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Sox beat Detroit Dye-namically!

July 25 at Detroit

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

KW's Hand
King of Dye-monds
JD's contract extension last year looks brilliant right now. A lot of gas left in the tank for JD.

Short Take:   Down to their last bullet, the Sox pull out a 9th inning come-from-behind win and rip the spleen out of the Detroit Tigers franchise

It was a win for the ages, the kind of victory fans will talk about for years to come. Down to their last strike against Detroitís closer Todd Jones, with the Tiger fans on their feet, the White Sox showed guts and achieved glory by battling back from the dead to win in dramatic fashion, 6-5. The victory for the Sox sets a nice tone for the beginning of a very tough 10-game road trip against their AL Central rivals (Detroit-Minnesota-KC). More importantly, the win shows that the Sox are unquestionably the team to beat in the AL Central in 2008.

Detroit got off to an early lead by scoring a run in the first courtesy of some shaky defense by usually-reliable Orlando Cabrera. Curtis Granderson reached base on a single, advanced to second on a fielderís choice and ended up scoring on a throwing error by OC, on what should have been an inning-ending double play.

Cabrera and the Sox countered in the top of the 3rd. Nick Swisher reached base on a walk and was advanced to third on a double by the red-hot Cuban Missile, Alexei Ramirez. Swish scored on a single by Orlando Cabrera to redeem himself and tie the game 1-1.

The Tigers came roaring back in the bottom half of the inning against Sox starter Gavin Floyd. Granderson walked and advanced to 3rd on a single by Placido Polanco. Granderson scored on a Mags base hit, while Polanco came home on a Miguel Cabrera double. After a walk to Matt Joyce to load the bases, Josh Fields crumbled at 3rd base on a hard hit ball by Gary Sheffield. After a bobble by Josh and then indecision on where to throw, Mags ended up scoring to run the Tigers lead to 4-1. A nice 6-4-3 double play to end the inning helped Floyd escape any more damage, as he settled down for the rest of the game.

Nate Robertson handled the Sox pretty well through six innings, but his luck ran out in the top of the 7th. Fields and the Missile led off the inning with back-to-back hits. Joel Zumaya got the call from the pen, but OCís clutch base hit to RF scored Fields and moved the Missile to 3rd. AJ Pierzynski did his job with a sacrifice fly to LF to score Alexei and bring the Sox within a run, 4-3. Cabrera also made a heads up play by moving to 2nd base on the flyball. Later in the inning, with Thome up, OC challenged Ivan Rodriguez on a passed ball to take third, and then scored on I-Rodís wild throw into left field. Heads-up base running on two separate occasions by OC helped the Sox tie the score 4-4.

Ozzie chose to go to Nick Masset in relief of Floyd instead of Linebrink or Dotel (turns out Linebrink was ready for the DL, Thornton was also not available). Sox-killer Carlos Guillen quickly took Masset out of the park to give Detroit the lead right back, 5-4. Luckily Boone Logan and DJ Carrasco held the Tigers at bay to give the Sox a chance in the 9th.

Todd Jones came in to relieve Zumaya and Fernando Rodney. Jones got two quick outs as Cabrera and AJ popped out. With two outs, Carlos Quentin was the Sox final hope. On an 0-2 count with the sold out Comerica Park crowd on their feet, TCQ went with the pitch the opposite way to hit a seeing-eye single to right field and keep the Sox alive. The stage was set. Jermaine Dye was at the plate as the lead-run. A good eye by Dye led to a quick 2-0 count. The next pitch, a fastball down the pipe, Dye didnít miss, hitting it deep into the night, over the high right-centerfield wall. Dye pumped his fist as soon as he hit it. The Sox knew it was gone, and so did the Detroit crowd. After the ball cleared the fence, the Sox led 6-5 with one of the biggest comebacks of the season. Bobby Jenks was lights-out in the bottom of the 9th as the dagger was cast.

Sox win 6-5 and prove themselves as the team to beat in 2008.

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