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Back Off the Ledge; Sox Are Back in First.

September 3rd vs. the Minnesota Twins

Today's Sox Crew:
Restoration Specialists
The Sox brought their tools into the damaged structure of the Central Division and placed their names at the top where it was intended to be.

Short Take: Gordon Beckham's three RBIs supported Hector Santiago's first MLB start as the White Sox re-took possession of first place, beating the Minny Twinnies 4-2.

In a classic melodrama, the hero swoops in at the last possible moment to rescue the damsel who finds herself in distress. She may be tied to the railroad track as the train approaches or strapped to a log moving toward a whirling sawmill blade. The rescue is completed, the music swells and they live for another day and another adventure.

The White Sox tonight rescued first place in the American League Cental Division by beating the Minnesota Twins 4-2. Rife with intrigue and romance, the story has played out on message boards and sportstalk shows in the finest tradition of melodrama: Can they keep the Tigers at bay? Will Konerko come out of his slump? Will the patchwork pitching staff hold together? Will they hit with runners in scoring position?

They couldn't seem to do any of that on their last road trip and found themselves in a tie for first place with the Detroit Tigers. I mean, how is dramatic tension maintained without the threat of failure? True to the maddening patterns of vaudeville melodrama the Sox found themselves after tonight's victory in sole possession of first place. It's not much -- a one game lead after Detroit lost to Cleveland -- but they're back alone in first. The damsel is saved!

That patchwork pitching was on display tonight as Hector Santiago, the Sox rookie closer at the beginning of the season, started the first game of his career. No pressure, eh? He did a fine job, going five innings and giving up one run on three hits. One of those three was a homer by Jamey Carroll, hence the one run. Six strikeouts in those five innings -- not bad at all.

A parade of relievers followed Santiago: Nate Jones, Donnie Veal, Jesse Crain, Matt Thornton, Brett Myers and Addison Reed covered the last four innings. Matt Thornton gave up a double to Joe Mauer ("Your hair...amazing!"), who scored on a single by Justin Morneau. That was it for the Twinks. My, how the mighty have fallen.

The Sox got their four runs mostly through Gordon Beckham's three RBIs. He started with a two-run homer to left-center in the second inning. In the eighth, Alexei Ramirez singled, stole second, and scored on Beckham's double. Another run came home in the seventh when Kevin Youkilis doubled and Paul Konerko singled him in.

A fitting ending to an evening that began with a moving tribute to the late Kevin Hickey, White Sox pitching instructor and BP pitcher and softball-to-MLB Cinderella story. Hickey had a shaggy mustache and the Sox players sported mustaches tonight in his memory.

You know, mustaches worked for the Oakland A's in the 1970s, and the central character in those classic melodramas always had a mustache. The Sox took back first place tonight...hmm...thanks, Hic Man!

KW Appreciates The Game:
"I appreciate Gordon Beckham a lot more when he converts popups to line drives!"

submitted by tebman.

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Gordon Beckham

Three RBIs, including a two-run homer, along with his usual stellar glove work. Bacon bits everywhere!

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