Comcast SportsNet announces Sox Opening Day TV schedule


Comcast SportsNet announces Sox Opening Day TV schedule

Opening Day is drawing near, and we have the TV schedule to prove it. Here's what's on tap for Comcast SportsNet on Friday, April 6:

11:30 AM: Inside Look: Jerry Reinsdorf Encore edition featuring the White Sox & Bulls Chairman.

12:00 PM: White Sox Pre-Game Live Expanded one-hour, pre-game coverage featuring Comcast SportsNets Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton LIVE from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX. Special Opening Day pre-game features include a scheduled live interview with White Sox GM Kenny Williams and new manager Robin Ventura, numerous interviews with White Sox players and coaches, a complete 2012 season preview focusing on the teams line-up and overall offensive roster, the pitching staff, team defense and much more.

1:00 PM: WHITE SOX at TEXAS (LIVE) Featuring Ken Hawk Harrelson & Steve Stone on the call.
4:00 PM: White Sox Post Game Live (approximate time) Hosted by Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton featuring the LIVE post-game press conference featuring new White Sox manager Robin Ventura, along with player interviews and complete post-game analysis.

4:30 PM: Inside Look: Jerry Reinsdorf Encore edition featuring the White Sox & Bulls Chairman.

5:30 PM: Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan Hosted by David Kaplan; program will feature a thorough recap and analysis of the White Sox season opener.

6:30 PM: SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse Complete game recap, highlights, interviews and more.

7:00 PM: White Sox at Texas game replay.

10:00 PM & 10:30 PM: GMC SportsNet Central Comprehensive White Sox Opening Day local recap and national Opening Day recaps from around Major League Baseball.

White Sox: Jose Abreu hits 100th career home run


White Sox: Jose Abreu hits 100th career home run

PHOENIX — Jose Abreu became the third Cuban player to hit 100 home runs for the White Sox when he hit blasted one Tuesday night.

The White Sox first baseman reached the left field seats with a 386-foot drive in the eighth inning off Arizona’s Jorge De La Rosa. The homer was the ninth hit by Abreu this season in 184 plate appearances.

Minnie Minoso hit 135 home runs for the White Sox and Alexei Ramirez had 109.

Abreu is on pace to hit 33 homers this season. He burst onto the season and hit 36 home runs en route to winning the American League rookie of the year award in 2014. Abreu’s homer total dropped to 30 in 2015 and dipped to 25 last season.

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All nine of Abreu’s homers have come away from Guaranteed Rate Field this season. The White Sox have only played 16 games at home. Prior to 2017, Abreu had homered 46 times at home and 45 on the road.

Abreu’s 100th homer had an exit velocity of 104 mph off the bat and a launch angle of 40 degrees. 

Matt Davidson, David Holmberg enjoying return trip to Chase Field


Matt Davidson, David Holmberg enjoying return trip to Chase Field

PHOENIX — Matt Davidson and David Holmberg talked about the good old days after both made their return to Chase Field in Monday’s loss.

The two current White Sox players both made their major league debuts for the Arizona Diamondbacks in August 2013. They took time to reflect on that after each appeared in Monday night’s 5-1 White Sox loss. Davidson grounded into a double play while Holmberg pitched a scoreless inning.  

“It’s been a lot,” Davidson said. “It seems like forever ago, it really does. I guess it was four years now. A lot of good memories here, and I can’t thank them enough for everything they taught me.”

An original White Sox draft pick in 2009, Holmberg was traded by the White Sox with Daniel Hudson in exchange for Edwin Jackson in July 2010. He and Davidson grew up together in the Diamondbacks farm system. Holmberg remembers how the club let their minor leaguers play a game at Chase Field and he immediately loved the venue. Many of those memories have come flooding back over the past two days.

“It was cool,” Holmberg said. “I made my debut here. I’ve always liked Chase Field. It was the place where I wanted to play.”

As it turned out, Holmberg got only one opportunity to pitch here for Arizona. He was included in a deal that sent Heath Bell out of town in December. Davidson also had a similar limited run with the Diamondbacks. He debuted on Aug. 11 and hit three home runs in 87 plate appearances. That offseason, Davidson was traded to the White Sox in exchange for Addison Reed.

A starter his entire career, including 32 at Triple-A Charlotte last season, Holmberg is adjusting to his new role in the bullpen. He’s fared well so far with a 1.76 ERA at Charlotte and having allowed one run in 8 1/3 innings for the White Sox.

“It’s definitely different than starting, but it’s the same concept,” Holmberg said. “Keep the ball down in the zone, get outs and move on.”

Though he’s moved on professionally, Davidson is still nostalgic about his time in Arizona. He and Holmberg talked about some of their former teammates — Diamondbacks infielder Chris Owings was Davidson’s last roommate. Davidson also went to high school Arizona starting pitcher Taijuan Walker, who was scheduled to start Wednesday, but will miss it after he was placed on the disabled list.

“It’s pretty cool,” Davidson said. “This was my favorite team growing up, and my first major-league game I ever went to. It seemed a lot bigger the first time I played here in my debut. It seems like it shrunk a little bit since my first time up. It was a pretty cool experience. I’m really excited to be back here and grew up here and went through the minor leagues and everything. It’s really cool.”