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May 16, vs. Minnesota

Today's Free Agency Value:
"3-4 for the day raises his average over .300 again and 3 RBIs make 31 on the year, good enough for 2nd in the AL, for now."

Short Take: Sox face best Twin pitcher of the series and explode for 11 runs. You figure it out.

In their first two games with Minnesota this series, the White Sox had managed a whopping nine hits and 3 runs while facing two pitchers who, at the time, had ERA above 6. Today, the Twins sent Carlos Silva to the mound, who came into the game with a 5-0 record and an ERA just over 4. Letís just say that Sox fans had very little reason for optimism today.

Instead, the offense that had been certifiably dead for the past two games came out slugging against Silva, erupting for 15 hits and 11 runs. On the mound, Mark Buehrle was brilliant for his second straight start, tossing 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, in a big, 11-0 win for the Pale Hose at U.S. Cellular Field.

Juan Uribe was back in the line-up for the Sox today. In the last three games heís started, the Sox have scored 31 runs. In the last three games Uribe has warmed the bench, the Sox have notched 5. See a pattern? Uribe started at second, pushing Willie Harris to center field and Jose Valentin got the nod at short. He committed 2 errors, but would make up for it with his bat.

At the dish, the Sox scored early and often against Silva. The rout began in the 2nd, when Carlos Lee doubled to lead off the inning. He came home on Valentinís single to center, and Jose scored an out later when Joe Crede deposited a hanging breaking ball at least 10 rows up the left field bleachers with a monster swing. The Sox added three more in the 3rd, when Jose Valentin took Silva out of the yard again, scoring Maggs and Caballo. Silva would not return to start the fourth inning and was replaced by Grant Balfour, but he faired no better. After walking Sandy Alomar, Jr. and Willie Harris to start the inning, Uribe nubbed and infield single to third to load the bases. Alomar and Harris scored on a single by Magglio and Uribe scored on a single by Carlos Lee. The Sox added their last two runs in the 5th and 6th; Sandy scoring on double by Maggs and then Carlos scoring on a double by Paul Konerko respectively.

While the return of the big bats was big enough news, the other half of this game was the spectacular pitching combo of Mark Buehrle and Jon Adkins. Buehrle allowed 7 hits, but struck out 7 in 6 2/3 innings. Adkins, on the other hand, relieved Mark with the bases empty and 2 down in the 7th and immediately allowed a single to Shannon Stewart, but would settle down and not allow another over 2 1/3 innings, while striking out 2 and walking 1. Buehrle has now gone 13 2/3 straight innings without allowing a run. All in all, this was a good way for the Sox to end their 6-game home stand, and while they did only manage a 3-3 mark, considering how they had played the first two games of this series, things could have been a lot worse.

The Sox travel to Cleveland for the first of a 7-game intradivision road trip. Felix Diaz makes his 2nd Major League start against Clevelandís Cliff Lee. Game time is 6:05 PM and the game will be aired on Fox Sports Net.

Ozzieball Update:
Not really too much smallball to comment about, but there a few instances of good hustle shown by Willie Harris today. The bigger thing to talk about with Ozzie and the offense is the handling of Juan Uribe; if you haven't learned by now that he needs to be in the line-up, we're in trouble.

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