Results tagged ‘ Gordon Beckham ’

A Series Win is There for the Taking 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park (1:10, CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. The Sox won on Friday night, the Astros were victorious yesterday afternoon. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-3, 4.88) for the Sox, RHP Brad Peacock (0-4, 5.17) for Houston.

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

Plays of the Day

Give Hector Noesi credit. After a rocky first inning, when he gave up four runs to the Astros before an out was made, Noesi settled down and battled successfully the rest of the way. He gave up only one more run before leaving after six-plus innings in the 6-5 loss to the Astros…Gordon Beckham singled in a run, Alexei RamirezMoises Sierra and Alejandro De Aza each collected an RBI on a sac fly and Jose Abreu drove in a run on an infield groundout…Adam Dunn doubled and walked twice and Dayan Viciedo had a pair of singles, a walk and scored twice…Sierra made the defensive play of the game in the first inning, a diving catch in right field that prevented another pair of runs from crossing the plate.

Abreu on DL, Eaton Reinstated

Jose Abreu has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with posterior tibia tendonitis in his left ankle. Adam Eaton has been reinstated to the active roster.

Alexei

With Ramirez’s start at short today, his 836th game there with the White Sox, only Hall of Famer Luke Appling (2,218), Ozzie Guillen (1,724) and Luis Aparicio (1,508) have played more games at the position for the Sox.

Blackhawks Continue Their Quest for the Cup

Quotes of the Day

Two examples of the closeness and team-first aspect of this White Sox team. Regarding Eaton’s tweet, many of Abreu’s teammates call him “Oso”–Spanish for bear.

De Aza on Eaton, who is back in his familiar leadoff spot today (via Colleen Kane in the Trib).

“(He brings) a lot of energy. He’s the kind of guy you want to have on your team.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-3, 5.24) for the Sox, LHP Jason Vargas (4-1, 3.00) for K.C.

Photo of the Day

Gordon Beckham is red-hot. After going 2-5 yesterday with an RBI and run scored, he’s now hitting .340 with three home runs and seven RBI over his last 12 games. And he’s hit safely in 11 of those contests.

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The 2014 White Sox: It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Plays of the Day

We learned once again yesterday that this year’s White Sox simply never give up.

Offensively, it was all about the number 1, 2 and 3 hitters in the batting order as the Sox staged a dramatic comeback to defeat the A’s, 4-2, in the series finale. Leadoff hitter Gordon Beckham homered on the first pitch of the game and added two singles. Batting in the No. 2 slot, Conor Gillaspie doubled and singled twice. And both Beckham and Gillaspie were on base in the eighth inning when Jose Abreu launched the three-run bomb, his major-league best 15th homer of the season, that gave the Sox a lead they never relinquished. In all, the threesome accounted for all of the Sox RBI and seven of their nine hits.

Pitching-wise, Andre Rienzo was outstanding, allowing only a pair of solo homers and two walks along with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched. Scott Downs (0.1 IP), Ron Belisario (1.1) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) closed it out with scoreless baseball. Belisario got credit for his second win of the season, Lindstrom chalked up his sixth save.

Enjoy the Beckham and Abreu homers:

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Sox Notes of Note

Abreu is the first Sox player and fourth in MLB history to hit 15-plus homers in their first 42 career games (also Wally Berger, Kevin Maas and Wally Joyner)…Beckham became the first White Sox player to homer on the first pitch since Ray Durham did it twice in 2000. 

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Sale, Eaton in Rehab Starts; Micah Gets First Triple-A Hit

Chris Sale is set to go for Class AAA Charlotte tonight in a rehab start at Durham. He will be joined by Adam Eaton, who hopes to be back with the Sox on Sunday if his rehab appearances the next couple of days go well. 

And click the link below to watch highly regarded prospect Micah Johnson double for his first hit with Charlotte since being promoted from Class AA Birmingham. He also singled and drove in a run in last night’s game vs. the Durham Bulls.

http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=32883231&sid=milb

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on designating infielder Jeff Keppinger for assignment:

“We had a brief conversation this morning, he understood the rationale for it and we wished each other well. Basically this comes down to wanting to use the plate appearances at the big league level for some of the younger players that we have here right now. Conor certainly has stepped up and seized the primary role of third base. Obviously we want Gordon to play, as well as Marcus and Leury Garcia and we have some young players in Charlotte who are knocking on the door and may contribute at some point this year. The decision was made that now is the time to move on and focus more on some of the younger pieces that are going to be here for a while.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo of the Day

@ESPNStatsInfo: Jose Abreu is tied for the MLB lead with 5 HR of 430+ feet this season, including his HR (yesterday)

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Sox Clinch Crosstown Cup, Go For Sweep and Fifth Straight Win Tonight

Thursday, May 8, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox look to sweep the four-game Crosstown Cup series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00) for the Cubs. Carroll makes this third start after two outstanding outings.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham‘s second homer in as many nights–a three run shot–and Paul Konerko‘s bases-clearing three-run double, one of a pair of two-baggers he had on the night, were the key blows as the Sox won their season-high fourth in a row and third straight vs. the Cubs, 8-3. As a result, we claim the 2014 Crosstown Cup and go one game over the .500 mark at 18-17…Jose Abreu doubled twice, singled and scored a run while Alexei Ramirez and Marcus Semien each got credit for an RBI…John Danks earned his third win of the season, allowing three runs, four hits and a lone walk while striking out eight…The bullpen was once again solid. Jake Petricka came on in relief of Danks and pitched two perfect innings. Maikel Cleto closed it out in the ninth.

Enjoy the Beckham homer and Paulie’s three-run double…

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…plus Ramirez’s dazzling ninth-inning catch that started a double play.

http://atmlb.com/1uDud7c

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Even More From Last Night

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32706915/?partnerId=as_cws_20140508_23489364

Sox Notes of Note

Every White Sox batter reached base in last night’s game…Sox relievers own a 0.48 ERA over the last 11 games and a 1.47 mark and a .180 opponents average since April 20. Relievers have thrown 18.1 consecutive scoreless IP over the last five games…Petricka extended his scoreless streak to six appearances (10 IP). The streak includes five straight hitless outings and he owns a 0.68 ERA and .149 opponents average over his last nine appearances.

All-Time White Sox Team vs. Cubs (During Interleague Play)

(Qualifier: Minimum 20 plate appearances; Numbers entering tonight)

C: A.J. Pierzynski – 45 games (.296/.365/.478; 8 HR, 29 RBI)

1B: Paul Konerko – 73 games (.299/.362/.602; 20 HR, 58 RBI)

2B: Ray Durham – 30 games (.364/.454/.496; 1 HR, 9 RBI)

3B: Gordon Beckham – 26 games (.348/.398/.598; 6 HR, 16 RBI)

SS: Alexei Ramirez – 36 games (.275/.303/.449; 5 HR, 17 RBI)

OF: Scott Podsednik – 20 games (.333/.435/.462; 1 HR, 6 RBI)

OF: Carlos Lee – 36 games (.326/.382/.574; 9 HR, 31 RBI)

OF: Magglio Ordonez – 32 games (.317/.406/.545; 5 HR, 25 RBI)

DH: Jermaine Dye – 27 games (.324/.384/.706; 11 HR, 21 RBI)

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura Talks Abreu:

On the slugger’s No. 79 jersey cracking the Top 10 in MLB sales:

“I got one. I got a real one, too, didn’t even have to buy it.”

Did he sign it?

“He will.”

On Jose’s Impact:

“…It’s fun for him, it’s fun for us to have a guy like him. Nobody knew about him last year and now all of a sudden he’s on our team. What makes it fun for us and being around him is that he’s just a good person. He’s a humble kid, he’s a great team person. I think that’s the thing for our guys–you root for him and you’re happy for all these accolades he’s getting and the attention. It’s not going to change him. Guys like to have fun with him because he’s such a good team person and you like to see stuff like this happen to people like him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-0, 4.50) for the Sox, ex-Sox Brandon McCarthy (1-5, 4.67) for the D-backs.

Photo of the Day

Carroll takes on the Cubs in Cup finale.

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Home Again

Friday, April 25, 2014


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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-1, 5.32) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (2-1, 3.65) for the Tampa Bay.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn homered (No. 5 on the season, No. 445 in his career), doubled, scored twice and drove in a run in yesterday’s loss to the Tigers…Dayan Viciedo was a homer shy of the cycle with a single, double and triple and improved his league-leading batting average to .377…Alexei Ramirez drove in two runs with a single and sac fly and Tyler Flowers collected three singles…Jose Quintana had a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings of work.

Adam’s homer:

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have claimed right-handed pitcher Hector Noesi off waivers from the Texas Rangers.

Noesi, 27, has appeared in 69 games (21 starts) over parts of four major-league seasons with the Yankees, Mariners and Rangers…Jose Abreu needs one more home run to tie Albert Pujols (2001), Carlos Delgado (1994) and Kent Hrbek (1982) for the all-time record among rookies in March/April with eight.

White Sox Volunteer Corps

Join our Volunteer Corps on May 10 and help us refurbish a local high school.

http://mlb.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/volunteer.jsp

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We Have Many Candidates, So Support Your White Sox

Balloting for the 85th All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, begins today. Fans can cast their votes for starters 25 times exclusively at at MLB.com and on whitesox.com.

RIP Connie Marrero, 1911-2014: Cuban Legend Was Oldest Living Major Leaguer

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/conrado-marrero-s-stint-in-mlb-doesn-t-tell-his-whole-story-042414

Quote of the Day

Gordon Beckham, talking about his struggles yesterday against the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner in his first game back from a rehab stint at Birmingham.

“There’s not a lot of Max Scherzers throwing around Double-A, I’ll tell you that…”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-0, 2.84) for the Sox, LHP Cesar Ramos (0-1, 4.91) for Tampa Bay.

Photo of the Day

How did young Sox fan Miguel Rodriguez get this baseball? Compliments of none other than GM Rick Hahn.

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Sox Aim To Take It To The Max For A Series Win

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. The Sox have won two of the first three. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 3.75) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (1-1, 2.33).

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

Plays of the Day

Marcus Semien put the Sox ahead 6-4 in the seventh inning last night–a lead that happily held up–with the first grand slam home run of his career and third homer of the season (all three have given the Sox the lead in the seventh inning or later, a feat no other player has done this season). He also has a bases-loaded triple…for the second straight night, Jose Abreu blasted a first-inning homer over the center field wall at Comerica. The two-run shot last night, Jose’s seventh homer of the season, brought his RBI total to 21…Andre Rienzo went 6.1 innings and got credit for the win, shutting out the Tigers in five of those frames. All four of the Tigers’ runs came off of Rienzo in the fourth…In relief, Scott Downs struck out the only batter he faced, Ron Belisario pitched a perfect 1.1 innings (he has thrown five shutout innings in his past three outings) and Matt Lindstrom came on in the ninth to earn his third save.

Enjoy Semien’s grand slam and Abreu’s mammoth homer:

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Beckham is Back

The Sox returned second baseman Gordon Beckham from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Class AA Birmingham and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list.

Beckham takes the roster spot of left-handed pitcher Charlie Leesman, who was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte following last night’s game.  Gordon opened the season on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique and appeared in 12 games with Birmingham on his rehab assignment.

Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series (Friday through Monday). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-1, 5.32) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (2-1, 3.65) for the Rays.

Photo of the Day

Paulie collected career hits No. 2,300, 2,301 and 2,302 last night with a pair of singles and a double. In the process, the Sox captain became the all-time franchise leader with 3,950 total bases, one more than The Big Hurt.

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With a Series Win Under Their Belts, the Sox Test the Royals in K.C.

Friday, April 4, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City (3:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (pictured above) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie for K.C.

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

Plays of the Day

The Sox put together a nine run, 13-hit attack in yesterday’s tough 10-9 loss to the Twins…Jose Abreu went 2-4 with four RBI, including a double and a triple with the bases loaded (click on top link below for video)…Marcus Semien collected his first hit of the young season with an eighth inning homer that put the Sox ahead 9-8 (click on middle link)…Tyler Flowers pounded out four hits in as many at-bats, his career high…Adam Dunn smashed his second homer, a two-shot, and Alejandro De Aza hit a solo homer for his third of the young season…Adam Eaton tripled, scored a run and walked twice plus he made a spectacular catch in the sixth to prevent a run from scoring (click on bottom link).

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http://whitesox.tumblr.com/post/81617462809/well-look-at-that          

Sox Notes of Note

De Aza homered for the third time at U.S. Cellular Field after recording four home runs at home all last season. He became the first player to hit three homers in the first three games of the season in Sox history…Dunn’s homer was career No. 442, tying Dave Kingman for 38th place on the all-time home run list…Nate Jones has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip muscle strain. Jake Petricka has been recalled from Charlotte…three games in, the White Sox lead AL in OPS (.914), slugging (.549), are tied for lead in runs per game (7.0) and HRs (6) and rank second .311 average.

Farm Report

Top third-base prospect Matt Davidson went 3-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI and Jared Mitchell connected for a two-run home run in Class AAA Charlotte’s 3-0 season-opening victory last night in Norfolk…Class AA Birmingham clobbered host Montgomery, 9-2, in its opener last night. Second base prospect Micah Johnson went 2-4 with a two-run homer, a triple, a walk and two runs scored…Gordon Beckham (see below), on a rehab assignment, was the Barons’ DH.

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Quote of the Day

@CST_soxvan: Venezuelan Avi Garcia last played in cold like this in ’12 World Series in Detroit. What gets cold? ‘My hands, my nose, my eyes, everything’

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen for Kansas City.

Photo of the Day

Jose has gone 7-16 with two doubles, a triple, two runs scored and has hit safely in his first three big-league games.

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Late Heroics Give Sox a 7-6 Victory Over the Rangers

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Today’s News

The Games

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale…the Sox are now 5-5-2 in Cactus League play.

Rangers        6  12  3

White Sox     7  12  1

At Goodyear (“B” game)…

White Sox    7

Indians         7

Plays of the Day

Vs. Rangers:  Alex Liddi’s walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning proved to be the difference for the Sox. Liddi also homered with two RBI in today’s “B” game. Carlos Sanchez led off the ninth with a single and was replaced on the bases by Micah Johnson (he also starred in the “B” game), who promptly stole second and scored on Liddi’s game-winner…Matt Davidson (pictured above) tied the game at 6-6 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth with a solo homer, his first in Cactus League play…John Danks, a day after his brother Jordan was one of the heroes in the Sox’s 6-3 victory over the Brewers, pitched five innings of shutout baseball. He gave up just four hits, walked three and struck out a batter...Gordon Beckham hit a solo homer, his first of the spring…Jose Abreu went 3-4 with a pair of RBI, Dayan Viciedo doubled in a run and Paul Konerko added an RBI…Nate Jones pitched a perfect inning…Cody Winiarski earned the win.

Vs. Indians:  Liddi was 2-3 along with the homer and two runs batted in...Micah Johnson went 3-4 with a run scored…Andy Wilkins, continuing his hot spring, was 2-2 with a homer, three RBI and a walk…Miguel Gonzalez was 3-3 with a run scored…Omar Poveda gave up only two hits and struck out five in three innings pitched.

Sox Notes of Note

Conor Gillaspie has a six-game hitting streak (.353)…Alejandro De Aza is batting .412 for the spring and is 5-7 in away games…Jeff Keppinger has three RBI in his last four games.

Roommates

Visit the spring training home of Sox prospects Micah Johnson, Marcus Semien and Jared Mitchell with CSN’s Chuck Garfien serving as your tour guide.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/cribs-white-sox-spring-training-edition

Quote of the Day

An in-game tweet during today’s Sox-Rangers game from CSN’s Dan Hayes:

“Have heard several times scouts surprised at how strong Adam Eaton’s arm is — just doubled off a runner from CF.”  #WhiteSox

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at Scottsdale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: RHP Felipe Paulino, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Frank De Los Santos, RHP Nestor Molina. Starter for San Francisco: RHP Tim LIncecum.

Photo of the Day

Konerko, Beckham and Adam Eaton during today’s game with Texas.

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The Future is Now: Erik Johnson Bids For Third Victory

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (2-2, 2.82) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (0-0, 1.59) for K.C. Johnson owns a 2.82 ERA with 14 strikeouts over his first four career starts (three quality starts).

Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia, CF; Beckham, 2B; Gillaspie, 3B; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; A. Garcia, RF; Semien, SS; Jor. Danks, LF; Gonzalez, C.

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Paulie on Paulie 

From yesterday’s session with the media:

On the impending processing of deciding his baseball future…

“One of the things I wanted to do coming into this season, regardless of the result, was that no matter what happened, I wanted to go home and take maybe a month to get away from baseball.  That was my plan coming into this season which I decided on — along with the help of talking to other players, athletes and friends who have faced a similar decision.  

“However, my decision is based on the premise that there is a choice given to me by the organization and they want me to come back.  Right now, I don’t know that.  I haven’t spoken to the White Sox formally about the decision, but this is all set to the backdrop of them wanting me to come back.  Ultimately my mind could be made up for me because right now I don’t know what my choices or options are from their end.”

On his physical and mental state affecting his decision…

“Right now, the physical end is probably a bigger factor.  Mentally, I think you can always rebound.  This isn’t the first rough season I’ve had.  But, the older you get it’s easier to let things go quicker.  You do get beat up a little more mentally each year, but ultimately you get better at handling it.  But, physically you just have to know your body.  When you talk about the offseason and Spring Training, those are big commitments that you have to want to do.  The season doesn’t start on April 1. For me, it starts mid-November.  So, you have to know that you’re willing to go through that.  It’s a long year and you have to know if you’re up for it physically.

“You can never totally know with certain injuries.  There are some things that are isolated and once you get past it, you know that will never bother you again.  But, other things you just know that’s never going away and it may hang around as a nagging injury.  Again, that’s something over the next month or so todetermine.  It’s not just games, but it can take a toll traveling, during Spring Training, the offseason and all of those things.” 

On finishing his career with the White Sox…

“That’s always been my goal.  Again, I don’t know the options that will be made available to me.  But, when I signed back here in ’05 I felt like that could be it, and after 2010 it has brought us to this point now.  That’s always what I have envisioned, finishing my career with the White Sox.”

On how the decision has weighed on him throughout the year…

“Every season, since I was seven years old, I’ve know I would continue to play the next year.  If I do play next year however, that would probably be my final year.  There are just so many factors, like traveling to different cities and then thinking ‘Am I going to see this person again or ever be back here?’  Looking back, I didn’t like going through that and not knowing the answer.  I wasn’t sure enough coming out of Spring Training to decide one way or the other if this would be my final season.  If I had made that decision, I probably would have had a better year personally for me either way the decision went.  However, that doesn’t excuse the season we have had as a team.  There’s just so much that is in your control as well as out of your control.” 

On how the results of 2013 will factor into his decision…

“That’s a huge determining factor, it may be the biggest.  You only go through this sort of thing once, so you seek the advice of other people who have been through it.  It would be nice to go out on top with a winner or having your best season, but looking at the other side of it, this is how careers are supposed to end.  Not everybody gets to do it exactly how they want.  When things aren’t at their best, that is what closes you out, when you’ve decided you’ve had enough if things aren’t going the way you want them to.  I can see it both ways.  You’re always taught to fight throughout your career to overcome the bumps in the road, no matter what happens, you get up and fight again.  It’s a matter of whether or not I’m in the mode of wanting to get up and fight.

“I just think taking a month off and away from the game will help.  The more you don’t play, I think the needle will always move towards wanting to play.  I just have to determine how much of that feeling is real come November.”

On the possibility returning to play as a part-time player…

“The only place I could do that is in Chicago.  My family likes it here, my kids love it here and it’s a great place to be in the summer.  I’ve always held myself to a high standard, production-wise.  If I do come back in any capacity, I may have to lessen those standards somewhat.  Production can be done in a variety of ways, it’s not just hitting home runs and driving in runs.  If I’m going to come back, I have to be better working with the young guys and helping them out, instead of being so consumed with myself and following my own routine.      

“Again, that role has to exist for me here though.  I don’t know what the roster will look like yet, that will be determined by Rick and the front office.  I’m very conscious of earning my way onto the playing field, and not having to have a favor done for me.  Since I was a little kid, I feel like I’ve earned my way, and right now, I’m not sure I can say that for next year.  That’s a concern for me.  I don’t want to put anybody in a tough spot.  I want to be back here because it makes sense for me and the White Sox, because this organization has always been honest with me and treated me well.  I’m not looking to power play somebody into a job, because that’s not who I am.”

On the possibility of Sunday being his final game…

“It’s crossed my mind.  But regardless of knowing whether or not it will be my last game going into it, I’m going to go about it the same way as every game.  I’m still going to come in, hit off the tee, take batting practice, get ready and go play.  I don’t know how else I would go about it or how much more I would do.  I don’t get too caught up in those sorts of things.  I could play Sunday and look back a month from now and find out that was my last game.  That’s possible, but I don’t know what other way to go about it right now.”

On the possibility of playing for another team next season…

“I’d have to weigh my options if I decided I wanted to play again but the opportunity of playing for the White Sox wasn’t there.  It would be tough to go somewhere else to play for just one year.  It would come down to how much I really just want to still play the game of baseball.  There are a lot of factors that will go into it.  But, right now I don’t know what options will be presented to me.”

On his future in baseball after retiring as a player…

“Right now, I can’t see myself doing anything in the game.  It would be a while.  Because of the age my kids are, I wouldn’t want to miss something with them that I couldn’t do because I took a job in baseball.  I have some other interests and things I could do from or around home to keep me busy for a while.”

Fan Appreciation Day 

Tomorrow is Fan Appreciation Day at U.S. Cellular Field. In addition to Family Sunday events, select players plus Sox coach Harold Baines and Ron KIttle, both stars on the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox, will sign autographs for kids before the game. Additionally, 1,300 prizes will be given away and youngsters can run the bases post-game.

Play(s) of the Day

Gordon Beckham hit a solo homer, his fifth of the season, and Alexei Ramirez tripled and singled in last night’s loss to the Royals.

Quote(s) of the Day

GM Rick Hahn announcing yesterday that Robin will be back as Sox skipper in 2014:

“Robin has met the challenge this team has put in front of him over the last two years, both the good and the bad, extremely well.’’

Ventura on returning next year:

“I am motivated to be back and happy to come back and turn this around.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S.  Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the final game of the four-game series and last game of the 2013 season. Starters:  LHP Jose Quintana (9-6, 3.45) for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen (8-4, 3.31) for Kansas City.

Did You Know…

…that Dayan Viciedo is hitting .333 with seven doubles, four homers, 19 RBI and 16 runs scored over his last 29 games?

Photo of the Day

Gordon puts in on the board.

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Current and Future Sox Contributed to Birmingham’s Southern League Success

Monday, September 16, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-2, 4.66) for the Sox, LHP Liam Hendriks (1-2, 5.25) for Minnesota. Johnson is shooting for his first big-league win.

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

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Play of the Day: The Birmingham Connection

Erik Johnson and his college and pro teammate Marcus Semien, whose two hits yesterday in the Sox’s loss to Cleveland brought his average to .346 since coming to Chicago, both spent a good portion of this season at Class AA Birmingham–the brand new Southern League champions. Semien, in fact, was named the league’s MVP for his performance before being called up to Class AAA Charlotte. Johnson was 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA prior to joining the Knights. RHPs Jake Petricka and Daniel Webb and C Miguel Gonzalez, all now with the Sox, also contributed to the championship season.

All five undoubtedly experienced a great deal of satisfaction last night as their ex-mates clinched the Barons’ first league championship since 2002. Host Birmingham, managed by Julio Vinas, won the title, 4-2, by capturing the winner-take-all fifth game in the best-of-five series against the two-time defending champion Mobile BayBears, a Diamondbacks farm club. 

The MVP of the championship series was second baseman Micah Johnson (pictured below), who joined the Barons in late August from High Class A Winston-Salem after he started the season at Class A Kannapolis. He hit .450 with a homer, six runs scored and four RBI in the five games and in the decisive contest last night, he went 2-4 with a home run, two runs batted in and two runs scored.

In the entire postseason, Micah led the team with a .368 average, 12 runs scored and seven steals while driving in seven runs and walking seven times. The talented speedster, a top Sox prospect, led the entire minor leagues in stolen bases in 2013 with 84 and batted .312 with a .373 on base percentage in his three stops during the regular season. 

Here’s more:

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/09/birmingham_barons_win_southern.html

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130916&content_id=60747108&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb&tcid=tw_share

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/09/birmingham_barons_timeline_rel.html#incart_river

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Quote of the Day

@BhamBarons: FINAL: Barons 4 Mobile 2!!! 2013 SOUTHERN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! GO CRAZY BIRMINGHAM!!!

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-6, 3.56) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-12, 5.31) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that with his seven strikeouts last night vs. the Tribe, Chris Sale is just one shy of Gary Peters’ franchise record for lefthanders (215) set in 1967?

Sox Notes of Note

Happy Birthday to both Gordon Beckham (27) and bench coach Mark Parent (52)…Hector Santiago, who last week was selected as the Sox nominee for the 2013 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award (honoring on-and-off-the-field achievements), has also been chosen as the club’s nominee for this year’s Roberto Clemente Award–“which pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others”…Vance Law, the third baseman on the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox and currently member of the organization as a special assistant to player development, sang the National Anthem before last night’s game. Interestingly, Vance’s Dad, Vern, the 1960 National League Cy Young Award winner, was a teammate of Clemente’s on the Pirates…Scotty McCreery, the 2011 American Idol winner, was at the ballpark yesterday to promote the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program and visited the #SoxSocial Lounge.

Photo of the Day

The 2013 Southern League Champion Birmingham Barons.

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Rienzo Goes for Second Straight Victory; Birmingham Can Win Southern League Crown Tonight

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

Happy Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day: White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-1, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 3.62) for the Tribe. In his last start, against the Orioles, Andre (pictured below) collected his second career victory, allowing just one run and four hits in 6.2 IP.

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

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Barons Look to Clinch Title

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, still hold a two games to one lead in the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series despite a 6-0 home loss last night to the two-time defending champion Mobile BayBears, a Diamondbacks farm club. Game 4 is tonight in Birmingham with LHP Scott Snodgress (below), the club leader with 11 wins, getting the starting nod for the Barons. A victory will give Birmingham its first Southern League title since 2002.

More Barons: Birmingham yesterday was named the Southern League Organization of the Year, presented to the club that exemplifies the most complete franchise in the SL, and GM Jonathan Nelson was chosen as the league’s Executive of the Year for the second time (2009). In addition to their excellence on the field, the Barons led the league in total attendance (396,820) and average per game (5,669) at brand new Regions Field.

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Play(s) of the Day

Paulie singled and drove in the lone Sox run in yesterday’s 3-1 loss to Cleveland…Marcus Semien, playing second base, had his second straight two-hit game, stole his first big-league base and made a beautiful play behind the second-base bag, flipping the ball backhanded from his glove to Alexei Ramirez for a force out to end an Indians threat in the fourth inning (see Photo/Video of the Day)…Alexei had a three-hit game, Dayan Viciedo added a pair of singles and Jordan Danks singled and walked twice…Jake Petricka (1.1 IP), David Purcey (2.2) and Nate Jones (1.0) worked five scoreless innings in relief of Hector Santiago.

Quote(s) of the Day

An Inside Look at Marcus Semien: From a piece in the Sun-Times by Daryl Van Schouwen

Semien on his introduction to the major leagues:

“I’m starting to see the pace of the big-league game is a little faster. I’ve been working hard every day in early work, trying to adjust as fast as I can here. They’ve put me in different situations just to see how I react to it.’’

Gordon Beckham on Marcus:

“He’s quiet. Goes about his business. He doesn’t strike me as a person that is going out of his lane, so to speak. It looks like he’s learning and listening.’’

Assistant General Manager Buddy Bell’s assessment of Semien:

“I think he’s going to hit, and he also has the ability to play all three positions. He has a legitimate chance to help us next year. Whether or not it’s out of spring training, I don’t know. I think he’s capable.’’

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-12, 2.90) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (7-9, 4.11) for the Tribe.

Did You Know…

that Petricka extended his scoreless streak to five games (7.2 IP) in yesterday’s contest?

Photo/Video of the Day

Semien’s “flip.”

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?content_id=30568229&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws

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