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Stewart shelled; Chen dominates Sox again

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Stewart shelled; Chen dominates Sox again

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011
Posted: 9:55 p.m. Updated: 11:03 p.m.

Associated Press

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VIDEO: Ozzie reacts to lopsided loss
VIDEO: Konerko on difficulty of hitting Chen

Bruce Chen enjoys U.S. Cellular Field, especially since he's figured out how to pitch on the home field of the Chicago White Sox."I know it's a hitter's park, but if you keep the ball down, you give yourself a chance," Chen said.Chen allowed only two hits in eight strong innings and the Kansas City Royals hit four home runs off Zach Stewart to rout the White Sox 11-1 Friday night.Jeff Francoeur, Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar homered for the Royals. Kansas City has won nine of 11 overall in a late-season surge.Chen (12-8) finished 3-1 this season against the White Sox, with all three of the wins at U.S. Cellular Field. His lone loss to Chicago came last Sunday in Kansas City, when he gave up nine hits and four runs in 5 13 innings.The only hit allowed by Chen through the first six innings was an infield single by Dayan Viciedo in the second. It was a grounder in the hole that third baseman Mike Moustakas fielded, and he spun around and threw high to first. Paul Konerko hit his 31st homer in the seventh inning.Chen walked one and struck out four. Vin Mazzaro pitched a hitless ninth."Bruce has been good against us and pitching well all year long. Now it's no mystery," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who was Chen's teammate with Atlanta in the late 1990s. "He owns the White Sox."With Guillen's future unclear, Chicago has lost 10 of 13. And Friday night's defeat left the White Sox at 76-81, ensuring they won't have a winning record despite a 127 million payroll."Obviously it's been a very tough season for everyone," Guillen said.Hosmer hit a solo shot in the second, his 19th of the season. Perez had a three-run drive in the fourth, his third of the season, and Escobar followed one batter later with his fourth homer of the season.Francoeur connected for his 20th of the season, a two-run shot, in the fifth to reach the 20-20 plateau. He also has 22 steals."It was a lot of fun. It's something I really wanted to accomplish," Francoeur said."It's been a good year. To be able to do that tonight. I credit Seitz (hitting coach Kevin Seitzer), and with the base stealing, Siss (first base coach Doug Sisson) gets all that (credit). I came in the first day of camp and he was on my butt about stealing bases. He told me I'd steal 20. I didn't believe him."Stewart, who gave up 12 hits and nine runs, also committed two errors in four-plus innings. Stewart (2-6) lost for the third straight time since pitching a one-hit shutout against the Twins on Sept. 5."It's very frustrating. ... it just makes you sick all the way around," Stewart said.Kansas City finished with 18 hits, four by Moustakas.NOTES
Everett Teaford (2-0) will pitch in Saturday's game against the White Sox. John Danks (7-12) goes for Chicago. Teaford beat the White Sox last Saturday in KC, giving up four hits and a run over six innings. Danks is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA in three starts against the Royals this season and 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in his career against the Royals.Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Tim Anderson helped off field with ankle sprain, will be reevaluated Wednesday

Tim Anderson helped off field with ankle sprain, will be reevaluated Wednesday

White Sox fans saw a sight they hoped they'd never see Tuesday night.

Tim Anderson was helped off the field with an ankle injury in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, hurt while making a play on a ground ball on a wet night in Massachusetts.

The White Sox announced later in the evening that Anderson has a sprained ankle and that X-rays were negative. The team added that Anderson will be reevaluated Wednesday.

Anderson made an on-the-run throw to nab J.D. Martinez at first base, but a play that Anderson has made look fairly routine over the past couple seasons this time included a slip on the rain-soaked infield. The White Sox star shortstop fell to the ground in pain immediately. After having his ankle briefly checked by the trainer, Anderson was helped off the field, into the dugout and into the clubhouse.

The rain poured down on Fenway Park on Tuesday night. The start of the game was delayed a half hour, but the teams played through steady rains throughout, worsening playing conditions, something the White Sox and every team across baseball have had to deal with quite often this season.

The degree of Anderson's ankle sprain is unknown, but the sight of him coming off the field was a nightmarish one for the White Sox and their fans. A sigh of relief came with the team's update, which did not include the words "Achilles" or "tear."

Anderson has emerged as one of the faces of the franchise this season, earning AL Player of the Month honors after a sensational April and earning national attention for flipping his bat after home runs and his mission to make what he calls a "boring" game more fun. He's got a .317/.342/.491 slash line on the season.

Anderson is undoubtedly a core piece for the rebuilding White Sox, who can pen him in as their shortstop of the future as well as the present.

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: Will the White Sox get a win in Boston against the former World Series Champs?

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: Will the White Sox get a win in Boston against the former World Series Champs?

Scott Podsednik and Doug Glanville join Leila Rahimi to talk all things Chicago baseball as the Cubs take on game two against the Braves and the Sox look to get a win in Boston.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: