Results tagged ‘ Gordon Beckham ’

Santiago Gets Chance to Begin Sox Turnaround

Saturday, September 7, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (12:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.43) vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen (7-7, 3.87) for the O’s.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Keppinger, DH; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C; Semien, 3B.
 
Barons Take 2-0 Lead in Playoffs
 
Sox outfield prospect Trayce Thompson went 3-5, including a pair of doubles, and drove in three runs as the host Birmingham Barons took a two games to none lead in the Class AA Southern League North Division playoffs last night by defeating Tennessee (a Cubs affiliate), 7-1. Thompson homered and had an RBI single the night before in the Barons’ 3-1 triumph in Game 1 at Regions Field in Birmingham.
 
Pitching prospect Chris Beck got credit for the win with five scoreless innings. Fellow prospect Nestor Molina came on in relief with scoreless frames without allowing a hit.
 
The final three games (if necessary) of the best-of-five series move to Tennessee (just south of Knoxville) with Game 3 tonight.
 
Mitchell, Jacobs Headed to Arizona Fall League
 
Outfielder Jared Mitchell has been added to the Sox Arizona Fall League roster while outfielder Brandon Jacobs, acquired from the Red Sox for Matt Thornton, is on the taxi squad. Mitchell and Jacobs join RHPs Chris Bassitt, Stephen McCray and Kevin Vance, LHP Charlie Leesman and infielders Marcus Semien and Micah Johnson on the Glendale Desert Dogs.
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
Conor Gillaspie, who visited Walter Reed Military Hospital yesterday with a group of his teammates (via Colleen Kane in today’s Tribune):
 
“If I get super frustrated about (baseball), I will go back and remember what those guys have been through. There are some really good guys, and how happy they are, how much they appreciated 10 minutes of our time — it makes you forget about all this (losing).” 
 
Robin on versatile rookie Leury Garcia, who started at shortstop last night and will be in centerfield today:
 
“Just want to give him enough opportunity and let him move around.”

Play(s) of the Day
 
Paulie went 2-2 with a walk and Jeff Keppinger collected a pair of singles in the Sox’s 4-0 loss last night to Baltimore. Rookies Jake Petricka (1.2 IP) and Daniel Webb (1.0) pitched scoreless relief.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (12:35 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and 10-game road trip. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-1, 5.03) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (4-1, 4.28) for the O’s.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Konerko is one of 36 players in baseball history and just five active (also Jason Giambi, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez) with at least 400 doubles and 400 homers?
 
Photo of the Day
 
Hector shoots for victory No. 5.
 

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After Sweep Over Yanks in Chicago, Sox Look for More of the Same in the Big Apple

Labor Day: Monday, September 2, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York (12:05 p.m, CT, CSN) in the Labor Day opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (4-13, 4.91) for the Yankees. Quintana defeated Andy Pettitte in the first game of the three-game sweep against the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field in early August. “Q” is 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his last 11 starts.

The Sox have won six straight games vs. the Yanks (all at home by a 35-18 margin). It’s their longest streak against New York since taking seven in a row from July 1,1990-April 16,1991.

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

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Hahn on The Score

GM Rick Hahn was a guest yesterday on 670 The Score’s Hit And Run Show:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/09/01/hahn-sox-being-cautious-with-chris-sale/

Play(s) of the Day

Down 5-0 heading into the fourth inning yesterday, the Sox refused to quit. With the bases loaded, Jeff Keppinger drove in Alexei Ramirez with a sac fly and, with two outs, Dayan Viciedo doubled in Paul Konerko and Conor Gillaspie singled in Avi Garcia and Viciedo as four runs crossed the plate…Paulie, with a pair of singles and a walk on the day, added on a run in the fifth by driving in Alexei, who led the 11-hit Sox attack with three singles….Tyler Flowers smashed a long solo homer in the eighth, his 10th of the year, to get us within a run of the Red Sox at 7-6, which turned out to be the final (it was announced this morning that Flowers will have exploratory surgery on his right shoulder and will be out an estimated three to six months).

Conor’s two-RBI single:

http://atmlb.com/1dywWbj

Quote(s) of the Day

 A Rare Long Ball (from the September 2, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated):

Thirty-six years ago, on Aug. 29, 1977, the Indians hosted the White Sox. Cleveland’s second baseman that night was Duane Kuiper, who had zero career home runs in 1,381 major league at bats. 

Rick Manning (former teammate): Kuip knew how to play the game. He was a great second baseman. He was as tough as you could get for a guy 175 pounds. Back then, the game was pitching and defense.

Duane Kuiper: I’d hit some homers (seven, to be exact) in the minor leagues.

Manning: We weren’t there to hit home runs. Frank Robinson was our manager, and he’d stand out behind the screen and make Kuip and I (who both batted lefthanded) hit it to leftfield. He wouldn’t let us swing for the fences at all.

Cleveland manager Jeff Torborg, who had replaced Robinson two months earlier, moved Kuiper up to the number 2 spot in the batting order against Chicago starter Steve Stone.

 Kuiper: In the first inning it was a 1-0 count. I like to tell Stone that he threw me a hanging fastball. He doesn’t particularly want to hear about it.

Kuiper hit a line drive off a seat in the rightfield stands.

 Frank Robinson (joking, in 1984): He waited until I got fired to hit his homer. The truth is, he won’t hit one for a black manager.

Kuiper: I’ve still got the chair. It’s in the attic. I’ve still got the ball and the bat. As I was walking up to the bat rack (for my next at bat), (Indians teammate) Bill Melton said, “You’re not gonna use that again, are you?” I said, “Of course.” He said, “You might want to put that one away. You might not hit another one.”

He didn’t. In 1985, Kuiper retired, and he went on to become an Emmy-winning broadcaster for the Giants. His 3,754 plate appearances are the most for any major leaguer with exactly one homer–making his shot off of Stone the rarest in history.

Kuiper: You gotta have fun with it. Given the choice now, would I rather hit one or five? Unless the other four were walk-off grand slams, I’m pretty happy with one. I’m happy with the way it turned out.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89) for the Yanks. Chris and the Sox defeated Kuroda and the Yanks in the second game of last month’s sweep.

Did You Know…

…that when pitcher Charlie Leesman, just promoted from Class AAA Charlotte, approached his locker in Boston yesterday he was greeted with a name plate that read, “Jose Leesman?” Mistakes happen.

Photo/Video of the Day

Tyler’s big blast.

http://atmlb.com/1dyHfMt

Astros Next for Rejuvenated Sox

Monday, August 26, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 3.56) vs. LHP Brett Oberholtzer (3-1, 2.91) for Houston. Andre was credited with his first major-league win in his last start at Kansas City and in the process became the first Brazilian-born hurler to record a win in the big leagues.

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

A Scary Moment, But…

In the “that’s what I wanted to hear” department, two tests have determined that Avisail Garcia does not have a concussion after crashing into the wall on the Jeff Baker home run in the fourth inning yesterday. And as you see, he’s in the lineup tonight.

Sox Auctioneers

Watch Paulie and Gordon run the auction last night at the Children’s Home Aid Grand Slam Party at Rockit Bar & Grill.

http://Instagram.com/p/ddNy04FsYY/

Play(s) of the Day

With yesterday’s 5-2 victory, the Sox took two of three from the Rangers and now have won four consecutive series, eight of their last nine games and 14 of their last 20…Jordan Danks came on in the fourth to replace the injured Avisail Garcia in right field and in the bottom of the inning promptly blasted a solo homer to give the Sox and older brother John a 3-2 lead…With the Sox up 4-2 in the seventh, Josh Phegley added a solo blast to give the Sox some insurance…Once again the pitching was excellent. Danks, in winning his second straight game and fourth of the season, went six innings allowing just two runs and eight hits with five strikeouts. The bullpen also rose to the occasion as Matt Lindstrom, Nate Jones and Addison Reed closed it out with a scoreless inning apiece. Reed chalked up his 35th save. 

The Danks and Phegley homers:

http://atmlb.com/17deoJh

http://atmlb.com/17diQHZ

Pitching Excellence

White Sox starting pitchers are 7-2 with a 3.21 ERA and 10 quality starts over the last 13 games. The bullpen owns a 1.51 ERA in the last 14 contests.

Quote of the Day

Jordan Danks on helping brother John get the win yesterday:

“Whenever I get into the game I want to do something cool, especially with John on the mound so I don’t have to hear about it later.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36) for Houston.

Did You Know…

…that Jordan Danks’ home run represents the first time a player has hit a home run in support of his pitching brother since catcher Billy Shantz accomplished it for brother Bobby on June 5, 1955 when they were teammates on the Kansas City A’s? 

Sox Note of Note

Lefthanded pitcher Jack Harshman, who won 48 games with a 3.33 ERA for the Sox from 1954-57, passed away on August 17 in Georgetown, Texas, at the age of 86. Primarily a starter in Chicago, he won 15 games in ’56 with a 3.10 earned run average and 14 in 1954 with a 2.95 ERA. Harshman started his pro career as a first baseman and ultimately was one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball. He hit 21 career homers and 65 RBI (he also played for the New York Giants, Orioles, Red Sox and Indians) and 12 and 37 for the Sox with a high of six and 19 in ’56. On July 25, 1954, he struck out 16 Boston hitters, including Hall of Famer Ted Williams, in a complete game for a 5-2 win–still the Sox record for strikeouts in a single game. In 1956, he was involved in a baseball rarity. Both he and Connie Johnson, his Baltimore counterpart, threw one-hit complete games. Harshman and the Sox picked up the win, 1-0.

Photo of the Day

Lindstrom is congratulated by coach Joe McEwing and Robin after pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning.

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Sox Hit the Road to Minnesota and K.C. After Winning Homestand

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game set and seven-game road trip that concludes with three in Kansas City. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 4.42) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (7-11, 2.77) for Minnesota.

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

Play(s) of the Day

Gordon Beckham (3), Alexei Ramirez (2), Adam Dunn (2), Avisail Garcia (2) and Jeff Keppinger (2) paced the Sox’s 14-hit attack in the 6-4 loss to the Tigers yesterday afternoon. Alexei, Avisail, Jeff and Conor Gillaspie each drove in a run…The Sox finished the homestand at 6-4, highlighted by a three-game sweep over the Yankees and taking two of three from the Tigers.

Quote of the Day

Tiger manager Jim Leyland, following the three-game series with the Sox (from Colleen Kane in the Trib): 

“…To me, the White Sox are showing what Major League Baseball’s all about. They have a lot of character. They’re playing their tails off. They fight tooth-and-nail against us every single game…That’s a credit to them and their manager.” 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.70) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (8-8, 4.59) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Adam Dunn, with two hits (and a walk) yesterday, is batting .310 since June 8?

Special Note: Boxing at the Ballpark Tomorrow Night

U.S. Cellular Field will host ESPN’s Friday Night Fights tomorrow evening. Headlining the seven-bout card is a scheduled 12-rounder between IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara and the former world champion Gabriel Campillo. It is the first time the Sox have hosted a boxing match since September 25, 1962, when Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in the first round to win the heavyweight title.

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Photo of the Day

Gordon continues to shine. With his three hits yesterday afternoon Beckham is now hitting .308, which would rank him seventh in the American League with the necessary plate appearances.

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Garcia in Starting Lineup After Last Night’s Sox Debut

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

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

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

Rienzo

Sale on FOX

Chris will be doing a live interview from the dugout during the top of the third inning on today’s telecast.

Quote(s) of the Day

Listen to GM Rick Hahn’s interview with Dan Bernstein on WSCR from last night and to Paulie’s appearance with Bruce Levine on ESPN 1000 this morning:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/show/670-the-score-interviews/

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/podcast/archive?id=3269205

@AvisailGarcia34 upon his arrival at the ballpark last night:

Play(s) of the Day

From last night’s doubleheader…

Game 1:  Alexei Ramirez blasted a two-run homer, singled and drove in four runs in the 7-5 loss to the Twins…Paul Konerko hit his ninth home run of the season and 431st of his career, tying Cal Ripken Jr. for 44th place on the all-time list.

Game 2:  Charlie Leesman was solid in his first major league start, going five-plus innings, allowing just one run (a solo homer) and four hits with eight strikeouts while getting a no-decision. Brought up as the 26th man on the roster for the doubleheader, Leesman was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after the game…Alexei hit his second homer of the twin bill to tie the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning…Blake Tekotte put the White Sox ahead 2-1 in the seventh with his first major-league home run and first RBI in a Sox uniform…Garcia made his Sox debut–he struck out as a pinch-hitter, was hit by a pitch and stranded on third in the 10th representing the potential tying run in the 3-2 loss.

The Ramirez and Tekotte homers in the nightcap:

http://atmlb.com/13N7OIp

http://atmlb.com/15lLpxK

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-3, 3.51) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (7-8, 4.84) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Alexei is the first Sox player to homer in each game of a doubleheader since Magglio Ordonez did it in April of 1999? By the way, Ramirez is batting .448 with a double, two home runs and seven RBI during his current seven-game hitting streak.

Photo of the Day

The future is now for the White Sox and No. 26.

Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox - Game Two

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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