A quick injury update – the official DL move for Justin has been made and it was actually Jeff Manship that was brought up to shore up the bullpen since Duensing is down with the flu. We really are short on long innings guys. Lots of folk really upset that Slama didn’t come up but guys, Slama can’t do more than two innings so it really has to be someone that can be of use if one of our starters can’t go more than 2 innings – cause that NEVER happens right now. I don’t think Manship will be here very long – they’ll send him back down as soon as Duensing is back up and going so that they can bring Tolbert back in… granted, that’s just a guess on my part but it seems logical based on what has been said so far. And, as a follow up to the link I gave you yesterday about Joe Nathan, he’s set to throw for the first time tomorrow. Wish him luck everyone!
As I was gently reminded last night, if the Twins win the next three, we’re right back in this. Thanks ‘Chu!  Thanks JAMES!
|Chi White Sox||@||Minnesota|
|Pierre, LF||Span, CF|
|Ramirez, A, SS||Hudson, O, 2B|
|Rios, CF||Mauer, C|
|Konerko, 1B||Kubel, RF|
|Quentin, DH||Cuddyer, 1B|
|Pierzynski, C||Thome, DH|
|Jones, An, RF||Young, D, LF|
|Viciedo, 3B||Hardy, SS|
|Beckham, 2B||Punto, 3B|
|Floyd, G, P||Liriano, P|
|Chi White Sox||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||2||4||8||4|
A WIN!!! And not only that, it’s a win where we actually have enough people stepping up to the plate to actually DEBATE a BOD! It was a legitimately fun game to watch – SO much better than last night. And maybe nothing shows that better than the difference in our starting pitching. Liriano just handled business in a fantastic way tonight. Many have said that Carl Pavano has been showing the younger guys how to get it done and, as much skill and style as Liriano has of his own, he did an incredible Pavano imitation tonight. The pitching bookends were completed with a surprise dominant closing appearance from Jesse Crain after John Rauch struggled with placement and walked three batters… ouch. Watching Konerko make that final strikeout off Jesse was a thing of beauty.
And then we had a couple GREAT nights at the plate too. The return of JJ Hardy came in a BIG way: 3/4 with 2 Runs, an RBI and a couple cannon throws across the infield for important outs. Cuddy, Mauer and Hudson also had multiple hits and RBI’s. It’s good be able to talk about the good things.
In the end, we give the BOD to Liriano with pastries to Hardy and Crain!