--LHP Matt Thornton will still get a chance to close games, but according to manager Ozzie Guillen, he won't be alone. The southpaw blew his first three save opportunities, although his defense didn't help him in two of those games. That still didn't change the fact that Thornton has struggled in his new role so far. "The closer situation: Whoever is going to be out there is the closer," Guillen said. "I don't want to come here every day and explain to you guys if (Thornton) is a guy I still believe in. Yes, I still believe in him. I still have a lot of faith. I think he can do the job. In the meanwhile, it's my job to win games, and I will put the guys in there who can do the job on that particular day." Tuesday's extra-inning win made it so the Sox didn't need a closer.
--DH Adam Dunn was back in the starting lineup Tuesday, just one week after the veteran slugger had an emergency appendectomy in Kansas City. Dunn began taking batting practice over the weekend, but he was still experiencing some soreness and feeling pain when he ran the bases. The signs were there Monday, however, that he could return soon, as he was preparing to pinch-hit for the Sox in the ninth inning. With Dunn back in the lineup, CF Alex Rios returned to the sixth spot in the order. Dunn singled in the fifth inning, and he finished 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
--OF Lastings Milledge, who was designated for assignment last week, cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Class AAA Charlotte. Manager Ozzie Guillen told Milledge that he still had value in the eyes of the organization before he was DFA'ed, and Guillen was hoping that Milledge would accept the assignment. After the Sox had back-to-back extra inning games in Kansas City, it became apparent to them that they needed 12 pitchers instead of the 11 they were carrying. It was a numbers game in which Milledge lost. Once things get situated with the pitching, however, Milledge could be a call-up.
--LF Juan Pierre has made several defensive mistakes late in games to hurt the Sox, but manager Ozzie Guillen said there was no plan in place to use a defensive replacement for Pierre just yet. Pierre actually received praise from Guillen last season for his defense, and with Brent Lillibridge and Mark Teahen the possible subs, it isn't as if they would be putting a Gold Glove winner out there in Pierre's place. If Pierre's struggles do continue, however, that plan could change.
--LHP John Danks is the right guy for the White Sox to have on the mound for Wednesday's series finale with Oakland if history has anything to do with it. Danks is 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six career starts against the Athletics and 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA against Oakland in four starts at U.S. Cellular Field. It will be the southpaw's third start of the season.
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