Robin on Sox Surge: “This Is What They Thought They Would Be Like”

Sunday, May 17, 2015

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Today’s News

Heading in the Right Direction

The White Sox’ 4-3 triumph over the A’s last night gave us our fourth consecutive victory and eighth win in the last 11 contests. It was also the fourth straight series win and put us a victorious game away from .500 heading into this afternoon’s series and road trip finale. And for the second straight night the Sox pushed across the eventual game-winning run in the seventh inning for a one-run conquest.

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Today’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland (3:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game road trip as the Sox go for the sweep of the Athletics and a 5-1 record on the trip. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-2, 4.80) for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir (2-1, 2.78) for the Athletics.

Last Night’s Highlights

The White Sox exploded with a 13-hit attack…Melky Cabrera was 3-5 with an RBI and two runs scored…Avi Garcia went 3-3, including a double, plus a walk and two RBI…Jose Abreu singled, doubled, was hit by a pitch (his third HBP in the last two games) and drove in the Sox’ fourth run…Adam Eaton knocked out two hits and scored twice..John Danks enjoyed his second consecutive strong, seven-inning start, allowing just two runs, three hits and three walks along with six strikeouts for his second win…David Robertson came on with two out in the eighth and ended a threat, then set down the A’s 1-2-3 in the ninth for his eighth save.

RBI by Cabrera, Garcia and Abreu:

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Quote of the Day

Skipper Robin Ventura on the Sox:

“…They continue to believe, I think that’s the biggest thing with these guys. They’re becoming a confident group. It’s a good feeling…They’re not throwing parties in here. This is what they thought they would be like.”

Sox Note of Note

The single-admission doubleheader between the Sox and Orioles on May 28, made necessary by the two postponements due to the civil unrest in Baltimore on April 27-28, has been rescheduled. The twin bill will begin at 12:05 p.m. CT–it was previously set to begin at 3:05 p.m. CT.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians 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 Twins. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-1, 5.09) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (1-5, 4.27) for the Tribe.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 34 on May 11 at Tampa Bay, Paul Konerko doubled in a pair of runs in a four-run fifth inning as the White Sox defeated the then-Devil Rays, 5-2. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez earned his fifth win of the year and Dustin Hermanson chalked up save No. 6. The first-place Sox improved their record to 25-9.

Photo of the Day

Here’s our annual May 17 tribute to former Sox All-Star Carlos May, the only professional athlete to wear his birthday on the back of his uniform.

Happy Birthday, Carlos!

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Seventh Inning Rally And Perfect Relay = Third Win In A Row

Saturday, May 16, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland (8:07 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (1-3, 5.12) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Chavez (1-3, 2.56) for the Athletics.

Last Night’s Highlights

Trailing 6-2, the White Sox exploded for five runs after two outs in the seventh inning to take a 7-6 lead and held on for the victory…Adam LaRoche and Avi Garcia were the big hitting heroes in the seventh, each doubling in a pair of runs. Melky Cabrera added another…LaRoche had three ribbies on the night, Adam Eaton collected a single and a double, plated two runs and extended the inning prior to the scoring by hustling to beat out a grounder, preventing a double play…Jose Abreu knocked out a hit, was twice hit by a pitch and scored twice…Scott Carroll earned the win in relief, his first this season, and Zach Duke chalked up his first save in a Sox uniform.

The game ended in the ninth when the A’s’ Stephen Vogt got caught in a rundown between third base and home while trying to score the tying run on a Coco Crisp gapper. Vogt, who was on first base via a two-out walk, was waved home, but a brilliant relay from Eaton to Alexei Ramirez to Abreu to Gordon Beckham to Geovany Soto prevented him from scoring.

The five-run seventh (top link) and the perfect relay (bottom link):

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v117743983

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Quote of the Day

Eaton on the game-ending relay:

“Spring training at its finest right there. We can’t say that all that often, but we worked on that. It’s nice that it actually shows up in the game.”

Paulie Day

Just a reminder…Paul Konerko Day is a week from today (Saturday, May 23, 3:10 p.m., CT) as Paulie has his No. 14 retired. Here are some words of wisdom from the captain.

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Sanchez Recalled, Johnson to Charlotte

The White Sox have recalled second baseman Carlos Sanchez and optioned Micah Johnson to Class AAA Charlotte. The 22-year-old Sanchez is currently second in the International League this season in hits (45) and fifth in batting average with a .344 mark. He was named Batter of the Week twice.

Sanchez hit safely in 22 of the Knights’ first 29 games. On May 1 the Venezuelan native went 5-5 and was 9-9 after a 4-4 game the next day. Over those two days he reached base in 10 straight plate appearances and had four runs scored, three doubles, two homers and seven RBI. He homered both lefty and righty on May 2.

Carlos was in the starting lineup last night, batting ninth, and he singled in four at bats.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum (3:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-2, 4.80) for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir (2-1, 2.78) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

The hilarious Melissa McCarthy was at U.S. Cellular Field yesterday filming the upcoming movie, “Michelle Darnell.” Here she is in all of her Sox splendor.

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Sox Win Third Straight Series, Rodon Ready to Face A’s on Friday

Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Quintana pitched a stellar seven-plus innings and Avi Garcia (No. 3) and Adam LaRoche (No. 4) hit back-to-back homers (click on links below) in a three-run first inning as the White Sox won their third straight series, downing the Brewers, 4-2, in the rubber match of the three-game set…Quintana gave up just one run on four hits and a lone walk while striking out a season-high 10 batters for his second win…Jake Petricka came on in relief of Quintana with one on in the eighth, gave up a couple of hits, but induced a double play ball to end the inning…David Robertson pitched the ninth and earned his seventh save.

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Avi

Garcia leads the White Sox this season in average (.322), hits (38), runs scored (18) and multi-hit games (13)…Avi has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 contests dating back to April 22 and ranks among the American League leaders in hits and average.

Quote of the Day

Robertson after last night’s game (via whitesox.com):

“The last two series have been really good for us. We’ve had a good atmosphere in the dugout, the guys have been playing really hard, the offense is coming through, the pitching is doing well. We’re just playing a lot better brand of baseball now.”

Robin on MLB Network

From yesterday…

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/7417714/v113651083

Sodfather and Son

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/western-springs/sports/ct-dws-baseball-nazareth-roger-bossard-tl-0514-20150512-story.html

Next Game

After today’s off day, it will be the White Sox vs. the A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series on Friday. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 2.92)–now in the starting rotation–for the Sox, RHP Jesse Hahn (1-3, 4.73) for the Athletics.

Photo of the Day

Rodon will be seeking his second major-league victory on Friday night after winning his first in his initial start last Saturday against the Reds. He allowed just two runs and four hits along with eight strikeouts in six innings of work.

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Sale-ing On

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Brewers at Miller Park (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 5.03) for the Sox, RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-3, 4.00) for Milwaukee.

Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale was back to his usual All-Star self last night, tossing eight strong innings in the Sox’ 4-2 victory. He gave up just two runs, three hits and a walk while striking out 11 Brewers for his third win of the season (click on link below)…David Robertson came on in the bottom of the ninth and retired Milwaukee hitters 1-2-3 with two strikeouts to earn his sixth save…With the score tied 2-2 heading into the eighth, the Sox took a 3-2 lead on Alexei Ramirez‘s sac fly and added an insurance run in the ninth on a Jose Abreu single.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn talked to the media before last night’s game about the state of the Sox:

“Obviously, I was very pleased to see the fight in the club to battle back last night (Monday) and make it a ballgame in the end. But we need to start playing more consistently on the road. There are no two ways about it.

“You guys who are with us regularly see how hard these guys work at home and on the road, how early guys are here and how much effort is involved and how the preparation isn’t much different at home than it is on the road, but the results have been. Now is the time to get going.”

Rowand in the Booth, on the Diamond

Former White Sox outfielder Aaron Rowand will be in the broadcast booth this weekend in Oakland along with Hawk Harrelson while Steve Stone is away. And a week from Saturday Rowand will represent the Sox for the second straight year as one of 30 former major-league players who will participate in the annual Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Rowand, of course, was the consummate “grinder” as the centerfielder on the 2005 World Champion Sox. An outstanding defensive outfielder, Aaron hit .283 in five seasons in a White Sox uniform.

Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Tom Glavine, Phil Niekro, Tony Perez, Ozzie Smith and Robin Yount will serve as managers for the Classic.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 2.92), now in the rotation, vs. RHP Jesse Hahn (1-3, 4.73) for the Athletics.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the Sox’ 2005 championship season…

In Game 31 on May 8 at Toronto, Jermaine Dye crushed a two-run homer, Juan Uribe belted a solo shot, Mark Buehrle won his fifth game of the season and the White Sox nipped the Blue Jays, 5-4, for their eighth straight victory. The first-place Sox improved to 24-7 on the season.

Photo of the Day

The closer closed.

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Sale Looks to Stymie Brewers and Even Series

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Brewers at Miller Park, Milwaukee (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the second game of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues in Oakland for three this weekend. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-1, 5.93) for the Sox, RHP Mike Fiers (1-4, 5.46) for the Brew Crew.

Last Night’s Highlights

An impressive comeback enabled the White Sox to tie the game at 7-7 in the eighth innng after being down 6-0 early. But the Brewers came right back with three in the ninth and handed the Sox a heartbreaking 10-7 loss…Adam Eaton went 4-5 with two RBI and reached base a fifth time on an error…Geovany Soto belted a two-run homer (click on link below) and a single, Jose Abreu collected three singles and two RBI and pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche drove in another…Zach Putnam pitched a perfect seventh with two strikeouts in relief of Jeff Samardzija, who got a no-decision.

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Quote of the Day

Eaton on the good-natured ribbing he’s been getting for his comment about being the straw that stirs the drink.

“That’s the showing of a good team. I was fortunate to be on a couple of championship clubs in the minor leagues and that’s what you have in the clubhouse, just fun going and guys giving each other a hard time, t-shirts that make no sense and pictures of guys when they were in their teens. It’s fun loving…a club that can laugh together usually will win.”

Jose, Alexei Thinking About Home

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Brewers at Miller Park (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 5.03) for the Sox, RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-3, 4.25) for Milwaukee.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 30 on May 7 in Toronto, the White Sox won their seventh straight, smashing five homers in a 10-7 victory over the Blue Jays. Paul Konerko connected for two long ones–a two-run shot and a three-run blast–Juan Uribe and Tadahito Iguchi belted two-run homers and Aaron Rowand added a solo shot. Jon Garland improved his record to 6-0 and the first-place Sox moved to 23-7 on the season.

Photo of the Day

Here’s Abreu taking BP prior to a three-hit, two RBI night in his first game at Miller Park.

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Beckham Stirs the Drink, Sox Take Mother’s Day Momentum to Milwaukee

Monday, May 11, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Brewers at Miller Park, Milwaukee (6:20 p.m., CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game interleague series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-2, 4.38) for the Sox, RHP Willy Peralta (1-4, 3.92) for Milwaukee.

Yesterday’s Highlights

When it comes to baseball, you just never know. The White Sox entered the top of the ninth inning with a 3-1 lead and David Robertson on the mound with his 0.00 ERA. But the script didn’t go as planned and the Reds scored twice to tie the score at 3-3. Aside from losing the lead, the Sox would now have to face Cincy’s lefty closer Aroldis Chapman, he of the consistent 100+ mph fastball, for the first time in the series.

It looked pretty discouraging in the bottom of the ninth as Chapman struck out fellow Cuban Jose Abreu and got Adam LaRoche on a ground out. Then, with two outs and nobody on base, Avi Garcia and Alexei Ramirez knocked out back-to-back singles on 100+ mph pitches and moved to second and third on a wild pitch–Chapman’s first of the season. Moments later, Gordon Beckham provided the Mother’s Day heroics by delivering the game-winner with a single to right-center scoring Garcia (click on link below). The walkoff gave the Sox a 4-3 win and two of three in the series…Emilio Bonifacio, playing second base, had two hits and drove in a pair of runs with a single and a ground out. Ramirez had an RBI sac fly.

While Robertson got credit for the win–he’s now 3-0–John Danks pitched his best game of the season, tossing seven innings and allowing a lone run on six hits. He’s 2-0 with a 3.31 ERA at USCF this year.

In baseball, you just never know.

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 And Defense, too!

The White Sox played an outstanding defensive game as well. Here’s an outstanding catch by Garcia, pictured above as well.

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Stirring the Drink

The Sox have had some fun with Adam Eaton recently by designing t-shirts playfully mimicking his quote about being the player who “stirs the drink.” It translated onto the field yesterday when Beckham excitedly made the “stirring motion” after his dramatic base hit.

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Quotes of the Day

@JonHeymanCBS: chisox beat chapman with 3 straight hits. odds of that happening, based on .147 career BAA, is 3 out of a thousand

Righty pitching prospect Chris Beck was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte for Saturday’s doubleheader as the 26th man on the roster. He tweeted the following after he was returned to the Knights after the twin bill:

@WatchUrBeck: A little taste of what I want to be a permanent thing! Time to throw it into an extra gear and get there! Either way what an awesome day!

Carlos Rodon’s “first victory” SWAG

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/carlos-rodon-has-several-keepsakes-first-victory

Sox Notes of Note

With yesterday’s win, the White Sox have won five straight home series–vs. the Twins, Indians, Royals and Tigers in addition to the Reds–and are now 10-5 at home…Duke extended hs scoreless streak to nine games and owns a 1.25 ERA on the season…LaRoche has reached base safely in nine straight games with seven hits and eight walks…The club has outrighted reliever Javy Guerra to Charlotte. He was designated for assignment last week…According to @ckamka, nine players in Sox history collected 200 doubles and 100 homers: Frank Thomas, Paul Konerko, Harold Baines, Minnie Minoso, Ray Durham, Magglio Ordonez, Robin Ventura, Carlton Fisk and now Ramirez.

Courtney Hawkins’ Homer Redefines “Giving the Ball a Ride”

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150510&content_id=123611124&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Brewers at Miller Park (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-1, 5.93) for the Sox, Mike Fiers (1-4, 5.46) for Milwaukee.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 29 on May 6 in Toronto, the White Sox beat the Blue Jays, 5-3, for their sixth straight triumph. Jermaine Dye belted his fourth homer, A.J. Pierzynski drove in a pair of runs and Scott Podsednik collected an RBI and stole his 12th base. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez won his fourth game and Dustin Hermanson registered his fifth save. The first-place Sox moved to 22-7 on the season.

Photo of the Day

Before yesterday’s game Robertson hugs one of the mothers that his charity, High Socks for Hope, helped after the tornado devastation.

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Rodon, Big Bats Give Sox Chance to Win Fifth Straight Home Series

Sunday, May 10, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Reds at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game interleague series with the Sox aiming for their fifth consecutive home series win. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (1-3, 6.20) for the Sox, RHP Michael Lorenzen (1-1, 3.27) for Cincinnati.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Game 1

Alexei Ramirez hit his first homer of the season, a solo blast, and the 100th of his career (click on top link below)…Jose Abreu also hit a solo shot, his sixth of the year (click on second link below), in the Sox’ loss to Johnny Cueto and the Reds…Abreu and Avi Garcia each cut down a runner at the plate with an outstanding throw (click on the third and bottom links below)…Scott Carroll did yeomanlike work for 4.2 innings in relief of starter Hector Noesi,who left the game in the second inning after being hit by a comebacker to the mound. Noesi has a lower back contusion and is day-to-day.

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Game 2

Carlos Rodon pitched six strong innings and earned his first big-league victory in his first start and Ramirez, Garcia and Gordon Beckham belted homers as the Sox won the nightcap of the doubleheader, 8-2…Rodon gave up two runs and four hits while striking out eight en route to his win…Ramirez capped off a big night by adding a single and a double to his two-run round-tripper in the second game and his solo jack in the opener…Garcia singled in addition to his solo homer and Beckham added a single to his solo blast and drove in three…Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche each had a pair of hits and a run batted in…Zach Duke tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless ball and David Robertson set the Reds down in order in the ninth.

Here’s Rodon in action…

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…and the Ramirez, Garcia and Beckham homers, No. 2 on the season for each of them and career No. 101 for Alexei.

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Quote of the Day

Ramirez had a memorable day with his two homers and five hits in eight at-bats in the doubleheader. Was he relieved to finally hit homer No. 100?:

“Yes, and I feel happy also because it’s part of the reward and the help that many people put in me. My coaches, my family, all the people that are helping me around during the years. It means a lot for me.”

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Mother’s Day Special: Micah and his Mom

http://atmlb.com/1FUuPMD

LaRoche Watching Video

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-league-switch-leads-laroche-watch-more-video

Saturday Cycle for Anderson

Heralded shortstop prospect Tim Anderson, excelling at Class AA Birmingham, hit for the cycle last night.

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150510&content_id=123496664&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t247&sid=t247

Take a Bow

The White Sox Volunteer Corps takes a team photo yesterday after a hard day’s work giving back to the community.

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Sox Note of Note

The White Sox are donating $15,000 to High Socks for Hope, David Robertson‘s charity, to assist those in Fairdale, Ill. who have been affected by the devastating tornadoes.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Brewers at Miller Park, Milwaukee (6:20 p.m., CT, WPWR) in the opener of the three-game interleague series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-2, 4.38) for the Sox, RHP Willy Peralta (1-4, 3.92) for Milwaukee.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 28 on May 5 vs. the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox won 2-1 for their fifth straight win and improved to 21-7. Jose Contreras won his first game of the season, allowing just a run on four hits in eight innings of work. Shingo Takatsu tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save. Offensively, the Sox mustered just two hits and both runs, scored in the eighth innning, came on bases-loaded walks. But it was good enough to get the W.

Photo of the Day

Rodon’s friends, family and fans gathered in his hometown of Holly Springs, N.C. to watch their favorite son on TV. And as it turned out, there was a whole lot to cheer about.

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The Future is Now: Rodon Makes First Start in Game 2 of Twin Bill

Saturday, May 9, 2015

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Today’s News

A Saturday Twin Bill

Due to last night’s rainout, the White Sox and Reds will play a straight doubleheader today. The first game will start at 3:10 p.m. CT and the second contest will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener, but no earlier than 6:10 p.m. CT.

Game 1 Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 6.75) for the Sox, Johnny Cueto ( 2-3, 2.72 ) for the Reds. The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet.

Game 2 Probables: LHP Carlos Rodon (0-0, 2.84) for the Sox, RHP Jason Marquis (3-1, 5.22) for Cincinnati. The game will be televised on WGN.

A Milestone Moment

Today’s nightcap will be highlighted by Rodon’s first major-league start. Here’s an up-close- and-personal look at the rookie lefty with the special talent.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/123035750/phil-rogers-white-sox-prospect-carlos-rodon-cut-from-special-cloth

Quote of the Day

Rodon on getting more comfortable as a big-leaguer:

“Stepping up there for the first time, looking down, everything seemed so big. The last couple of times, it was just taking a breath, realizing I’ve done this for a while. Obviously, at this level it’s a little different, but it’s still baseball.”

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Postponed Again

Last night’s postponement was the fourth for the Sox this season–two rainouts and the two games postponed in Baltimore because of the civil unrest. In the photo above, Jose Abreu waits for the rain to stop long enough for the game to be played, but it never did and he’ll just have to wait until later today.

Sox Notes of Note

Fans with tickets for today’s regularly scheduled game may attend both games of the doubleheader…Fans with tickets from last night can exchange them for tickets of lesser or equal value for any future regular season home game…The Mother’s Day tote bag will be given today to the first 10,000 ladies 14 and up when the gates open at 2:10 p.m. CT…Aaron Rowand will be in the Sox TV booth for our series with the A’s next weekend while Steve Stone is away.

Hawkins Hits First Career Slam

Outfielder Courtney Hawkins, a top Sox prospect playing with the Class AA Birmingham Barons, went deep for his first career grand slam last night vs. Montgomery. See it here:

http://atmilb.com/1GUKLKZ

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Reds at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game interleague series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (1-3, 6.20) for the Sox, RHP Michael Lorenzen (1-1, 3.27) for Cincy.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 27 on May 4 vs. the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field, the first-place White Sox won their fourth straight, 4-2, behind a two-run homer by A.J. Pierzynski and a solo blast by Joe Crede. Freddy Garcia earned his third victory and Dustin Hermanson chalked up his fourth save as the Sox’ record improved to 20-7.

Photo of the Day

Jeff Samardzija was in his hometown of Valparaiso, Ind. yesterday, making good on his commitment to give every public school student in the community a ticket to a Sox game. Great idea, Shark.

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Red Alert: Sox Face Cincy After Series Win Over Tigers

Friday, May 8, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Reds at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game interleague series. Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 6.75) for the Sox, RHP Jason Marquis (3-1, 5.22) for Cincinnati.

The Sox have played the Reds in six previous interleague series. We have a commanding 14-3 advantage–4-1 at home, 10-2 on the road.

Yesterday’s Highlights

With victories in the first two games, the Sox came away with a much-needed series win over the Tigers despite dropping yesterday’s finale…After driving in the game-winner on Wednesday night, Avi Garcia drove in his ninth run of the season with a single (click on link below)…Starter Jose Quintana gave up just a pair of runs and four hits while striking out eight in five innings of work…Jake Petricka tossed a perfect sixth, Zach Putnam got the final out in the eighth and pitched a perfect ninth.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v105386883/detcws-garcia-ties-game-with-rbi-knock/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU#

Everybody Loves Avi

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Sale

Chris Sale dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension resulting from his involvement in the April 23 on-field incident vs. the Royals. He can return to pitch on five days rest May 12 vs. Milwaukee.

The Maturation of Micah

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/micah-johnson-beginning-settle-white-sox

Sox’ Class A Affiliate Winston-Salem Scores Record Nine Runs in One Inning

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150507&content_id=122982814&fext=.jsp&vkey=recap&sid=t580

Quote of the Day

Sox EVP Ken Williams:

“I said early on that it’s a team that’s built for the long haul, and that I wouldn’t get too concerned with a slow start because of that fact…”

All Hail the Blackhawks

Congrats to our hockey brethren, who completed the sweep of the Wild last night and move on to the Western Conference Final for the third year in a row and fifth time in the last seven years. They’ll face either Anaheim or Calgary.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Reds at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (0-0, 2.84) for the Sox, making his first big-league start, vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (2-3, 2.72).

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 26 on May 3 vs. the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field, Carl Everett‘s two-run double in the eighth inning gave the Sox a 5-4 advantage. Shingo Takatsu came in the ninth to preserve the lead and record his seventh save in relief of winning pitcher Mark Buehrle (4-1), who tossed eight innings. The first-place Sox won their third in a row and raised their record to 19-7.

Photo of the Day

Speaking of champions, here are five members of the 1917 World Champion White Sox. That’s Shoeless Joe Jackson in the center.

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Two Straight Wins And A Sweep In Our Sights

Thursday, May 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 finale of the three-game series–the first two won by the Sox. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 5.28) for us,  RHP Kyle Lobstein (2-2, 3.91) for Detroit.

Last Night’s Highlights

With two out in the eighth inning and trailing by three runs, Micah Johnson and Adam Eaton singled, setting the stage for Melky Cabrera‘s dramatic three-run homer, his first long one of the year, that tied the score at 6-6.  Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche followed with singles and Avi Garcia drove in the game-winner with a clutch base-hit for the 7-6 lead and eventual second straight win over the Tigers. For those of you counting, that’s six straight hits with two outs…Conor Gillaspie belted his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the second inning. It was the first Sox homer since April 22…Johnson singled twice, doubled and scored twice…Eaton, Abreu and LaRoche each collected a pair of singles…Jake Petricka tossed two scoreless innings, Zach Putnam picked up his first victory after an inning of work and Dave Robertson tossed a scoreless ninth for his fifth save. He has yet to give up a run…Defensively, brilliant ninth-inning execution played a significant part in the win with the Sox holding on to the one-run lead. Instead of having runners on first and second with one out after a pair of singles, a 9 (Garcia)-6 (Alexei Ramirez)-3 (Abreu) relay doubled the runner at first for the second out before Robertson induced a ground ball out to end the game.

The Cabrera and Gillaspie homers plus Avi’s game-winner:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v104677583/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8879206/v104123483

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v104682883

And Don’t Forget…

The Sox have won the last two games in their 1983 throwback uniforms. Just saying…

Shark Bite

Jeff Samardzija has dropped his appeal of the five-game suspension resulting from his role during the April 23 brouhaha with the Royals. He began serving his suspension last night and is scheduled to rejoin the team Monday in Milwaukee.

Rodon Ready for First Big-League Start

With Shark out, Carlos Rodon is scheduled to make his first major-league start on Saturday night vs. the Reds.

Quote of the Day

Rodon:

“It should be fun, we’ll see how it goes…I obviously have never started at this level, but at other levels, every five days you know what your day is and you know your routine. I’m back on it. It’s the same thing, the same routine I’ve done in Triple-A and college and high school, it’s just a little better hitters.”

What Can’t Jose Do?

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Nate Jones Update

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-assess-nate-jones-rehab-week

Sox Notes of Note

The Sox are now 8-3 at home as a result of last night’s come-from-behind, 13-hit attack…Cabrera has hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games vs. Detroit, batting .410 with three homers and 16 RBI…Abreu is batting .439 with a homer and six RBI against the Tigers in 11 career home games…Johnson is hitting .326 over his last 15 games. He is fourth among American League rookies in hits with 17 and last night recorded the first three-hit game of his career.

2005 Flashback

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

In Game 25 on May 1 at U.S. Cellular Field, Jon Garland blanked the Tigers 8-0 with a four-hit, complete-game shutout, improving his record to 5-0. Timo Perez (two-run homer) and Carl Everett each drove in three runs as the first-place White Sox raised their record to 18-7.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Reds at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game interleague series. Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 6.75) for the Sox, RHP Jason Marquis (3-1, 5.22) for Cincinnati.

Photo of the Day

Everybody in Chicago, I mean everybody, is rooting for the Bulls and Blackhawks.

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