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A's Rally Falls Short, Sox Win Opener 4-3

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Well, this is new territory.  I had forgotten what it felt like to write a losing recap.

Chicago's one good inning was one run better than the A's, and that pretty much sums it up on a mostly uneventful evening at the Coliseum.

Brandon McCarthy held the White Sox in check for every inning but the second when he was touched for the only four runs Chicago would score on the night.  McCarthy only walked two batters in his seven innings; unfortunately they both came in the fateful second, and he further hurt his cause with a throwing error on a pickoff attempt that scored the decisive run.

Tonight the role of Cy Young was played by Phil Humber, who allowed the home team two measly hits through the sixth.  Then came the mojo seventh when the A's broke through for three runs, only to have their rally halted when David DeJesus was picked off first base to end the inning.

The last chance for an A's comeback died on a failed attempted steal of home by Coco Crisp with two outs in the eighth.  Whether you agree with the decision or not, it was an exciting play that took a diving tag by A.J. Pierzynski to get his man.

Oh, and guess who's back?  Lady .500.  Sigh.

We do it again tomorrow on Mark Ellis Bat Day. Hmm.