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Three players ejected, Ordonez hit for second night

4/27/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- After just two meetings this season and with 17
left, one thing is already clear: The Minnesota Twins and Chicago
White Sox are not fond of one another.

Magglio Ordonez homered twice and the White Sox beat Minnesota
7-4 Saturday night in a heated game that saw three players ejected.

"I don't know if it's over or not," Ordonez said. "When
you're playing baseball, anything can happen. You never know."

The benches emptied in the sixth inning after Chicago starter
Jon Garland was tossed for hitting Minnesota's Doug Mientkiewicz
with a pitch -- one inning after Ordonez was plunked for the second
straight night.

In two games, six batters have been hit by pitches, three on
each side. But Garland became the first pitcher to be thrown out
when plate umpire Bruce Froemming immediately ejected him after
hitting Mientkiewicz.

"I was upset. I didn't see any real reason for me to get
tossed. I missed my location," Garland said. "It seems like he
had it in his mind to toss me. It's his decision. I'm not an
umpire."

Minnesota reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who was not in the game, and
Chicago center fielder Armando Rios were also tossed, according to
White Sox manager Jerry Manuel.

Manuel said they were involved in a heated verbal exchange after
the benches emptied.

"Magglio has been hit a couple of times and Doug got hit and
things escalated," Twins catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "You have
to stand up for your teammates. It wasn't like guys were out there
throwing haymakers."

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire described the small skirmish as
normal.

"It was a bunch of guys chirping, a bunch of guys acting tough,
not doing anything but walking around. ... It's part of the game,''
he said.

Pierzynski, Corey Koskie and pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer
homered for the Twins.

Garland (1-2), pitching to keep his spot in the rotation after
three shaky outings in his first four starts, hit Mientkiewicz two
batters after Koskie homered.

Froemming told both managers before the series that he wouldn't
tolerate anything but baseball. He reiterated his point at the
plate before Saturday's game.

In his opinion, Twins starter Kyle Lohse did not hit Ordonez
intentionally in the fourth because, for one thing, it loaded the
bases. But Garland hitting Mientkiewicz was different.

"With two outs and nobody on base, Garland stuck this guy and
that's the sixth batter who has been hit in two days. He's a better
pitcher than that," Froemming said.

"I felt it was the perfect time to stop it. There is a lot of
bad blood between these two teams. We will go on the field tomorrow
with the same alert. We will take action as it occurs."

Frank Thomas and Carlos Lee also homered for Chicago.

Garland went 5 2-3 innings, giving up four hits and two runs,
and was replaced by Tom Gordon.

Thomas hit his second homer in as many games and fifth of the
season to break a 1-1 tie leading off the fourth, and Ordonez
followed with his fourth homer to put Chicago ahead by two.

Lee later doubled and scored when Joe Crede reached out and
punched an 0-2 pitch to right for a two-out RBI single to make it a
4-1 lead.

Brian Daubauch, in an 0-for-18 skid, hit a bases-loaded single
in the fifth for his first RBI with the White Sox, finishing Lohse
(2-3).

Ordonez added a two-run homer in the eighth.

Lee, who earlier this month homered in five straight games, hit
his sixth of the season for a 1-0 lead in the second. He had three
of Chicago's 10 hits.

Game notes
Thomas' homer was the 381st of his career, tying him with
former teammate Albert Belle for 46th place on the career list. ...
Twins second baseman Luis Rivas was a late scratch because of a
sore right hamstring and was replaced by Chris Gomez. ... Chicago
reliever Billy Koch allowed his fifth homer of the season to
Cuddyer in the ninth.

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