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March 17, 2012

White Sox vs. Mariners @ 3:05 pm CT; free webcast

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Watch free webcast

Watch an exclusive webcast today at 3:05 CT when the Sox host the Mariners. Jake Peavy starts for the Sox. Watch webcastGameday | Boxscore

Or click the video below and wait 4-5 seconds (the video at the whitesox.com webcast can be expanded to full-screen):

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March 14, 2012

White Sox vs. Angels @ 3:05 pm CT; free webcast

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Watch exclusive webcast of Angels-White Sox tilt

Whitesox.com presents an exclusive free video webcast of Chris Sale and the White Sox in action against the Angels. Today’s first pitch is at 3:05 p.m. CT. Chris Sale is making his 2nd spring training start. He is scheduled to throw 3 innings or 60 pitches. Nestor Molina, also, will is scheduled to throw 2 innings or 40 pitches. Watch webcast | Gameday | Boxscore

Or click the video below and wait 4-5 seconds (the video at the whitesox.com webcast can be expanded to full-screen):

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Chuck Garfien interviews Jerry Reinsdorf

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2012 12:00 am
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CSN’s Chuck Garfien interviewed Jerry Reinsdorf. Here’s Reinsdorf’s comment on Mark Buehrle’s departure:

“Mark Buehrle was a pillar of this franchise. He was a cornerstone, he was here for a long time. He came out of nowhere. He was a 38th round draft choice. He did everything we ever asked for him. He caught all the first pitches, he threw a perfect game, a no-hitter. Anytime you needed him to go to a school or a hospital, or whatever, Mark Buehrle was always there. But the fact is at his age, it didn’t make sense for us to do what the Marlins were prepared to do for him. So he went, certainly with my blessing. I spoke to him and said, ‘You gotta take it. You gotta take this deal.’ And Mark said, ‘I’ll be back in 4 years.’”

Buehrle will be back? Is this meant to soothe Sox fans angry over Buehrle’s departure? Anyway, if the Sox won’t be competing in the immediate future, Buehrle’s talents would be wasted if he stayed here….

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March 12, 2012

White Sox vs. A’s @ 3:05 pm CT; free webcast

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Watch Peavy take to the mound vs. A’s in webcast

Whitesox.com will present an exclusive webcast of Jake Peavy and the White Sox in action against the A’s today at 3:05 p.m. CT from Glendale, Ariz. Jake Peavy starts for the Sox and Tyson Ross for the A’s. Watch webcastGameday | Boxscore

Or click the video below and wait 4-5 seconds (the video at the whitesox.com webcast can be expanded to full-screen):

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March 10, 2012

White Sox vs. Rangers on 2:05 pm CT; free webcast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 10, 2012 12:45 pm
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Watch free webcast

Watch an exclusive webcast today at 2:05 CT when the Sox host the Rangers. Dylan Axelrod starts for the Sox and Colby Lewis for the Rangers. Watch webcast | Listen (WSCR)Gameday | Boxscore

Or click the video below and wait 4-5 seconds (the video at the whitesox.com webcast can be expanded to full-screen):

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March 9, 2012

Chris Sale makes his starting pitching debut in 1 hour in WGN-TV [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 9, 2012 1:00 pm
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Chris Sale and the White Sox face the Cubs, who send Travis Wood to the mound in Glendale at 2:05 CT. The game is televised on WGN; WSCR has the radio feed. Gameday | Boxscore

UPDATE: Sale had a good outing. 4 K and 1 BB in 3 innings. MLB.com has a 1 minute video from his outing. Nestor Molina had a good outing too. 2 K and 0 BB in 2 innings. Unfortunately Camelback Ranch isn’t Pitch F/X equipped.

March 8, 2012

Adam Dunn gives Robin Ventura his first managerial win

Adam Dunn went 2-3 with a 3-run home run against Naftali Feliz and a double against a lefty, Gordon Beckham added a 2-run home run, Dayan Viciedo and Kosuke Fukudome added a double each, and Hector Santiago struck-out three and walked 1 in the 2 scoreless innings he pitched. The Sox won 6-3 and Ventura got his 1st win as a manager. Boxscore | Gameday | Recap

J.J. has the strikezone plot of Dunn’s home run at-bat from Brooks Baseball (Pitch F/X for Dunn’s home run at-bat).

And here’s the lineup card from today’s win:

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March 7, 2012

Alexei Ramirez, RHP?

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White Sox vs. Brewers on 2:05 pm CT; free webcast

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Exclusive webcast to feature Peavy’s inaugural start

Jake Peavy will step on the mound Wednesday against the Brewers for his first start. First pitch, broadcast via an exclusive webcast, is at 2:05 p.m. CT. Watch webcastGameday | Boxscore

UPDATE: The webcast announcers were Ray Garcia on the play-by-play with Bill Melton doing commentary.

March 5, 2012

White Sox vs. Dodgers on 2:05 pm CT; free webcast

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Watch White Sox Cactus opener live

See an exclusive webcast today at 2:05 CT when Philip Humber and the Sox meet the Dodgers. Watch webcast | Listen (WSCR) | Gameday | Boxscore

March 4, 2012

Coop says there are 3 more bullpen openings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 4, 2012 11:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Although Cooper has wavered between eight or nine locks on the pitching staff over the past 10 days since camp began, he clearly mentioned nine on Sunday. That number means Addison Reed will join Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Will Ohman as relievers who break camp with the club.

So, three stands as the magic number to complete the bullpen and the pitching staff, when factoring in starting pitchers John Danks, Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd, Chris Sale and Humber. At least two of those remaining spots will be of the long-relief variety, based on Cooper’s criteria.

“We kind of need two — or possibly even three — of those to be guys that can give us some innings,” Cooper said. “The other guys — Reed, Crain, Ohman, Thornton — those are the guys, in a perfect world, to keep to an inning.

“But I’ll stretch it to two. Know those guys will be getting two-inning outings down the line, so those other guys have to give us some innings. But we’re going to be taking guys who can give us innings and get the job done.”

… Through a brief Major League callup last season, the White Sox already have working knowledge of Santiago and his screwball out-pitch. They also know what Zach Stewart and Dylan Axelrod can provide in long relief, as well as in a spot start. That past knowledge is preferred in picking pitchers, as opposed to basing selection on the hitter-friendly environs of Arizona.

“Sometimes, we have some guys who don’t have past records, so we’ll have to make decisions,” Cooper said. “We’ve seen Stewart, Axelrod, Santiago in Chicago. We haven’t seen [Leyson] Septimo and [Jose] Quintana and Donnie Veal and others. They’ll show us what we need to be thinking about.”

February 29, 2012

Chris Sale’s 1st Spring Training start: Friday, March 9, 2 pm CT @ WGN-TV [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 29, 2012 11:00 pm
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Broadcast Schedule.

UPDATE: First 5 starts:

John Danks is set to start the team’s Cactus league road opener on Tuesday in Tempe against the Angels, with Jake Peavy pitching Wednesday at home against the Brewers and Gavin Floyd on Thursday in Surprise against the two-time defending American League champs from Texas. With Chris Sale pitching Friday in Glendale against the Cubs, the opening rotation appears to be set up, although nothing official has been announced by manager Robin Ventura past Humber on Monday.

Jose Quintana starts Monday’s “B” game against the Indians, with Simon Castro and Brian Bruney also pitching. Will Ohman, Jesse Crain, Addison Reed, Hector Santiago, Pedro Hernandez, Charlie Leesman and Nestor Molina pitch Monday after Humber, who is ready to test his early work in actual games.

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February 28, 2012

Paulie’s 2012 analysis

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 28, 2012 11:30 pm
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Scott Reifert:

“We’re starting with a new staff, kind of a whole new era here, and I think you can start building something now. The teams the past few years have been about: try real hard this year to win, you failed, and then you come back next year and try again from a totally different angle. I think what’s happening here is that they’re trying to build something a little more stable, a little more sustaining. If we go out and compete this year and it doesn’t happen – and you see this with some other teams in the league – you build up momentum and use that to build from the year before and I think that’s why it could be successful. I’m not conceding anything, especially in today’s game there’s way too many teams and with another wild card spot, I mean there are all kinds of other things that are available to make the playoffs and there seems to be a lot of parity. I think with the amount of young guys that we have you have to throw that into the equation if we don’t make it to the playoffs but we do it right and go out and compete well. If you look at it at the end of the year and Morel’s had a really good year, Beckham’s had a good year, Addison Reed’s had a great year – those are all good signs that it’s moving in the right direction and that’s what in my mind can be determined to be a success. Again, you don’t concede anything because anything can happen if you go out there and play hard. There’s a very fine line between those teams that finish in first place and second or third so who knows. You have to give a lot of respect to Detroit right now, not because of what they did in the offseason, but because they became a really good team at the end of the year. They were pretty good all year but at the end of the month they just took it to another level and they are the team to beat. They got a lot of guns and we’ll see what goes on there.”

Reifert has more. Schouwen has even more.

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February 18, 2012

Brian Anderson news!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 18, 2012 12:00 am
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Scott Merkin:

“It might sound arrogant, but I know how good I am at pitching,” Anderson told MLB.com during a recent interview. “I’m extremely talented on the mound, and I want to prove it to people.

“Some people might think this is a joke, and wonder ‘Why doesn’t he just retire?’ Well, they are entitled to their own opinions. I appreciate all the support fans showed me in Chicago, and how they really stuck by me. Hopefully in my new pursuit, in my new dream that I want to pursue, I hope they will give me a chance. If some people don’t, I don’t care. My attitude is so much different.”

… No regrets exist for Anderson over his past life as a center fielder. He holds mostly positive memories from his time with the White Sox, and a few he would like to forget. But Anderson has no regrets about making his career-changing choice.

“I’ve been wrong before, and I could be wrong again. But I don’t think I am,” Anderson said. “If I had a decent rookie year [in 2006], all the other stuff would have taken care of itself. I don’t point the finger at anyone but myself. But I’ve never been happier.”

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February 1, 2012

White Sox sign 1B Dan Johnson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 1, 2012 10:00 pm
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Bill Chastain:

Dan Johnson, who created two of the best moments in Rays history, has signed a Minor League deal with the White Sox that includes an invitation to Spring Training. …

He is probably going to Charlotte. He better go there!

Johnson’s stats:

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2001 21 OAK-min A- 69 280 247 36 70 15 2 11 41 0 0 27 63 .283 .354 .494 .847 122 6 2 0 4 2 VAN · NORW
2002 22 OAK-min A+ 126 492 426 56 125 23 1 21 85 4 1 57 87 .293 .371 .500 .871 213 8 0 1 8 4 MOD · CALL
2003 23 OAK-min AA,AAA 140 623 542 90 157 27 4 27 114 7 4 68 82 .290 .364 .504 .868 273 14 2 0 11 16 MDL,SAC · TL,PCL
2004 24 OAK-min AAA 142 640 536 95 160 29 5 29 111 0 1 89 93 .299 .403 .534 .937 286 15 9 0 6 2 SAC · PCL
2005 25 OAK-min AAA 47 217 182 36 59 17 0 8 41 0 1 32 24 .324 .424 .549 .973 100 1 1 0 2 2 SAC · PCL
2005 25 OAK AL 109 434 375 54 103 21 0 15 58 0 1 50 52 .275 .355 .451 .806 112 169 11 1 0 8 1 3/D
2006 26 OAK-min AAA 46 209 172 34 54 13 1 7 44 0 1 32 27 .314 .426 .523 .949 90 6 3 0 2 0 SAC · PCL
2006 26 OAK AL 91 331 286 30 67 13 1 9 37 0 0 40 45 .234 .323 .381 .704 84 109 6 0 0 5 2 3
2007 27 OAK-min AAA 2 8 5 1 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 0 .600 .750 1.200 1.950 6 0 0 0 0 0 SAC · PCL
2007 27 OAK AL 117 495 416 53 98 20 1 18 62 0 0 72 77 .236 .349 .418 .768 107 174 12 3 0 4 4 3D
2008 28 TBD-min AAA 113 486 394 85 121 23 0 25 83 0 1 84 75 .307 .424 .556 .980 219 6 1 0 7 1 DHM · IL
2008 28 TOT AL 11 29 26 3 5 0 0 2 4 0 0 3 7 .192 .276 .423 .699 82 11 0 0 0 0 0 /37
2008 28 OAK AL 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 28 TBR AL 10 28 25 3 5 0 0 2 4 0 0 3 7 .200 .286 .440 .726 89 11 0 0 0 0 0 /37
2010 30 TBD-min AAA 98 426 340 66 103 19 0 30 95 0 0 75 71 .303 .430 .624 1.053 212 6 5 0 6 6 DHM · IL
2010 30 TBR AL 40 140 111 15 22 3 0 7 23 1 0 25 27 .198 .343 .414 .757 111 46 1 1 0 3 0 D3/57
2011 31 TBD-min AAA 93 395 333 52 91 23 0 13 52 0 1 58 65 .273 .382 .459 .842 153 5 2 0 2 2 DHM · IL
2011 31 TBR AL 31 91 84 7 10 1 0 2 4 0 0 6 18 .119 .187 .202 .389 11 17 3 1 0 0 0 3/5D
6 Seasons 399 1520 1298 162 305 58 2 53 188 1 1 196 226 .235 .334 .405 .739 98 526 33 6 0 20 7
162 Game Avg. 162 617 527 66 124 24 1 22 76 0 0 80 92 .235 .334 .405 .739 98 214 13 2 0 8 3
OAK (4 yrs) 318 1261 1078 137 268 54 2 42 157 0 1 162 174 .249 .344 .419 .763 103 452 29 4 0 17 7
TBR (3 yrs) 81 259 220 25 37 4 0 11 31 1 0 34 52 .168 .282 .336 .618 72 74 4 2 0 3 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 2/1/2012.
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