Sox capitalize on Tribe’s wild pen,then hold on for 4-3 win

CLEVELAND—With Manny Ramirez standing in the on-deck circle ready to pinch-hit, A.J. Pierzynski connected for a tiebreaking, three-run homer off Frank Herrmann in the ninth inning to lift the White Sox to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.Ramirez, who arrived earlier in the day to help the Sox playoff push, was poised to make his White Sox debut and bat for Brent Lillibridge before Pierzynski came through.He drove an 0-1 pitch over the wall in right field, and as he rounded the bases, Ramirez retreated to the dugout, where the fun-loving slugger celebrated his new teammate’s heroics by high-fiving the rest of the White Sox as if he was the one who had homered.Edwin Jackson (3-0) struck out 10 and allowed seven hits in 8 2/3 innings as the White Sox kept the pressure on first-place Minnesota in the AL Central. Jackson gave up Shelley Duncan’s leadoff homer in the seventh, and appeared on his way to a complete game before the Indians rallied for two runs in the ninth. The right-hander gave up a pair of one-out singles, but manager Ozzie Guillen stuck with him — one batter too long. Jason Donald hit a two-run single and Guillen lifted Jackson to bring in closer Bobby Jenks, who had blown three saves in his last seven tries. Jenks gave up a single to pinch-hitter Matt LaPorta before retiring Michael Brantley on a comebacker for his 25th save.Indians reliever Joe Smith (1-2) walked two batters in the ninth before he was replaced by Herrmann. As Pierzynski was headed to the plate, Guillen told Ramirez to grab a bat, but the 12-time All-Star never got a chance to do anything but warm up with it. After Pierzynski’s homer, Ramirez was called back.Jackson and Cleveland starter Justin Masteron locked up in a scoreless duel for 6 1/2 innings before Duncan’s eighth homer put the Indians up 1-0. Duncan came up in a 6-for-47 (.128) slide since Aug. 8 before connecting on a 1-1 pitch from Jackson, who had struck him out in his two previous at-bats.Masterson, wildly inconsistent in his first full season with Cleveland, blanked the White Sox for the first 7 1/3 innings before Mark Teahen’s RBI single tied it 1-all.Ramirez got to wear his black No. 99 White Sox jersey for the first time, but he didn’t get to cross the white foul lines with it on.After getting up early for a cross-country flight, he didn’t arrive in Cleveland until mid-afternoon and Guillen decided to hold off one more day before penciling him into the heart of the lineup. Ramirez is expected to start Wednesday’s day game, batting fifth as the DH.

NOTES—Omar Vizquel started at second base for, filling in for Gordon Beckham, who bruised his right hand when he was hit by a pitch Monday. Guillen expects Beckham to be back as early as Friday’s series opener in Boston. … To make room for Ramirez, the White Sox optioned RHP Carlos Torres to Triple-A Charlotte. … Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday to start the series finale. It will be Carrasco’s first appearance in 2010 with Cleveland, which acquired him last year in the deadline deal with Philadelphia for Cliff Lee. Carrasco went 0-4 last season with an 8.87 ERA in five starts. … LaPorta had missed Cleveland’s previous two games after straining his hip, which he had surgery on in October.

Sox blow lead in ninth, then escape 10-6 in 11 over Tribe

CLEVELAND—As the herd of reporters and camera crews streamed into the White Sox clubhouse and headed toward manager Ozzie Guillen’s tiny office, one of the White Sox coaches wondered if the team’s newest player had arrived during extra innings. “Is Manny here?” he asked. Not yet. He’s on the way, though. Manny Ramirez is about to enter the middle of the lineup, and the White Sox are already swinging for the playoffs.Yet they still are four games in back of Minnesota,and are lucky it’s not five.Brent Lillibridge atoned for a costly error in the ninth inning by hitting a two-out homer in the 11th as the White Sox opened a critical 10-game road trip with a 10-6 win over the Cleveland Indians, hours after they officially claimed Ramirez off waivers Monday.Lillibridge entered in the seventh, when second baseman Gordon Beckham left after being hit on the right hand with a pitch. In the ninth, Lillibridge bare-handed a high hopper but threw past first, helping the Indians tie it at 6 against closer Bobby Jenks. Lillibridge was hoping for a chance to make up for it, and he got it in the 11th. He came to the plate with just one homer in 58 at-bats and was in a 2-for-27 rut before connecting off ineffective Rafael Perez (4-1).Alex Rios homered, drove in four runs and had five of 21 hits as the White Sox won for just the sixth time in 15 games. Scott Linebrink (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings.The White Sox moved within four games of first-place Minnesota in the AL Central, and after the game got good news on Beckham. X-rays were negative, but for a moment there was concern that the injury was much worse.Beckham doesn’t know how long he will be out.The White Sox appeared on their way to an easy — if ugly — win. But Jenks, who has been overworked with relievers J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton out with injuries, couldn’t finish off the Indians.Jenks walked Shin Soo-Choo leading off, and after the White Sox allowed him to take second, Shelley Duncan blooped an RBI single to left to bring Cleveland within two. Travis Hafner followed with his third double — and fourth hit — that brought manager Ozzie Guillen out to the mound.Guillen stuck with Jenks, who got Luis Valbuena to hit a high chopper to Lillibridge. He fielded it but rushed his throw as two runs scored.Jason Nix homered for the last-place Indians, who have dropped 11 of 16 and stranded 16.Before he plays for the White Sox, Ramirez may have to visit the barber. The White Sox have an appearance policy, and before Manny can start being Manny, he’ll have to get at least a few inches trimmed off his flowing hair, which currently hangs to the middle of his back.The White Sox are picking up the remaining $3.825 million of Ramirez’s contract this season, a payment that won’t be painful if it comes after a playoff appearance.Even without Ramirez, the White Sox have been hitting. They have 10 or more hits 13 times in the past 16 games, and they wasted no time putting Indians starter Mitch Talbot in a 5-0 hole after two innings.Rios hit his 19th homer in the sixth to give the White Sox a 6-3 lead.


NOTES—It was Paul Konerko’s 1,744th game with the Sox, tying him with Guillen for fifth on the team’s list….Chris Sale struck out the side in the seventh…..Nix was ejected in the seventh for arguing a called third strike….Guillen gushed when asked about Omar Vizquel’s impact on the White Sox. “You want to talk about a savior. It’s been my pleasure to manage that that kid,” the 46-year-old Guillen said. “I never thought when we got him he would be this good for us.”…..In addition to adding Ramirez, the White Sox moved Jake Peavy to the 60-day disabled list. Peavy had surgery on a right side muscle in July and is out for the season. 

Z Homers,pitches Cubs to 14-2 rout of Bucs(finally!)

Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs’ offense made Mike Quade’s managerial debut at Wrigley Field relatively easy. Zambrano allowed one unearned run in 5 1/3 innings and hit a two-run homer to lead the Cubs to a 14-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.Aramis Ramirez was 2 for 3 with four RBI to help Quade win his first game at Wrigley Field as manager.The Cubs scored seven times on seven hits in the fourth and were 7 for 7 to start the inning. They brought 11 batters to the plate to knock out Pirates starter Paul Maholm (7-13).Starlin Castro had three hits and the Cubs improved to 5-2 since Quade took over for Lou Piniella on Aug. 23.Zambrano (6-6) allowed four hits, struck out seven and pitched around four walks. He left after throwing 112 pitches.Zambrano is 3-0 in five starts since being reinserted into the rotation following a June suspension. He left the team for three days following his last start to travel to his native Venezuela, where his 11-year-old nephew is critically ill with an infection.The Pirates have lost four straight games and are 10 games behind their 2009 pace, in which they finished 62-99.Maholm only lasted 3 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs on nine hits. Pittsburgh’s only runs came on an RBI double by Pedro Alvarez and RBI groundout by Ryan Doumit. Maholm had been 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts against the Cubs this season.Zambrano’s two-run home run in the fifth gave the Cubs a 11-0 lead. It was Zambrano’s 21st career home run, extending the club record for most home runs as a pitcher. It was his first home run since Aug. 25, 2009.Ramirez drove in two more runs on a double down the left-field line.

NOTES—The Cubs honored 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Andre Dawson in a pregame ceremony. … At .313 Castro has the fifth best batting average in the NL. … The Cubs started a nine-game, 10-day homestand.

Reds take series from Cubs, beat Sean Marshall

CINCINNATI—Kosuke Fukudome’s homer tied it in the top of the eighth, but his throwing error in the bottom half of the inning helped Cincinnati rally for a 7-5 victory Sunday that completed the Reds’ season-long domination of the Cubs.The Reds took a five-game lead in the NL Central, their biggest edge since early in the 2002 season, when second-place St. Louis lost to Washington 4-2.Cincinnati won 12 of its 16 games against Chicago this season, its best showing since going 12-5 in 2002. The NL Central leaders have won 11 of their last 15 games overall.Fukudome’s two-run homer off Arthur Rhodes tied it at 5. His throw from right field skipped into a photographers’ booth behind third base in the bottom of the inning, letting in the go-ahead run off Sean Marshall (6-5).Logan Ondrusek (4-0) stopped the Cubs’ rally in the eighth. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 35th save in 41 chances, including 11 in a row.The Reds matched their season high at 20 games over .500 (75-55). They haven’t been 21 games over since 1999, the last time they were in playoff contention. Cincinnati lost a one-game playoff to the New York Mets for the NL wild card that year.The Reds haven’t been in the playoffs since 1995. They haven’t even had a winning record since 2000, Ken Griffey Jr.’s first season in his hometown.Jay Bruce hit a solo homer, his fourth of the series, and Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to eight games. Drew Stubbs batted leadoff, had three hits and scored three times.The Reds started their third straight game without All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips, who has a bruised right hand that was hit by a pitch on Wednesday. He was a pinch-runner in the eighth.Chris Heisey started the winning rally with a single, and headed for third on Ramon Hernandez’s single to right. He was awarded home on Fukudome’s throw.Jonny Gomes followed with a run-scoring infield single.Reds rookie starter Travis Wood had a second straight subpar showing. The left-hander gave up a career-high seven runs in a 16-5 loss at San Francisco on Tuesday, and was constantly in trouble against the Cubs who had 10 hits and three walks in five innings, but managed only three runs.
NOTES—The Cubs are 4-2 under Mike Quade, who took over when Lou Piniella retired last Sunday. … The Cubs return to Wrigley Field for a for a nine-game homestand. They’ll honor new Hall of Famer Andre Dawson in a pregame ceremony on Monday. … Reds manager Dusty Baker said Phillips’ hand is getting better each day, but he’s still having trouble holding a bat. “He’s still not there yet,” Baker said. “The swelling’s going down.” … The 10 hits were the most allowed this season by Wood.


Yawn! Bears put Fans to sleep in 14-9 pre-season loss to Big Red

Lovie Smith pretty much said it all when he admitted after this lackluster 14-9 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field that the Bears “are not playing good football yet, but we will”. Well,the fans in attendance,who booed much of the night,did not leave convinced.

The third NFL Exhibition game these days is always considered the most significant one of the four played. The Bears had the two best scoring chances in the opening period,but on the opening drive,Jay Cutler had a pass that was intended for Johnny Knox picked off by the Cardinals Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at the Cards 31, and then a nice drive that was stalled when Cutler was sacked at the Arizona 20, came up empty when Robbie Gould had a 38 yard field goal try blocked by DE Calais Campbell.The quarter ended scoreless with Cutler getting sacked twice.Lance Briggs went off with an ankle injury during the quarter.

After the blocked field goal,Derek Anderson,who started for the Cardinals instead of Matt Leinhart,drove his team 72 yards in 10 plays and hit Stephen Williams at the ten and he outmaneuvered two Bears and ran into the end zone for a 27 yard touchdown play with 10:47 left in the half. Chester Taylor ran around right end for 32 yards which set up a 48 yard try by Gould that hit the left upright.After Cutler’s second interception of the half(by Greg Toler),Leinhart replaced Anderson for Arizona.The Cards drove to the Bears 7,but Beanie Wells fumbled and Zack Bowman recovered. That kept the score 7-0 at halftime.The Cardinals took advantage of a short field following a Brad Maynard punt and took over at the Bears 48. Leinhart took them the distance in five plays and hit Steve Breaston at the two,and he went airborne to score the Cards second TD with 6:38 to go in the third period.

Dan LeFevour took over from Cutler with six minutes left in the third quarter.He took the Bears on a 22 yard 9 play drive that ended with a Gould 22 yard field goal with 10:03 left in the fourth quarter.LeFevour then took the Bears 54 yards on a Cards defense that featured many who likely will be bagging groceries in a few weeks, and he hit Juaquin Iglesias for a three yard TD with 4:43 left,but the two point try was no good when LeFevour’s pass intended for Garrett Wolfe was incomplete.That ended the scoring.


NOTES—Attendance was 53,151 with 7683 no shows…..Parts of the field were in “mid-season” form–BAD! There were div-its between the hash marks,and it caused Cutler to slip and go down while trying to scramble midway through the first quarter. Oh that Park District!…Cutler left midway through the third quarter after hitting 10-20 passes for 129 yards, throwing two interceptions,getting sacked four times,and a QB rating of 31.0.


Pitching awful, but Yanks outslug Sox as Sabathia wins 18th.

The pitching was pretty awful for the most part, but CC Sabathia became the majors’ first 18-game winner, Marcus Thames hit two of New York’s four homers and the Yankees beat the White Sox 12-9 on Saturday night.Eduardo Nunez hit his first career homer and drove in four runs for New York, which remained tied with Tampa Bay for the AL East lead. Nick Swisher connected for a two-run drive and Robinson Cano had three hits.Sabathia (18-5) struck out nine in seven innings, but allowed five runs and nine hits. The big left-hander has won five consecutive starts and is 14-2 in his last 17 outings.It was a much-needed victory for New York, which was coming off an ugly 9-4 loss in the series opener and had dropped three of four overall. But the Yankees also lost Mark Teixeira after two innings to a bruised right thumb. The Gold Glove first baseman fielded Gordon Beckham’s routine grounder and slowly stepped on first for the final out of the second, then was taken down for a pinch hitter in the third.Paul Konerko hit his 32nd homer and finished with four RBIs for the White Sox, who had won three of four. The Sox fell 4½ games back of AL Central-leading Minnesota, which beat Seattle 1-0.Konerko hit an RBI single off David Robertson in the ninth to cut it to 12-9, but Mariano Rivera closed it out for his 26th save in 28 opportunities.After Carlos Quentin grounded into a double play, Rivera yielded a single to Ramon Castro and walked Andruw Jones before Mark Teahen lined out to second to end the game.The Yankees got off to a fast start against John Danks (12-9), belting two-run homers in each of the first three innings to build a 6-1 lead. Swisher hit his 24th in the first, connecting for the second straight day against his former team. Nunez got his first one in the second and Thames went deep in the third.Konerko and Andruw Jones each hit a two-run shot to get the Sox to within one, but the Yankees responded with four runs in the fifth. Posada hit a two-run double off Tony Pena and Nunez singled in a pair to make it 10-5.Danks allowed eight runs and six hits, walked four and struck out five in 4 1/3 innings. He was 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA in his previous nine starts.The eight runs tied a career high for the left-hander, who dropped to 2-2 with a 7.36 ERA in five career starts for New York.Alexei Ramirez also homered for the Sox, who finished with 16 hits. Jones went 3 for 3 and scored twice.Thames also connected in the ninth, helping Sabathia improve to 16-4 in his career against the White Sox.

NOTES—Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte (strained left groin) will throw another bullpen session Sunday. 1B Lance Berkman (right ankle sprain) is going to try to run Sunday and if all goes well he may begin a rehab assignment Monday. … Swisher also had an RBI single in the eighth.



Cubs finally beat Arroyo and Reds 3-2

CINCINNATI—Kosuke Fukudome hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Bronson Arroyo, and the Cubs finally ended years of futility against the right-hander by beating the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Saturday night.Fukudome’s homer in the fifth inning sent Arroyo (14-8) to his first loss against the Cubs since 2007. Arroyo had won his last five decisions against the Cubs, including his two starts this season.Randy Wells (6-12) got a victory on his 28th birthday — his first win since July 23. Wells limited the NL’s top offense to five hits and a pair of runs in six innings, including Joey Votto’s solo homer. The Cub’s bullpen allowed only one hit, with Carlos Marmol pitching the ninth for his 24th save in 29 tries.It was only their fourth win in 15 games against Cincinnati this season.Despite the loss, the Reds remained in first place in the NL Central for the 14th straight day. They’ve gone 10-4 since getting swept by second-place St. Louis.Nobody on Cincinnati’s staff handles the Cubs as well as Arroyo, who has dominated the middle of their lineup. Arroyo made two other starts against the Cubs this season and didn’t allow a run in 13 innings, going 2-0.Nobody in the Cubs’ lineup had worse career numbers against Arroyo than Fukudome, who was 1 for 16 coming in. On Saturday, he hit everything hard.Fukudome sent Jay Bruce to the right-field wall to catch his fly ball in his first at-bat. The next time up, there was no doubt about the distance. His two-run shot landed deep in the Cubs’ bullpen in right field and put the visitors up 3-1. Fukudome also singled in the seventh, giving him more hits in one game against Arroyo than he had previously in his career.Xavier Nady also hit a solo homer off Arroyo, who gave up five hits in seven innings. It was Nady’s first homer since June 10.Votto hit his 32nd homer off Wells in the fourth inning — he trails the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols for the NL lead. Ryan Hanigan also singled home a run in the sixth off Wells, who had gone 0-5 with a 6.23 ERA in his last six starts.There were thousands of blue-shirted Cubs fans in the crowd of 41,292, the eighth capacity crowd at Great American Ball Park this season.

NOTES—The Cubs are 4-1 under manager Mike Quade, who took over when Lou Piniella retired on Sunday. … The Cubs have played 47 one-run games, most in the NL. They’re only 17-30 in those games. … The Reds moved RHP Edinson Volquez into the bullpen, giving him a chance to fix flaws in his delivery. Rookie Travis Wood will start in his place Sunday in the final game of the series. … SS Orlando Cabrera has been told to rest for a few days, giving strained abdominal muscles more healing time. He’s been on the DL since Aug. 2. Cabrera has been hitting and running, but the injury still bothers him when he throws.

Sox hammer ineffective Burnett, Yanks. Stay 3 1/2 games behind Twins

The White Sox got 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 a four-run first, Freddy Garcia threw seven solid innings and the White Sox roughed up A.J. Burnett.Omar Vizquel had two hits and two RBI for the Sox who have won three of four after returning home following an ugly 2-4 road trip. Juan Pierre went 2 for 4 and scored twice. 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.The Sox were awarded a waiver claim on Manny Ramirez, giving the White Sox exclusive bargaining rights for the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger.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.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.Burnett retired the side in order in the second but Quentin scored on a wild pitch in the third and the Sox 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.Sergio Mitre replaced Burnett and threw 4 2/3 innings of one-hit ball to save the Yankees’ bullpen.

NOTES—White Sox reliever Erick Threets departed in the ninth with a balky left elbow. X-rays were negative and he is scheduled for an MRI on Saturday….Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte (strained left groin) threw 25 pitches at about 75 percent during a bullpen session. “It was a relief,” he said. The next step will depend on how the 38-year-old Pettitte feels Saturday….Girardi said DH-1B Lance Berkman (sprained right ankle) is feeling good. “He’s supposed to run some time here in Chicago if he’s up for it,” Girardi said…..Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville brought the Stanley Cup to home plate as part of the pregame ceremony honoring Chicago’s recent championships in the major sports, and threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Reds cool off Cubs. Bruce nails three

CINCINNATI—Jay Bruce homered in three consecutive at-bats Friday night, matching his career high by driving in five runs, and Cincinnati beat the Chicago Cubs 7-1 to keep its two-week playoff surge going full speed.The Reds got knocked out of first place in the NL Central when the St. Louis Cardinals came to town and swept a series Aug. 9-11. They’ve pulled themselves together quickly, going 10-3 since then. They’ve led the division for the last 13 days, sparking thoughts of their first playoff appearance since 1995.The way things are going, why not? Johnny Cueto (12-4) got his first win since serving a seven-game suspension for kicking a couple of Cardinals during a brawl in their series. The right-hander gave up a run and six hits in eight innings, striking out eight without walking a batter.Bruce’s first three-homer game since Little League left him with 16 this season. He’s the 26th Reds player to hit three in a game — no one has more. Cincinnati’s Drew Stubbs also hit three against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 4.It was the Cubs first loss since manager Lou Piniella retired on Sunday and was replaced by Mike Quade. The Cubs were coming off a three-game sweep in Washington.The Reds are 11-3 against the Cubs this season, their best mark against Chicago since they went 12-5 in 2002. Thousands of blue-shirted Cubs fans were sprinkled among the crowd of 36,219, but spent most of the night listening to the home fans scream “BRUUUCE!” The Reds lead the NL in batting, hits and runs, but had to make do without leadoff hitter Brandon Phillips, sidelined by a sore right hand. Phillips was hit by a pitch Wednesday and is expected back in a day or two. No problem at all. Bruce took his place at the top of the order — the first time he batted leadoff in two years — and hit a solo homer for a 2-0 lead in the third off Tom Gorzelanny (7-8). He also homered on the first pitch from the left-hander in his next at-bat, a three-run shot in the fifth.Chris Valaika, who made his big league debut on Tuesday, followed Bruce’s homer with his first in the majors. Valaika started at second base in Phillips’ place.Gorzelanny was finished after five innings. Bruce kept going.He hit the first pitch from Scott Maine in the seventh, rounded the bases and got a curtain call.


Jackson shuts off O’s, Sox win a series for first time since early August

Edwin Jackson struck out 10 in eight dominant innings, Alex Rios hit a two-run homer and the White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-0 on Thursday night for their first series victory in three weeks.Jackson allowed three hits and walked two, improving to 2-0 with a sparkling 0.96 ERA in four starts since he was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 30. The right-hander, who threw a no-hitter on June 25 at Tampa Bay, has struck out 34 in 28 innings with the Sox, who ended a streak of five consecutive series losses, winning a set for the first time since they took three of four at Detroit from Aug. 3-5. They had lost seven of their last 10 games and 11 of 16 overall.Rios finished with three hits and three RBIs for the Sox, who had 12 singles among its 14 hits. Carlos Quentin, Paul Konerko, Alexi Ramirez and Mark Teahen each singled in a run.Tony Pena got three outs to finish the four-hitter as Baltimore was shut out for the 10th time this season. Jake Arrieta (4-6) lasted just four innings for the Orioles, yielding four runs and seven hits. The 24-year-old right-hander is 0-3 with a 4.32 ERA in his last three starts.Now, the White Sox go from the bottom of the AL East to the top, with the New York Yankees coming to town for a three-game series. New York, tied with Tampa Bay for the division lead, is scheduled to send A.J. Burnett to the mound Friday night against Freddy Garcia.The Orioles dropped to 13-10 since Buck Showalter took over as manager on Aug. 3, then headed to the West Coast for a weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels.Arrieta walked three during a 35-pitch first inning but allowed only one run, on Quentin’s single to center. Ramirez left the bases loaded when he hit a fly ball to right on a 3-1 pitch for the final out.Ramirez bounced back in the third, driving in Konerko with a base hit to make it 3-0. Konerko singled in Rios and moved to second on A.J. Pierzynski’s hit before Ramirez came to the plate.Rios finished the scoring with a drive to left off Armando Gabino in the eighth. It was his 18th of the season.Jackson, who struck out 11 in his previous start against Detroit on Aug. 14, has recorded 10 or more Ks in consecutive starts for the first time in his career. He became the first White Sox pitcher to accomplish the feat since Javier Vazquez in 2007.Jackson was supposed to pitch against Kansas City last Friday but the game was rained out and manager Ozzie Guillen decided against starting him in Sunday’s doubleheader

NOTES—Orioles CF Adam Jones was scratched with a bruised left shoulder and is day to day. Felix Pie moved from left to center and Corey Patterson was inserted into the lineup in left. … In the midst of a roller-coaster season, Guillen said he loves managing in Chicago and was shopping for a house in the area on Thursday morning. … White Sox general manager Kenny Williams was mostly quiet about potential waiver claims but acknowledged he was keeping a close eye on the budget. “We are stretched right now and, quite frankly, we’re looking at walk-ups every day to see exactly what we’re going to have available to us,” Williams said. “But he (owner Jerry Reinsdorf) certainly hasn’t given me any reason to think that there are any restrictions right now on dollars.” The White Sox have been linked to Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez. … The announced attendance Thursday night was 23,898.