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Buehrle Cruises...

April 5th Vs. Detroit Tigers


Today's temperature:
75
"Jerry looked cool as a cucumber watching Mark Buehrle take the mound - and well he should. Not to mention, playing the Tigers makes anyone look like a genius. One more tomorrow to get back to .500..."

Short Take:  Sox bats come alive. Tigers remain frozen...

It was 37 degrees at game time, but at least it wasn't raining. The sun was shining at the start, though it would play peek-a-boo as the afternoon wore on. The Sox had Mark Buehrle on the mound as they went for win number 2. The SS platoon appears to be dead as Jose Valentin started against left-hander Mark Maroth, but "The Tinkerer" found a spot for Tony Graffanino anyway by letting him play second base and resting D'Angelo Jimenez who has been struggling at the plate this year.

For a couple of innings it looked like the Sox were going to do their usual fade against a young unknown pitcher, but then came the bottom of the third. With one out, Aaron Rowand singled and scored when Sandy Alomar doubled on a 1-2 count moving to third on the bad throw home. The Sox tried a squeeze play on the next pitch, but Graffanino appeared to miss the sign. Fortunately he was able to swing his bat and foul off the pitch or Alomar would have put the suicide in suicide squeeze. Graffanino fouled off another pitch took a ball and promptly singled to right field. One out later, Frank Thomas worked a walk and after two infield singles, the Sox led 3-0. The Sox added 3 more over the next couple of innings on solo shots by Thomas and Alomar and an RBI double by Valentin - now batting left handed. Valentin closed out the scoring with a solo shot to dead center in the 8th to make the final score 7-0. Buehrle cruised facing only 23 batters through 7 innings and using only 85 pitches in the process. He made it through 8 and then for some inexplicable reason, Manuel took him out. Never did understand the idea of taking out a pitcher who is throwing a 3 hit shutout, but Buehrle was over 100 pitches and it is early in the year. Rick White came on and after walking the first guy and falling behind the next one, he induced a double-play grounder and another ground out to seal the win.

Nice game for win number two for the Sox. Almost everyone got involved offensively except for Joe Crede, but he's done enough so far this year. It was nice to see some other guys picking up the slack - even if Graffanino does need to go back to bunting school. Aaron Rowand had a nice day with a hustle double and a run scored. Frank is looking more and more like the Frank of 2000 having reached base 11 times in the first 5 games and hitting the ball with authority to all fields. Even Paul Konerko got into the act, dribbling out two singles - one that actually made it all the way to the outfield. Try not to look so surprised when the ball is not only fair but actually gets through the hole next time, Paulie. Need to get Carlos Lee going, but for now the Sox bats appear to be coming around. Nice to have a guy like Buehrle you can call on. Even nicer to be playing the Tigers who are colder than Lake Michigan having scored 4 runs total in their first 5 games.

Rookie Josh Stewart goes for the Sox tomorrow as the Sox go for the sweep and try to get back to .500. Time change will make it an even earlier start than usual. Here's Hoping the Tigers' bats are still sleeping.

WSI's
Tinkerer Update:
 Hey what do you know? Everything worked. Alomar had a double and a homer. Graffanino drove in a run. Heck, Jose Valentin even got a hit right handed.


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