CHICAGO – After a 19-2 shellacking of the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, the White Sox were ready Wednesday to come back to earth.
"Its a new day," Sox captain Paul Konerko said. "Obviously last night was a great night for everybody involved here. It's good to get that first game of the series, but I think we are smart enough to know that every game has its own agenda.
"It's not going to be as easy as it was (Tuesday), probably ever again this year."
It wasn't that easy Wednesday as the Sox needed a walk-off single by Kevin Youkilis in the 10th inning to win, 5-4.
Axelrod up to test: Dylan Axelrod has pitched against two solid lineups in his past two starts, the Yankees and Wednesday against the Rangers. The two have among the best lineups in baseball, and Axelrod welcomed the challenge.
"I go out there and I don't want to give up a run," he said. "I expect a lot out of myself, and I want to throw a shutout every time. But at the same time if I give up a few I just want to give my team a chance."
Axelrod got another no-decision, but he completed his goal of giving his team a chance, going 5 2/3 giving up four runs.
Crain on DL: Before Wednesday's game, the White Sox placed right-handed pitcher Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list with a right posterior shoulder strain and called up right-hander Deunte Heath from Triple-A Charlotte.
Sox manager Robin Ventura said he liked what he saw of Heath in Triple-A.
"He throws hard and he's ready to go," he said.