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.

Huskers transfer Andrew White III picks Syracuse

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Huskers transfer Andrew White III picks Syracuse

One of the leading scorers in the Big Ten is taking his talents to the ACC.

Andrew White III, who opted to transfer away from Nebraska after going through the NBA Draft process, will play for Syracuse during the 2016-17 season. As a graduate transfer, he is immediately eligible.

White informed ESPN of his decision Sunday before tweeting his own picture of him in Orange gear.

White started his college career at Kansas before transferring to Nebraska, where he averaged 16.6 points per game last season, the second-best scorer on the team and the sixth-best scoring average in the Big Ten. White was also the Huskers' leading rebounder last season, averaging 5.9 rebounds a game and ranking in the top 15 in the conference.

Like many others with eligibility remaining, White took advantage of new rules allowing him to go through the NBA Draft process without hiring an agent, giving him the option to return to college with his eligibility intact. After doing so, he decided to leave Nebraska, a decision that upset his coach.

White visited Michigan State after deciding to transfer, setting up the possibility of his transferring within the conference, but he'll go out of conference with his move to Syracuse, a team that reached the Final Four last season.

Big Ten preview: Can Mike Weber follow in Ezekiel Elliott's footsteps?

Big Ten preview: Can Mike Weber follow in Ezekiel Elliott's footsteps?

Two years ago, we all wondered if Ezekiel Elliott would be able to fill the void left by the departure of Carlos Hyde.

We probably all feel a little silly about that question now, huh?

It’s the nature of college football, of course, but despite high recruiting rankings, Elliott was a question mark a season after Hyde was the Big Ten’s best running back for Ohio State. Elliott then went on to break out in the postseason for the national champs, and last year he was one of college football’s best running backs, rushing for 1,821 yards and earning a top-five spot in the NFL Draft.

So it’s on to the next question mark at Ohio State: Mike Weber.

Weber potentially has even higher expectations than Elliott did. The No. 7 running back recruit in the Class of 2015 and the best player in the state of Michigan, Weber famously decommitted from Michigan during a loss to Maryland in Brady Hoke’s final season. Weber then committed to Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes, and thanks to those high recruiting rankings, people have been wondering about when he would star for Ohio State for a couple years now.

The time has come, maybe a little earlier than it was supposed to. Elliott, after all, left following his junior season, and the dismissal of Bri’onte Dunn earlier this offseason left Weber as really the only option in the backfield for the Buckeyes. Meyer all but declared Weber the starter during Big Ten Media Days.

“I like where he's at. I don't like, I love where he's at as far as what kind of physical condition he's in,” Meyer said. “And I anticipate he'll be the starting tailback, but that's why we have training camp.”

Like many of the rest of the guys who will be stepping into starting roles for Ohio State this fall, Weber has no collegiate experience. He redshirted last season. It means, like many of his teammates, he’ll have to get ready and he’ll have to prove that he can turn those high recruiting rankings into gameday success.

And who else is getting Weber ready but quarterback J.T. Barrett.

Barrett knows a thing or two about being an inexperienced player in a starting role. That’s what he was as a redshirt freshman two seasons ago when Braxton Miller was injured right before the season started. Barrett proved he was ready, leading the Buckeyes to an 11-1 regular season before suffering his own injury ahead of Ohio State’s postseason run.

“Mike Weber, he’s an explosive back that we have,” Barrett said. “He cares a lot about his teammates, I feel like. We’re going to just keep on pushing him. I try to push him every day, I work out with him quite a bit and just try to make sure he understands that the work that happens in the offseason is where you win the game. You don’t win the game Sept. 17 when we’re at Oklahoma or when we’re down the road playing at a place like Wisconsin. That’s not where you win the game at. You win the game in the offseason and in the moments that really define you and who you are.

"So I’m just pushing him to strive to get better. I push him, he probably at times hates me. I know he could give so much for this team, and I just want to make sure he performs at his best.”

It’s a team-wide theme, getting these young guys ready for game action. As Barrett mentioned, there’s a huge early season test coming at Oklahoma, and that’ll be quite the baptism by fire for the young Weber.

But as much as lack of experience is a theme for these Buckeyes, so too is big expectations. Weber was part of a highly rated Ohio State recruiting class, and at Ohio State those guys are expected to deliver.

Elliott did in taking over for Hyde. Maybe we’ll all feel silly about questioning Weber, too.

Preview: Arrieta, Cubs return home to face Pirates Monday on CSN

Preview: Arrieta, Cubs return home to face Pirates Monday on CSN

Jake Arrieta and the Cubs return home to battle the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, and you can catch all the action on CSN at 7:05 p.m. Then catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Starting pitching matchup: Steven Brault (0-1, 3.60 ERA) vs. Jake Arrieta (16-5, 2.62 ERA)

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