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Players agree with GM Hahn's critical comments

SEATTLE -- During a Sunday morning interview on the WSCR 670-AM, the White Sox flagship radio station, general manager Rick Hahn described his team's past week of futility as "difficult" and "embarrassing."

And those comments came before Sunday's 2-0 loss to the A's, which marked the third time the White Sox had been shut out over the six-game skid.

On Monday afternoon at Safeco Field, the White Sox players weren't about to disagree with their man in charge.

"I concur," said White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers when apprised of Hahn's comments.

"Yeah, we lost six games in a row," said White Sox veteran reliever Matt Thornton.

It's not just the consecutive losses for the White Sox but also how they've transpired and when. The A's outscored the South Siders by a 9-3 margin, while the Cubs pummeled their crosstown rival to the tune of 24-6.

Losing to a rival such as the Cubs, especially one that clearly sits in the midst of a rebuilding process, could heighten that embarrassment spoken of by Hahn. But for the players, it's all part of the same bad feeling.

"You try not to put any extra weight on it," said Flowers of facing the Cubs. "They aren't more important games, but they are more fun games. The whole city is involved and representing the city and that's not how we want to do it."

These six straight losses followed up nine wins in 12 games for the White Sox, including a home sweep of the Marlins two weekends ago that brought them back to .500. The cause of this funk is largely the team's lack of offense, and the White Sox understand something better start happening soon on the field or Hahn might make roster changes from off of it.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out," White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn said. "Especially offensively. We haven't done anything that we're remotely capable of doing."

"We have to go out and start playing better baseball as a whole, as an entire team," Thornton said. "It's not for lack of trying. It's not for lack of us pulling for each other. To this day, it's one of the best clubhouses I've ever been a part of, without a doubt. But at the same time we have to start performing or this is not going to be a very fun season."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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