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Chicago White Sox Inside Pitch 2009-05-18


Chicago White Sox Inside Pitch 2009-05-18
Greg Walker didn't really know how to react to the latest vote of confidence coming from the mouth of his manager on Friday night.

Then again, the White Sox hitting coach has been doing his best to block out all of the talk and speculation concerning his job security since last season.

"It hasn't entered my mind and it didn't enter my mind," Walker responded. "Unless it becomes an issue in the press and you guys come over and ask me something, force me to think about it, it's just something ... there's too much stuff going on with this team. There is too much work to be done to sit around and worry about that."

It was following the 8-3 loss to the Jays on Friday that Ozzie Guillen went out of his way to say, "Whoever wants to blame Walk out there, they better not waste their energy because it's not Greg Walker's fault."

So whose is it? Don't ask Walker, who said he's in the "picking up the pieces business" these days, not the finger-pointing business.

"Anybody in this game, when your team plays poorly, if you don't care then you shouldn't be in the game," Walker said. "You stay focused on work. That's the attitude we took last year, and it got turned around. The thing that gets lost last year, not that I want to dwell on last year, but the same situation has risen again, where we had to make a nice comeback (offensively) last year, and ended up winning, as well as finishing in the top five in runs scored. That gets lost in the equation a lot. All that gets remembered is last April and May.

"We went into this spring looking to eliminate the slow start. We worked harder, I don't know if that was a mistake or not, but we felt like we would concentrate on the little things, the situational hitting, and we put more work into it than I would venture to say we ever have. But we are where we are and we move forward."

The Sox entered Sunday's game with the Jays near the bottom in almost every major offensive category, including 10th in home runs and 12th in walks, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. They were dead last in runs scored.

BLUE JAYS 8, WHITE SOX 2: Following an 8-2 loss to Toronto on Sunday, the fading South Siders have now lost four straight, as well as nine consecutive games to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre -- their longest losing streak to an opposing team on the road since they lost 10 straight to Oakland between 2001-03.

The Sox came out aggressive, with new leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik slapping the ball to opposite field for a double, leading to two first-inning runs, but that was it. The Sox did have baserunners at second with no outs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, wasting each opportunity.

INSIDE EDGE: If the Sox do become sellers in late June or early July, GM Ken Williams has two big chips to play on the trade market in RF Jermaine Dye and RH closer Bobby Jenks. Both Dye and Jenks were involved in trade rumors during the winter meetings, and would bring back the most value should Williams decide the season is getting away from the Sox.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 18, 2009

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