MINNEAPOLIS -- Although Alexei Ramirez has not driven in a run since May 26, the shortstop has stayed in the middle of Robin Ventura's order. The White Sox manager has not lost confidence in Ramirez's run-producing ability, despite a drought of 91 plate appearances without a RBI.
"Everybody is going to go through their period of it doesn't happen," said Ventura of Ramirez, who went 0-for-4 in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Twins. "He's been a big part of where we are at right now of being able to drive in runs. So you have to live through it and be able to come out on the other side. Just hitting it hard and good at-bats will take care of that."
"Obviously I haven't gotten the results that I wanted to, but I feel good," said Ramirez, through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. "I like that responsibility. I like the responsibility of bringing runs in and also getting on base for the other guys playing behind me."
Ramirez has hit third, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth for the White Sox this season. But he doesn't necessarily feel any more comfortable hitting in a later spot as opposed to hitting second in the past.
"Any position," Ramirez said. "Whatever they put me in the lineup, I make the adjustments to do the best I have to do for that particular spot in the lineup."