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KempersRS
08-30-2001, 08:37 AM
I'm not sure if anyone posted some quotes from last nights game, but there were some good ones. Check out the AP, the Phil Garner quote was hilarious, you just know he was sickened by Paul's performance.

"DETROIT (AP) - Gary Glover must have been the only one at Comerica Park that expected Josh Paul to have a big night.

The Chicago White Sox starter said he told the reserve catcher that he was going to go 4-for-4 with six RBIs, and Glover's prediction was nearly perfect.

Paul set career-highs with four hits and four RBIs as the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3 Wednesday night.

``He was pretty close,'' Glover said with a grin.

There was little evidence before Wednesday for anybody to predict that Paul was capable of such a night.

Paul, in his second stint with the White Sox this season, entered the game with no homers, four RBIs and a .208 batting average in 96 at-bats.

He improved his batting average by 30 points and doubled his RBI total after hitting a three-run homer in the second and an RBI double in the fourth, followed by singles in the seventh and ninth.

``It's weird, huh,'' Paul said. ``It's real weird.''

The White Sox (67-64) won their 10th straight against the Tigers and moved three games above .500 for the first time this year.

``I think the reason we're doing so well is we're loose,'' Paul said. ``We're just going out and playing. We're having a good time, we're not pressing. We've got a shot.''

The White Sox are still 7 1/2 games behind Cleveland. But the two teams will play eight times in the next two weeks, starting with a four-game series in Chicago this weekend

Chicago manager Jerry Manuel admitted he noticed that the Indians beat Boston 2-1 Wednesday.

Manuel said he's not discouraged the White Sox are not moving up in the standings as Cleveland continues to play well.

``We're not losing ground either,'' Manuel said. ``Obviously, when we go head-to-head, something has to give.''

The Tigers have lost seven of eight. They are 17-40 against the AL Central and are 36-38 outside their division.

Manager Phil Garner, who has had one winning season in eight years in Milwaukee and two in Detroit, said he's never been more frustrated and disappointed than he is now.

Paul's surprising performance didn't make him feel any better.

``I don't want to talk about Josh Paul,'' Garner said.

Glover (4-1) won his first career game as a starter after four no-decisions. The rookie gave up three runs - two earned - on five hits and two walks in six innings.

Mark Redman (2-6) allowed four runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings in his first Comerica Park appearance. Redman is 0-2 for Detroit since being acquired from Minnesota in a trade for Todd Jones.

Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the first with an unearned run. Roger Cedeno reached second when left fielder Carlos Lee appeared to lose Cedeno's fly ball in the sun. Cedeno advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Bobby Higginson's sacrifice fly.

Chicago took the lead for good on Paul's three-run shot in the second.

The Tigers closed to 3-2 in the third when Shane Halter tripled and scored.

Paul's RBI double in the fourth gave Chicago a 4-2 lead.