Lineup shuffled to try to break out of funk
SEATTLE -- Robin Ventura made another attempt to shake up a White Sox offense hitting .192 with 11 runs scored over its seven-game losing streak.
Tuesday against the Mariners, Gordon Beckham moved up to the lineup's second spot, followed by Conor Gillaspie hitting third. Adam Dunn stayed sixth, with Alexei Ramirez dropping to the seventh position in more of a run-producing role. Jordan Danks' left-handed bat also replaced Dayan Viciedo against Seattle right-handed ace Felix Hernandez.
"It's one of those you are kind of getting into a rut of the same thing happening over and over again, and so you have a couple more lefties in there and have a chance to mix it up," Ventura said. "Nothing more than that. At this point, anything different is probably good."
Ventura said it was possible that the White Sox could stick with a new lineup, if it helps break his team out of its funk.
"We are in the business of trying to win games, so if it works, I'm sure there's probably more opportunities for someone in there," Ventura said. "But it's just to break it up."
Despite the prolonged offensive struggles, the White Sox have maintained an upbeat clubhouse demeanor. Ventura strongly stressed Tuesday there's no room for a more negative thought process.
"If you're feeling sorry for yourself, there's not a spot for you in the lineup," Ventura said. "It's not easy for anybody, but it's one of those that if you don't have the attitude of coming in here, ready to play and get after it, then there's bigger problems."