Tigers jump on Colon, Sox

Tribune staff reporter

What does White Sox general manager Ken Williams wear, a 44 long?

It might be time to find out.

After watching his team struggle to a 45-49 record in the first half, Williams said Monday: "They better do the job, otherwise they will have to fit me for a straitjacket by October."

After the Sox's 10-9 loss Thursday night against Detroit, there might be no point in waiting until after the season for a fitting.

The Sox decided to wait out a series of thunderstorms to get Thursday's game in. That turned out to be a foolish choice.

Bartolo Colon didn't throw the first pitch until 10:11 p.m. following a rain delay of 3 hours 6 minutes.

Colon was ineffective from the start. He needed 43 pitches to complete the first inning, during which Detroit got on the board with a two-run homer by Dmitri Young.

Colon lasted just 3 2/3 innings—his shortest start since Oct. 4, 2001—against a team that entered the game hitting .228, the lowest batting average in baseball.

After dispensing with Colon, the Tigers teed off on David Sanders, chasing him from the game with four consecutive hits as the Tigers took a 9-1 lead in the fifth.

When Jerry Manuel walked to the mound to remove Sanders, what was left of the home crowd booed the embattled manager, whose job status has become a daily topic.

Before the game, Manuel said he didn't need to be told by management where he stands.

"No, we have to win games," he said. "It's that simple. Where I stand is really irrelevant. The heat or whatever I take, that's part of the job. I've always said I would rather it be on me than the players. I think we have a good team and I think we are ready to really make a run at it."

Manuel said he didn't plan to address his team as a whole before Thursday's game. He would huddle with players individually.

"I'll say, 'This is what I'm expecting of you,' that type of thing," Manuel said. "'This is what we have ahead of us, go get it.'"

The Sox did anything but that Thursday night.

The Sox's highlights came from Joe Crede, who hit a solo homer in the third off lefty Mike Maroth, Miguel Olivo, who hit a three-run shot in the seventh off Maroth to make it 9-5, Carlos Lee, who hit a three-run shot off Chris Mears in the ninth, Carl Everett, who hit a solo shot off Mears in the ninth and pitchers Billy Koch and Mark Buehrle, who made the most of the sloppy conditions before the game.

They did belly-flop slides on the drenched tarp, drawing applause from fans.

Buehrle will start Friday against a Tigers team that humiliated the Sox last week in a three-game sweep.

"We're playing teams (Detroit and Cleveland) that beat us up on the road and put us in this position," Manuel said. "It's important that we get somewhat vengeful and get after it."

The Sox did anything but in their first game back from the break.

Note: Fans can redeem tickets or ticket stubs from Thursday's game and exchange them for a ticket to another game.

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