"We can't try to go out there and try to (replace) Magglio and
Frank because we have to play our game," Carlos Lee said. "We
have to stick together."
After learning that Ordonez could miss the rest of the season
because of an injured knee, Lee hit a two-run homer and drove in
three runs and the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 on Friday
"We have to keep playing the way we are playing," Lee said.
Ordonez, a four-time All-Star, went back on the disabled list
Friday and could spend up to eight weeks on crutches. The
outfielder has a fluid problem in his knee, stemming from a
collision the All-Star right fielder had with second baseman Willie
Harris on May 19 in Cleveland.
Ordonez went on the 15-day disabled list a week after the
collision and had surgery to repair torn cartilage on June 5.
Chicago already is missing Thomas, who's expected to miss eight
weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.
The White Sox acquired outfielder Carl Everett this week in a
trade with Montreal to replace Thomas and added right-hander Freddy
Garcia on June 27 in a trade.
"When you are missing your (Nos.) 3-4 hitters from the
beginning of the season, it is going to put a little dent in
things," Aaron Rowand said. "Adding Carl and adding Freddy is
really going to help. The rest of us are going to have to try to
pick up the slack. One through nine, everybody is contributing all
After the White Sox learned the bad news, Esteban Loaiza (9-5)
allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings to win for the
first time in four starts since he beat the Cubs on June 27.
"I have been battling and going through a lot of stuff," he
said. "My teammates came through and we won the game."
Cliff Politte and Damaso Marte combined for two hitless innings.
Shingo Takatsu pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his eighth save in eight
chances, finishing Chicago's seventh straight win over an AL
Central rival. The White Sox have won four of their last five
Nate Robertson (9-5), who had won four of his last five starts,
gave up six runs and eight hits in six innings. It was the first
meeting of the season between the division rivals, who play 18 more
Even without Ordonez and Thomas, Tigers manager Alan Trammell
has a lot of respect for the White Sox.
"We know they're good," Trammell said. "They're up there with
the Twins for a reason."
Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez got his 2,000th career hit with a
third-inning single, and Carlos Pena and Omar Infante hit solo home
runs. Juan Uribe hit a tiebreaking solo homer for Chicago in the
fourth that put the White Sox ahead 5-4, and Lee added a sacrifice
fly in the fifth.
"That's a lot of hits," Rodriguez said. "That's not something
that a lot of players will get."
Uribe hit an RBI single in the second and scored on Rowand's
double for a 4-2 lead, but the homers by Pena and Infante tied it
in the fourth.
Chicago recalled OF Joe Borchard from Triple-A Charlotte.
... After mistakenly calling for the wrong reliever Thursday night
at Cleveland, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had some fun in the
eighth inning. When he went out to make a pitching change, Guillen
had an L taped on his left sleeve and an R taped on his right
sleeve and raised both arms to signal in Marte, who was the only
pitcher warming up.