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Nothing new for Sox in new year

Steve Rosenbloom

The RosenBlog

3:45 PM CDT, April 6, 2012

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The White Sox were looking for a hero. Again.

They also were looking for justice for John Danks. Again.

They got neither. Again.

Wait, is this last year?

I was hoping for a change. I’m sure the Sox were, too. I’ll bet they expected it.

But no.

Same act, different year.

The Sox looked as if they had found some heroes in their opener against the two-time AL champion Rangers in Texas. Adam Dunn hammered a prodigious homer to right center to get the Sox within 2-1. Then Alexei Ramirez came up big with a two-out, full-count single that scored Alex Rios on a blessedly aggressive decision by third-base coach Joe McEwing.

Then, pfft.

We’ve seen this movie before. Everybody dies in the end.

Especially Danks’ record. After starting 0-8 last year when he didn’t totally deserve it, Danks has an 0-1 record he didn’t totally deserve. He allowed three earned runs in six innings, allowing six hits while striking out six and walking none.

The Sox needed Danks to provide a shut-down inning after they tied it in the top of the sixth, and he nearly provided it. But a bad hop at Brent Morel on a likely double play put the Rangers up a run, and, well, one run late appears to be too much for these Sox.

At least, it will be until they prove it isn’t.

The Sox will be looking for heroes. Again. As always.