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Beckham gets rest; Sox defeat Tribe 8-2

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Omar Vizquel started at second base against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday in place of Gordon Beckham, who is batting .210 with 36 strikeouts. Against right-hander Fausto Carmona, who can be tough on righties, manager Ozzie Guillen also sat Brent Morel in favor of left-handed hitting Dallas McPherson at third base.

With a heavy fog settling in over U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox defeated the Indians 8-2 to complete a two-game sweep against the AL Central-leading Indians.

Paul Konerko and Alexei Ramirez each hit two-run doubles, and Adam Dunn hit a two-run single for the Sox, who scored two runs in the first inning and four in the second. Carlos Quentin hit a two-run homer in the fifth.

"The only thing I worry about with Gordon, he strikes out a lot,'' Guillen said before the game. "He went through a lot of tough times last year and overcame it, came back and was the player we thought he would be. But right now he's striking out quite a few times and that worries me.''

The hitting woes have not affected Beckham's defense. He hasn't made an error since Aug. 27 of last season.

"I had better [play good defense] the way I'm hitting,'' Beckham said Thursday.

The Sox trailed Cleveland by 11 games in the loss column going into the game. Gavin Floyd started on the mound for the Sox. Floyd gave up a run in the first inning, then followed with six scoreless innings.

"Every game for us, when you are in the position we are, every game is very important because we don't want to lose ground,'' Guillen said. "Does this game mean a lot? Yes. But to think this game's going to decide the championship or who wins the division, no.''

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