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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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Scott Carroll Set to Make Big-League Debut

Sunday, April 27, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (pictured above), making his first major league start, for the Sox and LHP David Price (3-1, 4.04) for Tampa Bay. Carroll is 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA in four starts this season with Class AAA Charlotte. He was a third-round selection of the Reds in 2007 and joined the Sox organization in 2012.

Carroll is a Missouri native who attended Missouri State, where he also played quarterback. Here, in this first person piece, Scott talks about his long road to the major leagues and, specifically, his Tommy John surgery.

http://www.chicagonow.com/future-sox/2014/02/prospect-perspective-pitcher-scott-carroll-on-the-tommy-john-process/

And he’s apparently a very funny guy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maJzUsUBjf0

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham singled and doubled and Paul Konerko collected a pair of base hits last night in the Sox’ 4-0 loss to the Rays…Newcomer Hector Noesi, making his first appearance for his new team, pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Scott Downs threw two scoreless frames, his longest scoreless stint of the season, in relief of John Danks.

Sox Notes of Note

To make room for Carroll, the Sox optioned right-handed pitcher Erik Johnson to Class AAA Charlotte following last night’s game. Also, Avi Garcia has been transferred from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list…White Sox relievers are 1-0 with a 2.67 ERA over the last eight games…Dayan Viciedo (.368) and Alexei Ramirez (.343) rank first and fourth in the American League in batting average. Tyler Flowers is hitting .388, which would lead the league if he had the required plate appearances…Sox second-base prospect Micah Johnson is now at .360/.447/.528 for a .975 OPS at Class AA Birmingham. He went 3-4 last night vs. Chattanooga.

Quote of the Day

Noesi is happy he’s in Chicago with pitching coach Don Cooper after previous stints with the Yankees, Mariners and Rangers.

“I’ve been hearing a lot about him (Coop), he is good. So I’m going to trust him with my stuff.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo of the Day

The White Sox Cuban connection then and now: Sox icon Minnie Minoso throws the ceremonial first pitch last night to his powerful countryman

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Rienzo Takes on Tigers in Motown

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Today’s News 

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00), making his first start of the season, for the Sox vs. LHP Drew Smyly (1-1, 4.00) for Detroit.

Sox Starting Lineup: Semien 3B, L. Garcia 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo RF, Konerko DH, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers, C, Jor. Danks CF.

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo went 4-4 and tied a career high with the four hits in last night’s Sox 8-6 loss to the Tigers, a game in which we rallied and had the tying run at the plate in the ninth in the person of Alexei RamirezJose Abreu went 2-3 with his sixth home run and 19th RBI…Ramirez singled twice and drove in a run…During the ninth inning rally, Paul Konerko collected an RBI single and Adam Dunn connected for a two-run homer, his fourth of the year.

Here’s Jose’s solo blast:

http://atmlb.com/1hmorNb

Sox Notes of Note

Viciedo and Ramirez rank 1-2 in batting average among all American League hitters. Dayan (.361) is hitting .429 in his last nine games and Alexei (.357) has hit safely in 20 of 21 games this season…Fellow Cuban Abreu is tied for second in the AL in both home runs and RBI and ranks third in slugging percentage (.580)–but that’s not all. Here are a few of his other accomplishments: Jose is the first player in Sox history to hit six homers in his first 21 games. His 14 RBI through 10 games were the most by a White Sox player since rookie Ron Kittle had 14 in 1983. Abreu is only the third player in major-league history with two multi-homer games and he’s the first rookie in franchise history with two four-plus RBI games within his first eight major-league contests. Additionally, Jose is the first major-league player with a two intentional-walk game (April 2) within his first two major league games since 1955.

The Sodfather’s Turf Clinic

http://atmlb.com/1hpAFok

Coop

In case you missed it…

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/69599862/chicago-white-sox-pitching-coach-don-cooper-is-one-of-the-best-in-the-business

Quote of the Day

Detroit ace Justin Verlander on facing Abreu for the first time:

“I was pretty impressed with him. Not many guys go to dead center here. I made a mistake and he made me pay.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 3.75) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (1-1, 2.33).

Photo of the Day

Tank is carrying a hot bat. So hot that he’s leading the league in hitting.

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Quintana Ready for Rangers

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.37) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (0-1, 5.06) for Texas.

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

“Q”

Quintana is making his fourth start of the season. In his last outing, on April 13 vs. the Indians, he allowed just one run on five hits over six innings, struck out six and walked two while getting a no-decision. He has gone 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA lifetime against Texas.

The Streak Continues…

Alexei Ramirez‘s record hitting streak to start the season was extended last night to 17. Alexei singled in the fifth inning in the Sox’ loss to the Rangers. Ramirez owns a career-high 21-game hitting streak dating back to 2013, which is the 10th longest streak in White Sox history (non-single season). It’s also the longest since Carlos Lee‘s franchise-record 28 straight games in 2004.

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Paulino to DL, Rienzo Promoted, Veal Outrighted

RHP Felipe Paulino has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation and right-hander Andre Rienzo has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to take his place on the Sox roster. Rienzo made 10 starts for the Sox in 2013.

Lefty reliever Donnie Veal, who had been designated for assignment, was outrighted to the Knights.

Sox Notes of Note

Righty reliever Zach Putnam made his Sox debut vs. the Rangers last night, going 2.1 innings…Gordon Beckham made his sixth start in a row for Class AA Birmingham as his rehab for a strained left oblique is getting close to ending…Speaking of Birmingham, highly touted prospect Micah Johnson went 3-5 last night in the Barons’ 3-0 victory over Mobile. He’s now hitting .356 on the season…Adam Dunn (443) and Paul Konerko (434) rank third and fifth, respectively, among active players with home runs. Dunn is 38th all-time while Konerko is tied with Juan GonzalezAndruw Jones and David Ortiz for 42nd. Dunn needs six more homers to tie Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero for 36th place…the White Sox have made a major-league leading 980 quality starts since 2003, five more than the Angels..the Sox are among the American League leaders this season with 10, including four of the last five…nine of the Sox’ 17 games this season have been decided by two runs or less.

Hanson to Charlotte

Right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson, who signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on April 8, was assigned to Charlotte today and is scheduled to start for the Knights tomorrow. Since signing, Hanson has been in extended spring training at the Sox’ facility in Arizona.

Hanson, 27, spent four seasons with the Braves and last year with the Angels. He was 45-32 with a 3.61 ERA in 108 starts with Atlanta from 2009-12. Last season, Hanson appeared in 15 games (13 starts) for L.A. and went 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA in 73.0 innings pitched.

Quote of the Day

Chris Sale, asked if he did anything different after throwing a career-high 127 pitches Thursday night vs. the Red Sox:

“I jumped in the hot tub, did my shoulder program, worked out, ran, threw real light today (Friday). Just when stuff like that happens, you have a little bit more work to do in the four days in between your next one.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (2:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 6.35) for the Sox, LHP Robbie Ross Jr. (1-0, 1.00) for Texas. Johnson pitched an outstanding 6.2 innings, allowing just one run, three hits and two walks while striking out nine in his last start against Boston. While he didn’t earn the decision, the Sox won, 2-1.

Photo of the Day

The Texas Two Step?

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Alexei, Sox Roll into Texas 

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that concludes with four in Detroit. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 7.98) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

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

High-Powered Offense

The Sox rank among the American League leaders in average (2nd, .267), OPS (2nd, .338), home runs (2nd, 20), runs per game (3rd, 5.44) and slugging percentage (3rd, .423).

Hotter Than Hot

Alexei Ramirez‘s hitting streak from the start of the season reached 16 last night and it is now the longest in Sox history (he’s pictured above with the record-breaking ball). He surpassed Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, who had a 15-game streak at the start of the 1996 season. Alexei leads the American League in average (.381) and hits (24) and ranks among the leaders in multi-hit games (T1st, 8), OPS (2nd, 1.061), slugging percentage (3rd, .635), RBI (T3rd, 14), on-base percentage (5th, .426), stolen bases (T8th, 3) and doubles (T10th, 4).

Here’s Alexei’s record-breaking base hit:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v32168165/?c_id=cws

Sale in the K Zone

Chris Sale was outstanding last night, allowing just one hit–a homer–and had a season-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings while throwing a career-high 127 pitches in the 3-1 loss to Boston. It gives Chris 11 double-digit career strikeout efforts and ties him with Billy Pierce for fifth most in franchise history. Sale has held left-handed batters hitless this season (0-20) and has limited left-handers to a .173 average in two-plus seasons as a starting pitcher. He has struck out 446 batters through his first 63 starts, which is the most in club history and third-most among active players behind only Yu Darvish (513) and Tim Lincecum (461).

Other Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers, with two hits last night, has hit safely in nine of his 13 games and has four multi-hit efforts. He’s hitting .395 overall and .667 against left-handed pitchers so far this season…Adam Eaton drove in the only Sox run last night with an infield hit and robbed David Ortiz of a home run with a spectacular catch. Here it is:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32160213/?partnerId=social_20140418_22183774

Quote of the Day

Eaton commenting after last night’s game:

“We’ll continue in Texas and we’ll continue to do the same thing we do. That’s compete on every pitch and put our best foot forward.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.37) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (0-1, 5.06) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Flowers blooming.

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Sale Takes On Lester and Red Sox in Rubber Game of Series

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN+) in the rubber game of the three-game series and last one on the homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 2.66) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 2.57) for Boston. Chris is looking to become the first White Sox starting pitcher to begin a season 4-0 since Jose Contreras (8-0) in 2006 and first to win his first four starts since Jon Garland (8) in 2005.

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

Plays of the Game

Alexei Ramirez smashed a two-run homer last night in the Sox’ 14-inning, 6-4 loss to the Red Sox. By virtue of his home run, Alexei extended his hitting streak to 15 games, tying Frank Thomas (1996) for the longest streak to begin a season in franchise history…Tyler Flowers entered the game in the 10th inning and collected a pair of singles, including the RBI base hit that knotted up the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th…rookie Adrian Nieto, who started the game behind the plate, collected a pair of hits for his first multi-hit game…John Danks was outstanding, earning his third straight quality start. He went six innings, allowing just one run, three hits and four walks.

Watch Flowers tie the score:

http://atmlb.com/1irtEbo

Sox Notes of Note

Prior to tonight’s game, the White Sox purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Zach Putnam from Class AAA Charlotte and designated left-hander Donnie Veal for assignment. Putnam, 26, has gone 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (6.0 IP) and 11 strikeouts in four relief appearances with Charlotte in 2014.  He allowed just one walk and was holding opponents to a .182 (4-22) average. He pitched in 15 major-league games, all in relief, for Cleveland (2011), Colorado (2012) and the Cubs (2013). He was signed as a free agent last November...left-handers Sale, Jose Quintana and Danks are a combined 5-0 with a 2.78 ERA, 50 strikeouts and 44 hits allowed in nine starts this season…Paul Konerko is in the starting lineup tonight as the Sox face only their third lefty of the season. Paulie needs just two hits for 2.300 in his career and four total bases to to tie Thomas (3.949) for the franchise record…Last night was the first time that two Sox catchers (Nieto and Flowers) had multi-hit efforts in the same game since John Romano and J.C. Martin did it in August of 1965…Following tonight’s game the Sox embark on a seven-game road trip to Texas (3 games) and Detroit (4).

Quote of the Day

John Danks on last night’s pitching performance by infielder-outfielder Leury Garcia, who pitched the 14th inning in his initial mound appearance:

“He’s got good stuff. I want him to teach me a sinker like that. He’s got a pretty good sinker. Surely it’s weird to be out there for the first time. I can only imagine having to play second base for the first time. It’s like a fish out of water, but I felt like he held his own. And like I said, I want him to teach me that sinker.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 7.98) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

Photo/Video of the Day

The man of the hour.

http://atmlb.com/1ird4Iq

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#GrindItOut White Sox Face Peavy, A.J. and World Series Champs in First of Three

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1. 9.58) for our Sox, ex-White Sox RHP Jake Peavy (0-0, 2.13) for Boston.

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

Play of the Day

Alexei Ramirez‘s walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday gave the Sox a dramatic 4-3 victory and a series win over the Indians. With his season-opening hitting streak now at 13 games, Alexei needs only two more games to tie Frank Thomas‘ record of 15…Ramirez leads the American League in average (.420), OPS (1.143), slugging percentage (.680), on-base percentage (.463), hits (21) multi-hit games (8) and ranks among the leaders in RBI (T3rd, 12), stolen bases (T5th, 3) and doubles (T7th, 4). Enjoy Alexei in video and photos:

http://atmlb.com/1igc2z2

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox lead the majors in runs per game (6.15), top the American League in average (.284), OPS (.816), slugging percentage (.461) and on-base percentage (.356) and rank second with 16 home runs…The Sox recorded their third comeback win of the year on Sunday after being down one run to the Indians in the fourth inning…Jose Quintana, who didn’t factor in that decision, gave up only one run and five hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts while lowering his ERA to 2.37…Maikel Cleto extended his career-high six-game scoreless streak…Marcus Semien is the first Sox player with two go-ahead home runs in the eighth inning or later in the first 13 games of the season since Dick Allen did it in his MVP year in 1972…Adam Eaton has reached base safely 16 times in his last six games. He leads the big leagues with 14 runs scored and ranks among the AL leaders in times on base (T1st), multi-hit games (T2nd, 7), hits (T3rd, 17), on-base percentage (9th, .419) and average (10th, .327)…Conor Gillaspie has now hit in a career-high 11 games and has driven in five runs in the past three games…the Sox have inked reliever Frank Francisco to a minor-league contract and assigned him to play for Class AAA Charlotte. Francisco, 34, has recorded a 3.93 ERA and 73 saves in 387 games with the Rangers, Blue Jays and Mets…this series marks the return of former White Sox Jake Peavy and A.J. Pierzynski as well as ex-bullpen coach Juan Nieves…Due to conflicts with Blackhawks playoff schedule, Sox games on April 17 vs. Boston and April 23 at Detroit will air on CSN+ instead of CSN as originally scheduled…Today marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings and a moment of silence will be observed…Happy 29th Birthday to John Danks.

Avi Update

Avisail Garcia underwent successful surgery this morning at Rush Oak Park Hospital to repair a torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder. He will undergo approximately six months of rehabilitation and is expected to be available without restriction for the start of 2015 spring training. He suffered the injury attempting a diving catch in right field on April 9 at Colorado.

White Sox Hard at Work as June Draft Approaches

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/cws/white-sox-taking-time-to-prepare-for-draft?ymd=20140414&content_id=72047458

Captain Konerko

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/71691562/chicago-white-sox-paul-konerko-enjoying-remaining-baseball-career

Jackie Robinson Panel

A special panel discussion entitled “Jackie Robinson: A Catalyst for Change in American Society” was hosted today by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in honor of Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Dr. Carol Adams shared their views and perspective on Robinson as a change agent in baseball and society. The audience in the Conference and Learning Center at USCF was filled with student-athletes from Chicago area high schools. 

Every player in the major leagues will wear uniform No. 42 today in honor of the 67th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier.

Here’s Governor Quinn and Sox icon Minnie Minoso chatting at the Robinson Day panel discussion.

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Quote of the Day

Eaton’s tweet moments after Sunday’s dramatic win:

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (1-0, 4.15) for our Sox, RHP Clay Buchholz (0-1, 6.97) for Boston.

Photo of the Day

Young Sox Fan Meets Chris Sale: Priceless

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“Q” Aims to Even Series With Rockies

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in Denver (7:40 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (0-0, 3.00) for the Sox, LHP Franklin Morales (0-0, 5.06) for Colorado. Quintana is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA in six career interleague starts.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Gillaspie 3B, A. Garcia RF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Quintana P.

Plays of the Day

Alexei Ramirez, who has hit safely in all seven games this season, doubled in a run in the seventh inning in the Sox’ 8-1 loss last night to Colorado…Adam Eaton made another outstanding catch, robbing Charlie Blackmon of extra bases and prevented a run from scoring in the bottom of the second with this running grab:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v31905289/?c_id=cws

Charlotte honors Thome

Jim Thome, who played for the Sox from 2006-09 and is now a special assistant to GM Rick Hahn, will throw out the first pitch Friday night when the Sox Class AAA affiliate Charlotte Knights open BB&T Ballpark in the city’s uptown. Thome, who played in Charlotte in 1993 when it was an Indians affiliate, hit a league-best .332 with 25 home runs and 102 RBI on his way to winning the International League Most Valuable Player award. He helped the Knights win a franchise-record 86 games that year and win the first Governor’s Cup championship in team history. 

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Celebrating Chris Sale

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/in-celebration-of-chris-sale/

An All-Access Look at Opening Day

http://atmlb.com/1gIM2r3

Take Advantage of White Sox Family Sundays; The First One is April 13

http://atmlb.com/1hYgylH

Quote of the Day

Ramirez, a notorious slow starter, on his early season success (through interpreter Lino Diaz):

“It’s the confidence. It’s my seventh year in the league, and I feel like I’ve been around and I know how it goes. I’m able to have more fun and at the same time feel more comfortable.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in the finale of the three-game series (2:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Erik Johnson (0-1, 13.50) for the Sox, Juan Nicasio (1-0, 1.29) for Colorado.

Photo of the Day

Alexei is now hitting .440 with three doubles, five RBI, four runs, three walks and two stolen bases.

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Sale, Sox Look for Sunday Success

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 3.68) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (0-0, 4.26) for K.C. Sale pitched 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts for the win on Opening Day.

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

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie collected two hits and an RBI, Adam Eaton singled and drove in a run and another run scored on a Paul Konerko sac fly as the Sox comeback fell just short in yesterday’s 4-3 loss to the Royals…Usually a slow starter, Alexei Ramirez‘s two hits elevated his season batting average to .444…John Danks, in his first start of the season, went seven solid innings, allowing three runs, five hits and four walks while striking out six. He wound up at 115 pitches…Adrian Nieto was impressive behind the plate as he threw out Jarrod Dyson at second in the eighth inning despite the Royal speedster’s big jump off of first.

Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers has been on base eight straight times–with seven consecutive hits and in his last at-bat reached base on an error…Konerko needs four total bases to tie Frank Thomas for the franchise record of 3,949…All five of the White Sox games this season have been decided by two runs or less…Twenty of the last 27 games between the Sox and Royals, dating back to 2012, also have been decided by two runs or less…Class AA Birmingham 2B Micah Johnson went 2-4 with a walk, stolen base and two runs scored in last night’s game vs. Montgomery. Johnson, the Sox’ No. 6 prospect as ranked by Baseball America, led the minor leagues with 84 stolen bases in 2013.

Quote of the Day

Danks, remaining positive despite yesterday’s Sox loss:

“It’s going to be a fun summer. We are going to play hard, and this team has a lot of fight. The ball is going to bounce our way.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in Denver (7:40 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (0-0, 1.69) for the Sox, RHP Jordan Lyles (1-0, 7.20) for Colorado.

Photo of the Day

The Sox, with four Cuban-born starters in yesterday’s game (Nieto, Ramirez, Jose Abreu and Dayan Viciedo), became the first team to start that many Cuban natives in the same lineup since Cleveland did it on April 8, 1969 (Opening Day) at Detroit. The Indians started CF Jose Cardenal, C Joe Azcue, SS Zoilo Versalles and RHP Luis Tiant. Here are the Cuban-born Sox posing together before today’s game.

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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

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