Results tagged ‘ Chris Sale ’

The Sale Show Arrives in Anaheim

Saturday, June 7, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 1.59) for the Sox, RHP Matt Shoemaker (3-1, 3.54) for LA.

Chris will be making his eighth start of the season. In his last start, on Sunday vs. San Diego, he allowed just one run, two hits, walked none and struck out nine in his sixth career complete start. It was also the first CG by a Sox pitcher this year.

He owns an 0.72 ERA with 33 strikeouts and a .051 opponents average over his last four starts. Since he returned from the disabled list, hitters are 3-56 against him and he still hasn’t given up a hit to a left-handed batter this season (0-32).

Sale is 3-0 with a 0.36 ERA in six career appearances against the Angels. He earned the win in his last start against the Halos, on May 17, 2013 in Anaheim, striking out 12 in 7.2 innings pitched.

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn went 3-5 with a two-run homer (No. 10) and three RBI and Alejandro De Aza connected with a solo blast (No. 5) in last night’s loss to the Angels…Conor Gillaspie and Alexei Ramirez each added a pair of hits. Gillaspie is now hitting .340, Ramirez .321…Scott Carroll gave up a lone run and a pair of hits in 4.1 innings of relief.

Here’s Dunn’s homer, the 450th of his career, which gives him sole possession of 36th place on the all-time list, passing Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero.

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Draft Update

The First-Year Player Draft concludes today with Rounds 11-40. The Sox picks will be reviewed in tomorrow’s post.

Here is a comprehensive rundown on how the Sox fared yesterday on Day 2.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140606&content_id=78523482&notebook_id=78525036&vkey=notebook_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Dunn on the historical significance of his 450th:

“People don’t realize you say the name Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero and, not that long ago, they were really two of the best in the game. Obviously, growing up an Astros fan, Bagwell and (Craig) Biggio were the kings. Numbers are cool when you are done playing and sit back and tell your kids about them.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium (2:35 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Jose Quintana (3-5, 3.31) for the Sox, LHP C.J. Wilson (6-4, 3.05) for the Halos.

Photo of the Day

De Aza unloads.

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Sale on Center Stage in Homestand Finale

Sunday, June 1, 2014 

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Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.73) for the Sox, LHP Eric Stults (2-5, 4.92) for San Diego. Sale owns a 0.56 ERA, 24 strikeouts and a .040 opponents average over his last three starts.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Viciedo LF, Dunn 1B, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Semien 3B, Flowers C, Sierra RF.
 
Plays of the Day
 
Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez each collected a pair of hits with Viciedo doubling in a run (click on link below) in yesterday’s loss to the Padres…Daniel Webb pitched scoreless ball in the final 1.2 innings. His ERA now stands at 2.17.
 
 
The Ramirez Factor
 
Alexei is hitting .373 with two homers and nine RBI in his last 14 games, including seven multi-hit efforts. He ranks among the American League leaders in multi-hit games (T1st, 23), singles (2nd, 55), hits (3rd, 72), average (3rd, .329) and average with runners in scoring position (5th, .373). Ramirez also has played in an AL leading 505 innings, missing just four frames.
 
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Big Night at the UC
 
All the best to the Blackhawks tonight as they look to eliminate the Kings at the United Center and move on to the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers. Go Hawks!!
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin Ventura on the addition of Jose Abreu to the lineup as the Sox rookie slugger is expected to return from his stint on the DL tomorrow night against the Dodgers in LA.
 
“Well, I think once you drop him in the middle of the lineup it moves people around. It gives you a deeper, longer lineup than you would have without him in there, and we’ve seen the impact of having him in the lineup compared to having him out. We realize we’re a lot better with him in it.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game, seven-day road trip that continues with three against the Angels in Anaheim. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-4, 3.61) for the Sox, LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-2, 3.57) for LA.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Gentlemen, start your engines: Sale, Tyler Flowers and Adam Dunn temporarily get away from the rigors of the long season by racing their remote control cars.
 
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Hot Sox Get Back to Work

Friday, May 30, 2014
 
Today’s News
 
After the three-game sweep over the Indians and a well-deserved day off, the Sox are back at it tonight. Before we look ahead, it’s definitely worth re-living Wednesday’s dramatic 3-2 win. Here’s Leury Garcia en route to scoring the winning run on Moises Sierra’s game-ending single in the ninth followed by Sierra getting mobbed by his teammates in celebration.
 
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Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and the last leg of the 10-game homestand. The Sox are 5-2 through the first seven games. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (3-6, 3.59) for San Diego.
 
While Danks got a no-decision in his last start vs. the Yankees at USCF, he threw eight scoreless innings allowing just three hits, striking out four, walking none. It was his seventh quality start of the season. The Sox lefty is 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four starts at home this year.
 
The Sox lead the all-time series against the Padres, 4-2. We have gone 2-1 at both USCF and Petco Park.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo RF, Dunn 1B, Ramirez SS, Semien DH, De Aza LF, Nieto C.
 
The K-Zone for Sale Returns on Sunday
 
The K-Zone for Sale will be alive and well Sunday as Chris Sale makes his next start against the Padres. Chris is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA, 43 strikeouts and a .138 opponents average over six starts this season.
 
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Sox Notes of Note
 
The White Sox recorded their sixth game-ending hit (third non-homer) and 17th comeback win of the season. We lead the majors with those six wins and our three walk-off homers…we have won seven of our last 10 games and are now 8-4 at home against the American League Central.
 
How about Conor?
 
Conor Gillaspie has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games (since May 12) and 31 of 34 overall. He’s hitting .415 with five doubles, a triple and five RBI since that date and his batting average leads the majors. Gillaspie’s .352 average for the season would lead the American League and rank second in baseball if he had the necessary plate appearances. Conor is also hitting .439 in the seventh inning or later, .400 in May and .397 with runners on base.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the Sox team effort after Wednesday night’s big victory over the Tribe, highlighted by Hector Noesi’s outstanding pitching performance and Sierra’s walk-off base hit.
 
“To win games, you like to talk about different people every night because it takes the whole roster to be able to do it. With the injuries and things that happened to us early, waiver claims are doing that. We went out and you start getting guys and bringing them in, these guys have been a good fit so far.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-1, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross (5-4. 2.97) for San Diego.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Here’s Gordon Beckham stretching out to rob the Indians’ Michael Brantley of a hit in the first inning of Wednesday night’s triumph. He grabbed the ball and made a strong throw to first that beat Brantley to the bag.
 
 
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Chris Sale = Must-See Baseball

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Today’s News

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.89) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (2-3, 5.32) for Cleveland.

Chris was masterful against the Yankees last Thursday in his first start since returning from the disabled list. He pitched six scoreless innings, allowed just one hit and struck out 10. In his last two starts he owns a 0.69 ERA with 20 strikeouts and a .049 opponents average.

Tonight’s Game

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

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo connected with a three-run homer, his fifth blast of the season (click link below), Conor Gillaspie went 4-4 with three doubles and an RBI and Alexei Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza each added an RBI in the Sox’ 6-2 victory over the Indians yesterday…Jose Quintana got credit for the win, his third of the year, allowing just two runs, five hits and a pair of walks while striking out five. Jake Petricka (1.0 IP), Zach Putnam (0.2) and Scott Downs (1.1) finished it off with three scoreless frames. Downs earned his first save.

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Abreu Loses Boot and Resumes Baseball Activity

No longer in a walking boot, Jose Abreu took 25-30 ground balls, threw for 10 minutes and hit off a tee in the indoor batting cages before yesterday’s game and worked out again today. Barring any setbacks he should be back in the lineup the first day he’s eligible to come off of the DL–Monday, June 2 when the Sox will be in Los Angeles playing the Dodgers. 

More Abreu: Jose is third among first baseman, behind only Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols, in the first AL All-Star voting results.

All-Star Alexei?

Speaking of All-Star voting, Ramirez is a strong second behind Derek Jeter among AL shortstops. It’s no wonder he’s getting that kind of support. He ranks at the top of the league in the following key offensive categories: average (.320), homers (7), RBIs (36), slugging percentage (.483), OPS (.838) and hits (65).

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have won seven of their last 12 games and now lead the season series against the Indians, five games to three…Sox starters own a 2.86 ERA with 41 strikeouts and a .200 average over the last seven games…Quintana has never lost to Cleveland (3-0 in nine appearances, seven starts). He has a 2.68 ERA against the Tribe…Gillaspie set a career high yesterday with his four hits. His previous high was three. He’s hitting .529 against Cleveland this season and .350 overall…Ramirez is hitting .376 with three doubles, two triples, five home runs and 22 RBI at home this season.

Catch of the Day

It has to be this grab by Eileen Depesa as Tyler Flowers‘ bat flew into the stands during yesterday’s game. Take a look and give her a save for keeping it away from the baby in the row behind her.

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Bears in the House

The Bears will take center stage the next two nights for the ceremonial first pitch. Charles “Peanut” Tillman will do the honors tonight and Kyle Long tomorrow night.

Quote of the Day

Lino Diaz, the White Sox’ director of cultural development and interpreter, on Abreu’s workout yesterday:

“He got all the work he needed to do and felt no pain at all. He’s feeling really good.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 6.82) for the Sox, RHP T.J. House (0-1, 6.43) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Happy 46th Birthday to The Big Hurt, HOF 2014. Here he is on top of the world (figuratively and almost literally) on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York a day after he experienced the thrill of being elected to the Hall of Fame.

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Simply Brilliant

Friday, May 23, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game 

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 7.31) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.61) for New York. The Sox have won seven straight home games against the Yankees. 

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

 

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton, Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn drove in the Sox runs in last night’s 3-2 win over the Yankees. But in the end it was all about Chris Sale. He was simply brilliant in his first game back from more than a month on the disabled list. In six innings of work the only blemish was a lone single and he struck out 10. He’s now 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA…Zach Putnam and Daniel Webb pitched perfect baseball in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, and Ronald Belisario came on in the ninth and got credit for his second save.

 

For Sale

Chris is the second pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to allow one hit with 10-plus strikeouts in consecutive starts. The Mets’ R.A. Dickey accomplished the feat in 2012. Last night’s performance was Sale’s 12th game of 10 strikeouts or more. He is now tied with Alex Fernandez for the fourth most in franchise history. It took Fernandez to accomplish the feat in 197 starts, Sale has done it in 64…he has yet to allow a hit to a left-handed hitter this season (0-23)…Sale is the first White Sox lefty starter to begin a season 4-0 since Mark Buehrle (5-0) in 2009…and as a result of his gem last night, he joins Gary Peters (1963) and Floyd Bannister (1987) as the only Sox pitchers since 1914 to have 10 Ks, no walks and no more than one hit allowed in a single game.

 

Former Teammates Reunited

Robin Ventura and Derek Jeter, who were Yankee teammates in 2002-03, greet each other warmly before last night’s game. The White Sox will honor the retiring Jeter on Sunday with a video and gifts. Fellow captain Paul Konerko will do the presenting on behalf of the Sox.

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And While Sale was Clicking in Chicago… 

High Class A Winston-Salem’s Francellis “Frank” Montas (pictured below)acquired by the White Sox from the Red Sox in last summer’s Jake Peavy trade, had a no-hitter into the seventh inning last night in the Dash’s 6-3 victory and series win over the Salem Red Sox.

Montas (2-0) was dominant throughout his start, striking out eight batters in his first six innings of work. Montas pitched eight innings, allowing one run, two hits and one walk while striking out 11.

As a result of his performance, he was named “Pitcher of the Day” today by Baseball America‘s Prospect Report.

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Swoopes as in Hoops

Hoops legend Sheryl Swoopes will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.

 

Quotes of the Day

 Sale commenting on carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning while on a strict pitch count in his first start back from the DL: 

“I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to give up a hit in my life. I knew I was done after that sixth, and Robin said the same thing. He goes, ‘You picked a bad night to do something like that.'”

 

Former MLB GM Jim Bowden, now with the MLB Radio Network, on Sale:

“He has to go into the category of Kershaw, Scherzer, Fernandez. When healthy he’s amazing.” 

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule 

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 5.64) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (1-1, 5.82) for New York. And don’t forget, it’s Chris Sale bobblehead day.

 

Photo of the Day

Here’s how President Obama signed the guest book on his visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday.

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What is Happiness? The Return of Chris Sale

Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series and the beginning of a 10-game, 11-day homestand that will continue with three vs. the Indians and three vs. the Padres. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 2.30) for the Sox, RHP David Phelps (1-0, 3.33) for New York. 

Fresh off the disabled list, Chris will be making his first start since April 17 when he had a no-decision vs. the Red Sox, allowing just one run on one hit with 10 Ks in seven innings of work. He had 29 strikeouts in his four starts this season, limiting opponents to a .168 batting average with left-handers going 0-20. 

Sale has made three career starts vs. the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA, 25 strikeouts and a .163 opponents average. He is the first pitcher in team history to allow two earned runs or less over seven or more innings pitched in each of his first three career starts against New York. The last Sox pitcher with three consecutive such starts at any point was Mark Buehrle from May of 2002 to April 2004.

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

Play of the Day

Although he was tagged with the loss in last night’s 3-1 defeat in Kansas City, Jose Quintana had a strong outing. In 7.1 innings pitched he gave up just three runs, eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have won six straight games over the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field, their longest home winning streak against New York since May 7, 1989-June 29, 1990…Gordon Beckham is hitting .367 in his last seven games and .333 in his last 16…Conor Gillaspie (pictured below) has an eight-game hitting streak, batting .433 during that span, and has hit safely in 26 of 28 games this season…Matt Lindstrom will have surgery tomorrow to repair a tear in the sheath of his left ankle. Recovery time is approximately three months…Frank Francisco has been designated for assignment to make room for Sale on the 25-man roster.

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White Sox and the Long Ball

The White Sox rank second in the American League with 52 home runs so far this season. The Sox are 19-9 when hitting at least one homer and 12-3 when recording a multi-homer game. We are also among the MLB homer leaders in the following categories: with two outs (T1st, 19), RISP (2nd, 17), seventh inning or later (T2nd, 19) and RISP/two outs (T3rd, 7).

Presidential Shout-Out

During his visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, today, President Barack Obama made it a point to acknowledge his favorite team on multiple occasions. In his opening remarks, after receiving a standing ovation, he observed that there’s got to be some White Sox fans in the audience. He also mentioned that he was there to check out the Hall in advance of Frank Thomas‘ July induction and said that while touring the museum exhibits he basked in the glory of the 2005 World Series championship mementos. He also saw the Sox jacket he wore while throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

On Sale 

The new edition of White Sox Magazine, with Chris on the cover, is available now at the ballpark for $4.00.

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Quote of the Day

While Derek Jeter will be making his final appearances on the South Side this weekend and honored by the White Sox on Sunday, he had this to say about Paul Konerko, his captain counterpart with the Sox:

“Paulie, he’s a great guy. I’ve enjoyed competing against him. He’s the captain of the White Sox, he’s a guy who’s had a lot of success and plays the game the right way. I’ve enjoyed getting to know him throughout the years. He’s had a lot of success against us. Paulie is someone that I think White Sox fans will always remember…”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 7.31) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.61) for New York.

Photo of the Day

The Sale bobblehead seen below will join the pantheon of White Sox bobblehead heroes on Saturday and will be given to the first 20,000 fans attending that day’s game with the Yankees.

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White Sox on Verge of Sweep, Winning Road Trip and Reaching .500; Sale Back Tomorrow

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Today’s News

Good News of the Day

Chris Sale is ready to go. He’ll be activated from the disabled list and will start tomorrow night against the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field. Sale, who is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA, will be making his first appearance since April 17.

To welcome Chris back the Sox have expanded the “K Zone For Sale” to include Section 155 for all future Sale starts. “K Zone For Sale” is a new ballpark promotion this season in sections 154 and 

155–for a total of more than 930 seats.  When Sale starts at home, fans with tickets in these sections will receive a free K-Zone t-shirt and strikeout card, which can be picked up at the #SoxSocial Lounge before the end of the first inning. “K Zone For Sale” tickets are $20 for most games, with the exception of Family Sundays, when the tickets are $15 (subject to availability).

And don’t forget Sale Bobblehead Night on Saturday!

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-3, 4.76) for KC.

This is the finale of the three-game series with the Royals and the nine-game,10-day road trip. The Sox currently stand at 4-4 on the trip, having won the last two games in KC by the identical 7-6 score. They are 23-24 on the season.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckman and Conor Gillaspie each pounded out three hits, Tyler Flowers homered for the third time this season (click on top click below) and Beckham and Dayan Viciedo each drove in a run. But the big blow in the Sox victory last night was Adam Dunn‘s long three-run, eighth inning homer, his seventh of the year (click on bottom link)…on the pitching side, Andre Rienzo remained unbeaten (4-0), allowing just two runs, five hits and a pair of walks along with eight strikeouts in six innings of work. The Sox are 6-0 in Rienzo’s starts this season…with closer Matt Lindstrom on the DL, Ronald Belisario came on in the ninth and chalked up his first save in a White Sox uniform.

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Dunner

Dunn’s homer was the 447th of his career. He ranks 38th on the all-time home run list, two behind Vladimir Guerrero and Jeff Bagwell who are tied for 36th place.

Meet New Sox Reliever Javy Guerra

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-hope-javy-guerra-can-rediscover-old-form

Eaton on the MLB Network

Check out Adam Eaton‘s appearance yesterday on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk.

http://atmlb.com/1oRYqyd

#SoxSocial Lounge Upcoming Guests

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Quote of the Day

Dunn praising Rienzo after last night’s win:

“He had some really good stuff today. He’s kept us in pretty much every ballgame…When he has three or four pitches working like he did tonight, he’s tough.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Sale for the Sox, RHP David Phelps (1-0, 3.33) for New York.

Photo of the Day

Gillaspie is almost lost in a wave of congratulations in the Sox dugout last night after he smashed a first-inning triple and scored our first run on a Viciedo single. After his three-hit night, Gillaspie is now batting a robust .347.

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A Royal Showdown

Monday, May 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and the last leg of the Sox’ nine-game road trip. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-3, 5.24) for the Sox, LHP Jason Vargas (4-1, 3.00) for KC. Carroll, a native of Liberty, Mo., will be pitching in front of numerous family members and friends. Liberty is approximately 20 miles north of Kansas City.

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

Play of the Day

Catcher Adrian Nieto went 3-3 with a double and two singles and drove in both Sox runs yesterday in the loss to the Astros. Nieto is now hitting .324 in a backup role.

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Sox Notes of Note

Chris Sale is in Kansas City today and is being evaluated by Robin, Coop and the Sox training staff. On the DL since April 22, Chris allowed just one infield hit with two walks and 11 strikeouts over four scoreless innings last Friday in his first rehab start with Class AAA Charlotte at Durham…Jose Abreu, on the DL with tendinitis in his left ankle, will wear a walking boot for the next several days and will be re-evaluated during the next homestand, which begins on Thursday.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Abreu being placed on the 15-day disabled list: 

“It just got to the point it was clear we were going to have to take a step back for the long-term benefit of his recovery and take whatever time is necessary to get this thing right, as opposed to going back and forth every few days and letting him try to fight through it. I know that Jose certainly would have wanted to fight through this and stay in the lineup. That’s how his makeup is, and it speaks to his competitiveness as well as the type of player he’s going to be for us for a long time…Ultimately we had to take the decision out of his hands and do what we feel is the more cautious and more prudent route toward getting him healthy for the long term.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters RHP Andre Rienzo (3-0, 4.20) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (2-2, 2.34) for KC.

Photo of the Day

No. 1 is back in action–and he’s a sight for sore eyes.

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A Good Friday

Saturday, May 17, 2014

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Today’s News

With the Sox victory in Houston and successful rehab stints from Chris Sale and Adam Eaton for Charlotte, it was a very good Friday.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Jarrod Cosart (2-3, 4.30) for Houston.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn‘s monster three-run, sixth-inning home run–his sixth of the year and 446th of his career (38th on the all-time list)–gave the Sox a 3-2 lead and propelled us to our second straight win on the road, 7-2, over the Astros…Conor Gillaspie singled and doubled in two runs and Gordon Beckham and Tyler Flowers each had an RBI…Dunn added a ninth-inning double to his homer…Jose Quintana earned his second win of the year, allowing just two runs, seven hits and a pair of walks along with five strikeouts in five innings of work.

The Dunn bomb:

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Rehab Report

Sale was in vintage form last night for the Charlotte Knights in his first rehab start for the Sox’ Class AAA affiliate. In the first game of a road doubleheader vs. the Durham Bulls, Sale pitched four scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts. He threw 68 pitches, 43 for strikes, gave up just one hit and walked two.

Eaton, playing center field, went 2-4 in Game 1 of the Charlotte vs. Durham twin bill and knocked in the go-ahead run in the seventh (and final) inning for the 2-1 Knights victory in his initial rehab appearance. He also stole a base. In Game 2, he batted twice without a hit as the DH in the Knights’ loss.

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LaRussa to Diamondbacks

Former Sox skipper Tony LaRussa, a 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame electee, has been hired to run the baseball operations of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Congratulations Tony!

Happy Birthday, Carlos May

Former White Sox All-Star Carlos May celebrates No. 66 today. You might remember that Carlos is the only professional athlete known to wear his birthday–May 17–on the back of his uniform.

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Everything Old is New Again

Julio Franco played in parts of 23 big-league seasons through age 49, including the 1994 campaign with the White Sox. Word is now out that the 55-year-old Franco will join the Fort Worth Cats in the independent United League as a player-coach for at least the first homestand of the season, which begins May 20.   

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Quotes of the Day  

Sale, on what’s next after last night’s outstanding performance:

“…The next few days, in between starts, (it’ll) be how my arm and my body react to getting back out there and going full bore every pitch. Obviously we’ll be communicating with (the Sox brass). Whatever they have for me, I’m game for.” 

Eaton on his own rehab after last night’s twin bill: 

“It was 100 percent. To go out there and run 100 percent and have confidence, that’s all it is really, is gaining the confidence back in the hamstring. It felt good overall so it was a good day at the ballpark.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-3, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Brad Peacock (0-4, 5.17) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

Jose Abreu, who was hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count just before Dunn launched his homer, congratulates his teammate. Dunn, a resident of Houston, certainly made his homecoming an eventful one.

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Sox Take on Astros, Sale and Eaton Take Next Steps Toward Return

Friday, May 16, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.81) for the Astros.

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

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox rank among the American League leaders in runs scored (T2nd, 205), homers (T2nd, 46), extra-base hits (3rd, 130), slugging percentage (4th, .416) and runs per game (5th, 4.88)…Sox rank second in the AL and third in the majors with a .278 average with runners in scoring position. Alexei Ramirez (5th, .404), Conor Gillaspie (19th, .348) and Tyler Flowers (T20th, .346) are in the league’s Top 25 in that category…Jose Abreu leads the major leagues with 15 home runs. 27 extra-base hits, 103 total bases and an 11.07 AB/HR ratio and ranks second with 41 RBI and a .620 slugging percentage. He is hitting .341 with five homers and 29 RBI with RISP…Tom “Wimpy” Paciorek joins Hawk Harrelson in the Sox TV booth for the Houston series as Steve Stone has the weekend off. Stone will return on Monday for the three-game series in Kansas City…ex-White Sox second baseman Chris Getz has retired at the age of 30. He was recently outrighted from Toronto to Class AAA Buffalo, but decided to call it a career after seven seasons with the Sox, Royals and Blue Jays. “I’ve enjoyed every minute that I’ve played and will always be passionate about the game,” Getz said upon announcing his retirement.

Sale, Eaton Will Try Again

Last night’s game between the Class AAA Charlotte Knights and Durham Bulls was postponed due to rain. So, Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, who were both set to begin their respective rehab stints with Charlotte, were delayed a day and will now take part in a doubleheader in Durham tonight, beginning at 6:00 p.m., ET. Sale will pitch the opener and Eaton is expected to play in both seven-innning games. He’ll be in the leadoff spot, playing center field in Game 1. 

Here’s Adam taking batting practice:

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Quote of the Day

From yesterday…

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Jarrod Cosart (2-3, 4.30) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

When in Durham…Sox media relations director Bob Beghtol, traveling with the Charlotte Knights while Sale and Eaton are on their rehab assignments, today took Adam and Knight players Micah Johnson, Erik Johnson and Jared Mitchell to historic Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke campus with the team in town to face the Bulls. Here’s Erik, Micah, Adam and Jared standing on the famed court beneath the championship banners.

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