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Many apologies to all of you who sent e-mails for the last week. My personal computer crashed as I was ready to complete the latest edition, and I lost all the questions. So I'll try to answer all the questions off the top of my head.
There were a couple questions regarding official scoring decisions. One involved Boone Logan receiving a save for throwing three innings in a blowout win at Seattle, and another asking why neither Juan Uribe nor Paul Konerko was charged with an error on a potential double play in Sunday's loss to the Cubs.
I checked with veteran official scorer Bob Rosenberg on both calls. The rule book states that a reliever can receive credit for a save if he pitches the final three innings with a lead, regardless of how large that lead is.
In the second case, it's up to the official scorer whether an error can be charged on that play in which the Sox didn't execute a double play. Bob said he once charged Mark Grace with an error on a similar play only because the throw to first was a routine throw and that the throw had beaten the runner before Grace dropped the ball.
In the case of Uribe and Konerko, the throw was wide of first, the runner didn't move up after the throw skipped past first, and Bob determined there was no guarantee this was a double play if the throw was accurate.
Bob adds you can look it up in 10.14c on page 93 of the Major League Baseball rule book.
A few e-mailers asked whether Uribe could lose playing time in favor of Pablo Ozuna and the shaky status of the bullpen. Ozzie Guillen and third base coach Joey Cora, who has worked hard with Uribe, contend that Uribe doesn't carry his offensive struggles to defense. The only way Uribe loses playing time is if Alex Cintron plays short. Alex is a better shortstop than Ozuna.
In the case of the bullpen, I think Jeff Nelson is the answer but he has to throw his fastball enough to keep hitters honest.
An e-mailer asked what was Mark Buehrle's record in day and night games. During the day, he's 33-15. Under the lights, Buehrle is 58-40, including Wednesday's game against Oakland.
A gracious Twins fan praised the Sox and asked if trades involving division rivals actually occur. This question was asked after I questioned whether Torii Hunter would come to the Sox (as the Twins got some government support for a downtown stadium, and Hunter is one of the Twins' marquee players).
As recenlty as July of 2004, Arizona traded Steve Finley to Los Angeles, and Finley hit a game-winning grand slam on the second-to-last day of the regular season to vault the Dodgers to the NL West title over San Francisco.
One not-so-fond e-mailer from Findlay, Ohio, praised the Sox but wasn't so fond of manager Ozzie Guillen and his outspoken nature. Well, I don't think Andy Griffith or Donnie Most is available.
Another blasted Sox announcer Ed Farmer while praising the Cubs' radio tandem of Pat Hughes and Ron Santo. Ed Farmer is in the first year of a five-year contract, so he's here to stay. I do think that Ed should have been considered for the radio job for Notre Dame football. Ed's passion for the Fighting Irish runs deep.
Finally, a loyal e-mailer from Connecticut asked if there were any concerns about Javier Vazquez's velocity being down. It's a tribute to Javier that he won without his best stuff, and I think we can attribute this to a speed bump. He'll get an extra day to prepare for Cleveland in his next start.
Again, many apologies to those whose e-mail questions I didn't answer. I'll try to make sure this doesn't happen again.