Results tagged ‘ Robin Ventura ’

Robin Returns to Witness Danks’ Gem

Saturday, June 8, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final: White Sox 4, A’s 1
 
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Play(s) of the Day
 
John Danks was brilliant, giving up just one run, three hits and a walk along with six strikeouts in eight innings of work. And he retired the last 21 batters he faced in winning his first game of the season…Alex Rios broke up a 1-1 tie in the eighth with a run-scoring single and Paul Konerko followed with a two-run blast, his sixth of the year and 428th of his career…Adam Dunn put the Sox on the scoreboard in the second with his 14th of the season and 420th lifetime…Addison Reed chalked up his18th save.
 
Enjoy the Konerko and Dunn homers:
 
 
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
Robin, upon his return from missing two games while attending his daughter’s high school graduation:
 
On keeping up with the games while he was away…
 
“You can monitor, you just can’t do anything about it.”
 
On the “whispers” that he wouldn’t come back as manager if the Sox aren’t doing well…
 
“I’d be ashamed to walk away just because it’s tough. That’s part of being in it with these guys. I’m here as much as they are as far as turning it around and being ready to go.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. A’s at U.S Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (1-4, 3.35) for the Sox, RHP A.J. Griffin (5-4, 3.67) for Oakland.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Matt Lindstrom has made 10 straight scoreless appearances (10 IP)?
 
Photo of the Day
 

Karen Rand, a survivor of the Boston Marathon attacks, threw out the ceremonial first pitch this afternoon before the game. She was accompanied by a group of friends and was serenaded by “Sweet Caroline,” the theme song of her hometown Red Sox.

 
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Quintana, White Sox Have Payback on Their Minds vs. A’s

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox vs. RHP Dan Straily (3-2, 4.60) for Oakland. The two pitchers faced each other last Saturday in Oakland as the A’s pushed across a run in the bottom of the 10th for a 4-3 win.

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

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Peavy on DL, Fresh Arms Arrive After Last Night’s 16-Inning Win

Before tonight’s game, the Sox placed Jake Peavy on the 15-day disabled list with a rib fracture, optioned Brian Omogrosso to Class AAA Charlotte, recalled reliever Deunte Heath from Charlotte and purchased the contract of reliever Ramon Troncoso from the Knights.

Draft Starts Tonight

The 2013 MLB Draft begins tonight with the first two rounds and competitive balance rounds. The draft continues tomorrow with rounds 3-10 and concludes on Sunday with rounds 11-40.

The Sox own the 17th and 55th picks in the initial two rounds.

Two-time MVP Frank Thomas, the seventh pick overall by the Sox in 1989, will represent the club tonight during the opening round.

A Lefty Weekend

With Quintana, Chris Sale, John Danks and Hector Santiago scheduled to start for the Sox against the A’s this weekend, it marks the first time that the club has started all lefthanders in a four-game series since July of 1980 when Britt Burns, Steve Trout, Ross Baumgarten and Rich Wortham faced the Royals.

“Inside the White Sox” Anniversary

So when a friend mentioned to me recently that today is the eighth anniversary of this blog, I stopped in my tracks.  It’s been eight years?  That is a lot of wins, losses and words …

The anniversary also hits hard because I started this blog in the middle of the 2005 season, so it also means it’s been eight years since we spent October covered in champagne.  THAT, just doesn’t seem right. 

The concept of a blog was just hitting in 2005 when I decided to take a shot at creating a White Sox front office blog.  Folks at MLB say I was the first, or one of the first, club officials to begin an online diary of sorts, but my main goal was to take advantage of this new technology to speak directly to the fans, to share info and insights and to also hear from fans in return.  And I have tried to keep my eyes and ears open for funny lines and funny moments.  In most major league clubhouses, there is always something funny happening.  My goal has been to share those moments with our fans in a way that doesn’t betray confidences, but that leaves people laughing.  You are the best judges as to whether I have succeeded or not.

Ultimately, the fun in this has been connecting with White Sox fans, passionate, passionate Sox fans.  Many have read along and followed me for years.  Many attended our Blog Nights and Social Media nights so that I was able to connect faces with online names.  I’ve also heard from so many fans who don’t ever post but love to read.  For example, my mom and dad read all the time and always tell me how much they love my stories (but not always my spelling).

But I do think more people than just my mom and dad have been along for this eight-year ride. I appreciate that you are willing to spend a little of your valuable time reading this blog, and most importantly, caring about the White Sox.

After all, we never forget that it is our fans who truly matter.

I will never forget the first day I posted to this blog because the earth moved … literally.  I finally found some time while the team was in San Diego to figure out how this thing worked.  So sitting in my hotel room on the water in San Diego, I posted my first post.  If my memory is correct,  the next morning was a Sunday.  I woke up and was getting dressed to head to the ballpark.  Sitting on the edge of the bed, I felt a jolt. 

What was that?

I walked to the window, partly expecting to see people running from the building (I might have been on the 30th floor).  Nothing.

I flipped on the TV and kept packing.

The news quickly circulated that San Diego has just suffered a small (seemed big to me) earthquake.

Wow, I didn’t think then, but think today for dramatic license, that this blog thing is pretty powerful.  It moved the earth and all … HA!

Quote of the Day

With Robin on his way to his daughter’s high school graduation, bench coach Mark Parent managed the end of last night’s marathon. He spoke to the media following the game:

“Hopefully those guys grinding offensively late in the game carries over until tomorrow (today) and the future, that’s the good part about it…the whole pitching staff and the team really rallied around each other in the dugout and it was really good to see.”

Play of the Day

It was also heartening to see the way the Sox persevered last night. Losing the lead in the 14th on the Kyle Seager grand slam was deflating, but we came right back to win and end the losing streak.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-3, 2.44) for the Sox, RHP Jarrod Parker (4-6, 4.90). Sale and Parker face each other for the second time this week. They were the mound opponents in a tight pitching duel last Sunday in Oakland with Parker winning 2-0.

Did You Know…

…that, according to Parent, if last night’s game would have gone longer, outfielder Casper Wells–who pitched during his college days at Towson State–would have been called upon for mound duty. All seven relievers on the Sox active roster saw action in the extra-inning affair.

Photo of the Day

Parent, shown here congratulating Alex Rios, will be managing the Sox again tonight in Robin’s absence.

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Sox Reach .500 Mark, Cubs On Deck

Sunday, May 26, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final: White Sox 5, Marlins 3
 
Highlights: The Sox completed the three-game sweep of Miami this afternoon and moved to 24-24…Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer, his 12th blast of the season and 418th of his career; Alejandro De Aza collected a pair of doubles and two RBI; and Alex Rios delivered a run-scoring single for an insurance run in the eighth inning…Dylan Axelrod earned his third victory in 5.1 IP and Matt Lindstrom, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed pitched scoreless ball the rest of the way. Reed chalked up his 17th save, just one behind league leader Mariano Rivera of the Yankees…Defensively, Rios and Dayan Viciedo each threw out a man at the plate.
 
Memories of ’83
 
Floyd Bannister (pictured below), one of the stalwarts of the 1983 White Sox pitching staff, talks about that year’s American League West champion Sox:  http://atmlb.com/139m3nP
 
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A Must For Sox Fans
 
Chicago sports media columnist Ed Sherman, a lifelong White Sox fan and the man behind the popular website, the Sherman Report, reviews a book that he says should be on every Sox fan’s bookshelf.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on reaching the .500 mark:
 
“You have to get there first. Once you’re there…you just continue to come in with the expectation that you’re going to play hard and you’re going to win a game.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Props to the bullpen for their 3.2 innings of yeoman’s work.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the first game of a four-game series, two on the South Side and the final two on the North Side. Starters: Jose Quintana (3-1) for the Sox, Jeff Samardzjia (2-6) for the Cubs.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Crain, who struck out the side in the eighth inning today, has now made 20 straight scoreless outings? His ERA is now a miniscule 0.78.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Dunn’s opposite field homer put the Sox on the scoreboard in the first inning. 
 
 
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The Return of John Danks and a Fitting Tribute to the Chairman

Thursday, May 23, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Danks: “It’s Like Christmas Day”
 
After last night’s game Robin announced that John Danks, who is coming off four minor-league rehab outings, has been reinstated from the disabled list and will make his first start of 2013 against Miami Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. 
 
Danks, who made nine starts in 2012 before having shoulder surgery last August, said he was excited and might have some butterflies because it’s been so long since he last appeared in the major leagues. He said his return is so special that it feels like Christmas Day.
 
To make room on the 25-man roster, the Sox optioned LHP Donnie Veal to Class AAA Charlotte.
 
A Special Time
 
It was an honor to be in New York last night to see Jerry Reinsdorf receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Sports Business Awards and to see the Sox and Bulls Chairman looking so proud with his son Michael, daughter-in-law Nancy and his grandchildren right beside him. 
 
Here are a few of the evening’s highlights and a link to a story by Richard Justice of mlb.com:
 
–Jerry joked during his speech that he thought so much of his daughter-in-law that if she ever decided to leave Michael, he was going with Nancy. The line, like many, drew laughs from the audience.
 
–It seemed strange to sit at a table with Sox GM Rick Hahn watching our game with the Red Sox on the MLB At-Bat app as the awards program was going on.
 
–Bulls GM Gar Forman asked jokingly if anyone had taken away Jerry’s phone for the night so that he wouldn’t be on it.
 
–The high point might have been a five-minute and 30-second video tribute done by MLB Productions’ Gary Waksman that featured interviews with Tony LaRussa, David Stern, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Paul Konerko and Bud Selig. It was narrated by Kenny Williams (if the day job doesn’t work out, Williams might have a future in voiceovers.).
 
–After the ceremony, several White Sox staffers headed to a nearby sports bar where the establishment was kind enough to throw the last two innings of our game onto one of the televisions. Alas, a great night couldn’t quite deliver a perfect ending.
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin, having some fun with reporters when asked what he expects from John Danks’ start on Friday:
 
“A perfect game…27 strikeouts and a perfect game. (A no-hitter) would be acceptable.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Hector Santiago’s solid six-inning performance against the Red Sox last night after only three days of rest and a bullpen session the day before. He gave up just two runs and three hits while striking out nine and walking four.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: John Danks (0-0) for the Sox, Tom Koehler (0-2) for Miami.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Alex Rios’s sixth-inning single last night extended his hitting streak to 17 games, the longest in the major leagues this season? During the streak, Rios is batting .388 with seven doubles, a triple, four home runs, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored, including seven multi-hit games. The last Sox player to hit safely in as many games was Carlos Lee (28 games) in 2004.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Here’s Jerry pictured with his family at last night’s event.
 
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How Sweep It Would Be

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the final game of a three-game series–the first two won by our Sox. Starters: Hector Santiago (1-2) for the Sox, Clay Buchholz (6-0) for Boston. 
 
Santiago replaces Chris Sale, who is being held out of the rotation for precautionary reasons after experiencing shoulder tendinitis. Chris fully intends to make his next start.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 2B; Flowers, C.
 
The Streaks Continue
 
Alex Rios, with a single and run-scoring double last night, extended his consecutive game hitting streak to a career-high 16 games. Jesse Crain has now made 18 straight scoreless outings. He entered last night’s game in the seventh inning, relieving Jose Quintana with the bases loaded and one out and the Sox leading 2-0. All he did was strike out Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew to kill the rally.
 
Web Gem
 
Casper Wells makes this terrific catch despite the soggy conditions in the eighth inning of last night’s game. 
 
 
The Big Hurt to Represent Sox at June Draft
 
Frank Thomas will represent the Sox at the First-Year Player Draft on June 6. Frank will join other baseball notables who will be representing all 30 major-league teams. Joining Frank will be Kevin Coe, the White Sox manager of youth baseball initiatives.
 
 
What do movie stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner have in common with Adam Dunn?
 
 
White Sox Volunteer Corps
 
Join our Volunteer Corps on Friday at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
 
 
White Sox Day 
 
Tomorrow is “White Sox Day” on WGN, beginning with the WGN Morning News. Here’s the full schedule:
 
 
Play of the Day
 
Jeff Keppinger’s two-run fifth inning homer, his first blast of the season, in the 3-1 Sox victory.
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on Jose Quintana, who held the formidable Red Sox lineup hitless last night through 6.1 innings and earned his third win of the season:
 
“He’s a battler…Great job of going through that lineup a few times, not easy at all to do that…You know he’s always going to battle. That’s one thing you never question. He also has the talent and stuff to do it.”
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
Off-day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: TBA for the Sox, Tom Koehler (0-2) for Miami. 
 
Did You Know…
 
...that Addison Reed ranks second in the A.L. with 16 saves and is only one behind the great Mariano Rivera?
 
Photo of the Day
 
Ventura, Reed and Southpaw visited the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital today.
 
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Bombs Away!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final:  White Sox 9, Twins 4
 
Highlights: I’m happy to say that there are many from this afternoon’s win…The Sox scored nine runs, their highest total this season, on 14 hits…Adam Dunn hit two home runs (his eighth and ninth), a double and drove in five…Dayan Viciedo blasted his fourth homer of the year, had a single and drove in two…Jeff Keppinger also knocked in a pair on two hits, including a double…Alex Rios collected a triple and two singles and reached base with two outs and nobody on before both of Dunn’s homers…Conor Gillaspie had a pair of singles and scored a run…Starter Dylan Axelrod got credit for his first victory of the season in a gutty 5.1 inning performance, escaping jam after jam…Matt Thornton, Nate Jones and Brian Omogrosso pitched scoreless relief…The Sox defense was flawless. 
 
Beckham Update
 
Gordon said he is leaving today for his rehab assignment in Charlotte. Looks like he won’t be in the lineup until Saturday.
 
The Bobblehead Chronicles
 
In the “enjoy it for what it’s worth” department, here’s one writer’s view of the bobblehead craze in baseball. 
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on having such an accomplished batsman as Harold Baines working with Sox hitters:
 
“There are guys that have knowledge, there are guys who use knowledge, but it seems like when it comes from (Harold) it’s validated a little more quickly. (There may be) doubts about things that are said, but when he says it, it’s validated.”
 
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Play(s) of the Day
 
The Adam bombs. Here’s one them, a two-run shot in the eighth inning: http:/atmlb.com/15NG8pm
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Jerome Williams (2-1) for L.A.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that former White Sox first baseman and broadcaster Tom Paciorek will join Hawk in the TV booth for theThursday-Sunday series in Anaheim? “Wimpy” will be subbing for Steve Stone, who has the series off. Paciorek, of course, worked with Harrelson on the TV broadcasts from 1990-1999.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
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Axelrod gets win No. 1.

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball: Mother’s Day Edition

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, ESPN). Starters: Chris Sale (3-2) for the Sox, C.J. Wilson (3-1) for the Halos.

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

Memories

Ron KIttle, the A.L. Rookie of the Year in 1983, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game as part of the on-going celebration of the ’83 “Winning Ugly” Sox. Here, Kitty reminisces about that championship season.

 
Robin Debriefs ESPN
 
Prior to tonight’s game, RV met with a small army of ESPN broadcasters, reporters and producers to talk about the team’s season to date and this evening’s starter Chris Sale. Among his comments, Ventura confirmed just how much losing Gordon Beckham has hurt the team’s defense.
 
Wells vs. Wilson
 
It’s no wonder why Sox outfielder Casper Wells is in the lineup tonight against C.J. Wilson. In his career, Wells has gone 4-9 (.444) with two doubles, two homers, two RBI and three walks (.583 OBP and 1.333 SLG).
 
White Sox Weekly
 
Listen to Chris Rongey interview White Sox VP/Assistant GM Buddy Bell.
 
Quote of the Day
 
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Play of the Day
 
Jose Quintana had another solid outing last night in the 3-2 loss to the Angels, working six 
innings and allowing two earned runs, five hits and a walk while striking out five. On top of that, Quintana executed a perfect pickoff play to surprise L.A. standout Mike Trout.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Hector 
Santiago (1-1) for the Sox, Pedro Hernandez (1-0) for the Twins.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that brothers John and Jordan Danks were both in the lineup this afternoon for the Class AAA Charlotte Knights vs. the visiting Pawtucket Red Sox? John, in another rehab stint, earned the victory with six innings of work, allowing two earned runs, seven hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Jordan, just optioned to the Knights by the Sox, certainly had his brother’s back with a pair of hits, three RBI and an outstanding catch in centerfield in the 6- 4 win.
 
Photo of the Day
 
A Mother’s Day surprise: Navy petty officer Amanda Page surprises her mother Ginny right before mom was set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before last night’s game. They hadn’t seen each other for more than 16 months. See more:  
 
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Sox Look to Give Robin his 100th Victory as Skipper

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Jerome Williams (1-1) for L.A.

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

Robin

A victory tonight will give RV his 100th win as manager of the Sox.

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Kitty

Ron Kittle, the 1983 American League Rookie of the Year, will be the next member of the ’83 “Winning Ugly” Sox to throw out the ceremonial first pitch during our season-long Sunday tribute to the A.L. West championship team. Kitty will do the honors tomorrow night before the nationally televised game vs. the Angels on ESPN.

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Good Works

The White Sox Volunteer Corps along with Sox players Alex Rios and Matt Thornton, pitching coach Don Cooper and broadcaster Darrin Jackson were out in full force today at the Park Manor Elementary School in Chicago. Here’s Alex, Matt and two volunteers doing their part to beautify the school.

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Quote of the Day

Sox GM Rick Hahn on the club’s early season performance. The bottom line? Keep the faith:

“We did feel going into the season that starting pitching was going to be one of our strengths and thus far it’s been tested, but it’s also been proven to be one of the strengths, which is nice…We have been disappointed the way things have started from an offensive standpoint and even defensively has been a little bit erratic and not up to the standards we set last year. That being said, we do have a fair amount of guys with some substantial track records behind them which gives you reason to believe that there will be some improvement back toward those career norms. We are talking about a team that last year was fourth in the league in runs scored and there’s no reason to believe that this permutation of that team with some improvements in some areas and a lot of the same personnel in others is going to wind up at the bottom of the league in runs scored. So we expect there to be a correction fairly soon, but thus far it’s been disappointing and it’s time to get going.

“…You always want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to try to push that magic button and make that move that’s going to solve whatever problem may be in front of you, whether it’s a health standpoint, or depth or the bench or as we just talked about, our  offense. You do have to try to let things unfold and give guys the chance to show their true colors and their true performance levels over an extended period of time. Obviously you don’t wait for that indefinitely and you don’t spend the whole summer just waiting around and hoping that things are going to get better. But this early on there’s still the expectation that guys are going to return to their previous norms.”

Play of the Day

Dayan Viciedo’s two-run double in last night’s 7-5 loss to the Angels, his first game back since returning from the DL.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, ESPN). Chris Sale (3-2) for the Sox, C.J. Wilson (3-2) for the Halos.

Did You Know…

…that White Sox starters own a fine 2.78 ERA during the last 20 games?

Photo/Video of the Day

In last night’s game, Alejandro De Aza gave the Sox an early lead with his second consecutive leadoff home run and his seventh homer of the season. 

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Sox-Royals Postponed, Makeup Game Monday

Friday, May 3, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
Postponed due to inclement weather. Makeup game will be played Monday at 1:10 p.m, CT.
 
Feeling Better
 
Jake Peavy, who missed his start last night due to back issues, said that he’s feeling better. He”ll get more treatment today and is hoping to pitch on Monday.
 
Getting Closer
 
John Danks took another step toward the major leagues last night in a rehab start with Class AA Birmingham. He pitched seven solid innings against Chattanooga, giving up two runs on five hits, striking out one and walking one. His velocity was between 84-87 and he hit as high as 91 mph later in the game.
 
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Gillaspie Impresses the Captain
 
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
Tyler Flowers’ three-run homer, his fourth blast of the season, proved to be the difference in the White Sox’s 3-1 victory last night, giving the Sox the series win in Texas. Hector Santiago, in for Peavy, pitched a strong 5.1 innings, allowing just one run, two hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Matt Lindstrom, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed finished it off with 3.2 scoreless innings. Reed recorded his 10th save in as many attempts.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the Sox winning their first road series of the year:
 
“Nobody’s easy, but these guys (the Rangers) are tough. We scratched Jake tonight, Hector fills in on short rest and does a great job. It’s a good way to start a road trip, especially how bad the last one was. Not only were we losing, but losing people. 
 
“We’re still losing people, but at least we’re winning games.” 
 
Always taking things in stride, RV said the last sentence with a chuckle.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox vs. Jeremy Guthrie (3-0) for K.C.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Paul Konerko leads all active players with 142 RBI vs. the Royals and ranks second in homers with 42?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Tyler Flowers’ game-winning homer.

Santiago Replaces Peavy in Rubber Game of Series

Thursday, May 2, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: Hector Santiago (0-1) for the Sox, Justin Grimm (2-0) for Texas. Santiago, who was scheduled to start tomorrow night in Kansas City, replaces Jake Peavy who was scratched due to back spasms.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez,SS; Flowers, C; Wells, CF.
 
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Gavin
 
“The news isn’t always good and it’s just one of those you keep getting a different opinion to have all your bases covered because once you go there (alluding to surgery), it’s for a long time,” Robin said before the game today about the issue with Floyd’s elbow. “I think for him it’s the comfort of knowing he is doing the right thing and getting enough opinions from experts. It is ultimately his decision.”
 
Gavin indicated he would address the media following tonight’s game.
 
Scheduling Update
 
The Friday, April 19 home game vs. the Twins, which was postponed, will be played as part of a split doubleheader on Friday August 9–at 1:10 and 7:10 p.m., CT.  The postponed Tuesday, April 23 game vs. the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field has been moved to Friday, June 28, and will be part of a straight doubleheader starting at 4:10 p.m., CT.
 
The Sounds of Baseball
 
Peavy, Adam Dunn and numerous other major leaguers talk about the sounds they hear at the ballpark in this entertaining piece by ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian.
 
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
The pair of homers in the seventh inning last night–a solo blast by Conor Gillaspie, his third home of the year, and a two-run shot by Alejandro De Aza, his fifth–that backed Chris Sale’s outstanding outing in the 5-2 Sox win that evened the series at 1-1. Here are the Gillaspie and De Aza homers:
 

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Quote of the Day

 
RV on Sale’s ability to get out of further trouble in the second inning last night after allowing two runs with the bases still loaded and one out:
 
The one inning, it just seemed like there were people all over the place. For him to come out and only give up two to that lineup, he gutted through it. I think that was the first time you started noticing him work really hard as far as having to have command, having to get a strikeout…After that he was pretty good as far as being able to get ahead, keep (them) a little bit off balance. It’s a tough lineup to go through…”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox, Jeremy Guthrie (3-0) for Kansas City.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the White Sox have won 18 of its last 27 games vs. the American League West and are 66-43 (.606) since 2010, second only to the Yankees (.618) in winning percentage among A.L. teams?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Pitching seven strong innings, Sale won his third game of the season in last night’s Sox victory.

 

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