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Sale Takes On Lester and Red Sox in Rubber Game of Series

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN+) in the rubber game of the three-game series and last one on the homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 2.66) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 2.57) for Boston. Chris is looking to become the first White Sox starting pitcher to begin a season 4-0 since Jose Contreras (8-0) in 2006 and first to win his first four starts since Jon Garland (8) in 2005.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 3B, Viciedo RF, Dunn DH, Konerko 1B, Ramirez SS, De Aza, LF, Flowers C, L. Garcia 2B.

Plays of the Game

Alexei Ramirez smashed a two-run homer last night in the Sox’ 14-inning, 6-4 loss to the Red Sox. By virtue of his home run, Alexei extended his hitting streak to 15 games, tying Frank Thomas (1996) for the longest streak to begin a season in franchise history…Tyler Flowers entered the game in the 10th inning and collected a pair of singles, including the RBI base hit that knotted up the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th…rookie Adrian Nieto, who started the game behind the plate, collected a pair of hits for his first multi-hit game…John Danks was outstanding, earning his third straight quality start. He went six innings, allowing just one run, three hits and four walks.

Watch Flowers tie the score:

Sox Notes of Note

Prior to tonight’s game, the White Sox purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Zach Putnam from Class AAA Charlotte and designated left-hander Donnie Veal for assignment. Putnam, 26, has gone 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (6.0 IP) and 11 strikeouts in four relief appearances with Charlotte in 2014.  He allowed just one walk and was holding opponents to a .182 (4-22) average. He pitched in 15 major-league games, all in relief, for Cleveland (2011), Colorado (2012) and the Cubs (2013). He was signed as a free agent last November...left-handers Sale, Jose Quintana and Danks are a combined 5-0 with a 2.78 ERA, 50 strikeouts and 44 hits allowed in nine starts this season…Paul Konerko is in the starting lineup tonight as the Sox face only their third lefty of the season. Paulie needs just two hits for 2.300 in his career and four total bases to to tie Thomas (3.949) for the franchise record…Last night was the first time that two Sox catchers (Nieto and Flowers) had multi-hit efforts in the same game since John Romano and J.C. Martin did it in August of 1965…Following tonight’s game the Sox embark on a seven-game road trip to Texas (3 games) and Detroit (4).

Quote of the Day

John Danks on last night’s pitching performance by infielder-outfielder Leury Garcia, who pitched the 14th inning in his initial mound appearance:

“He’s got good stuff. I want him to teach me a sinker like that. He’s got a pretty good sinker. Surely it’s weird to be out there for the first time. I can only imagine having to play second base for the first time. It’s like a fish out of water, but I felt like he held his own. And like I said, I want him to teach me that sinker.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 7.98) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

Photo/Video of the Day

The man of the hour.



It’s John Danks vs. Jake Peavy as Old Friends Face Off in Boston

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks (4-10, 4.15) for our Sox, former teammate RHP Jake Peavy (10-5, 3.99) their Sox. Danks has won his last two starts, posting a 1.29 ERA.

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


September Call-ups

With the White Sox able to expand their roster on September 1, lefthanded pitcher Charlie Leesman and catcher Bryan Anderson will be promoted to the big club tomorrow. More promotions are expected during the series in New York, which begins on Monday.

Sox Starters

Our starting pitchers rank among the American League leaders in ERA (3rd, 3.86), strikeout/walk ratio (3rd, 2.89), strikeouts per nine innings (4th, 7.83) and quality starts (T4th, 77).

No. 2 Pick Danish Impressive Out of the Gate

Tyler Danish, the Sox’s second-round selection in this year’s June draft, threw two scoreless innings last night in his second appearance since being promoted to Class A Kannapolis. Danish, only 18, is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 15 games between Kannapolis and Advanced Rookie Great Falls. Over his last seven games he has thrown 14 consecutive scoreless innings. Danish’s success is nothing new. He recorded a 0.00 ERA in 94 innings pitched in his senior year at Durant High School in Brandon, FL.

Play(s) of the Day

Avisail Garcia, who came over to the Sox in the three-way deal that sent Peavy to Boston, continued his hot hitting last night. He singled and scored on a Dayan Viciedo base hit in the fifth inning and cranked a mammoth solo blast to center in the seventh, his second homer in as many games…Viciedo singled again in the seventh and scored on Alejandro De Aza’s triple in the 4-3 loss to the Red Sox…The bullpen corps of Jake Petricka (1.1) David Purcey (2.0) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0), in relief of Hector Santiago, held Boston scoreless in the final 4.1 innings to keep us in the game.

Quote of the Day

Peavy commenting on the White Sox’s bright future:

“You’ve got Chris Sale who is as good as anybody in the game at the top. You’ve got some big arms in the back of the bullpen. You acquired some good position players…That team’s going to be right in the thick of things. I can’t see a long rebuilding process there.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (12:35 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.21) for the Sox, LHP Felix Doubront (10-6, 3.74) for Boston.

Did You Know…

…that Avi Garcia is hitting .360 in his 20 games with the White Sox, .403 in his last 16 (the fourth highest average in the A.L. during that span) and .529 in his last four contests?

…that despite last night’s defeat, the Sox’s 10-3 record since August 16 is the best in the majors?

Photo/Video of the Day

Garcia’s monster shot and De Aza’s triple.

Sox vs. Sox and a Special Honor for the Chairman

Monday, May 20, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: Dylan Axelrod (1-3) for the Sox, Jon Lester (6-0) for Boston.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, 3B; Flowers, C; Greene, 2B.

The Chairman


Over the years, I was often frustrated by how the public perception of White Sox and Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf didn’t match the man. If you asked most fans to describe him, the characteristics they would have listed were not even close to the person we saw every day at the ballpark. I always thought of it as one of my greatest professional failures … that Jerry’s perception was so far from reality.

Then, something happened. The White Sox won the 2005 World Series. Suddenly, everything was amplified. People read about Jerry’s flying Sox employees to the World Series, they read about his gracious distribution of World Series rings. They began to read and hear about all the community initiatives the Sox and Bulls had done (for years) at his direction.

And something changed. Fans began to see Jerry the way we all see him every day, whether in the hallway, at lunch or in his suite during a game. Ultimately, Jerry is a fan, and I don’t think anyone can ask for much else when it comes to being an owner of a sports team.

This week, many of us are flying to New York where Jerry will be honored Wednesday night by the Sports Business Journal with its fourth Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Don’t deify me,” was his order.

“OK, I’ll do my best,” I laughed.

There will be a video (he doesn’t want to see it in advance which is probably good for me!), an introduction and then a speech. And a lot of pride in a lifetime of being a fan because in the end, isn’t there a 12-year-old inside of all of us?

And for me, there will be a little smile because, finally, the public gets to see and understand the Jerry we all know and respect.

Here’s the link to the SBJ story:

#SoxSocial Lounge Makes its Debut Tonight

The first ever of its kind coincides with #SoxSocial No. 2.

Quote of the Day

Speaking of Jerry, this is more of an anecdotal story than a conventional quote, but it seems a perfect time and place to share it.

Play of the Day

Alex Rios, enjoying an All-Star caliber season, has now hit safely in 14 consecutive games as a result of his run-scoring double in yesterday’s game vs. the Angels. In all, he’s hitting .301 with 10 homers, 25 RBI and an OPS of .921.


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-1) for the Sox, Felix Doubront (3-1) for Boston.

Did You Know…

…that White Sox pitchers own a .220 opponents average overall at home, the lowest mark in the American League and third-lowest in the major leagues?

Photo of the Day

When thinking about the White Sox-Red Sox rivalry, how can any of us forget Game 3 of the 2005 American League Division Series against Boston. Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez came on in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and no outs and got out of the inning in dramatic fashion without the Bosox scoring. The Sox won the game 5-3 for the three-game sweep and advanced to the A.L. Championship Series vs. the Angels. Shortly thereafter the Sox won the World Series and the El Duque image below is one of those depicted in bronze on the monument outside of the ballpark honoring our ’05 World Champs.


Sox Aim to Even Series…and Thinking of Boston

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Today’s News
Tonight’s Game
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox vs. Josh Johnson (0-1) for the Jays.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Ramirez, SS; Gimenez, C.


As I sat and watched the terrible footage from Boston yesterday – probably just like every other American – one thought kept returning to my mind.

It was October 2005, and the White Sox had just swept the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox in three games.  The moment was amazing for us and our fans as we celebrated at Fenway Park.  I will never forget the number of Red Sox fans, staff and workers at the park, who came up to us and repeatedly said:

“Good luck! “ or “Beat the Yankees!” (many people assumed New York would beat the Angels) and “Enjoy the ride!”

To a person, Red Sox fans were so gracious, and while disappointed that their team lost, wished the White Sox nothing but the best.  Pure class.

And I remembered that yesterday as I watched the scenes from Boylston Street (I love to eat at the Atlantic Fish Company for lunch whenever we are in town).  So here’s best wishes to a great city with strong citizens and fanatic sports fans.  You remain in our thoughts and our prayers. And U.S. Cellular Field, along with all MLB parks, followed President Obama’s request to lower our flag to half mast.

Today’s Chicago Tribune featured a keeper of a front page in its sports section today:
Good News
Gordon Beckham’s wrist surgery went “splendidly” today, according to Sox trainer Herm Schneider. Recovery time is still estimated at six weeks…John Danks threw six innings and 71 pitches yesterday in extended spring training. He felt good and his next start is Saturday.
Quote of the Day
Robin, on the Sox bullpen (which ranks second in the A.L. in ERA and opponents average) thriving in close games:
“They do a good job. For us, even last year, this is the kind of baseball that we play…They’re used to coming in with it being a close game. I don’t think that becomes an issue. They’re  just going out to pitch to give us a chance. They’ve been able to do that. Adding (Matt) Lindstrom this year helps with that, he can do a lot of different things. He’s been great so far to mix in there.”
Play(s) of the Day
In last night’s tough 4-3 loss, Dayan Viciedo went 3-4 with a double and RBI and Tyler Greene singled twice in his Sox debut.
Tomorrow’s Schedule
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: Jose Quintana (0-0) for the Sox and J.A. Happ (2-0) for the Jays.
Did You Know…
…that the White Sox are tied for third in the American League with 16 homers?
Photo of the Day
The Sox pay tribute to Jackie Robinson last night in Toronto.