Friday Roundup: Sox Battle Rays, Sale’s Idol, Robin on Rodon and More…

Friday, June 12, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

Coming off of a three-game sweep over the Astros and a day off, the White Sox open a three-game series vs. the Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the first leg of a five-game road trip that concludes with Monday and Tuesday games in Pittsburgh. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 5.17) for the Sox, RHP Matt Andriese (0-1, 4.79) for Tampa Bay.

Chris Sale: “Randy Johnson was my man…That’s the guy who I wanted to be”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2015/06/11/chris-sale-white-sox-dominance-randy-johnson-hall–fame/71048698/

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Quote of the Day

Skipper Robin Ventura on rookie Carlos Rodon, who is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA:

“He has the bulldog mentality of just going out and gutting his way through it and just battling. I think that’s an impressive part of what we’re learning about him–the way he goes about it, how much he cares and how much he puts on his own shoulders.”

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Four Sox Prospects From Class A Winston-Salem Named Carolina League All-Stars

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150611&content_id=130012200&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t580&sid=t580

No Neck II

The Yankees have promoted a young outfielder named Mason Williams to the big-league club. White Sox fans of a certain age will remember Mason’s great uncle–the popular Walt “No Neck” Williams, who played for the Sox from 1967-72 and had a career-high .304 batting average in 1969.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-4, 4.93) vs. RHP Chris Archer (7-4, 1.84).

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 59 on June 8 at Colorado, the first-place Sox won their 40th game of the season to go 21 games over .500 in a lopsided 15-5 victory over the Rockies. The Sox scored six runs in the eighth inning, four more in the ninth and knocked out 22 hits. Joe Crede smashed a two-run homer, Frank Thomas connected with a solo shot, Carl Everett had three hits and three runs batted in, Jermaine Dye had three hits and two RBI, Juan Uribe had two hits and three RBI, Pablo Ozuna and Aaron Rowand each had three hits and Tadahito Iguchi drove in a pair. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez won his seventh of the season.

The 2005 World Series Anniversary Pack:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/anniversary_pack.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20150611_47378136&adbid=10154035449753298&adbpl=fb&adbpr=45484098297

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Photo of the Day

On this date 76 years ago, June 12, 1939, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, conducted its first Induction Ceremony with all living inaugural electees in attendance. Among them was legendary White Sox second baseman Eddie Collins, who was a fixture on the South Side from 1915-1926 and played a key role on the 1917 World Champs. He knocked out 2,007 hits and batted .331 with a .426 on-base percentage in his 12 seasons with the Sox.

Here is the classic photo of the first Hall of Fame class with Collins seated on the far left in the front row. The others in that row, left to right, are Babe Ruth, Connie Mack and Cy Young. In the back row, l. to r., are: Honus Wagner, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, George Sisler and Walter Johnson.

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How Sweep It Is!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Today’s News

Sox Take Three Straight From Astros, Rays Next After Day Off

Following this week’s sweep of the Astros, the White Sox will enjoy a day off and then open a three-game game series tomorrow night vs. the Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 5.17) for the Sox, TBA for Tampa Bay.

The weekend set with the Rays is the first leg of a five-game road trip that concludes with Monday and Tuesday games vs. the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Sox come home for a five-game homestand to face the Bucs again on Wednesday and Thursday and the Rangers for a three-game weekend series.

Last Night’s Highlights: LaRoche, Abreu Homer–and Soto, Too? Yes, Soto, Too!

Adam LaRoche belted a solo shot (No. 8) in the sixth inning to tie the score at 1-1 (click on top link below) and Geovany Soto‘s solo blast in the seventh (No. 3) put the White Sox ahead, 2-1 (click on second link), as we came from behind to defeat the Astros, 4-1, and complete the three-game sweep…Jose Abreu gave the Sox some insurance with a two-run homer in the eighth, his 11th (click on third link)…Jose Quintana, who gave up only a lone run in seven strong innings of work, was the beneficiary of the homers, earning his third victory of the season (click on fourth link)….Zach Putnam, in relief of Quintana, struck out the side in the eighth and  David Robertson came on to toss a scoreless ninth and record his 13th save, his third in as many nights…Additionally, J..B. Shuck knocked out a pair of hits and walked and Melky Cabrera robbed Houston’s Preston Tucker of a home run in the sixth (click on bottom link).

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=155379483

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http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=156516583

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=155442783

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Quote of the Day

Skipper Robin Ventura on Quintana:

“For pitching in the tough luck he’s had over his career, he has an amazing ability to be focused on what he can control. Attitude wise, he’s great. He continues to just grind and go out and pitch well…he stays optimistic and takes care of his business.”

Sox Note of Note

Robin will miss the Rays series this weekend to attend his daughter Madison’s college graduation. Bench coach Mark Parent will take over the managerial duties in Robin’s absence while former Sox infielder Vance Law, the Sox’ minor-league hitting coordinator, will serve as the bench coach.

Sox Draft Selections

With the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft concluded, here is the complete list of Sox’ draft picks (top link) and comments from GM Rick Hahn (bottom link).

http://www.mlb.com/mlb/events/draft/y2015/drafttracker.jsp#ft=team&fv=cws

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150610&content_id=129834446&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Abreu Talks About Sponsoring Cuban Little League Team

http://m.mlb.com/video/v152676183/?partnerId=as_cws_20150610_47297356&adbid=608679252817420288&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

Sox Players and Their Families Visit Shedd Aquarium

http://m.mlb.com/video/v154278783/?partnerId=as_cws_20150610_47296106&adbid=608676074105413632&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

Photo/Video of the Day

Two great Cuban-born athletes met before last night’s game–Abreu and Erislandy Lara, the WBA light-middleweight champion, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=155372583

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A Very Good Day At The Office (In More Ways Than One)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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Today’s News

A Happy Tuesday

From a big win on the field, to selecting a new group of White Sox players, to a top Sox prospect throwing a no-hitter, to a star player creating a program for special needs youngsters, yesterday was a very good day indeed.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.28) for the Sox, RHP Vincent Velasquez, making his big-league debutfor Houston.

Last Night’s Highlights

Carlos Rodon threw six shutout innings to raise his record to 2-0, Jose Abreu belted his 10th homer, a two-run shot that broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning, and Melky Cabrera delivered a two-run, bases-loaded double in the eighth as the White Sox held on to win their second in row vs. the Astros, 4-2, looking to complete the sweep tonight…Rodon gave up just four hits and a pair of walks while striking out five. He also showed great poise in getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning…The Astros put across two runs in the ninth, but closer David Robertson stopped the rally there for his 12th save. Zach Putnam (1.0 IP) and Jake Petricka (0.2) were perfect in relief.

Enjoy Abreu’s homer, Cabrera’s double and run-saving defensive plays in left by Cabrera and at third by Gordon Beckham.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=152869683

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=153171483

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=152542183

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v152696983/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

Sox Notes of Note

Rodon extended his scoreless streak to 11 innings over his last two starts. He is 1-0 with a 1.11 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his last four starts, which have all been quality outings…Putnam extended his scoreless streak to four appearances (4.2 IP).

Sale Followup

After his spectacular performance on Monday night, Chris Sale joins Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax (1965) as the only pitchers in the modern era (since 1900) to go three straight starts with at least 12 strikeouts and one run or fewer allowed…Chris also is the first pitcher in 115 years to record at least 10 Ks in four straight starts and increase his strikeout total in each game…And the Sox ace is on a streak of four straight games with at least 20 swing-and-miss pitches, a feat not accomplished since 2002…Click on the links below to enjoy Sale’s dominance.

http://atmlb.com/1Kn56y3

http://deadspin.com/nobody-can-touch-chris-sale-right-now-1710097767?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_facebook&utm_source=deadspin_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

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Quote of the Day

Sale, following Monday night’s game, on Tyler Flowers‘ impact on his success:

“Everyone talks about this and me and all that and I’ll be 100 percent honest. None of it happens without him.”

More on Top Sox Draft Pick Carson Fulmer

http://www.southsidesox.com/2015/6/9/8752663/notes-from-the-carson-fulmer-conference-call?utm_campaign=southsidesox&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Draft Update

The White Sox made selections from the 4th to the 10th rounds yesterday during the second day of the MLB Amateur Draft. The Sox did not have picks in the second and third rounds.

The Picks:

Round 4 (112th choice overall): LHP Zack Erwin, Clemson

Round 5  (142nd overall): RHP Jordan Stephens, Rice

Round 6  (172nd overall): 1B Corey Zangari, Carl Albert H.S. (Okla.)

Round 7  (202nd overall):  RHP Blake Hickman, Iowa

Round 8  (232nd overall):  C Casey Schroeder, Coastal Carolina (S.C.)

Round 9  (262nd overall):  LHP Ryan Hinchley, Illinois (Chicago)

Round 10 (292nd overall): CF Jackson Glines, Michigan

Here’s more on the new White Sox:

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-mlb-draft-tracker-rounds-3-10

Hickman Selection Special

The choice of Hickman (pictured below) in the seventh round was a meaningful one for the Sox. Blake is a Simeon High grad and a product of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. Here’s a closer look at him:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/129538944/blake-hickman-goes-from-ace-to-white-sox-draftee

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/67565098/v150343183/?query=blake%2Bhickman&partnerId=as_cws_20150609_47246996&adbid=608371924998176768&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

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Four White Sox Prospects With Birmingham Named Southern League All-Stars…

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150609&content_id=129536316&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t247&sid=t247

One of those All-Stars is righty Frankie Montas (pictured below), the White Sox No. 2 prospect, who no-hit Tennessee, 2-0, yesterday in a seven-inning game.

And Two are Selected for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150609&content_id=129508416&fext=.jsp&vkey=pr_t487&sid=t487

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday night, it’s the White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and five-game road trip that continues with a pair in Pittsburgh. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 5.17) for the Sox, TBA for Tampa Bay.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 58 on June 7 at Colorado, the first-place White Sox nipped the Rockies, 2-1, to go 20 games over .500 at 39-19. Jermaine Dye and A.J. Pierzynski RBI singles in the fourth inning gave Sox pitching all the offense they needed as Jose Contreras (6.0 IP), Neal Cotts (2.0) and Dustin Hermanson (1.0, 14th save) shut down the Colorado hitters.

Fun ’05 fact: Houston reliever Chad Qualls doesn’t seem to have have haunting memories of giving up the World Series Game 2 Grand Slam to Paul Konerko. In town this week with the Astros, Qualls made a trip to the left field stands to see the blue seat that commemorates the historic homer.

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Photos of the Day

Abreu launched “Abreu’s Amigos” yesterday in partnership with Easter Seals. And a few of his Sox amigos–Alexei Ramirez, Melky Cabrera and Emilio Bonifacio–were there in full force.

“Abreu’s Amigos” is a community program with the Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago (ESMC) Theraputic School and Center for Autism Research. Passionate about supporting children with special needs, Abreu built the program with ESMC to focus on providing regular opportunities for these students to develop social skills in a recreational setting through clinics and field trips to the ballpark.

Abreu presented a $10,000 donation to ESMC before inviting students to participate in the baseball clinic on the White Sox Field at the school, which the team built in 2008 along wth making a $1 millon grant to ESMC. The players named above worked with the youngsters alongside Bulls/Sox Academy coaches.

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A Tale of Two Sox First-Rounders From Lakeland, Florida: Chris Sale Brilliant vs. Astros, Carson Fulmer’s Journey Begins

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 3.12) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (7-1, 1.85) for Houston.

Rodon is set to make his ninth major-league appearance and sixth start with four of the previous five quality outings. He is 0-0 with a 1.47 ERA over his last three starts and posted a no-decision on June 4 vs. Texas, allowing one run on five hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts over six innings.

Last Night’s Highlights

Avi Garcia‘s two-run homer, his sixth long one, and Melky Cabrera‘s RBI single were all the runs Chris Sale needed to lead the Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Astros, improve his record this season to 6-2 and give him his 50th career win. But that’s just part of the story. Sale, who gave up a lone run on five hits in eight innings, struck out 14 for a season-high and for the second time in his career–and only one shy of his all-time best of 15. He is also the first White Sox pitcher in history to have four consecutive starts with 10 or more strikeouts. In the previous three contests, he struck out 10 Twins, 12 Orioles and 13 Rangers. With 13 games of 12 or more Ks, Chris extended his own franchise record and becomes the first pitcher with three straight 12+ strikeout games since Pedro Martinez in May, 2001….David Robertson took over for Sale in the the ninth and struck out two to chalk up his 11th save.

Here are Avi’s blast, his third homer in his last four games, and a look at Sale’s virtuoso performance:

http://atmlb.com/1Qk6h6a

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/28033182/v151387383

Vandy’s Fulmer is Sox Selection at No. 8

The White Sox chose right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer of Vanderbilt, who has seen action as both a starter and reliever for the Commodores, as the eighth pick last night in the MLB amateur draft. The Sox will pick next at No. 112.

Fulmer is 13-2 in 17 starts for Vandy this season with a 1.82 ERA and 152 Ks in 114 innings pitched. Yesterday was certainly a momentous day for the 21-year-old pitcher. Not only was he drafted high, but his roommate and college teammate, shortstop Dansby Swanson, was the No. 1 pick overall by the Diamondbacks and his team advanced to the College World Series.

It’s interesting to note that Carson is from Lakeland, Fla. The last college pitcher the Sox chose from Lakeland in the first round has done pretty well. Mr. Fulmer meet Mr. Sale.

Get to know the newest White Sox…

Up Close and Personal:

http://atmlb.com/1KRTHo7

On being selected by the Sox:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v150621983/?partnerId=as_mlb_20150609_47198096&adbid=608092784562565120&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

Hearing the News With His Teammates:

https://instagram.com/p/3sAKPmhz5c/

MLB Network Radio Scouting Report:

https://soundcloud.com/mlbnetworkradio/carson-fulmer-rhp-vanderbilt-university-scouting-report-siriusxm

More Fulmer

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/28033182/v151387383

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-draft-white-sox-astros-spt-0609-20150608-story.html

Quotes of the Day

What they’re saying about the Sox’ top pick…

White Sox Scouting Director Doug Laumann:

“We feel like for the second year in a row, we have been able to get the best college pitcher available in the draft…He is an impressive kid who has been able to go out on Friday nights and dominate…in the best conference in the country.”

 Assistant Scouting Director Nick Hostetler:

“Don’t know if I’ve seen a better makeup kid in my 16 years. I hope my daughter marries a kid like that….Curveball is special. A true strikeout pitch. Has depth to it, swing and miss pitch.”

MLB Network’s Peter Gammons:

“He has ‘the thing’–he’s obsessed with being great.”

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The Day Chris Sale Became a White Sox

Here’s a story looking back at the day the Sox drafted Sale. And juxtaposed is the photo above showing him getting congrats from teammates after his great performance last night.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/why-white-sox-hardly-celebrated-when-they-drafted-chris-sale

“Swing and Miss” Chris

Another interesting perspective on Sale, written before last night’s game.

http://espn.go.com/blog/jayson-stark/post/_/id/1257/chris-sale-on-the-cusp-of-making-swing-and-miss-history

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S, Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.28) for the Sox, RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-5, 5.18) for Houston.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 57 on June 6 at Colorado, the first-place White Sox battered the Rockies, 9-3, and improved their record to 38-19. Paul Konerko connected for his 15th home run, a solo shot, and drove in two, Jermaine Dye and A.J. Pierzynski collected three hits and two RBI apiece and Juan Uribe had a three-hit game with a run batted in. Scott Podsednik knocked out a pair of hits and stole his 31st base. Freddy Garcia pitched a strong eight innings for his sixth victory.

Photo of the Day

Yesterday was “National Best Friends Day.”

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It’s Super Sale vs. Astros While Sox Look for Impact Player in Tonight’s Draft

Monday, June 8, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-2, 3.27) for the Sox, RHP Lance McCullers (2-0, 1.88) for Houston.

Sale struck out 13 batters over seven scoreless innings last Wednesday at Texas after fanning 12 over eight scoreless innings in his previous start on May 28 at Baltimore. Chris is 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA, six walks and 53 strikeouts over his last five starts. During that stretch, Sale has held opponents to a .144 average with a 0.64 WHIP. He has thrown 19.2 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to the fourth inning on May 23 vs. the Twins–the second-longest streak in the major leagues and second-longest of his career (28 from May 6-June 21, 2013).

As we posted previously, Sale joins Chan Ho Park (2000), Hideo Nomo (1995), Roger Clemens (1987), Nolan Ryan (1978) and Sandy Koufax (1965) as the only pitchers since ’65 to make back-to-back scoreless starts with at least 12 strikeouts.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Avi Garcia belted a three-run homer, his sixth round-tripper of the season (click on top link below), and Adam Eaton doubled and tripled in a run (click on bottom link) in the loss to the Tigers…Avi is now batting .346 with four home runs and 11 RBI in day games this season…Adam is hitting .292 with nine RBI with runners on base and leads the club with four triples.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=149087883

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=149130983

Quote of the Day

Sale tried to explain why he’s on a roll:

“I couldn’t tell you. I try to go out there and pitch (well) every time. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t. I don’t now if there’s any rhyme or reason but you get in grooves and try to ride it.”

Who Will Be the Sox’ Top Draft Pick?

The Sox have the eighth selection in Major League Baseball’s 2015 First Year Player Draft, which begins tonight. You can watch it live on the MLB Network and MLB.com, starting at 5:00 p.m. CT.  More on the Sox and the draft:

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150606&content_id=129012188&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Junior Guerra’s Time Has Come

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/24539/30-year-old-rookie-junior-guerra-kept-dream-alive?ex_cid=espnapi_public

Sox Note of Note

The answer to yesterday’s photo quiz: The Sox wives in the picture below are Tyler Flowers‘ wife Nancy (wearing Tyler’s No. 21) and Jake Petricka‘s spouse Ellen (wearing Jake’s 52).

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 3.12) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (7-1, 1.85) for Houston.

Photo of the Day 

Don’t forget to get your copy of the new edition of White Sox Magazine with Jeff Samardzija on the cover, now on sale at the ballpark.

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Shark Goes For Fifth Win and Series Victory

Sunday, June 7, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the rubber game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-3, 4.68) for the Sox, RHP Alfredo Simon (5-3, 2.97) for Detroit.

Last Night’s Highlights

Alexei Ramirez doubled in a run (click on top link below) and singled and Adam LaRoche had a pair of base hits in the loss to the Tigers…LaRoche is now batting .348 in his last 12 games…And enjoy a terrific defensive play by Gordon Beckham at third (click on bottom link):

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v148129883

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v148093083

Quote of the Day

LaRoche on Friday night’s game-tying homer that set the stage for the Sox’ dramatic extra-inning win:

“Down to our final out there and it allowed us to keep playing and get a win. I can’t say I ever had a goal on home runs or a mark I wanted to hit. Just looking back, it’s neat, the ones you do remember and this will definitely be one of them. I won’t forget this one. Pretty cool.”

Roster Move

Before today’s game, the White Sox placed lefty reliever Dan Jennings on the 15-day disabled list and have purchased the contract of right-hander Junior Guerra, who posted a 2.72 ERA at Class AAA Charlotte.

Nate Jones on the Comeback Trail

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-nate-jones-continues-make-progress-injury-rehab

Sox Wives Help Toy Drive

Here are a couple of White Sox wives generously helping out with the Toy Drive last night at Southpaw‘s birthday celebration. Hmm, Nos. 21 and 52. Venture to guess who their husbands are? Answers will appear in tomorrow’s post.

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Just a Reminder

The Sox have the eighth pick in Major League Baseball’s 2015 First Year Player Draft, which gets underway tomorrow night. You can watch it live on the MLB Network and MLB.com, starting at 5:00 p.m. CT.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-2, 3.27) for the Sox, RHP Lance McCullers (2-0, 1.88) for Houston.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 55 on June 4 at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox squeezed by the Indians, 6-5, and improved to 37-18 on the season. Paul Konerko smashed his 14th homer, a solo shot, Joe Crede hit a two-run blast for No. 7 and Aaron Rowand went 2-3 with a pair of runs batted in. Jon Garland upped his record to 9-2 and Dustin Hermanson chalked up his 13th save.

Photo of the Day

Hidden ball trick?

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Sox Take Turns Stirring the Drink in Extra-Inning Thriller

Saturday, June 6, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (6:15 p.m. CT, FOX). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.81) for the Sox, LHP David Price (4-2, 3.15) for Detroit.

Danks is set to make his 11th start of the season, fifth at home and first against the Tigers. John threw his third career shutout in his last outing on May 31 vs. the Astros. He struck out six while walking only one.

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Last Night’s Highlights

For the second straight night, the Sox went 11 innings and we’re happy to say that the outcome was much different than the tough 2-1 loss in Texas on Thursday night. This second time around, the Sox fought their way back from a 3-1 deficit to nip Detroit, 4-3, in dramatic fashion–on a walk-off HBP no less…Avi Garcia‘s 7th inning solo homer, his fifth of the season, made it 3-2 (click on top below) and with two outs and nobody on in the ninth Adam LaRoche stunned the Tigers and energized the home crowd by sending his seventh of the year over the centerfield fence to tie the game at 3-3 (click on second link). Victory was ours in the 11th as Garcia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and no outs to score the deciding run (click on third link)…Jose Abreu gave us an early 1-0 lead on a run-scoring double in the first inning (click on fourth link below)…Alexei Ramirez, who collected a pair of hits, scored on Abreu’s two-base hit and singled in the 11th to keep the rally going…Jose Quintana went a solid seven innings and the bullpen was outstanding as Zach Putnam (1.0 IP), David Robertson (2.0) and Jake Petricka (1.0) tossed four innings of perfect baseball. In fact, Putnam struck out the side–Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez–in the eighth (click on bottom link) and Robertson did likewise in the ninth. Petricka earned his first win of the season.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v146521183

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v146669583/?partnerId=as_mlb_20150606_47085096&adbid=607020046963994625&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v146794683

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v146186683/?partnerId=as_mlb_20150606_47082586&adbid=606985924719747072&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v146590283

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Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn upon the Sox’ arrival home after the long road trip:

“I think it’s about time for us to start making some noise, and we are in a good position right now. I feel we are in a spot where the arrow is starting to point up.”

Beckham in a Happy Place

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/128655144/w-hite-sox-gordon-beckham-finds-himself-in-much-better-place

Corey Ray: From White Sox Amateur City Elite to College Stardom

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150605/ashburn/corey-ray-journeys-from-chicagos-south-side-top-of-college-baseball

Wow!

In the last two games of the road trip, starters Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon gave up just one run with 23 strikeouts…Also, with his back-to-back scoreless starts with at least 12 Ks, Sale joins Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan, Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo as the only pitchers since 1965 to accomplish the feat.

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox earned their fifth walk-off of the season. The last time the Sox won on a walk-off hit-by-pitch was in April of 2007 (A.J. Pierzynski)…The Sox are 4-2 in extra-inning games and 11-7 in one-run contests…Putnam owns a 1.13 ERA in his last eight outings…Robertson has worked 10 scoreless innings over nine outings in a non-save situation…LaRoche’s homer was the 250th of his career. He is hitting .326 with three homers over his last 11 games…J.B. Shuck, who singled in a pinch-hitting role last night, is hitting .310 over his last 12 games…Ramirez is batting .333 in his last 10 home games.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-3, 4.68) for the Sox, RHP Alfredo Simon (5-3, 2.97) for Detroit.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 54 on June 3 at U.S. Cellular Field, Jermaine Dye (3 for 4) and Carl Everett each drove in a pair of runs as the first-place White Sox defeated the Indians, 6-4, and moved to 36-18 on the season. Aaron Rowand and Juan Uribe added an RBI apiece and Scott Podsednik went 2-4, stealing his 28th base. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez earned his sixth win and Dustin Hermanson recorded his 12th save.

Photo of the Day

Actor Levar Burton, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch last night, enjoyed spending some time with former Sox star Bo Jackson and even got an autographed ball out of the deal.

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Sox Return Home (Finally) and Happy Blogaversary

Friday, June 5, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Astros. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.33) for the Sox, LHP Kyle Ryan (1-0, 3.00) for Detroit.

Last Night’s Highlights

Carlos Rodon delivered another quality start, giving up a lone run with a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings of work as the Sox fell to the Rangers, 2-1, in 11 innings (click on the link below) . Rodon allowed just five hits and walked three…Gordon Beckham, whose average is now at .283, drove in the Sox tally with a sac fly and Adam Eaton added a pair of base hits.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v145346183/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

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Quote of the Day

Robin, after last night’s game, on finishing the grueling road trip at 5-6:

“We wish we would have gotten this one tonight. It would have put us over the edge of being able to survive, but you survive. We’re still going to battle, but it’s a tough trip. We saw it coming up, especially when the doubleheader was put in there. But they battled. I’ll give them that.”

Believe it or Not, Tomorrow is the 10th Anniversary of the “Inside the White Sox” Blog

White Sox Senior Vice President, Communications Scott Reifert (pictured below with Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas) talks about a decade of blogging:

Hard to believe it has been 10 years since I began this blog. Amazing actually, especially when I consider all that has happened since I sat down at my computer at a Denver hotel and tried to figure out what this “blog thing” was all about and how it would take shape. The list goes on…postseason, no-hitters, funny stories, perfect games, All-Star Games, disappointing seasons, 400 home runs, Hall of Fame inductions, retirements (of numbers and players), White House visits–and who knew that I chose to experiment with this new technology  during June in a season where our team would go on to win a World Series for the first time in 88 years.

My friend (and digital mentor, really) Mark Newman at MLB.com and MLB.com/blogs tells me this was the first blog by a professional team sports executive entirely about his club (Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban continues to blog about many topics on Blog Maverick). He encouraged me to note the anniversary with today’s post.  I owe him a great deal of thanks in nurturing and building this portion of the internet for baseball, not just this simple blog.

Before I began writing the blog, I explained my plan twice. Once, to our entire front office during an all-employees meeting.  I asked for a show of hands by anyone who knew what a blog was (remember, this was 2005).  No one raised a hand.  “This might be doomed,” I thought to myself.  I felt even worse when, afterward, one of our media relations interns poked his head into my office and sheepishly admitted that he had a read a blog, once.  “But I didn’t want to raise my hand in the meeting because I didn’t want them to think I am a nerd.” Just great.

My second conversation was with Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.  I explained the concept, its newness and how I thought it might help our organization by providing our own unique voice, sometimes on issues when we struggled to be heard.  To this day, I appreciate his support and blessing (and faith, to be honest) on something he really couldn’t have known a lot about at the time. I’m not sure if he has ever read a post, even to this day, and that is perfectly fine.  As I often say to him, “It’s OK, you are not the demographic.”

One of the goals when I started was to give fans access to information and situations that they probably wouldn’t find anywhere else.  It might be the thing I am most proud of when I think about 10 years with this blog.  It might have been a photo, a special story from the clubhouse or a view of the team or of a game that a paying customer would not normally get.  I blogged from our clubhouse before the decisive Game 4 of the World Series, from the bench at the 2006 All-Star Game and I tried to give White Sox fans a sense of what it was like to sit next to Ozzie Guillen as he spent hours with the media and with us, telling stories and jokes.

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Mark Buehrle’s perfect game in 2009 is another great example.  As we raced down the hallway to reach Jerry’s office in time for a phone call from President Obama, I ran into Marty Maloney, a member of our public relations group.  “Do you know how to use a flip cam?” I asked.

“No,” Marty replied.

“Well, you have about 20 seconds to figure it out,” I said.

Marty learned quickly, shot 28 seconds of video of Mark that day (do you even remember flip cams?) and that night his work appeared on the CBS Evening News (and our blog).

Two lessons came out of that.  The first was just how powerful social media and content creation could and would be to professional sports teams like the White Sox, and secondly, I couldn’t do this alone.

Originally, with this blog and the twitter account, I generated every single word and all of the content.  That just could not last.  Now, with a White Sox presence on too many social media platforms to count, I rely on a team of communications experts to generate content each and every day.  I can’t be everywhere and I couldn’t generate all of it. Not even close.  At first, I would spend the day making notes of stories or things I saw that I thought would be good for the blog.  Then, I would take 45 minutes or so to create the entry, usually between 6-7 p.m. that night (i.e. just before game time).  But my full-time job kept getting in the way.

Fast forward to 2015 and a team of almost a dozen people – from coast to coast – help provide content each day.  I owe all of them a very heartfelt thanks, particularly to Art Berke, noted Sox fan and editor extraordinaire who writes, edits, reads my mind (and interprets my e-mails) and toils over these entries every day.  Content gets generated from clubhouses across the big leagues, articles get written by several hands, photos from multiple sources get added to an entry and links from interesting articles from across the internet get added to the mix.

One constant throughout has been our reader–the White Sox fan.  Whether it was June 6, 2005 or today, June 6, 2015, our goal has been to inform and entertain you.  Judging on your feedback over the years, we have succeeded more often than we have failed (which, in baseball, probably could win you a division title), although I know many readers over the years haven’t always been thrilled with my product (remember, I lived through 2007 and 2013).  But as I write this entry, I think about all of the friends and readers I’ve met over the years, many at Blog Night, others randomly at the ballpark, as I look over at a signed baseball in my office from many years ago.

It was given to me by a group of readers at one of our Blog Nights in appreciation of our little digital community.  I cherish it to this day because it reminds me of why we do what we do.

It sits on my shelf, along with a signed Paul Konerko ball and a signed baseball from the 2005 World Series. Above it, a signed photo of the final pitch of Buehrle’s perfect game.

Kind of summarizes the last 10 years nicely. Thank you all for reading and for caring.

Chris Sale’s Father & Son Journey

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/10985850/v135269083/my-day-with-dad-chris-sale?partnerId=as_mlb_20150604_46934096&adbid=606430277531889665&adbpl=tw&adbpr=18479513

White Sox Pitch, Hit & Run Competition

Tomorrow at U.S. Cellular Field, a group of 24 kids, ages 7-14, will be participating in the White Sox Championship of the 2015 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) program presented by Scotts.

The top three scores in each age and gender group out of all 30 MLB Team Championships will advance to the PHR National Finals held at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, during All-Star Week.

For more info, please go to www.PitchHitRun.com.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (6:15 p.m. CT, FOX). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.81) for the Sox, LHP  David Price (4-2, 3.15) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

Our fans showed their love in Texas.

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Sale, Big Bats Put Sox on Verge of Series Win and Winning Road Trip

Thursday, June 4, 2015

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Today’s News

Home is on the Horizon

Led by Chris Sale‘s 13-strikeout, seven-inning shutout (click on link below) and a 12-hit offensive effort, highlighted by a six-run second inning, the White Sox blanked the Rangers, 9-2, last night in Arlington, Tex. With the three-game series now even at one apiece, the White Sox also enter tonight’s rubber match at 5-5 heading into the last game of the 11-game road trip. So, a victory would give us a second consecutive series win and a winning record on the marathon trip.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/28033182/v144199083

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN), Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 3.45) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-6, 3.88) for Texas.

Rodon makes his eighth major-league appearance and fifth start. In his last start, on May 29 vs. the Astros, the rookie gave up only one earned run on eight hits with no walks while striking out four in 6.1 innings. Three of his four starts have been quality.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Sale had a monster performance in earning his fifth win, allowing just three hits and a pair of walks along with those season-high 13 strikeouts. This is the first time Sale has fanned 10 or more in three consecutive games and it was his 22nd career game with 10-plus Ks, third in a row and fourth in last five starts. It was also the 12th time he has fanned 12 or more. Furthermore, in his last five starts he has compiled a 1.40 ERA, a 53-6 strikeout to walk ratio, allowing only 19 hits with a WHIP of 0.647…Everybody in the Sox starting lineup collected a hit except for Avi Garcia, who walked, was hit by a pitch and scored a run…In his first game back after missing three contests due to a swollen right index finger, Jose Abreu smashed a two-run homer in the second inning (click on top link below), his ninth of the season, and later singled in a run…Tyler Flowers, who was a triple shy of the cycle, went deep with his third HR, a two-run shot in the seventh (click on second link)…Adam Eaton doubled in two runs (click on third link) and Carlos Sanchez singled in a pair (click on bottom link) in the six-run second.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v143868783/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v144100283

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v143857883

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v143850983

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Quote of the Day

Robin on last night’s win:

“Nice offense tonight. It was good to have a big inning like that. Guys swung the bat. Especially in this ballpark, it’s an offensive ballpark, and for Chris to do what he did, it was great. Once you get those runs, he was just trying to minimize things. He was fantastic.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers 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 Astros. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.33) for the Sox, LHP Kyle Ryan (1-0, 3.00) for Detroit.

Blackhawks 2-1 Victors in Game 1

Go Hawks!! Three more wins and the Cup returns to Chicago.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 52 on May 31 at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox came away with a 5-4 walk-off win via a ninth inning rally over the Angels for the second day in a row. This time, it was Jermaine Dye‘s leadoff homer in the ninth, his 10th blast, that gave the first-place Sox their 35th victory of the season. And the winning pitcher? the same as the day before–Cliff Politte, who improved to 2-0.

Photo of the Day

After the 9-2 triumph a good time was had by all.

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Perfect Time For A Super Sale

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (4-2, 3.66) for the Sox, RHP Nick Martinez (4-1, 2.03) for Texas.

Sale is set to make his 10th start of the season and fifth on the road. He was in Cy Young form in his last outing on May 28 as he shut out the Orioles in Baltimore for 7.2 innings in a 3-2 Sox victory. He allowed just four hits and struck out a season-high 12 en route to claiming his fourth win of the season. Chris is 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA, .147 opponents average and 40 strikeouts over his last four starts, all quality outings, and is 2-0 lifetime at Globe Life Park.

Last Night’s Highlights

Adam Eaton hit this third homer of the season, a two-run shot, in the Sox’ loss to the Rangers in the opener of the series (click on the link below):

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v141876383/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

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Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the state of the Sox (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“We want to start seeing more of the consistency we’ve seen in terms of the upside of our performance. Some of the guys with the track record we expect them to eventually reach very likely will get going or will continue to get going over the next few weeks.

“That’s only going to help us in the long run. There certainly is plenty of time to put ourselves back in the position to win this thing, which was our goal from the start.”

Sox Have No. 8 Pick in Monday’s Draft

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150601&content_id=127902398&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Game 1 for Blackhawks, New Coach for Bulls

Good luck to the Blackhawks tonight as they continue their quest for the Stanley Cup in Game 1 of the best-of-seven Final on the road vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning. And congrats to Fred Hoiberg, who takes the helm of the Bulls after a successful run at Iowa State, his alma mater. Hoiberg played for the Bulls from 1999-2003 during his 10-year NBA career.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and 11-game road trip. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 3.45) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-6, 3.88) for Texas.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 51 on May 30 vs. the Angels at U.S. Cellular Field, Timo Perez singled in the bottom of the ninth inning, driving in the tying the winning runs as the White Sox enjoyed a 5-4 come-from-behind victory. Aaron Rowand singled and doubled and drove in a pair of runs, Cliff Politte earned his first win of the season in relief and the first-place Sox moved to 34-17 on the year.

Photo of the Day

Here is Timo, who was a valuable piece of the puzzle as an extra outfielder for the ’05 Sox.

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