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News from the Dominican: Sox Sign Four International Free Agents

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Today’s News From the DR

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I joined White Sox Senior Vice President/General Manager Rick Hahn and Special Assistant to the General Manager, International Operations Marco Paddy today at a press conference at The Hotel Plaza Naco in the Dominican Republic as the Sox Sox signed four international free agents.

“Today’s signing ceremony is another step in a process that began two and a half years ago when Marco joined our organization with the goal of increasing our profile in Latin America, “ Hahn said. “Each of these young men here today is another talented addition to the Chicago White Sox organization.”

“I am very excited about the potential of these four players and our entire 2014 class,” Paddy said. “I have gotten to know each of these players and their families very well over the last year, and I have been very impressed by their abilities on the baseball diamond and their character as young men. Their futures are exciting.”

The White Sox expect additional Latin American signings in the coming months.

The Newest Members of the White Sox Organization

Jhoandro Alfaro, C: Alfaro, 16, is rated the No. 28 international prospect by MLB.com. He is the younger brother of Jorge Alfaro, a catcher in the Rangers’ organization. The native of Sincelejo, Colombia is 6-foot-1, 180-pounds and a switch-hitter.

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Felix Mercedes, INF:  Mercedes is a native of Moca, Dominican Republic. He’s 17 and 6-foot-2, 185 pounds.

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Ricky Mota, SS: Mota is a 5-11, 170-pound 16-year-old from Nigua, Dominican Republic.

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Amado Nunez, SS: Nunez, also 16, is rated by Baseball America and MLB.com as the No. 26 international prospect. The native of Santiago, Dominican Republic is 6-foot-2, 178 pounds and has already competed in international tournaments in Mexico and Venezuela.

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More to Come Tomorrow

I will have more observations about our trip to the Dominican in tomorrow’s post. Ready to fly home after a couple of fun and productive days.

Photos of the Day

Here are four members of the Sox braintrust during our visit to the Dominican: Hahn, Assistant Director of Scouting Nick Hostetler, Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann and Paddy.

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The Sox’ Dominican Academy headquarters.

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Noesi, Carroll Aim to Extend Sox Winning Streak in Today’s Twin Bill

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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Today’s News

Due to last night’s postponement, the Sox and Angels will play a straight doubleheader today at U.S. Cellular Field.

The first game is scheduled at 4:10 p.m., CT, and the nightcap at 7:10 p.m., or 30 minutes after the end of Game 1.

RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.07) will start in the opener for the White Sox vs. RHP Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76) for the Halos. Scott Carroll (2-4, 4.76) will do likewise for the Sox in Game 2 vs. RHP Jered Weaver (8-6, 3.33) for LA.

Heading into the twin bill, the Sox are riding the wave of a three-game winning streak.

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

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Sox Save Best for Last on 11-Game Trip…Angels in the House

Monday, June 30, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand after the Sox took the final three games of the four-game series in Toronto and the 11-game road trip. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.07) for the Sox, RHP Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76) for the Halos.

Noesi is making his 12th start since arriving in Chicago. He is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA over his last six outings and has worked seven innings or more three times during that span. During his time with the Sox he has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 5.07. He received a no-decision in his last start on June 25 in Baltimore despite allowing just two earned runs over 7.0 IP.

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

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana was on top of his game again yesterday, tossing seven shutout innings and allowing just three hits with seven strikeouts for his fifth win of the year in the Sox’ 4-0 whitewash of  Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays…Eric Surkamp (eighth inning) and Jake Petricka (ninth) finished off the club’s first shutout of 2014, each pitching a scoreless inning…Moises Sierra got revenge on his former Toronto mates with his second homer of the season (click on link below), a double and a fine catch in foul territory…Tyler Flowers singled in a pair of key insurance runs in the eighth…Jose Abreu singled in a run for his 64th RBI and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games, which is also the longest current streak in the big leagues.

http://atmlb.com/1pCHRIi

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Sox Duo Holding Steady

Abreu and Alexei Ramirez remain in second place at their respective positions in the updated American League All-Star voting. Jose trails only the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera at first base and Alexei is behind perennial All-Star starter Derek Jeter of the Yankees at shortstop.

The voting closes at 11:59 p.m., ET, on Thursday. Both AL and National League rosters will be revealed at 7:00 p.m., ET, Sunday evening on ESPN during a special selection show.

Still time to vote.

Sox Notes of Note

Abreu’s solid showing in the All-Star voting should come as no surprise even though the rookie has just come onto the scene. He leads the majors in slugging percentage (.625), home run ratio (10,88) and RBI ratio (4.25) and ranks among the leaders in home runs (T1st, 25), RBI (T3rd, 64), extra-base hits (T3rd, 43) and OPS (7th, .953)…Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 22 of his last 23 games and is batting .375 with a .462 on-base percentage over his last 15 games to raise his season average from .251 to .279…Sox starting pitchers have made six quality starts in the last seven games, posting a 2.80 ERA…Fifty-two of the White Sox’ 83 games this year have been decided by three runs or less, including 10 of their last 12.

Quote of the Day

Paul Konerko…

On facing Buehrle, his friend and long-time Sox teammate:

“It’s weird facing him. It’s weird just seeing him in a different uniform. It never looks right to me, but it’s part of the game. There are a lot of guys you wish wouldn’t move teams, but it happens. You go out there and try and do your job. It’s not necessarily something you look forward to or enjoy, but it’s a job and you have to go do it.”

On his decision to come back this season in a part-time role:

“From a team standpoint, it’s been great. Judging from where we were last year, we’re actually playing good baseball and competing. Personally, it’s probably been everything I thought it would be. Different, but no regrets on doing it.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m, CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (2-4, 4.76) for the Sox, Jered Weaver (8-6, 3.33) for LA.

Photo of the Day

Right on Q.

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With a Series Win in Our Sights, We Face an Old Friend

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (12:07 p.m., CT, WGN) as the Sox, winners of two of three and two straight so far in Toronto, go for the series win in the finale of the four-game series and 11-game road trip. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.69) for the Sox vs. former Sox All-Star LHP Mark Buehrle (10-4, 2.52) for the Jays.

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

Plays of the Day

Scoreless through six innings yesterday afternoon with only one hit off of rookie Marcus Stroman–an Adam Dunn double–the Sox stunned the Jays for three runs in the seventh on their way to the 4-3 triumph…with one out Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double, Dunn walked for the second time and Dayan Viciedo hit his eighth homer (and his second in as many nights) on the first pitch from reliever Jays’ Dustin McGowan to give the Sox a 3-2 advantage…pinch-hitter Alexei Ramirez drove in the fourth run an inning later with a single after Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham also singled…Chris Sale went seven innings, allowing two runs and four hits with a half-dozen strikeouts. He is now 7-1 with a 2.30 ERA…Zach Putnam tossed 1.1 innings for his first save.

The Viciedo homer:

http://atmlb.com/1pBb4TV

Saturday Afternoon Delight

In one of the most bizarre stats of the season, yesterday’s victory was our first on a Saturday in 2014.

Dunner

With his single, double and pair of walks yesterday, Dunn has now reached base four times in a game 73 times. That’s the fifth-most among current lefty hitters. He’s behind only Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi, David Ortiz and Joe Mauer.

Quote of the Day

Sale on Viciedo, the bullpen and yesterday’s big Sox win:

“Viciedo coming up with that big hit, our bullpen locking it down, that’s the dichotomy between good and bad baseball. When you’re going, good stuff happens. Luckily for myself, we had some fight in us, and Viciedo flat out won the game for us.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.07) for the Sox, RHP Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76) for the Halos.

Photo of the Day

Boys will be boys. The old “chewing gum on the cap” prank is played on the rehabbing Avi Garcia.

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Sale Seeks Saturday Success After Friday Power Surge

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (12:07 p.m, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-1, 2.27) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (4-2, 4.25) for Toronto.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C, L. Garcia SS. 
(Ramirez is out of starting lineup for the first time this season, having played in all 81 games. Robin wanted to get everyone a day off on the road trip).

Plays of the Day

 
The Sox rode the wave of four home runs and a strong performance by John Danks last night to defeat the Blue Jays, 5-4, in the second game of the four-game series. Jose Abreu connected with a pair of solo shots, his 24th and 25th of the season to tie for the major-league lead, Alexei Ramirez went deep with a two-run blast, his eighth, and Dayan Viciedo added his seventh with the bases empty…Danks got credit for his seventh win, allowing just two runs on five hits and a pair of walks in six innings pitched…Jake Petricka went 0.2 innings in the ninth for his second save of the year.
Here are the four homers in the order they were hit: Abreu and Viciedo in the 5th inning and Abreu again and Ramirez in the seventh:
 
Jose now owns a 12-game hitting streak, batting .367 with six home runs and 12 RBI during that span…he has also reached the 25-homer mark the fastest in MLB history and is the first rookie with 25 home runs before July 1 since Mark McGwire in 1987, according to the Elias Sports Bureau…Abreu joins the Braves’ Bob Horner as the only players with four multi-homer efforts in their first 67 games…these two gems from @ckamka: Jose’s numbers since returning from DL: .319/.364/.703 with 10 homers, 21 RBI in 23 games and the Sox first baseman has now homered off of four different former Cy Young Award winners (Justin Verlander,David PriceClayton Kershaw and R.A. Dickey).
 
Minor League Move
 
The White Sox have signed minor-league RHP Daniel McCutchen and assigned him Class AAA Charlotte. McCutchen, who has made 109 appearances in the major leagues, started the season with the Rangers.
Quote of the Day
 
Injury expert Will Carroll on Sox trainer Herm Schneider:

“Herm Schneider is a sorcerer. Anything that is probably the average, I would probably take the under on anything he gets his hands on.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (12:07 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series and 11-game road trip. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.69) for the Sox, LHP and former Sox standout Mark Buehrle (10-4, 2.52) for the Jays.
 
Photos of the Day
 
Holy Batsmen, Robin.
 
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Rubber Match in Baltimore

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.34) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8, 4.63) for the O’s.

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

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana was the right man for the job last night, allowing just one run on six hits with eight strikeouts for his fourth win of the season as the Sox snapped their five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Orioles…Gordon Beckham hit a first-inning solo homer, his seventh, and Conor Gillaspie (single and double), Alexei Ramirez (single and double) and Alejandro De Aza all collected a pair of hits while De Aza also drove in two runs. Ramirez also was responsible for one of the key plays of the game, making one of his patented slides to avoid the tag at home to score the Sox’ fourth run. Take a look at the play (via both video and photo) along with Beckham’s blast:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34001407 

http://atmlb.com/1nB5zPq   

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And He’s Just a Rookie

Jose Abreu leads the American League in slugging percentage (.607), home run ratio (1st, 11.45), RBI ratio (1st, 4.20) and ranks among the leaders in homers (3rd, 22), RBI (T3rd, 60), extra-base hits (T3rd, 39) and OPS (6th, .928). Jose also owns a nine-game hitting streak, batting .351 with three home runs and nine RBI during that span.

Eaton on a Tear

Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 19 consecutive games and has hit safely in a career-high 11 straight games, the second-longest active streak in the AL behind the Tigers’ J.D. Martinez (13). Eaton is hitting .372 with two doubles, two triples, seven walks, six runs scored and a .460 on-base percentage during the streak to raise his season average 22 points to .273.

Double Duty Classic

This afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, elite inner-city high school baseball players from across the country participated in the Double Duty Classic with the players dressed in uniforms honoring the Negro Leagues’ East-West All-Stars (see photo below). There was also a special forum hosted by ESPN and MLB analyst and former Sox outfielder and broadcaster Chris Singleton.

The sixth annual event is named after the legendary Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, a star with the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Leagues who lived to the age of 103. Of the six East-West All-Star Games in which he played, “Double Duty” pitched in three and was a catcher in the other three–thus the nickname which was given to him by famed writer Damon Runyon.

Radcliffe frequently attended games at U.S. Cellular Field and on occasion visited the Sox clubhouse. In the years leading up to his death, he made a tradition of tossing out the ceremonial first pitch on his July 7 birthday.

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Winner Take All

The University of Virginia evened the best-of-three College World Series championship final at one game apiece last night vs. former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) standout Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates. The two clubs go at it tonight (7:00 p.m., CT, ESPN) in Omaha to determine the 2014 CWS champion.

Quote of the Day

As we wrote in yesterday’s post, Micah Johnson was named to the U.S. team in the Futures Game to be played at Target Field in Minneapolis on the Sunday before the Tuesday, July 15 MLB All-Star Game. Here’s Micah’s reaction to being chosen:

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (2-3, 4.30), who replaces RHP Andre Rienzo in the rotation as Rienzo moves to the bullpen, for the Sox vs. J.A. Happ (6-4, 4.87) for Toronto.

Photo of the Day

While in Baltimore to play the Orioles, Sox pitchers Carroll, Daniel Webb and John Danks made a trip to nearby Walter Reed Medical Center to visit some of our troops.

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Sale, Sox Battle Birds in First of Three

Monday, June 23, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-1, 2.20) for the Sox, LHP Wei-Yun Chen (7-2, 3.78) for the O’s.

Sale, making his 11th start of the season and third on the road, is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA over his last seven starts. He earned the win in his last start on June 18 vs. the Giants, allowing three runs on eight hits along with seven strikeouts over six innings of work. Chris would rank among the American League leaders in virtually every category with the minimum innings pitched, but was on the disabled list for the first time in his career from April 18-May 21.

The Sox ace also has fanned 492 batters through his first 69 career starts, which is the most in White Sox history and third-most among active pitchers behind Yu Darvish of the Rangers (563) and Tim Lincecum of the Giants (506).

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham singled, doubled and drove in a pair of runs while Jose Abreu drove in RBIs No. 56 and 57 with a single in yesterday’s 6-5 loss to the Twins…Jake Petricka tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts in relief of starter John Danks.

The Beckham and Abreu RBIs:

http://atmlb.com/1mbwhQN

http://atmlb.com/1mbx581

Paulie the Leader in Current Chicago Sports Longevity

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140623/BLOGS04/140629970/which-current-pro-athletes-have-played-in-chicago-the-longest

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Sox Notes of Note

Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 17 straight games, the longest streak by a Sox left-handed batter since Juan Pierre (18) from July 5-July 29, 2011…Abreu is hitting .333 with four homers and 12 RBI in his last 12 games.

Ro(ad) to the Title

Former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) star Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates face the Virginia Cavaliers tonight (7:00 p.m., CT) in the opener of the best-of-three final series to determine the CWS champion. The entire series, which continues tomorrow night and Wednesday if necessary, will be televised on ESPN.

Good News from Charlotte

Class AAA Charlotte left-handed starter Eric Surkamp has been named the International League Pitcher of the Week for the period of June 16-22. He was 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his two starts during that span.

Quote of the Day

Robin after the tough weekend in Minnesota:

“You have to forget the bad stuff and think about the good stuff and go from there. Any time you want to sit there and pity yourself, you are going to get buried. Nobody cares. So you have to be able to pick yourself up off the mat and compete.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.87) for the Sox, Miguel Gonzalez (4-4, 4.41) for Baltimore.

Photo of the Day

Sale shooting for win No. 7.

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Johnny on the Spot

Sunday, June 22, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (6-5, 3.97) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (7-3, 3.09) for Minnesota.

Danks is making his 15th start of the season and seventh on the road. He is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA over his last three starts. In his last outing, against the Giants on June 17, he went 6.1 IP, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. It was his 11th quality start of the season.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham drove in two runs, Jose Abreu collected a pair hits and an RBI and Conor Gillaspie and Adam Eaton both tripled and scored in the Sox’ 4-3 loss to the Twins. Scott Carroll tossed 3.2 scoreless innings in relief of starter Andre Rienzo.

Sox Pride

White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) product Ro Coleman (second from left) joins in on the celebration last night as his Vanderbilt Commodores moved to the finals of the College World Series for the first time in their history. Vandy, which won on a walkoff bases-loaded infield single in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 4-3 win over Texas, now faces Virginia in the best-of-three series in Omaha beginning tomorrow night.

Coleman, a switch-hitting freshman outfielder, walked in his lone plate appearance last night. He hit a walkoff single in Vanderbilt’s 3-2 victory over Oregon in Regional play that sent the ‘Dores to the Super Regionals.

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Memories

Happy Birthday No. 36 to former White Sox infielder/outfielder Willie Harris, who scored the winning run on Jermaine Dye’s single in the decisive Game 4 of the 2005 World Series. Not only was it the winning tally, but the only run in our 1-0 triumph that completed the sweep and gave us the championship.

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Quote of the Day

Assistant General Manager Buddy Bell on Special Assistant to the GM Jim Thome, who recently spent time working with Sox third base prospect Matt Davidson at Class AAA Charlotte.

“Jimmy is really good at just making you feel better about yourself. Sometimes that’s all you really need. Just the energy Jimmy gives a player is more important than any mechanical change. Matty just got himself in a situation where like a lot of other Triple-A guys, they just want to get to the big leagues so bad that you start doing some things out of character on a mechanical basis…”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-1, 2.20) for the Sox, LHP Wei-Yun Chen (7-2, 3.78) for the O’s.

Photo of the Day

Gillaspie tripled in the first inning and scored on Abreu’s long single.

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Sox Embark on Long Road Trip After Sweeping Giants

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and an 11-game road trip that continues in Baltimore and Toronto. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.98) for the Sox vs. Yohan Pino, making his first major-league start, for Minnesota.

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

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu led off the Sox scoring in the first inning with his 20th homer, a two-run shot, and Adam Dunn blasted his 12th, a three-run job in the fifth, as the Sox on the strength of a 12-hit attack defeated the Giants and Tim Hudson, 7-2, to sweep the two-game series…Alejandro De Aza was a homer shy of the cycle, Tyler Flowers drove in a pair with a single and Conor Gillaspie collected a pair of hits and scored a run against his former teammates…Chris Sale improved his record to 6-1, allowing three runs, eight hits and a walk while striking out seven in six-plus innings. Ronald Belisario got the last five outs for his seventh save and a career-high four in a row.

Watch Abreu and Dunn go deep.

http://atmlb.com/1nh1I8C  

http://atmlb.com/1nhpcKS    

More Jose

With his home run yesterday, Abreu (58 games) is the third-fastest player in major-league history to reach 20 career home runs. Only Wally Berger (51) in 1930 and Mark McGwire (56) in 1987 did it in less time. Jose is also the third-fastest White Sox player to reach 20 homers in a season, behind only Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (46 games in 1994) and Jim Thome (49 in ’06).

Sale’s Figures

Sale moved to 3-0 with a 2.54 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 14 career interleague games. He is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 56 strikeouts over his last seven starts, limiting the opposition to a .151 average.

Dunn Ties Yaz

Dunn’s homer was the 452nd of his career, which ties him with Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for 35th all-time.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox swept the Giants for the second consecutive time (also, May 16-18 at At&T Park in San Francisco). The Sox now lead the all-time series 6-2 and are 181-140 (.564) vs. the National League since interleague play began…the Sox’ game with the Tigers that was postponed on June 10 will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Saturday, August 30 with start times at 12:10 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. Game tickets and parking coupons from the postponed game can only be used for the first game of the twin bill.

Homecoming

Ozzie Guillen made his first trip to U.S. Cellular Field yesterday since leaving in 2011 after eight years as the Sox skipper.

It was a logical time for Guillen. He came to see his godson, Ehire Adrianza, who started at shortstop for the Giants. Ozzie also said he wanted to see a few of the Giants’ Venezuelan players and San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy.

Guillen arrived late at the ballpark and didn’t visit with any of the Sox before the game, but caught up with friend and former teammate Robin Ventura following the Sox’ victory (photo compliments of the Sun-Times’ Daryl Van Schouwen).

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Danks Goes Hollywood

Here’s John Danks with actor/director Rob Reiner, who threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches before yesterday afternoon’s game.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.37) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-5, 5.66) for Minnesota.

Photo/Video of the Day

If you enjoyed Abreu’s 20th homer, you’ll really going to like this–a compiliation of each one of Jose’s home runs.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33830837/?partnerId=as_cws_20140618_26273606

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It’s Sale vs. Hudson in Battle of Aces as Sox Seek Sweep

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

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 (with one game postponed). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 1.97) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (7-2, 1.81) for San Francisco.

Sale has limited opponents to a .152 average this season, the lowest mark by an American League pitcher through his first nine starts of a season since 1971, when Oakland’s Vida Blue also held the opposition to a .152 mark. Over Chris’ last six starts, he is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 49 strikeouts. Opponents have hit .122 against him during that span.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham (No. 5) and Dayan Viciedo (6) each blasted a two-out, two-run homer and Adam Eaton had a pair of hits and an RBI in last night’s 8-2 Sox win over the Giants…John Danks had another strong performance, allowing just one earned run and five hits in 6.1 innings for his sixth win of the season. Javy Guerra (0.2 IP), Zach Putnam (1.0) and Daniel Webb (1.0) finished wth 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Watch the Beckham and Viciedo homers:

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Sox Notes of Note

Danks earned his third consecutive win and moves to 3-1 with a 1.51 ERA over his last five outings…the Sox bullpen has recorded a 2.56 ERA over its last 17 games while Putnam has a 0.82 ERA over his last 18 outings,16 of which have been scoreless…Eaton has reached base in 12 straight games and has five multi-hit efforts over his last nine games. During that time he is hitting .340 with a .436 on-base percentage…Beckham has reached base in 11 of his last 14 games and is hitting .315 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 17 RBI since May 6…former Giant Conor Gillaspie is hitting .358 in his last 24 games and last night recorded his fourth multi-hit game in the last nine contests.

A True Legend

Famed singer John Legend was a visitor to the #SoxSocial Lounge last night. It looks like he was having a great time.

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The Sox and Giants: A Rare Glimpse of History

Thanks to Jim Margalus of the popular website South Side Sox, here’s a fascinating sidebar to his previous series about a time a century ago when the White Sox and Giants were partners on a baseball diplomacy tour.

http://www.southsidesox.com/2014/6/18/5819968/white-sox-giants-world-tour-mrs-callahans-journal

Quote of the Day

Robin on Danks’ performance:

“He has really gotten it together, from where he started early in the year, the frustrations he had, some mechanical stuff that you start with and then it becomes mental and all the physical stuff that comes with it.  He has pitched to where he’s always giving us a chance right now. He becomes tough when he has the feel of the changeup like that and spotting his fastball. It just seems like he has a little more on it as far as spotting his fastball.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and an 11-game road trip that continues in Baltimore and Toronto. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.98) for the Sox vs. Yohan Pino, making his first major-league start, for Minnesota.

Photo of the Day

Danks tips his cap to the fans as he left last night’s game to a standing ovation.

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