Third to first

Third to first

• Count Ventura as one who will be glad when the Biogenesis situation is wrapped up with Major League Baseball suspensions expected to be handed down in the next few days.

"I don't think anybody enjoys hearing it and seeing it and having to talk about it," Ventura said. "It's just one of those where you'll be glad where you don't have to talk about it."

Ventura believes that these potential suspensions will serve as a deterrent for future players who want to bend the rules. He also thought past suspensions would have had the same effect.

"Major League Baseball has done a great job from where I was playing to where they are now," Ventura said. "They are going to catch guys -- it's just that simple."

• Outfielder Avisail Garcia and infielder Marcus Semien made their debuts with Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday night. Garcia, acquired from Detroit in Tuesday's three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy to Boston, finished 0-for-2 and played center field, while Semien, who was promoted from Double-A Birmingham, went 2-for-5 while playing shortstop.

Outfielder Brandon Jacobs, picked up from Boston on July 12 in the Matt Thornton deal, has hit safely in all 15 games since joining Birmingham and has a .321 average.

• Since evening their record at 24-24 after a three-game home sweep of the Marlins completed on May 26, the White Sox have a 16-42 record, the worst in baseball during that 58-game stretch. The Giants are next at 20-37.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.