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Rookie Bassitt Takes On A’s and Samardzija

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 7.36) for the Sox, RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-5, 3.70) for Oakland.

Quote of the Day

Bassitt (pictured above) on his transition from the minor leagues to the majors:

“It’s more coming here and realizing what you need to work on. There are a lot of things I got away with in Double-A just because I overmatched a lot of people.”

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo belted his 20th homer of the season, a solo shot off of Jon Lester, in last night’s loss to the A’s (click on link below). This is the second time Tank has hit 20-plus homers in his career (25 in 2012)…Avi Garcia collected a pair of singles and has now recorded three multi-hit efforts over his last seven games. He’s hitting .321 during that span.

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Hawk’s Random Act of Kindness

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SoxFest 2015

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.09) for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir (14-7, 3.42) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

In case you missed it from Monday night’s Bark at the Park: This dog is serious about watching his/her Sox.

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Tyler’s Night to Remember

Tuesday, September 9,  2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (9-10, 5.12) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (13-10, 2.54) for Oakland. Danks is 6-2 with a 2.33 ERA in 10 career starts against the Athletics.

Plays of the Day

With two strikes, two outs, nobody on base and the Sox trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning last night, Tyler Flowers tied the game at 4-4 in dramatic fashion with his 13th home run of the season. Then, in the 12th, Tyler added to his heroics by smashing No. 14, a solo walk-off blast with one out to give the Sox a thrilling 5-4 triumph over the A’s (click on top link below)…Hector Noesi had a quality start, giving up three runs and four hits in 6.1 innings…Conor Gillaspie connected for his seventh homer, a solo clout (click on middle link)…Michael Taylor came in the game to play left field in extra innings after pinch-hitting in the ninth. He prevented the potential go-ahead run from getting on base, maybe even an inside-the-park homer if the ball had gotten by him, with a diving catch off the bat of Coco Crisp in the top of the 10th (click on bottom link)…Daniel Webb (1.0 IP), Ronald Belisario (1.2), Javy Guerra (2.0) pitched scoreless relief with Guerra winning his second game of the season.

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Sox Notes of Note

Flowers’ extra-inning home run was his first career game-ending homer and the fourth by a White Sox player this season…on September 2, he had his first career multi-homer game and just six days later he did it again…Tyler became the first player in the majors to hit a game-tying home run in the ninth and a game-ender in extra innings since Paul Goldschmidt in August of last year. Flowers is the first Sox player to accomplish the feat since Joe Crede did it in August of 2002…Last night’s victory marked the Sox’ 31st comeback win and it exceeded the Sox win total from last year (64)…Webb recorded his fifth straight scoreless appearance (5.2 IP)…for those of you who keep stats of all kinds, there were 819 dogs in the house last night for Bark in the Park Night.

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Looking Ahead to a Successful 2015

Excerpts from a White Sox analysis by Jonah Keri of Grantland.com: 

“Thanks to the offseason acquisitions of Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton, a helpless White Sox offense now has two vital pieces: an on-base machine at the top of the lineup, and an MVP-caliber slugger in the middle. The Sox also have Chris Sale, who’s one of the best left-handers in the game and who’s signed to one of the league’s most attractive contracts; Jose Quintana, who’s arguably the most underrated pitcher in baseball; and Alexei Ramirez, a quality shortstop who’s signed through 2015, with an option year in 2016.

“…If (No. 1 draft pick Carlos) Rodon can perform the way management hopes, the White Sox will employ the best trio of lefty starters in the game…the foundation is in place for Chicago to assemble one of the best and youngest rotations in the majors.

“…Offensively, the White Sox have improved considerably over the team that lost 99 games and finished last in the AL in runs scored last season. Eaton, Ramirez, and Abreu held down the top three spots in the order this year, and we should expect the same next season. The Sox are also high on Avisail Garcia, the 23-year-old slugger acquired in last year’s three-way deadline deal for Jake Peavy; Garcia has struck out nearly five times more often than he’s walked so far in his brief major league career, but scouts like his power potential. Flip through the rest of this year’s lineup and there are more talented twentysomething players with upside, namely third baseman Conor Gillaspie, who’s hitting a smidge below .300 with doubles power, and 22-year-old Carlos Sanchez and 23-year-old Marcus Semien, who figure to compete for the second base job next year.

“Best of all, Chicago’s young, affordable corps allows the team to do some major shopping this winter, if GM Rick Hahn & Co. think this team is ready to contend. Money can buy that midtier veteran starting pitcher (Brandon McCarthy? Jason Hammel? Brett Anderson, if the Rockies decline his option?). It can upgrade the bullpen without breaking the bank (Pat Neshek? Luke Gregerson?). And it can give the Abreu-and-Eaton-led lineup the lift it needs to form a top-five AL offense (Russell Martin? Melky Cabrera? Nelson Cruz?). With $46 million committed for next season and an exponentially brighter outlook now than they had a year ago, the White Sox could be one of the biggest sleeper teams entering 2015.”

A Parting Gift

Adam Dunn, back in town with the A’s, received this “going away” gift from ex-mates John Danks and Chris Sale–a golf cart adorned with the logo and colors of Dunn’s beloved Texas Longhorns.

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Congrats to Gene Honda

Last night was Gene Honda’s milestone 2,000th game as the White Sox Public Address Announcer. Quite an accomplishment.

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Upcoming Series Activities

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Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on improving the team in the offseason:

“We’ll have to decide based on the options available to us whether it makes sense to invest heavily in one or two targets or try to spread it around between a half dozen or so. I don’t think anything is going to be precluded from us in terms of opportunities. It’s going to be a matter of allocating the resources most effectively when the time comes.

“We’ve known this was going to be a multiyear process for us from the start. Obviously we were pleased with some of the things we were able to do in the first year, but at the same time it’s readily apparent there are still other items that need to be addressed.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 7.36) for the Sox, RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-5, 3.70) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

Show us your PK memories for a shot to be featured in a video:

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Sox Welcome A’s For Four

Monday, September 8, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand that concludes with three vs. the Twins starting on Friday night. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-9, 4.70) for the Sox, RHP Sonny Gray (13-8, 3.25) for Oakland.

Noesi is set to make his 24th start and 29th appearance of the season and is 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA over his last six starts. He recorded a no-decision in his last outing on September 2 vs. the Twins, allowing three runs on nine hits in seven innings of work.

Hector is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in eight career appearances (one start) against the A’s.

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Plays of the Day

Scott Carroll was outstanding in yesterday’s 2-0 Sox loss to the Indians. He tossed seven innings (he gave up a single in the eighth before exiting), allowing just two runs on seven hits with a lone walk (click on top link below)…Andy Wilkins doubled in the fifth inning for his first major-league hit (click on bottom link below).

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Quote of the Day

Wilkins on getting his chance in the major leagues (via Colleen Kane in the Trib):

“The game’s still the same, but guys are obviously a lot sharper up here. I believe I’m capable of doing well at this level. I know it’s not quite as amped up as it is during the season, but I’ve hit off big-league pitchers in spring training. Obviously it’s different, but I’m just going to adjust, and with time, getting more ABs will help that process.”

White Sox 2015 Regular Season Schedule

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Abreu Looking to Lead in 2015

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-report-white-sox-indians-spt-0908-20140908-story.html

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (9-10, 5.12) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (13-10, 2.54) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

The September of Konerko begins and it’s free t-shirt Monday for the first 20,000 fans attending tonight’s game.

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PK: “I’ll Finish on the Field”

Sunday, September 7, 2014

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Today’s News

Did We Expect Anything Different From the Captain?

Paul Konerko on playing again before the end of the season after fracturing his left hand:

“I’ll finish on the field, one way or another. I don’t care if I go up there and take three pitches and strike out, I’ll finish on the field.”

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (12:05, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and five-game road trip. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-9, 5.07) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (6-4, 2.94) for Cleveland.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Sanchez 2B, Abreu DH, Gillaspie 3B, Ramirez SS, Wilkins 1B, Viciedo RF, Jor. Danks LF, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana had a strong outing last night in the Sox’ 3-1 loss to Corey Kluber and the Indians. Recording another no-decision, he tossed six innings, allowing just one run–a solo homer–seven hits and a lone walk while striking out seven.

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Adam Eaton is hitting .398 in his last 33 games to raise his season average to .306. During that stretch, Eaton has recorded 16 multi-hit efforts, including seven games with three or more hits. Adam also leads the American League since the All-Star break with a .395 average, ranks second in on-base percentage (.450) and fourth in OPS (.946).

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Sox Notes of Note

Jake Petricka is not with the Sox in Cleveland. He is with his wife Ellen, who just gave birth to their daughter. Jake should be back with the Sox on Monday in Chicago…After missing most of the season with his shoulder injury, Avi Garcia will play winter ball in his native Venezuela to continue his development.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand that concludes with three vs. the Twins next weekend. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-9, 4.70) for the Sox, RHP Sonny Gray (13-8, 3.25) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

Another appreciative rival is heard from. The Indians present Konerko, an avid guitarist, with this custom beauty before last night’s game.

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Sale Sets Sights on Victory No. 12

Friday, September 5, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Indians at Jacobs Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.11) for the Sox, LHP T.J. House (2-3, 3.92) for the Tribe.

Sale ranks among the American League leaders in ERA (1st), winning percentage (1st, .786), WHIP (2nd, 0.94), strikeouts per nine innings (2nd, 10.75), opponents OPS (3rd, .560), opponents average (3rd, .202) and strikeouts (7th, 178). He has struck out 12-plus batters a franchise-record 10 times and has fanned 10 or more 17 times, which is tied with Hall of Famer Ed Walsh for the club mark.

Chris will be making his 23rd start of the season, ninth on the road and third vs. Cleveland. He is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 58 strikeouts over eight road starts this season (seven have been quality). His road ERA would lead the majors with the required innings pitched and be the lowest in baseball since Roger Clemens (1.32) in 2005. He has not allowed an earned run in 22 innings pitched over his last three road starts and has given up only one earned run in 32.2 innings dating back to June 28 (0.28 ERA).

The Sox All-Star left-hander earned his 11th win of the season on August 30 vs. Detroit, allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings while striking out a season-high tying 13.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu DH, A. Garcia, RF, Viciedo 1B, Semien 3B, Taylor LF, Flowers C, Sanchez 2B.

Sox Notes of Note

This weekend’s series marks Paul Konerko‘s final games in Cleveland. He is the active leader with 48 homers and 177 RBI vs. the Indians…Jose Abreu owns a 13-game hitting streak (.511), his third streak this season of 13-plus games. Jose also leads the majors with a .369 average since June 9 and is tied for fourth among all AL (and major-league) hitters for the season with a .322 mark. Abreu also leads the American League with 99 RBI and ranks third with 33 homers. He is the only AL player to rank in the Top 5 in all three categories…Adam Eaton is hitting .420 with a .477 on-base percentage over his last 31 games and is tied for the ninth best average in baseball and is seventh in the AL at .310…Dayan Viciedo has homered in back-to-back games and has three homers and seven RBI in the last four contests.

Thanks PK

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Major League Assistance

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Quote of the Day

Michael Taylor (pictured below), who was promoted to the White Sox for a September look-see, collected his first hit for the Sox on Wednesday night in a pinch-hitting role vs. the Twins. Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson, who worked with Taylor when they were both in the A’s organization, talked about the new Sox outfielder:

He really hasn’t had that much of a chance at the big-league level (with Oakland). He’s older now (28). He knows himself, knows the type of role he probably will have to play in today’s game, and hopefully it’ll work out for him. He’s a guy who knows the strike zone, knows how to take a walk, has some pop, uses the whole field.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Jacobs Field (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (13-9, 2.34) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Boy, have things changed. Here’s the Sox scoreboard in 1905 at South Side Park.

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A Day For PK

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Today’s News

Paulie’s Farewell

The White Sox will stage a special pregame tribute honoring retiring captain and team legend Paul Konerko on Saturday, September 27 when the team takes on Kansas City at 6:10 p.m.  The pregame ceremony will be a celebration of Konerko’s career as a member of the White Sox and his legacy on and off the field in franchise history.

The White Sox also have launched a special tribute video in honor of Paulie. The 60-second commercial, which can be viewed at whitesox.com/Konerko, thanks the captain for his time in Chicago, and reenacts one of the most memorable moments in Konerko’s career and in club history through the imagination of a young White Sox fan.

The team also is giving fans the opportunity to be featured in a social media video project – #ThanksPK.  An online “movie” documenting Konerko’s White Sox career will be created exclusively from hundreds of fan photos posted to Twitter and Instagram.  Fans are being asked to show their favorite Konerko memories in photos and write what they love most about the captain’s career, while including the #ThanksPK hashtag in their Twitter and Instagram posts between now and September 13 for a chance to be included in the movie.

As announced previously, throughout the month of September the White Sox are honoring Konerko with special fan giveaways for each of the month’s 11 home games.  The month-long festivities include the creation of “Club Konerko” in Sections 158 and 159 (total of 1,176 seats).  Fans who purchase tickets in one of the two designated sections during the month of September will receive a Konerko-themed collectible (except for September 8 and 13) and “Thank You, Paulie” sign.  All fans in attendance for the September 8 and 13 games will have the opportunity to receive an exclusive Konerko giveaway item.

A full list of all the Konerko-themed giveaways in the month of September, along with ticket information on Club Konerko, is available at whitesox.com/Konerko. The list of giveaways is highlighted by the game on Saturday, September 13 vs. Minnesota, when the first 20,000 fans will receive a “Piece of Paulie” baseball card, a special trading card with a piece of a game-worn Konerko uniform, presented by Wintrust Community Banks.

PK has played 16 seasons with the White Sox.  The six-time American League All-Star is the White Sox franchise leader in total bases (4,008).  As of today, Konerko (439) is nine homers behind Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas (448) for the franchise record, while ranking third in hits (2,290) and doubles (406).  The 38-year-old has seen 36,580 pitches at the plate throughout his major-league career.

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Quote of the Day

Former White Sox teammate A.J. Pierzynski on Paulie:

“He’s the captain of the White Sox for a reason and is looked up to because of all he’s accomplished. And he leads by sitting people down and telling them how to approach things in the right way.

“When I got to the Sox and saw him go about his business, I realized how hard he worked. He could have been a huge personality both in Chicago and nationally, but he didn’t want that. He just wants to do his job.

“Paulie’s a great guy, a Hall of Fame player and Hall of Fame person.”

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo hit his second homer (No. 19) in as many nights, a two-run shot, in last night’s loss to the Twins (click on top link below). He also added a third RBI with a single…Jose Abreu collected a pair of singles and extended his hitting streak to 13. He now ranks fourth among major-league hitters in average with a .322 mark…Michael Taylor chalked up his first hit for the Sox with a pinch-hit single…and check out this terrific catch by Adam Eaton (click on bottom link below):

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Tomorrow’s Schedule (Off Day Today)

White Sox vs Indians at Jacobs Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.11) for the Sox, LHP T.J. House (2-3, 3.92) for the Tribe.

Photos of the Day

The Twins honored Paulie last night on the Sox captain’s final trip to Minnesota as a player. The club presented him with a $10,000 check to Children’s Home + Aid for his Bring Me Home Campaign and a huge bottle of wine (see inscription on the bottle below). Pictured with Konerko in the top photo below are (left to right) Twins’ All-Stars Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins and manager Ron Gardenhire.

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Sox Aim For Series Split Amid Roster Changes

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and seven-game homestand. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (15-8, 3.06) for Detroit.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Sanchez 2B, Abreu DH, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Andy Wilkins 1B, Flowers C, L. Garcia SS.

Andy Wilkins, who is making his major-league debut today, has hit 30 homers, driven in 85 and batted .293 with an .896 OPS with Class AAA Charlotte in 127 games this season. He leads the International League in homers, extra-base hits (69) and total bases (274), ranks second in RBI and slugging percentage (.558) and is fourth in hits and runs scored.

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Plays of the Day

Game 1:

Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the first inning against defending American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Chris Sale and the Sox came back to take the first game of yesterday’s twin bill from the Tigers, 6-3…Settling down after the first, Sale pitched six shutout innings the rest of the way, allowing just three hits during that time, struck out a season-high 13 in all and K’d the side four times in seven innings while getting his 11th win (see top link below)…Adam Dunn smashed a two-run homer, his 20th of the season and 460th of his career (click on middle link below), in the four-run Sox third and Tyler Flowers belted No. 10, a solo shot in the fourth (click on bottom link below)…Jose Abreu went 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Adam Eaton collected two hits and scored a run…Alexei Ramirez doubled, drove in a run and scored twice…Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless eighth and Jake Petricka did likewise in the ninth, recording his 10th save.

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Game 2:

Dayan Viciedo blasted his 17th homer, a three-run shot, in the Sox loss to Detroit in the nightcap of the doubleheader (please click on link below)…Ramirez doubled twice and scored a run, Eaton singled, walked and scored and Abreu singled and walked twice.

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Adam Dunn to Oakland

Prior to today’s game, the White Sox traded Dunn and cash considerations to Oakland in exchange for right-handed pitcher Nolan Sanburn.

Sanburn, 23, is 3-1 with a 3.28 ERA, six saves and 73 strikeouts in 42 relief appearances this season with Class A Stockton of the California League.  The 6-foot-0, 175-pound Sanburn has thrown 2.0 IP or more 21 times for Stockton.

He is 4-5 with a 2.93 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 65 games (nine starts) over three minor-league seasons.  Sanburn was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 10 Prospect in the A’s organization entering the 2014 season and the No. 10 Prospect by MLB.com entering the 2013 campaign. A native of Kokomo, Ind., Sanburn was selected by Oakland in the second round of the 2012 draft out of the University of Arkansas.

Alejandro De Aza to Baltimore

During last night’s game, the White Sox traded outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Baltimore in exchange for right-handed pitchers Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas.

Blackmar, 22, is 10-1 with a 3.18 ERA, 83 strikeouts and a .229 opponents average in 26 games (18 starts) with Class A Frederick of the Carolina League.  Over his last 10 games (all starts), the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Blackmar has gone 6-0 with a 2.09 ERA, allowing just 45 hits. A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, he is 21-13 with a 3.75 ERA in 74 games (36 starts) over four minor-league seasons since being selected by the Orioles in the 16th round of the 2011 draft.

Chalas, 22, has combined to go 3-4 with a 4.48 ERA in 30 relief appearances this season between Frederick and Class AAA Norfolk of the International League.  In two games since being promoted to Norfolk, the 6-foot-0, 170-pound Chalas is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA. Chalas, a native of Seibo, Dominican Republic, has gone 24-21 with a 3.73 ERA and 300 strikeouts in 115 games over five minor-league seasons since signing with the Orioles as a free agent on February 24, 2010.

Roster Moves

Before today’s game, the White Sox purchased the contracts of left-handed pitcher Scott Snodgress and first baseman Wilkins from Charlotte, and also returned Moises Sierra from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Charlotte and reinstated the outfielder from the 15-day disabled list.

Snodgress, 24, takes the roster spot of right-hander Chris Bassitt, who was optioned to Charlotte following last night’s game.  Wilkins, 25, takes the roster spot of Dunn, who was while Sierra replaces De Aza, who was traded to Baltimore last night.

Sox Notes of Note

With his K total yesterday, Sale now has 17 double-digit career strikeout games, tying him with Hall of Famer Ed Walsh for the most in franchise history. Walsh got to 17 in 288 starts, Chris in 81…Abreu is hitting .541 during his current 11-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games (.458). He finished the doubleheader with a .321 average for the season, good enough for fifth in the AL. He also is tied for the major-league lead and ranks first among AL run producers with 98 RBI…Eaton is batting .435 with seven runs scored during his six-game hitting streak and is now at .311 this year, tied for sixth among AL hitters…Carlos Sanchez has hit safely in seven of his eight games (.313) since joining the Sox from Charlotte on August 22.

On the Farm

Left-hander Carlos Rodon, the Sox’ top draft pick this past June, allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out seven in five innings for Charlotte last night vs. the Gwinnett Braves…Righty Francellis (Frank) Montas allowed just one run on one hit over five innings in his first start at Class AA Birmingham.

LaRussa in the House

Former Sox manager Tony LaRussa, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, was honored by the Sox last night and threw out a ceremonial first pitch. It was also LaRussa bobblehead night. Here is LaRussa embracing one of his former players and biggest stars, Harold Baines.

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Quote of the Day

Sale on the Sox grit in Game 1:

“What I really respect about this team and what was the [most fun] part was watching them come back. We get in a hole there early and our work ethic, our focus and our drive hasn’t attenuated one bit. We fought until the end against a great team and a great pitcher.”

For the record, Chris’ word of the start was attenuated. Translated, it means “weakened in force or effect.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game set and five-game road trip that concludes with a three-game weekend series in Cleveland. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-8, 4.30) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (0-1, 7.94) for Minnesota.

Photos/Videos of the Day

U.S Cellular Field was buzzing last night as the Sox honored the U.S. champion Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers. Here are two videos and a montage of photos illustrating the activities.

The photos: Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Executive Vice President Ken Williams presented JRW with a 20,000 check from Chicago White Sox Charities; the youngsters proudly displayed their Sox jerseys with their own individual numbers, signed by the 2014 White Sox; and all of the young men ran the bases and high-or-low-fived the Sox players en route to home plate.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35824059

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35803445

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Sox Seek to Play Spoiler vs. Tigers

Friday, August 29, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-8, 5.05) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (11-11, 4.82) for Detroit.

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

Plays of the Day

John Danks pitched six solid innings, allowing two runs, five hits and a pair of walks while striking out five in last night’s loss to the Indians…With his 97th RBI, Jose Abreu tied Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton for the major-league lead…Alejandro De Aza made this outstanding catch:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35749627

And the Winner is…

Abreu received his July Player and Rookie of the Month awards from the skipper before last night’s game.

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Celebrating PK

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/konerko.jsp

We Can Feel the Love

http://atmlb.com/VRAqz4

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Quote of the Day

A humble Abreu talks about his team-first philosophy (via Dan Hayes of CSN):

“I don’t like to talk about myself. This is a team thing, but I’m very happy I’ve been able to hit for average and the results I’ve had individually. I’d like to have those as a team as well. The easy times, everybody wants them. The tough times really let you know who you are as a player and a team.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field in a split doubleheader made necessary by the June 10 postponement. Game 1 (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (15-4, 3.13) for the Tigers. Game 2 (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) starters: RHP Chris Bassitt, making his first major-league appearance, for the Sox and LHP Kyle Ryan, who is also making his big-league debut, for Detroit.

With Class AA Birmingham, Bassitt compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.56 ERA, a .206 average against, 36 strikeouts and 14 walks in 34.2 innings (six starts). He will be the 26th man on the roster for the twin bill, but will remain with the Sox for the remainder of the season.

In addition to the special nature of the doubleheader itself, there is going to be a great deal of excitement at the ballpark tomorrow. The K Zone should be rocking with Sale on the mound vs. defending AL Cy Young winner Scherzer in the matinee. In the nightcap, all eyes will be on Bassitt’s appearance and before Game 2 the youngsters from the Jackie Robinson West Little League will be honored and Tony LaRussa will be signing autographs and throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. Topping it off, the first 20,000 fans attending tomorrow night will receive a LaRussa bobblehead and the new Hall of Famer’s plaque will be on display.

More on JRW ceremony: The White Sox will pay tribute to the U.S. Little League champions with the following…

* A $20,000 donation from Chicago White Sox Charities

* A plaque honoring JRW will be installed at U.S. Cellular Field in time for next season

* All the members of the team will receive Sox jerseys with their own uniform numbers and signed by the 2014 White Sox

* A Sox backpack filled with back-to-school supplies

The White Sox also are encouraging fans to wear gold in honor of Jackie Robinson West.

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Photo of the Day

Matt Lindstrom, Scott CarrollAdam Eaton and Southpaw paid a visit yesterday to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.

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Sox Gear Up For Tribe and Tigers While Chicago Prepares for JRW Rally and Parade

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four vs. the Tigers starting on Friday night. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.25) for the Sox, LHP T.JHouse (2-3, 3.80) for the Tribe. “Q” is 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA in four career games (five starts) against the Tribe.

Eaton Returns

Adam Eaton has been activated from the disabled list and his rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte. Jordan Danks has been optioned to the Knights.

Eaton ranks among the American League leaders in triples (T2nd, 7), on-base percentage (T7th, .370) and average (9th, .304). He is batting .435 over his last 22 games.

In related news, outfielder Moises Sierra began his rehab assignment with Charlotte last night and went 2-5 with a run scored. He has been on the DL with a strained left oblique.

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Welcome Home, JRW!

Tomorrow’s celebratory welcome home rally and parade to honor the United States champion Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers will begin on the South Side and end at Millenium Park. The rally will commence at 9:00 a.m. at Jackie Robinson Park (10540 S. Morgan Park St.). The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m., will continue to Millenium Park and a second rally will begin there around 11:00 a.m. The regular Wednesday fireworks at Navy Pier this week also will be dedicated to the champions.

Beginning at 10 a.m., CSN will be on hand to describe all of the rally and parade activities with Chuck Garfien, Kip Lewis and Frank Thomas reporting.

Kevin Coe, the White Sox manager of youth baseball initiatives, talked about JRW’s spectacular run on Channel 32 (click on link below):

http://bit.ly/1BVbWWI

Make Way for the Champs

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An Encouraging Endorsement for 2015

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/91382356/these-mlb-teams-are-poised-to-be-bounce-back-in-2015?tcid=tw_share#!bKrCfr

Charlotte’s Wilkins, Phegley International League Postseason All-Stars

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140826&content_id=91494828&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t494&sid=t494

Volunteering

Pictured below, Southpaw and the White Sox Volunteer Corps teamed up with Chicago Cares to build planter boxes, bean bag sets and benches at Park Lawn Charity in Oak Park.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.39) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (13-7, 2.46) for Cleveland.

Photo/Video of the Day

JRW’s Trey Hondras (pictured below), who also is in the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program, talks about the phone call he and his teammates received from President Obama on Sunday (click on the link for video):

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/highschool/chi-jackie-robinson-west-hondras-on-game-and-president-video-20140825-premiumvideo.html

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Paulie Honored by Yankees, JRW Coming Home to Adoring Fans

Monday, August 25, 2014

Today’s News

From One Captain to Another

Just moments before taking the field yesterday in his final game at Yankee Stadium, Paul Konerko was presented with a gift from New York captain Derek Jeter–a base signed by the Yankee team. There was also a video tribute to PK.

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Little League U.S. Champion JRW Awaits Wednesday Parade

They may not have won the international championship at the Little League World Series, but the youngsters from Jackie Robinson West return to Chicago this week as conquering heroes after winning the U.S. title. They created more excitement than we ever could have imagined and captured the hearts of millions of fans everywhere. The City of Chicago will show its appreciation with a victory parade and fireworks scheduled for Wednesday.

Great job, JRW, congratulations from all of us at the White Sox!

Look Familiar?

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Plays of the Day

Despite his no-decision yesterday in the Sox’ 10-inning, walk-off loss, Chris Sale tossed six innings without allowing an earned run and lowered his ERA to 2.03, tops in the American League. He gave up just four hits while striking out seven…Conor Gillaspie hit a two-run homer, his sixth of the season, and Alexei Ramirez (No. 12) and Avi Garcia (No. 4) hit solo shots. Ramirez’s blast led off the game and Garcia’s tied the contest at 4-4 in the top of the ninth inning that sent the game into extras.

Here are the Gillaspie, Ramirez, and Garcia homers:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35632711

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35628985/cwsnyy-ramirez-leads-off-the-game-with-a-solo-shot#

http://atmlb.com/1nrapOy

Eaton Update

In two games with Charlotte on his rehab assignment, Adam Eaton has gone 3-10 with a double, an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.

Rodon Watch

The Sox’ No. 1 2014 draft pick Carlos Rodon (pictured below) made his second start for Class AAA Charlotte last night and was quite impressive. The 21-year-old lefty from North Carolina State tossed four innings, allowing just a run, a hit and a pair of walks along with eight strikeouts. He threw 73 pitches, 47 for strikes and fanned five of the last six batters he faced. In his two starts for Charlotte–over seven innings pitched–Rodon has given up two runs, two hits and has struck out 11.

Knights’ outfielder Michael Taylor weighed in on Carlos:

“(Rodon’s) been as advertised, and I think he’s got great stuff. To me, he looks a lot like (San Francisco Giants starter) Madison Bumgarner. I faced him in his first start in Double-A back in 2009, and they look similar – except (Rodon’s) probably got a better slider. That would be one heck of a major league pitcher if that’s who he ends up being.”

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Anderson Report

Shortstop Tim Anderson, the White Sox’ top draft choice in 2013, is 7-13 with two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored in his first three games with Class AA Birmingham.

Quote of the Day

Konerko on being honored by the Yankees:

“The first game I ever went to as a kid was at Yankee Stadium when I was six years old. The fact that I’m getting a gift for something I did on the field in all the time between that and now is mind-boggling.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Today is an off day, tomorrow it’ll be the White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four vs. the Tigers starting on Friday night. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.25) for the Sox, T.JHouse (2-3, 3.80) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

The young men of Jackie Robinson West gather around the phone to talk with President Obama after yesterday’s loss to Seoul, South Korea, in the final of the Little League World Series.

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