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White Sox Fri Apr 22 2011

Sox Streak Ends as Offense Awakens

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Maybe it took every blogger in the Midwest complaining about it, but the White Sox offense finally awoke to snap a maddening early season decent. It's finally over. The good news:

1) The odds of both the White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays making the playoffs are next to nothing, so at the very least fans can say goodbye to cavernous Tropicana Field and its cow bells and vuvuselas for at least another year.

2) The Sox are still a game ahead of the Twins.

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A concern the Sox still have to attend to is Alex Rios. The center fielder left Chicago with average of .213 (his season high, sadly) and hasn't gotten a hit since. If it is indeed turf toe keeping him from getting on base, I think the fans would happily take the young Brent Lillibridge in his place for a day or so.

Next up is a quick trip to Detroit to face the third place Tigers, who are only a game ahead of the Sox. Like the Sox, the Tigers have a couple of dependable hitters in Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch while the rest of the lineup is still looking to find its way. This will be an important series for the Sox, who struggled against their own division last year. If they take at least two of the next three games, they move up in the standings. Mark Buehrle takes the mound tonight against three time all-star Justin Verlander. Here's hoping the offense continues to roll.

 
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