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Looking Ahead: See You on Opening Day ’17

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Today’s News

Sox vs. Tigers in 2017 Opener

The Sox open the 2017 season at newly-named Guaranteed Rate Field against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, April 3. Hope to see you there.

This Afternoon’s Game: Sale Goes for No. 18; Abreu and Frazier Both Shoot for 100 RBI Mark

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in Game 162 as the Sox hope to end the season on a winning note by taking the rubber game of the three-game series. The Good Guys won the opener, Minnesota came out on top last night. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (17-9, 3.21), seeking his career-high 18th win for the Sox, vs. RHP Jose Berrios (2-7, 8.61) for the Twins.

Sale’s fWAR of 5.3 places him on top of all A.L. pitchers and he leads the major leagues with six complete games. His 1.03 WHIP ranks third and he is fourth in opponents average of .225. Strikeouts are no longer a priority for Chris, but he goes into his last start with 227 Ks, the second-highest season total of his career.

A legitimate Cy Young Award candidate, the five-time Sox All-Star lefty would be the fourth White Sox Cy Young winner, joining Jack McDowell (1993), LaMarr Hoyt (1983) and Early Wynn (1959). Being a candidate for the honor is no surprise. Sale has finished in the Top 6 of the American League voting every season since 2012.

Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier both look to reach the 100-RBI mark this afternoon. Jose enters the season finale with 99, Frazier 98. Frazier has 40 homers and Abreu 25.

Season’s End 

While we all hoped for more this season, there were certainly great moments and exceptional individual performances. For example, there was superb starting pitching by Sale and Jose Quintana with excellent outings by Carlos Rodon and Miguel Gonzalez; the slugging of Frazier and Abreu; the all-around play of Adam Eaton, who should be a favorite for a Gold Glove Award; an outstanding season from Melky Cabrera; the emergence of Tim Anderson and key contributions from Justin Morneau and Tyler Saladino. And we retained the Crosstown Cup by winning two games at home vs. the Cubs.

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Quote of the Day

Eaton on the 2016 season and beyond (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“There is a lot of talent here. There are a lot of good baseball players in here. It’s not the year we thought. And I think with that exact quote, ‘It’s not the year that we thought,’ if we brought the guys back, we might have the year we thought we would have. 

“Again, the talent is great in here. The camaraderie is great in here. It’s tough to say whether people will be leaving or whether additions will be added. I’m sure moves will be made. In the game of baseball, there’s never an offseason that’s quiet, I feel like.

“Whatever [general manager] Rick [Hahn] and the organization sees would be more functional for this team to be better and more consistent on a day-to-day basis, then that’s what they see in the team. If I’m in those plans, great. If not, then it kind of stinks. But if they want me in this uniform next year, I’ll be proud to wear it and I’ll put everything I have on the field again like I did this year.”

SoxFest

Look forward to seeing you at SoxFest, January 27-29, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago. Click on link for details.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/community/soxfest.jsp

The Blog

Thank you for following Inside the White Sox. With the regular season ending, this is our last daily post. Keep in mind that we’ll be in touch from time to time during what promises to be an active offseason.

Photos of the Day

Teammates 2016.

A Strikeout Record, A Near-Cycle and a Rookie’s First Homer Highlight Sox Victory

Sunday, October 1, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Carlos Rodon tied both an American League and White Sox record by striking out the first seven batters he faced and finished with 10 Ks for his ninth victory as the host Sox defeated the Twins, 7-3, in the opener of the season’s final series. The triumph was bolstered by three homers, a triple, three doubles and 12 hits in all.

The Good Guys have won six of seven and 12 of their last 17 at home.

Rodon allowed just two earned runs, three hits and three walks along with his double digit strikeout total. He tied the mark held by former Sox pitcher Joe Cowley, who accomplished the feat in 1986. Dating back to his last start, when he struck out the side in his final inning of work vs. the Indians, Rodon fanned 10 consecutive batters. The last major-league pitcher to strike out 10 in a row was Eric Gagne of the Dodgers in 2003.

The record-tying seven straight strikeouts.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1196990683

Tim Anderson was a double shy of the cycle with a triple, homer and single. He is 9 for 18 (.500) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored over his last four games. Omar Narvaez hit his first big-league home run and Melky Cabrera collected a pair of doubles and a single with two RBI, giving him 84.  Melky’s 42 doubles in 2016 is the most for a Sox player since Magglio Ordonez‘s 46 in 2003. Jose Abreu drove in his 99th run with his 32nd double.

Nate Jones and Tommy Kahnle were stellar in relief.

The Anderson and Narvaez homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1196636683

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1196717983

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the penultimate game of the season. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (6-18, 5.82) for the Sox, LHP Hector Santiago (12-10, 4.87) for Minny.

Quotes of the Day

–Rodon’s thoughts after his superb performance:

“[Pitching coach Don Cooper] told me one thing a long time ago–well, last year wasn’t that long of a time ago but–you’re going to take lumps, you’re going to give lumps, it’s all a learning process. Eventually at the end of the day hopefully you’ll turn into something great.”

–Anderson on shooting for the cycle:

“For sure, I wanted to hit a double. I did it in Double-A (hit for the cycle). When everything is clicking for you, I feel real great, but (the pitch) just kind of got in on me.”

–Narvaez on hitting his first homer with his Dad, celebrating a birthday, in the stands:

“It’s a very special gift for my dad. That’s what I was thinking as I was running the bases. It’s the best thing I could do.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (2:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the series and season finaleStarting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (17-9, 3.21) for the Sox, RHP Jose Berrios (2-7, 8.61) for the Twins.

Does 1972 Sox MVP Dick Allen Belong in the Hall of Fame?

http://www.baseballhistorycomesalive.com/does-he-belong-in-the-hall-of-fame-the-case-for-dick-allen/

Photo of the Day

Instructional League play is underway for Sox prospects at Camelback Ranch-Glendale in Arizona.

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Frazier and Abreu Both Looking to Reach 100-RBI Mark in Last Series of Season

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of the three-game set, the final series of the season. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (8-10, 4.08), making his last start of the year for the Sox, vs. RHP Tyler Duffey (9-11, 6.18) for Minnesota.

Rodon was brilliant in his last start in Cleveland on Sunday. The Sox’ young left-hander pitched eight innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts in winning his eighth game of the year. Carlos is 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 60.2 innings in his last 10 starts (eight quality).

Keep Your Eye on…

Todd Frazier and Jose Abreu each enter the weekend looking for their 100th run batted in. Both are at 98. Todd’s home run total stands at 40 while Jose has hit 25.

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Last Night Highlights

Jose Quintana delivered another quality start and Carlos Sanchez belted a two-run homer in the White Sox’ 5-3 loss to the Rays in the finale of the four-game home series. The Sox won the first three and had won five in a row.

Quintana allowed just two runs and five hits in six innings in his last outing of the season. Q was 3-1 with a .214 ERA in his last six home games. His 13 wins, 3.20 ERA, 208 innings, 181 strikeouts, 1.16 WHIP and .246 opponents average are all career highs. Here’s Robin talking about his All-Star lefty.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1195886683

Sanchez’s shot (click on link below) was his fourth homer of the season. He is batting .313 with six doubles, one triple, four home runs,17 RBI, one walk and 10 runs scored in 18 September games.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1195508983

Tim Anderson added a single and his fifth triple of the season. Adam Eaton and Justin Morneau each collected a pair of singles. Melky Cabrera delivered his 83rd RBI.

Up Next

Tomorrow (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (6-18, 5.82) for the Sox, LHP Hector Santiago (12-10, 4.87) for Minny.

Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (17-9, 3.21) for the Sox, RHP Jose Berrios (2-7, 8.61) for the Twins.

Quote of the Day

The Sox skipper on the decision to have Sale pitch in the season finale on Sunday:

“He’s not doing it for numbers or anything–he wants to throw. That’s part of his commitment to being a teammate.’

Photo of the Day

Here’s the 40-home-run man making an appearance on the MLB Network’s Intentional Talk show last night.

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A Pitching Gem and a Milestone Homer = Five Straight Wins

Thursday, September 29, 2016 blog post

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Miguel Gonzalez tossed 8.1 scoreless innings and Todd Frazier joined a select fraternity of White Sox sluggers by belting his 40th homer of the season as the Sox won their fifth game in a row with a 1-0 decision over the Rays at U.S. Cellular Field.

Gonzalez, who survived two rain delays, gave up just three hits and struck out five in a simply brilliant performance. He finished his season with  11 quality starts in his last 13 outings and a 2.72 ERA and 51 strikeouts during that period. David Robertson finished it in the ninth with one pitch. He induced a double play and got his 37th save.

Frazier became the seventh player in White Sox history to hit 40 home runs in a season. The others were Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (five times), Paul Konerko (twice) and Adam Dunn, Albert Belle, Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome.

Todd is now only two shy of the 100-RBI mark with 98. He also extended his hitting streak to 12 games, batting .391 with five doubles, four homers, eight RBI and 13 runs scored during those contests.

Enjoy Gonzalez’s gem and Frazier’s 40th.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1194302283   

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1194080683

Quote of the Day

Rays skipper Kevin Cash on Gonzalez’s performance:

“Really gutsy performance by Miguel Gonzalez. It was pretty impressive with the hour delay to come back out there and be real efficient. He did a real good job of not really overpowering, but just mixing speeds. He had the cutter and the two-seamer going. A couple of changeups and breaking balls in there. Got a lot of early outs. Just very efficient.” 

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game set as the Good Guys go for the sweep. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (13-11, 3.21) makes his last start of the season for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (8-19, 4.02) for the Rays.

Up Next

The Sox begin their last series of the season tomorrow night vs. the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (8-10, 4.08) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Duffey (9-11, 6.18) for Minnesota.

Saturday (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (6-18, 5.82) for the Sox, LHP Hector Santiago (12-10, 4.87) for Minny.

Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) Starting Pitchers: TBA for the Sox, RHP Jose Berrios (2-7, 8.61) for the Twins.

Photo of the Day

Three generations of Sox third basemen–Robin Ventura, Frazier and Bill Melton (courtesy of @scotgregor).

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Sale Wins 17th, Sox Bats Explode for Fourth Straight Triumph

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale tied a career high with his 17th win of the season, Leury Garcia, Melky Cabrera and Tim Anderson walloped homers and the White Sox won their fourth straight, 13-6, over the Rays at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Sox are now 43-33 at home this season and have won 10 of their last 14 games and 19 of 28 at USCF.

Sale delivered his 23rd quality start of the season, allowing three runs and seven hits in seven innings of work. Those seven frames bring his season inning total to 221.2 and his seven strikeouts give him 227 for the year. Chris and the Nationals’ Max Scherzer are the only major-league hurlers to strike out 200-plus batters in each of the last four seasons.

L. Garcia’s homer was a three-run blast and his first of the season. He also tripled. Melky cranked a two-run shot and now has 14 along with 82 RBI. Anderson, who fell just a triple short of the cycle, hit a solo homer for his eighth long one of the year and drove in three. Todd Frazier, Jason Coats and Adam Eaton each added a run batted in while Frazier, who had a pair of hits, is now just three RBI shy of 100. The Sox collected 14 hits in all.

Here’s the happy recap and some words and action from Sale:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1192448483

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1192422683

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the third game of the four-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-8, 3.98) for the Sox, LHP Blake Snell (6-8, 3.65) for Tampa Bay.

Quote of the Day

Sale after chalking up win No. 17:

“I’ve said it a lot of times before, but no matter what you’ve done, where you’ve been, who you are, you can always be better. That doesn’t always mean on the field, either. I’ll just try to be better all the way around next year and hopefully make a push for meaningful games this time here.” 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game set. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (13-11, 3.21) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (8-19, 4.02) for the Rays.

Photo of the Day

Diehards.

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Put it in the Books: Sox Return Home and Win Third Straight

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Justin Morneau (6) and Carlos Sanchez (3) each blasted a two-run homer and James Shields earned the victory over the Rays with an outstanding performance as the White Sox won their third consecutive game with a 7-1 triumph.

Morneau drove in three on the night with a pair of hits, Sanchez collected the two runs batted in and two hits and Jose Abreu and Omar Narvaez had one RBI each with a pair of hits. Abreu crept closer to the 100 mark, delivering RBI No. 98.

Shields, who won his sixth game of the season, gave up a lone run, seven hits and a pair of walks along with six strikeouts.

The Morneau and Sanchez homers:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1189948183

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1190017583

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Tonight’s Game: Sale Seeks No. 17

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the second contest of the four-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Twins–concluding the regular season. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (16-9, 3.19) for the Sox, RHP Alex Cobb (1-1, 6.16) for the Rays.

Home Runs and Stolen Bases Mix for Todd Frazier 

http://www.csnchicago.com/chicago-white-sox/funky-style-has-todd-frazier-leading-white-sox-stolen-bases

Frazier stole another base last night for his 15th–after the above story was written.

Quote of the Day

Up Next

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, WGN)Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-8, 3.98) for the Sox, LHP Blake Snell (6-8, 3.65) for Tampa Bay.

Thursday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (13-11, 3.21) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (8-19, 4.02) for the Rays.

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have won nine of their last 13 and 18 of 27 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox are 42-33 at home this season.

–Melky Cabrera hit his 40th double of the season, recording 40 or more doubles for the second time in his career. He became the first Sox player to deliver 40 or more two-base hits since Jermaine Dye (41) in 2008. Melky also is hitting .323 with nine doubles, four home runs, 20 RBI and 14 runs scored in September.

Frazier extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games. He’s batting .395 with four doubles, three homers and 11 runs scored during that span.

Abreu is batting .378 with seven homers and 25 RBI over his last 25 games.

Sanchez is hitting .327 with five doubles, three home runs, 15 RBI and eight runs scored over 15 September games.

Morneau is batting .304 with 15 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 39 RBI in 56 career games against Tampa Bay.

Photo of the Day

A moment of silence last night for the Marlins’ Jose Fernandez.

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Masterpiece Theater

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Today’s News

Yesterday’s Highlights

Carlos Rodon was simply brilliant (click on link below) as the Sox won their second straight series over the A.L. Central-leading Indians, 3-0, in their last road game of the year.

The Sox’ young lefty pitched eight innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts for his eighth win of the year.

Carlos Sanchez drove in the first two runs on a single and a sac fly and Omar Narvaez, who collected a pair of hits on the day, singled in the third tally.

David Robertson came on in the ninth and struck out the side for his 36th save.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1188050183

Quote of the Day

Final Homestand Begins Tonight

The White Sox begin their final homestand of the season tonight with the first of four games with the Rays. The season concludes with a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field against the Twins.

Tonight (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-18, 5.98) for the Sox, LHP Drew Smyly (7-11, 4.86) for Tampa Bay.

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (16-9, 3.19) for the Sox, RHP Alex Cobb (1-1, 6.16) for the Rays.

Wednesday (7:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-8, 3.98) for the Sox, LHP Blake Snell (6-8, 3.65) for Tampa Bay.

Thursday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN)Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (13-11, 3.21) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (8-19, 4.02) for the Rays.

Abreu Reflects on Fellow Cuban Jose Fernandez’s Death

Sox Prospects on Team Israel in World Baseball Classic.

Israel defeated Great Britain 9-1 last night to qualify for the World Baseball Classic, which takes place next March. RHP Brad Goldberg and LHP Alex Katz, both in the Sox system, play for Israel.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/israel-tops-great-britain-moves-wbc/#ksQJ0JsuhGygsKQB.97

Photo/Video of the Day

Pinch-runner J.B. Shuck hustles home with Sox run No. 2 yesterday in Cleveland.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1187545983

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Frazier, Abreu Nearing Milestones, Q Notches 13th Victory, Sox Seek Second Straight Series Win Over Tribe

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Todd Frazier belted his 39th homer, Jose Abreu drove in his 97th run and Jose Quintana earned his 13th win as the White Sox topped the Indians, 8-1.

Frazier, who also has driven in 96, is one home run away from becoming the seventh Sox player to reach the 40 home run mark. Last night’s solo blast traveled 428 feet. Abreu is three RBI away from driving in 100 runs in each of his first three major-league seasons. His 179 hits already has put him in select company. Jose, Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols are the only major leaguers to hit 25 homers and collect 175 hits in their first three seasons in the big-leagues.

In winning No. 13, Q allowed just one run and six hits in six innings of work.

Melky Cabrera singled, doubled and drove in a pair, giving him 80 on the season. Carlos Sanchez had a pair of two-base hits and a single with an RBI. Leury Garcia singled twice and drove in a run.

The Frazier long one and the Abreu RBI:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1187068483

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1185516583

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (7-10, 4.29) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (12-6, 4.75) for Cleveland.

The Good Guys seek their second consecutive series win over the A.L. Central-leading Tribe in the final game of the nine-game homestand and last road contest of the season.

Quote of the Day

The modest Quintana on reaching the 200-plus innings mark for the fourth year in a row:

“It’s special because it means you helped for four years.”

Up Next

The White Sox begin their final homestand of the season tomorrow night with the first of four games with the Rays. The season concludes with a three-game series against the Twins.

Sox vs. Rays Tale of the Tape:

Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-18, 5.98) for the Sox, LHP Drew Smyly (7-11, 4.86) for Tampa Bay.

Tuesday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (16-9, 3.19) for the Sox, RHPAlex Cobb (1-1, 6.16) for the Rays.

Wednesday (7:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-8, 3.98) for the Sox, LHP Blake Snell (6-8, 3.65) for Tampa Bay.

Thursday (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (13-11, 3.21) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (8-19, 4.02) for the Rays.

Prospect Watch

RHP Luis Ledo, a 21-year-old Sox prospect out of the Dominican Republic, has been named the Arizona Rookie League’s Pitcher of the Year by Baseball America. Ledo earned four wins and boasted a 1.19 ERA in 11 games (nine starts) for the Arizona White Sox. In his last 10 starts at Advanced Rookie Great Falls he was 5-2 with a 2.95 ERA.

Photo of the Day

The slugger awaits.

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Sox Challenge First-Place Tribe in Weekend Showdown

Friday, September 23, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. the A.L. Central-leading Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game set and the last Sox road series of the season. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-7, 3.83) for the Good Guys, RHP Trevor Bauer for the Tribe (11-8, 4.24).

Gonzalez delivered his 14th quality start of the season in his last outing on September 17 vs. the Royals.

Up Next

Sox vs. Indians:

Tomorrow (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (12-11, 3.26) for the Sox, RHP Cody Anderson (2-4, 6.24) for the Tribe.

Sunday (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN). LHP Carlos Rodon (7-10, 4.29) for the Sox, RHP Josh Tomlin (12-8, 4.75) for Cleveland.

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Quote of the Day

Todd Frazier, with 38 homers and 95 RBI heading into the weekend, has a chance to reach the 40-100 plateau for only the 11th time in White Sox history. He talked about why he chose to fly with the team to Cleveland instead of making the short trip home from Philadelphia to Tom’s River, N.J. for yesterday’s off day.

“I’m not staying at home tomorrow because I want to stick with the team and finish strong with the team. In these last games, let’s keep that mindset going of you have to battle. I want to get my numbers up, yes. And I want to win games.’’

Photo of the Day

David Robertson is honored as a Division Winner for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.

http://playerstrust.org/news/curtis-granderson-lance-mccullers-rob-refsnyder-anthony-rizzo-david-robertson-justin-turner-selected-by-fans-as-division-winners-for-2016-marvin-miller-man-of-the-year-award/

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