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Sox Look to Head Home on a Winning Note

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (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.

Sox Starting Lineup:
De Aza, CF; L. Garcia, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH, Keppinger,1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Danks, RF; Anderson, C.

Barons Still Hold Lead in Playoff Series
The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, dropped Game 3 of their best-of-five Southern League North Division playoff series to the host Tennessee Smokies (Cubs affiliate) last night, 9-2, and now lead two games to one. Game 4 is this afternoon with highly-regarded LHP Scott Snodgress on the mound for the Barons as they attempt to close out the series.
Barons shortstop Tyler Saladino doubled, tripled and scored twice, second baseman Micah Johnson drove in Saladino on both occasions and third baseman Cody Puckett went 3-4.

Play(s) of the Day
Conor Gillaspie hit a pinch-hit solo homer, his 12th of the season, in the top of the 10th that gave the Sox a temporary lead in the heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Baltimore yesterday afternoon…Dayan Viciedo went 2-3 with a double and his 12th homer, a solo blast over the centerfield fence…Paulie singled, doubled and drove in a run…The quartet of Jake Petricka (1.0 IP), Matt Lindstrom (1.0), David Purcey (0.1) and Nate Jones (1.2) pitched four innings of scoreless baseball in relief of Hector Santiago, who gave up two runs and seven hits in five innings.

Quote of the Day
Robin on his hands-off approach to advising the recent September call-ups:

“This is what they’re dreaming to do, so once they get to this point, you just let them play. I don’t want them having that (special advice) in the back of their mind when they’re trying to go out there and play, so you just let them play and let their ability take over.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: In a matchup of All-Stars, it will be LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.97) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (19-2, 2.88) for Detroit.

Did You Know…
…that Viciedo is batting .370 over his last 13 games and is batting .318 with seven doubles, a triple, four homers and 17 RBI over his last 32 contests?

Photo of the Day
Tank goes yard.
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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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“Q” on Mound Tonight Looking to Even Series

Friday, August 16, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) at Target Field, Minneapolis. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.70) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (8-8, 4.59) for Minnesota.

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

Civil Rights Game/Beacon Awards Luncheon

Chicago White Sox players and coaches will be in attendance at Major League Baseball’s Beacon Awards Luncheon on Saturday, August 24 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

The luncheon, which is one of the weekend events surrounding the 2013 Civil Rights Game that night at U.S. Cellular Field between the Sox and Rangers, will pay tribute to former MLB All-Star Bo Jackson and music legend Aretha Franklin, as recipients of this year’s Beacon Awards.  Others scheduled to attend the Beacon Awards Luncheon include Hall of Famer Hank AaronWhite Sox legend and seven-time MLB All-Star Minnie Miñoso, Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins and MLB Educational Programming Consultant and the daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, Sharon Robinson. Proceeds from MLB’s Beacon Awards Luncheon will benefit the Chicago Urban League and La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130813&content_id=56858430&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Robin commenting on Adam Dunn going to the opposite field more often, resulting in considerably more success at the plate (via mlb.com).

“…It’s helped him. He’s knocking in some big runs for us going the other way. Now you’re starting to see teams straighten back up on him, which allows him to really get that ball back in the hole.”

Play of the Day

Andre Rienzo pitched a strong six innings, allowing just one earned run and four hits in the 4-3 loss to the Twins. Paulie singled, doubled and drove in a run.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (6:10 p.m, CT, WGN). LHP Chris Sale (8-11, 2.73) for the Sox, Andrew Albers (2-0, 0.00) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Sox starting pitchers rank second only to the first-place Tigers (3.41) among American League staffs with a 3.87 ERA?

Photo of the Day

Andre delivers another solid performance.

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With a Win in the Books, Sox Look to Continue Momentum

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-11, 2.92) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.38) for New York.

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

Meet Sox Groundskeeper Roger Bossard: The Sodfather

http://wgntv.com/2013/08/05/meet-the-sodfather/

Play(s) of the Day

Outstanding pitching and an offense that scored seven runs in the first three innings highlighted our 8-1 victory last night and ended the 10-game losing streak…Jose Quintana got credit for his sixth win of the season with an impressive 6.2 innings, allowing just one run and eight scattered hits along with five strikeouts…Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios led the way offensively. Ramirez went 4-5 with two RBI and a run scored and Rios was 2-4 with four RBI, a walk and a run scored.

Here’s Alexei’s run-scoring double in the sixth inning that gave the Sox an 8-0 lead.

http://atmlb.com/11IPoHE

Quote of the Day

Robin on last night’s win:

“It starts with pitching and “Q’ was great…offensively it was just one of those (games) that just clicked. You get some balls that fall in and I can’t remember too many of the ones that just fall into the outfield for us, especially with guys on. So, it’s one of those that relieves a lot of the psyche or whatever of not knocking guys in. Guys are swinging, they’re taking ball four, it was just a good night offensively.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28) for the Sox, LHP C.C. Sabathia (9-10, 4.78) for N.Y.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox are 6-2 against the Yankees in the last two seasons?

Photo of the Day

The Sox are counting on an All-Star performance from Chris tonight in Game 2 of the series.

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“Q” and Sox Host Yankees in First of Three

Monday, August 5, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62) for the Sox, LHP Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28) for New York. “Q” is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA with 38 strikeouts over his last six starts.

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

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On the Bright Side

White Sox starters rank 4th in the American League with a 3.87 ERA. Their ERA has improved during the current losing streak.

Robin and the “Ryan Express”

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the brawl between Robin Ventura and the Rangers’ Nolan Ryan on the mound in Texas.  In addition to making me – once again – feel old, I chuckled about my perspective on that moment.  I was traveling with the team on that trip and for some reason, I can’t quite remember why, I was asked to deliver an autographed Frank Thomas baseball to a young boy in the stands just over our dugout.  So I waited until a good time in the game to head down to deliver the gift.  The elevator at that old ballpark might have been the slowest ever – to go only one floor – and I recall walking down the stands looking for the right row and seat number.  All of a sudden, the crowd roared, I looked up just in time to see Robin reach Ryan.  The rest is photographic history.  I dropped off the ball, said a quick hello and dashed back upstairs to the press box to catch footage of the pitch and its result.

Last Opening Day in Texas, Ryan stopped by our clubhouse to shake hands with Robin.  My recollection of that meeting was that Nolan Ryan remains a big human being.  Big.

Play(s) of the Day

Despite getting his second straight no-decision in yesterday’s 3-2, extra-inning loss, Andre Rienzo was impressive in his second big-league start No. 2. He went six innings, giving up only two runs on four hits…With yesterday’s mammoth 475-foot solo homer, Adam Dunn passed Cal Ripken Jr. for 43rd place on the all-time home run list with his 432nd.  It was Adam’s 26th of the season and he added three singles for good measure. Furthermore, he is hitting .308 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI over the last 48 games and has raised his average from .156 to .226…Paul Konerko homered to tie the game at 2-2 in the ninth…And how about this catch by Gordon Beckham?

http://t.co/jiUQrN8obK

Quote of the Day

Outfielder Avisail Garcia on being traded to the Sox:

“I’m happy for the trade. This is a new opportunity for me to be here. I thank God for that. I’ve just got to keep playing hard and try to do something good for my team and help my team win games.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-11, 2.92) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki  Kuroda (10-6, 2.38) for New York.

Did You Know…

…that Paulie’s homer was the 430th of his career, 45th against the Tigers, the 18th at Comerica Park and eighth of the season?

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Photo/Video of the Day

Dunn’s bomb on video and Paulie going deep in finale of Detroit series:

http://atmlb.com/14W23UB

Garcia and Rienzo Give Sox a Glimpse of the Future

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.55) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.74) for the Tribe. Quintana is holding righthanded batters to a .232 average in 2013, the third-lowest mark among American League lefties.

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

White Sox Welcome Garcia, Three Other Prospects With Open Arms

By now you know that after last’s night’s game, we completed a three-team deal with the Tigers and Red Sox. We traded Jake Peavy and acquired 22-year-old top outfield prospect Avisail Garcia from Detroit as well as minor league infielder Cleulius Rondon and pitching prospects Francelis Montas and Jeffery Wendelken from Boston.

GM Rick Hahn shared his excitement about obtaining Garcia, whose first name is pronounced “ah-VEE-saah-EEL”:

“We truly feel this is a five-tool player, someone who is not only going to hit, hit for average, but hit for power, can run well and play above average defense. He’s still young and has a little bit of development ahead of him, but we feel we’ve acquired someone with a great deal of upside who will have a big impact on the South Side for many years to come.”

Garcia, who will be assigned to Class AAA Charlotte to get regular at bats, is hitting .380 with seven doubles, three triples, six homers, 27 RBI and 32 runs scored over 39 games with both Class AAA Toledo and Class A Lakeland (where he appeared in six games on a rehab assignment recovering from a bruised heel). Between the two stops, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound righthanded hitter, had a .424 on-base and .561 slugging percentage. He was Detroit’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2012 and entered the season as the No. 2 prospect in the Tigers organization. In his brief experience in the major leagues (53 games in 2012-13) he is hitting .269 with three homers and 13 RBI. He actually made his big-league debut last August vs. the Sox.

The switch-hitting Rondon, who is 19, is hitting .276 with Class A Lowell in the Boston system. From Venezuela, he has split time between shortstop and third base, playing primarily at short. 

Montas, 20, is from the Dominican Republic. He has 96 strikeouts over 19 games with Class A Greenville this season and has K’d 171 in 49 games over four seasons. 

Wendelken, 20, was a 13th round draft choice in 2012. Known as J.B., he is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA with 10 saves and 54 strikeouts over 27 appearances with Greenville this season. He is 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA, 12 saves and 82 strikeouts in 40 relief appearances in two seasons. 

Rondon, Montas and Wendelken all will report to Class A Kannapolis.

Avisail is Happy, Too

@AvisailGarcia34: I’m also looking fwd to my new journey in the @whitesox organization and I am very grateful for this opportunity.. #Chicago here we come!

Jordan Danks Recalled

Outfielder Jordan Danks has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Peavy on the 25-man roster.

Play of the Day

Andre Rienzo, who last night became the first native Brazilian to pitch in the major leagues, was impressive in his debut. In seven innings, he allowed just five hits while striking out six without giving up an earned run.

Quote of the Day

Robin commenting on Rienzo’s solid debut:

“The kid was good. For all the excitement he had of having his first start, he was great. The one inning there was a little blip (the fifth when three unearned runs scored and he was spiked at first base)…but coming back that next inning with energy and composure was big. He’s got a neat little personality, brings his own energy, gets everybody into it. It was fun seeing him pitch.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (11:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-10, 2.69) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (12-7, 3.42) for Cleveland.

Did You Know…

…that on this date in 1972, Dick Allen became the seventh player to hit two inside-the-park home runs in one game in an 8-1 White Sox victory over the Twins on the road at Metropolitan Stadium?

Photo of the Day

Our new “five-tool player”:

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An Independence Day Rubber Match

Thursday, July 4, 2013

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series with the teams splitting the first two. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.97) for the Sox, LHP Zach Britton (2-2, 4.50) for the O’s.

Sox Starting Lineup:  De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Viciedo, DH; Dunn,1B; Keppinger, 3B; Wells, LF; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.

Sox to Wear Special 4th of July Cap

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Play(s) of the Day

Gordon Beckham’s first homer of the season, a solo shot in the fifth inning, in last night’s 4-2 loss to the Orioles…Hector Santiago was outstanding, allowing just two runs, five hits and a pair of runs along with nine strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Quote of the Day

Robin talking about Beckham, who has five hits in his last two games and is hitting .331 on the season:

“The homer, that was coming. With his hand, anytime he gets further away from that (the injury) he’s going to get his power back. He’s been really consistent all year, even in spring training when he came in and was ready to go. Tough that he broke his hand, but bouncing back (he’s had) quality at bat after quality at bat. I don’t think this is a fluke at all. I think even more of it is the power will come, doubles and home runs will come, but it’s just his approach and what he’s doing each at bat, even his (first at bat Wednesday night), getting the guy over. He’s doing good stuff when he’s going to the plate. I think it’s winning stuff.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.57) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Hellickson (7-3, 4.90) for Tampa Bay.

Did You Know…

…that Alex Rios stole his 200th career base in the first inning of last night’s game?

Photo of the Day

The Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp lifts…drum roll, please…the Stanley Cup.

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Friday Twin Bill Kicks Off Weekend Series with Tribe

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tomorrow’s Schedule

It’s the White Sox vs. Indians in a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field (1st game, 4:10, CT, 2nd game will follow, both on CSN). Probable starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.03) and LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.83) for the Sox, TBA for Cleveland. The twin bill is a result of the April 23 postponement.

Today’s News

Peavy’s Progress

Per trainer Herm Schneider, Jake played catch yesterday for roughly 10 minutes, at the three-week mark of his rib injury. He will continue to build up strength with the plan of having a side day at the four-week mark. According to Peavy it’s realistic to think he’ll be back around the All-Star break.

Congrats, Axe and Kash

Two members of the White Sox family, Dylan Axelrod and Mike Kashirsky, will have their uniform numbers retired tonight–by the Windy City ThunderBolts of the independent Frontier League. The ceremony will take place at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood before the Bolts’ regularly scheduled game vs. the Normal CornBelters.

Axe starred for the Thunderbolts in 2009 where he made the All-Star team and led the club to the playoffs. His No. 23 will be retired.

Kashirsky, a pre-game instructor and batting practice pitcher for the Sox, was a longtime player, coach and manager for the Cook County/Windy City franchise and is the all-time winningest skipper in the team’s history. The Bolts are retiring his No. 1.

Great Deal

Attention Blackhawk fans: Here’s an offer that’s pretty hard to pass up. The Sox are offering specially-priced $15 tickets to all fans who are wearing Blackhawks apparel at tomorrow night’s doubleheader with the Indians.

Tickets are available only at U.S. Cellular Field ticket windows and can be purchased only on Friday. Fans who will be attending the Hawks celebratory parade and rally and will return to U.S. Cellular Field for the twin bill, you can park in one of the ballpark lots for $20 and take the CTA. Lot A will be open at 6:00 a.m. and is accessible from Wentworth Avenue between 33rd and 35th Streets.

Quote of the Day

Robin, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, commented on the now infamous dropped pop-up in Tuesday night’s game with the Mets when Gordon Beckham collided with Conor Gillaspie.

“Gordon didn’t really drive through him. It was more like he wrapped him up. We need to work on Gordon’s tackling technique.”

You would think that Gordon, a product of the University of Georgia and the SEC, would have his technique down pat.

Play(s) of the Day

Nate Jones has recorded a 0.69 ERA over his last 10 appearances…Alexei Ramirez, with two hits last night, is hitting .361 with five doubles, four RBI, seven runs scored and five stolen bases over this last 14 games. He also ranks fourth in the American League with 18 stolen bases…John Danks retired the first nine batters he faced last night, extending his streak to 30 consecutive batters at home dating back to his last start on June 8 vs. Oakland. It’s the longest such streak by a Sox pitcher since Mark Buehrle retired 32 in a row in July/August of 2009. It’s the longest home streak in the majors since Felix Hernandez of the Mariners retired 36 in a row last July/August…Brent Morel, just recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, last night collected his first hit with the Sox since May of 2012.

Did You Know…

…that Chris Sale is already among the all-time best strikeout artists in White Sox history? With five 12+ strikeout games, Chris trails only Hall of Famer Ed Walsh and lefthander Juan Pizarro, who had six in their careers in Chicago. Sale also is tied with Walsh and righty Javier Vazquez with the most dozen or more strikeout games in a single season (3).

Photo of the Day

Nate is excelling in the ‘pen.

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Sox Plan: Leave Houston on a Winning Note

Monday, June 17, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:05, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (5-6, 3.47) for the Astros.

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

A Conversation With PK

ESPNChicago.com’s Scoop Jackson caught up with Paulie and talked to the White Sox captain about his life in a Sox uniform.

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/9384624/paul-konerko-chicago-white-sox-written-yet

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Quote of the Day

Robin’s comments on the recent Sox losses:

“It’s baseball. You have to create your own breaks and attitude-wise and everything else. If you want to go down the road of feeling sorry for yourself and thinking bad things are going to happen, it’s probably going to happen. I’m not going there. You have to pick yourself up, stay positive and get after it.”

Play of the Day

Outfielder Trayce Thompson, one of the Sox’s brightest prospects now playing at Class AA Birmingham, gave his Dad quite a Father’s Day gift yesterday by belting two home runs and driving in five runs in the Barons’ 9-8 win over Jackson. Trayce’s father, by the way, is former NBA star Mychal Thompson, who was listening to the game. The younger Thompson has been red-hot recently and as a result was named the Southern League Hitter of the Week (June 10-16), batting .435 with three homers, nine RBI and five runs scored.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.12) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Gordon Beckham is hitting .378 with three doubles, two RBI and six runs scored over his last 10 games?

Photo of the Day

Yep, that’s Chris Sale holding court with a group of enthusiastic youngsters during his recent visit to Ronald McDonald House.

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Blue Jays Next as Sox Continue to Climb

Monday, June 10, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 3.73) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (5-7, 4.66) for the Jays.

Sox Starting Lineup: DeAza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Konerko,1B; Dunn, DH; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, 3B; Beckham, 2B; Gimenez, C.

Tribute for Heroes

Voting has started for this year’s “People Magazine/MLB Tribute for Heroes” (click on promo below).  Each major league team features three eligible finalists submitted by fans.  By voting, you can send one of the three well-deserving military veterans to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York City.

Officially, the White Sox cannot advocate for one candidate over the others, BUT one is my personal friend, a guy I’ve known now for many years.

So in that case, please allow me to stump for Israel del Toro (“DT”), a proud member of the U.S. Air Force.

A little background …

I met DT through the wounded warrior program several spring trainings ago.  A Sox fan, DT’s choice was to receive a free trip out to Glendale to meet with White Sox, take in a game, tour, etc.  I believe his trip was one of the first times he was out of the hospital in San Antonio, maybe the first.

DT, who grew up in New Lenox and went to Providence, was serving as a forward observer in Afghanistan when his Humvee was hit by an IED.  Luckily for him, a small creek ran beside the road where the bomb exploded.  Seriously hurt, his mates rolled him into the creek to douse the fires.  The next thing DT remembers, doctors were cutting off his watch at a hospital in Germany.  The next thing he remembers after that, it was months later and he was in San Antonio at the military’s special burn unit.

This is one tough Son-of-A-Gun.  DT was burned over 90-some percent of his body (I think only three of four other guys at the time had been burned over more of their body and survived).  He has endured over 120 surgeries (and counting) to repair the damage to his body and to rebuild his face and hands,

You will not find a stronger will to live.  You will not find a better sense of humor about himself.  You will not find a more proud soldier or White Sox fan.  He’s thrown out first pitches in spring training and at U.S. Cellular Field.  He’s spoken to our players in spring training about his experiences and his challenges.  He competes in Warrior Games, winning medals for throwing, biking and shooting.  He wants nothing more than to make the U.S. Paralympic Team.  And he will.  I know it.

I’m so proud to call him my friend.

Two moments will be with me forever.

DT became the first seriously burned soldier to be allowed to re-enlist.  I was honored to attend that ceremony in San Antonio a couple of years ago with Scott Linebrink (who lived not that far away and joined me for the ceremony).

And DT invited my wife and I to his wedding a couple of summers ago.  He wanted to give his wife the fancy wedding she deserved, surrounded by family and friends in Chicago, along with many from Mexico.  The man looked sharp in his dress uniform, bride at his side.

So please vote for whomever you like, but as for me, my vote goes to my friend, DT. These videos give you more insight into how special he is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-q1txTmVRE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9K_FME1A2U

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the return of Gordon Beckham, who is hitting .308 in the seven games he’s played since returning to the lineup from the DL:

“I wouldn’t look at Gordon as a normal eight-hole hitter. He’s better. He’s grown up a lot. He’s a better hitter than that, it’s just where he needs to be right now. Valuable as far as his approach and everything else it’s been big for us to get him back, offensively and defensively. Everybody talks about his defense, but for me what he brings offensively is big.”

Play of the Day

When PK steps on the field tonight he will pass Hall of Famer Nellie Fox and move into second place on the White Sox all-time games played list (2,116). Only Hall of Fame shortstop Luke Appling, who played his entire 20-year major-league career on the South Side, played more games (2,422) in a Sox uniform.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Chein Ming Wang (0-0) for Toronto.

Did You Know…

…that Alejandro De Aza is hitting .386 in his last 11 games with a pair of doubles, seven RBI and eight runs scored? He has raised his average from .239 to .267 during that period.

Photo of the Day

Addison Reed, who notched save No. 19 yesterday, spent some time in the #SoxSocial Lounge last week talking to fans on the phone. Apparently he needed to have some moral support from a facsimile of one of his teammates.

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