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It’s Peavy Time

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Braves at U.S. Cellular Field (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Just reinstated from the disabled list, it’s RHP Jake Peavy (6-4, 4.30) for the Sox vs. LHP Paul Maholm (9-8, 3.98) for Atlanta. Jake is making his first start since June 4 at Seattle. He is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and .208 opponents average in four home starts this season and his 3.01 ERA during interleague play is the fourth-lowest all-time.

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

Sox Remember…

Chicago-born Pitcher Marv Rotblatt, who appeared in 35 games and had four starts for the Sox over three seasons (1948,1950-51), passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 85.

Play of the Day

Alexei Ramirez doubled, singled twice, scored a pair of runs and drove in another in last night’s 6-4 loss to the Braves. Alexei extended his hitting streak to eight games and is batting .410 with six doubles and four multihit games during that streak.

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Quote of the Day

Paulie, after experiencing some expected soreness following his first rehab game at Class AA Birmingham Thursday night (via Phil Rogers in theTribune):

“I knew I was going to wake up dragging because I hadn’t been doing much. The good thing is I feel like I’m getting better.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Braves at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-2, 3.71) for the Sox, LHP Mike Minor (9-4, 3.02) for Atlanta,

Did You Know…

…that Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios lead the Sox with eight outfield assists apiece and are tied for second in the American League behind only the Twins’ Aaron Hicks, who has nine?

Photo of the Day

Jake is back on the mound.

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Bats Go Boom!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.97) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-6, 4.82) for Detroit.

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

Huge Honor for Sox’s No. 1 draft pick Anderson 

Shortstop Tim Anderson, the White Sox’s No. 1 selection in the 2013 June draft, has won the National Junior College Athletic Association’s David Rowlands Award, given each year to the nation’s top male student-athlete. Anderson, now at Class A Kannapolis, earned the honor after an outstanding season at East Central Community College in Mississippi. Anderson is hitting .320 with a .395 on-base percentage and seven stolen bases in his first 19 professional games with the Intimidators.

Hawk is Centerpiece of MLB Network Documentary

http://www.shermanreport.com/put-it-on-board-hawk-harrelson-to-be-featured-in-new-mlb-network-documentary/

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Play(s) of the Day

I’m happy to say that there is a plethora of plays to highlight from last night’s 11-4 rout of the Tigers. 

* The White Sox had season highs of 11 runs and 23 hits while defeating former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander for the first time in almost two years.  

* Alex Rios tied a White Sox and American League mark with six hits in a nine-inning game, joining 31 others. Other Sox to do it were Lance Johnson (1995), Floyd Robinson (1962), Hank Steinbacher (1938) and Rip Radcliff (1936)…Alex became the fourth player ever to collect six hits and steal two bases and the third to go 6 for 6 with a pair of thefts…Rios, who drove in two runs, claimed the distinction of being the first player to pound out four hits in a game against Verlander…He also is the first player since at least 1900 to have five singles and one triple in a nine-inning game.

* Dayan Viciedo hit two homers. He tied the game with a solo shot off of Verlander in the sixth and clubbed a three-run blast in the eighth.

* Jose Quintana, who got credit for his first win since May 21 despite pitching well during that period, was outstanding last night against the Tigers, going eight innings and allowing three runs and six hits with seven strikeouts. He’s now 4-2.

* Adam Dunn had a 3-5 night with three RBI, including a two-run blast, his 24th of the season.

* And for good measure: Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez had three hits apiece while Jeff Keppinger and Gordon Beckham each had a pair.

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Quote of the Day

Dunn on Rios’s six-hit performance, via Scott Merkin of whitesox.com:

“That takes people like me two, maybe three weeks to get six.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-8, 2.78) for the Sox, Anibal Sanchez (7-5, 2.70) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that last night’s offensive outburst by the Sox was the first time Verlander ever gave up as many as 12 hits in a game in his home park?

Photo/Video of the Day

Watch Rios’s record sixth hit, Viciedo’s three-run clout and Dunn’s two-run homer:

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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

Robin Returns to Witness Danks’ Gem

Saturday, June 8, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final: White Sox 4, A’s 1
 
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Play(s) of the Day
 
John Danks was brilliant, giving up just one run, three hits and a walk along with six strikeouts in eight innings of work. And he retired the last 21 batters he faced in winning his first game of the season…Alex Rios broke up a 1-1 tie in the eighth with a run-scoring single and Paul Konerko followed with a two-run blast, his sixth of the year and 428th of his career…Adam Dunn put the Sox on the scoreboard in the second with his 14th of the season and 420th lifetime…Addison Reed chalked up his18th save.
 
Enjoy the Konerko and Dunn homers:
 
 
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
Robin, upon his return from missing two games while attending his daughter’s high school graduation:
 
On keeping up with the games while he was away…
 
“You can monitor, you just can’t do anything about it.”
 
On the “whispers” that he wouldn’t come back as manager if the Sox aren’t doing well…
 
“I’d be ashamed to walk away just because it’s tough. That’s part of being in it with these guys. I’m here as much as they are as far as turning it around and being ready to go.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. A’s at U.S Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (1-4, 3.35) for the Sox, RHP A.J. Griffin (5-4, 3.67) for Oakland.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Matt Lindstrom has made 10 straight scoreless appearances (10 IP)?
 
Photo of the Day
 

Karen Rand, a survivor of the Boston Marathon attacks, threw out the ceremonial first pitch this afternoon before the game. She was accompanied by a group of friends and was serenaded by “Sweet Caroline,” the theme song of her hometown Red Sox.

 
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Sox vs. Cubs: A Memorial Day Treat

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Monday, May 27, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the first of a four-game series, two on the South Side and the final two on the North Side. Starters: Jose Quintana (3-1) for the Sox, Jeff Samardzjia (2-6) for the Cubs.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 2B; Flowers, C.
 
The Crosstown Cup Series
 
This is the first time in the series history that the Sox and Cubs will play on four consecutive days. The Sox lead the all-time series 49-41. They are 26-19 at home, 23-22 on the road, have won eight of the last 11, 15 of 21 and were winners of four of six in 2012.
 
Memorial Day Festivities
 
The Sox celebration of Memorial Day began yesterday with a pregame parade of members of the military, friends and family…Army paratrooper Al Mampre threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Chris Sale. Mampre was a member of the 101st Airborne Company in World War II, memorialized in the book and TV series Band of Brothers. There also was a National Moment of Remembrance and eight servicemen were honored on the field alongside each Sox player on the field.
 
Today, there will be a National Moment of Remembrance, followed by a video. Also, members of the U.S. Armed Forces will throw the ceremonial first pitches and Challenger, the Bald Eagle, will fly across the pitcher’s mound during the national anthem.
 
Camo Caps and Jerseys
 
The Sox and the other 29 major league clubs are wearing camouflage caps and jerseys today as they did on Armed Forces Day to honor our troops who are serving around the world and those who served in the past. The jerseys have a touch of camo in the word Sox on the front and in the name and number on the back.
 
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Happy No. 45 to No. 35
 
Happy Birthday to Sox legend Frank Thomas, celebrating his 45th birthday today.
 
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Play of the Day

Adam Dunn homered, Alejandro De Aza doubled twice and drove in two and the bullpen was flawless in yesterday’s 5-3 win over the Marlins. But let’s give kudos to Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo, who each cut down a runner at the plate to prevent a pair of runs. Here’s Rios in the act:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=27461369&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day
 
Dylan Axelrod, the winning pitcher yesterday against the Marlins, on the recent Sox surge as they have won three straight games, five of the last six, 10 of the last 14 and three of their last four series (via @ScottMerkin):
 
“Being .500 we feel like now the only way is up. Good things are happening.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (5-2) for the Sox, Edwin Jackson (1-7) for the Cubs.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that 13 major leaguers have played for the White Sox and Cubs in the same season?: INF Sammy Strang (1902), P Emmett O’Neill (1946), OF Lloyd Merriman (1955), P Turk Lown (1958), C Earl Averill (1960), INF/OF Jimmy Stewart (1967), P Bob Miller (1970), P Phil Regan (1972), P Steve Renko (1977), P Lynn McGlothen (1981), P Bill Long (1990), P Matt Karchner (1998) and C Josh Paul (2003).
 
Photo of the Day
 
There aren’t many American Leaguers who deserve an All-Star nod more than Alex. Please give him your support and send him to the Midsummer Classic in New York.
 
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Sox Sending Out Positive Vibes

Saturday, May 25, 2013
 
Today’s News

Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs, Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:15 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Jake Peavy (5-2) for the Sox, Ricky Nolasco (3-5) for Miami.

Sox Starting lineup:  De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo,LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 3B; Gimenez, C.
 
Streaking
 
Alex Rios extended his career-high hitting streak to 18 last night with a sixth-inning single. It’s also the longest streak in the American League this season…Jesse Crain’s scoreless outing streak reached 19 (17.1 IP) in his league-leading 25th appearance.
 
Roster Move
 
Prior to tonight’s game, the Sox reinstated infielder Angel Sanchez from the disabled list and outrighted him to Class AAA Charlotte.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Chris Sale on friend and teammate John Danks (per whitesox.com), who returned to action last night after more than a year’s absence:
 
He’s one of the best in the business. You don’t come across people like him very often, especially the situation he’s in and kind of what he is, a very down-to-earth, great guy and one of my best friends.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Jeff Keppinger’s 11th-inning walk-off single with the bases loaded that brought in pinch-runner Tyler Greene with the winning run in the Sox’s 4-3 win last night. Keppinger is batting .400 with eight RBI during his current six-game hitting streak.
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: Dylan Axelrod (2-3) for the Sox, Alex Sanabia (3-6) for Miami.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Paul Konerko, who is hitting .314 in his last nine games, collected his first back-to-back multi-hit game with three singles (plus an RBI) last night. He homered and singled on Wednesday  night against the Red Sox before the Thursday off-day.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
The successful comeback of John Danks: 6+ innings, 3 runs, 4 hits, no walks and five strikeouts.
 

 

Danks on Center Stage

Friday, May 24, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: John Danks, making his first appearance of the season, for the Sox and Tom Koehler (0-2) for Miami.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 2B; Gimenez, C
 
Danks’ Return
 
John will be making his first start in more than a year after being sidelined with a shoulder injury and ultimately undergoing surgery last August. Danks’ last outing, on May 19, 2012, was against the Cubs at Wrigley Field as he earned the victory in a 7-4 Sox win. He pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out four.
 
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Beckham Update
 
Gordon Beckham is having some discomfort in his wrist and will sit out until Wednesday when he is expected to resume activity. He’s rehabbing with Class AAA Charlotte.
 
Sox Day on WGN
 
It was White Sox Day on WGN-TV yesterday. Here’s a sampling of the segments, highlighted by some sage advice from the “Sodfather.”
 
 
Herm
 
Jeff Passan of yahoo.com echoes what all of us at the White Sox have known for years–trainer Herm Schneider is something special.
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Alex Rios on his 17-game hitting streak, currently the longest in the majors (via the Sun-Times’ Daryl Van Schouwen):
 
“I don’t want to think about it; I just want to be consistent and have a good approach at the plate. If I get a hit, I get a hit. Sometimes you hit the ball hard and don’t get one. And you have to be OK with that.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Since we’re in the midst of a season-long celebration of the 1983 “Winning Ugly” A.L. West champs and yesterday was an off-day for the 2013 White Sox, let’s relive a memorable Sox win that happened 30 years ago today at Comiskey Park:
 
The Sox got off to a quick start with eight runs in the first inning and went on to crush the Red Sox, 12-4, at Comiskey Park. Greg Luzinski (pictured below), Carlton Fisk, Ron Kittle, Jerry Hairston and Lorenzo Gray all homered in the victory. A couple of interesting side notes…It was the fifth consecutive game in which Luzinski homered and it was Gray’s first and only major league home run.
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Jake Peavy (5-2) for the Sox, Ricky Nolasco (3-5) for Miami.
 
Did You Know…
 
that White Sox starters, whose 3.45 ERA ranks first in the American League, also are tied with the Tigers and Mariners for the most quality starts (27) this season? Furthermore, the Sox have the most quality starts in the major leagues (907) since 2003.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Enjoy this video tribute to Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, which was shown at the Sports Business Awards on Wednesday as Jerry was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
 

The Return of John Danks and a Fitting Tribute to the Chairman

Thursday, May 23, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Danks: “It’s Like Christmas Day”
 
After last night’s game Robin announced that John Danks, who is coming off four minor-league rehab outings, has been reinstated from the disabled list and will make his first start of 2013 against Miami Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. 
 
Danks, who made nine starts in 2012 before having shoulder surgery last August, said he was excited and might have some butterflies because it’s been so long since he last appeared in the major leagues. He said his return is so special that it feels like Christmas Day.
 
To make room on the 25-man roster, the Sox optioned LHP Donnie Veal to Class AAA Charlotte.
 
A Special Time
 
It was an honor to be in New York last night to see Jerry Reinsdorf receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Sports Business Awards and to see the Sox and Bulls Chairman looking so proud with his son Michael, daughter-in-law Nancy and his grandchildren right beside him. 
 
Here are a few of the evening’s highlights and a link to a story by Richard Justice of mlb.com:
 
–Jerry joked during his speech that he thought so much of his daughter-in-law that if she ever decided to leave Michael, he was going with Nancy. The line, like many, drew laughs from the audience.
 
–It seemed strange to sit at a table with Sox GM Rick Hahn watching our game with the Red Sox on the MLB At-Bat app as the awards program was going on.
 
–Bulls GM Gar Forman asked jokingly if anyone had taken away Jerry’s phone for the night so that he wouldn’t be on it.
 
–The high point might have been a five-minute and 30-second video tribute done by MLB Productions’ Gary Waksman that featured interviews with Tony LaRussa, David Stern, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Paul Konerko and Bud Selig. It was narrated by Kenny Williams (if the day job doesn’t work out, Williams might have a future in voiceovers.).
 
–After the ceremony, several White Sox staffers headed to a nearby sports bar where the establishment was kind enough to throw the last two innings of our game onto one of the televisions. Alas, a great night couldn’t quite deliver a perfect ending.
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin, having some fun with reporters when asked what he expects from John Danks’ start on Friday:
 
“A perfect game…27 strikeouts and a perfect game. (A no-hitter) would be acceptable.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Hector Santiago’s solid six-inning performance against the Red Sox last night after only three days of rest and a bullpen session the day before. He gave up just two runs and three hits while striking out nine and walking four.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: John Danks (0-0) for the Sox, Tom Koehler (0-2) for Miami.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Alex Rios’s sixth-inning single last night extended his hitting streak to 17 games, the longest in the major leagues this season? During the streak, Rios is batting .388 with seven doubles, a triple, four home runs, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored, including seven multi-hit games. The last Sox player to hit safely in as many games was Carlos Lee (28 games) in 2004.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Here’s Jerry pictured with his family at last night’s event.
 
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How Sweep It Would Be

Wednesday, May 22, 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 final game of a three-game series–the first two won by our Sox. Starters: Hector Santiago (1-2) for the Sox, Clay Buchholz (6-0) for Boston. 
 
Santiago replaces Chris Sale, who is being held out of the rotation for precautionary reasons after experiencing shoulder tendinitis. Chris fully intends to make his next start.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 2B; Flowers, C.
 
The Streaks Continue
 
Alex Rios, with a single and run-scoring double last night, extended his consecutive game hitting streak to a career-high 16 games. Jesse Crain has now made 18 straight scoreless outings. He entered last night’s game in the seventh inning, relieving Jose Quintana with the bases loaded and one out and the Sox leading 2-0. All he did was strike out Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew to kill the rally.
 
Web Gem
 
Casper Wells makes this terrific catch despite the soggy conditions in the eighth inning of last night’s game. 
 
 
The Big Hurt to Represent Sox at June Draft
 
Frank Thomas will represent the Sox at the First-Year Player Draft on June 6. Frank will join other baseball notables who will be representing all 30 major-league teams. Joining Frank will be Kevin Coe, the White Sox manager of youth baseball initiatives.
 
 
What do movie stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner have in common with Adam Dunn?
 
 
White Sox Volunteer Corps
 
Join our Volunteer Corps on Friday at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
 
 
White Sox Day 
 
Tomorrow is “White Sox Day” on WGN, beginning with the WGN Morning News. Here’s the full schedule:
 
 
Play of the Day
 
Jeff Keppinger’s two-run fifth inning homer, his first blast of the season, in the 3-1 Sox victory.
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on Jose Quintana, who held the formidable Red Sox lineup hitless last night through 6.1 innings and earned his third win of the season:
 
“He’s a battler…Great job of going through that lineup a few times, not easy at all to do that…You know he’s always going to battle. That’s one thing you never question. He also has the talent and stuff to do it.”
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
Off-day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: TBA for the Sox, Tom Koehler (0-2) for Miami. 
 
Did You Know…
 
...that Addison Reed ranks second in the A.L. with 16 saves and is only one behind the great Mariano Rivera?
 
Photo of the Day
 
Ventura, Reed and Southpaw visited the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital today.
 
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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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