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Game 71- White Sox 5, Royals 1 (25-46)

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In what amounted to a fairly quick and painless sweep, the White Sox cruised past the Royals this afternoon on a get-away-day game at The Cell. Super Joe McEwing was given the lead-off/SS spot-start honors over Angel Berroa, and managed a Berroa-esque game, 0-4 with 3Ks and an error. As much as I want to continue to bitch and moan about this team's decision making, at some point it just becomes comical and non-upsetting.

Royals Review now presents, Inside the Mind of Buddy Bell: "Hmm, we've gotta put a fast guy in the leadoff spot, Berroa was probably our 7th best hitter, so he needs the guaranteed 4 ABs a game. Now this McEwing guy also sucks, and is probably not a major league quality hitter... Yea, he'll make a hell of a spark plug."

On the positive side of things, I liked what I saw out of J.P. Howell today, and it was nice that he got in a Chicago start instead of one in Colorado... Howell wasn't great: 5.0IP, 7H, 5ER, 4BB, 1HR, but he wasn't terrible either. Only managing two strikeouts was a little weak, but there's always the hope that he'll improve next game and build on the 8K opener.

According to the box score the White Sox drew 24,544 for this game, but I really doubt that.