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The Future is Now: Erik Johnson Bids For Third Victory

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (2-2, 2.82) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (0-0, 1.59) for K.C. Johnson owns a 2.82 ERA with 14 strikeouts over his first four career starts (three quality starts).

Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia, CF; Beckham, 2B; Gillaspie, 3B; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; A. Garcia, RF; Semien, SS; Jor. Danks, LF; Gonzalez, C.

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Paulie on Paulie 

From yesterday’s session with the media:

On the impending processing of deciding his baseball future…

“One of the things I wanted to do coming into this season, regardless of the result, was that no matter what happened, I wanted to go home and take maybe a month to get away from baseball.  That was my plan coming into this season which I decided on — along with the help of talking to other players, athletes and friends who have faced a similar decision.  

“However, my decision is based on the premise that there is a choice given to me by the organization and they want me to come back.  Right now, I don’t know that.  I haven’t spoken to the White Sox formally about the decision, but this is all set to the backdrop of them wanting me to come back.  Ultimately my mind could be made up for me because right now I don’t know what my choices or options are from their end.”

On his physical and mental state affecting his decision…

“Right now, the physical end is probably a bigger factor.  Mentally, I think you can always rebound.  This isn’t the first rough season I’ve had.  But, the older you get it’s easier to let things go quicker.  You do get beat up a little more mentally each year, but ultimately you get better at handling it.  But, physically you just have to know your body.  When you talk about the offseason and Spring Training, those are big commitments that you have to want to do.  The season doesn’t start on April 1. For me, it starts mid-November.  So, you have to know that you’re willing to go through that.  It’s a long year and you have to know if you’re up for it physically.

“You can never totally know with certain injuries.  There are some things that are isolated and once you get past it, you know that will never bother you again.  But, other things you just know that’s never going away and it may hang around as a nagging injury.  Again, that’s something over the next month or so todetermine.  It’s not just games, but it can take a toll traveling, during Spring Training, the offseason and all of those things.” 

On finishing his career with the White Sox…

“That’s always been my goal.  Again, I don’t know the options that will be made available to me.  But, when I signed back here in ’05 I felt like that could be it, and after 2010 it has brought us to this point now.  That’s always what I have envisioned, finishing my career with the White Sox.”

On how the decision has weighed on him throughout the year…

“Every season, since I was seven years old, I’ve know I would continue to play the next year.  If I do play next year however, that would probably be my final year.  There are just so many factors, like traveling to different cities and then thinking ‘Am I going to see this person again or ever be back here?’  Looking back, I didn’t like going through that and not knowing the answer.  I wasn’t sure enough coming out of Spring Training to decide one way or the other if this would be my final season.  If I had made that decision, I probably would have had a better year personally for me either way the decision went.  However, that doesn’t excuse the season we have had as a team.  There’s just so much that is in your control as well as out of your control.” 

On how the results of 2013 will factor into his decision…

“That’s a huge determining factor, it may be the biggest.  You only go through this sort of thing once, so you seek the advice of other people who have been through it.  It would be nice to go out on top with a winner or having your best season, but looking at the other side of it, this is how careers are supposed to end.  Not everybody gets to do it exactly how they want.  When things aren’t at their best, that is what closes you out, when you’ve decided you’ve had enough if things aren’t going the way you want them to.  I can see it both ways.  You’re always taught to fight throughout your career to overcome the bumps in the road, no matter what happens, you get up and fight again.  It’s a matter of whether or not I’m in the mode of wanting to get up and fight.

“I just think taking a month off and away from the game will help.  The more you don’t play, I think the needle will always move towards wanting to play.  I just have to determine how much of that feeling is real come November.”

On the possibility returning to play as a part-time player…

“The only place I could do that is in Chicago.  My family likes it here, my kids love it here and it’s a great place to be in the summer.  I’ve always held myself to a high standard, production-wise.  If I do come back in any capacity, I may have to lessen those standards somewhat.  Production can be done in a variety of ways, it’s not just hitting home runs and driving in runs.  If I’m going to come back, I have to be better working with the young guys and helping them out, instead of being so consumed with myself and following my own routine.      

“Again, that role has to exist for me here though.  I don’t know what the roster will look like yet, that will be determined by Rick and the front office.  I’m very conscious of earning my way onto the playing field, and not having to have a favor done for me.  Since I was a little kid, I feel like I’ve earned my way, and right now, I’m not sure I can say that for next year.  That’s a concern for me.  I don’t want to put anybody in a tough spot.  I want to be back here because it makes sense for me and the White Sox, because this organization has always been honest with me and treated me well.  I’m not looking to power play somebody into a job, because that’s not who I am.”

On the possibility of Sunday being his final game…

“It’s crossed my mind.  But regardless of knowing whether or not it will be my last game going into it, I’m going to go about it the same way as every game.  I’m still going to come in, hit off the tee, take batting practice, get ready and go play.  I don’t know how else I would go about it or how much more I would do.  I don’t get too caught up in those sorts of things.  I could play Sunday and look back a month from now and find out that was my last game.  That’s possible, but I don’t know what other way to go about it right now.”

On the possibility of playing for another team next season…

“I’d have to weigh my options if I decided I wanted to play again but the opportunity of playing for the White Sox wasn’t there.  It would be tough to go somewhere else to play for just one year.  It would come down to how much I really just want to still play the game of baseball.  There are a lot of factors that will go into it.  But, right now I don’t know what options will be presented to me.”

On his future in baseball after retiring as a player…

“Right now, I can’t see myself doing anything in the game.  It would be a while.  Because of the age my kids are, I wouldn’t want to miss something with them that I couldn’t do because I took a job in baseball.  I have some other interests and things I could do from or around home to keep me busy for a while.”

Fan Appreciation Day 

Tomorrow is Fan Appreciation Day at U.S. Cellular Field. In addition to Family Sunday events, select players plus Sox coach Harold Baines and Ron KIttle, both stars on the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox, will sign autographs for kids before the game. Additionally, 1,300 prizes will be given away and youngsters can run the bases post-game.

Play(s) of the Day

Gordon Beckham hit a solo homer, his fifth of the season, and Alexei Ramirez tripled and singled in last night’s loss to the Royals.

Quote(s) of the Day

GM Rick Hahn announcing yesterday that Robin will be back as Sox skipper in 2014:

“Robin has met the challenge this team has put in front of him over the last two years, both the good and the bad, extremely well.’’

Ventura on returning next year:

“I am motivated to be back and happy to come back and turn this around.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S.  Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the final game of the four-game series and last game of the 2013 season. Starters:  LHP Jose Quintana (9-6, 3.45) for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen (8-4, 3.31) for Kansas City.

Did You Know…

…that Dayan Viciedo is hitting .333 with seven doubles, four homers, 19 RBI and 16 runs scored over his last 29 games?

Photo of the Day

Gordon puts in on the board.

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Paulie and Rick Talk to the Media as Sale Prepares to Face Shields and Royals

Friday, September 27, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-13, 2.97) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (12-9, 3.21) for Kansas City.

Sale is among the American League leaders in numerous categories: Complete Games (4, 1st); Strikeouts by a Lefthanded Pitcher (221, 1st); Strikeout/Walk Radio (4.91, 2nd); Strikeouts (221, 3rd); WHIP (1.05, 3rd); Quality Starts (23, T3rd); Opponents On-Base Percentage (.278, 4th); Strikeouts/9.0 IP (9.52, 5th); Opponents Average (.225, 5th); Opponents Slugging Average (.350, 5th); ERA (6th); and Home ERA (2.79, 8th).

More Sale:

* His strikeout total this year is the most strikeouts in a season by a White Sox lefthander in team history.

* He ranks fifth in strikeouts in club history for a single season behind Hall of Famer Ed Walsh (269 in 1908, 258 in 1910, 255 in 1911, 254 in 1912).

* He is attempting to set Sox single-season records in strikeouts per nine innings and strikeout-to-walk ratio.

* He is the eighth pitcher in Sox history (15th time) to work at least 200 innings and have 200-plus strikeouts in a season.

* Has six career 12-plus strikeout games, tied with Juan Pizarro and Ed Walsh for the most in team history.

* Chris is the fastest pitcher in franchise history to reach 200 K’s in a season (193.2 IP, 27 games) and 500 career strikeouts (472.1 IP).

* His .133 average vs. lefthanded hitters is the third-lowest in the major leagues.

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

Paulie Speaks

PK spoke to the media before today’s game. Among the highlights:

* He’s going to take a month off before making a decision whether or not to play next year.

* If he does come back, 2014 will be his last season.

* He could make a list of 20 reasons to come back and another list of 20 reasons not to.

* For the first time going back to his youth, he doesn’t feel he’s earned his way onto next year’s team. He said his role would have to make sense for both him and the Sox.

* He indicated that if he does come back, production can be evaluated in a number of ways so he would consider a different role and working closer with the young players.

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A Special Thank You

I thought I’d share this e-mail we received today from a fan named Ben. It never ceases to amaze me what an act of kindness at the ballpark can do:

I am writing to tell you about a heartwarming event which occurred last night during the game with the Royals.  Just before the game started, a family of four, Dad, Mom, Daughter, Son, walked down to their seats in the 18th row of section 120.  Not that unusual, except the little girl, about 9 years old with pigtails and glasses, struggled mightily to get down the stairs.  She had braces on both legs, held Mom and Dad’s hands and made her way down to her seat.  The thing which struck me the most was the smile on her face, she was just happy to be at the ball game.  Her journey looked painful to me but didn’t seem so to her.

I was sitting about 7 rows behind them and a section over.  Each time there was a break in the action, her Mom and brother would help her to her feet.  Her brother would rise too and the two of them kept trying to get on the scoreboard.  They kept smiling the whole game but never made it onto the scoreboard.  As the 6th inning approached, two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew were standing behind sections 122 and 123, waiting for the 7th inning stretch.  

I walked up to the two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew (I did not catch their names but looking at your web site, I believe one was Kathleen).  I asked them if they had any pull with the in stadium cameramen.  I explained to them the story about the little girl. They said they would see what they could do.

In the bottom of the sixth, one of the young ladies walked down the aisle with two t-shirts in hand and sits down behind the family.  She talked to the family for a couple of minutes and then presented the kids with the t-shirts.  Their eyes got real big and their smiles were as wide as the Grand Canyon.  When the young lady from the Chevy Pride Crew left, she did not get to see all of the excitement she created.  That little girl was on Cloud Nine!  The family stayed until the 8th inning, the little girl clutching her t-shirt.  This was better than being on the scoreboard, she could take the shirt with her.  After struggling up the stairs to leave, smile still on her face, she got into a wheelchair, which I had not seen before.  The Security Guards were asking her about her t-shirt and she told them about the special young lady who gave one to her and one to her brother.  The Security Guards gave her enthusiastic high fives. 

The family left but your team put a huge smile on the face of a little girl!  I am sure she will be a White Sox fan for life.  I want to thank the White Sox and especially the two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew for making a lifetime memory for a little girl and her family, it was so touching to see!

“Like Sands Through the Hourglass, So Are the Days of Our Lives”

For a few of the cast members of the long-running soap opera, Days of our Lives, their lives included a visit last night to U.S. Cellular Field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch (plus an appearance in the Sox #SocialLounge).

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=30972177

Play(s) of the Day

Paulie hit his 12th homer of the season, a solo shot, and 434th of his career while Adam hit No. 33, also a solo blast, and No. 439 in last night’s 3-2 loss to the Royals…Andre Rienzo was solid in a quality start, allowing just two earned runs and four hits in 6.0+ innings.

Here’s Dunn’s monster home run, which was just shy of the rightfield concourse and estimated at 442 feet:  http://atmlb.com/1fKY5XR

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Quote(s)of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the Sox status:

“We’re well aware of what needs to be done. We’re ready to hit the ground running… to get this thing right.”

Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the tenure of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who yesterday officially announced he will be retiring in January of 2015:

“When you step back and view the dramatic transformation Major League Baseball has undergone during Bud Selig’s tenure as commissioner, it is truly quite astounding. A social institution with a long and rich history like baseball is often very resistant and slow to change, yet Commissioner Selig has introduced dramatic, sweeping innovations to improve the game like expanded playoffs, comprehensive drug testing and competitive balance. These changes have left a lasting impact on baseball, most importantly for the fans of this great game. At his heart, Bud is a baseball fan, and that perspective has driven all he has done during his time as Commissioner. That is his legacy.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (2-2, 2.82) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (0-0, 1.59) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…that Konerko’s homer last night tied him with Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones for 42nd place on the all-time home run list? Dunn is now three behind Dave Kingman for 38th place.

Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers spoke to the media yesterday. He said he was ahead of schedule in his rehab and will begin his normal offseason routine in December as usual. Flowers said his shoulder bothered him on and off all season, but refused to use it as an excuse. Tyler said he hopes to be back with the White Sox next season to prove he can play, but understands it’s a business…Jeff Keppinger underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder yesterday at Rush Medical Center. The procedure involved a debridement of the right shoulder–no surgical repair was necessary.  Keppinger is expected to recover in 2-3 months and will be ready for spring training next season…Sox great Frank Thomas, like Keppinger a native of Georgia, has been elected to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. The Big Hurt, from Columbus, will be inducted next February 22 in Macon.

Photo of the Day

Our All-Star lefty makes his last start of the season.

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Makeup Monday After a Winning Sunday

Monday, September 23, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+) in a makeup game originally scheduled, but postponed, on June 12. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (8-6, 3.49) for the Sox, LHP J.A. Happ (4-6, 4.82) for Toronto. Quintana has given up three runs or less in 14 of his last 15 starts. 

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

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Paulie Talks with the Ripkens

Listen to Paul Konerko as he visits with Cal and Billy Ripken last Friday on the MLB Radio Network:

https://www.hightail.com/download/OGhlZEU1Qk56RStybHNUQw

Wins (For a Pitcher) Aren’t Everything

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/for-modern-day-statistician-winning-isnt-everything/2013/09/18/e0a9d0f2-2075-11e3-94a2-6c66b668ea55_story.html

Play(s) of the Day

Avisail Garcia and Jeff Keppinger each collected three hits and two RBI and Conor Gillaspie drove in two runs with a triple and scored three times in yesterday’s 6-3 win in Detroit. Erik Johnson chalked up his second major league victory, and second straight, allowing just two runs in 6.2 innings to lower his ERA to 2.82.

Here’s Conor’s triple in the fifth inning and Jeff’s double that scored two runs in the seventh:

Gillaspie: http://atmlb.com/1aWNkig

Keppinger: http://atmlb.com/1bzSGmn

Quote of the Day

A very positive tweet and a look ahead to 2014 from our whitesox.com beat writer after the Sox scored three runs in the fifth inning yesterday and held the Tigers scoreless. Avi singled in a run, Semien singled and scored, Gillaspie tripled in the two runs and Johnson retired the side in an uneventful fifth:

@scottmerkin: Strong inning for the White Sox future: A. Garcia, Semien, Gillaspie, Johnson.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a two-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-9, 3.53) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9, 3.39) for the Tribe.

Did You Know…

…that Avi Garcia is now hitting .375 with 12 RBI in his last 16 games including 7 for 15 with a homer and five RBI against his former Tigers teammates over the weekend? He’s also playing great defense as evidenced in yesterday’s game by his diving catch to rob Prince Fielder on a line drive in the sixth inning.

Photo of the Day

Two in a row for Erik.

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?c_id=cws&content_id=30848377&partnerId=as_mlb_20130923_12239494

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Rienzo Goes for Second Straight Victory; Birmingham Can Win Southern League Crown Tonight

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

Happy Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day: White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-1, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 3.62) for the Tribe. In his last start, against the Orioles, Andre (pictured below) collected his second career victory, allowing just one run and four hits in 6.2 IP.

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

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Barons Look to Clinch Title

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, still hold a two games to one lead in the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series despite a 6-0 home loss last night to the two-time defending champion Mobile BayBears, a Diamondbacks farm club. Game 4 is tonight in Birmingham with LHP Scott Snodgress (below), the club leader with 11 wins, getting the starting nod for the Barons. A victory will give Birmingham its first Southern League title since 2002.

More Barons: Birmingham yesterday was named the Southern League Organization of the Year, presented to the club that exemplifies the most complete franchise in the SL, and GM Jonathan Nelson was chosen as the league’s Executive of the Year for the second time (2009). In addition to their excellence on the field, the Barons led the league in total attendance (396,820) and average per game (5,669) at brand new Regions Field.

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Play(s) of the Day

Paulie singled and drove in the lone Sox run in yesterday’s 3-1 loss to Cleveland…Marcus Semien, playing second base, had his second straight two-hit game, stole his first big-league base and made a beautiful play behind the second-base bag, flipping the ball backhanded from his glove to Alexei Ramirez for a force out to end an Indians threat in the fourth inning (see Photo/Video of the Day)…Alexei had a three-hit game, Dayan Viciedo added a pair of singles and Jordan Danks singled and walked twice…Jake Petricka (1.1 IP), David Purcey (2.2) and Nate Jones (1.0) worked five scoreless innings in relief of Hector Santiago.

Quote(s) of the Day

An Inside Look at Marcus Semien: From a piece in the Sun-Times by Daryl Van Schouwen

Semien on his introduction to the major leagues:

“I’m starting to see the pace of the big-league game is a little faster. I’ve been working hard every day in early work, trying to adjust as fast as I can here. They’ve put me in different situations just to see how I react to it.’’

Gordon Beckham on Marcus:

“He’s quiet. Goes about his business. He doesn’t strike me as a person that is going out of his lane, so to speak. It looks like he’s learning and listening.’’

Assistant General Manager Buddy Bell’s assessment of Semien:

“I think he’s going to hit, and he also has the ability to play all three positions. He has a legitimate chance to help us next year. Whether or not it’s out of spring training, I don’t know. I think he’s capable.’’

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-12, 2.90) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (7-9, 4.11) for the Tribe.

Did You Know…

that Petricka extended his scoreless streak to five games (7.2 IP) in yesterday’s contest?

Photo/Video of the Day

Semien’s “flip.”

http://wapc.mlb.com/cws/play/?content_id=30568229&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws

White Sox vs. Tribe: A Friday the 13th Matinee

Friday, September 13, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (1-2, 2.92) for Cleveland.

Sox Starting Lineup: Jor. Danks, RF; Semien, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, CF; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Anderson, C.

Barons One Game Away From Title

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, are a game away from their first Southern League crown after defeating the defending champion Mobile BayBears, 8-2, last night in Mobile to take a two games to none lead in the best-of five championship series. Game 3 is set for tonight at Regions Field in Birmingham.

With a roster full of Sox prospects, the Barons were led by DH Trayce Thompson’s homer and two RBI, 2B Micah Johnson’s two hits and two runs scored and winning pitcher Chris Beck’s (pictured below) outstanding six innings of work, allowing just one earned run, six hits and two walks while striking out four. 

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Play(s) of the Day

Paulie hit his 11th homer of the season, a solo shot, and 433rd of his career in last night’s loss to the Indians. Konerko is batting. 339 with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI over his last 16 games…INF Marcus Semien had a pair of hits, including his first major-league extra-base hit (a double)…Miguel Gonzalez recorded his first major league hit (a single) and Avisail Garcia added two singles. Avi is hitting .333 in his last 26 games, including 10 multi-hit efforts…Dylan Axelrod, with his 5.0 scoreless innings, made the longest relief outing of his career.

Quote(s) of the Day

I posted yesterday that rookies Semien and RHP Erik Johnson were among the players named to Baseball America‘s 2013 Minor League All-Star first team and were teammates on the University of California-Berkeley squad that made it to the 2011 College World Series.

Colleen Kane points out in today’s Trib that they were also roommates at Cal and played summer ball together in the Northwoods League in Minnesota as well as being drafted the same year (2011) and called up to the majors on the same day (September 3).

“We’ve been together through everything, actually,” Semien told Kane.“It’s pretty cool. If you have any questions, you can always go to him and ask because we’ve kind of gone through the same things. You don’t feel like you’re alone through this.”

Johnson added:  “It makes me comfortable when he’s out there playing behind me.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-1, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 3.62) for the Tribe. In his last start, against the Orioles, Andre collected his second career victory, allowing just one run and four hits in 6.2 IP.

Did You Know…

…that PK leads all active players with 48 homers against the Indians?

Photo of the Day

Santiago is on the mound today looking to even the series against Cleveland.

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Santiago Gets Chance to Begin Sox Turnaround

Saturday, September 7, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (12:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.43) vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen (7-7, 3.87) for the O’s.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Keppinger, DH; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C; Semien, 3B.
 
Barons Take 2-0 Lead in Playoffs
 
Sox outfield prospect Trayce Thompson went 3-5, including a pair of doubles, and drove in three runs as the host Birmingham Barons took a two games to none lead in the Class AA Southern League North Division playoffs last night by defeating Tennessee (a Cubs affiliate), 7-1. Thompson homered and had an RBI single the night before in the Barons’ 3-1 triumph in Game 1 at Regions Field in Birmingham.
 
Pitching prospect Chris Beck got credit for the win with five scoreless innings. Fellow prospect Nestor Molina came on in relief with scoreless frames without allowing a hit.
 
The final three games (if necessary) of the best-of-five series move to Tennessee (just south of Knoxville) with Game 3 tonight.
 
Mitchell, Jacobs Headed to Arizona Fall League
 
Outfielder Jared Mitchell has been added to the Sox Arizona Fall League roster while outfielder Brandon Jacobs, acquired from the Red Sox for Matt Thornton, is on the taxi squad. Mitchell and Jacobs join RHPs Chris Bassitt, Stephen McCray and Kevin Vance, LHP Charlie Leesman and infielders Marcus Semien and Micah Johnson on the Glendale Desert Dogs.
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
Conor Gillaspie, who visited Walter Reed Military Hospital yesterday with a group of his teammates (via Colleen Kane in today’s Tribune):
 
“If I get super frustrated about (baseball), I will go back and remember what those guys have been through. There are some really good guys, and how happy they are, how much they appreciated 10 minutes of our time — it makes you forget about all this (losing).” 
 
Robin on versatile rookie Leury Garcia, who started at shortstop last night and will be in centerfield today:
 
“Just want to give him enough opportunity and let him move around.”

Play(s) of the Day
 
Paulie went 2-2 with a walk and Jeff Keppinger collected a pair of singles in the Sox’s 4-0 loss last night to Baltimore. Rookies Jake Petricka (1.2 IP) and Daniel Webb (1.0) pitched scoreless relief.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (12:35 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and 10-game road trip. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-1, 5.03) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (4-1, 4.28) for the O’s.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Konerko is one of 36 players in baseball history and just five active (also Jason Giambi, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez) with at least 400 doubles and 400 homers?
 
Photo of the Day
 
Hector shoots for victory No. 5.
 

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After Sweep Over Yanks in Chicago, Sox Look for More of the Same in the Big Apple

Labor Day: Monday, September 2, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York (12:05 p.m, CT, CSN) in the Labor Day opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (4-13, 4.91) for the Yankees. Quintana defeated Andy Pettitte in the first game of the three-game sweep against the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field in early August. “Q” is 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his last 11 starts.

The Sox have won six straight games vs. the Yanks (all at home by a 35-18 margin). It’s their longest streak against New York since taking seven in a row from July 1,1990-April 16,1991.

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

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Hahn on The Score

GM Rick Hahn was a guest yesterday on 670 The Score’s Hit And Run Show:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/09/01/hahn-sox-being-cautious-with-chris-sale/

Play(s) of the Day

Down 5-0 heading into the fourth inning yesterday, the Sox refused to quit. With the bases loaded, Jeff Keppinger drove in Alexei Ramirez with a sac fly and, with two outs, Dayan Viciedo doubled in Paul Konerko and Conor Gillaspie singled in Avi Garcia and Viciedo as four runs crossed the plate…Paulie, with a pair of singles and a walk on the day, added on a run in the fifth by driving in Alexei, who led the 11-hit Sox attack with three singles….Tyler Flowers smashed a long solo homer in the eighth, his 10th of the year, to get us within a run of the Red Sox at 7-6, which turned out to be the final (it was announced this morning that Flowers will have exploratory surgery on his right shoulder and will be out an estimated three to six months).

Conor’s two-RBI single:

http://atmlb.com/1dywWbj

Quote(s) of the Day

 A Rare Long Ball (from the September 2, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated):

Thirty-six years ago, on Aug. 29, 1977, the Indians hosted the White Sox. Cleveland’s second baseman that night was Duane Kuiper, who had zero career home runs in 1,381 major league at bats. 

Rick Manning (former teammate): Kuip knew how to play the game. He was a great second baseman. He was as tough as you could get for a guy 175 pounds. Back then, the game was pitching and defense.

Duane Kuiper: I’d hit some homers (seven, to be exact) in the minor leagues.

Manning: We weren’t there to hit home runs. Frank Robinson was our manager, and he’d stand out behind the screen and make Kuip and I (who both batted lefthanded) hit it to leftfield. He wouldn’t let us swing for the fences at all.

Cleveland manager Jeff Torborg, who had replaced Robinson two months earlier, moved Kuiper up to the number 2 spot in the batting order against Chicago starter Steve Stone.

 Kuiper: In the first inning it was a 1-0 count. I like to tell Stone that he threw me a hanging fastball. He doesn’t particularly want to hear about it.

Kuiper hit a line drive off a seat in the rightfield stands.

 Frank Robinson (joking, in 1984): He waited until I got fired to hit his homer. The truth is, he won’t hit one for a black manager.

Kuiper: I’ve still got the chair. It’s in the attic. I’ve still got the ball and the bat. As I was walking up to the bat rack (for my next at bat), (Indians teammate) Bill Melton said, “You’re not gonna use that again, are you?” I said, “Of course.” He said, “You might want to put that one away. You might not hit another one.”

He didn’t. In 1985, Kuiper retired, and he went on to become an Emmy-winning broadcaster for the Giants. His 3,754 plate appearances are the most for any major leaguer with exactly one homer–making his shot off of Stone the rarest in history.

Kuiper: You gotta have fun with it. Given the choice now, would I rather hit one or five? Unless the other four were walk-off grand slams, I’m pretty happy with one. I’m happy with the way it turned out.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89) for the Yanks. Chris and the Sox defeated Kuroda and the Yanks in the second game of last month’s sweep.

Did You Know…

…that when pitcher Charlie Leesman, just promoted from Class AAA Charlotte, approached his locker in Boston yesterday he was greeted with a name plate that read, “Jose Leesman?” Mistakes happen.

Photo/Video of the Day

Tyler’s big blast.

http://atmlb.com/1dyHfMt

Astros Next for Rejuvenated Sox

Monday, August 26, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 3.56) vs. LHP Brett Oberholtzer (3-1, 2.91) for Houston. Andre was credited with his first major-league win in his last start at Kansas City and in the process became the first Brazilian-born hurler to record a win in the big leagues.

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

A Scary Moment, But…

In the “that’s what I wanted to hear” department, two tests have determined that Avisail Garcia does not have a concussion after crashing into the wall on the Jeff Baker home run in the fourth inning yesterday. And as you see, he’s in the lineup tonight.

Sox Auctioneers

Watch Paulie and Gordon run the auction last night at the Children’s Home Aid Grand Slam Party at Rockit Bar & Grill.

http://Instagram.com/p/ddNy04FsYY/

Play(s) of the Day

With yesterday’s 5-2 victory, the Sox took two of three from the Rangers and now have won four consecutive series, eight of their last nine games and 14 of their last 20…Jordan Danks came on in the fourth to replace the injured Avisail Garcia in right field and in the bottom of the inning promptly blasted a solo homer to give the Sox and older brother John a 3-2 lead…With the Sox up 4-2 in the seventh, Josh Phegley added a solo blast to give the Sox some insurance…Once again the pitching was excellent. Danks, in winning his second straight game and fourth of the season, went six innings allowing just two runs and eight hits with five strikeouts. The bullpen also rose to the occasion as Matt Lindstrom, Nate Jones and Addison Reed closed it out with a scoreless inning apiece. Reed chalked up his 35th save. 

The Danks and Phegley homers:

http://atmlb.com/17deoJh

http://atmlb.com/17diQHZ

Pitching Excellence

White Sox starting pitchers are 7-2 with a 3.21 ERA and 10 quality starts over the last 13 games. The bullpen owns a 1.51 ERA in the last 14 contests.

Quote of the Day

Jordan Danks on helping brother John get the win yesterday:

“Whenever I get into the game I want to do something cool, especially with John on the mound so I don’t have to hear about it later.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36) for Houston.

Did You Know…

…that Jordan Danks’ home run represents the first time a player has hit a home run in support of his pitching brother since catcher Billy Shantz accomplished it for brother Bobby on June 5, 1955 when they were teammates on the Kansas City A’s? 

Sox Note of Note

Lefthanded pitcher Jack Harshman, who won 48 games with a 3.33 ERA for the Sox from 1954-57, passed away on August 17 in Georgetown, Texas, at the age of 86. Primarily a starter in Chicago, he won 15 games in ’56 with a 3.10 earned run average and 14 in 1954 with a 2.95 ERA. Harshman started his pro career as a first baseman and ultimately was one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball. He hit 21 career homers and 65 RBI (he also played for the New York Giants, Orioles, Red Sox and Indians) and 12 and 37 for the Sox with a high of six and 19 in ’56. On July 25, 1954, he struck out 16 Boston hitters, including Hall of Famer Ted Williams, in a complete game for a 5-2 win–still the Sox record for strikeouts in a single game. In 1956, he was involved in a baseball rarity. Both he and Connie Johnson, his Baltimore counterpart, threw one-hit complete games. Harshman and the Sox picked up the win, 1-0.

Photo of the Day

Lindstrom is congratulated by coach Joe McEwing and Robin after pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning.

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Garcia in Starting Lineup After Last Night’s Sox Debut

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 1.38) making his first home start for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (4-9, 5.23) for Minnesota.

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

Rienzo

Sale on FOX

Chris will be doing a live interview from the dugout during the top of the third inning on today’s telecast.

Quote(s) of the Day

Listen to GM Rick Hahn’s interview with Dan Bernstein on WSCR from last night and to Paulie’s appearance with Bruce Levine on ESPN 1000 this morning:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/show/670-the-score-interviews/

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/podcast/archive?id=3269205

@AvisailGarcia34 upon his arrival at the ballpark last night:

Play(s) of the Day

From last night’s doubleheader…

Game 1:  Alexei Ramirez blasted a two-run homer, singled and drove in four runs in the 7-5 loss to the Twins…Paul Konerko hit his ninth home run of the season and 431st of his career, tying Cal Ripken Jr. for 44th place on the all-time list.

Game 2:  Charlie Leesman was solid in his first major league start, going five-plus innings, allowing just one run (a solo homer) and four hits with eight strikeouts while getting a no-decision. Brought up as the 26th man on the roster for the doubleheader, Leesman was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after the game…Alexei hit his second homer of the twin bill to tie the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning…Blake Tekotte put the White Sox ahead 2-1 in the seventh with his first major-league home run and first RBI in a Sox uniform…Garcia made his Sox debut–he struck out as a pinch-hitter, was hit by a pitch and stranded on third in the 10th representing the potential tying run in the 3-2 loss.

The Ramirez and Tekotte homers in the nightcap:

http://atmlb.com/13N7OIp

http://atmlb.com/15lLpxK

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-3, 3.51) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (7-8, 4.84) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Alexei is the first Sox player to homer in each game of a doubleheader since Magglio Ordonez did it in April of 1999? By the way, Ramirez is batting .448 with a double, two home runs and seven RBI during his current seven-game hitting streak.

Photo of the Day

The future is now for the White Sox and No. 26.

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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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