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Daily trivia: Happy birthday, Andruw

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Daily trivia: Happy birthday, Andruw

Every weekday throughout the offseason, CSN White Sox Talk will pass along three completely trivial (but hopefully interesting) tidbits from White Sox history. Most of these notes come from Baseball-Reference's Play Index, which dates back to 1919. Today, we look at birthday home runs.

29: The number of times a White Sox player has homered on his birthday since 1920, with the most recent birthday blast coming as a walk-off home run off the bat of Andruw Jones on April 23, 2010, his 33rd birthday. Jones' game-ending tater off Seattle's Mark Lowe gave him two in the game, making him just the second player in White Sox history to hit a pair of home runs on his birthday. The other was Mount Olive, Ill. native Mike Kreevich, who hit two homers against Boston on June 10, 1938, his 30th birthday.

4: The number of players who have hit a home run on two different birthdays. Tony Bernazard homered on his 25th and 26th birthdays, marking the only time a White Sox player has gone deep on consecutive birthdays. Frank Thomas, naturally, is on the list, hitting home runs on his 26th and 34th birthdays. Sherm Lollar homered on three birthdays in the 1950s and Zeke Bonura homered on his 26th and 28th birthdays in 1930s to round out the list.

Other notables: Shoeless Joe Jackson is the first name on this post-deadball list, going deep on his July 16 birthday in 1920. He would only hit eight more home runs in his career. One of Robin Ventura's 12 home runs in July of 1991 came on his birthday (714), while Carlos Lee (June 20, 2001), Thomas (May 27, 2002), Juan Uribe (July 22, 2005), Gordon Beckham (Sept. 16, 2009) and Jones (April 23, 2010) are the only Sox players to homer on their birthday since the turn of the millennium.

Ozzie Guillen rips Nick Swisher again while telling story from 2008

Ozzie Guillen rips Nick Swisher again while telling story from 2008

Ozzie Guillen isn’t done ragging on Nick Swisher. Guillen took another shot at the former White Sox outfielder while telling a story on White Sox Postgame Live Tuesday night.

When giving an example of why he loves Juan Uribe so much, Guillen decided to tell a story of an interaction between Swisher and Uribe on “Nick Swisher bobblehead night” at U.S. Cellular Field.

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“(Swisher) comes to Uribe and says, ‘Hey Juan, look at what I got!’” Guillen said while pretending to hold a bobblehead. “And Juan said, ‘Ya, you seen outside? I’ve got a statue. I’ve got it hitting, catching the ball when we won the World Series. You don’t.’ How about that one?”

Uribe was critical in the White Sox World Series championship, including recording the final two outs of Game 4. One of those outs-- his grab made while falling into the stands-- is the catch that has been enshrined outside Guaranteed Rate Field.

Nick Swisher only played one season in Chicago, and slashed .219/.332/.410 with a -1.4 dWAR.

Apparently that one season made quite the impression on Guillen, as he declared last week, “I hate Nick Swisher with my heart.”


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Day after Keuchel calls out team, White Sox offense erupts in win over Tigers

Day after Keuchel calls out team, White Sox offense erupts in win over Tigers

Whatever Dallas Keuchel said after Monday night’s uninspiring loss to the Tigers really worked. Or maybe the return of Tim Anderson and Edwin Encarnacion to the lineup gave the Sox the spark they needed? Or maybe it was a little bit of both?

Whatever the reason, the White Sox offense finally broke out of its collective slump in Tuesday’s 8-4 win against Detroit.

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Leading the charge was Eloy Jiménez, who busted out of a slump of his own by going 2-4 with a homer and four RBI. He had previously been 1-23 dating back to Aug. 5, and used a simple approach to break through.

“I was in a slump, and I feel like I was seeing the ball good, but I wasn’t hitting it to the right spot,” Jiménez said through interpreter Billy Russo. “(I was) swinging at some balls a little bit out of the zone. Now I’m just trying to see the ball and hit it where there’s no people.”

That’s always a good idea.

But when asked for his thoughts on Jiménez’s day, Rick Renteria provided a bit more of a nuanced assessment.

“Consistency, there’s no secret to it,” Renteria said. “Solid approaches working both lefties and righties… faced some righties today and was able to stay in on them. The two-strike ball down the right field line to tack on another run, I mean he had some really good at-bats today.”

Zooming back out, this is the type of offensive output the White Sox envisioned when they built this team last winter. Tim Anderson setting the table, Jiménez and Encarnacion hitting bombs, and Abreu and Moncada driving in more runs with timely hitting.

“The entire lineup looked great,” said starter Gio Gonzalez. “Everyone looked aggressive going out there. Plays were being made around the horn, guys were doing their job hitting the ball, moving runners over. It just looked like a White Sox win today.”

“Today we felt really good,” Jiménez said. “We took care of business and you see what happened.”

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