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Ledezma tosses six strong innings

CHICAGO (AP) -- Bobby Higginson borrowed bats from teammate Ivan
Rodriguez -- and he's keeping them.

"I'm very superstitious," Higginson said Thursday night after
hitting two homers in the Detroit Tigers' 8-4 victory over the
Chicago White Sox.

Higginson also homered twice in Tuesday's series opener, so in
two games against the White Sox he doubled his home run output for
the season from four to eight using Rodriguez's lumber.

"He's really looking good, as good as I've seen him the last
couple of years," said Chicago catcher Ben Davis, who hit a solo
homer in the ninth. "He's putting good swings on the ball."

Craig Monroe and Higginson hit consecutive solo shots in the
second Thursday night. Higginson's three-run drive in the third
capped Detroit's five-run outburst and finished Jon Garland (8-9).

"If this was our ballpark I don't think either would've gone
out," Higginson said.

"I've been spending a lot of time in the cage the last couple
of weeks. You tinker around and hope something clicks. The big
difference has been my mechanics."

Whatever the reason, Higginson finished the three-game series
with 10 RBI as Detroit won two of three.

"He's been using Pudge's bat. I don't know what's in it, but
it's working. Psychologically, if you're hitting with something,
you can guarantee that you'll stick with it," Detroit manager Alan
Trammell said.

Wilfredo Ledezma (3-0) blanked the White Sox for the first five
innings and had an 8-0 lead before Chicago scored three in the
sixth, capped by Juan Uribe's two-run homer.

Ledezma gave up seven hits and three runs with two walks and
four strikeouts. Gary Knotts pitched three innings for his first
career save, allowing only Davis' solo homer in the ninth.

Ledezma had quite a week. He became a father on Sunday.

"My third win and my first son," he said.

"I'm pitching well now. I got a lot of support. I just
concentrated and threw the ball. Now I can go home and spend time
with my child."

Garland yielded six hits and seven runs -- three earned -- in 2
2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

"In my eyes it was the four unearned runs. What can you do?"
Garland said after another disappointing outing. He has just one
win in his last eight starts.

Chicago played for the third straight game without manager Ozzie
Guillen, who got his second two-game suspension Thursday, this time
for calling umpire Hunter Wendelstedt a liar.

Bench coach Harold Baines ran the team in place of Guillen.

"I don't know what really happened," Baines said.

Omar Infante and Carlos Guillen singled to start the third and
the Tigers loaded the bases when first baseman Paul Konerko fielded
Rodriguez's grounder and threw high to second for an error.

Dmitri Young had an RBI grounder and Carlos Pena doubled to make
it 4-0, though Young was thrown out at the plate. After Monroe
walked, Higginson homered to right-center for his eighth of the
season.

Marcus Thames' sacrifice fly made it 8-0 in the fifth. The White
Sox ended Ledezma's shutout bid in the sixth when Carlos Lee
singled, Konerko doubled and Carl Everett hit an RBI grounder
before Uribe's homer.

Game notes
The White Sox are 1-3 with Baines filling in for Guillen --
three games for suspension and one when Guillen was at his son's
high school graduation. ... Higginson has 15 multihomer games,
including two this season.