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#GrindItOut White Sox Face Peavy, A.J. and World Series Champs in First of Three

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1. 9.58) for our Sox, ex-White Sox RHP Jake Peavy (0-0, 2.13) for Boston.

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

Play of the Day

Alexei Ramirez‘s walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday gave the Sox a dramatic 4-3 victory and a series win over the Indians. With his season-opening hitting streak now at 13 games, Alexei needs only two more games to tie Frank Thomas‘ record of 15…Ramirez leads the American League in average (.420), OPS (1.143), slugging percentage (.680), on-base percentage (.463), hits (21) multi-hit games (8) and ranks among the leaders in RBI (T3rd, 12), stolen bases (T5th, 3) and doubles (T7th, 4). Enjoy Alexei in video and photos:

http://atmlb.com/1igc2z2

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox lead the majors in runs per game (6.15), top the American League in average (.284), OPS (.816), slugging percentage (.461) and on-base percentage (.356) and rank second with 16 home runs…The Sox recorded their third comeback win of the year on Sunday after being down one run to the Indians in the fourth inning…Jose Quintana, who didn’t factor in that decision, gave up only one run and five hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts while lowering his ERA to 2.37…Maikel Cleto extended his career-high six-game scoreless streak…Marcus Semien is the first Sox player with two go-ahead home runs in the eighth inning or later in the first 13 games of the season since Dick Allen did it in his MVP year in 1972…Adam Eaton has reached base safely 16 times in his last six games. He leads the big leagues with 14 runs scored and ranks among the AL leaders in times on base (T1st), multi-hit games (T2nd, 7), hits (T3rd, 17), on-base percentage (9th, .419) and average (10th, .327)…Conor Gillaspie has now hit in a career-high 11 games and has driven in five runs in the past three games…the Sox have inked reliever Frank Francisco to a minor-league contract and assigned him to play for Class AAA Charlotte. Francisco, 34, has recorded a 3.93 ERA and 73 saves in 387 games with the Rangers, Blue Jays and Mets…this series marks the return of former White Sox Jake Peavy and A.J. Pierzynski as well as ex-bullpen coach Juan Nieves…Due to conflicts with Blackhawks playoff schedule, Sox games on April 17 vs. Boston and April 23 at Detroit will air on CSN+ instead of CSN as originally scheduled…Today marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings and a moment of silence will be observed…Happy 29th Birthday to John Danks.

Avi Update

Avisail Garcia underwent successful surgery this morning at Rush Oak Park Hospital to repair a torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder. He will undergo approximately six months of rehabilitation and is expected to be available without restriction for the start of 2015 spring training. He suffered the injury attempting a diving catch in right field on April 9 at Colorado.

White Sox Hard at Work as June Draft Approaches

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/cws/white-sox-taking-time-to-prepare-for-draft?ymd=20140414&content_id=72047458

Captain Konerko

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/71691562/chicago-white-sox-paul-konerko-enjoying-remaining-baseball-career

Jackie Robinson Panel

A special panel discussion entitled “Jackie Robinson: A Catalyst for Change in American Society” was hosted today by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in honor of Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Dr. Carol Adams shared their views and perspective on Robinson as a change agent in baseball and society. The audience in the Conference and Learning Center at USCF was filled with student-athletes from Chicago area high schools. 

Every player in the major leagues will wear uniform No. 42 today in honor of the 67th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier.

Here’s Governor Quinn and Sox icon Minnie Minoso chatting at the Robinson Day panel discussion.

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Quote of the Day

Eaton’s tweet moments after Sunday’s dramatic win:

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (1-0, 4.15) for our Sox, RHP Clay Buchholz (0-1, 6.97) for Boston.

Photo of the Day

Young Sox Fan Meets Chris Sale: Priceless

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With a Series Win Under Their Belts, the Sox Test the Royals in K.C.

Friday, April 4, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City (3:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (pictured above) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie for K.C.

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

Plays of the Day

The Sox put together a nine run, 13-hit attack in yesterday’s tough 10-9 loss to the Twins…Jose Abreu went 2-4 with four RBI, including a double and a triple with the bases loaded (click on top link below for video)…Marcus Semien collected his first hit of the young season with an eighth inning homer that put the Sox ahead 9-8 (click on middle link)…Tyler Flowers pounded out four hits in as many at-bats, his career high…Adam Dunn smashed his second homer, a two-shot, and Alejandro De Aza hit a solo homer for his third of the young season…Adam Eaton tripled, scored a run and walked twice plus he made a spectacular catch in the sixth to prevent a run from scoring (click on bottom link).

http://atmlb.com/1jGnNiL

http://atmlb.com/1lsfIy7        

http://whitesox.tumblr.com/post/81617462809/well-look-at-that          

Sox Notes of Note

De Aza homered for the third time at U.S. Cellular Field after recording four home runs at home all last season. He became the first player to hit three homers in the first three games of the season in Sox history…Dunn’s homer was career No. 442, tying Dave Kingman for 38th place on the all-time home run list…Nate Jones has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip muscle strain. Jake Petricka has been recalled from Charlotte…three games in, the White Sox lead AL in OPS (.914), slugging (.549), are tied for lead in runs per game (7.0) and HRs (6) and rank second .311 average.

Farm Report

Top third-base prospect Matt Davidson went 3-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI and Jared Mitchell connected for a two-run home run in Class AAA Charlotte’s 3-0 season-opening victory last night in Norfolk…Class AA Birmingham clobbered host Montgomery, 9-2, in its opener last night. Second base prospect Micah Johnson went 2-4 with a two-run homer, a triple, a walk and two runs scored…Gordon Beckham (see below), on a rehab assignment, was the Barons’ DH.

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Quote of the Day

@CST_soxvan: Venezuelan Avi Garcia last played in cold like this in ’12 World Series in Detroit. What gets cold? ‘My hands, my nose, my eyes, everything’

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen for Kansas City.

Photo of the Day

Jose has gone 7-16 with two doubles, a triple, two runs scored and has hit safely in his first three big-league games.

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Makeup Monday After a Winning Sunday

Monday, September 23, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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. Quintana has given up three runs or less in 14 of his last 15 starts. 

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

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Paulie Talks with the Ripkens

Listen to Paul Konerko as he visits with Cal and Billy Ripken last Friday on the MLB Radio Network:

https://www.hightail.com/download/OGhlZEU1Qk56RStybHNUQw

Wins (For a Pitcher) Aren’t Everything

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/for-modern-day-statistician-winning-isnt-everything/2013/09/18/e0a9d0f2-2075-11e3-94a2-6c66b668ea55_story.html

Play(s) of the Day

Avisail Garcia and Jeff Keppinger each collected three hits and two RBI and Conor Gillaspie drove in two runs with a triple and scored three times in yesterday’s 6-3 win in Detroit. Erik Johnson chalked up his second major league victory, and second straight, allowing just two runs in 6.2 innings to lower his ERA to 2.82.

Here’s Conor’s triple in the fifth inning and Jeff’s double that scored two runs in the seventh:

Gillaspie: http://atmlb.com/1aWNkig

Keppinger: http://atmlb.com/1bzSGmn

Quote of the Day

A very positive tweet and a look ahead to 2014 from our whitesox.com beat writer after the Sox scored three runs in the fifth inning yesterday and held the Tigers scoreless. Avi singled in a run, Semien singled and scored, Gillaspie tripled in the two runs and Johnson retired the side in an uneventful fifth:

@scottmerkin: Strong inning for the White Sox future: A. Garcia, Semien, Gillaspie, Johnson.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a two-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-9, 3.53) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9, 3.39) for the Tribe.

Did You Know…

…that Avi Garcia is now hitting .375 with 12 RBI in his last 16 games including 7 for 15 with a homer and five RBI against his former Tigers teammates over the weekend? He’s also playing great defense as evidenced in yesterday’s game by his diving catch to rob Prince Fielder on a line drive in the sixth inning.

Photo of the Day

Two in a row for Erik.

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?c_id=cws&content_id=30848377&partnerId=as_mlb_20130923_12239494

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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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Quintana, Sox Go for Two in a Row vs. Twins

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-6, 3.56) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-12, 5.31) for Minnesota.

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

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White Sox Hero of the Game…a Cool Story

I received this e-mail today from Sox fan Tony P.:

I am long time reader of your blog and remembered that your email address was in there. I wanted to see if you could pass along my email to Mr Reinsdorf. I just wanted to extend my family thanks to him and to acknowledge 3 of his employees for making September 13th, 2013 one of the best days of my Dad’s life. During the game last Friday, my Dad was honored as the White Sox Hero Of The Game.

My Dad is a Vietnam Veteran that has cancer. He got the cancer due to the agent orange that they used in Vietnam. He has been battling cancer for the past 5 years. With the help of Amy, Josh and Scott, I was able to arrange group outing of 90+ people to the ballpark that day.  They even helped me put a message on the scoreboard that surprised everyone. It had my Dad’s favorite saying on there, “Today Matters”. This is my Dad’s motto that helps him get through his cancer fighting days.

He was very impressed on how everyone in the organization treated him that day. When he was being walked to the dug out, various White Sox employees (Players, Chefs, Security, Ushers….) were giving him high fives and thanking him for his service.

My Dad was also surprised by the turnout especially when all of his firefighter buddies showed up. He hasn’t seen some of them in over 10 years!  Below is what he posted the next morning on Facebook.

“Well today was truly the best day I had in the last 5 years. It was truly amazing. So thankful to the Chicago White Sox for honoring me for my military service as the Hero of the Game today. So many took the time off on a weekday to share this experience with me and I have to tell you it was very humbling. I thank Tony, Geri and everyone involved in putting this together. It is a memorable experience that will forever be etched into my heart. It was great to see my family , friends and so many new friends I made today. This was a Welcome Home any Vietnam Veteran would be proud to be part of or any veteran for that matter. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for this most wonderful day. God Bless all of You! Today Matters…..”

Words can’t describe how thankful I am are for Amy, Josh and Scott for helping me make this day a reality. Please make sure they get the credit they deserve for all of their help.

#Vote4Hawk

Hawk Harrelson is a candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2014 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting. You can vote for him now at http://atmlb.com/1eLDPrj.

And here’s candidate Harrelson like you’ve never seen him before:

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?content_id=30679589&query=hawk

Paulie and Gordon Up Close & Personal

http://adrinkwith.com/gordon-beckham-paul-konerko/

Play(s) of the Day

The White Sox’s 12-1 triumph over the Twins last night was a success in many ways. Rookie Erik Johnson claimed his first major-league win with six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out eight…The Sox offense broke out early, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning…Alexei Ramirez pounded out four hits, including his fifth home run in the seventh, was a triple shy of a cycle and drove in three runs…Adam Dunn (32) and Dayan Viciedo (13) hit back-back homers in the fourth inning and Jordan Danks added his fourth long one in the sixth…Dunn’s homer was the 438th of his career, tying him for 39th place with Andre Dawson on the all-time list.

Enjoy the four homer onslaught:

Dunn: http://atmlb.com/165Y7Iu

Viciedohttp://atmlb.com/165YlPZ

Dankshttp://atmlb.com/16ajCRu

Ramirez: http://atmlb.com/16alZ6U

Quote of the Day (tweeted yesterday)

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (4-13, 4.73) for the Sox, LHP Scott Diamond (5-11, 5.61) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that the White Sox last night recorded their largest margin of victory this season and set a season high for runs in a game?

…that 30 years ago today, the “Winning Ugly” White Sox clinched the A.L. West pennant with a 4-3 victory over Seattle? Harold Baines’ sac fly scored Julio Cruz for the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth as Dennis Lamp got credit for the win in relief. The Sox went on to win the division by 20 games.

Photo of the Day

Johnson recorded big-league victory No. 1.

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Current and Future Sox Contributed to Birmingham’s Southern League Success

Monday, September 16, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-2, 4.66) for the Sox, LHP Liam Hendriks (1-2, 5.25) for Minnesota. Johnson is shooting for his first big-league win.

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

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Play of the Day: The Birmingham Connection

Erik Johnson and his college and pro teammate Marcus Semien, whose two hits yesterday in the Sox’s loss to Cleveland brought his average to .346 since coming to Chicago, both spent a good portion of this season at Class AA Birmingham–the brand new Southern League champions. Semien, in fact, was named the league’s MVP for his performance before being called up to Class AAA Charlotte. Johnson was 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA prior to joining the Knights. RHPs Jake Petricka and Daniel Webb and C Miguel Gonzalez, all now with the Sox, also contributed to the championship season.

All five undoubtedly experienced a great deal of satisfaction last night as their ex-mates clinched the Barons’ first league championship since 2002. Host Birmingham, managed by Julio Vinas, won the title, 4-2, by capturing the winner-take-all fifth game in the best-of-five series against the two-time defending champion Mobile BayBears, a Diamondbacks farm club. 

The MVP of the championship series was second baseman Micah Johnson (pictured below), who joined the Barons in late August from High Class A Winston-Salem after he started the season at Class A Kannapolis. He hit .450 with a homer, six runs scored and four RBI in the five games and in the decisive contest last night, he went 2-4 with a home run, two runs batted in and two runs scored.

In the entire postseason, Micah led the team with a .368 average, 12 runs scored and seven steals while driving in seven runs and walking seven times. The talented speedster, a top Sox prospect, led the entire minor leagues in stolen bases in 2013 with 84 and batted .312 with a .373 on base percentage in his three stops during the regular season. 

Here’s more:

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/09/birmingham_barons_win_southern.html

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130916&content_id=60747108&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb&tcid=tw_share

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/09/birmingham_barons_timeline_rel.html#incart_river

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Quote of the Day

@BhamBarons: FINAL: Barons 4 Mobile 2!!! 2013 SOUTHERN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! GO CRAZY BIRMINGHAM!!!

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-6, 3.56) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-12, 5.31) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that with his seven strikeouts last night vs. the Tribe, Chris Sale is just one shy of Gary Peters’ franchise record for lefthanders (215) set in 1967?

Sox Notes of Note

Happy Birthday to both Gordon Beckham (27) and bench coach Mark Parent (52)…Hector Santiago, who last week was selected as the Sox nominee for the 2013 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award (honoring on-and-off-the-field achievements), has also been chosen as the club’s nominee for this year’s Roberto Clemente Award–”which pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others”…Vance Law, the third baseman on the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox and currently member of the organization as a special assistant to player development, sang the National Anthem before last night’s game. Interestingly, Vance’s Dad, Vern, the 1960 National League Cy Young Award winner, was a teammate of Clemente’s on the Pirates…Scotty McCreery, the 2011 American Idol winner, was at the ballpark yesterday to promote the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program and visited the #SoxSocial Lounge.

Photo of the Day

The 2013 Southern League Champion Birmingham Barons.

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http://pic.twitter.com/hMyIEC1hU6

White Sox vs. Tribe: A Friday the 13th Matinee

Friday, September 13, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (1-2, 2.92) for Cleveland.

Sox Starting Lineup: Jor. Danks, RF; Semien, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, CF; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Anderson, C.

Barons One Game Away From Title

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, are a game away from their first Southern League crown after defeating the defending champion Mobile BayBears, 8-2, last night in Mobile to take a two games to none lead in the best-of five championship series. Game 3 is set for tonight at Regions Field in Birmingham.

With a roster full of Sox prospects, the Barons were led by DH Trayce Thompson’s homer and two RBI, 2B Micah Johnson’s two hits and two runs scored and winning pitcher Chris Beck’s (pictured below) outstanding six innings of work, allowing just one earned run, six hits and two walks while striking out four. 

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Play(s) of the Day

Paulie hit his 11th homer of the season, a solo shot, and 433rd of his career in last night’s loss to the Indians. Konerko is batting. 339 with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI over his last 16 games…INF Marcus Semien had a pair of hits, including his first major-league extra-base hit (a double)…Miguel Gonzalez recorded his first major league hit (a single) and Avisail Garcia added two singles. Avi is hitting .333 in his last 26 games, including 10 multi-hit efforts…Dylan Axelrod, with his 5.0 scoreless innings, made the longest relief outing of his career.

Quote(s) of the Day

I posted yesterday that rookies Semien and RHP Erik Johnson were among the players named to Baseball America‘s 2013 Minor League All-Star first team and were teammates on the University of California-Berkeley squad that made it to the 2011 College World Series.

Colleen Kane points out in today’s Trib that they were also roommates at Cal and played summer ball together in the Northwoods League in Minnesota as well as being drafted the same year (2011) and called up to the majors on the same day (September 3).

“We’ve been together through everything, actually,” Semien told Kane.“It’s pretty cool. If you have any questions, you can always go to him and ask because we’ve kind of gone through the same things. You don’t feel like you’re alone through this.”

Johnson added:  “It makes me comfortable when he’s out there playing behind me.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-1, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 3.62) for the Tribe. In his last start, against the Orioles, Andre collected his second career victory, allowing just one run and four hits in 6.2 IP.

Did You Know…

…that PK leads all active players with 48 homers against the Indians?

Photo of the Day

Santiago is on the mound today looking to even the series against Cleveland.

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Indian Summer Arrives on the South Side

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (4-12, 4.45) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (8-5, 3.54) for the Tribe.

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

Barons Take Lead in Series

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, took a one game lead over the Mobile BayBears (Arizona’s farm club) last night in the opener of the Southern League Championship Series by defeating the defending league champions, 8-3, in Mobile. Game 2 is set for tonight.

Starter Chris Bassitt, a Sox prospect headed to the Arizona Fall League, got credit for the win with 5.2 scoreless innings. He allowed just six hits and two walks along with seven strikeouts and bested the Diamondbacks No. 1 prospect, RHP Archie Bradley. The Barons put together a 14-hit attack which saw third baseman Cody Puckett pound out three hits and five others, including promising second baseman Micah Johnson and shortstop Tyler Saladino, deliver a pair. Puckett, with a two-run homer, Johnson and Saladino also drove in two runs apiece. Here’s more:

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jspymd=20130912&content_id=60342710&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

Play(s) of the Day

It was another superb start for Jose Quintana in last night’s 1-0 loss to the Tigers. He pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in getting another no decision. It was his 17th no decision of the season, an American League record (Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven holds the major-league mark of 20, set in 1979)…Leury Garcia, leading off and playing a solid second base, went 3-4 and stole two bases.

Quote of Day

Catcher Miguel Gonzalez (pictured below) was the last of the Sox September call-ups to make his major-league debut when he replaced fellow rookie Josh Phegley in the seventh inning Tuesday night. The 22-year-old from Venezuela, who grounded out in his only plate appearance, spoke through an interpreter to Colleen Kane of the Trib:

Probably the best experience I’ve had in my life. Hitting, I felt a little bit off with my timing, but it was a great experience overall.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (1-2, 2.92) for Cleveland.

Did You Know…

that RHP Erik Johnson and INF Marcus Semien (the Southern League MVP) have been named to Baseball America‘s Minor League All-Star first team? It’s interesting to note that Johnson and Semien were teammates on the University of California-Berkeley team that advanced to the 2011 College World Series.

Photo of the Day

Robin Ventura, Chris Sale, Adam Dunn and EVP Ken Williams visited the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago today. Here’s Adam demonstrating his smart phone to a new friend:

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Sox Go for Third Straight Win Tonight; GM Hahn Talks Past, Present and Future

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 4.50) making his second career start and first at home for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (11-8, 4.76) for Detroit.

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

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The State of Our Sox

As the Sox returned to Chicago, General Manager Rick Hahn spoke to the media before last night’s game about a variety of subjects:

Reflecting on the season that has been and looking towards the remainder of the year…

Rick: I’m not spending a lot of time thinking about what could have been.  Our focus is more on getting the most out of the next 20 games and seeing some of the young guys contribute.  We’d like to see them demonstrate what they are capable of doing and then hit the ground running in the offseason.  

On what he is looking for and expecting from the young players as the season comes to an end…

RickWe want to see how they compete, prepare and go about their business.  Even how they fare against adversity, because sometimes you learn even more about a person’s makeup when they struggle.  This last road trip and the remainder of the schedule has had some meaningful games for our opponents (playoff contenders) and by playing our young guys in these games against good competition we hope to see them prepare themselves to play in meaningful games for us in the not too distant future.  

On being competitive…

RickThe Boston Red Sox are the most recent example of a team and model of going from worst to first in the standings.  The core of pitching we have along with some of our young players give us what we believe will be one of those shorter paths to getting back to the competitiveness we expect and where we want to be in the standings.

On the futures of Robin Ventura and Paul Konerko…

Rick: Robin is already signed for next year so there’s really nothing to discuss along those lines.  With Konerko, we’ve said this since Spring Training that similar to the last two times where he’s entered the final year of his contract, we will sit down together after the season ends, (when) he knows what he wants to do and we will have a conversation, in private, about the future and how everyone fits.  

On the development of the farm system this season…

RickWe are real pleased with the young pitching.  Erik Johnson, (Jake) Petricka and (Daniel) Webb have had nice seasons.  Marcus Semien had a real good year.  Micah Johnson led the minor leagues in stolen bases, so he’s another player that had a good year.  We entered the season knowing we had a fair amount of outfield depth and good pitching depth as well.  We’ve seen some of those pitchers take the next step which we had hoped, however maybe not the outfielders as much as some infielders, who have stepped forward this year.    

On what has set the 2013 White Sox backward and what needs to improve in 2014…

RickUnfortunately, we have a number of areas that we need to upgrade.  Being at the bottom of the league in runs scored, obviously the offense is something at the top of the list.  Also how we performed defensively and on the base paths have been well below our expectations and well below acceptable.  We have a fair amount of work to do and we realize that.  With the way the season has gone we’ve given ourselves some extra time to prepare for what we want to do.  We were able to take care of some of that at the trade deadline and hopefully come October and November we can continue on that path.  Free agency, trades and the farm system are all parts of that.

On the way he views the farm system in regards to how Kenny Williams may have…

Rick: The farm system has two major purposes: One, providing impact talent for Chicago and two, providing trade assets to acquire impact players for Chicago.  I don’t think that’s any different than any other general manager views their farm system.    

On the experience of this season as a whole…

RickI’m no different from any fan or anybody in the front office or locker room that has suffered through a season that has been gut-wrenching.  It has been very difficult.  I try to look at in perspective that what we have in front of us now is a tremendous opportunity.  We have a chance to address some of the issues we have and, frankly, we’re at an advantage in pitching as well as a bit of a blank slate in a lot of the areas we need to get better in.  I view it as a trying season but it also as an opportunity to get better in the near future.    

Assessing the catcher situation this season…

RickTyler’s (Flowers) surgery was about as minor as we expected.  It will take about 2-3 months to recover but it shouldn’t be a long-term issue for Tyler.  With any young catcher or any young player you are going to have ups and downs.  I would say with Tyler we probably haven’t seen enough to make a final determination if this is the type of player he is.  The injury probably factored in with some of his performance as the pain, which was manageable early, became greater late in the season before we shut him down.   Obviously, we haven’t hit as well and gotten the offensive production out of catcher that we’ve anticipated.  Josh (Phegley) or Tyler haven’t really approached their ceiling in terms of what we think they are capable of offensively.  The two of them, along with (Hector) Gimenez when he was here, deserve a fair amount of credit for how the pitching staff has preformed.  That’s a large part of the job that tends to get overlooked especially when a catcher isn’t hitting.  We are certainly pleased with the preparation and game planning.  That aspect has been solid, but there’s certainly room for improvement.  

Speaking of the Future, the 2014 Sox Schedule was Announced Today

We announced our 2014 regular-season schedule today, with Opening Day on Monday, March 31 vs. Minnesota at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT).  The opener is part of a three-game series (with an off day on April 1) against the division-rival Twins.  The club opens the season at home for the second consecutive season and seventh time in the last 10 years.

Here’s the entire ’14 schedule (it’s still subject to change):

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=cws#y=2014&m=3&calendar=DEFAULT

Barons Head to Southern League Championship Series

The Birmingham Barons, the White Sox Class AA affiliate, defeated the Tennessee Smokies, a Cubs affiliate, last night in the decisive Game 5 of the Southern League North Division playoffs. The Barons are now on their way to the league’s championship series against the Mobile BayBears, a Diamondbacks farm club. The best-of-five series begins tomorrow night at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile.

In last night’s Barons’ triumph, 2B Micah Johnson, 3B Cody Puckett, DH Brandon Jacobs and C Mike Blanke each collected a hit and RBI. SS Tyler Saladino had a pair of singles and CF Jared Mitchell doubled and scored twice. Nestor Molina got credit for the win and Cody Winiarski got the save.

Sox Broadcasters and the Ford C. Frick Award

White Sox broadcasters Hawk Harrelson, Steve Stone, Ed Farmer, Darrin Jackson and Hector Molina are all candidates for the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award. The five Sox announcers will be considered as part of the new “High Tide Era,” which will reflect broadcasting contributions made during the regional cable network era from 1980-present.

Play of the Day

The Sox chalked up their second win in a row last night and prevented Detroit starter Max Scherzer from winning his 20th game. Chris Sale was magnificent, shutting down the Tigers, 5-1, allowing the lone run on four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in eight innings of work…Conor Gillaspie had a pair of doubles, Dayan Viciedo collected two singles and an RBI, Paul Konerko drove in a pair with a base hit and Josh Phegley singled in a run. 

Quote of the Day

@SouthSideSox on last night’s win:

“Enjoyable game. Probably one of the best this year.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-6, 3.70) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (13-7, 2.61) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

that with his eight strikeouts last night, increasing his season total to 207, Chris became the fastest pitcher in franchise history to 200 strikeouts in a season, joining Wilbur Wood and Gary Peters as the only lefties in Sox annals to record at least 200 strikeouts in a single-season? 

Photo of the Day

Sale: As good as it gets.

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