Minnesota Twins defeat Chicago White Sox, 2-1

Close will count for the White Sox all season.

For a team whose goal is to manufacture runs, low scores might be the norm this summer. That will make pitching and defense all the more crucial to success.

''Once in a while we are going to kick someone's butt, but that's not my expectation,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said. ''We are going to play close games, so we have to pitch the best we can.''

The Sox' 2-1 loss Saturday to the Minnesota Twins was the latest example,...

Scott Linebrink was bothered by a sinus infection early in spring training, which may have set him back in posting an 0-1 mark and 7.71 ERA (eight earned runs in 9 1/3 innings).

After a poor second half last season (8.49 ERA compared to 1.93 in the first half), it was cause for concern.

But Linebrink may have turned his personal corner Saturday when he entered in the eighth with the bases full and no outs.

He retired the side without a run scoring, then pitched a ...