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Sox Win in Extras, Face an Old Friend This Afternoon

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco (2:45 p.m., CT, WGN) as the Sox attempt to sweep this short two-game series and all four contests against San Francisco this season. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.04) for the Sox, ex-teammate Jake Peavy (0-3, 4.82) for SF.

Quintana will be making his 25th start of the season and 15th on the road. He is 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA over his last 10 starts.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn RF, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C, Jor. Danks CF, Quintana P.

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Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was his usual brilliant self and Adam Dunn belted a two-run homer, but in the end it was Gordon Beckham, both defensively and with the bat, that made the difference last night in the Sox’ 10-inning, 3-2 victory over the Giants…Beckham made a sensational play in the bottom of the ninth that put a crucial double play in motion and with two outs singled in the eventual winning run in the 10th…Sale, who lowered his ERA to 2.01 (second in the American League behind the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez at 1.95)tossed eight scoreless innings, but wasn’t around to get his 11th win as the Giants tied the game in the ninth. Chris allowed just four hits and a pair of walks while striking out 12, the 16th time in his career he’s struck out 10 or more in a game. He’s also fanned 12 or more on nine occasions, which is the most in MLB the past three seasons, and has K’d 29.9 percent of the batters he’s faced in 2014…Dunn’s home run in the first inning was his 18th of the season and the 458th of his career…Zach Putnam came on in the ninth to get the final out and pitched a scoreless 10th for his fourth victory of the year.

Beckham’s heroics:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35325239

Sale’s masterful performance:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35322851

Dunn’s homer:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35310875

Jackie Robinson West Viewing Party

The White Sox are partnering with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago to host a viewing party for the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, as they represent the Great Lakes region in their first Little League Baseball World Series game at 2:00 p.m., CT, tomorrow against the team from Lynwood, Wash.

The special watch party, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will give attendees the opportunity to watch the 11- and 12-year-olds from the South Side on a large video screen at Jackie Robinson Field (10700 S. Aberdeen), while enjoying ballpark food and interacting with former White Sox players and Southpaw. 

“This is a great way for the neighborhood and the city of Chicago to celebrate the accomplishments of this talented group of young men from the Jackie Robinson West Little League” said Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “We all are very proud of their accomplishments, and we are honored to co-host the Watch Party with Mayor Emanuel. Six players on the Jackie Robinson West team also play for the White Sox ACE program, so we are doubly proud of their tremendous accomplishments. These kids already are champions in our eyes before a single pitch is thrown in Williamsport.”

The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars became the first Chicago team to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series since 1983 when they came from behind to beat New Albany, Indiana, for the Great Lakes Region Champions title on Saturday, August 9. This is the 15th time a team from Illinois has advanced to the Little League Baseball World Series, and the second appearance for Jackie Robinson West, which went 2-1 in the 1983 Little League Baseball World Series. The league also advanced to the finals of the 2013 Great Lakes Region.

As the Chairman mentioned, the team includes six players from the Chicago White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. The ACE program has had 14 alumni drafted by professional teams, 85 alumni received athletic aid to play collegiate baseball and two alumni played in the 2014 College World Series.

Additional information about the watch party will be available at cityofchicago.org.

MLB Stars Help Chicago Little Leaguers’ Parents Get to Williamsport

http://www.suntimes.com/news/29218859-452/mlb-players-readers-send-local-parents-to-little-league-world-series.html#.U-uFiLS9KSN

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Frank Thomas Hall of Fame Special to Air Saturday on Comcast SportsNet 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/smackblog/chi-frank-thomas-hall-of-fame-special-20140813-story.html

Quote of the Day

The Giants were certainly impressed by Beckham’s defense in the ninth.

SF skipper Bruce Bochy:

“One of the best double plays I’ve seen.”

Starter Ryan Vogelsong:

It’s a game of inches, man. That ball gets by Gordon, you’re talking about a whole different ballgame.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues against the Orioles Monday-Wednesday. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (6-7, 4.15) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.34) for the Jays.

Photos of the Day

Jen, whose Twitter account is @keribo1, is the Sox’ #SocialSeries correspondent for our two-game series in San Francisco. She’s been tweeting about all of her exciting experiences in the “City by the Bay.” Here she is with Robin before last night’s big win and taking a selfie in front of the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

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Sale, Sox Battle Birds in First of Three

Monday, June 23, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-1, 2.20) for the Sox, LHP Wei-Yun Chen (7-2, 3.78) for the O’s.

Sale, making his 11th start of the season and third on the road, is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA over his last seven starts. He earned the win in his last start on June 18 vs. the Giants, allowing three runs on eight hits along with seven strikeouts over six innings of work. Chris would rank among the American League leaders in virtually every category with the minimum innings pitched, but was on the disabled list for the first time in his career from April 18-May 21.

The Sox ace also has fanned 492 batters through his first 69 career starts, which is the most in White Sox history and third-most among active pitchers behind Yu Darvish of the Rangers (563) and Tim Lincecum of the Giants (506).

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham singled, doubled and drove in a pair of runs while Jose Abreu drove in RBIs No. 56 and 57 with a single in yesterday’s 6-5 loss to the Twins…Jake Petricka tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts in relief of starter John Danks.

The Beckham and Abreu RBIs:

http://atmlb.com/1mbwhQN

http://atmlb.com/1mbx581

Paulie the Leader in Current Chicago Sports Longevity

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140623/BLOGS04/140629970/which-current-pro-athletes-have-played-in-chicago-the-longest

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Sox Notes of Note

Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 17 straight games, the longest streak by a Sox left-handed batter since Juan Pierre (18) from July 5-July 29, 2011…Abreu is hitting .333 with four homers and 12 RBI in his last 12 games.

Ro(ad) to the Title

Former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) star Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates face the Virginia Cavaliers tonight (7:00 p.m., CT) in the opener of the best-of-three final series to determine the CWS champion. The entire series, which continues tomorrow night and Wednesday if necessary, will be televised on ESPN.

Good News from Charlotte

Class AAA Charlotte left-handed starter Eric Surkamp has been named the International League Pitcher of the Week for the period of June 16-22. He was 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his two starts during that span.

Quote of the Day

Robin after the tough weekend in Minnesota:

“You have to forget the bad stuff and think about the good stuff and go from there. Any time you want to sit there and pity yourself, you are going to get buried. Nobody cares. So you have to be able to pick yourself up off the mat and compete.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.87) for the Sox, Miguel Gonzalez (4-4, 4.41) for Baltimore.

Photo of the Day

Sale shooting for win No. 7.

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Looking to Bounce Back 

Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-4, 5.67) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (3-8, 5.29) for Minny.
 
 
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Nieto C.
 
Plays of the Day
 
Gordon Beckham (No. 6) and Jose Abreu (21) each hit solo homers in the top of the first inning and the Sox tied the game at 4-4 in the ninth before giving up the game-winner on a walkoff hit in the bottom half of the frame in the tough 5-4 loss…we scored the two ninth-inning runs on a Paul Konerko pinch-hit single after Dayan Viciedo had tripled and a double by Adam Eaton, which scored Moises Sierra who was running for Paulie…Hector Noesi went seven innings, giving up four runs, six hits and two walks while striking out four.
 
Big Advantage
 
The Sox have 23 multi-homer games, ranking fourth in the American League. We are 18-5 in those efforts.
 

Do or Die

 
Former ACE star outfielder Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates face the University of Texas again this afternoon in the College World Series in Omaha. The winner advances to the best-of-three CWS finals.
 
With apologies to Texans John Danks and Adam Dunn, Go Vandy!
 
Today is Both White Sox Charities’ Family Field Day and Garage Sale 
 
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Quote of the Day
 
We all know that Chris Sale is one of the premier pitchers in MLB. It’s also nice to know he’s humble and a team player as he addresses the comparisons he gets to Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):
 
“It’s stuff for my parents, my grandmother, my friends to talk about. Being in here, you know some of these guys pretty well being around for a while, and this would not be a good locker room for someone to be arrogant or self-promoting if you will.
“There’s a lot of guys in here that keep you humble and make sure your head is screwed on straight. We talk to each other especially about pitching and baseball, but I wouldn’t say that I’m by any means calling the shots or steering the car.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Danks (6-5, 3.97) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (7-3, 3.09) for Minnesota.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Jose continues his assault on MLB pitchers. Despite his 15-day stint on the disabled list, he ranks third among all major leaguers in homers and is tied for seventh with his 54 RBI. Here’s a further analysis on Abreu’s past, present and future by fangraphs.com.
 
 
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Keep an Eye on White Sox ACE product Ro Coleman and Vandy in College World Series

Friday, June 20, 2014 

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 Today’s News

 Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.37) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-5, 5.66) for Minnesota.

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

 

Aces

The White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program got a huge boost this season with two of its products, Vanderbilt’s Ro Coleman and Louisville’s Corey Ray (both pictured above), making it to the College World Series with their respective teams. What makes it an even better story is that freshman outfielders Coleman and Ray are also close friends and former teammates at Simeon Career Academy.

While Louisville has been eliminated, Vandy is still very much alive and undefeated in the double-elimination tournament going into their game today with the University of Texas.

“It’s kind of surreal, like I’m actually living a dream.” Coleman told MLB.com. “Just a wonderful experience and I’m blessed to be here.”

Since its inception in 2007, the ACE program for inner-city youngsters has had numerous alumni drafted by professional teams with 85 players receiving athletic aid to play collegiate baseball.  Last year’s graduating class included 13 players committed to collegiate institutions during the early signing period. 

Three ACE players were drafted during the 2014 First-Year Player Draft–Darius Day by the Rangers and Anthony Justiniano and James Davison by the Sox. Davison, a Morgan Park High School grad, has chosen to postpone his pro career and attend Howard College in Big Spring, Tex. on an athletic scholarship (see story below). 

Kevin Coe, the White Sox director of youth baseball initiatives who coached Coleman and Ray, traveled to Omaha with a group of about 50 current ACE players with the hope they could also make it some day to college baseball’s mecca.

“The kids really loved the trip. They were able to see in Ro and Corey, kids just like them, that if you dream and work toward a goal, you can make it happen,” Coe said. “During the trip, one of the 12-year-olds in our program came up to me, shook my hand and said, ‘Coach, I want to thank you for bringing us here. Now I know what all the work is for and what I’m working toward.’ And, of course, their parents were so grateful that their youngsters could experience all of it.”

Coe also talked about how Ray came by, spent time with the young players, talked to them individually and took pictures.

“This was what we set out to do at the beginning of the program–to teach them the fundamentals at a young age so when they get older, they’ll be prepared to do what Ro and Corey have done. This was just proof that we’re doing the right things.”

“We really could not be more proud of these two kids (Coleman and Ray),” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told MLB.com. “They’ve literally grown up as teammates in the White Sox ACE program, and to see them excel at the college level in their freshman seasons speaks to their skills, their work ethic and the baseball fundamentals taught to our ACE kids by our staff and coaches.”

 

More on James Davison

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140618/morgan-park/white-sox-draft-pick-james-davison-has-major-league-confidence

 

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana rebounded from his subpar last start, allowing just two runs, six hits and a walk while striking out a half-dozen batters in last night’s loss to the Twins…Conor Gillaspie drove in a pair of runs with a single.

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Sale Punks Carroll

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140619/bridgeport/chris-sales-hat-pranks-rookie-teammate-scott-carroll

 

“Wild Pitches”

Chicago White Sox Charities and the White Sox Wives will host the second annual variety show event, “Wild Pitches,” on Sunday, July 20 at Bub City in Chicago.

The evening of comedy, music and entertainment will be hosted by Chicago standup comedian Pat McGann and feature live music by the Rendition Band. The event also includes both live and silent auction packages.

In addition to last year’s star performers, Paul and Jennifer Konerko, participants will include Brittany and Gordon Beckham, John Danks and his wife, country singer Ashley Monroe, Katie and Adam Eaton, Nancy and Tyler Flowers and Lacy and Nate Jones. Manager Robin Ventura and his wife Stephanie also are participating. Tickets are available at whitesoxcharities.org.

 

Quote of the Day 

Sox reliever Nate Jones has made enough progress in his rehab from micro discectomy surgery to correct back issues leading to hip pain that he’s traveling with the team on the current road trip. While there’s no timetable for his return, he feels optimistic. 

“I feel part of the team again, getting to watch the team on the field instead of on TV. So that’s pretty awesome. I’m glad to get to this point because it means I’m throwing.

“We’re getting closer, that’s for sure. I’m still increasing my workload and the amount of new things I’m doing. So it’s really day to day. Increasing my exercises and see how I react the next day. If all goes good, we’re going to increase the workload.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-4, 5.67) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (3-8, 5.29) for Minny.

 

Photo of the Day

Eaton has reached base safely in 14 consecutive games, hitting .327 with a .413 on-base percentage during that stretch. Over his last 11 games, he is batting .372 with six walks and a .449 on-base percentage.

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It’s Sale vs. Hudson in Battle of Aces as Sox Seek Sweep

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the two-game series and eight-game homestand (with one game postponed). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 1.97) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (7-2, 1.81) for San Francisco.

Sale has limited opponents to a .152 average this season, the lowest mark by an American League pitcher through his first nine starts of a season since 1971, when Oakland’s Vida Blue also held the opposition to a .152 mark. Over Chris’ last six starts, he is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 49 strikeouts. Opponents have hit .122 against him during that span.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham (No. 5) and Dayan Viciedo (6) each blasted a two-out, two-run homer and Adam Eaton had a pair of hits and an RBI in last night’s 8-2 Sox win over the Giants…John Danks had another strong performance, allowing just one earned run and five hits in 6.1 innings for his sixth win of the season. Javy Guerra (0.2 IP), Zach Putnam (1.0) and Daniel Webb (1.0) finished wth 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Watch the Beckham and Viciedo homers:

http://atmlb.com/1ndgzkq

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Sox Notes of Note

Danks earned his third consecutive win and moves to 3-1 with a 1.51 ERA over his last five outings…the Sox bullpen has recorded a 2.56 ERA over its last 17 games while Putnam has a 0.82 ERA over his last 18 outings,16 of which have been scoreless…Eaton has reached base in 12 straight games and has five multi-hit efforts over his last nine games. During that time he is hitting .340 with a .436 on-base percentage…Beckham has reached base in 11 of his last 14 games and is hitting .315 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 17 RBI since May 6…former Giant Conor Gillaspie is hitting .358 in his last 24 games and last night recorded his fourth multi-hit game in the last nine contests.

A True Legend

Famed singer John Legend was a visitor to the #SoxSocial Lounge last night. It looks like he was having a great time.

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The Sox and Giants: A Rare Glimpse of History

Thanks to Jim Margalus of the popular website South Side Sox, here’s a fascinating sidebar to his previous series about a time a century ago when the White Sox and Giants were partners on a baseball diplomacy tour.

http://www.southsidesox.com/2014/6/18/5819968/white-sox-giants-world-tour-mrs-callahans-journal

Quote of the Day

Robin on Danks’ performance:

“He has really gotten it together, from where he started early in the year, the frustrations he had, some mechanical stuff that you start with and then it becomes mental and all the physical stuff that comes with it.  He has pitched to where he’s always giving us a chance right now. He becomes tough when he has the feel of the changeup like that and spotting his fastball. It just seems like he has a little more on it as far as spotting his fastball.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and an 11-game road trip that continues in Baltimore and Toronto. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.98) for the Sox vs. Yohan Pino, making his first major-league start, for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

Danks tips his cap to the fans as he left last night’s game to a standing ovation.

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Noesi Looking for Third Straight Win

Saturday, June 14, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-4, 5.40) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-5, 3.26) for KC.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Sierra RF, Flowers C, Garcia 3B.

 

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton singled twice, walked three times, scored a run and collected an RBI while Jose Abreu singled and drove in a run with a sac fly in last night’s loss to the Royals.

 

The Cuban Influence on the South Side

On Tuesday, the White Sox will host a private panel discussion and luncheon at U.S. Cellular Field called “White Sox Baseball: A History of Cuban Stars.”

Former White Sox Minnie Minoso and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez along with current players Abreu, Adrian Nieto, Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo will share their views and perspectves on the impact of Cuban players on baseball.

The discussion, primarily in Spanish with translations, will be moderated by ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez.

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Foster Family Day

Tomorrow is Foster Family Day at the ballpark.

For the eighth year in a row, Paul Konerko and his family are supporting the Bring Me Home Campaign, which brings attention to the needs of vulnerable children and families in Illinois through a partnership between the Sox and Children’s Home+Aid.

Konerko and Jim Thome and their families founded the campaign in 2007 and Gordon Beckham joined the effort three years later. In the first seven years of the program, the campaign has raised nearly $450,000 through more than 600 individual donors, while touching the lives of more than 1,500 children.

 

Michael Jordan Era Throwback Night

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’ Class AA affiliate, wore Michael Jordan-era throwback uniforms last night, which will be auctioned off as well.

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the Sox’ opponents interest in Abreu:

“They’re just impressed with his professionalism. He’s not a flamboyant guy, but he comes to work. I think they come out, even for BP, and watch him.

“I think everybody’s interested because they’ve heard about him but they haven’t seen him, so everybody comes out to watch. That’s the first thing they notice, is how he goes about his work. He’s very meticulous and professional about his work, and I think people appreciate that.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-3, 5.25) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (7-3, 3.34) for Kansas City.

 

Photo of the Day

Actor/comedian Kevin Hart, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch last night, spent some time with his White Sox buddies while at the ballpark. That’s Scott Carroll kneeling in front of Hart with Eaton, Zach Putnam, Daniel Webb and Javy Guerra standing left to right in the back row.

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Rienzo, Teammates Ready to Even Series With Padres

Saturday, May 31, 2014

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Today’s News

Today’s Game

White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. RHP Andre Rienzo (4-1, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross (5-4, 2.97) for San Diego.

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

Plays of the Day

Despite getting the loss in last night’s defeat, John Danks had another strong outing. He gave up only two runs, eight hits and a lone walk along with four strikeouts in seven innings pitched…Reminiscent of Mark Buehrle‘s “Play of the Year” (at least) on Opening Day, 2010, here’s Gordon Beckham‘s amazing play in the third inning last night, which very well could have halted a big Padres inning.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33296577/?cid=mlb

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters now own a 2.21 ERA and a .197 opponents average in our last 10 games…Danks’ eight quality starts marked the 1,000th quality start by the Sox since 2003. John has a 1.20 ERA over his last two starts and owns a 3.02 ERA in six starts at home…Daniel Webb owns a 1.29 ERA over his last 12 games.

Old Friends

It was great to say hello to two former White Sox before last night’s game. Carlos Quentin was outside of our clubhouse before batting practice, while I caught up with Jose Valentin, now the Padres’ first base coach, as San Diego took the field for BP. I still laugh about Jose’s chest tap, imitating Sammy Sosa, that day at Wrigley Field.

The Draft: A Look Back

The First-Year Player Draft is just days away, beginning on Thursday, June 5.  Here’s a review of some of the Sox’ most successful picks.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/white-sox-have-benefited-from-casting-wide-draft-net?ymd=20140529&content_id=77342514&vkey=news_cws

Sox and the (Second) City

Gordon and Robin Ventura pose with the cast of Second City and sportscasters/comedians, the Sklar Brothers (pictured on the right).

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Blackhawks Still Very Much Alive!

The crowd gathers at the Chisox Bar & Grill following last night’s Sox game to watch the Blackhawks force a Game 7 with the Kings tomorrow night at the UC. Go Hawks!

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The Adventures of Jose Abreu 

Jose Abreu took part in a simulated game before today’s game as he prepares for a possible Monday return from the disabled list for a sore left ankle.  Abreu faced live pitching in the form of two minor league right-handers brought up to throw in game conditions to him.  I’m certain one kid’s heart sank when he drilled Abreu just above the elbow in his second at-bat.  Jose shook it off and took several more at-bats, lining a couple of singles and hitting at least two doubles to the wall … and most importantly, legging them out and running fine.  He will repeat the drill tomorrow, hopefully without the HBP.

Think how this kid had to feel.  Probably his first time on a big league mound.  Silent ballpark on a Saturday morning.  Everyone watching.  And … BAM!

The young man shook hands with Abreu and said a few words after the simulated game.  Well, that was probably a day he will never forget.

Quote of the Day

Chris Sale on the “K Zone for Sale,” which will be in full force for his start tomorrow:

“It’s cool. It’s fun to have the excitement of that in the ballpark and hearing those guys go crazy every time there’s a strikeout. It’s fun to have people in the stands. Every time you get more people in the stands, it creates more energy and more excitement in the ballpark.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP Sale (4-0, 1.73) for the Sox, LHP Eric Stults (2-5, 4.92) for San Diego.

Photo of the Day

POTUS tries on a 2005 White Sox World Series ring during his recent trip to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown:

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Hot Sox Get Back to Work

Friday, May 30, 2014
 
Today’s News
 
After the three-game sweep over the Indians and a well-deserved day off, the Sox are back at it tonight. Before we look ahead, it’s definitely worth re-living Wednesday’s dramatic 3-2 win. Here’s Leury Garcia en route to scoring the winning run on Moises Sierra’s game-ending single in the ninth followed by Sierra getting mobbed by his teammates in celebration.
 
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Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and the last leg of the 10-game homestand. The Sox are 5-2 through the first seven games. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (3-6, 3.59) for San Diego.
 
While Danks got a no-decision in his last start vs. the Yankees at USCF, he threw eight scoreless innings allowing just three hits, striking out four, walking none. It was his seventh quality start of the season. The Sox lefty is 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four starts at home this year.
 
The Sox lead the all-time series against the Padres, 4-2. We have gone 2-1 at both USCF and Petco Park.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo RF, Dunn 1B, Ramirez SS, Semien DH, De Aza LF, Nieto C.
 
The K-Zone for Sale Returns on Sunday
 
The K-Zone for Sale will be alive and well Sunday as Chris Sale makes his next start against the Padres. Chris is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA, 43 strikeouts and a .138 opponents average over six starts this season.
 
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Sox Notes of Note
 
The White Sox recorded their sixth game-ending hit (third non-homer) and 17th comeback win of the season. We lead the majors with those six wins and our three walk-off homers…we have won seven of our last 10 games and are now 8-4 at home against the American League Central.
 
How about Conor?
 
Conor Gillaspie has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games (since May 12) and 31 of 34 overall. He’s hitting .415 with five doubles, a triple and five RBI since that date and his batting average leads the majors. Gillaspie’s .352 average for the season would lead the American League and rank second in baseball if he had the necessary plate appearances. Conor is also hitting .439 in the seventh inning or later, .400 in May and .397 with runners on base.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the Sox team effort after Wednesday night’s big victory over the Tribe, highlighted by Hector Noesi’s outstanding pitching performance and Sierra’s walk-off base hit.
 
“To win games, you like to talk about different people every night because it takes the whole roster to be able to do it. With the injuries and things that happened to us early, waiver claims are doing that. We went out and you start getting guys and bringing them in, these guys have been a good fit so far.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-1, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross (5-4. 2.97) for San Diego.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Here’s Gordon Beckham stretching out to rob the Indians’ Michael Brantley of a hit in the first inning of Wednesday night’s triumph. He grabbed the ball and made a strong throw to first that beat Brantley to the bag.
 
 
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Sox, Noesi Go For The Sweep

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) as we look to complete a three-game sweep and go above the .500 mark. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 6.82) for the Sox, RHP T.J. House (0-1, 6.43) for the Tribe. 

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

Plays of the Day

Only the elements could stop Chris Sale last night as the Sox ace pitched three scoreless, hitless innings with four strikeouts before the long rain delay. When the game resumed, Sale didn’t return but his teammates provided enough support for the Sox to emerge with the 2-1 victory…Scott Carroll (pictured below), who earned his second win of the season and first in relief, came to the rescue of Sale and went three scoreless innings. Jake Petricka added two of his own and Ronald Belisario chalked up his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth…Three hot Sox hitters continued to roll. Gordon Beckham cranked a solo homer, his fourth, and a double, Conor Gillaspie singled, walked twice and drove in a run and Alexei Ramirez had a pair of hits.

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Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters own a 2.28 ERA with 45 strikeouts and a .187 opponents average over the last eight games with six of the starts “quality.The ERA is the lowest in the American League and second-lowest in the majors during that span behind the Cardinals (1.78) and Giants (2.27). Starters have given up three earned runs or less in each of the eight outings and walked two or less seven times….The Sox hitters rank fourth in the AL with 56 home runs. We are 22-9 when hitting at least one homer, 13-3 when recording a multi-homer game and among the homer leaders in the following categories: two outs (T1st, 21), RISP (T1st, 18), seventh inning or later (T2nd, 20) and RISP/two outs (T3rd, 8)…Gillaspie is hitting .355 overall, .425 in the seventh inning or later, .410 this month and .393 with runners on base.

The MVP Case For Alexei

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/27691453-419/alexei-ramirez-has-been-mvp-caliber-in-2014.html#.U4ZCALS9KSN

Sale’s Pitch: It’s All About Sox Fans’ Energy

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33211349/sale-thrives-off-energy-from-south-side-crowd/?partnerId=as_cws_20140528_24843976

A.C.E. Players of the Month

Sox infielder Marcus Semien is shown here before last night’s game honoring the White Sox A.C.E. Program’s April Players of the Month.

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Quotes of the Day

Here’s an excerpt from Scott Merkin‘s mlb.com story on last night’s game, which ended around 1:00 a.m. today.

As questions were being asked of the White Sox ace, Adam Dunn strode toward his locker and couldn’t pass up the chance to take a humorous shot at his teammate making his second start since coming off of a five-week stint on the disabled list for a flexor muscle strain in his left arm.

“Look at this,” said Dunn of Sale’s postgame interview session. “He threw three innings.”

“And he did it yesterday,” added John Danks with a laugh.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in a three-game weekend series and the last leg of the 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (3-6, 3.59) for San Diego.

Photo/Video of the Day

The Beckham blast and “bubble gum” home run trot. Gordon also extended his hitting streak to eight games and is hitting .394 over that period.

http://atmlb.com/1mCK1D9

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Rienzo Looks to be “Andre the Giant” in Matchup With Tanaka

Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Having won the first two games and lost yesterday’s extra-inning affair, the Sox need a win to take the series from the Bronx Bombers and also are looking to clinch their third straight home series win. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-0, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-1, 2.39) for New York.

Rienzo earned the win in his last start at Kansas City, giving up just two runs on five hits over six innings pitched. He walked a pair and struck out a career-high eight. The White Sox are 6-0 in 2014 in Rienzo’s starts. The Sox streak of six team wins behind Andre is tied for the longest such streak in baseball this season.

 

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

 

Plays of the Day

John Danks was masterful in yesterday’s heartbreaking defeat. In eight innings of work, he didn’t allow a run, gave up only three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four…Dayan ViciedoAdam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez drove in the Sox runs and Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham collected three hits apiece. With his performance yesterday and three hits Friday night, Adam raised his BA to .292. Gordon is right behind him at .291.

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More Eaton and Beckham

Eaton is 8-14 (.571) in the Yankee series and 11-32 (.344) in the six games since returning from the disabled list. Beckham is hitting .417 over his six-game hitting streak and is batting .390 in his last 10 games and .350 in his last 19. He’s hitting .482 against left-handed pitchers.

 

For Starters

White Sox starters own a 2.18 ERA with 29 strikeouts and a .177 average in the last six games.

 

Sox Note of Note

RHP Frank Francisco has declined an outright assignment to Class AAA Charlotte and declared for free agency…C Hector Gimenez, who was playing in Charlotte, has been traded to the Blue Jays.

 

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura talks about Tyler Flowers improvement this season. The Sox catcher is batting .312 with an on-base percentage of .371.

“Flow has been a big part of us being where we’re at. He’s taking the ball the other way, he’s balanced, strikeouts are down. He’s hit a couple of big homers for us. He’s had a nice little stretch here while playing a very demanding position. He’s in a nice spot.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in a Memorial Day matinee. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (3-2, 2.91) for the Tribe.

 

Photo of the Day

Eaton and Beckham: Energy and production at the top of the Sox lineup:

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