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Rios makes Ozzie's lineup gamble pay off

MINNEAPOLIS -- Say what you want about Ozzie Guillen -- and most people have -- but the White Sox manager got it right Saturday.

A day after Carlos Quentin hit two home runs against the Twins he was on the bench as a struggling Alex Rios got the start. The obvious reason was that Quentin was 0-for-17 in his career against Twins starter Carl Pavano.

It seemed like a huge gamble, though, especially for a White Sox team that has been in desperate search for offensive consistency.

Rios, who played center field while Alejandro De Aza moved to right field, made the move pay off when he delivered three hits. It was actually his fourth three-hit game of the season and first since June 25. He entered the contest batting .179 against right-handers this season.

“Alex has been swinging the bat good the last four or five games,” Guillen said. “He got a couple hits in Chicago, hit the ball hard. I’m glad. I’m glad to see that, he got a big stolen base.”