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Today’s Menu: White Sox Baseball, Food and Weather

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Scottsdale…

White Sox   3  7  1

Giants         4  9  1

Plays of the Day

Tyler Flowers had two singles and an RBI while Alejandro De Aza and Leury Garcia both singled in runs with Garcia’s being the bunt variety…on the pitching side, Felipe Paulino gave up a pair of runs on five hits in 3.2 IP, but struck out five and Jake Petricka (1.1), Maikel Cleto (1.0), Daniel Webb (1.0) and Zach Putnam (1.0) pitched scoreless ball.

The Cuban Way

Apparently, that’s how they do it in Cuba.

Following an eighth-inning strikeout, catcher Hector Gimenez stepped out to throw to first base (the ball had hit the ground) for the out.

He fired it down to Jose Abreu at first. After recording the out, Abreu fired it right back at Gimenez, who was about 60 feet away and not really expecting it.

As the crowd let out a gasp, the throw sailed past Gimenez and up against the Sox dugout screen.

So apparently, in Cuba, you throw the ball around the infield a little differently after a strikeout.

Sox Notes of Note

Prior to today’s game with San Francisco, the White Sox made the following eight roster moves:

Optioned LHP Charlie Leesman to Class AAA Charlotte and OF Jared Mitchell and OF Trayce 

Thompson to Class AA Birmingham; Reassigned C Miguel Gonzalez, RHP Deunte Heath, RHP 

Omar Poveda, LHP Scott Snodgress and OF Keenyn Walker to minor-league camp. With the 

moves, the White Sox have 47 players remaining in major-league camp: 23 pitchers, four catchers, 

14 infielders and six outfielders…the Sox will televise 10 of their final 14 Cactus League games beginning with Friday’s contest vs. the Indians on Comcast SportsNet at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). 

The Chicken Parmesan: “Solid, If Not Spectacular”

People think that spring training is great, and for the most part they are absolutely right–until about 6 pm each night. That’s when you need to figure out what you are doing with your evening.

I golf, which fills some early evenings, although once games start these opportunities are few and far between.

I don’t really do the bar scene, but like most people I do like to eat. And thanks to my kids and the Food Network, I have garnered quite a reputation for trying places to eat.

“Forget baseball, you should write a food blog,” a certain Executive Vice President said to me recently. (Note: that’s not the first time someone has suggested a different line of work to me, sometimes not as kindly).

So, for fun, and to break the monotony, here’s a review of last night’s dinner with Roger Bossard, the greatest groundskeeper in the world.

After 15 holes of golf at the Wigwam (we never get 18 in due to impending darkness), we headed to a little Italian place at the corner of Litchfield Road and Indian School called Bella Luna.

Nice atmosphere, with as much outside seating as inside, it is your classic New York Italian restaurant.

Roger is in a rut. Every time we go, he orders the lasagna, explaining to me that he married an Italian girl, and “this is good lasagna.”

I opted for the chicken parm last night (a reasonable facsimile of my dinner is pictured below) and it was solid, if not spectacular. The other night’s veal saltimbocca was better (if anyone really cares).

My only warning is that portions aren’t huge, so you might need a quick stop at Jack In The Box on the way home.

It is worth noting that ANY dinner tastes better when someone else is buying. Unfortunately (for me), Roger was only buying because he kicked my butt on the golf course (at least on the Par 3s)!

Roger heads home at the end of this week so this was a going-away dinner of sorts. He acknowledges that he is going to be challenged in getting the U.S. Cellular Field infield thawed out by Opening Day, but knowing Roger, my money is with the world’s greatest groundskeeper (and a pretty good golfer as well).

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Tempe (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Jose Quintana, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Ronald Belisario, LHP Eric Surkamp, LHP David Purcey, LHP Frank De Los Santos. Starter for Los Angeles: RHP Garrett Richards.

Quote of the Day

@DanHayesCSN: Big day for #WhiteSox tomorrow on pitching front: Coop hopes to get 4 innings, 60 pitches out of Quintana. Belisario also debuts.

Photo of the Day

Apologies to my friends and family who are suffering through another winter storm in Chicago (this is actually my street back home)–while I’m basking here in the beautiful Arizona sunshine at spring training. Don’t hate me!

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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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A Win to Savor

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Today’s News
 
King Felix Dethroned
 
Facing “King Felix” Hernandez is never an easy task. But with a revamped lineup featuring five lefthanded hitters against the tough righty, the Sox rose to the occasion and defeated the 2010 Cy Young Award winner and the Mariners this afternoon, 4-3. Alex Rios delivered the big blow with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, his second blast in as many games. Conor Gillaspie, in his first start in a Sox uniform, tripled and scored on a Hector Gimenez sacrifice fly in the fifth. The fourth Sox run scored in the seventh on a Alejandro De Aza sac fly that scored Gillaspie, who followed up his key triple with a single and moved to third on an Alexei Ramirez double. 
 
Pitching-wise, starter Dylan Axelrod was outstanding in 5.2 innings of work, allowing only one unearned run on three hits. Donnie Veal (who got credit for the victory), Nate Jones and Jesse Crain ended the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, respectively, by inducing key outs. Addison Reed recorded his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
 
Take a look at the Rios homer:
 
 
The Windy City
 
While Spring arrived in the third inning today with temperatures reaching 65 degrees, the windy conditions were the closest you can get to San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.
 
A Cold Night
 
It was very cold last night, but not necessarily the coldest day anyone could remember around here.
 
“When I went out to the mound to get (Matt) Lindstrom last night,” Sox manager Robin Ventura laughed this morning, “I got out there and thought, “Man, it’s really cold out here.’”
 
But Ventura recalls a night game when the Sox faced Roger Clemens.
 
“It was like last night but even colder,” he said. “We sent the batboys out to buy tennis racquet grips for the bats.”
 
PK Climbing the Ladder
 
With his base hit last night, Paul Konerko moved past Frank Thomas into sole possession of third place on the all-time White Sox hit list with 2,137. Only Hall of Famers Luke Appling (2,749) and Nellie Fox (2,470) rank above Paulie.
 
The Third Man
 
Since most teams don’t carry a third catcher on their roster, one lucky position player is always designated as the team’s “third catcher” and spends time in spring training and during the season honing his emergency skills behind the plate. For the Sox this year, it is Gillaspie.
 
At one point in the 1990s, it was Robin…”for about 20 minutes,” the skipper joked.
 
Ventura described a game where the Sox started a man down. Ron Karkovice was on the DL and Mike “Spanky” LaValliere gave it a go but a few innings into the game, warned he might not make it nine innings.
 
A quick look up and down the bench showed few candidates. RV volunteered.
 
“A lefty was pitching, so I wasn’t playing that day,” he recounts. “I put on the gear and they drove me around the tunnel to the bullpen in a golf cart. I went out and Mark Salas gave me a quick tutorial on how to catch. So I’m down in the bullpen catching and apparently (Sox GM) Ron Schueler saw me. He called down and said, ‘Get him out of there.’”
 
And that’s how Robin’s career as an emergency catcher lasted 20 minutes.
 
I told him he should have put the equipment on and then make a dramatic run out to the bullpen.
 
1983
 
Beginning tomorrow, the White Sox will commemorate their 1983 American League West division championship by wearing ’83 replica uniforms for every Sunday home game. Those “Winning Ugly” Sox, managed by Tony LaRussa, won 99 games and finished the season 20 games ahead of the second-place Kansas City Royals.
 
Here are Reed and coach Harold Baines, one of the stars of that ’83 team, modeling the vintage unis along this year’s retro racers. They are “Racing Pudge” (Carlton Fisk), “Racing Harold” and “Racing Kitty” (Ron Kittle). Fisk and Kittle, of course, were also key cogs on the ’83 team with Gary, IN native Kittle winning the A.L. Rookie of the Year award.
 
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Familiar Voice
 
When you sit down tonight to watch the NCAA Final Four semifinal games, you might hear the familiar voice of White Sox PA announcer Gene Honda, who once again will miss a few Sox games this homestand to call another NCAA championship.
 
A Day to Remember
 
Today was pretty special for Sox backup catcher Hector Gimenez, a switch-hitter who was in the lineup today against Hernandez. His Dad was here from Venezuela and it was the first time the senior Gimenez saw his son play in the major leagues. Hector delivered with a key sac fly.

 

Happy Birthday
 
A happy 49th birthday to Ken Williams. A piece of the famous Levy carrot cake was delivered in the second inning to help him celebrate the occasion.
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
Robin on Axelrod’s performance:
 
“Ax was great. He did what he needed to do to get us to that point, then Rios with a big homer. He showed he could pitch with anybody.”
 
RV on Gillaspie’s day:
 
“He looked good today. For Conor, he wants to be a storm chaser, it’s a perfect day for him…He’s a tough kid, plays hard and has a compact swing that has a lot of pop with it, too.”
 
Play of the Day
 
The Rios homer, but honorable mention goes to Gillaspie and Axelrod
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the rubber game of the series. Probable starters: Chris Sale for the Sox, Hisashi Iwakuma for Seattle.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Jake Peavy, who will officially be presented with his 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award” before tomorrow’s series finale vs. the Mariners, is the third pitcher (sixth time) in White Sox history to win the award, joining lefthanders Jim Kaat (1974-75) and Mark Buehrle (2009-11).
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Dylan excels while “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

It’s Official: Chris Sale will be the Opening Day Starter

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Today’s News

Lefties Rule for Sox on Opening Day

After today’s game, Robin Ventura named Chris Sale as the Opening Day starter on April 1 vs. the Royals at the Cell. The decision means lefties will have started each of the past six Opening Days for the Sox (Danks, 2012, Buehrle 2008-11) and 14 of last 15 (the only righty was Jose Contreras in 2007).

“(Sale) will be the Opening Day starter. We feel very confident with him going forward and giving him the ball for the first game,” said Ventura, who then explained why the announcement wasn’t made earlier in the spring. “(We wanted) him to get his work in and get ready to go. (This is now) something for him to get motivated the last two weeks and get out there and go. He’s ready to do that.”

What a Difference Three Years Make

Just for fun, I looked up April 1, 2010 to see what Sale was doing then. Couldn’t tell you.

But on April 2, 2010, just three years ago, he started Game 1 of a doubleheader for Florida Gulf Coast University against Mercer. Sale earned the victory in the 9-1 FGC win, striking out 14 over 8.0 IP, allowing just one unearned run on four hits and one walk. With the win, he improved to 4-0 on the season.

Three years later, he starts Opening Day in a Major League ballpark. Here’s how Sale looked as a Florida Gulf Coast Eagle:

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More Sale and a Sox Victory

Sale got credit for today’s 11-5 win over the A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, working six innings. He got strong offensive support from the likes of Hector Gimenez (2-3, three RBI); Conor Gillaspie (2-3, two RBI); Jordan Danks (2-4, two RBI); Steve Tolleson (Triple, RBI, two runs scored); Jim Gallagher (1-1, RBI); Bryan Anderson (2-2, RBI); and Tyler Saladino 1-1, RBI). The Sox pounded out 17 hits after collecting 15 against the Cubs on Friday and scored 26 runs in the two games.

Quote of the Day

Robin, commenting on Dayan Viciedo’s monster day on Friday, highlighted by a grand slam homer to right-center: “He’s special when he’s hitting the ball (to the opposite field)…he’s strong enough to take it over there and put up some big numbers.”

Play of the Day

Back-to-back triples by Gimenez and Tolleson in the Sox’s four-run third inning.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

St. Patrick’s Day in Surprise: White Sox vs. Royals (3:05 p.m., Chicago time). It’ll be Zach Stewart starting for the Sox vs. the Royals’ Luis Mendoza. Jose Quintana, Hector Santiago and Jesse Crain are scheduled to pitch in a B-game at Camelback Ranch (Noon, Chicago time).

Did You Know…

…that as a result of his outstanding game at the plate today Gimenez has reached base safely in seven of his last nine games, going 11-20 (.550) with six RBI. He’s batting .500 overall this spring.

Photo of the Day

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Red-hot Sox catcher Hector Gimenez.

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