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LIVE: Konerko homers, but Sox still down big

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LIVE: Konerko homers, but Sox still down big

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011
Posted: 11:06 a.m.
Associated Press

Just over three weeks ago, the Chicago White Sox were becoming contenders in the AL Central.

Now, merely finishing with a winning record would be an accomplishment.

The White Sox attempt to end a four-game losing streak at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday night when they open a six-game season-ending homestand against the Kansas City Royals.

Chicago (76-80) climbed within five games of division-leading Detroit after extending its winning streak to five by beating Minnesota on Aug. 30. The club is 8-15 since - 2-6 at home - and has dropped out of postseason contention for a third straight year. The recent poor stretch includes losing three of four at Kansas City last weekend, when the White Sox avoided a sweep by winning Sunday's finale 10-5.

They were in position to take three of four from Cleveland before falling 11-2 on Thursday, drawing the ire of manager Ozzie Guillen, who took umbrage with the notion that the fans are more disappointed than the club itself.

"Are people disappointed? They should be. I don't think they are more disappointed than I am or we are," Guillen said. "We did not play the way we thought we were going to play. Some things just did not click. When we would pitch pretty good, we would not hit. We could not combine things and that is a reason why we are where we are."

Lately, pitching has been the problem.

The White Sox have a 6.18 staff ERA over their last 23 games, and the rotation has a 6.88 ERA during a 3-9 stretch.

Overcoming those mound issues will be vital if Chicago is to avoid finishing below .500 for the third time in eight seasons under the colorful Guillen. At 33-42, the White Sox have already clinched their first losing home record in four years.

Rookie Zach Stewart (2-4, 5.01 ERA) takes the mound for the White Sox.

The right-hander threw a one-hit shutout at Minnesota on Sept. 5, but has lost both of his starts since, including a 10-3 defeat at Kansas City on Saturday. He was tagged for five runs and 11 hits in five innings against the Royals after holding them to two runs over 6 1-3 innings of a 5-1 home loss Aug. 12.

"I don't want to just go out and go through the motions just because I'm here," Stewart told the White Sox's official website. "I'm still trying to get better to where I can stay at this level or compete instead of having outings like this."

The White Sox are 6-9 against Kansas City, and another defeat would mean losing the season series for the first time since 2000.

Bruce Chen (11-8, 4.14) will try to tilt the odds in the Royals' favor. The left-hander has won both of his starts on the South Side in 2011, allowing one run and five hits in 12 innings. That includes a 5-1 victory while outpitching Stewart in August, yielding one hit in six scoreless innings.

Chen wasn't as sharp Sunday, allowing four runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 10-5 home loss to the White Sox.

The Royals (68-88) have won eight of 10 overall, but lost 5-3 to Detroit on Wednesday.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list