Results tagged ‘ Chris Sale ’

Abreu Homers Lift Sox, Sale Goes for Third Win Tonight

Friday, April 11, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-0, 1.76) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-1, 6.35) for Cleveland. Chris will make his third start of the season, his second at home. In his last start, against the Royals, Sale allowed just four singles and struck out six over eight scoreless innings. He is 17-10 with a 2.71 ERA over 31 career starts at USCF.

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

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu hit two homers and drove in three and Alexei Ramirez also went deep with three ribbies in the Sox’ 7-3 victory last night…Adam Eaton went 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI…John Danks got credit for the win, his first of the season, going six innings and allowing three runs with two walks and four strikeouts…Daniel Webb made his first scoreless appearance with two perfect innings and now leads all Sox relievers with 6.1 IP.

Enjoy Abreu’s two long ones, Ramirez’s tie-breaking double and Eaton’s RBI single:

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How About This?

Entering tonight’s game, the White Sox lead the major leagues in runs per game (6.10) and home runs (15) and rank second in average (.287), OPS (.820), slugging (.472) and on-base percentage (.348). Our six homers and 15 runs against the Rockies on Tuesday are both single-game highs in the majors this season.

Sox Notes of Note

The Sox broke a 14-game losing streak against the Indians with last night’s victory…Sox lefty starters have made quality starts in all six of their starts this season…John Danks earned his first career home win against Cleveland…Abreu hit his first career homer at U.S. Cellular Field and his second multi-homer game of the young season. He has four homers in his past three games and is the first Sox player to have two multi-homer games within his first 10 career games. The last major leaguer to do it was the Royals’ Mark Quinn in 1999. Jose has also driven in 14 runs in his first 10 games of the season, the most for the Sox since Ron Kittle in 1983 (14)…Ramirez hit homer No. 2 and recorded his ninth RBI after his two-run double in the fourth inning. His current hitting streak is at 10, collecting a hit in every game this year…Eaton had his third consecutive multi-hit game. He’s hitting .500 (6-12) over that span and .310 this season…Happy Birthday to Alejandro De Aza. The Sox outfielder is 30 today…the Sox have acquired outfielder Gorkys Hernandez from the Royals for cash considerations and assigned him to Class AAA Charlotte. Hernandez is 26 and has played 70 games in the major leagues for the Pirates and Marlins…Below, Abreu shows his support for friend and teammate Avi Garcia, who is unfortunately out for the season with an injured left shoulder.

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Thome and “Opening Knight”

I’m in Charlotte today with Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Jim Thome, who has the honor of throwing out the first pitch before tonight’s home opener between the Knights and the Norfolk Tides as our Class AAA affiliate opens up brand new BB&T ballpark in the city’s uptown. As I posted on Tuesday, Jim, who is now a special assistant to Rick Hahn, played in Charlotte in 1993 when it was an Indians affiliate, hit a league-best .332 with 25 home runs and 102 RBI on his way to winning the International League Most Valuable Player award. He helped the Knights win a franchise-record 86 games that year and win the first Governor’s Cup championship in team history. Here’s something that very few of us will ever experience–stepping on an elevator and discovering a life-sized photo of ourself. Maybe it doesn’t happen to most people, but it did happen to Jim today upon our arrival in Charlotte. And what did he do? He autographed the photo.

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Getting in Shape

Sox reliever Donnie Veal gets the students at Langford Community Academy moving today. Veal, Sox Director of Conditioning Allen Thomas and Southpaw were there to talk about the importance of nutrition and being active.

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The Big Hurt on “Jimmy Kimmel”…and a Tribute to the Hall of Famer at the Ballpark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzUCrjN8X6I

 

Quotes of the Day

From John Danks…

On last night’s win and the ’14 White Sox:

“Those guys did a great job. I put us in an early hole. They have no quit. This is a fun team to be on. The guys are gonna play until the last out. We saw that today. They didn’t hang their heads. They went to work.”

Relating a conversation he had with Sale about Abreu:

“We want to go thank Rick (Hahn) right now for signing him. He’s fun to watch, and it’s scary but he’s only going to get better.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CDT, WGN). Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 6.52) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.22) for Cleveland.

Photo of the Day

A lot of baseball people are taking notice of No. 79:  

And click on this link–it’s the stuff of legends and shades of Roy Hobbs in The Natural.

http://msn.foxsports.com/ohio/story/photo-jose-abreu-literally-destroyed-a-baseball-041114?cmpid=tsm:fscom:foxsports

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Sox Move Forward After Avi Garcia is Lost for the Season

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Say It Ain’t So

Avi Garcia will miss the remainder of the season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder suffered yesterday attempting to make a diving catch in the sixth inning against the Rockies. Garcia is scheduled to undergo surgery within the next week at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Replacing Garcia on the roster is OF Jordan Danks.

“It’s a lousy day,” Sox GM Rick Hahn said today, referring to Garcia’s injury. “One of the cruel realities of sports.” Hahn also revealed that Avi is crushed after hearing the bad news, but indicated that he’s still very much a part of the Sox future and should be ready for spring training next year.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (0-0, 3.68) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (0-0, 3.18) for the Tribe.

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

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie singled in a pair of runs, Adam Eaton singled twice, scored a run and drove in another in yesterday’s loss to the Rockies…Jose Abreu followed up his big night on Tuesday with a single and a double and Tyler Flowers collected a single and an RBI…Maikel Cleto struck out three in 1.1 innings pitched.

Sox Notes of Note

According to Hahn, reliever Nate Jones, currently on the disabled list with a back issue, had an MRI and an epidural but is improving…Robin said today that with Garcia out, Dayan Viciedo will get the majority of time in the outfield over Jordan Danks.  

Quotes of the Day

From yesterday’s pre-game interview with Abreu, who has often spoken about the influence of his mother:

Q:  How often do you speak with your mother?

AbreuEvery day. I speak with her.  I just talk with her today a little bit ago.  She said congratulations on your performance last night.  I said no, thank you for allowing me to be here and to be able to do that.

Q:  Obviously we are all close to our mothers and we love our mothers. What is it about your relationship with your mother that is special to you?

AbreuIt is a beautiful thing. It is a beautiful relationship we have.  I do have a good relationship with my dad, as well.  Sometimes he does get jealous because, well, you know.  But I think my mom is only one in the world.  It is just the part where you can always talk to her and tell you how you feel, whether it’s good or whether it’s bad.  And she’s always there for you. That’s the part that really makes it special to me.

Q:  What is your father’s name?

Abreu: Jose Oriol Abreu

Q:  What is your mother’s name?

Abreu: Daisys Correa

Q:  What is the best piece of advice she gave you before you came here?

AbreuShe tells me the same thing all the time.  That is – to be a better person.  If you are a good person every day, then things are going to happen for you.

Q:  How far off is it until your parents might be able to watch you on the field, in person?

Abreu: Right now I don’t really know exactly when they will be coming. I left that in God’s hands. But the day that they are here will be an unbelievable day.  It will be one that we’re going to share together.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-0, 1.76) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-1, 6.35) for Cleveland.

Photo of the Day

Purchase a seat in Section 154 tomorrow night as Sale goes for win No. 3 and join the “K Zone For Sale.” Get to the game early and head to the Sox Social Lounge just behind Section 154 and show them your ticket to receive a free “K Zone For Sale” t-shirt and special K Card. These items must be picked up before the end of the first inning.

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“Q” Aims to Even Series With Rockies

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in Denver (7:40 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (0-0, 3.00) for the Sox, LHP Franklin Morales (0-0, 5.06) for Colorado. Quintana is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA in six career interleague starts.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Gillaspie 3B, A. Garcia RF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Quintana P.

Plays of the Day

Alexei Ramirez, who has hit safely in all seven games this season, doubled in a run in the seventh inning in the Sox’ 8-1 loss last night to Colorado…Adam Eaton made another outstanding catch, robbing Charlie Blackmon of extra bases and prevented a run from scoring in the bottom of the second with this running grab:

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Charlotte honors Thome

Jim Thome, who played for the Sox from 2006-09 and is now a special assistant to GM Rick Hahn, will throw out the first pitch Friday night when the Sox Class AAA affiliate Charlotte Knights open BB&T Ballpark in the city’s uptown. Thome, who played in Charlotte in 1993 when it was an Indians affiliate, hit a league-best .332 with 25 home runs and 102 RBI on his way to winning the International League Most Valuable Player award. He helped the Knights win a franchise-record 86 games that year and win the first Governor’s Cup championship in team history. 

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Celebrating Chris Sale

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/in-celebration-of-chris-sale/

An All-Access Look at Opening Day

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Take Advantage of White Sox Family Sundays; The First One is April 13

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Quote of the Day

Ramirez, a notorious slow starter, on his early season success (through interpreter Lino Diaz):

“It’s the confidence. It’s my seventh year in the league, and I feel like I’ve been around and I know how it goes. I’m able to have more fun and at the same time feel more comfortable.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in the finale of the three-game series (2:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Erik Johnson (0-1, 13.50) for the Sox, Juan Nicasio (1-0, 1.29) for Colorado.

Photo of the Day

Alexei is now hitting .440 with three doubles, five RBI, four runs, three walks and two stolen bases.

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Sox Sale into Denver on a Winning Note

Monday, April 7, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in Denver (7:40 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (0-0, 1.69) for the Sox, RHP Jordan Lyles (1-0, 7.20) for Colorado.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Abreu 1B, Gillaspie 3B, A. Garcia RF, De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was at his All-Star best yesterday afternoon, improving his record to 2-0 in the White Sox’ 5-1 victory over the Royals. The Sox ace was masterful, shutting out the Royals for eight innings on four hits while walking just one and striking out six…Sale and K.C. starter James Shields were engaged in a good old-fashioned 0-0 pitchers duel through six innings before we broke through with a run in the seventh. Conor Gillaspie doubled, his second of the day, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Alexei Ramirez‘s single, the shortstop’s second hit of the game…the Sox added some much needed insurance in the ninth. Adam Dunn led off with a single and Dayan Viciedo walked. With one out and Avi Garcia batting, Leury Garcia (who ran for Dunn) stole third and scored on a bad throw by Royals’ catcher Salvador Perez.  Avi then walked and Alexei doubled, scoring Alejandro De Aza, who ran for Viciedo. Tyler Flowers’ single scored A. Garcia and Ramirez…Flowers is now hitting .500, Ramirez .455 and Gillaspie .429.

Here’s Chris talking about his outstanding performance:

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox will be playing their first night game of the season this evening…the Sox are 5-1 lifetime at Coors Field…they are 171-132 (.564) all-time in interleague play, the fourth best in the major leagues…Dunn is a career .289 hitter with 14 home runs and 36 RBI vs. the Rockies, including nine home runs in 30 games in Colorado…the Sox rank second in the American League in average (.278), are tied for second in runs per game (5.67), third in slugging percentage (.426) and OPS (.766) and fourth in on-base percentage…our pitchers have allowed just one home run so far this season, tied for the fewest in the majors.

Boston in Denver

Sox first base coach Daryl Boston played for Colorado in its inaugural season of 1993, hitting .261 with 14 homers and 40 RBI. He recorded a pair of multi-homer games and went 4-5 with three runs scored in the Rockies’ third home game vs. Montreal.

Tommy Hanson

The White Sox have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with 27-year-old RHP Tommy Hanson. Hanson will report to extended spring training in Glendale, Ariz. before joining Class AAA Charlotte. He has a 49-35 lifetime record with a 3.80 ERA over five big-league seasons with the Braves and Angels and won 10 or more games in each of his four seasons with Atlanta.

2014 #SoxSocial Media Days & Nights

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Quotes of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the Sox’ early season performance:

“We feel from an offensive standpoint that we’re going to grind out every at bat to the end. That we have the heart and grind to get back into games–things aren’t over when we’re down 3-1 in the sixth inning. It’s the same higher level of life and energy and competitiveness that we felt we saw in Glendale and it has carried over to the regular season.”

Hahn on Gordon Beckham‘s injury:

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field (7:40 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (0-0, 3.00) for the Sox, LHP Franklin Morales (0-0, 5.06) for Colorado.

Photo of the Day

Sox head to Denver after yesterday’s win…photo compliments of an Adam Eaton tweet.

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Sale, Sox Look for Sunday Success

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 3.68) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (0-0, 4.26) for K.C. Sale pitched 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts for the win on Opening Day.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo LF, Gillaspie 3B, A. Garcia RF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie collected two hits and an RBI, Adam Eaton singled and drove in a run and another run scored on a Paul Konerko sac fly as the Sox comeback fell just short in yesterday’s 4-3 loss to the Royals…Usually a slow starter, Alexei Ramirez‘s two hits elevated his season batting average to .444…John Danks, in his first start of the season, went seven solid innings, allowing three runs, five hits and four walks while striking out six. He wound up at 115 pitches…Adrian Nieto was impressive behind the plate as he threw out Jarrod Dyson at second in the eighth inning despite the Royal speedster’s big jump off of first.

Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers has been on base eight straight times–with seven consecutive hits and in his last at-bat reached base on an error…Konerko needs four total bases to tie Frank Thomas for the franchise record of 3,949…All five of the White Sox games this season have been decided by two runs or less…Twenty of the last 27 games between the Sox and Royals, dating back to 2012, also have been decided by two runs or less…Class AA Birmingham 2B Micah Johnson went 2-4 with a walk, stolen base and two runs scored in last night’s game vs. Montgomery. Johnson, the Sox’ No. 6 prospect as ranked by Baseball America, led the minor leagues with 84 stolen bases in 2013.

Quote of the Day

Danks, remaining positive despite yesterday’s Sox loss:

“It’s going to be a fun summer. We are going to play hard, and this team has a lot of fight. The ball is going to bounce our way.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in Denver (7:40 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (0-0, 1.69) for the Sox, RHP Jordan Lyles (1-0, 7.20) for Colorado.

Photo of the Day

The Sox, with four Cuban-born starters in yesterday’s game (Nieto, Ramirez, Jose Abreu and Dayan Viciedo), became the first team to start that many Cuban natives in the same lineup since Cleveland did it on April 8, 1969 (Opening Day) at Detroit. The Indians started CF Jose Cardenal, C Joe Azcue, SS Zoilo Versalles and RHP Luis Tiant. Here are the Cuban-born Sox posing together before today’s game.

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 Felipe Paulino Makes First Sox Start

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (pictured above) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia for Minnesota. Paulino makes his first major-league start since June 6, 2012 when he started for the Royals against the Twins. He spent the majority of the 2013 season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Paulino went 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 39 strikeouts in seven starts for K.C. in ’12.

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

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox won their 60th Opening Day game in franchise history (60-54) and are now 28-23 in home openers. The Sox have won five of their last six season openers and 12 of their last 13 home openers…Our lineup on Monday included five players–Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Avi Garcia, Conor Gillaspie and Marcus Semien–who were making their first career Opening Day start, the highest total for the South Siders in 70 years…the Sox are looking to start 2-0 for the third time in the last four seasons…we have won six of our last seven games against the Twins dating back to 2013…Robin Ventura needs one victory for 150 as Sox manager…Adam Dunn needs two walks to tie Ty Cobb for 50th place all-time with 1,249…Gillaspie is out of the lineup today. He’s suffering from the flu…Beginning today the Sox will be wearing a DJR patch in memory of Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s son David, who passed away on March 3.

Quotes of the Day

Three of the stars from Opening Day talked about what turned out to be a great day on the South Side:

Abreu:

“I wasn’t nervous at all. I was very happy. I felt like the fans supported me and opened their arms to me. As long as I give my best, that’s what I’m looking for. The results aren’t as important as (my) effort.”

Eaton:

“It’s a great atmosphere when you can get this type of weather and Sox fans come out of the woodwork. It’s great to see everybody out there. It’s an experience I’ve never had. It’s a good experience for sure.”

Chris Sale:

“Eaton (was) being as scrappy as he can. Even when he got out he still had 10-11 pitch at-bats, fighting stuff off. Abreu, I don’t think he hit the ball soft today. It was fun to watch that and we came out with a win.”

Play of Opening Day

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT) in the finale of the opening three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes for Minnesota.

Photo/Video of the Day

Enjoy this feature on Abreu by Jon Morosi of Fox:

http://foxs.pt/1fIZjR0

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Opening Day Preview and More

Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Tomorrow’s Activities

The Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco for Minnesota. Sale ranked among the American League leaders in virtually every category in 2013, including complete games (T1st, 4), SO/BB ratio (2nd, 4.91), WHIP (3rd, 1.07), strikeouts (3rd, 226), quality starts (T4th, 23), SO/9.0 IP (6th, 9.49), ERA (7th, 3.07) and opponents average (7th, .230).

There’s a great weather forecast for tomorrow and just under 3,000 tickets remaining.

Opening Day Roster:

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National Anthem

Gina Glocksen, former American Idol contestant. The Tinley Park native was the ninth-place finalist on the mega-hit TV show’s sixth season.

Presentation of the Flag:

Navy Recruiting District Chicago and the Naval Service Training Command Great Lakes.

Ceremonial First Pitch:

Aja Evans, a South Side native who was an Olympic bobsled bronze medalist this past February in Sochi, Russia. She is currently training to compete in the heptathlon for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Aja is a cousin of Del Matthews, White Sox assistant director of player development and scouting.

Promotional Giveaway

White Sox Magnetic Schedule presented by Miller Lite for all fans ages 21 and over.

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Facts & Figures

* The White Sox are 59-54 overall on Opening Day and 27-23 when opening at home. They are 5-1 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox’s 59 Opening Day wins are third most in the American League. Only the Orioles (65) and the Yankees (64) have won more season openers.

* The Sox have won 11 of their last 17 openers and 11 of their last 12 home openers.

* Sale, who is celebrating his 25th birthday today, will be making his second consecutive Opening Day start. He earned the victory last season with 7.2 scoreless innings against the Royals.

* This is the 14th time in the last 15 seasons that the Sox have started a left-hander on Opening Day. Jose Contreras in 2007 was the only righty during that span.

Quotes of the Day

* Paulie in his own words as told to Daryl Van Shouwen in the Sun-Times (top link) and Chris Rongey on White Sox Weekly.

http://bit.ly/1dCzPt4

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/audio/986-670-the-score-interviews/paul-konerko-with-white-sox-live-32614/#.Uzch7Yrw1K0.twitter

* Marcus Semien and Adrian Nieto (pictured below) on looking forward to their first Opening Day, via Scott Merkin at whitesox.com.

Marcus:

“I’m excited for it. It’s going to be way more people than Birmingham Opening Day or something like that. I’ve never been a part of one. I’ve never been to one as a kid, so I’m excited.”

Adrian:

“I can’t wait. I’m pumped to see all the great things I’ve heard [about Chicago]. “It’s probably the best city in America.”

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Sox Notes of Note

Cold Arrival

When the 2014 White Sox arrived at Midway Airport early Saturday morning, they faced a significant temperature drop from Arizona.

Some – like Alexei Ramirez – came prepared, whipping out stocking caps.  Robin sported a ski cap and down vest.  Others dealt as best they could as we waited on the tarmac for our luggage to come off the plane.  Imagine the immense Avisail Garcia wrapped in United Airlines blankets … it was brisk.

Kudos

To groundskeeper Roger Bossard and his crew for doing an amazing job on the field. Considering the photos and video we saw while in Arizona, it is amazing that the field is even ready for Opening Day.  But then Roger is the master.

When I arrived at the park this morning around 8:30, I stopped outside to see Roger.  There he stood, hose in hand.

“Watering?!?!” I yelled.  “After all that, you are watering?!?!?”

“First time in three weeks,” he laughed.  “I’m just happy we finally have some sunshine.”

The Bus

I jokingly had a saying when I traveled regularly that “The team bus never waits for the PR guy.”  How true.

After Friday’s exhibition game in Birmingham, Assistant GM Buddy Bell and I got to the bus right after the last out since neither of us needed to head down to the clubhouse (by the way, the Birmingham ballpark is terrific and if any fans have the chance, they should take in a Barons game or two this summer.)

We immediately sat down and started to watch Kentucky-Louisville on Buddy’s iPad. After about 25 minutes, something didn’t seem right.  No one else had gotten on the bus.

So I texted our traveling secretary … “Where are you?”

“On the bus.  We just left,” he replied.

What!!! (unbeknownst to us we were on a bus from the same company that was scheduled to take a group of minor leaguers back to the hotel).

“You are going to have to take a cab to the airport.”

Well, catching a cab in Birmingham after a game is no easy task.  And there is no Uber in Birmingham either (just so you know).

Thinking fast, Buddy called Julio Vinas, the Barons’ manager.  Julio was still at the park and was willing to give us a ride to the airport.

We got there just on the tail of the others going through screening.

“How do you miss the bus,” a kind TSA woman chided us as we walked up.

(You know your day is going badly when you are getting crap from a TSA agent, but anyway.)

You can imagine the reception we got when we arrived on the plane.

Didn’t miss the flight, though.

When in Birmingham…

Enjoyed lunch with Rick Hahn at Jim & Nick’s BBQ while in Birmingham.  While it is a chain, we really enjoyed the meal, especially the cheese biscuits, turkey and brisket.  Don’t miss it!

Boggs Signs Minor-League Deal

Right-handed reliever Mitchell Boggs, who was released by the White Sox during spring training, has signed a minor-league contract with the Sox.

Spring Training Wrapup

Camelback Ranch-Glendale recorded its highest per-game attendance this season in its six-year history hosting the White Sox and Dodgers. The facility averaged 8.087 fans per game this spring, eclipsing the previous high of 7,635 in 2010. A total of 202, 164 fans visited “The Ranch” this spring training. A record six games were sellouts and there was a 15.4 percent increase in per-game attendance from 2013 to 2014.

Jose Abreu hit .341 with two home runs and eight RBI in his last 12 Cactus League (CL) games…Adam Eaton reached base base in 16 of his 19 CL games and finished the spring with a .368 average…Semien finished the CL schedule with a six-game hitting streak. He batted .318 with a double, homer and six RBI over that span. Donnie Veal allowed just six hits over 10 CL innings pitched…John Danks worked five innings in each of his last four spring starts…On Friday night, the Sox downed the Class AA affiliate Birmingham Barons, 5-2, in front of a Regions Field record crowd of 8.513. Conor Gillaspie had three hits and drove in a run.

Photo of the Day

With a right-hander on the mound for Minnesota, PK will not be in the Opening Day starting lineup for the first time since 1998. It was his decision. He didn’t want to go against the Sox’ plan of primarily DHing against him lefties and spelling Abreu at first base. A class act to be sure.

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Sale Shines, Jordan Danks Homers in Sox Win

Monday, March 10, 2014

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Today’s News

The Game

At Maryvale…

White Sox   6  11   0

Brewers      3    7   2

Plays of the Day

OF Jordan Danks belted a two-run homer–his second of the spring–in the top of the seventh inning to break a 0-0 tie (click on link to top video below), scoring Jared Mitchell ahead of him. Mitchell came in to pinch-run for C Tyler Flowers, who doubled. 3B Marcus Semien added on a run in the seventh with a run-scoring single to make it 3-0…OF Mitchell, who led off the top of the ninth inning with a single and stole second, also scored the go-ahead run in the ninth with the game tied 3-3 on a Jeff Keppinger fielder’s choice. 1B Andy Wilkins singled in two more runs in the frame to give the Sox some insurance and the 6-3 lead…LHP Chris Sale was masterful today. The Sox ace tossed 4.1 scoreless innings while striking out three batters…2B Micah Johnson, playing on the shortstop side of second base, made a spectacular catch in short right field off the bat of Brewers’ 1B Mark Reynolds in the home half of the fourth inning (click on link to bottom video below)…With his inning of work today, RHP Zach Putnam has now tossed 4.0 scoreless IP over his four Cactus League appearances…LHP Eric Surkamp got the win and Charlie Leesman earned the save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

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Sox Notes of Note

Wilkins is now 5-9 with a homer, five RBI, and four run scored in nine games…Happy Birthday to Dayan Viciedo, who is 25 today…The Sox have traded RHP Zach Stewart to Atlanta for cash considerations. Stewart, who was in minor-league camp, appeared in 28 games (nine starts) with the Sox from 2011-12.

A Tribute to Thome

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/68927210/?tcid=tw_share

Quote of the Day

Robin, officially announcing that Sale will be the Sox’s Opening Day starter on March 31 vs. the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field:

“He’s our best pitcher…he’s the logical choice. He deserves it.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP John Danks, LHP Scott Downs, RHP Andre Rienzo, RHP Mitchell Boggs, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Cody Winiarski, LHP Donnie Veal.

White Sox vs. Indians, “B” game, at Goodyear (Noon, CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Scott Snodgress, RHP Omar Poveda, RHP Chris Beck. Among those making the trip to Goodyear will be 2B Micah Johnson, INF Carlos Sanchez and OF Trayce Thompson. 

Photo of the Day

An excellent day’s work for Chris this afternoon as he prepares for Opening Day.

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A Sight for Sore Eyes: Sale and Quintana on the Mound, Abreu and Garcia in the Cage

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Now Pitching for the White Sox…

That’s Robin in the above photo throwing BP today, while coach Joe McEwing takes charge of infield practice.

Nice Welcome

Hitters in camp early experienced the joy of facing live pitching today, with Jose Abreu and Avi Garcia drawing Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, among others. How’s that for a welcome to the big leagues for Abreu?

“How’s “take” practice going?” a coach asked as he walked up to the cage to see most hitters just tracking pitches.

“No one likes it,” said another about that first time in the cage against live pitching, “But you have to do it.”

Winter Woes

White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham spent most of the winter in Chicago and a little time back home in Atlanta.

“I’m just happy to get outside and move around,” he said.

Beckham’s timing this winter was horrible. After surviving a brutal Chicago winter, he escaped in time to land in Atlanta for the ice storm that shut down the city.

Big Men

Garcia stood next to Abreu at the batting cage today and made an impression.

“Avi Garcia managed to make Abreu look small and that’s not easy,” an observer noted. Here are the new teammates.

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Quote of the Day

@ESPNChiSox: (Andre) Rienzo got Abreu to fly out twice during last spring’s WBC. Said Rienzo: “I told him we’re on the same team now and friends so forget it.”

Play of the Day

Garcia may have made Abreu look small, but when Sale saw the size of Jose as the slugger stepped into the batter’s box he kiddingly asked for someone to come out and relieve him.

Sox Note of Note

Adam Dunn will be wearing uniform number 44 this season (instead of 32), the number he wore with the Reds and Nationals.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

First day of full-squad workouts. 

Photo of the Day

Chris is a happy camper.

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Today’s News

Sox Make the Grade

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

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

Strikeouts for Sale

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

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

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

Nate Jones Chosen as “White Sox of the Year”

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

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White Sox, Birmingham Extend Agreement

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

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

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

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

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