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A Good Friday

Saturday, May 17, 2014

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Today’s News

With the Sox victory in Houston and successful rehab stints from Chris Sale and Adam Eaton for Charlotte, it was a very good Friday.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Jarrod Cosart (2-3, 4.30) for Houston.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn‘s monster three-run, sixth-inning home run–his sixth of the year and 446th of his career (38th on the all-time list)–gave the Sox a 3-2 lead and propelled us to our second straight win on the road, 7-2, over the Astros…Conor Gillaspie singled and doubled in two runs and Gordon Beckham and Tyler Flowers each had an RBI…Dunn added a ninth-inning double to his homer…Jose Quintana earned his second win of the year, allowing just two runs, seven hits and a pair of walks along with five strikeouts in five innings of work.

The Dunn bomb:

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Rehab Report

Sale was in vintage form last night for the Charlotte Knights in his first rehab start for the Sox’ Class AAA affiliate. In the first game of a road doubleheader vs. the Durham Bulls, Sale pitched four scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts. He threw 68 pitches, 43 for strikes, gave up just one hit and walked two.

Eaton, playing center field, went 2-4 in Game 1 of the Charlotte vs. Durham twin bill and knocked in the go-ahead run in the seventh (and final) inning for the 2-1 Knights victory in his initial rehab appearance. He also stole a base. In Game 2, he batted twice without a hit as the DH in the Knights’ loss.

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LaRussa to Diamondbacks

Former Sox skipper Tony LaRussa, a 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame electee, has been hired to run the baseball operations of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Congratulations Tony!

Happy Birthday, Carlos May

Former White Sox All-Star Carlos May celebrates No. 66 today. You might remember that Carlos is the only professional athlete known to wear his birthday–May 17–on the back of his uniform.

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Everything Old is New Again

Julio Franco played in parts of 23 big-league seasons through age 49, including the 1994 campaign with the White Sox. Word is now out that the 55-year-old Franco will join the Fort Worth Cats in the independent United League as a player-coach for at least the first homestand of the season, which begins May 20.   

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Quotes of the Day  

Sale, on what’s next after last night’s outstanding performance:

“…The next few days, in between starts, (it’ll) be how my arm and my body react to getting back out there and going full bore every pitch. Obviously we’ll be communicating with (the Sox brass). Whatever they have for me, I’m game for.” 

Eaton on his own rehab after last night’s twin bill: 

“It was 100 percent. To go out there and run 100 percent and have confidence, that’s all it is really, is gaining the confidence back in the hamstring. It felt good overall so it was a good day at the ballpark.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-3, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Brad Peacock (0-4, 5.17) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

Jose Abreu, who was hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count just before Dunn launched his homer, congratulates his teammate. Dunn, a resident of Houston, certainly made his homecoming an eventful one.

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Sox Take on Astros, Sale and Eaton Take Next Steps Toward Return

Friday, May 16, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.81) for the Astros.

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

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox rank among the American League leaders in runs scored (T2nd, 205), homers (T2nd, 46), extra-base hits (3rd, 130), slugging percentage (4th, .416) and runs per game (5th, 4.88)…Sox rank second in the AL and third in the majors with a .278 average with runners in scoring position. Alexei Ramirez (5th, .404), Conor Gillaspie (19th, .348) and Tyler Flowers (T20th, .346) are in the league’s Top 25 in that category…Jose Abreu leads the major leagues with 15 home runs. 27 extra-base hits, 103 total bases and an 11.07 AB/HR ratio and ranks second with 41 RBI and a .620 slugging percentage. He is hitting .341 with five homers and 29 RBI with RISP…Tom “Wimpy” Paciorek joins Hawk Harrelson in the Sox TV booth for the Houston series as Steve Stone has the weekend off. Stone will return on Monday for the three-game series in Kansas City…ex-White Sox second baseman Chris Getz has retired at the age of 30. He was recently outrighted from Toronto to Class AAA Buffalo, but decided to call it a career after seven seasons with the Sox, Royals and Blue Jays. “I’ve enjoyed every minute that I’ve played and will always be passionate about the game,” Getz said upon announcing his retirement.

Sale, Eaton Will Try Again

Last night’s game between the Class AAA Charlotte Knights and Durham Bulls was postponed due to rain. So, Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, who were both set to begin their respective rehab stints with Charlotte, were delayed a day and will now take part in a doubleheader in Durham tonight, beginning at 6:00 p.m., ET. Sale will pitch the opener and Eaton is expected to play in both seven-innning games. He’ll be in the leadoff spot, playing center field in Game 1. 

Here’s Adam taking batting practice:

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Quote of the Day

From yesterday…

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Jarrod Cosart (2-3, 4.30) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

When in Durham…Sox media relations director Bob Beghtol, traveling with the Charlotte Knights while Sale and Eaton are on their rehab assignments, today took Adam and Knight players Micah Johnson, Erik Johnson and Jared Mitchell to historic Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke campus with the team in town to face the Bulls. Here’s Erik, Micah, Adam and Jared standing on the famed court beneath the championship banners.

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The 2014 White Sox: It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Plays of the Day

We learned once again yesterday that this year’s White Sox simply never give up.

Offensively, it was all about the number 1, 2 and 3 hitters in the batting order as the Sox staged a dramatic comeback to defeat the A’s, 4-2, in the series finale. Leadoff hitter Gordon Beckham homered on the first pitch of the game and added two singles. Batting in the No. 2 slot, Conor Gillaspie doubled and singled twice. And both Beckham and Gillaspie were on base in the eighth inning when Jose Abreu launched the three-run bomb, his major-league best 15th homer of the season, that gave the Sox a lead they never relinquished. In all, the threesome accounted for all of the Sox RBI and seven of their nine hits.

Pitching-wise, Andre Rienzo was outstanding, allowing only a pair of solo homers and two walks along with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched. Scott Downs (0.1 IP), Ron Belisario (1.1) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) closed it out with scoreless baseball. Belisario got credit for his second win of the season, Lindstrom chalked up his sixth save.

Enjoy the Beckham and Abreu homers:

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Sox Notes of Note

Abreu is the first Sox player and fourth in MLB history to hit 15-plus homers in their first 42 career games (also Wally Berger, Kevin Maas and Wally Joyner)…Beckham became the first White Sox player to homer on the first pitch since Ray Durham did it twice in 2000. 

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Sale, Eaton in Rehab Starts; Micah Gets First Triple-A Hit

Chris Sale is set to go for Class AAA Charlotte tonight in a rehab start at Durham. He will be joined by Adam Eaton, who hopes to be back with the Sox on Sunday if his rehab appearances the next couple of days go well. 

And click the link below to watch highly regarded prospect Micah Johnson double for his first hit with Charlotte since being promoted from Class AA Birmingham. He also singled and drove in a run in last night’s game vs. the Durham Bulls.

http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=32883231&sid=milb

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on designating infielder Jeff Keppinger for assignment:

“We had a brief conversation this morning, he understood the rationale for it and we wished each other well. Basically this comes down to wanting to use the plate appearances at the big league level for some of the younger players that we have here right now. Conor certainly has stepped up and seized the primary role of third base. Obviously we want Gordon to play, as well as Marcus and Leury Garcia and we have some young players in Charlotte who are knocking on the door and may contribute at some point this year. The decision was made that now is the time to move on and focus more on some of the younger pieces that are going to be here for a while.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day today. Tomorrow, it will be the White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.81) for the Astros.

Photo of the Day

@ESPNStatsInfo: Jose Abreu is tied for the MLB lead with 5 HR of 430+ feet this season, including his HR (yesterday)

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Rienzo in Stopper Role for Today’s Series Finale with A’s

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum (2:35, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series with Oakland winning the first two. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (3-0, 4.56) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.54) for the Athletics.

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

Eaton Close to Returning

Adam Eaton will continue the last phase of his road back today after being on the 15-day disabled list since May 3. He will work out this morning in Oakland and then will take off for Durham, N.C., to play with Class AAA Charlotte on Thursday and Friday. He’ll then head to Norfolk, Va. with the Knights to play on Saturday. He’ll join the White Sox in Houston on Sunday if all goes well.

Keppinger Designated for Assignment

The White Sox returned infielder Jeff Keppinger from his injury rehabilitation assignment with Class AA Birmingham, reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list and designated him for assignment.

GM Rick Hahn on the decision: “We are focusing on the future as opposed to trying to justify a decision from the past.”

Groundskeeping 101

Here’s Roger Bossard, the Sodfather, addressing the crowd at today’s inaugural Turf Clinic at U.S. Cellular Field.

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“Wimpy” Houston-bound

Tom Paciorek will work with Hawk Harrelson in the TV booth this weekend in Houston with Steve Stone taking the series off. Some will remember that Wimpy played both baseball and football at the University of Houston.

Congrats to the Blackhawks

We congratulate our friends with the Blackhawks on their exciting OT victory last night over the Wild. The win gave the Hawks a 4-2 series win and they now advance to the Western Conference finals. Good luck from everyone in the White Sox organization!

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Quote of the Day

Rienzo on facing the A’s for the first time:

“I know they’ve got a tough team. It’s a team where you want to pitch to contact. I’m just trying to do that so if they get a hit, they get a hit. If not, then I’ll get an out. Something I’m working with Don Cooper on is trying to pitch to contact. I’m not trying to change anything, just going to do what I have to do and make it happen.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.81) for the Astros.

Photo of the Day

Sox infielder Marcus Semien is a native of the Bay Area and had about 30 friends and family attend last night’s game. Semien remembers that he was in the stands at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1997 when then-LA Dodger Paul Konerko played in his fourth major-league game. It was Semien’s seventh birthday. Little did Marcus know that all these years later he would be teammates with Paulie and even have the opportunity drive him in on a game-winning grand slam as pictured below. 

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Carroll, Sox Look to Even Series With A’s

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Today’s News

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-2, 3.63) for the Sox, LHP Drew Pomeranz (2-1, 1.45) for Oakland.

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu (No. 14) and Dayan Viciedo (3) homered (click on links below) and Alexei Ramirez and Paul Konerko each drove in a run last night, but a ninth-inning rally fell short as the Sox dropped a close 5-4 decision to the A’s…John Danks had another quality start, allowing three runs, six hits and a pair of walks along with five K’s in six innings of work.

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Leaders of the Pack

Abreu leads the major leagues in homers, extra-base hits (26) and total bases (98). He’s second with 38 RBI, a .620 slugging percentage and an 11.29 at bat/home run ratio. Ramirez’s .331 average is tied for second place in the AL batting race.

Sox Notes of Note

Chris Sale, who has been on the disabled list since April 22 with a left flexor strain, will make his first rehab start on Thursday with Class AAA Charlotte at Durham. His next scheduled throw day and location will be determined following Thursday’s start with the Knights…highly touted second base prospect Micah Johnson, who was leading the Southern League in hitting with a .329 average, has been promoted from Class AA Birmingham to Charlotte as has left-handed pitcher Nelvin Fuentes…righty reliever Maikel Cleto, who was designated for assignment on May 10, cleared waivers and has been outrighted to the Knights.

The Sodfather’s First Turf Clinic Set for Tomorrow

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First of its Kind

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Next #SoxSocial Night: June 1

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Quote of the Day

Here are Adam Dunn‘s comments after last night’s game, which saw the Sox score three runs in the ninth after being down 5-1:

“If we have one good thing we’ve done all year, it seems like no matter what the score is, we continue to battle. No matter how bad it might look for seven, eight innings, we know we’re capable of putting some runs together late.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum (2:35, CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (3-0, 4.56) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.54) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

Awaiting his return.

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White Sox Take the Show on the Road

Monday, May 12, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. (9:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-2, 4.93) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Chavez (2-1, 2.47) for the A’s.

Plays of the Day

Moises Sierra (pictured above), recently acquired on waivers from the Blue Jays, hit his first home run of the season and first in a White Sox uniform (click link below) in yesterday’s Sox’ loss to Arizona…Hector Noesi had a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings of work…Jake Petricka pitched a scoreless seventh.

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Toni Ginnetti

Heartfelt congratulations to long-time baseball writer/reporter Toni Ginnetti of the Sun-Times (pictured above) who announced her official retirement this week after covering her first White Sox game when Jim Fregosi was manager. Toni, as classy and professional a reporter as you will find, will continue to fill in from time to time, particularly on weekends. She was at the ballpark celebrating her retirement by working on Sunday and was feted by the Sox media relations staff with a scoreboard message and a special cake delivered to the press box.

The Great Hawk Harrelson

“Good morning, everyone,” the familiar voice boomed through the elevator as the door closed. Hawk Harrelson had hopped on just as the doors slid shut, joining me and a multi-generational family of Sox fans, running the gamut from a walker to baby strollers. 

Hawk said his hellos to all the kids and as the family got out at the 100 level of US Cellular Field, the patriarch asked if Hawk would pose for a group shot. “Of course!’ With that, Hawk jumped out into the entry way and posed for a couple of iPhone photos and signed an autograph. Meanwhile, the elevator operator held the door. When Hawk got back on, I told him just how lucky I am to ride the elevator with the great Hawk Harrelson. He let out a big laugh and grabbed me around the neck in a good-natured vice grip.

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Quote of the Day

Sox bench coach Mark Parent, who was the interim manager Saturday in Robin Ventura‘s absence, spoke to the media about the status of Adam Eaton, who has been on the DL since May 3:

“He’s going to go out to Oakland with us for a couple days, and then he’s going to head off to (Class AAA) Charlotte and then probably join us the last day in Houston (Sunday, May 18). Really excited to see him back. He adds a lot to our lineup, defensively and offensively and running the bases. Just overall energy in the game. He’s obviously had a really good year so we want to continue his progress.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-2, 3.63) for the Sox, LHP Drew Pomeranz (2-1, 1.45) for the A’s.

Photo/Video of the Day

Before Sunday’s game, several White Sox wives and one Sox mom–third base coach Joe McEwing’s mother (see photo below)–all threw out ceremonial first pitches to their spouses and son (click link below) The one exception was Dayan Viciedo‘s son (see photo below) decked out in a Sox uniform. He fired any baseball he could find to his laughing father.  Maybe he’ll be a pitcher when he grows up!  I wonder if Mrs. McEwing drinks Red Bull before each of her games?

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Grand Opening

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S Cellular Field (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHPJose Quintana (1-2, 3.56) for the Sox, LHP Wade Miley (2-3, 5.14) for Arizona.

Sox Starting Lineup: Beckham 2B, Semien 3B, Abreu DH, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko 1B, Sierra RF, Flowers C, De Aza CF.

Plays of the Day

With our first nine batters set down in order by former White Sox righty Brandon McCarthy, we exploded in the fourth inning last night with seven of our nine runs and nine of our 15 hits in the 9-3 victory over Arizona in the series opener. The inning was highlighted by Alexei Ramirez‘s fifth homer of the year and sixth career grand slam (click on top link below), his first since 2009…Jose Abreu, who went 3-4, added to his major-league leading home run total in the seventh with his 13th (click on bottom link) and in the eighth Tyler Flowers connected with his second blast of the year. Both were solo shots…Alejandro De Aza went 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored…Andre Rienzo improved his record to 3-0, allowing three runs, four hits and a pair of walks along with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings…Zach Putnam (1.1 IP), Ron Belisario (1.0) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) closed it out in perfect form.

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Quirk of the Day

The Ramirez and Abreu homers both were hit on 3-0 counts.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox rank among the American League leaders in runs scored (1st, 193), runs per game (1st, 5.22), extra-base hits (2nd, 119), homers (3rd, 40) and slugging percentage (4th, .426)…the Sox have won five of the last six games and last night matched a season-high four consecutive games of 10 or more hits…the Sox also lead the American League with 18 double-digit hit games…we are hitting .338 with five homers and 27 runs scored over the last four games and batting .354 with RISP during that period…Sox relievers own a 1.57 ERA over the last 13 games and a 2.06 mark and .175 opponents average since April 20…Just a reminder: as we posted yesterday, Robin Ventura will miss tonight’s game to attend the graduation of his daughter, Rachel, from Oklahoma State. Bench coach Mark Parent will serve as interim manager.

Francisco Promoted, Cleto Designated for Assignment

Before tonight’s game, the Sox purchased the contract of right-hander Frank Francisco from Class AAA Charlotte and designated right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto for assignment.

Francisco, 34, is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (8.0 IP), one save and 12 strikeouts in six relief appearances with Charlotte this season after signing with the White Sox as a minor-league free agent on April 14.  His last five outings have been scoreless (7.0 IP) after allowing an unearned run in his season debut.  He is limiting opponents to a .154 average (4-26).

Francisco, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is 20-22 with a 3.93 ERA (167 ER/382.2 IP), 73 saves, 67 holds and 421 strikeouts in 387 appearances (all in relief) over nine major-league seasons with Texas (2004, 2006-10), Toronto (2011) and the New York Mets (2012-13).

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Francisco has averaged 9.90 strikeouts per 9.0 IP in his career, including a career-best 11.79 mark (83 SO/63.1 IP) with Texas in 2008.  He has limited opponents to a .233 average (337-1,449) during his career, including a .231 mark (175-759) vs. right-handers. 

He originally was signed by Boston as a non-drafted free agent on December 15, 1996 and was acquired by the White Sox in a trade with the Red Sox on July 31, 2002. He was traded to Texas in a deal involving Carl Everett on July 1, 2003.

White Sox Volunteer Corps at Work

Adam Eaton pitches in today at the Tilden Career Academy during the White Sox Volunteer Corps’ first day of service in 2014. Marcus Semien and Don Cooper also were on hand.

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Heartwarming Reunion

Talk about a memorable ceremonial first pitch. See what happened before last night’s game between our Charlotte affiliate and Buffalo.

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A Berry Happy Birthday

Ken Berry, one of the finest defensive outfielders to ever wear a Sox uniform, is 73 today. Berry played for the Sox from 1962-70, was an All-Star in 1967 and won two gold gloves in a 14-year major-league career. Some also will remember him from his cameo in the movie, Eight Men Out, as he played the role of a leather-lunged fan.

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Quote of the Day

Jim Thome — who knows a long ball when he sees one — was in the ballpark last night when Abreu hit his bomb into the shrubbery in dead center field.

“He still has a way to go,” Thome deadpanned when the baseball operations suite erupted with Abreu’s 442-foot blow.

Sox fans will remember two of Thome’s mighty blasts that made it onto the main concourse in center field, one measured at 464 and the second, the monstrous 461 home run that sealed the 1-0 playoff-clinching win for the Sox in 2008.

“I love it,” Jimmy said, clapping his hands.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (0-2, 8.27) for the Sox and RHP Chase Anderson, who will be making his first career start, for Arizona.

Photo of the Day

Celebrating victory.

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It’s Sox vs. Snakes in First of Three

Friday, May 9, 2014 

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-0, 4.50) for the Sox, ex-Sox RHP Brandon McCarthy (1-5, 4.67) for Arizona.

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

Plays of the Day

Alexei Ramirez went 4-5 to raise his batting average to .338 and scored twice in last night’s loss to the Cubs…Conor Gillaspie went 2-4 with a walk and an RBI in his return to the lineup from the DL…Tyler Flowers drove in a pair of runs and scored another and Dayan Viciedo and Moises Sierra each had an RBI. It was the first ribbie for Sierra in a Sox uniform.

Governor Quinn and the View From the Upper Deck

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Sox Notes of Note

Alexei matched a career high with his four hits last night. His 15 multi-hit games this season are the second-most in the American League and tied for the third-most in baseball. He ranks among the AL leaders in batting average with two outs (2nd, .395), two strikes (6th, .298) and RISP/two outs (8th, .438)…Jose Abreu leads the majors with 12 homers, 24 extra-base hits and 86 total bases, ranks second wth 35 RBI and third with a .608 slugging percentage. He is hitting .308 with four homers and 25 RBI with RISP and has three multi-homer and seven multi-RBI games…Gordon Beckham is hitting .368 with two home runs and four RBI in his last four games…Matt Lindstrom owns a 0.57 ERA in 17 career games vs. the D-backs. The last 16 outings have been scoreless…Robin Ventura will miss tomorrow night’s game to attend the graduation of his daughter, Rachel, from Oklahoma State–he’ll be back for Sunday’s game. Bench coach Mark Parent will serve as interim manager.

Bring Out the Vote

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Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

Happy Birthday to one-time White Sox star outfielder Floyd Robinson, who had three .300-plus seasons and a .287 batting average with 65 homers in seven campaigns (1960-66) on the South Side. Floyd is 78 today.

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Quote of the Day

Paul Konerko on the Sox’s depth:

“…If you look at our roster, the guys who have stepped in when guys have gone down — our pitching staff — we’ve had guys step in for guys that have done well and held the fort down. We have some pretty good depth on the roster that I think even now you can kind of insert people if guys need a rest or someone goes down.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S Cellular Field (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 3.56) for the Sox, LHP Wade Miley (2-3, 5.14) for Arizona.

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Sox Clinch Crosstown Cup, Go For Sweep and Fifth Straight Win Tonight

Thursday, May 8, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox look to sweep the four-game Crosstown Cup series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00) for the Cubs. Carroll makes this third start after two outstanding outings.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham‘s second homer in as many nights–a three run shot–and Paul Konerko‘s bases-clearing three-run double, one of a pair of two-baggers he had on the night, were the key blows as the Sox won their season-high fourth in a row and third straight vs. the Cubs, 8-3. As a result, we claim the 2014 Crosstown Cup and go one game over the .500 mark at 18-17…Jose Abreu doubled twice, singled and scored a run while Alexei Ramirez and Marcus Semien each got credit for an RBI…John Danks earned his third win of the season, allowing three runs, four hits and a lone walk while striking out eight…The bullpen was once again solid. Jake Petricka came on in relief of Danks and pitched two perfect innings. Maikel Cleto closed it out in the ninth.

Enjoy the Beckham homer and Paulie’s three-run double…

http://atmlb.com/Rt2w1t        

http://atmlb.com/Rt4BKM      

…plus Ramirez’s dazzling ninth-inning catch that started a double play.

http://atmlb.com/1uDud7c

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Even More From Last Night

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32706915/?partnerId=as_cws_20140508_23489364

Sox Notes of Note

Every White Sox batter reached base in last night’s game…Sox relievers own a 0.48 ERA over the last 11 games and a 1.47 mark and a .180 opponents average since April 20. Relievers have thrown 18.1 consecutive scoreless IP over the last five games…Petricka extended his scoreless streak to six appearances (10 IP). The streak includes five straight hitless outings and he owns a 0.68 ERA and .149 opponents average over his last nine appearances.

All-Time White Sox Team vs. Cubs (During Interleague Play)

(Qualifier: Minimum 20 plate appearances; Numbers entering tonight)

C: A.J. Pierzynski – 45 games (.296/.365/.478; 8 HR, 29 RBI)

1B: Paul Konerko – 73 games (.299/.362/.602; 20 HR, 58 RBI)

2B: Ray Durham – 30 games (.364/.454/.496; 1 HR, 9 RBI)

3B: Gordon Beckham – 26 games (.348/.398/.598; 6 HR, 16 RBI)

SS: Alexei Ramirez – 36 games (.275/.303/.449; 5 HR, 17 RBI)

OF: Scott Podsednik – 20 games (.333/.435/.462; 1 HR, 6 RBI)

OF: Carlos Lee – 36 games (.326/.382/.574; 9 HR, 31 RBI)

OF: Magglio Ordonez – 32 games (.317/.406/.545; 5 HR, 25 RBI)

DH: Jermaine Dye – 27 games (.324/.384/.706; 11 HR, 21 RBI)

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura Talks Abreu:

On the slugger’s No. 79 jersey cracking the Top 10 in MLB sales:

“I got one. I got a real one, too, didn’t even have to buy it.”

Did he sign it?

“He will.”

On Jose’s Impact:

“…It’s fun for him, it’s fun for us to have a guy like him. Nobody knew about him last year and now all of a sudden he’s on our team. What makes it fun for us and being around him is that he’s just a good person. He’s a humble kid, he’s a great team person. I think that’s the thing for our guys–you root for him and you’re happy for all these accolades he’s getting and the attention. It’s not going to change him. Guys like to have fun with him because he’s such a good team person and you like to see stuff like this happen to people like him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-0, 4.50) for the Sox, ex-Sox Brandon McCarthy (1-5, 4.67) for the D-backs.

Photo of the Day

Carroll takes on the Cubs in Cup finale.

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Three Straight Wins and Back to .500

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Today’s News

“They’re scrapping and finding a way to do it, especially with all the injuries of guys going down, you just kind of have to find your way sometimes and scratch and claw and take what you can get. They’ve been doing that, which is good.”

                                                               –Robin Ventura‘s assessment of the 2014 Sox

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in Game 3 of the Crosstown Cup series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-2, 5.00) for the Sox, LHP Travis Wood (2-3, 3.35) for the North Siders.

Sox Starting Lineup: Beckham 2B, De Aza CF, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Sierra RF, Semien 3B, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham‘s eighth-inning solo home run (his first homer of the year), which followed base hits in his three previous at-bats, broke a 1-1 tie in the Sox’s 5-1 win last night over the Cubs…In the ninth, Tyler Flowers doubled in the third run and Jordan Danks, who came into the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth, doubled in two more…Newly acquired outfielder Moises Sierra, a late insertion in the starting lineup, doubled and singled three times in his first start for his new team…Hector Noesi pitched five outstanding innings, allowing just a run, four hits and a walk with six strikeouts…Zach Putnam pitched two perfect innings and got credit for the win, Scott Downs pitched a scoreless eighth and Daniel Webb closed it out in the ninth.

The Beckham homer:

http://atmlb.com/RpR7zx

Gillaspie Returns

The Sox have returned third baseman Conor Gillaspie from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Class AAA Charlotte and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Jordan Danks to the Knights.

Gillaspie has been on the disabled list since April 26 (retroactive to April 22) with a left hand contusion. Before heading to the DL, he was hitting .302 with seven doubles, 12 RBI and eight runs scored in 16 games this season.

Cover Boy

Jose Abreu has added another distinction to his early season success–a Sports Illustrated regional cover (May 12 issue) and feature story. Here’s a sidebar to the main story and the cover itself.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20140507/jose-abreu-cuba-showcase-chicago-white-sox/

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More Jose

http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2052762-scott-millers-starting-9-white-sox-have-great-jump-on-future-with-jose-abreu

And here he is doing an interview with ESPN’s Pedro Gomez:

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Sox Notes of Note

Last night’s triumph was our third win in a row put us back at the .500 mark (17-17)…we are now 51-45 in the Crosstown Cup series and 26-21 at U.S. Cellular Field…the White Sox are way ahead of the pack with 33 ninth-inning runs. The Athletics and Rangers (21) and Diamondbacks and Mets (19) are next in line…with Beckham and Sierra each collecting four hits last night brought to mind the only other set of Sox teammates to record four hits in a game vs. the Cubs–A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios on June 11, 2010 in a 10-5 win at Wrigley Field…Sierra’s hits were a career-high and the most by a White Sox player in his first start with the team since Richie Zisk‘s first start on Opening Day,1977.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Noesi’s performance:

“He threw great. Even the last game he threw, he got through three and then that little bump with four, but he’s stretching it out where he’s throwing more pitches. He’s making that adjustment really on the fly. It’s impressive that he’s able to step in and give us that kind of effort.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game Crosstown Cup series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00) for the Cubs.

Photo of the Day

Representing the Cubs, Jeff Samardzija presented Paul Konerko with a No. 14 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard before last night’s game on the occasion of the Sox captain’s last trip to Wrigley.

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