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Sox Unleash “Swing and Miss” Chris vs. Mariners and King Felix

Friday, August 21, 2015


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-7, 3.32) for the Sox, RHP Felix Hernandez (14-7, 3.65) for the M’s.

Sale will be making his 24th start of the season, 12th on the road and first vs. Seattle. He is 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA and 40 strikeouts in six career games (four starts) vs the Mariners with two complete games.

Chris is 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA over his last two starts. He struck out 15 batters last Sunday vs. the Cubs for the second time in his career, joining Hall-of-Famer Ed Walsh (twice) as the only Sox hurlers and Jake Peavy and Max Scherzer as the only active pitchers to accomplish the feat.

Sale is on pace to record a franchise-record 286 strikeouts, which would be the most in the major leagues since 2002 when Arizona’s Randy Johnson (334) and Curt Schilling (316) both eclipsed 300. Chris’ average of 11.90 strikeouts per nine innings would be the highest in club history.

The Sox’ four-time All-Star, who leads the American League and ranks second in the major leagues with 208 strikeouts, has joined Walsh (1910-12) as the only pitchers in White Sox history to fan 200-plus in three consecutive seasons. And he is attempting to join Walsh (1908, 1911) as the only Sox pitchers to lead the majors in strikeouts.

Sale recorded 10-plus strikeouts in eight straight starts from May 23-June 30, tying Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez for the longest streak in baseball history.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Sale became the fifth left-hander in big-league history to record at least five strikeouts with one or no hits allowed, joining Johnson (four), Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester and Warren Spahn (one each).

In his career, Sale has struck out 10 or more batters 28 times in 108 starts (25.9 percent) and 12 or more 17 times, both franchise records. His 17 games with 12-plus strikeouts all have come since 2012, nine more than any other pitcher during that span.


Last Night’s Highlights

Jose Abreu‘s two-run double capped a five-run fifth inning, Adam LaRoche belted a two-run homer and Jose Quintana delivered another quality start as the White Sox left Anaheim on a high note with an 8-2 victory over the Angels…Abreu, who drove in three runs on the night, has 26 RBI in his last 28 games…LaRoche’s home run was his 11th of the season and and he added a single to go 2-4…Q tossed six innings, allowing just two runs for his seventh win, and Nate Jones, Jake Petricka and Dan Jennings each pitched a scoreless, hitless inning of relief…Adam Eaton and Tyler Saladino each had two-hit games with an RBI and Carlos Sanchez singled in a run in the big fifth…Geovany Soto collected a single and a double.

Enjoy the Sox’ five-run fifth, LaRoche’s homer and Q’s strong performance:

Shark Bite

Jeff Samardzija righted his own personal ship on Wednesday night despite the Sox’ 1-0 loss to the Angels. Shark allowed just one run in seven innings of work and recorded seven strikeouts. What was the difference from his previous couple of outings? Jeff explains via Scott Merkin of

“I had my splitter (on Wednesday night) which has been the biggest issue for me in the past. The last two games, it has been there for me…For me, it’s about calming down and working my way through situations instead of pressing and trying to do too much. It usually means your front side flies open and the ball stays over the plate. I thought that was the biggest difference. I stayed under control and kept pitches down in the zone. I feel like my stuff has been exactly the same.”


Quotes of the Day

Get to know the White Sox’ 2015 No. 1 draft pick Carson Fulmer (pictured above with Hall-of-Famer Jim Palmer), who is now pitching for the Class A Winston-Salem Dash. Carson participated in a Q&A yesterday with Dash fans on Twitter. Here are some of his answers:

Q: Do you prefer striking out a batter looking or swinging?

A: “Looking. You threw something that he wasn’t looking for, which is the ultimate feeling.”

Q: What emotions ran through your mind when you were assigned to pitch in your first professional game with the White Sox?

A: “I’ve been waiting my whole life to play professional baseball. I’m just glad to have the opportunity.”

Q: What is your favorite baseball memory?

A: “Being part of Vanderbilt’s first national championship.”

Q: What was your favorite team growing up?

A:  “I really didn’t have one. I just loved baseball. My favorite player was Nolan Ryan.”

Q: If you were a pancake in a stack of pancakes which would you be and why?

A: “The very bottom one because, regardless of what happens, I will be the most supportive pancake in the stack.”

Q: Do you enjoy playing with the Dash? What has the experience been like?

A: “Of course. They emphasize “team” here, which is a big part of what I stand for.”

Q: What’s the biggest difference in the atmospheres of college ball and minor league ball?

A: “Getting mentally and physically prepared. Instead of four games a week, it’s seven. But I’m enjoying every second of it.”


A Very Special “Throwback Thursday”

The White Sox will honor a special era in team history by wearing the collared, blue and white V-neck jerseys first worn during the 1976 season when the team takes on the Mariners at 7:10 p.m. CT on Thursday, August 27 at U.S. Cellular Field. (original uniform specs above courtesy of @toddradom).

The ’76 Sox introduced one of baseball’s most innovative team looks–pull-over jerseys worn pajama style outside the trousers with accompanying navy shorts. It was the first and only time a baseball team has worn shorts in a major-league game. While the team will not sport the shorts on “Throwback Thursday,” they will wear the collared jerseys untucked with pants.

The Sox wore the jerseys from 1976-81, including three games with shorts. Among those who wore the collared jerseys in 1976 included Hall-of-Famer Goose Gossage and All-Stars Chet Lemon and Carlos May. Others who wore the uniform in later years were Hall-of-Famer Carlton Fisk, Sox great Harold Baines and current radio broadcasters Steve Stone and Ed Farmer.

Baines: “It was the most comfortable–not the prettiest–uniform I ever wore. No belt, length of pants didn’t matter; you just had to put on your socks to be ready. I’m just glad I didn’t have to wear the shorts.”

Stone: “These particular jerseys represent one of the most exciting years that the White Sox have had, which was the very offensive minded “South Side Hitmen of 1977. The jerseys bring back memories of many runs scored.”

Farmer: “This uniform was the ugliest I have worn, but it also was the most comfortable I have ever worn.”

In addition to the throwback uniforms, fans will see retro elements throughout the ballpark, including signage, video highlights and photos from the era the uniforms were worn. Fans can share their favorite moments by using the hashtag #SoxTBT.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Mariners at Safeco Field (9:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-5, 4.42) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.67) for Seattle.

Photos of the Day

Even Mr. White Sox Minnie Minoso suited up in the “Throwback Thursday” uniform as a coach from 1976-78 and 1980 and as a DH for a total of 10 at bats in ’76 and ’80. For the record, Minnie collected a single in 1976 off of Angels pitcher Sid Monge in this uniform. He was in his early 50s.



All Josh-ing Aside, Sox Get “Extra” Satisfaction in Toronto Finale

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Today’s News

Chris Squared (Sale and Beck) Face O’s in Twin Bill

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore today in a makeup doubleheader from the April 27 and 28 postponements due to the civil unrest in the city.

Game 1 (12:05 p.m. CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-2, 4.21) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0, 4.50) for the O’s.

Game 2 (30 minutes after the first game, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Chris Beck, who will be making his big-league debut, for the Sox vs. RHP Mike Wright (1-0, 0.00) for the Orioles.



Yesterday’s Highlights

Josh Donaldson, the White Sox’ latest nemesis, did his best yesterday to ruin the finale of the first series in our 11-game Sox road trip. After hitting the walk-off, three-run homer Tuesday night, he tied the game yesterday, 3-3, in the bottom of the ninth. But it wasn’t enough as we showed our resiliency in the top of the 10th. Jose Abreu tripled, his second of the season, and came home on an Adam LaRoche single (click on top link below). Gordon Beckham added some insurance by doubling in Emilio Bonifacio, who came in to run for LaRoche, and the Sox held on to win, 5-3…Abreu, who went 3-5 on the day, doubled in a pair of runs in the third as his pop to right field got lost in the sun…J.B. Shuck had two hits and an RBI, Adam Eaton collected a pair of base hits…For the second straight day, the Sox pounded out 14 hits…Jeff Samardzija was outstanding in his seven innings of work, giving up one unearned run, eight scattered hits and a walk along with striking out five (click on bottom link below)…David Robertson recorded his fourth win, pitching both the ninth and the 10th.

Quote of the Day

After a rough stretch, including Tuesday night’s delating walk-off, what could sound better than this:

Swirsky Challenge: Subbing for an Icon

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game seres. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 4.03) for the Sox, RHP Lance McCullers (1-0, 2.53) for the ‘Stros.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 46 on May 24 in Anaheim vs. the Angels, Tadahito Iguchi doubled in the eventual game-winner in the top of the 11th inning for the 2-1 victory. Carl Everett gave the Sox an early lead with a solo homer, his sixth of the season, in the second inning. Mark Buehrle pitched nine strong innings, allowing just the one run on four hits and Damaso Marte tossed two perfect frames to earn his third win. The first-place Sox moved to 32-14 on the year.

Photo/Video of the Day

Abreu triples, Eaton comes to his aid.

Sale Looks to Stymie Brewers and Even Series

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Brewers at Miller Park, Milwaukee (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the second game of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues in Oakland for three this weekend. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-1, 5.93) for the Sox, RHP Mike Fiers (1-4, 5.46) for the Brew Crew.

Last Night’s Highlights

An impressive comeback enabled the White Sox to tie the game at 7-7 in the eighth innng after being down 6-0 early. But the Brewers came right back with three in the ninth and handed the Sox a heartbreaking 10-7 loss…Adam Eaton went 4-5 with two RBI and reached base a fifth time on an error…Geovany Soto belted a two-run homer (click on link below) and a single, Jose Abreu collected three singles and two RBI and pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche drove in another…Zach Putnam pitched a perfect seventh with two strikeouts in relief of Jeff Samardzija, who got a no-decision.


Quote of the Day

Eaton on the good-natured ribbing he’s been getting for his comment about being the straw that stirs the drink.

“That’s the showing of a good team. I was fortunate to be on a couple of championship clubs in the minor leagues and that’s what you have in the clubhouse, just fun going and guys giving each other a hard time, t-shirts that make no sense and pictures of guys when they were in their teens. It’s fun loving…a club that can laugh together usually will win.”

Jose, Alexei Thinking About Home

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Brewers at Miller Park (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 5.03) for the Sox, RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-3, 4.25) for Milwaukee.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 30 on May 7 in Toronto, the White Sox won their seventh straight, smashing five homers in a 10-7 victory over the Blue Jays. Paul Konerko connected for two long ones–a two-run shot and a three-run blast–Juan Uribe and Tadahito Iguchi belted two-run homers and Aaron Rowand added a solo shot. Jon Garland improved his record to 6-0 and the first-place Sox moved to 23-7 on the season.

Photo of the Day

Here’s Abreu taking BP prior to a three-hit, two RBI night in his first game at Miller Park.


This Could Be the Start of Something Big

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Today’s News

The Gang’s All Here

Today was the first official day of full-squad workouts as all White Sox position players joined pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. A sight for sore eyes: live batting practice–Sox hitters vs. Sox pitchers.


Sale and Samardzija: Friendly Competitors

A bond is building between these two All-Star pitchers, who are on the same side for the first time.

The Vince Coleman Factor


Welcome Emilio!

The versatile Emilio Bonifacio (pictured above) is expected to add a great deal of flexibility to the White Sox this season. Click on the link below to hear his thoughts about playing for the Sox. And he sure looks happy to be on the South Side (via CST_soxvan).

Emilio Bonifacio

Pitching Schedule

Where the Sox pitchers will be during the next few days:


More Promo Dates for the 2005 Celebration

Quotes of the Day

Here’s what the Chicago media is tweeting from the first day of full-squad workouts. If you don’t follow these reporters, it would definitely be worth your while to do so.

@ESPNChiSox: Bonifacio was asked if he likes Jose Abreu and all his production: “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” #quoteofthespring

@scottmerkin: From @Micah_Johnson3: “You have to be confident but not arrogant. If you become arrogant, that’s when you lose your edge to work hard.”

@scottmerkin: Micah on Vince Coleman: “He’s already made some adjustments on my running game. I’m open ears to him.”

@ChiTribKane: White Sox 2B Micah Johnson is fluent in Spanish, has been studying it since elementary school. Surely helps with clubhouse communication.

@ESPNChiSox: Eaton said working with Vince Coleman is intense. Wanted to get out there immediately vs. a pitcher to try some base-stealing advice.

@ChuckGarfien: Adam Eaton on Adam LaRoche: “I’ve heard great things. He’s got a great beard. I think we’ll have a good set of beards this season.”

@CST_soxvan: Adam Eaton has Konerko card on locker, talks about leadership void. ‘Nobody can replace Paul’  

@ChuckGarfien: Gillaspie bulked up, quit chewing tobacco and wants to make sure he’s still got his strength at the end of the season.

Photo of the Day

ESPN is at CR-G today. Here is the network’s Jay Crawford (left) with Jose Abreu.


Abreu on Abreu

Monday, February 23, 2015 blog post


Today’s News

First Take

Entering his second big-league season after an historic rookie year, Jose Abreu met with the media today for the first time this spring. Here are some of the highlights via an interpreter:

* “I cannot say that I will put up the same numbers or better. I just can say that I will try to do the best of me every day and help the team win games. If the numbers are the same as last year, it’s good for me. But my main focus right now is to try to be the best player possible and help the team.” 

* “My goal every day is to try to be better in the position and try to be closer to the perfection. I know perfection is not possible, but I always work for that, to be as close to perfection as could be.”

* “I learned how to handle the long season that is the major league season. I’m working on it right now. I’m trying to be in the best shape possible for the season, but not just for the beginning, for the whole season long…I came (here) more fresh. I know that I have to save my bullets or save my energy for the long season and not just throw it out in the first weeks.”

Jose also expressed how happy he is to have Adam LaRoche as a teammate, having heard he is an outstanding player and good person.

Around the Horn

Watch and listen to Adam Eaton, John Danks, Chris SaleDavid Robertson and Don Cooper on high expectations, new faces in camp and top prospect Carlos Rodon.

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper


John Legend and the rapper Common, a native South Sider, both have spent time at U.S. Cellular Field. Last night they were awarded an Oscar for the song “Glory” from the movie Selma. Congratulations!



Sox Note of Note

Because of the club’s bench flexibility, Robin has indicated that it’s possible that the Sox will start the season with eight relievers.

Quote of the Day

Food for thought from Jeff Samardzija:

“Listen, I can get (hitters) out without even throwing a pitch.”

Photo of the Day

Fan-friendly Sox.


Pitchers and Catchers Eve

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Today’s News

Early Birds

While tomorrow is the official arrival date for Sox pitchers and catchers and Tuesday is the report date for the full squad, as many as 25 major and minor league players have already arrived for spring training at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.

Those on hand include Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Jeff Samardzija, Tyler Flowers, Avi Garcia, Carlos Sanchez, Micah Johnson, Carlos Rodon and Hector Noesi.


GM Hahn on Twitter

White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn has been answering fans’ questions on Twitter, with subjects ranging from the extraordinary offseason to expectations for 2015.  Enjoy!

Thursday GIFs: That _ _ _ _ _

We’re having some fun featuring our favorite gif moments each week. If you’ve got something you’d like to see featured, tweet to us (@whitesox) using #ThatSoxMoment.

Quote of the Day

Avi Garcia, via CSN’s Chuck Garfien, talked about looking ahead after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury.

“It’s a lesson. You have to think of the future, not in the past. The past is the past. Now is the future. Now we have a new year. We’ve got the opportunity to have another day, to have another month, to have another year. You have to work hard. That’s it.”

Photos of the Day

Jose and Avi in the cage and all’s ready in the clubhouse.



Cy Sale?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-3, 1.99) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (12-9, 3.25) for KC. Sale earned the win in his last start on September 11 against the A’s, allowing just two hits over eight innings while striking out nine and walking only a pair.

With less than two weeks remaining in the season, there’s been a great deal of buzz about Sale’s American League Cy Young Award candidacy–and rightly so. Chris leads the AL in ERA, opponents average (.198) and SO/9.0 IP (10.60), is tied for the league lead in WHIP (0.92) and is sixth in strikeouts (192).

Sale is attempting to become the first Sox pitcher to lead the league in ERA since Joel Horlen in 1967 (2.08). His 1.99 mark would be the lowest by a Sox pitcher since Wilbur Wood (1.91) in 1971. Sale’s .198 opponent batting average would be third-best in Sox history behind Hall of Famer Ed Walsh (.187 in 1910) and Horlen (.190 in 1964).

And click on link below to watch Chris with Chris Rose and Kevin Millar on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk. It’s a lot of fun.

Plays of the Day

With the White Sox trailing 5-4 heading into the seventh inning last night in KC, Conor Gillaspie tripled with the bases loaded to give the Sox a 7-5 lead that they never relinquished (click on top link below)…after knocking out three hits on Monday night, Adam Eaton pounded out four more in the Sox victory. He tripled, doubled, singled twice, scored two runs and raised his batting average to .303, which ranks eighth among AL hitters (click on bottom link below)…Jose Abreu (his 103rd), Alexei Ramirez, Josh Phegley and Carlos Sanchez each added an RBI. Eric Surkamp got credit for his second win with an inning of scoreless relief and Zach Putnam chalked up his fifth save by tossing a 1-2-3 ninth.



Konerko is White Sox Clemente Nominee

Paulie has been named the White Sox nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, recognizing the MLB player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. Konerko will be honored at the ballpark on September 26.

Each of the 30 clubs nominates one team member in an effort to pay tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The winner will be selected by a panel of dignitaries and a fan vote, which will count as one vote in the total.

Quote of the Day

Abreu on PK:

“I look up to Paul and admire him for everything he has done. I’m very lucky and fortunate to have Paul as a teammate and see how he goes about his business day in and day out. Even though it’s his last season, I still see him working very hard. He is working as hard as he did from day one.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (6:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (8-10, 3.30) for the Sox, TBA for Tampa Bay.

Photos of the Day

White Sox pitching standouts Horlen, Wood and Walsh.




Spoiler Alert

Monday, September 15, 2014


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and nine-game, 10-day road trip–the last trip of the season before the final four-game homestand against these same Royals. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-11, 5.05) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (14-7, 3.13) for KC.

With seven games remaining against KC, the Sox are well-positioned to derail the Royals’ playoff hopes. KC is currently 1.5 games behind the Tigers for the American League Central lead and are clinging to the second wild card spot.

Plays of the Day

In yesterday’s loss to the Twins, Jose Abreu led off the ninth inning with home run No. 35, a solo shot, and in the process tied Ron Kittle‘s Sox rookie home run record set in 1983 (click on top photo below). Jose also collected an RBI single, bringing his runs batted in total to 102…Rookie Adrian Nieto hit his second major-league homer and first at home (click on bottom link below)…Conor Gillaspie singled in a run and Alexei Ramirez doubled and scored.


More Abreu

Abreu homered in back-to-back games for the fourth time this season and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games (.345). Among all AL hitters he ranks first in OPS (.988) and Slugging Percentage (.604), is tied for second in RBI, is third in homers, tied for third in batting average (.322), is fourth in on-base percentage (.384) and tied for seventh in doubles (35).

According to @ckamka, Jose is also the fourth player in White Sox history with 35 doubles and 35 homers in a single season. The others? Frank Thomas (1993, ’97, ’00, ’03), Albert Belle (1998) and Magglio Ordonez (’02).

Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 4.72) vs TBA for KC.

Photo of the Day

Richard Dotson, who won 22 games for the 1983 American League West champion “Winning Ugly” White Sox, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before yesterday’s game. Here, Dot chats with current Sox ace Chris Sale.


Tyler’s Night to Remember

Tuesday, September 9,  2014


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (9-10, 5.12) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (13-10, 2.54) for Oakland. Danks is 6-2 with a 2.33 ERA in 10 career starts against the Athletics.

Plays of the Day

With two strikes, two outs, nobody on base and the Sox trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning last night, Tyler Flowers tied the game at 4-4 in dramatic fashion with his 13th home run of the season. Then, in the 12th, Tyler added to his heroics by smashing No. 14, a solo walk-off blast with one out to give the Sox a thrilling 5-4 triumph over the A’s (click on top link below)…Hector Noesi had a quality start, giving up three runs and four hits in 6.1 innings…Conor Gillaspie connected for his seventh homer, a solo clout (click on middle link)…Michael Taylor came in the game to play left field in extra innings after pinch-hitting in the ninth. He prevented the potential go-ahead run from getting on base, maybe even an inside-the-park homer if the ball had gotten by him, with a diving catch off the bat of Coco Crisp in the top of the 10th (click on bottom link)…Daniel Webb (1.0 IP), Ronald Belisario (1.2), Javy Guerra (2.0) pitched scoreless relief with Guerra winning his second game of the season.

Sox Notes of Note

Flowers’ extra-inning home run was his first career game-ending homer and the fourth by a White Sox player this season…on September 2, he had his first career multi-homer game and just six days later he did it again…Tyler became the first player in the majors to hit a game-tying home run in the ninth and a game-ender in extra innings since Paul Goldschmidt in August of last year. Flowers is the first Sox player to accomplish the feat since Joe Crede did it in August of 2002…Last night’s victory marked the Sox’ 31st comeback win and it exceeded the Sox win total from last year (64)…Webb recorded his fifth straight scoreless appearance (5.2 IP)…for those of you who keep stats of all kinds, there were 819 dogs in the house last night for Bark in the Park Night.


Looking Ahead to a Successful 2015

Excerpts from a White Sox analysis by Jonah Keri of 

“Thanks to the offseason acquisitions of Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton, a helpless White Sox offense now has two vital pieces: an on-base machine at the top of the lineup, and an MVP-caliber slugger in the middle. The Sox also have Chris Sale, who’s one of the best left-handers in the game and who’s signed to one of the league’s most attractive contracts; Jose Quintana, who’s arguably the most underrated pitcher in baseball; and Alexei Ramirez, a quality shortstop who’s signed through 2015, with an option year in 2016.

“…If (No. 1 draft pick Carlos) Rodon can perform the way management hopes, the White Sox will employ the best trio of lefty starters in the game…the foundation is in place for Chicago to assemble one of the best and youngest rotations in the majors.

“…Offensively, the White Sox have improved considerably over the team that lost 99 games and finished last in the AL in runs scored last season. Eaton, Ramirez, and Abreu held down the top three spots in the order this year, and we should expect the same next season. The Sox are also high on Avisail Garcia, the 23-year-old slugger acquired in last year’s three-way deadline deal for Jake Peavy; Garcia has struck out nearly five times more often than he’s walked so far in his brief major league career, but scouts like his power potential. Flip through the rest of this year’s lineup and there are more talented twentysomething players with upside, namely third baseman Conor Gillaspie, who’s hitting a smidge below .300 with doubles power, and 22-year-old Carlos Sanchez and 23-year-old Marcus Semien, who figure to compete for the second base job next year.

“Best of all, Chicago’s young, affordable corps allows the team to do some major shopping this winter, if GM Rick Hahn & Co. think this team is ready to contend. Money can buy that midtier veteran starting pitcher (Brandon McCarthy? Jason Hammel? Brett Anderson, if the Rockies decline his option?). It can upgrade the bullpen without breaking the bank (Pat Neshek? Luke Gregerson?). And it can give the Abreu-and-Eaton-led lineup the lift it needs to form a top-five AL offense (Russell Martin? Melky Cabrera? Nelson Cruz?). With $46 million committed for next season and an exponentially brighter outlook now than they had a year ago, the White Sox could be one of the biggest sleeper teams entering 2015.”

A Parting Gift

Adam Dunn, back in town with the A’s, received this “going away” gift from ex-mates John Danks and Chris Sale–a golf cart adorned with the logo and colors of Dunn’s beloved Texas Longhorns.


Congrats to Gene Honda

Last night was Gene Honda’s milestone 2,000th game as the White Sox Public Address Announcer. Quite an accomplishment.


Upcoming Series Activities

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on improving the team in the offseason:

“We’ll have to decide based on the options available to us whether it makes sense to invest heavily in one or two targets or try to spread it around between a half dozen or so. I don’t think anything is going to be precluded from us in terms of opportunities. It’s going to be a matter of allocating the resources most effectively when the time comes.

“We’ve known this was going to be a multiyear process for us from the start. Obviously we were pleased with some of the things we were able to do in the first year, but at the same time it’s readily apparent there are still other items that need to be addressed.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 7.36) for the Sox, RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-5, 3.70) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

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Sox Welcome A’s For Four

Monday, September 8, 2014


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand that concludes with three vs. the Twins starting on Friday night. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (8-9, 4.70) for the Sox, RHP Sonny Gray (13-8, 3.25) for Oakland.

Noesi is set to make his 24th start and 29th appearance of the season and is 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA over his last six starts. He recorded a no-decision in his last outing on September 2 vs. the Twins, allowing three runs on nine hits in seven innings of work.

Hector is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in eight career appearances (one start) against the A’s.


Plays of the Day

Scott Carroll was outstanding in yesterday’s 2-0 Sox loss to the Indians. He tossed seven innings (he gave up a single in the eighth before exiting), allowing just two runs on seven hits with a lone walk (click on top link below)…Andy Wilkins doubled in the fifth inning for his first major-league hit (click on bottom link below).


Quote of the Day

Wilkins on getting his chance in the major leagues (via Colleen Kane in the Trib):

“The game’s still the same, but guys are obviously a lot sharper up here. I believe I’m capable of doing well at this level. I know it’s not quite as amped up as it is during the season, but I’ve hit off big-league pitchers in spring training. Obviously it’s different, but I’m just going to adjust, and with time, getting more ABs will help that process.”

White Sox 2015 Regular Season Schedule


Abreu Looking to Lead in 2015


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (9-10, 5.12) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (13-10, 2.54) for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

The September of Konerko begins and it’s free t-shirt Monday for the first 20,000 fans attending tonight’s game.



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