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White Sox hope Liriano's no-hitter represents rock bottom

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Just when it seemed as if the White Sox offense couldn't get any lower, along came Francisco Liriano on Tuesday night. Entering the game with a 9.13 ERA, the Twins left-hander no-hit the White Sox in a 1-0 win.

It was also the fourth time Chicago has been shut out, so pressure continues to mount on a front office that spent $127 million to compete for a division title.

"That's the way we roll, I guess," manager Ozzie Guillen responded, when asked about being no-hit by a struggling pitcher like Liriano. "As a manager, I just take it as a loss. As a player, they might take it a different way. I wasn't in the lineup. What can you say as a manager, 'Let's go!' They have to go out there and perform."

That's something the hitters haven't done this season. Guillen has tried different lineups, demoting hitters down in the lineup and flat-out benching guys, but nothing seems to be working.

"They made this team to win," catcher Ramon Castro said. "This is a low point. We're not playing the way we're expected to, but we're human. Hopefully, we can make this thing better."

Most franchises in this situation would go ahead and offer up the hitting coach to appease a fan base that is completely disgusted with the product on the field, but the Sox aren't most franchises. General manager Ken Williams said several times that the players need to play better and it falls on them.

They seem to understand that fact.

As far as what Guillen might try next to get the offense going, he didn't have a real answer.

"If I give a day off, we will have to forfeit because everybody in the lineup is very bad right now," Guillen said. "No, tomorrow we are going to do it the same way. We have to keep battling. This game for the White Sox is a loss. For history, it's a no-hitter, and very, very well done."

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