White Sox manager, Robin Ventura, receives a multi-year contract extension as SoxFest begins.
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The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension with manager Robin Ventura.
The terms of the deal have not been released.
Ventura, 46, has gone 148-176 in two seasons with the White Sox after being hired as the 39th manager in franchise history on October 6, 2011.
He was one of three finalists for American League Manager of the Year in 2012 after guiding the White Sox to an 85-77 record and second-place finish in the Central division.
Ventura spent 16 major-league seasons with the White Sox (1989-98), New York Mets (1999-2001), New York Yankees (2002-03) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2003-2004), hitting .267 (1,885-7,064) with 294 home runs and 1,182 RBI in 2,079 games.
* The White Sox are 5-18 since August 30 (the worst record in the majors) while averaging 3.35 runs per game in the process (6th lowest).
* Toronto has won seven of its last 10 road contests (fifth best road record in the majors since August 25) posting a 2.65 ERA in the process (third best in the MLB since August 25).
* Jordan Danks is hitting .196 in September after posting a .333 average in August, the third largest drop in batting average in the AL (minimum 50 AB in each month).
* Jose Quintana has posted a 2.14 ERA so far in September, the eighth lowest ERA by any AL pitcher (minimum 20 IP).
* J.A. Happ is 3-1 on the road this season despite posting a 5.35 ERA, the second highest ERA in the majors by any pitcher with a winning road record (minimum 8 starts).
* The White Sox (60-92) are on pace to finish the season with 64 wins, which, excluding the strike-shortened 1981 season, would be their fewest since going 64-97 in 1976. Chicago went 85-77 in 2012.
* The Tigers’ Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot is 4. Assuming they make it, it would be their third straight season in the playoffs, which would tie the longest such streak in franchise history. The Tigers made the postseason three straight years 1907-1909, losing the World Series in all three of those seasons.
* Andre Rienzo has five quality starts in his six road outings this season. In comparison, he has no QS in his three home starts.
* Max Scherzer (19-3) will be attempting to become the sixth different Tiger righty since 1969 to win 20 or more games in a season (Denny McLain, Joe Coleman (twice), Jack Morris (twice), Bill Gullickson and Justin Verlander). Scherzer is 0-2 in his last four starts after opening the season 19-1.
* Prince Fielder is batting a league-best .413 (31/75) since August 29 (minimum 61 PA). He had three hits in Thursday’s win over the Mariners to extend his current hitting streak to five games.
* The White Sox were swept in a four-game series by the Indians for the third time this season. It is the first time since 1963 that a team was swept in three four-game series by an opponent (Dodgers over Mets).
* Since September 1, Josmil Pinto is fourth in the AL in batting average (.405, 15/37), slugging percentage (.703), and OPS (1.166) (minimum 40 PA).
* Marcus Semien is the first White Sox player with four multi-hit games within his first eight Major League games since Craig Wilson in 1998.
* Liam Hendricks’ .364 (28/77) opponent batting average after getting ahead in the count 0-1 is the highest in the majors this season (minimum 75 batters faced).
* Erik Johnson was lifted after only 3.2 innings in his last start. Since September 1, the White Sox have had six games in which their starter went no more than 4.0 innings, the most in the majors.
* The White Sox have just two wins in their last 13 games, however, they have won seven of their last nine games against AL Central foes. Chicago has scored the fewest runs among all AL teams this season (537).
* The Indians have lost each of their last two games after losing just two of their previous eight contests. Cleveland owns a record of 26-17 in one-run games this season – the fourth-best mark in the majors.
* John Danks is 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA in his last two starts after going 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his previous two starts. Danks is 0-5 with a 6.52 ERA in seven career home starts against Cleveland.
* Corey Kluber will be making his second start since returning from the DL. Kluber earned a win in his first start back, allowing just two runs on five hits in five innings against the Mets last Saturday.
* Jason Kipnis has 24 RBI in his career against the White Sox – the second-most RBI in his career against any opponent (34 vs. Minnesota).
* The White Sox snapped their nine-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory yesterday in Baltimore. Chicago has won two straight and four of its last five home games.
* Detroit has just two wins in its last seven games. The Tigers are hitting .287 with runners in scoring position this season – the second-best mark in the majors.
* Max Scherzer, who picked up his second loss of the season in his last start last Tuesday against Boston, is 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA in his last five starts against the White Sox.
* Chris Sale owns a record of 4-1 in his last six starts after posting a 1-5 mark in his previous six starts. Sale is 2-4 with a 4.10 ERA in six career starts against the Tigers.
* Miguel Cabrera has four homers and eight RBI in his eight games against the White Sox this season. However, he has just two hits (2-for-14) in his last five games overall.
* The White Sox have lost each of their last three games after losing just two of their previous 12 contests. Chicago owns the third-worst record in the majors this season (56-79).
* New York owns a record of 12-3 at home since July 28, which is tied for the best home record in the majors in that span (Atlanta, 16-4). The Yankees have split their last 10 games overall.
* The White Sox have won each of Jose Quintana’s last three starts, while he has posted a quality start in each of those outings. Quintana has won each of his two career starts against the Yankees.
* Phil Hughes is 0-6 with a 5.64 ERA in his last nine starts and will be seeking his first win since July 2. Hughes is 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA in his last four starts against the White Sox.
* Derek Jeter has homered in each of his last three games against the White Sox, however, he is hitless in his last three games overall (0-for-11).
* The Astros’ 2-1 record versus Toronto this weekend represented their third series victory over the last four series. For the season overall, Houston’s 11-29-2 (.286) series record is the worst mark in MLB.
* After taking two of three games from Texas this weekend, the White Sox are arguably the hottest team in baseball. They’re 8-1 over their past nine games, the highest winning percentage (.889) by any club since August 16.
* With a batting average of .278, Jason Castro is on pace to join Craig Biggio (1990 and 1991) as the only catchers to ever lead the Astros in batting average (based on primary position in given season).
* Brett Oberholtzer is 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA since making his first start on July 31. The only American Leaguers with lower ERA’s (minimum 4 GS) over that span are Max Scherzer (1.56) and Derek Holland (1.67).
* In his fifth career start last Wednesday, Andre Rienzo allowed two runs over 6.0 innings to earn his first career victory. He thus became the first player born to Brazil to post a major-league win.
* The Rangers have won their last 16 games when scoring four or more runs. The last time they lost a game when scoring 4+ runs was on July 26, losing 11-8 to the Indians.
* Chicago has won its last six games, its longest single-season win streak since taking six in a row, August 20-26, 2012. The last time the White Sox won at least seven straight games in a single season was May 23-June 1, 2012 (9 straight).
* Martin Perez has won his last three starts. The last Rangers’ left hander to win four straight starts in a single season was Matt Harrison, May 22-June 8, 2012.
* Adrian Beltre is batting .412 (28/68) so far this month, which is the highest average by any Rangers’ player in the month of August (minimum 50 PA) since Frank Catalanotto hit .431 in August 2001.
* Chris Sale has never lost in seven career appearances (three starts) against the Rangers, going 3-0 with a 3.38 (9/24.0) ERA. The Rangers are one of five teams that Sale has faced at least five times in his career, but never lost to (Red Sox, Angels, Yankees, Mariners).