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Sox Shoot For Four Straight Wins With “You Know Who” on the Mound Tonight

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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Today’s News

The #TargetSale Campaign: Behind the Scenes

It’s been a terrific week so far for all of us with the White Sox. We’ve won three in a row with Chris Sale on the mound tonight and we are immersed in the excitement of the #TargetSale campaign to get Chris on the American League All-Star squad via the Final Vote.

I’ve been asked numerous times about our strategy in the Final Vote since we have been successful three times in the past with Scott Podsednik (2005), A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Paul Konerko (2011). Like anything else, a lot of thought and planning is involved even though we don’t get any inside info until the day the All-Star rosters are announced.

Beyond the general planning and creating a strategy, here are three key factors:

1. First and foremost is that you have to have a great player with All-Star credentials. I think most baseball fans would agree that Chris absolutely fits that criteria. He is undoubtedly one of the best pitchers in baseball, is already a two-time All-Star and is having an outstanding season.

2. You have to have a passionate and engaged fan base to get on board. And it doesn’t hurt that they’re social media savvy to boot. Well, I’m happy to say that the Sox have exactly those kinds of fans and it’s been proven in the past with our three winners and this year with Sale leading the voting up to this point. And the fact we’ve once again formed an alliance with a National League club–the Washington Nationals and Anthony Rendon (#Vote Rendon)–and others like Sale’s alma mater, Florida Gulf Coast University, extends our reach even further. It seems those strategies are working so far as Chris has great support in the Midwest, the greater D.C. area extending into Pennsylvania and other parts of the Northeast plus his home state of Florida.

3. You need an internal organization whose staff enjoys the challenge and is eager to display its creativity to make it happen. And if you’ve been following our social media you have to agree that it’s obvious that my Sox colleagues, about two dozen of them, have risen to the occasion with some outstanding work–and are having fun doing it. 

How did we come up with the slogan #TargetSale? It actually came from a brainstorming session among GM Rick Hahn, manager Robin Ventura and me shortly after we got the news from MLB on Sunday morning that Chris was in the Final Vote. With the All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, it just seemed like it would be something that would resonate. We then met with a larger group of Sox staffers and got more ideas, but none was better. I have to say that it really helped to have Rick and Robin as part of the process. Rick was responsible for coining the priceless “Punch A.J.” slogan in ’06 right after Pierzynski’s altercation with the Cubs’ Mike Barrett and Robin always has good ideas about these things.

Although Chris is in the lead, we can’t stop now. Voting continues until tomorrow’s 3:00 p.m., CT, deadline so give Chris your support at whitesox.com or mlb.com/vote or text A5 to 89269.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-1, 2.16) for our Sox, RHP Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 2.51) for their Sox.

Sale is set to make his 14th start of the season and fifth on the road. He is 5-1 with a 2.10 ERA and two complete games over his last nine starts and 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 28 Ks over his last four. He earned the win in his last start, July 4 vs. the Mariners, as he allowed one run and six hits along wth 12 strikeouts over nine innings–his seventh career complete game. Chris is limiting left-handers to a .121 average with one extra-base hit in 2014.

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

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie cranked a two-run homer (No. 2) in the sixth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie and giving the Sox the lead for good, and was a triple shy of the cycle as the White Sox won their third straight, 8-3, over the Red Sox…Jose Abreu went 3-4 with a pair of doubles and was on base for Gillaspie’s blast…Alejandro De Aza singled and tripled in a run…Ronald Belisario tossed 2.1 scoreless frames in relief of winning pitcher John Danks (8-6) and Eric Surkamp pitched a scoreless ninth. The Gillaspie round-tripper:

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Tonight’s Watch & Vote Parties

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Sox Note of the Day

In addition to three victories in a row, The White Sox have won five of their last six games and eight of the last 11. Our .727 winning percentage since June 27 is the fourth-best in the major leagues.

Quotes of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.20) for the Sox, Jon Lester (9-7, 2.73) for Boston.

Photo/Video of the Day

Tyler Flowers‘ Top 10 things batters say when facing Sale:

http://atmlb.com/1qW05Eh

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Sox Collecting Zeros and Tons of #TargetSale Votes

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Today’s News

#TargetSale

The fans are speaking loud and clear. Chris Sale is the American League leader after the first 36 hours of the Final Vote. Deadline for voting is Thursday at 3:00 p.m. CT.

The secret of Chris’ success on the mound? Here’s one of them…

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34373239/?partnerId=as_cws_20140708_27406396

…and here are a few of his closest friends pleading to correct a grave injustice:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/50892696/v34401517

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m, CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (7-6, 4.12) for the Sox, RHP Brandon Workman (1-2, 4.17) for Boston.

Danks is making his 18th start of 2014 and 10th on the road. He is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA with 12 strikeouts in his last two starts and 4-2 with a 2.65 ERA over his last eight. Although he didn’t factor in the decision in his last outing on July 2 vs. the Angels, he went 7.2 innings–allowing just two runs on seven hits and a walk while recording a season-high 10 strikeouts in the Sox’ 3-2 win.

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

Plays of the Day

Scott Carroll, who obviously hasn’t let his hard work for #TargetSale get in the way of his pitching (see above photo), picked up where Hector Noesi left off. After Noesi and two relief pitchers shut out the Mariners, 1-0, on Sunday, Carroll and a pair of relievers did likewise last night in the 4-0 whitewash of the Red Sox…Carroll was outstanding in his 6.2 innings of scoreless work, giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out five…bullpen mates Javy Guerra (1.1 IP) and Zach Putnam (1.0) sealed the victory…Adam Dunn hit a solo homer (No. 13)  and Dayan Viciedo connected with a three-run shot (11) to support the outstanding pitching (click on links below to see the two homers): 

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Sox Notes of Note

Dunn’s homer was career No. 453 and moved him past Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski into 35th place on the all-time list…White Sox starters own a 2.59 ERA in their last 14 games, the best mark in the AL and fourth-best in baseball during that span…the last time Sox hurlers posted consecutive shutouts in the same season was on September 5 and 6, 2011, at Minnesota. Furthermore, Carroll became the third Sox pitcher in the last 100 years to toss at least six scoreless innings while allowing one or no hits within his first eight career starts…Meanwhile, on the farm, Rangel Ravelo of the Sox’ Class AA affiliate Birmingham Barons has extended his hitting streak to 24 games, the second longest in the minor leagues this season. He has hit in 28 of his last 29 games.

A Special Reunion

A bittersweet element of Jose Abreu‘s rise to the major leagues is that he’s been separated from his parents. But for the past two months, Abreu’s mom and dad have been in Florida and a week from today both of them will be in Minneapolis watching their rookie sensation of a son play in the All-Star Game. Here are Abreu’s thoughts through interpreter Lino Diaz:

“There are no words to describe how I feel just to be able to have them be there for something that you work as hard as I have for this. There are some times when I’m talking to them and I’m telling them about these things that they don’t believe and sometimes I don’t believe that it’s happening. It is a great thing and we enjoy it.”

More All-Star Buzz

Abreu and Alexei Ramirez are only the eighth pair of Cuban teammates to be chosen for the All-Star Game in the same season. This has happened once before in Sox history, 60 years ago when Minnie Minoso and pitcher Sandy Consuegra were picked  for the American League squad in 1954. It’s interesting to note that Consuegra had a career year in ’54, going 16-3 with a 2.69 ERA.

Here is Minnie (center) and Consuegra (far right) among a group of teammates after a big win. Others, pictured left to right, are: Cuban-born pitcher Mike Fornieles, Sox legend Chico Carrasquel and “Jungle Jim” Rivera.

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Quotes of the Day

Even two of our top prospects have joined in…

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Sale (8-1, 2.16) for the Sox, TBA for Boston.

Photo of the Day

#TargetSale is everywhere.

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Sox, Danks Look to Halt Halos

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (7-6, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Skaggs (4-4, 4.34) for the Halos.

Danks is set to make his 17th start of the season. He is 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA in eight home starts this season and 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA over his last five starts. John earned the win in his last start on June 27 at Toronto, tossing six innings and giving up just two runs on five hits while striking out two without walking a batter.

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

Plays of the Day

Last night’s doubleheader…

Game 1:  Jose Abreu smashed his 26th homer, a three-run shot in the first inning, reached 67 RBI and extended his hitting streak to 15 in the 8-4 loss to the Angels. As a result he become the only player in MLB history to hit 26 home runs in his first 71 games and through last night was tied for the major-league lead with the Orioles’ Nelson Cruz in both HRs and RBI. Here’s No. 26:

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Game 2:  Conor Gillaspie, hitting well above .300 all season, hit his first homer of the year–a two-run blast–and collected three RBI in the 7-5 defeat. Dayan Viciedo added a two-run shot, his ninth, and Abreu ran his hitting streak to 16 on a first-inning single.

The Gillaspie and Viciedo homers and a spectacular Adam Eaton-being-Adam Eaton catch in the eighth inning:

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Jose Rookie of the Month–Again

Abreu has been named the American League Rookie of the Month for June. He batted .313 with 10 home runs, 22 RBI and a .677 slugging percentage in 25 game to become the first player in Sox history to win the award twice in one season. He also became the third player in club annals to hit 10 or more homers in a month twice in one season, joining Jim Thome (twice in 2006) and Frank Thomas (twice in 1993).

Despite missing 14 games this season while on the disabled list, Abreu leads the major leagues in slugging percentage (.627) and at-bats per home run (10.73), is tied for the lead in home runs (26) and RBI (67) and ranks among the leaders in extra-base hits (3rd, 44), total bases (5th, 175) and OPS (7th, .956).

Abreu is on pace to hit 50 home runs, which would break the White Sox franchise record of 49 set by Albert Belle in 1998 and the major-league rookie record of 49 set by Mark McGwire in 1987.  In addition to the major-league record for homers in his first 71 career games, his 67 RBI are tied with Wally Berger (1930) and Joe DiMaggio (1936) for the sixth-highest total in history by a player in his first 71.

Abreu owns a 16-game hitting streak (.344, 22-64), the longest active streak in the major leagues and tied for the ninth-longest by a rookie in White Sox history.

He was named AL Player and Rookie of the Month for April after recording 10 home runs and 32 RBI, joining former Cuban teammate Yasiel Puig (June 2013) as the only players to win both awards in their first month in the major leagues.

Time’s Running Out

All-Star voting ends tomorrow night at 11:59 p.m. So, it’s not too late to vote for Abreu and Alexei Ramirez to make sure they both are in Minneapolis for the July 15 Midsummer Classic.

http://atmlb.com/1pJlQaF

Boston Boosts Jose

Sox coach Daryl Boston makes it clear that he thinks Abreu is a bonafide All-Star.

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Sox Notes of Note

After a slow start, prized third base prospect Matt Davidson (pictured below) had an impressive month of June for Class AAA Charlotte. He hit a team-high nine home runs, including two on Monday night, and drove in 14. He has 15 long ones on the season… Tyler Saladino, leading Charlotte with a .304 average, was elected to the 2014 International League All-Star squad as the team’s starting shortstop. Saladino will represent the Knights at the 27th annual Triple-A All-Star Game on July 16 in Durham, N.C… Jacob May, a 2013 third-round draft pick now playing with Class A Winston-Salem, has been named the Carolina League Player of the Week after hitting .533 with four doubles, two triples, 12 runs scored and nine stolen bases in seven games…the Sox have released Charlotte reliever Mitchell Boggs. He’s been replaced on the Knights roster by reliever Henry Rodriguez…also, we have claimed RHP Angel Sanchez, listed as the No. 16 prospect for Miami this season, off of waivers from Tampa Bay. He’s been assigned to Class A Winston-Salem.

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Quote of the Day

Angels’ manager Mike Sciosia on Abreu:

“His power plays in the Grand Canyon.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game holiday weekend series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-1, 2.30) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (7-6, 3.96) for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

Conor rounds the bases after home run No. 1.

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News from the Dominican: Sox Sign Four International Free Agents

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Today’s News From the DR

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I joined White Sox Senior Vice President/General Manager Rick Hahn and Special Assistant to the General Manager, International Operations Marco Paddy today at a press conference at The Hotel Plaza Naco in the Dominican Republic as the Sox Sox signed four international free agents.

“Today’s signing ceremony is another step in a process that began two and a half years ago when Marco joined our organization with the goal of increasing our profile in Latin America, “ Hahn said. “Each of these young men here today is another talented addition to the Chicago White Sox organization.”

“I am very excited about the potential of these four players and our entire 2014 class,” Paddy said. “I have gotten to know each of these players and their families very well over the last year, and I have been very impressed by their abilities on the baseball diamond and their character as young men. Their futures are exciting.”

The White Sox expect additional Latin American signings in the coming months.

The Newest Members of the White Sox Organization

Jhoandro Alfaro, C: Alfaro, 16, is rated the No. 28 international prospect by MLB.com. He is the younger brother of Jorge Alfaro, a catcher in the Rangers’ organization. The native of Sincelejo, Colombia is 6-foot-1, 180-pounds and a switch-hitter.

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Felix Mercedes, INF:  Mercedes is a native of Moca, Dominican Republic. He’s 17 and 6-foot-2, 185 pounds.

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Ricky Mota, SS: Mota is a 5-11, 170-pound 16-year-old from Nigua, Dominican Republic.

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Amado Nunez, SS: Nunez, also 16, is rated by Baseball America and MLB.com as the No. 26 international prospect. The native of Santiago, Dominican Republic is 6-foot-2, 178 pounds and has already competed in international tournaments in Mexico and Venezuela.

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More to Come Tomorrow

I will have more observations about our trip to the Dominican in tomorrow’s post. Ready to fly home after a couple of fun and productive days.

Photos of the Day

Here are four members of the Sox braintrust during our visit to the Dominican: Hahn, Assistant Director of Scouting Nick Hostetler, Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann and Paddy.

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The Sox’ Dominican Academy headquarters.

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Noesi, Carroll Aim to Extend Sox Winning Streak in Today’s Twin Bill

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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Today’s News

Due to last night’s postponement, the Sox and Angels will play a straight doubleheader today at U.S. Cellular Field.

The first game is scheduled at 4:10 p.m., CT, and the nightcap at 7:10 p.m., or 30 minutes after the end of Game 1.

RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.07) will start in the opener for the White Sox vs. RHP Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76) for the Halos. Scott Carroll (2-4, 4.76) will do likewise for the Sox in Game 2 vs. RHP Jered Weaver (8-6, 3.33) for LA.

Heading into the twin bill, the Sox are riding the wave of a three-game winning streak.

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

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Sox Save Best for Last on 11-Game Trip…Angels in the House

Monday, June 30, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand after the Sox took the final three games of the four-game series in Toronto and the 11-game road trip. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.07) for the Sox, RHP Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76) for the Halos.

Noesi is making his 12th start since arriving in Chicago. He is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA over his last six outings and has worked seven innings or more three times during that span. During his time with the Sox he has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 5.07. He received a no-decision in his last start on June 25 in Baltimore despite allowing just two earned runs over 7.0 IP.

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

Jose Quintana was on top of his game again yesterday, tossing seven shutout innings and allowing just three hits with seven strikeouts for his fifth win of the year in the Sox’ 4-0 whitewash of  Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays…Eric Surkamp (eighth inning) and Jake Petricka (ninth) finished off the club’s first shutout of 2014, each pitching a scoreless inning…Moises Sierra got revenge on his former Toronto mates with his second homer of the season (click on link below), a double and a fine catch in foul territory…Tyler Flowers singled in a pair of key insurance runs in the eighth…Jose Abreu singled in a run for his 64th RBI and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games, which is also the longest current streak in the big leagues.

http://atmlb.com/1pCHRIi

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Sox Duo Holding Steady

Abreu and Alexei Ramirez remain in second place at their respective positions in the updated American League All-Star voting. Jose trails only the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera at first base and Alexei is behind perennial All-Star starter Derek Jeter of the Yankees at shortstop.

The voting closes at 11:59 p.m., ET, on Thursday. Both AL and National League rosters will be revealed at 7:00 p.m., ET, Sunday evening on ESPN during a special selection show.

Still time to vote.

Sox Notes of Note

Abreu’s solid showing in the All-Star voting should come as no surprise even though the rookie has just come onto the scene. He leads the majors in slugging percentage (.625), home run ratio (10,88) and RBI ratio (4.25) and ranks among the leaders in home runs (T1st, 25), RBI (T3rd, 64), extra-base hits (T3rd, 43) and OPS (7th, .953)…Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 22 of his last 23 games and is batting .375 with a .462 on-base percentage over his last 15 games to raise his season average from .251 to .279…Sox starting pitchers have made six quality starts in the last seven games, posting a 2.80 ERA…Fifty-two of the White Sox’ 83 games this year have been decided by three runs or less, including 10 of their last 12.

Quote of the Day

Paul Konerko…

On facing Buehrle, his friend and long-time Sox teammate:

“It’s weird facing him. It’s weird just seeing him in a different uniform. It never looks right to me, but it’s part of the game. There are a lot of guys you wish wouldn’t move teams, but it happens. You go out there and try and do your job. It’s not necessarily something you look forward to or enjoy, but it’s a job and you have to go do it.”

On his decision to come back this season in a part-time role:

“From a team standpoint, it’s been great. Judging from where we were last year, we’re actually playing good baseball and competing. Personally, it’s probably been everything I thought it would be. Different, but no regrets on doing it.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m, CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (2-4, 4.76) for the Sox, Jered Weaver (8-6, 3.33) for LA.

Photo of the Day

Right on Q.

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With a Series Win in Our Sights, We Face an Old Friend

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (12:07 p.m., CT, WGN) as the Sox, winners of two of three and two straight so far in Toronto, go for the series win in the finale of the four-game series and 11-game road trip. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.69) for the Sox vs. former Sox All-Star LHP Mark Buehrle (10-4, 2.52) for the Jays.

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

Plays of the Day

Scoreless through six innings yesterday afternoon with only one hit off of rookie Marcus Stroman–an Adam Dunn double–the Sox stunned the Jays for three runs in the seventh on their way to the 4-3 triumph…with one out Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double, Dunn walked for the second time and Dayan Viciedo hit his eighth homer (and his second in as many nights) on the first pitch from reliever Jays’ Dustin McGowan to give the Sox a 3-2 advantage…pinch-hitter Alexei Ramirez drove in the fourth run an inning later with a single after Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham also singled…Chris Sale went seven innings, allowing two runs and four hits with a half-dozen strikeouts. He is now 7-1 with a 2.30 ERA…Zach Putnam tossed 1.1 innings for his first save.

The Viciedo homer:

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Saturday Afternoon Delight

In one of the most bizarre stats of the season, yesterday’s victory was our first on a Saturday in 2014.

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With his single, double and pair of walks yesterday, Dunn has now reached base four times in a game 73 times. That’s the fifth-most among current lefty hitters. He’s behind only Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi, David Ortiz and Joe Mauer.

Quote of the Day

Sale on Viciedo, the bullpen and yesterday’s big Sox win:

“Viciedo coming up with that big hit, our bullpen locking it down, that’s the dichotomy between good and bad baseball. When you’re going, good stuff happens. Luckily for myself, we had some fight in us, and Viciedo flat out won the game for us.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.07) for the Sox, RHP Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76) for the Halos.

Photo of the Day

Boys will be boys. The old “chewing gum on the cap” prank is played on the rehabbing Avi Garcia.

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Sale Seeks Saturday Success After Friday Power Surge

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (12:07 p.m, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-1, 2.27) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (4-2, 4.25) for Toronto.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C, L. Garcia SS. 
(Ramirez is out of starting lineup for the first time this season, having played in all 81 games. Robin wanted to get everyone a day off on the road trip).

Plays of the Day

 
The Sox rode the wave of four home runs and a strong performance by John Danks last night to defeat the Blue Jays, 5-4, in the second game of the four-game series. Jose Abreu connected with a pair of solo shots, his 24th and 25th of the season to tie for the major-league lead, Alexei Ramirez went deep with a two-run blast, his eighth, and Dayan Viciedo added his seventh with the bases empty…Danks got credit for his seventh win, allowing just two runs on five hits and a pair of walks in six innings pitched…Jake Petricka went 0.2 innings in the ninth for his second save of the year.
Here are the four homers in the order they were hit: Abreu and Viciedo in the 5th inning and Abreu again and Ramirez in the seventh:
 
Jose now owns a 12-game hitting streak, batting .367 with six home runs and 12 RBI during that span…he has also reached the 25-homer mark the fastest in MLB history and is the first rookie with 25 home runs before July 1 since Mark McGwire in 1987, according to the Elias Sports Bureau…Abreu joins the Braves’ Bob Horner as the only players with four multi-homer efforts in their first 67 games…these two gems from @ckamka: Jose’s numbers since returning from DL: .319/.364/.703 with 10 homers, 21 RBI in 23 games and the Sox first baseman has now homered off of four different former Cy Young Award winners (Justin Verlander,David PriceClayton Kershaw and R.A. Dickey).
 
Minor League Move
 
The White Sox have signed minor-league RHP Daniel McCutchen and assigned him Class AAA Charlotte. McCutchen, who has made 109 appearances in the major leagues, started the season with the Rangers.
Quote of the Day
 
Injury expert Will Carroll on Sox trainer Herm Schneider:

“Herm Schneider is a sorcerer. Anything that is probably the average, I would probably take the under on anything he gets his hands on.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (12:07 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series and 11-game road trip. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.69) for the Sox, LHP and former Sox standout Mark Buehrle (10-4, 2.52) for the Jays.
 
Photos of the Day
 
Holy Batsmen, Robin.
 
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Sox Seek Turnaround North of the Border

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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)

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v34036559/?partnerId=as_mlb_20140626_26726896

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v34047619/?partnerId=as_mlb_20140626_26733106

More Abreu

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.

Roster Moves

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.

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 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…

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…And Yet Another

A group of Wounded Warriors made their way through U.S. Cellular Field today.

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Quote of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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.

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Rubber Match in Baltimore

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.34) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8, 4.63) for the O’s.

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

Jose Quintana was the right man for the job last night, allowing just one run on six hits with eight strikeouts for his fourth win of the season as the Sox snapped their five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Orioles…Gordon Beckham hit a first-inning solo homer, his seventh, and Conor Gillaspie (single and double), Alexei Ramirez (single and double) and Alejandro De Aza all collected a pair of hits while De Aza also drove in two runs. Ramirez also was responsible for one of the key plays of the game, making one of his patented slides to avoid the tag at home to score the Sox’ fourth run. Take a look at the play (via both video and photo) along with Beckham’s blast:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34001407 

http://atmlb.com/1nB5zPq   

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And He’s Just a Rookie

Jose Abreu leads the American League in slugging percentage (.607), home run ratio (1st, 11.45), RBI ratio (1st, 4.20) and ranks among the leaders in homers (3rd, 22), RBI (T3rd, 60), extra-base hits (T3rd, 39) and OPS (6th, .928). Jose also owns a nine-game hitting streak, batting .351 with three home runs and nine RBI during that span.

Eaton on a Tear

Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 19 consecutive games and has hit safely in a career-high 11 straight games, the second-longest active streak in the AL behind the Tigers’ J.D. Martinez (13). Eaton is hitting .372 with two doubles, two triples, seven walks, six runs scored and a .460 on-base percentage during the streak to raise his season average 22 points to .273.

Double Duty Classic

This afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, elite inner-city high school baseball players from across the country participated in the Double Duty Classic with the players dressed in uniforms honoring the Negro Leagues’ East-West All-Stars (see photo below). There was also a special forum hosted by ESPN and MLB analyst and former Sox outfielder and broadcaster Chris Singleton.

The sixth annual event is named after the legendary Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, a star with the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Leagues who lived to the age of 103. Of the six East-West All-Star Games in which he played, “Double Duty” pitched in three and was a catcher in the other three–thus the nickname which was given to him by famed writer Damon Runyon.

Radcliffe frequently attended games at U.S. Cellular Field and on occasion visited the Sox clubhouse. In the years leading up to his death, he made a tradition of tossing out the ceremonial first pitch on his July 7 birthday.

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Winner Take All

The University of Virginia evened the best-of-three College World Series championship final at one game apiece last night vs. former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) standout Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates. The two clubs go at it tonight (7:00 p.m., CT, ESPN) in Omaha to determine the 2014 CWS champion.

Quote of the Day

As we wrote in yesterday’s post, Micah Johnson was named to the U.S. team in the Futures Game to be played at Target Field in Minneapolis on the Sunday before the Tuesday, July 15 MLB All-Star Game. Here’s Micah’s reaction to being chosen:

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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), who replaces RHP Andre Rienzo in the rotation as Rienzo moves to the bullpen, for the Sox vs. J.A. Happ (6-4, 4.87) for Toronto.

Photo of the Day

While in Baltimore to play the Orioles, Sox pitchers Carroll, Daniel Webb and John Danks made a trip to nearby Walter Reed Medical Center to visit some of our troops.

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