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Published: Monday, 4/14/2008

Reason to scream: Leyland lets loose after White Sox slam Tigers

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CHICAGO - The Tigers have the worst record in the major leagues, and Detroit manager Jim Leyland couldn't contain himself anymore.

Following yesterday's 11-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox, Leyland was heard screaming in the clubhouse before reporters were allowed inside. He wouldn't comment on the rant, but the manager said it wasn't just about the loss.

"There was one thing that sticks out to me right now that's going on, and that was the straw that broke the camel's back," Leyland said, without revealing the issue.

Joe Crede and Paul Konerko hit grand slams to back Javier Vazquez's strong start. Konerko's homer came in the third off Kenny Rogers and Crede's grand slam, his second this season, came in the fifth against Zach Miner as the White Sox won for the fifth time in six games over Detroit, the preseason favorite to win the AL Central.

"We got Detroit at the right time," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Those guys are going to wake up sooner or later. They have unbelievable talent."

Chicago has a 5 1/2-game lead in the division over the Tigers. The White Sox have outscored

Detroit 46-12 this season, despite the Tigers adding slugging third baseman Miguel Cabrera to an already powerful lineup.

"Where we're at makes sense because that's the way we've played," Leyland said. "It's not surprising that we're 2-10. We've been shut out four times. I didn't think we'd get shut out four times all year, to be honest with you."

Detroit has been shut out twice as many times as any other major league team - one more time than they were blanked all of last year.

"We're just in a funk," Leyland said. "Can I get them out of the funk? No, I don't think so. They have to get themselves out of it."

On a cold and windy day, Rogers (0-3) gave up seven runs, seven hits and four walks in four-plus innings. He once again pitched with no run support; the Tigers haven't scored a run in his three starts this season. Not that he helped much.

"We're not a very good team right now," Rogers said. "We're as bad a team as there is right now in every facet, myself as much as anyone. I'm supposed to be consistent and I was very uncomfortable out there and inconsistent."

Chicago has started to erase the bad taste from last season with its strong start, and Crede is part of the reason why. The third baseman is hitting .341 with four homers and 15 RBIs.

Vazquez (2-1) won his second straight start, scattering five hits in seven innings while striking out nine without a walk.

On Jim Thome's single in the fifth, Cabrera tripped on the third base umpire's foot and missed a chance for an easy catch.

"That tells you how bad it's been going for us," Leyland said.

NOTES: Rogers hasn't started 0-3 since 1991. ... Tigers OF/3B Brandon Inge started at catcher, marking his third position in the first two weeks. He's also started at third base and center field. ... Vazquez is 4-0 against Detroit since 2007 and the White Sox are 42-20 against them since 2005.



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