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 Felipe Paulino Makes First Sox Start

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (pictured above) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia for Minnesota. Paulino makes his first major-league start since June 6, 2012 when he started for the Royals against the Twins. He spent the majority of the 2013 season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Paulino went 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 39 strikeouts in seven starts for K.C. in ’12.

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

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox won their 60th Opening Day game in franchise history (60-54) and are now 28-23 in home openers. The Sox have won five of their last six season openers and 12 of their last 13 home openers…Our lineup on Monday included five players–Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Avi Garcia, Conor Gillaspie and Marcus Semien–who were making their first career Opening Day start, the highest total for the South Siders in 70 years…the Sox are looking to start 2-0 for the third time in the last four seasons…we have won six of our last seven games against the Twins dating back to 2013…Robin Ventura needs one victory for 150 as Sox manager…Adam Dunn needs two walks to tie Ty Cobb for 50th place all-time with 1,249…Gillaspie is out of the lineup today. He’s suffering from the flu…Beginning today the Sox will be wearing a DJR patch in memory of Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s son David, who passed away on March 3.

Quotes of the Day

Three of the stars from Opening Day talked about what turned out to be a great day on the South Side:

Abreu:

“I wasn’t nervous at all. I was very happy. I felt like the fans supported me and opened their arms to me. As long as I give my best, that’s what I’m looking for. The results aren’t as important as (my) effort.”

Eaton:

“It’s a great atmosphere when you can get this type of weather and Sox fans come out of the woodwork. It’s great to see everybody out there. It’s an experience I’ve never had. It’s a good experience for sure.”

Chris Sale:

“Eaton (was) being as scrappy as he can. Even when he got out he still had 10-11 pitch at-bats, fighting stuff off. Abreu, I don’t think he hit the ball soft today. It was fun to watch that and we came out with a win.”

Play of Opening Day

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT) in the finale of the opening three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes for Minnesota.

Photo/Video of the Day

Enjoy this feature on Abreu by Jon Morosi of Fox:

http://foxs.pt/1fIZjR0

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Opening Day Preview and More

Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Tomorrow’s Activities

The Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco for Minnesota. Sale ranked among the American League leaders in virtually every category in 2013, including complete games (T1st, 4), SO/BB ratio (2nd, 4.91), WHIP (3rd, 1.07), strikeouts (3rd, 226), quality starts (T4th, 23), SO/9.0 IP (6th, 9.49), ERA (7th, 3.07) and opponents average (7th, .230).

There’s a great weather forecast for tomorrow and just under 3,000 tickets remaining.

Opening Day Roster:

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National Anthem

Gina Glocksen, former American Idol contestant. The Tinley Park native was the ninth-place finalist on the mega-hit TV show’s sixth season.

Presentation of the Flag:

Navy Recruiting District Chicago and the Naval Service Training Command Great Lakes.

Ceremonial First Pitch:

Aja Evans, a South Side native who was an Olympic bobsled bronze medalist this past February in Sochi, Russia. She is currently training to compete in the heptathlon for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Aja is a cousin of Del Matthews, White Sox assistant director of player development and scouting.

Promotional Giveaway

White Sox Magnetic Schedule presented by Miller Lite for all fans ages 21 and over.

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Facts & Figures

* The White Sox are 59-54 overall on Opening Day and 27-23 when opening at home. They are 5-1 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox’s 59 Opening Day wins are third most in the American League. Only the Orioles (65) and the Yankees (64) have won more season openers.

* The Sox have won 11 of their last 17 openers and 11 of their last 12 home openers.

* Sale, who is celebrating his 25th birthday today, will be making his second consecutive Opening Day start. He earned the victory last season with 7.2 scoreless innings against the Royals.

* This is the 14th time in the last 15 seasons that the Sox have started a left-hander on Opening Day. Jose Contreras in 2007 was the only righty during that span.

Quotes of the Day

* Paulie in his own words as told to Daryl Van Shouwen in the Sun-Times (top link) and Chris Rongey on White Sox Weekly.

http://bit.ly/1dCzPt4

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/audio/986-670-the-score-interviews/paul-konerko-with-white-sox-live-32614/#.Uzch7Yrw1K0.twitter

* Marcus Semien and Adrian Nieto (pictured below) on looking forward to their first Opening Day, via Scott Merkin at whitesox.com.

Marcus:

“I’m excited for it. It’s going to be way more people than Birmingham Opening Day or something like that. I’ve never been a part of one. I’ve never been to one as a kid, so I’m excited.”

Adrian:

“I can’t wait. I’m pumped to see all the great things I’ve heard [about Chicago]. “It’s probably the best city in America.”

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Sox Notes of Note

Cold Arrival

When the 2014 White Sox arrived at Midway Airport early Saturday morning, they faced a significant temperature drop from Arizona.

Some – like Alexei Ramirez – came prepared, whipping out stocking caps.  Robin sported a ski cap and down vest.  Others dealt as best they could as we waited on the tarmac for our luggage to come off the plane.  Imagine the immense Avisail Garcia wrapped in United Airlines blankets … it was brisk.

Kudos

To groundskeeper Roger Bossard and his crew for doing an amazing job on the field. Considering the photos and video we saw while in Arizona, it is amazing that the field is even ready for Opening Day.  But then Roger is the master.

When I arrived at the park this morning around 8:30, I stopped outside to see Roger.  There he stood, hose in hand.

“Watering?!?!” I yelled.  “After all that, you are watering?!?!?”

“First time in three weeks,” he laughed.  “I’m just happy we finally have some sunshine.”

The Bus

I jokingly had a saying when I traveled regularly that “The team bus never waits for the PR guy.”  How true.

After Friday’s exhibition game in Birmingham, Assistant GM Buddy Bell and I got to the bus right after the last out since neither of us needed to head down to the clubhouse (by the way, the Birmingham ballpark is terrific and if any fans have the chance, they should take in a Barons game or two this summer.)

We immediately sat down and started to watch Kentucky-Louisville on Buddy’s iPad. After about 25 minutes, something didn’t seem right.  No one else had gotten on the bus.

So I texted our traveling secretary … “Where are you?”

“On the bus.  We just left,” he replied.

What!!! (unbeknownst to us we were on a bus from the same company that was scheduled to take a group of minor leaguers back to the hotel).

“You are going to have to take a cab to the airport.”

Well, catching a cab in Birmingham after a game is no easy task.  And there is no Uber in Birmingham either (just so you know).

Thinking fast, Buddy called Julio Vinas, the Barons’ manager.  Julio was still at the park and was willing to give us a ride to the airport.

We got there just on the tail of the others going through screening.

“How do you miss the bus,” a kind TSA woman chided us as we walked up.

(You know your day is going badly when you are getting crap from a TSA agent, but anyway.)

You can imagine the reception we got when we arrived on the plane.

Didn’t miss the flight, though.

When in Birmingham…

Enjoyed lunch with Rick Hahn at Jim & Nick’s BBQ while in Birmingham.  While it is a chain, we really enjoyed the meal, especially the cheese biscuits, turkey and brisket.  Don’t miss it!

Boggs Signs Minor-League Deal

Right-handed reliever Mitchell Boggs, who was released by the White Sox during spring training, has signed a minor-league contract with the Sox.

Spring Training Wrapup

Camelback Ranch-Glendale recorded its highest per-game attendance this season in its six-year history hosting the White Sox and Dodgers. The facility averaged 8.087 fans per game this spring, eclipsing the previous high of 7,635 in 2010. A total of 202, 164 fans visited “The Ranch” this spring training. A record six games were sellouts and there was a 15.4 percent increase in per-game attendance from 2013 to 2014.

Jose Abreu hit .341 with two home runs and eight RBI in his last 12 Cactus League (CL) games…Adam Eaton reached base base in 16 of his 19 CL games and finished the spring with a .368 average…Semien finished the CL schedule with a six-game hitting streak. He batted .318 with a double, homer and six RBI over that span. Donnie Veal allowed just six hits over 10 CL innings pitched…John Danks worked five innings in each of his last four spring starts…On Friday night, the Sox downed the Class AA affiliate Birmingham Barons, 5-2, in front of a Regions Field record crowd of 8.513. Conor Gillaspie had three hits and drove in a run.

Photo of the Day

With a right-hander on the mound for Minnesota, PK will not be in the Opening Day starting lineup for the first time since 1998. It was his decision. He didn’t want to go against the Sox’ plan of primarily DHing against him lefties and spelling Abreu at first base. A class act to be sure.

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Sox Hit the Road to Minnesota and K.C. After Winning Homestand

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game set and seven-game road trip that concludes with three in Kansas City. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 4.42) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (7-11, 2.77) for Minnesota.

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

Play(s) of the Day

Gordon Beckham (3), Alexei Ramirez (2), Adam Dunn (2), Avisail Garcia (2) and Jeff Keppinger (2) paced the Sox’s 14-hit attack in the 6-4 loss to the Tigers yesterday afternoon. Alexei, Avisail, Jeff and Conor Gillaspie each drove in a run…The Sox finished the homestand at 6-4, highlighted by a three-game sweep over the Yankees and taking two of three from the Tigers.

Quote of the Day

Tiger manager Jim Leyland, following the three-game series with the Sox (from Colleen Kane in the Trib): 

“…To me, the White Sox are showing what Major League Baseball’s all about. They have a lot of character. They’re playing their tails off. They fight tooth-and-nail against us every single game…That’s a credit to them and their manager.” 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.70) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (8-8, 4.59) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Adam Dunn, with two hits (and a walk) yesterday, is batting .310 since June 8?

Special Note: Boxing at the Ballpark Tomorrow Night

U.S. Cellular Field will host ESPN’s Friday Night Fights tomorrow evening. Headlining the seven-bout card is a scheduled 12-rounder between IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara and the former world champion Gabriel Campillo. It is the first time the Sox have hosted a boxing match since September 25, 1962, when Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in the first round to win the heavyweight title.

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Photo of the Day

Gordon continues to shine. With his three hits yesterday afternoon Beckham is now hitting .308, which would rank him seventh in the American League with the necessary plate appearances.

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Crain Makes History in Series Finale; PK, Dunn Go Back-to-Back

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: Twins 8, White Sox 4

Record-Setter

With his scoreless seventh inning this afternoon, Jesse Crain now holds the White Sox record with 28 consecutive scoreless appearances. He was tied with J.J. Putz.

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Play(s) of the Day

Back-to-back homers by Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn in the sixth inning of today’s matinee. Paulie’s two-run shot was his seventh of the season and 429th of his career. Adam’s solo blast was his 19th of the year and 425th lifetime. This was the second time the duo has gone back-to-back (it happened last April 23 at Oakland).

http://atmlb.com/15nW5fQ

http://atmlb.com/15nW8Z6

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first game of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (2-5, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.72) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…that White Sox second base prospect Micah Johnson, who leads the minor leagues with 54 stolen bases for Class A Kannapolis, won the “Star of Stars” award Monday night at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game? Johnson stole second and third base on consecutive pitches and scored a run for the North Division in a 2-1 win over the South. In addition to his stolen base total this season, Johnson is batting .339 with five homers, 36 RBI and 64 runs scored in 66 games for the Intimidators. He’s shown here accepting the award:

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Quote of the Day

Sox VP/Assistant GM Buddy Bell on Micah Johnson:

“He’s a very smart player, he’s a sponge for information, he’s a strong kid.”

Photo/Video of the Day

Opposing teams should know by now not to run on Mr. Viciedo. Watch Dayan gun down Ryan Doumit in the third inning of today’s game.

http://atmlb.com/15nLdyM

It’s Time For a Sale-a-bration

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-5, 2.43) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (5-4, 3.97) for the Twins.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko,1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.
 
Tim Anderson to Kannapolis
 
Originally set to begin his pro career at Advanced Rookie Bristol, the Sox’s No 1 pick in this month’s First-Year Player Draft, Tim Anderson, has instead reported to Class A Kannapolis.
 
After our Sox brass watched the promising shortstop work out with the other draftees, the decision was made that he was ready to play at a more advanced level.
 
Quote of the Day
 
GM Rick Hahn on the state of the Sox:
 
“We are and continue to be in a bit of a disappointing stretch right now. I know there’s frustration in the clubhouse, obviously frustration amongst fans, amongst staff, but we do have a fair amount of time left to get this thing right. We’ve been saying that for a while now and it is obviously time to get going if we’re going to make that run. But despite the frustration and disappointment thus far, I don’t think there’s a reason to believe this is going to continue. I know guys are doing everything in their power in terms of preparation, in terms of trying to make adjustments to stem the tide of defeats we’ve had recently…”
 
Play of the Day
 
Paulie’s 4-4 performance (three singles, a double, an RBI and a run scored) in last night’s 7-5 loss to the Twins.
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (12:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (1-3, 4.50) for the Sox, LHP Scott Diamond (4-6, 5.29) for Minnesota.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Sale ranks among American League leaders in opponents slugging percentage (2nd, .283), opponents on-base percentage (3rd, .245), baserunners per 9.0 IP, opponents average (3rd, 8.54) and ERA (4th, 2.43)? While Chris is winless in June he has recorded a 2.11 ERA and in his last nine starts he’s at 1.63. He is also 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 11 appearances (three starts) vs. Minnesota and 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA over his last three starts. 
 
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Sox Plan: Leave Houston on a Winning Note

Monday, June 17, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:05, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (5-6, 3.47) for the Astros.

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

A Conversation With PK

ESPNChicago.com’s Scoop Jackson caught up with Paulie and talked to the White Sox captain about his life in a Sox uniform.

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/9384624/paul-konerko-chicago-white-sox-written-yet

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Quote of the Day

Robin’s comments on the recent Sox losses:

“It’s baseball. You have to create your own breaks and attitude-wise and everything else. If you want to go down the road of feeling sorry for yourself and thinking bad things are going to happen, it’s probably going to happen. I’m not going there. You have to pick yourself up, stay positive and get after it.”

Play of the Day

Outfielder Trayce Thompson, one of the Sox’s brightest prospects now playing at Class AA Birmingham, gave his Dad quite a Father’s Day gift yesterday by belting two home runs and driving in five runs in the Barons’ 9-8 win over Jackson. Trayce’s father, by the way, is former NBA star Mychal Thompson, who was listening to the game. The younger Thompson has been red-hot recently and as a result was named the Southern League Hitter of the Week (June 10-16), batting .435 with three homers, nine RBI and five runs scored.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.12) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Gordon Beckham is hitting .378 with three doubles, two RBI and six runs scored over his last 10 games?

Photo of the Day

Yep, that’s Chris Sale holding court with a group of enthusiastic youngsters during his recent visit to Ronald McDonald House.

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Bombs Away!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final:  White Sox 9, Twins 4
 
Highlights: I’m happy to say that there are many from this afternoon’s win…The Sox scored nine runs, their highest total this season, on 14 hits…Adam Dunn hit two home runs (his eighth and ninth), a double and drove in five…Dayan Viciedo blasted his fourth homer of the year, had a single and drove in two…Jeff Keppinger also knocked in a pair on two hits, including a double…Alex Rios collected a triple and two singles and reached base with two outs and nobody on before both of Dunn’s homers…Conor Gillaspie had a pair of singles and scored a run…Starter Dylan Axelrod got credit for his first victory of the season in a gutty 5.1 inning performance, escaping jam after jam…Matt Thornton, Nate Jones and Brian Omogrosso pitched scoreless relief…The Sox defense was flawless. 
 
Beckham Update
 
Gordon said he is leaving today for his rehab assignment in Charlotte. Looks like he won’t be in the lineup until Saturday.
 
The Bobblehead Chronicles
 
In the “enjoy it for what it’s worth” department, here’s one writer’s view of the bobblehead craze in baseball. 
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on having such an accomplished batsman as Harold Baines working with Sox hitters:
 
“There are guys that have knowledge, there are guys who use knowledge, but it seems like when it comes from (Harold) it’s validated a little more quickly. (There may be) doubts about things that are said, but when he says it, it’s validated.”
 
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Play(s) of the Day
 
The Adam bombs. Here’s one them, a two-run shot in the eighth inning: http:/atmlb.com/15NG8pm
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Jerome Williams (2-1) for L.A.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that former White Sox first baseman and broadcaster Tom Paciorek will join Hawk in the TV booth for theThursday-Sunday series in Anaheim? “Wimpy” will be subbing for Steve Stone, who has the series off. Paciorek, of course, worked with Harrelson on the TV broadcasts from 1990-1999.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
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Axelrod gets win No. 1.

Peavy vs. Twins Usually Equals Good Results

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jake Peavy (4-1) for the Sox, Kevin Correia (4-2) for Minnesota.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 2B; Wise, CF; Flowers, C; 
 
Jake/Minny Breakdown
 
Peavy has made five career starts at Target Field, going 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 36 strikeouts. All five were quality starts. Also, his ERA at Target Field is his lowest at any major-league ballpark (minimum of five starts). Overall vs. the Twins, Peavy is 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his last five starts and 6-3 with a 2.87 mark and 10 quality starts lifetime.
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Peavy on teammate Chris Sale (compliments of Mark Gonzales in today’s Trib):
 
“The one thing I admire the most about Chris is he doesn’t stop working, doesn’t stop looking for ways to get better…He’s a special kid. Health-wise, if everything holds up like we all hope, he’s going to be special around the South Side for a long time.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Batting 1-2 in the Sox lineup, Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez each collected three hits in last night’s loss.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (12:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-3) for the Sox, Mike Pelfrey (3-3) for Minnesota.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that White Sox starters rank third among American League teams in ERA (3.48), behind only the Tigers (3.24) and the Rangers (3.47)?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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