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Monday, May 16, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox (24-14) hold a five-game lead over the Indians in the A.L. Central despite yesterday’s loss to the Yankees in the rubber match of the three-game series.

Tuesday’s Game

Off Day on Monday. On Tuesday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and 10-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Royals and four vs. the Tribe. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.99) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-5, 5.58), the defending A.L. Cy Young Award winner, for Houston.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Adam Eaton drove in a pair of runs with his second homer of the season and a squeeze bunt, Avi Garcia went 3 for 4 with a run batted in and Melky Cabrera singled and doubled in a run in the Sox 7-5 loss to the Yankees…Austin Jackson singled in a run and Todd Frazier and Tyler Saladino each knocked out a pair of base hits…Before yesterday’s game, the Sox hadn’t made an error since April 30. The 12 games is the longest errorless streak in club history (Elias).

Eaton’s homer and perfect squeeze:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=699562983

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=699813783

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More Avi

Garcia is hitting .393 with five doubles, two homers, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored over his last 15 games. He has raised his average from .135 to .269 during that span.

Quote of the Day

@CST_soxvan: Jimmy Rollins, pretending not to recognize Adam Eaton with a trimmed beard. “James,” he said, extending a hand. “Pleasure to meet you.”

Wednesday’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (5-0, 3.40) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (3-3, 4.22) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

Sammy Ellis, a 22-game winner and an All-Star for the Reds in 1965 who later pitched (1969) and coached (1989-91) for the White Sox, passed away Friday at 75.

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Sox Seek Series Win Today In The Bronx

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox maintain their five-game lead over the Indians in the American League Central. The Sox’ 24-13 record (.649) is second only to the Orioles’ 23-12 (.657) in the A.L.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (12:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game road trip. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.11) for New York.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Quintana (5-2, 1.54) was on his game once again, allowing just two runs, five hits and a pair of walks along with five strikeouts in the Sox’ 2-1 loss to the Yankees. Jose now has an MLB-high eight starts this season with two or fewer earned runs allowed. He was previously tied with the Dodgers’ three-time N.L. Cy Young Award winner Clayton KershawTodd Frazier accounted for the Sox’ run with a fourth-inning solo homer, his 12th (click on link below):

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=694817583

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Quote of the Day

Watch as the MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds chats with the Toddfather:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=694611183

Eaton for the Defense

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160514&content_id=178099388&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Play Ball Weekend: The Sox Experience Comes to Tinley Park

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160514&content_id=178205480&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and nine-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Royals and three vs. the Tribe. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.99) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-5, 5.58), the defending A.L. Cy Young Award winner, for Houston.

Photo of the Day

A youngster learning from the master a day after Sale’s complete-game victory over the Yankees.

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Yankees No Match for Sox, 8-0 Sale

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox maintain their five-game lead over the Indians in the American League Central on the strength of Chris Sale‘s dominate performance and a potent offense in the Sox’ 7-1 victory last night over the Yankees. The Good Guys continue to boast the best record in the A.L. at 24-12.

The Sox have allowed 1 or 0 runs in 15 of their 36 games this season–the most times in franchise history through the first 36 games (@ckamka).

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY (12:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-1, 1.38) for the Sox, RHP Ivan Nova (1-1, 4.34) for New York.

Q makes his eighth start of the season and fifth on the road. He is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his last four starts and 7-1 with a 1.43 ERA over his last 12 dating back to 2015. He won his last start on May 8 vs. the Twins, allowing just one run on six hits over seven innings.

Jose ranks among the American League leaders in numerous categories, including ERA and runners per nine innings pitched.

Last Night’s Highlights

Sale pitched a complete-game for his eighth straight win without a defeat and the Sox offense scored three runs in the second inning and four more in the third to defeat the Bronx Bombers.

Sale lowered both his ERA and opponents average to 1.67, gave up a lone run (a solo homer to Chase Headley), allowed six hits and walked none with six strikeouts. He retired 18 of the last 20 batters he faced–15 in a row prior to the ninth inning. It was Sale’s second complete game of the year and he’s now 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA in his career vs. the Yanks. Chris is also the first White Sox pitcher with a complete game win at Yankee Stadium since Jim Abbott did it in the first game of a doubleheader on July 18, 1995.

The scoring:

In the top of the second, Brett Lawrie doubled and with one out Alex Avila doubled, scoring Lawrie. Austin Jackson walked and Adam Eaton hit an infield single, loading the bases. After the second out of the inning, Jose Abreu singled, driving in both Jackson and Eaton.

After two were out in the top of the third, Avila singled and Jackson walked. Eaton doubled home both runners and Jimmy Rollins followed with his second homer of the season, scoring Eaton in front of him (see photo below):

Here’s the happy recap:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=693408883

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More Sale

Sale joins Jon Garland (8-0, 2005), John Whitehead (8-0, 1935) and Eddie Cicotte (12-0, 1919) as the only pitchers in Sox history to win their first eight starts.

He also becomes the third pitcher since 2000 to win their first eight starts in a season, joining the Sox’ Garland (2005) and Arizona’s Brandon Webb (2008).

Furthermore, Sale, Pedro Martinez and Fernando Valenzuela are the only major-league pitchers to start 8-0 with a sub 2.00 ERA since 1969.

Roster Moves

Prior to last night’s game, the Sox purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Matt Purke from Class AAA Charlotte and requested waivers on left-hander John Danks for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release. Danks was designated for assignment on May 5.

Purke, who has gone 0-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 14 strikeouts over 10 appearances (one start) with the Knights, takes the roster spot of right-hander Scott Carroll, who was optioned to Charlotte on Thursday.

In another move, the Sox acquired righty Anthony Ranaudo in exchange for minor-league right-handed Matt Ball. Ranaudo was optioned to Charlotte.

Quote of the Day

Purke, who has battled injuries in five minor-league seasons, talks about realizing his dream of reaching the majors (via CST_soxvan).

“I didn’t see it coming. It’s what we play for and my dream of being a professional baseball player in the big leagues finally came true. It was a very exciting moment for me, my family and everyone who has been a part of this journey. It’s been a long one. It hasn’t been easy, it hasn’t been short and now it’s time to enjoy it.”

A Texas native, Purke told his family on Thursday. His wife, parents, brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew, his wife’s parents and other family and friends are in New York.

“They’re here for the weekend…It’s going to be fun. It’s been a crazy 24 hours.”

Anderson Sizzling

Top Sox prospect Tim Anderson, who is heating up in May, went 4 for 5 with four runs, a homer and a stolen base on Thursday night for Charlotte. Last night he went 3 for 4 with a solo homer and a pair of RBI. He’s batting .291 on the season.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (12:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game road trip. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.11) for New York.

Photo of the Day

Purke makes “The Show.”

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The Day Ron Kittle Played Cricket

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Friday, May 13, 2016

The White Sox welcomed the International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday for a sports demonstration, where 1983 American League Rookie of the Year Ron Kittle, an international cricket legend and U.S.A. cricket prospects took a swing at both cricket and baseball on the iconic green grass at U.S. Cellular Field. The demonstration was a kick-off event for the ICC’s four-day combine in Bolingbrook, Illinois, on May 12-15.

Megan Golden, the Sox’ coordinator of media services, was on hand and reports the following:

“I might need my sunglasses,” White Sox legend Ron Kittle told a few employees before hitting the diamond at U.S. Cellular Field yesterday. “Overcast skies can sometimes lead to a glare.”

Kittle wasn’t exactly in his comfort zone as he faced off with members of the International Cricket Council and it wasn’t only because of the glare. Cathryn Fitzpatrick, former Australian female national cricket coach and one-time world’s fastest pace bowler, and U.S.A. cricket prospects Fahad Babar and Ali Khan were eager to see how Kittle’s baseball skills translated to their sport.

“People say they are the same, but it’s actually a different game,” Khan said. “It looks easy, but it’s not. It’s two different games. If you see it technically, it’s totally different.”

For instance, In cricket, there is no foul territory. The average speed of a fast ball is 87 miles per hour. Each cricket match averages 10 “sixes,” which are the cricket equivalent of home runs. Fans who catch a six bare-handed are awarded big prizes.

Kittle began by warming up in shallow left field, catching soft fly balls hit by Babar and Khan. He then faced the left-field fence and took a few swings of his own with a cricket bat. His first attempt landed in the left-field bleachers and drew a loud applause from the cricketers.

The group then moved to the indoor batting cages. Kittle handed Khan a baseball bat and explained the proper way to swing. In cricket, the ball is bounced into the batsman, and the batsman must use a golf-like swing to make contact.

Kittle also tossed a few knuckleballs toward home plate.

“Yeah, that’s not good,” Kittle said, laughing, after Khan’s first swing. Given a few slight adjustments and a couple practice swings, Khan began making solid contact. Kittle added, “I want a glove for protection.”

Unlike baseball players, cricketers do not use gloves when they field the ball. According to the group, there are many broken hands due to bare-handed catches.

Fitzpatrick ended the demonstration by fearlessly challenging Kittle to try and hit the cricket ball with a baseball bat as she threw the ball as quickly as she could.

“That’s not good, is it?” she asked Kittle after her first bowl bounced in front of home plate. Kittle joked, “In cricket it is.”

“He did try and made a couple excuses,” Fitzpatrick joked. “I think he still did okay, to be honest. He managed to tap one of the cricket balls into the stands.”

Yankees Next for First-Place White Sox, Unbeaten Sale

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

Despite Wednesday’s loss, the White Sox maintained their five-game lead over the second-place Indians in the American League Central. The Sox still have the best record in the A.L. at 23-12.

Off Day Thursday, Sox vs. Yanks on Friday Night

The Sox are idle on Thursday. On Friday night, it will be the White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, N.Y. (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starting pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79) for the Sox, RHP Luis Severino (0-5, 6.12) for New York.

Sale is set to make his eighth start of the season. Along with his unblemished won-lost record, he has struck out 47 with a .165 opponents average. He is the only seven-game winner in baseball this season and the first Sox hurler to win each of his first seven starts since Jon Garland (8) accomplished the feat in 2005.

Chris earned the win in his last start on May 7 vs. the Twins, tossing seven innings and allowing just two runs on three hits with nine strikeouts. The Sox’ All-Star lefty has gone 3-1 with a 1.21 ERA and .161 opponents average lifetime vs. the Yankees.

Wednesday’s Highlights

Todd Frazier belted a solo homer (11) and Brett Lawrie (5) went deep with a two-run shot in the three-run fourth inning of the Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Rangers…Austin Jackson singled in a run and Dioner Navarro singled and had an RBI double. Tyler Saladino collected a pair of singles and an RBI…Frazier hit three homers, drove in 10 runs and scored five times in the Texas series. He has driven in 13 runs in his current five-game RBI streak (@ckamka).

The Frazier and Lawrie homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=683780283

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=683781283

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Quote of the Day

Robin on resting Frazier and the uber-energetic Lawrie:

“Fraze you want to give a day off, but he’s swinging well. Brett, I just don’t want him sitting by me.”

As fate would have it, Frazier did get some rest yesterday, but certainly not how he would have liked. After getting injured leaping into the stands chasing a foul ball, he left the game in the fourth inning and received five stitches for a lacerated lower lip. The good news is that Robin indicated Todd will be in the lineup on Friday.

Is Adam Eaton the Game’s Premier Right-fielder?

Take a look at this FanGraphs chart:

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Good Early Season Results

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/177335788/gm-rick-hahn-on-white-sox-start-to-season

Benetti Speaks

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/05/10/new-white-sox-announcer-calling-games-his-childhood-team

Cricket Meets Baseball at U.S. Cellular Field

The Chicago White Sox welcomed the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a sports demonstration Thursday at 10:00 a.m. The 1983 American League Rookie of the Year Ron Kittle, international cricket legends and USA cricket prospects took a swing at cricket and baseball on the iconic green grass at U.S. Cellular Field.

The demonstration was a kick-off event for ICC’s four-day combine in Bolingbrook, Illinois, on May 12-15. In addition to similarities between the two sports, the White Sox first home game was held at the home of the Chicago Wanderers Cricket Club, located a few blocks south of U.S. Cellular Field at 39th and Princeton. Former owner Charles Comiskey bought the site in 1900 for the team and built a wooden grandstand to seat 15,000 fans. The Sox played their last game at the park on June 27, 1910.

Saturday Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (12:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-1, 1.38) for the Sox, RHP Ivan Nova (1-1, 4.34) for New York.

Photo of the Day

Former All-Star reliever Dan Plesac–who grew up in Crown Point in Northwest Indiana–will join Hawk Harrelson in the TV booth during the weekend series at Yankee Stadium replacing Steve Stone. Plesac is currently an analyst with the MLB Network.

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Texas Rubber Match

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

After last night’s game was delayed for an hour and 18 minutes at the end of the second inning due to rain, the White Sox turned a 2-1 deficit into a 10-5 lead on the strength of a four-run third and a five-run fourth. It wasn’t meant to be, however, as the Sox failed to hang on and dropped a 13-11 decision to the Rangers. The Good Guys are now an American League-best 23-11 and enjoy a five-game advantage over the Indians in the A.L. Central.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park (1:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (5-0, 2.62) for the Sox, LHP Cole Hamels (4-0, 2.68) for Texas.

Last Night’s Highlights

The 3-4-5-6-7 hitters in the Sox lineup drove in all 11 runs–Jose Abreu (1), Todd Frazier (3), Melky Cabrera (2), Brett Lawrie (2) and Avi Garcia (3). The big blows were a two-run single by Frazier in the third inning (click on top link below) and a three-run double by Garcia in the fourth (click on bottom link) after the Rangers tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the third…Frazier has 30 RBI on the year and is among the league leaders…Garcia has an 11-game hitting streak…Adam Eaton had a pair of hits, raising his batting average to .302, walked and scored twice, and Jimmy Rollins tripled, knocked out two singles, drew a walk, and scored four times.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v680670283

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=681161383

Quote of the Day

Robin, addressing the media after Tuesday night’s loss:

“That’s going to happen in a long season. As far as faith in these guys going forward, we have all that for them. Tonight was just a tough night.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday night, it will be the White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, N.Y. (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series.

Photo of the Day

A stormy Tuesday night in Arlington (courtesy CST_soxvan).

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Jersey Strong

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

With the Indians, Royals and Tigers all losing last night, the victorious White Sox, on the strength of their exciting 8-4, 12-inning win over the Rangers, now lead Cleveland by six games, K.C by seven and Detroit by eight in the American League Central. The Sox, with their fourth straight victory, move to an A.L.-best 23-10 on the season.

Last Night’s Highlights

Todd Frazier‘s grand slam in the top of 12th, his second homer of the game and 10th of the season, put the Sox over the top in a contest that hung in the balance throughout the night.

The Sox scored in the first inning on an Adam Eaton triple and a Jimmy Rollins groundout and took a 2-0 lead on Frazier’s solo shot in the sixth. The Rangers scored in the bottom of the inning to make it 2-1.

The Good Guys put a run across in the eighth on a Frazier RBI single only to have Texas tie it up in the bottom half with two tallies. Each team scored a run in the ninth, the Sox’ coming on an Austin Jackson squeeze bunt, to send it to extras. Frazier’s slam put it out of reach in the 12th as he finished the night with the two long ones, four hits and six RBI, giving him 27 thus far in 2016.

Starter Miguel Gonzalez had a solid outing, pitching 5.2 innings, allowing just a run on three hits and three walks along with four strikeouts…In addition to Frazier’s offensive heroics, Avi Garcia pounded out three hits, including a double, as he extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He’s batting .500 with 11 runs scored during that span…Jackson also had three hits, an RBI and a run scored and Eaton collected a pair of hits and a walk while scoring twice.

The Toddfather’s big night:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=678939683

Jackson’s squeeze:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=677375583

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.36) for the Sox, LHP Derek Holland (3-2, 5.40) for Texas.

Quotes of the Day

–As New Jersey native Frazier stood in the on-deck circle in the 12th inning, watching Rangers’ lefty Cesar Ramos intentionally walk Jose Abreu to load the bases, he showed a confident smile and clapped his hands in determination. His approach as he stepped to the plate:

“It was one of those things, you have the bases loaded, nobody out. It’s either a sac fly or a home run.”

–Eaton explaining the Sox’ focus:

“If you don’t focus on the right now, this game can pass you up in a hurry. If you are looking toward Kansas City whenever we play them, or whatever, you can’t do that. You have to focus on the task at hand, and do well with the task at hand, the best you can do.”

Almost 100 Years Ago…

@ckamka: Frazier hit the first White Sox extra-inning grand slam on the road since Happy Felsch on September 30, 1916 (Game 2 of doubleheader) at Cleveland (also the 12th inning).

Roster Moves

The Sox recalled Gonzalez from Class AAA Charlotte, designated catcher Hector Sanchez for assignment and reinstated catcher Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list.

Q Getting his Due

http://www.si.com/fantasy/2016/05/09/fantasy-baseball-jose-quintana-chicago-white-sox

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park (1:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (5-0, 2.62) for the Sox, LHP Cole Hamels (4-0, 2.68) for Texas.

Photo/Video of the Day

A minute of Eaton says it all. See below.

Twins? Check…Rangers, Yankees Next on the Road

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox, with an American League-best 22-10 record, now lead the A.L. Central by five games over the Indians with yesterday’s 3-1 win, giving the Sox a three-game sweep over the Twins.

The Good Guys have won six of the last eight games, 12 of 16 and 14 of 19. The Sox are 6-0 vs. the Twins and 7-1 vs. the Central in 2016. They have outscored Minnesota 30-9, allowing just 30 hits. And it was the fourth three-game sweep for the White Sox this year.

Jose Quintana (5-1, 1.38) earned the win yesterday and has combined with Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79) and Mat Latos (5-0, 2.62) to compile a 17-1 mark.

White Sox starters have posted a 2.34 ERA and .204 opponents average over the last 12 home games. The Sox have allowed 1 or 0 runs in 14 of 32 games this season–the most times through the first 32 games of the season in club history.

The seventh-inning offensive magic continued as the Sox, up 2-1, scored an insurance run in what has become by far their most productive inning–a total of 32.

The White Sox now have a +37 run differential (59-22) in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX (7:05 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with a weekend series in New York against the Yankees. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 8.44) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (2-0, 3.32) for Texas.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Todd Frazier drove in a run with a groundout in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1, Austin Jackson doubled in the second run in the fifth and Dioner Navarro doubled in the third tally in the seventh to back another outstanding Quintana performance–one run, six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Q won his fourth consecutive start, a career high, and owns a 0.64 ERA and 24 strikeouts during the streak. He has allowed three earned runs or less in 12 straight starts and owns a 0.81 ERA at home this season. In his last 16 starts, dating back to 2015, he has gone 8-2 with a 2.16 ERA and 92 Ks.

Red-hot Avi Garcia went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored. During his nine-game hitting streak he is batting .467 with two doubles, a triple, two homers, six RBI, 10 runs scored and seven multi-hit efforts.

With a double yesterday, Jose Abreu has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .367 with three doubles, one triple, two homers and 12 RBI over that stretch.

Nate Jones and David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth, respectively, with Jones extending his scoreless appearance streak to 12 and Robertson chalking up his 10th save.

Web Gem of the Day

Jackson wowed the crowd and his fellow teammates with this unbelievable catch (click on link below) off the bat of Oswaldo Arcia, the first batter in the ninth. It’s the kind of defense we’ve come to expect of the ’16 White Sox. By the way, the Sox haven’t made an error since a week ago last Saturday at Baltimore.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=673604083

Quote of the Day

Speaking of great defense, Adam Eaton talks about the analytics that have determined his high defensive standing this season among all major-league outfielders (via @ChiTribKane).

“A lot of guys would agree with me when I say it has created jobs, more or less. If (people) want to pay attention to … sabermetrics and everything that goes along with it, that’s fine. But we just see the ball, we catch the ball. We catch the ball, we throw the ball.”

We’re Just Sayin’

http://www.southsidesox.com/2016/5/8/11634510/white-sox-play-off-odds-increasing

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.36) for the Sox, LHP Derek Holland (3-2, 5.40) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

A sight you don’t see every day. Here’s Eaton’s wife Katie throwing a ceremonial first pitch on Mother’s Day while cradling newborn son Brayden.

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Q, Sox Aiming for a Mother’s Day Sweep

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Today’s News:

First-Place Report

The White Sox, with an American League-best 21-10 record, increased their lead in the A.L. Central to five games over both the Indians and Royals with the 7-2 victory over the Twins. Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79) earned the win and became the first major leaguer to reach seven victories. He also becomes only the fifth Sox pitcher to win his first seven starts of a season–Eddie Cicotte (12, 1919), John Whitehead (8, 1935), Jack McDowell (7, 1993) and Jon Garland (8, 2005) are the others.

This Afternoon’s Game

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. Having won the first two contests vs. Minny, the Sox go for the sweep today. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (4-1, 1.40) for the Sox, LHP Tyler Duffey (0-1, 1.74) for Minnesota.

Q will be making his seventh start of the season. He is 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA and 10 strikeouts over his last three starts and 6-1 with a 1.45 ERA over his last 11 dating back to 2015.

Quintana ranks among the A.L. leaders in numerous categories, including ERA and runners per nine innings. He won his last start on May 3 vs. the Red Sox, allowing one run on four hits over a season-high eight innings.

Last Night’s Highlights

Sale overcame a shaky first inning and was brilliant through seven innings. Chris gave up two runs, two hits, a walk and two HBP in the first and one hit and no walks the rest of the way…Todd Frazier tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning with his eighth homer of the year, a solo shot, and he doubled and drove in two…Leading 3-2 heading into the seventh, the Sox scored three more times. They now have scored 31 of their runs in that frame and have a +36 run differential (58-22) in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings (@ckamka)…Other hitting heroes: Dioner Navarro went 3 for 4 with an RBI, Jose Abreu went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Austin Jackson, Brett Lawrie and Avi Garcia each had a hit and an RBI…All nine starters collected at least one hit for the second time this season…Matt Albers pitched a perfect eighth and Zach Duke a scoreless ninth.

Watch Sale and Frazier:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=670889383

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Quote of the Day

Sale, giving credit to his teammates for last night’s victory:

“You guys are talking about 7-0–my teammates got me here. They got me through this one today. (Navarro) got me through that game and my guys won this game for us. I was just along for the ride.”

 

Jimmy Rollins: “…Your Mom Will Always Have Your Back, No Matter What”

White Sox shortstop Jimmy Rollins reminisces about his mom on Mother’s Day. Check out the Rollins’ photo above with other Sox and their moms.

Sitting on his dad’s shoulders watching his mom play softball through the chain-linked fence, Rollins decided what he wanted to do when he grew up.

Gigi Rollins, also called ‘Mama G.,’ played softball in the Alameda, Calif. Church League. Rollins said he fell in love with the game just watching his mother play each day.

“She was probably the reason I played baseball to this day,” he said. “I don’t know what it was, the rhythm of the game, the sound of the bat, the smell of the grass, the sun being out, or them just having fun. I said, ‘I want to play baseball.’”

Mama G. played second base and taught her son to give his best effort each game, especially defensively.

“My mother taught me not to come home with a clean uniform,” he said. “If you didn’t get hits, you at least dove for the ball. She wanted to wash my uniform.

“I learned a lot from her. I learned how to watch the game; I watched her play.”

Off the field, Rollins said he could always rely on his mom to guide him.

“You know your mom will always have your back, no matter what. She will,” he said. “She’s trying to lead you in the right direction. She’s helped me grow from a boy to a man, and she’s understood that and lets you become who you are and loves you the same no matter what.”

Sox Fan Talks About Her Mom and the White Sox

Kelsey (pictured on right of photo below) on her best memory of being at a White Sox game with her mom (in center):

“She threw out the first pitch (as a member of a group) for Mark Buehrle’s perfect game.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX (7:05 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with a weekend series in New York against the Yankees. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 8.44) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (2-0, 3.32) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Harold Baines, Rick Renteria, Carlos Sanchez, Dioner Navarro and the Sox Volunteer Corps were out in full force yesterday at Sawyer Elementary, enhancing classrooms. Here’s Carlos and a volunteer performing their artistry.

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

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Today’s News

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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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