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|White Sox Throw Out Hardy at Plate to End Game; Beat Twins
|CHICAGO (AP) -- J.J. Hardy was nailed at the plate for the final out when he tried to score on pinch-hitter Jim Thome's long drive, and the Chicago White Sox held off the Minnesota Twins 5-4 Sunday.
Hardy singled with two outs against Bobby Jenks and took off when Thome hit a shot into the left-center field gap. Left fielder Juan Pierre retrieved the ball on the warning track and threw to third baseman Mark Teahen.
Teahen's relay to catcher A.J. Pierzynski arrived in plenty of time, and Hardy was beaten by so much that he didn't slide or go barreling home.
Pinch-hitter Andruw Jones singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth. Mark Buehrle (2-0) pitched eight innings and Jenks held on for his first save.
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