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Sox honor '59 A.L. champions
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 6/25/2009 7:50 PM

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Maybe it was appropriate that it seemed like Thursday's White Sox-Dodgers game took 50 years to play.

Before outlasting Los Angeles 6-5 in 13 innings, the Sox celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1959 American League champions.

The White Sox advanced to the World Series and lost to the Dodgers 4-2.

Five members of the '59 Sox - Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio, Jim Landis, Jim McAnany, Billy Pierce and Jim Rivera - were honored before the game.

Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was especially happy to see Aparicio. They both played shortstop for the White Sox and are natives of Venezuela.

Guillen also enjoyed seeing Pierce again.

"I think it's nice for the White Sox to do something for those guys," Guillen said. "Especially for Billy Pierce. I don't see any nicer man than that guy representing this organization so well. People love him so much, and he represents our community real well.

"To have those guys on the field and see how excited they get, it's something nice to see. People should feel proud when they still remember you and they still remember what you did in the past."

The Sox wore their 1959 replica uniforms Thursday.

Take a break: Gordon Beckham was held out of the starting lineup on Thursday, with good reason.

The Sox' rookie third baseman is batting .172 overall with 1 home run and 8 RBI. At home, Beckham is batting just .065 (2-for-31) with no homers or RBI.

"I'm concerned a little bit about Beckham, not because he's not hitting but because it might get in his head because the expectations are too high," Ozzie Guillen said. "I want him to realize he's here to help us, not to carry this thing. When you are a kid and you don't get it done, then you panic a little bit. I don't care how tough you are or how good you are in Little League or college."

The quote: A.J. Pierzynski on this weekend's series with the Cubs, who were swept at Detroit and have lost four straight:

"I think the Cubs lost again, so they're going to come in here pretty upset and want to come in here and kick our tails. We have to come out here and play hard and try to match their intensity and try to win a game."

Milestone win: Aaron Poreda pitched 1 scoreless inning to pick up his first major-league win, and he got the customary beer shower from Mark Buehrle and John Danks.

Any chance the impressive rookie replaces Clayton Richard in the starting rotation?

"No, not yet," Ozzie Guillen said. "I don't think he's ready right now. If he's going to start, we have to build him and we don't have time for that right now."

Eye on the future: Two White Sox minor-league players, Tyler Flowers and Dayan Viciedo, will play in the All-Star Futures Game in St. Louis on July 12.

Flowers, from Roswell, Ga., will play for the United States team. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound catcher is batting .281 with 10 HR and 38 RBI for Class AA Birmingham and he leads the Southern League with a .429 on-base percentage.

Viciedo, from Remedios, Cuba, will play for the World Team. The third baseman is batting .279 with 6 HR for Birmingham and he ranks fifth in the Southern League with 43 RBI.