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Guillen: Humber must stay in rotation

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SEATTLE -- If Jake Peavy returns to the White Sox rotation next week, he won't be moving Phil Humber out of it.

"He's staying in the rotation,'' Guillen said after Humber received a no-decision with two runs allowed over seven innings in a 3-2 loss to the Mariners on Friday night. "He has to stay. I don't think we are going to see anything different. When Jake comes in the rotation, we will talk to [general manager] Kenny [Williams] and Coop [pitching coach Don Cooper] to see what we are going to do. But this kid has earned and deserves to be in the rotation.''

Humber lowered his ERA to 2.97 and left with the score tied 2-2. He struck out four and walked three. In his six starts, Humber's ERA is 2.65.

"Just awesome,'' Guillen said. "Great job, and this kid throw the ball well. He's doing more than we thought he would do. I'm very excited for him. Hopefully next time we can score some runs for him. It's a problem we have.''

When told of Guillen's vote of confidence, Humber said, "I don't think about that but I feel like you earn your opportunities and every time you go out there it's a chance to earn another one. Whatever happens, I'm fine with. I told Coop the other day, whenever they give me the ball as a starter or reliever, whatever it is, I'll go out there and do the best I can with it. I don't really worry about what anybody else is thinking.''

Humber was dealing with the effects of a virus and wasn't at his best physically. He said he didn't feel like his legs were under him until the fifth inning.

"I've kind of been under the weather the last couple of days and I didn't have a whole lot to begin with but I felt like I kind of got in a groove in the middle innings here and made some pitches when I needed to,'' he said. "There were some good defensive plays behind me. They hit some balls hard that were right at people. But we had a chance to win the game and as a starting pitcher that's kind of all you can ask for. Obviously I wish I would have given up one run instead of two.''

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