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Sox Win in Extras, Face an Old Friend This Afternoon

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco (2:45 p.m., CT, WGN) as the Sox attempt to sweep this short two-game series and all four contests against San Francisco this season. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.04) for the Sox, ex-teammate Jake Peavy (0-3, 4.82) for SF.

Quintana will be making his 25th start of the season and 15th on the road. He is 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA over his last 10 starts.

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

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Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was his usual brilliant self and Adam Dunn belted a two-run homer, but in the end it was Gordon Beckham, both defensively and with the bat, that made the difference last night in the Sox’ 10-inning, 3-2 victory over the Giants…Beckham made a sensational play in the bottom of the ninth that put a crucial double play in motion and with two outs singled in the eventual winning run in the 10th…Sale, who lowered his ERA to 2.01 (second in the American League behind the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez at 1.95)tossed eight scoreless innings, but wasn’t around to get his 11th win as the Giants tied the game in the ninth. Chris allowed just four hits and a pair of walks while striking out 12, the 16th time in his career he’s struck out 10 or more in a game. He’s also fanned 12 or more on nine occasions, which is the most in MLB the past three seasons, and has K’d 29.9 percent of the batters he’s faced in 2014…Dunn’s home run in the first inning was his 18th of the season and the 458th of his career…Zach Putnam came on in the ninth to get the final out and pitched a scoreless 10th for his fourth victory of the year.

Beckham’s heroics:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35325239

Sale’s masterful performance:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35322851

Dunn’s homer:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35310875

Jackie Robinson West Viewing Party

The White Sox are partnering with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago to host a viewing party for the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, as they represent the Great Lakes region in their first Little League Baseball World Series game at 2:00 p.m., CT, tomorrow against the team from Lynwood, Wash.

The special watch party, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will give attendees the opportunity to watch the 11- and 12-year-olds from the South Side on a large video screen at Jackie Robinson Field (10700 S. Aberdeen), while enjoying ballpark food and interacting with former White Sox players and Southpaw. 

“This is a great way for the neighborhood and the city of Chicago to celebrate the accomplishments of this talented group of young men from the Jackie Robinson West Little League” said Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “We all are very proud of their accomplishments, and we are honored to co-host the Watch Party with Mayor Emanuel. Six players on the Jackie Robinson West team also play for the White Sox ACE program, so we are doubly proud of their tremendous accomplishments. These kids already are champions in our eyes before a single pitch is thrown in Williamsport.”

The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars became the first Chicago team to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series since 1983 when they came from behind to beat New Albany, Indiana, for the Great Lakes Region Champions title on Saturday, August 9. This is the 15th time a team from Illinois has advanced to the Little League Baseball World Series, and the second appearance for Jackie Robinson West, which went 2-1 in the 1983 Little League Baseball World Series. The league also advanced to the finals of the 2013 Great Lakes Region.

As the Chairman mentioned, the team includes six players from the Chicago White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. The ACE program has had 14 alumni drafted by professional teams, 85 alumni received athletic aid to play collegiate baseball and two alumni played in the 2014 College World Series.

Additional information about the watch party will be available at cityofchicago.org.

MLB Stars Help Chicago Little Leaguers’ Parents Get to Williamsport

http://www.suntimes.com/news/29218859-452/mlb-players-readers-send-local-parents-to-little-league-world-series.html#.U-uFiLS9KSN

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Frank Thomas Hall of Fame Special to Air Saturday on Comcast SportsNet 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/smackblog/chi-frank-thomas-hall-of-fame-special-20140813-story.html

Quote of the Day

The Giants were certainly impressed by Beckham’s defense in the ninth.

SF skipper Bruce Bochy:

“One of the best double plays I’ve seen.”

Starter Ryan Vogelsong:

It’s a game of inches, man. That ball gets by Gordon, you’re talking about a whole different ballgame.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it’s the White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues against the Orioles Monday-Wednesday. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (6-7, 4.15) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.34) for the Jays.

Photos of the Day

Jen, whose Twitter account is @keribo1, is the Sox’ #SocialSeries correspondent for our two-game series in San Francisco. She’s been tweeting about all of her exciting experiences in the “City by the Bay.” Here she is with Robin before last night’s big win and taking a selfie in front of the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

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Sox Set Sale in San Francisco

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco (9:15 p.m. CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.14) for the Sox, RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.77) for SF.

Chris is set to make his 19th start of the season, sixth on the road and third during interleague play. He is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA and 39 strikeouts over six road starts this season. Five have been quality.

Sale ranks among the leaders in ERA (2nd), WHIP (2nd, 0.89), opponents average (3rd, .199) and strikeouts (9th, 138).

This will be Sale’s 14th career interleague appearance and sixth start–he is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA. He got credit for the win in his last interleague start on June 18 of this year against these same Giants.

An All-Star Pitcher and a Master Wordsmith

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/word-up-chris-sales-vocabulary-exercise-catching-on?ymd=20140811&content_id=89055552&vkey=news_cws

The Maturation of Jake Petricka

http://trib.in/1pLE7kq  

Robin Williams and the Carlton Fisk Homer

Media reporter extraordinaire and White Sox fan Ed Sherman paid tribute to the late Robin Williams today in the Sherman Report (shermanreport.com). He included a link to Williams’ great scene in “Good Will Hunting” where the actor, in the role of psychotherapist Sean Maguire, described former White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk‘s dramatic homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series to Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon).

I know Fisk was with the “other” Sox at the time, but it’s well worth a look (click on link below). It’s also important to note that Williams won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the film.

On a related note, the Giants will pay tribute to Williams, who lived in the Bay Area and was an avid fan of the team, before and during tonight’s game with the Sox.

http://ow.ly/Af1k4

Sox Notes of Note

Matt Lindstrom will be back in the bullpen tonight after being sidelined on the disabled list  since May 19 with an injured ankle. To make room on the roster Eric Surkamp has been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte…Award winners: Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley has been named the International League’s Player of the Week (August 4-10). He hit .563 with seven runs, three doubles, three homers and 13 RBI. Birmingham’s Chris Bassitt was named the Southern League’s Pitcher of the Week and Winston-Salem’s Tyler Danish received the same honor in the Carolina League.

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Quote of the Day

Paul Konerko on his outstanding career coming to an end (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“I can say this statement: I will be an ex-baseball player next month. It’s the truth. Since the All-Star break, it’s becoming more real. It’s there, you know. You can feel it coming. But like everything, I’m trying to spin it to where it’s not a bad thing.

“It’s part of the life cycle of the player. I’ve been lucky to play for a long time. I’m trying not to look at it as a sad occasion. I hope nobody else is. I’m graduating on to other things and there’s a time for this. Every player has to go through this stuff. I’m lucky because mine came a lot later than most. I feel lucky for that.

“…I’m very lucky that I’m in that situation where people want to do that stuff (being honored) for me. I want to finish it right. And I know that includes having to deal with that kind of stuff.  I see it big picture. But you know me: the daily-basis stuff, I’m a little uncomfortable with it.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at AT&T Park (2:45 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.04) for the Sox, ex-teammate Jake Peavy (0-3, 4.82) for San Francisco.

Photo/Videos of the Day

Enjoy these Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez web gems from the series in Seattle:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35257681

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35234483

See You in September For “The Month of Konerko”

Thursday, August 7, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Mariners at Safeco Field, Seattle (9:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the opener of a four-game series and six-game road trip that concludes with two games in San Francisco next Tuesday and Wednesday. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.36) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (8-9, 4.19) for Seattle.

Sox to Honor Paulie

The White Sox will honor retiring captain Paul Konerko throughout the month of September with tributes and a special promotional calendar for fans for each of the month’s 11 home games.  

The month-long festivities include the creation of “Club Konerko” in Sections 158 and 159 (total of 1,176 seats).  “Club Konerko” includes the blue seat (Section 159, Row 7, Seat 4) where Konerko’s grand slam landed during Game 2 of the 2005 World Series.  Fans who purchase tickets in one of the two designated sections during the month of September will receive an exclusive Paul Konerko-themed collectible to be picked up at the Chicago Sports Depot before the game.

White Sox fans attending games in September also will have the opportunity to receive various Paul Konerko giveaway items in September.  Konerko will be the featured player for the final “Free T-Shirt Monday” giveaway when the White Sox face Oakland on September 8.  On Saturday, September 13 vs. Minnesota, the first 20,000 fans will receive a “Piece of Paulie” baseball card, a special trading card with a piece of a game-worn Paul Konerko uniform, presented by Wintrust Community Banks.  An online overview of the additional giveaways in the month of September, along with ticket information on Club Konerko, is available at whitesox.com/Konerko.

Paul Konerko has played 16 seasons with the White Sox.  The six-time American League All-Star is the White Sox franchise leader in total bases (4,003).  As of August 4, Konerko (432) was 16 homers behind Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas (448) for the franchise record, while ranking third in hits (2,286) and doubles (405).  The 38-year-old has seen 36,438 pitches at the plate throughout his major league career.

Tickets to all White Sox games are available online at whitesox.com, via phone at 866-SOX-GAME and in person at the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office.

All “Club Konerko” giveaways will be given to fans who purchase tickets in Sections 158 and 159, and must be picked up at Chicago Sports Depot before the 3rd inning of the game.  The full list of Paul Konerko giveaways includes:

Monday, September 8 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. – “Free T-Shirt Monday” giveaway featuring Paul Konerko (First 20,000 fans)

Tuesday, September 9 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko PK14 lapel pin

Wednesday, September 10 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. –Club Konerko key ring and Paul Konerko souvenir cup

Thursday, September 11 vs. Oakland at 1:10 p.m. – Club Konerko drawstring bag

Friday, September 12 vs. Minnesota at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko green PK14 golf towel

Saturday, September 13 vs. Minnesota at 6:10 p.m. – Paul Konerko game-worn uniform baseball cards, presented by Wintrust Community Banks (First 20,000 fans)

Sunday, September 14 vs. Minnesota at 1:10 p.m. – Club Konerko Paul Konerko wall cling

Thursday, September 25 vs. Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko commemorative Paul Konerko poster

Friday, September 26 vs. Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. – Club Konerko PK14 baseball cap

Saturday, September 27 vs. Kansas City at 6:10 p.m. – Club Konerko Paul Konerko mask

Sunday, September 28 vs. Kansas City at 1:10 p.m. – Club Konerko Paul Konerko t-shirt

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The Paulie Effect

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/konerko-effect-veteran-blazing-trail-white-sox

Plays of the Day

In absorbing the loss in yesterday’s defeat at the hands of the Rangers. Chris Sale gave up just two runs, three hits and a pair of walks along with nine strikeouts. Now 10-2, Sale has recorded an impressive 2.08 ERA in his two losses this season…Dayan Viciedo connected for his 14th homer, a solo shot (click on link below), and Alexei Ramirez collected a double and two singles to raise his batting average to .292.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35129999

Eaton

Adam Eaton has a bruised back after colliding into the wall in yesterday’s game (click on link below). X-Rays were negative.

http://atmlb.com/X2jx60

ESPN’s Jason Stark: “Do We Talk Enough About Jose Abreu? I Don’t Think We Do”

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/11316089/baseball-august-history-watch

Farm Report

Avi Garcia singled, doubled and scored twice last night in Class AAA Charlotte’s victory over Gwinnett. Garcia is now batting .529 in five games during his rehab assignment…catcher Josh Phegley collected three hits, including a three-run homer, and drove in a season-high six runs in the Knights win. Phegley has been red-hot since appearing in the International League All-Star Game, batting .368 with five homers and 23 RBI in his last 17 games…1B Andy Wilkins hit his league-leading 27th homer and OF Michael Taylor went 3-3 with a pair of RBI…After two relief appearances, No. 1 draft pick Carlos Rodon (pictured below) made his first pro start this afternoon for Class A Winston-Salem against Potomac. He tossed three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three.

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Adam Dunn Makes a Youngster’s Day

http://atmlb.com/1mq57lE

Quote of the Day

Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the plan to honor Konerko in September:

“For our organization and for White Sox fans everywhere, Paul Konerko represents class, hard work and leadership. Paul always has played for the love of the game and the competition.  Honoring him during the final month of his career is only a small gesture of gratitude for a player who will go down as one of the greatest in White Sox history.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Safeco Field (9:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.04) for the Sox, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (9-6, 2.94) for Seattle.

Photos of the Day

Ken Perkins and Stanley the Penguin from the Shedd Aquarium threw out the ceremonial first pitch yesterday at U.S. Cellular. Here’s Eaton and Jake Petricka talking baseball with Stanley and John Danks signing a baseball for the popular penguin.

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

Monday, August 4, 2014

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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.

Jose

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.

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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.

http://atmlb.com/WUZLt5

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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.

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Quotes of the Day

Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson on Abreus routine (via Scott Merkin, mlb.com):

“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.

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Sox Right On “Q” For Another Series Win

Sunday, August 3, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.15) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (9-8, 3.94) for Minnesota.

“Q” is set to make his 23rd start of the season and 10th at home. Seven of his last eight starts have been quality and he is 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 51 Ks during that span.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton doubled three times, singled in a pair of runs and upped his batting average to .306 in last night’s loss to the Twins (click on top link below)…Gordon Beckham singled, doubled and drove in two runs and Alexei Ramirez smashed his 11th homer, a solo shot (click on bottom link below), singled and also drove in two…Jose Abreu walked twice, once intentionally, but his 21-game hitting streak was snapped…Scott Carroll rebounded from a tough start and went seven innings, getting a no decision.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v35043817

http://atmlb.com/1uaJdIs      

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Sox Notes of Note

Per @ckamka, the White Sox are hitting .347/.386/.515 as a team over their last nine games, with 118 hits (13.1 per game)…Eaton has now now hit safely in nine straight games, hitting .488 during that time. He also recorded his fifth consecutive multi-hit game and he’s reached base in 19 games in a row, hitting .444 in that span. And he collected three doubles in a game for the first time in his career and had four hits in a game for the second time this season…Ramirez has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, hitting .333 with three homers and 13 RBI…Alejandro De Aza has registered three consecutive multi-hit games for the first time this season. He’s 6-10 in those games…playing for Class AAA Charlotte on a rehab assignment, Avi Garcia went 3-5 in the Knights’ win over Gwinnett last night and is 5-8 in his first two games…on Friday, Jordan Danks set the all-time Charlotte record for hits (440) with a home run.

Abreu Making an Impact–Off the Field

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-jose-abreu-gives-back-20140802-story.html

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Thome Feted With Statue

I was honored to be in Cleveland yesterday when the Indians unveiled a statue of Jim Thome, who spent 2006-2009 with the Sox and currently serves as a special assistant to GM Rick Hahn. Jim broke in with the Tribe in 1991 and spent 13 of his 22 major-league seasons with them.

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Quotes of the Day

Twins’ skipper Ron Gardenhire on pitching around Abreu (via @scottmerkin):

“Well, we’re thinking about trying to slip in a few more defenders in the outfield.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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.

Photo of the Day

The Big Hurt‘s Hall of Fame plaque took center stage before last night’s game.

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Catch a Tiger by the Tail

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox try to gain some ground in the AL Central in the opener of a three-game series with the division leaders. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.15) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-4, 3.45) for the Tigers.

“Q” will be making his 22nd start of the season and 13th on the road. Six of his last seven starts have been quality and he is 2-0 with a 1.70 ERA, 49 strikeouts and a .188 opponents average during that period. He had a no decision in his last start on July 23 vs. the Royals, allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out three in seven innings. 

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

Tomorrow is Today

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Sox Notes of Note

Over the span of his hitting streak, Jose Abreu has the following slash line: .345/.389/.648 with 11 doubles, 11 home runs and 28 RBI…Tyler Flowers began wearing glasses on July 9. Since then he’s .395/.439/.658 with seven doubles, a homer and seven RBI…Sox starters own a 3.11 ERA since June 23, the third-best mark in the American League and fifth-best in baseball…Class AAA Charlotte first baseman Andy Wilkins has been named the International League Batter of the Week for the second straight time. He is hitting .483 with eight doubles, 12 homers. 30 RBI and 24 runs scored in his last 21 games. Wilkins leads the IL in homers (26), RBI (70), extra-base hits (53), total bases (217) and home run ratio (14.69) and ranks second in slugging percentage (.568)…I was in Cooperstown Sunday and didn’t post Adrian Nieto‘s first major-league homer. He deserves a mention here, so here it is:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34859563

Quote of the Day

During the Legends of the Game Roundtable in Cooperstown yesterday, Frank Thomas was asked who among the Hall of Famers he most enjoyed spending time with over Induction Weekend. He answered without hesitation, “Hank Aaron,” and added that Aaron was Frank Sr.’s favorite player. “My Dad used to say to me, ‘You’re pretty good, but you’re no Hank Aaron.'”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (5-6, 4.37) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (12-3, 3.37) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

One of our special guests in Cooperstown for Induction Weekend was Jeff Torborg, who was the manager of the White Sox when The Big Hurt made his debut.

Baseball fans will remember that Torborg was a fine major league catcher who caught two no-hitters (Nolan Ryan’s first of seven and the one by Bill Singer) and a perfect game (Sandy Koufax). Thanks to diehard Sox fan Jacqueline Buzard, here’s a photo of the catcher’s mitt Torborg used in all three games. It is prominently displayed in the Hall of Fame Museum.

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A Day For The Ages

Sunday, July 27, 2014

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Induction Sunday

Cooperstown, NY — After months of anticipation, the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will begin today at 12:30 p.m., CT, at the Clark Sports Center, which is located just a mile south of the Hall.

During the ceremony, we will hear from our Sox-connected inductees Frank Thomas and Tony LaRussa, pitching greats and former Braves teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and elite managers Bobby Cox and Joe Torre as they are officially are inducted into baseball’s shrine. The newest inductees will be welcomed by 55 of the 66 living Hall of Famers, who have made the trip here to be part of the festivities.

Frank and Tony: The Day Before

The six inductees spoke to the media yesterday in advance of today’s ceremony. Here’s a sampling of comments from Frank and Tony.

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Frank-ly Speaking

On the Hall of Fame experience as a whole:

“It’s really very stressful. A lot goes into it. I’m overjoyed, but the nerves are there. It’s just a different feeling. This is bigger than any ball game that I’ve every played in. Tomorrow will be magical. Just seeing the stage today, the field and thinking about all those people out there, it will really be special.”

On thinking about entering the Hall during his playing days:

“You never think about the Hall of Fame. It’s something you can’t control. As a player you just go out and play ball.”

On his speech:

“I’ve been doing a lot of traveling with my TV work and each night when I get back to my hotel room I add a few lines and add some names. It’ll be from the heart, giving credit to the people who got me here.”

On his hitting style:

“I was a hitter, not just a home run hitter. I was about scoring runs, driving in runs. I knew I had to do something to help the team every night. (Sox hitting coach) Walt Hriniak had a whole lot to do with my approach in my first eight years in Chicago and me being here in Cooperstown. It was all about discipline. You knew you had to work hard every day.”

On his Dad, Frank Sr., who has passed away:

My Dad was my man. He saw something in me and it was push, push, push, all the time–he got me off that couch. Without him I wouldn’t be here. I keep thinking what a big smile he would have if he were still here. He’d be running around with No. 35 on his back, that’s the kind of person he was.”

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The World According to Tony

On the role of a manager:

“I’ve been with coaches in other sports and we talk about how our first responsibility is to create a frame of mind for the players. Once you have their attention you can go from there. I think I had a feel for it, but I got better and better over the years.”

On his time with the Sox, notably 1983 when the club won the AL West by 20 games. It was also the team’s first playoff appearance since the AL pennant-winning year of 1959.

“1983 was a magical year. We had big personalities, great leaders like Bull (Greg Luzinski) and Kooz (Jerry Koosman) and a great coaching staff.”

On Frank:

“He was the type of hitter that you had to take out of the game. He hit for power, average, hit to all fields. He was a marked man.”

On Harold Baines and the Hall of Fame:

“My heart aches for him. If he had only been healthy enough to get 3,000 hits.”

On his managerial career with the Sox, A’s and Cardinals:

“Thirty years and three great places. How lucky I’ve been.”

Yesterday’s Award Presentations

Yesterday afternoon the Hall of Fame Awards presentation took place at Doubleday Field, for years the site of exhibition games between American and National League teams. Author Roger Angell received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Former player and broadcaster Joe Garagiola, who was not in attendance, won the Hall’s Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award and Texas Rangers’ broadcaster Eric Nadel was honored with the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting.

The Parade of Legends

With thousands of fans lining the streets cheering them on, the Hall of Famers rode down Main Street last evening in trucks en route to the Museum. Here’s Frank and his wife Megan waving to the crowd.

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Main Street

Cooperstown’s main drag was again all abuzz yesterday with activity on another bright, sunny day. In addition to the thriving businesses we mentioned yesterday that were teeming with fans, other establishments enjoying the presence of the baseball faithful the past few days are the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, Mickey’s Place (as in Hall of Famer Mantle), Shoeless Joe’s and the Batter’s Up Restaurant. Again, where else can you find these places?

Among the former players signing yesterday were Pete RoseAndre DawsonMaury WillsDenny McLain, Bert Campaneris, Frank Howard, John RockerRyan Klesko and many of the players who signed earlier in the week that we mentioned yesterday.

Among the oddest sights yesterday on Main Street? Somebody I could swear was Babe Ruth and the craziest Harley you ever saw.

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A Hall of a Party

The White Sox hosted a party for Frank and Tony last night at Cooperstown’s Templeton Hall with friends and family celebrating the occasion. The Big Hurt took to the microphone upon his arrival and expressed what an honor it is to be entering the Hall. He also admitted his “knees will be knocking,” but is looking forward to the big day. Tony talked emotionally about his days with the Sox and led the crowd in singing “Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Goodbye.”

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A Sox Fan’s Delight

Museum exhibits I thought you’d like to see.

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And While We’re in Cooperstown…

The Sox won their third straight last night with a 7-0 whitewash of the Twins. We go for the sweep of the four-game series today. Chris Sale was in vintage form. He won his 10th game of the season against a single loss via a brilliant five-hit shutout, which included a dozen strikeouts over eight innings–and he lowered his ERA to a miniscule 1.88…Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run homer, Conor Gillaspie was 3-4 with a double two runs scored, Tyler Flowers singled and doubled and drove in a pair and Adam Eaton had two singles, two RBI and scored a run. Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a ninth-inning single. He has now recorded a hit in 34 of his last 35 games.

Photos of the Day

I guess you could say it was SoxFest East yesterday on Main Street.

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All-Star Sale Takes On Royals

Monday, July 21, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-1, 2.08) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (5-8, 4.56) for KC.

Sale would rank among the American League leaders in virtually every category with the necessary innings pitched. He will be making his 15th start and 10th at home. He is 5-1 with a 1.93 ERA, 83 strikeouts and a .186 average over his last 11 starts. This is his first outing since his one-inning stint in last Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

Left-handed hitters are hitting just .118 against Chris this season, the lowest mark in the major leagues. Furthermore, lefties have connected on just one extra-base hit. That was Robinson Cano‘s double on July 4.

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

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton reached base four times with two singles and a pair of walks, Jose Abreu singled twice and drove in his 74th run and Alexei Ramirez, Adam Dunn, Adrian Nieto and Alejandro De Aza each collected an RBI in yesterday’s loss to Houston…Taylor Thompson, just called up from Class AAA Charlotte, made his major-league debut a successful one. He tossed a scoreless 1.2 innings in relief, giving up just one hit and striking out two.

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The Abreu Report

Jose leads MLB with 29 homers and a .621 slugging percentage, ranks second in total bases (208), is tied for second in RBI (74) and is third in extra-base hits (51).

Wilkins is the International League’s Player of the Week

Charlotte first baseman Andy Wilkins has been named the International League’s Player of the Week for the period of July 14-20. Wilkins hit .647 with seven runs scored, one double, five home runs and eight RBI. He leads the league with 21 homers, total bases (182) and extra-base hits (45) on the season.

Class A Winston-Salem: An Inside Look

Winston-Salem is the White Sox’ High-Class A affiliate. Enjoy this piece, which includes observations from top Sox prospects Courtney Hawkins, Jacob May, Tim Anderson and Tyler Danish.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34676047/?partnerId=as_cws_20140721_28176756

Wild Pitches

A great time was had by all last night at the second annual “Wild Pitches” event, held to raise money for Chicago White Sox Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

One of the Good Guys

The Sun-Times‘ Rick Morrissey writes about long-time Chicago baseball writer Joe Goddard, one of the really good guys in the business.

http://bit.ly/1mwWZ1P

The Sox and Social Media

Thanks to Danny Ecker of Crain’s Chicago Business for this nice piece on our Social Media efforts.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140721/BLOGS04/140729996?template=mobile&X-IgnoreUserAgent=1

The White Sox Participate in the PLAY Campaign

The PLAY campaign made its annual stop at U.S. Cellular Field today as children with intellectual and developmental disabilities participated without segregation or restriction.

Created in 2004 by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) program was formed to raise awareness about children’s health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States. PLAY has conducted over 150 events inside all 30 major-league ballparks, reaching tens of thousands of America’s young people with positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle.

White Sox Head Athletic Trainer Herm Schneider was joined by Assistant Athletic Trainer Brian Ball as they educated youngsters from the Chicago area about the importance of activity and healthy nutrition. Sox pitcher Nate Jones and hitting coach Todd Steverson helped put the group of kids through a series of stations which emphasize a healthy and active lifestyle as well as conducting a discussion about the dangers associated with steroids.

Also teaming up with PLAY and the Sox was Don Hooton Jr. of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, an organization that educates children of all ages about the dangers associated with steroid abuse.

Quote of the Day

Sox fan Evelyn Berg celebrated her 104th birthday at the ballpark yesterday and made sure everyone knew it. God bless her!

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-5, 4.19) for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen (1-2, 6.46) for KC.

Photo of the Day      

A pair of American League All-Star Joses, Abreu and the Astros’ Jose Altuve, demonstrate that major leaguers come in all shapes and sizes.

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Starry, Starry Night

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Today’s News

American League 5, National League 3, in the 85th All-Star Game

Chris Sale pitched the fourth inning for the AL, making his third straight All-Star appearance…Alexei Ramirez entered the game in the fourth as well, replacing Derek Jeter at shortstop in one of the game’s most emotional moments (pictured above). He collected a fifth-inning single in his first at bat and scored on a sac fly for the AL’s fifth run. Prior to the scoring play he also exhibited some alert baserunning by getting back safely to third base when a wild pitch bounced off the backstop and ricocheted back to the catcher. Alexei reached base again on an error in the seventh and stole second base…Jose Abreu took over at first base in the sixth inning, made a fine pickup of a ball in the dirt on his first chance and flied out in the eighth in his only plate appearance.

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The Sox All-Stars pose together before game time–the first Midsummer Classic for both Alexei and Jose.

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Caps and jerseys are ready for action. 

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Chris and his son Rylan enjoy Monday night’s Home Run Derby.

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Jose and Alexei serve as the “corner men” for fellow Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes at the Home Run Derby and they backed the winner as the A’s slugger won the event for the second straight year.

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A “Red Carpet Sale” during yesterday’s All-Star pre-game parade.

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Jose and Alexei enjoy the red carpet and greet the fans during the parade.

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Jose and Alexei during BP.

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The Cuban All-Star contingent: Ramirez, Abreu, Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman of the Reds and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers.

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Abreu celebrates with his victorious AL teammates.

White Sox All-Stars Ready to Shine in Tonight’s Midsummer Classic

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Star-Studded Sox

Our guys–Chris SaleAlexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu–met the media yesterday along with the other American and National League All-Stars in advance of tonight’s Midsummer Classic at Target Field in Minneapolis, which will be televised on FOX beginning at 6:30 p.m., CT.

Abreu on His Parents Attending the All-Star Game…

Listen to Jose talk about the excitement around his parents being in Minneapolis to see him play in the major leagues for the first time (with expert translation by my PR colleague Lou Hernandez).

Video: Jose Abreu on joy of parents seeing him in All Star Game

…And His Parents’ Joy in Their Own Words

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-jose-abreu-and-family-cant-wait-all-star-party

Here they are: Jose’s mom and dad, Jose and Daysi.

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White Sox a Major Player in MLB Cuban Pipeline

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2125637-inside-mlbs-cuban-pipeline-its-high-risk-high-reward?utm_campaign=tsipad&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=teamstream

Quote of the Day

Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer of the Tigers on Abreu, the MLB home-run leader at the break (via Dan Hayes, CSN Chicago):

“He’s a difference-maker. He’s such a quality at-bat. His power is unbelievable. He can take so many different pitches and just take you yard. You obviously respect what he can do. He’s changed the complexion of their lineup and allows some of their other players to do other things as well. When you have a guy like that in your lineup, anchoring it, in a way it’s kind of like what we have in Detroit with Miggy anchoring our lineup. He’s only getting better and unfortunately that’s a detriment to us.”

“Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” Debuts Thursday

Comcast SportsNet Chicago will present a special one-hour documentary, “Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas,” a little more than a week before the Sox legend is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 27. The special will be narrated by media personality and author Richard Roeper and will premiere Thursday at 6:30 p.m., CT, exclusively on CSN Chicago. The special will re-air at 10:00 p.m. the same night.

In addition, CSN Chicago currently has encore showings scheduled for Saturday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m., and on the day of the induction ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

“Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” covers everything from the slugger’s childhood  as a three-sport star in Columbus, Georgia, to his historic, record-breaking career with the White Sox. The documentary will feature exclusive, candid interviews with those who played major roles in his life and career, photos and video including exclusive, behind-the-scenes access of when Thomas received the official phone call telling him he was elected as well as Thomas’ exclusive tour of the Hall of Fame with CSN Chicago’s White Sox Pre/Postgame Live host Chuck Garfien. 

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Photos of All-Stars and Abreu’s parents courtesy of Chuck Garfien.

 

 

 

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