Dioner and a Show

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Today’s News

On to Baltimore…

As our attention turns to Charm City, The White Sox have won six in a row, are coming off sweeps of Texas and Toronto–two 2015 playoff teams–while outscoring them 34-10. The Sox have registered a major-league high five shutouts in their first first 22 games and scored 23 runs in the seventh inning. The Good Guys’ 16 wins is the most in baseball and the 16-6 record (.727) is the best in the American League and leads the World Champion Royals by 3.5 games in the A.L. Central.

The White Sox now have allowed 1 or 0 runs in half (11 of 22) of their games this season, the best in Sox history through the first 22 games. The Sox’ 2.24 ERA through the first 22 is a franchise best since 1967 (2.21) and the bullpen has posted a 0.73 ERA in the last nine games.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks (0-3, 6.23) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0, 2.77) for the O’s.

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Quintana was masterful and Dioner Navarro broke a scoreless tie in the seventh with a triple that scored Todd Frazier (single) and Brett Lawrie (walk) as the White Sox completed the three-game sweep over the Jays, 4-0…Austin Jackson followed Navarro’s triple with one of his own, scoring Dioner from third. Avi Garcia‘s single in the eighth brought home Jose Abreu with the final run…Quintana (3-1, 1.47) overpowered the Jays for six shutout innings, allowing only four hits and three walks while striking out 10…The bullpen once again was superb. Zach Duke, Nate Jones and David Robertson pitched perfect ball in the seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

Enjoy Q and Navarro’s two-run triple:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=633659083

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=633427183

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Quote of the Day

Navarro, after the Toronto sweep:

“We’re going to take this into the next series and keep rolling, man. We have a great shot at doing great things.”

Todd Frazier on “The Cycle”

Roster Moves

Before last night’s game, the Sox optioned right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez to Class AAA Charlotte and recalled righty Daniel Webb from Charlotte.

Webb is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA, two saves, five strikeouts and zero walks in seven relief appearances with the Knights in 2016. Lefties are hitting just .133.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.06) for the Sox, RHP Mike Wright (1-2, 6.23) for the O’s.

Photo of the Day

Rush hour traffic.

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Sale Gem, Booming Bats, Five Straight Wins, Best Record in the A.L.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Today’s News

What Matters Most

“Every day we come in here collectively and it’s all about winning. Nothing else. Not what he’s hitting or what his ERA is. Winning.”Chris Sale

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.82) for the Sox, RHP Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.50) for the Jays.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Sale went to 5-0 and 1.66, Avi Garcia (3), Dioner Navarro (2) and Adam Eaton (1) homered and the Sox knocked out 15 hits in the 10-1 victory over the Blue Jays. The Sox–establishing season highs in runs, hits and homers–have now won five in a row, seven of eight, improved to 15-6 and continue to have the best record in the American League.

Sale tossed eight innings, allowing a single run, four hits and a pair of walks with six strikeouts. What are people saying about Chris’ April? Please take a look:

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/70124/chris-sale-is-awesome-and-will-win-the-cy-young-award

The Sox’ 7-8-9 hitters (Garcia, Navarro and Austin Jackson) went 7-11 with four RBI, six runs scored and a pair of walks. Eaton added a pair of hits and two RBI, Jose Abreu singled and doubled with a run batted in and all nine starters had at least one hit.

Enjoy the show:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=630932183

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Quote of the Day

Robin on reliever Matt Albers and his defensive prowess:

“A few people have bunted on him thinking he can’t get off the mound. He believes he’s a cat.”

Roster Moves

Prior to last night’s game, the White Sox placed catcher Kevan Smith on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 24) with sacroiliac joint dysfunction and purchased the contract of catcher Hector Sanchez from Class AAA Charlotte. Sanchez appeared in 244 games with San Francisco from 2011-15, batting .240 with 33 doubles, 10 home runs and 87 RBI. He has thrown out 20 percent of attempted basestealers in his career. Sanchez was a member of the Giants 2012 World Series championship team, appearing in four postseason games.

Smith was recalled from the Knights prior to Sunday’s game vs. Texas. He was scheduled to make his major-league debut Monday night before being scratched from the starting lineup.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks (0-3, 6.23) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0, 2.77) for the O’s.

Photo of the Day

Team.

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Seventh Heaven

Chicago White Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Trailing 5-1 heading into the seventh inning, the White Sox put five runs on the board to take a 6-5 lead, added another in the top of the ninth and held on for an exciting, come-from-behind 7-5 triumph over the Blue Jays in Toronto. The Sox are now 14-6, have won four straight, six of seven and own the best record in the American League.

The Seventh: Melky Cabrera singled, Brett Lawrie grounded into a force out, Cabrera out at second. Avi Garcia singled, Lawrie to second. Dioner Navarro grounded out, Lawrie to third, Garcia to second. Austin Jackson walked. Brett Cecil replaced Marcus Stroman for the Jays. Adam Eaton singled, Lawrie scored, Garcia scored. Jackson went to second. Jimmy Rollins singled, scoring Jackson with Eaton moving to second. Jose Abreu, who drove in the first Sox run in the first inning with a groundout, walked. Eaton to third. Rollins to second. With former Sox righty Gavin Floyd on the mound for Toronto, Todd Frazier doubled, scoring Eaton and Rollins.

Check out the inning for yourself:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=626772783

It’s also important to note that the seventh inning has been quite productive so far this season for the Sox. They have scored 17 runs. Next is the third inning with nine (via @ckamka).

The Ninth: Rollins doubled, Abreu walked, Rollins stole third. Frazier lifted a sac fly scoring Rollins for the insurance run.

Rollins went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI; Eaton was 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI; Frazier 2 for 3, a walk, a double and three RBI; and Garcia went 2-4 with a run scored.

Zach Putnam (1.1 IP), Dan Jennings (0.1), Matt Albers (1.0), and David Robertson (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in relief of starter Miguel Gonzalez. Albers extended his scoreless-inning streak to 33 over his last 30 appearances dating back to last season. The appearance mark is a Sox record, breaking the previous standard of 29 set by Jesse Crain in 2013. Putnam earned the victory and Robertson got through the tough part of the Blue Jay lineup in the ninth for his eighth save.

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.80) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (1-2, 6.10) for the Jays.

Quote of the Day

Veteran Sox catcher Navarro on Sale:

“The guy’s a warrior. One of the toughest and craziest guys to catch. He’s really emotional. He’s really a go-getter. He goes after it hard all the time. He’s just so competitive, so intense.” (via Toronto Star)

Click on link below for more:

http://www.thestar.com/sports/bluejays/2016/04/25/white-sox-ace-chris-sale-a-warrior-says-dioner-navarro.html

Giving New Meaning to the Term Backstop

Kevan Smith, just called up from Class AAA Charlotte to replace the injured Alex Avila, was in the starting lineup and set to make his big-league debut last night. But he was scratched because of back spasms, leaving Navarro as the sole Sox catcher.

“Dioner’s the only guy I ever said, ‘Don’t run hard, don’t pull anything,'” Robin quipped.

Streaking

The Class AA Birmingham Barons’ INF-DH Nicky Delmonico belted solo homers in the fourth and sixth innings last night in the 7-6 loss at Chattanooga. The 23-year-old prospect, who began the season on the disabled list, is now hitting .444 during the Barons’ current 10-game road trip with seven runs, six doubles, three home runs, and nine RBI. Birmingham’s road swing ends tonight as they head home to face Pensacola on Thursday night.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.82) for the Sox, RHP Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.50) for the Jays.

Photo of the Day

Garcia’s BP last night obviously helped him as the Sox DH singled, doubled, scored and was right in the middle of the five-run seventh.

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Hot Sox Take American League’s Best Record On The Road

Monday, April 25, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that continues with four in Baltimore. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-0, 2.45 in two starts at Class AAA Charlotte) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (3-0, 4.13) for the Jays.

Gonzalez, just promoted from the Knights, has a career 3-2, 2.82 ERA at Rogers Centre. He has won 39 games in four big-league seasons with a 3.82 ERA, all with the Orioles.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Mat Latos joined Chris Sale in the 4-0 club with another outstanding performance, Dioner Navarro homered (1) and had a sac fly and Brett Lawrie singled and doubled with a run batted in as the Sox completed the three-game sweep with a 4-1 victory. The win, which finished a 5-2 homestand, gives the Good Guys the American League’s best record at 13-6 and keeps them a half-game ahead of the Royals in the A.L. Central…Latos tossed six innings, giving up just one run on seven hits. His ERA is now 0.74. Here’s Mat’s numbers through four starts this season: 0.74 ERA, 24.1 IP, 13 Hits, 13 K, 7 BB, 1 HR, 0.822 WHIP and 6-plus IP, 1 or 0 runs in all 4 starts (via @ckamka)…Zach Duke and Nate Jones pitched scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth, respectively, and David Robertson earned his seventh save by striking out the side in the ninth.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are the first A.L. team to post 13 wins and it’s their best 19-game start since 2006 (also 13-6)…The Sox have an A.L. best 2.28 ERA, the lowest for the franchise through 19 games since 1966 (2.02)…The Sox have now allowed 1 or 0 runs in 9 of 19 games this season, the most such games through the first 19 contests in team history (via @ckamka)…Over the last six games Sox starters have an ERA of 1.15…The Rangers came into the series leading the league with 70 runs. They scored four vs. White Sox in the three-game series…Lawrie is batting .347 with seven RBI, six runs scored, six doubles, six walks and one homer over his last 14 games. He recorded his sixth multi-hit game yesterday.

Chicago White Sox Photo Day

Quote of the Day

Alex Avila‘s hamstring injury, which forced the Sox to place him on the disabled list, has provided an opportunity for 27-year-old catcher Kevan Smith (pictured above) to reach the major leagues for the first time. Here’s Kevan’s reaction yesterday to being in “The Show.”

“It’s still an emotional roller coaster right now. I’m talking to buddies that I played (with) back in rookie ball and A-ball, and they’re like, this isn’t Kannapolis anymore, just making little jokes and stuff like that. It’s just kind of a dream becoming reality and I’m trying to soak everything in today and just get my bearings.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.80) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (1-2, 6.10) for the Jays.

Photo of the Day

True Sox Love.

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It…

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Sunday April 24, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (3-0, 0.49) for the Sox, LHP Derek Holland (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

Latos is set to make his fourth start of the season and second at home. He earned his third straight win in his last start on April 19 vs. the Angels, allowing just two hits over 6.1 scoreless innings.

Yesterday’s Highlights

When all was said and done, Jose Abreu‘s single with the bases loaded and one out in the 11th inning proved to be the difference as the Sox came away with a thrilling 4-3 walk-off victory over the Rangers at USCF. The Good Guys are now 12-6 and a half-game ahead of the Royals in the A.L. Central.

The Sox tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth on a Todd Frazier solo homer, his fifth, and Dioner Navarro singled home the lead run later in the inning. The Rangers tied it at 3-3 in the top of the ninth and the game headed into extra innings. Frazier came thisclose to another homer with two gone in the bottom of the frame–which would have ended the game–but Texas right fielder Nomar Mazara leaped over the wall to prevent the potential game-winner.

In the bottom of the 11th, Navarro walked, Austin Jackson was hit by a pitch and Adam Eaton walked, loading the bases. After Navarro was forced out at home on a ground ball, Abreu performed his heroics.

Carlos Rodon bounced back nicely from his last start, allowing just two runs, two hits and two walks along with seven strikeouts (a season-high). Matt Albers pitched a scoreless 11th and earned his first win of the season. He has now thrown 32 consecutive scoreless innings over his last 29 appearances dating back to last year. Melky Cabrera slammed his second homer, a solo blast, and singled twice. Jimmy Rollins had a pair of singles.

Here are the Frazier and Cabrera homers–and a fabulous play by Brett Lawrie behind second base:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=617062383

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Quote of the Day

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox walked-off for the first time this season and in the process won their first extra-inning game in their first try…The Sox are 3-0 when tied after the eighth inning and 4-1 in the second game of a series…Our starters own a 1.09 ERA over the last five games…Rodon has held lefties to a .185 average with no home runs and only 13 RBI in his career…Cabrera is 19 for 49 with two doubles, one triple, two homers and six RBI over the last 14 games…Frazier is 6-21 with three homers over his last six games.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that continues with four in Baltimore. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.80) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (3-0, 4.13) for the Jays.

Photo of the Day

Ecstasy.

“I’ve Never Seen That Before”

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.73) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (1-0, 4.00) for Texas.

Last Night’s Highlights

The quote in the headline above was Todd Frazier‘s emotional reaction as he celebrated with his teammates in the dugout after the Sox executed a mind-boggling 9-3-2-6-2-5 seventh-inning triple play (see video above and click on link below) en route to a 5-0 victory over the Rangers…Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.82) had another excellent outing, blanking Texas for seven innings, allowing just four hits and a pair of walks along with four strikeouts…Brett Lawrie doubled in a pair of runs after a two-out walk to Frazier and a Melky Cabrera double and Jerry Sands singled in Lawrie in a three-run sixth…Jose Abreu drove in a run on a sac fly in the third…Matt Albers came on in the eighth and extended his consecutive scoreless appearance streak to 28 (31 innings pitched)…Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless ninth.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=613559383

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the triple play:

“If anybody on the field deserves to have that happen for them, it’s Q,” referring of course to the long list of no-decisions that Quintana has endured.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are off to their best 17-game start since 2006 (12-5) and are 8-4 over the last 12 games…Last night’s triple play was the first by the Sox since September 18, 2006 in the first inning vs. the Tigers.

Oh, That Pitching

The Sox recorded their fourth shutout of the season, their most over the first 17 games of a season since 1947 (four)…We have held the opposition to one or no runs in eight of the 17 contests…The White Sox bullpen is 1-0 with a major-league best 1.55 ERA and 37 strikeouts over its first 16 games…Quintana is 4-1 with a 1.63 ERA and eight quality starts over his last nine dating back to September 5 of last year.

Quite a Night

While the Sox were executing one of the craziest triple plays in recent memory, there were some other pretty exciting moments in the organization last night (via @futuresox).

The Class AAA Charlotte Knights, down 4-1 entering the ninth, scored three runs to send the game into extra innings. Then, if that weren’t enough drama, first baseman Danny Hayes belted a walk-off grand slam in the 10th to give the Knights an 8-5 victory.

The high-Class A Winston-Salem Dash powered their way to a 13-8 win over host Salem on 20 hits. Leading the way was third baseman Gerson Montilla, who hit for the first Dash cycle since 2008.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (3-0, 0.49) for the Sox, LHP Derek Holland (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Somehow, Melky found himself promoting the upcoming NFL Draft that takes place in Chicago April 28-30.

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Q vs. Rangers in Tonight’s Series Opener

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 2.55) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (0-1, 3.44) for Texas.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera (No. 1) and Todd Frazier (4) each slammed a solo homer, but it wasn’t enough as the Sox dropped the series finale to the Angels, 3-2, for a split in the four-game series…John Danks had a quality start, giving up just two runs in six innings…Jake Petricka pitched two innings of scoreless relief.

The Cabrera and Frazier homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=608975283

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=609116783

Quote of the Day

Dioner Navarro on his friendship with Mat Latos (via CST_soxvan):

“He likes to talk a lot and I’m a really mellow guy, so I let him do all the talking.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.73) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (1-0, 4.00) for Texas.

Photos/Video of the Day

You’d be hard-pressed to find somebody who enjoys being a major leaguer more than the Toddfather. And click on link to watch him on the MLB Network.

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v608831983

First-Place Sox Looking for Third Straight Triumph and Series Win

David Robertson, Alex Avila

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series, in which the Sox have won two of the first three. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks (0-2, 7.94) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (1-0, 4.35) for L.A.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Chris Sale was once again dominant (click on top link below) and Tyler Saladino homered for the first time this season, a first-inning solo shot (click on middle link), as the Sox won their second game in a row with a 2-1 nail-biter over the Angels to improve their record to 10-5 on the season…David Robertson (1.1 IP) claimed his sixth save (click on bottom link) in as many tries and has converted 11 consecutive saves since September 19, 2015. He earned his first save of four outs or more since May 16 of last year.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=605176083

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All About Sale

Sale (4-0) tossed a stellar seven innings, allowing just one unearned run, two hits, no walks along with three strikeouts and lowered his ERA to a miniscule 1.80 in his 200th big-league appearance…He is also the first pitcher in the major leagues to reach four victories…Chris had his team season-high 16 scoreless inning streak snapped in the eighth…It was the third longest of his career and longest since May 23-June 8, 2015 (22.2 IP)…He has not allowed a walk in 21 consecutive innings…Sale is the first Sox pitcher since Mark Buehrle in 2005 to go seven innings in four straight starts to begin a season…He also has started the season 4-0 for the second time in his career (5-0 in 2014) and is 5-0 with a 1.39 ERA and 37 strikeouts lifetime vs the Angels.

Quote of the Day

Catcher Alex Avila, who caught Sale’s gem yesterday, on his talented batterymate:

“He’s always trying to get better, and I’m maybe trying to bring a little different perspective for him and see if he can make it a special season.”

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are enjoying their best 15-game start since 2006 and have a half-game lead over the Royals in the American League Central…The Sox bullpen is 1-0 with a 1.52 ERA and 35 strikeouts over its first 14 games of the season…Brett Lawrie walked a career-high three times yesterday, the most on the team this season…Adam Eaton (1), Todd Frazier (2) and Lawrie (1) each stole a base.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 2.55) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (0-1, 3.44).

Photo/Video of the Day

It’s all about recovery. Here’s Jerry Sands‘ perfect throw which cut down Mike Trout at second base in the ninth inning after the ball got by him at first base.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=605175783

 

Sale Takes Center Stage After Latos Blanks Halos

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the third game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 2.35) for the Sox, RHP Garrett Richards (0-2, 3.57) for L.A.

Sale is set to make his fourth start of the season. In his previous three outings, he struck out 23 with a .181 opponents average. He earned the win in his last start on April 15, tossing the second complete-game shutout of his career and striking out nine.

Chris is 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA, 41 strikeouts and a .158 opponents average in seven career games vs. the Angels. He has gone 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA, 14 strikeouts and a .111 opponents average in two starts vs. L.A. at USCF.

Last Night’s Highlights

Mat Latos continued his brilliant mound work, Todd Frazier and Jose Abreu each belted their third homers, Melky Cabrera tripled in a pair, Brett Lawrie collected an RBI single and the bullpen came through in stellar fashion as the Sox posted a 5-0 victory over the Angels…Latos is now 3-0 with an 0.49 ERA in his first three starts…Matt Albers, who came on and finished the seventh inning for Latos, extended his career-high scoreless appearance streak to 27 and consecutive innings pitched total to 30. Both are the longest active in baseball and his IP streak is the longest by a Sox player since Wilson Alvarez threw 31 in 1993…Nate Jones pitched a perfect eighth and ninth for his first career save…With the Sox up 2-0 in the seventh, Adam Eaton fired a perfect throw to Dioner Navarro and cut off Andrelton Simmons at the plate to preserve the shutout.

Enjoy the Frazier and Abreu homers, the Cabrera two-RBI triple and Eaton’s fantastic throw:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=601839183

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Whatta Bullpen!

The Sox bullpen is 1-0 with a 1.60 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 2016.

Quote of the Day

Frazier on getting to know Chicago:

“I got lost again. It’s unbelievable. I’m on my Google Maps every five minutes.”

Roster Moves

RHP Erik Johnson was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte and OF J.B. Shuck was optioned to the Knights. The Sox will go with 13 pitchers at least through the current homestand with Johnson working out of the pen.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP John Danks (0-2, 7.94) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (1-0, 4.35) for L.A.

Photo/Video of the Day

Jerry Sands understands that boys will be boys.

“It’ll Be Good to Get Back Home”

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with three against the Rangers. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-1, 1.38) for the Sox, former Sox LHP Hector Santiago (0-0, 3.95) for L.A.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Quintana had a quality start, but it wasn’t enough as the White Sox fell to the Rays, 3-2, in the finale of the three-game series. The Sox ended their six-game road trip with a 4-2 mark and are tied with the Royals for first place in the A.L. Central…Q tossed six innings, allowing just two earned runs, seven hits, no walks with six strikeouts. He’s now 1-1 with a fine 2.55 ERA…Zach Duke and Matt Albers threw a scoreless seventh and eighth inning, respectively, in relief of Jose…Albers has now compiled 29.1 consecutive scoreless innings over 26 appearances dating back to 2015…Austin Jackson and Avi Garcia had RBI singles and Brett Lawrie singled and doubled.

Home Again

After a long stretch on the road dating back to spring training with only a couple of games at home, the Sox are understandably happy to be home for an extended stretch. Robin Ventura and Todd Frazier talk about home sweet home (via @CSNHayes):

Robin:

“It didn’t really feel like we were home at all. Only two games and the rainout when we were there. Everybody is looking to get home and have a stretch there.

“The new guys haven’t been able to establish anything. Hopefully they washed their clothes, and put them back in a suitcase. That’s all there was time to do.”

Todd:

“It’ll be good to get back home. Only been there for three days. Get acclimated to Chicago a little bit more and get back going and winning another series.”

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Quote of the Day

Don Cooper, who gave credit to fellow coaches Rick Renteria, Joe McEwing and Daryl Boston for working hard to enhance the defensive positioning, talked about the Sox’ improved defense and how it’s helped the pitchers:

“When a pitching staff is going good, the first thing you look at is the catchers…the next thing you look at is the defense behind the pitcher, which has been good.

“We are totally prepared to play every game. Research to make sure they’re set up in the best possible position against whoever is hitting against whatever pitcher we have out there. When you have the pitching defense lined up the way it’s been going, pitchers are more comfortable saying, ‘I’ll make you hit it.’ It makes pitchers more comfortable knowing the play can be made behind them.”

Down in Charlotte…

Miguel Gonzalez, recently acquired from the Orioles, tossed six solid innings for his first win and Matt Davidson slammed his third homer as the Sox’ Class AAA affiliate Charlotte Knights defeated the Durham Bulls, 2-1, on Sunday…Carlos Sanchez went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Tim Anderson and Jacob May each doubled.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the second game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (2-0, 0.75) for the Sox, RHP Matt Shoemaker (1-1, 6.00) for L.A.

Photo of the Day

Thor’s first Sox game.

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