The Red Sox are playing so well that even when they stumble they catch a break.

Boston's six-game winning streak remained intact when yesterday's game against the White Sox was postponed after two rain delays, the second lasting 3 hours 46 minutes. That wiped from the books Chicago's 5-2 lead with one out -- and two on -- in the top of the fourth.

"It's disappointing to not get this one in," White Sox C Chris Widger said.

"We ran into a red-hot team that's swinging the bats well and they're playing well at home."

Red Sox starter Matt Clement allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out two before the game was called. Clement, who started the season 9-1 and made the AL all-star team, has won just once since July 6.

"You wipe the slate clean. It's probably a good feeling for him," Red Sox Manager Terry Francona said. "He caught a break. And good for him."

* AILING AGAIN: Tigers LF Rondell White dislocated his left shoulder diving for David DeJesus's inside-the-park homer during the first game of a doubleheader against the Royals.

White stayed down in pain on the Kauffman Stadium grass as DeJesus circled the bases in the third inning.

White missed the final six weeks of the 2000 season with a dislocated left shoulder.

* CUP O' JOE: Indians RHP Jeremy Guthrie was sent back to Class AAA Buffalo, one day after being called up by Cleveland and pitching six innings of relief.

The Indians recalled OF Jason Dubois from Buffalo.

Guthrie allowed four runs in an 8-2 loss to the Devil Rays on Saturday night. He was called up before the game when LHP Arthur Rhodes went on the disabled list with a sore right knee.

* NUMBERS CRUNCH: The Mariners optioned RHP Jeff Harris back to Class AAA Tacoma. A corresponding roster move has not been announced.

Harris, 31, a former independent league player who was signed by the Mariners last December, was 0-1 with a 2.51 ERA in three games.

Seattle had been carrying 13 pitchers and will likely add a position player. Manager Mike Hargrove said Harris pitched well but was caught in a numbers game.

"It really applies in this instance," he said.

-- From News Services

Detroit's Rondell White writhes in pain after dislocating his left shoulder; White hurt the same shoulder in 2000.