PK: “I’ll Finish on the Field”

Sunday, September 7, 2014

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Today’s News

Did We Expect Anything Different From the Captain?

Paul Konerko on playing again before the end of the season after fracturing his left hand:

“I’ll finish on the field, one way or another. I don’t care if I go up there and take three pitches and strike out, I’ll finish on the field.”

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (12:05, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and five-game road trip. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-9, 5.07) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (6-4, 2.94) for Cleveland.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Sanchez 2B, Abreu DH, Gillaspie 3B, Ramirez SS, Wilkins 1B, Viciedo RF, Jor. Danks LF, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana had a strong outing last night in the Sox’ 3-1 loss to Corey Kluber and the Indians. Recording another no-decision, he tossed six innings, allowing just one run–a solo homer–seven hits and a lone walk while striking out seven.

Eaton

Adam Eaton is hitting .398 in his last 33 games to raise his season average to .306. During that stretch, Eaton has recorded 16 multi-hit efforts, including seven games with three or more hits. Adam also leads the American League since the All-Star break with a .395 average, ranks second in on-base percentage (.450) and fourth in OPS (.946).

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Sox Notes of Note

Jake Petricka is not with the Sox in Cleveland. He is with his wife Ellen, who just gave birth to their daughter. Jake should be back with the Sox on Monday in Chicago…After missing most of the season with his shoulder injury, Avi Garcia will play winter ball in his native Venezuela to continue his development.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand that concludes with three vs. the Twins next weekend. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-9, 4.70) for the Sox, RHP Sonny Gray (13-8, 3.25) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

Another appreciative rival is heard from. The Indians present Konerko, an avid guitarist, with this custom beauty before last night’s game.

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It’s “Q” and Sox vs. Kluber and Tribe

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (13-9, 2.34) for the Tribe.

Plays of the Day

Alexei Ramirez hit his 14th homer (click on link below) and Jose Abreu tripled, singled, drew an intentional walk, raised his batting average to .324 and extended his latest hitting streak to 14 in last night’s 2-1 loss in 10 innings to the Indians…Chris Sale registered a no-decision, but lowered his American League-leading ERA to 2.09. He allowed just a first-inning run on five hits while striking out five in six innings…Daniel Webb and Javy Guerra each pitched a perfect inning in relief of Sale.

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PK Sidelined, Alexei Bruised

Paul Konerko has a sesamoid fracture in his left hand. The injury is not season-ending but he could miss up to a week, depending on the pain…Ramirez’s homer came in the third inning. In the fifth, he left the game with a bruised left foot after being hit by a pitch.

Quotes of the Day

Tyler Flowers (pictured below with tonight’s starter Quintana, a native of Colombia) on how speaking Spanish has worked to his advantage (via Daryl Van Schouwen, Sun-Times):

“We seem to be adding more Spanish-speaking guys, so it doesn’t hurt to be able to communicate, not only baseball-wise but personally. I find it beneficial and a little more imperative right now, being a catcher, because we have a few more Spanish-speaking pitchers as well, and there isn’t anyone who can translate out there.’’

Adam Eaton and his wife have purchased Rosetta Stone software as they intend to follow Flowers’ example. Adam explains why:

“I want to brush up on my Spanish to be a complete team guy. Hopefully, we’ll surprise a few of the Spanish-speaking guys in spring training.’’

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (12:05, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and five-game road trip. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-9, 5.07) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (6-4, 2.94) for Cleveland.

Photo of the Day

CSN’s Chuck Garfien visited with a pair of White Sox World Champions: Jon Garland and Scott Podsednik.

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Sale Sets Sights on Victory No. 12

Friday, September 5, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Indians at Jacobs Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.11) for the Sox, LHP T.J. House (2-3, 3.92) for the Tribe.

Sale ranks among the American League leaders in ERA (1st), winning percentage (1st, .786), WHIP (2nd, 0.94), strikeouts per nine innings (2nd, 10.75), opponents OPS (3rd, .560), opponents average (3rd, .202) and strikeouts (7th, 178). He has struck out 12-plus batters a franchise-record 10 times and has fanned 10 or more 17 times, which is tied with Hall of Famer Ed Walsh for the club mark.

Chris will be making his 23rd start of the season, ninth on the road and third vs. Cleveland. He is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 58 strikeouts over eight road starts this season (seven have been quality). His road ERA would lead the majors with the required innings pitched and be the lowest in baseball since Roger Clemens (1.32) in 2005. He has not allowed an earned run in 22 innings pitched over his last three road starts and has given up only one earned run in 32.2 innings dating back to June 28 (0.28 ERA).

The Sox All-Star left-hander earned his 11th win of the season on August 30 vs. Detroit, allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings while striking out a season-high tying 13.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu DH, A. Garcia, RF, Viciedo 1B, Semien 3B, Taylor LF, Flowers C, Sanchez 2B.

Sox Notes of Note

This weekend’s series marks Paul Konerko‘s final games in Cleveland. He is the active leader with 48 homers and 177 RBI vs. the Indians…Jose Abreu owns a 13-game hitting streak (.511), his third streak this season of 13-plus games. Jose also leads the majors with a .369 average since June 9 and is tied for fourth among all AL (and major-league) hitters for the season with a .322 mark. Abreu also leads the American League with 99 RBI and ranks third with 33 homers. He is the only AL player to rank in the Top 5 in all three categories…Adam Eaton is hitting .420 with a .477 on-base percentage over his last 31 games and is tied for the ninth best average in baseball and is seventh in the AL at .310…Dayan Viciedo has homered in back-to-back games and has three homers and seven RBI in the last four contests.

Thanks PK

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Major League Assistance

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/93118252/white-sox-cubs-help-fund-youth-sports-programs

Quote of the Day

Michael Taylor (pictured below), who was promoted to the White Sox for a September look-see, collected his first hit for the Sox on Wednesday night in a pinch-hitting role vs. the Twins. Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson, who worked with Taylor when they were both in the A’s organization, talked about the new Sox outfielder:

He really hasn’t had that much of a chance at the big-league level (with Oakland). He’s older now (28). He knows himself, knows the type of role he probably will have to play in today’s game, and hopefully it’ll work out for him. He’s a guy who knows the strike zone, knows how to take a walk, has some pop, uses the whole field.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Jacobs Field (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (13-9, 2.34) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Boy, have things changed. Here’s the Sox scoreboard in 1905 at South Side Park.

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A Day For PK

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Today’s News

Paulie’s Farewell

The White Sox will stage a special pregame tribute honoring retiring captain and team legend Paul Konerko on Saturday, September 27 when the team takes on Kansas City at 6:10 p.m.  The pregame ceremony will be a celebration of Konerko’s career as a member of the White Sox and his legacy on and off the field in franchise history.

The White Sox also have launched a special tribute video in honor of Paulie. The 60-second commercial, which can be viewed at whitesox.com/Konerko, thanks the captain for his time in Chicago, and reenacts one of the most memorable moments in Konerko’s career and in club history through the imagination of a young White Sox fan.

The team also is giving fans the opportunity to be featured in a social media video project – #ThanksPK.  An online “movie” documenting Konerko’s White Sox career will be created exclusively from hundreds of fan photos posted to Twitter and Instagram.  Fans are being asked to show their favorite Konerko memories in photos and write what they love most about the captain’s career, while including the #ThanksPK hashtag in their Twitter and Instagram posts between now and September 13 for a chance to be included in the movie.

As announced previously, throughout the month of September the White Sox are honoring Konerko with special fan giveaways for each of the month’s 11 home games.  The month-long festivities include the creation of “Club Konerko” in Sections 158 and 159 (total of 1,176 seats).  Fans who purchase tickets in one of the two designated sections during the month of September will receive a Konerko-themed collectible (except for September 8 and 13) and “Thank You, Paulie” sign.  All fans in attendance for the September 8 and 13 games will have the opportunity to receive an exclusive Konerko giveaway item.

A full list of all the Konerko-themed giveaways in the month of September, along with ticket information on Club Konerko, is available at whitesox.com/Konerko. The list of giveaways is highlighted by the game on Saturday, September 13 vs. Minnesota, when the first 20,000 fans will receive a “Piece of Paulie” baseball card, a special trading card with a piece of a game-worn Konerko uniform, presented by Wintrust Community Banks.

PK has played 16 seasons with the White Sox.  The six-time American League All-Star is the White Sox franchise leader in total bases (4,008).  As of today, Konerko (439) is nine homers behind Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas (448) for the franchise record, while ranking third in hits (2,290) and doubles (406).  The 38-year-old has seen 36,580 pitches at the plate throughout his major-league career.

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Quote of the Day

Former White Sox teammate A.J. Pierzynski on Paulie:

“He’s the captain of the White Sox for a reason and is looked up to because of all he’s accomplished. And he leads by sitting people down and telling them how to approach things in the right way.

“When I got to the Sox and saw him go about his business, I realized how hard he worked. He could have been a huge personality both in Chicago and nationally, but he didn’t want that. He just wants to do his job.

“Paulie’s a great guy, a Hall of Fame player and Hall of Fame person.”

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo hit his second homer (No. 19) in as many nights, a two-run shot, in last night’s loss to the Twins (click on top link below). He also added a third RBI with a single…Jose Abreu collected a pair of singles and extended his hitting streak to 13. He now ranks fourth among major-league hitters in average with a .322 mark…Michael Taylor chalked up his first hit for the Sox with a pinch-hit single…and check out this terrific catch by Adam Eaton (click on bottom link below):

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Tomorrow’s Schedule (Off Day Today)

White Sox vs Indians at Jacobs Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.11) for the Sox, LHP T.J. House (2-3, 3.92) for the Tribe.

Photos of the Day

The Twins honored Paulie last night on the Sox captain’s final trip to Minnesota as a player. The club presented him with a $10,000 check to Children’s Home + Aid for his Bring Me Home Campaign and a huge bottle of wine (see inscription on the bottle below). Pictured with Konerko in the top photo below are (left to right) Twins’ All-Stars Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins and manager Ron Gardenhire.

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Tank Goes Deep, Tyler Two 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) as the Sox go for the sweep in the finale of the two-game series  Starters: LHP John Danks (9-9, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (0-3, 8.79) for Minnesota.

Sox Starting Lineups: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu DH, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Wilkins 1B, Phegley C, Semien 2B.

Plays of the Day

With the score tied 3-3 heading into the top of the 10th vs. the Twins last night, Dayan “Tank” Viciedo led off the inning with his 18th homer to give the Sox a 4-3 advantage. Paul Konerko then singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Moises Sierra. Two batters later, Tyler Flowers hammered his second two-run homer of the game and 12th home clout of the year, driving in Sierra ahead of him to give us the 6-3 lead we never relinquished…Jake Petricka retired the Twins in order in the bottom of the 10th for his 11th save and Daniel Webb got credit for his sixth victory in relief…Though he didn’t figure into the decision, Hector Noesi tossed another outstanding game. He gave up three runs, all in the first two frames, in seven innings of work while striking out five…Carlos Sanchez collected a double, a pair of singles and an RBI. He’s now batting .320.

White Sox Cap Among Top Sellers

Lids, the popular cap shop throughout the U.S. and Canada, has announced its top-selling caps. Our White Sox New Era Authentic Collection cap ranks No. 10 among ALL caps sold by Lids.

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White Sox Fans are Everywhere

A friend of mine teaches a sports management course at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He started classes yesterday and spotted one of his students wearing a White Sox t-shirt, a rarity since it’s usually Yankees, Mets or Phillies territory. After a short conversation between professor and student, it was revealed that the fashion statement was meant to impress my friend, who is a well-known Sox fan.

My friend the professor said he was tempted to tell the student, an Illinois native, that he earned his “A” and should go home and enjoy the rest of his semester–but thought better of it.

If only…

Quotes of the Day

Sox GM Rick Hahn on No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon (courtesy of Scott Merkin, whitesox.com)

“I realize it would have been fun to have him here because he’s an exciting player. I realize it would have been an element of the future that people want to see. But fundamentally, we are making these decisions about what’s best for his long-term development.

“He has responded to all the challenges we put in front of him. We are very pleased with how he finished up his first several weeks as a pro. We fully expect him to come to big-league camp next year and compete for a spot on the 2015 White Sox. That’s how far along he is in his development.”

Catcher Josh Phegley, just recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, weighed in on Rodon as well (via Scott Merkin):

“Nobody really sniffed the slider in any one of his starts. I was impressed with his changeup and sinker and everything. He seems to have a few pitches to go with it…Fastball command and stuff is a big hit for him. When he gets in a little bit of a rut, he errs on the side of trying harder. He’s a go-getter and you always want to see that. The effort level is always going to be there.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs Indians at Jacobs Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.11) for the Sox, LHP TJ House (2-3, 3.92) for the Tribe.

Photos/Videos of the Day

The real Tank and Tyler from last night’s win:

http://atmlb.com/1ujPjH9

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35908233

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New Arrivals

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game set and five-game road trip that concludes with a three-game weekend series in Cleveland. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-9, 4.75) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (0-1, 7.94) for Minnesota.

Noesi will be making his 23rd start this season and third vs. the Twins. He’s lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 4.75 since joining the Sox and has worked at least seven innings in four of his last five starts.

Hector earned the win on August 27 vs. the Indians after allowing just two runs on six hits with five strikeouts over 7.0 IP, retiring the first eight batters. He is 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 16 strikeouts in five career games vs. Minnesota and has limited the Twins to a .223 average. He got credit for the win on June 24 at Target Field, giving up two runs on three hits in 7.2 innings. He worked seven scoreless innings to start the game in that one.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, A. Garcia RF, Viciedo DH, Konerko 1B, Taylor LF, Flowers C, Semien 3B, Sanchez SS.

September Call-Ups

The Sox announced the following seven roster moves before tonight’s game: We recalled RHP Chris Bassitt, RHP Scott Carroll, OF Jordan Danks, C Josh Phegley, INF Marcus Semien and LHP Eric Surkamp from Class AAA Charlotte; and purchased the contract of OF Michael Taylor from Charlotte.  All but Taylor, who was acquired from the Oakland organization earlier this summer, have previously seen action with the Sox.

Sox Notes of Note

Jose Abreu is hitting .500 during his 12-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games (.452)…Adam Eaton is hitting .429 with nine runs scored during his current seven-game hitting streak. He also has recorded five extra-base hits over his last six games…Carlos Sanchez has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games (.317)…Tyler Flowers has recorded three extra-base hits over his last three games…On Sunday, reliever Zach Putnam made his 10th consecutive scoreless appearance (11 IP) and has allowed just two hits over that span.

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Quotes of the Day

LHP Scott Snodgress, called up to the White Sox on Sunday from Class AAA Charlotte, on his first time in the major leagues (via @scottmerkin):

“I’m seriously still waiting to wake up and realize this is all a dream.”

And 1B Andy Wilkins, who made his big-league debut on Sunday, had this to say:

“It was a good day. It’s one I’ll never forget. (I had) the three strikeouts or whatever, but tomorrow’s another day. It was a good day.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the finale of the short two-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-9, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (0-3, 8.79) for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

The Sox in post-game handshake mode after Sunday’s win over the Tigers.

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Sox Aim For Series Split Amid Roster Changes

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and seven-game homestand. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (15-8, 3.06) for Detroit.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Sanchez 2B, Abreu DH, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Andy Wilkins 1B, Flowers C, L. Garcia SS.

Andy Wilkins, who is making his major-league debut today, has hit 30 homers, driven in 85 and batted .293 with an .896 OPS with Class AAA Charlotte in 127 games this season. He leads the International League in homers, extra-base hits (69) and total bases (274), ranks second in RBI and slugging percentage (.558) and is fourth in hits and runs scored.

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Plays of the Day

Game 1:

Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the first inning against defending American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Chris Sale and the Sox came back to take the first game of yesterday’s twin bill from the Tigers, 6-3…Settling down after the first, Sale pitched six shutout innings the rest of the way, allowing just three hits during that time, struck out a season-high 13 in all and K’d the side four times in seven innings while getting his 11th win (see top link below)…Adam Dunn smashed a two-run homer, his 20th of the season and 460th of his career (click on middle link below), in the four-run Sox third and Tyler Flowers belted No. 10, a solo shot in the fourth (click on bottom link below)…Jose Abreu went 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Adam Eaton collected two hits and scored a run…Alexei Ramirez doubled, drove in a run and scored twice…Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless eighth and Jake Petricka did likewise in the ninth, recording his 10th save.

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Game 2:

Dayan Viciedo blasted his 17th homer, a three-run shot, in the Sox loss to Detroit in the nightcap of the doubleheader (please click on link below)…Ramirez doubled twice and scored a run, Eaton singled, walked and scored and Abreu singled and walked twice.

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Adam Dunn to Oakland

Prior to today’s game, the White Sox traded Dunn and cash considerations to Oakland in exchange for right-handed pitcher Nolan Sanburn.

Sanburn, 23, is 3-1 with a 3.28 ERA, six saves and 73 strikeouts in 42 relief appearances this season with Class A Stockton of the California League.  The 6-foot-0, 175-pound Sanburn has thrown 2.0 IP or more 21 times for Stockton.

He is 4-5 with a 2.93 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 65 games (nine starts) over three minor-league seasons.  Sanburn was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 10 Prospect in the A’s organization entering the 2014 season and the No. 10 Prospect by MLB.com entering the 2013 campaign. A native of Kokomo, Ind., Sanburn was selected by Oakland in the second round of the 2012 draft out of the University of Arkansas.

Alejandro De Aza to Baltimore

During last night’s game, the White Sox traded outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Baltimore in exchange for right-handed pitchers Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas.

Blackmar, 22, is 10-1 with a 3.18 ERA, 83 strikeouts and a .229 opponents average in 26 games (18 starts) with Class A Frederick of the Carolina League.  Over his last 10 games (all starts), the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Blackmar has gone 6-0 with a 2.09 ERA, allowing just 45 hits. A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, he is 21-13 with a 3.75 ERA in 74 games (36 starts) over four minor-league seasons since being selected by the Orioles in the 16th round of the 2011 draft.

Chalas, 22, has combined to go 3-4 with a 4.48 ERA in 30 relief appearances this season between Frederick and Class AAA Norfolk of the International League.  In two games since being promoted to Norfolk, the 6-foot-0, 170-pound Chalas is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA. Chalas, a native of Seibo, Dominican Republic, has gone 24-21 with a 3.73 ERA and 300 strikeouts in 115 games over five minor-league seasons since signing with the Orioles as a free agent on February 24, 2010.

Roster Moves

Before today’s game, the White Sox purchased the contracts of left-handed pitcher Scott Snodgress and first baseman Wilkins from Charlotte, and also returned Moises Sierra from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Charlotte and reinstated the outfielder from the 15-day disabled list.

Snodgress, 24, takes the roster spot of right-hander Chris Bassitt, who was optioned to Charlotte following last night’s game.  Wilkins, 25, takes the roster spot of Dunn, who was while Sierra replaces De Aza, who was traded to Baltimore last night.

Sox Notes of Note

With his K total yesterday, Sale now has 17 double-digit career strikeout games, tying him with Hall of Famer Ed Walsh for the most in franchise history. Walsh got to 17 in 288 starts, Chris in 81…Abreu is hitting .541 during his current 11-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games (.458). He finished the doubleheader with a .321 average for the season, good enough for fifth in the AL. He also is tied for the major-league lead and ranks first among AL run producers with 98 RBI…Eaton is batting .435 with seven runs scored during his six-game hitting streak and is now at .311 this year, tied for sixth among AL hitters…Carlos Sanchez has hit safely in seven of his eight games (.313) since joining the Sox from Charlotte on August 22.

On the Farm

Left-hander Carlos Rodon, the Sox’ top draft pick this past June, allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out seven in five innings for Charlotte last night vs. the Gwinnett Braves…Righty Francellis (Frank) Montas allowed just one run on one hit over five innings in his first start at Class AA Birmingham.

LaRussa in the House

Former Sox manager Tony LaRussa, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, was honored by the Sox last night and threw out a ceremonial first pitch. It was also LaRussa bobblehead night. Here is LaRussa embracing one of his former players and biggest stars, Harold Baines.

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Quote of the Day

Sale on the Sox grit in Game 1:

“What I really respect about this team and what was the [most fun] part was watching them come back. We get in a hole there early and our work ethic, our focus and our drive hasn’t attenuated one bit. We fought until the end against a great team and a great pitcher.”

For the record, Chris’ word of the start was attenuated. Translated, it means “weakened in force or effect.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game set and five-game road trip that concludes with a three-game weekend series in Cleveland. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-8, 4.30) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (0-1, 7.94) for Minnesota.

Photos/Videos of the Day

U.S Cellular Field was buzzing last night as the Sox honored the U.S. champion Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers. Here are two videos and a montage of photos illustrating the activities.

The photos: Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Executive Vice President Ken Williams presented JRW with a 20,000 check from Chicago White Sox Charities; the youngsters proudly displayed their Sox jerseys with their own individual numbers, signed by the 2014 White Sox; and all of the young men ran the bases and high-or-low-fived the Sox players en route to home plate.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35824059

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35803445

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A Double Dip and Then Some

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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Today’s News

An action-packed day and night of baseball is in store for Sox fans with a doubleheader, a classic pitching matchup in Game 1, the coming-out party for a promising Sox rookie pitcher in the nightcap, the return of a Hall of Fame manager, a special giveway and a ceremony to honor a hometown champion.

The Games

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field in a split doubleheader, made necessary by the June 10 postponement. Game 1 (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-3, 2.03) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (15-4, 3.13) for the Tigers. Game 2 (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) starters: RHP Chris Bassitt, making his major-league debut for the Sox, and LHP Kyle Ryan, also making his first MLB appearance, for Detroit.

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The All-Star Lefty

Sale, who will be facing defending American League Cy Young Award winner Scherzer, will be making his 22nd start of the season, 14th at home and second against the Tigers.

Chris ranks among the AL leaders in ERA (1st), WHIP (2nd, 0.93), strikeouts per nine innings (2nd, 10.46), opponents average (T2nd, .201) and complete games (T5th, 2).

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The Debut

Bassitt, an Ohio native and University of Akron product, will be making his big-league debut. With Class AA Birmingham, Bassitt compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.56 ERA, a .206 average against, 36 strikeouts and 14 walks in 34.2 innings (six starts). He will be the 26th man on the roster for the twin bill, but will remain with the Sox for the remainder of the season.

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The Hall of Famer

Former Sox manager Tony LaRussa, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, will be honored before tonight’s game and will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. He will also sign autographs and his HOF plaque will be displayed for all to see. And LaRussa bobbleheads will be given out to the first 20,000 fans.

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The Champions

The Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers, who captured the hearts of baseball fans everywhere on their way to winning the U.S. championship at the LL World Series, will be honored by the White Sox before Game 2 of the doubleheader.

The Sox will pay tribute to JRW with the following:

* A $20,000 donation from Chicago White Sox Charities

* A plaque honoring JRW will be installed at U.S. Cellular Field in time for next season

* All members of the team will receive Sox jerseys with their own numbers and signed by the 2014 White Sox

* A Sox backpack filled with back-to-school supplies

The White Sox also are encouraging fans to wear gold in honor of Jackie Robinson West.

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton each singled twice, doubled and drew a walk in last night’s loss to Detroit…Eaton also scored on Adam Dunn‘s sac fly…Ronald Belisario (2.0 IP), Matt LIndstrom (1.2) and Maikel Cleto (0.1) tossed four scoreless innings in relief of Scott Carroll.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Bassitt:

“You look at him, just size-wise (6-foot-5) and how it comes out of his hand, (he’s) an intriguing pitcher–just because of the way he throws. It was fun watching him in spring training. We were impressed with him then. Now you get a chance to see him up here against some good hitters.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and seven-game homestand. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (15-8, 3.06) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

After last night’s outstanding performances, Abreu (.316) ranks fifth among American League hitters in average and Eaton (.310) is tied for sixth. Conor Gillaspie (.302) is ninth.

Abreu is hitting .516 during his nine-game hittng streak and has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games. Eaton is batting .457 at home for the month of August.

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Sox Seek to Play Spoiler vs. Tigers

Friday, August 29, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-8, 5.05) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (11-11, 4.82) for Detroit.

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

Plays of the Day

John Danks pitched six solid innings, allowing two runs, five hits and a pair of walks while striking out five in last night’s loss to the Indians…With his 97th RBI, Jose Abreu tied Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton for the major-league lead…Alejandro De Aza made this outstanding catch:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35749627

And the Winner is…

Abreu received his July Player and Rookie of the Month awards from the skipper before last night’s game.

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Celebrating PK

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/konerko.jsp

We Can Feel the Love

http://atmlb.com/VRAqz4

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Quote of the Day

A humble Abreu talks about his team-first philosophy (via Dan Hayes of CSN):

“I don’t like to talk about myself. This is a team thing, but I’m very happy I’ve been able to hit for average and the results I’ve had individually. I’d like to have those as a team as well. The easy times, everybody wants them. The tough times really let you know who you are as a player and a team.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field in a split doubleheader made necessary by the June 10 postponement. Game 1 (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (15-4, 3.13) for the Tigers. Game 2 (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) starters: RHP Chris Bassitt, making his first major-league appearance, for the Sox and LHP Kyle Ryan, who is also making his big-league debut, for Detroit.

With Class AA Birmingham, Bassitt compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.56 ERA, a .206 average against, 36 strikeouts and 14 walks in 34.2 innings (six starts). He will be the 26th man on the roster for the twin bill, but will remain with the Sox for the remainder of the season.

In addition to the special nature of the doubleheader itself, there is going to be a great deal of excitement at the ballpark tomorrow. The K Zone should be rocking with Sale on the mound vs. defending AL Cy Young winner Scherzer in the matinee. In the nightcap, all eyes will be on Bassitt’s appearance and before Game 2 the youngsters from the Jackie Robinson West Little League will be honored and Tony LaRussa will be signing autographs and throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. Topping it off, the first 20,000 fans attending tomorrow night will receive a LaRussa bobblehead and the new Hall of Famer’s plaque will be on display.

More on JRW ceremony: The White Sox will pay tribute to the U.S. Little League champions with the following…

* A $20,000 donation from Chicago White Sox Charities

* A plaque honoring JRW will be installed at U.S. Cellular Field in time for next season

* All the members of the team will receive Sox jerseys with their own uniform numbers and signed by the 2014 White Sox

* A Sox backpack filled with back-to-school supplies

The White Sox also are encouraging fans to wear gold in honor of Jackie Robinson West.

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Photo of the Day

Matt Lindstrom, Scott CarrollAdam Eaton and Southpaw paid a visit yesterday to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.

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That’s More Like It

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-8, 4.96) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (5-4, 3.14) for Cleveland.

Plays of the Day

Hector Noesi tossed seven strong innings, Adam Eaton doubled, tripled and scored twice and Jose Abreu went 3-4 with two RBI in last night’s 3-2 win over the Tribe…Noesi won his eighth game of season, allowing just two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five…Abreu’s RBI single in the seventh that scored Eaton was the eventual game winner and gave him his American League-leading 96th run batted in…Additionally, Adam Dunn doubled in a run and Conor Gillaspie pounded out three singles in four at-bats…Jake Putnam came on in the ninth with the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base and got the last out for his fourth save.

Noesi’s fine outing, Eaton’s triple and Abreu’s two RBI:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35728767

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35721261

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35720959

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35726043

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox continue to have three players among the AL’s batting leaders: Abreu ranks fifth (.312), Gillaspie is eighth (.307) and Eaton 10th (.305)…Jose is hitting .500 during his current seven-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games (.422)…Conor has hit safely in all 12 games vs. Cleveland in 2014 for a .463 average…Adam E. is batting .430 in his last 24 games and has hit safely in 22 of his last 26 with eight doubles, two triples, 10 RBI and 17 runs scored…Noesi made his 11th quality start of the season last night and opponents are hitting just .212 against him…the Sox are now 22-20 in games decided by one run or less and moved to 7-2 at home against the Indians this season.

Sox to Welcome Jackie Robinson West All-Stars on Saturday Night

The White Sox will honor the U.S. Little League champion Jackie Robinson West All-Stars Saturday night during a special pregame ceremony prior to the start of the 6:10 p.m. contest vs. Detroit (the second game of the day/night doubleheader).

The Sox will host JRW members, coaches and family for the game as guests of the team, and all fans attending the game are encouraged to wear gold in honor of the champions.

On August 23, the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars became the first all African-American Little League team to win the U.S. championship.  The 11- and 12-year-old team from the Washington Heights neighborhood also were the first Chicago team to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series championship game since 1967.  It was the second appearance for the Jackie Robinson West Little League, which finished fifth in the 1983 Little League Baseball World Series.

JRW includes six players from the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. The ACE program has had 14 players drafted by professional teams, 85 participants in the program have received athletic aid to play collegiate baseball and two former players participated in the 2014 College World Series.

Quotes of the Day

Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the Sox honoring Jackie Robinson West:

“We could not be more proud of the achievements of the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars and how they represented the city of Chicago in Williamsport. It is our honor and privilege to bring them to the ballpark and continue to extend appreciation and support for these tremendous young men.”

Eaton on Abreu:

“My dad always said most good hitters are line-drive hitters. They just happen to go out. (Abreu) sprays the ball all over the field. He’s very disciplined at the plate, knows what he’s doing, can hit to all fields with power and I’m lucky to be his teammate.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-8, 5.05) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (11-11, 4.82) for Detroit.

Photo/Video of the Day

The final out.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35728791

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