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Meet the Sodfather

Major league baseball players and managers may come and go, but in Chicago baseball, one thing stays the same; The Bossards.  Roger Bossard is a third generation groundskeeper who designed and built both the White Sox and Cubs playing fields.  He’s affectionately known as; “The Sodfather.”

(Sports Director Dan Roan, Producer Pam Grimes, and Photojournalist Steve Scheuer contributed to this story)

* The White Sox won five of their seven meetings against the Yankees last season, including a sweep in Chicago from August 20-22.

* The White Sox have lost each of their last 10 games and will be looking to avoid dropping 11 in a row in a single season for the first time since July 7-18, 1956.
* The Yankees have alternated losses and wins in each of their last seven games (LWLWLWL). The Yankees have won five straight and 11 of their last 12 road games against AL Central foes.
* Andy Pettitte is 0-2 with a 3.72 ERA in his last three starts, with the Yankees losing all three of those contests. Pettitte is 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in his last four road starts against the White Sox and will be seeking his first win there since May of 2000.

* Jose Quintana has just one win in his last seven home starts. Quintana has faced the Yankees just once in his career, giving up six runs over six innings against them in a 14-7 win on June 29, 2012.

* Alex Rodriguez is hitting .459 (17-for-37) with three doubles, two homers and 11 RBI in his last nine road games against the White Sox.

stats_logo_400x225* The Tigers lead this season series, 4-3. All seven games have been decided by at least three runs.

* A defeat on Friday would tie Chicago’s longest losing streak of the season (eight games). The White Sox lost eight straight, May 27-June 4.

* The Tigers have gotten nine quality starts in their last 10 games, the starting pitchers posting a 2.05 (15/66.0) ERA over this stretch, in which Detroit has gone 9-1.

* Hector Santiago is 3-4 in 14 starts this season. However, the White Sox have ended up losing all seven of Santiago’s starts in which he received a no decision.

* Torii Hunter is batting .419 (13/31) with four home runs, eight RBI and nine runs scored in his last seven games. Hunter also has an active 16-game hitting streak against the White Sox.

* Doug Fister is 2-0 with a 0.64 (1/14.0) ERA since the All-Star break. Prior to this season, Fister was 22-21 with a 3.50 ERA in post All-Star Game appearances.

stats_logo_400x225* Including a 4-2 setback yesterday in 12 innings, the White Sox were swept over the weekend by the Royals by a combined score of 10-3. Chicago entered play on May 27 with a mark of 24-24, but is since just 16-38 in the last 54 contests – worst of any team in the majors during that span.
* Cleveland defeated Texas, 6-0, on Sunday and, including two consecutive shutouts, has now won four straight games by a combined score of 28-9. The last time the Tribe recorded three straight shutouts was September 18-19, 1956 (all vs. the Washington Senators).
* The Indians swept four from the White Sox the last time the two clubs hooked up (June 28-30) and are 7-2 vs. Chicago overall in 2013. Cleveland has blanked the Sox twice this season (1-0 on April 12 and 4-0 on June 30).
* John Danks went 7.0 innings and allowed six runs (all earned) in his last outing vs. the Tigers (July 24) and is now 0-3 with a 5.60 ERA in his last four starts. Danks is 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA in his last five starts vs. the Indians at Progressive Field.
* Zach McAllister lasted just 5.0 innings, allowed four runs (three earned) and took a loss vs. the Mariners in his first game back from the disable list last Tuesday. McAllister is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his last two starts at home vs. the White Sox.
* Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley both went 1-for-4 in yesterday’s win, and are each riding 6-game hitting streaks overall. Bourn is hitting .333 and Brantley .321 vs. the White Sox in 2013.

* The Chicago White Sox have won five of nine games against Kansas City this year, averaging 3.6 runs per game while allowing just 2.7 runs per game. The Royals are the only team against whom the White Sox have played at least five times this season and won more games than they have lost (5-4).

stats_logo_400x225* After losing five in a row heading into the All-Star break, scoring just 2.4 runs per game, the Royals have won five of their last seven against two of the best teams in the AL (Detroit and Baltimore), scoring 3.4 runs per game over that span.

* Kansas City went 10-10 over their last 20 games, all involving opponents with winning records. Their next 12 games are all against teams with losing records. Kansas City is seven games back in the division and three games below .500.

* James Shields has been particularly good on the road this season, going 3-3 with a 2.74 ERA, the fifth-best road ERA for any qualifying AL pitcher (0.5 INN/Team Game). In his career, Shields is 1-1 with a 3.69 ERA when pitching at U.S. Cellular Field.

* Jose Quintana will try for his third win in four starts. He is 2-0 with a 2.36 ERA over his four starts in July after going 1-2 with a 4.13 ERA in 11 starts from May through June. Quintana is 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA in five career starts against the Royals.

* Mike Moustakas is 7-for-14 with two home runs in his career against Quintana. His .500 batting average against Quintana is his highest against any pitcher against whom he has had at least 10 career plate appearances.

White Sox 1B Paul Konerko discusses his rehab assignment at AA Birmingham this weekend.

stats_logo_400x225* The White Sox have won two of the three meetings between these teams this season after winning just two of their previous 11 against the Tigers.

* The Tigers have won just two of their last five road games after winning each of their previous five away from home. Detroit is hitting .288 with runners in scoring position this season – the second best mark in baseball.
* The White Sox have won each of their last two home games after winning just two of their previous 10 at U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago has homered just twice in its last six games overall after homering nine times in its previous five.

* Max Scherzer lost his first game of the season on July 13 to Texas, snapping his streak of 19 consecutive starts without a loss. Scherzer is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in his last two starts against the White Sox.

* Chris Sale is allowing a .133 batting average to left-handed hitters with no home runs, however, he has allowed 11 homers and a .231 batting average against right-handed batters this season.

* Miguel Cabrera, who is hitting .143 (2-for-14) in his last four road games, is hitting .453 with five doubles, seven homers and 15 RBI in his last 16 games against the White Sox.


* The Braves and White Sox have met nine times previously, with Atlanta winning the first four and Chicago taking the last five.

* The White Sox lost 55 games before the All-Star break for just the fourth time in franchise history and the first time since 1989 (32-56).

* The Braves have struck out 826 times this season, the most ever by a National League team before the All-Star break.

* Paul Konerko leads all active players, and trails only Jim Thome (64) all-time, with 58 career interleague home runs.

* Freddie Freeman leads all players under the age of 24 with 61 RBI on the season (Mike Trout is second with 59).

* Tim Hudson is averaging over 15.0 pitches per inning (15.5) for the first time since 2006 (15.7).

stats_logo_400x225* The last time the Phillies hosted the White Sox (June 2007), Philadelphia picked up a 3-game sweep over Chicago. The Phillies also have hit 15 home runs over their last six games against the White Sox.

* The White Sox have lost five of their last six interleague games, while being outscored 39-13 during the stretch.

* The Phillies picked up a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Thursday, despite committing four errors – their most errors in a victory since also committing four in an 8-7 win against Washington on April 3, 2008.

* Cole Hamels has picked up a victory in back-to-back starts for the first time this season, while allowing exactly one earned run in each start.

* John Danks, who has picked up the loss in each of his last five road starts, has walked a total of just seven batters over his nine starts this season.

* After hitting a grand slam yesterday, White Sox rookie catcher Josh Phegley has now hit a home run in three of the first five games of his MLB career.