Updated: August 5, 2003, 12:41 PM ETBy Jim Baker
Chicago White Sox: It's hard to believe that Joe Jackson is not on this list, but Magglio Ordonez posted the fifth-best batting average for a month in team history in July. His .429 trailed only Frank Thomas (twice), Pat Kelly and Gail Hopkins -- all of whom did their playing since 1970. For his trouble, Ordonez was named American League Player of the Month reports Doug Padilla of the Chicago Sun-Times. Kansas City Royals: When it comes to victories, you take them anyway you can get them -- especially in the midst of a pennant race. Runelvys Hernandez pulled off an infrequent coup Monday night: He was credited with the victory over the White Sox in spite of allowing more runs than innings pitched. In fact, he pitched about as badly as one can and still hope to get a victory, posting a Game Score of just 24 while surrendering eight hits and four walks in five innings. ... Remember how it was reported just yesterday that Mike Sweeney was ready to return to action? Unfortunately, he awoke Monday with renewed pain in his neck and will miss another three or four games, reports Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.
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