Sox put on early fireworks show as they blast Rangers

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Sox put on early fireworks show as they blast Rangers

Kevin Youkilis wasted no time introducing himself to his new home fans. The rest of his White Sox teammates made sure everyone felt at home.

Youkilis had three hits, including a home run and drove in four runs in his White Sox debut at U.S. Cellular Field, leading Chicago to a 19-2 pounding of Texas on Tuesday.

Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and A.J. Pierzynski also hit home runs as the White Sox scored a season-high 19 runs, which is also the most theyve ever scored against the Rangers.

They also tied a season high in hits as eight players had at least two hits. Six drove in two runs or more. Four scored three runs.

In his last start before the All-Star break, Chris Sale continued looking masterful, this time against one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball. Despite having five All-Stars in the lineup, the Rangers managed only five hits -- all singles -- and one run against Sale.

Sale, who entered 6-0 with a 1.73 ERA in his previous eight starts, pitched 7 innings with one walk and four strikeouts, and didnt allow more than one baserunner in any inning.

The only run charged to Sale came after he left in the eighth as reliever Brian Omogrosso surrendered back-to-back doubles in his major-league debut.

But both pitchers had high margins for errors considering the run support they received. And it started with Youkilis.

In his first plate appearance, Youkilis drove a 1-0 Roy Oswalt offering 369 feet into the White Sox bullpen in right field for a 2-0 lead.

That was just the start of the shellacking Chicago put on Oswalt and the Rangers.

Dunn followed Youkilis lead with another home run, this one a 407-foot shot to right field. It was the seventh time this season the White Sox hit back-to-back home runs.

After Paul Konerko lined out deep to center, Rios stroked the White Soxs third home run of the inning. Rios drive to center went 422 feet, making it the second longest home run of the season hit at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox added three more runs in the second to take a 7-0 lead. Alejandro De Aza, who led the game off with a single, opened the second with a triple to right. That completed the team cycle for the White Sox, who needed only 10 batters to accomplish the feat.

Youkilis drove home De Aza with a single, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Dunn then doubled to right to score Youkilis. A single by Konerko scored Dunn.

Youkilis also sent a buzz through the crowd with a nice defensive play in the fifth on a high bouncer by Yorvit Torrealba. Youkilis leaped for the ball and in one fluid motion started an inning-ending double play.

The White Sox erupted for nine more runs in the fifth, capitalizing on a two-out error by All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler to score seven unearned runs. Alexei Ramirez, and Rios each had two-RBI singles and Pierzynski smashed a three-run home in the inning. Youkilis and Konerko also drove in runs.

Kinslers error on a ground ball by De Aza opened the floodgates and chased Oswalt from the game. Oswalt (2-1) allowed 11 runs -- nine earned -- on 13 hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He gave up three home runs and threw a wild pitch.

Chicago tacked on three more runs in the seventh to complete the scoring.

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Todd Frazier wasn’t pleased with a call Saturday afternoon that led to the first ejection of his career.

It’s not that the White Sox third baseman is arguing about whether or not he deserved to get thrown out in the seventh inning of a 10-2 loss to the Oakland A’s. Frazier is more miffed by first-base umpire Sam Holbrook’s initial ruling --- that his throw pulled Jose Abreu off the bag --- and the determination by replay officials that the call was correct.

Frazier was ejected shortly after word arrived that the call stands, which means officials in New York didn’t believe they have enough evidence to overturn the original ruling. That fact bothered Frazier, who was charged with an error and began to speak his mind. White Sox manager Rick Renteria was ejected shortly thereafter for the third straight home game.

“It’s just frustrating with the technology we have today,” Frazier said. “It’s just crazy. It boggles your mind. It really does. You know -- I’m the one. I’m vocal. I’m emotional. But when it’s wrong, 100 percent wrong. I saw it on the MLB Network. I saw it in our cameras and our computers. I just don’t understand how we can see it and they can’t see it in New York. It’s just, it’s frustrating as all hell to be honest with you. It turned into a big inning. We were down a lot, don’t get me wrong. But still, Jake (Petricka) is pitching his heart out and next thing you know he gives up an unearned run and two more runs. So it’s really not that hard. Honest. It’s not that hard.”

Renteria raced onto the field in an attempt to save Frazier from a quick ejection, but didn’t have enough time. It was the third home game in a row in which a White Sox player was ejected for the first time in their career. Tim Anderson got the boot on Friday night after he argued with plate umpire Jim Wolf. And Avisail Garcia got tossed from the June 15 series finale against the Baltimore Orioles.

Renteria said taking into context who his players are and their track record made him want to further defend their actions.

“I don't ever go into a situation arguing with someone to get thrown out,” Renteria said. “I don't. I think what happens is, like anybody emotionally, when you start talking and expressing yourself, you have a tendency to get heated. You don't plan on doing that. I certainly don't go out there planning on having that happen. I think what happens, and I think it's just human nature, you start thinking about the whole situation, you're losing a player. You're losing a guy that's supposed to be in there for the next two, three innings to help you maybe continue to chip away. Our team has been fighting every day, since day one of spring training. I don’t care what our record is, I don't care what the score is, we fight. And when you take one of those pieces out of the lineup, you get pissed.”

Even though he had a chance to cool off, Frazier still felt the same after the contest. He stuck his head into the team’s video room after the game to check out the play. Teams have a variety of angles from which they can determine whether or not to challenge a call. They also have the option of taking a freeze frame and magnifying the picture, which left no doubt in Frazier’s mind that the call was incorrect.

“Like I said just frustrating,” Frazier said. “It’s just not that hard. And with all the technology like I said, I don’t mean to repeat ourselves, but with all the technology and 8 different angles it’s just one of those things where I just can’t let that go. It turned into a huge inning. You never know. We were down 6 we coulda came back. You gotta be 100 percent. You gotta be 100 percent right on that and I really don’t think he was.”