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Sale sizzles in first start of the season

It is good to have Chris Sale back on the mound.


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Yes, it was only one week, but not having Sale does change the rotation drastically.  Hence part of the reason the Sox may have started 0-4 to begin the season.  But yesterday, the Sox ace showed just how valuable he is.  Sale threw six solid innings, allowing just one run on five hits walking one and striking out eight.


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His dominance on the mound I believe took some pressure off the Sox offense.  Adam LaRoche had a big day as he gave the Sox an early 1-0 lead on a single to left.  He eventually would score on a double by Alexei Ramirez to put the Sox up 2-0.  LaRoche continued his stellar day as he hit his 2nd homer of the season with a solo blast to lead off the 3rd to put the Sox ahead 3-1.


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The Twins did draw the game to a 3-2 score, yet the Sox broke the game open in the 8th.  Avisail Garcia singled with one out and then stole 2nd base.  Garcia would then score on a single to center by Alexei Ramirez which was followed by Gordon Beckham’s first homer of the year to put the score at 6-3.


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Robertson once again pitched a solid 9th inning recording the final three outs to seal the Sox win.  Tomorrow the Sox will have a day off before beginning a brief two game set with the Cleveland Indians.

White Sox get first win of the season

It took a late rally and an unlikely hero to get the Chicago White Sox in the win column with their 5-4 win over Minnesota on Saturday.


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Early on, the game appeared to be headed for yet another loss.  Jeff Samardzjia, pitching in his second game of the year, gave up four runs in the 2nd inning.  Trevor Plouffe led off the inning with a double.  He then moved over to 3rd on a ground out.  Chris Herrmann would drive in the run with a triple to right.  He would then score on a single by Shane Robinson to put the Twins up 2-0.  After striking out Jordan Shafer, Robinson would steal 2nd and advance to 3rd on a throwing error by Geovany Soto.  Robinson would then score on a single by Danny Santana who would score on a Brian Dozier double to give the Twins a 4-0 lead before Joe Mauer would strike out to end the inning.


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After the double by Dozier, Samardzjia would pitch very well.  He would finish throwing seven strong innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and striking out six in the no-decision.  The battling that Samardzjia did allowed his team to rally in the game.


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The Sox rally started quickly as Adam LaRoche led off the bottom of the 2nd with a solo blast to left center.  Avisail Garcia followed that with a ground-rule double and eventually came around to score on a one-out single by Conor Gillaspie to left.  The Sox loaded the bases in the 3rd due to a single, hit-by-pitch and a walk.  Avisail Garcia then singled on a ball that deflected off pitcher Mike Pelfrey to cut the lead to 4-3.  Unfortunately, that is all the Sox scored in the inning.


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In the bottom of the 4th, newcomer Geovany Soto would deliver a solo shot to center to tie the game at 4-4.  This one brought me off my seat.  The team needed it as did my confidence in this team winning a game.


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It was not until the bottom of the 8th when the Sox would take the lead catching a break in the process.  With two outs, Alexei Ramirez would hit a grounder to short, Danny Santana would throw the ball a bit high to first allowing Ramirez to reach safely.  Conor Gillaspie would follow with a double to right and bring J.B. Shuck to the plate.  Shuck, on a 1-1 count delivered an RBI base hit to left to put the Sox ahead 5-4.  It could have been a two run hit, but Conor Gillaspie was tagged out at home to end the inning.


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That brought on David Robertson who was just fantastic as he struck out the side in order on 15 pitches to seal the win and his first save of the year.  Hopefully this gets the Sox on the right track moving forward.  It was good to see almost all the new acquisitions that GM Rick Hahn made in the off-season contribute to this win.  Today the Sox will close out their series with the Twins as Chris Sale is set to make his 2015 debut start.

Sox fall in home opener

The Chicago White Sox are now 0-4.

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The last time the White Sox began the season this badly was 1995.  I was a freshman in high school.  It has been a dismal start to the season.


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The 6-0 loss didn’t have too many highlights for the Sox.  Tommy Milone dominated for the Twins as he threw 7 2/3 shutout innings allowing just two hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.


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Hector Noesi on the other hand struggled allowing two runs on four hits, walking six, hitting a batter, throwing two wild pitches, and adding in a bulk for good measure over his 4 2/3 innings.  He did have six strikeouts, but that was the small highlight of his day.


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The Sox were 0-4 with runners in scoring position and left three runners on base.  The closest they came to scoring a run was when Adam Eaton was tagged out at home to end the game.


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The highlight may have been Alexei Ramirez wearing the #9 of the late, great Minni Minoso.  It was a class act by Ramirez to honor the Sox legend who passed away this year.

Today at 2:10pm ET the Sox will once again battle the Twins as they are still searching for their first win of the season.  Jeff Samardzjia will make his second start of the season as he was the White Sox opening day starter.