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White Sox can't hold lead against Twins
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 7/29/2008 10:12 PM | Updated: 7/29/2008 10:57 PM

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MINNEAPOLIS - Ozzie Guillen probably is getting tired of the daily question from the media: What are you going to do about Paul Konerko?

Guillen is definitely tired of hearing about the touchy topic from White Sox fans.

As a matter of fact, Guillen was fed up with just about everything before the Sox blew a 4-0 lead and lost to the Twins 6-5 Tuesday night at the Metrodome.

The White Sox have lost three straight, and Minnesota, which has won three straight, is now just a half-game out of first place in the AL Central.

Guillen is sure to get more negative e-mails after the Sox' latest loss.

"I don't understand the people out there,'' Guillen said. "I don't get it. I sit with (general manager) Kenny (Williams) and we try to do stuff, and all of a sudden we get pounded like we don't try or don't care or do good for the fans or for us. And I don't get it. I trust my players. I think they're good talent and will play hard for us.''

In spring training, Guillen said he would run naked down Michigan Avenue if the White Sox won the World Series.

On Tuesday, Guillen altered that plan.

"Hopefully the result will be the right one, because if we win this thing, Billy Martin, Earl Weaver, all those guys will be on diapers with what I'm going to say, because I'm going to rip a lot of people's hearts,'' Guillen said.

"Because enough is enough. What are we going to do to satisfy people? I'm going to say bad stuff about my players?'''

Konerko has been in the eye of the latest storm, but the Sox' captain did get a hit in his final at-bat Tuesday.

While Konerko's batting .213, Guillen still hasn't made a decision on whether or not to bench his first baseman for an extended period.

"I tell my players every day, 'Give me some bullets to fight for you,' '' Guillen said. "Everything I do in this town is fight for my players. And everyone likes to hammer and hammer and hammer how horse (bleep) I am.

"Check my record as a manager. If the people think I don't want Konerko to be good and make my life easier, not my game, my life . . . and I don't want (Nick) Swisher to be good?

"I want all those guys to be good, I'll be great. If they're bad, I'm the one who will take the consequences and I'll take the blame.

"But I hate people think we're just sitting here and putting people on the field because I'm afraid of Konerko or he's making $20 million or this guy's making money.

"I don't give a (bleep) what they think. I'm going to put the best guy there and see what happens.''

The White Sox had a 4-0 lead in the fifth Tuesday, but the Twins chipped away like they usually do and took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the inning on Justin Morneau's 3-run double off rookie starter Clayton Richard.

"It was a couple of bloopers and the big boys get up there,'' catcher Toby Hall said. "But (Richard) did great. I think every time he goes out there, he's going to keep getting better.''