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CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen heard the sellout crowd roar during the national anthem, and knew he was in for a fun night.
"If you don't get motivated with that," he said with a grin, "then you won't be ready for any game."
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Guillen's team sure looked ready, getting off to a fast start in a 9-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday. A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run double in Chicago's four-run first, Freddy Garcia threw seven solid innings and the White Sox roughed up A.J. Burnett.
"It was a fun game," Pierzynski said. "It was great. Big crowd, excited crowd, to jump on them early obviously was huge and get the crowd into the game."
Kickstarted by a rousing pregame ceremony that included championship trophies from Chicago teams in the four major sports, the White Sox banged out nine hits one night after they had 14 in an 8-0 victory over Baltimore that gave them their first series victory in three weeks. They improved to 25-7 at U.S. Cellular Field since June 9, outscoring their opponents 196-105 during the impressive stretch.
And more help could be on the way.
Chicago was awarded a waiver claim on Manny Ramirez, giving the White Sox exclusive bargaining rights for the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the waiver-wire process is confidential.
The White Sox and Dodgers have until 1:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday to complete a trade, which Ramirez would have to approve. The Dodgers also could let him go -- with his consent -- and the White Sox would simply assume his salary. Or, Los Angeles could keep Ramirez and try to make a run at the playoffs with him.
Former White Sox outfielder Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Yankees, who have dropped three of four but remained tied with Tampa Bay for the AL East lead. Brett Gardner had two hits and drove in a run.
Burnett (9-12) struggled once again, dropping to 0-4 with a 7.80 ERA in five starts this month and putting his spot in the rotation in jeopardy.
"I've been through this," he said. "I'm strong enough to deal with it. I'm not going to pout. I'm not going into my next start thinking here we go again. It's a matter of being strong."
That next start is up in the air though, with manager Joe Girardi saying the Yankees would "evaluate after this weekend where we are and what we need to do."
"He didn't locate it well enough and he didn't pitch well," Girardi said.
Five of the first six White Sox batters reached. Pierre hit a leadoff double and scored on Vizquel's single. Carlos Quentin also singled in a run and Pierzynski capped the scoring with a drive into the right-field corner, delighting the crowd of 38,596.
"It was a tough game early and then it turned into an easier game, which was nice," said Paul Konerko, who singled and scored on Pierzynski's hit.
Burnett retired the side in order in the second but Quentin scored on a wild pitch in the third and Chicago added four more in the fourth to make it 9-2.
Burnett was charged with nine runs, eight earned, and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. The right-hander, who also walked three and threw two wild pitches, is 3-10 with a 6.86 ERA in his last 15 starts overall.
While Burnett struggled, Garcia (11-5) snapped out of his rut by yielding two runs, one earned, and five hits for his first win since July 29 against Seattle. The right-hander was 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA in his previous four starts.
"He threw the ball great," Pierzynski said.
Sergio Mitre replaced Burnett and threw 4 2/3 innings of one-hit ball to save the Yankees' bullpen.
|A.J. Burnett allows eight earned in 3 1/3, falling to 0-4 with a 7.80 ERA in August. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Yankees|
|Brett Gardner, LF||3||1||2||1||1||0||1||.286|
|Derek Jeter, SS||4||0||0||1||0||1||2||.273|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||3||1||0||0||0||0||1||.258|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.320|
|Nick Swisher, RF||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.293|
|Jorge Posada, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.253|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.247|
|Francisco Cervelli, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.240|
|Ramiro Pena, 3B||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.220|
|a- Marcus Thames, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.317|
|Eduardo Nunez, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|a-struck out for Pena in the 8th|
|2B - Nick Swisher (29, Garcia)|
|HR - Nick Swisher (23, Linebrink)|
|RBI - Brett Gardner (40), Derek Jeter (59), Nick Swisher 2 (72)|
|SB - Brett Gardner (36, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski), Ramiro Pena (6, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Cano-Teixeira|
|E - Francisco Cervelli (10, Throwing)|
|New York Yankees|
|A.J. Burnett (L,9-12)||3.1||8||9||8||3||3||0||5.17|
|WP - A.J. Burnett 2 (13), Sergio Mitre (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 81-47, Sergio Mitre 52-36|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 5-2, Sergio Mitre 9-4|
|Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 21, Sergio Mitre 15|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Juan Pierre, LF||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.282|
|Omar Vizquel, 3B||4||2||2||2||0||0||0||.292|
|Alex Rios, CF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.291|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.315|
|Carlos Quentin, RF||3||2||1||1||1||0||1||.240|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||0||1||2||0||0||1||.254|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.285|
|Mark Teahen, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.276|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||1||3||.251|
|2B - Juan Pierre (15, Burnett), A.J. Pierzynski (26, Burnett), Mark Teahen (10, Mitre)|
|RBI - Omar Vizquel 2 (25), Alex Rios (74), Carlos Quentin (80), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (42)|
|SB - Omar Vizquel (7, 2nd base off Burnett/Cervelli), Alex Rios (27, 3rd base off Mitre/Cervelli)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko, A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko|
|E - Freddy Garcia (2, Throwing)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Freddy Garcia (W,11-5)||7||5||2||1||1||3||0||4.89|
|HBP - Teixeira (by Scott Linebrink)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 111-67, Erick Threets 21-12, Scott Linebrink 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 9-8, Erick Threets 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 26, Erick Threets 3, Scott Linebrink 5|
|Attendance - 38596|
|Game Time - 2:51|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Bob Davidson|