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A funny thing happened Thursday while the Minnesota Twins whined and grandstanded their way to the A.L. Central title.  Victims of innumerable slights from our Pale Hose, these Lords of the Northern Forest unexpectedly found themselves on the wrong end of a 7-4 decision to our Sox.  The teams split the first four of the nineteen games to be played.  Sox Fans really wished for 3 of 4, but that will have to wait a bit longer because we're distracted.

We smell Cubbie urine.

The Sox wasted little time building a quick lead.  A four-hit first inning rally only produced one run because Frank Thomas had his mind on something besides following the directions of Jose Valentin to slide home safe.  He was tagged out at the plate instead.  The Sox throttled the Twins again in the second, this time getting a key hit from Ray Durham, a three-run dinger.  Still, the Sox left the bases loaded when Jose Valentin grounded out.

The Sox added a fifth run in the third inning, and looked to finally break the game wide open.  They stranded another runner in scoring position and things began to unravel.

Promoted reliever Gary Glover was enjoying the run support, cruising through the first three innings allowing just one hit.  As we've seen so often before, the Twins started chipping at the lead, scoring two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth.  Still, Glover left the game with a decent 5.1 innings pitched, three earned runs, and six hits, five K's and two base on balls.  That's better than Todd "Veteran Presence" Ritchie could have done.

Fretful Sox Fans knew this game was far from over.  So it was the beginning of something most gratefully accepted when Paul Konerko hit a solo homer in the seventh.  Sure, the Twins came back to score a run of their own in the bottom of the frame, but at least the two-run lead was preserved. 

Jerry "The Tinkerer" Manuel used four pitchers to get three outs in the inning.  The first of several game-saving plays was turned in by catcher Josh Paul, ranging back to the screen to catch a pop foul to end the inning.  Jose Valentin charged an infield dribbler deflected off the leg of Bob Howry, firing a strike to first base for another key out. 

You know something, they really looked like they gave a damned out there.

Valentin batted in a final Sox run in the ninth, scoring Magglio Ordonez after his leadoff double.  Keith Foulke took out the trash 1-2-3 to seal the victory and pick up the save.  Splitting these games is the least the Sox needed to do.  Given how they've been playing, maybe we can count this as a small victory?

Three big victories over the weekend would sure be satisfying.


George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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