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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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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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