08/29/10 7:16 PM ET
Andruw wants to play five more years
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
The problem for Jones is that in order to produce optimum results, the veteran feels a need to get consistent at-bats. If the White Sox work out a deal for Manny Ramirez in the next three days, though, Jones won't be getting many at-bats in September, let alone worrying about next year.
That potential playing time change won't sway Jones' positive feelings about the organization presenting a chance to prove himself all over again this year.
"Hopefully, I can be here because we have good chemistry going," Jones told MLB.com. "You know, I would love to play more [this season], but I knew when I signed my contract here, I know what my role was going to be.
"I accepted it. I would like to be here again and be a part of the Chicago White Sox. Hopefully, we can finish strong and make the playoffs and get on a streak."
Jones reached base five times in Saturday's 12-9 loss to the Yankees, including his 18th home run, earning him another start Sunday afternoon, where he finished 1-for-4. His final 2010 numbers should end up slightly better than his .214 average, 17 home runs and 43 RBIs with Texas last year, but Jones has made a larger contribution with the White Sox.
His April offense helped the team survive early, and Jones clearly has shown how his defense has not fallen off in any of the three outfield spots.
"Last year, I didn't get a chance to be on the field. I didn't even play center field, the position I always play," Jones said. "Everybody knows me as playing defense.
"There were a couple of big years I had, where I hit 40 or 50 home runs, and everybody was like, 'He's a home run hitter.' The main thing I do is being consistent throughout my career. I'm usually around .250 or .260, with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. That's what I wanted to do. As injuries fall in and I'm not getting a chance to play consistently, the numbers drop.
"Everybody says he's getting old or he's losing it," said the 33-year-old Jones. "There are things you have to work on and try to get yourself more consistent. Hopefully when you get the opportunity to play, you can get back on that roll. But I'm looking for another five years, and if I play consistently, I should be where I want to be."
Fisk offers White Sox stretch advice
CHICAGO -- During his 24 big league seasons, Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk reached the postseason with Boston in 1975 and with the White Sox in 1983. Fisk knows a thing or two about what a team needs to survive during the stretch run to the playoffs and gave this simple piece of advice to the 2010 White Sox.
Take care of your own business.
"You can't be looking too far ahead or look at the scoreboard to see what the Twins do," Fisk said. "But it's also an individual thing.
"Take care of your own business. If I do what I can do, be it [Paul] Konerko, A.J. [Pierzynski], [Alex] Rios, [Carlos] Quentin, all those guys, they take care of what they are supposed to do, then it all adds up to a nice team effort.
"That's just staying in the moment," Fisk said. "You get outside that, in any sport, you get too far down the road or too far into the next play, the play happening right now won't work."
Ozzie ejected, but eschews argument
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected for the 24th time in his career and fifth this season when he argued a call made by first-base umpire Bob Davidson on a potential Brett Gardner double-play grounder in the ninth of Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Yankees. Actually, Guillen didn't do much arguing.
Guillen emerged from the dugout but was immediately waved off by Davidson. He threw his hands up in disgust and was ejected with his back turned to Davidson.
"I was tired all weekend about seeing that," said Guillen of the umpiring. "No matter what you say about them, they always have the right and the power to get you.
"I'm not going to waste my time talking about them. I'm not going to waste my time going out there arguing because you're not going to win."
Ozzie eager for relief reinforcements
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen sounded upbeat Sunday regarding the timely return of setup men J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton once their respective stints on the disabled list come to an end.
"Yes, I talked to Putz last night," Guillen said. "And Thornton threw a little bit on the side today and he said he feels better."
Thornton was placed on the disabled list with left elbow inflammation retroactive to Aug. 18, so he should be ready to pitch by next weekend's Boston series. Putz went on the disabled list Aug. 25 with right knee patella tendinitis.
While the White Sox struggle to keep their bullpen together, the American League Central-leading Twins have added closers Matt Capps and Brian Fuentes since the non-waiver Trade Deadline. But Guillen doesn't believe those two hurlers ultimately will put the Twins over the top.
"They talk about the closer, but they are a good ballclub," said Guillen of the Twins. "They are playing well. They get what they need. The players they acquired are playing good for them, the shortstop [J.J. Hardy] and second baseman [Orlando Hudson]. They have been very, very good for them.
"When they have a problem at third base, [Danny] Valencia resolves the problem. They have a problem with [Justin] Morneau and [Jim] Thome resolves the problem. They fix the problem very well with good players."
Harrell steps up in White Sox bullpen
CHICAGO -- One of the reasons the White Sox even had a chance to put together a ninth-inning rally on Saturday night was Lucas Harrell. The rookie hurler entered in the top of the frame with the bases loaded and one out, staring at a 12-7 deficit -- and Derek Jeter at the plate.
Harrell proceeded to strike out Jeter and get out of the inning with no more runs scoring. It was a solid relief showing for a pitcher who had worked out of Triple-A Charlotte's starting rotation throughout the 2010 campaign.
"Jeter is one of the best players to ever play the game, so it's a confidence booster to get a big strikeout against any guy like that," Harrell said. "When I came up here, they said be ready for anything. I was prepared for whenever I'm called upon."
Ozzie Guillen praised the work done by Harrell and Carlos Torres in long relief for saving his team's depleted bullpen. Guillen joked on Sunday how he hopes to see both Chris Sale and Bobby Jenks on the mound more frequently.
"I don't want Sale or Jenks to have a day off, because that means we are losing," said Guillen with a laugh.
Fan hit by liner during Yanks-White Sox
CHICAGO -- One of the 39,433 in attendance on Sunday, seated to the right of the Yankees' dugout, was struck squarely in the forehead by a Curtis Granderson foul line drive leading off the seventh inning. The man received immediate medical attention and left under his own power, with the injured area being iced.
No update was available concerning his condition immediately after the White Sox 2-1 loss.
Third to first
The White Sox fell to 20-21 in one-run games after Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Yankees. ... Paul Konerko extended his hitting streak to 10 games, hitting .512 during that stretch ... Gavin Floyd received fewer than three runs of support for the 10th time in his past 18 starts. ... Bobby Jenks has tossed 8 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. ... The White Sox are 1-48 when trailing after seven.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.