NEW YORK (AP) -- While the New York Yankees remained focused on October, the Chicago White Sox are excited about their future because of the performance of their young players.
Rookies Joe Borchard and Joe Crede drove in two runs apiece in Chicago's big ninth inning and the White Sox capitalized on three errors to beat New York 13-2 on Friday night."I have always felt that this young group of players that we
have do not seem to be moved by much,'' White Sox manager Jerry
Manuel said. "That's a good thing, it's a good attribute to have
especially if they continue to be not bothered by the things around
them.''With the White Sox all but eliminated in the AL Central race,
they have already begun to look toward next year.With players like Crede and Borchard ready to join established
stars Magglio Ordonez and Paul Konerko, the White Sox could have a
formidable lineup."It's really important to get an idea of what it's like up here,'' said Borchard, a former quarterback at Stanford. "For us young guys up from the minor leagues, this is a completely different world.''Mike Mussina (16-10) struggled with his control, walking four batters and hitting one, to lose his third straight start as the Yankees' five-game winning streak was snapped.New York's magic number for clinching its fifth straight AL East
title dropped to seven after Boston lost 8-3 to Baltimore."We obviously were flat,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "We
didn't play well at all. It was an ugly game. I hope we got it all
out of the way this one game.''Ordonez went 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored as
the White Sox won for the fifth time in six games and kept
Minnesota's magic number for clinching the AL Central at three.With slugger Jason Giambi out with a bruised right wrist, Rocky
Biddle (2-3) and three relievers held the highest-scoring team in
baseball in check.Biddle allowed two unearned runs, five hits and three walks in
five-plus innings to win for the first time in five starts this
season."This is kind of an audition for us for next year,'' Biddle
said. "The guys on the pitching staff are working on what they can
do for next year.''Mike Porzio and Antonio Osuna combined on four hitless innings
of relief. Osuna struck out a career-high six in three innings for
his 11th save.After the White Sox scored in the first inning on Ordonez's RBI
single, sloppy fielding led to two more runs for each team.White Sox shortstop Jose Valentin bobbled Alfonso Soriano's
leadoff grounder for an error. Derek Jeter then hit a drive into
the gap in right-center, scoring Soriano. Jeter went to third when
Aaron Rowand's relay throw was low for an error.Bernie Williams followed with an RBI groundout to make it 2-1.The White Sox regained the lead in the fourth. With the bases
loaded and one out, Rowand hit a slow roller to Soriano at second.
Soriano, who was at double-play depth, decided to throw home
instead of taking the easy out at first.The throw short-hopped Jorge Posada and ended up about 15 feet
from the plate. Frank Thomas and Ordonez scored on the error and
the runners advanced to second and third when Mussina's backflip to
Posada was wild.
Mussina, trying to regain his form in time for the postseason,
allowed three runs -- one earned -- and three hits in seven innings."I just had trouble throwing strikes, which happens once in a
while,'' Mussina said. Ramiro Mendoza gave up five runs, allowing two-run singles to
Konerko in the eighth and D'Angelo Jimenez in the ninth.Ordonez and Borchard had two-run singles and Crede hit a two-run
double off Brandon Knight in the ninth.
Manuel won his 406th career game, tying Paul Richards for
fifth place in franchise history. ... The attendance of 45,935 gave
the Yankees 3,286,992 on the season -- 5,744 short of the franchise
record set in 1999.