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Cahill dominates; White Sox done in AL Central

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Chicago White Sox are almost certainly going to miss the playoffs.

So are the Oakland Athletics, despite beating Chicago 7-2 on Tuesday night and knocking the White Sox out of the AL Central race.

Postseason Chase

But the Athletics can take solace in having found a key part of their rotation for next season -- Trevor Cahill became their first 17-game winner since Mark Mulder.

And that was after beginning the season in the minors.

One day after Gio Gonzalez and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout, Cahill (17-7) dominated the White Sox through eight innings by himself.

"If I wouldn't have got sent down, maybe I wouldn't have got that motivation to come up here and get that confidence," said Cahill, who struck out seven and walked one. "I could have started out rough and then my confidence would have been lowered. When I went down I didn't want to just go through the motions and get down on myself. I used it as motivation."

The loss was the eighth straight for the White Sox, their longest since an eight game skid Aug. 11-19, 2007. It handed the AL Central title to the Minnesota Twins, who became the first team to clinch a postseason berth, and pushed Chicago to the brink of elimination in the AL wild-card race.

"It's disappointing for me," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It's another losing year no matter what. I'm not paid to have a good season. I'm getting paid to have winning seasons and we didn't do that this year."

The White Sox fell 12 games back of Minnesota in the AL Central with 11 to play after they led the division by a half-game at the All-Star break.

Omar Vizquel had two hits for the White Sox, who have lost 12 of 14 overall.

Buehrle (12-12) extended his winless slump to six games. The left-hander was tagged for five runs and nine in the first four innings alone. He left after six innings with five strikeouts.

It was the 16th consecutive game the White Sox have failed to get their starting pitcher a victory, breaking the franchise record of 15 set in 1985. Chicago starters are 0-9 with a 7.12 ERA over the rough stretch.

"It's one of those games we couldn't catch a break," Buehrle said. "They're putting the balls in play and finding the holes. It was just one of those days."

Cahill retired 12 of the first 14 batters before Alexei Ramirez doubled leading off the fifth. Ramirez scored on Brent Morel's groundout and Chicago added another run in the sixth but that was it.

The 22-year-old Cahill, who began the season in the minors after losing out to Gonzalez as Oakland's fifth starter, became the first Oakland pitcher to win 17 games since Mark Mulder did it in 2004. The right-hander is also the first A's pitcher to get to 17 victories without a win in April since Vida Blue in 1974.

"He had a good changeup going and he used his curveball a little more than normal," manager Bob Geren said. "He had one inning where they linked a bunch of hits together. Other than that, he got a lot of groundball outs and he threw strikes. He's got on a nice roll and tonight was a pretty classic game."

Cahill benefited from an A's offense that had its best night in more than a month. Oakland had four doubles and got some help from two Chicago errors.

Kurt Suzuki and Cliff Pennington drove in two runs apiece for the A's, who pounded out 13 hits against Mark Buehrle and one reliever. Rajai Davis added three hits and scored twice as Oakland reached 76 victories for the first time since finishing 76-86 in 2007. Jack Cust and rookie Chris Carter had two hits apiece.

Notes

  • The White Sox loaded the bases in the ninth against two relievers before Craig Breslow got pinch-hitter Paul Konerko to ground out, ending the game.
  • Buehrle needs 1 2/3 innings to reach 200 for a 10th consecutive season, which would be the longest active streak in the majors.
  • Chicago RHP Gavin Floyd, who left Monday's game after only seven pitches due to tightness in his right shoulder, is almost certain to miss his next start while resting.
  • Oakland RHP Ben Sheets, on the disabled list after undergoing three surgeries on his right elbow, was selected as the winner of the 2010 Jim "Catfish" Hunter Award, given annually to an A's player who exemplifies the courage and spirit of Hunter.
  • Carter singled in his first two at-bats against Buehrle, giving him three consecutive hits after starting his major league career with an 0-for-33 slide.
 
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After beginning the season in the minors, and going through April without a win, Trevor Cahill now has 17 victories.  (US Presswire)
After beginning the season in the minors, and going through April without a win, Trevor Cahill now has 17 victories. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Oakland

R. Davis
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Oakland

T. Cahill
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 7
 

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Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4110000 .271
Omar Vizquel, 2B4020001 .288
Manny Ramirez, DH3000111 .299
A.J. Pierzynski, C4010022 .272
Mark Kotsay, 1B4020011 .236
Alexei Ramirez, SS4120012 .280
Mark Teahen, RF3000021 .256
   a- Andruw Jones, PH0000100 .228
Brent Morel, 3B4001023 .207
Alejandro De Aza, CF3000000 .000
   b- Paul Konerko, PH1000003 .315
Totals3428129  
a-walked for Teahen in the 9th
b-grounded out for De Aza in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alexei Ramirez 2 (27, Cahill, Rodriguez)
RBI - Brent Morel (4)
SB - Juan Pierre (59, 2nd base off Cahill/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Brent Morel (1, Misplayed grounder), A.J. Pierzynski (5, Throwing), Alexei Ramirez (18, Throwing)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Buehrle (L,12-12) 61155050 4.27
Lucas Harrell 2221320 4.71
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 110-74, Lucas Harrell 48-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 11-3, Lucas Harrell 2-2
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 30, Lucas Harrell 11
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rajai Davis, CF5231000 .274
Daric Barton, 1B3211002 .275
    Jeff Larish, 1B1000101 .172
Mark Ellis, 2B5010034 .275
Kurt Suzuki, C4012100 .246
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5000024 .254
Jack Cust, DH3120110 .278
Matt Carson, RF4000012 .157
Chris Carter, LF3120002 .081
    Gabe Gross, LF1110000 .239
Cliff Pennington, SS4022002 .247
Totals38713637  
Batting
2B - Mark Ellis (21, Buehrle), Kurt Suzuki (17, Buehrle), Gabe Gross (10, Harrell), Cliff Pennington (24, Buehrle)
RBI - Rajai Davis (48), Daric Barton (51), Kurt Suzuki 2 (67), Cliff Pennington 2 (41)
2-OUT RBI - Daric Barton (18), Kurt Suzuki (16)
SB - Rajai Davis (46, off Harrell/Pierzynski), Jeff Larish (1, 3rd base off Harrell/Pierzynski), Jack Cust (2, 2nd base off Harrell/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Pennington-Ellis-Larish, Larish-Pennington
E - Cliff Pennington (23, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill (W,17-7) 8622170 2.81
Henry Rodriguez 0.1200010 3.38
Craig Breslow 0.2000110 3.12
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 106-67, Henry Rodriguez 11-10, Craig Breslow 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 14-2, Craig Breslow 1-0
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 30, Henry Rodriguez 3, Craig Breslow 3
Game Information
Attendance - 11158
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski