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08/11/10 1:15 AM ET

Guillen wants to see Jenks improve

CHICAGO -- Before Tuesday's game against the Twins, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen elaborated on his plans for deposed closer Bobby Jenks.

"One thing about players, they read a lot of papers and they only pick the bad things," Guillen said. "If Bobby needs to know what's going on, I'll tell him. It's very clear. I have to see Bobby on the mound first before he goes back to his role. I never say it's not his role, but I've got to see him one outing, maybe two, to see what he has, and then we'll see what we're doing."

Jenks' role as closer came under fire when he gave up three earned runs in the ninth inning to the Detroit Tigers before the White Sox eventually won in extra innings on Thursday. He has not pitched in any game since that outing.

Jenks pitched the ninth inning on Tuesday, and gave up a hit in a scoreless frame as the White Sox lost, 12-6.

No extra emphasis put on Twins series

CHICAGO -- At long last, the Chicago White Sox are playing the Twins for just the second series since mid-May.

Even though the two teams have been eyeing each other at the top of the American League Central, they haven't really been able to jockey for position against each other.

Now, six of the next nine games will be against Chicago's neighbors to the north. This will probably be the team's best opportunity to wrestle first place back from the Twins and put some distance between the two ballclubs.

"The mindset is just to go win the series," White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. "Anything more than that is icing on the cake. [In] Baltimore, we hit a bump in the road. Detroit was a good series. All that is the past. We're 63-49 after 112 games, and that's the only numbers that matter."

Despite the run against the Twins, the clubhouse is preaching that the other 41 games remaining are against the rest of the AL.

"Regardless of what happens in this series, I don't think they're going to be handing out the trophy to either team at the end of the series, no matter what happens," Konerko said. "There's still going to be 47 games after this. We're trying to win them to cushion the fall if we lose."

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen echoed that sentiment.

"It's a big game [against] everybody," he said. "It was a big game yesterday against Baltimore, it was a big game against Detroit, it's a big game today and tomorrow and the next day against Minnesota and then Detroit. That's how it is. It would be nice to beat them and be back in first place. If it was the 162nd game, it would mean a lot. I don't see any difference and I don't think the players do either. Hopefully we continue to play good at home."

Beckham not in starting lineup Tuesday

CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham is getting the day off on Tuesday to rest his strained groin. The injury, which Beckham suffered on Sunday, diving for a Josh Bell grounder, is not considered serious, but Beckham is getting the day off simply as a precaution.

"I think [Wednesday]," Beckham said of his next start. "Running around, doing what I did today, tomorrow is a definite unless it gets a lot worse after doing what I've done. So, I would assume tomorrow I'll be in there."

"Gordon is ready to play, but he was too late," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I already made the lineup. He should be playing tomorrow."

Beckham said that should the situation arise in Tuesday's game, he could be available to pinch-hit, even though his running might be adversely affected.

Brent Lillibridge made his seventh start of the season at second base in Beckham's absence. The White Sox are 5-2 so far when Lillibridge starts at second.

Quentin slips to seventh in the order

CHICAGO -- Carlos Quentin was dropped in the lineup to seventh on Tuesday, after a rough road trip that saw him go 4-for-27.

"Carlos Quentin was moved down in the lineup because I want him to relax a little but more," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think this kid puts a lot of pressure on himself and demands being great. That's not a bad thing to do. That's a great thing to do. Right now we're in a situation where I think a lot of people are pressing, trying to do too much."

Quentin had been on a hot streak before the road trip, as he had seven home runs and 18 RBIs in his last 20 games, but he has struggled since.

"I think I'll put him down there for a couple days so hopefully he sits back, relaxes and does what he does best," Guillen said. "That's the way he is. Right now, seeing Carlos swing the bat, he looks like a lion getting out of the cage. I want him to relax. Hopefully in the next couple days, he's back where he belongs."

Quentin hit a three-run home run in his first at-bat in the seven-hole, but did not get another hit for the rest of the game.

Worth noting

Jim Thome, who slugged 134 of his 579 home runs in a White Sox uniform, homered against them in the second inning off Freddy Garcia. His 42 career home runs against the White Sox are the most against the team by any active player. ... Carlos Quentin collected his 10th three-RBI game of the season, tops on the team. His closest comrade is Paul Konerko with four. Quentin also leads the team in three-run home runs. ... The White Sox have spent the least amount of time in second place, as Tuesday night marks their seventh day in that spot. They have even spent more days in last, bringing up the rear for nine days this season. ... Juan Pierre's 16-game hitting streak came to an end on Tuesday, as he went 0-for-3 with a walk. If he had gotten a hit, that would have set a new career high for him, but it ends at 16, a feat he has reached three times including this recent spell.

Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.