Sox vs. Cubs: A Memorial Day Treat


Monday, May 27, 2013
Today’s News
Tonight’s Game
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the first of a four-game series, two on the South Side and the final two on the North Side. Starters: Jose Quintana (3-1) for the Sox, Jeff Samardzjia (2-6) for the Cubs.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 2B; Flowers, C.
The Crosstown Cup Series
This is the first time in the series history that the Sox and Cubs will play on four consecutive days. The Sox lead the all-time series 49-41. They are 26-19 at home, 23-22 on the road, have won eight of the last 11, 15 of 21 and were winners of four of six in 2012.
Memorial Day Festivities
The Sox celebration of Memorial Day began yesterday with a pregame parade of members of the military, friends and family…Army paratrooper Al Mampre threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Chris Sale. Mampre was a member of the 101st Airborne Company in World War II, memorialized in the book and TV series Band of Brothers. There also was a National Moment of Remembrance and eight servicemen were honored on the field alongside each Sox player on the field.
Today, there will be a National Moment of Remembrance, followed by a video. Also, members of the U.S. Armed Forces will throw the ceremonial first pitches and Challenger, the Bald Eagle, will fly across the pitcher’s mound during the national anthem.
Camo Caps and Jerseys
The Sox and the other 29 major league clubs are wearing camouflage caps and jerseys today as they did on Armed Forces Day to honor our troops who are serving around the world and those who served in the past. The jerseys have a touch of camo in the word Sox on the front and in the name and number on the back.
Happy No. 45 to No. 35
Happy Birthday to Sox legend Frank Thomas, celebrating his 45th birthday today.

Play of the Day

Adam Dunn homered, Alejandro De Aza doubled twice and drove in two and the bullpen was flawless in yesterday’s 5-3 win over the Marlins. But let’s give kudos to Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo, who each cut down a runner at the plate to prevent a pair of runs. Here’s Rios in the act:

Quote of the Day
Dylan Axelrod, the winning pitcher yesterday against the Marlins, on the recent Sox surge as they have won three straight games, five of the last six, 10 of the last 14 and three of their last four series (via @ScottMerkin):
“Being .500 we feel like now the only way is up. Good things are happening.”
Tomorrow’s Schedule
White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: Chris Sale (5-2) for the Sox, Edwin Jackson (1-7) for the Cubs.
Did You Know…
…that 13 major leaguers have played for the White Sox and Cubs in the same season?: INF Sammy Strang (1902), P Emmett O’Neill (1946), OF Lloyd Merriman (1955), P Turk Lown (1958), C Earl Averill (1960), INF/OF Jimmy Stewart (1967), P Bob Miller (1970), P Phil Regan (1972), P Steve Renko (1977), P Lynn McGlothen (1981), P Bill Long (1990), P Matt Karchner (1998) and C Josh Paul (2003).
Photo of the Day
There aren’t many American Leaguers who deserve an All-Star nod more than Alex. Please give him your support and send him to the Midsummer Classic in New York.

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