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Indian Summer Arrives on the South Side

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (4-12, 4.45) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (8-5, 3.54) for the Tribe.

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

Barons Take Lead in Series

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, took a one game lead over the Mobile BayBears (Arizona’s farm club) last night in the opener of the Southern League Championship Series by defeating the defending league champions, 8-3, in Mobile. Game 2 is set for tonight.

Starter Chris Bassitt, a Sox prospect headed to the Arizona Fall League, got credit for the win with 5.2 scoreless innings. He allowed just six hits and two walks along with seven strikeouts and bested the Diamondbacks No. 1 prospect, RHP Archie Bradley. The Barons put together a 14-hit attack which saw third baseman Cody Puckett pound out three hits and five others, including promising second baseman Micah Johnson and shortstop Tyler Saladino, deliver a pair. Puckett, with a two-run homer, Johnson and Saladino also drove in two runs apiece. Here’s more:

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jspymd=20130912&content_id=60342710&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

Play(s) of the Day

It was another superb start for Jose Quintana in last night’s 1-0 loss to the Tigers. He pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in getting another no decision. It was his 17th no decision of the season, an American League record (Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven holds the major-league mark of 20, set in 1979)…Leury Garcia, leading off and playing a solid second base, went 3-4 and stole two bases.

Quote of Day

Catcher Miguel Gonzalez (pictured below) was the last of the Sox September call-ups to make his major-league debut when he replaced fellow rookie Josh Phegley in the seventh inning Tuesday night. The 22-year-old from Venezuela, who grounded out in his only plate appearance, spoke through an interpreter to Colleen Kane of the Trib:

Probably the best experience I’ve had in my life. Hitting, I felt a little bit off with my timing, but it was a great experience overall.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (1-2, 2.92) for Cleveland.

Did You Know…

that RHP Erik Johnson and INF Marcus Semien (the Southern League MVP) have been named to Baseball America‘s Minor League All-Star first team? It’s interesting to note that Johnson and Semien were teammates on the University of California-Berkeley team that advanced to the 2011 College World Series.

Photo of the Day

Robin Ventura, Chris Sale, Adam Dunn and EVP Ken Williams visited the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago today. Here’s Adam demonstrating his smart phone to a new friend:

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A National Challenge

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Probable starters: Jake Peavy (1-0) for the Sox, Gio Gonzalez (1-0) for Washington. It is the first game of a 10-game road trip for the Sox, who also will travel to Cleveland and Toronto.
 
The White Sox, 4-2, lead the A.L. Central by 0.5 game over Kansas City and MInnesota.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 3B; Rios, RF; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Ramirez, SS; Flowers, C; Beckham, 2B; Peavy, RHP.
 
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Interleague Excellence
 
The White Sox are 4-2 all-time against the Nationals, including a three-game sweep in Washington in 2010…the Sox are 164-120 (.577) all-time in interleague play, the second-best winning percentage in the major leagues behind the Yankees (.603) and have gone 59-31 since 2008…Peavy is 6-2 with a 1.63 ERA in nine interleague games (eight starts) since coming to Chicago.
 
Harold’s Commute
 
It’s an hour and a half from Harold Baines’ front door on Maryland’s Eastern Shorre to the ballpark. “Same distance as Baltimore and I did that for five years,” Baines said, agreeing that the drive was worth the payoff of sleeping in his own bed.
 
Road Unis
 
Astute White Sox fans will notice a slight difference in our road uniforms tonight. Do you?
 
Get Well, Coop
 
Pitching coach Don Cooper is in the hospital with diverticulitis and is day-to-day. Bobby Thigpen moves into the dugout and Mark Salas will head the bullpen. “He’s not feeling real good, but he can still talk. I know that,” Robin joked. The skipper also kidded that the ailment might have been caused by too much “Funk 49″ from the Bob Seger-Joe Walsh concert that they both attended Saturday night.
 
Gellinger to Manage Bristol
 
Mike “Gelly” Gellinger, who was on the White Sox’s major-league staff from 1997-2012, will manage Advanced Rookie Bristol in 2013, replacing Bobby Magallanes, who will be a roving minor league instructor.
 
PK: “You’re Always Working Hard. There’s No Real In Between.”
 
Click the link and see why Paulie is the extraordinary player and leader he has become.
 
 
Sox Offer Tickets to Chicago Firefighters and Police 
 
The White Sox are offering complimentary tickets to select games for all members of the Chicago Fire and Police Departments. Here Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf presents symbolic tickets to members of the two departments. 
 
 
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A Good Cause
 
Join White Sox Executive VP Ken Williams for a night of dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and more at the Jack and Jill 30th Anniversary Gala! The event will take place on Saturday, May 4, and all proceeds will benefit Chicago White Sox Charities and the Jack and Jill of America Foundation. Purchase tickets here: http://atmlb.com/10LlKyy
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
RV on last night’s team NCAA Basketball Final viewing party: “Moments you can just hang out. Everyone is interested in a game like that. I think everyone had fun.”
 
Robin on Peavy: “He’s just excited to swing the bat tonight.”
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
The Sox lead the American League with a 2.41 ERA…The bullpen tops the league with a 1.83 mark and the starting rotation ranks second at 2.72…The Sox are tied for second in the A.L. in home runs….Alex Rios has homered in three straight games for the first time in his career.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Nationals at Nationals Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable starters: Gavin Floyd (0-1) for the Sox, Jordan Zimmerman for the Nats (1-0).
 
Did You Know…
 
…that in his two seasons with the Nationals, Sox slugger Adam Dunn had virtually identical seasons? He hit 38 homers and drove in 105 runs in 2009 and 38 and 103 in 2010.
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Today will be the first April game since 1972 that Sox pitchers will bat. The last Sox hurler to step to the plate in April was Terry Forster, who not only led the team in saves that year with 29, but batted .526 (10-19). Thanks to @soxnerd for the tip.

 

A Win to Savor

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Today’s News
 
King Felix Dethroned
 
Facing “King Felix” Hernandez is never an easy task. But with a revamped lineup featuring five lefthanded hitters against the tough righty, the Sox rose to the occasion and defeated the 2010 Cy Young Award winner and the Mariners this afternoon, 4-3. Alex Rios delivered the big blow with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, his second blast in as many games. Conor Gillaspie, in his first start in a Sox uniform, tripled and scored on a Hector Gimenez sacrifice fly in the fifth. The fourth Sox run scored in the seventh on a Alejandro De Aza sac fly that scored Gillaspie, who followed up his key triple with a single and moved to third on an Alexei Ramirez double. 
 
Pitching-wise, starter Dylan Axelrod was outstanding in 5.2 innings of work, allowing only one unearned run on three hits. Donnie Veal (who got credit for the victory), Nate Jones and Jesse Crain ended the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, respectively, by inducing key outs. Addison Reed recorded his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
 
Take a look at the Rios homer:
 
 
The Windy City
 
While Spring arrived in the third inning today with temperatures reaching 65 degrees, the windy conditions were the closest you can get to San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.
 
A Cold Night
 
It was very cold last night, but not necessarily the coldest day anyone could remember around here.
 
“When I went out to the mound to get (Matt) Lindstrom last night,” Sox manager Robin Ventura laughed this morning, “I got out there and thought, “Man, it’s really cold out here.’”
 
But Ventura recalls a night game when the Sox faced Roger Clemens.
 
“It was like last night but even colder,” he said. “We sent the batboys out to buy tennis racquet grips for the bats.”
 
PK Climbing the Ladder
 
With his base hit last night, Paul Konerko moved past Frank Thomas into sole possession of third place on the all-time White Sox hit list with 2,137. Only Hall of Famers Luke Appling (2,749) and Nellie Fox (2,470) rank above Paulie.
 
The Third Man
 
Since most teams don’t carry a third catcher on their roster, one lucky position player is always designated as the team’s “third catcher” and spends time in spring training and during the season honing his emergency skills behind the plate. For the Sox this year, it is Gillaspie.
 
At one point in the 1990s, it was Robin…”for about 20 minutes,” the skipper joked.
 
Ventura described a game where the Sox started a man down. Ron Karkovice was on the DL and Mike “Spanky” LaValliere gave it a go but a few innings into the game, warned he might not make it nine innings.
 
A quick look up and down the bench showed few candidates. RV volunteered.
 
“A lefty was pitching, so I wasn’t playing that day,” he recounts. “I put on the gear and they drove me around the tunnel to the bullpen in a golf cart. I went out and Mark Salas gave me a quick tutorial on how to catch. So I’m down in the bullpen catching and apparently (Sox GM) Ron Schueler saw me. He called down and said, ‘Get him out of there.’”
 
And that’s how Robin’s career as an emergency catcher lasted 20 minutes.
 
I told him he should have put the equipment on and then make a dramatic run out to the bullpen.
 
1983
 
Beginning tomorrow, the White Sox will commemorate their 1983 American League West division championship by wearing ’83 replica uniforms for every Sunday home game. Those “Winning Ugly” Sox, managed by Tony LaRussa, won 99 games and finished the season 20 games ahead of the second-place Kansas City Royals.
 
Here are Reed and coach Harold Baines, one of the stars of that ’83 team, modeling the vintage unis along this year’s retro racers. They are “Racing Pudge” (Carlton Fisk), “Racing Harold” and “Racing Kitty” (Ron Kittle). Fisk and Kittle, of course, were also key cogs on the ’83 team with Gary, IN native Kittle winning the A.L. Rookie of the Year award.
 
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Familiar Voice
 
When you sit down tonight to watch the NCAA Final Four semifinal games, you might hear the familiar voice of White Sox PA announcer Gene Honda, who once again will miss a few Sox games this homestand to call another NCAA championship.
 
A Day to Remember
 
Today was pretty special for Sox backup catcher Hector Gimenez, a switch-hitter who was in the lineup today against Hernandez. His Dad was here from Venezuela and it was the first time the senior Gimenez saw his son play in the major leagues. Hector delivered with a key sac fly.

 

Happy Birthday
 
A happy 49th birthday to Ken Williams. A piece of the famous Levy carrot cake was delivered in the second inning to help him celebrate the occasion.
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
Robin on Axelrod’s performance:
 
“Ax was great. He did what he needed to do to get us to that point, then Rios with a big homer. He showed he could pitch with anybody.”
 
RV on Gillaspie’s day:
 
“He looked good today. For Conor, he wants to be a storm chaser, it’s a perfect day for him…He’s a tough kid, plays hard and has a compact swing that has a lot of pop with it, too.”
 
Play of the Day
 
The Rios homer, but honorable mention goes to Gillaspie and Axelrod
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the rubber game of the series. Probable starters: Chris Sale for the Sox, Hisashi Iwakuma for Seattle.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Jake Peavy, who will officially be presented with his 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award” before tomorrow’s series finale vs. the Mariners, is the third pitcher (sixth time) in White Sox history to win the award, joining lefthanders Jim Kaat (1974-75) and Mark Buehrle (2009-11).
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Dylan excels while “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

Sox vs. Sox in First Intrasquad Game of the Spring and Buddy Bell Talks About Top Sox Prospects

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Today’s News

Here are the highlights from today’s first Sox intrasquad game at Camelback Ranch: Team 1 (major league starters) nipped Team 2 (mostly minor leaguers), 4-3, in a 5 1/2 inning contest. Team 1 was paced by Brent Morel (double, RBI, run scored) and Blake Tekotte (triple, RBI). Simon Castro gave up a lone run in two innings of work. Josh Bell (single, RBI) and Jared Mitchell (RBI, HBP) collected RBIs for Team 2, while Leyson Septimo pitched one scoreless inning. Here was the scene at today’s game:

Assistant GM Buddy Bell Reviews Sox Prospects

On 2012 No. 1 draft pick Courtney Hawkins: “One of the reasons we sent Courtney up to (Class A) Kannapolis is that we wanted to get him in an environment that was faster than (Advanced Rookie) Bristol. The (high Class A) Winston-Salem thing tricked us because he did so well. As it turns out, no matter what level we sent him to he actually kept getting better and better and that’s a testament to how talented he is. It also showed us the kind of makeup he has and that he’s a tough kid who gets better as the lights get brighter, which is great for moving up the ladder and eventually getting to Chicago. We’d like to get him to Double A (Birmingham) by the end of the year. In saying that, if he doesn’t get to Double-A it’s not that big of a deal.”

On 2009 No. 1 pick Jared Mitchell:  “As (last) season went on, he got healthier…He, for me, probably looks better than anybody in camp right now in terms of body and progress. We had him in the instructional league last year for about 10 days and he kind of tweaked his hitting approach a little bit. His balance is really good right now and I’m really anxious to see what he does in a game. He’s probably one of our top five guys in the organization when it comes to competing. This kid competes like crazy, right now he’s as impressive as anyone we have in camp. He’ll start the season at (AAA) Charlotte.”

On who is the one prospect to have the kind of year Carlos Sanchez had in 2012:  ” (Infielder) Joey DeMichele. “We drafted him out of Arizona State and he’s a really interesting guy. We’d like to think of him kind of like (Jason) Kipnis of Cleveland, because he can run a little bit, has some pop in his bat and is a high-energy kid…We’re kind of on the fence whether he starts at (A) Winston-Salem or (AA) Birmingham. We’re also looking for (Tyler) Saladino to have a (good) year as well. He’ll start at Birmingham.”

On promising prospect Trayce Thompson:  “He’s going to start in (AA) Birmingham. We expect really good things from him. He’s another guy who looks really good, he’s always had a terrific body but he’s starting to get his man strength in his shoulders and legs. Obviously, he’s had two really good years and we want to be careful with him because kids with power, they seem to come a little later, especially outfielders.”

Kenny Williams on CNBC

Kenny, who was named to the annual list of 100 influential African-American leaders by thegrio.com, appeared on CNBC discussing the business of Major League Baseball and building a championship team. Click on the link to see the interview.
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Behind the Scenes with Coop and Herm

Here’s an interesting conversation among CSN’s Dan Hayes, Sox pitching coach Don Cooper and head trainer Herm Schneider. Click the link below.

http://www.csnchicago.com/blog/dan-hayes/how-sox-keep-their-pitchers-healthier-everyone-else

Sox Notes of Note

Dan Plesac and Ken Rosenthal from the MLB Network are onsite today as part of the net’s tour through team spring training sites.  Check out the coverage tonight on MLBN.

Jake Peavy, the Padres’ Chase Headley, the Reds’ Brandon Phillips and the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier took part in a photo shoot for GQ Magazine last night at the Camelback Ranch – Glendale ballpark.  The photo spread is scheduled to run in the May issue of GQ.  “At least I wasn’t alone,” Peavy joked this morning.  I told him it would be a little tough in May to run all around the state of Alabama buying all the copies of GQ … then again, maybe not!

Chris Sale Q&A Conference Call With Sox Fans, Part II (First Part Appeared in Wednesday’s Post)

Would you ever want to learn how to throw a knuckleball  “I don’t think I quite have an arm slot to throw a knuckleball. I’ve always messed around with it growing up.  It’s funny you mention this because I play catch in the off-season with my dad who can throw a pretty good one, and he always gives me crap about it because he has a better pitch than I do. I don’t see it in my future, but if it comes down to it I wouldn’t be opposed to learning it.”

Going into next season, is there added pressure in the American League Central Division with the recent additions among teams?  “I wouldn’t say it’s added pressure. I think it’s added motivation to be honest with you. It motivates us to live up to who we are and what we do. This is a team effort, but it takes a group of 25 individuals putting everything they have into one collective group. We have guys in here that put it on the line and we all play for each other. That’s the main thing and that’s what we did last year and it worked well. I don’t think we’re going to sit here and say we have more pressure on ourselves, I think we have more determination going into this year. It’s not going to get any easier from this day forward. We all know that and we expected that. We’re ready for it.”

What do you believe you or the team can do to improve upon last year’s performance?  “You set out every year to be the best you can be. For myself, personally, I don’t like to set goals or a bar for myself because sometimes you don’t reach that bar and you get down on yourself and get disappointed.  Also, say you reach that bar, you kind of give up. You say ‘I’ve met my goal so I can cruise in from here on out’.  For me, I want to be as consistent as I possibly can and do everything I can to help the team win. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I’m going to rattle out this many wins and this is going to be my ERA, but obviously I’m going to take into account what happened last year and work on things I didn’t do so well and sharpen the things that I did do well and see where it takes me.”

Who is the toughest challenge you had in the batter’s box last season?  “I have to go with Billy Butler from Kansas City. It seemed like every time I faced that team, if I gave up five runs, he had three RBIs. He, for the most part last year, owned me. I’m very disappointed to say that. He’s just a good hitter and he hits the fast ball well, and it seemed like he had a little bit better eye than he had in the past.  He took me deep a few times last year and in previous years. He seems to be the one guy that gives me the most trouble at the plate.”

As White Sox fans, are we ready to say that we have one of the best starting rotations? “Well, I’m hoping you guys are saying that. We’re all definitely excited to see where this goes and how it plays out. Not only do we have an unbelievable group of guys, but we have some great talented athletes. I think getting Johnny (John Danks) back and having him healthy is huge.  I was throwing in the cage next to him today and I’ve been throwing bullpens next to him for the last couple times and he’s looking really good. He’s very confident. You can tell he’s got that step back and is happy to be here. He’s working hard and he’s doing everything he can. That’s going to be fun to see. As a group, we’re all excited. We all pull for each other and we push each other; we have friendly rivalries. We all sit down and talk about pitching. We might be good on paper, but we’re a tight knit group as well, both in the clubhouse and off the field. We’re all pulling for each other and that’s the best part. We don’t get jealous.  We’re all rooting for each other and have each other’s back. There’s an open line of communication between us and we’re bouncing ideas off of each other. I hope you’re as excited as we are because we’re thrilled to get this year started.”

Do you know when your first live appearance will be on the mound in Spring Training?  “Our first game is coming up on Saturday, but I’m not 100 percent what day I’ll be throwing.  I’m still talking with Coop about that. I don’t think I’m going to throw in February or start a game in February.  We’re bouncing ideas off each other and we’ll see where it goes.”

Quote of the Day

From the Sox clubhouse: “If I tell you it’s Christmas in July, hang the stocking.”

Play of the Day

GM Rick Hahn interrupted a conversation today by saying, “wait until (Blake Tekotte) triples.”

On the very next pitch, you guessed it, Tekotte tripled to right field.

I told him to save them for when they count.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox players will go through a media session tomorrow morning with Kevin Sullivan, former White House Communications Director (and huge Sox fan, by the way).

Did You Know…

Jeff Keppinger led his University of Georgia team to the College World Series in his junior season with a .389 BA, 18 homers and 73 RBIs? He hit .444 in the CWS, including a triple and a two-run homer off of former major leaguer Mark Prior, then pitching at USC.

Photo of the Day

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Sox GM Rick Hahn is shown here taping a segment with CSN’s Dave Kaplan for tonight’s “Chicago Tribune Live.”

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