Harrelson again comes to Sox's defense

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson went to bat for the team he loves Saturday when umpire Angel Hernandez appeared to briefly cost it a victory.

Alex Rios appeared to avoid a double play in the 10th inning by beating a throw to first base on a play that would have allowed the winning run to score from first base. But Hernandez called Rios out at first base to end the inning. Television replays appeared to show that Rios was safe.

"Oh no! No! No! No!" Harrelson screamed after Hernandez made his call.

After first watching the replay, Harrelson added: "He is safe. And another blown call by Hernandez." After the commercial break, Harrelson came back to say, "Just flip another coin Angel."

The White Sox eventually won the game 4-3 in 11 innings over the Miami Marlins on a single by Jeff Keppinger.

Harrelson is known for his passionate defense of the White Sox during broadcasts. In 2010, Harrelson criticized umpire Joe West after a number of balk calls against then-White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle. In a separate incident last season, chairman Jerry Reinsdorf had Harrelson apologize to West after criticizing a member of his umpiring crew.

Paul Konerko, who is a fan of Harrelson's outbursts, said he was already hearing about the most recent one not long after the game had ended.

"[Harrelson] is the 26th, 27th and 28th guy," Konerko said, referring to the club's 25-man roster. "He's the Hawk. What can you say? He's going to say whatever's on his mind. He's been around for a long time, he's been in baseball a long time. If he sees something he doesn't like, he's going to let people know. That's the Hawk."