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1st Place Showdown

May 29, at Tampa Bay

"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:
King of Diamonds
How much more can I praise John Danks?  The young lefty is pitching out of his mind right now, and continues to make KW look like a complete genius for acquiring him from Texas.

Short Take:  Offense backs Danks' strong start with 5 runs as White Sox win potential October preview.

A show of hands.  When Major League Baseball released the 2008 season schedule, how many people truly believed that the late May, early June series between the Pale Hose and Devil Rays would be a potential postseason preview?  Believe it, Sox fans.  With the Rays entering tonight's action with an American League best record of 32-21 (it feels weird typing that), the Red Sox leading the A.L. Wild Card race, and the Sox sitting 1½ games behind the Angels amongst division leaders, this extended weekend series really would be an ALDS matchup, if the season were to have ended Wednesday.  White Sox-Rays.  Still sounds weird.  Anyways, enough looking into the crystal ball when there's so much to talk about tonight.  John Danks continued his solid work on the road, pitching 6 strong innings and the Sox offense, which has scored 2 runs or less in 4 of John's last 7 starts, beat up Edwin Jackson for 5 runs, highlighted by Paul Konerko's monster home run in the 8th inning as the White Sox cruised to a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay.

The Sox scored early and they scored often, as the 1-2 punch of Orlando Cabrera and A.J. Pierzynski started the game's first rally, with Cabrera leading off the third with a single (don't look now, but OC has raised his batting average 36 points in the last 20 days) and moved into scoring position on a ground out by Pierzynski for Carlos Quentin, who seems to answer every RBI opportunity at the moment, as he singled to bring in the game's first run.  Jim Thome continued his personal campaign to be traded to Tampa Bay, as his cold bat once again came alive in the Tropicana Dome, with an RBI double to right field to score Quentin.  Danks gave a run back in the bottom of the third, but considering at one point, the Rays had the bases loaded with only 1 out, no one was too disappointed to see only 1 tally on the board at inning's end. 

To say John Danks was good would be an understatement.  Overlooked sometimes by the plethora of young arms in baseball, sometimes even by his teammate Gavin Floyd, the 23-year-old lefty continues to get his job done.  His 6 innings of 1-run baseball dropped his season ERA to 2.86, now sixth-best in the American League.  And the offense, which has let him down so often, came through.  Joe Crede blasted a solo home run in the 6th, and Nick Swisher scored later on a double by Orlando Cabrera.

Finally, it was finally a good day for Paul Konerko, whose been struggling with his notorious hand injury.  His 2-4 performance was his first multi-hit game since May 9 against Seattle.  His 8th-inning home run was his first extra base hit since he doubled in the third inning of that Seattle game.  And his last home run?  You have to go all the way back to April 18 against Tampa Bay.  Hopefully that monster homer that bounced off Tropicana Field's catwalks is proof that Konerko's hand is healing.

Thanks to the free-falling Royals, the Twins kept pace with Sox in the Central division, but with Cleveland and Detroit idle, the Sox continued to open up their lead against the division's pre-season favorites.  The Sox and the Rays go at it again tomorrow in Tampa Bay, as Jose Contreras looks to keep his hand hot against James Shields.  First pitch is 6:10 PM Central time and the game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

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 In a showdown of early-season winners, Sox take upper hand with big bats and great pitching.


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