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Guillen rants, Rays roll

White Sox manager says changes are due

Gabe Gross's teammates make sure his walk-off homer doesn't go to his head after the Rays' victory. Gabe Gross's teammates make sure his walk-off homer doesn't go to his head after the Rays' victory. (STEVE NESIUS/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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Associated Press / June 2, 2008

A weekend of wasted scoring opportunities left Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen fuming and promising changes.

"There's only one message I'm going to send. Just get ready because I expect movement on Tuesday," Guillen said yesterday after the American League Central leaders lost their third straight game to the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, in 10 innings.

The White Sox went 5 for 39 with runners in scoring position during the four-game series, including 2 of 14 yesterday, when they stranded the potential go-ahead run at third base after getting a leadoff double in the top of the 10th.

Gabe Gross won it for the Rays, leading off the bottom of the inning with a home run for Tampa Bay's second walk-off victory in three days. Cliff Floyd's ninth-inning homer beat Chicago Friday night, and Floyd homered again in the Rays' 2-0 victory Saturday.

"I expect [general manager] Kenny [Williams] to do something Tuesday. Because if we don't do anything Tuesday, there's [going to be] a lot of change in the lineup. That's all I'm going to say about the offense," said Guillen, whose comments were spiced with an occasional expletive.

But the manager wasn't finished.

"It could be me. It could be [hitting coach] Greg Walker, the players, anybody," Guillen said. "I'm sick and tired watching this for a year and a half. I'm not protecting anybody anymore."

Cubs 5, Rockies 3 - Alfonso Soriano homered, Jim Edmonds drove in two runs, and host Chicago beat reeling Colorado to complete a perfect seven-game homestand.

The Cubs entered June with the best record in baseball for the first time since 1908, when they last won the World Series. They started the new month by finishing a four-game sweep of the defending National League champions and sending them to their seventh straight loss.

Reds 6, Braves 2 - Ken Griffey Jr. remained one homer shy of 600, but Jay Bruce had a solo shot and a run-scoring single, completing his amazing debut week and leading host Cincinnati over Atlanta.

Rookie righthander Johnny Cueto (4-5) allowed only a bunt single through the first six innings. Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann homered off Cueto in the seventh, but the comeback stopped there.

Bruce also singled home a run in the seventh. The 21-year-old outfielder went 13 for 22 with six walks, two homers, two steals and six RBIs in his first six games.

Twins 5, Yankees 1 - Michael Cuddyer drove in three runs and host Minnesota's bullpen came through with 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief after starter Nick Blackburn was hit in the nose by Bobby Abreu's line drive.

Blackburn walked off the field under his own power, escorted by a trainer with a bloody towel pressed against his face. The Twins said Blackburn did not lose consciousness or any teeth. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day with a bruised nose.

Athletics 13, Rangers 8 - Jack Cust and Mark Ellis homered in a nine-run seventh inning as Oakland rallied at Texas to end its four-game losing streak.

Texas slugger Josh Hamilton hit his AL-best 15th homer and drove in two runs, giving him a major league-high 63 RBIs.

Cardinals 7, Pirates 4 - Braden Looper continued his torrid hitting to help earn himself a win in host St. Louis's victory over Pittsburgh.

Looper had two singles to raise his batting average to .429 - tops among pitchers in the majors. On the mound, Looper (7-4) allowed eights hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Tigers 7, Mariners 5 - Placido Polanco hit a tiebreaking single and visiting Detroit scored four times in the ninth inning off J.J. Putz to beat Seattle.

Angels 4, Blue Jays 3 - Toronto closer B.J. Ryan hit Howie Kendrick with a bases-loaded pitch in the ninth, forcing in the tying run, and Maicer Izturis singled home the winner one pitch later to give host Los Angeles the win.

Diamondbacks 5, Nationals 0 - Dan Haren (6-4) tossed seven sharp innings, Orlando Hudson hit a three-run homer, and Arizona beat visiting Washington.

Royals 6, Indians 1 - Brian Bannister (5-6) pitched into the eighth inning and Mark Grudzielanek and Jose Guillen homered to help host Kansas City beat Cleveland, a day after the Royals snapped a 12-game losing streak.

Giants 4, Padres 3 - Pinch hitter Fred Lewis hit a two-run, game-tying triple off Trevor Hoffman in the 10th inning and scored the winning run on Jose Castillo's single as host San Francisco stopped San Diego.

Mets 6, Dodgers 1 - Johan Santana pitched into the eighth to earn his 100th win, Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church each hit a two-run homer in the third inning, and host New York won for the fifth time in six games.

Phillies 7, Marlins 5 - Chase Utley hit his major league-best 20th homer, Pat Burrell had a tiebreaking, two-run double and host Philadelphia rallied to beat Florida.

Brewers 10, Astros 1 - Ryan Braun and Russell Branyan hit two-run homers and host Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep of Houston.

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