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Rienzo Goes for Second Straight Victory; Birmingham Can Win Southern League Crown Tonight

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

Happy Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day: White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-1, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 3.62) for the Tribe. In his last start, against the Orioles, Andre (pictured below) collected his second career victory, allowing just one run and four hits in 6.2 IP.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Gillaspie, DH; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C; Semien, 3B.

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Barons Look to Clinch Title

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, still hold a two games to one lead in the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series despite a 6-0 home loss last night to the two-time defending champion Mobile BayBears, a Diamondbacks farm club. Game 4 is tonight in Birmingham with LHP Scott Snodgress (below), the club leader with 11 wins, getting the starting nod for the Barons. A victory will give Birmingham its first Southern League title since 2002.

More Barons: Birmingham yesterday was named the Southern League Organization of the Year, presented to the club that exemplifies the most complete franchise in the SL, and GM Jonathan Nelson was chosen as the league’s Executive of the Year for the second time (2009). In addition to their excellence on the field, the Barons led the league in total attendance (396,820) and average per game (5,669) at brand new Regions Field.

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Play(s) of the Day

Paulie singled and drove in the lone Sox run in yesterday’s 3-1 loss to Cleveland…Marcus Semien, playing second base, had his second straight two-hit game, stole his first big-league base and made a beautiful play behind the second-base bag, flipping the ball backhanded from his glove to Alexei Ramirez for a force out to end an Indians threat in the fourth inning (see Photo/Video of the Day)…Alexei had a three-hit game, Dayan Viciedo added a pair of singles and Jordan Danks singled and walked twice…Jake Petricka (1.1 IP), David Purcey (2.2) and Nate Jones (1.0) worked five scoreless innings in relief of Hector Santiago.

Quote(s) of the Day

An Inside Look at Marcus Semien: From a piece in the Sun-Times by Daryl Van Schouwen

Semien on his introduction to the major leagues:

“I’m starting to see the pace of the big-league game is a little faster. I’ve been working hard every day in early work, trying to adjust as fast as I can here. They’ve put me in different situations just to see how I react to it.’’

Gordon Beckham on Marcus:

“He’s quiet. Goes about his business. He doesn’t strike me as a person that is going out of his lane, so to speak. It looks like he’s learning and listening.’’

Assistant General Manager Buddy Bell’s assessment of Semien:

“I think he’s going to hit, and he also has the ability to play all three positions. He has a legitimate chance to help us next year. Whether or not it’s out of spring training, I don’t know. I think he’s capable.’’

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-12, 2.90) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (7-9, 4.11) for the Tribe.

Did You Know…

that Petricka extended his scoreless streak to five games (7.2 IP) in yesterday’s contest?

Photo/Video of the Day

Semien’s “flip.”

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?content_id=30568229&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws

Santiago Gets Chance to Begin Sox Turnaround

Saturday, September 7, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (12:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.43) vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen (7-7, 3.87) for the O’s.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Keppinger, DH; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C; Semien, 3B.
 
Barons Take 2-0 Lead in Playoffs
 
Sox outfield prospect Trayce Thompson went 3-5, including a pair of doubles, and drove in three runs as the host Birmingham Barons took a two games to none lead in the Class AA Southern League North Division playoffs last night by defeating Tennessee (a Cubs affiliate), 7-1. Thompson homered and had an RBI single the night before in the Barons’ 3-1 triumph in Game 1 at Regions Field in Birmingham.
 
Pitching prospect Chris Beck got credit for the win with five scoreless innings. Fellow prospect Nestor Molina came on in relief with scoreless frames without allowing a hit.
 
The final three games (if necessary) of the best-of-five series move to Tennessee (just south of Knoxville) with Game 3 tonight.
 
Mitchell, Jacobs Headed to Arizona Fall League
 
Outfielder Jared Mitchell has been added to the Sox Arizona Fall League roster while outfielder Brandon Jacobs, acquired from the Red Sox for Matt Thornton, is on the taxi squad. Mitchell and Jacobs join RHPs Chris Bassitt, Stephen McCray and Kevin Vance, LHP Charlie Leesman and infielders Marcus Semien and Micah Johnson on the Glendale Desert Dogs.
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
Conor Gillaspie, who visited Walter Reed Military Hospital yesterday with a group of his teammates (via Colleen Kane in today’s Tribune):
 
“If I get super frustrated about (baseball), I will go back and remember what those guys have been through. There are some really good guys, and how happy they are, how much they appreciated 10 minutes of our time — it makes you forget about all this (losing).” 
 
Robin on versatile rookie Leury Garcia, who started at shortstop last night and will be in centerfield today:
 
“Just want to give him enough opportunity and let him move around.”

Play(s) of the Day
 
Paulie went 2-2 with a walk and Jeff Keppinger collected a pair of singles in the Sox’s 4-0 loss last night to Baltimore. Rookies Jake Petricka (1.2 IP) and Daniel Webb (1.0) pitched scoreless relief.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (12:35 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and 10-game road trip. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-1, 5.03) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (4-1, 4.28) for the O’s.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Konerko is one of 36 players in baseball history and just five active (also Jason Giambi, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez) with at least 400 doubles and 400 homers?
 
Photo of the Day
 
Hector shoots for victory No. 5.
 

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Sox Youth Brigade Moves South to Camden Yards

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-5, 3.69) for the Sox, RHP Miguel Gonzalez (8-7, 4.11) for the O’s.

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

Play(s) of the Day

It was a loss in the standings, but a big step forward as we look ahead to better times in 2014. In last night’s series finale the Sox dropped a close 6-5 decision to the Yankees, but it was a satisfying showcase for a talented group of youngsters: 3B Marcus Semien, RHP Erik Johnson, RHP Daniel Webb–all making their major league debuts–OF Avi Garcia and C Josh Phegley.

Semien went 2-4, including a hit in his first big-league at bat, and drove in a run. Johnson, against the formidable Yankee lineup, recorded a quality start as he gave up three earned runs in six innings of work while Webb pitched the seventh, giving up a lone run. Adding to that, Garcia singled, doubled, walked, drove in a pair of runs and scored another while Phegley singled in a pair on an 0-2 count with the bases loaded during a four-run, eighth-inning rally.

Quote of the Day

Semien on his debut (via Colleen Kane in the Trib): 

“It was great to be a part of a close game with all those players out there I grew up watching. Derek Jeter, one of my favorite players growing up, (I) kind of interacted with him a couple of times. That was pretty cool. He just said, ‘Congrats,’ and kind of joked and said, ‘It’s that easy, huh?’ And then he just ran off. Pretty excited about that.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (4-11, 4.35) for the Sox, RHP Scott Feldman (4-4, 4.18) for the O’s.

Did You Know…

…that, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the debuts of Johnson and Semien represented the first time two White Sox made their first major league appearances in the same starting lineup since Frank Thomas and Alex Fernandez did it on August 2,1990? Also, with Webb coming on in relief it was the first time three Sox players debuted in the same game since September 7,1999 when Josh Paul, Aaron Myette and Jason Dellaero appeared.

Photo of the Day

Josh drives in two.

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After Sweep Over Yanks in Chicago, Sox Look for More of the Same in the Big Apple

Labor Day: Monday, September 2, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York (12:05 p.m, CT, CSN) in the Labor Day opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (4-13, 4.91) for the Yankees. Quintana defeated Andy Pettitte in the first game of the three-game sweep against the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field in early August. “Q” is 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his last 11 starts.

The Sox have won six straight games vs. the Yanks (all at home by a 35-18 margin). It’s their longest streak against New York since taking seven in a row from July 1,1990-April 16,1991.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; A. Garcia, CF; Gillaspie, 3B; Jor. Danks, RF; Phegley, C.

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Hahn on The Score

GM Rick Hahn was a guest yesterday on 670 The Score’s Hit And Run Show:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/09/01/hahn-sox-being-cautious-with-chris-sale/

Play(s) of the Day

Down 5-0 heading into the fourth inning yesterday, the Sox refused to quit. With the bases loaded, Jeff Keppinger drove in Alexei Ramirez with a sac fly and, with two outs, Dayan Viciedo doubled in Paul Konerko and Conor Gillaspie singled in Avi Garcia and Viciedo as four runs crossed the plate…Paulie, with a pair of singles and a walk on the day, added on a run in the fifth by driving in Alexei, who led the 11-hit Sox attack with three singles….Tyler Flowers smashed a long solo homer in the eighth, his 10th of the year, to get us within a run of the Red Sox at 7-6, which turned out to be the final (it was announced this morning that Flowers will have exploratory surgery on his right shoulder and will be out an estimated three to six months).

Conor’s two-RBI single:

http://atmlb.com/1dywWbj

Quote(s) of the Day

 A Rare Long Ball (from the September 2, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated):

Thirty-six years ago, on Aug. 29, 1977, the Indians hosted the White Sox. Cleveland’s second baseman that night was Duane Kuiper, who had zero career home runs in 1,381 major league at bats. 

Rick Manning (former teammate): Kuip knew how to play the game. He was a great second baseman. He was as tough as you could get for a guy 175 pounds. Back then, the game was pitching and defense.

Duane Kuiper: I’d hit some homers (seven, to be exact) in the minor leagues.

Manning: We weren’t there to hit home runs. Frank Robinson was our manager, and he’d stand out behind the screen and make Kuip and I (who both batted lefthanded) hit it to leftfield. He wouldn’t let us swing for the fences at all.

Cleveland manager Jeff Torborg, who had replaced Robinson two months earlier, moved Kuiper up to the number 2 spot in the batting order against Chicago starter Steve Stone.

 Kuiper: In the first inning it was a 1-0 count. I like to tell Stone that he threw me a hanging fastball. He doesn’t particularly want to hear about it.

Kuiper hit a line drive off a seat in the rightfield stands.

 Frank Robinson (joking, in 1984): He waited until I got fired to hit his homer. The truth is, he won’t hit one for a black manager.

Kuiper: I’ve still got the chair. It’s in the attic. I’ve still got the ball and the bat. As I was walking up to the bat rack (for my next at bat), (Indians teammate) Bill Melton said, “You’re not gonna use that again, are you?” I said, “Of course.” He said, “You might want to put that one away. You might not hit another one.”

He didn’t. In 1985, Kuiper retired, and he went on to become an Emmy-winning broadcaster for the Giants. His 3,754 plate appearances are the most for any major leaguer with exactly one homer–making his shot off of Stone the rarest in history.

Kuiper: You gotta have fun with it. Given the choice now, would I rather hit one or five? Unless the other four were walk-off grand slams, I’m pretty happy with one. I’m happy with the way it turned out.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89) for the Yanks. Chris and the Sox defeated Kuroda and the Yanks in the second game of last month’s sweep.

Did You Know…

…that when pitcher Charlie Leesman, just promoted from Class AAA Charlotte, approached his locker in Boston yesterday he was greeted with a name plate that read, “Jose Leesman?” Mistakes happen.

Photo/Video of the Day

Tyler’s big blast.

http://atmlb.com/1dyHfMt

Astros Next for Rejuvenated Sox

Monday, August 26, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 3.56) vs. LHP Brett Oberholtzer (3-1, 2.91) for Houston. Andre was credited with his first major-league win in his last start at Kansas City and in the process became the first Brazilian-born hurler to record a win in the big leagues.

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

A Scary Moment, But…

In the “that’s what I wanted to hear” department, two tests have determined that Avisail Garcia does not have a concussion after crashing into the wall on the Jeff Baker home run in the fourth inning yesterday. And as you see, he’s in the lineup tonight.

Sox Auctioneers

Watch Paulie and Gordon run the auction last night at the Children’s Home Aid Grand Slam Party at Rockit Bar & Grill.

http://Instagram.com/p/ddNy04FsYY/

Play(s) of the Day

With yesterday’s 5-2 victory, the Sox took two of three from the Rangers and now have won four consecutive series, eight of their last nine games and 14 of their last 20…Jordan Danks came on in the fourth to replace the injured Avisail Garcia in right field and in the bottom of the inning promptly blasted a solo homer to give the Sox and older brother John a 3-2 lead…With the Sox up 4-2 in the seventh, Josh Phegley added a solo blast to give the Sox some insurance…Once again the pitching was excellent. Danks, in winning his second straight game and fourth of the season, went six innings allowing just two runs and eight hits with five strikeouts. The bullpen also rose to the occasion as Matt Lindstrom, Nate Jones and Addison Reed closed it out with a scoreless inning apiece. Reed chalked up his 35th save. 

The Danks and Phegley homers:

http://atmlb.com/17deoJh

http://atmlb.com/17diQHZ

Pitching Excellence

White Sox starting pitchers are 7-2 with a 3.21 ERA and 10 quality starts over the last 13 games. The bullpen owns a 1.51 ERA in the last 14 contests.

Quote of the Day

Jordan Danks on helping brother John get the win yesterday:

“Whenever I get into the game I want to do something cool, especially with John on the mound so I don’t have to hear about it later.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36) for Houston.

Did You Know…

…that Jordan Danks’ home run represents the first time a player has hit a home run in support of his pitching brother since catcher Billy Shantz accomplished it for brother Bobby on June 5, 1955 when they were teammates on the Kansas City A’s? 

Sox Note of Note

Lefthanded pitcher Jack Harshman, who won 48 games with a 3.33 ERA for the Sox from 1954-57, passed away on August 17 in Georgetown, Texas, at the age of 86. Primarily a starter in Chicago, he won 15 games in ’56 with a 3.10 earned run average and 14 in 1954 with a 2.95 ERA. Harshman started his pro career as a first baseman and ultimately was one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball. He hit 21 career homers and 65 RBI (he also played for the New York Giants, Orioles, Red Sox and Indians) and 12 and 37 for the Sox with a high of six and 19 in ’56. On July 25, 1954, he struck out 16 Boston hitters, including Hall of Famer Ted Williams, in a complete game for a 5-2 win–still the Sox record for strikeouts in a single game. In 1956, he was involved in a baseball rarity. Both he and Connie Johnson, his Baltimore counterpart, threw one-hit complete games. Harshman and the Sox picked up the win, 1-0.

Photo of the Day

Lindstrom is congratulated by coach Joe McEwing and Robin after pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning.

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Garcia in Starting Lineup After Last Night’s Sox Debut

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 1.38) making his first home start for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (4-9, 5.23) for Minnesota.

Sox Lineup: Beckham, 2B; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Garcia, CF; Danks, RF; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.

Rienzo

Sale on FOX

Chris will be doing a live interview from the dugout during the top of the third inning on today’s telecast.

Quote(s) of the Day

Listen to GM Rick Hahn’s interview with Dan Bernstein on WSCR from last night and to Paulie’s appearance with Bruce Levine on ESPN 1000 this morning:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/show/670-the-score-interviews/

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/podcast/archive?id=3269205

@AvisailGarcia34 upon his arrival at the ballpark last night:

Play(s) of the Day

From last night’s doubleheader…

Game 1:  Alexei Ramirez blasted a two-run homer, singled and drove in four runs in the 7-5 loss to the Twins…Paul Konerko hit his ninth home run of the season and 431st of his career, tying Cal Ripken Jr. for 44th place on the all-time list.

Game 2:  Charlie Leesman was solid in his first major league start, going five-plus innings, allowing just one run (a solo homer) and four hits with eight strikeouts while getting a no-decision. Brought up as the 26th man on the roster for the doubleheader, Leesman was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after the game…Alexei hit his second homer of the twin bill to tie the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning…Blake Tekotte put the White Sox ahead 2-1 in the seventh with his first major-league home run and first RBI in a Sox uniform…Garcia made his Sox debut–he struck out as a pinch-hitter, was hit by a pitch and stranded on third in the 10th representing the potential tying run in the 3-2 loss.

The Ramirez and Tekotte homers in the nightcap:

http://atmlb.com/13N7OIp

http://atmlb.com/15lLpxK

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-3, 3.51) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (7-8, 4.84) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Alexei is the first Sox player to homer in each game of a doubleheader since Magglio Ordonez did it in April of 1999? By the way, Ramirez is batting .448 with a double, two home runs and seven RBI during his current seven-game hitting streak.

Photo of the Day

The future is now for the White Sox and No. 26.

Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox - Game Two

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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Meeting in Motown and the Double Duty Classic

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.69) for the Sox, Justin Verlander (9-5, 3.54) for Detroit.

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

Jake Update

Jake Peavy threw 76 pitches today in a simulated game at Comerica Park. He reported that he felt fine afterward and has made some progress since his last bullpen (in St. Petersburg). If all goes well, a rehab start is next on the agenda.

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The Future

One of the best days each year – especially in  a year like this – is our annual Double Duty Classic event, which celebrates and commemorates the old Negro Leagues East-West All-Star Game.  Amateur minority players from our ACE youth baseball program and a few standouts from across the country (Sox 2012 first round draft pick Courtney Hawkins played in the game) play an exhibition game wearing replica Negro Leagues uniforms.  Today’s game, the sixth annual, drew upwards of 4,000 fans, mostly Chicago youth groups on outings from their day camps. The atmosphere is always fun.

Prior to the game, we hold a forum for the players and their families that centers on the history of the Negro Leagues, explains who Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe was and his importance to baseball in Chicago, and offers advice to the kids on their future, whether in baseball or not.

“Double Duty,” of course, was a star in the Negro Leagues as both a pitcher and a catcher and a baseball legend in Chicago, his adopted hometown. Word is that Radcliffe, who lived to be 103, got his nickname from the famed writer Damon Runyon because he caught and pitched in successive games in the 1932 Negro League World Series.

This year, WBEZ and NPR correspondent Richard Steele was the emcee.  Steele was joined by 94-year-old Dr. Timuel Black, a former advisor to both Dr. King and President Obama, and by Ken Williams, Sox executive vice president and former GM.

“You have to protect your history,” Williams told the 35-or so players.  “You have to keep it alive.”

Dr. Black explained his own history – his grandparents were slaves – and how important faith and optimism have for people.

“It is about survival, progress and a belief,” he said. “Impossible … we can get that done this week.  Miraculous? … that might take us a little longer.  But one of the best examples is baseball.  Jackie Robinson.  He was not just a great baseball player.  He was chosen by Branch Rickey because he also was best equipped to succeed in all the other areas that were important at that moment.”

Robinson, Black and Williams stressed, didn’t just have athletic ability.  He also had intellect.

“Baseball is the best sport to prepare you for life, in my opinion, because it is built on failure,” Williams said.  “You need discipline and you need to show up.  A lot of people are afraid to show up because it is too risky.”

“You may lose today’s game,” Black told the kids. “but you will win tomorrow.”

He stressed the importance of using role models and adults as guides.

“What do you want to be?” he challenged the athletes.  “Not just today, this week or this year, but in your future and in your life.

“What do you want to be?  What do you want your neighborhood to be?  Your city?  You cannot do it alone.”

Here is a link to Phil Rogers’ column in today’s Trib about the Double Duty Classic and the impact that the Sox, spearheaded by Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, have made in the community.

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/436/article/p2p-76603521/

Quote of the Day

I think the following excerpt from Rogers’ column is worthy enough to underscore here:

“Chicago never has had a baseball owner who has done as much public good as Reinsdorf,” Rogers wrote. “And, unless Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg buys a team, probably never will.”

Play of the Day

Josh Phegley’s homer in the third inning of last night’s game was his second in two days. He joined Magglio Ordonez (second and third career games in 1997) as the only players in franchise history to homer in consecutive games within their first three career contests. Josh also joined Brent Morel (2010 vs. Royals), Josh Fields (2011 vs. Tigers) and Carlos Lee (1999) as the only White Sox players to homer in his first at-bat at U.S. Cellular Field. And Phegley is the first rookie in franchise history to drive in a run in each of his first three career games (RBI became an official stat in 1920).

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.97) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-6, 4.82) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Gordon Beckham, in the sixth inning of last night’s loss to the Cubs, became the first Sox player to steal home since Juan Pierre did it on October 2, 2010? 

Photo of the Day

Phegley heads for home.

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Sox vs. Cubs: The Final Act

Monday, July 8, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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

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

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Play of the Day

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

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Quote of the Day

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

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

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.69) for the Sox, Justin Verlander (9-5, 3.54) for Detroit. 

Did You Know…

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

Photo of the Day

Phegley’s home run trot.

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Sox Still Unbeaten, Danks Takes a Step Forward and A.J. Sure Looks Different in Ranger Red, White and Blue

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Today’s News

Sox 14, Rangers 8

The White Sox scored six runs in the third inning, assisted by five walks from Texas pitcher Cody Buckel, a Rangers error and a passed ball. Conor Gillaspie singled home two runs in the inning and Hector Gimenez drove in another with a single.  The Sox added five in the fourth highlighted by Gillaspie’s two-run triple, giving him four ribbies for the day, and RBI singles by Alex Rios and Andy Wilkins. Wilkins also singled in run No. 12 in the fifth. In the eighth inning Josh Phegley hit the lone Sox homer and Marcus Semien singled in the 14th and final run in the ninth. Starter Nestor Molina, who got credit for the win, and Brian Omogrosso each pitched two scoreless innings. Zach Stewart held Texas scoreless in 1 2/3 innings while striking out three.

Sox now stand at 2-0-2.

A Bit Surreal

As strange as it was to see A.J. Pierzynski in a Rangers uniform, batting cleanup against the White Sox today (he lined out and singled in his two plate appearances), it must have been equally as disorienting for A.J. to see Conor Gillaspie wearing No. 12  for the Sox.

In their first at bats, Dewayne Wise, Gordon Beckham, Rios and Adam Dunn were among those Sox who exchanged pleasantries with their former teammate, who was in his usual spot behind the plate.

Danks on Track

John Danks threw 50 pitches today in live BP–two groups of 25. Hitters included his younger brother Jordan, Gillaspie, Stefan Gartrell and Trayce Thompson. John seemed happy with his progress and said he has reached the point where he can focus on the pitching side of things instead of worrying about being healthy.

Danks is scheduled for a bullpen session on Friday and will make his Cactus League debut Monday against the Giants at Camelback Ranch. Here he is talking to the media after today’s outing:

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A Good Sign

Brent Morel, attempting to come back after missing most of last season with a back injury, made a nice diving stop down the third base line in the bottom of the seventh inning to throw out the runner–alleviating some concerns about his health.

Also Healing

Two Sox who suffered minor injuries in the last few days, Leyson Septimo (leg) and Dayan Viciedo (arm), are good to go.

Quote of the Day

Asked if brother Jordan gives input on his progress, John replied, “Yeah, (we) talk. I think more of our conversations are me talking to him (about) what I would do if I were facing him. But certainly I’ll ask him today. I threw him a couple of front door cutters and change-ups and I want to know what he saw. (We) will talk.”

Play of the Day

Let’s give it to newcomer Gillaspie, who singled, tripled and drove in four. Wearing No. 12 with Pierzynski in the house turned out to be a good omen.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Simon Castro will start for the Sox vs. Alexi Ogando.

Did You Know…

that Omogrosso is from Beaver Falls, PA, the same hometown as Broadway Joe Namath?

Photo of the Day

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