Chicago White Sox defeat Boston Red Sox, 14-2

CHICAGO -- The first bad thing to happen to the Red Sox yesterday was when Matt Clement hit White Sox leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik with a pitch.

It got worse in a 14-2 thrashing by Chicago.

Podsednik stole third base in the five-run first and scored the first run on a fielder's choice. The speedy left fielder also singled in the second and blasted a three-run homer in the sixth. Not a bad day's work.

''The big thing was to get runners on base and drive them in," sa...

CHICAGO -- It must have felt like a road to perdition, that walk, from the mound to the dugout, the scoreboard behind Matt Clement reading 8-2 in the White Sox half of the fourth inning, 40,717 Chicagoans serenading the former Cub with a rhythmic, thunderous ''Goodbye" chant.

And, if the words of two teammates -- Johnny Damon and David Ortiz -- are any indicator, the dugout that Clement entered was anything but a safe haven.

''I'm not even sure who our No. 1 [starter...

CHICAGO -- It was only one game.

Red Sox pitcher Matt Clement would like to believe that. He wants to isolate the personal nightmare that unfolded yesterday in his former home city in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, the biggest game of his life.

He would like to dismiss the eight runs in 3 1/3 innings as an aberration.

But even he must realize the rest of us can no longer do that.

''I have no excuses," said Clement, in the wake of a 14-2 drubbing...