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Opening Day Preview and More

Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Tomorrow’s Activities

The Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco for Minnesota. Sale ranked among the American League leaders in virtually every category in 2013, including complete games (T1st, 4), SO/BB ratio (2nd, 4.91), WHIP (3rd, 1.07), strikeouts (3rd, 226), quality starts (T4th, 23), SO/9.0 IP (6th, 9.49), ERA (7th, 3.07) and opponents average (7th, .230).

There’s a great weather forecast for tomorrow and just under 3,000 tickets remaining.

Opening Day Roster:

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National Anthem

Gina Glocksen, former American Idol contestant. The Tinley Park native was the ninth-place finalist on the mega-hit TV show’s sixth season.

Presentation of the Flag:

Navy Recruiting District Chicago and the Naval Service Training Command Great Lakes.

Ceremonial First Pitch:

Aja Evans, a South Side native who was an Olympic bobsled bronze medalist this past February in Sochi, Russia. She is currently training to compete in the heptathlon for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Aja is a cousin of Del Matthews, White Sox assistant director of player development and scouting.

Promotional Giveaway

White Sox Magnetic Schedule presented by Miller Lite for all fans ages 21 and over.

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Facts & Figures

* The White Sox are 59-54 overall on Opening Day and 27-23 when opening at home. They are 5-1 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox’s 59 Opening Day wins are third most in the American League. Only the Orioles (65) and the Yankees (64) have won more season openers.

* The Sox have won 11 of their last 17 openers and 11 of their last 12 home openers.

* Sale, who is celebrating his 25th birthday today, will be making his second consecutive Opening Day start. He earned the victory last season with 7.2 scoreless innings against the Royals.

* This is the 14th time in the last 15 seasons that the Sox have started a left-hander on Opening Day. Jose Contreras in 2007 was the only righty during that span.

Quotes of the Day

* Paulie in his own words as told to Daryl Van Shouwen in the Sun-Times (top link) and Chris Rongey on White Sox Weekly.

http://bit.ly/1dCzPt4

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/audio/986-670-the-score-interviews/paul-konerko-with-white-sox-live-32614/#.Uzch7Yrw1K0.twitter

* Marcus Semien and Adrian Nieto (pictured below) on looking forward to their first Opening Day, via Scott Merkin at whitesox.com.

Marcus:

“I’m excited for it. It’s going to be way more people than Birmingham Opening Day or something like that. I’ve never been a part of one. I’ve never been to one as a kid, so I’m excited.”

Adrian:

“I can’t wait. I’m pumped to see all the great things I’ve heard [about Chicago]. “It’s probably the best city in America.”

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Sox Notes of Note

Cold Arrival

When the 2014 White Sox arrived at Midway Airport early Saturday morning, they faced a significant temperature drop from Arizona.

Some – like Alexei Ramirez – came prepared, whipping out stocking caps.  Robin sported a ski cap and down vest.  Others dealt as best they could as we waited on the tarmac for our luggage to come off the plane.  Imagine the immense Avisail Garcia wrapped in United Airlines blankets … it was brisk.

Kudos

To groundskeeper Roger Bossard and his crew for doing an amazing job on the field. Considering the photos and video we saw while in Arizona, it is amazing that the field is even ready for Opening Day.  But then Roger is the master.

When I arrived at the park this morning around 8:30, I stopped outside to see Roger.  There he stood, hose in hand.

“Watering?!?!” I yelled.  “After all that, you are watering?!?!?”

“First time in three weeks,” he laughed.  “I’m just happy we finally have some sunshine.”

The Bus

I jokingly had a saying when I traveled regularly that “The team bus never waits for the PR guy.”  How true.

After Friday’s exhibition game in Birmingham, Assistant GM Buddy Bell and I got to the bus right after the last out since neither of us needed to head down to the clubhouse (by the way, the Birmingham ballpark is terrific and if any fans have the chance, they should take in a Barons game or two this summer.)

We immediately sat down and started to watch Kentucky-Louisville on Buddy’s iPad. After about 25 minutes, something didn’t seem right.  No one else had gotten on the bus.

So I texted our traveling secretary … “Where are you?”

“On the bus.  We just left,” he replied.

What!!! (unbeknownst to us we were on a bus from the same company that was scheduled to take a group of minor leaguers back to the hotel).

“You are going to have to take a cab to the airport.”

Well, catching a cab in Birmingham after a game is no easy task.  And there is no Uber in Birmingham either (just so you know).

Thinking fast, Buddy called Julio Vinas, the Barons’ manager.  Julio was still at the park and was willing to give us a ride to the airport.

We got there just on the tail of the others going through screening.

“How do you miss the bus,” a kind TSA woman chided us as we walked up.

(You know your day is going badly when you are getting crap from a TSA agent, but anyway.)

You can imagine the reception we got when we arrived on the plane.

Didn’t miss the flight, though.

When in Birmingham…

Enjoyed lunch with Rick Hahn at Jim & Nick’s BBQ while in Birmingham.  While it is a chain, we really enjoyed the meal, especially the cheese biscuits, turkey and brisket.  Don’t miss it!

Boggs Signs Minor-League Deal

Right-handed reliever Mitchell Boggs, who was released by the White Sox during spring training, has signed a minor-league contract with the Sox.

Spring Training Wrapup

Camelback Ranch-Glendale recorded its highest per-game attendance this season in its six-year history hosting the White Sox and Dodgers. The facility averaged 8.087 fans per game this spring, eclipsing the previous high of 7,635 in 2010. A total of 202, 164 fans visited “The Ranch” this spring training. A record six games were sellouts and there was a 15.4 percent increase in per-game attendance from 2013 to 2014.

Jose Abreu hit .341 with two home runs and eight RBI in his last 12 Cactus League (CL) games…Adam Eaton reached base base in 16 of his 19 CL games and finished the spring with a .368 average…Semien finished the CL schedule with a six-game hitting streak. He batted .318 with a double, homer and six RBI over that span. Donnie Veal allowed just six hits over 10 CL innings pitched…John Danks worked five innings in each of his last four spring starts…On Friday night, the Sox downed the Class AA affiliate Birmingham Barons, 5-2, in front of a Regions Field record crowd of 8.513. Conor Gillaspie had three hits and drove in a run.

Photo of the Day

With a right-hander on the mound for Minnesota, PK will not be in the Opening Day starting lineup for the first time since 1998. It was his decision. He didn’t want to go against the Sox’ plan of primarily DHing against him lefties and spelling Abreu at first base. A class act to be sure.

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Countdown to the Games That Matter

Friday, March 28, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. the Class AA Birmingham Barons at Birmingham’s sold-out Regions Field (6:00 p.m, CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Donnie Veal, LHP Scott Downs, RHP Matt Lindstrom, RHP Maikel Cleto, LHP David Purcey, RHP Zach Putnam

The Barons will hold a special Championship Ring ceremony behind home plate prior to the game.  White Sox manager and former Baron Robin Ventura will present 2013 Southern League (SL) Championship rings to players who were part of the team last season, including last year’s SL MVP Marcus Semien.

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Sox Note of Note

Prior to tonight’s game, the White Sox outrighted right-handed pitcher Javy Guerra to Class AAA Charlotte. Guerra, 28, was claimed off waivers by the White Sox on Wednesday from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Guerra will report to our spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz. today and join the Charlotte roster. With the move, the Sox 40-man roster is at 39.

Quotes of the Day

Rick Hahn on the 2014 White Sox:

http://atmlb.com/1maTLDm

Ken Williams also offers his keen insight:

“I think this is the type of team that could be really dangerous if we get off to a good start because then they start to believe. Right now we are better than outsiders think we are. And I think we are better than [the players] believe we are.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

The Sox will have a full off day tomorrow, followed by a  10:30 a.m., CT, workout on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox open the season on Monday vs. the Twins at 3:10 p.m., CT.

Photo Day

Be sure you get your 2014 White Sox Yearbook, celebrating the Hall of Fame career of Frank Thomas.

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On to Chicago (With a Brief Stop in Birmingham)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Today’s News

The Game

At Mesa…in the Cactus League finale.

White Sox     3  8  0

Cubs             4  8  0

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn and Alejandro De Aza hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning (click on link below for video of Dunn’s homer, his first of the spring)…Adam Eaton went 2-3 and finished Cactus League play with an outstanding .368 batting average. He also made a terrific diving catch in the fourth inning…Marcus Semien singled in a run in the eighth…Donnie VealDaniel Webb and Nate Jones each pitched a scoreless inning.

http://atmlb.com/1m8TX67

Sox Note of Note

For those of you who don’t recognize No. 4 in the above photo, that’s Hall of Fame shortstop Luke Appling, who played his entire 20-year career on the South Side from 1930-1950. He was a lifetime .310 hitter, who won two batting titles, was a seven-time All-Star and is one of nine Sox to have his number retired.

The 2014 White Sox Racers

From left to right: Darrin “DJ” JacksonEd “Farmio” FarmerSteve “Stoney” StoneKen “Hawk” Harrelson.

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The White Sox’ 12-Scoop Banana Split Sundae

Here is one of many local and national stories about the three-pound ice cream treat that is becoming a cause celebre:

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/10676917/chicago-white-sox-offer-3-pound-sundae-helmet

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Quotes of the Day

John Danks on completing a successful spring with his victory over the Reds yesterday:

“Its been a lot better spring than the last couple of years. I’m feeling good where I’m at. Feeling good, ready to get the season started. I’ve told Coop I’m feeling strong enough and healthy enough to go out and throw 120 (pitches) and be a guy who has a chance to save the bullpen.”

Danks on Rule 5 selection Adrian Nieto making the Opening Day roster as the backup catcher.

“He’s a great kid, works hard and deserves it, really. He has caught me a lot this spring, and he does a great job.”

More Danks

John Danks has joined the new “Advisory Board” of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, which is made up exclusively of active players from throughout Major League Baseball. The Hooton Foundation is widely acknowledged as the leader in the advocacy against appearance and performance enhancing drug use by the youth of America.

Danks joins eight other charter members of the “Advisory Board,” which also includes Jay Bruce (Cincinnati Reds), David DeJesus (Tampa Bay Rays), Dillon Gee (New York Mets), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Mark Melancon (Pittsburgh Pirates),  Max Scherzer (Detroit Tigers), C.J. Wilson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Brad Ziegler (Arizona Diamondbacks).

As members of the “Advisory Board,” the players will participate in the THF’s educational activities in their local communities, record radio public-service announcements and provide their input on the most-effective ways to educate North America’s young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. the Class AA Birmingham Barons at Birmingham’s sold-out Regions Field (6:00 p.m, CT). Sox starting pitching schedule: LHP Veal, LHP Scott Downs, RHP Matt Lindstrom, RHP Maikel Cleto, LHP David Purcey, RHP Zach Putnam.

Photo of the Day

Here’s newly-elected Hall of Famer Frank Thomas on the Fox Sports 1 set with former major leaguer Gabe Kapler and Charissa Thompson. The Big Hurt will serve as an analyst for the network this season.

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Abreu Leads Potent Offense, Danks Continues Spring Success

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Today News

The Game

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale…

Reds              5    9   1

White Sox      9  15   4

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu went 2-4 with a three-run homer (click on link to video below), Adam Eaton was 4-5 with two runs scored, Leury Garcia was 3-3 and scored a pair, Adam Dunn doubled in a pair of runs, Marcus Semien drove in two, Adrian Nieto another and Avi Garcia had a pair of base hits and scored on a Alejandro De Aza sac fly after hitting a seventh inning triple…Finishing up an outstanding spring, John Danks pitched 6.1 innings, allowing just one earned run, four hits and a walk while striking out five. He got credit for the victory.

http://atmlb.com/1m6Pi4w

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have claimed right-handed relief pitcher Javy Guerra off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Guerra, 28, spent most of the 2013 season with Class AAA Albuquerque, going 0-4 with a 3.66 ERA (16 ER/39.1 IP), 12 saves and 36 strikeouts in 27 games (four starts).  He also made nine appearances with the Dodgers, recording a 6.75 ERA (8 ER/10.2 IP) with 12 strikeouts. His best season came as a rookie in 2011 when he posted a 2.31 ERA (12 ER/46.2 IP), with a team-high 21 saves and 38 strikeouts in 47 appearances.  Guerra followed with a 2.60 ERA (13 ER/45.0 IP) and eight saves in 2012…Robin said today that it is likely that Gordon Beckham (oblique) will begin the season on the DL and Semien and Leury Garcia will share duties at second base.

There’s Nothing Like it

Nate Jones talks to @scottmerkin of mlb.com about his first Opening Day.

http://atmlb.com/1jsFXXE

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Snapchat

The Sox have expanded the team’s social media efforts to include Snapchat as a means of sharing a behind-the-scenes look at U.S. Cellular Field, as well as access to contests and promotions.  Fans can follow the club now under the username “whitesox” to see the unveiling of the first Snapchat Story this Monday on Opening Day.

Snapchat is a messaging application that allows users to share of photo or video messages to followers for specific time lengths.  The White Sox will use the Snapchat Stories function to share inside access with the team’s fans, which will be available for 24 hours. White Sox fans must first download the Snapchat application to their mobile device or tablet, then follow “whitesox” on Snapchat, in order to receive information and engage with the team account.

Snapchat joins a list of seven other social media platforms currently used by the White Sox: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Vine and Tumblr.  Fans are encouraged to share their game experiences throughout the season and visit the #SoxSocial Lounge at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox were the first team in Major League Baseball to open an in-park lounge dedicated solely to social media in 2013. More information on White Sox social media is available at whitesox.com/connect.

So How Busy Is Roger Bossard? 

Last week, my phone rang in the middle of the night, 3:50 am to be exact.

“Hello,” I mumbled, half awake.  (I had one kid in Costa Rica, one son alone in Chicago and another daughter across town at the Phoenician with friends, so of course I answered).

“Hey Scottie,” came the quick, familiar clipped reply.  “When you see Rick can you tell him …”

“Roger?” I asked, dazed.

“Yeah.”

“Do you know what time it is?”

“Sure, it’s 6 a.m. here and you’re two hours different …”

“Two hours BEHIND!” I respond.  “It’s 4 am here!”

“Oh … sorry.  But can you tell Rick …”

Payback, as they say, is a ….

A Lot of Buzz About New Food Items at U.S. Cellular Field

Here are a few examples:

Spring Training Dining Updates

I’ve fallen behind on my dining updates, but recently we hit The Salty Sow (great ambiance, great service, great appetizers, great drinks, average dinner), Richardson’s (for the third time this spring) and last night Chelsea’s Kitchen, where you are always certain to see baseball front office people … last night it was the Milwaukee Brewers and a certain, well-decorated White Sox veteran who claims it was his first trip to the terrific restaurant despite living in the Valley for 25 years.

Everything on the menu at Chelsea’s is terrific, with huge recommendations for the ceviche app, deviled eggs, brussel sprouts salad, spare rib tacos, swordfish tacos, poblano pepper burger, kale and quinoa salad, and the list goes on … it is my kids’ favorite restaurant in Phoenix and one we hit time and again each spring.  The only complaint is often the wait. And if you go, do not miss the often warm chocolate chip cookies at the exit.  

I’m hungry just writing this and sad I only have one more night to dine in the Valley.

Meet Connie Marrero, the Oldest Living Major Leaguer

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/at-102-connie-marrero-the-oldest-living-former-major-leaguer-spends-days-in-cuba/2014/03/25/712cbe88-b2e2-11e3-bab2-b9602293021d_story.html

Quotes of the Day

Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons on Micah Johnson (pictured below):

“Incredible speed and athleticism, with a cornerback body.” 

One GM to Gammons about Johnson and the Sox future: 

“Think about an infield in 2016 with Jose Abreu, Johnson, Tim Anderson (last year’s No. 1 draft pick) and Matt Davidson. The White Sox will be back in a hurry.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Mesa in the final Cactus League game of the spring (2:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Sox pitching schedule: RHP Felipe Paulino, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Daniel Webb. Cubs starter: LHP Travis Wood.

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

Photo of the Day

The countdown is on…

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Robin Announces Starting Rotation

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale…

Rockies         4  11  0

White Sox     1    3  0

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton broke up a no-hitter in the sixth inning with a bunt single. Conor Gillaspie drove in a run later in the frame with a sac fly…Matt Lindstrom pitched a perfect sixth and Daniel Webb did likewise in the seventh. Ronald Belisario pitched a scoreless eighth and Maikel Cleto set down the Rockies 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Sox Notes of Note

Following the Sox’ final Cactus League game in Mesa against the Cubs on Thursday, we will fly to Birmingham, Ala. prior to playing an exhibition game on Friday vs. the Class AA Barons. The Sox will fly to Chicago following the game. The team will have a full off day on Saturday, followed by a  10:30 a.m., CT workout on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox open the season the following day vs. the Twins at 3:10 p.m., CT…here’s the expanded menu at our ballpark this season: 

http://t.co/nGx7tOVGgC

Quote of the Day


Tomorrow’s Schedule 

White Sox vs. Reds at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP John Danks, LHP Scott Downs, LHP Donnie Veal, LHP David Purcey, RHP Zach Putnam. Cincinnati starter: RHP Brett Marshall.

Photo of the Day

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Hahn on Quintana: “Jose Brings a Tremendous Work Ethic and Professionalism to his Approach”

Monday, March 24, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Peoria…

White Sox    7  9  1

Mariners      6  8  1

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Plays of the Day

Marcus Semien hit a three-run homer in the second inning (click on top link below for video) and Paul Konerko connected for a two-run blast in the sixth (click on bottom link below for video). It was the first Cactus League home run for both and each of them added a single to the cause as well.

http://atmlb.com/1m2Oaie

http://atmlb.com/1jo1PmJ

White Sox, Quintana Agree to Long-Term Contract

The White Sox have agreed to terms on a five-year contract with Jose Quintana, which includes two club options.

If Quintana, 25, is eligible for arbitration following the 2014 season, the total guaranteed dollars would be $26.5 million.  He would receive $850,000 in 2014, $3.4 million in 2015, $5.4 million in 2016, $7 million in 2017 and $8.85 million in 2018.  The White Sox would hold options for 2019 at $10.5 million and for 2020 at $11.5 million.  If either option is declined, Quintana would receive a $1.0-million buyout.

If Quintana is not eligible for arbitration after the 2014 season, the total guaranteed dollars would be $21.0 million.  He would receive $850,000 in 2014, $1.0 million in 2015, $3.8 million in 2016, $6.0 million in 2017 and $8.35 million in 2018.  The Sox would hold options for 2019 at $10.5 million and for 2020 at $11.5 million with a $1.0-million buyout. Quintana would have been eligible for free agency following the 2018 season.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Quintana went 9-7 with a 3.51 ERA (78 ER/200.0 IP), 164 strikeouts and a major-league leading 17 no decisions over 33 starts in 2013, his first full season in the majors.  He tied for first among American League left-handers in starts, ranked third in runners per 9.0 IP (11.21), fifth in ERA, sixth in strikeouts and seventh in IP.  Quintana also set an AL record with 17 no decisions, three of which came when he threw 7.0-plus scoreless IP.

A native of Barranquilla, Colombia, Quintana last season became the youngest pitcher to lead the White Sox in starts since Mark Buehrle in 2002 (23) and joined Sale (214.1) as the only left-handed teammates in franchise history under the age of 25 to throw 200.0-plus IP in the same season.  Sale (6.9) and Quintana (5.4) combined to record a 12.3 bWAR, the second-highest total by a duo in the major leagues behind Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez (13.0).

Quintana has gone 15-13 with a 3.61 ERA (135 ER/336.1 IP) and 245 strikeouts in 58 games (55 starts) over two seasons with the White Sox after signing as a free agent on November 21, 2011.  He has thrown at least 7.0 scoreless IP without receiving a decision six times in his 55 career starts, which is tied with Joel Horlen for the club record.

On the Road

I grabbed a ride to the game today with bullpen catcher Mark Salas and special coach Art Kusyner.

When it came time to leave, Kusyner took off like a shot.

“Hey, no fast walking,” Salas said.

“Yeah, I move at a PR pace,” I added.

“So do we,” laughed Salas.

And after riding in the back seat of their car, you gotta ask “how many empty Red Bull cans are too many?”

“Be careful,” Salas warned. “Super Joe (McEwing) was back there.”

The Good Old Days?

Our computer network was down for much of the day today.

“Welcome to spring training in the 1990s,” quipped colleague Ray Garcia.

Bees

A small swarm of bees interrupted batting practice for a minute today and sent a few Sox scampering or dropping to the ground (imagine Avisail Garcia sprawled across home plate).

“Now we know what Robin doesn’t like,” someone joked.

Special Visitor

NHL star Chris Pronger visited Sox camp and connected with a few friends, including McEwing and Paul Konerko.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Quintana contract:

Jose quickly has established himself as a quality major-league starting pitcher, and along with Chris Sale, we expect him to be an important piece of our rotation for the foreseeable future. Jose brings a tremendous work ethic and professionalism to his approach, and he is well respected by his teammates, so we are excited to be able to reward him for what he has accomplished thus far in his career and possibly keep him in a White Sox uniform for the next seven seasons.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Chris Sale, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Matt Lindstrom. Colorado starter: RHP Juan Nicasio.

Photo of the Day

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Quintana Baffles Rockies

Sunday, March 23, 2014

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Today’s News

The Game

At Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale…the contest ended in a tie after nine innings, the fifth tie this spring for the Sox in Cactus League action.

White Sox    5  11   2

Rockies        5    6   3

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana was back to his own self today, allowing just one hit while striking out a pair in five scoreless innings…Maikel Cleto finished the game with 1.2 IP of scoreless ball…Conor Gillaspie doubled twice, Blake Tekotte doubled and singled and Alejandro De Aza joined them in the two-hit club with a pair of singles. De Aza is now hitting .410 this spring…Tekotte, Adam Eaton, Paul Konerko, Tyler Flowers and Leury Garcia each drove in a run.

Roster Moves

Prior to today’s game, the Sox made the following five roster moves: optioned OF Jordan Danks, 3B Matt Davidson and RHP Jake Petricka to Class AAA Charlotte; reassigned RHP Dylan Axelrod to minor-league camp; and requested waivers on RHP Mitchell Boggs for the purpose of granting his unconditional release. With the moves, the White Sox have 33 players remaining in major-league camp: 14 pitchers, three catchers, 11 infielders and five outfielders.  The Sox 40-man roster is at 39.

GM, Player Reactions to Roster Decisions

http://voices.suntimes.com/sports/white-sox-send-third-base-prosect-matt-davidson-to-charlotte/

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79703308/

Sox Notes of Note

Though neither played today, Jose Abreu is hitting .393 with a home run and seven RBI in his last eight games and Avi Garcia owns an eight-game hitting streak. Garcia is hitting .317 with a double, triple, homer, seven RBI and six runs scored in his last 12 games.

Tommy Thompson: A White Sox Feel-Good Story

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/cws/six-years-sober-tommy-thompson-making-the-most-of-a-precious-second-chance?ymd=20140323&content_id=69931852&vkey=news_cws

Quote of the Day

Robin on Eaton, who has reached base safely in 13 of his 16 games and is hitting .311 in Cactus League play:

You like the way he plays — he’s very aggressive. He has had a very good spring coming in and playing the outfield. Good arm, smart baseball player.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson for the Sox,  RHP Blake Beavan for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

Sox begin the move north. Just eight days until Opening Day.

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Split-Squad Saturday

Saturday, March 22, 2014

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Today’s News

The Games

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale…

Giants          8  14  1

White Sox    5  13  0

At Peoria…the contest ended in a tie, the Sox’ fourth of the spring.

White Sox   3  9  0

Padres        3  9  0

Plays of the Day

Vs. Giants: Alejandro De Aza went 2-3 with his first Cactus League homer (click on link to top video below) and a double…Blake Tekotte was 2-4 with a double and an RBI and made a spectacular catch to rob the Giants’ Tim Hudson (click on link to bottom video below)…first baseman Dan Black, who spent last year at Class AA Birmingham, doubled, singled twice and drove in a run…outfielder Grant Buckner, who was at Class A Winston-Salem in 2013, doubled in a pair of runs…Matt Davidson singled twice.

http://atmlb.com/1iOIgRL

http://atmlb.com/1iOPsNQ

Vs. Padres: Prospect Chris Beck pitched a solid five innings, allowing just one run, five hits and a walk while striking out five…Dayan Viciedo and Micah Johnson each went 2-4 with a double, Avi Garcia singled in a run and Conor Gillaspie collected two base hits…Adam Dunn drove in a run and walked twice.

Renaissance Men

More praise for the new-look White Sox…

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/mlb-pipeline-checks-in-from-white-sox-spring-training-unveils-teams-top-20-prospects?ymd=20140320&content_id=69684368&vkey=news_cws

Abreu

Jose Abreu has been shut down for the next two days to get treatment on his sore ankle. Until he returns to action, here’s something to remind you of what Jose will bring to the Sox offense–a line-drive base hit off of Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers earlier this spring.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/video/v31575325/ladcws-abreu-singles-off-kershaw

Quote of the Day

Catcher Hector Gimenez on what he learned most from from his big-league experience last season (via the Sun-TimesDaryl Van Schouwen):

“(It) was working with Don Cooper. I learned a lot from him. He’s an open person, he tries to help the pitchers and catchers and I took a lot from him that I can bring out this year.’’

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Salt River Fields, Scottsdale (3:10 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Jose Quintana, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Ronald Belisario, RHP Matt Lindstrom. Colorado starter: RHP Tyler Chatwood.

Sox starting lineup: Eaton CF, Semien SS, Gillaspie 3B, Dunn DH, Konerko 1B, De Aza LF, Jor. Danks RF, Nieto C, L. Garcia 2B.

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Baseball America, Fangraphs Laud White Sox Game Plan

Friday, March 21, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale…

Cubs            7  9  0

White Sox    0  3  1

Plays of the Day

Matt Lindstrom made his first Cactus League appearance this afternoon after recovering from an oblique injury and pitched a scoreless inning…With 0.2 IP today, Donnie Veal has now allowed just one run over 7.0 innings pitched this spring…Jose Abreu, Avi Garcia and Adam Dunn each collected a base hit for the Sox.

Sox Notes of Note

Cactus League stats entering today’s game: the White Sox were tied for fourth in baseball with 22 home runs this spring…Sox hitters struck out 132 times, tied for the fifth fewest in baseball…we have committed just 17 errors, tied for the seventh-fewest in the major leagues…the Sox ranked ninth in the majors with a .280 batting average…Jordan Danks was tied for the American League lead in home runs (5), ranked second in runs scored (13) and fourth in slugging percentage (.838)…Felipe Paulino was tied for ninth in the AL in strikeouts with 15…Chris Sale ranked 10th in the AL with a .216 opponents average…Adam Eaton was 12th among AL hitters with a .439 on-base percentage…Nate Jones has made five straight scoreless appearances (5.0 IP) to start the spring…Jake Petricka has struck out 11 batters over 7.1 IP.

White Sox Earn High Ranking

The Sox have been ranked by Baseball America as the ninth-best major-league team with 25-and-under talent. The rankings were derived by looking at each club’s current major-league talent, Top 100 Prospects and other high-ceiling prospects. All players must be 25 or younger as of April 1, 2014.

The Sox currently have 17 players on the 40-man roster who are 25 or younger. They are Matt Davidson (23), Eaton (25), Avi Garcia (22), Leury Garcia (23), Erik Johnson (24), Jared Mitchell (25), Nestor Molina (25), Adrian Nieto (24), Petricka (25), Jose Quintana (25), Andre Rienzo (25), Sale (25), Carlos Sanchez (21), Marcus Semien (23), Trayce Thompson (23), Dayan Viciedo (25) and Daniel Webb (24).

Sale was named by BA as the eighth best 25-and-under player in the major leagues.

More Praise for the South Siders

Fangraphs.com reviews the White Sox: “the most interesting rebuilding team in the American League.”

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-most-interesting-al-rebuilder-chicago-white-sox/

“Inside Look: Don Cooper,” Parts 2 & 3

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/inside-look-don-cooper-part-2

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/inside-look-don-cooper-part-3

Hall of Fame Visitors

Former Sox manager Tony LaRussa, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, and Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight spoke to White Sox players this morning.

Xfinity Zone

This season, the White Sox have expanded the club’s partnership with Comcast and will open the Xfinity Zone at U.S. Cellular Field.  The new 2,200 square-foot bar and restaurant with digitally-advanced video technology on the 100 level of the ballpark is located near the right field corner of U.S. Cellular Field (across from section 112) and is set to open on Opening Day (Monday, March 31). 

The Xfinity Zone offers yet another food and drink option at White Sox games, while giving fans the opportunity to enjoy other games and other interactive activities on 12 flat screen televisions.  The new venue at the ballpark boasts a massive interactive social media wall, and provides fans the opportunity to experience Xfinity Internet and TV services, including the new X1 Entertainment Operating System, as well as explore a live demo of Xfinity Home, Comcast’s home security and automation platform.

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Quote of the Day

From the above Fangraphs.com review:

“Most likely, this will be remembered as the year that multiple blocks were laid in the foundation of the next very good White Sox club. It should be fun to watch.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox (SS) vs Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Paulino, RHP Mitchell Boggs, RHP Petricka, LHP David Purcey.

Sox starting lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 2B, Abreu 1B, Konerko DH, De Aza, LF, Ramirez SS, Davidson 3B, Flowers C, Tekotte, RF.

White Sox (SS) vs. Padres (SS) at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: RHP Chris Beck, RHP Dylan Axelrod, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Scott Carroll.

Sox starting lineup: M. Johnson 2B, A. Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Dunn DH, Liddi 1B, Jor. Danks CF, Gimenez C, L. Garcia SS.

Photo/Video of the Day

How’s Eaton adjusting to the White Sox? Here’s his answer.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v31604187/adam-eaton-on-fitting-in-with-white-sox

Abreu, Davidson, Danks Go Deep for Sox

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

Angels         14  18  0

White Sox    10  14  2

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu went 3-4 with three RBI, including his second home run of the spring–a two-run blast in the third inning (click on link to top video below)…In the seventh, Matt Davidson cranked a three-run homer, his second round-tripper in Cactus League play (click on link to middle video below)…After slugging a pair of homers yesterday, Jordan Danks added another today, a solo shot in the eighth inning (clink on link to bottom video below). That gives him five this spring…Avi Garcia drove in a run with a single, walked and made a fine throw to second base in the fourth inning to prevent the Angels’ Howie Kendrick from stretching a single into a double…Adam Eaton collected a pair of doubles and drove in a run. Adam has reached base safely in 10 of his last 11 games (11 hits, three walks, one hit-by-pitch).

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Sox Notes of Note

Prior to today’s game, the Sox made the following six roster moves: optioned C Josh Phegley, RHP Andre Rienzo and LHP Eric Surkamp to Class AAA Charlotte and reassigned RHP Chris Beck, INF Andy Wilkins and RHP Cody Winiarski to minor-league camp. With the moves, the White Sox have 38 players remaining in major-league camp: 17 pitchers, three catchers, 12 infielders and six outfielders…Entering today’s game, Jordan Danks was tied for the lead in home runs (4), ranked second in runs scored (12) and his .750 slugging percentage was third among American League hitters in Cactus League action. His homer this afternoon just adds to his superb spring stats…Conor Gillaspie has reached base safely in his last 10 CL games and has homered in two of his last three games (three total)…The Sox are honoring members of the Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Police Department for their bravery and service by offering each member two complimentary tickets to one of 15 games at U.S. Cellular Field this season.  This is the third consecutive year the team has provided tickets to police officers and the second the offer has been extended to Chicago firefighters. Since the program’s inception, the White Sox have provided department members over 40,000 game tickets.

The Wisdom of Bo

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/cws/bo-jackson-mentoring-younger-generation-in-white-sox-spring-training-in-glendale?ymd=20140318&content_id=69575102&vkey=news_cws

Tuesday Night Dinner Review: Rokerij/Richardson’s

Sometimes it’s not about dinner but your dining companions, and sometimes, it’s both.  Last night I was able to eat at one of my favorite restaurants in Phoenix, Rokerij/Richardson’s, with three great “dates,” Paul Jensen (a former White Sox PR Director), Art Berke (professor and consultant extraordinaire) and Herm Schneider, the best trainer in the business.  In my time in Phoenix for spring training, I’ve been lucky to find a lot of great restaurants, but Rokerij/Richardson’s has not been beaten with its mix of New Mexican cooking, steaks and seafood (I ordered the Chimayo Chicken, pictured below). It’s rare to dine there in March and not see table after table of baseball folks, and I make sure to recommend it to any and all.  It’s not to be missed on your spring training visit to the Valley.

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Quote of the Day

“Every day is a good day; some are just better.” – Herm, the world’s greatest trainer.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Cubs at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP John Danks, LHP Scott Downs, RHP Ronald Belisario, LHP David Purcey, LHP Donnie Veal, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Matt Lindstrom. Cubs starter: LHP Chris Rusin.

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