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 Felipe Paulino Makes First Sox Start

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (pictured above) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia for Minnesota. Paulino makes his first major-league start since June 6, 2012 when he started for the Royals against the Twins. He spent the majority of the 2013 season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Paulino went 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 39 strikeouts in seven starts for K.C. in ’12.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, A. Garcia RF, De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, L. Garcia 2B.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox won their 60th Opening Day game in franchise history (60-54) and are now 28-23 in home openers. The Sox have won five of their last six season openers and 12 of their last 13 home openers…Our lineup on Monday included five players–Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Avi Garcia, Conor Gillaspie and Marcus Semien–who were making their first career Opening Day start, the highest total for the South Siders in 70 years…the Sox are looking to start 2-0 for the third time in the last four seasons…we have won six of our last seven games against the Twins dating back to 2013…Robin Ventura needs one victory for 150 as Sox manager…Adam Dunn needs two walks to tie Ty Cobb for 50th place all-time with 1,249…Gillaspie is out of the lineup today. He’s suffering from the flu…Beginning today the Sox will be wearing a DJR patch in memory of Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s son David, who passed away on March 3.

Quotes of the Day

Three of the stars from Opening Day talked about what turned out to be a great day on the South Side:

Abreu:

“I wasn’t nervous at all. I was very happy. I felt like the fans supported me and opened their arms to me. As long as I give my best, that’s what I’m looking for. The results aren’t as important as (my) effort.”

Eaton:

“It’s a great atmosphere when you can get this type of weather and Sox fans come out of the woodwork. It’s great to see everybody out there. It’s an experience I’ve never had. It’s a good experience for sure.”

Chris Sale:

“Eaton (was) being as scrappy as he can. Even when he got out he still had 10-11 pitch at-bats, fighting stuff off. Abreu, I don’t think he hit the ball soft today. It was fun to watch that and we came out with a win.”

Play of Opening Day

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT) in the finale of the opening three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes for Minnesota.

Photo/Video of the Day

Enjoy this feature on Abreu by Jon Morosi of Fox:

http://foxs.pt/1fIZjR0

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Today’s Menu: White Sox Baseball, Food and Weather

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Scottsdale…

White Sox   3  7  1

Giants         4  9  1

Plays of the Day

Tyler Flowers had two singles and an RBI while Alejandro De Aza and Leury Garcia both singled in runs with Garcia’s being the bunt variety…on the pitching side, Felipe Paulino gave up a pair of runs on five hits in 3.2 IP, but struck out five and Jake Petricka (1.1), Maikel Cleto (1.0), Daniel Webb (1.0) and Zach Putnam (1.0) pitched scoreless ball.

The Cuban Way

Apparently, that’s how they do it in Cuba.

Following an eighth-inning strikeout, catcher Hector Gimenez stepped out to throw to first base (the ball had hit the ground) for the out.

He fired it down to Jose Abreu at first. After recording the out, Abreu fired it right back at Gimenez, who was about 60 feet away and not really expecting it.

As the crowd let out a gasp, the throw sailed past Gimenez and up against the Sox dugout screen.

So apparently, in Cuba, you throw the ball around the infield a little differently after a strikeout.

Sox Notes of Note

Prior to today’s game with San Francisco, the White Sox made the following eight roster moves:

Optioned LHP Charlie Leesman to Class AAA Charlotte and OF Jared Mitchell and OF Trayce 

Thompson to Class AA Birmingham; Reassigned C Miguel Gonzalez, RHP Deunte Heath, RHP 

Omar Poveda, LHP Scott Snodgress and OF Keenyn Walker to minor-league camp. With the 

moves, the White Sox have 47 players remaining in major-league camp: 23 pitchers, four catchers, 

14 infielders and six outfielders…the Sox will televise 10 of their final 14 Cactus League games beginning with Friday’s contest vs. the Indians on Comcast SportsNet at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). 

The Chicken Parmesan: “Solid, If Not Spectacular”

People think that spring training is great, and for the most part they are absolutely right–until about 6 pm each night. That’s when you need to figure out what you are doing with your evening.

I golf, which fills some early evenings, although once games start these opportunities are few and far between.

I don’t really do the bar scene, but like most people I do like to eat. And thanks to my kids and the Food Network, I have garnered quite a reputation for trying places to eat.

“Forget baseball, you should write a food blog,” a certain Executive Vice President said to me recently. (Note: that’s not the first time someone has suggested a different line of work to me, sometimes not as kindly).

So, for fun, and to break the monotony, here’s a review of last night’s dinner with Roger Bossard, the greatest groundskeeper in the world.

After 15 holes of golf at the Wigwam (we never get 18 in due to impending darkness), we headed to a little Italian place at the corner of Litchfield Road and Indian School called Bella Luna.

Nice atmosphere, with as much outside seating as inside, it is your classic New York Italian restaurant.

Roger is in a rut. Every time we go, he orders the lasagna, explaining to me that he married an Italian girl, and “this is good lasagna.”

I opted for the chicken parm last night (a reasonable facsimile of my dinner is pictured below) and it was solid, if not spectacular. The other night’s veal saltimbocca was better (if anyone really cares).

My only warning is that portions aren’t huge, so you might need a quick stop at Jack In The Box on the way home.

It is worth noting that ANY dinner tastes better when someone else is buying. Unfortunately (for me), Roger was only buying because he kicked my butt on the golf course (at least on the Par 3s)!

Roger heads home at the end of this week so this was a going-away dinner of sorts. He acknowledges that he is going to be challenged in getting the U.S. Cellular Field infield thawed out by Opening Day, but knowing Roger, my money is with the world’s greatest groundskeeper (and a pretty good golfer as well).

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Tempe (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Jose Quintana, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Ronald Belisario, LHP Eric Surkamp, LHP David Purcey, LHP Frank De Los Santos. Starter for Los Angeles: RHP Garrett Richards.

Quote of the Day

@DanHayesCSN: Big day for #WhiteSox tomorrow on pitching front: Coop hopes to get 4 innings, 60 pitches out of Quintana. Belisario also debuts.

Photo of the Day

Apologies to my friends and family who are suffering through another winter storm in Chicago (this is actually my street back home)–while I’m basking here in the beautiful Arizona sunshine at spring training. Don’t hate me!

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Rienzo Goes for Second Straight Victory; Birmingham Can Win Southern League Crown Tonight

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

Happy Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day: White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-1, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 3.62) for the Tribe. In his last start, against the Orioles, Andre (pictured below) collected his second career victory, allowing just one run and four hits in 6.2 IP.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Gillaspie, DH; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C; Semien, 3B.

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Barons Look to Clinch Title

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, still hold a two games to one lead in the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series despite a 6-0 home loss last night to the two-time defending champion Mobile BayBears, a Diamondbacks farm club. Game 4 is tonight in Birmingham with LHP Scott Snodgress (below), the club leader with 11 wins, getting the starting nod for the Barons. A victory will give Birmingham its first Southern League title since 2002.

More Barons: Birmingham yesterday was named the Southern League Organization of the Year, presented to the club that exemplifies the most complete franchise in the SL, and GM Jonathan Nelson was chosen as the league’s Executive of the Year for the second time (2009). In addition to their excellence on the field, the Barons led the league in total attendance (396,820) and average per game (5,669) at brand new Regions Field.

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Play(s) of the Day

Paulie singled and drove in the lone Sox run in yesterday’s 3-1 loss to Cleveland…Marcus Semien, playing second base, had his second straight two-hit game, stole his first big-league base and made a beautiful play behind the second-base bag, flipping the ball backhanded from his glove to Alexei Ramirez for a force out to end an Indians threat in the fourth inning (see Photo/Video of the Day)…Alexei had a three-hit game, Dayan Viciedo added a pair of singles and Jordan Danks singled and walked twice…Jake Petricka (1.1 IP), David Purcey (2.2) and Nate Jones (1.0) worked five scoreless innings in relief of Hector Santiago.

Quote(s) of the Day

An Inside Look at Marcus Semien: From a piece in the Sun-Times by Daryl Van Schouwen

Semien on his introduction to the major leagues:

“I’m starting to see the pace of the big-league game is a little faster. I’ve been working hard every day in early work, trying to adjust as fast as I can here. They’ve put me in different situations just to see how I react to it.’’

Gordon Beckham on Marcus:

“He’s quiet. Goes about his business. He doesn’t strike me as a person that is going out of his lane, so to speak. It looks like he’s learning and listening.’’

Assistant General Manager Buddy Bell’s assessment of Semien:

“I think he’s going to hit, and he also has the ability to play all three positions. He has a legitimate chance to help us next year. Whether or not it’s out of spring training, I don’t know. I think he’s capable.’’

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-12, 2.90) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (7-9, 4.11) for the Tribe.

Did You Know…

that Petricka extended his scoreless streak to five games (7.2 IP) in yesterday’s contest?

Photo/Video of the Day

Semien’s “flip.”

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?content_id=30568229&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws

After Sweep Over Yanks in Chicago, Sox Look for More of the Same in the Big Apple

Labor Day: Monday, September 2, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York (12:05 p.m, CT, CSN) in the Labor Day opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (4-13, 4.91) for the Yankees. Quintana defeated Andy Pettitte in the first game of the three-game sweep against the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field in early August. “Q” is 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his last 11 starts.

The Sox have won six straight games vs. the Yanks (all at home by a 35-18 margin). It’s their longest streak against New York since taking seven in a row from July 1,1990-April 16,1991.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; A. Garcia, CF; Gillaspie, 3B; Jor. Danks, RF; Phegley, C.

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Hahn on The Score

GM Rick Hahn was a guest yesterday on 670 The Score’s Hit And Run Show:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/09/01/hahn-sox-being-cautious-with-chris-sale/

Play(s) of the Day

Down 5-0 heading into the fourth inning yesterday, the Sox refused to quit. With the bases loaded, Jeff Keppinger drove in Alexei Ramirez with a sac fly and, with two outs, Dayan Viciedo doubled in Paul Konerko and Conor Gillaspie singled in Avi Garcia and Viciedo as four runs crossed the plate…Paulie, with a pair of singles and a walk on the day, added on a run in the fifth by driving in Alexei, who led the 11-hit Sox attack with three singles….Tyler Flowers smashed a long solo homer in the eighth, his 10th of the year, to get us within a run of the Red Sox at 7-6, which turned out to be the final (it was announced this morning that Flowers will have exploratory surgery on his right shoulder and will be out an estimated three to six months).

Conor’s two-RBI single:

http://atmlb.com/1dywWbj

Quote(s) of the Day

 A Rare Long Ball (from the September 2, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated):

Thirty-six years ago, on Aug. 29, 1977, the Indians hosted the White Sox. Cleveland’s second baseman that night was Duane Kuiper, who had zero career home runs in 1,381 major league at bats. 

Rick Manning (former teammate): Kuip knew how to play the game. He was a great second baseman. He was as tough as you could get for a guy 175 pounds. Back then, the game was pitching and defense.

Duane Kuiper: I’d hit some homers (seven, to be exact) in the minor leagues.

Manning: We weren’t there to hit home runs. Frank Robinson was our manager, and he’d stand out behind the screen and make Kuip and I (who both batted lefthanded) hit it to leftfield. He wouldn’t let us swing for the fences at all.

Cleveland manager Jeff Torborg, who had replaced Robinson two months earlier, moved Kuiper up to the number 2 spot in the batting order against Chicago starter Steve Stone.

 Kuiper: In the first inning it was a 1-0 count. I like to tell Stone that he threw me a hanging fastball. He doesn’t particularly want to hear about it.

Kuiper hit a line drive off a seat in the rightfield stands.

 Frank Robinson (joking, in 1984): He waited until I got fired to hit his homer. The truth is, he won’t hit one for a black manager.

Kuiper: I’ve still got the chair. It’s in the attic. I’ve still got the ball and the bat. As I was walking up to the bat rack (for my next at bat), (Indians teammate) Bill Melton said, “You’re not gonna use that again, are you?” I said, “Of course.” He said, “You might want to put that one away. You might not hit another one.”

He didn’t. In 1985, Kuiper retired, and he went on to become an Emmy-winning broadcaster for the Giants. His 3,754 plate appearances are the most for any major leaguer with exactly one homer–making his shot off of Stone the rarest in history.

Kuiper: You gotta have fun with it. Given the choice now, would I rather hit one or five? Unless the other four were walk-off grand slams, I’m pretty happy with one. I’m happy with the way it turned out.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89) for the Yanks. Chris and the Sox defeated Kuroda and the Yanks in the second game of last month’s sweep.

Did You Know…

…that when pitcher Charlie Leesman, just promoted from Class AAA Charlotte, approached his locker in Boston yesterday he was greeted with a name plate that read, “Jose Leesman?” Mistakes happen.

Photo/Video of the Day

Tyler’s big blast.

http://atmlb.com/1dyHfMt

Last Night a Walkoff, Today a Sweep?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series as the Sox go for the sweep. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-10, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.32) for Detroit.

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

Play(s) of the Day

Avi Garcia, displaying his exceptional speed, tripled in a pair of runs against his ex-mates in the fourth inning last evening and came around to score on an error to give the Sox a 3-1 advantage. Garcia, who reached base three times (adding a single and a walk), also scored the winning run on Alejandro De Aza’s walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th which gave us the 4-3 win. It was De Aza’s second game-winning hit of the homestand.

Here are the video highlights:

http://atmlb.com/1btvyTN

http://atmlb.com/1btOilU

Quote(s) of the Day

The Tigers’ Torii Hunter on the Sox and Garcia specifically (via @ChuckGarfien):

“Trust me they won’t be held down too long. Next year is going to be a totally different scene for the White Sox.”

“This guy (Garcia) wants to be the best. I definitely think he’s going to be one of the stars of the game.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game set. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 4.42) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (7-11, 2.77) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Jordan Danks, with two hits last night, is hitting .286 with a homer over his last 13 games since being recalled from Class AAA Charlotte?

Photo of the Day

The A-Team: Alejandro proudly heads to first while a happy Avi coasts home with the winning run.

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Sweep!

Thursday, August 8, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Off-day for the Sox.
 
One Million Strong
 
Today, the White Sox Facebook page hit the one million fan mark! 
 
Here’s a little video of thanks from some of the guys: http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=29498211
 
Head to the White Sox Facebook (facebook.com/whitesox) to get an exclusive offer code for 25% off WhiteSox.com Shop.
 
CoverPhoto_OneMillion
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
Down 4-0 last night to the Yankees, Gordon Beckman’s third homer of the season in the fifth inning off of C.C. Sabathia, a solo blast, put the Sox on the board…We made it 4-3 in the seventh with three consecutive hits–singles by Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios and a run-scoring double by Paul Konerko–and a Beckham fielder’s choice that scored Rios…With two outs in the ninth against Mariano Rivera, Beckham doubled and scored the tying run on an Adam Dunn pinch-hit single to the opposite field. It was only Rivera’s third blown save of 2013…Behind 5-4 as a result of Robinson Cano’s solo homer in the top of the 12th, we started our game-winning rally in the bottom of the inning–again with two outs. Tyler Flowers reached base on an infield hit, Alexei Ramirez followed with a single, sending Flowers to third. Then, the walk-off clincher–De Aza’s triple that scored both baserunners for the 6-5 win and three-game sweep. Enjoy the link:
 
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
Paulie on last night’s triumph via @scottmerkin:
 
“We fought to the end. We always do. But tonight we can at least smile after the end.”
 
@SouthSideSox on the dramatic win: 
 
“And that’s why we watch.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins in a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field. The extra game is a makeup contest that was originally scheduled for April 19, but postponed due to inclement weather.
 
 
Game 1 (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP John Danks (2-9, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.69) for the Twins. 
 
Game 2 (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP Charlie Leesman will be making his big-league debut for the Sox, TBA for Minnesota.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the White Sox swept the Yankees in back-to-back series of at least three games for just the second time in franchise history and first in 100 years? And that the Sox have won six straight games against New York for their longest streak against the Yanks since July 1, 1990-April 16, 1991 (seven).
 
…that the White Sox have now won four in a row at home–against such elite starting pitchers as Justin Verlander, Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda and CC Sabathia? And you might want to throw in closer Rivera in the mix for good measure (courtesy of @soxnerd).
 
Photo of the Day
 
De Aza celebrates.
 
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White Sox, Sale Go For Third Straight Win in All-Star Matchup

Monday, July 22, 2013 

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series and a battle of All-Star pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (6-8, 2.85) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (13-1, 3.19) for Detroit.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Keppinger, 2B; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.

De Aza on a Roll

Alejandro De Aza is hitting .486 with four doubles, a triple, two homers, four RBI and 11 runs scored during his current nine-game hitting streak. He also has had five multihit games.

The Gang’s All Here

Team photo day.

https://vine.co/v/hKnztn00YWM

Quote of the Day

Casper Wells on robbing the Braves’ Reed Johnson of a game-tying homer in the eighth inning of yesterday’s 3-1 victory (from Fred Mitchell in the Trib):

“I saw the replay and I said, ‘Wow, that’s really special,’ I never did anything like that before, so I’m just happy I got to help the team out.”

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Play of the Day

Great news. PK is back in the lineup after a stay on the DL and a short rehab stint at Class AA Birmingham.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (6-6, 4.80) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that the last three series won by the Sox have been against two first-place teams (Detroit and Atlanta) and Baltimore, which is just 3.5 games behind Boston in the A.L. East?

Photo of the Day

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John Danks Looking for More Saturday Magic

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (6:15 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: LHP John Danks (1-2, 4.13) for the Sox and RHP Lucas Harrell (4-7, 4.52), who pitched on the South Side in 2010-11, for the Astros. In Danks’ last start, a week ago today vs. the A’s, he allowed only one run, three hits and a walk along with six strikeouts in eight innings to win his first game of the season.

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

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Signed on the Dotted Line

The Sox have come to terms with 27 of their 40 draft choices from this month’s First-Player Draft, including the top 11 picks.

Never a Dull Moment

To anyone following the White Sox this season, it’s obvious how many tight games the Sox have played. But when you take a closer look, the number of nail-biters is staggering. Of the 64 games the Sox have played, 51 have been decided by three runs or less. That’s 79.7 percent. We also have played 11 extra inning games, the most in the American League and second only in the majors to the Colorado Rockies (12).

Quote of the Day

Robin, on being selected as a coach for the American League in the All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 16, at New York’s Citi Field.

“It’s special, having played there (in New York with both the host Mets and Yankees), it makes it nice. It’s always an honor anytime you get asked to do anything with the All-Star Game…Even as a player guys should play…it’s important for the game. Anytime you’re asked to do it, you should honor that.”

Play of the Day

Chris Sale’s magnificent complete-game performance in last night’s 2-1 loss to the Astros. He allowed no earned runs, just five hits and a lone walk while striking out 14, just one shy of his career high of 15 accomplished in May of last year against Tampa Bay. It was also Chris’s sixth career game with 10 or more strikeouts.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (2-4, 3.12) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-3, 4.37) for Houston. Hector earned his second win of the season last Sunday against the A’s. He pitched 6.1 innings, giving up just one earned run on four hits.

Did You Know…

…that this is the second time this month that the Sox have started all left-handers in a four-game series (Sale, Danks, Santiago and Jose Quintana)?

Photo/Video of the Day

Sale’s virtuoso performance last night:

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?tcid=mm_cws_vid&c_id=cws

Blue Jays Next as Sox Continue to Climb

Monday, June 10, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 3.73) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (5-7, 4.66) for the Jays.

Sox Starting Lineup: DeAza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Konerko,1B; Dunn, DH; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, 3B; Beckham, 2B; Gimenez, C.

Tribute for Heroes

Voting has started for this year’s “People Magazine/MLB Tribute for Heroes” (click on promo below).  Each major league team features three eligible finalists submitted by fans.  By voting, you can send one of the three well-deserving military veterans to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York City.

Officially, the White Sox cannot advocate for one candidate over the others, BUT one is my personal friend, a guy I’ve known now for many years.

So in that case, please allow me to stump for Israel del Toro (“DT”), a proud member of the U.S. Air Force.

A little background …

I met DT through the wounded warrior program several spring trainings ago.  A Sox fan, DT’s choice was to receive a free trip out to Glendale to meet with White Sox, take in a game, tour, etc.  I believe his trip was one of the first times he was out of the hospital in San Antonio, maybe the first.

DT, who grew up in New Lenox and went to Providence, was serving as a forward observer in Afghanistan when his Humvee was hit by an IED.  Luckily for him, a small creek ran beside the road where the bomb exploded.  Seriously hurt, his mates rolled him into the creek to douse the fires.  The next thing DT remembers, doctors were cutting off his watch at a hospital in Germany.  The next thing he remembers after that, it was months later and he was in San Antonio at the military’s special burn unit.

This is one tough Son-of-A-Gun.  DT was burned over 90-some percent of his body (I think only three of four other guys at the time had been burned over more of their body and survived).  He has endured over 120 surgeries (and counting) to repair the damage to his body and to rebuild his face and hands,

You will not find a stronger will to live.  You will not find a better sense of humor about himself.  You will not find a more proud soldier or White Sox fan.  He’s thrown out first pitches in spring training and at U.S. Cellular Field.  He’s spoken to our players in spring training about his experiences and his challenges.  He competes in Warrior Games, winning medals for throwing, biking and shooting.  He wants nothing more than to make the U.S. Paralympic Team.  And he will.  I know it.

I’m so proud to call him my friend.

Two moments will be with me forever.

DT became the first seriously burned soldier to be allowed to re-enlist.  I was honored to attend that ceremony in San Antonio a couple of years ago with Scott Linebrink (who lived not that far away and joined me for the ceremony).

And DT invited my wife and I to his wedding a couple of summers ago.  He wanted to give his wife the fancy wedding she deserved, surrounded by family and friends in Chicago, along with many from Mexico.  The man looked sharp in his dress uniform, bride at his side.

So please vote for whomever you like, but as for me, my vote goes to my friend, DT. These videos give you more insight into how special he is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-q1txTmVRE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9K_FME1A2U

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the return of Gordon Beckham, who is hitting .308 in the seven games he’s played since returning to the lineup from the DL:

“I wouldn’t look at Gordon as a normal eight-hole hitter. He’s better. He’s grown up a lot. He’s a better hitter than that, it’s just where he needs to be right now. Valuable as far as his approach and everything else it’s been big for us to get him back, offensively and defensively. Everybody talks about his defense, but for me what he brings offensively is big.”

Play of the Day

When PK steps on the field tonight he will pass Hall of Famer Nellie Fox and move into second place on the White Sox all-time games played list (2,116). Only Hall of Fame shortstop Luke Appling, who played his entire 20-year major-league career on the South Side, played more games (2,422) in a Sox uniform.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Chein Ming Wang (0-0) for Toronto.

Did You Know…

…that Alejandro De Aza is hitting .386 in his last 11 games with a pair of doubles, seven RBI and eight runs scored? He has raised his average from .239 to .267 during that period.

Photo of the Day

Addison Reed, who notched save No. 19 yesterday, spent some time in the #SoxSocial Lounge last week talking to fans on the phone. Apparently he needed to have some moral support from a facsimile of one of his teammates.

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Sox vs. Sox and a Special Honor for the Chairman

Monday, May 20, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: Dylan Axelrod (1-3) for the Sox, Jon Lester (6-0) for Boston.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, 3B; Flowers, C; Greene, 2B.

The Chairman

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Over the years, I was often frustrated by how the public perception of White Sox and Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf didn’t match the man. If you asked most fans to describe him, the characteristics they would have listed were not even close to the person we saw every day at the ballpark. I always thought of it as one of my greatest professional failures … that Jerry’s perception was so far from reality.

Then, something happened. The White Sox won the 2005 World Series. Suddenly, everything was amplified. People read about Jerry’s flying Sox employees to the World Series, they read about his gracious distribution of World Series rings. They began to read and hear about all the community initiatives the Sox and Bulls had done (for years) at his direction.

And something changed. Fans began to see Jerry the way we all see him every day, whether in the hallway, at lunch or in his suite during a game. Ultimately, Jerry is a fan, and I don’t think anyone can ask for much else when it comes to being an owner of a sports team.

This week, many of us are flying to New York where Jerry will be honored Wednesday night by the Sports Business Journal with its fourth Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Don’t deify me,” was his order.

“OK, I’ll do my best,” I laughed.

There will be a video (he doesn’t want to see it in advance which is probably good for me!), an introduction and then a speech. And a lot of pride in a lifetime of being a fan because in the end, isn’t there a 12-year-old inside of all of us?

And for me, there will be a little smile because, finally, the public gets to see and understand the Jerry we all know and respect.

Here’s the link to the SBJ story:

http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2013/05/20/Events-and-Attractions/Reinsdorf.aspx?app_data=%7B%22pi%22%3A%2235762_1369058526_1727287230%22%2C%22pt%22%3A%22twitter%22%7D

#SoxSocial Lounge Makes its Debut Tonight

The first ever of its kind coincides with #SoxSocial No. 2.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130515&content_id=47605792&vkey=pr_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Speaking of Jerry, this is more of an anecdotal story than a conventional quote, but it seems a perfect time and place to share it.

http://www.chicagonow.com/dad-all-day/2013/05/jerry-reinsdorf-and-the-vomit-covered-suit-dad-learns-a-life-lesson/

Play of the Day

Alex Rios, enjoying an All-Star caliber season, has now hit safely in 14 consecutive games as a result of his run-scoring double in yesterday’s game vs. the Angels. In all, he’s hitting .301 with 10 homers, 25 RBI and an OPS of .921.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-1) for the Sox, Felix Doubront (3-1) for Boston.

Did You Know…

…that White Sox pitchers own a .220 opponents average overall at home, the lowest mark in the American League and third-lowest in the major leagues?

Photo of the Day

When thinking about the White Sox-Red Sox rivalry, how can any of us forget Game 3 of the 2005 American League Division Series against Boston. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez came on in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and no outs and got out of the inning in dramatic fashion without the Bosox scoring. The Sox won the game 5-3 for the three-game sweep and advanced to the A.L. Championship Series vs. the Angels. Shortly thereafter the Sox won the World Series and the El Duque image below is one of those depicted in bronze on the monument outside of the ballpark honoring our ’05 World Champs.

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