Results tagged ‘ Don Cooper ’

A Mother’s Day Rubber Match

Sunday, May 11, 2014
 
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Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series–the Sox won Friday and dropped a close one last night. Probable starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (0-2, 8.27) for the Sox, RHP Chase Anderson, who will be making his first big-league start, for Arizona.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu DH, Dunn 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Sierra RF, Flowers C.
 
Play of the Day
 
With his fifth-inning, two-run home run last night, his first homer of the season, Paul Konerko moved past Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones into sole possession of 43rd place on the all-time home run list. Take a look:
 
 
An Encouraging Word
 
Sox ace Chris Sale threw a simulated game yesterday. He felt fine and is scheduled to throw again in five days. Don Cooper said he looked great.
Heading West
 
After today’s game the Sox embark on a nine-game, 10-day road trip to Oakland (3 games), Houston (3) and Kansas City (3). We return home on Thursday, May 22, for a 10-game homestand, beginning with a four-game series with the Yankees and continuing with three vs. the Indians and three against the Padres.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Arizona closer Addison Reed on former Sox teammate Paulie (via @scottmerkin):
 
“Best guy you’ll ever meet. If there’s any little kid that wants someone to look up to, it’s definitely him.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. (9:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (3-2, 4.93) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Chavez (2-1, 2.47) for the A’s.
 
Photos of the Day
 
Here are the pink balloons that went up before last night’s #PinkOut game in honor of breast cancer awareness and Marcus Semien and Alexei Ramirez on the field with a pair of cancer survivors.
 
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Grand Opening

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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.

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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.

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Heartwarming Reunion

Talk about a memorable ceremonial first pitch. See what happened before last night’s game between our Charlotte affiliate and Buffalo.

http://t.co/qLWMPyo7fA

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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.

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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.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Celebrating victory.

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Sox Seek Series Win After Abreu and Carroll Make it a Momentous Sunday

Monday, April 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series as the Sox (13-13) look to win the series and go over the .500 mark. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 6.52) for Tampa Bay.

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

Plays of the Day

With his mom, dad, other family members and friends in the stands, Scott Carroll was brilliant yesterday in his major-league debut. Not only did he allow just two runs (one unearned), six hits and two walks along with three strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched, he got credit for his first victory and outdueled former Cy Young Award winner David Price in the Sox’ 9-2 win (In the photo above, Alexei Ramirez gives Scott a celebratory shower)…we broke into the scoring column with a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by Jose Abreu‘s two-run blast (he’s now got 10 homers and 31 RBI, leading the majors in both), four Tampa Bay errors and alert base running by Adam Eaton that enabled him to score while the Rays were napping…the Sox added four more in the seventh on an RBI double by Marcus Semien, a two-RBI single by Abreu and a run-scoring base hit by Ramirez…Eaton had a three-hit day, collecting three singles.

The Abreu homer:

http://atmlb.com/1mPS69P

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Abreu Notes of Note

With his home run yesterday, Abreu extended his major-league record homer total for rookies through April and set the RBI mark as well…his 10 homers in April are the most by a White Sox rookie in any month and most by a Sox player in the month of April since Paul Konerko‘s 11 in 2010…his 31 RBI this month are a franchise record, surpassing Konerko’s 28 in 2002…Jose tied Zeke Bonura (1934) for the franchise record for home runs through his first 26 games and his 31 RBI are the most by a Sox player through their first 26 games and are the most in any month since Frank Thomas‘ 31 in August of 2003…Abreu is the first player in MLB history to have four four-plus RBI games in his first 26 career contests…Jose has been named co-American League Player of the Week for April 21-27, along with Seattle’s Kyle Seager. During the week, he batted .310 with five home runs, an AL-high 14 RBI, eight runs scored, an .862 slugging percentage and is the first Sox player to win the honor since Alejandro De Aza last July 8-14.

Two Abreu Tributes

From deadspin.com

http://deadspin.com/jose-abreu-is-the-games-best-old-fashioned-slugger-1568773413

…and an excerpt from a column by Jonah Keri in Grantland.com

I’m going to start this Jose Abreu tribute by sharing a decidedly nonanalytical story.

On Friday night, I was sitting with Baseball Tonight analysts Eduardo Perez and Doug Glanville, watching the ninth inning of the Rays–White Sox game. Rays closer Grant Balfour began melting down, allowing a double, then two walks, then nearly getting into a fight with Paul Konerko. Perez started shouting at the TV, “Don’t let this get to Abreu! You’d better get out of this before getting to Abreu!” The next batter, Adam Eaton, hit what looked like a game-ending double play to second, but a slightly botched relay between Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar allowed Eaton to beat the ball by a hair. Rays manager Joe Maddon challenged the call, causing Perez to jump out of his chair. “You’re messing with Balfour’s timing now! Abreu’s going to go yard if he comes up, watch out!” Facing rookie Marcus Semien, with Abreu on deck, Balfour inexcusably started nibbling, throwing a 2-1 slider that missed the strike zone by a mile, and ultimately issuing the walk. Up strode Abreu, the 255-pound, 27-year-old rookie with light-tower power. “Game over right here!” yelled Perez. And he was right: On an 0-1 count, Balfour threw a fastball, middle-out and thigh-high. Abreu crushed it to deep right, into the Chicago night and over the wall.

The room exploded. Perez and Glanville played a combined 22 years and 1,869 games in the big leagues, enough to have seen it all. Yet they still high-fived and celebrated like one of them had just cranked the walk-off grand slam. They weren’t the only excited spectators: It’s a minor miracle that Hawk Harrelson didn’t have a coronary while calling the play, and the Spanish telecast’s “Sayonara, baby!” call was a delightful touch.

That’s the kind of impact Abreu is having. He’s got fans and former big leaguers alike predicting game-winning home runs five batters before he can even step to the plate. He’s turned a moribund White Sox team into a must-watch outfit every night. And so far, he’s making history.

More Jose

Listen to Buster Olney’s ESPN.com podcast which features–in part–Robin Ventura, Rick Hahn and sportswriter Jerry Crasnick talking about Abreu. The segment on Abreu starts at 8:46 and ends at 25:52.

http://bit.ly/1tVaYFV

And here’s Jose with his fellow Cuban teammates Adrian Nieto, Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo having some fun today before the game.

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Carroll Notes of Note

With his successful start yesterday, Carroll (29.215) became the oldest player to make his White Sox debut since Ernesto Escarrega (32.120) in the second game of a doubleheader on April 26, 1982, vs. the Red Sox. Here are the last few players to make their MLB debut for the Sox at 29 years or older:

* Tadahito Iguchi (30 years, 121 days) on April 4, 2005 vs. Indians

* Shingo Takatsu (35.136) on April 9, 2004 vs. Yankees

* Mike Heathcott (29.104) on August 28, 1998 vs. Rangers

* Isidro Marquez (29.346) on April 26, 1995 vs. Brewers

* Dane Johnson (31.109) on May 30, 1994 vs. Yankees

Carroll’s 7.1 IP are the most for a Sox pitcher in his major-league debut since Gerry Janeski in 1970 vs. Milwaukee…he’s also the first Sox pitcher to earn the win in his major-league debut as a starter since Lucas Harrell in July of 2010 vs Oakland.

Teammate of the Week: Adam Dunn picked up the tab for Carroll’s celebration dinner at O’Toole’s last night. There were an estimated 35 friends and family in the Carroll party.

Potent Offense

From Ken Rosenthal, foxsports.com:

The White Sox’s pitching success took root in the late 1990s when Ken Williams was the farm director and Don Cooper the minor-league pitching coordinator.

The team developed not only a philosophy, but a continuity of instruction, teaching pitchers in the minors the same way it taught pitchers in the majors. The process became so consistent, the White Sox’s scouts came to understand Cooper’s preferred deliveries and pitch types as he ascended to the major-league job.

So, when general manager Rick Hahn sought a replacement for hitting coach Jeff Manto last offseason, his goal was to replicate the team’s pitching success on the hitting side. The hiring of Todd Steverson, a former major-league coach and minor-league manager with the Athletics and minor-league coach with the Cardinals, appears to be a positive step in that direction.

The White Sox are second in the majors in runs per game, and their offensive success is one of the season’s early surprises. Obviously, newcomers such as first baseman Jose Abreu and outfielder Adam Eaton are making an impact. But shortstop Alexei Ramirez and outfielder Dayan Viciedo have shown improvement under Steverson, and Avisail Garcia also was progressing before he required season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.

Steverson’s philosophy hardly is revolutionary – he preaches “selective aggressiveness,” urging hitters to lay off pitches they can’t handle and pounce on the ones they can. Still, if Steverson turns into a pitching version of Cooper, the White Sox will be even better positioned to re-emerge as a force.

One Day Left Before Our First #SoxSocial Night of the season! 

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Sox Career Fair

http://atmlb.com/RJtD9m

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Congrats to the Blackhawks

Another “Sox Win, Hawks Win” day on Sunday. Our hockey brethren move on to the second round in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a convincing 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Quotes of the Day

Thoughts from an unforgettable day

Carroll:

“I’m on cloud nine right now. I knew I was capable of it, but it’s just awesome to finally get the opportunity and showcase my skills here at this level. It’s incredible. I put in all the hard work and just effort and stuff and to get to this level and succeed like I did, it was unbelievable. I’ve seen it so many times on TV and on movies and stuff, but to actually experience it and have that feeling myself, it was incredible.

“This has been a long road for my family and I. They’ve been through all this stuff with me ever since I was a kid, taking me to games as a Little Leaguer. For me to finally achieve my dream, my mom, she’s an angel, and she’s put in a lot of hard work taking care of me through two surgeries. It was pretty awesome.”

“I had to hide back some tears and fight through that.” (talking about his reaction to the standing ovation when he left the game).

Watch Scott being interviewed on the MLB Network:  

http://atmlb.com/1hIMPsP

Abreu:

“We’re all together. We are very happy. I feel like the whole team contributed. Just getting to know the process and the steps that Scott has had to take to get here, it’s a great thing and well deserved.”

Ventura:

The Sox record book shows that Robinwith 33 RBI in July of 1991, is second all-time for runs batted in a single month behind Harold Baines (36 in June of 1987). Robin was asked about Abreu, with 31 so far in April, approaching his total. With tongue firmly in cheek, he replied:

“Yeah, he’s not playing for the next five days.”

More from the skipper:  

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32444799

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 3.90) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (2-1, 2.45) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

Here’s Carroll’s Mom in tears after her son left yesterday’s game to a standing ovation (top) and Scott as he meets his family and friends after the game.

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Scott Carroll Set to Make Big-League Debut

Sunday, April 27, 2014

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Today’s News

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.

http://www.chicagonow.com/future-sox/2014/02/prospect-perspective-pitcher-scott-carroll-on-the-tommy-john-process/

And he’s apparently a very funny guy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maJzUsUBjf0

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.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

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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.

 

Looking to Rebound

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Nationals at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. (6:05 pm, CT, CSN). Starters: Gavin Floyd (0-1) for the Sox, Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) for Washington.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B, Rios, RF; Dunn, LF; Konerko, 1B; Ramirez, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Flowers, C; Floyd, RHP.
 
Home Cooking
 
Tonight’s game bodes well for Gavin. He calls Annapolis, MD home and has had a good measure of success when he’s pitched in nearby Baltimore and Washington.
 
In his four starts in Baltimore he is 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA and 17 strikeouts.
In his two starts in Washington he is 0-1, but has posted a 2.57 ERA and 11 K’s.
 
Six starts, a 3-1 record, a 2.38 ERA and 28 strikeouts. Pretty impressive.
 
Beckham
 
Gordon injured his left wrist last night while fouling off a pitch in the third inning. X-rays were negative and he’s day-to-day. He’ll test the wrist on Friday.
 
Coop
 
He’s improving and the hope is that he’ll travel to Cleveland with the team after Thursday night’s game.
 
Uni Change
 
I’m sure eagle-eyed White Sox fans noticed the subtle change in our road uniforms. The black and white piping on the uniform pants has been changed to one thinner black stripe.
 
Danks
 
According to RV, John Danks threw six innings yesterday in extended spring training: “There was more velocity and he said he felt great.”
 
When in D.C…
 
Several White Sox staff members woke up bright and early today and headed over for a private tour of The Pentagon, arranged by Assistant Trainer Brian Ball and Illinois Senator Mark Kirk.

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?)

 

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South Side Sox
 
It was good to see Jim Margalus of the popular website, South Side Sox, at the ballpark in D.C. last night. @southsidesox
 
Rave Review
 
Check out this story from mediapost.com, which applauds the Sox’s success in reaching families.
 
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
Robin on…
 
The silver lining in last night’s 8-7 loss to the Nats in the series opener: “When you lose, you always look at the fact that you lose, but we kept battling back and getting close…”
 
On managing a National League game: “I think it’s good team-wise. Players get more action.”
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
Paul Konerko’s three-run homer in the seventh inning and Alex Rios’s two-run blast in the ninth, his fourth in as many games, in last night’s defeat. 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Nationals at Nationals Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-0) for the Sox, Dan Haren (0-1) for the Nats.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that despite the Sox being on the road in D.C., chants of Paul-ie, Paul-ie reverberated throughout the ballpark after Konerko’s home run?
 
Photo(s) of the Day
 
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Some sightseeing in the nation’s capital after The Pentagon visit. Here’s the Mall with the Washington Monument and Capitol building in the background and the awe-inspiring tribute to a great Illinoisian at the Lincoln Memorial.

 

A National Challenge

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Probable starters: Jake Peavy (1-0) for the Sox, Gio Gonzalez (1-0) for Washington. It is the first game of a 10-game road trip for the Sox, who also will travel to Cleveland and Toronto.
 
The White Sox, 4-2, lead the A.L. Central by 0.5 game over Kansas City and MInnesota.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 3B; Rios, RF; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Ramirez, SS; Flowers, C; Beckham, 2B; Peavy, RHP.
 
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Interleague Excellence
 
The White Sox are 4-2 all-time against the Nationals, including a three-game sweep in Washington in 2010…the Sox are 164-120 (.577) all-time in interleague play, the second-best winning percentage in the major leagues behind the Yankees (.603) and have gone 59-31 since 2008…Peavy is 6-2 with a 1.63 ERA in nine interleague games (eight starts) since coming to Chicago.
 
Harold’s Commute
 
It’s an hour and a half from Harold Baines’ front door on Maryland’s Eastern Shorre to the ballpark. “Same distance as Baltimore and I did that for five years,” Baines said, agreeing that the drive was worth the payoff of sleeping in his own bed.
 
Road Unis
 
Astute White Sox fans will notice a slight difference in our road uniforms tonight. Do you?
 
Get Well, Coop
 
Pitching coach Don Cooper is in the hospital with diverticulitis and is day-to-day. Bobby Thigpen moves into the dugout and Mark Salas will head the bullpen. “He’s not feeling real good, but he can still talk. I know that,” Robin joked. The skipper also kidded that the ailment might have been caused by too much “Funk 49″ from the Bob Seger-Joe Walsh concert that they both attended Saturday night.
 
Gellinger to Manage Bristol
 
Mike “Gelly” Gellinger, who was on the White Sox’s major-league staff from 1997-2012, will manage Advanced Rookie Bristol in 2013, replacing Bobby Magallanes, who will be a roving minor league instructor.
 
PK: “You’re Always Working Hard. There’s No Real In Between.”
 
Click the link and see why Paulie is the extraordinary player and leader he has become.
 
 
Sox Offer Tickets to Chicago Firefighters and Police 
 
The White Sox are offering complimentary tickets to select games for all members of the Chicago Fire and Police Departments. Here Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf presents symbolic tickets to members of the two departments. 
 
 
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A Good Cause
 
Join White Sox Executive VP Ken Williams for a night of dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and more at the Jack and Jill 30th Anniversary Gala! The event will take place on Saturday, May 4, and all proceeds will benefit Chicago White Sox Charities and the Jack and Jill of America Foundation. Purchase tickets here: http://atmlb.com/10LlKyy
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
RV on last night’s team NCAA Basketball Final viewing party: “Moments you can just hang out. Everyone is interested in a game like that. I think everyone had fun.”
 
Robin on Peavy: “He’s just excited to swing the bat tonight.”
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
The Sox lead the American League with a 2.41 ERA…The bullpen tops the league with a 1.83 mark and the starting rotation ranks second at 2.72…The Sox are tied for second in the A.L. in home runs….Alex Rios has homered in three straight games for the first time in his career.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Nationals at Nationals Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable starters: Gavin Floyd (0-1) for the Sox, Jordan Zimmerman for the Nats (1-0).
 
Did You Know…
 
…that in his two seasons with the Nationals, Sox slugger Adam Dunn had virtually identical seasons? He hit 38 homers and drove in 105 runs in 2009 and 38 and 103 in 2010.
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Today will be the first April game since 1972 that Sox pitchers will bat. The last Sox hurler to step to the plate in April was Terry Forster, who not only led the team in saves that year with 29, but batted .526 (10-19). Thanks to @soxnerd for the tip.

 

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