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It's no surprise, but SI.com reports the White Sox have decided not to bring back Ken Griffey Jr.

There were no expectations for the White Sox to win the AL Central this year, so just making it to the playoffs qualified the season as a success.

Game 4 - ALDS and Breaking News

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First, Ozzie Guillen officially named Mark Buehrle the starter for Game 5 - if necessary - moving Javier Vazquez into the bullpen for today's game and beyond. Also, Guillen said that the best thing Vazquez can do is forget about this season and move on. If he lets it linger, "then his career could be tough,'' Guillen said.
Vazquez did talk to the media and said he was happy with the Sox, and the last thing he would do would ask for a change of environment.
"I don't run away from things,'' Vazquez said.

Other news was that Carlos Quentin took batting practice for the second consecutive day and had no setbacks. He could make the Sox have to at least start weighing a decision of his return if there is a Round 2 for this team.

Finally, the lineups:

Rays

Iwamura
Upton
Pena
Longoria
Crawford
Floyd
Navarro
Gross
Bartlett

Sonnanstine

Sox

Cabrera
Pierzynski
Dye
Thome
Konerko
Griffey Jr.
Ramirez
Wise
Uribe

Floyd

Sox' offense fails again

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It started out pretty well for the White Sox, but Tampa Bay's speed and clutch hitting proved too much.

The Cabrera virus spreading?

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - On paper, the White Sox would seem to have their hands full next year with a Minnesota team that will be a year older, a year better and hungry for some revenge. But there is hope.
Why?
Guess which free agent-to-be could be front and center on the Twins' radar screen this winter? That's right, none other than shortstop Orlando Cabrera. The Star-Tribune is reporting that several members of the Twins front office will start doing their homework on Cabrera, with Nick Punto likely headed to free agency, leaving a vacancy at short.
Sox manager Ozzie Guillen always joked that he wanted to find some poison to put in the water to "kill those little 'Piranhas,' '' well, the me-first veteran infielder would be the perfect arsenic.

Game 2

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Friday lineup

Sox

Cabrera
Swisher
Dye
Konerko
Thome
Ramirez
Pierzynski
Uribe
B. Anderson

M. Buehrle


Rays

Iwamura
Upton
Pena
Longoria
Crawford
Baldelli
Navarro
Aybar
Bartlett

Kazmir

Game time on Sunday is 3:07 p.m. CT.

Javy being Javy

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Javier Vazquez lived down to Ozzie Guillen's criticism as he failed in another big game.

Time to nut up

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - This just in, Javy Vazquez is not a big-game pitcher. That we knew. But even worse than Vazquez not stepping up yet again, is that the White Sox are letting the young upstart Rays dictate the temperament of the game.
After Grant Balfour fanned Juan Uribe in the seventh, the righty pumped his fists and seemingly gave out some primal scream like the game was over. Cut him some slack, he is a former Twin with a hockey name, and was probably still upset the Sox were division champs.
Orlando Cabrera then kicked dirt in Balfour's direction in his at-bat, sparking words to be exchanged. After Cabrera fanned and Balfour tasted himself some more, Willy Aybar had some words with A.J. Pierzynski at first base.
No surprise there since it was Pierzynski who humiliated Aybar by drawing the phantom interference in an August extra-inning win over the Rays. Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez then had to be held back, after Pierzynski stared into the direction of the dugout.
The Sox needed to send a message over the next few innings that they are the "bad boys of baseball,'' not the Rays, but didn't. That was disappointing. Losing a game is one thing, but letting a young team feel like they punked you on top of it? Unacceptable.

It's on!

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - So just how tight were the White Sox players? Well, 10 minutes before the game, Mark Buehrle stole the mascots four-wheeler and rode it into the outfield to a chorus of boos.

Manager Ozzie Guillen had his usual scouting meeting with the club before the game, but also told them he didn't come here to play a few games - win or lose - pour some champagne on their heads and go home. No, Guillen said the goal is to win the World Series - period.

Here are the starting lineups:

SOX

Cabrera
Wise
Dye
Thome
Konerko
Griffey
Ramirez
Pierzynski
Uribe

Vazquez

RAYS

Iwamura
Upton
Pena
Longoria
Crawford
Floyd
Navarro
Gross
Bartlett

J. Shields

Breaking Sox News

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Gavin Floyd will start the first two games in the bullpen, as manager Ozzie Guillen and the staff are going with Javier Vazquez, Mark Buehrle and then John Danks. Floyd would pitch Game 4 if necessary.

As far as the rest of the 25-man roster it looks like this:

Pitchers

Richard
Thornton
Carrasco
Russell
Linebrink
Jenks
Dotel
Floyd
Buehrle
Vazquez
Danks

Position players on the bench

Fields
Hall
B. Anderson
N. Swisher
J. Owens

Tentative starting lineup

Cabrera
D. Wise
J. Dye
Thome
Konerko
Griffey
Ramirez
Pierzynski
Uribe

Carlos Quentin was scheduled to take more swings off the tee during the workout, but according to manager Ozzie Guillen, is still a long-shot for even the second round.


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