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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:

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.”


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:



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.


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):

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.


Top Prospects Erik Johnson and Marcus Semien Make Big-League Debuts Tonight in The Bronx

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson–who will be making his first major-league appearance–for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (12-11, 4.91) for New York. This year’s Southern League MVP Marcus Semien, who finished the season at Class AAA Charlotte, also makes his big-league debut at third base.

As I posted yesterday, Johnson and Semien were teammates on the Cal-Berkeley team that made it to the 2011 College World Series. Now, both are playing their first games in the majors side-by-side with the Sox.

Johnson, 23, combined to go 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA (31 ER/142.0 IP), three complete games and 131 strikeouts over 24 starts between Charlotte and Class AA Birmingham this season.  The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Johnson was named to the Southern League All-Star Team after going 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA (21 ER/84.2 IP) and 74 strikeouts with the Barons.  He went 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA (10 ER/57.1 IP) and 57 strikeouts in 10 starts (seven quality) with the Knights.

The Mountain View, CA native limited righthanders to a .190 average (53-179) and just one home run in 2013.  Johnson entered the 2013 season rated by Baseball America as the No. 4 Prospect and possessing the Best Slider in the White Sox organization.  He originally was selected in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Semien (SIM-ee-in), 22, combined to hit .284 (147-518) with 32 doubles, six triples, 19 home runs, 66 RBI, 110 runs scored and 24 stolen bases over 137 games between Charlotte and Birmingham.  He appeared in 73 games at shortstop, 41 at second base and 23 at third.

The 6-foot-1,190-pound Semien was named Southern League Most Valuable Player after ranking among the league leaders in runs scored (1st, 90), on-base percentage (1st, .420), slugging percentage (2nd, .483), average (3rd, .290) and walks (3rd, 84).  He reached base in 26 consecutive games with the Barons from June 29-July 28, batting .372 (35-94) with seven home runs, 18 RBI and 28 runs scored during the streak.  Semien was promoted to Charlotte on July 31 and hit .264 (33-125) with four homers and 17 RBI.

The San Francisco native entered the 2013 season rated by Baseball America as the No. 14 Prospect in the Sox system.  Semien originally was selected in the sixth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

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

Happy Hawk Day

Happy Birthday to Hawk Harrelson, now in his 29th season as a Sox TV broadcaster. You can put it on the board…YESSS!!

Hector Visits Fan Cave

Here’s Hector Santiago having a ball on the Home Run Slide today at the MLB Fan Cave in New York.


It’s Getting Closer to Zapata Time

The Sox made news in July by signing the righthanded-hitting Dominican Republic outfielder Micker Adolfo Zapata,‘s No. 2 ranked international player.

Zapata, only 16, will begin his highly-anticipated career in earnest later this month during the instructional league at the Sox’s spring training facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.

Sox Assistant GM Buddy Bell, in a story on by Scott Merkin, indicated that Zapata will play with the Sox’s Arizona Fall League team next year and will be assigned to Advanced Rookie Bristol or Great Falls the following season.

Quote(s) of the Day

Erik and Marcus on their big nights:

* Johnson on making his first start at Yankee Stadium: “If you ever wanted to start somewhere in your major league debut, this would be it.”

* Semien on being called up to the majors for the first time:  “I was really excited. It’s every ballplayer’s dream. Now you do what you can to try to stay here.”

Play(s) of the Day

Chris Sale went 7.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs and five hits with six strikeouts in last night’s 6-4 loss to the Yankees…Alejandro De Aza went 3-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored…Alexei Ramirez tripled in a pair of runs.

De Aza’s seventh-inning homer:

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-5, 3.69) for the Sox, RHP Miguel Gonzalez (8-7, 4.11) for the O’s.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox have played 49 one-run and 21 extra-inning games this season, both the highest totals in the major leagues?

Photo of the Day

Johnson and Semien: Two Cal Bears-turned-major-league-starters:




Sale Looks to Continue his Mastery over Yankees

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89) for New York. Chris and the Sox defeated Kuroda and the Yanks in the second game of last month’s sweep in Chicago as he allowed one earned run on five hits in 7.1 innings. He is 2-0 with a miniscule 0.49 ERA in five career games (two starts) against New York. 

Against the Astros in his last start, Chris allowed only one run on four hits over eight innings. He struck out 12 and walked a pair in the Sox’s 6-1 victory. 

Overall, Sale ranks among the American League leaders in numerous categories, including complete games (1st, 4), strikeouts (4th, 193), quality starts (T4th, 20), opponents average (6th, .228) and ERA (7th).

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


New Arrivals

Four more players have been promoted to the Sox as rosters expand this month. Joining Charlie Leesman (who pitched in relief on Sunday in Boston) and catcher Bryan Anderson (who made his Sox debut yesterday) are infielder Marcus Semien, starting pitcher Erik Johnson, reliever Daniel Webb and catcher Miguel Gonzalez, all of whom were at Class AAA Charlotte. To make room on the 40-man roster, Tyler Flowers and pitcher Brian Omogrosso were moved to the 60-day disabled list. 

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More on Semien, 2013 Southern League MVP

Play of the Day

Paulie hit his 10th home run of the season and 432nd of his career in yesterday’s loss to the Yankees. The solo homer moved him past Cal Ripken Jr. into 44th place on the all-time list.

Quote of the Day

PK on passing Ripken Jr. (via Dan Hayes,

“As a kid growing up the beginning of my career was the end of his career. He’s the model of how you want to do it out there. So that’s kind of cool. He played a long time. Being a shortstop puts in perspective his offensive capabilities, and also playing short is a little different than me. But any time you get mentioned with guys like that it’s a cool thing.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: Erik Johnson (who will be making his first major league appearance) for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (12-11, 4.91) for New York.

Did You Know…

…that Marcus Semien and Erik Johnson were teammates on the University of California-Berkeley team that reached the 2011 College World Series?

Photo/Video of the Day

Paulie goes deep.

Twin Bill

Friday, August 9, 2013

Today’s News

The Games

White Sox vs. Twins in a split doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field. The extra game is a makeup contest that was originally scheduled for April 19, but postponed due to inclement weather.

Game 1 (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP John Danks (2-9, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.69) for the Twins.

Sox Lineup (first game): De Aza, LF; Beckham 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn DH, Konerko 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Jor. Danks, RF; Flowers C; Tekotte, CF.

This is the first major-league game with both Danks brothers in the Sox starting lineup.

Game 2 (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP Charlie Leesman will be making his big-league debut for the Sox, RHP Liam Hendriks (0-1, 4.66) for Minnesota.

Sox Trade Rios

The Sox have traded outfielder Alex Rios and cash considerations to the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Avisail Garcia, acquired from the Tigers in the Jake Peavy deal, is on his way to Chicago to replace Rios on the active roster.

Who is Avisail Garcia?

Looking for some insight into the young outfielder who hopefully will make his Sox debut in Game 2 of the doubleheader? Here’s an interesting take from the Trib‘s David Haugh, which appeared in today’s paper before the Rios trade.

Play(s) of the Day

While the big club was taking a break from the rigors of their 162-game schedule, Charlotte’s Erik Johnson and Marcus Semien continued their outstanding seasons in a 3-2 victory over Lehigh Valley. Johnson, the White Sox’s highly-regarded pitching prospect, went seven strong innings, allowing just one run and four hits along with five strikeouts. Semien, the leadoff hitter and shortstop who was recently promoted from Class AA Birmingham and also is on the Sox’s top prospect list, blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to put the Knights over the top.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Sox reliever Nate Jones:

“Jonesy’s come a long way from where the season started. I think he got off to a rough stretch confidence-wise, and he’s just come back. I don’t know if there’s anybody as confident in the league right now coming out of the bullpen and locking down an inning. Left, right, anything, it doesn’t matter. You want him in the game.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 1.38) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (4-9, 5.23) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Leesman was an 11th-round pick in the 2008 June draft, had an impressive 2.47 ERA in 26 starts last year and was rehabbing from ACL surgery this past spring? Robin has gotten “good reports” on Charlie and his current 3-1 record and 3.47 ERA in 13 starts, which is the reason he’s getting the nod tonight.

Sox Note of Note

Casper Wells was claimed on waivers by the Phillies. Outfielder Blake Tekotte has been recalled from Charlotte to replace him on the active roster.

Photo of the Day

We are looking for more of this vs. the Twins in the upcoming four-game weekend series: