Poetry in Pros: Guillen sleeping like a baby

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Poetry in Pros: Guillen sleeping like a baby

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Posted: 3:16 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

Mere hours after frustratingly suggesting that he blow the ballpark up rather than send out another pitcher to blow a save, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was eager to see how his team would respond to Fridays disheartening turn of events.

Good teams turn the page, Guillen said. I want to see how they show up today. Well see how good we are, how were going to show up today and keep fighting.

Despite his tempestuous reputation, the manager normally does a good job of keeping devastating defeats in perspectivebut last nights loss stuck with him for a bit.

There arent too many games I cant sleep, Guillen said. I promised my wife, Listen, Im not going to drink too much anymore. The season just started. So I had one drink. Losses are part of the game.

Undoubtedly Guillen was happy to know that closer Matt Thornton, who has blown both of his save opportunities this season, was keeping his head up and not planning on changing anything in his approach. But it didnt keep the jefe from cracking a joke at his embattled relievers expense.

Noooooooooooooo! Guillen exclaimed when told that Thornton would keep doing what hes always done. Please dont do the same thing! Matt, Matt, are you kidding me? Dont, dont!

Guillen basked in the chuckles, then buckled down for some real talk.

When the kid Kila Ka'aihue hit the base hit to left field to tie the game vs. Thornton on Wednesday in Kansas City, thats a bad pitchwhen you pound him in all night, and all of the sudden you go away and he just puts the bat on it for a base hit, Guillen said. Last night, the only ball I remember they hit hard off Thornton was the home run. Blooper, blooper, and we should have made a couple of plays in the field. Its not like people think, Wow, look he blew the game. He pitched good enough to not lose. The most important ball went out of the ballpark but besides that, we made five outs instead of three. Thats why I say, defense is very important in baseball. Youre not winning without defense, and last night we saw that. Did he pitch bad? No. Did he pitch good enough to lose? Yes, because he had a couple bloopersbut thats part of the game.

All the more reason for strength from the man in the big chair.

If Im going to come here with my down, Look what happened last night look, Im going to suck all my team in, Guillen said. No. Instead my attitude should be Hey, are we ready to fight today? If we lose today, we have to be ready to fight tomorrow. If we lose while fighting, I can sleep with that, I can live with that.

So, how did Ozzie sleep last night?

I slept like a baby: I woke up every two hours and started crying.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

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Today on CSN: White Sox face Athletics in spring training game

The White Sox will battle the Oakland Athletics today, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 3:05 p.m.

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White Sox ace Jose Quintana puts on a show in victory over Reds

White Sox ace Jose Quintana puts on a show in victory over Reds

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Those pesky, persistent trade rumors continue to be no match for White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana. 

The 2016 All-Star was outstanding on Thursday afternoon as he made his first Cactus League appearance in nearly a month. Still waiting on word if he'll be the team's Opening Day starter, Quintana pitched seven scoreless innings against a thin Cincinnati Reds lineup in a 4-2 White Sox victory at Camelback Ranch. 

Pitching in front of more than a dozen scouts, Quintana limited Cincinnati to two hits in a 79-pitch outing and struck out three.

"I just try to turn the page quick and keep going," Quintana said. "Never watch behind me and try to go ahead every time I can. I want to put my team in a good position to win games. It's good when you win games in spring training. It brings good energy for the season."

Quintana on Thursday followed the same format he did for Colombia against Team USA in the World Baseball Classic on March 10 as he retired the first 17 Reds hitters he faced. Even after he surrendered a hit, Quintana got back to work. Featuring a fastball that sat between 91-93 mph early, Quintana had Cincinnati hitters off-balance all day. After he exited the game, Quintana sprinted to the right-field bullpen to throw 15 more pitches as he continues to build arm strength.

The outing is more of the same consistency the White Sox have come to expect from their trusted lefty. It's also why they refuse to remove the high sticker price attached to Quintana, who has competed at least 200 innings the past four seasons with a 3.32 overall ERA in that span.

As Opening Day approaches, the White Sox continue to listen to offers for Quintana but have refused to budge on their price. Manager Rick Renteria said on Wednesday he needed a few more days before naming his starter for the April 3 opener, which suggests the team would still trade Quintana at this late date. But unless one of the team's suitors finally antes up, it's hard to believe that anyone other than Quintana would take the mound against the Detroit Tigers when the 2017 season kicks off at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Quintana is on target to pitch again Tuesday, though perhaps in a minor league game as the White Sox face Kansas City that day. His next turn would come on April 2, which would easily afford the team the chance to push him back one day. 

Giving Quintana the nod in the opener would be the latest honor bestowed upon him. Earlier this month, Quintana dominated the eventual WBC champion as he didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth inning. That performance came after an outstanding campaign in which Quintana finally appeared in an All-Star Game.

All of the above has Quintana feeling pretty good about his abilities. 

"I have confidence in me, and every time I go out there I just try to have fun and enjoy that time," Quintana said. "I spend good time with my teammates. Every time I go to the mound, I feel pretty good."

Nicky Delmonico homered and singled in a run in the victory for the White Sox. He drove in three runs and hit his third homer of the spring. Leury Garcia also had two hits and made a pair of nice defensive plays at second base.