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Konerko has two hits, Sox tie again

2013-02-25T21:30:00Z Konerko has two hits, Sox tie againThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 25, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

Madison Bumgarner threw two scoreless innings in his first outing since the second game of the World Series, postseason hero Marco Scutaro had two hits and drove in a run and the San Francisco Giants played the White Sox to a 9-9 tie Monday.

Paul Konerko had two hits for the White Sox, who played to a tie for the second straight day. Hector Santiago allowed three runs on five hits in his two innings.

Bumgarner walked one, struck out one and allowed two hits in an outing he deemed the first step to continued adjustments.

Santiago, who was impressive during four starts in September and October, said he's not taking anything for granted.

Joaquin Arias, Brett Pill and Cole Gillespie each drove in two runs as the Giants took a 9-0 lead after three innings.

The White Sox got two back in the sixth and tied the game with a 7-run eighth, highlighted by Seth Loman's three-run home run.

 

Dodgers 7, Cubs 6: Dontrelle Willis left because of a shoulder injury just seven pitches into his latest comeback try, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the mistake-prone Cubs.

The 2003 NL Rookie of the Year signed a minor league contract with the Cubs in January. He walked Nick Evans on six pitches to open the eighth inning and then threw one pitch to the next batter before trainers went out to the mound.

Dodgers infielder Omar Luna had the go-ahead RBI in eighth.

The Dodgers trailed by four runs after three innings. The Cubs scored six runs off Dodger pitchers Chad Billingsley and Chris Capuano. Los Angeles scored three in the fifth, including two on Chicago balks.

Weiner says increasing drug penalties possible: Baseball union head Michael Weiner said Monday there have been talks about increasing the penalties for violating baseball's drug testing program.

"There are certainly some players who have expressed that," Weiner said. "We've had discussions with the commissioner's office. If it turns out that we have a different penalty structure because that's what players are interested in, that's what the owners are interested in, it will be for 2014."

Weiner spoke to the media after he met with the Toronto Blue Jays as part of his annual tour of spring training camps.

"On one hand, we do have the toughest penalties of any team sport," Weiner said. "Fifty games is more than you'd see for the first time in football and hockey and basketball. More and more players are vocal about the desire to have a clean game. More and More players are vocal about being willing to accept sacrifices in terms of testing in order to make sure we have a clean game."

Changes to the drug program must be approved by both Major League Baseball and the players' union.

"One of the strengths of our Joint Drug Testing Program is that the bargaining parties have an ongoing dialogue about the program and potential changes that can make it even more effective," Rob Manfred, baseball's executive vice president for economics and league affairs, said in a statement. "We look forward to discussions with the MLBPA about changes that may be needed to respond to recent developments."

One area where increased attention helped encourage change was in testing for human growth hormone.

"The players approved this change, and it was an important change to have year around blood testing to improve the possibility of detection for the use of HGH," Weiner said. "It was something the players felt very strongly about. The players at this point have very little patience for players that are trying to cheat the system, and understand that year around HGH testing is an important component."

HGH testing began last year but was limited to spring training.

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