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That’s More Like It: Sox Take Series From Braves

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Today’s News

The Game
Final — White Sox 3, Braves 1 as the Sox win the final two games of the three-game set against the National League East leaders.


It was great to see former White Sox closer Shingo Takatsu at the game yesterday.  He stopped in Chicago on his way home to Japan from Tuesday’s All-Star Game in NYC.  We talked about how few guys from 2005 were still around, and he shared hellos and hugs with Herm Schneider, Don Cooper and others.  His ceremonial first pitch sailed a bit outside, but he seemed to truly enjoy being back at U.S. Cellular Field.

On my way downstairs in the eighth inning, the elevator doors opened and there was Shingo, still wearing his No. 10 jersey.

“Now that’s not something you see every day,” someone laughed. 

Divided Loyalty?

Braves assistant hitting coach and former White Sox infielder Scott Fletcher took some smack on Saturday.  On his way back to the Braves dugout from the batting cages, he stopped in the Sox dugout to talk to a friend.

“Hey, Scott!” someone from the group of Braves players stretching called out to Fletcher. And then he pointed to the logo on his chest, laughing.


The ever-popular Art “Cave” Kusnyer, former Sox player and bullpen coach, threw out today’s ceremonial first pitch.

Play(s) of the Day
There were two spectacular defensive plays by the Sox in today’s win that saved runs–one by second baseman Jeff Keppinger with the bases loaded and two outs in the third and another by leftfielder Casper Wells who prevented a game-tying homer in the eighth…Alex Rios followed Saturday’s explosion (3-5, a grand slam and five RBI) with a pair of hits, a run scored and an RBI…Jose Quintana improved his record to 5-2 in 5.2 innings of work. Ramon Troncoso (0.2), Donnie Veal (0.2), Nate Jones (1.0) and Addison Reed (1.0) came on in relief to close it out without giving up a hit. Reed recorded his 25th save.
Quote of the Day
White Sox groundskeeper and British Open viewer Roger Bossard (pictured below):
“If my grass looked like that, I’d get fired.” 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series and a battle of All-Star pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (6-8, 2.85) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (13-1, 3.19) for Detroit.
Roster Move
Following today’s game, the Sox optioned Brent Morel to Class AAA Charlotte.
Did You Know…
…that according to the Elias Sport Bureau, Rios and Raul Ibanez are the only players in baseball to hit a grand slam in 2011, 2012 and 2013?
Photo/Video of the Day
Keppinger and Wells save the day.

Sox Enter Brave New World as Second Half Begins

Friday, July 19, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Braves at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-6, 4.31) for the Sox, RHP Tim Hudson (6-7, 4.02) for Atlanta. Danks has a 2.22 ERA and a .196 opponents average at home this season with four quality starts.

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

Paulie’s Rehab

Paul Konerko began his four-day rehab with the Class AA Birmingham Barons last night going 1-2 with a walk and a run-scoring single as the DH.

Walker to be Honored

Greg Walker will be the next member of the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox to be honored at a Sunday home game. In town as the hitting coach of the Braves, Walker will be feted this Sunday before the finale of the three-game series with Atlanta. He was a first baseman on the ’83 team as well, of course, as serving as the Sox hitting coach prior to joining the Braves.

Makeup Game

The White Sox-Blue Jays game, postponed on June 12, has been rescheduled for Monday, September 23 (7:10 p.m., CT) at U.S. Cellular Field.

Minor League News & Notes

The White Sox have signed left-handed hitting first baseman Travis Ishikawa to a minor league contract. Ishikawa, 29, who has played for San Francisco, Milwaukee, Baltimore and the Yankees, will report to Class AAA Charlotte…Middle infielder Toby Thomas, playing at Advanced Rookie Bristol, had quite a week from July 8-14 and as a result he was named the Appalachian League’s Player of the Week. Thomas batted .423 with two home runs, three doubles, eight runs batted in, six runs scored and a stolen base. He raised his slugging percentage to a hefty .769.


Sox icon Minnie Minoso will receive another prestigious award to add to his vast collection. On Tuesday in New Orleans, Minnie will receive the Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence by the National Council of La Raza at the group’s annual conference awards gala.

The organization presents the award, named in honor of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, each year to an individual or organization in the sports industry.

First Lady Michelle Obama is the keynote speaker at the conference.

Fifth Annual Charities Week

Chicago White Sox Charities Week, our annual fundraising campaign, will be celebrated during the the upcoming homestand and runs from July 22-28. Charities Week engages fans attending games, as well as those following along from home. The first four Charities Weeks raised a combined total of more than $677,000. 

Fans attending games during the week can participate in a number of unique fundraising activities. 

Mr. Zero Returns

Shingo “Mr. Zero” Takatsu, the popular reliever who saved 19 games for the Sox in 2004 and eight more at the start of the 2005 championship season, will be at the ballpark tomorrow. He’ll throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs.


Sale Profiled in ESPN The Magazine

Play of the Day

Chris’s brilliant performance in the All-Star Game is still fresh in our minds. Take another look:

Quote of the Day

Sale, a top candidate himself, modestly commenting Tuesday night on Mariano Rivera winning the All-Star Game MVP (via Dan Hayes,

“There’s no other MVP in this clubhouse other than (Rivera). He stole the show.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Braves at U.S. Cellular Field (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: Just reinstated from the disabled list, RHP Jake Peavy (6-4, 4.30) is scheduled for the Sox, Paul Maholm (9-8, 3.98 for Atlanta.

Did You Know…

…that Chris Sale became the seventh White Sox pitcher to earn the win in the All-Star Game and first since Mark Buehrle in 2005? The others were Eddie Smith (1941), Early Wynn (1958), Ray Herbert (1962), Jack McDowell (1993), James Baldwin (2000). The seven All-Star wins are second only to the Giants (8) in major league history.

Photo(s) of the Day

PK the Baron.