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'Beat up' Guillen likes Sox' attitude
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff

The White Sox' Alexei Ramirez (10) celebrates with manager Ozzie Guillen, right, and Gordon Beckham after scoring on Jermaine Dye's single in the seventh inning Wednesday against Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field.


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Published: 7/22/2009 11:15 PM | Updated: 7/22/2009 11:16 PM

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White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he was "beat up" after Wednesday night's thrilling 4-3 win over Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field.

It was a good pain, especially after the Sox rallied with 3 runs in the seventh inning after the Rays pulled out Tuesday's win with a pair of runs in the ninth.

"This game's about attitude," Guillen said. "If you have the right attitude, it's going to be easier. I always say what happened last night doesn't mean anything today."

Making his major-league debut Wednesday, 26-year-old Carlos Torres started for the White Sox and fared pretty well, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks over 6 innings.

Filling in for injured John Danks (left index finger), Torres impressed Guillen by bouncing right back after allowing home runs to Pat Burrell in the fourth inning and Gabe Gross in the sixth.

"Great job," Guillen said. "We like him a lot."

After pitching in 159 games (67 starts) over six seasons in the Sox' minor-league system, Torres liked his first big-league start.

"I'm just happy to get out there and get the first one out of the way," Torres said. "It feels awesome. I'm just happy the organization gave me the opportunity."

After back-to-back shaky outings from Bobby Jenks, Matt Thornton got the opportunity to close Wednesday, and the hard-throwing lefty made the most of it.

Thornton worked the final two innings to earn the save, and he was able to pitch over a walk in the eighth and a pair of singles in the ninth.

"Lots of things went through our minds on the bench," Guillen said.

Octavio Dotel was ready to go in the ninth inning, but he doesn't hold runners well and that's why Thornton remained in the game.

As for the Sox' offense, they failed to come up with the big hit in Tuesday's 3-2 loss, but Scott Podsednik, Alexei Ramirez and Jermaine Dye all delivered in the seventh inning.

Ramirez tripled to score Gordon Beckham and Podsednik and tie the game after Tampa Bay center fielder B.J. Upton initially broke in on the ball and watched it sail over his head.

"It felt good," Ramirez said of the big hit through an interpreter. "My concentration is pretty good at the moment."

Dye's single scored Ramirez with the deciding run.

Best question: As struggling closer Bobby Jenks spoke to reporters before Wednesday night's game, starting pitcher Mark Buehrle joined the interrogation.

"Why do you (stink)?" Buehrle asked. Jenks didn't reply.

Medical wrap: After skipping Wednesday's start with a circulatory problem in his left index finger, John Danks is scheduled to meet up with the White Sox in Detroit Saturday and throw a bullpen session at Comerica Park.

If all goes well, Danks will start at Minnesota on Monday.

"He's fine," Ozzie Guillen said. "He's not going to die."

Bartolo Colon threw a bullpen Wednesday and is scheduled to rejoin the White Sox' rotation Friday and start Game 2 of a doubleheader at Detroit.

Freddy Garcia throws another bullpen before today's game against Tampa Bay. After that, the 33-year-old starter is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

Broken up: Aaron Poreda was in tears Tuesday night after being optioned back to Class AAA Charlotte.

Manager Ozzie Guillen talked with the rookie left-hander and assured Poreda he'd be back with the Sox.

"Poreda didn't get sent down because of his performance," Guillen said. "He got sent down because he wasn't used that much."

Guillen hopes Poreda continues pitching out of the bullpen with Charlotte.

"With the starting rotation we have, I don't think he's going to be a starter for us right now," Guillen said.