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Ugly Loss Turns Uglier

July 21, vs. Minnesota

Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
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"Tried to walk up to the gate for today's game but was turned around because of the large crowd. I tell you, he gets no recognition in this city."

Short Take: Buehrle off mark, Radke shuts Sox down, Burke hospitalized after getting run over by "tough-guy" Torii Hunter.

Having pretty much dominated the first of three games at U.S. Cellular Field, the Torii Hunter put an exclamation point on the victory, running over Jamie Burke to score a run in the 8th inning. Burke, who was standing in front of the plate and probably could have been avoided, was sent to a local hospital after the collision, complaining of a sore jaw and trouble focusing.

But just ask Torii Hunter that he’s a really a good guy. Please, Torii, you’re fooling no one but yourself. Since 2001, the Twins have had the Sox’s number, but this year the tables have turned and the Twins came to the South Side losers of 7 of the two’s 10 games this year. With a slim lead in the division entering the game, and a pumped-up, sell-out crowd on hand, Hunter not only unnecessarily bowled over Burke, but emphatically stomped on home plate.

Everyone on hand got the message. When he came to bat in the ninth, Torii innocently tried to play the role of the victim, claiming fans harassed and threatened the Twins’ centerfielder. The situation got so out of control the Minnesota manager, Ron Gardenhire had to come out of the dugout to calm down his wanna-be-punk.

But remember, Torii’s not the bad guy. Just ask him.

In reality, though, this game was lost long before any real drama started. Mark Buehrle, who had owned Minnesota all year long, just didn’t have it. The lefty, coming off one of the most impressive outings of his career, was tagged for 12 hits and 4 runs in 6.1 innings of work. However, the real story of the game was Brad Radke handcuffing the Sox offense. He went 7 strong innings, limiting the Sox to only 3 hits and a run.

The Twins scored early and often off the Sox. They scored a run apiece in the first two innings before Paul Konerko went deep for the 27th time of the year to cut the lead to 2-1. However, Henry Blanco’s 4th-inning, 2-run homer off Buehrle would prove to be the game winner. In the 8th, still up 4-1, Hunter walked against Cliff Politte and then stole second on a strikeout by Michael Cuddyer. After an intentional walk to Corey Koskie, Politte threw a wild pitch, advancing the runners to second and third. That’s when Henry Blanco hit a short fly to right field that was caught by Timo Perez. His throw wasn’t particularly good and Hunter probably could have scored by sliding around Burke, but he decided to flash his big, bad thug side and drilled Burke. Koskie came around to score after Cristian Guzman tripled to cap the scoring on the night for the Twins. The Sox added their last run of the game in the 8th when Joe Borchard launched a mammoth home run to center field to draw the Sox within 4.

But tonight was just a game not to be. Hunter’s antics aside, the Sox offense sputtered for a second straight night, and with Johan Santana looming on the horizon, it looks like the boys need extra time in the cages. The loss drops the Sox 1 ½ games behind the Twins in the division and the Red Sox in the wildcard. Tomorrow, Santana goes on the mound against Freddy Garcia. If you plan on going out to the park, get your tickets in advance. As of publication, the lower bowl is pretty much sold out. In fact, with tonight’s attendance of 38,362, the Sox sold out their 7th game of the year. A consistent winner on the field draws fans to the park? Hate to say we told you so, Unky Jerry, but we did.

But for those of you going to Tuesday night’s game; just remember to be civil, because Torii Hunter’s really a good guy. Ask him and he’ll let you know. The sad thing is that the dope probably really believes himself when he says it.

For those of you not going, game time is 7:05 Central time and the game will be on WCIU-Channel 26 (way to drop the ball, guy who decides what TV channel the Sox are on).

Ozzieball Update:
Well... uh, the Sox hit a pair of home runs. Solo shots. That won't get it done.

submitted by doublem23.

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Accounte for half the Sox offense with a solo homer in the 8th. His was more impressive than Konerko's and hey, style counts.

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