Third to first

Third to first

• It was a good night for the White Sox Minor League system on Saturday, as Stephen McCray took a no-hitter into the eighth for Double-A Birmingham during the Barons' 8-0 victory over Pensacola. McCray settled for two hits allowed over eight scoreless.

In regard to's Top 20 White Sox prospects, second-ranked Erik Johnson didn't yield an earned run over six innings and struck out six in Triple-A Charlotte's 8-2 victory over Norfolk. Johnson has a 10-2 record and 2.15 ERA over 19 starts combined for the Knights and Barons, with 101 strikeouts and 76 hits allowed over 104 innings. Outfielder Brandon Jacobs, acquired from Boston in the Matt Thornton deal, had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 17 as part of Birmingham.

• Paul Konerko and his back responded well to playing first base Saturday night, per Ventura. The White Sox captain was in Sunday's lineup at designated hitter, but that was the intended plan for a day game after a night game. Konerko had last played first on June 23 before suffering a lower back strain.

• The White Sox starting rotation includes three of the Top 7 in the AL in lowest run support average. Chris Sale leads with an average of 2.47 runs of support per nine, with John Danks falling third (3.11) and Hector Santiago sitting seventh (3.65).

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.