Before last night's game, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had nothing but good things to say about new Orioles' manager Buck Showalter.

"Those guys are going to play better for him for some reason. Buck is the type of guy who demands players, day in and day out, to play good baseball," Guillen said. "He only takes that job for a reason. He takes that job because he's a guy who maybe, hopefully can put those guys back where they want to be. I don't know him very well but when I see him with the organizations, he does a tremendous job. Believe me, I think they have good ballplayers, if you go player by player. Maybe their pitching staff is going to be better. I don't have anything against Baltimore managers in the past, but to me he seems like the right guy."


A couple of hours later, Guillen, however, appeared none too pleased by Showalter staying on the field for an extended period to argue first-base umpire Jerry Crawford's ruling of a catch by Chicago right fielder Carlos Quentin on Felix Pie's sinking liner in the seventh inning. Crawford, by the way, blew the call as replays showed that Quentin had caught it, but only after it hopped off the ground.

After watching Showalter engage in a long conversation with Crawford while Chicago starter John Danks waited on the mound, a displeased Guillen went out to have words with third-base umpire Chris Guccione. Guillen later told reporters that Showalter was "doing his job" and he didn't blame him. Instead, he blamed Crawford for allowing Showalter to stay out there so long, and in effect, disrupt Danks' rhythm.

Showalter appeared to glare in Guillen's direction as both managers headed back to the dugout.

Two innings later, with Orioles closer Alfredo Simon warming up before the top of the ninth inning, Guillen came out to question the presence of a stadium worker who was standing over the batter's eye in center field, either hosing down the ivy or helping prepare for the postgame fireworks show.

No further incident took place; however, the next three days could be interesting as Showalter and Guillen have never been the best of friends.

During Guillen's first year managing the White Sox in 2004, he felt that Showalter showed a lack of respect to him by questioning his knowledge of the rules. That prompted Guillen to say: "Mr. Baseball never even got a hit in Triple-A. I was a better player than him, I have more money than him and I'm better looking than him."

Asked again after last night's game about Showalter's effect on the Orioles, who won 2-1 in the 10th inning to improve to 4-0 under Showalter, Guillen said, "Believe me, managers don't make baseball team. They make them play better, but when you pitch the way they pitched against us and the kind of offense they have, you win games.''