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First, I apologize for the absence. I wrote in the comments yesterday that I had heat stroke. That's probably not accurate. I didn't visit a doctor or anything, so I can't be sure of the exact diagnosis, but I would say it was more of a heat exhaustion.

I've had heat stroke before. That was a complete mess. This was nothing like that. I just over did it on Saturday, and needed about 20 hours to get back to normal.

I also had a slight case of blogger's burnout. I probably could have gotten to the computer and cranked out a few quick paragraphs, but I just didn't feel like it.

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All in all, it was a pretty productive weekend. White Sox staring pitchers allowed 3 earned runs in the 4 games against the vaunted Cleveland offense. They got the sweep, essentially sticking a dagger in the Tribe's hope of making a run at the AL Central. And most importantly, they gained 3 quick games on Minnesota, who still have visions of a 4th straight division title.

It was great to see Contreras have another good start, then Garcia, Buehrle, and Garland follow in tow.

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I'll get into more of the rumors surrounding the Sox, and maybe outline what I would do if I was KW, later when more of the nations newspapers are online.

Orlando Hernandez will be called up to make the start on Monday against the Tigers, and subsequently there is a roster decision to be made. I have a feeling we'll know a lot more about the make up of our club for the rest of the season in the next 24 hours.

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OK, just one rumor. Only because it's not in the mainstream press, and coming from one of my favorite blogs.

The Rays may also miss out on a chance to move Denys Baez now that the D-Backs are scouting Shingo Takatsu. The Sox aren't asking for one of the elite prospects in return, as the Rays did.

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For those that doubted Zach Duke, well, quit doubting. The kid is real. His emergence - and several options including Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny, make Mark Redman and Kip Wells available. Redman is being watched by the Yanks and Red Sox. The White Sox would love to have Wells back if they miss out on Burnett or another top-line starter.