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Chicago White Sox

Stadium: U.S. Cellular Field | Manager: Robin Ventura
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
White Sox.2546301464.31
AL Central Division3rd4th2nd4th
American League 5th8th5th13th

Notes, Quotes

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--DH Adam Dunn went 0-for-3 in the win Tuesday, with his average dropping to .150. Manager Ozzie Guillen is now thinking that getting Dunn involved by having him play some first base might be the next step in trying to get him going. "An ideal situation is to get on the field at first base and the next day, have it off -- make sure he's not sore," Guillen said. "A lot of people say first base is easy, but it's the only position that you move every pitch." Dunn would rather just swing his way out of the slump. "The more I think about it, the more I want to get good at (being a DH) -- this is what I do," Dunn said. "I don't want something like, 'Well, he's (lousy) right now, so let's put him out on the field.' I want to be able to be a good DH, so I want to get that down first."

--LHP Mark Buehrle, who has been struggling this season, makes his sixth start of the year Wednesday in the Bronx. He is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA. Buehrle is coming off a start against the Tigers in which he allowed six runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, but the problem is New York might not be the best place for Buehrle to turn things around. The southpaw has a 1-7 career record and a 6.68 ERA against the Yankees, with his one win the fewest among American League opponents. The Sox have had three consecutive solid starts going into Buehrle's start, with LHP John Danks, RHP Phil Humber and RHP Gavin Floyd having enjoyed stellar performances.

--RHP Phil Humber cemented his spot in the rotation until RHP Jake Peavy is healthy, as he no-hit the Yankees into the seventh inning Monday before Alex Rodriguez broke it up. Humber (2-2) has held right-handed hitters to a .107 average this season. The interesting decision will be if Humber keeps pitching this well, would the team bump him to a middle-relief role or possibly keep him as a spot starter to make sure the rotation stays fresh. Either way, as long as Humber continues pitching like this, it definitely gives Peavy time to fully recover. "The way Humber pitched against that lineup, it's pretty amazing," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He did a tremendous job."

--OF Alex Rios said his sore left big toe is an ongoing issue that he has dealt with for "a couple of years now." The best way to cure it? Play through it. "It's not something I'm worried about," Rios said. "It's not going to keep me out of a game." Manager Ozzie Guillen gave Rios a day off Sunday because he was in an 0-for-20 slump, but he was back in the starting lineup for the New York series and went 1-for-4 in each of the first two games.

--LHP Will Ohman has regained the confidence of manager Ozzie Guillen, after the southpaw had a rocky first week of the season. Over his last nine games, Ohman has allowed just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings pitched for a 1.59 ERA. Ohman had a 12.46 ERA through his first five appearances.

BY THE NUMBERS
2 -- Consecutive wins for the White Sox over the Yankees in New York. The last time the White Sox did that was August 2005.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I think this kid is cold-blooded, but I don't want to take a chance to put him in a situation he shouldn't be in. We have to go little by little, one step at a time, and hopefully when he gets out there he does the job." -- Manager Ozzie Guillen, on how he plans to handle Sergio Santos in the closer role for the time being.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJose Abreu , 1B.319
HRJose Abreu , 1B35
RBIJose Abreu , 1B104
OBPJose Abreu , 1B.385
SLGJose Abreu , 1B.593
RAlexei Ramirez , SS79
SBAlexei Ramirez , SS21
WChris Sale , SP12
ERAChris Sale , SP2.20
WHIPChris Sale , SP0.96
KChris Sale , SP198
SVJake Petricka , RP13
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