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Sox's first half: 10 moments to remember

The White Sox went from underachievers in April and May to division leaders with an eye on the playoffs. Here are the top 10 moments in what became a memorable first half:

March 19, 2010

Guillen’s son sparks Twitter-gate

Asked to tone down his Twitter posts, manager Ozzie Guillen's middle son Oney resigns instead from scouting and video duties with the club. Guillen blows off the media and offers Oney a tweet of his own in support. The relationship between Guillen and general manager Ken Williams is bent but doesn’t break.

April 5, 2010

Buehrle goes between the legs

In the fifth inning of the season opener, Mark Buehrle deflected a comebacker off his left foot, chased the ball into foul territory and flipped it between his legs with his glove, for the out at first base. The season was merely hours old and already the honor of top defensive play was won.

April 30, 2010

Konerko ends hot April

One day after collecting two home runs and four RBIs against the Rangers, Paul Konerko finished off a scorching opening month with a home run and three RBIs against the Yankees. It gave the free-agent-to-be Konerko 11 home runs and 21 RBIs in April, when he was one of the team’s only offensive threats, along with Alex Rios.

May 14, 2010

Putz starts his streak

After giving up three runs to the Blue Jays on May 7, reliever J.J. Putz had to wait a week to get into another game. He pitched a scoreless inning against the Royals a week later and hasn’t given up a run since, a streak of 22 consecutive outings without letting the opponent score. It’s the second-longest scoreless run in Sox history next to Shingo Takatsu’s 24 scoreless innings in 2004.

June 12, 2010

White Sox beat Cubs 2-1

Buehrle outdueled Carlos Silva and Konerko had both RBIs as the White Sox won the series at Wrigley Field for a second consecutive season and for the fourth time in the past six years. More significantly, it was a demonstration of better play from the White Sox. Their season-long 11-game win streak would start three days later.

June 15, 2010

11-game win streak begins

Gordon Beckham led the offense with three RBIs and a run scored on a Juan Pierre squeeze bunt. The victory over the Pirates didn’t seem like much, but it was the start of an 11-game win streak, all against National League teams. The White Sox had series sweeps over the Pirates, Nationals and Braves.

July 4, 2010

Beckham is benched

Guillen starts a stretch of three consecutive games with second baseman Beckham on the bench. One day earlier Beckham’s batting average dropped to .206 with an 0-for-4 game against the Rangers. The ploy might have worked. In five consecutive starts before the All-Star break, Beckham batted .375 (6-for-16).

July 6, 2010

Peavy lost for the season

With the team rolling, Jake Peavy fired a pitch against the Angels and in a flash was lost for the season when a muscle under and behind his shoulder was torn off the bone. The White Sox’s unprecedented turnaround should have eliminated the need to make a desperate trade-deadline deal, but the Peavy injury will likely lead Williams to make a move for a pitcher.

July 11, 2010

Quentin caps huge final week

Carlos Quentin had delivered decent first-half production but nothing too dynamic. Then came three two-homer games in four games in the final week of the first half and suddenly his numbers – 19 home runs, 61 RBIs – made him look like an All-Star Game snub.

July 11, 2010

Andruw Jones hits No. 400

The close of the first half was so strong that the final day before the All-Star break had two moments to remember. Along with Quentin’s big day, Andruw Jones delivered his 400th career home run in a four-homer third inning for the White Sox. If Jones can improve on a .210 batting average and 29 RBI there will be more cheers where those came from.