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Swisher lauds Walker's help
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 6/10/2008 12:03 AM

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Greg Walker took the brunt of the blame when the White Sox were sputtering through much of the first two months of the season.

Maybe Walker should take a bow now that the Sox are mashing the ball. Nick Swisher thinks it would be appropriate.

"One big person I have to thank is Walk,'' the switch hitting Swisher said after homering from the left and right side during Monday afternoon's 7-5 win over the Twins. "I'm working so hard with him and getting that feel back. Somewhere along the way, I lost that confidence I used to have.''

Swisher was batting .201 after the Sox lost their third straight at Tampa Bay on June 1. After going 11-for-26 on the homestand, Swisher has upped his average to .228.

"I couldn't be happier,'' Swisher said. "You have to take the good times with the bad.''

Swisher also credited Toby Hall for his recent tear. He's been wearing the backup catcher's pants.

"They're coming with me to Detroit,'' Swisher said.

Pick me up: Sox starter John Danks was used to working with little or no room for error during the first two months of the season.

Against the Twins on Monday, Danks labored through 6 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits.

The left-hander received a no decision after the White Sox rallied back from a 5-2 deficit.

"The guys are swinging the bats great, and it's making our jobs easier,'' Danks said. "We're not really surprised because we know what they're capable of doing. It's been fun to watch.''

Danks never seems to have much fun pitching against Minnesota. In 3 starts against the Twins this season, the 23-year-old Texan has allowed 13 earned runs in 13½ innings.

"Today was a struggle for me, but it always seems that way against the Twins,'' Danks said. "I was fortunate to keep it close enough so the offense could come back. They're a scrappy bunch and you have to bear down all the time.''

Crede honored: Joe Crede was voted American League co-player of the week after batting .611 with 5 home runs and 12 RBI.

He shares the honor with the Texas Rangers' Milton Bradley, who hit .478 with 5 HR and 9 RBI.

The final word: Before Monday's game, Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was again asked abut his "motivational'' speech to his hitters after a disappointing June 1 loss at Tampa Bay.

The White Sox have responded with 7 straight wins.

"I'm not going to say the stuff in the papers when I'm not 100 percent right,'' Guillen said. "Not 99 percent right. I've got to be 100 percent right. When I see something I have to say it, for the good of the ballclub. Not for the good of Ozzie Guillen. Those players out there, they know I love them.''