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Guillen gives pep talk after 12-0 drubbing

A veteran Chicago White Sox player said it best as he was leaving the downtrodden losing clubhouse on Wednesday night.

"Winners win and losers have meetings," he said.

After a 5-10 start, and a 12-0 drubbing by the Tampa Rays, manager Ozzie Guillen gave his team a pep talk after seeing some of his players hanging their heads and giving up at-bats.

"It's not easy going to the plate when you're 0 for 12, and you're hitting .190," Guillen said. "I'm behind them, my coaches are behind them. We believe they can hit. We believe they can have a good year. We're going to give them the chance and opportunity to do that."

The White Sox have lost five of their past six games, and admittedly are feeling the heat due to a poor start.

"Each person is different," second baseman Gordon Beckham said. "But people are pressing, I'm pressing a little bit no doubt. I'm pressing more because we're not winning games. It's not necessarily because I've been struggling, it's just been a case of we haven't been winning."

Guillen's message to the team was to believe in yourself and try to have fun.

"I thought it was good timing," Beckham said of the meeting. "I'm glad he did what he did. Hopefully we can come here [Thursday] and enjoy ourselves. This is baseball. People would kill to be in our position."

In summing up the White Sox season so far, first baseman Paul Konerko probably said it best on Monday.

"Nobody wins a division in April, but if you play poorly enough you can lose one," Konerko said.

  • Starting pitchers facing the White Sox for the first time in their careers are 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA this season.

  • Mark Buehrle suffered his first loss to Tampa Bay since June 1, 2008.

  • Buehrle recorded his 69th career pickoff in the loss on Wednesday.

  • Carlos Quentin is hitless in his last 20 at-bats and has two hits in his last 31. Beckham is 1 for his last 13. A.J. Pierzynski has one hit in his last 15 at-bats.