White Sox 'owe' better play to their fans

May, 15, 2011
5/15/11
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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Home is where the hard luck has been for the Chicago White Sox.

The Sox are just 5-11 in their own ballpark this season and haven’t looked comfortable. The last time they were in town, they were no-hit by the Minnesota Twins' Francisco Liriano and won just one of six games at U.S. Cellular Field.

They are playing better now after a solid West Coast swing, which should help against the defending American League champion Texas Rangers for two games (Monday and Tuesday) and the first-place Cleveland Indians (Wednesday and Thursday). The homestand ends with three interleague games against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“Go home and play better for our fans, they deserve that,” manager Ozzie Guillen said after Sunday’s victory. “We owe them one after the last homestand we had. We’re going to go back there and hopefully continue to play the way we’re playing now.”

The White Sox have played just 16 home games, compared to 25 already on the road, but perhaps the schedule maker unwittingly did them a favor.

As the Sox head into June, they could be in position to take advantage of 16 home games that month as opposed to 10 on the road. Then there is a seven-game homestand during the first full week of July heading into the All-Star break.

Reporting from Chicago.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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