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Ventura likes what he sees defensively

CHICAGO -- The White Sox are tied for second in the American League with a team fielding percentage of .988. But manager Robin Ventura doesn't need to look at statistics to come to the realization that his team has a solid defense.

"It's what I see. It's what I see," Ventura said. "As a staff, we look at it.

"If you think someone is not pulling their weight, effort-wise, you pull them aside and you talk to them. It's a team game, so if guys aren't out there working on it and doing it in the field and showing that kind of effort, that's the first thing you notice.

"You better have good defense if you are going to have good pitching," Ventura said. "It helps out both sides. As many runs as you can stop them from having, it's easier on pitchers."

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CHI Full Game Coverage CAGO -- The White Sox are tied for second in the American League with a team fielding percentage of .988. But manager Robin Ventura doesn't need to look at statistics to come to the realization that his team has a solid defense.

"It's what I see. It's what I see," Ventura said. "As a staff, we look at it.

"If you think someone is not pulling their weight, effort-wise, you pull them aside and you talk to them. It's a team game, so if guys aren't out there working on it and doing it in the field and showing that kind of effort, that's the first thing you notice.

"You better have good defense if you are going to have good pitching," Ventura said. "It helps out both sides. As many runs as you can stop them from having, it's easier on pitchers."

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