Nothing against John Danks. His performance at Wrigley last Friday was great, at least off the field.
Especially for a game that starts quite late -- 2:05 CST. And especially for a girl whose got a hot date tonight starting at 6:30. That's right the first ever NBA Draft cubicle. I know, hold your applause. But I will give you five minutes to cancel your Thursday evening plans (Ugly Betty re-runs?) and call all your friends. Invite them over to stare at your computer. You can rip the Bulls on our message board when they trade the No. 1 pick for some cognac for Joakim and another tall guy who can't shoot.
All your phone calls made? Fantastic.
The winner of today's Sox-Dodgers contest will win the series, as the Sox took Game 1 6-1 on Tuesday and got blanked last night by a pitcher named Stultz (tricky last name to type).
Sox throw out the aforementioned Danks against 20-year-old Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. This confusing, yet colorful, chart tells me uh, 62% of his first pitches are fastballs and his very favorite zone to rightys is high and away. I'd prefer to know his favorite movie or what kind of tree he's like to be but I guess that doesn't help the scouting reports.
Here's your lineup on getaway day: And it's a special one with Brian Anderson batting second (huh?) and Toby Hall behind the plate.
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Baseball soon. Wimbledon update: Andy Roddick losing, but looking to pull even in the 4th set.
I'm playing injured today, as I burned my wrist on a hot skillet while making dinner last night. I am a clumsy, clumsy girl. Another programming alert: The Sox hope to have the No. 1 pick at the ballpark on Friday. Is Derrick Rose a Cubs or Sox fan? 76 degrees in L.A. today, with a slight breeze blowing out of the West. It's too hot in Chicago today for my liking. Mix in all the tourists milling around the Tribune today...and well, I might go Chacon on someone too. First pitch to Orlando Cabrera is a fastball high. Hey, that's what that scouting report said. Crazy! O-Cab takes the third pitch to RF for a leadoff single. Anderson hits the first pitch he sees to the third base corner, and Russell Martin (usually a catcher) make the one-hop catch and throw to second for the force. No throw to first, so that's where Anderson stands. Dreamy Carlos Quentin now. He's batting .400 his last seven games, according to CSN. No good here, as Quentin hits into the routine double play to end the inning.
Roddick lost, so the only Americans left are the Williams sisters, I believe. Ex-Cub Juan Pierre is first up for the Dodgers. He's got 30 stolen bases this season. Danks gets Pierre to pop up in foul territory, but backup catcher Hall can't make the play. Right off the end of his glove. Two hands! Two hands! 2-2 count on Pierre. SoxFan Ethan: I would agree with your assesment on the southsider Rose. Pierre makes the Sox pay, as he lines a single to Quentin in LF. Also, that counted on an error on Hall. Big lead for Pierre; Danks makes a few throws over and almost nails him. And then Pierre steals second on the low throw from Hall. Four pickoff attempts, then a pitch to the batter, then Pierre is off and running. 3-0 count now. 3-1 and then a foul tip makes it 3-2. Kemp checks up his swing and draws the walk. Martin pops it to Swisher in foul ground, and Swish doesn't make a boo-boo. One out, runners stay put. James Loney now. Awesome last name. Pierre is off and running on the first pitch, Hall's one-hop throw draws Joe Crede's glove up and Pierre slides underneath. Speedy. Kemp to second. Loney hits a line drive/pop fly to O-Cab, who makes the grab for the second out. Andy LaRoche skies the 1-1 pitch to Dye for the last out. Danks pitches himself out of a jam.
Ozzie tells the Cubs and their fans to loosen up. JD is the first batter this inning against the very young Kershaw. 3-0...3-1...then JD draws the walk. Swish shows bunt and does bunt. 3B Martin makes the barehanded grab and throws Swish out by inches. Nice stretch by the Dodgers first baseman and nice throw by the third baseman. Crede now with Dye at second. Crede missed the last two games with a sore back. He said it was from the flight and not from his previous back surgery. He grounds out to his counterpart at third for the second out. Alexei Ramirez hits a broken-bat (perhaps?) line drive to LF, and Pierre has no arm, so Dye will come around and score. White Sox 1-0. Ramirez is safe on the advance to second. Dodgers intentionally walk Hall. They are scared of his power. Or they just wanted to face the awkward AL pitcher. It's a push. Danks fouls a few off before striking out swinging. At least he went down swinging. Literally.
White Sox 1-0.
Oh right, Joe Torre is the manager out there. How could i forget his commercials. Adam Sandler in the crowd today. J'adore Adam Sandler. Delwyn Young is up first. Related to Delmon Young? That would be a confusing. Young gets a full count. Couple fouls...and then he draws the walk. Ex-Royal Angel Berroa now. He's batting a meager .191 this season. He grounds into the easy DP to clear out those bases. Danny Ardoin runs the count to 2-0...foul...line drive to O-Cab...ball takes a funky bounce but O-Cab recovers and makes the throw. Ump calls him safe though, since Swish was pulled off the base. Bummer for O-Cab. Here's some pitcher-on-pitcher pitching. Danks strikes him out on four pitches.