Results tagged ‘ Alexei Ramirez ’

Sox, Noesi Go For The Sweep

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) as we look to complete a three-game sweep and go above the .500 mark. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 6.82) for the Sox, RHP T.J. House (0-1, 6.43) for the Tribe. 

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Dunn 1B, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Semien DH, Sierra RF.

Plays of the Day

Only the elements could stop Chris Sale last night as the Sox ace pitched three scoreless, hitless innings with four strikeouts before the long rain delay. When the game resumed, Sale didn’t return but his teammates provided enough support for the Sox to emerge with the 2-1 victory…Scott Carroll (pictured below), who earned his second win of the season and first in relief, came to the rescue of Sale and went three scoreless innings. Jake Petricka added two of his own and Ronald Belisario chalked up his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth…Three hot Sox hitters continued to roll. Gordon Beckham cranked a solo homer, his fourth, and a double, Conor Gillaspie singled, walked twice and drove in a run and Alexei Ramirez had a pair of hits.

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Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters own a 2.28 ERA with 45 strikeouts and a .187 opponents average over the last eight games with six of the starts “quality.The ERA is the lowest in the American League and second-lowest in the majors during that span behind the Cardinals (1.78) and Giants (2.27). Starters have given up three earned runs or less in each of the eight outings and walked two or less seven times….The Sox hitters rank fourth in the AL with 56 home runs. We are 22-9 when hitting at least one homer, 13-3 when recording a multi-homer game and among the homer leaders in the following categories: two outs (T1st, 21), RISP (T1st, 18), seventh inning or later (T2nd, 20) and RISP/two outs (T3rd, 8)…Gillaspie is hitting .355 overall, .425 in the seventh inning or later, .410 this month and .393 with runners on base.

The MVP Case For Alexei

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/27691453-419/alexei-ramirez-has-been-mvp-caliber-in-2014.html#.U4ZCALS9KSN

Sale’s Pitch: It’s All About Sox Fans’ Energy

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33211349/sale-thrives-off-energy-from-south-side-crowd/?partnerId=as_cws_20140528_24843976

A.C.E. Players of the Month

Sox infielder Marcus Semien is shown here before last night’s game honoring the White Sox A.C.E. Program’s April Players of the Month.

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Quotes of the Day

Here’s an excerpt from Scott Merkin‘s mlb.com story on last night’s game, which ended around 1:00 a.m. today.

As questions were being asked of the White Sox ace, Adam Dunn strode toward his locker and couldn’t pass up the chance to take a humorous shot at his teammate making his second start since coming off of a five-week stint on the disabled list for a flexor muscle strain in his left arm.

“Look at this,” said Dunn of Sale’s postgame interview session. “He threw three innings.”

“And he did it yesterday,” added John Danks with a laugh.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in a three-game weekend series and the last leg of the 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (3-6, 3.59) for San Diego.

Photo/Video of the Day

The Beckham blast and “bubble gum” home run trot. Gordon also extended his hitting streak to eight games and is hitting .394 over that period.

http://atmlb.com/1mCK1D9

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Rienzo Looks to be “Andre the Giant” in Matchup With Tanaka

Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Having won the first two games and lost yesterday’s extra-inning affair, the Sox need a win to take the series from the Bronx Bombers and also are looking to clinch their third straight home series win. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-0, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-1, 2.39) for New York.

Rienzo earned the win in his last start at Kansas City, giving up just two runs on five hits over six innings pitched. He walked a pair and struck out a career-high eight. The White Sox are 6-0 in 2014 in Rienzo’s starts. The Sox streak of six team wins behind Andre is tied for the longest such streak in baseball this season.

 

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

 

Plays of the Day

John Danks was masterful in yesterday’s heartbreaking defeat. In eight innings of work, he didn’t allow a run, gave up only three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four…Dayan ViciedoAdam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez drove in the Sox runs and Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham collected three hits apiece. With his performance yesterday and three hits Friday night, Adam raised his BA to .292. Gordon is right behind him at .291.

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More Eaton and Beckham

Eaton is 8-14 (.571) in the Yankee series and 11-32 (.344) in the six games since returning from the disabled list. Beckham is hitting .417 over his six-game hitting streak and is batting .390 in his last 10 games and .350 in his last 19. He’s hitting .482 against left-handed pitchers.

 

For Starters

White Sox starters own a 2.18 ERA with 29 strikeouts and a .177 average in the last six games.

 

Sox Note of Note

RHP Frank Francisco has declined an outright assignment to Class AAA Charlotte and declared for free agency…C Hector Gimenez, who was playing in Charlotte, has been traded to the Blue Jays.

 

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura talks about Tyler Flowers improvement this season. The Sox catcher is batting .312 with an on-base percentage of .371.

“Flow has been a big part of us being where we’re at. He’s taking the ball the other way, he’s balanced, strikeouts are down. He’s hit a couple of big homers for us. He’s had a nice little stretch here while playing a very demanding position. He’s in a nice spot.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in a Memorial Day matinee. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (3-2, 2.91) for the Tribe.

 

Photo of the Day

Eaton and Beckham: Energy and production at the top of the Sox lineup:

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A Dunner Stunner

Saturday, May 24, 2014

 

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 5.64) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (1-1, 5.82) for New York. Danks is limiting opponents to a .220 average at home.

And don’t forget, it’s Chris Sale Bobblehead Day.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Viciedo RF, Dunn 1B, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Semien 3B, Nieto C, L. Garcia LF.

 

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn‘s ninth-inning, two-run walk-off homer last night gave the White Sox a dramatic 6-5 win over the Yankees…Alexei Ramirez had another outstanding game, going 3-4 highlighted a two-run homer, his seventh…Adam Eaton added three singles for his 11th multi-hit game and his second consecutive since returning from the DL…starter Hector Noesi had a quality start, allowing three runs and four hits in six innings…Daniel Webb went 1.1 IP and improved his record to 4-0.

Here’s Adam’s 448th career homer, which is just one behind Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guererro for 36th place on the all-time list. It also was his eighth of the season and the 10th walk-off homer of his career.

http://atmlb.com/1vVoISe

 

Sox Notes of Note

Reaching the .500 mark at 25-25, the White Sox recorded their 15th comeback win of the season last night, the third of the walk-off variety, and won for the third time when trailing after eight innings…the victory, the second over New York in as many days, was the Sox’ eighth straight triumph at home over the Bronx Bombers…we are 14-8 this year vs. teams at or above .500 and lead MLB this season with three game-ending home runs.

 

See You in the Ninth

The Sox lead the major leagues with 40 runs scored in the ninth inning–the Indians are a distant second with 25…we rank among the majors’ ninth-inning leaders in home runs (T1st, 6), hits (2nd, 47), slugging percentage (2nd, .479), on-base percentage (2nd, .374 and average (2nd, .288).

 

The Ultimate Sox Fan

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/article_5e1a3183-5c55-5259-8ee2-f333f4074427.html

 

Abreu 5.23

 

Jose

Jose Abreu met with the media before last night’s game. He will be in a walking boot for a couple more days and is hoping to begin baseball activities on Monday.

 

Quote of the Day

Here’s part of what Abreu told the media, through an interpreter:

“We have a saying in Spanish, it’s hard to see the bulls from far away. You want to be down there with them. It’s very difficult but we’re dealing with it the best we can. We’re just trying to do everything we can to get back to the field as soon as possible…I wish my team could win every time I’m not there. It is a difficult time.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-0, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-1, 2.39) for New York.

 

Photo of the Day

Alexei continues to deliver.

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A Series Win is There for the Taking 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10, CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. The Sox won on Friday night, the Astros were victorious yesterday afternoon. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-3, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Brad Peacock (0-4, 5.17) for Houston.

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

Plays of the Day

Give Hector Noesi credit. After a rocky first inning, when he gave up four runs to the Astros before an out was made, Noesi settled down and battled successfully the rest of the way. He gave up only one more run before leaving after six-plus innings in the 6-5 loss to the Astros…Gordon Beckham singled in a run, Alexei RamirezMoises Sierra and Alejandro De Aza each collected an RBI on a sac fly and Jose Abreu drove in a run on an infield groundout…Adam Dunn doubled and walked twice and Dayan Viciedo had a pair of singles, a walk and scored twice…Sierra made the defensive play of the game in the first inning, a diving catch in right field that prevented another pair of runs from crossing the plate.

Abreu on DL, Eaton Reinstated

Jose Abreu has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with posterior tibia tendonitis in his left ankle. Adam Eaton has been reinstated to the active roster.

Alexei

With Ramirez’s start at short today, his 836th game there with the White Sox, only Hall of Famer Luke Appling (2,218), Ozzie Guillen (1,724) and Luis Aparicio (1,508) have played more games at the position for the Sox.

Blackhawks Continue Their Quest for the Cup

Quotes of the Day

Two examples of the closeness and team-first aspect of this White Sox team. Regarding Eaton’s tweet, many of Abreu’s teammates call him “Oso”–Spanish for bear.

De Aza on Eaton, who is back in his familiar leadoff spot today (via Colleen Kane in the Trib).

“(He brings) a lot of energy. He’s the kind of guy you want to have on your team.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-3, 5.24) for the Sox, LHP Jason Vargas (4-1, 3.00) for K.C.

Photo of the Day

Gordon Beckham is red-hot. After going 2-5 yesterday with an RBI and run scored, he’s now hitting .340 with three home runs and seven RBI over his last 12 games. And he’s hit safely in 11 of those contests.

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A Mother’s Day Rubber Match

Sunday, May 11, 2014
 
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Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series–the Sox won Friday and dropped a close one last night. Probable starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (0-2, 8.27) for the Sox, RHP Chase Anderson, who will be making his first big-league start, for Arizona.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu DH, Dunn 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Sierra RF, Flowers C.
 
Play of the Day
 
With his fifth-inning, two-run home run last night, his first homer of the season, Paul Konerko moved past Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones into sole possession of 43rd place on the all-time home run list. Take a look:
 
 
An Encouraging Word
 
Sox ace Chris Sale threw a simulated game yesterday. He felt fine and is scheduled to throw again in five days. Don Cooper said he looked great.
Heading West
 
After today’s game the Sox embark on a nine-game, 10-day road trip to Oakland (3 games), Houston (3) and Kansas City (3). We return home on Thursday, May 22, for a 10-game homestand, beginning with a four-game series with the Yankees and continuing with three vs. the Indians and three against the Padres.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Arizona closer Addison Reed on former Sox teammate Paulie (via @scottmerkin):
 
“Best guy you’ll ever meet. If there’s any little kid that wants someone to look up to, it’s definitely him.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. (9:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (3-2, 4.93) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Chavez (2-1, 2.47) for the A’s.
 
Photos of the Day
 
Here are the pink balloons that went up before last night’s #PinkOut game in honor of breast cancer awareness and Marcus Semien and Alexei Ramirez on the field with a pair of cancer survivors.
 
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Sox Clinch Crosstown Cup, Go For Sweep and Fifth Straight Win Tonight

Thursday, May 8, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox look to sweep the four-game Crosstown Cup series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00) for the Cubs. Carroll makes this third start after two outstanding outings.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham‘s second homer in as many nights–a three run shot–and Paul Konerko‘s bases-clearing three-run double, one of a pair of two-baggers he had on the night, were the key blows as the Sox won their season-high fourth in a row and third straight vs. the Cubs, 8-3. As a result, we claim the 2014 Crosstown Cup and go one game over the .500 mark at 18-17…Jose Abreu doubled twice, singled and scored a run while Alexei Ramirez and Marcus Semien each got credit for an RBI…John Danks earned his third win of the season, allowing three runs, four hits and a lone walk while striking out eight…The bullpen was once again solid. Jake Petricka came on in relief of Danks and pitched two perfect innings. Maikel Cleto closed it out in the ninth.

Enjoy the Beckham homer and Paulie’s three-run double…

http://atmlb.com/Rt2w1t        

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…plus Ramirez’s dazzling ninth-inning catch that started a double play.

http://atmlb.com/1uDud7c

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Even More From Last Night

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32706915/?partnerId=as_cws_20140508_23489364

Sox Notes of Note

Every White Sox batter reached base in last night’s game…Sox relievers own a 0.48 ERA over the last 11 games and a 1.47 mark and a .180 opponents average since April 20. Relievers have thrown 18.1 consecutive scoreless IP over the last five games…Petricka extended his scoreless streak to six appearances (10 IP). The streak includes five straight hitless outings and he owns a 0.68 ERA and .149 opponents average over his last nine appearances.

All-Time White Sox Team vs. Cubs (During Interleague Play)

(Qualifier: Minimum 20 plate appearances; Numbers entering tonight)

C: A.J. Pierzynski – 45 games (.296/.365/.478; 8 HR, 29 RBI)

1B: Paul Konerko – 73 games (.299/.362/.602; 20 HR, 58 RBI)

2B: Ray Durham – 30 games (.364/.454/.496; 1 HR, 9 RBI)

3B: Gordon Beckham – 26 games (.348/.398/.598; 6 HR, 16 RBI)

SS: Alexei Ramirez – 36 games (.275/.303/.449; 5 HR, 17 RBI)

OF: Scott Podsednik – 20 games (.333/.435/.462; 1 HR, 6 RBI)

OF: Carlos Lee – 36 games (.326/.382/.574; 9 HR, 31 RBI)

OF: Magglio Ordonez – 32 games (.317/.406/.545; 5 HR, 25 RBI)

DH: Jermaine Dye – 27 games (.324/.384/.706; 11 HR, 21 RBI)

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura Talks Abreu:

On the slugger’s No. 79 jersey cracking the Top 10 in MLB sales:

“I got one. I got a real one, too, didn’t even have to buy it.”

Did he sign it?

“He will.”

On Jose’s Impact:

“…It’s fun for him, it’s fun for us to have a guy like him. Nobody knew about him last year and now all of a sudden he’s on our team. What makes it fun for us and being around him is that he’s just a good person. He’s a humble kid, he’s a great team person. I think that’s the thing for our guys–you root for him and you’re happy for all these accolades he’s getting and the attention. It’s not going to change him. Guys like to have fun with him because he’s such a good team person and you like to see stuff like this happen to people like him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-0, 4.50) for the Sox, ex-Sox Brandon McCarthy (1-5, 4.67) for the D-backs.

Photo of the Day

Carroll takes on the Cubs in Cup finale.

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To Paraphrase Mr. Cub, “Let’s WIN Two” at Wrigley

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the second game of the Crosstown Cup series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-1, 7.20) for the Sox, RHP Edwin Jackson (2-2, 5.24) for the North Siders.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn LF, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Semien 3B, Noesi P.

Plays of the Day

Marcus Semien‘s 12th inning double broke the 1-1 deadlock last night as the Sox drew first blood in their quest for the Crosstown Cup with a 3-1 victory over the Cubs (click on top link below)…Semien’s two-bagger scored Alexei Ramirez, who had just singled for the 1,000th hit of his career and stole second…Although he chalked up another no-decision, Jose Quintana (click on bottom link below) was brilliant in his pitchers’ duel with Jeff Samardjiza. “Q” went seven innings, giving up just one run, three hits and three walks while striking out three…the bullpen came through as well. Ronald Belisaro (2.0 IP), Jake Petricka (1.0), Scott Downs (0.2), Daniel Webb (0.1) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) held the Cub lineup scoreless the rest of the way. Webb, now 3-0, got the win while Lindstrom recorded his fifth save.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/video/v32637747

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v32636115/?c_id=cws

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Mr. Clutch

Semien’s game-winner was his fourth go-ahead hit in the seventh inning or later this season. The first three were all home runs and amounted to his only hit of the night. Semien is also hitting .438 with one homer and 11 RBI with runners in scoring position and two outs and .316, 11 RBI with two outs.

Sox Enjoy 50th Win over Crosstown Rivals

Last night’s win gave the Sox their 50th victory over the Cubs and now lead the series, 50-45.

Ninth-Inning Thunder

The Sox lead the major leagues with 30 ninth-inning runs this season, nine more than second-place Oakland.

Wearing His Sox Cap with Pride

Bears’ offensive lineman Kyle Long is shown here having fun at Chuck E. Cheese with a young friend who he reached out to after the youngster was a victim of bullying. It’s interesting to note that Long, once drafted by the Sox as a pitcher out of high school, still has an allegiance to our Sox.

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Quote of the Day

Alexei on his 1,000th major-league hit (via interpreter Lino Diaz)

“I’m very, very happy. That’s a good accomplishment. I couldn’t get to 1,000 hits in Cuba, and that was something I wanted to get to. It’s good that I got it here.”

Here’s Ramirez’s milestone hit:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v32637205/?c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-2, 5.00) for the Sox, LHP Travis Wood (2-3, 3.35) for the North Siders.

Photo of the Day

Sox fans celebrate last night’s win in enemy territory.

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White Sox Hoping to Get Hot in Cleveland

Friday, May 2, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-1, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (0-3, 6.04) for the Tribe. Danks owns a 2.70 ERA and a .229 opponents average over two road starts this season.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Semien 3B, Nieto C.

Happy Early Returns

Through April, the White Sox lead the American League in runs scored (154) and rank among the league leaders in runs per game (2nd, 5.31), average (2nd, .269), slugging percentage (2nd, .431), OPS (2nd, .764), home runs (3rd, 32) and doubles (3rd, 58)…the Sox have scored six-plus runs 12 times with 13 10-plus hit efforts, both tied for the second-most in the major leagues…the Sox lead MLB with 66 runs scored after the seventh inning…we are second in the American League with a .286 average with runners in scoring position, including a .308 mark over the last 10 games. Alexei Ramirez (4th, .438), Jose Abreu (T13th, .375) and Conor Gillaspie (15th, .368) all rank among the AL Top 20 in this category…Ramirez (.351) and Dayan Viciedo (.348) rank first and second among AL hitters in batting average…Ramirez ranks among the American League pacesetters in batting average with two strikes (1st, .378), two outs (2nd, .406) and RISP with two outs (8th, .455)…Jeff Keppinger is scheduled to start an injury rehab assignment tonight with Class AA Birmingham vs. Mobile. He has been on the DL recovering from right shoulder surgery…Felipe Paulino is scheduled to make his first rehab start tomorrow with Class AAA Charlotte at Buffalo. He’s been on the DL since April 19 with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Bleacher Report Weighs in on Abreu’s Great Start

According to Bleacher Report, here are the 10 best player debuts in April since 1947, the year MLB created the Rookie of the Year award. Jackie Robinson won that first year and now the award is named after him.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2046286-where-jose-abreus-debut-month-ranks-among-mlbs-best-ever

Adam Eaton’s “Center Field” Highlights

http://atmlb.com/1n6rktT

More Eaton: With McNeil and Spiegel on 670 The Score

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/?podcast_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.podtrac.com%2Fpts%2Fredirect.mp3%2Fnyc.podcast.play.it%2Fmedia%2Fd0%2Fd0%2Fd1%2Fd5%2Fd7%2FdS%2FdT%2F157ST_3.MP3%3Fauthtok%3D5562391692998713468_xK15D5RHLNFNdUp8dqtR35l3asM&podcast_name=Adam+Eaton+with+McNeil+and+Spiegel+5-1-14&podcast_artist=McNeil+and+Spiegel&station_id=391&tag=pages&dcid=CBS.CHI

Quote of the Day

It’s interesting to note that Minnie Minoso–the White Sox’ most prominent Cuban-born player and arguably the most popular figure in the history of the franchise–broke the Sox’ color barrier 63 years ago yesterday (May 1, 1951), becoming the team’s first black player. In his first plate appearance with the Sox Minnie hit a home run off of Vic Raschi of the Yankees.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (505 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-0, 1.23) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (0-1, 4.84) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

The #Soxarazzi winner is…

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Sox Links, News & Notes: Off-Day Edition

Thursday, May 1, 2014

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The Buzz Around a Man Named Abreu

It seems like everybody is taking notice of our talented slugger…

http://usat.ly/1kv9sFu

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/27118486-419/jose-abreu-was-not-going-to-escape-jerry-reinsdorf.html

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/jose-abreus-success-could-force-white-sox-alter-plan

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/19398/abreus-influence-on-sox-is-wide-reaching

http://www.gammonsdaily.com/video-peter-gammons-on-jose-abreu-dee-gordon-and-francisco-rodriguez/

…and here’s more,  “Must See” TV tonight on Comcast SportsNet: “Abreu’s April”

http://www.csnchicago.com/article/csn-present-special-jose-abreus-record-setting-month-april

The Allure of Adam Eaton

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-adam-eaton-playing-every-game-its-his-last?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Play of the Day

Watch Alexei Ramirez set the White Sox record for the most hits in the month of April as he collected his 40th yesterday in the Sox’ loss to the Tigers, surpassing Paul Konerko‘s 39 in 2002. Alexei has hit safely in 27 of his first 29 games this season, joining Buck Weaver (1920) as the only players in Sox history to accomplish the feat.

http://atmlb.com/1hXTfEw

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Quote of the Day

Food for Thought

A competitive eater takes on the three-pound challenge.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140430/lincoln-park/morning-report-competitive-eater-conquers-3-pound-sundae-at-cell

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-1, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (0-3, 6.04) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

WGN’s Tom Skilling and Southpaw during Weather Day festivities yesterday at the ballpark.

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Sox Seek Series Win After Abreu and Carroll Make it a Momentous Sunday

Monday, April 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series as the Sox (13-13) look to win the series and go over the .500 mark. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 6.52) for Tampa Bay.

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

Plays of the Day

With his mom, dad, other family members and friends in the stands, Scott Carroll was brilliant yesterday in his major-league debut. Not only did he allow just two runs (one unearned), six hits and two walks along with three strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched, he got credit for his first victory and outdueled former Cy Young Award winner David Price in the Sox’ 9-2 win (In the photo above, Alexei Ramirez gives Scott a celebratory shower)…we broke into the scoring column with a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by Jose Abreu‘s two-run blast (he’s now got 10 homers and 31 RBI, leading the majors in both), four Tampa Bay errors and alert base running by Adam Eaton that enabled him to score while the Rays were napping…the Sox added four more in the seventh on an RBI double by Marcus Semien, a two-RBI single by Abreu and a run-scoring base hit by Ramirez…Eaton had a three-hit day, collecting three singles.

The Abreu homer:

http://atmlb.com/1mPS69P

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Abreu Notes of Note

With his home run yesterday, Abreu extended his major-league record homer total for rookies through April and set the RBI mark as well…his 10 homers in April are the most by a White Sox rookie in any month and most by a Sox player in the month of April since Paul Konerko‘s 11 in 2010…his 31 RBI this month are a franchise record, surpassing Konerko’s 28 in 2002…Jose tied Zeke Bonura (1934) for the franchise record for home runs through his first 26 games and his 31 RBI are the most by a Sox player through their first 26 games and are the most in any month since Frank Thomas‘ 31 in August of 2003…Abreu is the first player in MLB history to have four four-plus RBI games in his first 26 career contests…Jose has been named co-American League Player of the Week for April 21-27, along with Seattle’s Kyle Seager. During the week, he batted .310 with five home runs, an AL-high 14 RBI, eight runs scored, an .862 slugging percentage and is the first Sox player to win the honor since Alejandro De Aza last July 8-14.

Two Abreu Tributes

From deadspin.com

http://deadspin.com/jose-abreu-is-the-games-best-old-fashioned-slugger-1568773413

…and an excerpt from a column by Jonah Keri in Grantland.com

I’m going to start this Jose Abreu tribute by sharing a decidedly nonanalytical story.

On Friday night, I was sitting with Baseball Tonight analysts Eduardo Perez and Doug Glanville, watching the ninth inning of the Rays–White Sox game. Rays closer Grant Balfour began melting down, allowing a double, then two walks, then nearly getting into a fight with Paul Konerko. Perez started shouting at the TV, “Don’t let this get to Abreu! You’d better get out of this before getting to Abreu!” The next batter, Adam Eaton, hit what looked like a game-ending double play to second, but a slightly botched relay between Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar allowed Eaton to beat the ball by a hair. Rays manager Joe Maddon challenged the call, causing Perez to jump out of his chair. “You’re messing with Balfour’s timing now! Abreu’s going to go yard if he comes up, watch out!” Facing rookie Marcus Semien, with Abreu on deck, Balfour inexcusably started nibbling, throwing a 2-1 slider that missed the strike zone by a mile, and ultimately issuing the walk. Up strode Abreu, the 255-pound, 27-year-old rookie with light-tower power. “Game over right here!” yelled Perez. And he was right: On an 0-1 count, Balfour threw a fastball, middle-out and thigh-high. Abreu crushed it to deep right, into the Chicago night and over the wall.

The room exploded. Perez and Glanville played a combined 22 years and 1,869 games in the big leagues, enough to have seen it all. Yet they still high-fived and celebrated like one of them had just cranked the walk-off grand slam. They weren’t the only excited spectators: It’s a minor miracle that Hawk Harrelson didn’t have a coronary while calling the play, and the Spanish telecast’s “Sayonara, baby!” call was a delightful touch.

That’s the kind of impact Abreu is having. He’s got fans and former big leaguers alike predicting game-winning home runs five batters before he can even step to the plate. He’s turned a moribund White Sox team into a must-watch outfit every night. And so far, he’s making history.

More Jose

Listen to Buster Olney’s ESPN.com podcast which features–in part–Robin Ventura, Rick Hahn and sportswriter Jerry Crasnick talking about Abreu. The segment on Abreu starts at 8:46 and ends at 25:52.

http://bit.ly/1tVaYFV

And here’s Jose with his fellow Cuban teammates Adrian Nieto, Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo having some fun today before the game.

https://vine.co/v/Mvt0DK7wKVA

Carroll Notes of Note

With his successful start yesterday, Carroll (29.215) became the oldest player to make his White Sox debut since Ernesto Escarrega (32.120) in the second game of a doubleheader on April 26, 1982, vs. the Red Sox. Here are the last few players to make their MLB debut for the Sox at 29 years or older:

* Tadahito Iguchi (30 years, 121 days) on April 4, 2005 vs. Indians

* Shingo Takatsu (35.136) on April 9, 2004 vs. Yankees

* Mike Heathcott (29.104) on August 28, 1998 vs. Rangers

* Isidro Marquez (29.346) on April 26, 1995 vs. Brewers

* Dane Johnson (31.109) on May 30, 1994 vs. Yankees

Carroll’s 7.1 IP are the most for a Sox pitcher in his major-league debut since Gerry Janeski in 1970 vs. Milwaukee…he’s also the first Sox pitcher to earn the win in his major-league debut as a starter since Lucas Harrell in July of 2010 vs Oakland.

Teammate of the Week: Adam Dunn picked up the tab for Carroll’s celebration dinner at O’Toole’s last night. There were an estimated 35 friends and family in the Carroll party.

Potent Offense

From Ken Rosenthal, foxsports.com:

The White Sox’s pitching success took root in the late 1990s when Ken Williams was the farm director and Don Cooper the minor-league pitching coordinator.

The team developed not only a philosophy, but a continuity of instruction, teaching pitchers in the minors the same way it taught pitchers in the majors. The process became so consistent, the White Sox’s scouts came to understand Cooper’s preferred deliveries and pitch types as he ascended to the major-league job.

So, when general manager Rick Hahn sought a replacement for hitting coach Jeff Manto last offseason, his goal was to replicate the team’s pitching success on the hitting side. The hiring of Todd Steverson, a former major-league coach and minor-league manager with the Athletics and minor-league coach with the Cardinals, appears to be a positive step in that direction.

The White Sox are second in the majors in runs per game, and their offensive success is one of the season’s early surprises. Obviously, newcomers such as first baseman Jose Abreu and outfielder Adam Eaton are making an impact. But shortstop Alexei Ramirez and outfielder Dayan Viciedo have shown improvement under Steverson, and Avisail Garcia also was progressing before he required season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.

Steverson’s philosophy hardly is revolutionary – he preaches “selective aggressiveness,” urging hitters to lay off pitches they can’t handle and pounce on the ones they can. Still, if Steverson turns into a pitching version of Cooper, the White Sox will be even better positioned to re-emerge as a force.

One Day Left Before Our First #SoxSocial Night of the season! 

http://atmlb.com/1hIINk5

Sox Career Fair

http://atmlb.com/RJtD9m

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Congrats to the Blackhawks

Another “Sox Win, Hawks Win” day on Sunday. Our hockey brethren move on to the second round in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a convincing 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Quotes of the Day

Thoughts from an unforgettable day

Carroll:

“I’m on cloud nine right now. I knew I was capable of it, but it’s just awesome to finally get the opportunity and showcase my skills here at this level. It’s incredible. I put in all the hard work and just effort and stuff and to get to this level and succeed like I did, it was unbelievable. I’ve seen it so many times on TV and on movies and stuff, but to actually experience it and have that feeling myself, it was incredible.

“This has been a long road for my family and I. They’ve been through all this stuff with me ever since I was a kid, taking me to games as a Little Leaguer. For me to finally achieve my dream, my mom, she’s an angel, and she’s put in a lot of hard work taking care of me through two surgeries. It was pretty awesome.”

“I had to hide back some tears and fight through that.” (talking about his reaction to the standing ovation when he left the game).

Watch Scott being interviewed on the MLB Network:  

http://atmlb.com/1hIMPsP

Abreu:

“We’re all together. We are very happy. I feel like the whole team contributed. Just getting to know the process and the steps that Scott has had to take to get here, it’s a great thing and well deserved.”

Ventura:

The Sox record book shows that Robinwith 33 RBI in July of 1991, is second all-time for runs batted in a single month behind Harold Baines (36 in June of 1987). Robin was asked about Abreu, with 31 so far in April, approaching his total. With tongue firmly in cheek, he replied:

“Yeah, he’s not playing for the next five days.”

More from the skipper:  

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32444799

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 3.90) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (2-1, 2.45) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

Here’s Carroll’s Mom in tears after her son left yesterday’s game to a standing ovation (top) and Scott as he meets his family and friends after the game.

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