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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.

 

Looking to Rebound

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Nationals at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. (6:05 pm, CT, CSN). Starters: Gavin Floyd (0-1) for the Sox, Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) for Washington.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B, Rios, RF; Dunn, LF; Konerko, 1B; Ramirez, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Flowers, C; Floyd, RHP.
 
Home Cooking
 
Tonight’s game bodes well for Gavin. He calls Annapolis, MD home and has had a good measure of success when he’s pitched in nearby Baltimore and Washington.
 
In his four starts in Baltimore he is 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA and 17 strikeouts.
In his two starts in Washington he is 0-1, but has posted a 2.57 ERA and 11 K’s.
 
Six starts, a 3-1 record, a 2.38 ERA and 28 strikeouts. Pretty impressive.
 
Beckham
 
Gordon injured his left wrist last night while fouling off a pitch in the third inning. X-rays were negative and he’s day-to-day. He’ll test the wrist on Friday.
 
Coop
 
He’s improving and the hope is that he’ll travel to Cleveland with the team after Thursday night’s game.
 
Uni Change
 
I’m sure eagle-eyed White Sox fans noticed the subtle change in our road uniforms. The black and white piping on the uniform pants has been changed to one thinner black stripe.
 
Danks
 
According to RV, John Danks threw six innings yesterday in extended spring training: “There was more velocity and he said he felt great.”
 
When in D.C…
 
Several White Sox staff members woke up bright and early today and headed over for a private tour of The Pentagon, arranged by Assistant Trainer Brian Ball and Illinois Senator Mark Kirk.

The building is more than impressive, with memorabilia, photos, paintings and history exhibits lining its 17 miles of hallways (we only walked a little over one mile on our tour).

Among the sights:  tour guides (our two were from the Navy and Army) who walk backwards the entire way … a salute-free courtyard (“otherwise all everyone would do all day is salute one another,” according to our guide) … a moving memorial to the victims of 9/11 attack on the building and the nation … and a fly-by of the office of Naval Secretary Ron Maybus to say hello.  The Secretary – who threw out a first pitch at a White Sox game last year when he was in Chicago to commission the USS Illinois submarine – wasn’t around.

The resounding takeway for me was that while the 9/11 attacks seem, in some ways to be long ago, they are very real at The Pentagon where daily reminders line every hallway, where employees can worship in a chapel near where the plane hit the building, and where a look outside shows a memorial arbor of small trees and sculptures.  It was very moving and made you appreciate the cost and sacrifice of the past 12 years.

Of course, like any good tour, we concluded in The Pentagon gift shop where a few challenge coins were purchased and where Head Trainer Herm Schneider then “briefed the media.” (See photo below).

Don’t worry folks, The Pentagon was in good hands. And the other question is, how in the world did these guys get into The Pentagon?)

 

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South Side Sox
 
It was good to see Jim Margalus of the popular website, South Side Sox, at the ballpark in D.C. last night. @southsidesox
 
Rave Review
 
Check out this story from mediapost.com, which applauds the Sox’s success in reaching families.
 
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
Robin on…
 
The silver lining in last night’s 8-7 loss to the Nats in the series opener: “When you lose, you always look at the fact that you lose, but we kept battling back and getting close…”
 
On managing a National League game: “I think it’s good team-wise. Players get more action.”
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
Paul Konerko’s three-run homer in the seventh inning and Alex Rios’s two-run blast in the ninth, his fourth in as many games, in last night’s defeat. 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Nationals at Nationals Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-0) for the Sox, Dan Haren (0-1) for the Nats.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that despite the Sox being on the road in D.C., chants of Paul-ie, Paul-ie reverberated throughout the ballpark after Konerko’s home run?
 
Photo(s) of the Day
 
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Some sightseeing in the nation’s capital after The Pentagon visit. Here’s the Mall with the Washington Monument and Capitol building in the background and the awe-inspiring tribute to a great Illinoisian at the Lincoln Memorial.

 

No Sweep, But Sox Take Series From Royals

Thursday, April 4, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Sox Game Highlights
 
Gavin Floyd worked six innings, allowing just two earned runs, four hits and a walk along with five strikeouts in today’s 3-1 loss to the Royals, which followed Sox victories in the first two games of the season-opening series…Hector Santiago pitched three scoreless innings in relief…Alejandro De Aza singled in the lone Sox run in the fifth …Gordon Beckham was 4-4 with four singles…Tyler Flowers also reached base four times on a single, two walks and was hit by a pitch.
 
“Gavin pitched well enough to get the win today,” Robin said after the game. “He was aggressive and got first pitch strikes. To me, tip your hat to (K.C. starter Jeremy) Guthrie and what he did.”
 
Quote of the Day
 
Asked about the Sabermetric opposition to utilizing the sacrifice bunt and giving up outs in general, Robin said: “There are a lot of those guys out there, but they’re not sitting in this seat. It’s a different feel when you’re a player or a manager than it is to write down numbers on a piece of paper.”
 
The question came up in reference to Robin’s decision to have De Aza bunt two baserunners over with no outs in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game. Robin said the decision wasn’t a no-brainer, but made sense in that De Aza is a good bunter and Jeff Keppinger, a good bat-handler, was the next hitter.
 
Play of the Day
 
Flowers and Beckham, the Sox’s eighth and ninth place hitters, reached base every time up–a total of eight plate appearances.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 .m., CT, WCIU). Probable starters are Jose Quintana for the Sox and Blake Beavan for Seattle.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Flowers has joined Sherm Lollar (1958) as the only catchers in White Sox history to homer in each of the first two games of the season? Flowers also is the first Sox player since Paul Konerko in 2010 to homer in the first two games and the first major-league catcher to accomplish the feat since Atlanta’s Brian McCann in 2007.
 
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Beckham has a perfect day at the plate today against the Royals.

No Fooling…Season Starts a Week from Today

Monday, March 25, 2013

Today’s News

Down to the Wire

After leaving Arizona on Wednesday following their final Cactus League game (vs.the Indians at Camelback Ranch), the White Sox have an off day on Thursday and will play Milwaukee in two exhibition games at Miller Park Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The Sox will hold their final preseason workout next Sunday morning at U.S. Cellular Field before opening the regular season a week from today on April 1.

Farm Aid

In addition to major-league players, the following Sox minor leaguers also will make the trip for the games in Milwaukee: INF Drew Garcia, OF Stefan Gartrell, INF Marcus Semien, OF Brandon Short, C Kevan Smith, OF Keenyn Walker and RHP Matt Zaleski.

You Never Know Who Answers the Phones

True story. A White Sox staffer located upstairs in our offices called the downstairs PR office this morning looking for two guest passes.

Only the person sitting at the desk in the PR office wasn’t Bob Beghtol or Ray Garcia. It was designated hitter/first baseman Adam Dunn.

“What do you need?” he answered the phone, semi anonymously. “Sure, no problem.”

So when the Sox staffer brought his two guests downstairs to pick up their day passes, there was Dunn to greet them and hand them their passes.

And in the spot on the pass where a signature was required, it read D-U-N-N-E-R.

Among the Leaders

Entering today’s game vs. the Angels, Paul Konerko was tied for second in the Cactus League in home runs (5), ranks seventh in total bases (37) and eighth in slugging percentage (.712). Chris Sale was tied for the CL lead with three wins, ranks second in ERA (4.19) and was tied for fourth in IP (19.1 IP). Ramon Troncoso was tied for the lead in appearances (11).

Quote of the Day

Jesse Crain, hampered all spring by an adductor strain, on his outing in today’s game: “The most important thing today was feeling good…and I felt fine. My leg felt good, it didn’t bother me one bit.”

Play(s) of the Day

In today’s 11-5 loss to L.A of Anaheim…Dayan Viciedo’s perfect throw to Gordon Beckham at second base in the sixth inning to nab Mike Trout, who tagged up in an attempt to reach second on a fly ball out. It resulted in an inning-ending double play. Also, Tyler Saladino smashed a two-run, ninth inning homer.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Surprise (4:05 p.m., Chicago time). Chris Sale will start for the Sox vs. Matt Harrison.

Did You Know…

…that longtime major league pitcher Virgil Trucks, who died on Saturday at 95, went 47-26 with a fine 3.14 ERA for the Sox from 1953-55? A bit of trivia: Trucks’ nephew, Butch Trucks, was a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band.

Photo of the Day

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Close, But…

Thursday, February 28, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
No Victory This Time
 
The White Sox (3-1-2) dropped a close 4-3 decision to the Brewers today at Maryvale, their first loss of the spring. Gordon Beckham and Tyler Saladino each singled in a run, Josh Bell smashed a ninth inning solo homer and Alejandro De Aza collected two singles. Starter Scott Snodgress gave up a pair of runs, including a homer, on a pair of hits in three innings–in an outing that pleased Robin Ventura. Dylan Axelrod gave up a lone hit in two scoreless frames and Zach Stewart and Matt Lindstrom each blanked the Brewers in their one-inning stints.
 
Did My Eyes Deceive Me?
 
No, that was indeed Brent Morel who came in to play shortstop in the fifth inning.
 
“I grew up playing shortstop all my life, high school, college and played about 25 games at Charlotte, it’s fun to be out there again,” Morel said after the game. “My goal is still to play third base everyday, that has to be your mindset, but if they want me to play other positions in order for me to break camp on the 25-man roster, I’ll do anything for that.”
 
Not Bad, Not Bad at All
 
Heading into today’s game with the Brewers, the White Sox led the Cactus League in triples (six) and on-base percentage (.399), were second in average (.317 and slugging percentage (.532), third in runs scored (42) and RBI (40) and fourth in home runs (seven)…Sox pitchers ranked second in the CL opponents average (.238) and fourth in ERA (4.20)…Seth Loman was tied for second in the CL with six RBI, ranked third with a 1.000 slugging percentage and is tied for third with two homers.
 
Everybody Loves Minnie
 
White Sox legend Minnie Minoso was honored today by the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute, receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award. The students honored Minnie’s legacy by preparing an array of presentations exploring the African-American roots in Latino heritage, including the discrimination Afro-Latinos sometimes faced by being Black and speaking Spanish.
 
Quote of the Day
 
New bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen, who once held the single-season major league record for saves (57) as a member of the Sox, on the makeup of the bullpen: “Potentially we could have one of the best in baseball. I really believe that. We’ve got power arms and we’ve got a good mix of veterans and young guys.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Sox rightfielder Keenyn Walker nailed the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy at the plate for the third out of the fourth inning after Lucroy attempted to score from second on Caleb Gindl’s single.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Cleveland at Goodyear (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Chris Sale makes his first spring training start vs. the Indians’ Justin Masterson. 
 
Starting lineup: De Aza, cf; Beckham, 2b; Rios, rf; Dunn, 1b; Viciedo, rf; Gimenez, c; Morel, 3b; Jordan Danks, dh; Marcus Semien, ss.  
 
Did You Know…
 
that White Sox non-roster invitee Steve Tolleson, an infielder, is the son of former major league infielder Wayne, who played for the Sox (1986) during his10-year major league career.
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Minnie and Principal Leandra Khan of the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute.

Sox Still Unbeaten, Danks Takes a Step Forward and A.J. Sure Looks Different in Ranger Red, White and Blue

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Today’s News

Sox 14, Rangers 8

The White Sox scored six runs in the third inning, assisted by five walks from Texas pitcher Cody Buckel, a Rangers error and a passed ball. Conor Gillaspie singled home two runs in the inning and Hector Gimenez drove in another with a single.  The Sox added five in the fourth highlighted by Gillaspie’s two-run triple, giving him four ribbies for the day, and RBI singles by Alex Rios and Andy Wilkins. Wilkins also singled in run No. 12 in the fifth. In the eighth inning Josh Phegley hit the lone Sox homer and Marcus Semien singled in the 14th and final run in the ninth. Starter Nestor Molina, who got credit for the win, and Brian Omogrosso each pitched two scoreless innings. Zach Stewart held Texas scoreless in 1 2/3 innings while striking out three.

Sox now stand at 2-0-2.

A Bit Surreal

As strange as it was to see A.J. Pierzynski in a Rangers uniform, batting cleanup against the White Sox today (he lined out and singled in his two plate appearances), it must have been equally as disorienting for A.J. to see Conor Gillaspie wearing No. 12  for the Sox.

In their first at bats, Dewayne Wise, Gordon Beckham, Rios and Adam Dunn were among those Sox who exchanged pleasantries with their former teammate, who was in his usual spot behind the plate.

Danks on Track

John Danks threw 50 pitches today in live BP–two groups of 25. Hitters included his younger brother Jordan, Gillaspie, Stefan Gartrell and Trayce Thompson. John seemed happy with his progress and said he has reached the point where he can focus on the pitching side of things instead of worrying about being healthy.

Danks is scheduled for a bullpen session on Friday and will make his Cactus League debut Monday against the Giants at Camelback Ranch. Here he is talking to the media after today’s outing:

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A Good Sign

Brent Morel, attempting to come back after missing most of last season with a back injury, made a nice diving stop down the third base line in the bottom of the seventh inning to throw out the runner–alleviating some concerns about his health.

Also Healing

Two Sox who suffered minor injuries in the last few days, Leyson Septimo (leg) and Dayan Viciedo (arm), are good to go.

Quote of the Day

Asked if brother Jordan gives input on his progress, John replied, “Yeah, (we) talk. I think more of our conversations are me talking to him (about) what I would do if I were facing him. But certainly I’ll ask him today. I threw him a couple of front door cutters and change-ups and I want to know what he saw. (We) will talk.”

Play of the Day

Let’s give it to newcomer Gillaspie, who singled, tripled and drove in four. Wearing No. 12 with Pierzynski in the house turned out to be a good omen.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Simon Castro will start for the Sox vs. Alexi Ogando.

Did You Know…

that Omogrosso is from Beaver Falls, PA, the same hometown as Broadway Joe Namath?

Photo of the Day

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