Youkilis just trying to settle in with new club

Youkilis just trying to settle in with new club

Youkilis just trying to settle in with new club
MINNEAPOLIS -- After a whirlwind few days, life is finally slowing down a little bit for Kevin Youkilis.

Chicago's new third baseman said he woke up tired on Tuesday, but it was nothing a nap didn't fix. The past 24 hours provided Youkilis with a sense of stability.

"I think being here and just going to the hotel and coming to the field -- having a normal 24 hours -- I think it's a lot easier to just concentrate on playing," he said.

Youkilis went 1-for-4 with a single on Monday in his White Sox debut. He saw a total of 23 pitches in his four at-bats. Manager Robin Ventura started him at third base and slotted him second in the batting order again on Tuesday.

"Youk battled," Ventura said. "He sees a lot of pitches and fouls stuff off. That stuff will carry over to the rest of the lineup."

After playing with the Red Sox since 2004, distancing himself from his old club isn't exactly easy. It's a work in progress that Youkilis takes seriously.

"I'm kind of trying each day to push it away because this is my new team," Youkilis said. "My old team -- I can still keep in contact with those guys and stay friends with them. But it's not my team anymore. It's good to be in first place, rather than at the bottom."

Youkilis is already on the good side of his new club's most prominent fan -- President Barack Obama. Obama thanked a Boston crowd for Youkilis during a campaign speech on Monday.

"It's probably a better way to get mentioned by the President than other ways," Youkilis said. "So it's a good thing."