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Sox Honor Cuban Stars Prior to Series Opener with Giants

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game interleague series. Starters: LHP John Danks (5-5, 4.17) for the Sox, RHP Matt Cain (1-4, 3.84) for San Francisco.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

White Sox Baseball: A History of Cuban Stars

Today’s panel discussion featuring Cuban-born White Sox players past and present played to an enthusiastic crowd in the Conference & Learning Center.

Moderated by ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, whose family moved to the United States from Cuba shortly before he was born, the panel included Sox icon Minnie Minoso, current players Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Adrian Nieto and 2005 playoff hero Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez.

The players talked about a variety of topics. Here are a few tidbits:

El Duque:

On playing in Cuba vs. the U.S.:  “The primary difference is that you ride on a bike in Cuba, you ride in a car here. You eat steak here, you don’t know what it is there.” 

On the success of Cuban ballplayers: “I’m proud of what young Cuban players are doing in the major leagues. And they’re going to keep coming and show how good they are.”

On Minoso: “I want to thank Minnie for laying the groundwork (for Cuban players). None of that has been forgotten.”

Alexei:

On playing in Chicago: “I love it here. Fans treat me in a wonderful manner. They stop me on the street and say they love the way I play. They often ask me why I don’t take a day off. That’s not who I am.”

Dayan:

On the passion of Cuban players: “That’s how we’re taught to play the game. We celebrate the game. We try to give 110 percent every time we’re on the field.”

Jose:

On the difference between U.S and Cuban baseball: “It’s very different from a tactical sense. The way you play the game, the way you train, the way you work away from the game.”

Adrian:

On Abreu: “He’s the Cuban Babe Ruth.”

A Moment in Time

As you see from the photo below, while El Duque was at the ballpark today he struck his familiar pose from the 2005 American League Division Series against the Red Sox that is memorialized on the monument outside of the ballpark. Hernandez’s performance in Game 3 of the ALDS will go down as one of the most memorable moments in franchise history. He came on in relief and retired the side with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning (prompting the pose) and pitched three scoreless innings as the Sox won 5-3 to win the series.

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Jose, Alexei Maintain Standing in All-Star Voting

Abreu and Ramirez continue to hold on to second place at their respective positions in the All-Star Game fan voting. According to the latest results released yesterday, Jose is second behind the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera at first base and Alexei is right behind shortstop leader Derek Jeter of the Yankees.

Field of Greens

Our annual Field of Greens Golf Outing (presented by Miller Lite) was held yesterday at the Harborside International Golf Center as former and current Sox players joined Sox fans for an enjoyable day. The proceeds from the tournament benefit pediatric cancer research and treatment at Lurie Children’s Hospital and the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.

Among those participating yesterday was Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk:

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Inaugural #Social Series

The White Sox and Giants have teamed up for the inaugural #SocialSeries. As part of the #SocialSeries, each team will send a correspondent to the other team’s city.

The Giants’ correspondent is Alena Docena (@alenadee20_LWOS) The contest to be the White Sox #SocialSeries correspondent will launch July 1, and fans can find details at whitesox.com/socialseries.

Quote of the Day

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the two-game series and eight-game homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 1.97) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (7-2, 1.81) for San Francisco.

Photo of the Day

Worth another look: Paul Konerko‘s daughter Amelia stole the show during the ceremonial first pitch ceremony Sunday on Father’s Day. Here’s dad and daughter in the Sox dugout.

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Sox Offense Seeking Some Father’s Day Pop

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-3, 5.25) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (7-3, 3.34) for Kansas City.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Paul Konerko hit a solo homer, his fourth blast of the season, and collected a pair of singles while Javy Guerra tossed 2.1 IP of scoreless relief in yesterday’s loss to the Royals. And the Sox executed a great relay throw in the ninth–from right fielder Moises Sierra to second baseman Gordon Beckham to third baseman Leury Garcia to prevent the Royals’ Nori Aoki from stretching a double into a triple. Here’s the play:  http://m.mlb.com/video/v33711903

Movin’ On Up

Paulie’s homer was the 438th of his career, tying Andre Dawson for 42nd place on the all-time home run list.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33711191

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Transactions

The Sox have acquired outfielder Michael Taylor from the Oakland A’s for Kannapolis right-handed pitcher Jacob Sanchez. Taylor, who saw major-league action with the A’s from 2011-13, is headed to Class AAA Charlotte…the Sox have also signed righty reliever Henry Rodriguez and assigned him to Charlotte, where he’ll begin on the disabled list. He has spent time in the majors with four different teams.

Sox Notes of Note

Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 10 consecutive games, including five times on Friday night. Eaton is hitting .333 with five walks and a .438 on-base percentage over his last seven games…with the College World Series now underway in Omaha, Sox skipper Robin Ventura has been ranked No. 2 among the Top 25 major league players who have made an impact on the CWS according to an ESPN panel of five college baseball and MLB draft experts. Robin played in the college classic twice with Oklahoma State.

Quote of the Day

Jose Abreu on hitting in his home ballpark:

“One of the things is that wherever you hit the ball here, it can go out. You have a chance to go out anywhere in here. Not only to left, but to right and center. Hitting in this field is comfortable. It’s appealing. You can see the ball well. That’s one of the things I really like.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday, it will be the White Sox vs. the Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game interleague series. Starters: LHP John Danks (5-5, 4.17) for the Sox, RHP Matt Cain (1-4, 3.84) for San Francisco.

Photo of the Day

Happy Father’s Day to all my fellow Sox fan Dads.

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KC and the White Sox Band

Friday, June 13, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-6, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 4.10) for Kansas City.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B. Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

Play of the Day

Despite absorbing his first defeat of the season in last night’s loss to the Tigers, Chris Sale (5-1) was outstanding. In seven innings of work, he gave up just one run and five hits while striking out 10–and lowered his ERA to 1.97. Chris recorded his 13th career double-digit strikeout game and third of the season. His career mark is now tied for third in franchise history with Javier Vazquez. It was also his third career outing with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks.

Avi Begins the Road Back

With Sox trainer Herm Schneider watching, Avi Garcia celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday by playing catch for the first time since his shoulder injury.

http://Instagram.com/p/pKMa9slsXi/

Looking into the Future

I was at our Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale today and had the opportunity to see U.S. Olympic speed skater Eddy Alvarez (in top photo below), who signed with us earlier this week, take batting practice. Also there was Micker Adolfo Zapata (bottom photo), the Dominican outfielder who signed with the Sox a year ago when he was 16. Upon signing, Micker was the No. 2 ranked international prospect by MLB.com.

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Oh, By the Way

How hot was it in the Phoenix area today? Here’s the answer–and it even got up to 112.

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Ceremonial First Pitchers

Last night, former Northern Illinois star and current Chicago Bear Jordan Lynch did the honors. Tonight it’s actor and comedian Kevin Hart and tomorrow it’s Bear Rinehart, guitarist and lead vocalist of NEEDTOBREATHE. On Tuesday, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, one of the heroes of the 2005 Sox postseason, will throw out the first pitch and on Wednesday it’s actor/director Rob Reiner‘s turn.

Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-4, 5.40) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-5, 3.26) for KC.

Photo/Video of the Day

Here’s Dayan Viciedo making an amazing catch in last night’s game:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33666273

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After a Day Delay, Danks on Hill for Sox in Game 2 vs. Tigers

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) as the now three-game series resumes after last night’s postponement. Starters: LHP John Danks (4-5, 4.32) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (6-5, 4.19) for Detroit.

Danks is 1-1 with a 1.21 ERA over his last three starts. He earned the win in his last outing on June 4 against the Dodgers in LA, tossing 7.1 innings, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out five and walking three. It was his ninth quality start of the season and he’s 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA in six starts at USCF.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Nieto C.

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

White Sox starters own an American League-best 3.16 ERA in 19 games since May 20…the Sox bullpen has recorded a 1.69 ERA over its last 12 games.

En Fuego

Jose Abreu is hitting .388 with five doubles, five home runs and 15 RBI in his last 12 home games. Gordon Beckham is batting .393 over his last seven games and .344 over his last 23. Adam Dunn is hitting .375 with three home runs and five RBI in his last four games while Conor Gillaspie is at .538 over his last four games and is batting .397 over his last 20.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have agreed to terms with nine of their Top 10 selections in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, including second-rounder RHP Spencer Adams (44th overall) and third-rounder LHP Jace Fry (77th overall), and 28 players total. Adams is from White County High School in Cleveland, Ga. Fry is an Oregon State product…the Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher Shawn Hill from Toronto in exchange for cash and assigned him to Class AAA Charlotte. He went 2-1 with a 4.85 ERA in six games (four starts) with Class AAA Buffalo.

Here are Adams (top) and Fry signing their contracts today at U.S. Cellular Field:

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Quote of the Day

Although Avi Garcia is extremely frustrated he can’t be with his teammates on the field this season because of his injury, he knows he has a lot to look forward to. Here are his thoughts on teammate Abreu and what it will be like to be in the lineup with Jose when he returns.

“Amazing. He has a lot of power. He’s great in the field. He has a great attitude, everything. He’s good. I’m happy to have him here on the team, and I can’t wait to see what we can do together. Let’s see what happens. Let’s go.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 2.06) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (7-2, 3.38) for Detroit.

Photo/Video of the Day

Never leave early.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33461463/?partnerId=as_cws_20140610_25694346

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Round 2 of Sox-Tigers Series Postponed Due to Rain

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

The game has been postponed due to rain. Fans should keep their game tickets and parking coupons until a makeup date is determined. This marks the first White Sox postponement of the season.

Plays of the Day

In last night’s 6-5 victory over the Tigers, the first four hitters in the Sox lineup went 9-18 with three doubles, a triple, a homer, four runs scored and six RBI. The foursome also had nine of the Sox’ 11 hits.

Adam Eaton: 2-5, including a triple, an RBI and a run scored

Gordon Beckham: 3-5, including two doubles, a run scored and an RBI

Conor Gillaspie: 2-4, two RBI and a run scored

Jose Abreu: 2-4, a two-run homer and a double

Hector Noesi went 5.2 innings for his second straight win. Scott Downs (0.1 IP), Jake Petricka (1.1), and Zach Putman (0.2) pitched scoreless ball in relief and Ronald Belisario came on in the ninth and earned his sixth save.

Watch Abreu’s homer:  http://atmlb.com/1xAtTaN

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

White Sox starters own an American League-best 3.16 ERA in 19 games since May 20…the Sox bullpen has recorded a 1.69 ERA over its last 12 games.

Minor All-Stars

Outfielder Courtney Hawkins (pictured below, top), the Sox first-round pick in 2012, and shortstop Tim Anderson (pictured below, bottom), our top pick in 2013, will represent Winston-Salem (High A) at the California-Carolina League All-Star Game on June 17 in Wilmington, Del.

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Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the Sox draft:

“We’re thrilled with our draft. Taking Carlos (Rodon) in the first round, we get a high-ceiling, close-to-the-majors potential front-end piece to fit in with this rebuilding plan that we have going on now.

“But behind him, in being able to get Spencer Adams in the second round–a high-ceiling high school kid, who a lot of people thought would be gone in the first round–was a nice follow-up. The kid, (Jace) Fry, we took in the third, was the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year and is a polished left-handed starter who potentially could come quick as well.

“There’s a lot of other guys of note that we were pleased to get, but I think those first three really set a great tone there.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Probable starters: LHP John Danks (4-5, 4.32) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (6-5, 4.19) for Detroit.

Photo/Video of the Day

What a catch by Eaton, robbing Victor Martinez in the second inning.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33577251

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South Side Showdown

Monday, June 9, 2014

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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 four-game series against the AL Central leaders. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (1-4, 5.29) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-3, 3.69) for Detroit.

Noesi is 1-0 with a 2.33 ERA, 14 strikeouts and a .203 opponents average over his last three starts. Hector snapped his 14-game losing streak in his last outing on June 3 vs. the Dodgers, allowing one run on five hits over six innings of work. He has also allowed just one earned run in each of the last two outings (13.1 innings).

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie and Adam Eaton each singled in a run, Dayan Viciedo singled and doubled and Gordon Beckham collected a pair of singles in yesterday’s loss to the Angels. Javy Guerra (1.2 IP) and Daniel Webb (2.0) pitched 3.2 scoreless innings in relief.

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Good News, All-Star Wise

For the second week in a row, Alexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu are both second in the latest round of American League All-Star voting.

Ramirez is trailing Derek Jeter 1,376,054 to 1,212,362 at shortstop and Abreu, with 845,059, is second only to Miguel Cabrera‘s 1,477,420 votes.

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters own a 2.99 ERA over the last 18 games, the lowest in the American League…Adam Dunn needs one home run to tie Carl Yastrzemski for 35th place all-time with 452.

White Sox ACE Players in College World Series

Outfielders Corey Ray (Louisville) and Ro Coleman (Vanderbilt), products of the White Sox Amateur Elite progam who were teammates at Simeon Career Academy, will represent their schools in the College World Series in Omaha.

Ray, a freshman, went 2-3 with a stolen base and a run scored as Louisville defeated Kennesaw State on Saturday to advance to World Series for the second straight season.

Coleman, also a freshman, went 1-1 on Friday to help Vandy eliminate Stanford to advance to Omaha for the second time in four years.

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A Fitting Tribute to Paulie

Former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Fred Claire posted the following commentary on his Facebook page along with a link to a story in the Los Angeles Times praising the Sox captain.

“Paul Konerko is a Hall of Fame person and has had a great Major League career.  I recall his excitement after the Dodgers had drafted him and he has been a true professional from day one and every step of the way. For young players who want to know how to handle a career in the game my advice would be to follow the path of Paul Konerko on and off the field.”

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-baseball-shaikin-20140608-story.html

Quote of the Day

Jose Abreu on his encounter over the weekend with future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols:

“He was taking BP and he stepped out of BP just to come out and say hello to me and talk to me which is incredible. That’s one of the reasons why we admire him so much, the kind of people he is, the kind of professional he is. We talk about a lot of things and I’m very thankful for the advice he gives me. He’s definitely a person all baseball players admire and he’s a role model for all of us.’’

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (4-5, 4.32) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (6-5, 4.19) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

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Counting on “Q”

Sunday, June 8, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium (2:35 p.m., CT, WGN) as the Sox look to win the final game of the series in Anaheim and the finale of the six-game west coast road trip. Starters: RHP Jose Quintana (3-5, 3.31) for the Sox, LHP C.J. Wilson (6-4, 3.05) for the Halos. “Q” has allowed eight earned runs or less in eight consecutive starts.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu DH, Viciedo LF, Ramirez, SS, Konerko 1B, Flowers C, Sierra RF, L. Garcia 3B.

Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was unhittable through seven innings last night, but the Halos rallied for the 6-5 victory…Adam Dunn hit homer No. 11 of the season and 451st of his career, Alejandro De Aza had a pair of hits, including a double, and two RBI and Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham each singled in a run.

Draft Recap

The 2014 First-Year Player Draft concluded yesterday. The White Sox selected 33 players from college, seven from high school, 17 pitchers (nine lefties, eight righties), 11 infielders, eight outfielders and three catchers in the three-day event that began Thursday.

Here are the 40 Sox draftees:

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/draft/y2014/drafttracker.jsp#ft=team&fv=cha

More draft insights:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/white-sox-load-up-on-collegiate-hurlers-in-draft?ymd=20140607&content_id=78693464&vkey=news_cws

And congratulations to the three White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) players who were drafted yesterday: Darius Day by the Rangers and Anthony Justiniano and James Davison by the Sox.

The Trib’s David Haugh on the Sox:

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80438649/   

The White Sox’ Cuban Influence

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/78758184/chicago-white-sox-attribute-success-to-core-of-cuban-players?tcid=tw_share#!WbzYQ

Happy Birthday

Former White Sox lefty Britt Burns, now the pitching coach at Class AA Birmingham in the Sox system, is 55 today. Burns is perhaps best known for pitching a masterful nine shutout innings in the decisive Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Orioles before Tito Landrum, unfortunately, sent the O’s to the World Series with a game-winning homer in the 10th.

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Quotes of the Day

The skipper and starter both chose to look ahead after last night’s heartbreaking loss:

Robin: “Everybody goes home, probably doesn’t sleep that great, but they come back ready to go the next day.”

Chris: “They have a lot of good hitters. That’s a good team. I felt loose. I felt fine. It just unraveled for whatever reason it was. I’m going to keep going, hold my head up high and be ready for the next one.”

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 with AL Central-leading Detroit. Starters:  RHP Hector Noesi (1-4, 5.29) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-3, 3.69) for Detroit.

Photo/Video of the Day

Dunn goes deep for the second night in a row.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33534403

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The Sale Show Arrives in Anaheim

Saturday, June 7, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 1.59) for the Sox, RHP Matt Shoemaker (3-1, 3.54) for LA.

Chris will be making his eighth start of the season. In his last start, on Sunday vs. San Diego, he allowed just one run, two hits, walked none and struck out nine in his sixth career complete start. It was also the first CG by a Sox pitcher this year.

He owns an 0.72 ERA with 33 strikeouts and a .051 opponents average over his last four starts. Since he returned from the disabled list, hitters are 3-56 against him and he still hasn’t given up a hit to a left-handed batter this season (0-32).

Sale is 3-0 with a 0.36 ERA in six career appearances against the Angels. He earned the win in his last start against the Halos, on May 17, 2013 in Anaheim, striking out 12 in 7.2 innings pitched.

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn went 3-5 with a two-run homer (No. 10) and three RBI and Alejandro De Aza connected with a solo blast (No. 5) in last night’s loss to the Angels…Conor Gillaspie and Alexei Ramirez each added a pair of hits. Gillaspie is now hitting .340, Ramirez .321…Scott Carroll gave up a lone run and a pair of hits in 4.1 innings of relief.

Here’s Dunn’s homer, the 450th of his career, which gives him sole possession of 36th place on the all-time list, passing Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33506705

Draft Update

The First-Year Player Draft concludes today with Rounds 11-40. The Sox picks will be reviewed in tomorrow’s post.

Here is a comprehensive rundown on how the Sox fared yesterday on Day 2.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140606&content_id=78523482&notebook_id=78525036&vkey=notebook_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Dunn on the historical significance of his 450th:

“People don’t realize you say the name Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero and, not that long ago, they were really two of the best in the game. Obviously, growing up an Astros fan, Bagwell and (Craig) Biggio were the kings. Numbers are cool when you are done playing and sit back and tell your kids about them.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium (2:35 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Jose Quintana (3-5, 3.31) for the Sox, LHP C.J. Wilson (6-4, 3.05) for the Halos.

Photo of the Day

De Aza unloads.

http://atmlb.com/1mmqHaa

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Sox Grab N.C. State Lefty Carlos Rodon With Third Pick in Tonight’s Draft

Thursday, June 5, 2014

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Today’s News

North Carolina State left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon is the newest White Sox, selected tonight with the third pick in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft. Rodon, 21, was 25-10 with a 2.24 ERA in three seasons with the Wolfpack. He has a mid-90s fastball and considered by most to have the best slider in the draft.

“(Rodon) was the consensus guy we targeted since his sophomore season,” said Sox Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann. “With his type of fastball and slider he would be a guy on the so-called the fast track, but it’s unfair to say he’ll be on the same track Sale was on (Chris came up to the White Sox just weeks after he was drafted).

“We’re excited because number one, we know how competitive this kid is. The most important thing is we get started on getting him comfortable with the organization.”

With their second-round pick (44th overall), the Sox selected Spencer Adams (pictured below), a right-handed pitcher from White County High School in Georgia. Adams has a 95 mph fastball and struck out 90 in 52 innings this season.

“He’s a real athletic kid,” said Assistant Scouting Director Nick Hostetler. “He’s an exciting player, projectable but also shows now stuff. His makeup is off the charts, we’re happy he got to us. It’s a very, very exciting addition based off adding as many quality arms as we possibly can.”

Another Sox-related draft note: Conor Gillaspie‘s brother Casey was selected by Tampa Bay with the 20th pick in the first round. He’s a switch-hitting first baseman out of Wichita State, which is also where Conor played his college ball.

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Plays of the Day

The discussion in the Sox clubhouse after last night’s impressive 2-1 win over the Dodgers centered on this question: What was the game’s highlight, Leury Garcia‘s first career home run or John Danks‘ second career hit? And the lively conversation didn’t even include Adam Dunn’s solo homer, his ninth of the season and 449th of his career, tying him for 36th place with Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero on the all-time home run list. Click on this link and watch Dunn go deep. http://m.mlb.com/video/v33443173

Another highlight that should have been in the mix was Danks’ third straight dominant start, as he allowed just one run and two hits over 7.1 innings to win his fourth game of the year. He has given up just three earned runs and 13 hits in his last 22.1 innings with 13 strikeouts and four walks.

Sox Notes of Note

With last night’s victory the White Sox won the series vs. the Dodgers, two games to one. They also moved a game over .500 at 31-30 and now trail the first-place Tigers by just 2.5 games in the American League Central. The second-place Sox have gained 6 1/2 games on Detroit since May 18.

The White Sox Amateur City Elite Program Front and Center in College Baseball Tourney

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140605/chatham/white-sox-amateur-program-grads-guide-college-teams-cusp-of-world-series

Hawk and Steve Talk About the Passing of Baseball Icon Don Zimmer

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33442565

Quote of the Day

The great Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully taking note of the size difference between White Sox teammates Leury Garcia and Adam Dunn.

“Garcia looks like he fell out of Dunn’s pocket.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

After today’s off-day, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-2, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (6-4, 3.33) for LA.

Photo/Video of the Day

Career round-tripper No. 1 for Leury:

http://atmlb.com/1xa9rNZ

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A Good Night For The Good Guys With Rubber Match Tonight

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series with LA winning on Monday and the Sox emerging victorious last night. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 4.66) for the Sox, RHP Josh Beckett (3-2, 2.52) for LA.

In his last start, on May 30 vs. the Padres, Danks threw seven innings allowing just two runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking one. It was his eighth quality start of the season.

Plays of the Day

It was indeed a good night for the Sox last evening. Hector Noesi won his first game since May 6, 2012, giving up just a run, five hits and four walks while striking out six in the 4-1 victory. Jose Abreu hit his second homer in as many nights, another two-run shot, in his successful return from the disabled list. It was his 17th of the season along with his 47 RBI. Tyler Flowers added his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot, and former Dodger Ronald Belisario returned triumphantly to Los Angeles with a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.

The Abreu and Flowers blasts:

http://atmlb.com/1nbwe6L

http://atmlb.com/1x4qHnM

Even Dodger Fans Want Jose’s Autograph

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Speaking of Abreu

Here is a list of major leaguers who recorded the most home runs after their first 46 games–from 1914-2014 (compliments of @ScottLindholm).

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The Wait is Almost Over: Draft Begins Tomorrow

Here are Sox GM Rick Hahn and Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann talking about the Sox and this year’s draft, which gets going tomorrow night.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33361843/white-sox-front-office-on-the-2014-draft/?partnerId=as_cws_20140603_25181866

Brothers

Conor Gillaspie will be keeping an eye on this week’s draft with his brother Casey a good bet to be selected in the first round. Here’s more:

http://atmlb.com/1tC4cSD

Minor League All-Stars

Four players from the Sox’ Class AA Birmingham affiliate have been named to the Southern League’s North Division All-Star team: OF Josh Richmond, C Kevan Smith, OF Trayce Thompson and RHP Cody Winiarski. The game will be played June 17 in Chattanooga.

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura, in his own patented style, commented on Abreu hitting homers in his first two games back from the DL.

“He’s doing all right. I think we’re going to keep him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it will be the White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-2, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (6-4, 3.33)

Photo of the Day

Noesi is a winner.

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