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Sox Seek Series Win After Abreu and Carroll Make it a Momentous Sunday

Monday, April 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series as the Sox (13-13) look to win the series and go over the .500 mark. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 6.52) for Tampa Bay.

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

Plays of the Day

With his mom, dad, other family members and friends in the stands, Scott Carroll was brilliant yesterday in his major-league debut. Not only did he allow just two runs (one unearned), six hits and two walks along with three strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched, he got credit for his first victory and outdueled former Cy Young Award winner David Price in the Sox’ 9-2 win (In the photo above, Alexei Ramirez gives Scott a celebratory shower)…we broke into the scoring column with a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by Jose Abreu‘s two-run blast (he’s now got 10 homers and 31 RBI, leading the majors in both), four Tampa Bay errors and alert base running by Adam Eaton that enabled him to score while the Rays were napping…the Sox added four more in the seventh on an RBI double by Marcus Semien, a two-RBI single by Abreu and a run-scoring base hit by Ramirez…Eaton had a three-hit day, collecting three singles.

The Abreu homer:

http://atmlb.com/1mPS69P

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Abreu Notes of Note

With his home run yesterday, Abreu extended his major-league record homer total for rookies through April and set the RBI mark as well…his 10 homers in April are the most by a White Sox rookie in any month and most by a Sox player in the month of April since Paul Konerko‘s 11 in 2010…his 31 RBI this month are a franchise record, surpassing Konerko’s 28 in 2002…Jose tied Zeke Bonura (1934) for the franchise record for home runs through his first 26 games and his 31 RBI are the most by a Sox player through their first 26 games and are the most in any month since Frank Thomas‘ 31 in August of 2003…Abreu is the first player in MLB history to have four four-plus RBI games in his first 26 career contests…Jose has been named co-American League Player of the Week for April 21-27, along with Seattle’s Kyle Seager. During the week, he batted .310 with five home runs, an AL-high 14 RBI, eight runs scored, an .862 slugging percentage and is the first Sox player to win the honor since Alejandro De Aza last July 8-14.

Two Abreu Tributes

From deadspin.com

http://deadspin.com/jose-abreu-is-the-games-best-old-fashioned-slugger-1568773413

…and an excerpt from a column by Jonah Keri in Grantland.com

I’m going to start this Jose Abreu tribute by sharing a decidedly nonanalytical story.

On Friday night, I was sitting with Baseball Tonight analysts Eduardo Perez and Doug Glanville, watching the ninth inning of the Rays–White Sox game. Rays closer Grant Balfour began melting down, allowing a double, then two walks, then nearly getting into a fight with Paul Konerko. Perez started shouting at the TV, “Don’t let this get to Abreu! You’d better get out of this before getting to Abreu!” The next batter, Adam Eaton, hit what looked like a game-ending double play to second, but a slightly botched relay between Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar allowed Eaton to beat the ball by a hair. Rays manager Joe Maddon challenged the call, causing Perez to jump out of his chair. “You’re messing with Balfour’s timing now! Abreu’s going to go yard if he comes up, watch out!” Facing rookie Marcus Semien, with Abreu on deck, Balfour inexcusably started nibbling, throwing a 2-1 slider that missed the strike zone by a mile, and ultimately issuing the walk. Up strode Abreu, the 255-pound, 27-year-old rookie with light-tower power. “Game over right here!” yelled Perez. And he was right: On an 0-1 count, Balfour threw a fastball, middle-out and thigh-high. Abreu crushed it to deep right, into the Chicago night and over the wall.

The room exploded. Perez and Glanville played a combined 22 years and 1,869 games in the big leagues, enough to have seen it all. Yet they still high-fived and celebrated like one of them had just cranked the walk-off grand slam. They weren’t the only excited spectators: It’s a minor miracle that Hawk Harrelson didn’t have a coronary while calling the play, and the Spanish telecast’s “Sayonara, baby!” call was a delightful touch.

That’s the kind of impact Abreu is having. He’s got fans and former big leaguers alike predicting game-winning home runs five batters before he can even step to the plate. He’s turned a moribund White Sox team into a must-watch outfit every night. And so far, he’s making history.

More Jose

Listen to Buster Olney’s ESPN.com podcast which features–in part–Robin Ventura, Rick Hahn and sportswriter Jerry Crasnick talking about Abreu. The segment on Abreu starts at 8:46 and ends at 25:52.

http://bit.ly/1tVaYFV

And here’s Jose with his fellow Cuban teammates Adrian Nieto, Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo having some fun today before the game.

https://vine.co/v/Mvt0DK7wKVA

Carroll Notes of Note

With his successful start yesterday, Carroll (29.215) became the oldest player to make his White Sox debut since Ernesto Escarrega (32.120) in the second game of a doubleheader on April 26, 1982, vs. the Red Sox. Here are the last few players to make their MLB debut for the Sox at 29 years or older:

* Tadahito Iguchi (30 years, 121 days) on April 4, 2005 vs. Indians

* Shingo Takatsu (35.136) on April 9, 2004 vs. Yankees

* Mike Heathcott (29.104) on August 28, 1998 vs. Rangers

* Isidro Marquez (29.346) on April 26, 1995 vs. Brewers

* Dane Johnson (31.109) on May 30, 1994 vs. Yankees

Carroll’s 7.1 IP are the most for a Sox pitcher in his major-league debut since Gerry Janeski in 1970 vs. Milwaukee…he’s also the first Sox pitcher to earn the win in his major-league debut as a starter since Lucas Harrell in July of 2010 vs Oakland.

Teammate of the Week: Adam Dunn picked up the tab for Carroll’s celebration dinner at O’Toole’s last night. There were an estimated 35 friends and family in the Carroll party.

Potent Offense

From Ken Rosenthal, foxsports.com:

The White Sox’s pitching success took root in the late 1990s when Ken Williams was the farm director and Don Cooper the minor-league pitching coordinator.

The team developed not only a philosophy, but a continuity of instruction, teaching pitchers in the minors the same way it taught pitchers in the majors. The process became so consistent, the White Sox’s scouts came to understand Cooper’s preferred deliveries and pitch types as he ascended to the major-league job.

So, when general manager Rick Hahn sought a replacement for hitting coach Jeff Manto last offseason, his goal was to replicate the team’s pitching success on the hitting side. The hiring of Todd Steverson, a former major-league coach and minor-league manager with the Athletics and minor-league coach with the Cardinals, appears to be a positive step in that direction.

The White Sox are second in the majors in runs per game, and their offensive success is one of the season’s early surprises. Obviously, newcomers such as first baseman Jose Abreu and outfielder Adam Eaton are making an impact. But shortstop Alexei Ramirez and outfielder Dayan Viciedo have shown improvement under Steverson, and Avisail Garcia also was progressing before he required season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.

Steverson’s philosophy hardly is revolutionary – he preaches “selective aggressiveness,” urging hitters to lay off pitches they can’t handle and pounce on the ones they can. Still, if Steverson turns into a pitching version of Cooper, the White Sox will be even better positioned to re-emerge as a force.

One Day Left Before Our First #SoxSocial Night of the season! 

http://atmlb.com/1hIINk5

Sox Career Fair

http://atmlb.com/RJtD9m

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Congrats to the Blackhawks

Another “Sox Win, Hawks Win” day on Sunday. Our hockey brethren move on to the second round in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a convincing 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Quotes of the Day

Thoughts from an unforgettable day

Carroll:

“I’m on cloud nine right now. I knew I was capable of it, but it’s just awesome to finally get the opportunity and showcase my skills here at this level. It’s incredible. I put in all the hard work and just effort and stuff and to get to this level and succeed like I did, it was unbelievable. I’ve seen it so many times on TV and on movies and stuff, but to actually experience it and have that feeling myself, it was incredible.

“This has been a long road for my family and I. They’ve been through all this stuff with me ever since I was a kid, taking me to games as a Little Leaguer. For me to finally achieve my dream, my mom, she’s an angel, and she’s put in a lot of hard work taking care of me through two surgeries. It was pretty awesome.”

“I had to hide back some tears and fight through that.” (talking about his reaction to the standing ovation when he left the game).

Watch Scott being interviewed on the MLB Network:  

http://atmlb.com/1hIMPsP

Abreu:

“We’re all together. We are very happy. I feel like the whole team contributed. Just getting to know the process and the steps that Scott has had to take to get here, it’s a great thing and well deserved.”

Ventura:

The Sox record book shows that Robinwith 33 RBI in July of 1991, is second all-time for runs batted in a single month behind Harold Baines (36 in June of 1987). Robin was asked about Abreu, with 31 so far in April, approaching his total. With tongue firmly in cheek, he replied:

“Yeah, he’s not playing for the next five days.”

More from the skipper:  

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32444799

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 3.90) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (2-1, 2.45) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

Here’s Carroll’s Mom in tears after her son left yesterday’s game to a standing ovation (top) and Scott as he meets his family and friends after the game.

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Scott Carroll Set to Make Big-League Debut

Sunday, April 27, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (pictured above), making his first major league start, for the Sox and LHP David Price (3-1, 4.04) for Tampa Bay. Carroll is 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA in four starts this season with Class AAA Charlotte. He was a third-round selection of the Reds in 2007 and joined the Sox organization in 2012.

Carroll is a Missouri native who attended Missouri State, where he also played quarterback. Here, in this first person piece, Scott talks about his long road to the major leagues and, specifically, his Tommy John surgery.

http://www.chicagonow.com/future-sox/2014/02/prospect-perspective-pitcher-scott-carroll-on-the-tommy-john-process/

And he’s apparently a very funny guy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maJzUsUBjf0

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham singled and doubled and Paul Konerko collected a pair of base hits last night in the Sox’ 4-0 loss to the Rays…Newcomer Hector Noesi, making his first appearance for his new team, pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Scott Downs threw two scoreless frames, his longest scoreless stint of the season, in relief of John Danks.

Sox Notes of Note

To make room for Carroll, the Sox optioned right-handed pitcher Erik Johnson to Class AAA Charlotte following last night’s game. Also, Avi Garcia has been transferred from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list…White Sox relievers are 1-0 with a 2.67 ERA over the last eight games…Dayan Viciedo (.368) and Alexei Ramirez (.343) rank first and fourth in the American League in batting average. Tyler Flowers is hitting .388, which would lead the league if he had the required plate appearances…Sox second-base prospect Micah Johnson is now at .360/.447/.528 for a .975 OPS at Class AA Birmingham. He went 3-4 last night vs. Chattanooga.

Quote of the Day

Noesi is happy he’s in Chicago with pitching coach Don Cooper after previous stints with the Yankees, Mariners and Rangers.

“I’ve been hearing a lot about him (Coop), he is good. So I’m going to trust him with my stuff.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 6.52) for Tampa Bay.

Photo of the Day

The White Sox Cuban connection then and now: Sox icon Minnie Minoso throws the ceremonial first pitch last night to his powerful countryman

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Hawk: “Our Kids Just Will Not Quit”

Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-0, 2.84) for the Sox, LHP Cesar Ramos (0-1, 4.91) for Tampa Bay. Danks owns a 1.46 ERA in his last two starts and all four of his starts this season have been quality.

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

Plays of the Day

Last night’s dramatic 9-6 victory over the Rays is the kind of win that could turn a season around. Here’s how it unfolded: Down 4-1 after two innings, the Sox fought back to tie the score at 4-4. The Rays scored twice in the top of the ninth for a 6-4 lead with the Sox needing a rally to stage yet another comeback. And that’s exactly what happened–prompting Hawk Harrelson’s on-air exclamation above. After Alexei Ramirez flied out, Alejandro De Aza doubled, Tyler Flowers walked and was replaced at first by pinch-runner Leury Garcia. Batting for Gordon Beckham, Paul Konerko walked, loading the bases, and was removed from the game in favor pinch-runner Adrian Nieto. Adam Eaton then reached first on a fielder’s choice (which was challenged and upheld) and on the play De Aza scored as Nieto was forced at second. Marcus Semien drew a walk to once again load the bases. Then, on an 0-1 count with two outs and the game on the line, Jose Abreu went deep for an opposite field grand slam, his second homer of the game. All in all, he went 3-5 with six RBI. It is also indicative of the team effort that no less than nine different players had a hand in the ninth-inning rally. 

Oh, what a night!

http://atmlb.com/1mN2U8v

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All Things Abreu

Abreu currently is tied for the major league lead in homers (9) and RBI (27)…he is the first rookie in major-league history to hit nine home runs in April, moving past Albert Pujols (2001), Carlos Delgado (1994) and Kent Hrbek (1982) who all had eight…Jose’s 27 RBI through April are tied for the most by a rookie in MLB history (Pujols, 2001)…he hit his first career grand slam last night, enjoyed his third career multi-homer game and had a career-high six RBI…Abreu’s three multi-homer games–through his first 24 career contests–are the most in baseball history…his homer and RBI totals are the most ever for a Sox player through his first 24 games…according to @ckamka: on Tuesday, No. 79 homered in his 79th at bat.  (Photo illustration above is courtesy of @TheCover3).

Eyewitness to History

Abreu’s blast was the sixth walkoff grand slam at USCF. I’m happy to say that I’ve been here for all of them. Here are the other five.

Robin Ventura, July 31, 1991

Dave Martinez, June 3, 1995

Carlos Lee, June 8, 2001

Joe Crede, June 27, 2002

Alex Rios, September 10, 2011

Gillaspie to DL, Noesi Added to Roster

Conor Gillaspie has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left-hand contusion. RHP Hector Noesi, just picked up on waivers from the Rangers, has been added to the active roster.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox lead the American League in OPS (.774) and rank among the leaders in runs per game (2nd, 5.58), slugging percentage (2nd, .440), home runs (2nd, 30), average (2nd, .272) and doubles (T3rd, 46)…the Sox earned their fourth walkoff win this season and it was their 48th in U.S. Cellular Field history…Dayan Viciedo extended his hitting streak to seven games. He’s hitting .536 with four doubles, a home run and three RBI over that span…Ramirez has a six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 23 out of 24 games this season including 11 multi-hit games…Tyler Flowers recorded his eighth multi-hit game of the season in last night’s game. He also drove in a pair…In relief of Erik JohnsonJake Petricka went 2.2 scoreless innings, Zach Putnam had a career-high 2.2 scoreless frames and Ron Belisario has now made four consecutive scoreless appearances (6.0 IP)… Happy Birthday to World Champion White Sox, Joe Crede (36) and Geoff Blum (41). Here they are during the 2005 World Series parade. Blum is second from left, Crede is next to him in the Series cap.

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Last Night: Good All the Way Around

Sox win on a walkoff homer, Blackhawks edge the Blues in OT to go up three games to two and the Bulls beat the Wizards on the road.

Classic Footage From Back in the Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mPHqbJXDQI

Quotes of the Day

Eaton on Abreu’s heroics:

“Yeah, it’s impressive. The proof’s in the pudding, I believe. He works his butt off every day, he comes in here, does what he needs to do to get ready and he goes out there and puts everything out on the field. It’s amazing, you feel like the whole place could kind of feel it. When he got up, it was like ‘Uh-oh, something great’s going to happen.'”

Rays manager Joe Maddon commenting on Konerko’s strong reaction last night to Aussie Grant Balfour‘s verbal outburst after they faced each other in the ninth inning.

“I guess Paulie speaks Australian.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: TBA for the Sox, LHP David Price (3-1, 4.04) for Tampa Bay.

Photo of the Day

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Home Again

Friday, April 25, 2014


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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-1, 5.32) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (2-1, 3.65) for the Tampa Bay.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn homered (No. 5 on the season, No. 445 in his career), doubled, scored twice and drove in a run in yesterday’s loss to the Tigers…Dayan Viciedo was a homer shy of the cycle with a single, double and triple and improved his league-leading batting average to .377…Alexei Ramirez drove in two runs with a single and sac fly and Tyler Flowers collected three singles…Jose Quintana had a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings of work.

Adam’s homer:

http://atmlb.com/1mJdeOP

 

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have claimed right-handed pitcher Hector Noesi off waivers from the Texas Rangers.

Noesi, 27, has appeared in 69 games (21 starts) over parts of four major-league seasons with the Yankees, Mariners and Rangers…Jose Abreu needs one more home run to tie Albert Pujols (2001), Carlos Delgado (1994) and Kent Hrbek (1982) for the all-time record among rookies in March/April with eight.

White Sox Volunteer Corps

Join our Volunteer Corps on May 10 and help us refurbish a local high school.

http://mlb.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/volunteer.jsp

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We Have Many Candidates, So Support Your White Sox

Balloting for the 85th All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, begins today. Fans can cast their votes for starters 25 times exclusively at at MLB.com and on whitesox.com.

RIP Connie Marrero, 1911-2014: Cuban Legend Was Oldest Living Major Leaguer

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/conrado-marrero-s-stint-in-mlb-doesn-t-tell-his-whole-story-042414

Quote of the Day

Gordon Beckham, talking about his struggles yesterday against the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner in his first game back from a rehab stint at Birmingham.

“There’s not a lot of Max Scherzers throwing around Double-A, I’ll tell you that…”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-0, 2.84) for the Sox, LHP Cesar Ramos (0-1, 4.91) for Tampa Bay.

Photo of the Day

How did young Sox fan Miguel Rodriguez get this baseball? Compliments of none other than GM Rick Hahn.

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Sox Aim To Take It To The Max For A Series Win

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. The Sox have won two of the first three. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 3.75) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (1-1, 2.33).

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

Plays of the Day

Marcus Semien put the Sox ahead 6-4 in the seventh inning last night–a lead that happily held up–with the first grand slam home run of his career and third homer of the season (all three have given the Sox the lead in the seventh inning or later, a feat no other player has done this season). He also has a bases-loaded triple…for the second straight night, Jose Abreu blasted a first-inning homer over the center field wall at Comerica. The two-run shot last night, Jose’s seventh homer of the season, brought his RBI total to 21…Andre Rienzo went 6.1 innings and got credit for the win, shutting out the Tigers in five of those frames. All four of the Tigers’ runs came off of Rienzo in the fourth…In relief, Scott Downs struck out the only batter he faced, Ron Belisario pitched a perfect 1.1 innings (he has thrown five shutout innings in his past three outings) and Matt Lindstrom came on in the ninth to earn his third save.

Enjoy Semien’s grand slam and Abreu’s mammoth homer:

http://atmlb.com/1hqhJ8Z

http://atmlb.com/1mFGOEX   

Beckham is Back

The Sox returned second baseman Gordon Beckham from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Class AA Birmingham and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list.

Beckham takes the roster spot of left-handed pitcher Charlie Leesman, who was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte following last night’s game.  Gordon opened the season on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique and appeared in 12 games with Birmingham on his rehab assignment.

Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series (Friday through Monday). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-1, 5.32) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (2-1, 3.65) for the Rays.

Photo of the Day

Paulie collected career hits No. 2,300, 2,301 and 2,302 last night with a pair of singles and a double. In the process, the Sox captain became the all-time franchise leader with 3,950 total bases, one more than The Big Hurt.

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Two Wins in a Row, Looking for Three

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, WCIU) as we go for our third straight win. Starters: LHP Charlie Leesman (0-0, 0.00) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (2-1, 2.08) for Detroit. Leesman (pictured above) has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Chris Sale in the rotation. Chris has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strain of the flexor mass muscle in his left arm.

Leesman is 0-2 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts this season at Class AAA Charlotte. He made one big league start, in 2013, giving up a run in five innings against the Twins. The left-hander also pitched seven games out of the Sox bullpen last season.

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

Plays of the Day

With John Danks pitching a superb 6.1 innings, allowing just a run on six hits, the Sox came from behind off of tough righty Anibal Sanchez with three runs in the seventh inning for the 3-1 victory last night. Conor Gillaspie doubled and Jose Abreu followed up with a ground-rule double, tying the score at 1-1…with one out, Dayan Viciedo doubled on a long fly ball to center field, scoring Abreu (click on link below for video)..Viciedo scored the third run on a Alexei Ramirez single…The Tigers challenged the Abreu double, but the call was upheld. The umpires reviewed Viciedo crossing the plate, where he was originally called out, and the call was overturned…Danks got credit for the win and is now 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA…Ronald Belisario pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and Matt Lindstrom retired Detroit in the ninth for his second save.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/video/v32267547/?partnerId=as_mlb_20140422_22400094

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are tied for third in the American League this season with 37 doubles, including nine in their last two games. Gillaspie (T3rd, 7), Abreu (T9, 6) and Viciedo (T9, 6) all rank among the AL Top 10…the Sox assigned RHP Frank Francisco to Charlotte after a stint in extended spring training. He was signed to a minor-league deal on April 14.

Quote of the Day

Sox GM Rick Hahn on Sale:

“The preliminary read is that his ligament looks excellent. We believe we are dealing with a flexor mass strain of the muscle of his left arm. Similar to what we dealt with coincidentally in Detroit two years ago as well as a little bit last year actually. So, at this point, we figured we are much better off having him miss the start here in Detroit and miss the start against Tampa Bay and then re-evaluate. Hopefully the recovery from this goes as smoothly as the last couple of times we’ve dealt with this and he’s able to take the ball when his 15 days are up.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00) for the Sox, LHP Drew Smyly (1-1, 4.00) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

There’s Abreu on the right waiting his turn during batting practice.

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Sox Turn It On In Texas Finale, Tigers Up Next

Monday, April 21, 2014

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Today’s News

The Danks Brothers

John pitches tonight against the Tigers in Detroit and Jordan is leading off and playing center field after homering yesterday in the Sox’ 16-2 victory over Texas.  

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Danks (1-0, 3.32) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 3.21) for the Tigers. John will be making his fourth start of the season. He received a no decision in his last start on April 16 vs. the Red Sox, making his third consecutive quality start. He allowed one run, three hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out three.

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

Plays of the Day

The Sox pounded out 18 hits and scored seven runs in the ninth yesterday in the win over Texas. Jordan Danks (1st) and Jose Abreu (5th) each hit two-run homers, Abreu added two doubles and three RBI, Dayan Viciedo walloped a solo shot (1st), a two-base hit and a run-scoring single while Marcus Semien cranked a bases-clearing triple, had three singles and drove in four…and there was more–Tyler Flowers collected three singles and scored twice to up his batting average to .389, Alejandro De Aza knocked out a two-run single and Conor Gillaspie had a two-run double and a sac fly…Erik Johnson went five innings, giving up only one hit, while walking five along with a pair of strikeouts for his first win.

Enjoy some of the video highlights:

http://atmlb.com/1hfrmay    

http://atmlb.com/1msJhT4   

http://atmlb.com/1hfBcJu

http://atmlb.com/1hfC5Se

What a Difference a Year Makes

The White Sox have scored 106 runs. That’s the most in the American League and tied with the Rockies for the most in the major leagues. Their 5.58 runs per game is an MLB best.

Sox Marketing Guru Boyer Profiled in Trib

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Has it Been 25 Years Already?

On this date in 1989 the baseball classic Field of Dreams was released.

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#Soxarazzi Contest

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Quote of the Day

Texas manager Ron Washington commenting after yesterday’s game on the Sox’ blowout win: 

“Today was the White Sox day. They hit balls, they hit bags, they found holes. I think you’ve got to give them credit for putting the ball in play and making things happen.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 2.30) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (2-1, 2.08) for Detroit in a battle of aces.

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Johnson, White Sox Look to Leave Texas With a Win

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (2:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 6.35) for the Sox, LHP Robbie Ross Jr. (1-0, 1.00) for Texas. Johnson pitched an outstanding 6.2 innings, allowing just one run, three hits and two walks while striking out nine in his last start against Boston. While he didn’t earn the decision, the Sox won, 2-1.

Sox Starting Lineup: Semien 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers C, Jor. Danks CF.

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo went 2-3 with two RBI to bring his batting average to .292. Adam Dunn went 3-4 with a stolen base and lifted his average to .304 while Jose Abreu collected a pair of singles in the Sox’s 6-3 loss last night to Texas. Dunn has now reached base in 14 straight games.

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Sox Notes of Note

Adam Eaton has been struggling with discomfort with the back of his knee that has a connection to his lower hamstring. He also has a sore ankle from Friday night. According to Robin, he will sit for a couple days to get himself healthy…Gordon Beckham doubled and drove in two runs as the DH last night for Class AA Birmingham in the Barons’ 5-4 win over Tennessee. He’s getting closer to returning to the Sox from his injury rehab stint…Beckham’s current teammate Micah Johnson, one of the Sox’ elite prospects at Birmingham, had another special game last night. Read all about it:

http://atmilb.com/1lpHU83

White Sox’ Cuban Connection Featured in The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/sports/baseball/white-sox-furthering-legacy-provide-warm-home-for-cubans-amid-chill.html?ref=sports&_r=0

Quote of the Day

Alexei Ramirez‘s record season-opening streak ended last night at 17. During the streak, Ramirez batted .379 with four home runs, 14 RBI and 14 runs scored. It was the longest season-opening streak in the American League since Alex Rodriguez (18) in 2007. For Alexei, his outstanding performance was more about the team than individual records:

“In the case of the Boston game, yes, I thought about (the record) when I went in there…(but) I’m thinking about the team first. Everything else comes second.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit (6:08 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series. Starters:  LHP John Danks (1-0, 3.32) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 3.21) for the Tigers.

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Dunner is one of the Sox’ hottest hitters in the early going.

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Quintana Ready for Rangers

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.37) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (0-1, 5.06) for Texas.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Jor. Danks LF.

“Q”

Quintana is making his fourth start of the season. In his last outing, on April 13 vs. the Indians, he allowed just one run on five hits over six innings, struck out six and walked two while getting a no-decision. He has gone 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA lifetime against Texas.

The Streak Continues…

Alexei Ramirez‘s record hitting streak to start the season was extended last night to 17. Alexei singled in the fifth inning in the Sox’ loss to the Rangers. Ramirez owns a career-high 21-game hitting streak dating back to 2013, which is the 10th longest streak in White Sox history (non-single season). It’s also the longest since Carlos Lee‘s franchise-record 28 straight games in 2004.

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Paulino to DL, Rienzo Promoted, Veal Outrighted

RHP Felipe Paulino has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation and right-hander Andre Rienzo has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to take his place on the Sox roster. Rienzo made 10 starts for the Sox in 2013.

Lefty reliever Donnie Veal, who had been designated for assignment, was outrighted to the Knights.

Sox Notes of Note

Righty reliever Zach Putnam made his Sox debut vs. the Rangers last night, going 2.1 innings…Gordon Beckham made his sixth start in a row for Class AA Birmingham as his rehab for a strained left oblique is getting close to ending…Speaking of Birmingham, highly touted prospect Micah Johnson went 3-5 last night in the Barons’ 3-0 victory over Mobile. He’s now hitting .356 on the season…Adam Dunn (443) and Paul Konerko (434) rank third and fifth, respectively, among active players with home runs. Dunn is 38th all-time while Konerko is tied with Juan GonzalezAndruw Jones and David Ortiz for 42nd. Dunn needs six more homers to tie Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero for 36th place…the White Sox have made a major-league leading 980 quality starts since 2003, five more than the Angels..the Sox are among the American League leaders this season with 10, including four of the last five…nine of the Sox’ 17 games this season have been decided by two runs or less.

Hanson to Charlotte

Right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson, who signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on April 8, was assigned to Charlotte today and is scheduled to start for the Knights tomorrow. Since signing, Hanson has been in extended spring training at the Sox’ facility in Arizona.

Hanson, 27, spent four seasons with the Braves and last year with the Angels. He was 45-32 with a 3.61 ERA in 108 starts with Atlanta from 2009-12. Last season, Hanson appeared in 15 games (13 starts) for L.A. and went 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA in 73.0 innings pitched.

Quote of the Day

Chris Sale, asked if he did anything different after throwing a career-high 127 pitches Thursday night vs. the Red Sox:

“I jumped in the hot tub, did my shoulder program, worked out, ran, threw real light today (Friday). Just when stuff like that happens, you have a little bit more work to do in the four days in between your next one.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (2:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 6.35) for the Sox, LHP Robbie Ross Jr. (1-0, 1.00) for Texas. Johnson pitched an outstanding 6.2 innings, allowing just one run, three hits and two walks while striking out nine in his last start against Boston. While he didn’t earn the decision, the Sox won, 2-1.

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The Texas Two Step?

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Alexei, Sox Roll into Texas 

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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

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

High-Powered Offense

The Sox rank among the American League leaders in average (2nd, .267), OPS (2nd, .338), home runs (2nd, 20), runs per game (3rd, 5.44) and slugging percentage (3rd, .423).

Hotter Than Hot

Alexei Ramirez‘s hitting streak from the start of the season reached 16 last night and it is now the longest in Sox history (he’s pictured above with the record-breaking ball). He surpassed Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, who had a 15-game streak at the start of the 1996 season. Alexei leads the American League in average (.381) and hits (24) and ranks among the leaders in multi-hit games (T1st, 8), OPS (2nd, 1.061), slugging percentage (3rd, .635), RBI (T3rd, 14), on-base percentage (5th, .426), stolen bases (T8th, 3) and doubles (T10th, 4).

Here’s Alexei’s record-breaking base hit:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v32168165/?c_id=cws

Sale in the K Zone

Chris Sale was outstanding last night, allowing just one hit–a homer–and had a season-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings while throwing a career-high 127 pitches in the 3-1 loss to Boston. It gives Chris 11 double-digit career strikeout efforts and ties him with Billy Pierce for fifth most in franchise history. Sale has held left-handed batters hitless this season (0-20) and has limited left-handers to a .173 average in two-plus seasons as a starting pitcher. He has struck out 446 batters through his first 63 starts, which is the most in club history and third-most among active players behind only Yu Darvish (513) and Tim Lincecum (461).

Other Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers, with two hits last night, has hit safely in nine of his 13 games and has four multi-hit efforts. He’s hitting .395 overall and .667 against left-handed pitchers so far this season…Adam Eaton drove in the only Sox run last night with an infield hit and robbed David Ortiz of a home run with a spectacular catch. Here it is:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32160213/?partnerId=social_20140418_22183774

Quote of the Day

Eaton commenting after last night’s game:

“We’ll continue in Texas and we’ll continue to do the same thing we do. That’s compete on every pitch and put our best foot forward.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.37) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (0-1, 5.06) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Flowers blooming.

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