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April 13th vs Kansas City

Today's Free Agency Value:
"1 for 4 yet again...good enough to get some nice backloading on that rumoured extension."

Short Take: Sox Bomb Royals and cruise!

Hope always springs eternal for Sox fans in April. Win or lose...the home opener is always a fun grills, cold beers and plenty of butts in the blue seats. The Sox kick off a season of (somewhat) high expectations and sexy renovations to the ol'ballyard with a 12-5 pounding of the archrival Kansas City Royals. Our boys in pinstripes push their record to 4-3 and carry on last year's trend of playing well in front of the hometown crowd.

For the second year in a row, the Sox hand the ball to Estaban Loaiza for the home opener. Loaiza, at the time just a journeyman non-roster invitee, dazzled the Sox faithful last year with a command performance in the cold drizzle. This year's performance wasn't a dazzler by any stretch of the imagination, but was still enough to get the job done. Last year's Cy Young runnerup gives up 5 runs on 7 hits...4 of which left the park thanks mostly to 30 mile an hour up-and-out wind gusts. E-Lo also walked 2 while recording just a single strikeout...showing that he may have to rely more on finesse and a slick-fielding defense if he expects to get close to his breakout wins total last year. Either way, hard to complain about a game that ends in a W for the starter, right Sox fans? Crafty Mike Jackson and Billy Koch prve effective in relief, keeping the pesky and persistent Royals' offense off the board in the bottom 3 frames.

Sox offense was downright outstanding today, putting up what will hopefully be the first of many double-digit tallies on the board. Staked to an ealy 3-0 lead which was quickly squandered, Sox hitters never looked back en route to a rout of their central division foes. For the first time this season, every Sox starter tallied at least one hit. Paul Konerko (hopefully) bids farewell to last season's spring demons with a 3-run blast. Newly acquired Juan Uribe adds a solo shot as well, making up for a 1st inning error that looked like something straight out of the Bad News Bears. Jose Valentin belts 2 hits, proving that maybe he can hit lefty against lefties after all, Carlos Lee starts his All-Star bid early with a pair of solid whacks, and Miguel Olivo also adds pop at the bottom of the order with 2 hits. Face it folks...this team can hit when they want to, and let's hope they keep on keepin' on.

The Sox play game 2 of their 3 game set against the Royals tomorrow afternoon at US Cellular Field. Jon Garland looks to grit out his second win of the season against yet another lefty, Jeremy Affeldt. A win sure would be nice redemption after last weeks tough split against these pesky division foes.

Ozzieball Update:
 Aggressive baserunning is the way of the walk today, with Valentin and Olivo both getting mowed down trying to stretch hits out. Great heads-up play by both these guys though, as both later reached on dropped 3rd strikes.

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