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(May 8)

Short Take:  J.B. da man!

Our Sox have climbed out of the cellar of A.L. Central thanks almost entirely to James Baldwin's surgically-repaired arm.  The Sox win their third in a row with a hard-earned 2-0 victory over Jarrod Washburn and the Anaheim Angels.

For seven innings, James Baldwin was the sole bright spot for Sox Fans to cling to.  Fresh from beating the Sox convincingly last week, the Angels' Jarrod Washburn was calmly mowing down the Sox.  They ought to check the guy for illegal substances the way his high fastball was popping.   Formerly sporting an 11.09 ERA, even Washburn seemed surprised at his effectiveness.  

Next he'll get a job on the Cubs' staff.

Washburn carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning which left only James Baldwin between the Sox and oblivion.  He bent but he never broke, keeping the game a scoreless tie.  

Then came the fateful seventh.  After striking out Jose Valentin, Washburn walked Magglio Ordonez.  Visions of Andy Hawkins and his 1990 no-hit loss to our Pale Hose began dancing in Sox Fans' memories!  Paul Konerko squeezed one through the infield for the Sox' first hit, and Carlos Lee scorched one along the third base line to bring home was proved to be the deciding run.  

Baldwin the Warrior made it hold up.  An insurance run off the bat of Ray Durham came courtesy a delightful dinger in the eighth.  Suddenly our Sox are hanging tough and scoring runs late in the game.

Gotta love that, Sox Fans.

Same two teams Wednesday evening at Comiskey.

Sox Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner

James Baldwin

A complete game shutout performance, outdueled a pitcher with a no-hitter into the seventh inning and posted his first victory of the season practically out of sheer guts.  

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