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The Sox show up, but it's not working

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  • Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge, left, scores from second base past Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski on a double by Austin Jackson in the sixth inning Sunday in Detroit.

      Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge, left, scores from second base past Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski on a double by Austin Jackson in the sixth inning Sunday in Detroit.
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Seemingly everyone involved in this mess has weighed in.

After Saturday's 9-0 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park, manager Ozzie Guillen openly wondered if the White Sox had grown tired of getting their "butts" kicked.

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Left fielder Juan Pierre told reporters the Sox were getting "our heads beaten in."

And following another no-show by the offense Saturday, catcher A.J. Pierzynski said: "The thing you have to remember is someone is going to pay, and hopefully it comes sooner than later."

Well, no one is paying yet.

The White Sox showed up for work again Sunday and were promptly dismissed by Detroit 3-0. It's starting to get real tiresome, even though 140 games remain.

And after being swept by the Tigers in the three-game series while being outscored 21-3, after losing for the 10th time in 11 games, and after falling to 8-14 overall, what better time to check in with general manager Kenny Williams?

"I will be in New York tomorrow and answer any and all questions," Williams told the Daily Herald via email after Sunday's loss. Here are some of the key questions Williams is likely to field before the Sox open a four-game series against the Yankees:

• Is it too early to break up a $125 million team that is batting just .195 over the past 12 games while scoring just 32 runs?

• What to do with Adam Dunn, who is batting .145 after going 0-for-3 Sunday? Is he ever going to adapt to American League pitching?

• Last, but most important, is anybody going to get fired for yet another slow start in April?

Back in Detroit, Guillen didn't add to Saturday's outburst after the White Sox lost again and are off to their worst start in 10 years.

"Nothing works," Guillen told reporters Sunday. "I continue to plug those guys in the lineup. Hopefully they come out of this. The only way you come out of this is playing ... nothing you can do about it. It seems like every day is a rerun, seeing the same at-bats, and it seems like every (pitcher) we face is pretty nasty.

"My faith and hope is still very high, and I'm still very optimistic about this ballclub. We know we're going to hit. As a group we're not very strong right now. We'll try to figure out what we try to do about it, but nothing is going well for us."

There's even more bad news. After starting this challenging road trip losing three of four at Tampa Bay before being swept at Detroit, the White Sox now must move on for four games at Yankee Stadium.

This is a team that could have a drastically new look when they come back to U.S. Cellular Field on Friday to play the Orioles.

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