Manny Nearly Pinch-Hits -- Instead, A.J. Wins Game For Sox

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Bobby Jenks Saves Game For Edwin Jackson With Tying And Winning Runs On Base

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – A.J. Pierzynski’s three-run blast in the ninth provided the difference, as the White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians, 4-3, in Manny Ramirez’s first game in a Chicago uniform.

Pierzynski’s seventh home run of the season helped the White Sox win for the fourth time in six games. Chicago now stands 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota in the AL Central, and the Twins are currently taking on Detroit.

Ramirez, who was acquired in a waiver claim from the Dodgers on Monday, suited up, but did not play. He was standing in the on-deck circle when Pierzynski went deep, but was pulled back to the dugout after the White Sox took the lead.

Edwin Jackson (3-0), meanwhile, continued to star with Chicago, throwing his third consecutive 10-plus strikeout performance in 8 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while fanning 11. He’s allowed just six earned runs in 36 2/3 innings with his new club since a trade with Arizona and has struck out 10 or more in three straight games for the first time in his career.

Shelley Duncan homered for Cleveland, as the Indians lost their third straight. Justin Masterson was solid in 7 2/3 innings, allowing just one run, four hits and two walks while fanning seven, but Joe Smith (1-2) was saddled with the loss.

After tying the game with a run in the eighth, the White Sox went ahead with a big blast in the ninth.

Smith began the inning and walked both Alex Rios and Carlos Quentin, preceding Frank Herrmann’s entrance out of the bullpen. Pierzynski was the first batter to face Herrmann and launched a three-run homer into the right-field bleachers for a 4-1 advantage.

The Indians brought the tying run to the plate after two singles in the ninth, and Jason Donald scored them both with a two-out single to center. That chased Jackson in favor of Bobby Jenks, who allowed a base hit to pinch-hitter Matt LaPorta, sending Donald to second.

Michael Brantley, though, grounded out to Jenks to end the rally and the game. Jenks earned his 25th save.

Neither offense was unable to push any runs across in the first six innings.

The White Sox had a chance in the third, when Alexei Ramirez reached on an error and advanced to third with one out. Masterson was able to get Juan Pierre to foul out and Omar Vizquel to ground out to end the threat.

The Indians squandered a leadoff double from Lou Marson in the home half, and Jayson Nix flied out with two runners on in the sixth.

Duncan, though, finally ended the stalemate in the seventh, leading off the inning with a blast over the wall in left for a 1-0 Cleveland lead.

The White Sox rallied to tie it in the eighth. Mark Kotsay worked a walk leading off and was replaced by Brent Lillibridge on the base path. He was bunted to second and scored on Mark Teahen’s base hit to center.

Jackson is the first White Sox pitcher to record three straight 10-strikeout performances since Floyd Bannister — the father of Royals pitcher Brian Bannister — did it in 1985…Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko surpassed manager Ozzie Guillen for fifth all-time games played with the franchise with his 1,744th appearance…The Indians still lead the season series, 8-6.


Sox Will Sell 'Manny Wigs'

Via Chicago Breaking Sports:

TMZ quoted a Sox rep as saying the team was reaching out to the Dodgers to buy up their remaining stock of the wigs, which were a hot item when Ramirez first arrived in L.A., but obviously no longer have much appeal in southern California.

Here’s the original TMZ report.

Looks like not only will the Sox NOT make Manny cut his hair, but they’re going to try to make a buck off the dreads.


Manny In Cleveland To Begin White Sox Career

(Sports Network) - Chicago White Sox general manager Ken Williams is confident new acquisition Manny Ramirez will be able to fit in with his new surroundings and help the club in its pursuit of a postseason berth.

Ramirez is expected to be in action tonight in the place where his major league career started, as the White Sox will tangle with the host Cleveland Indians in the second test of a three-game set from Progressive Field.

The White Sox landed Ramirez in a waiver claim from the Dodgers on Monday.

"We not only want to get into the playoffs, but once we get in, we would like to have a chance to do something special," Williams noted on the team's site. "You need a hitter who can hit good pitching and hit in the clutch, and it's just a matter of [Ramirez] getting his timing back and he will be effective."

The slugging outfielder is expected to be Chicago's new designated hitter and battled through several injuries this season in Los Angeles. Ramirez made a few stints on the disabled list and batted .311 with eight homers and 40 RBI in 66 games this season. Playing in left field clearly wasn't the right spot for Ramirez, who gets a new chance to show he can still hit.

Chicago proved it can swing the bat on Monday, as it pounded out 21 hits in a series-opening 10-6 victory over Cleveland in 11 innings. Alex Rios led the way with five hits, including a home run, four RBI and three runs scored. Paul Konerko drove in three runs and Brent Lillibridge belted a solo homer to highlight a four-run 11th inning for the Pale Hose, who are four games behind Minnesota for the AL Central lead.

"We came out and we battled through it and got a win we really needed," said Lillibridge, who homered for the first time since June and took over at second base when Gordon Beckham went down after getting hit in the hand by a pitch. It's uncertain if Beckham will be in the lineup Tuesday.

Scott Linebrink picked up the win last night with two scoreless innings of relief, while starter Mark Buehrle was reached for three runs in six innings.

Edwin Jackson will make his fifth start for the White Sox since coming over in a deal from Arizona in late July tonight. Jackson is 2-0 with a 0.96 earned run average in four starts with his new team and threw eight shutout innings of three-hit ball in an 8-0 rout of Baltimore last Thursday. He also struck out 10 batters.

Jackson, who had 11 K's in his previous start versus Detroit, has pitched well in his career against the Indians. The right-hander is 5-1 in 10 lifetime matchups (9 starts) with the Tribe.

Cleveland has dropped two in a row since a three-game winning streak and got a two-run homer from Jayson Nix last night. Travis Hafner went 4-for-5 with three doubles, an RBI and two runs scored for the Indians, who also got three hits and an RBI from Shelley Duncan.

"The whole second half he's been swinging the bat really well," Indians manager Manny Acta said of Hafner. "He's driving the ball with more authority and he's fresher now after resting that shoulder. He's going good right now and giving us that bat in the middle of the lineup."

Rafael Perez was saddled with the loss for giving up the four runs in the 11th inning, while starter Mitch Talbot did no better by surrendering five runs on 10 hits and three walks in five innings of work.

Justin Masterson will try to get Acta's ballclub back on track when takes the mound Tuesday. Masterson was 0-2 in a three-start span before beating Oakland last Thursday with six innings of two-run ball. He has lasted six innings in each of his previous three starts, but is 5-12 with a 5.23 ERA in 26 starts this season.

Masterson, a right-hander, is 1-1 in three starts against the White Sox this season and 1-2 lifetime with a 2.78 earned run average in eight meetings (5 starts) with Chicago.

Cleveland is 8-5 against the AL Central-rival White Sox this season.

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