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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 34 DAYS

34 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Dustin Hermanson led the 2005 World Series champion White Sox with 34 saves.

Hermanson was the second of three closers that season. He followed Shingo Takatsu and gave way to Bobby Jenks after getting injured.

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2019 SOX, NUGGET A DAY: RYAN BURR

NOTE: Here’s the latest in my series of nuggets on the 2019 White Sox 40-man roster, which began 40 days out from Opening Day

When Ryan Burr appeared on Aug. 23, he was the first Arizona State product to make his big league debut for the White Sox since Don Wakamatsu started at catcher on May 22, 1991 in Anaheim.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 38 DAYS (AND PITCHES)

38 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

The underrated Wayne Edwards had an amazing and economical 38-pitch performance for the Sox on May 4, 1990.

In relief of Jerry Kutzler, the left-hander fired four shutout innings and gave up two hits with two strikeouts in the Sox 5-4 win in 11 innings at Kansas City.

Throwing an amazing 32 strikes (84 percent), Edwards gave up singles to Jim Eisenreich and Gerald Perry and fanned George Brett and Pat Tabler.

Edwards threw no more than four pitches to each of the 13 men he faced. He got three batters on the first pitch and three batters on the second pitch.

2019 SOX, A NUGGET A DAY: MANNY BANUELOS

NOTE: 40 days out from Opening Day, here’s the first in my series of nuggets on the 2019 White Sox 40-man roster

Manny Banuelos, acquired from the Dodgers on Nov. 1, 2018, got his only big league win for the Atlanta Braves on July 7, 2015 at Milwaukee.

The left-hander started the game with A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate and Juan Uribe at third base.

His victory was secured when David Aardsma got through the eighth and Jason Grilli, whose only complete game of his 15-year career came for the 2004 Sox, pitched the ninth for the save.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: (THIS IS) 40 DAYS

40 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Sandy Alomar Jr. was the last 40-year old to catch for the Sox (Sept. 30, 2006).

THIS IS 40!

Other Sox 40-year old lasts:

*Last to play: Omar Vizquel, 2011

*Last to hit safely: Vizquel, Sept. 20, 2011 vs. Cleveland (single)

*Last double: Vizquel, Sept. 20, 2011 vs. Cleveland (single)

*Last triple: Vizquel, June 7, 2011 vs. Seattle

*Last to homer: Vizquel, Sept. 8, 2010 at Detroit off Jeremy Bonderman

*Last steal: Vizquel, April 21, 2011 at Tampa

*Last to win: Danny Darwin, July 12, 1997

*Last complete game: Darwin, April 17, 1997 (loss)

*Last complete game win: Charlie Hough, June 22, 1992 vs. Cleveland (Alomar was 1-for-4 for Tribe)

*Last complete game shutout: Hough, Aug. 4, 1991 vs. Baltimore (Defeated Mike Mussina, making his big league debut, 1-0 on a Frank Thomas homer)

*Last to start on Opening Day: Carlton Fisk, 1991 at Baltimore

*Last Opening Day start by a pitcher: Jerry Reuss, April 4, 1989 at Angels (win)

*Last save: Ron Reed, Sept. 25, 1984 vs. Seattle

@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: ‘TOM TERRIFIC’ JOINS THE SOX

With it being 41 days out from Opening Day, I thought I’d feature Tom Seaver, baseball’s most famous No. 41, and his first entry in a White Sox publication.

The Sox acquisition of Seaver came so late in the off-season that they didn’t have time to stage a photo shoot for the 1984 media guide, which explains why the future Hall of Famer is wearing a Mets cap.