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LaRussa earns win No. 2,764, 2nd on all-time list

by The Associated Press | June 7, 2021 at 1:56 a.m.
Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa (22) celebrates with his team after the Chicago White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. Tony La Russa is second on the managerial career wins list with 2, 764. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO -- Tony La Russa credited a long list of mentors. He paid tribute to his players, staff and family. He talked about working with strong ownership and front offices over the years.

For La Russa, it was their moment just as much as it belonged to him.

"There's a lot of pieces to this day," he said.

La Russa moved past John McGraw into sole possession of second on baseball's manager wins list, directing the Chicago White Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

It was win No. 2,764 for La Russa, who was hired by Chicago in October for his first managerial job since he led St. Louis to the World Series championship in 2011. It has been a bit of a bumpy ride so far, but the 76-year-old Hall of Famer has the White Sox on top of the AL Central.

The crowd of 20,068 cheered as La Russa's accomplishment was announced after the win, and he responded by waving his hat and clapping toward the fans in appreciation.

While La Russa got into a public disagreement with Yermin Mercedes last month, drawing in teammates Tim Anderson and Lance Lynn on the side of the rookie slugger, La Russa's players also seemed to enjoy the accomplishment as they greeted their manager in the postgame handshake line.

"The most important part of this season so far is the way the players have included me as part of the family," La Russa said.

Center fielder Adam Engel said he got his jersey out of the laundry for La Russa to sign, and pitcher Dylan Cease also praised the manager.

"It's pretty legendary to say that we get to play for him," Cease said. "He's calm. He's funny. It's nice having him at the helm."

Second on the list is almost assuredly the highest finish for La Russa, who also began his managerial career with the White Sox in 1979. The top spot belongs to Connie Mack with 3,731 victories.

"It's beyond sacred. Unattainable," La Russa said when asked about Mack's total.

La Russa watched as Chicago won for the 10th time in 14 games. Cease (4-2) struck out 10 in seven sparkling innings, and Anderson had two hits and two RBI.

Detroit right-hander Jose Urena (2-5) allowed 3 runs and 6 hits in 5 innings in his first big league start since May 26. He had been sidelined by a strained right forearm.

RED SOX 6, YANKEES 5 (10) Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run single with two outs in the 10th inning, and Boston held off New York for its first three-game sweep in the Bronx since June 2011.

ASTROS 6, BLUE JAYS 3 Jose Altuve led off the game with a home run, rookie Luis Garcia earned his fifth consecutive win, allowing 1 run and 3 hits in 6 innings as Houston beat Toronto.

TWINS 2, ROYALS 1 Minnesota first baseman Miguel Sano swooped in to catch a popped-up bunt and start a triple play in a victory over Kansas City.

RAYS 7, RANGERS 1 Rookie Taylor Walls had a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth off Josh Sborz, his season-high third hit, as Tampa Bay beat Texas.

MARINERS 9, ANGELS 5 Donovan Walton hit the go-ahead home run in the third inning. and Logan Gilbert struck out seven and allowed two hits in five innings for his first major league win as Seattle defeated Los Angeles.

ORIOLES 18, INDIANS 5 Cedric Mullins hit a leadoff home run as part of a three-hit day as Baltimore defeated Cleveland.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PHILLIES 12, NATIONALS 6 Stadium workers using tractors scrambled to hoist the protective netting behind home plate after it suddenly collapsed while Trea Turner was batting in the eighth inning. No one appeared to be hurt in the mishap, which caused a 20-minute delay. J.T. Realmuto hit his 100th home run as Philadelphia defeated Washington.

BREWERS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 0 Milwaukee's Corbin Burnes struck out a career-high 13 in seven innings, sending Arizona to its team-record 17th consecutive road loss.

CUBS 4, GIANTS 3 Patrick Wisdom hit a pair of home runs and drove in three runs in helping Chicago avoid a four-game sweep in San Francisco.

MARLINS 3, PIRATES 1 Sandy Alcantara gave up 1 run and 6 hits in 8 innings as Miami defeated Pittsburgh.

BRAVES 4, DODGERS 2 Max Fried outpitched Trevor Bauer as Atlanta took two of three from Los Angeles.

REDS 8, CARDINALS 7 Jesse Winker hit a tiebreaking home run off Alex Reyes in the ninth for his second three-home run game this season, and Cincinnati completed its first four-game sweep of St. Louis since May 4-7, 1990.

METS 6, PADRES 2 Marcus Stroman won his second consecutive decision after four consecutive losses and doubled in a run as New York gained a four-game split against San Diego.

INTERLEAGUE

ROCKIES 3, ATHLETICS 1 German Marquez allowed 1 run and 4 hits in 6 innings, and Colorado avoided a three-game sweep by beating Oakland.

Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa waves to fans after the Chicago White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. Tony La Russa is second on the managerial career wins list with 2, 764. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa waves to fans after the Chicago White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. Tony La Russa is second on the managerial career wins list with 2, 764. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa waves to fans after his team defeated the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. La Russa is second on the managerial career wins list with 2,764. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa waves to fans after his team defeated the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. La Russa is second on the managerial career wins list with 2,764. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease throws against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease throws against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jose Urena throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jose Urena throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Detroit Tigers' Akil Baddoo, right, steals second as Chicago White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal, left, cannot make the play on a throwing error by catcher Yasmani Grandal during the third inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Detroit Tigers' Akil Baddoo, right, steals second as Chicago White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal, left, cannot make the play on a throwing error by catcher Yasmani Grandal during the third inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Detroit Tigers' Akil Baddoo, left, runs to third after stealing second base after Chicago White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal could not make the play on a throwing error by catcher Yasmani Grandal as White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson looks on during the third inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Detroit Tigers' Akil Baddoo, left, runs to third after stealing second base after Chicago White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal could not make the play on a throwing error by catcher Yasmani Grandal as White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson looks on during the third inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario catches a fly ball in foul territory during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario catches a fly ball in foul territory during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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