Ordonez, White Sox send another message


CHICAGO (AP) -- Although the Chicago White Sox have been eliminated from playoff contention, Magglio Ordonez thinks the American League should beware his team next season.

Ordonez homered twice and drove in four runs, and Carlos Lee
added a grand slam in seventh inning as the Chicago defeated the
Minnesota Twins 14-4 Saturday.

The White Sox, winners of 10 of their last 13, have climbed
above .500 of the first time since June 5. They've also scored 24
runs in wins Friday and Saturday against the AL Central champion

"We're sending a message that next year other teams in our league are going to have to be ready for us,'' said Ordonez, who has career highs with 35 homers and 127 RBI .

Ordonez recorded his fifth multihomer game of the season and
13th of his career.

Jose Valentin homered and doubled to drive in three runs for the
White Sox. White Sox manager Jerry Manuel also is encouraged by his
team's late spurt.

"I think the important thing is we're playing good baseball, getting timely hitting and all the other things,'' Manuel said. "(Finishing above .500) would be big for us with all the young guys we've brought up or acquired.''

By losing Saturday, the Twins are assured of opening the postseason on the road Oct. 1, most likely against the AL West winner.

Chicago rookie Jon Rauch (2-1) allowed two runs in five innings
to earn his first career win as a starter. Relievers Mike Porzio,
Keith Foulke and Kelly Wunsch allowed two runs the rest of the way.

"Today was a day for me to go out there, relax and see what happens,'' Rauch said. "I've got one out of the way and want to get a bunch more. I know I can succeed at this level.''

Minnesota's Corey Koskie hit a pair of solo homers for his second multi homer game this year and sixth of his career. David Ortiz and Michael Restovich added solo shots -- the first of Restovich's career.

Minnesota starter Brad Radke (9-5) lasted just three innings,
allowing six runs on nine hits.

"That was a bad ballgame,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We got out brains beat out. They knocked the ball all over the place. The pitching was not very good today.''

Ordonez lined a two-run homer just inside the left-field foul
pole in the with two outs in the first.

Ortiz cut it to 2-1 when he led off the second with a solo shot
to right.

The White Sox scored four runs in the third off Radke to take a
6-1 lead. Valentin and Joe Crede had RBI doubles in the rally,
while Ordonez and Aaron Rowand each drove in runs with singles.

Koskie led off the fourth with a solo homer to make it 6-2.

Ordonez's second homer of the game, in the fifth off Twins
reliever Tony Fiore, made it 7-2.

Koskie greeted Chicago reliever Mike Porzio with his second solo
shot in the sixth, cutting it to 7-3.

Valentin launched a two-run homer, his 25th, to left in the sixth off Fiore to make it 9-3.

After D'Angelo Jimenez singled in a run in the seventh to give Chicago a 10-3 lead, Lee hit his grand slam to left off Wells.

Game notes
Valentin's homer was his 25th, giving the White Sox five players with 25 or more homers in a season for the first time in franchise history. ... Ordonez has six multihit games in his last
nine contests and is 16-for-37 in that span. ... Chicago rookie 3B
Joe Crede doubled twice to extend his hitting streak to eight
games. He's 14 for his last 29. ... Twins 1B Doug Mientkiewicz
returned to action Saturday after being rested four games with a
sore lower back. ... Radke had won three straight starts before
losing Saturday. ... Luis Rivas' double in the seventh was the
Twins' 332nd this season, tying a team record.