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Renteria to miss 3 games for mother's funeral

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KANSAS CITY -- White Sox manager Rick Renteria will be away from the team Friday and Saturday to attend funeral services for his mother, Angela, who passed away Wednesday at 91.

The services will be in Austin, Texas.

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KANSAS CITY -- White Sox manager Rick Renteria will be away from the team Friday and Saturday to attend funeral services for his mother, Angela, who passed away Wednesday at 91.

The services will be in Austin, Texas.

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Bench coach Joe McEwing will step in as acting manager for Friday's game and Saturday's doubleheader.

The White Sox tweeted late Thursday afternoon: "Our sympathies go out to Ricky and the entire Renteria family."

Tweet from @whitesox: We are saddened to learn that Ricky Renteria���s mother, Angela, 91, passed away Wednesday. Renteria will miss games Friday and Saturday while he attends services in Austin, Texas, and will rejoin the team on Sunday. Our sympathies go out to Ricky and the entire Renteria family.

"I'm thinking about being with my family," Renteria said after Thursday's game. "They are the ones that give you strength right now."

Thinking of Farquhar

The White Sox received T-shirts Thursday with "Pray for 43" written across the chest and "For Danny" on the left sleeve. The shirts were created in response to the ruptured aneurysm that Danny Farquhar suffered a week ago.

"We've had him in our prayers," outfielder Nicky Delmonico said. "We go out there and play for him every day."

Renteria offered encouraging news about Farquhar on Thursday.

"We're happy to report that he's moving in a positive direction," Renteria said.

Tweet from @whitesox: New clubhouse t-shirts. ������ pic.twitter.com/hkQBKKTCnI

Renteria said the shirts are another show of support from the White Sox family for Farquhar.

"They want him to know they are thinking about him," Renteria said. "At this point, it's their show of love for a teammate."

Worth noting

• The White Sox didn't have their full complement of players as they opened Thursday's game against the Royals. Delmonico was originally in the lineup, but had to be scratched because of a stiff neck.

Jose Abreu didn't start Thursday because of stomach flu symptoms, but Renteria said Abreu was available to pinch-hit.

• The White Sox have outrighted first baseman Casey Gillaspie to Triple-A Charlotte. Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 39.

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

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