Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Chi White Sox leads 1-0 (as of 8/26)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 26
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NY Yankees2
Game 2: Wednesday, August 27
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Game 3: Thursday, August 28
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White Sox 13

(70-62, 27-39 away)

Yankees 2

(80-50, 38-27 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 26, 2003

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    W: E. Loaiza (17-6)

    L: R. Clemens (12-8)

    Thomas' grand slam off Clemens opens rout

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The long fly ball by Frank Thomas settled into the glove of left fielder Dave Dellucci -- after it clanked high off the foul pole, way up near the upper deck.

    It was a huge grand slam for Thomas off Roger Clemens, and a big win for the Chicago White against the New York Yankees.

    Magglio Ordonez followed with another long home run off the front of the center-field bleachers as the White Sox beat up the Yankees 13-2 Tuesday night in a matchup of division leaders.

    "It's very big," Thomas said. "Everybody's harping on how bad we are on the road."

    Ordonez and Paul Konerko homered twice, and Joe Crede also connected for Chicago, which hit six homers in a game for the second time this season.

    Esteban Loaiza (17-6) had an outstanding cutter and improved to 6-1 since the All-Star break, tying Toronto's Roy Halladay for the AL lead in wins. He allowed one hit in seven innings, struck out nine and left with an 11-0 lead.

    Clemens (12-8) made his 600th career start and had one of his worst outings, tying his high by allowing nine runs. He gave up four homers in a game for only the second time in his career.

    His mother, Bess, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. She had missed her son's 300th win in June because of emphysema and pneumonia.

    "It was great. They should have let her stay on the mound," Clemens said. "She had better stuff than I had."

    Chicago, which has won seven of eight, maintained a one-game lead over Kansas City in the AL Central, while New York stayed five games in front of Boston in the AL East. The White Sox, who started a six-game trip, are 43-23 at home but just 27-39 on the road.

    As rap music boomed in the clubhouse, the White Sox talked about the significance of winning the series opener at the team with the best record in the American League.

    "This was huge for us," manager Jerry Manuel said.

    Before the game, he jokingly begged his players to think they were back in the Windy City.

    "I got some home beds for you -- whatever you need," he said.

    In the first meeting between the teams this season, Clemens struck out three of his first five batters. The White Sox then built a 3-0 lead on solo homers by Konerko in the second and Crede in the third, and Konerko's RBI double in the fourth.

    Nothing worked for Clemens. Not his fastball, not his slider, not his splitter.

    "He was too fat on the plate," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

    Miguel Olivo hit a run-scoring triple in the fifth, and Clemens walked Roberto Alomar and Carlos Lee, bringing up Thomas. With the count 1-0, Thomas hit his eighth slam, his first since Sept. 11, 2000, against Detroit.

    It was the 35th homer of the season for the resurgent Thomas.

    "If he continues to do what he's doing, he has a chance to be MVP if this team continues to roll like it is," Manuel said. "He has to be considered -- strongly considered."

    Ordonez then took a first-pitch ball and nearly put the next pitch into the black section of the bleachers.

    "There were some hard-hit balls in there," Manuel said.

    Loaiza, meanwhile, pitched what he thought was his best game of the season, freezing left-handed batters with pitches on the outside of the plate. Four of his strikeouts were called.

    "I wanted to go out there and pitch the eighth and ninth," said Loaiza, who came out after 119 pitches.

    New York's only hit off him was a two-out single to left in the second inning by Karim Garcia. Derek Jeter hit a two-run single in the eighth off Scott Schoeneweis and the Yankees finished with five hits in all.

    "This one," Torre said, "you could put away early."

    Game notes


    In his first game in New York since the Mets traded him on July 1, Alomar was booed repeatedly. He went 0-for-3 with a walk. ... Konerko had three hits and four RBI in the sixth multihomer game of his career, his first since June 28 last year against the Chicago Cubs. He had been in a 3-for-26 slide. ... Felix Heredia and Gabe White made their Yankees' debuts. White hit his first batter, Carl Everett, then allowed a two-run homer to Konerko. To make room, the Yankees optioned RHP Jeff Weaver to Class A Tampa of the Florida State League and designated 46-year-old LHP Jesse Orosco for assignment. New York has used 18 relievers this season. ... The White Sox sent INF Tim Hummel to Cincinnati, completing Thursday's deal that brought Scott Sullivan to Chicago. ... Ordonez had his 16th multihomer game, his third this season. ... Chicago also had six homers July 30 at Kansas City. ... New York 2B Alfonso Soriano jammed his right thumb.

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