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Abreu Leads Potent Offense, Danks Continues Spring Success

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Today News

The Game

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale…

Reds              5    9   1

White Sox      9  15   4

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu went 2-4 with a three-run homer (click on link to video below), Adam Eaton was 4-5 with two runs scored, Leury Garcia was 3-3 and scored a pair, Adam Dunn doubled in a pair of runs, Marcus Semien drove in two, Adrian Nieto another and Avi Garcia had a pair of base hits and scored on a Alejandro De Aza sac fly after hitting a seventh inning triple…Finishing up an outstanding spring, John Danks pitched 6.1 innings, allowing just one earned run, four hits and a walk while striking out five. He got credit for the victory.

http://atmlb.com/1m6Pi4w

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have claimed right-handed relief pitcher Javy Guerra off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Guerra, 28, spent most of the 2013 season with Class AAA Albuquerque, going 0-4 with a 3.66 ERA (16 ER/39.1 IP), 12 saves and 36 strikeouts in 27 games (four starts).  He also made nine appearances with the Dodgers, recording a 6.75 ERA (8 ER/10.2 IP) with 12 strikeouts. His best season came as a rookie in 2011 when he posted a 2.31 ERA (12 ER/46.2 IP), with a team-high 21 saves and 38 strikeouts in 47 appearances.  Guerra followed with a 2.60 ERA (13 ER/45.0 IP) and eight saves in 2012…Robin said today that it is likely that Gordon Beckham (oblique) will begin the season on the DL and Semien and Leury Garcia will share duties at second base.

There’s Nothing Like it

Nate Jones talks to @scottmerkin of mlb.com about his first Opening Day.

http://atmlb.com/1jsFXXE

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Snapchat

The Sox have expanded the team’s social media efforts to include Snapchat as a means of sharing a behind-the-scenes look at U.S. Cellular Field, as well as access to contests and promotions.  Fans can follow the club now under the username “whitesox” to see the unveiling of the first Snapchat Story this Monday on Opening Day.

Snapchat is a messaging application that allows users to share of photo or video messages to followers for specific time lengths.  The White Sox will use the Snapchat Stories function to share inside access with the team’s fans, which will be available for 24 hours. White Sox fans must first download the Snapchat application to their mobile device or tablet, then follow “whitesox” on Snapchat, in order to receive information and engage with the team account.

Snapchat joins a list of seven other social media platforms currently used by the White Sox: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Vine and Tumblr.  Fans are encouraged to share their game experiences throughout the season and visit the #SoxSocial Lounge at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox were the first team in Major League Baseball to open an in-park lounge dedicated solely to social media in 2013. More information on White Sox social media is available at whitesox.com/connect.

So How Busy Is Roger Bossard? 

Last week, my phone rang in the middle of the night, 3:50 am to be exact.

“Hello,” I mumbled, half awake.  (I had one kid in Costa Rica, one son alone in Chicago and another daughter across town at the Phoenician with friends, so of course I answered).

“Hey Scottie,” came the quick, familiar clipped reply.  “When you see Rick can you tell him …”

“Roger?” I asked, dazed.

“Yeah.”

“Do you know what time it is?”

“Sure, it’s 6 a.m. here and you’re two hours different …”

“Two hours BEHIND!” I respond.  “It’s 4 am here!”

“Oh … sorry.  But can you tell Rick …”

Payback, as they say, is a ….

A Lot of Buzz About New Food Items at U.S. Cellular Field

Here are a few examples:

Spring Training Dining Updates

I’ve fallen behind on my dining updates, but recently we hit The Salty Sow (great ambiance, great service, great appetizers, great drinks, average dinner), Richardson’s (for the third time this spring) and last night Chelsea’s Kitchen, where you are always certain to see baseball front office people … last night it was the Milwaukee Brewers and a certain, well-decorated White Sox veteran who claims it was his first trip to the terrific restaurant despite living in the Valley for 25 years.

Everything on the menu at Chelsea’s is terrific, with huge recommendations for the ceviche app, deviled eggs, brussel sprouts salad, spare rib tacos, swordfish tacos, poblano pepper burger, kale and quinoa salad, and the list goes on … it is my kids’ favorite restaurant in Phoenix and one we hit time and again each spring.  The only complaint is often the wait. And if you go, do not miss the often warm chocolate chip cookies at the exit.  

I’m hungry just writing this and sad I only have one more night to dine in the Valley.

Meet Connie Marrero, the Oldest Living Major Leaguer

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/at-102-connie-marrero-the-oldest-living-former-major-leaguer-spends-days-in-cuba/2014/03/25/712cbe88-b2e2-11e3-bab2-b9602293021d_story.html

Quotes of the Day

Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons on Micah Johnson (pictured below):

“Incredible speed and athleticism, with a cornerback body.” 

One GM to Gammons about Johnson and the Sox future: 

“Think about an infield in 2016 with Jose Abreu, Johnson, Tim Anderson (last year’s No. 1 draft pick) and Matt Davidson. The White Sox will be back in a hurry.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Mesa in the final Cactus League game of the spring (2:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Sox pitching schedule: RHP Felipe Paulino, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Daniel Webb. Cubs starter: LHP Travis Wood.

Sox starting lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Abreu 1B, A. Garcia RF, Dunn DH, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS,Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C.

Photo of the Day

The countdown is on…

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Baseball America, Fangraphs Laud White Sox Game Plan

Friday, March 21, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale…

Cubs            7  9  0

White Sox    0  3  1

Plays of the Day

Matt Lindstrom made his first Cactus League appearance this afternoon after recovering from an oblique injury and pitched a scoreless inning…With 0.2 IP today, Donnie Veal has now allowed just one run over 7.0 innings pitched this spring…Jose Abreu, Avi Garcia and Adam Dunn each collected a base hit for the Sox.

Sox Notes of Note

Cactus League stats entering today’s game: the White Sox were tied for fourth in baseball with 22 home runs this spring…Sox hitters struck out 132 times, tied for the fifth fewest in baseball…we have committed just 17 errors, tied for the seventh-fewest in the major leagues…the Sox ranked ninth in the majors with a .280 batting average…Jordan Danks was tied for the American League lead in home runs (5), ranked second in runs scored (13) and fourth in slugging percentage (.838)…Felipe Paulino was tied for ninth in the AL in strikeouts with 15…Chris Sale ranked 10th in the AL with a .216 opponents average…Adam Eaton was 12th among AL hitters with a .439 on-base percentage…Nate Jones has made five straight scoreless appearances (5.0 IP) to start the spring…Jake Petricka has struck out 11 batters over 7.1 IP.

White Sox Earn High Ranking

The Sox have been ranked by Baseball America as the ninth-best major-league team with 25-and-under talent. The rankings were derived by looking at each club’s current major-league talent, Top 100 Prospects and other high-ceiling prospects. All players must be 25 or younger as of April 1, 2014.

The Sox currently have 17 players on the 40-man roster who are 25 or younger. They are Matt Davidson (23), Eaton (25), Avi Garcia (22), Leury Garcia (23), Erik Johnson (24), Jared Mitchell (25), Nestor Molina (25), Adrian Nieto (24), Petricka (25), Jose Quintana (25), Andre Rienzo (25), Sale (25), Carlos Sanchez (21), Marcus Semien (23), Trayce Thompson (23), Dayan Viciedo (25) and Daniel Webb (24).

Sale was named by BA as the eighth best 25-and-under player in the major leagues.

More Praise for the South Siders

Fangraphs.com reviews the White Sox: “the most interesting rebuilding team in the American League.”

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-most-interesting-al-rebuilder-chicago-white-sox/

“Inside Look: Don Cooper,” Parts 2 & 3

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/inside-look-don-cooper-part-2

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/inside-look-don-cooper-part-3

Hall of Fame Visitors

Former Sox manager Tony LaRussa, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, and Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight spoke to White Sox players this morning.

Xfinity Zone

This season, the White Sox have expanded the club’s partnership with Comcast and will open the Xfinity Zone at U.S. Cellular Field.  The new 2,200 square-foot bar and restaurant with digitally-advanced video technology on the 100 level of the ballpark is located near the right field corner of U.S. Cellular Field (across from section 112) and is set to open on Opening Day (Monday, March 31). 

The Xfinity Zone offers yet another food and drink option at White Sox games, while giving fans the opportunity to enjoy other games and other interactive activities on 12 flat screen televisions.  The new venue at the ballpark boasts a massive interactive social media wall, and provides fans the opportunity to experience Xfinity Internet and TV services, including the new X1 Entertainment Operating System, as well as explore a live demo of Xfinity Home, Comcast’s home security and automation platform.

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Quote of the Day

From the above Fangraphs.com review:

“Most likely, this will be remembered as the year that multiple blocks were laid in the foundation of the next very good White Sox club. It should be fun to watch.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox (SS) vs Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Paulino, RHP Mitchell Boggs, RHP Petricka, LHP David Purcey.

Sox starting lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Abreu 1B, Konerko DH, De Aza, LF, Ramirez SS, Davidson 3B, Flowers C, Tekotte, RF.

White Sox (SS) vs. Padres (SS) at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: RHP Chris Beck, RHP Dylan Axelrod, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Scott Carroll.

Sox starting lineup: M. Johnson 2B, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Dunn DH, Liddi 1B, Jor. Danks CF, Gimenez C, L. Garcia SS.

Photo/Video of the Day

How’s Eaton adjusting to the White Sox? Here’s his answer.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v31604187/adam-eaton-on-fitting-in-with-white-sox

Paulie Delivers in Sunday Slugfest

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Surprise…

White Sox     8  12  2

Rangers      14  15  1

Plays of the Day

Adrian Nieto, who went 2-2 with a walk on the daydrove in a pair of runs off of Yu Darvish with two outs in the top of the fourth inning with a bouncer over the third baseman’s head, narrowing the Rangers’ lead to 3-2…In the sixth, the White Sox tied the score at 3-3 as Alejandro De Aza singled home Conor Gillaspie…Down 8-3the Sox matched Texas’ five-run sixth with five of their own in the top of the seventh to tie the score at 8-8. Keenyn Walker singled home a run, Paul Konerko doubled with the bases loaded, driving in three, for his second hit of the game (click on link below for video), and Jordan Danks collected his second hit of the afternoon with a run-scoring single…the only other Sox player with a two-hit day was Marcus Semien, who had two singles, walked and scored a run.

http://atmlb.com/1lGXIiI

About Last Night

For those in Chicago able to remain awake, last night’s game featured some real highlights, led, of course, by Avisail Garcia‘s bullet of a home run to center field that gave the Sox their eventual 5-4 win over Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. (Click on this link for video of Avi’s blast: http://atmlb.com/1qHyPHC).

The Sox also turned two nifty double plays, and shortstop Alexei Ramirez took away a hit with a nice running play and throw to his left.  All night long, Juan Uribe and Alexei chided one another in a playful manner, each it appeared, challenging the other.

But perhaps the biggest message/high point came when Jose Abreu lined a shot past the ear of Kershaw for a single into center field.  With that one swing, Abreu may have silenced doubters who this off-season criticized the free agent for having a slow bat, claiming he might be challenged hitting against the game’s better fastball pitchers.

My guess is that last night’s at-bat might have taken care of that.

More About Last NIght: Worth Another Look

Enjoy Adam Eaton‘s first-inning, inside-the-park homer off of Kershaw. According to @CST_soxvan, Adam said he had one inside park HR in college, one in Class AAA before last night. 

http://atmlb.com/1qHqUdd

Sox Notes of Note

Reliever Maikel Cleto worked a spring-high two scoreless innings to finish last night’s game…Entering today’s game. Eaton ranked sixth in the AL with a .484 on-base percentage and 11th with a .385 batting average. He went hitless today in three at-bats…Chris Sale is tied for fourth in the AL with 14 innings pitched, ranks eighth with a .216 opponents average and is tied for eighth with 13 strikeouts…former Sox outfielder and two-sport star Bo Jackson will be in Sox camp starting tomorrow through March 22 serving as a special instructor. He was named a White Sox community ambassador in January.

Quote of the Day

Eaton, on the subject of inside-the-park homers:

“For me, most exciting play in baseball.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Brewers at Maryvale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: RHP Felipe Paulino, RHP Mitchell Boggs, RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Donnie Veal, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Daniel Webb.

Milwaukee starter: RHP Kyle Lohse.

Photo of the Day

Former Sox standouts Ron Kittle, Floyd Bannister and Jerry Hairston were on hand to sign autographs for Saturday night’s sellout crowd at CR-G.

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Late Heroics Give Sox a 7-6 Victory Over the Rangers

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Today’s News

The Games

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale…the Sox are now 5-5-2 in Cactus League play.

Rangers        6  12  3

White Sox     7  12  1

At Goodyear (“B” game)…

White Sox    7

Indians         7

Plays of the Day

Vs. Rangers:  Alex Liddi’s walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning proved to be the difference for the Sox. Liddi also homered with two RBI in today’s “B” game. Carlos Sanchez led off the ninth with a single and was replaced on the bases by Micah Johnson (he also starred in the “B” game), who promptly stole second and scored on Liddi’s game-winner…Matt Davidson (pictured above) tied the game at 6-6 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth with a solo homer, his first in Cactus League play…John Danks, a day after his brother Jordan was one of the heroes in the Sox’s 6-3 victory over the Brewers, pitched five innings of shutout baseball. He gave up just four hits, walked three and struck out a batter...Gordon Beckham hit a solo homer, his first of the spring…Jose Abreu went 3-4 with a pair of RBI, Dayan Viciedo doubled in a run and Paul Konerko added an RBI…Nate Jones pitched a perfect inning…Cody Winiarski earned the win.

Vs. Indians:  Liddi was 2-3 along with the homer and two runs batted in...Micah Johnson went 3-4 with a run scored…Andy Wilkins, continuing his hot spring, was 2-2 with a homer, three RBI and a walk…Miguel Gonzalez was 3-3 with a run scored…Omar Poveda gave up only two hits and struck out five in three innings pitched.

Sox Notes of Note

Conor Gillaspie has a six-game hitting streak (.353)…Alejandro De Aza is batting .412 for the spring and is 5-7 in away games…Jeff Keppinger has three RBI in his last four games.

Roommates

Visit the spring training home of Sox prospects Micah Johnson, Marcus Semien and Jared Mitchell with CSN’s Chuck Garfien serving as your tour guide.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/cribs-white-sox-spring-training-edition

Quote of the Day

An in-game tweet during today’s Sox-Rangers game from CSN’s Dan Hayes:

“Have heard several times scouts surprised at how strong Adam Eaton’s arm is — just doubled off a runner from CF.”  #WhiteSox

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at Scottsdale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: RHP Felipe Paulino, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Frank De Los Santos, RHP Nestor Molina. Starter for San Francisco: RHP Tim LIncecum.

Photo of the Day

Konerko, Beckham and Adam Eaton during today’s game with Texas.

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Sale Shines, Jordan Danks Homers in Sox Win

Monday, March 10, 2014

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Today’s News

The Game

At Maryvale…

White Sox   6  11   0

Brewers      3    7   2

Plays of the Day

OF Jordan Danks belted a two-run homer–his second of the spring–in the top of the seventh inning to break a 0-0 tie (click on link to top video below), scoring Jared Mitchell ahead of him. Mitchell came in to pinch-run for C Tyler Flowers, who doubled. 3B Marcus Semien added on a run in the seventh with a run-scoring single to make it 3-0…OF Mitchell, who led off the top of the ninth inning with a single and stole second, also scored the go-ahead run in the ninth with the game tied 3-3 on a Jeff Keppinger fielder’s choice. 1B Andy Wilkins singled in two more runs in the frame to give the Sox some insurance and the 6-3 lead…LHP Chris Sale was masterful today. The Sox ace tossed 4.1 scoreless innings while striking out three batters…2B Micah Johnson, playing on the shortstop side of second base, made a spectacular catch in short right field off the bat of Brewers’ 1B Mark Reynolds in the home half of the fourth inning (click on link to bottom video below)…With his inning of work today, RHP Zach Putnam has now tossed 4.0 scoreless IP over his four Cactus League appearances…LHP Eric Surkamp got the win and Charlie Leesman earned the save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

http://atmlb.com/Plhlms

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Sox Notes of Note

Wilkins is now 5-9 with a homer, five RBI, and four run scored in nine games…Happy Birthday to Dayan Viciedo, who is 25 today…The Sox have traded RHP Zach Stewart to Atlanta for cash considerations. Stewart, who was in minor-league camp, appeared in 28 games (nine starts) with the Sox from 2011-12.

A Tribute to Thome

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/68927210/?tcid=tw_share

Quote of the Day

Robin, officially announcing that Sale will be the Sox’s Opening Day starter on March 31 vs. the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field:

“He’s our best pitcher…he’s the logical choice. He deserves it.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP John Danks, LHP Scott Downs, RHP Andre Rienzo, RHP Mitchell Boggs, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Cody Winiarski, LHP Donnie Veal.

White Sox vs. Indians, “B” game, at Goodyear (Noon, CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Scott Snodgress, RHP Omar Poveda, RHP Chris Beck. Among those making the trip to Goodyear will be 2B Micah Johnson, INF Carlos Sanchez and OF Trayce Thompson. 

Photo of the Day

An excellent day’s work for Chris this afternoon as he prepares for Opening Day.

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White Sox Come From Behind to Tie A’s

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Phoenix…the game ended after nine innings.

White Sox    2  3  0

A’s               2  9  2

Plays of the Day

The Sox tied the score at 2-2 with a run in the eighth inning. 2B Micah Johnson (see Photo of the Day) singled, moved to second on a balk, went to third on a groundout and scored on an error…RHP Erik Johnson made the start and went 4.0 IP, allowing just one run and four hits while striking out five…RHP Daniel Webb, making his first Cactus League appearance after being away from camp due to a death in the famiily, pitched a scoreless inning as did RHP Jake Petricka and RHP Cody Winiarski.

Jose OK

LHP Jose Quintana, who left in the first inning of yesterday’s game after being hit by a comebacker to the mound, is feeling better and expects to make his next start on Thursday.

Instant Replay

The Sox will have instant replay available during nine Cactus League games this spring–the first scheduled for tomorrow against the Brewers in Maryvale. Other dates are March 14 vs. the Indians, March 15 vs. the Dodgers, March 18 vs. the A’s,  March 19 vs. Angels, March 22 vs. the Giants, March 23 at the Rockies in Scottsdale, March 26 vs. the Reds and March 27 vs. the Cubs. Starting this season, managers can challenge as many as two calls in the first six innings. After the sixth inning, umpires will determine which plays should be reviewed.

Shooty

I met Shooty Babitt today. It’s not every day you meet Shooty Babitt.

I’m guessing that for anyone who grew up playing APBA or Stratomatic, there are certain guys you’ll never forget, sometimes for the peculiarities of their particular cards in a given year. Babitt, now an A’s broadcaster, played for Oakland in 1981.

Shooty (pictured below, top) was one for me. Lerrin LaGrow in 1977 (below, bottom) was another. 

The crazy things that stick with you.

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Quote of the Day

From Paul Sullivan’s piece on Jose Abreu in today’s Trib:

Abreu has blended in well in the Sox clubhouse, where fellow Cuban defectors Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez have helped ease the transition to the major league lifestyle.

“Their help and support has been incredible, and I’m very thankful to them for that,” Abreu said. “And (Adam) Dunn and Konerko as well. They all make me feel comfortable … talking to me and making me feel part of it.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Brewers at Maryvale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Chris Sale, LHP David Purcey, LHP Eric Surkamp, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Nestor Molina, RHP Frank De Los Santos. Milwaukee starter: Yovani Gallardo.

Photo of the Day

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Abreu, Garcia and New-Look Sox are Creating a Buzz

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Today’s News

Drawing Attention

Here are two good examples of how the media is showing interest in the 2014 White Sox:

http://espn.go.com/blog/spring-training/post/_/id/1547/imposing-figures-in-white-soxs-lineup

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140226&content_id=68349776&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb&tcid=tw_article_68349776

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Friday and Saturday Pitching Schedule

The Sox open their Cactus League season on Friday at Camelback Ranch-Glendale against the Dodgers and host the Indians on Saturday. Here’s how the pitching will be set up.

Friday: Chris Sale, Eric Surkamp, Donnie Veal, Jake Petricka, Matt Lindstrom and a host of others.

Saturday: John Danks, Chris Beck, Omar Poveda, Scott Downs and others.

Brought Back by Popular Demand

Those 1983 “Winning Ugly” uniforms that were such a big hit with the Sox players and fans last year will be worn this season as alternate uniforms with a new “batterman” cap. They won’t be worn only on Sundays at home as they were for the most part in 2013, but rather anytime the players decide they want to wear them. See Photos of the Day.

Quote of the Day

Matt Davidson on the Sox wearing the ’83 throwback unis: “Awesome.”

Sox Note of Note

The Sox have claimed right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto (Michael CLAY-toh) off waivers from the Kansas City Royals and have designated infielder Jake Elmore for assignment. Cleto, 24, split time last season between Class AAA Memphis in the Cardinals organization and Class AAA Omaha in the Royals system.

Photos of the Day

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Intrasquad Game Takes Center Stage

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Today’s News

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Dunns 4, Konerkos 2

In today’s intrasquad game, the first of the spring, Adam Dunn’s team defeated Paul Konerko’s squad, 4-2. Avi Garcia hit a two-run homer for the Dunns. There was a big crowd on hand, in fact a White Sox Cactus League record for an intrasquad contest.

Here was today’s lineup card:

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Steverson Unplugged

Hitting coach Todd Steverson is mic’d up as he goes about his business in camp. More to come next month on CSN.  http://atmlb.com/1fC45Tl

Join the #SoxTixTour

We’re kicking off the season with a #SoxTixTour! Join us Thursday for fun, prizes & more. http://t.co/NagTBygTbv http://t.co/A2oGnSqJmV

2014 Promotional Schedule

http://atmlb.com/1fClUSf

Kids Clinic

Camelback Ranch-Glendale will host its second annual Kids Clinic at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28 following the 1:05 p.m. Cactus League game between the White Sox and Dodgers, who share the facility.

Youngsters from the Glendale Youth Project and Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix will get instruction from White Sox and Dodger players and coaches in the stadium. The children also will have the opportunity to take photos and receive autographs.

Play of the Day

Jose Abreu beat out an infeld hit in his first at bat in today’s intrasquad game.

Quote of the Day

“I got it!”  Abreu yelled out on a popup yesterday during defensive drills.

“Bueno English,” replied coach Joe McEwing.

Photo of the Day

Happy Birthday to the Chairman!

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The Gang’s All Here

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Today’s News

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Captain Konerko

Paulie met with the media this morning before the first day of his final spring training as the full squad reported to camp. As he walked under a tunnel on his way into the clubhouse after practice, a Chicago sports reporter began his taped report with, “As Paul Konerko walks into the sunset …”  Tough love.

Words of wisdom from PK:

On Avi Garcia: “He has the potential to be a monster in this league.”

His advice to the young players on the Sox: “You only get one stab at this.”

Robin Addresses the Troops

Ventura’s message to his players today:

“It was more about being ready, getting your mind ready. It’s a long season, and if you don’t have your mind made up going in that you’re preparing for a season, in the right frame of mind as an organization and team, you’re going in the wrong direction. So when you’re doing drills you have to make sure your mind is ready and you’re doing the right things to get better.”

Quote of the Day

Pitcher Felipe Paulino had a long conversation before today’s team meeting with two Chicago front office staffers about the winter weather and driving.

“Because when we get even a little snow or ice in Houston, no one drives,” Paulino explained.

Play of the Day

During his final swing of BP today, Konerko blooped a pitch from Matt Lindstrom down the right field line. “Triple!” pitching coach Don Cooper immediately called out.

Konerko tipped his cap.

Photo of the Day

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Oso, the Gremlin and a Bearded Beckham

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 

Today’s News

Sights and Sounds in Sox camp

Gordon Beckham, Adam Eaton, Jeff Keppinger and Conor Gillaspie are among those who have just arrived in camp in anticipation of Thursday’s first full squad workout…Beckham has a new look. He put on muscle over the Winter and is sporting a beard. He also admitted that he may have to relinquish his “Best Hair on the Sox” distinction to new teammate Matt Davidson…More Beckham: Gordon has a nickname for Eaton–the Gremlin…Speaking of nicknames, Eaton says his Sox teammates call Jose Abreu “Oso,” (which is bear in Spanish) because of his size, and “Yogi” because he resembles the famed cartoon character…While we’re on the subject of Abreu, Sox strength and conditioning coach Allen Thomas, per a tweet by CSN’s Chuck Garfien, says Jose is usually the first player in camp and the last to go. Thomas also says that Abreu’s mental focus reminds him of fellow Cubans and former Sox pitchers Jose Contreras and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez…More Abreu from Garfien: He’s dedicating part of each day to learning English so he can eventually do interviews in English. Jose met with the media today.

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Prospect Profile: Keon Barnum

Keon Barnum talks about his love of hitting and how he’s growing as a player: http://t.co/sTdPdvoheY http://t.co/3exEJ6c101

Play of the Day

“Heads Up!”

Warning shouted to pitchers and catchers throwing beyond the left field fence as Jose Abreu launched several massive home runs during today’s BP.

Quote of the Day

Robin on watching Abreu hit:

“He has more of a professional approach for being a big guy. He’s not worried about hitting every ball over the fence. He’s moving it around the field and hitting it on the barrel…You’re looking at a guy who knows what he’s doing and has a plan when he goes in there.”

Photo of the Day

Certainly an appropriate number for a leadoff hitter (photo courtesy of @ChuckGarfien).

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