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Sunday, August 31, 2014
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and seven-game homestand. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (15-8, 3.06) for Detroit.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Sanchez 2B, Abreu DH, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Andy Wilkins 1B, Flowers C, L. Garcia SS.
Andy Wilkins, who is making his major-league debut today, has hit 30 homers, driven in 85 and batted .293 with an .896 OPS with Class AAA Charlotte in 127 games this season. He leads the International League in homers, extra-base hits (69) and total bases (274), ranks second in RBI and slugging percentage (.558) and is fourth in hits and runs scored.
Plays of the Day
Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the first inning against defending American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Chris Sale and the Sox came back to take the first game of yesterday’s twin bill from the Tigers, 6-3…Settling down after the first, Sale pitched six shutout innings the rest of the way, allowing just three hits during that time, struck out a season-high 13 in all and K’d the side four times in seven innings while getting his 11th win (see top link below)…Adam Dunn smashed a two-run homer, his 20th of the season and 460th of his career (click on middle link below), in the four-run Sox third and Tyler Flowers belted No. 10, a solo shot in the fourth (click on bottom link below)…Jose Abreu went 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Adam Eaton collected two hits and scored a run…Alexei Ramirez doubled, drove in a run and scored twice…Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless eighth and Jake Petricka did likewise in the ninth, recording his 10th save.
Dayan Viciedo blasted his 17th homer, a three-run shot, in the Sox loss to Detroit in the nightcap of the doubleheader (please click on link below)…Ramirez doubled twice and scored a run, Eaton singled, walked and scored and Abreu singled and walked twice.
Adam Dunn to Oakland
Prior to today’s game, the White Sox traded Dunn and cash considerations to Oakland in exchange for right-handed pitcher Nolan Sanburn.
Sanburn, 23, is 3-1 with a 3.28 ERA, six saves and 73 strikeouts in 42 relief appearances this season with Class A Stockton of the California League. The 6-foot-0, 175-pound Sanburn has thrown 2.0 IP or more 21 times for Stockton.
He is 4-5 with a 2.93 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 65 games (nine starts) over three minor-league seasons. Sanburn was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 10 Prospect in the A’s organization entering the 2014 season and the No. 10 Prospect by MLB.com entering the 2013 campaign. A native of Kokomo, Ind., Sanburn was selected by Oakland in the second round of the 2012 draft out of the University of Arkansas.
Alejandro De Aza to Baltimore
During last night’s game, the White Sox traded outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Baltimore in exchange for right-handed pitchers Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas.
Blackmar, 22, is 10-1 with a 3.18 ERA, 83 strikeouts and a .229 opponents average in 26 games (18 starts) with Class A Frederick of the Carolina League. Over his last 10 games (all starts), the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Blackmar has gone 6-0 with a 2.09 ERA, allowing just 45 hits. A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, he is 21-13 with a 3.75 ERA in 74 games (36 starts) over four minor-league seasons since being selected by the Orioles in the 16th round of the 2011 draft.
Chalas, 22, has combined to go 3-4 with a 4.48 ERA in 30 relief appearances this season between Frederick and Class AAA Norfolk of the International League. In two games since being promoted to Norfolk, the 6-foot-0, 170-pound Chalas is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA. Chalas, a native of Seibo, Dominican Republic, has gone 24-21 with a 3.73 ERA and 300 strikeouts in 115 games over five minor-league seasons since signing with the Orioles as a free agent on February 24, 2010.
Before today’s game, the White Sox purchased the contracts of left-handed pitcher Scott Snodgress and first baseman Wilkins from Charlotte, and also returned Moises Sierra from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Charlotte and reinstated the outfielder from the 15-day disabled list.
Snodgress, 24, takes the roster spot of right-hander Chris Bassitt, who was optioned to Charlotte following last night’s game. Wilkins, 25, takes the roster spot of Dunn, who was while Sierra replaces De Aza, who was traded to Baltimore last night.
Sox Notes of Note
With his K total yesterday, Sale now has 17 double-digit career strikeout games, tying him with Hall of Famer Ed Walsh for the most in franchise history. Walsh got to 17 in 288 starts, Chris in 81…Abreu is hitting .541 during his current 11-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games (.458). He finished the doubleheader with a .321 average for the season, good enough for fifth in the AL. He also is tied for the major-league lead and ranks first among AL run producers with 98 RBI…Eaton is batting .435 with seven runs scored during his six-game hitting streak and is now at .311 this year, tied for sixth among AL hitters…Carlos Sanchez has hit safely in seven of his eight games (.313) since joining the Sox from Charlotte on August 22.
On the Farm
Left-hander Carlos Rodon, the Sox’ top draft pick this past June, allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out seven in five innings for Charlotte last night vs. the Gwinnett Braves…Righty Francellis (Frank) Montas allowed just one run on one hit over five innings in his first start at Class AA Birmingham.
LaRussa in the House
Former Sox manager Tony LaRussa, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, was honored by the Sox last night and threw out a ceremonial first pitch. It was also LaRussa bobblehead night. Here is LaRussa embracing one of his former players and biggest stars, Harold Baines.
Quote of the Day
Sale on the Sox grit in Game 1:
“What I really respect about this team and what was the [most fun] part was watching them come back. We get in a hole there early and our work ethic, our focus and our drive hasn’t attenuated one bit. We fought until the end against a great team and a great pitcher.”
For the record, Chris’ word of the start was attenuated. Translated, it means “weakened in force or effect.”
Off Day. On Tuesday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game set and five-game road trip that concludes with a three-game weekend series in Cleveland. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-8, 4.30) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (0-1, 7.94) for Minnesota.
Photos/Videos of the Day
U.S Cellular Field was buzzing last night as the Sox honored the U.S. champion Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers. Here are two videos and a montage of photos illustrating the activities.
The photos: Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Executive Vice President Ken Williams presented JRW with a 20,000 check from Chicago White Sox Charities; the youngsters proudly displayed their Sox jerseys with their own individual numbers, signed by the 2014 White Sox; and all of the young men ran the bases and high-or-low-fived the Sox players en route to home plate.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.29) for the Sox, RHP Yohan Pino (1-3, 4.38) for Minnesota.
Carroll, making his 18th appearance and 12th start for the Sox, is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA over his last four starts.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Nieto C.
Plays of the Day
On a night when Chris Sale wasn’t at his All-Star best, the White Sox as a team were. On the way to the exciting 10-8 victory last night, we came back twice and pounded out 17 hits…Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 21 with an RBI single in the fourth inning (click on top link below) and added two more singles along with a walk and a HBP…Adam Eaton, who had three hits and reached base five times on Thursday vs. the Tigers, collected two more hits last night and walked, lifting his batting average to .299…In all, every Sox starter recorded at least one hit: Abreu (3), Eaton (2), Gordon Beckham (1), Paul Konerko (2), Alexei Ramirez (2), Conor Gillaspie (1), Tyler Flowers (2), Alejandro De Aza (2) and Moses Sierra (2) with seven of the nine knocking out two or more…Ramirez and Flowers led the way with two RBI apiece while Tyler went deep for his seventh homer, a solo shot (click on bottom link below)…Javy Guerra got credit for his first win and Jake Petricka pitched the ninth, registering his seventh save of the season.
The Abreu Report
During his 21-game streak, the longest in the American League this year and longest White Sox streak since Carlos Lee’s club record 28 in 2004, Jose is hitting .411 and he has also hit safely in 39 of his last 40 games (.377). He has reached base in 10 straight plate appearances dating back to Thursday in Detroit. It’s the longest streak by a Sox player since Frank Thomas set the club record with 15 in 1997. Abreu continues to lead the major leagues in homers (31), RBI (84), slugging percentage (.639), total bases (239), is tied for the lead in extra-base hits (60) and is second in OPS (1.003). He’s now hitting .310 on the season.
Sox Notes of Note
Eaton (top photo below) extended his hitting streak to eight games, drove in a run and scored twice. He also has reached base safely in 18 straight contests, batting .421 with a .476 on-base percentage during that span…Flowers (bottom photo below) is 19-42 with two homers, four doubles and five RBI over his last 12 games…Sierra now has a career-high seven-game hitting streak (.440) and has recorded an RBI in back-to-back games for the first time this season…Gillaspie is hitting .352 with six doubles, three homers, nine RBI and 13 runs scored in his last 20 games and is batting .319 on the season…Konerko has reached base safely in his last six games. He’s hitting .339 in 25 games since June 1…the Sox are hitting .349 with 20 doubles, nine home runs and 54 runs scored in winning six their last eight games. During that stretch, we have scored 10-plus runs twice and collected 14 or more hits five times…Tonight is Thomas replica Hall of Fame plaque night–on the 24th anniversary of The Big Hurt’s major-league debut…Avi Garcia and Matt Lindstrom began their rehab assignments at Class AAA Charlotte last night. Garcia started the regularly scheduled game vs. Durham, going 2-4 with a run scored as the DH. Lindstrom tossed one inning (giving up a run) in the completion of the suspended game.
Sox in the Community
Abreu took time out from his hitting streak today to give some tips to youngsters at a Special Olympics/Amateur City Elite baseball clinic (top photo) while White Sox catcher Adrian Nieto (center) and former Sox All-Star Carlos May (far right) joined our Volunteer Corps yesterday to help refresh the playground at Armour Square Park (bottom photo).
Quote of the Day
Ever the team player, Sale exhibited some tongue-in-cheek humor along with praise for his teammates after last night’s win (via Scott Merkin, mlb.com):
“Just how we drew it up. It was a little bit of everybody. Everybody in the lineup got a hit today, which is awesome. Scoring runs early, scoring runs late and in between. This team never quit fighting, especially when I put us in a pretty good hole right there. We never quit battling and put some good at-bats together and some runs on the board.”
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.15) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (9-8, 3.94) for Minnesota.
Photo/Video of the Day
Olympic gymnastics gold medalist McKayla Maroney “flipped out” before throwing last night’s ceremonial first pitch (click on link) and bonded with a group of Sox fans shown in the photo below. Plus, Elvis was in the building on his special night.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Cooperstown, NY — After months of anticipation, the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will begin today at 12:30 p.m., CT, at the Clark Sports Center, which is located just a mile south of the Hall.
During the ceremony, we will hear from our Sox-connected inductees Frank Thomas and Tony LaRussa, pitching greats and former Braves teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and elite managers Bobby Cox and Joe Torre as they are officially are inducted into baseball’s shrine. The newest inductees will be welcomed by 55 of the 66 living Hall of Famers, who have made the trip here to be part of the festivities.
Frank and Tony: The Day Before
The six inductees spoke to the media yesterday in advance of today’s ceremony. Here’s a sampling of comments from Frank and Tony.
On the Hall of Fame experience as a whole:
“It’s really very stressful. A lot goes into it. I’m overjoyed, but the nerves are there. It’s just a different feeling. This is bigger than any ball game that I’ve every played in. Tomorrow will be magical. Just seeing the stage today, the field and thinking about all those people out there, it will really be special.”
On thinking about entering the Hall during his playing days:
“You never think about the Hall of Fame. It’s something you can’t control. As a player you just go out and play ball.”
On his speech:
“I’ve been doing a lot of traveling with my TV work and each night when I get back to my hotel room I add a few lines and add some names. It’ll be from the heart, giving credit to the people who got me here.”
On his hitting style:
“I was a hitter, not just a home run hitter. I was about scoring runs, driving in runs. I knew I had to do something to help the team every night. (Sox hitting coach) Walt Hriniak had a whole lot to do with my approach in my first eight years in Chicago and me being here in Cooperstown. It was all about discipline. You knew you had to work hard every day.”
On his Dad, Frank Sr., who has passed away:
My Dad was my man. He saw something in me and it was push, push, push, all the time–he got me off that couch. Without him I wouldn’t be here. I keep thinking what a big smile he would have if he were still here. He’d be running around with No. 35 on his back, that’s the kind of person he was.”
The World According to Tony
On the role of a manager:
“I’ve been with coaches in other sports and we talk about how our first responsibility is to create a frame of mind for the players. Once you have their attention you can go from there. I think I had a feel for it, but I got better and better over the years.”
On his time with the Sox, notably 1983 when the club won the AL West by 20 games. It was also the team’s first playoff appearance since the AL pennant-winning year of 1959.
“1983 was a magical year. We had big personalities, great leaders like Bull (Greg Luzinski) and Kooz (Jerry Koosman) and a great coaching staff.”
“He was the type of hitter that you had to take out of the game. He hit for power, average, hit to all fields. He was a marked man.”
On Harold Baines and the Hall of Fame:
“My heart aches for him. If he had only been healthy enough to get 3,000 hits.”
On his managerial career with the Sox, A’s and Cardinals:
“Thirty years and three great places. How lucky I’ve been.”
Yesterday’s Award Presentations
Yesterday afternoon the Hall of Fame Awards presentation took place at Doubleday Field, for years the site of exhibition games between American and National League teams. Author Roger Angell received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Former player and broadcaster Joe Garagiola, who was not in attendance, won the Hall’s Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award and Texas Rangers’ broadcaster Eric Nadel was honored with the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting.
The Parade of Legends
With thousands of fans lining the streets cheering them on, the Hall of Famers rode down Main Street last evening in trucks en route to the Museum. Here’s Frank and his wife Megan waving to the crowd.
Cooperstown’s main drag was again all abuzz yesterday with activity on another bright, sunny day. In addition to the thriving businesses we mentioned yesterday that were teeming with fans, other establishments enjoying the presence of the baseball faithful the past few days are the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, Mickey’s Place (as in Hall of Famer Mantle), Shoeless Joe’s and the Batter’s Up Restaurant. Again, where else can you find these places?
Among the former players signing yesterday were Pete Rose, Andre Dawson, Maury Wills, Denny McLain, Bert Campaneris, Frank Howard, John Rocker, Ryan Klesko and many of the players who signed earlier in the week that we mentioned yesterday.
Among the oddest sights yesterday on Main Street? Somebody I could swear was Babe Ruth and the craziest Harley you ever saw.
A Hall of a Party
The White Sox hosted a party for Frank and Tony last night at Cooperstown’s Templeton Hall with friends and family celebrating the occasion. The Big Hurt took to the microphone upon his arrival and expressed what an honor it is to be entering the Hall. He also admitted his “knees will be knocking,” but is looking forward to the big day. Tony talked emotionally about his days with the Sox and led the crowd in singing “Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Goodbye.”
A Sox Fan’s Delight
Museum exhibits I thought you’d like to see.
And While We’re in Cooperstown…
The Sox won their third straight last night with a 7-0 whitewash of the Twins. We go for the sweep of the four-game series today. Chris Sale was in vintage form. He won his 10th game of the season against a single loss via a brilliant five-hit shutout, which included a dozen strikeouts over eight innings–and he lowered his ERA to a miniscule 1.88…Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run homer, Conor Gillaspie was 3-4 with a double two runs scored, Tyler Flowers singled and doubled and drove in a pair and Adam Eaton had two singles, two RBI and scored a run. Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a ninth-inning single. He has now recorded a hit in 34 of his last 35 games.
Photos of the Day
I guess you could say it was SoxFest East yesterday on Main Street.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-5, 4.19) for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen (1-2, 6.46) for KC.
Carroll is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA over his last two starts. He tossed five scoreless innings on July 12 vs. Cleveland before leaving with lower back stiffness and allowed just one hit over 6.2 scoreless IP in his previous outing on July 7 at Boston.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Dunn DH, Konerko 1B, Beckham, 2B, Sierra RF, Nieto C.
Plays of the Day
Chris Sale was his usual brilliant self in his first start since the All-Star break in last night’s 3-1 win over the Royals. He allowed just a single run, seven hits and two walks along with eight strikeouts as he won his ninth game and lowered his ERA to 2.03…Chris is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his last three starts and is 7-1 with a 1.90 ERA at home this season…the bullpen did its part as well as Ronald Belisario pitched a scoreless eighth and Jake Petricka (shown below with Tyler Flowers after the final out) did likewise in the ninth while chalking up his fourth save…Adam Dunn drove in a pair of runs in the first innng with an opposite field single against the shift and Gordon Beckham brought home a run with a sixth inning sac fly…after getting on base four times on Sunday with two hits and two walks, Adam Eaton reached base three more times last night with two singles and a walk, lifting his batting average to .284…Jose Abreu‘s seventh-inning double extended his hitting streak to 11 games and he has now hit safely in 30 of his last 11 games.
For Starters, This is Pretty Impressive
White Sox starters own a 3.18 ERA since June 23, the best mark in the American League and fourth-best in the MLB during that span.
Look Who Was Signing Today at Brookfield Zoo
Quotes of the Day
Sale, who has always been a team-first guy, on his Cy Young Award candidacy:
“I don’t really pay too much attention to any of that. I have a job to do and I have to focus on doing that and winning games. We’re right in the hunt right now. These are the dog days, and you’ve got to bear down. Now is not the time to be thinking about yourself or some trophy or whatever.”
How great has Chris Sale been? He's 9-1, 2.03, with 2 blown saves. And his only loss is a 1-0 game where he K'd 10 and BB'd none.—
Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 22, 2014
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.26) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (9-5, 3.70) for Kansas City.
Photo of the Day
What could be better than watching the Sox win while wearing your Adam Eaton t-shirt on “Free T-Shirt Monday?”
The remaining dates of the new promotion will be August 4 vs. Texas, featuring an Abreu t-shirt, August 18 vs. Baltimore, highlighting Sale, and September 8 vs. Oakland featuring Paul Konerko.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (8-6, 3.99) for the Sox, RHP Jarred Cosart (9-6, 4.17) for Houston.
Danks is set to make his 20th start of the season and 10th at home. He is 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA over his last 10 starts and 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA wth 20 Ks over his last four. John is 4-2 with a 2.72 ERA over his nine starts at home in 2014. In his last outing, against Cleveland on July 13, Danks earned a no-decision. He went seven strong innings, allowing just one run, seven hits and two walks while striking out four.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Gillaspie 3B, De Aza LF, Beckham 2B, Nieto C.
Plays of the Day
Tyler Flowers went 3-3 with a pair of singles and a double and drove in two runs–including the go-ahead tally in the fifth inning–in the Sox’ 4-3 win over the Astros, our second straight one-run triumph vs. Houston…Alejandro De Aza singled and tripled with two runs scored, Conor Gillaspie added an RBI with a base hit and Adam Eaton collected three singles…Hector Noesi had a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings of work for his fourth win and was picked up nicely by the pen…Ronald Belisario pitched two scoreless innings, Jake Petricka got the first two outs in the ninth and Zach Putnam closed the door, getting the final out for his third save and second in as many nights.
Here is Flowers’ eventual game-winning RBI:
Sox Notes of Note
The Sox are 5-1 in their last six games at home…Jose Abreu has hit safely in 28 of his last 29 games (.348) and last night extended his hitting streak to 10 games (.400)…Flowers is 6-9 with three RBI over his last three games…Eaton now owns a six-game hitting streak (.400) and last night recorded his sixth three-hit game of the season…Gillaspie is hitting .423 with four doubles, three homers, six RBI and eight runs scored over the last eight games.
Following last night’s game the Sox optioned infielder Carlos Sanchez to Class AAA Charlotte. Prior to today’s game, we filled the roster spot by purchasing the contract of RHP Taylor Thompson from the Knights. Thompson is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA with six saves, 53 strikeouts and a .214 opponents average over 31 relief appearances with Charlotte this season. He will be making his big-league debut.
The Big Hurt’s Mom Proudly Heading to Cooperstown
With Frank Thomas‘ Hall of Fame induction a week from today, enjoy this piece about Frank, his mom and other family members.
A Hero’s Return
Geoff Blum‘s home run in the 14th inning of Game 3 in the 2005 World Series, which gave the White Sox a victory in the longest World Series game ever played, certainly ranks among the most memorable moments in club history and is even memorialized on the “Championship Moments” monument outside of the ballpark. Geoff returned to Chicago this weekend as a member of the Houston TV announcing team. He talks about that moment in ’05 and what it has meant to him.
Quote of the Day
Robin on why he chose Putnam to close out last night’s game:
“I like Put’s swing-and-missability with some lefties and that’s the reason.”
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-1, 2.08) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (5-8, 4.56) for KC.
Photo of the Day
Saving Grace: Two straight saves for Putnam.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
American League 5, National League 3, in the 85th All-Star Game
Chris Sale pitched the fourth inning for the AL, making his third straight All-Star appearance…Alexei Ramirez entered the game in the fourth as well, replacing Derek Jeter at shortstop in one of the game’s most emotional moments (pictured above). He collected a fifth-inning single in his first at bat and scored on a sac fly for the AL’s fifth run. Prior to the scoring play he also exhibited some alert baserunning by getting back safely to third base when a wild pitch bounced off the backstop and ricocheted back to the catcher. Alexei reached base again on an error in the seventh and stole second base…Jose Abreu took over at first base in the sixth inning, made a fine pickup of a ball in the dirt on his first chance and flied out in the eighth in his only plate appearance.
The Sox All-Stars pose together before game time–the first Midsummer Classic for both Alexei and Jose.
Caps and jerseys are ready for action.
Chris and his son Rylan enjoy Monday night’s Home Run Derby.
Jose and Alexei serve as the “corner men” for fellow Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes at the Home Run Derby and they backed the winner as the A’s slugger won the event for the second straight year.
A “Red Carpet Sale” during yesterday’s All-Star pre-game parade.
Jose and Alexei enjoy the red carpet and greet the fans during the parade.
Jose and Alexei during BP.
The Cuban All-Star contingent: Ramirez, Abreu, Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman of the Reds and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers.
Abreu celebrates with his victorious AL teammates.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Our guys–Chris Sale, Alexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu–met the media yesterday along with the other American and National League All-Stars in advance of tonight’s Midsummer Classic at Target Field in Minneapolis, which will be televised on FOX beginning at 6:30 p.m., CT.
Abreu on His Parents Attending the All-Star Game…
Listen to Jose talk about the excitement around his parents being in Minneapolis to see him play in the major leagues for the first time (with expert translation by my PR colleague Lou Hernandez).
…And His Parents’ Joy in Their Own Words
Here they are: Jose’s mom and dad, Jose and Daysi.
White Sox a Major Player in MLB Cuban Pipeline
Quote of the Day
Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer of the Tigers on Abreu, the MLB home-run leader at the break (via Dan Hayes, CSN Chicago):
“He’s a difference-maker. He’s such a quality at-bat. His power is unbelievable. He can take so many different pitches and just take you yard. You obviously respect what he can do. He’s changed the complexion of their lineup and allows some of their other players to do other things as well. When you have a guy like that in your lineup, anchoring it, in a way it’s kind of like what we have in Detroit with Miggy anchoring our lineup. He’s only getting better and unfortunately that’s a detriment to us.”
“Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” Debuts Thursday
Comcast SportsNet Chicago will present a special one-hour documentary, “Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas,” a little more than a week before the Sox legend is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 27. The special will be narrated by media personality and author Richard Roeper and will premiere Thursday at 6:30 p.m., CT, exclusively on CSN Chicago. The special will re-air at 10:00 p.m. the same night.
In addition, CSN Chicago currently has encore showings scheduled for Saturday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m., and on the day of the induction ceremony at 4:30 p.m.
“Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” covers everything from the slugger’s childhood as a three-sport star in Columbus, Georgia, to his historic, record-breaking career with the White Sox. The documentary will feature exclusive, candid interviews with those who played major roles in his life and career, photos and video including exclusive, behind-the-scenes access of when Thomas received the official phone call telling him he was elected as well as Thomas’ exclusive tour of the Hall of Fame with CSN Chicago’s White Sox Pre/Postgame Live host Chuck Garfien.
Photos of All-Stars and Abreu’s parents courtesy of Chuck Garfien.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Thanks to the best fan base in baseball, Chris Sale has won the American League’s Final Vote and will join White Sox teammates Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez on the American League All-Star squad next Tuesday night in Minneapolis.
Chris is the fourth White Sox player to win the AL Final Vote, the most of any team, following in the footsteps of Scott Podsednik (2005), A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Paul Konerko (2011).
And a big congratulations and thank you to all my extraordinary colleagues in the White Sox organization who have been working 24/7 since Sunday to make sure Chris was an All-Star for the third straight year.
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.20) for the Sox, Jon Lester (9-7, 2.73) for Boston.
Quintana is 2-0 with a 0.94 ERA, 31 strikeouts and .188 opponent average in his last four starts, all of the quality variety. Jose currently owns a 15.2 scoreless innings streak and has allowed just one earned run over the last 25.2 innings. He is one of 13 American League pitchers since 2012 to work seven-plus scoreless innings at least eight times.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Sierra RF, Flowers C, L. Garcia 3B.
Plays of the Day
Sale was brilliant last night, allowing a run and four hits along with six strikeouts in 7.2 innings, but the bullpen couldn’t protect the Sox’ late lead in the 5-4 loss to the Red Sox…Abreu and Conor Gillaspie each went 2-4 with a homer–it was Jose’s major-league high 28th (tied) and Gillaspie’s third of the year and second in as many nights (click on links below)…Alejandro De Aza was a homer shy of the cycle.
Sox Notes of Note
Abreu’s 28 homers, 48 extra-base hits and 192 total bases are the most by a first-year player before the All-Star break since the first All-Star Game was played in 1933. He also has 70 RBI, is slugging .627 with a .961 OPS…Sox starting pitchers own a 2.61 ERA in the last 16 games (since June 23). It’s the best mark in the AL and third-best in the majors…Sox first-base prospect Rangel Ravelo now owns a 25-game hitting streak for Class AA Birmingham, second longest streak in the minor leagues this season…Class AAA Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley has been named to the 2014 International League All-Star team. Phegley, who spent part of the 2013 season with the Sox, leads all IL catchers with 13 home runs this season. He joins teammate Tyler Saladino, previously elected as the IL’s starting shortstop, as the Charlotte representatives for the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 16 in Durham, NC.
Quotes of the Day
Everything (almost) you ever wanted to know about Chris Sale via @danhayesCSN:
* Most ice cream cones consumed in one day: 5 (twice).
* Number of tattoos: 2.
* Most calories consumed in a day (estimate from John Danks with help from trainer Allen Thomas: 5,000-6,000.
* Healthy foods he eats: “I’ve never seen him dig into a salad or eat broccoli,” said Tyler Flowers.
* Favorite movie: “I’m not really a movie guy.”
* Favorite saying: (with help from Flowers): “Was that a good pitch?” said after hanging a slider.
* Favorite baseball venues to visit: Yankee Stadium, Target Field.
* Go-to karaoke song (with assist from Flowers): “Man in the Mirror,” Michael Jackson.
* Most random fact about him (assist from Danks): “He’s really good at ping pong.”
* Favorite vacation spot (assist from Danks): “He always talks about Jamaica.”
* Number of remote-controlled cars owned: One because he gave the second to Daniel Webb.
* Favorite video game: “Putting me on the spot. Three-way tie between NHL, FIFA and Call of Duty (Zombie mode).”
* Favorite snack food: “Pretty much anything. Whatever I can get my hands on.” Said he “goes off” at Wendy’s.
* Sport he’s good at besides baseball (with an assist from Danks): “He’s a pretty good golfer.”
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and the finale of the seven-game road trip leading up to the All-Star break. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (3-6, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (8-6, 2.86) for the Tribe.
Photo of the Day
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