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May 27, vs. Texas


Today's Free Agency Value:
$11,200,000
"Strained calf again forces Maggs to warm the bench. It's only been two days, so still no monetary punishment, but Maggs better get healthy. You don't get the big bucks riding the pine."

Short Take: Offense gives Buehrle 8 more runs than he needs in as Sox blank Texas for 2nd straight night.

The series between the Rangers and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field was slated to be a battle of offensive juggernauts, but apparently no one bothered to inform Texas. For the second straight night, the league’s best offense was blanked by the White Sox as Mark Buehrle, Jon Adkins, and Billy Koch combined to shut down Texas’ big bats in tonight’s 9-0 win.

Mark Buehrle, however, continued to get all the run support he didn’t need. Over his last four starts, Mark has allowed just two earned runs in 27 2/3 innings of work while the Sox have backed him with 43 runs in those 4 games. Speaking of the offense, Juan Uribe had the biggest night of all, going 3-5 with a pair of solo home runs, a double, and three runs scored. Carlos Lee also had a great night, going 2-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly. He also made a great throw to nail Chad Allen at the plate in the second when he tried to score on an Eric Young single.

Every starter but Sandy Alomar contributed to the White Sox’s 13-hit attack. They also scored early and often, starting in the first inning when Jose Valentin broke out of his funk with a monster three-run homer. In the third, Willie Harris and Uribe singled and doubled, respectively, to lead off the inning and the Sox did a pretty good job of manufacturing runs as Harris came home on a sac fly by Carlos and Uribe came around on a single by Paul Konerko.

Uribe homered in the fifth and Carlos Lee then singled, causing Buck Showalter to pull starter Ryan Drese for Erasmo Ramirez. After a Jose Valentin single, Paul Konerko’s sacrifice fly scored Caballo. Another solo shot by Uribe and an RBI-single by Willie Harris in the 7th and 8th innings closed the book on the Sox scoring for the night. The 9 runs the Sox picked up on Texas tonight entrenches them as the most prolific offense in the American League.

Enough can’t be said about Mark, though. He again looked spectacular in shutting down a great offensive club. In 7 innings he threw 109 pitches and scattered 9 hits, while striking out 5 and only allowing 1 walk. Jon Adkins and Billy Koch worked relatively mild, scoreless innings. Koch struck out two and allowed one walk but looked pretty good.

Magglio Ordonez remained on the bench for the second straight day with his nagging strained calf, but it looks as if he will be back in action tomorrow against Anaheim. Aside from that there is little more bad news to report. Jose Valentin broke out of a slump, Uribe and Harris both were solid, the pitching was excellent, and the offense was clicking, both with long and smallball.

Lastly, with tonight’s win the Sox move into sole possession of first place in the Central division, after the Twins dropped their second game in three days to Tampa Bay, 5-4.

Though the Sox bid Texas adieu, they not get to face off with an injured and slumping, yet dangerous, Anaheim Angels team that was, just a week ago, the consensus best team in baseball. The two hook up for a three-game, Memorial Day weekend series at U.S. Cellular Field. The Angels, coming off a two-game sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays, send Kelvim Escobar to the bump to face Jon Garland. Game time is 7:05 Central time and the game will be broadcast over Fox Sports Net.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Lost in the homers, the Sox manufactured some runs with sac flies and clutch base hits.


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