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Sox Bats on Ice

April 26th vs. the Tampa Bay Rays

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Late-spring frost warning.
The frosty air stunted the growth of the promising new crop.

Short Take:John Danks threw a zillion pitches in less than six innings for his first loss of the season, a 4-0 shutout at the hands of Tampa Bay.

The Tampa Bay Rays were in town to play the White Sox and it was cold. If you remember Mort from the Bazooka Joe bubblegum comics, you remember that he was the guy with the turtleneck sweater pulled up under his eyes. That's how Evan Longoria looked standing at third base tonight with a wrap pulled up over his mouth as he bounced up and down to stay warm.

The Rays are a team unfamiliar with cold weather, playing as they do in a controlled indoor environment in their orange juice dome. But the frigid Chicago night didn't seem to faze them as they shut out the White Sox 4-0. John Danks started for the Sox and apparently had frostbite in his pitching arm: he had a hard time finding the plate and threw 123 pitches just to get through 5-2/3 innings. He came in with a 2-0 record after several sharp appearances but didn't show much of that tonight.

Your correspondent was there and endured both the cold weather and the Sox' cold bats. Our heroes could only muster five hits, and four of those came from Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham. Dayan Viciedo got a hit to extend his modest hitting streak but he also dropped a fly ball, giving us painful flashbacks to 2013.

Cesar Ramos started for Tampa and got the win by baffling the Sox with middling-speed pitches. No one will ever confuse him with Cy Young, but he had enough to keep the Sox bats quiet.

There's not much else to say about this game. Among the curiosities tonight was Adam Eaton's three successive 1-3 comebackers to the pitcher. Check the sabrmetricians -- that's got to be some kind of record. Rays skipper Joe Maddon was ejected in the eighth inning for barking at plate umpire Tim Timmons about a checked-swing non-call on Adam Eaton; that was curious because the Rays had a 4-0 lead against a flaccid White Sox offense. It hardly seemed worth the energy to argue.

David Price pitches for Tampa on Sunday. That's a scary proposition because the Sox will trot out Scott Carroll, another who's-he from Charlotte. But who knows? We haven't seen Carroll, but then neither have the Rays. Maybe there's lightning in a bottle.

Bill Veeck once said, "There are only two seasons -- winter and Baseball." Enduring this game tonight, I'm inclined to agree. There was a lot of winter and not much baseball.

The Futures Market:
Futures on the hitters still are a good investment, but keep your bids low on the pitchers.

submitted by tebman.

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Gordon Beckham

Two hits tonight, one a double, raising his batting average from .000 to .200. A good trend line, even if it is Mendoza territory.

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