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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.

Photo of the Day

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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Eaton on Fire; Sox Need Victory Today to Take Series From Indians

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.77) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (1-1, 7.71) for Cleveland.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton hit his first homer of the season, doubled and drew a pair of walks in the Sox’ loss to the Indians yesterday afternoon. He’s had five straight multi-hit games…Alexei Ramirez singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 to begin the season. He’s now tied for the fourth-longest streak of its kind in White Sox history…Adam Dunn singled in a pair of runs, Alejandro De Aza went 2-4 with an RBI, Conor Gillaspie singled, walked twice, scored a run, drove in another and Jordan Danks added a hit and a ribbie.

More Eaton

Eaton leads the major leagues with 14 runs scored and 26 times on base and ranks among the American League leaders in multi-hit games (T1, 7), hits (3rd, 17), average (7th, .354) and on-base percentage (9th, .448).

Abreu: Making a Big Impression

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-jose-abreu-white-sox-haugh-spt-0413-20140413,0,5977198.column

Fun at the Ballpark

http://atmlb.com/1hLt9UN

Quote of the Day

Chris Sale on Eaton:

“I know I have a very biased opinion, but I think Adam Eaton is the most exciting player in baseball, in terms of every time he gets up to the plate, something is going to happen, whether it’s a close play, a bunt single, a double in the gap or a stolen base.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-Day. On Tuesday, White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1. 9.58) for the Sox, ex-Sox RHP Jake Peavy (0-0, 2.13) for Boston.

Photo of the Day

Counting on Quintana.

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Sox Sale into Denver on a Winning Note

Monday, April 7, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in Denver (7:40 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (0-0, 1.69) for the Sox, RHP Jordan Lyles (1-0, 7.20) for Colorado.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Abreu 1B, Gillaspie 3B, A. Garcia RF, De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was at his All-Star best yesterday afternoon, improving his record to 2-0 in the White Sox’ 5-1 victory over the Royals. The Sox ace was masterful, shutting out the Royals for eight innings on four hits while walking just one and striking out six…Sale and K.C. starter James Shields were engaged in a good old-fashioned 0-0 pitchers duel through six innings before we broke through with a run in the seventh. Conor Gillaspie doubled, his second of the day, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Alexei Ramirez‘s single, the shortstop’s second hit of the game…the Sox added some much needed insurance in the ninth. Adam Dunn led off with a single and Dayan Viciedo walked. With one out and Avi Garcia batting, Leury Garcia (who ran for Dunn) stole third and scored on a bad throw by Royals’ catcher Salvador Perez.  Avi then walked and Alexei doubled, scoring Alejandro De Aza, who ran for Viciedo. Tyler Flowers’ single scored A. Garcia and Ramirez…Flowers is now hitting .500, Ramirez .455 and Gillaspie .429.

Here’s Chris talking about his outstanding performance:

http://atmlb.com/1hTEZ3H

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox will be playing their first night game of the season this evening…the Sox are 5-1 lifetime at Coors Field…they are 171-132 (.564) all-time in interleague play, the fourth best in the major leagues…Dunn is a career .289 hitter with 14 home runs and 36 RBI vs. the Rockies, including nine home runs in 30 games in Colorado…the Sox rank second in the American League in average (.278), are tied for second in runs per game (5.67), third in slugging percentage (.426) and OPS (.766) and fourth in on-base percentage…our pitchers have allowed just one home run so far this season, tied for the fewest in the majors.

Boston in Denver

Sox first base coach Daryl Boston played for Colorado in its inaugural season of 1993, hitting .261 with 14 homers and 40 RBI. He recorded a pair of multi-homer games and went 4-5 with three runs scored in the Rockies’ third home game vs. Montreal.

Tommy Hanson

The White Sox have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with 27-year-old RHP Tommy Hanson. Hanson will report to extended spring training in Glendale, Ariz. before joining Class AAA Charlotte. He has a 49-35 lifetime record with a 3.80 ERA over five big-league seasons with the Braves and Angels and won 10 or more games in each of his four seasons with Atlanta.

2014 #SoxSocial Media Days & Nights

http://atmlb.com/1gF2t7M

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Quotes of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the Sox’ early season performance:

“We feel from an offensive standpoint that we’re going to grind out every at bat to the end. That we have the heart and grind to get back into games–things aren’t over when we’re down 3-1 in the sixth inning. It’s the same higher level of life and energy and competitiveness that we felt we saw in Glendale and it has carried over to the regular season.”

Hahn on Gordon Beckham‘s injury:

http://atmlb.com/1gDdLJL

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field (7:40 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (0-0, 3.00) for the Sox, LHP Franklin Morales (0-0, 5.06) for Colorado.

Photo of the Day

Sox head to Denver after yesterday’s win…photo compliments of an Adam Eaton tweet.

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After a Superb Spring, John Danks Makes his First 2014 Start

Saturday, April 5, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen for K.C.  Danks sports a 6-0 lifetime record with a 2.47 ERA in 13 starts against the Royals. He is 4-0 with a 1.65 ERA in eight starts at Kauffman Stadium.

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

Plays of the Day

After going 4-4 on Thursday, Tyler Flowers singled twice and doubled yesterday–extending his consecutive hit streak to seven in the Sox’s 7-5 loss to the Royals. The streak ended in the eighth inning when he reached on an error, making it eight straight times he’s been on base. He’s now hitting an impressive .571. ..Magglio Ordonez (2001) is the Sox last player to reach seven hits in a row and no catcher in franchise history had ever done it before. For the record, the White Sox consecutive hit record is 10, shared by Frank Thomas (1997), Rip Radcliff (1938) and Harry McCurdy (1926)…Adam Eaton collected a pair of singles yesterday and drove in two…Jose Abreu and Conor Gillaspie each had sac fly RBIs and Avi Garcia drove in a run on an infield groundout.

Sox Notes of Note

Paul Konerko is making his first start of the young season, Adrian Nieto will be in a major-league starting lineup for the first time in his career and Dayan Viciedo will be starting for the first time in 2014…if you’re on the fence in terms of your rooting interest in the Final Four, you might want to go with Wisconsin. Badgers’ star Frank Kaminsky is a Sox fan through and through. And while I’m at it, best of luck to two huge Badger fans, Sox Senior Executive Vice President Howard Pizer and Director of Media Relations Bob Beghtol. On Wisconsin!…there’s no question that our players simply love these fleece blankets that will be given out to the first 20,000 fans on Saturday, April 12, before the afternoon game with the Indians.

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Quotes of the Day

Robin on the “fight” in this year’s team through the first four games. For instance, yesterday, when the Sox got down 3-1 and 7-2 and kept on battling:

“You have an offense that feels like they can come back. You are one hit away or that one inning way. Guys are still getting on base and they are still battling. You like that kind of effort.’’

Twins’ manager Ron Gardenhire commenting on Abreu, after watching the new Sox first baseman in the season-opening series:

“I’m glad I won’t see him for a while. The kid can really hit. We knew that coming in. We heard he was a really strong young man, and that’s why we were pitching around him. No disrespect to Mr. Dunn. The way the guy’s getting the barrel to the ball, you just try to limit the damage when he comes up in a lot of situations because he seems like he’s on. He hits pretty much everything. Even when he makes an out, he seems like he gets the barrel to it. He’s a strong young man. Looks like he really knows what he’s doing hitting.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 3.68) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (0-0, 4.26) for K.C. Sale pitched 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts for the win on Opening Day.

Photo of the Day

There’s hot and then there’s HOT. Tyler has been HOT.

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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Today’s News

The Games

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

Rangers        6  12  3

White Sox     7  12  1

At Goodyear (“B” game)…

White Sox    7

Indians         7

Plays of the Day

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

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

Sox Notes of Note

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

Roommates

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

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

Quote of the Day

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

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

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo of the Day

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

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Sanchez, Ramirez, Jordan Danks and De Aza Boost Offense

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale… 

Diamondbacks     6   10   1

White Sox            4   11   0

Plays of the Day

2B Carlos Sanchez (now batting .545 with four RBI and two stolen bases over six games), SS Alexei Ramirez and OF Jordan Danks each collected a pair of hits and drove in a run today with OF Alejandro De Aza adding an RBI with a singleRamirez and OF Avi Garcia each tripled…3B Conor Gillaspie was impressive in the field–one great diving play to his left, one to his right. One of them saved RHP Mitchell Boggs‘ perfect sixth…RHP Jose Quintana left the game after two batters. He was hit on the leg by a comebacker, has a left-shin contusion and is day-to-day…RHP Andre Rienzo relieved Quintana and in 3.0 IP gave up a run, a couple of hits and an impressive five strikeouts…RHP Nate Jones made his first appearance of the spring and pitched a scoreless fourth…with a perfect seventh today, LHP Donnie Veal has made four straight scoreless appearances (4.0 IP)…RHP Frank De Los Santos pitched an unblemished eighth.

Sox Notes of Note

Reliever Ronald Belsario, whose arrival to spring training was delayed because of visa issues, is now in camp. Belisaro, a RHP, spent four seasons with the Dodgers and was signed as a free agent during the offseason. Pitching coach Don Cooper said it is obvious that he has been throwing in Venezuela and will throw a bullpen on Monday and maybe pitch in a game by Wednesday or Thursday…RHP Matt Lindstrom has been shut down for a couple of days as a precaution due to continuing oblique problems…RHP Daniel Webb, who was absent from camp for a few days for family reasons, threw a sideline session yesterday. He is expected to make his Cactus League (CL) debut tomorrow against the A’s…RHP Zach Putnam has thrown three scoreless innings in his three CL appearances…1B/DH Adam Dunn is hitting .500 (4-8) with a pair of RBI in his last three spring games…The Sox and Indians are set to play a “B” game on Tuesday in Goodyear. RHP Chris Beck, LHP Scott Snodgress and RHP Omar Poveda are the Sox’s scheduled pitchers.

Baseball Writer Jon Heyman: The Chairman and the Skipper are a Perfect Match

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/writer/jon-heyman/24471809/ventura-a-perfect-fit-for-white-sox-no-matter-how-long-his-contract-is

Quote of the Day

Sox Director of Player Development Nick Capra on last year’s No. 2 draft pick, 19-year-old righthanded pitcher Tyler Danish (compliments of CSN’s Dan Hayes):

“For being that young, he’s got a lot of poise. He has a plan when he takes the mound, he executes his plan pretty well. For a young kid that locates his pitches as well as he does, it’s impressive.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at Phoenix (3:05 p.m., CT). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson for the Sox, RHP Dan Straily for Oakland. 

Photo of the Day

Happy 72nd Birthday to the great Dick Allen, the 1972 American League MVP.

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Oso, the Gremlin and a Bearded Beckham

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 

Today’s News

Sights and Sounds in Sox camp

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

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Prospect Profile: Keon Barnum

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

Play of the Day

“Heads Up!”

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

Quote of the Day

Robin on watching Abreu hit:

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

Photo of the Day

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

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Big Hurt to the Hall

Thursday, January 9, 2014

It was an exciting day in White Sox history yesterday as Frank Thomas was elected into the Hall of Fame. After the announcement, he stopped by U.S. Cellular Field to make his rounds and hold a press conference. Below are some of the pictures from the day.

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All photos Copyright 2014 Ron Vesely/Chicago White Sox

Welcome to Chicago

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Late yesterday afternoon, newly acquired third baseman Matt Davidson spent some time talking to Chicago media about his reaction to Monday’s trade.  Here are some of Matt’s comments …

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On being traded for Addison Reed:

“It’s pretty unreal.  It would have been awesome if we were working out at the same time when we both got the call.  I haven’t touched base with him yet, but I’m sure we will touch base soon.”

On being in the White Sox long-term plans:

“I’m just extremely glad and blessed to have the opportunity to actually be in the plans like that.  That’s what any player wants and just to know that the White Sox organization wanted me so much that they made the trade.  I mean Addison is a great closer, he had 40 saves last year.  It helps a lot with confidence as they believe in me.” 

On the White Sox and Chicago:

“Well, I’ve never been there and the closest I’ve been I played in South Bend.  I really don’t know too much.  I’ve picked up a Sox hat last night and been wearing in all day.  I like the colors and the uniforms are cool.  I’ve just been trying to check everything out.  I’ve played in high school with Trayce Thompson and actually went to the same high school with Scott Snodgress, who’s in the organization as well.  Mark Teahen went to the same high school, he played for the Sox for a couple of years.  One of my mom’s good friends is Aaron Rowand’s brother.  I’m excited to give them a call and see want the vibe is.”

On changing anything in his game this offseason because of the trade:

“No, not at all.  The bottom line is that I just want to become the most complete player I can be.  Whatever that entails I always work on everything and trying to get better.    There’s definitely a lot more excitement going it spring training with a new team, to a new facility and new city.  It’s the first time I’ve been traded so it’s a new feeling, but definitely excited to get going and start a good year with the Sox.”

On being blocked by players in Arizona:

“It’s awesome, just the mindset where you are just waiting for an injury or whenever you get in you are trying to put a little too much pressure on yourself when you are trying to prove too much with the handful of at-bats you have.“

On the goal of being the starting third baseman:

“Yea definitely, that’s the goal.  I just got to take care of what I need to take care of and hopefully everything goes well.  Whether is staring in Triple A, I trust whatever decision they make.  The long term goal is obviously to be there starting Opening Day or June or even if it takes a whole year.  I just know that when I get there I want to stick in the big leagues.  I don’t want to be just up and down.  Whenever that timetable is just as long the long term is sticking there.”

On U.S. Cellular Field:

“What I’ve learned as a hitter over my career is that where I do have the power, where I do start focusing on that, that’s when I start getting those strikeouts and my approach changes.  When I have that nice line drive approach that’s when the all the home runs start getting out.  That’s just the part of developing as a young hitter and just maturing.  If I can just stay in that positive approach then those home runs start coming, but when I try to do too much just like any other hitter your swing gets long and you start to strikeout.  The fact that it is a hitter’s park you get more relaxed and just know that when you hit one good it will go.”

On Adam Eaton being on the team:

“We played together in High A and Double A.  Obviously it’s going to be a brand new experience and brand new guys, which hopefully is an easy transition.  It’s really cool to have a guy that I was with a couple months ago.  That will definitely ease the transition a bit.”

On his defense:

“I don’t think any type of player with any type of tool is going to be happy with where they are at.  I think nobody wants to quit working.  I feel confidence with my defensive game.  Obviously is always a work in process, you can always get better.  Even Gold Gloves are always working on something to get better.  Obviously having Robin there is going to be a huge help.  I had a lot of people over at the Diamondbacks once I got called up teach me a lot of things in that month with Chavez and Prado and Matt Williams.  I have improved every single year.  When I was coming out of the draft I barely knew how to dive because I was kind of just a pitcher.  Maybe I was totally gifted right away and haven’t been playing shortstop or third base growing up because I was a pitcher.  I had to learn all that at the pro level.  So it has been hard and it has been something that I’ve been working out and I take pride in working on it.  I will never stop working on that.  I know that I have to get better and that I need to get better and that is my goal.”

 

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