April 2015

Sale Eyes Third Win in Series Opener vs. Twins

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (2-0, 2.37) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (1-1, 4.91) for Minnesota.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Avi Garcia went 2-3 with a run scored and raised his batting average to .292 in the loss to the Orioles…Geovany Soto drove in a run…Scott Carroll pitched two scoreless innings and rookie Carlos Rodon retired the O’s in order on five pitches in the eighth.

The Closer

David Robertson is averaging 19.13 strikeouts per nine innings, the second best among major-league relievers behind the Nationals’ Rafael Martin (19.80). Robertson’s career average of 12.13 strikeouts per nine innings ranks third in major-league history among pitchers with at least 300 IP, trailing Carlos Marmol (12.33) and Rob Dibble (12.17)…He has struck out 17 of 29 batters faced this season and has fanned two or more batters in five consecutive outings.

Best Food in the Majors


Quote of the Day

Robin on playing without fans in the stands yesterday in Baltimore:

“It was just a weird day. It was such a surreal experience that you get past it and get ready for tomorrow.”


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 6.55) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (1-2, 4.84) for Minny.

Matt Davidson’s Big Day


2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 19 on April 24, the White Sox won their seventh straight with a 4-3 win over the Royals in Kansas City. Aaron Rowand and pinch-hitter Pablo Ozuna (No. 38 below) each drove in a run in the eighth, giving the Sox the lead. Shingo Takatsu retired K.C. 1-2-3 in the ninth for his sixth save. Neal Cotts got the win in relief as the first-place Sox improved to 15-4 on the season.


Photo of the Day

All-Star Voting begins.



Hump Day Matinee

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

After Monday and Tuesday night postponements the White Sox and Orioles will play today starting at 1:05 p.m, CT, at Oriole Park, Camden Yards in Baltimore. Because of the circumstances the game will be played without any fans in the stands, but will be televised on WPWR. Probable starters are Jeff Samardzija for the Sox and Ubaldo Jimenez for the O’s.

Here is the official release from Major League Baseball outlining the details, including the makeup date for the two postponed games.


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: Chris Sale for the Sox, TBA for Minnesota.

Rest of Sox Pitching Schedule In Minny

It will be Jose Quintana on Friday, Hector Noesi on Saturday and John Danks on Sunday vs. the Twins.

Tim Anderson Excelling at Birmingham


Photo of the Day

Sox take BP yesterday at Camden Yards.


A Happy Bunch of Sox Look to Ground Orioles

Monday, April 27, 2015


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game road trip that continues with four in Minnesota. Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, Ubaldo Jimenez for the O’s.

Yesterday’s Highlights: Two For the Road

It took just 19 minutes for the Sox to win the suspended game from Friday night. In the bottom of the ninth inning, after David Robertson shut down the Royals in the top half of the frame, the Sox mounted a rally for the 3-2 victory. With two outs, Melky Cabrera walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and after Jose Abreu was intentionally walked, Avi Garcia delivered the game-winning single that scored Cabrera. It was Garcia’s first career walk-off hit…Robertson earned his second win.

On the strength of a five-run sixth inning, a quality start by John Danks, stellar bullpen work and a spectacular ninth-inning run-saving catch by Cabrera (see photo below) the White Sox defeated the Royals in the regularly scheduled game, 5-3, for a Sunday sweep and a series triumph…Conor Gillaspie‘s two-out, two-run single (click on link below) gave the Sox a 4-3 lead in the sixth after they had been stymied by K.C. starter Edinson Volquez for the first five frames and down 3-0…Abreu, Adam LaRoche and Tyler Flowers each added an RBI in the inning…Danks recorded his second straight quality start for his first win of the season and is now 8-1 lifetime against the Royals. He gave up three runs and five hits along with eight strikeouts in six innings of work…Jake Petricka, Zach Duke and Robertson pitched scoreless ball in relief with the latter adding his third save to his win earlier in the day.


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Quotes of the Day

Danks on Sunday’s “Soxcess”:

“We came to the ballpark to win two and we got it done.”

Duke on the recent Sox performance:

“Over the last five or six games we’ve played a really good brand of baseball. Early on you are kind of trying to feel each other out and see how you are going to figure out to win games. I feel like we are starting to do that and playing our style.”

Sox Notes of Note

Abreu extended his hitting streak to eight (.467) and is the fourth player to hit .300 with 40 HR, 120 RBI in their first 162 games (others are Rudy York, Chuck Klein and Ryan Braun)…Adam Eaton has reached base safely in his last nine games…Garcia has reached base in 15 of his last 16…The White Sox bullpen owns a 1.38 ERA over their last 13 games…Duke has not allowed a run in his last four appearances…Robertson converted his 50th career save and made his eighth scoreless appearance…Saturday’s game vs. Royals, which was postponed due to rain, has been rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader on Friday, July 17. The first game will begin at 1:10 p.m., CT, with the regularly scheduled contest starting at 7:10 p.m., CT…Saturday’s promotional giveaway–the “Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year” blanket presented by Beggar’s Pizza–will be given to the first 20,000 fans at the afternoon contest.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman for Baltimore.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 18 at Kansas City, Aaron Rowand singled in the eventual winning run in the 10th inning as the Sox nipped the Royals, 3-2, for their sixth straight win. Damaso Marte (2-0) was the winning pitcher in relief. The first-place Sox improved to 14-4.

Photos of the Day

Before yesterday’s game, Abreu received not one, not two, but three pieces of hardware–the Silver Slugger award for first basemen and both the Jackie Robinson and Gibby Rookie of the Year awards. Jose’s teammate Alexei Ramirez also picked up his Silver Slugger trophy for shortstops.





Sunday Baseball With A Bonus

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Today’s News

Back in Action

The conclusion of Friday night’s suspended game will precede the regularly scheduled White Sox-Royals contest this afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, beginning at 1:10 p.m., CT. Both games will be telecast on CSN. Probable starters for today’s regularly scheduled affair are LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez for Kansas City.

The game was suspended Friday night due to inclement weather after eight innings with the score tied at 2- 2. It was set to be made up yesterday, but both the suspended game and the regularly scheduled contest were postponed again due to the weather. A makeup date for the latter has not been determined.

Fans with tickets dated April 26 will be allowed to enter the ballpark to see both games. Tickets dated for April 24 will not be accepted for entry into the ballpark today. Fans with those tickets can bring their ticket to the U.S. Cellular Field box office and purchase a discounted outfield reserved seat for $10 for the April 26 game only.

Yesterday’s promotional “Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year blanket,” presented by Beggars Pizza, and the pre-game Girl Scout parade also will be rescheduled for a date later in the season.

Friday Night Highlights

In the suspended game, which will pick up today in the top of the ninth, Adam Eaton is 2-4 with a triple, Jose Abreu also is 2-4 and Tyler Flowers and Melky Cabrera have driven in the Sox’ runs. Jose Quintana pitched as well as he has all season, allowing just two runs, seven hits. a lone walk and five strikeouts in seven innings of work. Zach Putnam came on and tossed a scoreless eighth.

Quote of the Day

Sox fans everywhere had a tense moment in the third inning Friday night when Abreu fell over Alcides Escobar during a rundown. Abreu made the tag, but fell down holding his right shoulder. The good news is that he got up after a few minutes and was ready to play.

What was Robin‘s initial reaction?

“A heart attack”

IMG_2783Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park, Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, Ubaldo Jimenez for the O’s.

Sox Notes of Note

Samardzija and Chris Sale were suspended for five games as a result of their involvement in Thursday night’s on-field incident. Both will appeal the decision. GM Rick Hahn said he was happy the two pitchers took responsibility for their actions and expressed remorse…Matt Albers has been placed on the disabled list with a fractured finger on his throwing hand. Scott Carroll has been called up from Class AAA Charlotte to replace him on the 25-man roster…The Sox also designated lefty Eric Surkamp for assignment. He was pitching at Charlotte…Abreu and Alexei Ramirez will be given their 2014 Silver Slugger awards today with Jose receiving his Rookie of the Year award as well.

Congratulations to the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks defeated Nashville last night to win their opening Western Conference playoff series four games to two. They now move on to Round 2 to face either St. Louis or Minnesota.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 16 in Detroit on April 21, Scott Podsednik singled home A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede in the seventh inning to give the Sox a 4-3 lead they never relinquished. Mark Buehrle won his third game of the season and Shingo Takatsu earned his fifth save. The first-place Sox won their fourth in a row to improve to 12-4.

In Game 17 at Kansas City on April 22, the first-place Sox routed the Royals, 8-2, for their fifth straight, raising their record to 13-4. Crede and Juan Uribe each went 3-4. Uribe and Tad Iguchi drove in a pair of runs apiece and Podsednik collected two hits and stole three bases to give him nine steals on the season. Freddy Garcia went seven innings for his second win.

Photo of the Day

Bad weather didn’t stop these loyal White Sox fans from having a good time at the ballpark on Friday night.


Tonight’s Mission: Even Series

Friday, April 24, 2015


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy for Kansas City.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Chris Sale gave up two runs in the first inning, but sailed through the next six frames as he shut down the Royals from the second through the seventh in last night’s tough 3-2, 13-inning  loss…Zach Duke, David Robertson, Zach Putnam and Dan Jennings each pitched a scoreless frame in relief of Sale. Jake Petricka pitched a perfect 12th before giving up the winning run in the 13th…Jose Abreu went 2-4 with an RBI and is now batting .305 with 13 RBI…The Sox also enjoyed an outstanding defensive game, highlighted by a few vintage plays by Alexei Ramirez, who also drove in his ninth run of the year.

Quote of the Day

Back in the day when their dad Dave was a coach with the Sox, a young Adam LaRoche and his brothers were fixtures around the clubhouse, much like Adam’s son Drake is today. Robin Ventura was the third baseman on those teams and has always liked the family atmosphere.

Asked what Adam was like back then, Robin quipped, “He didn’t have the beard. That’s new for him.”

Sox Notes of Note

Sox pitchers have registered a 1.59 ERA and 38 strikeouts over the last 11 games…Duke hasn’t allowed a hit in his last three appearances…Robertson has retired 16 straight batters, striking out 11 since April 9 in Kansas City…Jennings hasn’t given up a run in his last seven appearances…Abreu recorded his third straight multi-hit game…Micah Johnson has hit safely in each of his last six games, hitting .389, and Melky Cabrera extended his hit streak to six, batting .462 during that time.

Games in Cuba

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has talked about MLB playing exhibition games in Cuba as soon as next season. Abreu and Ramirez say they would jump at the chance. Here are their comments through an interpreter:

“In the near future I wish I can be able to go back and see my son and all my family there,” said Abreu.

Ramirez commented that, “I wish that could happen. I wish that I can get an invitation to go to play there and come back to my country. I’ve lost eight years and you can’t recover that time.”

This Blanket Can Be Yours

Be one of the first 20,000 attending tomorrow afternoon’s game and you can own this Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year blanket.


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Edinson Volquez for K.C.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 15 on April 20 at Comerica Park in Detroit, the first-place White Sox exploded for a 9-1 win over the Tigers to go 11-4 on the year. Joe Crede belted a three-run homer, Jermaine Dye a two-run blast, Scott Podsednik went 3-5 with two stolen bases and John Garland improved his record to 3-0, allowing just a run and five hits in eight innings.

Photo of the Day

Cover boy. Closer David Robertson is on the cover of Splash magazine.


After Series Win, Sox and Sale Take on Royals

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN+2/COZI) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura for K.C.

Chris is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA on the young season. He is set to make his third start and second at home. He earned his second straight win on April 18 at Detroit, allowing just two runs on four hits with six strikeouts in six innings.

See you tonight in the K Zone for Sale?



Yesterday’s Highlights

Jeff Samardzija pitched six shutout innings for his first win in a White Sox uniform, Jose Abreu drove in three runs with his fifth homer (click on link below) and a two-run double and Melky Cabrera went 2-4 with an RBI and run scored in the Sox’ 6-0 victory over Corey Kluber and the Tribe to earn the series win…Adam Eaton, Adam LaRoche, Alexei Ramirez and Micah Johnson added two hits apiece in our 14-hit effort…In relief of the Shark, Dan Jennings, Zach Duke and Jake Petricka each pitched a scoreless inning.


Big Hurt, Paulie, Minnie and Harold Lead in “Franchise Four” Voting



“Know Your Relievers” Starring Jake Petricka and Zach Putnam


Quotes of the Day

The Shark Speaks:

** On yesterday’s outing:

“It feels great. It’s all about proving yourself to these guys. You get new teammates and you want to come out here and make sure you prove your worth to them and they want to go out there and play with you and be out there on tough days like that. They went out there and played great for me and (Geovany Soto) called a great game and got me through it.”

** From one star to another. Samardzija on Abreu:

“Everybody knows what type of hitter he is. It’s great to be on the team and see how he works and how he prepares. We’re expecting big things out of him and we’re going to ride him as far as we can. He’s amazing.”

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox relievers have gone 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA and 33 strikeouts over the last 10 games…Jennings has made six consecutive scoreless appearances (7.1 IP)…Abreu homered in consecutive games for the fifth time in his career. He is hitting .365 with 11 doubles, 13 homers and 31 RBI in the first inning since he arrived in 2014. Also, he has now hit a HR off of five former Cy Young Award winners (Kluber, Justin Verlander, David PriceClayton Kershaw and R.A. Dickey)…LaRoche is hitting .294 with three home runs, eight RBI, six runs scored and six walks over his last nine games…Johnson has hit safely in each of his last five games, going 6-14 (.429)…Eaton is batting .300 (exactly what he hit in 2014) in his last eight games…Cabrera has hit safely in five straight and eight of his last 10 for a .357 average.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy for Kansas City.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 14 on April 19, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings for his second win of the season and Paul Konerko unloaded his seventh homer as the White Sox won their second in a row, 3-1, over the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. The first-place Sox moved to 10-4 on the year.

Photo of the Day

According to @ckamka: After yesterday’s performance, Jeff Samardzija’s ERA is now 1.41 in 32.0 career innings at U.S. Cellular Field.


Samardzija, Sox Seek Series Win in Today’s Matinee

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber for the Tribe.

The Shark will be making his fourth start of the season, second at home and first career appearance vs. Cleveland. He hurled a gem in his last start April 17 in Detroit despite receiving a no-decision. He allowed just one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts over eight innings.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Click on the link below to see Jose Abreu‘s first-inning homer, his fourth of the season, in last night’s loss to the Indians. Jose also singled in his ninth run of the year…The Sox’ No.1 and No. 2 hitters, Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera, also had a pair of base hits apiece…Carlos Rodon made his big-league debut, giving up a pair of runs in 2.1 innings pitched. He fanned Lonnie Chisenhall in the eighth inning for his first strikeout…Zach Duke pitched a scoreless ninth.



He Can’t Do Much Better Than This

Closer David Robertson has a 0.00 ERA, two saves and 10 strikeouts in five innings pitched.

Quotes of the Day

Veteran pitcher Brad Penny became a mentor to Rodon during spring training. Here’s a story featuring Penny’s glowing comments about the young lefty.


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura for K.C.

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day. Here is an amazing photo of what Sox fans would say is one of the most beautiful places on earth.


2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 13 on April 18 the White Sox began an eight-game winning streak with a 5-4 win over the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. Carl Everett smashed two homers and drove in three while Joe Crede delivered a two-run blast. Luis Vizcaino was the winning pitcher in relief and Shingo Takatsu recorded his fourth save. After the victory, the first-place Sox stood at 9-4.

Photo of the Day

Rodon made his way to the mound last night for his first major-league appearance.


Holy Melkman, Robin!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m, CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.

Yesterday’s Highlights

With one out in the ninth, The Sox quickly erased a 3-0 deficit and a potentially unsettling loss into a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 walk-off victory over the Indians that had to put a huge smile on the face of skipper Robin Ventura. Here is how it unfolded: Avi Garcia doubled, Conor Gillaspie walked and each moved up a base on a wild pitch. Alexei Ramirez then sent a long double off the centerfield wall, scoring both Garcia and Gillaspie. Tyler Flowers followed with a single, sending Ramirez to third, and Gordon Beckham tied the score at 3-3 with another single. Flowers moved to third and Beckham to second on Adam Eaton’s single and Melky Cabrera drove in Flowers with the game-winning hit…David Robertson pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his first win in a Sox uniform.

The rally:



Rodon’s Arrival

** Carlos Rodon on being promoted to the Sox: “It’s a dream come true.”

** GM Rick Hahn: “(Rodon) makes us stronger, makes us better.”

** Carlos’ high school coach weighs in:  http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/carlos-rodon%E2%80%99s-high-school-coach-sees-white-sox-getting-great-pitcher-person/

** Phil Rogers of mlb.com on the Sox’ new lefty: http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/119388490

And here’s Rodon visiting with Sox coach Todd Steverson.


Quotes of the Day

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, Corey Kluber for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

A welcome sight after the ninth-inning rally:


Welcome to the White Sox, Carlos Rodon

Monday, April 20, 2015


Today’s News

His Time Has Come

The much-anticipated arrival of Carlos Rodon, the White Sox’ No. 1 pick and third selection overall in the June 2014 amateur draft, has become a reality as the 22-year-old left-hander has been promoted to the Sox from Class AAA Charlotte. The photo above shows Rodon signing his Sox contract last July 11. Now he’s a big-leaguer and will begin his tenure in the bullpen.

Rodon is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 13 strikeouts in two starts with the Knights this season and has limited opponents to a .216 average. He struck out nine batters over five innings in his first start vs. Norfolk.

The North Carolina State product, who will wear No. 55 for the White Sox, entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 Prospect in the organization. He combined to go 0-0 with a 2.92 ERA and 38 strikeouts in nine games (six starts) over three stops last season in the Sox minor-league system.

To make room for Rodon and Jake Petricka, who has been activated from the disabled list, the Sox placed Javy Guerra on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation and designated Kyle Drabek for assignment.

More Rodon


Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that concludes with four vs. the Royals. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer for the Tribe. 

Yesterday’s Highlights

Coming off his four-hit day on Saturday, Melky Cabrera added two more hits yesterday in the Sox loss…Jose Abreu tripled in a run (click on top link below) and Micah Johnson singled and stole his first major-league base (click on bottom link below).




Quote of the Day

Reliever Zach Putnam (pictured above), who has been unscored upon in his last two outings, talking about the advantage of having David Robertson as a bullpen mate (via Scott Merkin at whitesox.com):

“I’m trying to have him impart some of that knowledge on me as I develop (the cutter) as a third pitch…It was almost surreal listening to him talk…He was like, ‘Mo (future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, who was Robertson’s teammate with the Yankees) holds his like this and does this with it, and I’m like, ‘I wish I had a camera to record all this so I have it for future reference.’ But I’m trying to learn from him whenever I can.”

Sanchez IL Player of the Week

Charlotte’s Carlos Sanchez has been named the International League Player of the Week (April 13-19). He hit a blistering .536 with six runs scored, four doubles, a stolen base and six RBI for the Knights. He is among the league leaders in hits, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Rodon should fit right in with the Sox pitching staff.



Sunday, April 19, 2015



Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (12:08 p.m., CT, CSN) as we go for the series win today before heading home. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Shane Greene for Detroit.

Quintana (1-0, 4.09) makes his third start of the year. He earned his first win on April 14 vs. the Indians, giving up just one run on three hits in six innings.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Cabrera LF, Abreu 1B, LaRoche DH, Garcia RF, Gillaspie 3B, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Johnson 2B

Yesterday’s Highlights

White Sox 12 17 1
Tigers 3 7 0

The Sox broke out in a huge way at Comerica, led by the 2-3-4 hitters…No. 4 Adam LaRoche smashed a three-run homer in the third inning, his third HR of the season, and went 3-5 with four RBI…In a seven-run fourth, No. 3 Jose Abreu followed LaRoche’s example with a grand slam, his third HR of the year, and he also went 3-5…No. 2 Melky Cabrera set the table with a double and three singles, two runs scored and drove in a pair of runs to boot…Alexei Ramirez and Conor Gillaspie added a ribbie each and Micah Johnson reached base three times on an infield single and a pair of walks while scoring twice…Chris Sale earned the win with six strong innings of work, allowing just two runs, four hits and a lone walk along with six strikeouts. He’s now 2-0 after winning his first two decisions, with a 2.25 ERA…Zach Putnam pitched a perfect seventh.

Enjoy the LaRoche bomb and the seven-run fourth inning, which included Abreu’s slam:




Quote of the Day

Sale on yesterday’s offensive outburst:

“These are the guys we knew we had the whole time. I don’t now what I did for Rochie (LaRoche), but every time I pitch he’s hitting homers. And we know what we have in Abreu. That home run was the difference maker. He opened the game up.

“It really takes all the pressure off. You still have to perform and get through it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen 12 runs before. It was impressive.

“After that tough loss (the day before) it’s nice to come here and get that deep breath, exhale a little bit and here we go.”

And here’s a look at Chris’ performance.


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that concludes with four vs. the Royals. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, LHP Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.

Farm Report

Carlos Sanchez continued his hot hitting last night in Class AAA Charlotte’s 6-2 win on the road at Gwinnett, the Knights’ fourth straight triumph. He pounded out a pair of doubles and a single with an RBI to raise his batting average to .485 and sizzling OPS to 1.106…Matt Davidson hit a two-run homer, Trayce Thompson singled and is now batting .385 with a .995 OPS and Erik Johnson (2-0) got credit for the win…Jake Petricka, on a rehab assignment, pitched a scoreless inning…Class AA affiliate Birmingham split a twin bill in Chattanooga last night, winning the opener 11-5 before dropping a 1-0 decision in the nightcap…In the first-game victory, Courtney Hawkins hit his third home run in four games and Tyler Danish was the winning pitcher.

Bulls Draw First Blood, Blackhawks Look to Take Lead

Congrats to our brother Bulls for their convincing win last night over the Bucks at the United Center in Game 1 of their best-of-seven NBA playoff series. Game 2 is set for Monday night at the UC. The Hawks aim to go up two games to one over the Predators in their best-of-seven NHL series at home this afternoon.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 11 on April 16 at U.S. Cellular Field, Paul Konerko‘s second and seventh inning solo homers proved to be the only offense needed in the Sox’ 2-1 victory over the Mariners. Mark Buehrle was at his best, throwing a complete game and giving up just one run on three hits with 12 strikeouts in winning his second game of the season. The first-place Sox moved to 8-3 on the season.

Photo of the Day

The Sox bonded before yesterday’s game (top photo) and it must have worked as a celebration ensued after the big win.