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Ranger Revenge

July 20th at Texas

Today's Free Agency Value:
"Scratched from the starting lineup with a sore leg, Maggs gets put on intentionally in his pinch hitting appearance."

Short Take: Sox claw back from deficit, but Rangers rally late

Although it's not as far west geographically as Oakland or Seattle, Arlington, Texas can still be a trouble spot for our Sox during their miserable trips to face the AL West. The West-leading Texas Rangers avenge the pummeling the Sox administered to them last night, tipping the Sox 6-4 and walking away with a split of the short 2-game set. Perhaps most frustrating is that the zero-sum game we've been playing with Minnesota since just before the All-Star break finally comes to an end. The Sox loss coupled with a Twins win bumps the Pale Hose to second place. half a game behind our enemies in the Land Of Lakes.

This road trip hasn't been kind to Jon Garland. Big Jon got hit early and often in this matchup, tagged for 4 runs on 8 hits over 6 innings of work. On the bright side, he did fan 7 while walking just one. Instead of suffering from the big-inning syndrome, Garland just let the Rangers nibble at him in the early going, giving up a 2-run blast to Gary Matthews, Jr in the 2nd, a RBI double to Mark Teixeira in the 3rd and a David Delucci single in the 4th.

The Sox offense tried to get Garland back in the game in the 4th, when Carlos Lee belted a home run off of Texas starter John Wasdin, tallying the Sox first hit and first run of the evening. Paul Konerko belted a 2 run homer in the 7th to bring the Sox to within one run, and then Jose Valentin belted a solo shot that proved to be the equalizer. But ultimately, tonight was all about missed opportunities for the Sox offense. After Konerko's home run, the Sox get a golden opportunity to take the lead with runners at the corners, but Willie Harris strikes out in what might have been the perfect time for Ozzie Guillen to send Juan Uribe to the plate looking to slash something out for a hit and the go-ahead run. The very next inning, the Sox have runners at 1st and 2nd with no one out after a Carlos Lee leadoff double and a walk by Carl Everett, but Paul Konerko grounds into a double play and the nearly-useless Ross Gload strikes out, leaving the go-ahead run stranded once again.

The Rangers, however, did manage to execute when they needed to. With Damaso Marte on the hill and struggling to find the strike zone in the 8th, Chad Allen walks and is moved to second on a Mark Texieira single. Laynce Nix lays down a bunt to move Allen to 3rd, and Rod Barajas rips a Marte pitch down the line and into the right field corner, which scores two runs and puts the game away. The Sox strike out 1-2-3 in the 9th, and the mediocre roadt trip moves on.

The Sox face the troublesome Indians Wednesday night at 6:05 in Cleveland, in a marquee matchup of stud lefthanders. Mark Buehrle takes the hill against Cliff Lee.

Ozzieball Update:
 If groundouts can be considered Ozzieball, then Sox fans saw some of it tonight. Crede and Konerko both tap runners over to third, but alas, no one can get them home.

submitted by WhiteSoxWilkes.

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