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balta1701

White Sox fan, Dr. of Geology

Ok, now I know no one actually reads this blog. How do I know? Dumb*** me yesterday morning prior to coffee kicking in wrote "Twins" in the blog post headline instead of Indians...and not a soul commented on it. Sigh.

Anywho, Sox beat the Indians again last night, winning this series. Positive sign, it just took us way too long to beat the Indians this year.

Big story last night...the benching of Manny Ramirez. Not the arrival of Manny Ramirez, the benching of it. Manny arrived with the usual fanfare, gave a press conference in Spanish for some reason, had Joey Cora translate for him, no idea what was up with that. He was in town 4 hours or so before game time, parked in his usual spot for facing his original team, flew out of L.A. at about 6:00 a.m. (so he ought to have gotten most of a night's sleep) and yet, he didn't get inserted in the lineup.

It's at best a puzzling choice. You're paying the guy $125k/game, he's been off for weeks on the DL, and you think he's jetlagged. I dunno. Ozzie said he wasn't fully happy with how Manroid responded to Ozzie's are you ready to play question.

Since the Sox won, I guess we can live with it for one day, but I don't know if we'll ever really understand the reasoning here. Ozzie power play, Manny power play, who knows, but there's something behind the scenes there we're not being told about, I think we can all believe that.

Edwin Jackson took the hill again. His real line: 8.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 hits, 11 K's. Scary thing was...he actually pitched better than that. He'd thrown over 110 pitches when Ozzie sent him out for the 9th, clearly trying to save the bullpen, and Edwin gave up a couple hits and a couple runs in the ninth on about pitch 130. His line should have been 8 IP, 4 hits, 10 k's, 1 ER. Yeah, he continues to be that good. Sadly, that 9th inning might well have cost Edwin a shot at the pitcher of the month award, although King Felix might well have taken it anyway.

The offense last night took forever to get going against Masterson. They managed to eek out 1 run on a Teahen single late in the game to tie it at 1. Teahen was then thrown out by a mile trying to steal on a pitchout. Even the other team knows Ozzie's going to try stealing with marginal runners if there are a couple outs. Sigh.

The big blow was AJ. 3 run HR in the 8th. I think AJ was shocked that he hit it, he paused and looked stunned at the plate for a second. It's been a while since AJ's been a productive bat. Nice to see.

Jenks wound up warming up and getting the last out for the save once it was clear Edwin was just worn out. He gave up 1 hit but got the 2nd guy. Had it not been for a play by Rios, reaching up while sliding and keeping a funny hop from getting past him, that hit might have scored the tying run. Little play that might have saved the game.

Twins came back from a 3-0 deficit to win yesterday. Sigh. Couldn't gain any ground. Sox need to cinch it up, hunker down, and play some .800 ball the rest of the way.

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Dan Santaromita said:

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In fairness, I noticed the Twins thing but didn't feel like pointing it out. I kinda wanted to see how long it would take. Everyone thinks someone else will mention it and no one did!

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