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It’s odd to think that an 18 year career can be summed up in a single moment, but sometimes that’s just what happens. Those of us that were there to see it will never forget the sound of 40,000 people simultaneously cheering and rising to their feet the moment the ball left the bat. On a cold, rainy, miserable night on the South Side of Chicago, Paul Konerko cemented his place...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 White Sox: What We Learned

Everyone knew that this would be a transition year for the White Sox. No one expected them to compete for the division but what was expected, was that we would learn a little more about the players on the Sox roster, and whether or not they would be a part of the team moving forward. Some of those questions were answered this year, but not all of them. Let’s take a look at the...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Nab Intriguing Prospect, Free Up Playing Time for Wilkins by Trading Dunn to A’s

Just hours after Alejandro De Aza was shipped off to Baltimore, White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn has been traded to the Oakland Athletics for pitcher Nolan Sanburn. We will take a look back at Dunn’s time with the Sox soon, but for right now let’s focus on what this deal means for the good guys moving forward. I’ll just add that we wish all the best to Dunn – and I now...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Initial Takeaways: De Aza Dealt to O’s

After a surprisingly uneventful July on the trade front, the Chicago White Sox have now completed two deals in August, successfully offloading a pair of dead weight veterans from their roster. First it was Gordon Beckham being sent to the Angels, and now Alejandro De Aza, who is on his way to Baltimore. The clumsy outfielder and base runner will serve as outfield depth for the O’s...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Should Sox Bring Back Matt Lindstrom?

As Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) reported earlier this week, White Sox reliever and free-agent to be Matt Lindstrom has said that he would like to re-sign with the White Sox this off-season. Lindstrom is in the final year of a two-year deal with the White Sox and is making $4 million this year. Lindstrom had a solid season last year for the Sox appearing in a team high 76 games and was 2...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Head to Bronx to Take on Yankees

The White Sox hit the road for a brief three game road trip to the Bronx to take on the Yankees. This will be the Sox third straight series against the AL East. The Sox took two of three from the Blue Jays before being swept by the first place Orioles. After this series in New York the Sox will play their next 12 games against AL Central opponents. The Yankees come in at 64-61 on...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Gordon Beckham Traded to Angels

Ladies and gentlemen, the Gordon Beckham era is over on the south side of Chicago. Late Thursday afternoon, Rick Hahn made an August trade for a second consecutive season, dealing the long-time White Sox second baseman to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later and/or cash. There have been reports saying both, and some reports saying one or the other, so more definitive...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Hamstring Injury Ends Micah Johnson’s Season

The White Sox have dealt with terrible luck on the injury front all season. While you could certainly make the argument of “Hey, it’s a retooling year, so better now than later”, injuries still suck, plain and simple. Especially when they delay a youngster’s maturation process. On Wednesday afternoon we learned that potential second baseman of the future, Micah Johnson, has...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Gillaspie in Two-Hole Makes Too Much Sense

It’s been since the 2005-2006 seasons when the White Sox have had the same player bat second in the order over 100 times in consecutive seasons, when Tadahito Iguchi accomplished that. Before Iguchi, a Sox player hadn’t done that since Luis Aparicio in 1969-1970 (although Joey Cora was on his way to accomplishing such if there was no strike in 1994). You can probably imagine...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

With Playoff Hopes Slim To None, Avi’s Return Brightens Season

Not that most White Sox fans expected much out of the 2014 season to begin with, but with the team hovering around five or six games below .500 for the last two months, it’s a safe bet that this year won’t bring the south side a playoff berth. Often times, this scenario brings lifeless, empty September baseball. Heck, that’s a big reason why Bud Selig decided to add one more...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

O’s Fly Into Town for Three Game Set

The White Sox brief homestand continues this week with a three game set against the first place Orioles. The Sox took two of three from the Blue Jays over the weekend after winning the rubber match on Sunday afternoon. The Sox are now 59-65 on the season and 31-29 at home. By comparison, last year the White Sox won their 59th game on September 16th. The Orioles come in with a record...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox, Buehrle return to the Cell This Weekend

The White Sox return home this weekend to start a six game homestand, starting with a three game set against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Sox went 2-4 on their west coast road trip and are now 57-64 on the year. The Sox are still above .500 (barely) at home at 29-28 but are just 3-7 in their last 10 home games. The Blue Jays come in at 63-59, in second place in the AL East and 3.5...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Top Prospect Rodon Impressing Early On

Back in June, the White Sox drafted highly-touted college arm Carlos Rodon. After signing in July, the N.C. State product got on a throwing program with the team and has since made the first six appearances of his professional career. And for the most part, so far, so good. Rodon got started in rookie ball with the AZL White Sox, getting into two games and racking up three innings...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitching Performances, Questionable Calls Highlight Giants Series Split

The White Sox remained out west for a quick two-game series against the San Francisco Giants this week. As badly as the south siders have struggled of late, it was hard to feel too bad about this series, with Chris Sale and Jose Quintana set to take the bump. And both went on to have dominant outings, though the club could only pick up one win. Sale and Quintana Breeze Through Giants’...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox Look To End Slump In San Francisco

The White Sox will conclude their trip out west with a brief two-game interleague series against the Giants in San Francisco. The Sox dropped three of four in Seattle and have lost seven of their last 10 games to fall seven games below the .500 mark. The Sox are now 27-35 on the road for the season. The Giants come in at 62-56 on the year in second place in the NL West and a half...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox Offense Lacks a Spark in Seattle After Eaton Goes Down

After an unsuccessful home stand in which the White Sox dropped 2 of 3 to both the Twins and Rangers, the club continued their struggles in part one of their 6-game road trip to the West Coast. The Mariners, who have found themselves fighting with the red hot Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays in what is shaping up to be a highly contested AL Wildcard race, managed to shut...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Facing A Crucial Two Months, Flowers Oughta Hope It’s The Glasses

Question: Is it the glasses? When White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers is scuffling at the plate, his struggles do not go unnoticed. For the vast majority of his career, he’s been a well below average major league hitter for the south siders. Because of his normally frustrating play, any Flowers hot streaks always bring about speculation as to whether he has really figured something...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Putnam Back from DL, Rienzo Down

A bit of news on Friday morning that should help out the White Sox’ bullpen, which has not been able to get anybody out of late; Zach Putnam (shoulder inflammation) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and added to the active roster. To make room, the club has sent Andre Rienzo back to Triple-A Charlotte. Rienzo, a 26 year old Brazilian who has made 11 starts and seven...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox Head to Seattle to Kick Off West Coat Trip

The White Sox hit the road for a six game west coast trip after a very disappointing 2-4 homestand. The trip starts with a four game series in Seattle against the Mariners.  The Sox are now back to five games below .500 at 55-60, in fourth place in the AL Central.  They are 26-32 on the road but were 5-2 on their last road trip, so that was encouraging. The Mariners come in at...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Last Place Rangers Take the Rubber Match As Offense Leaves Sale Hanging

On Sunday, the White Sox began a three-game series at home against the Major League-worst Texas Rangers. The series looked promising at first, as Rangers’ ace Yu Darvish would be on the bench for all three games after another strong outing on Saturday (7 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 K). With Hector Noesi, John Danks, and Chris Sale scheduled to pitch, the White Sox were in prime position to...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Adam Eaton: Grinding it Out

While Jose Abreu was taking most of the publicity for his hitting streak, Adam Eaton was on a nice little streak of his own.  Before going 0-for on Tuesday night Eaton had a hit in 11 straight games and had reached base in 21 straight.  That is exactly what you want your lead-off man to do. Eaton wasn’t just grabbing a hit here or there over that stretch.  He hit .448 with seven...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Maikel Cleto Called Up for a Second Go-Around

While the team on the north side of town made some big news in terms of call-ups this afternoon, the White Sox made a minor transaction themselves. The team purchased the contract of Maikel Cleto from AAA Charlotte to take the place of Taylor Thompson, who was optioned back to AAA after yesterday’s game. This comes on the heels of yesterday’s bullpen meltdown, which left us with...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Danks’ Contract Bearable Until the Price is Right

Despite interest from the Marlins and Yankees (and possibly others), the White Sox were unable to unload lefty John Danks prior to Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline. It seems most conceivable that neither team was willing to bite the bullet on the $28.5 million owed to Danks over the next two seasons, though his consistency and veteran presence do seem to be coveted. Although...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

After Ugly Weekend Series, White Sox Set To Host Baseball’s Worst

The White Sox conclude their short homestand with a three game series against the Texas Rangers.  The Sox dropped two of three to the Twins in the first series thanks to some truly blowful pitching by their bullpen.  The Sox are now 54-58 on the season and 28-26 at home and despite the bad series against Minnesota, have still won six of their last ten. The Rangers come in with...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Bullpen Blows Opportunity for White Sox First Three-Series Win Streak

On Sunday the White Sox wrapped up a 13-game, 14-day swing against three of their American League central division foes. That stretch got off to an impressive 6-4 start, as the south siders put a series loss to the Kansas City Royals behind them and picked up their first two-series win streak of the season. Yes, you read that correctly. The Sox just have not been able to put a prolonged...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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