Minnesota Twins defeat Chicago White Sox, 7-6

MINNEAPOLIS -- ''Toughness'' is a word thrown around a lot these days when discussing where the White Sox' season has been headed the last few weeks.

For those questioning it, Mark Kotsay played defense attorney.

''What you're trying to say is, are we a bunch of tough guys that can stick up for ourselves?'' Kotsay said Wednesday. ''I think each guy can handle that as a man in this locker room. There are a lot of big boys in here capable of walking into a street alley...

MINNEAPOLIS -- The tirade Wednesday from White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen -- filled with F-bombs and the apparent revelation that Guillen is Mexican, not Venezuelan -- was a definite read-between-the-lines episode.

What lit the fuse was Guillen being asked about former Sox slugger Jim Thome, who had ended the game Tuesday with a two-run, walk-off home run for the rival Minnesota Twins. Guillen had said during spring training, after the Sox opted not to bring Thome back a...