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Ventura unsure what Trade Deadline will bring

MINNEAPOLIS -- The non-waiver Trade Deadline is just six days away, but according to White Sox manager Robin Ventura, it's actually still too early to get a gauge on what moves the team might have in store.

"When you have a lot of people in the same boat there can be a lot of talk," Ventura said, referring to the fact that 11 of the 15 American League teams are still within five games of a postseason berth. "As [the Trade Deadline] gets closer and people have needs, conversations become different. As we're sitting here on the 25th, it's going to be a lot different than when we're sitting here on the 29th and 30th."

And while he admitted he doesn't expect any major changes, a recent run of strong starting pitching pulled the White Sox to within five games of the second Wild Card spot entering Friday's action. Thus, a team that looked like sure sellers a month ago might find itself in the position to make a run.

"If you get some outings like [Hector] Noesi had yesterday and you throw in Johnny [John Danks], [Chris] Sale and Q [Jose Quintana], you have a chance to do that," Ventura said of his starting rotation. "I think any time you have a staff like that, you're going to be in some games and you can [make a run]. We are a little short now in the bullpen, but anything's possible. You've got to be able to pitch to stay in games, and we've got some guys who can do that."

Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to
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