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April 16 at Tampa Bay

Today's Free Agency Value:
"Took the collar today, 0-3 with a base on balls. Hey, even superstars have an off day once in awhile!"

Short Take:Sox bats go cold as D-Rays open three-game set with 3-0 shutout.

The White Sox hit the road for a quick weekend series in Tampa against the Devil Rays. Hopefully they packed some sunscreen, because the bats looked like they were left behind tonight. Danny Wright made his second start of the season for the Sox as they took on Paul Abbott and the young D-Rays at Tropicana Field.

Willie Harris led off the game with a single, and later stole second base on a called strike three to Magglio Ordonez. Frank Thomas, who was 1 for 2 on the night, then drew his first of two walks on the night but the inning ended when Abbott struck out Carlos Lee. The Devil Rays wasted no time jumping on starter Danny Wright. Leadoff man Carl Crawford deposited Wright's second pitch of the game into the seats in right centerfield for a 1-0 Rays lead. The Sox went quietly in the second, and the Rays offense went back to work in the bottom of the frame. First baseman Tino Martinez drew a one out walk, and came home to score when shortstop Julio Lugo turned on a Wright fastball and went yard to make the score 3-0 Devil Rays.

Unfortunately for the White Sox, there would be no more runs scored on this evening. It was shades of 2000 all over again as Paul Abbott turned in a masterful performance, stifiling the Sox bats over 7 innings by allowing a total of 4 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 5. In fact the Sox did not get a hit after Miguel Olivo's one out single in the 5th inning. With Abbott out of the game to start the 8th, there was a glimmer of hope. Willie Harris, who had two of the four hits on the night, led off the 8th against Trever Miller and struck out looking. Aaron Rowand was up next, pinch hitting for Timo Perez, who had gotten the start in centerfield. Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella countered the move by bringing in righty Chad Gaudin to face Rowand, and Gaudin struck him out. In the 9th inning, Devil Rays closer Danys Baez allowed a leadoff walk to Carlos Lee but promptly induced Paul Konerko to hit into a 5-4-3 double play, and Joe Crede grounded out to end the contest.

Danny Wright once again failed to make it out of the 5th inning, being pulled in favor of Neal Cotts with two outs in the 5th. The final line on Wright was 4 and 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 hits, 3 BB with 1 strikeout. He was tabbed with the loss and is now (0-2) on the season in two starts.

Looking for the silver lining, there were some positives to take out of this one. The bullpen looked strong once again with Neal Cotts, Shingo Takatsu, and Billy Koch combining for 3 1/3 scoreless frames. Takatsu was notably impressive by retiring all five batters he faced and recording two strikeouts in the process. The much-maligned closer Billy Koch only needed 7 pitches to shut down the Rays for a perfect 8th inning, and he pitched with confidence. There were also some defensive gems of note. Paul Konerko had an unassisted double play with a nice grab of a sharp line drive in the 4th inning, and Carlos Lee capped off the inning with a diving catch out in left. Timo Perez had an assist when he gunned down Rey Sanchez at third base trying to advance on a single.

In the end, the Devil Rays hurlers kept the Sox off balance all night, and they earned a tip of the cap. Hopefully the Southside Lumber Co. will get a fresh shipment of hardwood to the park by tomorrow, as Scott Schoeneweis takes the mound for the Sox against Victor Zambrano, who will be in search of his 4th victory of the season. Gametime tomorrow is 5:15 CDT.

Ozzieball Update:
Not many opportunities on this night. Willie Harris got his second stolen base of the year in the first inning, but that was about the extent of the offense.

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