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It's time: Beckham ready for his closeup with White Sox

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Today, Beckham arrives on the South Side of Chicago.

Only, he arrives without the trophy wife, bendy leg and $250-million pricetag.

Because it's not that Beckham, the Briton who plays soccer.

This here Beckham, infielder Gordon Beckham(notes), has come from the minor leagues to lift the White Sox back to the top of the AL Central standings.

"I hope I can sleep tonight and not think about it," White Sox manager Guillen said sarcastically.

Guillen doesn't expect Beckham, alone, to flip his team's switch and light the way to first place. Just one year ago, the Sox made Beckham the eighth overall pick in the draft. Nice, as was Beckham's .879 OPS in 58 career minor-league games. He's a top prospect, if not quite in the class of Orioles' savior-in-waiting Matt Wieters(notes).

Beckham won't impact the Sox like that if he turns out to be, say, another Kevin Seitzer.

But he is their Mr. X — or Mr. Bex, if you will — of the moment.

Beckham was drafted as a shortstop out of Georgia (maybe you remember him from the '08 College World Series) and figured, long-term, to play second base for the White Sox, with Alexei Ramirez(notes) moving to shortstop this season.

But with few White Sox playing near an All-Star level, bets are off as to where Beckham plays in the field once he gets put into the lineup. He's been working out at third base at Triple-A Charlotte. Beckham reportedly made three errors in his first three games at the hot corner, but that won't scare Guillen into hiding him on the bench so Josh Fields(notes) can continue to hog playing time at third, or Chris Getz(notes) at second.

"Beckham, he's going to play," Guillen said. "Where [is] he going to play? We are going to find out how we are going to start him. We'll move him around, play a little bit of third, second and help the Missile [Ramirez] play a little shortstop. But I have to get him at-bats."

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