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Solid Team Effort Propels Sox

St. Patrick’s Day: March 17, 2014


Today’s News

The Game

At Maryvale…

White Sox    9   12   1

Brewers       0     4    1   

Plays of the Day

Hector Gimenez blooped a single over the third base bag in the top of the third inning that scored Matt Davidson, who led off the frame with a double off the left field wall, to give the Sox an early 1-0 lead…In the fourth, Adam Dunn walked, Dayan Viciedo was hit by a pitch and Jordan Danks walked, loading the bases. Then Davidson drove in a pair with a double, his second, down the left field line. Danks scored on a Gimenez sac fly, his second RBI of the game, and Davidson crossed home plate on an Alexei Ramirez single, his third hit on the day, giving us a 5-0 advantage…in the bottom of the sixth, Blake Tekotte made a terrific catch leaping over the wall near center to rob Aramis Ramirez of a home run (click on link below to watch video)…in the top of the seventh, Alexei collected his fourth straight hit, a double to left, driving in Micah Johnson from first for his second RBI. Adam Dunn drove in another run with a double off the right field wall and outfield prospect Josh Richmond smashed a two-run homer, making it 9-0. On the pitching side, Felipe Paulino was impressive, pitching five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out four for the victory…Mitchell Boggs pitched a perfect sixth, thanks to Tekotte and another fine defensive play by Johnson at second base, and Daniel Webb (1.0 IP), Nate Jones (1.0) and Donnie Veal (1.0) closed it out for the shutout win.

Sunday Night Dinner Review: Isabella’s Kitchen

Dinner was a home run Sunday night, as much for the ambiance as the very good food. Rick Hahn and I decided to get together at a place in North Scottsdale called Isabella’s Kitchen, which turned out to be a place with a great feel. You ate looking out on part of Grayhawk golf course, with a bar that was an excellent spot to watch the sun set on the valley. The food was very good. I’d definitely recommend the brussel sprout appetizer, the kale salad and the Scottish salmon. Isabella’s Kitchen turned out to be a very good place for dinner or just to lounge around and grab a drink at the end of the day. Highly recommended.

 White Sox Host U.S. Air Force Members on Wednesday

The White Sox will be hosting seven members of Glendale’s Luke Air Force Base in gratitude for their bravery and service – inviting them to participate in batting practice and attend the game vs. the Angels this Wednesday.  Two Illinois natives and five of their fellow members of the Luke Air Force Base will be on hand, including: long-time Sox fan Ryan Perry (Sauk Village, Ill.); long-time fan Chris Powell (South Holland, Ill.); Anthony Drew (Phoenix, AZ); Sean Walls (Huber Heights, Ohio); Peter Lacasse (Detroit, Mich.); Leonard Hodges (Houston, Texas); and Robert Davis (Defiance, Ohio).

Quote of the Day

Roger Bossard talked to the media today about the massive job of thawing out the playing field for Opening Day, which is just two weeks from today.

@ChuckGarfien: Roger Bossard says that they’ve removed 400 tons of snow at US Cellular Field.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Jose Quintana, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Ronald Belisario, LHP David Purcey, LHP Eric Surkamp, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Matt Lindstrom. Starter for Oakland: RHP Jesse Chavez.

Photo of the Day

In no uncertain terms.


Tekotte Homers, Micah Johnson Drives in 3

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Today’s News


The Game

At Tempe…

White Sox   6  12  2

Angels        8  12  2

Plays of the Day

Down 8-3, the Sox rallied for three runs in the eighth inning. Alex Liddi tripled and scored on a wild pitch and Blake Tekotte belted a two-run homer to make it 8-6 (click on link to video below)…Micah Johnson (pictured above), now batting .500 in Cactus League play, went 2-3 with three RBI and Jordan Danks was 2-2 with three runs scored…Matt Davidson collected a pair of base hits…Ronald Belisario made his first Cactus League appearance in the sixth and gave up a single and struck out two in his scoreless IP…Nate Jones shut out the Angels on one hit while striking out three in two innings of work.

Sox Note of Note

Matt Lindstrom threw a bullpen session today and said he felt great. He expects to get into game action in a few days. 


Good to see former White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago outside the Angels clubhouse before today’s game in scenic Tempe.

I asked about the state of his game.

“78!” He said proudly, “with eight one-putts.”

Food Thoughts, etc.

Dined at SOL Cocina on Scottsdale Road last night with 24 other team PR professionals, courtesy of Phyllis Merhige and Katy Feeney of MLB.

We had a fixed menu featuring tacos. Solid, but I wouldn’t spend another evening at the spot, IMO.

Funny part of the evening came as all of us were looking at our phones at the same time (PR people tend to do that). One phone rang and someone joked, “let’s see who else’s phone rings!” (At the winter meetings you can always tell when a trade is near because PR reps from two different teams will get up from our meetings and leave as their GMs call with news to announce).

Tonight, it’s Barrio Cafe as featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Herm Schneider is buying!

Quote of the Day

@DavidHaugh: John Danks on bouncing back from 2013: “Looking forward to getting revenge on a lot of people.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: RHP Erik Johnson, RHP Mitchell Boggs, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Jake Petricka, LHP Donnie Veal, RHP Cody Winiarski. Cleveland starter: RHP Josh Tomlin.

Photo/Video of the Day

Here’s a “sneak peek” at a new Sox commercial that will air during tomorrow’s Comcast SportsNet telecast of Sox-Tribe–the first broadcast of the spring.

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

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Scottsdale…

White Sox   3  7  1

Giants         4  9  1

Plays of the Day

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

The Cuban Way

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

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

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

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

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

Sox Notes of Note

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Chicken Parmesan: “Solid, If Not Spectacular”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Quote of the Day

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

Photo of the Day

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



White Sox Host Tribe Tomorrow

Friday, February 28, 2014

Today’s News

Sox Cactus League Opener

Dodgers  5   6   0

Sox         0   5   0

Cover Boy

This is the 12th time in 16 seasons that Paul Konerko has been included on the media guide cover.


Meet the New Sox Hitting Guru

Our Condolences

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Baltimore Orioles and the family of O’s PR director Monica Barlow, who passed away today at 36 after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Play(s) of the Day

Matt Davidson doubled while Adam Eaton, Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers and Jordan Danks each got a base knock…on the pitching side, LHP Chris Sale (2.2 innings), RHP Parker Frazier (0.1), LHP Donnie Veal (1.0), RHP Mitchell Boggs (1.0) and LHP Charlie Leesman combined for six shutout innings.

Quote of the Day

White Sox radio broadcaster Darrin Jackson got his first view of new first baseman Jose Abreu during batting practice prior to today’s game.

“Oh, my God,” DJ said as Abreu hit a ball more than halfway up the batter’s eye on one of the back fields.  “And he didn’t really even hit that one.”


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m. CT). Scheduled Sox pitchers are John Danks, Chris Beck, Scott Downs and others.

Photo of the Day


“Q” Looks to Even Series with Astros

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Today’s News
Tonight’s Game
White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36) making his first major-league start for Houston.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Jor. Danks, CF; Phegley, C; L. Garcia, 2B.
Sox Prospects Headed to Arizona Fall League
The Arizona Fall League, a proving ground for the game’s top prospects, today announced its rosters for the 2013 season, which begins on October 8 and extends through November 14.
Sox players include pitchers Charlie Leesman (Class AAA Charlotte with one start for the Sox), Stephen McCray (Charlotte), Chris Bassitt (Class AA Birmingham) and Kevin Vance (Birmingham) plus infielders Marcus Semien (Charlotte) and Micah Johnson (Class A Winston-Salem). They will be playing in the six-team league for the Glendale Desert Dogs along with prospects from the Dodgers, Marlins, Reds and Twins.

Birthday Boys
Happy Birthday to White Sox colleagues Jim Thome (43) and Buddy Bell (62) and former Sox catcher Ed Herrmann (67).

Jack Harshman
In yesterday’s post, I mentioned the passing of former Sox pitcher Jack Harshman. Today, Jim Margalus of South Side Sox took an in-depth look at Harshman, who he calls “one of his favorite old White Sox.” It’s a great read.
Play(s) of the Day
Adam Dunn hit his 30th homer, a two-run blast, Jeff Keppinger went deep with a solo shot, his fourth, and Alejandro De Aza had a four-hit game with an RBI in last night’s 10-8 loss to the Astros. Keppinger, Paulie, Avi Garcia, and Josh Phegley each added a pair of hits to the 14-hit attack.
Quote of the Day
Tomorrow’s Schedule
White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-12, 3.08) for the Sox, RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1, 1.60) for Houston.

Did You Know…
…that Dunn is hitting .299 with 17 home runs and 48 RBI over his last 69 games and reached the 30 home run plateau last night for the ninth time in his career? Adam joins Thome (2006-08) as the only lefthanded hitters in franchise history to record consecutive seasons with 30 or more homers. Dunn hit 41 last season.
Photo of the Day
Number 30!