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Monday, September 9, 2013 

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: In a matchup of All-Stars, it will be LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.97) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (19-2, 2.88) for Detroit. Sale and Scherzer rank in the Top 5 in the American League in ERA, strikeouts, opponents average, quality starts and strikeouts/9.0 innings.

Chris is 4-1 with a 3.15 ERA and 44 strikeouts over his last six starts. He is also 15-8 with a 2.43 ERA and 196 strikeouts at home since 2012. The ERA is the lowest home mark in the A.L. during that time period. And Sale is tied for first in the A.L. with a .199 opponents average at home and fifth with a 2.55 ERA this season.

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

Home Cooking

White Sox pitchers rank among the A.L. home leaders in opponents average (3rd, .242) and ERA (4th, 3.66). Sox starters have a 3.50 home ERA and have limited opponents to a .232 average.

Play(s) of the Day

The Sox ended their difficult 10-game road trip in winning fashion yesterday with the 4-2 victory over the Orioles…Adam Dunn gave us a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning with a mammoth two-run homer, his 31st of the season and 437th of his career. It ties him with Jason Giambi for 40th all-time…Continuing his hot hitting, Dayan Viciedo singled, doubled and drove in a run, Alexei Ramirez and Conor Gillaspie each had a pair of hits and a run scored and Alejandro De Aza drove in a run with a single…Starter Andre Rienzo captured his second win of the season with a strong 6.2 innings pitched, allowing just one run, four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Matt Lindstrom (0.1), Donnie Veal (0.1) and Nate Jones (0.2) pitched scoreless relief before Addison Reed survived a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth to record his 37th save.

The Dunn homer (rumor has it that it’s still traveling):

Quote of the Day

Robin being philosophical about the Sox losing streak, broken yesterday with the win:

“There is never a point where you feel good about it or accept it. So they hurt. Whenever you lose late it hurts worse, but there’s always another game the next day. So you have to put it behind you and be able to go and have effort and optimism and all that kind of stuff to play today. That’s what makes baseball hard. It’s every day, and it can be gut wrenching and hurt and all that stuff, but you have to put it behind you and play today.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 4.50) making his second career start for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (11-8, 4.76) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Avi Garcia is out of the lineup for the second day in a row with a “tooth” issue? He had two teeth extracted today and it’s possible he’ll be back tomorrow.

Sox Note of Note

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox Class AA affiliate, and the Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs affiliate, with two wins apiece in the best-of-five Southern League North Division playoffs, play for the title tonight in Tennessee. The Smokies evened the series yesterday with a 10-7 victory. Despite the defeat, the Barons had some outstanding offensive performances. Centerfielder Jared Mitchell went 2-4 with a two-run homer, second baseman Micah Johnson went 2-3 with a double and a run scored and shortstop Tyler Saladino went 2-4 and scored a run.

The Barons are looking to go to the league championship game for the first time since 2002.

Photo of the Day

Andre getting well-deserved congratulations from his teammates after his solid performance.


Santiago Gets Chance to Begin Sox Turnaround

Saturday, September 7, 2013
Today’s News
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (12:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.43) vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen (7-7, 3.87) for the O’s.
Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Keppinger, DH; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C; Semien, 3B.
Barons Take 2-0 Lead in Playoffs
Sox outfield prospect Trayce Thompson went 3-5, including a pair of doubles, and drove in three runs as the host Birmingham Barons took a two games to none lead in the Class AA Southern League North Division playoffs last night by defeating Tennessee (a Cubs affiliate), 7-1. Thompson homered and had an RBI single the night before in the Barons’ 3-1 triumph in Game 1 at Regions Field in Birmingham.
Pitching prospect Chris Beck got credit for the win with five scoreless innings. Fellow prospect Nestor Molina came on in relief with scoreless frames without allowing a hit.
The final three games (if necessary) of the best-of-five series move to Tennessee (just south of Knoxville) with Game 3 tonight.
Mitchell, Jacobs Headed to Arizona Fall League
Outfielder Jared Mitchell has been added to the Sox Arizona Fall League roster while outfielder Brandon Jacobs, acquired from the Red Sox for Matt Thornton, is on the taxi squad. Mitchell and Jacobs join RHPs Chris Bassitt, Stephen McCray and Kevin Vance, LHP Charlie Leesman and infielders Marcus Semien and Micah Johnson on the Glendale Desert Dogs.
Quote(s) of the Day
Conor Gillaspie, who visited Walter Reed Military Hospital yesterday with a group of his teammates (via Colleen Kane in today’s Tribune):
“If I get super frustrated about (baseball), I will go back and remember what those guys have been through. There are some really good guys, and how happy they are, how much they appreciated 10 minutes of our time — it makes you forget about all this (losing).” 
Robin on versatile rookie Leury Garcia, who started at shortstop last night and will be in centerfield today:
“Just want to give him enough opportunity and let him move around.”

Play(s) of the Day
Paulie went 2-2 with a walk and Jeff Keppinger collected a pair of singles in the Sox’s 4-0 loss last night to Baltimore. Rookies Jake Petricka (1.2 IP) and Daniel Webb (1.0) pitched scoreless relief.
Tomorrow’s Schedule
White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (12:35 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and 10-game road trip. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-1, 5.03) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (4-1, 4.28) for the O’s.
Did You Know…
…that Konerko is one of 36 players in baseball history and just five active (also Jason Giambi, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez) with at least 400 doubles and 400 homers?
Photo of the Day
Hector shoots for victory No. 5.


Astros Next for Rejuvenated Sox

Monday, August 26, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 3.56) vs. LHP Brett Oberholtzer (3-1, 2.91) for Houston. Andre was credited with his first major-league win in his last start at Kansas City and in the process became the first Brazilian-born hurler to record a win in the big leagues.

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

A Scary Moment, But…

In the “that’s what I wanted to hear” department, two tests have determined that Avisail Garcia does not have a concussion after crashing into the wall on the Jeff Baker home run in the fourth inning yesterday. And as you see, he’s in the lineup tonight.

Sox Auctioneers

Watch Paulie and Gordon run the auction last night at the Children’s Home Aid Grand Slam Party at Rockit Bar & Grill.

Play(s) of the Day

With yesterday’s 5-2 victory, the Sox took two of three from the Rangers and now have won four consecutive series, eight of their last nine games and 14 of their last 20…Jordan Danks came on in the fourth to replace the injured Avisail Garcia in right field and in the bottom of the inning promptly blasted a solo homer to give the Sox and older brother John a 3-2 lead…With the Sox up 4-2 in the seventh, Josh Phegley added a solo blast to give the Sox some insurance…Once again the pitching was excellent. Danks, in winning his second straight game and fourth of the season, went six innings allowing just two runs and eight hits with five strikeouts. The bullpen also rose to the occasion as Matt Lindstrom, Nate Jones and Addison Reed closed it out with a scoreless inning apiece. Reed chalked up his 35th save. 

The Danks and Phegley homers:

Pitching Excellence

White Sox starting pitchers are 7-2 with a 3.21 ERA and 10 quality starts over the last 13 games. The bullpen owns a 1.51 ERA in the last 14 contests.

Quote of the Day

Jordan Danks on helping brother John get the win yesterday:

“Whenever I get into the game I want to do something cool, especially with John on the mound so I don’t have to hear about it later.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36) for Houston.

Did You Know…

…that Jordan Danks’ home run represents the first time a player has hit a home run in support of his pitching brother since catcher Billy Shantz accomplished it for brother Bobby on June 5, 1955 when they were teammates on the Kansas City A’s? 

Sox Note of Note

Lefthanded pitcher Jack Harshman, who won 48 games with a 3.33 ERA for the Sox from 1954-57, passed away on August 17 in Georgetown, Texas, at the age of 86. Primarily a starter in Chicago, he won 15 games in ’56 with a 3.10 earned run average and 14 in 1954 with a 2.95 ERA. Harshman started his pro career as a first baseman and ultimately was one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball. He hit 21 career homers and 65 RBI (he also played for the New York Giants, Orioles, Red Sox and Indians) and 12 and 37 for the Sox with a high of six and 19 in ’56. On July 25, 1954, he struck out 16 Boston hitters, including Hall of Famer Ted Williams, in a complete game for a 5-2 win–still the Sox record for strikeouts in a single game. In 1956, he was involved in a baseball rarity. Both he and Connie Johnson, his Baltimore counterpart, threw one-hit complete games. Harshman and the Sox picked up the win, 1-0.

Photo of the Day

Lindstrom is congratulated by coach Joe McEwing and Robin after pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning.


Happiness is Coming Home After Six Straight Wins on the Road

Friday, August 23, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) as the Sox shoot for their seventh victory in a row and nine wins in their last 10 in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand, which will see the Astros coming in for three beginning on Monday. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-11, 2.78) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (6-3, 3.48) for Texas. Chris ranks among the American League leaders in numerous categories, including: complete games (1st, 4), quality starts (T3rd, 19), ERA (5th, 2.78), strikeouts (5th, 175) and opponents average (6th, .228).

This weekend is also a homecoming for former Sox and current Rangers A.J. Pierzynski, Alex Rios, Neal Cotts and Jason Frasor.

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

Play(s) of the Day

The Sox fought back from a 3-0 deficit last night and came out on top, 4-3, on a 12th inning homer by Conor Gillaspie (No. 11) for a sweep of the Royals and a season-high sixth consecutive triumph…Starter Jose Quintana went seven solid innings, allowing three runs, four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts…The bullpen–Matt Lindstrom (0.2 innings), Donnie Veal (0.1), Nate Jones (2.0), David Purcey (0.1), Jake Petricka (0.2) and Addison Reed (1.0)–was superb, tossing five innings of scoreless baseball.  Petricka got credit for the win in his first major league appearance while Reed recorded his 34th save and extended his club record with his sixth straight team save.

Quote of the Day

Petricka (pictured below), who made his major-league debut in the 11th and induced Salvador Perez to hit into an inning-ending double play with one out and the winning run in scoring position, explained the situation (courtesy of

“…You don’t have time to think when the game-winning run is at second. You just have to throw strikes.”


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN/MLBN) in the seventh annual Civil Rights Game. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.27) for the Sox, RHP Yu Darvish (12-5, 2.68) for Texas. Activities surrounding the game included the Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion today and a youth baseball and softball clinic and MLB’s Beacon Awards luncheon, where Bo Jackson will be honored, tomorrow. Visiting dignitaries participating include Commissioner Bud Selig, Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Fergie Jenkins, former manager and MLB executive Joe Torre and Sox legends Minnie Minoso and Frank Thomas.

Here are some wise observations from today’s “roundtable” participants:

Ken Williams, Sox Executive Vice President

“If we don’t learn from the past…we’re not living with purpose. And everyone needs purpose.” 

“That’s one thing we try to do at the White Sox–bring groups of young people out to the park and celebrate them.”

To Thomas Tull, chief of Legendary Entertainment: “There’s no telling how many kids you affected by making (42 – The Jackie Robinson Story).”

“Allowing kids in RBI programs to play in Major League stadiums gives them a taste of their potential futures.”

“A lot of young men don’t grow up in situations that allow them to have hope.” 

Harold Reynolds, former major leaguer and MLB Network analyst

“Jerry Reinsdorf is constantly pushing the envelope in baseball.”

Wendy Lewis, Senior Vice President, Strategic and Diversity Alliances, MLB

“Within MLB, Jerry Reinsdorf led the conversation about being more strategic and doing more in their diversity approach.”

Did You Know…

…that Sox rookie pitchers Andre Rienzo and Petricka recorded their first major league victories on back-to-back nights–Rienzo on Wednesday, Petricka last night? It’s the first time that’s happened for the Sox since Fritz Ackley and Frank Kreutzer won their first big-league games on Sept. 27 and 28, 1963.

Remember When?

On this date in 1972, White Sox slugger Dick Allen became the fourth major-league player (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg and Alex Johnson are the others) to homer into Comiskey Park’s centerfield bleachers. The mammoth two-run clout, which came off of the Yankees’ Lindy McDaniel, clinched a 5-2 Sox win.

Photo of the Day

Conor delivers in the 12th.


“Q” on Mound Tonight Looking to Even Series

Friday, August 16, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) at Target Field, Minneapolis. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.70) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (8-8, 4.59) for Minnesota.

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

Civil Rights Game/Beacon Awards Luncheon

Chicago White Sox players and coaches will be in attendance at Major League Baseball’s Beacon Awards Luncheon on Saturday, August 24 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

The luncheon, which is one of the weekend events surrounding the 2013 Civil Rights Game that night at U.S. Cellular Field between the Sox and Rangers, will pay tribute to former MLB All-Star Bo Jackson and music legend Aretha Franklin, as recipients of this year’s Beacon Awards.  Others scheduled to attend the Beacon Awards Luncheon include Hall of Famer Hank AaronWhite Sox legend and seven-time MLB All-Star Minnie Miñoso, Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins and MLB Educational Programming Consultant and the daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, Sharon Robinson. Proceeds from MLB’s Beacon Awards Luncheon will benefit the Chicago Urban League and La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Quote of the Day

Robin commenting on Adam Dunn going to the opposite field more often, resulting in considerably more success at the plate (via

“…It’s helped him. He’s knocking in some big runs for us going the other way. Now you’re starting to see teams straighten back up on him, which allows him to really get that ball back in the hole.”

Play of the Day

Andre Rienzo pitched a strong six innings, allowing just one earned run and four hits in the 4-3 loss to the Twins. Paulie singled, doubled and drove in a run.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (6:10 p.m, CT, WGN). LHP Chris Sale (8-11, 2.73) for the Sox, Andrew Albers (2-0, 0.00) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Sox starting pitchers rank second only to the first-place Tigers (3.41) among American League staffs with a 3.87 ERA?

Photo of the Day

Andre delivers another solid performance.


Garcia in Starting Lineup After Last Night’s Sox Debut

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 1.38) making his first home start for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (4-9, 5.23) for Minnesota.

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


Sale on FOX

Chris will be doing a live interview from the dugout during the top of the third inning on today’s telecast.

Quote(s) of the Day

Listen to GM Rick Hahn’s interview with Dan Bernstein on WSCR from last night and to Paulie’s appearance with Bruce Levine on ESPN 1000 this morning:

@AvisailGarcia34 upon his arrival at the ballpark last night:

Play(s) of the Day

From last night’s doubleheader…

Game 1:  Alexei Ramirez blasted a two-run homer, singled and drove in four runs in the 7-5 loss to the Twins…Paul Konerko hit his ninth home run of the season and 431st of his career, tying Cal Ripken Jr. for 44th place on the all-time list.

Game 2:  Charlie Leesman was solid in his first major league start, going five-plus innings, allowing just one run (a solo homer) and four hits with eight strikeouts while getting a no-decision. Brought up as the 26th man on the roster for the doubleheader, Leesman was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after the game…Alexei hit his second homer of the twin bill to tie the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning…Blake Tekotte put the White Sox ahead 2-1 in the seventh with his first major-league home run and first RBI in a Sox uniform…Garcia made his Sox debut–he struck out as a pinch-hitter, was hit by a pitch and stranded on third in the 10th representing the potential tying run in the 3-2 loss.

The Ramirez and Tekotte homers in the nightcap:

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-3, 3.51) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (7-8, 4.84) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Alexei is the first Sox player to homer in each game of a doubleheader since Magglio Ordonez did it in April of 1999? By the way, Ramirez is batting .448 with a double, two home runs and seven RBI during his current seven-game hitting streak.

Photo of the Day

The future is now for the White Sox and No. 26.

Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox - Game Two

“Q” and Sox Host Yankees in First of Three

Monday, August 5, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62) for the Sox, LHP Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28) for New York. “Q” is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA with 38 strikeouts over his last six starts.

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


On the Bright Side

White Sox starters rank 4th in the American League with a 3.87 ERA. Their ERA has improved during the current losing streak.

Robin and the “Ryan Express”

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the brawl between Robin Ventura and the Rangers’ Nolan Ryan on the mound in Texas.  In addition to making me – once again – feel old, I chuckled about my perspective on that moment.  I was traveling with the team on that trip and for some reason, I can’t quite remember why, I was asked to deliver an autographed Frank Thomas baseball to a young boy in the stands just over our dugout.  So I waited until a good time in the game to head down to deliver the gift.  The elevator at that old ballpark might have been the slowest ever – to go only one floor – and I recall walking down the stands looking for the right row and seat number.  All of a sudden, the crowd roared, I looked up just in time to see Robin reach Ryan.  The rest is photographic history.  I dropped off the ball, said a quick hello and dashed back upstairs to the press box to catch footage of the pitch and its result.

Last Opening Day in Texas, Ryan stopped by our clubhouse to shake hands with Robin.  My recollection of that meeting was that Nolan Ryan remains a big human being.  Big.

Play(s) of the Day

Despite getting his second straight no-decision in yesterday’s 3-2, extra-inning loss, Andre Rienzo was impressive in his second big-league start No. 2. He went six innings, giving up only two runs on four hits…With yesterday’s mammoth 475-foot solo homer, Adam Dunn passed Cal Ripken Jr. for 43rd place on the all-time home run list with his 432nd.  It was Adam’s 26th of the season and he added three singles for good measure. Furthermore, he is hitting .308 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI over the last 48 games and has raised his average from .156 to .226…Paul Konerko homered to tie the game at 2-2 in the ninth…And how about this catch by Gordon Beckham?

Quote of the Day

Outfielder Avisail Garcia on being traded to the Sox:

“I’m happy for the trade. This is a new opportunity for me to be here. I thank God for that. I’ve just got to keep playing hard and try to do something good for my team and help my team win games.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-11, 2.92) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki  Kuroda (10-6, 2.38) for New York.

Did You Know…

…that Paulie’s homer was the 430th of his career, 45th against the Tigers, the 18th at Comerica Park and eighth of the season?


Photo/Video of the Day

Dunn’s bomb on video and Paulie going deep in finale of Detroit series:

Garcia and Rienzo Give Sox a Glimpse of the Future

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.55) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.74) for the Tribe. Quintana is holding righthanded batters to a .232 average in 2013, the third-lowest mark among American League lefties.

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

White Sox Welcome Garcia, Three Other Prospects With Open Arms

By now you know that after last’s night’s game, we completed a three-team deal with the Tigers and Red Sox. We traded Jake Peavy and acquired 22-year-old top outfield prospect Avisail Garcia from Detroit as well as minor league infielder Cleulius Rondon and pitching prospects Francelis Montas and Jeffery Wendelken from Boston.

GM Rick Hahn shared his excitement about obtaining Garcia, whose first name is pronounced “ah-VEE-saah-EEL”:

“We truly feel this is a five-tool player, someone who is not only going to hit, hit for average, but hit for power, can run well and play above average defense. He’s still young and has a little bit of development ahead of him, but we feel we’ve acquired someone with a great deal of upside who will have a big impact on the South Side for many years to come.”

Garcia, who will be assigned to Class AAA Charlotte to get regular at bats, is hitting .380 with seven doubles, three triples, six homers, 27 RBI and 32 runs scored over 39 games with both Class AAA Toledo and Class A Lakeland (where he appeared in six games on a rehab assignment recovering from a bruised heel). Between the two stops, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound righthanded hitter, had a .424 on-base and .561 slugging percentage. He was Detroit’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2012 and entered the season as the No. 2 prospect in the Tigers organization. In his brief experience in the major leagues (53 games in 2012-13) he is hitting .269 with three homers and 13 RBI. He actually made his big-league debut last August vs. the Sox.

The switch-hitting Rondon, who is 19, is hitting .276 with Class A Lowell in the Boston system. From Venezuela, he has split time between shortstop and third base, playing primarily at short. 

Montas, 20, is from the Dominican Republic. He has 96 strikeouts over 19 games with Class A Greenville this season and has K’d 171 in 49 games over four seasons. 

Wendelken, 20, was a 13th round draft choice in 2012. Known as J.B., he is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA with 10 saves and 54 strikeouts over 27 appearances with Greenville this season. He is 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA, 12 saves and 82 strikeouts in 40 relief appearances in two seasons. 

Rondon, Montas and Wendelken all will report to Class A Kannapolis.

Avisail is Happy, Too

@AvisailGarcia34: I’m also looking fwd to my new journey in the @whitesox organization and I am very grateful for this opportunity.. #Chicago here we come!

Jordan Danks Recalled

Outfielder Jordan Danks has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Peavy on the 25-man roster.

Play of the Day

Andre Rienzo, who last night became the first native Brazilian to pitch in the major leagues, was impressive in his debut. In seven innings, he allowed just five hits while striking out six without giving up an earned run.

Quote of the Day

Robin commenting on Rienzo’s solid debut:

“The kid was good. For all the excitement he had of having his first start, he was great. The one inning there was a little blip (the fifth when three unearned runs scored and he was spiked at first base)…but coming back that next inning with energy and composure was big. He’s got a neat little personality, brings his own energy, gets everybody into it. It was fun seeing him pitch.”


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (11:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-10, 2.69) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (12-7, 3.42) for Cleveland.

Did You Know…

…that on this date in 1972, Dick Allen became the seventh player to hit two inside-the-park home runs in one game in an 8-1 White Sox victory over the Twins on the road at Metropolitan Stadium?

Photo of the Day

Our new “five-tool player”:


After Victory Over Tigers, Sox Look to Continue Winning vs. Royals

Friday, July 26, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-2, 3.61) for the Sox, James Shields (4-7, 3.24) for K.C.

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

No-No for Rienzo

White Sox pitching prospect Andre Rienzo tossed a no-hitter for Class AAA Charlotte in the first game of Yesterday’s doubleheader against Indianapolis. Here’s more:

Civil Rights Game

Bo Jackson and Aretha Franklin will be honored with the MLB Beacon Awards at a luncheon and will be recognized in a pregame ceremony on the field during the day of the 2013 Civil Rights Game. The annual event will be played at U.S. Cellular Field between the Sox and Rangers on Saturday, August 24 (6:10 p.m., CT) and televised nationally on the MLB Network.

Play(s) of the Day

The Sox battery of Jake Peavy and Tyler Flowers stood out in yesterday’s 7-4 win over the Tigers. Peavy chalked up win No. 8 and Flowers drove in a pair of runs with his ninth homer and a double.

Quote of the Day

@SoxNerd: PeteWard, he of the monster 1963 rookie year & the greatest Canadian @whitesox player, is 76 2day.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-9, (2.81) for the Sox, Wade Davis (4-9, 5.92) for Kansas City.

Did You Know…

that Alexei Ramirez set a new career high yesterday with his 21st stolen base of the season?

Photo of the Day

Flowers Goes Deep.


Sox, Dodgers Tie as Dunn Goes Deep

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Today’s News

All knotted up after 9
While the White Sox enjoyed a blowout win yesterday, they engaged in a pitchers’ duel this afternoon as the game was called after nine innings with the score tied 2-2. Adam Dunn accounted for the pair of Sox runs with a two-run, opposite field homer off of the Dodgers’ Peter Moylan. Dewayne Wise and Alex Rios both tripled. Erik Johnson started for the Sox and gave up one run on four hits in three innings and struck out two.

Sox notes of note
How welcome was yesterday’s 9-0 whitewash of the Dodgers? It was the first victory for the Sox in a spring opener since 2004….Matt Thornton threw a 35-pitch bullpen session this morning under tough conditions (cold and windy) and reported no pain…Many clubhouse eyes were focused on the Daytona 500 before today’s game…As a result of the chilly weather Harold Baines said he was wearing everything in his locker except one light jacket–and he was considering putting that on.
Danks confident he’ll be ready and Peavy’s passion for the game
A couple of must-reads from Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times and Scott Merkin of

A brush with greatness
So it’s 35 minutes before our spring training opener on Saturday, and I am sitting in the White Sox dugout on the first base line waiting for pregame festivities to start.  Literally, I am the only one there and I am minding my own business.  The reason I am there, if you ask, is to help organize our team for on-field introductions at 12:52 p.m. … you know, simple stuff like Robin first, coaches and then starting lineup.

Out of the corner of my eye, I sense someone in a Dodgers uniform walking into the dugout.

“Is Robin here yet?’ he asks.

I turn an immediately recognize that it is Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.  Behind him, I see lots of autograph seekers and hear people calling his name.

“Not yet,” I say.  “He’ll be here is a couple minutes.”

Mr. Koufax started to talk.  Fine by me. (editor’s note: I did meet Mr. Koufax one spring in Vero Beach, Florida, when I was a kid.  My dad and I were walking down a sidewalk in Dodgertown when here came Mr. Koufax walking toward us.  He was very pleasant but, of course, he doesn’t remember me.)

So of course I start small talk with Sandy Koufax.  I ask him how he’s doing (fine), where he’s staying down here (West Valley), where he lives (up and down the East Coast depending on the weather) and why in the world are “you guys” throwing Kershaw and Greinke at us this early in the spring … since there is a long way to go.

He laughed a little and then explained that he liked to go nine innings once or twice each spring so that he had dealt with the soreness issue before the season had even begun.  “I didn’t care about the first start,” he said.  “I was concerned with how I’d feel going into the second.  Back then, we didn’t have playoffs.”

You either won the pennant or you went home, he explained, so every start mattered.

After about 10 minutes, Robin showed up to a big smile and hug from Koufax.

“Back when I was with the Dodgers,” RV said, “we used to sneak off and play basketball with Sandy.”

(Sandy, by the way, went to the Universithy of Cincinnati on a hoops scholarship).

Basketball?  With Sandy Koufax?  That would have made him about 65 back then (Sandy, not Robin).

“Guy could play.”


Another true story … maybe

Former White Sox pitcher Grady Hall was in camp on Saturday to say hello and he re-connected with former teammate Mark Parent.

“We played together in the Dominican one winter,” Hall said of the Sox bench coach.  “His nickname down there was ‘Grande Lama.’”

“Grande Lama,” I laughed, almost choking on my lunch.

“Nothing to do with the Dali Lama,” Hall corrected.  “It had to do with a sponsor and of course, he’s the Grande Lama.”

Quote of the Day

Coop on pitching: “Anytime you shut someone out, you’ve done something,” he said referring to yesterday’s win. “Every game no matter spring training or regular season, there are always going to be 10 balls hit hard. It’s what happens to those 10.”

Play of the Day

Dunn’s first homer of the spring.

Tomorrow’s Schedule
White Sox vs. Giants in Scottsdale (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Starters are Hector Santiago for the Sox and Madison Bumgarner for San Francisco. Also scheduled to pitch for the South Siders are Addison Reed, Nate Jones, Donnie Veal, Jesse Crain, Matt Lindstrom, Andre Rienzo and Zach Stewart.
Starting lineup: Alejandro De Aza, cf; Brent Morel, 3b; Jeff Keppinger, dh; Paul Konerko, 1b; Dayan Viciedo, lf; Alexei Ramirez, ss; Jared Mitchell, rf; Tyler Flowers, c; Carlos Sanchez, 2b.

Did You Know…
…that Dewayne Wise, he of The Catch, celebrates No. 35 today? Happy Birthday!
Photo of the Day
White Sox Legends Day was celebrated this afternoon at Camelback Ranch.  Pictured from l to rt. Rudy Law, Jerry Hairston, Sr., Steve Stone, Rich Dotson, Harold Baines, Ron Kittle, Floyd Bannister, Daryl Boston, Ron Karkovice, Bobby Thigpen and Robin Ventura

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