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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

It’s White vs. Red in Battle of Sox

Friday, August 30, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and the beginning of a 10-game road trip that includes the Yankees (three) and Orioles (four). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.25) for the White Sox, RHP Ryan Dempster (6-9, 4.77) for the Red Sox. Our Sox won two of three games from Boston in a home series in May. We have also won 10 of our last 12 games, 16 of our last 23, captured five consecutive series (Tigers, Twins, Royals, Rangers, Astros) and six straight road games.

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

It All Starts with Pitching

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130829&content_id=58916434&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws&tcid=tw_article_58916434

Dazzling Debut

Having a breakout season in 2013,  Micah Johnson, batting leadoff and playing second base, collected three hits last night in his first game with Birmingham after stints at Class A Kannapolis and Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Read more about one of the Sox’s top prospects who leads all of the minor leagues in stolen bases.

http://atmilb.com/1cnVFM8

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Play(s) of the Day

It was a special night for the newly acquired Garcias–Avisail and Leury–on Wednesday night as the Sox defeated the Astros, 6-1. Avi went 3-4, highlighted by a three-run blast  (his first homer with the Sox), and is now hitting .397 in his last 15 games and .352 in 19 games since coming to Chicago. Leury, spelling Alexei Ramirez at shortstop, walked twice, scored twice, stole a base and drove in a run with a sac fly…It was also a vintage Chris Sale as he went eight-plus innings, allowing just one run and four hits while striking out 12. He claimed his 10th victory of the year, collected his 20th quality start, tied the franchise record with at least 12 strikeouts in a game for the sixth time in his career (along with Juan Pizarro and Ed Walsh) and set a Sox record for accomplishing it for the fourth time in 2013. Avi and Leury in action:

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Quote of the Day

Adam Dunn gives credit to hitting coach Jeff Manto for his recent success at the plate (courtesy of Manny Randhawa, mlb.com):

“I don’t think I’ve changed my approach very much. I  just think I’m getting pitched a little bit differently than I have. I’m able to get to some balls that for most of my career I wasn’t able to get to and I think that’s credit to Jeff, getting me all year long in a good hitting position. I think it’s just having a really good routine and having a really good hitting coach that won’t let me get away from what we’re trying to do. Sometimes it’s frustrating and sometimes I’ll yell at him and he’s really quick to yell right back and say, ‘We’re doing it.’ So, it’s good.”

 Tomorrow’s Schedule

 White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks (4-10, 4.15) for the Sox, former teammate RHP Jake Peavy (10-5, 3.99) for Boston.

 Did You Know…

 …that Jeff Keppinger is hitting .378 with two homers, five RBI and 10 runs scored over his last 15 games?

 Photo of the Day

 This is how Chris must look to opposing hitters.

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After a Good Win, White Sox Set Sights on Scherzer

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.43) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (17-1, 2.84) for Detroit. Santiago owns a 2.36 ERA with 24 strikeouts in nine career games (two starts) vs. the Tigers.

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

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Play(s) of the Day

This and that about Chris Sale: Chris recorded his fifth career complete game and fourth of the year in last night’s 6-2 victory over the Tigers…he is tied for the most complete games in the majors this season with the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright…it was his eighth win and team-leading 18th quality start, the latter number tied for fourth in the A.L…he now owns a 2.06 ERA at home in 2013, the second-lowest mark in the American League…he is holding lefthanded hitters to a .142 average in ’13, lowest among major-league starters…and he ranks fifth in the A.L. in ERA (2.73), strikeouts (167), WHIP (1.05) and strikeout/walk ratio (4.77).

The offensive attack: Gordon Beckham and Jeff Keppinger each had three hits in the Sox’s 14-hit attack last night with Gordon also driving in a run…Jordan Danks and Josh Phegley added two hits apiece with Josh collecting two RBI…Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez each drove in a run.

Quote of the Day

Phegley on Sale’s desire to finish last night’s game:

“I don’t think anybody was going to be able to take him out (in the ninth),” Phegley said. “If they’d have brought a reliever in, we’d have had two guys standing on the mound for sure.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-10, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.32) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that today is National Left-Handers Day? Here’s hoping it’s a good omen for Hector in his matchup tonight with righty Scherzer. 

Photo/Video of the Day

The best of Chris Sale:

http://atmlb.com/1d1JgyI

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It’s Tiger Time for Sale, Sox

Monday, August 12, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-11, 2.77) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (10-5, 3.50) for Detroit.

Chris ranks fourth in the A.L. with an average of 9.70 strikeouts per nine innings and fifth with 161 strikeouts. He is on pace to record 225 strikeouts, which would be the fifth-highest total in club history and the most since Hall of Famer Ed Walsh fanned 254 in 1912. Sale has struck out 10 or more batters nine times in 50 career starts and five times in 2013, one behind Juan Pizarro (1961) for the second highest single-season total in Sox annals.

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

Danks Brothers 

John and Jordan visited Comer Children’s Hospital today and answered questions from the youngsters.

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Coop’s Magic

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/16825/pitching-coach-cooper-gets-the-best-out-of-young-staff

Leury Garcia

The Sox officially acquired infielder Leury (lay-OOH-ree) Garcia from the Texas Rangers yesterday as the player to be named later in the Alex Rios deal. He has been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte.

Garcia, 22, was hitting .264 (51-193) with four home runs, 19 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 31 runs scored in 47 games this season with Class AAA Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League.  He made 42 appearances at shortstop and five in center field.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Garcia made the Rangers Opening Day roster and made nine starts at second base and two each at shortstop and third before being optioned to Round Rock on June 15.  Prior to the season, Garcia was named by Baseball America as the No. 20 Prospect, Fastest Baserunner and Best Infield Arm in the Rangers organization. He recorded 30-plus steals each season from 2010-12, including a career-high 51 in 2010.

A native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, Garcia is a career .261 (468-1,794) hitter with 13 home runs, 143 RBI, 258 runs scored and 155 stolen bases in 475 games over five minor-league seasons in the Rangers organization.  He has played in 400 games at shortstop, 58 at second base and 14 in center field.

His best season came in 2012 when he batted .292 (110-377) with 11 triples, 31 stolen bases and 55 runs scored in 100 games with Class AA Frisco.  

Quote of the Day

GM Hahn on L. Garcia:

“Speed may well be his best tool. He’s a plus-plus runner, plus arm and defensive player, switch-hitter, and has the positive of his versatility. Even if the bat doesn’t quite develop to reach his maximum upside, he has some value on the big league club. Then it would be about figuring out the best way to use it.”

Play(s) of the Day

Adam Dunn hit his 27th homer of the season and the 433rd of his career in yesterday’s 5-2 loss to the Twins…Conor Gillaspie smashed his 10th of the year…Dylan Axelrod pitched four scoreless innings in relief, allowing just three hits while striking out three.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.430) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (17-1, 2.84) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Avisail is the fourth Garcia to play for the White Sox? The first three were pitchers: Freddy (2004-06, 2009-10), Mike (1960) and Ramon (1991).

Photo of the Day

Leury could be the fifth player named Garcia to play for the Sox.

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Garcia in Starting Lineup After Last Night’s Sox Debut

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 1.38) making his first home start for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (4-9, 5.23) for Minnesota.

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

Rienzo

Sale on FOX

Chris will be doing a live interview from the dugout during the top of the third inning on today’s telecast.

Quote(s) of the Day

Listen to GM Rick Hahn’s interview with Dan Bernstein on WSCR from last night and to Paulie’s appearance with Bruce Levine on ESPN 1000 this morning:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/show/670-the-score-interviews/

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/podcast/archive?id=3269205

@AvisailGarcia34 upon his arrival at the ballpark last night:

Play(s) of the Day

From last night’s doubleheader…

Game 1:  Alexei Ramirez blasted a two-run homer, singled and drove in four runs in the 7-5 loss to the Twins…Paul Konerko hit his ninth home run of the season and 431st of his career, tying Cal Ripken Jr. for 44th place on the all-time list.

Game 2:  Charlie Leesman was solid in his first major league start, going five-plus innings, allowing just one run (a solo homer) and four hits with eight strikeouts while getting a no-decision. Brought up as the 26th man on the roster for the doubleheader, Leesman was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after the game…Alexei hit his second homer of the twin bill to tie the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning…Blake Tekotte put the White Sox ahead 2-1 in the seventh with his first major-league home run and first RBI in a Sox uniform…Garcia made his Sox debut–he struck out as a pinch-hitter, was hit by a pitch and stranded on third in the 10th representing the potential tying run in the 3-2 loss.

The Ramirez and Tekotte homers in the nightcap:

http://atmlb.com/13N7OIp

http://atmlb.com/15lLpxK

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-3, 3.51) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (7-8, 4.84) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Alexei is the first Sox player to homer in each game of a doubleheader since Magglio Ordonez did it in April of 1999? By the way, Ramirez is batting .448 with a double, two home runs and seven RBI during his current seven-game hitting streak.

Photo of the Day

The future is now for the White Sox and No. 26.

Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox - Game Two

A Sweep is in our Sights

Wednesday, April 7, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28) for the Sox, LHP C.C. Sabathia (9-10, 4.78) for N.Y. Santiago has a 3.15 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched (15 starts). Over his last six starts his ERA is 2.75.

Sox Lineup: Ramirez, SS; De Aza, CF; Rios, RF; Konerko, 1B; Beckham, 2B; Viciedo, DH; Wells, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Flowers, C.

For Starters…

White Sox starting pitchers rank among the top American League rotations in ERA (2nd, 3.80), strikeout/walk ratio (3rd, 3.04), batting average (3rd, .247), quality starts (5th, 64) and strikeouts per nine innings (5th, 7.83).

The Great Rivera

As future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera takes his farewell tour around major league ballparks this summer celebrating 19 spectacular seasons, he has been showered with goodbye gifts and has met with groups of fans throughout baseball.

Last night, we presented Mariano with a framed scorecard from the first time he appeared at New Comiskey Park on July 4, 1995, a game in which he started; a photo collage from his save on September 19, 2001, following the 9/11 attacks eight days before; and a donation in his name to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. We also introduced Rivera at a pre-game session to a group of fans and Sox staff members who represent who the White Sox are. Here’s Scott Merkin’s story on whitesox.com:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130806&content_id=56131838&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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Play of the Day

Chris Sale was in All-Star form last night, pitching a strong 7.1 innings while earning his seventh win of the season. He gave up just a first inning run and allowed only five hits while striking out six…Alejandro De Aza’s two-out, run-scoring double in the seventh drove in Gordon Beckhamwhich turned out to be the decisive run in the 3-2 victory.

Take a look at Sale’s performance and De Aza’s clutch hit:

http://atmlb.com/13F4FKM

http://atmlb.com/13ERCZU

Quote of the Day

A smiling Beckham commented on the usually slow-footed Paulie, who avoided hitting into a double play in the sixth by beating the throw to first, allowing the Sox to score the go-ahead run:

He works constantly on his speed, as we all know, and he blazed a trail down to first and got us the win. All kidding aside, that’s pretty gutsy for him to do that, because his back is probably not 100 percent. He’s gutting it out, and you’ve got to like that. That’s why he’s Paulie. We love him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day.

On Friday, the White Sox and Twins will play a doubleheader. The extra game is a makeup contest that was originally scheduled for April 19, but postponed due to inclement weather.

Game 1 (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP John Danks (2-9, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.69) for the Twins.

Game 2 (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP Charlie Leesman will be making his big-league debut for the Sox, TBA for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that according to South Side Sox (southsidesox.com) the White Sox have indeed touched up the normally untouchable Mariano on a few occasions? Enjoy this interesting look back:

http://www.southsidesox.com/2013/8/6/4592810/mariano-rivera-white-sox-blown-saves-losses

Photo of the Day

On Monday, President Obama hosted a group of former Negro League players and honored them for their contributions to American history, civil rights and athletics. One of the players attending was none other than White Sox icon Minnie Minoso, shown here giving his own state of the union.

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With a Win in the Books, Sox Look to Continue Momentum

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-11, 2.92) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.38) for New York.

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

Meet Sox Groundskeeper Roger Bossard: The Sodfather

http://wgntv.com/2013/08/05/meet-the-sodfather/

Play(s) of the Day

Outstanding pitching and an offense that scored seven runs in the first three innings highlighted our 8-1 victory last night and ended the 10-game losing streak…Jose Quintana got credit for his sixth win of the season with an impressive 6.2 innings, allowing just one run and eight scattered hits along with five strikeouts…Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios led the way offensively. Ramirez went 4-5 with two RBI and a run scored and Rios was 2-4 with four RBI, a walk and a run scored.

Here’s Alexei’s run-scoring double in the sixth inning that gave the Sox an 8-0 lead.

http://atmlb.com/11IPoHE

Quote of the Day

Robin on last night’s win:

“It starts with pitching and “Q’ was great…offensively it was just one of those (games) that just clicked. You get some balls that fall in and I can’t remember too many of the ones that just fall into the outfield for us, especially with guys on. So, it’s one of those that relieves a lot of the psyche or whatever of not knocking guys in. Guys are swinging, they’re taking ball four, it was just a good night offensively.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28) for the Sox, LHP C.C. Sabathia (9-10, 4.78) for N.Y.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox are 6-2 against the Yankees in the last two seasons?

Photo of the Day

The Sox are counting on an All-Star performance from Chris tonight in Game 2 of the series.

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Garcia and Rienzo Give Sox a Glimpse of the Future

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.55) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.74) for the Tribe. Quintana is holding righthanded batters to a .232 average in 2013, the third-lowest mark among American League lefties.

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

White Sox Welcome Garcia, Three Other Prospects With Open Arms

By now you know that after last’s night’s game, we completed a three-team deal with the Tigers and Red Sox. We traded Jake Peavy and acquired 22-year-old top outfield prospect Avisail Garcia from Detroit as well as minor league infielder Cleulius Rondon and pitching prospects Francelis Montas and Jeffery Wendelken from Boston.

GM Rick Hahn shared his excitement about obtaining Garcia, whose first name is pronounced “ah-VEE-saah-EEL”:

“We truly feel this is a five-tool player, someone who is not only going to hit, hit for average, but hit for power, can run well and play above average defense. He’s still young and has a little bit of development ahead of him, but we feel we’ve acquired someone with a great deal of upside who will have a big impact on the South Side for many years to come.”

Garcia, who will be assigned to Class AAA Charlotte to get regular at bats, is hitting .380 with seven doubles, three triples, six homers, 27 RBI and 32 runs scored over 39 games with both Class AAA Toledo and Class A Lakeland (where he appeared in six games on a rehab assignment recovering from a bruised heel). Between the two stops, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound righthanded hitter, had a .424 on-base and .561 slugging percentage. He was Detroit’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2012 and entered the season as the No. 2 prospect in the Tigers organization. In his brief experience in the major leagues (53 games in 2012-13) he is hitting .269 with three homers and 13 RBI. He actually made his big-league debut last August vs. the Sox.

The switch-hitting Rondon, who is 19, is hitting .276 with Class A Lowell in the Boston system. From Venezuela, he has split time between shortstop and third base, playing primarily at short. 

Montas, 20, is from the Dominican Republic. He has 96 strikeouts over 19 games with Class A Greenville this season and has K’d 171 in 49 games over four seasons. 

Wendelken, 20, was a 13th round draft choice in 2012. Known as J.B., he is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA with 10 saves and 54 strikeouts over 27 appearances with Greenville this season. He is 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA, 12 saves and 82 strikeouts in 40 relief appearances in two seasons. 

Rondon, Montas and Wendelken all will report to Class A Kannapolis.

Avisail is Happy, Too

@AvisailGarcia34: I’m also looking fwd to my new journey in the @whitesox organization and I am very grateful for this opportunity.. #Chicago here we come!

Jordan Danks Recalled

Outfielder Jordan Danks has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Peavy on the 25-man roster.

Play of the Day

Andre Rienzo, who last night became the first native Brazilian to pitch in the major leagues, was impressive in his debut. In seven innings, he allowed just five hits while striking out six without giving up an earned run.

Quote of the Day

Robin commenting on Rienzo’s solid debut:

“The kid was good. For all the excitement he had of having his first start, he was great. The one inning there was a little blip (the fifth when three unearned runs scored and he was spiked at first base)…but coming back that next inning with energy and composure was big. He’s got a neat little personality, brings his own energy, gets everybody into it. It was fun seeing him pitch.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (11:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-10, 2.69) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (12-7, 3.42) for Cleveland.

Did You Know…

…that on this date in 1972, Dick Allen became the seventh player to hit two inside-the-park home runs in one game in an 8-1 White Sox victory over the Twins on the road at Metropolitan Stadium?

Photo of the Day

Our new “five-tool player”:

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