July 10th Pregame – Sox in Minnesota

It’s that time of year again. Keep thinking to your self , ‘just one more year’ and the dome will be dead for Sox fans. I figure these games shouldn’t be as bad as a series like last year, right at the end of the season, but both teams are still close in the standings. The Twins are coming off getting swept, but you know they have a big mental advantage and must be thinking ‘the Sox are coming to town, here comes our slumpbuster’. The White Sox have tried to infuse a little more youth and speed into the lineup for games like this, so we’ll see how it works out. Tonight we have a great pitching matchup, a rematch of Game 163 last year, Danks vs. Blackburn. Lineups courtesty of ESPN:

Time for me to be critical of Ozzie again. In a place like the dome, defense is key, and I HATE the decision to put Wise in LF and Podsednik in CF. This seems like the perfect game to start Anderson. I really hope this doesn’t cost the Sox tonight.

Blackburn has been very good for the Twins. He is better at home and has gotten better as the season has gone on. Mauer, Morneau and Kubel really stick out in that lineup, but the Sox know that anyone in that lineup can burn them. This has all the makings to be a tough game for the Sox to win, but that’s why they play the game!

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