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Home hasn't been sweet for Sox

The Sports Xchange
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With a 6-3 win over Baltimore on Thursday, the White Sox concluded one of their better road trips of the season.

Chicago won six of seven games, sweeping three from the Twins and then taking three of four from the Orioles.

The White Sox return home for a three-game series against Kansas City, and that's when the real fun begins. Or at least the head scratching.

The Sox are now 34-27 on the road, 24-32 at home, making them the only team in the American League with a winning record in visiting ballparks and a losing mark in their own house.

"Well, I'm concerned because we are going to have a lot of games back home, and (if) we don't turn this thing around, at the end of the season, we are going to suffer," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think we have to go there and relax and start playing better and start winning games there. You win a couple of games there and you start to build confidence at home."

Guillen was asked all week about different theories on the reason the White Sox have played so poorly in front of their home crowd, and the one that keeps coming up the most is the idea that two of the team's higher-paid players, Alex Rios and Adam Dunn, have been so bad this year, the Chicago crowd turned on them early in the year with boos.

Dunn and Rios have said the right things, but they've also been visibly bothered by the booing, so much so that several players and coaches have gone on the attack of the fans that who voiced their displeasure with the two.

The Sox have scored almost 50 more runs on the road than home, which is very bothersome for Guillen, considering that U.S. Cellular Field is a hitters' park.

"That ballpark in Chicago runs pretty small in the summer, and I think hopefully we take advantage in all we got left," Guillen said. "I'm surprised. I think everybody in the lineup besides a few guys can hit the ball out of the ballpark. We have people who can put some numbers out there. Right now, they aren't doing it."

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