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All Josh-ing Aside, Sox Get “Extra” Satisfaction in Toronto Finale

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Today’s News

Chris Squared (Sale and Beck) Face O’s in Twin Bill

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore today in a makeup doubleheader from the April 27 and 28 postponements due to the civil unrest in the city.

Game 1 (12:05 p.m. CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-2, 4.21) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0, 4.50) for the O’s.

Game 2 (30 minutes after the first game, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Chris Beck, who will be making his big-league debut, for the Sox vs. RHP Mike Wright (1-0, 0.00) for the Orioles.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Josh Donaldson, the White Sox’ latest nemesis, did his best yesterday to ruin the finale of the first series in our 11-game Sox road trip. After hitting the walk-off, three-run homer Tuesday night, he tied the game yesterday, 3-3, in the bottom of the ninth. But it wasn’t enough as we showed our resiliency in the top of the 10th. Jose Abreu tripled, his second of the season, and came home on an Adam LaRoche single (click on top link below). Gordon Beckham added some insurance by doubling in Emilio Bonifacio, who came in to run for LaRoche, and the Sox held on to win, 5-3…Abreu, who went 3-5 on the day, doubled in a pair of runs in the third as his pop to right field got lost in the sun…J.B. Shuck had two hits and an RBI, Adam Eaton collected a pair of base hits…For the second straight day, the Sox pounded out 14 hits…Jeff Samardzija was outstanding in his seven innings of work, giving up one unearned run, eight scattered hits and a walk along with striking out five (click on bottom link below)…David Robertson recorded his fourth win, pitching both the ninth and the 10th.

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Quote of the Day

After a rough stretch, including Tuesday night’s delating walk-off, what could sound better than this:

Swirsky Challenge: Subbing for an Icon

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-sherman-media-spt-0529-20150528-column.html

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game seres. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 4.03) for the Sox, RHP Lance McCullers (1-0, 2.53) for the ‘Stros.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 46 on May 24 in Anaheim vs. the Angels, Tadahito Iguchi doubled in the eventual game-winner in the top of the 11th inning for the 2-1 victory. Carl Everett gave the Sox an early lead with a solo homer, his sixth of the season, in the second inning. Mark Buehrle pitched nine strong innings, allowing just the one run on four hits and Damaso Marte tossed two perfect frames to earn his third win. The first-place Sox moved to 32-14 on the year.

Photo/Video of the Day

Abreu triples, Eaton comes to his aid.

It’s Gillaspie (Wichita State) vs. M. Johnson (Indiana), Mitchell (LSU) vs. Rodon and Surkamp (N.C. State) as March Madness Begins

Monday, March 16, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (3:10 p.m., CT). Probable starters: LHP Carlos Rodon for the Sox, LHP Robbie Ray for Arizona.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Catcher Rob Brantly homered (click link below) and Alexei Ramirez (double), Melky Cabrera and Conor Gillaspie each drove in a run as the Sox defeated the Angels for the second straight day, 5-3…Logan Kensing got credit for the win, David Robertson pitched a scoreless inning and Zach Putnam struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v47209483/?partnerId=as_mlb_20150315_42128606&adbid=577243141494816768&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

The Big Dance

Like so many other sports fans around the country, the White Sox will be watching closely as the NCAA tournament unfolds. And you can count on the Sox for their annual bracket frenzy.

While the players and staff all have their favorites, several players in camp are products of the participating schools. And in two cases, teams connected with five

Sox players will be facing each other, sure to prompt some good-natured razzing.

On Thursday in the East Region at Pittsburgh, Jared Mitchell‘s LSU Tigers go up against Rodon’s and Erik Surkamp‘s N.C. State Wolfpack. On Friday it will be Gillaspie’s Wichita State Shockers vs. Micah Johnson‘s Indiana Hoosiers in the Midwest Region at Omaha, Neb. As we know, Rodon had an outstanding college baseball career, good enough to be the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft, and Surkamp was drafted in the sixth round. Gillaspie earned All-America honors on the diamond while Johnson was an All-Big Ten selection.

Take a look at all five back in their college days–Gillaspie and Johnson are pictured above and Mitchell, Rodon and Surkamp are shown below.

Here are some other players and staff in camp who will be rooting for their schools.

* Oklahoma State: Manager Robin Ventura

* Georgia: INF Gordon Beckham

* Purdue: INF Dan Black, RHP Scott Carroll

* Ohio State: OF J.B. Shuck

* Arkansas: 1B Andy Wilkins, RHP Nolan Sanburn

* Notre Dame: RHP Jeff Samardzija

* Kentucky: Assistant Athletic Trainer Brian Ball

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Quote of the Day

Adam Eaton, who spent a good amount of time on the disabled list last season, gives some advice to Micah about taking care of his body (via CST_soxvan):

“He’s more explosive than I am on the basepaths. I’m trying to instill in him the lessons I learned last year. Hopefully we can kind of be buddies in the cold tub together and make sure we maintain ourselves and police each other when we’re tired and don’t want to do that.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable starters: Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Hishashi Iwakuma for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

Here’s Eaton taking another step toward getting healthy.

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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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A Mother’s Day Rubber Match

Sunday, May 11, 2014
 
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Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series–the Sox won Friday and dropped a close one last night. Probable starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (0-2, 8.27) for the Sox, RHP Chase Anderson, who will be making his first big-league start, for Arizona.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu DH, Dunn 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Sierra RF, Flowers C.
 
Play of the Day
 
With his fifth-inning, two-run home run last night, his first homer of the season, Paul Konerko moved past Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones into sole possession of 43rd place on the all-time home run list. Take a look:
 
 
An Encouraging Word
 
Sox ace Chris Sale threw a simulated game yesterday. He felt fine and is scheduled to throw again in five days. Don Cooper said he looked great.
Heading West
 
After today’s game the Sox embark on a nine-game, 10-day road trip to Oakland (3 games), Houston (3) and Kansas City (3). We return home on Thursday, May 22, for a 10-game homestand, beginning with a four-game series with the Yankees and continuing with three vs. the Indians and three against the Padres.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Arizona closer Addison Reed on former Sox teammate Paulie (via @scottmerkin):
 
“Best guy you’ll ever meet. If there’s any little kid that wants someone to look up to, it’s definitely him.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. (9:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (3-2, 4.93) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Chavez (2-1, 2.47) for the A’s.
 
Photos of the Day
 
Here are the pink balloons that went up before last night’s #PinkOut game in honor of breast cancer awareness and Marcus Semien and Alexei Ramirez on the field with a pair of cancer survivors.
 
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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

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2014/05/09/watching-the-white-sox-cubs-game-with-governor-quinn

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

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/allstar.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20140508_23434084

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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.

Photo of the Day

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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…

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

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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:

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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:

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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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White Sox Hoping to Get Hot in Cleveland

Friday, May 2, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-1, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (0-3, 6.04) for the Tribe. Danks owns a 2.70 ERA and a .229 opponents average over two road starts this season.

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

Happy Early Returns

Through April, the White Sox lead the American League in runs scored (154) and rank among the league leaders in runs per game (2nd, 5.31), average (2nd, .269), slugging percentage (2nd, .431), OPS (2nd, .764), home runs (3rd, 32) and doubles (3rd, 58)…the Sox have scored six-plus runs 12 times with 13 10-plus hit efforts, both tied for the second-most in the major leagues…the Sox lead MLB with 66 runs scored after the seventh inning…we are second in the American League with a .286 average with runners in scoring position, including a .308 mark over the last 10 games. Alexei Ramirez (4th, .438), Jose Abreu (T13th, .375) and Conor Gillaspie (15th, .368) all rank among the AL Top 20 in this category…Ramirez (.351) and Dayan Viciedo (.348) rank first and second among AL hitters in batting average…Ramirez ranks among the American League pacesetters in batting average with two strikes (1st, .378), two outs (2nd, .406) and RISP with two outs (8th, .455)…Jeff Keppinger is scheduled to start an injury rehab assignment tonight with Class AA Birmingham vs. Mobile. He has been on the DL recovering from right shoulder surgery…Felipe Paulino is scheduled to make his first rehab start tomorrow with Class AAA Charlotte at Buffalo. He’s been on the DL since April 19 with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Bleacher Report Weighs in on Abreu’s Great Start

According to Bleacher Report, here are the 10 best player debuts in April since 1947, the year MLB created the Rookie of the Year award. Jackie Robinson won that first year and now the award is named after him.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2046286-where-jose-abreus-debut-month-ranks-among-mlbs-best-ever

Adam Eaton’s “Center Field” Highlights

http://atmlb.com/1n6rktT

More Eaton: With McNeil and Spiegel on 670 The Score

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/?podcast_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.podtrac.com%2Fpts%2Fredirect.mp3%2Fnyc.podcast.play.it%2Fmedia%2Fd0%2Fd0%2Fd1%2Fd5%2Fd7%2FdS%2FdT%2F157ST_3.MP3%3Fauthtok%3D5562391692998713468_xK15D5RHLNFNdUp8dqtR35l3asM&podcast_name=Adam+Eaton+with+McNeil+and+Spiegel+5-1-14&podcast_artist=McNeil+and+Spiegel&station_id=391&tag=pages&dcid=CBS.CHI

Quote of the Day

It’s interesting to note that Minnie Minoso–the White Sox’ most prominent Cuban-born player and arguably the most popular figure in the history of the franchise–broke the Sox’ color barrier 63 years ago yesterday (May 1, 1951), becoming the team’s first black player. In his first plate appearance with the Sox Minnie hit a home run off of Vic Raschi of the Yankees.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (505 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-0, 1.23) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (0-1, 4.84) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

The #Soxarazzi winner is…

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