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Toughing It Out and Doing Enough

April 13 at Minnesota

Toon Squad Update:
Tommy Pickles
Sometimes, even the littlest guys can do the biggest things.

Short Take:   It could have been a little easier, but the White Sox do just enough to keep the Twinkies winless for the year.

While the White Sox haven't always had an easy time with the Minnesota Twins since they moved into Target Field, they're still playing them much better than they did in the DumpDome's final decade. But it looks like even that wouldn't help this year's version of the Twins. That's good news for the Sox, who won in Minneapolis 3-0 on Wednesday.

Carlos Rodon found himself locked in his second straight pitcher's duel, this time with Phil Hughes. For the first five innings, they swapped donuts on the scoreboard. That fifth frame saw the Sox put runners on second and third to start, but nothing came of it. Kurt Suzuki walked to lead off the bottom half, but only got as far as second on a sacrifice bunt by Byron Buxton.

The Sox broke through in the sixth when Adam Eaton led off with a single and moved to third on one from Jimmy Rollins. Jose Abreu promptly grounded into a double play, but Eaton scored, finally putting a dent in the run column. When Rodon came back out, he loaded the bases with only one out, but fanned Max Kepler for his sixth strikeout and got Suzuki to pop out, providing the perfect end to his night.

It's too early to tell if the seventh gave us a glimpse at the club's depth, but if it did, be excited for the season. After Brett Lawrie singled, backup outfielder Jerry Sands, who had been taking some heat of late, lined a homer to center. It was a cushion the Sox ultimately didn't need, but were happy to have nonetheless.

Jake Petricka struck out his only two hitters faced in the inning and Nate Jones got the final out when Zach Duke couldn't. Jones went on to complete the eighth before David Robertson pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

Whoever had the Sox starting the year at 6-2 collect your winnings now. The pitching has been very strong and while the offense isn't making much noise, it's doing just enough to squeak out victories. That should make a tense, yet exciting year. It's even difficult to get mad at those who haven't hit their stride yet because they appear to be all business and that's a very refreshing sight from last year.

Thursday's matinee will give the Sox a shot at a road sweep. Mat Latos will battle Ervin Santana, which can be an appealing matchup even on paper. Now's the time to show this team can play and also leave the Twinkies further in the dust. If you can watch, the game commences at 12:10.

That's all folks:
 Like a baby, a ballplayer's gotta do what a ballplayer's gotta do.

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