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Power surge: White Sox double up Yankees

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Power surge: White Sox double up Yankees

NEW YORK --- A.J. Pierzynskis 1,000th game with the White Sox wasnt too shabby.

The veteran catcher homered twice and drove in three runs and the bottom of the order came to life as the White Sox topped the New York Yankees in the Bronx for a second straight night with a 14-7 win on Friday.

Paul Konerko also broke out of his slump in a big way, going 3-for-5 with a solo homer and a walk as the White Sox and Jose Quintana rallied from an early four-run deficit for the teams sixth win in seven days. The White Sox finished with 19 hits as they increased their lead in the American League Central to 3 12 games over the Cleveland Indians and 5 over the Detroit Tigers, who both lost.

A pleasant surprise through his first six starts, Quintana (3-1) struggled out of the gate in his seventh start when he yielded four first-inning runs. Curtis Granderson had a two-run homer and Andruw Jones had a two-run double off Quintana.

But the White Sox fired back in the second inning and never stopped.

Pierzynski led off the second with a solo homer off Yankees rookie Adam Warren, who was making his major league debut. Gordon Beckham -- three hits -- followed consecutive singles by Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez with a two-run double and Youkilis tied the game in the second with an RBI groundout.

Konerko then gave the White Sox the lead with a solo homer to start the third inning. Alex Rios followed with a single and appeared to be thrown out on a stolen base attempt before the ball was thrown wildly by Yankees catcher Chris Stewart, allowing Rios to advance to third. Pierzynski then added to the lead with an RBI single to make it 6-4.

Following Jayson Nixs two-run double in the fourth, Pierzynski didn't allow the game to stay even long as he started the fifth inning with a solo homer off David Phelps (1-3). An inning later, Rios singled in a run to make it 8-6. Ramirez added a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 10-6.

The White Sox continued the onslaught reliever Cory Wade, the Yankees fourth pitcher of the game.

Ramirez -- 4-for-5, three runs, three RBIs -- doubled in a run in the ninth and Alejandro De Aza doubled in two more. Adam Dunn, who also walked twice, singled in another run off Wade to make it 14-7. Wade allowed six earned runs and seven hits in 2 13 innings.

Things got so bad for the Yankees, manager Joe Girardi brought outfielder Dewayne Wise -- who saved Mark Buehrles perfect game with a soaring catch -- in to pitch. Wise recorded two quick outs of Konerko and Rios to end the frame.

His efforts werent quite as heroic as Quintana, who rebounded nicely to earn a victory even though he gave up as many earned runs (six) as he had allowed in his first 43 13 innings this season. Nate Jones also had a big outing as the rookie earned a hold with a scoreless eighth. Leyson Septimo closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning in his major league debut.

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

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High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

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This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8

 

NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

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The 2017-18 IHSA boys basketball season has a lot of talented teams in the Chicagoland area. See who made the preseason top 25, headlined by five Public League powerhouses.

No. 1 Morgan Park

No. 2 Whitney Young

No. 3 Simeon

No. 4 Orr

No. 5 Curie

No. 6 Fenwick

No. 7 Bolingbrook

No. 8 Waukegan

No. 9 Niles North

No. 10 Uplift

No. 11 Romeoville

No. 12 Hinsdale South

No. 13 West Aurora

No. 14 Larkin

No. 15 St. Rita

No. 16 OPRF

No. 17 St. Charles East

No. 18 Kenwood

No. 19 Willowbrook

No. 20 Bloom

No. 21 Evanston

No. 22 Lake Zurich

No. 23 Proviso East

No. 24 Lincoln-Way East

No. 25 Libertyville