March 2015

Rodon Makes Final Cactus League Start Today; Flowers Crushes Third Spring Homer

Tuesday, March 31, 2015



Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon for the Sox, RHP Joel Weiland for L.A.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Tyler Flowers slammed his third home run of the spring and singled, Adam Eaton singled twice, walked and stole a base and Conor Gillaspie knocked out a pair of singles in the Sox’ 4-1 loss to the Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless seventh.

Flowers Blooming

Roster Move

The Sox have reassigned RHP Chris Beck to minor-league camp.

GM Hahn: Petricka to Start Season on DL, But Should be Back Soon

Sox General Manager Rick Hahn said yesterday that reliever Jake Petricka, who hasn’t seen action since March 23 because of right forearm/elbow soreness, will begin the year on the disabled list. The good news is that an MRI has determined his arm is “clean” so it should be a short stint–he will be eligible to join the Sox as early as April 11.


“It did not make sense to try to rush and jam an outing or two in and force him on to the active roster. Hopefully it’s just a small setback. Again we prefer to err on the side of caution whenever possible.”


Quote of the Day

Known as a player who is all business on the field, Melky Cabrera (pictured above) showed his lighter side recently when he playfully threw a wad of paper at Jose Abreu when last year’s AL Rookie of the Year was being interviewed in front of a camera. Melky’s explanation via the Sun-Times‘ Daryl Van Schouwen:

“I showed that my arm is good. I always try to mess with him because he’s a good guy and we have a very good relationship. It’s good to have an atmosphere where you can relax and that kind of stuff.”

Home Opener Sold Out

The April 10 home opener vs. the Twins is sold out, except for a limited number of standing room only tickets and those remaining as part of season-ticket plans. Fans interested in buying SRO tickets should visit the U.S. Cellular Box Office.

Idea of the Day: Ballpark Pass

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox (SS) vs. Padres at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for us vs. TBA;  Sox (SS) vs. Mariners at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Brad Penny for the Sox vs. LHP James Paxton.

Photo of the Day

Fans take advantage of one of the last chances to get Robin‘s autograph in Glendale this spring.


Countdown to Opening Day

Monday, March 30, 2015


Today’s News

A Week From Today: Kansas City Here We Come

The White Sox are down to their last four days in Arizona, then head to Charlotte for an exhibition game against the Class AAA Knights on Friday. The Sox have Saturday and Sunday off before the opener in K.C. next Monday, April 6.

The remaining spring schedule is as follows.

Today: vs. Cleveland (Camelback Ranch-Glendale)

Tomorrow: at L.A. Dodgers (Camelback Ranch-Glendale)

Wednesday: vs. San Diego (SS) (Camelback Ranch-Glendale), vs. Seattle (SS) (at Peoria)

Thursday: at Arizona (Salt River Fields)

Friday: at Charlotte

Saturday: Off

Sunday: Off

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer for Cleveland.

Yesterday’s Highlights

A couple catchers–George Kottaras who was actually playing behind the plate and Tyler Flowers who was in the DH slot–led the White Sox offense in yesterday’s 4-1 win over the Indians at Goodyear. In the fourth inning, Flowers doubled in a run to tie the Tribe at 1-1 (click on top link below) and after a walk to J.B. Shuck, Kottaras doubled home both runners to give us a 3-1 lead (click on bottom link below)…In the fifth, Conor Gillaspie singled in Micah Johnson after the rookie collected his second base hit of the game…Sox pitching was outstanding. Scott Carroll went three innings, allowing one run, none earned, on two hits and a walk with a strikeout…David Robertson, who has been experiencing some soreness in his pitching arm, pitched a scoreless fourth and felt good after the game…Arcenio Leon pitched two perfect innings and Jace Fry, the Sox’ third-round pick in last year’s draft, threw three scoreless frames to earn the save.

Best Wishes to Chris on Number 26


Kyle Drabek’s Whirlwind

Final Four

There will be some good-natured ribbing this week among Sox staff leading up to Final Four Saturday. In one of the two semi-final games, Assistant Athletic Trainer Brian Ball‘s Kentucky Wildcats go up against the Wisconsin Badgers of Senior Executive Vice President Howard Pizer, Senior Director of of Media Relations Bob Beghtol and Director of Digital Communications Brad Boron. There will be more tension prior to the championship game a week from tonight if Senior Coordinator of Social Media Colleen Maxwell‘s Michigan State Spartans defeat Duke in the other semi-final and challenge either Kentucky or Wisconsin.

Quote of the Day

Jose Quintana‘s response was short and sweet after allowing just one earned run in six innings against the A’s on Saturday, giving him a 2.92 Cactus League ERA.

“I’m ready.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN).

Photo of the Day

Robertson after his performance: “I feel good. I feel like I’m throwing the ball better than I was earlier in camp. I just needed a little time to get the soreness out, have my body recoup and get ready for the next outing.”


Alexei (RBI) and Jose (Batting Average) are Spring Leaders

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Goodyear (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Scott Carroll for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.

Yesterday’s Highlights

As he has done all spring, Alexei Ramirez delivered the goods yesterday with a two-run double (click on link below) in the White Sox’ loss to Oakland at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. The two runs batted in gives Alexei a total of 17, which leads both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues…While Ramirez leads all major leaguers in RBI, Jose Abreu is the MLB pacesetter in batting average with a .479 mark as a result of going 2-5 against the A’s with a pair of singles…Geovany Soto and J.B Shuck each doubled in a run…Sox starter Jose Quintana was solid in six innings of work. He gave up just one earned run on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks…Zach Putnam pitched the ninth, his third straight scoreless outing.

Roster Moves

The White Sox have optioned RHP Daniel Webb to Class AAA Charlotte and reassigned LHP Zach Phillips to minor-league camp. Sox now have 39 players in big-league camp–23 pitchers, three catchers, eight infielders and five outfielders.

Quote of the Day

Matt Snyder of CBS on Eaton:

“He hit .300 with a .362 on-base percentage, 15 steals and AL-best 10 triples last season. That’s the work of a great leadoff man. It’s not just that, though. Watch him play. He’s intense, a hustler, a max-effort guy…Fun player.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer for Cleveland.

Noesi Keeping Things Loose

Photos of the Day

As Snyder said, Eaton is a “fun player.”





We’re “Minnie Minoso” Days Away From Opening Day

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Today’s News

That’s Right, Just Nine Days From Now…

It’ll be Jeff Samardzija and the White Sox vs. Yordano Ventura and the Royals on Monday, April 6, at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium in the season opener. Can’t wait.

And, of course, every day we think of Minnie is a good day.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir for Oakland.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera went 3-4 with a solo home run (1) and a pair of singles, Tyler Flowers hit a two-run homer–his second Cactus League round-tripper–and J.B. Shuck singled, doubled, scored a run and stole his fifth base of the spring in the 6-3 loss to the Cubs…Zach Duke and Javy Guerra pitched scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

A Second Generation Drabek Joins Sox

The White Sox have claimed RHP Kyle Drabek off waivers from the Blue Jays. Kyle’s dad, Doug, was drafted by the Sox in 1983, went elsewhere and came back to us in 1997 when he won 12 games. In all, he was a 155-game winner in 13 big-league seasons and also played with the Pirates, Astros, Yankees and Orioles.

Tough Guy

UFC champion Chuck Liddell visited Sox camp today. Here he is with (clockwise from top left) pitchers Quintana, Guerra, Hector Noesi and Dan Jennings.


Quote of the Day

Things are progressing for Chris Sale. The All-Star lefty, recovering from a fractured foot, threw a 75-pitch simulated game (five sets of 15) yesterday and is getting closer to claiming his customary spot in the rotation. Here’s Sale on his effort:

“…I wanted to see how it feels when I’m at max effort. Don’t want to baby this thing along and first time I try to have a max effort is in a game and you run into problems there. You try to build up, put as much stress on it here as I can so when the season comes I can handle it. I feel great, really. Today was a big confidence booster being able to go out there five different times and really do everything I’ve always done.”

Road to the Final Four

It’s a big weekend for the following Sox: Right-hander Samardzija and Senior Director of Baseball Operations Dan Fabian (Notre Dame), Assistant Athletic Trainer Brian Ball (Kentucky), Senior Executive Vice President Howard Pizer, Senior Director of Media Relations Bob Beghtol and Director of Digital Communications Brad Boron (Wisconsin) and Senior Coordinator of Social Media Colleen Maxwell (Michigan State). Each has his or her Final Four hopes on the line. Good luck to all.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Goodyear (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Scott Carroll for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.

Photo/Video of the Day

Life in the White Sox weight room:


Abreu is En Fuego…and it’s Sox vs. Cubs II in Mesa 

Friday, March 27, 2015


Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Mesa (3:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second and final meeting this spring between the two Windy City clubs. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija  for the Sox and RHP Jason Hammel for the North Siders.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Abreu went 3-3, raising his Cactus League batting average to a blistering .488…Adam LaRoche (double), Alexei RamirezJ.B. Shuck, Gordon Beckham (double) and minor-leaguer Christian Marrero each drove in a run in the Sox’ 9-6 loss to the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Zach Putnam, Jairo Asencio and Erik Surkamp each pitched a scoreless inning.


Words of Wisdom From the Front Office 

Earlier this week a group of Sox bloggers spoke with GM Rick Hahn and Assistant GM Buddy Bell. Here’s a sampling of what was discussed.

Hahn (pictured above), speaking about the importance of building the farm system:

“It absolutely was a priority for all of us. The end-all, be-all is winning in Chicago, and really the farm system plays into that two-fold. One, is providing impact talent that can help us win in Chicago, or two, providing us with viable trade assets to go get the pieces we need in Chicago. While I agree that we’re in a healthier spot than we’ve been in in a while, from a farm system standpoint, I do think for years it was serving that second purpose fairly well, as we were able to augment the big league club. But in an effort to try to create something around here that’s sustainable, not a situation where we just jump up once and contend and knock out an 88 to 90-win season and fall back down, but instead, put ourselves in position to contend annually. Getting the farm system to hit on all cylinders so that we were providing guys for Chicago was a priority.”

Bell, talking about the organization’s philosophy of challenging players:

“I think the benefit is that you’re able to see what kind of adjustments you have to make, ultimately.  I see low A and high A as not a tremendously big jump, I think in Courtney’s (Hawkins) case, in his first year he did a good job in Kannapolis and then went up to Winston-Salem for the playoffs and did well. I thought he needed to make some adjustments and he had to understand the adjustments and he had to be humbled a bit. He certainly was even though he put up some pretty good numbers from a strikeout standpoint. I think he suffered there a little bit.  I think probably from my experience as a player, I wanted to be pushed, I wanted to understand what I needed to do—it’s hard at times, this game is an awful hard game to play. Within reason, I think our philosophy is to push guys and I think we’ve been successful for the most part. Guys are ultimately going to determine if they are going to make it in the big leagues and a jump from low A to high A is not that big of deal in my mind. A jump—just to get away from that question for a bit—I think the jump from Charlotte to the big leagues is the biggest jump and I don’t think it ever used to be, I’m not sure what the deal is but the game the way it’s played in Triple A is not even close to how it’s played in the big leagues. The speed of the game in the big leagues has gotten so quick to how it’s played in triple-A. I think the jump from single-A ball to triple-A is not as great as it used to be, I think it is all kind of relative. But to answer your question—our philosophy is to push the guys a little bit, to be a little more aggressive than maybe (other organizations).”

Remember Me? 


Abreu Among Elite Sluggers

Tweet of the Day: Quite a Comparison

@BerniePleskoff: Heard it from scout today: #WhiteSox Carlos Rodon reminds him of  “young Steve Carlton.”  Not too shabby. I love what I’ve seen of Rodon.


More Rodon

Carlos Rodon‘s 19 strikeouts are tied with the Mariners’ Taijuan Walker and the A’s Drew Pomeranz for the Cactus League lead.

The LaRoche/Thome Connection

Quotes of the Day



Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

Straight A’s: Avi and Alexei.


It’s Official: The Shark Will Face Royals on Opening Day

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Today’s News

Samardzija to Make Sox Debut in Game 1, Quintana Will Go in Game 2

Robin Ventura made it official yesterday. Jeff Samardzija will be the White Sox’ Opening Day starter when the Sox face the Royals April 6 in Kansas City.

With Chris Sale still on the mend from the fracture in his right foot, the Shark gets the call while also making his debut in a Sox uniform.

Jose Quintana will be on the mound for the club’s second game two days later on April 8.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Brad Penny for the Sox, LHP Clayton Kershaw for L.A.

Last Night’s Highlights

Sox 6, Royals 0 at Surprise…Carlos Rodon was outstanding last night with his college catcher and former roommate, Brett Austin, as his batterymate. In four innings of work, the highly touted rookie pitcher from North Carolina State struck out nine, allowing only four hits without allowing a walk (see video below)…Chris Beck followed Rodon and was superb, pitching three scoreless innings and allowing just two hits along with a pair of strikeouts…Scott Carroll and Arcenio Leon pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, respectively…Offensively, Keon Barnum smashed a three-run home run, Avi Garcia hit a solo shot, Melky Cabrera singled in a run and J.B. Shuck doubled in Emilio Bonifacio, who tripled.

The Barnum and Garcia homers:


Sale Update

Chris Sale talks about Wednesday’s bullpen session


A Fond Look Back

Actor and lifelong Sox fan/native South Sider Mandy Patinkin is the narrator for a documentary on the 2005 World Champion White Sox to premiere April 12 at 7:00 p.m., CT, on CSN Chicago.

Thank You Fans!

The White Sox (@whitesox) hit the 100k follower mark on Instagram today.


Here are some of our most popular moments so far this season:


Quotes of the Day

Rodon has impressed his teammates during his short stay in pro ball. The following is a good example why:

“The last thing you want to do is open up and talk a lot. Best thing to do is listen because you learn a lot more when you listen instead of speaking up and talking a lot. And that’s the last thing the older guys want to hear is a rook that hasn’t been in it before and has never been a part of it and start opening up and just talking.”

An anonymous observer made the following comment on last night’s Sox battery of Rodon and Austin:

“To think that a year ago, these two were getting ready for Duke.”

Shark Cage

Brand new this season: Samardzija’s Shark Cage in Sections 154 and 155. Fans will get a free cap and strikeout card with a ticket ($20 for most games with some exceptions).


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Mesa (3:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: RHP Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Jason Hammel for the North Siders.

Photo of the Day

This is something you don’t see every day–a father and son exchanging the lineup cards at home plate. Here Royals’ third base coach Mike Jirschele and son Justin, an infielder in the Sox’ minor-league system, do the honors before last night’s game.


Former N.C. State Batterymates Rodon and Austin to Reunite as White Sox Tonight

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Surprise (8:05 p.m., CT, MLB Network). Sox Starter: LHP Carlos Rodon.

Sox Starting Lineup: Adam Eaton CF, Melky Cabrera LF, Jose Abreu DH, Adam LaRoche 1B, Avi Garcia RF, Conor Gillaspie 3B, Gordon Beckham SS, Brett Austin C, Micah Johnson 2B.

It will be a special moment tonight when Rodon takes the mound and looks in for the signs from catcher Brett Austin. At this time last year Rodon and Austin, the Sox’ first and fourth round picks, respectively, in the 2014 June draft, were batterymates at North Carolina State (see photo above).

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Abreu (a solo shot) and Tyler Flowers (a two-run blast) each smashed their first homer of the spring in yesterday’s 7-6 loss to the Rockies at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…

Gordon Beckham doubled in a pair of runs…Zach Duke (1.0 IP), Maikel Cleto (2.0) and Zach Putnam (1.0) pitched scoreless relief.

Enjoy the Abreu and Flowers home runs:

Sox Moves

C Rob Brantly has been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte and INF Juan Diaz and OF Courtney Hawkins have been reassigned to minor-league camp.

Meet Zach Duke

Quote of the Day 

John Danks on Abreu’s first homer of the spring:

“I didn’t know he didn’t have a homer to this point. I really didn’t. We are not worried about Abreu. We’ve seen what he can do and expect another big season out of him. He doesn’t miss the barrel much. I’m glad he’s on my team.” 

 Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Brad Penny for the Sox, LHP Clayton Kershaw for L.A.

Photos of the Day

Loyal White Sox fan Eric Von Schaumburg, diagnosed with ALS two years ago and unable to speak, visited Sox camp yesterday. Here he is with a couple of his favorite players–Chris Sale and Adam Eaton–his fiancee Lindsay and after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.





Sale on His Progress: “It’s Great to Be a Real Baseball Player Again”

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Today’s News

Getting There

Chris Sale ran yesterday for the first time since his foot injury, is set to throw a second bullpen tomorrow and is scheduled to throw 75 pitches on Friday in a simulated game. All of this planned activity prompted Chris’ upbeat comment above.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rockies at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Sox Starter: LHP John Danks. Others scheduled are RHP Javy Guerra, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Matt Albers, LHP Onelki Garcia.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Andy Wilkins doubled in three runs, Alexei Ramirez continued his hot hitting by driving in a run with a double, his 14th RBI of the spring (click on link below), and Conor Gillaspie went 2-3 with a single and a double in the Sox loss to the Padres in Peoria…Melky Cabrera made a terrific throw to double off a runner at first base.

Sox Moves

INF Leury Garcia, LHP Onelki Garcia and 1B Wilkins have been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte; RHP Frankie Montas has been optioned to Class AA Birmingham and RHP Logan Kensing, RHP Nolan Sanburn and LHP Joe Savery have been reassigned to minor-league camp.

Read All About It: The Abreu Profile in Chicago Mag


Quote of the Day

Robin on Sale:

“Today’s a good day just getting him back out with everybody on the field… just to get him back out’s good for his sake.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Surprise (8:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox Starter: RHP Chris Beck.

Photo of the Day

Popular country music artist Luke Bryan, a buddy of Adam LaRoche, visited Sox camp yesterday. Bryan had time for this selfie and also took some BP with the great Bo Jackson looking over his shoulder.


In Sox Camp “Q” Stands for Outstanding

Monday, March 23, 2015


Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Padres at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose

Quintana for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross for San Diego. Other Sox scheduled to pitch: RHP David Robertson, RHP Frankie Montas, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Maikel Cleto.

Quintana will be looking to continue his outstanding performance this spring. He’s 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA.

Yesterday’s Highlights

J.B. Shuck (pictured below) singled, doubled, drove in a run and stole his fourth base of the spring. He is now hitting .394…Alexei Ramirez, also batting .394, added a single and double with an RBI and Courtney Hawkins, following up his two homers on Saturday, doubled and drove in a run in his only at bat in the Sox’ loss to the Brewers at Maryvale.


A New Avi

March Madness White Sox Style

On Saturday, Sox hurlers and North Carolina State products Carlos Rodon and Erik Surkamp were celebrating their alma mater’s impressive win over No. 1 seed Villanova in the East Regional to advance to the Sweet 16. And former Fighting Irish standout Jeff Samardzija was doing likewise after Notre Dame’s triumph over Butler in the Midwest Regional. Now it’s Conor Gillaspie‘s turn to gloat as his Wichita State Shockers upended No. 2 seed and intrastate rival Kansas yesterday to advance to the round of 16 in the Midwest. N.C. State squares off with Louisville on Friday in Syracuse while Jeff’s Irish will play Conor’s Shockers on Thursday in Cleveland.

Also in a very good mood is White Sox social media whiz Colleen Maxwell, whose Michigan State Spartans surprised No. 2 Virginia in the East. Sparty goes up against Oklahoma Friday in Syracuse.

Quotes of the Day

Alexei on hitting in the sixth hole:

“That’s part of the job that I’m doing right now. I’ve found my spot in the lineup. It’s a great responsibility and I can find men on base. I have to bring them home.”

And on this year’s Sox:

“We are like a family right now. We make jokes. We laugh. I think that it’s a good team we have here. I think that the front office found the pieces.”


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Sox Starter: LHP John Danks. Others scheduled are RHP Javy Guerra, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Matt Albers, LHP Onelki Garcia.

Photo of the Day

World Champion White Sox outfielder Aaron Rowand (on the far right) brought his Little League team to Glendale to see how it’s done on the major-league level. That’s Aaron’s son wearing his Dad’s No. 33.


Sunday Roundup: Hawkins Sizzles, Two Special Kids, An Emotional Eaton and More…

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Brewers at Maryvale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Matt Garza for the Brewers. Other Sox scheduled to pitch: RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Arcenio Leon.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Courtney Hawkins launched a one-out, two-run homer in the seventh inning, his third in Cactus League play, to tie the score at 4-4 and repeated the feat in the ninth to give the Sox a dramatic 6-4 come-from-behind win over the Royals at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Jose Abreu continued his outstanding spring with his sixth RBI in 11 games–a fifth-inning sac fly…He’s now hitting .484 in CL action…J.B. Shuck singled and doubled and is now batting .367…David Robertson pitched a perfect sixth and Carlos Rodon, Javy Guerra and Daniel Webb followed with a scoreless inning apiece.

Enjoy Hawkins’ walkoff blast:

Robin on Hawkins

“Home Run For Life”

Before yesterday’s game, brothers Shaun and Malik Hamilton ran the bases and were greeted by players from both the Sox and Royals as part of “Home Run For Life,” a program that sponsors and works with children who have life-threatening illnesses (see photos below).

Shaun is currently battling severe Aplastic Anemia and is scheduled to undergo his second bone marrow transplant. Malik will once again be his hero donor.IMG_2498



Sale’s Progress a Pleasant Surprise

Hot Off the Presses

Jose Abreu is featured in the April issue of Chicago Magazine. It’s on newsstands now and online beginning tomorrow.


Congrats to White Sox pitchers Rodon and Surkamp

You can’t blame proud North Carolina State products Rodon and Erik Surkamp if they are doing a little bit of celebrating today as their Wolfpack upset No. 1 seed Villanova last night to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Quote of the Day

Adam Eaton on signing his new contract:

“It almost brings a tear to my eye because I’ve been looked over my whole life. I say that I dreamed about it, but really I didn’t. When I was in high school, I dreamed about playing college baseball, Division II, Division III. When I was in college (Division I Miami of Ohio), I was just dreaming about putting on a professional uniform in Missoula, Montana. To sign a professional contract for five years in the big leagues, it’s absolutely crazy how far we’ve come.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross for San Diego. Other Sox scheduled to pitch: RHP David Robertson, RHP Frankie Montas, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Maikel Cleto.

Photo of the Day

The manager’s bracket picks.