Tampa Bay at Chicago

Tampa Bay
W: P. Humber (1-0) L: W. Davis (0-2)
S: C. Sale (1)
HR: TB - F. Lopez (1)   CHW - None

White Sox 4, Rays 2

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- With or without Manny Ramirez, the Tampa Bay Rays aren't hitting. This time, they were shut down by a 28-year-old journeyman making his third career start.

A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run double and Phil Humber pitched a career-high six innings to lead the Chicago White Sox over the sputtering Rays 4-2 on Saturday in a game that got a little testy at the end.

Wade Davis tossed six solid innings for Tampa Bay, giving up two runs and five hits. But he was outdone by Humber, who allowed one run in six innings of his own.

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"It's all about playing good baseball," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We didn't play poorly, but we're just not hitting. We've been kind of like this, one or two runs a game, and that's not easy to do."

One day after Ramirez abruptly retired rather than face a 100-game suspension for a second violation of baseball's drug policy, the Rays dropped to 1-7.

The Rays kept it close most of the way, but a two-out double by Pierzynski in the seventh gave the White Sox a 4-1 lead.

Tampa Bay's Felipe Lopez appeared to take exception to an inside pitch from Chris Sale in the ninth inning, then flipped his bat in the lanky left-hander's direction after hitting a solo home run.

When Lopez crossed home plate, he and Pierzynski went nose-to-nose and jawed at each other for a couple of seconds, but there was no pushing or shoving.

"I don't know what you're talking about. I just said hi," said Pierzynski, who has often drawn the ire of opponents during his career. "He lives down the street from me in Orlando, so I was just asking him how his house was."

After the game, Lopez said the bat toss was unintentional.

"I didn't think they were throwing at me," Lopez said. "I didn't mean to throw the bat like that. It was unfortunate. I wasn't trying to do that."

Lopez was led away by Maddon as he made his way toward the dugout. Sale finished up for his first save of the season.

"Just an inside pitch," Maddon said. "He kind of got him going a little bit. I'm certain [Sale] was not throwing at him at all."

After a ninth-inning comeback Friday that led to their only win, the Rays again struggled at the plate and were unable to give Davis (0-2) much support. Davis improved from his first start of the season, when he gave up four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings of a home loss to Baltimore.

"I didn't have my best stuff today," said Davis, who walked three and struck out four. "Just kept battling. Trying to keep the game where it was."

With the score tied at 1, Paul Konerko led off the fourth with a double. After Carlos Quentin struck out, Pierzynski walked and Mark Teahen drew a two-out walk to load the bases. Brent Morel gave the White Sox a 2-1 lead when he blooped a broken-bat infield single over Davis' head.

"I should've had it," Davis said. "I took a glimpse to see if anyone was coming. I didn't want to have any collisions. I saw the ball. I had time to get there. I was thinking about the other guys coming in."

The damage could've been a lot worse, but Davis got help from right fielder Sam Fuld, who made a spectacular diving catch on the warning track to rob Juan Pierre of at least three RBI.

"That was huge," Davis said. "I don't know how to explain that. I've never seen a catch that good in person."

After a leadoff walk to Dan Johnson in the second, Humber (1-0) gave up an RBI double to Ben Zobrist.

Morel opened the third with a double off the left-field wall and scored on Gordon Beckham's sacrifice fly.


White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said there is no timetable on a return for DH Adam Dunn, who is recovering from an appendectomy. Dunn said Friday was the worst he's felt since having the procedure, but on Saturday he felt better and was able to take a few swings in the cage at less than 100 percent. ... Maddon said he's turned the page on Ramirez's retirement. "The Manny thing, I honestly don't see a big angle on that at all. Quite frankly, if you did not ask me that question I would've never thought about it," he said. ... Rays LF Johnny Damon tied Ramirez and Richie Ashburn (2,574) for 72nd place on the career hits list with a single in the third. ... Konerko's double in the fourth moved him past Nellie Fox into third place on the White Sox career list with 336.

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In addition to a broken bat, A.J. Pierzynski's star-turn vs. the Rays includes a two-run double in the fourth. (Getty Images)
In addition to a broken bat, A.J. Pierzynski's star-turn vs. the Rays includes a two-run double in the fourth. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

F. Lopez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

A. Pierzynski
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Tampa Bay Rays
Sam Fuld, RF5010012 .222
Johnny Damon, LF4010011 .107
B.J. Upton, CF3000121 .321
Dan Johnson, DH2100202 .100
Ben Zobrist, 2B4011011 .167
Felipe Lopez, 3B4111001 .250
Elliot Johnson, SS4010021 .273
Casey Kotchman, 1B3000002 .000
   a- Sean Rodriguez, PH1000000 .308
John Jaso, C2000100 .067
   b- Kelly Shoppach, PH1010000 .250
a-grounded out for Kotchman in the 9th
b-singled for Jaso in the 9th
2B - Ben Zobrist (2, Humber), Elliot Johnson (1, Humber)
HR - Felipe Lopez (1, Sale)
RBI - Ben Zobrist (2), Felipe Lopez (1)
SB - Sam Fuld (5, 2nd base off Humber/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 8
Tampa Bay Rays
Wade Davis (L,0-2) 6522340 4.38
Juan Cruz 0.2122100 7.36
Jake McGee 0.1100200 6.75
Adam Russell 1000000 2.70
HBP - Quentin (by Wade Davis)
WP - Juan Cruz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 103-57, Juan Cruz 21-14, Jake McGee 15-5, Adam Russell 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 7-7, Juan Cruz 1-1, Adam Russell 3-0
Batters Faced - Wade Davis 27, Juan Cruz 4, Jake McGee 4, Adam Russell 3
Chicago White Sox
Juan Pierre, LF4000003 .278
Gordon Beckham, 2B4011010 .343
Alex Rios, CF3100100 .194
Paul Konerko, 1B4210000 .375
Carlos Quentin, RF2000111 .400
A.J. Pierzynski, C3022101 .267
Alexei Ramirez, SS2000203 .281
Mark Teahen, DH3010115 .455
Brent Morel, 3B4121012 .290
2B - Paul Konerko (1, Davis), A.J. Pierzynski (2, McGee), Mark Teahen (1, Davis), Brent Morel (2, Davis)
SF - Gordon Beckham (1)
SH - Juan Pierre (3)
RBI - Gordon Beckham (5), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (4), Brent Morel (5)
2-OUT RBI - A.J. Pierzynski 2 (3), Brent Morel (1)
SB - Gordon Beckham (1, 2nd base off Cruz/Jaso), Alex Rios (1, 2nd base off Cruz/Jaso)
Team LOB - 10
Chicago White Sox
Philip Humber (W,1-0) 6411240 3.38
Will Ohman (H,1) 1000110 12.46
Sergio Santos (H,1) 1000110 0.00
Chris Sale (S,1) 1211011 5.06
Pitches-Strikes - Philip Humber 85-58, Will Ohman 19-11, Sergio Santos 12-6, Chris Sale 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Philip Humber 8-6, Will Ohman 2-0, Sergio Santos 1-1, Chris Sale 1-1
Batters Faced - Philip Humber 24, Will Ohman 4, Sergio Santos 4, Chris Sale 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26378
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth