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It’s All-Star Sale vs. Rookie Wheeler in Marquee Pitching Matchup

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mets at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a two-game series and nine-game homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-6, 2.69) for the Sox, RHP Zack Wheeler (1-0, 0.00) for New York. Chris is 11-2 with a 2.02 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his last 16 home starts, dating back to May of 2012. The highly-touted Wheeler made his successful major-league debut last week, notching his first victory with six scoreless innings vs. the Braves.

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

Merkin on Courtney Hawkins

Scott Merkin of mlb.com takes a close look at the progress of the Sox’s No. 1 draft pick in 2012, outfielder Courtney Hawkins, shown below talking hitting with Sox slugger Adam Dunn.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130624&content_id=51632798&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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Play of the Day

With the Sox enjoying their off-day, a pair of other top Sox outfield prospects–Trayce Thompson and Keenyn Walker–were instrumental in Class AA Birmingham’s 14-2 pounding of Huntsville last night. Thompson belted three doubles, scored twice and drove in a run while Walker singled, doubled and scored three times.

Quote of the Day

Dunn, who on Sunday hit his 20th home run of the season and 426th of his career, talked to Mark Gonzales of the Trib about his recent offensive turnaround (he’s hitting .340 with seven home runs, 17 RBI, 13 runs scored and nine walks in his last 14 games):

“I feel more consistent now than I have ever. I’m not just saying that. I felt good all year, but the last couple weeks I’ve really felt like me, like what I’ve been trying to get for two years. It’s a pretty good feeling.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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.

Did You Know…

…that while Dunn is now tied with Hall of Famer Billy Williams for 46th place on the all-time home run list, Paul Konerko is just two shy of Cal Ripken’s 431 and 43rd place?

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Final Day in D.C.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Nationals at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-0 for the Sox), Dan Haren (0-1) for the Nats.
 
Sox Starting LIneup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, LF; Konerko, 1B; Ramirez, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Flowers, C; Axelrod, P.
 
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Beckham
 
A fractured hamate bone in his left wrist will keep Gordon out of action for an expected six weeks. He will have surgery in the next few days. A corresponding roster move will be made tomorrow.
 
Coop
 
He’ll miss the rest of the road trip to recover from diverticulitis. Minor league pitching coordinator Curt Hasler will join the team in Cleveland to help out in the bullpen. Bobby Thigpen will continue working with Robin in the dugout.
 
Hawkins Goes Deep–Twice
 
Top Sox prospect Courtney Hawkins (below) smashed a pair of two-run homers last night in Winston-Salem’s 5-2 victory over Frederick. The first one was hit in the first inning over the 400-foot marker in dead center field to give the Dash an early 2-0 lead.
 
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True Story

So it’s much harder than I thought to get into a cemetery.

This morning, I decided to walk over to Arlington National Cemetery and then walk around those hallowed grounds.  Our hotel’s concierge assured me that I could reach the cemetery easily on foot, so off I went.  Well, I technically reached the cemetery’s walls easily.  The getting in part was not so easy.

Walking along the wall, the first gate I came to was locked tight.  A little further along, I ran into a manned gate that marked the edge of the cemetery and a military installation (Fort Myer, which I didn’t know even existed).  Three guys manned the gate.

“Hey, can I get into the cemetery from here,” I asked.  “I just want to walk around.”

“Do you have an ID?”

“No,” I laughed.  “All I have is a hotel room key.  I don’t want to go onto the base, I just want to get into the cemetery.  I didn’t know it would be this hard.  Can I walk all the way around?”

“It’s a long way.”

“OK, well right down there, the stone wall to the cemetery is only waist high, can I just jump over it?”

At this point, one guard, an older guy, said, “You want to jump over the fence?”

“Well, I’m just trying to get inside the cemetery.”

A younger guard quickly added, “Only if I don’t see you …”  Now, he seemed to be smiling as he said this, but I also noticed that he was armed with an M-4 rile.

I could just imagine the headline.

“White Sox executive shot while breaking into Arlington National Cemetery.”

So I start walking.  And walking.  And I can now tell you there is no way into Arlington National Cemetery by foot from Arlington. 

Determined, at this point, not to be defeated, I went back to the nearest Metro Stop, hopped on the next train and entered Arlington Cemetery by the normal visitors route.

Stating the obvious, but a walk through Arlington is truly a moving and humbling experience, so many “Unknown” headstones from every war.

Today, I happened to pass the grave of Abner Doubleday (see photo below), long claimed as the “inventor” of baseball.

Yesterday, we had taken a tour of the Pentagon and one of our tour guides, Seaman Tom Williams of Oklahoma City, came to the game last night with several of his other guides.  Seaman Williams mentioned that he had spent a year as a member of the color guard at Arlington, serving in over 500 funerals.

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Braves Arrive

I ran into former White Sox hitting coach (and current Braves hitting coach) Greg Walker in the hotel lobby this morning.  The Braves are in town early before they begin a series with the Nationals tomorrow night.

 
Quote of the Day
 
Beckham on his injury: “It’s frustrating, but it is what it is. We’ll get the surgery done and I’ll work hard and get back. I’m not really worried about it.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Alex Rios went 2-4 with a double and RBI in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Nats. He owns an eight-game hitting streak, tied for the longest active streak in the American League, and has hit safely in his last 14 contests dating back to September 26, 2012. He ranks among the A.L. leaders in slugging percentage (3rd, .839), home runs (T3rd, 4), average (4th, .419), RBI (T8th, 8) and on-base percentage (T8th, .471).
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Jose Quintana (0-0) for the Sox, Justin Masterton (2-0) for the Tribe.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that all eight Sox games this season have been decided by three runs or less?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Happy Birthday! Alejandro De Aza celebrates No. 29 today.

 

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