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Guillen huge fan of Pedroia
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/1/2008 12:04 AM

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BOSTON - When White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen called rising Red Sox star Dustin Pedroia a "jockey" on Saturday, he did so with affection.

"I'm a big Pedroia fan," Guillen said after the White Sox beat Boston at Fenway Park on Sunday. "I love the way he plays. If 90 percent of the players played the way this kid plays, I will (buy) a ticket to watch baseball. It's not all home runs and power pitching. The way he plays, that's the way people should be playing every day. I admire him because of his size - he's got a heart bigger than anybody in this game."

The 5-foot-7 Pedroia was 8-for-8 with 2 walks in the first two games of the series, and the Red Sox' second baseman blooped a single to right field in his first trip to the plate Sunday.

In the third inning, Pedroia was finally retired on a groundball to White Sox starter Gavin Floyd. Guillen retrieved the baseball and jokingly motioned across the diamond for Pedroia to sign it.

In the bottom of the ninth, Boston trailed 4-2 with two on and two outs when Pedroia came up. Did Guillen think about walking the Red Sox' new cleanup hitter?

"No, because I'm not going to put the go-ahead run on first base," Guillen said. "If I do it, I'm stupid. If somebody else does it, they're a genius. And I'm not a genius."

Pedroia (1-for-4) flied out to left fielder Carlos Quentin to end the game.

"It's about time we got that guy out," Guillen said. "They were important outs, too. He had an unbelievable weekend. He puts on a lot of pressure. He's the type of player that keeps coming and coming."

Logan's back: Before Boone Logan was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte on Aug. 10, Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had some pointed words for the floundering relief pitcher.

"The only thing I don't like is his body language in the clubhouse or the dugout," Guillen said at the time. "You have to go out there and bounce back. That's the difference between good and bad players."

Logan had a 1.95 ERA in his first 36 games with the White Sox this season, but he quickly fell out of favor while allowing 17 runs on 24 hits over 8 innings.

After allowing 6 earned runs in 9 innings with Charlotte, Logan rejoined the Sox on Sunday.

"It means a lot to me to come back up here and be where I was at the beginning of the year," Logan said. "I know that I can do it and that's what they're counting on. I'm just going to do my part and help these guys out so we can get to the playoffs."

If the White Sox advance into October and Logan regains his old form, he'd be eligible for the playoff roster.

"Getting sent down was good because I could get back to being me, getting back on track," Logan said. "It was a good move on their part. Now I'm back here and I'm just going to be me and hopefully succeed like I did at the beginning of the year."

Logan wasn't offended by Guillen's harsh words before being sent down.

"Ozzie's going to be Ozzie," Logan said. "It's fine to hear that. It was a wake-up call to me and just adds fuel to the fire. And I take it as a positive and go out there with that when I go to the mound."