Results tagged ‘ Chicago Cubs ’

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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To Paraphrase Mr. Cub, “Let’s WIN Two” at Wrigley

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the second game of the Crosstown Cup series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-1, 7.20) for the Sox, RHP Edwin Jackson (2-2, 5.24) for the North Siders.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn LF, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Semien 3B, Noesi P.

Plays of the Day

Marcus Semien‘s 12th inning double broke the 1-1 deadlock last night as the Sox drew first blood in their quest for the Crosstown Cup with a 3-1 victory over the Cubs (click on top link below)…Semien’s two-bagger scored Alexei Ramirez, who had just singled for the 1,000th hit of his career and stole second…Although he chalked up another no-decision, Jose Quintana (click on bottom link below) was brilliant in his pitchers’ duel with Jeff Samardjiza. “Q” went seven innings, giving up just one run, three hits and three walks while striking out three…the bullpen came through as well. Ronald Belisaro (2.0 IP), Jake Petricka (1.0), Scott Downs (0.2), Daniel Webb (0.1) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) held the Cub lineup scoreless the rest of the way. Webb, now 3-0, got the win while Lindstrom recorded his fifth save.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/video/v32637747

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v32636115/?c_id=cws

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Mr. Clutch

Semien’s game-winner was his fourth go-ahead hit in the seventh inning or later this season. The first three were all home runs and amounted to his only hit of the night. Semien is also hitting .438 with one homer and 11 RBI with runners in scoring position and two outs and .316, 11 RBI with two outs.

Sox Enjoy 50th Win over Crosstown Rivals

Last night’s win gave the Sox their 50th victory over the Cubs and now lead the series, 50-45.

Ninth-Inning Thunder

The Sox lead the major leagues with 30 ninth-inning runs this season, nine more than second-place Oakland.

Wearing His Sox Cap with Pride

Bears’ offensive lineman Kyle Long is shown here having fun at Chuck E. Cheese with a young friend who he reached out to after the youngster was a victim of bullying. It’s interesting to note that Long, once drafted by the Sox as a pitcher out of high school, still has an allegiance to our Sox.

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Quote of the Day

Alexei on his 1,000th major-league hit (via interpreter Lino Diaz)

“I’m very, very happy. That’s a good accomplishment. I couldn’t get to 1,000 hits in Cuba, and that was something I wanted to get to. It’s good that I got it here.”

Here’s Ramirez’s milestone hit:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v32637205/?c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo of the Day

Sox fans celebrate last night’s win in enemy territory.

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It’s Sox vs. Cubs for the Crosstown Cup–and, Of Course, Bragging Rights

Monday, May 5, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (7:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of four games this week for the Crosstown Cup–tonight and tomorrow night at Wrigley and Wednesday night and Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-3, 1.98) for the Cubs. The South Siders lead the all-time series, 49-45, and are 26-21 at USCF. The Cubs won the series in 2013.

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

Plays of the Day

With one out and two on in the top of the ninth inning yesterday, and the Sox trailing 3-1, Dayan Viciedo crushed an opposite field three-run homer to give the Sox a 4-3 lead, which held up for the dramatic victory…Jose Abreu connected with home run No. 12 in the first inning…Zach Putnam went a perfect 1.1 IP to lower his ERA to 1.59, Ron Belisario pitched a scoreless seventh and Daniel Webb a scoreless eighth to earn his second victory against no losses…Matt Lindstrom came on in the ninth and got credit for his fourth save.

Enjoy the Viciedo and Abreu homers:

http://atmlb.com/Riuhd4

http://atmlb.com/1umHCk2    

We Never Give Up

Nine of the Sox’ 15 victories this season have been come-from-behind wins.

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Abreu Named American League Player and Rookie of the Month

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been named American League Player and Rookie of the Month for April, becoming the first AL player ever to receive both honors in his first month in the major leagues.

Abreu, 27, hit .270 with eight doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 32 RBI, 20 runs scored and nine walks over 29 games in March/April.  He led the major leagues in home runs, RBI, total bases (32) and extra-base hits (19), ranked fifth in slugging percentage (.617), tied for 7th in multihit games (11) and tied for 10th in runs scored (20).

Abreu set major-league rookie records in home runs, RBI, extra-base hits and total bases through April.  His 32 RBI tied Joe DiMaggio (1936), Ted Williams (1939) and Albert Pujols (2001) for the third-highest RBI total in major-league history by a player in his first 29 career games.  The 10 home runs tied Zeke Bonura (1934) for the franchise record in his first 29 contests.

He becomes the second player in major-league history to be named Player of the Month in his first month in the major leagues, joining former Cuban League teammate Yasiel Puig, who won National League honors with the Dodgers in June 2013.  Abreu also is the eighth player since 2001 (when the Rookie of the Month award was established) to win Player/Pitcher and Rookie honors in the same calendar month.

The native of Cienfuegos, Cuba is the ninth White Sox player (17th time) to be named AL Player of the Month (last Magglio Ordonez, July 2003) and fourth to win Rookie of the Month honors (last Gordon Beckham, July 2009).

Abreu’s other notable achievements included becoming the first player in history with four, four-plus RBI games in his first 29 career games, the first rookie since Kent Hrbek in 1982 to lead the majors in both home runs and RBI through April and the first White Sox player since Roy Sievers (1960) to lead the majors in those categories­ in any month.  He also was named the AL co-Player of the Week for April 21-27.

The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Abreu recorded three multihomer efforts, four games with four-plus RBI and a .375 average (12-32) with four homers and 24 RBI with RISP.  He hit a game-ending grand slam as part of his third multihomer game on 4/25 vs. Tampa Bay.  The walkoff slam was the first by a White Sox player since Robin Ventura on July 31, 1991 vs. Texas and the second by a rookie in April in baseball history (Elias).

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And in the Rookie of the Year Race…

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/video/mlb/20140429/tom-verducci-quick-pitch-leading-candidates-for-al-rookie-of-the-year.sportsillustrated/

The Time Hall of Famer Tom Seaver Won Two Games for the Sox in One Day

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/05/sports/baseball/seavers-double-duty-for-the-white-sox.html?_r=0

I’ll Have a Danish, Please

Tyler Danish (pictured below)the Sox’ No. 2 pick in last June’s draft, allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out five in the Kannapolis Intimidators’  3-1 victory over Hickory last night. Danish is now 3-0 with a South Atlantic League best 0.84 ERA.

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All the Best to the Sun-Times’ Toni Ginnetti

A well-deserved tribute.

http://www.robertfeder.com/2014/05/04/trailblazer-ginnetti-retires-as-sun-times-sportswriter/

Quote of the Day

Paulie on Sox vs. Cubs (via @scottmerkin):

“When you are playing Cubs/Sox series, it’s not exactly the playoffs but it’s not exactly regular season games either…It feels different.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-1, 7.20) for the Sox, RHP Edwin Jackson (2-2, 5.24) for the North Siders.

Photo of the Day

Sox look to bring the Cup back to the South Side like they did here in 2012.

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Sox vs. Cubs: The Final Act

Monday, July 8, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in a makeup game and the finale of their four-game Crosstown Cup Series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.50) for the Sox, RHP Matt Garza (4-1, 3.45) for the Cubs. The original game was postponed by rain on May 28.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Beckham, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Keppinger, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Phegley, C; Tekotte, CF.

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Play of the Day

Josh Phegley’s first major league homer in the sixth inning of yesterday’s 3-1 loss to the Rays. He is the first Sox player to hit his first career homer within his first two games since Miguel Olivo homered in his major-league debut at the Yankees in September of 2002.

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?tcid=mm_cws_vid&c_id=cws&content_id=28690195

Quote of the Day

Josh on his first weekend as a big leaguer (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com), which included a homer, single and three RBI.

“Yeah, not bad. Kind of getting a couple of hits and the first homer out of the way, it kind of takes a little weight off the shoulders.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.69) for the Sox, Justin Verlander (9-5, 3.54) for Detroit. 

Did You Know…

…that Chicago White Sox Charities and the White Sox Player Wives are organizing an evening of comedy, music and entertainment at the Bridgeport Arts Center on Thursday, July 25? Titled “Wild Pitches, presented by Magellan Corporation,” the event will give fans the opportunity to see a different side of the their favorite Sox players. The festivities will include a musical performance by Paul and Jennifer Konerko, a comedy skit with Matt Thornton and his bullpen mates and other surprises. WGN’s Pat Tomasulo will serve as the emcee and stand-up comedian Pat McGann will perform.

Photo of the Day

Phegley’s home run trot.

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On to the West Coast…Three in Oakland and Three in Seattle

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: Cubs 8, Sox 3

PK Comes Out on Top in “Shoot the Puck” Contest

Paulie bested Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs in the Shoot the Puck competition between the second and third periods of last night’s dramatic Hawks victory. Konerko, a former center/right winger youth hockey player, made two of five.

On his last effort, he thought about airing one out.

“But there were people down there and I didn’t want to hurt anyone.”

Both teams had large contingents of players at the game.

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(Photo credit: Chicago Tribune)

Quote of the Day

Hawk Harrelson missed the two games at Wrigley Field with a sore throat. Hope he’s back Friday in Oakland.

Speaking of Hawk, he has taken to calling Jesse Crain, “Jesse Stones,” for his airtight work out of the bullpen this year.

Someone approached Jesse and asked if he had heard Hawk call him that.

“No, I’m usually on the mound at that point,” Crain answered with a shrug.

Play(s) of the Day

Konerko doubled, singled and drove in a pair of runs in today’s game. PK now owns a .311 batting average with seven homers and 26 RBI in 34 career games at Wrigley Field…Alejandro De Aza singled twice, walked twice, scored and drove in a run.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland (9:07 p.m., CT, WGN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: Dylan Axelrod (3-3) for the Sox, former Sox hurler Bartolo Colon (5-2) for the A’s.

Did You Know…

…that Axelrod, who won his third straight start last Sunday against the Marlins, will be facing the A’s for the first time in his career? 

Photo of the Day

Ax looks to extend his winning streak in Oakland.

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White Sox vs. Cubs, Game 2

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the second of the four-game Crosstown Cup Series. Starters: Chris Sale (5-2) for the Sox, former South Sider Edwin Jackson (1-7) for the Cubs.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Greene, 2B; Flowers, C.
 
Good to Have Him Back
 
Sale, who missed his last start due to tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, has a 23 scoreless inning streak–the longest by a Sox pitcher since reliever J.J. Putz in 2010 (27) and the longest by a starter since Mark Buehrle in 2001 (24.2). He is also on a four-game winning streak with a 1.18 ERA and .153 opponents average in his last five starts. 
 
Go Blackhawks!
 
Good luck to the Blackhawks as they face the Red Wings tomorrow night in Game 7 at the United Center. A win and they advance to the NHL Western Conference Final against the Kings or Sharks, who play Game 7 in their series tonight.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Our Twitter campaign asking fans to send birthday wishes to Frank Thomas yesterday seems to have worked well. @TheBigHurt_35 tweeted back: “I just checked my Twitter Page!! So Thankful for all of you in my life!! #LOVE 
 
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Play of the Day
 
For the second day in a row, Dayan Viciedo nailed a runner at the plate. Last night against the Cubs he cut down former Sox outfielder Ryan Sweeney attempting to score from second in the seventh inning.
 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (1:20 p.m., CT, WGN) in the third game of the Crosstown Cup Series. Starters: John Danks (0-0) for the Sox, Scott Feldman (4-4) for the Cubs.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Conor Gillaspie, hitting .292 on the season, is 6-14 (.429) in his last four games? This, of course, includes his walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning last Saturday night that gave the Sox a 2-1 victory over the Marlins.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Sale goes for win No. 6 tonight as the Sox look to even up the series and get back to the .500 mark.
 
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Sox vs. Cubs: A Memorial Day Treat

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Monday, May 27, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the first of a four-game series, two on the South Side and the final two on the North Side. Starters: Jose Quintana (3-1) for the Sox, Jeff Samardzjia (2-6) for the Cubs.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 2B; Flowers, C.
 
The Crosstown Cup Series
 
This is the first time in the series history that the Sox and Cubs will play on four consecutive days. The Sox lead the all-time series 49-41. They are 26-19 at home, 23-22 on the road, have won eight of the last 11, 15 of 21 and were winners of four of six in 2012.
 
Memorial Day Festivities
 
The Sox celebration of Memorial Day began yesterday with a pregame parade of members of the military, friends and family…Army paratrooper Al Mampre threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Chris Sale. Mampre was a member of the 101st Airborne Company in World War II, memorialized in the book and TV series Band of Brothers. There also was a National Moment of Remembrance and eight servicemen were honored on the field alongside each Sox player on the field.
 
Today, there will be a National Moment of Remembrance, followed by a video. Also, members of the U.S. Armed Forces will throw the ceremonial first pitches and Challenger, the Bald Eagle, will fly across the pitcher’s mound during the national anthem.
 
Camo Caps and Jerseys
 
The Sox and the other 29 major league clubs are wearing camouflage caps and jerseys today as they did on Armed Forces Day to honor our troops who are serving around the world and those who served in the past. The jerseys have a touch of camo in the word Sox on the front and in the name and number on the back.
 
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Happy No. 45 to No. 35
 
Happy Birthday to Sox legend Frank Thomas, celebrating his 45th birthday today.
 
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Play of the Day

Adam Dunn homered, Alejandro De Aza doubled twice and drove in two and the bullpen was flawless in yesterday’s 5-3 win over the Marlins. But let’s give kudos to Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo, who each cut down a runner at the plate to prevent a pair of runs. Here’s Rios in the act:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=27461369&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day
 
Dylan Axelrod, the winning pitcher yesterday against the Marlins, on the recent Sox surge as they have won three straight games, five of the last six, 10 of the last 14 and three of their last four series (via @ScottMerkin):
 
“Being .500 we feel like now the only way is up. Good things are happening.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (5-2) for the Sox, Edwin Jackson (1-7) for the Cubs.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that 13 major leaguers have played for the White Sox and Cubs in the same season?: INF Sammy Strang (1902), P Emmett O’Neill (1946), OF Lloyd Merriman (1955), P Turk Lown (1958), C Earl Averill (1960), INF/OF Jimmy Stewart (1967), P Bob Miller (1970), P Phil Regan (1972), P Steve Renko (1977), P Lynn McGlothen (1981), P Bill Long (1990), P Matt Karchner (1998) and C Josh Paul (2003).
 
Photo of the Day
 
There aren’t many American Leaguers who deserve an All-Star nod more than Alex. Please give him your support and send him to the Midsummer Classic in New York.
 
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Sox Reach .500 Mark, Cubs On Deck

Sunday, May 26, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final: White Sox 5, Marlins 3
 
Highlights: The Sox completed the three-game sweep of Miami this afternoon and moved to 24-24…Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer, his 12th blast of the season and 418th of his career; Alejandro De Aza collected a pair of doubles and two RBI; and Alex Rios delivered a run-scoring single for an insurance run in the eighth inning…Dylan Axelrod earned his third victory in 5.1 IP and Matt Lindstrom, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed pitched scoreless ball the rest of the way. Reed chalked up his 17th save, just one behind league leader Mariano Rivera of the Yankees…Defensively, Rios and Dayan Viciedo each threw out a man at the plate.
 
Memories of ’83
 
Floyd Bannister (pictured below), one of the stalwarts of the 1983 White Sox pitching staff, talks about that year’s American League West champion Sox:  http://atmlb.com/139m3nP
 
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A Must For Sox Fans
 
Chicago sports media columnist Ed Sherman, a lifelong White Sox fan and the man behind the popular website, the Sherman Report, reviews a book that he says should be on every Sox fan’s bookshelf.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on reaching the .500 mark:
 
“You have to get there first. Once you’re there…you just continue to come in with the expectation that you’re going to play hard and you’re going to win a game.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Props to the bullpen for their 3.2 innings of yeoman’s work.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the first game of a four-game series, two on the South Side and the final two on the North Side. Starters: Jose Quintana (3-1) for the Sox, Jeff Samardzjia (2-6) for the Cubs.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Crain, who struck out the side in the eighth inning today, has now made 20 straight scoreless outings? His ERA is now a miniscule 0.78.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Dunn’s opposite field homer put the Sox on the scoreboard in the first inning. 
 
 
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