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White Sox RHP Floyd fails to find same stuff

CHICAGO — Gavin Floyd just didn't have another stop in him.

The burly 25-year-old right-hander shut down the Tigers in a makeup game Sept. 29 to send the White Sox to a one-game playoff with the Twins for the AL Central title. And manager Ozzie Guillen needed him to build a bridge to ace Mark Buehrle one more time in Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Monday.

Not this time, not in his first postseason start, and his first against the Rays.

"Gavin was behind in the count most of the game," Guillen said. "That's why he got hit. It's not easy to pitch against any ballclub in the big leagues when you are behind in the count."

Floyd, a 17-game winner in the regular season, lasted three innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits (including two booming home runs by B.J. Upton) and two walks. He had thrown a career-high 118 pitches his previous outing.

LAUNDRY: Guillen was upset when Matt Thornton's 0-and-2 pitch to Carlos Pena in the seventh was called a ball, then more upset when Pena ripped an RBI single for a 6-2 lead. He discussed it with home-plate umpire Jeff Kellogg when he visited the mound after the at-bat.

Guillen had been agitated with the same situation in the fourth, when Cliff Floyd took a close two-strike pitch for a ball and later doubled in a run.

Guillen refused to lay any blame on the umpires.

"I respect their call," he said. "They've been there for a hundred years. They're wrong and they're right but they judge and we have to respect that."

POWER SURGE: The White Sox, who led the majors with 235 regular-season homers, regained their power stroke despite a stiff wind that was blowing in, but they didn't maximize their clout. Paul Konerko hit his second homer of the series and Jermaine Dye his first. Both homers, however, came with the bases empty.

White Sox RHP Floyd fails to find same stuff 10/06/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 12:45am]
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