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.
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