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Sox Win Home Opener Vs. 2012 AL Central Champions*

April 13 vs. Detroit Tigers

* - as progosticated by every baseball pundit, their mother, and a this group of bums I walked past on Lower Wacker Drive one day

Today's Sox Crew:
Arc Welders
Viciedo and Co. swung the hammers, while Peavy and Santiago manned the blowtorches as the Sox decorate their house with a W.

Short Take: Peavy stifles the Tigers' potent offense, and a team effort leads the Sox to victory on their first game at the Cell in 2012.

Going into the season, Jake Peavy was the White Sox' biggest question mark in the rotation. Would he be able to come back healthy? If so, how will he pitch? How long will he last? Will this contract year for him make a difference?

So far, the answers are yes, great, TBD, and looks like it.

The former Cy Young winner was brilliant in 6.2 innings of work, allowing two runs on only two hits, a walk, a HBP, and eight strikeouts as he pitched the Sox to a 5-2 victory on their home opener against the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers had scored 40 runs in 6 games to open the season, but their bats looked lifeless against Peavy. He was mowing them down in a manner not seen since his Padres days...hitters just couldn't catch up to him.

To be fair, his Tigers counterpart, Max Scherzer, was no slouch either, matching Peavy practically pitch-for-pitch. However, Scherzer blinked first when Dayan Viciedo took him deep to open the scoring at 1-0 in the 5th inning. The Sox added a couple more in the 6th, when Alejandro De Aza got on, Brent Morel moved him over to second on a sac bunt. Adam Dunn came up and struck out on a borderline call, setting the stage for Paul Konerko. In true Paulie fashion, he came through with a base hit to right, scoring De Aza. AJ followed Paulie, and here's where things get weird...he hit a triple, and Paulie scored from first. Watching Paulie run was like seeing a cheetah ambush its prey...if the prey was a five-sided piece of white rubber and the cheetah were covered in wet cement, running in quicksand, and had never run before in its life. No matter, as Paulie just barely beat the throw home to put the Sox ahead by three.

As per Sox custom, however, Peavy would give the runs back as with Miguel Cabrera on base, Detroit's resident douchebag Delmon Young hit a two-run shot to cut the lead to 3-2. Will Ohman would come in to relieve Peavy, and one pitch and one Alex Avila base hit later, Ohman was taken out. Addison Reed got the ball, and Jah-hahn-ee Peralta proceeded to hit a double, moving Avila to third. Eep. Andy Dirks was next, and he laced a line shot to left field, and practically everyone in the park was expecting the ball to hit the wall and the Tigers to take the lead. But wait, there's a Tank in left field! Viciedo made a SPECTACULAR diving catch to save the lead and the momentum for the Sox! U mad, Detroit?

The Sox came up in their half of the 8th, and De Aza led things off with a triple. Do AJ and De Aza share a mental wavelength or something, where if one does something, the other has to as well? I'll have to get TAPS or something on that. Morel cashed De Aza in with an RBI single, making it a 4-2 game, and making the fans breathe a bit easier. Tigers reliever Daniel Schlereth uncorked a wild pitch to Dunn to move Morel to second. However, Dunn would go "Ole!" as he earned himself a sombrero with a strikeout. Konerko was issued a free pass, and AJ hit a chopper that was a a little too slow to develop for a DP, as he beat the throw from second to first. So two out, runners at the corners, and Alex Rios (yes, THAT Alex Rios) at the dish. Brayan Villareal came in to relieve Schlereth, and Rios did something productive...granted, it was only waving Morel home after another wild pitch to give the Sox a 5-2 lead, but hey, it counts in my book. Rios struck out, but the damage was done. Sox rookie closer Hector Santiago came in for the first time in home pinstripes, and gave up a single to Prince Fielder. He would strike out Delmon Young (haha, you suck and so does your defense, you clownshoe-wearing son of a...) and got Avila to fly out. However, Fielder would end up at third thanks to a wild pitch and a balk, but it mattered none as Santiago struck out Jah-hahn-ee to collect the save and the win for the Good Guys!

With the win, the Sox improve to 4-2, and move to a half-game behind the 5-2 Tigers for first place in the division. Tomorrow is a 3:10pm start, as Gavin Floyd (0-1, 6.35) take the bump against the Tigers' Adam Wilk (0-0, 0.00), who has never faced the Sox. Let's see if Gavin can continue his Tiger-tamin' ways and let's see if the Sox can make a rookie pitcher look like a rookie pitcher for once. Regardless of how you do it, just win, baby.

KW Appreciates The Game:
"I appreciate that we had the best defensive left fielder today."

submitted by MtGrnwdSoxFan.

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