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Youkilis gives Ventura lineup flexibility

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Youkilis gives Ventura lineup flexibility

MINNEAPOLIS -- No Paul Konerko? No problem.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura has a little flexibility these days with Kevin Youkilis on his roster.

Even though Konerko sat out Wednesday for routine maintenance, Ventura didnt have to think hard to find an able replacement. He simply slid Youkilis from third base over to first base and place him in the third spot in the lineup, dropping Adam Dunn to cleanup.

Eduardo Escobar is hitting second in the series finale against the Minnesota Twins and play third.

I think today is just a good day to play with that and have Youk bat third and more of a prototypical second hitter with Escobar and move it around a bit, Ventura said. Move (Dunn) to fourth. More of you look at who youre playing that day and see how that roster that day fits. That looked like the best lineup to me.

Konerko isnt the only regular out of the lineup.

Ventura is also giving Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo the afternoon off. Jordan Danks is playing in left and hitting eighth while Orlando Hudson will hit ninth and play second base.

Its for the long haul, Ventura said. A 12 oclock start for some of them. There are guys who got to play. This is a good time. We got these days games like this. It gets these guys in there who have been on the bench for a little bit and give them energy and move them around a bit.

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.  

Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”

Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

The White Sox released this statement:

Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.