Power surge: White Sox double up Yankees

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Power surge: White Sox double up Yankees

NEW YORK --- A.J. Pierzynskis 1,000th game with the White Sox wasnt too shabby.

The veteran catcher homered twice and drove in three runs and the bottom of the order came to life as the White Sox topped the New York Yankees in the Bronx for a second straight night with a 14-7 win on Friday.

Paul Konerko also broke out of his slump in a big way, going 3-for-5 with a solo homer and a walk as the White Sox and Jose Quintana rallied from an early four-run deficit for the teams sixth win in seven days. The White Sox finished with 19 hits as they increased their lead in the American League Central to 3 12 games over the Cleveland Indians and 5 over the Detroit Tigers, who both lost.

A pleasant surprise through his first six starts, Quintana (3-1) struggled out of the gate in his seventh start when he yielded four first-inning runs. Curtis Granderson had a two-run homer and Andruw Jones had a two-run double off Quintana.

But the White Sox fired back in the second inning and never stopped.

Pierzynski led off the second with a solo homer off Yankees rookie Adam Warren, who was making his major league debut. Gordon Beckham -- three hits -- followed consecutive singles by Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez with a two-run double and Youkilis tied the game in the second with an RBI groundout.

Konerko then gave the White Sox the lead with a solo homer to start the third inning. Alex Rios followed with a single and appeared to be thrown out on a stolen base attempt before the ball was thrown wildly by Yankees catcher Chris Stewart, allowing Rios to advance to third. Pierzynski then added to the lead with an RBI single to make it 6-4.

Following Jayson Nixs two-run double in the fourth, Pierzynski didn't allow the game to stay even long as he started the fifth inning with a solo homer off David Phelps (1-3). An inning later, Rios singled in a run to make it 8-6. Ramirez added a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 10-6.

The White Sox continued the onslaught reliever Cory Wade, the Yankees fourth pitcher of the game.

Ramirez -- 4-for-5, three runs, three RBIs -- doubled in a run in the ninth and Alejandro De Aza doubled in two more. Adam Dunn, who also walked twice, singled in another run off Wade to make it 14-7. Wade allowed six earned runs and seven hits in 2 13 innings.

Things got so bad for the Yankees, manager Joe Girardi brought outfielder Dewayne Wise -- who saved Mark Buehrles perfect game with a soaring catch -- in to pitch. Wise recorded two quick outs of Konerko and Rios to end the frame.

His efforts werent quite as heroic as Quintana, who rebounded nicely to earn a victory even though he gave up as many earned runs (six) as he had allowed in his first 43 13 innings this season. Nate Jones also had a big outing as the rookie earned a hold with a scoreless eighth. Leyson Septimo closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning in his major league debut.

Three Bears necessities to lay a broom on the Lions

Three Bears necessities to lay a broom on the Lions

If the Lions beat the Bears in Detroit, it'd be a recent rarity. No, not the Bears losing, but in this long series that reaches 175 games Sunday. One team or the other has swept the season series 11 of the last 12 years (the lone exception being 2011). The 17-14 Bears win Oct. 2 ended a string of six consecutive losses to their division rivals. At that point, both clubs were 1-3. The Bears have remained at that pace since, while the Lions have taken off, winning seven of eight.

It was Brian Hoyer's steady hand that guided that win, while a Vic Fangio defense missing Eddie Goldman, Pernell McPhee and Danny Trevathan forced Matthew Stafford into easily his worst game of the season.

1. STAY COMMITTED

That first meeting was Jordan Howard's first start, and his first 100-yard game, and the rook ran it 23 times for the first of five 100-yard rushing efforts (113). And since the two Bears touchdowns were scored by a couple of players who won't suit up Sunday (Eddie Royal and Zach Miller, from a quarterback who also won't be suiting up), keep feeding the beast. He's 117 yards from reaching the 1,000-yard mark (after just a dozen carries the first three games), and another 100-yard effort would give him the most for a rookie in Bears franchise history.

2. A FASTER START FOR MATT

...meaning Barkley, not Stafford. The Bears want to avoid a faster start by Stafford and the home offense, which was held to just one first down and 14 total plays on their first four possessions back in October. As Barkley makes his first NFL road start in a dome, he and his offensive teammates need to get out of the gate quicker than they have the last two home games. Before they got things rolling on the final drive of the first half against the San Francisco 49ers, they had four possessions that totaled 14 plays, 27 net yards and two first downs. In Barkley's first start two weeks ago against the Tennessee Titans, they surrounded one 13-play touchdown drive in the opening half with five possessions, totaling 16 plays, 108 yards, three first downs, and an interception.

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

3. HOO-RATIO

The Bears have lost the turnover battle in eight of their 12 games, and just twice have they won it. One of those instances was in Week 4. For a team that has just five interceptions all year, against a quarterback who's thrown just five picks, two came in the first meeting on the lakefront. And those picks were by (....wait for it....) Deiondre Hall (the rookie who'll play for the first time since that game), and Jacoby Glenn, who's now back on the practice squad. Now, yes, Stafford is a different beast in his den, and there's a completely different confidence level now for the NFC North leaders. But what if the defense can pull an encore? And can Leonard Floyd and Akiem Hicks pick up where they left off against another mobile quarterback? The Bears had just two sacks in the first meeting, registered by (....wait for it....) Mitch Unrein and Cornelius Washington.

** Finish up your snow removal by 11 a.m. Plop yourself in front of CSN, and watch ex-Bears Lance Briggs, Jim Miller and Alex Brown join Chris for Bears Pregame Live. Then as soon as the second quarter ends on CBS, log on here to CSNChicago.com as Jim and Chris break down the first 30 minutes and go over second half adjustments on Bears Halftime Live. Finally, as soon as the team's start sharing handshakes, flip back to CSN as the three ex-Bears and Chris provide 90 minutes of reaction, analysis, press conferences and locker room interviews from Detroit on Bears Postgame Live. **

Complete Bears-Lions coverage on CSN

Complete Bears-Lions coverage on CSN

The Bears and Detroit Lions square off Sunday at noon and CSN Chicago has you covered along the way.

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— Meijer Bears Pregame Live with Chris Boden, Lance Briggs, Alex Brown and Jim Miller airs at 11 a.m. on CSN.

— Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Bears Halftime Live streaming live on CSNChicago.com and ChicagoBears.com.

— State Farm Bears Postgame Live airing immediately after the game on CSN.

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