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Chicago White Sox left-handed pitcher Matt Thornton's pitching line for Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Indians looks messy: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 3 K Thornton pitched the eighth inning, surrendering Chicago's slim 3-2 lead and setting up the eventual 11-inning loss the White Sox would suffer. He earned a blown save for his efforts. But the numbers could not more starkly misrepresent the game Thornton had. After punching out the first two batters of the inning, Thornton induced a sharp ground ball off the bat of Cleveland's left-handed designated hitter, Travis Hafner. It seemed a sure out, a two-hop worm burner straight to the normal defensive position of a first baseman. Because of Hafner's left-handedness, and because the White Sox did not want to allow a runner in scoring ...

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