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• Alejandro De Aza didn't want to miss 14 games as the White Sox pushed toward the postseason, but the leadoff hitter and center fielder had to heal his bruised left ribs and then get his timing down through an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte before returning.

"I have my timing all right," said De Aza, who was 5-for-16 over four games with the Knights and homered in his first at-bat against Justin Verlander on Sunday night during the a 4-2 loss. "I've been in a good situation with my hitting approach."

• White Sox manager Robin Ventura believes the spacious dimensions of Comerica Park play a part in the club's 3-18 record over its last 21 played in Detroit.

"There have been some balls hit in the last couple of games that would be home runs in our park that you don't get here," Ventura said. "The ones they hit would have been out of anywhere.

"We probably would have had a couple. It's just the way it goes. It's a different type of ballpark. I think they play very well in it."

• A.J. Pierzynski and Justin Verlander exchanged words during Pierzynski's seventh-inning leadoff at-bat, which eventually resulted in a strikeout during the Tigers' 4-2 victory on Sunday. Verlander said Pierzynski yelled a couple of words he "could not repeat" after the 1-0 pitch, so he yelled back at him after the strikeout.

"I have nothing but respect for Justin," said Pierzynski. "I've seen him a few times off the field and he's always very polite and he threw a great game. He said something and I turned around and was like, 'What?' [Catcher Gerald) Laird said it was nothing so I walked off. But he threw great, he deserves a lot of credit."

• Chris Sale has allowed 12 homers over his last eight starts.

• Alejandro De Aza didn't want to miss 14 games as the White Sox pushed toward the postseason, but the leadoff hitter and center fielder had to heal his bruised left ribs and then get his timing down through an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte before returning.

"I have my timing all right," said De Aza, who was 5-for-16 over four games with the Knights and homered in his first at-bat against Justin Verlander on Sunday night during the a 4-2 loss. "I've been in a good situation with my hitting approach."

• White Sox manager Robin Ventura believes the spacious dimensions of Comerica Park play a part in the club's 3-18 record over its last 21 played in Detroit.

"There have been some balls hit in the last couple of games that would be home runs in our park that you don't get here," Ventura said. "The ones they hit would have been out of anywhere.

"We probably would have had a couple. It's just the way it goes. It's a different type of ballpark. I think they play very well in it."

• A.J. Pierzynski and Justin Verlander exchanged words during Pierzynski's seventh-inning leadoff at-bat, which eventually resulted in a strikeout during the Tigers' 4-2 victory on Sunday. Verlander said Pierzynski yelled a couple of words he "could not repeat" after the 1-0 pitch, so he yelled back at him after the strikeout.

"I have nothing but respect for Justin," said Pierzynski. "I've seen him a few times off the field and he's always very polite and he threw a great game. He said something and I turned around and was like, 'What?' [Catcher Gerald) Laird said it was nothing so I walked off. But he threw great, he deserves a lot of credit."

• Chris Sale has allowed 12 homers over his last eight starts.