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Sale Looking to Finish the Job vs. Tigers, Scherzer

Thursday, June 12, 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) as the Sox shoot for the sweep of what turned out to be, because of Tuesday’s postponement, a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 2.06) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (7-2, 3.38) for Detroit.

Sale is 2-0 with a 0.72 ERA over his last four starts at USCF.

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

Plays of the Day

On the strength of a seven-run sixth inning against Detroit ace Justin Verlander and his bullpen mates, the Sox tamed the Tigers last night for the second consecutive game, 8-2…Jose Abreu launched his 19th homer and added a pair of singles, Gordon Beckham and Conor Gillaspie each drove in a pair of runs and John Danks gave up just two runs, six hits and two walks while striking out six as he earned his fifth victory of the season.

More Abreu

Jose hit a homer in back-to-back games for the third time this season and second time against both the Tigers and Verlander. Abreu now has joined Wally Berger (20 home runs in 1930) as the only players in baseball history with 19-plus homers in their first 52 career games.

Watch Abreu go deep:

http://atmlb.com/1mJMlp7

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are second in the American League with a .275 batting average with runners in scoring position, including .371 over the last four games…the Sox also are hitting .288 as a club with seven homers and 27 runs scored in their last six games…they have homered in eight of the last nine games…the Sox are 5-0 in their last five games against the AL Central…Our starters own a 3.12 ERA in 20 games since May 20, the Sox bullpen owns a 0.86 ERA over the last eight games and a 1.69 ERA with five saves in the last 12…Danks has a 1.55 ERA over his last four starts, holding his opponents to a .178 average. he has recorded a 2.96 ERA in seven starts at home this season…Adam Eaton tripled last night–accomplishing the feat in back-to-back games for the first time in his career…Alejandro De Aza is hitting .400 during his five-game hitting streak…the Sox have acquired outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo, 28, from the Blue Jays for cash considerations and reports to Class AAA Charlotte. Tuiasosopo has played in 152 major league games with the Mariners and, most recently, the Tigers in 2013.

World Cup Fever in the White Sox Clubhouse

With the World Cup kicking off today in Brazil, a couple of Sox teammates, Brazilian Andre Rienzo and Cuban Alexei Ramirez, have initiated a friendly wager.

If Brazil wins, Ramirez will have to be photographed wearing a Brazilian jersey. If Argentina wins, Rienzo will have to don and be photographed wearing the jersey of his country’s fiercest rival.

“I hope Brazil wins, because if I get a picture of me (with the Argentina jersey) people will kill me,” Rienzo admitted.

Here is Rienzo (with his arms around teammates Javy Guerra and Eaton) and teammates showing off their World Cup pride. Other Sox (from left to right) are: Dayan Viciedo, Jose Quintana, Ramirez and Abreu. (Photo compliments of the Trib’s Colleen Kane).

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Hey Sox Fans, Say Hello to Phil the Chimp

www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/meet-phil-chimp-unofficial-white-sox-mascot-0 

Quote of the Day

Danks talking about the Sox after last night’s game:

“We’ve had a good feeling from the get-go. We’re not looking at the scoreboard or the standings. We’re just trying to win every game we can.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Quintana (3-6, 3.59) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 4.10) for Kansas City.

Photo of the Day

Avi Garcia is 23 today.

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Round 2 of Sox-Tigers Series Postponed Due to Rain

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

The game has been postponed due to rain. Fans should keep their game tickets and parking coupons until a makeup date is determined. This marks the first White Sox postponement of the season.

Plays of the Day

In last night’s 6-5 victory over the Tigers, the first four hitters in the Sox lineup went 9-18 with three doubles, a triple, a homer, four runs scored and six RBI. The foursome also had nine of the Sox’ 11 hits.

Adam Eaton: 2-5, including a triple, an RBI and a run scored

Gordon Beckham: 3-5, including two doubles, a run scored and an RBI

Conor Gillaspie: 2-4, two RBI and a run scored

Jose Abreu: 2-4, a two-run homer and a double

Hector Noesi went 5.2 innings for his second straight win. Scott Downs (0.1 IP), Jake Petricka (1.1), and Zach Putman (0.2) pitched scoreless ball in relief and Ronald Belisario came on in the ninth and earned his sixth save.

Watch Abreu’s homer:  http://atmlb.com/1xAtTaN

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

White Sox starters own an American League-best 3.16 ERA in 19 games since May 20…the Sox bullpen has recorded a 1.69 ERA over its last 12 games.

Minor All-Stars

Outfielder Courtney Hawkins (pictured below, top), the Sox first-round pick in 2012, and shortstop Tim Anderson (pictured below, bottom), our top pick in 2013, will represent Winston-Salem (High A) at the California-Carolina League All-Star Game on June 17 in Wilmington, Del.

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Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the Sox draft:

“We’re thrilled with our draft. Taking Carlos (Rodon) in the first round, we get a high-ceiling, close-to-the-majors potential front-end piece to fit in with this rebuilding plan that we have going on now.

“But behind him, in being able to get Spencer Adams in the second round–a high-ceiling high school kid, who a lot of people thought would be gone in the first round–was a nice follow-up. The kid, (Jace) Fry, we took in the third, was the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year and is a polished left-handed starter who potentially could come quick as well.

“There’s a lot of other guys of note that we were pleased to get, but I think those first three really set a great tone there.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo/Video of the Day

What a catch by Eaton, robbing Victor Martinez in the second inning.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33577251

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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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Sox Looking to End Homestand in the Win Column

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the two-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-1, 11.74) making his first start for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (2-1, 2.45) for Detroit.

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

The Sox scored all of their runs in the third inning last night as we fell to the Tigers in a close one, 4-3…with one out, Marcus Semien singled and scored on Adam Eaton‘s double. Gordon Beckham plated Eaton and with two outs Adam’s Dunn‘s double scored Beckham…Jose Quintana went six innings, allowing three runs while striking out 10 without walking a batter. His K total was one shy of his career high of 11…Jake Petricka pitched a scoreless seventh and while Ron Belisario gave up an unearned run that proved to be the game-winner, he was impressive in two innings of work.

Here are the Eaton, Beckham and Dunn RBI.

http://atmlb.com/1mWcdD2

http://atmlb.com/1mWcFRK

http://atmlb.com/1mWdRot

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Sox Notes of Note

Dunn has hit safely in five straight games and six of his last eight. He has reached base safely in 19 of his last 21 games and is hitting .321 with four doubles, three homers, eight RBI, seven runs and 13 walks in his last 14 games…Alexei Ramirez‘s 39 hits tie Paul Konerko (39, 2002) for the most in the month of April in team history and he has hit safely in 26 of 28 games…Alejandro De Aza, with his triple last night, has now hit safely in six of his last seven games…the Sox are hitting .295 with 63 runs scored over the last 10 games…fashion note: the Sox are wearing the ’83 throwback unis today.

Beckham: “Whether the future is now or later, I think we’re in a great position to do good things”

http://www.suntimes.com/m/27138560-773/optimism-prolific-offense-have-changed-white-sox-dynamic.html

Clubhouse Music

What!?!?

Walking through the Sox clubhouse Tuesday, I stopped in my tracks as the words “Let it go” floated through the air.

Is that Disney? Frozen?

“Gotta do something about that,” a clubhouse guy said, jumping up immediately.  “Audio’s set on the Top 40…”

A really good friend of mine, three-year-old Stella (see photo below) knows all the words to Frozen by heart.

Happy to note that it did not appear that any White Sox were singing along, although I couldn’t find Alexei.

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Quotes of the Day

The Tigers’ Torii Hunter, a perennial White Sox nemesis, on the 2014 Sox:

“These guys look good. They look powerful and scary at the plate.”

Paulie on the current Sox success:

“For me, deciding to come back for one more year, part of the story was this happening.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (2-1, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (0-3, 6.04) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Eaton on @Snapchat #Cellfies

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Rienzo Takes on Tigers in Motown

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Today’s News 

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00), making his first start of the season, for the Sox vs. LHP Drew Smyly (1-1, 4.00) for Detroit.

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

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo went 4-4 and tied a career high with the four hits in last night’s Sox 8-6 loss to the Tigers, a game in which we rallied and had the tying run at the plate in the ninth in the person of Alexei RamirezJose Abreu went 2-3 with his sixth home run and 19th RBI…Ramirez singled twice and drove in a run…During the ninth inning rally, Paul Konerko collected an RBI single and Adam Dunn connected for a two-run homer, his fourth of the year.

Here’s Jose’s solo blast:

http://atmlb.com/1hmorNb

Sox Notes of Note

Viciedo and Ramirez rank 1-2 in batting average among all American League hitters. Dayan (.361) is hitting .429 in his last nine games and Alexei (.357) has hit safely in 20 of 21 games this season…Fellow Cuban Abreu is tied for second in the AL in both home runs and RBI and ranks third in slugging percentage (.580)–but that’s not all. Here are a few of his other accomplishments: Jose is the first player in Sox history to hit six homers in his first 21 games. His 14 RBI through 10 games were the most by a White Sox player since rookie Ron Kittle had 14 in 1983. Abreu is only the third player in major-league history with two multi-homer games and he’s the first rookie in franchise history with two four-plus RBI games within his first eight major-league contests. Additionally, Jose is the first major-league player with a two intentional-walk game (April 2) within his first two major league games since 1955.

The Sodfather’s Turf Clinic

http://atmlb.com/1hpAFok

Coop

In case you missed it…

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/69599862/chicago-white-sox-pitching-coach-don-cooper-is-one-of-the-best-in-the-business

Quote of the Day

Detroit ace Justin Verlander on facing Abreu for the first time:

“I was pretty impressed with him. Not many guys go to dead center here. I made a mistake and he made me pay.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 3.75) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (1-1, 2.33).

Photo of the Day

Tank is carrying a hot bat. So hot that he’s leading the league in hitting.

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There’s a Sale at Comerica Park

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-13, 3.08) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (13-8, 4.45) for Detroit. Chris is 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA in four starts against the Tigers in 2013. He is also one strikeout away from tying Gary Peters’ franchise record for a lefthanded pitcher (215), set in 1967.

Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia, CF; Semien, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Jor. Danks, LF; Keppinger, DH; Beckham, 2B; Anderson, C.

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All My Children

Avisail Garcia was back in the lineup last night after being away for the birth of his first child, daughter Anarella. While Garcia rejoined the Sox, it’s now Dayan Viciedo’s turn as the Sox outfielder returned to be with his wife who gave birth to the couple’s second child, a daughter named Dayana. 

Another Honor for the Chairman

http://www.socialifechicago.com/2013/09/20/jerry-reinsdorf-pauline-palmer-award/

Play of the Day

Welcome back…Avi hit his fifth home run of the season, a two-run blast, and a run-scoring triple in last night’s loss to the Tigers.

Quote of the Day

Robin, who went through the experience of becoming a father when he was a player, talked about what Garcia is going through. And it certainly applies to Viciedo as well.

“For me, my wife was great as far as letting me get a little rest. The adrenaline and the excitement (Avi) has is going to overtake the fatigue he probably has from what he has been through the last few days.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and the last time the Sox face the Tigers this season. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-2, 2.87) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (14-7, 2.51) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Conor Gillaspie, who tripled last night with an RBI and run scored, is batting .349 in his last 21 games? Among American League rookies he’s second in games (127), third in hits (97), tied for third in home runs (12), tied for third in runs scored (41) and sixth in RBI (36).

Photo/Video of the Day

Avi’s fourth-inning shot.

http://atmlb.com/1f1a9qf

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Another Series Victory Over the Tigers is Within Our Grasp

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-6, 3.70) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (13-7, 2.61) for Detroit. The Sox took two of three from the Tigers the last time they met–August 12-14 at U.S. Cellular.

Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia, 2B; Jor. Danks, RF; Ramirez, SS; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; A. Garcia, CF; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C; Semien, 3B.

From the Archives: White Sox Remember September 11, 2001

A story by mlb.com‘s Scott Merkin, written on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 two years ago:

http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110904&content_id=24198526&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Barons vs. BayBears

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, square off tonight against the defending champion Mobile BayBears (a Diamondbacks farm club) in Game 1 of the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, AL.

The World According to Hawk

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=30490193

Vote for Hector

Hector Santiago is the White Sox nominee for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, honoring on and off-field achievements. Cast your vote here:  http://atmlb.com/1aCJfTM

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Play(s) of the Day

While Conor Gillaspie had a rough game defensively with a trio of errors, he also singled, doubled and drove in our lone run last night in the loss to the Tigers…Paulie, who collected a hit and two RBI on Monday night, had a pair of singles.

Quote(s) of the Day

–@SoxNerd: 

Good morning . @whitesox fans! On this day, maybe more than others, I am grateful to b a sox fan in the United States of America!

–As a former All-Star third baseman, Robin understands–certainly more than most–that nights like Conor had last night are going to happen to the best of players. It even happened to Ventura, a Gold Glove winner:

“I’ve had nights that were just like it. It’s a rough one to take on, but I know he’s going to come back–the effort and competitiveness, all that stuff, is going to be there. It’s one thing if he doesn’t care, but I know he cares a lot. Not easy…but everybody has a night like that.”

 –Pitching coach Don Cooper on Chris Sale (via Colleen Kane in today’s Trib):

“He’s certainly a Cy Young candidate for me. That’s how I feel about him going out there every five days. I was thinking on my way to work, I can’t wait for five days for him to run out there again because he’s good and I enjoy watching him. That’s one of the reasons I was back yesterday (from a brief absence due to illness) because I wasn’t going to miss that one.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (4-12, 4.45) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (8-5, 3.54) for the Tribe.

Did You Know…

…that Gillaspie is batting .571 with three doubles, a homer, two RBI and four runs scored over his five-game hitting streak?

Photo of the Day

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Sox Go for Third Straight Win Tonight; GM Hahn Talks Past, Present and Future

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 4.50) making his second career start and first at home for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (11-8, 4.76) for Detroit.

Sox Starting LIneup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, RF; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.

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The State of Our Sox

As the Sox returned to Chicago, General Manager Rick Hahn spoke to the media before last night’s game about a variety of subjects:

Reflecting on the season that has been and looking towards the remainder of the year…

Rick: I’m not spending a lot of time thinking about what could have been.  Our focus is more on getting the most out of the next 20 games and seeing some of the young guys contribute.  We’d like to see them demonstrate what they are capable of doing and then hit the ground running in the offseason.  

On what he is looking for and expecting from the young players as the season comes to an end…

RickWe want to see how they compete, prepare and go about their business.  Even how they fare against adversity, because sometimes you learn even more about a person’s makeup when they struggle.  This last road trip and the remainder of the schedule has had some meaningful games for our opponents (playoff contenders) and by playing our young guys in these games against good competition we hope to see them prepare themselves to play in meaningful games for us in the not too distant future.  

On being competitive…

RickThe Boston Red Sox are the most recent example of a team and model of going from worst to first in the standings.  The core of pitching we have along with some of our young players give us what we believe will be one of those shorter paths to getting back to the competitiveness we expect and where we want to be in the standings.

On the futures of Robin Ventura and Paul Konerko…

Rick: Robin is already signed for next year so there’s really nothing to discuss along those lines.  With Konerko, we’ve said this since Spring Training that similar to the last two times where he’s entered the final year of his contract, we will sit down together after the season ends, (when) he knows what he wants to do and we will have a conversation, in private, about the future and how everyone fits.  

On the development of the farm system this season…

RickWe are real pleased with the young pitching.  Erik Johnson, (Jake) Petricka and (Daniel) Webb have had nice seasons.  Marcus Semien had a real good year.  Micah Johnson led the minor leagues in stolen bases, so he’s another player that had a good year.  We entered the season knowing we had a fair amount of outfield depth and good pitching depth as well.  We’ve seen some of those pitchers take the next step which we had hoped, however maybe not the outfielders as much as some infielders, who have stepped forward this year.    

On what has set the 2013 White Sox backward and what needs to improve in 2014…

RickUnfortunately, we have a number of areas that we need to upgrade.  Being at the bottom of the league in runs scored, obviously the offense is something at the top of the list.  Also how we performed defensively and on the base paths have been well below our expectations and well below acceptable.  We have a fair amount of work to do and we realize that.  With the way the season has gone we’ve given ourselves some extra time to prepare for what we want to do.  We were able to take care of some of that at the trade deadline and hopefully come October and November we can continue on that path.  Free agency, trades and the farm system are all parts of that.

On the way he views the farm system in regards to how Kenny Williams may have…

Rick: The farm system has two major purposes: One, providing impact talent for Chicago and two, providing trade assets to acquire impact players for Chicago.  I don’t think that’s any different than any other general manager views their farm system.    

On the experience of this season as a whole…

RickI’m no different from any fan or anybody in the front office or locker room that has suffered through a season that has been gut-wrenching.  It has been very difficult.  I try to look at in perspective that what we have in front of us now is a tremendous opportunity.  We have a chance to address some of the issues we have and, frankly, we’re at an advantage in pitching as well as a bit of a blank slate in a lot of the areas we need to get better in.  I view it as a trying season but it also as an opportunity to get better in the near future.    

Assessing the catcher situation this season…

RickTyler’s (Flowers) surgery was about as minor as we expected.  It will take about 2-3 months to recover but it shouldn’t be a long-term issue for Tyler.  With any young catcher or any young player you are going to have ups and downs.  I would say with Tyler we probably haven’t seen enough to make a final determination if this is the type of player he is.  The injury probably factored in with some of his performance as the pain, which was manageable early, became greater late in the season before we shut him down.   Obviously, we haven’t hit as well and gotten the offensive production out of catcher that we’ve anticipated.  Josh (Phegley) or Tyler haven’t really approached their ceiling in terms of what we think they are capable of offensively.  The two of them, along with (Hector) Gimenez when he was here, deserve a fair amount of credit for how the pitching staff has preformed.  That’s a large part of the job that tends to get overlooked especially when a catcher isn’t hitting.  We are certainly pleased with the preparation and game planning.  That aspect has been solid, but there’s certainly room for improvement.  

Speaking of the Future, the 2014 Sox Schedule was Announced Today

We announced our 2014 regular-season schedule today, with Opening Day on Monday, March 31 vs. Minnesota at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT).  The opener is part of a three-game series (with an off day on April 1) against the division-rival Twins.  The club opens the season at home for the second consecutive season and seventh time in the last 10 years.

Here’s the entire ’14 schedule (it’s still subject to change):

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=cws#y=2014&m=3&calendar=DEFAULT

Barons Head to Southern League Championship Series

The Birmingham Barons, the White Sox Class AA affiliate, defeated the Tennessee Smokies, a Cubs affiliate, last night in the decisive Game 5 of the Southern League North Division playoffs. The Barons are now on their way to the league’s championship series against the Mobile BayBears, a Diamondbacks farm club. The best-of-five series begins tomorrow night at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile.

In last night’s Barons’ triumph, 2B Micah Johnson, 3B Cody Puckett, DH Brandon Jacobs and C Mike Blanke each collected a hit and RBI. SS Tyler Saladino had a pair of singles and CF Jared Mitchell doubled and scored twice. Nestor Molina got credit for the win and Cody Winiarski got the save.

Sox Broadcasters and the Ford C. Frick Award

White Sox broadcasters Hawk Harrelson, Steve Stone, Ed Farmer, Darrin Jackson and Hector Molina are all candidates for the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award. The five Sox announcers will be considered as part of the new “High Tide Era,” which will reflect broadcasting contributions made during the regional cable network era from 1980-present.

Play of the Day

The Sox chalked up their second win in a row last night and prevented Detroit starter Max Scherzer from winning his 20th game. Chris Sale was magnificent, shutting down the Tigers, 5-1, allowing the lone run on four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in eight innings of work…Conor Gillaspie had a pair of doubles, Dayan Viciedo collected two singles and an RBI, Paul Konerko drove in a pair with a base hit and Josh Phegley singled in a run. 

Quote of the Day

@SouthSideSox on last night’s win:

“Enjoyable game. Probably one of the best this year.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-6, 3.70) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (13-7, 2.61) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

that with his eight strikeouts last night, increasing his season total to 207, Chris became the fastest pitcher in franchise history to 200 strikeouts in a season, joining Wilbur Wood and Gary Peters as the only lefties in Sox annals to record at least 200 strikeouts in a single-season? 

Photo of the Day

Sale: As good as it gets.

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Homecoming

Monday, September 9, 2013 

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 three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: In a matchup of All-Stars, it will be LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.97) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (19-2, 2.88) for Detroit. Sale and Scherzer rank in the Top 5 in the American League in ERA, strikeouts, opponents average, quality starts and strikeouts/9.0 innings.

Chris is 4-1 with a 3.15 ERA and 44 strikeouts over his last six starts. He is also 15-8 with a 2.43 ERA and 196 strikeouts at home since 2012. The ERA is the lowest home mark in the A.L. during that time period. And Sale is tied for first in the A.L. with a .199 opponents average at home and fifth with a 2.55 ERA this season.

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

Home Cooking

White Sox pitchers rank among the A.L. home leaders in opponents average (3rd, .242) and ERA (4th, 3.66). Sox starters have a 3.50 home ERA and have limited opponents to a .232 average.

Play(s) of the Day

The Sox ended their difficult 10-game road trip in winning fashion yesterday with the 4-2 victory over the Orioles…Adam Dunn gave us a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning with a mammoth two-run homer, his 31st of the season and 437th of his career. It ties him with Jason Giambi for 40th all-time…Continuing his hot hitting, Dayan Viciedo singled, doubled and drove in a run, Alexei Ramirez and Conor Gillaspie each had a pair of hits and a run scored and Alejandro De Aza drove in a run with a single…Starter Andre Rienzo captured his second win of the season with a strong 6.2 innings pitched, allowing just one run, four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Matt Lindstrom (0.1), Donnie Veal (0.1) and Nate Jones (0.2) pitched scoreless relief before Addison Reed survived a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth to record his 37th save.

The Dunn homer (rumor has it that it’s still traveling): http://atmlb.com/1auM2y2

Quote of the Day

Robin being philosophical about the Sox losing streak, broken yesterday with the win:

“There is never a point where you feel good about it or accept it. So they hurt. Whenever you lose late it hurts worse, but there’s always another game the next day. So you have to put it behind you and be able to go and have effort and optimism and all that kind of stuff to play today. That’s what makes baseball hard. It’s every day, and it can be gut wrenching and hurt and all that stuff, but you have to put it behind you and play today.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 4.50) making his second career start for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (11-8, 4.76) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Avi Garcia is out of the lineup for the second day in a row with a “tooth” issue? He had two teeth extracted today and it’s possible he’ll be back tomorrow.

Sox Note of Note

The Birmingham Barons, the Sox Class AA affiliate, and the Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs affiliate, with two wins apiece in the best-of-five Southern League North Division playoffs, play for the title tonight in Tennessee. The Smokies evened the series yesterday with a 10-7 victory. Despite the defeat, the Barons had some outstanding offensive performances. Centerfielder Jared Mitchell went 2-4 with a two-run homer, second baseman Micah Johnson went 2-3 with a double and a run scored and shortstop Tyler Saladino went 2-4 and scored a run.

The Barons are looking to go to the league championship game for the first time since 2002.

Photo of the Day

Andre getting well-deserved congratulations from his teammates after his solid performance.

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Sox Look to Head Home on a Winning Note

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (12:35 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and 10-game road trip. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (1-1, 5.03) for the Sox, RHP Bud Norris (4-1, 4.28) for the O’s.

Sox Starting Lineup:
De Aza, CF; L. Garcia, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH, Keppinger,1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Danks, RF; Anderson, C.

Barons Still Hold Lead in Playoff Series
The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, dropped Game 3 of their best-of-five Southern League North Division playoff series to the host Tennessee Smokies (Cubs affiliate) last night, 9-2, and now lead two games to one. Game 4 is this afternoon with highly-regarded LHP Scott Snodgress on the mound for the Barons as they attempt to close out the series.
Barons shortstop Tyler Saladino doubled, tripled and scored twice, second baseman Micah Johnson drove in Saladino on both occasions and third baseman Cody Puckett went 3-4.

Play(s) of the Day
Conor Gillaspie hit a pinch-hit solo homer, his 12th of the season, in the top of the 10th that gave the Sox a temporary lead in the heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Baltimore yesterday afternoon…Dayan Viciedo went 2-3 with a double and his 12th homer, a solo blast over the centerfield fence…Paulie singled, doubled and drove in a run…The quartet of Jake Petricka (1.0 IP), Matt Lindstrom (1.0), David Purcey (0.1) and Nate Jones (1.2) pitched four innings of scoreless baseball in relief of Hector Santiago, who gave up two runs and seven hits in five innings.

Quote of the Day
Robin on his hands-off approach to advising the recent September call-ups:

“This is what they’re dreaming to do, so once they get to this point, you just let them play. I don’t want them having that (special advice) in the back of their mind when they’re trying to go out there and play, so you just let them play and let their ability take over.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: In a matchup of All-Stars, it will be LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.97) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (19-2, 2.88) for Detroit.

Did You Know…
…that Viciedo is batting .370 over his last 13 games and is batting .318 with seven doubles, a triple, four homers and 17 RBI over his last 32 contests?

Photo of the Day
Tank goes yard.
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