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• Ventura will miss Saturday night's game to attend the graduation of his daughter, Rachel, from Oklahoma State University. Ventura is scheduled to return for Sunday's series finale. Bench coach Mark Parent will serve as interim manager.

• Veteran right-handed relievers Javy Guerra and Frank Francisco continue to look like viable big league options for the White Sox with their success at Triple-A Charlotte. Guerra has a 1.72 ERA in 11 games and 15 2/3 innings this season, while Francisco has allowed one unearned run with 12 strikeouts over eight innings and six games.

• This week the White Sox have dealt with first-pitch temperatures ranging from 41 (Monday) to 83 (Thursday).

"It's really strange, but no complaints," White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers said. "I like it warm and I like it cool. I don't know if I necessarily like it cold."

With the weather looking as if it's consistently warming up, U.S. Cellular Field will become a more hitter-friendly ballpark.

"Even for Jose, that's part of what is impressive about him is that he has done most of this in really cold weather, playing here for most of it," Ventura said. "But to be able to do what he's done in the cold weather, when it warms up you just feel better as a hitter, that's just something to look forward to."

• The White Sox have partnered with the Chicagoland affiliate of Susan G. Komen to support breast cancer awareness and education with the White Sox Pink Out game on Saturday. Fans are invited to show their support and help increase awareness about breast health and screening by wearing pink to the game.

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