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Shutout Victory!

(June 1)

Short Take:  Not bad for an "overrated phenom"

Phil Garner shot his mouth off suggesting he wasn't very impressed by the stuff used by Sox lefty Mark Buerhle in his victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park last week.  The question now isn't whether Phil Garner still isn't impressed; he would be a fool to suggest he wasn't.  Instead the question is whether Phil Garner is too hard-headed to regret having said it in the first place?

Phil's pretty hard-headed.  Don't forget he threw punches with his intellectual equal, the mental midget Terry Bevington.

Sox win 3-0 on the strength of Mark Buerhle's left arm.  And yes Sox Fans, it was very impressive!

Buerhle cut through the Tigers line up like a hot knife through butter.  He never faced more than four Detroit hitters in any inning.  The leadoff man never reached base for Detroit until the eighth inning.  The southpaw notched five nasty strikeouts including two big ones in the fifth inning to strand a runner at second base.  He was truly in control.

The Sox put their leadoff man on base in each of the first three innings, but there still was no score until the fourth inning when Jeff Liefer hit a solo shot homerun.  The Sox added two more runs in the fifth inning on rbi singles by Magglio Ordonez and Paul Konerko.

Konerko managed two hits for what seems like an eternity.  Jose Valentin and Royce Clayton (!) got two hits as well.  Sandy Alomar defied all odds and got three hits!  Bob Howry and Keith Foulke teamed up for the last four outs and earned a hold and save respectively.

Just like Jerry Manuel drew it up on the clubhouse chalkboard. 

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Mark Buerhle

Another of those "overrated phenoms" Skip Clueless spoke of, pitched 7.2 shutout innings, allowed just four hits, struck out five while walking three.   Is Clueless man enough to go back in the Sox clubhouse?  Didn't think so.

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