What Does Opening Day on the South Side Mean to You?


Today’s News

Home Opener

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in today’s sold-out home opener, the first game of a three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar for the Tribe.

The Sox are 62-53 all-time in home openers and have won 12 of their last 14. John Rzeznik, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls, will perform the National Anthem. Local music artist Chance The Rapper will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

The Sox also will debut an 8,000 square foot video board in center field, four times bigger than the one used from 2003-15.

Sox Staffers Define Opening Day

We talked to a number of Sox staffers who gave us their thoughts about Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field. Here is what they told us:

–“Opening Day to me means the start of the best sport season.”

–“To me, it means that my team, and all others, have a clean slate and that anything is possible! All are in good spirits and optimistic.

–“It is my favorite holiday; I say, ‘Happy Opening Day,’ more than I wish people ‘Merry Christmas.'”

–“It’s knowing to have flats at your desk because the heels only last for an hour.”

–“It’s like Christmas; it just runs eight months long.”

–“It is the start of a new season, with new beginnings, new memories and more opportunities to beat the Cubs.”

–“When thousands of fans gather for Opening Day, I’m reminded that the work I poured my heart into for weeks or months is about giving those just-as-passionate fans the opportunity to create unforgettable memories. The same types of memories I cherish from my childhood.”

–“It’s like the first day of school; everything is new, exciting, and you start with a clean slate!”

–“Opening Day to me means having hope — hope for an exciting new season of Sox baseball and hope for another World Series on the South Side!”


Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox arrive home with a 3-1 record by virtue of winning their first series of the year, capped off by an impressive 6-1 victory over the A’s in Oakland…Starter Mat Latos was superb, tossing six shutout innings for the win. He allowed just a hit and a walk with a pair of strikeouts (click on top link below)…Jose Abreu smashed his first homer of 2016 in the sixth inning, a two-run shot that broke a 0-0 tie (click on bottom link)…Relievers Zach Duke (0.1 IP), Matt Albers (0.2) and Nate Jones (1.0) held the A’s scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings and Zach Putnam closed it out in the ninth…The Sox added four insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning with RBI singles by Dioner Navarro, Tyler Saladino and Melky Cabrera plus an Abreu sac fly…Adam Eaton singled and doubled and Cabrera and Saladino each had a pair of hits.



Quote of the Day

Navarro on Latos’ performance (the two were batterymates on the 2012 Reds):

“Outstanding. Just what we were asking for. He did a great job getting ahead, which is the most important thing. He mixed his pitches really well and spotted his fastball really well.”

Brett Lawrie: Workout Warrior


Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox victory in Oakland was Robin Ventura‘s 300th as manager…The Sox’ 3-1 record is the club’s best since the World Series season of 2005.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (1-0) for the Sox, Cody Anderson for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Eaton was on fire in Oakland, collecting nine hits in the four games. He is the first Sox player to open a season with four straight multi-hit games since Hall of Famer Nellie Fox in 1955. Adam also has reached base safely in 26 consecutive games dating back to 2015.


Sox Aim to Win Opening Series Before Heading Home

Thursday, April 7, 2016


Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at the Oakland Coliseum (2:35 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series, in which the Sox have won two of the first three. Starting pitchers: RHP Mat Latos for the Sox, RHP Kendall Graveman for the Athletics.

Last Night’s Highlights

After two one-run victories in the series, the White Sox dropped a 2-1 decision to the A’s in Oakland…Despite absorbing the loss, Carlos Rodon tossed seven strong innings, allowing just two runs, seven hits and a walk while striking out six…Jimmy Rollins drove in the Sox run with a third-inning sac fly and leadoff man Adam Eaton collected another pair of hits, giving him seven in the three games for a .636 batting average. He has also reached base in 25 consecutive games dating back to last season.

Quote of the Day

Catcher Alex Avila commenting on Rodon’s performance after last night’s game:

“He looked great. He was effectively wild today. At times he didn’t have the best command but was able to make enough pitches and get enough strikes to where they were still swinging. He had a real good two-seamer today and was able to get some swings and misses and ground balls, too. Overall, I thought he pitched well.”

Avi the Student

Here’s Avi Garcia on his tablet analyzing the next opposing pitcher.


Sox Newcomers Big Hit With Teammates


Rollins’ Impact


Sox Top Prospects: Where They Are Playing


Great Baseball, Great Food


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the home opener and the first game in a three-game series. Starting pitchers: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Cody Anderson for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

With the recent death of 100-year old ex-Brave, Dodger and Pirate Mike Sandlock, one-time White Sox outfielder Eddie Carnett–who will be 100 in October–is now the oldest living major leaguer. He drove in 60 runs for the 1944 Sox.


“We’ve got something special, man. It’s a good team. We’re coming together.”

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN/ESPN). Starting Pitchers: Carlos Rodon for the Sox, Sonny Gray for the A’s.

Last Night’s Highlights

Call them Robin and the Newcomers, call them the New Age White Sox and after last night’s dramatic 5-4 win on the strength of huge contributions from recently acquired Jimmy Rollins, Todd Frazier, Austin Jackson, Brett Lawrie and Alex Avila, call them 2-0…It was Rollins who put the Sox over the top for good with a two-out solo homer in the ninth inning after Oakland tied the score in the bottom of the eighth (click on top link below)…It was Frazier’s two-out, three-run homer in the fifth that gave the Sox a 3-1 lead (click on middle link) and Jackson’s infield single, which scored Lawrie from third base, that put the fourth run on the board in the sixth (click on bottom link). Avila also singled in the inning, moving Lawrie to third…Adam Eaton pounded out three singles and scored a run…Though he didn’t get the win, Jose Quintana tossed 5.2 solid innings, allowing just two runs, seven hits while striking out seven. In the first two games, starters Chris Sale and Q have combined for 15 Ks…Matt Albers threw 1.1 IP of scoreless relief and David Robertson pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in as many nights.




Quote of the Day

Frazier on last night’s win (via @CST_soxvan):

“The whole game, everybody is into it, from the guys on the bench to the guys in the game. We’ve got something special, man. It’s a good team. We’re coming together.

“You see Jimmy ground into a double play, next thing you know, he doesn’t think about nothing, goes up and hits a home run. That’s just the way baseball is. He’s been doing it for a long time, and it’s real fun to see a guy of his caliber still dominating the game.”


Abreu Getting Defensive (And That’s a Good Thing)


Eaton Getting on Base


Catching Up


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at the Oakland Coliseum (2:35 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: Mat Latos for the Sox, Kendall Graveman for the Athletics.

Photo of the Day

The new U.S. Cellular Field center field scoreboard is primed and ready for Friday’s home opener.



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at Oakland Coliseum (9:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the four-game series. LHP Jose Quintana gets the starting nod for the Sox.

Opening Night Highlights

Chris Sale went seven solid innings in his first outing of 2016 (click on top link below), the bullpen came through at the end and the White Sox scored all of their runs in an action-filled third frame in the 4-3 Opening Night victory over the A’s in Oakland…Sale, who earned the win, gave up three runs, seven hits and a lone walk along with eight strikeouts as all the Athletics’ runs came in the bottom of the third…In the top of that inning the Sox put up their crooked number via an Adam Eaton RBI triple (click on bottom link), a Jimmy Rollins RBI single and two unearned runs…Relievers Zach Duke (0.1 IP), Nate Jones (0.2 IP) and David Robertson (1.0) shut the door, tossing two innings of scoreless, hitless ball. Robertson chalked up the save.



Quote of the Day

Eaton after Game 1:

“To start the season with a win on the road is special. It’s good to see. We got off on the right foot the right way, with a big inning. And to have solid pitching toward the tail end, it’s a good sign for us.”


Home Again

This series marks the return of shortstop Rollins, hitting coach Todd Steverson and assistant hitting coach Greg Sparks.

Rollins graduated in 1996 from Encinal High School in nearby Alameda and was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the ’96 draft.

Steverson worked nine seasons in the Oakland organization, including two as the A’s first base coach and two as the minor-league hitting coordinator.

Sparks spent 10 seasons (1997-2015) in the Athletics organization, including nine as the minor-league hitting coordinator.

Sox TV Voice Benetti Featured on NBC Nightly News


Hall of Fame Chairman

Sox and Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s in Oakland (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN/ESPN). LHP Carlos Rodon gets the start for the Sox.

Photo of the Day

Sox are honoring the late Eddie Einhorn with this uniform patch.


Rehearsal Over, Good Vibes Abound as Sox Regular Season Begins

April 3, 2016

Today’s News

New Blood

The additions of Todd Frazier, Jimmy Rollins, Brett Lawrie, Austin Jackson, Alex Avila and Dioner Navarro (all pictured above) have infused a whole new level of leadership and talent to a formidable White Sox core–which includes Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, Avi Garcia, Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon and David Robertson.

Opening Day on Monday

White Sox vs. A’s at Oakland Coliseum (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Sale for the Sox, RHP Sonny Gray for the Athletics.

Chris is scheduled to make his third career Opening Day start. He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 15 strikeouts over his career OD outings.

The Sox are 60-55 overall on Opening Day and 32-32 when opening on the road. This year marks just the second time in the last 14 seasons the Sox will open against a non-division opponent and the fifth time in the last 12 seasons away from home.

25-man Roster

The Sox will go to battle with the following roster:

Pitchers (12): Sale, LHP Quintana, LHP Rodon, RHP Mat Latos, LHP John Danks, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Robertson

Catchers (2): Avila, Navarro

Infielders (6): Abreu, Jerry Sands (also OF), Lawrie, Rollins, Frazier, Tyler Saladino

Outfielders (5): Cabrera, Jackson, Eaton, Garcia, J.B. Shuck


Quote of the Day

Sale on why he loves Opening Day:

“Just the energy, it’s the first day, it’s like the first day of school. Everybody loves the first day of school, and everybody loves the first day of most things. It’s exciting. The fans are really into it. Us as players, we really enjoy it. It’s a great day as a whole.”

JRollin’ On

Rollins is making his 15th consecutive Opening Day start, all at shortstop. He’s tied for the longest active streak of its kind with the Angels’ Albert Pujols. And at 37 he will become the oldest OD shortstop for the White Sox since Luke Appling (42) in 1949.

Final Spring Games

With today being an off day before things start for real, the White Sox (17-13-1) ended their spring schedule on a positive note, sweeping the two-game series from the Padres in San Diego.

In yesterday afternoon’s contest, the Sox entered the top of the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead. When the third out was made, we had scored seven times to take a 10-2 advantage. That’s the way it ended.

Garcia pounded out three hits, including a solo homer (No. 5) and two RBI (19). A trio of top prospects who were invited on the trip to SD to experience the big-league atmosphere–Jacob May, Trey Michalczewski (two doubles) and Tim Anderson–each collected a pair of hits as did Shuck. May and Michalczewski each drove in a run and Anderson plated a pair…Travis Ishikawa doubled in two runs and Sands and Hector Sanchez posted an RBI apiece…Danks gave up a pair of runs in five innings and earned the victory while Albers (2.0 IP), Jennings (1.0) and Brian Clark (1.0) pitched scoreless baseball.

In the first game on Friday night, Jose Abreu smashed a two-run homer, Todd Frazier tripled and scored and Melky Cabrera, Jerry Sands and J.B. Shuck each drove in a run in the Sox’ 5-3 win…Nate Jones, who pitched a perfect seventh, chalked up the the win in relief.

Saladino and Sands


Hawk Hits the Road


Tuesday’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at the Oakland Coliseum (9:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of a four-game series to open the season. Quintana will make the start for The Good Guys. It’ll be LHP Rich Hill for the Athletics.

Photo of the Day

On Opening Day 35 years ago, former Red Sox Carlton Fisk made his return to Boston a special one. He belted a dramatic, three-run homer to give the White Sox a 5-3 victory over his ex-mates.


Jose Abreu: “I want to spend my whole career with the White Sox…I would love to be here”


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Today’s News

Abreu a White Sox Through and Through


Yesterday’s Highlights

With a 6-3 loss to the Reds in their final Cactus League game, the White Sox finished 15-13-1 for their first winning CL record since 2004…Tyler Saladino drilled his fifth homer, a solo shot, and drove in another run with a single, giving him 14 RBI and a .318 batting average …Avi Garcia drove in his 17th run and finished at .333…David Robertson (1.0 IP), Jake Petricka (1.0), Phillippe Aumont (1.1) and Josh Wall (1.0) pitched scoreless relief…Aumont made eight appearances in Arizona and ended with a 0.00 ERA.

Saladino’s homer:


Clubhouse Humor

Sox teammates are calling Saladino “Emanski” because of his exceptional fundamental skills. Tom Emanski is the instructor seen on that ubiquitous baseball instructional video.

Eaton Relishes Role as Tablesetter


Roster Moves

The White Sox made three roster moves before yesterday’s game. The Sox purchased the contract of INF Jimmy Rollins from Class AAA Charlotte; optioned RHP Scott Carroll to Charlotte; and outrighted RHP Jacob Turner to the Knights.

Following the moves, the Sox have 29 remaining in major-league camp: 13 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and six outfielders. The White Sox 40-man roster remains at 37.


Quote of the Day

Rollins on being named the Opening Day starter:

“To win the job is great. That’s just the beginning. Just go out there and be productive when I get my opportunities to play and when I’m getting my days off and rest, get ready for the next day.”

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox finished Cactus League play with 49 homers to lead all of baseball–and the total is 27 more than they hit in 2015…The Sox drew 87,294 fans to Camelback Ranch-Glendale this spring, an average of 6,235 a game. It’s the second highest total in the Sox’ eight years at CR-G.

Weekend Schedule

Today is an off day. On Friday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Padres (9:05 p.m. CT, WLS) at Petco Park in San Diego in the first of two exhibition games with Mat Latos scheduled to start. On Saturday, the Sox will face the Padres again (3:10 p.m. CT, WLS) as John Danks gets the starting nod. Sunday is another off day. The White Sox open the regular season on Monday night vs. the A’s in Oakland (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN) with Sox ace Chris Sale on the hill.

Photo of the Day

The Sox travel from Camelback Ranch to Petco Park for a pair of tune-up games before Monday’s regular season opener.


Jake Peavy: “I told Jimmy Rollins and Brett Lawrie, ‘You All Have a Good Team,’ and Those Guys Believe It.”

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Today’s News

Ex-Sox Pitcher: Don’t Sleep on the White Sox


This Afternoon’s Game

In the Cactus League finale, White Sox vs. Reds at Goodyear (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Jose Quintana will make the start for the Sox. David Robertson, Zach Duke, Jake Petricka and Dan Jennings are among those scheduled to follow Q.


Yesterday’s Highlights

Chris Sale tossed 5.1 innings, allowing just one run and six hits while striking out five, as the White Sox (15-12-1) topped the Rangers, 6-2, at Camelback Ranch-Glendale for their third straight win…Todd Frazier smashed a two-run homer (click on link below), his third of the spring, and Adam Eaton belted his second Cactus League roundtripper, a solo shot. That brings the Sox HR total to 48 with one Cactus League game remaining…Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 4 with an RBI, Alex Avila singled in a pair of runs and Avi Garcia went 2 for 3…Nate Jones (0.2 IP), David Robertson (1.0) and Zach Duke (1.0) threw perfect baseball in relief.


Quote of the Day

Sale on the regular season beginning Monday:

“I think we all are (ready for Opening Day). It’s great to come down here and get your bearings and get your feet underneath you, but I think we’re all ready to start the race.”

Roster Moves

The Sox have announced five moves: Optioned INF Matt Davidson, INF Leury Garcia, RHP Tommy Kahnle and INF Carlos Sanchez to Class AAA Charlotte and reassigned Jason Coats to minor-league camp.

Following the moves, the White Sox have 31 players remaining in major-league camp: 15 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and six outfielders.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday night, White Sox vs. Padres at Petco Park, San Diego (9:10 p.m. CT, WLS) in the first of two exhibition games in the California city before the start of the regular season on Monday vs. the A’s in Oakland.

Photo/Video of the Day

A solid start and ready for Opening Day. And wish Chris a Happy Birthday–he’s 27 today.



Chris Sale

A Whopping 46 Homers and Counting…

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m. CT, WLS, whitesox.com). Chris Sale is set to make the start while David Robertson, Zach Duke and Nate Jones are scheduled to pitch as well.

Yesterday’s Highlights

The big boppers were at it again for the White Sox (14-12-1) as The Good Guys won an 11-7 slugfest over the Rockies in Scottsdale…The Sox pounded out four more home runs, 16 hits and were led by a Matt Davidson solo homer, a two-run blast and solo shot by Carlos Sanchez and a solo clout by Jose Abreu…Our Cactus League HR total is now at 46, which leads all of baseball, and it’s more than double the 22 we hit last spring…Davidson, Sanchez (4 RBI) and Abreu all had 3 for 4 days and Tyler Saladino collected three hits, including two doubles, and drove in a pair…Davidson now leads the team with five HRs…John Danks tossed six innings for the win and Jones threw a perfect seventh inning.

Enjoy the four homers: Sanchez (2), Davidson and Abreu:





Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Avi Garcia:

“I’d view him more as a guy who still has, at his age, a world of potential and the ability to convert on that potential. What we’ve seen from him down here in Arizona has all been positive, and solid indications that he’s headed in the right direction.”


A Conversation with Jason Benetti on the Newest Episode of “The Cycle”


Sox Notes of Note

Great stats as usual from @ckamka:

Abreu now a combined 51/111 (.459) over the last two springs: 2015: 30/59 (.508); 2016: 21/52 (.404)

White Sox shortstops this spring: Rollins: .341, 4 HR, 12 RBI; Saladino: .308, 4 HR, 12 RBI

Tomorrow’s Schedule

In the Cactus League finale, White Sox vs. Reds at Goodyear (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Jose Quintana will make the start for the Sox. David Robertson, Zach Duke, Jake Petricka, Tommy Kahnle and Dan Jennings are scheduled to follow Q. After an off day on Thursday, the Sox head to San Diego for Friday and Saturday games vs. the Padres before opening the regular season in Oakland on Monday.

Photo of the Day

It was Sox-Bulls Night at the UC last night.


Todd Frazier on 2016: “It’s going to be a lot of fun…I can’t wait”


Today’s Spring Training News

The Toddfather Finds His Niche


This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rockies at Scottsdale (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). John Danks will start followed by Nate Jones, Tommy Kahnle and Dan Jennings.


Yesterday’s Highlights

Frazier (pictured above, center) said the season’s going to be fun and it certainly was yesterday in Scottsdale. Todd belted a two-run homer and tripled in a run, Travis Ishikawa hit a two-run homer and smacked a three-run triple and Avi Garcia hit his fourth long one of the spring in the White Sox’ 13-9 win over the Giants…Ishikawa was a single shy of the cycle…Jacob May and Jason Coats each singled and doubled and Omar Narvaez added a pair of singles in the 16-hit attack…Scott Carroll gave up a pair of runs with three strikeouts in four innings of work and earned the win.

Frazier’s triple and homer:



Ishikawa’s triple and homer:



Quote of the Day

Rave Review of New Sox Offense


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m. CT, WLS, whitesox.com). Chris Sale is set to make the start while David Robertson, Zach Duke and Jones are scheduled to pitch as well.

Photo/Video of the Day

Avi has had quite a spring. Aside from his four homers, he’s driven in 16 runs with a .333 batting average. Here’s his two-run shot on Sunday.



GM Hahn on Spring Training: In Terms of Tone and Focus, I Don’t Think We Can Be Happier


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at Scottsdale (3:05 p.m. CT, WLS). Mat Latos will make the start for the Pale Hose in a spring rematch with former Sox righty Jake Peavy. Scott Carroll is also scheduled to pitch.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Sox (split squad) vs. Reds

Jimmy Rollins (now hitting .350) drove in his 12th run of the spring, Adam Eaton singled in a pair and Jason Coats singled and walked with two RBI in the Sox’ 9-7 split squad loss to the Reds yesterday afternoon at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Hector Sanchez added an RBI single and Todd Frazier went 2 for 3 with a run scored to raise his Cactus League average to .356…Joey DeMichele collected a pair of singles…Matt Albers (1.1 IP), Zach Duke (1.1), David Robertson (1.0) and Phillippe Aumont threw shutout ball in relief of Carlos Rodon…Aumont made his seventh consecutive scoreless appearance.

Sox (split squad) vs. Dodgers

Tyler Saladino (No. 4) and Jose Abreu (No. 3) each belted solo homers in the Sox’ 5-4 loss to the Dodgers last night at Camelback Ranch. Saladino, with two RBI on the night, has 10 this spring. Austin Jackson, J.B. Shuck and Dioner Navarro each collected a pair of hits and Jackson added an RBI…In relief, Jake Petricka (2.0 IP) and Zach Putnam (1.0) tossed scoreless ball.

Saladino (pictured below) and Abreu go deep:



MLB: Spring Training-Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

Quotes of the Day

With about a week remaining, General Manager Rick Hahn and skipper Robin Ventura (pictured at top of post) talked to Scott Merkin of whitesox.com about this year’s camp:


“Certainly in terms of accomplishing what we had hoped to accomplish here in terms of setting the tone and getting through with the right focus, I don’t think we can be happier.”


“There’s just a better understanding from these guys. They are confident in what they can do and what they’ve done in the past. They’ve worked hard and know how to work…there’s enough veteran guys that have kind of melded together. It’s been a very good camp.”

Relievers Stretching Out


Sox Counting on Minor-League Reinforcements


The Avila Family Feud


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Scottsdale (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). John Danks will start followed by Nate Jones, Tommy Kahnle and Dan Jennings.

Photo of the Day


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