6/21/2013 8:19 P.M. ET
Alexei looking to hit to all fields, not for power
By Robert Falkoff / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- Although he went into Friday's game against the Royals with just one homer through 70 games, White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez isn't concerned about the power numbers.
Ramirez, who hit 15 or more homers in four of the previous five seasons, is concentrating on being an efficient contributor in the No. 2 slot, which means handling the bat and hitting the ball to all fields.
"I'm trying to hit according to my position in the lineup," Ramirez said through a translator.
Ramirez started the night with a .277 batting average, and his 76 hits and 15 doubles tied with Alex Rios for the team lead in those categories. But Ramirez had 11 errors, including a costly one in Thursday's loss at Minnesota.
"The only one who doesn't make mistakes is the one who doesn't play baseball," Ramirez said. "You just have to keep plugging away and trust yourself."
The struggles of the White Sox in recent days has weighed on Ramirez.
"It has definitely been difficult," Ramirez said. "There have been a couple of nights where it's hard to sleep."
If the White Sox are going to turn it around, they will need solid production from Ramirez both offensively and defensively. Manager Robin Ventura has been happy to see Ramirez hit the ball the other way in the No. 2 slot.
"I think that last year he got a little pull-happy," Ventura said. "At times, anybody can. But I think he is more consistent as a hitter when he's going [up the] middle or the other way and pulling it on occasion."
If that means fewer homers for Ramirez, so be it.
"Batting second is probably some of it," Ventura said. "He has power, but he's trying to use that [right-side] hole a little bit more when guys are on first base. The weather at the start of our season probably didn't help. But as it warms up, I think he'll probably be hitting some home runs."
Omogrosso eager to help out White Sox bullpen
KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Brian Omogrosso rejoined the White Sox on Friday and is eager to do whatever he can to bolster the bullpen.
Omogrosso made 11 appearances during his initial stint with the White Sox from May 1 through June 6, going 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA. He was also 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA, two saves and 14 strikeouts in 10 games for Triple-A Charlotte.
"I understood the situation when it happened," Omogrosso said. "I'm the guy who has the option left. I just went down there to work hard and try to get back here. You just persevere."
The Knights were preparing to head to Indianapolis when Omogrosso got the call. That's where his wife, Rachel, and her family are from.
The trip to Kansas City easily trumped a trip to Indianapolis.
"She said, 'We're good, it works out'," Omogrosso said with a laugh.
Omogrosso replaces right-hander Deunte Heath, who was optioned to Charlotte on Thursday.
Third to first
• Manager Joel Skinner and hitting coach Brandon Moore of Triple-A Charlotte have been named coaches for the International League All-Star Game in Reno on July 17. Skinner guided Charlotte to the 2012 Governor's Cup finals.
• The White Sox have agreed to a Minor League contract with left-hander Jeff McKenzie, their 28th-round pick from Cal State Bakersfield. The White Sox have signed 32 of their 40 selections from the recent Draft, including the top 12 picks.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.