Results tagged ‘ Hector Santiago ’

Sox vs. Cubs: The Final Act

Monday, July 8, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in a makeup game and the finale of their four-game Crosstown Cup Series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.50) for the Sox, RHP Matt Garza (4-1, 3.45) for the Cubs. The original game was postponed by rain on May 28.

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

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Play of the Day

Josh Phegley’s first major league homer in the sixth inning of yesterday’s 3-1 loss to the Rays. He is the first Sox player to hit his first career homer within his first two games since Miguel Olivo homered in his major-league debut at the Yankees in September of 2002.

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Quote of the Day

Josh on his first weekend as a big leaguer (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com), which included a homer, single and three RBI.

“Yeah, not bad. Kind of getting a couple of hits and the first homer out of the way, it kind of takes a little weight off the shoulders.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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. 

Did You Know…

…that Chicago White Sox Charities and the White Sox Player Wives are organizing an evening of comedy, music and entertainment at the Bridgeport Arts Center on Thursday, July 25? Titled “Wild Pitches, presented by Magellan Corporation,” the event will give fans the opportunity to see a different side of the their favorite Sox players. The festivities will include a musical performance by Paul and Jennifer Konerko, a comedy skit with Matt Thornton and his bullpen mates and other surprises. WGN’s Pat Tomasulo will serve as the emcee and stand-up comedian Pat McGann will perform.

Photo of the Day

Phegley’s home run trot.

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Sox Hope to Enjoy a Double Dose of Indian Summer

Friday, June 28, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Games

White Sox vs. Indians, Game 1, at U.S. Cellular Field (4:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first game of the doubleheader and opener of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.03) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (1-2, 2.76) for Cleveland.

White Sox vs, Indians, Game 2, at U.S. Cellular Field (Following Game 1, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.83) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-3, 7.78) for the Tribe.

The twin bill is a result of the April 23 postponement.

Sox Starting Lineup, Game 1:  De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn,1B; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, DH; Morel, 3B; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.

Gillaspie Back, Morel Stays for Today

Before today’s games, the Sox reinstated third baseman Conor Gillaspie from the Paternity Leave List.  3B Brent Morel, who was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Gillaspie on the active roster, will serve as the club’s 26th player for the doubleheader.

Paulie Update

Paul Konerko, who missed the two games with the Mets because of lower back tightness, is day-to-day. He is hitting .378 in his last 10 games.

Wounded Warriors Make a Visit

The fifth annual Wounded Warrior Project Chicago Soldier Ride stopped at the ballpark today. Former White Sox standout Carlos May, who himself had his thumb blown off while on Marine Reserve duty, greeted the Wounded Warriors.

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Tiger Woods?

No, it’s Harold Baines at yesterday’s White Sox Field of Greens golf outing.

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Quote(s) of the Day

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the Windy City ThunderBolts of the independent Frontier League last night retired the numbers of White Sox pitcher Dylan Axelrod, who starred for the Bolts in 2009, and Mike Kashirsky, now a Sox pre-game instructor and batting pitcher, who was a longtime player, coach and manager with the Windy City franchise.

Axe took to Twitter to thank the ThunderBolts and a couple of his teammates for their support:

@DylanAxelrod_33: Thank you to the entire @WCThunderBolts organization for a special night.  Very honored and humbled to have my #23 retired tonight!

@DylanAxelrod_33: Also great to be retired with former WC  bolt manager and current @whitesox bp man Ka$h.  Thanks to Jordan Danks and @Areed43 for comin out!

Play of the Day

White Sox great Billy Pierce will be honored tomorrow during a pre-game ceremony. Now 86, Pierce will be feted for his sterling career in a Sox uniform as the ace of the staff in the 1950s. Fans will be treated to a Pierce replica statue giveaway.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130627&content_id=51977994&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.57) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.58) for Cleveland.

Did You Know…

…that the White Sox pitching staff leads the American League with a 3.14 “home” ERA?

Photo of the Day

Quintana and Santiago–today’s doubleheader pitching duo.

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Sox vs. Royals: The First of Three

Friday, June 21, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first game of a three-game series that will conclude the current 10-game road trip. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (2-5, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.72) for K.C.

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

Roster Moves

After yesterday’s game, the White Sox optioned RHP Deunte Heath to Class AAA Charlotte. Today, RHP Brian Omogrosso was recalled from the Knights and placed on the active roster.

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Lee Retires

Carlos Lee, who hit 152 homers, drove in 552 runs and compiled a .288 batting average with the White Sox from 1999-2004, retired yesterday on his 37th birthday.

NIcknamed El Caballo by Hawk Harrelson, Lee also played for the Brewers, Rangers, Astros and Marlins in his 14-year major-league career. Of course, he was involved in one of the most pivotal trades in Sox history when he was shipped to Milwaukee in the deal that brought Scott Podsednik and Luis Vizcaino to Chicago prior to the 2005 championship season.

Quote of the Day

@CaptainOmo (Omogrosso) on Twitter: Back Up with the Sox!! Hazzaaaa!! #goodtobeback

Play of the Day

Jesse Crain’s consecutive scoreless appearance record and the back-to-back homers by Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn were the main Sox highlights yesterday. But it also should be noted that Alexei Ramirez had a four-hit afternoon with a double and three singles and stole his 15th base.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Wade Davis (4-5, 5.18) for Kansas City.

Did You Know…

…that in 11.1 innings pitched against the Royals in his career, Santiago has a 0.00 ERA?

Photo of the Day

Hector looks to begin a Sox turnaround.

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Just Call it a Good Team Effort

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final: White Sox 4, A’s 2
 
1983 Royalty
 
This afternoon’s ceremonial first pitch honorees were two of the major factors in the success of the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox, who won the American League West by 20 games–Tony LaRussa, who was the ’83 A.L. Manager of the Year, and LaMarr Hoyt, the league’s Cy Young Award winner that year. Here they are before the start of today’s game:
 
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
Call it a seven-way tie.
 
Tyler Flowers’ solo homer in the third inning which tied the score at 1-1. atmlb.com/11P99Zi 
 
Hector Santiago‘s outstanding 6.1 innings as he allowed just one earned run and four hits along with six strikeouts.
 
Gordon Beckham‘s run-scoring double in the fourth inning. atmlb.com/11Pbt2G 
 
Jesse Crain‘s 1-2-3 eighth, which extended his personal high of consecutive scoreless appearances to 25.
 
Alex Rios‘s 11th blast of the season in the eighth which gave the Sox an insurance run and a 4-2 lead. atmlb.com/11Pjlky 
 
Addison Reed’s 1-2-3 ninth for his 19th save.
 
And last, but not least, Conor Gillaspie’s three sparkling plays at third and his sac fly in the fourth.
 
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Quote(s) of the Day
 
As the Sox paid tribute today to the ’83 White Sox as we do every Sunday, here is the second in a series of quotes we’ll excerpt this season from Bob Vorwald’s book, “What It Means to Be a White Sox.” Richard Dotson, a 22-game winner in ’83 and now the pitching coach at Class AAA Charlotte, talks about the night, September 17, that the Sox clinched the division title:
 
“The night we clinched was really exciting. Any time you do something like that, you are excited and also looking forward to the next step. Big leagues, minor leagues, no matter where you are, you want to win. It’s more rewarding when you go out there and feel like you’re acomplishing something. Being able to share that with 24 other guys, the coaching staff, the traveling secretary, the whole front office, was a blast.”
 
And here’s pinch-hitter extraordinaire Jerry Hairston sharing his memories of ’83:
 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 3.73) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (5-7, 4.66) for the Jays.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the following were all drafted by the White Sox yesterday, the last day of the June amateur draft?:
 
Nick Parent, 1B, Cal State-Monterey Bay, on the 36th round (son of Sox bench coach Mark Parent).
 
Cody Yount, OF, Virginia Commonwealth, on the 37th round (son of former major league pitcher Larry Yount and nephew of Hall of Famer Robin Yount).
 
Audry Santana, SS, Eckerd College, on the 38th round (son of former major league shortstop and ex-Sox coach Rafael Santana).
 
Ronell Coleman, 2B, Simeon Career Academy, on the 40th and final round (member of the White Sox Amateur City Elite program).
 
It’s also interesting to note that Adam Law, INF, Brigham Young University, was selected in the 12th round by the Dodgers. He is the son of former White Sox infielder Vance Law, currently with the Sox as a special assistant to player development, and grandson of one-time Pirates’ Cy Young Award winner Vern Law. 
 

On A Roll

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Hector Santiago (1-2) for the Sox, Joe Blanton (0-7) for L.A.

The Sox are now 4-1 on their seven-game road trip and looking for their fifth straight win.

Sox Starting Lineup: Wise, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Gimenez, C; Greene, 2B.

Roster Move

RHP Deunte Heath was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after last night’s game and LHP Donnie Veal was recalled today to replace him on the 25-man roster. Veal pitched 8.0 scoreless innings over four games with the Knights after being optioned on May 1.

New Look

The Sox will be wearing camouflage caps today, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day vs. the Cubs to honor our troops. The jerseys also have a touch of camo in the script Chicago on the front and in the name and number on the back.

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Play of the Day

The Chris Sale Show: Chris won his fifth game of the season last night, tossing a three-hit shutout along with 12 strikeouts over 7.2 innings in the 3-0 Sox victory–his second masterpiece against the Angels in a week. Including last Sunday night’s gem, Sale worked 16.2 IP, allowing no runs, four hits, three walks, 19 K’s and held the Halos to four hits in 53 at bats in the two games. He now has a career 0.38 ERA vs. L.A. and improved to 10-0 lifetime against the A.L. West. Additionally, he has recorded 23 straight scoreless innings, the longest by a Sox starter since Mark Buehrle’s 24.2 IP in 2001.

Here’s a glimpse of Chris from last night’s outing: http://atmlb.com/Z2D0TH

Pitching In

Jesse Crain made his 16th consecutive scoreless appearance last night in relief of Sale and Addison Reed earned his 14th save.

Quote(s) of the Day

Robin on Sale:

“He’s good, we know that…This is probably the best two games that he’s had (as far as) velocity and control..He’s growing into being the guy and going out there and proving it. You go through a team a second time–their lineup is tough enough even going through it once–then you do it back-to-back in a week, it’s a feather in his cap. It just proves how good he is. He wants to get better, he wants to be in that elite group. He’s proving it.”

RV on Alex Rios having an All-Star caliber year. Alex has smashed go-ahead homers each of the last two nights, giving him a total of 10, and has now hit in 12 consecutive games:

“He (was outstanding) last year. This is nothing new for us as far as him doing a lot of different things…Power-wise, getting on base, stealing bases, playing the outfield…he has a lot of talent. We know it, I think other people are starting to see it.”

The skipper on Conor Gillaspie, who drove in the second Sox run of the game in the seventh with a clutch, two-out single and is now hitting .295:

“He just makes good contact, he has a pretty simple approach. It was a big hit for us.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (3:35 p.m. CT, CSN). Starters: Jake Peavy (5-1) for the Sox, Jason Vargas (2-3) for Los Angeles.

Did You Know…

…that the White Sox now lead the American League in ERA (3.41)?

Photo/Video of the Day

Adam Dunn has hit four homers in the last four games and 10 on the season. Here’s his ninth-inning solo shot last night.

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Santiago Replaces Peavy in Rubber Game of Series

Thursday, May 2, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: Hector Santiago (0-1) for the Sox, Justin Grimm (2-0) for Texas. Santiago, who was scheduled to start tomorrow night in Kansas City, replaces Jake Peavy who was scratched due to back spasms.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez,SS; Flowers, C; Wells, CF.
 
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Gavin
 
“The news isn’t always good and it’s just one of those you keep getting a different opinion to have all your bases covered because once you go there (alluding to surgery), it’s for a long time,” Robin said before the game today about the issue with Floyd’s elbow. “I think for him it’s the comfort of knowing he is doing the right thing and getting enough opinions from experts. It is ultimately his decision.”
 
Gavin indicated he would address the media following tonight’s game.
 
Scheduling Update
 
The Friday, April 19 home game vs. the Twins, which was postponed, will be played as part of a split doubleheader on Friday August 9–at 1:10 and 7:10 p.m., CT.  The postponed Tuesday, April 23 game vs. the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field has been moved to Friday, June 28, and will be part of a straight doubleheader starting at 4:10 p.m., CT.
 
The Sounds of Baseball
 
Peavy, Adam Dunn and numerous other major leaguers talk about the sounds they hear at the ballpark in this entertaining piece by ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian.
 
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
The pair of homers in the seventh inning last night–a solo blast by Conor Gillaspie, his third home of the year, and a two-run shot by Alejandro De Aza, his fifth–that backed Chris Sale’s outstanding outing in the 5-2 Sox win that evened the series at 1-1. Here are the Gillaspie and De Aza homers:
 

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Quote of the Day

 
RV on Sale’s ability to get out of further trouble in the second inning last night after allowing two runs with the bases still loaded and one out:
 
The one inning, it just seemed like there were people all over the place. For him to come out and only give up two to that lineup, he gutted through it. I think that was the first time you started noticing him work really hard as far as having to have command, having to get a strikeout…After that he was pretty good as far as being able to get ahead, keep (them) a little bit off balance. It’s a tough lineup to go through…”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox, Jeremy Guthrie (3-0) for Kansas City.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the White Sox have won 18 of its last 27 games vs. the American League West and are 66-43 (.606) since 2010, second only to the Yankees (.618) in winning percentage among A.L. teams?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Pitching seven strong innings, Sale won his third game of the season in last night’s Sox victory.

 

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.

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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:

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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

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.

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.

Sox, Dodgers Tie as Dunn Goes Deep

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Today’s News


All knotted up after 9
While the White Sox enjoyed a blowout win yesterday, they engaged in a pitchers’ duel this afternoon as the game was called after nine innings with the score tied 2-2. Adam Dunn accounted for the pair of Sox runs with a two-run, opposite field homer off of the Dodgers’ Peter Moylan. Dewayne Wise and Alex Rios both tripled. Erik Johnson started for the Sox and gave up one run on four hits in three innings and struck out two.

Sox notes of note
How welcome was yesterday’s 9-0 whitewash of the Dodgers? It was the first victory for the Sox in a spring opener since 2004….Matt Thornton threw a 35-pitch bullpen session this morning under tough conditions (cold and windy) and reported no pain…Many clubhouse eyes were focused on the Daytona 500 before today’s game…As a result of the chilly weather Harold Baines said he was wearing everything in his locker except one light jacket–and he was considering putting that on.
Danks confident he’ll be ready and Peavy’s passion for the game
A couple of must-reads from Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times and Scott Merkin of whitesox.com.

A brush with greatness
So it’s 35 minutes before our spring training opener on Saturday, and I am sitting in the White Sox dugout on the first base line waiting for pregame festivities to start.  Literally, I am the only one there and I am minding my own business.  The reason I am there, if you ask, is to help organize our team for on-field introductions at 12:52 p.m. … you know, simple stuff like Robin first, coaches and then starting lineup.

Out of the corner of my eye, I sense someone in a Dodgers uniform walking into the dugout.

“Is Robin here yet?’ he asks.

I turn an immediately recognize that it is Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.  Behind him, I see lots of autograph seekers and hear people calling his name.

“Not yet,” I say.  “He’ll be here is a couple minutes.”

Mr. Koufax started to talk.  Fine by me. (editor’s note: I did meet Mr. Koufax one spring in Vero Beach, Florida, when I was a kid.  My dad and I were walking down a sidewalk in Dodgertown when here came Mr. Koufax walking toward us.  He was very pleasant but, of course, he doesn’t remember me.)

So of course I start small talk with Sandy Koufax.  I ask him how he’s doing (fine), where he’s staying down here (West Valley), where he lives (up and down the East Coast depending on the weather) and why in the world are “you guys” throwing Kershaw and Greinke at us this early in the spring … since there is a long way to go.

He laughed a little and then explained that he liked to go nine innings once or twice each spring so that he had dealt with the soreness issue before the season had even begun.  “I didn’t care about the first start,” he said.  “I was concerned with how I’d feel going into the second.  Back then, we didn’t have playoffs.”

You either won the pennant or you went home, he explained, so every start mattered.

After about 10 minutes, Robin showed up to a big smile and hug from Koufax.

“Back when I was with the Dodgers,” RV said, “we used to sneak off and play basketball with Sandy.”

(Sandy, by the way, went to the Universithy of Cincinnati on a hoops scholarship).

Basketball?  With Sandy Koufax?  That would have made him about 65 back then (Sandy, not Robin).

“Guy could play.”

Truth.

Another true story … maybe

Former White Sox pitcher Grady Hall was in camp on Saturday to say hello and he re-connected with former teammate Mark Parent.

“We played together in the Dominican one winter,” Hall said of the Sox bench coach.  “His nickname down there was ‘Grande Lama.’”

“Grande Lama,” I laughed, almost choking on my lunch.

“Nothing to do with the Dali Lama,” Hall corrected.  “It had to do with a sponsor and of course, he’s the Grande Lama.”

Quote of the Day

Coop on pitching: “Anytime you shut someone out, you’ve done something,” he said referring to yesterday’s win. “Every game no matter spring training or regular season, there are always going to be 10 balls hit hard. It’s what happens to those 10.”

Play of the Day

Dunn’s first homer of the spring.

Tomorrow’s Schedule
White Sox vs. Giants in Scottsdale (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Starters are Hector Santiago for the Sox and Madison Bumgarner for San Francisco. Also scheduled to pitch for the South Siders are Addison Reed, Nate Jones, Donnie Veal, Jesse Crain, Matt Lindstrom, Andre Rienzo and Zach Stewart.
Starting lineup: Alejandro De Aza, cf; Brent Morel, 3b; Jeff Keppinger, dh; Paul Konerko, 1b; Dayan Viciedo, lf; Alexei Ramirez, ss; Jared Mitchell, rf; Tyler Flowers, c; Carlos Sanchez, 2b.

Did You Know…
…that Dewayne Wise, he of The Catch, celebrates No. 35 today? Happy Birthday!
Photo of the Day
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White Sox Legends Day was celebrated this afternoon at Camelback Ranch.  Pictured from l to rt. Rudy Law, Jerry Hairston, Sr., Steve Stone, Rich Dotson, Harold Baines, Ron Kittle, Floyd Bannister, Daryl Boston, Ron Karkovice, Bobby Thigpen and Robin Ventura
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