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SI.com’s Final A.L. Winter Report Card: Sox at the Head of the Class

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Sox Make the Grade

With White Sox pitchers and catchers set to report on Saturday, the Sports Illustrated website gives big props to the moves we made over the Winter.

http://mlb.si.com/2014/02/10/final-al-winter-report-card-grades-white-sox-royals-stay-at-head-of-the-class/

Strikeouts for Sale

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Chris Sale has struck out 417 batters in his 59 career starts. That’s the most for any pitcher in White Sox history in their first 59 career starts for the team. And only two active pitchers had more career K’s in their first 59 career starts than Sale.

Most Strikeouts, first 59 starts for White Sox: Sale (417), Juan Pizarro (354), Javier Vazquez (345), Jake Peavy (333), Gary Peters (320).

Most Strikeouts, first 59 career starts, active pitchers: Yu Darvish (481), Tim Lincecum (421), Sale (417), Stephen Strasberg (399), Yovani Gallardo (373).

Nate Jones Chosen as “White Sox of the Year”

White Sox reliever Nate Jones was honored Monday as “White Sox of the Year” at the 26th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois benefiting the March of Dimes. Jones was honored for his outstanding work in the community as well as his play on the field.

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White Sox, Birmingham Extend Agreement

The Sox and the Birmingham Barons, the club’s Class AA affliate, have agreed on a four-year extension that will run through the 2018 season, ensuring that the partnership will reach 32 consecutive seasons. The Barons won the Southern League championship in 2013.

Dream Comes True for White Sox Amateur City Elite Standout Darius Day

Having overcome early baseball struggles, Simeon’s Darius Day is headed to play for “the college of his dreams”–the University of Arizona.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140210/chatham/simeon-baseball-standout-darius-days-path-scholarship-began-with-snub

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Paulie and Rick Talk to the Media as Sale Prepares to Face Shields and Royals

Friday, September 27, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-13, 2.97) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (12-9, 3.21) for Kansas City.

Sale is among the American League leaders in numerous categories: Complete Games (4, 1st); Strikeouts by a Lefthanded Pitcher (221, 1st); Strikeout/Walk Radio (4.91, 2nd); Strikeouts (221, 3rd); WHIP (1.05, 3rd); Quality Starts (23, T3rd); Opponents On-Base Percentage (.278, 4th); Strikeouts/9.0 IP (9.52, 5th); Opponents Average (.225, 5th); Opponents Slugging Average (.350, 5th); ERA (6th); and Home ERA (2.79, 8th).

More Sale:

* His strikeout total this year is the most strikeouts in a season by a White Sox lefthander in team history.

* He ranks fifth in strikeouts in club history for a single season behind Hall of Famer Ed Walsh (269 in 1908, 258 in 1910, 255 in 1911, 254 in 1912).

* He is attempting to set Sox single-season records in strikeouts per nine innings and strikeout-to-walk ratio.

* He is the eighth pitcher in Sox history (15th time) to work at least 200 innings and have 200-plus strikeouts in a season.

* Has six career 12-plus strikeout games, tied with Juan Pizarro and Ed Walsh for the most in team history.

* Chris is the fastest pitcher in franchise history to reach 200 K’s in a season (193.2 IP, 27 games) and 500 career strikeouts (472.1 IP).

* His .133 average vs. lefthanded hitters is the third-lowest in the major leagues.

Sox Starting Lineup: Jor. Danks, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Viciedo, LF; Semien, 3B; Phegley, C.       

Paulie Speaks

PK spoke to the media before today’s game. Among the highlights:

* He’s going to take a month off before making a decision whether or not to play next year.

* If he does come back, 2014 will be his last season.

* He could make a list of 20 reasons to come back and another list of 20 reasons not to.

* For the first time going back to his youth, he doesn’t feel he’s earned his way onto next year’s team. He said his role would have to make sense for both him and the Sox.

* He indicated that if he does come back, production can be evaluated in a number of ways so he would consider a different role and working closer with the young players.

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A Special Thank You

I thought I’d share this e-mail we received today from a fan named Ben. It never ceases to amaze me what an act of kindness at the ballpark can do:

I am writing to tell you about a heartwarming event which occurred last night during the game with the Royals.  Just before the game started, a family of four, Dad, Mom, Daughter, Son, walked down to their seats in the 18th row of section 120.  Not that unusual, except the little girl, about 9 years old with pigtails and glasses, struggled mightily to get down the stairs.  She had braces on both legs, held Mom and Dad’s hands and made her way down to her seat.  The thing which struck me the most was the smile on her face, she was just happy to be at the ball game.  Her journey looked painful to me but didn’t seem so to her.

I was sitting about 7 rows behind them and a section over.  Each time there was a break in the action, her Mom and brother would help her to her feet.  Her brother would rise too and the two of them kept trying to get on the scoreboard.  They kept smiling the whole game but never made it onto the scoreboard.  As the 6th inning approached, two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew were standing behind sections 122 and 123, waiting for the 7th inning stretch.  

I walked up to the two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew (I did not catch their names but looking at your web site, I believe one was Kathleen).  I asked them if they had any pull with the in stadium cameramen.  I explained to them the story about the little girl. They said they would see what they could do.

In the bottom of the sixth, one of the young ladies walked down the aisle with two t-shirts in hand and sits down behind the family.  She talked to the family for a couple of minutes and then presented the kids with the t-shirts.  Their eyes got real big and their smiles were as wide as the Grand Canyon.  When the young lady from the Chevy Pride Crew left, she did not get to see all of the excitement she created.  That little girl was on Cloud Nine!  The family stayed until the 8th inning, the little girl clutching her t-shirt.  This was better than being on the scoreboard, she could take the shirt with her.  After struggling up the stairs to leave, smile still on her face, she got into a wheelchair, which I had not seen before.  The Security Guards were asking her about her t-shirt and she told them about the special young lady who gave one to her and one to her brother.  The Security Guards gave her enthusiastic high fives. 

The family left but your team put a huge smile on the face of a little girl!  I am sure she will be a White Sox fan for life.  I want to thank the White Sox and especially the two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew for making a lifetime memory for a little girl and her family, it was so touching to see!

“Like Sands Through the Hourglass, So Are the Days of Our Lives”

For a few of the cast members of the long-running soap opera, Days of our Lives, their lives included a visit last night to U.S. Cellular Field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch (plus an appearance in the Sox #SocialLounge).

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=30972177

Play(s) of the Day

Paulie hit his 12th homer of the season, a solo shot, and 434th of his career while Adam hit No. 33, also a solo blast, and No. 439 in last night’s 3-2 loss to the Royals…Andre Rienzo was solid in a quality start, allowing just two earned runs and four hits in 6.0+ innings.

Here’s Dunn’s monster home run, which was just shy of the rightfield concourse and estimated at 442 feet:  http://atmlb.com/1fKY5XR

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Quote(s)of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the Sox status:

“We’re well aware of what needs to be done. We’re ready to hit the ground running… to get this thing right.”

Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the tenure of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who yesterday officially announced he will be retiring in January of 2015:

“When you step back and view the dramatic transformation Major League Baseball has undergone during Bud Selig’s tenure as commissioner, it is truly quite astounding. A social institution with a long and rich history like baseball is often very resistant and slow to change, yet Commissioner Selig has introduced dramatic, sweeping innovations to improve the game like expanded playoffs, comprehensive drug testing and competitive balance. These changes have left a lasting impact on baseball, most importantly for the fans of this great game. At his heart, Bud is a baseball fan, and that perspective has driven all he has done during his time as Commissioner. That is his legacy.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (2-2, 2.82) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (0-0, 1.59) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…that Konerko’s homer last night tied him with Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones for 42nd place on the all-time home run list? Dunn is now three behind Dave Kingman for 38th place.

Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers spoke to the media yesterday. He said he was ahead of schedule in his rehab and will begin his normal offseason routine in December as usual. Flowers said his shoulder bothered him on and off all season, but refused to use it as an excuse. Tyler said he hopes to be back with the White Sox next season to prove he can play, but understands it’s a business…Jeff Keppinger underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder yesterday at Rush Medical Center. The procedure involved a debridement of the right shoulder–no surgical repair was necessary.  Keppinger is expected to recover in 2-3 months and will be ready for spring training next season…Sox great Frank Thomas, like Keppinger a native of Georgia, has been elected to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. The Big Hurt, from Columbus, will be inducted next February 22 in Macon.

Photo of the Day

Our All-Star lefty makes his last start of the season.

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Erik Shoots for Second Straight Victory…Whatever Superlative You Want to Use, Chris is It!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game set. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-2, 2.87) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (14-7, 2.51) for Detroit. Johnson won his first major-league game last Monday night vs. the Twins, pitching six scoreless innings allowing just four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Ramirez, SS; Gillaspie, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Jor. Danks, CF; Keppinger, DH; Beckham, 2B; Phegley, C; Semien, 3B.

 

Play of the Day

Chris Sale went 7.2 scoreless innings last night, giving up just four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in the Sox’s 7-6, 12-inning loss to the first-place Tigers. Chris’ gem lowered his ERA to 2.97 and in the process he set the all-time franchise strikeout record for Sox lefthanders. He surpassed Sox All-Star Gary Peters’ mark of 215 set in 1967 and also recorded the most K’s by any Sox pitcher since 1912 when Hall of Famer Ed Walsh fanned 254. With 221 whiffs, Sale now ranks fifth in single-season strikeouts in Sox history with Walsh holding down the first four spots with 269 in 1908, 258 in 1910, 255 in 1911 and the 1912 total mentioned above.

Here are Chris and the man they called “Big Ed”: 

 

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Quote of the Day

Robin on Sale’s Cy Young Award chances:

“He’s as good as anybody in the league. I’ll put him up against anybody. Whether or not he’s in that conversation, other people get to vote on that. For me, he’s always going to be in the running for that kind of stuff.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in a makeup game originally scheduled, but postponed, on June 12. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (8-6, 3.49) for the Sox, LHP J.A. Happ (4-6, 4.82) for Toronto.

 

Did You Know…

…that the five rookies the White Sox had in the starting lineup last night–Leury Garcia, Marcus Semien, Avisail Garcia, Conor Gillaspie and Bryan Anderson–was the most since Jerry Owens, Josh Fields, Andy Gonzalez, Danny Richar and Donny Lucy started for the Sox in September of 2007? 

 

Sox Note of Note

The White Sox have acquired LHP Frank De Los Santos from Tampa Bay for a player to be named later or cash considerations and he has been placed on the 40-man roster. De Los Santos, 25, was 2-2 with a 4.89 ERA over 30 games among three minor league levels this season including Class AAA. It is not related to the Jesse Crain deal.

 

Photo of the Day

Here’s Gary Peters (center) along with pitching coach Marv Grissom (left) and slugger Rocky Colavito after another great performance in ’67, the year Peters established the then-club strikeout record for lefties.

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There’s a Sale at Comerica Park

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-13, 3.08) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (13-8, 4.45) for Detroit. Chris is 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA in four starts against the Tigers in 2013. He is also one strikeout away from tying Gary Peters’ franchise record for a lefthanded pitcher (215), set in 1967.

Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia, CF; Semien, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Jor. Danks, LF; Keppinger, DH; Beckham, 2B; Anderson, C.

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All My Children

Avisail Garcia was back in the lineup last night after being away for the birth of his first child, daughter Anarella. While Garcia rejoined the Sox, it’s now Dayan Viciedo’s turn as the Sox outfielder returned to be with his wife who gave birth to the couple’s second child, a daughter named Dayana. 

Another Honor for the Chairman

http://www.socialifechicago.com/2013/09/20/jerry-reinsdorf-pauline-palmer-award/

Play of the Day

Welcome back…Avi hit his fifth home run of the season, a two-run blast, and a run-scoring triple in last night’s loss to the Tigers.

Quote of the Day

Robin, who went through the experience of becoming a father when he was a player, talked about what Garcia is going through. And it certainly applies to Viciedo as well.

“For me, my wife was great as far as letting me get a little rest. The adrenaline and the excitement (Avi) has is going to overtake the fatigue he probably has from what he has been through the last few days.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and the last time the Sox face the Tigers this season. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-2, 2.87) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (14-7, 2.51) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Conor Gillaspie, who tripled last night with an RBI and run scored, is batting .349 in his last 21 games? Among American League rookies he’s second in games (127), third in hits (97), tied for third in home runs (12), tied for third in runs scored (41) and sixth in RBI (36).

Photo/Video of the Day

Avi’s fourth-inning shot.

http://atmlb.com/1f1a9qf

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Sox Counting on Sale in Series Finale vs. the Tribe

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-12, 2.90) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (7-9, 4.11) for Cleveland.

Chris has won five of his last six decisions, winning his last start on September 9 vs. the Tigers allowing just one run on four hits over 8.0 IP along with eight strikeouts. He ranks among the American League leaders in complete games (1st, 4), quality starts (T2nd, 22), strikeouts (3rd, 207), opponents average (3rd, .223) and ERA (5th).

Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia CF, Beckham 2B, Ramirez SS, Dunn 1B, Keppinger DH, Viciedo LF, J Danks RF, Phegley C, Semien 3B

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Barons vs. BayBears Tonight: Winner Take All

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox Class AA affiliate, and the Mobile BayBears will clash tonight in Game 5 of the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series at Regions Field in Birmingham. The BayBears, an Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate, defeated the host Barons last night, 3-1, to tie the series at two games apiece and force a fifth game. 2B Micah Johnson, the minor league stolen base leader, collected three hits, a pair of stolen bases and scored a run in the loss. Here’s a look at Micah’s night:

http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=30624935&sid=t247

Play(s) of the Day

The Sox executed two outstanding defensive plays in last night’s 8-1 loss to the Indians. RF Avi Garcia robbed Jason Giambi of an extra-base hit with a leaping catch in the second inning and CF Alejandro De Aza denied Jason Kipnis of a homer in the fourth with a catch at the centerfield wall (see Photo/Video of the Day)..Josh Phegley had a three-hit night with a pair of singles and a double and drove in the lone Sox run with a ninth inning sac fly…Conor Gillaspie had a mult-hit night with two singles.

Quote of the Day

As we devote another Sunday to honoring the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox, here is the latest in a series of excerpts from Bob Vorwald’s book, What It Means to be a White Sox. Sox icon Harold Baines talks about that team and driving in the winning run that clinched the A.L. West pennant.

“In 1983 I was still young, and it was just my fourth year in the league. We had a good mixture of young and old guys–well, old in baseball terms, but not in age. We had great chemistry, especially in the second half where we played so well right up until we got to the playoffs.

“On the clincher, I was up and hit a sac fly at the end. I was just hoping the fly ball got out there far enough for Julio (Cruz) to score. I’ll never forget it. It was my first time winning something…it was a great moment.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-2, 4.66) for the Sox, LHP Liam Hendriks (1-2, 5.25) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Phegley’s three hits matched his career high (he did it on July 20 vs. the Braves) and he’s batting .294 since August 31?

Photo/Video of the Day

The Avi Garcia and De Aza web gems:

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?content_id=30610211&topic_id=51231442&c_id=cws

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?c_id=cws&gid=2013_09_14_clemlb_chamlb_1&lang=en&content_id=30613245&mode=video

Rienzo Goes for Second Straight Victory; Birmingham Can Win Southern League Crown Tonight

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

Happy Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day: White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-1, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 3.62) for the Tribe. In his last start, against the Orioles, Andre (pictured below) collected his second career victory, allowing just one run and four hits in 6.2 IP.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Gillaspie, DH; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C; Semien, 3B.

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Barons Look to Clinch Title

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, still hold a two games to one lead in the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series despite a 6-0 home loss last night to the two-time defending champion Mobile BayBears, a Diamondbacks farm club. Game 4 is tonight in Birmingham with LHP Scott Snodgress (below), the club leader with 11 wins, getting the starting nod for the Barons. A victory will give Birmingham its first Southern League title since 2002.

More Barons: Birmingham yesterday was named the Southern League Organization of the Year, presented to the club that exemplifies the most complete franchise in the SL, and GM Jonathan Nelson was chosen as the league’s Executive of the Year for the second time (2009). In addition to their excellence on the field, the Barons led the league in total attendance (396,820) and average per game (5,669) at brand new Regions Field.

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Play(s) of the Day

Paulie singled and drove in the lone Sox run in yesterday’s 3-1 loss to Cleveland…Marcus Semien, playing second base, had his second straight two-hit game, stole his first big-league base and made a beautiful play behind the second-base bag, flipping the ball backhanded from his glove to Alexei Ramirez for a force out to end an Indians threat in the fourth inning (see Photo/Video of the Day)…Alexei had a three-hit game, Dayan Viciedo added a pair of singles and Jordan Danks singled and walked twice…Jake Petricka (1.1 IP), David Purcey (2.2) and Nate Jones (1.0) worked five scoreless innings in relief of Hector Santiago.

Quote(s) of the Day

An Inside Look at Marcus Semien: From a piece in the Sun-Times by Daryl Van Schouwen

Semien on his introduction to the major leagues:

“I’m starting to see the pace of the big-league game is a little faster. I’ve been working hard every day in early work, trying to adjust as fast as I can here. They’ve put me in different situations just to see how I react to it.’’

Gordon Beckham on Marcus:

“He’s quiet. Goes about his business. He doesn’t strike me as a person that is going out of his lane, so to speak. It looks like he’s learning and listening.’’

Assistant General Manager Buddy Bell’s assessment of Semien:

“I think he’s going to hit, and he also has the ability to play all three positions. He has a legitimate chance to help us next year. Whether or not it’s out of spring training, I don’t know. I think he’s capable.’’

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-12, 2.90) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (7-9, 4.11) for the Tribe.

Did You Know…

that Petricka extended his scoreless streak to five games (7.2 IP) in yesterday’s contest?

Photo/Video of the Day

Semien’s “flip.”

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?content_id=30568229&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws

Indian Summer Arrives on the South Side

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (4-12, 4.45) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (8-5, 3.54) for the Tribe.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C; Semien, 3B.

Barons Take Lead in Series

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, took a one game lead over the Mobile BayBears (Arizona’s farm club) last night in the opener of the Southern League Championship Series by defeating the defending league champions, 8-3, in Mobile. Game 2 is set for tonight.

Starter Chris Bassitt, a Sox prospect headed to the Arizona Fall League, got credit for the win with 5.2 scoreless innings. He allowed just six hits and two walks along with seven strikeouts and bested the Diamondbacks No. 1 prospect, RHP Archie Bradley. The Barons put together a 14-hit attack which saw third baseman Cody Puckett pound out three hits and five others, including promising second baseman Micah Johnson and shortstop Tyler Saladino, deliver a pair. Puckett, with a two-run homer, Johnson and Saladino also drove in two runs apiece. Here’s more:

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jspymd=20130912&content_id=60342710&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

Play(s) of the Day

It was another superb start for Jose Quintana in last night’s 1-0 loss to the Tigers. He pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in getting another no decision. It was his 17th no decision of the season, an American League record (Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven holds the major-league mark of 20, set in 1979)…Leury Garcia, leading off and playing a solid second base, went 3-4 and stole two bases.

Quote of Day

Catcher Miguel Gonzalez (pictured below) was the last of the Sox September call-ups to make his major-league debut when he replaced fellow rookie Josh Phegley in the seventh inning Tuesday night. The 22-year-old from Venezuela, who grounded out in his only plate appearance, spoke through an interpreter to Colleen Kane of the Trib:

Probably the best experience I’ve had in my life. Hitting, I felt a little bit off with my timing, but it was a great experience overall.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (1-2, 2.92) for Cleveland.

Did You Know…

that RHP Erik Johnson and INF Marcus Semien (the Southern League MVP) have been named to Baseball America‘s Minor League All-Star first team? It’s interesting to note that Johnson and Semien were teammates on the University of California-Berkeley team that advanced to the 2011 College World Series.

Photo of the Day

Robin Ventura, Chris Sale, Adam Dunn and EVP Ken Williams visited the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago today. Here’s Adam demonstrating his smart phone to a new friend:

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Sox Go for Third Straight Win Tonight; GM Hahn Talks Past, Present and Future

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 4.50) making his second career start and first at home for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (11-8, 4.76) for Detroit.

Sox Starting LIneup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.

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The State of Our Sox

As the Sox returned to Chicago, General Manager Rick Hahn spoke to the media before last night’s game about a variety of subjects:

Reflecting on the season that has been and looking towards the remainder of the year…

Rick: I’m not spending a lot of time thinking about what could have been.  Our focus is more on getting the most out of the next 20 games and seeing some of the young guys contribute.  We’d like to see them demonstrate what they are capable of doing and then hit the ground running in the offseason.  

On what he is looking for and expecting from the young players as the season comes to an end…

RickWe want to see how they compete, prepare and go about their business.  Even how they fare against adversity, because sometimes you learn even more about a person’s makeup when they struggle.  This last road trip and the remainder of the schedule has had some meaningful games for our opponents (playoff contenders) and by playing our young guys in these games against good competition we hope to see them prepare themselves to play in meaningful games for us in the not too distant future.  

On being competitive…

RickThe Boston Red Sox are the most recent example of a team and model of going from worst to first in the standings.  The core of pitching we have along with some of our young players give us what we believe will be one of those shorter paths to getting back to the competitiveness we expect and where we want to be in the standings.

On the futures of Robin Ventura and Paul Konerko…

Rick: Robin is already signed for next year so there’s really nothing to discuss along those lines.  With Konerko, we’ve said this since Spring Training that similar to the last two times where he’s entered the final year of his contract, we will sit down together after the season ends, (when) he knows what he wants to do and we will have a conversation, in private, about the future and how everyone fits.  

On the development of the farm system this season…

RickWe are real pleased with the young pitching.  Erik Johnson, (Jake) Petricka and (Daniel) Webb have had nice seasons.  Marcus Semien had a real good year.  Micah Johnson led the minor leagues in stolen bases, so he’s another player that had a good year.  We entered the season knowing we had a fair amount of outfield depth and good pitching depth as well.  We’ve seen some of those pitchers take the next step which we had hoped, however maybe not the outfielders as much as some infielders, who have stepped forward this year.    

On what has set the 2013 White Sox backward and what needs to improve in 2014…

RickUnfortunately, we have a number of areas that we need to upgrade.  Being at the bottom of the league in runs scored, obviously the offense is something at the top of the list.  Also how we performed defensively and on the base paths have been well below our expectations and well below acceptable.  We have a fair amount of work to do and we realize that.  With the way the season has gone we’ve given ourselves some extra time to prepare for what we want to do.  We were able to take care of some of that at the trade deadline and hopefully come October and November we can continue on that path.  Free agency, trades and the farm system are all parts of that.

On the way he views the farm system in regards to how Kenny Williams may have…

Rick: The farm system has two major purposes: One, providing impact talent for Chicago and two, providing trade assets to acquire impact players for Chicago.  I don’t think that’s any different than any other general manager views their farm system.    

On the experience of this season as a whole…

RickI’m no different from any fan or anybody in the front office or locker room that has suffered through a season that has been gut-wrenching.  It has been very difficult.  I try to look at in perspective that what we have in front of us now is a tremendous opportunity.  We have a chance to address some of the issues we have and, frankly, we’re at an advantage in pitching as well as a bit of a blank slate in a lot of the areas we need to get better in.  I view it as a trying season but it also as an opportunity to get better in the near future.    

Assessing the catcher situation this season…

RickTyler’s (Flowers) surgery was about as minor as we expected.  It will take about 2-3 months to recover but it shouldn’t be a long-term issue for Tyler.  With any young catcher or any young player you are going to have ups and downs.  I would say with Tyler we probably haven’t seen enough to make a final determination if this is the type of player he is.  The injury probably factored in with some of his performance as the pain, which was manageable early, became greater late in the season before we shut him down.   Obviously, we haven’t hit as well and gotten the offensive production out of catcher that we’ve anticipated.  Josh (Phegley) or Tyler haven’t really approached their ceiling in terms of what we think they are capable of offensively.  The two of them, along with (Hector) Gimenez when he was here, deserve a fair amount of credit for how the pitching staff has preformed.  That’s a large part of the job that tends to get overlooked especially when a catcher isn’t hitting.  We are certainly pleased with the preparation and game planning.  That aspect has been solid, but there’s certainly room for improvement.  

Speaking of the Future, the 2014 Sox Schedule was Announced Today

We announced our 2014 regular-season schedule today, with Opening Day on Monday, March 31 vs. Minnesota at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT).  The opener is part of a three-game series (with an off day on April 1) against the division-rival Twins.  The club opens the season at home for the second consecutive season and seventh time in the last 10 years.

Here’s the entire ’14 schedule (it’s still subject to change):

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=cws#y=2014&m=3&calendar=DEFAULT

Barons Head to Southern League Championship Series

The Birmingham Barons, the White Sox Class AA affiliate, defeated the Tennessee Smokies, a Cubs affiliate, last night in the decisive Game 5 of the Southern League North Division playoffs. The Barons are now on their way to the league’s championship series against the Mobile BayBears, a Diamondbacks farm club. The best-of-five series begins tomorrow night at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile.

In last night’s Barons’ triumph, 2B Micah Johnson, 3B Cody Puckett, DH Brandon Jacobs and C Mike Blanke each collected a hit and RBI. SS Tyler Saladino had a pair of singles and CF Jared Mitchell doubled and scored twice. Nestor Molina got credit for the win and Cody Winiarski got the save.

Sox Broadcasters and the Ford C. Frick Award

White Sox broadcasters Hawk Harrelson, Steve Stone, Ed Farmer, Darrin Jackson and Hector Molina are all candidates for the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award. The five Sox announcers will be considered as part of the new “High Tide Era,” which will reflect broadcasting contributions made during the regional cable network era from 1980-present.

Play of the Day

The Sox chalked up their second win in a row last night and prevented Detroit starter Max Scherzer from winning his 20th game. Chris Sale was magnificent, shutting down the Tigers, 5-1, allowing the lone run on four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in eight innings of work…Conor Gillaspie had a pair of doubles, Dayan Viciedo collected two singles and an RBI, Paul Konerko drove in a pair with a base hit and Josh Phegley singled in a run. 

Quote of the Day

@SouthSideSox on last night’s win:

“Enjoyable game. Probably one of the best this year.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-6, 3.70) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (13-7, 2.61) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

that with his eight strikeouts last night, increasing his season total to 207, Chris became the fastest pitcher in franchise history to 200 strikeouts in a season, joining Wilbur Wood and Gary Peters as the only lefties in Sox annals to record at least 200 strikeouts in a single-season? 

Photo of the Day

Sale: As good as it gets.

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Sale Looks to Continue his Mastery over Yankees

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89) for New York. Chris and the Sox defeated Kuroda and the Yanks in the second game of last month’s sweep in Chicago as he allowed one earned run on five hits in 7.1 innings. He is 2-0 with a miniscule 0.49 ERA in five career games (two starts) against New York. 

Against the Astros in his last start, Chris allowed only one run on four hits over eight innings. He struck out 12 and walked a pair in the Sox’s 6-1 victory. 

Overall, Sale ranks among the American League leaders in numerous categories, including complete games (1st, 4), strikeouts (4th, 193), quality starts (T4th, 20), opponents average (6th, .228) and ERA (7th).

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko,1B; A. Garcia, CF; Gillaspie, 3B; Jor. Danks, RF; Phegley, C.

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New Arrivals

Four more players have been promoted to the Sox as rosters expand this month. Joining Charlie Leesman (who pitched in relief on Sunday in Boston) and catcher Bryan Anderson (who made his Sox debut yesterday) are infielder Marcus Semien, starting pitcher Erik Johnson, reliever Daniel Webb and catcher Miguel Gonzalez, all of whom were at Class AAA Charlotte. To make room on the 40-man roster, Tyler Flowers and pitcher Brian Omogrosso were moved to the 60-day disabled list. 

Take a look at…

Semien:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=30193573&topic_id=8878818

Johnson:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=30188361&topic_id=8878818

Webb:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=30281903&topic_id=8878818

More on Semien, 2013 Southern League MVP

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130903&content_id=59411010&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t247&sid=t247

Play of the Day

Paulie hit his 10th home run of the season and 432nd of his career in yesterday’s loss to the Yankees. The solo homer moved him past Cal Ripken Jr. into 44th place on the all-time list.

Quote of the Day

PK on passing Ripken Jr. (via Dan Hayes, csnchicago.com):

“As a kid growing up the beginning of my career was the end of his career. He’s the model of how you want to do it out there. So that’s kind of cool. He played a long time. Being a shortstop puts in perspective his offensive capabilities, and also playing short is a little different than me. But any time you get mentioned with guys like that it’s a cool thing.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: Erik Johnson (who will be making his first major league appearance) for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (12-11, 4.91) for New York.

Did You Know…

…that Marcus Semien and Erik Johnson were teammates on the University of California-Berkeley team that reached the 2011 College World Series?

Photo/Video of the Day

Paulie goes deep.

http://atmlb.com/173QOha

After Sweep Over Yanks in Chicago, Sox Look for More of the Same in the Big Apple

Labor Day: Monday, September 2, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York (12:05 p.m, CT, CSN) in the Labor Day opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (4-13, 4.91) for the Yankees. Quintana defeated Andy Pettitte in the first game of the three-game sweep against the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field in early August. “Q” is 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his last 11 starts.

The Sox have won six straight games vs. the Yanks (all at home by a 35-18 margin). It’s their longest streak against New York since taking seven in a row from July 1,1990-April 16,1991.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; A. Garcia, CF; Gillaspie, 3B; Jor. Danks, RF; Phegley, C.

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Hahn on The Score

GM Rick Hahn was a guest yesterday on 670 The Score’s Hit And Run Show:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/09/01/hahn-sox-being-cautious-with-chris-sale/

Play(s) of the Day

Down 5-0 heading into the fourth inning yesterday, the Sox refused to quit. With the bases loaded, Jeff Keppinger drove in Alexei Ramirez with a sac fly and, with two outs, Dayan Viciedo doubled in Paul Konerko and Conor Gillaspie singled in Avi Garcia and Viciedo as four runs crossed the plate…Paulie, with a pair of singles and a walk on the day, added on a run in the fifth by driving in Alexei, who led the 11-hit Sox attack with three singles….Tyler Flowers smashed a long solo homer in the eighth, his 10th of the year, to get us within a run of the Red Sox at 7-6, which turned out to be the final (it was announced this morning that Flowers will have exploratory surgery on his right shoulder and will be out an estimated three to six months).

Conor’s two-RBI single:

http://atmlb.com/1dywWbj

Quote(s) of the Day

 A Rare Long Ball (from the September 2, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated):

Thirty-six years ago, on Aug. 29, 1977, the Indians hosted the White Sox. Cleveland’s second baseman that night was Duane Kuiper, who had zero career home runs in 1,381 major league at bats. 

Rick Manning (former teammate): Kuip knew how to play the game. He was a great second baseman. He was as tough as you could get for a guy 175 pounds. Back then, the game was pitching and defense.

Duane Kuiper: I’d hit some homers (seven, to be exact) in the minor leagues.

Manning: We weren’t there to hit home runs. Frank Robinson was our manager, and he’d stand out behind the screen and make Kuip and I (who both batted lefthanded) hit it to leftfield. He wouldn’t let us swing for the fences at all.

Cleveland manager Jeff Torborg, who had replaced Robinson two months earlier, moved Kuiper up to the number 2 spot in the batting order against Chicago starter Steve Stone.

 Kuiper: In the first inning it was a 1-0 count. I like to tell Stone that he threw me a hanging fastball. He doesn’t particularly want to hear about it.

Kuiper hit a line drive off a seat in the rightfield stands.

 Frank Robinson (joking, in 1984): He waited until I got fired to hit his homer. The truth is, he won’t hit one for a black manager.

Kuiper: I’ve still got the chair. It’s in the attic. I’ve still got the ball and the bat. As I was walking up to the bat rack (for my next at bat), (Indians teammate) Bill Melton said, “You’re not gonna use that again, are you?” I said, “Of course.” He said, “You might want to put that one away. You might not hit another one.”

He didn’t. In 1985, Kuiper retired, and he went on to become an Emmy-winning broadcaster for the Giants. His 3,754 plate appearances are the most for any major leaguer with exactly one homer–making his shot off of Stone the rarest in history.

Kuiper: You gotta have fun with it. Given the choice now, would I rather hit one or five? Unless the other four were walk-off grand slams, I’m pretty happy with one. I’m happy with the way it turned out.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89) for the Yanks. Chris and the Sox defeated Kuroda and the Yanks in the second game of last month’s sweep.

Did You Know…

…that when pitcher Charlie Leesman, just promoted from Class AAA Charlotte, approached his locker in Boston yesterday he was greeted with a name plate that read, “Jose Leesman?” Mistakes happen.

Photo/Video of the Day

Tyler’s big blast.

http://atmlb.com/1dyHfMt

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