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• Center fielder and leadoff hitter Alejandro De Aza was scratched from Monday's starting lineup with tightness in his back. Jordan Danks replaced De Aza, who was 12-for-27 over his last six games and had 99 starts this season.

• Francisco Liriano has a bruise above his right knee after being struck by Maicer Izturis' fifth-inning grounder during Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Angels. But manager Robin Ventura said the left-hander is fine to make his start on Saturday.

• Major League Baseball announced Monday that Joe Torre, executive vice president for baseball operations, denied the formal protest filed by the Angels over Friday's game at U.S. Cellular Field. The play in question was Paul Konerko's first-inning grounder to third baseman Alberto Callaspo with the bases loaded and nobody out, which turned into a force out at the plate.

Catcher Chris Iannetta's ensuing throw to first pulled Albert Pujols off the bag to keep the bases loaded with one out. Angels manager Mike Scioscia argued that Konerko ran inside the baseline during his last 45 feet to first and should have been ruled out for interference.

• The White Sox are 25-17 against the American League Central, 51-14 when scoring four runs or more and 52-25 when hitting at least one home run.

• White Sox pitchers have limited opponents to a .151 average with runners in scoring position over their last 12 games. Relievers have a 1.15 ERA over the last 14 games.

• Paul Konerko is tied with Darrell Evans for 46th place on the all-time list with 414 home runs.

• Center fielder and leadoff hitter Alejandro De Aza was scratched from Monday's starting lineup with tightness in his back. Jordan Danks replaced De Aza, who was 12-for-27 over his last six games and had 99 starts this season.

• Francisco Liriano has a bruise above his right knee after being struck by Maicer Izturis' fifth-inning grounder during Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Angels. But manager Robin Ventura said the left-hander is fine to make his start on Saturday.

• Major League Baseball announced Monday that Joe Torre, executive vice president for baseball operations, denied the formal protest filed by the Angels over Friday's game at U.S. Cellular Field. The play in question was Paul Konerko's first-inning grounder to third baseman Alberto Callaspo with the bases loaded and nobody out, which turned into a force out at the plate.

Catcher Chris Iannetta's ensuing throw to first pulled Albert Pujols off the bag to keep the bases loaded with one out. Angels manager Mike Scioscia argued that Konerko ran inside the baseline during his last 45 feet to first and should have been ruled out for interference.

• The White Sox are 25-17 against the American League Central, 51-14 when scoring four runs or more and 52-25 when hitting at least one home run.

• White Sox pitchers have limited opponents to a .151 average with runners in scoring position over their last 12 games. Relievers have a 1.15 ERA over the last 14 games.

• Paul Konerko is tied with Darrell Evans for 46th place on the all-time list with 414 home runs.