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Counting on “Q”

Sunday, June 8, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium (2:35 p.m., CT, WGN) as the Sox look to win the final game of the series in Anaheim and the finale of the six-game west coast road trip. Starters: RHP Jose Quintana (3-5, 3.31) for the Sox, LHP C.J. Wilson (6-4, 3.05) for the Halos. “Q” has allowed eight earned runs or less in eight consecutive starts.

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

Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was unhittable through seven innings last night, but the Halos rallied for the 6-5 victory…Adam Dunn hit homer No. 11 of the season and 451st of his career, Alejandro De Aza had a pair of hits, including a double, and two RBI and Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham each singled in a run.

Draft Recap

The 2014 First-Year Player Draft concluded yesterday. The White Sox selected 33 players from college, seven from high school, 17 pitchers (nine lefties, eight righties), 11 infielders, eight outfielders and three catchers in the three-day event that began Thursday.

Here are the 40 Sox draftees:

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/draft/y2014/drafttracker.jsp#ft=team&fv=cha

More draft insights:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/white-sox-load-up-on-collegiate-hurlers-in-draft?ymd=20140607&content_id=78693464&vkey=news_cws

And congratulations to the three White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) players who were drafted yesterday: Darius Day by the Rangers and Anthony Justiniano and James Davison by the Sox.

The Trib’s David Haugh on the Sox:

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80438649/   

The White Sox’ Cuban Influence

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/78758184/chicago-white-sox-attribute-success-to-core-of-cuban-players?tcid=tw_share#!WbzYQ

Happy Birthday

Former White Sox lefty Britt Burns, now the pitching coach at Class AA Birmingham in the Sox system, is 55 today. Burns is perhaps best known for pitching a masterful nine shutout innings in the decisive Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Orioles before Tito Landrum, unfortunately, sent the O’s to the World Series with a game-winning homer in the 10th.

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Quotes of the Day

The skipper and starter both chose to look ahead after last night’s heartbreaking loss:

Robin: “Everybody goes home, probably doesn’t sleep that great, but they come back ready to go the next day.”

Chris: “They have a lot of good hitters. That’s a good team. I felt loose. I felt fine. It just unraveled for whatever reason it was. I’m going to keep going, hold my head up high and be ready for the next one.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series with AL Central-leading Detroit. Starters:  RHP Hector Noesi (1-4, 5.29) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-3, 3.69) for Detroit.

Photo/Video of the Day

Dunn goes deep for the second night in a row.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33534403

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The Sale Show Arrives in Anaheim

Saturday, June 7, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 1.59) for the Sox, RHP Matt Shoemaker (3-1, 3.54) for LA.

Chris will be making his eighth start of the season. In his last start, on Sunday vs. San Diego, he allowed just one run, two hits, walked none and struck out nine in his sixth career complete start. It was also the first CG by a Sox pitcher this year.

He owns an 0.72 ERA with 33 strikeouts and a .051 opponents average over his last four starts. Since he returned from the disabled list, hitters are 3-56 against him and he still hasn’t given up a hit to a left-handed batter this season (0-32).

Sale is 3-0 with a 0.36 ERA in six career appearances against the Angels. He earned the win in his last start against the Halos, on May 17, 2013 in Anaheim, striking out 12 in 7.2 innings pitched.

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn went 3-5 with a two-run homer (No. 10) and three RBI and Alejandro De Aza connected with a solo blast (No. 5) in last night’s loss to the Angels…Conor Gillaspie and Alexei Ramirez each added a pair of hits. Gillaspie is now hitting .340, Ramirez .321…Scott Carroll gave up a lone run and a pair of hits in 4.1 innings of relief.

Here’s Dunn’s homer, the 450th of his career, which gives him sole possession of 36th place on the all-time list, passing Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33506705

Draft Update

The First-Year Player Draft concludes today with Rounds 11-40. The Sox picks will be reviewed in tomorrow’s post.

Here is a comprehensive rundown on how the Sox fared yesterday on Day 2.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140606&content_id=78523482&notebook_id=78525036&vkey=notebook_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Dunn on the historical significance of his 450th:

“People don’t realize you say the name Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero and, not that long ago, they were really two of the best in the game. Obviously, growing up an Astros fan, Bagwell and (Craig) Biggio were the kings. Numbers are cool when you are done playing and sit back and tell your kids about them.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium (2:35 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Jose Quintana (3-5, 3.31) for the Sox, LHP C.J. Wilson (6-4, 3.05) for the Halos.

Photo of the Day

De Aza unloads.

http://atmlb.com/1mmqHaa

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Sox Grab N.C. State Lefty Carlos Rodon With Third Pick in Tonight’s Draft

Thursday, June 5, 2014

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Today’s News

North Carolina State left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon is the newest White Sox, selected tonight with the third pick in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft. Rodon, 21, was 25-10 with a 2.24 ERA in three seasons with the Wolfpack. He has a mid-90s fastball and considered by most to have the best slider in the draft.

“(Rodon) was the consensus guy we targeted since his sophomore season,” said Sox Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann. “With his type of fastball and slider he would be a guy on the so-called the fast track, but it’s unfair to say he’ll be on the same track Sale was on (Chris came up to the White Sox just weeks after he was drafted).

“We’re excited because number one, we know how competitive this kid is. The most important thing is we get started on getting him comfortable with the organization.”

With their second-round pick (44th overall), the Sox selected Spencer Adams (pictured below), a right-handed pitcher from White County High School in Georgia. Adams has a 95 mph fastball and struck out 90 in 52 innings this season.

“He’s a real athletic kid,” said Assistant Scouting Director Nick Hostetler. “He’s an exciting player, projectable but also shows now stuff. His makeup is off the charts, we’re happy he got to us. It’s a very, very exciting addition based off adding as many quality arms as we possibly can.”

Another Sox-related draft note: Conor Gillaspie‘s brother Casey was selected by Tampa Bay with the 20th pick in the first round. He’s a switch-hitting first baseman out of Wichita State, which is also where Conor played his college ball.

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Plays of the Day

The discussion in the Sox clubhouse after last night’s impressive 2-1 win over the Dodgers centered on this question: What was the game’s highlight, Leury Garcia‘s first career home run or John Danks‘ second career hit? And the lively conversation didn’t even include Adam Dunn’s solo homer, his ninth of the season and 449th of his career, tying him for 36th place with Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero on the all-time home run list. Click on this link and watch Dunn go deep. http://m.mlb.com/video/v33443173

Another highlight that should have been in the mix was Danks’ third straight dominant start, as he allowed just one run and two hits over 7.1 innings to win his fourth game of the year. He has given up just three earned runs and 13 hits in his last 22.1 innings with 13 strikeouts and four walks.

Sox Notes of Note

With last night’s victory the White Sox won the series vs. the Dodgers, two games to one. They also moved a game over .500 at 31-30 and now trail the first-place Tigers by just 2.5 games in the American League Central. The second-place Sox have gained 6 1/2 games on Detroit since May 18.

The White Sox Amateur City Elite Program Front and Center in College Baseball Tourney

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140605/chatham/white-sox-amateur-program-grads-guide-college-teams-cusp-of-world-series

Hawk and Steve Talk About the Passing of Baseball Icon Don Zimmer

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33442565

Quote of the Day

The great Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully taking note of the size difference between White Sox teammates Leury Garcia and Adam Dunn.

“Garcia looks like he fell out of Dunn’s pocket.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

After today’s off-day, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-2, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (6-4, 3.33) for LA.

Photo/Video of the Day

Career round-tripper No. 1 for Leury:

http://atmlb.com/1xa9rNZ

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A Good Night For The Good Guys With Rubber Match Tonight

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series with LA winning on Monday and the Sox emerging victorious last night. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 4.66) for the Sox, RHP Josh Beckett (3-2, 2.52) for LA.

In his last start, on May 30 vs. the Padres, Danks threw seven innings allowing just two runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking one. It was his eighth quality start of the season.

Plays of the Day

It was indeed a good night for the Sox last evening. Hector Noesi won his first game since May 6, 2012, giving up just a run, five hits and four walks while striking out six in the 4-1 victory. Jose Abreu hit his second homer in as many nights, another two-run shot, in his successful return from the disabled list. It was his 17th of the season along with his 47 RBI. Tyler Flowers added his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot, and former Dodger Ronald Belisario returned triumphantly to Los Angeles with a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.

The Abreu and Flowers blasts:

http://atmlb.com/1nbwe6L

http://atmlb.com/1x4qHnM

Even Dodger Fans Want Jose’s Autograph

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Speaking of Abreu

Here is a list of major leaguers who recorded the most home runs after their first 46 games–from 1914-2014 (compliments of @ScottLindholm).

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The Wait is Almost Over: Draft Begins Tomorrow

Here are Sox GM Rick Hahn and Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann talking about the Sox and this year’s draft, which gets going tomorrow night.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33361843/white-sox-front-office-on-the-2014-draft/?partnerId=as_cws_20140603_25181866

Brothers

Conor Gillaspie will be keeping an eye on this week’s draft with his brother Casey a good bet to be selected in the first round. Here’s more:

http://atmlb.com/1tC4cSD

Minor League All-Stars

Four players from the Sox’ Class AA Birmingham affiliate have been named to the Southern League’s North Division All-Star team: OF Josh Richmond, C Kevan Smith, OF Trayce Thompson and RHP Cody Winiarski. The game will be played June 17 in Chattanooga.

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura, in his own patented style, commented on Abreu hitting homers in his first two games back from the DL.

“He’s doing all right. I think we’re going to keep him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it will be the White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-2, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (6-4, 3.33)

Photo of the Day

Noesi is a winner.

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Picking Up Right Where He Left Off

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (9:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second of the three-game series with LA winning last night’s opener. Starters: Hector Noesi (0-4, 4.33) for the Sox, RHP Dan Haren (5-3, 3.28) for Los Angeles.

Noesi is set to make his seventh start for the White Sox. Each of his last two starts have been quality as he posted a 2.70 ERA and .191 opponents average despite getting a pair of no-decisions.

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Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu wasted no time in making his presence felt after returning from the DL, smashing a two-run homer (No. 16 with his 43rd and 44th RBI) off of Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw in his second at-bat…although Jose Quintana was touched up for five runs in six innings, his outing was far better than it appears on the surface as all five LA tallies were unearned in the sixth.

Watch Jose’s blast:

http://atmlb.com/1n6OoGB

More Abreu

Enjoy this revealing feature on Jose and his family, which aired last night on the MLB Network.

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v33382557

The Draft is Just Two Days Away

The 2014 First-Year Player Draft will be held from Thursday through Saturday with the first two rounds and two competitive balance rounds broadcast live via the MLB Network on Thursday, beginning at 6:00 p.m., CT.

It won’t be long before the Sox’ first-round selection is revealed. We pick third.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Quintana’s performance last night:

“He was going inning to inning with Kershaw. He deserved a better fate.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 4.66) for the Sox, RHP Josh Beckett (3-2, 2.52) for LA.

Photo of the Day

Two interesting and historic duos…

Who can forget the Juan Uribe to Paul Konerko combination that connected for the final, glorious out of the 2005 World Series? Here they are again, reunited last night before the Sox and Dodgers took the field.

And here are Abreu and Yasiel Puig, a pair of former Cuban teammates who are quickly becoming household names to baseball fans in the U.S.

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Sale on Center Stage in Homestand Finale

Sunday, June 1, 2014 

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Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.73) for the Sox, LHP Eric Stults (2-5, 4.92) for San Diego. Sale owns a 0.56 ERA, 24 strikeouts and a .040 opponents average over his last three starts.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Viciedo LF, Dunn 1B, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Semien 3B, Flowers C, Sierra RF.
 
Plays of the Day
 
Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez each collected a pair of hits with Viciedo doubling in a run (click on link below) in yesterday’s loss to the Padres…Daniel Webb pitched scoreless ball in the final 1.2 innings. His ERA now stands at 2.17.
 
 
The Ramirez Factor
 
Alexei is hitting .373 with two homers and nine RBI in his last 14 games, including seven multi-hit efforts. He ranks among the American League leaders in multi-hit games (T1st, 23), singles (2nd, 55), hits (3rd, 72), average (3rd, .329) and average with runners in scoring position (5th, .373). Ramirez also has played in an AL leading 505 innings, missing just four frames.
 
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Big Night at the UC
 
All the best to the Blackhawks tonight as they look to eliminate the Kings at the United Center and move on to the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers. Go Hawks!!
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin Ventura on the addition of Jose Abreu to the lineup as the Sox rookie slugger is expected to return from his stint on the DL tomorrow night against the Dodgers in LA.
 
“Well, I think once you drop him in the middle of the lineup it moves people around. It gives you a deeper, longer lineup than you would have without him in there, and we’ve seen the impact of having him in the lineup compared to having him out. We realize we’re a lot better with him in it.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game, seven-day road trip that continues with three against the Angels in Anaheim. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-4, 3.61) for the Sox, LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-2, 3.57) for LA.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Gentlemen, start your engines: Sale, Tyler Flowers and Adam Dunn temporarily get away from the rigors of the long season by racing their remote control cars.
 
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Rienzo, Teammates Ready to Even Series With Padres

Saturday, May 31, 2014

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Today’s News

Today’s Game

White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. RHP Andre Rienzo (4-1, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross (5-4, 2.97) for San Diego.

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

Plays of the Day

Despite getting the loss in last night’s defeat, John Danks had another strong outing. He gave up only two runs, eight hits and a lone walk along with four strikeouts in seven innings pitched…Reminiscent of Mark Buehrle‘s “Play of the Year” (at least) on Opening Day, 2010, here’s Gordon Beckham‘s amazing play in the third inning last night, which very well could have halted a big Padres inning.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33296577/?cid=mlb

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters now own a 2.21 ERA and a .197 opponents average in our last 10 games…Danks’ eight quality starts marked the 1,000th quality start by the Sox since 2003. John has a 1.20 ERA over his last two starts and owns a 3.02 ERA in six starts at home…Daniel Webb owns a 1.29 ERA over his last 12 games.

Old Friends

It was great to say hello to two former White Sox before last night’s game. Carlos Quentin was outside of our clubhouse before batting practice, while I caught up with Jose Valentin, now the Padres’ first base coach, as San Diego took the field for BP. I still laugh about Jose’s chest tap, imitating Sammy Sosa, that day at Wrigley Field.

The Draft: A Look Back

The First-Year Player Draft is just days away, beginning on Thursday, June 5.  Here’s a review of some of the Sox’ most successful picks.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/white-sox-have-benefited-from-casting-wide-draft-net?ymd=20140529&content_id=77342514&vkey=news_cws

Sox and the (Second) City

Gordon and Robin Ventura pose with the cast of Second City and sportscasters/comedians, the Sklar Brothers (pictured on the right).

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Blackhawks Still Very Much Alive!

The crowd gathers at the Chisox Bar & Grill following last night’s Sox game to watch the Blackhawks force a Game 7 with the Kings tomorrow night at the UC. Go Hawks!

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The Adventures of Jose Abreu 

Jose Abreu took part in a simulated game before today’s game as he prepares for a possible Monday return from the disabled list for a sore left ankle.  Abreu faced live pitching in the form of two minor league right-handers brought up to throw in game conditions to him.  I’m certain one kid’s heart sank when he drilled Abreu just above the elbow in his second at-bat.  Jose shook it off and took several more at-bats, lining a couple of singles and hitting at least two doubles to the wall … and most importantly, legging them out and running fine.  He will repeat the drill tomorrow, hopefully without the HBP.

Think how this kid had to feel.  Probably his first time on a big league mound.  Silent ballpark on a Saturday morning.  Everyone watching.  And … BAM!

The young man shook hands with Abreu and said a few words after the simulated game.  Well, that was probably a day he will never forget.

Quote of the Day

Chris Sale on the “K Zone for Sale,” which will be in full force for his start tomorrow:

“It’s cool. It’s fun to have the excitement of that in the ballpark and hearing those guys go crazy every time there’s a strikeout. It’s fun to have people in the stands. Every time you get more people in the stands, it creates more energy and more excitement in the ballpark.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP Sale (4-0, 1.73) for the Sox, LHP Eric Stults (2-5, 4.92) for San Diego.

Photo of the Day

POTUS tries on a 2005 White Sox World Series ring during his recent trip to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown:

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Hot Sox Get Back to Work

Friday, May 30, 2014
 
Today’s News
 
After the three-game sweep over the Indians and a well-deserved day off, the Sox are back at it tonight. Before we look ahead, it’s definitely worth re-living Wednesday’s dramatic 3-2 win. Here’s Leury Garcia en route to scoring the winning run on Moises Sierra’s game-ending single in the ninth followed by Sierra getting mobbed by his teammates in celebration.
 
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Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and the last leg of the 10-game homestand. The Sox are 5-2 through the first seven games. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (3-6, 3.59) for San Diego.
 
While Danks got a no-decision in his last start vs. the Yankees at USCF, he threw eight scoreless innings allowing just three hits, striking out four, walking none. It was his seventh quality start of the season. The Sox lefty is 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four starts at home this year.
 
The Sox lead the all-time series against the Padres, 4-2. We have gone 2-1 at both USCF and Petco Park.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo RF, Dunn 1B, Ramirez SS, Semien DH, De Aza LF, Nieto C.
 
The K-Zone for Sale Returns on Sunday
 
The K-Zone for Sale will be alive and well Sunday as Chris Sale makes his next start against the Padres. Chris is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA, 43 strikeouts and a .138 opponents average over six starts this season.
 
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Sox Notes of Note
 
The White Sox recorded their sixth game-ending hit (third non-homer) and 17th comeback win of the season. We lead the majors with those six wins and our three walk-off homers…we have won seven of our last 10 games and are now 8-4 at home against the American League Central.
 
How about Conor?
 
Conor Gillaspie has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games (since May 12) and 31 of 34 overall. He’s hitting .415 with five doubles, a triple and five RBI since that date and his batting average leads the majors. Gillaspie’s .352 average for the season would lead the American League and rank second in baseball if he had the necessary plate appearances. Conor is also hitting .439 in the seventh inning or later, .400 in May and .397 with runners on base.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the Sox team effort after Wednesday night’s big victory over the Tribe, highlighted by Hector Noesi’s outstanding pitching performance and Sierra’s walk-off base hit.
 
“To win games, you like to talk about different people every night because it takes the whole roster to be able to do it. With the injuries and things that happened to us early, waiver claims are doing that. We went out and you start getting guys and bringing them in, these guys have been a good fit so far.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-1, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross (5-4. 2.97) for San Diego.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Here’s Gordon Beckham stretching out to rob the Indians’ Michael Brantley of a hit in the first inning of Wednesday night’s triumph. He grabbed the ball and made a strong throw to first that beat Brantley to the bag.
 
 
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Sox, Noesi Go For The Sweep

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) as we look to complete a three-game sweep and go above the .500 mark. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 6.82) for the Sox, RHP T.J. House (0-1, 6.43) for the Tribe. 

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

Plays of the Day

Only the elements could stop Chris Sale last night as the Sox ace pitched three scoreless, hitless innings with four strikeouts before the long rain delay. When the game resumed, Sale didn’t return but his teammates provided enough support for the Sox to emerge with the 2-1 victory…Scott Carroll (pictured below), who earned his second win of the season and first in relief, came to the rescue of Sale and went three scoreless innings. Jake Petricka added two of his own and Ronald Belisario chalked up his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth…Three hot Sox hitters continued to roll. Gordon Beckham cranked a solo homer, his fourth, and a double, Conor Gillaspie singled, walked twice and drove in a run and Alexei Ramirez had a pair of hits.

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Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters own a 2.28 ERA with 45 strikeouts and a .187 opponents average over the last eight games with six of the starts “quality.The ERA is the lowest in the American League and second-lowest in the majors during that span behind the Cardinals (1.78) and Giants (2.27). Starters have given up three earned runs or less in each of the eight outings and walked two or less seven times….The Sox hitters rank fourth in the AL with 56 home runs. We are 22-9 when hitting at least one homer, 13-3 when recording a multi-homer game and among the homer leaders in the following categories: two outs (T1st, 21), RISP (T1st, 18), seventh inning or later (T2nd, 20) and RISP/two outs (T3rd, 8)…Gillaspie is hitting .355 overall, .425 in the seventh inning or later, .410 this month and .393 with runners on base.

The MVP Case For Alexei

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/27691453-419/alexei-ramirez-has-been-mvp-caliber-in-2014.html#.U4ZCALS9KSN

Sale’s Pitch: It’s All About Sox Fans’ Energy

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33211349/sale-thrives-off-energy-from-south-side-crowd/?partnerId=as_cws_20140528_24843976

A.C.E. Players of the Month

Sox infielder Marcus Semien is shown here before last night’s game honoring the White Sox A.C.E. Program’s April Players of the Month.

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Quotes of the Day

Here’s an excerpt from Scott Merkin‘s mlb.com story on last night’s game, which ended around 1:00 a.m. today.

As questions were being asked of the White Sox ace, Adam Dunn strode toward his locker and couldn’t pass up the chance to take a humorous shot at his teammate making his second start since coming off of a five-week stint on the disabled list for a flexor muscle strain in his left arm.

“Look at this,” said Dunn of Sale’s postgame interview session. “He threw three innings.”

“And he did it yesterday,” added John Danks with a laugh.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in a three-game weekend series and the last leg of the 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (3-6, 3.59) for San Diego.

Photo/Video of the Day

The Beckham blast and “bubble gum” home run trot. Gordon also extended his hitting streak to eight games and is hitting .394 over that period.

http://atmlb.com/1mCK1D9

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Chris Sale = Must-See Baseball

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Today’s News

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.89) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (2-3, 5.32) for Cleveland.

Chris was masterful against the Yankees last Thursday in his first start since returning from the disabled list. He pitched six scoreless innings, allowed just one hit and struck out 10. In his last two starts he owns a 0.69 ERA with 20 strikeouts and a .049 opponents average.

Tonight’s Game

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

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo connected with a three-run homer, his fifth blast of the season (click link below), Conor Gillaspie went 4-4 with three doubles and an RBI and Alexei Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza each added an RBI in the Sox’ 6-2 victory over the Indians yesterday…Jose Quintana got credit for the win, his third of the year, allowing just two runs, five hits and a pair of walks while striking out five. Jake Petricka (1.0 IP), Zach Putnam (0.2) and Scott Downs (1.1) finished it off with three scoreless frames. Downs earned his first save.

http://atmlb.com/1mu3OnY

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Abreu Loses Boot and Resumes Baseball Activity

No longer in a walking boot, Jose Abreu took 25-30 ground balls, threw for 10 minutes and hit off a tee in the indoor batting cages before yesterday’s game and worked out again today. Barring any setbacks he should be back in the lineup the first day he’s eligible to come off of the DL–Monday, June 2 when the Sox will be in Los Angeles playing the Dodgers. 

More Abreu: Jose is third among first baseman, behind only Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols, in the first AL All-Star voting results.

All-Star Alexei?

Speaking of All-Star voting, Ramirez is a strong second behind Derek Jeter among AL shortstops. It’s no wonder he’s getting that kind of support. He ranks at the top of the league in the following key offensive categories: average (.320), homers (7), RBIs (36), slugging percentage (.483), OPS (.838) and hits (65).

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have won seven of their last 12 games and now lead the season series against the Indians, five games to three…Sox starters own a 2.86 ERA with 41 strikeouts and a .200 average over the last seven games…Quintana has never lost to Cleveland (3-0 in nine appearances, seven starts). He has a 2.68 ERA against the Tribe…Gillaspie set a career high yesterday with his four hits. His previous high was three. He’s hitting .529 against Cleveland this season and .350 overall…Ramirez is hitting .376 with three doubles, two triples, five home runs and 22 RBI at home this season.

Catch of the Day

It has to be this grab by Eileen Depesa as Tyler Flowers‘ bat flew into the stands during yesterday’s game. Take a look and give her a save for keeping it away from the baby in the row behind her.

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Bears in the House

The Bears will take center stage the next two nights for the ceremonial first pitch. Charles “Peanut” Tillman will do the honors tonight and Kyle Long tomorrow night.

Quote of the Day

Lino Diaz, the White Sox’ director of cultural development and interpreter, on Abreu’s workout yesterday:

“He got all the work he needed to do and felt no pain at all. He’s feeling really good.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 6.82) for the Sox, RHP T.J. House (0-1, 6.43) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Happy 46th Birthday to The Big Hurt, HOF 2014. Here he is on top of the world (figuratively and almost literally) on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York a day after he experienced the thrill of being elected to the Hall of Fame.

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