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South Side Sox 7 hours ago
White Sox 1, Red Sox 3: Classic pitchers duel blown by bullpen

White Sox 1, Red Sox 3: Classic pitchers duel blown by bullpen

Chris Sale and Jon Lester brought their A games to the ballpark tonight. Chris Sale struck out 10. Jon Lester was perfect into the 6th inning. Them boys were bringing it while you were watching hockey. Sale had some help early, as Adam Eaton made a perfect play going back and timing his jump perfectly to rob David Ortiz in the first inning. Your browser does not support iframes. Xander Bogaerts got a hold of one in the sixth inning and smashed it into the stands for his second HR of the year and a 1-0 Red Sox lead. Our plucky White Sox came right back in the bottom of the frame, as they do....
Over the Monster 13 hours ago

Red Sox vs. White Sox: Mike Napoli returns to Boston lineup

Mike Napoli is back in the lineup Thursday night, less than 48 hours after dislocating his finger in the first game of the series. Just two days after dislocating his ring finger, Mike Napoli is back at first base and batting cleanup as the Red Sox try to earn a series victory over the Chicago White Sox. Today's Lineups BOSTON RED SOX CHICAGO WHITE SOX Dustin Pedroia - 2B Adam Eaton - CF Xander Bogaerts - SS Marcus Semien - 3B David Ortiz - DH Dayan Viciedo - RF Mike Napoli - 1B Adam Dunn - DH Jonny Gomes - LF Paul Konerko - 1B David Ross - C Alexei Ramirez - SS Daniel...
South Side Sox 15 hours ago
Zach Putnam added to roster; Donnie Veal designated for assignment

Zach Putnam added to roster; Donnie Veal designated for assignment

After emptying the bullpen last night and using Leury Garcia to pitch during the White Sox loss last night to the Red Sox, it seemed likely there would be a move today to add a fresh arm to the bullpen. Let the bullpen rebuild begin! The White Sox have purchased the contract of Zach Putnam from Charlotte today.  To make room on the 25-man roster, they have designated Donnie Veal for assignment. Putnam was signed to a minor league contract during the offseason and was invited to spring training.  He appeared in ten games during spring training where he walked three, struck out 13, and gave...
South Side Sox 23 hours ago
Three questions after a four-reliever inning

Three questions after a four-reliever inning

Robin Ventura's bullpen is kind of a mess, but he's not making it any easier to figure out who's the most expendable When your starting pitcher completes six innings and you're using your last pitcher by the 11th, it seems like something failed. No, besides the relievers. I understand what could drive Robin Ventura to use four pitchers in the eighth inning of the White Sox' loss to Boston on Wednesday, but it's easy to see what drives people to do a lot of things they'd regret. Assuming Scott Downs isn't yet toast -- and based on what we've seen of him in March and April, one could make a...
South Side Sox Apr 17, 2014
Red Sox 6, White Sox 4 (14 innings): Leury Garcia pitched

Red Sox 6, White Sox 4 (14 innings): Leury Garcia pitched

White Sox pitchers issue 15 walks, including nine by relievers and two by a position player The Red Sox scored their last five runs of the game with only one ball hit out of the infield ... and it was Jackie Bradley Jr.'s two-run double off Leury Garcia in the 14th inning. How'd that happen? Well, the White Sox bullpen had to carry a 3-1 lead through three innings. Ronald Belisario pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. That's good! Then Robin Ventura used four pitchers -- Scott Downs, Jake Petricka, Donnie Veal and Maikel Cleto -- to get through the eighth, with Downs and Petricka walking the only...
Over the Monster Apr 16, 2014

Red Sox vs. White Sox: Dustin Pedroia returns, leads off

Dustin Pedroia is back in action Wednesday night, leading off for the Red Sox against John Danks. Dustin Pedroia's short absence is coming toan end, as John Farrell has his second baseman back in the lineup and leading off Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox. Boston Red Sox (5-9) Dustin Pedroia, 2B Xander Bogaerts, SS David Ortiz, DH Jonny Gomes, RF Grady Sizemore, LF A.J. Pierzynski, C Daniel Nava, 1B Ryan Roberts, 3B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Starting Pitcher -- Clay Buchholz Chicago White Sox (8-6) TBA Starting Pitcher -- John Danks Mike Napoli is, as expected, absent from the...
South Side Sox Apr 16, 2014
Following up: Avisail Garcia waits for spring training

Following up: Avisail Garcia waits for spring training

Plus: Jake Peavy and A.J. Pierzynski discuss South Side situations, and the service-time debate rages in Arizona Avisail Garcia underwent successful surgery for the grisly torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder on Tuesday. From the press release: The surgery was performed by a team of surgeons, led by Dr. Anthony Romeo with assistance from Dr. Nik Verma and Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph. Garcia, 22, will remain in Chicago with the club while undergoing approximately six months of rehabilitation. He is expected to be available without restriction for the start of 2015 spring...
South Side Sox Apr 16, 2014
Robin Ventura vents about replay system after unsuccessful challenge

Robin Ventura vents about replay system after unsuccessful challenge

Both broadcasting booths concluded a call at first base should have been overturned, but the command center said otherwise Should Robin Ventura and John Farrell cross paths before tonight's game, Major League Baseball gave them quite a conversation starter. Ventura joined his Sox-managing counterpart in criticizing the new replay system, using similar sentiments after close calls at first base. The White Sox ended up on the wrong end of a challenge on Tuesday night when Ventura thought Mike Napoli's foot lost contact with the bag while stretching to scoop Xander Bogaerts' throw in the...
South Side Sox Apr 16, 2014

White Sox 2, Red Sox 1: A win for the pitchers

Alexei Ramirez scores walk-off run on throwing error, but strong efforts by Erik Johnson and the bullpen made it possible In a rare turn of events, the White Sox pitching staff gave the rest of the club a chance to wait for a break. Tonight, they caught two of them. With two outs in the ninth, runners on first and second and a full count, Marcus Semien hit a grounder to short that should have ended the inning. Instead, Xander Bogaerts short-armed the throw. It short-hopped Mike Carp at first, and he couldn't come up with it cleanly. Alexei Ramirez was in motion from second and kept going...
Boston Red Sox 2014: The high-scoring Chicago White Sox offense should look familiar to Boston Red Sox pitchers

Boston Red Sox 2014: The high-scoring Chicago White Sox offense should look familiar to Boston Red Sox pitchers

Thanks to a new hitting coach and a familiar philosophy, the Chicago White Sox offense is off to a very hot start.
South Side Sox Apr 15, 2014
Adam Eaton tops list of White Sox' April novelties

Adam Eaton tops list of White Sox' April novelties

Leadoff man providing production, energy to team that's usually in short supply of it With one fortnight in the books, the White Sox have accomplished the unthinkable: hot bats in cold weather. Nobody expected the Sox to put the league's most prolific offense on the field a half-month in, especially given the produce they trotted out last year. But the 2014 Sox don't only compare favorably to 2013's version -- you have to go back to 2002 to see a White Sox offense have a better first two weeks -- and that was a vastly different offensive era,...
South Side Sox Apr 14, 2014
White Sox Minor League Update: April 14-19

White Sox Minor League Update: April 14-19

Scores, stats, and news from the White Sox farm system Getting back on schedule with a few news and notes: Charlotte: The White Sox signed reliever Frank Francisco, who was briefly a Sox farmhand before being traded to Texas as part of a package for the first Carl Everett deal in 2003. He's coming off two disappointing years with the Mets, divided evenly before and after surgery that removed a bone spur from his elbow. He'll join a crowded field in the Knights bullpen that currently includes fellow veteran righthanders MItchell Boggs, Javy Guerra and Zach Putnam. Birmingham: The Barons'...
South Side Sox Apr 14, 2014
White Sox 4, Indians 3: Ramirez bails out bad bullpen

White Sox 4, Indians 3: Ramirez bails out bad bullpen

Sox find a way to win after finding a way to lose. In a strange game that saw the weather drop 25 degrees from pre-game to first pitch and a one hour and fifteen minute rain delay before first pitch (even though it didn't rain), the White Sox defeated the Indians and took three of four on the series. Jose Quintana battled through a couple of rain delays and tossed 121 pitches in six innings, but only gave up one run on a Michael Brantley homer in the fourth. The Indians threatened for more in the sixth after Jason Kipnis lead off with a double and Carlos Santana followed him up with an...
South Side Sox Apr 14, 2014
Right Garment, Wrong Color: A Boston Red Sox Preview

Right Garment, Wrong Color: A Boston Red Sox Preview

A look ahead at the defending world champs. Offense: Grady Sizemore - LF, Dustin Pedroia - 2B, David Ortiz - DH, Mike Napoli - 1B, Daniel Nava - RF, Xander Bogaerts - SS, A.J. Pierzynski - C, Jonathan Herrera - 3B, Jackie Bradley - CF You're reading that right. Old nemesis Grady Sizemore is back in action after not playing in either of the past two seasons due to back and knee problems. So far, he's looked excellent. His power and on-base ability look to be back in full force, which makes some sense given that he's still only 31 years old and was a premium talent when healthy in his...
South Side Sox Apr 14, 2014

Podcast: Good Bye, Avi.

Covering a lot of bases on the podcast this week: Jim Margalus breaks down the impact of Avisail Garcia's injury to the White Sox roster. Adam Hazlett (Hazymania) helps me decide the past week's The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly performances. Ken Neadly gives us a hand on who to find on the wavier wire for our fantasy baseball teams. From Awful Announcing and SirusXM, Steve Lapore, joins the podcast this week to discuss baseball coverage on Fox Sports 1 and what Frank Thomas brings to the table. Patrick Nolan (pnoles) previews the upcoming series vs. the Boston Red Sox Lone Star...
South Side Sox Apr 13, 2014
Book review:

Book review: "Turning the Black Sox White"

Charles Comiskey biography isn't perfect -- especially the title -- but it succeeds in humanizing an important-yet-oversimplified figure in baseball history The first rule in enjoying Tim Hornbaker's Charles Comiskey biography, "Turning the Black Sox White," is to ignore the title. The book doesn't exonerate the 1919 White Sox, nor does it try to, but it's probably a marketing decision to highlight the only thing everybody knows about Comiskey's lifetime as an owner. The subtitle -- "The Misunderstood Legacy of Charles A. Comiskey" -- is less audacious and alluring, but it's closer to the...
South Side Sox Apr 12, 2014
Indians 12, White Sox 6: The marathon series continues on the South Side

Indians 12, White Sox 6: The marathon series continues on the South Side

A battle of the bullpens goes in the favor of the Indians, who won their first 2014 battle against the White Sox today. On a lovely yet gusty 70-degree day in Chicago, the Indians and the White Sox faced each other for the third time this season, in what slowly become a balloon-popping reality check for Sox fans who were perhaps flying a little too high after the first two games of the series (myself included). Despite long-held hopes for a comeback win, the Sox lost 12-6 to the Tribe. Neither starting pitcher wound up with a decision today, as the eighteen total runs scored were...
South Side Sox Apr 12, 2014

Right on Q: Learning to love Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu is off to a smoldering start. He's already conquered Major League pitching. Can he conquer Sox fan neuroses? I'm a White Sox fan. Which means it is impossible to fully enjoy the Jose Abreu experience. That's because The Darkness is always lurking in the shadows. The Darkness, of course, is the non-corporeal entity that consumes talented White Sox players before they can become superstars. Dick Allen? MVP in '72. Broken leg in '73. Quit on team in '74. Carlos Quentin? Breaks wrist in a fit of rage. Battles injury bug in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Gordon Beckham? The league adjusted...
South Side Sox Apr 12, 2014

White Sox 9, Indians 6: Gillaspie to the Rescue

Major League Baseball's most productive offense bails out Chris Sale. Well, that didn't take long. With the 9-6 victory over Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox have already matched last season's win total against the Tribe, in large thanks to the most productive offense in Major League Baseball. Chris Sale earned his third win of the season, but The Condor did have his troubles against Cleveland. Sale tossed a total of 105 pitches in only five innings,  which he barely survived the fifth frame. Mike Aviles started the fifth with a lead off single. Then on a controversial no-call third...
South Side Sox Apr 11, 2014
Repercussions from the Avisail Garcia injury

Repercussions from the Avisail Garcia injury

White Sox should get answers to lingering questions about organization's other outfielders Given the finite, zero-sum nature of rosters and lineup cards, the news of Avisail Garcia's horrific bone-involving labrum tear was good news for somebody -- even if this is the last way they'd want to receive it. Given the collective goal of team sports, it's up to everybody else to try to make these unintentional benefits count toward something. It's not going to be easy. Garcia's development ranked as one of the top focus points of the season (Jose Abreu tops that list, but Garcia's case is as...

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