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Sox Youth Brigade Moves South to Camden Yards

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-5, 3.69) for the Sox, RHP Miguel Gonzalez (8-7, 4.11) for the O’s.

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

Play(s) of the Day

It was a loss in the standings, but a big step forward as we look ahead to better times in 2014. In last night’s series finale the Sox dropped a close 6-5 decision to the Yankees, but it was a satisfying showcase for a talented group of youngsters: 3B Marcus Semien, RHP Erik Johnson, RHP Daniel Webb–all making their major league debuts–OF Avi Garcia and C Josh Phegley.

Semien went 2-4, including a hit in his first big-league at bat, and drove in a run. Johnson, against the formidable Yankee lineup, recorded a quality start as he gave up three earned runs in six innings of work while Webb pitched the seventh, giving up a lone run. Adding to that, Garcia singled, doubled, walked, drove in a pair of runs and scored another while Phegley singled in a pair on an 0-2 count with the bases loaded during a four-run, eighth-inning rally.

Quote of the Day

Semien on his debut (via Colleen Kane in the Trib): 

“It was great to be a part of a close game with all those players out there I grew up watching. Derek Jeter, one of my favorite players growing up, (I) kind of interacted with him a couple of times. That was pretty cool. He just said, ‘Congrats,’ and kind of joked and said, ‘It’s that easy, huh?’ And then he just ran off. Pretty excited about that.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (4-11, 4.35) for the Sox, RHP Scott Feldman (4-4, 4.18) for the O’s.

Did You Know…

…that, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the debuts of Johnson and Semien represented the first time two White Sox made their first major league appearances in the same starting lineup since Frank Thomas and Alex Fernandez did it on August 2,1990? Also, with Webb coming on in relief it was the first time three Sox players debuted in the same game since September 7,1999 when Josh Paul, Aaron Myette and Jason Dellaero appeared.

Photo of the Day

Josh drives in two.

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Top Prospects Erik Johnson and Marcus Semien Make Big-League Debuts Tonight in The Bronx

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson–who will be making his first major-league appearance–for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (12-11, 4.91) for New York. This year’s Southern League MVP Marcus Semien, who finished the season at Class AAA Charlotte, also makes his big-league debut at third base.

As I posted yesterday, Johnson and Semien were teammates on the Cal-Berkeley team that made it to the 2011 College World Series. Now, both are playing their first games in the majors side-by-side with the Sox.

Johnson, 23, combined to go 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA (31 ER/142.0 IP), three complete games and 131 strikeouts over 24 starts between Charlotte and Class AA Birmingham this season.  The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Johnson was named to the Southern League All-Star Team after going 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA (21 ER/84.2 IP) and 74 strikeouts with the Barons.  He went 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA (10 ER/57.1 IP) and 57 strikeouts in 10 starts (seven quality) with the Knights.

The Mountain View, CA native limited righthanders to a .190 average (53-179) and just one home run in 2013.  Johnson entered the 2013 season rated by Baseball America as the No. 4 Prospect and possessing the Best Slider in the White Sox organization.  He originally was selected in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Semien (SIM-ee-in), 22, combined to hit .284 (147-518) with 32 doubles, six triples, 19 home runs, 66 RBI, 110 runs scored and 24 stolen bases over 137 games between Charlotte and Birmingham.  He appeared in 73 games at shortstop, 41 at second base and 23 at third.

The 6-foot-1,190-pound Semien was named Southern League Most Valuable Player after ranking among the league leaders in runs scored (1st, 90), on-base percentage (1st, .420), slugging percentage (2nd, .483), average (3rd, .290) and walks (3rd, 84).  He reached base in 26 consecutive games with the Barons from June 29-July 28, batting .372 (35-94) with seven home runs, 18 RBI and 28 runs scored during the streak.  Semien was promoted to Charlotte on July 31 and hit .264 (33-125) with four homers and 17 RBI.

The San Francisco native entered the 2013 season rated by Baseball America as the No. 14 Prospect in the Sox system.  Semien originally was selected in the sixth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

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

Happy Hawk Day

Happy Birthday to Hawk Harrelson, now in his 29th season as a Sox TV broadcaster. You can put it on the board…YESSS!!

Hector Visits Fan Cave

Here’s Hector Santiago having a ball on the Home Run Slide today at the MLB Fan Cave in New York.

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It’s Getting Closer to Zapata Time

The Sox made news in July by signing the righthanded-hitting Dominican Republic outfielder Micker Adolfo Zapata, MLB.com‘s No. 2 ranked international player.

Zapata, only 16, will begin his highly-anticipated career in earnest later this month during the instructional league at the Sox’s spring training facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.

Sox Assistant GM Buddy Bell, in a story on whitesox.com by Scott Merkin, indicated that Zapata will play with the Sox’s Arizona Fall League team next year and will be assigned to Advanced Rookie Bristol or Great Falls the following season.

Quote(s) of the Day

Erik and Marcus on their big nights:

* Johnson on making his first start at Yankee Stadium: “If you ever wanted to start somewhere in your major league debut, this would be it.”

* Semien on being called up to the majors for the first time:  “I was really excited. It’s every ballplayer’s dream. Now you do what you can to try to stay here.”

Play(s) of the Day

Chris Sale went 7.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs and five hits with six strikeouts in last night’s 6-4 loss to the Yankees…Alejandro De Aza went 3-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored…Alexei Ramirez tripled in a pair of runs.

De Aza’s seventh-inning homer: 

http://atmlb.com/17LO0bk

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-5, 3.69) for the Sox, RHP Miguel Gonzalez (8-7, 4.11) for the O’s.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox have played 49 one-run and 21 extra-inning games this season, both the highest totals in the major leagues?

Photo of the Day

Johnson and Semien: Two Cal Bears-turned-major-league-starters:

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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

After Sweep Over Yanks in Chicago, Sox Look for More of the Same in the Big Apple

Labor Day: Monday, September 2, 2013

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York (12:05 p.m, CT, CSN) in the Labor Day opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66) for the Sox, RHP Phil Hughes (4-13, 4.91) for the Yankees. Quintana defeated Andy Pettitte in the first game of the three-game sweep against the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field in early August. “Q” is 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his last 11 starts.

The Sox have won six straight games vs. the Yanks (all at home by a 35-18 margin). It’s their longest streak against New York since taking seven in a row from July 1,1990-April 16,1991.

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

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Hahn on The Score

GM Rick Hahn was a guest yesterday on 670 The Score’s Hit And Run Show:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/09/01/hahn-sox-being-cautious-with-chris-sale/

Play(s) of the Day

Down 5-0 heading into the fourth inning yesterday, the Sox refused to quit. With the bases loaded, Jeff Keppinger drove in Alexei Ramirez with a sac fly and, with two outs, Dayan Viciedo doubled in Paul Konerko and Conor Gillaspie singled in Avi Garcia and Viciedo as four runs crossed the plate…Paulie, with a pair of singles and a walk on the day, added on a run in the fifth by driving in Alexei, who led the 11-hit Sox attack with three singles….Tyler Flowers smashed a long solo homer in the eighth, his 10th of the year, to get us within a run of the Red Sox at 7-6, which turned out to be the final (it was announced this morning that Flowers will have exploratory surgery on his right shoulder and will be out an estimated three to six months).

Conor’s two-RBI single:

http://atmlb.com/1dywWbj

Quote(s) of the Day

 A Rare Long Ball (from the September 2, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated):

Thirty-six years ago, on Aug. 29, 1977, the Indians hosted the White Sox. Cleveland’s second baseman that night was Duane Kuiper, who had zero career home runs in 1,381 major league at bats. 

Rick Manning (former teammate): Kuip knew how to play the game. He was a great second baseman. He was as tough as you could get for a guy 175 pounds. Back then, the game was pitching and defense.

Duane Kuiper: I’d hit some homers (seven, to be exact) in the minor leagues.

Manning: We weren’t there to hit home runs. Frank Robinson was our manager, and he’d stand out behind the screen and make Kuip and I (who both batted lefthanded) hit it to leftfield. He wouldn’t let us swing for the fences at all.

Cleveland manager Jeff Torborg, who had replaced Robinson two months earlier, moved Kuiper up to the number 2 spot in the batting order against Chicago starter Steve Stone.

 Kuiper: In the first inning it was a 1-0 count. I like to tell Stone that he threw me a hanging fastball. He doesn’t particularly want to hear about it.

Kuiper hit a line drive off a seat in the rightfield stands.

 Frank Robinson (joking, in 1984): He waited until I got fired to hit his homer. The truth is, he won’t hit one for a black manager.

Kuiper: I’ve still got the chair. It’s in the attic. I’ve still got the ball and the bat. As I was walking up to the bat rack (for my next at bat), (Indians teammate) Bill Melton said, “You’re not gonna use that again, are you?” I said, “Of course.” He said, “You might want to put that one away. You might not hit another one.”

He didn’t. In 1985, Kuiper retired, and he went on to become an Emmy-winning broadcaster for the Giants. His 3,754 plate appearances are the most for any major leaguer with exactly one homer–making his shot off of Stone the rarest in history.

Kuiper: You gotta have fun with it. Given the choice now, would I rather hit one or five? Unless the other four were walk-off grand slams, I’m pretty happy with one. I’m happy with the way it turned out.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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 the Yanks. Chris and the Sox defeated Kuroda and the Yanks in the second game of last month’s sweep.

Did You Know…

…that when pitcher Charlie Leesman, just promoted from Class AAA Charlotte, approached his locker in Boston yesterday he was greeted with a name plate that read, “Jose Leesman?” Mistakes happen.

Photo/Video of the Day

Tyler’s big blast.

http://atmlb.com/1dyHfMt

Sweep!

Thursday, August 8, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Off-day for the Sox.
 
One Million Strong
 
Today, the White Sox Facebook page hit the one million fan mark! 
 
Here’s a little video of thanks from some of the guys: http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=29498211
 
Head to the White Sox Facebook (facebook.com/whitesox) to get an exclusive offer code for 25% off WhiteSox.com Shop.
 
CoverPhoto_OneMillion
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
Down 4-0 last night to the Yankees, Gordon Beckman’s third homer of the season in the fifth inning off of C.C. Sabathia, a solo blast, put the Sox on the board…We made it 4-3 in the seventh with three consecutive hits–singles by Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios and a run-scoring double by Paul Konerko–and a Beckham fielder’s choice that scored Rios…With two outs in the ninth against Mariano Rivera, Beckham doubled and scored the tying run on an Adam Dunn pinch-hit single to the opposite field. It was only Rivera’s third blown save of 2013…Behind 5-4 as a result of Robinson Cano’s solo homer in the top of the 12th, we started our game-winning rally in the bottom of the inning–again with two outs. Tyler Flowers reached base on an infield hit, Alexei Ramirez followed with a single, sending Flowers to third. Then, the walk-off clincher–De Aza’s triple that scored both baserunners for the 6-5 win and three-game sweep. Enjoy the link:
 
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
Paulie on last night’s triumph via @scottmerkin:
 
“We fought to the end. We always do. But tonight we can at least smile after the end.”
 
@SouthSideSox on the dramatic win: 
 
“And that’s why we watch.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins in a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field. The extra game is a makeup contest that was originally scheduled for April 19, but postponed due to inclement weather.
 
 
Game 1 (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP John Danks (2-9, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.69) for the Twins. 
 
Game 2 (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP Charlie Leesman will be making his big-league debut for the Sox, TBA for Minnesota.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the White Sox swept the Yankees in back-to-back series of at least three games for just the second time in franchise history and first in 100 years? And that the Sox have won six straight games against New York for their longest streak against the Yanks since July 1, 1990-April 16, 1991 (seven).
 
…that the White Sox have now won four in a row at home–against such elite starting pitchers as Justin Verlander, Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda and CC Sabathia? And you might want to throw in closer Rivera in the mix for good measure (courtesy of @soxnerd).
 
Photo of the Day
 
De Aza celebrates.
 
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A Sweep is in our Sights

Wednesday, April 7, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28) for the Sox, LHP C.C. Sabathia (9-10, 4.78) for N.Y. Santiago has a 3.15 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched (15 starts). Over his last six starts his ERA is 2.75.

Sox Lineup: Ramirez, SS; De Aza, CF; Rios, RF; Konerko, 1B; Beckham, 2B; Viciedo, DH; Wells, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Flowers, C.

For Starters…

White Sox starting pitchers rank among the top American League rotations in ERA (2nd, 3.80), strikeout/walk ratio (3rd, 3.04), batting average (3rd, .247), quality starts (5th, 64) and strikeouts per nine innings (5th, 7.83).

The Great Rivera

As future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera takes his farewell tour around major league ballparks this summer celebrating 19 spectacular seasons, he has been showered with goodbye gifts and has met with groups of fans throughout baseball.

Last night, we presented Mariano with a framed scorecard from the first time he appeared at New Comiskey Park on July 4, 1995, a game in which he started; a photo collage from his save on September 19, 2001, following the 9/11 attacks eight days before; and a donation in his name to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. We also introduced Rivera at a pre-game session to a group of fans and Sox staff members who represent who the White Sox are. Here’s Scott Merkin’s story on whitesox.com:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130806&content_id=56131838&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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Play of the Day

Chris Sale was in All-Star form last night, pitching a strong 7.1 innings while earning his seventh win of the season. He gave up just a first inning run and allowed only five hits while striking out six…Alejandro De Aza’s two-out, run-scoring double in the seventh drove in Gordon Beckhamwhich turned out to be the decisive run in the 3-2 victory.

Take a look at Sale’s performance and De Aza’s clutch hit:

http://atmlb.com/13F4FKM

http://atmlb.com/13ERCZU

Quote of the Day

A smiling Beckham commented on the usually slow-footed Paulie, who avoided hitting into a double play in the sixth by beating the throw to first, allowing the Sox to score the go-ahead run:

He works constantly on his speed, as we all know, and he blazed a trail down to first and got us the win. All kidding aside, that’s pretty gutsy for him to do that, because his back is probably not 100 percent. He’s gutting it out, and you’ve got to like that. That’s why he’s Paulie. We love him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day.

On Friday, the White Sox and Twins will play a doubleheader. The extra game is a makeup contest that was originally scheduled for April 19, but postponed due to inclement weather.

Game 1 (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP John Danks (2-9, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.69) for the Twins.

Game 2 (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP Charlie Leesman will be making his big-league debut for the Sox, TBA for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that according to South Side Sox (southsidesox.com) the White Sox have indeed touched up the normally untouchable Mariano on a few occasions? Enjoy this interesting look back:

http://www.southsidesox.com/2013/8/6/4592810/mariano-rivera-white-sox-blown-saves-losses

Photo of the Day

On Monday, President Obama hosted a group of former Negro League players and honored them for their contributions to American history, civil rights and athletics. One of the players attending was none other than White Sox icon Minnie Minoso, shown here giving his own state of the union.

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With a Win in the Books, Sox Look to Continue Momentum

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-11, 2.92) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.38) for New York.

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

Meet Sox Groundskeeper Roger Bossard: The Sodfather

http://wgntv.com/2013/08/05/meet-the-sodfather/

Play(s) of the Day

Outstanding pitching and an offense that scored seven runs in the first three innings highlighted our 8-1 victory last night and ended the 10-game losing streak…Jose Quintana got credit for his sixth win of the season with an impressive 6.2 innings, allowing just one run and eight scattered hits along with five strikeouts…Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios led the way offensively. Ramirez went 4-5 with two RBI and a run scored and Rios was 2-4 with four RBI, a walk and a run scored.

Here’s Alexei’s run-scoring double in the sixth inning that gave the Sox an 8-0 lead.

http://atmlb.com/11IPoHE

Quote of the Day

Robin on last night’s win:

“It starts with pitching and “Q’ was great…offensively it was just one of those (games) that just clicked. You get some balls that fall in and I can’t remember too many of the ones that just fall into the outfield for us, especially with guys on. So, it’s one of those that relieves a lot of the psyche or whatever of not knocking guys in. Guys are swinging, they’re taking ball four, it was just a good night offensively.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28) for the Sox, LHP C.C. Sabathia (9-10, 4.78) for N.Y.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox are 6-2 against the Yankees in the last two seasons?

Photo of the Day

The Sox are counting on an All-Star performance from Chris tonight in Game 2 of the series.

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“Q” and Sox Host Yankees in First of Three

Monday, August 5, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62) for the Sox, LHP Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28) for New York. “Q” is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA with 38 strikeouts over his last six starts.

Sox Starting Lineup: Ramirez, SS; Keppinger, 3B; Rios, RF; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; Beckham, 2B; Viciedo, LF; Wells, CF; Phegley, C.

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On the Bright Side

White Sox starters rank 4th in the American League with a 3.87 ERA. Their ERA has improved during the current losing streak.

Robin and the “Ryan Express”

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the brawl between Robin Ventura and the Rangers’ Nolan Ryan on the mound in Texas.  In addition to making me – once again – feel old, I chuckled about my perspective on that moment.  I was traveling with the team on that trip and for some reason, I can’t quite remember why, I was asked to deliver an autographed Frank Thomas baseball to a young boy in the stands just over our dugout.  So I waited until a good time in the game to head down to deliver the gift.  The elevator at that old ballpark might have been the slowest ever – to go only one floor – and I recall walking down the stands looking for the right row and seat number.  All of a sudden, the crowd roared, I looked up just in time to see Robin reach Ryan.  The rest is photographic history.  I dropped off the ball, said a quick hello and dashed back upstairs to the press box to catch footage of the pitch and its result.

Last Opening Day in Texas, Ryan stopped by our clubhouse to shake hands with Robin.  My recollection of that meeting was that Nolan Ryan remains a big human being.  Big.

Play(s) of the Day

Despite getting his second straight no-decision in yesterday’s 3-2, extra-inning loss, Andre Rienzo was impressive in his second big-league start No. 2. He went six innings, giving up only two runs on four hits…With yesterday’s mammoth 475-foot solo homer, Adam Dunn passed Cal Ripken Jr. for 43rd place on the all-time home run list with his 432nd.  It was Adam’s 26th of the season and he added three singles for good measure. Furthermore, he is hitting .308 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI over the last 48 games and has raised his average from .156 to .226…Paul Konerko homered to tie the game at 2-2 in the ninth…And how about this catch by Gordon Beckham?

http://t.co/jiUQrN8obK

Quote of the Day

Outfielder Avisail Garcia on being traded to the Sox:

“I’m happy for the trade. This is a new opportunity for me to be here. I thank God for that. I’ve just got to keep playing hard and try to do something good for my team and help my team win games.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-11, 2.92) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki  Kuroda (10-6, 2.38) for New York.

Did You Know…

…that Paulie’s homer was the 430th of his career, 45th against the Tigers, the 18th at Comerica Park and eighth of the season?

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Photo/Video of the Day

Dunn’s bomb on video and Paulie going deep in finale of Detroit series:

http://atmlb.com/14W23UB

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