Stewart Leads Sox to 10-1 Win

Josh Stewart was informed by manager Jerry Manuel and pitching coach Don Cooper that he will likely start in the April 6 home game against the Tigers, and then took the mound to throw five innings, giving up just one run in the 10-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

The Sox put out a 20-hit, four home run attack, two coming by Carlos Lee. Lee had one more hit to go 3-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Paul Konerko and Sandy Alomar also hit homers. Konerko went 3-4 with two RBIs, while Alomar went 1-3 with a RBI. Frank Thomas was the designated hitter, going 3-4, and D'Angelo Jimenez went 2-5 at second base. Barring injury, Jimenez will start the season at second base as the Sox stated they will carry three catchers instead of an extra infielder (Aaron Miles).

Aaron Rowand was also given the starting job in center with the optioning of Willie Harris and Joe Borchard to Triple-A. Rowand went 2-4 with a RBI in the game. Joe Crede went 4-5 with a run and RBI, and Magglio Ordonez and Armando Rios each had a hit.

Lefties Kelly Wunsch, Dave Sanders and Damaso Marte and righty Tom Gordon each had a scoreless inning of relief. The Sox will face the Diamondbacks on Thursday at 12:05. Bartolo Colon will make the start.

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