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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.

http://atmlb.com/1pJlQaF

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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Danks and Sox Look to Rebound

Friday, June 27, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (6-6, 4.34) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (6-6, 4.40) for the Jays.

Danks is 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA and a .227 opponents average over his last six starts.

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

 

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu extended his current hitting streak to a career-high 11 games with a single in last night’s loss to the Blue Jays…former Blue Jay Moises Sierra collected two hits–a single and a double–against his ex-mates.

 

Viciedo vs. Toronto

Dayan Viciedo is hitting .404 with five doubles, two homers and seven RBI in his last 13 games vs. the Blue Jays.

 

Quote of the Day

Josh Stowers (pictured below), who is a junior at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, was the MVP of Wednesday’s Double Duty Classic at U.S. Cellular Field, which brings together elite inner-city players from all over the country to celebrate the history of the Negro Leagues. Stowers, who is committed to play at Louisville, articulated a genuine understanding of that history:

“I can’t really imagine what they went through, because I don’t really experience it nowadays. I go to an integrated school and there’s no racism at all, but it just shows when they experienced racism, they really had to turn the other cheek. They couldn’t say anything back, and even if they didn’t really do anything, they would still get punished.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (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.

 

Photo of the Day

The All-Star cases for both Abreu and Alexei Ramirez–and a link for you to vote for them:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34063179/?partnerId=as_cws_20140627_26833706

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34062173/?partnerId=as_cws_20140627_26833576

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2014/ballot.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20140625_26708756

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Abreu By the Numbers: 22 Homers, 60 RBI, Etc., Etc.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.87) for the Sox, Miguel Gonzalez (4-4, 4.41) for Baltimore.

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

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu smashed a solo homer, his 22nd, doubled in a run and drove in another last night–giving him 60 RBI on the season–in the Sox’ walk-off loss in Baltimore…Chris Sale, who left with the lead, gave up two runs in six innings.

More Abreu

Jose owns an eight-game hitting streak, batting .364 with three homers and nine RBI during that span. He also has nine games with three or more RBI, tying him with Oakland’s Brandon Moss and Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion for the most in the big leagues. His 39 extra-base hits is the most by a major leaguer through his first 63 games since the Reds’ Chris Sabo‘s 39 in 1988 (compliments of @ckamka). Abreu’s 22 homers are the most by a rookie before the All-Star break since Mark McGwire hit 33 for the A’s in 1987.

Jose, Alexei Maintain Standing in AL All-Star Voting

Abreu and Alexei Ramirez continue to rank second at their respective positions in the American League All-Star voting. Jose is behind the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera at first base and Alexei is No. 2 behind the Yankees’ Derek Jeter at shortstop.

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White Sox Prospects are “Future Stars”

Second baseman Micah Johnson will represent the United States and RHP Francellis Montas will be part of the World team in the All-Star Futures Game on July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Johnson, 25, is hitting a combined .308 with four home runs, 23 RBI, 30 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 61 games with Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte. He is hitting .462 over his last six games.

Montas, only 21, is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 51 strikeouts in nine starts with Class A Winston-Salem and has limited opponents to a .193 opponents average. He was one of four players acquired from Boston last season in the Jake Peavy trade.

Vandy One Game Away

With their victory in Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series over Virginia, former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) standout Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates are a game away from their first College World Series title. Game 2 is tonight at 7:00 p.m., CT, in Omaha and televised on ESPN.

Here’s Coleman’s remarkable story, written by whitesox.com‘s Scott Merkin in 2012:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121219&content_id=40754258&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Abreu talks about the Sox losing streak. The conclusion? It’s baseball.

“Bad times are part of (baseball) and I think what we have to do is we have to play together. We have to get united. Tough times are going to be there. That’s part of the game, it’s part of the spectacle, it’s part of everything you do in baseball. To be able to get out of it, you have to pull it together.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.34) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8, 4.63) for the O’s.

Photo of the Day

Here is Ro Coleman along with former ACE and Simeon Academy teammate Corey Ray–who also played in this year’s College World Series with Louisville–and proud Sox Director of Youth Baseball Initiatives Kevin Coe when the three reunited this month in Omaha.

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Looking to Bounce Back 

Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-4, 5.67) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (3-8, 5.29) for Minny.
 
 
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Nieto C.
 
Plays of the Day
 
Gordon Beckham (No. 6) and Jose Abreu (21) each hit solo homers in the top of the first inning and the Sox tied the game at 4-4 in the ninth before giving up the game-winner on a walkoff hit in the bottom half of the frame in the tough 5-4 loss…we scored the two ninth-inning runs on a Paul Konerko pinch-hit single after Dayan Viciedo had tripled and a double by Adam Eaton, which scored Moises Sierra who was running for Paulie…Hector Noesi went seven innings, giving up four runs, six hits and two walks while striking out four.
 
Big Advantage
 
The Sox have 23 multi-homer games, ranking fourth in the American League. We are 18-5 in those efforts.
 

Do or Die

 
Former ACE star outfielder Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates face the University of Texas again this afternoon in the College World Series in Omaha. The winner advances to the best-of-three CWS finals.
 
With apologies to Texans John Danks and Adam Dunn, Go Vandy!
 
Today is Both White Sox Charities’ Family Field Day and Garage Sale 
 
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Quote of the Day
 
We all know that Chris Sale is one of the premier pitchers in MLB. It’s also nice to know he’s humble and a team player as he addresses the comparisons he gets to Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):
 
“It’s stuff for my parents, my grandmother, my friends to talk about. Being in here, you know some of these guys pretty well being around for a while, and this would not be a good locker room for someone to be arrogant or self-promoting if you will.
“There’s a lot of guys in here that keep you humble and make sure your head is screwed on straight. We talk to each other especially about pitching and baseball, but I wouldn’t say that I’m by any means calling the shots or steering the car.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Danks (6-5, 3.97) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (7-3, 3.09) for Minnesota.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Jose continues his assault on MLB pitchers. Despite his 15-day stint on the disabled list, he ranks third among all major leaguers in homers and is tied for seventh with his 54 RBI. Here’s a further analysis on Abreu’s past, present and future by fangraphs.com.
 
 
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Keep an Eye on White Sox ACE product Ro Coleman and Vandy in College World Series

Friday, June 20, 2014 

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 Today’s News

 Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.37) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-5, 5.66) for Minnesota.

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

 

Aces

The White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program got a huge boost this season with two of its products, Vanderbilt’s Ro Coleman and Louisville’s Corey Ray (both pictured above), making it to the College World Series with their respective teams. What makes it an even better story is that freshman outfielders Coleman and Ray are also close friends and former teammates at Simeon Career Academy.

While Louisville has been eliminated, Vandy is still very much alive and undefeated in the double-elimination tournament going into their game today with the University of Texas.

“It’s kind of surreal, like I’m actually living a dream.” Coleman told MLB.com. “Just a wonderful experience and I’m blessed to be here.”

Since its inception in 2007, the ACE program for inner-city youngsters has had numerous alumni drafted by professional teams with 85 players receiving athletic aid to play collegiate baseball.  Last year’s graduating class included 13 players committed to collegiate institutions during the early signing period. 

Three ACE players were drafted during the 2014 First-Year Player Draft–Darius Day by the Rangers and Anthony Justiniano and James Davison by the Sox. Davison, a Morgan Park High School grad, has chosen to postpone his pro career and attend Howard College in Big Spring, Tex. on an athletic scholarship (see story below). 

Kevin Coe, the White Sox director of youth baseball initiatives who coached Coleman and Ray, traveled to Omaha with a group of about 50 current ACE players with the hope they could also make it some day to college baseball’s mecca.

“The kids really loved the trip. They were able to see in Ro and Corey, kids just like them, that if you dream and work toward a goal, you can make it happen,” Coe said. “During the trip, one of the 12-year-olds in our program came up to me, shook my hand and said, ‘Coach, I want to thank you for bringing us here. Now I know what all the work is for and what I’m working toward.’ And, of course, their parents were so grateful that their youngsters could experience all of it.”

Coe also talked about how Ray came by, spent time with the young players, talked to them individually and took pictures.

“This was what we set out to do at the beginning of the program–to teach them the fundamentals at a young age so when they get older, they’ll be prepared to do what Ro and Corey have done. This was just proof that we’re doing the right things.”

“We really could not be more proud of these two kids (Coleman and Ray),” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told MLB.com. “They’ve literally grown up as teammates in the White Sox ACE program, and to see them excel at the college level in their freshman seasons speaks to their skills, their work ethic and the baseball fundamentals taught to our ACE kids by our staff and coaches.”

 

More on James Davison

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140618/morgan-park/white-sox-draft-pick-james-davison-has-major-league-confidence

 

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana rebounded from his subpar last start, allowing just two runs, six hits and a walk while striking out a half-dozen batters in last night’s loss to the Twins…Conor Gillaspie drove in a pair of runs with a single.

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Sale Punks Carroll

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140619/bridgeport/chris-sales-hat-pranks-rookie-teammate-scott-carroll

 

“Wild Pitches”

Chicago White Sox Charities and the White Sox Wives will host the second annual variety show event, “Wild Pitches,” on Sunday, July 20 at Bub City in Chicago.

The evening of comedy, music and entertainment will be hosted by Chicago standup comedian Pat McGann and feature live music by the Rendition Band. The event also includes both live and silent auction packages.

In addition to last year’s star performers, Paul and Jennifer Konerko, participants will include Brittany and Gordon Beckham, John Danks and his wife, country singer Ashley Monroe, Katie and Adam Eaton, Nancy and Tyler Flowers and Lacy and Nate Jones. Manager Robin Ventura and his wife Stephanie also are participating. Tickets are available at whitesoxcharities.org.

 

Quote of the Day 

Sox reliever Nate Jones has made enough progress in his rehab from micro discectomy surgery to correct back issues leading to hip pain that he’s traveling with the team on the current road trip. While there’s no timetable for his return, he feels optimistic. 

“I feel part of the team again, getting to watch the team on the field instead of on TV. So that’s pretty awesome. I’m glad to get to this point because it means I’m throwing.

“We’re getting closer, that’s for sure. I’m still increasing my workload and the amount of new things I’m doing. So it’s really day to day. Increasing my exercises and see how I react the next day. If all goes good, we’re going to increase the workload.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-4, 5.67) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (3-8, 5.29) for Minny.

 

Photo of the Day

Eaton has reached base safely in 14 consecutive games, hitting .327 with a .413 on-base percentage during that stretch. Over his last 11 games, he is batting .372 with six walks and a .449 on-base percentage.

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It’s Sale vs. Hudson in Battle of Aces as Sox Seek Sweep

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the two-game series and eight-game homestand (with one game postponed). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 1.97) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (7-2, 1.81) for San Francisco.

Sale has limited opponents to a .152 average this season, the lowest mark by an American League pitcher through his first nine starts of a season since 1971, when Oakland’s Vida Blue also held the opposition to a .152 mark. Over Chris’ last six starts, he is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 49 strikeouts. Opponents have hit .122 against him during that span.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham (No. 5) and Dayan Viciedo (6) each blasted a two-out, two-run homer and Adam Eaton had a pair of hits and an RBI in last night’s 8-2 Sox win over the Giants…John Danks had another strong performance, allowing just one earned run and five hits in 6.1 innings for his sixth win of the season. Javy Guerra (0.2 IP), Zach Putnam (1.0) and Daniel Webb (1.0) finished wth 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Watch the Beckham and Viciedo homers:

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Sox Notes of Note

Danks earned his third consecutive win and moves to 3-1 with a 1.51 ERA over his last five outings…the Sox bullpen has recorded a 2.56 ERA over its last 17 games while Putnam has a 0.82 ERA over his last 18 outings,16 of which have been scoreless…Eaton has reached base in 12 straight games and has five multi-hit efforts over his last nine games. During that time he is hitting .340 with a .436 on-base percentage…Beckham has reached base in 11 of his last 14 games and is hitting .315 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 17 RBI since May 6…former Giant Conor Gillaspie is hitting .358 in his last 24 games and last night recorded his fourth multi-hit game in the last nine contests.

A True Legend

Famed singer John Legend was a visitor to the #SoxSocial Lounge last night. It looks like he was having a great time.

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The Sox and Giants: A Rare Glimpse of History

Thanks to Jim Margalus of the popular website South Side Sox, here’s a fascinating sidebar to his previous series about a time a century ago when the White Sox and Giants were partners on a baseball diplomacy tour.

http://www.southsidesox.com/2014/6/18/5819968/white-sox-giants-world-tour-mrs-callahans-journal

Quote of the Day

Robin on Danks’ performance:

“He has really gotten it together, from where he started early in the year, the frustrations he had, some mechanical stuff that you start with and then it becomes mental and all the physical stuff that comes with it.  He has pitched to where he’s always giving us a chance right now. He becomes tough when he has the feel of the changeup like that and spotting his fastball. It just seems like he has a little more on it as far as spotting his fastball.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and an 11-game road trip that continues in Baltimore and Toronto. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.98) for the Sox vs. Yohan Pino, making his first major-league start, for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

Danks tips his cap to the fans as he left last night’s game to a standing ovation.

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KC and the White Sox Band

Friday, June 13, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-6, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 4.10) for Kansas City.

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

Play of the Day

Despite absorbing his first defeat of the season in last night’s loss to the Tigers, Chris Sale (5-1) was outstanding. In seven innings of work, he gave up just one run and five hits while striking out 10–and lowered his ERA to 1.97. Chris recorded his 13th career double-digit strikeout game and third of the season. His career mark is now tied for third in franchise history with Javier Vazquez. It was also his third career outing with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks.

Avi Begins the Road Back

With Sox trainer Herm Schneider watching, Avi Garcia celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday by playing catch for the first time since his shoulder injury.

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Looking into the Future

I was at our Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale today and had the opportunity to see U.S. Olympic speed skater Eddy Alvarez (in top photo below), who signed with us earlier this week, take batting practice. Also there was Micker Adolfo Zapata (bottom photo), the Dominican outfielder who signed with the Sox a year ago when he was 16. Upon signing, Micker was the No. 2 ranked international prospect by MLB.com.

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Oh, By the Way

How hot was it in the Phoenix area today? Here’s the answer–and it even got up to 112.

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Ceremonial First Pitchers

Last night, former Northern Illinois star and current Chicago Bear Jordan Lynch did the honors. Tonight it’s actor and comedian Kevin Hart and tomorrow it’s Bear Rinehart, guitarist and lead vocalist of NEEDTOBREATHE. On Tuesday, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, one of the heroes of the 2005 Sox postseason, will throw out the first pitch and on Wednesday it’s actor/director Rob Reiner‘s turn.

Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-4, 5.40) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-5, 3.26) for KC.

Photo/Video of the Day

Here’s Dayan Viciedo making an amazing catch in last night’s game:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33666273

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Sale Looking to Finish the Job vs. Tigers, Scherzer

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox shoot for the sweep of what turned out to be, because of Tuesday’s postponement, a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 2.06) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (7-2, 3.38) for Detroit.

Sale is 2-0 with a 0.72 ERA over his last four starts at USCF.

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

Plays of the Day

On the strength of a seven-run sixth inning against Detroit ace Justin Verlander and his bullpen mates, the Sox tamed the Tigers last night for the second consecutive game, 8-2…Jose Abreu launched his 19th homer and added a pair of singles, Gordon Beckham and Conor Gillaspie each drove in a pair of runs and John Danks gave up just two runs, six hits and two walks while striking out six as he earned his fifth victory of the season.

More Abreu

Jose hit a homer in back-to-back games for the third time this season and second time against both the Tigers and Verlander. Abreu now has joined Wally Berger (20 home runs in 1930) as the only players in baseball history with 19-plus homers in their first 52 career games.

Watch Abreu go deep:

http://atmlb.com/1mJMlp7

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are second in the American League with a .275 batting average with runners in scoring position, including .371 over the last four games…the Sox also are hitting .288 as a club with seven homers and 27 runs scored in their last six games…they have homered in eight of the last nine games…the Sox are 5-0 in their last five games against the AL Central…Our starters own a 3.12 ERA in 20 games since May 20, the Sox bullpen owns a 0.86 ERA over the last eight games and a 1.69 ERA with five saves in the last 12…Danks has a 1.55 ERA over his last four starts, holding his opponents to a .178 average. he has recorded a 2.96 ERA in seven starts at home this season…Adam Eaton tripled last night–accomplishing the feat in back-to-back games for the first time in his career…Alejandro De Aza is hitting .400 during his five-game hitting streak…the Sox have acquired outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo, 28, from the Blue Jays for cash considerations and reports to Class AAA Charlotte. Tuiasosopo has played in 152 major league games with the Mariners and, most recently, the Tigers in 2013.

World Cup Fever in the White Sox Clubhouse

With the World Cup kicking off today in Brazil, a couple of Sox teammates, Brazilian Andre Rienzo and Cuban Alexei Ramirez, have initiated a friendly wager.

If Brazil wins, Ramirez will have to be photographed wearing a Brazilian jersey. If Argentina wins, Rienzo will have to don and be photographed wearing the jersey of his country’s fiercest rival.

“I hope Brazil wins, because if I get a picture of me (with the Argentina jersey) people will kill me,” Rienzo admitted.

Here is Rienzo (with his arms around teammates Javy Guerra and Eaton) and teammates showing off their World Cup pride. Other Sox (from left to right) are: Dayan Viciedo, Jose Quintana, Ramirez and Abreu. (Photo compliments of the Trib’s Colleen Kane).

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Hey Sox Fans, Say Hello to Phil the Chimp

www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/meet-phil-chimp-unofficial-white-sox-mascot-0 

Quote of the Day

Danks talking about the Sox after last night’s game:

“We’ve had a good feeling from the get-go. We’re not looking at the scoreboard or the standings. We’re just trying to win every game we can.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Quintana (3-6, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 4.10) for Kansas City.

Photo of the Day

Avi Garcia is 23 today.

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Counting on “Q”

Sunday, June 8, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium (2:35 p.m., CT, WGN) as the Sox look to win the final game of the series in Anaheim and the finale of the six-game west coast road trip. Starters: RHP Jose Quintana (3-5, 3.31) for the Sox, LHP C.J. Wilson (6-4, 3.05) for the Halos. “Q” has allowed eight earned runs or less in eight consecutive starts.

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

Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was unhittable through seven innings last night, but the Halos rallied for the 6-5 victory…Adam Dunn hit homer No. 11 of the season and 451st of his career, Alejandro De Aza had a pair of hits, including a double, and two RBI and Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham each singled in a run.

Draft Recap

The 2014 First-Year Player Draft concluded yesterday. The White Sox selected 33 players from college, seven from high school, 17 pitchers (nine lefties, eight righties), 11 infielders, eight outfielders and three catchers in the three-day event that began Thursday.

Here are the 40 Sox draftees:

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/draft/y2014/drafttracker.jsp#ft=team&fv=cha

More draft insights:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/white-sox-load-up-on-collegiate-hurlers-in-draft?ymd=20140607&content_id=78693464&vkey=news_cws

And congratulations to the three White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) players who were drafted yesterday: Darius Day by the Rangers and Anthony Justiniano and James Davison by the Sox.

The Trib’s David Haugh on the Sox:

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80438649/   

The White Sox’ Cuban Influence

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/78758184/chicago-white-sox-attribute-success-to-core-of-cuban-players?tcid=tw_share#!WbzYQ

Happy Birthday

Former White Sox lefty Britt Burns, now the pitching coach at Class AA Birmingham in the Sox system, is 55 today. Burns is perhaps best known for pitching a masterful nine shutout innings in the decisive Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Orioles before Tito Landrum, unfortunately, sent the O’s to the World Series with a game-winning homer in the 10th.

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Quotes of the Day

The skipper and starter both chose to look ahead after last night’s heartbreaking loss:

Robin: “Everybody goes home, probably doesn’t sleep that great, but they come back ready to go the next day.”

Chris: “They have a lot of good hitters. That’s a good team. I felt loose. I felt fine. It just unraveled for whatever reason it was. I’m going to keep going, hold my head up high and be ready for the next one.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series with AL Central-leading Detroit. Starters:  RHP Hector Noesi (1-4, 5.29) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-3, 3.69) for Detroit.

Photo/Video of the Day

Dunn goes deep for the second night in a row.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33534403

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