Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Texas won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, July 21
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Chi White Sox3
Game 2: Saturday, July 22
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Game 3: Sunday, July 23
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Rangers 0

(51-48, 26-23 away)

White Sox 5

(59-38, 34-16 home)

    2:05 PM ET, July 23, 2006

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: J. Garland (10-3)

    L: V. Padilla (10-6)

    Ozzie angry Garland misses on beanball in ChiSox win

    CHICAGO (AP) -- First, Ozzie Guillen threw a towel. Later, he slammed a water bottle.

    The Chicago White Sox manager was still seething after Sunday's 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers.

    White Sox acquire Alomar, designate Widger
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    In a move designed to upgrade at the backup catcher position, the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night acquired 40-year old Sandy Alomar from the Dodgers for minor league pitching prospect B.J. LaMura, MLB.com reported.

    LaMura was 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA at Double-A Birmingham.

    "[Acquiring Alomar] was a specific request, and I followed suit and made the acquisition," Chicago GM Ken Williams told MLB.com. "The coaches thought at this juncture of the season, with Sandy's experience, especially with certain members of our staff, combined with his ability to give us quality at-bats against tough left-handers and move runners and put bunts down, it was a definite upgrade."

    The acquisition of Alomar led to the White Sox designating current backup catcher Chris Widger for assignment. The move came as a shock to some players, as Widger is widely known as a positive clubhouse presence.

    "Emotionally, you get attached to some guys because you are with them day in and day out," said Jon Garland, Sunday's winning pitcher. "They become your brother, your family. To see someone like [Widger] go, it's a big loss in the clubhouse. He's a great person. He can talk to anyone about anything, and he helps a lot of people out in different ways."

    Widger was equally upset at having to leave the team that brought Chicago its first World Series title since 1917.

    "I played with the best group of guys I ever played with, probably the best clubhouse I've ever been a part of," Widger said. "I wish them the best of luck. I love these guys. They gave me a chance to come back and win a World Series ring."

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Why?

    Because Texas Rangers starter Vicente Padilla hit a batter, again. And because Jon Garland badly missed Ian Kinsler the next inning.

    "This guy [Padilla] is the nastiest pitcher in the league and all of a sudden, he hits someone," Guillen said. "I was upset also because Garland ... missed it. I expect him to do a better job."

    Garland pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings, and the White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak and avoided a sweep.

    But the ill will between Chicago and Padilla resurfaced after Texas' starter hit Alex Cintron in the third inning. Garland responded by throwing the first two pitches of the fourth behind Kinsler.

    The White Sox managed just five hits, but they moved runners. Ross Gload had two sacrifice bunts that led to runs. And Tadahito Iguchi delivered the big blow with two out in the fifth, when he followed Scott Podsednik's second RBI grounder with his 11th homer to extend Chicago's lead to 4-0. Podsednik led off the eighth with a homer off Joaquin Benoit.

    That was enough for Garland (10-3), who won his sixth straight decision. He gave up six hits, struck out three and walked one. Garland left to a standing ovation with runners on first and second in the ninth before Matt Thornton got the final two outs.

    "We're entertainers," Garland said. "They pay to see us get a win. It doesn't always happen. I wish I could do it every time out. It's nice to see them come out and support us. Hopefully, nobody's giving up on us."

    With seven losses in the previous eight games, the White Sox trailed Detroit by 6½ and were just three ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central. And their lead over New York for the wild card was just 1½ entering Sunday's game.

    Padilla, 5-1 in his previous eight starts, allowed four runs (one earned), struck out eight and walked one in seven innings. And he was embroiled in another controversy with Chicago.

    Padilla (10-6) hit A.J. Pierzynski in his first two at-bats on June 14, and Guillen was seen slamming a water bottle after reliever Sean Tracey got Hank Blalock on a grounder leading off the seventh. Agustin Montero then came in to pitch and Guillen yelled in the dugout, while Tracey sat with the collar of his jersey pulled over his head. A day later, the White Sox obtained reliever David Riske in a trade with Boston and sent Tracey -- who has since been recalled -- to Triple-A.

    Guillen thought Padilla intentionally hit Pierzynski and promised before this series to retaliate if he "does something this time."

    This time, things became heated after Rob Mackowiak led off the third with an infield single. Padilla's next pitch hit Cintron in the thigh, and an angry Guillen threw down a towel and took a step out of the dugout. After Gload's sacrifice, Podsednik drove in Mackowiak with a ground ball to second.

    Kinsler knew what to expect leading off the top of the fourth: "I knew he was trying to hit me. That's part of the game. That's the way Ozzie likes to play the game."

    Both benches were warned. Kinsler walked, and Guillen slammed a water bottle.

    "Unfortunately, Garland missed him a couple times," Guillen said. "I'm not the guy who's going to sit there and take my hitters being hit -- and not do anything about it. It's not fair for us. My players know I'm behind them 100 percent. When I talked to Jon about it, he was upset. He was cool. ... After that happened, it was over with."

    Garland said, "We talked about it. Everything's all right."

    The drama aside, Garland was dominant. And Padilla nearly matched him through four innings.

    But after scoring seven runs the previous four games, the White Sox padded their lead in the fifth.

    They had runners on first and second with none out after Kinsler booted Mackowiak's grounder to second and Cintron singled. Mackowiak scored the game's second run on Podsednik's one-out grounder to short, and Iguchi drove an 0-1 pitch over the right-field wall for a 4-0 lead.

    "Huge. Huge," Podsednik said of the win. "This one, hopefully, will give us some momentum going into the next series."

    Game notes


    Rangers manager Buck Showalter missed Sunday's game because of an irregular heartbeat brought on by dehydration and was expected to spend the night in the hospital. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu managed the Rangers. ... The White Sox designated backup C Chris Widger for assignment after Sunday's game -- a move that surprised the veteran. Although he was batting just .184, Widger said he was told the main reason for the move was a lack of game preparation. "I thought this was home," he said. "I thought I did a good job for these guys. It's the first time I've ever been released [for reasons] I don't get." Widger has a .239 average and 55 homers in 11 seasons with Seattle, Montreal, the New York Yankees, St. Louis and Chicago. ... The White Sox honored Hall of Fame double-play combination Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio with life-sized bronze sculptures in the center-field concourse on Sunday. The statues show Fox flipping the ball toward Aparicio, who is waiting with outstretched arms and his right foot touching second base. They join club founder Charles Comiskey, Minnie Minoso and Carlton Fisk with sculptures.

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