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  • 26 Jun
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. [b]Johnny Dwight Jersey[/b] . -- White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko simply scoffed when he was asked to summarize in a paragraph Monday nights wild 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals. "I dont know if a paragraph is enough," he said. Well, first came the five-run lead that the Royals established in the first inning. Then a frantic comeback by Chicago, capped by Konerkos two-run homer. And finally, clutch pitching by relievers Scott Downs and Jake Petricka to save the series-opening win. All in a nice, tidy paragraph. "We got behind big early, like a lot of games here in the past," Konerko said. "But guys started taking pride in their at-bats and we started to chip away." Alexei Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, and Dayan Viciedo went deep before Konerko -- starting in place of injured slugger Jose Abreu -- hit his go-ahead homer in the fifth. Zach Putnam (2-0) worked two shutout innings in relief of Scott Carroll, and Ronald Belisario also threw two scoreless innings before Downs and Petricka bailed out Matt Lindstrom. Lindstrom, normally the White Sox closer, gave up a leadoff single to Nori Aoki in the ninth, then appeared to step awkwardly fielding a sacrifice bunt by Alcides Escobar that resulted in an error. Downs entered and struck out Eric Hosmer, and then Petricka picked off pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson at second base before getting Billy Butler on a groundout for his first save. "The bullpen was great. They just continue to shine," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, who was still awaiting word after the game on the severity of Lindstroms right ankle injury. "It didnt look good," he said. Jason Vargas (4-2) squandered the rare five-run lead the Royals pop-gun offence gave him. He allowed all seven White Sox runs in 4 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. "I dont get too mad about a lot of things, but given a five-run lead in the first inning and coughing it up halfway through the fifth inning -- thats not good enough to get it done," he said. Carroll, who grew up just north of Kauffman Stadium in Liberty, had a rude homecoming for the White Sox. He allowed the first five batters he faced to reach base, failed to get an out on his first 30 pitches and trailed 5-0 by the second inning. "I was making good pitches," he said, "and they were just finding holes." The White Sox got three runs back in the third, when Ramirez hit a 2-2 pitch for his sixth homer, matching his total from last year. They got another back in the fourth, when Viciedo sent a 1-2 pitch over the wall to make it 5-4. Kansas City scraped out a run in the bottom half on Hosmers RBI single, but the White Sox completed their comeback during a messy fifth inning that ended with Vargas on the bench. It began with a single by Adam Eaton and another by Gordon Beckham, who was thrown out trying to reach second. Ramirez made it 6-5 with a groundout, but apparently thought he was safe as he was tagged sliding past the bag. Replays showed he missed the base by about 2 feet. It turned out to be a moot point. Adam Dunn walked moments later, and Konerko followed with Chicagos third homer in three innings, a two-run shot that gave the White Sox the lead. That was it for Vargas, who had been on a roll coming into the game. He won his previous two starts and held high-powered Colorado to two runs in a 3-2 victory his last time out. "Its just a tough one," Butler said. "We had that big first and then we tacked on a run and Konerko hits a home run to put them ahead. You feel like at that point, thats not going to win the game, that there is going to be more scoring. Give their bullpen credit, they came in and did a great job." NOTES: Abreu had an MRI that revealed no structural damage. Ventura characterized it as "good news." ... Royals LHP Bruce Chen (bulging disk) and White Sox LHP Chris Sale (left flexor muscle strain) plan to throw bullpen sessions Tuesday. ... Royals C Salvador Perez left in the eighth inning with a jammed right hand. Hes expected to miss a couple days. ... RHP Yordano Ventura starts for Kansas City on Tuesday night. RHP Andre Rienzo pitches for Chicago. [b]Peter Kalambayi Jersey[/b] . Hazard lasted just 18 minutes in Tuesdays contest before being substituted with the calf problem, and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes he will be without his star winger for at least the next two weeks. [b]Rick Leonard Jersey[/b] . The biggest shock of this seasons competition was on when Watford took a 2-0 lead after 30 minutes at Etihad Stadium, only for a remarkable Aguero-led comeback by City in the final half-hour. The Argentina striker produced clinical finishes in the 60th and 79th minutes to level the score before Aleksandar Kolarov put City in front in the 87th.Sky Sports golf pundit Gary Christian reflects on a clinical win for Branden Grace at Hilton Head Island, while Luke Donalds performance can mark a turning point in his PGA Tour career. There are some that feel the RBC Heritage deserves more of a prime slot on the PGA Tour calendar rather than the week following the Masters, particularly as it is played at one of the more picturesque locations and is a firm favourite among the players.But I think its a terrific spot for the tournament on the schedule and the strength of the field every year proves that. And, after after the pressure cooker atmosphere at Augusta National, its kind of on a gentle simmer at Hilton Head. Branden Grace closed with a superb 66 to claim a two-shot victory Obviously the tournament would attract a few more star names if it wasnt the week after a major, but I think the organisers - and the PGA Tour - will be happy with the turn out. The awareness of golf among the general public is so high after the Masters, and viewers cant wait to tune in and see Hilton Head Island in all its glory.It was Branden Grace who took the title after a testing four days in blustery conditions on the South Carolina coast, and his final-round 66 was clinical. He played the best on the final day and won the tournament, and thats how it should be. Grace played clinical golf on the final day and was a worthy champion Branden was the stand-out player from the last five groups, and his mindset was particularly impressive. He played aggressively to get the lead, and once in front, his course-management was superb on the back nine. He birdied 11 and 12 and made a number of sensible, stress-free pars - his only blemish coming at the 17th when he bunkered his tee shot and missed a six-footer for par.The Harbour Town Golf Links is a tough course when the conditions are firm and fast like we saw, and its even tougher when you have to chase. But defending a lead by playing cautiously is also easier said than done, so what Branden Grace achieved certainly consolidates his credentials as a world-class golfer. Luke Donald made a welcome return to form and led after 54 holes Luke Donald led after 54 holes on one of his favourite tracks, but he looked a little uncertain at times during his final-round 71 and finished two behind Grace. Maybe that was down to Luke not having been in that situation for some time. When you havent contended on the PGA Tour for that length of time, it doesnt matter who you are - theres going to be an element of doubt when youre trying to get over the line.And when your swing is based on rhythm and tempo like Lukes is, it makes it that much more difficult to maintain down the stretch. He didnt hit the ball as well as he could on Sunday, but he hung in there and a tie for second place will do his confidence the world of good. Donald battled hard in the final round, but he came up just short Luke kept scrambling pars to keep himself in contention, but once Grace was in the clubhouse on nine under, everyone else was effectively playing for second. Luke managed to grind it out despite not being at his best, and that result will go a long way to helping him climb back up the world rankings.His chipping and putting were in good order, and he will take a lot of positives out of the week. Theres nothing like contending for titles on the PGA Tour, and Luke will be better prepared for next time hes right in the mix. [b]Jordan Akins Jersey[/b]. The challenge for him now is to keep that momentum going over the next few weeks, and this could be a big turning point in his career. Bryson DeChambeau was hugely impressive as he finished tied for fourth in his first tournament as a pro Bryson DeChambeau finished tied for fourth in his first tournament as a professional having been the leading amateur at the Masters, and I believe this kid is the real deal. He plays with a huge amount of confidence, and he has the chance to do something really special.And his impact on the game could be significant as well. Weve not seen many like him before in terms of his scientific approach to golf, and it has certainly attracted a lot of attention. Having all of your irons the same length is something new in the professional game, and it might not be long before we see others exploring that set-up. DeChambeaus confident and scientific approach to the game has generated huge interest Bryson is fascinating to listen to when he talks about the science and mechanics of his game, and the way he conducts himself is refreshing. He has a huge belief in his methods and his ability, and he clearly feels its only a matter of time before he is one of the leading players on the PGA Tour.He pocketed $260,000 for finishing fourth, and retaining his card for next season is a mere formality. I truly think he can win this year and lock up his playing rights in one go! He has the full array of tools, and he appears to be more mentally prepared for success than most rookies.Grace, Donald and DeChambeau are all in action again this week as we head to San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open, and the TPC San Antonio can be a brutally difficult golf course. When the wind gets up there, its one of the toughest courses on the PGA Tour. Next stop is the Valero Texas Open, played at one of the toughest tracks on the PGA Tour Its not as tight as Hilton Head but, unlike most courses in the United States, theres a lot of trouble to be found if you miss the fairways. Theres scrubland, thick bushes and plenty of trees on both sides, as well as thicker rough than the players are normally used to.At just under 7,500 yards long, its also one of the longer courses on Tour, and if the wind starts gusting at 20mph - which is highly likely - its a really tough test. I played it twice and it was just too much for me. There is much trouble to be found if you stray offline at TPC San Antonio It has been softened a little as a lot of players found it too difficult when it first appeared on the schedule, but it is still a supreme test of ability. Having said that, it is a great mix, with a couple of short par-threes and a few par-fours that can be attacked. Accuracy off the tee is going to be a huge advantage this week, and with the course being so long, well see a lot more drivers hit than at Hilton Head. But if youre going into the greens from the three-inch rough too often, it will be very difficult to be competitive. Also See: How does Brysons debut compare? Spieth will come back stronger Opinion Golf on Sky Sports 4 Get Sky Sports Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football JerseysCheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '