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Third to first

• Ventura labeled Nate Jones as possibly the most confident reliever in the game following the right-hander's scoreless effort in Tuesday's victory. Jones has a 1.45 ERA since June 1 and has given up one earned run over his last 12 2/3 innings.

Jones has found a perfect balance between his fastball at 98-100 mph and control of his secondary pitches, such as his slider, which was missing at the season's outset.

"You can throw 98, 100 [mph] all day, but they're going to be able to time it and catch up to it at some point," Jones said. "If you get a secondary pitch up there, that makes them sit back a little bit and wonder, 'Hey, what's he going to throw now?'"

• Tuesday's victory improved the White Sox to 13-46 when scoring three runs or fewer this season.

• The Yankees' first-inning run on Tuesday became unearned when the wild pitch originally charged to Chris Sale was changed by official scorer Bob Rosenberg to a passed ball on Josh Phegley. Alfonso Soriano came around to score from second on the play.

• Sale became the first pitcher since Neil Allen in 1986 to win each of his first two starts against the Yankees while throwing at least seven innings and giving up no more than one run, per Elias. Sale allowed one unearned run over 7 1/3 innings on Tuesday, and gave up one run while striking out 13 over 7 2/3 innings on Aug. 22, 2012, at U.S. Cellular Field.

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