Teahen settling in at the plate
Third baseman adjusting to new club, new season
TORONTO -- There is a tendency for a player with a new team to try too hard to make a good impression on teammates and fans.It would be understandable if that is what happened to Mark Teahen in his first week of the season, when he went 1-for-14 with one RBI with his new team.
He says he is trying to stay loose at the plate.
"I've been told to try easy," he said before Tuesday's second game of the White Sox series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
The White Sox third baseman made up for the slow start on Monday night when he drove in three runs with three hits, including the game-tying home run in the ninth and the game-winning triple in the 11th.
It also looks a little worse when the slump comes early in the season.
"I think if you go through a bad stretch in the middle of the season, you have enough numbers that it doesn't affect [the batting average] that much," Teahen said, "Especially when it's your first week with a new team you want to do a little bit too much and, with hitting, minute changes can affect a lot. So I'm just trying to stay loose and let my body work how it's supposed to rather than go out and try and do too much and be tight and not let my body work.
"I think early in the year you want to get off to a good start and switching teams and wanting to impress your teammates and the city or whatever right away. Luckily it's a long season and you can settle in."
Andruw slugs way into lineup
TORONTO -- After hitting his first two home runs of the season in Monday's game, Andruw Jones was back in the starting lineup again Tuesday night.Juan Pierre, who was the designated hitter on Monday, did not start on Tuesday. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen agreed when he was asked if Jones' performance gave him a pleasant problem filling out the lineup card. That's the way he likes it.
"I'll take that, [give] me a headache when I make the lineup," Guillen said. "That's what I want. It's about winning. I'm going to put the best lineup I think for that day."
Jones' homers tied him with Craig Nettles for 50th on the all-time list with 390. It was his 38th career multi-homer game.
Guillen not concerned about Peavy
TORONTO -- Right-handed starter Jake Peavy has two no-decisions and an ERA of 8.44 after two outings, including Monday's outing in which he was charged with seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.He escaped with a no-decision, though, as the White Sox won, 8-7, in 11 innings.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he sees no reason for concern.
"No, not really," he said. "He knows what he's doing. I think he's trying to do too much trying to make the perfect pitch. That's what I see from him. He's fine. As long as he's healthy, he's fine."
Guillen sticks up for Rios
TORONTO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen feels that fans have a right to boo. And the crowd at Rogers Centre has been booing former Blue Jays outfielder Alex Rios during the first two games of the series against Chicago."Fans pay a lot of money," he said before Tuesday's game. "Fans invest money to watch, to boo. When they boo you, you're important."
One of the reasons Rios is booed in Toronto could be because of an item that appeared on YouTube last year. It showed Rios in an exchange with a fan over an autograph that was not given. Guillen does have an issue with the way players are sometimes approached.
"One thing about it, I was kind of searching for what happened to Alex in Toronto," Guillen said before Tuesday's game. "I just [watched on] YouTube what happened. If you put yourself in Alex Rios' shoes, that kid was lucky it was not Ozzie. ... People sometimes think they can do whatever they want with celebrities. That's not right."
Rios made a public apology after the incident.
"If that was me, I [would not] apologize to anybody," Guillen said. "I think those people, they approached him in the wrong way. They were lucky they only got that from him."
Larry Millson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.