One day after being re-acquired from Montreal for two minor leaguers, Everett went 2-for-5 to lead the White Sox to a 12-6 victory over the Rangers on Monday.
“We’re glad to have him here,” said outfielder Aaron Rowand, who tied a career high with four hits. “He’s going to be a big contributor for us down the stretch.”
Everett, who played the final 73 games of last season for Chicago after starting 2003 with the Rangers, was the designated hitter and fit nicely into the fifth slot in a White Sox lineup that started the night averaging .186 in July.
“Hopefully that’s just the beginning,” Everett said. “That’s what I’m here for, to help the team out. It was a good first game.”
Clinging to a half-game lead over the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central, the White Sox had lost eight of 13 and three of four before the win. In their six prior games, the White Sox scored more than four runs just once.
Carlos Lee homered and drove in three runs for the White Sox, who’ve won the last three meetings with the Rangers.
Texas, meanwhile, had its four-game winning streak snapped. Hank Blalock hit his team-leading 24th homer, and Mark Teixeira hit one in his fifth straight game. Teixeira hit a solo shot in the ninth to tie a club record, and has 13 RBIs during the stretch.