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Home, Sweet Home

May 11, vs. Baltimore

Today's Free Agency Value:
"4-5 with 5 RBIs. We'll take it."

Short Take: Sox score 15 runs and allow none. All is well in Soxville for a night.

Entering tonight's game on a season-worst 3-game losing streak, Sox fans were ready to call it a season. The highly-touted offense was struggling and everyone's favorite scapegoat, Mark Buehrle was on the hill to take on the Baltimore Orioles, a team that the Sox barely squeaked by twice last week. Instead, the fans were treated to both a pitching gem by Buehrle and an offensive explosion by the recently quiet bats as the Sox rolled the O's, 15-0.

Let's put it this way; the Sox failed to score only 3 times in their 8 innings, highlighted by an 8-run 7th inning with the game already all but over. The Sox came out of the gates with smallball on the mind. After Willie Harris walked to lead off the game for the Pale Hose, Jose Valetin reached ona bunt single to third. That's when the Sox pulled out the lumber. Magglio Ordonez doubled to drive in the first run of the game. Later in the inning, Ross Gload would single home 2 more runs. Little did those in attendance know that would be all Buehrle would need.

Mark had his best game of the year since his brilliant outing in New York in what seems like years ago. He went 7 strong shutout innings, allowing only 4 hits, 2 walks, and fanning 6, all on a mere 100 pitches. He only faced trouble once, in the 6th when Jerry Hairston, Jr. singled to lead off the frame. He would eventually swipe 2nd and after a walk to Melvin Mora the Orioles had runners on first and second with one out and only down by 5 with the the heart of the order coming up. Buehrle, however, responded, striking out Luis Lopez and Rafeal Palmeiro to end the threat. He was treated to a well deserved standing ovation by the faithful in attendance.

As for the offense, there was just too much to talk about. Jose Valentin and Frank Thomas both went deep as the Sox battered Sidney Ponson, Rick Bauer, and John Parrish. Willie Harris also had himself a great game, going 4-5 with 4 runs scored. Every Sox starter managed one hit tonight except for the frigid Carlos Lee who pulled up a goose egg in 5 at bats.

All in all, a good way to start this 6-game homestand, eh, Sox fans? As of publication, the Twins and Mariners were deadlocked in the 10th inning, 6-6. A Seattle win puts the Pale Hose back in first place alone. Tomorrow, the Sox and O's go at it again, at 7:05 PM Central Time. Jon Garland faces Erik Bedard. Hopefully the Sox can make it two in a row to quiet the Chicken Littles for one more night.

Ozzieball Update:
Valentin reaches on a bunt single in the first. The rest was pretty much mashing, mashing, and more mashing. When the outcome is 15 runs, who's complaining?

submitted by doublem23.

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Magglio Ordonez

Broke out of his mini-slump, going 4-5 and driving in a third of tonight's runs.

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