Week of May 8-14, 2023

Four-Game Series at Kansas City Royals

Series tied 1-1 | Season vs. Royals 1-1


Monday, May 8, 2023 at 6:40 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Royals / Zack Greinke, RHP

L, 5-12, 12-24 (.333), L1 | L: Dylan Cease (2-2, 5.58)

Cease gives up 7 R/ER on 9 H (1 BB, 6 K) in 5.0 IP

Game highlights from mlb.com


Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 6:40 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Royals / Jordan Lyles, RHP

W, 4-2, 13-24 (.351), W1 | L: Lucas Giolito (2-2, 3.59)

Giolito gives up 2 R/ER on 5 H (2 BB, 9 K) in 6.0 IP—Quality Start

Game highlights from mlb.com


Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 6:40 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Royals / Brad Keller, RHP


Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 1:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Mike Clevinger, RHP vs.
Royals / Brady Singer, RHP

Three-Game Series vs. Houston Astros


Friday, May 12, 2023 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
White Sox Starter, RLHP vs.
Astros / Astros Starter, RLHP


Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 6:15 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
White Sox Starter, RLHP vs.
Astros / Astros Starter, RLHP


Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 1:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
White Sox Starter, RLHP vs.
Astros / Astros Starter, RLHP

So Long, Tribe

By Chris Ricchetti | 3 October 2021

The End of an Era

The Cleveland Indians have played their last game as the Indians—a 6-0 shutout of the Texas Rangers today at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

The Tribe’s last-ever home game was an 8-3 win against the Kansas City Royals, on September 27, in which Cleveland center fielder Bradley Zimmer homered off his brother, Kansas City reliever Kyle Zimmer, to lead off the bottom of the 8th.

I have lived in Chicago since coming here for undergrad in 1985. But I grew up in suburban Cleveland and, though I raised a son here and have since become a passionate White Sox fan, I have never lost my deeply felt love for my boyhood team, the Cleveland Indians.

My father’s father emigrated to the United States from southern Italy and settled in Cleveland in 1919—four years after the ballclub elected to call itself the Indians. The team and its name have meant something now to four generations of Ricchettis, including some who have never lived anywhere near The Land. I carry with me many cherished memories of outings to Cleveland Municipal Stadium, and later, to “the Jake,” with my father, middle school, high school and college buddies, and my extended family.

I heartily support the name change and accept that it is long past time to move on from imagery and nomenclature that have been harmful. Whether or not and to what extent the harm was intended is not the point. Harm is harm.

Nonetheless, I am feeling sad and nostalgic today, as I watch the Indians Era come to a close.

A Club by Any Other Name

The Cleveland franchise dates back to 1901, when the American League, hitherto a minor league, declared itself a major. The minor-league forerunner to the 1901 ballclub had competed in the league, making Cleveland one of the eight charter members of the “upgraded” American League.[1]

In its early years, the team experimented with several monikers, starting with the “Bluebirds,” often shortened to the “Blues.” The players disliked the name and tried, unsuccessfully, to change it to the “Bronchos.” Inexplicably, some sportswriters continued to use the extremely unpopular name “Spiders” for several more years after the formation of the new major league franchise (see below, and Endnote 1).

In 1902, Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie, star second baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies, defected to the new American League, playing briefly for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics. But early in the season, he moved over to the Cleveland ballclub, lured by a three-year contract for $25,000—more than double what the Athletics were paying.

Nap was an immediate hit with Cleveland fans, and it wasn’t long before the team was renamed the “Naps.” In 1905, he became the club’s player-manager. The team struggled in the late oughts and early 1910s, leading some reporters to refer to them as the “Napkins.”

Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie
Baseball Hall of Fame Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie

Between 1912 and 1914, the team was known (unofficially) to some as the “Molly McGuires,” a reference to a group of Irish-American immigrants prone to violent retaliation against their employers over exploitive and dangerous working conditions. Whoever invoked the “Molly McGuires” as an alternative to the “Naps” must have been “trolling” club co-owner Charley Somers, who had made his fortune in the coal business—the industry in which the majority of real-life Molly McGuires unhappily labored.

After the 1914 season, Lajoie, very much past his prime, returned to the Athletics, precipitating the search for a new team name. With input from sportswriters, the team was renamed the “Indians” in 1915.

The Controversy

Baseball historians and fans have long debated whether the Indians were so named, at least in part, as a tribute to Louis Sockalexis, a Native-American who played the entirety of his brief, major league career (1897-1899) as an outfielder for the Cleveland Spiders—a National League team that found itself no longer able to compete at the major league level, following a dismal 1899 season.[2] Sockalexis, a member of the Penobscot Nation, was among the first Native Americans (many believe he was the first) to play major league baseball.

American Indian Magazine Louis Sockalexis
1897-03-11 St Paul Globe page 8 re Sockalexis signed to Cleveland
St. Paul Globe St. Paul Globe
March 11, 1897

For decades, the Cleveland Indians organization propagated the narrative that the team’s name was meant to honor Sockalexis, who, they insisted, was a “fan favorite.” It is true that, during his time with the Spiders, reporters and fans—with the encouragement of the club’s owners—often referred to the team as “Tebeau’s Indians,” purportedly in deference to both player-manager Oliver “Patsy” Tebeau and Sockalexis.

Skeptics have argued that because so many white people looked down upon Native Americans, it’s implausible that white owners of the early twentieth century would have named their team in honor of one. In a 2007 blog post, former Sports Illustrated writer and Cleveland native Joe Posnanski wonders, “Why exactly would people in Cleveland—this in a time when Native Americans were generally viewed as subhuman in America—name their team after a relatively minor and certainly troubled outfielder?”

Reporting on the name change in 1915, a writer for Cleveland newspaper The Plain Dealer opines that the name “also serves to revive the memory of a single great player who has been gathered to his fathers in the happy hunting grounds of the Abenakis,” perhaps reflecting both appreciation for Sockalexis’ athletic talent and insensitivity toward his indigenous heritage.[3]

NYU Professor Emeritus of Education and History Jonathan Zimmerman contends that, far from being a player beloved by fans, Sockalexis was the player that fans quite literally loved to hate. According to Zimmerman, the Indians moniker was intended not to honor Sockalexis, but to mock him. During his short stint in major league baseball, he endured constant taunts—frequently, but by no means exclusively—from opposing-team fans, for whom abusing Sockalexis apparently was an integral part of the “fun” of rooting against the Spiders. References to the “Cleveland Indians,” Zimmerman asserts, were intentionally sarcastic and demeaning.

Ed Rice, author of the Sockalexis biography, Baseball’s First Indian, agrees: “They called [the Cleveland Spiders] ‘Tebeau’s Indians.’ But it wasn’t meant to be flattering, of course. It was meant to make fun of the spectacle that Cleveland was going to be in 1897, putting an American Indian on the field.”

To muddy the waters further—because, why not?!—the Cleveland Spiders were sometimes referred to as “Tebeau’s Indians” and “Tebeau’s Braves” well before the club signed Sockalexis.

1895-10-03 Nashville Tennessean - Page 4
Nashville Tennessean Nashville Tennessean
October 3, 1895
1897-02-23 Baltimore Sun - Page 6
Baltimore Sun Baltimore Sun
February 23, 1897

Moreover, a bunch of Cleveland players and managers have been referred to as “Chief” or “Chief Wahoo,” both before and after the 1915 name change. And the “Chief (manager) / Indians (players)” metaphor has been used in reference to many teams, and may be as old as baseball itself.

Apart from any historical connection to Sockalexis, the name “Indians” may have appealed to white baseball fans of the time because it conveyed the supposed ferocity of a group that many regarded as “savages.” Shortly after the name change was announced, on January 17, 1915, the Cleveland Leader published this commentary: “In place of the Naps, we’ll have the Indians, on the warpath all the time, and eager for scalps to dangle at their belts.”

That same day, The Plain Dealer published a cartoon loaded with stereotypes and racist tropes, captioned “Ki Yi Waugh Woop! They’re Indians!”

The Plain Dealer

Beneath the cartoon, the paper reported the decision of the name selection committee convened by co-owner Charley Somers to solicit the input of sportswriters from Cleveland’s four[4] daily newspapers: “The title of ‘Indians’ was their choice, it having been one of the names applied to the old National League club of Cleveland many years ago.” Notably, the name was not intended to be permanent. The writer continues

The nickname, however, is but temporarily bestowed, as the club may so conduct itself during the present season as to earn some other cognomen which may be more appropriate. The choice of a name that would be significant just now was rather difficult with the club itself anchored in last place.

Perhaps the name was chosen to take advantage of the excitement surrounding the 1914 “Miracle Braves” of Boston, who had come from last place in midseason to win the National League Pennant. Perhaps the name “Indians” could replicate for Cleveland the “magic” of the Boston club’s sanitized Native American ethos (see comments over the phallus in the center of the cartoon above).

According to sport sociologist and Ithaca College Professor of Sports Media Ellen Staurowsky, there were no references to Sockalexis in any accounts of the name selection process published in any of the four Cleveland newspapers—compelling evidence that the choice of the name “Indians” in January 1915 was not a direct reference to Sockalexis. In a 1998 scholarly article on the subject, Staurowsky writes

As seen in the 1915 accounts, when the team faced the mammoth task of moving out of the basement in league standings while forging a new identity, there was no need to mention Sockalexis because it was the generic, plural "Indians" signifier that provided the marketing angle club President Charley Somers and the sportswriters sought.

However, use of the moniker in connection with the Cleveland Spiders, some eighteen years earlier, had been directly referential to Sockalexis, as evidenced by dozens of contemporaneous sources referencing “Indians” or “Tebeau’s Indians.” This one, about the newly-signed outfielder’s arrival in Cleveland, is from the March 27, 1897 issue of Sporting Life:

Sockalexis, the Indian, came to town on Friday, and in 24 hours was the most popular man about the Kennard House, where he is stopping... Why he has not been snatched up by some League club looking for a sensational player is beyond my comprehension... They're Indians now.

Perhaps something like the transitive property of equality (i.e., A=B and B=C. Therefore, A=C.) is applicable here:

➤ The 1897 Spiders were called Indians because of Sockalexis,


➤ The name Indians was chosen in 1915 because of the 1897 Spiders.


➤ The 1915 Indians were so named (indirectly) because of Sockalexis.

Cleveland-based sports historian Morris Eckhouse seems to agree: “Without Sockalexis, it’s unlikely the team would be called the Cleveland Indians.”

Of course, this tidy simplification leaves unresolved the question of why Sockalexis’ “Indian” heritage was evoked as a nickname for the Cleveland Spiders—was it out of disdain for him, or in celebration of his remarkable skill as an outfielder and as a hitter, or a confounding mixture of attitudes and beliefs that were characteristic of the time?

If, over these many years, anyone associated with Cleveland baseball—from owners, to managers and coaches, to players, to fans—has had any heartfelt intent to bestow honor upon Native Americans as a group and/or upon any specific Native American, or to empathize with their actual lived experience, it seems clear that none of us have done so very well.

Chief Wahoo

A precursor to the Native American caricature that came to represent the Cleveland Indians first appeared in 1932, on the front page of The Plain Dealer. For years thereafter, the “Little Indian,” as he came to be known, made regular appearances in the newspaper’s sports section, drawing readers’ attention to the latest Cleveland baseball news.

The first version actually commissioned by the Indians ballclub was designed by seventeen-year-old Walter Goldbach in 1947. The logo continued to evolve, culminating in the 1951 redesign that remained (with periodic minor design changes) until it was abandoned altogether after the 2018 season.

1932-05-03 The Plain Dealer page 1
The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer – May 3, 1932
Walter Goldbach First Indians Logo 1947
Cleveland Indians 1947
Cleveland Indians Logo 1951
Cleveland Indians 1951
Cleveland Indians Logo 2014-2018
Cleveland Indians 2014-2018

Use of the nicknames “Chief” and “Chief Wahoo” in connection with certain Cleveland players predates the logo by several decades. In 1952, the nickname and the caricature were united, and Chief Wahoo became the official name of the Cleveland Indians mascot.

Some have noted that Chief Wahoo is actually a brave, not a chief, because his head is adorned with a single feather, whereas a chief would have worn a full headdress. Earlier team logos had included the full headdress.

Today, the twenty-eight-foot, neon-illuminated representation of Chief Wahoo stepping into his swing, that for thiry-one seasons (1962-1993) was mounted high above Gate D at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, is on exhibit in the Reinberger Gallery at the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Chief Wahoo at Western Reserve Historical Society
Dan Meek via Pinterest Chief Wahoo Exhibit

Wahoo is a switch hitter. He is the same on both sides and, back in the day, he rotated. Depending upon which side of Wahoo you looked at, he would appear to be batting righty or lefty. In his new home at the museum, it seems that he’ll be batting lefty forevermore.

Not All Heroes Are White

It is worth remembering that professional baseball in the 19th and early 20th centuries was an entirely different animal than the orderly, tightly-controlled product we see on our 4K and 8K televisions today.

In Sockalexis’ time, baseball was a rowdy, unsportsmanlike, often lawless, often violent brawl, played mostly by gritty, hardened, working-class immigrants, in which “might made right” and “winning at any cost” were both the expectation and the norm. Bullying, threats, intimidation, bribery, and flagrant physical assault were everyday occurrences. The game was a little cleaner by 1915, but not much.

Few players of that era were “honored” by sportswriters, teammates, or fans in the ways that decades of sports marketing have conditioned us to think that Sockalexis was “honored.” It simply was not part of the zeitgeist. It was raucous, take-no-prisoners entertainment, and the dignity of many was sacrificed in the production of it. In any such environment, people who are seen as “other” inevitably bear the worst of the pain. There is no reason to believe that Sockalexis would have been spared. As a Native American playing major league baseball just seven years after the Massacre at Wounded Knee, he was an American hero, simply for having had the courage to step onto the field.

The Dawn of a New Era

2016 Wild Card Game
Screen capture by Ted Berg, USA Today If nothing else, we can all understand that lots of different people see lots of different things in images such as this.

The Indians Era has come to an end. Cleveland’s Major League Baseball club will henceforth be known as the “Guardians,” a name inspired by the eight statues (“Guardians of Traffic”) capping the pylons of the Hope Memorial Bridge that spans the Cuyahoga River, leading to the ballpark from the west.

MLB Advanced Media, LP
Hope Memorial Bridge - Cleveland
Hope Memorial Bridge – Cleveland


  1. The 1901 Cleveland ballclub was an amalgam of two existing Cleveland teams. One of these, the Cleveland Lake Shores, were a minor league club affiliated with the American League, which promoted itself to major league status, effective for the 1901 season. Charley Somers, co-owner of the Lake Shores, was a driving force in the early development of the American League. He purchased the Lake Shores ballclub (formerly the Grand Rapids Rustlers) and moved it to Cleveland, in anticipation of the American League’s ascension to major league status. American League President Ban Johnson, Somers, and the other AL club owners were determined to break the National League’s near monopoly in professional baseball. The other existing Cleveland team, the Cleveland Spiders, were a major league club that competed in the National League. The Spiders roster had been decimated in 1899 when most of their star talent migrated to the National League club in St. Louis, at the direction of the Robison brothers—Frank and Stanley—who were the owners of both the Cleveland and the St. Louis National League teams. St. Louis was a larger market, and the Robisons had decided to go “all in” with their St. Louis team. They sold the Spiders remaining player contracts and other assets to the Cleveland Lake Shores. The combined club was thus a charter member of the new American League, calling itself the Cleveland “Bluebirds,” or “Blues,” for short.

  2. The Spiders performed miserably in 1899 because owners Frank and Stanley Robison (brothers) had bought the St. Louis Browns out of bankruptcy and transferred most of Cleveland’s star talent—including Cy Young and other eventual Hall-of-Famers—to the St. Louis club, renamed the “Perfectos.”

  3. According to Joe Posnanski and others, this lone sportswriter was the only reporter in any of the Cleveland newspapers to suggest an explicit connection with Sockalexis in the months after the name change was announced, in January 1915. Posnanski claims that Sockalexis was not named in The Plain Dealer a single time during the next ten years.

  4. Cleveland’s four daily newspapers of the time were the Cleveland Leader, the Cleveland News, the Cleveland Press, and The Plain Dealer.

Week of August 30-September 5, 2021

Lance Lynn Injured

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August 31—Left-handed Ace Lance Lynn has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right knee inflammation.

Two-Game Series vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

White Sox win series 2-0

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Pirates / Bryse Wilson, RHP

W, 4-2, 77-56 (.579), W2 | WP: Michael Kopech (4-2, 3.42) | S: Liam Hendriks (30) | Game 133

➤ Yoán Moncada goes 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 15 consecutive games.

Game highlights from mlb.com

Tim Anderson Injured

Tim Anderson SS 7
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September 1—Emotional Center of the Chicago White Sox Tim Anderson has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring.

September 1—Billy Hamilton activated from rehab
September 1—Shortstop Romy Gonzalez called up from Charlotte Knights
September 1—Outfielder Jake Lamb Designated for Assignment (Claimed by Blue Jays on 9/3)

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Pirates / Max Kranick, RHP

W, 6-3, 78-56 (.582), W3 | WP: Carlos Rodón (11-5, 2.41) | S: Liam Hendriks (31) | Game 134

➤ Yoán Moncada goes 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 16 consecutive games.

Game highlights from mlb.com

Three-Game Series at Kansas City Royals

Royals win series 2-1

Lucas Giolito Injured

Lucas Giolito RHP 27
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September 3—Lucas Giolito has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring.

Friday, September 3, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Royals / Carlos Hernández, RHP

L, 7-2, 78-57 (.578) | L1 | LP: Dallas Keuchel (8-8, 5.22) | Game 135

➤ Yoán Moncada goes 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 17 consecutive games.

Game highlights from mlb.com

Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 6:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Reynaldo Lopez, RHP vs.
Royals / Daniel Lynch, LHP

W, 10-7, 79-57 (.581), W1 | WP: Craig Kimbrel (3-4, 1.98) | S: Liam Hendriks (32) | Game 136

Yoán Moncada is not in today’s lineup.

Game highlights from mlb.com

Sunday, September 5, 2021 at pm 1:10 CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Dyan Cease, RHP vs.
Royals / Brady Singer, RHP

L, 6-0, 79-58 (.577), L1 | LP: Dylan Cease (11-7, 3.87) | Game 137

➤ Yoán Moncada goes 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 18 consecutive games.

Game highlights from mlb.com

Week of August 2-8, 2021

Three-Game Series vs. Kansas City Royals

Royals win series 2-1

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Royals / Kris Bubic, LHP

W, 7-1, 63-44 (.589), W2 | WP: Dylan Cease (8-6, 3.92) | Game 107

DEFENSE: Dylan Cease throws a dominant, scoreless 6 innings (2 BB, 11 SO). Beautiful. Michael Kopeck gives up the Royals only run in the 7th. Garrett Crochet works a scoreless 8th. Ryan Tepera goes 1-2-3 in the 9th (1 SO). OFFENSE: Royals starter Kris Bubic pitches a quality start, giving up 3 runs and striking out 8 on 6.0 IP. But Royals reliever Kyle Zimmer issues three consecutive BBs to start the 7th, setting up a 4-run inning for the White Sox. Andrew Vaughn solo HR (12) in the 2nd. Tim Anderson 2-run HR (10) in the 3rd. Seby Zavala run-scoring BB, Tim Anderson RBI 1B, and José Abreu 2-RBI 1B in the 7th. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Royals / Carlos Hernández, RHP

L, 9-1, 63-45 (.583). L1 | LP: Lucas Giolito (8-8, 3.98) | Game 108

DEFENSE: Lucas Giolito doesn’t have it tonight. He gives up 6 ER on 4.0 IP (8 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 2 SO). Reliever Matt Foster (called up 8/3) pitches 2.0 clean innings. José Ruiz throws the next 2.0 IP, giving up 3 ER on 4 H (1 BB, 0 SO). Aaron Bummer goes 1-2-3 in the 9th (1 SO). OFFENSE: José Abreu solo HR (19) in the 4th produces the only run for the White Sox. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Royals / Daniel Lynch, LHP

L, 3-2, 63-46 (.578), L2 | LP: Dallas Keuchel (7-5, 4.44) | Game 109

DEFENSE: Dallas Keuchel – 3 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 5 SO on 6.0+ IP. OFFENSE: José Abreu solo HR (20) with two outs in the 1st. Eloy Jiménez RBI 2B in the 8th. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Three-Game Series at Chicago Cubs

White Sox sweep series 3-0 | 2021 Crosstown Classic 3-0 (continues August 27)

• Third-ever 3-game sweep vs. Cubs
• Tied Cubs for most HRs in a 6-game span ever at Wrigley Field (20)
• Cubs only team to allow 3+ first-inning HRs in multiple games this season (2)

…just sayin.

Friday, August 6, 2021 at 1:20 pm CDT
Wrigley Field
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Cubs / Kyle Hendricks, RHP

W, 8-6, 64-46 (.582), W1 | WP: Liam Hendriks (6-2, 2.40) | Game 110

DEFENSE: Following a 17-minute rain delay, with the Cubs wearing their “Wrigleyville” City Connect unis, Lance Lynn delivers another high-quality start, giving up just 1 run and striking out 8 on 6.0+ IP (4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB), to bring his ERA down to 2.04. Lynn does face one batter (Andrew Romine) in the 7th, who bunts a 1B, before Tony La Russa calls it a day. Lynn gets little help from the bullpen. Still in the 7th, Michael Kopeck throws a BB, a flyout, and a sac fly run. Aaron Bummer then retires Patrick Wisdom on a flyout (with the help of Brian Goodwin) to end the inning. When Greg Kimbrel takes the mound in the 8th, his former teammates have his number. He blows the save, allowing 3 singles and giving up a 3-run homer (to Andrew Romine, who has not hit a big league HR since 2017) to tie the game at 4. Liam Hendriks steps in to stop the bleeding, with three swinging strikeouts (1H), in the 9th. Garrett Crochet gives up a 2-run HR (0 BB, 0 SO), in the 10th. OFFENSE: In the 9th, former White Sox Codi Heuer (1 BB) pitches well against his former teammates, striking out Tim Anderson, and pitching José Abreu into a groundout double play. Earlier, Andrew Vaughn RBI 1B, in the 4th. César Hernández 2-run HR (his 1st as a White Sox, 19th on the season), in the 8th. It’s still 4-4 at the end of 9. In the 10th, Brian Goodwin 2-run HR (7), Gavin Sheets–PH and Tim Anderson knock an RBI 1B each. Cubs first baseman Frank Schwindel answers with a 2-run HR of his own, but it’s not enough to clinch the first game of the crosstown series. Notably, La Russa subs out Eloy Jiménez (1-for-4) for a pinch runner (Brian Goodwin), after he doubles, in the 6th. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

August 6—Jake Lamb activated from rehab

Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 1:20 pm CDT
Wrigley Field
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Cubs / Adbert Alzolay, RHP

W, 4-0, 65-46 (.586), W2 | WP: Carlos Rodón (9-5) | Game 111

DEFENSE: Carlos Rodón throws another gem, striking out 11 in 5.0+ shutout innings (2 H, 2 BB). After Rodón issues his second consecutive lead-off walk in the 6th, La Russa sends in Michael Kopech, who immediately gets the first out (K), then gives up a base hit, then gets the second out (PO), leaving Cubs runners on the corners. José Abreu gets him out of the jam with an arm-extended-lunge-position catch at 1st, for the final out (GO to Yoán Moncada at 3rd). With Kopech subbed out for pinch-hitter Gavin Sheets, Aaron Bummer takes the mound in the 7th (1 H, 2 SO). In the wake of yesterday’s disaster, Craig Kimbrel gets back on the horse to pitch a clean 1-2-3 inning, in the 8th. Ryan Tepera takes on 4 of his former teammates in the 9th, to clinch the shutout (1 H, 1 SO). OFFENSE: Yoán Moncada 2-RBI 2B in the 1st. Back-to-back solo HRs by César Hernández (20 – 18 CLE, 2 CWS) and José Abreu (21), in the 8th. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 6:08 pm CDT
Wrigley Field – ESPN Sunday Night Baseball
Exclusively on ABC
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Cubs / Zach Davies, RHP

W, 9-3, 66-46 (.589), W3 | WP: Dylan Cease (9-6, 3.99) | Game 112

DEFENSE: Dylan Cease throws a solid 5.0 inning start, giving up 3 earned and striking out 10 (5 H, 3 R, 3 BB). His command waivers a bit in the 2nd and 3rd, but he recovers, retiring the next 6 Cubs (5 of them strikeouts), in the 4th and 5th. (Cease currently has the largest home-road ERA differential in the AL.) Reynaldo López delivers a scoreless 2 innings (1 H, 3 SO) in the 6th and 7th. Ryan Tepera goes 1-2-3 (0 SO) in the 8th. José Ruiz strikes out 3 in the 9th. The 2021 White Sox now have the most 10+ strikeout games in a season in franchise history (17)—and it’s only August 8. OFFENSE: On national TV, the Sox proudly smash 3 HRs in the 1stTim Anderson solo HR (11) off the first pitch of the game, Eloy Jiménez 2-run HR (2) brings in Adam Engel (singled), and Andrew Vaughn 2-run HR (13) brings in Yoán Moncada (walked). Most first-inning HRs in a road game in franchise history, and the first time White Sox hit 3 first-inning HRs since 07/03/2012. Eloy Jiménez 2-RBI double, in the 2nd. Eloy Jiménez solo HR (3) in the 5th. Andrew Vaughn RBI 1B, in the 7th. La Russa had given Tim Anderson the night off, but TA comes in early for some extra BP and talks his way back into the lineup, telling La Russa, “I found something.” And so he did. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Week of July 26-Aug 1, 2021

July 26—Eloy Jiménez activated from rehab

Luis Robert Rehab Progress

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July 26—Outfielder Luis Robert to continue rehab at Charlotte Knights (AAA), moving up from Winston-Salem Dash (A+).

Four-Game Series at Kansas City Royals

Royals win series 3-1

Monday, July 26, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Royals / Mike Minor, LHP

L, 4-3, 59-41 (.590), L1 | LP: Dallas Keuchel (7-4, 4.32) | Game 100

DEFENSE: Dallas Keuchel allows 4 R on 6.0 IP (6 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO), including 2 solo HRs by Jorge Soler, and a third by Andrew Benintendi. Cori Heuer (1-2-3, 0 SO) and Garrett Crochet (2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) finish out the game, pitching a scoreless inning each. OFFENSE: Andrew Vaughn 2-RBI 1B in the 6th. Adam Engel RBI 1B in the 9th. Fresh off the IL, Eloy Jiménez goes 0-for-4, but is visibly excited to be back in the lineup. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Royals / Brad Keller, RHP

W, 5-3, 60-41 (.594), W1 | WP: Reynaldo Lopez (1-0, 2.00) | S: Liam Hendriks (25) | Game 101

DEFENSE: Dylan Cease allows 3 R on 6.0 IP (6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO). Reynaldo López (1 SO), Michael Kopech (3 SO), and Liam Hendriks (1 SO) pitch a 1-2-3, no-hit inning each. OFFENSE: Eloy Jiménez 3-run HR (1) off Kyle Zimmer in the 8th. Jiménez also shines defensively, making two difficult running catches in the 4th, and throwing Michael A. Taylor out at home in the 2nd. Gavin Sheets solo HR (6) in the 4th Yoán Moncada RBI groundout in the 8th. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Royals / Kris Bubic, LHP

L, 3-2, 60-42 (.588), L1 | LP: Ryan Burr (2-1, 3.26) | Game 102

DEFENSE: Lucas Giolito gives up just 1 R, striking out 7, on 6.0 IP (4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB). Aaron Bummer (2 SO) and Michael Kopech (0 SO) pitch a no-hit inning each, before Liam Hendriks gives up the tying run—a Salvador Perez solo HR—in the 9th. A Michael A. Taylor 1B brings in the automatic runner to win the game for the Royals in the 10th. OFFENSE: The White Sox 5 H are all off starter Kris Bubic (3 SO). The Royals bullpen strikes out 6. Danny Mendick 2-RBI 1B in the 5th brings in Andrew Vaughn (1B) and Leury García (1B). Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 1:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Royals / Carlos Hernández, RHP

L, 5-0, 60-43 (.583), L2 | LP: Carlos Rodón (8-5, 2.49) | Game 103

DEFENSE: Carlos Rodón allows 8 H and 4 R on 4.0 IP (4 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO), starting with a 2-run HR by Salvador Perez in the 1st. He gives up a solo HR to Michael A. Taylor in the 2nd, and Hunter Dozier brings in Carlos Santana on a sac fly in the 3rd, making it 4-0 Royals. Rodón’s velocity is a few MPH lower than normal through the first couple of innings. With Reynaldo López pitching in the 5th, Jorge Soler reaches on an E6 (Leury García), then advances to third on a Hunter Dozier 2B, and scores on a Michael A. Taylor sac fly. López goes 1-2-3 in the 6th (1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO on 2.0 IP). Ryan Burr delivers 2.0 no-hit innings, giving up 2 BB (0 SO). The White Sox turn a 4-5-3 double play to finish out the 8th. OFFENSE: Royals starter, Carlos Hernández, gives up just 4 H and 1 BB to the White Sox on 6.0 IP (4 SO). Their bullpen allows just one more hit and strikes out 5, for the shutout. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

July 29—Evan Marshall, RHP moved from 10-day to 60-day IL (to make room on 40-man roster)

2021 Trade Deadline

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The 2021 Major League Baseball Trade Deadline is Friday, July 30 at 4:00 pm EDT.

Three-Game Series vs. Cleveland Indians

White Sox win series 2-1

Friday, July 30, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Indians / J.C. Mejia, RHP

W, 6-4, 61-43 (.587), W1 | WP: José Ruiz (1-1, 2.90) | S: Liam Hendriks (26) | Game 104

DEFENSE: Lance Lynn gives up 3 R on 7 H for a 5-inning no decision (3 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO). Garrett Crochet and Aaron Bummer pitch a clean inning each. But Ryan Tepera’s White Sox debut in the 8th is less-than-illustrious. He gives up a HR and a 1B, then issues a BB, before being replaced by José Ruiz, who retires the next three to end the inning (the first out comes on a sac bunt that loads the bases with Indians). Lethal Liam Hendriks goes 1-2-3 (2 SO) for the save (26). OFFENSE: In the 2nd, a one-in-a-million situation occurs when Cleveland outfielders Bradley Zimmer and Daniel Johnson collide at the center-field wall, both running to catch Yoán Moncada’s line drive, which rebounds out of Zimmer’s glove, sending it over the wall for a solo HR that should have been a lineout. Brian Goodwin RBI 1B brings Moncada in from second base, in the 4th. Then, with one out and two on, Leury García grounds into a force out at second, beats the throw to first for a base hit, and brings in a run. Andrew Vaughn run-scoring BB in the 5th. Tim Anderson RBI 1B in the 8th, before José Abreu HBP with bases loaded and no outs forces the final run of the game. “Controlled pandemonium” ensues…

La Russa Rushes Infield

When James Karinchak hits José Abreu in the noggin with a 96 MPH fastball, Tony La Russa rushes out of the dugout to confront Indians catcher Roberto Pérez—a run that launches a thousand memes (see below). Both benches clear, but no blows are exchanged. In the end, Abreu hugs Karinchak and takes his base.

La Russa runs with the Beatles
La Russa runs with Forrest Gump
La Russa runs to the vault

Tony La Russa on tempers flaring after José Abreu HBP

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July 30—SS Danny Mendick and RHP Ryan Burr optioned to Charlotte Knights (AAA)

Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 6:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Indians / Triston McKenzie, RHP

L, 12-11, 61-44 (.581), L1 | LP: Michael Kopech (3-1, 2.55) | Game 105

Rookie catcher Seby Zavaya goes 4-for-4, becoming the first Big League player ever to slam his first three career HRs in a single game—and the second of his three consecutive homers just happens to be a Grand Slam! He tops off the night with a 1B on his 4th and final at bat of the game. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 1:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Jimmy Lambert, RHP vs.
Indians / Cal Quantrill, RHP

W, 2-1, 62-44 (.585), W1 | WP: Liam Hendriks (5-2, 2.47) | Game 106

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Billy Hamilton to Injured List

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MLB Advanced Media, LP

August 1—Outfielder Billy Hamilton is back on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain, the same injury that landed him there on June 6. This is Hamilton’s third time on the IL this season.

Week of May 10-16, 2021

Three-Game Series vs. Minnesota Twins

White Sox sweep series 3-0

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Twins / Kenta Maeda, RHP

W, 9-3, 20-13 (.606), W4 | WP: Garrett Chrochet (1-2, 0.93) | Game 33

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Twins / J.A. Happ LHP

W, 13-8, 21-13 (.618), W5 | WP: Dallas Keuchel (2-1, 4.53) | Game 34

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 1:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Twins / Michael Pineda, RHP

W, 4-2, 22-13 (.629), W6 | WP: Lance Lynn (4-1, 1.30) | S: Liam Hendriks (7) | Game 35

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Four-Game Series vs. Kansas City Royals (including 1 makeup)

Series split 2-2

Friday, May 14, 2021 at 2:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field – Makeup of April 10 (7-innings)
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Royals / Brad Keller, RHP

L, 6-2, 22-14 (.611), L1 | LP: Lucas Giolito (2-4, 4.97) | Game 36

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Friday, May 14, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field – 7-inning game
Michael Kopech, RHP vs.
Royals / Jakob Junis, RHP

W, 3-1, 23-14 (.622), W1 | WP: Codi Heuer (3-1, 4.91) | S: Liam Hendriks (8) | Game 37

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Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 6:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Royals / Mike Minor, LHP

L, 5-1, 23-15 (.605), L1 | LP: Carlos Rodón (5-1, 1.47) | Game 38

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Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 1:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Royals / Brady Singer, RHP

W, 4-3, 24-15 (.615), W1 | WP: Matt Foster (1-1, 6.39) | Game 39

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