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By TIMES WIRES
Published June 25, 2006
CHICAGO - White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen reacted angrily during Friday night's postgame news conference when asked about a report on espndeportes.com that quoted him as saying he would not undergo the sensitivity training that commissioner Bud Selig ordered.
Guillen was fined Thursday and ordered by Selig to undergo training after an obscenity-laden tirade against Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti in which the manager used a derogatory term that describes someone's sexual orientation.
Asked about the report after the game, the manager responded with a lengthy diatribe in which he said he first needs to take English classes "to understand what they're talking about" and threatened to "start being nasty with the media" if they continued to ask questions about it.
"It's a really uncomfortable situation for me," Guillen said. "I don't need this job. It's hard every day. ... If someone tries to play games, I'm sorry, but you've got the wrong guy."
Guillen got up and walked out of the interview room. A few minutes later, he said through a team spokesman he will undergo the training.
First baseman-outfielder Brian Jordan will be out at least six to eight weeks with a nondisplaced fracture of his right clavicle. Jordan, who went on the DL last week, aggravated the injury throwing before the game against the Devil Rays.
Cleveland placed outfielder Jason Michaels on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle and purchased the contract of left-hander Jeremy Sowers from Triple-A Buffalo and added him to the major-league roster.
Setup man Duaner Sanchez has a pinched nerve in his neck and is day to day. Also, catcher Paul Lo Duca left Saturday's game because of a bruised left thumb.
Boston extended its club record to 12 games without an error. The Red Sox have just three in 20 games and lead the majors in fielding percentage.
Minnesota designated-hitter Rondell White flew to Cincinnati to get a cortisone shot and an MRI on his left shoulder. White had surgery in the offseason on the separated shoulder and has not been able to regain his hitting stroke.
Injured rightfielder Gary Sheffield sat in the dugout with two of his sons during Old-Timers' Day festivities. Sheffield has a cast on his surgically repaired left wrist, but he said it feels better since he got his stitches out recently. The slugger expects to return in September. "I feel like if I have a full September I can go into the playoffs 100 percent ready," he said. "It's hard for me to sit here and watch." The 37-year-old Sheffield said he plans to play three more seasons after this one because he has things he wants to accomplish. And he would like to play those seasons in New York. "I hope so, but I don't control that. My thing is, I'm going to play three regardless," he said. Sheffield said the injury gets him out of having to change diapers - he and his wife had a baby boy, Noah, on June 15.