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Ventura Era Starts Off With a Whimper

April 6 at Texas Rangers

Today's Sox Crew:
Foundation Layers
Foreman Dunn gathered the materials and began the work, but Beckham, Morel and crew forgot the lumber and instead chose to spend the day ogling all the pretty baseballs passing by them.

Short Take: John Danks pitches a solid game, but the offense still has some of the Walker stink on it, as they fail to capitalize on opportunities and lose their first Opening Day game since 2008 by a score of 3-2.

Welcome back, baseball! Welcome to the 2012 edition of the TBGR! The White Sox kicked off the 2012 season in good old Arlington, taking on the two-time defending AL Champion Texas Rangers. Under the guidance of new White Sox skipper Robin Ventura, the Good Guys looked to obtain their fourth straight Opening Day victory. However, the Rangers had other ideas as Texas starter Colby Lewis locked down the Sox bats and earned the win, 3-2.

John Danks took the hill for the Sox, taking over the Opening Day duties from Mark Buehrle, who's wearing an ugly-ass orange uniform in Miami somewhere. He was solid against his former team, going 6 innings, giving up 3 ER, 6 H, striking out six and walking none. However, his efforts weren't enough. After the Sox went down quietly in the first, Danks-killer Ian Kinsler led off the season for the Rangers with a double. After Elvis Andrus bunted him over to third, Josh Hamilton drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Oh, fundamentals. In the third, Dayan Viciedo led off the inning with a double. That brought up Beckham, De Aza, and Morel, who all struck out to squash that threat. Hey, we missed baseball, right? Morel and Beckham certainly did...they missed it 21 times collectively, going 1-for-8 with 7 K's. It's only the first game, but damn, guys. Kinsler again stuck it to Danks in his half of the third, hitting a solo shot to left.

With the score 2-0 Texas, Adam Dunn stepped up to the plate in the top of the sixth, and sent a Lewis hanger deep into the right-field upper deck for the eighth Opening Day homer of his career, tying him with Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey, Jr. for most OD homers in league history. His first three at-bats were textbook Dunn - walk, strikeout, and homer, respectively. The Sox weren't "Dunn" yet (hur hur), as Alex Rios (yes, THAT Alex Rios) took a soft curveball off the front of his helmet to get to first base, and on the hit-and-run, Alexei Ramirez hit a shot to left, and as Rios was trucking to third, new third-base coach Joe McEwing demonstratively waved Rios home. The throw to the plate was late, and the Sox tied it up!

The good times would not last, however, as the very next inning, the Rangers would get the deciding run thanks to Michael Young driving in Josh Hamilton. From there, it was elementary. The Sox begin the season 0-1, and the last time the Sox did so was in 2008...the last time the Sox made it into the playoffs. Take that for what you will, but it's a little something to think about aside from the rusty offense.

The Sox continue the season-opening series tomorrow in Arlington. Jake Peavy (0-0, 0.00) takes the mound for the Sox against the Rangers' Derek Holland. Just win, baby.

KW Appreciates The Game:
"You may have won, Kinsler, but &$@% you, our home run was prettier than yours."

submitted by MtGrnwdSoxFan.

Sox Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner

Adam Dunn

There wasn't an official PTC winner thread, but Dunn looked comfortable at the plate for the first time in forever, and his moon shot into the upper deck was a thing of beauty. The ball was jumping off his bat. About 485 more games of this would work just fine, Adam. (Not counting playoffs, of course)

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