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Carroll on Mound For Sox With Sights on a Second Straight Gem

Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (2:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (3-5, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister (3-4, 5.89) for the Tribe. Carroll was superb in his last outing, tossing 6.2 scoreless innings and allowing one hit in last Monday’s 4-0 victory over the Red Sox.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn belted his 14th homer of the season, 100th in a Sox uniform and the 454th of his career (click on link below) in last night’s loss to the Indians. Dunn needs eight more to tie Jose Canseco for 34th on the all-time home run list and 11 to equal Hall of Famer Dave Winfield for 33rd place…Adrian Nieto singled, doubled and drove in a run…Adam Eaton collected an RBI double.

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Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters own a 2.29 ERA, 53 strikeouts and a .187 opponents average over the last eight games…the Sox have hit 19 homers over the last 14 games and have gone deep in 11 of the 14 contests…we rank fifth in the American League with 28 multi-homer games…Jose Abreu is hitting .339 with 11 homers and a 1.061 OPS in his last 30 games…Conor Gillaspie is hitting .462 with five doubles and seven RBI over eight games vs. Cleveland this season.

Quote of the Day

A random quirk of scheduling has landed the Sox in Cleveland during one of the historic high points in the city’s sports history–LeBron James‘ “Coming Home” party. It was too much for our beat writers to ignore.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (12:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series and last game before the All-Star break. Starters: LHP John Danks (8-6, 4.15) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (3-4, 4.23) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

After watching the White Sox tomorrow afternoon, tune into the MLB TV Network or MLB Network Radio XM 89 at 4:00 p.m., ET, for the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game and take a close look at top Sox prospect Micah Johnson.

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Noesi, Carroll Aim to Extend Sox Winning Streak in Today’s Twin Bill

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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Today’s News

Due to last night’s postponement, the Sox and Angels will play a straight doubleheader today at U.S. Cellular Field.

The first game is scheduled at 4:10 p.m., CT, and the nightcap at 7:10 p.m., or 30 minutes after the end of Game 1.

RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.07) will start in the opener for the White Sox vs. RHP Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76) for the Halos. Scott Carroll (2-4, 4.76) will do likewise for the Sox in Game 2 vs. RHP Jered Weaver (8-6, 3.33) for LA.

Heading into the twin bill, the Sox are riding the wave of a three-game winning streak.

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

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Keep an Eye on White Sox ACE product Ro Coleman and Vandy in College World Series

Friday, June 20, 2014 

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 Today’s News

 Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.37) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-5, 5.66) for Minnesota.

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

 

Aces

The White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program got a huge boost this season with two of its products, Vanderbilt’s Ro Coleman and Louisville’s Corey Ray (both pictured above), making it to the College World Series with their respective teams. What makes it an even better story is that freshman outfielders Coleman and Ray are also close friends and former teammates at Simeon Career Academy.

While Louisville has been eliminated, Vandy is still very much alive and undefeated in the double-elimination tournament going into their game today with the University of Texas.

“It’s kind of surreal, like I’m actually living a dream.” Coleman told MLB.com. “Just a wonderful experience and I’m blessed to be here.”

Since its inception in 2007, the ACE program for inner-city youngsters has had numerous alumni drafted by professional teams with 85 players receiving athletic aid to play collegiate baseball.  Last year’s graduating class included 13 players committed to collegiate institutions during the early signing period. 

Three ACE players were drafted during the 2014 First-Year Player Draft–Darius Day by the Rangers and Anthony Justiniano and James Davison by the Sox. Davison, a Morgan Park High School grad, has chosen to postpone his pro career and attend Howard College in Big Spring, Tex. on an athletic scholarship (see story below). 

Kevin Coe, the White Sox director of youth baseball initiatives who coached Coleman and Ray, traveled to Omaha with a group of about 50 current ACE players with the hope they could also make it some day to college baseball’s mecca.

“The kids really loved the trip. They were able to see in Ro and Corey, kids just like them, that if you dream and work toward a goal, you can make it happen,” Coe said. “During the trip, one of the 12-year-olds in our program came up to me, shook my hand and said, ‘Coach, I want to thank you for bringing us here. Now I know what all the work is for and what I’m working toward.’ And, of course, their parents were so grateful that their youngsters could experience all of it.”

Coe also talked about how Ray came by, spent time with the young players, talked to them individually and took pictures.

“This was what we set out to do at the beginning of the program–to teach them the fundamentals at a young age so when they get older, they’ll be prepared to do what Ro and Corey have done. This was just proof that we’re doing the right things.”

“We really could not be more proud of these two kids (Coleman and Ray),” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told MLB.com. “They’ve literally grown up as teammates in the White Sox ACE program, and to see them excel at the college level in their freshman seasons speaks to their skills, their work ethic and the baseball fundamentals taught to our ACE kids by our staff and coaches.”

 

More on James Davison

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140618/morgan-park/white-sox-draft-pick-james-davison-has-major-league-confidence

 

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana rebounded from his subpar last start, allowing just two runs, six hits and a walk while striking out a half-dozen batters in last night’s loss to the Twins…Conor Gillaspie drove in a pair of runs with a single.

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Sale Punks Carroll

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140619/bridgeport/chris-sales-hat-pranks-rookie-teammate-scott-carroll

 

“Wild Pitches”

Chicago White Sox Charities and the White Sox Wives will host the second annual variety show event, “Wild Pitches,” on Sunday, July 20 at Bub City in Chicago.

The evening of comedy, music and entertainment will be hosted by Chicago standup comedian Pat McGann and feature live music by the Rendition Band. The event also includes both live and silent auction packages.

In addition to last year’s star performers, Paul and Jennifer Konerko, participants will include Brittany and Gordon Beckham, John Danks and his wife, country singer Ashley Monroe, Katie and Adam Eaton, Nancy and Tyler Flowers and Lacy and Nate Jones. Manager Robin Ventura and his wife Stephanie also are participating. Tickets are available at whitesoxcharities.org.

 

Quote of the Day 

Sox reliever Nate Jones has made enough progress in his rehab from micro discectomy surgery to correct back issues leading to hip pain that he’s traveling with the team on the current road trip. While there’s no timetable for his return, he feels optimistic. 

“I feel part of the team again, getting to watch the team on the field instead of on TV. So that’s pretty awesome. I’m glad to get to this point because it means I’m throwing.

“We’re getting closer, that’s for sure. I’m still increasing my workload and the amount of new things I’m doing. So it’s really day to day. Increasing my exercises and see how I react the next day. If all goes good, we’re going to increase the workload.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-4, 5.67) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (3-8, 5.29) for Minny.

 

Photo of the Day

Eaton has reached base safely in 14 consecutive games, hitting .327 with a .413 on-base percentage during that stretch. Over his last 11 games, he is batting .372 with six walks and a .449 on-base percentage.

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Noesi Looking for Third Straight Win

Saturday, June 14, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-4, 5.40) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-5, 3.26) for KC.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Sierra RF, Flowers C, Garcia 3B.

 

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton singled twice, walked three times, scored a run and collected an RBI while Jose Abreu singled and drove in a run with a sac fly in last night’s loss to the Royals.

 

The Cuban Influence on the South Side

On Tuesday, the White Sox will host a private panel discussion and luncheon at U.S. Cellular Field called “White Sox Baseball: A History of Cuban Stars.”

Former White Sox Minnie Minoso and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez along with current players Abreu, Adrian Nieto, Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo will share their views and perspectves on the impact of Cuban players on baseball.

The discussion, primarily in Spanish with translations, will be moderated by ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez.

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Foster Family Day

Tomorrow is Foster Family Day at the ballpark.

For the eighth year in a row, Paul Konerko and his family are supporting the Bring Me Home Campaign, which brings attention to the needs of vulnerable children and families in Illinois through a partnership between the Sox and Children’s Home+Aid.

Konerko and Jim Thome and their families founded the campaign in 2007 and Gordon Beckham joined the effort three years later. In the first seven years of the program, the campaign has raised nearly $450,000 through more than 600 individual donors, while touching the lives of more than 1,500 children.

 

Michael Jordan Era Throwback Night

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’ Class AA affiliate, wore Michael Jordan-era throwback uniforms last night, which will be auctioned off as well.

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Quote of the Day

Robin on the Sox’ opponents interest in Abreu:

“They’re just impressed with his professionalism. He’s not a flamboyant guy, but he comes to work. I think they come out, even for BP, and watch him.

“I think everybody’s interested because they’ve heard about him but they haven’t seen him, so everybody comes out to watch. That’s the first thing they notice, is how he goes about his work. He’s very meticulous and professional about his work, and I think people appreciate that.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-3, 5.25) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (7-3, 3.34) for Kansas City.

 

Photo of the Day

Actor/comedian Kevin Hart, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch last night, spent some time with his White Sox buddies while at the ballpark. That’s Scott Carroll kneeling in front of Hart with Eaton, Zach Putnam, Daniel Webb and Javy Guerra standing left to right in the back row.

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Sox, Noesi Go For The Sweep

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) as we look to complete a three-game sweep and go above the .500 mark. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-4, 6.82) for the Sox, RHP T.J. House (0-1, 6.43) for the Tribe. 

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

Plays of the Day

Only the elements could stop Chris Sale last night as the Sox ace pitched three scoreless, hitless innings with four strikeouts before the long rain delay. When the game resumed, Sale didn’t return but his teammates provided enough support for the Sox to emerge with the 2-1 victory…Scott Carroll (pictured below), who earned his second win of the season and first in relief, came to the rescue of Sale and went three scoreless innings. Jake Petricka added two of his own and Ronald Belisario chalked up his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth…Three hot Sox hitters continued to roll. Gordon Beckham cranked a solo homer, his fourth, and a double, Conor Gillaspie singled, walked twice and drove in a run and Alexei Ramirez had a pair of hits.

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Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters own a 2.28 ERA with 45 strikeouts and a .187 opponents average over the last eight games with six of the starts “quality.The ERA is the lowest in the American League and second-lowest in the majors during that span behind the Cardinals (1.78) and Giants (2.27). Starters have given up three earned runs or less in each of the eight outings and walked two or less seven times….The Sox hitters rank fourth in the AL with 56 home runs. We are 22-9 when hitting at least one homer, 13-3 when recording a multi-homer game and among the homer leaders in the following categories: two outs (T1st, 21), RISP (T1st, 18), seventh inning or later (T2nd, 20) and RISP/two outs (T3rd, 8)…Gillaspie is hitting .355 overall, .425 in the seventh inning or later, .410 this month and .393 with runners on base.

The MVP Case For Alexei

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/27691453-419/alexei-ramirez-has-been-mvp-caliber-in-2014.html#.U4ZCALS9KSN

Sale’s Pitch: It’s All About Sox Fans’ Energy

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A.C.E. Players of the Month

Sox infielder Marcus Semien is shown here before last night’s game honoring the White Sox A.C.E. Program’s April Players of the Month.

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Quotes of the Day

Here’s an excerpt from Scott Merkin‘s mlb.com story on last night’s game, which ended around 1:00 a.m. today.

As questions were being asked of the White Sox ace, Adam Dunn strode toward his locker and couldn’t pass up the chance to take a humorous shot at his teammate making his second start since coming off of a five-week stint on the disabled list for a flexor muscle strain in his left arm.

“Look at this,” said Dunn of Sale’s postgame interview session. “He threw three innings.”

“And he did it yesterday,” added John Danks with a laugh.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in a three-game weekend series and the last leg of the 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (3-6, 3.59) for San Diego.

Photo/Video of the Day

The Beckham blast and “bubble gum” home run trot. Gordon also extended his hitting streak to eight games and is hitting .394 over that period.

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A Royal Showdown

Monday, May 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and the last leg of the Sox’ nine-game road trip. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-3, 5.24) for the Sox, LHP Jason Vargas (4-1, 3.00) for KC. Carroll, a native of Liberty, Mo., will be pitching in front of numerous family members and friends. Liberty is approximately 20 miles north of Kansas City.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Ramirez SS, Dunn 1B, Konerko DH, Viciedo LF, Flowers C, Sierra RF, Semien 3B.

Play of the Day

Catcher Adrian Nieto went 3-3 with a double and two singles and drove in both Sox runs yesterday in the loss to the Astros. Nieto is now hitting .324 in a backup role.

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Sox Notes of Note

Chris Sale is in Kansas City today and is being evaluated by Robin, Coop and the Sox training staff. On the DL since April 22, Chris allowed just one infield hit with two walks and 11 strikeouts over four scoreless innings last Friday in his first rehab start with Class AAA Charlotte at Durham…Jose Abreu, on the DL with tendinitis in his left ankle, will wear a walking boot for the next several days and will be re-evaluated during the next homestand, which begins on Thursday.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Abreu being placed on the 15-day disabled list: 

“It just got to the point it was clear we were going to have to take a step back for the long-term benefit of his recovery and take whatever time is necessary to get this thing right, as opposed to going back and forth every few days and letting him try to fight through it. I know that Jose certainly would have wanted to fight through this and stay in the lineup. That’s how his makeup is, and it speaks to his competitiveness as well as the type of player he’s going to be for us for a long time…Ultimately we had to take the decision out of his hands and do what we feel is the more cautious and more prudent route toward getting him healthy for the long term.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters RHP Andre Rienzo (3-0, 4.20) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (2-2, 2.34) for KC.

Photo of the Day

No. 1 is back in action–and he’s a sight for sore eyes.

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Sox Clinch Crosstown Cup, Go For Sweep and Fifth Straight Win Tonight

Thursday, May 8, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox look to sweep the four-game Crosstown Cup series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68) for the Sox, RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00) for the Cubs. Carroll makes this third start after two outstanding outings.

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham‘s second homer in as many nights–a three run shot–and Paul Konerko‘s bases-clearing three-run double, one of a pair of two-baggers he had on the night, were the key blows as the Sox won their season-high fourth in a row and third straight vs. the Cubs, 8-3. As a result, we claim the 2014 Crosstown Cup and go one game over the .500 mark at 18-17…Jose Abreu doubled twice, singled and scored a run while Alexei Ramirez and Marcus Semien each got credit for an RBI…John Danks earned his third win of the season, allowing three runs, four hits and a lone walk while striking out eight…The bullpen was once again solid. Jake Petricka came on in relief of Danks and pitched two perfect innings. Maikel Cleto closed it out in the ninth.

Enjoy the Beckham homer and Paulie’s three-run double…

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…plus Ramirez’s dazzling ninth-inning catch that started a double play.

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Even More From Last Night

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32706915/?partnerId=as_cws_20140508_23489364

Sox Notes of Note

Every White Sox batter reached base in last night’s game…Sox relievers own a 0.48 ERA over the last 11 games and a 1.47 mark and a .180 opponents average since April 20. Relievers have thrown 18.1 consecutive scoreless IP over the last five games…Petricka extended his scoreless streak to six appearances (10 IP). The streak includes five straight hitless outings and he owns a 0.68 ERA and .149 opponents average over his last nine appearances.

All-Time White Sox Team vs. Cubs (During Interleague Play)

(Qualifier: Minimum 20 plate appearances; Numbers entering tonight)

C: A.J. Pierzynski – 45 games (.296/.365/.478; 8 HR, 29 RBI)

1B: Paul Konerko – 73 games (.299/.362/.602; 20 HR, 58 RBI)

2B: Ray Durham – 30 games (.364/.454/.496; 1 HR, 9 RBI)

3B: Gordon Beckham – 26 games (.348/.398/.598; 6 HR, 16 RBI)

SS: Alexei Ramirez – 36 games (.275/.303/.449; 5 HR, 17 RBI)

OF: Scott Podsednik – 20 games (.333/.435/.462; 1 HR, 6 RBI)

OF: Carlos Lee – 36 games (.326/.382/.574; 9 HR, 31 RBI)

OF: Magglio Ordonez – 32 games (.317/.406/.545; 5 HR, 25 RBI)

DH: Jermaine Dye – 27 games (.324/.384/.706; 11 HR, 21 RBI)

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura Talks Abreu:

On the slugger’s No. 79 jersey cracking the Top 10 in MLB sales:

“I got one. I got a real one, too, didn’t even have to buy it.”

Did he sign it?

“He will.”

On Jose’s Impact:

“…It’s fun for him, it’s fun for us to have a guy like him. Nobody knew about him last year and now all of a sudden he’s on our team. What makes it fun for us and being around him is that he’s just a good person. He’s a humble kid, he’s a great team person. I think that’s the thing for our guys–you root for him and you’re happy for all these accolades he’s getting and the attention. It’s not going to change him. Guys like to have fun with him because he’s such a good team person and you like to see stuff like this happen to people like him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-0, 4.50) for the Sox, ex-Sox Brandon McCarthy (1-5, 4.67) for the D-backs.

Photo of the Day

Carroll takes on the Cubs in Cup finale.

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Sox Seek Series Win After Abreu and Carroll Make it a Momentous Sunday

Monday, April 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series as the Sox (13-13) look to win the series and go over the .500 mark. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 6.52) for Tampa Bay.

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

Plays of the Day

With his mom, dad, other family members and friends in the stands, Scott Carroll was brilliant yesterday in his major-league debut. Not only did he allow just two runs (one unearned), six hits and two walks along with three strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched, he got credit for his first victory and outdueled former Cy Young Award winner David Price in the Sox’ 9-2 win (In the photo above, Alexei Ramirez gives Scott a celebratory shower)…we broke into the scoring column with a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by Jose Abreu‘s two-run blast (he’s now got 10 homers and 31 RBI, leading the majors in both), four Tampa Bay errors and alert base running by Adam Eaton that enabled him to score while the Rays were napping…the Sox added four more in the seventh on an RBI double by Marcus Semien, a two-RBI single by Abreu and a run-scoring base hit by Ramirez…Eaton had a three-hit day, collecting three singles.

The Abreu homer:

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Abreu Notes of Note

With his home run yesterday, Abreu extended his major-league record homer total for rookies through April and set the RBI mark as well…his 10 homers in April are the most by a White Sox rookie in any month and most by a Sox player in the month of April since Paul Konerko‘s 11 in 2010…his 31 RBI this month are a franchise record, surpassing Konerko’s 28 in 2002…Jose tied Zeke Bonura (1934) for the franchise record for home runs through his first 26 games and his 31 RBI are the most by a Sox player through their first 26 games and are the most in any month since Frank Thomas‘ 31 in August of 2003…Abreu is the first player in MLB history to have four four-plus RBI games in his first 26 career contests…Jose has been named co-American League Player of the Week for April 21-27, along with Seattle’s Kyle Seager. During the week, he batted .310 with five home runs, an AL-high 14 RBI, eight runs scored, an .862 slugging percentage and is the first Sox player to win the honor since Alejandro De Aza last July 8-14.

Two Abreu Tributes

From deadspin.com

http://deadspin.com/jose-abreu-is-the-games-best-old-fashioned-slugger-1568773413

…and an excerpt from a column by Jonah Keri in Grantland.com

I’m going to start this Jose Abreu tribute by sharing a decidedly nonanalytical story.

On Friday night, I was sitting with Baseball Tonight analysts Eduardo Perez and Doug Glanville, watching the ninth inning of the Rays–White Sox game. Rays closer Grant Balfour began melting down, allowing a double, then two walks, then nearly getting into a fight with Paul Konerko. Perez started shouting at the TV, “Don’t let this get to Abreu! You’d better get out of this before getting to Abreu!” The next batter, Adam Eaton, hit what looked like a game-ending double play to second, but a slightly botched relay between Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar allowed Eaton to beat the ball by a hair. Rays manager Joe Maddon challenged the call, causing Perez to jump out of his chair. “You’re messing with Balfour’s timing now! Abreu’s going to go yard if he comes up, watch out!” Facing rookie Marcus Semien, with Abreu on deck, Balfour inexcusably started nibbling, throwing a 2-1 slider that missed the strike zone by a mile, and ultimately issuing the walk. Up strode Abreu, the 255-pound, 27-year-old rookie with light-tower power. “Game over right here!” yelled Perez. And he was right: On an 0-1 count, Balfour threw a fastball, middle-out and thigh-high. Abreu crushed it to deep right, into the Chicago night and over the wall.

The room exploded. Perez and Glanville played a combined 22 years and 1,869 games in the big leagues, enough to have seen it all. Yet they still high-fived and celebrated like one of them had just cranked the walk-off grand slam. They weren’t the only excited spectators: It’s a minor miracle that Hawk Harrelson didn’t have a coronary while calling the play, and the Spanish telecast’s “Sayonara, baby!” call was a delightful touch.

That’s the kind of impact Abreu is having. He’s got fans and former big leaguers alike predicting game-winning home runs five batters before he can even step to the plate. He’s turned a moribund White Sox team into a must-watch outfit every night. And so far, he’s making history.

More Jose

Listen to Buster Olney’s ESPN.com podcast which features–in part–Robin Ventura, Rick Hahn and sportswriter Jerry Crasnick talking about Abreu. The segment on Abreu starts at 8:46 and ends at 25:52.

http://bit.ly/1tVaYFV

And here’s Jose with his fellow Cuban teammates Adrian Nieto, Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo having some fun today before the game.

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Carroll Notes of Note

With his successful start yesterday, Carroll (29.215) became the oldest player to make his White Sox debut since Ernesto Escarrega (32.120) in the second game of a doubleheader on April 26, 1982, vs. the Red Sox. Here are the last few players to make their MLB debut for the Sox at 29 years or older:

* Tadahito Iguchi (30 years, 121 days) on April 4, 2005 vs. Indians

* Shingo Takatsu (35.136) on April 9, 2004 vs. Yankees

* Mike Heathcott (29.104) on August 28, 1998 vs. Rangers

* Isidro Marquez (29.346) on April 26, 1995 vs. Brewers

* Dane Johnson (31.109) on May 30, 1994 vs. Yankees

Carroll’s 7.1 IP are the most for a Sox pitcher in his major-league debut since Gerry Janeski in 1970 vs. Milwaukee…he’s also the first Sox pitcher to earn the win in his major-league debut as a starter since Lucas Harrell in July of 2010 vs Oakland.

Teammate of the Week: Adam Dunn picked up the tab for Carroll’s celebration dinner at O’Toole’s last night. There were an estimated 35 friends and family in the Carroll party.

Potent Offense

From Ken Rosenthal, foxsports.com:

The White Sox’s pitching success took root in the late 1990s when Ken Williams was the farm director and Don Cooper the minor-league pitching coordinator.

The team developed not only a philosophy, but a continuity of instruction, teaching pitchers in the minors the same way it taught pitchers in the majors. The process became so consistent, the White Sox’s scouts came to understand Cooper’s preferred deliveries and pitch types as he ascended to the major-league job.

So, when general manager Rick Hahn sought a replacement for hitting coach Jeff Manto last offseason, his goal was to replicate the team’s pitching success on the hitting side. The hiring of Todd Steverson, a former major-league coach and minor-league manager with the Athletics and minor-league coach with the Cardinals, appears to be a positive step in that direction.

The White Sox are second in the majors in runs per game, and their offensive success is one of the season’s early surprises. Obviously, newcomers such as first baseman Jose Abreu and outfielder Adam Eaton are making an impact. But shortstop Alexei Ramirez and outfielder Dayan Viciedo have shown improvement under Steverson, and Avisail Garcia also was progressing before he required season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.

Steverson’s philosophy hardly is revolutionary – he preaches “selective aggressiveness,” urging hitters to lay off pitches they can’t handle and pounce on the ones they can. Still, if Steverson turns into a pitching version of Cooper, the White Sox will be even better positioned to re-emerge as a force.

One Day Left Before Our First #SoxSocial Night of the season! 

http://atmlb.com/1hIINk5

Sox Career Fair

http://atmlb.com/RJtD9m

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Congrats to the Blackhawks

Another “Sox Win, Hawks Win” day on Sunday. Our hockey brethren move on to the second round in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a convincing 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Quotes of the Day

Thoughts from an unforgettable day

Carroll:

“I’m on cloud nine right now. I knew I was capable of it, but it’s just awesome to finally get the opportunity and showcase my skills here at this level. It’s incredible. I put in all the hard work and just effort and stuff and to get to this level and succeed like I did, it was unbelievable. I’ve seen it so many times on TV and on movies and stuff, but to actually experience it and have that feeling myself, it was incredible.

“This has been a long road for my family and I. They’ve been through all this stuff with me ever since I was a kid, taking me to games as a Little Leaguer. For me to finally achieve my dream, my mom, she’s an angel, and she’s put in a lot of hard work taking care of me through two surgeries. It was pretty awesome.”

“I had to hide back some tears and fight through that.” (talking about his reaction to the standing ovation when he left the game).

Watch Scott being interviewed on the MLB Network:  

http://atmlb.com/1hIMPsP

Abreu:

“We’re all together. We are very happy. I feel like the whole team contributed. Just getting to know the process and the steps that Scott has had to take to get here, it’s a great thing and well deserved.”

Ventura:

The Sox record book shows that Robinwith 33 RBI in July of 1991, is second all-time for runs batted in a single month behind Harold Baines (36 in June of 1987). Robin was asked about Abreu, with 31 so far in April, approaching his total. With tongue firmly in cheek, he replied:

“Yeah, he’s not playing for the next five days.”

More from the skipper:  

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32444799

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 3.90) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (2-1, 2.45) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

Here’s Carroll’s Mom in tears after her son left yesterday’s game to a standing ovation (top) and Scott as he meets his family and friends after the game.

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Scott Carroll Set to Make Big-League Debut

Sunday, April 27, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (pictured above), making his first major league start, for the Sox and LHP David Price (3-1, 4.04) for Tampa Bay. Carroll is 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA in four starts this season with Class AAA Charlotte. He was a third-round selection of the Reds in 2007 and joined the Sox organization in 2012.

Carroll is a Missouri native who attended Missouri State, where he also played quarterback. Here, in this first person piece, Scott talks about his long road to the major leagues and, specifically, his Tommy John surgery.

http://www.chicagonow.com/future-sox/2014/02/prospect-perspective-pitcher-scott-carroll-on-the-tommy-john-process/

And he’s apparently a very funny guy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maJzUsUBjf0

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

Plays of the Day

Gordon Beckham singled and doubled and Paul Konerko collected a pair of base hits last night in the Sox’ 4-0 loss to the Rays…Newcomer Hector Noesi, making his first appearance for his new team, pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Scott Downs threw two scoreless frames, his longest scoreless stint of the season, in relief of John Danks.

Sox Notes of Note

To make room for Carroll, the Sox optioned right-handed pitcher Erik Johnson to Class AAA Charlotte following last night’s game. Also, Avi Garcia has been transferred from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list…White Sox relievers are 1-0 with a 2.67 ERA over the last eight games…Dayan Viciedo (.368) and Alexei Ramirez (.343) rank first and fourth in the American League in batting average. Tyler Flowers is hitting .388, which would lead the league if he had the required plate appearances…Sox second-base prospect Micah Johnson is now at .360/.447/.528 for a .975 OPS at Class AA Birmingham. He went 3-4 last night vs. Chattanooga.

Quote of the Day

Noesi is happy he’s in Chicago with pitching coach Don Cooper after previous stints with the Yankees, Mariners and Rangers.

“I’ve been hearing a lot about him (Coop), he is good. So I’m going to trust him with my stuff.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.91) for the Sox, RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 6.52) for Tampa Bay.

Photo of the Day

The White Sox Cuban connection then and now: Sox icon Minnie Minoso throws the ceremonial first pitch last night to his powerful countryman

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