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Guillen heats up as Sox turn cold

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The Sox still have three more games left on this current three-city road trip, as they head to Boston after losing three-of-four in Toronto, and the big question is, will manager Ozzie Guillen's sanity make it to the end?

After a 14-inning loss to the Jays on Saturday, Guillen destroyed the chair and coffee maker in the visiting manager's office, before declaring that his team "stinks." The Sox responded with a 13-4 loss on Sunday, as Guillen found himself not only defending his passion, but the passion of the coaching staff, as the heat continued to get turned up on both.

"Like I said earlier, guys, the only reward we freaking have in this... career is winning," Guillen said. "When you're not winning, you're miserable. That's my life, that's my job, that's my passion for the job. The only (time) I get rewarded after the game is when we win. That's it. That's all we get."

Guillen and his staff have both been on the hot seat since mid-April, after the Sox spent a franchise-record $127 million on their 2011 payroll, and then adopted the "All In" campaign to excite fans this season.

The hope was that after a disappointing April, the team would start chipping away at Cleveland's lead in May, but there has only been further underachieving and now even more criticism from a disappointed Sox fan base.

"All the stuff in your mind, people don't appreciate it," Guillen said. "Why? Because we're getting paid to do this and you're not doing it, somebody else will? That's the people's mentality. Well, somebody wants to be a manager in the big leagues or somebody wants to be a coach in the big leagues? Well, there will be a line from here all the way to Oakland.

"Well, good. But when you put stuff together and you're dragging and your stomach is squeezing and you're sick to your stomach and (thinking) hopefully this thing works. And at the end of the day, it (doesn't) work, how do you think people are going to feel? People think I'm going to be here laughing and smiling?

"Nobody has more passion for the game than me. Nobody. I can put that on a scale right now."

GM Ken Williams was asked at the beginning of May if the coaching staff was in trouble, and responded with a text, "Wrong. Not even close." He has not discussed the matter since then, but likely will have to when the Sox return to Chicago for a weekend series with Detroit.

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