Yankees Next for First-Place White Sox, Unbeaten Sale

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

Despite Wednesday’s loss, the White Sox maintained their five-game lead over the second-place Indians in the American League Central. The Sox still have the best record in the A.L. at 23-12.

Off Day Thursday, Sox vs. Yanks on Friday Night

The Sox are idle on Thursday. On Friday night, it will be the White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, N.Y. (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starting pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79) for the Sox, RHP Luis Severino (0-5, 6.12) for New York.

Sale is set to make his eighth start of the season. Along with his unblemished won-lost record, he has struck out 47 with a .165 opponents average. He is the only seven-game winner in baseball this season and the first Sox hurler to win each of his first seven starts since Jon Garland (8) accomplished the feat in 2005.

Chris earned the win in his last start on May 7 vs. the Twins, tossing seven innings and allowing just two runs on three hits with nine strikeouts. The Sox’ All-Star lefty has gone 3-1 with a 1.21 ERA and .161 opponents average lifetime vs. the Yankees.

Wednesday’s Highlights

Todd Frazier belted a solo homer (11) and Brett Lawrie (5) went deep with a two-run shot in the three-run fourth inning of the Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Rangers…Austin Jackson singled in a run and Dioner Navarro singled and had an RBI double. Tyler Saladino collected a pair of singles and an RBI…Frazier hit three homers, drove in 10 runs and scored five times in the Texas series. He has driven in 13 runs in his current five-game RBI streak (@ckamka).

The Frazier and Lawrie homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=683780283

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=683781283

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Quote of the Day

Robin on resting Frazier and the uber-energetic Lawrie:

“Fraze you want to give a day off, but he’s swinging well. Brett, I just don’t want him sitting by me.”

As fate would have it, Frazier did get some rest yesterday, but certainly not how he would have liked. After getting injured leaping into the stands chasing a foul ball, he left the game in the fourth inning and received five stitches for a lacerated lower lip. The good news is that Robin indicated Todd will be in the lineup on Friday.

Is Adam Eaton the Game’s Premier Right-fielder?

Take a look at this FanGraphs chart:

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Good Early Season Results

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/177335788/gm-rick-hahn-on-white-sox-start-to-season

Benetti Speaks

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/05/10/new-white-sox-announcer-calling-games-his-childhood-team

Cricket Meets Baseball at U.S. Cellular Field

The Chicago White Sox welcomed the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a sports demonstration Thursday at 10:00 a.m. The 1983 American League Rookie of the Year Ron Kittle, international cricket legends and USA cricket prospects took a swing at cricket and baseball on the iconic green grass at U.S. Cellular Field.

The demonstration was a kick-off event for ICC’s four-day combine in Bolingbrook, Illinois, on May 12-15. In addition to similarities between the two sports, the White Sox first home game was held at the home of the Chicago Wanderers Cricket Club, located a few blocks south of U.S. Cellular Field at 39th and Princeton. Former owner Charles Comiskey bought the site in 1900 for the team and built a wooden grandstand to seat 15,000 fans. The Sox played their last game at the park on June 27, 1910.

Saturday Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (12:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-1, 1.38) for the Sox, RHP Ivan Nova (1-1, 4.34) for New York.

Photo of the Day

Former All-Star reliever Dan Plesac–who grew up in Crown Point in Northwest Indiana–will join Hawk Harrelson in the TV booth during the weekend series at Yankee Stadium replacing Steve Stone. Plesac is currently an analyst with the MLB Network.

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Texas Rubber Match

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

After last night’s game was delayed for an hour and 18 minutes at the end of the second inning due to rain, the White Sox turned a 2-1 deficit into a 10-5 lead on the strength of a four-run third and a five-run fourth. It wasn’t meant to be, however, as the Sox failed to hang on and dropped a 13-11 decision to the Rangers. The Good Guys are now an American League-best 23-11 and enjoy a five-game advantage over the Indians in the A.L. Central.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park (1:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (5-0, 2.62) for the Sox, LHP Cole Hamels (4-0, 2.68) for Texas.

Last Night’s Highlights

The 3-4-5-6-7 hitters in the Sox lineup drove in all 11 runs–Jose Abreu (1), Todd Frazier (3), Melky Cabrera (2), Brett Lawrie (2) and Avi Garcia (3). The big blows were a two-run single by Frazier in the third inning (click on top link below) and a three-run double by Garcia in the fourth (click on bottom link) after the Rangers tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the third…Frazier has 30 RBI on the year and is among the league leaders…Garcia has an 11-game hitting streak…Adam Eaton had a pair of hits, raising his batting average to .302, walked and scored twice, and Jimmy Rollins tripled, knocked out two singles, drew a walk, and scored four times.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v680670283

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=681161383

Quote of the Day

Robin, addressing the media after Tuesday night’s loss:

“That’s going to happen in a long season. As far as faith in these guys going forward, we have all that for them. Tonight was just a tough night.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday night, it will be the White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, N.Y. (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series.

Photo of the Day

A stormy Tuesday night in Arlington (courtesy CST_soxvan).

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Jersey Strong

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

With the Indians, Royals and Tigers all losing last night, the victorious White Sox, on the strength of their exciting 8-4, 12-inning win over the Rangers, now lead Cleveland by six games, K.C by seven and Detroit by eight in the American League Central. The Sox, with their fourth straight victory, move to an A.L.-best 23-10 on the season.

Last Night’s Highlights

Todd Frazier‘s grand slam in the top of 12th, his second homer of the game and 10th of the season, put the Sox over the top in a contest that hung in the balance throughout the night.

The Sox scored in the first inning on an Adam Eaton triple and a Jimmy Rollins groundout and took a 2-0 lead on Frazier’s solo shot in the sixth. The Rangers scored in the bottom of the inning to make it 2-1.

The Good Guys put a run across in the eighth on a Frazier RBI single only to have Texas tie it up in the bottom half with two tallies. Each team scored a run in the ninth, the Sox’ coming on an Austin Jackson squeeze bunt, to send it to extras. Frazier’s slam put it out of reach in the 12th as he finished the night with the two long ones, four hits and six RBI, giving him 27 thus far in 2016.

Starter Miguel Gonzalez had a solid outing, pitching 5.2 innings, allowing just a run on three hits and three walks along with four strikeouts…In addition to Frazier’s offensive heroics, Avi Garcia pounded out three hits, including a double, as he extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He’s batting .500 with 11 runs scored during that span…Jackson also had three hits, an RBI and a run scored and Eaton collected a pair of hits and a walk while scoring twice.

The Toddfather’s big night:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=678939683

Jackson’s squeeze:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=677375583

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.36) for the Sox, LHP Derek Holland (3-2, 5.40) for Texas.

Quotes of the Day

–As New Jersey native Frazier stood in the on-deck circle in the 12th inning, watching Rangers’ lefty Cesar Ramos intentionally walk Jose Abreu to load the bases, he showed a confident smile and clapped his hands in determination. His approach as he stepped to the plate:

“It was one of those things, you have the bases loaded, nobody out. It’s either a sac fly or a home run.”

–Eaton explaining the Sox’ focus:

“If you don’t focus on the right now, this game can pass you up in a hurry. If you are looking toward Kansas City whenever we play them, or whatever, you can’t do that. You have to focus on the task at hand, and do well with the task at hand, the best you can do.”

Almost 100 Years Ago…

@ckamka: Frazier hit the first White Sox extra-inning grand slam on the road since Happy Felsch on September 30, 1916 (Game 2 of doubleheader) at Cleveland (also the 12th inning).

Roster Moves

The Sox recalled Gonzalez from Class AAA Charlotte, designated catcher Hector Sanchez for assignment and reinstated catcher Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list.

Q Getting his Due

http://www.si.com/fantasy/2016/05/09/fantasy-baseball-jose-quintana-chicago-white-sox

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park (1:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (5-0, 2.62) for the Sox, LHP Cole Hamels (4-0, 2.68) for Texas.

Photo/Video of the Day

A minute of Eaton says it all. See below.

Twins? Check…Rangers, Yankees Next on the Road

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox, with an American League-best 22-10 record, now lead the A.L. Central by five games over the Indians with yesterday’s 3-1 win, giving the Sox a three-game sweep over the Twins.

The Good Guys have won six of the last eight games, 12 of 16 and 14 of 19. The Sox are 6-0 vs. the Twins and 7-1 vs. the Central in 2016. They have outscored Minnesota 30-9, allowing just 30 hits. And it was the fourth three-game sweep for the White Sox this year.

Jose Quintana (5-1, 1.38) earned the win yesterday and has combined with Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79) and Mat Latos (5-0, 2.62) to compile a 17-1 mark.

White Sox starters have posted a 2.34 ERA and .204 opponents average over the last 12 home games. The Sox have allowed 1 or 0 runs in 14 of 32 games this season–the most times through the first 32 games of the season in club history.

The seventh-inning offensive magic continued as the Sox, up 2-1, scored an insurance run in what has become by far their most productive inning–a total of 32.

The White Sox now have a +37 run differential (59-22) in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX (7:05 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with a weekend series in New York against the Yankees. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 8.44) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (2-0, 3.32) for Texas.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Todd Frazier drove in a run with a groundout in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1, Austin Jackson doubled in the second run in the fifth and Dioner Navarro doubled in the third tally in the seventh to back another outstanding Quintana performance–one run, six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Q won his fourth consecutive start, a career high, and owns a 0.64 ERA and 24 strikeouts during the streak. He has allowed three earned runs or less in 12 straight starts and owns a 0.81 ERA at home this season. In his last 16 starts, dating back to 2015, he has gone 8-2 with a 2.16 ERA and 92 Ks.

Red-hot Avi Garcia went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored. During his nine-game hitting streak he is batting .467 with two doubles, a triple, two homers, six RBI, 10 runs scored and seven multi-hit efforts.

With a double yesterday, Jose Abreu has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .367 with three doubles, one triple, two homers and 12 RBI over that stretch.

Nate Jones and David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth, respectively, with Jones extending his scoreless appearance streak to 12 and Robertson chalking up his 10th save.

Web Gem of the Day

Jackson wowed the crowd and his fellow teammates with this unbelievable catch (click on link below) off the bat of Oswaldo Arcia, the first batter in the ninth. It’s the kind of defense we’ve come to expect of the ’16 White Sox. By the way, the Sox haven’t made an error since a week ago last Saturday at Baltimore.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=673604083

Quote of the Day

Speaking of great defense, Adam Eaton talks about the analytics that have determined his high defensive standing this season among all major-league outfielders (via @ChiTribKane).

“A lot of guys would agree with me when I say it has created jobs, more or less. If (people) want to pay attention to … sabermetrics and everything that goes along with it, that’s fine. But we just see the ball, we catch the ball. We catch the ball, we throw the ball.”

We’re Just Sayin’

http://www.southsidesox.com/2016/5/8/11634510/white-sox-play-off-odds-increasing

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.36) for the Sox, LHP Derek Holland (3-2, 5.40) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

A sight you don’t see every day. Here’s Eaton’s wife Katie throwing a ceremonial first pitch on Mother’s Day while cradling newborn son Brayden.

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Q, Sox Aiming for a Mother’s Day Sweep

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Today’s News:

First-Place Report

The White Sox, with an American League-best 21-10 record, increased their lead in the A.L. Central to five games over both the Indians and Royals with the 7-2 victory over the Twins. Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79) earned the win and became the first major leaguer to reach seven victories. He also becomes only the fifth Sox pitcher to win his first seven starts of a season–Eddie Cicotte (12, 1919), John Whitehead (8, 1935), Jack McDowell (7, 1993) and Jon Garland (8, 2005) are the others.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Having won the first two contests vs. Minny, the Sox go for the sweep today. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (4-1, 1.40) for the Sox, LHP Tyler Duffey (0-1, 1.74) for Minnesota.

Q will be making his seventh start of the season. He is 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA and 10 strikeouts over his last three starts and 6-1 with a 1.45 ERA over his last 11 dating back to 2015.

Quintana ranks among the A.L. leaders in numerous categories, including ERA and runners per nine innings. He won his last start on May 3 vs. the Red Sox, allowing one run on four hits over a season-high eight innings.

Last Night’s Highlights

Sale overcame a shaky first inning and was brilliant through seven innings. Chris gave up two runs, two hits, a walk and two HBP in the first and one hit and no walks the rest of the way…Todd Frazier tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning with his eighth homer of the year, a solo shot, and he doubled and drove in two…Leading 3-2 heading into the seventh, the Sox scored three more times. They now have scored 31 of their runs in that frame and have a +36 run differential (58-22) in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings (@ckamka)…Other hitting heroes: Dioner Navarro went 3 for 4 with an RBI, Jose Abreu went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Austin Jackson, Brett Lawrie and Avi Garcia each had a hit and an RBI…All nine starters collected at least one hit for the second time this season…Matt Albers pitched a perfect eighth and Zach Duke a scoreless ninth.

Watch Sale and Frazier:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=670889383

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Quote of the Day

Sale, giving credit to his teammates for last night’s victory:

“You guys are talking about 7-0–my teammates got me here. They got me through this one today. (Navarro) got me through that game and my guys won this game for us. I was just along for the ride.”

 

Jimmy Rollins: “…Your Mom Will Always Have Your Back, No Matter What”

White Sox shortstop Jimmy Rollins reminisces about his mom on Mother’s Day. Check out the Rollins’ photo above with other Sox and their moms.

Sitting on his dad’s shoulders watching his mom play softball through the chain-linked fence, Rollins decided what he wanted to do when he grew up.

Gigi Rollins, also called ‘Mama G.,’ played softball in the Alameda, Calif. Church League. Rollins said he fell in love with the game just watching his mother play each day.

“She was probably the reason I played baseball to this day,” he said. “I don’t know what it was, the rhythm of the game, the sound of the bat, the smell of the grass, the sun being out, or them just having fun. I said, ‘I want to play baseball.’”

Mama G. played second base and taught her son to give his best effort each game, especially defensively.

“My mother taught me not to come home with a clean uniform,” he said. “If you didn’t get hits, you at least dove for the ball. She wanted to wash my uniform.

“I learned a lot from her. I learned how to watch the game; I watched her play.”

Off the field, Rollins said he could always rely on his mom to guide him.

“You know your mom will always have your back, no matter what. She will,” he said. “She’s trying to lead you in the right direction. She’s helped me grow from a boy to a man, and she’s understood that and lets you become who you are and loves you the same no matter what.”

Sox Fan Talks About Her Mom and the White Sox

Kelsey (pictured on right of photo below) on her best memory of being at a White Sox game with her mom (in center):

“She threw out the first pitch (as a member of a group) for Mark Buehrle’s perfect game.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX (7:05 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with a weekend series in New York against the Yankees. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 8.44) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (2-0, 3.32) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Harold Baines, Rick Renteria, Carlos Sanchez, Dioner Navarro and the Sox Volunteer Corps were out in full force yesterday at Sawyer Elementary, enhancing classrooms. Here’s Carlos and a volunteer performing their artistry.

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First-Place Sox Report: 10 Runs, Dazzling Defense, Stingy Bullpen, 20 Wins

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Today’s News

Rolling

The White Sox, the first in the American League to 20 wins, improved to an A.L.-best 20-10 mark with last night’s 10-4 victory over the Twins in the opener of the three-game series. The Sox now have a four-game lead over the Indians in the A.L. Central, have won 10 of the last 14 and 12 of 17. The Good Guys have improved to 4-0 over Minnesota and 5-1 vs. the Central this season. The 10 runs scored tied a season-high and the Sox have now scored 28 runs in the seventh inning, most of any frame.

Last Night’s Highlights

En route to win No. 20, the White Sox pounded out 14 hits in producing double digit runs…Melky Cabrera went 4 for 5 with three singles, a double and three RBI…Adam Eaton tripled and singled and drove in two…Tyler Saladino singled twice with two RBI…Brett Lawrie had a two-hit night with an RBI…Jose Abreu belted his fifth homer, a solo shot (click on link below)…Mat Latos tossed five innings and improved to 5-0…Zach Putnam (1.0), Zach Duke (1.0), Nate Jones (1.0) and Scott Carroll (1.0) pitched perfect baseball the rest of the way.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=664574183

By the Numbers

White Sox pitching is 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a .164 opponents average vs. Minnesota this season…Sox starters have posted a 2.43 ERA and a .210 opponents average over the last 10 home games…Cabrera recorded his 12th multi-hit game last night and his first four-hit contest of the season. He’s batting .362 with two doubles, a triple, two homers, eight RBI and five walks in 13 games at home…Abreu has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. He is hitting .366 with two doubles, a triple, two homers and 12 RBI over that span…Eaton tripled for the second time this season. He recorded his 13th multi-hit game of the year and second against Minnesota, batting .314 with one homer and 19 RBI lifetime vs. the Twins…Lawrie extended his hitting streak vs. Minnesota to 16 games and is batting .355 during that span…Avi Garcia, with a single last night, now has a seven-game hitting streak, batting .458 with a double, triple, two homers and five RBI during that period.

Quote of the Day

Steve Stone on the CSN telecast last night after Eaton made an outstanding running catch in right field to rob the Twins’ Eduardo Nunez of extra bases in the second inning:

“Our little bearded Roberto Clemente.”

Stone, of course, was making a comparison to Pittsburgh Pirates’ Hall of Fame great Roberto Clemente, among other things well-known for his unparalleled defense in right. And Eaton has been terrific defensively all season. Here’s the play that prompted the comparison to Clemente and photos of both in action.

If Eaton’s catch weren’t enough…

Here are three more web gems by the Sox last night. Kudos to Saladino, Cabrera and Austin Jackson.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=664477583

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=664676983

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=664814683

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (6-0, 1.66) for the Sox, RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 3.15) for Minnesota.

Sale is set to make his seventh start of the season. Along with his perfect won-lost record, he has registered 38 strikeouts and a .171 opponents average over his six starts this season. He is the first Sox pitcher to win his first six starts since Jon Garland (8) in 2005.

Chris earned the win in his last start on May 1 vs. the Orioles in Baltimore, allowing a run on five hits over 5.1 innings pitched.

Sox Notes of Note

Carroll was recalled yesterday from Class AAA Charlotte, taking the roster spot of Erik Johnson who was optioned to the Knights after Thursday night’s game…Robin Ventura has confirmed that righty Miguel Gonzalez will be recalled from Charlotte and will start for the Sox vs. the Rangers on Monday night.

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 six-game homestand. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (4-1, 1.40) for the Sox, LHP Tyler Duffey (0-1, 1.74) for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

White Sox icon Harold Baines presented a bat and Sox jersey to the new Chicago Police Superintendent, Eddie Johnson.

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Maestro Lawrie Sets the Tone in Sox Clubhouse

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Today’s News

Brett Lawrie and “The Hum”

Brett Lawrie controls the beat for surging White Sox

More Lawrie: “He Makes Coffee Nervous”

Levine: Brett Lawrie Energizes White Sox

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. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (4-0, 1.84) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (1-0, 4.05) for Minnesota.

Last Night’s Highlights

Avi Garcia belted a solo homer (4), driving in his 10th run of season, and singled while the White Sox drew nine walks in the 7-3 loss to the Red Sox in the rubber game of the three-game series…Jimmy Rollins (3), Todd Frazier (2) and Adam Eaton (2) led the walk parade…Eaton also collected a pair of singles and scored a run…Melky Cabrera added two singles.

Avi’s homer:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=661389983

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Quote of the Day

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, who visited U.S. Cellular Field yesterday, on the notion of an all-Chicago World Series:

“If I told you that hadn’t crossed my mind, you’d say they need to get somebody else to do this job.”

Sox Notes of Note

Jake Petricka has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, Tommy Kahnle has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte…Alex Avila, who has been on the DL, begins a rehab assignment today at Charlotte.

Pre-Mother’s Day Special: Robin Eaton’s “Baby”

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160504&content_id=176170530&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Basto Carolina League Player of the Month

White Sox prospect Nick Basto, playing first base at High-A Winston-Salem, was named the Carolina League’s Player of the Month as a result of a spectacular April.

Leading all of Minor League Baseball with 39 hits, Basto finished April second in batting average with a .433 mark. He hit four homers, seven doubles and a triple with a staggering 1.147 OPS.

Basto ended the month with a nine-game hitting streak–recording a .538 batting average during that span with three long ones and eight RBI.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (6-0, 1.66) for the Sox, RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 3.15) for Minnesota.

Fans please note: the USCF parking lots will open three hours prior to the 6:10 p.m game time, with the ballpark gates opening two hours prior at 4:10 p.m.

Photo of the Day

Sale embraces Boston’s David Ortiz last night before the Red Sox slugger’s final regular season game at U.S. Cellular Field. Chris, on behalf of the White Sox, presented Ortiz with a humidor and cigars decorated with both Sox logos.

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Good News: Abreu’s Bat Heating Up

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Erik Johnson–making his first start–for the Sox, LHP Henry Owens (0-0, 4.82) for Boston.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Abreu continued his hot hitting with a two-run homer (4) in the first inning (click on link below) as the the Sox dropped the middle game of the series, 5-2, to the Red Sox…Jose now has an eight-game hitting streak (five multi-hit games), batting .438 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and 10 RBI and has raised his average from .176 to .255. He has driven in at least a run in the last five games and has hit in 13 straight contests against Boston (.440) with seven doubles, one triple, five homers and 15 RBI…Carlos Rodon had a quality start, allowing three runs and six hits along with six strikeouts in six innings…The Sox maintained the American League’s best record (19-9) and their four-game lead over the second-place Tigers in the A.L. Central.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=657953083

Winning Vibes

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/bob-nightengale/2016/05/04/mlb-white-sox-best-record-american-league-windy-city-world-series/83951756/

Quote of the Day

EVP Ken Williams on the first-place Sox:

“They are 25 unified guys that are coming to beat you every game.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (4-0, 1.84) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (1-0,4.05).

Photo of the Day

Soccer: White Sox style.

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GM Hahn: “This Could Well Be a Very Special Summer Here”

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Numbers

With last night’s 4-1 victory over Boston, the White Sox won their third in a row, moved to an American League-best 19-8 on the season and increased their lead in the A.L. Central to four games over the Tigers…The Sox boast their best record after 27 games since 2006 (also 19-8)…They have scored 52 of their 106 runs this season in the seventh inning or later…The Good Guys are 15-0 when scoring four or more runs and 15-2 when scoring first…Sox starting pitchers have allowed two runs or less in 17 of 27 games…Jose Quintana (4-1) earned his fourth win of the season last night and has won three straight…With nine saves, including his 1-2-3 ninth last night, David Robertson is tied for the league lead…Jose Abreu extended his current hitting streak to seven games and recorded his fifth multi-hit game. He is batting .423 with two doubles, a triple and eight RBI over that span…Adam Eaton has reached base two-plus times in 17 games this season and leads all of MLB in defensive runs saved (12). He was honored as ESPN’s Defensive Player of the Month for April. Read more:

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/70238/defensive-player-of-the-month-white-sox-outfielder-adam-eaton

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR/ESPN) in the second game of the three-game series and six-game homestand that continues on Friday vs. the Twins. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-3, 4.33) for the Sox, RHP Clay Buchholz (0-3, 6.51) for Boston.

Last Night’s Highlights

Quintana was nothing less than brilliant in his eight innings of work, allowing just one run, four hits and no walks along with five strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 1.40…Abreu tripled, doubled and drove in three, giving him 17 on the season.

Quotes of the Day

–GM Rick Hahn:

“This could well be a very special summer here.”

–Robertson on Sox success:

“You can’t just put your finger on one thing, it’s good pitching, it’s defense, it’s timely hitting. It’s everything you need, all the small things in a game that makes your games go good and make it easy to win ballgames.”

Danks Designated for Assignment

John Danks will officially be designated for assignment on Thursday after spending 10 years–his entire major-league career–with the Sox.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Erik Johnson (NR) for the Sox, LHP Henry Owens (0-0, 4.82) for Boston.

Photo of the Day

Here’s a pretty impressive stat: Quintana, Chris Sale and Mat Latos are a combined 14-1 with a 1.62 ERA.

Sale’s Team-First Credo: “…We have one win and loss record that matters, and it’s not mine”

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Today’s News

Heading Home

The White Sox finished their seven-game road trip to Toronto and Baltimore with a 5-2 mark, which included a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays and a split of the four-game set with the O’s. The Sox also finished their 19 games in 19 days stretch 13-6. The Good Guys are now 18-8, first in the majors to reach 18 wins, own the best record in the American League and are three games ahead of the second-place Tigers in the A.L. Central.

The Sox have allowed 1 or 0 runs in 12 of the club’s first 26 games. It’s the best through a team’s first 26 contests since the 1981 Dodgers (13) and ’81 Indians (12). It’s also the most through the first 26 games of the season in Sox history since 1963 (via @ckamka).

Omen?

The White Sox also won their 18th game on May 1 in 2005.

You Should Know That…

The Sox bullpen, with 3.1 scoreless innings pitched yesterday, has the lowest ERA in baseball at 1.60.

Tuesday’s Game

After today’s off day, it’ll be the White Sox vs. the Red Sox 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 with three vs. the Twins. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 1.47) for our Sox, RHP Steven Wright (2-2, 1.37) for Boston.

Q will be making his sixth start of the season. He has thrown 16 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to April 17 at Tampa Bay. He is 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA over his last 10 starts dating back to September 5 of last year. He won his last start on April 27 at Toronto, allowing just four hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts over six scoreless frames.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Brett Lawrie hit his fourth homer–his third in as many games–and the White Sox scored five times in the fifth inning to defeat the Orioles, 7-1 on 13 hits, and give Chris Sale his sixth victory without a loss…Brett, whose solo homer in the fourth gave the Sox a 1-0 advantage, also singled, doubled and walked, coming up just a triple shy of the cycle…Sale, whose ERA stayed at a superb 1.66, gave up a lone run in 5.1 innings along with six strikeouts…In the fifth, the Sox scored their runs on five hits, a walk and a pair of hit by pitches. Carlos Sanchez, Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera each drove in a run. Jerry Sands knocked in two…In the ninth with the bases loaded, Melky (who singled) scored on a Dioner Navarro sac fly…Cabrera collected three hits, Abreu, Sands and Austin Jackson knocked out two apiece…David Robertson, making his first appearance since coming back from the bereavement list, closed it out by retiring the side in the ninth.

Here are Lawrie’s homer and the five-run fifth:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=645948883

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=646566083

Quotes of the Day

Lawrie on the Sox:

“The confidence has been here since spring training. We feel that all of the time. We have built some camaraderie in here. We just have to continue to move forward with positivity and keep having fun.”

Photo/Video of the Day

He is undefeated and the first major-league pitcher to reach six victories in 2016. Here’s what Sale, the consummate team player, said about his accomplishment:

“6-0 doesn’t really mean anything. We have one win and loss record that matters, and it’s not mine.”

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=647053183

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