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White Sox Sun Jul 19 2009
After pitching a scoreless inning in the All-Star game Tuesday in St. Louis Mark Buehrle picked up where he left off in the first half. Buehrle, who had his worst performance of the season in Minnesota last Sunday before the break, righted the ship so to speak and pitched a stellar 7 1/3rd innings Saturday afternoon. He raises his record to 10-3.
Buehrle was down early after surrendering his lone run of the game, but Jermaine Dye bailed him out with a two-run homer (21). The Sox are now 7-0 at home on Saturdays and 12-0 when they play on Saturday afternoon.
The Sox now sit one and a half games back of Detroit who lost their second game in a row to the Yankees this afternoon. They 47-43 which is the second time they've been four games above the .500 mark this season. After the O's leave the schedule doesn't get any easier for the Southsiders.
The next two weeks they will face all above .500 teams. Including a four game series in Detroit. That could be the turning point one way or another for the Sox come next weekend. They could be sitting comfortably in first place when it's all said and done or they could be on the outside looking in.
Up next for the Sox Jose Contreras (4-7) takes the bump on Sunday afternoon against Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie (6-8). Game time is 1:05 p.m.