Results tagged ‘ Chris Sale ’
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-3, 1.99) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (12-9, 3.25) for KC. Sale earned the win in his last start on September 11 against the A’s, allowing just two hits over eight innings while striking out nine and walking only a pair.
With less than two weeks remaining in the season, there’s been a great deal of buzz about Sale’s American League Cy Young Award candidacy–and rightly so. Chris leads the AL in ERA, opponents average (.198) and SO/9.0 IP (10.60), is tied for the league lead in WHIP (0.92) and is sixth in strikeouts (192).
Sale is attempting to become the first Sox pitcher to lead the league in ERA since Joel Horlen in 1967 (2.08). His 1.99 mark would be the lowest by a Sox pitcher since Wilbur Wood (1.91) in 1971. Sale’s .198 opponent batting average would be third-best in Sox history behind Hall of Famer Ed Walsh (.187 in 1910) and Horlen (.190 in 1964).
And click on link below to watch Chris with Chris Rose and Kevin Millar on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk. It’s a lot of fun.
Plays of the Day
With the White Sox trailing 5-4 heading into the seventh inning last night in KC, Conor Gillaspie tripled with the bases loaded to give the Sox a 7-5 lead that they never relinquished (click on top link below)…after knocking out three hits on Monday night, Adam Eaton pounded out four more in the Sox victory. He tripled, doubled, singled twice, scored two runs and raised his batting average to .303, which ranks eighth among AL hitters (click on bottom link below)…Jose Abreu (his 103rd), Alexei Ramirez, Josh Phegley and Carlos Sanchez each added an RBI. Eric Surkamp got credit for his second win with an inning of scoreless relief and Zach Putnam chalked up his fifth save by tossing a 1-2-3 ninth.
Konerko is White Sox Clemente Nominee
Paulie has been named the White Sox nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, recognizing the MLB player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. Konerko will be honored at the ballpark on September 26.
Each of the 30 clubs nominates one team member in an effort to pay tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The winner will be selected by a panel of dignitaries and a fan vote, which will count as one vote in the total.
Quote of the Day
Abreu on PK:
“I look up to Paul and admire him for everything he has done. I’m very lucky and fortunate to have Paul as a teammate and see how he goes about his business day in and day out. Even though it’s his last season, I still see him working very hard. He is working as hard as he did from day one.”
Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (6:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (8-10, 3.30) for the Sox, TBA for Tampa Bay.
Photos of the Day
White Sox pitching standouts Horlen, Wood and Walsh.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Tonight’s series opener of a three-game series between the Sox and the Twins has been postponed due to a forecast of rain throughout the evening and rescheduled for tomorrow as part of a straight doubleheader beginning at 3:10 p.m., CT.
The second game of the twin bill will begin approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game but not before the regularly scheduled 6:10 p.m. CT first pitch.
Jose Quintana will start the first game for the Sox. Scott Carroll will go in Game 2.
Comcast SportsNet Chicago Plus will broadcast the opener, while WGN will televise the nightcap as originally scheduled.
Tonight’s White Sox Miller Lite Irish flat cap promotional giveaway has been moved to Thursday, September 25 vs. the Royals. Tomorrow’s Paul Konerko promotional game-worn uniform baseball card, presented by Wintrust Community Trust Bank, will be given to the first 20,000 fans beginning when the gates to the park open at 2:10 p.m., CT.
Plays of the Day
Chris Sale was in his usual Cy Young Award form (click on top link below) and Marcus Semien‘s sixth-inning homer proved to be the difference as the Sox defeated the A’s 1-0 yesterday to take three of four in the series…Sale lowered his American League-leading ERA to 1.99 by tossing eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out nine for his 12th win against just three losses…Semien’s blast (click on bottom link below) was his fourth homer of the season…Jake Petricka came on in the ninth and recorded his 13th save.
Headline of the Day
From mlb.com after yesterday’s game:
Band of Brothers
Hector Noesi, Quintana, Alexei Ramirez and Leury Garcia smile for the camera.
Center of Attention
Joakim Noah, who threw out the ceremonial pitch before yesterday’s game, chats it up with young Sox–and presumably Bulls–fans in the photo below.
And don’t forget that it’s Chicago Bulls Night tomorrow at U.S. Cellular.
Quote of the Day
Sale on his miniscule ERA, now under the 2.00 mark:
“It’s cool. I’ve said it a million times. I’m not a numbers guy. I don’t care about any of that stuff — the strikeouts, the ERA, whatever it is. There’s one stat that matters. It’s wins.”
Photo of the Day
The Sox and Cubs front offices played a couple of friendly games of slow-pitch softball last night. I’m happy to report we won both contests. Here are the winners!
Thursday, September 11, 2014
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox look to take three of four from Oakland. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.09) for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir (14-7, 3.42) for the A’s.
Sale leads the American League in ERA, SO/9.0 IP (10.63), ranks second in winning percentage (.789) and WHIP (0.94), third in opponents average (.204) and opponents OPS (.558), fourth in SO/BB ratio (5.72) and sixth in strikeouts (183). He is set to make his 24th start of the season, 15th at home and first against the Athletics.
In his last start, on September 5 at Cleveland, the Sox’ All-Star lefty allowed one run on five hits while striking out five and walking only one over six innings, but didn’t factor in the decision. He tossed five scoreless innings after allowing a first-inning run.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Sanchez 2B, Abreu 1B, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo DH, Taylor LF, Flowers C, Semien SS.
Plays of the Day
Down 1-0 to Jeff Samardzija and the A’s through seven-and-a-half innings last night, the White Sox rallied and scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth on an Avi Garcia two-out, bases-loaded single off of reliever Luke Gregerson and held on for the 2-1 victory (click on top link below)..rookie starter Chris Bassitt was outstanding in his second big-league start. He tossed six innings, allowing just one run, five hits and two walks while striking out five (click on bottom link below)…Eric Surkamp (1.0 IP), Zach Putnam (1.0) and Jake Petricka (1.0) blanked Oakland in relief of Bassitt. Putnam got credit for his fifth win and Petricka chalked up his 12th save.
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox are 24-22 in games decided by one run…Sox starting pitchers own a 2.41 ERA over the last six games and all have been quality…Petricka recorded his fifth consecutive save. He owns a 1.76 ERA in 15 save opportunities…With two more hits last night, Adam Eaton is hitting .421 in his last 20 home games and batting .378 in his last 37 games overall…with his double last night, Jose Abreu hit safely in his 100th game this season. He leads the league with a .356 average since June 9…Garcia has 13 RBI in his last 13 games.
Remembering September 11, 2001
Thirteen years ago today, the White Sox were getting ready to begin a series with the Yankees in New York.
A Wish Come True
Seven-year-old Mason Earley had his Make-a-Wish granted to meet Abreu before last night’s game. Add Sale, Eaton and Alexei Ramirez to the mix and it was quite a day for Mason. Sale gave the youngster his gloves and sunglasses and told him to “wear them proud.”
A PK Tribute
Quote of the Day
Paulie on his injured hand and the prospect of him getting back in the lineup:
“I haven’t done anything aggressive yet. I’ll pick up a bat in two days and take some swings. If that feels good, we will move on from there. I’d like to get out there this weekend but if that doesn’t work, I plan to get out there for the road trip.”
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.37) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (15-9, 3.35) for Minnesota.
Photo of the Day
The Sox partnered with the USO of Illinois to serve lunch yesterday for members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (13-9, 2.34) for the Tribe.
Plays of the Day
Alexei Ramirez hit his 14th homer (click on link below) and Jose Abreu tripled, singled, drew an intentional walk, raised his batting average to .324 and extended his latest hitting streak to 14 in last night’s 2-1 loss in 10 innings to the Indians…Chris Sale registered a no-decision, but lowered his American League-leading ERA to 2.09. He allowed just a first-inning run on five hits while striking out five in six innings…Daniel Webb and Javy Guerra each pitched a perfect inning in relief of Sale.
PK Sidelined, Alexei Bruised
Paul Konerko has a sesamoid fracture in his left hand. The injury is not season-ending but he could miss up to a week, depending on the pain…Ramirez’s homer came in the third inning. In the fifth, he left the game with a bruised left foot after being hit by a pitch.
Quotes of the Day
Tyler Flowers (pictured below with tonight’s starter Quintana, a native of Colombia) on how speaking Spanish has worked to his advantage (via Daryl Van Schouwen, Sun-Times):
“We seem to be adding more Spanish-speaking guys, so it doesn’t hurt to be able to communicate, not only baseball-wise but personally. I find it beneficial and a little more imperative right now, being a catcher, because we have a few more Spanish-speaking pitchers as well, and there isn’t anyone who can translate out there.’’
Adam Eaton and his wife have purchased Rosetta Stone software as they intend to follow Flowers’ example. Adam explains why:
“I want to brush up on my Spanish to be a complete team guy. Hopefully, we’ll surprise a few of the Spanish-speaking guys in spring training.’’
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (12:05, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and five-game road trip. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-9, 5.07) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (6-4, 2.94) for Cleveland.
Photo of the Day
CSN’s Chuck Garfien visited with a pair of White Sox World Champions: Jon Garland and Scott Podsednik.
Friday, September 5, 2014
White Sox vs Indians at Jacobs Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.11) for the Sox, LHP T.J. House (2-3, 3.92) for the Tribe.
Sale ranks among the American League leaders in ERA (1st), winning percentage (1st, .786), WHIP (2nd, 0.94), strikeouts per nine innings (2nd, 10.75), opponents OPS (3rd, .560), opponents average (3rd, .202) and strikeouts (7th, 178). He has struck out 12-plus batters a franchise-record 10 times and has fanned 10 or more 17 times, which is tied with Hall of Famer Ed Walsh for the club mark.
Chris will be making his 23rd start of the season, ninth on the road and third vs. Cleveland. He is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 58 strikeouts over eight road starts this season (seven have been quality). His road ERA would lead the majors with the required innings pitched and be the lowest in baseball since Roger Clemens (1.32) in 2005. He has not allowed an earned run in 22 innings pitched over his last three road starts and has given up only one earned run in 32.2 innings dating back to June 28 (0.28 ERA).
The Sox All-Star left-hander earned his 11th win of the season on August 30 vs. Detroit, allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings while striking out a season-high tying 13.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu DH, A. Garcia, RF, Viciedo 1B, Semien 3B, Taylor LF, Flowers C, Sanchez 2B.
Sox Notes of Note
This weekend’s series marks Paul Konerko‘s final games in Cleveland. He is the active leader with 48 homers and 177 RBI vs. the Indians…Jose Abreu owns a 13-game hitting streak (.511), his third streak this season of 13-plus games. Jose also leads the majors with a .369 average since June 9 and is tied for fourth among all AL (and major-league) hitters for the season with a .322 mark. Abreu also leads the American League with 99 RBI and ranks third with 33 homers. He is the only AL player to rank in the Top 5 in all three categories…Adam Eaton is hitting .420 with a .477 on-base percentage over his last 31 games and is tied for the ninth best average in baseball and is seventh in the AL at .310…Dayan Viciedo has homered in back-to-back games and has three homers and seven RBI in the last four contests.
Major League Assistance
Quote of the Day
Michael Taylor (pictured below), who was promoted to the White Sox for a September look-see, collected his first hit for the Sox on Wednesday night in a pinch-hitting role vs. the Twins. Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson, who worked with Taylor when they were both in the A’s organization, talked about the new Sox outfielder:
“He really hasn’t had that much of a chance at the big-league level (with Oakland). He’s older now (28). He knows himself, knows the type of role he probably will have to play in today’s game, and hopefully it’ll work out for him. He’s a guy who knows the strike zone, knows how to take a walk, has some pop, uses the whole field.”
White Sox vs. Indians at Jacobs Field (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (13-9, 2.34) for the Tribe.
Photo of the Day
Boy, have things changed. Here’s the Sox scoreboard in 1905 at South Side Park.
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.