Wednesday, August 30, 2006

White Sox beat Devil Rays, gain ground in AL wild card race

For the second straight game, the Chicago White Sox played poorly but managed to defeat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Although the Rays have never been a good team in their decade of existence, for some reason, the White Sox struggle against them.

But in the game two of the three-game series, the Devil Rays did their job and handed the White Sox two gift-wrapped victories, highlighted by a Tampa Bay two error eighth inning that allowed the White Sox to win tonight, 5-4.

The game was aired on broadcast TV, so I'm hoping my mother got to see some of it. (See below post.) While growing up on Chicago's South Side in the 1930s and '40s, she got hooked on the Sox when their top players were future Hall of Famers Ted Lyons and Luke Appling.

After my father died, she got away from following the team, but got drawn in again last season during the White Sox World Series run last year.

Minnesota lost this evening, so the White Sox are now 1 1/2 games ahead of the Twins in the AL wild card race, and the South Siders are 4 1/2 games behind the Detroit Tigers, who split a double header tonight with the New York Yankees.

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