Results tagged ‘ Glendale ’

Abreu Leads Potent Offense, Danks Continues Spring Success

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Today News

The Game

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale…

Reds              5    9   1

White Sox      9  15   4

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu went 2-4 with a three-run homer (click on link to video below), Adam Eaton was 4-5 with two runs scored, Leury Garcia was 3-3 and scored a pair, Adam Dunn doubled in a pair of runs, Marcus Semien drove in two, Adrian Nieto another and Avi Garcia had a pair of base hits and scored on a Alejandro De Aza sac fly after hitting a seventh inning triple…Finishing up an outstanding spring, John Danks pitched 6.1 innings, allowing just one earned run, four hits and a walk while striking out five. He got credit for the victory.

http://atmlb.com/1m6Pi4w

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have claimed right-handed relief pitcher Javy Guerra off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Guerra, 28, spent most of the 2013 season with Class AAA Albuquerque, going 0-4 with a 3.66 ERA (16 ER/39.1 IP), 12 saves and 36 strikeouts in 27 games (four starts).  He also made nine appearances with the Dodgers, recording a 6.75 ERA (8 ER/10.2 IP) with 12 strikeouts. His best season came as a rookie in 2011 when he posted a 2.31 ERA (12 ER/46.2 IP), with a team-high 21 saves and 38 strikeouts in 47 appearances.  Guerra followed with a 2.60 ERA (13 ER/45.0 IP) and eight saves in 2012…Robin said today that it is likely that Gordon Beckham (oblique) will begin the season on the DL and Semien and Leury Garcia will share duties at second base.

There’s Nothing Like it

Nate Jones talks to @scottmerkin of mlb.com about his first Opening Day.

http://atmlb.com/1jsFXXE

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Snapchat

The Sox have expanded the team’s social media efforts to include Snapchat as a means of sharing a behind-the-scenes look at U.S. Cellular Field, as well as access to contests and promotions.  Fans can follow the club now under the username “whitesox” to see the unveiling of the first Snapchat Story this Monday on Opening Day.

Snapchat is a messaging application that allows users to share of photo or video messages to followers for specific time lengths.  The White Sox will use the Snapchat Stories function to share inside access with the team’s fans, which will be available for 24 hours. White Sox fans must first download the Snapchat application to their mobile device or tablet, then follow “whitesox” on Snapchat, in order to receive information and engage with the team account.

Snapchat joins a list of seven other social media platforms currently used by the White Sox: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Vine and Tumblr.  Fans are encouraged to share their game experiences throughout the season and visit the #SoxSocial Lounge at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox were the first team in Major League Baseball to open an in-park lounge dedicated solely to social media in 2013. More information on White Sox social media is available at whitesox.com/connect.

So How Busy Is Roger Bossard? 

Last week, my phone rang in the middle of the night, 3:50 am to be exact.

“Hello,” I mumbled, half awake.  (I had one kid in Costa Rica, one son alone in Chicago and another daughter across town at the Phoenician with friends, so of course I answered).

“Hey Scottie,” came the quick, familiar clipped reply.  “When you see Rick can you tell him …”

“Roger?” I asked, dazed.

“Yeah.”

“Do you know what time it is?”

“Sure, it’s 6 a.m. here and you’re two hours different …”

“Two hours BEHIND!” I respond.  “It’s 4 am here!”

“Oh … sorry.  But can you tell Rick …”

Payback, as they say, is a ….

A Lot of Buzz About New Food Items at U.S. Cellular Field

Here are a few examples:

Spring Training Dining Updates

I’ve fallen behind on my dining updates, but recently we hit The Salty Sow (great ambiance, great service, great appetizers, great drinks, average dinner), Richardson’s (for the third time this spring) and last night Chelsea’s Kitchen, where you are always certain to see baseball front office people … last night it was the Milwaukee Brewers and a certain, well-decorated White Sox veteran who claims it was his first trip to the terrific restaurant despite living in the Valley for 25 years.

Everything on the menu at Chelsea’s is terrific, with huge recommendations for the ceviche app, deviled eggs, brussel sprouts salad, spare rib tacos, swordfish tacos, poblano pepper burger, kale and quinoa salad, and the list goes on … it is my kids’ favorite restaurant in Phoenix and one we hit time and again each spring.  The only complaint is often the wait. And if you go, do not miss the often warm chocolate chip cookies at the exit.  

I’m hungry just writing this and sad I only have one more night to dine in the Valley.

Meet Connie Marrero, the Oldest Living Major Leaguer

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/at-102-connie-marrero-the-oldest-living-former-major-leaguer-spends-days-in-cuba/2014/03/25/712cbe88-b2e2-11e3-bab2-b9602293021d_story.html

Quotes of the Day

Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons on Micah Johnson (pictured below):

“Incredible speed and athleticism, with a cornerback body.” 

One GM to Gammons about Johnson and the Sox future: 

“Think about an infield in 2016 with Jose Abreu, Johnson, Tim Anderson (last year’s No. 1 draft pick) and Matt Davidson. The White Sox will be back in a hurry.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Mesa in the final Cactus League game of the spring (2:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Sox pitching schedule: RHP Felipe Paulino, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Daniel Webb. Cubs starter: LHP Travis Wood.

Sox starting lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Abreu 1B, A. Garcia RF, Dunn DH, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS,Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C.

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The countdown is on…

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Hahn on Quintana: “Jose Brings a Tremendous Work Ethic and Professionalism to his Approach”

Monday, March 24, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Peoria…

White Sox    7  9  1

Mariners      6  8  1

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Plays of the Day

Marcus Semien hit a three-run homer in the second inning (click on top link below for video) and Paul Konerko connected for a two-run blast in the sixth (click on bottom link below for video). It was the first Cactus League home run for both and each of them added a single to the cause as well.

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White Sox, Quintana Agree to Long-Term Contract

The White Sox have agreed to terms on a five-year contract with Jose Quintana, which includes two club options.

If Quintana, 25, is eligible for arbitration following the 2014 season, the total guaranteed dollars would be $26.5 million.  He would receive $850,000 in 2014, $3.4 million in 2015, $5.4 million in 2016, $7 million in 2017 and $8.85 million in 2018.  The White Sox would hold options for 2019 at $10.5 million and for 2020 at $11.5 million.  If either option is declined, Quintana would receive a $1.0-million buyout.

If Quintana is not eligible for arbitration after the 2014 season, the total guaranteed dollars would be $21.0 million.  He would receive $850,000 in 2014, $1.0 million in 2015, $3.8 million in 2016, $6.0 million in 2017 and $8.35 million in 2018.  The Sox would hold options for 2019 at $10.5 million and for 2020 at $11.5 million with a $1.0-million buyout. Quintana would have been eligible for free agency following the 2018 season.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Quintana went 9-7 with a 3.51 ERA (78 ER/200.0 IP), 164 strikeouts and a major-league leading 17 no decisions over 33 starts in 2013, his first full season in the majors.  He tied for first among American League left-handers in starts, ranked third in runners per 9.0 IP (11.21), fifth in ERA, sixth in strikeouts and seventh in IP.  Quintana also set an AL record with 17 no decisions, three of which came when he threw 7.0-plus scoreless IP.

A native of Barranquilla, Colombia, Quintana last season became the youngest pitcher to lead the White Sox in starts since Mark Buehrle in 2002 (23) and joined Sale (214.1) as the only left-handed teammates in franchise history under the age of 25 to throw 200.0-plus IP in the same season.  Sale (6.9) and Quintana (5.4) combined to record a 12.3 bWAR, the second-highest total by a duo in the major leagues behind Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez (13.0).

Quintana has gone 15-13 with a 3.61 ERA (135 ER/336.1 IP) and 245 strikeouts in 58 games (55 starts) over two seasons with the White Sox after signing as a free agent on November 21, 2011.  He has thrown at least 7.0 scoreless IP without receiving a decision six times in his 55 career starts, which is tied with Joel Horlen for the club record.

On the Road

I grabbed a ride to the game today with bullpen catcher Mark Salas and special coach Art Kusyner.

When it came time to leave, Kusyner took off like a shot.

“Hey, no fast walking,” Salas said.

“Yeah, I move at a PR pace,” I added.

“So do we,” laughed Salas.

And after riding in the back seat of their car, you gotta ask “how many empty Red Bull cans are too many?”

“Be careful,” Salas warned. “Super Joe (McEwing) was back there.”

The Good Old Days?

Our computer network was down for much of the day today.

“Welcome to spring training in the 1990s,” quipped colleague Ray Garcia.

Bees

A small swarm of bees interrupted batting practice for a minute today and sent a few Sox scampering or dropping to the ground (imagine Avisail Garcia sprawled across home plate).

“Now we know what Robin doesn’t like,” someone joked.

Special Visitor

NHL star Chris Pronger visited Sox camp and connected with a few friends, including McEwing and Paul Konerko.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Quintana contract:

Jose quickly has established himself as a quality major-league starting pitcher, and along with Chris Sale, we expect him to be an important piece of our rotation for the foreseeable future. Jose brings a tremendous work ethic and professionalism to his approach, and he is well respected by his teammates, so we are excited to be able to reward him for what he has accomplished thus far in his career and possibly keep him in a White Sox uniform for the next seven seasons.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Chris Sale, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Matt Lindstrom. Colorado starter: RHP Juan Nicasio.

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Quintana Baffles Rockies

Sunday, March 23, 2014

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Today’s News

The Game

At Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale…the contest ended in a tie after nine innings, the fifth tie this spring for the Sox in Cactus League action.

White Sox    5  11   2

Rockies        5    6   3

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana was back to his own self today, allowing just one hit while striking out a pair in five scoreless innings…Maikel Cleto finished the game with 1.2 IP of scoreless ball…Conor Gillaspie doubled twice, Blake Tekotte doubled and singled and Alejandro De Aza joined them in the two-hit club with a pair of singles. De Aza is now hitting .410 this spring…Tekotte, Adam Eaton, Paul Konerko, Tyler Flowers and Leury Garcia each drove in a run.

Roster Moves

Prior to today’s game, the Sox made the following five roster moves: optioned OF Jordan Danks, 3B Matt Davidson and RHP Jake Petricka to Class AAA Charlotte; reassigned RHP Dylan Axelrod to minor-league camp; and requested waivers on RHP Mitchell Boggs for the purpose of granting his unconditional release. With the moves, the White Sox have 33 players remaining in major-league camp: 14 pitchers, three catchers, 11 infielders and five outfielders.  The Sox 40-man roster is at 39.

GM, Player Reactions to Roster Decisions

http://voices.suntimes.com/sports/white-sox-send-third-base-prosect-matt-davidson-to-charlotte/

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79703308/

Sox Notes of Note

Though neither played today, Jose Abreu is hitting .393 with a home run and seven RBI in his last eight games and Avi Garcia owns an eight-game hitting streak. Garcia is hitting .317 with a double, triple, homer, seven RBI and six runs scored in his last 12 games.

Tommy Thompson: A White Sox Feel-Good Story

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/cws/six-years-sober-tommy-thompson-making-the-most-of-a-precious-second-chance?ymd=20140323&content_id=69931852&vkey=news_cws

Quote of the Day

Robin on Eaton, who has reached base safely in 13 of his 16 games and is hitting .311 in Cactus League play:

You like the way he plays — he’s very aggressive. He has had a very good spring coming in and playing the outfield. Good arm, smart baseball player.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson for the Sox,  RHP Blake Beavan for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

Sox begin the move north. Just eight days until Opening Day.

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Baseball America, Fangraphs Laud White Sox Game Plan

Friday, March 21, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale…

Cubs            7  9  0

White Sox    0  3  1

Plays of the Day

Matt Lindstrom made his first Cactus League appearance this afternoon after recovering from an oblique injury and pitched a scoreless inning…With 0.2 IP today, Donnie Veal has now allowed just one run over 7.0 innings pitched this spring…Jose Abreu, Avi Garcia and Adam Dunn each collected a base hit for the Sox.

Sox Notes of Note

Cactus League stats entering today’s game: the White Sox were tied for fourth in baseball with 22 home runs this spring…Sox hitters struck out 132 times, tied for the fifth fewest in baseball…we have committed just 17 errors, tied for the seventh-fewest in the major leagues…the Sox ranked ninth in the majors with a .280 batting average…Jordan Danks was tied for the American League lead in home runs (5), ranked second in runs scored (13) and fourth in slugging percentage (.838)…Felipe Paulino was tied for ninth in the AL in strikeouts with 15…Chris Sale ranked 10th in the AL with a .216 opponents average…Adam Eaton was 12th among AL hitters with a .439 on-base percentage…Nate Jones has made five straight scoreless appearances (5.0 IP) to start the spring…Jake Petricka has struck out 11 batters over 7.1 IP.

White Sox Earn High Ranking

The Sox have been ranked by Baseball America as the ninth-best major-league team with 25-and-under talent. The rankings were derived by looking at each club’s current major-league talent, Top 100 Prospects and other high-ceiling prospects. All players must be 25 or younger as of April 1, 2014.

The Sox currently have 17 players on the 40-man roster who are 25 or younger. They are Matt Davidson (23), Eaton (25), Avi Garcia (22), Leury Garcia (23), Erik Johnson (24), Jared Mitchell (25), Nestor Molina (25), Adrian Nieto (24), Petricka (25), Jose Quintana (25), Andre Rienzo (25), Sale (25), Carlos Sanchez (21), Marcus Semien (23), Trayce Thompson (23), Dayan Viciedo (25) and Daniel Webb (24).

Sale was named by BA as the eighth best 25-and-under player in the major leagues.

More Praise for the South Siders

Fangraphs.com reviews the White Sox: “the most interesting rebuilding team in the American League.”

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-most-interesting-al-rebuilder-chicago-white-sox/

“Inside Look: Don Cooper,” Parts 2 & 3

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/inside-look-don-cooper-part-2

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/inside-look-don-cooper-part-3

Hall of Fame Visitors

Former Sox manager Tony LaRussa, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, and Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight spoke to White Sox players this morning.

Xfinity Zone

This season, the White Sox have expanded the club’s partnership with Comcast and will open the Xfinity Zone at U.S. Cellular Field.  The new 2,200 square-foot bar and restaurant with digitally-advanced video technology on the 100 level of the ballpark is located near the right field corner of U.S. Cellular Field (across from section 112) and is set to open on Opening Day (Monday, March 31). 

The Xfinity Zone offers yet another food and drink option at White Sox games, while giving fans the opportunity to enjoy other games and other interactive activities on 12 flat screen televisions.  The new venue at the ballpark boasts a massive interactive social media wall, and provides fans the opportunity to experience Xfinity Internet and TV services, including the new X1 Entertainment Operating System, as well as explore a live demo of Xfinity Home, Comcast’s home security and automation platform.

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Quote of the Day

From the above Fangraphs.com review:

“Most likely, this will be remembered as the year that multiple blocks were laid in the foundation of the next very good White Sox club. It should be fun to watch.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox (SS) vs Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Paulino, RHP Mitchell Boggs, RHP Petricka, LHP David Purcey.

Sox starting lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Abreu 1B, Konerko DH, De Aza, LF, Ramirez SS, Davidson 3B, Flowers C, Tekotte, RF.

White Sox (SS) vs. Padres (SS) at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: RHP Chris Beck, RHP Dylan Axelrod, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Scott Carroll.

Sox starting lineup: M. Johnson 2B, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Dunn DH, Liddi 1B, Jor. Danks CF, Gimenez C, L. Garcia SS.

Photo/Video of the Day

How’s Eaton adjusting to the White Sox? Here’s his answer.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v31604187/adam-eaton-on-fitting-in-with-white-sox

Abreu, Davidson, Danks Go Deep for Sox

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

Angels         14  18  0

White Sox    10  14  2

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu went 3-4 with three RBI, including his second home run of the spring–a two-run blast in the third inning (click on link to top video below)…In the seventh, Matt Davidson cranked a three-run homer, his second round-tripper in Cactus League play (click on link to middle video below)…After slugging a pair of homers yesterday, Jordan Danks added another today, a solo shot in the eighth inning (clink on link to bottom video below). That gives him five this spring…Avi Garcia drove in a run with a single, walked and made a fine throw to second base in the fourth inning to prevent the Angels’ Howie Kendrick from stretching a single into a double…Adam Eaton collected a pair of doubles and drove in a run. Adam has reached base safely in 10 of his last 11 games (11 hits, three walks, one hit-by-pitch).

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Sox Notes of Note

Prior to today’s game, the Sox made the following six roster moves: optioned C Josh Phegley, RHP Andre Rienzo and LHP Eric Surkamp to Class AAA Charlotte and reassigned RHP Chris Beck, INF Andy Wilkins and RHP Cody Winiarski to minor-league camp. With the moves, the White Sox have 38 players remaining in major-league camp: 17 pitchers, three catchers, 12 infielders and six outfielders…Entering today’s game, Jordan Danks was tied for the lead in home runs (4), ranked second in runs scored (12) and his .750 slugging percentage was third among American League hitters in Cactus League action. His homer this afternoon just adds to his superb spring stats…Conor Gillaspie has reached base safely in his last 10 CL games and has homered in two of his last three games (three total)…The Sox are honoring members of the Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Police Department for their bravery and service by offering each member two complimentary tickets to one of 15 games at U.S. Cellular Field this season.  This is the third consecutive year the team has provided tickets to police officers and the second the offer has been extended to Chicago firefighters. Since the program’s inception, the White Sox have provided department members over 40,000 game tickets.

The Wisdom of Bo

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/bo-jackson-mentoring-younger-generation-in-white-sox-spring-training-in-glendale?ymd=20140318&content_id=69575102&vkey=news_cws

Tuesday Night Dinner Review: Rokerij/Richardson’s

Sometimes it’s not about dinner but your dining companions, and sometimes, it’s both.  Last night I was able to eat at one of my favorite restaurants in Phoenix, Rokerij/Richardson’s, with three great “dates,” Paul Jensen (a former White Sox PR Director), Art Berke (professor and consultant extraordinaire) and Herm Schneider, the best trainer in the business.  In my time in Phoenix for spring training, I’ve been lucky to find a lot of great restaurants, but Rokerij/Richardson’s has not been beaten with its mix of New Mexican cooking, steaks and seafood (I ordered the Chimayo Chicken, pictured below). It’s rare to dine there in March and not see table after table of baseball folks, and I make sure to recommend it to any and all.  It’s not to be missed on your spring training visit to the Valley.

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Quote of the Day

“Every day is a good day; some are just better.” – Herm, the world’s greatest trainer.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Cubs at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP John Danks, LHP Scott Downs, RHP Ronald Belisario, LHP David Purcey, LHP Donnie Veal, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Matt Lindstrom. Cubs starter: LHP Chris Rusin.

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Solid Team Effort Propels Sox

St. Patrick’s Day: March 17, 2014

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Today’s News

The Game

At Maryvale…

White Sox    9   12   1

Brewers       0     4    1   

Plays of the Day

Hector Gimenez blooped a single over the third base bag in the top of the third inning that scored Matt Davidson, who led off the frame with a double off the left field wall, to give the Sox an early 1-0 lead…In the fourth, Adam Dunn walked, Dayan Viciedo was hit by a pitch and Jordan Danks walked, loading the bases. Then Davidson drove in a pair with a double, his second, down the left field line. Danks scored on a Gimenez sac fly, his second RBI of the game, and Davidson crossed home plate on an Alexei Ramirez single, his third hit on the day, giving us a 5-0 advantage…in the bottom of the sixth, Blake Tekotte made a terrific catch leaping over the wall near center to rob Aramis Ramirez of a home run (click on link below to watch video)…in the top of the seventh, Alexei collected his fourth straight hit, a double to left, driving in Micah Johnson from first for his second RBI. Adam Dunn drove in another run with a double off the right field wall and outfield prospect Josh Richmond smashed a two-run homer, making it 9-0. On the pitching side, Felipe Paulino was impressive, pitching five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out four for the victory…Mitchell Boggs pitched a perfect sixth, thanks to Tekotte and another fine defensive play by Johnson at second base, and Daniel Webb (1.0 IP), Nate Jones (1.0) and Donnie Veal (1.0) closed it out for the shutout win.

http://atmlb.com/1qMTvxU

Sunday Night Dinner Review: Isabella’s Kitchen

Dinner was a home run Sunday night, as much for the ambiance as the very good food. Rick Hahn and I decided to get together at a place in North Scottsdale called Isabella’s Kitchen, which turned out to be a place with a great feel. You ate looking out on part of Grayhawk golf course, with a bar that was an excellent spot to watch the sun set on the valley. The food was very good. I’d definitely recommend the brussel sprout appetizer, the kale salad and the Scottish salmon. Isabella’s Kitchen turned out to be a very good place for dinner or just to lounge around and grab a drink at the end of the day. Highly recommended.

 White Sox Host U.S. Air Force Members on Wednesday

The White Sox will be hosting seven members of Glendale’s Luke Air Force Base in gratitude for their bravery and service – inviting them to participate in batting practice and attend the game vs. the Angels this Wednesday.  Two Illinois natives and five of their fellow members of the Luke Air Force Base will be on hand, including: long-time Sox fan Ryan Perry (Sauk Village, Ill.); long-time fan Chris Powell (South Holland, Ill.); Anthony Drew (Phoenix, AZ); Sean Walls (Huber Heights, Ohio); Peter Lacasse (Detroit, Mich.); Leonard Hodges (Houston, Texas); and Robert Davis (Defiance, Ohio).

Quote of the Day

Roger Bossard talked to the media today about the massive job of thawing out the playing field for Opening Day, which is just two weeks from today.

@ChuckGarfien: Roger Bossard says that they’ve removed 400 tons of snow at US Cellular Field.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Jose Quintana, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Ronald Belisario, LHP David Purcey, LHP Eric Surkamp, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Matt Lindstrom. Starter for Oakland: RHP Jesse Chavez.

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In no uncertain terms.

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It’s Day 2 at Camelback Ranch-Glendale

Sunday, February 16, 2014

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Today’s News

A Silver Lining

Chris Sale, talking about what he learned from last season, via Colleen Kane’s story in today’s Trib:

“Any time you go through something like that or something negative you always try to bring some kind of positive from it,” Sale said. “Last year made me a better pitcher, a better teammate and a better person because anyone can start throwing stuff and swearing at people and pointing fingers, but that really made me kind of grow up in a sense of knowing that these guys are giving everything they have for me and it’s just not working out.

“It’s not any single person’s fault. It’s not going to do me any good to grab someone and shake ‘em, probably because they’re bigger than me too. But you have to work together, and last year made us work together and really be closer in terms of off the field and in the clubhouse.”

Robin on Derek Jeter

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120701&content_id=34292888&vkey=news_nyy&c_id=nyy

Quote of the Day

“Have you been there all night?”

Head Trainer Herm Schneider to Sox relief pitcher Nate Jones who was receiving treatment for his strained glute early this morning after being hooked up to the exact same machine all afternoon yesterday.

Sox Notes of Note

Coop:  Reliever Matt Lindstrom was impressive in his bullpen session today and newcomer Felipe Paulino is throwing without any restrictions and will throw in the bullpen tomorrow…More Coop: No clear cut candidate for the closer role at this point.

Photo of the Day

Newly acquired third baseman Matt Davidson meets with the media. Among other things, he said he’s working with hitting coach Todd Steverson to use the whole field. 

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Leaving Glendale

March 27, 2013

Today’s News

Getaway Day

As someone noted today, the last day of spring training is a lot like the last day of finals in college. You are exhausted and a little fuzzy. There’s still one more hurdle to get through and then you are excited about what comes next.

For us here, the last day involves cleaning up, checking out of the condo or hotel room, turning in the rental car at the ballpark, loading your luggage onto the right truck (the one heading to the airport), sneaking in a quick workout and then boxing up the office.

After today’s game, we bus to Sky Harbor Airport and then get to Midway as quickly as we can. I can’t speak for everyone, but what I miss most (other than my wife and kids, of course!) is my car, my TV and my bed. Forty-five days is a long time to be away.

But I would love to bring some of this Phoenix weather with us for Opening Day.

Thursday is an off day for everyone and then the team will bus to Milwaukee for Friday and Saturday’s exhibition games with the Brewers at Miller Park. Sunday, the White Sox will work out at 10:00 a.m. at U.S. Cellular Field. Robin will meet with the media at 9:45 a.m. and our players will be available post workout. Being Easter, I am sure everyone–staff, players and media–will try to make the day as short as possible. The Royals are scheduled to work out later that day at 1:00 p.m. and then all focus will be on Monday’s Opening Day at 3:00 p.m.

Thanks for the Memories

White Sox starters left the game in the bottom of the sixth inning to cheers from the great Sox fans in Glendale. The faithful was rewarded as the Sox tied the game, 4-4, on an Angel Sanchez two-run homer in the eighth inning and won, 5-4, on a bases loaded walk to Steve Tolleson in the bottom of the ninth.

Life is Good 

It is certainly going to be a special few days for Chris Sale.

On Friday night, his alma mater, upstart Florida Gulf Coast University, plays Florida in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament with the chance of reaching the Elite Eight on Sunday.

On Saturday, Sale will celebrate his 24th birthday and on Monday he starts for the Sox on Opening Day.

Pretty cool.

Quote(s) of the Day

Skipper Ventura on his Troops

On Opening Day Being Only Five Days Away:

“I’m excited. I know the guys are excited to get out of here and get going. These games are nice, they’re meaningful, but they don’t count so everyone just uses these to get ready for the season. We’re ready to go.”

On the Difference Between Opening Day This Year and Last Year, his First as Manager:

“They’re all fun. Guys are excited for the season. You don’t really know what’s going to happen, but even as a manager, it’s still exciting. You like seeing the smiles on the faces of not only the players, but the fans.”

On Chris Sale as the Opening Day Starter:

“Oh, he’s definitely excited. Again, part of the joy in the position I’m in now is you get to enjoy it through them, see their excitement and how they go about it.”

On the Starting Rotation:

“I feel confident in it. You have a kid like Chris Sale who is young and talented and backed up by Peavy, Floyd, Quintana and right now, Axelrod. We feel like we have depth and we have guys that come to play. For me, that’s what you ask for.”

On the Bullpen:

“In our division you’re going to have to be able to pitch and you’re not going to get through it with just starters the entire time. We do feel like we have a quality bullpen and a lot of guys who can mix and match with a lot of different scenarios.”

On the Versatility of the Lineup:

“You look at the left/right scenarios that come up and that’s one thing we’re going to have to do is to move guys around and be able to play different positions to get them all in the lineup. It’s a nice problem to have.”

On Adding Jeff Keppinger to the Lineup:

“He can hit, he knows the angles and he’s a very smart hitter.”

On the Upcoming Season:

“It’s about effort all year long. You don’t get caught up looking towards the end because the effort has to be there every day for you to have a chance.”

GM Hahn on the State of the Sox

On Starting the Season: 

“We’re real excited, we’re ready to get going. It’s been a a nice camp, albeit a long one, that has some of us chomping at the bit to start playing games that matter. There’s been a lot of positives. We’ve had not only some of our young position players that are going to be in Chicago take a nice step forward in terms of development–guys such as Beckham and Flowers–but we also had some of our young players in the minor leagues step up and have nice Springs. Guys like Jared Mitchell, Simon Castro and Erik Johnson, who could conceivably contribute this year–and if not this year certainly as soon as 2014.”

On the Team’s Versatility:

That was important to us. We wanted to give Robin the opportunity to play matchups, whether it be based upon the opposing starting pitcher or even who we’re starting in trying to go with an even more defensive-oriented lineup based upon how our starter profiles…The more versatility you can have on that big league roster, the more insulated you are against injury or underperformance, which unfortunately happens over the course of the season. Frankly, from our standpoint, it’s not a finished product yet. It’s the kind of thing that we’re going to continue to look for upgrades over the course of the season…We’re going to be aggressive as we have in the past to go out and address those needs.”

On the Minor League System:

“The public and professional ratings don’t matter quite as much as our opinion. And our opinion of the minor leagues is based upon two things. One, are we providing impact guys for Chicago to help win us a championship? And, last year we saw Sale, Viciedo, Reed and Jones all come up through our system and contribute on what we felt was a very good team. The second part is: Is it providing assets for us that can allow us to go out and acquire players that help augment our roster? Last year we were able to do that with getting Youkilis, Myers and Liriano. From my talks with other clubs, I can assure you that we continue to have guys that other clubs covet. So, the farm system is working well. We think that next wave, although it’s certainly not going to hit on Opening Day in 2013, (has) some impact players near being ready for Chicago.”

On the Sox’s Positive Clubhouse Dynamics

“I think a lot of that credit goes to Robin and his staff. From the first day since they assembled 13 months ago, they’ve been able to keep the focus on winning that night’s game and the preparation, fundamentals, and focus on what needs to be done to make the team better. Any outside distractions have remained exactly that, outside of the clubhouse. It’s a very tightly bound group that fights for each other and is singularly focused on winning ball games. You can’t ask for much more than that.”

Play of the Day

Sanchez, whose second monster home run in as many days tied the game in the eighth inning. 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Milwaukee at Miller Park (7:05 p.m., CT). Hector Santiago will start for the Sox vs. the Brewers’ Wily Peralta.

Did You Know…

…that Sox minor leaguers Brandon Short, Josh Bell, Marcus Semien and Keenyn Walker combined to go 7-10 with two home runs, five RBI and four runs scored in yesterday’s 11-3 win vs. the Rangers? 

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The victorious Spring finale today in Glendale with Opening Day on the horizon.

Close, But…

Thursday, February 28, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
No Victory This Time
 
The White Sox (3-1-2) dropped a close 4-3 decision to the Brewers today at Maryvale, their first loss of the spring. Gordon Beckham and Tyler Saladino each singled in a run, Josh Bell smashed a ninth inning solo homer and Alejandro De Aza collected two singles. Starter Scott Snodgress gave up a pair of runs, including a homer, on a pair of hits in three innings–in an outing that pleased Robin Ventura. Dylan Axelrod gave up a lone hit in two scoreless frames and Zach Stewart and Matt Lindstrom each blanked the Brewers in their one-inning stints.
 
Did My Eyes Deceive Me?
 
No, that was indeed Brent Morel who came in to play shortstop in the fifth inning.
 
“I grew up playing shortstop all my life, high school, college and played about 25 games at Charlotte, it’s fun to be out there again,” Morel said after the game. “My goal is still to play third base everyday, that has to be your mindset, but if they want me to play other positions in order for me to break camp on the 25-man roster, I’ll do anything for that.”
 
Not Bad, Not Bad at All
 
Heading into today’s game with the Brewers, the White Sox led the Cactus League in triples (six) and on-base percentage (.399), were second in average (.317 and slugging percentage (.532), third in runs scored (42) and RBI (40) and fourth in home runs (seven)…Sox pitchers ranked second in the CL opponents average (.238) and fourth in ERA (4.20)…Seth Loman was tied for second in the CL with six RBI, ranked third with a 1.000 slugging percentage and is tied for third with two homers.
 
Everybody Loves Minnie
 
White Sox legend Minnie Minoso was honored today by the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute, receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award. The students honored Minnie’s legacy by preparing an array of presentations exploring the African-American roots in Latino heritage, including the discrimination Afro-Latinos sometimes faced by being Black and speaking Spanish.
 
Quote of the Day
 
New bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen, who once held the single-season major league record for saves (57) as a member of the Sox, on the makeup of the bullpen: “Potentially we could have one of the best in baseball. I really believe that. We’ve got power arms and we’ve got a good mix of veterans and young guys.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Sox rightfielder Keenyn Walker nailed the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy at the plate for the third out of the fourth inning after Lucroy attempted to score from second on Caleb Gindl’s single.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Cleveland at Goodyear (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Chris Sale makes his first spring training start vs. the Indians’ Justin Masterson. 
 
Starting lineup: De Aza, cf; Beckham, 2b; Rios, rf; Dunn, 1b; Viciedo, rf; Gimenez, c; Morel, 3b; Jordan Danks, dh; Marcus Semien, ss.  
 
Did You Know…
 
that White Sox non-roster invitee Steve Tolleson, an infielder, is the son of former major league infielder Wayne, who played for the Sox (1986) during his10-year major league career.
 
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Minnie and Principal Leandra Khan of the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute.

A Tie That Almost Feels Like A Win

Monday, February 25, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
A Classic Comeback
 
In the end the White Sox played their second tie game in two days, 9-9, but it feels much more satisfying than it might sound. Down 9-2 to the Giants heading into the eighth inning, the White Sox staged a remarkable seven-run rally, highlighted by lefthanded-hitting first baseman Seth Loman’s three-run monster shot that tied the score at nine. Among the other highlights in the inning were Josh Phegley’s run-scoring double and Josh Bell’s ground-rule double that scored a pair, The Sox were behind 9-0 when Jared Mitchell tripled in two runs in the sixth to get on the scoreboard. They finished with 12 hits.
 
Envious
 
While in Scottsdale for today’s game against the Giants, I took this photo of the World Series trophy that was front and center for San Francisco fans to enjoy. I want that feeling again.
 
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A Familiar Visitor
 
Chris Singleton, who patrolled the outfield for the Sox from 1999-2001 and was Ed Farmer’s radio partner in 2006-7, dropped by the dugout prior to today’s game. Singleton, who has been at ESPN since leaving the Sox booth, is the lead baseball analyst for the network’s radio coverage.
 
All Eyes on Rienzo
 
The press box in Scottsdale was full of Japanese media today to scout Sox righthander Andre Rienzo, who starts for Brazil against Japan in the WBC opener for both clubs this weekend.

 
Birthday Celebration
 
In what became a fun White Sox tradition, Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and the Sox’s Kevin Hickey celebrated their mutual February 25th birthday each year by going out to dinner and invited Harold Baines and trainer Herm Schneider to join them. The popular Hickey, who passed away last season at 56, will not be forgotten. The group is planning to get together again this year and they’ll leave an empty chair for Hick.
 
It Has to Be Some Kind of Record
 
Because of the unusual circumstances, readers of the White Sox Media Guide will find recently departed infielder Lars Anderson’s bio while newly acquired Conor Gillaspie is nowhere to be found. Anderson, if you’ll recall, was picked up on waivers from Arizona on February 1 and designated for assignment last Friday to make room for Gillaspie without ever seeing any game action. Bad timing, the guide had already been printed. The story doesn’t end there. Anderson is now a Blue Jay, though the Toronto media might be well-advised to get a copy of the Sox guide for info on Lars. The Blue Jays guide is printed as well. 
 
Speaking of the Sox media guide, here’s the cover:
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Promising pitcher Erik Johnson, yesterday’s starter, on pitching with the big club: “I look at it as an opportunity every day to go out and play with the best guys out there–especially in this clubhouse. They’re very welcoming and they want to make sure all the younger guys feel welcome in the clubhouse and on the field.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Loman’s three-run blast, his second bomb in three spring games.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Texas at Surprise (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Nestor Molina starts for the Sox vs.Yu Darvish.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Molina, tomorrow’s starting pitcher, began his professional career in the Blue Jays organization as an infielder-outfielder before becoming a full-time pitcher in 2009?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Happy Birthday Mr. Chairman!
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