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Ventura glad to see team doing the little things

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CHICAGO -- The potent White Sox offense, leading the Major Leagues with 6.36 runs per game entering Saturday, has been spurred by the team's ability to execute the intangibles that set up scoring opportunities.

"There's a lot more execution going on right now of getting guys over, sac fly," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Little things that there was difficulties in the past of getting done, that now you're seeing guys be able to do that.

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CHICAGO -- The potent White Sox offense, leading the Major Leagues with 6.36 runs per game entering Saturday, has been spurred by the team's ability to execute the intangibles that set up scoring opportunities.

"There's a lot more execution going on right now of getting guys over, sac fly," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Little things that there was difficulties in the past of getting done, that now you're seeing guys be able to do that.

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"Once you get the momentum and the feeling of doing that, everybody's on board, and you feel like you want to be part of it. That's a good team offensive mindset to have."

Ventura also likes the extended at-bats from some of his hitters. Marcus Semien (4.51, 8th) and Adam Eaton (4.19, 24th) both rank in the Top 25 of pitches per plate appearance in the AL.

"It is big," Ventura said. "Guys fouling off pitches, making a guy work for it. That's part of the concept and mentality that you have to have to be able to win games.

"You look at teams that win over the years -- they make a pitcher work for it. You don't see any easy innings, easy at-bats. Right now, that's offensively what we're doing. If they want to put out four hours and 50 minutes [game time], I'll sit here for four hours and 50 minutes, as long as we're doing what we're supposed to be doing."

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

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