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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four vs. the Tigers starting on Friday night. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.25) for the Sox, LHP T.J. House (2-3, 3.80) for the Tribe. “Q” is 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA in four career games (five starts) against the Tribe.
Adam Eaton has been activated from the disabled list and his rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte. Jordan Danks has been optioned to the Knights.
Eaton ranks among the American League leaders in triples (T2nd, 7), on-base percentage (T7th, .370) and average (9th, .304). He is batting .435 over his last 22 games.
In related news, outfielder Moises Sierra began his rehab assignment with Charlotte last night and went 2-5 with a run scored. He has been on the DL with a strained left oblique.
Welcome Home, JRW!
Tomorrow’s celebratory welcome home rally and parade to honor the United States champion Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers will begin on the South Side and end at Millenium Park. The rally will commence at 9:00 a.m. at Jackie Robinson Park (10540 S. Morgan Park St.). The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m., will continue to Millenium Park and a second rally will begin there around 11:00 a.m. The regular Wednesday fireworks at Navy Pier this week also will be dedicated to the champions.
Beginning at 10 a.m., CSN will be on hand to describe all of the rally and parade activities with Chuck Garfien, Kip Lewis and Frank Thomas reporting.
Kevin Coe, the White Sox manager of youth baseball initiatives, talked about JRW’s spectacular run on Channel 32 (click on link below):
Make Way for the Champs
An Encouraging Endorsement for 2015
Charlotte’s Wilkins, Phegley International League Postseason All-Stars
Pictured below, Southpaw and the White Sox Volunteer Corps teamed up with Chicago Cares to build planter boxes, bean bag sets and benches at Park Lawn Charity in Oak Park.
Quote of the Day
Congrats to Chicago Little League Baseball Team on getting to the Finals of The World Series We are proud of you!!!—
Jose Abreu (@79JoseAbreu) August 25, 2014
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.39) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (13-7, 2.46) for Cleveland.
Photo/Video of the Day
JRW’s Trey Hondras (pictured below), who also is in the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program, talks about the phone call he and his teammates received from President Obama on Sunday (click on the link for video):
Monday, August 25, 2014
From One Captain to Another
Just moments before taking the field yesterday in his final game at Yankee Stadium, Paul Konerko was presented with a gift from New York captain Derek Jeter–a base signed by the Yankee team. There was also a video tribute to PK.
Little League U.S. Champion JRW Awaits Wednesday Parade
They may not have won the international championship at the Little League World Series, but the youngsters from Jackie Robinson West return to Chicago this week as conquering heroes after winning the U.S. title. They created more excitement than we ever could have imagined and captured the hearts of millions of fans everywhere. The City of Chicago will show its appreciation with a victory parade and fireworks scheduled for Wednesday.
Great job, JRW, congratulations from all of us at the White Sox!
Plays of the Day
Despite his no-decision yesterday in the Sox’ 10-inning, walk-off loss, Chris Sale tossed six innings without allowing an earned run and lowered his ERA to 2.03, tops in the American League. He gave up just four hits while striking out seven…Conor Gillaspie hit a two-run homer, his sixth of the season, and Alexei Ramirez (No. 12) and Avi Garcia (No. 4) hit solo shots. Ramirez’s blast led off the game and Garcia’s tied the contest at 4-4 in the top of the ninth inning that sent the game into extras.
Here are the Gillaspie, Ramirez, and Garcia homers:
In two games with Charlotte on his rehab assignment, Adam Eaton has gone 3-10 with a double, an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.
The Sox’ No. 1 2014 draft pick Carlos Rodon (pictured below) made his second start for Class AAA Charlotte last night and was quite impressive. The 21-year-old lefty from North Carolina State tossed four innings, allowing just a run, a hit and a pair of walks along with eight strikeouts. He threw 73 pitches, 47 for strikes and fanned five of the last six batters he faced. In his two starts for Charlotte–over seven innings pitched–Rodon has given up two runs, two hits and has struck out 11.
Knights’ outfielder Michael Taylor weighed in on Carlos:
“(Rodon’s) been as advertised, and I think he’s got great stuff. To me, he looks a lot like (San Francisco Giants starter) Madison Bumgarner. I faced him in his first start in Double-A back in 2009, and they look similar – except (Rodon’s) probably got a better slider. That would be one heck of a major league pitcher if that’s who he ends up being.”
Shortstop Tim Anderson, the White Sox’ top draft choice in 2013, is 7-13 with two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored in his first three games with Class AA Birmingham.
Quote of the Day
Konerko on being honored by the Yankees:
“The first game I ever went to as a kid was at Yankee Stadium when I was six years old. The fact that I’m getting a gift for something I did on the field in all the time between that and now is mind-boggling.”
Today is an off day, tomorrow it’ll be the White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four vs. the Tigers starting on Friday night. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.25) for the Sox, T.J. House (2-3, 3.80) for the Tribe.
Photo of the Day
The young men of Jackie Robinson West gather around the phone to talk with President Obama after yesterday’s loss to Seoul, South Korea, in the final of the Little League World Series.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY (12:05 p.m.,CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-7, 4.99) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (8-8, 3.97) for NY.
Carroll is making his 15th start of the season and 21st appearance. He earned the win in his last start on August 17 vs. Toronto. He will be making his second career appearance and first start against the Yankees. He pitched two innings of relief vs. New York on May 25.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Sanchez 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Ramirez SS, Jor. Danks CF, Nieto C.
Plays of the Day
Jose Abreu hit home run No. 33, a three-run shot, and collected RBIs 91, 92 and 93 in last night’s 4-3 loss to the Yankees (click on video below)….Abreu ranks second in the majors in HR and is tied for the lead in RBI…Newly promoted second baseman Carlos Sanchez singled three times in four at-bats. Sanchez became the first Sox player to record three hits in his first two career games since Craig Wilson and Brian Simmons in 1998. In the photo below, Sanchez congratulates Jose after scoring ahead of him on the homer in the first inning.
JRW Little Leaguers Play for U.S. Championship Today
The youngsters from Jackie Robinson West, as a result of their 6-5 triumph Thursday night over the Taney Little League of Philadelphia, will face Las Vegas in the U.S. championship game of the Little League World Series today at 2:30 p.m., CT, on ABC (Channel 7 in Chicago). JRW will face the same Las Vegas team that prevailed when the two teams met earlier in the double-elimination tournament.
The White Sox take a great amount of pride in our fellow South Side team, which has six players who are members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program.
More JRW: Parties and a Parade Win or Lose
Sox Notes of Note
Reliever Eric Surkamp has been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte to make room for fellow reliever Javy Guerra, who was on the bereavement list…after being out of action for approximately two months with a fractured right wrist, the Sox’ 2013 first-round draft pick Tim Anderson was outstanding last night in his debut with the Class AA Birmingham Barons. Anderson went 3-3 with a double, a sacrifice and a run scored.
Quote of the Day
Jackie Robinson’s widow, Rachel, wrote a note to JRW’s Pierce Jones after the team won its first game in the Little League World Series. Here it is:
I have been following your tremendous march to the Little League World Series and am so proud of you and the entire Jackie Robinson West team. To have an African-American squad from Chicago, the first from the city to qualify for the Series since 1983, succeed and inspire other young men and women is so meaningful.
Thank you for upholding the legacy of my husband Jack, your namesake, through your hard work, dedication and excellent teamwork.
I congratulate you for winning the Great Lakes Championship and your first game in the Series. Please know that as you continue to play for the title, you give so many of us hope and inspiration.
Good luck with your upcoming games!
My very best wishes,
White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (12:05, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and brief three-game road trip. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-3, 2.12) for the Sox, LHP Chris Capuano (1-3, 4.35) for New York.
Photo of the Day
Be sure to pick up the latest White Sox Magazine, featuring a tribute to Paul Konerko.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.84) for the Sox, LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-4, 3.76) for Baltimore.
Noesi is scheduled to make his 21st start with the Sox tonight. He owns a 2.79 ERA and a .236 opponents average over his last three starts. He won his second straight decision in his last start on August 15 vs. the Blue Jays.
Play of the Day
Jose Abreu hit home run No. 32, a solo shot that was his first homer in the month of August, in last night’s loss to the Orioles (click on link below for video). Jose is now tied for the major-league lead with Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton. His total of 90 RBI is second only to Boston’s David Ortiz‘s 92.
The Rodon Express
Carlos Rodon made his Charlotte Knights debut last night just a few days after being promoted to Triple-A from Class A Winston-Salem and only a couple of months since being selected as the Sox’ No. 1 pick and third overall in the June draft.
The 21-year-old left-hander (pictured below) tossed three innings in a starting role, allowing a run, a hit and three walks while striking out three in a 55-pitch outing.
South Siders Move On in Little League World Series
The youngsters from Jackie Robinson West are just one game away from the U.S. championship game in the Little League World Series after an impressive 6-1 victory last night over Pearland, Tex. JRW will play the loser of tonight’s game between Pennsylvania and Nevada at 6:30 p.m., CT, Thursday on ESPN.
JRW starting pitcher Joshua Houston, who is also a member of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program, pitched five innings of one-run, four-hit ball for his second win of the World Series. He also doubled in a pair of runs.
How Did He Make That Catch?
Take a look at this effort by outfielder Michael Earley of the Birmingham Barons, the Sox’ Class AA affiliate.
Quote of the Day
Abreu on going homerless in the month of August until last night’s blast:
“It’s one of those things that’s part of the game. It happened to me in Cuba before, and I know it’s one of those things you go through in a season. But today I was glad and thankful I was able to make good contact, and tomorrow I may have another one. As long as we’re helping the team, that’s a good thing.”
Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, New York (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-8, 4.94) for the Sox, RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 2.91) for NY.
Photo of the Day
During last night’s game, Hawk Harrelson joined the millions of people around the world who have participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Southpaw and Jim Thome had the honor of soaking the Hawk.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) as the Sox attempt to win Game 2 of the series after losing last night. Starters: LHPJose Quintana (6-9, 3.14) for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman (9-5, 3.68) for Baltimore.
“Q” will be making his 26th start of the season, 11th at home and second vs. the O’s. He is 3-2 with a 2.15 ERA over his last 11 starts. He has posted a 1.71 ERA over his last three career outings vs. Baltimore, including a win on June 24 at Camden Yards–giving up just one earned run in seven innings of work.
Read about Quintana, the Unsung Hero.
LHP Carlos Rodon, the Sox’ No. 1 pick and third overall in the June draft, will make his first start tonight for Class AAA Charlotte after being promoted last week. The North Carolina State product, who posted a 1.96 ERA with 15 strikeouts in four games at Class A Winston-Salem, will be facing the Gwinnett Braves at home. He’s shown below meeting the media upon his arrival in Charlotte. Click on link below for video:
Alive and Well
Facing the prospect of elimination against Cumberland, Rhode Island last night, the youngsters from Jackie Robinson West refused to lose. Trailing 7-6 heading into the fifth inning, JRW scored twice to take the lead for good in the 8-7 win. Joshua Houston, a member of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program, went 3-3 with two RBI, including the game-winner, and pitched two scoreless innings.
Next up for JRW: The team from Pearland, Tex. representing the Southwest. Game time is 6:30 p.m., CT, tonight on ESPN.
Plays of the Day
Despite last night’s loss to the Orioles, Chris Sale recorded his 11th quality start in 12 games and 16th for the season. He struck out eight while giving up three runs and eight hits in six innings pitched…Avi Garcia, who singled in a pair of runs last night, is 4-11 in his three games since returning from the disabled list with three doubles, two runs scored and three RBI…Jordan Danks is hitting .375 during his five-game hitting streak and .348 in his eight games since rejoining the Sox.
Sox Notes of Note
Conor Gillaspie (.309, T6th) Adam Eaton (.304, 9th) and Jose Abreu (10th, .302) are all among the American League batting leaders. According to STATS LLC, the last time two Sox players finished among the AL leaders in average was 1993 when Frank Thomas (.317) was sixth and Lance Johnson (.311) was 10th. The last time three or more Sox finished among the AL leaders in average was 1960: Al Smith (2nd, .315), Minnie Minoso (3rd, .311), Roy Sievers (6th, .295) and Nellie Fox (9th, .289)…the Sox’ first-round pick in 2012, OF Courtney Hawkins leads the Carolina League with 79 RBI and ranks second with 18 home runs…RHP Andre Wheeler has thrown 17 consecutive scoreless innings for Class A Kannapolis. A 15th round pick by the Sox in 2013, he has gone 3-3 with a 2.99 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 26 games with the Intimidators this season.
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Quote of the Day
Sale’s “word of the start” in his post-game comments last night was extricate:
“Obviously, you want to extricate this from our minds,” he said about the O’s defeat. “Come in fresh (tomorrow) and ready to go.”
White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.84) for the Sox, RHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-4, 3.76) for Baltimore.
Photo of the Day
JRW and ACE standout Joshua Houston.
Monday, August 18, 2014
White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.01) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (10-7, 3.75) for Baltimore on Sale t-shirt giveaway night. The O’s lead the American League East by seven games over the Yankees.
This will be Sale’s 20th start of the season and 13th at home. He is 7-2 with a 2.30 ERA and 99 strikeouts over 12 starts at home this season, nine of the quality variety.
Chris ranks among the American League leaders in ERA (2nd), WHIP (2nd, 0.88), opponents average (3rd, 10.38) and complete games (T3rd, 2).
The All-Star lefty had a no decision in his last start on August 2 in San Francisco, allowing only four hits over eight scoreless innings while striking out 12.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C, Jor. Danks CF, Beckham 2B.
Plays of the Day
The White Sox scored six runs in the first inning yesterday, highlighted by Conor Gillaspie‘s first grand slam of his career and fifth homer of the season (click on top link below) and Jordan Danks‘ two-run blast (click on bottom link below) as the Sox came away with the 7-5 victory and a series win over the Jays. Danks, who hit his second roundtripper of the year, delivered his third RBI of game with a sac fly in the sixth…Starter Scott Carroll got credit for his fifth win and Jake Petricka came on in the ninth and recorded his ninth save.
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox are now 14-11 against the American League East and 34-30 against teams with winning records heading into the Orioles series…Eric Surkamp made his fifth consecutve scoreless appearance yesterday and Zach Putnam, who pitched the eighth inning, hasn’t allowed an earned run since July 12 vs. the Indians…Petricka owns a 2.05 ERA over his last 21 outings–18 have been scoreless…Gillaspie matched his career high of four RBI…Jor. Danks recorded a career-high three RBI and in the seven games since rejoining the Sox he’s hitting .350…Alejandro De Aza is hitting .333 during his current six-game hitting streak…Jose Abreu is hitting .351 since June 15. The Astros All-Star Jose Altuve (.364) is the only American League player who has a higher average in the AL in that span.
Abreu: In His Own Words
JRW Back in Action
Looking to bounce back after yesterday’s loss to Las Vegas, Jackie Robinson West plays Cumberland, Rhode Island tonight at 7:00 p.m., CT (ESPN 2) in an elimination game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Another viewing party is planned at Jackie Robinson Park.
Quotes of the Day
Chris Rongey‘s interview with Sox GM Rick Hahn yesterday on White Sox Weekly.
White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.14) for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman (9-5, 3.68) for Baltimore.
Photo/Video of the Day
Watch Sale, Carroll and Robin Ventura take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge via videos below. And, in the photo, that’s Scott watching Chris take the challenge.
Friday, August 15, 2014
White Sox vs Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues against the Orioles Monday-Wednesday. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (6-7, 4.15) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.34) for the Jays. We have won 10 of our last 15 games against Toronto, including three in a row.
Noesi will be making his 20th start with the Sox and has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 4.27 since joining us from Texas. He owns a 0.63 ERA and a .180 opponents average over his last two starts against the Rangers and Mariners, both former teams, and 3-1 and 3.18 ERA over his last five. He received a no decision in his last start on August 9 at Seattle despite allowing just one unearned run on five hits over 7.1 innings pitched in a game the White Sox won in 10 innings.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C, Jor. Danks CF, Beckham 2B.
The Most Talented Pierce Since Billy?
For more than a half-century Billy Pierce has been synonymous with the White Sox, having distinguished himself as the All-Star ace of the Go-Go Sox pitching staff of the 1950s. Yesterday at the Little League World Series another Pierce made Chicago proud in a performance that Hall of Famer and broadcaster Barry Larkin called “the stuff of legends.”
Jackie Robinson West’s Pierce Jones (No. 23 shown above being mobbed by teammates after smashing a homer) went 4-4 with three home runs–the first leading off the game–a triple and four RBI in JRW’s 12-2 victory over Lynnwood of Washington state in the South Side team’s first contest in the double elimination tournament. The game was stopped after five innings because of JRW’s 10-run lead.
Shortstop Ed Howard added a two-run homer and pitcher Joshua Houston went four innings, striking out seven and giving up only two hits for the winners.
Howard and Houston are both members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program along with Cameron Bufford, Brandon Green, Marquis Jackson and Carlton “Trey” Hondras.
By the way, Trey has one of the most intriguing pre-game rituals you’ve ever heard. He says he talks to girls for good luck.
JRW continues its quest of a LLWS title on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Back Home…
While the JRW youngsters were impressing the fans in South Williamsport, Pa. yesterday, there were hundreds of fans at Jackie Robinson Park where a viewing party was organized by the White Sox, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago. The crowd, which included many sporting Sox jerseys, caps and t-shirts, enthusiastically supported their hometown team as they watched the large TV screen. Those attending enjoyed ballpark food and other various activities, including face painting. Former Sox stars Minnie Minoso and Carlos May were there signing autographs and Southpaw was on hand bringing smiles to everyone’s faces.
Here was the scene yesterday at JR Park.
The Homestand Ahead…
…including Frank Thomas bobblehead night tomorrow.
Quote of the Day
These boys from Chicago can play!! #LittleLeagueWorldSeries—
Adam Eaton (@AdamSpankyEaton) August 14, 2014
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: John Danks (9-8, 4.96) for the 4.96) 4.96) for the Sox, ex-mate Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.31) for the Jays.
Photo of the Day
Chicago loves Jackie Robinson West.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco (9:15 p.m. CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.14) for the Sox, RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.77) for SF.
Chris is set to make his 19th start of the season, sixth on the road and third during interleague play. He is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA and 39 strikeouts over six road starts this season. Five have been quality.
Sale ranks among the leaders in ERA (2nd), WHIP (2nd, 0.89), opponents average (3rd, .199) and strikeouts (9th, 138).
This will be Sale’s 14th career interleague appearance and sixth start–he is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA. He got credit for the win in his last interleague start on June 18 of this year against these same Giants.
An All-Star Pitcher and a Master Wordsmith
The Maturation of Jake Petricka
Robin Williams and the Carlton Fisk Homer
Media reporter extraordinaire and White Sox fan Ed Sherman paid tribute to the late Robin Williams today in the Sherman Report (shermanreport.com). He included a link to Williams’ great scene in “Good Will Hunting” where the actor, in the role of psychotherapist Sean Maguire, described former White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk‘s dramatic homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series to Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon).
I know Fisk was with the “other” Sox at the time, but it’s well worth a look (click on link below). It’s also important to note that Williams won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the film.
On a related note, the Giants will pay tribute to Williams, who lived in the Bay Area and was an avid fan of the team, before and during tonight’s game with the Sox.
Sox Notes of Note
Matt Lindstrom will be back in the bullpen tonight after being sidelined on the disabled list since May 19 with an injured ankle. To make room on the roster Eric Surkamp has been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte…Award winners: Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley has been named the International League’s Player of the Week (August 4-10). He hit .563 with seven runs, three doubles, three homers and 13 RBI. Birmingham’s Chris Bassitt was named the Southern League’s Pitcher of the Week and Winston-Salem’s Tyler Danish received the same honor in the Carolina League.
Quote of the Day
Paul Konerko on his outstanding career coming to an end (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):
“I can say this statement: I will be an ex-baseball player next month. It’s the truth. Since the All-Star break, it’s becoming more real. It’s there, you know. You can feel it coming. But like everything, I’m trying to spin it to where it’s not a bad thing.
“It’s part of the life cycle of the player. I’ve been lucky to play for a long time. I’m trying not to look at it as a sad occasion. I hope nobody else is. I’m graduating on to other things and there’s a time for this. Every player has to go through this stuff. I’m lucky because mine came a lot later than most. I feel lucky for that.
“…I’m very lucky that I’m in that situation where people want to do that stuff (being honored) for me. I want to finish it right. And I know that includes having to deal with that kind of stuff. I see it big picture. But you know me: the daily-basis stuff, I’m a little uncomfortable with it.”
White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park (2:45 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.04) for the Sox, ex-teammate Jake Peavy (0-3, 4.82) for San Francisco.
Photo/Videos of the Day
Enjoy these Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez web gems from the series in Seattle:
Thursday, August 7, 2014
White Sox vs Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the opener of a four-game series and six-game road trip that concludes with two games in San Francisco next Tuesday and Wednesday. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.36) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (8-9, 4.19) for Seattle.
Sox to Honor Paulie
The White Sox will honor retiring captain Paul Konerko throughout the month of September with tributes and a special promotional calendar for fans for each of the month’s 11 home games.
The month-long festivities include the creation of “Club Konerko” in Sections 158 and 159 (total of 1,176 seats). “Club Konerko” includes the blue seat (Section 159, Row 7, Seat 4) where Konerko’s grand slam landed during Game 2 of the 2005 World Series. Fans who purchase tickets in one of the two designated sections during the month of September will receive an exclusive Paul Konerko-themed collectible to be picked up at the Chicago Sports Depot before the game.
White Sox fans attending games in September also will have the opportunity to receive various Paul Konerko giveaway items in September. Konerko will be the featured player for the final “Free T-Shirt Monday” giveaway when the White Sox face Oakland on September 8. On Saturday, September 13 vs. Minnesota, the first 20,000 fans will receive a “Piece of Paulie” baseball card, a special trading card with a piece of a game-worn Paul Konerko uniform, presented by Wintrust Community Banks. An online overview of the additional giveaways in the month of September, along with ticket information on Club Konerko, is available at whitesox.com/Konerko.
Paul Konerko has played 16 seasons with the White Sox. The six-time American League All-Star is the White Sox franchise leader in total bases (4,003). As of August 4, Konerko (432) was 16 homers behind Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas (448) for the franchise record, while ranking third in hits (2,286) and doubles (405). The 38-year-old has seen 36,438 pitches at the plate throughout his major league career.
Tickets to all White Sox games are available online at whitesox.com, via phone at 866-SOX-GAME and in person at the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office.
All “Club Konerko” giveaways will be given to fans who purchase tickets in Sections 158 and 159, and must be picked up at Chicago Sports Depot before the 3rd inning of the game. The full list of Paul Konerko giveaways includes:
Monday, September 8 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. – “Free T-Shirt Monday” giveaway featuring Paul Konerko (First 20,000 fans)
Tuesday, September 9 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko PK14 lapel pin
Wednesday, September 10 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. –Club Konerko key ring and Paul Konerko souvenir cup
Thursday, September 11 vs. Oakland at 1:10 p.m. – Club Konerko drawstring bag
Friday, September 12 vs. Minnesota at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko green PK14 golf towel
Saturday, September 13 vs. Minnesota at 6:10 p.m. – Paul Konerko game-worn uniform baseball cards, presented by Wintrust Community Banks (First 20,000 fans)
Sunday, September 14 vs. Minnesota at 1:10 p.m. – Club Konerko Paul Konerko wall cling
Thursday, September 25 vs. Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko commemorative Paul Konerko poster
Friday, September 26 vs. Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko PK14 baseball cap
Saturday, September 27 vs. Kansas City at 6:10 p.m. – Club Konerko Paul Konerko mask
Sunday, September 28 vs. Kansas City at 1:10 p.m. – Club Konerko Paul Konerko t-shirt
The Paulie Effect
Plays of the Day
In absorbing the loss in yesterday’s defeat at the hands of the Rangers. Chris Sale gave up just two runs, three hits and a pair of walks along with nine strikeouts. Now 10-2, Sale has recorded an impressive 2.08 ERA in his two losses this season…Dayan Viciedo connected for his 14th homer, a solo shot (click on link below), and Alexei Ramirez collected a double and two singles to raise his batting average to .292.
Adam Eaton has a bruised back after colliding into the wall in yesterday’s game (click on link below). X-Rays were negative.
ESPN’s Jason Stark: “Do We Talk Enough About Jose Abreu? I Don’t Think We Do”
Avi Garcia singled, doubled and scored twice last night in Class AAA Charlotte’s victory over Gwinnett. Garcia is now batting .529 in five games during his rehab assignment…catcher Josh Phegley collected three hits, including a three-run homer, and drove in a season-high six runs in the Knights win. Phegley has been red-hot since appearing in the International League All-Star Game, batting .368 with five homers and 23 RBI in his last 17 games…1B Andy Wilkins hit his league-leading 27th homer and OF Michael Taylor went 3-3 with a pair of RBI…After two relief appearances, No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon (pictured below) made his first pro start this afternoon for Class A Winston-Salem against Potomac. He tossed three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three.
Adam Dunn Makes a Youngster’s Day
Quote of the Day
Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the plan to honor Konerko in September:
“For our organization and for White Sox fans everywhere, Paul Konerko represents class, hard work and leadership. Paul always has played for the love of the game and the competition. Honoring him during the final month of his career is only a small gesture of gratitude for a player who will go down as one of the greatest in White Sox history.”
White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (9:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.04) for the Sox, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (9-6, 2.94) for Seattle.
Photos of the Day
Ken Perkins and Stanley the Penguin from the Shedd Aquarium threw out the ceremonial first pitch yesterday at U.S. Cellular. Here’s Eaton and Jake Petricka talking baseball with Stanley and John Danks signing a baseball for the popular penguin.