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September 5 v. Seattle

Magglio Watch
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Spring 2005
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"Hunkered down in South Florida abode waiting for Frances to leave town."

Short Take:Felix Diaz turns in his best effort of the season as the Sox sweep the M's.

Felix Diaz must have thought he had something to prove. Recently criticized by his manager, the young rookie responded with a strong effort today as the Sox defeat the Mariners 6-2.

Diaz entered the game with a record of 1-4 with an ERA over 9. You wouldn't have known it by his performance today. He stifled the Mariners lineup, holding them to one run on 5 hits over 6 innings for the victory. Perhaps most impressively, he held Ichiro hitless in 3 ab's. Ichiro singled in the 8th off Jon Adkins to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and continue his assault on the single-season hit record.

Offensively, the Sox took Mariner starter Jamie Moyer deep twice in the first three innings to stake Diaz to a nice lead. In the second inning, Joe Borchard came through with his 4th home run of the season, a two-run shot just over the centerfield fence and out of the reach of Randy Winn. The Sox added two more runs in the third when Paul Konerko connected on his 35th home run of the season, another two-run blow to give the Sox a 4-0 lead.

Diaz sailed along until the 6th inning, when the M's finally got on the board. Winn singled with two outs and scored on an Edgar Martinez double to put the score at 4-1 Sox. Diaz would get the next batter, Raul Ibanez, to fly out and end the inning on a nice diving catch by Aaron Rowand in center.

The White Sox were able to get that run back in the next half inning thanks to some shoddy defense by the M's. Konerko led off the inning with a grounder to shortstop Ramon Santiago, but Santiago airmailed the throw into the dugout and Konerko found himself on second base. Juan Uribe then singled off the glove of Moyer, moving Konerko to third. Catcher Jamie Burke then hit a sacrifice fly to short center, but it was enough to bring home Konerko with the unearned run. At this point, the Sox were up 5-1. Jon Adkins came on in relief of Diaz and pitched 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits including the single to Ichiro. Damaso Marte came on with two on and two out in the 8th, and he struck out Ibanez to get the Sox out of trouble. The Sox added an insurance run in the 8th with a single by Carlos Lee and an RBI double for Uribe. Marte stayed in to finish the game, and earned the save despite giving up a meaningless two-out home run to Jolbert Cabrera which made the final score 6-2 Sox. With the sweep, the White Sox crawl back over the .500 mark at (68-67).

The Sox now embark on a tough 10-game road trip which ends in Minnesota and goes through Anaheim. First things first, though. The Sox head to Texas for a 4-game series with the Rangers which starts tomorrow afternoon at the Ballpark at Arlington. Jason Grilli (0-1, 7.36) is slated to take on Chan Ho Park (3-4, 5.14) at 1:05 pm CDT.

Ozzieball Update:
Pitching and defense rule the day, but a couple two-run homers never hurt.

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Carlos Lee

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