Results tagged ‘ Atlanta Braves ’
Saturday, July 20, 2013
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Braves at U.S. Cellular Field (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Just reinstated from the disabled list, it’s RHP Jake Peavy (6-4, 4.30) for the Sox vs. LHP Paul Maholm (9-8, 3.98) for Atlanta. Jake is making his first start since June 4 at Seattle. He is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and .208 opponents average in four home starts this season and his 3.01 ERA during interleague play is the fourth-lowest all-time.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, 1B; Wells. DH; Beckham, 2B; Phegley, C; Morel, 3B.
Chicago-born Pitcher Marv Rotblatt, who appeared in 35 games and had four starts for the Sox over three seasons (1948,1950-51), passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 85.
Play of the Day
Alexei Ramirez doubled, singled twice, scored a pair of runs and drove in another in last night’s 6-4 loss to the Braves. Alexei extended his hitting streak to eight games and is batting .410 with six doubles and four multihit games during that streak.
Quote of the Day
Paulie, after experiencing some expected soreness following his first rehab game at Class AA Birmingham Thursday night (via Phil Rogers in theTribune):
“I knew I was going to wake up dragging because I hadn’t been doing much. The good thing is I feel like I’m getting better.”
White Sox vs. Braves at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-2, 3.71) for the Sox, LHP Mike Minor (9-4, 3.02) for Atlanta,
Did You Know…
…that Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios lead the Sox with eight outfield assists apiece and are tied for second in the American League behind only the Twins’ Aaron Hicks, who has nine?
Photo of the Day
Jake is back on the mound.
Friday, July 19, 2013
White Sox vs. Braves at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-6, 4.31) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (6-7, 4.02) for Atlanta. Danks has a 2.22 ERA and a .196 opponents average at home this season with four quality starts.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Keppinger,1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Phegley, C.
Paul Konerko began his four-day rehab with the Class AA Birmingham Barons last night going 1-2 with a walk and a run-scoring single as the DH.
Walker to be Honored
Greg Walker will be the next member of the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox to be honored at a Sunday home game. In town as the hitting coach of the Braves, Walker will be feted this Sunday before the finale of the three-game series with Atlanta. He was a first baseman on the ’83 team as well, of course, as serving as the Sox hitting coach prior to joining the Braves.
The White Sox-Blue Jays game, postponed on June 12, has been rescheduled for Monday, September 23 (7:10 p.m., CT) at U.S. Cellular Field.
Minor League News & Notes
The White Sox have signed left-handed hitting first baseman Travis Ishikawa to a minor league contract. Ishikawa, 29, who has played for San Francisco, Milwaukee, Baltimore and the Yankees, will report to Class AAA Charlotte…Middle infielder Toby Thomas, playing at Advanced Rookie Bristol, had quite a week from July 8-14 and as a result he was named the Appalachian League’s Player of the Week. Thomas batted .423 with two home runs, three doubles, eight runs batted in, six runs scored and a stolen base. He raised his slugging percentage to a hefty .769.
Sox icon Minnie Minoso will receive another prestigious award to add to his vast collection. On Tuesday in New Orleans, Minnie will receive the Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence by the National Council of La Raza at the group’s annual conference awards gala.
The organization presents the award, named in honor of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, each year to an individual or organization in the sports industry.
First Lady Michelle Obama is the keynote speaker at the conference.
Fifth Annual Charities Week
Chicago White Sox Charities Week, our annual fundraising campaign, will be celebrated during the the upcoming homestand and runs from July 22-28. Charities Week engages fans attending games, as well as those following along from home. The first four Charities Weeks raised a combined total of more than $677,000.
Fans attending games during the week can participate in a number of unique fundraising activities.
Mr. Zero Returns
Shingo “Mr. Zero” Takatsu, the popular reliever who saved 19 games for the Sox in 2004 and eight more at the start of the 2005 championship season, will be at the ballpark tomorrow. He’ll throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs.
Sale Profiled in ESPN The Magazine
Play of the Day
Chris’s brilliant performance in the All-Star Game is still fresh in our minds. Take another look:
Quote of the Day
Sale, a top candidate himself, modestly commenting Tuesday night on Mariano Rivera winning the All-Star Game MVP (via Dan Hayes, CSNChicago.com).
“There’s no other MVP in this clubhouse other than (Rivera). He stole the show.”
White Sox vs. Braves at U.S. Cellular Field (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Just reinstated from the disabled list, RHP Jake Peavy (6-4, 4.30) is scheduled for the Sox, Paul Maholm (9-8, 3.98 for Atlanta.
Did You Know…
…that Chris Sale became the seventh White Sox pitcher to earn the win in the All-Star Game and first since Mark Buehrle in 2005? The others were Eddie Smith (1941), Early Wynn (1958), Ray Herbert (1962), Jack McDowell (1993), James Baldwin (2000). The seven All-Star wins are second only to the Giants (8) in major league history.
Photo(s) of the Day
PK the Baron.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
This morning, I decided to walk over to Arlington National Cemetery and then walk around those hallowed grounds. Our hotel’s concierge assured me that I could reach the cemetery easily on foot, so off I went. Well, I technically reached the cemetery’s walls easily. The getting in part was not so easy.
Walking along the wall, the first gate I came to was locked tight. A little further along, I ran into a manned gate that marked the edge of the cemetery and a military installation (Fort Myer, which I didn’t know even existed). Three guys manned the gate.
“Hey, can I get into the cemetery from here,” I asked. “I just want to walk around.”
“Do you have an ID?”
“No,” I laughed. “All I have is a hotel room key. I don’t want to go onto the base, I just want to get into the cemetery. I didn’t know it would be this hard. Can I walk all the way around?”
“It’s a long way.”
“OK, well right down there, the stone wall to the cemetery is only waist high, can I just jump over it?”
At this point, one guard, an older guy, said, “You want to jump over the fence?”
“Well, I’m just trying to get inside the cemetery.”
A younger guard quickly added, “Only if I don’t see you …” Now, he seemed to be smiling as he said this, but I also noticed that he was armed with an M-4 rile.
I could just imagine the headline.
“White Sox executive shot while breaking into Arlington National Cemetery.”
So I start walking. And walking. And I can now tell you there is no way into Arlington National Cemetery by foot from Arlington.
Determined, at this point, not to be defeated, I went back to the nearest Metro Stop, hopped on the next train and entered Arlington Cemetery by the normal visitors route.
Stating the obvious, but a walk through Arlington is truly a moving and humbling experience, so many “Unknown” headstones from every war.
Today, I happened to pass the grave of Abner Doubleday (see photo below), long claimed as the “inventor” of baseball.
Yesterday, we had taken a tour of the Pentagon and one of our tour guides, Seaman Tom Williams of Oklahoma City, came to the game last night with several of his other guides. Seaman Williams mentioned that he had spent a year as a member of the color guard at Arlington, serving in over 500 funerals.
I ran into former White Sox hitting coach (and current Braves hitting coach) Greg Walker in the hotel lobby this morning. The Braves are in town early before they begin a series with the Nationals tomorrow night.