05/21/10 1:10 AM ET
Beckham tuned in to different song
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Instead, the talk Thursday dealt with the White Sox second baseman's change in at-bat music. After returning The Outfield to prominence for the first time since, well, for the first time ever, by using their hit song "Your Love," Beckham made a switch during Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Angels.
"Seek and Destroy" by Metallica became the new at-bat tune of choice, courtesy of White Sox first baseman and team captain Paul Konerko.
"I said before the game, 'Just don't play anything.' I have to be hitting better just to deserve an intro song," Beckham said. "And then King [Konerko] came over and said you will have an intro song and I'm going to pick it. So, I'm following in the King's footsteps."
With the new music showing the way, Beckham finished 0-for-2 with a walk, but hit the ball hard in his two outs. Beckham believes that the change of songs, in a roundabout way, will help him forget about the season-long slump.
"You've been struggling, but with a different intro song, you don't hear [the old one] and think about all the times you are struggling," Beckham said. "It actually kind of helped, and hopefully things fall for me."
Beckham doesn't want to completely abandon The Outfield, adding how maybe the White Sox can play "Your Love" after he reaches base successfully. The whole at-bat music concept seems to be lost on manager Ozzie Guillen, but if it helps Beckham rebound, Guillen will take that entertainment idea one step further.
"If he's going to start hitting, I'll bring the band. I'll pay every day for them to have a concert for him," said a smiling Guillen. "I don't know how people come up with when they're going to change what kind of music they're playing. When Babe Ruth hit, and all those guys were playing, they didn't have a sound system in the stadium, and they had like 4,000 hits.
"But ... I would bring Michael Jackson back to life. I would have a concert every day and fire all the coaches."
Rios sits in lineup adjustment
CHICAGO -- Alex Rios has been one of the few consistent hitters during the course of the 2010 White Sox campaign. But with the center fielder hitless in his last eight at-bats, manager Ozzie Guillen decided to keep him out of Thursday's lineup until a ninth-inning pitch-hit flyout against Angels closer Brian Fuentes in the 6-5 loss.
"He's been playing every day, and I see him slowing down a little bit," said Guillen of Rios, hitting a team-best .297, with seven home runs, 18 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. "That's the reason we rotate people. We have to give people a chance to make sure they recover. We have to make sure those guys are fresh to last longer."
Guillen also will keep a watchful eye on Andruw Jones, who exited Thursday night's affair hitting .239 with nine home runs and 19 RBIs, but with just five hits in his last 31 at-bats. Jones started strong with Texas in 2009, hitting .282 at the end of May, but slipped to .214 by the season's conclusion and didn't homer after July 29.
A better conditioned Jones doesn't provide Guillen the same sort of worries Texas had previously, as shown through his solid outfield defense and seven stolen bases.
"Obviously, he's aged a little bit more, but he has the same type of swing and the same approach at the plate that he did when he was a kid," Guillen said. "Andruw is a guy who is going to strike out a lot, but the thing I like about Andruw is he's stealing more bases, using his legs a little bit more.
"That's a plus and we never thought we would have got from him. I see when players get a little tired, and their swing is a little bit longer, they drag their feet to the field, and we make moves to give them a couple days off and make sure they stay fresh."
Konerko endorses clubhouse demeanor
CHICAGO -- It would be easy for the White Sox to lose the camaraderie forged during Spring Training and start pointing fingers in the midst of their 16-24 start. But White Sox captain Paul Konerko doesn't see that sort of in-fighting manifesting itself in the South Siders' clubhouse.
"The good news is that there's no one in here doing it; this is a good clubhouse," said Konerko, as he held court with the media for eight minutes prior to Thursday's scheduled contest with the Angels. "There's a way to go about things when you don't win and things aren't going well.
"Everybody, thank God, in here is doing that, so that's good as far as on the players' front. The other stuff, it's simple. You just have to block it out. You have to expect that everybody on the outside, when you're not winning, everybody you come across and everything that is written and said will be negative. If you take that approach, every now and again you're surprised if you do happen to hear something that someone actually is behind you.
"But I think if you take the approach that everybody on the outside of this room is against you and going to be negative, then it doesn't really surprise you," Konerko said. "It really has no place, you should have your routines, you should have the way you go about your stuff in here. What someone thinks on the outside has no bearing on what's going to happen out there on the field tonight."
Class A Dash creeps to marathon victory
CHICAGO -- It's not often when a team's starting second baseman, who gets eight at-bats in a game, ends up as the winning pitcher on that same night. But this particular scenario played out for Winston-Salem and Kyle Shelton on Wednesday, as the White Sox Class A affiliate in the Carolina League topped Myrtle Beach by a 4-3 margin in 20 innings.
Shelton actually moved from second to left field during the course of the long night, knocking out three hits including his first home run, before pitching a scoreless 20th. The two teams combined to strike out 52 times, with the Dash finishing with 29. Five players in the Winston-Salem starting lineup fanned at least four teams, topped by catcher Chase Blackwood, who struck out six times in his 1-for-9 showing. However, Blackwood delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the 20th.
Outfielder Justin Greene and Shelton led the 14-hit attack with three hits apiece, as the Dash survived this second game of a doubleheader. The two teams played for 5 1/2 hours in the nightcap.
Third to first
A.J. Pierzynski moved into 32nd on the all-time innings caught list on Thursday at 10,283 2/3, passing Del Crandall's 10,283 1/3 innings. ... Jake Peavy owns an 11.00 ERA in the first inning this season. ... The White Sox have lost nine of their first 14 series this season.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.