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White vs. Red -- Game 4 -- 7/24/2005

Last night's game was one of the more dissappointing games that I've attended all season. Whether it was the Sox running themselves out of innings early on, or Carl Everett and Paul Konerko failing to come through with the bases loaded, last night wasn't a fun game to be at. There was a positive that came out of the game, however; El Duque pitched (arguably) his best game of the year, and lived up to his name as a "big game" pitcher. He didn't shut out the Red Sox, but two runs over six and two-thirds, while only making one real mistake pitch (which, to Manny's credit, did go opposite field -- at least it wasn't a moonshot like Thursday night).

So, who do the Sox look for to prevent the defending World Champions from taking three out of four? None other than Jose Contreras. He squares off against Bronson Arroyo.

What to look for: Ross Gload makes his long-awaited, well-deserved return to the White Sox lineup, as Paul Konerko moves to DH and Carl Everett moves to RF.

Jermaine Dye, apparently, is still battling that bug bite. At the beginning of the season, I never thought I'd hear myself say this: I miss Jermaine Dye's bat in the lineup.

Tonight's lineups, are as follow:

Boston Red Sox
Johnny Damon CF.338
Bill Mueller 3B.281
David Ortiz DH.300
Manny Ramirez LF.278
Trot Nixon RF.293
Kevin Millar 1B.272
Jason Varitek C.303
Alex Cora SS.202
Tony Graffanino 2B.302

Bronson Arroyo P(8-5 4.05)

Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik LF.293
Tadahito Iguchi 2B.270
Carl Everett RF.257
Paul Konerko DH.257
A.J. Pierzynski C.248
Aaron Rowand CF.289
Ross Gload 1B.154
Joe Crede 3B.253
Pablo Ozuna SS.303

Jose Contreras P(5-6 4.34)

On the trade front: According to WMVP radio's Bruce Levine, the Sox are close to striking a deal for Marlins' righty A.J. Burnett. According to Levine, the deal would center around southpaw reliever Damaso Marte and 21 year-old righty Brandon McCarthy. The Sox taking struggling third-baseman Mike Lowell is not out of the question.

There are also rumors that the Sox might spin Burnett to Philly for left-handed flamethrower Billy Wagner.

I'll say this -- I think that giving up McCarthy and Marte for a pitcher that has a career 109 ERA+, and has only pitched over 200 innings in his career once, is overpaying. I don't think Burnett is worth a top prospect and a pretty good lefthander.

Oh.....something else...