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• Alex Rios missed his second straight game because of lower back stiffness, but Ventura expects his right fielder back in the lineup Monday against the Angels.

"Hopefully tomorrow," said Ventura of Rios. "It's something that [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] loosened up," Ventura said. "It's getting better. I'm not worried about the season or anything like that. Just trying to get him maybe one more, two more down here, before we go."

• Errors committed by Alexei Ramirez and Erik Johnson during Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Royals gave the White Sox six miscues in their last two losses. It's a scenario that has Ventura less than thrilled.

"That's something that needs to be taken care of before we get out of here," Ventura said. "Sometimes I think you get close to getting out of here and some things kind of get pushed aside. We'll get it taken care of before we leave here."

• Look for left-handed reliever Leyson Septimo, who has thrown in four Cactus League games, to start the season on the disabled list.

"When he throws, he says he still feels something," said Ventura of Septimo, who last pitched on March 7 because of soreness in his left arm. "You can't look in there for him."

• Gordon Beckham is 8-for-19 in his last five games.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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