2008 in baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 2008 throughout the world. Regular Season ChampionsWorld Series Champions – Philadelphia Phillies American League Champions – Tampa Bay Rays National League Champions – Philadelphia Phillies Postseason – October 1 to October 29Click on any series score to link to that series' page. Higher seed had home field advantage during League Championship Series; the American League champion has home field advantage during the World Series as a result of the AL victory in the All-Star Game. Minor League Baseball Triple-A Championship: Sacramento River Cats International League: Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees Pacific Coast League: Sacramento River Cats Mexican League: Diablos Rojos del México AA Eastern League: Trenton Thunder Southern League: Mississippi Braves Texas League: Arkansas Travelers A California League: Stockton Ports Carolina League: Potomac Nationals Florida State League: Daytona Cubs Midwest League: Burlington Bees South Atlantic League: Augusta GreenJackets New York–Penn League: Batavia Muckdogs Northwest League: Spokane Indians Rookie Appalachian League: Elizabethton Twins Gulf Coast League: Gulf Coast Phillies Pioneer League: Great Falls Voyagers Arizona League: Arizona League Giants Independent baseball leagues Alaska Baseball League: Anchorage Glacier Pilots American Association: Sioux Falls Canaries Atlantic League: Somerset Patriots Canadian-American Association: Sussex Skyhawks Frontier League: Windy City ThunderBolts Golden Baseball League: Orange County Flyers Northern League: Kansas City T-Bones United League Baseball: Amarillo Dillas Amateur College College World Series: Fresno State NCAA Division II: Mount Olive College NCAA Division III: Trinity College NAIA: Lewis-Clark State College Youth Big League World Series: Taylors, South Carolina Junior League World Series: Waipi`o, Hawaii Little League World Series: Willemstad, Curaçao Senior League World Series: Upper Deerfield, New Jersey International National teams Summer Olympics at Beijing, China: South Korea.
Executives Barney Dreyfuss, Bowie Kuhn and Walter O'Malley and managers Billy Southworth and Dick Williams are inducted following their election by the Veterans Committee. Larry Whiteside, sportswriter for The Boston Globe from 1973 until 2004, receives the J. G. Taylor Spink Award. Dave Niehaus, broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners since 1977, receives the Ford C. Frick Award. MVP Awards American League – Dustin Pedroia National League – Albert Pujols Cy Young Awards American League – Cliff Lee National League – Tim Lincecum Rookie of the Year Awards American League Evan Longoria National League Geovany Soto Manager of the Year Awards American League – Joe Maddon National League – Lou Piniella Silver Slugger AwardsAmerican LeagueDH: Aubrey Huff C: Joe Mauer 1B: Justin Morneau 2B: Dustin Pedroia 3B: Alex Rodriguez SS: Derek Jeter OF: Josh Hamilton OF: Carlos Quentin OF: Grady Sizemore National LeagueP: Carlos Zambrano C: Brian McCann 1B: Albert Pujols 2B: Chase Utley 3B: David Wright SS: Hanley Ramírez OF: Ryan Braun OF: Matt Holliday OF: Ryan Ludwick Gold Glove AwardsAmerican LeagueP: Mike Mussina C: Joe Mauer 1B: Carlos Peña 2B: Dustin Pedroia 3B: Adrián Beltré SS: Michael Young OF: Torii Hunter OF: Grady Sizemore OF: Ichiro Suzuki National LeagueP: Greg Maddux C: Yadier Molina 1B: Adrian Gonzalez 2B: Brandon Phillips 3B: David Wright SS: Jimmy Rollins OF: Carlos Beltrán OF: Nate McLouth OF: Shane Victorino Hank Aaron Award – Kevin Youkilis / Aramis Ramírez Hutch Award – Jon Lester Players Choice Award – Albert Pujols Roberto Clemente Award – Albert Pujols Tony Conigliaro Award – Rocco Baldelli TSN Awards MLB Player of the Year – Albert Pujols Pitcher of the Year – Cliff Lee / Tim Lincecum Reliever of the Year – Francisco Rodríguez / Brad Lidge Rookie of the Year – Evan Longoria / Geovany Soto Comeback Player of the Year – Cliff Lee / Fernando Tatís Manager of the Year – Joe Maddon / Fredi González Woman Executive of the Year: Carol Gehr, Hagerstown Suns, South Atlantic League January 6 – Roger Clemens appears on CBS's 60 Minutes, denying that he uses performance-enhancing drugs.
January 8 – Closer Rich "Goose" Gossage and his former manager with the San Diego Padres, Dick Williams, are elected into the Baseball
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play with 15 teams in each league; the NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1901 respectively. After cooperating but remaining separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000; the organization oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises 256 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs. With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament. Baseball's first all-professional team was founded in Cincinnati in 1869; the first few decades of professional baseball were characterized by rivalries between leagues and by players who jumped from one team or league to another. The period before 1920 in baseball was known as the dead-ball era. Baseball survived a conspiracy to fix the 1919 World Series, which came to be known as the Black Sox Scandal.
The sport rose in popularity in the 1920s, survived potential downturns during the Great Depression and World War II. Shortly after the war, Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier; the 1950s and 1960s were a time of expansion for the AL and NL new stadiums and artificial turf surfaces began to change the game in the 1970s and 1980s. Home runs dominated the game during the 1990s, media reports began to discuss the use of anabolic steroids among Major League players in the mid-2000s. In 2006, an investigation produced the Mitchell Report, which implicated many players in the use of performance-enhancing substances, including at least one player from each team. Today, MLB is composed of 1 in Canada. Teams play 162 games each season and five teams in each league advance to a four-round postseason tournament that culminates in the World Series, a best-of-seven championship series between the two league champions that dates to 1903. Baseball broadcasts are aired on television and the Internet throughout North America and in several other countries throughout the world.
MLB has the highest season attendance of any sports league in the world with more than 73 million spectators in 2015. MLB is governed by the Major League Baseball Constitution; this document has undergone several incarnations since its creation in 1876. Under the direction of the Commissioner of Baseball, MLB hires and maintains the sport's umpiring crews, negotiates marketing and television contracts. MLB maintains a unique, controlling relationship over the sport, including most aspects of Minor League Baseball; this is due in large part to the 1922 U. S. Supreme Court ruling in Federal Baseball Club v. National League, which held that baseball is not interstate commerce and therefore not subject to federal antitrust law; this ruling has been weakened only in subsequent years. The weakened ruling granted more stability to the owners of teams and has resulted in values increasing at double-digit rates. There were several challenges to MLB's primacy in the sport between the 1870s and the Federal League in 1916.
The chief executive of MLB is the commissioner Rob Manfred. The chief operating officer is Tony Petitti. There are five other executives: president, chief communications officer, chief legal officer, chief financial officer, chief baseball officer; the multimedia branch of MLB, based in Manhattan, is MLB Advanced Media. This branch oversees each of the 30 teams' websites, its charter states that MLB Advanced Media holds editorial independence from the league, but it is under the same ownership group and revenue-sharing plan. MLB Productions is a structured wing of the league, focusing on video and traditional broadcast media. MLB owns 67 percent of MLB Network, with the other 33 percent split between several cable operators and satellite provider DirecTV, it operates out of studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, has editorial independence from the league. In 1920, the weak National Commission, created to manage relationships between the two leagues, was replaced with the much more powerful Commissioner of Baseball, who had the power to make decisions for all of professional baseball unilaterally.
From 1901 to 1960, the American and National Leagues fielded eight teams apiece. In the 1960s, MLB expansion added eight teams, including the first non-U. S. Team. Two teams were added in the 1970s. From 1969 through 1993, each league consisted of an West Division. A third division, the Central Division, was formed in each league in 1994; until 1996, the two leagues met on the field only during the All-Star Game. Regular-season interleague play was introduced in 1997. In March 1995 two new franchises, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, were awarded by MLB, to begin play in 1998; this addition brought the total number of franchises to 30. In early 1997, MLB decided to assign one new team to each league: Tampa Bay joined the AL and Arizona joined the NL; the original plan was to have an odd number of teams in each league, but in order for every team to be able to play daily, this would have required interleague play to be scheduled throughout the entire season. However, it
2005 in baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. Chicago White Sox swept the Houston Astros to win the 2005 World Series. 2005 marked the inaugural season of the Washington Nationals, who relocated from Montreal and were known as the Expos. This is Washington, D. C.'s first time having a baseball team since the Washington Senators became the Texas Rangers following the 1971 season. Chris Burke ended the 2005 NLDS with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 18th inning; the Astros went from 15-30 to the 2005 World Series. They went 22-7 in July. Regular season ChampionsWorld Series Champion – Chicago White Sox Postseason – October 4 to October 26Click on any series score to link to that series' page. Higher seed has home field advantage during League Championship Series. American League has home field advantage during World Series as a result of American League victory in 2005 All-Star Game. National League is seeded 1-3/2-4 as a result of NL regular season champion and NL wild card coming from the same division.
Postseason MVPs World Series MVP – Jermaine Dye ALCS MVP – Paul Konerko NLCS MVP – Roy Oswalt All-Star Game, July 12 at Comerica Park – American League, 7-5. Jerry Coleman wins the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters. Peter Gammons receives the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for sportswriters. Major League Baseball awardsNote: The Comeback Player of the Year Award was voted on for the first time by fans. Gold Glove Awards: AL: Kenny Rogers, Jason Varitek, Mark Teixeira, Orlando Hudson, Eric Chavez, Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki, Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells NL: Greg Maddux, Mike Matheny, Derrek Lee, Luis Castillo, Mike Lowell, Omar Vizquel, Jim Edmonds, Andruw Jones, Bobby Abreu Player of the Month – April: Brian Roberts, Derrek Lee. Boggs receives 474 votes. Sandberg receives 393 votes, six more than the needed number. Relief pitchers Bruce Sutter and Rich "Goose" Gossage, outfielders Jim Rice and Andre Dawson, are the only other players to be named on at least half of the ballots cast. January 21 – Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros agree to an $18 million, one-year contract.
Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, agrees to a deal that makes him the highest-paid pitcher for the fifth time, following deals with the Boston Red Sox in 1989 and 1991.
Victor Anthony Darensbourg is a former professional baseball pitcher. He made his ML debut with the Florida Marlins in 1998, went on to play eight seasons in Major League Baseball. Vic played his high school baseball at Westchester High in Los Angeles, CA. On December 18, 2007, Darensbourg signed with the Philadelphia Phillies organization and played for their Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, before being released on May 2, 2008. Darensbourg has an 8-17 career record during eight seasons as a major league pitcher with the Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies, Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers. On June 11, 2008, Darensbourg signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. Victor has 3 daughters, Paige and Lauren, who live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference, or Retrosheet
The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League West Division; the team joined the American League as an expansion team in 1977 playing their home games in the Kingdome. Since July 1999, the Mariners' home ballpark has been T-Mobile Park, located in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle; the "Mariners" name originates from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle. They are nicknamed the M's, a title featured in their primary logo from 1987 to 1992, they adopted their current team colors – Navy blue, northwest green, silver – prior to the 1993 season, after having been royal blue and gold since the team's inception. Their mascot is the Mariner Moose; the organization did not field a winning team until 1991, any real success eluded them until 1995 when they won their first division championship and defeated the New York Yankees in the ALDS. The game-winning hit in Game 5, in which Edgar Martínez drove home Ken Griffey Jr. to win the game in the 11th inning, clinched a series win for the Mariners, served as a powerful impetus to preserve baseball in Seattle, has since become an iconic moment in team history.
The Mariners won 116 games in 2001, which set the American League record for most wins in a single season and tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the Major League record for most wins in a single season. Through the end of the 2018 season, the franchise has finished with a losing record in 28 of 42 seasons; the Mariners are one of seven Major League Baseball teams who have never won a World Series championship, one of two never to have played in a World Series. With the National Football League's Buffalo Bills ending their 17-year playoff drought on December 31, 2017, the Mariners now hold the longest playoff drought in all of the four major North American professional sports, having not qualified for the playoffs since 2001; the Mariners were created as a result of a lawsuit. In 1970, in the aftermath of the Seattle Pilots' purchase and relocation to Milwaukee as the Milwaukee Brewers by Bud Selig, the city of Seattle, King County, the state of Washington sued the American League for breach of contract.
Confident that Major League Baseball would return to Seattle within a few years, King County built the multi-purpose Kingdome, which would become home to the National Football League's expansion Seattle Seahawks in 1976. The name "Mariners" was chosen by club officials in August 1976 from over 600 names submitted by 15,000 entrants in a name-the-team contest; the Mariners played their first game on April 6, 1977, to a sold-out crowd of 57,762 at the Kingdome, losing 7–0 to the California Angels. The first home run in team history was hit on April 1977, by designated hitter Juan Bernhardt; that year, star pitcher Diego Seguí, in his last major league season, became the only player to play for both the Pilots and the Mariners. The Mariners finished with a 64 -- 98 record. In 1979, Seattle hosted the 50th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. After the 1981 season, the Mariners were sold to California businessman George Argyros, who in turn sold the team to Jeff Smulyan in 1989, to Nintendo of America in 1992.
During the 1992–93 offseason, the Mariners hired manager Lou Piniella, who had led the Cincinnati Reds to victory in the 1990 World Series. Mariner fans embraced Piniella, he would helm the team from 1993 through 2002, winning two American League Manager of the Year Awards along the way; the 2001 Mariners club finished with a record of 116-46, leading all of Major League Baseball in winning percentage for the duration of the season and winning the American League West division championship. In doing so, the team broke the 1998 Yankees American League single-season record of 114 wins and matched the all-time MLB single-season record for wins set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs. At the end of the season, Ichiro Suzuki won the AL MVP, AL Rookie of the Year, one of three outfield Gold Glove Awards, becoming the first player since the 1975 Boston Red Sox's Fred Lynn to win all three in the same season. On October 22, 2008 the Mariners announced the hiring of Jack Zduriencik scouting director of the Milwaukee Brewers, as their general manager.
Weeks on November 18, the team named Oakland Athletics bench coach Don Wakamatsu as its new field manager. Wakamatsu and Zduriencik hired an new coaching staff for 2009, which included former World Series MVP John Wetteland as bullpen coach; the off-season saw a litany of roster moves, headlined by a 12-player, 3-team trade that included sending All-Star closer J. J. Putz to the New York Mets and brought 5 players—including prospect Mike Carp and outfielder Endy Chávez from New York and outfielder Franklin Gutiérrez from the Cleveland Indians—to Seattle. Many of the moves, like the free agent signing of Mike Sweeney, were made in part with the hope of squelching the clubhouse infighting that plagued the Mariners in 2008, it saw the return of Seattle favorite Griffey Jr. The 2009–10 offseason was highlighted by the trade for 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee from the Philadelphia Phillies, the signing of third baseman Chone Figgins and the contract extension of star pitcher "King" Félix Hernández.
Griffey Jr. announced his retirement on June 2010, after 22 MLB seasons. The Mariners fired field manager Don Wakamatsu along with bench coach Ty Van Burkleo, pitching coach Rick Adair and performance coach Steve Hecht on August 9, 2010. Daren Brow
The Dominican Republic is a country located in the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region. It occupies the eastern five-eighths of the island, which it shares with the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands, along with Saint Martin, that are shared by two sovereign states; the Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation by area at 48,671 square kilometers, third by population with 10 million people, of which three million live in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo, the capital city. Christopher Columbus landed on the island on December 5, 1492, which the native Taíno people had inhabited since the 7th century; the colony of Santo Domingo became the site of the first permanent European settlement in the Americas, the oldest continuously inhabited city, the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule in the New World. After more than three hundred years of Spanish rule the Dominican people declared independence in November 1821.
The leader of the independence movement José Núñez de Cáceres, intended the Dominican nation to unite with the country of Gran Colombia, but no longer under Spain's custody the newly independent Dominicans were forcefully annexed by Haiti in February 1822. Independence came 22 years after victory in the Dominican War of Independence in 1844. Over the next 72 years the Dominican Republic experienced internal conflicts and a brief return to colonial status before permanently ousting Spanish rule during the Dominican War of Restoration of 1863–1865. A United States occupation lasted eight years between 1916 and 1924, a subsequent calm and prosperous six-year period under Horacio Vásquez was followed by the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo until 1961. A civil war in 1965, the country's last, was ended by U. S. military occupation and was followed by the authoritarian rule of Joaquín Balaguer, the rules of Antonio Guzmán & Salvador Jorge Blanco. Since 1996, the Dominican Republic has moved toward representative democracy and has been led by Leonel Fernández for most of the time since 1996.
Danilo Medina, the Dominican Republic's current president, succeeded Fernandez in 2012, winning 51% of the electoral vote over his opponent ex-president Hipólito Mejía. The Dominican Republic has the ninth-largest economy in Latin America and is the largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region. Over the last two decades, the Dominican Republic has had one of the fastest-growing economies in the Americas – with an average real GDP growth rate of 5.4% between 1992 and 2014. GDP growth in 2014 and 2015 reached 7.3 and 7.0% the highest in the Western Hemisphere. In the first half of 2016 the Dominican economy grew 7.4% continuing its trend of rapid economic growth. Recent growth has been driven by construction, manufacturing and mining; the country is the site of the second largest gold mine in the Pueblo Viejo mine. Private consumption has been strong, as a result of low inflation, job creation, as well as a high level of remittances; the Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean.
The year-round golf courses are major attractions. A geographically diverse nation, the Dominican Republic is home to both the Caribbean's tallest mountain peak, Pico Duarte, the Caribbean's largest lake and point of lowest elevation, Lake Enriquillo; the island has an average temperature of biological diversity. The country is the site of the first cathedral, castle and fortress built in the Americas, located in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone, a World Heritage Site. Music and sport are of great importance in the Dominican culture, with Merengue and Bachata as the national dance and music, baseball as the favorite sport; the "Dominican" word comes from the Latin Dominicus. However, the island has this name by Santo Domingo de Guzmán, founder of the Order of the Dominicans; the Dominicans established a house of high studies in the island of Santo Domingo that today is known as the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo and dedicated themselves to the protection of the native taínos of the island, who were subjected to slavery, to the education of the inhabitants of the island.
For most of its history, up until independence, the country was known as Santo Domingo—the name of its present capital and patron saint, Saint Dominic—and continued to be known as such in English until the early 20th century. The residents were called "Dominicans", the adjective form of "Domingo", the revolutionaries named their newly independent country "Dominican Republic". In the national anthem of the Dominican Republic, the term "Dominicans" does not appear; the author of its lyrics, Emilio Prud'Homme uses the poetic term "Quisqueyans". The word "Quisqueya" derives from a native tongue of the Taino Indians and means "Mother of the lands", it is used in songs as another name for the country. The name of the country is shortened to "the D. R." The Arawakan-speaking Taíno moved into Hispaniola from the north east region of what is now known as South America, displacing earlier inhabitants, c. AD 650, they engaged in hunting and gathering. The fierce Caribs drove the Taíno to the northeastern Caribbean during much of the 15th century.
The estimates of Hispaniola's population in 1492 vary including one hundred thousand, three hundred thousand, an
2005 World Series
The 2005 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's 2005 season. The 101st edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the American League champion Chicago White Sox and the National League champion Houston Astros. Although the series was a sweep, all four games were quite close, being decided by two runs or fewer; the series was played between October 22–26, 2005. Home-field advantage was awarded to Chicago by virtue of the AL's 7–5 victory over the NL in the 2005 MLB All-Star Game; the Astros were attempting to become the fourth consecutive wild card team to win the Series, following the Anaheim Angels, Florida Marlins and Boston Red Sox. Both teams were attempting to overcome decades of disappointment, with a combined 132 years between the two teams without a title; the Astros were making their first Series appearance in 44 years of play, while the White Sox had waited twice as long for a title, having last won the Series in 1917, had not been in the Series since 1959, three years before the Astros' inaugural season.
Like the 1982 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers, the 2005 World Series is one of only two World Series in the modern era with no possibility for a rematch between the two opponents, because the Astros moved to the AL in 2013. However, the Brewers did meet the Cardinals in the 2011 NL Championship Series; the Astros would return to the World Series in 2017 as an AL franchise, where they would win in seven games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Chicago White Sox finished the regular season with the best record in the American League at 99–63. After starting the season on a tear, the White Sox began to fade in August, when a 15 1⁄2 game lead fell all the way to 1 1⁄2. However, the Sox were able to hold off the Cleveland Indians to win the American League Central Division by six games, sweeping Cleveland in three games on the season's final weekend. In the Division Series, the White Sox swept the defending champion Boston Red Sox; the League Championship Series began with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim winning Game 1, but a controversial uncaught third strike in Game 2 helped the Sox start a run and win Games 2–5, all on complete games pitched by starters Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Freddy García, José Contreras, clinching their first American League pennant in 46 years.
Manager Ozzie Guillén led the White Sox to a World Series victory, their first in 88 years. Slugger Frank Thomas was not on the post-season roster because he was injured, but the team honored his perennial contributions to the franchise during Game 1 of the Division Series against the Boston Red Sox when he was chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. "What a feeling," Thomas said. "Standing O all around the place. People cheering me. I had tears in my eyes. To know the fans cared that much about me – it was a great feeling. One of my proudest moments in the game." The Houston Astros won the Wild Card for the second straight year, once again clinching it on the final day of the season. The Astros embarked on a memorable Division Series rematch against the Atlanta Braves. With the Astros in the lead two games to one, the teams played an eighteen-inning marathon in Game 4, the longest postseason game in history. In this game, Roger Clemens made only the second relief appearance of his career, the first in postseason play.
Chris Burke's walk-off home run ended the game in the bottom of the eighteenth. For the second straight year, the Astros played the St. Louis Cardinals in the League Championship Series. Like the White Sox, the Astros dropped Game 1, but were able to regroup and win Games 2–4. With the Astros on the verge of clinching their first National League pennant in Game 5, Albert Pujols hit a mammoth three-run home run off Brad Lidge in the top of the ninth inning to take the lead, subsequently stave off elimination. However, behind NLCS MVP Roy Oswalt, the Astros were able to defeat the Cards 5–1 in Game 6 and earned a trip to the World Series; this was the Astros' first World Series appearance in franchise history. Playing in their first World Series home game since 1959, the White Sox took an early lead with a home run from Jermaine Dye in the first inning. After Mike Lamb's home run tied the game in the second, the Sox scored two more in the second when Juan Uribe doubled in A. J. Pierzynski after Carl Everett had scored on a groundout earlier in the inning.
The Astros responded in the next inning when Lance Berkman hit a double, driving in Adam Everett and Craig Biggio. In the White Sox half of the fourth, Joe Crede hit. In the bottom of the eighth, Scott Podsednik hit a triple with Pierzynski on second off of Russ Springer for an insurance run. Roger Clemens recorded his shortest World Series start, leaving after the second inning with 53 pitches, including 35 for strikes, due to a sore hamstring that he had injured as the loss went to Wandy Rodríguez. José Contreras pitched seven innings. Before exiting, Contreras allowed a leadoff double by Willie Taveras with no outs. Neal Cotts entered the game in the top of the eighth inning, it marked the first time in five games. Cotts pitched 2⁄3 innings before Bobby Jenks was called upon by manager Ozzie Guillén to relieve him. Guillen signaled for the large pitcher by holding his arms out wide and up high. In the postgame conference, the Sox manager joked that he wa