1. Adam Stern hit his first major-league home run in the ninth inning. It came a few minutes after an embarrassing two-base error in the field. The error caused no damage, so I hope Stern forgets about it.
2. Dustin Hermanson has the most ridiculous facial hair of any person I have ever seen. He must spend hours in front of the mirror every day. That is not proper use of a person's time.
3. Terry Francona needs a quicker hook. In the sixth inning, White Sox batters did the following against Wakefield: groundout, single, popup, single, three-run home run, single, single. ... Time for the pen? Nope. Next batter? The inning's second three-run home run.
3a. Wakefield retired the first 10 batters, struggled a bit in the fourth -- three hits and a walk within five batters -- but threw a perfect fifth. After that popup for the second out in the sixth, Wakefield had thrown only 78 pitches. I fully understand how hard it is to gauge whether a knuckleball pitcher has lost it or is going through a rough patch. But a three-run home run (making the score 4-1) and two more singles -- as the pen is busy -- is enough of a clue.
4. Ken Harrelson is the worst announcer of all-time. If you thought someone like Michael Kay was an annoying homer, you ain't heard nothin' yet. I've had to watch both games of this series on mute (and I see that the MLB-EI schedule has NESN for the weekend games, while I'm at work. Thanks.). What the hell kind of strikeout call is "he gone"? Heave the Hawk, indeed.
5 (updated). Tampa Bay 7, Baltimore 5. ... Anaheim 6, Yankees 3.