Johnny on the Spot

Sunday, June 22, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (6-5, 3.97) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (7-3, 3.09) for Minnesota.

Danks is making his 15th start of the season and seventh on the road. He is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA over his last three starts. In his last outing, against the Giants on June 17, he went 6.1 IP, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. It was his 11th quality start of the season.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu, 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Sierra RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham drove in two runs, Jose Abreu collected a pair hits and an RBI and Conor Gillaspie and Adam Eaton both tripled and scored in the Sox’ 4-3 loss to the Twins. Scott Carroll tossed 3.2 scoreless innings in relief of starter Andre Rienzo.

Sox Pride

White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) product Ro Coleman (second from left) joins in on the celebration last night as his Vanderbilt Commodores moved to the finals of the College World Series for the first time in their history. Vandy, which won on a walkoff bases-loaded infield single in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 4-3 win over Texas, now faces Virginia in the best-of-three series in Omaha beginning tomorrow night.

Coleman, a switch-hitting freshman outfielder, walked in his lone plate appearance last night. He hit a walkoff single in Vanderbilt’s 3-2 victory over Oregon in Regional play that sent the ‘Dores to the Super Regionals.

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Memories

Happy Birthday No. 36 to former White Sox infielder/outfielder Willie Harris, who scored the winning run on Jermaine Dye’s single in the decisive Game 4 of the 2005 World Series. Not only was it the winning tally, but the only run in our 1-0 triumph that completed the sweep and gave us the championship.

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Quote of the Day

Assistant General Manager Buddy Bell on Special Assistant to the GM Jim Thome, who recently spent time working with Sox third base prospect Matt Davidson at Class AAA Charlotte.

“Jimmy is really good at just making you feel better about yourself. Sometimes that’s all you really need. Just the energy Jimmy gives a player is more important than any mechanical change. Matty just got himself in a situation where like a lot of other Triple-A guys, they just want to get to the big leagues so bad that you start doing some things out of character on a mechanical basis…”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-1, 2.20) for the Sox, LHP Wei-Yun Chen (7-2, 3.78) for the O’s.

Photo of the Day

Gillaspie tripled in the first inning and scored on Abreu’s long single.

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Looking to Bounce Back 

Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-4, 5.67) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (3-8, 5.29) for Minny.
 
 
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Nieto C.
 
Plays of the Day
 
Gordon Beckham (No. 6) and Jose Abreu (21) each hit solo homers in the top of the first inning and the Sox tied the game at 4-4 in the ninth before giving up the game-winner on a walkoff hit in the bottom half of the frame in the tough 5-4 loss…we scored the two ninth-inning runs on a Paul Konerko pinch-hit single after Dayan Viciedo had tripled and a double by Adam Eaton, which scored Moises Sierra who was running for Paulie…Hector Noesi went seven innings, giving up four runs, six hits and two walks while striking out four.
 
Big Advantage
 
The Sox have 23 multi-homer games, ranking fourth in the American League. We are 18-5 in those efforts.
 

Do or Die

 
Former ACE star outfielder Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates face the University of Texas again this afternoon in the College World Series in Omaha. The winner advances to the best-of-three CWS finals.
 
With apologies to Texans John Danks and Adam Dunn, Go Vandy!
 
Today is Both White Sox Charities’ Family Field Day and Garage Sale 
 
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Quote of the Day
 
We all know that Chris Sale is one of the premier pitchers in MLB. It’s also nice to know he’s humble and a team player as he addresses the comparisons he gets to Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):
 
“It’s stuff for my parents, my grandmother, my friends to talk about. Being in here, you know some of these guys pretty well being around for a while, and this would not be a good locker room for someone to be arrogant or self-promoting if you will.
“There’s a lot of guys in here that keep you humble and make sure your head is screwed on straight. We talk to each other especially about pitching and baseball, but I wouldn’t say that I’m by any means calling the shots or steering the car.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Danks (6-5, 3.97) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (7-3, 3.09) for Minnesota.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Jose continues his assault on MLB pitchers. Despite his 15-day stint on the disabled list, he ranks third among all major leaguers in homers and is tied for seventh with his 54 RBI. Here’s a further analysis on Abreu’s past, present and future by fangraphs.com.
 
 
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Keep an Eye on White Sox ACE product Ro Coleman and Vandy in College World Series

Friday, June 20, 2014 

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 Today’s News

 Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.37) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-5, 5.66) for Minnesota.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

 

Aces

The White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program got a huge boost this season with two of its products, Vanderbilt’s Ro Coleman and Louisville’s Corey Ray (both pictured above), making it to the College World Series with their respective teams. What makes it an even better story is that freshman outfielders Coleman and Ray are also close friends and former teammates at Simeon Career Academy.

While Louisville has been eliminated, Vandy is still very much alive and undefeated in the double-elimination tournament going into their game today with the University of Texas.

“It’s kind of surreal, like I’m actually living a dream.” Coleman told MLB.com. “Just a wonderful experience and I’m blessed to be here.”

Since its inception in 2007, the ACE program for inner-city youngsters has had numerous alumni drafted by professional teams with 85 players receiving athletic aid to play collegiate baseball.  Last year’s graduating class included 13 players committed to collegiate institutions during the early signing period. 

Three ACE players were drafted during the 2014 First-Year Player Draft–Darius Day by the Rangers and Anthony Justiniano and James Davison by the Sox. Davison, a Morgan Park High School grad, has chosen to postpone his pro career and attend Howard College in Big Spring, Tex. on an athletic scholarship (see story below). 

Kevin Coe, the White Sox director of youth baseball initiatives who coached Coleman and Ray, traveled to Omaha with a group of about 50 current ACE players with the hope they could also make it some day to college baseball’s mecca.

“The kids really loved the trip. They were able to see in Ro and Corey, kids just like them, that if you dream and work toward a goal, you can make it happen,” Coe said. “During the trip, one of the 12-year-olds in our program came up to me, shook my hand and said, ‘Coach, I want to thank you for bringing us here. Now I know what all the work is for and what I’m working toward.’ And, of course, their parents were so grateful that their youngsters could experience all of it.”

Coe also talked about how Ray came by, spent time with the young players, talked to them individually and took pictures.

“This was what we set out to do at the beginning of the program–to teach them the fundamentals at a young age so when they get older, they’ll be prepared to do what Ro and Corey have done. This was just proof that we’re doing the right things.”

“We really could not be more proud of these two kids (Coleman and Ray),” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told MLB.com. “They’ve literally grown up as teammates in the White Sox ACE program, and to see them excel at the college level in their freshman seasons speaks to their skills, their work ethic and the baseball fundamentals taught to our ACE kids by our staff and coaches.”

 

More on James Davison

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140618/morgan-park/white-sox-draft-pick-james-davison-has-major-league-confidence

 

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana rebounded from his subpar last start, allowing just two runs, six hits and a walk while striking out a half-dozen batters in last night’s loss to the Twins…Conor Gillaspie drove in a pair of runs with a single.

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Sale Punks Carroll

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“Wild Pitches”

Chicago White Sox Charities and the White Sox Wives will host the second annual variety show event, “Wild Pitches,” on Sunday, July 20 at Bub City in Chicago.

The evening of comedy, music and entertainment will be hosted by Chicago standup comedian Pat McGann and feature live music by the Rendition Band. The event also includes both live and silent auction packages.

In addition to last year’s star performers, Paul and Jennifer Konerko, participants will include Brittany and Gordon Beckham, John Danks and his wife, country singer Ashley Monroe, Katie and Adam Eaton, Nancy and Tyler Flowers and Lacy and Nate Jones. Manager Robin Ventura and his wife Stephanie also are participating. Tickets are available at whitesoxcharities.org.

 

Quote of the Day 

Sox reliever Nate Jones has made enough progress in his rehab from micro discectomy surgery to correct back issues leading to hip pain that he’s traveling with the team on the current road trip. While there’s no timetable for his return, he feels optimistic. 

“I feel part of the team again, getting to watch the team on the field instead of on TV. So that’s pretty awesome. I’m glad to get to this point because it means I’m throwing.

“We’re getting closer, that’s for sure. I’m still increasing my workload and the amount of new things I’m doing. So it’s really day to day. Increasing my exercises and see how I react the next day. If all goes good, we’re going to increase the workload.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-4, 5.67) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (3-8, 5.29) for Minny.

 

Photo of the Day

Eaton has reached base safely in 14 consecutive games, hitting .327 with a .413 on-base percentage during that stretch. Over his last 11 games, he is batting .372 with six walks and a .449 on-base percentage.

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Sox Embark on Long Road Trip After Sweeping Giants

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and an 11-game road trip that continues in Baltimore and Toronto. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.98) for the Sox vs. Yohan Pino, making his first major-league start, for Minnesota.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu led off the Sox scoring in the first inning with his 20th homer, a two-run shot, and Adam Dunn blasted his 12th, a three-run job in the fifth, as the Sox on the strength of a 12-hit attack defeated the Giants and Tim Hudson, 7-2, to sweep the two-game series…Alejandro De Aza was a homer shy of the cycle, Tyler Flowers drove in a pair with a single and Conor Gillaspie collected a pair of hits and scored a run against his former teammates…Chris Sale improved his record to 6-1, allowing three runs, eight hits and a walk while striking out seven in six-plus innings. Ronald Belisario got the last five outs for his seventh save and a career-high four in a row.

Watch Abreu and Dunn go deep.

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More Jose

With his home run yesterday, Abreu (58 games) is the third-fastest player in major-league history to reach 20 career home runs. Only Wally Berger (51) in 1930 and Mark McGwire (56) in 1987 did it in less time. Jose is also the third-fastest White Sox player to reach 20 homers in a season, behind only Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (46 games in 1994) and Jim Thome (49 in ’06).

Sale’s Figures

Sale moved to 3-0 with a 2.54 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 14 career interleague games. He is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 56 strikeouts over his last seven starts, limiting the opposition to a .151 average.

Dunn Ties Yaz

Dunn’s homer was the 452nd of his career, which ties him with Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for 35th all-time.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox swept the Giants for the second consecutive time (also, May 16-18 at At&T Park in San Francisco). The Sox now lead the all-time series 6-2 and are 181-140 (.564) vs. the National League since interleague play began…the Sox’ game with the Tigers that was postponed on June 10 will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Saturday, August 30 with start times at 12:10 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. Game tickets and parking coupons from the postponed game can only be used for the first game of the twin bill.

Homecoming

Ozzie Guillen made his first trip to U.S. Cellular Field yesterday since leaving in 2011 after eight years as the Sox skipper.

It was a logical time for Guillen. He came to see his godson, Ehire Adrianza, who started at shortstop for the Giants. Ozzie also said he wanted to see a few of the Giants’ Venezuelan players and San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy.

Guillen arrived late at the ballpark and didn’t visit with any of the Sox before the game, but caught up with friend and former teammate Robin Ventura following the Sox’ victory (photo compliments of the Sun-Times’ Daryl Van Schouwen).

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Danks Goes Hollywood

Here’s John Danks with actor/director Rob Reiner, who threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches before yesterday afternoon’s game.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.37) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-5, 5.66) for Minnesota.

Photo/Video of the Day

If you enjoyed Abreu’s 20th homer, you’ll really going to like this–a compiliation of each one of Jose’s home runs.

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It’s Sale vs. Hudson in Battle of Aces as Sox Seek Sweep

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the two-game series and eight-game homestand (with one game postponed). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 1.97) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (7-2, 1.81) for San Francisco.

Sale has limited opponents to a .152 average this season, the lowest mark by an American League pitcher through his first nine starts of a season since 1971, when Oakland’s Vida Blue also held the opposition to a .152 mark. Over Chris’ last six starts, he is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 49 strikeouts. Opponents have hit .122 against him during that span.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham (No. 5) and Dayan Viciedo (6) each blasted a two-out, two-run homer and Adam Eaton had a pair of hits and an RBI in last night’s 8-2 Sox win over the Giants…John Danks had another strong performance, allowing just one earned run and five hits in 6.1 innings for his sixth win of the season. Javy Guerra (0.2 IP), Zach Putnam (1.0) and Daniel Webb (1.0) finished wth 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Watch the Beckham and Viciedo homers:

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Sox Notes of Note

Danks earned his third consecutive win and moves to 3-1 with a 1.51 ERA over his last five outings…the Sox bullpen has recorded a 2.56 ERA over its last 17 games while Putnam has a 0.82 ERA over his last 18 outings,16 of which have been scoreless…Eaton has reached base in 12 straight games and has five multi-hit efforts over his last nine games. During that time he is hitting .340 with a .436 on-base percentage…Beckham has reached base in 11 of his last 14 games and is hitting .315 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 17 RBI since May 6…former Giant Conor Gillaspie is hitting .358 in his last 24 games and last night recorded his fourth multi-hit game in the last nine contests.

A True Legend

Famed singer John Legend was a visitor to the #SoxSocial Lounge last night. It looks like he was having a great time.

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The Sox and Giants: A Rare Glimpse of History

Thanks to Jim Margalus of the popular website South Side Sox, here’s a fascinating sidebar to his previous series about a time a century ago when the White Sox and Giants were partners on a baseball diplomacy tour.

http://www.southsidesox.com/2014/6/18/5819968/white-sox-giants-world-tour-mrs-callahans-journal

Quote of the Day

Robin on Danks’ performance:

“He has really gotten it together, from where he started early in the year, the frustrations he had, some mechanical stuff that you start with and then it becomes mental and all the physical stuff that comes with it.  He has pitched to where he’s always giving us a chance right now. He becomes tough when he has the feel of the changeup like that and spotting his fastball. It just seems like he has a little more on it as far as spotting his fastball.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and an 11-game road trip that continues in Baltimore and Toronto. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.98) for the Sox vs. Yohan Pino, making his first major-league start, for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

Danks tips his cap to the fans as he left last night’s game to a standing ovation.

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Sox Honor Cuban Stars Prior to Series Opener with Giants

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game interleague series. Starters: LHP John Danks (5-5, 4.17) for the Sox, RHP Matt Cain (1-4, 3.84) for San Francisco.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

White Sox Baseball: A History of Cuban Stars

Today’s panel discussion featuring Cuban-born White Sox players past and present played to an enthusiastic crowd in the Conference & Learning Center.

Moderated by ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, whose family moved to the United States from Cuba shortly before he was born, the panel included Sox icon Minnie Minoso, current players Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Adrian Nieto and 2005 playoff hero Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez.

The players talked about a variety of topics. Here are a few tidbits:

El Duque:

On playing in Cuba vs. the U.S.:  “The primary difference is that you ride on a bike in Cuba, you ride in a car here. You eat steak here, you don’t know what it is there.” 

On the success of Cuban ballplayers: “I’m proud of what young Cuban players are doing in the major leagues. And they’re going to keep coming and show how good they are.”

On Minoso: “I want to thank Minnie for laying the groundwork (for Cuban players). None of that has been forgotten.”

Alexei:

On playing in Chicago: “I love it here. Fans treat me in a wonderful manner. They stop me on the street and say they love the way I play. They often ask me why I don’t take a day off. That’s not who I am.”

Dayan:

On the passion of Cuban players: “That’s how we’re taught to play the game. We celebrate the game. We try to give 110 percent every time we’re on the field.”

Jose:

On the difference between U.S and Cuban baseball: “It’s very different from a tactical sense. The way you play the game, the way you train, the way you work away from the game.”

Adrian:

On Abreu: “He’s the Cuban Babe Ruth.”

A Moment in Time

As you see from the photo below, while El Duque was at the ballpark today he struck his familiar pose from the 2005 American League Division Series against the Red Sox that is memorialized on the monument outside of the ballpark. Hernandez’s performance in Game 3 of the ALDS will go down as one of the most memorable moments in franchise history. He came on in relief and retired the side with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning (prompting the pose) and pitched three scoreless innings as the Sox won 5-3 to win the series.

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Jose, Alexei Maintain Standing in All-Star Voting

Abreu and Ramirez continue to hold on to second place at their respective positions in the All-Star Game fan voting. According to the latest results released yesterday, Jose is second behind the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera at first base and Alexei is right behind shortstop leader Derek Jeter of the Yankees.

Field of Greens

Our annual Field of Greens Golf Outing (presented by Miller Lite) was held yesterday at the Harborside International Golf Center as former and current Sox players joined Sox fans for an enjoyable day. The proceeds from the tournament benefit pediatric cancer research and treatment at Lurie Children’s Hospital and the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.

Among those participating yesterday was Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk:

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Inaugural #Social Series

The White Sox and Giants have teamed up for the inaugural #SocialSeries. As part of the #SocialSeries, each team will send a correspondent to the other team’s city.

The Giants’ correspondent is Alena Docena (@alenadee20_LWOS) The contest to be the White Sox #SocialSeries correspondent will launch July 1, and fans can find details at whitesox.com/socialseries.

Quote of the Day

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the two-game series and eight-game homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 1.97) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (7-2, 1.81) for San Francisco.

Photo of the Day

Worth another look: Paul Konerko‘s daughter Amelia stole the show during the ceremonial first pitch ceremony Sunday on Father’s Day. Here’s dad and daughter in the Sox dugout.

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Sox Offense Seeking Some Father’s Day Pop

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-3, 5.25) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (7-3, 3.34) for Kansas City.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Paul Konerko hit a solo homer, his fourth blast of the season, and collected a pair of singles while Javy Guerra tossed 2.1 IP of scoreless relief in yesterday’s loss to the Royals. And the Sox executed a great relay throw in the ninth–from right fielder Moises Sierra to second baseman Gordon Beckham to third baseman Leury Garcia to prevent the Royals’ Nori Aoki from stretching a double into a triple. Here’s the play:  http://m.mlb.com/video/v33711903

Movin’ On Up

Paulie’s homer was the 438th of his career, tying Andre Dawson for 42nd place on the all-time home run list.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33711191

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Transactions

The Sox have acquired outfielder Michael Taylor from the Oakland A’s for Kannapolis right-handed pitcher Jacob Sanchez. Taylor, who saw major-league action with the A’s from 2011-13, is headed to Class AAA Charlotte…the Sox have also signed righty reliever Henry Rodriguez and assigned him to Charlotte, where he’ll begin on the disabled list. He has spent time in the majors with four different teams.

Sox Notes of Note

Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 10 consecutive games, including five times on Friday night. Eaton is hitting .333 with five walks and a .438 on-base percentage over his last seven games…with the College World Series now underway in Omaha, Sox skipper Robin Ventura has been ranked No. 2 among the Top 25 major league players who have made an impact on the CWS according to an ESPN panel of five college baseball and MLB draft experts. Robin played in the college classic twice with Oklahoma State.

Quote of the Day

Jose Abreu on hitting in his home ballpark:

“One of the things is that wherever you hit the ball here, it can go out. You have a chance to go out anywhere in here. Not only to left, but to right and center. Hitting in this field is comfortable. It’s appealing. You can see the ball well. That’s one of the things I really like.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday, it will be the White Sox vs. the Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game interleague series. Starters: LHP John Danks (5-5, 4.17) for the Sox, RHP Matt Cain (1-4, 3.84) for San Francisco.

Photo of the Day

Happy Father’s Day to all my fellow Sox fan Dads.

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Noesi Looking for Third Straight Win

Saturday, June 14, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-4, 5.40) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-5, 3.26) for KC.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Sierra RF, Flowers C, Garcia 3B.

 

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton singled twice, walked three times, scored a run and collected an RBI while Jose Abreu singled and drove in a run with a sac fly in last night’s loss to the Royals.

 

The Cuban Influence on the South Side

On Tuesday, the White Sox will host a private panel discussion and luncheon at U.S. Cellular Field called “White Sox Baseball: A History of Cuban Stars.”

Former White Sox Minnie Minoso and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez along with current players Abreu, Adrian Nieto, Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo will share their views and perspectves on the impact of Cuban players on baseball.

The discussion, primarily in Spanish with translations, will be moderated by ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez.

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Foster Family Day

Tomorrow is Foster Family Day at the ballpark.

For the eighth year in a row, Paul Konerko and his family are supporting the Bring Me Home Campaign, which brings attention to the needs of vulnerable children and families in Illinois through a partnership between the Sox and Children’s Home+Aid.

Konerko and Jim Thome and their families founded the campaign in 2007 and Gordon Beckham joined the effort three years later. In the first seven years of the program, the campaign has raised nearly $450,000 through more than 600 individual donors, while touching the lives of more than 1,500 children.

 

Michael Jordan Era Throwback Night

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’ Class AA affiliate, wore Michael Jordan-era throwback uniforms last night, which will be auctioned off as well.

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the Sox’ opponents interest in Abreu:

“They’re just impressed with his professionalism. He’s not a flamboyant guy, but he comes to work. I think they come out, even for BP, and watch him.

“I think everybody’s interested because they’ve heard about him but they haven’t seen him, so everybody comes out to watch. That’s the first thing they notice, is how he goes about his work. He’s very meticulous and professional about his work, and I think people appreciate that.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-3, 5.25) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (7-3, 3.34) for Kansas City.

 

Photo of the Day

Actor/comedian Kevin Hart, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch last night, spent some time with his White Sox buddies while at the ballpark. That’s Scott Carroll kneeling in front of Hart with Eaton, Zach Putnam, Daniel Webb and Javy Guerra standing left to right in the back row.

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KC and the White Sox Band

Friday, June 13, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-6, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 4.10) for Kansas City.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B. Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

Play of the Day

Despite absorbing his first defeat of the season in last night’s loss to the Tigers, Chris Sale (5-1) was outstanding. In seven innings of work, he gave up just one run and five hits while striking out 10–and lowered his ERA to 1.97. Chris recorded his 13th career double-digit strikeout game and third of the season. His career mark is now tied for third in franchise history with Javier Vazquez. It was also his third career outing with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks.

Avi Begins the Road Back

With Sox trainer Herm Schneider watching, Avi Garcia celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday by playing catch for the first time since his shoulder injury.

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Looking into the Future

I was at our Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale today and had the opportunity to see U.S. Olympic speed skater Eddy Alvarez (in top photo below), who signed with us earlier this week, take batting practice. Also there was Micker Adolfo Zapata (bottom photo), the Dominican outfielder who signed with the Sox a year ago when he was 16. Upon signing, Micker was the No. 2 ranked international prospect by MLB.com.

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Oh, By the Way

How hot was it in the Phoenix area today? Here’s the answer–and it even got up to 112.

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Ceremonial First Pitchers

Last night, former Northern Illinois star and current Chicago Bear Jordan Lynch did the honors. Tonight it’s actor and comedian Kevin Hart and tomorrow it’s Bear Rinehart, guitarist and lead vocalist of NEEDTOBREATHE. On Tuesday, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, one of the heroes of the 2005 Sox postseason, will throw out the first pitch and on Wednesday it’s actor/director Rob Reiner‘s turn.

Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-4, 5.40) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-5, 3.26) for KC.

Photo/Video of the Day

Here’s Dayan Viciedo making an amazing catch in last night’s game:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33666273

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Sale Looking to Finish the Job vs. Tigers, Scherzer

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox shoot for the sweep of what turned out to be, because of Tuesday’s postponement, a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 2.06) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (7-2, 3.38) for Detroit.

Sale is 2-0 with a 0.72 ERA over his last four starts at USCF.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers.

Plays of the Day

On the strength of a seven-run sixth inning against Detroit ace Justin Verlander and his bullpen mates, the Sox tamed the Tigers last night for the second consecutive game, 8-2…Jose Abreu launched his 19th homer and added a pair of singles, Gordon Beckham and Conor Gillaspie each drove in a pair of runs and John Danks gave up just two runs, six hits and two walks while striking out six as he earned his fifth victory of the season.

More Abreu

Jose hit a homer in back-to-back games for the third time this season and second time against both the Tigers and Verlander. Abreu now has joined Wally Berger (20 home runs in 1930) as the only players in baseball history with 19-plus homers in their first 52 career games.

Watch Abreu go deep:

http://atmlb.com/1mJMlp7

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are second in the American League with a .275 batting average with runners in scoring position, including .371 over the last four games…the Sox also are hitting .288 as a club with seven homers and 27 runs scored in their last six games…they have homered in eight of the last nine games…the Sox are 5-0 in their last five games against the AL Central…Our starters own a 3.12 ERA in 20 games since May 20, the Sox bullpen owns a 0.86 ERA over the last eight games and a 1.69 ERA with five saves in the last 12…Danks has a 1.55 ERA over his last four starts, holding his opponents to a .178 average. he has recorded a 2.96 ERA in seven starts at home this season…Adam Eaton tripled last night–accomplishing the feat in back-to-back games for the first time in his career…Alejandro De Aza is hitting .400 during his five-game hitting streak…the Sox have acquired outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo, 28, from the Blue Jays for cash considerations and reports to Class AAA Charlotte. Tuiasosopo has played in 152 major league games with the Mariners and, most recently, the Tigers in 2013.

World Cup Fever in the White Sox Clubhouse

With the World Cup kicking off today in Brazil, a couple of Sox teammates, Brazilian Andre Rienzo and Cuban Alexei Ramirez, have initiated a friendly wager.

If Brazil wins, Ramirez will have to be photographed wearing a Brazilian jersey. If Argentina wins, Rienzo will have to don and be photographed wearing the jersey of his country’s fiercest rival.

“I hope Brazil wins, because if I get a picture of me (with the Argentina jersey) people will kill me,” Rienzo admitted.

Here is Rienzo (with his arms around teammates Javy Guerra and Eaton) and teammates showing off their World Cup pride. Other Sox (from left to right) are: Dayan Viciedo, Jose Quintana, Ramirez and Abreu. (Photo compliments of the Trib’s Colleen Kane).

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Hey Sox Fans, Say Hello to Phil the Chimp

www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/meet-phil-chimp-unofficial-white-sox-mascot-0 

Quote of the Day

Danks talking about the Sox after last night’s game:

“We’ve had a good feeling from the get-go. We’re not looking at the scoreboard or the standings. We’re just trying to win every game we can.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Quintana (3-6, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 4.10) for Kansas City.

Photo of the Day

Avi Garcia is 23 today.

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