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--GM Ken Williams told the Sun-Times in a text on Wednesday that all the waiver claim rumors were more unfounded than reality, and that proved to be true by Friday. Not only did the Sox not put in a claim to get Jim Thome, who ended up in Cleveland, but also did not pursue Jason Kubel. Not that anyone should be surprised, considering what Williams said to the media less than two weeks ago, during a homestand. "I've made no secret about it quite a while that we are limited from a payroll standpoint at this point and time," Williams said. "We haven't earned our fans' patronage enough to put us in that position, and that's nobody's fault except our own."

--C A.J. Pierzynski did take a limited batting practice on Friday, but because of a schedule mix-up it was cut short. It wasn't a setback for Pierzynski and his fractured left wrist, however, with the veteran still on pace to get some more work in with the big-league team over the weekend, and then head out for his rehab assignment with Class AAA Charlotte by Monday. Pierzynski is scheduled to come off the DL by Sept. 2, and return to the starting lineup if there are no setbacks.

--Manager Ozzie Guillen was very critical of Cleveland fans for booing Jim Thome in the almost four seasons he spent with the Sox, and praised the slugger for waiving his no-trade clause to return to the town that loved him and then turned on him. "That's why there's only one Jim Thome in baseball," Guillen said Friday. "And I tip my hat to him. I have more respect for him than ever. And thank God Cleveland people forgot very quickly... But I'm happy for Cleveland fans to give him a welcome the way they should. They should forgive him for what happened (leaving for Philadelphia in free agency). They should be embarrassed about booing this man for no reason. Now they have him back, and hopefully Jim will play good for them."

--DH/1B Paul Konerko is starting to get the feeling that his injured left leg might need the offseason to fully heal. The team captain was hit in the left leg back on July 31, and the deep bone bruise also led to some nerve damage in the area. He missed a few games, was brought back in the DH role, and the hope was he would get back to playing first base by last week. That hasn't happened, as manager Ozzie Guillen has kept him in the DH role. "I get out of bed and walk around and just know by doing some daily things where it's at," Konerko said of the progress, or lack thereof. "We're moving in the right direction, but (the healing is) a lot slower than I thought it would be."

--C Tyler Flowers continued getting a majority of the work behind the plate in A.J. Pierzynski's absence, and it will stay that way over the next week, as Pierzynski has Sept. 2 scheduled for his return from the DL. Donny Lucy was given one start so far since being called up, and will likely get a second one either Saturday or Sunday, according to manager Ozzie Guillen. But the way Flowers has played, the Sox want to ride him out until Pierzynski returns. Even when Pierzynski returns, expect Flowers to still get some work.

2.32 -- The ERA for Sox starting pitcher John Danks since June 6, which is the fourth-lowest in the American League since that time.

"I'm not saying I'm Pudge Rodriguez back there, but I've definitely improved over the years. I'm still a work in progress. There are a lot of things I wish I did better, to be a better overall catcher. Those are things you probably don't quit in your career until you retire." -- Catcher Tyler Flowers, on his improvements this year.

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