Chicago White Sox defeat Chicago Cubs, 10-5

Before they even threw a pitch in this Sox-Cubs series, the verbal punches started flying.

Between Lou Piniella and Steve Stone.

The Cubs manager, in his angriest public rant since taking the job, called out the Sox broadcaster for recent comments criticizing rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin's lack of playing time and suggesting Piniella ''doesn't have a great grasp on what to do with young players.''

''Steve Stone? He's got enough problems with what he does with the W...

It is White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen's running joke with the media.

''I'm pretty smart for a guy that only got an eighth-grade education,'' he has said on numerous occasions.

The fact is, he's not kidding. School wasn't a high priority growing up in Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela.

Street smarts? A whole 'nother story. The quick-witted seventh-year skipper is magna cum laude when it comes to knowing when the envelope can be pushed and when it's time to be humble.

F...

For teams struggling to find themselves before the point of no return, a city rivalry can provide a boost to lagging fortunes.

At least the White Sox hope so.

If they snap out of the doldrums, they can point to Wrigley Field as being their Friendly Confines, the familiar surroundings and the buzz of a series against the Cubs providing just the right background for Jake Peavy and his teammates to dominate in a 10-5 victory Friday.

''Every time you win, you bring mo...