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Sox becoming a one-hit wonder after latest loss to Yankees
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff

Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko hits a three-run home run in the first inning Friday,.


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Chicago White Sox right fielder Jayson Nix cannot catch a line drive, that went for a two-run triple, hit by the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter in the seventh inning Friday.


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Published: 4/30/2010 9:30 PM | Updated: 4/30/2010 11:41 PM

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The White Sox opened April - and the season - with a near perfect 6-0 win over the Cleveland Indians.

They closed the month against New York on Friday night with another typically frustrating loss at Yankee Stadium.

"I looked up at the scoreboard and saw five guys hitting under .200," manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters after the Sox took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on another Paul Konerko home run and didn't do much else in a 6-4 loss to the Yankees.

Kudos to reserve infielder Jayson Nix for being right on the Mendoza Line at .200 after going 0-for-3 while filling in as the White Sox' right fielder against New York.

As for the Un-Fab Five, they are Omar Vizquel (.091), Mark Kotsay (.108), A.J. Pierzynski (.169), Carlos Quentin (.187) and Juan Pierre (.193).

There are five months of baseball left but you have to start wondering when - or if - this offense is going to start giving Konerko some support.

Among the many early disappointments, Pierre is No. 1 on the Non-Hit List.

A career .301 hitter in 10 seasons with the Rockies, Marlins, Cubs and Dodgers, Pierre was dropped out of the leadoff spot against the Yankees and replaced by Alexei Ramirez.

There has been plenty of talk about Pierre being a slow starter, but he's a career .281 hitter in April. Guillen senses a different problem.

"J.P.'s a big key for us but right now he's trying to do too much," Guillen said. "Hopefully, this (not leading off) helps him for a couple of days. But if we're going to have the best team on the field, J.P has to be the leadoff (hitter) and I expect that pretty soon."

Pierre was 0-for-3 against the Yankees and he didn't hit the ball out of the infield, which is becoming a trend.

The White Sox tried to hang on with Konerko's 11th home run of the season in the first inning and Gordon Beckham's sacrifice fly in the second, but that wasn't enough to prevent their 14th loss in 23 April games.

Yankees legend Derek Jeter tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth inning with a 2-run homer off Sox starter Freddy Garcia and he decided the outcome in the seventh with a 2-run triple off reliever Matt Thornton.

Nix tried to make a diving catch on Jeter's slicing liner but came up empty.

"We needed to (score) more runs," Guillen said. "If Jeter wasn't in the lineup, we'd win the game. He's God. Nobody represents the game better than him. He's great on the field and pretty good off the field."