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Back in the Saddle!

May 23 at Minnesota

Today's Free Agency Value:
"3 for 7 on the day, three runs scored and two big RBI in the first inning makes him worthy of a modest bump today."

Short Take:Sox bats go berzerk as they win the series and regain a share of first place.

The White Sox knew what was at stake as they took the field today against the Twins. After blowing the Twins out in the first two games of the series, they would still need a win today in order to avoid leaving Minnesota in the same position they arrived in on Thursday.

They got it, torching the Twins at the Humpdome 17-7 to stake a claim to first place and gain a 4-3 series advantage on the Twins so far this year.

After jumping on Twin starter Johan Santana for 3 runs in the first inning, it was on. Juan Uribe led off the contest with a single, and Aaron Rowand followed with a bunt single. Magglio Ordonez brought them both home on a triple to the gap in left center, misplayed by defensive stalwart Torii Hunter who watched the ball bounce over his glove and roll to the wall. Carlos Lee, now on an 11-game hitting streak, singled Maggs home to make it 3-0 Sox after half an inning. White Sox hurler Jon Garland got off to a shaky start, giving up runs in each of the first three innings, including a 4-spot in the home half of the first to put the Twins on top 4 to 3 after one inning.

But on this day, let's not dwell on the Twin offense, because it was totally and completely overshadowed by the scorching display put on by the Sox batsmen. Down 6 to 3 after three innings, the Sox went to work in the fourth and chased Santana with four consecutive hits to start the inning. The hit parade began with back to back home runs to lead off the inning, by Miguel Olivo and Juan Uribe, to cut the defecit to 6 to 5. Aaron Rowand, who was 4 for 6 on the day, followed with an infield single. Ordonez singled him over to second, chasing Santana. Grant Balfour relieved Santana, but it was hardly a relief for the Twins as he failed to record an out. After walking Frank Thomas to load the bases, Balfour gave up a single to Lee for two more RBI and a 7 to 6 Sox advantage which they would not relinquish. Paul Konerko singled home Thomas to make the score 8 to 6, and Jose Valentin was the eighth consecutive batter to reach safely to start the inning with an RBI double high off the baggie in right field. Joe Crede was the ninth batter to the plate in the inning, and recorded the first out with an RBI sac fly to score Konerko. Olivo, who led off the inning with a solo homer, then singled home Valentin to make the score 11 to 6 Sox. Olivo was thrown out at second trying to stretch out a double, and Uribe grounded out to end the 8-run frame.

The Sox added a run in the 5th, with a leadoff double by Rowand and a two-out RBI single by Lee. The Sox would put up another 5-spot in the top half of the 6th, highlighted by a 3-run home run by Rowand and a two run double by Lee. El Caballo earned pick-to-click status on the day with a 4 for 5 performance and 6 RBI. The Sox did bat around again in the 6th and took a 17-6 lead into the bottom of the 6th.

Garland settled down after giving up 6 in the first three innings, and capitalized on the offensive barrage to pick up his 4th victory of the year. He held the Twins scoreless from the fourth inning thru the seventh, stifling any hope the Twins may have had for a comeback. Shingo Takatsu pitched a scoreless eighth, and Billy Koch gave up a meaningless home run to Cristian Guzman in the ninth to cap off the scoring and shut the door on a 17-7 Sox win.

The White Sox finish the week-long road trip with a 5-2 record and come home with an overall record of 25-18, good enough for a first-place tie with the Twins. Tomorrow they rest, and then they start a tough 6-game homestand against hot-hitting Texas and Anaheim. Tuesday night Scott Schoeneweis takes the mound for the Sox against the gambler Kenny Rogers and the Rangers at 7:05 pm CDT.

Ozzieball Update:
Your what hurts? Two touchdowns and a field goal make smallball a moot point today.

submitted by beckett21.

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