ChiSox improve to 6-1 vs. Tigers

Originally Published: July 18, 2006
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BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA

They came out in full force Tuesday night to try to turn the Tigers' luck against one of the better teams in the American League, but the 39,000-plus fans at Comerica Park couldn't help Detroit muster much against the White Sox.

Chicago's dominance of Detroit continued with a 7-1 victory in the series opener as the White Sox used power to gain ground in the American League Central race. Detroit manager Jim Leyland looked mighty morose after the game, and he'll have to hope his team can find a way to turn its fortunes around these next two days.

WHITE SOX TAMING UPSTART TIGERS
  White Sox Tigers
Wins 6* 1
Runs 39 28
Batting .261 .278
Home runs 14 11
* Three one-run wins

THAT '70S SHOW
Joe Mauer Joe Mauer -- the majors' leading hitter at .376 -- is fast becoming the face of the Minnesota Twins. Their fans will get a chance next month to look a little bit like him.

The Twins have scheduled "Joe Mauer Sideburn Night" for their Aug. 10 game against the Blue Jays. The first 10,000 people through the Metrodome gates will receive replica Mauer sideburns, made out of synthetic dark hair with double-sided tape to allow for attachment to fans' faces.

ELIAS SAYS
• The Braves hit five more home runs in their 14-5 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night. They now have slugged a total of 23 homers over the last six games, an all-time National League record. The previous league high for homers over a six-game span was 22, by the 1954 Giants and the 1999 Reds. The major league record is 24, set by the Red Sox in 1977.

Atlanta has scored a total of 65 runs in its last five games, the highest five-game total since the Red Sox plated 66 runs over five games in June 1950. Atlanta is the first team since the 1930 Yankees to score 10 or more runs in five consecutive games. The Cubs also recorded such a five-game streak in 1930.

Jason Marquis • The Cardinals' Jason Marquis (11-7) was the starter and loser against the Braves, allowing 12 runs in five innings. Marquis became the first pitcher with more than 10 wins in a season to allow more than 10 runs in a game since August 2000, when Jamie Moyer did it in back-to-back starts.

Marquis, who allowed 13 runs to the White Sox on June 21, is the first pitcher since 1940 to allow at least 12 runs in two games in the same season. The last pitcher to do so was Alfred "Chubby" Dean of the Philadelphia A's.

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RUMOR CENTRAL
TEXAS-SIZED BARGAINING CHIP?
Kevin Mench The Rangers are looking to move outfielder Kevin Mench, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

Mench, who is making $2.8 million this year and will be a free agent at the end of the season, could be a fit for the Yankees as they look to fill a void in right field.

Shawn Chacon, who has compiled a 6.71 ERA in 13 appearances for the Yankees this season and has been dropped from their rotation, could be used as potential trade bait.

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MELKY'S WAY
Melky Cabrera's home run gives the Yanks a 5-4, 11-inning win over the Mariners.
FORWARD THINKING: WEDNESDAY
John LackeyIndians at Angels, 3:35 ET: John Lackey (8-5, 2.69) has thrown complete game shutouts in each of his last two starts. Lackey has not allowed a run in his last 27 innings. The visiting Indians send Paul Byrd (6-6, 4.26) to the mound.

White Sox at Tigers, 7:05: Javier Vazquez (9-4, 5.07) is two wins shy of 100 career victories. The Tigers' Jeremy Bonderman (9-4, 3.59) was knocked around in his last start, a 9-4 loss to the Royals.

Greg Maddux Roger ClemensAstros at Cubs, 8:05 ET: The starters -- both future Hall of Famers -- have a combined 667 wins. Roger Clemens (1-3, 2.96) has reached the seventh inning once in his five starts, averaging 99 pitches per outing. Greg Maddux (7-10, 4.99) hasn't won since June 9 against the Reds, a span of six starts.

Wednesday's probable starters

TUESDAY'S TOP PERFORMERS
Francisco LirianoFrancisco Liriano allowed three hits over 8 2/3 innings in the Twins' 8-1 victory over the Devil Rays. Liriano (11-2) struck out seven to bounce back from his worst start of the season.

Carlos Beltran's grand slam off Eric Milton in the Mets' 8-3 win over the Reds was the sixth of his career and his second in two games. Beltran also had an RBI double in the ninth and finished 2-for-4 with 5 RBI.

• Rookie Jon Lester (5-0) allowed one hit in eight innings and Jon Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth, leading the Red Sox past the Royals 1-0. Lester gave up just a clean single to center field in the second to Mark Teahen, the only Royal to reach second base.

Andruw JonesAndruw Jones went 5-for-5 with two homers and matched his career high with six RBI as the Braves slammed the Cardinals 14-5 in St. Louis.

Paul Konerko hit two home runs and drove in four runs to lead the White Sox to a 7-1 victory over the Tigers.

PHOTO OF THE DAY
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AP Photo/Charlie Riedel
Former Negro Leaguer Buck O'Neil signed a one-day contract to appear in the Northern League All-Star game, making him the oldest professional baseball player at 94.