AROUND THE CACTUS LEAGUE

Feud Between Thomas, White Sox Simmers

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Former White Sox star Frank Thomas and Chicago GM Kenny Williams talked by telephone for 20 minutes to discuss their escalated verbal feud.

Williams called Thomas "an idiot" and "selfish" Sunday after reading the ex-slugger's comments in a newspaper interview in which he reiterated that he wasn't happy with his send-off from the team after 16 years.

Now with the Athletics, Thomas called Williams on Sunday night, left a message, and Williams returned the call.

Thomas, speaking to reporters at the A's complex in Phoenix yesterday, didn't go into details about the conversation with Williams.

"You know, it was a heated discussion. Lasted for a while. But, I think everything that needs to be said was said," Thomas said. . . .

All-star SS Michael Young is switching back to second base -- a temporary move that isn't for the Rangers. When Young joins Team USA later this week to begin preparations for the World Baseball Classic, he will go as a second baseman. It will be the first time he's taken grounders at second since AL MVP Alex Rodriguez left Texas two years ago. Derek Jeter , who remained at shortstop in New York while Rodriguez shifted to third base, is the shortstop for Team USA.


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