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Third to first

• Rookie reliever Daniel Webb made the call to his parents he always wanted to make on Tuesday: He told them that he was going to the Majors as a September callup. Then, Webb got to warm up in Yankee Stadium during a game in which Mariano Rivera picked up his 40th save.

"It was real cool seeing him come out and [hearing] 'Enter Sandman.' Something I'll always remember -- my first game seeing Rivera with the save," Webb said. "When the phone rang in the bullpen last night and I got up to throw, it was an adrenaline rush and it felt good, being in Yankee Stadium. It was kind of cool.

"But it's still baseball no matter where you are or who you are playing against. After the jitters got done, I calmed myself down and told myself it's the same game."

• Ramon Troncoso threw a simulated game of close to 40 pitches on Wednesday and believes he is getting closer to a big league return. The right-hander has been out of action since Aug. 17 because of pericarditis, which is inflammation of the tissue around the heart.

The next step for Troncoso could be pitching in a game.

"It feels good. It feels normal. Everything was fine," Troncoso said. "I threw like two or three bullpens before today, and everything was fine."

"I'm sure he knows a little bit more than everybody else about how he's feeling and what it was like before," Ventura said. "He takes the lead with as far as how he's feeling but if he can pitch, we'll have him back in there."

• Avisail Garcia (.354, two homers, 11 RBIs) received votes for the American League Rookie of the Month Award in August, won by Texas pitcher Martin Perez. Addison Reed (1.56 ERA, 10 saves, 15 games) was in the running for Delivery Man of the Month for August, an honor that went to Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel.

• Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, the colorful television voice of the White Sox, celebrated his 72nd birthday on Wednesday.

• Chris Sale needs one strikeout to join Gary Peters (215 in 1967 and 205 in 1964) and Wilbur Wood (210 in 1971) as the only lefties in White Sox history to put up 200 or more strikeouts in a season.

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