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A Homer, a Debut, a Big Win, a Spectacular Catch and a Soaking for Charity

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.84) for the Sox, LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-4, 3.76) for Baltimore.

Noesi is scheduled to make his 21st start with the Sox tonight. He owns a 2.79 ERA and a .236 opponents average over his last three starts. He won his second straight decision in his last start on August 15 vs. the Blue Jays.

Play of the Day

Jose Abreu hit home run No. 32, a solo shot that was his first homer in the month of August, in last night’s loss to the Orioles (click on link below for video). Jose is now tied for the major-league lead with Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton. His total of 90 RBI is second only to Boston’s David Ortiz‘s 92.

http://atmlb.com/1n7DbmY

The Rodon Express

Carlos Rodon made his Charlotte Knights debut last night just a few days after being promoted to Triple-A from Class A Winston-Salem and only a couple of months since being selected as the Sox’ No. 1 pick and third overall in the June draft.

The 21-year-old left-hander (pictured below) tossed three innings in a starting role, allowing a run, a hit and three walks while striking out three in a 55-pitch outing.

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South Siders Move On in Little League World Series

The youngsters from Jackie Robinson West are just one game away from the U.S. championship game in the Little League World Series after an impressive 6-1 victory last night over Pearland, Tex. JRW will play the loser of tonight’s game between Pennsylvania and Nevada at 6:30 p.m., CT, Thursday on ESPN.

JRW starting pitcher Joshua Houston, who is also a member of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program, pitched five innings of one-run, four-hit ball for his second win of the World Series. He also doubled in a pair of runs.

How Did He Make That Catch?

Take a look at this effort by outfielder Michael Earley of the Birmingham Barons, the Sox’ Class AA affiliate.

http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2168039-minor-league-outfielder-makes-nice-running-catch-falls-through-outfield-fence?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=web-des-art-top-23319?is_shared=true

Quote of the Day

Abreu on going homerless in the month of August until last night’s blast:

“It’s one of those things that’s part of the game. It happened to me in Cuba before, and I know it’s one of those things you go through in a season. But today I was glad and thankful I was able to make good contact, and tomorrow I may have another one. As long as we’re helping the team, that’s a good thing.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule 

Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, New York (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-8, 4.94) for the Sox, RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 2.91) for NY.

Photo of the Day

During last night’s game, Hawk Harrelson joined the millions of people around the world who have participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Southpaw and Jim Thome had the honor of soaking the Hawk.

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Sox Aim to Even Series, Rodon to Make Charlotte Debut and JRW Advances

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) as the Sox attempt to win Game 2 of the series after losing last night. Starters: LHPJose Quintana (6-9, 3.14) for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman (9-5, 3.68) for Baltimore.

“Q” will be making his 26th start of the season, 11th at home and second vs. the O’s. He is 3-2 with a 2.15 ERA over his last 11 starts. He has posted a 1.71 ERA over his last three career outings vs. Baltimore, including a win on June 24 at Camden Yards–giving up just one earned run in seven innings of work.

Read about Quintana, the Unsung Hero.

http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=sweetspot&id=50606

Milestone Outing

LHP Carlos Rodon, the Sox’ No. 1 pick and third overall in the June draft, will make his first start tonight for Class AAA Charlotte after being promoted last week. The North Carolina State product, who posted a 1.96 ERA with 15 strikeouts in four games at Class A Winston-Salem, will be facing the Gwinnett Braves at home. He’s shown below meeting the media upon his arrival in Charlotte. Click on link below for video:      

http://t.co/IHMGh4s0aH

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Alive and Well

Facing the prospect of elimination against Cumberland, Rhode Island last night, the youngsters from Jackie Robinson West refused to lose. Trailing 7-6 heading into the fifth inning, JRW scored twice to take the lead for good in the 8-7 win. Joshua Houston, a member of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program, went 3-3 with two RBI, including the game-winner, and pitched two scoreless innings.

Next up for JRW: The team from Pearland, Tex. representing the Southwest. Game time is 6:30 p.m., CT, tonight on ESPN.

Plays of the Day

Despite last night’s loss to the Orioles, Chris Sale recorded his 11th quality start in 12 games and 16th for the season. He struck out eight while giving up three runs and eight hits in six innings pitched…Avi Garcia, who singled in a pair of runs last night, is 4-11 in his three games since returning from the disabled list with three doubles, two runs scored and three RBI…Jordan Danks is hitting .375 during his five-game hitting streak and .348 in his eight games since rejoining the Sox.

Sox Notes of Note

Conor Gillaspie (.309, T6th) Adam Eaton (.304, 9th) and Jose Abreu (10th, .302) are all among the American League batting leaders. According to STATS LLC, the last time two Sox players finished among the AL leaders in average was 1993 when Frank Thomas (.317) was sixth and Lance Johnson (.311) was 10th. The last time three or more Sox finished among the AL leaders in average was 1960: Al Smith (2nd, .315), Minnie Minoso (3rd, .311), Roy Sievers (6th, .295) and Nellie Fox (9th, .289)…the Sox’ first-round pick in 2012, OF Courtney Hawkins leads the Carolina League with 79 RBI and ranks second with 18 home runs…RHP Andre Wheeler has thrown 17 consecutive scoreless innings for Class A Kannapolis. A 15th round pick by the Sox in 2013, he has gone 3-3 with a 2.99 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 26 games with the Intimidators this season.

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Quote of the Day

Sale’s “word of the start” in his post-game comments last night was extricate:

“Obviously, you want to extricate this from our minds,” he said about the O’s defeat. “Come in fresh (tomorrow) and ready to go.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.84) for the Sox, RHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-4, 3.76) for Baltimore.

Photo of the Day

JRW and ACE standout Joshua Houston.

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With a Series Win in the Books, Sox and Sale Look to Ground O’s 

Monday, August 18, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.01) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (10-7, 3.75) for Baltimore on Sale t-shirt giveaway night. The O’s lead the American League East by seven games over the Yankees.

This will be Sale’s 20th start of the season and 13th at home. He is 7-2 with a 2.30 ERA and 99 strikeouts over 12 starts at home this season, nine of the quality variety.

Chris ranks among the American League leaders in ERA (2nd), WHIP (2nd, 0.88), opponents average (3rd, 10.38) and complete games (T3rd, 2).

The All-Star lefty had a no decision in his last start on August 2 in San Francisco, allowing only four hits over eight scoreless innings while striking out 12.

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

Plays of the Day

The White Sox scored six runs in the first inning yesterday, highlighted by Conor Gillaspie‘s first grand slam of his career and fifth homer of the season (click on top link below) and Jordan Danks‘ two-run blast (click on bottom link below) as the Sox came away with the 7-5 victory and a series win over the Jays. Danks, who hit his second roundtripper of the year, delivered his third RBI of game with a sac fly in the sixth…Starter Scott Carroll got credit for his fifth win and Jake Petricka came on in the ninth and recorded his ninth save.

http://atmlb.com/1mYtuHr     

http://atmlb.com/1mYtTK6     

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are now 14-11 against the American League East and 34-30 against teams with winning records heading into the Orioles series…Eric Surkamp made his fifth consecutve scoreless appearance yesterday and Zach Putnam, who pitched the eighth inning, hasn’t allowed an earned run since July 12 vs. the Indians…Petricka owns a 2.05 ERA over his last 21 outings–18 have been scoreless…Gillaspie matched his career high of four RBI…Jor. Danks recorded a career-high three RBI and in the seven games since rejoining the Sox he’s hitting .350…Alejandro De Aza is hitting .333 during his current six-game hitting streak…Jose Abreu is hitting .351 since June 15. The Astros All-Star Jose Altuve (.364) is the only American League player who has a higher average in the AL in that span.

Abreu: In His Own Words

http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=buster-olney&id=7825

JRW Back in Action

Looking to bounce back after yesterday’s loss to Las Vegas, Jackie Robinson West plays Cumberland, Rhode Island tonight at 7:00 p.m., CT (ESPN 2) in an elimination game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Another viewing party is planned at Jackie Robinson Park.

Quotes of the Day

Chris Rongey‘s interview with Sox GM Rick Hahn yesterday on White Sox Weekly.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/audio/670-the-score-interviews/rick-hahn-with-chris-rongey-on-white-sox-weekly-81614/#.U_EJWRH2a7U.gmail

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.14) for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman (9-5, 3.68) for Baltimore.

Photo/Video of the Day

Watch Sale, Carroll and Robin Ventura take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge via videos below. And, in the photo, that’s Scott watching Chris take the challenge.

http://atmlb.com/XuU9pO

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Sox Win in Extras, Face an Old Friend This Afternoon

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco (2:45 p.m., CT, WGN) as the Sox attempt to sweep this short two-game series and all four contests against San Francisco this season. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.04) for the Sox, ex-teammate Jake Peavy (0-3, 4.82) for SF.

Quintana will be making his 25th start of the season and 15th on the road. He is 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA over his last 10 starts.

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

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Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was his usual brilliant self and Adam Dunn belted a two-run homer, but in the end it was Gordon Beckham, both defensively and with the bat, that made the difference last night in the Sox’ 10-inning, 3-2 victory over the Giants…Beckham made a sensational play in the bottom of the ninth that put a crucial double play in motion and with two outs singled in the eventual winning run in the 10th…Sale, who lowered his ERA to 2.01 (second in the American League behind the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez at 1.95)tossed eight scoreless innings, but wasn’t around to get his 11th win as the Giants tied the game in the ninth. Chris allowed just four hits and a pair of walks while striking out 12, the 16th time in his career he’s struck out 10 or more in a game. He’s also fanned 12 or more on nine occasions, which is the most in MLB the past three seasons, and has K’d 29.9 percent of the batters he’s faced in 2014…Dunn’s home run in the first inning was his 18th of the season and the 458th of his career…Zach Putnam came on in the ninth to get the final out and pitched a scoreless 10th for his fourth victory of the year.

Beckham’s heroics:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35325239

Sale’s masterful performance:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35322851

Dunn’s homer:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35310875

Jackie Robinson West Viewing Party

The White Sox are partnering with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago to host a viewing party for the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, as they represent the Great Lakes region in their first Little League Baseball World Series game at 2:00 p.m., CT, tomorrow against the team from Lynwood, Wash.

The special watch party, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will give attendees the opportunity to watch the 11- and 12-year-olds from the South Side on a large video screen at Jackie Robinson Field (10700 S. Aberdeen), while enjoying ballpark food and interacting with former White Sox players and Southpaw. 

“This is a great way for the neighborhood and the city of Chicago to celebrate the accomplishments of this talented group of young men from the Jackie Robinson West Little League” said Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “We all are very proud of their accomplishments, and we are honored to co-host the Watch Party with Mayor Emanuel. Six players on the Jackie Robinson West team also play for the White Sox ACE program, so we are doubly proud of their tremendous accomplishments. These kids already are champions in our eyes before a single pitch is thrown in Williamsport.”

The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars became the first Chicago team to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series since 1983 when they came from behind to beat New Albany, Indiana, for the Great Lakes Region Champions title on Saturday, August 9. This is the 15th time a team from Illinois has advanced to the Little League Baseball World Series, and the second appearance for Jackie Robinson West, which went 2-1 in the 1983 Little League Baseball World Series. The league also advanced to the finals of the 2013 Great Lakes Region.

As the Chairman mentioned, the team includes six players from the Chicago White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. The ACE program has had 14 alumni drafted by professional teams, 85 alumni received athletic aid to play collegiate baseball and two alumni played in the 2014 College World Series.

Additional information about the watch party will be available at cityofchicago.org.

MLB Stars Help Chicago Little Leaguers’ Parents Get to Williamsport

http://www.suntimes.com/news/29218859-452/mlb-players-readers-send-local-parents-to-little-league-world-series.html#.U-uFiLS9KSN

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Frank Thomas Hall of Fame Special to Air Saturday on Comcast SportsNet 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/smackblog/chi-frank-thomas-hall-of-fame-special-20140813-story.html

Quote of the Day

The Giants were certainly impressed by Beckham’s defense in the ninth.

SF skipper Bruce Bochy:

“One of the best double plays I’ve seen.”

Starter Ryan Vogelsong:

It’s a game of inches, man. That ball gets by Gordon, you’re talking about a whole different ballgame.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues against the Orioles Monday-Wednesday. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (6-7, 4.15) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.34) for the Jays.

Photos of the Day

Jen, whose Twitter account is @keribo1, is the Sox’ #SocialSeries correspondent for our two-game series in San Francisco. She’s been tweeting about all of her exciting experiences in the “City by the Bay.” Here she is with Robin before last night’s big win and taking a selfie in front of the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

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Sox Set Sale in San Francisco

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco (9:15 p.m. CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.14) for the Sox, RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.77) for SF.

Chris is set to make his 19th start of the season, sixth on the road and third during interleague play. He is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA and 39 strikeouts over six road starts this season. Five have been quality.

Sale ranks among the leaders in ERA (2nd), WHIP (2nd, 0.89), opponents average (3rd, .199) and strikeouts (9th, 138).

This will be Sale’s 14th career interleague appearance and sixth start–he is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA. He got credit for the win in his last interleague start on June 18 of this year against these same Giants.

An All-Star Pitcher and a Master Wordsmith

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/word-up-chris-sales-vocabulary-exercise-catching-on?ymd=20140811&content_id=89055552&vkey=news_cws

The Maturation of Jake Petricka

http://trib.in/1pLE7kq  

Robin Williams and the Carlton Fisk Homer

Media reporter extraordinaire and White Sox fan Ed Sherman paid tribute to the late Robin Williams today in the Sherman Report (shermanreport.com). He included a link to Williams’ great scene in “Good Will Hunting” where the actor, in the role of psychotherapist Sean Maguire, described former White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk‘s dramatic homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series to Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon).

I know Fisk was with the “other” Sox at the time, but it’s well worth a look (click on link below). It’s also important to note that Williams won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the film.

On a related note, the Giants will pay tribute to Williams, who lived in the Bay Area and was an avid fan of the team, before and during tonight’s game with the Sox.

http://ow.ly/Af1k4

Sox Notes of Note

Matt Lindstrom will be back in the bullpen tonight after being sidelined on the disabled list  since May 19 with an injured ankle. To make room on the roster Eric Surkamp has been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte…Award winners: Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley has been named the International League’s Player of the Week (August 4-10). He hit .563 with seven runs, three doubles, three homers and 13 RBI. Birmingham’s Chris Bassitt was named the Southern League’s Pitcher of the Week and Winston-Salem’s Tyler Danish received the same honor in the Carolina League.

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Quote of the Day

Paul Konerko on his outstanding career coming to an end (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“I can say this statement: I will be an ex-baseball player next month. It’s the truth. Since the All-Star break, it’s becoming more real. It’s there, you know. You can feel it coming. But like everything, I’m trying to spin it to where it’s not a bad thing.

“It’s part of the life cycle of the player. I’ve been lucky to play for a long time. I’m trying not to look at it as a sad occasion. I hope nobody else is. I’m graduating on to other things and there’s a time for this. Every player has to go through this stuff. I’m lucky because mine came a lot later than most. I feel lucky for that.

“…I’m very lucky that I’m in that situation where people want to do that stuff (being honored) for me. I want to finish it right. And I know that includes having to deal with that kind of stuff.  I see it big picture. But you know me: the daily-basis stuff, I’m a little uncomfortable with it.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park (2:45 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.04) for the Sox, ex-teammate Jake Peavy (0-3, 4.82) for San Francisco.

Photo/Videos of the Day

Enjoy these Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez web gems from the series in Seattle:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35257681

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35234483

It’s Sale vs. Rangers in Rubber Match of Series

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series as the Sox won Monday night and the Rangers last night. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-1, 2.09) for the Sox, RHP Nick Tepesch (3-7, 4.84) for Texas.

The Sox ace should have plenty of support from the K Zone today where Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone will be doing their TV broadcast.

Chris will be making his 18th start of the year and 12th at home. He is 5-0 with a 2.22 ERA and 61 strikeouts over his last eight starts. He received a no decision in his last start on August 1 vs. the Twins.

Sale ranks among the American League leaders in ERA (2nd), WHIP (2nd, 0.90), opponents average (3rd, .201), complete games (T3rd, 2), strikeouts per nine innings (4th, 10.01) and strikeouts (T10th, 129).

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

Sox Notes of Note

Avi Garcia went 3-5 with a solo home run and three runs scored in his rehab assignment last night with Class AAA Charlotte…Matt Lindstrom and Zach Putnam each tossed a scoreless inning for the Knights.

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura talks about his visit yesterday (with Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn) to the Family Life Center and the White Sox Infusion Center at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as part of the sixth White Sox Charities Week (via Scott Merkin, mlb.com):

“You get to understand what’s really important, from the perspective of where you’re at and what you’re doing when you see families that are going through, kids that are going through what they’re going through. It has always been an important visit for the White Sox to be able to go and do that and gain a little perspective of what you’re doing and what your problems are compared to what are real problems.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the opener of a four-game series and six-game road trip that concludes with two games in San Francisco next Tuesday and Wednesday. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.36) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (8-9, 4.19) for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

It was a strange sight, but there was Dunn on the mound in the ninth inning of last night’s loss.

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Sox Call 1-800-Flowers and Tyler Delivered

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHPJohn Danks (9-6, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (7-8, 5.98) for Texas.

Danks will be making his 23rd start of the season and 11th at home. He is 6-2 with a 3.78 ERA over his last 13 outings and 3-0 with a 4.85 ERA over his last seven. John is 4-2 with a 3.52 ERA over 10 starts at home this season.

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

Plays of the Day

Because of last night’s rain-shortened game, in which the Sox prevailed 5-3, Tyler Flowers lost his chance to hit for the cycle, missing only a double.The Sox catcher, in consecutive at-bats, missed a home run by thismuch in the third inning and settled for a triple, connected with a long solo homer in the fifth (his eighth of the year) and with the scored tied 3-3 drove in the two go-ahead runs in the sixth just before the game was delayed, then called, after the top of the seventh…fresh off being named both the American League Player and Rookie of the Month, Jose Abreu singled twice and drove in two runs, extending his major-league leading RBI total to 86…Adam Eaton collected two singles and two walks, raising his batting average to .309. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games (.490). He has reached base safely in 21 games, hitting .429 during that span…Hector Noesi got credit for his sixth win and went seven innings for the complete game.

Flowers’ great night:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35090875

Is it the Glasses?

Flowers recorded a season-high three RBI and has recorded two homers over his last four games. Since Tyler began wearing glasses instead of contact lenses, he has a .390/.438/.695 slash line.

Quote of the Day

Zilch,” was Flowers’ answer to how much his glasses have been the reason for his recent success. He added: “I don’t even notice them. I’m not an idiot–I’m going to keep wearing them. I’m doing well, so I’m going to stick with them.”

South Side Sox on Tyler’s Surge

http://sbnation.com/e/5733066

More Abreu Buzz

http://bit.ly/1kDxxxI

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are 8-1 in their last nine home games against the Rangers…we are hitting .338 with 68 runs scored over our last 11 games and have recorded 10 or more hits in four of our last five games (we knocked out 10 last night)…the Sox have won four of the last five against the AL West…reliever Zach Putnam, on the disabled list since July 24, begins his rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte.

A New Addition to the Ballpark

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Special Visit

As part of White Sox Charities Week, skipper Robin Ventura, Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn paid a visit today to the Family Life Center and hematology/oncology floor at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The three Sox and Southpaw spent time with patients and distributed White Sox gift bags.

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True Hero

The White Sox honored Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts as last night’s Hero of the Game. Pitts received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Obama on July 21.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-1, 2.09) for the Sox, RHP Ryan Tepesch (3-7, 4.84) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Remember, Comcast SportsNet goes “In the K Zone with Hawk & Stone” for tomorrow afternoon’s game with Sale on the mound.

Sox announcers Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone will broadcast the matinee from the “K Zone” in Section 154.

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What Else is New? Abreu AL Player and Rookie of the Month—Again

Monday, August 4, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (5-8, 5.21) for the Sox, RHP Nick Martinez (1-7, 5.08) for Texas.

Noesi will be making start No. 18 for the White Sox against his former teammates. He has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 5.21 since joining the club from Texas.

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

Jose

The remarkable Jose Abreu has been named both the American League Player of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month for July. He becomes the first rookie in MLB history to be selected Player of the Month twice in a season (also April) and the fourth chosen as Rookie of the Month three times or more (also April and June).

The Sox first baseman batted .374 with 11 doubles, six home runs, 19 RBI, a .432 on-base percentage and .667 slugging percentage in 25 games during July. He led the AL in average, doubles, slugging percentage OPS (1.099), extra-base hits (17) and total bases (66), while hitting safely in 24 of 25 games during the month.

He joins Frank Thomas (1994 and 1996) and Albert Belle (1998) as the only White Sox players to win Player of the Month honors twice in a season and is the only player in franchise history to be chosen Rookie of the Month more than once.

Despite missing 14 games while on the DL, Abreu leads the major leagues in home runs (31), RBI (84), slugging percentage (.627), at-bats per RBI (4.54) and ranks among the leaders in OPS (2nd, .988), extra-base hits (2nd, 60) and total bases (239). He also has compiled hitting streaks of 18 and 21 games, becoming the first rookie since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 to accomplish the feat and the second player in Sox history (Eddie Collins, 1920).

Serendipitous Event of the Day

Tonight is Jose Abreu t-shirt night at the ballpark.

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Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo hit his 13th homer of the season in the fourth inning, a two-run shot (click on link below), in yesterday’s loss to the Twins…Adam Eaton extended his hitting streak to 10 games (.468) and has reached base in 20 straight contests (.435)…Alexei Ramirez, who singled, doubled, collected an RBI and scored a run, has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games. He is batting .349 with three homers and 14 RBI during that span…Alejandro De Aza, with a pair of singles, recorded four consecutive multi-hit games for the first time this season. He’s hitting .571 with three runs scored during that period.

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Roster Moves 

The White Sox have purchased the contract of RHP Maikel Cleto from Class AAA Charlotte.  Cleto, 25, takes the roster spot of RHP Taylor Thompson, who was optioned to Charlotte following yesterday’s game.

Cleto, who made the Sox Opening Day roster, was 3-0 with a 5.91 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 22 relief appearances with the Knights this season.  He threw 7.2 scoreless innings over his last five outings, allowing just two hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts.

From the Farm

No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and last year’s No. 2 draft choice Tyler Danish struck out eight over six scoreless frames yesterday for Class A Winston-Salem against Lynchburg…outfielder Jared Mitchell, the No. 1 pick in 2009, returns to Charlotte after an impressive stint at Class AA Birmingham…Avi Garcia, who went 5-8 in his first two rehab games with the Knights, left with a bruised triceps after being hit by a pitch. He’s listed day-to-day.

Sox in the Community

Here’s Sox reliever Jake Petricka distributing lunches today in Pilsen for Chicago’s Food Bank.

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Quotes of the Day

Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson on Abreus routine (via Scott Merkin, mlb.com):

“His whole world is wrapped up in a solid, good thought process. He comes out, he walks the field, I’ve watched him walk the field before he comes in. Sometimes I’ll come in, I’ll walk down to the cage and he’s already hitting off a tee, which is great — whatever your mind needs to get prepared to go to competition, I’m all in.

“You look at where he came from in Cuba, and they don’t play every day, but they practice a lot. You can get a pretty good regimen or develop a very good routine where you don’t particularly play 100 some odd games every year down there. I’m pretty sure that’s where the work ethic came from on the get-go, and as a hitting guy, you’re happy the guy’s got one, a good one that makes him be where he needs to be.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (9-6, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (7-8, 5.98) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

On this date 29 years ago, future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver won his 300th game in a 4-1 White Sox victory over the Yankees in New York.

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Sox Right On “Q” For Another Series Win

Sunday, August 3, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.15) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (9-8, 3.94) for Minnesota.

“Q” is set to make his 23rd start of the season and 10th at home. Seven of his last eight starts have been quality and he is 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 51 Ks during that span.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton doubled three times, singled in a pair of runs and upped his batting average to .306 in last night’s loss to the Twins (click on top link below)…Gordon Beckham singled, doubled and drove in two runs and Alexei Ramirez smashed his 11th homer, a solo shot (click on bottom link below), singled and also drove in two…Jose Abreu walked twice, once intentionally, but his 21-game hitting streak was snapped…Scott Carroll rebounded from a tough start and went seven innings, getting a no decision.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35043817

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Sox Notes of Note

Per @ckamka, the White Sox are hitting .347/.386/.515 as a team over their last nine games, with 118 hits (13.1 per game)…Eaton has now now hit safely in nine straight games, hitting .488 during that time. He also recorded his fifth consecutive multi-hit game and he’s reached base in 19 games in a row, hitting .444 in that span. And he collected three doubles in a game for the first time in his career and had four hits in a game for the second time this season…Ramirez has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, hitting .333 with three homers and 13 RBI…Alejandro De Aza has registered three consecutive multi-hit games for the first time this season. He’s 6-10 in those games…playing for Class AAA Charlotte on a rehab assignment, Avi Garcia went 3-5 in the Knights’ win over Gwinnett last night and is 5-8 in his first two games…on Friday, Jordan Danks set the all-time Charlotte record for hits (440) with a home run.

Abreu Making an Impact–Off the Field

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-jose-abreu-gives-back-20140802-story.html

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Thome Feted With Statue

I was honored to be in Cleveland yesterday when the Indians unveiled a statue of Jim Thome, who spent 2006-2009 with the Sox and currently serves as a special assistant to GM Rick Hahn. Jim broke in with the Tribe in 1991 and spent 13 of his 22 major-league seasons with them.

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Quotes of the Day

Twins’ skipper Ron Gardenhire on pitching around Abreu (via @scottmerkin):

“Well, we’re thinking about trying to slip in a few more defenders in the outfield.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (5-8, 5.21) for the Sox, RHP Nick Martinez (1-7, 5.08) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

The Big Hurt‘s Hall of Fame plaque took center stage before last night’s game.

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Winning

Saturday, August 2, 2014 

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.29) for the Sox, RHP Yohan Pino (1-3, 4.38) for Minnesota.

Carroll, making his 18th appearance and 12th start for the Sox, is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA over his last four starts.

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

Plays of the Day

On a night when Chris Sale wasn’t at his All-Star best, the White Sox as a team were. On the way to the exciting 10-8 victory last night, we came back twice and pounded out 17 hits…Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 21 with an RBI single in the fourth inning (click on top link below) and added two more singles along with a walk and a HBP…Adam Eaton, who had three hits and reached base five times on Thursday vs. the Tigers, collected two more hits last night and walked, lifting his batting average to .299…In all, every Sox starter recorded at least one hit: Abreu (3), Eaton (2), Gordon Beckham (1), Paul Konerko (2), Alexei Ramirez (2), Conor Gillaspie (1), Tyler Flowers (2), Alejandro De Aza (2) and Moses Sierra (2) with seven of the nine knocking out two or more…Ramirez and Flowers led the way with two RBI apiece while Tyler went deep for his seventh homer, a solo shot (click on bottom link below)…Javy Guerra got credit for his first win and Jake Petricka pitched the ninth, registering his seventh save of the season.

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The Abreu Report

During his 21-game streak, the longest in the American League this year and longest White Sox streak since Carlos Lee’s club record 28 in 2004, Jose is hitting .411 and he has also hit safely in 39 of his last 40 games (.377). He has reached base in 10 straight plate appearances dating back to Thursday in Detroit. It’s the longest streak by a Sox player since Frank Thomas set the club record with 15 in 1997. Abreu continues to lead the major leagues in homers (31), RBI (84), slugging percentage (.639), total bases (239), is tied for the lead in extra-base hits (60) and is second in OPS (1.003). He’s now hitting .310 on the season.

Sox Notes of Note

Eaton (top photo below) extended his hitting streak to eight games, drove in a run and scored twice. He also has reached base safely in 18 straight contests, batting .421 with a .476 on-base percentage during that span…Flowers (bottom photo below) is 19-42 with two homers, four doubles and five RBI over his last 12 games…Sierra now has a career-high seven-game hitting streak (.440) and has recorded an RBI in back-to-back games for the first time this season…Gillaspie is hitting .352 with six doubles, three homers, nine RBI and 13 runs scored in his last 20 games and is batting .319 on the season…Konerko has reached base safely in his last six games. He’s hitting .339 in 25 games since June 1…the Sox are hitting .349 with 20 doubles, nine home runs and 54 runs scored in winning six their last eight games. During that stretch, we have scored 10-plus runs twice and collected 14 or more hits five times…Tonight is Thomas replica Hall of Fame plaque night–on the 24th anniversary of The Big Hurt’s major-league debut…Avi Garcia and Matt Lindstrom began their rehab assignments at Class AAA Charlotte last night. Garcia started the regularly scheduled game vs. Durham, going 2-4 with a run scored as the DH. Lindstrom tossed one inning (giving up a run) in the completion of the suspended game.

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Sox in the Community

Abreu took time out from his hitting streak today to give some tips to youngsters at a Special Olympics/Amateur City Elite baseball clinic (top photo) while White Sox catcher Adrian Nieto (center) and former Sox All-Star Carlos May (far right) joined our Volunteer Corps yesterday to help refresh the playground at Armour Square Park (bottom photo).

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Quote of the Day

Ever the team player, Sale exhibited some tongue-in-cheek humor along with praise for his teammates after last night’s win (via Scott Merkin, mlb.com):

“Just how we drew it up. It was a little bit of everybody. Everybody in the lineup got a hit today, which is awesome. Scoring runs early, scoring runs late and in between. This team never quit fighting, especially when I put us in a pretty good hole right there. We never quit battling and put some good at-bats together and some runs on the board.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.15) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (9-8, 3.94) for Minnesota.

Photo/Video of the Day

Olympic gymnastics gold medalist McKayla Maroney “flipped out” before throwing last night’s ceremonial first pitch (click on link) and bonded with a group of Sox fans shown in the photo below. Plus, Elvis was in the building on his special night.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35003559

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