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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Indians 14, White Sox 3

By Bruce Levine



CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 14-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians at home on Thursday:

How it happened: The White Sox were looking to play spoiler against the Indians, who started the day 1½ games out of the second wild-card slot. Left-handed pitcher John Danks looked lost in the first inning, surrendering a solo home run to Nick Swisher and a three-run long ball to Ryan Raburn. Chicago area native Jason Kipnis doubled home a run in the second inning. The White Sox got on the board with a solo home run -- Paul Konerko's 11th of the season, off Cleveland starter Corey Kluber. Danks gave up seven runs on nine hits in four innings. Rookie Charlie Leesman had a nightmarish fifth inning; he faced seven hitters and walked four while giving up a home run and two singles. Leesman threw 35 pitches without registering an out; Cleveland scored seven times in the fifth, sending 11 men to the plate.

What it means: Cleveland has won 12 of 14 games against Chicago this season, including a franchise-record nine straight. Danks recorded his 13th loss of 2013. Raburn, a longtime Chicago nemesis, has 17 career home runs versus the Sox and just 70 lifetime.

Outside of the box: Chicago continues to lead the world in errors. The White Sox have committed a major league-high 111 errors (three of those coming on Thursday). Robin Ventura's club has made 21 errors in its past 13 games.

Up next: White Sox LHP Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.44 ERA) and Cleveland RHP Danny Salazar (1-2, 2.92) pitch in a rare Friday afternoon game at 1:10 CT.