Buehrle Rebounds, But World Champs Prevail

Tampa+Bay+Rays+v+Chicago+White+Sox+ow5VehChej1l.jpgThe San Francisco Giants are not only the defending World Champions, they have baseball’s best record this spring as well.
They continued their winning ways today against the White Sox with a 5-3 triumph even though most of their regular players didn’t make the trip to Camelback Ranch. Despite the lack of top talent among position players, the Giants did have two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum on the mound. In his five innings of work against the Sox, the “Freak” gave up just one run and three hits with seven strikeouts. The good news is that he’s in the National League and we don’t face the Giants this year in interleague play.
The Ups:
It’s true he wasn’t pitching to elite talent, but Mark Buehrle rebounded from his early struggles giving up a lone run in five innings…Brent Lillibridge‘s two-run homer in the seventh inning and Alex Rios‘s RBI triple in the second were the offensive highlights.
The Downs:
Once Buehrle left, the roof caved in….Jeff Gray gave up two runs and four hits in the sixth and Brian Bruney was touched up for two runs, two hits and a walk in the seventh.
St. Patrick’s Day finds the Sox playing a pair of split squad games against the Brewers in Maryvale and the Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

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