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Buehrle battered again as Yankees rout Sox 12-3
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff

Mark Teixeira (25) greets Robinson Cano at the plate after scoring on Cano's fifth-inning, three-run home run off White Sox starter Mark Buehrle.


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Published: 5/2/2010 3:47 PM | Updated: 5/2/2010 9:58 PM

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Scot Gregor's game tracker

Early exit: Broadcaster Hawk Harrelson wasn't the only member of the Sox' traveling party upset with home-plate ump Dan Iassogna on Sunday. Manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected by Iassogna in the seventh inning for arguing balls and strikes. "I was protecting A.J. (Pierzynski)," Guillen said.

Konerko strikes again: Paul Konerko hit his 12th home run of the season, a 3-run shot in the ninth inning. He has the most home runs of any Sox hitter in history through the first 25 games of the season.

Tough series: Gordon Beckham was 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts. He's in an 0-for-11 slump with 7 strikeouts.

Sox scouting report

White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field

TV: Channel 26 Monday; Comcast SportsNet Tuesday; Comcast SportsNet Plus Plus Wednesday

Radio: WSCR 670-AM

Pitching matchups: The Sox' Jake Peavy (0-2) vs. Gil Meche (0-2) Monday; Gavin Floyd (1-2) vs. Luke Hochevar (2-1) Tuesday; Freddy Garcia (0-2) vs. Brian Bannister (1-1) Wednesday. All games 7:10 p.m.

At a glance: The Sox return home after a 2-4 road trip to Texas and New York. Peavy is winless after 5 starts for the first time in his career. The Royals have the highest ERA (4.94) in the league; the White Sox are next at 4.91. The Sox were 9-9 vs. Kansas City last season.

Next: Toronto Blue Jays, Thursday-Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field

On the White Sox' last homestand, general manager Kenny Williams already was being bombarded with questions about when he was going to make changes with the sluggish offense.

"I haven't explored anything, simply because most clubs think I'm nuts when I start calling in May," Williams said. "If I start calling in April it's, 'Really? Seriously?' "

Williams' made that statement 13 days ago. At the time, he still was confident struggling hitters such as Juan Pierre, Gordon Beckham, Carlos Quentin, A.J. Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez were going to pull out of their collective funks and start producing.

Well, for the most part, Williams still is waiting. And the calendar has switched to May.

Is it time to overhaul a lineup at the bottom in the American League with a microscopic .223 batting average following Sunday's 12-3 loss to New York at Yankee Stadium? Is it time to find some more determined hitters capable of lifting the Sox' equally disturbing .308 on-base percentage?

Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen are sure to talk about several options before the White Sox open their seven-game homestand on Monday night against the Kansas City Royals.

In the meantime, here is a list of hitters whom Williams just might identify as trade targets:

• Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay: Williams and Guillen are big fans of the 28-year-old outfielder, who is making $10 million this season and is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.

Crawford is batting .326 with a .390 OBP and also has 7 stolen bases. Why would the Rays trade Crawford when they are in first place in the AL East?

First they're drawing small crowds at Tropicana Field and might need to move some payroll. Second, Tampa Bay has a load of talented young outfield prospects, headed by Desmond Jennings.

• Raul Ibanez, Phillies: He's another guy the Sox have always liked. And it sounds like Ibanez is available.

He's 37 years old, off to a slow start (.222) and making over $12 million this season. If the Phillies agree to pick up a big chunk of Ibanez's contract - like they did with Jim Thome in 2006 - a deal could be reached.

• Vernon Wells, Blue Jays: The Sox already got Alex Rios from Toronto, so how about adding Wells as well?

The Blue Jays aren't drawing flies at Rogers Centre, and Wells has a nightmarish contract - $12.5 million this season, $23 million next year, $21 million in 2013 and $21 million in 2014.

Wells has an opt-out clause after next season, but why would he walk away from all of that money?

• Daniel Murphy, Mets: He has had some knee problems, but the 25-year-old lefty also has some big power and would fit at designated hitter.

• Chris Iannetta, Rockies: He has been demoted to Class AAA Colorado Springs and is a career .239 hitter. But Iannetta still is young (27), and the catcher hit 34 home runs for Colorado in 2008-09.

If the White Sox decide to take a pass on A.J. Pierzynski next season, Iannetta could step in.

• Jermaine Dye: A great sentimental choice, but he batted .179 after the all-star break last season.