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Putting the "O" in welcome

August 3, at Kansas City

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"Welcomed Jose Contreras to the team and gladly watched the offense roll 12 runs on the hapless Royals."

Short Take: Jose Contreras debuts with Sox and team greets him with 12 hits and 11 runs in beating of Royals.

Welcome to the team, Jose Contreras.

The Sox greeted their new pitcher by shelling Mike Wood and the disappointing Kansas City Royals, 12-4 at Kauffman Stadium.

Two big themes in this one, Sox fans. First and foremost was the performance of Contreras, acquired on July 31 from the Yankees for Esteban Loaiza. Sox GM Kenny Williams said that the decision to move Loaiza was based on the fact that perhaps the division had found a comfort zone against him and that Contreras would shake things up. That seemed to be the case, as he dominated Kansas City. Granted, have been mediocre at best this year, but considering the Sox just emerged from a hellish week, anything positive has to feel good.

Though his official line of 6 innings pitched, 4 runs, 5 hits, a walk, and three strikeouts isnít as impressive as I just hyped it to be, but two of those runs were unearned and, in reality, he had one bad inning that occurred when he had 7-run lead.

The second big theme of the game was the Sox scoring runs, with the home run, but this time, when they hit themÖ they had runners on base! The Sox entered the game third in the Major Leagues in solo home runs and the fact that they could not get anyone on base was a key contributor to their recent losing streak. During their streak, they lost 4 games by a run. Today, the Sox hit four home runs for a combined 9 runs, in an 8-run win. Do the math.

Joe Crede started the action in the third with a solo home run. Though it gave the Sox a 1-0 lead, you have to admit that every Sox fan watching had to be a bit on the edge of his or he seat, wondering if it would be more of the same. Willie Harris, who had a huge night, batted next and singled before advancing to second on an error by Mike Sweeney. He came around to score when Timo Perez doubled to left-center, making it 2-0.

In the fifth, the Sox opened the game wide open. Ben Davis doubled to lead things off and moved to third on a sacrifice by Joe Crede, however, it would be moot as Willie Harris tripled to score Davis and open a three-run lead. Perez then walked and Carlos Lee got plunked to load the bases for Paul Konerko, who hit his 28th home run of the season and the Sox were rolling, 7-0.

The Royals got on the board in the bottom half of the fifth when Ken Harvey opened the frame with a solo shot. Abraham Nunez then singled and Angel Berroa flied out to bring Joe Buck to the plate with one on and none out and a two-base error by Joe Crede allowed runners to advance to second and third. Ruben Gotay, David DeJesus, and Joe Randa all had RBIs to cut the lead to 3.

The Sox, however, continued to roll. A mammoth home run by Aaron Rowand scored Crede and Harris in the 6th, Harris walked with the bases loaded in the 8th, and Jose Valentin hit a solo shot in the 9th to account for the remaining 5 runs, but this one was in the bag. Contreras looked good in his Sox debut, and a bullpen trio of Cliff Politte, Neal Cotts, and Mike Jackson all pitched an inning apiece and kept Kansas City off the scoreboard. The three combined to allow a single hit and strike out 5.

Unfortunately, the Twins could not hold up their end of the bargain, as they clobbered the Angels in Minnesota, 10-0, keeping the Sox 5 games back. Both Cleveland and Detroit lost, if anyone still cares.

Scott Schoeneweis takes the hill tomorrow against lefty Brian Anderson. The game will be televised over Fox Sports Net and first pitch will be at 7:10 PM.

Ozzieball Update:
Can't complain too much when you get 12 runs. Nice job by the Sox to get on base for the big bats. 4 homers for 9 runs? We'll take it. Lost in that, there were some nice bunts (here's looking at you, Joe Crede) and other related smallball. Just a nice night at the park for the South Side Lumber, Company.

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