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Day 1 for Rios

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Rios.jpgSEATTLE - Day 1 for Alex Rios with his new team was about Ozzie Guillen relaying to him a very simple team philosophy: "[Bleep] feelings, it's all about winning,' '' the White Sox manager explained Tuesday. "That's what we do here. We hurt your feelings, that's easy, call your agent, your agent will call [general manager] Kenny [Williams] and then Kenny will do something about it.''
Welcome to the South Side, Mr. Rios. Now buckle up and enjoy the ride.
Rios got the early wake-up call in New York, and made the cross-country track into Seattle, with his first order of business to meet with Guillen about how the club planned to juggle four starting outfielders in three spots.
"I talked to him about our situation, talked to him about our players,'' Guillen explained. "He has to help me in different ways. He has to play left field, right field, center field. He might not have to every day, but it's just to make sure that everybody here gets playing time. The only way they're going to get playing time is if Alex helps me do that. He agreed and had no problem. I think he knows what we want and where we come from, and hopefully my headache will be a good one.''
Rios will make his first start for the Sox Wednesday night, after the Sox acquired him in a waiver claim from Toronto Monday afternoon.
Admittedly, even with Rios hearing the rumors that the Jays were looking to unload him, the idea of changing teams was still settling in.
"I think it will take a little time to get to know everybody and feel comfortable,'' Rios said. "Besides that, it's baseball.
"I'm a big fan of the city of Chicago. It's going to be great because we have a chance to go to the playoffs and it will be great. I've never been in the playoffs so it will be a good experience.''
A few more questions were answered in Rios' arrival as well, specifically what will happen when he starts for Podsednik? According to Guillen, either Rios or Jayson Nix will leadoff, after they ruled out removing Gordon Beckham from the No. 2 spot.
The other question was Rios' jersey No. 15, which is worn by Beckham. Rios didn't seem bothered by taking a new number and went with 51.
"I've used 51, 61 in winter ball one year,'' he added, "so it's just a number.''

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There's a simple salution for Rios. Send a extra out filder down,or trade him.I know it will be hard to send the man that saved the perfect game,but thats now in the history books.We need those other outfilders.Or,let Big Jim Tome go.,and use Carlos at DH Sometime. I think the latter is the best way to go....THATS MY TWO CENTS.

There's a simple salution for Rios. Send a extra out filder down,or trade him.I know it will be hard to send the man that saved the perfect game,but thats now in the history books.We need those other outfilders.Or,let Big Jim Tome go.,and use Carlos at DH Sometime. I think the latter is the best way to go....THATS MY TWO CENTS.

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