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Third to first

• Sidelined by a right hamstring issue, Juan Uribe did not play in this three-game set against the White Sox. However, his time in Chicago always positively resonates with both former teammates and fans.

"Obviously he had an infectious personality," said Konerko, the last player left on the White Sox from 2005, of Uribe. "Mainly for me, he plays the game like a little kid.

"I mean that as a compliment. He just, he goes out and plays and has fun and just plays the game hard. There's no other thing in his way. That's what's I admire about him most for sure. And you don't see too many bad shortstops on World Series champions."

Adrian Nieto had caught every one of John Danks' starts this season until Tyler Flowers got the call on Wednesday.

"We have a day off tomorrow, and the way he's been swinging the last couple of days, he's felt good about it," said manager Robin Ventura on his decision to start Flowers. "Just keep him in there to continue it."

• White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper studied film of all four pitchers being looked at by the team for pick No. 3 in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and seemed to like Aiken the best. He pegged Rodon as the most Major Leagued ready, followed closely by Nola, but it was hard to argue how the ball came out of Kolek's hand with his 100-mph stuff.

"After seeing all four guys, I'm not sure we can go wrong. The four guys I saw looked pretty good," Cooper said. "Our poor performance last year has put us in a pretty good position now. Hopefully we can capitalize on it."

"It's an exciting time for our guys who go out and scout and do all the work to be able to have a pick right there," Ventura said. "But from where I'm sitting, I don't want them to ever have that high of a pick any more."

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