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Sox, Danks Look to Halt Halos

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (7-6, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Tyler Skaggs (4-4, 4.34) for the Halos.

Danks is set to make his 17th start of the season. He is 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA in eight home starts this season and 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA over his last five starts. John earned the win in his last start on June 27 at Toronto, tossing six innings and giving up just two runs on five hits while striking out two without walking a batter.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Gillaspie 3B, Sierra RF, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Last night’s doubleheader…

Game 1:  Jose Abreu smashed his 26th homer, a three-run shot in the first inning, reached 67 RBI and extended his hitting streak to 15 in the 8-4 loss to the Angels. As a result he become the only player in MLB history to hit 26 home runs in his first 71 games and through last night was tied for the major-league lead with the Orioles’ Nelson Cruz in both HRs and RBI. Here’s No. 26:

Game 2:  Conor Gillaspie, hitting well above .300 all season, hit his first homer of the year–a two-run blast–and collected three RBI in the 7-5 defeat. Dayan Viciedo added a two-run shot, his ninth, and Abreu ran his hitting streak to 16 on a first-inning single.

The Gillaspie and Viciedo homers and a spectacular Adam Eaton-being-Adam Eaton catch in the eighth inning:

Jose Rookie of the Month–Again

Abreu has been named the American League Rookie of the Month for June. He batted .313 with 10 home runs, 22 RBI and a .677 slugging percentage in 25 game to become the first player in Sox history to win the award twice in one season. He also became the third player in club annals to hit 10 or more homers in a month twice in one season, joining Jim Thome (twice in 2006) and Frank Thomas (twice in 1993).

Despite missing 14 games this season while on the disabled list, Abreu leads the major leagues in slugging percentage (.627) and at-bats per home run (10.73), is tied for the lead in home runs (26) and RBI (67) and ranks among the leaders in extra-base hits (3rd, 44), total bases (5th, 175) and OPS (7th, .956).

Abreu is on pace to hit 50 home runs, which would break the White Sox franchise record of 49 set by Albert Belle in 1998 and the major-league rookie record of 49 set by Mark McGwire in 1987.  In addition to the major-league record for homers in his first 71 career games, his 67 RBI are tied with Wally Berger (1930) and Joe DiMaggio (1936) for the sixth-highest total in history by a player in his first 71.

Abreu owns a 16-game hitting streak (.344, 22-64), the longest active streak in the major leagues and tied for the ninth-longest by a rookie in White Sox history.

He was named AL Player and Rookie of the Month for April after recording 10 home runs and 32 RBI, joining former Cuban teammate Yasiel Puig (June 2013) as the only players to win both awards in their first month in the major leagues.

Time’s Running Out

All-Star voting ends tomorrow night at 11:59 p.m. So, it’s not too late to vote for Abreu and Alexei Ramirez to make sure they both are in Minneapolis for the July 15 Midsummer Classic.

Boston Boosts Jose

Sox coach Daryl Boston makes it clear that he thinks Abreu is a bonafide All-Star.

Sox Notes of Note

After a slow start, prized third base prospect Matt Davidson (pictured below) had an impressive month of June for Class AAA Charlotte. He hit a team-high nine home runs, including two on Monday night, and drove in 14. He has 15 long ones on the season… Tyler Saladino, leading Charlotte with a .304 average, was elected to the 2014 International League All-Star squad as the team’s starting shortstop. Saladino will represent the Knights at the 27th annual Triple-A All-Star Game on July 16 in Durham, N.C… Jacob May, a 2013 third-round draft pick now playing with Class A Winston-Salem, has been named the Carolina League Player of the Week after hitting .533 with four doubles, two triples, 12 runs scored and nine stolen bases in seven games…the Sox have released Charlotte reliever Mitchell Boggs. He’s been replaced on the Knights roster by reliever Henry Rodriguez…also, we have claimed RHP Angel Sanchez, listed as the No. 16 prospect for Miami this season, off of waivers from Tampa Bay. He’s been assigned to Class A Winston-Salem.


Quote of the Day

Angels’ manager Mike Sciosia on Abreu:

“His power plays in the Grand Canyon.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game holiday weekend series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-1, 2.30) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (7-6, 3.96) for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

Conor rounds the bases after home run No. 1.


Late Heroics Give Sox a 7-6 Victory Over the Rangers

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Today’s News

The Games

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale…the Sox are now 5-5-2 in Cactus League play.

Rangers        6  12  3

White Sox     7  12  1

At Goodyear (“B” game)…

White Sox    7

Indians         7

Plays of the Day

Vs. Rangers:  Alex Liddi’s walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning proved to be the difference for the Sox. Liddi also homered with two RBI in today’s “B” game. Carlos Sanchez led off the ninth with a single and was replaced on the bases by Micah Johnson (he also starred in the “B” game), who promptly stole second and scored on Liddi’s game-winner…Matt Davidson (pictured above) tied the game at 6-6 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth with a solo homer, his first in Cactus League play…John Danks, a day after his brother Jordan was one of the heroes in the Sox’s 6-3 victory over the Brewers, pitched five innings of shutout baseball. He gave up just four hits, walked three and struck out a batter...Gordon Beckham hit a solo homer, his first of the spring…Jose Abreu went 3-4 with a pair of RBI, Dayan Viciedo doubled in a run and Paul Konerko added an RBI…Nate Jones pitched a perfect inning…Cody Winiarski earned the win.

Vs. Indians:  Liddi was 2-3 along with the homer and two runs batted in...Micah Johnson went 3-4 with a run scored…Andy Wilkins, continuing his hot spring, was 2-2 with a homer, three RBI and a walk…Miguel Gonzalez was 3-3 with a run scored…Omar Poveda gave up only two hits and struck out five in three innings pitched.

Sox Notes of Note

Conor Gillaspie has a six-game hitting streak (.353)…Alejandro De Aza is batting .412 for the spring and is 5-7 in away games…Jeff Keppinger has three RBI in his last four games.


Visit the spring training home of Sox prospects Micah Johnson, Marcus Semien and Jared Mitchell with CSN’s Chuck Garfien serving as your tour guide.

Quote of the Day

An in-game tweet during today’s Sox-Rangers game from CSN’s Dan Hayes:

“Have heard several times scouts surprised at how strong Adam Eaton’s arm is — just doubled off a runner from CF.”  #WhiteSox

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at Scottsdale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: RHP Felipe Paulino, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Frank De Los Santos, RHP Nestor Molina. Starter for San Francisco: RHP Tim LIncecum.

Photo of the Day

Konerko, Beckham and Adam Eaton during today’s game with Texas.


Welcome to Chicago

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Late yesterday afternoon, newly acquired third baseman Matt Davidson spent some time talking to Chicago media about his reaction to Monday’s trade.  Here are some of Matt’s comments …


On being traded for Addison Reed:

“It’s pretty unreal.  It would have been awesome if we were working out at the same time when we both got the call.  I haven’t touched base with him yet, but I’m sure we will touch base soon.”

On being in the White Sox long-term plans:

“I’m just extremely glad and blessed to have the opportunity to actually be in the plans like that.  That’s what any player wants and just to know that the White Sox organization wanted me so much that they made the trade.  I mean Addison is a great closer, he had 40 saves last year.  It helps a lot with confidence as they believe in me.” 

On the White Sox and Chicago:

“Well, I’ve never been there and the closest I’ve been I played in South Bend.  I really don’t know too much.  I’ve picked up a Sox hat last night and been wearing in all day.  I like the colors and the uniforms are cool.  I’ve just been trying to check everything out.  I’ve played in high school with Trayce Thompson and actually went to the same high school with Scott Snodgress, who’s in the organization as well.  Mark Teahen went to the same high school, he played for the Sox for a couple of years.  One of my mom’s good friends is Aaron Rowand’s brother.  I’m excited to give them a call and see want the vibe is.”

On changing anything in his game this offseason because of the trade:

“No, not at all.  The bottom line is that I just want to become the most complete player I can be.  Whatever that entails I always work on everything and trying to get better.    There’s definitely a lot more excitement going it spring training with a new team, to a new facility and new city.  It’s the first time I’ve been traded so it’s a new feeling, but definitely excited to get going and start a good year with the Sox.”

On being blocked by players in Arizona:

“It’s awesome, just the mindset where you are just waiting for an injury or whenever you get in you are trying to put a little too much pressure on yourself when you are trying to prove too much with the handful of at-bats you have.“

On the goal of being the starting third baseman:

“Yea definitely, that’s the goal.  I just got to take care of what I need to take care of and hopefully everything goes well.  Whether is staring in Triple A, I trust whatever decision they make.  The long term goal is obviously to be there starting Opening Day or June or even if it takes a whole year.  I just know that when I get there I want to stick in the big leagues.  I don’t want to be just up and down.  Whenever that timetable is just as long the long term is sticking there.”

On U.S. Cellular Field:

“What I’ve learned as a hitter over my career is that where I do have the power, where I do start focusing on that, that’s when I start getting those strikeouts and my approach changes.  When I have that nice line drive approach that’s when the all the home runs start getting out.  That’s just the part of developing as a young hitter and just maturing.  If I can just stay in that positive approach then those home runs start coming, but when I try to do too much just like any other hitter your swing gets long and you start to strikeout.  The fact that it is a hitter’s park you get more relaxed and just know that when you hit one good it will go.”

On Adam Eaton being on the team:

“We played together in High A and Double A.  Obviously it’s going to be a brand new experience and brand new guys, which hopefully is an easy transition.  It’s really cool to have a guy that I was with a couple months ago.  That will definitely ease the transition a bit.”

On his defense:

“I don’t think any type of player with any type of tool is going to be happy with where they are at.  I think nobody wants to quit working.  I feel confidence with my defensive game.  Obviously is always a work in process, you can always get better.  Even Gold Gloves are always working on something to get better.  Obviously having Robin there is going to be a huge help.  I had a lot of people over at the Diamondbacks once I got called up teach me a lot of things in that month with Chavez and Prado and Matt Williams.  I have improved every single year.  When I was coming out of the draft I barely knew how to dive because I was kind of just a pitcher.  Maybe I was totally gifted right away and haven’t been playing shortstop or third base growing up because I was a pitcher.  I had to learn all that at the pro level.  So it has been hard and it has been something that I’ve been working out and I take pride in working on it.  I will never stop working on that.  I know that I have to get better and that I need to get better and that is my goal.”


Rick talks Davidson

Tuesday, December 17, 2014

After yesterday’s trade announcement (3B Matt Davidson in exchange for Addison Reed), Rick talked a little bit about the move, how it came about and what it means for the pitching staff.


On Davidson being Major League ready:

“We were able to acquire in Davidson, another young position player with a chance to be part of our new core. While it’s never easy to give up homegrown players, we did feel it was imperative to start addressing some of the position player issues we have.  You know some of that remains to be seen.  We feel that he has the potential to be a middle of the order run producer for a long time, whether that starts on Opening Day 2014 or soon thereafter.  We’ll have to figure out over the coming weeks and months as we get to know him and see him ourselves.  He was young for the Triple A level last year at age 22.  Although he has a good approach at the plate and the ball jumps off the bat there’s still a little bit of refinement that can take place.  We’ll decide if that’s better to take place at Triple A or at the big league level.  I do feel that when he does get here he’s going to be here for a long time.  We just need to pick the right time to start that.”

On a projected closer:

“I don’t feel the urgency to anoint anyone the closer.  We have some internal candidates such as Nate Jones or Matt Lindstrom or even Daniel Webb, who can potentially fill that role.  We still have some acquisitions which some of them haven’t been announced or at least one of them hasn’t been announced, despite being widely reported, that’s going to help supply some depth for the bullpen.  Frankly our scouts and player development people have done a really nice job over the years providing us with options and I’m confident that’s going to continue.  Just like we entered the 2012 season without anyone specifically anointed the closer, in fact it was Hector who won that job and Addison took it over, we were able to be in first place for a large stretch of that season despite entering spring training without having anyone written in stone in that role.  I just don’t see it’s that essential to do in mid December.”

On Matt’s defense:

“Solid actions, strong arm, good hands, the question that you will hear from time to time with scouts and has been written about publicly is about his lateral movement.  We think it’s going to improve, it’s going to continue to improve, we see him over there for the long term once the development is finished.”


On how the trade came about:

“The end game was probably quick.  Kevin and I have been talking and we made no secret about going back for several weeks primarily about Adam Eaton, but there were other players in the Diamondback organization that we talked about at times including Matt.  No one probably noticed but right when our press conference ended in Orlando where the three of us were sitting up there talking about the three-way trade I wondered over and said to Kevin we still have interest in Davidson by the way if you see a fit, I think that was Tuesday when we announced that deal.  We started exchanging names on Wednesday and closed the deal off on Friday night.  The end game was quick but the run up took a few weeks.”

On valuing the closer role:

“I don’t think its fair characterization to say that we don’t value it.  I think isn’t more about having confidence in our ability, scouts and coaches to develop someone capable of filling that role.  Look, going back to 2005 we had three different guys close out games in 2005 between Shingo and Hermanson and ultimately Bobby Jenks.  It’s an important role and it’s not an easy job, it’s one where, knock on wood, we have a pretty decent track record in terms of finding the right guy when the need arrives.  It just felt at this time, give where we’ve been from a position side of things, we had to take the opportunity to get what we feel to be a potential long term core position player piece.”

On excitement about Davidson, Aberu, Garcia and Eaton:

“We’re very excited but at the same time we’re optimistic about their future.  We do realize that it’s a process and there’s going to be some growing pains along the way, whether it’s from playing in a new country or playing in a new league or getting your really first extended taste of a big league opportunity, the development path is not going to be linear.  When this thing gets right, when the development is complete and we have these players coming along on the same path it’s really want we’ve been striving for awhile here.  We really want to have a young core not just from a position player standpoint, but from a pitching standpoint with guys like Chris Sale and Jose Quintana and Nate Jones and others that play the game we want it played, that have been ideally developed by guys or least have had the finishing touches put on by our guys and our able to grow together in to a championship group.  These four players that we have acquired since July we feel each have the ability to be an important part of it.  Some of the players we have had at the big league level before could very well be a part of it, as well as some of the players we have coming in the system that are near ready.  When we set out to try and cure some of the things that ailed us last season it was with the intent to do this on a quicker time frame and primarily by adding pieces that were major league ready or near major league ready that could grow together, and over the last few months we feel that we were able to do that.”

On potential moves to come:

“Nothing is just one phone call away just yet.  There are a few other items that we have on our wish list.  All of us here have tried to be realistic as we go through this process and realize that we may not be able to address all of the things on our hit list in one offseason, that it may take us into next season or potentially into the following offseason.  There’s still some things we want to do and frankly I’m not sure if we will ever be able to exhale until we get to win the last game of the postseason, whenever that happens in the future.  We feel good about this start but we know that it’s only a start and we still have a few more items that we hopefully can check off our list in the coming weeks before we get to Glendale.”

On trading Addison:

“I can understand some surprise in that and it’s not like we were out shopping Addison.  He’s certainly a quality big league closer and that has value to us as well as to others.  It was just a matter of continuing the process that we started in July that we felt was a little more pressing and that we had some alternatives to potential step in to Addison’s role.  I certainly get the surprise but hopefully at the same time we have done a decent enough job over the months to try to accomplish what we been doing and where we hope to go.”

On trading young players for other team’s young players:

“Ideally it comes from within and that’s where we are trying to get to and I think we are close to being able to do that.  Someone earlier on the call mentioned Marcus Semien, Micah Johnson, Trayce Thompson and others are getting close to being able to help us in Chicago and we certainly over the years have had many home grown pitchers able to contribute to first place division clubs in Chicago for us.  So until we get to that point we are going to have to continue to acquire good, young potential impact position players from other organizations, but I do feel that day of us being able to self efficient in that regard is not too far off.”

On confidence to develop pitching:

“Our scouts have been able to find and sign big league quality pitching talent and it’s a nice luxury for someone in the GM seat to have, but you never feel good about trading young pitching because it’s extremely difficult to acquire in this game.  It does give me some level of confidence knowing that we got those same scouts and PD guys in place, that have developed guys over a decade plus, to find replacements going forward.”