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How Sweet it is

April 7, at Kansas City

Today's Free Agency Value:
"Slugged first homer of the season and was a triple short of the cycle, but did get pegged trying to leg out a double in the 7th."

Short Take:† Sox, Guillen, Loaiza all get first win and bullpen doesn't blow it.

Speculation, speculation, speculation. There was plenty of it after the Sox blew a 4-run 9th inning lead Monday. Would the Royals come out fired up? Would the Sox have a letdown? Was Esteban Loaizaís 21-win year last year a fluke? To make matters worse, Tuesday was off so we all had to listen to two days of nonsense.

The Sox answered nearly all their critics Wednesday afternoon, with a 4-3 win over Kansas City to split the season-opening series. Loaiza went six strong innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 earned runs, picking up right were he left off last April to notch his first win of the season. Mike Jackson, Cliff Politte, and Billy Koch all pitched scoreless innings in relief to put the Royals away. Koch was credited with the save, but more importantly for the fansí mental health, the bullpen was able to close out a squeaker.

Offensively, the Sox jumped on Kansas City starter Darrell May early. The first inning was highlighted by a brilliant, 17-pitch walk by Frank Thomas in which he fouled off over ten pitches in a row and missed a home run by mere feet. The Sox seemed poised to make the best of a good situation when Carlos Lee drove what seemed like a sure-liner into the right-center gap, but Tony Graffanino had just enough hops to snag it. However, the next inning, with Aaron Rowand at first, Miguel Olivo took May over the center field wall to give the Sox a 2-0 lead. The Royals dented the scoreboard first in the third, on a Mike Sweeney double to cut the Pale Hose lead in half, but a pair of solo shots by Magglio Ordonez and Lee in the 5th would provide Loaiza and the bullpen threesome all the breathing room needed. Aaron Guielís solo home run to right in the latter half of the frame would put an end to scoring for the evening.

Not much else to comment on this game. The top of the order continues to struggle, as Juan Uribe and Jose Valentin combined to go 0-8 with 4 strike outs and Joe Crede is still waiting on his first hit of the season. Not much time to celebrate this win as the Sox travel to the Big Apple to welcome the Yankees home and introduce Alex Rodriguez to the Bronx faithful. Hey, at least we'll get some media attention, right? Game time is 11:30 AM Chicago time and will be aired on Fox Sports Net in the Chicago area and ESPN nationally. Letís just hope Scott Shoeneweis remembers how to get some guys out now that the games really count.

Ozzieball Update:
†We don't need no stinking smallball! Miggy, Caballo, and Maggs go deep for the win.

submitted by doublem23.

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Miguel Olivo

Went 2-4 but hit his first home run of the season, a 2-run shot to give the Sox a lead they would not relinquish.

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