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Third to first

• Ventura (June 6-7) and Parent (June 7-8) each will miss two games during the Oakland series to attend family graduations. Ventura will miss Thursday's series opener, with Parent moving from bench coach to manager. Ventura and Parent both will be gone on June 7, with pitching coach Don Cooper and his 1-1 career record managing the club. Ventura resumes his managerial duties on June 8.

• Konerko needs just four games to pass Nellie Fox for second-most games played in franchise history at 2,116.

• Infielder Tyler Greene, who was designated for assignment when Gordon Beckham returned, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte.

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