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Sox to remain loyal to sponsor BP
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 6/2/2010 10:30 PM

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Nothing has come easy for the White Sox this season, on or off the field.

As the Sox continue to slide in the AL Central, they are also preparing to play the Cubs at Wrigley Field next weekend and host the North Siders June 25-27 in the inaugural BP Crosstown Cup.

BP has been battered over an April 20 oil rig explosion in the Gulf that's caused the worst spill in United States history.

There has been speculation the Sox and Cubs are going to terminate their multiyear Crosstown Cup agreement with BP, but that does not look likely.

"Obviously, it's a terrible accident and what's happening in the Gulf impacts everybody," said Brooks Boyer, the White Sox' chief marketing officer. "We've had conversations about what's happened, but we want to be as loyal to BP as possible.

"Our sponsors are loyal to us when we don't live up to our expectations and we're loyal to our sponsors. We'll hold up our end of the deal."

Boyer said he expects to be partners with BP when the current deal expires in three years.

"We hope to extend it for 20 years or more," Boyer said.

This year, it looks like two bad teams are going to be playing for a Cup named for a bad sponsor.

"The Cubs and White Sox? That's a Cup for the worst team in town," Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We're going to play against each other to see who is the worst."

As for BP sponsoring the Crosstown Cup, Guillen didn't have much to say.

"I really don't think about it," he said. "I think they spent some money, they invested a lot of money."

On the mend: Sox closer Bobby Jenks did some running Wednesday and said his right calf is good to go.

Jenks has been out for a week with the same injury that bothered him at the end of last season and lingered into spring training.

"It's just a little different because there was no pop like the previous one," Jenks said. "So this is more frustrating than anything. Before, I went out there and felt it. This is more of a cramp that wouldn't release. I ran today, everything's good."

Jenks' fastball has been a steady 95-96 mph and he's saved seven games in eight opportunities. But the 29-year-old relief pitcher has a 6.35 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP.

"The only problem Bobby had was he was not throwing strikes," Ozzie Guillen said. "Like I said before, our bullpen is better if Bobby's the closer. Is Bobby going to be the closer all year long? I hope he is because it makes my life easier, he makes our coaching staff better and our pitching staff better."

One for the books: When Omar Vizquel stole second Tuesday night, he joined Ted Williams, Tim Raines and Rickey Henderson as the only players in major-league history to steal a base in four decades.

"Really? I didn't know that," Vizquel said. "Sweet. Pretty cool."

On the move: Top prospect Brent Morel played in his first game for Class AAA Charlotte Wednesday night and was 0-for-3 while batting fifth.

The third baseman was promoted from AA Birmingham after batting .324. The big knock on the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Morel is his lack of power. He hit only 2 home runs in 48 games with Birmingham.

Lineup scratch: Rangers slugger Vladimir Guerrero was scratched Wednesday after being hit above the left eye during batting practice. He was taken to a local hospital for tests and X-rays were negative.