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Au Contreras, Mon Freres!

August 13th at Boston

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"Worried about side effects from Hurricane Charley, Maggs races down to Miami to board up his house there. Ozzie asks if he can take care of his as well as long as he's there."

Short Take: Contreras shakes of one bad inning, Rowand keys Sox offense

After playing nothing but their AL Central opponents for the past 3 weeks, the White Sox finally got a change of scenery tonight. But much to their chagrin, they were forced to pile on a plane and head out to rainy Boston to face the Red Sox in their bandbox of a ballpark in front of 35,000 drunken chowderheads. As if that didn't sound bad enough, the Sox were sending recently acquired Jose Contreras to the mound in a park where he's had nothing but trouble every time he takes the hill. But tonight, Contreras overcomes the jitters and the Sox stave off every Red Sox attempt at a rally, walking away with an 8-7 win. The Sox win combined with an Indians thumping of the Twins makes the AL central race look much more interesting for at least the next 24 hours.

Contreras looked sharp coming out of the gates, retiring the first 3 Red Sox he faced in order, including nailing a called third strike against longtime nemesis Manny Ramirez. His mates staked him to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the next inning, as Aaron Rowand and Ben Davis tally a couple of RBI singles to score Carl Everett and Jose Valentin. Contreras headed back to the hill for the bottom of the second, and all of a sudden he must have been having flashbacks to his days in Yankees road grey, because it got ugly in a hurry. With one out, Kevin Millar walks, and promptly hustles home on a Bill Mueller double that went all the way to the right field wall. Contreras then retired orlando Cabrera, but the inning was far from over. A Doug Mirabelli single scored Mueller, and an unglued Contreras throws a wild pitch to move Mirabelli into scoring position. Contreras then proceeds to walk Kevin Youkilis and Johnny "Caveman" Damon to load the bases, and then walks former Twinkie Doug Mientkiewicz to score Mirabelli. Finally, he fans Manny Ramirez again to end the inning.

The White Sox refused to give up though. Aaron Rowand blasts a 2 run jack in the fourth to score Paul Konerko, and the Sox jump back out on top. Contreras would go on to settle down, giving up a solo shot to Manny Ramirez but other than that keeping the Carmines off the board.

Meanwhile, the Sox offense kept on ticking and kicking. In the seventh, Aaron Rowand hits a solo home run. The offense promptly reloads on a Ben Davis double and a Joe Crede walk. Juan Uribe, hitting for the struggling Robbie Alomar, rips a ball to deep right that hops over the fence for a ground rule double to score Davis. The Red Sox refused to go quietly though, scoring another run in the bottom of the frame on a David Ortiz sacrifice fly that would have gone for a home run had it not been for the Gumby-like arms of Timo Perez. The White Sox would pick up two more needed runs in the bottom of the 8th on a sharp Ben Davis single, which would prove to be crucial. Ozzie Guillen brings on Shingo Takatsu to close the game out, and he does so, but not after surrendering a 2 run home run to Kevin Millar. Yet another one run win keeps Sox fans happy!

The 3 game set in Beantown continues tomorrow with Jon Garland facing Curt Schilling on a WGN game scheduled for 6:05 CDT. Let's hope we avoid embarassment!

Ozzieball Update:
 Sox show patience at the plate against Tim Wakefield, and baserunners turn into runs.

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