CHICAGO (AP) -- Justin Morneau circled the bases twice, and both
times apparent home runs by the Minnesota rookie disappeared when
umpires huddled and reversed their original calls.
"It's tough when you get back in the dugout and the call gets
changed and you have to run back out there. It's a little bit of a
letdown," Morneau said.
But what could have been a day of frustration for Morneau and
the Twins still ended up as a winning one.
"The ball, for whatever reason, it came out of his glove and I
got another chance and made the best of it," Jones said.
The Twins won for the 10th time in 12 tries and moved 3½ games
ahead of the White Sox in the AL Central.
The game turned on defense -- particularly two plays the Twins
made and one that the White Sox did not.
With the score at 4-all, Chicago put runners at first and third
with one out in the ninth. Joe Borchard hit a hard grounder that
third baseman Corey Koskie gloved, and second baseman Michael
Cuddyer made a tough turn for an inning-ending double play. Cuddyer
had pinch-hit for Luis Rivas in the top half of the inning.
Cristian Guzman drew a leadoff walk in the Twins 10th off Shingo
Takatsu (4-2) and moved up on a sacrifice. After Morneau was
intentionally walked and Torii Hunter was thrown out trying to
bunt, Jones hit a foul fly near the left-field stands.
Valentin ran down the ball and had plenty of time and room, but
dropped a backhanded attempt. Two pitches later, Jones followed
with a line drive single to left.
"I know I was close. I got right under it and I just dropped
it," said Valentin, who also had a baserunning blunder.
Terry Mulholland (3-3) got the win with a scoreless ninth and
Joe Nathan closed for his 28th save. Hunter, a Gold Glove winner in
center field, made an outstanding diving catch in the gap on a
leadoff drive by Timo Perez in the 10th.
The White Sox could have had a big inning, but with first and
second and no outs, Valentin was caught off second and tagged out
and Juan Uribe was thrown out trying to steal.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the fifth after a
drive down the right-field line by Morneau was initially signaled a
home run by first-base umpire Matt Hollowell and then changed to a
foul ball after umpires huddled.
Replays were inconclusive, appearing to show that the ball
landed just foul, but it was not clear if it first grazed the foul
pole. The call was changed after an initial argument by White Sox
manager Ozzie Guillen and right fielder Perez.
Gardenhire said he wasn't as upset by the calls as he was by the
explanation on the second one -- that it was overturned because the
three umpires other than Hollowell saw it foul.
"I agree getting it right. I disagree with somebody telling me
all three had it foul. I know for a fact the guy behind the plate
had no clue," Gardenhire said. "That's why I got so mad."
Morneau returned to the plate and flied out.
In the second inning, Morneau hit a fly ball to left that
third-base umpire and crew chief Ed Montague ruled a home run. But
after an argument from Guillen and left fielder Carlos Lee and a
huddle by the umps, the call was changed to a double. Replays
showed the ball hit the top of the fence and bounced back into
"I will not change a call unless we are 100 percent, 99 percent
doesn't cut it," Montague said. "You have to be 100 percent on it
and that was the vote and we changed it."
Morneau called it a weird circumstance.
"You never see that happen two times in a game to two different
people. You'll never ever see that again, the same guy gets called
back twice," he said.
Hunter hit an RBI single to score Morneau in the second and then
homered to center in the fifth off Esteban Loaiza to put Minnesota
Ben Davis homered for the White Sox in the bottom half to make
it 4-3. Perez had a two-run single in the third.
Twins C Joe Mauer, on the disabled list retroactive to July
16, will go to Colorado on Friday and get a second opinion on his
sore left knee. Gardenhire said the Twins had no problem with