Thursday was a pretty good day for the White Sox, until their game against the Twins started.
Here are some leftovers from the trade deadline:
*GM Kenny Williams said he began talks in earnest about the Ken Griffey Jr. trade late Wednesday morning, but he had dialogue with Reds GM Walt Jocketty for the past month. The deal was sealed late Wednesday night.
*Here's a juicy one. Word is Williams would have only traded shortstop Orlando Cabrera to one team, the Orioles. Sounds like the Sox were close to getting second baseman Brian Roberts. Alexei Ramirez would have moved to short.
*Griffey is going to wear No. 30, which is Nick Swisher's number. Swisher, a.k.a. "Dirty Thirty,'' is now, I guess, going to be "Dirty No. 1.''
*Williams was in pursuit of Oakland A's closer Huston Street. Could have used him Thursday night.
*Speaking of Thursday night, left-handed reliever Boone Logan was awful, again. Have to wonder how much longer it's going to be before he's shipped to Class AAA Charlotte.
*Don't worry about Paul Konerko being a disruptive force in the clubhouse now that his playing time is going to be trimmed.
"Everyone is on the same page here,'' Konerko said. "It's all about winning. After 2005, the bar gets changed. Anything short of getting to the playoffs and having a crack at it is a failure of a season. This organization is in a good place right now. First things first, we need to win the division, but we have a bulk of players in here that have been to the World Series and know what it takes to win. Once you get that taste you want to do it again.''
*The White Sox have the two most dominant left-handed hitters from their era in the same lineup.
Griffey hit his 608th career home run Wednesday night at Houston. He is one HR shy of Sammy Sosa for fifth place on baseball's all-time list.
Thome hit his 527th career home run Thursday. He ranks 16th in history, 7 behind Jimmie Foxx.
*With Nick Masset now with the Reds, the Sox are going to try getting by with 11 pitchers until Sept. 1, when rosters can expand.
If the bullpen keeps struggling, they might not make it.
*Look for rookie Clayton Richard to move to the pen when Jose Contreras comes off the DL and starts against Boston, most likely on Saturday.