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South Side Sox Apr 24, 2016

The Call-Up: Kevan Smith

Cue the Clerks jokes It was only a matter of when, not if, Alex Avila hit the disabled list. This unavoidable fact made existing on the 40-man roster as a catcher an even more enviable honor than usual. And today that pays off for Kevan Smith. One thing to know about Smith is that he's 27. He's actually less than a year and a half younger than Avila. His advanced age for a sorta prospect is not really due to years bouncing around the minors - he was drafted in the 7th round in 2011 - but because he spent three seasons playing quarterback at Pitt before turning his attention to baseball in...
South Side Sox Apr 24, 2016

Alex Avila's injury puts Dioner Navarro under microscope

White Sox pitchers started getting squeezed in late innings after catcher change, which correlates with receiver reputation The White Sox were one of two teams without a player on the disabled list, but the White Sox most likely to be injured is about to change that. Alex Avila exited Saturday's game at the end of the sixth inning after pulling up lame running to second on a fielder's choice: Your browser does not support iframes. Avila was replaced immediately, and there was also no hesitation when assessing the probability of his strained right hamstring forcing him to the DL. Then again,...
South Side Sox Apr 23, 2016

White Sox 4, Rangers 3 (11 innings): Wild one helps end wild one

Jose Abreu comes through with game-winning single after Nick Martinez loads the bases with an array of errant pitches The White Sox took the opener by playing a clean game. They locked in a series win with even a pretty sloppy effort this afternoon. This game needed 11 tense innings for several reasons -- a failure to capitalize with the bases loaded, a David Robertson blown save thanks to some poor defense, random wrong decisions by Chris Guccione, and a homer-robbing catch by Nomar Mazara, among other things. But in the end, the White Sox were bailed out by Nick Martinez, who loaded the...
South Side Sox Apr 23, 2016

The lengths the White Sox have gone for a triple play

Friday's 9-3-2-6-2-5 is the 30th triple play in franchise history, but it's far from the longest If you had to identify a flaw with the triple play executed by the White Sox on Friday, it's that it could've been two steps simpler had Tyler Saladino held onto the ball. After Dioner Navarro fired to Saladino to force Prince Fielder home, it was a footrace between the White Sox' fastest player and (one of?) the Rangers' slowest -- not to mention Fielder was 1) running for a while, and 2) not making a hard break for home. Saladino could've chased him down clean, but instead he flipped to...
South Side Sox Apr 22, 2016

White Sox 5, Rangers 0: Triple play protects shutout

Jose Quintana finally gets some good luck in well-rounded victory. Jose Quintana, he of 53 no-decisions and a below-.500 career record, was overdue for some help from his teammates. It showed up, overflowing like an around-the-horn of plenty that included: Melky Cabrera's baserunning. Melky Cabrera's defense. And the first triple play since 2006. Quintana delivered seven shutout innings while the Sox applied steady pressure throughout the evening to Martin Perez, resulting in a perfectly enjoyable evening at U.S. Cellular FIeld. There was a full moon, if that means anything to you. Let's...
Akron Beacon Journal Apr 8, 2016

Indians, Danny Salazar shut down Chicago White Sox 7-1

The Indians again jumped out to a sizable lead early in the game, but this time comfortably held it in a 7-1 snowy road win against the Chicago White Sox. The Indians (2-1) jumped out to a 5-0 lead against White Sox (3-2) starter John Danks (0-1) in the second inning, in part by taking advantage of a poor play by White Sox catcher Alex Avila. With the bases loaded, Carlos Santana (1-for-4, 2 RBI) tapped a ball a few feet. Avila corralled it, turned to home, realized he was too late to get Jason Kipnis at the plate and threw to first, only to have it sail into right field, scoring two runs....
Chicago Tribune Apr 7, 2016

Carlos Rodon, Alex Avila on the White Sox's loss

Carlos Rodon and Alex Avila discuss the White Sox's loss to the A's.

Carlos Rodon, Alex Avila on the White Sox's loss

Carlos Rodon and Alex Avila discuss the White Sox's loss to the A's.

Sonny Gray returns from illness to shut down White Sox, spoil Carlos Rodon's debut

When White Sox catcher Alex Avila asked Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray how he was feeling Wednesday after a bout of the flu earlier in the week, Gray told him “not too good.” “It didn’t seem that way,” Avila said. Two days after missing the season opener because he was ill enough to warrant a trip...
Chicago Tribune Apr 7, 2016

Sonny Gray returns from illness to shut down White Sox, spoil Carlos Rodon's debut

When White Sox catcher Alex Avila asked Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray how he was feeling Wednesday after a bout of the flu earlier in the week, Gray told him “not too good.” “It didn’t seem that way,” Avila said. Two days after missing the season opener because he was ill enough to warrant a trip...
Chicago Tribune Apr 5, 2016

White Sox catchers will be on guard as they split duties this season

Dioner Navarro woke up to a text message Monday that he would be the starting catcher in that night’s game against Oakland, a decision made because of the Athletics’ late pitching change. Navarro and Alex Avila, who joined the Sox on one-year contracts this offseason, will split time at catcher...

White Sox catchers will be on guard as they split duties this season

Dioner Navarro woke up to a text message Monday that he would be the starting catcher in that night’s game against Oakland, a decision made because of the Athletics’ late pitching change. Navarro and Alex Avila, who joined the Sox on one-year contracts this offseason, will split time at catcher...
Bless You Boys Apr 5, 2016

MLB Opening Day 2016: Tigers' James McCann, Marlins' J.T. Realmuto are the same exact player

As a name, 'Realmuto' doesn't lend itself to cool nicknames, though. When the Detroit Tigers face the Miami Marlins on their Opening Day, it might be hard to distinguish between the two starting catchers if you look at their stat sheets. Because everything looks eerily similar. First of all, their origin stories are nearly identical. Both James McCann and J.T. Realmuto had a cup of coffee at the major league level in 2014 -- nine games for McCann, 11 for Realmuto. McCann started out as Alex Avila’s backup in 2015 but quickly became the starting catcher after Avila struggled. In Miami,...

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