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The Future is Now: Erik Johnson Bids For Third Victory

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (2-2, 2.82) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (0-0, 1.59) for K.C. Johnson owns a 2.82 ERA with 14 strikeouts over his first four career starts (three quality starts).

Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia, CF; Beckham, 2B; Gillaspie, 3B; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; A. Garcia, RF; Semien, SS; Jor. Danks, LF; Gonzalez, C.

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Paulie on Paulie 

From yesterday’s session with the media:

On the impending processing of deciding his baseball future…

“One of the things I wanted to do coming into this season, regardless of the result, was that no matter what happened, I wanted to go home and take maybe a month to get away from baseball.  That was my plan coming into this season which I decided on – along with the help of talking to other players, athletes and friends who have faced a similar decision.  

“However, my decision is based on the premise that there is a choice given to me by the organization and they want me to come back.  Right now, I don’t know that.  I haven’t spoken to the White Sox formally about the decision, but this is all set to the backdrop of them wanting me to come back.  Ultimately my mind could be made up for me because right now I don’t know what my choices or options are from their end.”

On his physical and mental state affecting his decision…

“Right now, the physical end is probably a bigger factor.  Mentally, I think you can always rebound.  This isn’t the first rough season I’ve had.  But, the older you get it’s easier to let things go quicker.  You do get beat up a little more mentally each year, but ultimately you get better at handling it.  But, physically you just have to know your body.  When you talk about the offseason and Spring Training, those are big commitments that you have to want to do.  The season doesn’t start on April 1. For me, it starts mid-November.  So, you have to know that you’re willing to go through that.  It’s a long year and you have to know if you’re up for it physically.

“You can never totally know with certain injuries.  There are some things that are isolated and once you get past it, you know that will never bother you again.  But, other things you just know that’s never going away and it may hang around as a nagging injury.  Again, that’s something over the next month or so todetermine.  It’s not just games, but it can take a toll traveling, during Spring Training, the offseason and all of those things.” 

On finishing his career with the White Sox…

“That’s always been my goal.  Again, I don’t know the options that will be made available to me.  But, when I signed back here in ’05 I felt like that could be it, and after 2010 it has brought us to this point now.  That’s always what I have envisioned, finishing my career with the White Sox.”

On how the decision has weighed on him throughout the year…

“Every season, since I was seven years old, I’ve know I would continue to play the next year.  If I do play next year however, that would probably be my final year.  There are just so many factors, like traveling to different cities and then thinking ‘Am I going to see this person again or ever be back here?’  Looking back, I didn’t like going through that and not knowing the answer.  I wasn’t sure enough coming out of Spring Training to decide one way or the other if this would be my final season.  If I had made that decision, I probably would have had a better year personally for me either way the decision went.  However, that doesn’t excuse the season we have had as a team.  There’s just so much that is in your control as well as out of your control.” 

On how the results of 2013 will factor into his decision…

“That’s a huge determining factor, it may be the biggest.  You only go through this sort of thing once, so you seek the advice of other people who have been through it.  It would be nice to go out on top with a winner or having your best season, but looking at the other side of it, this is how careers are supposed to end.  Not everybody gets to do it exactly how they want.  When things aren’t at their best, that is what closes you out, when you’ve decided you’ve had enough if things aren’t going the way you want them to.  I can see it both ways.  You’re always taught to fight throughout your career to overcome the bumps in the road, no matter what happens, you get up and fight again.  It’s a matter of whether or not I’m in the mode of wanting to get up and fight.

“I just think taking a month off and away from the game will help.  The more you don’t play, I think the needle will always move towards wanting to play.  I just have to determine how much of that feeling is real come November.”

On the possibility returning to play as a part-time player…

“The only place I could do that is in Chicago.  My family likes it here, my kids love it here and it’s a great place to be in the summer.  I’ve always held myself to a high standard, production-wise.  If I do come back in any capacity, I may have to lessen those standards somewhat.  Production can be done in a variety of ways, it’s not just hitting home runs and driving in runs.  If I’m going to come back, I have to be better working with the young guys and helping them out, instead of being so consumed with myself and following my own routine.      

“Again, that role has to exist for me here though.  I don’t know what the roster will look like yet, that will be determined by Rick and the front office.  I’m very conscious of earning my way onto the playing field, and not having to have a favor done for me.  Since I was a little kid, I feel like I’ve earned my way, and right now, I’m not sure I can say that for next year.  That’s a concern for me.  I don’t want to put anybody in a tough spot.  I want to be back here because it makes sense for me and the White Sox, because this organization has always been honest with me and treated me well.  I’m not looking to power play somebody into a job, because that’s not who I am.”

On the possibility of Sunday being his final game…

“It’s crossed my mind.  But regardless of knowing whether or not it will be my last game going into it, I’m going to go about it the same way as every game.  I’m still going to come in, hit off the tee, take batting practice, get ready and go play.  I don’t know how else I would go about it or how much more I would do.  I don’t get too caught up in those sorts of things.  I could play Sunday and look back a month from now and find out that was my last game.  That’s possible, but I don’t know what other way to go about it right now.”

On the possibility of playing for another team next season…

“I’d have to weigh my options if I decided I wanted to play again but the opportunity of playing for the White Sox wasn’t there.  It would be tough to go somewhere else to play for just one year.  It would come down to how much I really just want to still play the game of baseball.  There are a lot of factors that will go into it.  But, right now I don’t know what options will be presented to me.”

On his future in baseball after retiring as a player…

“Right now, I can’t see myself doing anything in the game.  It would be a while.  Because of the age my kids are, I wouldn’t want to miss something with them that I couldn’t do because I took a job in baseball.  I have some other interests and things I could do from or around home to keep me busy for a while.”

Fan Appreciation Day 

Tomorrow is Fan Appreciation Day at U.S. Cellular Field. In addition to Family Sunday events, select players plus Sox coach Harold Baines and Ron KIttle, both stars on the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox, will sign autographs for kids before the game. Additionally, 1,300 prizes will be given away and youngsters can run the bases post-game.

Play(s) of the Day

Gordon Beckham hit a solo homer, his fifth of the season, and Alexei Ramirez tripled and singled in last night’s loss to the Royals.

Quote(s) of the Day

GM Rick Hahn announcing yesterday that Robin will be back as Sox skipper in 2014:

“Robin has met the challenge this team has put in front of him over the last two years, both the good and the bad, extremely well.’’

Ventura on returning next year:

“I am motivated to be back and happy to come back and turn this around.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S.  Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the final game of the four-game series and last game of the 2013 season. Starters:  LHP Jose Quintana (9-6, 3.45) for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen (8-4, 3.31) for Kansas City.

Did You Know…

…that Dayan Viciedo is hitting .333 with seven doubles, four homers, 19 RBI and 16 runs scored over his last 29 games?

Photo of the Day

Gordon puts in on the board.

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Paulie and Rick Talk to the Media as Sale Prepares to Face Shields and Royals

Friday, September 27, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-13, 2.97) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (12-9, 3.21) for Kansas City.

Sale is among the American League leaders in numerous categories: Complete Games (4, 1st); Strikeouts by a Lefthanded Pitcher (221, 1st); Strikeout/Walk Radio (4.91, 2nd); Strikeouts (221, 3rd); WHIP (1.05, 3rd); Quality Starts (23, T3rd); Opponents On-Base Percentage (.278, 4th); Strikeouts/9.0 IP (9.52, 5th); Opponents Average (.225, 5th); Opponents Slugging Average (.350, 5th); ERA (6th); and Home ERA (2.79, 8th).

More Sale:

* His strikeout total this year is the most strikeouts in a season by a White Sox lefthander in team history.

* He ranks fifth in strikeouts in club history for a single season behind Hall of Famer Ed Walsh (269 in 1908, 258 in 1910, 255 in 1911, 254 in 1912).

* He is attempting to set Sox single-season records in strikeouts per nine innings and strikeout-to-walk ratio.

* He is the eighth pitcher in Sox history (15th time) to work at least 200 innings and have 200-plus strikeouts in a season.

* Has six career 12-plus strikeout games, tied with Juan Pizarro and Ed Walsh for the most in team history.

* Chris is the fastest pitcher in franchise history to reach 200 K’s in a season (193.2 IP, 27 games) and 500 career strikeouts (472.1 IP).

* His .133 average vs. lefthanded hitters is the third-lowest in the major leagues.

Sox Starting Lineup: Jor. Danks, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Viciedo, LF; Semien, 3B; Phegley, C.       

Paulie Speaks

PK spoke to the media before today’s game. Among the highlights:

* He’s going to take a month off before making a decision whether or not to play next year.

* If he does come back, 2014 will be his last season.

* He could make a list of 20 reasons to come back and another list of 20 reasons not to.

* For the first time going back to his youth, he doesn’t feel he’s earned his way onto next year’s team. He said his role would have to make sense for both him and the Sox.

* He indicated that if he does come back, production can be evaluated in a number of ways so he would consider a different role and working closer with the young players.

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A Special Thank You

I thought I’d share this e-mail we received today from a fan named Ben. It never ceases to amaze me what an act of kindness at the ballpark can do:

I am writing to tell you about a heartwarming event which occurred last night during the game with the Royals.  Just before the game started, a family of four, Dad, Mom, Daughter, Son, walked down to their seats in the 18th row of section 120.  Not that unusual, except the little girl, about 9 years old with pigtails and glasses, struggled mightily to get down the stairs.  She had braces on both legs, held Mom and Dad’s hands and made her way down to her seat.  The thing which struck me the most was the smile on her face, she was just happy to be at the ball game.  Her journey looked painful to me but didn’t seem so to her.

I was sitting about 7 rows behind them and a section over.  Each time there was a break in the action, her Mom and brother would help her to her feet.  Her brother would rise too and the two of them kept trying to get on the scoreboard.  They kept smiling the whole game but never made it onto the scoreboard.  As the 6th inning approached, two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew were standing behind sections 122 and 123, waiting for the 7th inning stretch.  

I walked up to the two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew (I did not catch their names but looking at your web site, I believe one was Kathleen).  I asked them if they had any pull with the in stadium cameramen.  I explained to them the story about the little girl. They said they would see what they could do.

In the bottom of the sixth, one of the young ladies walked down the aisle with two t-shirts in hand and sits down behind the family.  She talked to the family for a couple of minutes and then presented the kids with the t-shirts.  Their eyes got real big and their smiles were as wide as the Grand Canyon.  When the young lady from the Chevy Pride Crew left, she did not get to see all of the excitement she created.  That little girl was on Cloud Nine!  The family stayed until the 8th inning, the little girl clutching her t-shirt.  This was better than being on the scoreboard, she could take the shirt with her.  After struggling up the stairs to leave, smile still on her face, she got into a wheelchair, which I had not seen before.  The Security Guards were asking her about her t-shirt and she told them about the special young lady who gave one to her and one to her brother.  The Security Guards gave her enthusiastic high fives. 

The family left but your team put a huge smile on the face of a little girl!  I am sure she will be a White Sox fan for life.  I want to thank the White Sox and especially the two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew for making a lifetime memory for a little girl and her family, it was so touching to see!

“Like Sands Through the Hourglass, So Are the Days of Our Lives”

For a few of the cast members of the long-running soap opera, Days of our Lives, their lives included a visit last night to U.S. Cellular Field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch (plus an appearance in the Sox #SocialLounge).

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=30972177

Play(s) of the Day

Paulie hit his 12th homer of the season, a solo shot, and 434th of his career while Adam hit No. 33, also a solo blast, and No. 439 in last night’s 3-2 loss to the Royals…Andre Rienzo was solid in a quality start, allowing just two earned runs and four hits in 6.0+ innings.

Here’s Dunn’s monster home run, which was just shy of the rightfield concourse and estimated at 442 feet:  http://atmlb.com/1fKY5XR

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Quote(s)of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the Sox status:

“We’re well aware of what needs to be done. We’re ready to hit the ground running… to get this thing right.”

Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the tenure of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who yesterday officially announced he will be retiring in January of 2015:

“When you step back and view the dramatic transformation Major League Baseball has undergone during Bud Selig’s tenure as commissioner, it is truly quite astounding. A social institution with a long and rich history like baseball is often very resistant and slow to change, yet Commissioner Selig has introduced dramatic, sweeping innovations to improve the game like expanded playoffs, comprehensive drug testing and competitive balance. These changes have left a lasting impact on baseball, most importantly for the fans of this great game. At his heart, Bud is a baseball fan, and that perspective has driven all he has done during his time as Commissioner. That is his legacy.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (2-2, 2.82) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (0-0, 1.59) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…that Konerko’s homer last night tied him with Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones for 42nd place on the all-time home run list? Dunn is now three behind Dave Kingman for 38th place.

Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers spoke to the media yesterday. He said he was ahead of schedule in his rehab and will begin his normal offseason routine in December as usual. Flowers said his shoulder bothered him on and off all season, but refused to use it as an excuse. Tyler said he hopes to be back with the White Sox next season to prove he can play, but understands it’s a business…Jeff Keppinger underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder yesterday at Rush Medical Center. The procedure involved a debridement of the right shoulder–no surgical repair was necessary.  Keppinger is expected to recover in 2-3 months and will be ready for spring training next season…Sox great Frank Thomas, like Keppinger a native of Georgia, has been elected to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. The Big Hurt, from Columbus, will be inducted next February 22 in Macon.

Photo of the Day

Our All-Star lefty makes his last start of the season.

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The Final Four

Thursday, September 26, 2013

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 four-game series that will end the regular season. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-2, 5.04) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (14-12, 4.09) for Kansas City.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Semien, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; A. Garcia, RF; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Anderson, C.

Hawk on MLB Network

Hawk Harrelson will serve as a guest studio analyst on MLB Network’s MLB Tonight show during the network’s coverage of the ALDS and NLDS on October 4 and 5. Hawk will work with various MLB Network hosts and analysts from its studios in Secaucus, NJ. 

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Special Guests

Days of our Lives cast members are scheduled to appear at tonight’s game to throw out ceremonial first pitch and visit the #SoxSocial Lounge.

Play(s) of the Day

Avi Garcia homered (No. 7) and singled, Dayan Viciedo drove in a run with a single and Alexei Ramirez and Jordan Danks each had a pair of base hits in last night’s loss to the Indians.

Quote of the Day

Paulie on Robin (from a Scott Merkin piece on whitesox.com):

“He’s just steady. He doesn’t change. The fact that he’s held it together with what he’s had to witness all year, with the rest of the coaches, I could tell you there probably are a lot of staffs and managers that this could have been really bad with what happened. But hopefully this is the last time he has to go through something like this.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: In a battle of aces, it will be LHP Chris Sale (11-13, 2.97) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (12-9, 3.21) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…that with two more hits last night Avi Garcia is batting .373 with a triple, four homers, 15 RBI and 11 runs scored in his last 19 games?

Photo/Video of the Day

Avi’s blast.

http://atmlb.com/1b7692h

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Makeup Monday After a Winning Sunday

Monday, September 23, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in a makeup game originally scheduled, but postponed, on June 12. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (8-6, 3.49) for the Sox, LHP J.A. Happ (4-6, 4.82) for Toronto. Quintana has given up three runs or less in 14 of his last 15 starts. 

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Keppinger, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Semien, 3B; Phegley, C.

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Paulie Talks with the Ripkens

Listen to Paul Konerko as he visits with Cal and Billy Ripken last Friday on the MLB Radio Network:

https://www.hightail.com/download/OGhlZEU1Qk56RStybHNUQw

Wins (For a Pitcher) Aren’t Everything

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/for-modern-day-statistician-winning-isnt-everything/2013/09/18/e0a9d0f2-2075-11e3-94a2-6c66b668ea55_story.html

Play(s) of the Day

Avisail Garcia and Jeff Keppinger each collected three hits and two RBI and Conor Gillaspie drove in two runs with a triple and scored three times in yesterday’s 6-3 win in Detroit. Erik Johnson chalked up his second major league victory, and second straight, allowing just two runs in 6.2 innings to lower his ERA to 2.82.

Here’s Conor’s triple in the fifth inning and Jeff’s double that scored two runs in the seventh:

Gillaspie: http://atmlb.com/1aWNkig

Keppinger: http://atmlb.com/1bzSGmn

Quote of the Day

A very positive tweet and a look ahead to 2014 from our whitesox.com beat writer after the Sox scored three runs in the fifth inning yesterday and held the Tigers scoreless. Avi singled in a run, Semien singled and scored, Gillaspie tripled in the two runs and Johnson retired the side in an uneventful fifth:

@scottmerkin: Strong inning for the White Sox future: A. Garcia, Semien, Gillaspie, Johnson.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a two-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-9, 3.53) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9, 3.39) for the Tribe.

Did You Know…

…that Avi Garcia is now hitting .375 with 12 RBI in his last 16 games including 7 for 15 with a homer and five RBI against his former Tigers teammates over the weekend? He’s also playing great defense as evidenced in yesterday’s game by his diving catch to rob Prince Fielder on a line drive in the sixth inning.

Photo of the Day

Two in a row for Erik.

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?c_id=cws&content_id=30848377&partnerId=as_mlb_20130923_12239494

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There’s a Sale at Comerica Park

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-13, 3.08) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (13-8, 4.45) for Detroit. Chris is 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA in four starts against the Tigers in 2013. He is also one strikeout away from tying Gary Peters’ franchise record for a lefthanded pitcher (215), set in 1967.

Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia, CF; Semien, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Jor. Danks, LF; Keppinger, DH; Beckham, 2B; Anderson, C.

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All My Children

Avisail Garcia was back in the lineup last night after being away for the birth of his first child, daughter Anarella. While Garcia rejoined the Sox, it’s now Dayan Viciedo’s turn as the Sox outfielder returned to be with his wife who gave birth to the couple’s second child, a daughter named Dayana. 

Another Honor for the Chairman

http://www.socialifechicago.com/2013/09/20/jerry-reinsdorf-pauline-palmer-award/

Play of the Day

Welcome back…Avi hit his fifth home run of the season, a two-run blast, and a run-scoring triple in last night’s loss to the Tigers.

Quote of the Day

Robin, who went through the experience of becoming a father when he was a player, talked about what Garcia is going through. And it certainly applies to Viciedo as well.

“For me, my wife was great as far as letting me get a little rest. The adrenaline and the excitement (Avi) has is going to overtake the fatigue he probably has from what he has been through the last few days.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and the last time the Sox face the Tigers this season. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-2, 2.87) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (14-7, 2.51) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Conor Gillaspie, who tripled last night with an RBI and run scored, is batting .349 in his last 21 games? Among American League rookies he’s second in games (127), third in hits (97), tied for third in home runs (12), tied for third in runs scored (41) and sixth in RBI (36).

Photo/Video of the Day

Avi’s fourth-inning shot.

http://atmlb.com/1f1a9qf

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Looking for the Sweep

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series with the Sox having won the first two. Starters: LHP John Danks (4-13, 4.73) for the Sox, LHP Scott Diamond (5-11, 5.61) for Minnesota.

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

Sox to Honor Micah Johnson

Before today’s game, White Sox prospect Micah Johnson will be honored by the organization for leading minor-league baseball with 84 stolen bases in 2013. GM Rick Hahn and Assistant GM Buddy Bell will present Johnson with a commemorative base and plaque.

Johnson hit .312 with 24 doubles, 15 triples, seven homers, 58 RBI and 106 runs scored among his stops at Class A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem and the Class AA Birmingham Barons. He topped off his season by being named the MVP of the Southern League Championship Series, won by the Barons.

Baines and Santiago Meet the Troops

Take a look at Harold Baines and Hector Santiago as they visit with members of the military a week ago on 9/11. Both were personally affected on that fateful day in 2001. Baines was in New York with the Sox, who were in town to play the Yankees, and Santiago could actually see the devastation first-hand from his Newark, New Jersey middle school.

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=30670473

From the Archives: Sox Players Benefit from a Courageous Couple

http://thestacks.deadspin.com/how-a-white-couple-stuck-up-for-black-ballplayers-in-ji-1309892662

Play(s) of the Day

Jose Quintana won his eighth game of the year last night with another outstanding performance in the Sox’s 4-3 win over the Twins. He allowed just one run on eight hits, issued a pair of walks and struck out five…Dayan Viciedo went 3-5 with a pair of RBI, Alexei Ramirez drove in a run with his 39th double of the season and rookie Marcus Semien got the Sox on the board in the second inning with an RBI single…Jordan Danks made a spectacular catch in right field to rob Trevor Plouffe in the fifth (see Photo/Video of the Day)…Addison Reed pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 38th save, which ties him for fifth-most in the American League this season. He is now also tied with Roberto Hernandez (1993 and 1996) for the fifth-most in a season in Sox history.

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Quote of the Day

Paulie, on what he hears from Sox opponents about Quintana (via Colleen Kane in the Trib):

“Just real poised…They always just rave about how good his stuff is No. 1, but he just doesn’t give you anything. He doesn’t really show anything out there, which is a good thing.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-2, 5.04) for the Sox, RHP Matt Scherzer (19-3, 2.95) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

that Alexei is hitting .392 with eight doubles, four homers and 14 RBI in 18 games vs. the Twins this season? He is also three doubles away from tying Red Kress (1932) and Hall of Famer Luke Appling (1937) for most two-base hits (42) in a season by a Sox shortstop.

Photo/Video of the Day

Jordan’s great grab:

http://atmlb.com/1eNCNel

Quintana, Sox Go for Two in a Row vs. Twins

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-6, 3.56) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-12, 5.31) for Minnesota.

Sox Starting LIneup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Viciedo, LF; Dunn, DH; Konerko,1B; Danks, RF; Beckham, 2B; Phegley, C; Semien, 3B.

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White Sox Hero of the Game…a Cool Story

I received this e-mail today from Sox fan Tony P.:

I am long time reader of your blog and remembered that your email address was in there. I wanted to see if you could pass along my email to Mr Reinsdorf. I just wanted to extend my family thanks to him and to acknowledge 3 of his employees for making September 13th, 2013 one of the best days of my Dad’s life. During the game last Friday, my Dad was honored as the White Sox Hero Of The Game.

My Dad is a Vietnam Veteran that has cancer. He got the cancer due to the agent orange that they used in Vietnam. He has been battling cancer for the past 5 years. With the help of Amy, Josh and Scott, I was able to arrange group outing of 90+ people to the ballpark that day.  They even helped me put a message on the scoreboard that surprised everyone. It had my Dad’s favorite saying on there, “Today Matters”. This is my Dad’s motto that helps him get through his cancer fighting days.

He was very impressed on how everyone in the organization treated him that day. When he was being walked to the dug out, various White Sox employees (Players, Chefs, Security, Ushers….) were giving him high fives and thanking him for his service.

My Dad was also surprised by the turnout especially when all of his firefighter buddies showed up. He hasn’t seen some of them in over 10 years!  Below is what he posted the next morning on Facebook.

“Well today was truly the best day I had in the last 5 years. It was truly amazing. So thankful to the Chicago White Sox for honoring me for my military service as the Hero of the Game today. So many took the time off on a weekday to share this experience with me and I have to tell you it was very humbling. I thank Tony, Geri and everyone involved in putting this together. It is a memorable experience that will forever be etched into my heart. It was great to see my family , friends and so many new friends I made today. This was a Welcome Home any Vietnam Veteran would be proud to be part of or any veteran for that matter. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for this most wonderful day. God Bless all of You! Today Matters…..”

Words can’t describe how thankful I am are for Amy, Josh and Scott for helping me make this day a reality. Please make sure they get the credit they deserve for all of their help.

#Vote4Hawk

Hawk Harrelson is a candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2014 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting. You can vote for him now at http://atmlb.com/1eLDPrj.

And here’s candidate Harrelson like you’ve never seen him before:

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?content_id=30679589&query=hawk

Paulie and Gordon Up Close & Personal

http://adrinkwith.com/gordon-beckham-paul-konerko/

Play(s) of the Day

The White Sox’s 12-1 triumph over the Twins last night was a success in many ways. Rookie Erik Johnson claimed his first major-league win with six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out eight…The Sox offense broke out early, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning…Alexei Ramirez pounded out four hits, including his fifth home run in the seventh, was a triple shy of a cycle and drove in three runs…Adam Dunn (32) and Dayan Viciedo (13) hit back-back homers in the fourth inning and Jordan Danks added his fourth long one in the sixth…Dunn’s homer was the 438th of his career, tying him for 39th place with Andre Dawson on the all-time list.

Enjoy the four homer onslaught:

Dunn: http://atmlb.com/165Y7Iu

Viciedohttp://atmlb.com/165YlPZ

Dankshttp://atmlb.com/16ajCRu

Ramirez: http://atmlb.com/16alZ6U

Quote of the Day (tweeted yesterday)

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (4-13, 4.73) for the Sox, LHP Scott Diamond (5-11, 5.61) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that the White Sox last night recorded their largest margin of victory this season and set a season high for runs in a game?

…that 30 years ago today, the “Winning Ugly” White Sox clinched the A.L. West pennant with a 4-3 victory over Seattle? Harold Baines’ sac fly scored Julio Cruz for the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth as Dennis Lamp got credit for the win in relief. The Sox went on to win the division by 20 games.

Photo of the Day

Johnson recorded big-league victory No. 1.

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Current and Future Sox Contributed to Birmingham’s Southern League Success

Monday, September 16, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-2, 4.66) for the Sox, LHP Liam Hendriks (1-2, 5.25) for Minnesota. Johnson is shooting for his first big-league win.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; Viciedo, LF; Jor. Danks, RF; Beckham, 2B; Anderson, C.

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Play of the Day: The Birmingham Connection

Erik Johnson and his college and pro teammate Marcus Semien, whose two hits yesterday in the Sox’s loss to Cleveland brought his average to .346 since coming to Chicago, both spent a good portion of this season at Class AA Birmingham–the brand new Southern League champions. Semien, in fact, was named the league’s MVP for his performance before being called up to Class AAA Charlotte. Johnson was 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA prior to joining the Knights. RHPs Jake Petricka and Daniel Webb and C Miguel Gonzalez, all now with the Sox, also contributed to the championship season.

All five undoubtedly experienced a great deal of satisfaction last night as their ex-mates clinched the Barons’ first league championship since 2002. Host Birmingham, managed by Julio Vinas, won the title, 4-2, by capturing the winner-take-all fifth game in the best-of-five series against the two-time defending champion Mobile BayBears, a Diamondbacks farm club. 

The MVP of the championship series was second baseman Micah Johnson (pictured below), who joined the Barons in late August from High Class A Winston-Salem after he started the season at Class A Kannapolis. He hit .450 with a homer, six runs scored and four RBI in the five games and in the decisive contest last night, he went 2-4 with a home run, two runs batted in and two runs scored.

In the entire postseason, Micah led the team with a .368 average, 12 runs scored and seven steals while driving in seven runs and walking seven times. The talented speedster, a top Sox prospect, led the entire minor leagues in stolen bases in 2013 with 84 and batted .312 with a .373 on base percentage in his three stops during the regular season. 

Here’s more:

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/09/birmingham_barons_win_southern.html

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130916&content_id=60747108&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb&tcid=tw_share

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/09/birmingham_barons_timeline_rel.html#incart_river

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Quote of the Day

@BhamBarons: FINAL: Barons 4 Mobile 2!!! 2013 SOUTHERN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! GO CRAZY BIRMINGHAM!!!

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-6, 3.56) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-12, 5.31) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that with his seven strikeouts last night vs. the Tribe, Chris Sale is just one shy of Gary Peters’ franchise record for lefthanders (215) set in 1967?

Sox Notes of Note

Happy Birthday to both Gordon Beckham (27) and bench coach Mark Parent (52)…Hector Santiago, who last week was selected as the Sox nominee for the 2013 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award (honoring on-and-off-the-field achievements), has also been chosen as the club’s nominee for this year’s Roberto Clemente Award–”which pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others”…Vance Law, the third baseman on the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox and currently member of the organization as a special assistant to player development, sang the National Anthem before last night’s game. Interestingly, Vance’s Dad, Vern, the 1960 National League Cy Young Award winner, was a teammate of Clemente’s on the Pirates…Scotty McCreery, the 2011 American Idol winner, was at the ballpark yesterday to promote the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program and visited the #SoxSocial Lounge.

Photo of the Day

The 2013 Southern League Champion Birmingham Barons.

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http://pic.twitter.com/hMyIEC1hU6

Sox Counting on Sale in Series Finale vs. the Tribe

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-12, 2.90) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (7-9, 4.11) for Cleveland.

Chris has won five of his last six decisions, winning his last start on September 9 vs. the Tigers allowing just one run on four hits over 8.0 IP along with eight strikeouts. He ranks among the American League leaders in complete games (1st, 4), quality starts (T2nd, 22), strikeouts (3rd, 207), opponents average (3rd, .223) and ERA (5th).

Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia CF, Beckham 2B, Ramirez SS, Dunn 1B, Keppinger DH, Viciedo LF, J Danks RF, Phegley C, Semien 3B

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Barons vs. BayBears Tonight: Winner Take All

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox Class AA affiliate, and the Mobile BayBears will clash tonight in Game 5 of the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series at Regions Field in Birmingham. The BayBears, an Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate, defeated the host Barons last night, 3-1, to tie the series at two games apiece and force a fifth game. 2B Micah Johnson, the minor league stolen base leader, collected three hits, a pair of stolen bases and scored a run in the loss. Here’s a look at Micah’s night:

http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=30624935&sid=t247

Play(s) of the Day

The Sox executed two outstanding defensive plays in last night’s 8-1 loss to the Indians. RF Avi Garcia robbed Jason Giambi of an extra-base hit with a leaping catch in the second inning and CF Alejandro De Aza denied Jason Kipnis of a homer in the fourth with a catch at the centerfield wall (see Photo/Video of the Day)..Josh Phegley had a three-hit night with a pair of singles and a double and drove in the lone Sox run with a ninth inning sac fly…Conor Gillaspie had a mult-hit night with two singles.

Quote of the Day

As we devote another Sunday to honoring the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox, here is the latest in a series of excerpts from Bob Vorwald’s book, What It Means to be a White Sox. Sox icon Harold Baines talks about that team and driving in the winning run that clinched the A.L. West pennant.

“In 1983 I was still young, and it was just my fourth year in the league. We had a good mixture of young and old guys–well, old in baseball terms, but not in age. We had great chemistry, especially in the second half where we played so well right up until we got to the playoffs.

“On the clincher, I was up and hit a sac fly at the end. I was just hoping the fly ball got out there far enough for Julio (Cruz) to score. I’ll never forget it. It was my first time winning something…it was a great moment.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-2, 4.66) for the Sox, LHP Liam Hendriks (1-2, 5.25) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Phegley’s three hits matched his career high (he did it on July 20 vs. the Braves) and he’s batting .294 since August 31?

Photo/Video of the Day

The Avi Garcia and De Aza web gems:

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?content_id=30610211&topic_id=51231442&c_id=cws

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?c_id=cws&gid=2013_09_14_clemlb_chamlb_1&lang=en&content_id=30613245&mode=video

Homecoming

Monday, September 9, 2013 

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 three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: In a matchup of All-Stars, it will be LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.97) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (19-2, 2.88) for Detroit. Sale and Scherzer rank in the Top 5 in the American League in ERA, strikeouts, opponents average, quality starts and strikeouts/9.0 innings.

Chris is 4-1 with a 3.15 ERA and 44 strikeouts over his last six starts. He is also 15-8 with a 2.43 ERA and 196 strikeouts at home since 2012. The ERA is the lowest home mark in the A.L. during that time period. And Sale is tied for first in the A.L. with a .199 opponents average at home and fifth with a 2.55 ERA this season.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Danks, RF; Phegley, C.

Home Cooking

White Sox pitchers rank among the A.L. home leaders in opponents average (3rd, .242) and ERA (4th, 3.66). Sox starters have a 3.50 home ERA and have limited opponents to a .232 average.

Play(s) of the Day

The Sox ended their difficult 10-game road trip in winning fashion yesterday with the 4-2 victory over the Orioles…Adam Dunn gave us a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning with a mammoth two-run homer, his 31st of the season and 437th of his career. It ties him with Jason Giambi for 40th all-time…Continuing his hot hitting, Dayan Viciedo singled, doubled and drove in a run, Alexei Ramirez and Conor Gillaspie each had a pair of hits and a run scored and Alejandro De Aza drove in a run with a single…Starter Andre Rienzo captured his second win of the season with a strong 6.2 innings pitched, allowing just one run, four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Matt Lindstrom (0.1), Donnie Veal (0.1) and Nate Jones (0.2) pitched scoreless relief before Addison Reed survived a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth to record his 37th save.

The Dunn homer (rumor has it that it’s still traveling): http://atmlb.com/1auM2y2

Quote of the Day

Robin being philosophical about the Sox losing streak, broken yesterday with the win:

“There is never a point where you feel good about it or accept it. So they hurt. Whenever you lose late it hurts worse, but there’s always another game the next day. So you have to put it behind you and be able to go and have effort and optimism and all that kind of stuff to play today. That’s what makes baseball hard. It’s every day, and it can be gut wrenching and hurt and all that stuff, but you have to put it behind you and play today.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 4.50) making his second career start for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (11-8, 4.76) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Avi Garcia is out of the lineup for the second day in a row with a “tooth” issue? He had two teeth extracted today and it’s possible he’ll be back tomorrow.

Sox Note of Note

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox Class AA affiliate, and the Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs affiliate, with two wins apiece in the best-of-five Southern League North Division playoffs, play for the title tonight in Tennessee. The Smokies evened the series yesterday with a 10-7 victory. Despite the defeat, the Barons had some outstanding offensive performances. Centerfielder Jared Mitchell went 2-4 with a two-run homer, second baseman Micah Johnson went 2-3 with a double and a run scored and shortstop Tyler Saladino went 2-4 and scored a run.

The Barons are looking to go to the league championship game for the first time since 2002.

Photo of the Day

Andre getting well-deserved congratulations from his teammates after his solid performance.

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