ST. PETERSBURG -- With 10 hits in 26 lifetime at-bats against Tampa Bay starter James Shields, Mark Teahen earned the start at third base on Tuesday for the White Sox. The move had a second purpose in the mind of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, giving Brent Morel and his 1-for-16 slump a day of rest.
"I want to give a break to Mo," Guillen said. "Mo swung the bat well [Monday]. But in the meanwhile, it's our job to try to protect the kid. I'm going to talk to him later on and tell him not to panic.
"When you're a kid and nobody is swinging well and we're not scoring and you're losing, first thing that goes through your mind is, 'Hopefully it's not me.' That's why I'm going to tell him to relax, and might give him back-to-back days off and give Teahen some at-bats. But I want him to relax and when he goes back in the lineup, maybe [Wednesday] or the next day, he's ready to play."
Morel is hitting .220 with seven RBIs. Teahen went 0-for-3 against Shields in the 2-1 White Sox loss.