Results tagged ‘ Don Cooper ’
Saturday, May 10, 2014
White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S Cellular Field (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHPJose Quintana (1-2, 3.56) for the Sox, LHP Wade Miley (2-3, 5.14) for Arizona.
Sox Starting Lineup: Beckham 2B, Semien 3B, Abreu DH, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko 1B, Sierra RF, Flowers C, De Aza CF.
Plays of the Day
With our first nine batters set down in order by former White Sox righty Brandon McCarthy, we exploded in the fourth inning last night with seven of our nine runs and nine of our 15 hits in the 9-3 victory over Arizona in the series opener. The inning was highlighted by Alexei Ramirez‘s fifth homer of the year and sixth career grand slam (click on top link below), his first since 2009…Jose Abreu, who went 3-4, added to his major-league leading home run total in the seventh with his 13th (click on bottom link) and in the eighth Tyler Flowers connected with his second blast of the year. Both were solo shots…Alejandro De Aza went 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored…Andre Rienzo improved his record to 3-0, allowing three runs, four hits and a pair of walks along with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings…Zach Putnam (1.1 IP), Ron Belisario (1.0) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) closed it out in perfect form.
Quirk of the Day
The Ramirez and Abreu homers both were hit on 3-0 counts.
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox rank among the American League leaders in runs scored (1st, 193), runs per game (1st, 5.22), extra-base hits (2nd, 119), homers (3rd, 40) and slugging percentage (4th, .426)…the Sox have won five of the last six games and last night matched a season-high four consecutive games of 10 or more hits…the Sox also lead the American League with 18 double-digit hit games…we are hitting .338 with five homers and 27 runs scored over the last four games and batting .354 with RISP during that period…Sox relievers own a 1.57 ERA over the last 13 games and a 2.06 mark and .175 opponents average since April 20…Just a reminder: as we posted yesterday, Robin Ventura will miss tonight’s game to attend the graduation of his daughter, Rachel, from Oklahoma State. Bench coach Mark Parent will serve as interim manager.
Francisco Promoted, Cleto Designated for Assignment
Before tonight’s game, the Sox purchased the contract of right-hander Frank Francisco from Class AAA Charlotte and designated right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto for assignment.
Francisco, 34, is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (8.0 IP), one save and 12 strikeouts in six relief appearances with Charlotte this season after signing with the White Sox as a minor-league free agent on April 14. His last five outings have been scoreless (7.0 IP) after allowing an unearned run in his season debut. He is limiting opponents to a .154 average (4-26).
Francisco, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is 20-22 with a 3.93 ERA (167 ER/382.2 IP), 73 saves, 67 holds and 421 strikeouts in 387 appearances (all in relief) over nine major-league seasons with Texas (2004, 2006-10), Toronto (2011) and the New York Mets (2012-13).
The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Francisco has averaged 9.90 strikeouts per 9.0 IP in his career, including a career-best 11.79 mark (83 SO/63.1 IP) with Texas in 2008. He has limited opponents to a .233 average (337-1,449) during his career, including a .231 mark (175-759) vs. right-handers.
He originally was signed by Boston as a non-drafted free agent on December 15, 1996 and was acquired by the White Sox in a trade with the Red Sox on July 31, 2002. He was traded to Texas in a deal involving Carl Everett on July 1, 2003.
White Sox Volunteer Corps at Work
Adam Eaton pitches in today at the Tilden Career Academy during the White Sox Volunteer Corps’ first day of service in 2014. Marcus Semien and Don Cooper also were on hand.
Talk about a memorable ceremonial first pitch. See what happened before last night’s game between our Charlotte affiliate and Buffalo.
A Berry Happy Birthday
Ken Berry, one of the finest defensive outfielders to ever wear a Sox uniform, is 73 today. Berry played for the Sox from 1962-70, was an All-Star in 1967 and won two gold gloves in a 14-year major-league career. Some also will remember him from his cameo in the movie, Eight Men Out, as he played the role of a leather-lunged fan.
Quote of the Day
Jim Thome — who knows a long ball when he sees one — was in the ballpark last night when Abreu hit his bomb into the shrubbery in dead center field.
“He still has a way to go,” Thome deadpanned when the baseball operations suite erupted with Abreu’s 442-foot blow.
Sox fans will remember two of Thome’s mighty blasts that made it onto the main concourse in center field, one measured at 464 and the second, the monstrous 461 home run that sealed the 1-0 playoff-clinching win for the Sox in 2008.
“I love it,” Jimmy said, clapping his hands.
White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 8.27) for the Sox and RHP Chase Anderson, who will be making his first career start, for Arizona.
Photo of the Day
Sunday, April 27, 2014
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (pictured above), making his first major league start, for the Sox and LHP David Price (3-1, 4.04) for Tampa Bay. Carroll is 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA in four starts this season with Class AAA Charlotte. He was a third-round selection of the Reds in 2007 and joined the Sox organization in 2012.
Carroll is a Missouri native who attended Missouri State, where he also played quarterback. Here, in this first person piece, Scott talks about his long road to the major leagues and, specifically, his Tommy John surgery.
And he’s apparently a very funny guy.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 3B, Abreu DH, Viciedo RF, Konerko 1B, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers C, Beckham 2B.
Plays of the Day
Gordon Beckham singled and doubled and Paul Konerko collected a pair of base hits last night in the Sox’ 4-0 loss to the Rays…Newcomer Hector Noesi, making his first appearance for his new team, pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Scott Downs threw two scoreless frames, his longest scoreless stint of the season, in relief of John Danks.
Sox Notes of Note
To make room for Carroll, the Sox optioned right-handed pitcher Erik Johnson to Class AAA Charlotte following last night’s game. Also, Avi Garcia has been transferred from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list…White Sox relievers are 1-0 with a 2.67 ERA over the last eight games…Dayan Viciedo (.368) and Alexei Ramirez (.343) rank first and fourth in the American League in batting average. Tyler Flowers is hitting .388, which would lead the league if he had the required plate appearances…Sox second-base prospect Micah Johnson is now at .360/.447/.528 for a .975 OPS at Class AA Birmingham. He went 3-4 last night vs. Chattanooga.
Quote of the Day
Noesi is happy he’s in Chicago with pitching coach Don Cooper after previous stints with the Yankees, Mariners and Rangers.
“I’ve been hearing a lot about him (Coop), he is good. So I’m going to trust him with my stuff.”
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 6.52) for Tampa Bay.
Photo of the Day
The White Sox Cuban connection then and now: Sox icon Minnie Minoso throws the ceremonial first pitch last night to his powerful countryman.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
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.
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.
The building is more than impressive, with memorabilia, photos, paintings and history exhibits lining its 17 miles of hallways (we only walked a little over one mile on our tour).
Among the sights: tour guides (our two were from the Navy and Army) who walk backwards the entire way … a salute-free courtyard (“otherwise all everyone would do all day is salute one another,” according to our guide) … a moving memorial to the victims of 9/11 attack on the building and the nation … and a fly-by of the office of Naval Secretary Ron Maybus to say hello. The Secretary – who threw out a first pitch at a White Sox game last year when he was in Chicago to commission the USS Illinois submarine – wasn’t around.
The resounding takeway for me was that while the 9/11 attacks seem, in some ways to be long ago, they are very real at The Pentagon where daily reminders line every hallway, where employees can worship in a chapel near where the plane hit the building, and where a look outside shows a memorial arbor of small trees and sculptures. It was very moving and made you appreciate the cost and sacrifice of the past 12 years.
Of course, like any good tour, we concluded in The Pentagon gift shop where a few challenge coins were purchased and where Head Trainer Herm Schneider then “briefed the media.” (See photo below).
Don’t worry folks, The Pentagon was in good hands. And the other question is, how in the world did these guys get into The Pentagon?)
Tuesday, April 9, 2013