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Third to first

• The legendary Billy Pierce, 86, who won 186 games over 13 years with the White Sox, was honored for his career on the South Side prior to Saturday's game. Pierce threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches and the first 20,000 fans in attendance received a Billy Pierce statue. Pierce still works for the team as a community relations representative and ranks fourth all-time on the franchise win list.

• Alexei Ramirez is the only player in the Majors who has played every inning this season. Since the start of the 2009 season, Ramirez leads all Major League shortstops in games played (695) and innings played (6,139 2/3) after play on Saturday.

• Conor Gillaspie and his wife, Amanda, welcomed a son into the world this week. It's the first child for the two, with Gillaspie returning from the Paternity Leave List for Friday's doubleheader loss.

• White Sox pitchers allowed 28 runs in Friday's doubleheader loss to the Indians, compared to 27 total runs allowed in their previous seven home games.

• Erik Johnson picked up his first victory with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, yielding two runs on four hits over seven innings at Louisville, while striking out seven. The right-hander has a 2.08 ERA over two starts for Charlotte after being promoted from Double-A Birmingham on June 22.

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