Results tagged ‘ Robin Ventura ’

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.

 

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (7:05 p.., CT, CSN+). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Yu Darvish (4-1) for Texas. 

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

Casper Wells Joins Sox

On yesterday’s off-day the White Sox acquired righthanded-hitting outfielder Casper Wells from the Oakland A’s for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Leyson Septimo was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Wells, a four-year major leaguer who is a career .244 hitter with 25 homers and 80 RBI in 244 games, takes Blake Tekotte’s spot on the 25-man roster. Tekotte was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after Sunday’s game.

In addition to the A’s, Wells has seen action with the Tigers and Mariners. Here’s what was waiting for him in his locker in Arlington:

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Good Report

Dayan Viciedo, on the disabled list with a strained oblique, feels a lot better today. He took about 25 swings and didn’t have any pain.

Jordan Danks

Jordan was in the starting lineup tonight, but removed in favor of Dewayne Wise due to an inflamed bursa sac in his right knee. The lineup change was a precaution and Jordan is day-to-day.

Quote of the Day

Robin on managing with key players on the DL:

“Guys are playing hard. You try to make do and make sure everybody’s giving some constant effort. That’s all you can ask.”

Play of the Day

Paul Konerko, boasting a .500 batting average with runners in scoring position, is among the American League leaders–tied for fifth place with the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (7:05 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Chris Sale (2-2) for the Sox, Nick Tepesch (2-1) for Texas.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox were 6-3 against the Rangers last season and won five straight games against Texas in July, including a three-game sweep at U.S. Cellular Field, July 3-5?

Photo of the Day

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Jose goes for victory #3.

That’s More Like It

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final: Sox 3, Indians 2
 
Highlights:  Alex Rios’s two-run homer in the fifth, his sixth of the season, proved to be the difference in the game…Jose Quintana, now 2-0, got credit for the victory. He worked 5+ innings, allowing two runs and four hits. His consecutive scoreless innings streak reached a career high of 18.2 IP before he gave up a run in the sixth…Jeff Keppinger collected a pair of hits and an RBI…Adam Dunn drew three walks.
 
Two Guys Talking About the Weather
 
WGN meterologist Tom Skilling, at the ballpark talking to fans on Weather Day, spent some time chatting with Conor Gillaspie before the game in the Sox dugout. The subject of the conversation? Conor’s interest in becoming a meterologist.
 
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Supporting the Community in a BIG way
 
I’m proud to say that today we announced the Sox will be awarding charitable donations of $1.64 million for 2013.
 
Donations include $660,000 in grants to 29 Chicagoland non-profit groups through the White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. Additionally, Chicago White Sox Charities awarded grants totaling $119,500 to seven agencies providing services throughout the community.
 
White Sox Charities also made donations of nearly $861,000 to support the Sox’s urban baseball initiatives and to funding non-profit organizations such as City Year Chicago and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. 
 
This year’s grants, along with other charitable donations, moves the team’s total giving to more than $17 million since the inception of White Sox Charities in 1990.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on his decision to start newly promoted Blake Tekotte today in centerfield:
 
“Just to get him out there. He’s been here, he hasn’t really played a whole lot. I don’t like guys just coming up, sitting here without getting in there, getting their feet wet…Once you get him out there you ease their feelings and nerves, or whatever it is, on the field. Just get him out there and see what he can do.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Rios delivered the big blow, but let’s give it to the bullpen–Nate Jones, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed–for holding off the Tribe in the final four innings to preserve the victory. Reed recorded his sixth save. 
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (1-2) for the Sox, Jeremy Hellickson (1-1) for Tampa Bay.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Sale struck out 15 Rays last May 28? It was the second highest total in Sox history (Jack Harshman K’d 16 in 1954) and a Tropicana Field record.
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Check out Rios’s homer:

Sox-Tribe Postponed

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field has been postponed due to a forecast of rain throughout the evening. A makeup date and time will be announced at a later date. Fans should keep any game tickets and parking coupons for tonight’s game until a makeup date is determined. Any fans with tickets for tonight’s Dog Day festivities will be contacted by the Sox ticket office.
 
The Sox starting rotation moves back one day. Jose Quintana will go tomorrow against the Tribe and Chris Sale will face Tampa Bay on Thursday night.
 
Jose
 
In his last start on April 17 in Toronto, Quintana was credited with his first win of the season after throwing 6.2 scoreless innings in a 7-0 Sox victory. He allowed five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts while extending his consecutive scoreless streak to 13.2 innings. His career best is 16 straight, accomplished in June of last year.
 
Quintana will be making his fifth career appearance and third start against Cleveland (second at U.S. Cellular Field). He is 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA vs. the Indians.
 
All in the Family
 
When Gordon Beckham gets married in November, former White Sox first baseman and hitting coach Greg Walker (now with the Braves) will be one of the groomsmen. The story gets even more intriguing for Sox fans when you learn the identity of other members of the wedding party and the bride herself. http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/14486/beckham-to-enlist-greg-walkers-help
 
A Major Moment
 
Bears’ safety Major Wright not only attended his first major league game last night at U.S. Cellular Field, he also had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Watch him talk about his experience.
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Robin on Dylan Axelrod, who had another outstanding performance last night against the Indians. He gave up just one run and three hits with four strikeouts in six innings of work:
 
“He’s a smart pitcher. He gets in counts where hitters get aggressive and he’s able to go back and forth with them and change speeds and use both sides of the plate. He just knows how to pitch. He doesn’t need 95-97 mph to be able to do it.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Conor Gillaspie’s second inning solo homer last night, his first in a White Sox uniform and the second of his major league career. Conor’s first was an inside-the-parker vs. the Rockies in 2011 when he was a member of the Giants. Here’s last night’s blast.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable starters: Jose Quintana (1-0) for the Sox, Zach McAllister (1-2) for Cleveland. 
 
Did You Know…
 
…that after a rough start, Tyler Flowers is batting .417 with a double, a homer, four RBI and three walks in his last five games.
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Quintana looks to stifle the Tribe tomorrow afternoon.
 
 

 

Sox, Axelrod Take On Tribe

Monday, April 22, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox, Justin Masterson (3-1) for the Tribe.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez, SS; Gimenez, C; Danks, CF.
 
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Pitching In
 
The White Sox rank fourth in the American League with a 3.40 ERA overall and are second in the A.L. with a 2.52 ERA at home.
 
Beckham Update
 
Gordon says he is feeling good physically and isn’t experiencing any pain in his surgically-repaired wrist. While he isn’t doing any baseball-related activity yet, he spent time today working out with trainer Herm Schneider and did some running with his Sox teammates.
 
Meeting of the Minds
 
John Danks met with Robin, Rick, Herm and Coop today. The plan is for John to go back to Arizona, make a start at extended spring training and then return to Chicago to continue his rehab.
 
#MAKEANIMPACT in the Community 
 
How about joining fellow White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks fans to raise money for local charities at our annual Home Team Charity Run? Choose either a 5k or 10k that starts and ends with a festival at U.S. Cellular Field. Sign up here: http://atmlb.com/17H3M56
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the Sox struggles: 
 
“You go through a rut and you’re just trying to get out of it. You just gotta keep your nose buried in and stay strong.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Gavin Floyd had his best outing of the season yesterday against the Twins. He worked six innings, allowing just one run and three hits while striking out six in the 5-3 defeat.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jose Quintana (1-0) for the Sox, Zach McAllister (1-2) for Cleveland.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Alejandro De Aza is a .359 hitter with 24 RBI and a .449 on-base percentage in 33 career games vs. the Indians? And that four of his 17 career homers have come against Cleveland?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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 Gavin enjoyed his best performance of 2013 against Minnesota.

White Sox Shooting for Second Straight Win

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: Jose Quintana (0-0) for the Sox, J.A. Happ for the Jays.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 3B; Rios, RF; Konerko, DH; Dunn,1B; Viciedo,LF; Ramirez, SS; Flowers, C; Greene, 2B.
 
Jordan Returns
 
After last night’s game, the White Sox optioned RHP Deunte Heath to Class AAA Charlotte. Replacing Heath on the 25-man roster is OF Jordan Danks, who was hitting .333 with a pair of homers, five RBI and a .433 on-base percentage in 13 games at Charlotte.
 
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Calling All Fans
 
Saturday, May 18 is Family Field Day and Garage Sale at U.S. Cellular Field. Enjoy an hour on the field where you can shop for game-worn White Sox gear. http://atmlb.com/10ag7i5
 
The Sox will be hosting Teacher Appreciation Games at U.S. Cellular Field. On these special game dates we offer discounted tickets for all teachers, faculty, students and their families. http://atmlb.com/Yqdzpn
 
Sox Notes of Note
 
Paul Konerko has an eight-game hitting streak, going 10-28 (.357) with three homers and 10 RBI. Paulie also has an RBI in four straight games (five total)…Pitching coach Don Cooper, who was hospitalized with diverticulitis while the Sox were in D.C., will return to the team on Friday for the start of a 10-game homestand against the Twins, Indians and Rays.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the value of Hector Santiago, whose ERA remains at 0.00 after pitching 1.2 innings in last night’s 4-3 victory:
 
“He’s kind of like a Swiss Army knife. He’s a little bit of everything–he’s closed, he’s been in-between, been a lefty guy, been a long guy, been a starter. There’s a lot of different ways you can use him. The biggest thing is that he’s effective and he gets the job done. How we use him from this point forward, he’s probably forcing your hand to use him a little more. He’s got good stuff, he throws strikes and he gets a lot of swings and misses for a guy who throws a fastball… Personality-wise, the way he views himself, he can do a lot of different things. He has a lot of energy when he comes in the game, which is great…”
 
Play of the Day
 
Dayan Viciedo’s line drive double to left-center in the top of the ninth inning that gave the Sox a 3-2 lead.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN) in the series finale and last game of the 10-day road trip. Starters: Chris Sale (1-1) for the Sox, R.A. Dickey (1-2) for the Jays.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Dylan Axelrod, who pitched six strong innings last night to keep the Sox in the ballgame, has an excellent 2.49 ERA in his last four starts against the tough A.L. East?
 
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Photo/Video of the Day
 
Enjoy Paul Konerko’s seventh inning, game-tying homer in last night’s victory. It was his third of the season and 425th of his career. PK is in 46th place on the all-time home run list.
 

Sox Aim to Even Series…and Thinking of Boston

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox vs. Josh Johnson (0-1) for the Jays.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Ramirez, SS; Gimenez, C.

Boston

As I sat and watched the terrible footage from Boston yesterday – probably just like every other American – one thought kept returning to my mind.

It was October 2005, and the White Sox had just swept the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox in three games.  The moment was amazing for us and our fans as we celebrated at Fenway Park.  I will never forget the number of Red Sox fans, staff and workers at the park, who came up to us and repeatedly said:

“Good luck! “ or “Beat the Yankees!” (many people assumed New York would beat the Angels) and “Enjoy the ride!”

To a person, Red Sox fans were so gracious, and while disappointed that their team lost, wished the White Sox nothing but the best.  Pure class.

And I remembered that yesterday as I watched the scenes from Boylston Street (I love to eat at the Atlantic Fish Company for lunch whenever we are in town).  So here’s best wishes to a great city with strong citizens and fanatic sports fans.  You remain in our thoughts and our prayers. And U.S. Cellular Field, along with all MLB parks, followed President Obama’s request to lower our flag to half mast.

 
Today’s Chicago Tribune featured a keeper of a front page in its sports section today:
 
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Good News
 
Gordon Beckham’s wrist surgery went “splendidly” today, according to Sox trainer Herm Schneider. Recovery time is still estimated at six weeks…John Danks threw six innings and 71 pitches yesterday in extended spring training. He felt good and his next start is Saturday.
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin, on the Sox bullpen (which ranks second in the A.L. in ERA and opponents average) thriving in close games:
 
“They do a good job. For us, even last year, this is the kind of baseball that we play…They’re used to coming in with it being a close game. I don’t think that becomes an issue. They’re  just going out to pitch to give us a chance. They’ve been able to do that. Adding (Matt) Lindstrom this year helps with that, he can do a lot of different things. He’s been great so far to mix in there.”
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
In last night’s tough 4-3 loss, Dayan Viciedo went 3-4 with a double and RBI and Tyler Greene singled twice in his Sox debut.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: Jose Quintana (0-0) for the Sox and J.A. Happ (2-0) for the Jays.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the White Sox are tied for third in the American League with 16 homers?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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The Sox pay tribute to Jackie Robinson last night in Toronto.

It’s Floyd vs. Buehrle in Toronto on Jackie Robinson Day

Monday, April 15, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: Gavin Floyd (0-2) for the Sox, former teammate Mark Buehrle (0-0) for the Jays.
 
Sox Starting LIneup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 3B; Rios, RF; Konerko, DH; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Ramirez, SS; Flowers, C; Greene, 2B.
 
Buehrle’s Sox Legacy by the Numbers
 
He ranks fourth in club history with 365 starts and 1, 346 strikeouts and sixth with 161 wins…threw a perfect game in 2009  vs. Tampa Bay and a no-hitter in 2007 vs. Texas…earned the save in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series…was a four-time A.L. All-Star (2002, 2005-6, 2009).
 
Facing Buehrle
 
A few White Sox players talk about going up against ex-teammate Buehrle tonight for the first time.  
 
 
Celebrating Jackie Robinson Day
 
On the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier, MLB once again celebrates the occasion by having all players in the nine ballparks where games are being played today wear Robinson’s No. 42.
 
Listen to some of today’s players discuss the impact Robinson has had on lives and careers:
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin, on the Sox not having faced many lefties this season:
 
“That is odd. One, not facing that many lefties, and finally when you see one it’s going to be somebody (Buehrle) that’s going to look weird in another uniform…It’s different with Mark having spent so much time being a White Sox. For me, I understand his place in our organization. It’ll probably be harder for Paul (Konerko) than anybody else.”
 
Play of the Day
 
The Sox bullpen ranks second in the American League with a 1.96 ERA and a .190 opponents average.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox, Josh Johnson (0-1) for the Jays.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that today is John Danks’ 27th birthday? Happy Birthday, John. 
 
Photo of the Day

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Here is the No. 42 jersey Adam Dunn is wearing tonight to honor Jackie Robinson.

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