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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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