Pitchers start taking hacks with Interleague on tap

CHICAGO -- White Sox pitchers took their swings during early batting practice on Friday, in preparation for Tuesday's Interleague opener against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.

Playing in a National League park means the White Sox will lose a top hitter such as Adam Dunn or Dayan Viciedo. But manager Robin Ventura wasn't inclined to get into the designated hitter for both leagues discussion even with his lineup's power reduced.

"We're built with it so it's hard to say," Ventura said. "For some guys, it's a position that extends their careers. It would help everyone in the AL, but I don't see it happening any time soon."

Ventura added that his pitchers seem to be excited about getting the chance to hit against Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Dan Haren.

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