CHICAGO -- Mark Teahen finds himself tied with shortstop Alexei Ramirez with a team-high five errors. But the White Sox third baseman believes an adjustment within his on-field timing will help him comfort-wise in this return to full-time defensive work at the hot corner.
"I've been working to make my pre-pitch a little shorter so I feel like I'm on time and ready for every ball," said Teahen, talking about his pre-pitch movement. "I've felt in between and uncomfortable. It's a matter of getting the reps and trying to get that feel of being on time and ready to react to anything. I haven't felt that way lately."
Teahen has struggled more on grounders hit down the line, as opposed to his glove side.
"Just talking with [bench coach] Joey [Cora], I've been leaning toward the left on the pre-pitch so the balls hit to my right, it takes me a lot longer to get back in that direction," Teahen said. "We are trying to get balanced and the pre-pitch smaller so it's less room for error. I want to be on time and ready to move the other way.
"It still feels like my position, but I get ticked off when I'm not playing as well as I know I can. It's just a matter of me getting the work in and hopefully it translates into the game, where I feel more comfortable."
Sox have plenty of chances to gain ground
CHICAGO -- When it comes to viewing the American League Central standings, Ken Williams follows a strict rule.
"I only look at them when we are at the top," said the White Sox general manager with a wry smile. "I like to look at them then. I don't look at them so much when we are not at the top."
Williams has not looked at those standings after Opening Day during the 2010 season, judging by this line of logic. The White Sox trail the Twins by seven games and sit 3 1/2 games behind the second-place Tigers, even after Wednesday's 9-2 victory over the Royals.
That familiar refrain of "It's too early" would take a bit of a hit in this instance, especially with the Twins being known as one of the top second-half teams in all of Major League Baseball during the past decade. But with only three games played against Minnesota and none against Detroit this year, the White Sox have plenty of head-to-head games to make up ground.
"That's why I'm optimistic," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Seven behind Minnesota and we've only played three games against them. Hopefully when we play them, we're close."
"No, I don't like it," said Williams of the large early deficit. "But that's one winning streak, one losing streak away and then you are right back in it. Listen, this division, no matter what the standings are, this division will be tight all the way to the end."
When asked if the division will feature a three-team race, Williams said, "I don't know. I just hope we are one of them."
Santos ties a rookie record
CHICAGO -- The amazing story that is Sergio Santos took another elite step forward on Tuesday night, as the right-hander recorded his 11th straight scoreless appearance. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that effort tied Matt Karchner (1995) for the longest streak by a White Sox pitcher to begin his Major League career.
It stands as a record for the longest scoreless streak recorded by an infielder converted to a pitcher, and Santos is enjoying every minute of the success.
"Things are going well," said Santos, whose father informed him of the record on the way home from Tuesday's game. "I'm just kind of riding that positive momentum out. I'm going to keep it going for as long as I can. Hopefully, I can get 30 or 40 more appearances without a run.
"I'll take it, and I know it sounds cliché, but I'm just looking forward to making the next pitch and making sure I throw strikes. But I think from past years, all those trials and tribulations and ups and downs, they helped me out. I'm not letting highs getting to high and I'm not letting the lows get too low."
Santos' 10 1/3 scoreless innings are the most by a White Sox pitcher beginning his career since Karchner's 11 innings in 1995. Despite his lofty goals, Santos realizes there will be a run scored against him at some point during this season. But again, he's prepared.
"Everything happens for a reason," Santos said. "If God wants to humble me a bit or whatever he has got in his plans, then so be it."
Third to first
CHICAGO -- Backup catcher Ramon Castro will get his first start behind the plate Thursday with left-hander Dana Eveland on the mound for Toronto. Castro started the season on the disabled list with a bruised right heel. "It's my Opening Day," said a smiling Castro. ... Ozzie Guillen said he passed a kidney stone over the weekend in New York. "My wife thought I was crying for her," said Guillen with a laugh. ... Closer Bobby Jenks worked a perfect inning in mop-up duty during Wednesday's 9-2 victory over the Royals. ... Alex Rios is hitting .352 with six doubles, three homers, 11 RBIs and nine stolen bases in his last 19 games.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.