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White Sox fall in 13 innings after brawl with Royals

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White Sox fall in 13 innings after brawl with Royals

Eric Hosmer’s two-out RBI double in the top of the 13th gave the Kansas City Royals a literal hard-fought win over the White Sox on Thursday night.

Hosmer’s liner into deep right field off reliever Jake Petricka allowed Jarrod Dyson to score from first base in a game marred by a massive brawl that resulted in five player ejections, including both starting pitchers. Wade Davis earned the save for the Royals, who prevailed 3-2 at U.S. Cellular Field as the White Sox finished 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Dyson entered the game in the seventh inning after Lorenzo Cain was ejected for participating in the brawl.

Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura and Edinson Volquez also were ejected as were Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija. Both Ventura and Sale each hit a batter earlier in the game.

Sale spotted the Royals a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Kendrys Morales singled in two runs. But the White Sox fought back against Ventura, who looked unhittable the first two innings. Ventura hit Jose Abreu to start the fourth inning and that led to a White Sox run as with two outs, Alexei Ramirez singled in Avisail Garcia, who reached on one of three fielder’s choices.

An inning later, the White Sox tied it when Abreu followed a two-out double by Melky Cabrera with one of his own.

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Two innings later, mounting tensions that began on Opening Day when Samardzija hit Cain after a Mike Moustakas homer, boiled over into a lengthy brawl. Ventura fielded Adam Eaton’s comebacker, took several steps off the mound, staring at the White Sox leadoff hitter the entire way before throwing to first for the out. Eaton then quickly turned to confront the pitcher and both benches and bullpens emptied.

The two teams then settled down and got into a bullpen battle.

Zach Duke, David Robertson, Zach Putnam and Dan Jennings all produced scoreless innings in relief of Sale, who allowed two earned runs and nine hits in seven innings. Kelvin Herrera and Jason Frasor each pitched a scoreless inning and Ryan Madson threw two. Franklin Morales pitched a scoreless inning as well in relief of Ventura, who struck out eight over seven.

Ventura allowed five hits and walked one.

Petricka, who made his 2015 debut on Wednesday, pitched a scoreless inning in the 12th. He retired the first batter in the 13th before Moustakas singled. Dyson reached on a fielder’s choice and drew five throws over by Petricka before Hosmer ripped a 2-2 changeup into right.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines

Chuck Garfien sits down with new Hall of Famer Harold Baines.

First, Chuck, Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka share their memories of watching Baines play with the White Sox (1:40). Then, Baines explains why he's always been so soft-spoken (8:45), how he was able to play 22 seasons in the majors (13:00), why he's never spoken to GM Larry Himes for trading him to Texas (15:30), the apology he received from President George W. Bush (16:30), what he thinks about the critics who don't think he should be in the Hall of Fame (18:25), a replay of Baines emotional interview with Chuck about his dad (20:50) and more.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson discusses inspiring a younger generation of black baseball players, bat flipping and much more on Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum

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White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson discusses inspiring a younger generation of black baseball players, bat flipping and much more on Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson appeared on Thursday's episode of the Pull Up Podcast hosted by Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum and ESPN's Jordan Schultz to discuss many things including his MLB career, the charity work he does in the Chicago community and the need more expression and entertainment (overall) in baseball.

McCollum asked Anderson if the sport of baseball has evolved and what he would do to further these developments, based on the idea that the sport has a stigma of being boring, particularly within inner-city and/or largely black communities. Anderson stated, "They should allow players to have more fun.....just allow players to be themselves." 

Anderson discussed how being the only black player on the White Sox—the team that represents the South Side of Chicago—is extremely important to him and how great the White Sox organization has been at giving him every opportunity to be himself and "be comfortable". He expanded on how much he loves MLB life and how he wants to be able to pass on that love for the game to younger generations, especially the youth of the South Side of Chicago.

"I enjoy it [the responsibility of being the lone black player on the White Sox].....a lot of those kids in they area [the South Side], they kinda remind me of myself."

Schultz brought up the criticism of Anderson's bat flipping, asking him why it was so important for him to show that he was enjoying himself, at the expense of breaking one of baseball's "unwritten rules".

Being of a younger generation, Anderson lamented that it was indeed a new day in baseball and doubled down in saying that the simple aspect of having fun needs to be encouraged even more in the sport. 

"You're playing a game that you're failing most of the time and the times that you do succeed they don't want you to enjoy those moments. For me man, y'know, I think that's just a lot of pain showing.....from struggling, that's just that emotion that's coming out man. You know when you finally get to a point where you feel like you breaking through.....those moments that I want to remember and I want people around me to remember. That’s why I play the way that I do.”

Anderson is indeed having the best season of his career so far, with a slash line of .317/.342/.491 entering Friday morning. He is also nine home runs away from matching his season-high of 20 with over the half the season left to go.

With even more of a platform amid his career-year, Anderson has continued his crusade to make baseball fun again and doesn’t plan on changing up the way he plays the game anytime soon.


 

As touched on earlier in this post, Anderson wants to serve as a role model while also showing the youth that it is OK to be yourself as a Major League Baseball player.

In all the camps and baseball clinics that Anderon hosts, he always makes sure to answer every question about his unique experience in the MLB because he understands the value of kids getting to see someone who looks like them succeeding, even more so in a sport where the number black players sits at a mere 7.7% of the entire league

“Everything [is] not always good [for kids in inner-city communities], so I think that understanding that and kinda being a role model and motivating and inspiring those kids that look like me and I look like them, I think it's easier for those kids to look up to me. So that's why I go out and play hard and....enjoy the moment and do those crazy things on the field.....because that's what those kids like."

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