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Peavy vs. Twins Usually Equals Good Results

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jake Peavy (4-1) for the Sox, Kevin Correia (4-2) for Minnesota.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 2B; Wise, CF; Flowers, C; 
 
Jake/Minny Breakdown
 
Peavy has made five career starts at Target Field, going 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 36 strikeouts. All five were quality starts. Also, his ERA at Target Field is his lowest at any major-league ballpark (minimum of five starts). Overall vs. the Twins, Peavy is 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his last five starts and 6-3 with a 2.87 mark and 10 quality starts lifetime.
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Peavy on teammate Chris Sale (compliments of Mark Gonzales in today’s Trib):
 
“The one thing I admire the most about Chris is he doesn’t stop working, doesn’t stop looking for ways to get better…He’s a special kid. Health-wise, if everything holds up like we all hope, he’s going to be special around the South Side for a long time.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Batting 1-2 in the Sox lineup, Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez each collected three hits in last night’s loss.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (12:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-3) for the Sox, Mike Pelfrey (3-3) for Minnesota.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that White Sox starters rank third among American League teams in ERA (3.48), behind only the Tigers (3.24) and the Rangers (3.47)?
 
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Sox Look to Give Robin his 100th Victory as Skipper

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Jerome Williams (1-1) for L.A.

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

Robin

A victory tonight will give RV his 100th win as manager of the Sox.

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Kitty

Ron Kittle, the 1983 American League Rookie of the Year, will be the next member of the ’83 “Winning Ugly” Sox to throw out the ceremonial first pitch during our season-long Sunday tribute to the A.L. West championship team. Kitty will do the honors tomorrow night before the nationally televised game vs. the Angels on ESPN.

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Good Works

The White Sox Volunteer Corps along with Sox players Alex Rios and Matt Thornton, pitching coach Don Cooper and broadcaster Darrin Jackson were out in full force today at the Park Manor Elementary School in Chicago. Here’s Alex, Matt and two volunteers doing their part to beautify the school.

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Quote of the Day

Sox GM Rick Hahn on the club’s early season performance. The bottom line? Keep the faith:

“We did feel going into the season that starting pitching was going to be one of our strengths and thus far it’s been tested, but it’s also been proven to be one of the strengths, which is nice…We have been disappointed the way things have started from an offensive standpoint and even defensively has been a little bit erratic and not up to the standards we set last year. That being said, we do have a fair amount of guys with some substantial track records behind them which gives you reason to believe that there will be some improvement back toward those career norms. We are talking about a team that last year was fourth in the league in runs scored and there’s no reason to believe that this permutation of that team with some improvements in some areas and a lot of the same personnel in others is going to wind up at the bottom of the league in runs scored. So we expect there to be a correction fairly soon, but thus far it’s been disappointing and it’s time to get going.

“…You always want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to try to push that magic button and make that move that’s going to solve whatever problem may be in front of you, whether it’s a health standpoint, or depth or the bench or as we just talked about, our  offense. You do have to try to let things unfold and give guys the chance to show their true colors and their true performance levels over an extended period of time. Obviously you don’t wait for that indefinitely and you don’t spend the whole summer just waiting around and hoping that things are going to get better. But this early on there’s still the expectation that guys are going to return to their previous norms.”

Play of the Day

Dayan Viciedo’s two-run double in last night’s 7-5 loss to the Angels, his first game back since returning from the DL.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, ESPN). Chris Sale (3-2) for the Sox, C.J. Wilson (3-2) for the Halos.

Did You Know…

…that White Sox starters own a fine 2.78 ERA during the last 20 games?

Photo/Video of the Day

In last night’s game, Alejandro De Aza gave the Sox an early lead with his second consecutive leadoff home run and his seventh homer of the season. 

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Thanks Danks

Monday, May 6, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: White Sox 2, Royals 1 (11 innnings)

Highlights: Jordan Danks’ long solo homer in the 11th proved to be the game-winner in a very sweet victory…The Sox loaded the bases in the ninth on singles by Jeff Keppinger, Alex Rios and Adam Dunn and with two outs tied the score at 1-1 on an Alexei Ramirez single…After giving up a run in the first inning and throwing 57 pitches through two, Chris Sale settled down and was superb, going 7.1 innings. He gave up just six hits, didn’t allow a walk and struck out five. His pitch count ended up at 119, tying a career high…Matt Lindstrom (0.2), Matt Thornton (1.0), Jesse Crain (1.0) and Addison Reed (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in the final 3.2 innings. Reed got credit for his 11th save.

Surgery for Gavin

Gavin Floyd will undergo season-ending surgery tomorrow in New York City to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle in his elbow. Expected recovery time for the 30-year-old Floyd is approximately 14-19 months. Surgery will be performed by Dr. David Altchek.

Viciedo Update

Dayan, on the DL with a strained oblique, starts his 4 or 5 game rehab stint tonight with Class AAA Charlotte in Columbus, OH.

Family Field Day

White Sox fans have the opportunity to experience U.S. Cellular Field like the pros on Saturday, May 18 at Family Field Day. Our annual event provides fans the chance to play catch on the outfield grass, warm-up in the bullpens and visit the dugouts. Tickets for the event are $30 per adult and $12 per child with all proceeds benefitting White Sox Charities.

Additionally, we will be holding the Garage Sale in the Patio area from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. with free admission. The Garage Sale allows fans to shop for game-worn items including jerseys, game-used equipment, such as bats and gloves, along with other memorabilia. All sales from the Garage Sale benefit White Sox Charities.

Today we had the chance to catch up with long-time White Sox fan and Tinley Park native Shane Mosely. Shane has been attending Family Field Day for the last six years with his wife and son. This year, the couple has a newborn son that will experience U .S. Cellular Field for the first time at Family Field Day.

Upon chatting with Shane, he provided some insight about what drew him to the event and what keeps them coming back.

“Family Field Day is an atmosphere unparalleled by game days or other events” said Shane. “At Family Field Day, you have the opportunity to relax and explore U.S. Cellular Field surrounded by other families that are also passionate Sox fans.”

The event also allows a White Sox fan to experience the field from a player’s perspective, something that even the best seats don’t allow. Shane’s oldest son, now six, loves exploring the field—from the dugouts to the bullpen.

“He pretends to manage the team from the dugout; phone in calls and make base running signs. In the bullpen, he imagines himself warming up as a reliever.”

Family Field Day isn’t only for kids, though. Last year, the Mosley’s brought Shane’s father-in-law who, according to Shane, had more fun than anyone else there.

“He loved playing catch on the grass” said Shane. “He was able to feel like a ballplayer, even at his age”. 

Family Field Day has become a tradition for the Mosley’s and part of that tradition means stopping by the Garage Sale to purchase a game-used bat. Each year, they purchase a cracked bat—Shane noted they’re surprisingly affordable—as a memento of their experience.

“We’ve purchased something each year we’ve attended Family Field Day. It’s a perfect way to remember the event.”

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Play of the Day

Mr. Danks’ extra-inning blast, which proved to be the difference. It was Jordan’s second career home run and second game-winner. Last season, on August 10 against the A’s, he became the second player in franchise history to hit his first major-league homer on a game-ending blast (Dave Gallagher did it in 1988).

Quote of the Day

Jake Peavy on his health status after missing a start due to back problems:

“I think we’re all on point to go on Wednesday night (against the Mets). I’m super excited about that. Can’t thank our training staff, Herm (Schneider) and A.T. (Allen Thomas), enough–please give them the due respect. A few days ago I didn’t feel good at all…For me to feel the way I did and only to miss one start, I can’t thank them enough getting me back out there…Hopefully we can help turn this thing around and start getting in the win column more often.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule 

White Sox vs. Mets at Citi Field, New York (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Hector Santiago (1-1) for the Sox, Matt Harvey (4-0) for the Mets.

Did You Know…

…that nine of the Sox’s last 24 games against the Royals have gone into extra innings (including the last two)?

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Hero of the Day!

Sale on the Bump

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (7:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Chris Sale (2-2) for the Sox, Nick Tepesch (2-1) for Texas.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Flowers, C; Wise, CF.
 
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Omogrosso recalled, Veal to Charlotte
 
Before tonight’s game, the Sox optioned LHP Donnie Veal to Class AAA Charlotte and recalled RHP Brian Omogrosso from the same club.
 
Sox Notes of Note
 
Sale is 7-0 with a 3.18 ERA and 69 strikeouts lifetime against the A.L. West…the Sox have homered in nine straight games…Adam Dunn is hitting .321 with 12 homers and 18 RBI in 24 career games vs. the Rangers.
 
White Sox Volunteer Corps
 
Join the Volunteer Corps and participate in White Sox Service Day on May 11. Sign up today:
 
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Play of the Day
 
Dewayne Wise went 4-4 with a two-run shot, his first homer of the season, and a double in last night’s 10-6 loss to Texas. 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Wise on the Sox’s early struggles (from Dan Hayes at CSNChicago.com):
 
“Nobody is stressing about it. We all know what we can do. We have to keep working hard and things will come our way.”
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jake Peavy (3-1) for the Sox, Justin Grimm (2-0) for Texas.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that 62 years ago today White Sox icon Minnie Minoso, acquired from the Indians the day before, made his Sox debut against the Yankees at Comiskey Park? He hit a long two-run home run off the first pitch in his first at bat. And the rest is history.
 
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Photo/Video of the Day
 
Dunn blasts No. 6 last night vs. the Rangers.

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (7:05 p.., CT, CSN+). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Yu Darvish (4-1) for Texas. 

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

Casper Wells Joins Sox

On yesterday’s off-day the White Sox acquired righthanded-hitting outfielder Casper Wells from the Oakland A’s for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Leyson Septimo was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Wells, a four-year major leaguer who is a career .244 hitter with 25 homers and 80 RBI in 244 games, takes Blake Tekotte’s spot on the 25-man roster. Tekotte was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after Sunday’s game.

In addition to the A’s, Wells has seen action with the Tigers and Mariners. Here’s what was waiting for him in his locker in Arlington:

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Good Report

Dayan Viciedo, on the disabled list with a strained oblique, feels a lot better today. He took about 25 swings and didn’t have any pain.

Jordan Danks

Jordan was in the starting lineup tonight, but removed in favor of Dewayne Wise due to an inflamed bursa sac in his right knee. The lineup change was a precaution and Jordan is day-to-day.

Quote of the Day

Robin on managing with key players on the DL:

“Guys are playing hard. You try to make do and make sure everybody’s giving some constant effort. That’s all you can ask.”

Play of the Day

Paul Konerko, boasting a .500 batting average with runners in scoring position, is among the American League leaders–tied for fifth place with the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (7:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Chris Sale (2-2) for the Sox, Nick Tepesch (2-1) for Texas.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox were 6-3 against the Rangers last season and won five straight games against Texas in July, including a three-game sweep at U.S. Cellular Field, July 3-5?

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Jose goes for victory #3.

Two Wins in a Row is Good, Three Straight Would be Even Better

Friday, April 26, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jake Peavy (2-1) for the Sox, Roberto Hernandez (1-3) for Tampa Bay.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Greene, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS, Gimenez, C; Danks, CF.
 
Kyle Long: From Pitcher to Protector
 
Today, offensive lineman Kyle Long–son of Hall of Fame defensive lineman and broadcaster Howie and brother of Rams DL 
Chris–stands as the No. 1 draft pick of the Bears out of the University of Oregon. Five years ago, he was a lefthanded pitcher who reached 97 mph and was promising enough to be selected by the Sox in the 23rd round of the June draft. Instead of signing a pro contract, Kyle went to Florida State on a baseball scholarship and then ultimately turned to football.
 
“Sox Social Day” Set for Sunday
 
 
Sox Notes of Note
 
The White Sox rank second in the American League with a 3.20 ERA overall and a 2.38 mark at home…the bullpen leads the A.L. with a 2.04 ERA and a .180 opponents average…Nineteen of the White Sox’s 21 games this season have been decided by three runs or less…the Sox are tied with the A’s, Mariners and Rays starting staffs for the most quality starts in the A.L. (13)… outfielder Jared Mitchell, now playing for Class AA Birmingham, has been placed on the disabled list with a strained right oblique.
 
Play of the Day
 
Chris Sale’s seven-inning, seven-strikeout performance last night as he won for the second time this season in the Sox’s 5-2 win over the Rays, our second victory in a row.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Rays’ manager Joe Maddon on Sale:
 
“He’s tough. He’s got good stuff, he’s got that slider and changeup off the fast ball and a tough angle to work from. He pitched well…(Sale) is going to make a lot of teams look sluggish. He’s really good, he’s really good.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Gavin Floyd (0-3) for the Sox, Matt Moore (4-0) for Tampa Bay.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Jeff Keppinger, who is out of the lineup tonight with a back spasm, has had quite a productive week? He collected two hits in each of his last three games (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday), had an RBI and a run scored in each of the last two contests and drove in a pair of runs last Sunday.
 
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Photo/Video of the Day
 
Enjoy watching Adam Dunn’s fourth homer of the season, a two-run blast in the sixth inning of last night’s win.

Sox-Tribe Postponed

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field has been postponed due to a forecast of rain throughout the evening. A makeup date and time will be announced at a later date. Fans should keep any game tickets and parking coupons for tonight’s game until a makeup date is determined. Any fans with tickets for tonight’s Dog Day festivities will be contacted by the Sox ticket office.
 
The Sox starting rotation moves back one day. Jose Quintana will go tomorrow against the Tribe and Chris Sale will face Tampa Bay on Thursday night.
 
Jose
 
In his last start on April 17 in Toronto, Quintana was credited with his first win of the season after throwing 6.2 scoreless innings in a 7-0 Sox victory. He allowed five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts while extending his consecutive scoreless streak to 13.2 innings. His career best is 16 straight, accomplished in June of last year.
 
Quintana will be making his fifth career appearance and third start against Cleveland (second at U.S. Cellular Field). He is 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA vs. the Indians.
 
All in the Family
 
When Gordon Beckham gets married in November, former White Sox first baseman and hitting coach Greg Walker (now with the Braves) will be one of the groomsmen. The story gets even more intriguing for Sox fans when you learn the identity of other members of the wedding party and the bride herself. http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/14486/beckham-to-enlist-greg-walkers-help
 
A Major Moment
 
Bears’ safety Major Wright not only attended his first major league game last night at U.S. Cellular Field, he also had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Watch him talk about his experience.
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Robin on Dylan Axelrod, who had another outstanding performance last night against the Indians. He gave up just one run and three hits with four strikeouts in six innings of work:
 
“He’s a smart pitcher. He gets in counts where hitters get aggressive and he’s able to go back and forth with them and change speeds and use both sides of the plate. He just knows how to pitch. He doesn’t need 95-97 mph to be able to do it.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Conor Gillaspie’s second inning solo homer last night, his first in a White Sox uniform and the second of his major league career. Conor’s first was an inside-the-parker vs. the Rockies in 2011 when he was a member of the Giants. Here’s last night’s blast.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable starters: Jose Quintana (1-0) for the Sox, Zach McAllister (1-2) for Cleveland. 
 
Did You Know…
 
…that after a rough start, Tyler Flowers is batting .417 with a double, a homer, four RBI and three walks in his last five games.
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Quintana looks to stifle the Tribe tomorrow afternoon.
 
 

 

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Today’s News

Opening Day Highlights: Cause for Celebration

It was an exciting 1-0 victory over the Royals in front of a sellout crowd of 39,012…Chris Sale, who outdueled James Shields for the win, was sensational in 7 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out seven…Tyler Flowers fifth-inning solo homer was the difference…Gordon Beckham made a terrific stab in the seventh to quiet a K.C. rally…Matt Thornton struck out Mike Moustakas with two outs in the eighth with the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on first…Addison Reed came on in the ninth and got the save…Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios each had a pair of hits.

And this is only the second time ever that the Sox have won 1-0 on Opening Day. The last time it happened was 2005.

I’m just saying…

Robin’s Postgame comments:

RV said Sale did a good job keeping his emotions in check and was efficient with his pitches. He commented on Flowers special day–catching a shutout and hitting a game-winning homer. The skipper added that it’s Flowers’ time.

Bo

Bo Jackson, who on Opening Day 20 years ago hit a home run in his first at bat since his hip surgery, threw out the ceremonial first pitch today. His catcher? Former teammate Ventura, who insisted on catching Bo’s first pitch: “The last time we did this (2005 World Series) it worked out pretty well,” Robin said.

When told that Bo threatened to bounce one in on him, Ventura replied: “He won’t. I know him better than that. But I did bring my good glove.”

Bo was quite proud of his “92-mph cheese” first pitch, saying that Jerry Reinsdorf should sign him to pitch. But when he came off the field he called out to trainer Herm Schneider, “Hermie, I need some ice.” Herm, of course, was instrumental in Bo’s recovery.

Bo also had an interesting exchange with the Chairman. Jerry teasingly said, “Who can forget Opening Day 1993?” Bo, with tongue firmly in cheek, said, “What happened…”

Take a look at the “first pitch” video.

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More Bo

Bo was asked by the media if he had seen the recent ESPN 30-30 show focusing on him. 

“I didn’t have to see it. I lived it.”

Bo later admitted ESPN sent him an advanced copy and he did watch it. “The only thing in there that wasn’t true was they said I jumped over a ditch 40 feet wide. It was more like 20-22 feet. Now, in more than 10 years, it might be 50 feet wide.”

Other Scenes from Opening Day

Here’s video of the White Sox pregame intros and photos of batting practice from the view in centerfield and the new addition honoring the club’s retired numbers.

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Lars Redux

The Sox have reacquired non-roster first baseman Lars Anderson from Toronto. Anderson is headed to Class AAA Charlotte.

Quote(s) of the Day

Robin on his expectations for this year’s White Sox: 

“I want to get to the playoffs. (Beyond that) we’ll figure it out when we get there. That’s the first thing that has to happen.”

Rick Hahn on the fact the Sox were in first place 117 days last season and his outlook for 2013: 

“This team’s focus right now is being in first place only one day and that’s at the end of the season.”

Play of the Day

With apologies to Chris and Tyler, who certainly deserve kudos as well, let’s go with Beckham’s brilliant rally-killing catch.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day. On Wednesday, White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable starters are Jake Peavy for the Sox vs. Ervin Santana for the Royals.

Did You Know…

…that Paul Konerko needs one hit to tie Frank Thomas for third in White Sox history with 2,136…14 doubles for 400…54 games to tie Hall of Famer Nellie Fox for second in Sox annals with 2,115…and 33 homers to tie Thomas for first in Sox history with 448?

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 Sale and Flowers: Opening Day Heroes

Getting Ready for Opening Day

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Today’s News

Workout Warriors

This morning’s workout at U.S. Cellular Field started with a clubhouse meeting followed by stretching, infield, pitcher fielding and then batting practice. It’s the day before Opening Day and Robin Ventura’s White Sox are still working on fundamentals.

Welcome to Chicago

New White Sox infielder Conor Gillaspie got his first look at his new home  ballpark today. If that weren’t special enough, he’s basking in the glow of his Wichita State Shockers advancing to the Final Four.

PK

How dedicated is Paul Konerko? At the final Sox game in Glendale, most of the starters, including Paulie, came out early in the game to applause from the Sox fans in attendance. With the buses ready to roll to the airport and time to shower and pack for Chicago, where did PK go? Not to the showers, but out to the batting cages behind the Sox complex to get in a few more swings.

Win One for the Kids

Michigan grad and White Sox GM Rick Hahn couldn’t be happier about his Wolverines’ convincing win over Florida this afternoon and making it to the Final Four. “I have kids at the right age,” Hahn said. “If Michigan wins it all, they will be fans for life. I still remember those DePaul Blue Demons teams when I was a kid.”

Go Bulls!

Robin, Harold Baines, Mark Parent and several of the Sox staff and players are going to be taking in tonight’s 6:00 p.m. game between the Bulls and Pistons at the United Center as guests of Jerry Reinsdorf.

Quote(s) of the Day

Robin, commenting on the beginning of the season and many experts’ low expectations for the Sox: 

“I think you always have optimism, Opening Day has that. For us, all that matters is what we do as a team rather than what expectations are and what someone picks you to do…It matters how you play, how guys do, what they feel like, how they come together. That’s part of the fun going through the season. There are a lot of teams that weren’t expected to do a whole lot that actually did.”

Chris Sale on the experts’ preseason predictions: 

“I wouldn’t say we are trying to prove them wrong, but moreso prove ourselves right…We all believe in ourselves and each other. We are going to get this season going and get it going the right way.”

Play of the Day

As the White Sox took batting practice, Kansas City’s Jeff Francoeur walked past on his way to the batting cages behind the White Sox dugout. He was wearing K.C. Royals shorts and a teal-colored t-shirt (I couldn’t make out what was on it).

Francoeur stopped to say hello to Adam Dunn. Some type of ribbing followed and Dunn proceeded to rip Francoeur’s t-shirt down the middle, leaving him bare-chested. The Royals’ outfielder trooped back to his clubhouse to change into his new t-shirt and then headed over to hit.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Opening Day

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starting pitchers will be Chris Sale for the Sox and James Shields for the Royals.

Starting Lineups 

SOX: De Aza, cf; Keppinger, 3b; Rios, rf; Dunn, dh; Konerko, 1b; Viciedo, lf; Ramirez, ss; Flowers, c; Beckham, 2b.

ROYALS: Gordon, lf; Escobar, ss; Butler, dh; Moustakas, 3b; Perez, c; Hosmer, lb; Cain, cf; Francoeur, rf; Getz, 2b.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox are 58-54 overall on Opening Day (3-3 vs. Kansas City) and 26-23 when opening at home (4-1 at U.S. Cellular Field)? Also, the Sox have won 10 of its last 16 openers and eight of its last 11 at home.

Photo of the Day

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White Sox put on the finishing touches at today’s workout.

Opening Day Roster Set, White Sox Ready For Games That Count

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Today’s News

On to Chicago

The White Sox’s Opening Day roster was revealed after today’s game in Milwaukee. Here are the 25 players headed to Chicago for Monday’s opener:

Pitchers (12) — Dylan Axelrod, Jesse Crain, Gavin Floyd, Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom, Jake Peavy, Jose Quintana, Addison Reed, Chris Sale, Hector Santiago, Matt Thornton, Donnie Veal.

Catchers (2) — Tyler Flowers, Hector Gimenez

Infielders (7) — Gordon Beckham, Adam Dunn, Conor Gillaspie, Jeff Keppinger, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez, Angel Sanchez.

Outfielders (4) — Alejandro De Aza, Alex Rios, Dayan Viciedo, Dewayne Wise.

To get down to 25, the Sox made the following six roster moves:

* Optioned RHP Brian Omogrosso to Class AAA Charlotte

* Reassigned C Bryan Anderson, INF Josh Bell, RHP Jeff Gray, RHP Ramon Troncoso and INF Steve Tolleson in minor-league camp.

Preseason is a Wrap

The Sox completed the preseason by splitting the two-game series with the Brewers at Miller Park.

This afternoon, the Sox dropped a 5-4 decision. Dunn smashed a solo homer and Beckham, Wise and Brandon Short each drove in a run.

The Sox won last night by a 7-2 score, highlighted by Dunn’s 3-3, one RBI night and Santiago’s three perfect innings that included five strikeouts. Crain, Veal, Jones, Thornton and Reed each pitched an inning of scoreless relief.

Happy 24th

Happy Birthday to our Opening Day starter. Sale is celebrating No. 24 today.

Quote of the Day

White Sox outfield prospect Keenyn Walker, the 47th overall pick in the June 2011 draft, on Twitter after Friday night’s game in Milwaukee: “Got an AB in a big league stadium #Miller Park definitely motivates me to get there sooner than later!…

Play of the Day

Dunn’s homer, his fourth of the spring.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day. Workout in the morning at U.S. Cellular Field. Opening Day on Monday: Royals at White Sox (3:10 p.m., CT). Sale starts for the Sox vs. James Shields.

Did You Know…

…that Paul Konerko will be making his 13th straight Opening Day start at first base, extending his club record? It is the second-longest active streak by any first baseman with a single team behind Colorado’s Todd Helton (15) and second overall at first base.

Photo of the Day

ImageSox GM Rick Hahn talking baseball with fans in Milwaukee.

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