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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) as the now three-game series resumes after last night’s postponement. Starters: LHP John Danks (4-5, 4.32) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (6-5, 4.19) for Detroit.
Danks is 1-1 with a 1.21 ERA over his last three starts. He earned the win in his last outing on June 4 against the Dodgers in LA, tossing 7.1 innings, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out five and walking three. It was his ninth quality start of the season and he’s 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA in six starts at USCF.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Nieto C.
Pitching, Pitching, Pitching
White Sox starters own an American League-best 3.16 ERA in 19 games since May 20…the Sox bullpen has recorded a 1.69 ERA over its last 12 games.
Jose Abreu is hitting .388 with five doubles, five home runs and 15 RBI in his last 12 home games. Gordon Beckham is batting .393 over his last seven games and .344 over his last 23. Adam Dunn is hitting .375 with three home runs and five RBI in his last four games while Conor Gillaspie is at .538 over his last four games and is batting .397 over his last 20.
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox have agreed to terms with nine of their Top 10 selections in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, including second-rounder RHP Spencer Adams (44th overall) and third-rounder LHP Jace Fry (77th overall), and 28 players total. Adams is from White County High School in Cleveland, Ga. Fry is an Oregon State product…the Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher Shawn Hill from Toronto in exchange for cash and assigned him to Class AAA Charlotte. He went 2-1 with a 4.85 ERA in six games (four starts) with Class AAA Buffalo.
Here are Adams (top) and Fry signing their contracts today at U.S. Cellular Field:
Quote of the Day
Although Avi Garcia is extremely frustrated he can’t be with his teammates on the field this season because of his injury, he knows he has a lot to look forward to. Here are his thoughts on teammate Abreu and what it will be like to be in the lineup with Jose when he returns.
“Amazing. He has a lot of power. He’s great in the field. He has a great attitude, everything. He’s good. I’m happy to have him here on the team, and I can’t wait to see what we can do together. Let’s see what happens. Let’s go.”
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 2.06) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (7-2, 3.38) for Detroit.
Photo/Video of the Day
Never leave early.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 1.59) for the Sox, RHP Matt Shoemaker (3-1, 3.54) for LA.
Chris will be making his eighth start of the season. In his last start, on Sunday vs. San Diego, he allowed just one run, two hits, walked none and struck out nine in his sixth career complete start. It was also the first CG by a Sox pitcher this year.
He owns an 0.72 ERA with 33 strikeouts and a .051 opponents average over his last four starts. Since he returned from the disabled list, hitters are 3-56 against him and he still hasn’t given up a hit to a left-handed batter this season (0-32).
Sale is 3-0 with a 0.36 ERA in six career appearances against the Angels. He earned the win in his last start against the Halos, on May 17, 2013 in Anaheim, striking out 12 in 7.2 innings pitched.
Plays of the Day
Adam Dunn went 3-5 with a two-run homer (No. 10) and three RBI and Alejandro De Aza connected with a solo blast (No. 5) in last night’s loss to the Angels…Conor Gillaspie and Alexei Ramirez each added a pair of hits. Gillaspie is now hitting .340, Ramirez .321…Scott Carroll gave up a lone run and a pair of hits in 4.1 innings of relief.
Here’s Dunn’s homer, the 450th of his career, which gives him sole possession of 36th place on the all-time list, passing Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero.
The First-Year Player Draft concludes today with Rounds 11-40. The Sox picks will be reviewed in tomorrow’s post.
Here is a comprehensive rundown on how the Sox fared yesterday on Day 2.
Quote of the Day
Dunn on the historical significance of his 450th:
“People don’t realize you say the name Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero and, not that long ago, they were really two of the best in the game. Obviously, growing up an Astros fan, Bagwell and (Craig) Biggio were the kings. Numbers are cool when you are done playing and sit back and tell your kids about them.”
White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium (2:35 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Jose Quintana (3-5, 3.31) for the Sox, LHP C.J. Wilson (6-4, 3.05) for the Halos.
Photo of the Day
De Aza unloads.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
North Carolina State left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon is the newest White Sox, selected tonight with the third pick in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft. Rodon, 21, was 25-10 with a 2.24 ERA in three seasons with the Wolfpack. He has a mid-90s fastball and considered by most to have the best slider in the draft.
“(Rodon) was the consensus guy we targeted since his sophomore season,” said Sox Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann. “With his type of fastball and slider he would be a guy on the so-called the fast track, but it’s unfair to say he’ll be on the same track Sale was on (Chris came up to the White Sox just weeks after he was drafted).
“We’re excited because number one, we know how competitive this kid is. The most important thing is we get started on getting him comfortable with the organization.”
With their second-round pick (44th overall), the Sox selected Spencer Adams (pictured below), a right-handed pitcher from White County High School in Georgia. Adams has a 95 mph fastball and struck out 90 in 52 innings this season.
“He’s a real athletic kid,” said Assistant Scouting Director Nick Hostetler. “He’s an exciting player, projectable but also shows now stuff. His makeup is off the charts, we’re happy he got to us. It’s a very, very exciting addition based off adding as many quality arms as we possibly can.”
Another Sox-related draft note: Conor Gillaspie‘s brother Casey was selected by Tampa Bay with the 20th pick in the first round. He’s a switch-hitting first baseman out of Wichita State, which is also where Conor played his college ball.
Plays of the Day
The discussion in the Sox clubhouse after last night’s impressive 2-1 win over the Dodgers centered on this question: What was the game’s highlight, Leury Garcia‘s first career home run or John Danks‘ second career hit? And the lively conversation didn’t even include Adam Dunn’s solo homer, his ninth of the season and 449th of his career, tying him for 36th place with Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero on the all-time home run list. Click on this link and watch Dunn go deep. http://m.mlb.com/video/v33443173
Another highlight that should have been in the mix was Danks’ third straight dominant start, as he allowed just one run and two hits over 7.1 innings to win his fourth game of the year. He has given up just three earned runs and 13 hits in his last 22.1 innings with 13 strikeouts and four walks.
Sox Notes of Note
With last night’s victory the White Sox won the series vs. the Dodgers, two games to one. They also moved a game over .500 at 31-30 and now trail the first-place Tigers by just 2.5 games in the American League Central. The second-place Sox have gained 6 1/2 games on Detroit since May 18.
The White Sox Amateur City Elite Program Front and Center in College Baseball Tourney
Hawk and Steve Talk About the Passing of Baseball Icon Don Zimmer
Quote of the Day
The great Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully taking note of the size difference between White Sox teammates Leury Garcia and Adam Dunn.
“Garcia looks like he fell out of Dunn’s pocket.”
After today’s off-day, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-2, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (6-4, 3.33) for LA.
Photo/Video of the Day
Career round-tripper No. 1 for Leury:
Thursday, June 6, 2013
White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox vs. RHP Dan Straily (3-2, 4.60) for Oakland. The two pitchers faced each other last Saturday in Oakland as the A’s pushed across a run in the bottom of the 10th for a 4-3 win.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Beckham, 2B, Flowers, C.
Peavy on DL, Fresh Arms Arrive After Last Night’s 16-Inning Win
Before tonight’s game, the Sox placed Jake Peavy on the 15-day disabled list with a rib fracture, optioned Brian Omogrosso to Class AAA Charlotte, recalled reliever Deunte Heath from Charlotte and purchased the contract of reliever Ramon Troncoso from the Knights.
Draft Starts Tonight
The 2013 MLB Draft begins tonight with the first two rounds and competitive balance rounds. The draft continues tomorrow with rounds 3-10 and concludes on Sunday with rounds 11-40.
The Sox own the 17th and 55th picks in the initial two rounds.
Two-time MVP Frank Thomas, the seventh pick overall by the Sox in 1989, will represent the club tonight during the opening round.
A Lefty Weekend
With Quintana, Chris Sale, John Danks and Hector Santiago scheduled to start for the Sox against the A’s this weekend, it marks the first time that the club has started all lefthanders in a four-game series since July of 1980 when Britt Burns, Steve Trout, Ross Baumgarten and Rich Wortham faced the Royals.
“Inside the White Sox” Anniversary
So when a friend mentioned to me recently that today is the eighth anniversary of this blog, I stopped in my tracks. It’s been eight years? That is a lot of wins, losses and words …
The anniversary also hits hard because I started this blog in the middle of the 2005 season, so it also means it’s been eight years since we spent October covered in champagne. THAT, just doesn’t seem right.
The concept of a blog was just hitting in 2005 when I decided to take a shot at creating a White Sox front office blog. Folks at MLB say I was the first, or one of the first, club officials to begin an online diary of sorts, but my main goal was to take advantage of this new technology to speak directly to the fans, to share info and insights and to also hear from fans in return. And I have tried to keep my eyes and ears open for funny lines and funny moments. In most major league clubhouses, there is always something funny happening. My goal has been to share those moments with our fans in a way that doesn’t betray confidences, but that leaves people laughing. You are the best judges as to whether I have succeeded or not.
Ultimately, the fun in this has been connecting with White Sox fans, passionate, passionate Sox fans. Many have read along and followed me for years. Many attended our Blog Nights and Social Media nights so that I was able to connect faces with online names. I’ve also heard from so many fans who don’t ever post but love to read. For example, my mom and dad read all the time and always tell me how much they love my stories (but not always my spelling).
But I do think more people than just my mom and dad have been along for this eight-year ride. I appreciate that you are willing to spend a little of your valuable time reading this blog, and most importantly, caring about the White Sox.
After all, we never forget that it is our fans who truly matter.
I will never forget the first day I posted to this blog because the earth moved … literally. I finally found some time while the team was in San Diego to figure out how this thing worked. So sitting in my hotel room on the water in San Diego, I posted my first post. If my memory is correct, the next morning was a Sunday. I woke up and was getting dressed to head to the ballpark. Sitting on the edge of the bed, I felt a jolt.
What was that?
I walked to the window, partly expecting to see people running from the building (I might have been on the 30th floor). Nothing.
I flipped on the TV and kept packing.
The news quickly circulated that San Diego has just suffered a small (seemed big to me) earthquake.
Wow, I didn’t think then, but think today for dramatic license, that this blog thing is pretty powerful. It moved the earth and all … HA!
Quote of the Day
With Robin on his way to his daughter’s high school graduation, bench coach Mark Parent managed the end of last night’s marathon. He spoke to the media following the game:
“Hopefully those guys grinding offensively late in the game carries over until tomorrow (today) and the future, that’s the good part about it…the whole pitching staff and the team really rallied around each other in the dugout and it was really good to see.”
Play of the Day
It was also heartening to see the way the Sox persevered last night. Losing the lead in the 14th on the Kyle Seager grand slam was deflating, but we came right back to win and end the losing streak.
White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-3, 2.44) for the Sox, RHP Jarrod Parker (4-6, 4.90). Sale and Parker face each other for the second time this week. They were the mound opponents in a tight pitching duel last Sunday in Oakland with Parker winning 2-0.
Did You Know…
…that, according to Parent, if last night’s game would have gone longer, outfielder Casper Wells–who pitched during his college days at Towson State–would have been called upon for mound duty. All seven relievers on the Sox active roster saw action in the extra-inning affair.
Photo of the Day
Parent, shown here congratulating Alex Rios, will be managing the Sox again tonight in Robin’s absence.