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A Double Dip and Then Some

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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Today’s News

An action-packed day and night of baseball is in store for Sox fans with a doubleheader, a classic pitching matchup in Game 1, the coming-out party for a promising Sox rookie pitcher in the nightcap, the return of a Hall of Fame manager, a special giveway and a ceremony to honor a hometown champion.

The Games

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field in a split doubleheader, made necessary by the June 10 postponement. Game 1 (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-3, 2.03) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (15-4, 3.13) for the Tigers. Game 2 (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) starters: RHP Chris Bassitt, making his major-league debut for the Sox, and LHP Kyle Ryan, also making his first MLB appearance, for Detroit.

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The All-Star Lefty

Sale, who will be facing defending American League Cy Young Award winner Scherzer, will be making his 22nd start of the season, 14th at home and second against the Tigers.

Chris ranks among the AL leaders in ERA (1st), WHIP (2nd, 0.93), strikeouts per nine innings (2nd, 10.46), opponents average (T2nd, .201) and complete games (T5th, 2).

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The Debut

Bassitt, an Ohio native and University of Akron product, will be making his big-league debut. With Class AA Birmingham, Bassitt compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.56 ERA, a .206 average against, 36 strikeouts and 14 walks in 34.2 innings (six starts). He will be the 26th man on the roster for the twin bill, but will remain with the Sox for the remainder of the season.

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The Hall of Famer

Former Sox manager Tony LaRussa, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, will be honored before tonight’s game and will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. He will also sign autographs and his HOF plaque will be displayed for all to see. And LaRussa bobbleheads will be given out to the first 20,000 fans.

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The Champions

The Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers, who captured the hearts of baseball fans everywhere on their way to winning the U.S. championship at the LL World Series, will be honored by the White Sox before Game 2 of the doubleheader.

The Sox will pay tribute to JRW with the following:

* A $20,000 donation from Chicago White Sox Charities

* A plaque honoring JRW will be installed at U.S. Cellular Field in time for next season

* All members of the team will receive Sox jerseys with their own numbers and signed by the 2014 White Sox

* A Sox backpack filled with back-to-school supplies

The White Sox also are encouraging fans to wear gold in honor of Jackie Robinson West.

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton each singled twice, doubled and drew a walk in last night’s loss to Detroit…Eaton also scored on Adam Dunn‘s sac fly…Ronald Belisario (2.0 IP), Matt LIndstrom (1.2) and Maikel Cleto (0.1) tossed four scoreless innings in relief of Scott Carroll.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Bassitt:

“You look at him, just size-wise (6-foot-5) and how it comes out of his hand, (he’s) an intriguing pitcher–just because of the way he throws. It was fun watching him in spring training. We were impressed with him then. Now you get a chance to see him up here against some good hitters.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and seven-game homestand. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (15-8, 3.06) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

After last night’s outstanding performances, Abreu (.316) ranks fifth among American League hitters in average and Eaton (.310) is tied for sixth. Conor Gillaspie (.302) is ninth.

Abreu is hitting .516 during his nine-game hittng streak and has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games. Eaton is batting .457 at home for the month of August.

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A Sweep is in our Sights

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Today’s News

 

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (8-6, 3.99) for the Sox, RHP Jarred Cosart (9-6, 4.17) for Houston.

Danks is set to make his 20th start of the season and 10th at home. He is 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA over his last 10 starts and 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA wth 20 Ks over his last four. John is 4-2 with a 2.72 ERA over his nine starts at home in 2014. In his last outing, against Cleveland on July 13, Danks earned a no-decision. He went seven strong innings, allowing just one run, seven hits and two walks while striking out four.

 

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

 

Plays of the Day

Tyler Flowers went 3-3 with a pair of singles and a double and drove in two runs–including the go-ahead tally in the fifth inning–in the Sox’ 4-3 win over the Astros, our second straight one-run triumph vs. Houston…Alejandro De Aza singled and tripled with two runs scored, Conor Gillaspie added an RBI with a base hit and Adam Eaton collected three singles…Hector Noesi had a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings of work for his fourth win and was picked up nicely by the pen…Ronald Belisario pitched two scoreless innings, Jake Petricka got the first two outs in the ninth and Zach Putnam closed the door, getting the final out for his third save and second in as many nights.

Here is Flowers’ eventual game-winning RBI:

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Sox Notes of Note

The Sox are 5-1 in their last six games at home…Jose Abreu has hit safely in 28 of his last 29 games (.348) and last night extended his hitting streak to 10 games (.400)…Flowers is 6-9 with three RBI over his last three games…Eaton now owns a six-game hitting streak (.400) and last night recorded his sixth three-hit game of the season…Gillaspie is hitting .423 with four doubles, three homers, six RBI and eight runs scored over the last eight games.

 

Roster Moves

Following last night’s game the Sox optioned infielder Carlos Sanchez to Class AAA Charlotte. Prior to today’s game, we filled the roster spot by purchasing the contract of RHP Taylor Thompson from the Knights. Thompson is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA with six saves, 53 strikeouts and a .214 opponents average over 31 relief appearances with Charlotte this season. He will be making his big-league debut.

 

The Big Hurt’s Mom Proudly Heading to Cooperstown

With Frank Thomas‘ Hall of Fame induction a week from today, enjoy this piece about Frank, his mom and other family members.

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/07/17/3205151/frank-thomas-family-looks-forward.html

 

A Hero’s Return

Geoff Blum‘s home run in the 14th inning of Game 3 in the 2005 World Series, which gave the White Sox a victory in the longest World Series game ever played, certainly ranks among the most memorable moments in club history and is even memorialized on the “Championship Moments” monument outside of the ballpark. Geoff returned to Chicago this weekend as a member of the Houston TV announcing team. He talks about that moment in ’05 and what it has meant to him.

http://bit.ly/1u3PKIE

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Quote of the Day

Robin on why he chose Putnam to close out last night’s game:

“I like Put’s swing-and-missability with some lefties and that’s the reason.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-1, 2.08) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (5-8, 4.56) for KC.

 

Photo of the Day

Saving Grace: Two straight saves for Putnam.

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Carroll on Mound For Sox With Sights on a Second Straight Gem

Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (2:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (3-5, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (3-4, 5.89) for the Tribe. Carroll was superb in his last outing, tossing 6.2 scoreless innings and allowing one hit in last Monday’s 4-0 victory over the Red Sox.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn belted his 14th homer of the season, 100th in a Sox uniform and the 454th of his career (click on link below) in last night’s loss to the Indians. Dunn needs eight more to tie Jose Canseco for 34th on the all-time home run list and 11 to equal Hall of Famer Dave Winfield for 33rd place…Adrian Nieto singled, doubled and drove in a run…Adam Eaton collected an RBI double.

http://atmlb.com/1r4U1cJ

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Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters own a 2.29 ERA, 53 strikeouts and a .187 opponents average over the last eight games…the Sox have hit 19 homers over the last 14 games and have gone deep in 11 of the 14 contests…we rank fifth in the American League with 28 multi-homer games…Jose Abreu is hitting .339 with 11 homers and a 1.061 OPS in his last 30 games…Conor Gillaspie is hitting .462 with five doubles and seven RBI over eight games vs. Cleveland this season.

Quote of the Day

A random quirk of scheduling has landed the Sox in Cleveland during one of the historic high points in the city’s sports history–LeBron James‘ “Coming Home” party. It was too much for our beat writers to ignore.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (12:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series and last game before the All-Star break. Starters: LHP John Danks (8-6, 4.15) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (3-4, 4.23) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

After watching the White Sox tomorrow afternoon, tune into the MLB TV Network or MLB Network Radio XM 89 at 4:00 p.m., ET, for the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game and take a close look at top Sox prospect Micah Johnson.

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Sox, Danks Look to Halt Halos

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (7-6, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Skaggs (4-4, 4.34) for the Halos.

Danks is set to make his 17th start of the season. He is 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA in eight home starts this season and 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA over his last five starts. John earned the win in his last start on June 27 at Toronto, tossing six innings and giving up just two runs on five hits while striking out two without walking a batter.

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

Plays of the Day

Last night’s doubleheader…

Game 1:  Jose Abreu smashed his 26th homer, a three-run shot in the first inning, reached 67 RBI and extended his hitting streak to 15 in the 8-4 loss to the Angels. As a result he become the only player in MLB history to hit 26 home runs in his first 71 games and through last night was tied for the major-league lead with the Orioles’ Nelson Cruz in both HRs and RBI. Here’s No. 26:

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Game 2:  Conor Gillaspie, hitting well above .300 all season, hit his first homer of the year–a two-run blast–and collected three RBI in the 7-5 defeat. Dayan Viciedo added a two-run shot, his ninth, and Abreu ran his hitting streak to 16 on a first-inning single.

The Gillaspie and Viciedo homers and a spectacular Adam Eaton-being-Adam Eaton catch in the eighth inning:

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Jose Rookie of the Month–Again

Abreu has been named the American League Rookie of the Month for June. He batted .313 with 10 home runs, 22 RBI and a .677 slugging percentage in 25 game to become the first player in Sox history to win the award twice in one season. He also became the third player in club annals to hit 10 or more homers in a month twice in one season, joining Jim Thome (twice in 2006) and Frank Thomas (twice in 1993).

Despite missing 14 games this season while on the disabled list, Abreu leads the major leagues in slugging percentage (.627) and at-bats per home run (10.73), is tied for the lead in home runs (26) and RBI (67) and ranks among the leaders in extra-base hits (3rd, 44), total bases (5th, 175) and OPS (7th, .956).

Abreu is on pace to hit 50 home runs, which would break the White Sox franchise record of 49 set by Albert Belle in 1998 and the major-league rookie record of 49 set by Mark McGwire in 1987.  In addition to the major-league record for homers in his first 71 career games, his 67 RBI are tied with Wally Berger (1930) and Joe DiMaggio (1936) for the sixth-highest total in history by a player in his first 71.

Abreu owns a 16-game hitting streak (.344, 22-64), the longest active streak in the major leagues and tied for the ninth-longest by a rookie in White Sox history.

He was named AL Player and Rookie of the Month for April after recording 10 home runs and 32 RBI, joining former Cuban teammate Yasiel Puig (June 2013) as the only players to win both awards in their first month in the major leagues.

Time’s Running Out

All-Star voting ends tomorrow night at 11:59 p.m. So, it’s not too late to vote for Abreu and Alexei Ramirez to make sure they both are in Minneapolis for the July 15 Midsummer Classic.

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Boston Boosts Jose

Sox coach Daryl Boston makes it clear that he thinks Abreu is a bonafide All-Star.

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Sox Notes of Note

After a slow start, prized third base prospect Matt Davidson (pictured below) had an impressive month of June for Class AAA Charlotte. He hit a team-high nine home runs, including two on Monday night, and drove in 14. He has 15 long ones on the season… Tyler Saladino, leading Charlotte with a .304 average, was elected to the 2014 International League All-Star squad as the team’s starting shortstop. Saladino will represent the Knights at the 27th annual Triple-A All-Star Game on July 16 in Durham, N.C… Jacob May, a 2013 third-round draft pick now playing with Class A Winston-Salem, has been named the Carolina League Player of the Week after hitting .533 with four doubles, two triples, 12 runs scored and nine stolen bases in seven games…the Sox have released Charlotte reliever Mitchell Boggs. He’s been replaced on the Knights roster by reliever Henry Rodriguez…also, we have claimed RHP Angel Sanchez, listed as the No. 16 prospect for Miami this season, off of waivers from Tampa Bay. He’s been assigned to Class A Winston-Salem.

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Quote of the Day

Angels’ manager Mike Sciosia on Abreu:

“His power plays in the Grand Canyon.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game holiday weekend series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-1, 2.30) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (7-6, 3.96) for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

Conor rounds the bases after home run No. 1.

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Keep an Eye on White Sox ACE product Ro Coleman and Vandy in College World Series

Friday, June 20, 2014 

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 Today’s News

 Tonight’s Game

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

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

 

Aces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

More on James Davison

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

 

Plays of the Day

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

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Sale Punks Carroll

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“Wild Pitches”

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

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

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

 

Quote of the Day 

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

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

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

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

 

Photo of the Day

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

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A Good Night For The Good Guys With Rubber Match Tonight

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series with LA winning on Monday and the Sox emerging victorious last night. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 4.66) for the Sox, RHP Josh Beckett (3-2, 2.52) for LA.

In his last start, on May 30 vs. the Padres, Danks threw seven innings allowing just two runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking one. It was his eighth quality start of the season.

Plays of the Day

It was indeed a good night for the Sox last evening. Hector Noesi won his first game since May 6, 2012, giving up just a run, five hits and four walks while striking out six in the 4-1 victory. Jose Abreu hit his second homer in as many nights, another two-run shot, in his successful return from the disabled list. It was his 17th of the season along with his 47 RBI. Tyler Flowers added his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot, and former Dodger Ronald Belisario returned triumphantly to Los Angeles with a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.

The Abreu and Flowers blasts:

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Even Dodger Fans Want Jose’s Autograph

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Speaking of Abreu

Here is a list of major leaguers who recorded the most home runs after their first 46 games–from 1914-2014 (compliments of @ScottLindholm).

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The Wait is Almost Over: Draft Begins Tomorrow

Here are Sox GM Rick Hahn and Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann talking about the Sox and this year’s draft, which gets going tomorrow night.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33361843/white-sox-front-office-on-the-2014-draft/?partnerId=as_cws_20140603_25181866

Brothers

Conor Gillaspie will be keeping an eye on this week’s draft with his brother Casey a good bet to be selected in the first round. Here’s more:

http://atmlb.com/1tC4cSD

Minor League All-Stars

Four players from the Sox’ Class AA Birmingham affiliate have been named to the Southern League’s North Division All-Star team: OF Josh Richmond, C Kevan Smith, OF Trayce Thompson and RHP Cody Winiarski. The game will be played June 17 in Chattanooga.

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura, in his own patented style, commented on Abreu hitting homers in his first two games back from the DL.

“He’s doing all right. I think we’re going to keep him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it will be the White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-2, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (6-4, 3.33)

Photo of the Day

Noesi is a winner.

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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.

http://atmlb.com/RSM1Mu

http://atmlb.com/1jBwVqA

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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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Three Straight Wins and Back to .500

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Today’s News

“They’re scrapping and finding a way to do it, especially with all the injuries of guys going down, you just kind of have to find your way sometimes and scratch and claw and take what you can get. They’ve been doing that, which is good.”

                                                               –Robin Ventura‘s assessment of the 2014 Sox

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in Game 3 of the Crosstown Cup series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-2, 5.00) for the Sox, LHP Travis Wood (2-3, 3.35) for the North Siders.

Sox Starting Lineup: Beckham 2B, De Aza CF, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Sierra RF, Semien 3B, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham‘s eighth-inning solo home run (his first homer of the year), which followed base hits in his three previous at-bats, broke a 1-1 tie in the Sox’s 5-1 win last night over the Cubs…In the ninth, Tyler Flowers doubled in the third run and Jordan Danks, who came into the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth, doubled in two more…Newly acquired outfielder Moises Sierra, a late insertion in the starting lineup, doubled and singled three times in his first start for his new team…Hector Noesi pitched five outstanding innings, allowing just a run, four hits and a walk with six strikeouts…Zach Putnam pitched two perfect innings and got credit for the win, Scott Downs pitched a scoreless eighth and Daniel Webb closed it out in the ninth.

The Beckham homer:

http://atmlb.com/RpR7zx

Gillaspie Returns

The Sox have returned third baseman Conor Gillaspie from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Class AAA Charlotte and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Jordan Danks to the Knights.

Gillaspie has been on the disabled list since April 26 (retroactive to April 22) with a left hand contusion. Before heading to the DL, he was hitting .302 with seven doubles, 12 RBI and eight runs scored in 16 games this season.

Cover Boy

Jose Abreu has added another distinction to his early season success–a Sports Illustrated regional cover (May 12 issue) and feature story. Here’s a sidebar to the main story and the cover itself.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20140507/jose-abreu-cuba-showcase-chicago-white-sox/

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More Jose

http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2052762-scott-millers-starting-9-white-sox-have-great-jump-on-future-with-jose-abreu

And here he is doing an interview with ESPN’s Pedro Gomez:

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Sox Notes of Note

Last night’s triumph was our third win in a row put us back at the .500 mark (17-17)…we are now 51-45 in the Crosstown Cup series and 26-21 at U.S. Cellular Field…the White Sox are way ahead of the pack with 33 ninth-inning runs. The Athletics and Rangers (21) and Diamondbacks and Mets (19) are next in line…with Beckham and Sierra each collecting four hits last night brought to mind the only other set of Sox teammates to record four hits in a game vs. the Cubs–A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios on June 11, 2010 in a 10-5 win at Wrigley Field…Sierra’s hits were a career-high and the most by a White Sox player in his first start with the team since Richie Zisk‘s first start on Opening Day,1977.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Noesi’s performance:

“He threw great. Even the last game he threw, he got through three and then that little bump with four, but he’s stretching it out where he’s throwing more pitches. He’s making that adjustment really on the fly. It’s impressive that he’s able to step in and give us that kind of effort.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game Crosstown Cup series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00) for the Cubs.

Photo of the Day

Representing the Cubs, Jeff Samardzija presented Paul Konerko with a No. 14 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard before last night’s game on the occasion of the Sox captain’s last trip to Wrigley.

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White Sox Hoping to Get Hot in Cleveland

Friday, May 2, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-1, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (0-3, 6.04) for the Tribe. Danks owns a 2.70 ERA and a .229 opponents average over two road starts this season.

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

Happy Early Returns

Through April, the White Sox lead the American League in runs scored (154) and rank among the league leaders in runs per game (2nd, 5.31), average (2nd, .269), slugging percentage (2nd, .431), OPS (2nd, .764), home runs (3rd, 32) and doubles (3rd, 58)…the Sox have scored six-plus runs 12 times with 13 10-plus hit efforts, both tied for the second-most in the major leagues…the Sox lead MLB with 66 runs scored after the seventh inning…we are second in the American League with a .286 average with runners in scoring position, including a .308 mark over the last 10 games. Alexei Ramirez (4th, .438), Jose Abreu (T13th, .375) and Conor Gillaspie (15th, .368) all rank among the AL Top 20 in this category…Ramirez (.351) and Dayan Viciedo (.348) rank first and second among AL hitters in batting average…Ramirez ranks among the American League pacesetters in batting average with two strikes (1st, .378), two outs (2nd, .406) and RISP with two outs (8th, .455)…Jeff Keppinger is scheduled to start an injury rehab assignment tonight with Class AA Birmingham vs. Mobile. He has been on the DL recovering from right shoulder surgery…Felipe Paulino is scheduled to make his first rehab start tomorrow with Class AAA Charlotte at Buffalo. He’s been on the DL since April 19 with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Bleacher Report Weighs in on Abreu’s Great Start

According to Bleacher Report, here are the 10 best player debuts in April since 1947, the year MLB created the Rookie of the Year award. Jackie Robinson won that first year and now the award is named after him.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2046286-where-jose-abreus-debut-month-ranks-among-mlbs-best-ever

Adam Eaton’s “Center Field” Highlights

http://atmlb.com/1n6rktT

More Eaton: With McNeil and Spiegel on 670 The Score

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/?podcast_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.podtrac.com%2Fpts%2Fredirect.mp3%2Fnyc.podcast.play.it%2Fmedia%2Fd0%2Fd0%2Fd1%2Fd5%2Fd7%2FdS%2FdT%2F157ST_3.MP3%3Fauthtok%3D5562391692998713468_xK15D5RHLNFNdUp8dqtR35l3asM&podcast_name=Adam+Eaton+with+McNeil+and+Spiegel+5-1-14&podcast_artist=McNeil+and+Spiegel&station_id=391&tag=pages&dcid=CBS.CHI

Quote of the Day

It’s interesting to note that Minnie Minoso–the White Sox’ most prominent Cuban-born player and arguably the most popular figure in the history of the franchise–broke the Sox’ color barrier 63 years ago yesterday (May 1, 1951), becoming the team’s first black player. In his first plate appearance with the Sox Minnie hit a home run off of Vic Raschi of the Yankees.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (505 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-0, 1.23) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (0-1, 4.84) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

The #Soxarazzi winner is…

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