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Walking In A Win!

April 25th vs Tampa Bay

Today's Free Agency Value:
"0 for 3 with a walk. Ho-hum lackluster Sunday afternoon."

Short Take: Patience pays off against Pinella!

Let's face it, Sox fans. Playing the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, quite possibily the most miserable franchise in the American League, should be a piece of cake. But for some reason, this pesky bunch of a couple has-beens and a lot of never-will-bes always seems to give the Sox all kinds of fits. For 8 innings in today's Sox/Rays matchup at US Cellular Field, it looked like another afternoon of offensive struggles and bungles, but in the end, the Devil Rays wrap the game up and give Sox fans one heck of a parting gift in their last meeting of the year. Late inning clutch hitting and a game-winning walk for Juan Uribe lead to a 6-5 victory for the Sox.

Mark Buehrle took the mound for the Sox today looking to rebound from one of the worst starts in his career this past Tuesday night with his first inning shelling against New York. Big Mark gutted out 7 2/3 innings of work today in what can best be described as an inconsistent outing. Buehrle gave up 11 hits, including 2 home runs but fanned 7 and walked only one. For the most part though, he was able to get outs when he neded them, never giving up more than a run an inning, and inducing a double play in the first to work his way out of a jam. Cliff Politte comes on in relief, inheriting two of Buehrle's baserunners, and promptly surrenders a 2-run triple which gave the Rays a 5-2 advantage. Jon Adkins faced the minimum in the top of the 9th to walk away with his first win of the year.

For the first six innings today, the Sox offense could do nothing right against Cub castoff Jeremi Gonzalez, who picked up his last win back in August of 2003, and entered with a 9+ ERA.. Willie Harris got the game started with a leadoff double and was promptly bumped over to third by Juan Uribe, but Magglio Ordonez and Frank Thomas couldn't move him those last 90 feet. Thomas ripped a screaming drive to deep center field which Jose Cruz Jr somehow caught to end the early threat. The offense remained anemic for 6 innings after that, with the Sox lone run coming on a Juan Uribe double play ball which scored Miguel Olivo. Paul Konerko and Uribe hit solo shots in the 7th and 8th respectively to keep the Sox in the game. It wasn't until the 9th that things really got fun though. Frank Thomas led the inning off with a single, followed by a Carlos Lee walk. Lee gets picked off first when Eduardo Perez blocks his return path in what may be one of the most dreadful calls from a first base umpire ever. No worries though, as the Sox reload with a Konerko single which moves Thomas to third. At this point, plenty of Sox fans qwere screaming for the kill, but Joey Cora did the right thing in holding the Big Hurt up to prevent him from reaggravating his hamstring injury. Ross Gload steps in to run for the piano-lugging Konerko, and Joe Crede rips a grounder to short which scores Thomas and moves Gload to second. Kelly Dransfeldt makes the most of his cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee with the Sox and blasts a double to score Gload, who races home to tie the game. Miguel Olivo is put on intentionally, and Willie Harris, obviously feeling slighted, draws a walk to load the bases, setting the stage for Juan Uribe. Uribe works the count to full and then takes ball four, capping the Sox comeback as Drandsfeldt trots home.

Sox have yet another Monday off before starting a 2 game set with the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night at 7:05. Jon Garland faces Cleveland's Jeff D'Amico, who looks more like he should be playing for the Cavaliers than the Indians.

Ozzieball Update:
 Ninth inning station-to-station performance will find its way into the Ozzieball Bible..

submitted by WhiteSoxWilkes.

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