Photo by Ron Vesely
Friday, February 27, 2008
Two in a row! Break us up. At 2-1, we’re off to our best spring training start since going 3-0 in 2004. Of course, that and a quarter will get you …
But the good news …
Jerry Owens went 2-4 with an RBI, Jeff Liefer 2-4, Juan Uribe 2-3 and the Sox pounded out 13 hits in the 7-5 win.
"It’s about experience and confidence," Ozzie Guillen said about Owens, who led off. "I told him, ‘Let your ability take over and do it.’ The opportunity is there. He needs to take advantage of it."
Mark Buehrle started as was his usual efficient self over two innings.
"Great," Guillen said. "Great outing. He wanted to pich another inning but we wouldn’t let him."
Mike MacDougal scuffled in his 1.0 IP, allowing three runs as the Dbacks pulled to within 4-3.
"We need Mac to get back on track," Guillen said. "It’s like a big puzzle and we need to put it together.
"It’s about command. I’m not a manager who likes to give up on players. Every time you see him on the mound, you hope for that click," Guillen said, turning his hands to indicate gears locking together. "I have confidence he’ll bounce back."
Owens, CF; Ozuna, 2B; Swisher, 1B; PK, DH; Dye, RF; Crede, 3B; Ramirez, SS; BA, LF; Lucy, C. Floyd on the mound.