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May 26th vs Texas

Today's Free Agency Value:
"Maggs gets the night off with a strained calf. Let's hope Herm's magic heals him up in time for the weekend."

Short Take: Solid outing from Loaiza spurs Sox over Rangers

If there's one thing that can be said about the White Sox thus far this young season, it's that they are awful resilient. Almost without fail, they manage to suck it up and puff it out after losses. They did it against the Yankees, they did it against the Twins, and now, they're done it against the surprisingly mighty Texas Rangers. Backed by another great outing by Esteban Loaiza, the Sox walk away with a 4-0 win in front of a small but boisterous (and peaceful) crowd at US Cellular Field.

Last year at this point in the season, many Sox fans were scratching their heads asking "who the heck is Esteban Loaiza and how did he get so good?" Up until a couple of weeks ago, Sox fans were asking "what happened to the 2003 Loaiza?" It seemed the big Mexican righty was giving up gopher balls left and right, his velocity was off, his strikeouts were down, his ERA was up...but all that seems to have been put to rest at least for now. Esteban was simply brilliant tonight, tossing a 2 hit shoutout and fanning 9. Most important, it looks like the big guy has got his cut fastball (the secret of his success last year) back and badder than ever. Shingo Takatsu comes on to work a scoreless 9th, baffling Ranger hitters with his wicked "Frisbee"..quite possibly the most bizarre, but effective, out pitch we've ever seen on the South Side.

Sorry folks...but the Sox offense didn't score double digits tonight. In fact, they merely equaled last night's output in their loss to these same Rangers..but it's enough to get the W. Carlos Lee extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first inning RBI single which scored Juan Uribe and Willie Harris (both of whom seem to be on base just about non-stop these days, eh?). The Sox other 2 runs come on solo homers from heavy-hitting Frank Thomas and light-hitting Miguel Olivo. Even though they didn't result in runs being scored, two other hits played a key part in the ballgame. With Gary Matthews Jr chugging for home in the 3rd inning, Aaron Rowand fired a laser-guided howitzer shot from right field to Migule Olivo at home plate. Olivo digs in his hee;s and lays a hit on Matthews that would have Brian Urlacher green with envy, preserving the shutout in the early going. The other notable hit came off the bat of Jose Valentin, who singled in the 8th, avoiding the dubious distinction of ending up with 8 strikesouts in a row over the past 2 games

The final game of the series is tomorrow night at 7:05 CDT. Mark Buehrle looks for another quality start notch on his belt against Ryan Drese.

Ozzieball Update:
 The dynamic duo of Harris and Uribe get on in the first and El Caballo drives 'em home.

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