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Baldwin gets White Sox started
CHICAGO (AP) -- James Baldwin wasn't concerned with his pitch count, he just wanted to stay in the game.
Baldwin, trying to tie David Wells as the AL's only seven-game winners, was pulled after six innings of Chicago's 5-3 victory Sunday over the Minnesota Twins.
Unfortunately for the right-hander, Jose Valentin's game-winning hit came an inning too late to give him the victory.
"He asked to go back out in the seventh inning," White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "But there are only so many pitches in a guy's arm."
Manuel didn't want to overextend Baldwin, who threw over 100 pitches Sunday following a complete game in his last start.
"I had no control over anything, and I was falling behind a lot," Baldwin said. "But I really wanted (to pitch the seventh), to give our bullpen a break."
Baldwin, who is undefeated in six decisions, allowed three runs and six hits.
"Bad breaks, a couple of swinging bunts and broken bat bloopers," Radke said. "There is nothing you can do about that."
Baldwin had won his previous eight starts, dating to last September. He has won 14 of 16 decisions.
Greg Norton hit an infield RBI single in the second to tie it at 1.
"That play got me really pumped up," Baldwin said. "That was a big play in the game."
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