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World Series notebook: Guillen not happy with Baker

Cubs' manager Dusty Baker isn't showing much hometown-love and that's got White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen upset.

Before the postseason began, Baker was asked by ESPN The Magazine who he would be rooting for in the playoffs.

"I got no one to root for," Baker said. "I sure as heck ain't rooting for the White Sox or Cardinals. But maybe Atlanta since they've won all those divisions but only one championship. The Angels just won it against me, so forget them. Anyway, fishing season starts in November. That's my time."

Guillen, who usually heaps praise on crosstown peer, was perplexed by the comments.

"Dusty, I don't like what he said," Guillen told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I thought we were friends."

"That's OK, we'll see [which team] owns the town now," Guillen told the paper.

Wheaties honor
The World Series champion
White Sox will be featured on a special edition Wheaties box,
cereal maker General Mills announced Wednesday.

The special package will feature pitcher Mark Buehrle on both
the front and back of the box. The box will be available nationally
by mid-November.

This is the first time the White Sox have been featured
on a Wheaties package.

Chicago beat the Houston Astros 1-0 on Wednesday night, sweeping
the series in four games.

Last year, the Boston Red Sox were featured on the Wheaties
box.

Aaron Awards
Atlanta's Andruw Jones and Boston's David Ortiz
were picked as the 2005 recipients of the Hank Aaron Award, given
annually to the best offensive players in each league as voted by
fans.

Jones led the major leagues with 51 home runs and topped the NL
with 128 RBI. Jones hit his 50th homer in September, becoming the
12th player in major league history to reach 300 homers before his
30th birthday.

Ortiz led the major leagues with 148 RBI. The designated hitter
hit 47 home runs and had an AL-leading 88 extra-base hits.

Aaron, baseball's home run king, was on hand to give the awards
to Jones and Ortiz before Game 4 of the World Series.

El Duque OK
White Sox reliever Orlando Hernandez was ready to
pitch the day after leaving Game 3 of the World Series with a neck
injury.
El Duque faced seven batters in one-plus inning Tuesday night,
striking out two and walking four. The right-hander hurt his neck
and left shoulder trying to pick off Chris Burke from first.
"I was throwing during practice and I'm feeling good,"
Hernandez said Wednesday. "I feel a little sore, a little tight.
But the treatment I got helped a lot."
Hernandez went 9-9 with a 5.12 ERA with one save in 24
appearances for the White Sox this season. He said the neck injury
didn't hinder his throwing motion, but limited how far he could
turn his head.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen wanted to keep Hernandez out of
Game 4 if he could.
"Hopefully, when the game starts, he'll be ready and hopefully,
we won't need to use him," Guillen said.

National Pride
All over the bars and restaurants,
baseball fans are abuzz about Oswaldo.

While he's called Ozzie Guillen in the United States,
Venezuelans know the White Sox manager by his full name. And with
Chicago on the verge of winning the World Series, pride is swelling
for the national hero.

"We love Ozzie," Simon Lopez said in one packed nightspot.
"He plays a different baseball: Caribbean style."

Fans in the South American country on the Caribbean coast tend
to root for the major league teams with the best Venezuelan
representation.

Daniel Barrios, a 27-year-old civil engineer, said he would be
rooting for the Houston Astros if not for Guillen's presence with
the White Sox.

"Interest has grown a lot," Lopez said. "This series has
gotten a lot of Venezuelans involved."

Music to their ears
The Houston Astros are much more likely to boot
scoot to country music than bob their heads to hip-hop.

But that hasn't stopped two rappers from Houston -- the new rap
hotbed -- from putting a baseball twist on their latest hits to pay
homage to the Astros' first World Series appearance.

Chamillionaire's remix of "Turn It Up" and Paul Wall's remix
of "They Don't Know" have been getting heavy local radio
rotation, and both songs were played Tuesday night at Minute Maid
Park during Game 3 against the Chicago White Sox.

"Making the song was a natural for me because I'm such a big
fan," said Wall, who remembers watching the Astros as a child from
the $1 upper deck seats at the now defunct Astrodome.

Wall and Chamillionaire are former partners turned bitter
rivals, so it's no surprise that they would have dueling Astros
anthems.

"I just wanted to give some encouragement to the team," said
Chamillionaire, whose debut album, "The Sound of Revenge" comes
out next month. "Because I know that in my world of hip-hop a lot
of people pay attention to baseball. I just wanted to be a part of
this history."

Straying from his teammates -- who keep country music videos
playing on the clubhouse TVs -- third baseman Morgan Ensberg was
excited about the raps and couldn't wait to hear them. "That's the
coolest thing I've ever heard," he said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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