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Carlos Quentin 1-for-9 , in Oakland over weekend

Date of competition: Sunday, August 16, 2009

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White Sox slugger and Stanford grad Carlos Quentin figures to be a prominent member of the team's run at an American League Central title. He just needs to relax, says his manager.

Quentin got the day off on Sunday "to give him a rest more mentally than physically," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's struggling pretty good and chasing bad pitches."

Quentin, who is currently nursing a sore knee, exploded offensively last season, hitting .288 with 36 homers and 100 RBIs before breaking a bone in his hand. He still finished fifth in the AL MVP voting.

The road trip was not kind to Quentin, who had four hits in 22 at-bats on the West Coast for a .182 average. He started the trip 3-for-7 and has one hit (against Oakland Saturday) in 15 at-bats since.

"I think he's trying to do too much," Guillen said. "He needs to go out and be himself. Hopefully be comes back strong Monday."

Quentin, a .266 career hitter after the All-Star break, has two home runs among his three hits in five at-bats against the Royals' probable Monday starter Brian Bannister.

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