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Sox Hope to Enjoy a Double Dose of Indian Summer

Friday, June 28, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Games

White Sox vs. Indians, Game 1, at U.S. Cellular Field (4:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first game of the doubleheader and opener of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.03) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (1-2, 2.76) for Cleveland.

White Sox vs, Indians, Game 2, at U.S. Cellular Field (Following Game 1, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.83) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-3, 7.78) for the Tribe.

The twin bill is a result of the April 23 postponement.

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

Gillaspie Back, Morel Stays for Today

Before today’s games, the Sox reinstated third baseman Conor Gillaspie from the Paternity Leave List.  3B Brent Morel, who was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Gillaspie on the active roster, will serve as the club’s 26th player for the doubleheader.

Paulie Update

Paul Konerko, who missed the two games with the Mets because of lower back tightness, is day-to-day. He is hitting .378 in his last 10 games.

Wounded Warriors Make a Visit

The fifth annual Wounded Warrior Project Chicago Soldier Ride stopped at the ballpark today. Former White Sox standout Carlos May, who himself had his thumb blown off while on Marine Reserve duty, greeted the Wounded Warriors.

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Tiger Woods?

No, it’s Harold Baines at yesterday’s White Sox Field of Greens golf outing.

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Quote(s) of the Day

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the Windy City ThunderBolts of the independent Frontier League last night retired the numbers of White Sox pitcher Dylan Axelrod, who starred for the Bolts in 2009, and Mike Kashirsky, now a Sox pre-game instructor and batting pitcher, who was a longtime player, coach and manager with the Windy City franchise.

Axe took to Twitter to thank the ThunderBolts and a couple of his teammates for their support:

@DylanAxelrod_33: Thank you to the entire @WCThunderBolts organization for a special night.  Very honored and humbled to have my #23 retired tonight!

@DylanAxelrod_33: Also great to be retired with former WC  bolt manager and current @whitesox bp man Ka$h.  Thanks to Jordan Danks and @Areed43 for comin out!

Play of the Day

White Sox great Billy Pierce will be honored tomorrow during a pre-game ceremony. Now 86, Pierce will be feted for his sterling career in a Sox uniform as the ace of the staff in the 1950s. Fans will be treated to a Pierce replica statue giveaway.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.57) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.58) for Cleveland.

Did You Know…

…that the White Sox pitching staff leads the American League with a 3.14 “home” ERA?

Photo of the Day

Quintana and Santiago–today’s doubleheader pitching duo.

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Sox Looking for the Mini-Sweep

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mets at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the two-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (1-4, 5.40) for the Sox, RHP Shaun Marcum (0-9, 5.76) for the Mets.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, DH; Morel, 3B (See note below); Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.

Anti-Violence initiative

As I mentioned earlier this month, the Sox and Bulls have launched a series of public service announcement videos focusing on an anti-violence message and the teams’ partnership with Youth Guidance, a leading provider of school-based programs in Chicago Public and charter schools.

Today, White Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams and Bulls GM Gar Forman sent this letter to fans of both teams as the city’s public schools are being let out for the Summer this week.

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Quote of the Day

Strange things happen in the game of baseball. Case in point, last night, when Gordon Beckham inexplicably collided with Conor Gillaspie on a seemingly routine pop-up in front of the pitcher’s mound with two outs in the top of the ninth inning and the Sox ahead, 4-3. The ball, however, fell to the ground and instead of clinching the win, the Mets scored the tying run. As unfortunate as these plays are–and they are invariably going to happen to every team over the course of the season–what you like to see in these situations is that the player responsible doesn’t hide, faces the media after the game and is accountable for the miscue. Predictably, Gordon rose to the occasion.

“I ran in there and screwed it up, that’s what happened,”  Beckham explained. “Stupid play for me. You know, my heart was in the right spot trying to make the play, but my mind obviously wasn’t…I’m glad we won and it didn’t cost us the game…it’s unacceptable to do that and blow the save for Reed and don’t get Sale a win.”

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Play of the Day

Alexei Ramirez’s two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth in last night’s 5-4 win.  http://atmlb.com/19rBOhl

And though he didn’t get credit for the victory, you can’t overlook Chris Sale’s terrific performance–8 IP, 3 runs, only four hits, a pair of walks and a whopping 13 strikeouts. It is also interesting to note that Chris is the first pitcher to have two starts of 8+ IP and 13+ strikeouts and not receive a win in either start since Randy Johnson in 2004.

Did You Know…

…that Ramirez is one of only two players (Manny Machado of the Orioles) in the majors who has played every inning this season? Furthermore, Alexei leads all MLB shortstops in games (691) and innings played (6,103.2) since the start of the 2009 season.

Sox Notes of Note

* Before tonight’s game with the Mets, Conor Gillaspie was placed on the Paternity Leave List as he is expecting the birth of his first child. Replacing Gillaspie on the active roster is third baseman Brent Morel, who has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte.

Morel, who played parts of three seasons with the Sox in 2010-12, is batting .280 with 19 doubles, five homers, 40 RBI and a .373 on-base percentage with the Knights.

Gillaspie can be reinstated after one day, but can only be on for as many as three.

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* RHP Andre Rienzo and C Josh Phegley, both playing at Charlotte, have been named to the 2013 Futures Game, which takes place the Sunday before the July 16 Major League All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York. Phegley will play for the U.S. team, Rienzo, a native of Brazil, will represent the World team. Top outfield prospect Courtney Hawkins, at Class A Winston-Salem, is one of five still in the running for a spot on the U.S. squad. Fans can vote for him on whitesox.com until June 30 at 10:59 p.m., CT.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Indians in a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field (1st game, 4:10, CT, 2nd game will follow, both on CSN). The twinbill is a result of the April 23 postponement. Starters for both the Sox and Cleveland are TBA.

Photo of the Day

Alexei is mobbed by his teammates after his game-winning hit.

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John Danks Looking for More Saturday Magic

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (6:15 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: LHP John Danks (1-2, 4.13) for the Sox and RHP Lucas Harrell (4-7, 4.52), who pitched on the South Side in 2010-11, for the Astros. In Danks’ last start, a week ago today vs. the A’s, he allowed only one run, three hits and a walk along with six strikeouts in eight innings to win his first game of the season.

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

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Signed on the Dotted Line

The Sox have come to terms with 27 of their 40 draft choices from this month’s First-Player Draft, including the top 11 picks.

Never a Dull Moment

To anyone following the White Sox this season, it’s obvious how many tight games the Sox have played. But when you take a closer look, the number of nail-biters is staggering. Of the 64 games the Sox have played, 51 have been decided by three runs or less. That’s 79.7 percent. We also have played 11 extra inning games, the most in the American League and second only in the majors to the Colorado Rockies (12).

Quote of the Day

Robin, on being selected as a coach for the American League in the All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 16, at New York’s Citi Field.

“It’s special, having played there (in New York with both the host Mets and Yankees), it makes it nice. It’s always an honor anytime you get asked to do anything with the All-Star Game…Even as a player guys should play…it’s important for the game. Anytime you’re asked to do it, you should honor that.”

Play of the Day

Chris Sale’s magnificent complete-game performance in last night’s 2-1 loss to the Astros. He allowed no earned runs, just five hits and a lone walk while striking out 14, just one shy of his career high of 15 accomplished in May of last year against Tampa Bay. It was also Chris’s sixth career game with 10 or more strikeouts.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (2-4, 3.12) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-3, 4.37) for Houston. Hector earned his second win of the season last Sunday against the A’s. He pitched 6.1 innings, giving up just one earned run on four hits.

Did You Know…

…that this is the second time this month that the Sox have started all left-handers in a four-game series (Sale, Danks, Santiago and Jose Quintana)?

Photo/Video of the Day

Sale’s virtuoso performance last night:

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Game Postponed; Sox Sign No.1 Pick Tim Anderson

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
The finale of the White Sox-Blue Jays series has been postponed due to a severe weather forecast. A makeup date and time will be announced at a later date.
 
Anderson in the Fold
 
We announced today that Tim Anderson, our first selection and the 17th pick overall in last week’s June Draft, has been signed to a minor-league contract with a $2.164 million bonus. He will report to Advanced Rookie Bristol.
 
The promising shortstop from East Central Community College in Mississippi is shown below in the first link meeting Harold Baines and taking a picture with his family in front of the Sox dugout. In the second link, Tim signs his contract.
 
 
 
White Sox-Bulls Launch Series of Anti-Violence PSAs
 
The Sox and Bulls today launched a series of public service announcement videos highlighting an anti-violence message and the teams’ partnership with Youth Guidance, a leading provider of school-based programs serving more than 14,000 at-risk youth in 70 Chicago Public and charter schools.

The Bulls and White Sox support of Youth Guidance, specifically the organization’s B.A.M. (Becoming A Man™) – Sports Edition program, is part of the teams’ shared commitment to violence prevention in the city of Chicago.  The special PSA videos launched today, in advance of summer vacation, feature “discussion sessions” with young men from B.A.M. programs at Hyde Park Academy and Little Village Academy, as they engage with Bulls players Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, along with White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams, respectively.

 To view the videos, go to whitesox.com/community.

Quote of the Day
 
Chris Sale, commenting on his visit yesterday to Ronald McDonald House (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):
 
“Definitely makes you be thankful for what you have. It’s kind of how I live my life and even playing baseball. Don’t get upset about what you don’t have or what you could have. But appreciate the days you do have and the fun times you are having. Not everyone gets to live their life that way.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Conor Gillaspie’s three-run blast, his fourth homer of the season, in the fourth inning of last night’s 7-5, 10-inning loss. 
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
Off-day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: Sale (5-4, 2.68) for the Sox, TBA for Houston. The rest of the Sox rotation vs. the Astros: John Danks on Saturday, Hector Santiago on Sunday and Jose Quintana on Monday.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the Sox’s Class AA Birmingham club will advance to the postseason for the 10th time in 14 seasons after it clinched the Southern League’s Northern Division first-half title on Monday with a 7-3 win over Jacksonville? The Barons are 40-24 and have a 7.5 game lead.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Enjoy this terrific play by Gordon Beckham, who robbed the Jays of a hit in last night’s game.
 

Just Call it a Good Team Effort

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final: White Sox 4, A’s 2
 
1983 Royalty
 
This afternoon’s ceremonial first pitch honorees were two of the major factors in the success of the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox, who won the American League West by 20 games–Tony LaRussa, who was the ’83 A.L. Manager of the Year, and LaMarr Hoyt, the league’s Cy Young Award winner that year. Here they are before the start of today’s game:
 
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
Call it a seven-way tie.
 
Tyler Flowers’ solo homer in the third inning which tied the score at 1-1. atmlb.com/11P99Zi 
 
Hector Santiago‘s outstanding 6.1 innings as he allowed just one earned run and four hits along with six strikeouts.
 
Gordon Beckham‘s run-scoring double in the fourth inning. atmlb.com/11Pbt2G 
 
Jesse Crain‘s 1-2-3 eighth, which extended his personal high of consecutive scoreless appearances to 25.
 
Alex Rios‘s 11th blast of the season in the eighth which gave the Sox an insurance run and a 4-2 lead. atmlb.com/11Pjlky 
 
Addison Reed’s 1-2-3 ninth for his 19th save.
 
And last, but not least, Conor Gillaspie’s three sparkling plays at third and his sac fly in the fourth.
 
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Quote(s) of the Day
 
As the Sox paid tribute today to the ’83 White Sox as we do every Sunday, here is the second in a series of quotes we’ll excerpt this season from Bob Vorwald’s book, “What It Means to Be a White Sox.” Richard Dotson, a 22-game winner in ’83 and now the pitching coach at Class AAA Charlotte, talks about the night, September 17, that the Sox clinched the division title:
 
“The night we clinched was really exciting. Any time you do something like that, you are excited and also looking forward to the next step. Big leagues, minor leagues, no matter where you are, you want to win. It’s more rewarding when you go out there and feel like you’re acomplishing something. Being able to share that with 24 other guys, the coaching staff, the traveling secretary, the whole front office, was a blast.”
 
And here’s pinch-hitter extraordinaire Jerry Hairston sharing his memories of ’83:
 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 3.73) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (5-7, 4.66) for the Jays.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the following were all drafted by the White Sox yesterday, the last day of the June amateur draft?:
 
Nick Parent, 1B, Cal State-Monterey Bay, on the 36th round (son of Sox bench coach Mark Parent).
 
Cody Yount, OF, Virginia Commonwealth, on the 37th round (son of former major league pitcher Larry Yount and nephew of Hall of Famer Robin Yount).
 
Audry Santana, SS, Eckerd College, on the 38th round (son of former major league shortstop and ex-Sox coach Rafael Santana).
 
Ronell Coleman, 2B, Simeon Career Academy, on the 40th and final round (member of the White Sox Amateur City Elite program).
 
It’s also interesting to note that Adam Law, INF, Brigham Young University, was selected in the 12th round by the Dodgers. He is the son of former White Sox infielder Vance Law, currently with the Sox as a special assistant to player development, and grandson of one-time Pirates’ Cy Young Award winner Vern Law. 
 

White Sox vs. Cubs, Game 2

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the second of the four-game Crosstown Cup Series. Starters: Chris Sale (5-2) for the Sox, former South Sider Edwin Jackson (1-7) for the Cubs.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Greene, 2B; Flowers, C.
 
Good to Have Him Back
 
Sale, who missed his last start due to tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, has a 23 scoreless inning streak–the longest by a Sox pitcher since reliever J.J. Putz in 2010 (27) and the longest by a starter since Mark Buehrle in 2001 (24.2). He is also on a four-game winning streak with a 1.18 ERA and .153 opponents average in his last five starts. 
 
Go Blackhawks!
 
Good luck to the Blackhawks as they face the Red Wings tomorrow night in Game 7 at the United Center. A win and they advance to the NHL Western Conference Final against the Kings or Sharks, who play Game 7 in their series tonight.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Our Twitter campaign asking fans to send birthday wishes to Frank Thomas yesterday seems to have worked well. @TheBigHurt_35 tweeted back: “I just checked my Twitter Page!! So Thankful for all of you in my life!! #LOVE 
 
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Play of the Day
 
For the second day in a row, Dayan Viciedo nailed a runner at the plate. Last night against the Cubs he cut down former Sox outfielder Ryan Sweeney attempting to score from second in the seventh inning.
 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (1:20 p.m., CT, WGN) in the third game of the Crosstown Cup Series. Starters: John Danks (0-0) for the Sox, Scott Feldman (4-4) for the Cubs.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Conor Gillaspie, hitting .292 on the season, is 6-14 (.429) in his last four games? This, of course, includes his walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning last Saturday night that gave the Sox a 2-1 victory over the Marlins.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Sale goes for win No. 6 tonight as the Sox look to even up the series and get back to the .500 mark.
 
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Sox-Royals Postponed, Makeup Game Monday

Friday, May 3, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
Postponed due to inclement weather. Makeup game will be played Monday at 1:10 p.m, CT.
 
Feeling Better
 
Jake Peavy, who missed his start last night due to back issues, said that he’s feeling better. He”ll get more treatment today and is hoping to pitch on Monday.
 
Getting Closer
 
John Danks took another step toward the major leagues last night in a rehab start with Class AA Birmingham. He pitched seven solid innings against Chattanooga, giving up two runs on five hits, striking out one and walking one. His velocity was between 84-87 and he hit as high as 91 mph later in the game.
 
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Gillaspie Impresses the Captain
 
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
Tyler Flowers’ three-run homer, his fourth blast of the season, proved to be the difference in the White Sox’s 3-1 victory last night, giving the Sox the series win in Texas. Hector Santiago, in for Peavy, pitched a strong 5.1 innings, allowing just one run, two hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Matt Lindstrom, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed finished it off with 3.2 scoreless innings. Reed recorded his 10th save in as many attempts.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the Sox winning their first road series of the year:
 
“Nobody’s easy, but these guys (the Rangers) are tough. We scratched Jake tonight, Hector fills in on short rest and does a great job. It’s a good way to start a road trip, especially how bad the last one was. Not only were we losing, but losing people. 
 
“We’re still losing people, but at least we’re winning games.” 
 
Always taking things in stride, RV said the last sentence with a chuckle.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox vs. Jeremy Guthrie (3-0) for K.C.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Paul Konerko leads all active players with 142 RBI vs. the Royals and ranks second in homers with 42?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Tyler Flowers’ game-winning homer.

That’s More Like It

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final: Sox 3, Indians 2
 
Highlights:  Alex Rios’s two-run homer in the fifth, his sixth of the season, proved to be the difference in the game…Jose Quintana, now 2-0, got credit for the victory. He worked 5+ innings, allowing two runs and four hits. His consecutive scoreless innings streak reached a career high of 18.2 IP before he gave up a run in the sixth…Jeff Keppinger collected a pair of hits and an RBI…Adam Dunn drew three walks.
 
Two Guys Talking About the Weather
 
WGN meterologist Tom Skilling, at the ballpark talking to fans on Weather Day, spent some time chatting with Conor Gillaspie before the game in the Sox dugout. The subject of the conversation? Conor’s interest in becoming a meterologist.
 
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Supporting the Community in a BIG way
 
I’m proud to say that today we announced the Sox will be awarding charitable donations of $1.64 million for 2013.
 
Donations include $660,000 in grants to 29 Chicagoland non-profit groups through the White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. Additionally, Chicago White Sox Charities awarded grants totaling $119,500 to seven agencies providing services throughout the community.
 
White Sox Charities also made donations of nearly $861,000 to support the Sox’s urban baseball initiatives and to funding non-profit organizations such as City Year Chicago and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. 
 
This year’s grants, along with other charitable donations, moves the team’s total giving to more than $17 million since the inception of White Sox Charities in 1990.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on his decision to start newly promoted Blake Tekotte today in centerfield:
 
“Just to get him out there. He’s been here, he hasn’t really played a whole lot. I don’t like guys just coming up, sitting here without getting in there, getting their feet wet…Once you get him out there you ease their feelings and nerves, or whatever it is, on the field. Just get him out there and see what he can do.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Rios delivered the big blow, but let’s give it to the bullpen–Nate Jones, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed–for holding off the Tribe in the final four innings to preserve the victory. Reed recorded his sixth save. 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (1-2) for the Sox, Jeremy Hellickson (1-1) for Tampa Bay.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Sale struck out 15 Rays last May 28? It was the second highest total in Sox history (Jack Harshman K’d 16 in 1954) and a Tropicana Field record.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Check out Rios’s homer:

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.
 
 

 

A Fresh Start in Cleveland

Friday, April 12, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Jose Quintana (0-0) for the Sox, Justin Masterson (2-0) for the Tribe.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Gimenez, C.

Heath Joins Sox
 
RHP Deunte Heath has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Gordon Beckham, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured left wrist and will have surgery at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday. In three innings pitched in two relief appearances at Charlotte, Heath had a 0.00 ERA with six strikeouts. He spent most of last season with the Knights, going 4-3 with a 1.48 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 36 games, which included four starts. In three appearances with the Sox in 2012 he allowed a run in two innings pitched over two games. Here’s the newest member of the Sox pitching staff.
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Honoring 42
 
Fifty members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) youth baseball program will attend a special screening of the movie “42” tomorrow afternoon in Country Club HIlls, IL. The Sox have arranged for the youngsters to view the film, which is based on the life of Jackie Robinson and his breaking of baseball’s color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Through the ACE program, the Sox give rising stars in the inner-city baseball community the opportunity to play against other highly competitive groups on traveling teams. Athletes 13-18 years of age are challenged and given the unique chance to play among elite teams as well as prepare for success in life after baseball.

Sox Notes of Note
 
Alex Rios has hit safely in all nine games this season and owns a 15-game hitting streak dating back to 2012, hitting .456 with five home runs and 12 RBI…the White Sox bullpen leads the American League with a 1.84 ERA and is tied for second with a .200 opponents batting average.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the series in Washington and the Beckham injury: “It’s tough. You’ve got to be able to withstand all that and keep going. It’s still early.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Conor Gillaspie, inserted in the starting lineup in the wake of Beckham’s injury, singled and doubled in last night’s 7-4 loss to the Nationals to up his batting average to .438.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (1-0) for the Sox, Zach McAllister (0-1) for the Indians.
 
Did You Know…

…that Paul Konerko leads all active players with 46 home runs and 171 RBI vs. the Indians?

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The White Sox ACE participants will view “42”  just a day after the movie opened today in theaters nationwide.
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