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Even this far down, Sox third-base coach McEwing sees upside

Updated: August 27, 2013 6:37AM



Third-base coach Joe McEwing is a glass-half-full, upbeat guy. His nickname is ‘‘Super Joe.’’ If ever that glass were to tip, it would be during this dreadful White Sox season.

But McEwing finds a way.

‘‘You have to stay positive,’’ he said. “This game is not easy, and errors are a part of the game. When you don’t win, it snowballs.’’

McEwing insists the Sox are still playing hard even though they are 19 games below .500.

‘‘Absolutely — guys are still getting after it, and that’s all you can ask for,’’ he said, dismissing any notion that players are going through the motions. ‘‘It always looks that way when you’re struggling as a ballclub, that you’re not playing with energy or getting after it. These guys are putting in the work, and that’s all you can ask for.’’

As a coaching staff, ‘‘this is where you sit back, you observe and evaluate and see what adjustments need to be made,’’ he said. ‘‘Nobody envisioned this, but it’s going on, it’s happening, and you have to step forward and see where you are at.’’

In uniform

At Jake Peavy’s request, the Sox wore their 1983 throwback uniforms Thursday. Those uniforms are normally used on home Sunday dates. The starting pitcher chooses the team jersey on his day; Peavy hadn’t worn it, and he didn’t wear the 1972 throwbacks last season, so he asked manager Robin Ventura for an OK.

‘‘We all know the situation [that he might get traded], and I hadn’t pitched in these, and these are so cool,’’ Peavy said. ‘‘When [clubhouse manager] Vinny [Fresso] asked me if we were wearing black or white, I said, ‘How about those? Let’s get the Sunday uniform out.’ And I appreciate Robin letting me wear it.’’

Ventura, like most of the players, likes the 83s and said they might get used on home day games the rest of the year.

This and that

Gordon Beckham fielded ground balls and worked around second base with McEwing before the game. He said his left wrist ‘‘felt good,’’ and Ventura said he could play Friday.

Alexei Ramirez stole his 21st base, a career high. The shortstop also made his 18th error, two shy of his career worst, as the Sox matched last season’s total of 70 errors with 63 games to play.

Matt Lindstrom has pitched 72/3 scoreless innings over his last nine appearances.

◆ The Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander is 0-2 with an 8.31 ERA against the Sox. He was 12-1, 2.23 against them from 2009 to 2012.



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