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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

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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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A Mother’s Day Rubber Match

Sunday, May 11, 2014
 
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Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series–the Sox won Friday and dropped a close one last night. Probable starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (0-2, 8.27) for the Sox, RHP Chase Anderson, who will be making his first big-league start, for Arizona.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu DH, Dunn 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Sierra RF, Flowers C.
 
Play of the Day
 
With his fifth-inning, two-run home run last night, his first homer of the season, Paul Konerko moved past Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones into sole possession of 43rd place on the all-time home run list. Take a look:
 
 
An Encouraging Word
 
Sox ace Chris Sale threw a simulated game yesterday. He felt fine and is scheduled to throw again in five days. Don Cooper said he looked great.
Heading West
 
After today’s game the Sox embark on a nine-game, 10-day road trip to Oakland (3 games), Houston (3) and Kansas City (3). We return home on Thursday, May 22, for a 10-game homestand, beginning with a four-game series with the Yankees and continuing with three vs. the Indians and three against the Padres.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Arizona closer Addison Reed on former Sox teammate Paulie (via @scottmerkin):
 
“Best guy you’ll ever meet. If there’s any little kid that wants someone to look up to, it’s definitely him.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. (9:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (3-2, 4.93) for the Sox, RHP Jesse Chavez (2-1, 2.47) for the A’s.
 
Photos of the Day
 
Here are the pink balloons that went up before last night’s #PinkOut game in honor of breast cancer awareness and Marcus Semien and Alexei Ramirez on the field with a pair of cancer survivors.
 
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Grand Opening

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S Cellular Field (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHPJose Quintana (1-2, 3.56) for the Sox, LHP Wade Miley (2-3, 5.14) for Arizona.

Sox Starting Lineup: Beckham 2B, Semien 3B, Abreu DH, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko 1B, Sierra RF, Flowers C, De Aza CF.

Plays of the Day

With our first nine batters set down in order by former White Sox righty Brandon McCarthy, we exploded in the fourth inning last night with seven of our nine runs and nine of our 15 hits in the 9-3 victory over Arizona in the series opener. The inning was highlighted by Alexei Ramirez‘s fifth homer of the year and sixth career grand slam (click on top link below), his first since 2009…Jose Abreu, who went 3-4, added to his major-league leading home run total in the seventh with his 13th (click on bottom link) and in the eighth Tyler Flowers connected with his second blast of the year. Both were solo shots…Alejandro De Aza went 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored…Andre Rienzo improved his record to 3-0, allowing three runs, four hits and a pair of walks along with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings…Zach Putnam (1.1 IP), Ron Belisario (1.0) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) closed it out in perfect form.

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Quirk of the Day

The Ramirez and Abreu homers both were hit on 3-0 counts.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox rank among the American League leaders in runs scored (1st, 193), runs per game (1st, 5.22), extra-base hits (2nd, 119), homers (3rd, 40) and slugging percentage (4th, .426)…the Sox have won five of the last six games and last night matched a season-high four consecutive games of 10 or more hits…the Sox also lead the American League with 18 double-digit hit games…we are hitting .338 with five homers and 27 runs scored over the last four games and batting .354 with RISP during that period…Sox relievers own a 1.57 ERA over the last 13 games and a 2.06 mark and .175 opponents average since April 20…Just a reminder: as we posted yesterday, Robin Ventura will miss tonight’s game to attend the graduation of his daughter, Rachel, from Oklahoma State. Bench coach Mark Parent will serve as interim manager.

Francisco Promoted, Cleto Designated for Assignment

Before tonight’s game, the Sox purchased the contract of right-hander Frank Francisco from Class AAA Charlotte and designated right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto for assignment.

Francisco, 34, is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (8.0 IP), one save and 12 strikeouts in six relief appearances with Charlotte this season after signing with the White Sox as a minor-league free agent on April 14.  His last five outings have been scoreless (7.0 IP) after allowing an unearned run in his season debut.  He is limiting opponents to a .154 average (4-26).

Francisco, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is 20-22 with a 3.93 ERA (167 ER/382.2 IP), 73 saves, 67 holds and 421 strikeouts in 387 appearances (all in relief) over nine major-league seasons with Texas (2004, 2006-10), Toronto (2011) and the New York Mets (2012-13).

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Francisco has averaged 9.90 strikeouts per 9.0 IP in his career, including a career-best 11.79 mark (83 SO/63.1 IP) with Texas in 2008.  He has limited opponents to a .233 average (337-1,449) during his career, including a .231 mark (175-759) vs. right-handers. 

He originally was signed by Boston as a non-drafted free agent on December 15, 1996 and was acquired by the White Sox in a trade with the Red Sox on July 31, 2002. He was traded to Texas in a deal involving Carl Everett on July 1, 2003.

White Sox Volunteer Corps at Work

Adam Eaton pitches in today at the Tilden Career Academy during the White Sox Volunteer Corps’ first day of service in 2014. Marcus Semien and Don Cooper also were on hand.

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Heartwarming Reunion

Talk about a memorable ceremonial first pitch. See what happened before last night’s game between our Charlotte affiliate and Buffalo.

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A Berry Happy Birthday

Ken Berry, one of the finest defensive outfielders to ever wear a Sox uniform, is 73 today. Berry played for the Sox from 1962-70, was an All-Star in 1967 and won two gold gloves in a 14-year major-league career. Some also will remember him from his cameo in the movie, Eight Men Out, as he played the role of a leather-lunged fan.

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Quote of the Day

Jim Thome — who knows a long ball when he sees one — was in the ballpark last night when Abreu hit his bomb into the shrubbery in dead center field.

“He still has a way to go,” Thome deadpanned when the baseball operations suite erupted with Abreu’s 442-foot blow.

Sox fans will remember two of Thome’s mighty blasts that made it onto the main concourse in center field, one measured at 464 and the second, the monstrous 461 home run that sealed the 1-0 playoff-clinching win for the Sox in 2008.

“I love it,” Jimmy said, clapping his hands.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable starters: RHP Hector Noesi  (0-2, 8.27) for the Sox and RHP Chase Anderson, who will be making his first career start, for Arizona.

Photo of the Day

Celebrating victory.

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To Paraphrase Mr. Cub, “Let’s WIN Two” at Wrigley

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the second game of the Crosstown Cup series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-1, 7.20) for the Sox, RHP Edwin Jackson (2-2, 5.24) for the North Siders.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn LF, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Semien 3B, Noesi P.

Plays of the Day

Marcus Semien‘s 12th inning double broke the 1-1 deadlock last night as the Sox drew first blood in their quest for the Crosstown Cup with a 3-1 victory over the Cubs (click on top link below)…Semien’s two-bagger scored Alexei Ramirez, who had just singled for the 1,000th hit of his career and stole second…Although he chalked up another no-decision, Jose Quintana (click on bottom link below) was brilliant in his pitchers’ duel with Jeff Samardjiza. “Q” went seven innings, giving up just one run, three hits and three walks while striking out three…the bullpen came through as well. Ronald Belisaro (2.0 IP), Jake Petricka (1.0), Scott Downs (0.2), Daniel Webb (0.1) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) held the Cub lineup scoreless the rest of the way. Webb, now 3-0, got the win while Lindstrom recorded his fifth save.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/video/v32637747

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v32636115/?c_id=cws

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Mr. Clutch

Semien’s game-winner was his fourth go-ahead hit in the seventh inning or later this season. The first three were all home runs and amounted to his only hit of the night. Semien is also hitting .438 with one homer and 11 RBI with runners in scoring position and two outs and .316, 11 RBI with two outs.

Sox Enjoy 50th Win over Crosstown Rivals

Last night’s win gave the Sox their 50th victory over the Cubs and now lead the series, 50-45.

Ninth-Inning Thunder

The Sox lead the major leagues with 30 ninth-inning runs this season, nine more than second-place Oakland.

Wearing His Sox Cap with Pride

Bears’ offensive lineman Kyle Long is shown here having fun at Chuck E. Cheese with a young friend who he reached out to after the youngster was a victim of bullying. It’s interesting to note that Long, once drafted by the Sox as a pitcher out of high school, still has an allegiance to our Sox.

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Quote of the Day

Alexei on his 1,000th major-league hit (via interpreter Lino Diaz)

“I’m very, very happy. That’s a good accomplishment. I couldn’t get to 1,000 hits in Cuba, and that was something I wanted to get to. It’s good that I got it here.”

Here’s Ramirez’s milestone hit:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v32637205/?c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-2, 5.00) for the Sox, LHP Travis Wood (2-3, 3.35) for the North Siders.

Photo of the Day

Sox fans celebrate last night’s win in enemy territory.

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Sox Aim To Take It To The Max For A Series Win

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. The Sox have won two of the first three. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 3.75) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (1-1, 2.33).

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

Plays of the Day

Marcus Semien put the Sox ahead 6-4 in the seventh inning last night–a lead that happily held up–with the first grand slam home run of his career and third homer of the season (all three have given the Sox the lead in the seventh inning or later, a feat no other player has done this season). He also has a bases-loaded triple…for the second straight night, Jose Abreu blasted a first-inning homer over the center field wall at Comerica. The two-run shot last night, Jose’s seventh homer of the season, brought his RBI total to 21…Andre Rienzo went 6.1 innings and got credit for the win, shutting out the Tigers in five of those frames. All four of the Tigers’ runs came off of Rienzo in the fourth…In relief, Scott Downs struck out the only batter he faced, Ron Belisario pitched a perfect 1.1 innings (he has thrown five shutout innings in his past three outings) and Matt Lindstrom came on in the ninth to earn his third save.

Enjoy Semien’s grand slam and Abreu’s mammoth homer:

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Beckham is Back

The Sox returned second baseman Gordon Beckham from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Class AA Birmingham and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list.

Beckham takes the roster spot of left-handed pitcher Charlie Leesman, who was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte following last night’s game.  Gordon opened the season on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique and appeared in 12 games with Birmingham on his rehab assignment.

Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series (Friday through Monday). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-1, 5.32) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (2-1, 3.65) for the Rays.

Photo of the Day

Paulie collected career hits No. 2,300, 2,301 and 2,302 last night with a pair of singles and a double. In the process, the Sox captain became the all-time franchise leader with 3,950 total bases, one more than The Big Hurt.

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Six Home Runs, Quintana Outing Give Sox Shot at Series Win

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in the finale of the three-game series in Denver (2:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Erik Johnson (0-1, 13.50) for the Sox, Juan Nicasio (1-0, 1.29) for Colorado.

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

Plays of the Day

Where do I start to describe the Sox’ convincing 15-3 victory last night over Colorado? Here goes: Jose Abreu hit the first homer of his career, a three-run blast after a 12-pitch at-bat in the seventh inning, then clouted No. 2 with a two-run shot in the eighth; Avi Garcia hit a pair of solo homers; Tyler Flowers went deep with a two-run shot and singled; Alexei Ramirez hit his first of the year after Garcia’s second round-tripper of the game in the eighth to add a back-to-back to the party…Adam Eaton reached base five times with two singles, a walk, he was hit by a pitch, got on base via an error and scored three times…A. Garcia, who added two singles, and Marcus Semien led the 19-hit attack with four each. Semien had three singles and a double, a walk, drove in two and scored twice….Dayan Viciedo had a pair of hits, two RBI, a walk and two runs scored…Jose Quintana had an excellent start–seven IP, five hits, two earned runs, two walks and four strikeouts–for his first win of the season.

Click on the links below for video of the six home runs. In order, Abreu’s first two career homers, Flowers, Garcia’s two blasts and Ramirez.

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Jose’s Inspiration…and the Silent Treatment

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Sox Notes of Note

The six homers in last night’s game is the most for the White Sox since June 24, 2009 vs. the Dodgers…It is also the first time two Sox players have hit two homers in the same game since Juan Uribe and Paul Konerko accomplished the feat on June 8, 2004 vs. the Phillies….Robin Ventura should feel very comfortable during this three-game series as Coors Field. In 24 games, 16 starts, he hit three homers, drove in 16, had 25 hits and walked 14 times. His batting average was .373, on-base percentage .476 and slugging percentage of .597. Maybe that had something to do with the 15-run explosion?…With Garcia (age 22) and Semien (23) each collecting four hits last night, here is the last time that teammates (both White Sox and MLB) 23-years-old and younger each had four-plus hits in a game. White Sox: April 20, 1980–Harold Baines (21) and Harry Chappas (22) each had four hits. MLB: September 19, 2000–Minnesota’s Luis Rivas (21) and Cristian Guzman (22) each had four hits as well.

Classic Call

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron‘s 715th homer, which broke Babe Ruth‘s long-standing career home run record. Here’s the great Vin Scully with the call. Enjoy!

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (0-0, 3.68) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (0-0, 3.18) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day 

Semien is the first Sox rookie with four or more hits in a game since Jerry Owens on September 22, 2007 vs. the Twins.

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Spoiler Alert

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a two-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-9, 3.53) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9, 3.39) for the Tribe. Coming off of two straight wins, we’ll try to play the spoiler role the next couple of nights to derail the Indians’ wild card hopes.

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

 

Play(s) of the Day

The Sox youth corps was in full force in last night’s 3-2 triumph over the Blue Jays. Marcus Semien clubbed his first major league homer, a two-run shot, and Avisail Garcia hit a solo blast, his sixth…Jose Quintana was once again superb in 7.1 innings of work, allowing two runs, five hits and a walk while striking out six for his ninth win of the season…Addison Reed came on to earn his 39th save.

 

Quote of the Day

Toronto manager John Gibbons on “Q” (via Scott Merkin on whitesox.com):

“Quintana is good. He mixes speeds, he moves in and around. He’s got a quick arm, the ball gets on you. He’s more explosive than the radar gun will show you. He’s got a feel. You can just tell he knows what he’s doing out there.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the final game of the two-game set. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (4-10, 5.72) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (1-3, 3.09) for Cleveland.

 

Did You Know…

…that Quintana recorded his 17th quality start of the season last night and was 4-2 with a 1.68 ERA in eight starts against the American League East this year?

–that Semien is batting .342 with three doubles, a homer, five RBI and six runs scored over his last 11 games?

–that Avi is hitting .368 with a triple, three homers, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored over his last 13 games and has a .333 average since August 13?

 

Sox Note of Note

Lefty reliever David Purcey won’t pitch again this season due to a strained left Ultra Collateral Ligament. No surgery is needed at the present time and the injury is expected to heal with rest.

 

Photo(s)/Video(s) of the Day

Semien and Garcia go deep:

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A September Weekend in Motown

Friday, September 20, 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: RHP Dylan Axelrod for the Sox, RHP Matt Scherzer (19-3, 2.95) for Detroit. Andre Rienzo was scratched from tonight’s start with a blister on the right ring finger.

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

 

It Seems You Can’t Have One Without the Other

The Southern League champion Birmingham Barons have named long-time friends and teammates Erik Johnson and Marcus Semien the 2013 Barons Players of the Year. Johnson and Semien played together in college at Cal-Berkeley and on the pro level this year alone at Charlotte and now the White Sox in addition to Birmingham.

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130918&content_id=60995616&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t247&sid=t247

 

Tommy John in the House

Former standout Sox pitcher Tommy John and his family threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Many young baseball fans know the name Tommy John only from the surgery of the same name. What they may not remember is that John was an outstanding pitcher in the major leagues for 26 seasons. Overall, he won 288 games with a 3.34 ERA and in seven seasons with the Sox (1965-71) he registered 82 wins with a 2.95 ERA. Here’s Tommy both during his time with the Sox and on Wednesday with his family.

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Play of the Day

Enjoy second baseman Leury Garcia’s spectacular play in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s loss to the Twins, which robbed Oswaldo Arcia of a hit:

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Quote of the Day

Sox prospect Micah Johnson spoke to whitesox.com‘s Scott Merkin on Wednesday during his visit to U.S. Cellular. Micah, who was named the MVP of the Southern League Championship Series, talked about being part of a title-winning team for the first time:

“That’s the first championship I’ve ever won. That was unbelievable. I didn’t know what to do. You know how the middle infielders go to second base after a regular win? I kind of did that. I didn’t know to go to the dog pile.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-13, 3.08) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (13-8, 4.45) for Detroit.

 

Did You Know…

…that Jordan Danks is batting .293 with two homers and eight RBI in his last 20 games?

 

Photo(s) of the Day

While in Chicago, Micah surprised a group of Sox players who played for Birmingham earlier in the season with Southern League championship t-shirts. From left to right: GM Rick Hahn, Micah, Asst. GM Buddy Bell and the Sox players–Semien, Erik Johnson, Jake Petricka and Daniel Webb.

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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.”

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White Sox vs. Tribe: A Friday the 13th Matinee

Friday, September 13, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

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

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

Barons One Game Away From Title

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, are a game away from their first Southern League crown after defeating the defending champion Mobile BayBears, 8-2, last night in Mobile to take a two games to none lead in the best-of five championship series. Game 3 is set for tonight at Regions Field in Birmingham.

With a roster full of Sox prospects, the Barons were led by DH Trayce Thompson’s homer and two RBI, 2B Micah Johnson’s two hits and two runs scored and winning pitcher Chris Beck’s (pictured below) outstanding six innings of work, allowing just one earned run, six hits and two walks while striking out four. 

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Play(s) of the Day

Paulie hit his 11th homer of the season, a solo shot, and 433rd of his career in last night’s loss to the Indians. Konerko is batting. 339 with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI over his last 16 games…INF Marcus Semien had a pair of hits, including his first major-league extra-base hit (a double)…Miguel Gonzalez recorded his first major league hit (a single) and Avisail Garcia added two singles. Avi is hitting .333 in his last 26 games, including 10 multi-hit efforts…Dylan Axelrod, with his 5.0 scoreless innings, made the longest relief outing of his career.

Quote(s) of the Day

I posted yesterday that rookies Semien and RHP Erik Johnson were among the players named to Baseball America‘s 2013 Minor League All-Star first team and were teammates on the University of California-Berkeley squad that made it to the 2011 College World Series.

Colleen Kane points out in today’s Trib that they were also roommates at Cal and played summer ball together in the Northwoods League in Minnesota as well as being drafted the same year (2011) and called up to the majors on the same day (September 3).

“We’ve been together through everything, actually,” Semien told Kane.“It’s pretty cool. If you have any questions, you can always go to him and ask because we’ve kind of gone through the same things. You don’t feel like you’re alone through this.”

Johnson added:  “It makes me comfortable when he’s out there playing behind me.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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 collected his second career victory, allowing just one run and four hits in 6.2 IP.

Did You Know…

…that PK leads all active players with 48 homers against the Indians?

Photo of the Day

Santiago is on the mound today looking to even the series against Cleveland.

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