These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things…

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Baskets for Charity

Below is a preview of three baskets containing White Sox players’ favorite things, which will be auctioned off as part of the eighth annual Sox Serve Week, scheduled from Monday, June 6, through Sunday, June 12. Sox wives and girlfriends have been encouraged to put together baskets of their significant others’ favorites, aiming to stick with one theme within the basket.

Fans will have the opportunity to bid on these baskets, which include autographed items, on Thursday, June 9, from 5:40 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fans attending the game vs. the Washington Nationals can place bids in person with the wives by visiting the Miller Lite Extra Base Lounge (near Section 157) or by phone at 312-674-5684.

Courtney Jennings, Dan Jennings’ wife, pictured above:

“I kind of made it a backyard basket because Dan and I love to be outside.

“One of our favorite things to do is play games with our friends, so I put the Spike Ball game in there because it’s something to play. I also put a picnic blanket in there; we like to spend a lot of time outside or on the beach. A s’mores thing is included because we love our s’mores with our two-year-old little girl.

“Some of my other favorite things that I put in were gift cards to our favorite places to eat–takeout spots like Buffalo Wild Wings. I also put a crossword book in there because Dan loves to do crosswords, especially when he’s on the road. I also put in a Google Chromecast because we’ve been watching Netflix and streaming things on Hulu–it’s the only way we have to watch Game of Thrones. We bring that out on Sunday nights.

“Dan signed a pair of game-used cleats and also signed a brand new baseball. We included some other baseballs by some favorite White Sox players, too.”

What is the story behind his signature?

“First of all, it’s beautiful. It’s much prettier than mine. He writes one of his favorite Bible verses with it because faith is really important to him. That’s his way that he can kind of pass the message along when he signs his autograph.”

What is your record against him in outdoor games?

“I should probably say that he wins most of the time, but he’s a little bit of a sore loser. Sometimes I might let him win because, otherwise, it might end up bad for me later. He’s pretty competitive, so we have a lot of fun with it.”

Ashley Paddock, Carlos Rodon’s girlfriend, pictured below:

“The bag is a huge part of the basket. It’s a sports bag and it has ozone in it, so you put your cleats or your gear in there and it actually kills all the scent and bacteria. For any parents out there with kids in high school, for instance, it’s super great.

“Carlos also signed a couple cleats, a ball and a signed hat. I put the Yeti cup in there because who doesn’t love Yeti? It’s a super staple of all the baseball players. We stuck in some golf balls because he loves golf, Red Bull because he drinks it every morning, Chick-fil-A and Cold Stone because we do that in spring training. We threw in a Lefty shirt. We took our family pictures in that shirt because our dog’s name is Lefty.”

How did you decide on the Reese’s, another item you included?

“He’s obsessed with Reese’s. It might not be his super favorite, but it’s what I always bring home and he always eats it. I told him, ‘That’s what I’m getting.’”

What do you and Carlos order from Cold Stone?

“I’m a Cookie Doughn’t You Want Some kind of girl, and he’s a Create Your Own, throwing in some Fruity Pebbles and Kit Kats. It would gross you out, but he is so funny.”

Did you enjoy putting the basket together?

“He loved it–he thinks it’s funny. He didn’t realize the variety of things inside. They said to try and make the basket one simple theme and good Lord, we have too many interests. Between eating, hunting and fishing, we have way too much going on.”

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Dana Long, Brett Lawrie’s wife, pictured below:

“We have a signed bat, so that’s kind of what I’m trying to build around. I started to go a little golf-themed–golf balls, golf tees–because during the offseason, I don’t see much of Brett because he would prefer to see the golf course (laughs).

“Anybody who knows Brett knows that he is kind of a candy-aholic, so we threw in some Sour Patch, Starbucks and Hershey’s candies. I think it’s not a very well-kept secret that Brett has a lot of energy, so the Red Bull is kind of his go-to. He loves Red Bull. We’re both pretty big wine people. We went to Napa Valley last year at the All-Star Break, so we put a bottle of wine and two glasses in there. Then, just some gift cards to his favorite spots—iTunes (huge music person), Cheesecake Factory and Starbucks. He loves his Starbucks.”

Starbucks drink of choice?

I got him kind of hooked on Shaken Iced Green Tea Lemonade. He’s big on the fruity Starbucks drinks.

How do you spend your time when he is at the golf course?

“We have a one-year-old German Shepherd who keeps me a little busy right now. While Brett is golfing, I’ll go hiking with our dog.”

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Now Playing: Matt Albers and the Double That Shook New York

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Today’s News

Friday’s Game

Today is an off day. On Friday night it will be the White Sox (29-25) vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:08 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-4, 4.24) for the Sox, RHP Jordan Zimmermann (7-2, 2.52) for the Tigers.

Yesterday’s Highlights

It was one of the most improbable endings to a baseball game that you could ever imagine. Reliever Matt Albers delivered only his third career hit and first since 2007, scored the winning run and earned his second victory of the season by pitching two scoreless innings, as the Sox nipped the Mets, 2-1, in 13 innings to claim the rubber match of the three-game series.

After shutting down the Mets in the bottom of the 12th, Albers, shown scoring and celebrating above, led off the top of the 13th with a double to left-center field–the first extra-base knock of his career. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Jose Abreu sac fly, breaking the 1-1 deadlock. If that weren’t enough, Albers tossed a scoreless bottom of the 13th to ensure the hard-fought triumph.

Down 1-0 after two innings, the Sox tied the score in the seventh on Todd Frazier‘s major-league leading 17th homer (click on link).

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=763185683

Miguel Gonzalez went five solid innings, allowing just a run on three hits. Five relievers–Dan Jennings (0.2), Zach Putnam (0.1 IP), Zach Duke (1.0), Nate Jones (2.0) and David Robertson (2.0)–preceded Albers’ two shutout innings with six scoreless frames of their own, setting the stage for Matt’s heroics (click on link):

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=764119383

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Quote of the Day

Frazier after Wednesday’s game, which sealed the series win:

“We battled the whole game, made key plays, pitchers came up big, shutting everybody out every time. We were focused and determined.

“I told everybody, ‘Keep battling. We have an off day. Keep going.’ And thanks to Matt, it worked out pretty good.”

Sox Notes of Note

Thanks to @ckamka:

Most games this season with 1 or 0 runs allowed: White Sox (18), Cubs (17), Nationals (16), Giants (14), Dodgers (14).

Most extra-inning wins 2015-16: White Sox (16-6), Cubs (15-6), Pirates (15-10), Mariners (15-14).

GM Hahn: Prospect Watch

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/181466792/prospect-tim-anderson-impressing-white-sox

Send Your Favorite Sox Player to the All-Star Game

https://securea.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2016/ballot.jsp?tcid=ASG16_cws_shortcontent

Corey Ray: Pride of the ACE Program

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/181245420/ray-of-hope-white-sox-aided-draft-prospect?topicid=151437456

Saturday’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (3:08 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (9-1, 2.29) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (0-5, 4.96) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s a…baseball.

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“A Lesser Group Gives Up–And They Won’t Do That”

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Mets at Citi Field, Flushing, N.Y. (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 4.50) for the Sox, Jacob deGrom (3-1, 3.07) for New York.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Trailing 4-0 on the road with a seven-game losing streak hanging over their heads, the White Sox (28-25) rallied for three runs in the sixth inning and three more in the eighth to defeat the Mets, 6-4.

Jose Abreu led off the sixth with a single and Todd Frazier followed with his major-league tying and American League-leading 16th homer (click on top link below). With two outs, Tyler Saladino (pictured in montage above) walked and proceeded to steal both second and third. A Dioner Navarro single brought Tyler home as the Sox trailed 4-3.

In the eighth, the Sox took the lead as Cabrera walked with with one out and scored ahead of Saladino’s third homer of the season (click on bottom link), giving the Sox a 5-4 lead. The Good Guys added an insurance run as Brett Lawrie singled home Jimmy Rollins, who walked as a pinch-hitter.

Zach Putnam, Dan Jennings, Nate Jones and David Robertson each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Robertson, who came on in the ninth, recorded his 13th save. Jennings (2-1) got credit for the victory.

Saladino on the fly ball to Adam Eaton in right-field that ended the game and the streak: “You see that ball go up in the air, and you feel all that weight fall off your shoulders.”

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=760240883

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=760502683

Quote of the Day

Robin, on the Sox after the comeback win last night:

“It’s the way they keep fighting back. You’re down 4-0, a lesser group gives up–and they won’t do that.”

All-Star Voting

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/181279948/white-sox-abreu-cabrera-get-all-star-votes

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday night it will be the White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:08 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-4, 4.24) for the Sox, RHP Jordan Zimmermann (7-2, 2.52) for the Tigers.

Photo of the Day

One factor leading up to the Sox’ breaking the losing streak might have been Robertson losing the “high socks” look.

“Yeah, listen,” David said. “we’re mixing it up, we needed a win.”

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“The Way You Stop It is You Come Back Tomorrow and Make Something Happen”

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Memorial Day: May 30, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Mets at Citi Field, Flushing, N.Y. (12:10 p.m. CT, CSN/ESPN) in the opener of a three game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-4, 2.22) for the Sox, RHP Matt Harvey (3-7, 6.08) for the Mets.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Austin Jackson drove in a pair of runs with a single and a sac fly, Adam Eaton went 3 for 4 with an RBI and Dioner Navarro had a 2 for 4 day with a run batted in the 5-4 loss to the Royals…Chris Sale was stellar after giving up a pair of runs in the first inning, shutting out K.C. for the next six innings. He struck out seven.

Jackson for the Defense

Here is Jackson’s spectacular first inning catch that turned into a double play (Austin left late in the game with a turf toe. He will be re-evaluated):

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=752253683

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Quotes of the Day

The recent losses have been tough on everybody–Sox players, coaches, management and fans. Veteran Alex Avila (pictured above) put the feeling into perspective after Saturday’s heartbreaking defeat and offered a solution for making things better:

“The way you stop it is you come back tomorrow and make something happen. They’re not going to feel bad for us. So you can’t feel sorry for yourself. It’s an extremely tough loss for sure. That’s a game we should have won. There’s been a few games we should have won. The way we’ve been playing have given a lot of people doubt.

“But guys in here, if they have any shred of doubt in their mind of what they can do, even though we’re struggling, don’t even come. No one’s going to feel sorry for you in this game. Even if you’re struggling, battle your ass off. There’s no room for feeling sorry for yourself and doubting your ability and your team’s ability. We’re going through a tough two-week stretch. The good thing is it’s right now at the end of May here. Try to finish these last few games in May strong and take it into June and see if we can make a better month out of it.

“I’m not surprised the way our team has responded to tough losses. I expect it. No matter what the situation was the game before, I expect each guy in here to be prepared the very next day. If they’re not, then there’s an issue.

“Guys have been coming to play every single day and doing their homework and getting prepared for each game. If they weren’t, it’d be an issue. But guys have been doing that and we’re kind of going through one of those spells where instead of finding ways to win, we’re finding ways to lose games. Most teams will go through it or have gone through it.

“I know the first month we were playing great and the Royals weren’t playing well, the Tigers weren’t playing well and Cleveland wasn’t playing well. It was like, ‘Well, we’re going to run away with it,’ and flipped the script. Things can change pretty quickly over the course of a week or two weeks, even a month. That’s my point on why you have to come and make sure you’re prepared — that doubt in your mind about the day before is gone and you have to be ready no matter what because nobody is going to feel sorry for you.”

And Sale added his thoughts after yesterday’s game:

“You’re going to run into some crap. This is baseball. This is sports. It’s not going to be easy. It’s not going to be given to you. We’re just going to have to grind it, figure it out and pick yourselves up and push forward.

“The personality of this team is too good, the morale. This is nothing but a speed bump. This game is not easy. It never will be. The guys we have in this clubhouse, it’s a good group. Let’s look at each other, let’s figure it out, collect it and push forward.

“We don’t have any doubt in ourselves. This is as bad a series as we could possibly have, and there’s still no doubt in our mind we’re going to push through this and figure it out and find a way to get back to winning ballgames.”

Roster Moves

Prior to today’s game, the Sox optioned RHP Tommy Kahnle to Class AAA Charlotte and recalled OF J.B. Shuck from the Knights.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mets at Citi Field, Flushing, N.Y. (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (6-1, 4.06) for the Sox, RHP Steven Matz (7-1, 2.36) for the Mets.

Photo of the Day

Here’s what the Sox will be wearing today in honor of Memorial Day.

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Frazier Ties for MLB Lead with 15th Homer; Melkman Delivers a Grand Slam

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox (27-22) maintain their half-game lead over the second-place Indians. The Royals (one game) and Tigers (two games) are right behind.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas Cty (1:15 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-4, 4.47) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (4-3, 4.81) for K.C.

Last Night’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera (grand slam) and Todd Frazier (solo shot) hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning (click on link below) to give the Sox a 5-1 lead, but the Royals rallied and prevailed, 7-5…Frazier is now tied with the Mets’ Yoenis Cepedes and the Orioles’ Mark Trumbo for the MLB lead with 15 home runs…Austin Jackson collected a pair of hits and scored…Miguel Gonzalez had a quality start, allowing three runs in 6.1 innings of work.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=744796983

Makeup Date

Thursday night’s rainout will be made up on September 19. It was previously an off day for both the Sox and Royals.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadum (1:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (9-1, 2.26) for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez (5-4, 3.67) for Kansas City.

After Thursday night’s postponement, Sale was projected to be moved back to pitch against the Mets on Monday. Chris is now scheduled for Sunday with Jose Quintana, Mat Latos and Gonzalez set to face the New Yorkers.

Photo of the Day

Melky’s slam was the third of his career. His last one was in 2011 for the Royals vs. the Indians.

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After Last Night’s Postponement, Sox Back in Action

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Today’s News

Three in K.C.

With last night’s postponement in Kansas City, the White Sox and Royals will now play a three-game series with the make-up date TBA. The Sox rotation will stay the same with everyone just moved back a day. Miguel Gonzalez (pictured above) will start tonight, Carlos Rodon tomorrow and Mat Latos Sunday in the series finale vs. the Royals. Chris Sale will pitch the opener vs. the Mets in New York Monday on Memorial Day.

First-Place Report

The Sox (27-21) maintain their half-game lead over the Indians in the American League Central.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of the series and what is now a nine-game road trip that continues with three vs. the Mets and three vs. the Tigers. Starting Pitchers: RHP Gonzalez 0-1, 4.57) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (0-0, 2.13) for K.C.

Quote of the Day

Jose Abreu on Robin and coach Todd Steverson telling him to slow down his approach to hitting:

“That’s the only way I know how to work, to work every day. It’s not in my nature to take a day off or do nothing. I like to work hard. That is the way I grew up as a player.’’

Tim Anderson Update

Read about prospect Tim Anderson‘s magnificent May at Class AAA Charlotte….

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160526&content_id=180461200&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&tcid=tw_article_180461200

…and watch him in action:

http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=742643183&topic_id=&sid=t494&tcid=vpp_copy_742643183&v=3

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals (1:15 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Rodon (2-4, 4.47) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (4-3, 4.81) for K.C.

Sunday’s Finale

White Sox vs. Royals (1:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Latos (6-1, 4.06) for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez (5-4, 3.67) for Kansas City.

Photo of the Day

Last night in K.C. (via CST_soxvan):

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“Time to go on a run”

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Thursday, May 26,2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox hold a half-game lead over the second place Indians in the American League Central.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and 10-game road trip that continues with three vs. the Mets and three vs. the Tigers. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 4.57) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (0-0, 2.13) for K.C.

Sox Notes of Note

Melky Cabrera, who hit a two-run eighth inning homer in yesterday’s 4-3 loss to the Tribe in the series finale, has hit all three of his homers at home this season…Avi Garcia, who had a pair of singles yesterday, recorded his 10th multi-hit game of the year and is hitting .329 with five doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored over his last 21 games…Austin Jackson also had two singles yesterday. He is batting .333 with four doubles and six RBI in 2016 and now has seven multi-hit efforts.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals (7:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-4, 4.47) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (4-3, 4.81) for K.C.

Saturday’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals (1:15 p.m. CT, WGN) in the third game of the series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (6-1, 4.06) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (4-3, 3.38) for Kansas City.

Sunday’s Finale

White Sox vs. Royals (1:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (9-1, 2.26) for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez (5-4, 3.67) for K.C.

Photo of the Day

Abreu is heating up. In the last two games against the Indians, he went 6 for 8 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.

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Q, Sox Look to Stop Tribe Before Leaving on Long Road Trip

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox (27-20) lead the second-place Tribe by 1.5 games in the American League Central.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series and 10-game homestand. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 1.98) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (3-5, 4.10) for Cleveland.

Last Night’s Highlights

Adam Eaton hit his third homer of the season in the 6-2 loss to the Indians…Jose Abreu went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles…Brett Lawrie doubled in run…The bullpen–Zach Putnam (1.2 IP), Tommy Kahnle (1.0), Matt Purke (2.0) and Dan Jennings (1.0)–tossed 5.2 innings of scoreless ball.

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Kudos for Sale and Quintana

Despite absorbing his first loss of the season last night, there’s no question that Chris Sale is enjoying a special year and continues to be one of the game’s premier pitchers. And right there with him is Quintana, giving the Sox a potent 1-2 punch.

Click on the top link below for an outstanding piece on Chris’ success and the bottom link for a look at the formidable Sox pitching duo. Both stories were written before last night’s game:

http://es.pn/1sO2hl0

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160523&content_id=179869604&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and 10-game road trip that continues with three vs. the Mets and three vs. the Tigers. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 4.57) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (0-0, 2.13) for K.C.

Photo of the Day

Here’s Abreu enjoying his Easterseals visit before last night’s game.

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Sale Seeks 10th Straight Win Tonight

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox (27-19) got out to an early lead in the first game of last night’s doubleheader vs. the Indians and held on for an exciting 7-6 victory. The Sox dropped the nightcap, 5-1, for a split of the twin bill. The Good Guys continue to lead the second-place Tribe by 2.5 games in the American League Central.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the third game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (9-0, 1.58) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (6-0, 3.56) for the Tribe.

Sale will be shooting for his 10th win in his 10th start of the season. Apart from leading major leagues in victories and sporting a sterling ERA, Chris has recorded 62 strikeouts and a .163 opponents average.

The Sox ace has won 10 consecutive starts dating back to 2015, the seventh longest streak in team history. He earned the win in his last start on May 19 vs. the Astros, tossing his third complete game of 2016. He became the second White Sox pitcher to win his first nine starts at the start of the season. Eddie Cicotte (12, 1919) was the first.

Sale also passed Doc White and tied Hall of Famer Ted Lyons for eighth place among White Sox all-time strikeout leaders (1,073).

Cy Sale?

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/179241612/chris-sale-could-win-the-al-cy-young-award

Last Night’s Highlights

Game 1:

Todd Frazier, the A.L.’s leading home run hitter, belted his 14th, a solo shot in the first inning, to get the White Sox on the board first. Frazier also singled and walked twice in the Sox win…Brett Lawrie went deep for a three-run homer in the fifth and was on base all five plate appearances with the homer, a single and three walks–and even stole a base…Austin Jackson went 3 for 3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored…Jimmy Rollins added an RBI single…Mat Latos improved his record to 6-1 with a quality start, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings of work. David Robertson protected the Sox’ one-run lead in the ninth, retiring the Tribe with two strikeouts for his 12th save.

The Frazier and Lawrie homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=729881083

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=730012483

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Game 2:

Melky Cabrera collected a pair of singles and an RBI and Frazier, who reached base four times in the first game, singled, doubled and scored in the loss to the Indians. Matt Purke, in relief of Erik Johnson, tossed 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.

Quote of the Day

Lawrie described his three-run homer in Game 1:

“I saw a bunch of pitches. I took a good amount of sliders and curveballs, and that allowed me, when I got to 3-2, to get a fastball, and I didn’t miss it.”

Sox Notes of Note

Frazier is hitting .351 with seven home runs, 16 RBI, 14 runs scored and 10 walks over his last 13 games. He is hitting .428 with two homers and three RBI in four contests against the Indians this season…Cabrera recorded his 19th multi-hit game of the year in Game 1. He is hitting .346 with 11 RBI and eight runs scored in May…Jackson is batting .461 with a double, triple and three RBI over his last five games…Avi Garcia is hitting .333 with five doubles, two homers, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored over his last 19 games.

Incredible, But True

The Indians played the 18,000th game in franchise history in Game 1 last night and the White Sox played their 18,000th game in Game 2.
No kidding.

South Side Memories

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-skrbina-2005-world-series-cell-white-sox-20160521-column.html

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series and 10-game homestand. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 1.98) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (3-5, 4.10) for Cleveland.

Photo of the Day

First-game fireworks.

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Showdown

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First-Place Report

By virtue of yesterday’s thrilling 3-2 win over the Royals in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd of 34,526, the White Sox increased their lead over the Indians to 2.5 games in the American League Central. The Sox and the Tribe are set to begin a four-game series today on the South Side with a doubleheader.

Today’s Twin Bill

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field:

Game 1 (4:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (5-1, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Mike Clevinger (0-0, 6.75) for the Tribe.

Game 2 (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 7.20) for the Sox, RHP Cody Anderson (0-3. 7.99) for Cleveland.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera‘s bases-loaded single brought in the tying and winning runs in the fifth inning (click on top link below) and Todd Frazier belted his 13th homer, a solo shot in the fourth (click on bottom link), as the Sox prevailed…Carlos Rodon won his second game of the season with a quality start, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing just a pair of runs…The bullpen finished it off with 2.1 innings of perfect baseball thanks to Matt Albers (0.1 IP), Zach Duke (0.1), Nate Jones (0.2) and David Robertson (1.0), who earned his 11th save.

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Quote of the Day

Following yesterday’s game, Melky said what all Sox fans were thinking about Sunday’s finale vs. the Royals:

“We needed to win this game.”

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are now 8-3 vs. the A.L. Central this season…The Sox boast a 2.27 ERA with eight quality starts vs. their division foes…Rodon owns a 5-1 record with a 1.94 ERA and 46 strikeouts in eight career starts (seven quality) vs. the Central…Jones has tossed nine consecutive scoreless outings (9.0 IP) at home. He has made 17 scoreless appearances vs the Royals (17.1 IP) since 2012…Cabrera has hit safely in 15 consecutive contests vs. Kansas City, which is the longest active streak in the majors vs. the world champions. Melky is also batting .338 with six doubles, one triple, 10 RBI, seven walks and nine runs scored in May…Adam Eaton owns a nine-game hitting streak (.342). He is batting .338 with three doubles, three triples, one homer and eight RBI over his last 16 games…Frazier collected his 11th multi-hit game of the season.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the third game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (9-0, 1.58) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (6-0, 3.56) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Homecoming Weekend was a treat for White Sox fans. Sox stars of the past who gathered on Sunday before the game were (pictured below, left to right): Jack McDowell, Lance Johnson, Donn Pall, Dan PasquaTim Raines, Roberto Hernandez, Mike Huff and Harold Baines. Raines is embracing his twin daughters while the other youngster in the picture is Hernandez’s grandson.

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