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Rios returns to Sox's lineup

7/30/2011

CHICAGO -- The struggling Alex Rios returns to the lineup after two games on the bench. On Wednesday, Rios, hitting just .208 on the year, sat in favor of the recently recalled Alejandro De Aza. General manager Kenny Williams said that bringing De Aza into the mix wasn’t a message solely for Rios.

“My message was more so a message to everyone that we’re here to win,” Williams said. “We’re here to put the best players out there, who are going to fight the hardest, bust their tail the hardest, regardless of contract size, regardless of their history in the game, just play to win from here on out. That wasn’t a direct message at him, he is obviously the one most affected right now, but there may be others at any given time.”

Manager Ozzie Guillen was hopeful Rios would show him something over the next few days and give him a reason to consistently put him in the lineup. The White Sox begin a stretch of three straight games facing left-handed starters, Rios is expected to play in all those games. Guillen seemed more concerned with Rios’ mental state than his actual struggles at the plate.

“You got your money, you got a beautiful family, everybody healthy, you got everything you want. Why you let this game bother you? Why not you have a little more fun playing the game?” Guillen asked. “If you say you really enjoy this game, I don't see that in him. I think every at-bat killing him. Just go out and play. You play and play the game right and go there and try to do the best, your ability will take over.”

Rios will try to support Phil Humber who’s making his first start since July 17th. Here’s the rest of the lineup that the White Sox will trot out against Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox.

Juan Pierre – LF

Alexei Ramirez – SS

Paul Konerko – 1B

Adam Dunn – DH

Carlos Quentin – RF

A.J. Pierzynski – C

Alex Rios – CF

Gordon Beckham – 2B

Brent Morel – 3B