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Ventura stands by his shortstop



The facts: 7:10 p.m., CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.

The starters: Andre Rienzo (0-0, 4.42 ERA) vs. Mike Pelfrey (4-10, 5.32).

The REST OF tHE series

Friday: 7:10 p.m, Ch. 26, 670-AM, 97.5-FM. Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.70) vs. Kevin Correia (8-8, 4.59).

Saturday: 6:10 p.m., Ch. 9, 670-AM, 97.5-FM. Chris Sale (8-11, 2.73) vs. Andrew Albers (2-0, 0.00).

Sunday: 1:10 p.m., CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM. Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.37) vs. Samuel Deduno (7-6, 3.54).

Updated: August 14, 2013 10:25PM

Never one to call out players in public, manager Robin Ventura cut Alexei Ramirez some slack the morning after the struggling shortstop made three errors.

“He’ll come back and make a play that nobody else in the league can make,’’ Ventura said. “You don’t know exactly what it is. He has a lot of other stuff going on that, it’s tough to deal with at times. That’s stuff that’s off the field. It’s hard to have him separate those two at times.’’

Ventura was alluding to a family tragedy that has weighed on Ramirez since spring training, when he left the team for a few days in late February after his father-in-law was killed in Miami.

Twenty errors match his career high, but Ventura sees them as something of a fluke.

“I don’t see this repeating itself,’’ he said.

Aside from a shortage of homers (three), Ramirez’s bat has been fine. He extended his hitting streak to 11 with two hits Wednesday and is hitting .313 over the last 58 games. He hasn’t missed a game all season.

Danks falls to 2-10

A game-tying three-run homer by Miguel Cabrera, the reigning MVP’s 38th, and two unearned runs prevented left-hander John Danks from leading the White Sox to a series sweep against the Tigers.

Danks (4.54 ERA) fell to 2-10 after giving up nine hits and a walk in 71/3 innings.

The Sox had their first winning homestand (6-4 against the Twins, Yankees and Tigers) since late May.

This and that

Third baseman Conor Gillaspie’s throwing error that scored two runs and gave Detroit a 6-3 lead in the sixth raised the number of unearned runs given up by Sox pitchers to 54. It was a tough error on Gillaspie, who has played sound defense his rookie season but was charged with two Wednesday. He made a diving stop and bounced the throw straight at first baseman Jeff Keppinger , who Ventura said was late getting to the bag.

Paul Konerko was given the day off. “Guys at that age [37] get a little tighter a day game after a night game,’’ Ventura said. “Let him have a little spa day.’’

Dayan Viciedo pinch-hit and flied out. He had missed four consecutive games and six in eight with a sore left thumb.

◆ The Sox had 14 hits, all singles.


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