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Third to first

• Shingo Takatsu, who picked up 27 saves over parts of two seasons with the White Sox and pitched for the 2005 World Series champions, will throw out one of the ceremonial first pitches and sign autographs before Saturday's 3:05 p.m. CT start. Takatsu posted a 2.31 ERA over 59 games during his 2004 rookie campaign.

• Travis Ishikawa, 29, agreed on a Minor League contract with the White Sox. Ishikawa has played parts of six Major League seasons with the Giants (2006, 2008-10), Brewers (2012), Orioles (2013) and Yankees (2013). He is a career .260 hitter with 19 homers and will report to Triple-A Charlotte.

• The rainout from June 12 between the White Sox and Blue Jays will be made up on Monday, Sept. 23 with a 7:10 p.m. CT first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field. The game comes after a three-game set in Detroit for the White Sox and before their final two-game road series in Cleveland.

• Over June and July, before Friday's series opener, Adam Dunn is hitting .285 with 12 homers, 32 RBIs and 27 walks against just 39 strikeouts.

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