White Sox Launch Rockets Of Their Own

This one's gonna leave a mark. The White Sox went homer crazy on Tuesday against the Yankee pitchers. They teed off six times on three different pitchers, including a towering grand slam from Frank Thomas. When the balls finally stopped flying out of the park, the White Sox had a 13-2 victory, and the Yankees were left to lick their wounds.

The matchup between Roger Clemens and Esteban Loaiza was supposed to be a pitcher's duel. The only problem was that only Loaiza was in on that idea. The American League's leader in victories and the front-runner for the 2003 Cy Young award absolutely dominated the Yankee hitters while the White Sox dominated Clemens.

Paul Konerko started the party off in the second inning, launching a solo homerun to left. Third baseman Joe Crede added a solo shot in the third to give Chicago a 2-0 lead.

Up 4-0 in the fifth, the Sox really got to Clemens. After back-to-back walks loaded the bases, Frank Thomas connected for a towering homerun that hit about three-quarters up the foul pole in left for a grand slam. Magglio Ordonez followed with a homer of his own to put Chicago up by nine.

All the while, Loaiza (17-6) was toying with the Yankee offense. He allowed just one hit – a bloop single by Karim Garcia – and three walks over seven innings while striking out nine batters.

Clemens (12-8) was charged with nine runs in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits – four homeruns – and four walks while fanning just five. His ill mother helped throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game.

Felix Heredia, claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds, and Gabe White both made their Yankee debuts in relief on Tuesday. Heredia walked a batter in an inning of work, and White served up Paul Konerko's second homerun of the night in the eighth.

Magglio Ordonez connected on his second round-tripper in the ninth off of Antonio Osuna. The two-run shot capped the scoring at 13-2.

The Yankees narrowly avoided a shutout in the eighth inning, when they tacked on a pair of runs against Scott Schoenweis. With two outs in the frame, Alfonso Soriano singled to right. Nick Johnson doubled to left to put both runners into scoring position for Derek Jeter who singled to right to plate both runs.

With this game hopefully behind them, the Yankees will send David Wells (12-4, 3.96) to the mound to start game two of the series, scheduled for Wednesday at 7:05 pm. Bartolo Colon (11-11, 4.24) will get the start for the White Sox.

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