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Rios Slams Twins

September 5 vs. Minnesota

Today's Sox Crew:
One-Man Wrecking Crew
Alex Rios did all the work at the construction site today.

Short Take: Alex Rios clubs two home runs including a grand slam and knocks home all the Sox runs in a 6-2 win over lowly Minnesota.

Is there any doubt Alex Rios has been the best White Sox player this season? He's second on the team in batting average (.298), third in home runs (22), second in RBIs (82) and second in stolen bases (20). Combine that with the excellent defense Rios has played in right field all season, and there's really no question who the team MVP is this year.

Rios continued his monster season with perhaps his best game of the year Wednesday. He went 2-for-3 with a pair of long home runs and a career-high six RBIs as the Sox collected a much-needed 6-2 victory over the crappy, perpetual losers known as the Minnesota Twins.

With the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, Rios got a hanging breaking ball on the inner half from Minnesota loser P.J. Walters (2-3) and didn't miss a stitch. The ball cleared the bullpen in left field for a grand slam, and the Sox took an early 4-0 lead.

Rios wasn't done tormenting Walters. With the Sox leading 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Paul Konerko worked a leadoff walk and scored on a two-run blast from Rios this one landing in the ivy beyond the center field wall at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox increased their lead to 6-1, and that would be all the runs they would need on this day.

Sox starter Jake Peavy (10-10) may not have been spectacular, but he was workmanlike and effective. He went six innings, allowing just a run on five hits. He struck out just three, but walked only one. Minnesota loaded the bases with one out in the third, but Peavy escaped with only one run allowed. In the fourth, the Twins placed runners at first and third with one out. This time, Peavy got out of trouble unscathed by inducing Trevor Plouffe to pop out and Matt Carson to ground weakly to shortstop.

Brett Myers worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Matt Thornton worked a scoreless eighth. Closer Addison Reed gave up a meaningless run in the ninth, but no matter. The Sox were never in danger in the late innings in this one.

With the win, the Sox maintain their one-game lead in the American League Central Division race. Detroit was a 7-1 winner over Cleveland on Wednesday. The Sox will take the day off Thursday before the homestand continues Friday night against the Kansas City Royals. Francisco Liriano (5-11, 5.11 ERA) gets the start for the South Siders. Let's hope he rediscovers that thing known as the strike zone. He'll be opposed by The Great Luis Mendoza (7-9, 4.48 ERA). Game time is 7:10, and you can watch on WCIU.

KW Appreciates The Game:
I'm a genius for picking up Rios on waivers three years ago.

submitted by JB98.

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