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A Good Night For The Good Guys With Rubber Match Tonight

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series with LA winning on Monday and the Sox emerging victorious last night. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 4.66) for the Sox, RHP Josh Beckett (3-2, 2.52) for LA.

In his last start, on May 30 vs. the Padres, Danks threw seven innings allowing just two runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking one. It was his eighth quality start of the season.

Plays of the Day

It was indeed a good night for the Sox last evening. Hector Noesi won his first game since May 6, 2012, giving up just a run, five hits and four walks while striking out six in the 4-1 victory. Jose Abreu hit his second homer in as many nights, another two-run shot, in his successful return from the disabled list. It was his 17th of the season along with his 47 RBI. Tyler Flowers added his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot, and former Dodger Ronald Belisario returned triumphantly to Los Angeles with a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.

The Abreu and Flowers blasts:

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Even Dodger Fans Want Jose’s Autograph

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Speaking of Abreu

Here is a list of major leaguers who recorded the most home runs after their first 46 games–from 1914-2014 (compliments of @ScottLindholm).

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The Wait is Almost Over: Draft Begins Tomorrow

Here are Sox GM Rick Hahn and Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann talking about the Sox and this year’s draft, which gets going tomorrow night.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33361843/white-sox-front-office-on-the-2014-draft/?partnerId=as_cws_20140603_25181866

Brothers

Conor Gillaspie will be keeping an eye on this week’s draft with his brother Casey a good bet to be selected in the first round. Here’s more:

http://atmlb.com/1tC4cSD

Minor League All-Stars

Four players from the Sox’ Class AA Birmingham affiliate have been named to the Southern League’s North Division All-Star team: OF Josh Richmond, C Kevan Smith, OF Trayce Thompson and RHP Cody Winiarski. The game will be played June 17 in Chattanooga.

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura, in his own patented style, commented on Abreu hitting homers in his first two games back from the DL.

“He’s doing all right. I think we’re going to keep him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it will be the White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-2, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (6-4, 3.33)

Photo of the Day

Noesi is a winner.

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Sox, Noesi Go For The Sweep

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) as we look to complete a three-game sweep and go above the .500 mark. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 6.82) for the Sox, RHP T.J. House (0-1, 6.43) for the Tribe. 

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Dunn 1B, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Semien DH, Sierra RF.

Plays of the Day

Only the elements could stop Chris Sale last night as the Sox ace pitched three scoreless, hitless innings with four strikeouts before the long rain delay. When the game resumed, Sale didn’t return but his teammates provided enough support for the Sox to emerge with the 2-1 victory…Scott Carroll (pictured below), who earned his second win of the season and first in relief, came to the rescue of Sale and went three scoreless innings. Jake Petricka added two of his own and Ronald Belisario chalked up his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth…Three hot Sox hitters continued to roll. Gordon Beckham cranked a solo homer, his fourth, and a double, Conor Gillaspie singled, walked twice and drove in a run and Alexei Ramirez had a pair of hits.

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Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters own a 2.28 ERA with 45 strikeouts and a .187 opponents average over the last eight games with six of the starts “quality.The ERA is the lowest in the American League and second-lowest in the majors during that span behind the Cardinals (1.78) and Giants (2.27). Starters have given up three earned runs or less in each of the eight outings and walked two or less seven times….The Sox hitters rank fourth in the AL with 56 home runs. We are 22-9 when hitting at least one homer, 13-3 when recording a multi-homer game and among the homer leaders in the following categories: two outs (T1st, 21), RISP (T1st, 18), seventh inning or later (T2nd, 20) and RISP/two outs (T3rd, 8)…Gillaspie is hitting .355 overall, .425 in the seventh inning or later, .410 this month and .393 with runners on base.

The MVP Case For Alexei

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/27691453-419/alexei-ramirez-has-been-mvp-caliber-in-2014.html#.U4ZCALS9KSN

Sale’s Pitch: It’s All About Sox Fans’ Energy

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33211349/sale-thrives-off-energy-from-south-side-crowd/?partnerId=as_cws_20140528_24843976

A.C.E. Players of the Month

Sox infielder Marcus Semien is shown here before last night’s game honoring the White Sox A.C.E. Program’s April Players of the Month.

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Quotes of the Day

Here’s an excerpt from Scott Merkin‘s mlb.com story on last night’s game, which ended around 1:00 a.m. today.

As questions were being asked of the White Sox ace, Adam Dunn strode toward his locker and couldn’t pass up the chance to take a humorous shot at his teammate making his second start since coming off of a five-week stint on the disabled list for a flexor muscle strain in his left arm.

“Look at this,” said Dunn of Sale’s postgame interview session. “He threw three innings.”

“And he did it yesterday,” added John Danks with a laugh.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in a three-game weekend series and the last leg of the 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (3-6, 3.59) for San Diego.

Photo/Video of the Day

The Beckham blast and “bubble gum” home run trot. Gordon also extended his hitting streak to eight games and is hitting .394 over that period.

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Rienzo Looks to be “Andre the Giant” in Matchup With Tanaka

Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Having won the first two games and lost yesterday’s extra-inning affair, the Sox need a win to take the series from the Bronx Bombers and also are looking to clinch their third straight home series win. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-0, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-1, 2.39) for New York.

Rienzo earned the win in his last start at Kansas City, giving up just two runs on five hits over six innings pitched. He walked a pair and struck out a career-high eight. The White Sox are 6-0 in 2014 in Rienzo’s starts. The Sox streak of six team wins behind Andre is tied for the longest such streak in baseball this season.

 

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

 

Plays of the Day

John Danks was masterful in yesterday’s heartbreaking defeat. In eight innings of work, he didn’t allow a run, gave up only three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four…Dayan ViciedoAdam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez drove in the Sox runs and Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham collected three hits apiece. With his performance yesterday and three hits Friday night, Adam raised his BA to .292. Gordon is right behind him at .291.

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More Eaton and Beckham

Eaton is 8-14 (.571) in the Yankee series and 11-32 (.344) in the six games since returning from the disabled list. Beckham is hitting .417 over his six-game hitting streak and is batting .390 in his last 10 games and .350 in his last 19. He’s hitting .482 against left-handed pitchers.

 

For Starters

White Sox starters own a 2.18 ERA with 29 strikeouts and a .177 average in the last six games.

 

Sox Note of Note

RHP Frank Francisco has declined an outright assignment to Class AAA Charlotte and declared for free agency…C Hector Gimenez, who was playing in Charlotte, has been traded to the Blue Jays.

 

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura talks about Tyler Flowers improvement this season. The Sox catcher is batting .312 with an on-base percentage of .371.

“Flow has been a big part of us being where we’re at. He’s taking the ball the other way, he’s balanced, strikeouts are down. He’s hit a couple of big homers for us. He’s had a nice little stretch here while playing a very demanding position. He’s in a nice spot.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in a Memorial Day matinee. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (3-2, 2.91) for the Tribe.

 

Photo of the Day

Eaton and Beckham: Energy and production at the top of the Sox lineup:

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A Dunner Stunner

Saturday, May 24, 2014

 

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 5.64) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (1-1, 5.82) for New York. Danks is limiting opponents to a .220 average at home.

And don’t forget, it’s Chris Sale Bobblehead Day.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Viciedo RF, Dunn 1B, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Semien 3B, Nieto C, L. Garcia LF.

 

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn‘s ninth-inning, two-run walk-off homer last night gave the White Sox a dramatic 6-5 win over the Yankees…Alexei Ramirez had another outstanding game, going 3-4 highlighted a two-run homer, his seventh…Adam Eaton added three singles for his 11th multi-hit game and his second consecutive since returning from the DL…starter Hector Noesi had a quality start, allowing three runs and four hits in six innings…Daniel Webb went 1.1 IP and improved his record to 4-0.

Here’s Adam’s 448th career homer, which is just one behind Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guererro for 36th place on the all-time list. It also was his eighth of the season and the 10th walk-off homer of his career.

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Sox Notes of Note

Reaching the .500 mark at 25-25, the White Sox recorded their 15th comeback win of the season last night, the third of the walk-off variety, and won for the third time when trailing after eight innings…the victory, the second over New York in as many days, was the Sox’ eighth straight triumph at home over the Bronx Bombers…we are 14-8 this year vs. teams at or above .500 and lead MLB this season with three game-ending home runs.

 

See You in the Ninth

The Sox lead the major leagues with 40 runs scored in the ninth inning–the Indians are a distant second with 25…we rank among the majors’ ninth-inning leaders in home runs (T1st, 6), hits (2nd, 47), slugging percentage (2nd, .479), on-base percentage (2nd, .374 and average (2nd, .288).

 

The Ultimate Sox Fan

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/article_5e1a3183-5c55-5259-8ee2-f333f4074427.html

 

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Jose

Jose Abreu met with the media before last night’s game. He will be in a walking boot for a couple more days and is hoping to begin baseball activities on Monday.

 

Quote of the Day

Here’s part of what Abreu told the media, through an interpreter:

“We have a saying in Spanish, it’s hard to see the bulls from far away. You want to be down there with them. It’s very difficult but we’re dealing with it the best we can. We’re just trying to do everything we can to get back to the field as soon as possible…I wish my team could win every time I’m not there. It is a difficult time.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-0, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-1, 2.39) for New York.

 

Photo of the Day

Alexei continues to deliver.

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White Sox Hoping to Get Hot in Cleveland

Friday, May 2, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-1, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (0-3, 6.04) for the Tribe. Danks owns a 2.70 ERA and a .229 opponents average over two road starts this season.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Semien 3B, Nieto C.

Happy Early Returns

Through April, the White Sox lead the American League in runs scored (154) and rank among the league leaders in runs per game (2nd, 5.31), average (2nd, .269), slugging percentage (2nd, .431), OPS (2nd, .764), home runs (3rd, 32) and doubles (3rd, 58)…the Sox have scored six-plus runs 12 times with 13 10-plus hit efforts, both tied for the second-most in the major leagues…the Sox lead MLB with 66 runs scored after the seventh inning…we are second in the American League with a .286 average with runners in scoring position, including a .308 mark over the last 10 games. Alexei Ramirez (4th, .438), Jose Abreu (T13th, .375) and Conor Gillaspie (15th, .368) all rank among the AL Top 20 in this category…Ramirez (.351) and Dayan Viciedo (.348) rank first and second among AL hitters in batting average…Ramirez ranks among the American League pacesetters in batting average with two strikes (1st, .378), two outs (2nd, .406) and RISP with two outs (8th, .455)…Jeff Keppinger is scheduled to start an injury rehab assignment tonight with Class AA Birmingham vs. Mobile. He has been on the DL recovering from right shoulder surgery…Felipe Paulino is scheduled to make his first rehab start tomorrow with Class AAA Charlotte at Buffalo. He’s been on the DL since April 19 with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Bleacher Report Weighs in on Abreu’s Great Start

According to Bleacher Report, here are the 10 best player debuts in April since 1947, the year MLB created the Rookie of the Year award. Jackie Robinson won that first year and now the award is named after him.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2046286-where-jose-abreus-debut-month-ranks-among-mlbs-best-ever

Adam Eaton’s “Center Field” Highlights

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More Eaton: With McNeil and Spiegel on 670 The Score

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Quote of the Day

It’s interesting to note that Minnie Minoso–the White Sox’ most prominent Cuban-born player and arguably the most popular figure in the history of the franchise–broke the Sox’ color barrier 63 years ago yesterday (May 1, 1951), becoming the team’s first black player. In his first plate appearance with the Sox Minnie hit a home run off of Vic Raschi of the Yankees.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (505 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-0, 1.23) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (0-1, 4.84) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

The #Soxarazzi winner is…

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Sox Turn It On In Texas Finale, Tigers Up Next

Monday, April 21, 2014

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Today’s News

The Danks Brothers

John pitches tonight against the Tigers in Detroit and Jordan is leading off and playing center field after homering yesterday in the Sox’ 16-2 victory over Texas.  

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Danks (1-0, 3.32) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 3.21) for the Tigers. John will be making his fourth start of the season. He received a no decision in his last start on April 16 vs. the Red Sox, making his third consecutive quality start. He allowed one run, three hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out three.

Sox Starting Lineup: Jor. Danks CF, Semien 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

The Sox pounded out 18 hits and scored seven runs in the ninth yesterday in the win over Texas. Jordan Danks (1st) and Jose Abreu (5th) each hit two-run homers, Abreu added two doubles and three RBI, Dayan Viciedo walloped a solo shot (1st), a two-base hit and a run-scoring single while Marcus Semien cranked a bases-clearing triple, had three singles and drove in four…and there was more–Tyler Flowers collected three singles and scored twice to up his batting average to .389, Alejandro De Aza knocked out a two-run single and Conor Gillaspie had a two-run double and a sac fly…Erik Johnson went five innings, giving up only one hit, while walking five along with a pair of strikeouts for his first win.

Enjoy some of the video highlights:

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What a Difference a Year Makes

The White Sox have scored 106 runs. That’s the most in the American League and tied with the Rockies for the most in the major leagues. Their 5.58 runs per game is an MLB best.

Sox Marketing Guru Boyer Profiled in Trib

http://ow.ly/vZ97C

Has it Been 25 Years Already?

On this date in 1989 the baseball classic Field of Dreams was released.

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#Soxarazzi Contest

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Quote of the Day

Texas manager Ron Washington commenting after yesterday’s game on the Sox’ blowout win: 

“Today was the White Sox day. They hit balls, they hit bags, they found holes. I think you’ve got to give them credit for putting the ball in play and making things happen.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 2.30) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (2-1, 2.08) for Detroit in a battle of aces.

Photo of the Day

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Abreu Homers Lift Sox, Sale Goes for Third Win Tonight

Friday, April 11, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-0, 1.76) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-1, 6.35) for Cleveland. Chris will make his third start of the season, his second at home. In his last start, against the Royals, Sale allowed just four singles and struck out six over eight scoreless innings. He is 17-10 with a 2.71 ERA over 31 career starts at USCF.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu hit two homers and drove in three and Alexei Ramirez also went deep with three ribbies in the Sox’ 7-3 victory last night…Adam Eaton went 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI…John Danks got credit for the win, his first of the season, going six innings and allowing three runs with two walks and four strikeouts…Daniel Webb made his first scoreless appearance with two perfect innings and now leads all Sox relievers with 6.1 IP.

Enjoy Abreu’s two long ones, Ramirez’s tie-breaking double and Eaton’s RBI single:

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How About This?

Entering tonight’s game, the White Sox lead the major leagues in runs per game (6.10) and home runs (15) and rank second in average (.287), OPS (.820), slugging (.472) and on-base percentage (.348). Our six homers and 15 runs against the Rockies on Tuesday are both single-game highs in the majors this season.

Sox Notes of Note

The Sox broke a 14-game losing streak against the Indians with last night’s victory…Sox lefty starters have made quality starts in all six of their starts this season…John Danks earned his first career home win against Cleveland…Abreu hit his first career homer at U.S. Cellular Field and his second multi-homer game of the young season. He has four homers in his past three games and is the first Sox player to have two multi-homer games within his first 10 career games. The last major leaguer to do it was the Royals’ Mark Quinn in 1999. Jose has also driven in 14 runs in his first 10 games of the season, the most for the Sox since Ron Kittle in 1983 (14)…Ramirez hit homer No. 2 and recorded his ninth RBI after his two-run double in the fourth inning. His current hitting streak is at 10, collecting a hit in every game this year…Eaton had his third consecutive multi-hit game. He’s hitting .500 (6-12) over that span and .310 this season…Happy Birthday to Alejandro De Aza. The Sox outfielder is 30 today…the Sox have acquired outfielder Gorkys Hernandez from the Royals for cash considerations and assigned him to Class AAA Charlotte. Hernandez is 26 and has played 70 games in the major leagues for the Pirates and Marlins…Below, Abreu shows his support for friend and teammate Avi Garcia, who is unfortunately out for the season with an injured left shoulder.

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Thome and “Opening Knight”

I’m in Charlotte today with Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Jim Thome, who has the honor of throwing out the first pitch before tonight’s home opener between the Knights and the Norfolk Tides as our Class AAA affiliate opens up brand new BB&T ballpark in the city’s uptown. As I posted on Tuesday, Jim, who is now a special assistant to Rick Hahn, played in Charlotte in 1993 when it was an Indians affiliate, hit a league-best .332 with 25 home runs and 102 RBI on his way to winning the International League Most Valuable Player award. He helped the Knights win a franchise-record 86 games that year and win the first Governor’s Cup championship in team history. Here’s something that very few of us will ever experience–stepping on an elevator and discovering a life-sized photo of ourself. Maybe it doesn’t happen to most people, but it did happen to Jim today upon our arrival in Charlotte. And what did he do? He autographed the photo.

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Getting in Shape

Sox reliever Donnie Veal gets the students at Langford Community Academy moving today. Veal, Sox Director of Conditioning Allen Thomas and Southpaw were there to talk about the importance of nutrition and being active.

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The Big Hurt on “Jimmy Kimmel”…and a Tribute to the Hall of Famer at the Ballpark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzUCrjN8X6I

 

Quotes of the Day

From John Danks…

On last night’s win and the ’14 White Sox:

“Those guys did a great job. I put us in an early hole. They have no quit. This is a fun team to be on. The guys are gonna play until the last out. We saw that today. They didn’t hang their heads. They went to work.”

Relating a conversation he had with Sale about Abreu:

“We want to go thank Rick (Hahn) right now for signing him. He’s fun to watch, and it’s scary but he’s only going to get better.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CDT, WGN). Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 6.52) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.22) for Cleveland.

Photo of the Day

A lot of baseball people are taking notice of No. 79:  

And click on this link–it’s the stuff of legends and shades of Roy Hobbs in The Natural.

http://msn.foxsports.com/ohio/story/photo-jose-abreu-literally-destroyed-a-baseball-041114?cmpid=tsm:fscom:foxsports

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Sale, Sox Look for Sunday Success

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 3.68) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (0-0, 4.26) for K.C. Sale pitched 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts for the win on Opening Day.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo LF, Gillaspie 3B, A. Garcia RF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie collected two hits and an RBI, Adam Eaton singled and drove in a run and another run scored on a Paul Konerko sac fly as the Sox comeback fell just short in yesterday’s 4-3 loss to the Royals…Usually a slow starter, Alexei Ramirez‘s two hits elevated his season batting average to .444…John Danks, in his first start of the season, went seven solid innings, allowing three runs, five hits and four walks while striking out six. He wound up at 115 pitches…Adrian Nieto was impressive behind the plate as he threw out Jarrod Dyson at second in the eighth inning despite the Royal speedster’s big jump off of first.

Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers has been on base eight straight times–with seven consecutive hits and in his last at-bat reached base on an error…Konerko needs four total bases to tie Frank Thomas for the franchise record of 3,949…All five of the White Sox games this season have been decided by two runs or less…Twenty of the last 27 games between the Sox and Royals, dating back to 2012, also have been decided by two runs or less…Class AA Birmingham 2B Micah Johnson went 2-4 with a walk, stolen base and two runs scored in last night’s game vs. Montgomery. Johnson, the Sox’ No. 6 prospect as ranked by Baseball America, led the minor leagues with 84 stolen bases in 2013.

Quote of the Day

Danks, remaining positive despite yesterday’s Sox loss:

“It’s going to be a fun summer. We are going to play hard, and this team has a lot of fight. The ball is going to bounce our way.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in Denver (7:40 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (0-0, 1.69) for the Sox, RHP Jordan Lyles (1-0, 7.20) for Colorado.

Photo of the Day

The Sox, with four Cuban-born starters in yesterday’s game (Nieto, Ramirez, Jose Abreu and Dayan Viciedo), became the first team to start that many Cuban natives in the same lineup since Cleveland did it on April 8, 1969 (Opening Day) at Detroit. The Indians started CF Jose Cardenal, C Joe Azcue, SS Zoilo Versalles and RHP Luis Tiant. Here are the Cuban-born Sox posing together before today’s game.

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After a Superb Spring, John Danks Makes his First 2014 Start

Saturday, April 5, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen for K.C.  Danks sports a 6-0 lifetime record with a 2.47 ERA in 13 starts against the Royals. He is 4-0 with a 1.65 ERA in eight starts at Kauffman Stadium.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo, RF, Gillaspie 3B, Konerko DH, De Aza LF, Ramirez SS, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

After going 4-4 on Thursday, Tyler Flowers singled twice and doubled yesterday–extending his consecutive hit streak to seven in the Sox’s 7-5 loss to the Royals. The streak ended in the eighth inning when he reached on an error, making it eight straight times he’s been on base. He’s now hitting an impressive .571. ..Magglio Ordonez (2001) is the Sox last player to reach seven hits in a row and no catcher in franchise history had ever done it before. For the record, the White Sox consecutive hit record is 10, shared by Frank Thomas (1997), Rip Radcliff (1938) and Harry McCurdy (1926)…Adam Eaton collected a pair of singles yesterday and drove in two…Jose Abreu and Conor Gillaspie each had sac fly RBIs and Avi Garcia drove in a run on an infield groundout.

Sox Notes of Note

Paul Konerko is making his first start of the young season, Adrian Nieto will be in a major-league starting lineup for the first time in his career and Dayan Viciedo will be starting for the first time in 2014…if you’re on the fence in terms of your rooting interest in the Final Four, you might want to go with Wisconsin. Badgers’ star Frank Kaminsky is a Sox fan through and through. And while I’m at it, best of luck to two huge Badger fans, Sox Senior Executive Vice President Howard Pizer and Director of Media Relations Bob Beghtol. On Wisconsin!…there’s no question that our players simply love these fleece blankets that will be given out to the first 20,000 fans on Saturday, April 12, before the afternoon game with the Indians.

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Quotes of the Day

Robin on the “fight” in this year’s team through the first four games. For instance, yesterday, when the Sox got down 3-1 and 7-2 and kept on battling:

“You have an offense that feels like they can come back. You are one hit away or that one inning way. Guys are still getting on base and they are still battling. You like that kind of effort.’’

Twins’ manager Ron Gardenhire commenting on Abreu, after watching the new Sox first baseman in the season-opening series:

“I’m glad I won’t see him for a while. The kid can really hit. We knew that coming in. We heard he was a really strong young man, and that’s why we were pitching around him. No disrespect to Mr. Dunn. The way the guy’s getting the barrel to the ball, you just try to limit the damage when he comes up in a lot of situations because he seems like he’s on. He hits pretty much everything. Even when he makes an out, he seems like he gets the barrel to it. He’s a strong young man. Looks like he really knows what he’s doing hitting.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 3.68) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (0-0, 4.26) for K.C. Sale pitched 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts for the win on Opening Day.

Photo of the Day

There’s hot and then there’s HOT. Tyler has been HOT.

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On to Chicago (With a Brief Stop in Birmingham)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Today’s News

The Game

At Mesa…in the Cactus League finale.

White Sox     3  8  0

Cubs             4  8  0

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn and Alejandro De Aza hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning (click on link below for video of Dunn’s homer, his first of the spring)…Adam Eaton went 2-3 and finished Cactus League play with an outstanding .368 batting average. He also made a terrific diving catch in the fourth inning…Marcus Semien singled in a run in the eighth…Donnie VealDaniel Webb and Nate Jones each pitched a scoreless inning.

http://atmlb.com/1m8TX67

Sox Note of Note

For those of you who don’t recognize No. 4 in the above photo, that’s Hall of Fame shortstop Luke Appling, who played his entire 20-year career on the South Side from 1930-1950. He was a lifetime .310 hitter, who won two batting titles, was a seven-time All-Star and is one of nine Sox to have his number retired.

The 2014 White Sox Racers

From left to right: Darrin “DJ” JacksonEd “Farmio” FarmerSteve “Stoney” StoneKen “Hawk” Harrelson.

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The White Sox’ 12-Scoop Banana Split Sundae

Here is one of many local and national stories about the three-pound ice cream treat that is becoming a cause celebre:

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/10676917/chicago-white-sox-offer-3-pound-sundae-helmet

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Quotes of the Day

John Danks on completing a successful spring with his victory over the Reds yesterday:

“Its been a lot better spring than the last couple of years. I’m feeling good where I’m at. Feeling good, ready to get the season started. I’ve told Coop I’m feeling strong enough and healthy enough to go out and throw 120 (pitches) and be a guy who has a chance to save the bullpen.”

Danks on Rule 5 selection Adrian Nieto making the Opening Day roster as the backup catcher.

“He’s a great kid, works hard and deserves it, really. He has caught me a lot this spring, and he does a great job.”

More Danks

John Danks has joined the new “Advisory Board” of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, which is made up exclusively of active players from throughout Major League Baseball. The Hooton Foundation is widely acknowledged as the leader in the advocacy against appearance and performance enhancing drug use by the youth of America.

Danks joins eight other charter members of the “Advisory Board,” which also includes Jay Bruce (Cincinnati Reds), David DeJesus (Tampa Bay Rays), Dillon Gee (New York Mets), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Mark Melancon (Pittsburgh Pirates),  Max Scherzer (Detroit Tigers), C.J. Wilson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Brad Ziegler (Arizona Diamondbacks).

As members of the “Advisory Board,” the players will participate in the THF’s educational activities in their local communities, record radio public-service announcements and provide their input on the most-effective ways to educate North America’s young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. the Class AA Birmingham Barons at Birmingham’s sold-out Regions Field (6:00 p.m, CT). Sox starting pitching schedule: LHP Veal, LHP Scott Downs, RHP Matt Lindstrom, RHP Maikel Cleto, LHP David Purcey, RHP Zach Putnam.

Photo of the Day

Here’s newly-elected Hall of Famer Frank Thomas on the Fox Sports 1 set with former major leaguer Gabe Kapler and Charissa Thompson. The Big Hurt will serve as an analyst for the network this season.

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