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Sox Take on Astros, Sale and Eaton Take Next Steps Toward Return

Friday, May 16, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.81) for the Astros.

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

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox rank among the American League leaders in runs scored (T2nd, 205), homers (T2nd, 46), extra-base hits (3rd, 130), slugging percentage (4th, .416) and runs per game (5th, 4.88)…Sox rank second in the AL and third in the majors with a .278 average with runners in scoring position. Alexei Ramirez (5th, .404), Conor Gillaspie (19th, .348) and Tyler Flowers (T20th, .346) are in the league’s Top 25 in that category…Jose Abreu leads the major leagues with 15 home runs. 27 extra-base hits, 103 total bases and an 11.07 AB/HR ratio and ranks second with 41 RBI and a .620 slugging percentage. He is hitting .341 with five homers and 29 RBI with RISP…Tom “Wimpy” Paciorek joins Hawk Harrelson in the Sox TV booth for the Houston series as Steve Stone has the weekend off. Stone will return on Monday for the three-game series in Kansas City…ex-White Sox second baseman Chris Getz has retired at the age of 30. He was recently outrighted from Toronto to Class AAA Buffalo, but decided to call it a career after seven seasons with the Sox, Royals and Blue Jays. “I’ve enjoyed every minute that I’ve played and will always be passionate about the game,” Getz said upon announcing his retirement.

Sale, Eaton Will Try Again

Last night’s game between the Class AAA Charlotte Knights and Durham Bulls was postponed due to rain. So, Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, who were both set to begin their respective rehab stints with Charlotte, were delayed a day and will now take part in a doubleheader in Durham tonight, beginning at 6:00 p.m., ET. Sale will pitch the opener and Eaton is expected to play in both seven-innning games. He’ll be in the leadoff spot, playing center field in Game 1. 

Here’s Adam taking batting practice:

http://instagram.com/p/oEiXD6FsWD/

Quote of the Day

From yesterday…

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Jarrod Cosart (2-3, 4.30) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

When in Durham…Sox media relations director Bob Beghtol, traveling with the Charlotte Knights while Sale and Eaton are on their rehab assignments, today took Adam and Knight players Micah Johnson, Erik Johnson and Jared Mitchell to historic Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke campus with the team in town to face the Bulls. Here’s Erik, Micah, Adam and Jared standing on the famed court beneath the championship banners.

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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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#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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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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