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White Sox' Rios back in lineup: "Let's move forward"

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DENVER - A day after getting pulled from the game for not hustling, Alex Rios was back in manager Ozzie Guillen's lineup when the White Sox played the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

Rios took his punishment, declined to say much about it and was pleased to be back in center field.

"I'm not going to comment on anything,'' Rios said before the game. "It happened last night, and what can you do. He [Guillen] had to do what he had to do and it's all good. Let's move forward.

"I'm not going to comment because I want to keep the distractions away from the game. We have to win tonight and the rest of the series.''

In Rios' second at-bat Tuesday, he fouled out to first baseman Todd Helton, who caught the ball near the line in front of first base. Rios lightly jogged about halfway up the line. After he flied out to right field his next time up, Guillen pulled him.

"I don't think I send the message to him. I just send the message to the team,'' Guillen said. "I think the worst thing that can happen to any manager is when the players don't play the game right. I'm a big baseball fan. We have people in the stands watching us play. As long as I'm here, I'm not going to let it happen.

"I don't have nothing against Rios. It's not that he's not playing today. He's back in the lineup. I expect better things. I never criticize my players for being 0-for-4 or striking out, but I will criticize my players when they're not playing the way they should be playing."

Despite going 0-for-3 Tuesday, Rios was 12-for-35 (.343) in his last nine games.

"I've been hitting the ball a little better,'' he said. "I hope to keep doing that and help the team win games. We have to win as many as we can. I'm hoping I can contribute somehow.

"When you're comfortable and have confidence in yourself, good things happen. I don't want to try and overdo things.''

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