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Despite loss to Rangers, Sox sticking with roster ... for now
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Chris Ray, right, reacts after walking Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko with the bases loaded, scoring Gordon Beckham, background, during the sixth inning Tuesday.

 

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Published: 6/1/2010 10:50 PM | Updated: 6/1/2010 11:47 PM

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Scot Gregor's game tracker

Rangers 9, White Sox 6

Can't win for losing: The Sox are 4-18 in games after wins this season, including 1-13 in their last 14.

Bad night for Buehrle: Starter Mark Buehrle pitched 51/3 innings and allowed 6 runs on a season-high 12 hits. They lefty had a 131/3-inning scoreless streak until Texas got a run in the fourth.

Bad night for Kotsay: No. 5 hitter Mark Kotsay was 0-for-5 and left nine runners on base.

White Sox general manager Kenny Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen were actually spotted talking Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

And despite widespread reports to the contrary, Williams and Guillen are on the same page in at least one regard - they still believe the Sox can get on a roll and get back in the AL Central race.

Of course, those mutual feelings figure to quickly sour if the White Sox pitch as poorly as they did in Tuesday night's 9-6 loss to the Rangers in the opener of a nine-game homestand.

"You're not going to win too many games when you give up (19) hits," Guillen said. "That's almost impossible."

The Sox did come into the Texas series with series wins over Florida and Cleveland, along with a four-game split at Tampa Bay. And they apparently showed enough to again prevent Williams from doing some major housecleaning, at least for the time being.

"I don't have a deadline," Williams said. "I just hope we put together something that resembles a streak of some sort. But I don't have a date; I don't have a deadline.

"I still believe in these guys and the ability that they have. We just need to play better and be more consistent."

The Sox' offense is emerging from a deep slumber over the first two months of the season. Now the starting pitching is falling apart.

Mark Buehrle was the latest victim, allowing 6 runs on 12 hits in 51/3 innings. That lifted the left-hander's ERA to 4.84, which still isn't as bad as Jake Peavy (6.23), Gavin Floyd (6.02) and Freddy Garcia (5.26).

The White Sox staked Buehrle to a 4-0 lead after two innings, but he couldn't hold it.

The Rangers almost knocked Buehrle out earlier, loading the bases in the first inning and not scoring despite making him throw 34 pitches. Texas loaded the bases again in the fourth with no outs and managed just 1 run.

"It was a game of being bad from the get-go," Buehrle said. "I pitched out of some jams early, but when you're falling behind in the count and pitching out of jams, it's going to catch up to you. It was just a bad start."

It also was a bad start to a homestand Guillen deemed critical for the Sox.

"This is a big, big, big homestand for us," Guillen said. "We have like a month in Chicago. It's a big homestand. Hopefully we'll play well, and on this homestand we're going to show the fans, Kenny, (assistant GM) Rick (Hahn) and Jerry (Reinsdorf) how good we are - or how bad we are.

"Then they can start making decisions. To me, we're going to see if we are going to add or subtract people."

Williams has been an habitual adder, but the White Sox appear intent on breaking that habit this season.

"Listen, you've got June, July, August and September," Williams said. "I would hope that in the end the results will be more commensurate with the talent. I can't place any deadlines on that because I believe in these guys. I have no plans to do anything right now expect watch just like you guys (media).

"If there's a tweak that can come here or there if something makes itself available, then you know our history.

"The bottom line is, we need to score more runs than the other team, however that happens."