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Ranger Redux!

September 7th at Texas

Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
Spring 2005
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:

"Maggs calls Roger Bossard for advice on how to drain his flooded front lawn in Miami."

Short Take: Everything's bigger in Texas, especially Contreras' ERA

Sorry Sox fans, but just when we thought it was safe to think we may still have a glimmer of a speck of an outside shot at winning the American League Central, good ol' fate (in the form of the Texas Rangers) slaps us across the face with a dueling glove. After handing the Sox a win thanks to their own blunders yesterday, the Rangers strike back with a 10-3 pummeling of the Pale Hose.

Jose Contreras started the game for the Sox tonight, and sure pitched like he didn't want to finish it. Maybe in his warped mind, the Rangers' jerseys looked like they said Red Sox, as he manages to turn out an outing similar to the many shellings he endured at the hands of Boston while playing for New York. Alfonso Soriano took Contreras deep with a solo home run in the first inning. After his mates evened the score with a Joe Crede double to score Carl Everett in the top of the 2nd inning, Contreras and the Sox just plain came unglued. The Rangers manage to tally 7 runs on just 3 hits, taking full advantage of a complete lack of control from the man they faced on the mound. Contreras walks in a run with the bases loaded not once but TWICE, and plunks Alfonso Soriano with the sacks packed leading to a run as well. Fresh up from the minors, Wilson Valdez botches a play at second at one point during the inning to keep the Rangers parade of runs coming..but come on now, it's hard to blame the new guy when your alleged veteran presence on the mound out and out wets the bed. One gaffe doesn't lead to 7 earned runs. Normally, the sight of Felix Diaz entering a game only aggrivates Sox fans' collective heartburn, but tonight he was a welcome sight entering the game in relief on a day's rest to finally end the inning. But Ozzie Guillen had more dumb bullpen tricks up his sleeve. After making sure Diaz's arm is good and sore, he sends in Jon Garland. Was he thinking that the posterboy for major league headcases would pitch well with his team hopelessly out of the game? If he was, he sure thought wrong. In well less than an inning of work, "Judy" Garland gives up 2 more Ranger runs on 3 hits, and then follows the yellow brick road directly to the dugout. Think the Rangers are gonna want to trade for him now?

Finally, some semi-productivity emerges from the bullpen, as Arnie Munoz and Jeff Bajenaru work through the last third of the game, shutting down the Rangers' hit machine.

The Sox offense finally realizes they're not facing weak-sister Seattle anymore, and their run production sure shows it, scratching out just 3 runs on 9 hits. Carl Everett manages to get his hands in every run scored tonight, hitting an RBI double, and scoring on hits from Joe Crede and Ross Gload. Crede, Everett and the stellar Aaron Rowand all have 2 hit nights for the South Siders, but the rest of the offense is downright asleep in the Texas heat.

Sox and Rangers meet again at Ameriquest Field tomorrow night. Freddy Garcia goes on a quest for the W in his first start since August 22nd against John Wasdin.

Ozzieball Update:
 Staters pitching out of the bullpen? Ozzie Guillen, you're no Jack McKeon.

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