Showdown in Motown

Friday, April 17, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, LHP David Price for the Tigers.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Cabrera LF, Abreu 1B, Garcia RF, LaRoche DH, Ramirez SS, Beckham 3B, Soto C, Bonifacio 2B

Meet Adam LaRoche

Petricka Starts Rehab on a Good Note

Jake Petricka made his first injury rehab appearance for Class AAA Charlotte last night and pitched a scoreless sixth inning in the Knights’ victory.

Mother/Son Night

http://mlb.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/groups/gsg/gsg.jsp?loc=mom

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New Melissa McCarthy Movie to be Filmed at U.S. Cellular Field

While the Sox are on the road in Milwaukee on May 12 and 13, popular comedic actress Melissa McCarthy, who was born just outside of Chicago in Plainfield, Illinois, will be at U.S. Cellular Field to shoot scenes for the upcoming movie, Michelle Darnell.

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Quote of the Day

Don Cooper on a recent conversation he had with Chris Sale (via CBS Chicago):

“We were talking, and I said, ‘You know, I got to tell you something. You’re the best pitcher I’ve ever been lucky enough to have, and I appreciate you. I’m not talking about…gameday. Certainly, I appreciate you in there.’ Here’s the things I appreciate most from him. One, he wants to be good, you know. He wants to be one of the top guys.

“I appreciated him for that, his desire and hunger to be good.

“As a pitching coach, he’s a dream.

“Our biggest job, my biggest job, is to keep this guy healthy because if he’s healthy, he’s got to go out there and do some special things, which we’ve all seen since he arrived here in Chicago.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers in Detroit (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers.

Photo of the Day

A quite formidable 1-2: Shark today, Sale tomorrow

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Off-Day News & Notes

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Today’s News

Alexei and the Numbers Game

It’s only mid-April and Alexei Ramirez has already distinguished himself as the league leader in uniform numbers worn. Both Hawk Harrelson on the Sox telecast and @ckamka on Twitter pointed out yesterday that Alexei has worn three different numbers this season, his own No. 10 and those of two baseball greats–No. 9 in the home opener to honor Minnie Minoso and No. 42 in tribute to Jackie Robinson.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Ramirez went 2-4 with an RBI, J.B. Shuck singled in a run, Conor Gillaspie doubled and scored and Adam LaRoche walked three times with a run scored in the 4-2 loss to the Indians in Cleveland. On the pitching side, Matt Albers (1.1 IP), Dan Jennings (1.0) and Zach Putnam (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in relief of starter John Danks.

A Minor No-No

James Dykstra (pictured below), the Sox’ sixth-round draft choice in 2013, threw a no-hitter for our Class A affiliate Winston-Salem yesterday in the Dash’s 1-0 triumph at Potomac in the first game of a twin bill.

The right-hander allowed just one baserunner via a walk, but immediately picked him off. He also didn’t allow a ball to reach the outfield.

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Micah Discusses African-Americans in Baseball

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/micah-johnson-mlb-has-platform-reach-african-american-youth

High Socks For Hope

If anyone is interested in learning more about David and Erin Robertson‘s High Socks for Hope charity that helps those affected by tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters,  check out the story below, go directly to the website, highsocksforhope.com, or the Twitter account @HighSocks4Hope.

One question: Now that David is playing on the South Side, shouldn’t it be spelled High Sox for Hope? Just saying…

http://www.sportsmanias.com/tweets/article/552ea9a4c2e8d698530000de

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox are idle today. Tomorrow, it’ll be the Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, LHP David Price for the Tigers.

Photo/Video of the Day

Yesterday was Jackie Robinson Day, but every day is a good day to learn about Robinson’s impact on baseball and society. Here’s Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, who grew up in Brooklyn as a fan of Jackie’s and the Dodgers:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v72574083/?partnerId=ed-9111716-791510073

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Jose, Jose and a Lockdown Pen

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game (Morning Start in Chicago)

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (11:10 a.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the sweep in the finale of the brief two-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer for the Tribe.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Quintana pitched six solid innings for his first win (6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 6 SO), Jose Abreu launched a long solo homer–his second of the season–and the bullpen trio of Dan Jennings,  Zach Duke (top photo below) and David Robertson (bottom photo below) was lights out, combining for three no-hit frames as the Sox won their third straight, 4-1, in Cleveland…Jennings came on in relief of Quintana in the seventh inning and struck out two while Duke and Robertson struck out the side in the eighth and ninth, respectively…It was Robertson’s second save…Tyler Flowers (2 for 4) and Avi Garcia each singled in a run and Adam LaRoche delivered another RBI with a groundout.

Here’s a look at Q’s performance, Abreu’s homer and the Flowers and Garcia RBI singles:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v73891883

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v73755383

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http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v73522683

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Coop on New Sox Closer: A Big Thumbs Up

http://chicago.suntimes.com/baseball/7/71/516730/new-white-sox-closer-gets-pitching-coach-don-cooper-fired

Just a Reminder

Today is Jackie Robinson Day. Among the activities planned to commemorate Robinson’s historic place in history: the White Sox, like all MLB players, will wear his No. 42.

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Thinking of Carrasco

It was a frightening sight last night when Indians’ starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco was hit in the face and knocked down by a Melky Cabrera batted ball in the first inning. We send Carrasco our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

“That’s beyond the baseball stuff,” Robin Ventura said, “You want to make sure the kid’s alright. Anytime you see someone get hit like that, it’s always scary.”

Quote of the Day

Robin on his own low-key demeanor (via Scot Gregor, Daily Herald):

“People act like you don’t care because you don’t stomp up and down. That’s not going to happen with me. There are times when you go out and argue and do things like that. But stomping up and down just to stomp up and down…it always reminds me about being a lawyer.

“If you’re a lawyer and you have the evidence, use the evidence. If you have the law, use the law. If you have nothing, just pound the table. I’m not going to pound the table. A lot of this job is what your convictions are and what you believe in. I believe I’m the right guy and we’ll move on.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit  (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, LHP David Price for the Tigers.

2005 Flashback

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

Juan Uribe‘s sac fly drove in A.J. Pierzynski to break a 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth inning and Dustin Hermanson shut down the Indians in the bottom half for his first save and the 5-4 win in Game No. 8. The first-place Sox moved to 6-2 on the year.

Photo of the Day

Mission accomplished.

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After a Series Victory and Off Day, Sox Take Their Act On The Road

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Today’s News

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m., CT, WPRW) in the first of a two-game series and five-game road trip that will continue with three in Detroit. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.

By the Numbers

* The White Sox collected a season-high five consecutive hits in the first inning of Sunday’s victory.

*  David Robertson has retired seven straight batters since April 9, striking out four of the seven.

*  Adam LaRoche homered in back-to-back games for the first time in a Sox uniform over the weekend and the first time since September 3 and September 5 of last year for the Nationals against the Dodgers in L.A.

*  Jose Abreu has reached base safely in all six of his starts to begin the season (five hits, two walks, 1 HBP).

*  Avi Garcia has recorded multi-hit games in three of his six contests this season.

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Sale: “A Flamingo in a Hurricane”

http://www.sportsmanias.com/tweets/article/552b8234c2e8d6a106000041

Extra Protection for Noesi, Others

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/dgq6a

Quote of the Day

Gordon Beckham on rookie Micah Johnson:

“He’s doing good. He’s working hard on it, and we have a lot of conversations about it. If I see something I think he should hear, something like that, I’ll pipe in. But he’s doing a good job, he’s working hard. Joe (McEwing) and him are doing a good job making sure they get all their work in. I’m happy with what he’s done so far. And I think he’ll only continue to improve when he gets more comfortable.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (11:00 a.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer for the Tribe.

2005 Flashback

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

Scott Podsednik beat out a bunt single, stole second and scored on Carl Everett‘s RBI base hit in the sixth inning and then singled in the eventual winning run in the seventh as the Sox edged the Indians 2-1 on April 11 in Cleveland to improve to 5-2 on the season…Freddy Garcia got credit for his first win, allowing just a run and four hits in eight innings of work. Shingo Takatsu earned his third save.

Photo of the Day

Scotty Pods.

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Good Times

Monday, April 13, 2015

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Today’s News

Sale and a Balanced Offense = Second Straight Victory

Chris Sale was his usual dominating self in his first start of the season and five White Sox hitters–from the second hole to the sixth hole–collected two hits apiece and 10 of our 12 hits as the Sox prevailed over the Twins, 6-2, yesterday in the rubber match of the three-game series…Sale gave up only one run, five hits, a walk and struck out eight as he worked six innings to earn the victory…Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu, Adam LaRoche, Avi Garcia and Alexei Ramirez each knocked out a pair of base hits with both LaRoche (who went deep with his second homer in as many days) and Ramirez driving in two…Gordon Beckham, who entered the game in the seventh inning as a defensive replacement, smashed a two-run blast in the eighth to give the Sox some extra breathing room…Dave Jennings, Zach Duke and David Robertson finished it off in relief of Sale.

The LaRoche and Beckham homers:

http://atmlb.com/1CLJRhs

http://m.mlb.com/video/v70869283/mincws-beckham-sends-a-linedrive-home-run-to-left#

Family Sunday: A Whole Lot of Fun

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Quotes of the Day

Listen to Robertson, who struck out the side in the ninth inning for his first save on Saturday and pitched a perfect ninth with a K to end the game yesterday:

“Obviously it ran through my head a couple times in spring, I was like, ‘Oh, I better start throwing a little better because they want to see they’re getting something good for what they paid for.’ It was just a matter of time, just letting those spring training outings blow by and get to the real games.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day today. Tomorrow night it’s White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m., CT, WPRW). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

We all knew how the outstanding CSN docu “Believe,” would end, but it was still thrilling to re-live the 2005 championship season during the premiere last night.

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That’s More Like It

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Today’s News

Win No. 1

The White Sox broke into the win column yesterday with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Twins. Were Sox fans excited? Just click on the video above and see for yourself.

The Highlights: Tied at 4-4, pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck singled in Alexei Ramirez with the eventual game-winner in the bottom of the eighth after Alexei reached base on an infield single and moved to third on a Conor Gillaspie double. It was Conor’s third hit of the game and he also drove in a run…Adam LaRoche and Geovany Soto connected for solo homers, the first of the season for both…Avi Garcia singled and doubled along with an RBI…Jeff Samardzija settled down after a tough second inning and went a solid seven frames…Zach Duke pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win and David Robertson recorded his first save in a Sox uniform by striking out side in the ninth…According to plan: It’s interesting to note that six of the nine players mentioned here are new to the Sox this year.

The LaRoche and Soto homers:

http://atmlb.com/1En7QJt

http://atmlb.com/1JAxY3D

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This Afternoon’s Game: Sale Makes His 2015 Debut

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series and homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes for Minnesota.

Sale, making his first start of the year, had an All-Star season in 2014. He was 12-4 with a 2.17 ERA and 208 strikeouts. He was among the American League leaders in ERA, winning percentage, strikeouts, strikeouts per nine innings, WHIP,  opponents on-base percentage, opponents average, hits per nine innings, opponents slugging percentage, opponents OPS, strikeout/walk ratio and complete games.

The K Zone For Sale is a ballpark promotion launched last season in Sections 154 and 155 – a total of more than 930 seats. When Sale starts, fans with tickets in these sections receive a “K Zone For Sale” T-shirt and strikeout card, which can be picked up at the #SoxSocial Lounge before the end of the first inning. “K Zone For Sale” tickets are $20 for most games, with the exception of Family Sundays when the tickets are $15 and the Crosstown Cup games (all subject to availability). Please note that the pitching rotation is subject to change.

Must-See TV Tonight

“Believe,” a new documentary on the 2005 White Sox, premieres tonight at 7:00 p.m., CT, on Comcast SportsNet. It will be narrated by Mandy Patinkin, Emmy and Tony Award winner and current star of Showtime’s acclaimed drama series, “Homeland.” Patinkin grew up on the South Side and was a frequent visitor to Comiskey Park as a youngster.

Meanwhile in Charlotte and Birmingham

Top Prospect Carlos Rodon made a successful first start for the Class AAA Charlotte Knights last night at home vs. Norfolk. The 2014 No. 1 draft pick went five innings, allowing just two runs, one earned, two hits and a pair of walks along with nine strikeouts. Rodon earned the win in the Knights’ 4-2 triumph.

In Birmingham last night highly touted prospect Tyler Danish got credit for the victory in his Class AA debut. In five innings, he gave up an earned run on five hits and struck out three as the Barons defeated Mobile, 2-1.

Roster Moves

The Sox optioned infielder Carlos Sanchez to Charlotte after yesterday’s game…Before the start of the game, Eric Surkamp was reinstated from the disabled list and also was optioned to the Knights.

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Quotes of the Day

Robin, talking about pinch-hitting Shuck (pictured above) for Soto, who homered and singled earlier in the game:

“Shuckie with the pinch hit, he’s been having great at-bats all spring, and you want a guy in there just fighting for that, scratching and clawing trying to get him in. I thought it was more (the lefty batter vs. the righty pitcher), but again you are looking at the at-bats J.B. has had all through spring and even in Kansas City. I just felt like it was the right time to have him go up there. Geo had a great game. I thought he did a great job with Jeff, of getting him through (the seventh inning). But I just felt it was a better matchup with J.B. in there.”

Shuck on getting the big hit in yesterday’s win:

“I made sure I was loose and ready to go, took some flips in the cage, and if it was going to happen I was ready to go. It’s something you get used to. It’s a battle. You’re going to get great pitchers almost every time you pinch hit, so you’ve just got to really focus on getting the job done and sticking to your game plan.  

“It’s a great feeling, but like I said, this was great win. This was a good team-building game right here, and I think we’re going to roll with this one.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday, it’ll be White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m., CT, WPRW). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.

Photo/Video of the Day

Here is Alexei’s leaping grab, robbing Brian Dozier of a base hit.

Beware of the Shark

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series and homestand. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey for Minnesota.

The Shark Cage is a new ballpark promotion in Sections 154 and 155–a total of more than 930 seats. When Samardzija is scheduled to pitch, fans with tickets in these sections receive a Shark Cage cap and fin-shaped strikeout card, which can be picked up at the #SoxSocial Lounge before the end of the first inning. Shark Cage tickets are $20 for most games, with the exception of Family Sundays when the tickets are $15 and the Crosstown Cup games (all subject to availability). Please note that the pitching rotation is always subject to change.

Home Opener Festivities

In the following photos, skipper Robin Ventura met the throng of media; Adam Eaton arrived in style; the “Melkman” fan club made its debut; National Anthem singer and White Sox fan Tom McIlrath of the band Rise Against signed in the #SoxSocial Lounge; and in a celebration of the Sox’ close connection with Cuban baseball, Jose Contreras had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, former Sox teammate Alexei Ramirez caught it and also honored his fellow countryman, friend and hero Minnie Minoso by wearing Minnie’s retired No. 9 jersey.

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Quotes of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Chris Sale‘s first start of the season on Sunday:

“It’s a nice shot in the arm to be whole and feel like the rotation is how we envisioned it when we started the season. Certainly early in camp there was that shock, or concern, that it wasn’t going to quite work out that way any time soon. Over the next few weeks, we knew this was very likely going to be the day which got guys excited.”

Ramirez on honoring Minnie by wearing his No. 9:

“My relation with Minnie was beyond the field. When I heard the news about his death, I thought that I had to do something to give him my tribute. And I kept in communication with the family and I asked them to wear his number today and they accepted. For me, it’s an honor.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Sale for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes for Minnesota.

2005 Flashback

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

Carl Everett homered and drove in three, Paul Konerko went deep and Jon Garland earned his first victory of the season in Game No. 5 of the year (April 9) with an 8-5 triumph over the Twins in Minnesota. It was the Sox’ fourth win in five games to start the year.

Photo/Video of the Day

Two young LaRochesDrake (wearing cap) and Mo–interviewed their dad and his teammates as they arrived on the “Red Carpet” for the home opener. Click on the video and enjoy!

Happy To Be Home

Friday, April 10, 2015

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Today’s News

Home Opener

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the home opener and first of a three-game series and homestand. Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone for Minnesota.

Noesi will become the eighth pitcher in the last 13 seasons to start the Sox home opener. He joins Mark Buehrle (2002, ’05-’06, ’09-10), Esteban Loaiza (’03-’04), Jose Contreras (’07), Javier Vazquez (’08), Edwin Jackson (’11), Jake Peavy (’12) and Chris Sale (2013-14). Sox starters are 10-1 with a 3.62 ERA and 65 strikeouts over the last 13 home openers.

The Sox are 64-51 in home openers and have won seven straight and 12 of its last 13.

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The Ceremonies and Promotions

White Sox 2015 Magnetic Schedule presented by Miller Lite (all fans ages 21 and over)

Opening Day Ford Drive Around

The drive around will kick off the season by introducing 2015 White Sox players and coaches as they arrive on field in Ford trucks and Mustangs. Fans are advised to be in their seats by 2:25 p.m. CT for the opening ceremony.

National Anthem by Sox fan Tim McIlrath, lead singer of Rise Against

Sox fan McIlrath, the lead singer for Rise Against, will perform the National Anthem. After 16 years and six albums, Rise Against has become one of the most successful and revered punk rock bands, selling six million albums globally. The Chicago-based band will kick off its summer 2015 headline tour at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on July 17.

Presentation of the flag by the Navy Recruiting District Chicago and the Naval Service Training Command Great Lakes

Flyover by U.S. Navy F-18 Hornets, “Strike Fighter Squadron Fifteen Valions” from Virginia Beach, Virginia

Ceremonial first pitch by 2005 World Series starting pitcher Contreras (pictured above) caught by 2005 World Series teammate Joe Crede

Contreras set career highs with 15 wins, 32 starts and 204 2/3 innings pitched during the 2005 season. Crede made his mark in the 2005 postseason run with a walk-off double against the Los Angeles Angels in the American League Championship series. He batted .294 with two home runs and three RBIs in the 2005 World Series.

Minnie Minoso video tribute (top of the second inning)

Hero of the Game to honor Vietnam War Hero, Bronze Star and three-time Purple Heart recipient, Private First Class James Balcer of the U.S. Marine Corps

Bo Knows Home Openers

Talented sportswriter Lindsay Berra, Yogi’s granddaughter, takes a look back at Bo Jackson‘s memorable performance in the Sox’ 1993 home opener.

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/117094550/tbt-bo-jackson-misses-a-full-season-homers-in-first-at-bat

For Openers, a Heartwarming Father-Daughter Tale

http://wgntv.com/2015/04/09/father-daughter-mark-25-years-of-sox-home-openers/

Yesterday’s Highlights

Alexei Ramirez singled in a run, Jose Abreu and  Micah Johnson doubled and Matt Albers and David Robertson each pitched a scoreless inning in the 4-1 loss to the Royals in Kansas City.

And take a look at this spectacular catch by Adam Eaton:

Milestones on the Horizon

* Melky Cabrera: 12 home runs for 100 career

* John Danks: 37 strikeouts for 1,000 career

* Zach Duke: 10 games for 300 career

* Adam LaRoche: 19 games for 1.500 career, 7 homers for 250 and 61 total bases for 2,500

* Noesi: Three games for 100 career

*Jose Quintana: 12 starts for 100 career, 73 strikeouts for 500 career

* Alexei Ramirez: One home run for 100 career, three doubles for 200 and 18 RBI for 500

* David Robertson: Three saves for 50 career

* Geovany Soto: Eight home runs for 100 career

Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series and homestand. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey for Minnesota.

The Shark Cage is a new ballpark promotion in Sections 154 and 155–a total of more than 930 seats. When Samardzija is scheduled to pitch, fans with tickets in these sections receive a Shark Cage cap and fin-shaped strikeout card, which can be picked up at the #SoxSocial Lounge before the end of the first inning. Shark Cage tickets are $20 for most games, with the exception of Family Sundays when the tickets are $15 and the Crosstown Cup games (all subject to availability). Please note that the pitching rotation is always subject to change.

Just a Reminder…

“Believe,” a new documentary on the 2005 White Sox, premieres Sunday at 7:00 p.m., CT, on Comcast SportsNet. It will be narrated by Mandy Patinkin, Emmy and Tony Award winner and current star of Showtime’s acclaimed drama series, “Homeland.” Patinkin grew up on the South Side and was a frequent visitor to Comiskey Park.

Photo of the Day

The Sox will pay tribute to Mr. White Sox in today’s opener. Minnie was beloved by the fans and will be sorely missed, especially on days like today.

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Flowers Shows Power, Sale Set For Sunday

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez for Kansas City. Good omen: Danks is 7-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 16 starts vs. Kansas City.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Cabrera LF, Abreu 1B, LaRoche DH, Garcia RF, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Soto C, Johnson 2B

Last Night’s Highlights

Tyler Flowers smashed a three-run homer (he’s shown above rounding the bases), Avi Garcia collected a double and a pair of singles, Gordon Beckham had two singles and an RBI, Alexei Ramirez drove in a run with a sac fly and Carlos Sanchez singled twice in the Sox’ 7-5 loss to the Royals…Javy Guerra and Zach Duke each pitched a scoreless inning while starter Jose Quintana chalked up another no-decision.

Here are videos of Flowers’ homer, Beckham’s game-tying base hit in the fourth inning and Jose Abreu‘s throw to plate to nab Salvador Perez in the fourth.

http://atmlb.com/1yey9kf

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v65130283

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Quote of the Day

Chris Sale, expected to start Sunday vs. the Twins after recovering from a fractured right foot, is rarin’ to go:

“It’s behind me. I was hurt. I’m not hurt anymore. It’s time to take the blinders off and run the race.”

Chris is also certain to get the K Zone For Sale rocking in his season debut.

Don’t Forget…

…to pick up your White Sox yearbook, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2005 World Champions, and game program, with Abreu on the cover, this weekend at the ballpark.

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Sox Notes of Note

According to Robin Ventura, Geovany Soto will make the start behind the plate in today’s gameRobin also said that reports on Jake Petricka‘s bullpen yesterday were good and he’s not too far away from his return.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the home opener and first of a three-game series and homestand. Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

Vote for your White Sox Franchise Four.

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“Q” Looks to Even Series With Royals; Opening Weekend Festivities on the South Side Revealed

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN) at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City in the second game of the three-game set. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy for K.C.

Quintana is making his 2015 debut. A year ago, he went 9-11 with a stellar 3.32 ERA, struck out 178 and allowed just 10 home runs in 32 starts. He ranked among the American League lefty leaders in starts (T2nd), quality starts (T3rd, 31), innings pitched/200.1, 4th), strikeouts (4th) and ERA (5th). Jose leads the majors with 39 no decisions since 2012.

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Opening Weekend at U.S. Cellular Field

WHATThe Chicago White Sox announce promotional highlights, giveaways and ceremonial first pitches for the opening home series vs. Minnesota at 3:10 p.m. CT. Friday’s home opener is sold out except for a limited number of tickets in Standing Room Only sections and those remaining as part of season ticket plans. Tickets for the remaining games in the series against Minnesota are available at whitesox.com, the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office and all Ticketmaster locations.

Friday and Sunday’s games will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN-TV will broadcast Saturday’s game. All three games will air on WSCR-AM 670 The Score, the White Sox flagship radio station, and WRTO-AM 1200/Univision Radio, the White Sox Spanish-language radio affiliate.

WHEN: Friday, April 10, 3:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota

White Sox 2015 Magnetic Schedule presented by Miller Lite (all fans ages 21 and over)

Opening Day Ford Drive Around National Anthem by Sox fan Tim McIlrath, lead singer of Rise Against

Presentation of the flag by the Navy Recruiting District Chicago and the Naval Service Training Command Great Lakes

Flyover by U.S. Navy F-18 Hornets – “Strike Fighter Squadron Fifteen Valions” from Virginia Beach, Virginia

Ceremonial first pitch by 2005 World Series starting pitcher Jose Contreras caught by 2005 World Series teammate Joe Crede (both players shown above with their championship rings).

Minnie Minoso video tribute (top of the second inning)

Hero of the Game to honor Vietnam War Hero, Bronze Star and three-time Purple Heart recipient, Private First Class James Balcer of the U.S. Marine Corps

The Opening Day Ford Drive Around will kick off the season by introducing 2015 White Sox players and coaches as they arrive on field in Ford trucks and mustangs. Fans are advised to be in their seats by 2:25 p.m. CT for the opening ceremony.

Sox fan McIlrath, the lead singer for Rise Against, will perform the National Anthem. After 16 years and six albums, Rise Against has become one of the most successful and revered punk rock bands, selling six million albums globally. The Chicago-based band will kick off its summer 2015 headline tour at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on July 17.

2005 World Series Champion starting pitcher Contreras will throw out a ceremonial first pitch to 2005 World Series third baseman Crede in celebration of this year’s 10-year anniversary of their accomplishments. Contreras set career highs with 15 wins, 32 starts and 204 2/3 innings pitched during the 2005 season. Crede made his mark in the 2005 postseason run with a walk-off double against the Los Angeles Angels in the American League Championship series. He batted .294 with two home runs and three RBIs in the 2005 World Series.

Saturday, April 11, 1:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota

White Sox Welcome Mat (first 20,000 fans) Shark Cage (pitching rotation subject to change)

National Anthem by guest anthemist Grace Kinstler

Ceremonial first pitch by one of our valued season ticket holders

The Shark Cage is a new ballpark promotion in Sections 154 and 155 – a total of more than 930 seats. When Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to pitch, fans with tickets in these sections receive a Shark Cage cap and fin-shaped strikeout card, which can be picked up at the #SoxSocial Lounge before the end of the first inning. Shark Cage tickets are $20 for most games, with the exception of Family Sundays when the tickets are $15 and the Crosstown Cup games (all subject to availability). Please note that the pitching rotation is subject to change.

Sunday, April 12, 1:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota

Family Sunday, presented by The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital K Zone For Sale (pitching rotation subject to change)

National Anthem and “God Bless America” by White Sox anthemist Gina Glocksen, former American Idol finalist

Ceremonial first pitch by one of our valued season ticket holders

Family Sunday, presented by The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, offers tickets as low as $5 in the Upper Level and $15 in the Lower Level with $10 parking. Entertainment includes children’s running the bases postgame (weather permitting), face painters, balloonists, a caricature artist and magnet art.

The K Zone For Sale is a ballpark promotion launched last season in Sections 154 and 155 – a total of more than 930 seats. When Sox ace Chris Sale starts, fans with tickets in these sections receive a “K Zone For Sale” T-shirt and strikeout card, which can be picked up at the #SoxSocial Lounge before the end of the first inning. “K Zone For Sale” tickets are $20 for most games, with the exception of Family Sundays when the tickets are $15 and the Crosstown Cup games (all subject to availability). Please note that the pitching rotation is subject to change.

Quote of the Day

Adam LaRoche on the Opening Day loss:

“We were joking…before the game. This game probably will be analyzed more than any other game of the year. But that’s just baseball. It happens every year. Obviously not the way we wanted to start it up. The key is to shake that one off and come right back out Wednesday ready to go.”

A Different Kind of Opening Day

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/116848904/white-sox-first-baseman-adam-laroche-proudly-opens-baseball-complex-in-hometown

Meet David Robertson

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) at Kauffman Stadium in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez for Kansas City.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 2 of the ’05 campaign (April 6) the Sox notched their second straight victory over the Tribe, 4-3, in thrilling come-from-behind fashion. Down 3-0 heading into the ninth, Carl Everett singled, Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye hit back-to-back homers and Juan Uribe drove home Aaron Rowand, who doubled, for the game-winner.

Photo of the Day

To honor Major League Baseball on Opening Day, the historic Empire State Building in New York City rotated its lighting to reflect the colors of every big-league team. Most important to us, of course, was the tribute to our Sox.

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