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September 16, at Minnesota


Sox Magic Number:
12
"Cleveland wins 3-1 over Kansas City, Sox Magic Number only drops one tonight."

Short Take:  Jon Garland dominates Twins for 8 innings, but Joe Crede's single in 10th inning gives Sox a 2-1 win in Minnesota.

The Sox finally took care of their own business Friday night.  Playing in what has traditionally been a little House of Horrors for them, they played April-style baseball, defeating the Twins 2-1 in 10 innings as the winning hit proved to be a single off the leg of Jesse Crain.  Even with the Cleveland Indians winning against Kansas City, the Sox erase another day off the schedule without losing any ground to the Tribe.

Jon Garland came out and pitched himself a game.  Since shooting out of the gates and quickly establishing his name on top of the American League wins leader board, Garland has struggled in the past two months, but Friday seemed to be just what he needed to regain his confidence.  Garland threw for 8 innings, allowing just 6 hits, a run, and striking out 6 while walking just one.  Though he wouldn't get the win, he provided exactly what the Sox needed; strong starting pitching.

The Sox took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 3rd.  Joe Crede drew a 2-out walk against Minnesota starter Scott Baker.  Scott Podsednik's infield single moved Crede into scoring position, and he came around to score on an RBI single by Tadahito IguchiPaul Konerko flied out to center to end the inning and leave two ducks on the pond.

Minnesota came right back.  Jacque Jones lead off the 4th with a home run to knot the game at 1.  From there on in Baker and Garland dueled.  After Jones' homer, no baserunner would reach second base for either team until the 8th inning, when Joe Crede moved to second on a ground out by Podsednik, however, he would not move farther.

After Garland departed, Damaso Marte rejoined the Sox and made a strong case for consideration on the play-off roster.  The lefty needed only three pitched to record a pair of groundouts from Joe Mauer and Jones.  Bobby Jenks finished the ninth and put the game into extra innings.

Facing Jesse Crain, the Sox went to business quickly in the inning.  Jermaine Dye lead off with a single.  A.J. Pierzynski followed with a single to right field.  Juan Uribe then tried to bunt the pair over, however, his attempt was popped up.  However, Lady Luck was on the South Sider's side tonight, as Crain allowed the ball to fall, didn't field it cleanly, and when he did, he ended up kicking it into foul ground, allowing Dye and A.J. to move up and Juan to reach first safely. Joe Crede's subsequent single off the leg of Jesse allowed Jermaine Dye to score and give the Sox a 2-1 lead.

Bobby Jenks finished off the Twins 1-2-3 in the 10th to earn his first ever win in the Major Leagues as the Sox defeated Minnesota by the slimmest of margins.  The Sox and Twins play  Game 2 of their three-game set tomorrow morning in the HumpDome.  The game is being played early so that the stadium can be ready for tomorrow afternoon's Minnesota Golden Gopher football game, and as result, will not be aired on television.  Orlando Hernandez goes for the Sox against Johan Santana.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update: 
2 runs usually not much to get excited about, but just enough as Sox get a big boost from Garland.


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