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With trade, Chisox look to take AL Central

In one energizing day, the Chicago White Sox won the Windy City series and added All-Star pitcher Freddy Garcia to their rotation.

Now they're focusing on the AL Central title.

The White Sox beat Greg Maddux and the visiting Cubs 9-4 Sunday behind Esteban Loaiza, who overcame Sammy Sosa's two home runs.

Soon after the game ended, Garcia was acquired in a trade with Seattle for promising young catcher Miguel Olivo and two prospects.

It's a big boost for the White Sox, who trail first-place Minnesota by one game.

"We have an opportunity to challenge for the division in a better way," general manager Ken Williams said.

The White Sox took two of three from the Cubs in the first crosstown series of the season.

The teams meet again next weekend at Wrigley Field.

It was an emotional day for Olivo, who homered off Maddux but was too upset to talk about the trade.

The White Sox also gave up top prospect Jeremy Reed and minor league infielder Michael Morse.

Along with Garcia, Chicago received catcher Ben Davis and cash from the Mariners.

"That's a big move for us.

He is a quality starting pitcher.

He is one of the best out there," Konerko said.

Garcia, who can become a free agent after this season, has pitched better than his record indicates.

He was 4-7 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 starts for last-place Seattle.

The two-time All-Star is 76-50 in his six-year career with a 3.89 ERA.

"It's hard for me to leave," the right-hander said.

"I do love playing here."

Now he will pitch for White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, one of his best friends.

"You've got to be a professional.

Everybody knows he's my friend, but I want to do business," Garcia said.

"I'll go there and pitch the way I can pitch."

The 27-year-old Garcia was one of the top pitchers available on the trade market.

He should help solidify a rotation that already includes Loaiza, who won 21 games last season, and Mark Buehrle.

"There is a lot of pressure on Coop (pitching coach Don Cooper) and myself.

We have to win," Guillen said.

Garcia is scheduled to make his first start for Chicago on Wednesday night at Minnesota.