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It's 'must-win' time again for White Sox

Manager Ozzie Guillen, working a cowbell before the game, says his Sox, down 0-2 in the series, are now against the wall.

BRIAN CASSELLA | Times

Manager Ozzie Guillen, working a cowbell before the game, says his Sox, down 0-2 in the series, are now against the wall.

ST. PETERSBURG — White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen says his team is in a "must-win" situation.

So Guillen, who has never hesitated to stoke his team by any means necessary, needs another rousing speech with Chicago down 0-2 in this best-of-five AL Division Series.

What will he say?

"The same thing I said almost all summer long," he said. "We're against the wall. We've got to fight like a cat, and now it's a must-win game."

LHP John Danks (12-9, 3.32 ERA) is scheduled to pitch Game 3 on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Danks allowed two hits in eight innings Tuesday to beat the Twins 1-0 in a one-game playoff for the AL Central title.

"This is, what, our fourth must-win game in the last week? Definitely not the position we want to be in," Danks said. "We would have liked to at least taken one, in a perfect world taken two here, but it didn't work out that way, and we're not going to go down quietly.

"We're not looking ahead of ourselves and trying to win three games in one."

BRING IT: Rays Game 3 starter Matt Garza is looking forward to the White Sox's home atmosphere. He likes it, he said, when he's not liked. And he said he'll take no special approach to the power-hitting Sox in a ballpark where they have been especially potent.

"They're all dangerous. You can't take a pitch off," Garza said. "(But) there's not really anybody I fear. I'll go after those guys the same way I go after everybody else. They're the ones who should fear me. Hopefully I've controlled my fastball that day."

ONCE MORE, WITH FLAILING: Rays RHP Grant Balfour and Sox SS Orlando Cabrera met in the sixth inning, a night after Balfour struck out Cabrera in a heated confrontation to quash a rally. Balfour was brought in Friday to face Cabrera with the tying run on second and one out, and he retired him on a groundout to second. He induced a flyout from LF Nick Swisher to end the inning.

BIG THOME: DH Jim Thome entered the game 0-for-13 with five strikeouts against Rays starter Scott Kazmir, and he was dropped from the fourth to the fifth spot in the order. But he knocked in the White Sox's first run with a first-inning single to rightfield.

It's 'must-win' time again for White Sox 10/03/08 [Last modified: Friday, October 3, 2008 11:47pm]
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