Third to first

• Ventura said the White Sox had a couple of team meetings last year but certainly doesn't want to make Saturday's pregame session a habit.

"I've been in a lot of them. I don't like them. I just think teams that scuffle have meetings a lot," Ventura said. "So I don't want to have too many meetings. Teams that win don't seem to have that many meetings because they don't need to. I would rather that be the last one of the year.

"Mine was just me talking. I wasn't looking for a rebuttal. It's just more there were things that needed to be said and I'm the guy to say it."

• The South Siders' 250 homers since 2012 rank third in the Majors.

• Jesse Crain owns a 13-game scoreless streak, covering 12 1/3 innings.

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