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South Side Showdown

Monday, June 9, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series against the AL Central leaders. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (1-4, 5.29) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-3, 3.69) for Detroit.

Noesi is 1-0 with a 2.33 ERA, 14 strikeouts and a .203 opponents average over his last three starts. Hector snapped his 14-game losing streak in his last outing on June 3 vs. the Dodgers, allowing one run on five hits over six innings of work. He has also allowed just one earned run in each of the last two outings (13.1 innings).

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

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie and Adam Eaton each singled in a run, Dayan Viciedo singled and doubled and Gordon Beckham collected a pair of singles in yesterday’s loss to the Angels. Javy Guerra (1.2 IP) and Daniel Webb (2.0) pitched 3.2 scoreless innings in relief.

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Good News, All-Star Wise

For the second week in a row, Alexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu are both second in the latest round of American League All-Star voting.

Ramirez is trailing Derek Jeter 1,376,054 to 1,212,362 at shortstop and Abreu, with 845,059, is second only to Miguel Cabrera‘s 1,477,420 votes.

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters own a 2.99 ERA over the last 18 games, the lowest in the American League…Adam Dunn needs one home run to tie Carl Yastrzemski for 35th place all-time with 452.

White Sox ACE Players in College World Series

Outfielders Corey Ray (Louisville) and Ro Coleman (Vanderbilt), products of the White Sox Amateur Elite progam who were teammates at Simeon Career Academy, will represent their schools in the College World Series in Omaha.

Ray, a freshman, went 2-3 with a stolen base and a run scored as Louisville defeated Kennesaw State on Saturday to advance to World Series for the second straight season.

Coleman, also a freshman, went 1-1 on Friday to help Vandy eliminate Stanford to advance to Omaha for the second time in four years.

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A Fitting Tribute to Paulie

Former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Fred Claire posted the following commentary on his Facebook page along with a link to a story in the Los Angeles Times praising the Sox captain.

“Paul Konerko is a Hall of Fame person and has had a great Major League career.  I recall his excitement after the Dodgers had drafted him and he has been a true professional from day one and every step of the way. For young players who want to know how to handle a career in the game my advice would be to follow the path of Paul Konerko on and off the field.”

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-baseball-shaikin-20140608-story.html

Quote of the Day

Jose Abreu on his encounter over the weekend with future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols:

“He was taking BP and he stepped out of BP just to come out and say hello to me and talk to me which is incredible. That’s one of the reasons why we admire him so much, the kind of people he is, the kind of professional he is. We talk about a lot of things and I’m very thankful for the advice he gives me. He’s definitely a person all baseball players admire and he’s a role model for all of us.’’

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (4-5, 4.32) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (6-5, 4.19) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

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A Good Night For The Good Guys With Rubber Match Tonight

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series with LA winning on Monday and the Sox emerging victorious last night. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 4.66) for the Sox, RHP Josh Beckett (3-2, 2.52) for LA.

In his last start, on May 30 vs. the Padres, Danks threw seven innings allowing just two runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking one. It was his eighth quality start of the season.

Plays of the Day

It was indeed a good night for the Sox last evening. Hector Noesi won his first game since May 6, 2012, giving up just a run, five hits and four walks while striking out six in the 4-1 victory. Jose Abreu hit his second homer in as many nights, another two-run shot, in his successful return from the disabled list. It was his 17th of the season along with his 47 RBI. Tyler Flowers added his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot, and former Dodger Ronald Belisario returned triumphantly to Los Angeles with a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.

The Abreu and Flowers blasts:

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Even Dodger Fans Want Jose’s Autograph

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Speaking of Abreu

Here is a list of major leaguers who recorded the most home runs after their first 46 games–from 1914-2014 (compliments of @ScottLindholm).

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The Wait is Almost Over: Draft Begins Tomorrow

Here are Sox GM Rick Hahn and Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann talking about the Sox and this year’s draft, which gets going tomorrow night.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33361843/white-sox-front-office-on-the-2014-draft/?partnerId=as_cws_20140603_25181866

Brothers

Conor Gillaspie will be keeping an eye on this week’s draft with his brother Casey a good bet to be selected in the first round. Here’s more:

http://atmlb.com/1tC4cSD

Minor League All-Stars

Four players from the Sox’ Class AA Birmingham affiliate have been named to the Southern League’s North Division All-Star team: OF Josh Richmond, C Kevan Smith, OF Trayce Thompson and RHP Cody Winiarski. The game will be played June 17 in Chattanooga.

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura, in his own patented style, commented on Abreu hitting homers in his first two games back from the DL.

“He’s doing all right. I think we’re going to keep him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it will be the White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-2, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (6-4, 3.33)

Photo of the Day

Noesi is a winner.

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Sale on Center Stage in Homestand Finale

Sunday, June 1, 2014 

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Today’s News
 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.73) for the Sox, LHP Eric Stults (2-5, 4.92) for San Diego. Sale owns a 0.56 ERA, 24 strikeouts and a .040 opponents average over his last three starts.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Viciedo LF, Dunn 1B, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Semien 3B, Flowers C, Sierra RF.
 
Plays of the Day
 
Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez each collected a pair of hits with Viciedo doubling in a run (click on link below) in yesterday’s loss to the Padres…Daniel Webb pitched scoreless ball in the final 1.2 innings. His ERA now stands at 2.17.
 
 
The Ramirez Factor
 
Alexei is hitting .373 with two homers and nine RBI in his last 14 games, including seven multi-hit efforts. He ranks among the American League leaders in multi-hit games (T1st, 23), singles (2nd, 55), hits (3rd, 72), average (3rd, .329) and average with runners in scoring position (5th, .373). Ramirez also has played in an AL leading 505 innings, missing just four frames.
 
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Big Night at the UC
 
All the best to the Blackhawks tonight as they look to eliminate the Kings at the United Center and move on to the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers. Go Hawks!!
 
Quote of the Day
 
Robin Ventura on the addition of Jose Abreu to the lineup as the Sox rookie slugger is expected to return from his stint on the DL tomorrow night against the Dodgers in LA.
 
“Well, I think once you drop him in the middle of the lineup it moves people around. It gives you a deeper, longer lineup than you would have without him in there, and we’ve seen the impact of having him in the lineup compared to having him out. We realize we’re a lot better with him in it.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game, seven-day road trip that continues with three against the Angels in Anaheim. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-4, 3.61) for the Sox, LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-2, 3.57) for LA.
 
Photo of the Day
 
Gentlemen, start your engines: Sale, Tyler Flowers and Adam Dunn temporarily get away from the rigors of the long season by racing their remote control cars.
 
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Rienzo, Teammates Ready to Even Series With Padres

Saturday, May 31, 2014

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Today’s News

Today’s Game

White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. RHP Andre Rienzo (4-1, 3.95) for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross (5-4, 2.97) for San Diego.

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

Plays of the Day

Despite getting the loss in last night’s defeat, John Danks had another strong outing. He gave up only two runs, eight hits and a lone walk along with four strikeouts in seven innings pitched…Reminiscent of Mark Buehrle‘s “Play of the Year” (at least) on Opening Day, 2010, here’s Gordon Beckham‘s amazing play in the third inning last night, which very well could have halted a big Padres inning.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33296577/?cid=mlb

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox starters now own a 2.21 ERA and a .197 opponents average in our last 10 games…Danks’ eight quality starts marked the 1,000th quality start by the Sox since 2003. John has a 1.20 ERA over his last two starts and owns a 3.02 ERA in six starts at home…Daniel Webb owns a 1.29 ERA over his last 12 games.

Old Friends

It was great to say hello to two former White Sox before last night’s game. Carlos Quentin was outside of our clubhouse before batting practice, while I caught up with Jose Valentin, now the Padres’ first base coach, as San Diego took the field for BP. I still laugh about Jose’s chest tap, imitating Sammy Sosa, that day at Wrigley Field.

The Draft: A Look Back

The First-Year Player Draft is just days away, beginning on Thursday, June 5.  Here’s a review of some of the Sox’ most successful picks.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/white-sox-have-benefited-from-casting-wide-draft-net?ymd=20140529&content_id=77342514&vkey=news_cws

Sox and the (Second) City

Gordon and Robin Ventura pose with the cast of Second City and sportscasters/comedians, the Sklar Brothers (pictured on the right).

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Blackhawks Still Very Much Alive!

The crowd gathers at the Chisox Bar & Grill following last night’s Sox game to watch the Blackhawks force a Game 7 with the Kings tomorrow night at the UC. Go Hawks!

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The Adventures of Jose Abreu 

Jose Abreu took part in a simulated game before today’s game as he prepares for a possible Monday return from the disabled list for a sore left ankle.  Abreu faced live pitching in the form of two minor league right-handers brought up to throw in game conditions to him.  I’m certain one kid’s heart sank when he drilled Abreu just above the elbow in his second at-bat.  Jose shook it off and took several more at-bats, lining a couple of singles and hitting at least two doubles to the wall … and most importantly, legging them out and running fine.  He will repeat the drill tomorrow, hopefully without the HBP.

Think how this kid had to feel.  Probably his first time on a big league mound.  Silent ballpark on a Saturday morning.  Everyone watching.  And … BAM!

The young man shook hands with Abreu and said a few words after the simulated game.  Well, that was probably a day he will never forget.

Quote of the Day

Chris Sale on the “K Zone for Sale,” which will be in full force for his start tomorrow:

“It’s cool. It’s fun to have the excitement of that in the ballpark and hearing those guys go crazy every time there’s a strikeout. It’s fun to have people in the stands. Every time you get more people in the stands, it creates more energy and more excitement in the ballpark.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres at U.S. Cellular Field (1:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: LHP Sale (4-0, 1.73) for the Sox, LHP Eric Stults (2-5, 4.92) for San Diego.

Photo of the Day

POTUS tries on a 2005 White Sox World Series ring during his recent trip to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown:

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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.

http://atmlb.com/1uDud7c

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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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Ready for the Future

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Adam Eaton talked a bit about the trade, what it means for his future and what he’s going to bring to the White Sox.

On being traded:

“Well, I mean it was very shocking.  This past spring training I thought I was going to be around for five to 10 years, that’s what they told me.  They went into a new direction and so have I.  I’m excited for the opportunity and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back in the Midwest and in the AL Central.  As shocked as I was it was more excitement to a new beginning, new club and new city, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

On what type of player he views himself as:

“I perceive myself as whatever you want me to do I’ll do.  I don’t care if you throw me behind the plate, I’m going to make the best of it.  I’d love to be at the top of the lineup, but if that’s not where I’m needed than that’s not where I’m needed.  I’ll play anywhere at any time.  I would like to think I’m a Lenny Dykstra, Kenny Lofton kind of a guy that’s going to be a scrappy dirt bag kind of guy that’s going to get after it day in and day out, but hopefully bring in a little finesse too and a little speed and quickness and score some runs.  I think if I can hang my hat on a .300 average and score 100 runs with an on-base percentage around .400 I think I had a heck of a year.  I think it’s definitely doable and that’s what I’m shooting for this coming year.”

On his injury from last year:

“It was a very difficult time in my life and I learned a lot about myself and my wife, we were newlyweds at the time.  It was about week prior to breaking camp, I think I hit around .383-90, I was ready to go.  I was a rookie out of camp but I felt that I earned my job.  I was pumped to start the year and it comes as it did and it’s tough.  The three months that I was out we had a little bit of a setback.  I was two to three days out from actually returning and made a hard throw in Ground Rock, Texas and it kind of blew up on me again so we restarted the process of it again.  I came back fairly healthy I would say.  I don’t think I came back too soon by any stretch of the imagination.  As I heard before with these injuries every throw, especially with the outfield you don’t throw for four innings and all of a sudden you let one loose.  Throughout the rest of the season the confidence grew back in it and the strength of it came back.  It hasn’t been an issue this offseason, I haven’t thrown at all, but you can kind of feel it here and there during the injury and throughout the injury.  It’s been a lot better and I don’t think it’s going to be an issue at all during spring training.”

On the mentality of a leadoff hitter:

“To get on base at all costs.  I don’t care if I get hit in the head, hit in the ankle.  Try to see 10-12 pitches and to get on base in any, doesn’t matter, because I know with the guys we have behind us like Konerko, Dunn and Beckham and all those guys am one pitch away from scoring.  I feel like I’m in scoring position when I’m on first when there’s a ball hit in to the gap.”

On bring energy and an edge to the White Sox:

Yea definitely I think that my 5-8 stature I think a lot of people relate to it.  I definitely think I can do that and being a young guy I have to have that type of energy, I need that type of spark.  I’m excited to bring that energy to the team and whatever they need me to do I’ll do it.

On what he needs to work on:

“I think consistency, I think all of us deal with that word all the way to Miguel Cabrera to Albert Pujols to me.  Especially last year I found it more in the minor leagues, but when you get to the big league level everyone else in more consistent. So, you need to raise that level of play and I think if I can be consistent day in and day out with my approach hitting I think my defense will always be there because you can control that energy you bring in the outfield.”

On favorite team growing up and coming to Chicago being a hockey fan:

“I was a Cleveland Indians fan growing up.  I was a big mid 90s early 90s guy with Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel, I was huge fan of those guys.  I’m a huge hockey fan, grew up in Ohio never really got much into the Columbus team, but when we moved out to Arizona we never missed a game with the Coyotes.  It’s going to be a tough transition to say the least but we were willing to make it.  We heard nothing but good things about the Blackhawks and we are excited to hopefully see a few games this winter.”

Meeting in Motown and the Double Duty Classic

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.69) for the Sox, Justin Verlander (9-5, 3.54) for Detroit.

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

Jake Update

Jake Peavy threw 76 pitches today in a simulated game at Comerica Park. He reported that he felt fine afterward and has made some progress since his last bullpen (in St. Petersburg). If all goes well, a rehab start is next on the agenda.

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The Future

One of the best days each year – especially in  a year like this – is our annual Double Duty Classic event, which celebrates and commemorates the old Negro Leagues East-West All-Star Game.  Amateur minority players from our ACE youth baseball program and a few standouts from across the country (Sox 2012 first round draft pick Courtney Hawkins played in the game) play an exhibition game wearing replica Negro Leagues uniforms.  Today’s game, the sixth annual, drew upwards of 4,000 fans, mostly Chicago youth groups on outings from their day camps. The atmosphere is always fun.

Prior to the game, we hold a forum for the players and their families that centers on the history of the Negro Leagues, explains who Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe was and his importance to baseball in Chicago, and offers advice to the kids on their future, whether in baseball or not.

“Double Duty,” of course, was a star in the Negro Leagues as both a pitcher and a catcher and a baseball legend in Chicago, his adopted hometown. Word is that Radcliffe, who lived to be 103, got his nickname from the famed writer Damon Runyon because he caught and pitched in successive games in the 1932 Negro League World Series.

This year, WBEZ and NPR correspondent Richard Steele was the emcee.  Steele was joined by 94-year-old Dr. Timuel Black, a former advisor to both Dr. King and President Obama, and by Ken Williams, Sox executive vice president and former GM.

“You have to protect your history,” Williams told the 35-or so players.  “You have to keep it alive.”

Dr. Black explained his own history – his grandparents were slaves – and how important faith and optimism have for people.

“It is about survival, progress and a belief,” he said. “Impossible … we can get that done this week.  Miraculous? … that might take us a little longer.  But one of the best examples is baseball.  Jackie Robinson.  He was not just a great baseball player.  He was chosen by Branch Rickey because he also was best equipped to succeed in all the other areas that were important at that moment.”

Robinson, Black and Williams stressed, didn’t just have athletic ability.  He also had intellect.

“Baseball is the best sport to prepare you for life, in my opinion, because it is built on failure,” Williams said.  “You need discipline and you need to show up.  A lot of people are afraid to show up because it is too risky.”

“You may lose today’s game,” Black told the kids. “but you will win tomorrow.”

He stressed the importance of using role models and adults as guides.

“What do you want to be?” he challenged the athletes.  “Not just today, this week or this year, but in your future and in your life.

“What do you want to be?  What do you want your neighborhood to be?  Your city?  You cannot do it alone.”

Here is a link to Phil Rogers’ column in today’s Trib about the Double Duty Classic and the impact that the Sox, spearheaded by Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, have made in the community.

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/436/article/p2p-76603521/

Quote of the Day

I think the following excerpt from Rogers’ column is worthy enough to underscore here:

“Chicago never has had a baseball owner who has done as much public good as Reinsdorf,” Rogers wrote. “And, unless Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg buys a team, probably never will.”

Play of the Day

Josh Phegley’s homer in the third inning of last night’s game was his second in two days. He joined Magglio Ordonez (second and third career games in 1997) as the only players in franchise history to homer in consecutive games within their first three career contests. Josh also joined Brent Morel (2010 vs. Royals), Josh Fields (2011 vs. Tigers) and Carlos Lee (1999) as the only White Sox players to homer in his first at-bat at U.S. Cellular Field. And Phegley is the first rookie in franchise history to drive in a run in each of his first three career games (RBI became an official stat in 1920).

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.97) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-6, 4.82) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Gordon Beckham, in the sixth inning of last night’s loss to the Cubs, became the first Sox player to steal home since Juan Pierre did it on October 2, 2010? 

Photo of the Day

Phegley heads for home.

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Sox vs. Royals: The First of Three

Friday, June 21, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first game of a three-game series that will conclude the current 10-game road trip. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (2-5, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.72) for K.C.

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

Roster Moves

After yesterday’s game, the White Sox optioned RHP Deunte Heath to Class AAA Charlotte. Today, RHP Brian Omogrosso was recalled from the Knights and placed on the active roster.

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Lee Retires

Carlos Lee, who hit 152 homers, drove in 552 runs and compiled a .288 batting average with the White Sox from 1999-2004, retired yesterday on his 37th birthday.

NIcknamed El Caballo by Hawk Harrelson, Lee also played for the Brewers, Rangers, Astros and Marlins in his 14-year major-league career. Of course, he was involved in one of the most pivotal trades in Sox history when he was shipped to Milwaukee in the deal that brought Scott Podsednik and Luis Vizcaino to Chicago prior to the 2005 championship season.

Quote of the Day

@CaptainOmo (Omogrosso) on Twitter: Back Up with the Sox!! Hazzaaaa!! #goodtobeback

Play of the Day

Jesse Crain’s consecutive scoreless appearance record and the back-to-back homers by Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn were the main Sox highlights yesterday. But it also should be noted that Alexei Ramirez had a four-hit afternoon with a double and three singles and stole his 15th base.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Wade Davis (4-5, 5.18) for Kansas City.

Did You Know…

…that in 11.1 innings pitched against the Royals in his career, Santiago has a 0.00 ERA?

Photo of the Day

Hector looks to begin a Sox turnaround.

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Crain Makes History in Series Finale; PK, Dunn Go Back-to-Back

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Today’s News

The Game

Final: Twins 8, White Sox 4

Record-Setter

With his scoreless seventh inning this afternoon, Jesse Crain now holds the White Sox record with 28 consecutive scoreless appearances. He was tied with J.J. Putz.

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Play(s) of the Day

Back-to-back homers by Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn in the sixth inning of today’s matinee. Paulie’s two-run shot was his seventh of the season and 429th of his career. Adam’s solo blast was his 19th of the year and 425th lifetime. This was the second time the duo has gone back-to-back (it happened last April 23 at Oakland).

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first game of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (2-5, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.72) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…that White Sox second base prospect Micah Johnson, who leads the minor leagues with 54 stolen bases for Class A Kannapolis, won the “Star of Stars” award Monday night at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game? Johnson stole second and third base on consecutive pitches and scored a run for the North Division in a 2-1 win over the South. In addition to his stolen base total this season, Johnson is batting .339 with five homers, 36 RBI and 64 runs scored in 66 games for the Intimidators. He’s shown here accepting the award:

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Quote of the Day

Sox VP/Assistant GM Buddy Bell on Micah Johnson:

“He’s a very smart player, he’s a sponge for information, he’s a strong kid.”

Photo/Video of the Day

Opposing teams should know by now not to run on Mr. Viciedo. Watch Dayan gun down Ryan Doumit in the third inning of today’s game.

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It’s Time For a Sale-a-bration

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10, CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-5, 2.43) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (5-4, 3.97) for the Twins.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko,1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.
 
Tim Anderson to Kannapolis
 
Originally set to begin his pro career at Advanced Rookie Bristol, the Sox’s No 1 pick in this month’s First-Year Player Draft, Tim Anderson, has instead reported to Class A Kannapolis.
 
After our Sox brass watched the promising shortstop work out with the other draftees, the decision was made that he was ready to play at a more advanced level.
 
Quote of the Day
 
GM Rick Hahn on the state of the Sox:
 
“We are and continue to be in a bit of a disappointing stretch right now. I know there’s frustration in the clubhouse, obviously frustration amongst fans, amongst staff, but we do have a fair amount of time left to get this thing right. We’ve been saying that for a while now and it is obviously time to get going if we’re going to make that run. But despite the frustration and disappointment thus far, I don’t think there’s a reason to believe this is going to continue. I know guys are doing everything in their power in terms of preparation, in terms of trying to make adjustments to stem the tide of defeats we’ve had recently…”
 
Play of the Day
 
Paulie’s 4-4 performance (three singles, a double, an RBI and a run scored) in last night’s 7-5 loss to the Twins.
 
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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (12:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (1-3, 4.50) for the Sox, LHP Scott Diamond (4-6, 5.29) for Minnesota.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Sale ranks among American League leaders in opponents slugging percentage (2nd, .283), opponents on-base percentage (3rd, .245), baserunners per 9.0 IP, opponents average (3rd, 8.54) and ERA (4th, 2.43)? While Chris is winless in June he has recorded a 2.11 ERA and in his last nine starts he’s at 1.63. He is also 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 11 appearances (three starts) vs. Minnesota and 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA over his last three starts. 
 
Photo of the Day
 
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