Sox Plan on Minny Turnaround Before Heading Home

Sunday, May 3, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and five-game road trip that began with the one game in Baltimore. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (1-2, 5.64) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (2-0, 2.25) for Minnesota.

Danks will be making his fifth start of the season, third on the road and first against the Twins. It will be his fifth straight start against an American League Central rival. John earned the win in his last start on April 26 vs. Kansas City, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out eight over six innings of work.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Avi Garcia, with a pair of hits and an RBI, extended his hitting streak to eight games and raised his batting average to .320 in yesterday’s loss to the Twins…Melky Cabrera collected three hits with a run scored and is now at .286 on the season…J.B. Shuck and Alexei Ramirez added a pair of hits apiece. Shuck and Micah Johnson each drove in a run.

Quote of the Day

Jeff Samardzija on his first season with the Sox, despite the slow start.

“These guys are great. The staff is awesome. It’s great here. I love the team. I love the feel of being here and how we go about every game.”

Sox Note of Note

Adam Eaton missed his second straight game yesterday due to the flu.

Sanchez En Fuego 

Read all about Carlos Sanchez (pictured in photo below) and his torrid streak at Charlotte.

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150502&content_id=122008300&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

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Upcoming Homestand Activities

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/121715650/white-sox-announce-upcoming-series-events

“Championship Giving” Campaign

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/121715650/white-sox-announce-upcoming-series-events

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday, it will be White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with a Friday-Sunday interleague series vs. the Reds. Probable Starters: RHP Samardzija (1-2. 4.78) for the Sox, Shane Greene (3-1, 4.60) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

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Sox Seek Saturday Success For The Hec(tor) Of It

Saturday, May 2, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 5.23) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 18.00) for Minnesota.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Quintana pitched seven strong innings for the second start in a row, but was on the losing end of a 1-0 pitcher’s duel to the Twins. “Q” allowed just a run, six hits and a pair of walks along with six strikeouts…Zach Duke tossed a perfect eighth inning.

Quote of the Day

Micah Johnson on the help he’s been given by Robin Ventura, via Scott Merkin of whitesox.com:

“We’re out there probably five days a week taking ground balls early, and he’s standing there right next to me, talking to me pretty much every ground ball. He lets me play my game. If you get out sometimes, especially when you’re young, you’ll be like, ‘Oh man.’ But he’s right there, and he keeps instilling confidence in you quietly.”

A Minnie Tribute

Sixty-four years ago yesterday, the late Minnie Minoso became the first black player in White Sox history and also hit his first major-league homer in his first at bat in a Sox uniform. Last night, the Sox paid tribute to the historic anniversary by wearing wristbands in batting practice adorned with Minnie’s No. 9 and the word, “Gracias.” Here are Jose Abreu, David Robertson, Emilio Bonifacio and Avi Garcia joining in on the tribute.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and five-game road trip that began with the one game in Baltimore. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (1-2, 5.64) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (2-0, 2.25) for Minny.

Photo of the Day 

Don’t miss Selfie Sunday.   

http://atmlb.com/1JFGO2Z

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Sox To Honor Minoso’s Historic Debut

Friday, May 1, 2015

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Today’s News

Sixty-Four Years Ago Today

On May 1, 1951, Minnie Minoso became the first black player in White Sox history. All he did that day was step to the plate for the first time in a Sox uniform and hit a home run–his first in the major leagues–into the center-field bleachers at Comiskey Park against the Yankees. Minoso batted third and played third base during the Sox’ 8-3 victory.

Tonight in Minneapolis White Sox players will pay tribute to the anniversary of Minoso’s historic Sox debut. They will wear wristbands adorned with Minnie’s No. 9 and the word, “Gracias.” The Sox legend, of course, passed away on March 1, two months ago to the day.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 6.55) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (1-2, 4.84) for Minnesota.

“Q” will be making his fifth start of the season and first against the Twins. He posted a no-decision in his last start on April 24 vs. the Royals, allowing just two runs on seven hits over seven strong innings of work.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Alexei Ramirez, Melky Cabrera, Avi Garcia and Micah Johnson each collected a pair of hits while Cabrera and Joe Abreu drove in a run apiece in the loss to the Twins…Scott Carroll pitched three perfect innings a day after he tossed two scoreless in Baltimore on Wednesday…Dan Jennings pitched a perfect seventh inning.

Sox-cess Off the Field

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/121530918/white-sox-support-community-promote-youth-baseball

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 5.23) vs. TBA for Minny.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 20 on April 25, the Sox won their eighth in a row to go 16-4 on the season with a 6-0 victory against the A’s in Oakland. Jon Garland pitched a four-hit, complete game shutout for his fourth win without a defeat. Carl Everett, Paul Konerko and Chris Widger (two-run homer) each drove in a pair of runs. Pablo Ozuna stole two bases.

Photos of the Day

Sale Eyes Third Win in Series Opener vs. Twins

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-0, 2.37) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (1-1, 4.91) for Minnesota.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Avi Garcia went 2-3 with a run scored and raised his batting average to .292 in the loss to the Orioles…Geovany Soto drove in a run…Scott Carroll pitched two scoreless innings and rookie Carlos Rodon retired the O’s in order on five pitches in the eighth.

The Closer

David Robertson is averaging 19.13 strikeouts per nine innings, the second best among major-league relievers behind the Nationals’ Rafael Martin (19.80). Robertson’s career average of 12.13 strikeouts per nine innings ranks third in major-league history among pitchers with at least 300 IP, trailing Carlos Marmol (12.33) and Rob Dibble (12.17)…He has struck out 17 of 29 batters faced this season and has fanned two or more batters in five consecutive outings.

Best Food in the Majors

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/28925516/dawns-dish-us-cellular-field

Quote of the Day

Robin on playing without fans in the stands yesterday in Baltimore:

“It was just a weird day. It was such a surreal experience that you get past it and get ready for tomorrow.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 6.55) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (1-2, 4.84) for Minny.

Matt Davidson’s Big Day

http://atmlb.com/1zryfp6

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 19 on April 24, the White Sox won their seventh straight with a 4-3 win over the Royals in Kansas City. Aaron Rowand and pinch-hitter Pablo Ozuna (No. 38 below) each drove in a run in the eighth, giving the Sox the lead. Shingo Takatsu retired K.C. 1-2-3 in the ninth for his sixth save. Neal Cotts got the win in relief as the first-place Sox improved to 15-4 on the season.

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Photo of the Day

All-Star Voting begins.

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2015/ballot.jsp?club=cws

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Hump Day Matinee

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

After Monday and Tuesday night postponements the White Sox and Orioles will play today starting at 1:05 p.m, CT, at Oriole Park, Camden Yards in Baltimore. Because of the circumstances the game will be played without any fans in the stands, but will be televised on WPWR. Probable starters are Jeff Samardzija for the Sox and Ubaldo Jimenez for the O’s.

Here is the official release from Major League Baseball outlining the details, including the makeup date for the two postponed games.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: Chris Sale for the Sox, TBA for Minnesota.

Rest of Sox Pitching Schedule In Minny

It will be Jose Quintana on Friday, Hector Noesi on Saturday and John Danks on Sunday vs. the Twins.

Tim Anderson Excelling at Birmingham

http://atmilb.com/1PTrz76

Photo of the Day

Sox take BP yesterday at Camden Yards.

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A Happy Bunch of Sox Look to Ground Orioles

Monday, April 27, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that continues with four in Minnesota. Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, Ubaldo Jimenez for the O’s.

Yesterday’s Highlights: Two For the Road

It took just 19 minutes for the Sox to win the suspended game from Friday night. In the bottom of the ninth inning, after David Robertson shut down the Royals in the top half of the frame, the Sox mounted a rally for the 3-2 victory. With two outs, Melky Cabrera walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and after Jose Abreu was intentionally walked, Avi Garcia delivered the game-winning single that scored Cabrera. It was Garcia’s first career walk-off hit…Robertson earned his second win.

On the strength of a five-run sixth inning, a quality start by John Danks, stellar bullpen work and a spectacular ninth-inning run-saving catch by Cabrera (see photo below) the White Sox defeated the Royals in the regularly scheduled game, 5-3, for a Sunday sweep and a series triumph…Conor Gillaspie‘s two-out, two-run single (click on link below) gave the Sox a 4-3 lead in the sixth after they had been stymied by K.C. starter Edinson Volquez for the first five frames and down 3-0…Abreu, Adam LaRoche and Tyler Flowers each added an RBI in the inning…Danks recorded his second straight quality start for his first win of the season and is now 8-1 lifetime against the Royals. He gave up three runs and five hits along with eight strikeouts in six innings of work…Jake Petricka, Zach Duke and Robertson pitched scoreless ball in relief with the latter adding his third save to his win earlier in the day.

http://atmlb.com/1JIuJGV

Quotes of the Day

Danks on Sunday’s “Soxcess”:

“We came to the ballpark to win two and we got it done.”

Duke on the recent Sox performance:

“Over the last five or six games we’ve played a really good brand of baseball. Early on you are kind of trying to feel each other out and see how you are going to figure out to win games. I feel like we are starting to do that and playing our style.”

Sox Notes of Note

Abreu extended his hitting streak to eight (.467) and is the fourth player to hit .300 with 40 HR, 120 RBI in their first 162 games (others are Rudy York, Chuck Klein and Ryan Braun)…Adam Eaton has reached base safely in his last nine games…Garcia has reached base in 15 of his last 16…The White Sox bullpen owns a 1.38 ERA over their last 13 games…Duke has not allowed a run in his last four appearances…Robertson converted his 50th career save and made his eighth scoreless appearance…Saturday’s game vs. Royals, which was postponed due to rain, has been rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader on Friday, July 17. The first game will begin at 1:10 p.m., CT, with the regularly scheduled contest starting at 7:10 p.m., CT…Saturday’s promotional giveaway–the “Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year” blanket presented by Beggar’s Pizza–will be given to the first 20,000 fans at the afternoon contest.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman for Baltimore.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 18 at Kansas City, Aaron Rowand singled in the eventual winning run in the 10th inning as the Sox nipped the Royals, 3-2, for their sixth straight win. Damaso Marte (2-0) was the winning pitcher in relief. The first-place Sox improved to 14-4.

Photos of the Day

Before yesterday’s game, Abreu received not one, not two, but three pieces of hardware–the Silver Slugger award for first basemen and both the Jackie Robinson and Gibby Rookie of the Year awards. Jose’s teammate Alexei Ramirez also picked up his Silver Slugger trophy for shortstops.

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Sunday Baseball With A Bonus

Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Today’s News

Back in Action

The conclusion of Friday night’s suspended game will precede the regularly scheduled White Sox-Royals contest this afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, beginning at 1:10 p.m., CT. Both games will be telecast on CSN. Probable starters for today’s regularly scheduled affair are LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez for Kansas City.

The game was suspended Friday night due to inclement weather after eight innings with the score tied at 2- 2. It was set to be made up yesterday, but both the suspended game and the regularly scheduled contest were postponed again due to the weather. A makeup date for the latter has not been determined.

Fans with tickets dated April 26 will be allowed to enter the ballpark to see both games. Tickets dated for April 24 will not be accepted for entry into the ballpark today. Fans with those tickets can bring their ticket to the U.S. Cellular Field box office and purchase a discounted outfield reserved seat for $10 for the April 26 game only.

Yesterday’s promotional “Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year blanket,” presented by Beggars Pizza, and the pre-game Girl Scout parade also will be rescheduled for a date later in the season.

Friday Night Highlights

In the suspended game, which will pick up today in the top of the ninth, Adam Eaton is 2-4 with a triple, Jose Abreu also is 2-4 and Tyler Flowers and Melky Cabrera have driven in the Sox’ runs. Jose Quintana pitched as well as he has all season, allowing just two runs, seven hits. a lone walk and five strikeouts in seven innings of work. Zach Putnam came on and tossed a scoreless eighth.

Quote of the Day

Sox fans everywhere had a tense moment in the third inning Friday night when Abreu fell over Alcides Escobar during a rundown. Abreu made the tag, but fell down holding his right shoulder. The good news is that he got up after a few minutes and was ready to play.

What was Robin‘s initial reaction?

“A heart attack”

IMG_2783Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, Ubaldo Jimenez for the O’s.

Sox Notes of Note

Samardzija and Chris Sale were suspended for five games as a result of their involvement in Thursday night’s on-field incident. Both will appeal the decision. GM Rick Hahn said he was happy the two pitchers took responsibility for their actions and expressed remorse…Matt Albers has been placed on the disabled list with a fractured finger on his throwing hand. Scott Carroll has been called up from Class AAA Charlotte to replace him on the 25-man roster…The Sox also designated lefty Eric Surkamp for assignment. He was pitching at Charlotte…Abreu and Alexei Ramirez will be given their 2014 Silver Slugger awards today with Jose receiving his Rookie of the Year award as well.

Congratulations to the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks defeated Nashville last night to win their opening Western Conference playoff series four games to two. They now move on to Round 2 to face either St. Louis or Minnesota.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 16 in Detroit on April 21, Scott Podsednik singled home A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede in the seventh inning to give the Sox a 4-3 lead they never relinquished. Mark Buehrle won his third game of the season and Shingo Takatsu earned his fifth save. The first-place Sox won their fourth in a row to improve to 12-4.

In Game 17 at Kansas City on April 22, the first-place Sox routed the Royals, 8-2, for their fifth straight, raising their record to 13-4. Crede and Juan Uribe each went 3-4. Uribe and Tad Iguchi drove in a pair of runs apiece and Podsednik collected two hits and stole three bases to give him nine steals on the season. Freddy Garcia went seven innings for his second win.

Photo of the Day

Bad weather didn’t stop these loyal White Sox fans from having a good time at the ballpark on Friday night.

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Tonight’s Mission: Even Series

Friday, April 24, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy for Kansas City.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Chris Sale gave up two runs in the first inning, but sailed through the next six frames as he shut down the Royals from the second through the seventh in last night’s tough 3-2, 13-inning  loss…Zach Duke, David Robertson, Zach Putnam and Dan Jennings each pitched a scoreless frame in relief of Sale. Jake Petricka pitched a perfect 12th before giving up the winning run in the 13th…Jose Abreu went 2-4 with an RBI and is now batting .305 with 13 RBI…The Sox also enjoyed an outstanding defensive game, highlighted by a few vintage plays by Alexei Ramirez, who also drove in his ninth run of the year.

Quote of the Day

Back in the day when their dad Dave was a coach with the Sox, a young Adam LaRoche and his brothers were fixtures around the clubhouse, much like Adam’s son Drake is today. Robin Ventura was the third baseman on those teams and has always liked the family atmosphere.

Asked what Adam was like back then, Robin quipped, “He didn’t have the beard. That’s new for him.”

Sox Notes of Note

Sox pitchers have registered a 1.59 ERA and 38 strikeouts over the last 11 games…Duke hasn’t allowed a hit in his last three appearances…Robertson has retired 16 straight batters, striking out 11 since April 9 in Kansas City…Jennings hasn’t given up a run in his last seven appearances…Abreu recorded his third straight multi-hit game…Micah Johnson has hit safely in each of his last six games, hitting .389, and Melky Cabrera extended his hit streak to six, batting .462 during that time.

Games in Cuba

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has talked about MLB playing exhibition games in Cuba as soon as next season. Abreu and Ramirez say they would jump at the chance. Here are their comments through an interpreter:

“In the near future I wish I can be able to go back and see my son and all my family there,” said Abreu.

Ramirez commented that, “I wish that could happen. I wish that I can get an invitation to go to play there and come back to my country. I’ve lost eight years and you can’t recover that time.”

This Blanket Can Be Yours

Be one of the first 20,000 attending tomorrow afternoon’s game and you can own this Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year blanket.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez for K.C.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 15 on April 20 at Comerica Park in Detroit, the first-place White Sox exploded for a 9-1 win over the Tigers to go 11-4 on the year. Joe Crede belted a three-run homer, Jermaine Dye a two-run blast, Scott Podsednik went 3-5 with two stolen bases and John Garland improved his record to 3-0, allowing just a run and five hits in eight innings.

Photo of the Day

Cover boy. Closer David Robertson is on the cover of Splash magazine.

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After Series Win, Sox and Sale Take on Royals

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+2/COZI) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura for K.C.

Chris is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA on the young season. He is set to make his third start and second at home. He earned his second straight win on April 18 at Detroit, allowing just two runs on four hits with six strikeouts in six innings.

See you tonight in the K Zone for Sale?

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

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Jeff Samardzija pitched six shutout innings for his first win in a White Sox uniform, Jose Abreu drove in three runs with his fifth homer (click on link below) and a two-run double and Melky Cabrera went 2-4 with an RBI and run scored in the Sox’ 6-0 victory over Corey Kluber and the Tribe to earn the series win…Adam Eaton, Adam LaRoche, Alexei Ramirez and Micah Johnson added two hits apiece in our 14-hit effort…In relief of the Shark, Dan Jennings, Zach Duke and Jake Petricka each pitched a scoreless inning.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v84200783/?adbid=590956469681434625&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137&partnerId=as_mlb_20150422_44451756&short_code=2up9i  

Big Hurt, Paulie, Minnie and Harold Lead in “Franchise Four” Voting

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/119643406/frank-thomas-leads-white-sox-franchise-four-balloting

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“Know Your Relievers” Starring Jake Petricka and Zach Putnam

http://mlb.com/cutfour/index.jsp#contentId=119829438

Quotes of the Day

The Shark Speaks:

** On yesterday’s outing:

“It feels great. It’s all about proving yourself to these guys. You get new teammates and you want to come out here and make sure you prove your worth to them and they want to go out there and play with you and be out there on tough days like that. They went out there and played great for me and (Geovany Soto) called a great game and got me through it.”

** From one star to another. Samardzija on Abreu:

“Everybody knows what type of hitter he is. It’s great to be on the team and see how he works and how he prepares. We’re expecting big things out of him and we’re going to ride him as far as we can. He’s amazing.”

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox relievers have gone 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA and 33 strikeouts over the last 10 games…Jennings has made six consecutive scoreless appearances (7.1 IP)…Abreu homered in consecutive games for the fifth time in his career. He is hitting .365 with 11 doubles, 13 homers and 31 RBI in the first inning since he arrived in 2014. Also, he has now hit a HR off of five former Cy Young Award winners (Kluber, Justin Verlander, David PriceClayton Kershaw and R.A. Dickey)…LaRoche is hitting .294 with three home runs, eight RBI, six runs scored and six walks over his last nine games…Johnson has hit safely in each of his last five games, going 6-14 (.429)…Eaton is batting .300 (exactly what he hit in 2014) in his last eight games…Cabrera has hit safely in five straight and eight of his last 10 for a .357 average.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy for Kansas City.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 14 on April 19, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings for his second win of the season and Paul Konerko unloaded his seventh homer as the White Sox won their second in a row, 3-1, over the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. The first-place Sox moved to 10-4 on the year.

Photo of the Day

According to @ckamka: After yesterday’s performance, Jeff Samardzija’s ERA is now 1.41 in 32.0 career innings at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Samardzija, Sox Seek Series Win in Today’s Matinee

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber for the Tribe.

The Shark will be making his fourth start of the season, second at home and first career appearance vs. Cleveland. He hurled a gem in his last start April 17 in Detroit despite receiving a no-decision. He allowed just one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts over eight innings.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Click on the link below to see Jose Abreu‘s first-inning homer, his fourth of the season, in last night’s loss to the Indians. Jose also singled in his ninth run of the year…The Sox’ No.1 and No. 2 hitters, Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera, also had a pair of base hits apiece…Carlos Rodon made his big-league debut, giving up a pair of runs in 2.1 innings pitched. He fanned Lonnie Chisenhall in the eighth inning for his first strikeout…Zach Duke pitched a scoreless ninth.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8879206/v82799883

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He Can’t Do Much Better Than This

Closer David Robertson has a 0.00 ERA, two saves and 10 strikeouts in five innings pitched.

Quotes of the Day

Veteran pitcher Brad Penny became a mentor to Rodon during spring training. Here’s a story featuring Penny’s glowing comments about the young lefty.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/rookie-and-vet-rodon-penny-share-special-friendship

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura for K.C.

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day. Here is an amazing photo of what Sox fans would say is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 13 on April 18 the White Sox began an eight-game winning streak with a 5-4 win over the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. Carl Everett smashed two homers and drove in three while Joe Crede delivered a two-run blast. Luis Vizcaino was the winning pitcher in relief and Shingo Takatsu recorded his fourth save. After the victory, the first-place Sox stood at 9-4.

Photo of the Day

Rodon made his way to the mound last night for his first major-league appearance.

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