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Chi. White Sox (2-2) «0230003008131
Detroit (0-4)1130000005110

Pierzynski has five RBI as ChiSox keep Tigers out of win column

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- For the Detroit Tigers, 2008 is starting to resemble 2003.

A.J. Pierzynski drove in five runs with three hits, including a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning Friday that led the Chicago White Sox over the Tigers 8-5.

Detroit, the only winless team in the major leagues, is 0-4 for the first time since the Tigers dropped their first nine games in 2003 en route to an AL-record 119 losses. Not exactly the start hoped for by Detroit, which at $138.7 million opened the season with the second-highest payroll in the major leagues behind the New York Yankees.

"We've just got bad combinations going," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We got pretty good pitching the first three games. Today we swung the bat better, but we didn't add runs and didn't pitch quite as well."

He talked about the expectations and how the fans are dealing with the sorry start.

"When you're in this business, you have to understand that's part of it, and if you don't, you're in the wrong business," Leyland said. "I don't blame people for being antsy and impatient. They've waited the whole winter, and we haven't given them much to be excited about."

Ivan Rodriguez had three hits and drove two runs for Detroit, which was swept by Kansas City at home to start the season.

Carlos Quentin also homered for Chicago.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen predicts the Tigers will be one of the league's best teams.

"They have so much talent, so much experience," he said. "They're not going to panic. And their manager always pushes the right buttons."

Boone Logan (1-0) got the final three outs in the sixth, relieving after Brandon Inge singled off starter Jose Contreras. Bobby Jenks pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save in as many chances.

Jason Grilli (0-1) gave up three runs and five hits in one inning.

Grilli relieved with the score tied 5-5 in the seventh. Three pitches later, the White Sox led 8-5.

Paul Konerko led off with a double, Jermaine Dye singled on the next pitch to send him to third and Pierzynski followed with a home run into the right-field seats.

"He sat on the changeup like he knew it was coming," Grilli said. "I just made a bad pitch."

Pierzynski is batting .529 (9-for-17) with two home runs and seven RBI.

"I really don't want to get in to specific reasons why. Maybe it's just luck," he said. "You go up there and try to swing and get the ball up the middle. Everything that I worked on in spring training just came into place."

Pierzynski also doubled twice.

Quentin and Joe Crede followed his home run with consecutive singles and Grilli threw a wild pitch before Juan Uribe grounded into a double play and Orlando Cabrera struck out.

Grilli said there's too many games left to overreact to the Tigers' start.

"If people are panicking, it's way too early to panic," he said. "It's a long season."

Contreras gave up five runs -- four earned -- 10 hits and four walks.

Tigers starter Nate Robertson allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings.

He also emphasized the team is remaining calm.

"You look to your leader and that's the skipper ... And there's no sense of panic," he said.

Detroit started well, loading the bases with no outs in the first. But Magglio Ordonez hit into a double play to score a run. Miguel Cabrera then walked but Edgar Renteria ended the inning by striking out.

"We had a chance to break it open, and it didn't happen," Leyland said.

Notes

  • Detroit DH Gary Sheffield missed the game because of a torn tendon in his finger suffered on Thursday. But Leyland said Sheffield should be able to play when the swelling goes down. He's day to day.
  • Chicago is 20-9 at Comerica Park since 2005.
  • Cabrera was the DH after sitting out Thursday's game with left quadriceps soreness. He was 1-for 2 with three walks. Brandon Inge played 3B in his place for the second consecutive game.
 
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A.J. Pierzynski does most of the damage with three hits, including this 3-run shot in the seventh.   (AP)
A.J. Pierzynski does most of the damage with three hits, including this 3-run shot in the seventh. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Pierzynski
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Detroit

I. Rodriguez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Chicago White Sox
Nick Swisher, CF2000310 .214
Orlando Cabrera, SS5000025 .188
Jim Thome, DH4110022 .188
Paul Konerko, 1B3220201 .231
Jermaine Dye, RF5231001 .471
A.J. Pierzynski, C5235002 .529
Carlos Quentin, LF5122013 .333
Joe Crede, 3B5020010 .294
Juan Uribe, 2B3000000 .200
Totals37813857  
Batting
2B - Jim Thome (1, Robertson), Paul Konerko (2, Grilli), Jermaine Dye 2 (3, Robertson, Robertson), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (3, Robertson, Robertson)
HR - A.J. Pierzynski (2, Grilli), Carlos Quentin (1, Robertson)
SH - Juan Uribe (1)
RBI - Jermaine Dye (2), A.J. Pierzynski 5 (7), Carlos Quentin 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye (1), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (2)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Cabrera-Konerko, Uribe-Cabrera-Konerko, Uribe-Konerko-Cabrera
E - Juan Uribe (1, Throwing)
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras 51054420 7.20
Boone Logan (W,1-0) 1000000 0.00
Octavio Dotel (H,1) 1100020 11.57
Scott Linebrink (H,2) 1000020 0.00
Bobby Jenks (S,2) 1000200 0.00
WP - Jose Contreras 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 85-46, Boone Logan 14-7, Octavio Dotel 15-10, Scott Linebrink 10-7, Bobby Jenks 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 9-2, Boone Logan 2-1, Bobby Jenks 1-2
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 27, Boone Logan 3, Octavio Dotel 4, Scott Linebrink 3, Bobby Jenks 5
Detroit Tigers
Clete Thomas, CF4131010 .556
Placido Polanco, 2B5010002 .105
Carlos Guillen, 1B2100302 .385
Magglio Ordonez, RF5010003 .235
Miguel Cabrera, DH2110301 .200
    Ryan Raburn, PR-DH0000000 .000
Edgar Renteria, SS5000026 .222
Ivan Rodriguez, C4232011 .250
Jacque Jones, LF4011013 .091
Brandon Inge, 3B4010012 .308
Totals35511466  
Batting
2B - Ivan Rodriguez 2 (2, Contreras, Contreras)
SH - Clete Thomas (1)
RBI - Clete Thomas (1), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (2), Jacque Jones (1)
2-OUT RBI - Clete Thomas (1), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (2), Jacque Jones (1)
SB - Clete Thomas (1, 2nd base off Contreras/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Inge-Guillen-Rodriguez, Inge-Polanco-Guillen
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson 5755251 9.00
Zach Miner 1100110 6.00
Jason Grilli (L,0-1) 1533111 20.25
Denny Bautista 1000100 3.00
Todd Jones 1000000 0.00
IBB - Swisher by Jason Grilli
HBP - Thome (by Nate Robertson)
WP - Jason Grilli (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 91-54, Zach Miner 16-7, Jason Grilli 17-10, Denny Bautista 12-6, Todd Jones 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 3-7, Zach Miner 1-1, Jason Grilli 1-0, Denny Bautista 1-1
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 25, Zach Miner 5, Jason Grilli 8, Denny Bautista 3, Todd Jones 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34569
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 40
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Mark Wegner