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Chicago White Sox

Stadium: U.S. Cellular Field | Manager: Robin Ventura
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
White Sox.250392934.15
AL Central Division4th2nd2nd4th
American League 9th6th6th11th

Notes, Quotes

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GM Williams puts blame for disappointing start on players, not coaches · Notes, Quotes · Roster Report
 

--RHP Sergio Santos might have taken the lead in the closer role for the Sox on Monday, as the second-year pitcher threw 1 1/3 innings in the win over New York to earn just the second save for the Sox this season. LHP Matt Thornton began the season as the closer, and then blew his first four save opportunities. Manager Ozzie Guillen had been hinting at Santos, and on Monday, he let him loose. As far as what's next for Santos, Guillen said, "We're going to see how he feels (Tuesday), and if the opportunity comes again, we'll see how he feels."

--LHP John Danks has every right to be as angry about the inconsistent Sox offense as anyone, considering the southpaw has given his team four quality starts in five starts this season after Sunday's loss in Detroit. Yet, Danks sits at 0-3 with a 3.27 ERA. Going back to 2010, the Sox scored three runs or fewer in 19 of Danks' starts, and he still finished with 15 wins. "You just have to move on," Danks said. "We aren't going to dwell on it. We know it's early."

--RHP Jake Peavy felt no soreness or experience any setbacks on Monday, after throwing what he called an "intense" bullpen session on Sunday. Peavy will throw once more with the team in the bullpen, likely on Wednesday, but will dial it back from what he did on Sunday. He will then make his fourth minor league rehab start, this time back with Class AAA Charlotte, on Friday. It's been a rocky road for Peavy since last July when he tore his right lat completely off the bone. He had surgery and was ready this spring, but he suffered rotator cuff tendinitis late in camp and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Then in his third rehab start last week, he left after just 15 pitches with inflammation in the repaired lat.

--Manager Ozzie Guillen has never backed down from taking the heat, and that didn't change on Monday. Guillen said that all of the talk about hitting coach Greg Walker and Don Cooper being on the hot seat was missing the real target. "If they're going to blame anybody on this ballclub for how bad we are, I take the blame," Guillen insisted. "I take full responsibility for my acts. I take full responsibility for what I think because I'm the one that writes the lineup. If somebody has to get fired here, it has to be Ozzie Guillen. It doesn't have to be Greg Walker. It doesn't have to be Don Cooper. It has to be Ozzie Guillen, because I'm the one who makes the lineups. I'm the one who tries to get the best from my players and I don't know how to do that right now." GM Ken Williams said no one is going anywhere.

--2B Gordon Beckham was back in the starting lineup on Monday, but it now seems that his demotion from the No. 2 spot in the order is a bit more permanent. Beckham entered the Yankees series with just two hits in his last 30 at-bats (.067), and was hitting .109 (5-for-46) in his last 13 games. There was no turnaround in the win over New York, as Beckham went 0-for-3, as his average is now at the .200 mark. SS Alexei Ramirez was given another shot in that No. 2 spot and went 1-for-4.

BY THE NUMBERS
2-12-1 -- The record for the White Sox against the Yankees in their season series the last 15 years, entering 2011.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I should have called (Boston and Tampa), they would have advised me not to walk in an airport. The (fans) tell me who I need to play, who I need to get, who I need to bench and blah, blah, blah. I gave them Ozzie's number and said, 'Call him.'" -- GM Ken Williams, on White Sox fans getting on him when he was at the airport on his way to New York on Monday.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGAlexei Ramirez , SS.282
HRJose Abreu , 1B27
RBIJose Abreu , 1B69
OBPAdam Dunn , DH.365
SLGJose Abreu , 1B.619
RJose Abreu , 1B47
SBAlexei Ramirez , SS14
WChris Sale , SP8
ERAJose Quintana , SP3.20
WHIPJose Quintana , SP1.24
KJose Quintana , SP100
SVRonald Belisario , RP8
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