If it's possible to be a quiet 14-4, Jon Garland is it. He's won 10 of his last 11 decisions and is 6-1 with a 3.26 since the break, but all anyone can talk about it is the inconsistency of the other four starters.
Garland is the Sox's ace of the moment and they need him today in a big way as the White Sox go for a split against mighty Neifi Perez and the not-as-mighty AL Central leading Detroit Tigers.
We have no Jim Thome update at the moment but we'll pass anything along as soon as we hear it. As expected, Thome, like Pluto, is not in the lineup today, replaced at DH by Paul Konerko. Ross Gload will play first and will make all the difference. Pablo Ozuna takes the bunt-challenged Scott Podsednik's spot in left and atop the order. It's all here in the lineups.
Right now the tarp is on the field in Detroit and we'll be a bit delayed getting this one underway. Stay tuned.
First Thome update of the day: The Comcast guys report in the pregame show that Thome could be out "four to five days" or "seven to eight." There you have it. It won't be six days.
Rain update: Hawk says there are some differing reports on the length of this rain delay, much like the reports on Jim Thome's hamstring. It could either be an hour or an hour and a half. On TV it looks pretty nice in Detroit, despite being Detroit. Anyway, we'll keep you posted. I'm off to get some lunch at Ozzie Guillen's favorite churrascaria. Enjoy TWIB.
Rain update, Part II: First pitch will be tossed at 1 p.m. Central, or 20 minutes from now. I have to say that was a tremendous edition of TWIB.
Twenty minutes later: Hey, look! Baseball! Here we go.
Pablo Ozuna starts the game by bouncing out to the immortal one, Neifi Perez. Robertson strikes out Tadahito Iguchi for the second out. Jermaine Dye rips one the other way for a two-out solo home run. That's his 36th of the season and he is having a great year. I'm here to point out the obvious. Paul Konerko strikes out to end the top half of the first.
Sox 1, Tigers 0
Curtis Granderson lines a leadoff single to right. Craig Monroe rolls one to Juan Uribe, who starts a 6-4-3 double play. Dmitri Young grounds an inside pitch off his fists right at Iguchi and Garland has an easy inning.
Sox 1, Tigers 0
Joe Crede, he of the one-handed home run last night, pops out to short. A.J. Pierzynski strikes out, chasing a low and away change-up. Uribe bounces out to Brandon Inge at third. This game is moving along quickly.
Is there anyone on the planet--this one, not Pluto--more in need of a hair cut than Maggs? I'm telling you it's affecting his defense. He grounds the first pitch to first for a quick out. Carlos Guillen flies out to Dye in right. Sean Casey lines one to the left-center gap and Brian Anderson snares it on a full-out dive. Send that to TWIB. Inning over.
Sox 1, Tigers 0
From the Cubicle
Live play-by-play of today's Sox-Tigers game from a guy who will always think of Pluto as a planet.
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