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Peavy Strong In Rehab Outing

Peavy Strong In Rehab Outing

Friday April 29, 2011
Posted: 10:35 p.m.

WHITE SOXCharlotte AAA
Dallas McPhersons 10th-inning homer lifted Charlotte to a 6-5 victory over ScrantonWilkes-Barre at Knights Stadium on Friday. Jordan Danks connected for a two-run homer in the eighth that sent the game into extra innings.

Jake Peavy started for the Knights and allowed three runs on seven hits through 5 23 innings. He struck out eight and threw 62 of his 85 pitches for strikes. Jhonny Nunez earned the win.

In other action, Winston-Salem managed only five hits in dropping a 4-0 decision at Wilmington. Jose Martinez had two of the hits and is batting .400. Joe Serafin took the loss. IF Kyle Davis was placed on the DL and was replaced with IF Kyle Shelton, who was returned from Birmingham. Shelton played shortstop for the first time in his career. Birmingham dropped an 8-1 decision to visiting Mobile. Dylan Axelrod 1-2 allowed three runs in five innings and took the loss. Roberto Penas solo homer in the ninth lifted Lexington to a 10-9 victory over Kannapolis. Dan Blacks two-run homer in the top of the ninth had given the Intimidators a 9-8 lead. Black had three hits, including two homers and five RBIs.
CUBSTennessee AA
In a season marked by monstrous days at the plate, Tennessee added another on Friday night as it slammed Carolina, 10-6, at Smokies Park. The club banged out 18 hits with seven of the eight position players picking up at least two hits.

Only starter Brooks Raley failed to get a hit while Josh Vitters went 1-for-4. Jim Adduci and Steve Clevenger two RBIs each had three hits while Brett Jackson and Ryan Flaherty led a group of five players that had two hits apiece. Flaherty sparked a six-run seventh inning with a leadoff homer and would later add a run-scoring single.

Raley allowed five runs in 4 23 innings. Ryan Buchter pitched a scoreless inning to improve to 3-0.
Iowa AAA
Marquez Smiths three-run, ninth-inning homer propelled Iowa to a stunning 4-3 victory at Omaha.

Omaha grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first inning but could not add to that lead after Ramon Ortiz settled down. Ortiz would pitch six innings before the pen pitched no-hit ball over the final three innings. Scott Maine pitched two perfect innings to earn the victory.

Tony Campana had a pair of hits and drove in the first Iowa run.
Daytona A
The Cubs opened an early lead and cruised by Tampa, 8-2, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Daytona scored four runs in the first and third innings with Justin Bours three-run homer in the first serving as the big blow. Bour has now homered in three consecutive games and has seven RBIs over that stretch. Zach Rosscup went six innings and struck out eight for his first win of the year.

In other action, Beloit bounced Peoria, 7-2, at Pohlman Field. Greg Rohan had a hit and RBI. Matt Szczur and Micah Gibbs extended their hitting streaks to seven games. Cam Greathouse allowed six runs in five innings to take the loss.

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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