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Pierzynski hits inside-park homer in Sox win

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A.J. Pierzynski got plenty of running in during the White Sox' 6-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. After hitting two doubles against left-hander Joe Saunders in his first two at-bats, the White Sox catcher legged out an inside-the-park home run against right-hander Brett Lorin.

"I saw [third-base coach] Joe [McEwing] waving me and when I hit third, Blummer [former teammate Geoff Blum] was like 'You gotta go, tubby.' So, I thought that was rather funny.''

Pierzynski almost cleared the center-field wall, the ball bouncing off the top into right field, where Justin Upton tracked it down.

"When I hit it, I thought I hit it good enough that it was going to be a regular home run,'' said Pierzynski, who has three homers this spring. "It just kept going. I saw it hit and I wasn't sure if it was out or still in. I saw Upton chasing it and I was like it's a foot race and he'll proabably win.''

Gavin Floyd walked five and allowed five hits in six innings, but worked out of trouble and allowed two runs. Left-hander Hector allowed his first run of the spring, a homer to AJ Pollack in the seventh, before right-hander Nate Jones pitched two scoreless innings for the save.

The Sox dugout was up for grabs when Pierzynski got there. Pierzynski appeared to have been smiling rounding third and he slid into home without a play, although the relay throw home arrived at about the same time.

"I actually hit one in Triple-A and I think I hit one in A-ball too,'' Pierzynski said. "But I just remember when I was hitting second thinking about {Paul] Konerko talking trash for all these years about him having one in the big leagues. I was thinking that I have to score on this one so I don't have to hear about it from him.''

Floyd, projected as the No. 3 starter in the rotation, said he felt better as the game went along. He did not have good command, especially early, of his breaking pitches.

"That's what pitching is all about,'' Floyd said. "When you don't feel the greatest, when you're out there battling, you try to make pitches. If you don't hit your spots, be repetitive [and try to] execute pitches and keep the team in the game. That's what we're paid to do.

"I'm progressing. In a couple of starts I'll need where I need to be.''

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