June 2016

Sox Set Sights on Third Straight Series Win


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series as the Good Guys go for their third consecutive series win. It is also the finale of a six-game homestand. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.09) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (0-2, 5.33) for Minny.

Last Night’s Highlights

James Shields tossed a strong 6.2 innings, Brett Lawrie (11), Tyler Saladino (5) and Todd Frazier (22) belted solo homers and every player in the starting lineup collected at least one hit as the Sox topped the Twins, 9-6, highlighted by a five-run sixth.

Shields gave up a leadoff homer in the first inning to Eduardo Nunez and that was it. He surrendered eight hits, a lone walk and struck out five. It was his first win in a Sox uniform and he is 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA in his last two starts.

Tim Anderson, Frazier, Dioner Navarro and Tyler Saladino led the 13-hit attack with two apiece as Tim and Tyler each drove in a pair. Anderson now has nine multi-hit games out of the 18 he’s played in the big leagues. Nate Jones recorded his second save.

The Lawrie, Saladino and Frazier solo shots:




Quote of the Day

Robin on Shields, who received a standing ovation from Sox fans as he exited the game:

“This is the best that he looked as far as just feeling comfortable. I think locating, he was getting ahead. He started really using his fastball, and he located it. I think after that there was some offspeed stuff, and he got guys swinging through it. This was a nice little thing to see. I’m sure it’s a breath of fresh air for him.”

Sox Notes of Note

Melky Cabrera‘s MRI revealed mild sprain in right wrist. He is expected to miss a few days…The Sox have hit 17 home runs (14 solo) over the last seven games…Lawrie is batting .458 with three homers, four RBI and four runs scored over his last six games…Anderson extended his hitting streak to six games. He is hitting .345 with three doubles, two home runs, four RBI and seven runs scored during the streak…Jose Abreu has reached base safely in 23 of his 24 games in June, batting .309 with seven doubles, five home runs, 20 RBI and nine RBI during that span.

Roster Moves

After last night’s game, the Sox optioned LHP Matt Purke to Class AAA Charlotte. Today, 3B Matt Davidson, who hit 10 homers and drove in 46 in 75 games at Charlotte, was recalled from the Knights.


Next Up

White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston:

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-3, 5.17) for the Sox, RHP Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.41) for Houston.

Saturday (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (13-2, 2.79) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (8-4, 3.36) for the ‘Stros.

Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-8, 3.18) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (5-5, 4.58) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

The Bulls’ No. 1 draft pick Denzel Valentine, the former Michigan State Spartan, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before last night’s game.



The Chicago Bulls’ first-round draft pick Denzel Valentine threw out a ceremonial first pitch at tonight’s White Sox game against the Minnesota Twins!

Shields, White Sox Look to Even Series with Twins; Sox Prospects Shine


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) at U.S. Cellular Field in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-9, 6.22) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (3-5, 4.95) for Minnesota.

Last Night’s Highlights

Tim Anderson and Brett Lawrie each collected a pair of base hits and Lawrie stole two bases in the Sox’ 4-0 loss to the Twins.

Quote of the Day

Newly acquired slugger and former American League MVP Justin Morneau (pictured below), who is close to going on a rehab stint, talked about getting back into action after spending time on the disabled list:

I don’t know how many days that’s going to take. Once I go on a rehab assignment, I can’t see it being less than 30 at-bats before I’ll be ready. But who knows? I could feel great after 20 or whatever. To say less than that would probably be pushing it a little too much.”


Sox to be Well-Represented at All-Star Futures Game

Top Sox pitching prospect Carson Fulmer, the club’s No. 1 draft choice in 2015 now with the Class AA Birmingham Barons, has been named to U.S. team for the All-Star Futures Game. The annual contest will be played Sunday, July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego, two days before the All-Star Game at the same venue.

Others representing the Sox will be minor-league field coordinator Kirk Champion (bullpen coach) and Jim Thome (hitting coach) for the U.S. and minor-league infield instructor Ever Magallanes (first base coach) and assistant coach Luis Sierra (bullpen coach) for the World team.

Hawkins on a Roll at Birmingham

Fulmer’s fellow No. 1 draft selection (2012) and Birmingham teammate Courtney Hawkins (pictured below) has been named the Southern League’s Player of the Week. Read more:



Prospect Zangari Great at Great Falls

First baseman Corey Zangari, playing with Advanced Rookie League Great Falls, was named the Pioneer League’s Player of the Week with a .440 average, a pair of homers and eight RBI.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.09) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (0-2, 5.33) for Minny.

Photo of the Day

With his two hits last night, Anderson now has eight multi-hit games in his brief career in the big leagues.

Tim tied Gus Zernial, Craig Wilson, Braggo Roth, Nyls Nyman and Greg Mulleavy for the most multi-hit games by a White Sox player through his first 17 career games. The young shortstop has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, batting .302 with two doubles, three homers and three RBI during that span. Five of the games were multi-hit efforts.


Robin on Sale: “He’s the Best”


Monday, June 27, 2016

Today’s News

Yesterday’s Highlights

Chris Sale, in vintage form, extended his major-league leading victory total to 13 and Tim Anderson and J.B. Shuck each homered for the second day in a row as the White Sox notched their second straight series win with a 5-2 triumph over the Blue Jays.

Sale allowed just two runs on five hits along with seven strikeouts in eight innings of work…Anderson, who also singled to give him his seventh multi-hit game in his first 16 big-league contests, belted his third long one of the season…Shuck (2) homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career…Melky Cabrera continued his hot hitting with three more hits–all singles–and he drove in a run.

David Robertson retired the heart of the Blue Jays order 1-2-3 in the ninth for his 20th save and 10th consecutive conversion.

Enjoy Sale’s gem and the Anderson and Shuck homers:




Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura on Sale’s standing among American League pitchers:

“You can say I’m biased or not, he’s the best.”

More Sale

Sale’s 13 wins are tied for the fourth-most by a Sox pitcher before the All-Star break since 1933 and are the most since Jon Garland (also 13) in 2005…Chris recorded his 70th win and is a career-high 28 games over .500 (70-42)…He is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 23 strikeouts over his last three starts.

Word to the Wise: Don’t Run on Eaton

Nobody in baseball has as many outfield assists as Adam Eaton. He was at it again yesterday, nabbing the Jays’ Josh Donaldson who tried to stretch a single into a double.


Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox allowed two runs or less for the 28th time this season, tied with the Indians for most in the American League…The Sox are hitting .304 with 14 home runs and 31 runs scored over the last five games…Anderson is batting .293 with four doubles, a triple, three homers, three RBI and 12 runs scored over his last 12 games…Cabrera recorded his eighth game of three-plus hits this season (27th multi-hit effort). He’s batting .361 with eight doubles, one triple, four home runs, 15 RBI and 10 runs scored over his last 19 games.

Positive Forecast


Fulmer Shines

Top Sox pitching prospect Carson Fulmer, the Sox’ first-round draft pick in 2015, had the best start of his young career yesterday in Class AA Birmingham’s win over Mobile. The right-hander tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven.

Next Up

Off Day today. On Tuesday night it will be the White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.04) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (0-5, 6.05) for Minnesota.

Wednesday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-9, 6.22) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (3-5, 4.95) for Minnesota.

Thursday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.09) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (0-2, 5.33) for Minny.

Photo of the Day

Rookie Anderson: Instant hero.


History-Making Homers, Sale Goes for 13th Win and Top Draft Picks Begin the Journey


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the rubber game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (12-2, 2.83) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (6-3, 5.23) for Toronto.

Leading the majors in victories, Chris goes for No. 13 today vs. the Jays. He will be making his 16th start of the season, seventh at home and second against Toronto.

Sale recorded the win in his last start on June 21 at Boston, allowing one run on four hits with nine strikeouts over seven innings in the Sox’ 3-1 victory. In his last start vs. the Jays on April 26 he earned the victory, giving up just one run over eight innings. He has a lifetime ERA of 2.25 in four career starts vs. Toronto.

Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox tied a franchise record with seven homers–all solo shots and three coming in back-to-back-to back fashion–in the 10-8 loss to the Jays. The Sox found themselves down 5-0, fought back to trail 8-7 and had the tying run at the plate in the ninth, but weren’t able to come all the way back.

Brett Lawrie got the home run derby going early in the second inning with a rare inside-the-parker, immediately followed by Dioner Navarro‘s fourth of the season and J.B. Shuck‘s first as a Sox. Lawrie hit his second of the game in the fourth inning (10) while Tim Anderson (2), Alex Avila (3) and Adam Eaton (4) went deep in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Lawrie added an RBI single in the sixth, giving him three ribbies on the day.

Enjoy the Sox home run barrage:


Back in the Day

The seven homers tied the White Sox all-time single-game mark set against the Kansas City A’s on April 23, 1955. The Sox won that day, 29-6 on 29 hits. The homers were hit by outfielder Bob Nieman (2), catcher Sherm Lollar (2), first baseman Walt Dropo, outfielder Minnie Minoso and Jack Harshman, who was the starting and winning pitcher. Lollar and shortstop Chico Carrasquel led the hit parade with five apiece while Nieman drove in seven and Lollar and Minoso each had five RBI.

Here are the Sox sluggers who combined for the seven homers 61 years ago:

More Lawrie

Lawrie enjoyed the first multi-homer day of his career…The last Sox player to hit both an inside-the-park homer and a conventional home run in the same game was Ron Santo vs. Boston, June 9, 1974…Lawrie’s inside-the-park home run was the first one for the Sox since Scott Podsednik did it on September 12, 2009 in Anaheim.

Sox Notes of Note

The last time the White Sox hit at least three consecutive homers was on August 14, 2008 when they slugged four in a row–Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Juan Uribe–in the sixth inning…The Sox hit three straight homers for the ninth time in club history.

Quote of the Day

TV voice Jason Benetti speaking during yesterday’s telecast about the energetic, sometimes frenetic, Lawrie:

“When talking to him, I don’t think he’s used a period all season…It’s thing after thing after thing.”

Next Game

Off Day tomorrow. On Tuesday night it will be the White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.04) for the Sox, TBA for Minnesota.

Photos of the Day

The Sox’ two top picks in the recent MLB draft–a pair of talented Zacks–have both left the college ranks and are now full-fledged professionals in the Sox organization.

No. 1 selection Zack Collins from the University of Miami is in Chicago this weekend. The hard-hitting catcher signed his contract, took BP, threw out a ceremonial first pitch, met with the media (see photo below) and was interviewed by Benetti and Steve Stone in the booth during the game.

Right-handed pitcher Zack Burdi from the University of Louisville is at High Class A Winston-Salem and already has seen action (pictured below). Collins will be joining Burdi with the Dash before too long.


Another Heartstopper


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

With only one out, the bases loaded and protecting a 3-2 lead in the ninth, White Sox closer David Robertson struck out the powerful Edwin Encarnacion and got the red-hot Michael Saunders to pop out as the Sox beat the Blue Jays in yet another too-close-for-comfort game to notch their fourth win in the last five games (click on top link below)…The Good Guys broke open a 2-2 tie and took the lead in the bottom of the seventh as Tim Anderson doubled, went to third on a sac fly and scored on Todd Frazier‘s clutch two-out single (click on middle link)…Continuing his hot hitting, Melky Cabrera clubbed his eighth homer (click on bottom link), doubled and singled…Brett Lawrie also knocked out three hits and Frazier collected a pair…Starter Carlos Rodon pitched a solid 5.2 innings, allowing just two runs and six hits with a season-high eight strikeouts…Matt Albers (0.1 IP), Nate Jones (1.0), Zach Duke (1.0) and Robertson (1.0) held the Jays scoreless in relief. Jones earned his third win, Robertson recorded his 19th save of the year and 100th of his career.





This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-2, 4.29) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (4-8, 4.08) for the Jays.

Quote of the Day

Frazier on the rather scary ninth inning:

“That’s why it’s a fun game. Crowd got into it and we want that every day. But we’ll take a 10-0 win, too, if we can.”

More Melkman

Melky has homered three times in the last six games. He is batting .357 with five doubles, one triple, three homers, nine RBI and seven runs scored over his last 11. He collected his seventh three-plus hit game of the season and his 26th multi-hit effort.

Sox Notes of Note

White Sox pitchers have allowed three runs over their last three games vs. the Blue Jays and own a 2.14 ERA over ther last 11 games against Toronto…Alex Avila is hitting .313 with two homers, three RBI and seven runs scored over his last 14 games…Cabrera and Lawrie combined to go 6 for 8 last night against their old team. Lawrie recorded his third three-hit game of the season and 16th multi-hit effort.

 No. 1 Pick Collins in the Fold

The White Sox have signed catcher Zack Collins, their first- round pick (No. 10 overall) in the 2016 MLB Draft, to a minor-league contract with a $3,380,600-million signing bonus. Shown above signing his pact, Collins is scheduled to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before today’s game.

Collins, 21, is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award after batting .363 with 10 doubles, 16 home runs, 59 RBI, 54 runs scored, one stolen base, 78 walks, a .544 on-base percentage and .668 slugging percentage in 62 games for the University of Miami (Fla.) this season. He ranked among Division I leaders in walks (1st), on-base percentage (2nd) and home runs (T24th).

“We are extremely excited to add a player of Zack’s caliber to our organization,” said Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager. “In addition to his baseball skills, Zack impressed us all with his maturity, leadership, competitiveness and passion for the game.”

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Collins was named First Team All-American by Baseball America and to the Coral Gables Regional All-Tournament Team in 2016. He was a semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Awards.

Collins led the Hurricanes to the opening round of the 2016 College World Series, where they were eliminated by UC Santa Barbara. He went 3-5 (.600) with one double, one home run, two RBI, one run scored and three walks in two games of the College World Series.

“Playing professional baseball is a dream come true,” said Collins. “I want to thank all of my family, friends, coaches and teammates for their roles in helping me reach this point in my life, and I’m excited to start the next phase of my baseball career and development with the White Sox.”

Collins, who hits left-handed, batted .319 with 38 doubles, eight triples, 42 homers, 183 RBI, 147 runs scored, eight steals, 177 walks, a .472 on-base percentage and .601 slugging percentage in 189 games over three seasons with Miami.

ACE’s Corey Ray Signs with Brewers

White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) product Corey Ray, the fifth overall pick in the MLB Draft, has signed with the Brewers. Ray, an outfielder who played at the University of Louisville, will receive $4.125 million.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (12-2, 2.83) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (6-3, 5.23) for Toronto.

Photo of the Day

Guess who was in the house last night?


Sox Host Blue Jays, Twins During Six-Game Homestand


Friday, June 24, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Twins. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.16) for the Sox, RHP Aaron Sanchez (7-1, 3.35) for Toronto.

Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox were this close to sweeping the Red Sox in a four-game series in Boston for the first time since 1927, but it wasn’t meant to be and our Sox dropped an 8-7, back and forth, 10-inning battle in the series finale at Fenway Park.

Offensively, Jose Abreu belted his 11th homer, a three-run blast in the seventh inning that gave the Sox a temporary 7-5 advantage…Alex Avila pounded out four singles and Abreu, Tim Anderson, Adam Eaton and Brett Lawrie had two hits apiece. Anderson and Eaton also scored twice…Todd Frazier and J.B. Shuck each added an RBI…Melky Cabrera tripled and scored.

Starter James Shields took a step in the right direction, allowing three runs in five innings of work.

Abreu’s homer:



Quote of the Day

Remainder of Toronto Series

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field…

Tomorrow (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN): Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-2, 4.29) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (4-8, 4.08) for the Jays.White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field…

Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN): Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (12-2, 2.83) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (6-3, 5.23) for Toronto.

Photo of the Day

Eaton scores one of the Sox two runs in the first inning of yesterday’s game in Boston.


‘Monster’ Comeback in the Books, Sox Seek Sweep Today

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Brett Lawrie‘s two-out solo homer (8) over the Green Monster in the eighth inning gave the White Sox a 7-6 lead. It came on the heels of Melky Cabrera‘s two-run blast (7) earlier in the frame that tied the score at 6-6. The Good Guys scored an insurance run in the ninth on a Cabrera single, his fourth RBI, and went on to defeat the Red Sox for the third straight night at Fenway Park, 8-6. We go for the sweep this afternoon.

The ninth inning surge was the Sox’ second comeback of the game. Down 4-2 heading into the sixth inning, Cabrera singled and scored ahead of Todd Frazier‘s 21st homer, which sailed over the Monster, to tie the game at 4-4. Frazier is now tied for the major-league home run lead.

In all, Cabrera had a red-hot night. He went 4 for 5 with the homer, a double, two singles and four runs batted in.

The bullpen was outstanding in relief of Jose Quintana. Matt Albers (0.1 IP), Dan Jennings (1.1), Michael Ynoa (1.0) and Zach Duke (1.0) tossed 3.2 scoreless innings to nail down the triumph. Jennings (3-1) chalked up the win while Duke earned his first save.

The Frazier, Cabrera and Lawrie homers:





This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (12:35 p.m CT, WGN) as the Sox go for the sweep of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-9, 6.28) for our Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-2, 3.76) for the Red Sox.

Quotes of the Day

Frazier on last night’s comeback:

“There was something different about the last couple of days. The energy was there, the focus was there. We went down two runs and we came back. Then another two runs, and nothing changed.”

Chris Sale, the majors’ first 12-game winner, on the Sox:

“Well, we’re not worried about what other people are saying about us. We know what we have in here, and we know what we can do with it. I don’t know how to say it–we’re not in a terrible position, we’re not in a great position. We’re in the middle of the season where we’re a hot streak away from being in first place.”

First Hit for Coats

Jason Coats‘ double in the third inning (click on link below) was his first major-league hit. He later scored on an error.


Next Series

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field in a three-game weekend set:

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.16) for the Sox, RHP Aaron Sanchez (7-1, 3.35) for Toronto.

Saturday (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-2, 4.29) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (4-8, 4.08) for the Jays.

Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Sale (12-2, 2.83) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (6-3, 5.23) for Toronto.

Photo of the Day

Three in a row.


Sox by the Numbers: 12, 1, 20, 18

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale, who allowed just one run and four hits while striking out nine in seven innings, was his vintage self as he became the first major-league pitcher to win 12 games…Tim Anderson led off the game with his first major-league home run (click on top link below)…Todd Frazier knocked out his 20th homer of the season, a solo shot (click on bottom link)…David Robertson chalked up his 18th save as the Sox defeated the Red Sox 3-1 for the second straight night.




Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6: 10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the third game of the four-game series. Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 2.63) for our Sox, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2, 6.97) for Boston.

Quote of the Day

Anderson on life in the big leagues:

“Everything’s nice here. Nice hotels. In a room by myself, so … It’s kinda sick.”

Roster Moves

Prior to last night’s game, the White Sox placed RHP Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list and recalled RHP Chris Beck from Class AAA Charlotte.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (12:35 p.m CT, WGN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-9, 6.28) for our Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-2, 3.76) for the Red Sox.

Photo/Video of the Day

On June 14, J.B. Shuck scored the winning run in the Sox’ thrilling come-from-behind win over the Tigers (see photo below). Last night, it was his defense in centerfield that drew the attention. Click on the link below to see his spectacular catch.



History Repeats Itself as Another Duke Retires the Side with the Bases Loaded and No Outs at Fenway


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Zach Duke thwarted a bases-loaded Red Sox rally in the bottom of the ninth inning and Jose Abreu‘s rocket double to right-center drove in Avi Garcia and Adam Eaton in the top of the 10th as the White Sox prevailed, 3-1, at Fenway Park. David Robertson earned his 17th save with a scoreless 10th and starter Miguel Gonzalez tossed a strong 6.2 innings, allowing just one run on four hits.

Deja Vu 11 Years Later

The circumstances were much different. The first time it was in a decisive playoff game, the other in a June regular season contest. But the common denominators in Game 3 of the American League Division Series and last night’s White Sox-Red Sox game were that the heroes were Dukes (in two languages), our Sox defeated their Sox and it happened at venerable Fenway Park.

In the sixth inning of Game 3 in the 2005 A.L. Division Series at Fenway, the White Sox’ Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez–the Spanish-speaking version–came on with the bases loaded and nobody out to preserve a one-run Sox lead. He dramatically retired the Red Sox’ Jason Varitek, Tony Graffanino and Johnny Damon in order and pitched two more scoreless frames as the Sox went on to clinch the Series that night, 5-3. It quickly became one of the iconic moments in franchise history.

Last night, in the very same venue, Zach Duke–El Duque’s English-speaking counterpart–faced a Boston team with the bags loaded and nobody out in the ninth inning when any old kind of a run would win the game for the Red Sox.

Duke proceeded to strike out pinch-hitter Dustin Pedroia, get Christian Vasquez to ground into a force out from fifth infielder Tyler Saladino to Alex Avila at the plate and struck out pinch-hitter Ryan LaMarre to end the threat and send the game into extra innings. It wasn’t the playoffs, but it was a game our Sox wanted and needed badly.


Quote of the Day

Duke on his pitching heroics:

“It was a little bit stressful, but to be handed the ball in that situation and get the job done, that’s what we live for as players.”

Remainder of the Series

Tonight (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) — Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (11-2, 2.94) for our Sox, RHP Clay Buchholz (3-6, 5.86) for the Red Sox. Sales aims to become the majors’ first 12-game winner.

Tomorrow Night 6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) — Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 2.63) for our Sox, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2, 6.97) for Boston.

Thursday Afternoon (12:35 p.m CT, WGN) — Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-9, 6.28) for our Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-2, 3.76) for the Red Sox.

Photo of the Day

Seeing these images never gets old. El Duque demonstrates his emotion shown after retiring the side in the sixth inning of the third and decisive game in the 2005 Division Series. And here’s how the moment has been commemorated on the monument in Champions Plaza outside U.S. Cellular Field with El Duque reprising the moment.