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White Sox @ Royals -- Garland vs. Affeldt

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Last week, with Scott Podsednik electing not to make the trip to Atlanta for the final two exhibition games, I hypothesized that he was going to be retroactively added to the disabled list. I said that it was "troubling," but was probably the best option. A week later, Pods is hitless, has a .071 OBP, is putting twice as many balls in the air as on the ground, and is now being held out of tonight's game. He's still available, and the Sox insist that nothing's is wrong. He's simply sitting against a "tough" lefty in Jeremy Affeldt.

Affeldt is the third lefty starter the Sox have seen in their first 4 games. I wasn't prescient enough to look at the probable starters last week, when I thought disabling Pods was a good option. I'm sure the White Sox knew who they were going to be facing, however, and I can't believe they thought rushing him back against a series of lefties was the right call.

Jermaine Dye, who left Tuesday's game with what was described as tightness in his calf, will also be held out of the lineup, as will A.J. Pierzynski because of the lefty. What does that mean?

  • A pop-gun hitter with an OBP of .313 in a White Sox uniform leads off. But hey, he's speedy.
  • Joe Crede will bat 5th behind Konerko.
  • Juan Uribe will bat 6th.
Jon Garland (0-0, 0.00) vs. Jeremy Affeldt (0-0, 0.00)

Poll and lineup below the fold.

Ozuna, LF Iguchi, 2B Thome, DH PK, 1B Crede, 3B Uribe, SS Widger, C Mackowiak, RF Anderson, CF

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In what inning will Paul Konerko GIDP?

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