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That’s More Like It

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-8, 4.96) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (5-4, 3.14) for Cleveland.

Plays of the Day

Hector Noesi tossed seven strong innings, Adam Eaton doubled, tripled and scored twice and Jose Abreu went 3-4 with two RBI in last night’s 3-2 win over the Tribe…Noesi won his eighth game of season, allowing just two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five…Abreu’s RBI single in the seventh that scored Eaton was the eventual game winner and gave him his American League-leading 96th run batted in…Additionally, Adam Dunn doubled in a run and Conor Gillaspie pounded out three singles in four at-bats…Jake Putnam came on in the ninth with the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base and got the last out for his fourth save.

Noesi’s fine outing, Eaton’s triple and Abreu’s two RBI:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35728767

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35721261

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35720959

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35726043

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox continue to have three players among the AL’s batting leaders: Abreu ranks fifth (.312), Gillaspie is eighth (.307) and Eaton 10th (.305)…Jose is hitting .500 during his current seven-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games (.422)…Conor has hit safely in all 12 games vs. Cleveland in 2014 for a .463 average…Adam E. is batting .430 in his last 24 games and has hit safely in 22 of his last 26 with eight doubles, two triples, 10 RBI and 17 runs scored…Noesi made his 11th quality start of the season last night and opponents are hitting just .212 against him…the Sox are now 22-20 in games decided by one run or less and moved to 7-2 at home against the Indians this season.

Sox to Welcome Jackie Robinson West All-Stars on Saturday Night

The White Sox will honor the U.S. Little League champion Jackie Robinson West All-Stars Saturday night during a special pregame ceremony prior to the start of the 6:10 p.m. contest vs. Detroit (the second game of the day/night doubleheader).

The Sox will host JRW members, coaches and family for the game as guests of the team, and all fans attending the game are encouraged to wear gold in honor of the champions.

On August 23, the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars became the first all African-American Little League team to win the U.S. championship.  The 11- and 12-year-old team from the Washington Heights neighborhood also were the first Chicago team to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series championship game since 1967.  It was the second appearance for the Jackie Robinson West Little League, which finished fifth in the 1983 Little League Baseball World Series.

JRW includes six players from the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. The ACE program has had 14 players drafted by professional teams, 85 participants in the program have received athletic aid to play collegiate baseball and two former players participated in the 2014 College World Series.

Quotes of the Day

Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the Sox honoring Jackie Robinson West:

“We could not be more proud of the achievements of the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars and how they represented the city of Chicago in Williamsport. It is our honor and privilege to bring them to the ballpark and continue to extend appreciation and support for these tremendous young men.”

Eaton on Abreu:

“My dad always said most good hitters are line-drive hitters. They just happen to go out. (Abreu) sprays the ball all over the field. He’s very disciplined at the plate, knows what he’s doing, can hit to all fields with power and I’m lucky to be his teammate.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-8, 5.05) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (11-11, 4.82) for Detroit.

Photo/Video of the Day

The final out.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35728791

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Sox Gear Up For Tribe and Tigers While Chicago Prepares for JRW Rally and Parade

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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.JHouse (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.

Eaton Returns

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.

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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):

http://bit.ly/1BVbWWI

Make Way for the Champs

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An Encouraging Endorsement for 2015

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/91382356/these-mlb-teams-are-poised-to-be-bounce-back-in-2015?tcid=tw_share#!bKrCfr

Charlotte’s Wilkins, Phegley International League Postseason All-Stars

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140826&content_id=91494828&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t494&sid=t494

Volunteering

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.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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):

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/highschool/chi-jackie-robinson-west-hondras-on-game-and-president-video-20140825-premiumvideo.html

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Paulie Honored by Yankees, JRW Coming Home to Adoring Fans

Monday, August 25, 2014

Today’s News

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.

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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!

Look Familiar?

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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:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35632711

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35628985/cwsnyy-ramirez-leads-off-the-game-with-a-solo-shot#

http://atmlb.com/1nrapOy

Eaton Update

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.

Rodon Watch

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.”

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Anderson Report

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.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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.JHouse (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.

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Carroll Gets Call to Even Series With Yanks, JRW Seeks U.S. Little League Crown

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Today’s News

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.

http://atmlb.com/XGmN7v

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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

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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:

Dear Pierce,

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,

Rachel Robinson

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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.

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A Homer, a Debut, a Big Win, a Spectacular Catch and a Soaking for Charity

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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.

http://atmlb.com/1n7DbmY

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.

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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.

http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2168039-minor-league-outfielder-makes-nice-running-catch-falls-through-outfield-fence?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=web-des-art-top-23319?is_shared=true

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.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule 

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.

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Sox Aim to Even Series, Rodon to Make Charlotte Debut and JRW Advances

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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.

http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=sweetspot&id=50606

Milestone Outing

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:      

http://t.co/IHMGh4s0aH

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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.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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.

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With a Series Win in the Books, Sox and Sale Look to Ground O’s 

Monday, August 18, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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.

http://atmlb.com/1mYtuHr     

http://atmlb.com/1mYtTK6     

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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

http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=buster-olney&id=7825

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.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/audio/670-the-score-interviews/rick-hahn-with-chris-rongey-on-white-sox-weekly-81614/#.U_EJWRH2a7U.gmail

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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.

http://atmlb.com/XuU9pO

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Blue Jays in the House as White Sox Return Home

Friday, August 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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.

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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.

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The Homestand Ahead…

…including Frank Thomas bobblehead night tomorrow.

http://atmlb.com/XkQlHB

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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.

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Sox Win in Extras, Face an Old Friend This Afternoon

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco (2:45 p.m., CT, WGN) as the Sox attempt to sweep this short two-game series and all four contests against San Francisco this season. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.04) for the Sox, ex-teammate Jake Peavy (0-3, 4.82) for SF.

Quintana will be making his 25th start of the season and 15th on the road. He is 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA over his last 10 starts.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn RF, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C, Jor. Danks CF, Quintana P.

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Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was his usual brilliant self and Adam Dunn belted a two-run homer, but in the end it was Gordon Beckham, both defensively and with the bat, that made the difference last night in the Sox’ 10-inning, 3-2 victory over the Giants…Beckham made a sensational play in the bottom of the ninth that put a crucial double play in motion and with two outs singled in the eventual winning run in the 10th…Sale, who lowered his ERA to 2.01 (second in the American League behind the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez at 1.95)tossed eight scoreless innings, but wasn’t around to get his 11th win as the Giants tied the game in the ninth. Chris allowed just four hits and a pair of walks while striking out 12, the 16th time in his career he’s struck out 10 or more in a game. He’s also fanned 12 or more on nine occasions, which is the most in MLB the past three seasons, and has K’d 29.9 percent of the batters he’s faced in 2014…Dunn’s home run in the first inning was his 18th of the season and the 458th of his career…Zach Putnam came on in the ninth to get the final out and pitched a scoreless 10th for his fourth victory of the year.

Beckham’s heroics:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35325239

Sale’s masterful performance:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35322851

Dunn’s homer:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35310875

Jackie Robinson West Viewing Party

The White Sox are partnering with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago to host a viewing party for the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, as they represent the Great Lakes region in their first Little League Baseball World Series game at 2:00 p.m., CT, tomorrow against the team from Lynwood, Wash.

The special watch party, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will give attendees the opportunity to watch the 11- and 12-year-olds from the South Side on a large video screen at Jackie Robinson Field (10700 S. Aberdeen), while enjoying ballpark food and interacting with former White Sox players and Southpaw. 

“This is a great way for the neighborhood and the city of Chicago to celebrate the accomplishments of this talented group of young men from the Jackie Robinson West Little League” said Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “We all are very proud of their accomplishments, and we are honored to co-host the Watch Party with Mayor Emanuel. Six players on the Jackie Robinson West team also play for the White Sox ACE program, so we are doubly proud of their tremendous accomplishments. These kids already are champions in our eyes before a single pitch is thrown in Williamsport.”

The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars became the first Chicago team to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series since 1983 when they came from behind to beat New Albany, Indiana, for the Great Lakes Region Champions title on Saturday, August 9. This is the 15th time a team from Illinois has advanced to the Little League Baseball World Series, and the second appearance for Jackie Robinson West, which went 2-1 in the 1983 Little League Baseball World Series. The league also advanced to the finals of the 2013 Great Lakes Region.

As the Chairman mentioned, the team includes six players from the Chicago White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. The ACE program has had 14 alumni drafted by professional teams, 85 alumni received athletic aid to play collegiate baseball and two alumni played in the 2014 College World Series.

Additional information about the watch party will be available at cityofchicago.org.

MLB Stars Help Chicago Little Leaguers’ Parents Get to Williamsport

http://www.suntimes.com/news/29218859-452/mlb-players-readers-send-local-parents-to-little-league-world-series.html#.U-uFiLS9KSN

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Frank Thomas Hall of Fame Special to Air Saturday on Comcast SportsNet 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/smackblog/chi-frank-thomas-hall-of-fame-special-20140813-story.html

Quote of the Day

The Giants were certainly impressed by Beckham’s defense in the ninth.

SF skipper Bruce Bochy:

“One of the best double plays I’ve seen.”

Starter Ryan Vogelsong:

It’s a game of inches, man. That ball gets by Gordon, you’re talking about a whole different ballgame.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it’s the 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.

Photos of the Day

Jen, whose Twitter account is @keribo1, is the Sox’ #SocialSeries correspondent for our two-game series in San Francisco. She’s been tweeting about all of her exciting experiences in the “City by the Bay.” Here she is with Robin before last night’s big win and taking a selfie in front of the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

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Sox Set Sale in San Francisco

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/word-up-chris-sales-vocabulary-exercise-catching-on?ymd=20140811&content_id=89055552&vkey=news_cws

The Maturation of Jake Petricka

http://trib.in/1pLE7kq  

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.

http://ow.ly/Af1k4

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.

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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.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35257681

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35234483

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