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July 28th Vs Minnesota

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"Maggs contemplates flogging Jose Valentin with a crutch after his stupid defensive blunders."

Short Take: Gutwrenching loss leads to Twins sweep as fans weep

Baseball is a game that's just chock-full of cliches. One of the most overused, but at the same time most important, is the old chestnut "sending a message." Earlier on this month, the Sox sent a message to the Twins in the Metrodome with a 3 game sweep, saying "we're gonna give you a run for your money this year." Unfortunately, the Twins cruised into town for a 3 game set and sent a message right back at their division rivals: "we're still the champs, and you're still in our rearview mirror." The Twins complete their sweep of the Sox with a 5-4 win in 10 innings in a matinee show at US Cellular Field that the Sox had every chance to win, but choked away.

Esteban Loaiza was today's Sox starter, and many fans were covering their eyes fearing the worst after the roastings he's taken on his past few trips out. But Zesty Esty wasn't all that bad today, scattering 8 hits and 4 runs over 2 innings. Naturally, you can't have Loaiza start without offering up a couple of gopher balls, but hey--at least they were solo shots off the bats of Lew Ford and Sox fans' new Public Enemy #1, Torii Hunter. Hunter also stroked an RBI single in the first inning which scored Justin Morneau. Loaiza's final line could have been a lot worse, as Morneau had 2 home runs taken away from him by the umpiring crew, the second of which send Ron Gardenhire into a tizzy and resulted in his ejection.

Through most of the game, the Sox offense managed to fight back when they needed to, but couldn't fight hard enough to take the lead. After the Twinkies extended their lead to 2-0 in the third, the Sox fought back in the bottom of the frame when Timo Perez singled home Joe Crede and Willie Harris. Facing a 4-2 deficit in the 5th, Ben Davis hits his first home run in a Sox uniform to cut the lead to 4-3. In the 7th, stupidity set in. Jose Valentin leads off the inning with a walk, and Juan Uribe singles him over to second. Valentin tries to steal 3rd, gets caught. Uribe tries to steal 2nd, gets caught, and the Sox scoring opportunity looks to be over. But somehow, for one brief shining moment, the baseball gods smile on the beleaguered Sox. Joe Crede singles, Aaron Rowand walks, and Joe Borchard gets a free pass to load the bases. Ozzie Guillen calls for Timo Perez to run the suicide squeeze, and it works. JC Romero muffs the grounder, Perez reaches first and Crede scores to tie the game. Alas, Carlos Lee fans to end the inning. The Sox would threaten again in the 9th with back-to-back singles, but Joe Borchard promptly grounds into a 5-4-3 double play. In the 10th, the Sox self destruct as Jose Valentin calls off Carlos Lee on a Jacque Jones foul pop to shallow center, and 2 pitches later, Jones singles home what would prove to be the winning run. The Sox go down 1-2-3 in the 10th, and the Twins head home happy.

So what's next for our Sox? Staring a 3 1/2 game deficit in the face, they're off to Detroit to face the troublesome Tigers. Scott Schoeneweis faces Jason Johnson tomorrow night with first pitch slated for 6:05 CDT.

Ozzieball Update:
 The Timo suicide squeeze was great smallball, but wouldn't have been needed if our baserunners knew how to steal.

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