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White Sox will attempt to set Guinness World Records for most dogs at sporting event

White Sox will attempt to set Guinness World Records for most dogs at sporting event

The White Sox are looking set a record next month at U.S. Cellular Field.

On Sept. 13, the White Sox will attempt to break the Guinness World Records for most dogs at a sporting event. The attempt will be held in conjunction with the annual Bark at the Park event, presented by AvoDerm Natural Pet Foods, Nylabone and PetSmart.

In order for the White Sox to break the record, a minimum of 1,000 dogs must be present at the ballpark for the game.

Tickets for the game will be $20, which admits one human and one dog. Advance purchase of Bark at the Park tickets is required by Sept. 6.

Fans interested in buying tickets for Bark at the Park should e-mail DogDay@chisox.com. For more information, visit whitesox.com/Bark.

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After a nine-game road trip, the White Sox will return home on Friday for a nine-game homestand. The White Sox have a handful of promotional games in that stretch.

Aug. 19: Super Hero Night and Fireworks, presented by Mazda

Aug. 23: First-ever Halfway to Mardi Gras theme night

Aug. 26: Elvis Night and Fireworks

Aug. 27: Star Wars Night and Fireworks, presented by Magellan Corporation

In additon, giveaways this homestand include the following:

Aug. 20: White Sox socks (first 20,000 fans)

Aug. 25: Four-star Chicago-themed free T-shirt, presented by UL

Aug. 27: Southpaw Star Wars bobblehead

White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

Chuck Garfien gets the inside info about some of the top prospects in the White Sox organization from director of player development Chris Getz.

They talk about the wow factor of Luis Robert, what he's working on before being promoted to Triple-A, if he can make the majors in 2019, what kind of major league player he will be and more (3:45)

-Why Nick Madrigal has the "it" factor and why he might have been disappointed with Getz at the start of the season (10:10)

-Why Zack Burdi has struggled this season and a great sign of things to come (16:30)

-Why Kyle Kubat is so highly thought of in the White Sox farm system (18:20)

-How close Dylan Cease is to the major leagues (20:15) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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Jon Jay finally joins White Sox after months battling injury

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Jon Jay finally joins White Sox after months battling injury

Jon jay is finally ready for his White Sox debut.

The veteran outfielder was recalled from his rehab assignment and activated from the 60-day injured list Monday, joining the team's active roster for the first time this season ahead of their three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Jay has been on the injured list since the season began in late March, bothered by an injury that at various times was attributed to his hip, back, groin and leg. He's been working his way back since the end of spring training and recently completed a rehab assignment split between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. All in all, he played in 16 minor league games and got 63 at-bats, posting a .333/.354/.365 slash line.

Jay was brought in during the offseason to provide veteran leadership in the White Sox clubhouse, as well as to bring on-base skills to the lineup and a defensive presence to the outfield. Being injured this whole time, obviously Jay has been unable to provide anything on the field. But there's still plenty of baseball left to play, and the White Sox would surely love to insert him into the lineup on a regular basis. Manager Rick Renteria hinted even during spring training that Jay might not be an everyday player, though Jay's outfield versatility could allow Renteria to try out many different kinds of lineups.

That being said, Leury Garcia has been a pleasant surprise as the team's everyday center fielder. Garcia's .285 batting average and .324 on-base percentage both rank fourth among the White Sox qualified hitters. With Eloy Jimenez entrenched in left field, Jay could become the team's third regular outfield. That job has belonged mostly to Ryan Cordell in recent weeks, though he's struggled at the plate with a .224/.287/.336 slash line in 49 games this season. We'll have to wait and see how Renteria plans to use Jay, who missed the team's first 75 games of the campaign, but he included the veteran in Monday night's lineup as his starting right fielder.

While many fans chose to associate Jay's signing with the team's failed attempt to land mega free agent Manny Machado during the winter, Jay was a Gold Glove finalist last season and owns a career .352 on-base percentage over nine years in the big leagues. He's earned rave reviews as a clubhouse presence, including from his time with the Cubs during the 2017 season. There's still plenty he can bring to these White Sox over the next few months.

To clear room for Jay, the White Sox designated starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne for assignment. The team brought him in as a minor league free agent and used him to aid their depleted rotation. But things didn't go so well, with Despaigne tagged for 14 runs in 13.1 innings in his three starts with the White Sox.

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