Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Target Field, where James Howard Thome, who is fast-approaching birthday No. 40, remains spry enough to mash a big tater.
Game of the Day: Twins 7, White Sox 6 (10 inn.)
Jimmy Jam: Trying to keep the first-place Twins close in the AL Central, the White Sox tied the score in the ninth on Alexei Ramirez's(notes) home run against Matt Capps(notes). They went ahead by a run in the 10th on Ramirez's single against giant man Jon Rauch(notes). That left just enough slack for Jim Thome(notes) to yank the rug out from under them in the Twinkies' next (and last) at-bat.
Delmon Young(notes) hit a leadoff single against Matt Thornton(notes) and then — kaboom — Thome supplied the first game-ending homer in Target Field history. Also kaboom — the Twins lead the Sox by four games.
Thome the Homie: Target went crazy-go-nuts, like it was the first day of deer-hunting season, or something. In a scrum by the backstop screen, Thome was surrounded by the whole team — like they all wanted to get a hit off the Stanley Cup. Later, relieved reliever Rauch gave Thome a shaving cream pie in the face. The White Sox better hope Jimmers gets pinkeye.
"We brought Thome in here for a reason, and that's one of 'em," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Yeah, the White Sox know what Thome's good for.
Beating a dead horse to death: There's no sense in dwelling on the point that the White Sox had Thome and let him go because he couldn't play a position (like he ever played a position for them from 2006-2009). There's also little point in the Sox dwelling on having lost their fifth game since the All-Star break when they had a lead in the eighth inning or later.
But how to cope? Get up on that horse and beat it again the next game, that's how.
"Have a couple of drinks and come back tomorrow and fight," manager Ozzie Guillen said.
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They Also Played...
Phillies 9, Giants 3: The Phillies lead the NL wild card. Big deal. Did the Allies get all b'jiggety when they landed in Normandy? Is hyperbole a big football game in January? Also, Chase Utley(notes) has beamed back from his homeworld.
Matt Tuiasosopo 4, Orioles 0: Tuiasosopo drove in all of Seattle's runs — get it???
Royals 2, Indians 1: The battle for fourth place is ON.
Brewers 3, Cardinals 2: The '82 World Series was cooler.
Dodgers 6, Rockies 0: Also-rans. Both of them!
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