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Sox’s Guillen warns: Hit us and we’ll hit you

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had a warning for the rest of the league: Hit our players and our pitchers will retaliate.

Guillen was upset Sunday after Paul Konerko, Scott Podsednik and Gordon Beckham got hit by pitches by the Cleveland staff a night earlier in Chicago’s 8-5 win. Guillen acknowledged he didn’t think the Indians were throwing at them, but he’s had enough of watching his players get hit.

“Yesterday I get upset, they hit one guy and they throw in into another guy. I got upset. I know for a fact they’re not throwing at nobody, but enough is enough,” Guillen said. “I have Konerko bruised all over the place. Around the league, be careful because we’re going to hit people. I don’t care if I get suspended because I need to protect my players.”

The White Sox have been hit by pitches 45 times this season, fifth in the majors. The Indians have been hit 65 times, most in the majors.

“When we went to Cleveland they hit two guys, not on purpose, but someone can get hurt out there. You can pitch in, but if you don’t know how don’t do it,” he said. “It gets to the point when they hit us seven times, 20 times in one week and we hit one and they’re the headhunters and that’s a (problem) with major league baseball.”

Guillen also warned, if he suspects a pitcher intentionally throwing at one of his players expect multiple retaliation.

“If I see someone hit my player, and I know they hit him on purpose it’s two guys going down. I don’t care if I get suspended,” Guillen said. “I rather have me suspended for two games than have my players on the DL for 30 days.”

Big-spending Pirates?

The Pittsburgh Pirates can’t compete with the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers in free agency. Where they are competitive financially with baseball’s big boys is the June draft.

The Pirates completed a weekend of expensive signings by reaching terms Sunday with sixth-round pick Zack Von Rosenberg, a Louisiana high school pitcher who got $1.2 million to turn pro and not pitch for national champion LSU. It’s the most money paid any draft pick below the first round.

With several lower-round picks still expected to sign – they have deals with 21 of 51 picks – the Pirates have spent slightly less than $8 million on draft picks, which should put them at or near the top among major league teams.

By reaching terms with Von Rosenberg, the Pirates have deals with their top 10 picks.

Reds careful with Rolen

Reds third baseman Scott Rolen was evaluated in Cincinnati for concussion-like symptoms and will remain inactive for several more days until his symptoms have improved.

Rolen was scratched from Saturday’s starting lineup in San Francisco and then sent home to be examined by concussion specialist Dr. John Brannan. He was hit in the head by a pitch last Sunday against Colorado.

He was scheduled to rejoin the team today in St. Louis, where he will be tested again. This time, the Reds plan to use a computerized test called “ImPACT.” The test was developed by the Sports Concussion Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and puts the brain to work and derives data about points of trauma – measuring attention, memory, processing speed and reaction time.

Short hops

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired Cincinnati right-hander David Weathers, 3-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 43 games, for a player to be named later. … Colorado right-hander Aaron Cook will skip his scheduled start Tuesday because the Rockies are concerned their No. 1 starter’s jammed right big toe might become a lingering problem. Cook said he would see a foot specialist on today. … The Oakland Athletics selected left-hander Jay Marshall from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday and sent down righty Clayton Mortensen.

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