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Beckham out of lineup with left thigh bruise

PHILADELPHIA -- After suffering a left thigh bruise in the 12th inning of Saturday's second game, White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham was out of Sunday's starting lineup.

"It's just a bruise, it's just a deep one," said Ventura of Beckham. "I highly doubt he would get in there today. You never know into the game or something like that, but as of right now he really doesn't have a chance of playing."

Ventura also wanted to stay away from reliever Ramon Troncoso in Sunday's first-half finale after the righty pitched in both ends of Saturday's doubleheader, but added that starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod was available out of the bullpen. Beckham will have time to recover during the four days off for the All-Star break.

"Breaks are good," White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn said. "I don't care if you are 50 games up or 50 games back. There's a few things that people circle during the year on their calendars: Opening Day and All-Star break are among the top two."

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