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White Sox survive Buehrle's ejection, tense ninth to nip Indians

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CLEVELAND -- Ozzie Guillen wasn't on the field long enough to tell umpire Joe West how he felt about his balk calls against Mark Buehrle.

The White Sox manager did so afterward.

Harshly.

The fiery Guillen, never afraid to speak his mind on any subject, unloaded on West following Chicago's 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, a game that included the ejections of both Guillen and Buehrle for protesting a pair of balks in the first three innings.

Guillen didn't hold back in a profane-filled attack on West.

"Joe has been like that for a lot of years, and he's always going to be like this," Guillen said, dropping several expletives throughout a rant that's certain to get a look from Major League Baseball. "I'm not going to change it, nobody is going to change it, but sometimes he thinks people pay to watch him umpire. He's the type of guy that wants to control the game, and to me is one of the best umpires in the game, no doubt.

"But in the meanwhile, those years are on his shoulders and kind of heavy and showing people who he is. I deserve respect and the players deserve respect here, too."

Buehrle's ejection in the third didn't rattle the White Sox, who regrouped after losing him and survived a scary ninth by closer Bobby Jenks to win their first road series this season.

Mark Kotsay hit a two-run homer off Jake Westbrook (2-3) and Mark Teahen drove in two runs as Chicago took two of three from the last-place Indians, who had a season-high four errors.

Jenks nearly blew a 5-1 lead, allowing Cleveland to score three runs before striking out Austin Kearns with the bases loaded and getting Russell Branyan to fly out.

White Sox reliever Tony Pena (1-1), summoned in the fourth after Randy Williams left with an apparent foot injury, worked four scoreless innings.

Buehrle didn't make it out of the third, one inning longer than Guillen lasted. Both were tossed by West, who felt two of the lefty's pickoff moves were illegal.

Matt LaPorta was on first in the second when West called the first balk on Buehrle, who didn't like the decision and had words with West, a 32-year veteran with a reputation for being confrontational. Guillen came out to defend his pitcher and West gave him a minute to plead his case before throwing out Guillen, who dropped his sunglasses, lineup card and other items on the track before heading into the dugout.

Guillen said he was more upset with West's treatment of Buehrle than his ruling.

"I went out to ask him why he's embarrassing Buehrle and he give me one of this," Guillen said, waving his hand dismissively. "When you're a professional and you have to respect the managers, the way we're supposed to respect the umpires, they are supposed to respect back.

"Obviously they have more power than we have and we have to wear it every time that happens. ... I don't think he has the right and the power to let people know who is the chief on the field."

West said Guillen never mentioned anything about showing up Buehrle.

"He didn't say that to me," West told the Associated Press while having his postgame meal. "I don't know what he's talking about. Ozzie came out because Buehrle was making gestures on the mound that could have got him kicked out so he was protecting Buehrle, that's all he was doing. I don't have a problem with that."

In the third, Buehrle gave up an infield single to Jason Donald, and with Trevor Crowe up, he was called for a second balk. This time, Buehrle flipped his glove off and was immediately ejected by West, who stood with his arms folded near the first-base line.

Buehrle tried to get at the ump and had to be restrained.

"Once I got tossed I wanted to go say a few words and try to get my money's worth and just kind of find out what did I do wrong to balk?" Buehrle said. "I think he's too worried about promoting his CD [West is a country music singer and song writer with his own website] and I think he likes seeing his name in the papers a little bit too much instead of worrying about the rules.

"I'd like to find out what he called a balk on me. Your knee can cross over the rubber. I know your foot can't and I didn't do that. I watched the replays trying to see what it was called a balk and I have still have yet to see what I did."

West said Buehrle balked both times.

"He has a couple of really good moves and those two were both balks, so I called them," he said.

Indians manager Manny Acta didn't want any part of the West-Guillen battle. He has enough problems.

"That's irrelevant to me," Acta said. "I manage the Indians."

Notes

  • Buehrle is the first Chicago pitcher to have two balks in a game since Scott Radinsky in 1993. Radinsky is currently Cleveland's bullpen coach.
  • The Indians begin a 10-game trip Friday when they open a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.
  • 2B Luis Valbuena's squeeze bunt Tuesday night that scored Kearns was the first successful squeeze by the Indians since May 17, 2003, against Oakland.
  • Guillen has been ejected 22 times in his career.
 
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Mark Buehrle gets tossed in the third inning after arguing about his second balk.
 
Mark Buehrle gets tossed in the third inning after arguing about his second balk. (AP)
 

Players of the Game
Chicago

M. Kotsay
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Cleveland

S. Duncan
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Chicago White Sox
Juan Pierre, LF5110002 .259
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000002 .216
Alex Rios, CF3210100 .308
Paul Konerko, 1B4111001 .262
Mark Kotsay, DH3112100 .223
Carlos Quentin, RF4000013 .211
Mark Teahen, 3B4012000 .242
    Omar Vizquel, 3B0000000 .200
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010012 .245
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000023 .191
Totals3556524  
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (6, Westbrook)
HR - Mark Kotsay (5, Westbrook)
RBI - Paul Konerko (32), Mark Kotsay 2 (11), Mark Teahen 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teahen 2 (8)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko, Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle 2.1300010 4.38
Randy Williams 0.2311000 5.82
Tony Pena (W,1-1) 4200130 4.21
Matt Thornton 1000000 1.89
Bobby Jenks 1333310 6.35
IBB - Choo by Bobby Jenks
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 35-21, Randy Williams 13-7, Tony Pena 54-37, Matt Thornton 13-9, Bobby Jenks 36-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 3-2, Randy Williams 1-0, Tony Pena 4-5, Matt Thornton 1-2, Bobby Jenks 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 9, Randy Williams 4, Tony Pena 15, Matt Thornton 3, Bobby Jenks 9
Cleveland Indians
Trevor Crowe, CF4010001 .260
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4010102 .302
Austin Kearns, LF4110114 .299
Russell Branyan, 1B5020003 .235
Jhonny Peralta, 3B3111002 .245
Matt LaPorta, DH3110102 .210
Luis Valbuena, 2B4110014 .144
Lou Marson, C3000020 .200
   a- Travis Hafner, PH0001100 .281
Jason Donald, SS3020010 .267
   b- Shelley Duncan, PH1012000 .600
Totals34411445  
a-walked for Marson in the 9th
b-singled for Donald in the 9th
Batting
2B - Russell Branyan (5, Williams), Jhonny Peralta (13, Jenks)
SF - Jhonny Peralta (3)
SH - Trevor Crowe (1)
RBI - Jhonny Peralta (20), Travis Hafner (17), Shelley Duncan 2 (3)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Valbuena-Branyan-Donald
E - Russell Branyan (2, Missed catch of throw), Jason Donald (1, Throwing), Austin Kearns (2, Throwing), Jhonny Peralta (4, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Jake Westbrook (L,2-3) 7655221 4.78
Jamey Wright 1000000 4.82
Hector Ambriz 1000020 4.05
IBB - Kotsay by Jake Westbrook
WP - Hector Ambriz (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 88-55, Jamey Wright 11-7, Hector Ambriz 19-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 9-10, Jamey Wright 1-2, Hector Ambriz 3-0
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 29, Jamey Wright 3, Hector Ambriz 5
Game Information
Attendance - 18109
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Paul Schrieber