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“New Look” White Sox Riding a Winning Wave

Thursday, April 22, 2013 

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for their sixth victory in a row and a three-game sweep of Kansas City in the final game of our seven-game road trip. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (8-8, 3.19) for K.C. “Q” is 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA over 12 starts on the road this season and overall has limited righthanded hitters to a .238 average, which ranks fourth in the American League just behind teammate Hector Santiago (third, .237) among lefty starters.

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

The White Sox and the Civil Rights Game

David Haugh has written a terrific piece that appears in today’s Trib. It is centered on Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams and our club’s close connection with the annual Civil Rights Game, which will be played at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday vs. Texas.

http://trib.in/13ScXvq

Sox icon Minnie Minoso will take part in the festivities surrounding the Civil Rights Game. Scott Merkin, via whitesox.com, writes about Minoso’s impact. 

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130822&content_id=57936194&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws&tcid=tw_article_57936194

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More on Minnie…

Minoso’s accomplishments seem to have been ignored in the publicity surrounding Ichiro’s 4,000th professional hit. Not so fast, says Scott Simkus on sabr.com.

http://sabr.org/latest/simkus-ichiro-suzuki-minnie-minoso-and-4000-career-professional-hits

Teammates Give Avisail Garcia Rave Reviews

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/22075661-574/sox-avisail-garcia-his-ceiling-is-off-the-charts.html

D.J. Hits the Half-Century Mark

Happy Birthday to former Sox player and current radio analyst Darrin Jackson, who celebrates his 50th birthday today.

Play(s) of the Day

We won our third straight series last night with the 5-2 triumph over the Royals, following series wins over the Tigers and Twins–all, of course, A.L. Central foes…Andre Rienzo became the first Brazilian-born pitcher to win a major league game and Dayan Viciedo backed him with a 3-for-4 night highlighted by a fourth-inning grand slam…Conor Gillaspie also had a three-hit night and scored a run…Avi Garcia extended his hitting streak to eight games by beating out a routine grounder to shortstop–another example of his exceptional speed. He’s batting .394 during his career-high streak.

Viciedo’s blast:

http://atmlb.com/18L3466

Quote(s) of the Day

Robin talks about last night’s heroes:

On Rienzo: “Just a good, gutsy job by him. Any time a guy gets his first win it’s special.”

On Viciedo“Tank swung it great. I don’t know if we have seen him swing it like this. It’s nice to see. He’s probably making some changes and it works.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-11, 2.78) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (6-3, 3.48) for Texas.

Did You Know…

…that Addison Reed’s 33 saves are the most for a White Sox pitcher under the age of 25 and last night also became the first Sox pitcher to record a save in five consecutive team games? He’s the first major leaguer to save five straight team games since Francisco Rodriguez did it for the Angels in June/July of 2008.

Roster Move

Leury Garcia Joins Sox

Infielder Leury Garcia, acquired from Texas in the Alex Rios trade, has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte. He replaces Blake Tekotte (who was optioned yesterday to Charlotte) on the active roster. Garcia has combined to hit .265 with four triples, four home runs, 20 RBI, 15 stolen bases and 34 runs scored in 55 games this season between Charlotte and Class AAA Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League.  He has made 47 appearances at shortstop, six in center field and two at second base. His first name is pronounced Lay-OOH-ree.

Photo of the Day

Last night’s win gave the Sox a season-high five-game winning streak. Here’s what you might call a “victory party” after a win earlier in the streak:

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Sox Hit the Road to Minnesota and K.C. After Winning Homestand

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game set and seven-game road trip that concludes with three in Kansas City. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 4.42) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (7-11, 2.77) for Minnesota.

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

Play(s) of the Day

Gordon Beckham (3), Alexei Ramirez (2), Adam Dunn (2), Avisail Garcia (2) and Jeff Keppinger (2) paced the Sox’s 14-hit attack in the 6-4 loss to the Tigers yesterday afternoon. Alexei, Avisail, Jeff and Conor Gillaspie each drove in a run…The Sox finished the homestand at 6-4, highlighted by a three-game sweep over the Yankees and taking two of three from the Tigers.

Quote of the Day

Tiger manager Jim Leyland, following the three-game series with the Sox (from Colleen Kane in the Trib): 

“…To me, the White Sox are showing what Major League Baseball’s all about. They have a lot of character. They’re playing their tails off. They fight tooth-and-nail against us every single game…That’s a credit to them and their manager.” 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Did You Know…

…that Adam Dunn, with two hits (and a walk) yesterday, is batting .310 since June 8?

Special Note: Boxing at the Ballpark Tomorrow Night

U.S. Cellular Field will host ESPN’s Friday Night Fights tomorrow evening. Headlining the seven-bout card is a scheduled 12-rounder between IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara and the former world champion Gabriel Campillo. It is the first time the Sox have hosted a boxing match since September 25, 1962, when Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in the first round to win the heavyweight title.

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Photo of the Day

Gordon continues to shine. With his three hits yesterday afternoon Beckham is now hitting .308, which would rank him seventh in the American League with the necessary plate appearances.

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Last Night a Walkoff, Today a Sweep?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series as the Sox go for the sweep. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-10, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.32) for Detroit.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Garcia, RF; Keppinger, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Flowers, C; Jor. Danks, CF.

Play(s) of the Day

Avi Garcia, displaying his exceptional speed, tripled in a pair of runs against his ex-mates in the fourth inning last evening and came around to score on an error to give the Sox a 3-1 advantage. Garcia, who reached base three times (adding a single and a walk), also scored the winning run on Alejandro De Aza’s walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th which gave us the 4-3 win. It was De Aza’s second game-winning hit of the homestand.

Here are the video highlights:

http://atmlb.com/1btvyTN

http://atmlb.com/1btOilU

Quote(s) of the Day

The Tigers’ Torii Hunter on the Sox and Garcia specifically (via @ChuckGarfien):

“Trust me they won’t be held down too long. Next year is going to be a totally different scene for the White Sox.”

“This guy (Garcia) wants to be the best. I definitely think he’s going to be one of the stars of the game.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game set. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 4.42) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (7-11, 2.77) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Jordan Danks, with two hits last night, is hitting .286 with a homer over his last 13 games since being recalled from Class AAA Charlotte?

Photo of the Day

The A-Team: Alejandro proudly heads to first while a happy Avi coasts home with the winning run.

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It’s Tiger Time for Sale, Sox

Monday, August 12, 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. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-11, 2.77) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (10-5, 3.50) for Detroit.

Chris ranks fourth in the A.L. with an average of 9.70 strikeouts per nine innings and fifth with 161 strikeouts. He is on pace to record 225 strikeouts, which would be the fifth-highest total in club history and the most since Hall of Famer Ed Walsh fanned 254 in 1912. Sale has struck out 10 or more batters nine times in 50 career starts and five times in 2013, one behind Juan Pizarro (1961) for the second highest single-season total in Sox annals.

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

Danks Brothers 

John and Jordan visited Comer Children’s Hospital today and answered questions from the youngsters.

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Coop’s Magic

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/16825/pitching-coach-cooper-gets-the-best-out-of-young-staff

Leury Garcia

The Sox officially acquired infielder Leury (lay-OOH-ree) Garcia from the Texas Rangers yesterday as the player to be named later in the Alex Rios deal. He has been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte.

Garcia, 22, was hitting .264 (51-193) with four home runs, 19 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 31 runs scored in 47 games this season with Class AAA Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League.  He made 42 appearances at shortstop and five in center field.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Garcia made the Rangers Opening Day roster and made nine starts at second base and two each at shortstop and third before being optioned to Round Rock on June 15.  Prior to the season, Garcia was named by Baseball America as the No. 20 Prospect, Fastest Baserunner and Best Infield Arm in the Rangers organization. He recorded 30-plus steals each season from 2010-12, including a career-high 51 in 2010.

A native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, Garcia is a career .261 (468-1,794) hitter with 13 home runs, 143 RBI, 258 runs scored and 155 stolen bases in 475 games over five minor-league seasons in the Rangers organization.  He has played in 400 games at shortstop, 58 at second base and 14 in center field.

His best season came in 2012 when he batted .292 (110-377) with 11 triples, 31 stolen bases and 55 runs scored in 100 games with Class AA Frisco.  

Quote of the Day

GM Hahn on L. Garcia:

“Speed may well be his best tool. He’s a plus-plus runner, plus arm and defensive player, switch-hitter, and has the positive of his versatility. Even if the bat doesn’t quite develop to reach his maximum upside, he has some value on the big league club. Then it would be about figuring out the best way to use it.”

Play(s) of the Day

Adam Dunn hit his 27th homer of the season and the 433rd of his career in yesterday’s 5-2 loss to the Twins…Conor Gillaspie smashed his 10th of the year…Dylan Axelrod pitched four scoreless innings in relief, allowing just three hits while striking out three.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.430) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (17-1, 2.84) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Avisail is the fourth Garcia to play for the White Sox? The first three were pitchers: Freddy (2004-06, 2009-10), Mike (1960) and Ramon (1991).

Photo of the Day

Leury could be the fifth player named Garcia to play for the Sox.

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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.

Rienzo

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:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/show/670-the-score-interviews/

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/podcast/archive?id=3269205

@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:

http://atmlb.com/13N7OIp

http://atmlb.com/15lLpxK

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.

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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?

http://t.co/jiUQrN8obK

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?

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Photo/Video of the Day

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

http://atmlb.com/14W23UB

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.”

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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”:

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