The Face of a Winner

Thursday, July 9, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game set as we go for the series win. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 4.33) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (3-9, 5.02) for Toronto.

Shark is set to make his 18th start of the season, seventh at home and second against the Blue Jays. He received his second consecutive no decision in his last start on July 4 vs. the Orioles, allowing just one run on three hits over 7.2 innings in the 3-2 Sox win.

Last Night’s Highlights

Adam Eaton emerged as the night’s biggest hero with his 11th-inning walk-off homer from the leadoff spot, giving the White Sox a dramatic 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Blue Jays…Huge credit also has to be given to the Sox bullpen–Scott Carroll (2.2 IP), Zach Duke (2.0), David Robertson (1.0) and Zach Putnam (1.0)–which shut out the tough Toronto lineup for 6.2 innings in relief of John Danks…In a 16-hit attack, Avi Garcia pounded out a season-high four hits with a run batted in; Eaton and Adam LaRoche collected two hits and two RBI apiece; Carlos Sanchez had two hits and an RBI; Jose Abreu and Tyler Flowers recorded two hits each and Melky Cabrera added a hit and a run batted in.

Enjoy Eaton’s game-winner and his comments after the game:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=243036483

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=244226883

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Quote of the Day

Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon on the Sox, as the two clubs get set to face each other this weekend.

“I look at their lineup and I know these guys. They’re good. They’re really good. I’ve seen it firsthand.”

Sox Notes of Note

Last night’s thriller represented the White Sox’ 23rd comeback win this season. The Sox are 8-2 in extra innings and 18-15 in one-run games…Eaton hit his sixth homer of the season, first walk-off and second career game-ending home run. It was the White Sox seventh walk-off hit and second walk-off roundtripper of the year (Gordon Beckham on June 21 vs. Texas was the first)…Abreu has hit safely in 10 consecutive games (.310), his second longest streak of the season (17)…Garcia has hit safely in nine of his last 10 (.436)…Cabrera (.400) and Alexei Ramirez (.435) both have seven-game streaks…Robertson has worked 13 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts in non-save situations.

Erik Johnson to Start Triple-A All-Star Game

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150708&content_id=135501794&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t494&sid=t494

#SoxSocial Day

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (3:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the opener of the first three-game series for the Crosstown Cup. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-2, 4.18) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.82) for the North Siders.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 83 on July 6, the first-place White Sox completed the home sweep of Tampa Bay with a 7-2 triumph. Jose Contreras notched his fourth victory of the season, Frank Thomas belted a three-run homer (No. 11) and Tad Iguchi, Carl Everett and Juan Uribe each added an RBI. With their 57th win of the year, the Sox went 31 games over the .500 mark.

Photo of the Day

Eaton is the first White Sox leadoff hitter to hit a walk-off home run since Scott Podsednik‘s legendary blow in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series (see photo below). That final score was 7-6 as well.

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Danks vs. Birds in July: One Down (Orioles), One to Go (Blue Jays)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (4-8, 4.95) for the Sox, RHP Drew Hutchison (8-2, 5.23) for Toronto.

Danks is scheduled to make his 15th start of the season, eighth at home and second vs. the Jays. He earned the win in his last start on July 3 vs. Baltimore, allowing only five hits over seven innings in the 1-0 victory.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Quintana followed up his terrific July 1 performance in the win against the Cardinals with another gem last evening in the Sox’ 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays. Q gave up just two runs, four hits and struck out eight in eight innings of work without walking a batter…Carlos Sanchez drove in the Sox run with a second-inning single.

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Quote of the Day

Robin on Adam Eaton:

“…his stuff is about going out and being a pain in the rear end to the other side, hustling, running into walls…”

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Sox Note of Note

Reliever Nate Jones, recovering from Tommy John surgery, is close to starting a minor-league rehab assignment.

“Abreu’s Amigos” Visit Their Hero

Youngsters from Jose Abreu‘s outreach program with Easter Seals, “Abreu’s Amigos,” visited with Jose at the ballpark last night.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 4.33) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (3-9, 5.02) for Toronto.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox championship season…

In Game 82 on July 5 at home, Frank Thomas‘ three-run homer in the eighth inning (No. 10) gave the first-place White Sox a 6-4, come-from-behind victory over Tampa Bay. Jermaine Dye added a solo shot, his 19th home run, as the Sox moved to 30 games over .500 at 56-26. Reliever Cliff Politte improved his record to a perfect 6-0 and Dustin Hermanson earned his 21st save.

Photo of the Day

Authenticated and ready to be sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

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A Sale-a-bration Fit for an All-Star

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Today’s News

Sox Rally as Sale Outlasts Buehrle in a Game That Lived Up to the Hype

With the White Sox down 2-1 last night heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, Gordon Beckham reached base on an error and two outs later, Adam Eaton singled, sending Beckham to third. Jose Abreu followed by singling home Beckham to even the score at 2-2 and Melky Cabrera drove home both Eaton and Abreu to give the Sox a 4-2 victory over Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays in the opener of the four-game series that evolved into a playoff-like atmosphere…Chris Sale was his usual dominating self, though his six strikeouts came up a bit short of the major-league record for the most consecutive games with double digit strikeouts. All Chris did was register his first complete game of the season and eighth in his career, allowing just two runs and six hits without walking a batter in winning his seventh game of the year…Buehrle also was outstanding–each of the four runs he gave up in his complete game performance were unearned.

Enjoy Melky’s clutch double and Sale talking about his complete-game win:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=234845583

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Sale Joins Pierce in White Sox All-Star Stratosphere

Chris Sale once again has been selected as an American League All-Star with a good chance of being named the A.L. starter for the Tuesday, July 14 Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati. Sale joins left-handed hurler Billy Pierce from 1955-59 (pictured in bottom photo below) as the only pitchers in White Sox history to make at least four straight All-Star teams.

In his three previous All-Star appearances, Chris is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. He was the winning pitcher in the 2013 Game at New York’s Citi Field, tossing two scoreless innings in the A.L.’s 3-0 triumph.

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A Fast Game as Expected

With Sale and Buehrle on the mound, last night’s game was expected to be played at a crisp pace–and it was, 1 hour, 54 minutes. Buehrle is the poster boy for pitching quick games, Sale, in that same mold, obviously learned at the foot of the master.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.81) for the Sox, TBA for Toronto.

Q makes his 17th start of the season, eighth at home and first vs. Toronto. He’s made seven straight quality starts, going 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA and owns a 2.99 ERA over his last 13 outings dating back to April 24.

Jose won his last start on July 1 vs. the Cardinals, allowing one run on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in six innings.

Quintana is 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 30 strikeouts in six career starts against the Blue Jays–all of which have been quality.

Quote of the Day

Shark on teammate Sale:

“The dude is a beast. He’s built to pitch. If you look at him, he’s one solid muscle.” 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (4-8, 4.95) for the Sox, RHP Drew Hutchison (8-2, 5.23) for Toronto.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 81 on the Fourth of July at USCF, the first-place White Sox outslugged Tampa Bay, 10-8, for their 55th win of the season. Jermaine Dye paced the potent offense with a first-inning grand slam, his 18th homer of the year, and six RBI and Juan Uribe connected for his sixth home run, a solo shot, and drove in a pair. Luis Vizcaino (3-2) was the winner in relief and Dustin Hermanson earned his 20th save.

Photos of the Day

The White Sox will honor our late legend Minnie Minoso with Sox players wearing throwback jerseys this Sunday vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field and when the teams meet again on Friday, August 14 at U.S. Cellular Field. The commemorative jerseys are part of this year’s Crosstown Cup series against the Cubs, whose players also will wear jerseys from the same era honoring the late Ernie Banks.

The White Sox will wear 1950s road jerseys on Sunday, followed by the same vintage home jerseys on August 14 at U.S. Cellular Field. When the Sox play at home against the Cubs on the 14th, every player on the White Sox will wear Minoso’s No. 9. The Cubs will wear Banks’ No. 14 at Wrigley this Sunday.

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Sale vs. Buehrle: A Must-See Matchup with a Strikeout Record There for the Taking

Monday, July 6, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game: What a Difference Five Years Make

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-4, 2.87) for the Sox, LHP Mark Buehrle (9-4, 3.64) for Toronto.

In his days with the White Sox, Buehrle routinely caught ceremonial first pitches. In the top photo above, taken on June 22, 2010, Mark was on the receiving end of a first pitch tossed by Sale on the day the Sox’ newest first-round draft pick was introduced to his future teammates, fans and media for the first time.

Today, the former mates face each other as the aces of their respective pitching staffs and the bonus is that Sale will be looking to break the major-league record he now shares with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez of eight consecutive games with 10 or more strikeouts. During the streak, which began on May 23 vs. the Twins, Sale has a 1.80 ERA and 97 strikeouts.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera, who had an RBI double in the loss to the Orioles, has reached base safely in each of his last eight games, is batting .391 over his last 12 and .341 over his last 24 contests…For the second straight day, a White Sox outfielder robbed Baltimore’s Chris Davis of a home run. Saturday it was Avi Garcia, yesterday it was J.B. Shuck (click on link below). It should be noted that Davis waved a white towel in the O’s dugout after Shuck’s leaping grab as if to say, “give up.

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What Doesn’t Sale Do?

Prior to yesterday’s game, Chris surprised Sox fan Evelyn Berg with flowers and cupcakes for her, get this,105th birthday.

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Quotes of the Day

* Robin on the Sale-Buehrle duel, featuring two lefties who waste no time between pitches:

“It should be fun. It should be fast too.”

Martinez on Sale and the possibility of the Sox ace setting the strikeout mark outright tonight with 10 or more for the ninth game in a row (via Paul Sullivan of the Trib):

“I wish him well. I hope he sets a record that no one can reach for many years. He has been a really bright spot for baseball and I’m actually looking in to see him every time he gets on the bump. I really will stop and watch. It’s good for baseball.

“I haven’t met him in person. But I’ve seen him. And I’ll tell you what, he’s someone to watch closely. He has everything he needs to become a really successful superstar.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.81) for the Sox, TBA for Toronto.

Photo of the Day

Memories…

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Holiday Heroics Set the Stage for a Sweep and Fifth Straight Win

Sunday, July 5, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-1, 4.07) for the Sox, RHP Miguel Gonzalez (6-5, 4.04) for Baltimore.

Rodon is set to make his 13th appearance and 10th start of 2015. He is 3-0 with a 2.39 ERA, .216 opponents average and 23 strikeouts in five outings (four starts) at home this season. All four starts have been quality.

Yesterday’s Highlights

J.B. Shuck‘s pinch-hit double in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in the eventual winning run as the White Sox won their fourth straight, 3-2, with a sweep of the Orioles in their sights (please click on top link below)…The drama didn’t end there as Avi Garcia made a spectacular leaping catch in the top of the ninth to rob the Orioles’ Chris Davis of a game-tying homer (in photo above and bottom link below)…Jeff Samardzija tossed 7 2/3 masterful innings, allowing just a run and three hits while striking out nine, and took a no-hitter into the sixth…Zach Putnam recorded his second win and David Robertson earned his 18th save…Jose Abreu doubled, tripled and scored twice and Melky Cabrera and Garcia had an RBI apiece…In addition to Abreu, Cabrera, Adam LaRoche and Conor Gillaspie had two-hit afternoons.

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Quotes of the Day

What they said about Avi’s catch…

@scotgregor: Take a bow Avi Garcia…mercy…what a catch. Best one I’ve seen since Dewayne Wise saved Buehrle’s perfect game. 

@JJStankevitz: Goodness, that Avi Garcia catch. That’s something else. Full extension over the wall, timed it perfectly, saved the game.

@ChuckGarfien: That Garcia catch was the play of the year so far for the White Sox.

@ESPNChiSox: Robertson said he gave the save ball to Avi Garcia for the home-run saving catch. It was deserved.

J.B. Shuck: “That was one of the best I’ve ever seen.”

Baltimore’s Manny Machado, who tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth inning:  “He went out there and made a hell of a play.” 

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starting pitchers own a 1.36 ERA over its last 10 home games with the same number of quality starts….Sox pitchers own a 0.47 ERA during the current four-game winning streak…Samardzija has pitched at least seven innings in six consecutive starts and four of his last five have been quality (10 total)…Abreu collected his career-high third triple yesterday. He is hitting .313 over his last 33 games and is batting .335 in the first inning lifetime…Cabrera has reached base safely in each of his last seven games and is batting .395 over his last 11…Garcia extended his hitting streak to seven games…LaRoche is batting .333 over his last 10.

Tomorrow’s Schedule: A Marquee Matchup

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-4, 2.87) for the Sox, LHP Mark Buehrle (9-4, 3.64) for Toronto.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 79 on July 2 at Oakland, Jon Garland won his 13th game of the season with seven fine innings of work as the first-place White Sox defeated the A’s 5-3 for their 54th win of the season. Joe Crede went 2-3 with a solo homer (No. 12) in the seventh inning that broke a 3-3 tie. Frank Thomas, Aaron Rowand and Timo Perez added an RBI apiece and Dustin Hermanson registered his 19th save.

Photos of the Day

Bobby Jenks and his doppelganger at yesterday’s Jenks bobblehead day…Adam Eaton is reunited with his brother, Air Force Captain Zachary Eaton, on the field before the game as part of a special military initiative.

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Sox Seek Fourth Straight on the Fourth of July

Saturday, July 4, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 4.56) for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman (6-7, 5.67) for the O’s.

Last Night’s Highlights

John Danks shut out the Orioles on five hits over seven innings for his fourth win and Jose Abreu delivered all the run support needed with a third-inning solo homer (No. 14) as the White Sox won their third straight game, 1-0…Jake Petricka pitched a perfect eighth and David Robertson struck out the side 1-2-3 in the ninth for his 17th save.

Enjoy Danks and Abreu doing their respective things:

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http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=224031983

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Abreu/Kittle Fun Fact

Abreu’s homer was the 50th of his big-league career. Interestingly, it was accomplished in his 218th game–the exact number of games that it took Ron Kittle to reach the half-century mark. And it’s the fewest number of games to start a major-league career in franchise history (via @ckamka).

Quote of the Day

Sox GM Rick Hahn on newly signed first-round draft pick Carson Fulmer‘s $10,000 donation to the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program:

“That was 100 percent on his own, he brought up the idea. He came up the idea, he researched it, he said, why don’t I do this…He’s a class individual, we’re looking to have him for his ability and for his role as a potential leader for this club.”

And here’s Fulmer last night throwing out a ceremonial first pitch with a group of ACE players behind him (click on top link below) and being interviewed by Steve Stone on the CSN telecast (click on bottom link):

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-1, 4.07) for the Sox, RHP Miguel Gonzalez (6-5, 4.04) for Baltimore.

Looking Forward…

Monday night’s pitching matchup: Chris Sale for the Sox vs. our old friend Mark Buehrle for the Blue Jays.

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Photos of the Day

Yesterday was a special day in the life of Fulmer. Not only did Carson sign his first pro contract, throw out a first pitch and meet with the media, he huddled with GM Hahn; spent time with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, now an Orioles’ announcer, and Sox pitching coach Don Cooper; and had some “Cell-fie” fun with players from the ACE program.

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Friday Roundup: Sox vs. O’s, Fulmer in the Fold, Everybody Loves Chris, International Signings and More…

Friday, July 3, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four against the Blue Jays. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-8, 5.38) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (7-3, 3.09) for Baltimore.

No. 1 Pick Fulmer Signs on Dotted Line

The White Sox have signed right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer (pictured above), their first-round selection (No. 8 overall) in the recent June draft, to a minor-league contract with a $3,470,600-million signing bonus.

Fulmer, 21, was named SEC Pitcher of the Year, First-Team All-America by Baseball America and National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 by going 14-2 with a 1.83 ERA, three complete games, 167 strikeouts and a .180 opponents average over 19 starts at Vanderbilt. Fulmer went 24-3 with a 1.99 ERA and 313 strikeouts during his three seasons at Vandy.

Fulmer will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game, accompanied by White Sox Amateur Elite (ACE) players. The newest White Sox pitcher will donate $10,000 to Chicago White Sox Charities that will be designated to support five players in the ACE program. Fulmer’s Commodore teammate, Ronell Coleman, played in the ACE program as a youth.

“Signing a professional contract is a tremendous privilege and responsibility,” Fulmer said. “I wanted to find a great cause that I could donate to as I start my relationship with the White Sox and the ACE program is perfect. It’s an honor to be able to use my success to provide five scholarships to young players who might someday follow in my footsteps.”

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Quote of the Day

Chris Sale and Tyler Flowers on their close pitcher-catcher relationship (via @jjstankevitz):

Sale:  “Just Follow Flow, whatever he’s got, that’s what I’m throwing.”

Flowers: “We both trust each other entirely. It just allows him to stay focused on whatever pitch, executing that and not worrying about the preparation as far as pitch sequences and those kind of things. He leaves that in my hands and I kind of enjoy that aspect of the preparation to help him have success and give us a chance to win.”

“Swing and Miss” Chris, Historically Speaking

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/putting-chris-sales-strikeout-streak-in-historical-perspective/

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

The White Sox have agreed to terms with four international free agents: outfielder Franklin Reyes and infielders Brayant Nova, Fernando Tatis, Jr. and Santo Vasquez.

Reyes, 16, is rated by Baseball America as the No. 27 International Prospect and by MLB.com as No. 30 in 2015. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Reyes is the younger brother of Franmil Reyes, an outfielder in the Padres organization. He is a native of Bani, Dominican Republic and played in the 2014 Under Armour All-American game.

Tatis, Jr., also 16, is rated by MLB.com as the No. 27 International Prospect in 2015. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound third baseman from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, is the son of former major-league third baseman Fernando Tatis, Sr. That’s Jr. in the photo below signing his contract with Sr. sitting immediately to his right.

Nova, 16, is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound switch-hitting infielder from Bani.

Vasquez, 16, is a 6-0, 170-pound shortstop from Guayacanal, Azua, Dominican Republic.

“We are extremely excited to add each of these four young men to the Chicago White Sox organization today,” said Sox GM Rick Hahn, who was in Santo Domingo in the DR yesterday for the announcement. “Thanks to Marco Paddy (special assistant to the general manager, international operations) and the efforts of our international scouting staff across Latin America, we continue to add waves of very talented young players to our system. All of this success will ultimately pay off in Chicago in seasons to come.”

The White Sox expect additional Latin American signings in the coming months.

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All-Star Knights

Four Charlotte Knights have been selected to represent the International League in the July 15 Triple-A All-Star Game vs. the Pacific Coast League in Omaha. The quartet of Sox minor leaguers are third baseman/DH Matt Davidson (pictured below), who is currently tied for the IL lead in homers, outfielder Trayce Thompson and pitchers Erik Johnson and Zach Phillips. Here’s more:

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150702&content_id=134237364&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t494&sid=t494

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 4.56) for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman (6-7, 5.67) for the O’s.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 77 on June 30 at Detroit vs. the Tigers, Freddy Garcia (8-3) tossed a complete game, allowing just one run and five hits along with eight strikeouts in a 6-1 White Sox win. Joe Crede launched a three-run homer (No. 11) and Carl Everett added a two-run shot (12) as the first-place Sox recorded their 53rd victory of the season.

Photo of the Day

No surprise here. Sale led the major leagues in strikeouts (75) and strikeouts per nine innings (15.23) in June and ranked among the American League leaders in opponents on-base percentage (1st, .219), innings pitched (T1st, 44.1), opponents average (3rd, .176), strikeout-to-walk ratio (4th, 9.38) and ERA (5th, 1.83).

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Sox Birdfest: Cardinals Swept, Orioles and Blue Jays are Next

Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Today’s News

Returning Home

After today’s off day, the White Sox host the Orioles tomorrow night at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four against the Blue Jays. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-8, 5.38) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (7-3, 3.09) for the Orioles.

Last Night’s Highlights

Three rain delays, an outstanding performance by Jose Quintana, a Melky Cabrera go-ahead homer and a five-run ninth inning later, the Sox completed the two-game sweep over the Cardinals with a 7-1 victory…Quintana won his fourth game of the season, allowing just the one run on six hits with eight strikeouts in six innings of work and recorded his 500th career K in the process (click on top link below)…Cabrera broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth with his third homer of the season, a solo shot (click on second link), and Tyler Flowers launched his seventh home run, a two-run blast (click on bottom link), in the ninth as the Sox padded the lead by scoring five runs in the final frame. The Sox catcher has now homered in three straight games…Flowers, Adam Eaton, Avi Garcia, Alexei Ramirez and Carlos Sanchez each had two hits apiece in the 12-hit attack…Zach Putnam (0.2 IP), Zach Duke (0.2), Jake Petricka (0.2) and Scott Carroll (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in relief of Quintana.

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Roster Move

The Sox have returned Dan Jennings from his injury rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, Junior Guerra has been optioned to the Knights.

Tim Anderson: Sizzling Shortstop

http://www.minorleagueball.com/2015/7/1/8841337/white-sox-prospect-tim-anderson-on-fire-in-double-a-birmingham

Double Duty Classic

Below are scenes from yesterday’s Double Duty Classic, the annual East-West All-Star Game that honors the late Negro Leaguer Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe and recreates the legendary Negro League East-West All-Star Game at old Comiskey Park. The showcase featured members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program and other elite inner-city high school players from across the country. The event included a special forum attended by ex-Negro Leaguers, Major Leaguers and media luminaries to educate the participants on the rich history that African-Americans have made on the game of baseball.

In the top photo below, @jrsportsbrief (left), host of a popular internet sports show, interviews former Sox pitcher James Baldwin (center) and Blake Hickman, a South Side native and product of both the ACE program and the University of Iowa who was drafted by the Sox last month. The bottom photo shows the activity in the East dugout just prior to the beginning of the game. And click the link below to check out the great catch by the East’s Xavier Gonzalez.

http://bit.ly/1LE365h

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Quote of the Day

Hickman, offering advice to the East and West teams at the Double Duty Classic about how the event has influenced him:

“Just go out and play hard…just have fun and soak it all in…I’ve never forgotten this experience.” 

2005 Flashback (sort of)

Ten years ago, A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe were key players in the White Sox World Championship run. Last night, as members of the Atlanta Braves, the former Sox stars showed they still had some of that ’05 magic. A.J. and Juan hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning of the Braves’ 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Saturday’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 4.56) for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman (6-7, 5.67) for Baltimore.

Photo of the Day

Speaking of 2005, Saturday, July 4 is Bobby Jenks Bobblehead Day. Bobby also will be at the ballpark signing autographs. And here’s more on Independence Day weekend at USCF.

http://atmlb.com/1C9vtGv

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Sale Makes History, Flowers and Bullpen Seal the Deal

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Today’s News

Two of a Kind

Chris Sale, who recorded 12 strikeouts in eight dazzling innings last night against the red-hot Cardinals in his 100th career start, became the second pitcher and the first left-hander in the modern era (since 1900) with 10-plus Ks in eight straight games. He joins Pedro Martinez, who accomplished the feat in 1999 with the Red Sox.

A White Sox Winner

While Sale recorded a no-decision in a game where he gave up a lone run on six hits and a walk along with the dozen strikeouts, his batterymate and the bullpen came to the rescue in the Sox’ 2-1, extra-inning triumph over the team with baseball’s best record. Catcher Tyler Flowers‘ two-out solo homer in the top of the 11th, broke a 1-1 tie and proved to be the game-winner. Jake Petricka (1.0 IP), Zach Duke (0.1), Daniel Webb (0.2) and David Robertson (1.0) shut the door in relief of the Sox ace with three scoreless innings. Webb got credit for his first win of the season, Robertson chalked up save No. 16. The Sox are now 7-2 in extra-inning games.

In addition to his historic K total, Sale singled in the third inning for his first big-league hit and scored on Jose Abreu‘s RBI single for the first Sox run.

Here are the videos of Sale’s extraordinary start, Flowers’ homer, Chris’ first hit and the Abreu RBI:

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cardinals at Busch Stadum, St. Louis (7:15 p.m. CT, WGN) as the Sox look to sweep the short two-game series and go 4-4 on the eight-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP John Lackey (6-4, 3.35) for the Redbirds.

More Sale

* Chris in his last eight starts: 60 innings pitched, 97 strikeouts, 1.80 ERA. 0.77 WHIP and .172 battng average against.

* Notable pitchers with 10-plus strikeout games through their first 100 career starts, via @ckamka: Sale (27), Nolan Ryan (22), Sandy Koufax (19), Roger Clemens (18), Randy Johnson (17), Martinez (14).

Quotes of the Day

Veteran baseball writers Jayson Stark, Bob NightengaleDaryl Van Schouwen and Scott Merkin on Sale’s extraordinary night.

@jaysonst: Think about all the great LHP in history. Koufax, Carlton, Johnson, Spahn, Grove etc. And Sale is the first ever to K 10+ in 8 G in a row!

@BNightengale: Leave it to #WhiteSox ace Chris Sale who says he was more excited about getting that 1st #MLB hit and slide, than his strikeout record.

@CST_soxvan: Chris Sale has broken bat and ball from his first hit. Clubhouse mgr retrieved ball for Ks, too.

@scottmerkin: Sale seemed more charged up by Flowers’ homer than any of his strikeout marks because, well, that’s the sort of player he is.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four against the Blue Jays. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-8, 5.38) for the Sox, TBA for the Orioles.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 76 on June 29 at Detroit, Frank Thomas‘ solo homer in the top of the 13th inning was the deciding blow in the White Sox’ 4-3 victory over the Tigers. Shingo Takatsu earned his first win of the season by tossing 2.2 innings of scoreless relief and the first-place Sox won their 52nd game of the season.

Reunion Weekend

The latest ’05 reunion attendees.

http://atmlb.com/1C5ivJZ

Today at U.S. Cellular Field: Double Duty Classic

http://atmlb.com/1C1ynwQ

Photo of the Day

The ball from Sale’s record-tying 10th strikeout.

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Redbirds Beware (of the Dreaded Sale K)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cardinals at Busch Stadium, St. Louis (7:15 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a two-game series and the last leg of the eight-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-4, 3.02) for the Sox, RHP Lance Lynn (5-4, 2.84) for the Cards.

Sale is scheduled to make his 15th start of the season and eighth on the road. He is 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 83 strikeouts lifetime during interleague play. He is making his first career appearance vs. the Cardinals.

Chris joins Hall of Famers Pedro Martinez (seven and eight), Randy Johnson (seven) and Nolan Ryan (seven) as the only pitchers since 1900 to strike out 10-plus in at least seven consecutive starts. Sale shares the MLB record of five straight starts of 12 or more strikeouts with Johnson and Martinez, accomplishing the feat from May 28-June 19.

The Sox ace is on pace to record a franchise-record 286 strikeouts, which would be the highest total in the major leagues since Johnson fanned 290 in 2004. He also has an average of 12.18 strikeouts per nine innings, which would be the highest for a starting pitcher since Johnson averaged 13.41 in 2001. Sale’s 129 strikeouts already are the fourth-highest total in Sox history before the break, just 13 behind the club record of 142 set by Wilbur Wood in 1973 and his 63 strikeouts in June are a club record for any month.

Sale has struck out 10 or more batters 26 times in 99 career starts, 12 or more 15 times and has recorded six games with 10-plus strikeouts and no walks.

Melky Heating Up

Melky Cabrera went 3-4 against the Tigers on Sunday, including a 450-foot home run off of Detroit ace David Price, and has five hits in his last 11 at bats plus a pair of walks. The homer was Cabrera’s longest since 2009 (click on link below):

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=206308983

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Quote of the Day

Adam Eaton on learning from his early-season struggles (via @CSNHayes):

“I’ve developed and learned a lot in the last month, two months and hopefully will start to get back to the way I need to play and the way I need to go about things. I think I’ve learned something new every day and hopefully can get back to where I need to be offensively and defensively.”

July 4th Weekend at the Ballpark

http://atmlb.com/1HsHf0M

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cardinals at Busch Stadium (7:15 p.m. CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP John Lackey (6-4, 3.35) for St. Louis.

Photo of the Day

As stated above, Sale is on pace to set the White Sox season strikeout mark. Who holds the record? That’s Hall of Famer Ed Walsh, who struck out 269 in 1908. Walsh also holds the second (258 in 1910), third (255 in 1911) and fourth (254 in 1912) highest season totals. Chris ranks fifth (226 in 2013).

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