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Scouts watch White Sox pull Alex Rios for not hustling

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09:51 AM ET 07.20 | Right fielder Alex Rios was pulled after six innings of the White Sox's 6-4 loss to the Braves Friday night, but it had nothing to do with a potential trade. Rios, whom several teams have been scouting heavily, was pulled after six innings for not hustling while grounding into an inning-ending double play in the fifth inning. "We expect more than that," manager Robin Ventura said. "It was simple." Rios, 32, is batting .270 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs. He is 2-for-20 since his six-hit game against the Tigers on July 9, but he hit a two-run double in the third inning Friday. "There are expectations, and we're not starting the second half that way," Ventura said. "It was simple. He'll be back in. But tonight, that's what happens when you don't run." Rios is owed about $20 million through 2014. Sox executive vice president Ken Williams has become more involved in potential acquisitions and has scouted the minor leagues, according to a source.

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July 20, 2013  09:59 AM ET

I don't blame them, he makes a lot of money!

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July 20, 2013  10:33 AM ET

It seems like once the trade rumors about him began to circulate, his play started to nosedive. Maybe he really loves Chicago and is trying to stay by completely sucking and copping an attitude.

July 20, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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It seems like once the trade rumors about him began to circulate, his play started to nosedive.

Yeah, but running backwards to first base? That's taking it too far

July 20, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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Yeah, but running backwards to first base? That's taking it too far

Maybe that will impress the scouts of teams like Arizona and Colorado.

July 20, 2013  11:20 AM ET

This would have made 1st Page News if Billy Martin was managing!!!

July 20, 2013  11:34 AM ET

Players love to play lazy after all,the got a long term contract why worried?

July 20, 2013  12:23 PM ET

It do run downhill. Ventura has his own problems. HIs team blew a three game lead last year going 4-11 to finish out the season, and this year he misses two games to attend his daughters graduation from high school, fine, and his son's junior high graduation? Unless he figures that is his son's last graduation ceremony, then it does raise a question or two. It is 50/50 he is there next year. Who knows, Rios may outlast him there.

July 20, 2013  12:26 PM ET
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It do run downhill. Ventura has his own problems. HIs team blew a three game lead last year going 4-11 to finish out the season, and this year he misses two games to attend his daughters graduation from high school, fine, and his son's junior high graduation? Unless he figures that is his son's last graduation ceremony, then it does raise a question or two. It is 50/50 he is there next year. Who knows, Rios may outlast him there.

I wouldn't mind seeing a new manager next year.

July 20, 2013  03:48 PM ET
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I wouldn't mind seeing a new manager next year.

I think you will. Not sure he wants the job that bad either. No wa is he in it for the long haul.

July 20, 2013  08:31 PM ET

He hit a grand slam today. F-u coach!

July 20, 2013  09:10 PM ET
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He hit a grand slam today. F-u coach!

That's only because he lit a fire under his butt by benching him. His stragety worked.

July 21, 2013  12:23 AM ET
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That's only because he lit a fire under his butt by benching him. His stragety worked.

It's only up from here!

July 21, 2013  12:24 AM ET
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That's only because he lit a fire under his butt by benching him. His stragety worked.

His strategy was to raise his trade value.

 
July 21, 2013  01:55 AM ET

Hardly anybody hustles in MLB anymore.

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