By Mark Gonzales, Tribune reporter
4:40 PM CDT, June 25, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS -- It didn't take long for Kevin Youkilis to gain the respect of his new Chicago White Sox teammates.
Youkilis was penciled into the No. 2 spot in the Sox's lineup for Monday's game against the Twins, with incumbent Gordon Beckham sliding down to the No. 9 spot. Beckham said he was on board with the lineup, noting that he has batted in many different spots in the order during his Sox career.
Youkilis admits that he has something to prove as comes to the White Sox with a .233 batting average and only four home runs.
"There's a lot of talking saying, 'You can't play baseball anymore.' I think I can. I think I can play at a high level," Youkilis said. "(But) talk is one thing. I have to go out and prove it with my actions. ... I started out really cold. I haven't been playing up to (my level). I wasn't happy with how I was performing. I was not playing good baseball, wasn't consistent, my playing time went back and forth. It wasn't the way I'm accustomed to playing. I'm excited to come to Chicago and play, have as much fun as I can on the field."
Of the days leading up to his trade, Youkilis said, "It was an uneasy time for me. It was tough for my family, trying to figure out where we're going. But it's a great thing to be in a great city like Chicago and with a lot of great history and I'm very fortunate to play for two baseball teams with such storied franchises."
Rookie outfielder Jordan Danks will relinquish his jersey number 20 to Youkilis, who was acquired Sunday from Boston in exchange for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart.
The younger Danks will wear No. 7.
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