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Griffey Delivers

August 1 at Kansas City

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

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Griffey helps clean the lineup of Konerko.

Short Take:   Ken Griffey Jr makes his triumphant return to the American League and delivers two clutch two-out RBI to lead the Sox to victory.

You couldn’t have written a better script. With Paul Konerko sitting on the bench nursing his wounded ego and ice-cold bat, Ken Griffey Jr. debuted with the Sox in impressive fashion, doing exactly what Kenny Williams acquired him to do. Griffey delivered twice in key situations with clutch two-out hits, both times driving in RISP. The second of the two hits helped extend an inning and lead to more runs. The momentum and good vibes of Griffey’s Sox debut resulted in a 4-2 victory Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

In his first American League game since 1999, Griffey, wore #17 and batted 7th in the lineup for the Good Guys, behind Alexei Ramirez and in front of Dirty .230 Nick Swisher. In the top of the 2nd, the Sox jumped out to an early lead. Jim Thome singled to left and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch by Royals starter Luke Hochevar before Griffey rocketed a clutch two-out single up the middle to give the Sox a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the 6th, with TCQ on 3rd and TCM on 1st, Griffey delivered again with two-outs, this time with a base hit to RF to score TCQ and give the Sox a 2-0 lead. Swish and Uribe both hit base hits after Griffey (Swish’s hit thanks to Grudzielanek being a spectator on defense by not covering second base), giving the Sox a cushiony 4-0 lead.

Big-Game Javy Vazquez had looked solid up until the dreaded bottom of the 6th when, not surprisingly, he felt too comfortable with a 4-run lead. The (teal)dangerous(teal) Mike Aviles was walked, followed by a bloop hit by Grudzielanek. New Sox killer Billy Butler, taking the spot formerly held by Mike Sweeney, lined a rope into RF to score Aviles, and Grudz scored on a sac fly by Alex Gordon on the next at-bat, cutting the Pale Hose lead to 4-2.

DJ Carrasco and Octavio Dotel held the two-run lead for the Sox thru the 7th and 8th innings. Ozzie played it safe by replacing Griffey in CF with Brian Anderson, while Juan Uribe played sparkling defense at 3rd base, making some plays that Fields would have had no chance on. Bobby Jenks looked ultra-dominant in the bottom of the 9th to notch his 22nd save and preserve the Sox victory.

The Play-Station lineup looks pretty amazing right now, and one wonders if Joe Crede may be batting 9th when he comes off the DL. Konerko’s days in Chicago might be numbered after this season, but hopefully he’ll get another ring in the process. The Sox hang on to their slim 0.5 game lead over the pesky piranhas from Minnesota. The Sox battle the Royals this afternoon at 2:55pm on Fox, going for the series win, as it’s Buehrle (8-9) vs. Kyle Davies. Go Sox!

WSI's
Quest For the Final Table Update:
  Griffey's debut energizes the Sox; look for the lead over the Twins to start growing.


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