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Podsednik, Thome lift White Sox over Athletics

Apr 10, 2007 - 5:24 AM OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Scott Podsednik and Jim Thome helped reverse a long history of futility for the Chicago White Sox.

Podsednik and Thome homered and had three hits apiece to lead the White Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Chicago broke a four-game losing streak in Oakland and won for just the fifth time in 28 games at McAfee Coliseum.

Facing Athletics ace Rich Harden did not seem to be the ideal recipe to break out of the funk for the White Sox, who were held to one hit over seven innings on Sunday by reigning Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana of Minnesota.

Harden (1-1) pitched exceptionally well but was outdueled by Chicago starter Jose Contreras. Harden gave up two runs and five hits while striking out six in six innings.

Contreras (1-1) bounced back from a dismal outing on Opening Day, allowing just one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked four. The Cuban righthander lasted just one inning and was rocked for eight runs and seven innings in a 12-5 loss to Cleveland.

Travis Buck's RBI double in the second inning gave the A's a 1-0 lead, but they left the bases loaded in the third inning and it came back to haunt them.

Thome led off the fourth with a long homer to center field - his second of the season - to tie it at 1-1 and Podsednik drilled a solo shot with two out in the fifth to put Chicago ahead to stay.

Podsednik led off the eighth inning with a single and came around on Thome's RBI single off Jay Marshall for a 3-1 lead. Jermaine Dye added a run-scoring sacrifice fly off reliever Kiko Calero.

Mike MacDougal, Matt Thornton and Bobby Jenks finished up for the White Sox.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 4 9 0
    OAKLAND 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CHA - JOSE CONTRERAS, MIKE MACDOUGAL (7TH), MATT THORNTON (8TH),
    BOBBY JENKS (9TH) AND A.J. PIERZYNSKI
    OAK - RICH HARDEN, JAY MARSHALL (7TH), KIKO CALERO
    (8TH), LE

    Apr 10 12:48 AM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JERMAINE DYE SCORED PAUL KONERKO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J THOME ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4
    OAKLAND 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J CREDE (.238, 0-FOR-3)

    White Sox vs. AthleticsApr 10 12:24 AM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JIM THOME SCORED SCOTT PODSEDNIK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J THOME ON FIRST, P KONERKO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 3
    OAKLAND 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J DYE (.100, 0-FOR-3)

    White Sox vs. AthleticsApr 10 12:19 AM


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    AT OAKLAND - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: M MacDougal relieved J Contreras.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 2
    OAKLAND 1 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M Ellis (.250, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 10 12:07 AM


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    AT OAKLAND - PITCHING CHANGE
    CHA: MIKE MACDOUGAL (0-0, 3.86) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 2, OAKLAND 1
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M ELLIS (.250, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 10 12:07 AM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 5 0
    OAKLAND 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CHA - JOSE CONTRERAS
    OAK - JAY MARSHALL

    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M ELLIS (.250, 0-FOR-2)
    J KENDALL (.161, 0-FOR-2, BB)
    S STEWART (.188, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 10 12:06 AM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY SCOTT PODSEDNIK (1) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF RICH HARDEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 2, OAKLAND 1
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: D ERSTAD (.263, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 9 11:28 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY SCOTT PODSEDNIK (1) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF RICH HARDEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 2, OAKLAND 1
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: D ERSTAD (.263, 0-FOR-2)

    White Sox vs. AthleticsApr 9 11:28 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 0 0 1 1 2 0
    OAKLAND 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CHA - JOSE CONTRERAS
    OAK - RICH HARDEN

    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A CINTRON (.333, 0-FOR-1)
    J URIBE (.333, 0-FOR-0, BB)
    S PODSEDNIK (.385, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 9 11:23 PM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JIM THOME (2) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF RICH HARDEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1, OAKLAND 1
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J DYE (.111, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox vs. AthleticsApr 9 11:10 PM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TRAVIS BUCK SCORED NICK SWISHER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T BUCK ON SECOND, B CROSBY ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0
    OAKLAND 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M ELLIS (.273, 0 HR, 8 RBI)

    Apr 9 10:43 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TRAVIS BUCK SCORED NICK SWISHER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T BUCK ON SECOND, B CROSBY ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0
    OAKLAND 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M ELLIS (.273, 0 HR, 8 RBI)

    White Sox vs. AthleticsApr 9 10:43 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 0 0 1 0
    OAKLAND 0 0 0 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CHA - JOSE CONTRERAS
    OAK - RICH HARDEN

    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M PIAZZA (.393, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
    E CHAVEZ (.310, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    N SWISHER (.333, 0 HR, 3 RBI)

    Apr 9 10:33 PM