After starting both games of Monday's doubleheader, Kosuke Fukudome expressed to Japanese reporters that he would like to get more consistent at-bats to help sharpen his offensive game. Manager Robin Ventura understands and appreciates Fukudome's desire, although he might not be able to immediately accommodate him.
"It's the right attitude. I like guys that want to play," Ventura said. "It doesn't always work out that way. But I like guys that are wanting to play and willing to play. That's always good, but as far as the role that he has, it's more the fourth outfielder."
Gordon Beckham returned to the second spot in the White Sox batting order Tuesday, finishing 1-for-4 with a walk in the team's 5-3, 10-inning victory. Ventura liked the way he has looked recently at the plate.
"We haven't had much out of that spot," Ventura said pregame. "So just the way he's swinging and doing things, we'll see what he can do there."
Paul Konerko has 160 career RBIs against Cleveland, the most by any active player.
The White Sox are 3-6 in a stretch of 15 straight games against the American League Central.