Series: Game 3 of 3

Chicago won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, August 26
Toronto 8Final
Chicago 4
Game 2: Tuesday, August 27
Toronto 4Final
in 10
Chicago 8
Game 3: Wednesday, August 28
Toronto 0Final
Chicago 8

Blue Jays 0

(57-75, 27-40 away)

White Sox 8

(63-70, 39-29 home)

    2:05 PM ET, August 28, 2002

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: J. Garland (9-10)

    L: S. Parris (5-5)

    Ordonez smacks two homers in rout of Jays

    CHICAGO (AP) -- On what might have been the final day of baseball at Comiskey Park this season, Jon Garland pitched his best game, shortly after Chicago chairman Jerry Reinsdorf criticized players for lack of effort.


    Jon Garland

    And many fans, perhaps preparing for another work stoppage that could begin Friday, stayed away as the White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-0 Wednesday.

    Of the 12,972 who did show up on a gorgeous afternoon, some in the right field bleachers draped a sign over the wall.

    "On Strike''

    "Who Cares?''

    "Go Bears.''

    Before the game, Reinsdorf met with his team, which was expected to be a contender this season. Player rep Jeff Liefer said Reinsdorf criticized his players' lack of effort and discipline, calling the kind of season they've had embarrassing.

    "I believe him when he said he was going to have the meeting at the end of the year, but because of the possibility of the strike, he wanted to make sure he voiced his opinion about this year,'' Liefer said.

    Pitcher Mark Buehrle said Reinsdorf told his players he was also upset that many of them didn't stand on the front of the dugout steps during the National Anthem and promised there would be changes next season.

    But what about this season? Players were hoping for a breakthrough, but were ready to go out if an agreement isn't reached by Friday.

    "There's a chance anything can happen right now,'' Blue Jays player representative Vernon Wells said.

    "The thing that brings it home is the lack of people in the stands,'' Chicago reliever Kelly Wunsch said.

    "It's a drag to see people already showing frustration and anger. It will definitely be in the forefront of our minds tomorrow.''

    Chicago has an off-day Thursday and is scheduled to travel to Detroit on Friday for the start of a three-game series.

    Toronto opens a series at home Thursday against the New York Yankees.

    Garland (9-10) pitched a six-hitter for his first career complete game and Magglio Ordonez homered twice for the White sox, who are 63-70.

    "Even if I had a bad game, I still want to continue pitching,'' Garland said.

    "It's frustrating when you don't know what is going to happen,'' said Ordonez, who has reached 30 homers and 100 RBI four straight seasons.

    Liefer said the White Sox are 100 percent committed to walking off if needed Friday.

    "If the owners are in debt as far as they say they are, I don't think they can hold off too well without having revenue coming in,'' he said.

    "Obviously as players, we'd like to get our last couple of checks, too, especially the younger guys who don't really have a lot of money put away.''

    Garland, making his 56th career start, struck out nine and walked one, allowing just three runners past first base and one past second. He had been 0-4 in seven starts since July 14.

    Ordonez hit a three-run homer in the third inning off Steve Parris (5-5) and a two-run homer in the fifth, raising his season total to 31.

    Parris gave up six runs and eight hits in four-plus innings, dropping to 0-4 in four starts since beating Baltimore on Aug. 5.

    "You can't pitch like that to major league hitters and not expect to see what happen today,'' said Parris.

    Carlos Lee hit his 22nd homer in the second, and Liefer had a two-run single in the seventh to make it 8-0.

    Game notes

    Chicago 1B Paul Konerko missed his second straight game with a sore foot. He is day to day. Konerko said if there is a strike, there's always the possibility it would last just a couple of days and not wipe out the rest of the season as many predict. ... With a losing record in August, it marked Toronto's fourth losing month this season. ... Ordonez has four multihomer games this season and 12 in his career. ... Parris has allowed a home run in each of his last six starts. He has allowed a total of 10 home runs during the span.

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