Guillen wants contact from Beckham

Guillen wants contact from Beckham

CHICAGO -- A piece of very good news for Gordon Beckham coming from the 2011 season is that he continues to play flawless defense at second base, producing 58 straight errorless games dating back to Aug. 27, 2010 (266 total chances).

As for the bad news, Beckham is 0-for-8 in his last three games and 2-for-22 in his last eight. He is hitting .175 (11-for-63) at home and just .094 (3-for-32) against left-handed pitchers. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen decided to give Omar Vizquel a start at second on Thursday, riding Vizquel's six-game hitting streak, but didn't seem to be too concerned about Beckham's ongoing battle at the plate.

"The only thing I worry about with Gordon, he strikes out a lot," said Guillen.

Beckham's 36 strikeouts in 143 at-bats were second on the team to Adam Dunn's 49 strikeouts in 129 at-bats before Thursday's game.

"He went through a lot of tough times last year and overcame it, came back and was the player we thought he was going to be," Guillen continued. "But right now, he's striking out quite a few times and that worries me. Besides that, nothing, nothing at all. That's part of the game. Vizquel [is playing] because I need to use him, the way he's swinging the bat."