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Schedule break: Royals, O's next
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 8/19/2010 9:52 PM

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MINNEAPOLIS - After playing the Twins six times in the last nine games, the White Sox are catching a break in the schedule.

They play three games against the fourth-place Royals in Kansas City this weekend, then return home for three games against the Orioles, who have the worst record in the American League.

Sox manager Ozzie Guillen isn't expecting either the Royals or Orioles to be easy prey.

"They kick our butts, too," Guillen said. "We lost two of three the last time we faced Kansas City (at Kauffman Stadium). And Baltimore just abused us. I look at the rest of the games we've got, everyone is tough no matter who we face. I said at the all-star break, from now on this separates kids from men. You will be tired, mentally and physically. The grind we put up with for two months straight can get to you."

The Sox' current slide started with three losses in four games at Baltimore in early August.

"You have to take care of yourself on and off the field to get where you want to get," Guillen said. "I can't say we should beat Kansas City or Baltimore because they always play good against us. When we faced Baltimore, they were playing very well. Hopefully they cooled off a little bit. But every game is so important for us, and now more. Now, we're chasing someone and the people we chase are pretty good."

Frank TV: Frank Thomas is going to fill in for Steve Stone in the White Sox' TV booth this weekend. On Aug. 29, the Sox are going to retire Thomas' uniform No. 35 before playing the Yankees.

Just messing around: Tempers have been running a bit high between the White Sox and Twins, but there was nothing to Orlando Hudson shoving Juan Pierre after the Sox' leadoff man stole second base Wednesday night.

Hudson and Pierre are close friends and they were teammates on the Dodgers last season.

"We are always nudging each other," Pierre said. "It was just a joke. I know the first time we played here, people thought we were really going at it."