Coming off their sweep of the suddenly mortal Detroit Tigers, the Chicago White Sox are looking to close the chasm between themselves and the division leaders this week with a peaceful, easy series at home against the lowly Kansas City Royals.
“Normally, to prepare ourselves for a series opener, we’ll put on some really hard track over the locker room PA to get ourselves psyched. Like for Detroit, it was ‘War Pigs’ by Black Sabbath,” Sox third baseman Joe Crede explained. “But for the Royals, we figured we’d set the mood with Seals & Croft’s ‘Summer Breeze.'”
Indeed, the Sox breezed right by Kansas City in last night’s game. The South Siders rolled over the Royals in the fourth, plating eight base runners in a single-inning scoring run that was topped off by Jim Thome’s 36th round-tripper of the season.
Jon Garland also did well, bouncing back from a loss to the New York Yankees last week. He held the Royals “offense” to one run during his seven innings on the mound to get his 13th win of the year, as well as his 13th career victory over Kansas City.
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Sox fans who are suddenly interested in the team again.