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White Sox begin crucial homestand

White Sox begin crucial homestand

CHICAGO -- The White Sox began a nine-game homestand on Tuesday with three games against the Texas Rangers. The club entered the day 8 1/2 games behind the American League Central-leading Twins, and the nine-game homestand -- with three games in Wrigley Field following it -- gives the White Sox an opportunity to make noise in their division.

After facing the Rangers, the White Sox will take on AL Central rivals the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.

Manager Ozzie Guillen sees the stretch as a time for the ballclub's management to begin making decisions about whether the club wants to be a buyer or seller when the Trade Deadline arrives at the end of July.

"This is a big, big, big homestand for us," Guillen said. "We have, like, a month in Chicago. It's a big homestand. Hopefully, we'll play well, and on this homestand, we're going to show the fans, Kenny [Williams, the White Sox general manager], Rick [Hahn, the assistant general manager], and Jerry [Reinsdorf, the White Sox chairman] how good we are or how bad we are. Then they can start making decisions. To me, we're going to see if we are going to add or subtract people."

Even if the wins do not come for the White Sox, Guillen still would like to see continued effort from his team.

"I hope we continue to play the way we play," said Guillen. "I hope we continue to believe we can do this and continue to fight. We play hard. We fight all the way through. We just can't win games. [I] still believe we can get out of this and play better."

Williams said he did not believe there would be any timetable for decisions about the future of the team, and he still felt confident in the club's ability to turn it around.

"Listen, you've got June, July, August and September," Williams said. "I would hope that, in the end, the results will be more commensurate with the talent. I can't place any deadlines on that, because I believe in these guys. I have no plans to do anything right now except watch, just like you guys. If there's a tweak that can come here or there, if something makes itself available, then you know our history."

History indicates that Williams will not shy away from making big or unconventional deals. Last year alone, he traded for Jake Peavy while the right-hander was on the disabled list and picked up Alex Rios' sizable contract in a waiver claim from the Blue Jays.

"I don't have a deadline," Williams said. "I just hope we put together something that resembles a streak of some sort. But I don't have a date. I don't have a deadline. I still believe in these guys and the ability that they have. We just need to play better and be more consistent."

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