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Sox Look to Head Home on a Winning Note

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (12:35 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and 10-game road trip. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-1, 5.03) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (4-1, 4.28) for the O’s.

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

Barons Still Hold Lead in Playoff Series
The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, dropped Game 3 of their best-of-five Southern League North Division playoff series to the host Tennessee Smokies (Cubs affiliate) last night, 9-2, and now lead two games to one. Game 4 is this afternoon with highly-regarded LHP Scott Snodgress on the mound for the Barons as they attempt to close out the series.
Barons shortstop Tyler Saladino doubled, tripled and scored twice, second baseman Micah Johnson drove in Saladino on both occasions and third baseman Cody Puckett went 3-4.

Play(s) of the Day
Conor Gillaspie hit a pinch-hit solo homer, his 12th of the season, in the top of the 10th that gave the Sox a temporary lead in the heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Baltimore yesterday afternoon…Dayan Viciedo went 2-3 with a double and his 12th homer, a solo blast over the centerfield fence…Paulie singled, doubled and drove in a run…The quartet of Jake Petricka (1.0 IP), Matt Lindstrom (1.0), David Purcey (0.1) and Nate Jones (1.2) pitched four innings of scoreless baseball in relief of Hector Santiago, who gave up two runs and seven hits in five innings.

Quote of the Day
Robin on his hands-off approach to advising the recent September call-ups:

“This is what they’re dreaming to do, so once they get to this point, you just let them play. I don’t want them having that (special advice) in the back of their mind when they’re trying to go out there and play, so you just let them play and let their ability take over.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule
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.

Did You Know…
…that Viciedo is batting .370 over his last 13 games and is batting .318 with seven doubles, a triple, four homers and 17 RBI over his last 32 contests?

Photo of the Day
Tank goes yard.
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Sox Youth Brigade Moves South to Camden Yards

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-5, 3.69) for the Sox, RHP Miguel Gonzalez (8-7, 4.11) for the O’s.

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

Play(s) of the Day

It was a loss in the standings, but a big step forward as we look ahead to better times in 2014. In last night’s series finale the Sox dropped a close 6-5 decision to the Yankees, but it was a satisfying showcase for a talented group of youngsters: 3B Marcus Semien, RHP Erik Johnson, RHP Daniel Webb–all making their major league debuts–OF Avi Garcia and C Josh Phegley.

Semien went 2-4, including a hit in his first big-league at bat, and drove in a run. Johnson, against the formidable Yankee lineup, recorded a quality start as he gave up three earned runs in six innings of work while Webb pitched the seventh, giving up a lone run. Adding to that, Garcia singled, doubled, walked, drove in a pair of runs and scored another while Phegley singled in a pair on an 0-2 count with the bases loaded during a four-run, eighth-inning rally.

Quote of the Day

Semien on his debut (via Colleen Kane in the Trib): 

“It was great to be a part of a close game with all those players out there I grew up watching. Derek Jeter, one of my favorite players growing up, (I) kind of interacted with him a couple of times. That was pretty cool. He just said, ‘Congrats,’ and kind of joked and said, ‘It’s that easy, huh?’ And then he just ran off. Pretty excited about that.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (4-11, 4.35) for the Sox, RHP Scott Feldman (4-4, 4.18) for the O’s.

Did You Know…

…that, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the debuts of Johnson and Semien represented the first time two White Sox made their first major league appearances in the same starting lineup since Frank Thomas and Alex Fernandez did it on August 2,1990? Also, with Webb coming on in relief it was the first time three Sox players debuted in the same game since September 7,1999 when Josh Paul, Aaron Myette and Jason Dellaero appeared.

Photo of the Day

Josh drives in two.

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Top Prospects Erik Johnson and Marcus Semien Make Big-League Debuts Tonight in The Bronx

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson–who will be making his first major-league appearance–for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (12-11, 4.91) for New York. This year’s Southern League MVP Marcus Semien, who finished the season at Class AAA Charlotte, also makes his big-league debut at third base.

As I posted yesterday, Johnson and Semien were teammates on the Cal-Berkeley team that made it to the 2011 College World Series. Now, both are playing their first games in the majors side-by-side with the Sox.

Johnson, 23, combined to go 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA (31 ER/142.0 IP), three complete games and 131 strikeouts over 24 starts between Charlotte and Class AA Birmingham this season.  The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Johnson was named to the Southern League All-Star Team after going 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA (21 ER/84.2 IP) and 74 strikeouts with the Barons.  He went 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA (10 ER/57.1 IP) and 57 strikeouts in 10 starts (seven quality) with the Knights.

The Mountain View, CA native limited righthanders to a .190 average (53-179) and just one home run in 2013.  Johnson entered the 2013 season rated by Baseball America as the No. 4 Prospect and possessing the Best Slider in the White Sox organization.  He originally was selected in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Semien (SIM-ee-in), 22, combined to hit .284 (147-518) with 32 doubles, six triples, 19 home runs, 66 RBI, 110 runs scored and 24 stolen bases over 137 games between Charlotte and Birmingham.  He appeared in 73 games at shortstop, 41 at second base and 23 at third.

The 6-foot-1,190-pound Semien was named Southern League Most Valuable Player after ranking among the league leaders in runs scored (1st, 90), on-base percentage (1st, .420), slugging percentage (2nd, .483), average (3rd, .290) and walks (3rd, 84).  He reached base in 26 consecutive games with the Barons from June 29-July 28, batting .372 (35-94) with seven home runs, 18 RBI and 28 runs scored during the streak.  Semien was promoted to Charlotte on July 31 and hit .264 (33-125) with four homers and 17 RBI.

The San Francisco native entered the 2013 season rated by Baseball America as the No. 14 Prospect in the Sox system.  Semien originally was selected in the sixth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

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

Happy Hawk Day

Happy Birthday to Hawk Harrelson, now in his 29th season as a Sox TV broadcaster. You can put it on the board…YESSS!!

Hector Visits Fan Cave

Here’s Hector Santiago having a ball on the Home Run Slide today at the MLB Fan Cave in New York.

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It’s Getting Closer to Zapata Time

The Sox made news in July by signing the righthanded-hitting Dominican Republic outfielder Micker Adolfo Zapata, MLB.com‘s No. 2 ranked international player.

Zapata, only 16, will begin his highly-anticipated career in earnest later this month during the instructional league at the Sox’s spring training facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.

Sox Assistant GM Buddy Bell, in a story on whitesox.com by Scott Merkin, indicated that Zapata will play with the Sox’s Arizona Fall League team next year and will be assigned to Advanced Rookie Bristol or Great Falls the following season.

Quote(s) of the Day

Erik and Marcus on their big nights:

* Johnson on making his first start at Yankee Stadium: “If you ever wanted to start somewhere in your major league debut, this would be it.”

* Semien on being called up to the majors for the first time:  “I was really excited. It’s every ballplayer’s dream. Now you do what you can to try to stay here.”

Play(s) of the Day

Chris Sale went 7.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs and five hits with six strikeouts in last night’s 6-4 loss to the Yankees…Alejandro De Aza went 3-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored…Alexei Ramirez tripled in a pair of runs.

De Aza’s seventh-inning homer: 

http://atmlb.com/17LO0bk

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-5, 3.69) for the Sox, RHP Miguel Gonzalez (8-7, 4.11) for the O’s.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox have played 49 one-run and 21 extra-inning games this season, both the highest totals in the major leagues?

Photo of the Day

Johnson and Semien: Two Cal Bears-turned-major-league-starters:

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Sale Looks to Continue his Mastery over Yankees

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89) for New York. Chris and the Sox defeated Kuroda and the Yanks in the second game of last month’s sweep in Chicago as he allowed one earned run on five hits in 7.1 innings. He is 2-0 with a miniscule 0.49 ERA in five career games (two starts) against New York. 

Against the Astros in his last start, Chris allowed only one run on four hits over eight innings. He struck out 12 and walked a pair in the Sox’s 6-1 victory. 

Overall, Sale ranks among the American League leaders in numerous categories, including complete games (1st, 4), strikeouts (4th, 193), quality starts (T4th, 20), opponents average (6th, .228) and ERA (7th).

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

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New Arrivals

Four more players have been promoted to the Sox as rosters expand this month. Joining Charlie Leesman (who pitched in relief on Sunday in Boston) and catcher Bryan Anderson (who made his Sox debut yesterday) are infielder Marcus Semien, starting pitcher Erik Johnson, reliever Daniel Webb and catcher Miguel Gonzalez, all of whom were at Class AAA Charlotte. To make room on the 40-man roster, Tyler Flowers and pitcher Brian Omogrosso were moved to the 60-day disabled list. 

Take a look at…

Semien:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=30193573&topic_id=8878818

Johnson:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=30188361&topic_id=8878818

Webb:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=30281903&topic_id=8878818

More on Semien, 2013 Southern League MVP

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130903&content_id=59411010&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t247&sid=t247

Play of the Day

Paulie hit his 10th home run of the season and 432nd of his career in yesterday’s loss to the Yankees. The solo homer moved him past Cal Ripken Jr. into 44th place on the all-time list.

Quote of the Day

PK on passing Ripken Jr. (via Dan Hayes, csnchicago.com):

“As a kid growing up the beginning of my career was the end of his career. He’s the model of how you want to do it out there. So that’s kind of cool. He played a long time. Being a shortstop puts in perspective his offensive capabilities, and also playing short is a little different than me. But any time you get mentioned with guys like that it’s a cool thing.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: Erik Johnson (who will be making his first major league appearance) for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (12-11, 4.91) for New York.

Did You Know…

…that Marcus Semien and Erik Johnson were teammates on the University of California-Berkeley team that reached the 2011 College World Series?

Photo/Video of the Day

Paulie goes deep.

http://atmlb.com/173QOha

It’s John Danks vs. Jake Peavy as Old Friends Face Off in Boston

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks (4-10, 4.15) for our Sox, former teammate RHP Jake Peavy (10-5, 3.99) their Sox. Danks has won his last two starts, posting a 1.29 ERA.

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

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September Call-ups

With the White Sox able to expand their roster on September 1, lefthanded pitcher Charlie Leesman and catcher Bryan Anderson will be promoted to the big club tomorrow. More promotions are expected during the series in New York, which begins on Monday.

Sox Starters

Our starting pitchers rank among the American League leaders in ERA (3rd, 3.86), strikeout/walk ratio (3rd, 2.89), strikeouts per nine innings (4th, 7.83) and quality starts (T4th, 77).

No. 2 Pick Danish Impressive Out of the Gate

Tyler Danish, the Sox’s second-round selection in this year’s June draft, threw two scoreless innings last night in his second appearance since being promoted to Class A Kannapolis. Danish, only 18, is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 15 games between Kannapolis and Advanced Rookie Great Falls. Over his last seven games he has thrown 14 consecutive scoreless innings. Danish’s success is nothing new. He recorded a 0.00 ERA in 94 innings pitched in his senior year at Durant High School in Brandon, FL.

Play(s) of the Day

Avisail Garcia, who came over to the Sox in the three-way deal that sent Peavy to Boston, continued his hot hitting last night. He singled and scored on a Dayan Viciedo base hit in the fifth inning and cranked a mammoth solo blast to center in the seventh, his second homer in as many games…Viciedo singled again in the seventh and scored on Alejandro De Aza’s triple in the 4-3 loss to the Red Sox…The bullpen corps of Jake Petricka (1.1) David Purcey (2.0) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0), in relief of Hector Santiago, held Boston scoreless in the final 4.1 innings to keep us in the game.

Quote of the Day

Peavy commenting on the White Sox’s bright future:

“You’ve got Chris Sale who is as good as anybody in the game at the top. You’ve got some big arms in the back of the bullpen. You acquired some good position players…That team’s going to be right in the thick of things. I can’t see a long rebuilding process there.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (12:35 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.21) for the Sox, LHP Felix Doubront (10-6, 3.74) for Boston.

Did You Know…

…that Avi Garcia is hitting .360 in his 20 games with the White Sox, .403 in his last 16 (the fourth highest average in the A.L. during that span) and .529 in his last four contests?

…that despite last night’s defeat, the Sox’s 10-3 record since August 16 is the best in the majors?

Photo/Video of the Day

Garcia’s monster shot and De Aza’s triple.

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Fifth Consecutive Series Win is There for the Taking

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series and finale of the six-game homestand. A win tonight would give the Sox their fifth straight series win (Tigers, Twins, Royals and Rangers). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-12, 3.08) for the Sox, RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1, 1.60) for Houston. Chris has a 0.00 ERA in two career starts (16 innings pitched) against the Astros.

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

Play(s) of the Day

Jordan Danks played the role of the hero in last night’s come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Astros. In addition to his eighth-inning, two-out single which scored a pair of runs that put the Sox ahead for good, he had two doubles to give him three hits in a game for the first time. In his career-high nine-game hitting streak, Jordan is batting .438 with four doubles, a homer, four RBI, four runs scored and two stolen bases…PK and Avi Garcia, who both singled during the eighth-inning comeback, had two hits and an RBI apiece while Alexei Ramirez, who also singled in the eighth, added a double in the sixth…Jose Quintana had another solid outing despite getting a no-decision, allowing three runs and eight hits along with eight strikeouts in 7.2 innings. Donnie Veal got credit for the win and Addison Reed chalked up his 36th save…For the record, the Sox bullpen has recorded an impressive 1.96 ERA over the last 16 games.

Quote of the Day

Leury Garcia, who last night made his first start (at second base) for the Sox and is in the lineup tonight at shortstop, defined his talents for reporters through an interpreter.

“I play the little game. I bunt the ball. I run. I put the ball in play. That’s my game.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and the beginning of a 10-game road trip that includes the Yankees (three) and Orioles (four). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.25) for the White Sox, RHP Ryan Dempster (6-9, 4.77) for the Red Sox.

Did You Know…

…that the White Sox are a major-league best 9-2 since August 16? The Sox have also won 15 of their last 22.

Photo/Video of the Day

Jordan Danks: Man of the Hour.

http://atmlb.com/1fhUT2Q

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“Q” Looks to Even Series with Astros

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36) making his first major-league start for Houston.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Jor. Danks, CF; Phegley, C; L. Garcia, 2B.
 
Sox Prospects Headed to Arizona Fall League
 
The Arizona Fall League, a proving ground for the game’s top prospects, today announced its rosters for the 2013 season, which begins on October 8 and extends through November 14.
Sox players include pitchers Charlie Leesman (Class AAA Charlotte with one start for the Sox), Stephen McCray (Charlotte), Chris Bassitt (Class AA Birmingham) and Kevin Vance (Birmingham) plus infielders Marcus Semien (Charlotte) and Micah Johnson (Class A Winston-Salem). They will be playing in the six-team league for the Glendale Desert Dogs along with prospects from the Dodgers, Marlins, Reds and Twins.

Birthday Boys
 
Happy Birthday to White Sox colleagues Jim Thome (43) and Buddy Bell (62) and former Sox catcher Ed Herrmann (67).

Jack Harshman
 
In yesterday’s post, I mentioned the passing of former Sox pitcher Jack Harshman. Today, Jim Margalus of South Side Sox took an in-depth look at Harshman, who he calls “one of his favorite old White Sox.” It’s a great read.
 
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Play(s) of the Day
 
Adam Dunn hit his 30th homer, a two-run blast, Jeff Keppinger went deep with a solo shot, his fourth, and Alejandro De Aza had a four-hit game with an RBI in last night’s 10-8 loss to the Astros. Keppinger, Paulie, Avi Garcia, and Josh Phegley each added a pair of hits to the 14-hit attack.
 
Quote of the Day
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-12, 3.08) for the Sox, RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1, 1.60) for Houston.

Did You Know…
 
…that Dunn is hitting .299 with 17 home runs and 48 RBI over his last 69 games and reached the 30 home run plateau last night for the ninth time in his career? Adam joins Thome (2006-08) as the only lefthanded hitters in franchise history to record consecutive seasons with 30 or more homers. Dunn hit 41 last season.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Number 30!

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Astros Next for Rejuvenated Sox

Monday, August 26, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 3.56) vs. LHP Brett Oberholtzer (3-1, 2.91) for Houston. Andre was credited with his first major-league win in his last start at Kansas City and in the process became the first Brazilian-born hurler to record a win in the big leagues.

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

A Scary Moment, But…

In the “that’s what I wanted to hear” department, two tests have determined that Avisail Garcia does not have a concussion after crashing into the wall on the Jeff Baker home run in the fourth inning yesterday. And as you see, he’s in the lineup tonight.

Sox Auctioneers

Watch Paulie and Gordon run the auction last night at the Children’s Home Aid Grand Slam Party at Rockit Bar & Grill.

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Play(s) of the Day

With yesterday’s 5-2 victory, the Sox took two of three from the Rangers and now have won four consecutive series, eight of their last nine games and 14 of their last 20…Jordan Danks came on in the fourth to replace the injured Avisail Garcia in right field and in the bottom of the inning promptly blasted a solo homer to give the Sox and older brother John a 3-2 lead…With the Sox up 4-2 in the seventh, Josh Phegley added a solo blast to give the Sox some insurance…Once again the pitching was excellent. Danks, in winning his second straight game and fourth of the season, went six innings allowing just two runs and eight hits with five strikeouts. The bullpen also rose to the occasion as Matt Lindstrom, Nate Jones and Addison Reed closed it out with a scoreless inning apiece. Reed chalked up his 35th save. 

The Danks and Phegley homers:

http://atmlb.com/17deoJh

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Pitching Excellence

White Sox starting pitchers are 7-2 with a 3.21 ERA and 10 quality starts over the last 13 games. The bullpen owns a 1.51 ERA in the last 14 contests.

Quote of the Day

Jordan Danks on helping brother John get the win yesterday:

“Whenever I get into the game I want to do something cool, especially with John on the mound so I don’t have to hear about it later.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36) for Houston.

Did You Know…

…that Jordan Danks’ home run represents the first time a player has hit a home run in support of his pitching brother since catcher Billy Shantz accomplished it for brother Bobby on June 5, 1955 when they were teammates on the Kansas City A’s? 

Sox Note of Note

Lefthanded pitcher Jack Harshman, who won 48 games with a 3.33 ERA for the Sox from 1954-57, passed away on August 17 in Georgetown, Texas, at the age of 86. Primarily a starter in Chicago, he won 15 games in ’56 with a 3.10 earned run average and 14 in 1954 with a 2.95 ERA. Harshman started his pro career as a first baseman and ultimately was one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball. He hit 21 career homers and 65 RBI (he also played for the New York Giants, Orioles, Red Sox and Indians) and 12 and 37 for the Sox with a high of six and 19 in ’56. On July 25, 1954, he struck out 16 Boston hitters, including Hall of Famer Ted Williams, in a complete game for a 5-2 win–still the Sox record for strikeouts in a single game. In 1956, he was involved in a baseball rarity. Both he and Connie Johnson, his Baltimore counterpart, threw one-hit complete games. Harshman and the Sox picked up the win, 1-0.

Photo of the Day

Lindstrom is congratulated by coach Joe McEwing and Robin after pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning.

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Happiness is Coming Home After Six Straight Wins on the Road

Friday, August 23, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) as the Sox shoot for their seventh victory in a row and nine wins in their last 10 in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand, which will see the Astros coming in for three beginning on Monday. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-11, 2.78) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (6-3, 3.48) for Texas. Chris ranks among the American League leaders in numerous categories, including: complete games (1st, 4), quality starts (T3rd, 19), ERA (5th, 2.78), strikeouts (5th, 175) and opponents average (6th, .228).

This weekend is also a homecoming for former Sox and current Rangers A.J. Pierzynski, Alex Rios, Neal Cotts and Jason Frasor.

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

Play(s) of the Day

The Sox fought back from a 3-0 deficit last night and came out on top, 4-3, on a 12th inning homer by Conor Gillaspie (No. 11) for a sweep of the Royals and a season-high sixth consecutive triumph…Starter Jose Quintana went seven solid innings, allowing three runs, four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts…The bullpen–Matt Lindstrom (0.2 innings), Donnie Veal (0.1), Nate Jones (2.0), David Purcey (0.1), Jake Petricka (0.2) and Addison Reed (1.0)–was superb, tossing five innings of scoreless baseball.  Petricka got credit for the win in his first major league appearance while Reed recorded his 34th save and extended his club record with his sixth straight team save.

Quote of the Day

Petricka (pictured below), who made his major-league debut in the 11th and induced Salvador Perez to hit into an inning-ending double play with one out and the winning run in scoring position, explained the situation (courtesy of MLB.com):

“…You don’t have time to think when the game-winning run is at second. You just have to throw strikes.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN/MLBN) in the seventh annual Civil Rights Game. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.27) for the Sox, RHP Yu Darvish (12-5, 2.68) for Texas. Activities surrounding the game included the Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion today and a youth baseball and softball clinic and MLB’s Beacon Awards luncheon, where Bo Jackson will be honored, tomorrow. Visiting dignitaries participating include Commissioner Bud Selig, Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Fergie Jenkins, former manager and MLB executive Joe Torre and Sox legends Minnie Minoso and Frank Thomas.

Here are some wise observations from today’s “roundtable” participants:

Ken Williams, Sox Executive Vice President

“If we don’t learn from the past…we’re not living with purpose. And everyone needs purpose.” 

“That’s one thing we try to do at the White Sox–bring groups of young people out to the park and celebrate them.”

To Thomas Tull, chief of Legendary Entertainment: “There’s no telling how many kids you affected by making (42 – The Jackie Robinson Story).”

“Allowing kids in RBI programs to play in Major League stadiums gives them a taste of their potential futures.”

“A lot of young men don’t grow up in situations that allow them to have hope.” 

Harold Reynolds, former major leaguer and MLB Network analyst

“Jerry Reinsdorf is constantly pushing the envelope in baseball.”

Wendy Lewis, Senior Vice President, Strategic and Diversity Alliances, MLB

“Within MLB, Jerry Reinsdorf led the conversation about being more strategic and doing more in their diversity approach.”

Did You Know…

…that Sox rookie pitchers Andre Rienzo and Petricka recorded their first major league victories on back-to-back nights–Rienzo on Wednesday, Petricka last night? It’s the first time that’s happened for the Sox since Fritz Ackley and Frank Kreutzer won their first big-league games on Sept. 27 and 28, 1963.

Remember When?

On this date in 1972, White Sox slugger Dick Allen became the fourth major-league player (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg and Alex Johnson are the others) to homer into Comiskey Park’s centerfield bleachers. The mammoth two-run clout, which came off of the Yankees’ Lindy McDaniel, clinched a 5-2 Sox win.

Photo of the Day

Conor delivers in the 12th.

http://atmlb.com/12usKDa

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“New Look” White Sox Riding a Winning Wave

Thursday, April 22, 2013 

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for their sixth victory in a row and a three-game sweep of Kansas City in the final game of our seven-game road trip. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (8-8, 3.19) for K.C. “Q” is 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA over 12 starts on the road this season and overall has limited righthanded hitters to a .238 average, which ranks fourth in the American League just behind teammate Hector Santiago (third, .237) among lefty starters.

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

The White Sox and the Civil Rights Game

David Haugh has written a terrific piece that appears in today’s Trib. It is centered on Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams and our club’s close connection with the annual Civil Rights Game, which will be played at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday vs. Texas.

http://trib.in/13ScXvq

Sox icon Minnie Minoso will take part in the festivities surrounding the Civil Rights Game. Scott Merkin, via whitesox.com, writes about Minoso’s impact. 

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130822&content_id=57936194&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws&tcid=tw_article_57936194

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More on Minnie…

Minoso’s accomplishments seem to have been ignored in the publicity surrounding Ichiro’s 4,000th professional hit. Not so fast, says Scott Simkus on sabr.com.

http://sabr.org/latest/simkus-ichiro-suzuki-minnie-minoso-and-4000-career-professional-hits

Teammates Give Avisail Garcia Rave Reviews

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/22075661-574/sox-avisail-garcia-his-ceiling-is-off-the-charts.html

D.J. Hits the Half-Century Mark

Happy Birthday to former Sox player and current radio analyst Darrin Jackson, who celebrates his 50th birthday today.

Play(s) of the Day

We won our third straight series last night with the 5-2 triumph over the Royals, following series wins over the Tigers and Twins–all, of course, A.L. Central foes…Andre Rienzo became the first Brazilian-born pitcher to win a major league game and Dayan Viciedo backed him with a 3-for-4 night highlighted by a fourth-inning grand slam…Conor Gillaspie also had a three-hit night and scored a run…Avi Garcia extended his hitting streak to eight games by beating out a routine grounder to shortstop–another example of his exceptional speed. He’s batting .394 during his career-high streak.

Viciedo’s blast:

http://atmlb.com/18L3466

Quote(s) of the Day

Robin talks about last night’s heroes:

On Rienzo: “Just a good, gutsy job by him. Any time a guy gets his first win it’s special.”

On Viciedo“Tank swung it great. I don’t know if we have seen him swing it like this. It’s nice to see. He’s probably making some changes and it works.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-11, 2.78) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (6-3, 3.48) for Texas.

Did You Know…

…that Addison Reed’s 33 saves are the most for a White Sox pitcher under the age of 25 and last night also became the first Sox pitcher to record a save in five consecutive team games? He’s the first major leaguer to save five straight team games since Francisco Rodriguez did it for the Angels in June/July of 2008.

Roster Move

Leury Garcia Joins Sox

Infielder Leury Garcia, acquired from Texas in the Alex Rios trade, has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte. He replaces Blake Tekotte (who was optioned yesterday to Charlotte) on the active roster. Garcia has combined to hit .265 with four triples, four home runs, 20 RBI, 15 stolen bases and 34 runs scored in 55 games this season between Charlotte and Class AAA Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League.  He has made 47 appearances at shortstop, six in center field and two at second base. His first name is pronounced Lay-OOH-ree.

Photo of the Day

Last night’s win gave the Sox a season-high five-game winning streak. Here’s what you might call a “victory party” after a win earlier in the streak:

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