Mark Buerhle does not have the characteristics of an all-star hurler. He doesn't strike out very many batters and his fastball rarely, if ever hits 90 mph. Nonetheless, Mark Buerhle is an all-star pitcher and Sunday's 6-1 win over the Twins showed why. Buehrle was dominant Sunday afternoon, knocking out five and surendering just two hits in 6 1/3 innings. He retired 15 straight following Demong Young's second inning home run. The bullpen came in and helped close out their third straight. Ozzie Gullien signaled for Octavio Dotel with one out in the seventh. Buehrle was laughing all the way back to the dugout. Literally. When he took the ball from Buerhle, Ozzie asked to reveal some of his slow pitch secrets. "He was just asking me how I do it," Buehrle said. "He said, 'I look up there in the first inning and I see a pitch 78 miles an hour. I don't know how you get guys out.'"
Dotel, Clayton Richard, veteran Scott Linebrink and closer Bobby Jenks combined for 2 1/3 innings of three hit shutout relief.
Jim Thome snapped a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth, taking a Nick Blackburn offering into the bleachers to give the Sox a 3-1 lead. Jermanie Dye added to the festivities, hitting a slo shot off Twins stud Joe Nathan in the bottom of eighth. It's off to Detroit for the beginning of a 10 game road trip. The trip wraps up in Baltimore.
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