Danks and Buehrle: The Best of Frenemies

Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: John Danks (9-8, 4.96) for the Sox, friend and ex-teammate Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.31) for the Jays. The two lefty hurlers were teammates on the South Side for five seasons (2007-11).

During Mark’s time with the Sox, from 2000-11, he was 161-119, a four-time All-Star, pitched both a perfect game and no-hitter and set a franchise record with nine Opening Day starts.

Danks on Buehrle, who will be making his first start as a visitor at U.S. Cellular: “The guy has meant so much to this organization and brought fans a championship. I’m glad he’s pitching here, and I hope we knock him out of the game in the second inning…Sure, he’s one of my favorites. That doesn’t stop me from wanting to beat him…”

Sox Starting Lineup: Ramirez SS, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, A. Garcia RF, Viciedo LF, Konerko DH, Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C, Jor. Danks CF.

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And Avi is Back!

Avi Garcia, who suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder on April 9 at Colorado and was expected to miss the rest of the season, has been activated by the White Sox after a successful rehab stint at Class AAA Charlotte. Garcia, who hit .340 with a .377 on-base percentage along with a homer, three doubles and three RBI in 13 games for the Knights, replaces Moises Sierra on the 25-man roster. Sierra was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

More Moves

Lefty Eric Surkamp has been recalled from Charlotte to replace Javy Guerra, who was placed on the bereavement list. LHP Charlie Leesman, who was with the Knights, was designated for assignment.

Plays of the Day

The Sox scored five times in both the first and fifth innings, pounded out 17 hits and seven players had multi-hit efforts in last night’s 11-5 win over the Blue Jays…Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn led the way with Abreu going 3-5 with three RBI (he now has a major-league leading 89) and two runs scored and Dunn 3-5 with a pair of runs batted in…Alejandro De Aza, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, Conor Gillaspie and Jordan Danks each had two hits. Viciedo drove in two runs, De Aza, Gillaspie and Danks one apiece and Ramirez scored three times…Hector Noesi won his seventh game and is now 4-1 in the second half of the season (six starts)…Guerra was impressive in two perfect innings of work in relief of Noesi and escaped an inherited bases-loaded, no-out jam in the sixth by inducing a double play and allowing just one run to score. Javy owns a 1.13 ERA over nine appearances when tossing more than an inning.

Enjoy watching the Sox’ two five-run outbursts:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v35391515/?partnerId=as_mlb_20140816_29892156

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v35401309/?partnerId=as_mlb_20140816_29892156

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox improved to 13-10 against the American League East with last night’s win, including six of their last eight…the Sox have won four straight games against Toronto and 11 of the last 16…we scored 11 or more runs without recording a home run for the first time since August 1, 2009 vs. the Yankees (14 runs)…the Sox set a season high with six consecutive hits in the fifth inning. The previous high was five, accomplished on three occasions…Abreu has hit safely in 46 of his last 52 games (.350)…Gillaspie hit his 29th double of the season, the second-most by a Sox third baseman since Joe Crede in 2006…Jordan Danks had his second multi-hit effort since joining the club last week….Dunn has five RBI over his last three games.

JRW Takes On Las Vegas Tomorrow Afternoon

The youngsters from the Jackie Robinson West Little League, representing the Great Lakes region, face Las Vegas, Nev. from the West tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. CT (ABC, Channel 7 in Chicago) in the second game for each in the double elimination Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Both teams won their openers on Thursday by 12-2 scores in shortened games (five innings) due to their large 10-run leads.

Just a Reminder…Frank Thomas Hall of Fame Special Airs Tonight

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/smackblog/chi-frank-thomas-hall-of-fame-special-20140813-story.html

And, of course, tonight is also Big Hurt Bobblehead Night at the ballpark.

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Wishing Minnie Well

Sox icon Minnie Minoso is feeling fine after falling off of his boat yesterday. He was pulled from the water and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital for tests.

On This Date in History

For every day on the calendar there are, of course, memorable historical moments. August 16 just happens to posess a few more intriguing events than most for those enamored with sports and pop culture. In 1948 the great Babe Ruth died, in 1977 Elvis Presley passed away and in 1954 the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published.

On August 16, 1904 in White Sox history, RHP Frank Owen, a three-time 20-game winner for the White Sox from ’04-’06, outdueled the legendary Cy Young and collected two hits of him in the Sox’ 6-0 trumph against Boston at our former home at the 39th St. Grounds.

Quote of the Day

Jose Abreu hasn’t hit a homer in August, but still is tied for the major-league lead at 31 and continues to demonstrate his disciplined approach to hitting. Here’s Robin‘s take (via whitesox.com):

“You’re looking at the professional side of his hitting. He does have all the power and I think  everybody goes through a stretch where you don’t quite have that feeling to hit homers. To be able to do it like that, it’s a good message throughout our lineup of how you’re trying to attack somebody and stay through the middle.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m, CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-7, 4.81) for the Sox, RHP Scott Hutchison (8-10, 4.60) for Toronto.

Photo of the Day

Alexei Ramirez and Adrian Nieto are shown here enjoying their time this afternoon at Festival Cubano, an annual grassroots event that celebrates all aspects of Cuban culture.

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Blue Jays in the House as White Sox Return Home

Friday, August 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues against the Orioles Monday-Wednesday. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (6-7, 4.15) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.34) for the Jays. We have won 10 of our last 15 games against Toronto, including three in a row.

Noesi will be making his 20th start with the Sox and has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 4.27 since joining us from Texas. He owns a 0.63 ERA and a .180 opponents average over his last two starts against the Rangers and Mariners, both former teams, and 3-1 and 3.18 ERA over his last five. He received a no decision in his last start on August 9 at Seattle despite allowing just one unearned run on five hits over 7.1 innings pitched in a game the White Sox won in 10 innings.

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

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The Most Talented Pierce Since Billy?

For more than a half-century Billy Pierce has been synonymous with the White Sox, having distinguished himself as the All-Star ace of the Go-Go Sox pitching staff of the 1950s. Yesterday at the Little League World Series another Pierce made Chicago proud in a performance that Hall of Famer and broadcaster Barry Larkin called “the stuff of legends.”

Jackie Robinson West’s Pierce Jones (No. 23 shown above being mobbed by teammates after smashing a homer) went 4-4 with three home runs–the first leading off the game–a triple and four RBI in JRW’s 12-2 victory over Lynnwood of Washington state in the South Side team’s first contest in the double elimination tournament. The game was stopped after five innings because of JRW’s 10-run lead.  

Shortstop Ed Howard added a two-run homer and pitcher Joshua Houston went four innings, striking out seven and giving up only two hits for the winners.

Howard and Houston are both members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program along with Cameron Bufford, Brandon Green, Marquis Jackson and Carlton “Trey” Hondras

By the way, Trey has one of the most intriguing pre-game rituals you’ve ever heard. He says he talks to girls for good luck.

JRW continues its quest of a LLWS title on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Back Home…

While the JRW youngsters were impressing the fans in South Williamsport, Pa. yesterday,  there were hundreds of fans at Jackie Robinson Park where a viewing party was organized by the White Sox, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago. The crowd, which included many sporting Sox jerseys, caps and t-shirts, enthusiastically supported their hometown team as they watched the large TV screen. Those attending enjoyed ballpark food and other various activities, including face painting. Former Sox stars Minnie Minoso and Carlos May were there signing autographs and Southpaw was on hand bringing smiles to everyone’s faces.

Here was the scene yesterday at JR Park.

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The Homestand Ahead…

…including Frank Thomas bobblehead night tomorrow.

http://atmlb.com/XkQlHB

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: John Danks (9-8, 4.96) for the 4.96) 4.96) for the Sox, ex-mate Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.31) for the Jays.

Photo of the Day

Chicago loves Jackie Robinson West.

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Sox Win in Extras, Face an Old Friend This Afternoon

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco (2:45 p.m., CT, WGN) as the Sox attempt to sweep this short two-game series and all four contests against San Francisco this season. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.04) for the Sox, ex-teammate Jake Peavy (0-3, 4.82) for SF.

Quintana will be making his 25th start of the season and 15th on the road. He is 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA over his last 10 starts.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn RF, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C, Jor. Danks CF, Quintana P.

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Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was his usual brilliant self and Adam Dunn belted a two-run homer, but in the end it was Gordon Beckham, both defensively and with the bat, that made the difference last night in the Sox’ 10-inning, 3-2 victory over the Giants…Beckham made a sensational play in the bottom of the ninth that put a crucial double play in motion and with two outs singled in the eventual winning run in the 10th…Sale, who lowered his ERA to 2.01 (second in the American League behind the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez at 1.95)tossed eight scoreless innings, but wasn’t around to get his 11th win as the Giants tied the game in the ninth. Chris allowed just four hits and a pair of walks while striking out 12, the 16th time in his career he’s struck out 10 or more in a game. He’s also fanned 12 or more on nine occasions, which is the most in MLB the past three seasons, and has K’d 29.9 percent of the batters he’s faced in 2014…Dunn’s home run in the first inning was his 18th of the season and the 458th of his career…Zach Putnam came on in the ninth to get the final out and pitched a scoreless 10th for his fourth victory of the year.

Beckham’s heroics:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35325239

Sale’s masterful performance:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35322851

Dunn’s homer:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35310875

Jackie Robinson West Viewing Party

The White Sox are partnering with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago to host a viewing party for the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, as they represent the Great Lakes region in their first Little League Baseball World Series game at 2:00 p.m., CT, tomorrow against the team from Lynwood, Wash.

The special watch party, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will give attendees the opportunity to watch the 11- and 12-year-olds from the South Side on a large video screen at Jackie Robinson Field (10700 S. Aberdeen), while enjoying ballpark food and interacting with former White Sox players and Southpaw. 

“This is a great way for the neighborhood and the city of Chicago to celebrate the accomplishments of this talented group of young men from the Jackie Robinson West Little League” said Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “We all are very proud of their accomplishments, and we are honored to co-host the Watch Party with Mayor Emanuel. Six players on the Jackie Robinson West team also play for the White Sox ACE program, so we are doubly proud of their tremendous accomplishments. These kids already are champions in our eyes before a single pitch is thrown in Williamsport.”

The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars became the first Chicago team to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series since 1983 when they came from behind to beat New Albany, Indiana, for the Great Lakes Region Champions title on Saturday, August 9. This is the 15th time a team from Illinois has advanced to the Little League Baseball World Series, and the second appearance for Jackie Robinson West, which went 2-1 in the 1983 Little League Baseball World Series. The league also advanced to the finals of the 2013 Great Lakes Region.

As the Chairman mentioned, the team includes six players from the Chicago White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. The ACE program has had 14 alumni drafted by professional teams, 85 alumni received athletic aid to play collegiate baseball and two alumni played in the 2014 College World Series.

Additional information about the watch party will be available at cityofchicago.org.

MLB Stars Help Chicago Little Leaguers’ Parents Get to Williamsport

http://www.suntimes.com/news/29218859-452/mlb-players-readers-send-local-parents-to-little-league-world-series.html#.U-uFiLS9KSN

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Frank Thomas Hall of Fame Special to Air Saturday on Comcast SportsNet 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/smackblog/chi-frank-thomas-hall-of-fame-special-20140813-story.html

Quote of the Day

The Giants were certainly impressed by Beckham’s defense in the ninth.

SF skipper Bruce Bochy:

“One of the best double plays I’ve seen.”

Starter Ryan Vogelsong:

It’s a game of inches, man. That ball gets by Gordon, you’re talking about a whole different ballgame.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues against the Orioles Monday-Wednesday. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (6-7, 4.15) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.34) for the Jays.

Photos of the Day

Jen, whose Twitter account is @keribo1, is the Sox’ #SocialSeries correspondent for our two-game series in San Francisco. She’s been tweeting about all of her exciting experiences in the “City by the Bay.” Here she is with Robin before last night’s big win and taking a selfie in front of the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

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Sox Set Sale in San Francisco

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco (9:15 p.m. CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.14) for the Sox, RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.77) for SF.

Chris is set to make his 19th start of the season, sixth on the road and third during interleague play. He is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA and 39 strikeouts over six road starts this season. Five have been quality.

Sale ranks among the leaders in ERA (2nd), WHIP (2nd, 0.89), opponents average (3rd, .199) and strikeouts (9th, 138).

This will be Sale’s 14th career interleague appearance and sixth start–he is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA. He got credit for the win in his last interleague start on June 18 of this year against these same Giants.

An All-Star Pitcher and a Master Wordsmith

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/word-up-chris-sales-vocabulary-exercise-catching-on?ymd=20140811&content_id=89055552&vkey=news_cws

The Maturation of Jake Petricka

http://trib.in/1pLE7kq  

Robin Williams and the Carlton Fisk Homer

Media reporter extraordinaire and White Sox fan Ed Sherman paid tribute to the late Robin Williams today in the Sherman Report (shermanreport.com). He included a link to Williams’ great scene in “Good Will Hunting” where the actor, in the role of psychotherapist Sean Maguire, described former White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk‘s dramatic homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series to Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon).

I know Fisk was with the “other” Sox at the time, but it’s well worth a look (click on link below). It’s also important to note that Williams won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the film.

On a related note, the Giants will pay tribute to Williams, who lived in the Bay Area and was an avid fan of the team, before and during tonight’s game with the Sox.

http://ow.ly/Af1k4

Sox Notes of Note

Matt Lindstrom will be back in the bullpen tonight after being sidelined on the disabled list  since May 19 with an injured ankle. To make room on the roster Eric Surkamp has been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte…Award winners: Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley has been named the International League’s Player of the Week (August 4-10). He hit .563 with seven runs, three doubles, three homers and 13 RBI. Birmingham’s Chris Bassitt was named the Southern League’s Pitcher of the Week and Winston-Salem’s Tyler Danish received the same honor in the Carolina League.

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Quote of the Day

Paul Konerko on his outstanding career coming to an end (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“I can say this statement: I will be an ex-baseball player next month. It’s the truth. Since the All-Star break, it’s becoming more real. It’s there, you know. You can feel it coming. But like everything, I’m trying to spin it to where it’s not a bad thing.

“It’s part of the life cycle of the player. I’ve been lucky to play for a long time. I’m trying not to look at it as a sad occasion. I hope nobody else is. I’m graduating on to other things and there’s a time for this. Every player has to go through this stuff. I’m lucky because mine came a lot later than most. I feel lucky for that.

“…I’m very lucky that I’m in that situation where people want to do that stuff (being honored) for me. I want to finish it right. And I know that includes having to deal with that kind of stuff.  I see it big picture. But you know me: the daily-basis stuff, I’m a little uncomfortable with it.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park (2:45 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.04) for the Sox, ex-teammate Jake Peavy (0-3, 4.82) for San Francisco.

Photo/Videos of the Day

Enjoy these Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez web gems from the series in Seattle:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35257681

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35234483

Sox Seek Split After Extra-Inning Magic

Sunday, August 10, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series as we go for the split after dropping the first two contests. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-7, 4.93) for the Sox, RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-5, 4.35) for Seattle. Danks is 3-0 in his last five road starts.

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie singled in the winning run in the 10th inning last night (click on link below) as the Sox defeated the Mariners, 2-1, and ruined an otherwise celebratory night in Seattle as former manager Lou Piniella was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame..starter Hector Noesi was brilliant against his former Seattle teammates, allowing only an unearned run, five hits and a lone walk in 7.1 innings…relievers Javy Guerra (1.0), Eric Surkamp (0.2) and Jake Petricka (1.0) closed it out with 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball. Surkamp got credit for his first win and Petricka chalked up his eighth save…we tied the game at 1-1 in the seventh on doubles by Jose Abreu and Alexei RamirezJordan Danks, called up from Class AAA Charlotte earlier in the day when Adam Eaton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique, pinch-hit in the 10th, reached base on a fielder’s choice, stole second, went to third on an error and scored the eventual game-winner on Gillaspie’s base hit.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35234873

The Americanization of Jose Abreu

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-jose-abreu-white-sox-spt-0810-20140810-story.html#page=1

Homer Happy

Dayan Viciedo‘s home runs on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday represented the third time in his career that he homered in three consecutive games. Here they are:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35129999

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35174875

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35199989

Danish Throwing Zeros

The Sox’ 2013 No. 2 draft pick Tyler Danish (pictured below) tossed six no-hit innings last night for Class A Winston-Salem vs. Lynchburg. He has recorded 22 straight scoreless frames since July 23.

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Quotes of the Day

Former Sox pitcher Brandon McCarthy, now with the Yankees, talked to the New York Post about a variety of subjects, including his time with the White Sox during our world championship year: 

Frank Thomas was my absolute god growing up, and we had lockers next to each other during (the 2005) season, and just being there and seeing some things with him during that World Series I’ll never forget.”

Jordan Danks on Avi Garcia‘s rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte, where Avi batted .500 in his first seven games (via @scottmerkin):

“He’s making a joke of the International League.”

Star Wars Night

http://atmlb.com/1mtGK6N

Picnic in the Park

http://atmlb.com/1mtCMLw

Dentistry Night

http://atmlb.com/X4EugO

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday night, it’s the White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco (9:15 p.m. CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.14) for the Sox, RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.77) for SF.

Photo of the Day

Congratulations from the White Sox! 

The youngsters from the Jackie Robinson West Little League on the South Side are heading to the LL World Series in Williamsport, Pa. for the first time since 1983. Robinson West advanced after a come-from-behind 12-7 victory yesterday over New Albany, Ind. to win the Great Lakes championship.

Six players on Jackie Robinson West are members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program.

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Noesi, White Sox Eye Turnaround in the Emerald City

Saturday, August 9, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (8:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (6-8, 4.97) for the Sox, LHP James Paxton (2-0, 2.76) for Seattle.

Noesi has made nine quality starts since joining the White Sox from Texas and has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 4.97. He earned his third win in a span of four starts in his last outing on August 4 against the Rangers, allowing one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out six over seven innings. He was credited with his first complete game after the contest was called in the seventh due to rain.

Hector has gone 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA and 10 strikeouts lifetime vs. the Mariners. He earned the win in his last start against Seattle on July 6 at home, going 6.2 scoreless innings.

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo homered for the second time in as many nights, a solo shot, in last night’s 4-1 loss to Seattle. It was his 16th of the season…Ronald Belisario pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief of Jose Quintana, who gave up only two earned runs in 5.2 IP.  Zach Putnam, who came off of the disabled list earlier in the day, tossed a perfect eighth.

Charlotte Report

Avi Garcia went 2-3 with a double, walk and run scored yesterday for Class AAA Charlotte against Pawtucket. As both a DH and right fielder, he’s now hitting .500 (13-26) in seven games during his rehab assignment.

Catcher Josh Phegley has gone 9-12 with three doubles, three homers, 13 RBI and seven runs scored over his last three games with Charlotte. He ranks third in the International League with 20 home runs and 68 RBI. Phegley’s teammate, first baseman Andy Wilkins, leads the IL with 28 HR and 75 RBI.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-7, 4.93) for the Sox, TBA for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

Mike McCready, the lead guitarist for Pearl Jam, spent some time with Jose Abreu and Jose Quintana before playing the National Anthem last night at Safeco. 

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Quintana Looks to Halt Mariners

Friday, August 8, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.04) for the Sox, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (9-6, 2.94) for Seattle.

“Q” will be making his 24th start of the season and 14th on the road. Seven of his last nine starts have been quality and he is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 56 strikeouts during that span.

Jose didn’t factor in the decision in his last start vs. the Mariners on July 5 at home despite allowing only four hits and striking out a season-high-tying 10 over 7.2 scoreless innings.

Play of the Day

Dayan Viciedo belted his 15th homer of the season, a two-run shot, in last night’s loss to the Mariners (click on link below):

http://atmlb.com/X5HNUQ

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Putnam Activated

Zach Putnam will be back in the Sox bullpen tonight after being activated from the disabled list. Andre Rienzo was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after last night’s game to make room for Putnam on the 25-man roster.

Wimpy’s Back

Tom “Wimpy” Paciorek, who is filling in for Steve Stone on the TV broadcasts all weekend in Seattle, played for both the Sox (1982-85) and the Mariners (1978-81) in his 18-year major-league career.

Coop-less in Seattle (and San Francisco)

Don Cooper, still dealing with a bout of vertigo, will miss the entire west coast road trip.

Happy Birthday, Karko!

It’s birthday No. 51 for former catcher Ron Karkovice, who spent his entire 12-year major-league career with the White Sox.

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Memories

On this date in 1976, the Sox became the first major-league team to wear shorts during a game. For the record, we won 5-2 over the Royals in Game 1 of a twin bill and were 5-5 in stolen bases (via @ckamka). That’s former Sox outfielder Ralph Garr pictured below along with then-coach Minnie Minoso.

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Quote of the Day

Sox first base/outfield coach Daryl Boston on Adam Eaton‘s style of play:

“He’s fearless, man. In the past we didn’t have that and with this ball club we feel like we always have a chance when we have guys who play like that.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (8:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (6-8, 4.97) for the Sox, LHP James Paxton (2-0, 2.76) for Seattle.

Photo/Video of the Day

Enjoy the July of Abreu.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35160749/?partnerId=as_cws_20140807_29328166

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See You in September For “The Month of Konerko”

Thursday, August 7, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the opener of a four-game series and six-game road trip that concludes with two games in San Francisco next Tuesday and Wednesday. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.36) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (8-9, 4.19) for Seattle.

Sox to Honor Paulie

The White Sox will honor retiring captain Paul Konerko throughout the month of September with tributes and a special promotional calendar for fans for each of the month’s 11 home games.  

The month-long festivities include the creation of “Club Konerko” in Sections 158 and 159 (total of 1,176 seats).  “Club Konerko” includes the blue seat (Section 159, Row 7, Seat 4) where Konerko’s grand slam landed during Game 2 of the 2005 World Series.  Fans who purchase tickets in one of the two designated sections during the month of September will receive an exclusive Paul Konerko-themed collectible to be picked up at the Chicago Sports Depot before the game.

White Sox fans attending games in September also will have the opportunity to receive various Paul Konerko giveaway items in September.  Konerko will be the featured player for the final “Free T-Shirt Monday” giveaway when the White Sox face Oakland on September 8.  On Saturday, September 13 vs. Minnesota, the first 20,000 fans will receive a “Piece of Paulie” baseball card, a special trading card with a piece of a game-worn Paul Konerko uniform, presented by Wintrust Community Banks.  An online overview of the additional giveaways in the month of September, along with ticket information on Club Konerko, is available at whitesox.com/Konerko.

Paul Konerko has played 16 seasons with the White Sox.  The six-time American League All-Star is the White Sox franchise leader in total bases (4,003).  As of August 4, Konerko (432) was 16 homers behind Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas (448) for the franchise record, while ranking third in hits (2,286) and doubles (405).  The 38-year-old has seen 36,438 pitches at the plate throughout his major league career.

Tickets to all White Sox games are available online at whitesox.com, via phone at 866-SOX-GAME and in person at the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office.

All “Club Konerko” giveaways will be given to fans who purchase tickets in Sections 158 and 159, and must be picked up at Chicago Sports Depot before the 3rd inning of the game.  The full list of Paul Konerko giveaways includes:

Monday, September 8 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. – “Free T-Shirt Monday” giveaway featuring Paul Konerko (First 20,000 fans)

Tuesday, September 9 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko PK14 lapel pin

Wednesday, September 10 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. –Club Konerko key ring and Paul Konerko souvenir cup

Thursday, September 11 vs. Oakland at 1:10 p.m. – Club Konerko drawstring bag

Friday, September 12 vs. Minnesota at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko green PK14 golf towel

Saturday, September 13 vs. Minnesota at 6:10 p.m. – Paul Konerko game-worn uniform baseball cards, presented by Wintrust Community Banks (First 20,000 fans)

Sunday, September 14 vs. Minnesota at 1:10 p.m. – Club Konerko Paul Konerko wall cling

Thursday, September 25 vs. Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko commemorative Paul Konerko poster

Friday, September 26 vs. Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko PK14 baseball cap

Saturday, September 27 vs. Kansas City at 6:10 p.m. – Club Konerko Paul Konerko mask

Sunday, September 28 vs. Kansas City at 1:10 p.m. – Club Konerko Paul Konerko t-shirt

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The Paulie Effect

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/konerko-effect-veteran-blazing-trail-white-sox

Plays of the Day

In absorbing the loss in yesterday’s defeat at the hands of the Rangers. Chris Sale gave up just two runs, three hits and a pair of walks along with nine strikeouts. Now 10-2, Sale has recorded an impressive 2.08 ERA in his two losses this season…Dayan Viciedo connected for his 14th homer, a solo shot (click on link below), and Alexei Ramirez collected a double and two singles to raise his batting average to .292.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35129999

Eaton

Adam Eaton has a bruised back after colliding into the wall in yesterday’s game (click on link below). X-Rays were negative.

http://atmlb.com/X2jx60

ESPN’s Jason Stark: “Do We Talk Enough About Jose Abreu? I Don’t Think We Do”

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/11316089/baseball-august-history-watch

Farm Report

Avi Garcia singled, doubled and scored twice last night in Class AAA Charlotte’s victory over Gwinnett. Garcia is now batting .529 in five games during his rehab assignment…catcher Josh Phegley collected three hits, including a three-run homer, and drove in a season-high six runs in the Knights win. Phegley has been red-hot since appearing in the International League All-Star Game, batting .368 with five homers and 23 RBI in his last 17 games…1B Andy Wilkins hit his league-leading 27th homer and OF Michael Taylor went 3-3 with a pair of RBI…After two relief appearances, No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon (pictured below) made his first pro start this afternoon for Class A Winston-Salem against Potomac. He tossed three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three.

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Adam Dunn Makes a Youngster’s Day

http://atmlb.com/1mq57lE

Quote of the Day

Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the plan to honor Konerko in September:

“For our organization and for White Sox fans everywhere, Paul Konerko represents class, hard work and leadership. Paul always has played for the love of the game and the competition.  Honoring him during the final month of his career is only a small gesture of gratitude for a player who will go down as one of the greatest in White Sox history.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (9:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.04) for the Sox, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (9-6, 2.94) for Seattle.

Photos of the Day

Ken Perkins and Stanley the Penguin from the Shedd Aquarium threw out the ceremonial first pitch yesterday at U.S. Cellular. Here’s Eaton and Jake Petricka talking baseball with Stanley and John Danks signing a baseball for the popular penguin.

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It’s Sale vs. Rangers in Rubber Match of Series

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series as the Sox won Monday night and the Rangers last night. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-1, 2.09) for the Sox, RHP Nick Tepesch (3-7, 4.84) for Texas.

The Sox ace should have plenty of support from the K Zone today where Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone will be doing their TV broadcast.

Chris will be making his 18th start of the year and 12th at home. He is 5-0 with a 2.22 ERA and 61 strikeouts over his last eight starts. He received a no decision in his last start on August 1 vs. the Twins.

Sale ranks among the American League leaders in ERA (2nd), WHIP (2nd, 0.90), opponents average (3rd, .201), complete games (T3rd, 2), strikeouts per nine innings (4th, 10.01) and strikeouts (T10th, 129).

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

Sox Notes of Note

Avi Garcia went 3-5 with a solo home run and three runs scored in his rehab assignment last night with Class AAA Charlotte…Matt Lindstrom and Zach Putnam each tossed a scoreless inning for the Knights.

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura talks about his visit yesterday (with Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn) to the Family Life Center and the White Sox Infusion Center at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as part of the sixth White Sox Charities Week (via Scott Merkin, mlb.com):

“You get to understand what’s really important, from the perspective of where you’re at and what you’re doing when you see families that are going through, kids that are going through what they’re going through. It has always been an important visit for the White Sox to be able to go and do that and gain a little perspective of what you’re doing and what your problems are compared to what are real problems.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the opener of a four-game series and six-game road trip that concludes with two games in San Francisco next Tuesday and Wednesday. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.36) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (8-9, 4.19) for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

It was a strange sight, but there was Dunn on the mound in the ninth inning of last night’s loss.

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Sox Call 1-800-Flowers and Tyler Delivered

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHPJohn Danks (9-6, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (7-8, 5.98) for Texas.

Danks will be making his 23rd start of the season and 11th at home. He is 6-2 with a 3.78 ERA over his last 13 outings and 3-0 with a 4.85 ERA over his last seven. John is 4-2 with a 3.52 ERA over 10 starts at home this season.

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

Plays of the Day

Because of last night’s rain-shortened game, in which the Sox prevailed 5-3, Tyler Flowers lost his chance to hit for the cycle, missing only a double.The Sox catcher, in consecutive at-bats, missed a home run by thismuch in the third inning and settled for a triple, connected with a long solo homer in the fifth (his eighth of the year) and with the scored tied 3-3 drove in the two go-ahead runs in the sixth just before the game was delayed, then called, after the top of the seventh…fresh off being named both the American League Player and Rookie of the Month, Jose Abreu singled twice and drove in two runs, extending his major-league leading RBI total to 86…Adam Eaton collected two singles and two walks, raising his batting average to .309. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games (.490). He has reached base safely in 21 games, hitting .429 during that span…Hector Noesi got credit for his sixth win and went seven innings for the complete game.

Flowers’ great night:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35090875

Is it the Glasses?

Flowers recorded a season-high three RBI and has recorded two homers over his last four games. Since Tyler began wearing glasses instead of contact lenses, he has a .390/.438/.695 slash line.

Quote of the Day

Zilch,” was Flowers’ answer to how much his glasses have been the reason for his recent success. He added: “I don’t even notice them. I’m not an idiot–I’m going to keep wearing them. I’m doing well, so I’m going to stick with them.”

South Side Sox on Tyler’s Surge

http://sbnation.com/e/5733066

More Abreu Buzz

http://bit.ly/1kDxxxI

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are 8-1 in their last nine home games against the Rangers…we are hitting .338 with 68 runs scored over our last 11 games and have recorded 10 or more hits in four of our last five games (we knocked out 10 last night)…the Sox have won four of the last five against the AL West…reliever Zach Putnam, on the disabled list since July 24, begins his rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte.

A New Addition to the Ballpark

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Special Visit

As part of White Sox Charities Week, skipper Robin Ventura, Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn paid a visit today to the Family Life Center and hematology/oncology floor at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The three Sox and Southpaw spent time with patients and distributed White Sox gift bags.

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True Hero

The White Sox honored Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts as last night’s Hero of the Game. Pitts received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Obama on July 21.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-1, 2.09) for the Sox, RHP Ryan Tepesch (3-7, 4.84) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Remember, Comcast SportsNet goes “In the K Zone with Hawk & Stone” for tomorrow afternoon’s game with Sale on the mound.

Sox announcers Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone will broadcast the matinee from the “K Zone” in Section 154.

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