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Thanks, Danks

April 3 at Cleveland

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

KW's Hole Cards:
Ace in the Hole
Though he didn't get a win, John Danks' performance was brilliant and really illustrates why Williams and the organization are so high in his potential.

Short Take: John Danks debuts with brilliant performance as Sox salvage third game of series with Indians.

After watching the Jndjans pound 17 runs off the Sox's top two starters and considering Jake Westbrook's less than stellar record against the White Sox in 2007, smart money would have been on another raucous, high scoring affair in the Opening Series finale from the Prog. And since baseball is the wonderfully unpredictable sport that it is, the 15,000+ fans in attendance were treated to a pitcher's duel as John Danks out dueled Westbrook as the Sox won their first game of the 2008 campaign, 2-1 over the Indians.

To say Danks looked good would to short him the credit he deserved. Though his line won't stand out at you, he kept the Indians off balance all day and did so while watching his offense repeatedly fail to score him runs. Unfazed, Danks held the Tribe hitless through the first 5 frames; his only blemish being a walk to Ryan Garko in the 2nd. By that time however, Juan Uribe had staked the Sox to a 1-0 lead with a monster solo homer in the top of the 5th.

Though offensively he Sox were barely scraping by, they nearly let this one get away in the field. After Travis Hafner drew a 1-out walk in the 7th, Ryan Garko doubled to right field, on a ball hit just out of the reach of Jermaine Dye. While it would have been a fantastic catch, it wasn't impossible. Hafner, who took off on contact, scored and knotted the game at 1. Franklin Gutierrez then lofted a pop fly to shallow right-centerfield, but instead of being an easy out, Nick Swisher and Jermaine Dye softly collided, dropping the ball, and leaving runners at 2nd and 3rd with only 1 out. If you turned off your TV in disgust at this point, well, it would be forgivable considering the Sox's knack for allowing 1 big inning in this series. It almost happened, too, had Asdrubral Cabrera not hit Joe Crede with a sharp ground ball. 2 feet to the right or2 feet to the left, and that ball may have gone through to plate a pair of runs and totally ruin Danks' and the Sox's day. Instead, the ball bounced perfectly to Orlando Cabrera who threw out the speedy second baseman and the sun shined a few rays on the Sox on this dreary Cleveland afternoon. Octavio Dotel relieved Danks, who unfortunately left with no chance of picking up the win. Dotel got Casey Blake to fly out to end the inning.

Crede lead off the 8th with a homer to make the score 2-1. It could have been much more, as the Sox had someone in scoring position in the 4th, 5th, and 7th but were unable to plate a single run. Most disapointing was the 7th, when Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye were on 1st and 2nd with no outs and Westbrook clearly coasting on fumes, Ozzie ordered A.J. Pierzynski, one of the few hitters to jump out of the gate swinging the bat well, to lay down a sac bunt. A.J.'s bunt maybe traveled 5 feet, setting up Kelly Shoppach to easily force Konerko at third. Carlos Quentin followed with an inning ending double play.

The bullpen, however, stepped up today. After Dotel got his one and only batter of the game, Scott Linebrink had a 1-2-3 8th inning in his South Side debut, and Bobby Jenks nailed his first save of the season by snapping off a few good curveballs and baffling Travis Hafner with a tailing change-up. Hey, maybe it wasn't perfect, but after 2 disapointing performances, the Sox are finally in the win column!

Jose Contreras will make his first start of the 2008 season tomorrow afternoon in Detroit. Game time is 12:05 PM Chicago time, and the game can be seen on WGN.

Quest For the Final Table Update:
The offense was poor and the defense sketchy, but thanks to John Danks, the Sox played their first winning hand of the year.

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