Monday's reaction showed a connection from the reliever to his team, something Logan struggled to find in 2006, but an important bond that has come far more naturally over the past two seasons.
"When I talked [last spring], I was saying how I was more comfortable," Logan said. "Now, I'm even more comfortable and getting along with everyone. It's a big thing.
"On the mound, I'm the same but a little stronger. I worked out harder in the offseason."
Logan carved out his niche last year as a left-handed specialist, with the southpaw holding those particular hitters to a .221 average. He did nothing to hurt that image Monday, knocking down Grady Sizemore on a called third strike and then striking out Travis Hafner swinging.
Right-handed-hitting Jason Michaels also fell victim to Logan, flying out to left fielder Nick Swisher during his perfect 11-pitch seventh. Logan has talked about working as more than a left-handed specialist since the end of last year, having effectively closed previously for Triple-A Charlotte. He took a step in that direction Monday, even with the presence of Scott Linebrink and Octavio Dotel to the back end of the Chicago bullpen.
"I need to prove I can get righties out," said Logan, as righties hit .357 off him last season. "Lefties are important, and I won't slack off there. Some of the biggest hitters are lefties, and that's my job. But I want to show they can leave me out for a couple of righties to get to that lefty, if necessary."
"Since we got him, he's grown up every year," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "This kid has a great chance to pretty soon be one of the best out of the bullpen, especially left-handed. We try to put pitchers in the best situation to succeed, but I think this kid will come out to start an inning to get one or two hitters, and I feel pretty comfortable with him in that role."
Although his fastball was clocked as high as 94 mph during Spring Training, Logan believes he currently is throwing in the 90-92 mph range because of a "little dead arm" period. He has every confidence the increased velocity will return.
He also holds a strong feeling that there will be more moments of impact such as Monday's showing, when he held the Indians in check after the White Sox had rallied from a five-run deficit to tie the contest at 7.
"We came back in that game, these guys didn't give up down, 7-2, and I was really proud of the boys -- the way they played the game," Logan said. "I did my part when we were tied, and I got pumped because I knew how much we all wanted to win the game. That was the reason for my excitement."