CHICAGO -- Don't look solely at Gavin Floyd's 11-11 record from 2009 to declare his second full season with the White Sox a step down from his breakout 17-8 effort in '08.
"Actually, I felt like I pitched better than the year before," Floyd said. "But wins and losses, they happen some days, and some days they don't. You just kind of take it for what it is. Don't put too much purpose behind those things. You just don't put everything on those things."
Thursday's series finale against Cleveland features Floyd's first start of the campaign. His sore left hip that cost him the last two weeks of the 2009 season has healed, and Floyd is looking forward to not just improving on his .500 mark but consistently giving the White Sox a chance to win.
"This is definitely different from Spring Training," Floyd said. "The fans, atmosphere. You are playing for a purpose now, more of a purpose, winning a game. You try to keep the same attitude, the same mindset and try to go out there and focus on each pitch."