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Buehrle rolls Rangers

September 9, at Texas

Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
Spring 2005
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"Tried some Texas 5 Alarm chili while visiting the club; spent the rest of the night in the bathroom."

Short Take: Nearly decapitated in first inning, Mark Buehrle procedes to cruise past the slumping Rangers as Sox take 3 of 4

Every Sox fan on the planet had to have held their collective breath when Texas’s lead-off man, Eric Young, lined a pitch back at Mark Buehrle’s head in the first. Luckily, Buehrle came up with the ball and laughed it off, but you couldn’t have help to wonder how a nearly disastrous event would unglue the usually calm Buehrle.

Instead, he pitched a masterpiece; maybe the 2nd best outing of the year, going the distance and allowing 3 hits, 3 runs (all earned), walking 2, and fanning 6 as the Sox rolled over Chris Young and the slumping Texas Rangers, 7-3 in Arlington.

What can you say about Mark Buehrle? If he was with any other team he would be praised as one of the best in baseball on a daily basis. He ranks first in the American League in innings pitched with 212.1, 9.1 ahead of second-best Mark Mulder, and his 14 wins are good enough to be in the American League’s Top 10. He is also in the Top 10 in strikeouts and 12th in the league with his 4.03 ERA.

He coasted Thursday night. Though 2 of the three hits he allowed were home runs, the Rangers really never had any chance.

The Sox meanwhile, scored early and often against the much maligned Ranger pitching staff. Getting the start was the 25-year-old, 6’10’’ Chris Young, making just the fourth start in his career. After striking out Paul Konerko and Jose Valentin with runners on second and third in the first inning, Young ran into some problems in the second. Timo Perez bunted back to Young and advanced to second on a throwing error. Jamie Burke then singled to right to move Perez to third and then Joe Crede hit a 3-run bomb to put the South Siders up 3-0.

Moving ahead to the top of the 5th, with the score now 4-1, Aaron Rowand lead off with a walk and scored on Paul Konerko’s 2-run homer. Though the Rangers got those 2 runs back the next inning on a home run by Brian Jordan, the Sox closed out the scoring in the 7th on a double by Juan Uribe to plate Paul Konerko.

With the win, the hot Sox take 3 of 4 from the Rangers and play the role of the spoiler nicely, dropping Texas 6 games back of the AL West leading Oakland A’s and 9 games behind the Red Sox in the Wild Card. The Sox now take their Spoiler Show further west as they open up a three-game set at Anaheim with the very-much-in-the-playoff-picture Angels. Jon Garland and John Lackey are set to start. Friday night’s game begins at 9:05 Central Time and will be aired on Fox Sports Net.

Ozzieball Update:
Good game for the offense. They stole bases, moved runners ahead, and got those always nice 3- and 2-run homers..

submitted by doublem23.

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