Padres 4, White Sox 1
Ozzie Guillen said the Twitter flap involving his family and the Chicago White Sox is over, and it's time to focus on baseball.
Guillen on Saturday addressed his reaction to his son Oney's resignation from his job with the club a day earlier, saying that Oney made a mistake and that he asked him to resign.
Oney resigned after the White Sox requested he tone down his Twitter posts that were critical of the club, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report. After Chicago's game Friday, the manager stormed out of the team complex at Camelback Ranch without speaking to reporters. Guillen had never avoided the media.
Guillen was back in the dugout Saturday for the White Sox's 4-1 loss to a San Diego Padres split squad.
``That came from me. From his father,'' Ozzie said. ``To say 'Listen, I think it's time to move on and walk away.' I want to just think about my ballclub.''
Guillen said he talked with general manager Kenny Williams and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, but only briefly Friday, and that he has no conflict with either.
``That's part of the game. This is life. Kenny has a job to do, I have a job to do. Kenny's job is to protect this ballclub the best he can, and so do I,'' Guillen said. ``My 25 players is more important than Kenny, more important than Jerry...because the 25 players are going to make me be good or bad (as a manager).''
Guillen added that the differences with Williams, who took exception to Oney's Twitter statements, are ``over with,'' and that any problem has nothing to do with his proposed Web site being scuttled. Guillen pledged to continue writing on his own Twitter account, which the front office doesn't support.
Williams was not made available to speak with The Associated Press, but told the club's Web site: ``The way we run things here is we have an all-inclusive management style. That means we spend a lot of time with each other in the work environment and the social environment. As a residual effect, there is going to come a certain amount of disagreements.''
Guillen said he was sticking up for his family and that he felt sick during all of Friday's game because of what he had to tell his son. He wrote on Twitter later Friday that the situation ``touched me where it hurts me the most and I have to be ready for what comes, like I have always done.''
Guillen also said the 24-year-old Oney is welcome to visit any time, and that he would resign as manager the day the team tells him his sons won't be allowed in the clubhouse.
``I think Oney is a little relieved, `` Guillen said. ``Of my three kids, I think Oney is the one like me. He says what he feels.
``Wrong or right, I'm behind my kids 100 percent,'' Guillen said. ``I think he (Oney) will find a job because people are calling left and right.''
Mark Buehrle allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings and Andruw Jones hit a solo homer in the second inning for Chicago, but San Diego got an impressive performance from starter Mat Latos, who struck out five and gave up only two hits in five innings.
Michael Collins drove in two of the Padres' runs with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the fourth, and Luis Durango hit an RBI triple in the seventh. Tim Stauffer relieved Latos and threw three scoreless innings with five strikeouts.
NOTES: White Sox closer Bobby Jenks missed his scheduled turn to pitch in Saturday's game after an MRI revealed mild irritation in his right calf. Jenks has said his calf isn't an issue but has a 37.80 ERA in his two outings this spring. ... OF Alex Rios, who has been dealing with a sore quadriceps, got some running in with Chicago's minor league camp and is in the lineup for tomorrow's spring training game against Milwaukie, playing right field. ... 3B Mark Teahen's batting average is down to .120 after an 0 for 2 Saturday, and Guillen said Teahen will go to the minor league camp to get some more swings in the next couple of days.