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The White Sox' improved pitching staff is one of several April developments that will bear watching this season.

Originally Published: April 29, 2005
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
Alex Rodriguez saved a kid's life on a Boston street. Lou Piniella and Ozzie Guillen both had publicized blowouts with players. The Texas Rangers got sued for their chair-throwing antics and the World Champion Red Sox dispatched 520 pounds worth of starting pitcher to the disabled list in a two-day span. Yes, April was quite a month.

Beyond the headlines, the daily statistics and leaderboards also revealed some trends that will bear watching this season. Here are 10 – some surprising, some not-so-surprising – that happened to catch our eye:

1. The White Sox's pitching
Ozzie Guillen's team is 4-2 this year when it scores two runs or fewer. That sounds like no big deal, until you consider the White Sox had a 3-86 record in those games over the previous two seasons.

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