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The Sox’s Andre Rienzo to Make Big League Debut Tonight

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Andre Rienzo (0-0) for the Sox (Original starter Jake Peavy was pushed back until tomorrow), LHP Scott Kazmir (6-4, 3.96) for the Tribe. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Rienzo is 8-6 with a 4.06 ERA with three complete games, one shutout and 113 strikeouts over 20 starts with Class AAA Charlotte. The 25-year-old leads the International League in strikeouts, is tied for the league lead in complete games and is tied for second in strikeouts-per-nine-innings-pitched (9.00).

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

Roster Moves

To make room for Rienzo on the 25-man roster, outfielder Blake Tekotte was optioned to Charlotte.

Quote(s) of the Day

Jesse Crain, upon being traded yesterday to Tampa Bay, talked about his time in Chicago:

“Great teammates, great city. I had an organization that’s been amazing to me. They brought me in here for three years and treated me unbelievably. I think I got better over three years here, for sure.”

Catcher Josh Phegley on Rienzo, his battery mate at Charlotte:

“A bulldog and a perfectionist.”

Play of the Day

John Danks gave up just one earned run and a pair of hits in six innings of work in last night’s 3-2 loss to the Indians.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.55) for the Sox vs. RHP Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.74) for Cleveland.

Did You Know…

…that Rienzo will be the first White Sox player in history to wear uniform number 64?

Photo of the Day

The last time Rienzo took the mound he pitched a no-hitter for Charlotte. Tonight against the Indians he makes his major league debut and as a result becomes the second player from Brazil (Yan Gomes was the first) and the first Brazilian-born pitcher to reach “The Show.”

Because Rienzo and Cleveland’s Gomes are the only Brazilians in the majors, tonight’s game represents a significant news story in Brazil. As a result, ESPN Brazil will be broadcasting our game across the country with the network using the raw audio/video feed of WCIU’s broadcast featuring Hawk and Tom Paciorek, who is subbing for Steve Stone. There will be no subtitles.

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White Sox Look to Ground Birds — Again

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Scott Feldman (7-6, 3.46 in a Cubs uniform) for Baltimore.

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

Roster Moves

Before tonight’s game the Sox placed both Paul Konerko (lower back strain) and Jesse Crain (right shoulder strain) on the 15-day disabled list. Third baseman Brent Morel, who was with the Sox briefly last week, and LHP David Purcey were recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. Morel is hitting .283 with five homers, 20 doubles and 40 RBI for the Knights. Purcey has a 3.03 ERA, three saves and 43 strikeouts in 26 relief appearances this season with Charlotte, Lefty hitters are hitting only .146 against him.

Robin said both Konerko and Crain should be back after the All-Star Game.

Jake

According to Coop, Jake Peavy threw all of his pitches from both the windup and the stretch in a light to medium bullpen session yesterday. There were no problems and Jake will likely throw again on Friday at Tropicana Field during the White Sox-Rays series.

The Cup is in the House

The Sox will welcome the Stanley Cup and Blackhawks Patrick Sharp and Brandon Bollig tonight for an on-field ceremony prior to the start of Sox-O’s. 

Sox Minor League All-Stars

Charlotte’s Purcey and catcher Josh Phegley (pictured below) have been selected to the Class AAA All-Star Game in Reno, NV on July 17….Six Class AA Birmingham Barons have been chosen to the Southern League North Division All-Star squad: C Michael Blanke, DH Dan Black, INF Marcus Semien, RHPs Ryan Kussmaul and Nick McCully and LHP Scott Snodgress. The players will represent the Barons in Jacksonville, FL, also on July 17.

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Play(s) of the Day

* John Danks got credit for his second victory of the season last night in the Sox’s 5-2 win–7 IP, 2 ER, 6 hits, a walk and 4 strikeouts.

* Conor Gillaspie put the Sox ahead to stay in the sixth inning with a solo blast, his sixth homer of the year.

* Adam Dunn hit his 22nd home run of the season and career homer No. 428 last night, a two-run shot that extended the Sox lead in the seventh inning to 5-1. Adam is now in sole posession of 45th place on the all-time list, passing Mike Piazza. He is one shy of Konerko.

Quote of the Day

Slugger Jim Thome, now a special assistant to Sox GM Rick Hahn, on the itch to keep playing:

“That never leaves. Once that is in you a long time it makes leaving it really tough. I miss digging my back foot in and competing.  I think what this will do will give me a chance to go down and see some minor league guys and give a piece of advice that leads to success, which would be the biggest accomplishment of all. Giving back to young players who want that advice will be rewarding.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.97) for the Sox, LHP Zach Britton (2-2, 4.50) for the O’s.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox’s keystone combo continues to make a significant impact on the club’s offense. With two more hits last night, Alexei Ramirez extended his hitting streak to eight games and has a hit in 17 of his last 19. He is batting .349 with seven doubles, five RBI, six stolen bases and nine runs scored over the 19 games. Gordon Beckham recorded his ninth multi-hit game of 2013 last night with three singles and added an RBI. He is now hitting .385 with two doubles, three RBI, a walk, a stolen base and three runs scored on this homestand.

Photo of the Day

Dunn’s homer gave the Sox some much-needed breathing room in last night’s victory.

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Crain Makes History in Series Finale; PK, Dunn Go Back-to-Back

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: Twins 8, White Sox 4

Record-Setter

With his scoreless seventh inning this afternoon, Jesse Crain now holds the White Sox record with 28 consecutive scoreless appearances. He was tied with J.J. Putz.

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Play(s) of the Day

Back-to-back homers by Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn in the sixth inning of today’s matinee. Paulie’s two-run shot was his seventh of the season and 429th of his career. Adam’s solo blast was his 19th of the year and 425th lifetime. This was the second time the duo has gone back-to-back (it happened last April 23 at Oakland).

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Did You Know…

…that White Sox second base prospect Micah Johnson, who leads the minor leagues with 54 stolen bases for Class A Kannapolis, won the “Star of Stars” award Monday night at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game? Johnson stole second and third base on consecutive pitches and scored a run for the North Division in a 2-1 win over the South. In addition to his stolen base total this season, Johnson is batting .339 with five homers, 36 RBI and 64 runs scored in 66 games for the Intimidators. He’s shown here accepting the award:

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Quote of the Day

Sox VP/Assistant GM Buddy Bell on Micah Johnson:

“He’s a very smart player, he’s a sponge for information, he’s a strong kid.”

Photo/Video of the Day

Opposing teams should know by now not to run on Mr. Viciedo. Watch Dayan gun down Ryan Doumit in the third inning of today’s game.

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With Three Straight Wins, the Sox are Finding Their Way Through the Fog

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Chien Ming Wang (0-0) for Toronto.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Konerko, DH; Dunn,1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.
 

Perspective

I had the opportunity earlier today to attend the unveiling of the “White Sox Family Field rooftop” at the downtown Chicago Ronald McDonald House along with Jerry Reinsdorf, Howard Pizer, Christine O’Reilly, Chris Sale, Jesse Crain and Gavin Floyd (it might tell you something about Gavin to hear that he stopped by the ballpark last night and when he heard about the event, asked to attend along with his wife).

This Ronald McDonald House is the largest in the world, featuring 86 rooms, and serves as a home-away-from-home for families and outpatients undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital downtown.  The rooftop provides kids with a place to play outside on a small-scale U.S. Cellular Field (heavy on Southpaw graphics).

Visiting with families and kids certainly put a perspective on things, and seeing the year-old facility was awesome. Here are Floyd, Sale and Crain talking with a youngster (top) and a look at the replica field:

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Funny Moment

On the elevator ride up to the roof, Jerry Reinsdorf joked with Jesse Crain that we needed to get a two-run lead for the ace reliever to give him a little breathing room.

“Why?” Chris Sale piped in.  “What difference would it make.  No one scores off him anyway.”

The facility features a very cool kaleidoscopic sculpture that you can make move by cranking a wheel.  Sale couldn’t stop and didn’t want to leave the kids.  All three players gave their uniform tops to children (so we might need a nifty move by clubhouse manager Vince Fresso by game time!)

As they planned out the event, folks from the House asked the players to help a four-year-old throw out the “first pitch” and then have him “hit” a pitch and run the bases.

They asked Floyd to throw the pitch with the kid.  “Me?” Gavin laughed, pointing to the large brace on his arm.  “As long as it’s underhand!”

“Don’t have Crain pitch to the kid,” Sale said.  “He won’t get a hit.”

Speaking of Jesse

Crain has made 26 consecutive scoreless appearances (covering 25.1 IP), the second-longest streak in White Sox history behind J.J. Putz’s 27 in 2010.
 
The Foggy City
 
A look at last night’s fog and how it affected baseball on both sides of town:
 
 
“The Road to Return”
 
Here is Part 3 of the “Road to Return,” a closeup look at John Danks’ journey from shoulder surgery to a major league comeback: http://atmlb.com/12giGPo
 
If you missed the first two parts, here they are:
 
Robin on last night’s fog:
 
“I played in a lot of games like this in high school. I got a lot of hits that way, too,” he said laughing.
 
Play of the Day
 
With the potential tying and winning runs on second and third for the Blue Jays in the top of the eighth, Alexei Ramirez made this spectacular play to quell the rally and end the inning.
 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-4, 2.68) for the Sox, RHP Esmil Rogers (1-2, 3.60) for the Jays.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that every White Sox starter reached base at least once in last night’s win as the Sox scored a season-high 10 runs?
 
Photo of the Day
 
Adam Dunn’s 4-4 day that included two homers–one of them a three-run shot in the fourth inning that gave the Sox a lead that they never relinquished–in last night’s 10-6 victory. Dunn now has 15 homers and, along with his five runs batted in, has 37 RBI.
 
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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 to the West Coast…Three in Oakland and Three in Seattle

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: Cubs 8, Sox 3

PK Comes Out on Top in “Shoot the Puck” Contest

Paulie bested Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs in the Shoot the Puck competition between the second and third periods of last night’s dramatic Hawks victory. Konerko, a former center/right winger youth hockey player, made two of five.

On his last effort, he thought about airing one out.

“But there were people down there and I didn’t want to hurt anyone.”

Both teams had large contingents of players at the game.

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Quote of the Day

Hawk Harrelson missed the two games at Wrigley Field with a sore throat. Hope he’s back Friday in Oakland.

Speaking of Hawk, he has taken to calling Jesse Crain, “Jesse Stones,” for his airtight work out of the bullpen this year.

Someone approached Jesse and asked if he had heard Hawk call him that.

“No, I’m usually on the mound at that point,” Crain answered with a shrug.

Play(s) of the Day

Konerko doubled, singled and drove in a pair of runs in today’s game. PK now owns a .311 batting average with seven homers and 26 RBI in 34 career games at Wrigley Field…Alejandro De Aza singled twice, walked twice, scored and drove in a run.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland (9:07 p.m., CT, WGN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: Dylan Axelrod (3-3) for the Sox, former Sox hurler Bartolo Colon (5-2) for the A’s.

Did You Know…

…that Axelrod, who won his third straight start last Sunday against the Marlins, will be facing the A’s for the first time in his career? 

Photo of the Day

Ax looks to extend his winning streak in Oakland.

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Sox Reach .500 Mark, Cubs On Deck

Sunday, May 26, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final: White Sox 5, Marlins 3
 
Highlights: The Sox completed the three-game sweep of Miami this afternoon and moved to 24-24…Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer, his 12th blast of the season and 418th of his career; Alejandro De Aza collected a pair of doubles and two RBI; and Alex Rios delivered a run-scoring single for an insurance run in the eighth inning…Dylan Axelrod earned his third victory in 5.1 IP and Matt Lindstrom, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed pitched scoreless ball the rest of the way. Reed chalked up his 17th save, just one behind league leader Mariano Rivera of the Yankees…Defensively, Rios and Dayan Viciedo each threw out a man at the plate.
 
Memories of ’83
 
Floyd Bannister (pictured below), one of the stalwarts of the 1983 White Sox pitching staff, talks about that year’s American League West champion Sox:  http://atmlb.com/139m3nP
 
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A Must For Sox Fans
 
Chicago sports media columnist Ed Sherman, a lifelong White Sox fan and the man behind the popular website, the Sherman Report, reviews a book that he says should be on every Sox fan’s bookshelf.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on reaching the .500 mark:
 
“You have to get there first. Once you’re there…you just continue to come in with the expectation that you’re going to play hard and you’re going to win a game.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Props to the bullpen for their 3.2 innings of yeoman’s work.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the first game of a four-game series, two on the South Side and the final two on the North Side. Starters: Jose Quintana (3-1) for the Sox, Jeff Samardzjia (2-6) for the Cubs.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Crain, who struck out the side in the eighth inning today, has now made 20 straight scoreless outings? His ERA is now a miniscule 0.78.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Dunn’s opposite field homer put the Sox on the scoreboard in the first inning. 
 
 
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Four-Game Set vs. Angels Up Next After Sox Take Series From Twins

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-1) for the Sox, Jerome Williams (2-1) for L.A.

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

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On Fire

Dayan Viciedo, who homered and drove in a pair of runs in yesterday’s 9-4 win over the Twins, is hitting .469 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in his last 10 games. He returned to the lineup on May 10 after a stint on the disabled list.

Rehab Report

Infielder Angel Sanchez, who has been on the DL with a lower back injury, has joined the rehabbing Gordon Beckham at Class AAA Charlotte. John Danks, on the DL since March 22, will be making his next start for Charlotte Saturday at Buffalo. It will be his fourth rehab start.

Quote of the Day

Adam Dunn to whitesox.com on his recent turnaround at the plate:

“I feel great. My body feels great. Everything feels like it’s supposed to…the last couple of days we tinkered with some things and I’ve hit some balls good. Hopefully it’s the start of something good.”

Play of the Day

Somewhat overlooked by Dunn’s pair of homers. Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to 10 games yesterday with a triple, two singles and three runs scored in yesterday’s victory. He is hitting .390 with two homers and seven RBI during the streak.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (4-2) for the Sox, C.J. Wilson (3-2) for the Halos.

Did You Know…

…that after a stretch of playing 15 of 18 games on the road, the Sox will play 17 of 23 games in Chicago (including two games at Wrigley Field) from May 20 to June 12? The home opponents will be the Red Sox, Marlins, Cubs, A’s and Blue Jays. The road foes will be the Cubs, A’s and Mariners.

Photo of the Day

One of the league’s top relievers this season, Jesse Crain heads into the Angels series with a 14-game scoreless streak over 13.1 innings. He has recorded an outstanding 1.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 18 innings.

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Thanks Danks

Monday, May 6, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: White Sox 2, Royals 1 (11 innnings)

Highlights: Jordan Danks’ long solo homer in the 11th proved to be the game-winner in a very sweet victory…The Sox loaded the bases in the ninth on singles by Jeff Keppinger, Alex Rios and Adam Dunn and with two outs tied the score at 1-1 on an Alexei Ramirez single…After giving up a run in the first inning and throwing 57 pitches through two, Chris Sale settled down and was superb, going 7.1 innings. He gave up just six hits, didn’t allow a walk and struck out five. His pitch count ended up at 119, tying a career high…Matt Lindstrom (0.2), Matt Thornton (1.0), Jesse Crain (1.0) and Addison Reed (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in the final 3.2 innings. Reed got credit for his 11th save.

Surgery for Gavin

Gavin Floyd will undergo season-ending surgery tomorrow in New York City to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle in his elbow. Expected recovery time for the 30-year-old Floyd is approximately 14-19 months. Surgery will be performed by Dr. David Altchek.

Viciedo Update

Dayan, on the DL with a strained oblique, starts his 4 or 5 game rehab stint tonight with Class AAA Charlotte in Columbus, OH.

Family Field Day

White Sox fans have the opportunity to experience U.S. Cellular Field like the pros on Saturday, May 18 at Family Field Day. Our annual event provides fans the chance to play catch on the outfield grass, warm-up in the bullpens and visit the dugouts. Tickets for the event are $30 per adult and $12 per child with all proceeds benefitting White Sox Charities.

Additionally, we will be holding the Garage Sale in the Patio area from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. with free admission. The Garage Sale allows fans to shop for game-worn items including jerseys, game-used equipment, such as bats and gloves, along with other memorabilia. All sales from the Garage Sale benefit White Sox Charities.

Today we had the chance to catch up with long-time White Sox fan and Tinley Park native Shane Mosely. Shane has been attending Family Field Day for the last six years with his wife and son. This year, the couple has a newborn son that will experience U .S. Cellular Field for the first time at Family Field Day.

Upon chatting with Shane, he provided some insight about what drew him to the event and what keeps them coming back.

“Family Field Day is an atmosphere unparalleled by game days or other events” said Shane. “At Family Field Day, you have the opportunity to relax and explore U.S. Cellular Field surrounded by other families that are also passionate Sox fans.”

The event also allows a White Sox fan to experience the field from a player’s perspective, something that even the best seats don’t allow. Shane’s oldest son, now six, loves exploring the field—from the dugouts to the bullpen.

“He pretends to manage the team from the dugout; phone in calls and make base running signs. In the bullpen, he imagines himself warming up as a reliever.”

Family Field Day isn’t only for kids, though. Last year, the Mosley’s brought Shane’s father-in-law who, according to Shane, had more fun than anyone else there.

“He loved playing catch on the grass” said Shane. “He was able to feel like a ballplayer, even at his age”. 

Family Field Day has become a tradition for the Mosley’s and part of that tradition means stopping by the Garage Sale to purchase a game-used bat. Each year, they purchase a cracked bat—Shane noted they’re surprisingly affordable—as a memento of their experience.

“We’ve purchased something each year we’ve attended Family Field Day. It’s a perfect way to remember the event.”

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Play of the Day

Mr. Danks’ extra-inning blast, which proved to be the difference. It was Jordan’s second career home run and second game-winner. Last season, on August 10 against the A’s, he became the second player in franchise history to hit his first major-league homer on a game-ending blast (Dave Gallagher did it in 1988).

Quote of the Day

Jake Peavy on his health status after missing a start due to back problems:

“I think we’re all on point to go on Wednesday night (against the Mets). I’m super excited about that. Can’t thank our training staff, Herm (Schneider) and A.T. (Allen Thomas), enough–please give them the due respect. A few days ago I didn’t feel good at all…For me to feel the way I did and only to miss one start, I can’t thank them enough getting me back out there…Hopefully we can help turn this thing around and start getting in the win column more often.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule 

White Sox vs. Mets at Citi Field, New York (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Hector Santiago (1-1) for the Sox, Matt Harvey (4-0) for the Mets.

Did You Know…

…that nine of the Sox’s last 24 games against the Royals have gone into extra innings (including the last two)?

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Hero of the Day!

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.”
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