Ozzie: Embarrassment should spark Dunn, Rios
By JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org September 5, 2011 11:00PM
Chicago White Sox left fielder Juan Pierre follows through on an RBI-single against Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond during the second inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)
Updated: November 5, 2011 2:51PM
MINNEAPOLIS — There’s only one guarantee for both Adam Dunn and Alex Rios as far as 2012 is concerned, and that’s their contracts.
Dunn will have $14 million coming his way, while Rios collects a cool $12.5 million. The Sox are hoping they have the statistics to match those paydays.
“They did this to themselves,’’ manager Ozzie Guillen said when asked if he thought both players could turn dismal seasons around next year. “Everybody learns from mistakes. Now they have to work. … I’m not going to say Rios. Rios works hard every day. But I think the stuff they need to do in the offseason, when you get older, you’ve got to work a little bit more, a little bit harder. They owe it to themselves.
“I don’t think they should feel guilty about how much money they make, unless they want to. As the years go by, you get a little older, you have to take care of yourself a lot better.’’
Guillen knows Rios a little better than Dunn, but felt like both players should be motivated by embarrassment.
“I can say very sad in my point of view,’’ Guillen said of their seasons. “But they should be embarrassed. They’re human beings, they want to do good, they have pride. I hear comments. I don’t talk to them about it, but they make comments and when they do I think they feel bad with how they played this year.’’
Those April showers
Guillen said the season became a mental grind after the team’s start that left them 11 games under .500 on May 6.
“We dug ourselves a very deep hole early in the season and we climbed that way and almost was there and it seemed like we couldn’t climb anymore.,’’ he said. “I blame how we start.’’
Guillen gave Sergio Santos a save opportunity two days after he blew one by giving up two homers in Detroit, but Chris Sale had to rescue Santos with a one-out save in Game 1 Monday.
◆ Dunn, in an 0-for-16 slump, was 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a deep fly out in his first start since Aug. 29. Rios started Game 2 and singled sharply in his first two at-bats.
◆ Right-hander Dylan Axelrod was brought up from Class AAA Charlotte. Right-hander Tony Pena (right elbow tendinitis) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Axelrod, a 26-year-old control specialist, was 9-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 26 games for Class AA Birmingham and Charlotte this season.
Contributing: Daryl Van Schouwen