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Ozzie Guillen turns quiet after Bobby Jenks' latest meltdown

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Nobody in his or her right mind should want White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen to stop talking.

Guillen's near-daily rants are only the greatest things, like, ever. He's almost always funny and, sometimes, ya' learn somethin'.

And yet, the continued struggles of closer Bobby Jenks(notes) finally seemed to push Guillen's heretofore undiscovered mute button Thursday afternoon.

After Jenks blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers — his third big meltdown in the past 2 1/2 weeks — Guillen could not find his words.

No, really. Guillen did not know what to say after being asked if Jenks is still his closer, even though the White Sox won 6-4 in 11 innings.

Via the Chicago Tribune:

"You know what?" Guillen said before a long pause. "Ask Bobby what he wants to do. I don't know."

Wow. Guillen, ever the chatterbox, tried to keep talking. But he wasn't saying much.

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Via MLB.com:

"I don't say we've lost confidence, but the last three times he blew the game, he gave up three or four runs," Guillen said.

"Right now, I don't know yet. Like I keep saying, when Bobby's the closer, our bullpen is better. But right now, I've got to wait and see what I'm going to do the next couple of days."

Jenks has a 10.56 ERA in the second half. He's blown leads, in sometimes spectacular fashion, at Minnesota, Seattle and Detroit. But he's also had near-perfect moments, and only has three blown saves in 26 opportunities this season. The manager won't let him get away on that technicality.

Guillen has tried threatening Jenks. Almost in the same breath, he also tried sticking up for him.

If Jenks is right, the White Sox — with set-up men Matt Thornton(notes) and J.J. Putz(notes) — are tough to mount a comeback against. Overall, they're a major league-best 38-13 since June 9.

The only problem is, the Sox never know when Jenks will be wrong. Chicago's lead on second-place Minnesota would be more comfortable than 1 1/2 games, minus Jenks' meltdowns.

They got away with one Thursday.

"I know it's very cliché, but it's very important that we did get that win," Jenks said. "In the big picture, that inning means nothing as long as we got the win. As cliché as it might be, that's the fact of what happened."

Yeah, no thanks to you, Bobby. Jenks needs to get the save, not the manager's tongue.

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