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Catcher likely will sit Friday

DETROIT (AP) -- Jason Johnson and some stellar relief work by the
Detroit Tigers kept the Chicago White Sox slumping.

Johnson allowed three hits over six innings Thursday night and
the Detroit Tigers beat Chicago 3-2, the White Sox's fifth straight
loss.

Johnson (8-8) allowed both runs to get his fourth win in five
decisions.

"I felt really good today," he said. "It's good to go out
there and beat the White Sox."

Four relievers gave up two hits over the last three innings for
Detroit with Ugueth Urbina pitching a perfect ninth for his 16th
save in 18 chances.

Chicago got a man to third with two out in the eighth on Willie
Harris' double and a groundout. But Esteban Yan got Carlos Lee to
fly to center to end the threat.

"We had a couple of times we didn't execute," White Sox
manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Scott Schoeneweis (6-8) allowed five hits and three runs, two
earned, in 5 1-3 innings for the White Sox. He walked four and
struck out five.

He allowed a single to Dmitri Young to start the sixth and then
struck out Carlos Guillen. Rondell White then hit what looked like
a routine double-play ball to shortstop Jose Valentin. But
Valentin's toss to Harris at second was off target and everybody
was safe.

"He made a mistake with the throw," Harris said. "And I made
a mistake by not expecting a bad throw."

Schoeneweis was then replaced by Jon Adkins.

Both runners moved up on a passed ball by Sandy Alomar, and
Marcus Thames walked. Bobby Higginson then hit a slow grounder to
first and all Paul Konerko could do with was step on the bag as
Young scored to make it 3-2.

"I'll take it," Higginson said. "If the ball was hit hard, it
might have been hit right at someone for an out."

Detroit went ahead 2-0 in the second on back-to-back RBI doubles
by White and Thames.

Chicago cut the lead in half in the third on Lee's RBI single.

The White Sox tied the game at 2 in the sixth on Carl Everett's
sacrifice fly.

The White Sox have only scored 101 runs in July.

"Every time we score a run, it feels like we scored 20 runs the
way we hit," said Ozzie Guillen.

Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez left the game in the third inning
with upper back spasms. He was replaced by Mike DiFelice.

"I felt the back tighten up on me," said Rodriguez. "The
trainer told me not to take a chance, so I left the game."

He said he would play on Friday but Tigers manager Alan Trammell
said, "He is unlikely to play tomorrow. I want to give him a
day."<

^Notes:@ Lee has 14 RBI in his last 11 games. ... Tigers OF
Alex Sanchez returned from the 15-day disabled list. He had a
strained hamstring. ... Tigers LHP Al Levine was scheduled to have
his left forearm X-rayed after being hit by Aaron Rowand's grounder
in the eighth.