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Renteria back with Sox after mother's funeral

Veteran skipper touts McEwing as managerial candidate
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KANSAS CITY -- White Sox manager Rick Renteria rejoined the ballclub for Sunday's series finale against the Royals and he thanked all those who contributed to a strong show of support following the passing of his mother Angela at age 91.

Renteria traveled to Austin, Texas, for the funeral services and he was back at Kauffman Stadium after a two-day absence on Friday and Saturday in which the White Sox went 2-1 under acting manager Joe McEwing.

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KANSAS CITY -- White Sox manager Rick Renteria rejoined the ballclub for Sunday's series finale against the Royals and he thanked all those who contributed to a strong show of support following the passing of his mother Angela at age 91.

Renteria traveled to Austin, Texas, for the funeral services and he was back at Kauffman Stadium after a two-day absence on Friday and Saturday in which the White Sox went 2-1 under acting manager Joe McEwing.

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"We had an outpouring and my family is very grateful to everybody," Renteria said. "We think she is in a much better place now. We see her laughing in our mind's eye now. I'm sure she will be up there cheering the White Sox on with my Dad. And probably arguing with me out there every now and then."

Renteria received reports of what was going on in this series during his time away from the team, including the disagreement between shortstop Tim Anderson and Royals catcher Salvador Perez on Saturday night that prompted players from both benches to congregate near second base. No punches were thrown.

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"Both clubs are trying to compete and have had our struggles," Renteria said. "I'm sure there are some frustrations that can boil up. In terms of who Timmy is, he's not the type of guy who's out to embarrass anybody else. He's here to give his teammates a spark. He never does it with the intention of disrespecting the opposition."

Renteria was confident the White Sox would be in good hands during his absence with McEwing at the controls.

"Joe is going to be able to do this [managing] whenever anybody decides to give him an opportunity," Renteria said. "I would say the sooner he gets the shot, the happier he will be. And the sadder I will be, because I would lose him. I would hope that opportunity for Joe is something that comes his way. And he is able to embrace it and do what he is capable of doing in managing and handling people."

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City.

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