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A Good Friday

Saturday, May 17, 2014

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Today’s News

With the Sox victory in Houston and successful rehab stints from Chris Sale and Adam Eaton for Charlotte, it was a very good Friday.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Jarrod Cosart (2-3, 4.30) for Houston.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn‘s monster three-run, sixth-inning home run–his sixth of the year and 446th of his career (38th on the all-time list)–gave the Sox a 3-2 lead and propelled us to our second straight win on the road, 7-2, over the Astros…Conor Gillaspie singled and doubled in two runs and Gordon Beckham and Tyler Flowers each had an RBI…Dunn added a ninth-inning double to his homer…Jose Quintana earned his second win of the year, allowing just two runs, seven hits and a pair of walks along with five strikeouts in five innings of work.

The Dunn bomb:

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Rehab Report

Sale was in vintage form last night for the Charlotte Knights in his first rehab start for the Sox’ Class AAA affiliate. In the first game of a road doubleheader vs. the Durham Bulls, Sale pitched four scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts. He threw 68 pitches, 43 for strikes, gave up just one hit and walked two.

Eaton, playing center field, went 2-4 in Game 1 of the Charlotte vs. Durham twin bill and knocked in the go-ahead run in the seventh (and final) inning for the 2-1 Knights victory in his initial rehab appearance. He also stole a base. In Game 2, he batted twice without a hit as the DH in the Knights’ loss.

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LaRussa to Diamondbacks

Former Sox skipper Tony LaRussa, a 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame electee, has been hired to run the baseball operations of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Congratulations Tony!

Happy Birthday, Carlos May

Former White Sox All-Star Carlos May celebrates No. 66 today. You might remember that Carlos is the only professional athlete known to wear his birthday–May 17–on the back of his uniform.

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Everything Old is New Again

Julio Franco played in parts of 23 big-league seasons through age 49, including the 1994 campaign with the White Sox. Word is now out that the 55-year-old Franco will join the Fort Worth Cats in the independent United League as a player-coach for at least the first homestand of the season, which begins May 20.   

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Quotes of the Day  

Sale, on what’s next after last night’s outstanding performance:

“…The next few days, in between starts, (it’ll) be how my arm and my body react to getting back out there and going full bore every pitch. Obviously we’ll be communicating with (the Sox brass). Whatever they have for me, I’m game for.” 

Eaton on his own rehab after last night’s twin bill: 

“It was 100 percent. To go out there and run 100 percent and have confidence, that’s all it is really, is gaining the confidence back in the hamstring. It felt good overall so it was a good day at the ballpark.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-3, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Brad Peacock (0-4, 5.17) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

Jose Abreu, who was hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count just before Dunn launched his homer, congratulates his teammate. Dunn, a resident of Houston, certainly made his homecoming an eventful one.

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The 2014 White Sox: It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Plays of the Day

We learned once again yesterday that this year’s White Sox simply never give up.

Offensively, it was all about the number 1, 2 and 3 hitters in the batting order as the Sox staged a dramatic comeback to defeat the A’s, 4-2, in the series finale. Leadoff hitter Gordon Beckham homered on the first pitch of the game and added two singles. Batting in the No. 2 slot, Conor Gillaspie doubled and singled twice. And both Beckham and Gillaspie were on base in the eighth inning when Jose Abreu launched the three-run bomb, his major-league best 15th homer of the season, that gave the Sox a lead they never relinquished. In all, the threesome accounted for all of the Sox RBI and seven of their nine hits.

Pitching-wise, Andre Rienzo was outstanding, allowing only a pair of solo homers and two walks along with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched. Scott Downs (0.1 IP), Ron Belisario (1.1) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) closed it out with scoreless baseball. Belisario got credit for his second win of the season, Lindstrom chalked up his sixth save.

Enjoy the Beckham and Abreu homers:

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Sox Notes of Note

Abreu is the first Sox player and fourth in MLB history to hit 15-plus homers in their first 42 career games (also Wally Berger, Kevin Maas and Wally Joyner)…Beckham became the first White Sox player to homer on the first pitch since Ray Durham did it twice in 2000. 

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Sale, Eaton in Rehab Starts; Micah Gets First Triple-A Hit

Chris Sale is set to go for Class AAA Charlotte tonight in a rehab start at Durham. He will be joined by Adam Eaton, who hopes to be back with the Sox on Sunday if his rehab appearances the next couple of days go well. 

And click the link below to watch highly regarded prospect Micah Johnson double for his first hit with Charlotte since being promoted from Class AA Birmingham. He also singled and drove in a run in last night’s game vs. the Durham Bulls.

http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=32883231&sid=milb

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on designating infielder Jeff Keppinger for assignment:

“We had a brief conversation this morning, he understood the rationale for it and we wished each other well. Basically this comes down to wanting to use the plate appearances at the big league level for some of the younger players that we have here right now. Conor certainly has stepped up and seized the primary role of third base. Obviously we want Gordon to play, as well as Marcus and Leury Garcia and we have some young players in Charlotte who are knocking on the door and may contribute at some point this year. The decision was made that now is the time to move on and focus more on some of the younger pieces that are going to be here for a while.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day today. Tomorrow, it will be the White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.81) for the Astros.

Photo of the Day

@ESPNStatsInfo: Jose Abreu is tied for the MLB lead with 5 HR of 430+ feet this season, including his HR (yesterday)

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Rienzo in Stopper Role for Today’s Series Finale with A’s

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum (2:35, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series with Oakland winning the first two. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (3-0, 4.56) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.54) for the Athletics.

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

Eaton Close to Returning

Adam Eaton will continue the last phase of his road back today after being on the 15-day disabled list since May 3. He will work out this morning in Oakland and then will take off for Durham, N.C., to play with Class AAA Charlotte on Thursday and Friday. He’ll then head to Norfolk, Va. with the Knights to play on Saturday. He’ll join the White Sox in Houston on Sunday if all goes well.

Keppinger Designated for Assignment

The White Sox returned infielder Jeff Keppinger from his injury rehabilitation assignment with Class AA Birmingham, reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list and designated him for assignment.

GM Rick Hahn on the decision: “We are focusing on the future as opposed to trying to justify a decision from the past.”

Groundskeeping 101

Here’s Roger Bossard, the Sodfather, addressing the crowd at today’s inaugural Turf Clinic at U.S. Cellular Field.

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“Wimpy” Houston-bound

Tom Paciorek will work with Hawk Harrelson in the TV booth this weekend in Houston with Steve Stone taking the series off. Some will remember that Wimpy played both baseball and football at the University of Houston.

Congrats to the Blackhawks

We congratulate our friends with the Blackhawks on their exciting OT victory last night over the Wild. The win gave the Hawks a 4-2 series win and they now advance to the Western Conference finals. Good luck from everyone in the White Sox organization!

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Quote of the Day

Rienzo on facing the A’s for the first time:

“I know they’ve got a tough team. It’s a team where you want to pitch to contact. I’m just trying to do that so if they get a hit, they get a hit. If not, then I’ll get an out. Something I’m working with Don Cooper on is trying to pitch to contact. I’m not trying to change anything, just going to do what I have to do and make it happen.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.81) for the Astros.

Photo of the Day

Sox infielder Marcus Semien is a native of the Bay Area and had about 30 friends and family attend last night’s game. Semien remembers that he was in the stands at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1997 when then-LA Dodger Paul Konerko played in his fourth major-league game. It was Semien’s seventh birthday. Little did Marcus know that all these years later he would be teammates with Paulie and even have the opportunity drive him in on a game-winning grand slam as pictured below. 

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Carroll, Sox Look to Even Series With A’s

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Today’s News

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-2, 3.63) for the Sox, LHP Drew Pomeranz (2-1, 1.45) for Oakland.

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu (No. 14) and Dayan Viciedo (3) homered (click on links below) and Alexei Ramirez and Paul Konerko each drove in a run last night, but a ninth-inning rally fell short as the Sox dropped a close 5-4 decision to the A’s…John Danks had another quality start, allowing three runs, six hits and a pair of walks along with five K’s in six innings of work.

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Leaders of the Pack

Abreu leads the major leagues in homers, extra-base hits (26) and total bases (98). He’s second with 38 RBI, a .620 slugging percentage and an 11.29 at bat/home run ratio. Ramirez’s .331 average is tied for second place in the AL batting race.

Sox Notes of Note

Chris Sale, who has been on the disabled list since April 22 with a left flexor strain, will make his first rehab start on Thursday with Class AAA Charlotte at Durham. His next scheduled throw day and location will be determined following Thursday’s start with the Knights…highly touted second base prospect Micah Johnson, who was leading the Southern League in hitting with a .329 average, has been promoted from Class AA Birmingham to Charlotte as has left-handed pitcher Nelvin Fuentes…righty reliever Maikel Cleto, who was designated for assignment on May 10, cleared waivers and has been outrighted to the Knights.

The Sodfather’s First Turf Clinic Set for Tomorrow

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First of its Kind

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/fan_forum/social_media/y2014/social_series.jsp?c_id=cws

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Next #SoxSocial Night: June 1

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Quote of the Day

Here are Adam Dunn‘s comments after last night’s game, which saw the Sox score three runs in the ninth after being down 5-1:

“If we have one good thing we’ve done all year, it seems like no matter what the score is, we continue to battle. No matter how bad it might look for seven, eight innings, we know we’re capable of putting some runs together late.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum (2:35, CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (3-0, 4.56) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.54) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

Awaiting his return.

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White Sox Take the Show on the Road

Monday, May 12, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. (9:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-2, 4.93) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Chavez (2-1, 2.47) for the A’s.

Plays of the Day

Moises Sierra (pictured above), recently acquired on waivers from the Blue Jays, hit his first home run of the season and first in a White Sox uniform (click link below) in yesterday’s Sox’ loss to Arizona…Hector Noesi had a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings of work…Jake Petricka pitched a scoreless seventh.

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Toni Ginnetti

Heartfelt congratulations to long-time baseball writer/reporter Toni Ginnetti of the Sun-Times (pictured above) who announced her official retirement this week after covering her first White Sox game when Jim Fregosi was manager. Toni, as classy and professional a reporter as you will find, will continue to fill in from time to time, particularly on weekends. She was at the ballpark celebrating her retirement by working on Sunday and was feted by the Sox media relations staff with a scoreboard message and a special cake delivered to the press box.

The Great Hawk Harrelson

“Good morning, everyone,” the familiar voice boomed through the elevator as the door closed. Hawk Harrelson had hopped on just as the doors slid shut, joining me and a multi-generational family of Sox fans, running the gamut from a walker to baby strollers. 

Hawk said his hellos to all the kids and as the family got out at the 100 level of US Cellular Field, the patriarch asked if Hawk would pose for a group shot. “Of course!’ With that, Hawk jumped out into the entry way and posed for a couple of iPhone photos and signed an autograph. Meanwhile, the elevator operator held the door. When Hawk got back on, I told him just how lucky I am to ride the elevator with the great Hawk Harrelson. He let out a big laugh and grabbed me around the neck in a good-natured vice grip.

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Quote of the Day

Sox bench coach Mark Parent, who was the interim manager Saturday in Robin Ventura‘s absence, spoke to the media about the status of Adam Eaton, who has been on the DL since May 3:

“He’s going to go out to Oakland with us for a couple days, and then he’s going to head off to (Class AAA) Charlotte and then probably join us the last day in Houston (Sunday, May 18). Really excited to see him back. He adds a lot to our lineup, defensively and offensively and running the bases. Just overall energy in the game. He’s obviously had a really good year so we want to continue his progress.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-2, 3.63) for the Sox, LHP Drew Pomeranz (2-1, 1.45) for the A’s.

Photo/Video of the Day

Before Sunday’s game, several White Sox wives and one Sox mom–third base coach Joe McEwing’s mother (see photo below)–all threw out ceremonial first pitches to their spouses and son (click link below) The one exception was Dayan Viciedo‘s son (see photo below) decked out in a Sox uniform. He fired any baseball he could find to his laughing father.  Maybe he’ll be a pitcher when he grows up!  I wonder if Mrs. McEwing drinks Red Bull before each of her games?

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Grand Opening

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S Cellular Field (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHPJose Quintana (1-2, 3.56) for the Sox, LHP Wade Miley (2-3, 5.14) for Arizona.

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

Plays of the Day

With our first nine batters set down in order by former White Sox righty Brandon McCarthy, we exploded in the fourth inning last night with seven of our nine runs and nine of our 15 hits in the 9-3 victory over Arizona in the series opener. The inning was highlighted by Alexei Ramirez‘s fifth homer of the year and sixth career grand slam (click on top link below), his first since 2009…Jose Abreu, who went 3-4, added to his major-league leading home run total in the seventh with his 13th (click on bottom link) and in the eighth Tyler Flowers connected with his second blast of the year. Both were solo shots…Alejandro De Aza went 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored…Andre Rienzo improved his record to 3-0, allowing three runs, four hits and a pair of walks along with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings…Zach Putnam (1.1 IP), Ron Belisario (1.0) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) closed it out in perfect form.

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Quirk of the Day

The Ramirez and Abreu homers both were hit on 3-0 counts.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox rank among the American League leaders in runs scored (1st, 193), runs per game (1st, 5.22), extra-base hits (2nd, 119), homers (3rd, 40) and slugging percentage (4th, .426)…the Sox have won five of the last six games and last night matched a season-high four consecutive games of 10 or more hits…the Sox also lead the American League with 18 double-digit hit games…we are hitting .338 with five homers and 27 runs scored over the last four games and batting .354 with RISP during that period…Sox relievers own a 1.57 ERA over the last 13 games and a 2.06 mark and .175 opponents average since April 20…Just a reminder: as we posted yesterday, Robin Ventura will miss tonight’s game to attend the graduation of his daughter, Rachel, from Oklahoma State. Bench coach Mark Parent will serve as interim manager.

Francisco Promoted, Cleto Designated for Assignment

Before tonight’s game, the Sox purchased the contract of right-hander Frank Francisco from Class AAA Charlotte and designated right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto for assignment.

Francisco, 34, is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (8.0 IP), one save and 12 strikeouts in six relief appearances with Charlotte this season after signing with the White Sox as a minor-league free agent on April 14.  His last five outings have been scoreless (7.0 IP) after allowing an unearned run in his season debut.  He is limiting opponents to a .154 average (4-26).

Francisco, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is 20-22 with a 3.93 ERA (167 ER/382.2 IP), 73 saves, 67 holds and 421 strikeouts in 387 appearances (all in relief) over nine major-league seasons with Texas (2004, 2006-10), Toronto (2011) and the New York Mets (2012-13).

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Francisco has averaged 9.90 strikeouts per 9.0 IP in his career, including a career-best 11.79 mark (83 SO/63.1 IP) with Texas in 2008.  He has limited opponents to a .233 average (337-1,449) during his career, including a .231 mark (175-759) vs. right-handers. 

He originally was signed by Boston as a non-drafted free agent on December 15, 1996 and was acquired by the White Sox in a trade with the Red Sox on July 31, 2002. He was traded to Texas in a deal involving Carl Everett on July 1, 2003.

White Sox Volunteer Corps at Work

Adam Eaton pitches in today at the Tilden Career Academy during the White Sox Volunteer Corps’ first day of service in 2014. Marcus Semien and Don Cooper also were on hand.

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Heartwarming Reunion

Talk about a memorable ceremonial first pitch. See what happened before last night’s game between our Charlotte affiliate and Buffalo.

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A Berry Happy Birthday

Ken Berry, one of the finest defensive outfielders to ever wear a Sox uniform, is 73 today. Berry played for the Sox from 1962-70, was an All-Star in 1967 and won two gold gloves in a 14-year major-league career. Some also will remember him from his cameo in the movie, Eight Men Out, as he played the role of a leather-lunged fan.

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Quote of the Day

Jim Thome — who knows a long ball when he sees one — was in the ballpark last night when Abreu hit his bomb into the shrubbery in dead center field.

“He still has a way to go,” Thome deadpanned when the baseball operations suite erupted with Abreu’s 442-foot blow.

Sox fans will remember two of Thome’s mighty blasts that made it onto the main concourse in center field, one measured at 464 and the second, the monstrous 461 home run that sealed the 1-0 playoff-clinching win for the Sox in 2008.

“I love it,” Jimmy said, clapping his hands.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (0-2, 8.27) for the Sox and RHP Chase Anderson, who will be making his first career start, for Arizona.

Photo of the Day

Celebrating victory.

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Rienzo Takes on Tigers in Motown

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Today’s News 

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00), making his first start of the season, for the Sox vs. LHP Drew Smyly (1-1, 4.00) for Detroit.

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

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo went 4-4 and tied a career high with the four hits in last night’s Sox 8-6 loss to the Tigers, a game in which we rallied and had the tying run at the plate in the ninth in the person of Alexei RamirezJose Abreu went 2-3 with his sixth home run and 19th RBI…Ramirez singled twice and drove in a run…During the ninth inning rally, Paul Konerko collected an RBI single and Adam Dunn connected for a two-run homer, his fourth of the year.

Here’s Jose’s solo blast:

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Sox Notes of Note

Viciedo and Ramirez rank 1-2 in batting average among all American League hitters. Dayan (.361) is hitting .429 in his last nine games and Alexei (.357) has hit safely in 20 of 21 games this season…Fellow Cuban Abreu is tied for second in the AL in both home runs and RBI and ranks third in slugging percentage (.580)–but that’s not all. Here are a few of his other accomplishments: Jose is the first player in Sox history to hit six homers in his first 21 games. His 14 RBI through 10 games were the most by a White Sox player since rookie Ron Kittle had 14 in 1983. Abreu is only the third player in major-league history with two multi-homer games and he’s the first rookie in franchise history with two four-plus RBI games within his first eight major-league contests. Additionally, Jose is the first major-league player with a two intentional-walk game (April 2) within his first two major league games since 1955.

The Sodfather’s Turf Clinic

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Coop

In case you missed it…

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/69599862/chicago-white-sox-pitching-coach-don-cooper-is-one-of-the-best-in-the-business

Quote of the Day

Detroit ace Justin Verlander on facing Abreu for the first time:

“I was pretty impressed with him. Not many guys go to dead center here. I made a mistake and he made me pay.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 3.75) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (1-1, 2.33).

Photo of the Day

Tank is carrying a hot bat. So hot that he’s leading the league in hitting.

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Quintana Ready for Rangers

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.37) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (0-1, 5.06) for Texas.

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

“Q”

Quintana is making his fourth start of the season. In his last outing, on April 13 vs. the Indians, he allowed just one run on five hits over six innings, struck out six and walked two while getting a no-decision. He has gone 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA lifetime against Texas.

The Streak Continues…

Alexei Ramirez‘s record hitting streak to start the season was extended last night to 17. Alexei singled in the fifth inning in the Sox’ loss to the Rangers. Ramirez owns a career-high 21-game hitting streak dating back to 2013, which is the 10th longest streak in White Sox history (non-single season). It’s also the longest since Carlos Lee‘s franchise-record 28 straight games in 2004.

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Paulino to DL, Rienzo Promoted, Veal Outrighted

RHP Felipe Paulino has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation and right-hander Andre Rienzo has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to take his place on the Sox roster. Rienzo made 10 starts for the Sox in 2013.

Lefty reliever Donnie Veal, who had been designated for assignment, was outrighted to the Knights.

Sox Notes of Note

Righty reliever Zach Putnam made his Sox debut vs. the Rangers last night, going 2.1 innings…Gordon Beckham made his sixth start in a row for Class AA Birmingham as his rehab for a strained left oblique is getting close to ending…Speaking of Birmingham, highly touted prospect Micah Johnson went 3-5 last night in the Barons’ 3-0 victory over Mobile. He’s now hitting .356 on the season…Adam Dunn (443) and Paul Konerko (434) rank third and fifth, respectively, among active players with home runs. Dunn is 38th all-time while Konerko is tied with Juan GonzalezAndruw Jones and David Ortiz for 42nd. Dunn needs six more homers to tie Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero for 36th place…the White Sox have made a major-league leading 980 quality starts since 2003, five more than the Angels..the Sox are among the American League leaders this season with 10, including four of the last five…nine of the Sox’ 17 games this season have been decided by two runs or less.

Hanson to Charlotte

Right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson, who signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on April 8, was assigned to Charlotte today and is scheduled to start for the Knights tomorrow. Since signing, Hanson has been in extended spring training at the Sox’ facility in Arizona.

Hanson, 27, spent four seasons with the Braves and last year with the Angels. He was 45-32 with a 3.61 ERA in 108 starts with Atlanta from 2009-12. Last season, Hanson appeared in 15 games (13 starts) for L.A. and went 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA in 73.0 innings pitched.

Quote of the Day

Chris Sale, asked if he did anything different after throwing a career-high 127 pitches Thursday night vs. the Red Sox:

“I jumped in the hot tub, did my shoulder program, worked out, ran, threw real light today (Friday). Just when stuff like that happens, you have a little bit more work to do in the four days in between your next one.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (2:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 6.35) for the Sox, LHP Robbie Ross Jr. (1-0, 1.00) for Texas. Johnson pitched an outstanding 6.2 innings, allowing just one run, three hits and two walks while striking out nine in his last start against Boston. While he didn’t earn the decision, the Sox won, 2-1.

Photo of the Day

The Texas Two Step?

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Alexei, Sox Roll into Texas 

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that concludes with four in Detroit. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 7.98) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

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

High-Powered Offense

The Sox rank among the American League leaders in average (2nd, .267), OPS (2nd, .338), home runs (2nd, 20), runs per game (3rd, 5.44) and slugging percentage (3rd, .423).

Hotter Than Hot

Alexei Ramirez‘s hitting streak from the start of the season reached 16 last night and it is now the longest in Sox history (he’s pictured above with the record-breaking ball). He surpassed Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, who had a 15-game streak at the start of the 1996 season. Alexei leads the American League in average (.381) and hits (24) and ranks among the leaders in multi-hit games (T1st, 8), OPS (2nd, 1.061), slugging percentage (3rd, .635), RBI (T3rd, 14), on-base percentage (5th, .426), stolen bases (T8th, 3) and doubles (T10th, 4).

Here’s Alexei’s record-breaking base hit:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v32168165/?c_id=cws

Sale in the K Zone

Chris Sale was outstanding last night, allowing just one hit–a homer–and had a season-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings while throwing a career-high 127 pitches in the 3-1 loss to Boston. It gives Chris 11 double-digit career strikeout efforts and ties him with Billy Pierce for fifth most in franchise history. Sale has held left-handed batters hitless this season (0-20) and has limited left-handers to a .173 average in two-plus seasons as a starting pitcher. He has struck out 446 batters through his first 63 starts, which is the most in club history and third-most among active players behind only Yu Darvish (513) and Tim Lincecum (461).

Other Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers, with two hits last night, has hit safely in nine of his 13 games and has four multi-hit efforts. He’s hitting .395 overall and .667 against left-handed pitchers so far this season…Adam Eaton drove in the only Sox run last night with an infield hit and robbed David Ortiz of a home run with a spectacular catch. Here it is:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32160213/?partnerId=social_20140418_22183774

Quote of the Day

Eaton commenting after last night’s game:

“We’ll continue in Texas and we’ll continue to do the same thing we do. That’s compete on every pitch and put our best foot forward.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.37) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (0-1, 5.06) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Flowers blooming.

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Eaton on Fire; Sox Need Victory Today to Take Series From Indians

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.77) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (1-1, 7.71) for Cleveland.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton hit his first homer of the season, doubled and drew a pair of walks in the Sox’ loss to the Indians yesterday afternoon. He’s had five straight multi-hit games…Alexei Ramirez singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 to begin the season. He’s now tied for the fourth-longest streak of its kind in White Sox history…Adam Dunn singled in a pair of runs, Alejandro De Aza went 2-4 with an RBI, Conor Gillaspie singled, walked twice, scored a run, drove in another and Jordan Danks added a hit and a ribbie.

More Eaton

Eaton leads the major leagues with 14 runs scored and 26 times on base and ranks among the American League leaders in multi-hit games (T1, 7), hits (3rd, 17), average (7th, .354) and on-base percentage (9th, .448).

Abreu: Making a Big Impression

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-jose-abreu-white-sox-haugh-spt-0413-20140413,0,5977198.column

Fun at the Ballpark

http://atmlb.com/1hLt9UN

Quote of the Day

Chris Sale on Eaton:

“I know I have a very biased opinion, but I think Adam Eaton is the most exciting player in baseball, in terms of every time he gets up to the plate, something is going to happen, whether it’s a close play, a bunt single, a double in the gap or a stolen base.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-Day. On Tuesday, White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1. 9.58) for the Sox, ex-Sox RHP Jake Peavy (0-0, 2.13) for Boston.

Photo of the Day

Counting on Quintana.

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