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White Sox home opener 2014

Sports
03/31/14

White Sox host Twins in home opener today

Today is opening day for the Chicago White Sox.

They’ll start their new season when they host the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular this afternoon.

The game starts at 3 p.m.

The Sox lineup features several new faces as they try to rebound from an awful season last year.

Paul Konerko is wrapping up his career this season, but he will not be in the starting lineup Monday.

Konerko decided to come back to the team in the offseason with the understanding that he would not be a full-time starter.

Manager Robin Ventura said Konerko had the option to start on his last opening day, but the White Sox captain turned it down.

“He made it clear this is what he signed up to do,” said Ventura.  “It’s more out of respect to him that you’re not just going to put him out there just to put him out there.”

Sox pitcher Chris Sale will play in second consecutive opening day.

Sports
03/31/14

MLB Instant Replay

imagesWith replay upon us today, here are some of the basics to know as replays begin emanating from the MLB war room in New York. Replay officials can review only the portions of the play that were challenged. Replay officials will only reverse a call based on clear and convincing evidence. Replay officials have three options for review: Confirmed, Stands (no clear and convincing evidence), or Overturned.

Manager challenge:

-One per game and one additional challenge if the first challenge is correct

-Manager must specify exactly what he is challenging

- Manager challenges play by leaving the dugout and verbally notifying the umpire

 

Home run/collision calls

-HR calls and collision calls at the plate are subject to unlimited review at the discretion of the Crew Chief

-Clubs can request a review but cannot challenge HR calls

-If Crew Chief reviews a collision, the safe/out call is automatically reviewed and the manager will not be charged a challenge.

-Manager can challenge safe/out call even if Crew Chief doesn’t review the collision

 

Challenge timing

The manager must challenge the play prior to:

-Play within an inning: before the pitchers steps to the rubber and the batter gets in the box

-Pitching change: before the signal of the pitching change (defense) or before the pitcher crosses warning track or foul line (offense)

-Third out: the manager must immediately run onto the field to notify the umpires that he is considering a challenge and must challenge within 30 seconds.

-End of the game: the manager must immediately challenge

 

Included plays:

-Most common plays: force play, tag play, fair/foul outfield only, trap play outfield only, batter hit by pitch

-Base running: timing play, touching a base, passing runners

-Catcher collisions (no challenges)

-Boundaries: home runs (no challenges), ground rule double, fan interference, stadium boundaries (skywalk, fielder into stands, etc.)

-Record keeping (no challenges): ball/strike count, outs, score, illegal substitutions, rules check

 

Excluded plays:

- Balls and strikes

-Umpire judgements including interference/obstruction, checked swings, balks, infield fly rule

-Fair/foul and trap plays on the infield

-Tag up on fly ball – runner leaving early

- Judgement portion of neighborhood play

Sale Excited to Start Opener

Konerko Talks about Taking Himself out of Opening Day Line-up

*The White Sox will open the season against the Twins for the third time and first since 1993. The Sox are 1-1 vs. the Twins on Opening Day and 0-1 at U.S. Cellular Field.

*The Sox are 59-54 overall on Opening Day and 27-23 when opening at home (5-1 at U.S. Cellular Field). Chicago has won 11 of its last 17 openers and 11 of its last 12 home openers.

*Chicago’s 59 Opening Day wins are the third-most in the American League. Only Baltimore (65) and the Yankees (64) have won more season openers.

*Chicago has hit at least one home run in 11 of its last 14 Open- ing Day games and at least two home runs in five of its last 10 season openers.

*This will mark the fifth time the White Sox will open a season in March (2008, 2006, 1998 and 1996)

*Chris Sale, 25, is scheduled to make his second career Opening Day start. Sale earned the win last season, tossing 7.2 scoreless IP vs. Kansas City.

*The White Sox Opening Day lineup is projected to feature five players who will make their first career OD start (Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Conor Gillaspie and Marcus Semien).

 

 

From bacon on a stick to pork chop sandwiches, there are new options for fans who like to chow down at U.S. Cellular Field.

Just a few days before Opening Day, WGN’s Amy Rutledge got a preview of what’s new at the White Sox park.

White Sox manager, Robin Ventura, receives a multi-year contract extension as SoxFest begins.

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.

stats_logo_400x225* Chicago has won nine of its last 14 games against the Blue Jays; however the White Sox have split their six games against Toronto this season.

* 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).

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