KANSAS CITY -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen can understand why general manager Kenny Williams would come out with a public affirmation that he is losing patience with a ballclub that has struggled to find solid footing through the opening six weeks of the season.
Responding to a Chicago Sun-Times text question on Saturday regarding whether he's losing patience, Williams answered with a simple "yes." That response doesn't surprise Guillen.
"I don't blame him," Guillen said. "The expectation we have for this ballclub is pretty high. I think we have a ballclub that is better than what we've shown. If you would have looked around in Spring Training or in the winter -- if you said this team would be last in hitting in Major League Baseball -- you'd be surprised. But we are.
"Kenny is very strong with the way he makes moves ... with the way he does his business. He wants to win."
The White Sox entered Sunday's game at Kansas City with a 15-21 record, leaving them seven games back of Minnesota in the American League Central.
"We have a lot of games left," Guillen said. "Meanwhile, those [first 36 games] are going to count in the end. He's entitled to have that opinion."
Guillen reiterated that he isn't worried about his job security if the White Sox continue to stumble.
"I don't care about me," he said. "That's the job. With the coaches, we do everything we can to make those guys better, and I know it. I fired three coaches myself, because I don't think we were on the same page. Right now, if we're going to blame somebody, I'll take the blame.
"If he wants to blow this ballclub away, that's his call. I still believe in this ballclub. We've shown some signs how good we can be, and we've shown some signs how bad we can be."
Pierre benefiting from video study
KANSAS CITY -- White Sox left fielder Juan Pierre, who entered the finale of the Royals series with a Major League-leading 18 steals, credits video study with having much to do with his success on the basepaths.
Never mind that Pierre will turn 33 in August. Whatever Pierre might have lost in sheer speed from his roaring 20s, he makes up for with video homework that gives him clues on how to steal on the pitcher.
After nine years in the National League, Pierre has been putting in some video overtime to learn the nuances of American League pitchers.
"Knowing the pitchers is big," Pierre said. "Since this is my first time in the American League, I've really relied on film study. As you get older, you start realizing what chances to take and when not to risk getting thrown out.
"So, you really want to give yourself an edge by knowing tendencies. Any little thing I can pick up might be the difference in safe or out."
After Pierre reports to the ballpark on a typical day, he'll get in his running, lifting and cage work before settling down to study tape of that day's starter.
"The film is so much better than when I first got to the Major Leagues," Pierre said. "Everything is computerized. You try to get a gauge on how long pitchers hold the ball or how many times they look over to first. They may try to vary it, but usually I get that one shot of what I've seen on film, and that's when I try to take advantage of it."
Stomach ailment plaguing Quentin
KANSAS CITY -- Carlos Quentin figures to be picky about where he eats when the White Sox make their next trip to Kansas City.
For the third straight game, Quentin was not in the lineup Sunday because of a stomach ailment. Quentin became ill after something he ate at a Kansas City restaurant failed to agree with him.
"I talked to him and I'm just giving him another day," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Maybe he'll play [Monday]. We won without him [Saturday] and we just want to make sure."
The White Sox are hopeful that a refreshed Quentin will get hot and add a lot of pop to the Chicago offense as the road trip continues Monday in Detroit. Quentin is hitting just .180 in 111 at-bats.
Third to first
The second-inning home run by Alex Rios on Sunday snapped a streak of 28 innings without an extra-base hit for Chicago. The White Sox had 19 singles during that span. ... Former Royals player Mark Teahen recorded his first hit at Kauffman Stadium since he was traded to the White Sox last Nov. 6. Teahen grounded a single to center in the fifth inning. ... Gavin Floyd's loss on Sunday dropped his career record against Kansas City to 1-7.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.