My favorite things about today's 7-3 win as the White Sox take the series from the red-hot A's:
1. A.J. Pierzynski: Both his 23rd home run of the season, which put the Sox ahead, and his heads-up baserunning which saw him score from first on a ball that never left the infield. It's no coincidence that it's always A.J. who's in the middle of that kind of bizarre play.
2. Another splendid performance by Chris "Cy" Sale-- 6 2/3 innings, two runs, six hits, 11 strikeouts and no walks. He's now 14-3 with a 2.60 ERA.
3. Dewayne Wise's "this time around" Sox debut was impressive. Playing leftfield, he went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
4. Gordon Beckham's two-RBI single with two outs in the Sox's five-run sixth, which extended the South Siders' lead to 6-1.
5. Ray Olmedo, the 25th man on the roster, made a rare start at third with Kevin Youkilis experiencing problems with his arm after being hit by a pitch on Saturday night. Olmedo was flawless in the field and collected a hit and scored a run during the sixth inning rally.
6. The fact that Sox killers Coco Crisp (0 for 4), Brandon Inge (didn't play) and Grant Balfour (was not called upon) were non-factors.
7. We battered Bartolo Colon for six runs and nine hits. Do you agree that the fleshy former White Sox is bigger than ever before?
8. It seems that Dayan Viciedo just might be getting on one of his "I can carry the club" hot streaks. If true, it's welcome news with Paul Konerko out of the lineup.
9. Alex Rios makes this list in virtually every game. Today, he went 3 for 4 with a run scored.
10. And in Arlington, TX, the Rangers made the day complete with an 8-3 triumph over the Tigers, which in the process extends the Sox lead to two games over Detroit in the A.L. Central.