A Homer, a Debut, a Big Win, a Spectacular Catch and a Soaking for Charity

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.84) for the Sox, LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-4, 3.76) for Baltimore.

Noesi is scheduled to make his 21st start with the Sox tonight. He owns a 2.79 ERA and a .236 opponents average over his last three starts. He won his second straight decision in his last start on August 15 vs. the Blue Jays.

Play of the Day

Jose Abreu hit home run No. 32, a solo shot that was his first homer in the month of August, in last night’s loss to the Orioles (click on link below for video). Jose is now tied for the major-league lead with Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton. His total of 90 RBI is second only to Boston’s David Ortiz‘s 92.

http://atmlb.com/1n7DbmY

The Rodon Express

Carlos Rodon made his Charlotte Knights debut last night just a few days after being promoted to Triple-A from Class A Winston-Salem and only a couple of months since being selected as the Sox’ No. 1 pick and third overall in the June draft.

The 21-year-old left-hander (pictured below) tossed three innings in a starting role, allowing a run, a hit and three walks while striking out three in a 55-pitch outing.

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South Siders Move On in Little League World Series

The youngsters from Jackie Robinson West are just one game away from the U.S. championship game in the Little League World Series after an impressive 6-1 victory last night over Pearland, Tex. JRW will play the loser of tonight’s game between Pennsylvania and Nevada at 6:30 p.m., CT, Thursday on ESPN.

JRW starting pitcher Joshua Houston, who is also a member of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program, pitched five innings of one-run, four-hit ball for his second win of the World Series. He also doubled in a pair of runs.

How Did He Make That Catch?

Take a look at this effort by outfielder Michael Earley of the Birmingham Barons, the Sox’ Class AA affiliate.

http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2168039-minor-league-outfielder-makes-nice-running-catch-falls-through-outfield-fence?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=web-des-art-top-23319?is_shared=true

Quote of the Day

Abreu on going homerless in the month of August until last night’s blast:

“It’s one of those things that’s part of the game. It happened to me in Cuba before, and I know it’s one of those things you go through in a season. But today I was glad and thankful I was able to make good contact, and tomorrow I may have another one. As long as we’re helping the team, that’s a good thing.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule 

Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, New York (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-8, 4.94) for the Sox, RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 2.91) for NY.

Photo of the Day

During last night’s game, Hawk Harrelson joined the millions of people around the world who have participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Southpaw and Jim Thome had the honor of soaking the Hawk.

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Sox Aim to Even Series, Rodon to Make Charlotte Debut and JRW Advances

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) as the Sox attempt to win Game 2 of the series after losing last night. Starters: LHPJose Quintana (6-9, 3.14) for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman (9-5, 3.68) for Baltimore.

“Q” will be making his 26th start of the season, 11th at home and second vs. the O’s. He is 3-2 with a 2.15 ERA over his last 11 starts. He has posted a 1.71 ERA over his last three career outings vs. Baltimore, including a win on June 24 at Camden Yards–giving up just one earned run in seven innings of work.

Read about Quintana, the Unsung Hero.

http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=sweetspot&id=50606

Milestone Outing

LHP Carlos Rodon, the Sox’ No. 1 pick and third overall in the June draft, will make his first start tonight for Class AAA Charlotte after being promoted last week. The North Carolina State product, who posted a 1.96 ERA with 15 strikeouts in four games at Class A Winston-Salem, will be facing the Gwinnett Braves at home. He’s shown below meeting the media upon his arrival in Charlotte. Click on link below for video:      

http://t.co/IHMGh4s0aH

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Alive and Well

Facing the prospect of elimination against Cumberland, Rhode Island last night, the youngsters from Jackie Robinson West refused to lose. Trailing 7-6 heading into the fifth inning, JRW scored twice to take the lead for good in the 8-7 win. Joshua Houston, a member of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program, went 3-3 with two RBI, including the game-winner, and pitched two scoreless innings.

Next up for JRW: The team from Pearland, Tex. representing the Southwest. Game time is 6:30 p.m., CT, tonight on ESPN.

Plays of the Day

Despite last night’s loss to the Orioles, Chris Sale recorded his 11th quality start in 12 games and 16th for the season. He struck out eight while giving up three runs and eight hits in six innings pitched…Avi Garcia, who singled in a pair of runs last night, is 4-11 in his three games since returning from the disabled list with three doubles, two runs scored and three RBI…Jordan Danks is hitting .375 during his five-game hitting streak and .348 in his eight games since rejoining the Sox.

Sox Notes of Note

Conor Gillaspie (.309, T6th) Adam Eaton (.304, 9th) and Jose Abreu (10th, .302) are all among the American League batting leaders. According to STATS LLC, the last time two Sox players finished among the AL leaders in average was 1993 when Frank Thomas (.317) was sixth and Lance Johnson (.311) was 10th. The last time three or more Sox finished among the AL leaders in average was 1960: Al Smith (2nd, .315), Minnie Minoso (3rd, .311), Roy Sievers (6th, .295) and Nellie Fox (9th, .289)…the Sox’ first-round pick in 2012, OF Courtney Hawkins leads the Carolina League with 79 RBI and ranks second with 18 home runs…RHP Andre Wheeler has thrown 17 consecutive scoreless innings for Class A Kannapolis. A 15th round pick by the Sox in 2013, he has gone 3-3 with a 2.99 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 26 games with the Intimidators this season.

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Quote of the Day

Sale’s “word of the start” in his post-game comments last night was extricate:

“Obviously, you want to extricate this from our minds,” he said about the O’s defeat. “Come in fresh (tomorrow) and ready to go.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.84) for the Sox, RHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-4, 3.76) for Baltimore.

Photo of the Day

JRW and ACE standout Joshua Houston.

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With a Series Win in the Books, Sox and Sale Look to Ground O’s 

Monday, August 18, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.01) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (10-7, 3.75) for Baltimore on Sale t-shirt giveaway night. The O’s lead the American League East by seven games over the Yankees.

This will be Sale’s 20th start of the season and 13th at home. He is 7-2 with a 2.30 ERA and 99 strikeouts over 12 starts at home this season, nine of the quality variety.

Chris ranks among the American League leaders in ERA (2nd), WHIP (2nd, 0.88), opponents average (3rd, 10.38) and complete games (T3rd, 2).

The All-Star lefty had a no decision in his last start on August 2 in San Francisco, allowing only four hits over eight scoreless innings while striking out 12.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C, Jor. Danks CF, Beckham 2B.

Plays of the Day

The White Sox scored six runs in the first inning yesterday, highlighted by Conor Gillaspie‘s first grand slam of his career and fifth homer of the season (click on top link below) and Jordan Danks‘ two-run blast (click on bottom link below) as the Sox came away with the 7-5 victory and a series win over the Jays. Danks, who hit his second roundtripper of the year, delivered his third RBI of game with a sac fly in the sixth…Starter Scott Carroll got credit for his fifth win and Jake Petricka came on in the ninth and recorded his ninth save.

http://atmlb.com/1mYtuHr     

http://atmlb.com/1mYtTK6     

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are now 14-11 against the American League East and 34-30 against teams with winning records heading into the Orioles series…Eric Surkamp made his fifth consecutve scoreless appearance yesterday and Zach Putnam, who pitched the eighth inning, hasn’t allowed an earned run since July 12 vs. the Indians…Petricka owns a 2.05 ERA over his last 21 outings–18 have been scoreless…Gillaspie matched his career high of four RBI…Jor. Danks recorded a career-high three RBI and in the seven games since rejoining the Sox he’s hitting .350…Alejandro De Aza is hitting .333 during his current six-game hitting streak…Jose Abreu is hitting .351 since June 15. The Astros All-Star Jose Altuve (.364) is the only American League player who has a higher average in the AL in that span.

Abreu: In His Own Words

http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=buster-olney&id=7825

JRW Back in Action

Looking to bounce back after yesterday’s loss to Las Vegas, Jackie Robinson West plays Cumberland, Rhode Island tonight at 7:00 p.m., CT (ESPN 2) in an elimination game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Another viewing party is planned at Jackie Robinson Park.

Quotes of the Day

Chris Rongey‘s interview with Sox GM Rick Hahn yesterday on White Sox Weekly.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/audio/670-the-score-interviews/rick-hahn-with-chris-rongey-on-white-sox-weekly-81614/#.U_EJWRH2a7U.gmail

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.14) for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman (9-5, 3.68) for Baltimore.

Photo/Video of the Day

Watch Sale, Carroll and Robin Ventura take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge via videos below. And, in the photo, that’s Scott watching Chris take the challenge.

http://atmlb.com/XuU9pO

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The Return of Avi and the Prospect of a Series Win

Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10p.m., CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-7, 4.81) for the Sox, RHP Scott Hutchison (8-10, 4.60) for Toronto.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Beckham 2B, Jor. Danks CF, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Avi Garcia returned to the Sox lineup last night and didn’t skip a beat. The talented Sox right fielder, who suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder on April 9 diving for a ball in Colorado, doubled in the second inning in his first at bat and followed it up with an RBI single and a run scored in the sixth during the Sox’ loss to the Jays…John Danks had a quality start, tossing six innings while allowing three runs and seven hits.

Avi’s big hits:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35415953

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35421319

Rodon on the Move

The White Sox’ No. 1 draft choice in June, LHP Carlos Rodon (pictured below), is making his way through the Sox system in fine fashion. Rodon, who pitched four games with Class A Winston-Salem, including a pair of starts, and had two outings for the Arizona Rookie League White Sox, has been promoted to Class AAA Charlotte and is scheduled to make his first start on Tuesday vs. Gwinnett. He has a 2.84 ERA with 20 strikeouts and five walks over 12.2 innings.

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Let’s Go, JRW!

The Jackie Robinson West Little League from the South Side, representing the Great Lakes region, goes up against Las Vegas, Nev. from the West this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. CT (ABC, Channel 7 in Chicago). It’ll be the second game for each team in the double elimination Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Both JRW and LV won their openers on Thursday by 12-2 scores in shortened games (five innings) due to their large 10-run leads.

Quote of the Day

Sox fans young and old showed their appreciation to former Sox All-Star Mark Buehrle last night in his first start as a visitor at U.S. Cellular. He received enthusiastic applause from the time he went to the mound in the first inning to when he left the game in the sixth. It didn’t go unnoticed by the man himself–here are Buehrle’s comments after the game:

“I had a little more nerves and a little more emotion going than I originally thought I was going to. Obviously, coming out of the dugout and running out, fans started chanting and going crazy…Coming off the field every time, I ran out to hear people cheering, walking off around the dugout, it was exceptional.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule       

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.01) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (10-7, 3.75) for Baltimore.

Photo of the Day

Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed yesterday “Frank Thomas Day” in the state of Illinois at the same time 20,000 Big Hurt bobbleheads were being given away at last night’s game.

 

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Danks and Buehrle: The Best of Frenemies

Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: John Danks (9-8, 4.96) for the Sox, friend and ex-teammate Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.31) for the Jays. The two lefty hurlers were teammates on the South Side for five seasons (2007-11).

During Mark’s time with the Sox, from 2000-11, he was 161-119, a four-time All-Star, pitched both a perfect game and no-hitter and set a franchise record with nine Opening Day starts.

Danks on Buehrle, who will be making his first start as a visitor at U.S. Cellular: “The guy has meant so much to this organization and brought fans a championship. I’m glad he’s pitching here, and I hope we knock him out of the game in the second inning…Sure, he’s one of my favorites. That doesn’t stop me from wanting to beat him…”

Sox Starting Lineup: Ramirez SS, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, A. Garcia RF, Viciedo LF, Konerko DH, Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C, Jor. Danks CF.

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And Avi is Back!

Avi Garcia, who suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder on April 9 at Colorado and was expected to miss the rest of the season, has been activated by the White Sox after a successful rehab stint at Class AAA Charlotte. Garcia, who hit .340 with a .377 on-base percentage along with a homer, three doubles and three RBI in 13 games for the Knights, replaces Moises Sierra on the 25-man roster. Sierra was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

More Moves

Lefty Eric Surkamp has been recalled from Charlotte to replace Javy Guerra, who was placed on the bereavement list. LHP Charlie Leesman, who was with the Knights, was designated for assignment.

Plays of the Day

The Sox scored five times in both the first and fifth innings, pounded out 17 hits and seven players had multi-hit efforts in last night’s 11-5 win over the Blue Jays…Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn led the way with Abreu going 3-5 with three RBI (he now has a major-league leading 89) and two runs scored and Dunn 3-5 with a pair of runs batted in…Alejandro De Aza, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, Conor Gillaspie and Jordan Danks each had two hits. Viciedo drove in two runs, De Aza, Gillaspie and Danks one apiece and Ramirez scored three times…Hector Noesi won his seventh game and is now 4-1 in the second half of the season (six starts)…Guerra was impressive in two perfect innings of work in relief of Noesi and escaped an inherited bases-loaded, no-out jam in the sixth by inducing a double play and allowing just one run to score. Javy owns a 1.13 ERA over nine appearances when tossing more than an inning.

Enjoy watching the Sox’ two five-run outbursts:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v35391515/?partnerId=as_mlb_20140816_29892156

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v35401309/?partnerId=as_mlb_20140816_29892156

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox improved to 13-10 against the American League East with last night’s win, including six of their last eight…the Sox have won four straight games against Toronto and 11 of the last 16…we scored 11 or more runs without recording a home run for the first time since August 1, 2009 vs. the Yankees (14 runs)…the Sox set a season high with six consecutive hits in the fifth inning. The previous high was five, accomplished on three occasions…Abreu has hit safely in 46 of his last 52 games (.350)…Gillaspie hit his 29th double of the season, the second-most by a Sox third baseman since Joe Crede in 2006…Jordan Danks had his second multi-hit effort since joining the club last week….Dunn has five RBI over his last three games.

JRW Takes On Las Vegas Tomorrow Afternoon

The youngsters from the Jackie Robinson West Little League, representing the Great Lakes region, face Las Vegas, Nev. from the West tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. CT (ABC, Channel 7 in Chicago) in the second game for each in the double elimination Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Both teams won their openers on Thursday by 12-2 scores in shortened games (five innings) due to their large 10-run leads.

Just a Reminder…Frank Thomas Hall of Fame Special Airs Tonight

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/smackblog/chi-frank-thomas-hall-of-fame-special-20140813-story.html

And, of course, tonight is also Big Hurt Bobblehead Night at the ballpark.

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Wishing Minnie Well

Sox icon Minnie Minoso is feeling fine after falling off of his boat yesterday. He was pulled from the water and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital for tests.

On This Date in History

For every day on the calendar there are, of course, memorable historical moments. August 16 just happens to posess a few more intriguing events than most for those enamored with sports and pop culture. In 1948 the great Babe Ruth died, in 1977 Elvis Presley passed away and in 1954 the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published.

On August 16, 1904 in White Sox history, RHP Frank Owen, a three-time 20-game winner for the White Sox from ’04-’06, outdueled the legendary Cy Young and collected two hits of him in the Sox’ 6-0 trumph against Boston at our former home at the 39th St. Grounds.

Quote of the Day

Jose Abreu hasn’t hit a homer in August, but still is tied for the major-league lead at 31 and continues to demonstrate his disciplined approach to hitting. Here’s Robin‘s take (via whitesox.com):

“You’re looking at the professional side of his hitting. He does have all the power and I think  everybody goes through a stretch where you don’t quite have that feeling to hit homers. To be able to do it like that, it’s a good message throughout our lineup of how you’re trying to attack somebody and stay through the middle.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m, CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-7, 4.81) for the Sox, RHP Scott Hutchison (8-10, 4.60) for Toronto.

Photo of the Day

Alexei Ramirez and Adrian Nieto are shown here enjoying their time this afternoon at Festival Cubano, an annual grassroots event that celebrates all aspects of Cuban culture.

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Blue Jays in the House as White Sox Return Home

Friday, August 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Blue Jays 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 against the Orioles Monday-Wednesday. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (6-7, 4.15) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.34) for the Jays. We have won 10 of our last 15 games against Toronto, including three in a row.

Noesi will be making his 20th start with the Sox and has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 4.27 since joining us from Texas. He owns a 0.63 ERA and a .180 opponents average over his last two starts against the Rangers and Mariners, both former teams, and 3-1 and 3.18 ERA over his last five. He received a no decision in his last start on August 9 at Seattle despite allowing just one unearned run on five hits over 7.1 innings pitched in a game the White Sox won in 10 innings.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C, Jor. Danks CF, Beckham 2B.

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The Most Talented Pierce Since Billy?

For more than a half-century Billy Pierce has been synonymous with the White Sox, having distinguished himself as the All-Star ace of the Go-Go Sox pitching staff of the 1950s. Yesterday at the Little League World Series another Pierce made Chicago proud in a performance that Hall of Famer and broadcaster Barry Larkin called “the stuff of legends.”

Jackie Robinson West’s Pierce Jones (No. 23 shown above being mobbed by teammates after smashing a homer) went 4-4 with three home runs–the first leading off the game–a triple and four RBI in JRW’s 12-2 victory over Lynnwood of Washington state in the South Side team’s first contest in the double elimination tournament. The game was stopped after five innings because of JRW’s 10-run lead.  

Shortstop Ed Howard added a two-run homer and pitcher Joshua Houston went four innings, striking out seven and giving up only two hits for the winners.

Howard and Houston are both members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program along with Cameron Bufford, Brandon Green, Marquis Jackson and Carlton “Trey” Hondras

By the way, Trey has one of the most intriguing pre-game rituals you’ve ever heard. He says he talks to girls for good luck.

JRW continues its quest of a LLWS title on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Back Home…

While the JRW youngsters were impressing the fans in South Williamsport, Pa. yesterday,  there were hundreds of fans at Jackie Robinson Park where a viewing party was organized by the White Sox, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago. The crowd, which included many sporting Sox jerseys, caps and t-shirts, enthusiastically supported their hometown team as they watched the large TV screen. Those attending enjoyed ballpark food and other various activities, including face painting. Former Sox stars Minnie Minoso and Carlos May were there signing autographs and Southpaw was on hand bringing smiles to everyone’s faces.

Here was the scene yesterday at JR Park.

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The Homestand Ahead…

…including Frank Thomas bobblehead night tomorrow.

http://atmlb.com/XkQlHB

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: John Danks (9-8, 4.96) for the 4.96) 4.96) for the Sox, ex-mate Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.31) for the Jays.

Photo of the Day

Chicago loves Jackie Robinson West.

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Sox Win in Extras, Face an Old Friend This Afternoon

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco (2:45 p.m., CT, WGN) as the Sox attempt to sweep this short two-game series and all four contests against San Francisco this season. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.04) for the Sox, ex-teammate Jake Peavy (0-3, 4.82) for SF.

Quintana will be making his 25th start of the season and 15th on the road. He is 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA over his last 10 starts.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn RF, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C, Jor. Danks CF, Quintana P.

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Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was his usual brilliant self and Adam Dunn belted a two-run homer, but in the end it was Gordon Beckham, both defensively and with the bat, that made the difference last night in the Sox’ 10-inning, 3-2 victory over the Giants…Beckham made a sensational play in the bottom of the ninth that put a crucial double play in motion and with two outs singled in the eventual winning run in the 10th…Sale, who lowered his ERA to 2.01 (second in the American League behind the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez at 1.95)tossed eight scoreless innings, but wasn’t around to get his 11th win as the Giants tied the game in the ninth. Chris allowed just four hits and a pair of walks while striking out 12, the 16th time in his career he’s struck out 10 or more in a game. He’s also fanned 12 or more on nine occasions, which is the most in MLB the past three seasons, and has K’d 29.9 percent of the batters he’s faced in 2014…Dunn’s home run in the first inning was his 18th of the season and the 458th of his career…Zach Putnam came on in the ninth to get the final out and pitched a scoreless 10th for his fourth victory of the year.

Beckham’s heroics:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35325239

Sale’s masterful performance:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35322851

Dunn’s homer:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35310875

Jackie Robinson West Viewing Party

The White Sox are partnering with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago to host a viewing party for the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, as they represent the Great Lakes region in their first Little League Baseball World Series game at 2:00 p.m., CT, tomorrow against the team from Lynwood, Wash.

The special watch party, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will give attendees the opportunity to watch the 11- and 12-year-olds from the South Side on a large video screen at Jackie Robinson Field (10700 S. Aberdeen), while enjoying ballpark food and interacting with former White Sox players and Southpaw. 

“This is a great way for the neighborhood and the city of Chicago to celebrate the accomplishments of this talented group of young men from the Jackie Robinson West Little League” said Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “We all are very proud of their accomplishments, and we are honored to co-host the Watch Party with Mayor Emanuel. Six players on the Jackie Robinson West team also play for the White Sox ACE program, so we are doubly proud of their tremendous accomplishments. These kids already are champions in our eyes before a single pitch is thrown in Williamsport.”

The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars became the first Chicago team to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series since 1983 when they came from behind to beat New Albany, Indiana, for the Great Lakes Region Champions title on Saturday, August 9. This is the 15th time a team from Illinois has advanced to the Little League Baseball World Series, and the second appearance for Jackie Robinson West, which went 2-1 in the 1983 Little League Baseball World Series. The league also advanced to the finals of the 2013 Great Lakes Region.

As the Chairman mentioned, the team includes six players from the Chicago White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. The ACE program has had 14 alumni drafted by professional teams, 85 alumni received athletic aid to play collegiate baseball and two alumni played in the 2014 College World Series.

Additional information about the watch party will be available at cityofchicago.org.

MLB Stars Help Chicago Little Leaguers’ Parents Get to Williamsport

http://www.suntimes.com/news/29218859-452/mlb-players-readers-send-local-parents-to-little-league-world-series.html#.U-uFiLS9KSN

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Frank Thomas Hall of Fame Special to Air Saturday on Comcast SportsNet 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/smackblog/chi-frank-thomas-hall-of-fame-special-20140813-story.html

Quote of the Day

The Giants were certainly impressed by Beckham’s defense in the ninth.

SF skipper Bruce Bochy:

“One of the best double plays I’ve seen.”

Starter Ryan Vogelsong:

It’s a game of inches, man. That ball gets by Gordon, you’re talking about a whole different ballgame.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Blue Jays 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 against the Orioles Monday-Wednesday. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (6-7, 4.15) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.34) for the Jays.

Photos of the Day

Jen, whose Twitter account is @keribo1, is the Sox’ #SocialSeries correspondent for our two-game series in San Francisco. She’s been tweeting about all of her exciting experiences in the “City by the Bay.” Here she is with Robin before last night’s big win and taking a selfie in front of the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

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Sox Set Sale in San Francisco

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco (9:15 p.m. CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.14) for the Sox, RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.77) for SF.

Chris is set to make his 19th start of the season, sixth on the road and third during interleague play. He is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA and 39 strikeouts over six road starts this season. Five have been quality.

Sale ranks among the leaders in ERA (2nd), WHIP (2nd, 0.89), opponents average (3rd, .199) and strikeouts (9th, 138).

This will be Sale’s 14th career interleague appearance and sixth start–he is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA. He got credit for the win in his last interleague start on June 18 of this year against these same Giants.

An All-Star Pitcher and a Master Wordsmith

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/word-up-chris-sales-vocabulary-exercise-catching-on?ymd=20140811&content_id=89055552&vkey=news_cws

The Maturation of Jake Petricka

http://trib.in/1pLE7kq  

Robin Williams and the Carlton Fisk Homer

Media reporter extraordinaire and White Sox fan Ed Sherman paid tribute to the late Robin Williams today in the Sherman Report (shermanreport.com). He included a link to Williams’ great scene in “Good Will Hunting” where the actor, in the role of psychotherapist Sean Maguire, described former White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk‘s dramatic homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series to Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon).

I know Fisk was with the “other” Sox at the time, but it’s well worth a look (click on link below). It’s also important to note that Williams won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the film.

On a related note, the Giants will pay tribute to Williams, who lived in the Bay Area and was an avid fan of the team, before and during tonight’s game with the Sox.

http://ow.ly/Af1k4

Sox Notes of Note

Matt Lindstrom will be back in the bullpen tonight after being sidelined on the disabled list  since May 19 with an injured ankle. To make room on the roster Eric Surkamp has been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte…Award winners: Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley has been named the International League’s Player of the Week (August 4-10). He hit .563 with seven runs, three doubles, three homers and 13 RBI. Birmingham’s Chris Bassitt was named the Southern League’s Pitcher of the Week and Winston-Salem’s Tyler Danish received the same honor in the Carolina League.

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Quote of the Day

Paul Konerko on his outstanding career coming to an end (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“I can say this statement: I will be an ex-baseball player next month. It’s the truth. Since the All-Star break, it’s becoming more real. It’s there, you know. You can feel it coming. But like everything, I’m trying to spin it to where it’s not a bad thing.

“It’s part of the life cycle of the player. I’ve been lucky to play for a long time. I’m trying not to look at it as a sad occasion. I hope nobody else is. I’m graduating on to other things and there’s a time for this. Every player has to go through this stuff. I’m lucky because mine came a lot later than most. I feel lucky for that.

“…I’m very lucky that I’m in that situation where people want to do that stuff (being honored) for me. I want to finish it right. And I know that includes having to deal with that kind of stuff.  I see it big picture. But you know me: the daily-basis stuff, I’m a little uncomfortable with it.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park (2:45 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.04) for the Sox, ex-teammate Jake Peavy (0-3, 4.82) for San Francisco.

Photo/Videos of the Day

Enjoy these Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez web gems from the series in Seattle:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35257681

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35234483

Sox Seek Split After Extra-Inning Magic

Sunday, August 10, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series as we go for the split after dropping the first two contests. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-7, 4.93) for the Sox, RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-5, 4.35) for Seattle. Danks is 3-0 in his last five road starts.

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie singled in the winning run in the 10th inning last night (click on link below) as the Sox defeated the Mariners, 2-1, and ruined an otherwise celebratory night in Seattle as former manager Lou Piniella was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame..starter Hector Noesi was brilliant against his former Seattle teammates, allowing only an unearned run, five hits and a lone walk in 7.1 innings…relievers Javy Guerra (1.0), Eric Surkamp (0.2) and Jake Petricka (1.0) closed it out with 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball. Surkamp got credit for his first win and Petricka chalked up his eighth save…we tied the game at 1-1 in the seventh on doubles by Jose Abreu and Alexei RamirezJordan Danks, called up from Class AAA Charlotte earlier in the day when Adam Eaton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique, pinch-hit in the 10th, reached base on a fielder’s choice, stole second, went to third on an error and scored the eventual game-winner on Gillaspie’s base hit.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35234873

The Americanization of Jose Abreu

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-jose-abreu-white-sox-spt-0810-20140810-story.html#page=1

Homer Happy

Dayan Viciedo‘s home runs on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday represented the third time in his career that he homered in three consecutive games. Here they are:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35129999

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35174875

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35199989

Danish Throwing Zeros

The Sox’ 2013 No. 2 draft pick Tyler Danish (pictured below) tossed six no-hit innings last night for Class A Winston-Salem vs. Lynchburg. He has recorded 22 straight scoreless frames since July 23.

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Quotes of the Day

Former Sox pitcher Brandon McCarthy, now with the Yankees, talked to the New York Post about a variety of subjects, including his time with the White Sox during our world championship year: 

Frank Thomas was my absolute god growing up, and we had lockers next to each other during (the 2005) season, and just being there and seeing some things with him during that World Series I’ll never forget.”

Jordan Danks on Avi Garcia‘s rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte, where Avi batted .500 in his first seven games (via @scottmerkin):

“He’s making a joke of the International League.”

Star Wars Night

http://atmlb.com/1mtGK6N

Picnic in the Park

http://atmlb.com/1mtCMLw

Dentistry Night

http://atmlb.com/X4EugO

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday night, it’s the White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco (9:15 p.m. CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.14) for the Sox, RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.77) for SF.

Photo of the Day

Congratulations from the White Sox! 

The youngsters from the Jackie Robinson West Little League on the South Side are heading to the LL World Series in Williamsport, Pa. for the first time since 1983. Robinson West advanced after a come-from-behind 12-7 victory yesterday over New Albany, Ind. to win the Great Lakes championship.

Six players on Jackie Robinson West are members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program.

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Noesi, White Sox Eye Turnaround in the Emerald City

Saturday, August 9, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (8:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (6-8, 4.97) for the Sox, LHP James Paxton (2-0, 2.76) for Seattle.

Noesi has made nine quality starts since joining the White Sox from Texas and has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 4.97. He earned his third win in a span of four starts in his last outing on August 4 against the Rangers, allowing one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out six over seven innings. He was credited with his first complete game after the contest was called in the seventh due to rain.

Hector has gone 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA and 10 strikeouts lifetime vs. the Mariners. He earned the win in his last start against Seattle on July 6 at home, going 6.2 scoreless innings.

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo homered for the second time in as many nights, a solo shot, in last night’s 4-1 loss to Seattle. It was his 16th of the season…Ronald Belisario pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief of Jose Quintana, who gave up only two earned runs in 5.2 IP.  Zach Putnam, who came off of the disabled list earlier in the day, tossed a perfect eighth.

Charlotte Report

Avi Garcia went 2-3 with a double, walk and run scored yesterday for Class AAA Charlotte against Pawtucket. As both a DH and right fielder, he’s now hitting .500 (13-26) in seven games during his rehab assignment.

Catcher Josh Phegley has gone 9-12 with three doubles, three homers, 13 RBI and seven runs scored over his last three games with Charlotte. He ranks third in the International League with 20 home runs and 68 RBI. Phegley’s teammate, first baseman Andy Wilkins, leads the IL with 28 HR and 75 RBI.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-7, 4.93) for the Sox, TBA for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

Mike McCready, the lead guitarist for Pearl Jam, spent some time with Jose Abreu and Jose Quintana before playing the National Anthem last night at Safeco. 

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