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Sox Embark on Long Road Trip After Sweeping Giants

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and an 11-game road trip that continues in Baltimore and Toronto. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.98) for the Sox vs. Yohan Pino, making his first major-league start, for Minnesota.

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

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu led off the Sox scoring in the first inning with his 20th homer, a two-run shot, and Adam Dunn blasted his 12th, a three-run job in the fifth, as the Sox on the strength of a 12-hit attack defeated the Giants and Tim Hudson, 7-2, to sweep the two-game series…Alejandro De Aza was a homer shy of the cycle, Tyler Flowers drove in a pair with a single and Conor Gillaspie collected a pair of hits and scored a run against his former teammates…Chris Sale improved his record to 6-1, allowing three runs, eight hits and a walk while striking out seven in six-plus innings. Ronald Belisario got the last five outs for his seventh save and a career-high four in a row.

Watch Abreu and Dunn go deep.

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More Jose

With his home run yesterday, Abreu (58 games) is the third-fastest player in major-league history to reach 20 career home runs. Only Wally Berger (51) in 1930 and Mark McGwire (56) in 1987 did it in less time. Jose is also the third-fastest White Sox player to reach 20 homers in a season, behind only Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (46 games in 1994) and Jim Thome (49 in ’06).

Sale’s Figures

Sale moved to 3-0 with a 2.54 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 14 career interleague games. He is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 56 strikeouts over his last seven starts, limiting the opposition to a .151 average.

Dunn Ties Yaz

Dunn’s homer was the 452nd of his career, which ties him with Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for 35th all-time.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox swept the Giants for the second consecutive time (also, May 16-18 at At&T Park in San Francisco). The Sox now lead the all-time series 6-2 and are 181-140 (.564) vs. the National League since interleague play began…the Sox’ game with the Tigers that was postponed on June 10 will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Saturday, August 30 with start times at 12:10 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. Game tickets and parking coupons from the postponed game can only be used for the first game of the twin bill.

Homecoming

Ozzie Guillen made his first trip to U.S. Cellular Field yesterday since leaving in 2011 after eight years as the Sox skipper.

It was a logical time for Guillen. He came to see his godson, Ehire Adrianza, who started at shortstop for the Giants. Ozzie also said he wanted to see a few of the Giants’ Venezuelan players and San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy.

Guillen arrived late at the ballpark and didn’t visit with any of the Sox before the game, but caught up with friend and former teammate Robin Ventura following the Sox’ victory (photo compliments of the Sun-Times’ Daryl Van Schouwen).

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Danks Goes Hollywood

Here’s John Danks with actor/director Rob Reiner, who threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches before yesterday afternoon’s game.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.37) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-5, 5.66) for Minnesota.

Photo/Video of the Day

If you enjoyed Abreu’s 20th homer, you’ll really going to like this–a compiliation of each one of Jose’s home runs.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33830837/?partnerId=as_cws_20140618_26273606

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It’s Sale vs. Hudson in Battle of Aces as Sox Seek Sweep

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the two-game series and eight-game homestand (with one game postponed). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 1.97) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (7-2, 1.81) for San Francisco.

Sale has limited opponents to a .152 average this season, the lowest mark by an American League pitcher through his first nine starts of a season since 1971, when Oakland’s Vida Blue also held the opposition to a .152 mark. Over Chris’ last six starts, he is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 49 strikeouts. Opponents have hit .122 against him during that span.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham (No. 5) and Dayan Viciedo (6) each blasted a two-out, two-run homer and Adam Eaton had a pair of hits and an RBI in last night’s 8-2 Sox win over the Giants…John Danks had another strong performance, allowing just one earned run and five hits in 6.1 innings for his sixth win of the season. Javy Guerra (0.2 IP), Zach Putnam (1.0) and Daniel Webb (1.0) finished wth 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Watch the Beckham and Viciedo homers:

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Sox Notes of Note

Danks earned his third consecutive win and moves to 3-1 with a 1.51 ERA over his last five outings…the Sox bullpen has recorded a 2.56 ERA over its last 17 games while Putnam has a 0.82 ERA over his last 18 outings,16 of which have been scoreless…Eaton has reached base in 12 straight games and has five multi-hit efforts over his last nine games. During that time he is hitting .340 with a .436 on-base percentage…Beckham has reached base in 11 of his last 14 games and is hitting .315 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 17 RBI since May 6…former Giant Conor Gillaspie is hitting .358 in his last 24 games and last night recorded his fourth multi-hit game in the last nine contests.

A True Legend

Famed singer John Legend was a visitor to the #SoxSocial Lounge last night. It looks like he was having a great time.

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The Sox and Giants: A Rare Glimpse of History

Thanks to Jim Margalus of the popular website South Side Sox, here’s a fascinating sidebar to his previous series about a time a century ago when the White Sox and Giants were partners on a baseball diplomacy tour.

http://www.southsidesox.com/2014/6/18/5819968/white-sox-giants-world-tour-mrs-callahans-journal

Quote of the Day

Robin on Danks’ performance:

“He has really gotten it together, from where he started early in the year, the frustrations he had, some mechanical stuff that you start with and then it becomes mental and all the physical stuff that comes with it.  He has pitched to where he’s always giving us a chance right now. He becomes tough when he has the feel of the changeup like that and spotting his fastball. It just seems like he has a little more on it as far as spotting his fastball.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and an 11-game road trip that continues in Baltimore and Toronto. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.98) for the Sox vs. Yohan Pino, making his first major-league start, for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

Danks tips his cap to the fans as he left last night’s game to a standing ovation.

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Sox Honor Cuban Stars Prior to Series Opener with Giants

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game interleague series. Starters: LHP John Danks (5-5, 4.17) for the Sox, RHP Matt Cain (1-4, 3.84) for San Francisco.

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

White Sox Baseball: A History of Cuban Stars

Today’s panel discussion featuring Cuban-born White Sox players past and present played to an enthusiastic crowd in the Conference & Learning Center.

Moderated by ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, whose family moved to the United States from Cuba shortly before he was born, the panel included Sox icon Minnie Minoso, current players Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Adrian Nieto and 2005 playoff hero Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez.

The players talked about a variety of topics. Here are a few tidbits:

El Duque:

On playing in Cuba vs. the U.S.:  “The primary difference is that you ride on a bike in Cuba, you ride in a car here. You eat steak here, you don’t know what it is there.” 

On the success of Cuban ballplayers: “I’m proud of what young Cuban players are doing in the major leagues. And they’re going to keep coming and show how good they are.”

On Minoso: “I want to thank Minnie for laying the groundwork (for Cuban players). None of that has been forgotten.”

Alexei:

On playing in Chicago: “I love it here. Fans treat me in a wonderful manner. They stop me on the street and say they love the way I play. They often ask me why I don’t take a day off. That’s not who I am.”

Dayan:

On the passion of Cuban players: “That’s how we’re taught to play the game. We celebrate the game. We try to give 110 percent every time we’re on the field.”

Jose:

On the difference between U.S and Cuban baseball: “It’s very different from a tactical sense. The way you play the game, the way you train, the way you work away from the game.”

Adrian:

On Abreu: “He’s the Cuban Babe Ruth.”

A Moment in Time

As you see from the photo below, while El Duque was at the ballpark today he struck his familiar pose from the 2005 American League Division Series against the Red Sox that is memorialized on the monument outside of the ballpark. Hernandez’s performance in Game 3 of the ALDS will go down as one of the most memorable moments in franchise history. He came on in relief and retired the side with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning (prompting the pose) and pitched three scoreless innings as the Sox won 5-3 to win the series.

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Jose, Alexei Maintain Standing in All-Star Voting

Abreu and Ramirez continue to hold on to second place at their respective positions in the All-Star Game fan voting. According to the latest results released yesterday, Jose is second behind the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera at first base and Alexei is right behind shortstop leader Derek Jeter of the Yankees.

Field of Greens

Our annual Field of Greens Golf Outing (presented by Miller Lite) was held yesterday at the Harborside International Golf Center as former and current Sox players joined Sox fans for an enjoyable day. The proceeds from the tournament benefit pediatric cancer research and treatment at Lurie Children’s Hospital and the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.

Among those participating yesterday was Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk:

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Inaugural #Social Series

The White Sox and Giants have teamed up for the inaugural #SocialSeries. As part of the #SocialSeries, each team will send a correspondent to the other team’s city.

The Giants’ correspondent is Alena Docena (@alenadee20_LWOS) The contest to be the White Sox #SocialSeries correspondent will launch July 1, and fans can find details at whitesox.com/socialseries.

Quote of the Day

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the two-game series and eight-game homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 1.97) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (7-2, 1.81) for San Francisco.

Photo of the Day

Worth another look: Paul Konerko‘s daughter Amelia stole the show during the ceremonial first pitch ceremony Sunday on Father’s Day. Here’s dad and daughter in the Sox dugout.

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Sox Offense Seeking Some Father’s Day Pop

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-3, 5.25) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (7-3, 3.34) for Kansas City.

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

Plays of the Day

Paul Konerko hit a solo homer, his fourth blast of the season, and collected a pair of singles while Javy Guerra tossed 2.1 IP of scoreless relief in yesterday’s loss to the Royals. And the Sox executed a great relay throw in the ninth–from right fielder Moises Sierra to second baseman Gordon Beckham to third baseman Leury Garcia to prevent the Royals’ Nori Aoki from stretching a double into a triple. Here’s the play:  http://m.mlb.com/video/v33711903

Movin’ On Up

Paulie’s homer was the 438th of his career, tying Andre Dawson for 42nd place on the all-time home run list.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33711191

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Transactions

The Sox have acquired outfielder Michael Taylor from the Oakland A’s for Kannapolis right-handed pitcher Jacob Sanchez. Taylor, who saw major-league action with the A’s from 2011-13, is headed to Class AAA Charlotte…the Sox have also signed righty reliever Henry Rodriguez and assigned him to Charlotte, where he’ll begin on the disabled list. He has spent time in the majors with four different teams.

Sox Notes of Note

Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 10 consecutive games, including five times on Friday night. Eaton is hitting .333 with five walks and a .438 on-base percentage over his last seven games…with the College World Series now underway in Omaha, Sox skipper Robin Ventura has been ranked No. 2 among the Top 25 major league players who have made an impact on the CWS according to an ESPN panel of five college baseball and MLB draft experts. Robin played in the college classic twice with Oklahoma State.

Quote of the Day

Jose Abreu on hitting in his home ballpark:

“One of the things is that wherever you hit the ball here, it can go out. You have a chance to go out anywhere in here. Not only to left, but to right and center. Hitting in this field is comfortable. It’s appealing. You can see the ball well. That’s one of the things I really like.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Tuesday, it will be the White Sox vs. the Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game interleague series. Starters: LHP John Danks (5-5, 4.17) for the Sox, RHP Matt Cain (1-4, 3.84) for San Francisco.

Photo of the Day

Happy Father’s Day to all my fellow Sox fan Dads.

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KC and the White Sox Band

Friday, June 13, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-6, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 4.10) for Kansas City.

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

Play of the Day

Despite absorbing his first defeat of the season in last night’s loss to the Tigers, Chris Sale (5-1) was outstanding. In seven innings of work, he gave up just one run and five hits while striking out 10–and lowered his ERA to 1.97. Chris recorded his 13th career double-digit strikeout game and third of the season. His career mark is now tied for third in franchise history with Javier Vazquez. It was also his third career outing with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks.

Avi Begins the Road Back

With Sox trainer Herm Schneider watching, Avi Garcia celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday by playing catch for the first time since his shoulder injury.

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Looking into the Future

I was at our Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale today and had the opportunity to see U.S. Olympic speed skater Eddy Alvarez (in top photo below), who signed with us earlier this week, take batting practice. Also there was Micker Adolfo Zapata (bottom photo), the Dominican outfielder who signed with the Sox a year ago when he was 16. Upon signing, Micker was the No. 2 ranked international prospect by MLB.com.

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Oh, By the Way

How hot was it in the Phoenix area today? Here’s the answer–and it even got up to 112.

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Ceremonial First Pitchers

Last night, former Northern Illinois star and current Chicago Bear Jordan Lynch did the honors. Tonight it’s actor and comedian Kevin Hart and tomorrow it’s Bear Rinehart, guitarist and lead vocalist of NEEDTOBREATHE. On Tuesday, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, one of the heroes of the 2005 Sox postseason, will throw out the first pitch and on Wednesday it’s actor/director Rob Reiner‘s turn.

Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-4, 5.40) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-5, 3.26) for KC.

Photo/Video of the Day

Here’s Dayan Viciedo making an amazing catch in last night’s game:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33666273

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Sale Looking to Finish the Job vs. Tigers, Scherzer

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox shoot for the sweep of what turned out to be, because of Tuesday’s postponement, a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 2.06) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (7-2, 3.38) for Detroit.

Sale is 2-0 with a 0.72 ERA over his last four starts at USCF.

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

Plays of the Day

On the strength of a seven-run sixth inning against Detroit ace Justin Verlander and his bullpen mates, the Sox tamed the Tigers last night for the second consecutive game, 8-2…Jose Abreu launched his 19th homer and added a pair of singles, Gordon Beckham and Conor Gillaspie each drove in a pair of runs and John Danks gave up just two runs, six hits and two walks while striking out six as he earned his fifth victory of the season.

More Abreu

Jose hit a homer in back-to-back games for the third time this season and second time against both the Tigers and Verlander. Abreu now has joined Wally Berger (20 home runs in 1930) as the only players in baseball history with 19-plus homers in their first 52 career games.

Watch Abreu go deep:

http://atmlb.com/1mJMlp7

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are second in the American League with a .275 batting average with runners in scoring position, including .371 over the last four games…the Sox also are hitting .288 as a club with seven homers and 27 runs scored in their last six games…they have homered in eight of the last nine games…the Sox are 5-0 in their last five games against the AL Central…Our starters own a 3.12 ERA in 20 games since May 20, the Sox bullpen owns a 0.86 ERA over the last eight games and a 1.69 ERA with five saves in the last 12…Danks has a 1.55 ERA over his last four starts, holding his opponents to a .178 average. he has recorded a 2.96 ERA in seven starts at home this season…Adam Eaton tripled last night–accomplishing the feat in back-to-back games for the first time in his career…Alejandro De Aza is hitting .400 during his five-game hitting streak…the Sox have acquired outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo, 28, from the Blue Jays for cash considerations and reports to Class AAA Charlotte. Tuiasosopo has played in 152 major league games with the Mariners and, most recently, the Tigers in 2013.

World Cup Fever in the White Sox Clubhouse

With the World Cup kicking off today in Brazil, a couple of Sox teammates, Brazilian Andre Rienzo and Cuban Alexei Ramirez, have initiated a friendly wager.

If Brazil wins, Ramirez will have to be photographed wearing a Brazilian jersey. If Argentina wins, Rienzo will have to don and be photographed wearing the jersey of his country’s fiercest rival.

“I hope Brazil wins, because if I get a picture of me (with the Argentina jersey) people will kill me,” Rienzo admitted.

Here is Rienzo (with his arms around teammates Javy Guerra and Eaton) and teammates showing off their World Cup pride. Other Sox (from left to right) are: Dayan Viciedo, Jose Quintana, Ramirez and Abreu. (Photo compliments of the Trib’s Colleen Kane).

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Hey Sox Fans, Say Hello to Phil the Chimp

www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/meet-phil-chimp-unofficial-white-sox-mascot-0 

Quote of the Day

Danks talking about the Sox after last night’s game:

“We’ve had a good feeling from the get-go. We’re not looking at the scoreboard or the standings. We’re just trying to win every game we can.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Quintana (3-6, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 4.10) for Kansas City.

Photo of the Day

Avi Garcia is 23 today.

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After a Day Delay, Danks on Hill for Sox in Game 2 vs. Tigers

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) as the now three-game series resumes after last night’s postponement. Starters: LHP John Danks (4-5, 4.32) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (6-5, 4.19) for Detroit.

Danks is 1-1 with a 1.21 ERA over his last three starts. He earned the win in his last outing on June 4 against the Dodgers in LA, tossing 7.1 innings, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out five and walking three. It was his ninth quality start of the season and he’s 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA in six starts at USCF.

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

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

White Sox starters own an American League-best 3.16 ERA in 19 games since May 20…the Sox bullpen has recorded a 1.69 ERA over its last 12 games.

En Fuego

Jose Abreu is hitting .388 with five doubles, five home runs and 15 RBI in his last 12 home games. Gordon Beckham is batting .393 over his last seven games and .344 over his last 23. Adam Dunn is hitting .375 with three home runs and five RBI in his last four games while Conor Gillaspie is at .538 over his last four games and is batting .397 over his last 20.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have agreed to terms with nine of their Top 10 selections in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, including second-rounder RHP Spencer Adams (44th overall) and third-rounder LHP Jace Fry (77th overall), and 28 players total. Adams is from White County High School in Cleveland, Ga. Fry is an Oregon State product…the Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher Shawn Hill from Toronto in exchange for cash and assigned him to Class AAA Charlotte. He went 2-1 with a 4.85 ERA in six games (four starts) with Class AAA Buffalo.

Here are Adams (top) and Fry signing their contracts today at U.S. Cellular Field:

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Quote of the Day

Although Avi Garcia is extremely frustrated he can’t be with his teammates on the field this season because of his injury, he knows he has a lot to look forward to. Here are his thoughts on teammate Abreu and what it will be like to be in the lineup with Jose when he returns.

“Amazing. He has a lot of power. He’s great in the field. He has a great attitude, everything. He’s good. I’m happy to have him here on the team, and I can’t wait to see what we can do together. Let’s see what happens. Let’s go.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 2.06) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (7-2, 3.38) for Detroit.

Photo/Video of the Day

Never leave early.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33461463/?partnerId=as_cws_20140610_25694346

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Round 2 of Sox-Tigers Series Postponed Due to Rain

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

The game has been postponed due to rain. Fans should keep their game tickets and parking coupons until a makeup date is determined. This marks the first White Sox postponement of the season.

Plays of the Day

In last night’s 6-5 victory over the Tigers, the first four hitters in the Sox lineup went 9-18 with three doubles, a triple, a homer, four runs scored and six RBI. The foursome also had nine of the Sox’ 11 hits.

Adam Eaton: 2-5, including a triple, an RBI and a run scored

Gordon Beckham: 3-5, including two doubles, a run scored and an RBI

Conor Gillaspie: 2-4, two RBI and a run scored

Jose Abreu: 2-4, a two-run homer and a double

Hector Noesi went 5.2 innings for his second straight win. Scott Downs (0.1 IP), Jake Petricka (1.1), and Zach Putman (0.2) pitched scoreless ball in relief and Ronald Belisario came on in the ninth and earned his sixth save.

Watch Abreu’s homer:  http://atmlb.com/1xAtTaN

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

White Sox starters own an American League-best 3.16 ERA in 19 games since May 20…the Sox bullpen has recorded a 1.69 ERA over its last 12 games.

Minor All-Stars

Outfielder Courtney Hawkins (pictured below, top), the Sox first-round pick in 2012, and shortstop Tim Anderson (pictured below, bottom), our top pick in 2013, will represent Winston-Salem (High A) at the California-Carolina League All-Star Game on June 17 in Wilmington, Del.

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Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the Sox draft:

“We’re thrilled with our draft. Taking Carlos (Rodon) in the first round, we get a high-ceiling, close-to-the-majors potential front-end piece to fit in with this rebuilding plan that we have going on now.

“But behind him, in being able to get Spencer Adams in the second round–a high-ceiling high school kid, who a lot of people thought would be gone in the first round–was a nice follow-up. The kid, (Jace) Fry, we took in the third, was the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year and is a polished left-handed starter who potentially could come quick as well.

“There’s a lot of other guys of note that we were pleased to get, but I think those first three really set a great tone there.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Probable starters: LHP John Danks (4-5, 4.32) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (6-5, 4.19) for Detroit.

Photo/Video of the Day

What a catch by Eaton, robbing Victor Martinez in the second inning.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33577251

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South Side Showdown

Monday, June 9, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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

Noesi is 1-0 with a 2.33 ERA, 14 strikeouts and a .203 opponents average over his last three starts. Hector snapped his 14-game losing streak in his last outing on June 3 vs. the Dodgers, allowing one run on five hits over six innings of work. He has also allowed just one earned run in each of the last two outings (13.1 innings).

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

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie and Adam Eaton each singled in a run, Dayan Viciedo singled and doubled and Gordon Beckham collected a pair of singles in yesterday’s loss to the Angels. Javy Guerra (1.2 IP) and Daniel Webb (2.0) pitched 3.2 scoreless innings in relief.

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Good News, All-Star Wise

For the second week in a row, Alexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu are both second in the latest round of American League All-Star voting.

Ramirez is trailing Derek Jeter 1,376,054 to 1,212,362 at shortstop and Abreu, with 845,059, is second only to Miguel Cabrera‘s 1,477,420 votes.

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters own a 2.99 ERA over the last 18 games, the lowest in the American League…Adam Dunn needs one home run to tie Carl Yastrzemski for 35th place all-time with 452.

White Sox ACE Players in College World Series

Outfielders Corey Ray (Louisville) and Ro Coleman (Vanderbilt), products of the White Sox Amateur Elite progam who were teammates at Simeon Career Academy, will represent their schools in the College World Series in Omaha.

Ray, a freshman, went 2-3 with a stolen base and a run scored as Louisville defeated Kennesaw State on Saturday to advance to World Series for the second straight season.

Coleman, also a freshman, went 1-1 on Friday to help Vandy eliminate Stanford to advance to Omaha for the second time in four years.

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A Fitting Tribute to Paulie

Former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Fred Claire posted the following commentary on his Facebook page along with a link to a story in the Los Angeles Times praising the Sox captain.

“Paul Konerko is a Hall of Fame person and has had a great Major League career.  I recall his excitement after the Dodgers had drafted him and he has been a true professional from day one and every step of the way. For young players who want to know how to handle a career in the game my advice would be to follow the path of Paul Konerko on and off the field.”

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-baseball-shaikin-20140608-story.html

Quote of the Day

Jose Abreu on his encounter over the weekend with future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols:

“He was taking BP and he stepped out of BP just to come out and say hello to me and talk to me which is incredible. That’s one of the reasons why we admire him so much, the kind of people he is, the kind of professional he is. We talk about a lot of things and I’m very thankful for the advice he gives me. He’s definitely a person all baseball players admire and he’s a role model for all of us.’’

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (4-5, 4.32) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (6-5, 4.19) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

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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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