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

Friday, August 21, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Last Night’s Highlights

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

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

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Shark Bite

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

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

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Quotes of the Day

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

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

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

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

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

Q: What is your favorite baseball memory?

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

Q: What was your favorite team growing up?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Very Special “Throwback Thursday”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photos of the Day

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

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“We Have Lost Our Friend and a Great Man. Many Tears Are Falling”

Sunday, March 1, 2015

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Today’s Sad News

RIP Minnie Minoso

“Mr. White Sox” has died.

White Sox great and fan ambassador Minnie Minoso (Saturnino Orestes Armas “Minnie” Minoso Arrieta), 90, died last night in Chicago.

The beloved Minoso endeared himself to millions of Chicagoans over the years, first as a dynamic player with the popular Go-Go Sox of the 1950s and 1960s and later as a community relations ambassador of the club for decades.  It was often joked that Minoso had signed enough autographs that every man, woman and child in Chicago had at least one.

“Our organization and our city have suffered a heart-breaking loss today,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the White Sox.  “We have lost our dear friend and a great man.  Many tears are falling.”

Minoso, also nicknamed “The Cuban Comet,” became the first black player in White Sox franchise history on May 1, 1951.  He also was baseball’s first black Latin star and a seven-time All-Star.

Minoso leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Sharon, sons Orestes Jr. and Charlie, and daughters Marilyn and Cecilia.

“Minnie truly was the heart, soul and smile of the White Sox,” said Christine O’Reilly, vice president of community relations for the White Sox.  “We saw him every day at the ballpark and he loved the fans and the White Sox dearly.  Nothing made him prouder than to be at the ballpark.

“When I die, I want to be playing baseball,” Minoso once said.  “Truly.  They don’t bury me without my uniform.  If I die, I die happy because I was wearing No. 9 for the White Sox.  Minoso’s uniform No. 9 was retired in 1983 and a sculpture of Minoso was unveiled in 2004.

O’Reilly shared a few special memories of Minnie–who addressed everyone he met with a “Hello, my friend!”–including how passionately he cheered on the White Sox as Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in what was an eventual White Sox victory against the Red Sox in the 2005 American League Division Series.

“Minnie stood up as El Duque entered the game, clasped his hands together and chanted a Spanish prayer,” she said.  “’Madre de Dios el Cubano!’ I will never forget it.  He was so proud of the Cuban players.  He would talk to anyone about the White Sox.  He meant so much to the team, and he was so nice to everyone, every single day.  If you met him, you adored him.

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“Among all Cuban-born players in baseball history, Minoso ranks second in average (.298), third in triples (83), fourth in doubles (336), RBI (1,023), extra-base hits (605), total bases (3,023), stolen bases (205) and walks (814), fifth in hits (1,963), home runs (186) and runs scored (1,136) and eighth in games (1,835).

Minoso appeared in 1,835 career games over 17 major-league seasons with Cleveland (1949, ’51, ’58-59), the White Sox (1951-57, ’60-61, ’64, ’76, ’80), St. Louis (1962) and Washington (1963), hitting .298 (1,963-6,579) with 336 doubles, 83 triples, 186 home runs, 1,023 RBI, 1,136 runs scored and 205 stolen bases.  Minoso won three Gold Gloves, was named the 1951 American League Rookie of the Year and finished in the Top 5 of the AL MVP voting four times.

Minoso led the AL in doubles in 1957 (36), triples in ‘51 (14), ’54 (18) and ’56 (11), stolen bases in ’51 (31), ’52 (22) and ’53 (25) and total bases in ’54 (304).  He also led the league in hit-by-pitches 10 times during an 11-year span from 1951-61 and ranks ninth all-time in HBP (145).  Minoso eclipsed the .300 average mark eight times during his career.

“When you talk about the top players in the American League in the 1950s,” Reinsdorf said, “you talk about Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Minnie Minoso.”

Minoso ranks among the White Sox franchise leaders in numerous categories, including hit-by-pitch (1st, 145), on-base percentage (4th, .397), RBI (5th, 808), extra-base hits (T5th, 474), runs scored (6th, 893), triples (T6th, 79), walks (T6th, 658), doubles (7th, 260), total bases (7th, 2,346), average (8th, .304), hits (9th, 1,523), at-bats (10th, 5,011) and games (11th, 1,373).

“I am saddened by the news of Minnie’s passing, but when I think of him, laughter and joy come to mind,” said Ken Williams, White Sox executive vice president.  “He was just that way.  I only wish he would have lived long enough to see his plaque go up in Cooperstown.  He will be missed.”

Current White Sox players close to Minoso–including 2014 Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu and fellow Cubans Alexei Ramirez and Adrian Nieto–expressed their sadness at the news.

Details about services are still being determined.

“The most important thing in my life is the fans,” Minoso said.  “To receive a smile and pay them back with a smile.”

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Remembering Minnie

Reinsdorf“The first time I met him I fell in love with his infectious personality, his love for the White Sox…he was the most genuine person you could know…I really thought Minnie was going to live forever…there’s never been a better ambassador for the game and for the White Sox…outside of his family, the White Sox were the most important thing in his life…I just think it’s a miscarriage of justice that he hasn’t gotten in (the Hall of Fame).”

Former Teammate Billy Pierce: “When he got on base, he’d always take the extra base. He gave you 100% at all times. He was a great teammate & great friend.”

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What Others are Saying

@ESPNChiSox: Adrian Nieto to cherish Minnie Minoso’s advice: “Just think you’re the best, but don’t say it or walk around like you are.”

@nlbmprez: Minnie Minoso’s historic career-from Cuba to the Negro Leagues to @mlb-is as important as any player in baseball history! @whitesox.

@whitesox: One of our favorite things about Minnie: he addressed everyone he met with a “Hello, my friend!” #MinnieMemories.

@TimRaines30: A big loss. My condolences to Minnie’s family & to his #Whitesox fans.”

@whitesox: “He was like a father to me. This is a tough day for me. I didn’t expect this.” – Alexei Ramirez on Minnie Minoso.

What They’ve Said in the Past

Orlando Cepeda: “Orestes Minoso was the Jackie Robinson for all Latinos; the first star who opened doors for all Latin American players. He was everybody’s hero. I wanted to be Minoso. Clemente wanted to be Minoso.”

Bill Surface: “It really doesn’t matter, though, if Minoso is 38 or 48. He plays ball like he hasn’t had a birthday in 10 years and at the age most athletes have retired, Minnie is the highest paid player on his team and the only player in the American League durable enough to appear in every game.”

Hal Lebovitz, on Minoso’s trade to Cleveland: “Perhaps no player in recent years has received a greater compliment–or has been shouldered with a greater burden–than this sturdy, heavily muscled five-foot, 11-inch bundle of vitality, humor and shatteringly bright personality.”

Frank Lane, former general manager: “I felt Minnie was the one player in the American League who had that intangible quality of excitement that makes fans talk about him when they leave the park.”

Furman Bisher: “As much a part of Minoso as his ability to run and hit and throw is his electrifying appeal. As soon as he gets on base, which is often, a sort of restless hum sweeps across the stands.

World Baseball Hall of Fame: “As a pioneering black Cuban star, Minoso was one of the earliest players of his race to appear in American League action; the flashy outfielder also paved the way for hundreds of dark-skinned Caribbean and Latin ballplayers who him to the big leagues.”

J.G. Taylor Spink: “Be his name Minoso or Arrieta, this recital is not meant to set down only the exploits of the hard-hitting, fleet outfielder who is a flashing, neon-like advertisement for the pennant-minded Chicago White Sox and Ted Williams’ nominee as the individual who could become the greatest player of modern times. It rather is the story of the poor little Cuban Negro boy who came along fortunately at a time when racial barriers had been broken and by intensity of purpose fought his way into the big leagues.”

Robert Heuer: “Minnie Minoso blazed a trail that led to all the way to the Hall of Fame for players like Roberto Clemente, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Rod Carew and Tony Perez. By the late 1950s, Minoso was a national idol and, as Perez told the Cooperstown gathering, his personal inspiration for success.”

Jerome Holtzman: “Minnie’s a pioneer. Just like Jackie Robinson.”

Authors Brendan C. Boyd and Fred Harris: “Minnie Minoso played the game the way it’s supposed to be played. He did not have the power of a Mantle or the overall talent of a Mays, but he sprayed hits to all fields, never swung at a bad pitch, crowded the plate, bunted, stole bases, broke up double plays, made diving catches and always hit the cut-off man. He loved to play baseball, was in every minute of every game he played and never let up, no matter how one-sided the score. He was what baseball is all about.”

Omar Minaya: “When we talk about major league baseball players, when we talk about the game that we’re seeing today, think about Albert Pujols. When we talk about these great ones, Mr. Minnie Minoso was one of the ones that paved the way for Latin players, to not only be recruited, but you’re talking about an All-Star.”

Tony Perez: “Every young player in Cuba wanted to be like Minnie Minoso and I was one of them. The way he played the game, hard all the time, hard. He was very consistent playing the game. He tried to win every game. And if you want to be like somebody, and I picked Minnie, you have to be consistent.”

Perez: “He was the biggest name in Cuba as a player. We followed him. Every young player over there wanted to be like Minnie Minoso. Myself, especially myself, because I came from a sugar company in Cuba like Minnie did. Minnie was a tremendous player and I hope pretty soon we get him in Cooperstown. I hope when his names comes up next time, he gets in.”

Bernie Williams: “When I was a kid growing up, I had two uncles who played baseball. One of them played professional baseball. Everybody in my family knew about the great feats of Minnie Minoso. When they were talking about the great players in my household, I said ‘Oh yeah, Minnie Minoso.’ Even though I never saw him play, I saw him in the eyes of my family.”

Felipe Alou: “I believe he is a Hall of Fame player and a Hall of Fame person. He played the game hard in Cuba, played the game hard in the Caribbean Series in Winter ball and played hard in the big league.

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From the Minoso Family

Our entire family appreciates the kind expressions of concern, sympathy and compassion from so many of our friends and fans of the White Sox during this most difficult time. Minnie lived a full life of joy and happiness, surrounded always by friends and family. It is during moments like these that love matters most. Minnie enjoyed nothing more than to be at the ballpark cheering on his White Sox. For Minnie, every day was a reason to smile, and he would want us all to remember him that way, smiling at a ballgame. As he so often said, “God Bless you, my friends.”

From President Obama

“For South Siders and Sox fans all across the country, including me, Minnie Minoso is and will always be ‘Mr. White Sox.'”

“The first black Major Leaguer in Chicago, Minnie came to the United States from Cuba even though he could have made more money elsewhere. He came up through the Negro Leagues, and didn’t speak much English at first. And as he helped to integrate baseball in the 1950s, he was a target of racial slurs from fans and opponents, sometimes forced to stay in different motels from his teammates. But his speed, his power–and his resilient optimism–earned him multiple All-Star appearances and Gold Glloves in left field, and he became one of the most dominant and dynamic players of the 1950s.

“Minnie may have been passed over by the Baseball Hall of Fame during his lifetime, but for me and for generations of black and Latino people, Minnie’s quintessentially American story embodies far more than a plaque ever could.

“Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to his family and fans in Chicago, Cleveland, and around the world.”

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A Moving Tribute

Ron Kittle lays a bouquet of flowers at the statue of Minnie.

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A Goodbye from a Special Friend and Colleague

On an unbearably sad morning, upon hearing the news that legendary White Sox star and ambassador Orestes “Minnie” Minoso had passed away at the age of 90, amid the tears, the memories flowed.

Christine O’Reilly – recalling that Minnie, all of people, opened the ballpark door for her on her very first day with the White Sox in 1980 – didn’t even know where to start.  “He just loved the White Sox so much.”

She also recalled when Minnie was having photos taken for what would become his life-size sculpture at U.S. Cellular Field.  “I said ‘Minnie, you’re running late.  You’re always on time.’ He said ‘I had to do some sit-ups before I came so I looked nice for the sculpture.’”

At former White Sox owner Bill Veeck’s funeral, Minnie dressed in a full White Sox uniform.  “There was no one who cared more for the White Sox, and he wanted to pay his respect the proper way,” said O’Reilly.

Rest in peace, our friend.

Minnie in Elite Company

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Photos of the Day

Cuban icons past and present.

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Back in the day.

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A moment of silence for Minnie at today’s Bulls-Clippers game at the United Center.

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Sox Honor Cuban Stars Prior to Series Opener with Giants

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a brief two-game interleague series. Starters: LHP John Danks (5-5, 4.17) for the Sox, RHP Matt Cain (1-4, 3.84) for San Francisco.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

White Sox Baseball: A History of Cuban Stars

Today’s panel discussion featuring Cuban-born White Sox players past and present played to an enthusiastic crowd in the Conference & Learning Center.

Moderated by ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, whose family moved to the United States from Cuba shortly before he was born, the panel included Sox icon Minnie Minoso, current players Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Adrian Nieto and 2005 playoff hero Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez.

The players talked about a variety of topics. Here are a few tidbits:

El Duque:

On playing in Cuba vs. the U.S.:  “The primary difference is that you ride on a bike in Cuba, you ride in a car here. You eat steak here, you don’t know what it is there.” 

On the success of Cuban ballplayers: “I’m proud of what young Cuban players are doing in the major leagues. And they’re going to keep coming and show how good they are.”

On Minoso: “I want to thank Minnie for laying the groundwork (for Cuban players). None of that has been forgotten.”

Alexei:

On playing in Chicago: “I love it here. Fans treat me in a wonderful manner. They stop me on the street and say they love the way I play. They often ask me why I don’t take a day off. That’s not who I am.”

Dayan:

On the passion of Cuban players: “That’s how we’re taught to play the game. We celebrate the game. We try to give 110 percent every time we’re on the field.”

Jose:

On the difference between U.S and Cuban baseball: “It’s very different from a tactical sense. The way you play the game, the way you train, the way you work away from the game.”

Adrian:

On Abreu: “He’s the Cuban Babe Ruth.”

A Moment in Time

As you see from the photo below, while El Duque was at the ballpark today he struck his familiar pose from the 2005 American League Division Series against the Red Sox that is memorialized on the monument outside of the ballpark. Hernandez’s performance in Game 3 of the ALDS will go down as one of the most memorable moments in franchise history. He came on in relief and retired the side with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning (prompting the pose) and pitched three scoreless innings as the Sox won 5-3 to win the series.

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Jose, Alexei Maintain Standing in All-Star Voting

Abreu and Ramirez continue to hold on to second place at their respective positions in the All-Star Game fan voting. According to the latest results released yesterday, Jose is second behind the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera at first base and Alexei is right behind shortstop leader Derek Jeter of the Yankees.

Field of Greens

Our annual Field of Greens Golf Outing (presented by Miller Lite) was held yesterday at the Harborside International Golf Center as former and current Sox players joined Sox fans for an enjoyable day. The proceeds from the tournament benefit pediatric cancer research and treatment at Lurie Children’s Hospital and the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.

Among those participating yesterday was Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk:

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Inaugural #Social Series

The White Sox and Giants have teamed up for the inaugural #SocialSeries. As part of the #SocialSeries, each team will send a correspondent to the other team’s city.

The Giants’ correspondent is Alena Docena (@alenadee20_LWOS) The contest to be the White Sox #SocialSeries correspondent will launch July 1, and fans can find details at whitesox.com/socialseries.

Quote of the Day

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the two-game series and eight-game homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 1.97) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (7-2, 1.81) for San Francisco.

Photo of the Day

Worth another look: Paul Konerko‘s daughter Amelia stole the show during the ceremonial first pitch ceremony Sunday on Father’s Day. Here’s dad and daughter in the Sox dugout.

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Noesi Looking for Third Straight Win

Saturday, June 14, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-4, 5.40) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-5, 3.26) for KC.

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

 

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton singled twice, walked three times, scored a run and collected an RBI while Jose Abreu singled and drove in a run with a sac fly in last night’s loss to the Royals.

 

The Cuban Influence on the South Side

On Tuesday, the White Sox will host a private panel discussion and luncheon at U.S. Cellular Field called “White Sox Baseball: A History of Cuban Stars.”

Former White Sox Minnie Minoso and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez along with current players Abreu, Adrian Nieto, Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo will share their views and perspectves on the impact of Cuban players on baseball.

The discussion, primarily in Spanish with translations, will be moderated by ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez.

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Foster Family Day

Tomorrow is Foster Family Day at the ballpark.

For the eighth year in a row, Paul Konerko and his family are supporting the Bring Me Home Campaign, which brings attention to the needs of vulnerable children and families in Illinois through a partnership between the Sox and Children’s Home+Aid.

Konerko and Jim Thome and their families founded the campaign in 2007 and Gordon Beckham joined the effort three years later. In the first seven years of the program, the campaign has raised nearly $450,000 through more than 600 individual donors, while touching the lives of more than 1,500 children.

 

Michael Jordan Era Throwback Night

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’ Class AA affiliate, wore Michael Jordan-era throwback uniforms last night, which will be auctioned off as well.

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the Sox’ opponents interest in Abreu:

“They’re just impressed with his professionalism. He’s not a flamboyant guy, but he comes to work. I think they come out, even for BP, and watch him.

“I think everybody’s interested because they’ve heard about him but they haven’t seen him, so everybody comes out to watch. That’s the first thing they notice, is how he goes about his work. He’s very meticulous and professional about his work, and I think people appreciate that.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-3, 5.25) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (7-3, 3.34) for Kansas City.

 

Photo of the Day

Actor/comedian Kevin Hart, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch last night, spent some time with his White Sox buddies while at the ballpark. That’s Scott Carroll kneeling in front of Hart with Eaton, Zach Putnam, Daniel Webb and Javy Guerra standing left to right in the back row.

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White Sox Hoping to Get Hot in Cleveland

Friday, May 2, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-1, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (0-3, 6.04) for the Tribe. Danks owns a 2.70 ERA and a .229 opponents average over two road starts this season.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Semien 3B, Nieto C.

Happy Early Returns

Through April, the White Sox lead the American League in runs scored (154) and rank among the league leaders in runs per game (2nd, 5.31), average (2nd, .269), slugging percentage (2nd, .431), OPS (2nd, .764), home runs (3rd, 32) and doubles (3rd, 58)…the Sox have scored six-plus runs 12 times with 13 10-plus hit efforts, both tied for the second-most in the major leagues…the Sox lead MLB with 66 runs scored after the seventh inning…we are second in the American League with a .286 average with runners in scoring position, including a .308 mark over the last 10 games. Alexei Ramirez (4th, .438), Jose Abreu (T13th, .375) and Conor Gillaspie (15th, .368) all rank among the AL Top 20 in this category…Ramirez (.351) and Dayan Viciedo (.348) rank first and second among AL hitters in batting average…Ramirez ranks among the American League pacesetters in batting average with two strikes (1st, .378), two outs (2nd, .406) and RISP with two outs (8th, .455)…Jeff Keppinger is scheduled to start an injury rehab assignment tonight with Class AA Birmingham vs. Mobile. He has been on the DL recovering from right shoulder surgery…Felipe Paulino is scheduled to make his first rehab start tomorrow with Class AAA Charlotte at Buffalo. He’s been on the DL since April 19 with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Bleacher Report Weighs in on Abreu’s Great Start

According to Bleacher Report, here are the 10 best player debuts in April since 1947, the year MLB created the Rookie of the Year award. Jackie Robinson won that first year and now the award is named after him.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2046286-where-jose-abreus-debut-month-ranks-among-mlbs-best-ever

Adam Eaton’s “Center Field” Highlights

http://atmlb.com/1n6rktT

More Eaton: With McNeil and Spiegel on 670 The Score

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/?podcast_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.podtrac.com%2Fpts%2Fredirect.mp3%2Fnyc.podcast.play.it%2Fmedia%2Fd0%2Fd0%2Fd1%2Fd5%2Fd7%2FdS%2FdT%2F157ST_3.MP3%3Fauthtok%3D5562391692998713468_xK15D5RHLNFNdUp8dqtR35l3asM&podcast_name=Adam+Eaton+with+McNeil+and+Spiegel+5-1-14&podcast_artist=McNeil+and+Spiegel&station_id=391&tag=pages&dcid=CBS.CHI

Quote of the Day

It’s interesting to note that Minnie Minoso–the White Sox’ most prominent Cuban-born player and arguably the most popular figure in the history of the franchise–broke the Sox’ color barrier 63 years ago yesterday (May 1, 1951), becoming the team’s first black player. In his first plate appearance with the Sox Minnie hit a home run off of Vic Raschi of the Yankees.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (505 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-0, 1.23) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (0-1, 4.84) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

The #Soxarazzi winner is…

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Scott Carroll Set to Make Big-League Debut

Sunday, April 27, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (pictured above), making his first major league start, for the Sox and LHP David Price (3-1, 4.04) for Tampa Bay. Carroll is 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA in four starts this season with Class AAA Charlotte. He was a third-round selection of the Reds in 2007 and joined the Sox organization in 2012.

Carroll is a Missouri native who attended Missouri State, where he also played quarterback. Here, in this first person piece, Scott talks about his long road to the major leagues and, specifically, his Tommy John surgery.

http://www.chicagonow.com/future-sox/2014/02/prospect-perspective-pitcher-scott-carroll-on-the-tommy-john-process/

And he’s apparently a very funny guy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maJzUsUBjf0

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham singled and doubled and Paul Konerko collected a pair of base hits last night in the Sox’ 4-0 loss to the Rays…Newcomer Hector Noesi, making his first appearance for his new team, pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Scott Downs threw two scoreless frames, his longest scoreless stint of the season, in relief of John Danks.

Sox Notes of Note

To make room for Carroll, the Sox optioned right-handed pitcher Erik Johnson to Class AAA Charlotte following last night’s game. Also, Avi Garcia has been transferred from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list…White Sox relievers are 1-0 with a 2.67 ERA over the last eight games…Dayan Viciedo (.368) and Alexei Ramirez (.343) rank first and fourth in the American League in batting average. Tyler Flowers is hitting .388, which would lead the league if he had the required plate appearances…Sox second-base prospect Micah Johnson is now at .360/.447/.528 for a .975 OPS at Class AA Birmingham. He went 3-4 last night vs. Chattanooga.

Quote of the Day

Noesi is happy he’s in Chicago with pitching coach Don Cooper after previous stints with the Yankees, Mariners and Rangers.

“I’ve been hearing a lot about him (Coop), he is good. So I’m going to trust him with my stuff.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 6.52) for Tampa Bay.

Photo of the Day

The White Sox Cuban connection then and now: Sox icon Minnie Minoso throws the ceremonial first pitch last night to his powerful countryman

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“New Look” White Sox Riding a Winning Wave

Thursday, April 22, 2013 

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for their sixth victory in a row and a three-game sweep of Kansas City in the final game of our seven-game road trip. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (8-8, 3.19) for K.C. “Q” is 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA over 12 starts on the road this season and overall has limited righthanded hitters to a .238 average, which ranks fourth in the American League just behind teammate Hector Santiago (third, .237) among lefty starters.

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

The White Sox and the Civil Rights Game

David Haugh has written a terrific piece that appears in today’s Trib. It is centered on Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams and our club’s close connection with the annual Civil Rights Game, which will be played at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday vs. Texas.

http://trib.in/13ScXvq

Sox icon Minnie Minoso will take part in the festivities surrounding the Civil Rights Game. Scott Merkin, via whitesox.com, writes about Minoso’s impact. 

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130822&content_id=57936194&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws&tcid=tw_article_57936194

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More on Minnie…

Minoso’s accomplishments seem to have been ignored in the publicity surrounding Ichiro’s 4,000th professional hit. Not so fast, says Scott Simkus on sabr.com.

http://sabr.org/latest/simkus-ichiro-suzuki-minnie-minoso-and-4000-career-professional-hits

Teammates Give Avisail Garcia Rave Reviews

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/22075661-574/sox-avisail-garcia-his-ceiling-is-off-the-charts.html

D.J. Hits the Half-Century Mark

Happy Birthday to former Sox player and current radio analyst Darrin Jackson, who celebrates his 50th birthday today.

Play(s) of the Day

We won our third straight series last night with the 5-2 triumph over the Royals, following series wins over the Tigers and Twins–all, of course, A.L. Central foes…Andre Rienzo became the first Brazilian-born pitcher to win a major league game and Dayan Viciedo backed him with a 3-for-4 night highlighted by a fourth-inning grand slam…Conor Gillaspie also had a three-hit night and scored a run…Avi Garcia extended his hitting streak to eight games by beating out a routine grounder to shortstop–another example of his exceptional speed. He’s batting .394 during his career-high streak.

Viciedo’s blast:

http://atmlb.com/18L3466

Quote(s) of the Day

Robin talks about last night’s heroes:

On Rienzo: “Just a good, gutsy job by him. Any time a guy gets his first win it’s special.”

On Viciedo“Tank swung it great. I don’t know if we have seen him swing it like this. It’s nice to see. He’s probably making some changes and it works.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (9-11, 2.78) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (6-3, 3.48) for Texas.

Did You Know…

…that Addison Reed’s 33 saves are the most for a White Sox pitcher under the age of 25 and last night also became the first Sox pitcher to record a save in five consecutive team games? He’s the first major leaguer to save five straight team games since Francisco Rodriguez did it for the Angels in June/July of 2008.

Roster Move

Leury Garcia Joins Sox

Infielder Leury Garcia, acquired from Texas in the Alex Rios trade, has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte. He replaces Blake Tekotte (who was optioned yesterday to Charlotte) on the active roster. Garcia has combined to hit .265 with four triples, four home runs, 20 RBI, 15 stolen bases and 34 runs scored in 55 games this season between Charlotte and Class AAA Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League.  He has made 47 appearances at shortstop, six in center field and two at second base. His first name is pronounced Lay-OOH-ree.

Photo of the Day

Last night’s win gave the Sox a season-high five-game winning streak. Here’s what you might call a “victory party” after a win earlier in the streak:

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A Sweep is in our Sights

Wednesday, April 7, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28) for the Sox, LHP C.C. Sabathia (9-10, 4.78) for N.Y. Santiago has a 3.15 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched (15 starts). Over his last six starts his ERA is 2.75.

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

For Starters…

White Sox starting pitchers rank among the top American League rotations in ERA (2nd, 3.80), strikeout/walk ratio (3rd, 3.04), batting average (3rd, .247), quality starts (5th, 64) and strikeouts per nine innings (5th, 7.83).

The Great Rivera

As future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera takes his farewell tour around major league ballparks this summer celebrating 19 spectacular seasons, he has been showered with goodbye gifts and has met with groups of fans throughout baseball.

Last night, we presented Mariano with a framed scorecard from the first time he appeared at New Comiskey Park on July 4, 1995, a game in which he started; a photo collage from his save on September 19, 2001, following the 9/11 attacks eight days before; and a donation in his name to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. We also introduced Rivera at a pre-game session to a group of fans and Sox staff members who represent who the White Sox are. Here’s Scott Merkin’s story on whitesox.com:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130806&content_id=56131838&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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Play of the Day

Chris Sale was in All-Star form last night, pitching a strong 7.1 innings while earning his seventh win of the season. He gave up just a first inning run and allowed only five hits while striking out six…Alejandro De Aza’s two-out, run-scoring double in the seventh drove in Gordon Beckhamwhich turned out to be the decisive run in the 3-2 victory.

Take a look at Sale’s performance and De Aza’s clutch hit:

http://atmlb.com/13F4FKM

http://atmlb.com/13ERCZU

Quote of the Day

A smiling Beckham commented on the usually slow-footed Paulie, who avoided hitting into a double play in the sixth by beating the throw to first, allowing the Sox to score the go-ahead run:

He works constantly on his speed, as we all know, and he blazed a trail down to first and got us the win. All kidding aside, that’s pretty gutsy for him to do that, because his back is probably not 100 percent. He’s gutting it out, and you’ve got to like that. That’s why he’s Paulie. We love him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day.

On Friday, the White Sox and Twins will play a doubleheader. The extra game is a makeup contest that was originally scheduled for April 19, but postponed due to inclement weather.

Game 1 (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP John Danks (2-9, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.69) for the Twins.

Game 2 (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP Charlie Leesman will be making his big-league debut for the Sox, TBA for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that according to South Side Sox (southsidesox.com) the White Sox have indeed touched up the normally untouchable Mariano on a few occasions? Enjoy this interesting look back:

http://www.southsidesox.com/2013/8/6/4592810/mariano-rivera-white-sox-blown-saves-losses

Photo of the Day

On Monday, President Obama hosted a group of former Negro League players and honored them for their contributions to American history, civil rights and athletics. One of the players attending was none other than White Sox icon Minnie Minoso, shown here giving his own state of the union.

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Sox Enter Brave New World as Second Half Begins

Friday, July 19, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Braves at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-6, 4.31) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (6-7, 4.02) for Atlanta. Danks has a 2.22 ERA and a .196 opponents average at home this season with four quality starts.

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

Paulie’s Rehab

Paul Konerko began his four-day rehab with the Class AA Birmingham Barons last night going 1-2 with a walk and a run-scoring single as the DH.

Walker to be Honored

Greg Walker will be the next member of the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox to be honored at a Sunday home game. In town as the hitting coach of the Braves, Walker will be feted this Sunday before the finale of the three-game series with Atlanta. He was a first baseman on the ’83 team as well, of course, as serving as the Sox hitting coach prior to joining the Braves.

Makeup Game

The White Sox-Blue Jays game, postponed on June 12, has been rescheduled for Monday, September 23 (7:10 p.m., CT) at U.S. Cellular Field.

Minor League News & Notes

The White Sox have signed left-handed hitting first baseman Travis Ishikawa to a minor league contract. Ishikawa, 29, who has played for San Francisco, Milwaukee, Baltimore and the Yankees, will report to Class AAA Charlotte…Middle infielder Toby Thomas, playing at Advanced Rookie Bristol, had quite a week from July 8-14 and as a result he was named the Appalachian League’s Player of the Week. Thomas batted .423 with two home runs, three doubles, eight runs batted in, six runs scored and a stolen base. He raised his slugging percentage to a hefty .769.

Minnie

Sox icon Minnie Minoso will receive another prestigious award to add to his vast collection. On Tuesday in New Orleans, Minnie will receive the Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence by the National Council of La Raza at the group’s annual conference awards gala.

The organization presents the award, named in honor of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, each year to an individual or organization in the sports industry.

First Lady Michelle Obama is the keynote speaker at the conference.

Fifth Annual Charities Week

Chicago White Sox Charities Week, our annual fundraising campaign, will be celebrated during the the upcoming homestand and runs from July 22-28. Charities Week engages fans attending games, as well as those following along from home. The first four Charities Weeks raised a combined total of more than $677,000. 

Fans attending games during the week can participate in a number of unique fundraising activities. 

Mr. Zero Returns

Shingo “Mr. Zero” Takatsu, the popular reliever who saved 19 games for the Sox in 2004 and eight more at the start of the 2005 championship season, will be at the ballpark tomorrow. He’ll throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs.

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Sale Profiled in ESPN The Magazine

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/9482248/white-sox-pitcher-chris-sale-skinny-stature-lasting-career-espn-magazine

Play of the Day

Chris’s brilliant performance in the All-Star Game is still fresh in our minds. Take another look:

http://atmlb.com/1armBda

Quote of the Day

Sale, a top candidate himself, modestly commenting Tuesday night on Mariano Rivera winning the All-Star Game MVP (via Dan Hayes, CSNChicago.com).

“There’s no other MVP in this clubhouse other than (Rivera). He stole the show.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Braves at U.S. Cellular Field (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Just reinstated from the disabled list, RHP Jake Peavy (6-4, 4.30) is scheduled for the Sox, Paul Maholm (9-8, 3.98 for Atlanta.

Did You Know…

…that Chris Sale became the seventh White Sox pitcher to earn the win in the All-Star Game and first since Mark Buehrle in 2005? The others were Eddie Smith (1941), Early Wynn (1958), Ray Herbert (1962), Jack McDowell (1993), James Baldwin (2000). The seven All-Star wins are second only to the Giants (8) in major league history.

Photo(s) of the Day

PK the Baron.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/yej0zek8durz3zf/KonerkoComments7-18.mov

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Close, But…

Thursday, February 28, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
No Victory This Time
 
The White Sox (3-1-2) dropped a close 4-3 decision to the Brewers today at Maryvale, their first loss of the spring. Gordon Beckham and Tyler Saladino each singled in a run, Josh Bell smashed a ninth inning solo homer and Alejandro De Aza collected two singles. Starter Scott Snodgress gave up a pair of runs, including a homer, on a pair of hits in three innings–in an outing that pleased Robin Ventura. Dylan Axelrod gave up a lone hit in two scoreless frames and Zach Stewart and Matt Lindstrom each blanked the Brewers in their one-inning stints.
 
Did My Eyes Deceive Me?
 
No, that was indeed Brent Morel who came in to play shortstop in the fifth inning.
 
“I grew up playing shortstop all my life, high school, college and played about 25 games at Charlotte, it’s fun to be out there again,” Morel said after the game. “My goal is still to play third base everyday, that has to be your mindset, but if they want me to play other positions in order for me to break camp on the 25-man roster, I’ll do anything for that.”
 
Not Bad, Not Bad at All
 
Heading into today’s game with the Brewers, the White Sox led the Cactus League in triples (six) and on-base percentage (.399), were second in average (.317 and slugging percentage (.532), third in runs scored (42) and RBI (40) and fourth in home runs (seven)…Sox pitchers ranked second in the CL opponents average (.238) and fourth in ERA (4.20)…Seth Loman was tied for second in the CL with six RBI, ranked third with a 1.000 slugging percentage and is tied for third with two homers.
 
Everybody Loves Minnie
 
White Sox legend Minnie Minoso was honored today by the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute, receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award. The students honored Minnie’s legacy by preparing an array of presentations exploring the African-American roots in Latino heritage, including the discrimination Afro-Latinos sometimes faced by being Black and speaking Spanish.
 
Quote of the Day
 
New bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen, who once held the single-season major league record for saves (57) as a member of the Sox, on the makeup of the bullpen: “Potentially we could have one of the best in baseball. I really believe that. We’ve got power arms and we’ve got a good mix of veterans and young guys.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Sox rightfielder Keenyn Walker nailed the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy at the plate for the third out of the fourth inning after Lucroy attempted to score from second on Caleb Gindl’s single.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Cleveland at Goodyear (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Chris Sale makes his first spring training start vs. the Indians’ Justin Masterson. 
 
Starting lineup: De Aza, cf; Beckham, 2b; Rios, rf; Dunn, 1b; Viciedo, rf; Gimenez, c; Morel, 3b; Jordan Danks, dh; Marcus Semien, ss.  
 
Did You Know…
 
that White Sox non-roster invitee Steve Tolleson, an infielder, is the son of former major league infielder Wayne, who played for the Sox (1986) during his10-year major league career.
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Minnie and Principal Leandra Khan of the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute.
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