Guillen to fans: We’ll make it up to you
By DAryl Van Schouwen firstname.lastname@example.org May 15, 2011 10:16PM
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 15: Alexei Ramirez #10 of the Chicago White Sox rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 15, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) R:\Merlin\Getty_Photos\GYI0064749317.jpg
Updated: June 17, 2011 12:35AM
OAKLAND, Calif. — Before the White Sox finished their nine-game road trip with a victory against the Oakland Athletics and ace Trevor Cahill on Sunday, manager Ozzie Guillen called it a “huge’’ game. A win would mean series triumphs in Seattle, Anaheim and Oakland; a loss would mean a 5-4 record instead of 6-3.
The Sox got the win and head to U.S Cellular Field, where they were 1-5 on their last homestand.
Guillen had this message for Sox fans: Stick with us, we’ll try to make it up to you.
“Hopefully, we go home and play better for our fans,’’ Guillen said. “They deserve that. We owe them one after that last homestand. Hopefully, we continue to play the way we’re playing now.’’
The homestand for the Sox (17-24) includes two games against the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians (24-13).
Mark Teahen (strained right oblique) will go through drills before tonight’s game, then a decision will be made on whether he goes on the disabled list. Teahen’s injury is one that often doesn’t heal quickly and can drag on.
If Teahen goes on the DL, it could open a door for outfielder-corner infielder Dayan Viciedo, who’s batting .315 with five home runs and 32 RBI for Class AAA Charlotte.
“What we’re most desperate to get, we’ll get,’’ Guillen said. “But you’re going to bring an infielder, it’s going to be Viciedo. That’s my thought. But you look around, and where am I going to play him? He’s got to play every day. But I got to sit down and see with [general manager] Kenny [ Williams] and discuss what we need the most.”
Just like old times
Tom Paciorek, the Sox’ color analyst on TV broadcasts from 1988 to ’99, rejoined Hawk Harrelson for the series in Oakland, which Steve Stone took off.
“It reminds me of about 15 years ago,’’ Paciorek said. “We haven’t missed a beat.‘’
Paciorek worked eight games last season, five on radio and three on TV, but “this year has been special because I didn’t do any games with Hawk last year. He has taught me a lot about this business. He hasn’t lost a beat.
“I think it’s been great. We can needle each other just like we did in the past.’’
Adam Dunn played first base and started a 3-6-1 double play to end the second inning.
“He will play [first] more than people think,’’ Guillen said, especially later in the season when Paul Konerko might welcome more rest.
Dunn was still scratching his head after the game about a ball he hit down the right-field line, past diving first baseman Daric Barton. Because of a defensive shift, second baseman Mark Ellis was able to field it and throw Dunn out at first.
◆ Coco Crisp’s 11th and 12th stolen bases made opponents 37-for-42 stealing against the Sox. Crisp’s second steal, with Jesse Crain pitching in the seventh, put him in scoring position on Barton’s two-run single that cut the Sox’ lead to 4-3.
◆ Because of the Indians’ rained-out games Saturday and Sunday, the Sox will face Justin Masterson and Fausto Carmona when Cleveland visits U.S. Cellular Field.