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Sox Seek Turnaround North of the Border

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (2-3, 4.30) for the Sox vs. LHP J.A. Happ (6-4, 4.87) for Toronto.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton reached base five times on a pair of singles, a double, triple and a walk and also stole a base while Jose Abreu smashed homer No. 23 (click top link below) in the White Sox’ 5-4, 12-inning loss to the O’s…Hector Noesi pitched his finest game in a Sox uniform, allowing just two runs in seven-plus innings work…Gordon Beckham made a brilliant, perhaps game-saving, play on the shortstop side of second base in the 10th inning (click on bottom link)

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v34036559/?partnerId=as_mlb_20140626_26726896

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More Abreu

By virtue of his home run last night, Abreu has reached his 23rd career homer faster than anyone in baseball history. The fact that he did it in 65 games places him ahead of both the Mark McGwire of the A’s in 1987 and the Boston Braves’ Wally Berger in 1930, who both hit their 22nd through 65 games. If that weren’t enough, Abreu owns a 10-game hitting streak and is batting .357 with four home runs and 10 RBI during that span.

Sox Notes of Note

Eaton has now reached base safely in 20 straight games, including a current 12-game hitting streak…Alejandro De Aza is hitting .382 with six doubles in his last 18 games…Adam Dunn has four homers and 10 RBI in his last 17 contests…Conor Gillaspie is hitting .351 over his last 34 games…coach Harold Baines won’t be with the Sox in Toronto–for good reason. He’s attending the wedding of his daughter on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Roster Moves

LHP Scott Downs has been designated for assignment. Taking his spot on the active roster is LHP Eric Surkamp, named the International League Pitcher of the Week for Class AAA Charlotte after going 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 15 strikeouts in two starts from June 16-22.

Surkamp (pictured below) also leads the IL in strikeouts with 84 Ks in 14 games (11 starts) this year. He has averaged 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings over his last four starts, including a season-high of 12 on May 30 vs. Toledo. The newest Sox pitcher had seven starts in two big-league seasons with the Giants in 2011 and 2013.

Replacing Surkamp on the Charlotte roster is RHP Chris Beck, ranked as the ninth-best prospect in the White Sox system by Baseball America. Promoted from Class AA Birmingham, he makes his Class AAA debut tonight against the Louisville Bats.

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 Ro Coleman and Vandy Win College World Series

Congratulations to former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) star Ro Coleman, a member of the Vanderbilt baseball team that defeated Virginia, 3-2, last night to win the College World Series for the first time in the school’s history. And a special tip of the cap to Sox Director of Youth Initiatives Kevin Coe and his dedicated group of talented coaches for mentoring young men like Ro and Corey Ray, who reached the 2014 CWS with Louisville.

Another Team for Sox Fans to Root For…

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…And Yet Another

A group of Wounded Warriors made their way through U.S. Cellular Field today.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (6-6, 4.34) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (6-6, 4.40) for the Jays.

Photo of the Day

The Big Hurt‘s high school in Columbus, Ga. is certainly getting into that Hall of Fame spirit as their notable alum will be inducted July 27 in Cooperstown.

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Rubber Match in Baltimore

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.34) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8, 4.63) for the O’s.

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

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana was the right man for the job last night, allowing just one run on six hits with eight strikeouts for his fourth win of the season as the Sox snapped their five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Orioles…Gordon Beckham hit a first-inning solo homer, his seventh, and Conor Gillaspie (single and double), Alexei Ramirez (single and double) and Alejandro De Aza all collected a pair of hits while De Aza also drove in two runs. Ramirez also was responsible for one of the key plays of the game, making one of his patented slides to avoid the tag at home to score the Sox’ fourth run. Take a look at the play (via both video and photo) along with Beckham’s blast:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34001407 

http://atmlb.com/1nB5zPq   

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And He’s Just a Rookie

Jose Abreu leads the American League in slugging percentage (.607), home run ratio (1st, 11.45), RBI ratio (1st, 4.20) and ranks among the leaders in homers (3rd, 22), RBI (T3rd, 60), extra-base hits (T3rd, 39) and OPS (6th, .928). Jose also owns a nine-game hitting streak, batting .351 with three home runs and nine RBI during that span.

Eaton on a Tear

Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 19 consecutive games and has hit safely in a career-high 11 straight games, the second-longest active streak in the AL behind the Tigers’ J.D. Martinez (13). Eaton is hitting .372 with two doubles, two triples, seven walks, six runs scored and a .460 on-base percentage during the streak to raise his season average 22 points to .273.

Double Duty Classic

This afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, elite inner-city high school baseball players from across the country participated in the Double Duty Classic with the players dressed in uniforms honoring the Negro Leagues’ East-West All-Stars (see photo below). There was also a special forum hosted by ESPN and MLB analyst and former Sox outfielder and broadcaster Chris Singleton.

The sixth annual event is named after the legendary Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, a star with the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Leagues who lived to the age of 103. Of the six East-West All-Star Games in which he played, “Double Duty” pitched in three and was a catcher in the other three–thus the nickname which was given to him by famed writer Damon Runyon.

Radcliffe frequently attended games at U.S. Cellular Field and on occasion visited the Sox clubhouse. In the years leading up to his death, he made a tradition of tossing out the ceremonial first pitch on his July 7 birthday.

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Winner Take All

The University of Virginia evened the best-of-three College World Series championship final at one game apiece last night vs. former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) standout Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates. The two clubs go at it tonight (7:00 p.m., CT, ESPN) in Omaha to determine the 2014 CWS champion.

Quote of the Day

As we wrote in yesterday’s post, Micah Johnson was named to the U.S. team in the Futures Game to be played at Target Field in Minneapolis on the Sunday before the Tuesday, July 15 MLB All-Star Game. Here’s Micah’s reaction to being chosen:

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (2-3, 4.30), who replaces RHP Andre Rienzo in the rotation as Rienzo moves to the bullpen, for the Sox vs. J.A. Happ (6-4, 4.87) for Toronto.

Photo of the Day

While in Baltimore to play the Orioles, Sox pitchers Carroll, Daniel Webb and John Danks made a trip to nearby Walter Reed Medical Center to visit some of our troops.

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Abreu By the Numbers: 22 Homers, 60 RBI, Etc., Etc.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.87) for the Sox, Miguel Gonzalez (4-4, 4.41) for Baltimore.

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

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu smashed a solo homer, his 22nd, doubled in a run and drove in another last night–giving him 60 RBI on the season–in the Sox’ walk-off loss in Baltimore…Chris Sale, who left with the lead, gave up two runs in six innings.

More Abreu

Jose owns an eight-game hitting streak, batting .364 with three homers and nine RBI during that span. He also has nine games with three or more RBI, tying him with Oakland’s Brandon Moss and Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion for the most in the big leagues. His 39 extra-base hits is the most by a major leaguer through his first 63 games since the Reds’ Chris Sabo‘s 39 in 1988 (compliments of @ckamka). Abreu’s 22 homers are the most by a rookie before the All-Star break since Mark McGwire hit 33 for the A’s in 1987.

Jose, Alexei Maintain Standing in AL All-Star Voting

Abreu and Alexei Ramirez continue to rank second at their respective positions in the American League All-Star voting. Jose is behind the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera at first base and Alexei is No. 2 behind the Yankees’ Derek Jeter at shortstop.

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White Sox Prospects are “Future Stars”

Second baseman Micah Johnson will represent the United States and RHP Francellis Montas will be part of the World team in the All-Star Futures Game on July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Johnson, 25, is hitting a combined .308 with four home runs, 23 RBI, 30 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 61 games with Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte. He is hitting .462 over his last six games.

Montas, only 21, is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 51 strikeouts in nine starts with Class A Winston-Salem and has limited opponents to a .193 opponents average. He was one of four players acquired from Boston last season in the Jake Peavy trade.

Vandy One Game Away

With their victory in Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series over Virginia, former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) standout Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates are a game away from their first College World Series title. Game 2 is tonight at 7:00 p.m., CT, in Omaha and televised on ESPN.

Here’s Coleman’s remarkable story, written by whitesox.com‘s Scott Merkin in 2012:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121219&content_id=40754258&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Abreu talks about the Sox losing streak. The conclusion? It’s baseball.

“Bad times are part of (baseball) and I think what we have to do is we have to play together. We have to get united. Tough times are going to be there. That’s part of the game, it’s part of the spectacle, it’s part of everything you do in baseball. To be able to get out of it, you have to pull it together.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.34) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8, 4.63) for the O’s.

Photo of the Day

Here is Ro Coleman along with former ACE and Simeon Academy teammate Corey Ray–who also played in this year’s College World Series with Louisville–and proud Sox Director of Youth Baseball Initiatives Kevin Coe when the three reunited this month in Omaha.

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Sale, Sox Battle Birds in First of Three

Monday, June 23, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-1, 2.20) for the Sox, LHP Wei-Yun Chen (7-2, 3.78) for the O’s.

Sale, making his 11th start of the season and third on the road, is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA over his last seven starts. He earned the win in his last start on June 18 vs. the Giants, allowing three runs on eight hits along with seven strikeouts over six innings of work. Chris would rank among the American League leaders in virtually every category with the minimum innings pitched, but was on the disabled list for the first time in his career from April 18-May 21.

The Sox ace also has fanned 492 batters through his first 69 career starts, which is the most in White Sox history and third-most among active pitchers behind Yu Darvish of the Rangers (563) and Tim Lincecum of the Giants (506).

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham singled, doubled and drove in a pair of runs while Jose Abreu drove in RBIs No. 56 and 57 with a single in yesterday’s 6-5 loss to the Twins…Jake Petricka tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts in relief of starter John Danks.

The Beckham and Abreu RBIs:

http://atmlb.com/1mbwhQN

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Paulie the Leader in Current Chicago Sports Longevity

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140623/BLOGS04/140629970/which-current-pro-athletes-have-played-in-chicago-the-longest

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Sox Notes of Note

Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 17 straight games, the longest streak by a Sox left-handed batter since Juan Pierre (18) from July 5-July 29, 2011…Abreu is hitting .333 with four homers and 12 RBI in his last 12 games.

Ro(ad) to the Title

Former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) star Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates face the Virginia Cavaliers tonight (7:00 p.m., CT) in the opener of the best-of-three final series to determine the CWS champion. The entire series, which continues tomorrow night and Wednesday if necessary, will be televised on ESPN.

Good News from Charlotte

Class AAA Charlotte left-handed starter Eric Surkamp has been named the International League Pitcher of the Week for the period of June 16-22. He was 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his two starts during that span.

Quote of the Day

Robin after the tough weekend in Minnesota:

“You have to forget the bad stuff and think about the good stuff and go from there. Any time you want to sit there and pity yourself, you are going to get buried. Nobody cares. So you have to be able to pick yourself up off the mat and compete.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.87) for the Sox, Miguel Gonzalez (4-4, 4.41) for Baltimore.

Photo of the Day

Sale shooting for win No. 7.

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Johnny on the Spot

Sunday, June 22, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (6-5, 3.97) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (7-3, 3.09) for Minnesota.

Danks is making his 15th start of the season and seventh on the road. He is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA over his last three starts. In his last outing, against the Giants on June 17, he went 6.1 IP, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. It was his 11th quality start of the season.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham drove in two runs, Jose Abreu collected a pair hits and an RBI and Conor Gillaspie and Adam Eaton both tripled and scored in the Sox’ 4-3 loss to the Twins. Scott Carroll tossed 3.2 scoreless innings in relief of starter Andre Rienzo.

Sox Pride

White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) product Ro Coleman (second from left) joins in on the celebration last night as his Vanderbilt Commodores moved to the finals of the College World Series for the first time in their history. Vandy, which won on a walkoff bases-loaded infield single in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 4-3 win over Texas, now faces Virginia in the best-of-three series in Omaha beginning tomorrow night.

Coleman, a switch-hitting freshman outfielder, walked in his lone plate appearance last night. He hit a walkoff single in Vanderbilt’s 3-2 victory over Oregon in Regional play that sent the ‘Dores to the Super Regionals.

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Memories

Happy Birthday No. 36 to former White Sox infielder/outfielder Willie Harris, who scored the winning run on Jermaine Dye’s single in the decisive Game 4 of the 2005 World Series. Not only was it the winning tally, but the only run in our 1-0 triumph that completed the sweep and gave us the championship.

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Quote of the Day

Assistant General Manager Buddy Bell on Special Assistant to the GM Jim Thome, who recently spent time working with Sox third base prospect Matt Davidson at Class AAA Charlotte.

“Jimmy is really good at just making you feel better about yourself. Sometimes that’s all you really need. Just the energy Jimmy gives a player is more important than any mechanical change. Matty just got himself in a situation where like a lot of other Triple-A guys, they just want to get to the big leagues so bad that you start doing some things out of character on a mechanical basis…”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-1, 2.20) for the Sox, LHP Wei-Yun Chen (7-2, 3.78) for the O’s.

Photo of the Day

Gillaspie tripled in the first inning and scored on Abreu’s long single.

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Sox Embark on Long Road Trip After Sweeping Giants

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and an 11-game road trip that continues in Baltimore and Toronto. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.98) for the Sox vs. Yohan Pino, making his first major-league start, for Minnesota.

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

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu led off the Sox scoring in the first inning with his 20th homer, a two-run shot, and Adam Dunn blasted his 12th, a three-run job in the fifth, as the Sox on the strength of a 12-hit attack defeated the Giants and Tim Hudson, 7-2, to sweep the two-game series…Alejandro De Aza was a homer shy of the cycle, Tyler Flowers drove in a pair with a single and Conor Gillaspie collected a pair of hits and scored a run against his former teammates…Chris Sale improved his record to 6-1, allowing three runs, eight hits and a walk while striking out seven in six-plus innings. Ronald Belisario got the last five outs for his seventh save and a career-high four in a row.

Watch Abreu and Dunn go deep.

http://atmlb.com/1nh1I8C  

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More Jose

With his home run yesterday, Abreu (58 games) is the third-fastest player in major-league history to reach 20 career home runs. Only Wally Berger (51) in 1930 and Mark McGwire (56) in 1987 did it in less time. Jose is also the third-fastest White Sox player to reach 20 homers in a season, behind only Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (46 games in 1994) and Jim Thome (49 in ’06).

Sale’s Figures

Sale moved to 3-0 with a 2.54 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 14 career interleague games. He is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 56 strikeouts over his last seven starts, limiting the opposition to a .151 average.

Dunn Ties Yaz

Dunn’s homer was the 452nd of his career, which ties him with Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for 35th all-time.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox swept the Giants for the second consecutive time (also, May 16-18 at At&T Park in San Francisco). The Sox now lead the all-time series 6-2 and are 181-140 (.564) vs. the National League since interleague play began…the Sox’ game with the Tigers that was postponed on June 10 will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Saturday, August 30 with start times at 12:10 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. Game tickets and parking coupons from the postponed game can only be used for the first game of the twin bill.

Homecoming

Ozzie Guillen made his first trip to U.S. Cellular Field yesterday since leaving in 2011 after eight years as the Sox skipper.

It was a logical time for Guillen. He came to see his godson, Ehire Adrianza, who started at shortstop for the Giants. Ozzie also said he wanted to see a few of the Giants’ Venezuelan players and San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy.

Guillen arrived late at the ballpark and didn’t visit with any of the Sox before the game, but caught up with friend and former teammate Robin Ventura following the Sox’ victory (photo compliments of the Sun-Times’ Daryl Van Schouwen).

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Danks Goes Hollywood

Here’s John Danks with actor/director Rob Reiner, who threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches before yesterday afternoon’s game.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.37) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-5, 5.66) for Minnesota.

Photo/Video of the Day

If you enjoyed Abreu’s 20th homer, you’ll really going to like this–a compiliation of each one of Jose’s home runs.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33830837/?partnerId=as_cws_20140618_26273606

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It’s Sale vs. Hudson in Battle of Aces as Sox Seek Sweep

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the two-game series and eight-game homestand (with one game postponed). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 1.97) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (7-2, 1.81) for San Francisco.

Sale has limited opponents to a .152 average this season, the lowest mark by an American League pitcher through his first nine starts of a season since 1971, when Oakland’s Vida Blue also held the opposition to a .152 mark. Over Chris’ last six starts, he is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 49 strikeouts. Opponents have hit .122 against him during that span.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham (No. 5) and Dayan Viciedo (6) each blasted a two-out, two-run homer and Adam Eaton had a pair of hits and an RBI in last night’s 8-2 Sox win over the Giants…John Danks had another strong performance, allowing just one earned run and five hits in 6.1 innings for his sixth win of the season. Javy Guerra (0.2 IP), Zach Putnam (1.0) and Daniel Webb (1.0) finished wth 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Watch the Beckham and Viciedo homers:

http://atmlb.com/1ndgzkq

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Sox Notes of Note

Danks earned his third consecutive win and moves to 3-1 with a 1.51 ERA over his last five outings…the Sox bullpen has recorded a 2.56 ERA over its last 17 games while Putnam has a 0.82 ERA over his last 18 outings,16 of which have been scoreless…Eaton has reached base in 12 straight games and has five multi-hit efforts over his last nine games. During that time he is hitting .340 with a .436 on-base percentage…Beckham has reached base in 11 of his last 14 games and is hitting .315 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 17 RBI since May 6…former Giant Conor Gillaspie is hitting .358 in his last 24 games and last night recorded his fourth multi-hit game in the last nine contests.

A True Legend

Famed singer John Legend was a visitor to the #SoxSocial Lounge last night. It looks like he was having a great time.

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The Sox and Giants: A Rare Glimpse of History

Thanks to Jim Margalus of the popular website South Side Sox, here’s a fascinating sidebar to his previous series about a time a century ago when the White Sox and Giants were partners on a baseball diplomacy tour.

http://www.southsidesox.com/2014/6/18/5819968/white-sox-giants-world-tour-mrs-callahans-journal

Quote of the Day

Robin on Danks’ performance:

“He has really gotten it together, from where he started early in the year, the frustrations he had, some mechanical stuff that you start with and then it becomes mental and all the physical stuff that comes with it.  He has pitched to where he’s always giving us a chance right now. He becomes tough when he has the feel of the changeup like that and spotting his fastball. It just seems like he has a little more on it as far as spotting his fastball.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and an 11-game road trip that continues in Baltimore and Toronto. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.98) for the Sox vs. Yohan Pino, making his first major-league start, for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

Danks tips his cap to the fans as he left last night’s game to a standing ovation.

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Sox Honor Cuban Stars Prior to Series Opener with Giants

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game interleague series. Starters: LHP John Danks (5-5, 4.17) for the Sox, RHP Matt Cain (1-4, 3.84) for San Francisco.

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

White Sox Baseball: A History of Cuban Stars

Today’s panel discussion featuring Cuban-born White Sox players past and present played to an enthusiastic crowd in the Conference & Learning Center.

Moderated by ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, whose family moved to the United States from Cuba shortly before he was born, the panel included Sox icon Minnie Minoso, current players Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Adrian Nieto and 2005 playoff hero Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez.

The players talked about a variety of topics. Here are a few tidbits:

El Duque:

On playing in Cuba vs. the U.S.:  “The primary difference is that you ride on a bike in Cuba, you ride in a car here. You eat steak here, you don’t know what it is there.” 

On the success of Cuban ballplayers: “I’m proud of what young Cuban players are doing in the major leagues. And they’re going to keep coming and show how good they are.”

On Minoso: “I want to thank Minnie for laying the groundwork (for Cuban players). None of that has been forgotten.”

Alexei:

On playing in Chicago: “I love it here. Fans treat me in a wonderful manner. They stop me on the street and say they love the way I play. They often ask me why I don’t take a day off. That’s not who I am.”

Dayan:

On the passion of Cuban players: “That’s how we’re taught to play the game. We celebrate the game. We try to give 110 percent every time we’re on the field.”

Jose:

On the difference between U.S and Cuban baseball: “It’s very different from a tactical sense. The way you play the game, the way you train, the way you work away from the game.”

Adrian:

On Abreu: “He’s the Cuban Babe Ruth.”

A Moment in Time

As you see from the photo below, while El Duque was at the ballpark today he struck his familiar pose from the 2005 American League Division Series against the Red Sox that is memorialized on the monument outside of the ballpark. Hernandez’s performance in Game 3 of the ALDS will go down as one of the most memorable moments in franchise history. He came on in relief and retired the side with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning (prompting the pose) and pitched three scoreless innings as the Sox won 5-3 to win the series.

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Jose, Alexei Maintain Standing in All-Star Voting

Abreu and Ramirez continue to hold on to second place at their respective positions in the All-Star Game fan voting. According to the latest results released yesterday, Jose is second behind the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera at first base and Alexei is right behind shortstop leader Derek Jeter of the Yankees.

Field of Greens

Our annual Field of Greens Golf Outing (presented by Miller Lite) was held yesterday at the Harborside International Golf Center as former and current Sox players joined Sox fans for an enjoyable day. The proceeds from the tournament benefit pediatric cancer research and treatment at Lurie Children’s Hospital and the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.

Among those participating yesterday was Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk:

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Inaugural #Social Series

The White Sox and Giants have teamed up for the inaugural #SocialSeries. As part of the #SocialSeries, each team will send a correspondent to the other team’s city.

The Giants’ correspondent is Alena Docena (@alenadee20_LWOS) The contest to be the White Sox #SocialSeries correspondent will launch July 1, and fans can find details at whitesox.com/socialseries.

Quote of the Day

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the two-game series and eight-game homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 1.97) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (7-2, 1.81) for San Francisco.

Photo of the Day

Worth another look: Paul Konerko‘s daughter Amelia stole the show during the ceremonial first pitch ceremony Sunday on Father’s Day. Here’s dad and daughter in the Sox dugout.

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Sox Offense Seeking Some Father’s Day Pop

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-3, 5.25) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (7-3, 3.34) for Kansas City.

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

Plays of the Day

Paul Konerko hit a solo homer, his fourth blast of the season, and collected a pair of singles while Javy Guerra tossed 2.1 IP of scoreless relief in yesterday’s loss to the Royals. And the Sox executed a great relay throw in the ninth–from right fielder Moises Sierra to second baseman Gordon Beckham to third baseman Leury Garcia to prevent the Royals’ Nori Aoki from stretching a double into a triple. Here’s the play:  http://m.mlb.com/video/v33711903

Movin’ On Up

Paulie’s homer was the 438th of his career, tying Andre Dawson for 42nd place on the all-time home run list.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33711191

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Transactions

The Sox have acquired outfielder Michael Taylor from the Oakland A’s for Kannapolis right-handed pitcher Jacob Sanchez. Taylor, who saw major-league action with the A’s from 2011-13, is headed to Class AAA Charlotte…the Sox have also signed righty reliever Henry Rodriguez and assigned him to Charlotte, where he’ll begin on the disabled list. He has spent time in the majors with four different teams.

Sox Notes of Note

Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 10 consecutive games, including five times on Friday night. Eaton is hitting .333 with five walks and a .438 on-base percentage over his last seven games…with the College World Series now underway in Omaha, Sox skipper Robin Ventura has been ranked No. 2 among the Top 25 major league players who have made an impact on the CWS according to an ESPN panel of five college baseball and MLB draft experts. Robin played in the college classic twice with Oklahoma State.

Quote of the Day

Jose Abreu on hitting in his home ballpark:

“One of the things is that wherever you hit the ball here, it can go out. You have a chance to go out anywhere in here. Not only to left, but to right and center. Hitting in this field is comfortable. It’s appealing. You can see the ball well. That’s one of the things I really like.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday, it will be the White Sox vs. the Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game interleague series. Starters: LHP John Danks (5-5, 4.17) for the Sox, RHP Matt Cain (1-4, 3.84) for San Francisco.

Photo of the Day

Happy Father’s Day to all my fellow Sox fan Dads.

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KC and the White Sox Band

Friday, June 13, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-6, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 4.10) for Kansas City.

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

Play of the Day

Despite absorbing his first defeat of the season in last night’s loss to the Tigers, Chris Sale (5-1) was outstanding. In seven innings of work, he gave up just one run and five hits while striking out 10–and lowered his ERA to 1.97. Chris recorded his 13th career double-digit strikeout game and third of the season. His career mark is now tied for third in franchise history with Javier Vazquez. It was also his third career outing with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks.

Avi Begins the Road Back

With Sox trainer Herm Schneider watching, Avi Garcia celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday by playing catch for the first time since his shoulder injury.

http://Instagram.com/p/pKMa9slsXi/

Looking into the Future

I was at our Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale today and had the opportunity to see U.S. Olympic speed skater Eddy Alvarez (in top photo below), who signed with us earlier this week, take batting practice. Also there was Micker Adolfo Zapata (bottom photo), the Dominican outfielder who signed with the Sox a year ago when he was 16. Upon signing, Micker was the No. 2 ranked international prospect by MLB.com.

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Oh, By the Way

How hot was it in the Phoenix area today? Here’s the answer–and it even got up to 112.

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Ceremonial First Pitchers

Last night, former Northern Illinois star and current Chicago Bear Jordan Lynch did the honors. Tonight it’s actor and comedian Kevin Hart and tomorrow it’s Bear Rinehart, guitarist and lead vocalist of NEEDTOBREATHE. On Tuesday, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, one of the heroes of the 2005 Sox postseason, will throw out the first pitch and on Wednesday it’s actor/director Rob Reiner‘s turn.

Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-4, 5.40) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-5, 3.26) for KC.

Photo/Video of the Day

Here’s Dayan Viciedo making an amazing catch in last night’s game:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33666273

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