Results tagged ‘ Detroit Tigers ’

Erik Shoots for Second Straight Victory…Whatever Superlative You Want to Use, Chris is It!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game set. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-2, 2.87) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (14-7, 2.51) for Detroit. Johnson won his first major-league game last Monday night vs. the Twins, pitching six scoreless innings allowing just four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Ramirez, SS; Gillaspie, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Jor. Danks, CF; Keppinger, DH; Beckham, 2B; Phegley, C; Semien, 3B.

 

Play of the Day

Chris Sale went 7.2 scoreless innings last night, giving up just four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in the Sox’s 7-6, 12-inning loss to the first-place Tigers. Chris’ gem lowered his ERA to 2.97 and in the process he set the all-time franchise strikeout record for Sox lefthanders. He surpassed Sox All-Star Gary Peters’ mark of 215 set in 1967 and also recorded the most K’s by any Sox pitcher since 1912 when Hall of Famer Ed Walsh fanned 254. With 221 whiffs, Sale now ranks fifth in single-season strikeouts in Sox history with Walsh holding down the first four spots with 269 in 1908, 258 in 1910, 255 in 1911 and the 1912 total mentioned above.

Here are Chris and the man they called “Big Ed”: 

 

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Quote of the Day

Robin on Sale’s Cy Young Award chances:

“He’s as good as anybody in the league. I’ll put him up against anybody. Whether or not he’s in that conversation, other people get to vote on that. For me, he’s always going to be in the running for that kind of stuff.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in a makeup game originally scheduled, but postponed, on June 12. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (8-6, 3.49) for the Sox, LHP J.A. Happ (4-6, 4.82) for Toronto.

 

Did You Know…

…that the five rookies the White Sox had in the starting lineup last night–Leury Garcia, Marcus Semien, Avisail Garcia, Conor Gillaspie and Bryan Anderson–was the most since Jerry Owens, Josh Fields, Andy Gonzalez, Danny Richar and Donny Lucy started for the Sox in September of 2007? 

 

Sox Note of Note

The White Sox have acquired LHP Frank De Los Santos from Tampa Bay for a player to be named later or cash considerations and he has been placed on the 40-man roster. De Los Santos, 25, was 2-2 with a 4.89 ERA over 30 games among three minor league levels this season including Class AAA. It is not related to the Jesse Crain deal.

 

Photo of the Day

Here’s Gary Peters (center) along with pitching coach Marv Grissom (left) and slugger Rocky Colavito after another great performance in ’67, the year Peters established the then-club strikeout record for lefties.

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A September Weekend in Motown

Friday, September 20, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod for the Sox, RHP Matt Scherzer (19-3, 2.95) for Detroit. Andre Rienzo was scratched from tonight’s start with a blister on the right ring finger.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Ramirez, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; A. Garcia, RF; Danks, CF; Beckham, 2B; Phegley, C.

 

It Seems You Can’t Have One Without the Other

The Southern League champion Birmingham Barons have named long-time friends and teammates Erik Johnson and Marcus Semien the 2013 Barons Players of the Year. Johnson and Semien played together in college at Cal-Berkeley and on the pro level this year alone at Charlotte and now the White Sox in addition to Birmingham.

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130918&content_id=60995616&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t247&sid=t247

 

Tommy John in the House

Former standout Sox pitcher Tommy John and his family threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Many young baseball fans know the name Tommy John only from the surgery of the same name. What they may not remember is that John was an outstanding pitcher in the major leagues for 26 seasons. Overall, he won 288 games with a 3.34 ERA and in seven seasons with the Sox (1965-71) he registered 82 wins with a 2.95 ERA. Here’s Tommy both during his time with the Sox and on Wednesday with his family.

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Play of the Day

Enjoy second baseman Leury Garcia’s spectacular play in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s loss to the Twins, which robbed Oswaldo Arcia of a hit:

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?content_id=30717145&topic_id=51231442&c_id=cws

 

Quote of the Day

Sox prospect Micah Johnson spoke to whitesox.com‘s Scott Merkin on Wednesday during his visit to U.S. Cellular. Micah, who was named the MVP of the Southern League Championship Series, talked about being part of a title-winning team for the first time:

“That’s the first championship I’ve ever won. That was unbelievable. I didn’t know what to do. You know how the middle infielders go to second base after a regular win? I kind of did that. I didn’t know to go to the dog pile.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-13, 3.08) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (13-8, 4.45) for Detroit.

 

Did You Know…

…that Jordan Danks is batting .293 with two homers and eight RBI in his last 20 games?

 

Photo(s) of the Day

While in Chicago, Micah surprised a group of Sox players who played for Birmingham earlier in the season with Southern League championship t-shirts. From left to right: GM Rick Hahn, Micah, Asst. GM Buddy Bell and the Sox players–Semien, Erik Johnson, Jake Petricka and Daniel Webb.

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Sox Hit the Road to Minnesota and K.C. After Winning Homestand

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game set and seven-game road trip that concludes with three in Kansas City. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 4.42) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (7-11, 2.77) for Minnesota.

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

Play(s) of the Day

Gordon Beckham (3), Alexei Ramirez (2), Adam Dunn (2), Avisail Garcia (2) and Jeff Keppinger (2) paced the Sox’s 14-hit attack in the 6-4 loss to the Tigers yesterday afternoon. Alexei, Avisail, Jeff and Conor Gillaspie each drove in a run…The Sox finished the homestand at 6-4, highlighted by a three-game sweep over the Yankees and taking two of three from the Tigers.

Quote of the Day

Tiger manager Jim Leyland, following the three-game series with the Sox (from Colleen Kane in the Trib): 

“…To me, the White Sox are showing what Major League Baseball’s all about. They have a lot of character. They’re playing their tails off. They fight tooth-and-nail against us every single game…That’s a credit to them and their manager.” 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.70) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (8-8, 4.59) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Adam Dunn, with two hits (and a walk) yesterday, is batting .310 since June 8?

Special Note: Boxing at the Ballpark Tomorrow Night

U.S. Cellular Field will host ESPN’s Friday Night Fights tomorrow evening. Headlining the seven-bout card is a scheduled 12-rounder between IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara and the former world champion Gabriel Campillo. It is the first time the Sox have hosted a boxing match since September 25, 1962, when Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in the first round to win the heavyweight title.

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Photo of the Day

Gordon continues to shine. With his three hits yesterday afternoon Beckham is now hitting .308, which would rank him seventh in the American League with the necessary plate appearances.

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It’s Cy Young Thursday as Jake Aims to Outduel Justin

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Jake  Peavy (7-4, 4.19) for the Sox, Justin Verlander (10-7, 3.69) for Detroit in a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners.

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

Quote of the Day

Jake on facing the Tigers:

“Obviously, they’re a good lineup. And you know that going in. It’ll be a fun time.”

Play(s) of the Day

Dayan Viciedo homered (No. 9) and singled twice, Alejandro De Aza doubled, singled twice and stole a base and Alexei Ramirez singled in a run in last night’s 6-2 loss to the Tigers. 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-2, 3.61) for the Sox, James Shields (4-7, 3.24) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…that Viciedo, who matched his season-high of three hits, is batting .419 with a double, four homers and seven RBI vs. Detroit this season?

Photo of the Day

Peavy Goes for Win No. 8.

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Sox vs. Tigers, Game 2

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (6-6, 4.80) for Detroit.

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

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Play(s) of the Day

Dayan Viciedo and Conor Gillaspie each hit their eighth homer of the season, both solo blasts, in last night’s 7-3 loss to the Tigers…Chris Sale was the hard-luck losing pitcher as he gave up only two unearned runs with 11 strikeouts in eight innings of work.

Quote of the Day

@chicagoside on Twitter: Garza schmarza. Braun schmaun. Paul Konerko is back.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-7, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-7, 2.85) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Sox pitching prospect Scott Snodgress came within two outs last night of the first Class AA Birmingham Barons’ no-hitter since 1995? The Chattanooga Lookouts’ Matt Wallach, the son of former major-leaguer Tim, broke up the no-no in the ninth with a line drive single to right. Snodgress got credit for his league-leading 10th win of the season in the Barons’ 7-0 win.

…that this is the fourth anniversary of one of the great moments in Sox history–Mark Buehrle’s perfect game against Tampa Bay? And a special tip of the cap to Dewayne Wise for “The Catch.”

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Photo/Video of the Day

The Viciedo and Gillaspie homers.

http://atmlb.com/13yODBs

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White Sox, Sale Go For Third Straight Win in All-Star Matchup

Monday, July 22, 2013 

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series and a battle of All-Star pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (6-8, 2.85) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (13-1, 3.19) for Detroit.

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

De Aza on a Roll

Alejandro De Aza is hitting .486 with four doubles, a triple, two homers, four RBI and 11 runs scored during his current nine-game hitting streak. He also has had five multihit games.

The Gang’s All Here

Team photo day.

https://vine.co/v/hKnztn00YWM

Quote of the Day

Casper Wells on robbing the Braves’ Reed Johnson of a game-tying homer in the eighth inning of yesterday’s 3-1 victory (from Fred Mitchell in the Trib):

“I saw the replay and I said, ‘Wow, that’s really special,’ I never did anything like that before, so I’m just happy I got to help the team out.”

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Play of the Day

Great news. PK is back in the lineup after a stay on the DL and a short rehab stint at Class AA Birmingham.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (6-6, 4.80) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that the last three series won by the Sox have been against two first-place teams (Detroit and Atlanta) and Baltimore, which is just 3.5 games behind Boston in the A.L. East?

Photo of the Day

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All-Star Sale, Sox Go For The Series Win

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale and rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-8, 2.78) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-5, 2.70) for Detroit. Chris ranks among the American League leaders in the following categories: He’s first in opponents slugging percentage (.301), third in opponents on-base percentage (.260), baserunners per nine innings pitched (9.29), opponents average (.202) and strikeouts per nine innings pitched (9.77), fourth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.92) and ERA and fifth in strikeouts (123).

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

Peavy in Sunday Rehab Start

Taking his next step toward returning to the Sox rotation, Jake Peavy is scheduled to make a rehab start on Sunday with Class AA Birmingham at Huntsville.

Play(s) of the Day

Gordon Beckham continued his hot hitting with his second homer of the season, a solo shot, in last night’s loss to the Tigers. Now sporting a .340 average on the year, Gordon is hitting .400 in his last 16 games with four doubles, two homers and eight RBI…After exploding for a pair of homers and four RBI on Tuesday night, Dayan Viciedo singled, doubled, walked and drove in a run…Conor Gillaspie (below) smashed his seventh homer to get the Sox on the board with a run in the second inning, singled and scored twice.

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Quote of the Day

Sox GM Rick Hahn, talking to reporters about the Sox’s strong suit:

“We do feel that you have to start with the pitching. You are going to compete in this league with the pitching, and we do feel we have the nucleus under control for a while going forward that is going to help us compete. The bulk of our struggles this year have been on the offensive side. That’s something we are going to have to improve.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-5, 4.31) for the Sox, RHP Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) for Philly.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox are hitting .296 with runners in scoring position since June 1? It’s the second highest mark in the American League and third highest in the majors during that period.  

Photo/Video of the Day

Watch Beckham go deep:

http://atmlb.com/131L9mw

Bats Go Boom!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.97) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-6, 4.82) for Detroit.

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

Huge Honor for Sox’s No. 1 draft pick Anderson 

Shortstop Tim Anderson, the White Sox’s No. 1 selection in the 2013 June draft, has won the National Junior College Athletic Association’s David Rowlands Award, given each year to the nation’s top male student-athlete. Anderson, now at Class A Kannapolis, earned the honor after an outstanding season at East Central Community College in Mississippi. Anderson is hitting .320 with a .395 on-base percentage and seven stolen bases in his first 19 professional games with the Intimidators.

Hawk is Centerpiece of MLB Network Documentary

http://www.shermanreport.com/put-it-on-board-hawk-harrelson-to-be-featured-in-new-mlb-network-documentary/

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Play(s) of the Day

I’m happy to say that there is a plethora of plays to highlight from last night’s 11-4 rout of the Tigers. 

* The White Sox had season highs of 11 runs and 23 hits while defeating former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander for the first time in almost two years.  

* Alex Rios tied a White Sox and American League mark with six hits in a nine-inning game, joining 31 others. Other Sox to do it were Lance Johnson (1995), Floyd Robinson (1962), Hank Steinbacher (1938) and Rip Radcliff (1936)…Alex became the fourth player ever to collect six hits and steal two bases and the third to go 6 for 6 with a pair of thefts…Rios, who drove in two runs, claimed the distinction of being the first player to pound out four hits in a game against Verlander…He also is the first player since at least 1900 to have five singles and one triple in a nine-inning game.

* Dayan Viciedo hit two homers. He tied the game with a solo shot off of Verlander in the sixth and clubbed a three-run blast in the eighth.

* Jose Quintana, who got credit for his first win since May 21 despite pitching well during that period, was outstanding last night against the Tigers, going eight innings and allowing three runs and six hits with seven strikeouts. He’s now 4-2.

* Adam Dunn had a 3-5 night with three RBI, including a two-run blast, his 24th of the season.

* And for good measure: Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez had three hits apiece while Jeff Keppinger and Gordon Beckham each had a pair.

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Quote of the Day

Dunn on Rios’s six-hit performance, via Scott Merkin of whitesox.com:

“That takes people like me two, maybe three weeks to get six.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-8, 2.78) for the Sox, Anibal Sanchez (7-5, 2.70) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that last night’s offensive outburst by the Sox was the first time Verlander ever gave up as many as 12 hits in a game in his home park?

Photo/Video of the Day

Watch Rios’s record sixth hit, Viciedo’s three-run clout and Dunn’s two-run homer:

http://atmlb.com/187r86Z

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Meeting in Motown and the Double Duty Classic

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.69) for the Sox, Justin Verlander (9-5, 3.54) for Detroit.

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

Jake Update

Jake Peavy threw 76 pitches today in a simulated game at Comerica Park. He reported that he felt fine afterward and has made some progress since his last bullpen (in St. Petersburg). If all goes well, a rehab start is next on the agenda.

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The Future

One of the best days each year – especially in  a year like this – is our annual Double Duty Classic event, which celebrates and commemorates the old Negro Leagues East-West All-Star Game.  Amateur minority players from our ACE youth baseball program and a few standouts from across the country (Sox 2012 first round draft pick Courtney Hawkins played in the game) play an exhibition game wearing replica Negro Leagues uniforms.  Today’s game, the sixth annual, drew upwards of 4,000 fans, mostly Chicago youth groups on outings from their day camps. The atmosphere is always fun.

Prior to the game, we hold a forum for the players and their families that centers on the history of the Negro Leagues, explains who Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe was and his importance to baseball in Chicago, and offers advice to the kids on their future, whether in baseball or not.

“Double Duty,” of course, was a star in the Negro Leagues as both a pitcher and a catcher and a baseball legend in Chicago, his adopted hometown. Word is that Radcliffe, who lived to be 103, got his nickname from the famed writer Damon Runyon because he caught and pitched in successive games in the 1932 Negro League World Series.

This year, WBEZ and NPR correspondent Richard Steele was the emcee.  Steele was joined by 94-year-old Dr. Timuel Black, a former advisor to both Dr. King and President Obama, and by Ken Williams, Sox executive vice president and former GM.

“You have to protect your history,” Williams told the 35-or so players.  “You have to keep it alive.”

Dr. Black explained his own history – his grandparents were slaves – and how important faith and optimism have for people.

“It is about survival, progress and a belief,” he said. “Impossible … we can get that done this week.  Miraculous? … that might take us a little longer.  But one of the best examples is baseball.  Jackie Robinson.  He was not just a great baseball player.  He was chosen by Branch Rickey because he also was best equipped to succeed in all the other areas that were important at that moment.”

Robinson, Black and Williams stressed, didn’t just have athletic ability.  He also had intellect.

“Baseball is the best sport to prepare you for life, in my opinion, because it is built on failure,” Williams said.  “You need discipline and you need to show up.  A lot of people are afraid to show up because it is too risky.”

“You may lose today’s game,” Black told the kids. “but you will win tomorrow.”

He stressed the importance of using role models and adults as guides.

“What do you want to be?” he challenged the athletes.  “Not just today, this week or this year, but in your future and in your life.

“What do you want to be?  What do you want your neighborhood to be?  Your city?  You cannot do it alone.”

Here is a link to Phil Rogers’ column in today’s Trib about the Double Duty Classic and the impact that the Sox, spearheaded by Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, have made in the community.

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/436/article/p2p-76603521/

Quote of the Day

I think the following excerpt from Rogers’ column is worthy enough to underscore here:

“Chicago never has had a baseball owner who has done as much public good as Reinsdorf,” Rogers wrote. “And, unless Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg buys a team, probably never will.”

Play of the Day

Josh Phegley’s homer in the third inning of last night’s game was his second in two days. He joined Magglio Ordonez (second and third career games in 1997) as the only players in franchise history to homer in consecutive games within their first three career contests. Josh also joined Brent Morel (2010 vs. Royals), Josh Fields (2011 vs. Tigers) and Carlos Lee (1999) as the only White Sox players to homer in his first at-bat at U.S. Cellular Field. And Phegley is the first rookie in franchise history to drive in a run in each of his first three career games (RBI became an official stat in 1920).

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.97) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-6, 4.82) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Gordon Beckham, in the sixth inning of last night’s loss to the Cubs, became the first Sox player to steal home since Juan Pierre did it on October 2, 2010? 

Photo of the Day

Phegley heads for home.

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