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A Sweep is in our Sights

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Today’s News

 

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (8-6, 3.99) for the Sox, RHP Jarred Cosart (9-6, 4.17) for Houston.

Danks is set to make his 20th start of the season and 10th at home. He is 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA over his last 10 starts and 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA wth 20 Ks over his last four. John is 4-2 with a 2.72 ERA over his nine starts at home in 2014. In his last outing, against Cleveland on July 13, Danks earned a no-decision. He went seven strong innings, allowing just one run, seven hits and two walks while striking out four.

 

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

 

Plays of the Day

Tyler Flowers went 3-3 with a pair of singles and a double and drove in two runs–including the go-ahead tally in the fifth inning–in the Sox’ 4-3 win over the Astros, our second straight one-run triumph vs. Houston…Alejandro De Aza singled and tripled with two runs scored, Conor Gillaspie added an RBI with a base hit and Adam Eaton collected three singles…Hector Noesi had a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings of work for his fourth win and was picked up nicely by the pen…Ronald Belisario pitched two scoreless innings, Jake Petricka got the first two outs in the ninth and Zach Putnam closed the door, getting the final out for his third save and second in as many nights.

Here is Flowers’ eventual game-winning RBI:

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Sox Notes of Note

The Sox are 5-1 in their last six games at home…Jose Abreu has hit safely in 28 of his last 29 games (.348) and last night extended his hitting streak to 10 games (.400)…Flowers is 6-9 with three RBI over his last three games…Eaton now owns a six-game hitting streak (.400) and last night recorded his sixth three-hit game of the season…Gillaspie is hitting .423 with four doubles, three homers, six RBI and eight runs scored over the last eight games.

 

Roster Moves

Following last night’s game the Sox optioned infielder Carlos Sanchez to Class AAA Charlotte. Prior to today’s game, we filled the roster spot by purchasing the contract of RHP Taylor Thompson from the Knights. Thompson is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA with six saves, 53 strikeouts and a .214 opponents average over 31 relief appearances with Charlotte this season. He will be making his big-league debut.

 

The Big Hurt’s Mom Proudly Heading to Cooperstown

With Frank Thomas‘ Hall of Fame induction a week from today, enjoy this piece about Frank, his mom and other family members.

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/07/17/3205151/frank-thomas-family-looks-forward.html

 

A Hero’s Return

Geoff Blum‘s home run in the 14th inning of Game 3 in the 2005 World Series, which gave the White Sox a victory in the longest World Series game ever played, certainly ranks among the most memorable moments in club history and is even memorialized on the “Championship Moments” monument outside of the ballpark. Geoff returned to Chicago this weekend as a member of the Houston TV announcing team. He talks about that moment in ’05 and what it has meant to him.

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Quote of the Day

Robin on why he chose Putnam to close out last night’s game:

“I like Put’s swing-and-missability with some lefties and that’s the reason.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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.

 

Photo of the Day

Saving Grace: Two straight saves for Putnam.

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A Happy Return 

Sunday, July 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (3-6, 4.56) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (9-5, 3.20) for Houston.

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

 

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo tied it up at 2-2 with a two-run homer in the sixth inning (click on top link below) and Tyler Flowers doubled in the eventual game-winner in the seventh (click on bottom link) as the Sox came away with a 3-2 victory last night in our first game back from the All-Star break…starter Jose Quintana tossed five innings, allowing just the two runs on three hits and a pair of walks with eight strikeouts…the bullpen held up well as Daniel Webb (2.0), Ronald Belisaro (1.0) and Zach Putnam (1.0) closed it out with four scoreless innings. Putnam put the Astros down 1-2-3 with two Ks in the ninth for his second save and the four Sox hurlers retired the final 22 Houston batters.

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Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are 10-7 in their last 17 games…the Sox have hit 21 homers over the last 17 and homered in 13 of those games. We are 38-21 when hitting at least one home run this season…the Sox are 25-13 at home vs. the American League West since 2012…our starters own a 2.13 ERA, 68 Ks and a .187 opponents average over the last 11 games while the bullpen owns a 2.43 ERA over its last nine games at home…Jose Abreu is hitting .429 with four doubles, two homers and four RBI during his current nine-game hitting streak. He’s hit safely in 27 of his last 28 games overall. Entering today’s action, Jose was the major-league leader in both homers (29) and slugging percentage (.631) as well…Alejandro De Aza is hitting .346 since June 4. He’s a career .383 hitter vs. Houston…Adam Eaton has hit in five straight games and has reached base safely in 32 of his last 35 contests including 20 in a row from June 3-25. He leads the team and is tied for second in the AL with seven triples.

 

Quote of the Day

Robin on the Sox starting play after the All-Star break:

“Players feel refreshed and energized. You are looking for good things to happen.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (8-6, 3.99) for the Sox, RHP Jarred Cosart (9-6, 4.17) for Houston.

 

Photo of the Day

Everybody loves Paulie.

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

Friday, June 20, 2014 

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 Today’s News

 Tonight’s Game

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

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

 

Aces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

More on James Davison

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

 

Plays of the Day

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

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Sale Punks Carroll

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

 

“Wild Pitches”

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

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

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

 

Quote of the Day 

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

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

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

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

 

Photo of the Day

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

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Rienzo Looks to be “Andre the Giant” in Matchup With Tanaka

Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10, CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Having won the first two games and lost yesterday’s extra-inning affair, the Sox need a win to take the series from the Bronx Bombers and also are looking to clinch their third straight home series win. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-0, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-1, 2.39) for New York.

Rienzo earned the win in his last start at Kansas City, giving up just two runs on five hits over six innings pitched. He walked a pair and struck out a career-high eight. The White Sox are 6-0 in 2014 in Rienzo’s starts. The Sox streak of six team wins behind Andre is tied for the longest such streak in baseball this season.

 

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

John Danks was masterful in yesterday’s heartbreaking defeat. In eight innings of work, he didn’t allow a run, gave up only three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four…Dayan ViciedoAdam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez drove in the Sox runs and Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham collected three hits apiece. With his performance yesterday and three hits Friday night, Adam raised his BA to .292. Gordon is right behind him at .291.

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More Eaton and Beckham

Eaton is 8-14 (.571) in the Yankee series and 11-32 (.344) in the six games since returning from the disabled list. Beckham is hitting .417 over his six-game hitting streak and is batting .390 in his last 10 games and .350 in his last 19. He’s hitting .482 against left-handed pitchers.

 

For Starters

White Sox starters own a 2.18 ERA with 29 strikeouts and a .177 average in the last six games.

 

Sox Note of Note

RHP Frank Francisco has declined an outright assignment to Class AAA Charlotte and declared for free agency…C Hector Gimenez, who was playing in Charlotte, has been traded to the Blue Jays.

 

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura talks about Tyler Flowers improvement this season. The Sox catcher is batting .312 with an on-base percentage of .371.

“Flow has been a big part of us being where we’re at. He’s taking the ball the other way, he’s balanced, strikeouts are down. He’s hit a couple of big homers for us. He’s had a nice little stretch here while playing a very demanding position. He’s in a nice spot.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in a Memorial Day matinee. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-4, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (3-2, 2.91) for the Tribe.

 

Photo of the Day

Eaton and Beckham: Energy and production at the top of the Sox lineup:

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Alexei, Sox Roll into Texas 

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that concludes with four in Detroit. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 7.98) for the Sox, LHP Martin Perez (2-0, 2.70) for Texas.

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

High-Powered Offense

The Sox rank among the American League leaders in average (2nd, .267), OPS (2nd, .338), home runs (2nd, 20), runs per game (3rd, 5.44) and slugging percentage (3rd, .423).

Hotter Than Hot

Alexei Ramirez‘s hitting streak from the start of the season reached 16 last night and it is now the longest in Sox history (he’s pictured above with the record-breaking ball). He surpassed Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, who had a 15-game streak at the start of the 1996 season. Alexei leads the American League in average (.381) and hits (24) and ranks among the leaders in multi-hit games (T1st, 8), OPS (2nd, 1.061), slugging percentage (3rd, .635), RBI (T3rd, 14), on-base percentage (5th, .426), stolen bases (T8th, 3) and doubles (T10th, 4).

Here’s Alexei’s record-breaking base hit:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8879206/v32168165/?c_id=cws

Sale in the K Zone

Chris Sale was outstanding last night, allowing just one hit–a homer–and had a season-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings while throwing a career-high 127 pitches in the 3-1 loss to Boston. It gives Chris 11 double-digit career strikeout efforts and ties him with Billy Pierce for fifth most in franchise history. Sale has held left-handed batters hitless this season (0-20) and has limited left-handers to a .173 average in two-plus seasons as a starting pitcher. He has struck out 446 batters through his first 63 starts, which is the most in club history and third-most among active players behind only Yu Darvish (513) and Tim Lincecum (461).

Other Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers, with two hits last night, has hit safely in nine of his 13 games and has four multi-hit efforts. He’s hitting .395 overall and .667 against left-handed pitchers so far this season…Adam Eaton drove in the only Sox run last night with an infield hit and robbed David Ortiz of a home run with a spectacular catch. Here it is:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32160213/?partnerId=social_20140418_22183774

Quote of the Day

Eaton commenting after last night’s game:

“We’ll continue in Texas and we’ll continue to do the same thing we do. That’s compete on every pitch and put our best foot forward.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (7:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.37) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (0-1, 5.06) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

Flowers blooming.

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Sale, Sox Look for Sunday Success

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 3.68) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (0-0, 4.26) for K.C. Sale pitched 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts for the win on Opening Day.

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

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie collected two hits and an RBI, Adam Eaton singled and drove in a run and another run scored on a Paul Konerko sac fly as the Sox comeback fell just short in yesterday’s 4-3 loss to the Royals…Usually a slow starter, Alexei Ramirez‘s two hits elevated his season batting average to .444…John Danks, in his first start of the season, went seven solid innings, allowing three runs, five hits and four walks while striking out six. He wound up at 115 pitches…Adrian Nieto was impressive behind the plate as he threw out Jarrod Dyson at second in the eighth inning despite the Royal speedster’s big jump off of first.

Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers has been on base eight straight times–with seven consecutive hits and in his last at-bat reached base on an error…Konerko needs four total bases to tie Frank Thomas for the franchise record of 3,949…All five of the White Sox games this season have been decided by two runs or less…Twenty of the last 27 games between the Sox and Royals, dating back to 2012, also have been decided by two runs or less…Class AA Birmingham 2B Micah Johnson went 2-4 with a walk, stolen base and two runs scored in last night’s game vs. Montgomery. Johnson, the Sox’ No. 6 prospect as ranked by Baseball America, led the minor leagues with 84 stolen bases in 2013.

Quote of the Day

Danks, remaining positive despite yesterday’s Sox loss:

“It’s going to be a fun summer. We are going to play hard, and this team has a lot of fight. The ball is going to bounce our way.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Coors Field in Denver (7:40 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Felipe Paulino (0-0, 1.69) for the Sox, RHP Jordan Lyles (1-0, 7.20) for Colorado.

Photo of the Day

The Sox, with four Cuban-born starters in yesterday’s game (Nieto, Ramirez, Jose Abreu and Dayan Viciedo), became the first team to start that many Cuban natives in the same lineup since Cleveland did it on April 8, 1969 (Opening Day) at Detroit. The Indians started CF Jose Cardenal, C Joe Azcue, SS Zoilo Versalles and RHP Luis Tiant. Here are the Cuban-born Sox posing together before today’s game.

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After a Superb Spring, John Danks Makes his First 2014 Start

Saturday, April 5, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen for K.C.  Danks sports a 6-0 lifetime record with a 2.47 ERA in 13 starts against the Royals. He is 4-0 with a 1.65 ERA in eight starts at Kauffman Stadium.

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

Plays of the Day

After going 4-4 on Thursday, Tyler Flowers singled twice and doubled yesterday–extending his consecutive hit streak to seven in the Sox’s 7-5 loss to the Royals. The streak ended in the eighth inning when he reached on an error, making it eight straight times he’s been on base. He’s now hitting an impressive .571. ..Magglio Ordonez (2001) is the Sox last player to reach seven hits in a row and no catcher in franchise history had ever done it before. For the record, the White Sox consecutive hit record is 10, shared by Frank Thomas (1997), Rip Radcliff (1938) and Harry McCurdy (1926)…Adam Eaton collected a pair of singles yesterday and drove in two…Jose Abreu and Conor Gillaspie each had sac fly RBIs and Avi Garcia drove in a run on an infield groundout.

Sox Notes of Note

Paul Konerko is making his first start of the young season, Adrian Nieto will be in a major-league starting lineup for the first time in his career and Dayan Viciedo will be starting for the first time in 2014…if you’re on the fence in terms of your rooting interest in the Final Four, you might want to go with Wisconsin. Badgers’ star Frank Kaminsky is a Sox fan through and through. And while I’m at it, best of luck to two huge Badger fans, Sox Senior Executive Vice President Howard Pizer and Director of Media Relations Bob Beghtol. On Wisconsin!…there’s no question that our players simply love these fleece blankets that will be given out to the first 20,000 fans on Saturday, April 12, before the afternoon game with the Indians.

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Quotes of the Day

Robin on the “fight” in this year’s team through the first four games. For instance, yesterday, when the Sox got down 3-1 and 7-2 and kept on battling:

“You have an offense that feels like they can come back. You are one hit away or that one inning way. Guys are still getting on base and they are still battling. You like that kind of effort.’’

Twins’ manager Ron Gardenhire commenting on Abreu, after watching the new Sox first baseman in the season-opening series:

“I’m glad I won’t see him for a while. The kid can really hit. We knew that coming in. We heard he was a really strong young man, and that’s why we were pitching around him. No disrespect to Mr. Dunn. The way the guy’s getting the barrel to the ball, you just try to limit the damage when he comes up in a lot of situations because he seems like he’s on. He hits pretty much everything. Even when he makes an out, he seems like he gets the barrel to it. He’s a strong young man. Looks like he really knows what he’s doing hitting.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 3.68) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (0-0, 4.26) for K.C. Sale pitched 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts for the win on Opening Day.

Photo of the Day

There’s hot and then there’s HOT. Tyler has been HOT.

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Today’s Menu: White Sox Baseball, Food and Weather

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Scottsdale…

White Sox   3  7  1

Giants         4  9  1

Plays of the Day

Tyler Flowers had two singles and an RBI while Alejandro De Aza and Leury Garcia both singled in runs with Garcia’s being the bunt variety…on the pitching side, Felipe Paulino gave up a pair of runs on five hits in 3.2 IP, but struck out five and Jake Petricka (1.1), Maikel Cleto (1.0), Daniel Webb (1.0) and Zach Putnam (1.0) pitched scoreless ball.

The Cuban Way

Apparently, that’s how they do it in Cuba.

Following an eighth-inning strikeout, catcher Hector Gimenez stepped out to throw to first base (the ball had hit the ground) for the out.

He fired it down to Jose Abreu at first. After recording the out, Abreu fired it right back at Gimenez, who was about 60 feet away and not really expecting it.

As the crowd let out a gasp, the throw sailed past Gimenez and up against the Sox dugout screen.

So apparently, in Cuba, you throw the ball around the infield a little differently after a strikeout.

Sox Notes of Note

Prior to today’s game with San Francisco, the White Sox made the following eight roster moves:

Optioned LHP Charlie Leesman to Class AAA Charlotte and OF Jared Mitchell and OF Trayce 

Thompson to Class AA Birmingham; Reassigned C Miguel Gonzalez, RHP Deunte Heath, RHP 

Omar Poveda, LHP Scott Snodgress and OF Keenyn Walker to minor-league camp. With the 

moves, the White Sox have 47 players remaining in major-league camp: 23 pitchers, four catchers, 

14 infielders and six outfielders…the Sox will televise 10 of their final 14 Cactus League games beginning with Friday’s contest vs. the Indians on Comcast SportsNet at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). 

The Chicken Parmesan: “Solid, If Not Spectacular”

People think that spring training is great, and for the most part they are absolutely right–until about 6 pm each night. That’s when you need to figure out what you are doing with your evening.

I golf, which fills some early evenings, although once games start these opportunities are few and far between.

I don’t really do the bar scene, but like most people I do like to eat. And thanks to my kids and the Food Network, I have garnered quite a reputation for trying places to eat.

“Forget baseball, you should write a food blog,” a certain Executive Vice President said to me recently. (Note: that’s not the first time someone has suggested a different line of work to me, sometimes not as kindly).

So, for fun, and to break the monotony, here’s a review of last night’s dinner with Roger Bossard, the greatest groundskeeper in the world.

After 15 holes of golf at the Wigwam (we never get 18 in due to impending darkness), we headed to a little Italian place at the corner of Litchfield Road and Indian School called Bella Luna.

Nice atmosphere, with as much outside seating as inside, it is your classic New York Italian restaurant.

Roger is in a rut. Every time we go, he orders the lasagna, explaining to me that he married an Italian girl, and “this is good lasagna.”

I opted for the chicken parm last night (a reasonable facsimile of my dinner is pictured below) and it was solid, if not spectacular. The other night’s veal saltimbocca was better (if anyone really cares).

My only warning is that portions aren’t huge, so you might need a quick stop at Jack In The Box on the way home.

It is worth noting that ANY dinner tastes better when someone else is buying. Unfortunately (for me), Roger was only buying because he kicked my butt on the golf course (at least on the Par 3s)!

Roger heads home at the end of this week so this was a going-away dinner of sorts. He acknowledges that he is going to be challenged in getting the U.S. Cellular Field infield thawed out by Opening Day, but knowing Roger, my money is with the world’s greatest groundskeeper (and a pretty good golfer as well).

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Tempe (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Jose Quintana, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Ronald Belisario, LHP Eric Surkamp, LHP David Purcey, LHP Frank De Los Santos. Starter for Los Angeles: RHP Garrett Richards.

Quote of the Day

@DanHayesCSN: Big day for #WhiteSox tomorrow on pitching front: Coop hopes to get 4 innings, 60 pitches out of Quintana. Belisario also debuts.

Photo of the Day

Apologies to my friends and family who are suffering through another winter storm in Chicago (this is actually my street back home)–while I’m basking here in the beautiful Arizona sunshine at spring training. Don’t hate me!

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Paulie and Rick Talk to the Media as Sale Prepares to Face Shields and Royals

Friday, September 27, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-13, 2.97) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (12-9, 3.21) for Kansas City.

Sale is among the American League leaders in numerous categories: Complete Games (4, 1st); Strikeouts by a Lefthanded Pitcher (221, 1st); Strikeout/Walk Radio (4.91, 2nd); Strikeouts (221, 3rd); WHIP (1.05, 3rd); Quality Starts (23, T3rd); Opponents On-Base Percentage (.278, 4th); Strikeouts/9.0 IP (9.52, 5th); Opponents Average (.225, 5th); Opponents Slugging Average (.350, 5th); ERA (6th); and Home ERA (2.79, 8th).

More Sale:

* His strikeout total this year is the most strikeouts in a season by a White Sox lefthander in team history.

* He ranks fifth in strikeouts in club history for a single season behind Hall of Famer Ed Walsh (269 in 1908, 258 in 1910, 255 in 1911, 254 in 1912).

* He is attempting to set Sox single-season records in strikeouts per nine innings and strikeout-to-walk ratio.

* He is the eighth pitcher in Sox history (15th time) to work at least 200 innings and have 200-plus strikeouts in a season.

* Has six career 12-plus strikeout games, tied with Juan Pizarro and Ed Walsh for the most in team history.

* Chris is the fastest pitcher in franchise history to reach 200 K’s in a season (193.2 IP, 27 games) and 500 career strikeouts (472.1 IP).

* His .133 average vs. lefthanded hitters is the third-lowest in the major leagues.

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

Paulie Speaks

PK spoke to the media before today’s game. Among the highlights:

* He’s going to take a month off before making a decision whether or not to play next year.

* If he does come back, 2014 will be his last season.

* He could make a list of 20 reasons to come back and another list of 20 reasons not to.

* For the first time going back to his youth, he doesn’t feel he’s earned his way onto next year’s team. He said his role would have to make sense for both him and the Sox.

* He indicated that if he does come back, production can be evaluated in a number of ways so he would consider a different role and working closer with the young players.

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A Special Thank You

I thought I’d share this e-mail we received today from a fan named Ben. It never ceases to amaze me what an act of kindness at the ballpark can do:

I am writing to tell you about a heartwarming event which occurred last night during the game with the Royals.  Just before the game started, a family of four, Dad, Mom, Daughter, Son, walked down to their seats in the 18th row of section 120.  Not that unusual, except the little girl, about 9 years old with pigtails and glasses, struggled mightily to get down the stairs.  She had braces on both legs, held Mom and Dad’s hands and made her way down to her seat.  The thing which struck me the most was the smile on her face, she was just happy to be at the ball game.  Her journey looked painful to me but didn’t seem so to her.

I was sitting about 7 rows behind them and a section over.  Each time there was a break in the action, her Mom and brother would help her to her feet.  Her brother would rise too and the two of them kept trying to get on the scoreboard.  They kept smiling the whole game but never made it onto the scoreboard.  As the 6th inning approached, two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew were standing behind sections 122 and 123, waiting for the 7th inning stretch.  

I walked up to the two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew (I did not catch their names but looking at your web site, I believe one was Kathleen).  I asked them if they had any pull with the in stadium cameramen.  I explained to them the story about the little girl. They said they would see what they could do.

In the bottom of the sixth, one of the young ladies walked down the aisle with two t-shirts in hand and sits down behind the family.  She talked to the family for a couple of minutes and then presented the kids with the t-shirts.  Their eyes got real big and their smiles were as wide as the Grand Canyon.  When the young lady from the Chevy Pride Crew left, she did not get to see all of the excitement she created.  That little girl was on Cloud Nine!  The family stayed until the 8th inning, the little girl clutching her t-shirt.  This was better than being on the scoreboard, she could take the shirt with her.  After struggling up the stairs to leave, smile still on her face, she got into a wheelchair, which I had not seen before.  The Security Guards were asking her about her t-shirt and she told them about the special young lady who gave one to her and one to her brother.  The Security Guards gave her enthusiastic high fives. 

The family left but your team put a huge smile on the face of a little girl!  I am sure she will be a White Sox fan for life.  I want to thank the White Sox and especially the two young ladies from your Chevy Pride Crew for making a lifetime memory for a little girl and her family, it was so touching to see!

“Like Sands Through the Hourglass, So Are the Days of Our Lives”

For a few of the cast members of the long-running soap opera, Days of our Lives, their lives included a visit last night to U.S. Cellular Field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch (plus an appearance in the Sox #SocialLounge).

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=30972177

Play(s) of the Day

Paulie hit his 12th homer of the season, a solo shot, and 434th of his career while Adam hit No. 33, also a solo blast, and No. 439 in last night’s 3-2 loss to the Royals…Andre Rienzo was solid in a quality start, allowing just two earned runs and four hits in 6.0+ innings.

Here’s Dunn’s monster home run, which was just shy of the rightfield concourse and estimated at 442 feet:  http://atmlb.com/1fKY5XR

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Quote(s)of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the Sox status:

“We’re well aware of what needs to be done. We’re ready to hit the ground running… to get this thing right.”

Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the tenure of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who yesterday officially announced he will be retiring in January of 2015:

“When you step back and view the dramatic transformation Major League Baseball has undergone during Bud Selig’s tenure as commissioner, it is truly quite astounding. A social institution with a long and rich history like baseball is often very resistant and slow to change, yet Commissioner Selig has introduced dramatic, sweeping innovations to improve the game like expanded playoffs, comprehensive drug testing and competitive balance. These changes have left a lasting impact on baseball, most importantly for the fans of this great game. At his heart, Bud is a baseball fan, and that perspective has driven all he has done during his time as Commissioner. That is his legacy.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (2-2, 2.82) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (0-0, 1.59) for K.C.

Did You Know…

…that Konerko’s homer last night tied him with Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones for 42nd place on the all-time home run list? Dunn is now three behind Dave Kingman for 38th place.

Sox Notes of Note

Tyler Flowers spoke to the media yesterday. He said he was ahead of schedule in his rehab and will begin his normal offseason routine in December as usual. Flowers said his shoulder bothered him on and off all season, but refused to use it as an excuse. Tyler said he hopes to be back with the White Sox next season to prove he can play, but understands it’s a business…Jeff Keppinger underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder yesterday at Rush Medical Center. The procedure involved a debridement of the right shoulder–no surgical repair was necessary.  Keppinger is expected to recover in 2-3 months and will be ready for spring training next season…Sox great Frank Thomas, like Keppinger a native of Georgia, has been elected to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. The Big Hurt, from Columbus, will be inducted next February 22 in Macon.

Photo of the Day

Our All-Star lefty makes his last start of the season.

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Sale Looks to Continue his Mastery over Yankees

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89) for New York. Chris and the Sox defeated Kuroda and the Yanks in the second game of last month’s sweep in Chicago as he allowed one earned run on five hits in 7.1 innings. He is 2-0 with a miniscule 0.49 ERA in five career games (two starts) against New York. 

Against the Astros in his last start, Chris allowed only one run on four hits over eight innings. He struck out 12 and walked a pair in the Sox’s 6-1 victory. 

Overall, Sale ranks among the American League leaders in numerous categories, including complete games (1st, 4), strikeouts (4th, 193), quality starts (T4th, 20), opponents average (6th, .228) and ERA (7th).

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

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New Arrivals

Four more players have been promoted to the Sox as rosters expand this month. Joining Charlie Leesman (who pitched in relief on Sunday in Boston) and catcher Bryan Anderson (who made his Sox debut yesterday) are infielder Marcus Semien, starting pitcher Erik Johnson, reliever Daniel Webb and catcher Miguel Gonzalez, all of whom were at Class AAA Charlotte. To make room on the 40-man roster, Tyler Flowers and pitcher Brian Omogrosso were moved to the 60-day disabled list. 

Take a look at…

Semien:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=30193573&topic_id=8878818

Johnson:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=30188361&topic_id=8878818

Webb:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=30281903&topic_id=8878818

More on Semien, 2013 Southern League MVP

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130903&content_id=59411010&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t247&sid=t247

Play of the Day

Paulie hit his 10th home run of the season and 432nd of his career in yesterday’s loss to the Yankees. The solo homer moved him past Cal Ripken Jr. into 44th place on the all-time list.

Quote of the Day

PK on passing Ripken Jr. (via Dan Hayes, csnchicago.com):

“As a kid growing up the beginning of my career was the end of his career. He’s the model of how you want to do it out there. So that’s kind of cool. He played a long time. Being a shortstop puts in perspective his offensive capabilities, and also playing short is a little different than me. But any time you get mentioned with guys like that it’s a cool thing.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: Erik Johnson (who will be making his first major league appearance) for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (12-11, 4.91) for New York.

Did You Know…

…that Marcus Semien and Erik Johnson were teammates on the University of California-Berkeley team that reached the 2011 College World Series?

Photo/Video of the Day

Paulie goes deep.

http://atmlb.com/173QOha

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