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Later, Lou!

July 27 Vs. Tampa Bay


Today's temperature:
102
"More tinkering, but the big bats come out swinging and Colon looks like the ace the team thought it was getting. The team nees a fifth starter, but Jerry's boys are on fire."

Short Take: Colon dominates the D-rays to earn the series win.

After last night's ugliness, Sox fans were understandably a bit nervous coming into today's series finale against Lou Pinella's Devil Rays. Things didn't look good when Jerry Manuel put on his Tinkering Cap and sent out a Sunday lineup that included both Aaron Rowand and Tony Graffanino in place of Carl Everett and Robbie Alomar, but the Sox played like a team going places as they dominated the D-Rays for 9 straight innings. The star of the game was Bartolo Colon who threw an absolute gem, allowing just 2 hits and walking none over the first 7 innings of the game. The lone blemish coming on a solo home run by Rocco Baldelli in the first inning. Colon proceeded to retire the next 18 batters in a row before giving up a double with one out in the 7th. The Rays added another double to lead off the 8th, but couldn't get him around as Colon induced his 8th strikeout sandwiched by a flyout and a groundout. He faced 27 batters through 8 innings using 88 pitches (71 of them strikes) so of course Manuel took him out rather than let him finish.

Meanwhile on offense, Jerry's tinkering for once was unimportant as the guys who are supposed to win games for the Sox actually did so. Carlos Lee had a solo homer early in the game to tie the score at 1 in the second, and the Sox went on to score runs in each of the next 4 innings, chasing Joe Kennedy with one out in the 5th and the Sox leading 6-1. Frank Thomas hit his 401st career home run and drove in 3. Magglio Ordonez had a pair of hits to raise his average to .317. Heck, even Paul Konerko who has been struggling this past week scalded a double to the wall in left center which drove in a pair. The Sox tacked on another run in the 6th and 2 more in the 8th as Aaron Rowand hit a two run shot to cap off the scoring.

Okay, fun time is over, Sox fans. The team travels to Kansas City to face the first place Royals in a 3-game set starting Tuesday. The good news is the off day allows the team to skip the 5th starters slot the next time around and hopefully they will have figured out exactly who that starter will be by the next time they need one. The Sox have raised the team batting average to .252 during their recent hot streak and the pitching continues to impress. Hopefully Kenny Williams will pull the trigger on a deal for a reliable 5th starter to get the team through these last two months of the season. The whole month of August is loaded with talented teams, so as Hawk would say, "It's time to hunker down and cinch it up." If the Sox are going to make a run at the playoffs, they will have to do it against the teams they are likely to face once they get there.

WSI's
Tinkerer Update:
 Alomar and Everett both get the day off as Jerry pleads minor injuries as an excuse to play Graffanino and Rowand on the same day.


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