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Long Ball!

April 10 at Detroit.  

Short take:  Detroit is still winless.  Sox Fans say, "Good."

The ups and downs of being a Sox Fan took a definite swing to the top on a rain-shortened two game visit to Detroit.  No matter how hard Sox pitching tried, the Sox offense would not be denied the victory in this one.  Sox win 7-5 and finally, come home to Chicago.

Tucson to Milwaukee to San Francisco to Seattle to Kansas City to Detroit.  The odyssey is over.  Sox Fans, let's greet our heroes home this Friday.  Real baseball has returned to Chicago!

First, there was this little matter of a speed bump in Detroit.  With a new manager, the Tigers figured to be up for winning at least one of these games.  Wednesday Jon Garland threw them lots of fastballs, many of them straight as arrows.  Three of those landed far beyond the distant walls of cavernous Comerica Park. 

Garland still figured to earn a win if he could just get the third out in the fifth inning.  Manager Jerry Manuel seemed willing to oblige the young hurler, but after three singles and a homerun, even Gandhi couldn't find a sympathy for the kid.  He left the game with two runners on and nothing for 4.2 innings effort.  Antonio Osuna got the next two hitters, shut the door to preserve the Sox lead, and earned the "W" instead.

Fair enough to Sox Fans!

While Garland scuffled, Sox bats were smoking.  The big inning was the fifth.  Down two runs, it was again the bottom of the order that got things started for our Pale Hose.  Royce Clayton crushed an 0-2 pitch for a triple, scoring Carlos Lee who had reached on a bunt.  Sox Fans were confused over which was the more rare occurrence.

Kenny Lofton followed with an rbi single to score Clayton and Ray Durham walked.  The Sox table setters got on base five times in seven official at-bats.  That was sweet!

However, the sweetest of all was Frank Thomas who clouted a three-run dinger in the left-centerfield seats.  It was 6-3 Sox, and looking good for a sweep.

Jerry Manuel employed a bucket brigade from the bullpen over the remaining five innings.  They held the Tigers to three hits and no runs.  Osuna, Gary Glover, Damaso Marte, Bob Howry, and Keith Foulke each saw action.  In fact Foulke came out to pitch the eighth and ninth innings.  For the extra inning, Foulke only needed eight pitches to get three outs from the Tigers.  Now you know why they're in last place.

It's great to be a Sox Fan--especially when playing Detroit.  Let's keep the magic going against Baltimore.  Home openers are a beautiful thing. 

Don't miss it!

George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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1 for 3 with a walk, and yet another mammoth homerun shot, a 3-run dinger to break open the game in the fifth.  With our pitching, the Sox needed it to win today.

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