KANSAS CITY -- Kevin Youkilis already has become a fan favorite on the South Side of Chicago in just his 15th game with his new club.
But with the White Sox set to visit Fenway Park for four games starting on Monday, pregame talk on Saturday briefly turned to the third baseman's Red Sox return.
Youkilis was traded from the Red Sox for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart on June 24, with Boston picking up $5.6 million of his remaining contract.
"When Boston comes, it comes," Youkilis said. "We'll probably talk about it all four days we're there."
Talk prior to Saturday's game against the Royals centered on Youkilis' 14-pitch at-bat in the 14th inning Friday night, with the veteran eventually delivering the go-ahead sacrifice fly against Everett Teaford for a 9-8 win. It marked the eighth straight game in which Youkilis had at least one RBI and was his fifth game-winning RBI with the White Sox.
In that game-deciding situation, the key for Youkilis was approaching the at-bat as if he was swinging in the first or fourth innings. That sort of similar focus helps make Youkilis so successful in the clutch.
"You just have to battle, hope you get a pitch and stick with it," Youkilis said. "You don't change your approach. You just shorten up a little bit and try to put the ball in play.
"We change our approach at times, and you might have success once in a while, but over the long haul you're going to find failure. So just bear down, especially in extra innings. Guys are trying to end the game with a home run and that's not what you need sometimes. You just need to get on base. Baseball's funny: some days you have it and some days you don't."