Air rifle is an Olympic sport? Yup, since 1984. So I guess we can look forward to BassMaster in 2016 in Lake Michigan. Feel that? Chills.
D.J. Carrasco, part of that Royals-to-Sox reliever pipeline (and don't you miss Mike MacDougal?), was originally supposed to make his MLB debut today. But with Scott Linebrink busy studying acupuncture and hanging out on the DL, Carrasco is needed in the bullpen. Also, Broadway's name is much easier for me to spell and I hear he does jazz hands after every strikeout. Oh yeah, I'm bringing out the theater jokes today. Shuffle ball change.
Broadway is a tall drink of water at 6-3, 190 pounds. The TCU product (Go Horned Frogs) was the first pick by the White Sox in the 2005 draft. There ya go, everything you always wanted to know about a guy named Lance.
The Cuban Missile, Alexei Ramirez, got the day off yesterday. Ozzie said Ramirez needed a day off "mentally." Carlos Quentin needed a few days off physically after the poor dude was hit by a pitch in five consecutive games. And people say baseball isn't a contact sport.
Kyle Davies is on the mound and has decided the best way to win is "just pretty much throwing strikes." Genius!
Today's White Sox agenda includes sweeping the Royals and avoiding another summertime brawl. Why is A.J. always in the middle of these things? Gah, he really needs to re-dye that hair.
Lineups are here: Quentin is back in the fold in the No. 3 hole; Junior is batting second and Toby Hall brings up the rear (literally and in the lineup).
Comment board is below. My email is here. What's your Olympic sport?
Here's your Olympics update: James Blake (whose autobiography I just finished reading) beat Roger Federer, both Williameseses lost their singles matches and Team USA beat Greece. ESPN's analyst said he thought the Greeks were playing possum. Is that like HORSE?
Beautiful day at the Cell today: 76 degrees with wind blowing out of the NNE at 10 mph. Mostly cloudy, kinda hazy. Prepare for fly-overs in preparation for the Air and Water show. Good times. Prepare also for spelling mistakes, as my fingers appear to have glue on them. Broadway's first pitch to Mitch Maier is a pitch down low for a ball. Black tops and white bottoms for the Sox; blue tops with grey/gray bottoms for the Royals. Maier hits the third pitch to JD in right for a lead-off single. Mike Aviles (sounds like Micah the way Hawk pronounces it)...lines one to Konerko, but it tips off his glove and deflects into the outfield for a double. Runners on second and third and some early trouble for Broadway. Mark Teahan pops it up in foul ground, O-Cab calls off Uribe and the shortstop makes the first out. Jose Guillen rips one up the middle, and that will score a pair. Royals 2-0. The first base ump, that would be Bill Hohn, has an outstanding handlebar mustache. That will cheer up the Sox. He's also wearing sunglasses. Witness protection program? Billy Butler...ball...ball...ball...ball...and it's a walk. Perhaps Broadyway stayed up late watching the Olympics. First pitch ball to Alex Gordon. Nice 91 mph fastball for a strike. Encore! 2-2 pitch to Gordon...instead, Guillen takes off for third and Broadway makes the nice spin move and nails the advancing Guillen. Pickoff attempt = successful. Guillen jumps around and whines that he got his hand in there ahead of Uribe's tag. The ump isn't buying it. Butler stays at first. Full count to Gordon and he fouls it off. Three more foul balls (I linked to the ump's mustache above) and another foul ball. And another foul ball. 13th pitch of this at-bat is grounded to Ramirez at second for the final out.
Alert reader Pete points out that those first-inning runs were the first the Royals have scored this series. Thanks Pete! Kyle Davies' first pitch to O-Cab is a fastball low. Good series thus far for O-Cab. Not a good AB: he strikes out swinging on five pitches. One out. Ken Junior is batting second today, a bit odd. Fouls off the first pitch and then Davies back-doors him with a strike to make it quickly 0-2. Junior also strikes out, also swinging. Davies' idea of throwing strikes is good. 10 pitches, 7 strikes. Carlos Quentin in his return fouls off the first one. Two balls, another foul and...seriously? Quentin gets hit by a pitch (shoulder) for the 6th time in 6 games. MLB record. First batter Davies has hit all year. So does Ozzie issue the order for retaliation? JD rips one into the LF corner for a stand-up double; Quentin stops at third. Thome swings and misses at strike one. Three straight balls and another will load the bases for comment board favorite, Paul Konerko. He is the Harvester of Sorrow. Ball one. Konerko pops it up in the infield, second baseman German is under it for the third out. Sigh.
KPO'M: I was decent at ping-pong in high school, but probably not Olympic-caliber. Olympic crossword puzzle-solving? Oh, how about Olympic cubicling? Gold medal for me! Gload fouls off the first pitch from Broadway. And yes, Broadway hurled 26 pitches in that first inning. Not a good sign. 2-2 pitch is hit right to O-Cab, but he misplays it and that's an error and a man on first. Played it on the far grass on the infield and threw his glove at it. Why do the infielders hate Broadway? Comcast cuts to Ozzie pacing in the dugout. Gload now. He fouls off a bunch and runs the count to 3-2. Crazy high number of foul balls off Broadway today. Gload grounds out to Uribe for the first out. Broadway at 40 pitches. German hits it hard but right to Ramirez at second for the easy 4-3 put-out. Runner at third for Maier. Attempts a bunt, but out. Look at the Royals attempting a squeeze...adorable. Broadway walks Maier on the 9th pitch. Lotsa pitches by this Broadway guy. And I've yet to see any jazz hands. Dullsville. Aviles grounds out to Uribe to end the threat. Get Broadway some ice for his shoulder (53 pitches).