A Series Win In The Offing

Sunday, May 31, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (2-4, 5.96) for the Sox, RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-3, 4.77) for Houston.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Quintana tossed 6.1 solid innings, giving up a lone run, in the Sox’ 3-0 loss to the Astros…Geovany Soto, coming off his game-winning double on Friday night, reached base twice–once on a single, once on a throwing error…Avi Garcia returned to the lineup and singled…Gordon Beckham and Melky Cabrera both delivered base hits and made outstanding defensive plays (click on links below)…Jose Abreu sat out and was declared day-to-day with a swollen right index finger.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v137694283/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v137800683

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Quote of the Day

Robin on Avi’s excitement about getting back in the lineup yesterday after missing a few games due to a knee issue:

“He probably woke up early. He might have been the Little Leaguer dressed at nine in the morning to get out here. He’s as excited as he could be.”

Hail to the Blackhawks!

Our Blackhawks are on their way to the Stanley Cup Final to meet the Tampa Bay Lightning after last night’s 5-3 triumph over the Ducks. Go Hawks.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday night, it will be White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-2, 3.84) for the Sox, TBA for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Sox BP this weekend at the scene of one of baseball’s greatest moments…Check October 26, 2005 for details.

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Bench Brothers

Saturday, May 30, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-5, 4.67) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (6-1, 1.98) for the ‘Stros.

Last Night’s Highlights

The bench came through in a big way last night as the White Sox won the opener of the three-game series over the Astros, 6-3, in 11 innings…Geovany Soto replaced Jose Abreu (right index finger irritation) in the eighth inning as Tyler Flowers moved to first base. All Soto did was deliver the eventual game-winning, two-run double in the 11th to give the Sox a 5-3 lead. Adam LaRoche‘s single added an insurance run… In the fifth inning, Gordon Beckham pinch-hit for Conor Gillaspie and gave the Sox a 2-1 advantage with a sac fly. Then, in the eighth, Beckham led off the inning with his third homer of the season, a solo shot, to tie the score at 3-3…Carlos Rodon had a strong outing, allowing just one earned run over 6.1 innings…Daniel Webb (1.2), Zach Putnam (1.1), Dan Jennings (0.2) and closer David Robertson (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in relief of the rookie. Jennings was credited with his first win of the year and Robertson his 10th save.

Enjoy the Soto double, Beckham homer and Rodon outing:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v137027783

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v136700683

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Quote of the Day

Robin on last night’s game and having to deal with injuries:

“It was a nice win. These guys battled, but I think you look at team wins you’ll have at some point and this is a big one because it was a bit of a MASH unit. Got a little messy there, limited on who we could use and mixing and matching. We started moving guys all over the place, just trying to figure out who you got and who’s available.”

Give the Save to the Skipper

Flowers tumbled into the dugout in the fourth inning last night, attempting to snare a foul pop, and his skipper was there to help him. Perhaps it gives new meaning to the term, “player’s manager.” Take a look:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/47150548/v136441883

Webb is Latest Sox Call-Up

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/daniel-webb-could-fill-needed-role-white-sox-bullpen

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (2-4, 5.96) for the Sox, RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-3, 4.77) for Houston.

2005 Flashback

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

Minute Maid Park will always have a special place in the hearts of White Sox fans in that it was the site of our first World Series triumph in 88 years. Can’t forget, won’t forget, don’t want to forget.

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Photo of the Day

Beckham’s game-tying home run last night came off of Astros’ reliever Chad Qualls. For those of you who don’t remember, that’s the same Qualls who surrendered the now-legendary grand slam homer to Paul Konerko in Game 2 of the ’05 World Series.

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Rodon Ready For Astros After Sale Dazzles In Baltimore

Friday, May 29, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 4.03) for the Sox, RHP Lance McCullers (1-0, 2.53) for the ‘Stros.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Game 1

Chris Sale was nothing short of brilliant as the White Sox won the opener of the twin bill over the Orioles, 3-2. Sale tossed 7.2 innings of shutout ball, giving up just four hits with no walks and striking out a season-high 12 batters for his fourth win…The Sox entered the ninth inning with a 2-0 lead as a result of Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche RBI in the sixth. We added an insurance run in the ninth as J.B. Shuck scored on a Tyler Flowers‘ forceout. As it turned out, that “extra” run proved to be the deciding tally as the O’s put up a two-spot in the bottom of the inning…LaRoche went 3-4 along with his run batted in and Shuck and Gordon Beckham collected two hits apiece…Jake Petricka came on in the ninth in relief of Zach Duke and got the final out via a strikeout to record his first save.

Here are the Cabrera and LaRoche runs batted in and Sale’s strikeout of All-Star Adam Jones en route to striking out the side in the first inning:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v135152883

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v135155283

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Game 2

Adam Eaton led off the nightcap with his second homer of the season (click on top link below) and LaRoche belted a two-run shot, his fifth of the year, in the third (click on bottom link below), but the O’s prevailed, 6-3, for a split of the doubleheader.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v135203883

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v135250183

More Sale

In Chris’s last four starts, he’s pitched 31.2 innings and allowed just 16 hits, four walks and struck out 40 batters along with a sparkling 1.71 ERA (via @ckamka).

Quotes of the Day

Robin on Shuck, who has been an invaluable bench player, especially during his red-hot stretch subbing for the injured Avi Garcia (via Dan Hayes, CSN.com).

“You get a good IQ guy that goes in there and is prepared and knows how to play, brings a little energy to it as well. You always want guys who can fill in and not be tentative when they’re in there and that’s Shuck. He is not lacking for confidence or anything else. He goes out there and plays hard. You just like the way he plays. That’s the kind of guy you want to fill in for someody that is in your regular lineup and gets hurt. He’s just a good baseball player.”

Chris Beck, who made his first major-league start in Game 2, gave up four earned runs in six innings of work and will be returning to Class AAA Charlotte after the spot start. Here is his positive reaction after the game:

Tomorrow’s Schedule 

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-5, 4.67) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (6-1, 1.98) for Houston.

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox third base prospect Matt Davidson, now playing at Charlotte, smashed his International League-leading ninth homer last night vs. Columbus and has gone deep in three of his last four games. The Knights enjoyed an 8-7 walk-off win as Sox outfield prospect Trayce Thompson, brother of the Golden State Warriors’ Klay, singled in the game-winner in the ninth inning. Thompson also belted a two-run home run in the second.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 47 on May 25 at Anaheim, Paul Konerko‘s three-run home run in the first inning, his 12th of the season, set the tone for the 4-2 win over the Angels. Backup catcher Chris Widger added to the lead in the second inning with his second homer. Freddy Garcia allowed just two runs in eight innings for his fifth victory and Dustin Hermanson chalked up his 11th save.

Photo of the Day

It was a virtuoso performance for Sale as the Sox ace reached double digits in strikeouts for the 21st time in his career.

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All Josh-ing Aside, Sox Get “Extra” Satisfaction in Toronto Finale

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Today’s News

Chris Squared (Sale and Beck) Face O’s in Twin Bill

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore today in a makeup doubleheader from the April 27 and 28 postponements due to the civil unrest in the city.

Game 1 (12:05 p.m. CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-2, 4.21) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0, 4.50) for the O’s.

Game 2 (30 minutes after the first game, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Chris Beck, who will be making his big-league debut, for the Sox vs. RHP Mike Wright (1-0, 0.00) for the Orioles.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Josh Donaldson, the White Sox’ latest nemesis, did his best yesterday to ruin the finale of the first series in our 11-game Sox road trip. After hitting the walk-off, three-run homer Tuesday night, he tied the game yesterday, 3-3, in the bottom of the ninth. But it wasn’t enough as we showed our resiliency in the top of the 10th. Jose Abreu tripled, his second of the season, and came home on an Adam LaRoche single (click on top link below). Gordon Beckham added some insurance by doubling in Emilio Bonifacio, who came in to run for LaRoche, and the Sox held on to win, 5-3…Abreu, who went 3-5 on the day, doubled in a pair of runs in the third as his pop to right field got lost in the sun…J.B. Shuck had two hits and an RBI, Adam Eaton collected a pair of base hits…For the second straight day, the Sox pounded out 14 hits…Jeff Samardzija was outstanding in his seven innings of work, giving up one unearned run, eight scattered hits and a walk along with striking out five (click on bottom link below)…David Robertson recorded his fourth win, pitching both the ninth and the 10th.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=134148183

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Quote of the Day

After a rough stretch, including Tuesday night’s delating walk-off, what could sound better than this:

Swirsky Challenge: Subbing for an Icon

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-sherman-media-spt-0529-20150528-column.html

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game seres. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 4.03) for the Sox, RHP Lance McCullers (1-0, 2.53) for the ‘Stros.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 46 on May 24 in Anaheim vs. the Angels, Tadahito Iguchi doubled in the eventual game-winner in the top of the 11th inning for the 2-1 victory. Carl Everett gave the Sox an early lead with a solo homer, his sixth of the season, in the second inning. Mark Buehrle pitched nine strong innings, allowing just the one run on four hits and Damaso Marte tossed two perfect frames to earn his third win. The first-place Sox moved to 32-14 on the year.

Photo/Video of the Day

Abreu triples, Eaton comes to his aid.

Shark Time

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Today’s News

The Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (11:37 a.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-2, 4.28) for the Sox, RHP Marco Estrada (1-3, 3.90) for the Jays.

Shark is set to make his 10th start of the season, sixth on the road and first against Toronto. He earned the win in his last start on May 22 vs. the Twins, allowing just two runs and a season-low three hits over eight innings.

Samardzija will be making his second career appearance vs. the Blue Jays. He’s 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA, allowing a run in seven innings in his previous start against Toronto.

Last Night’s Highlights

The White Sox mounted comeback after comeback after comeback, but when it was all said and done it was just too much Josh Donaldson, who capped off an outstanding individual night with a three-run, walk-off blast in the ninth, to give the Jays a dramatic 10-9 victory and a heartbreaking defeat for the Sox…In addition to the nine-run output, the Sox offense had a 14-hit game as everybody in the lineup registered at least one…Jose Abreu belted a three-run homer, his eighth (click on link below), and had four RBI; Melky Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez each collected two hits and an RBI; Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham and Carlos Sanchez each recorded a hit and drove in a run; and Adam LaRoche, J.B. Shuck and Tyler Flowers had a pair of hits apiece.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v132362183/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

Quote of the Day

Robin, indicating that the best is yet to come for Melky:

“He’s hit the ball hard. Our last series (vs. the Twins), he lined out quite a bit, and it was on the barrel and it was hard. It’s a good sign to see that…You always like the sign of a guy swinging that way and being on time, and he’s been that way.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore in a makeup doubleheader from the April 27 and 28 postponements due to the civil unrest in the city.

Game 1 (12:05 p.m. CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-2, 4.21) for the Sox, TBA for the O’s.

Game 2 (30 minutes after the first game, CSN) Probable Starters: RHP Chris Beck (0-0, 0.00), who will be making his big-league debut, for the Sox vs. TBA for the Orioles.

Photos of the Day

Happy Birthday to The Big Hurt! Hall of Famer Frank Thomas is 47 today.

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Good Guys Seeking Turnaround in Game 2 of Series

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Today’s News

Last Night’s Result

Blue Jays 6, White Sox 0

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the second game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (2-4, 5.11) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (2-5, 5.49) for the Jays.

Quote of the Day

Long-time Bulls’ voice Chuck Swirsky, who is doing the play-by-play on the White Sox telecasts in place of Hawk Harrelson during the current road trip, on his unfamiliarity with the Sox clubhouse (via @CST_SoxVan):

“I keep looking around for Joakim Noah.”

Here’s Chuck and Joakim in their usual surroundings.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (11:37 a.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-2, 4.28) for the Sox, RHP Marco Estrada (1-3, 3.90) for Toronto.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 43 on May 21 at Wrigley Field, the White Sox scored four runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Paul Konerko and a two-run double by Carl Everett, and Jermaine Dye hit homer No. 9 in the ninth to defeat the Cubs, 5-3. Jose Contreras tossed seven solid innings to earn his second victory of the season and Dustin Hermanson chalked up his 10th save. The first-place Sox improved to 31-12.

Photo of the Day

Everett was a big contributor to the Sox offense during the 2005 season. The DH/OF hit 23 homers and drove in 87 runs. He hit .444 (4-9) in the World Series.

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Marathon Road Trip Begins Tonight North of the Border

Memorial Day: Monday, May 25, 2015

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http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v130458283/adam-laroche-on-memorial-day

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and four-city, 11-game road trip that continues with games vs. the Orioles (2), Astros (3) and Rangers (3). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 5.60) for the Sox, RHP Drew Hutchison (3-2, 6.06) for the Jays.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Abreu belted his seventh homer of the season, an opposite-field solo shot over the rightfield fence (click on link below), in the Sox’ loss to the Twins.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v129439983/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

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Quote of the Day

Robin on Abreu:

“He’s gotten into that category where people give their best stuff when he’s up. He’s going to see the guy’s best slider, curveball, best fastball running him in. You have to be in an elite category for that, and he’s earned it.”

Despite getting everyone’s best, Jose still is hitting .282 with the seven homers, 23 RBI and an .823 OPS.

Hawk to Miss Road Trip

Due to minor surgical procedure, Hawk Harrelson won’t accompany the Sox on the 11-game road trip. Replacing Hawk will be Bulls’ play-by-play man Chuck Swirsky, who will work alongside Steve Stone.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m. CT, WPWR). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (2-4, 5.11) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (2-5, 5.49) for Toronto.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 42 on May 20 at Wrigley Field, the first-place White Sox defeated the Cubs and future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, 5-1, to improve to 30-12 on the season. Joe Crede and Jermaine Dye belted solo homers, A.J. Pierzynski went 3-4 with an RBI and Scott Podsednik collected a pair of hits, an RBI and stole his 25th base. Freddy Garcia gave up just one unearned run in seven innings for his fourth win of the year.

Photo of the Day

Crede, A.J. and Dye back in the day.

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Paulie’s #14 Takes Its Rightful Place in White Sox Lore

Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Today’s News

A Special Day For a Special Player

A jubilant sellout crowd was on hand yesterday to honor White Sox favorite Paul Konerko and watch as one of the truly great players in franchise history had his #14 retired. When the moving tribute ended, Paulie became one of 10 Sox legends to earn the honor, joining Nellie Fox (2), Harold Baines (3), Luke Appling (4), Minnie Minoso (9), Luis Aparicio (11), Ted Lyons (16), Billy Pierce (19), Frank Thomas (35) and Carlton Fisk (72).

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This Afternoon’s Game

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 finale of the seven-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-4, 4.13) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (3-3, 2.98) for Minnesota.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Chris Sale pitched a solid eight innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out 10, but it wasn’t enough as the Sox dropped a 4-3 decision to the Twins…Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez each went 2-4 with an RBI and Melky Cabrera drove in another…Here’s Chris at his best in yesterday’s game:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v128311483

Quote of the Day

Hank Konerko, Paul’s dad, on the Sox retiring his son’s #14 (via CSN’s Chuck Garfien):

“This is the greatest athletic honor in Paul’s life and I will never forget this tribute by the Sox.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and four-city, 11-game road trip that continues with games vs. the Orioles (2), Astros (3) and Rangers (3). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 5.60) for the Sox, RHP Drew Hutchison (3-2, 6.06) for the Jays.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 41 on May 18 at U.S. Cellular Field, Mark Buehrle pitched 7.1 innings of shutout ball for his seventh win of the season as the White Sox blanked the Rangers, 7-0. Konerko went 3-4 with a solo homer, his 10th, A.J. Pierzynski went deep with a two-run blast, his seventh, and Jermaine Dye doubled three times and drove in a pair of runs. The first-place Sox moved to 29-12 on the year.

Still Hitting After All These Years

One of the heroes of 2005, Sox centerfielder Aaron Rowand, was in action yesterday representing the White Sox at the annual Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown, N.Y. And how about this? He won the Bob Feller Player of the Game Award for his two-run homer and four RBI in the American League’s 7-5 victory over the National League. Here’s more:

http://tinyurl.com/lv3lq44

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Photos/Video of the Day

Enjoy more of the sights (and sounds via a link to the video below) from yesterday’s Konerko jersey retirement celebration at U.S. Cellular Field and even at the United Center last night. Photos from top to bottom: PK walks in from centerfield; Paulie at the podium; the Konerko family; the fans show their admiration an respect; Gordon Beckham reunites with Konerko’s son Nick; the replica statue giveaway; and Paulie even got his due during the Blackhawks double overtime triumph over the Ducks.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v128000683

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Retiring PK’s #14: A Moment To Remember

Saturday, May 23, 2015
 
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Today’s News

Paulie Joins the Pantheon of Sox Greats

Before today’s game with the Twins, Paul Konerko will join the nine other White Sox legends who have had their uniform numbers retired: Nellie Fox (2), Harold Baines (3), Luke Appling (4), Minnie Minoso (9), Luis Aparicio (11), Ted Lyons(16), Billy Pierce (19), Frank Thomas (35) and Carlton Fisk (72).

One of the most popular and productive players ever to wear a Sox uniform, Konerko ranks among the franchise leaders in numerous categories, including total bases (1st, 4,010), 20-HR seasons (1st, 12), home runs (2nd, 432), RBI (2nd, 1,383), extra base hits (2nd, 846), games (2nd, 2,268), hits (3rd, 2,292), doubles (3rd, 406), slugging percentage (3rd, .491), runs scored (4th, 1,141) and walks (4th, 904). His 16 seasons are tied with Thomas for the fifth longest tenure in club history.

The Sox celebrated “Paul Konerko Day” on September  27 last year, unveiling a statue depicting his celebration following his grand slam in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series. PK collected five home runs and 15 RBI in the ’05 postseason and won the American League Championship Series MVP as the Sox made their run to the World Series title.

A replica of the statue will be given out today to the first 20,000 fans.

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A Konerko Tribute

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/125943260/phil-rogers-paul-konerkos-everyman-style-made-him-a-white-sox-favorite

PK Media Session

Konerko held a press conference yesterday in anticipation of today’s ceremony and talked about a variety of subjects. Here’s a sampling:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v126001783

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/47150548/v126389183

This Afternoon’s Game

 
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-1, 4.36) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (2-3, 5.15) for Minnesota.

Sale is set to make his eighth start of 2015, fifth at home and third vs. the Twins. He owns a 1.69 ERA, and has 18 strikeouts and a .132 opponents average over his last two starts. He had a no decision in his last outing Monday vs. the Indians, allowing just one run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over eight innings pitched. Three of the four hits allowed were singles.

Chris is 7-2 with a 3.28 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 18 career games (10 starts) vs. Minnesota. He has gone 3-0 with a 2.56 mark and a .193 opponents average in his career vs. the Twins at home.

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Last Night’s Highlights
 
Samardzija, Soto & Shuck could very well be mistaken for the name of a law firm. But last night the three “S-men” paved the way for an exciting 3-2 White Sox win over the Twins…After giving up a pair of runs in the first inning, Jeff was virtually untouchable as he completed eight innings of work (click on top link below). The Shark set down 17 straight hitters and 21 of 22 en route to his fourth victory of the season, which included nine strikeouts..Geovany, who went 2-3, tied the game with a double down the third-base line in the fourth inning (click on bottom link below) and J.B., who started in right field in place of Avi Garcia, drove in the eventual winning run in the bottom of the eighth, scoring Gordon Beckham (who walked as a pinch-hitter) with a sac fly…David Robertson closed it out with save No. 9, setting down the heart of the Minnesota order in the ninth by striking out Torii Hunter, getting Joe Mauer on a routine groundout and fanning Trevor Plouffe to end the game…Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 17 games.
 
Quote of the Day
 
“You could ask Peyton Manning about work ethic. You could have Greg Maddux explain professionalism. You could seek out Mark Messier to teach leadership. You could engage Derek Jeter to understand class and poise. Or you could just sit down with Paul Konerko.” —Steve Rosenbloom, Chicago Tribune.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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 seven-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-4, 4.13) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (3-3, 2.98) for Minny.
 
2005 Flashback

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

In Game 40 on May 17 at U.S. Cellular Field, Jon Garland pitched seven strong innings to improve his record to an unblemished 8-0 as the White Sox defeated the Rangers, 5-2. A.J. Pierzynski blasted a two-run homer, Tadahito Iguchi,Aaron Rowand and Konerko each drove in a run and Scott Podsednik collected a pair of hits, scored twice and stole his 24th base. Dustin Hermanson earned his ninth save as the first-place Sox stood at 28-12.

Photo of the Day

Counting on the “Great White (Sox) Shark”…

Friday, May 22, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (3-2, 4.58) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (3-4, 4.76) for Minnesota.

The Shark is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his three home starts this season and has gone seven-plus innings in each of those outings. Samardzija earned the win in his last start, May 17 at Oakland, allowing three runs on eight hits in eight innings of work.

Last Night’s Highlights

Tyler Flowers cranked a long two-run, ninth-inning homer (click on link below) in the Sox’ 5-2 loss to the Indians…Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 16 games, Adam Eaton‘s streak reached 10…Scott Carroll (2.2 IP) and Hector Noesi (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in relief of John Danks.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v125632083/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

Beware of the Abreu Hug!

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White Sox Jersey Day

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v125632083/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

Quote of the Day

Robin on the Sox’ chemistry:

“It’s a good group. They get along, they pull for each other, you like the way it’s heading.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series and Paul Konerko Day. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-1, 4.36) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (2-3, 5.15) for Minny.

Photo/Video of the Day

We’re a day away from retiring Konerko’s No. 14. Here’s why we love Paulie:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v124768083

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