Results tagged ‘ Chris Sale ’

A Sweep is in our Sights

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Today’s News

 

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:

http://atmlb.com/1sAXGPP

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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.

 

Roster Moves

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.

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/07/17/3205151/frank-thomas-family-looks-forward.html

 

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.

http://bit.ly/1u3PKIE

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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.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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.

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Starry, Starry Night

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Today’s News

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.

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The Sox All-Stars pose together before game time–the first Midsummer Classic for both Alexei and Jose.

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Caps and jerseys are ready for action. 

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Chris and his son Rylan enjoy Monday night’s Home Run Derby.

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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.

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A “Red Carpet Sale” during yesterday’s All-Star pre-game parade.

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Jose and Alexei enjoy the red carpet and greet the fans during the parade.

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Jose and Alexei during BP.

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The Cuban All-Star contingent: Ramirez, Abreu, Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman of the Reds and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers.

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Abreu celebrates with his victorious AL teammates.

White Sox All-Stars Ready to Shine in Tonight’s Midsummer Classic

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Star-Studded Sox

Our guys–Chris SaleAlexei 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).

Video: Jose Abreu on joy of parents seeing him in All Star Game

…And His Parents’ Joy in Their Own Words

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-jose-abreu-and-family-cant-wait-all-star-party

Here they are: Jose’s mom and dad, Jose and Daysi.

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White Sox a Major Player in MLB Cuban Pipeline

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2125637-inside-mlbs-cuban-pipeline-its-high-risk-high-reward?utm_campaign=tsipad&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=teamstream

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. 

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Photos of All-Stars and Abreu’s parents courtesy of Chuck Garfien.

 

 

 

The Fans Have Spoken: Sale is an All-Star

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Final Vote

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.

http://atmlb.com/1r9xmcC

http://atmlb.com/1r9AWUf

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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.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Your 2014 White Sox All-Stars:

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Sox Shoot For Four Straight Wins With “You Know Who” on the Mound Tonight

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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Today’s News

The #TargetSale Campaign: Behind the Scenes

It’s been a terrific week so far for all of us with the White Sox. We’ve won three in a row with Chris Sale on the mound tonight and we are immersed in the excitement of the #TargetSale campaign to get Chris on the American League All-Star squad via the Final Vote.

I’ve been asked numerous times about our strategy in the Final Vote since we have been successful three times in the past with Scott Podsednik (2005), A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Paul Konerko (2011). Like anything else, a lot of thought and planning is involved even though we don’t get any inside info until the day the All-Star rosters are announced.

Beyond the general planning and creating a strategy, here are three key factors:

1. First and foremost is that you have to have a great player with All-Star credentials. I think most baseball fans would agree that Chris absolutely fits that criteria. He is undoubtedly one of the best pitchers in baseball, is already a two-time All-Star and is having an outstanding season.

2. You have to have a passionate and engaged fan base to get on board. And it doesn’t hurt that they’re social media savvy to boot. Well, I’m happy to say that the Sox have exactly those kinds of fans and it’s been proven in the past with our three winners and this year with Sale leading the voting up to this point. And the fact we’ve once again formed an alliance with a National League club–the Washington Nationals and Anthony Rendon (#Vote Rendon)–and others like Sale’s alma mater, Florida Gulf Coast University, extends our reach even further. It seems those strategies are working so far as Chris has great support in the Midwest, the greater D.C. area extending into Pennsylvania and other parts of the Northeast plus his home state of Florida.

3. You need an internal organization whose staff enjoys the challenge and is eager to display its creativity to make it happen. And if you’ve been following our social media you have to agree that it’s obvious that my Sox colleagues, about two dozen of them, have risen to the occasion with some outstanding work–and are having fun doing it. 

How did we come up with the slogan #TargetSale? It actually came from a brainstorming session among GM Rick Hahn, manager Robin Ventura and me shortly after we got the news from MLB on Sunday morning that Chris was in the Final Vote. With the All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, it just seemed like it would be something that would resonate. We then met with a larger group of Sox staffers and got more ideas, but none was better. I have to say that it really helped to have Rick and Robin as part of the process. Rick was responsible for coining the priceless “Punch A.J.” slogan in ’06 right after Pierzynski’s altercation with the Cubs’ Mike Barrett and Robin always has good ideas about these things.

Although Chris is in the lead, we can’t stop now. Voting continues until tomorrow’s 3:00 p.m., CT, deadline so give Chris your support at whitesox.com or mlb.com/vote or text A5 to 89269.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-1, 2.16) for our Sox, RHP Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 2.51) for their Sox.

Sale is set to make his 14th start of the season and fifth on the road. He is 5-1 with a 2.10 ERA and two complete games over his last nine starts and 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 28 Ks over his last four. He earned the win in his last start, July 4 vs. the Mariners, as he allowed one run and six hits along wth 12 strikeouts over nine innings–his seventh career complete game. Chris is limiting left-handers to a .121 average with one extra-base hit in 2014.

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

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie cranked a two-run homer (No. 2) in the sixth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie and giving the Sox the lead for good, and was a triple shy of the cycle as the White Sox won their third straight, 8-3, over the Red Sox…Jose Abreu went 3-4 with a pair of doubles and was on base for Gillaspie’s blast…Alejandro De Aza singled and tripled in a run…Ronald Belisario tossed 2.1 scoreless frames in relief of winning pitcher John Danks (8-6) and Eric Surkamp pitched a scoreless ninth. The Gillaspie round-tripper:

http://atmlb.com/1qTFfVU

Tonight’s Watch & Vote Parties

http://atmlb.com/1qVs4E7

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Sox Note of the Day

In addition to three victories in a row, The White Sox have won five of their last six games and eight of the last 11. Our .727 winning percentage since June 27 is the fourth-best in the major leagues.

Quotes of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (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.

Photo/Video of the Day

Tyler Flowers‘ Top 10 things batters say when facing Sale:

http://atmlb.com/1qW05Eh

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Sox Collecting Zeros and Tons of #TargetSale Votes

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Today’s News

#TargetSale

The fans are speaking loud and clear. Chris Sale is the American League leader after the first 36 hours of the Final Vote. Deadline for voting is Thursday at 3:00 p.m. CT.

The secret of Chris’ success on the mound? Here’s one of them…

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34373239/?partnerId=as_cws_20140708_27406396

…and here are a few of his closest friends pleading to correct a grave injustice:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/50892696/v34401517

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m, CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (7-6, 4.12) for the Sox, RHP Brandon Workman (1-2, 4.17) for Boston.

Danks is making his 18th start of 2014 and 10th on the road. He is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA with 12 strikeouts in his last two starts and 4-2 with a 2.65 ERA over his last eight. Although he didn’t factor in the decision in his last outing on July 2 vs. the Angels, he went 7.2 innings–allowing just two runs on seven hits and a walk while recording a season-high 10 strikeouts in the Sox’ 3-2 win.

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

Plays of the Day

Scott Carroll, who obviously hasn’t let his hard work for #TargetSale get in the way of his pitching (see above photo), picked up where Hector Noesi left off. After Noesi and two relief pitchers shut out the Mariners, 1-0, on Sunday, Carroll and a pair of relievers did likewise last night in the 4-0 whitewash of the Red Sox…Carroll was outstanding in his 6.2 innings of scoreless work, giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out five…bullpen mates Javy Guerra (1.1 IP) and Zach Putnam (1.0) sealed the victory…Adam Dunn hit a solo homer (No. 13)  and Dayan Viciedo connected with a three-run shot (11) to support the outstanding pitching (click on links below to see the two homers): 

http://atmlb.com/1qPKiqt

http://atmlb.com/1r4pGZf

Sox Notes of Note

Dunn’s homer was career No. 453 and moved him past Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski into 35th place on the all-time list…White Sox starters own a 2.59 ERA in their last 14 games, the best mark in the AL and fourth-best in baseball during that span…the last time Sox hurlers posted consecutive shutouts in the same season was on September 5 and 6, 2011, at Minnesota. Furthermore, Carroll became the third Sox pitcher in the last 100 years to toss at least six scoreless innings while allowing one or no hits within his first eight career starts…Meanwhile, on the farm, Rangel Ravelo of the Sox’ Class AA affiliate Birmingham Barons has extended his hitting streak to 24 games, the second longest in the minor leagues this season. He has hit in 28 of his last 29 games.

A Special Reunion

A bittersweet element of Jose Abreu‘s rise to the major leagues is that he’s been separated from his parents. But for the past two months, Abreu’s mom and dad have been in Florida and a week from today both of them will be in Minneapolis watching their rookie sensation of a son play in the All-Star Game. Here are Abreu’s thoughts through interpreter Lino Diaz:

“There are no words to describe how I feel just to be able to have them be there for something that you work as hard as I have for this. There are some times when I’m talking to them and I’m telling them about these things that they don’t believe and sometimes I don’t believe that it’s happening. It is a great thing and we enjoy it.”

More All-Star Buzz

Abreu and Alexei Ramirez are only the eighth pair of Cuban teammates to be chosen for the All-Star Game in the same season. This has happened once before in Sox history, 60 years ago when Minnie Minoso and pitcher Sandy Consuegra were picked  for the American League squad in 1954. It’s interesting to note that Consuegra had a career year in ’54, going 16-3 with a 2.69 ERA.

Here is Minnie (center) and Consuegra (far right) among a group of teammates after a big win. Others, pictured left to right, are: Cuban-born pitcher Mike Fornieles, Sox legend Chico Carrasquel and “Jungle Jim” Rivera.

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Quotes of the Day

Even two of our top prospects have joined in…

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Sale (8-1, 2.16) for the Sox, TBA for Boston.

Photo of the Day

#TargetSale is everywhere.

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A 4th of July Sale-a-bration

Friday, July 4, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game holiday weekend series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-1, 2.30) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (7-6, 3.96) for Seattle.

Chris, who is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA lifetime vs the Mariners, will be making his 13th start of the season and ninth at home. He is 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA at home this year with a 4-1 mark with a 2.29 ERA over his last eight starts. He was the winning pitcher in his last start on June 28 at Toronto, allowing just two runs on four hits with six strikeouts in seven innings of work. He has held left-handed hitters to a miniscule .089 average with zero extra-base hits in 2014.

Sale would rank among the American League leaders in virtually every category if he had the minimum innings pitched. The fact he doesn’t have the required innings is a result of his more than month-long stint on the disabled list.

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

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have won 14 of the last 18 vs. Seattle and are 27-7 since 2010…Jose Abreu owns a 17-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the big leagues. The last Sox rookie to hit in 18 consecutive games was Pete Ward in 1963.

All-Stars to be Announced on Sunday

The 2014 AL and NL All-Star teams will be revealed on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, beginning at 6:00 p.m., CT, on ESPN. Here’s hoping all of your support for Jose and Alexei gets them to the Midsummer Classic in Minneapolis on July 15.

MLB First Basemen Pay Tribute to Lou Gehrig’s Legendary Speech

On this, the 75th anniversary of Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig’s legendary farewell speech, all of Major League Baseball’s first basemen (and Derek Jeter) pay tribute to the Iron Horse in this video. It will be shown at ballparks to help raise funds and bring awareness to ALS (also know as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/v34196007/?tcid=mm_cws_vid&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Here’s Robin making the case for Sale to be named to the AL All-Star squad despite the ace’s time on the DL. It should be noted that he was the winning pitcher for the AL last year after tossing a pair of scoreless innings, which many thought was good enough to win the game’s MVP award.

“You are trying to win the game so you are trying to take the best guys. He has done it over not just this year, but the least couple of years…you are looking at a guy that’s at the top of his game, whether or not he missed a little bit of time. He’s still one of the better pitchers and his numbers prove it out.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Felix Hernandez (10-2, 2.10) for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

The July 4, 1960 Sports Illustrated cover: Fireworks at Comiskey Park:

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Sox News & Notes on an Off-Day Thursday

Thursday, July 3, 2014

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Today’s News

Off-Day today. It will be the White Sox vs. Mariners tomorrow night at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game holiday weekend series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-1, 2.30) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (7-6, 3.96) for Seattle.

Plays of the Day

Pinch-hitter Leury Garcia delivered the clutch walk-off hit last night with an opposite field single in the bottom on of the ninth to give the Sox a dramatic 3-2 win over the Angels in the finale of the three game series…Alexei Ramirez, playing in his 1,000th game for the Sox, singled home the first two Sox runs with a fourth-inning single…while he was denied his eighth win, John Danks was superb as he allowed just two runs, seven hits and a walk while tying a career high of 10 strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work. He is 4-1 with a 3.20 ERA in his last six starts…Zach Putnam, who came on in relief of Danks, tossed a scoreless 1.1 IP with a pair of strikeouts for his third win of the season.

The Streak Continues

Jose Abreu, the newly-crowned American League Rookie of the Month for June, extended his hitting streak to 17 last night with his eighth-inning single, matching Ramirez for the club high this season. During the streak he’s batting .343 with seven home runs.

All-Star Voting: The Final Day

Voting ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. Think Jose and Alexei.

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Quite A Night

Outfielder Jared Mitchell had a career night for the Class AA Birmingham in last night’s 7-6 Barons victory over Chattanooga. Mitchell went 4-5, slamming two homers and two triples for a whopping 14 total bases.

Daniel Webb’s Bittersweet Rookie Season

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Dominican Trip

I’ll share more about my trip to the DR in tomorrow’s post.

Quote of the Day

Why have Garcia pinch-hit in the ninth? Robin answers…

“I think he was surprised in that spot to be pinch-hitting, but he’s going to make some contact. … That’s a part of the game where you’re really looking at contact, the way the field was, the conditions and everything.”

Photo of the Day

Past, Present and Future

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Sox, Danks Look to Halt Halos

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (7-6, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Skaggs (4-4, 4.34) for the Halos.

Danks is set to make his 17th start of the season. He is 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA in eight home starts this season and 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA over his last five starts. John earned the win in his last start on June 27 at Toronto, tossing six innings and giving up just two runs on five hits while striking out two without walking a batter.

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

Plays of the Day

Last night’s doubleheader…

Game 1:  Jose Abreu smashed his 26th homer, a three-run shot in the first inning, reached 67 RBI and extended his hitting streak to 15 in the 8-4 loss to the Angels. As a result he become the only player in MLB history to hit 26 home runs in his first 71 games and through last night was tied for the major-league lead with the Orioles’ Nelson Cruz in both HRs and RBI. Here’s No. 26:

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Game 2:  Conor Gillaspie, hitting well above .300 all season, hit his first homer of the year–a two-run blast–and collected three RBI in the 7-5 defeat. Dayan Viciedo added a two-run shot, his ninth, and Abreu ran his hitting streak to 16 on a first-inning single.

The Gillaspie and Viciedo homers and a spectacular Adam Eaton-being-Adam Eaton catch in the eighth inning:

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Jose Rookie of the Month–Again

Abreu has been named the American League Rookie of the Month for June. He batted .313 with 10 home runs, 22 RBI and a .677 slugging percentage in 25 game to become the first player in Sox history to win the award twice in one season. He also became the third player in club annals to hit 10 or more homers in a month twice in one season, joining Jim Thome (twice in 2006) and Frank Thomas (twice in 1993).

Despite missing 14 games this season while on the disabled list, Abreu leads the major leagues in slugging percentage (.627) and at-bats per home run (10.73), is tied for the lead in home runs (26) and RBI (67) and ranks among the leaders in extra-base hits (3rd, 44), total bases (5th, 175) and OPS (7th, .956).

Abreu is on pace to hit 50 home runs, which would break the White Sox franchise record of 49 set by Albert Belle in 1998 and the major-league rookie record of 49 set by Mark McGwire in 1987.  In addition to the major-league record for homers in his first 71 career games, his 67 RBI are tied with Wally Berger (1930) and Joe DiMaggio (1936) for the sixth-highest total in history by a player in his first 71.

Abreu owns a 16-game hitting streak (.344, 22-64), the longest active streak in the major leagues and tied for the ninth-longest by a rookie in White Sox history.

He was named AL Player and Rookie of the Month for April after recording 10 home runs and 32 RBI, joining former Cuban teammate Yasiel Puig (June 2013) as the only players to win both awards in their first month in the major leagues.

Time’s Running Out

All-Star voting ends tomorrow night at 11:59 p.m. So, it’s not too late to vote for Abreu and Alexei Ramirez to make sure they both are in Minneapolis for the July 15 Midsummer Classic.

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Boston Boosts Jose

Sox coach Daryl Boston makes it clear that he thinks Abreu is a bonafide All-Star.

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Sox Notes of Note

After a slow start, prized third base prospect Matt Davidson (pictured below) had an impressive month of June for Class AAA Charlotte. He hit a team-high nine home runs, including two on Monday night, and drove in 14. He has 15 long ones on the season… Tyler Saladino, leading Charlotte with a .304 average, was elected to the 2014 International League All-Star squad as the team’s starting shortstop. Saladino will represent the Knights at the 27th annual Triple-A All-Star Game on July 16 in Durham, N.C… Jacob May, a 2013 third-round draft pick now playing with Class A Winston-Salem, has been named the Carolina League Player of the Week after hitting .533 with four doubles, two triples, 12 runs scored and nine stolen bases in seven games…the Sox have released Charlotte reliever Mitchell Boggs. He’s been replaced on the Knights roster by reliever Henry Rodriguez…also, we have claimed RHP Angel Sanchez, listed as the No. 16 prospect for Miami this season, off of waivers from Tampa Bay. He’s been assigned to Class A Winston-Salem.

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Quote of the Day

Angels’ manager Mike Sciosia on Abreu:

“His power plays in the Grand Canyon.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game holiday weekend series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-1, 2.30) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (7-6, 3.96) for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

Conor rounds the bases after home run No. 1.

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Sale Seeks Saturday Success After Friday Power Surge

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (12:07 p.m, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-1, 2.27) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (4-2, 4.25) for Toronto.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C, L. Garcia SS. 
(Ramirez is out of starting lineup for the first time this season, having played in all 81 games. Robin wanted to get everyone a day off on the road trip).

Plays of the Day

 
The Sox rode the wave of four home runs and a strong performance by John Danks last night to defeat the Blue Jays, 5-4, in the second game of the four-game series. Jose Abreu connected with a pair of solo shots, his 24th and 25th of the season to tie for the major-league lead, Alexei Ramirez went deep with a two-run blast, his eighth, and Dayan Viciedo added his seventh with the bases empty…Danks got credit for his seventh win, allowing just two runs on five hits and a pair of walks in six innings pitched…Jake Petricka went 0.2 innings in the ninth for his second save of the year.
Here are the four homers in the order they were hit: Abreu and Viciedo in the 5th inning and Abreu again and Ramirez in the seventh:
 
Jose now owns a 12-game hitting streak, batting .367 with six home runs and 12 RBI during that span…he has also reached the 25-homer mark the fastest in MLB history and is the first rookie with 25 home runs before July 1 since Mark McGwire in 1987, according to the Elias Sports Bureau…Abreu joins the Braves’ Bob Horner as the only players with four multi-homer efforts in their first 67 games…these two gems from @ckamka: Jose’s numbers since returning from DL: .319/.364/.703 with 10 homers, 21 RBI in 23 games and the Sox first baseman has now homered off of four different former Cy Young Award winners (Justin Verlander,David PriceClayton Kershaw and R.A. Dickey).
 
Minor League Move
 
The White Sox have signed minor-league RHP Daniel McCutchen and assigned him Class AAA Charlotte. McCutchen, who has made 109 appearances in the major leagues, started the season with the Rangers.
Quote of the Day
 
Injury expert Will Carroll on Sox trainer Herm Schneider:

“Herm Schneider is a sorcerer. Anything that is probably the average, I would probably take the under on anything he gets his hands on.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (12:07 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series and 11-game road trip. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.69) for the Sox, LHP and former Sox standout Mark Buehrle (10-4, 2.52) for the Jays.
 
Photos of the Day
 
Holy Batsmen, Robin.
 
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