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Thursday, June 26, 2014
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (2-3, 4.30) for the Sox vs. LHP J.A. Happ (6-4, 4.87) for Toronto.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Konerko DH, Sierra RF, Nieto C.
Plays of the Day
Adam Eaton reached base five times on a pair of singles, a double, triple and a walk and also stole a base while Jose Abreu smashed homer No. 23 (click top link below) in the White Sox’ 5-4, 12-inning loss to the O’s…Hector Noesi pitched his finest game in a Sox uniform, allowing just two runs in seven-plus innings work…Gordon Beckham made a brilliant, perhaps game-saving, play on the shortstop side of second base in the 10th inning (click on bottom link)
By virtue of his home run last night, Abreu has reached his 23rd career homer faster than anyone in baseball history. The fact that he did it in 65 games places him ahead of both the Mark McGwire of the A’s in 1987 and the Boston Braves’ Wally Berger in 1930, who both hit their 22nd through 65 games. If that weren’t enough, Abreu owns a 10-game hitting streak and is batting .357 with four home runs and 10 RBI during that span.
Sox Notes of Note
Eaton has now reached base safely in 20 straight games, including a current 12-game hitting streak…Alejandro De Aza is hitting .382 with six doubles in his last 18 games…Adam Dunn has four homers and 10 RBI in his last 17 contests…Conor Gillaspie is hitting .351 over his last 34 games…coach Harold Baines won’t be with the Sox in Toronto–for good reason. He’s attending the wedding of his daughter on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
LHP Scott Downs has been designated for assignment. Taking his spot on the active roster is LHP Eric Surkamp, named the International League Pitcher of the Week for Class AAA Charlotte after going 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 15 strikeouts in two starts from June 16-22.
Surkamp (pictured below) also leads the IL in strikeouts with 84 Ks in 14 games (11 starts) this year. He has averaged 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings over his last four starts, including a season-high of 12 on May 30 vs. Toledo. The newest Sox pitcher had seven starts in two big-league seasons with the Giants in 2011 and 2013.
Replacing Surkamp on the Charlotte roster is RHP Chris Beck, ranked as the ninth-best prospect in the White Sox system by Baseball America. Promoted from Class AA Birmingham, he makes his Class AAA debut tonight against the Louisville Bats.
Ro Coleman and Vandy Win College World Series
Congratulations to former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) star Ro Coleman, a member of the Vanderbilt baseball team that defeated Virginia, 3-2, last night to win the College World Series for the first time in the school’s history. And a special tip of the cap to Sox Director of Youth Initiatives Kevin Coe and his dedicated group of talented coaches for mentoring young men like Ro and Corey Ray, who reached the 2014 CWS with Louisville.
Another Team for Sox Fans to Root For…
…And Yet Another
A group of Wounded Warriors made their way through U.S. Cellular Field today.
Quote of the Day
Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) June 26, 2014
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (6-6, 4.34) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (6-6, 4.40) for the Jays.
Photo of the Day
The Big Hurt‘s high school in Columbus, Ga. is certainly getting into that Hall of Fame spirit as their notable alum will be inducted July 27 in Cooperstown.