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Borchard pushes Sox to win in 12th
It's never too late for the White Sox to enjoy a victory, like Saturday night's stirring 9-8 triumph over Detroit that was capped with a four-run 10th inning and Joe Borchard's dash for home from second base on a 12th-inning infield single that broke a five-game losing streak.
But it is too late to seal the fate of what will happen to this team in the off-season, and that is a major lineup upheaval.
Manager Ozzie Guillen has hinted that changes were coming in the off-season and reiterated that Saturday.
"The way I like to see this team is not the way people are used to seeing this team," Guillen said. "I want some defense and I want people who can run
and pitching. [Hitting coach] Greg Walker doesn't want to hear that, but that's the way we're going to go."
But now it appears that general manager Ken Williams is looking to fill as many as five of the nine starting positions, among them third base, catcher, right field, shortstop or second base and either first base or left field.
Guillen and Williams have talked extensively about the expected changesand they are thinking big, not little. Can they possibly re-tool half the lineup from power to defense in one off-season?
"Oh, yeah, because the base is here, the pitching staff," Guillen said. "We believe we're not too far away [by] getting another starter and a guy who can help us in the bullpen. That's the base of any team. This team [has played] so many years with the same people. We have to catch the ball, play defense, do more baseball stuff instead of waiting for the three-run homer all time."
The White Sox didn't hit any three-run homers Saturday, but Borchard and Aaron Rowand hit two-run shots in a 10th inning that also featured a pair of Detroit two-run homers off Neal Cotts, setting off an early fireworks night for 23,633 U.S. Cellular Field fans. Rowand also had the game-winning hit.
The Tigers had four home runs in those 10 innings Saturday-two each by Dmitri Young and Carlos Pena.
Guillen said the rest of this season would be used for evaluations, though he and Williams have a good idea who will go and who won't.
Second baseman Roberto Alomar might not play the rest of this season because of a strained back.
Reliever Cliff Politte (appendectomy) has thrown in the bullpen and is expected back soon, but Scott Schoeneweis (elbow surgery) is still at a long-toss stage and may only be back for one or two games.