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Friday, June 28, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Indians 19, White Sox 10

By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO – A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 19-10 loss to the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of a doubleheader Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.

How it happened: In a four-hour runfest, neither Sox starter Hector Santiago nor Indians starter Trevor Bauer made it past the third inning. Bauer gave up five runs in the first inning, as Adam Dunn hit a three-run home run and Jeff Keppinger added a solo shot. Bauer was replaced by Matt Albers before the inning's end. But Santiago could not hold off Cleveland, giving up five in the second. Sox reliever Brian Omogrosso was torched for six runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth as the Indians scored 14 unanswered runs. The Sox scored the next five, including a three-run home run from catcher Tyler Flowers. This game got so out of hand that Sox outfielder Casper Wells was brought in to pitch the ninth inning. He walked one and struck out one.

What it means: Many of the top talent evaluators in baseball are watching both the White Sox and Cubs for trade matchups. Seven scouts were on hand Friday for the doubleheader. The Sox will have very few untouchable players. ... The Sox have lost four of six against the Indians so far this season. They trail the second-place Tribe by 7.5 games after the loss.

Outside the box: Paul Konerko had an MRI followed by six pain-killing shots to relieve pain in a sore back disc. Konerko has been suffering severe back pain since Monday. A trip to the DL might be the next stop for the Sox captain. Konerko said he hopes to play by Sunday. ... Conor Gillaspie returned from paternity leave. Brent Morel, who was called up to replace Gillaspie, stayed for the doubleheader. Baseball rules allow a team to add an extra player for twin bills.

Up next: Game 2 of the doubleheader features Sox lefty Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.73 ERA) vs. righty Carlos Carrasco (0-3, 7.78).