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AL Central Watch: Aug. 11

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Here's a quick glance at what's happening around the American League Central.

La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune calls the Twins' loss in Kansas City on Sunday their worst of the season. The Twins return home to open a series against the Yankees. The Twins are 39-21 at home, but just like the White Sox, have looked like a different team on the road, going 3-3 on a trip to Seattle and Kansas City, facing two teams they should have handled with ease.

The Tigers better brace for turmoil. Gary Sheffield is now complaining about his role as designated hitter. This is the last thing manager Jim Leyland needs with his team barely hanging onto the fringes of the AL Central race. The Tigers still have plenty of interest in former White Sox right-hander Freddy Garcia. Have to believe that if Garcia really had anything left, the White Sox -- pushed by his good friend Ozzie Guillen -- would make a stronger push for Big Game Freddy.

Royals pitcher Zack Greinke dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension for hitting the White Sox' Nick Swisher and began serving it Sunday.

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I watched the game between White Sox and Red Sox on Monday and I feel the White Sox could have won by playing basic Fundamental ball.
Why does Ozzie forget about the bunt. Two situations come to mind...
First, when Cabrera came up to bat with runners on first and second,
with no outs. When he should be bunting, he swings away and we end up with runners on first and third by virtue of fielders choice and end up with 1 run. Later in the game, same situation only ends up in double play, inning over. Why do we not bunt anymore? Are some of our hitters that good they cant bunt? Does Ozzie feel bad for making them bunt? I cant count the number of times bunt situations have come up and we have not done it. This is the difference in at least 10 games during the year! Ozzie, I'm begging you, bunt the guys over!!

Simply put, the Sox need a 5th starter and the sooner the better. We appear to have been outbid for Paul Byrd on a straight money basis. Despite some off days, we need a fifth starter to give us a real chance of winning the Central Division. Its up to Ken Williams to provide another starting pitcher who is major league ready.

I refuse to believe the Red Sox outbid the White Sox for Byrd's services. There's got to be more to it. Maybe Byrd had veto rights on any trade & chose Boston instead.

Right now the WSox are playing a waiting game on Linebrink. He's got to be back before Sept to be on the playoff roster. If it looks like that won't happen I think Kenny will swing a deal to get another arm (possibly Washburn) just to fill the roster. We used El Duque out of the pen in 2005 so we might do the same w Washburn in 2008.

Hopefully Linebrink comes back strong so we don't have to worry. I'm not worried about the 5th starter because they have 3 off days in Aug & the roster expands in Sept. Callups can fill that roll (like they have in the past) w/out impacting the play off roster.

Ozzie, his coaching staff and Ken Williams are living on press clippings and the raw talent of some players. Guillen relies on bluster. The players do not appear to be coached in the fine points of baseball. Often the team and some players are totally lackadaisical. Guillen's management of the pitching staff is inane. Certainly, Cooper deserves credit for numerous pitching disasters. Instead, Guillen blames the pitchers themselves. Harrelson & Jackson understand the game better than Guillen and his coaches. As for Williams, getting Griffey while so many quality ballplayers went elsewhere says it all. Even Griffey tried to educate Williams, but ignorance and arrogance are symbiotic. If the White Sox go anywhere this season, it will be no fault of the Guillen, etc. Tonight's game against Oakland was disgusting. I am sure Guillen will blame everybody but himself.

dgh

What would you have liked Kenny to do?

You act as if you can simply make trades with ease. That isn't how it works.

Seriously. Who would you have got?

For what players? Josh Fields? Jerry Owens? Do you really think they are hot prospects?

Poreda? Do you just unload you top prospect? Then for who?

Frankly, the Griffey deal was a solid attempt, for we all know what he can do if healthy.

The loss? A can't field 2B and a long reliever.

You also fail to give Kenny any credit for the moves he already made, chiefly Quentin and Ramirez.

And after Sunday, it looked to me that they may have lost nothing with Gio.

I'm also certain you were one of the people complaining about Ozuna.

As far as lackidesical play, I fail to see who you are talking about. This team hustles.

The problem is, they are slower. That impacts defense and offense.

But Ozzie has done a good job of dealing with his deck.

If major leagues are not giving effort, there is nothing a coach can do but get in their face and tell them to try harder.

They aren't little leaguers.

Do you know what bother's me the most about Chicago's media? They write as if the White Sox need to be apologetic for leading the majors in HR. HR's should be the most celebrated offensive feat in MLB. Yet when you read the Times or the Trib it's as if the White Sox have to apologize for them. It's absurd. The sports writers in this town should be ashamed of themselves.

At 71-53, the WSox need to hit the gas now. They will face SEA, TOR, TAM, CLE, DET, LAA at home & BAL, BOS, NYY, CLE, KAN, & MIN on the road. Yes it's a tough schedule, but it's also one that affords them the opportunity to ascend to the top & earn home-field adv in the playoffs.

Do you know what bother's me the most about Chicago's media? HR's should be the most celebrated offensive feat in MLB. Yet when you read the Times or the Trib it's as if the White Sox have to apologize for them. It's absurd. The sports writers in this town should be ashamed of themselves.

At 71-53, the WSox need to hit the gas now. They will face SEA, TOR, TAM, CLE, DET, LAA at home & BAL, BOS, NYY, CLE, KAN, & MIN on the road. Yes it's a tough schedule, but it's also one that affords them the opportunity to ascend to the top & earn home-field adv in the playoffs.

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