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Sox out to franchise-worst start

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Ozzie Guillen returned back to his managerial seat on Sunday, after the skipper served a two-game suspension for an April 27 ejection in New York in which Guillen then went into his office and fired two tweets about the ejection and home-plate umpire Todd Tichenor.

Guillen didn't like Tichenor's strike zone and fired off, "This one is going to cost me a lot of money this is patetic (sic)." Soon after, he followed that Tweet up with, "Today a tough guy show up at yankee stadium."

Guillen said on Sunday that the punishment fit the crime.

"It was a very fair one," Guillen said. "It was good for baseball and myself, the integrity of the game. If MLB has made a good move the last 20 years, it was this one, because MLB hasn't made many good (decisions) the last 20 years. I'm part of baseball and a big baseball fan. When you throw rules away, well, that's not the rules."

More troubling for Guillen, however, was what he was returning to in the 6-4 loss to the Orioles. The 18 losses by the Sox in the month of April were a franchise worse. This for a team that spent $125 million for the payroll, with the hope of making a deep playoff run.

"I've said it for years, we don't need coaches or managers on the field, we need doctors and psychiatrists," Guillen said of his team's struggles. "That's the biggest problem in the game, not just (the) White Sox. You can coach them for so many hours, but all of a sudden, everything is in their head. I still have a lot of confidence in them, but it doesn't matter what I think, it's what they think. There are only so many times I can keep telling the fans it's OK.

"You know what we should do, just keep playing. Make sure you have good at-bats, make sure you get good pitches. It seems like everyone that faces us is a Cy Young Award winner. You see the lineup and there are a lot of guys struggling."

Starting with the big-ticket item from the offseason in Adam Dunn, who was not in the starting lineup Sunday. He did come in as a pinch-hitter and homer, but it was just his third of the year, and he was still hitting .171, while striking out 31 times in 75 at-bats.

"With Adam Dunn, I knew that would happen because he strikes out a lot, but he also gets out of it and gets hot," Guillen said. "That's what we have to see."

Guillen, along with general manager Ken Williams, have remained positive, but Guillen admitted that May has to get better -- and get better quickly.

"This is not the first time we went through this, but the last time we went through this, we regretted it later in the season," Guillen said. "To me, you're going to win 50 games, lose 50 games, it's what you do the other 62 games. We need to step up and start playing better baseball and I think that will happen."

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