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Sweep!

Thursday, August 8, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Off-day for the Sox.
 
One Million Strong
 
Today, the White Sox Facebook page hit the one million fan mark! 
 
Here’s a little video of thanks from some of the guys: http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=29498211
 
Head to the White Sox Facebook (facebook.com/whitesox) to get an exclusive offer code for 25% off WhiteSox.com Shop.
 
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Play(s) of the Day
 
Down 4-0 last night to the Yankees, Gordon Beckman’s third homer of the season in the fifth inning off of C.C. Sabathia, a solo blast, put the Sox on the board…We made it 4-3 in the seventh with three consecutive hits–singles by Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios and a run-scoring double by Paul Konerko–and a Beckham fielder’s choice that scored Rios…With two outs in the ninth against Mariano Rivera, Beckham doubled and scored the tying run on an Adam Dunn pinch-hit single to the opposite field. It was only Rivera’s third blown save of 2013…Behind 5-4 as a result of Robinson Cano’s solo homer in the top of the 12th, we started our game-winning rally in the bottom of the inning–again with two outs. Tyler Flowers reached base on an infield hit, Alexei Ramirez followed with a single, sending Flowers to third. Then, the walk-off clincher–De Aza’s triple that scored both baserunners for the 6-5 win and three-game sweep. Enjoy the link:
 
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
Paulie on last night’s triumph via @scottmerkin:
 
“We fought to the end. We always do. But tonight we can at least smile after the end.”
 
@SouthSideSox on the dramatic win: 
 
“And that’s why we watch.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins in a 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. 
 
Game 2 (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP Charlie Leesman will be making his big-league debut for the Sox, TBA for Minnesota.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the White Sox swept the Yankees in back-to-back series of at least three games for just the second time in franchise history and first in 100 years? And that the Sox have won six straight games against New York for their longest streak against the Yanks since July 1, 1990-April 16, 1991 (seven).
 
…that the White Sox have now won four in a row at home–against such elite starting pitchers as Justin Verlander, Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda and CC Sabathia? And you might want to throw in closer Rivera in the mix for good measure (courtesy of @soxnerd).
 
Photo of the Day
 
De Aza celebrates.
 
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A Sweep is in our Sights

Wednesday, April 7, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28) for the Sox, LHP C.C. Sabathia (9-10, 4.78) for N.Y. Santiago has a 3.15 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched (15 starts). Over his last six starts his ERA is 2.75.

Sox Lineup: Ramirez, SS; De Aza, CF; Rios, RF; Konerko, 1B; Beckham, 2B; Viciedo, DH; Wells, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Flowers, C.

For Starters…

White Sox starting pitchers rank among the top American League rotations in ERA (2nd, 3.80), strikeout/walk ratio (3rd, 3.04), batting average (3rd, .247), quality starts (5th, 64) and strikeouts per nine innings (5th, 7.83).

The Great Rivera

As future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera takes his farewell tour around major league ballparks this summer celebrating 19 spectacular seasons, he has been showered with goodbye gifts and has met with groups of fans throughout baseball.

Last night, we presented Mariano with a framed scorecard from the first time he appeared at New Comiskey Park on July 4, 1995, a game in which he started; a photo collage from his save on September 19, 2001, following the 9/11 attacks eight days before; and a donation in his name to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. We also introduced Rivera at a pre-game session to a group of fans and Sox staff members who represent who the White Sox are. Here’s Scott Merkin’s story on whitesox.com:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130806&content_id=56131838&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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Play of the Day

Chris Sale was in All-Star form last night, pitching a strong 7.1 innings while earning his seventh win of the season. He gave up just a first inning run and allowed only five hits while striking out six…Alejandro De Aza’s two-out, run-scoring double in the seventh drove in Gordon Beckhamwhich turned out to be the decisive run in the 3-2 victory.

Take a look at Sale’s performance and De Aza’s clutch hit:

http://atmlb.com/13F4FKM

http://atmlb.com/13ERCZU

Quote of the Day

A smiling Beckham commented on the usually slow-footed Paulie, who avoided hitting into a double play in the sixth by beating the throw to first, allowing the Sox to score the go-ahead run:

He works constantly on his speed, as we all know, and he blazed a trail down to first and got us the win. All kidding aside, that’s pretty gutsy for him to do that, because his back is probably not 100 percent. He’s gutting it out, and you’ve got to like that. That’s why he’s Paulie. We love him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day.

On Friday, the White Sox and Twins will play a doubleheader. 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.

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

Did You Know…

…that according to South Side Sox (southsidesox.com) the White Sox have indeed touched up the normally untouchable Mariano on a few occasions? Enjoy this interesting look back:

http://www.southsidesox.com/2013/8/6/4592810/mariano-rivera-white-sox-blown-saves-losses

Photo of the Day

On Monday, President Obama hosted a group of former Negro League players and honored them for their contributions to American history, civil rights and athletics. One of the players attending was none other than White Sox icon Minnie Minoso, shown here giving his own state of the union.

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“Q” and Sox Host Yankees in First of Three

Monday, August 5, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62) for the Sox, LHP Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28) for New York. “Q” is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA with 38 strikeouts over his last six starts.

Sox Starting Lineup: Ramirez, SS; Keppinger, 3B; Rios, RF; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; Beckham, 2B; Viciedo, LF; Wells, CF; Phegley, C.

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On the Bright Side

White Sox starters rank 4th in the American League with a 3.87 ERA. Their ERA has improved during the current losing streak.

Robin and the “Ryan Express”

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the brawl between Robin Ventura and the Rangers’ Nolan Ryan on the mound in Texas.  In addition to making me – once again – feel old, I chuckled about my perspective on that moment.  I was traveling with the team on that trip and for some reason, I can’t quite remember why, I was asked to deliver an autographed Frank Thomas baseball to a young boy in the stands just over our dugout.  So I waited until a good time in the game to head down to deliver the gift.  The elevator at that old ballpark might have been the slowest ever – to go only one floor – and I recall walking down the stands looking for the right row and seat number.  All of a sudden, the crowd roared, I looked up just in time to see Robin reach Ryan.  The rest is photographic history.  I dropped off the ball, said a quick hello and dashed back upstairs to the press box to catch footage of the pitch and its result.

Last Opening Day in Texas, Ryan stopped by our clubhouse to shake hands with Robin.  My recollection of that meeting was that Nolan Ryan remains a big human being.  Big.

Play(s) of the Day

Despite getting his second straight no-decision in yesterday’s 3-2, extra-inning loss, Andre Rienzo was impressive in his second big-league start No. 2. He went six innings, giving up only two runs on four hits…With yesterday’s mammoth 475-foot solo homer, Adam Dunn passed Cal Ripken Jr. for 43rd place on the all-time home run list with his 432nd.  It was Adam’s 26th of the season and he added three singles for good measure. Furthermore, he is hitting .308 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI over the last 48 games and has raised his average from .156 to .226…Paul Konerko homered to tie the game at 2-2 in the ninth…And how about this catch by Gordon Beckham?

http://t.co/jiUQrN8obK

Quote of the Day

Outfielder Avisail Garcia on being traded to the Sox:

“I’m happy for the trade. This is a new opportunity for me to be here. I thank God for that. I’ve just got to keep playing hard and try to do something good for my team and help my team win games.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-11, 2.92) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki  Kuroda (10-6, 2.38) for New York.

Did You Know…

…that Paulie’s homer was the 430th of his career, 45th against the Tigers, the 18th at Comerica Park and eighth of the season?

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Photo/Video of the Day

Dunn’s bomb on video and Paulie going deep in finale of Detroit series:

http://atmlb.com/14W23UB

All-Star Sale, Sox Go For The Series Win

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale and rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-8, 2.78) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-5, 2.70) for Detroit. Chris ranks among the American League leaders in the following categories: He’s first in opponents slugging percentage (.301), third in opponents on-base percentage (.260), baserunners per nine innings pitched (9.29), opponents average (.202) and strikeouts per nine innings pitched (9.77), fourth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.92) and ERA and fifth in strikeouts (123).

Sox Starting Lineup:  De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Keppinger, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Phegley, C.

Peavy in Sunday Rehab Start

Taking his next step toward returning to the Sox rotation, Jake Peavy is scheduled to make a rehab start on Sunday with Class AA Birmingham at Huntsville.

Play(s) of the Day

Gordon Beckham continued his hot hitting with his second homer of the season, a solo shot, in last night’s loss to the Tigers. Now sporting a .340 average on the year, Gordon is hitting .400 in his last 16 games with four doubles, two homers and eight RBI…After exploding for a pair of homers and four RBI on Tuesday night, Dayan Viciedo singled, doubled, walked and drove in a run…Conor Gillaspie (below) smashed his seventh homer to get the Sox on the board with a run in the second inning, singled and scored twice.

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Quote of the Day

Sox GM Rick Hahn, talking to reporters about the Sox’s strong suit:

“We do feel that you have to start with the pitching. You are going to compete in this league with the pitching, and we do feel we have the nucleus under control for a while going forward that is going to help us compete. The bulk of our struggles this year have been on the offensive side. That’s something we are going to have to improve.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-5, 4.31) for the Sox, RHP Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) for Philly.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox are hitting .296 with runners in scoring position since June 1? It’s the second highest mark in the American League and third highest in the majors during that period.  

Photo/Video of the Day

Watch Beckham go deep:

http://atmlb.com/131L9mw

Meeting in Motown and the Double Duty Classic

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.69) for the Sox, Justin Verlander (9-5, 3.54) for Detroit.

Sox Starting Lineup:  De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn,1B; Keppinger, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham 2B; Phegley, C.

Jake Update

Jake Peavy threw 76 pitches today in a simulated game at Comerica Park. He reported that he felt fine afterward and has made some progress since his last bullpen (in St. Petersburg). If all goes well, a rehab start is next on the agenda.

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The Future

One of the best days each year – especially in  a year like this – is our annual Double Duty Classic event, which celebrates and commemorates the old Negro Leagues East-West All-Star Game.  Amateur minority players from our ACE youth baseball program and a few standouts from across the country (Sox 2012 first round draft pick Courtney Hawkins played in the game) play an exhibition game wearing replica Negro Leagues uniforms.  Today’s game, the sixth annual, drew upwards of 4,000 fans, mostly Chicago youth groups on outings from their day camps. The atmosphere is always fun.

Prior to the game, we hold a forum for the players and their families that centers on the history of the Negro Leagues, explains who Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe was and his importance to baseball in Chicago, and offers advice to the kids on their future, whether in baseball or not.

“Double Duty,” of course, was a star in the Negro Leagues as both a pitcher and a catcher and a baseball legend in Chicago, his adopted hometown. Word is that Radcliffe, who lived to be 103, got his nickname from the famed writer Damon Runyon because he caught and pitched in successive games in the 1932 Negro League World Series.

This year, WBEZ and NPR correspondent Richard Steele was the emcee.  Steele was joined by 94-year-old Dr. Timuel Black, a former advisor to both Dr. King and President Obama, and by Ken Williams, Sox executive vice president and former GM.

“You have to protect your history,” Williams told the 35-or so players.  “You have to keep it alive.”

Dr. Black explained his own history – his grandparents were slaves – and how important faith and optimism have for people.

“It is about survival, progress and a belief,” he said. “Impossible … we can get that done this week.  Miraculous? … that might take us a little longer.  But one of the best examples is baseball.  Jackie Robinson.  He was not just a great baseball player.  He was chosen by Branch Rickey because he also was best equipped to succeed in all the other areas that were important at that moment.”

Robinson, Black and Williams stressed, didn’t just have athletic ability.  He also had intellect.

“Baseball is the best sport to prepare you for life, in my opinion, because it is built on failure,” Williams said.  “You need discipline and you need to show up.  A lot of people are afraid to show up because it is too risky.”

“You may lose today’s game,” Black told the kids. “but you will win tomorrow.”

He stressed the importance of using role models and adults as guides.

“What do you want to be?” he challenged the athletes.  “Not just today, this week or this year, but in your future and in your life.

“What do you want to be?  What do you want your neighborhood to be?  Your city?  You cannot do it alone.”

Here is a link to Phil Rogers’ column in today’s Trib about the Double Duty Classic and the impact that the Sox, spearheaded by Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, have made in the community.

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/436/article/p2p-76603521/

Quote of the Day

I think the following excerpt from Rogers’ column is worthy enough to underscore here:

“Chicago never has had a baseball owner who has done as much public good as Reinsdorf,” Rogers wrote. “And, unless Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg buys a team, probably never will.”

Play of the Day

Josh Phegley’s homer in the third inning of last night’s game was his second in two days. He joined Magglio Ordonez (second and third career games in 1997) as the only players in franchise history to homer in consecutive games within their first three career contests. Josh also joined Brent Morel (2010 vs. Royals), Josh Fields (2011 vs. Tigers) and Carlos Lee (1999) as the only White Sox players to homer in his first at-bat at U.S. Cellular Field. And Phegley is the first rookie in franchise history to drive in a run in each of his first three career games (RBI became an official stat in 1920).

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.97) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-6, 4.82) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Gordon Beckham, in the sixth inning of last night’s loss to the Cubs, became the first Sox player to steal home since Juan Pierre did it on October 2, 2010? 

Photo of the Day

Phegley heads for home.

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An Independence Day Rubber Match

Thursday, July 4, 2013

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series with the teams splitting the first two. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.97) for the Sox, LHP Zach Britton (2-2, 4.50) for the O’s.

Sox Starting Lineup:  De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Viciedo, DH; Dunn,1B; Keppinger, 3B; Wells, LF; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.

Sox to Wear Special 4th of July Cap

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Play(s) of the Day

Gordon Beckham’s first homer of the season, a solo shot in the fifth inning, in last night’s 4-2 loss to the Orioles…Hector Santiago was outstanding, allowing just two runs, five hits and a pair of runs along with nine strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Quote of the Day

Robin talking about Beckham, who has five hits in his last two games and is hitting .331 on the season:

“The homer, that was coming. With his hand, anytime he gets further away from that (the injury) he’s going to get his power back. He’s been really consistent all year, even in spring training when he came in and was ready to go. Tough that he broke his hand, but bouncing back (he’s had) quality at bat after quality at bat. I don’t think this is a fluke at all. I think even more of it is the power will come, doubles and home runs will come, but it’s just his approach and what he’s doing each at bat, even his (first at bat Wednesday night), getting the guy over. He’s doing good stuff when he’s going to the plate. I think it’s winning stuff.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.57) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Hellickson (7-3, 4.90) for Tampa Bay.

Did You Know…

…that Alex Rios stole his 200th career base in the first inning of last night’s game?

Photo of the Day

The Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp lifts…drum roll, please…the Stanley Cup.

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Friday Twin Bill Kicks Off Weekend Series with Tribe

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tomorrow’s Schedule

It’s the White Sox vs. Indians in a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field (1st game, 4:10, CT, 2nd game will follow, both on CSN). Probable starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.03) and LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.83) for the Sox, TBA for Cleveland. The twin bill is a result of the April 23 postponement.

Today’s News

Peavy’s Progress

Per trainer Herm Schneider, Jake played catch yesterday for roughly 10 minutes, at the three-week mark of his rib injury. He will continue to build up strength with the plan of having a side day at the four-week mark. According to Peavy it’s realistic to think he’ll be back around the All-Star break.

Congrats, Axe and Kash

Two members of the White Sox family, Dylan Axelrod and Mike Kashirsky, will have their uniform numbers retired tonight–by the Windy City ThunderBolts of the independent Frontier League. The ceremony will take place at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood before the Bolts’ regularly scheduled game vs. the Normal CornBelters.

Axe starred for the Thunderbolts in 2009 where he made the All-Star team and led the club to the playoffs. His No. 23 will be retired.

Kashirsky, a pre-game instructor and batting practice pitcher for the Sox, was a longtime player, coach and manager for the Cook County/Windy City franchise and is the all-time winningest skipper in the team’s history. The Bolts are retiring his No. 1.

Great Deal

Attention Blackhawk fans: Here’s an offer that’s pretty hard to pass up. The Sox are offering specially-priced $15 tickets to all fans who are wearing Blackhawks apparel at tomorrow night’s doubleheader with the Indians.

Tickets are available only at U.S. Cellular Field ticket windows and can be purchased only on Friday. Fans who will be attending the Hawks celebratory parade and rally and will return to U.S. Cellular Field for the twin bill, you can park in one of the ballpark lots for $20 and take the CTA. Lot A will be open at 6:00 a.m. and is accessible from Wentworth Avenue between 33rd and 35th Streets.

Quote of the Day

Robin, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, commented on the now infamous dropped pop-up in Tuesday night’s game with the Mets when Gordon Beckham collided with Conor Gillaspie.

“Gordon didn’t really drive through him. It was more like he wrapped him up. We need to work on Gordon’s tackling technique.”

You would think that Gordon, a product of the University of Georgia and the SEC, would have his technique down pat.

Play(s) of the Day

Nate Jones has recorded a 0.69 ERA over his last 10 appearances…Alexei Ramirez, with two hits last night, is hitting .361 with five doubles, four RBI, seven runs scored and five stolen bases over this last 14 games. He also ranks fourth in the American League with 18 stolen bases…John Danks retired the first nine batters he faced last night, extending his streak to 30 consecutive batters at home dating back to his last start on June 8 vs. Oakland. It’s the longest such streak by a Sox pitcher since Mark Buehrle retired 32 in a row in July/August of 2009. It’s the longest home streak in the majors since Felix Hernandez of the Mariners retired 36 in a row last July/August…Brent Morel, just recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, last night collected his first hit with the Sox since May of 2012.

Did You Know…

…that Chris Sale is already among the all-time best strikeout artists in White Sox history? With five 12+ strikeout games, Chris trails only Hall of Famer Ed Walsh and lefthander Juan Pizarro, who had six in their careers in Chicago. Sale also is tied with Walsh and righty Javier Vazquez with the most dozen or more strikeout games in a single season (3).

Photo of the Day

Nate is excelling in the ‘pen.

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Sox Looking for the Mini-Sweep

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mets at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the two-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (1-4, 5.40) for the Sox, RHP Shaun Marcum (0-9, 5.76) for the Mets.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, DH; Morel, 3B (See note below); Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.

Anti-Violence initiative

As I mentioned earlier this month, the Sox and Bulls have launched a series of public service announcement videos focusing on an anti-violence message and the teams’ partnership with Youth Guidance, a leading provider of school-based programs in Chicago Public and charter schools.

Today, White Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams and Bulls GM Gar Forman sent this letter to fans of both teams as the city’s public schools are being let out for the Summer this week.

http://view.ed4.net/v/XN5PM2/J9PF3L/8K90NVY/IYSKBSM/MAILACTION=1&FORMAT=H?partnerId=ed-7242422-570956663

Quote of the Day

Strange things happen in the game of baseball. Case in point, last night, when Gordon Beckham inexplicably collided with Conor Gillaspie on a seemingly routine pop-up in front of the pitcher’s mound with two outs in the top of the ninth inning and the Sox ahead, 4-3. The ball, however, fell to the ground and instead of clinching the win, the Mets scored the tying run. As unfortunate as these plays are–and they are invariably going to happen to every team over the course of the season–what you like to see in these situations is that the player responsible doesn’t hide, faces the media after the game and is accountable for the miscue. Predictably, Gordon rose to the occasion.

“I ran in there and screwed it up, that’s what happened,”  Beckham explained. “Stupid play for me. You know, my heart was in the right spot trying to make the play, but my mind obviously wasn’t…I’m glad we won and it didn’t cost us the game…it’s unacceptable to do that and blow the save for Reed and don’t get Sale a win.”

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Play of the Day

Alexei Ramirez’s two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth in last night’s 5-4 win.  http://atmlb.com/19rBOhl

And though he didn’t get credit for the victory, you can’t overlook Chris Sale’s terrific performance–8 IP, 3 runs, only four hits, a pair of walks and a whopping 13 strikeouts. It is also interesting to note that Chris is the first pitcher to have two starts of 8+ IP and 13+ strikeouts and not receive a win in either start since Randy Johnson in 2004.

Did You Know…

…that Ramirez is one of only two players (Manny Machado of the Orioles) in the majors who has played every inning this season? Furthermore, Alexei leads all MLB shortstops in games (691) and innings played (6,103.2) since the start of the 2009 season.

Sox Notes of Note

* Before tonight’s game with the Mets, Conor Gillaspie was placed on the Paternity Leave List as he is expecting the birth of his first child. Replacing Gillaspie on the active roster is third baseman Brent Morel, who has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte.

Morel, who played parts of three seasons with the Sox in 2010-12, is batting .280 with 19 doubles, five homers, 40 RBI and a .373 on-base percentage with the Knights.

Gillaspie can be reinstated after one day, but can only be on for as many as three.

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* RHP Andre Rienzo and C Josh Phegley, both playing at Charlotte, have been named to the 2013 Futures Game, which takes place the Sunday before the July 16 Major League All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York. Phegley will play for the U.S. team, Rienzo, a native of Brazil, will represent the World team. Top outfield prospect Courtney Hawkins, at Class A Winston-Salem, is one of five still in the running for a spot on the U.S. squad. Fans can vote for him on whitesox.com until June 30 at 10:59 p.m., CT.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Indians in a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field (1st game, 4:10, CT, 2nd game will follow, both on CSN). The twinbill is a result of the April 23 postponement. Starters for both the Sox and Cleveland are TBA.

Photo of the Day

Alexei is mobbed by his teammates after his game-winning hit.

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John Danks Looking for More Saturday Magic

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (6:15 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: LHP John Danks (1-2, 4.13) for the Sox and RHP Lucas Harrell (4-7, 4.52), who pitched on the South Side in 2010-11, for the Astros. In Danks’ last start, a week ago today vs. the A’s, he allowed only one run, three hits and a walk along with six strikeouts in eight innings to win his first game of the season.

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

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Signed on the Dotted Line

The Sox have come to terms with 27 of their 40 draft choices from this month’s First-Player Draft, including the top 11 picks.

Never a Dull Moment

To anyone following the White Sox this season, it’s obvious how many tight games the Sox have played. But when you take a closer look, the number of nail-biters is staggering. Of the 64 games the Sox have played, 51 have been decided by three runs or less. That’s 79.7 percent. We also have played 11 extra inning games, the most in the American League and second only in the majors to the Colorado Rockies (12).

Quote of the Day

Robin, on being selected as a coach for the American League in the All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 16, at New York’s Citi Field.

“It’s special, having played there (in New York with both the host Mets and Yankees), it makes it nice. It’s always an honor anytime you get asked to do anything with the All-Star Game…Even as a player guys should play…it’s important for the game. Anytime you’re asked to do it, you should honor that.”

Play of the Day

Chris Sale’s magnificent complete-game performance in last night’s 2-1 loss to the Astros. He allowed no earned runs, just five hits and a lone walk while striking out 14, just one shy of his career high of 15 accomplished in May of last year against Tampa Bay. It was also Chris’s sixth career game with 10 or more strikeouts.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (2-4, 3.12) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-3, 4.37) for Houston. Hector earned his second win of the season last Sunday against the A’s. He pitched 6.1 innings, giving up just one earned run on four hits.

Did You Know…

…that this is the second time this month that the Sox have started all left-handers in a four-game series (Sale, Danks, Santiago and Jose Quintana)?

Photo/Video of the Day

Sale’s virtuoso performance last night:

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?tcid=mm_cws_vid&c_id=cws

Game Postponed; Sox Sign No.1 Pick Tim Anderson

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
The finale of the White Sox-Blue Jays series has been postponed due to a severe weather forecast. A makeup date and time will be announced at a later date.
 
Anderson in the Fold
 
We announced today that Tim Anderson, our first selection and the 17th pick overall in last week’s June Draft, has been signed to a minor-league contract with a $2.164 million bonus. He will report to Advanced Rookie Bristol.
 
The promising shortstop from East Central Community College in Mississippi is shown below in the first link meeting Harold Baines and taking a picture with his family in front of the Sox dugout. In the second link, Tim signs his contract.
 
 
 
White Sox-Bulls Launch Series of Anti-Violence PSAs
 
The Sox and Bulls today launched a series of public service announcement videos highlighting an anti-violence message and the teams’ partnership with Youth Guidance, a leading provider of school-based programs serving more than 14,000 at-risk youth in 70 Chicago Public and charter schools.

The Bulls and White Sox support of Youth Guidance, specifically the organization’s B.A.M. (Becoming A Man™) – Sports Edition program, is part of the teams’ shared commitment to violence prevention in the city of Chicago.  The special PSA videos launched today, in advance of summer vacation, feature “discussion sessions” with young men from B.A.M. programs at Hyde Park Academy and Little Village Academy, as they engage with Bulls players Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, along with White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams, respectively.

 To view the videos, go to whitesox.com/community.

Quote of the Day
 
Chris Sale, commenting on his visit yesterday to Ronald McDonald House (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):
 
“Definitely makes you be thankful for what you have. It’s kind of how I live my life and even playing baseball. Don’t get upset about what you don’t have or what you could have. But appreciate the days you do have and the fun times you are having. Not everyone gets to live their life that way.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Conor Gillaspie’s three-run blast, his fourth homer of the season, in the fourth inning of last night’s 7-5, 10-inning loss. 
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
Off-day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: Sale (5-4, 2.68) for the Sox, TBA for Houston. The rest of the Sox rotation vs. the Astros: John Danks on Saturday, Hector Santiago on Sunday and Jose Quintana on Monday.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the Sox’s Class AA Birmingham club will advance to the postseason for the 10th time in 14 seasons after it clinched the Southern League’s Northern Division first-half title on Monday with a 7-3 win over Jacksonville? The Barons are 40-24 and have a 7.5 game lead.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Enjoy this terrific play by Gordon Beckham, who robbed the Jays of a hit in last night’s game.
 
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