AJ gets away with it all: Interference on the base path, running out a dropped strike, pretending he hates his wife. Yesterday, he waved his bat just as the Rays catcher attempted to throw out Dewayne Wise at second.
As for today, it's another biggie for the White Sox, who like to be in the "backs-up-against-the-wall" position. It was just last Monday (seriously, that was only a week ago?) that the boys in black had to beat the lowly Tigers just for a chance to advance and play the Twins for a chance to advance to play the Rays.
In that Tigers game, Gavin Floyd won his 17th game of the season by throwing six innings of five-hit ball. AJ (who else?) said Floyd was really nervous heading into that game. Ozzie called Floyd's performance the one with the biggest heart and stomach."
Wait, did Ozzie just call Floyd fat? Just kidding.
Andy Sonnanstine takes the mound for the Rays. He's 1-0 vs. the Sox this season, but he was just 6-5 on the road. So there!
Sox recorded their 10th win of the season without smacking a home run yesterday. And people say boys can't change. Small ball? Is that you? Well hello old friend.
Some ESPN analyst today said Floyd's curveball could be the game-changer for the Sox, especially if shade takes over the field, thus disguising the pitch even more. Combine that with the Sox's "Rolling Blackout" and a 54-28 home record, and the Cell is soooo the place to be today. Unless you have to work or just like my company, then you came to the right place!
I can't say anything more that hasn't been said in the previous five Sox cubicles this week. Let's get ready to rumble (nice tan buddy).
Lineups are here: Same as yesterday with stud DeWise batting eighth again. The Rays have inserted ex-Cub Cliff Floyd into the DH spot to replace Willy Aybar and Gabe Gross takes over right for Rocco Baldelli.
Cloudy but warmer weather conditions. Winds out the east at 10 to 15 mph. No green on the doppler. Woohoo.
Comment board is below. My email is here. What are you going to be for Halloween?
Baseball soon. DeWise is ready to DeGo and DeWin this DeGame 4.
TBS' Curtis Granderson said Floyd is a really good pitcher. Because Floyd beat him last week. Love the personal anecdotes, TBS!
Now for the TBS picks for Game 4...Curtis: Sox win; Cal: Rays win; Eck: Sox win.
Truthbtold: They had the white hankies yesterday; looked creepy/cool against the black t-shirts. Don Orsillo and Harold Reynolds are high above the plate today. I bet Hawk boobey-trapped his booth. Lights are on at the Cell, Floyd is finishing up his warmups. Thunderstuck. Towel waving. First batter up is Akinori Iwamura...and first pitch is a...strike and we are underway. Harold says Floyd rarely shakes off AJ, so AJ is basically in charge of this whole game. Fun! Two straight balls are followed by a liner right into Uribe's glove for out No. 1. Uribe was playing even with the grass. B.J. Upton, who belted a two-run shot yesterday, takes strike one. 2-1 is lifted to deep left and that's outta here. Rays 1-0. Upton faced Floyd in high school (!) so he knows Gavin's stuff. Clearly. Pena grounds the first pitch to the right of second base bag for a single. Evan Longoria takes ball one. Big swing and a miss evens things at 1-1. TBS measures the lead of Pena at first with green and red arrows. Seems silly to me. Floyd falls behind 2-1 but comes back with a cutter for (called) and a curveball (swinging) for the strikeout and second out. Sit down Eva. Crawford takes strike one. First time batting fifth for Crawford, foul tip makes it 1-2. TBS says Dioner Navarro hit Crawford in the face with his bat during batting practice today. Ouch. Pena steals second on the 1-2 pitch, AJ's throw was a little high. So 2-2 to Crawford. Foul. Grounds the next one to Ramirez at second to end things.