Stewart Debuts, Sox Win 10-2

Lefty Josh Stewart made his major league debut for the Sox. Stewart, 24, threw 6 2/3 innings giving up two earned runs on seven hits. He finished with a no-decision, but made a good impression on the fans and coaching staff. More importantly the Sox bats came alive in the eight inning, sparking a come from behind victory that evened the Sox record at 3-3.

The Sox jumped to an early lead on a solo homer by D'Angelo Jimenez. Jimenez finished the game 2-4 with 3 RBI's and a walk. That would be the only mistake Tigers starter Gary Knotts would make.

The Tigers were cruising towards their first victory of the season; until the eighth inning. They entered the inning up 2-1, but would leave it down 10-2. The Sox had blown some good opportunities earlier in the game, failing to score with runners on the corners and no one out. This time, with the help of some bad defense, they would capitalize, scoring nine runs in the eighth inning.

The inning started with a leadoff walk to Frank Thomas; Josh Paul pinch ran for him. Ordonez singled, putting runners on the corners. Konerko would reach on an error by pitcher Steve Sparks; The tying run also crossed the plate because of the error. Joe Crede drew a walk, bringing up Carlos Lee. Carlos Lee would foul out, failing once again with runners in scoring position. Aaron Rowand popped out while Miguel Olivo drew an RBI walk, giving the Sox a 3-2 lead. D'Angelo Jimenez opened up the game with a 2-run double and Magglio Ordonez capped the inning with a 3-run homer. Pinch Runner Josh Paul also had a RBI single.

Damaso Marte got the win for the Sox, but he gave up a key hit in the seventh inning that put Detroit ahead. He pitched 1/1/3 inning turning the ball over to Billy Koch who pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two. Franklyn German took the loss.

The Sox will play the first of a three game series tomorrow in Cleveland. Bartolo Colon will be going up against Ricardo Rodriguez. Game time is 12:05 and it will be televised on Fox Sports Net Chicago. It is Cleveland's home opener.


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