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MILESTONE MATINEE.....Chicago WSox 10, TIGERS 6, M 4/13/09
Posted on: 04-13-2009

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>>caption:  THE WSOX 300 CLUB OF
KORNERKO (#14) & DYE (#23 at R)<<

@ COMERICA PARK:

    A series of milestones were
posted in the opener of a 3-game
AL-Central series on Monday
afternoon as the Chicago White
Sox topped the Tigers 10-6.
    The WSox hit four homers, starting with historic back-to-back solos to
begin the T-2nd. Jermaine Dye (#2) and Paul Konerko (#2) became the first
big league players to hit their career 300th homeruns in successive plate
appearances. Dye's dinger went 390-feet into the LCField visitors bullpen and
Konerko's 382-feet to the Tiger bullpen in LField, so both balls were retrieved
as souvenirs.
    Tiger 3Bman Brandon Inge became the 14th active major leaguer to play
1000 career regular season games with one big league team. New Detroit
OFielder Josh Anderson (obtained in a late spring training trade from Atlanta)
got his first Tiger RBI on his first Tiger basehit on a 2-out/B-2nd single and he
drove home two more 2-out runs in the B-5th with his first Tiger XBH, a double.    
    Tiger starting pitcher Zach Miner was just plain lousy. He threw 79-pitches/
47-strikes in just 3.1-IP to take the loss (1-1). Miner gave up 8-R/8-ER on 9-H
including 3-HR plus 3-W with just 1-K.
    All WSox starter Gavin Floyd has to do to beat Detroit is show up. He barely
lasted long enough to qualify for the victory (1-1), going the minimum 5-IP. Floyd
ran his career record against the Tigers to 5-0 as he became just the second MLB
pitcher since 1975 to yield 6-ER and walk seven enemy hitters and still get a "W."
Floyd allowed 5-H including a HR and uncorked a wild pitch while whiffing two Tigers.
    After the duo of Dye & Kornerko longballs, WSox LFielder Carlos Quentin clubbed
a pair of homeruns (#3 & #4). Quentin only lost last year's AL homerun title to Tiger
Miguel Cabrera because of a 9/1/2008 right wrist injury that required surgery.
Quentin proved he's healed by going 3-for-5 with a 392-foot 2rHR to the LField seats
in the T-4th and a 375-foot solo in the T-6th over the glove of a leaping Anderson in
LField. Quentin had 3-R and 4-RBI.
    Kornerko was just as good as Quentin, going 4-for-5 (a triple shy of the cycle) with
his homer, two doubles, a single, 2-R & 4-RBI.  Dye went 3-for-5 with a 2B, HR & 2-R.
Every White Sox starter had a basehit.
    While Anderson provided half the Tiger runs, Ramon Santiago delivered the other
half with a 343-foot 3rHR (#1) down the RField tunnel in the B-3rd that got Detroit to
within 6-4. Santiago went 3-for-5.
    Although Detroit got a pair in the B-5th on Anderson's 2r2B to again pull within 2-R
at 8-6, it might have been a better inning. However, Santiago's bid for an extra base hit
to RCField was robbed when former Tiger farmhand Dewayne Wise made a diving catch.
Unfortunately for Wise, he separated his right shoulder on the play and had to be
removed from the game and will be sidelined an estimated 6--8 weeks.    
    Four WSox pitchers walked seven Tiger batters and three Tiger twirlers issued six
free passes to ChiSox hitters.
    The White Sox extended their winning streak to three games while ending the
Tiger 3-game win string.

    CWS     10-16-0, 11-LOB     (W) Floyd, 1-1
    DET        6-9-0, 12-LOB       (L) Miner, 1-1

QUOTEBOOK...

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "Zach had a bad day, a terrible day...If you put yourself in
a hole like we did, giving up eight runs, you're going to be in trouble...You're supposed
to be in trouble. It was a tough day to pitch...no question about that...Both guys
struggled, but our guy struggled more than theirs."

TIGERS SP ZACH MINER:   "The White Sox had to deal with (the cold weather) too, but
you have to find a way. If I would have made a couple of better pitches in the third
and held them without giving up a few of those runs ... I just didn't make the pitches
when I had to. Today, my pitching was just inconsistent."

TIGERS SSTOP RAMON SANTIAGO:   "I was little shocked when I saw myself batting sixth
(in the posted lineup). That's an RBI spot, and I tried to do the best I could."
 
WSOX RFIELDER JERMAINE DYE:   "‘‘It’s pretty cool for something like that to happen
the same day, back-to-back. It’s a great accomplishment by both of us. We both have
pretty good careers, and hopefully there’ll be many more to come...I think we both hit
a lot of line drives that are able to get out of the ballpark. You look at Jim [teammate
Jim Thome] and he's 250 ahead of us. So I don't know if you can call us home-run hitters."

WSOX 1BMAN PAUL KONERKO:   "It’s amazing we hit 300 in the same game. It’s even
more amazing that it was back-to-back. I’m thinking 10, 20 years from now, we’ll be
able to say that, which is kind of cool."

WSOX SP GAVIN FLOYD:   " I didn't feel great. It was ugly. Our offense, give credit
to our defense and offense, because they kept us in the game."

WSOX MGR OZZIE GUILLEN:   "I think (Wise) saved the game. When he made that play,
that was the game right there."

EXTRA INNINGS:

    Shortly after the game it was learned 1976 Tiger star RHP Mark "The Bird"
Fidrych had been found dead at his Massachusetts farm at age 54. (SEE STORY IN
OUR "NEWS & UPDATES" SECTION.)    
    Tiger C Gerald Laird missed the game due to illness.
    WSox 2Bman Chris Getz, a former Grosse Pointe South HS player, was sidelined
with a sore elbow suffered Sunday when he was HBP against Minnesota.
    OFielder Jerry Owens was recalled from 3A Charlotte and is expected to be activated
Tuesday as Wise's roster replacement.
    The CoPa was more than half full with 21,850 Easter Monday fans, many in the
outfield cheap seats, in spite of a cold gametime temp of 37-degrees and a brisk 19-mph
wind.
    Monday was the opener of the season series between Detroit and the WSox. The
Tigers were only 6-12 vs the ChiSox last year, one of the big reasons Detroit was only
27-45 against their AL-Central Division rivals.
    Tuesday's middle game of the all-afternoon series sends Tiger rookie RHP Rick
Porcello (0-1) in his home debut vs LHP John Danks (ND) of the WSox in the mound
match-up.

FARM REPORT:

    The 3A Toledo Mud Hens improved to 4-1 on the year with a 6-5 win at Louisville
Monday night in the opener of a 3-game series.
    The Hens took a 6-1 lead by the Mid-7th, then had to hang on.
    Ryan Raburn hit a 2rHR (#2) and Wilkin Ramirez a solo shot (#1). Will Rhymes
went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, 1-R & 1-RBI for Toledo.
    RHP Ruddy Lugo made his season debut and allowed 3-R/3-ER  over 7-IP to get
the win (1-0). Although he gave up a pair of runs in the B-9th, Scott Williamson
posted the Hen-Pen save (#2).
    Former Western Michigan Bronco Adam Rosales hit a 2rHR (#2) for Louisville.
The Bats 2Bman is now batting .412 on the young season.
     
COACH KURT

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