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Morning Box Score

By Marcus Gilmer in Miscellaneous on Aug 13, 2008 2:10PM

Sox Roll Over Royals
It was a bad weekend for the White Sox: they lost first place and pitcher Jose Contreras. Fortunately, the Kansas City Royals are in town and it provided just the break the Sox needed. Behind eight shut-out innings from Javier Vasquez, the Sox rolled 9-0 over the visitors from K.C. Jermaine Dye's two-run home run in the first inning turned out to be the game-winner, but the Sox piled on for good measure, adding solo home runs from Nick Swisher (17) in the fifth and AJ Pierzynski (10) in the sixth. In his dominant performance from the mound, Vasquez allowed just five hits and one walk while striking out 10. Carlos Quentin did not play and is listed as day-to-day with soreness in his left forearm, a result of his being the first player in the live-ball era (since 1920) to be hit by a pitch in five consecutive games.

Cubs-Braves: The Dreaded "PPD"
I remember during my Little League days in the south when the Cubs and Braves would face off and I'd wear out the batteries in the remote flipping between the SuperStations (WGN & TBS) so I could hear the call by both Harry and Skip. It's just not the same without them now and Mother Nature agrees; last night's game was called on account of rain. The teams will play a day-night doubleheader today.