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Ventura impressed with Ramirez

CHICAGO -- Alexei Ramirez hasn't gotten off to a great start at the plate this season -- entering Thursday hitting only .208 -- but that doesn't mean the White Sox shortstop hasn't impressed first-year manager Robin Ventura.

Ramirez entered Thursday's series finale against the Indians having committed only one error despite mostly playing in the usual early-season Midwest conditions.

"He's good. He's lanky. He's got a lot of coverage. He gets to a lot of balls," Ventura said. "Here, it's just one of those where you play in the part of the country where it's wet a lot. It's not easy to play here just because of the conditions. ... He makes plays whether it's cold, wet, warm. He makes difficult plays."

CHICAGO -- Alexei Ramirez hasn't gotten off to a great start at the plate this season -- entering Thursday hitting only .208 -- but that doesn't mean the White Sox shortstop hasn't impressed first-year manager Robin Ventura.

Ramirez entered Thursday's series finale against the Indians having committed only one error despite mostly playing in the usual early-season Midwest conditions.

"He's good. He's lanky. He's got a lot of coverage. He gets to a lot of balls," Ventura said. "Here, it's just one of those where you play in the part of the country where it's wet a lot. It's not easy to play here just because of the conditions. ... He makes plays whether it's cold, wet, warm. He makes difficult plays."

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