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White Sox routed again as April comes to a close

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White Sox routed again as April comes to a close

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tyler Flowers suspects it won’t be long before the White Sox get a stern talking to from manager Robin Ventura.

That wouldn’t come as a surprise given the ugly end to April for the White Sox.

A day after they were routed anonymously in Baltimore, the White Sox were humiliated 12-2 in a very public clunker to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night at Target Field. Chris Sale was off, the defense behind him may have been worse and the offense missed out on an abundance of opportunities. Sale established career marks for most runs allowed (nine) and fewest innings in a start (three) as the White Sox finished April at 8-11.

“I imagine one’s coming soon,” Flowers said. “They’re not consistent ones, but when situations or games dictate needing one he’s definitely not afraid to let us know what he thinks.”

Ventura could provide a team that added $137 million worth of free agents this offseason with a long list of grievances after Thursday’s clunker.

Sale showed signs he wasn’t himself early when he gave up a first-inning run. A poor defense surfaced in the second inning to allow another to score.

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The two combined for an epic breakdown in the third inning as the Twins turned a tied game into a rout with seven earned runs off Sale.

“You don’t expect the number seven to come up with Chris pitching,” Ventura said. “There was a lot of different things going on. We just have to be sharper.”

Sharp hasn’t been a word used often this month to describe the White Sox.

They showed signs of the team Ventura believes is postseason-worthy last weekend against the Kansas City Royals.

But the White Sox have struggled to play clean often in their first 19 games and none more so than the third.

Joe Mauer doubled just off Eaton’s glove to start the inning and Sale walked Trevor Plouffe. Kurt Suzuki then singled with two strikes to make it 3-2 and Plouffe moved to third on a Flowers passed ball.

Eduardo Escobar then singled past a drawn-in infield and even though both runners would score easily, Eaton wildly threw to the backstop. Without Sale there to back it up, Eaton’s throw ricocheted toward first base, which allowed Escobar to reach third.

Shane Robinson then singled past another drawn-in infield to make it 6-2. Danny Santana’s single then set up a three-run homer by Brian Dozier.

The Twins also scored three times in the eighth inning against Minnesota-native Jake Petricka.

“I just stunk really,” Sale said. “Don’t judge my teammates on what I put them in. I was bad. I gave up nine hits. There’s no defending that. I walked a couple of guys. If there’s anything, it’s me being pretty darn bad out there.”

Sale’s outing -- he gave up nine hits and eight earned runs -- was reminiscent of Jeff Samardzija’s effort on Wednesday. Samardzija allowed eight earned runs, including six in the first inning, as the Baltimore Orioles routed the White Sox 8-2 in Major League Baseball’s first-ever game closed to the public.

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The White Sox probably wish nobody could have seen this one, either.

Alexei Ramirez’s two-out error on Santana’s grounder in the second inning gave the Twins, already ahead 1-0, life. Santana started running on Dozier’s blooper to center and Eaton didn’t fire the ball in immediately and Jose Abreu cut it off, allowing the runner to score from first to make it 2-0.

“When you can make plays behind (Sale) it’s going to help him out and I didn’t do that today as an individual at some key points,” Eaton said. “That doesn’t fly in the big leagues. You’ve got to make those plays and get them done.”

“You’ve got to make sure to get throws down and get throws in and catch the ball.”

The White Sox offense also added to the misery as it failed to cash in against Twins starter Trevor May. Cabrera and Abreu tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning with consecutive RBI singles. But Adam LaRoche flew out to left and Avisail Garcia struck out. The White Sox, who finished with 11 hits, also left the bases loaded in the sixth inning, stranding 10 men.

“It just has to be better,” Ventura said. “We have to clean it up. Both sides of the ball have to be good. Offensively, we saw a better thing today, but defensively we weren’t really there.”

Paul Konerko misses out on 2020 Hall of Fame, falls off ballot after receiving 2.5% of vote

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Paul Konerko misses out on 2020 Hall of Fame, falls off ballot after receiving 2.5% of vote

Former White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko will not be elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 2020. Konerko received 2.5% of the vote, less than the 5% needed to remain on the ballot.

Konerko came to Chicago in 1998 and played his first season with the Sox in 1999, hitting .294 with 24 home runs and 81 RBIs. The following season, the White Sox made the playoffs for the first time since 1993. Konerko was with the team during their triumphant 2005 World Series win, hitting the first grand slam in White Sox World Series history and giving the Sox the lead 6-4 in Game 2 against the Astros.

Confused and frustrated? You’re not alone. Here's how the multi-step voting process works. Players become eligible to enter the Hall of Fame ballot five years after they’ve retired, if they’ve played a minimum of 10 seasons. From there, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America screening committee votes to determine which players make the ballot. Each voter can vote for 10 players. Players need to achieve at least 5% of the vote to be included on the next year’s ballot. If a player makes the ballot, they then need to achieve 75% of all ballots cast to be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Regardless of the voting, Konerko will always be a White Sox legend.

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NBC SPORTS CHICAGO TO DELIVER EXTENSIVE, LIVE, MULTI-PLATFORM “SOXFEST 2020” COVERAGE BEGINNING THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

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NBC SPORTS CHICAGO TO DELIVER EXTENSIVE, LIVE, MULTI-PLATFORM “SOXFEST 2020” COVERAGE BEGINNING THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

Chicago, IL (January 21, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE NEW EXCLUSIVE HOME of the CHICAGO WHITE SOX - is ready to start up the highly-anticipated 2020 MLB season in a big way with expanded multi-platform coverage of “SoxFest 2020,” which will be held this weekend (January 24-25) at the McCormick Place Convention Center in downtown Chicago.  NBC Sports Chicago will be rolling out its most robust “SoxFest” coverage to date featuring multiple, live on-site shows, massive digital content, entertaining social media offerings, “Authentic Fan” booth giveaways/special appearances, and so much more.  Please note NBC Sports Chicago’s “SoxFest 2020” content coverage details below:

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 --

  • 6:00 PM CT – “SportsTalk Live” special edition from SoxFest - Prior to the official start of “SoxFest 2020,” fans can look forward to a special edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado live from McCormick Place.  Host David Kaplan (@thekapman) will be joined by special guests, White Sox manager Ricky Renteria and NBC Sports Chicago White Sox game analyst Steve Stone (@stevestone), along with a panel of White Sox experts to discuss the upcoming weekend’s festivities and preview what lies ahead for the White Sox in 2020. (NOTES: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive)

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 --

  • 3:00 PM CT – “SoxFest 2020” Opening Ceremonies - Veteran NBC Sports Chicago White Sox expert/multi-platform host Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) will host network’s always-entertaining “SoxFest” Opening Ceremonies coverage “Live from the Black Carpet” featuring the official weekend kick-off introductions (and interviews) with White Sox players, coaches, front offices execs, broadcasters and legendary White Sox alumni.  NBC Sports Chicago’s “SoxFest 2020” Opening Ceremonies coverage will also be co-hosted by White Sox Pre/Postgame Live & Baseball Night in Chicago host Leila Rahimi (@leilarahimi) and NBC Sports Chicago multi-platform White Sox reporter Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) who will provide additional commentary and conduct interviews throughout the ceremonies. (NOTES: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app; fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store…in addition, the Opening Ceremonies will re-air at 6:30 PM on NBC Sports Chicago+)

 

  • 6:00 PM CT – “SportsTalk Live” special edition from SoxFest - NBC Sports Chicago’s live, on-site coverage from “SoxFest 2020” continues with an additional remote edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado as host David Kaplan welcomes White Sox reliever Aaron Bummer and new acquisition/right fielder Nomar Mazara..  In addition, “Kap” will be joined by White Sox players and a panel of Sox experts to discuss all the off-season moves and acquisitions, the shaping of this season’s roster, including the starting line-up and pitching rotation, along with analysis on why 2020 may very well be the year the White Sox make their triumphant return to postseason action. (NOTE: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)

 

  • 7:00 PM CT – “SoxFest @ Night” (airing on NBC Sports Chicago+) - Fans are in for a special primetime treat Friday night as NBC Sports Chicago will deliver its exclusive presentation of SoxFest @ Night, a one-hour talk show hosted by Chuck Garfien and NBC Sports Chicago White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti (@jasonbenetti), which will take place LIVE in front of a die-hard White Sox fan convention audience on “SoxFest’s” primary stage.  Featured White Sox guests on SoxFest @ Night will include Rick Hahn (SVP/GM), Rick Renteria (Manager), Tim Anderson (SS), Jose Abreu (1B), Yoan Moncada (3B), Luis Robert (CF), Dallas Keuchel (SP), Lucas Giolito (SP), Yasmani Grandal (C) and Eloy Jimenez (LF).  (NOTE: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)

 

THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND…

 

NBCSportsChicago.com, “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app and Social Media

  • Fans can look forward to even more comprehensive “SoxFest 2020” coverage all weekend long on NBCSportsChicago.com (NBCSportsChicago.com/WhiteSox) and the MyTeams by NBC Sports app featuring additional players/coaches/front office executive interviews, feature stories, fan reaction, photos, videos and much more provided by Garfien, Rahimi, Duber, along the NBC Sports Chicago team of behind-the-scenes White Sox experts (@NBCSWhiteSox). 

 

  • From a social media standpoint, NBC Sports Chicago will also deliver a number of additional on-site Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) interviews and special segments throughout the weekend, along with numerous SoxFest “Sights & Sounds” highlights via ‘NBCSChicago’ on Instagram and Instagram Stories. 

 

“White Sox Talk” Podcasts

  • White Sox fans can look forward to brand new “White Sox Talk” Podcasts presented by Wintrust featuring the hottest SoxFest topics and special guest interviews. The “White Sox Talk” podcast is hosted by NBC Sports Chicago White Sox experts Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey (@RyanMcGuffey), Chris Kamka (@ckamka) and Vinnie Duber.  Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • In addition, fans attending “SoxFest 2020” this weekend can also stop by the convention’s designated museum area on Saturday afternoon to watch a pair of “White Sox Talk” podcast tapings featuring Garfien, McGuffey and Duber interviewing starting pitchers Dylan Cease (12 NOON) and Michael Kopech (2:00 PM). 

 

“Authentic Fan” booth at SoxFest

  • NBC Sports Chicago’s “Authentic Fan” booth will feature a number of special White Sox-themed giveaways including “Authentic Fan” bobbleheads, mittens, baseball caps and much more (while supplies last).  Plus, fans can are urged to utilize the social media hashtag #AuthenticFan throughout the weekend as several lucky fans will be “authentically surprised” with special White Sox giveaways and experiences. NBC Sports Chicago’s dedicated White Sox Twitter handle (@NBCSWhiteSox) will also provide up-to-the-minute info on NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan” booth activities, which will include specific timing details on White Sox player and broadcaster appearances throughout the weekend.