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April 22 vs. Cleveland

Sox Project Update:
Steady framework
Every piece of metal was stable, which is good for any construction site.

Short Take:   Samardzija gets out of jams, Abreu leads offensive charge to take series from Tribe.

In the spirit of Earth Day, the weather decided to show its not-so-warm side at Comiskey Park Wednesday afternoon. That probably kept a few people away. But those that came were treated to a pleasant sight: a 6-0 White Sox winner over the Cleveland Indians. For those keeping score at home, that's two of three in the series against Sports Illustrated's World Series pick.

Jeff Samardzija decided enough was enough in his quest to earn his first victory in a Sox uniform. Even as he put a runner at third in the second, third and sixth innings, sometimes with others threatening as well, he remained focused. Enduring long Indians at-bats, he got out of each jam with no damage inflicted. It took 113 pitches over six innings, but his fearless demeanor exited the game with his agent seeing dollar signs.

The lineup had a tough draw in reigning Cy Young Winner Corey Kluber, but showed no fear. Jose Abreu started the fun with a solo homer in the first. He followed that two innings later with the unusual RBI double play, which was set up by an Adam Eaton double and Melky Cabrera single. Having reached on a fielder's choice in the sixth, Avisail Garcia went to third on a Conor Gillaspie double and then, scored on a wild pitch.

The seventh inning was one of the best of this young season. After Dan Jennings relieved Samardzija with a scoreless top half, each of the first four Sox batters connected for a base hit. Cabrera, the third of those batters, hit an RBI single to score Micah Johnson. Cabrera came home with Eaton thanks to a double by Abreu. That gave the first baseman three RBIs for the day and sent Kluber to the showers.

The final two innings were rather uneventful, but did provide an interesting moment. Zach Duke had a scoreless eighth before he was removed for Jake Petricka, making his season debut. Despite giving up a walk and a hit, Petricka got Jason Kipnis to ground into a double play to end the game. Wondering why he's one of the few holdovers from last year's crummy bullpen?

A series win like this is encouraging. Anytime the Sox earn one against a division rival not named the Twins, it sends a message that they can hang with the best of the AL Central. Maybe, just maybe, they can contend for a playoff spot. Although we've barely scratched the surface on the work that needs to be done, these are the moments that could make a difference as to where the Sox will be in September.

Continuing the homestand Thursday, the Sox will be out for revenge against the Kansas City Royals. Chris Sale will face Yordano Ventura, which should keep the offense to a minimum. And with the Royals having missed Sale in that opening series, perhaps that will play more into the home team's favor. The action begins at 7:10 on Comcast SportsNet Plus (check your local listings).

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 The reliable workers are starting to do what they do best. More of this and the project will be on its way.

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