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Buehrle brilliant!

April 10, at New York

Today's Free Agency Value:
"2-5 today with another homer and 3 RBI. Maggs is red hot at the right time; in front of Steinbrenner."

Short Take: After 1 rough inning, Mark Buehrle settles to handcuff the powerful Yankee O as Sox earn split in New York.

Doesn’t the early plight of the Yankees look familiar Sox fans? A high-powered offense struggling to click, incapable of getting that “big” hit, and just perplexing their fans with an overall lack of offensive bravado? Today they had no excuse, as Mark Buehrle took the hill for the South Siders and was, in a word, brilliant. He went 8 strong innings, allowed 3 hits and 2 walks, and only gave up 2 unearned runs in he first, one of the few times he sailed troubled waters all day. Given our familiarity with offensive ineptitude and underachievement, doesn’t it just make you feel a little sorry for Yankee fans? No, not me either.

Buehrle was Jorge DePaula, a 24-year old rookie. The Sox jumped on him early. Willie Harris led things off with a bunt single and advanced to second when second baseman Miguel Cairo threw the ball away trying to force the issue. It didn’t matter. After Jose Valentin failed to moved Harris to third, Magglio Ordonez continued to punish Yankee pitching with a two-run bomb over the left-center wall. Carlos Lee would add a two-out double, but was stranded there.

This game looked like it could get ugly early. After Derek Jeter grounded out to start the home frame, Jose Valetin made his first of two errors in the inning, allowing Bernie Williams to get to first safely. After walks to Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi loaded the bases, Gary Sheffield grounded into what could have been an inning-ending double play, but Valentin became flustered and threw the ball away again after the force, allowing Williams and Rodriguez to score and knot the game at 2. Buehrle would get Jorge Posada swinging, but the damage had been done.

However, this is not last year’s Sox. Well, at least not yet. Instead of rolling over, they came right back out and worked the young DePaula. Joe Crede led things off with a deep double to center and took third when Sandy Alomar, Jr. flied out to center field. With 2 out and the go-ahead run on first, Harris came up big, doubling to left. He would still be there when Jose Valentin gave Mark back the two runs with a 2-run tater over the right field wall. Maggs would end the inning, but the Sox had given Buehrle a three-run cushion, and it would prove to be all he needed.

Mark didn’t have trouble the rest of the game, and only had to deal with two simultaneous runners once more in the game, in the fifth inning after a Jeter single and Williams walk. However, he would punch out A-Rod to end the biggest threat the Yankees could muster.

However, the Sox’s bats also were cuffed after the 2nd. The closest to a legitimate threat they posed was in the 7th when Crede and Alomar were at first and second with an out, but Harris and Valentin both went down meekly. However, they did add two more insurance runs in the ninth off Tom Gordon as Aaron Rowand doubled to deep center and moved over to third on a Sandy Alomar bunt. Harris singled to left, scoring Rowand, and then moved into second with some heads-up baserunning on a routine fly out by Valentin. Magglio Ordonez drove in another run, as he bounced a grounder off the lip of the infield and Miguel Cairo’s chest.

Billy Koch came into relief Buehrle in the 9th and, again, provided a bit of drama to an otherwise wrapped up game. He got Giambi, but when Gary Sheffield dribbled a grounder 5 feet to his left, Koch immediately picked it up and threw it a good foot and half away from Paul Konerko. He would score thanks to Jorge Posada, but it was too little, too late as the White Sox win again, 7-3.

The Sox look to take 3 of 4 from the Bronx Bombers tomorrow afternoon when Mike Mussina goes for career win #200 against Dan Wright. Game time is tomorrow at 12:05 and the game will be on Fox Sports Net. A win, and the team comes home from their series with Kansas City and New York above .500. I’ll take it.

Ozzieball Update:
Several bunt attempts, however only two worked; Willie Harris's game-opening bunt that got him to 2nd on an error, and Sandy Alomar's sacrifice moving Aaron Rowand to third in the 9th. The Sox really struggled at moving runners over, again.

submitted by doublem23.

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Willie Harriso

Went 3-5 with 3 runs and 2 RBIs. Showed how effective he can be when he gets on base. More games like this and the Sox will be sitting pretty.

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