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June was bad, but July may be sad for White Sox

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Updated: August 2, 2013 7:31AM

As bad as June was for the White Sox, July might be more unsettling as the trade deadline nears.

Manager Robin Ventura admitted it can be difficult for players, especially for those who might be going through the rumor mill for the first time, but he said clubhouse humor can be a tension-breaker.

‘‘There is some of that that goes on,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘It’s inevitable to joke around any time a guy’s name is going to come up or rumors [arise] that guys are going. Some guys handle that better than others. Some guys, it doesn’t bother them. Some guys, it does affect the way they play and it is a distraction.

‘‘If it seems like it might be getting to them, you have to help them out. You have to make sure [they] focus.’’

The numbers

Sox starters have gone 2-5 with a 5.40 ERA in their last eight home games after going 15-13 with a 2.94 ERA in their previous 28 games at U.S. Cellular Field.

† The Sox haven’t hit a home run — their main scoring weapon — in three games. That hadn’t happened at home since
Sept. 18-27, 2010.

† The Sox went without an extra-base hit for the seventh time this season, five of those at home.

† The Sox have been swept in a series six times this season, and they have been shut out eight times.

† The Sox have scored four runs or fewer in 26 of their last 36 games.

40-homer pace

Slugger Adam Dunn is hitting below .200 overall, but he hit .273 in June and his 21 homers put him on a pace to finish with 43. That would be his seventh season with at least 40 homers.

Dunn led the American League with 21 walks in June, and his nine homers were tied for the second-most in the league.

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