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Welcome to the South Side! Game Thread 7/30/10

You are not in the wrong spot. They've given me control for the evening. You're all scared right now, aren't you? Relax. No sock puppets. No squirrels. Just good old fashioned game thread Friday night fun. Come on in: the water's fine.
Let's get a couple things out of the way. Listen.

I went to school on the South Side, as did colin. And it seems like there's another one of you around somewhere. I highly recommend Hyde Park to anyone who will listen.

There's this.

And this.

Having grown up close to it and having lived there for two years of grad school, I can tell you that no one shows the South Side any love. It's like Oakland. The White Sox are the A's of Chicagoland. Can't hate the also-rans of another market.

Except now.


We begin a three-game series in Chicago against these guys tonight. We needs wins.

Maybe the ineptitude of Geren may be countermanded by the inability of his players to understand Ozzie.

Mr. Excitement, Brett Anderson, returns tonight to go against Lucas Harrell, who is making his MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT tonight, and apparently is...kind of a big deal. Let's see if Mr. Anderson can provide that spark we need to overcome that pesky 8.5 game deficit.

First pitch at 5:10pm.


Oakland Athletics @ Chicago White Sox

07/30/10 5:10 PM PDT

Oakland Athletics Chicago White Sox
Coco Crisp - CF Juan Pierre - LF
Daric Barton - 1B Alexei Ramirez - SS
Kurt Suzuki - C Alex Rios - CF
Jack Cust - DH Paul Konerko - 1B
Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B Carlos Quentin - DH
Mark Ellis - 2B A.J. Pierzynski - C
Gabe Gross - RF Dayan Viciedo - 3B
Rajai Davis - LF Andruw Jones - RF
Cliff Pennington - SS Gordon Beckham - 2B