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Blue Jays Next as Sox Continue to Climb

Monday, June 10, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 3.73) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (5-7, 4.66) for the Jays.

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

Tribute for Heroes

Voting has started for this year’s “People Magazine/MLB Tribute for Heroes” (click on promo below).  Each major league team features three eligible finalists submitted by fans.  By voting, you can send one of the three well-deserving military veterans to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York City.

Officially, the White Sox cannot advocate for one candidate over the others, BUT one is my personal friend, a guy I’ve known now for many years.

So in that case, please allow me to stump for Israel del Toro (“DT”), a proud member of the U.S. Air Force.

A little background …

I met DT through the wounded warrior program several spring trainings ago.  A Sox fan, DT’s choice was to receive a free trip out to Glendale to meet with White Sox, take in a game, tour, etc.  I believe his trip was one of the first times he was out of the hospital in San Antonio, maybe the first.

DT, who grew up in New Lenox and went to Providence, was serving as a forward observer in Afghanistan when his Humvee was hit by an IED.  Luckily for him, a small creek ran beside the road where the bomb exploded.  Seriously hurt, his mates rolled him into the creek to douse the fires.  The next thing DT remembers, doctors were cutting off his watch at a hospital in Germany.  The next thing he remembers after that, it was months later and he was in San Antonio at the military’s special burn unit.

This is one tough Son-of-A-Gun.  DT was burned over 90-some percent of his body (I think only three of four other guys at the time had been burned over more of their body and survived).  He has endured over 120 surgeries (and counting) to repair the damage to his body and to rebuild his face and hands,

You will not find a stronger will to live.  You will not find a better sense of humor about himself.  You will not find a more proud soldier or White Sox fan.  He’s thrown out first pitches in spring training and at U.S. Cellular Field.  He’s spoken to our players in spring training about his experiences and his challenges.  He competes in Warrior Games, winning medals for throwing, biking and shooting.  He wants nothing more than to make the U.S. Paralympic Team.  And he will.  I know it.

I’m so proud to call him my friend.

Two moments will be with me forever.

DT became the first seriously burned soldier to be allowed to re-enlist.  I was honored to attend that ceremony in San Antonio a couple of years ago with Scott Linebrink (who lived not that far away and joined me for the ceremony).

And DT invited my wife and I to his wedding a couple of summers ago.  He wanted to give his wife the fancy wedding she deserved, surrounded by family and friends in Chicago, along with many from Mexico.  The man looked sharp in his dress uniform, bride at his side.

So please vote for whomever you like, but as for me, my vote goes to my friend, DT. These videos give you more insight into how special he is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-q1txTmVRE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9K_FME1A2U

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the return of Gordon Beckham, who is hitting .308 in the seven games he’s played since returning to the lineup from the DL:

“I wouldn’t look at Gordon as a normal eight-hole hitter. He’s better. He’s grown up a lot. He’s a better hitter than that, it’s just where he needs to be right now. Valuable as far as his approach and everything else it’s been big for us to get him back, offensively and defensively. Everybody talks about his defense, but for me what he brings offensively is big.”

Play of the Day

When PK steps on the field tonight he will pass Hall of Famer Nellie Fox and move into second place on the White Sox all-time games played list (2,116). Only Hall of Fame shortstop Luke Appling, who played his entire 20-year major-league career on the South Side, played more games (2,422) in a Sox uniform.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Chein Ming Wang (0-0) for Toronto.

Did You Know…

…that Alejandro De Aza is hitting .386 in his last 11 games with a pair of doubles, seven RBI and eight runs scored? He has raised his average from .239 to .267 during that period.

Photo of the Day

Addison Reed, who notched save No. 19 yesterday, spent some time in the #SoxSocial Lounge last week talking to fans on the phone. Apparently he needed to have some moral support from a facsimile of one of his teammates.

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Danks on Center Stage

Friday, May 24, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: John Danks, making his first appearance of the season, for the Sox and Tom Koehler (0-2) for Miami.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 2B; Gimenez, C
 
Danks’ Return
 
John will be making his first start in more than a year after being sidelined with a shoulder injury and ultimately undergoing surgery last August. Danks’ last outing, on May 19, 2012, was against the Cubs at Wrigley Field as he earned the victory in a 7-4 Sox win. He pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out four.
 
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Beckham Update
 
Gordon Beckham is having some discomfort in his wrist and will sit out until Wednesday when he is expected to resume activity. He’s rehabbing with Class AAA Charlotte.
 
Sox Day on WGN
 
It was White Sox Day on WGN-TV yesterday. Here’s a sampling of the segments, highlighted by some sage advice from the “Sodfather.”
 
 
Herm
 
Jeff Passan of yahoo.com echoes what all of us at the White Sox have known for years–trainer Herm Schneider is something special.
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Alex Rios on his 17-game hitting streak, currently the longest in the majors (via the Sun-Times’ Daryl Van Schouwen):
 
“I don’t want to think about it; I just want to be consistent and have a good approach at the plate. If I get a hit, I get a hit. Sometimes you hit the ball hard and don’t get one. And you have to be OK with that.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Since we’re in the midst of a season-long celebration of the 1983 “Winning Ugly” A.L. West champs and yesterday was an off-day for the 2013 White Sox, let’s relive a memorable Sox win that happened 30 years ago today at Comiskey Park:
 
The Sox got off to a quick start with eight runs in the first inning and went on to crush the Red Sox, 12-4, at Comiskey Park. Greg Luzinski (pictured below), Carlton Fisk, Ron Kittle, Jerry Hairston and Lorenzo Gray all homered in the victory. A couple of interesting side notes…It was the fifth consecutive game in which Luzinski homered and it was Gray’s first and only major league home run.
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Jake Peavy (5-2) for the Sox, Ricky Nolasco (3-5) for Miami.
 
Did You Know…
 
that White Sox starters, whose 3.45 ERA ranks first in the American League, also are tied with the Tigers and Mariners for the most quality starts (27) this season? Furthermore, the Sox have the most quality starts in the major leagues (907) since 2003.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Enjoy this video tribute to Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, which was shown at the Sports Business Awards on Wednesday as Jerry was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
 

Coming Home…Red Sox Up Next

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final:  Angels 6, Sox 2
 
Beckham Ready for his Closeup?
 
In his first two games (yesterday and today) rehabbing with Class AAA Charlotte, Gordon Beckham went 5-9 with three runs scored and two runs batted in at Buffalo.
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Adam Dunn, who has had a hot bat in recent days, talked to the Sun-Times’ Daryl Van Schouwen about returning to the lineup today after leaving yesterday’s game with back spasms:
 
“Yesterday was pretty bad. Now it’s good, it’s fine. It’s nothing that I don’t think will be a long-term deal.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Today:  Alex Rios’s run-scoring double in the eighth inning that got the Sox on the board and extended his personal hitting streak to 14.
 
Yesterday: I posted before yesterday’s game so I didn’t get the chance to give props to Hector Gimenez, who went 4-5 with a three-run homer. 
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: Dylan Axelrod (1-3) for Sox, Jon Lester (6-0) for Boston.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that 34 of the White Sox’s 42 games this season have been decided by three runs or less.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Axelrod, who earned his first win last Wednesday with a gutty performance against the Twins, will challenge the undefeated Lester tomorrow night.
 
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Bombs Away!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final:  White Sox 9, Twins 4
 
Highlights: I’m happy to say that there are many from this afternoon’s win…The Sox scored nine runs, their highest total this season, on 14 hits…Adam Dunn hit two home runs (his eighth and ninth), a double and drove in five…Dayan Viciedo blasted his fourth homer of the year, had a single and drove in two…Jeff Keppinger also knocked in a pair on two hits, including a double…Alex Rios collected a triple and two singles and reached base with two outs and nobody on before both of Dunn’s homers…Conor Gillaspie had a pair of singles and scored a run…Starter Dylan Axelrod got credit for his first victory of the season in a gutty 5.1 inning performance, escaping jam after jam…Matt Thornton, Nate Jones and Brian Omogrosso pitched scoreless relief…The Sox defense was flawless. 
 
Beckham Update
 
Gordon said he is leaving today for his rehab assignment in Charlotte. Looks like he won’t be in the lineup until Saturday.
 
The Bobblehead Chronicles
 
In the “enjoy it for what it’s worth” department, here’s one writer’s view of the bobblehead craze in baseball. 
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on having such an accomplished batsman as Harold Baines working with Sox hitters:
 
“There are guys that have knowledge, there are guys who use knowledge, but it seems like when it comes from (Harold) it’s validated a little more quickly. (There may be) doubts about things that are said, but when he says it, it’s validated.”
 
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Play(s) of the Day
 
The Adam bombs. Here’s one them, a two-run shot in the eighth inning: http:/atmlb.com/15NG8pm
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Jerome Williams (2-1) for L.A.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that former White Sox first baseman and broadcaster Tom Paciorek will join Hawk in the TV booth for theThursday-Sunday series in Anaheim? “Wimpy” will be subbing for Steve Stone, who has the series off. Paciorek, of course, worked with Harrelson on the TV broadcasts from 1990-1999.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
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Axelrod gets win No. 1.

A Milestone Homer for Paulie and #SoxSocial Trends on Twitter

Sunday, April 29, 2013

Today’s News 

The Game:

The White Sox and Tampa Bay split their four-game series as the Rays came out on top today, 8-3. Paul Konerko smashed a two-run homer in the third inning, his fourth of the season and 426th of his career. PK is now tied with Hall of Famer Billy Williams for 45th on the all-time home run list…Dylan Axelrod had another quality start, giving up three runs and four hits in six innings of work.

#SoxSocial Day

Today was the first #SoxSocial Day and because we trended on Twitter, fans will get: a 20 percent discount at whitesox.com/shop if they use code: CWSTRENDING, a 20 percent discount at Chicago Sports Depot if they present this tweet:

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There’s also a special ticket deal for the May 24 game against Miami. Use the promo code: SOCIAL (both online and at the box office). The offer, good through April 29 at 6:00 p.m., CT, is $15 for outfield and bleacher seats (currently $26/$24) and $14 for upper box seats (currently $19).

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Gavin to DL; Heath Promoted

Before today’s game, the Sox placed Gavin Floyd on the 15-day DL with a flexor muscle strain in his right elbow and Deunte Heath was promoted from Class AAA Charlotte to replace him on the roster. Hector Santiago will replace Floyd in the rotation while Heath will be part of the bullpen mix.

Keppinger Update

According to Robin, Jeff Keppinger, who has missed the past three games with a back issue, should be ready to go on Tuesday in Texas.

Beckham Speaks

Gordon Beckham, on the DL with a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist, visited with Hawk and Steve today in the WGN booth during the top of the third inning. Beckham said he feels that he turned the corner last season and has gotten back to where he was in his rookie year. He added that it’s the first time he’s been on the DL, which has been a different experience, and he’s working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible. Gordon also said his job now is to be a good teammate by giving his support on the bench and in the clubhouse.

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A Step Closer to Chicago

John Danks will pitch for Class AA Birmingham vs. Chattanooga Thursday on a minor-league rehab assignment.

Spanky Remembers

Another Sunday, another celebration of the 1983 A.L. West Champion Sox. First baseman Mike “Spanky” Squires, a member of that club who wore the Sox uniform for 10 seasons, reminisces about that memorable campaign.

http://atmlb.com/YejWRY

Quote of the Day

Today, Hall of Famer Carlton “Pudge” Fisk, a star on the ’83 Sox, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and expressed how much he enjoys coming back to the ballpark:

“A good part about these Throwback Sundays is remembering the ’83 team with the uniforms and the guys, calling us back. I haven’t seen Thiggy (Bobby Thigpen) for a long time or Harold (Baines) or all these guys. Then once you see them it’s like you’ve been around them all these years. It’s really familiar and very satisfying to come here and be a part of the whole deal.”

Play of the Day

Paulie’s homer. Take a look:

http://atmlb.com/ZW0IMd  

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day. On Tuesday, White Sox vs. Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Yu Darvish (4-1) for Texas.

Did You Know…

…that Pudge played longer for the White Sox (13 seasons) than he did for the Boston Red Sox (11 seasons)?

Photo of the Day

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No. 426 for Paulie

Sox-Tribe Postponed

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field has been postponed due to a forecast of rain throughout the evening. A makeup date and time will be announced at a later date. Fans should keep any game tickets and parking coupons for tonight’s game until a makeup date is determined. Any fans with tickets for tonight’s Dog Day festivities will be contacted by the Sox ticket office.
 
The Sox starting rotation moves back one day. Jose Quintana will go tomorrow against the Tribe and Chris Sale will face Tampa Bay on Thursday night.
 
Jose
 
In his last start on April 17 in Toronto, Quintana was credited with his first win of the season after throwing 6.2 scoreless innings in a 7-0 Sox victory. He allowed five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts while extending his consecutive scoreless streak to 13.2 innings. His career best is 16 straight, accomplished in June of last year.
 
Quintana will be making his fifth career appearance and third start against Cleveland (second at U.S. Cellular Field). He is 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA vs. the Indians.
 
All in the Family
 
When Gordon Beckham gets married in November, former White Sox first baseman and hitting coach Greg Walker (now with the Braves) will be one of the groomsmen. The story gets even more intriguing for Sox fans when you learn the identity of other members of the wedding party and the bride herself. http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/14486/beckham-to-enlist-greg-walkers-help
 
A Major Moment
 
Bears’ safety Major Wright not only attended his first major league game last night at U.S. Cellular Field, he also had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Watch him talk about his experience.
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Robin on Dylan Axelrod, who had another outstanding performance last night against the Indians. He gave up just one run and three hits with four strikeouts in six innings of work:
 
“He’s a smart pitcher. He gets in counts where hitters get aggressive and he’s able to go back and forth with them and change speeds and use both sides of the plate. He just knows how to pitch. He doesn’t need 95-97 mph to be able to do it.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Conor Gillaspie’s second inning solo homer last night, his first in a White Sox uniform and the second of his major league career. Conor’s first was an inside-the-parker vs. the Rockies in 2011 when he was a member of the Giants. Here’s last night’s blast.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable starters: Jose Quintana (1-0) for the Sox, Zach McAllister (1-2) for Cleveland. 
 
Did You Know…
 
…that after a rough start, Tyler Flowers is batting .417 with a double, a homer, four RBI and three walks in his last five games.
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Quintana looks to stifle the Tribe tomorrow afternoon.
 
 

 

Sox, Axelrod Take On Tribe

Monday, April 22, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox, Justin Masterson (3-1) for the Tribe.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Gimenez, C; Danks, CF.
 
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Pitching In
 
The White Sox rank fourth in the American League with a 3.40 ERA overall and are second in the A.L. with a 2.52 ERA at home.
 
Beckham Update
 
Gordon says he is feeling good physically and isn’t experiencing any pain in his surgically-repaired wrist. While he isn’t doing any baseball-related activity yet, he spent time today working out with trainer Herm Schneider and did some running with his Sox teammates.
 
Meeting of the Minds
 
John Danks met with Robin, Rick, Herm and Coop today. The plan is for John to go back to Arizona, make a start at extended spring training and then return to Chicago to continue his rehab.
 
#MAKEANIMPACT in the Community 
 
How about joining fellow White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks fans to raise money for local charities at our annual Home Team Charity Run? Choose either a 5k or 10k that starts and ends with a festival at U.S. Cellular Field. Sign up here: http://atmlb.com/17H3M56
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the Sox struggles: 
 
“You go through a rut and you’re just trying to get out of it. You just gotta keep your nose buried in and stay strong.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Gavin Floyd had his best outing of the season yesterday against the Twins. He worked six innings, allowing just one run and three hits while striking out six in the 5-3 defeat.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jose Quintana (1-0) for the Sox, Zach McAllister (1-2) for Cleveland.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Alejandro De Aza is a .359 hitter with 24 RBI and a .449 on-base percentage in 33 career games vs. the Indians? And that four of his 17 career homers have come against Cleveland?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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 Gavin enjoyed his best performance of 2013 against Minnesota.

Sox Aim to Even Series…and Thinking of Boston

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox vs. Josh Johnson (0-1) for the Jays.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Ramirez, SS; Gimenez, C.

Boston

As I sat and watched the terrible footage from Boston yesterday – probably just like every other American – one thought kept returning to my mind.

It was October 2005, and the White Sox had just swept the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox in three games.  The moment was amazing for us and our fans as we celebrated at Fenway Park.  I will never forget the number of Red Sox fans, staff and workers at the park, who came up to us and repeatedly said:

“Good luck! “ or “Beat the Yankees!” (many people assumed New York would beat the Angels) and “Enjoy the ride!”

To a person, Red Sox fans were so gracious, and while disappointed that their team lost, wished the White Sox nothing but the best.  Pure class.

And I remembered that yesterday as I watched the scenes from Boylston Street (I love to eat at the Atlantic Fish Company for lunch whenever we are in town).  So here’s best wishes to a great city with strong citizens and fanatic sports fans.  You remain in our thoughts and our prayers. And U.S. Cellular Field, along with all MLB parks, followed President Obama’s request to lower our flag to half mast.

 
Today’s Chicago Tribune featured a keeper of a front page in its sports section today:
 
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Good News
 
Gordon Beckham’s wrist surgery went “splendidly” today, according to Sox trainer Herm Schneider. Recovery time is still estimated at six weeks…John Danks threw six innings and 71 pitches yesterday in extended spring training. He felt good and his next start is Saturday.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin, on the Sox bullpen (which ranks second in the A.L. in ERA and opponents average) thriving in close games:
 
“They do a good job. For us, even last year, this is the kind of baseball that we play…They’re used to coming in with it being a close game. I don’t think that becomes an issue. They’re  just going out to pitch to give us a chance. They’ve been able to do that. Adding (Matt) Lindstrom this year helps with that, he can do a lot of different things. He’s been great so far to mix in there.”
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
In last night’s tough 4-3 loss, Dayan Viciedo went 3-4 with a double and RBI and Tyler Greene singled twice in his Sox debut.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: Jose Quintana (0-0) for the Sox and J.A. Happ (2-0) for the Jays.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the White Sox are tied for third in the American League with 16 homers?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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The Sox pay tribute to Jackie Robinson last night in Toronto.

A Fresh Start in Cleveland

Friday, April 12, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Jose Quintana (0-0) for the Sox, Justin Masterson (2-0) for the Tribe.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Gimenez, C.

Heath Joins Sox
 
RHP Deunte Heath has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Gordon Beckham, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured left wrist and will have surgery at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday. In three innings pitched in two relief appearances at Charlotte, Heath had a 0.00 ERA with six strikeouts. He spent most of last season with the Knights, going 4-3 with a 1.48 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 36 games, which included four starts. In three appearances with the Sox in 2012 he allowed a run in two innings pitched over two games. Here’s the newest member of the Sox pitching staff.
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Honoring 42
 
Fifty members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) youth baseball program will attend a special screening of the movie “42″ tomorrow afternoon in Country Club HIlls, IL. The Sox have arranged for the youngsters to view the film, which is based on the life of Jackie Robinson and his breaking of baseball’s color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Through the ACE program, the Sox give rising stars in the inner-city baseball community the opportunity to play against other highly competitive groups on traveling teams. Athletes 13-18 years of age are challenged and given the unique chance to play among elite teams as well as prepare for success in life after baseball.

Sox Notes of Note
 
Alex Rios has hit safely in all nine games this season and owns a 15-game hitting streak dating back to 2012, hitting .456 with five home runs and 12 RBI…the White Sox bullpen leads the American League with a 1.84 ERA and is tied for second with a .200 opponents batting average.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the series in Washington and the Beckham injury: “It’s tough. You’ve got to be able to withstand all that and keep going. It’s still early.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Conor Gillaspie, inserted in the starting lineup in the wake of Beckham’s injury, singled and doubled in last night’s 7-4 loss to the Nationals to up his batting average to .438.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (1-0) for the Sox, Zach McAllister (0-1) for the Indians.
 
Did You Know…

…that Paul Konerko leads all active players with 46 home runs and 171 RBI vs. the Indians?

Photo of the Day
 
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The White Sox ACE participants will view “42″  just a day after the movie opened today in theaters nationwide.

Final Day in D.C.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Nationals at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-0 for the Sox), Dan Haren (0-1) for the Nats.
 
Sox Starting LIneup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, LF; Konerko, 1B; Ramirez, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Flowers, C; Axelrod, P.
 
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Beckham
 
A fractured hamate bone in his left wrist will keep Gordon out of action for an expected six weeks. He will have surgery in the next few days. A corresponding roster move will be made tomorrow.
 
Coop
 
He’ll miss the rest of the road trip to recover from diverticulitis. Minor league pitching coordinator Curt Hasler will join the team in Cleveland to help out in the bullpen. Bobby Thigpen will continue working with Robin in the dugout.
 
Hawkins Goes Deep–Twice
 
Top Sox prospect Courtney Hawkins (below) smashed a pair of two-run homers last night in Winston-Salem’s 5-2 victory over Frederick. The first one was hit in the first inning over the 400-foot marker in dead center field to give the Dash an early 2-0 lead.
 
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True Story

So it’s much harder than I thought to get into a cemetery.

This morning, I decided to walk over to Arlington National Cemetery and then walk around those hallowed grounds.  Our hotel’s concierge assured me that I could reach the cemetery easily on foot, so off I went.  Well, I technically reached the cemetery’s walls easily.  The getting in part was not so easy.

Walking along the wall, the first gate I came to was locked tight.  A little further along, I ran into a manned gate that marked the edge of the cemetery and a military installation (Fort Myer, which I didn’t know even existed).  Three guys manned the gate.

“Hey, can I get into the cemetery from here,” I asked.  “I just want to walk around.”

“Do you have an ID?”

“No,” I laughed.  “All I have is a hotel room key.  I don’t want to go onto the base, I just want to get into the cemetery.  I didn’t know it would be this hard.  Can I walk all the way around?”

“It’s a long way.”

“OK, well right down there, the stone wall to the cemetery is only waist high, can I just jump over it?”

At this point, one guard, an older guy, said, “You want to jump over the fence?”

“Well, I’m just trying to get inside the cemetery.”

A younger guard quickly added, “Only if I don’t see you …”  Now, he seemed to be smiling as he said this, but I also noticed that he was armed with an M-4 rile.

I could just imagine the headline.

“White Sox executive shot while breaking into Arlington National Cemetery.”

So I start walking.  And walking.  And I can now tell you there is no way into Arlington National Cemetery by foot from Arlington. 

Determined, at this point, not to be defeated, I went back to the nearest Metro Stop, hopped on the next train and entered Arlington Cemetery by the normal visitors route.

Stating the obvious, but a walk through Arlington is truly a moving and humbling experience, so many “Unknown” headstones from every war.

Today, I happened to pass the grave of Abner Doubleday (see photo below), long claimed as the “inventor” of baseball.

Yesterday, we had taken a tour of the Pentagon and one of our tour guides, Seaman Tom Williams of Oklahoma City, came to the game last night with several of his other guides.  Seaman Williams mentioned that he had spent a year as a member of the color guard at Arlington, serving in over 500 funerals.

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Braves Arrive

I ran into former White Sox hitting coach (and current Braves hitting coach) Greg Walker in the hotel lobby this morning.  The Braves are in town early before they begin a series with the Nationals tomorrow night.

 
Quote of the Day
 
Beckham on his injury: “It’s frustrating, but it is what it is. We’ll get the surgery done and I’ll work hard and get back. I’m not really worried about it.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Alex Rios went 2-4 with a double and RBI in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Nats. He owns an eight-game hitting streak, tied for the longest active streak in the American League, and has hit safely in his last 14 contests dating back to September 26, 2012. He ranks among the A.L. leaders in slugging percentage (3rd, .839), home runs (T3rd, 4), average (4th, .419), RBI (T8th, 8) and on-base percentage (T8th, .471).
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Jose Quintana (0-0) for the Sox, Justin Masterton (2-0) for the Tribe.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that all eight Sox games this season have been decided by three runs or less?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Happy Birthday! Alejandro De Aza celebrates No. 29 today.

 

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