Fishy times again for Sox in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has a new nickname for these no-name Minnesota Twins who have started to perform like their predecessors.

“These are the little sardinas here; they are [expletive] sardines,” said Guillen, who named the 2006 Twins “Piranhas” for how they attacked. “You see a bunch of midgets out there. But they can play.

“That kid who is the leadoff guy [Ben Revere] … pretty good. When you’re missing [Justin] Morneau, [Joe] Mauer, [Jim] Thome and [Jason] Kubel and you’re still winning games, you have to give those guys credit.”

Those sardines teamed up to drown the White Sox yet again Thursday in a 1-0 victory. In a series that was abbreviated to two games because of Tuesday’s rain out, the White Sox managed to score just once.

The White Sox were 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position during the series and in those situations they left 12 runners on base and hit into six double plays.

Gavin Floyd and Mark Buehrle both pitches well but in shades of April, they left with nothing to show for it as the offense sputtered.

“They do a good job of keeping the ball in the park and not walking a lot of guys, making you hit it,” said A.J. Pierzynski, who was about the only White Sox player who swung the bat well in the two games. “They play great defense, and their pitchers know that. In this park, you keep the ball down and they will get a lot of ground ball double plays. They didn’t make any mistakes.”

So what can Guillen do moving forward? He swore off shifting the lineup around to get the hot hand up higher in the order, and even if he tried it now he might not have anybody to move up that could make a difference.

“Now we go to the National League, and I don’t know what we will do,” Guillen said about the three-game series that starts Friday night at Arizona. “I will think about it on the plane today to see if we will move somebody up there. In the meanwhile, if you start changing the lineups and stuff, people think you’re panicking or the players won’t have confidence in you. I try to put the best lineup out there every day and hopefully we will score some runs.”

Looking on the field Thursday it seemed to be contrasting styles. The young Twins have learned steady play. The veteran White Sox are fumbling around with a new identity each week and most of those reincarnations are not good.

“We’re just inconsistent,” Buehrle said. “Everything is not clicking: hitting, pitching and defense. It seems like something isn’t always there. So inconsistency is all I can think of. But it seems like we play well for a week straight, and looks like we’re getting things turned around, and all of a sudden we don’t play as well. But you run into good pitching and a good team like this, you got to tip your hat.”