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White Sox off to best 15-game start since '81

DETROIT (AP) -- Jermaine Dye chilled out after pressuring himself
into an early slump with the Chicago White Sox, who signed him to
replace Magglio Ordonez.

Dye hit a two-run homer and a two-run single to back Jon Garland
in Chicago's 9-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday
night.

"Any player that comes to a new team is going to try to get off
to a good start," said Dye, who entered the game hitting .178 with
two homers and three RBI. "But I'm relaxed now and I'm just going
have fun."

Joe Crede hit a three-run homer for the AL Central-leading White
Sox (11-4). They have won three straight to match the best 15-game
start in team history -- also reached in 1981 and 1980 -- and are the
first team in the league to win 11 games this year.

"These guys are playing well," Tigers manager Alan Trammell
said. "They're in first place, but sitting here and looking at the
division, Minnesota is still the team to beat."

When White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen heard the Twins have been
withholding praise of his team until they get to the middle of the
season, he shot back at the defending AL Central champions.

"They don't have the same team they had in the past," Guillen
said. "I'll take my chances. I like this team."

Garland allowed one run and five hits in eight innings,
improving to 3-0 for the first time. He has won three straight
starts for the first time in three years.

"I feel good with every pitch coming out of my hand," he said.

Wilfredo Ledezma (1-1) gave up six runs on eight hits. Since
allowing only a run in his first start, Ledezma has given up 10
runs and 16 hits over 11 innings in his last two outings.

"Not to single anybody out, but we didn't play well," Trammell
said when asked about Ledezma.

Instead of playing his former team for the first time, Ordonez
traveled back to Detroit from Montreal after seeing a hernia
specialist, who could not conclude that Ordonez has a hernia.

Ordonez said missing the game against the White Sox didn't add
to his misery.

"I just want to play against anybody," Ordonez said in
Detroit's clubhouse after the game.

Ordonez is scheduled to be examined by doctors in Michigan on
Thursday and to visit another hernia specialist Monday in
Philadelphia. He is 0-for-10 in three games after signing a $75
million, five-year contract.

Tigers president Dave Dombrowski said he could not estimate when
Ordonez would return.

"It's very puzzling," Dombrowski said.

The White Sox gave Dye a $10 million, two-year deal, hoping he
could produce some of the power Ordonez did as a right fielder
before he was limited by knee problems last season.

"I'm just going to keep battling and sooner or later, things
are going to come around," Dye said.

The White Sox scored three runs in the first after shortstop
Carlos Guillen bobbled a grounder that could've led to an
inning-ending double play. Guillen wasn't charged with an error
because he made a throw to first base for the second out of the
inning.

Scott Podsednik hit a leadoff single and later scored on a wild
pitch. Dye's two-run homer over the left field wall extended
Chicago's streak with a homer to seven games and was his first hit
in 12 at-bats.

Omar Infante led off the third with a double, the first hit off
Garland, and scored on Brandon Inge's double.

The White Sox went ahead 6-1 in the fifth on Dye's two-run
single and Carl Everett's sacrifice fly. Crede's liner over the
left-field wall off Andrew Good in the sixth extended his hitting
streak to 11 games, matching a career high.

Game notes
Chicago's Frank Thomas, on the DL following left ankle
surgery, hit at least one home run during batting practice. Thomas
said it was his first session in nine days. "Mentally, I'm feeling
like I'm OK, but it's not healed," he said. ... All-Star voting
began Wednesday night at Comerica Park, where the game will be July
12. Detroit last hosted the All-Star game in 1971 at Tiger Stadium.
... The White Sox began an eight-game road trip with upcoming stops
in Kansas City and Oakland. ... Detroit has lost two straight after
winning three in a row. ... Garland is 5-0 in his last five starts,
dating to last year. ... Ledezma threw 33 pitches in the first.