CHICAGO -- While the Oakland A's were switching managers from Bob Geren to Bob Melvin before Thursday's series opener at U.S. Cellular Field, Ozzie Guillen was getting ready to manage his 1,200th game. Guillen quipped how he's a bit heavier and has more gray hair since the day he took over, but he also credited White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, general manager Ken Williams and assistant manager Rick Hahn for giving him consistently good players.
"If they give you bad players, you'll get fired," Guillen said. "Kenny and Jerry and Rick put a good ballclub together, made me compete, that's the only reason you survive. There's no manager with a losing career. They don't last too long.
"The only reason they don't last too long is because the players they have can't compete. I'm pleased how they treat me here. I'm pleased with the players they bring me here."
White Sox captain Paul Konerko has been part of the entire Guillen regime and has enjoyed the experience.
"It's never boring, that's for sure. Everybody knew that the day he got the job," said Konerko, who joins Mark Buehrle as the only players to be with Guillen all eight years. "As far as a player, Ozzie is easy to play for.
"Show up on time and run the bases hard. I've never seen him get on a player for not hitting or not pitching well. If he knows you're busting it out there, he's easy to play for. He's not an older manager. He's close to us [age-wise], so he knows the schedule is tough and he's always looking to give a guy a break or take care of you when you need it. That's what we see. We don't even care about the other stuff."
Santos fine with pitching more than one inning
CHICAGO -- Sergio Santos was a bit surprised about being sent out for a second inning of relief in Wednesday's 7-4, 10-inning loss to the Mariners. That surprise primarily came from Santos struggling to get through the ninth scoreless and needing 20 pitches to escape a two-walk jam, before being scored upon in the 10th.
But with Santos already having made 11 appearances of greater than one inning, the right-hander certainly isn't against occasionally going past the closer norm.
"I've done it before this season, so I shouldn't be surprised if they send me back out there," Santos said. "It's my job to go back out and keep us in the game. I just didn't do it [on Wednesday]."
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen went with Santos in the 10th Wednesday because he felt as if Santos gave his team the best chance to win. Santos has been scored upon in just two of his 24 appearances.
Dunn hoping video work pays dividends
CHICAGO -- A two-day break in action gave Adam Dunn a chance to reflect on the past.
Actually, the designated hitter wasn't exactly thinking of more successful days gone by, as much as he was trying to find another way to break out of this .178 slump through the first nine weeks of the 2011 season. Dunn viewed old tapes he had never watched before just to remember how it felt to square up some pitches.
"I don't really have something to point a finger at the reason why I'm not [hitting]," Dunn said. "It's just not been there. The good news is we have four months left.
"I'm not panicking as much as I probably should be. But again, a lot of good things could happen."
Dunn struck out for the 81st time during Thursday's 9-4 victory over the A's, but also launched his sixth home run and raised his RBI total to 25. Every strikeout seems to bring a more intense level of jeers for Dunn from the home faithful, but it's not the first time in his successful career where Dunn has heard the boos. All was quiet during Dunn's respite and his first two at-bats Thursday.
"Besides that, you don't like sitting out for a couple days, you know, but I did it to myself so the good thing is I got to sit back and watch the game and remember it is baseball and it's still fun," Dunn said. "Again, I know what I'm capable of doing."
Ozzie: There was no promise to draft Ozney
CHICAGO -- There have been plenty of times during the eight years general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen have worked together with the White Sox where they didn't exactly see eye to eye.
Having two passionate individuals who want the best for the franchise will cause a disagreement or two. But where the handling of the Draft status of Ozney Guillen is concerned, the two are in agreement as to how nothing was promised to the Guillen family in regard to Ozzie's youngest son.
There was no initial word presented of taking Ozney in the late teen rounds of the 50-round First-Year Player Draft, only to be reneged on by Williams and the White Sox Tuesday, as was presented in one rumor making its way around sports radio in Chicago.
"They [saw] him working out," Guillen told MLB.com of his son. "But they never promised me or any of us."
Ozney, who hit .347 for Miami Dade College this past season and projects as a corner infielder or outfielder, has fielded some post-Draft interest from other teams and still could start a professional career. That career won't be with the White Sox, and even after selecting Ozney in the 22nd round of the 2010 Draft, there were no guarantees he would be re-drafted in 2011.
"If in fact it happened, and it's very doubtful that happened, it didn't come from a person in position of authority," said Williams of the alleged false promise. "If it did happen, if that were the case, I'd come right out and I'd tell you."