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Sox Seek to Play Spoiler vs. Tigers

Friday, August 29, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-8, 5.05) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (11-11, 4.82) for Detroit.

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

Plays of the Day

John Danks pitched six solid innings, allowing two runs, five hits and a pair of walks while striking out five in last night’s loss to the Indians…With his 97th RBI, Jose Abreu tied Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton for the major-league lead…Alejandro De Aza made this outstanding catch:

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And the Winner is…

Abreu received his July Player and Rookie of the Month awards from the skipper before last night’s game.

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Celebrating PK

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We Can Feel the Love

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Quote of the Day

A humble Abreu talks about his team-first philosophy (via Dan Hayes of CSN):

“I don’t like to talk about myself. This is a team thing, but I’m very happy I’ve been able to hit for average and the results I’ve had individually. I’d like to have those as a team as well. The easy times, everybody wants them. The tough times really let you know who you are as a player and a team.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field in a split doubleheader made necessary by the June 10 postponement. Game 1 (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (15-4, 3.13) for the Tigers. Game 2 (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) starters: RHP Chris Bassitt, making his first major-league appearance, for the Sox and LHP Kyle Ryan, who is also making his big-league debut, for Detroit.

With Class AA Birmingham, Bassitt compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.56 ERA, a .206 average against, 36 strikeouts and 14 walks in 34.2 innings (six starts). He will be the 26th man on the roster for the twin bill, but will remain with the Sox for the remainder of the season.

In addition to the special nature of the doubleheader itself, there is going to be a great deal of excitement at the ballpark tomorrow. The K Zone should be rocking with Sale on the mound vs. defending AL Cy Young winner Scherzer in the matinee. In the nightcap, all eyes will be on Bassitt’s appearance and before Game 2 the youngsters from the Jackie Robinson West Little League will be honored and Tony LaRussa will be signing autographs and throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. Topping it off, the first 20,000 fans attending tomorrow night will receive a LaRussa bobblehead and the new Hall of Famer’s plaque will be on display.

More on JRW ceremony: The White Sox will pay tribute to the U.S. Little League champions with the following…

* A $20,000 donation from Chicago White Sox Charities

* A plaque honoring JRW will be installed at U.S. Cellular Field in time for next season

* All the members of the team will receive Sox jerseys with their own uniform numbers and signed by the 2014 White Sox

* A Sox backpack filled with back-to-school supplies

The White Sox also are encouraging fans to wear gold in honor of Jackie Robinson West.

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Photo of the Day

Matt Lindstrom, Scott CarrollAdam Eaton and Southpaw paid a visit yesterday to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.

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A Happy Return 

Sunday, July 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (3-6, 4.56) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (9-5, 3.20) for Houston.

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

 

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo tied it up at 2-2 with a two-run homer in the sixth inning (click on top link below) and Tyler Flowers doubled in the eventual game-winner in the seventh (click on bottom link) as the Sox came away with a 3-2 victory last night in our first game back from the All-Star break…starter Jose Quintana tossed five innings, allowing just the two runs on three hits and a pair of walks with eight strikeouts…the bullpen held up well as Daniel Webb (2.0), Ronald Belisaro (1.0) and Zach Putnam (1.0) closed it out with four scoreless innings. Putnam put the Astros down 1-2-3 with two Ks in the ninth for his second save and the four Sox hurlers retired the final 22 Houston batters.

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are 10-7 in their last 17 games…the Sox have hit 21 homers over the last 17 and homered in 13 of those games. We are 38-21 when hitting at least one home run this season…the Sox are 25-13 at home vs. the American League West since 2012…our starters own a 2.13 ERA, 68 Ks and a .187 opponents average over the last 11 games while the bullpen owns a 2.43 ERA over its last nine games at home…Jose Abreu is hitting .429 with four doubles, two homers and four RBI during his current nine-game hitting streak. He’s hit safely in 27 of his last 28 games overall. Entering today’s action, Jose was the major-league leader in both homers (29) and slugging percentage (.631) as well…Alejandro De Aza is hitting .346 since June 4. He’s a career .383 hitter vs. Houston…Adam Eaton has hit in five straight games and has reached base safely in 32 of his last 35 contests including 20 in a row from June 3-25. He leads the team and is tied for second in the AL with seven triples.

 

Quote of the Day

Robin on the Sox starting play after the All-Star break:

“Players feel refreshed and energized. You are looking for good things to happen.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (8-6, 3.99) for the Sox, RHP Jarred Cosart (9-6, 4.17) for Houston.

 

Photo of the Day

Everybody loves Paulie.

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A 4th of July Sale-a-bration

Friday, July 4, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game holiday weekend series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-1, 2.30) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (7-6, 3.96) for Seattle.

Chris, who is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA lifetime vs the Mariners, will be making his 13th start of the season and ninth at home. He is 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA at home this year with a 4-1 mark with a 2.29 ERA over his last eight starts. He was the winning pitcher in his last start on June 28 at Toronto, allowing just two runs on four hits with six strikeouts in seven innings of work. He has held left-handed hitters to a miniscule .089 average with zero extra-base hits in 2014.

Sale would rank among the American League leaders in virtually every category if he had the minimum innings pitched. The fact he doesn’t have the required innings is a result of his more than month-long stint on the disabled list.

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

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have won 14 of the last 18 vs. Seattle and are 27-7 since 2010…Jose Abreu owns a 17-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the big leagues. The last Sox rookie to hit in 18 consecutive games was Pete Ward in 1963.

All-Stars to be Announced on Sunday

The 2014 AL and NL All-Star teams will be revealed on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, beginning at 6:00 p.m., CT, on ESPN. Here’s hoping all of your support for Jose and Alexei gets them to the Midsummer Classic in Minneapolis on July 15.

MLB First Basemen Pay Tribute to Lou Gehrig’s Legendary Speech

On this, the 75th anniversary of Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig’s legendary farewell speech, all of Major League Baseball’s first basemen (and Derek Jeter) pay tribute to the Iron Horse in this video. It will be shown at ballparks to help raise funds and bring awareness to ALS (also know as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/v34196007/?tcid=mm_cws_vid&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Here’s Robin making the case for Sale to be named to the AL All-Star squad despite the ace’s time on the DL. It should be noted that he was the winning pitcher for the AL last year after tossing a pair of scoreless innings, which many thought was good enough to win the game’s MVP award.

“You are trying to win the game so you are trying to take the best guys. He has done it over not just this year, but the least couple of years…you are looking at a guy that’s at the top of his game, whether or not he missed a little bit of time. He’s still one of the better pitchers and his numbers prove it out.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Felix Hernandez (10-2, 2.10) for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

The July 4, 1960 Sports Illustrated cover: Fireworks at Comiskey Park:

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Keep an Eye on White Sox ACE product Ro Coleman and Vandy in College World Series

Friday, June 20, 2014 

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 Today’s News

 Tonight’s Game

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.

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

 

Aces

The White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program got a huge boost this season with two of its products, Vanderbilt’s Ro Coleman and Louisville’s Corey Ray (both pictured above), making it to the College World Series with their respective teams. What makes it an even better story is that freshman outfielders Coleman and Ray are also close friends and former teammates at Simeon Career Academy.

While Louisville has been eliminated, Vandy is still very much alive and undefeated in the double-elimination tournament going into their game today with the University of Texas.

“It’s kind of surreal, like I’m actually living a dream.” Coleman told MLB.com. “Just a wonderful experience and I’m blessed to be here.”

Since its inception in 2007, the ACE program for inner-city youngsters has had numerous alumni drafted by professional teams with 85 players receiving athletic aid to play collegiate baseball.  Last year’s graduating class included 13 players committed to collegiate institutions during the early signing period. 

Three ACE players were drafted during the 2014 First-Year Player Draft–Darius Day by the Rangers and Anthony Justiniano and James Davison by the Sox. Davison, a Morgan Park High School grad, has chosen to postpone his pro career and attend Howard College in Big Spring, Tex. on an athletic scholarship (see story below). 

Kevin Coe, the White Sox director of youth baseball initiatives who coached Coleman and Ray, traveled to Omaha with a group of about 50 current ACE players with the hope they could also make it some day to college baseball’s mecca.

“The kids really loved the trip. They were able to see in Ro and Corey, kids just like them, that if you dream and work toward a goal, you can make it happen,” Coe said. “During the trip, one of the 12-year-olds in our program came up to me, shook my hand and said, ‘Coach, I want to thank you for bringing us here. Now I know what all the work is for and what I’m working toward.’ And, of course, their parents were so grateful that their youngsters could experience all of it.”

Coe also talked about how Ray came by, spent time with the young players, talked to them individually and took pictures.

“This was what we set out to do at the beginning of the program–to teach them the fundamentals at a young age so when they get older, they’ll be prepared to do what Ro and Corey have done. This was just proof that we’re doing the right things.”

“We really could not be more proud of these two kids (Coleman and Ray),” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told MLB.com. “They’ve literally grown up as teammates in the White Sox ACE program, and to see them excel at the college level in their freshman seasons speaks to their skills, their work ethic and the baseball fundamentals taught to our ACE kids by our staff and coaches.”

 

More on James Davison

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140618/morgan-park/white-sox-draft-pick-james-davison-has-major-league-confidence

 

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana rebounded from his subpar last start, allowing just two runs, six hits and a walk while striking out a half-dozen batters in last night’s loss to the Twins…Conor Gillaspie drove in a pair of runs with a single.

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Sale Punks Carroll

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140619/bridgeport/chris-sales-hat-pranks-rookie-teammate-scott-carroll

 

“Wild Pitches”

Chicago White Sox Charities and the White Sox Wives will host the second annual variety show event, “Wild Pitches,” on Sunday, July 20 at Bub City in Chicago.

The evening of comedy, music and entertainment will be hosted by Chicago standup comedian Pat McGann and feature live music by the Rendition Band. The event also includes both live and silent auction packages.

In addition to last year’s star performers, Paul and Jennifer Konerko, participants will include Brittany and Gordon Beckham, John Danks and his wife, country singer Ashley Monroe, Katie and Adam Eaton, Nancy and Tyler Flowers and Lacy and Nate Jones. Manager Robin Ventura and his wife Stephanie also are participating. Tickets are available at whitesoxcharities.org.

 

Quote of the Day 

Sox reliever Nate Jones has made enough progress in his rehab from micro discectomy surgery to correct back issues leading to hip pain that he’s traveling with the team on the current road trip. While there’s no timetable for his return, he feels optimistic. 

“I feel part of the team again, getting to watch the team on the field instead of on TV. So that’s pretty awesome. I’m glad to get to this point because it means I’m throwing.

“We’re getting closer, that’s for sure. I’m still increasing my workload and the amount of new things I’m doing. So it’s really day to day. Increasing my exercises and see how I react the next day. If all goes good, we’re going to increase the workload.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-4, 5.67) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (3-8, 5.29) for Minny.

 

Photo of the Day

Eaton has reached base safely in 14 consecutive games, hitting .327 with a .413 on-base percentage during that stretch. Over his last 11 games, he is batting .372 with six walks and a .449 on-base percentage.

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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.

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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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Noesi Looking for Third Straight Win

Saturday, June 14, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

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

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

 

Plays of the Day

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

 

The Cuban Influence on the South Side

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

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

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

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Foster Family Day

Tomorrow is Foster Family Day at the ballpark.

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

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

 

Michael Jordan Era Throwback Night

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

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the Sox’ opponents interest in Abreu:

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

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

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

 

Photo of the Day

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

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A Good Night For The Good Guys With Rubber Match Tonight

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series with LA winning on Monday and the Sox emerging victorious last night. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 4.66) for the Sox, RHP Josh Beckett (3-2, 2.52) for LA.

In his last start, on May 30 vs. the Padres, Danks threw seven innings allowing just two runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking one. It was his eighth quality start of the season.

Plays of the Day

It was indeed a good night for the Sox last evening. Hector Noesi won his first game since May 6, 2012, giving up just a run, five hits and four walks while striking out six in the 4-1 victory. Jose Abreu hit his second homer in as many nights, another two-run shot, in his successful return from the disabled list. It was his 17th of the season along with his 47 RBI. Tyler Flowers added his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot, and former Dodger Ronald Belisario returned triumphantly to Los Angeles with a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.

The Abreu and Flowers blasts:

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Even Dodger Fans Want Jose’s Autograph

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Speaking of Abreu

Here is a list of major leaguers who recorded the most home runs after their first 46 games–from 1914-2014 (compliments of @ScottLindholm).

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The Wait is Almost Over: Draft Begins Tomorrow

Here are Sox GM Rick Hahn and Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann talking about the Sox and this year’s draft, which gets going tomorrow night.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33361843/white-sox-front-office-on-the-2014-draft/?partnerId=as_cws_20140603_25181866

Brothers

Conor Gillaspie will be keeping an eye on this week’s draft with his brother Casey a good bet to be selected in the first round. Here’s more:

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Minor League All-Stars

Four players from the Sox’ Class AA Birmingham affiliate have been named to the Southern League’s North Division All-Star team: OF Josh Richmond, C Kevan Smith, OF Trayce Thompson and RHP Cody Winiarski. The game will be played June 17 in Chattanooga.

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura, in his own patented style, commented on Abreu hitting homers in his first two games back from the DL.

“He’s doing all right. I think we’re going to keep him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it will be the White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-2, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (6-4, 3.33)

Photo of the Day

Noesi is a winner.

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Rienzo, Teammates Ready to Even Series With Padres

Saturday, May 31, 2014

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Today’s News

Today’s Game

White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. RHP Andre Rienzo (4-1, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross (5-4, 2.97) for San Diego.

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

Despite getting the loss in last night’s defeat, John Danks had another strong outing. He gave up only two runs, eight hits and a lone walk along with four strikeouts in seven innings pitched…Reminiscent of Mark Buehrle‘s “Play of the Year” (at least) on Opening Day, 2010, here’s Gordon Beckham‘s amazing play in the third inning last night, which very well could have halted a big Padres inning.

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Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters now own a 2.21 ERA and a .197 opponents average in our last 10 games…Danks’ eight quality starts marked the 1,000th quality start by the Sox since 2003. John has a 1.20 ERA over his last two starts and owns a 3.02 ERA in six starts at home…Daniel Webb owns a 1.29 ERA over his last 12 games.

Old Friends

It was great to say hello to two former White Sox before last night’s game. Carlos Quentin was outside of our clubhouse before batting practice, while I caught up with Jose Valentin, now the Padres’ first base coach, as San Diego took the field for BP. I still laugh about Jose’s chest tap, imitating Sammy Sosa, that day at Wrigley Field.

The Draft: A Look Back

The First-Year Player Draft is just days away, beginning on Thursday, June 5.  Here’s a review of some of the Sox’ most successful picks.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/white-sox-have-benefited-from-casting-wide-draft-net?ymd=20140529&content_id=77342514&vkey=news_cws

Sox and the (Second) City

Gordon and Robin Ventura pose with the cast of Second City and sportscasters/comedians, the Sklar Brothers (pictured on the right).

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Blackhawks Still Very Much Alive!

The crowd gathers at the Chisox Bar & Grill following last night’s Sox game to watch the Blackhawks force a Game 7 with the Kings tomorrow night at the UC. Go Hawks!

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The Adventures of Jose Abreu 

Jose Abreu took part in a simulated game before today’s game as he prepares for a possible Monday return from the disabled list for a sore left ankle.  Abreu faced live pitching in the form of two minor league right-handers brought up to throw in game conditions to him.  I’m certain one kid’s heart sank when he drilled Abreu just above the elbow in his second at-bat.  Jose shook it off and took several more at-bats, lining a couple of singles and hitting at least two doubles to the wall … and most importantly, legging them out and running fine.  He will repeat the drill tomorrow, hopefully without the HBP.

Think how this kid had to feel.  Probably his first time on a big league mound.  Silent ballpark on a Saturday morning.  Everyone watching.  And … BAM!

The young man shook hands with Abreu and said a few words after the simulated game.  Well, that was probably a day he will never forget.

Quote of the Day

Chris Sale on the “K Zone for Sale,” which will be in full force for his start tomorrow:

“It’s cool. It’s fun to have the excitement of that in the ballpark and hearing those guys go crazy every time there’s a strikeout. It’s fun to have people in the stands. Every time you get more people in the stands, it creates more energy and more excitement in the ballpark.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP Sale (4-0, 1.73) for the Sox, LHP Eric Stults (2-5, 4.92) for San Diego.

Photo of the Day

POTUS tries on a 2005 White Sox World Series ring during his recent trip to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown:

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Hot Sox Get Back to Work

Friday, May 30, 2014
 
Today’s News
 
After the three-game sweep over the Indians and a well-deserved day off, the Sox are back at it tonight. Before we look ahead, it’s definitely worth re-living Wednesday’s dramatic 3-2 win. Here’s Leury Garcia en route to scoring the winning run on Moises Sierra’s game-ending single in the ninth followed by Sierra getting mobbed by his teammates in celebration.
 
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Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and the last leg of the 10-game homestand. The Sox are 5-2 through the first seven games. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (3-6, 3.59) for San Diego.
 
While Danks got a no-decision in his last start vs. the Yankees at USCF, he threw eight scoreless innings allowing just three hits, striking out four, walking none. It was his seventh quality start of the season. The Sox lefty is 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four starts at home this year.
 
The Sox lead the all-time series against the Padres, 4-2. We have gone 2-1 at both USCF and Petco Park.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo RF, Dunn 1B, Ramirez SS, Semien DH, De Aza LF, Nieto C.
 
The K-Zone for Sale Returns on Sunday
 
The K-Zone for Sale will be alive and well Sunday as Chris Sale makes his next start against the Padres. Chris is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA, 43 strikeouts and a .138 opponents average over six starts this season.
 
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Sox Notes of Note
 
The White Sox recorded their sixth game-ending hit (third non-homer) and 17th comeback win of the season. We lead the majors with those six wins and our three walk-off homers…we have won seven of our last 10 games and are now 8-4 at home against the American League Central.
 
How about Conor?
 
Conor Gillaspie has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games (since May 12) and 31 of 34 overall. He’s hitting .415 with five doubles, a triple and five RBI since that date and his batting average leads the majors. Gillaspie’s .352 average for the season would lead the American League and rank second in baseball if he had the necessary plate appearances. Conor is also hitting .439 in the seventh inning or later, .400 in May and .397 with runners on base.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the Sox team effort after Wednesday night’s big victory over the Tribe, highlighted by Hector Noesi’s outstanding pitching performance and Sierra’s walk-off base hit.
 
“To win games, you like to talk about different people every night because it takes the whole roster to be able to do it. With the injuries and things that happened to us early, waiver claims are doing that. We went out and you start getting guys and bringing them in, these guys have been a good fit so far.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-1, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross (5-4. 2.97) for San Diego.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Here’s Gordon Beckham stretching out to rob the Indians’ Michael Brantley of a hit in the first inning of Wednesday night’s triumph. He grabbed the ball and made a strong throw to first that beat Brantley to the bag.
 
 
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Rienzo Looks to be “Andre the Giant” in Matchup With Tanaka

Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Having won the first two games and lost yesterday’s extra-inning affair, the Sox need a win to take the series from the Bronx Bombers and also are looking to clinch their third straight home series win. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-0, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-1, 2.39) for New York.

Rienzo earned the win in his last start at Kansas City, giving up just two runs on five hits over six innings pitched. He walked a pair and struck out a career-high eight. The White Sox are 6-0 in 2014 in Rienzo’s starts. The Sox streak of six team wins behind Andre is tied for the longest such streak in baseball this season.

 

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

John Danks was masterful in yesterday’s heartbreaking defeat. In eight innings of work, he didn’t allow a run, gave up only three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four…Dayan ViciedoAdam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez drove in the Sox runs and Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham collected three hits apiece. With his performance yesterday and three hits Friday night, Adam raised his BA to .292. Gordon is right behind him at .291.

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More Eaton and Beckham

Eaton is 8-14 (.571) in the Yankee series and 11-32 (.344) in the six games since returning from the disabled list. Beckham is hitting .417 over his six-game hitting streak and is batting .390 in his last 10 games and .350 in his last 19. He’s hitting .482 against left-handed pitchers.

 

For Starters

White Sox starters own a 2.18 ERA with 29 strikeouts and a .177 average in the last six games.

 

Sox Note of Note

RHP Frank Francisco has declined an outright assignment to Class AAA Charlotte and declared for free agency…C Hector Gimenez, who was playing in Charlotte, has been traded to the Blue Jays.

 

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura talks about Tyler Flowers improvement this season. The Sox catcher is batting .312 with an on-base percentage of .371.

“Flow has been a big part of us being where we’re at. He’s taking the ball the other way, he’s balanced, strikeouts are down. He’s hit a couple of big homers for us. He’s had a nice little stretch here while playing a very demanding position. He’s in a nice spot.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in a Memorial Day matinee. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (3-2, 2.91) for the Tribe.

 

Photo of the Day

Eaton and Beckham: Energy and production at the top of the Sox lineup:

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