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Who closes? Ozzie isn't saying - yet

5/11/2010
Ozzie Guillen isn't saying if Bobby Jenks still is the White Sox closer. Dennis Wierzbicki/US Presswire

MINNEAPOLIS -- Until the late innings on Tuesday night, no one will know for sure if Bobby Jenks still is the Chicago White Sox closer.

Manager Ozzie Guillen stopped short of saying Jenks had lost his job by announcing before Tuesday’s game against the Twins that he’ll mix and match his bullpen guys at the end of the game.

“I’m going to leave that open for now with a few choices,” Guillen said. “For our ballclub to be the best one, Bobby has to be our closer.

“But he’s not throwing the way we want him to throw. If [Michael] Cuddyer is up there, Bobby will be out there. I’m not saying he isn’t my closer. It depends on who will be out there. We’ll be open to [changes] until Bobby starts throwing the ball better.”

Guillen’s hottest reliever is Matt Thornton, who has been lethal to all hitters, especially left-handers. The Sox primary set-up man has 25 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings. He’ll most likely be Guillen’s choice at the end of the game if Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau or Jason Kubel is in a position to tie or win a ballgame.

Jenks has five saves in six attempts and has given up 19 hits in 12 innings. His 2.40 WHIP is the worst among relievers in baseball.