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• Chris Sale allowed five runs in a home start Saturday for the first time this season. He had allowed three runs combined over his previous three home starts, covering 20 2/3 innings.

• Orlando Hudson recorded the second grand slam of his career and third pinch-hit home run of his career with his shot in the eighth inning Saturday.

• White Sox pitchers combined to strike out 16 in Saturday's 10-4 loss.

• Dewayne Wise replaced Alejandro De Aza in center field and at the leadoff spot in the batting order Saturday. De Aza was scratched with flu-like symptoms.

• Robin Ventura agreed upon a three-year contract when he took over as White Sox manager. But don't look for Ventura to be a managerial lifer based on his response to that question Saturday.

"No, I can't," said Ventura, when asked if he saw himself managing as long as Walter Alston or Tommy Lasorda did. "Those guys did it a long time, and I'm hoping to get through this one."

• At the start of action Saturday, seven American League teams had better records than the White Sox, and six were better than the division-leading Tigers. Neither team in the AL Central has proven to be dominant, but that fact doesn't mean the division winner would be considered a second-tier playoff team.

"It's competitive," Ventura said of the division. "There are some teams having good years in other divisions. But whichever team gets in, it's not going to be a cake walk for anybody else."

"I don't think people are going, 'Let's get in the playoffs and I hope we get the White Sox or Tigers,'" Chicago starting pitcher Jake Peavy said. "I can't see people lining up at the door saying we want to play these teams. The top two teams in our division are as good as any team on any given day and can certainly be dangerous and very capable of winning the World Series."

• Chris Sale allowed five runs in a home start Saturday for the first time this season. He had allowed three runs combined over his previous three home starts, covering 20 2/3 innings.

• Orlando Hudson recorded the second grand slam of his career and third pinch-hit home run of his career with his shot in the eighth inning Saturday.

• White Sox pitchers combined to strike out 16 in Saturday's 10-4 loss.

• Dewayne Wise replaced Alejandro De Aza in center field and at the leadoff spot in the batting order Saturday. De Aza was scratched with flu-like symptoms.

• Robin Ventura agreed upon a three-year contract when he took over as White Sox manager. But don't look for Ventura to be a managerial lifer based on his response to that question Saturday.

"No, I can't," said Ventura, when asked if he saw himself managing as long as Walter Alston or Tommy Lasorda did. "Those guys did it a long time, and I'm hoping to get through this one."

• At the start of action Saturday, seven American League teams had better records than the White Sox, and six were better than the division-leading Tigers. Neither team in the AL Central has proven to be dominant, but that fact doesn't mean the division winner would be considered a second-tier playoff team.

"It's competitive," Ventura said of the division. "There are some teams having good years in other divisions. But whichever team gets in, it's not going to be a cake walk for anybody else."

"I don't think people are going, 'Let's get in the playoffs and I hope we get the White Sox or Tigers,'" Chicago starting pitcher Jake Peavy said. "I can't see people lining up at the door saying we want to play these teams. The top two teams in our division are as good as any team on any given day and can certainly be dangerous and very capable of winning the World Series."