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The Empire Strikes Back!

April 11 at New York Yankees

Today's Free Agency Value:
"No change today following 1 for 4 performance with a run scored. Batting .360 with 3 homers and 10 RBI thru 6 games."

Short Take: Sox bats come out smoking with 3 quick runs in the first, but Danny Wright is unable to make it stand up as Bubba Crosby and friends send the Pale Hose packing with a series split.

When the story of the 2004 White Sox is complete, the opening road trip just completed will be considered a success. However, one couldn't help but get a little greedy and hope to close out the trip on a three game winning streak at the expense of the mighty New York Yankees. The Sox sent Danny Wright to the hill in search of their sixth consecutive quality start to begin the 2004 campaign. Opposing him was Mike Mussina, a perennial Cy Young candidate in search of his 200th career victory. There was reason for optimism in the Sox dugout, as Mussina had been hammered by the Devil Rays in his first two outings of the season. Combine that with the resurgence of the South Side Lumber Company, and the series was ripe for the picking.

Things started right where they had left off, as the Sox jumped on Mussina to the tune of three runs in the first inning. Following a Mussina error to put Jose Valentin on first, the Sox cranked out three consecutive hits. Frank Thomas collected his first RBI of the young season with a one run single, followed by a Carlos Lee double which plated Thomas and Magglio Ordonez, who had singled earlier in the inning. The Yankees countered in the bottom of the first, when Gary Sheffield drove in Derek Jeter for an unearned run off Wright. The bats were quiet on both sides until the bottom of the fourth inning. Following a leadoff walk to Gary Sheffield and a walk to Jorge Posada, the aforementioned Bubba Crosby ripped a 2-0 fastball off the third deck facade in right field for a three-run homer and a 4-3 Yankee advantage.

Jose Valentin, whose first inning error led to an unearned run, made amends with a leadoff home run in the 5th to tie the score at 4. It was a brand new ballgame, but not for long. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, and Bernie Williams on second, Gary Sheffield hit a double into the gap in right centerfield to drive in Williams with the lead run, making the score 5-4 Yankees. Neal Cotts came in to relieve Wright and close out the inning. Cotts had a good day, throwing 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing only two hits.

The White Sox had chances to score in the 7th and again in the 9th, but failed to get the job done. Jose Valentin hit a two-out triple off Gabe White in the 7th, but ex-White Sox pitcher Tom "Flash" Gordon shut the door by getting Magglio Ordonez to fly out deep to center to end the inning.

In the 9th, manager Ozzie Guillen pulled out all the stops but to no avail. Joe Crede was hit by a Mariano Rivera pitch to lead off the inning. Timo Perez, pinch hitting for Aaron Rowand, inexplicably struck out looking without ever showing any sign of bunting. Ross Gload came in to pinch hit for Miguel Olivo, and promptly collected his first hit in a White Sox uniform with a single, moving pinch-runner Juan Uribe to second. But in the end, Mariano Rivera proved to be too much. He struck out Willie Harris swinging, and got Valentin to ground out to end the ballgame.

All things considered, it was a good road trip for the Sox. While it would have been nice to steal another one in New York, a 3-3 start is nothing to be ashamed of. The bullpen reasserted itself today, with a total of 3 1/3 scoreless innings between Neal Cotts and Damaso Marte, who pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Our road warriors should come home to a hero's welcome for the home opener on Tuesday, April 13 against the Royals. Esteban Loaiza will be on the bump for the good guys to face Darrel May of Kansas City at U.S. Cellular Field starting at 1:05 pm CDT.

Ozzieball Update:
 Again several failed bunt attempts early. In the 9th inning the opportunity was there to try to manufacture the tying run, but instead of bunting Juan Uribe over to second with nobody out, Timo Perez looked at strike three.

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