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White Sox stay hot since Miguel Cairo's message boils

Miguel Cairo’s stint as acting White Sox manager was hardly game old when he had to remove something from his chest.

“I saw something I didn’t like in that game and I couldn’t let it go,” Cairo said of the 9-7 loss to the Royals on August 30.

“By then, it was probably a month and a little bit. And I let them know how I felt about it. ‘Are you in or out? If you’re out, let me know.’ If you are in, go for it.

The message was received loud and clear.

The White Sox beat the Rockies 4-2 at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday and improved to 10-4 in Cairo’s stint as substitute manager.

The Aug. 30 game against Kansas City was the first game in which Tony La Russa went on indefinite leave for health reasons, and Cairo’s first as an interim skipper.

However, what Kylo was feeling at that point had been brewing for some time.

“It was boiling because we know we’re better than what we’ve shown,” Cairo said. It was a bit frustrating that we weren’t able to play as well as we had shown, partly because there were so many.”

Cairo was shy when asked what he didn’t like about the Royals’ game.

“We have to respect who is the leader of the team,” Cairo said. “You have to respect who the manager is. That’s respect for Tony.”

But whatever Cairo’s gripes about the match, he said, La Lusa agreed with him.

And whatever it was, it “really connected with some guys and really led to creating that kind of mindset,” Liam Hendricks said.

“I think my energy level has gone up a little bit,” Hendricks added. “And it just came with his little message: ‘If you don’t want to be here, get out of hell.'”

Since then, the White Sox have won frequently. Tuesday’s win started with Michael Kopech pitching his two-run ball of his fifth inning.

Kopech gets run support on long balls. Eloy Jiménez hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Jose Abreu added an insurance solo blast in the eighth inning before Hendrix secured the save.

“What we’ve been doing over the last 10 years is [games] Kopech said. “But we have a lot of work to do. If we can get a win like we did tonight, the next few weeks should be fun.”

The Sox kept pace in the AL Central race after the Guardians defeated the Angels on Tuesday night. and has four wins in losses.

As Kopech said, there is work to be done. And it starts with what the Sox do in their game.

“I don’t really care what they do,” Kylo said after the Guardians game. “We have to handle business, us.

“We’re playing the way we’re supposed to, but anything can happen. We have to handle business.”

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