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Griffey homers as White Sox rout Mariners

Aug 20, 2008 - 10:05 PM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Ken Griffey Jr. had no trouble fitting into the cleanup spot.

Griffey belted his 609th career homer Wednesday to tie Sammy Sosa for fifth place all-time, as the Chicago White Sox routed the Seattle Mariners, 15-3, to complete a three-game sweep.

Since being acquired from the Cincinnati Reds prior to the trade deadline, Griffey had hit either second, fifth, sixth or seventh in his first 13 games with the club. The future Hall of Famer was moved to fourth for the first time by fiery manager Ozzie Guillen on Wednesday.

Griffey has not been concerned where he bats.

"I knew what I was getting into when I came over here," he said. "These guys have done a great job to get where they're at. I knew I was going to be juggled around and that's fine with me."

Griffey paid an immediate dividend, delivering an RBI single as part of a six-run first inning. His first homer with his new team, a long two-run blast over the right field wall in the second, gave the White Sox an 8-0 advantage.

"It was just a matter of time. It took longer than would I would've hoped, but it's just one of those things," Griffey said.

Guillen found humor in Griffey's drought.

"It's about time. I was starting to think I was never going to see him hit a home run as a manager," Guillen said.

Alexei Ramirez capped the uprising in the first with a three-run homer, A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run shot in fifth and Nick Swisher launched a solo blast in the sixth for the White Sox, who scored in each of the first six frames en route to building a 15-3 cushion. Chicago has hit at least four homers in three of its last four games.

"I think early in the season we were criticized because we weren't getting hits with guys on bases," Guillen said. "That's different now. We're driving in guys know when it counts."

The White Sox, who banged out 14 hits, outscored the woeful Mariners, 33-8, in the series.

"I wish we could've given them a little bit better competition," Mariners manager Jim Riggleman said,

Gavin Floyd (13-6) was the beneficiary of all the offense. The righthander went six innings and allowed three runs and six hits, walking two and striking out seven.

Raul Ibanez belted a two-run homer and added an RBI single and Ichiro Suzuki contributed three hits for the Mariners, who have lost six straight and 10 of their last 11 games.

Making his return to the rotation, R.A. Dickey (3-8) ensured the Mariners would cap their dismal eight-game road trip in embarrassing fashion. The knuckleballer gave up five hits and walked a batter as part of his awful first inning.

Dickey, who was relegated to the bullpen last week, was ripped for eight runs and six hits in two innings.

"If I was going to give up runs, I might as well save the pen. I was begging them to let me stay in the game," Dickey said.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SEATTLE 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 6 2 1 1 4 1 0 0 x 15 14 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SEA - R.A. DICKEY, JAKE WOODS (3RD), ROY CORCORAN (6TH), MIGUEL
    BATISTA (7TH), J.J. PUTZ (8TH) AND JEFF CLEMENT
    CHA - GAVIN FLOYD, HORACIO RAMIREZ (7TH), ADAM RUSSE

    Aug 20 4:35 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NICK SWISHER (20) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF ROY CORCORAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 3, CHI WHITE SOX 15
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RAMIREZ (.310, 1-FOR-3, HR, 3 RBI)

    Mariners 3, White Sox 15  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 20 3:57 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY A.J. PIERZYNSKI (12) TO RIGHT WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF JAKE WOODS SCORED JUAN URIBE AND CHRIS GETZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 3, CHI WHITE SOX 14
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: C QUENTIN (.295, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Mariners 3, White Sox 14  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 20 3:43 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JUAN URIBE SCORED BRIAN ANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J URIBE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 3
    CHI WHITE SOX 11 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: O CABRERA (.271, 1-FOR-3)

    Mariners 3, White Sox 11  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 20 3:40 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RAUL IBANEZ (20) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF GAVIN FLOYD SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 3, CHI WHITE SOX 10
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: A BELTRE (.248, 0-FOR-2)

    Mariners 3, White Sox 10  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 20 3:28 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PAUL KONERKO SCORED KEN GRIFFEY JR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, 0 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    CHI WHITE SOX 10 END BOTTOM, 4TH

    Mariners 1, White Sox 10  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 20 3:22 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JUAN URIBE SCORED NICK SWISHER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J URIBE ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    CHI WHITE SOX 9 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: O CABRERA (.271, 1-FOR-2)

    Mariners 1, White Sox 9  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 20 3:05 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAUL IBANEZ SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R IBANEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    CHI WHITE SOX 8 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: A BELTRE (.248, 0-FOR-1)

    Mariners 1, White Sox 8  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 20 2:56 PM
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    McTool Added 10 roots

    Mariners 0, White Sox 8  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 20 2:53 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY KEN GRIFFEY JR (1) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF R.A. DICKEY SCORED CARLOS QUENTIN.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0, CHI WHITE SOX 8
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.227, 1-FOR-1)

    Mariners 0, White Sox 8  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 20 2:49 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY ALEXEI RAMIREZ (14) TO LEFT WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 1ST OFF R.A. DICKEY SCORED KEN GRIFFEY JR AND PAUL
    KONERKO.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0, CHI WHITE SOX 6
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: D WISE (.297, 2 HR, 7 RBI)

    Mariners 0, White Sox 6  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 20 2:29 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY NICK SWISHER SCORED CARLOS QUENTIN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, P KONERKO ON SECOND, K GRIFFEY JR ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 3 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RAMIREZ (.310, 13 HR, 52 RBI)

    Mariners 0, White Sox 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 20 2:27 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KEN GRIFFEY JR SCORED A.J. PIERZYNSKI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K GRIFFEY JR ON FIRST, C QUENTIN ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.225, 12 HR, 43 RBI)

    Mariners 0, White Sox 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 20 2:22 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    PASSED BALL BY JEFF CLEMENT ALLOWED ORLANDO CABRERA TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A PIERZYNSKI ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: C QUENTIN (.296, 0-FOR-0)

    Mariners 0, White Sox 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 20 2:20 PM