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Chicago White Sox Inside Pitch 2008-06-05

Chicago White Sox Inside Pitch 2008-06-05
There's never a dull moment around the White Sox, and that was the case again Wednesday, as general manager Ken Williams finally addressed the media in the wake of Ozzie Guillen's Sunday tirade.

"Are we still in first place? I assumed we had dropped out," Williams said. "I assumed that we were in last. I've been a little too busy to pay attention to everything."

Williams did try his best to avoid discussing what Guillen had said Sunday, and he made it very clear that the topic is dead in his eyes.

"I'm not talking about it. It's over," Williams said. "Any more talk on it is just a continuation of something that was blown out of proportion."

Williams didn't have to talk because Guillen and hitting coach Greg Walker said plenty. Walker was asked if everything was OK with Guillen, who blasted his hitters Sunday and singled out the hitting coach by name.

"I'm not going to comment on that," Walker said. "I'll tell you this, Ozzie Guillen wants the Chicago White Sox to win, and I want the Chicago White Sox to win. That's all there is to it.

"I'm doggone not going to get into a talking contest with him. He's better at it than I am. He practices a lot more than I do. There's no doubt in my mind that Ozzie Guillen wants the White Sox to win, and if you go ask him, I guarantee there's no doubt in his mind he knows I want them to win."

And if you're looking for an apology from Guillen, well ...

"Who am I going to blame if my team's not hitting? My wife?" Guillen said. "I can't do anything about it. I made a lot of people upset Sunday.

"I think (Walker is) doing his job. I don't think it's his fault that we've been in a slump for two years. People think we've been a slump for a couple months. No, we've been a slump (for two years). Someone has to be blamed. I'll take the blame first, but he should take the blame second."

In discussing his recently slumping hitters, Walker was as stern as he had ever been since taking over as hitting coach in 2003.

"The last game (Sunday against the Rays) we should have won, so that was our big miss," Walker said. "You are going to miss every now and then, but you also look at why (we missed). We had 13 hits in that game, but the reason we missed is we didn't get the guy in from third base with less than two outs."

WHITE SOX 6, ROYALS 4 (15 innings): The Sox seemed to have Wednesday's game locked up with their best reliever on the mound in the ninth and a two-run lead, but closer Bobby Jenks proved to be very hittable on the night. With two on, David DeJesus tied the game up with a two-run single.

Chicago had grabbed that lead thanks to a two-run homer by Jim Thome, a Joe Crede homer and then a Crede double that scored Nick Swisher.

In the end, Paul Konerko hit a two-run, walk-off homer. He is now a career 5-for-6 with four homers against Jimmy Gobble.

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