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Ventura, White Sox staying confident through ups and downs

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Ventura, White Sox staying confident through ups and downs

Robin Ventura stayed optimistic during the White Sox's five-game losing streak earlier this month, but he's also not going to remain content carrying a five-game winning streak into Monday's contest against the Cleveland Indians.

The White Sox are back at .500 for the first time since Opening Day, and know they still have some work to do to gain ground in the American League Central. 

But their confidence, through the ups and downs, is starting to show.

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"You just continue to let them play. It’s their confidence that needs to be high. Mine’s going to be the same every day, regardless," Ventura said. "You’re just picking and choosing who’s in there, or maybe some decisions that need to be made in the bullpen.

"But these are the guys that actually go out there, and they’re looking at pitches, swinging at strikes, doing the same stuff that we’re doing right now. Their confidence is quite a bit higher than it’s been earlier in the year."

A good place to continue that momentum is at home, where the White Sox have had the most success (10-5) this season, with their ace Chris Sale on the mound dueling against last year's AL Cy Young winner in Corey Kluber.

"It’s a great matchup. Anytime Kluber’s going, he’s good," Ventura said. "We have a lot of respect for him. We’ve seen him a lot and he deserved that Cy Young. You just have to find a way to get on base and make something happen. And with Sale going we’re always confident."

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Confident, but even-keeled.

"Nobody’s having parties in there and doing that," Ventura said. "You continue to do your business. You have confidence but you still play the game and pick up on the things you feel are important."

"I think right now it’s about playing baseball, and I think these guys are confident when they go out there that they’re going to win a game."

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

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Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.