--SS Alexei Ramirez was named the American League Player of the Week after hitting .417 with six doubles, a homer and nine RBI in the period that ended Sunday. That included his 4-for-5 showing against the Dodgers in Sunday's win. Several weeks ago, manager Ozzie Guillen was talking about getting Ramirez down in the order from the No. 2 spot, but that talk has died, especially because Guillen was considering the likes of Brent Morel in that second spot, and Morel is now in a third base-by-committee situation with Omar Vizquel and Dallas McPherson. Guillen just likes the fact that Ramirez and leadoff hitter Juan Pierre entered the Texas series 11-for-20 the last two games. "We need those guys to be there for the big boys," Guillen said. "It puts a lot of pressure on (opponents) when those two guys are on base." The two only combined for one hit in Monday's loss to Texas, however.
--Manager Ozzie Guillen knows all about what Bulls forward Joakim Noah is going through, as Guillen also was fined for using a anti-homosexual slur directed at a local columnist year ago. So on Monday, Guillen spoke his mind on the topic. "Nobody took a look at why (Noah) said it," Guillen said. "He's not going to say that because he's crazy. Maybe some guy was playing with him and made him mad, and the first thing that comes to your mind is that word, even if you don't want to. That comes out very natural. You have to be careful what you do and what you say when you're an athlete and you're a public figure, because I bet you 90 percent of the people out on the street are using that same word he used and nobody cares about it. But that's the part I don't like about being a public figure, that people take advantage of that."
--INF Dallas McPherson was back in the starting lineup Monday, getting the starting nod at third base. Manager Ozzie Guillen, however, said he was looking to get Brent Morel back in the mix on this road trip, especially in Toronto, where Guillen feels a need to go with the best defenders possible on the fast turf. Omar Vizquel was given some rest, as the 44-year-old played a lot on the recent homestand. McPherson went 0-for-3, dropping his average to .182.
--RF Carlos Quentin was back in the starting lineup and went hitless Monday after missing two games with a bruised left knee. Manager Ozzie Guillen put Quentin back in his usual No. 5 spot of the batting order. Quentin was replaced by Brent Lillibridge in the two games he did miss, and Lillibridge was back on the bench for the start of the Rangers series.
--RHP Jake Peavy will once again have all eyes on him Tuesday, as the veteran makes his third start of 2011, fresh off a throwing a shutout last week. Peavy enters the outing against Texas 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA. The Sox are hoping to see Peavy continue to push forward since coming off the 15-day disabled list May 11 following his recovery from a torn right lat suffered last July.
BY THE NUMBERS
1.66 -- The ERA for the White Sox bullpen over the team's last 16 games. The group has allowed just seven earned runs in 38 innings.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I think he's had really one bad game. He's throwing the ball well, but we're not doing anything for him. We're not helping him. I tell him, 'It's not your fault, keep your head up.' He needs some help from the team." -- Manager Ozzie Guillen on John Danks now having an 0-7 record.
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