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Thome powers Sox
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White Sox 9, Rays 2
Jim Thome's home run was the 511th of his career. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
The White Sox teed off in the series opener. Jim Thome hit career homer No. 511, and Paul Konerko followed with his own long ball to lead a relentless offense. Javier Vazquez went 6 1/3 innings for his third win.
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Series at a glance:
CWS
Chi White Sox (10-6)
Won 1
Chi White Sox 9, Tampa Bay 2   TB
Tampa Bay (7-10)
Lost 1
April 18, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi White Sox
0 0 4 4 1 0 0 0 0   9 10 0
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0   2 7 2
Standings thru 4/18/08  |  Recap: CWS | TB  |  Gameday  |  White Sox stats  |  Rays stats
Chi White SoxABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Swisher, CF1210300.280
  Anderson, B, CF2000012.200
Cabrera, SS4111016.241
  Ramirez, SS1010000.176
Thome, DH3113204.182
Konerko, 1B4112013.182
Dye, RF3001102.339
Pierzynski, C5000004.327
Quentin, LF4210110.245
Ozuna, 3B4020001.250
Uribe, 2B5222012.170
Totals3691097524 

BATTING
2B: Uribe (3, Niemann), Quentin (1, Dohmann).
HR: Thome (4, 3rd inning off Niemann, 2 on, 1 out), Konerko (3, 3rd inning off Niemann, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Swisher; Cabrera; Ramirez; Thome 4; Konerko 4; Quentin 2; Ozuna 2; Uribe 3.
RBI: Thome 3 (13), Konerko 2 (13), Uribe 2 (6), Cabrera (5), Dye (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Dye; Pierzynski 2; Anderson, B.
S: Ozuna.
SF: Dye.
GIDP: Thome.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Cabrera-Uribe-Konerko, Ramirez-Konerko).

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Iwamura, 2B5010012.212
Crawford, LF3110001.253
  Johnson, CF1000001.188
Upton, CF3120011.317
  Ruggiano, RF1000000.300
Hinske, 1B4000014.310
Longoria, 3B3011101.304
Gomes, DH4011012.289
DiFelice, C2000101.300
Haynes, RF-LF3010102.258
Bartlett, SS4000026.203
Totals332723621 

BATTING
2B: Longoria (2, Vazquez), Gomes (3, Vazquez).
TB: Iwamura; Crawford; Upton 2; Longoria 2; Gomes 2; Haynes.
RBI: Longoria (4), Gomes (8).
2-out RBI: Gomes.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: DiFelice; Iwamura.
GIDP: Bartlett 2.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
E: Bartlett (4, throw), Longoria (2, throw).
DP: (Birkins-DiFelice-Hinske).

 
Chi White SoxIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vazquez (W, 3-1)6.16221403.20
Thornton 1.20001201.50
Masset 1.01001004.50
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Niemann (L, 1-1)3.15854125.79
Birkins 2.22112102.25
Dohmann 3.03001302.61

HBP: DiFelice (by Vazquez), Konerko (by Niemann).
Pitches-strikes: Vazquez 104-68, Thornton 23-13, Masset 10-6, Niemann 85-47, Birkins 42-23, Dohmann 56-33.
Ground outs-fly outs: Vazquez 6-9, Thornton 1-2, Masset 3-0, Niemann 5-4, Birkins 4-3, Dohmann 3-3.
Batters faced: Vazquez 27, Thornton 6, Masset 4, Niemann 22, Birkins 11, Dohmann 13.
Inherited runners-scored: Thornton 1-0, Birkins 3-1.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Crawford. 1B: Tom Hallion. 2B: Brian O'Nora. 3B: Paul Nauert.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:02.
Att: 12,379.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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