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White Sox win, but Ozzie & Buehrle balk at ump West

Ozzie Guillen wasn't on the field long enough to tell umpire Joe West how he felt about his balk calls against Mark Buehrle.

Ozzie Guillen wasn't on the field long enough to tell umpire Joe West how he felt about his balk calls against Mark Buehrle.

The White Sox manager did so afterward. Harshly.

The fiery Guillen, never afraid to speak his mind on any subject, unloaded on West following Chicago's 5-4 win over the host Cleveland Indians yesterday, a game that included the third-inning ejections of both Guillen and Buehrle for protesting a pair of balks in the first three innings.

"Joe has been like that for a lot of years, and he's always going to be like this," Guillen said, dropping several expletives throughout a rant that's certain to get a look from Major League Baseball.

"I went out to ask him why he's embarrassing Buehrle and he give me one of this," Guillen said, waving his hand dismissively. "When you're a professional and you have to respect the managers, the way we're supposed to respect the umpires, they are supposed to respect back."

"He didn't say that to me," West told the Associated Press while having his postgame meal. "I don't know what he's talking about."

Buehrle tried to get at the ump and had to be restrained.

"I think he's too worried about promoting his CD [West is a country music singer/songwriter with his own Web site], Buehrle said. "And, I think he likes seeing his name in the papers a little bit too much instead of worrying about the rules."

Mark Kotsay hit a two-run homer off Jake Westbrook (2-3) and Mark Teahen drove in two runs as Chicago took two of three from the last-place Indians, who had a season-high four errors.

In other games:

* At Kansas City, Billy Butler homered and Luke Hochevar (5-2) pitched eight strong innings to lead the Royals to a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers.

Royals shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt was held out of lineup after sustaining a mild concussion in a collision at home plate 1 day earlier.

* At Seattle, Mike Sweeney gave the Mariners new life with a two-run homer off Detroit reliever Ryan Perry, Josh Wilson capped the eighth-inning rally with a two-run single and Seattle rallied for a 5-4 win over the Tigers.

* At Minneapolis, Andy Pettitte (6-1) pitched eight innings and Nick Swisher hit a solo home run in the ninth to lift the New York Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Earlier, in the completion of a game halted by rain after the fifth inning the night before, Derek Jeter homered and made a highlight-reel play at shortstop in the sixth to lift the Yankees to a 1-0 victory. Mariano Rivera got the save in both games.

In other news, the Yankees re-signed righthanded reliever Chad Gaudin. He finished last season with the Yankees and was with the team in spring training, before being released on March 25.

* At Baltimore, Adam Rosales had four RBI, including a three-run homer, to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Orioles, 6-1.

* At Anaheim, Bobby Abreu hit an opposite-field RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, atoning for his error that led to the tying run in the top half, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-5.

* At St. Petersburg, Fla., Adrian Beltre homered twice and David Ortiz also homered to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 11-3 victory and three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays. Beltre matched a career high with six RBI and finished a double shy of the cycle after his ninth-inning triple put the game out of reach.


* Outfielder Coco Crisp has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Oakland Athletics, who have received two games of production from the free-agent acquisition. Crisp began the season on the disabled list with a fractured pinkie. He was activated on Friday and played in two games, going 2-for-6, before developing a strained muscle in his chest.

* Detroit reliever Zach Miner will undergo season-ending surgery tomorrow to reconstruct a ligament in his right elbow. He was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with a partial ligament tear.

* A judge ruled that Major League Baseball will provide funding to keep the Texas Rangers afloat during bankruptcy proceedings. That action came 2 days after the bankruptcy filing, raising the possibility that the team's stalled $575 million sale by owner Tom Hicks might happen this summer. Team president Nolan Ryan - who leads a group that is the prospective buyer - said he was pleased with the court's timetable.