Soriano target of Cubs fans

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Associated Press
Thursday, April 15, 2010
— Showered by boos as he trotted off the field, Alfonso Soriano wasn’t about to lash out at fans. The way he sees it, that’s their right, and he’s not exactly helping his cause.

“They can do whatever they want,” Soriano said.

An inning after Soriano was pulled out of left field in a double-switch, the Cubs rallied. Kosuke Fukudome and Ryan Theriot each hit two-run singles with two outs in the eighth inning, and Chicago beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 on Wednesday.

Soriano had another rough day in the field, bobbling Rickie Weeks’ two-run double down the line in the fifth and allowing Corey Hart’s RBI double off the wall to carom by him in the seventh. That made it 4-2 and chased starter Randy Wells.

One batter later, Soriano got yanked for Tyler Colvin and heard it from the crowd as he left in a move that also saw James Russell replace Justin Berg on the mound.

“Like I said before, that’s not bothering me,” Soriano said. “Let me come back tomorrow and work hard to try and do my job. They can do whatever they want because they pay the money to do what they want. That means nothing.”

While Soriano shrugged off the boos, Theriot rushed to his defense.

“I think if they knew him, they wouldn’t do it,” Theriot said. “This is a guy that is the ultimate professional. He’s here early and he works as hard as anybody else. He really, really works hard. There were some tough balls. Listen, that’s bricks out there. That ball’s hitting bricks and it’s really hard to play that carom. ... I love having him as a teammate.”

Soriano’s latest misadventures came after manager Lou Piniella tried to give him a confidence boost.

“Look, I love this guy to death, I really do,” Piniella said before the game. “I want to see Sori do well. He’s a good young man, he works hard. He’s had such a great career, and you want to see that continue.”

What he doesn’t want to see is Soriano dropping a fly, as he did Sunday in Cincinnati, or misplaying balls the way he did against Milwaukee. It would help if Soriano started producing at the plate, and to that end, his second-inning double was a good start.

Offense leads White Sox

John Danks didn’t mind being relegated to second billing Wednesday night after one of the best pitching performances of his career.

Danks and the White Sox were more excited with their offense breaking out in a 15-hit attack that enabled them to coast to an 11-1 victory over the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.

“We’re just a different team,” Danks said. “We’re built a little differently. Obviously we match up a little better now.”

The Sox were able to maximize hits and four walks into a pair of four-run rallies in the fifth and sixth innings that gave Danks plenty of margin for error and provided added rest for late-inning relievers Matt Thornton and Bobby Jenks.

The 11 runs were the most scored by the Sox this season and equaled the most they scored in Toronto since Aug. 30, 1996, when Frank Thomas and Harold Baines each hit home runs.

“The pitchers are going to need some help a few times,” manager Ozzie Guillen said.” We picked them up. We got a few runs up. Our pitching staff had some cushion and was allowed to make mistakes.”

Danks didn’t allow a hit until Randy Ruiz had a broken-bat single to right field with one out in the fifth—but the Sox already led 7-0 at the time.

Carlos Quentin drove in a career-high six runs, highlighted by a grand slam in the top of the fifth. He added a two-run double in the sixth.

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