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Simply Brilliant

Friday, May 23, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game 

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 7.31) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.61) for New York. The Sox have won seven straight home games against the Yankees. 

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

 

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton, Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn drove in the Sox runs in last night’s 3-2 win over the Yankees. But in the end it was all about Chris Sale. He was simply brilliant in his first game back from more than a month on the disabled list. In six innings of work the only blemish was a lone single and he struck out 10. He’s now 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA…Zach Putnam and Daniel Webb pitched perfect baseball in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, and Ronald Belisario came on in the ninth and got credit for his second save.

 

For Sale

Chris is the second pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to allow one hit with 10-plus strikeouts in consecutive starts. The Mets’ R.A. Dickey accomplished the feat in 2012. Last night’s performance was Sale’s 12th game of 10 strikeouts or more. He is now tied with Alex Fernandez for the fourth most in franchise history. It took Fernandez to accomplish the feat in 197 starts, Sale has done it in 64…he has yet to allow a hit to a left-handed hitter this season (0-23)…Sale is the first White Sox lefty starter to begin a season 4-0 since Mark Buehrle (5-0) in 2009…and as a result of his gem last night, he joins Gary Peters (1963) and Floyd Bannister (1987) as the only Sox pitchers since 1914 to have 10 Ks, no walks and no more than one hit allowed in a single game.

 

Former Teammates Reunited

Robin Ventura and Derek Jeter, who were Yankee teammates in 2002-03, greet each other warmly before last night’s game. The White Sox will honor the retiring Jeter on Sunday with a video and gifts. Fellow captain Paul Konerko will do the presenting on behalf of the Sox.

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And While Sale was Clicking in Chicago… 

High Class A Winston-Salem’s Francellis “Frank” Montas (pictured below)acquired by the White Sox from the Red Sox in last summer’s Jake Peavy trade, had a no-hitter into the seventh inning last night in the Dash’s 6-3 victory and series win over the Salem Red Sox.

Montas (2-0) was dominant throughout his start, striking out eight batters in his first six innings of work. Montas pitched eight innings, allowing one run, two hits and one walk while striking out 11.

As a result of his performance, he was named “Pitcher of the Day” today by Baseball America‘s Prospect Report.

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Swoopes as in Hoops

Hoops legend Sheryl Swoopes will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.

 

Quotes of the Day

 Sale commenting on carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning while on a strict pitch count in his first start back from the DL: 

“I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to give up a hit in my life. I knew I was done after that sixth, and Robin said the same thing. He goes, ‘You picked a bad night to do something like that.'”

 

Former MLB GM Jim Bowden, now with the MLB Radio Network, on Sale:

“He has to go into the category of Kershaw, Scherzer, Fernandez. When healthy he’s amazing.” 

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule 

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 5.64) for the Sox, LHP Vidal Nuno (1-1, 5.82) for New York. And don’t forget, it’s Chris Sale bobblehead day.

 

Photo of the Day

Here’s how President Obama signed the guest book on his visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday.

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A Mother’s Day Rubber Match

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

Friday, May 9, 2014 

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-0, 4.50) for the Sox, ex-Sox RHP Brandon McCarthy (1-5, 4.67) for Arizona.

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

Plays of the Day

Alexei Ramirez went 4-5 to raise his batting average to .338 and scored twice in last night’s loss to the Cubs…Conor Gillaspie went 2-4 with a walk and an RBI in his return to the lineup from the DL…Tyler Flowers drove in a pair of runs and scored another and Dayan Viciedo and Moises Sierra each had an RBI. It was the first ribbie for Sierra in a Sox uniform.

Governor Quinn and the View From the Upper Deck

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2014/05/09/watching-the-white-sox-cubs-game-with-governor-quinn

Sox Notes of Note

Alexei matched a career high with his four hits last night. His 15 multi-hit games this season are the second-most in the American League and tied for the third-most in baseball. He ranks among the AL leaders in batting average with two outs (2nd, .395), two strikes (6th, .298) and RISP/two outs (8th, .438)…Jose Abreu leads the majors with 12 homers, 24 extra-base hits and 86 total bases, ranks second wth 35 RBI and third with a .608 slugging percentage. He is hitting .308 with four homers and 25 RBI with RISP and has three multi-homer and seven multi-RBI games…Gordon Beckham is hitting .368 with two home runs and four RBI in his last four games…Matt Lindstrom owns a 0.57 ERA in 17 career games vs. the D-backs. The last 16 outings have been scoreless…Robin Ventura will miss tomorrow night’s game to attend the graduation of his daughter, Rachel, from Oklahoma State–he’ll be back for Sunday’s game. Bench coach Mark Parent will serve as interim manager.

Bring Out the Vote

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/allstar.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20140508_23434084

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Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

Happy Birthday to one-time White Sox star outfielder Floyd Robinson, who had three .300-plus seasons and a .287 batting average with 65 homers in seven campaigns (1960-66) on the South Side. Floyd is 78 today.

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Quote of the Day

Paul Konerko on the Sox’s depth:

“…If you look at our roster, the guys who have stepped in when guys have gone down — our pitching staff — we’ve had guys step in for guys that have done well and held the fort down. We have some pretty good depth on the roster that I think even now you can kind of insert people if guys need a rest or someone goes down.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo of the Day

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Three Straight Wins and Back to .500

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Today’s News

“They’re scrapping and finding a way to do it, especially with all the injuries of guys going down, you just kind of have to find your way sometimes and scratch and claw and take what you can get. They’ve been doing that, which is good.”

                                                               –Robin Ventura‘s assessment of the 2014 Sox

Tonight’s Game

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

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham‘s eighth-inning solo home run (his first homer of the year), which followed base hits in his three previous at-bats, broke a 1-1 tie in the Sox’s 5-1 win last night over the Cubs…In the ninth, Tyler Flowers doubled in the third run and Jordan Danks, who came into the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth, doubled in two more…Newly acquired outfielder Moises Sierra, a late insertion in the starting lineup, doubled and singled three times in his first start for his new team…Hector Noesi pitched five outstanding innings, allowing just a run, four hits and a walk with six strikeouts…Zach Putnam pitched two perfect innings and got credit for the win, Scott Downs pitched a scoreless eighth and Daniel Webb closed it out in the ninth.

The Beckham homer:

http://atmlb.com/RpR7zx

Gillaspie Returns

The Sox have returned third baseman Conor Gillaspie from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Class AAA Charlotte and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Jordan Danks to the Knights.

Gillaspie has been on the disabled list since April 26 (retroactive to April 22) with a left hand contusion. Before heading to the DL, he was hitting .302 with seven doubles, 12 RBI and eight runs scored in 16 games this season.

Cover Boy

Jose Abreu has added another distinction to his early season success–a Sports Illustrated regional cover (May 12 issue) and feature story. Here’s a sidebar to the main story and the cover itself.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20140507/jose-abreu-cuba-showcase-chicago-white-sox/

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More Jose

http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2052762-scott-millers-starting-9-white-sox-have-great-jump-on-future-with-jose-abreu

And here he is doing an interview with ESPN’s Pedro Gomez:

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Sox Notes of Note

Last night’s triumph was our third win in a row put us back at the .500 mark (17-17)…we are now 51-45 in the Crosstown Cup series and 26-21 at U.S. Cellular Field…the White Sox are way ahead of the pack with 33 ninth-inning runs. The Athletics and Rangers (21) and Diamondbacks and Mets (19) are next in line…with Beckham and Sierra each collecting four hits last night brought to mind the only other set of Sox teammates to record four hits in a game vs. the Cubs–A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios on June 11, 2010 in a 10-5 win at Wrigley Field…Sierra’s hits were a career-high and the most by a White Sox player in his first start with the team since Richie Zisk‘s first start on Opening Day,1977.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Noesi’s performance:

“He threw great. Even the last game he threw, he got through three and then that little bump with four, but he’s stretching it out where he’s throwing more pitches. He’s making that adjustment really on the fly. It’s impressive that he’s able to step in and give us that kind of effort.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game Crosstown Cup series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00) for the Cubs.

Photo of the Day

Representing the Cubs, Jeff Samardzija presented Paul Konerko with a No. 14 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard before last night’s game on the occasion of the Sox captain’s last trip to Wrigley.

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

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

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

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

Plays of the Day

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

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

http://atmlb.com/1hqhJ8Z

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Beckham is Back

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

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

Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo of the Day

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

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Alexei, Sox Roll into Texas 

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that concludes with four in Detroit. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 7.98) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

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

High-Powered Offense

The Sox rank among the American League leaders in average (2nd, .267), OPS (2nd, .338), home runs (2nd, 20), runs per game (3rd, 5.44) and slugging percentage (3rd, .423).

Hotter Than Hot

Alexei Ramirez‘s hitting streak from the start of the season reached 16 last night and it is now the longest in Sox history (he’s pictured above with the record-breaking ball). He surpassed Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, who had a 15-game streak at the start of the 1996 season. Alexei leads the American League in average (.381) and hits (24) and ranks among the leaders in multi-hit games (T1st, 8), OPS (2nd, 1.061), slugging percentage (3rd, .635), RBI (T3rd, 14), on-base percentage (5th, .426), stolen bases (T8th, 3) and doubles (T10th, 4).

Here’s Alexei’s record-breaking base hit:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v32168165/?c_id=cws

Sale in the K Zone

Chris Sale was outstanding last night, allowing just one hit–a homer–and had a season-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings while throwing a career-high 127 pitches in the 3-1 loss to Boston. It gives Chris 11 double-digit career strikeout efforts and ties him with Billy Pierce for fifth most in franchise history. Sale has held left-handed batters hitless this season (0-20) and has limited left-handers to a .173 average in two-plus seasons as a starting pitcher. He has struck out 446 batters through his first 63 starts, which is the most in club history and third-most among active players behind only Yu Darvish (513) and Tim Lincecum (461).

Other Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers, with two hits last night, has hit safely in nine of his 13 games and has four multi-hit efforts. He’s hitting .395 overall and .667 against left-handed pitchers so far this season…Adam Eaton drove in the only Sox run last night with an infield hit and robbed David Ortiz of a home run with a spectacular catch. Here it is:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32160213/?partnerId=social_20140418_22183774

Quote of the Day

Eaton commenting after last night’s game:

“We’ll continue in Texas and we’ll continue to do the same thing we do. That’s compete on every pitch and put our best foot forward.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.37) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (0-1, 5.06) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Flowers blooming.

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Sale Takes On Lester and Red Sox in Rubber Game of Series

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN+) in the rubber game of the three-game series and last one on the homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 2.66) for the Sox, LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 2.57) for Boston. Chris is looking to become the first White Sox starting pitcher to begin a season 4-0 since Jose Contreras (8-0) in 2006 and first to win his first four starts since Jon Garland (8) in 2005.

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

Plays of the Game

Alexei Ramirez smashed a two-run homer last night in the Sox’ 14-inning, 6-4 loss to the Red Sox. By virtue of his home run, Alexei extended his hitting streak to 15 games, tying Frank Thomas (1996) for the longest streak to begin a season in franchise history…Tyler Flowers entered the game in the 10th inning and collected a pair of singles, including the RBI base hit that knotted up the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th…rookie Adrian Nieto, who started the game behind the plate, collected a pair of hits for his first multi-hit game…John Danks was outstanding, earning his third straight quality start. He went six innings, allowing just one run, three hits and four walks.

Watch Flowers tie the score:

http://atmlb.com/1irtEbo

Sox Notes of Note

Prior to tonight’s game, the White Sox purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Zach Putnam from Class AAA Charlotte and designated left-hander Donnie Veal for assignment. Putnam, 26, has gone 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (6.0 IP) and 11 strikeouts in four relief appearances with Charlotte in 2014.  He allowed just one walk and was holding opponents to a .182 (4-22) average. He pitched in 15 major-league games, all in relief, for Cleveland (2011), Colorado (2012) and the Cubs (2013). He was signed as a free agent last November...left-handers Sale, Jose Quintana and Danks are a combined 5-0 with a 2.78 ERA, 50 strikeouts and 44 hits allowed in nine starts this season…Paul Konerko is in the starting lineup tonight as the Sox face only their third lefty of the season. Paulie needs just two hits for 2.300 in his career and four total bases to to tie Thomas (3.949) for the franchise record…Last night was the first time that two Sox catchers (Nieto and Flowers) had multi-hit efforts in the same game since John Romano and J.C. Martin did it in August of 1965…Following tonight’s game the Sox embark on a seven-game road trip to Texas (3 games) and Detroit (4).

Quote of the Day

John Danks on last night’s pitching performance by infielder-outfielder Leury Garcia, who pitched the 14th inning in his initial mound appearance:

“He’s got good stuff. I want him to teach me a sinker like that. He’s got a pretty good sinker. Surely it’s weird to be out there for the first time. I can only imagine having to play second base for the first time. It’s like a fish out of water, but I felt like he held his own. And like I said, I want him to teach me that sinker.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 7.98) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

Photo/Video of the Day

The man of the hour.

http://atmlb.com/1ird4Iq

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After a Superb Spring, John Danks Makes his First 2014 Start

Saturday, April 5, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen for K.C.  Danks sports a 6-0 lifetime record with a 2.47 ERA in 13 starts against the Royals. He is 4-0 with a 1.65 ERA in eight starts at Kauffman Stadium.

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

Plays of the Day

After going 4-4 on Thursday, Tyler Flowers singled twice and doubled yesterday–extending his consecutive hit streak to seven in the Sox’s 7-5 loss to the Royals. The streak ended in the eighth inning when he reached on an error, making it eight straight times he’s been on base. He’s now hitting an impressive .571. ..Magglio Ordonez (2001) is the Sox last player to reach seven hits in a row and no catcher in franchise history had ever done it before. For the record, the White Sox consecutive hit record is 10, shared by Frank Thomas (1997), Rip Radcliff (1938) and Harry McCurdy (1926)…Adam Eaton collected a pair of singles yesterday and drove in two…Jose Abreu and Conor Gillaspie each had sac fly RBIs and Avi Garcia drove in a run on an infield groundout.

Sox Notes of Note

Paul Konerko is making his first start of the young season, Adrian Nieto will be in a major-league starting lineup for the first time in his career and Dayan Viciedo will be starting for the first time in 2014…if you’re on the fence in terms of your rooting interest in the Final Four, you might want to go with Wisconsin. Badgers’ star Frank Kaminsky is a Sox fan through and through. And while I’m at it, best of luck to two huge Badger fans, Sox Senior Executive Vice President Howard Pizer and Director of Media Relations Bob Beghtol. On Wisconsin!…there’s no question that our players simply love these fleece blankets that will be given out to the first 20,000 fans on Saturday, April 12, before the afternoon game with the Indians.

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Quotes of the Day

Robin on the “fight” in this year’s team through the first four games. For instance, yesterday, when the Sox got down 3-1 and 7-2 and kept on battling:

“You have an offense that feels like they can come back. You are one hit away or that one inning way. Guys are still getting on base and they are still battling. You like that kind of effort.’’

Twins’ manager Ron Gardenhire commenting on Abreu, after watching the new Sox first baseman in the season-opening series:

“I’m glad I won’t see him for a while. The kid can really hit. We knew that coming in. We heard he was a really strong young man, and that’s why we were pitching around him. No disrespect to Mr. Dunn. The way the guy’s getting the barrel to the ball, you just try to limit the damage when he comes up in a lot of situations because he seems like he’s on. He hits pretty much everything. Even when he makes an out, he seems like he gets the barrel to it. He’s a strong young man. Looks like he really knows what he’s doing hitting.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 3.68) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (0-0, 4.26) for K.C. Sale pitched 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts for the win on Opening Day.

Photo of the Day

There’s hot and then there’s HOT. Tyler has been HOT.

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Quintana, Sox Go For Sweep After Dramatic Extra-Inning Triumph

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

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

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

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Plays of the Day

Leury Garcia (pictured above)who laid down a bunt for a single on an 0-2 count to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning, eventually scored on a wild pitch to give the White Sox the exciting 7-6 win yesterday afternoon…Down 6-4 heading into the ninth, the Sox tied it up at 6-6 as pinch-hitter Paul Konerko, on the first pitch of his first at bat of the season, singled off the third base bag. With one out, pinch-hitter Dayan Viciedo singled, moving Adrian Nieto, who ran for Paulie, to second. L. Garcia then singled, scoring Nieto. Viciedo moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an Adam Eaton fielder’s choice…Adam Dunn slammed his first homer of the season and 441st of his career, a solo shot in the eighth…Alexei Ramirez doubled in a pair of runs and walked twice…Ronald Belisario pitched 1.1 innings of perfect ball and got credit for the win.

Here’s the game-winner:

http://atmlb.com/QGFF2F

PK Plays a Vital Role, Even Off the Bench

http://fw.to/WXkdAOL

Sox Notes of Note

According to a Christopher Kamka tweetintentional walks have been tracked in 1955. Jose Abreu is the first player during that span with a two intentional-walk game within his first two MLB games. It certainly shows how much respect Twins’ skipper Ron Gardenhire has for him already…Roger Bossard has had a very good week. First he works overtime for two-plus weeks to get the field in picture-perfect shape for Opening Day, and then his grooming of the foul lines aids Leury’s 0-2 bunt in its rolling battle to stay fair and starts the game-winning rally…the Sox have started the season 2-0 for the third time in the past four seasons…Maikel Cleto made his White Sox debut yesterday a successful one by retiring both batters he faced in a clutch situation and Daniel Webb threw a career-high 2.2 IP…Avi Garcia is hitting .315 with three homers and 18 RBI over his last 13 games…Dunn’s homer yesterday was the 11th home run of his career within his team’s first two games, joining Barry Bonds, Willie Mays and Eddie Mathews…Ramirez recorded his seventh career multi-steal game…Nieto made his major-league debut as a pinch-runner and scored his first career run.

It’s Never Too Late (or Early) to Celebrate Opening Day

http://www.chicagobaseballmuseum.org/files/CBM-Sox-Top-Openers-20140330.pdf

Who’s Autograph is That?

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/29/sports/baseball/in-an-era-of-squiggles-you-cant-tell-baseball-the-players-without-a-handwriting-analyst.html?hp&_r=0&referrer=

Quotes of the Day

Robin on yesterday’s thriller:

http://atmlb.com/OehSVz

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City (3:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first game of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie for K.C.

Photo/Video of the Day

Dunn’s homer:

http://atmlb.com/QGuQOd

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 Felipe Paulino Makes First Sox Start

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

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

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

Sox Notes of Note

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

Quotes of the Day

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

Abreu:

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

Eaton:

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

Chris Sale:

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

Play of Opening Day

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo/Video of the Day

Enjoy this feature on Abreu by Jon Morosi of Fox:

http://foxs.pt/1fIZjR0

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