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What Else is New? Abreu AL Player and Rookie of the Month—Again

Monday, August 4, 2014


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (5-8, 5.21) for the Sox, RHP Nick Martinez (1-7, 5.08) for Texas.

Noesi will be making start No. 18 for the White Sox against his former teammates. He has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 5.21 since joining the club from Texas.

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


The remarkable Jose Abreu has been named both the American League Player of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month for July. He becomes the first rookie in MLB history to be selected Player of the Month twice in a season (also April) and the fourth chosen as Rookie of the Month three times or more (also April and June).

The Sox first baseman batted .374 with 11 doubles, six home runs, 19 RBI, a .432 on-base percentage and .667 slugging percentage in 25 games during July. He led the AL in average, doubles, slugging percentage OPS (1.099), extra-base hits (17) and total bases (66), while hitting safely in 24 of 25 games during the month.

He joins Frank Thomas (1994 and 1996) and Albert Belle (1998) as the only White Sox players to win Player of the Month honors twice in a season and is the only player in franchise history to be chosen Rookie of the Month more than once.

Despite missing 14 games while on the DL, Abreu leads the major leagues in home runs (31), RBI (84), slugging percentage (.627), at-bats per RBI (4.54) and ranks among the leaders in OPS (2nd, .988), extra-base hits (2nd, 60) and total bases (239). He also has compiled hitting streaks of 18 and 21 games, becoming the first rookie since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 to accomplish the feat and the second player in Sox history (Eddie Collins, 1920).

Serendipitous Event of the Day

Tonight is Jose Abreu t-shirt night at the ballpark.


Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo hit his 13th homer of the season in the fourth inning, a two-run shot (click on link below), in yesterday’s loss to the Twins…Adam Eaton extended his hitting streak to 10 games (.468) and has reached base in 20 straight contests (.435)…Alexei Ramirez, who singled, doubled, collected an RBI and scored a run, has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games. He is batting .349 with three homers and 14 RBI during that span…Alejandro De Aza, with a pair of singles, recorded four consecutive multi-hit games for the first time this season. He’s hitting .571 with three runs scored during that period.


Roster Moves 

The White Sox have purchased the contract of RHP Maikel Cleto from Class AAA Charlotte.  Cleto, 25, takes the roster spot of RHP Taylor Thompson, who was optioned to Charlotte following yesterday’s game.

Cleto, who made the Sox Opening Day roster, was 3-0 with a 5.91 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 22 relief appearances with the Knights this season.  He threw 7.2 scoreless innings over his last five outings, allowing just two hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts.

From the Farm

No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and last year’s No. 2 draft choice Tyler Danish struck out eight over six scoreless frames yesterday for Class A Winston-Salem against Lynchburg…outfielder Jared Mitchell, the No. 1 pick in 2009, returns to Charlotte after an impressive stint at Class AA Birmingham…Avi Garcia, who went 5-8 in his first two rehab games with the Knights, left with a bruised triceps after being hit by a pitch. He’s listed day-to-day.

Sox in the Community

Here’s Sox reliever Jake Petricka distributing lunches today in Pilsen for Chicago’s Food Bank.


Quotes of the Day

Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson on Abreus routine (via Scott Merkin,

“His whole world is wrapped up in a solid, good thought process. He comes out, he walks the field, I’ve watched him walk the field before he comes in. Sometimes I’ll come in, I’ll walk down to the cage and he’s already hitting off a tee, which is great — whatever your mind needs to get prepared to go to competition, I’m all in.

“You look at where he came from in Cuba, and they don’t play every day, but they practice a lot. You can get a pretty good regimen or develop a very good routine where you don’t particularly play 100 some odd games every year down there. I’m pretty sure that’s where the work ethic came from on the get-go, and as a hitting guy, you’re happy the guy’s got one, a good one that makes him be where he needs to be.”



Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (9-6, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (7-8, 5.98) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

On this date 29 years ago, future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver won his 300th game in a 4-1 White Sox victory over the Yankees in New York.



It’s Sox vs. Cubs for the Crosstown Cup–and, Of Course, Bragging Rights

Monday, May 5, 2014


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (7:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of four games this week for the Crosstown Cup–tonight and tomorrow night at Wrigley and Wednesday night and Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-3, 1.98) for the Cubs. The South Siders lead the all-time series, 49-45, and are 26-21 at USCF. The Cubs won the series in 2013.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn LF, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Semien 3B, Quintana P.

Plays of the Day

With one out and two on in the top of the ninth inning yesterday, and the Sox trailing 3-1, Dayan Viciedo crushed an opposite field three-run homer to give the Sox a 4-3 lead, which held up for the dramatic victory…Jose Abreu connected with home run No. 12 in the first inning…Zach Putnam went a perfect 1.1 IP to lower his ERA to 1.59, Ron Belisario pitched a scoreless seventh and Daniel Webb a scoreless eighth to earn his second victory against no losses…Matt Lindstrom came on in the ninth and got credit for his fourth save.

Enjoy the Viciedo and Abreu homers:    

We Never Give Up

Nine of the Sox’ 15 victories this season have been come-from-behind wins.


Abreu Named American League Player and Rookie of the Month

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been named American League Player and Rookie of the Month for April, becoming the first AL player ever to receive both honors in his first month in the major leagues.

Abreu, 27, hit .270 with eight doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 32 RBI, 20 runs scored and nine walks over 29 games in March/April.  He led the major leagues in home runs, RBI, total bases (32) and extra-base hits (19), ranked fifth in slugging percentage (.617), tied for 7th in multihit games (11) and tied for 10th in runs scored (20).

Abreu set major-league rookie records in home runs, RBI, extra-base hits and total bases through April.  His 32 RBI tied Joe DiMaggio (1936), Ted Williams (1939) and Albert Pujols (2001) for the third-highest RBI total in major-league history by a player in his first 29 career games.  The 10 home runs tied Zeke Bonura (1934) for the franchise record in his first 29 contests.

He becomes the second player in major-league history to be named Player of the Month in his first month in the major leagues, joining former Cuban League teammate Yasiel Puig, who won National League honors with the Dodgers in June 2013.  Abreu also is the eighth player since 2001 (when the Rookie of the Month award was established) to win Player/Pitcher and Rookie honors in the same calendar month.

The native of Cienfuegos, Cuba is the ninth White Sox player (17th time) to be named AL Player of the Month (last Magglio Ordonez, July 2003) and fourth to win Rookie of the Month honors (last Gordon Beckham, July 2009).

Abreu’s other notable achievements included becoming the first player in history with four, four-plus RBI games in his first 29 career games, the first rookie since Kent Hrbek in 1982 to lead the majors in both home runs and RBI through April and the first White Sox player since Roy Sievers (1960) to lead the majors in those categories­ in any month.  He also was named the AL co-Player of the Week for April 21-27.

The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Abreu recorded three multihomer efforts, four games with four-plus RBI and a .375 average (12-32) with four homers and 24 RBI with RISP.  He hit a game-ending grand slam as part of his third multihomer game on 4/25 vs. Tampa Bay.  The walkoff slam was the first by a White Sox player since Robin Ventura on July 31, 1991 vs. Texas and the second by a rookie in April in baseball history (Elias).


And in the Rookie of the Year Race…

The Time Hall of Famer Tom Seaver Won Two Games for the Sox in One Day

I’ll Have a Danish, Please

Tyler Danish (pictured below)the Sox’ No. 2 pick in last June’s draft, allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out five in the Kannapolis Intimidators’  3-1 victory over Hickory last night. Danish is now 3-0 with a South Atlantic League best 0.84 ERA.


All the Best to the Sun-Times’ Toni Ginnetti

A well-deserved tribute.

Quote of the Day

Paulie on Sox vs. Cubs (via @scottmerkin):

“When you are playing Cubs/Sox series, it’s not exactly the playoffs but it’s not exactly regular season games either…It feels different.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-1, 7.20) for the Sox, RHP Edwin Jackson (2-2, 5.24) for the North Siders.

Photo of the Day

Sox look to bring the Cup back to the South Side like they did here in 2012.