melky Cabrera, Todd Frazier and Carlos Sanchez each added an RBI. Avi Garcia doubled and scored in his return from the disabled list.

Enjoy Rodon’s gem (top link) and the Abreu and Morneau homers:


The Future

As we have reported on more than one occasion, the White Sox’ top three picks in the 2016 MLB draft have all started their pro careers in impressive fashion.

Here’s an update on their latest successes.

–First pick Zack Collins (10th overall) has been catching and DHing at High Class A Winston-Salem and is headed for both the Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League after his season is completed. Last night vs. Frederick, he went deep twice, both solo shots, for the first multi-hit game of his pro career.

–Second pick Zack Burdi (26th overall) has already climbed the ladder to Class AAA Charlotte. The right-handed reliever struck out the side for the Knights in the eighth inning last night vs. Durham and has 16 Ks in eight innings at AAA and 14 strikeouts without allowing a run in his last six frames.

–Third pick Alec Hansen (49th overall) was virtually unhittable in his stints in the Arizona Rookie League and the rookie Pioneer League and has been promoted to Class A Kannapolis. The righty had a combined 2-0 record with a 1.03 ERA at the above stops. He struck out 70, walked 16 and allowed just 13 hits in 43.2 innings.

Quotes of the Day

White Sox Director of Player Development Nick Capra on the three top picks (via Scott Merkin,

On Collins: “Looks good. Catching well. He’s swinging the bat well. We just want to get him out there and see him play.”

On Burdi: “He’s close. There are things he needs to work on and get better…Just an electric arm. He’s touched 100-plus (mph) several times. If he stays over the ball, he’s dynamite. Good slider, good put-away pitch. He has been impressive.”

On Hansen: “…He’s been really good. He’s had double-digit strikeouts every night. He’s not walking people. A couple of mechanical changes, small issues he had coming in. He’s really taken off with it. The Pioneer League is actually a hitter’s league. He’s done a nice job. When you have stuff like he does, it comes out of his hand pretty well, he dominated the league. He didn’t belong there.”

Next Up

The White Sox conclude their nine-game homestand with a four-game set vs. the Mariners:

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Anthony Ranaudo (1-1, 9.42) for the Sox, TBA for Seattle.

Friday (7:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (15-6, 3.15) for the Sox, TBA for the Mariners.

Saturday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (10-9, 2.84) for the Sox, TBA for Seattle.

Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (4-8, 4.02) for the Sox, TBA for the Mariners.

Photos of the Day

Future Sox: Collins (swinging), Burdi (Knights uniform), Hansen (Sox uni).

With Two Straight Victories Over A’s, Sox and Rodon Look to Continue Winning Ways vs. Phillies


Today’s News

Next Up

After winning the weekend series vs. the A’s with two wins in a row, the White Sox host the Phillies in a brief two-game series beginning tonight at U.S. Cellular Field. The nine-game homestand continues on Thursday as the Sox entertain the Mariners for four to close out the nine-game homestand.

Tonight (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Jake Thompson (1-2, 8.79) for Philadelphia.

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-15, 5.98) for the Sox, RHP Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.91) for the Phillies.

If Only…

Imagine if the White Sox played the Phillies in the 1950s before the advent interleague play. We could have witnessed this pitching matchup: Sox great Billy Pierce vs. Hall of Famer Robin Roberts.


Quote of the Day

Todd Frazier on Jose Quintana winning his career-high 10th game on Sunday:

“I didn’t know he never had 10 wins. He was pretty excited. You should have seen him over there a little bit ago. He was very excited. We’re happy for him. Hopefully we can roll with that outing. He’s been superb all year.”

Sox Notes of Note

Alex Avila, currently on the disabled list, began a rehab assignment last night at Class AAA Charlotte. He went 3 for 4 vs. Buffalo…Avi Garcia, also on a rehab assignment with the Knights, went 2-4 with a two-run homer.

Former Sox Minor Leaguer, Local Product Zaleski, Thriving in Coaching Role

Hockey Enthusiast Morneau: “I Knew I was Better at Baseball”

“Field of Greens” Photos of the Day

Fans, media and members of the White Sox family enjoyed a day on the golf course yesterday at the annual “Field of Greens Celebrity Golf Outing” at Harborside International. The event supports pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at local hospitals through Chicago White Sox Charities.

Here’s Hawk Harrelson,  Carlos Sanchez and young Noah and hitting coach Todd Steverson participating for a good cause.

Minor League Monday

Every other Monday, we will spotlight some of the top recent performances in the White Sox minor league system, and keep you up-to-date on the players you’ll want to know over the next few years.

Eddy Alvarez – Shortstop/Second Base (AAA Knights)

Eddy Alvarez is speeding through the White Sox farm system nearly as fast as he skated in the 2014 Olympic games. After leaving Sochi with a silver medal, he turned his focus to baseball and has been finding success ever since. Just this past week he was promoted to the Class-AAA Charlotte Knights from the AA Birmingham Barons, where he lead the team with 62 RBIs. Alvarez also ranked 7th in RBIs overall in the Southern League, and 2nd in sacrifice hits. The 26-year-old was given the chance to try out for the Sox with a little help from former Sox pitcher Carlos Castillo, a family friend. Alvarez’s speed and strength are a good sign of things to come for the White Sox in the coming seasons.

Joey DeMichele – Shortstop/Second Base (AA Birmingham)

Joey DeMichele was drafted by the White Sox in the 2012 MLB Draft and has played for the Birmingham Barons since 2014. The left-handed batter currently ranks 5th in the Southern League for runs scored. Having played 109 games so far this season, DeMichele boasts 325 assists from his position at Second Base.

Jacob May – Center Field (AAA Knights)

Jacob May was originally drafted out of high school in 2010 by the Cincinatti Reds, but instead went on to Coastal Carolina University. He was then drafted by the White Sox in the third round of the 2013 MLB Draft. May was promoted to the Charlotte Knights this season and currently ranks 18th in stolen bases in the International League. The 24-year-old bats both left and right, and has 17 RBIs this season on 56 hits.

Sunday in the Park with Q, a Top Pitching Prospect Excels and Phillies Up Next for Sox


Monday, August 22, 2016

Today’s News

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Quintana (10-9, 2.84) reached double digits in wins for the first time in his career with a brilliant performance for win No. 10 as the Sox posted a series victory over the A’s with a 4-2 triumph.

Q went 7.0+ innings, allowing just two runs, eight hits and a walk along with six strikeouts (click on top link below). Nate Jones tossed a scoreless eighth inning and David Robertson shut down Oakland in the ninth for his 32nd save.

Offensively, Jose Abreu smashed a solo blast, his 16th homer of the season and second in as many games (click on middle link). Todd Frazier singled twice, doubled, stole his 10th base and drove in a pair of runs (click on bottom link below). Tim Anderson also had a three-hit day with two singles and a double and Justin Morneau doubled in a run.        

Shuck for the Defense: Here are a couple of outstanding web gems executed yesterday by centerfielder J.B. Shuck.

Sox Notes of Note

Q is 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA, 10 walks and 37 strikeouts in seven starts (all quality) since the All-Star Break. He is 4-0 with a 1.65 ERA, 27 hits allowed, eight walks and 28 strikeouts in five starts vs. the American League West in 2016…Jones recorded his 25th hold of the season, tying him with Kelly Wunsch (2000) for the fourth most in a single season in franchise history…Adam Eaton is batting .361 with two home runs, six RBI and seven runs scored over his last nine games…Anderson has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, batting .327 with five doubles, two home runs, six RBI, five walks and 10 runs scored during that stretch. Tim recorded his fourth three-plus hit game of the season (21st multi-hit)…Omar Narvaez has hit safely in 10 of his 11 starts this season, going hitting .344 with one double, three RBI, seven walks and four runs scored during those games.

Quote of the Day

One Man’s Opinion: Eaton Deserves a Gold Glove

Hansen Blowing Them Away at Great Falls

RHP Alec Hansen, the Sox’ 2016 second-round draft pick from the University of Oklahoma, continues his mastery of Pioneer League hitters. Pitching for the Sox rookie affiliate in Great Falls, Montana, Hansen tossed six shutout innings yesterday, allowing just one hit while striking out 13. Read more:

Next Up

After today’s off day, the Sox host the Phillies in a brief two-game series tomorrow and Wednesday nights, then face the Mariners at home for four.

Sox vs. Phils:

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Jake Thompson (1-2, 8.79) for Philadelphia.

Wednesday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN)Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-15, 5.98) for the Sox, RHP Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.91) for the Phillies.

Photo of the Day

Anderson poses with members of the White Sox squad that won the Junior RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) World Series. The champs were honored yesterday at U.S. Cellular Field.



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!

It’s 15 Wins for Sale, Abreu Grants his Son’s Wish, Sox Go for a Series Victory Today and More…


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (9-9, 2.85) for the Sox, RHP Zach Neal (2-2, 5.19) for the Athletics.

Q, who ranks fifth in the American League in ERA, will be making his 24th start and 10th at home. He is 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA over his last eight starts. In his last outing, on August 16 vs. the Indians, Quintana lost despite allowing just two runs on seven hits over six innings.

Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale tossed a masterpiece for his 15th win and the White Sox scored six runs in the first four innings for a 6-2 victory over the A’s to even the series.

Sale was in vintage form, allowing just three hits along with eight strikeouts–five in a row from the 6th to the 8th–in eight scoreless innings (click on top link below).

Everybody in the Sox lineup collected a hit with the exception of Justin MorneauJose Abreu homered (click on bottom link) and doubled, Melky Cabrera singled and doubled with a pair of RBI and Tim AndersonJason Coats and Carlos Sanchez each drove in a run.

The A’s scored a pair off of Nate Jones in the ninth, but David Robertson came on and stifled an Oakland rally for his 31st save.

Adam Eaton was his usual spectacular self in center field. Here are two of his gems, including a running catch that ended the game:

Jose Delivers for Dariel

When Abreu’s young son Dariel arrived in the U.S from Cuba for a visit with his Dad, his one “baseball” request was for the Sox slugger to hit a home run. With the youngster in the house last night, Jose did just that in the first inning with No. 15.


More Abreu

Abreu has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 August games, batting .368 with five doubles, four homers and 10 RBI during those contests. He is batting .378 with seven doubles, five home runs and 19 RBI over his last 34 games at U.S. Cellular Field.

Quote of the Day

Sale on the Sox’ frame of mind:

“Nobody in here has given up. We have too much pride in ourselves and what we do. When you look around this clubhouse, we have some pretty good guys, guys that compete. At the end of the day, that’s all you can ask for. Anything that happens after that, you can live with it.” 

Sox Notes of Note

Cabrera is batting .313 with 20 doubles, two triples, five homers and 32 RBI over his last 60 games…Eaton has recorded a hit in his last 12 contests against the Athletics (eight multi-hit games). He is batting .407 with three doubles, two triples and two RBI during that span…Coats is hitting .313 with a double, home run, three RBI and four runs scored over his last seven games…Avi Garcia, currently on the disabled list retroactive to August 7,  has started a rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte…First-round 2016 draft pick Zack Burdi continues to excel at Charlotte. In six innings with the Knights he has struck out 11…Also at Charlotte, outfield prospect Adam Engel hit a grand slam on Friday night and followed up with an inside-the-park homer last night…The Sox’ first pick in the June MLB draft, catcher Zack Collins, belted his fourth homer for High-Class A Winston-Salem last night.

Frazier’s Success Has its Roots in Little League

Sox Prospects Fire No-No at Rookie-Level Great Falls

Next Up

After tomorrow’s off day, the Sox host the Phillies in a brief two-game series, then face the Mariners at home for four.

Sox vs. Phils:

Tuesday (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.26) for the Sox, TBA for Philadelphia.

Wednesday (7:10p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-15, 5.98) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Hahn (2-4, 6.02) for the Phillies.

Sox Headed for Doggie History?

Photo of the Day

Home Cooking

Friday, August 19, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and nine-game homestand that continues with two vs. the Phillies and four vs. the Mariners. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-14, 5.78) for the Sox, RHP Kendall Graveman (8-8, 4.37) for the A’s.

Last Night’s Highlights

In the 5-4 loss to the Tribe in the series and nine-game road trip finale, Carlos Rodon pitched six strong innings for the second straight start, giving up just two runs while striking out five and walking none (click on top link below)…Justin Morneau had a bases-clearing double (click on bottom link), driving in three in the first and Omar Narvaez singled in a run in the seventh.

And a Tim Anderson to Jose Abreu web gem:


Quote of the Day

Robin on Anderson navigating his rookie season, which currently finds him on an 11-game hitting streak (via Colleen Kane, Tribune):

“The one thing he has that a lot of great players have is the ability to have the confidence to fight through. He always had supreme confidence, and he should have it. It’s the hardest thing to have and to keep with you because the game can beat you down.”

Next Up

Sox vs. A’s:

Tomorrow (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-6, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Zach Neal (2-2, 5.19) for Oakland.

Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (9-9, 2.85) for the Sox, LHP Ross Detwiler (1-1, 4.15) for the Athletics.

Photo of the Day

Everybody loves the Toddfather, even on the road.


The Late, Late Show Starring Adam Eaton


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Adam Eaton‘s first career grand slam highlighted a five-run ninth inning as the White Sox dramatically came from behind to defeat the Indians, 10-7, in the middle game of the three-game series in Cleveland.

Trailing 7-5 heading into the ninth in what was a see-saw battle throughout, the Sox mounted a rally climaxed by Eaton’s blow.

With one out, Todd Frazier singled and moved to second on an error. J.B. Shuck reached first on an infield single and Tim Anderson walked, loading the bases. Dioner Navarro singled on a pop fly, driving in Frazier, and with the bags still full Eaton delivered the slam–his 11th homer of the season.

Anderson belted a two-run homer in the third, his seventh, to tie the score at 2-2, and Navarro, Shuck and Eaton each collected a pair of hits. In addition to his hit in the ninth, Frazier doubled in two runs in the fourth. The Sox pounded out 13 hits in all.

Jacob Turner earned his first win in relief with a scoreless eighth and David Robertson chalked up save No. 30 with a scoreless ninth.

The five-run ninth and Anderson’s homer:


Quote of the Day

Eaton on last night’s triumph:

“A good team win, really a boxing match from the beginning. It was really intriguing how they came out and scored a couple. We had our two-run homer to come back and vice versa in the third and the fourth. It was a long game, but definitely an intriguing game where I’m glad we got the last punch.”

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the three-game series and finale of the nine-game road trip. The Good Guys, 4-4 on the trip, look to make it a winning one with a victory tonight. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.32) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (11-4, 3.38) for the Tribe.

Rodon is making his 20th start of the season and 10th on the road. He recorded the win in his last start at Miami, allowing just one run and three hits in six innings in a 4-2 Sox win. Carlos is 3-0, 1.75 with 34 strikeouts in six career appearances (five starts) vs. the Indians.

Coming Home

After the nine-game road trip ends tonight, the White Sox return home tomorrow. A nine-game homestand begins with three vs. the A’s, followed by two with the Phillies and four with the Mariners.

Next up:

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-14, 5.78) for the Sox, RHP Kendall Graveman (8-8, 4.37) for the A’s.

Saturday (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-6, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Zach Neal (2-2, 5.19) for Oakland.

Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (9-9, 2.85) for the Sox, LHP Ross Detwiler (1-1, 4.15) for the Athletics.

Is Coaching in Tyler’s Future?

Prospect Watch

Alec Hansen:

Eddy Alvarez:

Photos of the Day

Hitting a grand slam while blowing a bubble–pretty impressive.


Eaton on Fire as Sox Leave South Beach with a Series Win


Monday, August 15, 2016

Today’s News

Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox yesterday dropped the finale of the Miami series in heartbreaking fashion, 5-4, but still left South Beach winning two of the three games.

It was quite a weekend for Adam Eaton. He delivered four hits on Friday night, walked three times on Saturday–as well as executing his major-league leading 17th outfield assist–and collected three more hits yesterday, including a homer (No. 10) to lead off the game (click on link below). In all, he reached base 10 times. He was 7-for-12 with the three walks and yesterday enjoyed his club-high 42nd multi-hit game.

Others who delivered yesterday were Tim Anderson, who belted a ninth-inning solo home run, his sixth, and Tyler Saladino, Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu who all had a pair of hits. Abreu singled, doubled and drove in two runs. Enjoy Anderson’s homer:


Next Up

After today’s off day, the White Sox face the American League Central-leading Indians in a three-game series at Progressive Field in Cleveland, the last leg of the nine-game road trip.

Tale of the tape:

Tomorrow (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (9-8, 2.85) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (12-8, 3.21) for the Tribe.

Wednesday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: TBA for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-6, 3.21) for the Indians.

Thursday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN)Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.32) for the Sox vs. TBA for Cleveland.

Quote of the Day

Photo of the Day

Tim is happy to do it, Dad is excited and the youngster will undoubtedly appreciate it down the road.