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April 10, at Detroit

How was the trophy defended today?
Nice to see someone else besides Thome connect for a dinger, but even nicer to see Garcia and Jenks have very good outings.

Short Take: Thome, Crede, and Konerko homer to pace offense; Garcia, McCarthy, and Jenks all strong on hill as Sox spoil Tigers' Opening Day Festivities.

The Detroit Tigers rolled into town, winners of five of their first six and tied for first place in the American League Central division. The World Champion White Sox, on the other hand, limped into the Motor City, losers of four of their last five, and although Mark Buehrle had dominated Kansas City for 8 innings on Sunday, the Sox still posted a team ERA above 5. On Monday, the Tigers celebrated Opening Day, but the Sox rained on their parade, posting an impressive 5-3 win over Detroit.

Freddy Garcia pace the team this afternoon. After looking miserable in his first start of the season against Cleveland a week ago, Garcia looked more like his old self. Hitting the low-to-mid-90s on the radar gun and getting more of his pitches over corners instead of leaving meatballs over the heart of the plate, Garcia went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 5.

The Tigers did strike first, however. In the second, Craig Monroe took Freddy deep and put Detroit up, 2-0. The Sox answered back quickly. An inning later, following a 2-out single by Tadahito Iguchi, Jim Thome hit his fourth homer of the season, another moonshot to right field to knot the score at 2. Garcia and Jeremy Bonderman kept both offenses off the Comerica Park scoreboards over the next few innings, though each team did have chances to score. The Sox finally untied the contest when in the sixth, Bonderman walked Paul Konerko to lead off the inning. Quick outs by Jermaine Dye and A.J. Pierzynski put the lead-off walk in jeopardy, but Joe Crede, who ended the last inning with a nice barehanded catch at third (he tipped the ball to himself), hit the first Sox home run of the season not by Jim Thome, clearing the left field wall and putting the Sox up 2.

Chris Shelton doubled home a run in the bottom of the 6th to cut the Pale Hose's lead to 1, but Garcia left him stranded in scoring position to keep himself eligible for his first win of the season, and he got help from the bullpen duo of Brandon McCarthy and Bobby Jenks. McCarthy pitched 2 scoreless frames, allowing only a pair of meaningless hits. Konerko added a solo blast in the 8th to pad the Sox's lead back to 2 and Jenks came on for a 9-pitch, 1-strikeout perfect ninth inning to notch his second save of the season and seal Freddy's first win of '06 and number 100 for his career.

The game wasn't all good, though, as lead-off man Scott Podsednik stayed mired in his early season slump. Podsednik went 0-4 with a K to drop his season average to .038 (1-26). Even worse, it seemed his problems were entering his game on the field. In the first, he misplayed a bounce on a single by Ivan Rodriguez, allowing the Tiger catcher to take second. Later in the game, he nearly let a ball pop out of his mitt, and even later, he completely lost a ball in the sun/crowd. The lack of speed on the base paths has kept the Sox to only 3 stolen bases all season.

Still, a win is a win, and today was a nice one to have. After an ugly 4-game stretch, the White Sox have notched back-to-back wins for the first time in the young season. They are now 3-4 and in a virtual tie for third with Kansas City, 2 1/2 games behind the division-leading Tribe. With an off day tomorrow, the Sox and Tigers meet again in the Motor City on Wednesday. Jose Contreras will take the hill for the visitors, and will be countered by Nate Robertson. Game time is 12:05 PM Central time and it will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

Ozzieball Update:
Not much "grinding" out runs today as the Sox score all 5 times compliments of the longball. I'll still take the win.

submitted by doublem23.

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